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Outing Information Only / Re: White Oak Bayou (July 11th, 2015)
« on: July 17, 2015, 09:04:43 AM »
We have a recipe for that:

Story followed by recipe


I'd try plecos if it came from an actual marsh or lake but there's no way in hell I'm eating anything out of the Houston bayous.

General Discussion / Soon...
« on: July 14, 2015, 07:46:28 AM »

Outing Information Only / Re: White Oak Bayou (July 11th, 2015)
« on: July 13, 2015, 09:03:40 AM »
That's a plecostomus. A/k/a "armored catfish."

It's an invasive that's actually pretty damaging to the ecosystem because they burrow into the banks and degrade the water quality with their rooting around.

If you can, remove from the water and kill them- leave them to rot on the bank.

Outing Information Only / Re: White Oak Bayou (July 11th, 2015)
« on: July 02, 2015, 09:35:35 AM »
Front pond

Outing Information Only / Re: White Oak Bayou (July 11th, 2015)
« on: July 01, 2015, 09:58:58 AM »

Yes they are.

Took the rib there this past Saturday for her casting lesson with Marcos. Beautiful morning. I took my vintage 6wt Fenwick glass rod too. It really feels more like a 3-4wt in graphite. Anyway, he helped me tweak a couple things in my casting stroke because when I need to get out past about 70 feet or just make a 50 foot cast INTO the wind I tend to try and overpower my cast and throw tailing loops.

I got to fool around a bit and caught one nice, fat bluegill and had a bass break me off on a stick-up.

General Discussion / Re: Scott Tidal rod
« on: July 01, 2015, 09:54:16 AM »
The wife already busted me when I bought the 10wt.

I had stopped into FTU to get a couple things before my Florida trip and I had been planning on getting the TFO TiCRX in 10wt to be able to hit longer casts. I have a 10wt TFO Mangrove that's fantastic inside 50-60ft but it practically buckles past that. Anyway, I got to bullnaughty wordting with Jim about the rods and he says, "have you cast the new Tidal?" I say "no, let's go out back and check it out."

5 minutes with it and I was sold.

Anyway, last week the rib happens to look at the bills more closely than normal and says, "Dan, did you spend $600 at Fishing Tackle Unlimited?"

My response, "Baby, I don't know what you're talking about."


Oh well, she didn't get mad. Her response to me was basically, "As long as you're closing deals, I don't care that you spend money."

That being said, I still need to buy a GPS, marine radio, and push pole for the boat. That will easily be over $1000 so the new 8wt will have to wait.

General Discussion / Re: rio or SA for sink tip
« on: June 26, 2015, 02:47:53 PM »
I've used rio and SA lines for freshwater stuff and liked them.  Anybody have any suggestions on a good 8wt full sink tip line from SA or Rio to use in the salt?

I had a friend turn me on to the Teeny fly lines. TS-250 or 350 for an 8wt. It's a floating running line with a sinking head that sinks about 8" per second for the 350. IIRC, the 250 is for 6-8wt and the 350 is for 8-10.

General Discussion / Re: Scott Tidal rod
« on: June 25, 2015, 08:04:35 PM »
Can't speak to the 8 but I have a Tidal in 10. It's a cannon and definitely worth more than the price tag. Easily able to pick up 60' of line off the water but still loads easily for short, quick shots.

I'm considering getting one in 8wt too but if I bring home another rod now the rib might kill me.

Outing Information Only / Re: Anahuac Flats - August 22
« on: June 23, 2015, 03:47:57 PM »
Jesus tap-dancin' Christ- y'all pick the worst weekends for me. That will be Jake's 1st birthday party. Plus, I'm fishing Key West the 14th & 15th. Otherwise this would be perfect to break in the new sled.

Seriously, my older boy, Brady, was born 7/21 and the younger, Jake was born 8/25. So I'm pretty much out for anything the weekend before or after that until I know when the rib has planned the party.

Outing Information Only / Re: White Oak Bayou (July 11th, 2015)
« on: June 22, 2015, 04:19:48 PM »
Golden- I haven't made it to the ponds recently. Is the water still as clear as it was when we first started fishing them?

Outing Information Only / Re: July Outing - Port O'Connor One-Fly
« on: June 22, 2015, 08:37:35 AM »

I know your have young boys so hopefully they'll love the outdoors as much as you and will afford you more time on the water, nothing better than the family setting.  :D

I've started the 4-year old. He's a little young for the saltwater trips yet, and really any of the FW trips too, other than the ones down to 7 Lakes. Hopefully I can get him out there in the fall. These are a couple months old. And next weekend I've got the Minister of War & Finance signed up for a casting lesson with Marcos.

Outing Information Only / Re: July Outing - Port O'Connor One-Fly
« on: June 18, 2015, 01:46:30 PM »
Gonna have to miss this one unless y'all want to explain to my little boy why daddy missed his birthday.

Plus, I expect I'll have to run to Florida around this time to pick up the new sled.

Outing Chat / Re: Colorado River Report
« on: June 15, 2015, 10:12:23 AM »

That's a fun trip to take. Blyth and I fished with JT about 2 months ago and had a good time. Conditions were tough though and we didn't find the size or numbers y'all did.

Outing Chat / Re: Fly fishing Destin in the fall...
« on: June 15, 2015, 09:32:11 AM »
Shallow Water Expeditions is the best guide service in the area.

Preston Sutter is the guy I fish with. Younger than me (he's only 31) but he knows his stuff. He's been fishing the area since he was little and guiding for about 8 years now.

October on the flats there is every bit as awesome as the marsh is here. Gin clear water over hard sand/grass flats in the bay. They also get a lot of big reds, jacks, and bonita off the beach that time of year. And I think pompano are up on the beach then too.

This video is from West Bay in Panama City in October. Preston is the guy who bails out to wade with no shoes on. I asked him "what were you doing wading barefoot" and he said the bottom is clean, hard sand and grass, like wading on pavement.

Outing Chat / Tarpon report
« on: June 15, 2015, 08:21:10 AM »
So I know a bunch of y'all have jumped/caught a bunch of tarpon in your lives but this is new for me- before this trip I'd been on just 3 trips where my focus was tarpon and on all 3 came up empty.

This time I jumped 3- none landed but HOLY naughty wordING naughty word THAT WAS AMAZING!!!!

I get it now. I so totally get it and if you haven't had the opportunity to jump a tarpon yet the only way I can explain it is this:

It's like the first time you have sex. You know it's gonna be awesome but nothing can really prepare you for it. It's over way too quickly and when you're done you're jacked on adrenalin, breathing heavily, heart racing, weak in the knees, and overall a wee bit shakey. And at the same time you're completely elated and want to do it again, and again, and again.

I linked this from my FB so if they don't work let me know and I'll repost.

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