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Outing Information Only / Re: Christmas Bay - March 29th, 2014
« on: March 24, 2014, 06:26:22 PM »
I'm in but if somebody needs a kayak, let me know. I have one they can borrow and I'll be pissed of they bail because I don't want to leave it at the launch while I fish.

Tying Chat / Re: Seeking some crack
« on: March 19, 2014, 06:57:06 PM »
Yeah Puck offered the trade up a day or two too late. I ordered a ton from iFly that should last me at least a year.

So we just adjusted the terms a bit. I'm a wheeler-dealer. If I'm not making deals I'm not happy.

Outing Information Only / Re: Christmas Bay - March
« on: March 16, 2014, 06:15:26 PM »
There's a lot of shoreline & flats you can wade effectively immediately east of the meeting spot.

Outing Information Only / Re: Christmas Bay - March
« on: March 14, 2014, 01:52:29 PM »
And you guys quit your b*&%$ng about the wind. If you can just get (paddle) to a good wade-able location you can fish. wind or no wind. Yea if it is 30 mph that's different but you have to expect the wind to be 20+ by noon. That the TEXAS coast. Man Up! If Ron brings his sail craft he can pull you like last year.

I'll fish in 20. 30mph is damn near impossible to fly fish.

Tying Chat / Re: Seeking some crack
« on: March 13, 2014, 10:29:49 AM »
I might have about a half a brick of .22LR but that's it.

Lightly used 10wt line? I have both floating (SA Mastery series WF10F) and intermediate sink-tip (Orvis Wonderline 3 WF10I) I'd trade.

Tying Chat / Seeking some crack
« on: March 11, 2014, 04:11:29 PM »
So I've yet to become addicted to tying flies and as such need a source for my crack.

Redfish crack that is. If somebody will tie me up a dozen or so, say half with lead eyes and half with bead-chain eyes I'd pay $5 apiece if I can get them before the Xmas Bay outing.


Outing Information Only / Re: Christmas Bay - March
« on: March 11, 2014, 02:54:36 PM »
I'm in and have 2 kayaks so if somebody needs to borrow one they're welcome to do so.

That being said, it's still early spring and if we get the quite common howling winds I may reconsider the trip.

Also- if anybody is willing to tie me up several redfish crack flies I'll happily pay a fair price. Whether it's cash, beer or whiskey.

Outing Chat / Christmas Bay 3/29 - redfish crack flies wanted/needed
« on: March 11, 2014, 11:57:03 AM »
So with the Xmas Bay trip coming up and me not really a tyer of flies yet I was hoping to prevail upon the folks who do tie to tie me up a mess of redfish crack- some with lead eyes and some with bead-chain.

I will happily pay a fair price for a dozen or so.

Outing Chat / Re: Pond Fishing for Bass& Perch
« on: March 07, 2014, 08:21:50 PM »
Talk to the MUD boards in the neighborhoods. A lot of them will donate some funds for stocking.

I'm getting insights from the AgriLife Extension service at A&M to get help to plant native aquatic plants in the lakes in my neighborhood. And I'm trying to get the 3 MUDs in the neighborhood to donate like $5000 apiece for stocking. Mostly a lot of boat fish and panfish but some bass too.

The plants & baitfish will filter & clean the water so you don't have a muddy hole. Once I get them on board I'll get the HOA to stop dying the ponds.

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.

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. ;)

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.

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.

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.

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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