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Messages - Finn Maccumhail

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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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Next year I wouldn't be leaving the wife at home with a newborn so I'll be looking to make this trip as I did last year. Plus, it a good feeling to hold your baby boy.

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Outing Chat / Re: new fishing guide
« on: September 08, 2014, 03:35:33 PM »
I find it ironic that all of these Texas guides are now fishing Louisiana especially during the winter ("Big Bull) months. Something I am sure hasn't gone unnoticed by the LA guides.  Bet the temporary license fees go up as well as guide certification costs.  Let's see how many Texas guides will take their clients over there during the off months (April - September)...er none! Even the south Texas guides are jumping on the band wagon.  Why not easier to catch a big dumb bull than a smart-ass trout!

I have already heard of a few Texas guide trucks getting "sweetened" last year at the ramps. BORDER WARS!

Depends on where in LA they go I guess. There's really only a handful of guides over there who target reds on the fly and they seem clustered around Hopedale. Scott Null works out of Port Fourchon/Grand Isle and in my 2 days over there this past February we saw one other boat on the water and the only time we were within shouting distance from them was when we were leaving the ramp & running out the ICW.

And the only thing those coon-ass folk get mad about us fishing for reds is the fact we don't keep them. They hate reds, they'd rather catch 20 12" trout than a 40# bull red.

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Outing Information Only / Re: 2015 Saltwater Outings
« on: August 31, 2014, 02:12:28 PM »
Book a place over near Appalachicola in Florida for a few days during the tarpon migration (June or July for that area). That way we can split lodging and guide costs.

It's probably a 10-hour drive from Houston (Destin is about 8-hours). Drive over, fish 2 days, drive back. It might be lightly attended but we could probably get 6-10 guys and do it for less than $1000 per man, all-in.

Definitely agree with Louisiana. Especially down in the Grand Isle/Port Fourchon area in winter. Joe French and I posted pics of our respective trips over there with Scott Null. Between my buddy and I, I believe we spent about $800 each but that included lodging, food, gas, licenses, and guide fee/tips for 2 days.

Sure these trips can get pricey for some folks but I think if we can get group rates & splitting costs people would be more willing to commit to trips to places we don't normally get to fish and target fish we don't normally get to target.

If you're gonna get a kitchen pass, go big.

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General Discussion / New fishing buddy is here
« on: August 28, 2014, 10:08:12 AM »
Jacob Charles Starr entered the world at 5:57PM on Monday, August 25, 2014. 22" & 8lbs 15oz. Mama & baby doing great and we came home yesterday. He'll have his big brother, Brady, to show him the ropes.









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Outing Chat / Re: Not the target species, but not bad......
« on: August 01, 2014, 07:58:32 PM »
Excellent. We fished with Brent last Friday. And that's the biggest blue I've ever seen in Texas waters.

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Outing Chat / Blyth & I out front at POC
« on: August 01, 2014, 07:56:12 PM »
Hit the jetties & beach last Friday with the same guide as Puck. jacks were there and he bonita were blitzing all over.

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Graham Cracker- you got your priorities backwards, the big cooler is for the beer and the smaller one is for the food. Geez, freaking amateurs.

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I'm happy to try and ferry another person around but full disclosure:
1) they'll have provide their own PFD as I do not have another adult-sized one
2) the Gheenoe is only 15'4" long and 44" wide (actually narrower at the gunnels than the waterline due to the tumblehome) so fishing 2 might be difficult
3) I'm still getting accustomed to the thing and want to be 100% safety concious


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