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2012 and previous / Re: August Saltwater Outing - Bolivar Pocket
« on: August 28, 2012, 10:01:40 AM »
The three stalwart TFF'ers, Mike Quigley, Dan Starr, and George Sutherland, arrived at the arranged meeting place, at the beach on Rettilon Rd (easy to remember, it is "no litter" spelled backwards) on the Bolivar peninsula. A quick look at conditions, where the wind and surf resembled chocolate you-hoo, and our Trip Leader Quigley made the call to switch to plan B - launch on the bay side into East Bay and be sheltered from the wind. "Discretion being the better part of valor," and muttering some other unintelligible quotes from Shakespear, we headed up the peninsula to the Stingaree Marina.

Beach conditions not too favorable for kayaking - I actually took this on the way out, but the morning wasn't much better.




Launching at Stingaree is a great plan B. Nice place, secured (sorta) parking, and an easy paddle across the Intracoastal into East Bay.




From there we paddled up the South shoreline, with much better water but the wind still a bit of an issue over our heads. We paddled into a small bayou, and came across some picture perfect condition. High water and falling tides gave us visions of baitfish moving out of the marsh and into the guts, where hungry predators were sure to be stacked up looking for a tasty finger mullet, brown shrimp, or a green clouser. But... as it turned out, we were wrong.


We paddled up into the bayou, admiring the view. Gulls, ibis, egrets, but no bait moving and no predators!








Dan Starr's flounder, that couldn't resist his fly. This flounder exceeded SIX INCHES - we admired his warrior spirit! Put on your reading glasses and you can see it better.




Mike Quigley wanted to see as much of the marsh as he could. No idea how he paddled back into that tight spot...



Mike and Dan discussing what plan C might be... We paddled back out to the East Bay shoreline, hoping that we'd meet up with Scott Breedlove who was on his way down form Katy. There were those among us whose lack of pride let them grab some conventional tackle, and tie on a Gulp! shrimp, and see what they might bring to hand. They were rewarded with an angry, and foul hooked, stingray. Nice...



Turns out plan C was a po-boy and a couple of beers at the Stingaree! Really a very nice waterside restaurant/ bar, located right on the Intracoastal. Nice place under any circumstances. Sorry Mike, no oysters due to red tide issues. Had to listen to some complaining about that. You can see that Scott Breedlove made the trip, hustled down from Katy after his daughters track meet. That's dedication - to both his family and fly fishing!


A shot of Old Glory flying proudly from the Bolivar ferry. She's pretty starched, winds at that point were well over 20mph and there were storms bouncing all around. Smart thing to do was head home, hose off the kayak, and take a nap on the sofa.


Despite the lack of fish and tough conditions we still had a great time and I'm ready to do it again! Saw some new water, a great lunch, and enjoyed a great time with a few friends.

See y'all on the next trip
George

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Outing Chat / Re: What I SAW!!!
« on: August 21, 2012, 07:18:33 AM »
Let's start a rumor..."hey, now that Nick Somogyi has kids didja hear that he's selling his Beavertail?"    ;D

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2012 and previous / Re: August Saltwater Outing - Bolivar Pocket
« on: August 20, 2012, 06:09:50 AM »
I am confirmed - and on the list...

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2012 and previous / Re: August Saltwater Outing - Bolivar Pocket
« on: August 14, 2012, 07:00:19 AM »
If the date it still the 25th I should be able to go... still shifting calendars a bit but I'm at 80% probability. I've not fished the Bolivar Pocket before, it sounds interesting.

Do stingray leggings work for blacktip sharks?   :-\

Once I can confidently confirm I'll sign up...
George

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General Discussion / Re: Happy Camper!
« on: August 10, 2012, 04:52:08 AM »
Congratulations on the new job Mike! Hoping it works out well for you.

Sounds like you must have negotiated well! I think, on behalf of the entire club, you should be highly encouraged to act on your "new boat" idea. My suggestion for you is a HPX-T. Let us know when it is ready, but please try to arrange in time for the next saltwater outing.

