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Outing Information Only / Re: February 2013, Prison Permit
« on: December 03, 2012, 08:00:14 PM »
Hey Puck this gives you three months to get a boat! ;D ;D

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 Information Only / Re: January 2013 Outing - Guadalupe One Fly
« on: November 28, 2012, 11:45:46 AM »
Well Puck that's about three months away...GOOD LUCK!

Outing Information Only / Re: January 2013 Outing - Guadalupe One Fly
« on: November 28, 2012, 07:58:50 AM »
I figure we can always upgrade to a larger cabin or get another. If the weather is suitable for camping, then that is not out of the question either.
So far we have Matt B., George S., Mike Q., Mike G., Dennis A.,   Isn't there anybody else in this club who fishes fresh water!  It is always the same guys not that they are not great to fish with - they are, but Where is Steve V., Arron H., Adam M., Harry C., Dave L., Chris S., Don P., and on and on... 

I will be fishing the Blanco River and Cypress Creek both days from my inflatable. So I am out for the two man competition. I will also be bringing my camera to begin the as of now unofficial TFF Photo Contest. Don't forget yours. This area is a scenic as it gets in Texas!

Hey you fly tiers please make me up some deer hair poppers and some larger wooley boogers. I have a couple crawfish patterns that will work well for sure.

Outing Information Only / Re: January 2013 Outing - Guadalupe One Fly
« on: November 27, 2012, 01:44:35 PM »
What is that saying..."When the Tuff get going it hurts like Haties" and it does.  Anyways I thought i would post a few pictures from my distant past when I used to take a few friends and their kids fishing on the Blanco. Please realize these pictures were rephotographed with a digital camera, and cleaned up using photochop. Yes that is me smart butt!

This place was always good for a few Guadalupies. I was using a 4.5' buggywhip spinning rod and very small beetlespins or crappie grubs.

Same for this spot but I was using a conventional bass rig as the big small mouths would kill your offering hard!

When I say good Smallmouth I think you see what I mean!

Here's a solid 3.0lb smallie that went 20 inches in length.

Here is a father and son I used to take down here shooting one of the rapids in their Old Town. Man That was fun!

The son scored all day long the Dad paddled...all day long!

Winter fishing is the best as you can see I was enjoying myself!

As you can imagine the bankside fishing is primo too. This day was one of many good'ens I had down there.

This guy was my fishing partner many times on the Blanco. He moved here from Maryland and in the first week here I took him to this.

Of course I have caught some largemouths too. This guy came out of Cypress Creek just north of Wimberley.

This gal pushed the scale hard, one of my largest ever.

If you guys want to give this a try I am way up for it.  You will have to work hard to portage some of the limestone outcroppings but the effort is well worth it. I just need a couple of more weeks to mend up...hopefully. I was a stud with all that hair wasn't I HAHAHAHA

Outing Information Only / Re: January 2013 Outing - Guadalupe One Fly
« on: November 27, 2012, 09:49:14 AM »
What does bunking by the river mean, are you going to camp at one of the River Camps or take a bed in the cabin? I think you meant to say "schtick" (Yiddish term meaning in this case "a rousing") ...unless of course you took an 8 wt. with you last year. Heck anything over a 3 wt was too much for last year!  :o ;D ::)

Yes that is true there are smallies in the Guad but they are mostly above Canyon Lake.  The Blanco has both smallies and Guadalupies which are both Texas Treasures. It has some of the most unusual strains of sunfish too. 5 to 6 wts. will be the rods of choice. You can run into large carp exceeding twenty pounds and some big river cats too.

I am going to try and fish the Blanco River soon with another flyfisher from another site who is very familiar with the river.  I have several good points of entry from above Fisher Store Road to below the Boy Scout Camp. I fished this river over a hundred times however, I was in quite a bit better shape back then.  After two huge floods and the two major droughts I just lost interest thinking the river would take years to recover.  It did. Recently I have been notified that the river is back!

Since my recent accident (separated shoulder) I am a bit apprehensive at what I can accomplish physically and need to make sure someone who is far more able than I is along with me for the tour. People with physical ailments need not apply for this trip!

