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Messages - Finn Maccumhail

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General Discussion / Re: Grand Isle Report
« on: February 18, 2014, 11:12:08 AM »
Nicely done Joe.

BTW- definitely going back next year but I was disappointed with the restaurants in the area. I think I'll make it a point to cook next time. Especially if Scott gets a bigger place like he was talking about.

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General Discussion / Re: My Grand Isle report
« on: February 18, 2014, 11:10:56 AM »
Thanks Joe- looks like y'all hit them pretty hard too.

We were able to find some pretty clear water, especially when the sun cooperated. It clouded over really thick late Sunday and then right in the middle of the day on Monday. Monday started off clear early then clouded up and then got sunny again around 2PM, we were working these mud points and it was crazy, we couldn't see a thing and then the sun would peek out and bam, fish everywhere. That sheepie was hanging out with a bunch of reds I cast to and he rushed the fly before the reds could get to it.

As for my casting, I really focused on slowing myself down. Plus, I find I cast better when I don't have time to think about it. With the glass rod you could time the back-cast with a calendar. ;)

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General Discussion / My Grand Isle report
« on: February 18, 2014, 09:41:16 AM »
My fishing partner and I rolled up to the house in Grand Isle just as Joe & his buddy were packing up to leave. Sounds like both parties had excellent trips.

Here's a bit of our report and some of the photos:
Spent 2 days sight-casting the south Louisiana marsh for bull reds on the fly w/ Capt. Scott Null. Scott normally fishes West Bay down to POC but rented a house in Grand Isle for January & February and was booking trips over there after catching reds there up to 40# last winter. None of the fish caught hit that mark but all 8 of the reds I caught in 2 days would have been personal bests for me on the fly.

I landed 8 reds with the smallest being 29" and 9# and the largest 39" and 24#. 5 of my reds went over 20#. I also caught a 5# black drum and a nice sized sheepshead (my first on the fly). My fishing partner caught 5 reds with his largest going 42" & 25# and his smallest going about 14#. He also caught about a 15# drum and a 7-8# sheepshead.

All the fish were sight-cast in skinny water and caught on a fly developed by Andy Packmore at FTU called "redfish crack."











Here's my 39"- and even cooler (at least to me) was catching it on a vintage Fin-Nor reel and vintage fiberglass Fenwick rod:




Definitely going back next winter.

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Outing Information Only / Re: Prison Permit Invitational - March 1
« on: February 05, 2014, 07:46:47 PM »
Kitchen pass denied. It's the rib's birthday on Friday 2/28 as she reminded me when I mentioned the trip. Oops.

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Outing Information Only / Re: Prison Permit Invitational - March 1
« on: February 05, 2014, 02:54:20 PM »
Any space left on any boats? I'm gonna try to get a kitchen pass.

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General Discussion / Re: Interesting article on Rollover Pass
« on: February 03, 2014, 02:19:22 PM »
I'm skeptical of the criticism when the guy trying to debunk the GLO's engineering study is being paid by the people who don't want the pass closed.

I'm all in favor of closing the pass as everything I've read and anectdotal evidence of people I know who have lived in Anahuac/Winnie and fished East Bay since the 30s is that Rollover has been one of many detrimental changes. Perhaps closing Rollover won't fix everything but it will help.

Trinity has a lot more freshwater inputs and even so, pre-ROP, East Bay was typically sub-10ppm in salinity. Almost immediately EB salinity levels jumped over 20ppm and in many areas 25ppm+.

ROP via increased salinity and increased sediment has hurt ROP- the salinity killed off the grass. Widgeon grass was reportedly the predominant grass in EB pre-ROP and from what I understand it cannot withstand high salinity levels. When you stress the grass with high salinity and add in the increased turbidity due to sediment inflow you kill off the grass. Plus, the increased salinity allows for the parasitic oyster drill snail to flourish (at 20ppm+). So now you've killed off (or greatly harmed) two major factors in filtering the water. That can't be good.

As for the popular bogeyman of "real estate developers"- Bolivar cannot support any sort of large scale development. There is simply too little ground to build on. You can build big beach houses but the infrastructure cannot support condo developments like on Galveston's West End. First, there's not sufficient wastewater treatment plants. You'd have to build a new one and you're talking hundreds of millions of dollars if you can even get permitted. Plus the building code requirements for sewer lines, etc.- most new construction there is on a septic system and you can't do septic for condos. Bottom line, the costs and risks of development on Bolivar are far too high and the returns far too low to support development of the level needed to put juice behind closing ROP.

