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Outing Chat / Tarpon report
« on: June 15, 2015, 08:21:10 AM »
So I know a bunch of y'all have jumped/caught a bunch of tarpon in your lives but this is new for me- before this trip I'd been on just 3 trips where my focus was tarpon and on all 3 came up empty.

This time I jumped 3- none landed but HOLY naughty wordING naughty word THAT WAS AMAZING!!!!

I get it now. I so totally get it and if you haven't had the opportunity to jump a tarpon yet the only way I can explain it is this:

It's like the first time you have sex. You know it's gonna be awesome but nothing can really prepare you for it. It's over way too quickly and when you're done you're jacked on adrenalin, breathing heavily, heart racing, weak in the knees, and overall a wee bit shakey. And at the same time you're completely elated and want to do it again, and again, and again.





I linked this from my FB so if they don't work let me know and I'll repost.

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General Discussion / Just ordered my new boat!
« on: June 05, 2015, 12:42:15 PM »
2015 Panga Marine 18 Evo.

This boat only with a 90 Etec and the hull will be medium gray not the ice blue.


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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 / 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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Sell Anything / 2013 Custom Gheenoe NMZ for sale
« on: February 10, 2015, 09:44:54 AM »
Here's my 2013 Gheenoe NMZ I'm selling. $4500 firm for everything and I've got all the titles. NE Houston.

I really enjoy this little skiff but it's not big enough for me to take the wife & kiddos and it's not versatile enough for me to have it as a single boat. If all I ever did was fish Pierce Marsh or Greens Lake marsh or the wife would let me have 2 boats I'd keep it. But the war department is not gonna let me have 2 boats at present.

2013 Gheenoe NMZ (high front and rear decks)
2013 Tohatsu 9.8 (Electric Start, Short Shaft)
2013 McClaine Galvanized Trailer
Fulton Fold-Away Trailer Tongue
Mangrove Push Pole (17ft)
Stake-Out Stick anchor
Yeti 65 Quart Cooler
Custom Carbon Fiber Grab Bar
Custom Carbon Fiber Tiller Extension
Fuel Forward
Extra 3.1 Gallon Gas Tank (both tanks are OEM models) - Total of two gas tanks
Front Locking Hatch
Odyssey AGM Battery (pc 625)
Automatic Bilge Pump (Rule 1100)
Livorsi LED Nav Lights
Hella Marine Anchor Light
Push Pole Holders
Fixed Jack Plate (Bob's Machine Shop)
Electrical
Acon Marine Fold-Away Cleats (x2)
Spare Prop (8 Pitch)

I have a bunch more pictures I can email if needed. PM me.








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General Discussion / New fishing buddy is here
« on: August 28, 2014, 10:08:12 AM »
Jacob Charles Starr entered the world at 5:57PM on Monday, August 25, 2014. 22" & 8lbs 15oz. Mama & baby doing great and we came home yesterday. He'll have his big brother, Brady, to show him the ropes.









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Outing Chat / Blyth & I out front at POC
« on: August 01, 2014, 07:56:12 PM »
Hit the jetties & beach last Friday with the same guide as Puck. jacks were there and he bonita were blitzing all over.

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Sell Anything / SOLD: Kayak for sale: OK Drifter
« on: June 09, 2014, 03:16:04 PM »
OK Drifter- I'm willing to part with the yak, seat, Carlisle Magic fiberglass paddle, and paddle leash for $400. If you're interested I'll get you pictures. I've even got a cart I'll throw in.

Follow the link to see why I'm selling: http://texasflyfishers.org/reports/index.php?topic=588.0

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General Discussion / early Father's Day gift...
« on: June 09, 2014, 12:23:35 PM »
...Happy Father's Day to me!

