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Outing Chat / White Oak Lakes - HOT!
« on: May 27, 2012, 12:02:13 PM »
As you know over the past few weeks the White Oak Lakes have been producing small bass in huge numbers.  I have been experimenting using different types of tackle and presentations.  For numbers the most effective presentation has been a #4 bead head olive wooley bugger.  Closely followed by the foam bodied spider in an orange color.  I would recommend for your tiers tie up a dark  orange and black dragon fly pattern (they're everywhere).  As the water is so very clear and gets fairly deep out in the centers of the ponds you should also bring some deep stuff like intermediate line and larger patterns.  I have been using some conventional ultralight equipment 6lb. test floro leader, 1/16th oz. screw head worm weight and a six inch power worm in tequila sunrise color.   Another good approach is using an unweighted 3" bass assassin work along the grass beds early.  Wow I got some real aggressive hits using that.  You will definitely catch bigger fish using these setups. Also been having a lot of fun with very small deep diving crankbaits.  They hammer them hard.  Here are some recent photos taken over last several weeks. Hope you enjoy.

Mike Q scoping out the deep water in front of him.

Here is what he was looking at. Clear enough?

Flyfishers wading the ponds without worrying about STRING RAYS!

Look how pretty this water is...make for some sightcasting fun!

This spot was hot as a pistol.

Fishing does not disturb the lake!

Here is what you can expect to catch...all day long.

This one fought twice his size. Caught on a #2 worm hook, 1/16th oz. worm weight and a 6" power worm.

I think this is a neat photo.

Here is one that hit the 3" Bass Assassin.

I was wondering where the perch were.  Well here is one of two caught on this worm.

Here is one on the deep diving crank bait.

Watch out for this guy or at least cover your ears.


This place is fun and will only get better especially if TFF helps.  Call me if you want to team up over here. I am thinking we can probably use kayaks or inflatables here without a problem as long as we don't launch thirty craft at one time! I am taking my inflatable over this evening and try it out.  See Ya.


 




 

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Outing Chat / Casting for Recovery!!!!!!
« on: May 11, 2012, 05:58:21 AM »
Hey TFF'ers, here is a worth while event I picked up on over on the Fly Honkey forum...I know, I know!  Anyways I will be fishing and hopefully so will you.  Check this out.

Dudes:

After missing last year, we're starting back up with our annual Casting for Recovery benefit fly fishing tournament. I think you guys have a good understanding of who/what CFR is. For those who don't, CFR offers fly fishing retreats and outings for women that are the survivors of breast cancer and those still fighing breast cancer. The Texas chapter puts on 2 events a year. They estimate that it costs $1,500-$2,000 for each to attend, and all costs are covered for the attendees. www.castingforrecovery.org

Our 2010 event boasted close to 70 anglers. We're hoping to get back close to that number this year. Our fund raising goal is $10,000. Since this is in Texas, all of the money we raise stays here for the CFR-Texas chapter.

The tournament is July 14, 2012. It is based at the new Tarpon Shores Marina (the old Crab Man Marina) at Aransas Pass. Fly fishing only, catch-photo-release. There are no cash prizes. There are no crappy attitudes allowed - anyone with one will be asked by me to leave and never return.

There are 2 separate divisions competing independently from eachother: Boat and Kayak. A $50 entry fee gets you into one of the divisions for Redfish. You're also eligible for an "open species" division for no extra $$. Open species is considered any fish that swims in saltwater. The fee also includes a kick ass shirt, and sticker. The first 75 entrants get a cool fly box with tournament logo and CFR logo.

You can fish anywhere in Texas waters. Guides are allowed whether hired or fishing alone for prizes. Weigh(photo)-in is from 2-4:30.

