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Outing Information Only / Re: August 2013, Bolivar Marsh
« on: August 16, 2013, 06:25:40 PM »
According to this link the ferry options are 5am or 6am. I think I will plan on taking the ferry route and get that 6am one as I am coming from the southwest side of town. I dont think there will be a big wait for the Ferry at 6am on a saturday?


Outing Information Only / Re: August 2013, Bolivar Marsh
« on: August 15, 2013, 01:49:48 PM »
Which way is faster?

Outing Information Only / Re: August 2013, Bolivar Marsh
« on: August 15, 2013, 10:42:00 AM »
This may be a silly question but which route is everyone planning on taking to get there? I assume the Ferry?


Outing Information Only / Re: August 2013, Bolivar Marsh
« on: August 14, 2013, 02:09:51 PM »
Are we still starting at 7am or will there be a few folks who want to get onto the water for day break? I am game.

Outing Information Only / Re: August 2013, Bolivar Marsh
« on: August 12, 2013, 09:50:28 AM »
Kitchen pass approved and I am signed up! Can someone arrange for there to be tailing reds present also?

Outing Information Only / Re: August 2013, Bolivar Marsh
« on: August 09, 2013, 10:32:40 AM »
Looks like I might be able to make this trip now - particularly as its close to home.

Outing Chat / Re: Port O'Connor Jack Crevalle
« on: July 24, 2013, 01:40:30 PM »
Mike, I challenge you show me the legendary Port O'Connor man eating redfish! :)

And for that comment about my fishing partners..well we will just have to catch the most fish then wont we!  Croaker's count right?


Outing Chat / Re: Port O'Connor Jack Crevalle
« on: July 23, 2013, 07:20:59 PM »
You mean I can't fish one fly for the jacks and one fly for the reds?? Honestly this saltwater one fly seems much more serious than the freshwater one!:)

We did have a 12wt but we wanted to keep it rigged and ready should the tarpon show up. Last thing we wanted was a tarpon showing up when we were fighting a jack and have nothing to throw at it. The 10wt did fine on the jacks as they headed away from the rocks and into the deep water when hooked. I got busted off twice by something else though - it knew just where to go and how to take my fly through all the rocks. I am guessing a bull red maybe?


Outing Chat / Re: Port O'Connor Jack Crevalle
« on: July 23, 2013, 08:42:10 AM »
George - bring your 10wt, and intermediate or sink tip line and the biggest flies you have. If the weather cooperates Nick, Alex and I will be at the jetties early in the morning. The pain in my right bicep has gone now and I am ready to taco another fly rod :)

Mike - no places to stay in PO - we had to stay in Port Lavaca and make the last drive early in the morning. You were right about it being crazy - there were boats everywhere and the channel in front of clarks was packed with so many party people it looked like spring break. I wonder if all those women in bikinis swiming knew how many sharks there are there :)

Looking forward to the weekend!

Outing Chat / Port O'Connor Jack Crevalle
« on: July 21, 2013, 08:29:14 PM »
Brett Walker and I went out with Brent Hodges in Port O'Connor this past Saturday to do a little pre-fishing for the One Fly :) The reds were fairly uncooperative due to a combination of dirty water, clouds and the biggest fishing/party tournament I have ever seen with Poco Bueno in full swing.
However the jetties were fairly empty and the seas were calm enough that we made it out there in the beavertail with no issues. We saw one big school of tarpon busting on the top but they disappeared before we could get to them. However blind casting giant mullet patterns at the jetties produced several nice jacks and on two separate occasions something that pulled an entire fly line and a serious chunk of backing through the rocks before busting through 40lb fluoro and leaving deep score marks in my fly line. Wish I had seen what it was. Jack pictures below:


Outing Chat / Re: Bayou carp
« on: July 15, 2013, 11:31:27 AM »

I have fished for those grass carp several times in Brays. The ones that are not mullet are 95% grass carp - which means they are primarily vegetarian and they can be extremely wary. They dont spook and disappear as they are very used to people there, but if you approach too closely, or you catch one then they just seem to slink off and sit in the deep channel in the middle. They only thing I have got them to eat are surface flies that consist of spun brown deer hair, trimmed underneath to look like a general brown seed, beetle immitation (or something worse..this is the bayou afterall) - and the trick seems to be to either present it upstream and cast a couple of feet in front of their mouth and let it drift back, or a downstream presentation far enough ahead of the fish that they dont see you. I have given up on nymphs or streamers as you just end up in the algae and being grass carp they are highly unlikely to chase a streamer. iFly sells the fly, but sometimes they hide it in the draw. Hammer makes a good one too.

