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General Discussion / My favorite fish caught so far in 2015
« on: April 20, 2015, 01:43:00 PM »
Not a big fish but my favorite thus far in 2015.

Too my 4-year old, Brady, to a neighborhood pond for his first fly casting lesson- caught a bunch of blue gills and a couple green sunfish.












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Outing Chat / Re: Grand Isle trips 1 & 2 (pic heavy)
« on: April 13, 2015, 12:03:14 PM »
Now I know where the name "Big Ugly" came from!  ;D

Don't be hateful just because those fish are longer than you are tall. ;)

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Going back.....   very, very soon.....

Puck


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Guide got a 9.8 lb 31.5 inch trout about 15 yards from me. I got a lot trout but no wall hanger. on orange large skitter walk.

Joe

This is one thing which has always burned me up with gear-chunking guides. I'm not paying them to fish and catch a trout like that. I'm paying them for their knowledge, expertise, and to get educated.

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I'm tentative on this. Just signed my 4-year old up for soccer and the 11th is his first game so if it's early enough we'll try to make it out afterwards. I've been roped into coaching. Don't laugh, I played a lot of soccer growing up and even earned 2 varsity letters in high school.

I've decided it's time to start teaching him the path of enlightenment and this is a perfect event.

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Sell Anything / Re: 2013 Custom Gheenoe NMZ for sale
« on: March 02, 2015, 08:40:32 PM »
Sold pending funds.

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Outing Chat / Re: Quick trip to Sabine Rivir....
« on: February 26, 2015, 12:23:02 PM »
Where did that gent in the jon boat launch?

The exact same place we did.

And did you get a look at the launch?

Puck

How could I? I wasn't there.

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Outing Chat / Re: Grand Isle trips 1 & 2 (pic heavy)
« on: February 24, 2015, 04:40:31 PM »
Like this little dude from my first trip over there. When I first saw him hit I thought it was a sheepie because his stripes were so pronounced. I caught like 7 drum on the fly in those 2 trips. Scott dubbed me the "Drum Whisperer"


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Outing Chat / Re: Quick trip to Sabine Rivir....
« on: February 24, 2015, 09:20:40 AM »
Where did that gent in the jon boat launch?

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Outing Chat / Re: Grand Isle trips 1 & 2 (pic heavy)
« on: February 24, 2015, 09:18:15 AM »
Nope, no fish were kept.

That puppy was released to grow up in to a big ugly SOB.

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Outing Chat / Grand Isle trips 1 & 2 (pic heavy)
« on: February 23, 2015, 04:25:23 PM »
I was fortunate enough to make 2 trips over to Grand Isle to fish with Scott Null in February. February 6-7th I fished with a buddy from work who made the trip with me last year and 2/21-2/22 a college buddy who saw my pics from last year and just had to get out- he's a gear chunker but a great guy.

2/6-2/7: conditions were absolutely perfect. Clear water, low tides, lots of sunshine, and minimal wind. Both days also presented really spooky fish. While the weather, wind, and water conditions were pretty much perfect this trip was not as epic as last year's trip where my partner and I landed 11 reds over 20# in 2 days plus drum & sheepies- all sight-cast on the fly we still managed to have a decent trip.

I landed 3 reds between 8 and 14# and 3 drum ranging from 9-17#. You get spoiled over there- an 8# red on the fly pretty much anywhere in Texas is a trophy. Over there it's a baby.

I don't know if it was because the water was so clear or because we caught the back end of the full moon but the fish were extra spooky. Reds would spook at the shadow of the fly line in the air above them. I've never seen that before.





Trip 2:
So I took an old Aggie buddy of mine to Louisiana to do some fishing. He's a newbie to saltwater fishing, never done any sight-casting, and a gear-chunker to boot. But he's a damn good Ag and we've been friends for nearly 20 years.

Conditions Saturday were rough. Cloudy with winds blowing 25+ all morning so we didn't get on the water until 11 or so. I caught a puppy drum on conventional when the wind was howling and I couldn't fly cast. Late in the day I got my one and only shot of the day and stuck this 31# black drum.



But by late Saturday afternoon the winds died and were almost nonexistent in the morning on Sunday and we found some protected water that cleared up overnight and clear skies helped the cause.

My good buddy was giddy as a schoolboy watching these 16# and 20# reds inhale a well-placed soft plastic (he is a bass guy so he can cast accurately) but his monster was a 34# black drum that damn near ran off 200 yards of 20# PowerPro on his spinning rig.















Solid 8# fish. Practically a baby over there:



This little bastard went about 6# and robbed me of my best shot at a 20+ pound red. We were poling a shoreline and big honking red was kind of waking along a drop-off about 6' out from shore and I drop the fly a couple feet in front of him and maybe 18" to one side. He swirls and is about to eat when this little drum races up out of the deeper water where I never saw him and slammed my fly, taking it from the big red.


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General Discussion / Re: Fly Fishing Film Tour
« on: February 23, 2015, 04:17:46 PM »
I plan on being there.

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General Discussion / Re: Good group of folks!
« on: February 17, 2015, 03:34:51 PM »
I mean we do let tea-sips join so we are a fairly tolerant bunch...

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Sell Anything / 2013 Custom Gheenoe NMZ for sale
« on: February 10, 2015, 09:44:54 AM »
Here's my 2013 Gheenoe NMZ I'm selling. $4500 firm for everything and I've got all the titles. NE Houston.

I really enjoy this little skiff but it's not big enough for me to take the wife & kiddos and it's not versatile enough for me to have it as a single boat. If all I ever did was fish Pierce Marsh or Greens Lake marsh or the wife would let me have 2 boats I'd keep it. But the war department is not gonna let me have 2 boats at present.

2013 Gheenoe NMZ (high front and rear decks)
2013 Tohatsu 9.8 (Electric Start, Short Shaft)
2013 McClaine Galvanized Trailer
Fulton Fold-Away Trailer Tongue
Mangrove Push Pole (17ft)
Stake-Out Stick anchor
Yeti 65 Quart Cooler
Custom Carbon Fiber Grab Bar
Custom Carbon Fiber Tiller Extension
Fuel Forward
Extra 3.1 Gallon Gas Tank (both tanks are OEM models) - Total of two gas tanks
Front Locking Hatch
Odyssey AGM Battery (pc 625)
Automatic Bilge Pump (Rule 1100)
Livorsi LED Nav Lights
Hella Marine Anchor Light
Push Pole Holders
Fixed Jack Plate (Bob's Machine Shop)
Electrical
Acon Marine Fold-Away Cleats (x2)
Spare Prop (8 Pitch)

I have a bunch more pictures I can email if needed. PM me.








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Outing Chat / Re: NOLA Redfish Madness!
« on: January 22, 2015, 09:05:42 PM »
Awesome stuff. I'm headed to Grand Isle with Scott Null 2/5-2/7 and then again 2/20-2/22.

Can't wait to get those big bastards on the hook.

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