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Outing Information Only / John Scarborough Sunfish Spectacular - April 11th, 2015
« Last post by Puck on October 30, 2014, 09:53:24 AM »
Work in progress.  The date is set, but other details are beign worked out.

Texas FlyFishers of Houston
Event: John Scarborough Sunfish Spectacular

When:      2015-04-11 (11th of April, 2015)   
Where:       Damon 7 Lakes
Start Time:  0700
End Time:    Dark
Trip Leader: Puck
e-mail:        doncpuckett at geemale

Trip Description: Join us for the annual chance to capture the John Scarborough Sunfish Spectacular Trophy and a decent feed on Saturday the 11th of April (date is confirmed) at Damon Seven Lakes. Fishing from the shore, but float tubes and kayaks are quite successful.

How to sign up: Webmaster to provide sign-up sheet,or  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.

Download Special Damon Seven Lakes PDF form here. Required  Waiver of Liability, filled out and signed, along with emergency contact information.
Cost: $45 per TFF member, special price for kids.
A catch log will be given to all at sign-in, and a drawing from those will take place for all of them turned in by 1830 hrs, for a special set of flies and case.

Fishing from the shore but float tubes and kayaks are quite successful.

Participants will also receive a package of special flies.  These will be given out at sign-in to those who have signed up by the cutoff date 10 days before the event (Midnight of the 1st of April).

The longest sunfish (micropterus salmoides do not count) will be the winner of the trophy.

Largest bass, most bream caught, and most flies lost to trees will all be noted.

Lunchtime is at noon, 2015-04-11-1200.  Be late = be hungry


About the area:

Important items:
Member dues are current!
• Waiver of Liability, filled out and signed, along with emergency contact information.  ( Can be downloaded here )
• Extra change of dry clothes
• Wind and/or water proof jacket
• Lunch, Water, snacks
• Sunscreen and Mosquito Repellent
• Hat, Polarized Glasses
• First Aid Kit

Recommended Equipment:
Canoe, kayak, or kickboat, (These are not needed, but it is a good time to try stuff out)
3-7 wt fly rod with floating line
Extra rod

Recommended Flies:
Yellow spider, size 6-12
Miss Prissy or similar small popper
PGPP, size 8-12
SOB, size 6-10
Hare-E, size 10
Squirrelly, size 12
Dark Wooly bugger size 6-12
And I’m sure the list will grow when a few folks read this and make their own recommendations.
Outing Information Only / Re: Redfish Rodeo - October 4th Rockport, TX
« Last post by Dave Kelly on October 30, 2014, 08:29:48 AM »
No grand slam winners?
We will find you a ride!

We are scheduled for September 11-13, 2015 for our next trip.

PINS September 11-13, 2015 the link

LOL / Frank
« Last post by Puck on October 29, 2014, 06:14:56 AM »
A man walks out to the street and catches a taxi just going by.

He gets into the taxi, and the cabbie says, "Perfect timing. You're just like Frank."

Passenger: "Who?"

Cabbie: "Frank Feldman . . . he's a guy who did everything right all the time. Like my coming along when you needed a cab, things happened like that to Frank Feldman every single time."

Passenger: "There are always a few clouds over everybody."

Cabbie: "Not Frank Feldman. He was a terrific athlete. He could have won the Grand-Slam at tennis. He could golf with the pros. He sang like an opera baritone, and danced like a Broadway star. And you should have heard him play the piano! He was an amazing guy."

Passenger: "Sounds like Frank was somebody really special."

Cabbie: "Oh, hell, there's more! He had a memory like a computer. He remembered everybody's birthday. He knew all about wine, which foods to order, and which fork to eat it with. And he could fix anything. He could do everything right."

Passenger: "Wow, some guy then."

Cabbie: "Frank always knew the quickest way to go in traffic and avoid traffic jams. He never made mistakes, and he really knew how to treat a woman and make her feel good. He would never argue back, even if she was in the wrong; and his clothing was always immaculate, shoes highly polished too. He was the perfect man! I never knew him to make a mistake! No one could ever measure up to Frank Feldman."