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General Discussion / Casting pointers
« on: February 03, 2014, 02:07:29 PM »
So I got to fish the Everglades back country 1/22-1/23 unfortunately the weather didn't cooperate so I have no pics of tarpon or snook and the reds & jacks I did catch weren't picture worthy.

Anyway, after the trip the guide emailed me and mentioned this:

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I watched your casting all day and I have a few pointers. You are a powerful man, don’t over load the rod (it sets off oscillations in the rod a wiggle) it un-loads instead of loads, on the back cast stop the rod completely and let the line un-furl. Sometimes the leader/fly hooked to the left, that happens when the rod is not brought back and forward in a straight line (oval shape).

As I'm a self-taught caster anybody have any rec's for where to get some pointers on drills or things I can do to address these hitches in my casting stroke?

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Outing Chat / Re: White Oak Monday or Tuesday?
« on: December 23, 2013, 04:36:18 PM »
I have to work tomorrow, or I would join you.

Puck


This. >:(

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I'm booked for the 16th & 17th with a colleague from the office. We'll drive over on the afternoon of the 15th, fish Sunday & Monday (16-17) and drive home Monday evening.

I'm stoked.

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Golden- I'm down. Per Scott though, that $600 per day for 2-days isn't $600 per person. It's $600 for 2-people on the boat and that includes their lodging so it's really only $300 per person per day.

But most likely I'll need it to be in February some time. Probably sometime between the 9th & 22nd. I'm going to be in Miami in late January and have a trip booked there. I tried to make it 2 full days fishing but the rib put the kibosh on that.

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Outing Information Only / Louisiana trip w/ Scott Null- anybody interested?
« on: November 11, 2013, 03:50:37 PM »
So a colleague of mine and I fished with Scott Null on Friday 11/8 in the Galveston area (I'll post a separate report- it was a tough day though but we weren't skunked) and he let me know that in January & February he's got it lined up so that he'll be guiding out of Grand Isle and over to Port Fourchon where you can get shots at some big ol' bull reds.

Here's what he told me:
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I will offer full day trips only at $650 for one or two anglers.  That includes fishing and lodging.  It will be $600 per day if booking two or more consecutive days.  I'll have to clean up and wash sheets, etc between parties so I figure if I can get folks to stay a couple days or more it'll make my life easier.  Plan to arrive the evening before the trip and depart following the trip unless I happen to have an open date the day after your trip in which case you are welcome to stay over and leave the following day.  Also, there are a few hotels in the area if needed and at that time of year they should have plenty of vacancy.

I'm just starting to book dates so it is fairly open at this point.

Anybody down for a couple days on the water in January/February?

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Outing Information Only / Re: October 2013 - Anahuac - Trinity Bay
« on: October 18, 2013, 12:47:05 PM »
I might have to bail. I thought my flight got home at 5:30 Friday but it actually leaves at 5:30 and I won't get home until almost midnight.

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Outing Information Only / Re: October 2013 - Anahuac - Trinity Bay
« on: October 02, 2013, 06:17:15 PM »
I'm in. Plans cleared up. If somebody needs to borrow a kayak I've got 2.

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Outing Information Only / Re: September 27-29th, 2013, PINS trip
« on: October 02, 2013, 06:15:51 PM »
Excellent pics. I don't know if I can swing it but I'm ready to go back in November.

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Outing Information Only / Re: September 27-29th, 2013, PINS trip
« on: September 30, 2013, 01:49:03 PM »
Puck- had a great time and excellent to meet some folks I hadn't had the pleasure of meeting before. My shoulder and elbow are seriously sore from casting in that wind and catching all those small fish. I swear, at once stretch I caught ladyfish on like 20 consecutive casts.

With the malfunction of the sleeping gear and the rough conditions we decided to high-tail it back to Houston. I was so bushed I slept until 10AM on Sunday.

I've camped on the beach before but you always learn new lessons:
1) go with the tent-cot
2) have a way to brush the sand off your feet before turning in
3) cooking on the beach is overrated- a cooler full of sandwiches is more than adequate

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