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Messages - GDSutherland

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Great Travis - glad you can make it and won't spend your weekend choosing drapery fabrics.

And... if you really want a steak I suggest stopping at Jay's Chili Shack and ordering one to go. Good luck!  :o Alternately you can dig in elbow deep into the big pile of shrimp that will come off the boiler. Come hungry!


Travis - give Mike Q a call... he can advise on any available boat spots.

I agree with Michael... don't get caught hanging sconces (whatever those are)!

Outing Information Only / Re: Port O'Connor Jetties - May 31st
« on: April 23, 2014, 06:40:31 AM »
I'm in! Signed up and will be ready to go. Really looking forward to this one, I've never been able to align schedules and make this event. Camping on the island... cool!

Jetty fishing - gotta be ready for big fish. Sounds like I need to go shopping for heavy bite tippet and big chicken-looking flies.


Okay - if you haven't signed up you gotta confirm soon, I'm going grocery shopping for a Friday night Shrimp Boil. Come hungry! Oh - and maybe thristy too  ::)! We have fiften people on the list thus far - so if you'd like to sit you might consider bring a lawn chair.

Bill - still planning on the use of your equipment. If not I can easily bring mine...

See you down there; will be a blast


General Discussion / Re: When to use a full sinking fly line?
« on: April 17, 2014, 06:18:25 AM »
Ok Puck... thanks for keeping us focused.

From my perspective, a full sinking line is best used....hey there's a hummingbird! Got to put out the feeder.


General Discussion / Re: When to use a full sinking fly line?
« on: April 16, 2014, 02:36:05 PM »
Ah, sorry to disappoint guys, but I no longer have an offshore-capable boat. Sold the Hydra-Sports when I bought the Beavertail.

So - unless we can reach weedlines from the skiff we'll need another plan. So let's start working on one!


General Discussion / Re: When to use a full sinking fly line?
« on: April 16, 2014, 07:43:26 AM »
Don't really know. I've never had the need for anything heavier than an intermediate sinking line.

But here's my plan: full sinking line on a 12 weight, go offshore and hit weedlines and rigs looking for a big cobia. anyone interested?  ;)


Yeah, thanks Puck for helping relive the very special moment of hooking a personal best smallmout, then having it spit the hook. Ah, well... I guess that is what keeps us coming back. I know he's swimming out there somehwere, just taunting me.  I'll go back and find him!

Argh... >:(


Outing Chat / Re: John Scarborough Sunfish Spectacular
« on: April 06, 2014, 03:24:12 PM »
Wow Don... looks like you really got into the bass at D7L yesterday - Nicely done!

Thanks Mike Arnold for growing some great fish!


I'm signed up! Put me down for dinner and a bunk somewhere...

Outing Chat / Re: FLOUNDER ON MAY FLY!!
« on: April 01, 2014, 06:36:27 AM »
Congrats Don - nice fish and a nice fly. Looks like the kind of thing that just about anything would eat, redfish, trout, or flounder.



Events and Information / Re: Oil Spill in Galveston Bay
« on: March 23, 2014, 12:04:06 PM »
Yep - just read a report which stated the damaged compartment has a capacity of 4k barrels, or 168,000 gallons. Also metioned two people treated for hydogen sulfide inhalation. The report said the barge is partially sunken and is carrying bunker fuel, which is typically used as a fuel for marine engines.

Hoping for a very quick recovery, cleanup, and no environmental damage.

Okay - I'll go! Anyone?


Outing Chat / Re: Pond Fishing for Bass& Perch
« on: March 20, 2014, 09:30:48 AM »
Well, looks like the crappie are spawning in the landscape lake in our neighborhood. I must have caught a dozen of these last night between 7:00 and 8:00, all on black wooly buggers. This is one of those mud basin retention ponds with no grass, structure, etc. This pond is pretty good fishing, really. I've seen my son pull 5# bass out of it, and I've caught hundreds of bass, perch, and catfish on the fly. It is stocked, but clearly we are growing fish in this lake. I can only imagine how productive it might be with some planned structure in the design.

Interesting thing is these crappie appear only for a short time in the spring, when they are spawning in the shallows. Then they apparently go deep, and are rarely seen for the remainder of the year. Might catch one occasionally, but pretty rare. This lake slopes to a depth of 20' to 25' I'm told, would be good to take a depthfinder in a kayak and see what the bottom looks like and where these fish might go.

But a decent place to fish all the way around... as you can see.

Tying Chat / Re: Pizza and Fly tying
« on: March 19, 2014, 06:55:17 AM »
Good stuff guys - learned a lot last night. While the Seaducer is a pretty simple fly to ie, the lesson is all about feathers. Capes vs saddles vs strung hackle, etc. Selecting feathers of size, comparing to hook gap, etc. feather "structure," i.e. webbed or not, and where and why either makes sense. Weed guards, and how to tie them (remember - not too tight to the hook).

A lot more than meets the eye in tying the simple seaducer...

Thanks for the lesson and the hospitality!


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