Very cool - glad this has worked out for you.
George

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General Discussion / Re: Marine VHF Radio Recommendations
« on: August 08, 2012, 02:06:59 PM »
I use an Icom, and they are pretty nice and not really all that expensive. I also use mine as a backup to the fixed-mount in my boat. They all work reasonably well, I don't think that there is a lot of difference for a casual weekend kayaker. What I would look for are the features you want. When I was shopping I was interested in:
  • Power - equates to range and clarity
  • Floating
  • waterproof
I'd think you could get something pretty nice for $125 to $150. Try taking a look at West Marine; I found mine on sale at a pretty good price, I just don't remember what that was. And yeah... I keep mine in a drybag too.

Hope that helps?

George

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Outing Chat / Re: Last Guest Speaker
« on: August 03, 2012, 11:12:53 AM »
Came across the presentation on fly fishing the beach, entitled "Spex on the beach" (clever turn of phrase, right?) that was used for the meeting. Go to www.goflies.com and you'll see the deck with several others on the lower left-hand side. I agree... there was some very useful information presented, and in an interesting way.

Here's the link: http://www.goflies.com/presentations/Spex%20on%20the%20Beach.pdf

May be giving this a try soon... I appreciated the tips on road acess to Bolivar.

George

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2012 and previous / Re: July Saltwater Outing
« on: July 27, 2012, 06:55:26 AM »
Don't know the address, but try a google on "Pequod House Port O'Connor" and you'll see a map. The only directions are: "The Pequod House is located on Carrie Street just off of Harrison by way of Byers from Adams in Port O'Connor "

Should be a house trailer with a few pickup trucks parked in front, a few 8 wts leaning against the wall, and a few empty beer cans rolling around on the deck. Also identified by the audible din inside; that will be Quigley's snoring and any other noises from a bunch of guys.  :P

Drive safely and we'll leave the light on for you!

George



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By the way... Here's what Matt looks like when he is being spooled by a fish. I love his expression - frustration! Note the angle of that rod - pointing straight out while that fish was heading to Cuba!



Even though the winds were blowing over 25mph we switched to spinning gear and still had a great time. Regrettably, a work conflict will prevent me from joining the group in PINS this year... argh!

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2012 and previous / Re: July Saltwater Outing
« on: July 11, 2012, 06:14:33 AM »
I'm on the list! Ready to go... no boat but gas money and a beer cooler.

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2012 and previous / Re: June Saltwater Outing
« on: June 06, 2012, 02:31:26 PM »
Sorry guys, I can't make the rescheduled date either. Painful. Too many many work-related and family-related responibilities. As dysfuntional as I am trying to be I can't seem to shake them.

Argh...  :'(

I hope everyone has a great and safe time! Looking forward to the photos and writeup, this summer's installment of the next volume of War and Peace.

George

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General Discussion / Re: Port Mansfield 5-4 & 5-6, 2012
« on: May 09, 2012, 10:36:04 AM »
Pt Mansfield is one of my favorite places to fish; the LLM is absolutely beautiful. Try not to tell many people about it, there are to many magazine articles already and I've seen fishing pressure increase exponentially in the past ten years.

As important as the fishing... did you make to El Jefe's?  ;)

Glad you had a good trip!

George

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2012 and previous / Re: May Saltwater Outing
« on: May 07, 2012, 11:59:40 AM »
Sorry guys - I'm not able to make this one. Seems I have a daughter's high school graduation and associated festivities around that weekend.

Argh... I was really looking forward to this one. Maybe next year!  :(

George


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Fishing Tackle Unlimited / Re: FTU I-10 Store Opening
« on: May 03, 2012, 01:48:14 PM »
Stopped by the new store today to pick up a few leaders and WOW! What a nice store. Fly shop and Simms selection right up front and expanded. Really nicestore; they have done a great job. Sounds like they're planning some nice grand opening specials - I'm guessing there is something in there to spend some money on.

BUT... I will miss the FTU/ Carters Country/ Goode Company trifecta. Park once and hit three of my favorites!

George

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2012 and previous / Re: April Saltwater Outing --- Christmas Bay
« on: May 03, 2012, 06:32:31 AM »
I'm planning to be there - will be fun and the forecast looks pretty good.

See you there

GDS

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