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Outing Chat / Re: Key West tarpon report
« on: August 27, 2015, 08:50:24 PM »
Nice, I have always wanted to visit the Keys. Sounds like a great trip.....

Outing Information Only / Re: July Outing - Port O'Connor One-Fly
« on: June 11, 2015, 10:02:27 AM »
Please send an announcement/invitation to Dr.Rey Ramirez with the South Texas fly fishing club. They were very gracious to our group when we went down south to fish their area. They hosted us for a very nice dinner and we should reciprocate. While we were there several of their members asked that we keep them informed about any events we have on the middle coast as they might be able to join us.

I just spoke to Rey and he said that he would circulate the outing information if we sent it to him. His email is reyram49@(gee-) His phone number is (956)639dash3426 [modified to thwart trolls "Puck]. It might be a good idea to add him to our email list so he gets the Windknots and other announcements. I am going to send the outing detail as well.

General Discussion / Re: Just ordered my new boat!
« on: June 07, 2015, 02:47:12 PM »

« on: June 07, 2015, 02:46:20 PM »
That offer of a cold beer sounds good, and the fishing.

Oh, and I agree about the forum. I am sure there is a way to update what we have and keep the forum. In addition we need to have a heavy emphasis on video content, otherwise known as fish porn. Copy is rarely read and still shots are good but outdated. With the advent of the action cameras and the amount of videos being circulated on the web it is the wave of the future. We have some top notch talent in the club who can guide us through the process. It may require a financial investment but I am sure we will see a handsome return in attracting new members and promoting participation in our events and outings.

I will also be willing to help.

Mike Frankoff

General Discussion / Re: Fly Fishing Film Tour
« on: March 18, 2015, 08:39:14 AM »
Sounds good, I am in.............

Events and Information / Re: Cedar Bayou Redfish Study
« on: March 18, 2015, 08:37:17 AM »
Thanks Puck, one of these days you are going to have to teach me how to do that.

Events and Information / Cedar Bayou Redfish Study
« on: March 16, 2015, 10:45:04 AM »
Reopening of Cedar Bayou    
Scientists measure inlet's effect on marine life

An HRI survey of a recently reopened waterway that connects the Texas mainland to the Gulf of Mexico found juvenile red drum, a key indicator species, at nearly every predicted impact site. The findings give researchers optimism that the reconnected inlet is positively influencing the densities of juvenile fish, shrimp and crabs (nekton) in Mesquite Bay near Rockport, Texas.

Cedar Bayou, which runs through Matagorda Island and connects the Texas mainland with the Gulf of Mexico, was intentionally closed in 1979 to prevent contaminants from the Ixtoc oil spill in the Bay of Campeche from reaching the Texas mainland. The reopening of Cedar Bayou was deemed so environmentally crucial to the State of Texas that, in April 2014, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a permit to permanently open the bayou's mouth, a task that was completed in late September using funds secured by Aransas County and the Coastal Conservation Association.

Due to immense interest from within the scientific and fishing communities concerning how fish and crustacean assemblages and densities in the Mesquite Bay complex may change due to the reopening of Cedar Bayou, HRI's Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation has been charged with monitoring Cedar Bayou. Currently, researchers are taking rigorous and repetitive measurements at fixed control and impact locations throughout Mesquite Bay and comparing them to measurements taken prior to reopening Cedar Bayou. These surveys will continue until late 2015.

"In the two years of data collection before the reopening, no juvenile red drum were found at the impact sites near Cedar Bayou," said Quentin Hall, an HRI Master of Science student whose research focuses on the effects of reopening Cedar Bayou on nekton species. "This finding is very encouraging and we look forward to getting a better picture of how reopening Cedar Bayou will influence juvenile nekton densities over the next year."

Recent research has documented how inlets such as Cedar Bayou play an important role as migratory routes for spawning fish as well as access to estuarine nursery habitat. For example, a study conducted on the Packery Channel showed that reopening the inlet approximately 38 miles southwest of Cedar Bayou resulted in increased densities of economically important species in the surrounding area.


"Adult red drum spawn offshore and the resulting young rely on tidal inlets such as Cedar Bayou to migrate into seagrass beds located in bay systems," said Dr. Greg Stunz, Director of the Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation. "We suspect that with Cedar Bayou closed, these juveniles could not make their way into Mesquite Bay. Numerous other species rely on tidal inlets for this reason as well, including southern flounder and blue crab."

Access to nursery habitats has both ecological and economic implications because as much as 75 percent of commercially or recreationally important species in the Gulf of Mexico are estuarine dependent. Post-opening densities of larval/juvenile fish suggest that Cedar Bayou provides important and increasingly rare access to nursery habitat populations and indicates that reopening barrier island inlets increases access to estuarine nursery habitats.

Direct beneficiaries of this increased productivity of the new inlet will most certainly be recreational fishermen and also commercial crab and shrimp fleets throughout the Gulf of Mexico. Economic recovery is especially critical following manmade and natural disasters such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and Hurricane Katrina.

The refuges bordering Cedar Bayou are also the wintering grounds of endangered whooping cranes that rely on Cedar Bayou's blue crab population for 41 percent of their winter diet. Given that times of lower blue crab abundance may be linked to increased winter mortality for whooping cranes and that the reopening of inlets has been shown to increase blue crab recruitment densities, the reopening of Cedar Bayou will likely play a decisive role in increasing this good food source and subsequent whooping cranes survival during the winter months.


Outing Chat / Re: Quick trip to Sabine Rivir....
« on: February 21, 2015, 10:21:08 PM »
Cool, the pic of the guy in the jon boat is priceless.

Tying Chat / Re: We've got...
« on: February 17, 2015, 12:24:34 PM »
Look good, very crabby.....

Outing Information Only / Re: Matagorda Prison Permit - Feb 21
« on: February 16, 2015, 03:02:35 PM »
You guys should start a comedy act, very amusing ;D

Outing Information Only / Re: Matagorda Prison Permit - Feb 21
« on: February 11, 2015, 02:56:56 PM »
Sounds good Mike, if we rent a place the key thing is to get one on the Colorado River in Matagorda.

The company I looked at is Full Stringer Rentals. They have a good website, , which allows you to search by date.

Their phone number is 1-979-863-1143

Let me know if I can help.

Outing Information Only / Re: Matagorda Prison Permit - Feb 21
« on: February 11, 2015, 11:20:58 AM »
Naturally weather is always a factor however insofar as lodging is concerned there are large houses on the river in Matagorda available for rent that weekend and can be had for $200-$250 per night. Most have the whole setup with a lit dock for night fishing, full kitchen,linens provided, cleaning table ect. In addition both East And West Bay have nearby kayak launch points so the chronic boat shortage becomes a non-issue. With 10 guys $25-$30 a night shouldn't be prohibitive.

Just a thought.......

Events and Information / Protecting Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout
« on: February 04, 2015, 10:34:02 AM »
A Video by Judy Lehmberg

Events and Information / Cedar Bayou Redfish Study
« on: January 23, 2015, 01:35:43 PM »
Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation

The Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation has surgically implanted several redfish with tracking technology as part of the Cedar Bayou study. Each of these fish is marked with a green external dart tag. Please release these fish if caught and call the phone number on the tag to let researchers know where you caught the fish and to add valuable movement information to their study! If you decide to keep a tagged fish or if the fish dies in the process of being caught, please keep the black cylindrical acoustic tag implanted in the fish and call (361) 825-2028. This research is heavily dependent on the cooperation of local anglers, and your support is greatly appreciated!

Take a kid fishing and while your at it teach the benefits of Hook and Release.

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