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Outing Chat / Blast from the past - Chandeluer Islands Outing report
« on: August 09, 2015, 06:24:43 PM »
No trouble on the Double Trouble
Fishing the Chandeluer Islands, fishing from a mothership, having great company, eating great food, catching unimaginable quatinties of trout, catching unimaginable quatinties of redfish.   Sounds great………..well 3 out of 5 isn’t so bad.  I along with numerous other TFF’ers spent 3 great days aboard the luxurious Double Trouble fishing the Chandeluer Islands this past May. 

Several firsts were had on the trip.  David caught his first flounder on the fly followed by his first trout, a nice 22 incher .  Aaron had his first sight casted shark on the fly.

We only had 1 small problem throughout the trip.  On the final day, the boatride was 4.5 hours back to port.  We ran out of beer for the final 3 hours.  I have learned that there is another thing fisherman exaggerate besides their fish, it’s their beer consumption.  I’m still amazed that everyone and I mean everyone claimed to have brought twice as much beer as they individually consumed.  We went to great extents to conserve our supply with Dennis even saving his beer when he stepped off the boat transom and missed the dingy.

Outing Chat / Blast from the past - POC Jetty trip circa 2005
« on: August 09, 2015, 06:20:40 PM »
Report from POC jetty trip  2005

POC jetty outing ….Scott Fossum reporting
Five adventuresome fisherman and one fisherwoman joined in the fun of the latest saltwater outing at the big jetties in Port O’Connor on Saturday and Sunday June 5th and 6th.  We enjoyed camping, fishing, good food, no mosquitoes, fishing and even catching fish.  Though fishing was slow, all caught trout.  Opinions on the fishing varied, but ask Bruce Heiberg about his 7 trout.  Unlike previous freshwater outing reports or should I call them yarns (or worse), Bruce’s 7 trout was a Boga verified 7 pounder.  In a further attempt for accurate reporting, the exact secret spot where the big trout was caught is shown in the photo.
The forecasted 12 mph winds were a joke with 20+ mph winds encountered.  Fishing at the jetties is dependent on the water clarity and current.  There was strong current our entire 22 hours, but water clarity was the best when we arrived and continually degraded.  Trout and  ladyfish were landed, and one Jack Crevalle hooked but lost after a 15 minute fight do to a cut line.   We fished Saturday night with a light plant and the best fly was a clouser on a sinking line.   The current was strong and the key was getting you fly deep.    We ate till we were stuffed, with burgers and fries Saturday evening and breakfast tacos for Sunday brunch.   
Camping was very enjoyable for June on the Matagorda peninsula.  Not a mosquito was seen and the wind made tents feel air conditioned.  I even used a blanket.  Joining the fun were Ralph Adams, Bruce Heiberg, Bryce Bezant, Jerry Prentice and Elvia Fossum.

Outing Chat / Blast from the past - POC 1 fly 2005
« on: August 09, 2015, 06:13:02 PM »
2004 POC 1 fly report
makes you want to sign up for the 2016 1 fly

The Pot O’Connor 1 Fly outing on July 30 was a resounding success with 13 fly fishers competing for the rotating crystal trophy that is awarded to the most total inches of fish caught with the 1st fly tied on.  The day started with rain and lightening, but we managed to avoid most of the storms.  Pringle Lake had no rain or lightening and was the lucky spot. 

Almost all caught fish, with the 2 exceptions by the 2 diehards that targeted tarpon.  Their tarpon exploits were hindered by having to run away from the lightening and rain storms that lingered over the northwest part of the bay.  Todd only managed 1 redfish in Pringle, but what a fish, a 28 incher that was tailing.  Joe and Nicholas headed offshore with this being Nicholas’s first time offshore.  Nicholas  had an admirable effort, with two 30 inch king mackerel landed and many larger fish lost. Jeremy was an honest (read dumb) 1 flyer.  He actually gave 2 totals.  His total fish caught and the smaller amount caught on his 1st fly that his 4th fish stole. 

The highlite of the fish tales was yachtsman extrodinare Jerry Loring giving new boatowner and new to POC Joe Burton a boating lesson.  Under Jerry’s expert tutelage and captainship, Joe now knows the proper technique for waving down 4 other fisherman to help push a grounded boat off a sandbar.  Jerry was kind enough to demonstrate this 2 times on 2 different sandbars while driving Joe’s new boat.  In between boating lessons, both Jerry and Joe managed to catch some fish.  Joe was seen muttering at the dinner, but it was hard to determine if the muttering/swearing was 1) never let Jerry drive the boat, 2) never go back to POC or 3) I can’t wait till next year’s 1 fly.  My bet is on number 3.

The luck was with Scott Fossum for the day.  Luck because Jeremy waded left and Scott waded right from the boat.  We both caught our fish within 150 yards of the boat.  Scott managed 7 fish, a 10” & 19” ladyfish, 17” trout, 19.5” red, 21” red, 21” red & 24.5” red for a 132 inch total all from Pringle Lake.  And yes, they were all caught on the 1st fly of the day, an orange and brown VIP popper. 

Outing Chat / Blast from the past POC 1 fly report - 2004
« on: August 09, 2015, 06:09:23 PM »
from my archives
Another example of why you should participate in outings:  having fun, learning to fish & perhaps even catching some fish.
Let me know if I should post more.
2004 1 fly report
Port O’Connor 1 fly outing report

At least thirteen flyfishers braved the heat and calm conditions on Saturday July 31 for a successful outing with all but 1 catching fish.  The announced rules were simple, total inches of fish caught on the first fly tied on. 

