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General Discussion / TEXAS COUNCIL NEWS
« on: August 21, 2013, 02:00:25 PM »


Outing Chat / Supreme Sabine
« on: July 06, 2013, 07:03:47 AM »
George and I went over to Sabine lake to fish on Friday.  We found the weather was perfect with good sun and light winds for the better part of the day.  The water was stained and sight casting was difficult. Quite different from our last trip back in early December when the water was absolutely crystal clear.  From 7:00 am till around 11:00 Am we used conventional tackle like mirror lures and plastic rat tails.  George had a huge trout slap at his top water... how that fish missed the thing who knows.  I stuck to the plastic pattern and was rewarded with a large flounder. You really have to concentrate when fishing for flounder. They tend to pick up your bait so you feel a light "peck" then they'll come back to it and hit it so you have to wait to strike. On this fish I felt the pick up and just pointed the rod down at the water after about two seconds I felt the line tighten so I set the hook hard.  At first i thought I was hung on the bottom or I had hung up on some grass. It just didn't feel like a fish until as I powered down on the line I felt the tail beat.  What a good fight this flounder gave. Once we saw how big this fish was the excitment level went way up.  George grabbed the boga to make the landing.  He grabbed the line and the founder went ape.  But after a few seconds the fish was ours.  23" flounder NICE!

Well here she is...

We set up for another drift in a similar area and I caught another fatty using the same technique.  You have to be patient after feeling the first "peck".  This one got away and looked to be close to the size of the first one we landed. About an hour later I caught another that was close to 17".  Sabine is full of flounder.  We then grabbed our fly rods and searched out some clean water.  As the breeze was freshening a bit we found an open shoreline.  I poled George along while trying to find some fish but the water color was difficult to see in.  We did come across two reds right up against the shoreline that George got off a shot or two but was unable to turn their interest.  Later George was up on the platform and I saw a small shrimp jump from the water real close to the shoreline so I tossed directly to it and was rewarded with a redfish instant strike.  The fish taped 19" and was healthy and strong.  I caught two more but neither were sight casted to...more like there should be a fish right there and there was!

So I had a small slam working but I needed a trout.  George and I were pondering if we were done or just done fishing where we were. I told George I had a special spot where i know i can catch a good trout was he interested in a short drive in the boat.  Heck yeah he said so off we went.  As i directed George up this small canal I could see the apprehension growing on his face. As we drove by several small marsh drains we spoke of how cool this spot is for a kayaker. Once we arrived at the spot George was thoroughly confused. There was a group of crab fishers working their chicken necks less than twenty feet from our boat.  There was a small bridge just in front of us that is way to low to the water for us to get what are we doing here this doesn't look like a trout spot. I threw flys for a short time but no strikes.  So I picked up the rat tail plastic and maybe my third cast BOOM a heavy strike and the rod tip started that wonderful dance that says TROUT.  Soon we could see the spots of the fish and I was stoked. SABINE SLAM was done.  The trout measured 17" and was thick. George got the pictures and hopefully will post them up here. 

We had a good time just getting out on the water for the first time in awhile.  Both of us talking about how we plan to fish the POC ONE FLY at the end of this month.  I was supposed to be fishing several new flies given to me by one of my favorite flytyers testing them for the One Fly.  Oops I forgot them back in town! DOUGH!!!!!!!!! But we'll be ready.

Outing Information Only / July Outing - Port O'Connor "One Fly"
« on: May 15, 2013, 06:53:51 AM »
Texas FlyFishers of Houston

When:                    July 27, 2013       
Where:                   Port O'Connor Tx.        
Start Time:             4:00 AM 
End Time:               4:00 PM   
Trip Leader:            Mike Graham
Phone:                    832-298-3855       

Trip Description:      Carefully choose your favorite fly and catch as many fish with it as you can.  No fair changing fly, adding sweetner, once it breaks off or falls apart your done!  You can re-glue if necessary.  Winner is contestant who amasses the most total inches of GAMEFISH using his ONE FLY.

How to sign up:Sign Up Here , on the sign up sheet distributed at the monthly meeting or e-mail the trip leader.
How to get waiver forms: Download PDF form here. Required  Waiver of Liability, filled out and signed, along with emergency contact information.
Cost: No anticipated cost (You may want to help your boat driver with a few dollars for his expenses, though.)

Directions: Google Port O'Connor Tx. Take 59 south to Ganado turn left to Hwy 35, take right to Port Lavaca and follow signs to Port O'Connor.   
About the area:Grass and sand  flats everywhere.  Not easily fished from Kayak unless you are strong paddler or have a big boat to fairy you out. Front beach is hot right now too.

Important items:
• Member dues are current!
• Waiver of Liability, filled out and signed, along with emergency contact information
• Extra change of dry clothes
• Wind and/or water proof jacket
• Wading Shoes and Sting Ray Guards
• Lunch, Water, snacks
• Sunscreen and Mosquito Repellant
• Hat, Polarized Glasses
• First Aid Kit

Recommended Equipment:6 to 8 wt. for inshore action, 10 - 12 wt. for Jacks, tarpon or kings if you want to venture out off shore.

