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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 / Re: White Oak Bayou - April 29, 2012
« on: May 23, 2012, 07:08:04 AM »
FINN- I am going to contact the Harris County Flood Control District and find out about how they stocked these ponds.  I will request if we (TFF) can donate funds to add additional forage such as shiner minnows, bluegill perch, catfish, etc.,  I would believe a marine biologist should be involved.  Last year during the drought these ponds almost dried up but the fish we found last week appeared to be yearlings.  I wonder when they last stocked the ponds?  I'll keep all informed as to what I find out.  What a nice place to hold in-town outings.  Can you imagine what it will be like once we get some forage in there and our weather returns to normal as far as periodic rainfall goes! WHEW.

I am also going to urge the Club's Board to promote a "Kid Fish" at this location.  I know of no place better in all of Houston to swing a flyrod for a beginner too.   

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2012 and previous / Re: May Saltwater Outing
« on: May 23, 2012, 06:28:07 AM »
OK why don't we do this...since the freshwater outing is set for the weekend of the 8-10th of June why don't we schedule a POC Jetty/Bay outing for the 23rd and 24th of June.  That way most of you can fish both outings without conflict.  I have heard from Scott B.,  George S., Mike Q., Matt B., and a few others that have said they would be able to attend if we pushed the outing back a few weeks. So here you go.  I will change the info on the Outing thread above and will ask that if you are going that you sign up soon. 

Another subject:  My boat has been repaired...well that's what the mechanic says!  He said they really tested everything and could not fine the problem.  But a little fine tunming and shes up and running.  The Tachometer is not reading correctly and that might be in the computer but everything was supposed to have worked OK.  I would like to test her out soon so I have asked Ray Russ to bring his boat to POC and to follow me around (just in case) this weekend.  I'll let you know how it worked!  Still looking for a trailer if anybody knows of one sitting around that would work for a small craft like mine (14.5'). As is everything in life - all it takes is $$$$$ 

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Outing Chat / Re: White Oak Bayou - April 29, 2012
« on: May 20, 2012, 06:08:18 PM »
Saturday morning the Wormdrowner and I got together with Scotty B. and we tore up the fish at the retention pond just off the Bayou.  We met up with a new member Dan who joined us and with his help I'm sure we all caught a total of more than 200 BASS!  That's what I said 200 easily.  What a day. We found the pond to be an easy wade and the fly "de jur" was the olive #4 wooley bugger.  Everybody caught one fish after the other.  Ultra clear water and sight casting to bass swimming everywhere.  The speed of the present
ation was the key strip slowly and you caught nothing, hand over hand striping and fish on! I took some pictures and will post them here soon.  I am going to suggest that TFF start holding their casting class here.  Lots of room for all...its free,,,and you are going to catch fish. Perfect for your lightest equipment too.  Oh yeah the Bayou has been cut and is very walkable too.  All good news here.

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General Discussion / Re: Anyone wetting a line this Saturday?
« on: May 18, 2012, 06:11:33 AM »
I will contact you today later in PM to give you the scoop on when I will be able to wet the line. I am not going to coast this week.

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General Discussion / Re: Anyone wetting a line this Saturday?
« on: May 17, 2012, 01:46:26 PM »
Hey Sasquash I'd be up for some Bayou angling if the snakes don't mind!  Bring your wading boots I have a new venue for your three wt.!

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2012 and previous / Re: May Saltwater Outing
« on: May 17, 2012, 01:42:35 PM »
Fence Lake has not been scheduled.  I was under the impression that Chris had arranged the date last year after we had completed the 2011 outing as he had usually done after the the previous outings.  He told me at the last meeting that he did not make any arrangements for this year.  If you guys want to go I need someone to head up that outing and arrange with the Skimmer people.  We c an usually round up around ten to fifteen people for the outing.

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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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General Discussion / Re: Port Mansfield 5-4 & 5-6, 2012
« on: May 09, 2012, 07:43:01 AM »
So you didn't even have a fly rod with you? WOW I will start to arrange our summer outing down to the Arroyo Colorado.  I bet you wanna go!
So  far I have heard from George S, Mike Q., myself, Scott B., and a few others who want to go.  I am thinking Thursday thru Sunday.

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2012 and previous / Re: May Saltwater Outing
« on: May 09, 2012, 07:37:21 AM »
Maybe we can delay this a week or two to suit some of the others too.  We have only Me and Mike Q signed up to this point.

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2012 and previous / Re: May Saltwater Outing
« on: May 07, 2012, 06:40:07 AM »
Let's get signed up people!   >:(

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2012 and previous / Re: April Saltwater Outing --- Christmas Bay
« on: May 06, 2012, 08:16:16 AM »
Nick S. and I took a trip down on Thursday bearing the brunt of the weather conditions.  If you guys know Nick you know that his new baby son Luca and his job have been taking a lot of his personal time and so getting a chance to fish with him was my pleasure.  We wanted to fish the same areas that the TFF Kayakers were going to this up and coming weekend.  So here is your Christmas Bay/San Luis Pass Trip report complete with pictures.  Aftewr dropping the boat a the ramp Nick and I proceeded to turn the boat around and take-off to our first flat.  Too bad it was approximately fifty feet from the ramp.  Stuck-ola (partial observance of "Cinco de Mayo) but soon underway again. 

Here is a view of the impending weather we were about to face.

Looking back at our first stop of the day.

Once underway we headed to Christmas Bay and as you can see the Bay was very calm. Great view of the Beaver Tail B2's bow.

after our first release, check out the water clarity seen over the Beaver Tail's well thought out side console.

As we watch another swim off, check out the rod storage and ample gunnel room of the 2006 Beaver Tail Skiff.

After seeing one of these on the shoreline (actually down in Pringle Lake) I'll never walk the shores again. (Liar Liar)

Here is Nick enjoying a barefooted day on the water.  Also note the Beaver Tail's use of Sea Deck foam flooring..ohh so good on bare feet!

As we were headed back home after a wonderful day on the bay and behind the Pass. The lil Evinrude 60 quietly did it's thing!


So all in all you guys should have one heck of a time frolicking around in your plastic p-rows (Texan Spelling) this weekend.  Also Thanks to Big Mike for helping out...this pre-fishing report is for you Mr. Wormdrowner.  I am sure you can appreciate all of our efforts.  Special big thanks to Nick.  Every day on the water with you my friend is a ................. well a day on the water! Now can we just go back to work.... :o

....by the way the Photos are really for a guy interested in Buying a Beavertail who lurks here!  THAT IS ALL 8)






 

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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 / Re: White Oak Bayou - April 29, 2012
« on: May 02, 2012, 09:26:02 AM »
Geez Mike, how did you get all those nice pictures taken while catching fish when those guys who went to the Sunfish spectacular didn't take but a few telephone photos?
I am figuring that they were too busy pre-feeding the fish "gulp" laced scaries and drinking beer!  Huh?

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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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