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Outing Chat / 2015-10-03, Fishing Christmas Bay
« on: October 01, 2015, 07:50:17 AM »
I want to go fishing. Anybody else want to drag the kayak down to Christmas Bay?

Ernie's II, 515 Amigo Ln, Freeport, TX 77541

Met-up about 0630 and launch, going east.  Sunrise is 0716, so this will put us in front of fish at sunrise.

GPS coordinates 29.048913, -95.165117,+TX/29.0488437,-95.165139/@29.3566802,-95.9926943,186864m/am=t/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m8!4m7!1m5!1m1!1s0x8640b8b4488d8501:0xca0d02def365053b!2m2!1d-95.3698028!2d29.7604267!1m0?hl=en

Invite others.  The weather is looking good!

Wind out of the NW at about 3mph.

VHF Radio channel 69.


There were 8 anglers in 7 Kayaks and 1 Canoe There were over 200 fish caught We had great company, Good food, Perfect weather But if you want the details…..

Details here


Outing Information Only / Re: 2015 PINS trip report, Red Tide
« on: September 24, 2015, 05:55:28 AM »
Red Tide: In depth report for September 23, 2015

Reported conditions for Red Tide (Karenia brevis), a known harmful algal bloom (HAB), for Texas through Thursday, September 24 confirms dead fish and respiratory irritation from the Port Aransas/Mustang Island to Padre Island National Seashore regions.

Water samples have confirmed background (less than 1 cell/ml) to high (> 1,000 cells/ml) concentrations of Red Tide along the coast of Texas from Galveston Bay to the Rio Grande... (TPWD; 9/17-9/23). Samples collected along Padre Island have documented an increase in cell concentrations ranging from moderate to high, with the greatest densities observed at the Padre Island National Seashore from Mile marker 0 to mile marker 19.

Winds forecasted today through Thursday have the potential to promote high levels of respiratory irritation in from Aransas Bay to the Rio Grande. Concentrations are patchy and discomfort to the eyes, nose, and throat will vary based upon local bloom concentrations, ocean currents, and wind speed and direction. Children, elderly, and individuals with asthma commonly experience elevated sensitivity and should avoid areas causing symptoms. Common symptoms include: coughing, sneezing, tearing, skin irritation, and difficulty breathing among others. Dogs are particularly sensitive to these conditions and may become sick or even require advance veterinary care if they ingest dead fish or lick any part of their body that comes into contact with beach sand or Gulf water.

If you plan on coming to the seashore please come prepared for the conditions. Bones and spines of dead fish can puncture feet and lead to serious infections. Driving conditions are also difficult; the number of fish on the beach makes this hazard hard to avoid and may leave you stranded with punctured vehicle tires.

Caution is advised for persons with respiratory problems, infants, and pets being on the beach at this time. If you start to cough, have a burning sensation in your throat or itchy eye it is recommended that you leave the beach area.

Outing Information Only / Re: 2015 PINS trip report
« on: September 23, 2015, 10:12:24 AM »

Outing Information Only / Re: 2015 PINS trip report
« on: September 23, 2015, 09:38:06 AM »
This pretty much says it all.  We were lucky to duck the bullet!

September 22, 2015, Red Tide Update

Padre Island National Seashore air quality varies depending on wind direction, but the aerosols in the air today are very strong. We still advise that pets, infants, and those with breathing issues do not walk on the beach at this time. We also do not advise that anyone walk on the beach at this time bare foot. Spines and bones from the decaying fish can pose serious health risks if stepped on by people or pets. The spines from catfish can also flatten vehicle tires if you attempt to drive down island. We will keep you updated as conditions change.

Burkeville, Texas weather is looking good for this weekend.


General Discussion / Re: Shoalwater
« on: September 21, 2015, 04:47:08 AM »
Good post, and pictures.


Outing Information Only / 2015 PINS trip report
« on: September 19, 2015, 08:52:14 AM »
The Windknots will have the pictures, as will WordPress......

Here is the summary, so there is no need to read further:
1.   12 of us made the trip
2.   We caught some fish
3.   It rained
4.   Travel was relatively easy
5.   A good time was had by most

But if you must know the details:

John met at my house and we just chunked our gear into the back of the truck.  All the dry goods went into the “kitchen box” and what few cold things we had between us went into the drink cooler.