Passenger: "An amazing fellow. How did you meet Frank?"

Cabbie: "Well . . . I never actually met Frank. He died, and I married his wife."
Outing Information Only / Re: Louisiana Marshes - November
« Last post by Bear on October 29, 2014, 06:13:52 AM »
I an in on this outing and  signed up on the "signup" outing sheet. Will be looking for a place to stay Friday and Saturday night.

Denis Auger
Outing Information Only / Re: Louisiana Marshes - November
« Last post by Wormdrowner on October 28, 2014, 12:54:46 PM »
Thank you, Skip! I appreciate your work on this outing.
LOL / Would you tell him or just watch?
« Last post by Puck on October 28, 2014, 10:36:45 AM »
Would you tell him or just watch?
Outing Information Only / Padre Island National Seashore – September 11-13, 2015
« Last post by Puck on October 28, 2014, 09:01:09 AM »
Padre Island National Seashore – September 11-13, 2015

Texas FlyFishers of Houston
Event: PINS trip

When:    Not locked yet   September 11-13, 2015

We need to avoid "Shark-o-Thon."  Our back-up plan will be the following weekend (2015-10-24) if there is a conflict, or rain-out.

Date is dependent of avoiding "Shark-o-Thon." ...

Where:       Padre Island National Seashore
Start Time:  1100
End Time:    2 days later
Trip Leader: Puck
Phone:      to ate 1 dash 865 minus 32 sixteen 
e-mail:        doncpuckett at gee male

Trip Description: We will take four-wheel drive vehicles down Padre Island National Seashore during the anchovy migration, and target blitzing schools of ladyfish, jacks, redfish, and tarpon.

Based on last year's experience:  Let's start around noon on Friday at Malaquite and run down to about MM 40+ fishing, and camp in that area.    Low tides are at 0932 and 2115.  We may be able to get by Big Shell by taking the high road.
VHF radio channel 11 for now.
Then run to the jetties Saturday morning, move back to a camp spot between the 40 and 30 mile marker and then the next day, Sunday, fish on the way back.  Shower at Malaquite, load for the return about 1400 and drive home.  More to follow.

How to sign up: Webmaster to supply the sign-up link, or 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: National Seashore Entrance Fee $10 per vehicle

Directions:    About 250 miles (4-5 hours) from central Houston
Search Houston to Malaquite Beach (20420 Park Road 22, Corpus Christi, Texas (Padre Island National Seashore)) in an online mapping program
About the area:

At 60-70 miles long, Padre Island is the longest, undeveloped, barrier island in the world. Anglers with four-wheel drive vehicles can access almost all of it.

Fall brings bait migrations and large schools of predators. The water is typically clear (much more so than Galveston).

PINS Webcam  

Wind and wave predictor 


•  When the club did this trip in September, 2006, 14 anglers hooked 8 tarpon. Countless large ladyfish were brought to hand, as well as some big jack crevalle.   
• Last year, 2014, there were 7 anglers.  Ladyfish and jacks were the most caught species.  Whiting also brought to hand.   We saw redfish, but didn’t hook up.

The typical fishing method involves cruising the beach while looking for signs of fish. When a school is sighted, anglers bail out of the vehicles and start casting. The Port Mansfield jetties (at the very end) offer deep water access.

Driving on the beach can be difficult. Four-wheel drive vehicles are required. Realize that a tow for a stuck vehicle here could cost you thousands (yes, thousands). Cell phones do not work on the island, except at the extreme ends.

The Malaquite Pavilion offers public showers to get off the sand and salt before the drive home.