Now sitting in my garage after test-running Saturday and pulling the trigger:

2013 Gheenoe NMZ (high front and rear decks)
2013 Tohatsu 9.8 (Electric Start, Short Shaft)
2013 McClaine Galvanized Trailer
Fulton Fold-Away Trailer Tongue
Mangrove Push Pole (17ft)
Yeti 65 Quart Cooler
Custom Carbon Fiber Grab Bar
Custom Carbon Fiber Tiller Extension
Fuel Forward
Extra 3.1 Gallon Gas Tank (both tanks are OEM models) - Total of two gas tanks
Front Locking Hatch
Odyssey AGM Battery (pc 625)
Automatic Bilge Pump (Rule 1100)
Livorsi LED Nav Lights
Hella Marine Anchor Light
Push Pole Holders
Fixed Jack Plate (Bob's Machine Shop)
Electrical
Acon Marine Fold-Away Cleats (x2)
Spare Prop (8 Pitch)


Not my pics, these are the sellers. My garage is a freaking mess right now. I've got a bunch of stuff (including 2 kayaks) to sell/give away.





http://i719.photobucket.com/albums/ww193/dfstarr/SaltyFly1_zpsa1e348c8.jpg

As an aside, I've now got a couple kayaks to sell. I'll post pics ASAP.

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Ifly / iFly closed? Out of business?
« on: April 08, 2014, 07:20:42 PM »
Some poster on TKF said he went by iFly today and it was completely empty of merchandise and dark.

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Fly Fishing Gear / 10wt gear for sale (SOLD)
« on: March 25, 2014, 08:45:06 PM »
SOLD

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Tying Chat / Seeking some crack
« on: March 11, 2014, 04:11:29 PM »
So I've yet to become addicted to tying flies and as such need a source for my crack.

Redfish crack that is. If somebody will tie me up a dozen or so, say half with lead eyes and half with bead-chain eyes I'd pay $5 apiece if I can get them before the Xmas Bay outing.

Gracias.

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Outing Chat / Christmas Bay 3/29 - redfish crack flies wanted/needed
« on: March 11, 2014, 11:57:03 AM »
So with the Xmas Bay trip coming up and me not really a tyer of flies yet I was hoping to prevail upon the folks who do tie to tie me up a mess of redfish crack- some with lead eyes and some with bead-chain.

I will happily pay a fair price for a dozen or so.

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General Discussion / My Grand Isle report
« on: February 18, 2014, 09:41:16 AM »
My fishing partner and I rolled up to the house in Grand Isle just as Joe & his buddy were packing up to leave. Sounds like both parties had excellent trips.

Here's a bit of our report and some of the photos:
Spent 2 days sight-casting the south Louisiana marsh for bull reds on the fly w/ Capt. Scott Null. Scott normally fishes West Bay down to POC but rented a house in Grand Isle for January & February and was booking trips over there after catching reds there up to 40# last winter. None of the fish caught hit that mark but all 8 of the reds I caught in 2 days would have been personal bests for me on the fly.

I landed 8 reds with the smallest being 29" and 9# and the largest 39" and 24#. 5 of my reds went over 20#. I also caught a 5# black drum and a nice sized sheepshead (my first on the fly). My fishing partner caught 5 reds with his largest going 42" & 25# and his smallest going about 14#. He also caught about a 15# drum and a 7-8# sheepshead.

All the fish were sight-cast in skinny water and caught on a fly developed by Andy Packmore at FTU called "redfish crack."











Here's my 39"- and even cooler (at least to me) was catching it on a vintage Fin-Nor reel and vintage fiberglass Fenwick rod:




Definitely going back next winter.

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General Discussion / Casting pointers
« on: February 03, 2014, 02:07:29 PM »
So I got to fish the Everglades back country 1/22-1/23 unfortunately the weather didn't cooperate so I have no pics of tarpon or snook and the reds & jacks I did catch weren't picture worthy.

Anyway, after the trip the guide emailed me and mentioned this:

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I watched your casting all day and I have a few pointers. You are a powerful man, don’t over load the rod (it sets off oscillations in the rod a wiggle) it un-loads instead of loads, on the back cast stop the rod completely and let the line un-furl. Sometimes the leader/fly hooked to the left, that happens when the rod is not brought back and forward in a straight line (oval shape).

As I'm a self-taught caster anybody have any rec's for where to get some pointers on drills or things I can do to address these hitches in my casting stroke?

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