Yeah you are right about the banks being uncomfortable - but its probably better than wading all day in that water. Interestingly I took a trout fishing friend there a year or two back and he just waded right out into it in shorts and came back with all the flesh still on his legs..I was shocked as I thought it would just be bones left.

I have found that the section along Braeswood and particularly around the intersection of Stella Link and Braeswood is a good place to start.

You need good light to help spot the carp - the gold is a giveaway. And there are a lot of big fish in there. Some of them fight really hard, others just seem to roll over and flop around a bit.

Give me a shout on 832 444 4206 if you want to go another time

If anyone wants to do a little guided prefishing for the Saltwater One Fly then Brent Hodges (Reelfly Adventures) has openings in Port O'Connor for guided days the week of July 22-25th. As anyone who has fished with Brent on the Guad knows he works his ass off all day to get his clients on fish. I can personally vouch that the same applies when he is on a poling platform too...and in true club fashion he has a Beavertail. If you talk nicely to Ashley then I believe there maybe a TFF discount on the cost.

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Seafood Consumption Advisory on Spotted Seatrout Removed for Most of Galveston Bay

Webster, TX – July 1, 2013 – The Galveston Bay Foundation (“GBF”) celebrates the removal of the seafood consumption advisory on spotted seatrout (speckled trout) for most of the Galveston Bay system, including a portion of Upper Galveston Bay and all of Trinity, Lower Galveston, East, West, Chocolate, Drum, Bastrop, and Christmas bays. This large area is south of a line from Red Bluff Point to Five Mile Cut Marker to Houston Point in Upper Galveston Bay. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, testing of the speckled trout samples indicated that concentrations of dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), both of which are groups of toxic compounds, had decreased to acceptable levels and no longer pose a significant health risk.

This latest testing is a snapshot in time and there is still much work to be done to further reduce risks from the consumption of seafood in areas of the bay system, most notably the upper portion of Upper Galveston Bay, the Houston Ship Channel, and the San Jacinto River. We hope to see a long-term decrease in the concentrations of toxins in seafood as sources of these “legacy pollutants” are identified and eliminated. For almost three years, GBF has worked to ensure that a major dioxin hotspot, the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund site (SJRWP) on the San Jacinto River at Interstate 10, is cleaned up as fast as possible. GBF has worked with local, state, and federal agencies, industry, and other non-profit organizations to ensure this site has been capped and eliminated as a source of dioxin to the bay and its seafood. We continue to work to ensure appropriate long-term clean-up of the site occurs and will work to uncover and clean up other abandoned waste pits or areas, such as Patrick Bayou on the Houston Ship Channel.

About Galveston Bay Foundation
The mission of the Galveston Bay Foundation is to preserve, protect, and enhance the natural resources of the Galveston Bay estuarine system and its tributaries for present users and for posterity. The Foundation was incorporated in 1987, and is a non-profit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. GBF is located at 17330 Highway 3 in Webster, Texas. For further information, contact GBF at 281-332-3381 or visit the website at

Outing Chat / Guide needed for New Orleans
« on: May 29, 2013, 12:47:32 PM »
Does anyone know a good conventional fishing guide in the New Orleans area? I have clients wanting to fish in late June during a conference in NOLA. No fly fishing needed  - but I good guide is a must.


Outing Information Only / Re: July Outing - Port O'Connor "One Fly"
« on: May 29, 2013, 12:43:14 PM »
I should be in - room and boat please.

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