By the time we got on the road we found Scott was already at PINS, and that Eduardo was already rolling. 

On the road we were in touch with everybody but Mary-Kay and Skip, who got a late start.

By the time that we got to Malachite, about 1130, everybody showed up quickly. 

A quick rigging of rods and back-up gear, along with moving a cooler to the front of the truck, and the Tundra was ready. 

Time to roll out, finally, around 1300.  Our game plan was to look for fish and find a place to camp around mile 30.  The weather was a bit breezy for fly fishing all afternoon, but finding feeding fish turned out to be more of a challenge.

After miles of cruising the beach, we stopped and wet a line when we saw birds feeding way out in the horizon.  Only smallish ladyfish were brought to hand.

The travelling on Friday was extremely easy.  The sand was packed in most places and there was very little debris.  We were able to watch the water, with no real activity in it, without having to be too concerned about loose sand. 

We made it down to the 40 mile marker when we saw the clouds start to form.  In that area there is very little beach, so we backtracked to the 35 mile marker, where we had seen birds working offshore, to set up camp.  Camp was an interesting collection of shelters.  Tents, tent-cots, Jumping Jack trailer, and I have no idea what to call Tim’s hotel on wheels.  Tim supplied the name of “Outfitter Popup Truck Camper”

The clouds got darker, and flashes of lightning were off in the distance as we talked about making dinner. 
The campfire that John had worked so hard on was drowned as the rain came down and the wind shifted 180°.  Every tent and tent-cot that was up was turned over, or flattened.  I re-anchored mine by tying it to the truck.  John weighed his down by getting in it.  Eduardo joined Ron and Garland in the Jumping Jack.  3 of us decided that a room in town would be a better option.  Since we hadn’t heard from Skip and Mary-Kay, we didn’t know that they had also chosen that option.

Morning came, but the rain never let up until well after sunrise.  Coffee was late as our smaller group recounted the night, and had breakfast.  Since we had a lot of wet gear, we decided to stay in place and let the sun dry what it could.  This is where 4 of our group, which had stayed in town, found us, standing in the water, fishing.
All morning we had occasional showers, and just enough fish, mostly whiting, to keep us interested in fishing.  All afternoon Saturday the weather was perfect, just with a stronger wind than we liked for fly fishing.

Our camp finally broke apart after lunch as most of the gear was dry.  Moving north, away from the jetties turned out to be a good idea.  An angler coming from the jetties area told us that fishing was slow, travel was tough, and the water was off-color. 
His group had gotten into some big sharks, but not at the pace he was hoping for.

We kept moving and watching the water.  Around mile 25 or so, the water started clearing nicely, so we decided to pitch camp at another wide spot in the beach.  The wind was up, but no rain, as we sat around the campfire.  Tim volunteered to cook the HB hotdogs on his grill beside his palace, so we abandoned the campfire to sit under his canopy, and smell the dinner cooking.  He was able to cook an entire pack at once on his grill, much more efficient than the long forks held over the campfire, and a lot less sand in our teeth.
Tents up, dinner stuff packed away, the entire group scattered for their shelters.  For some reason we were tired.

Sunday morning, at 0430, I put kettle on for hot water and prepared the coffee pot.  Garland joined me soon and we brought our chairs over to watch the stars and chat.  Soon there was a line of chairs at the coffee pot and most of the group were admiring the stars and enjoying the morning.  The only time we used our headlamps or flashlights was when we absolutely had to.

But as pleasant as the morning was, and as comfortable as our chairs were, we came to fish.  As the sky lightened some of us started grabbing rods and making our way to the water.  Others sat, enjoying their coffee, and watching our friends fish. 
John landed a nice red just at sunrise Sunday morning.
What we didn’t know is that Jerry was flinging a spoon into the third gut, hooking up with Spanish mackerels, and releasing them.

About 0930 or so, we packed up camp and started making our way north towards the Malachite parking lot.  Movement in the water caught our attention.  It was only a flash, or a splash, but we had to throw something in the water.    Ladyfish and baby jacks were there and were willing to bite.