However the Blanco River above Wimberley is some of the most beautiful water in the State for sure. Kayaks and canoes work well.  Winter is great as the water stays warmer than the air. Foggy mornings are especially beautiful with all of the wildlife and the unbelievable sounds of the river.  I have a bunch of good pictures but they are all non-digital.  I will see if I can rephotograph and post up. Wait till you see my ten pound largemouth bass...she is beautifully colored and massive.

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 / Re: Another New Location to Fish in Houston
« on: November 22, 2012, 07:35:40 AM »
We'll show you the next time we go. But you'll have to bring the beer!!!!!!!! 8)

Outing Information Only / Re: January 2013 Outing - Guadalupe One Fly
« on: November 22, 2012, 07:21:28 AM »
Max Stalling...OK who is he? I'll check out his bio and some tunes.

OK Take a listen I can drink to this.

Who didn't have a craig deck and 6 x 9 speakers. Cool

Outing Information Only / Re: January 2013 Outing - Guadalupe One Fly
« on: November 21, 2012, 06:32:51 PM »
Who's the entertainment at Gruene's Hall Saturday night. I could care less about the bobber fishing for stockers but this crew is known to be fun. Matt you staying with the crew or the in-laws? Personally, I'll go up to the Blanco River and chase large and small mouth. Much more technical and way more cool.

Outing Chat / Re: Fishing the "Land of the Giants"
« on: November 21, 2012, 11:46:42 AM »

2012 and previous / Re: November Saltwater Outing
« on: November 21, 2012, 06:46:11 AM »
So it is reserved for duck hunting only. I wonder whose agenda was served by this area being closed.  Now after I reviewed the TP&W regulations, I wonder if you can fish this area starting the 1st Monday after the closing of the first duck hunting season (split season you know) until the second season starts. I am just wondering?

2012 and previous / Re: November Saltwater Outing
« on: November 18, 2012, 07:26:05 AM »
Well that was interesting... We learned a lot about a new area.
1.) Texas Parks and Wildlife has their panties in a wad.
2.) Man is there some good marsh areas to fish up there.
3.) The fish are hungry and willing to eat your fly.
4.) Air is expensive in Bridge City!

Now the report.  Mike Quigley met over at his house and hooked up the kayak trailer lent me by my wonderful Nephew.  The Wilderness Tarpon 16 kayak is the bomb but a little hard to turn. Way more quiet than Quig's yak which was important on the water. Anyways off to the Denny's that Kelly told us about to meet up with the guys for breakfast. On the way there Quigs tells me Kelly couldn't make it today because he wasn't feeling well.  Sorry about that Kell but a day on the water would make me feel a whole lot better no matter what! We arrive right on time and see that the Bear is there waiting for us. On the way in I notice the Cashier is a fine looking young lady that would brighten up any mans day if you know what I mean...for you other old farts I mean she was smoking good looking. ;D  We sit down to a great breakfast, coffee, and talk.  I also find out that Joe French and Dan are not going to make it either. Hey what is up dudes? :(  Hey Joe I though my danglies were on the line here brother now I find out you lost yours! :o

Barry and Nick already have headed to the marsh and will meet us there. So after squaring up with the cashier which was fine by me we were off to the meeting point.  During the drive we saw plenty of geese in the air and the sun rise although blinding was beautiful.  Thank you for the great weather lord we promise to enjoy your bounty today.

We get to "Location X" and I get to meet the newby Nick who looked ready and rearing to go. We changed put in points to a get off up the hiway and got our yaks into the water. Low wind, calm waters, brisk cool air, duck flying in overhead are you kidding me let's go.