There will be a huge assortment of raffle items, some silent auction items, and great prizes. Here is what we have so far for prizes:

BOAT (redfish): 1st-TFO Fly Rod; 2nd-Yeti Cooler; 3rd-TFO Fly Reel
BOAT (open species): 1st-TFO Fly Rod; 2nd-hand made redfish platter; (no 3rd place as of now)

KAYAK (redfish): 1st-TFO Fly Rod; 2nd-Yeti Cooler; 3rd-TFO Fly Reel
KAYAK (open species): 1st-TFO Fly Rod; 2nd-hand made redfish platter; (no 3rd place as of now)

There is also a separate set of prizes for the top 2 Women Anglers:
1st-Fly Rod (type TBD); 2nd-Pink Fly reel to go with the rod

Sponsors: TFO has always been a huge supporter and continue to offer their full support. Hell's Bay Boatworks has stepped up this year and made a very large cash contribution. J. Stockard; Sportsman's Finest in Austin is loading us up; Swan Point Orvis; likely Greune Outfitters, Stiffy and many others. We're always looking for more support - whether product donations for raffle; guided trips for silent auction; or cash.

I know I've talked with a few of you Honkeys that said you'd come down for it. Hope you can still make it.

General info on the tournament, application, rules, sponsors, etc. can be found on website

www.lydiaannflymasters.com

And, here's a little info on CFR's Texas retreats
http://vimeo.com/3942554

I'll also throw up a few pics of a retreat our money helped to support

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Fishing Tackle Unlimited / FTU I-10 Store Opening
« on: May 02, 2012, 09:29:51 AM »
Went by last week to get a early look at the new store and Wow is it going to blow you away.  The Store according to Mike Barby is Opened starting Tuesday and there will be drawings for some cool stuff.  Give them a call or go by.  Located between Voss and Campbell on the southside feeder in the old Academy store. 8)

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Outing Chat / White Oak Bayou - April 29, 2012
« on: April 30, 2012, 07:23:23 AM »
Since I had to work most of the day Saturday and missed the "Spectacular" ...I thought i would take my frustration out on the local waters.  First off the grass has not been cut.  I saw No Snakes.  Now I don't know if that was a good thing or not. Maybe I just couldn't see them because of the over growth...who knows.  Fishing was good.  The bass havae settled into a post spawn mode.  Not real aggressive but when they are feeding they ate.  I tried using a fly tied by Hunter Swope that had some good flash and chartreuse but no luck  So I just happen to try a large popper to see if I could get the fish to get aggressive.  Well that worked and I caught some good'ns.

Here is the first on a popper.

Close view of same fish.

This one is doing the Speckled trout head shake and use your close up viewer here.

Pretty nice fish!

Here's another from the exact same spot as the last.

Here is what they were eating.

This one almost looks like a Kentucky with the marking around his head.

Another.

Your getting the picture ..er pictures here aren't you?


Just letting you guys see the WOB is still cooking and just be aware the weeds were really a huge hassle.  There is now some ground thistle that is really causing some line trouble.  Once your in it ...well you are in it good!

One photo above is giving me some trouble loading...don't know why but it was a good pic when viewed closeup!  Oh well.



 

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Outing Chat / March Madness Begins - THE SPAWN IS ON!
« on: March 04, 2012, 05:36:46 PM »
THOUGHT I WOULD VISIT THE BAYOU TODAY SINCE I'M FULL OF THE FISHING SHOW AND THE THOUGHT OF CATCHING BIG FISH.  TODAY IT IS JUST BEAUTIFUL OUTSIDE AND BY LUNCH TIME THE AIR TEMP WAS 70 DEGRESS AND RISING. BET THE WATER TEMP WASN'T FAR BEHIND EITHER!.  GRABBED THE CAMERA, FLYROD AND A FEW FLYS AND HIT THE ROAD.  HERE IS WHAT I FOUND.

AS WE ARE GETTING READY FOR OUR ST. PATTY'S DAY BASS BASH. I STILL WANT TO WARN YOU, ALTHOUGH WE DON'T HAVE STING RAYS TO BE BOTHERED WITH, WE HAVE THESE GUYS.

AS THE BANKS OF THE WHITE OAK BAYOU ARE OVERGROWN NOW WE NEED TO BE CAREFULL BUT KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN AS YOU CAN SEE THE FISH LAYING UP READY TO SPAWN.  HERE IS ONE RIGHT HERE.