This is the location that Jerry hooked into a 22 pound jack.
At the malachite parking lot we reloaded most of our gear and disassembled the rods before the trip home.  A quick shower and we were on the road.

A small group stopped for food one the way home. 

The rest of us just drove to Houston, stopping only for jerky.

1630, home, transload, shake hands, and promise “next time” we part ways. 

Now the only task was to get all the sand and salt out of all of our gear.


8 people signed up.

Information sent to those that are signed up.

I am really looking forward to this trip.


Texas FlyFishers of Houston Event: Louisiana Marshes

When: Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31, 2015
Where: The marshes of Lake Calcasieu about 17 mikes south of Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Start Time: Fish Fry hosted by Contraband Fly Casters on Friday night (time to be determined) - Captains meeting and boat assignments - Fishing at sunrise on Saturday morning.  Got question?? Call

End Time:    Sunday: Fishing at your discretion.  Check out 11:00 am.
Trip Leader:  Skip Donovan
Phone:  c: 713-822(dash)(zero)(zero)69
e-mail:    skipdonovan(won)(at)sbcglobal(dot).net

Trip Description: Friday evening (time to be determined):  Fish fry and power-point presentation on fishing Lake Calcasieu, courtesy of our hosts the Contraband Fly Casters. Captains meeting and boat assignments.  Saturday: Exploring the marshes of Lake Calcasieu with members of the Contraband Fly Casters, in search of big Reds.

How to sign up:
1.  Don't sign Up Here (see #3)
2. Or on the sign up sheet distributed at the monthly meeting. 
3. Due to problems signing up on the web lately it would be advisable to e-mail the trip leader. Boat assignments for non-boat owners and camp house reservations are on a first come basis. Space is limited.
How to get waiver forms: Download PDF form here.  Required Waiver of Liability, filled out and signed, along with emergency contact information.  (need the link here to be updated "Puck")

Cost: Gas for your boat Captain. Shared cost of camp house for two nights (will be determined by number of those sharing same). Space is limited.

Directions: Will be provided prior to departure.
About the area:  Lake Calcasieu is a brackish lake in southwestern Louisiana.  The lake is also known as Big Lake by the locals.  Big Lake is well known among anglers of the Gulf Coast as a destination for large Reds in both size and numbers.  Specs (spotted sea trout) are another favorite target of anglers visiting the Big Lake and Specs of seven pounds and larger are not uncommon.

Important items:
• Member dues are current!  Non-members can join the Texas FlyFishers at the event (make check payable to the Texas FlyFishers)
• Waiver of Liability, filled out and signed, along with emergency contact information.
• Extra change of dry clothes
• Wind and/or water proof jacket
• Lunch, Water, snacks
• Sunscreen and Mosquito Repellant
• Hat, Polarized Glasses
• First Aid Kit
• VHF radio, channel 69

Recommended Equipment:
7-9 wt rods.  Conventional equipment dependent on wind conditions.

Recommended Flies:
Redfish crack
Crab patters

Recommended guidelines for participants:
• Notify the trip leader if you have any potential concerns
• If inexperienced, then buddy up.
• Have proper safety equipment
• If you are boating or kayaking, inform the trip leader of your float plan if planning to fish alone or longer then the designated times.
• Sign in and sign out at the launch site. Inform the trip leader if you will be launching in a different place.

Dropbox set up for the trip, and draft report will go to the participants this weekend, before making public.


Do we have a volunteer to cook eggs?

Texas FlyFishers has been asked to help with breakfast, but so far I have no name to give to the Fredricksburg contact. 

This is event is coming up shortly.


From Crawford, he was in a tiny kayak:

"Tell everybody to bring a life vest. You don’t have to wear it but have to carry it. I got a $50 fine for not having one and had to get out of the 4 foot of water. Of course it was on the flipping Louisiana side. That state! I told the guy it was a surf board. He didn’t go for it."


Events and Information / Business Class Support, 2016
« on: September 16, 2015, 09:55:30 AM »
1/22 - Introduction, Equipment
One more volunteer needed

2/5 - Casting
8-15 volunteers needed

2/19 - Fly Tying
8-12 volunteers needed

3/4 - If needed as an alternative date or 4/1 (3/18 is Spring Break)

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