So we let out in all directions. Mike Q. and I went east Bear south and Nick and Barry went north or at least I thought they did.  I was across the marsh in a heart beat in the yak and had a line wet in no time. Quigs was somewhere behind me fishing an open gut between two islands. As we had only been out on the water thirty minutes we get a call from Barry who said the Texas Parks and Wildlife officer had justy informed him this marsh was closed to fishing because of...get this Hurricane RITA! What this place looked in great shape and all the marshes in Louisiana that had been effected by Rita and Katrina not to say that Issac wasn't a problem either are flourishing today and open to fishing. Barry said that the officer said "but the duck hunters can hunt here though" ...REALLY thats what it was all about - the freak'n duck hunters.  Who by the way were no where to be found anywhere. So we called up Bear and let him know the bad news.  When he answered he said he was closing in on a big broad tail in front of him right now. No Bear don't catch that fish TP&W will be might disturb a duck! If you see this sign then it means you cant fish! That is how TP&W manages this area!

Anyways the officer did tell Barry where we could fish so with a slight delay we were back in the water.  Mike and I fished the open flat right off the ICW to the north and Barry and Nick went up the marsh further north, Dennis said he was going to scout around for some other areas to fish. We headed up this back road called Old Ferry Road. There at the end of the road was a launch and bait camp. 2$ and you have a safe place to park your car and to launch your boat.  The guy there gave us a few pointers and said "Good Luck Fellas"

Mike and I he aded back to the west and were out on absolutely crystal clear water that looked real fishy but after an hour or so of not seeing any fish and very little bait activity I turned my Yak back east and headed up towards the north shore of the old River Cove. Quigs was behind me fishing the shorelines.  I wasn't long until I found the oyster beds the guy back at the launch told me about. Then it started to happen - I see two big shadows coming towards me and I know these are some big redfish.  But I have my rod in a holder behind me and it took me ten or so seconds to get out out and ready.  Boom they are gone. I laid the rod in my lap stripped out fifteen feet of line and I was ready for the next fish now.  I continued to paddle along quietly and was rewarded with another big single. Now when I say big this fish was way oversize OK! I throw in in frront of it and it turns quickly onto my fly but then just sat there looking at it. OK I'll play that game twitch twitch flash it is gone...what I do wrong.  Believe it or not that same thing happened one more time. Time to change flys...REDFISH CRACK here we go. I had a fish on in less than a minute. This dude had nineteen spots and was a healthy fish. The next one was way bigger pulling me out towards the ICW.  The next one was at least 24 inches and fought well.  Quigley was seeing the whole thing play out but he just could not see the fish. I asked him to photograph the multispot but he was having some issues with his GEAR. Wish I had brought my camera with me but I left it in the truck when we change locations from the marsh to the ICW.  It was around three in the afternoon and the sun angle was getting to a point where sightfishing was difficult.  I now know where to go and when to be there! It is important to note that while fishing in a kayak you must keep from making any undue noise like dropping something on the yak's floor. Also hull slap is another issue for some yaks.  Mikes made way too much noise while under paddle Slow down to eliminate the noise.  Also since you are sitting so low you must really scan areas fully and look for the little things that might key to a fishes location.  Several fish I located because they were pushing water in a slightly different direction than the wind was...don't look for the fish - look for it's shadow.  Once I slowed down I was seeing fish easily.  Too bad we didn't get to this location earlier...WOW!

We headed back to the launch and put up our tackle. Barry and Nick were still back in the marsh reporting sightings of many fish and few breakoffs.
they were having fun still and planned to continue to fish.  Good Luck Fellas!

I will be back and if I had a poling skiff we would have slayed the reds. I Promise! Oh and about the air...I had to re-air one of my Yak's trailer tires when we were in Bridge City.  It cost $1.00 for the air pump...and so goes the economy in Bridge City!   Sorry Joe, Kelly, and Dan, couldn't make it. I bet they would have enjoyed the day too!

2012 and previous / Re: November Saltwater Outing
« on: November 16, 2012, 07:00:29 PM »
Denny's it is.  Garth Road  6-6:30 am  If you get lost call my cell 832-298-3855. Joe did you contact the guy needing the kayak? We can dibby up the autos and yaks at Denny's.

Outing Chat / Re: Another New Location to Fish in Houston
« on: November 12, 2012, 06:33:21 AM »
We'll do it again you can bet.  Dale is up for I'm sure!

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