Important items:
•    Member dues are current!
•   Waiver of Liability, filled out and signed, along with emergency contact information
•   Current Texas Fishing License with Saltwater Stamp
•   Have proper safety equipment INCLUDING a proper fitting PFD
•   Change of dry clothes for 2 days, and the ride home
•   Wind and/or water proof jacket
•   Wading Shoes and Sting Ray Guards
•   Food for 2-1/2 days, plenty of water, snacks and power bars
•   Sunscreen and Mosquito Repellant
•   Wide brimmed hat AND polarized glasses
•   First Aid Kit
•   Hand held VHF or FRS radio with extra batteries
•   Vehicle rod holders
•   Tow rope
•   Jack and base plate
•   Fix-a-flat
•   Shovel
•   Spare Tire
•   5 Gallon bucket

Recommended Equipment:
•   8 – 10 wt rods
•   Full intermediate, or full sinking, lines with at least 200-yds of backing
•   Short 4-5 foot long, straight leaders of 30-lb monofilament or fluorocarbon
•   Bite tippets of 50-80 lbs if targeting tarpon
•   Bite tippets of 20-40 lb braided wire if we get into the Spanish mackerel (Smacks)
•   Back-up rods, spinning/casting in case it gets too rough in the surf, or the wind picks up to gale conditions

Recommended Flies:
Surf candy
Clouser minnows
Lefty’s Deceivers
Beck’s Bombers

Recommended guidelines for participants:
• Notify the trip leader if you have any potential concerns
• If inexperienced, then buddy up.
• Travel with at least 2 vehicles
• VFH radio channel 11
• 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.  Shouldn’t apply on this trip, but still good advice.
• Sign in and sign out at the meet up point. Inform the trip leader if you will be fishing in a different place.
Tying Chat / Fly tying tonight (2014-10-28) at the TFF meeting
« Last post by Puck on October 28, 2014, 08:39:47 AM »
I've brought this material with me to use tonight at the meeting.

Nilo ironed a couple of pieces and I have the rest of one color in hand.

Stop by and talk for a while.  You know how bashful we are.

Outing Information Only / Re: Louisiana Marshes - November
« Last post by Skip on October 27, 2014, 07:35:45 PM »
Louisiana Marsh Update-

As you, the regulars of The Forum, know I don't frequent this site.  I much prefer to discuss trips by phone and e-mail.  But, for your benefit here is what I have to date.  The official date of the trip is Saturday, November 22nd.  I and several others are going up on Friday, the day before, to do a little exploring and fishing, as I have never been to Lake Calcasieu before. 

The Contraband Fly Casters (CFC), out of Lake Charles, Louisiana will be our hosts.  There will be a Captains Meeting on Friday evening at 6:00 pm at Jason's Deli located at 3527 Ryan Street in Lake Charles.  They had originally planned on having a fish fry at the same venue they hold their Expo at but due to the small amount of fishers signed up for the trip it was decided to get a room at a restaurant instead to save the expense.  At the meeting there will be a speaker by the name of Bill Heugel the subject of which will be Fish Senses. 

Following Bill's presentation we will have a general discussion on where and when we will meet the following day.  This decision will be based on water conditions on Saturday.  It has been discussed to probably get on the water early, fish till lunch or so, and then go back out again later in the day.  That may or may not be the final plan, just something that was discussed.  We will also assign fishers without boats to the various captains with space.  As of this date the CFC can take at least three fishers and we can take about three as well.  That will fit our needs as it stands but several people who have talked about joining us on this trip have not signed up, making it terribly hard to plan anything.

I have secured a lake house on Lake Calcasieu that will sleep eight to ten fishers.  Six spots are taken but we can add a couple of cots if necessary.  As it stands, it'll probably run about $40 per person for the two nights lodging but that will depend on the final count. 

From what I've been able to find out, a Louisiana non-residence fishing license will run $17.50 per day or $90.00 for an annual.  Seniors, over the age of sixty-five, who currently hold a senior saltwater fishing license in the State of Texas do not need any additional license.  The State of Louisiana will accept that license for fishing anywhere within the state, likewise Texas accepts theirs.  Now, please double check this yourself.  I talked to the Louisiana Captain of Enforcement and he quoted this to me but I had worked my way through several people from the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Department and none of them mentioned a word about it.

Want to discuss any of this?  Have any questions that I didn't cover?  Pick up the phone and give me a call.  I'm easy to get ahold of.

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