Recommended Flies: Clousers, sea-ducers, crabs, and mullet imitations

Recommended guidelines for participants:
• Notify the trip leader if you have any potential concerns
• If inexperienced, then buddy up.
• Have proper safety equipment
• If you are boating or kayaking, inform the trip leader of your float plan if planning to fish alone or longer then the designated times.
• Sign in and sign out at the launch site. Inform the trip leader if you will be launching in a different place.

Events and Information / Historical Archive?
« on: April 15, 2013, 06:54:00 AM »
Who is keeping the history of our club.  Is there some kind of depository for some of our collectables? This might be something our club may want to address.  Everything from books, magazines, antique rods, reels, flies, etc.  Has anybody thought about retaining our history somewhere so that others in the future might be able to learn what we are all about?.

Orvis / Orvis
« on: March 24, 2013, 06:50:29 PM »
I was astounded when I found out that Orvis spelled backwards is Sivro!  Who da thought?

Outing Chat / Pre-Party Fishing Dec - 08
« on: December 05, 2012, 07:00:20 AM »
Hey some of the guys are talking about wetting a line over at the Retention Ponds off Hollister and West Little York this coming Saturday.  OK by me.  I can't think of a better way to prepare for our Christmas Party later that night.  So far I thinking it will be Mike Quigley, Alex Blaque, Jim Anderson, myself and maybe a few others.  Cant hurt to get some stories from a days fishing before meeting up with the TFF Membership!  Most of you have my me.

Outing Chat / Supperb Sabine
« on: December 03, 2012, 02:48:48 PM »
Well this past weekend several TFF'ers and I got together after our discussion at the TFF meeting last week and decided to make a short trip back to the Bridge City area and give the waters there a thorough try.  Mike Stegman, his brother, and a couple of friends along with Scott Breedlove, George Sutherland and I met up a the launch and put in all the guys with the exception of George and I used their Kayaks.  George and I in his Beavertail skiff.  George and I used some conventional tackle for the early hours trying to find a good trout bite but until we found some birds working, (thanks for the call guys) over by the ICW.  George and I quickly got a double and then they were GONE!  We tried a bit longer but we could not find a trout. So we went over to a couple of nearby island where we spotted some fish tearing up the water so a closer investigation revealed large fish swimming in the shallows against the bank which apeared to be jacks but we later discovered these were all oversized reds.  I told George he was up and I jumppedup on the poling platform and we set off for these pigs.  They disappeared real quick but we found singles and doubles crusing around but George didn't have his mojo quite yet. He had lots of shots but no takers... We made two passes looking for the big fish but all we could muster up were the same single here and double there and they were not playing with George. 

I told George lets go across the ICW to the north  shoreline there and look for similar fish.  we did and it was my turn to take the bow. George called out a fish at 10:00 o'clock moving left at thirty feet, one cast to its left right off his nose and nothing happened George said recast I did this time on his rightside and boom fish on. after a brief but exciting fight the fish came to hand. A healthy "ONE-EYED" 23" redfish. No joke here is the proof. 

Eye on this side

No eye on this one

HAHA told you. Well we fished on where I caught one more 21"er but there just wasn't real clear water here and the fish must have moved elsewhere.  George and found the guys out in the bay's open water.  They had caught several nice flounder and trout but were not finding the redfish.

George and I went to look for Scott B. who we knew was searching for fish back in the marsh.  We found him coming out the channel from the marsh  but he told us he didn't find even one fish???? Not Scott.

After a short discussion I jumped behind the wheel of the Beavertail  and we were off to check out some other nearby shorelines.  Once we arrived we both went into SHOCK!  This shore had crystal clear water and was full of fish.  And I am not lying. We saw ove six reds, twenty sheepshead, and a few sundry trout, flounder and drum!  NO KIDDING. George will post up some pictures but we each caught fish.  George caught a beauty from the bow of his boat busting his cherry GOOD!  WAY TO GO GEORGIE BOY! The only thing George did WRONG was he lost my automatic fly, my never get a refusal fly, the fly that a big redfish George casted to busted his bite tippet like right NOW fly. 

We got so covered up in fish that we completely forgot to call any of the other guys and tell them about our find...didn't we George ...hehehe

When we got back to the ramp - Scott Breedlove was still there waiting for us to return holding a couple of ice cold brews...I felt so bad about not telling him about our fishing discovery I almost could not choke down the brew...hehehe but I did treat him to the best Sunday meal in Bridge City Texas.  Yep you gessed it WHATABURGER! 

For you guys who fish the Salt we found a great spot relatively close by and full of fish. For you guys who don't fish  oh well !

GEORG please post up your pictures!

