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General Discussion / Shoalwater
« on: September 20, 2015, 05:29:22 AM »
John C. and I hit Shoalwater Saturday. Launched at Charlie's Bait Camp with our Solo Skiffs. We had a very high tide with low winds out of the East and may have gotten up to 10 mph by noon. Water was gin clear in many places. We both caught one red but saw many more. The problem was the fish could see us as soon as we saw them. John has his skiff set up really well and I got some good tips from him and had a great time fishing with him. Our propellers on the 3.5 Tohatsu's started cavitating (slipping)  badly going back in. I was going at about half throttle or less. I had a new aluminum prop and got one trip out of it.

We started out poling but later just started drifting with the rod ready.


Sell Anything / Another Solo Skiff for sale Austin
« on: July 18, 2015, 06:27:05 PM »

I got one and he still has one solo skiff plus trailer on this date 7.18.15


General Discussion / Rod rack in laundry room
« on: July 13, 2015, 07:42:10 PM »
I made this tonight. I took a casting lesson from Mark Anawaty in Sugar Creek Subdivision. I have been practicing my cast and decided to make it more convient to grab a rod.


General Discussion / Speaker for May 2015
« on: May 10, 2015, 11:22:00 AM »
Who is speaker for May?

I sure would like to see one. I think that is the fly he caught all the sheephead at last outing. I saw him do one.


We had one man cancel on us for trip. Have 2 going, Bryant and I. Driving down to Rivera on Thursday, fishing Friday and Saturday and driving back on Sunday. Have house rented on Baffin Bay which I think is $250 per night. Guide is Walt Kalinowsky.
Baitcasters for us but if you want to flyfish could probably do it blind casting.

May could take second person dedending on if Bryant friend cannot go and should know by Monday 3-2-15 late.

Joe French
cell 281-731-78six one     website for house we have Lodge booked

General Discussion / Port Sulphur, La 2-20-15
« on: February 22, 2015, 10:05:54 AM »
Dennis A. and I went over on Thursday and stayed at the Woodland Plantation  Bed&Breakfast to fish. We fished with Shane Mayfield (guide) on his Lostmen skiff. He told us the conditions did not look good before we left but we went anyway. We fished one day which was Friday and decided to come on home Saturday with winds at 25mph and gusting to 35. We were going to go in his bay boat and baitcast for reds.

We each caught 3 reds on fly Friday morning with decent winds before all hell broke loose. We got one more red about 8 lbs on spinner bait. We tried some topwater to no avail. We had a good time and great place to stay. The food was gourmet. I think for $70 per day we got breakfast, boat lunch and evening meal. The evening meal was over the top good.

Pictures of practice casting pond, the dining hall which was an old church, Dennis man of leisure and cabin. Friday night owner was shucking raw oysters for us. I could go on and on about the food.


General Discussion / Louisiana reciprosity with Texas fishing license
« on: January 20, 2015, 12:47:55 PM »

Look at page 7. States Texas residents over 65 with current Texas fishing lic may fish in Louisiana without buying La license. I had been looking for verification and I believe this covers it.


General Discussion / Cache la Poudre River and North Platte in July 2014
« on: September 09, 2014, 07:37:50 PM »
I fished one day wading in the Cache la Poudre River at Fort Collins, Co via St. Peters Fly Shop guides and one day float trip on the North Platte in Wyoming. Was originally to fish the Encampment River but guide felt the N Platte was best. I did catch some fish and this was on my bucket list. First trip was June 30th and second July 1st.

We returned home from Riverside, Wy via the Snowy Range going north to Larimie.


LOL / Cartoon
« on: August 20, 2014, 08:03:48 AM »
Saw this on TKF board. ;D

General Discussion / East Matagorda 5-23-14
« on: May 23, 2014, 03:55:44 PM »
Fished East Matty with Mike Frankoff and his son Jared. Had great time fishing them in their Hellsbay Waterman. We did not hook up. Saw very few reds with no legitimate shots.  Had a nice at least 15mph in your face, cast killing wind all day. The bay looked like chocolate milk but some clear areas on south shoreline.


Orvis / Orvis 3.13.14
« on: March 13, 2014, 06:23:21 PM »
Hey, I got a $25 gift certificate. Had a good time there. Nice to meet some new people. One of our members not to be mentioned put a nice backcast on the hightline wire.


General Discussion / Grand Isle Report
« on: February 16, 2014, 03:49:54 PM »
We fished Friday and Saturday with Scott Null out of Grand Isle, La. Valentines Day. I have a lovely wife!!

I got two 16 lb reds and a 22 lb on fly rod Friday. Using Redfish Crack flies with lead dumbbell eyes in about 2 to 3 feet of water. I used my 8 wt and it did fine. Also used Gamakatsu Stinger hooks and held up well on big fish.

Saturday I got only one red on fly that was 25 lbs. Kelly Hazen's Tibor Everglades got to sing that Tibor drag music.

We had numerous chances to sight cast. Your cast had to very accurate which I did not have an accurate cast thus some very fishable opportunities were lost. Very different fishing open water in 2 and 3 feet and sight casting.

Dan Starr was fishing after us so hope it makes a report.


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