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Messages - Finn Maccumhail

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General Discussion / Re: Just ordered my new boat!
« on: June 10, 2015, 02:44:50 PM »
I was borderline unemployed when I joined the club. A self-employed commercial real estate broker in the midst of the recession- feast or famine and the feast times weren't enough to carry through the famines. Living on one income at the time pretty much.

Since I started my current job in late 2012 I've been quite fortunate and successful. I mean, I do land acquisition for a company that owns, operates, and develops cell towers and our customers have unlimited funds (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, etc) so I have the opportunity to do a lot of deals and make really good money. And my wife's career has continued to climb.

And full disclosure- I won't be paying airfare to Key West or Islamorada. My wife's company has their big corporate "thank you" vacation to Key West and I'm the plus one. Airfare is covered so I'm just staying over a couple extra days to fish. Then my trip to Islamorada is piggy-backing off my company's corporate conference in Palm Beach- I'm just going to rent a car and head down to the Keys after the event is over to fish. I'm driving over to Florida tomorrow too- when you combine airfare & rental car it's a wash. Plus this way I can stop in Louisiana for boudin.

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Outing Chat / Re: Colorado River Report
« on: June 10, 2015, 10:56:19 AM »

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General Discussion / Re: Just ordered my new boat!
« on: June 10, 2015, 09:45:14 AM »
Everything sounds great.  I'm guessing it should be ready for the Tarpon migration later this summer. 12wt Time!
Start saving up your "hall" passes.  You'll need them!

Ain't that the truth!

I am extremely fortunate that not only is my wife far too good looking for me she's eminently understanding about my need to get on the water in order to maintain sanity. She's quite often been known to say, "Dan you're in a cranky mood. You need to go fishing." I think I'll keep her.

That being said, I've got some awesome trips on the books this year.

I leave tomorrow to chase tarpon over near Port St. Joe, FL. I'm hitting POC with Blyth in July. I've got 2 days in Key West in August and then 2 days in Islamorada in October. Big tarpon are less likely on the latter 2 trips but there's a real opportunity for a grand slam in August and October.

I'm fishing with Preston Sutter from Shallow Water Expeditions this weekend. John O'Hearn in Key West, and Sandy Moret's son Drew in Islamorada.

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General Discussion / Re: Just ordered my new boat!
« on: June 08, 2015, 04:15:43 PM »
So Very nice Dan! I'm hoping you get to use her plenty. KT has one being rigged out now.  Look at dates for the POC "One Fly" and the Redfish Rodeo.  LOVE TO HAVE YOUR BOAT JOIN OUR FLEET. RECOMMEND YOU GET A ONE PIECE PUSH POLE BECAUSE THE ONE IN THE PHOTO IS STORED ON BOARD IN SUCH A MANNER THAT IT MIGHT END UP WITH A PERMANENT BEND IF IT IS SECTIONED!  ASK JOHN PURCELL.  SHOULD BE A GREAT BOAT TO CRUISE THE FRONT BEACH ...WHICH BY THE WAY IS ON FIRE! My ten weight is in rutt right now and needs to get BENT! RIGS ARE ON FIRE TOO.

I'm so excited.

The big downer is a 6-8 week build time. That's not bad compared to other places (like East Cape or Ankona) though. The reason is Panga Marine doesn't do a dealer network. It's all built-to-order. I appreciate the thoughts on the push pole. I was planning on going with the multi-piece Mangrove push pole but may reconsider.

And you nailed my reasons for going with this rig. The versatility.

Advertised poling depth is 6" but it will probably be closer to 8"- and that's OK because it's a big boat. Plus, thanks to the design I can still comfortably cross & fish big water. Which includes running the beach or even beyond the horizon when conditions permit (got a friend who offered to buddy-boat in his Parker Big Bay 23). Sadly, I do have unenlightened family & friends (young kids are excluded from said judgment) who don't fly fish and I can accommodate taking 3-4 friends with me and drowning bait.

It's also infinitely safer for my kids than the Gheenoe- and as I live less than a mile from the nearest boat ramp on Lake Houston I can do plenty of family cruising on the lake in it. And even pull a tube.

The stuff I'm getting rigged on it:
Etec 90
Power Pole
iPilot trolling motor (Minn Kota RT 80 24v)
Atlas jack plate
poling platform (w/ anchor light)
push pole holders
under gunnel fly rod tubes
Accon folding cleat on foredeck
swim platform w/ ladder
removable custom cushions on foredeck & console seat

I'm also going to buy my own GPS and marine radio to send and have installed. Any recs?

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General Discussion / Just ordered my new boat!
« on: June 05, 2015, 12:42:15 PM »
2015 Panga Marine 18 Evo.

This boat only with a 90 Etec and the hull will be medium gray not the ice blue.


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General Discussion / Re: LOT'S OF FREE STUFF FOR FREE - CLICK HERE!
« on: June 05, 2015, 08:11:17 AM »
Meaning it is quite possible the new and improved website may contain only a Front Page, a Calendar of Events, the Windknots, and possibly not a whole lot more. Members who want to post up something will be required to submit photos/stories to our Web Administrator by private email in a proper format (what ever that will be) and request they get their info printed and used.  You know that all might work well too. But there are no promises.