Strategy seemed very important.  Some talked of using 15 pound Big Game as a leader to preserve the precious first fly.  I revised my strategy after hearing this and used a braided wire tippet.  Some talked about or more accurately refused to talk about secret spots.  Some had the strategy of fishing the lights after midnight but failed to wake-up.  Some gave the strategy of stealth by “sticking their head in a bucket”.  Some thought they could convince the judges that sea grass is a type of  fish.  Our esteemed president ran 3 circles in a cove then had the audacity of telling me to go fish there because he “saw a lot”.

At the dinner and awards ceremony, the 1st liar didn’t have a chance.   This was compounded by the fact that all previous winners of the 1 fly were present and all were trying to give their results last.   Catching seemed higher than usual with only 1 honest flyfisher admitting to no fish (the infamous “head in the bucket” strategy).  Billy’s 10 feet of weeds were not added to his redfish total (the judges are dumb strategy).   Jeremey couldn’t convince the judges to add my 5’10” to his total for nailing me in the head with a clouser (another the judges are dumb strategy). 

The strategy choice that  made the difference was quality versus quantity.  The birds were very active in Espiritu Santo Bay and those of us who went by in search of large fish on the flats were not the winner.  Jeremy Cottrell’s (from Australia) 1st time saltwater fly fishing in Texas with a new rod, reel and line had 12 fish  (120 inches) under the birds was good  for 3rd place.  Jerry Loring’s 8 redfish good for 168 inches was only good for 2nd place.    Mike Eberhard’s forty plus fish for 300+ inches won 1st place.  Both Mike and Jerry thought they had won but refused to give their totals until the end.  They both even brought a fly  they found run over in the parking lot claiming it’s maimed state was evidence of the “1 fly”.  The judges didn’t actually fall for their stories, but none better were offered.

General Discussion / Re: rio or SA for sink tip
« on: July 02, 2015, 06:56:32 PM »
Another recommendation for teeny sink tips.  Used the ts450 last weekend offshore with a 10wt.  I use ts450 or 350 with 10 wits.

For a less expensive option us a shooting head.  Buy t15 in bulk & cut to size based on the rod wt.

Integrated lines/heads are easier ( although definitely not easy the 1st few times), but good ones are 4x the cost of a t15 shooting head.

Teeny also makes shorter head & markets it as freshwater sink tip.  They are even weights:  200,300, etc.  Shorter is better in some circumstances.

Scott F

Outing Chat / Rockport report 6/14
« on: June 16, 2015, 03:15:35 PM »
High water everywhere with tides about 2 ft or 1 above predicted.  This made my normal venues too deep to sight fish.  Water clarity was marginal (for Rockport in June), but definitely fishable.
Fished the Corner, Lidia Ann shore, the Pass, Estes Flats & Naked Man.
Was hungry for fish, so trout, red & flounder caught were all short of eating size.

Great day on the water and nothing broke.
Went out for 40 minutes on Sunday and got chased off by rain.


General Discussion / Re: Just ordered my new boat!
« on: June 09, 2015, 10:48:09 AM »
Great looking boat.
Use the build time to get all the accessories.

Remember a new boat does best with new fly rods & reels.

« on: June 09, 2015, 10:40:18 AM »
The forum is a good thing.
it along with our website cane certainly be improved.

each of us can certainly make the forum better by posting more.  something I need to do more of myself.

This forum is the 1st place I think of to get ..........."free stuff for free"

Scott Fossum

Sign me up.
I'm expecting a fun time as always happens on this outing.

Scott Fossum

Outing Information Only / Re: 2015 Saltwater Outings
« on: August 28, 2014, 07:36:22 PM »
We used to do pt Mansfield around easter(not on Easter).  Water clear in most wind & it will be windy in mar or April.  Rent a house for a reasonable rate with or without a night fishing dock.
Cookiouts mandatory cause restraints suck.
I ran it 2 or 3 times & all times had to tell people to leave boats at home.  We had too many boats! And didn't want boater owners fishing alone.
Easy to find productive spots for 1st timers.

Outing Information Only / Re: Redfish Rodeo - October 4th Rockport, TX
« on: August 17, 2014, 03:31:56 PM »
I am fishing in the rodeo.

Outing Information Only / Re: Port O'Connor Jetties - May 31st
« on: May 14, 2014, 04:25:36 PM »
I'm staying on island sat night.
Suggestion to captains is to bring both a bow & stern anchor.


Outing Information Only / Re: Port O'Connor Jetties - May 31st
« on: May 06, 2014, 08:25:26 PM »
I am bringing my boat & can take 2 fisherman.
 I can ferry 3-4 with normal gear load.


General Discussion / Re: When to use a full sinking fly line?
« on: April 24, 2014, 07:15:03 PM »
I use full sink almost exclusively offshore.  I use many different grain weights 350 to 1000 grn with 10 thru 14 wt rods.  Both integrated heads & shooting heads.

Both allow casting distance to increase versus wf lines, but require practice.  The casting stroke & feel are very different.

Integrated heads are expensive compared to shooting heads.  I mainly use teeny ts lines although I just got a rio striper 350 gr.  I have both Orvis & rio heads.  A good place to get either for cheep is our auction.

I have used full sink lines for tarpon at the secret tarpon spot in poc.  4-7 ft deep.  No tarpon jumped.

Secret spot = bill day reef

Outing Information Only / Re: Port O'Connor Jetties - May 31st
« on: April 15, 2014, 07:53:43 PM »
I'm in.
Lookin forward to bad mamajama's.
Scott F

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