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Messages - Finn Maccumhail

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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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Outing Information Only / Re: September 27-29th, 2013, PINS trip
« on: September 25, 2013, 12:29:23 PM »
Weather looks to be clearing up nicely for Friday & Saturday. A little blustery Saturday evening but only a 20% chance of rain on Friday & Saturday.

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Outing Information Only / Re: September 27-29th, 2013, PINS trip
« on: September 19, 2013, 06:26:37 PM »
I do have a spare 12 wt sink tip. If Bob can get reel and backing he would be in business.

Joe

He's riding down with me so I'm sure we can figure it out. ;)

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Outing Information Only / Re: September 27-29th, 2013, PINS trip
« on: September 19, 2013, 12:47:33 PM »
Bob: I have an Okuma Sierra 10/11wt that I don't use. It needs line & backing but you're welcome to use it. It would probably handle 12wt line in a pinch, just not with quite as much backing.

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Outing Information Only / Re: September 27-29th, 2013, PINS trip
« on: September 19, 2013, 09:25:26 AM »
Puck- can you PM me your phone # so I can get in touch on Friday?

Bob & dunkingmidget- can you fellas do the same? I'll PM you my contact info shortly. I'm gonna try to make Tuesday's meeting before the trip but if I can't we can coordinate.

And to answer the questions, my truck bed is open without a cover. I'll have camping gear in big, Rubber-Maid bins. I'm also going to jerry-rig up a rod-rack for driving on the beach and if we need it on the drive down and we'll be good. If it's just 2 or 3 of us and we don't all try to bring the kitchen sink we can put some stuff in the bed and the back-seat too.

I think the earliest I can leave would be about 3 on Friday. That would hopefully put us down near the entrance of PINS around 6:30-7. If we've got a solid fix on where the others will be set up and the beach conditions aren't too dicey I'm pretty comfortable driving down the beach at night to meet up with everybody.

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Outing Information Only / Re: September 21st, 2013, Sabine River fishing
« on: September 19, 2013, 07:48:22 AM »
Looks like I have to back out on this one. My father asked me to help him with some stuff and it has to get done this weekend.

I was really looking forward to this trip. I may have to make a solo trip there in October.

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