OH, and not just "NO" but "HELL NO!" on this.

I for one would leave the club. And I think the club would wither and & die, especially as our more "seasoned" members move on to those eternal trout streams and grass flats.

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General Discussion / Re: LOT'S OF FREE STUFF FOR FREE - CLICK HERE!
« on: June 05, 2015, 08:07:37 AM »
While my meeting & trip attendance has declined, especially since kid #2 got here I do keep track of a lot of stuff via the website and especially the forum.

I would keep the main page but definitely make it a lot less busy with text. This is the internet it needs to be visual and that means more pictures. As it stands now it's entirely too difficult to find old pictures to drool over.

I know that the great majority of us do not get to fish near as often as we'd all like to so we all enjoy living vicariously through the photos of others so if we can find a way to make the fish porn more accessible that would be great.

The front page should have a calendar of events in a sidebar, a scrolling photo feed, and hyperlinks to the following in the page header & footer:
1) About us- this contains blurbs about the club's history and affiliation with FFF, our conservation & educational activities (Reel Recovery and Heroes on the Water info too), info about casting classes, and a membership application
2) Windknots (including archived copies)
3) Forum
4) Fly tying & fly casting - recipes for tying flies and contact info/schedule for casting instructors

And the forum should be greatly condensed- About us, About you, General Discussion, and Announcements should be put into one "General Discussion" forum and any announcements can be "pinned" to the top.

Keep the freshwater & saltwater forums but combine the outing info & outing chat into one forum. Fly tying & rod building should be one forum. Conservation & education should be one forum. Combine the vendors into one forum- each sponsor with a pinned thread but we can probably get rid of the iFly forum (RIP). Same for the classifieds. Joke forum & tall tales should be in the general discussion forum too.

Maybe keep the archived forums too.

I'm not remotely an IT or computer guy so I don't have the foggiest idea of how to accomplish these but from a design perspective I'm happy to be of assistance in putting that together.

I'll also volunteer to get old photos from people and put together photo stuff.

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General Discussion / Re: I have cabin fever bad!!!
« on: June 04, 2015, 02:32:13 PM »
Ive been using a Scott STS 8wt for the past two years. No problems.  Dan you need to be able to throw more than 60' with a 10wt. that third gut is a little farther from the Whataburger than 60 feet.

I've got a Scott S3S 8wt that I like.

I was sort of looking for a TFO TiCRX for the jetties and longer distance casts (like for permit when I'm in Key West in August) and Jim at FTU said they didn't have it and asked if I'd cast the Tidal. I said "no" and we went out back to cast and damned if that thing wasn't a cannon. But it loaded pretty well with just a little line out too.

My other 10wt is a Mangrove and in LA this year there were a number of shots I just couldn't hit because the reds were really spooky and we had to really bomb out some casts so we rigged up Null's TiCRX 10wt (might have been a 9) and I really liked it. I was able to connect on some long distance shots.

I feel like the Mangrove sort of buckles when you try and go past 60' but the TiCRX handles that easily and so does the Tidal.

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General Discussion / Re: I have cabin fever bad!!!
« on: June 03, 2015, 08:22:33 PM »
Family time in Galveston this weekend but I'm wading the surf if these conditions hold like they're supposed to. Hopefully I'll have some pics.

Gonna test out my new Scott Tidal 10wt. I went in to FTU to get a couple odds & ends and cast the Tidal. It's just parking lot casting but that thing is awesome. It was easily picking up 60' of line off the ground and make my backcast. Looking forward to putting it through its paces in the surf this weekend.

Oh, and I'm heading to Florida next week to chase some poon near Apalachicola.

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Outing Information Only / Re: White Oak Bayou (July 11th, 2015)
« on: May 28, 2015, 02:01:35 PM »
I can't read that sign but I'm 99% certain it's specifically referring to trespass on unauthorized vehicles.

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Outing Chat / Re: WHITE OAK BAYOU REVISITED
« on: May 27, 2015, 11:47:14 AM »
I need to head over there ASAP. Those little bitty baby bream & bass from 2012 are growing up fast.

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Might want to make this a catfishing tournament because that water is gonna be so fresh there won't be a red or trout around for miles.

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Outing Information Only / Re: White Oak Bayou (July 11th, 2015)
« on: May 21, 2015, 09:13:00 AM »
I tried to fish the ponds a couple months ago but there was a sign on the gate off the road that said "NO TRESPASSING. FINE UP TO $4000 AND UP TO A YEAR IN JAIL." It scared me off. Do y'all know what that's about? Ever had any sort of problems?

Where were the signs? I haven't been out there in a while but there are a couple of spots which are sort of default parking areas, right off W. Little York & Hollister by that stop & rob store and another one further east down W. Little York towards Langfield. All the signs I saw were set further back and just said unauthorized motor vehicles were prohibited- basically don't drive on the levees. Every time I've been to the ponds there have been people walking around for exercise and almost always somebody else fishing.

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Y'all have fun, I'm gonna be tarpon fishing in Florida those days.  8)

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Outing Information Only / Re: White Oak Bayou (July 11th, 2015)
« on: May 20, 2015, 02:38:50 PM »
Graham- if you're going Sunday to the ponds, give me a call. I need to get bit and can probably sneak out for a few hours.

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