THIS IS WHAT SHE LOOKED LIKE UP CLOSE.

JUST ABOUT TEN FEET AWAY FROM THE LAST FISH THIS GUY WAS JUST SITTING THERE AND BIT ON THE FIRST PRESENTATION.

SO I LOOKED AROUND TO SEE WHY THESE TWO LITTLE BUCKS WERE SO TIGHT TO THE BANK AND CLOSE TOGETHER AND HERE IS WHAT I FOUND.  THIS FISH WAS A SOLID THREE POUNDS! SAAWHEAT BABY.

GOT INTO THE TRUCK AND MOTORED TO ANOTHER SITE AND MAN O MAN HERE WE GO AGAIN.  I SPOTTED THIS BIG FEMALE CRUISING THE BANKS REAL CLOSE TO WHERE I WAS STANDING ALMOST TOO CLOSE. ANYWAYS I MADE SHOT AFTER SHOT AT THIS FISH, ONCE TO HER LEFT THEN TO HER RIGHT... RIGHT OVER HER THEN RIGHT NEXT TO HER. SHE ATE THREE TIMES BUT I JUST COULDN'T STICK HER, SHE WAS TOO FAST...WAIT SHE ATE TROUT SET AND SHE'S ON AFTER SEVERAL HUGE JUMPS AND WATCHING HER BURROW DOWN IN THE ROCKS I WAS ABLE TO WHIP HERE ARSE AND BRING HER HOME!  NICE FISH CLOSE TO FIVE OR MORE POUNDS. MAYBE THE LARGEST FROM THE BAYOU SINCE I STARTED FISHING IT BACK IN NOVEMBER.

LOOK AT HER TAIL...THE SPAWN IS ON. NOW THE FISH WILL NOT BE AGGRESSIVE BUT YOU NOW ARE GOING TO HAVE TO FINESS THE BIG ONES TO BITE.

GOOD LUCK! HERE IS ANOTHER ONE IT TOOK SEVERAL CAST TO GET TO EAT BUT EAT SHE DID.


I WOULDN'T GUESS IT WOULD TAKE MANY MORE PHOTOGRAPHS TO CONVINCE YOU TO JOIN US FOR THE SAINT PATRICKS' BAYOU BASS BASH ON THE WHITE OAK.  WE HAVE A GOOD GROUP STARTING TO FORM AND WE HAVE TWO WEEKS TO FIRM UP THE OUTING.  I THINK WE'LL HAVE A HOOT OF A TIME.

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Tying Chat / February's Featured Fly
« on: February 08, 2012, 07:49:48 PM »
FEBRUARY'S FEATURED FLY
OK you guys here is the Monthly Featured Fly for the TFF Tuesday Nite Tyers at Bayland Park Recreation Center for the month of February.  As you can clearly see it works very well in freshwater but originally designed for Salt! Look closely and tie carefully...a winner will be announced (the decision of the judges is deemed final) judged by tying committee = the tyers themselves. (they collectively vote on their favorite)

Now the good news is that we...are you listening... all voting and judging shall be done bankside (contestants must be present to win) before we then hit a section of Houston's finest hidden backwater bayou to search for big spawnning bass...They are there and not that hard to find.  One Kicker... only the winning tyer can use his winning fly pattern.  The rest shall refrain from using the same pattern during that outing!

Here is the pattern.

Another view - poor photo's

but I'm sure you get the picture.

George Sutherland give this one a try!!!! YOU COULD WIN!

The personal adoring acclaim one receives from being a Tuesday Nite TFF Tying Champion during future TFF events will astounding. 

GOLDEN 8)




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Outing Chat / Latest Bayou Trip Report 1-22-12
« on: January 22, 2012, 08:36:13 AM »
George Sutherland calls me and says he has a little time Saturday to fish and would I like to hit a Brownline! Heck yeah...
Satiurday started off with some drizzle and fog early.  I hit a local haunt before meeting up with George and found the fish very active.  Five fish in less than forty-five minutes.  That's very good in my opinion so they are on the feed!  George is right on time (pay attention all you slackers) at the meeting spot.  He has all of the essentials...five wt., purdy flys, cold Shiner Bachs, and some new electrician's tape for my reel seat!  Now that's being prepared!

