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Messages - Finn Maccumhail

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Outing Information Only / Re: White Oak Bayou (July 11th, 2015)
« on: May 21, 2015, 09:13:00 AM »
I tried to fish the ponds a couple months ago but there was a sign on the gate off the road that said "NO TRESPASSING. FINE UP TO $4000 AND UP TO A YEAR IN JAIL." It scared me off. Do y'all know what that's about? Ever had any sort of problems?

Where were the signs? I haven't been out there in a while but there are a couple of spots which are sort of default parking areas, right off W. Little York & Hollister by that stop & rob store and another one further east down W. Little York towards Langfield. All the signs I saw were set further back and just said unauthorized motor vehicles were prohibited- basically don't drive on the levees. Every time I've been to the ponds there have been people walking around for exercise and almost always somebody else fishing.

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Y'all have fun, I'm gonna be tarpon fishing in Florida those days.  8)

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Outing Information Only / Re: White Oak Bayou (July 11th, 2015)
« on: May 20, 2015, 02:38:50 PM »
Graham- if you're going Sunday to the ponds, give me a call. I need to get bit and can probably sneak out for a few hours.

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General Discussion / Re: PooP Happens!
« on: May 20, 2015, 02:28:53 PM »
Graham Cracker- in the 3+ years I've known you I've never seen you put that rig in the water. It's been under repair the entire time. ;)

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General Discussion / My favorite fish caught so far in 2015
« on: April 20, 2015, 01:43:00 PM »
Not a big fish but my favorite thus far in 2015.

Too my 4-year old, Brady, to a neighborhood pond for his first fly casting lesson- caught a bunch of blue gills and a couple green sunfish.












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Outing Chat / Re: Grand Isle trips 1 & 2 (pic heavy)
« on: April 13, 2015, 12:03:14 PM »
Now I know where the name "Big Ugly" came from!  ;D

Don't be hateful just because those fish are longer than you are tall. ;)

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Going back.....   very, very soon.....

Puck


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Guide got a 9.8 lb 31.5 inch trout about 15 yards from me. I got a lot trout but no wall hanger. on orange large skitter walk.

Joe

This is one thing which has always burned me up with gear-chunking guides. I'm not paying them to fish and catch a trout like that. I'm paying them for their knowledge, expertise, and to get educated.

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I'm tentative on this. Just signed my 4-year old up for soccer and the 11th is his first game so if it's early enough we'll try to make it out afterwards. I've been roped into coaching. Don't laugh, I played a lot of soccer growing up and even earned 2 varsity letters in high school.

I've decided it's time to start teaching him the path of enlightenment and this is a perfect event.

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Sell Anything / Re: 2013 Custom Gheenoe NMZ for sale
« on: March 02, 2015, 08:40:32 PM »
Sold pending funds.

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Outing Chat / Re: Quick trip to Sabine Rivir....
« on: February 26, 2015, 12:23:02 PM »
Where did that gent in the jon boat launch?

The exact same place we did.

And did you get a look at the launch?

Puck

How could I? I wasn't there.

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Outing Chat / Re: Grand Isle trips 1 & 2 (pic heavy)
« on: February 24, 2015, 04:40:31 PM »
Like this little dude from my first trip over there. When I first saw him hit I thought it was a sheepie because his stripes were so pronounced. I caught like 7 drum on the fly in those 2 trips. Scott dubbed me the "Drum Whisperer"


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Outing Chat / Re: Quick trip to Sabine Rivir....
« on: February 24, 2015, 09:20:40 AM »
Where did that gent in the jon boat launch?

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Outing Chat / Re: Grand Isle trips 1 & 2 (pic heavy)
« on: February 24, 2015, 09:18:15 AM »
Nope, no fish were kept.

That puppy was released to grow up in to a big ugly SOB.

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Outing Chat / Grand Isle trips 1 & 2 (pic heavy)
« on: February 23, 2015, 04:25:23 PM »
I was fortunate enough to make 2 trips over to Grand Isle to fish with Scott Null in February. February 6-7th I fished with a buddy from work who made the trip with me last year and 2/21-2/22 a college buddy who saw my pics from last year and just had to get out- he's a gear chunker but a great guy.

2/6-2/7: conditions were absolutely perfect. Clear water, low tides, lots of sunshine, and minimal wind. Both days also presented really spooky fish. While the weather, wind, and water conditions were pretty much perfect this trip was not as epic as last year's trip where my partner and I landed 11 reds over 20# in 2 days plus drum & sheepies- all sight-cast on the fly we still managed to have a decent trip.

I landed 3 reds between 8 and 14# and 3 drum ranging from 9-17#. You get spoiled over there- an 8# red on the fly pretty much anywhere in Texas is a trophy. Over there it's a baby.

I don't know if it was because the water was so clear or because we caught the back end of the full moon but the fish were extra spooky. Reds would spook at the shadow of the fly line in the air above them. I've never seen that before.





Trip 2:
So I took an old Aggie buddy of mine to Louisiana to do some fishing. He's a newbie to saltwater fishing, never done any sight-casting, and a gear-chunker to boot. But he's a damn good Ag and we've been friends for nearly 20 years.

Conditions Saturday were rough. Cloudy with winds blowing 25+ all morning so we didn't get on the water until 11 or so. I caught a puppy drum on conventional when the wind was howling and I couldn't fly cast. Late in the day I got my one and only shot of the day and stuck this 31# black drum.



But by late Saturday afternoon the winds died and were almost nonexistent in the morning on Sunday and we found some protected water that cleared up overnight and clear skies helped the cause.

My good buddy was giddy as a schoolboy watching these 16# and 20# reds inhale a well-placed soft plastic (he is a bass guy so he can cast accurately) but his monster was a 34# black drum that damn near ran off 200 yards of 20# PowerPro on his spinning rig.















Solid 8# fish. Practically a baby over there:



This little bastard went about 6# and robbed me of my best shot at a 20+ pound red. We were poling a shoreline and big honking red was kind of waking along a drop-off about 6' out from shore and I drop the fly a couple feet in front of him and maybe 18" to one side. He swirls and is about to eat when this little drum races up out of the deeper water where I never saw him and slammed my fly, taking it from the big red.


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