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Outing Information Only / Re: October 2013 - Anahuac - Trinity Bay
« on: October 11, 2013, 04:33:43 AM »
I'm signed up! Looks like calendar has cleared (okay, I forced a couple of things) and I'm looking forward to it. Years ago I would fish that shoreline pretty frequently in October, and it can be great. Fished a little further South, near Hodges Reef, and often found clear water and lots of fish.

The weather forecast for next Saturday, which we all now to be absolutely accurate, shows clear, 77 degrees, and NE winds 5-10 mph. Can't get any better than that!

So... let's go fishing!


General Discussion / Re: Tip leader for Trout,Redsand Flounder.
« on: September 27, 2013, 08:24:43 AM »
I just buy tapered leaders and call it good. I think that's what most of us, and most guides, use. Fewer knots to hang up on turtle grass, and a whoooole lot easier. I use 12# with a fluoro tippet in the bays, and in the surf or jetties might go to 16#.

Pricier, but easier.

General Discussion / Re: 8lbs 6oz Catch of the Weekend
« on: September 23, 2013, 08:28:36 AM »
Outstanding Matt - and congrats to your growing family!  8)

First name jack, middle name...wait for it... Crevalle?

Great photo... I don't think I've ever met anyone who brought a fly rod into a delivery room!


About You / Re: Colorado Boy Learning the Texas Ways
« on: September 05, 2013, 06:50:15 AM »
Hello Dunkingmidget...

Yeah, what Dave said. X2!

Lots of opportunities through this outfit, and the people in it, to cast flies in either saltwater or freshwater. Come on and join the fun - there is aways something coming up on the planning horizon. PINS this month (what a blast - dry camping on the beach and fly fishing the surf), and next month is one of the major events of the year, the Redfish Rodeo to be held in Rockport.



Outing Information Only / Re: August 2013
« on: July 30, 2013, 06:04:46 AM »
Sorry, guys... I'm abroad that weekend and won't be able to make it. Dang! I love paddling those marshes, and an easy trip. And then there's always the Stingaree - cold beer, poboys, and live music. Sounds like a great way to finish a great day!

Mike - you're welcome to use my kayak and gear if you like, just let me know.

Outing Chat / Re: Port O'Connor Jack Crevalle
« on: July 22, 2013, 03:42:41 AM »
Looks like a great time - congrats on a few nice jacks. I've caught a few small jacks, but I'm still waiting for the big one. Maybe this next weekend...


Outing Information Only / Re: July Outing - Port O'Connor "One Fly"
« on: July 20, 2013, 05:57:57 AM »
Hey John... I'll be ready to help!  have a pretty sharp filet knife, I'll rinse the redfish guts off of it before we get started. As for a frilly apron, I may need to borrow one of yours.  ;)

Outing Information Only / Re: July Outing - Port O'Connor "One Fly"
« on: July 17, 2013, 07:13:50 AM »
Confirmed! Will be a great event, and one to remember. Looking forward to light winds, favorable tides, and hungry redfish cruising well lit flats just looking for the right fly... i.e. mine. I'd tell you what fly that will be, but, well, you know...
Make sure you are all ready to:
•   Fish - yeah that should not be a problem!
•   Eat - Counting on John's famous paella... we still on Fluidos? I'm signing up to be on your cooking team!
•   Drink - There may be a few coolers and brown bottles around. You can nurse your hangover at Speedy Stop - like always, right?
•   Laugh - Bound to be some great stories to tell, about broken tips, running a skiff into the weeds, fish that got away, etc...
Can’t wait – let’s go fishing!

See you all there,

Outing Chat / Re: Supreme Sabine
« on: July 08, 2013, 01:25:17 PM »
Yeah - Mike and I had a great time fishing Sabine... just wishing the water clarity was what it was last December. Thinking that this is more of a cold water fishery for fly fishing; better clarity and sight casting conditions. There are some really nice shorelines in the area that apparently rarely see anglers. Too shallow for most boats, wading difficult with a soft bottom, and very limited road access. Those three things = limited fishing pressure. There are navigable channels running through the areas, which provide deeper water adjacent to flats and small islands. Pretty darn fishy.