We chose a spot on the bayou that has been left alone for a couple of weeks.  Water clarity is good, flow is low, and fishing pressure non-existant! However there was a large flock of Comarants (sp?) watching us! I walked along side of George telling him how the fish relate to the deep rock piles and holes.  The object is to present your fly let it drop into the strike zone and with a "jigging" motion get the bass too strike. So I set him loose along this good stretch and he starts fishing.  I go the opposite direction and do the same. 

My first bass of the day...that's George over there.

Here my next one.

After catching a few I go over to George and say a few encouraging words like come on George all you have to do is fish the rocks jig the fly like this and whaala I pull out this nice bass right where George was standing and fishiing....George Just Got SCHOOLED!!!

Second jump.

Here is what she looked like coming out of the water.

We decided to move downstream to a new location.

This fish was the first to jump on my line.

George has gone his way and me mine this is what I ran into...

What ...sweet a catfish struck that fly! I did say the fish were on the feed!

...and so the day went big fish....

...and little ones...


The last two pictures show a good example of the fly I was using today.  But the operative word here is WAS!  I lost it later on to the rocks and could not retrieve.  If anyone could tie me up a few I sure would appreciate it.  Beadhead with Yellow, chartruse, fire orange would be good colors too. About three inches long. Mike if you read this post... I would like you to tie me up some of those chartruse and blue clousers you did for me last...I'l be at the meeting this week.

Thanks George for coming all this way to share your Saturday with me on the WOB I had a great time. It is like we (TFF'ers) have this place all to our selves anytime we want! SWEEEEET! Good COLD beer between each fishing hole was a big plus too! ;D

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Outing Chat / BARNACLE BANDIT BLOWOUT BENIFIT TOURNEY - POC TX.
« on: January 11, 2012, 08:15:49 AM »
HEY GUYS HERE'S A NEAT BENIFIT TOURNEY THAT HAS CASH/PRIZE PAYOUTS.  IT IS BEING HELD TO BENIFIT THE PORT OCONNOR EMS AND VFD.  THEY COULD ALWAYS USE OUR HELP.  CAPTN. CURTIS CASH IS HEADING UP THE OUTING PLEASE READ ALL THE INFO I HAVE ATTACHED.  THIS WOULD BE A GREAT TUNEUP FOR OUR PRISON PERMIT INVITATIONAL HELD THE FOLLOWING MONTH.  PLEASE CONTACT ME AND LET ME KNOW IF YOU ARE INTERESTED. IT LOOKS TO BE A FIVE MAN TEAM EVENT???? THAT'S STRANGE.  MAYBE CURTIS'S THINKING IS ONE GUIDE AND FOUR FISHERS?  I DON'T KNOW BUT I WOULD LIKE TO ASSEMBLE A TWO BOAT TEXAS FLYFISHER TEAM FOR THE FLYFISHING DIVISION.  LET'S MOVE ON THIS FAST. 8)

GOLDEN

 

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Outing Chat / ANOTHER PREFRONT BONANZA
« on: January 08, 2012, 03:40:11 PM »
It seems every Sunday, there is another front on it's way into HTown and they make our Bayou "Green Trout" FRISKY just before it starts to rain!  To say the least today they were feeling frisky for sure!  However, today I was on a mission of another sort.  The Wormdrowner and I had noticed a fresh bicycle reef in one of the deeper holes while fishing last week and I thought I would return to remove it today.  I have several of my workers who cant afford bikes for their children and this one looked like with a little effort it could be returned to use. So while I  was removing the bike with a home made grappling rig I noticed a large bass on the far shore crusing back and forth like she was bedded up between some rocks. I knew I had my conventional rod and some plugs in the back seat of the truck so after pulling out the bike I returned to the truck for my bass rig. Yes I asked three neighbors out in their yards near where I parked if they knew who's bike this was but nobody seemed to know,so...

Here's the bike.