Outing Chat / Happy Thanksgiving to your Family
« on: November 22, 2012, 08:20:51 AM »

I want to wish all of my Salties and their FAMILIES Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you to all your moms, wives and special girlfriends that make this day so wonderful for all of us!  Thank you for being great friends on and off the water.  I wish every one of you a great day and holiday season.  Oh and by the way GO TEXANS, COWBOYS AND HORNS! TEXAS RULES...ON THE SALT AND ON THE FIELD

Outing Chat / Another New Location to Fish in Houston
« on: November 11, 2012, 12:38:51 PM »
Well I have found another new location to fish here in town.  I am so amazed that few if anybody fishes these areas that I find, but it is so.  I called up Mike Quigley as I knew I could get him fired up to fish this past Saturday. We met up and as he was driving up in his truck I already had a bass in hand.  My daughter's boy friend Dale had told me about the location last week as it was directly across the street from their new Apartment.  He said I should come over and check it out. I did! her are some photos from yesterday.

My first...Harry you recognize that fly?

Mikey's first.

His next.

Did I say the water was in good shape!

Here was an interesting location.

Mike's olive wooley bugger kick my butt.

Hmmm some shade there ought to be some bass back there.

There was.

This is Dale and his first ever bass caught on a fly rod. Oh yeah he got hooked bad! HAHAHA

Another interesting spot.

Here is what Mike caught there. It is a talapia.  This bayou system has yielded more variety than any place I know.

Mike was throwing some awesome loops and caught a ton of fish. He slammed out easily.

It is always nice to know that within ten to fifteen minutes in any direction from my house there is excellent fishing.  I wonder how many of you have been interested enough in your sport to do what I have done. Google earth is a great spot to get started. Call up one of your buddies and go have some fun.  Soon Dale will be another new Texas Flyfisher as he had a blast.  He did OK but the more he goes the better he'll get. I guess that applies to all of us. Chow brothers.

« on: November 04, 2012, 09:37:28 AM »
I have put up a new outing under the November Outing thread above.  Check it out we'll be fishing the marshes around the big bridge in bridge city Texas. The fishing should be excellent especially for big flounder. Forget the Catch and Release catch some you better keep'em. This is a kayak outing for the members who love this form of fishing and it's only an hour and half from Houston. NO EXCUSES! Sign up Now.  Dave will fix the thread so it will have the correct Date on the sign up page.  The outing is scheduled for Saturday November 17 2012.

I have caught some big oversized redfish here as well as healthy sized trout.  Last year I caught a big striper here too (12 lbs.) big. Come join us for the day.  No excuses PUCK you are going!

« on: November 04, 2012, 09:29:08 AM »
iI am working over in the Port of New Orleans.  The other day this ship from Nassau Bay pulled in and began to unload.  One of the shipmen to this opportunity to go fishing off the back of the ship and this is what I saw him catch!
this was his fishing hole

Being slightly happy

This is what he caught.

Use your closeup mode to see the size of this drum I guesstimated 30 lbs.  I was talking to the guy the whole time thinking he was understanding me...nope didn't speak much English at all. I had him give me his phone number so I could send him his photos which I did. We met at the boat's side.  They cleaned the fish even after I told them (the one guy who spoke English) that it would be full of worms and stuff.  Didn't make any difference they'd been on board for three months and it was fresh food!


Outing Chat / California Fly Fishers
« on: October 15, 2012, 10:51:51 AM »
I heard from Jerry Phan today who is going to put together a trip or two this next year for his Fly Fishing Club members to come fish with us here in Texas.  He's first interested in the Sunfish Spectacular and also the POC One Fly. WOW I CAN'T WAIT these are the guys who fish from the back seat of their convertible Beemer's HAHAHA!  We need to get these guys set up with accommodations and partners. I am already thinking about a reciprocal agreement!  Small mouths to Makos yeah baby!

Outing Chat / West Coaster on the Bayou
« on: September 27, 2012, 06:04:42 AM »
Today I met up with Jerry Phan who (to use my korney since of humor) became a "fan" of the White Oak Bayou.  After receiving his email thru connecting with Chris Sumers, I told Jerry a little about our local fishing venue the WOB!  He and I met up Wednesday afternoon at the Citgo and I took him around the neighborhood and showed him where to park and fish.  Of course I had a rod ready and showed him where some fishy spots were.  He and I will be getting together over the next day or so.

Here is Jerry at the ponds

Prey of our choice.

Bass in repose!

Here is one spot we looked at.

This is the other direction.

He could see bass well as I must have missed five or six eats! Of course every time a mullet would break water he thought it was a bass or perch so I had to inform him they will not bite no matter how good of a cast you present to them! He loved it and will be returning tonight with his rod.  If you would like to join us give me a call or text. Jerry took some pictures to take back to his club and I will see if we can get him to post some of his/their stuff on our page.  He's done the offshore Mako thing too with the flyrod! Very cool! But his love is bass and perch.  Look out Damien Lakes here we come.

He is here doing good work helping a cancer patient get to MD Anderson for treatment.  Jerry offered his time up to fly this patient here and does this kind of work all of the time. Our kind of guy. Hopefully he will return here to HTown often to fish with us and I am offering him a trip to our coast in November in trade for a trip to San Diego.  He is also a commercial pilot and is a degree'd Engineer! 


Outing Chat / Louisana Is Doing Fine after Hurricane
« on: September 26, 2012, 10:55:32 AM »
Check this out! This is what I am talking about.

About Us. / Redfish Rodeo
« on: September 25, 2012, 01:31:35 PM »
Redfish Rodeo - Rockport Tx

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