Here are a couple more shots of Mike's world class fllounder. Rare to see one that large, and the biggest I've seen. At one point in the fight Mike was convinced it was a snag on the bottom and that the boat was moving. Then... we saw the fish and man did the endorphins kick in. Here's a photo showing 23" of length, you'll just have to trust us (well, maybe me) that the tail was at the zero mark.

Also learned that there is really no water where Mike won't fish if he believes there are fish in it. He's the one, after all, who put White Oak Bayou on the fly fishing map, even next to the wastewater plant.  Here's mike casting into his secret hidey hole. What does that sign on the fence say?

Here's a closeup of the sign - sheesh!

Finally, a shot of the trout that Mike dragged out from under the bridge. Easy to sight cast to those fish, they give off an eery iridescent glow.

One final thing - we learned how well the Beavertail withstands a large wake from a passing ship. Several barges had passed us while fishing near a channel without issue. When a large ship goes by we carefully watched its wake. Stayed flat as the ship passed, we're good! Then, as the ship was about a half mile past us the wake begins to pile up on the flat we were fishing, resulting in about 4' of tsunami that is moving stainght towards us - and fast. We're drifting over shallow water with the ingition off and the motor tilted up... ruh roh! A quick jump into the cockpit, fire the engine while lowering the motor, and try to outrun the wave running parallel to its very tall and steep surface. It became clear that we were not going to be able to pass the wave before it hit us broadside, where we swould have certainly fliped, so there was nothing left to do... turn the boat on plane hard left and dirctly into the wave, hit the throttle, and punch right through it. I still have the visual of Mike sitting on the casting platform, holding on tightly, with water coming over the bow up to his waist. The ol' Beavertail roared right through, dropped into trough behind, recovered nicely, then right into and through the next one. And then the third one. Whooo Wheeee....! We were out of the wake, soaked, with the cockpit completely full of water, flip flops and dry bags floating everywhere. Boat still riding high and under power... hit the bilge pump and quickly drained the cockpit. Laughing, sort of, we headed off to the next stop for Mike to try for the slam. Man, I like that little boat!

Ended up a great day, Mike with a slam (er... grand slam if you count the crab that wouldn't let go of his soft plastic), and a few good stories. That area of Sabine is definitely worth a TFF outing; very accessible by kayak as well as boats, and an easy day trip. We should plan another adventure this fall after the Redfish Rodeo...

Looking forward to the POC one-fly!

Outing Information Only / Re: June 2013, Lighthouse Lakes
« on: June 25, 2013, 06:24:31 AM »
Looks like it was a great time... great photos! God to see some nice fish brought to hand.

Posing an answer to Golden's question - Mike Q. must be a Ladies' Man  ;) !!

General Discussion / Re: Releasing fish in hot water
« on: June 20, 2013, 08:19:58 AM »
Great advice and a great tip Chris... thanks for sharing. Picked up a few nice bass in a neighborhood pond last weekend, three of them over five opunds. Noted the same thing - they were pretty lethargic upon release, and it took some work to revive them and ensure a safe release.

Really like your bubbler idea.

Outing Information Only / Re: June 2013, Lighthouse Lakes
« on: June 13, 2013, 02:24:05 PM »
Oh, yeah, forgot to mention. If anyone needs a kayak I have one that is available as a loaner.  Just lemme know...


Outing Information Only / Re: June 2013, Lighthouse Lakes
« on: June 10, 2013, 11:34:23 AM »
Regrets, gents... cannot make this trip. Would love to make that trip (have yet to fish the area), but that weekend I'll be heads-down with work related milestones.  :o

I know, if only I were slightly more dysfunctional!

Have a great time and take pics!


Outing Information Only / Re: July Outing - Port O'Connor "One Fly"
« on: May 30, 2013, 07:16:13 PM »
Sign me up for a bunk and a place to park my boat trailer...


Outing Chat / Re: Guide needed for New Orleans
« on: May 30, 2013, 06:24:34 AM »
There is an outstanding guide service that I've used several times, based out of Empire/ Buras. Check out Capt Lloyd Landry, Outcast Fishing Charters. Excellent guide service, comfy lodge, good guys to spend time on the water. Lloyd's number is: 504.912.8291; email is . Easiest just to give him a call...

I'm lining up a trip with a few of my conventional fishing buddies this fall.

Hope it goes well...


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