So armed with a 1/4oz flashy Model A I went back to find the bass and here is her partner.  Doesn't the buck always get there first!

So I'm thinking she has to be near so I'll wait a few seconds and try that spot again. BOOM Who Let The Dog Out!

After quite a tussle I landed her and she was a brute approaching FOUR pounds!

Here she is next to my size nine shoe.  NICE FISH FOR IN THIS BAYOU!

I moved down stream a little and saw another spot where a bed might be. 2 casts later.

Last fish of the day as the rain was starting to come down and I have a cold already don't need to get any sicker so I split.


Iknew these big fish were in here but they just haven't been hungry before when I was after them.  Today was a banner day for the bayou.  Fishing time 1 hr fifteen minutes.  Bye Now.



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SANTA CLAUS BROUGHT MARCOS ENRIQUEZ A NEW JOB.  HE WILL BE TRAINING AND WORKING AT THE FISHING TACKLE UNLIMITED DOWN ON THE SOUTH FREEWAY.  UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE THIS WILL NOW BE HIS NEW HOME...STAY TUNED!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;D

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Outing Chat / THIS IS WHAT I HAVE NOT BEEN DOING!!!!!!!!!!!
« on: December 20, 2011, 07:46:11 AM »
CHECK THIS OUT...ANYBODY WANT TO TRY THIS GIVE ME A CALL.

http://vimeo.com/33872683

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Outing Chat / Newby Nigel hits the Bayou
« on: December 11, 2011, 05:41:10 PM »
What a gorgious day today was, cool morning and warm afternoon. geese in the air and fish wanting to cooperate that 'bout says it all.
Met up with Nigel from our board and we hit a stretch of the White Oak today.  When we arrived at our first destination we set up a plan how we would attack the fish.  Nigel broke out his fly box loaded with home spun flys that looked like he was an acomplished tier.  I said those will work pointing to several different flys but I said the chartruse and olive clousers with the red underside would be killer.  His eyes lit up "yeah I just tied those up after reading your posts. "Well there you go McCloud" somebody does listen.  As we walked down the embankment he remarked that he wasn't much of a bass fisher.  I told him i'll ask you that question in a couple of hours and see what you say! He also was amazed at how clear the water looked and that it did! The water was as clear as I have seen it lately. This was going to be good.  We set up and I pointed out several deep holes where I thought we should start. After his first cast I heard him say, "Darn I just missed one".  My first cast was met with the familar "thump" and I had my first fish on but while fighting the fish another larger bass came out and tried to steel the fly out of the mouth of my fish. While Nigel was still casting in his spot a large flight of canadians could be heard directly overhead and I told him to look up and see the geese and come and join me and lets see if I can get you on this larger fish.  After telling him where to cast he laid the fly in the spot perfectly and whamo the big girl slammed the fly and the fight was on.  I looked over and saw a grin ear to ear! Should I ask him now? We both stood over this hole and alternated casts.  We took at least ten bass out of this deep hole that was probably no more than 25 long x 15 wide x 3 foot deep.  Saying the fish were stacked up would be the obvious.

My first out of the "honey hole", look close you can see her trying to escape to no avail!

The geese overhead heading to Katy!

Here's Nigel landing his first White Oak Bass.

Can you see his grin?

One down and many more togo

Here is a poor picture of another out of the honey hole.

Our first double.

So after awhile we relocated to another deep hole.  Here's Nigel.

Ooops another double...you getting the picture here!

Life is good!  Thankyou Jesus!

Say Aaahhhh! This little fly did the trick until I lost it.

I always like to show that we catch little one too.

Definately the most beautiful fish of the day!  Thanks to MIke Arnold...er I lost this one too in the weeds behind me.

Another look who would have thought Chichlids would be in this bayou?

By this time Nigel had to return to his studies but I have a feeling there will other trips to the bayou for him.
Hey Nigel what do you think of these little guys NOW!


Till next trip.  Hey Matt sit down and tie some of these lil bugers up. See you later in the week. Scott you missed a good day.
 8) 8) 8) 8)










 

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Outing Chat / Pre-fishing the Bayou for the Guys!
« on: December 10, 2011, 04:00:54 PM »
Had a chance to get out this evening to pre-fish several areas as tomorrow Scott B and Jared F are coming out to take part in some Bayou antics.  Although the temp was 55 degrees the bass were readily on the feed. So much so I broke off on two larger fish.  Guys don't bring any wimpy 10lb. leaders 12 -16 much better.  Especially when lifting your fish up the imbankment. Lost two fish and two good flys.  Mike Arnold's green cookie and one from I don't know where. That fly I caught six fish in six casts! the last was just too big to lift up the bank... I have some pictures of the fly.  It was a clouser type with brass barbell w/ painted eyes, dark orange head wrap, yellow white olive and burnt orange body with a couple of copper flash fibers that really flashed in the water.  Look at the fly in each of the pictures below.  If you can tie some I want some ...easy as that!

First fish out of this hole. Note fly

Next fish Note same fly.

Believe it or not another fish on same fly note where fly is position in fishes mouth.

Here's the next fish from the same hole.  This place was loaded.

Here is a (too) closeup of the fly.  not a good picture but you can see it good in other picts.

Last fish before I lost it. Good look at head note fishes gill has fibers sticking out to show length.

The fish that I broke off on was around 2.5 lbs. and out of the same hole.  I tried to lift onto bank and the leader broke abobe the knot! Anyways whoever wants to join me tomorrow send email or call I will be hitting the bayou arond 10:30 am.  See ya.

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Outing Chat / Pre Front Bayou Bass'n
« on: December 04, 2011, 08:56:00 PM »
I went outside this morning and the temperature was 68 degrees and balmy with little or no wind.  I know a front is coming in today so I check the radar and it looks like I have a couple of hours before the weather change.  I'm going fish'n!  I jump in the truck and hit one of my White Oak Bayou favs to see what is happing.  The flow is perfect, water is clear...well clear brown and I can see fish moving along the edges.  By the way all of the fish you'll see below were caught on flys tied by Mike Arnold.

This is the first place I looked.

Doesn't take me long and I found this little critter.

The first spot I choose was chalk full of bass. After catching a few small ones a big girl came out and I busted off my favorite fly of the ones Mike sent me on the strip set!  Anyways I continued on down stream after tying on a chartruse and grey clouser.  This is what it looked like once I stuck this fella!

Nice fish huh!

This guy followed the last fish and then cruised a few feet away and just sat there until I stuck him too.

If you don't think I'm having fun. At this point I have caught about fifteen bass in less than one hour. So I move down stream some more looking for some riprap edges and I see this swirl and flash right in front of me.  I cast in and WHAMO

I hope you can zoom in on these pictures cause this fish goes ballistic and I was able to snap a few shots during the fight.

After that tailwalk she speed over behind me trying to break me off on the rocks and then she jumped again.

SAAAWWWEEETTTT Right! So it was time to quit messing around with the camera and land her.  The Beauty Photo a solid 2.5lb. fish.

The weather had definately change by now though and the temperature was falling fast and the drizzle had started to fall.

So I am thinking there are still plenty of more rocks across the way could there be another promising fish there.  Boom of course there was.

Not all of my fish were big, however I took a picture of this little fella cause it was so fiesty and pretty.


By this point I had caught well more than I could count (anything over 20 requires higher math) So once the drizzle started to fall a little harder I figured it was time to go home and fix a pot of coffee and some brunch..watch a little football...drink a few brews...and give my thanks for this wonderful day!





 




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Damon's Seven Lakes / Special Thanks to Mike Arnold
« on: December 04, 2011, 08:17:56 AM »
I want to say how much I appreciate the efforts that Mike Arnold puts forth all year long in helping the Texas Fly Fishers.  From tying flys at EVERY Meeting, especially taking the time to teach the youngsters as he does, to organizing and holding events out at his place in Damon Lakes...well for a man his age IS TOTALLY AWESOME. He is a huge asset to our club, he is a proud American and he is TEXAN in every way.  Thanks MIKE we all love you dearly!

Photo of what Mike does BEST!

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