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Outing Chat / Re: Grand Isle trips 1 & 2 (pic heavy)
« Last post by MattBlyth on February 24, 2015, 09:34:11 AM »
Yeah - black drum are one fish that do not age well. The look pretty cool as puppies - particularly with the stripes. When they get to be huge they look like they have lived life like Ozzy Osbourne.

We saw a lot on my trip in Jan but they were not at all interested in eating
Outing Chat / Re: Quick trip to Sabine Rivir....
« Last post by Finn Maccumhail on February 24, 2015, 09:20:40 AM »
Where did that gent in the jon boat launch?
Outing Chat / Re: Grand Isle trips 1 & 2 (pic heavy)
« Last post by Finn Maccumhail on February 24, 2015, 09:18:15 AM »
Nope, no fish were kept.

That puppy was released to grow up in to a big ugly SOB.
Outing Information Only / Re: Padre Island National Seashore – September 11-13, 2015
« Last post by Puck on February 24, 2015, 08:57:27 AM »
Sharkathon 2015 has coordinated with Padre Island National Seashore staff and the dates for Sharkathon 2015 have been set.
Primary Dates: October 2nd - 4th 2015
Backup Dates: October 16th - 18th 2015

Have you noticed that neither of those dates are those for our TFF PINS trip.

Events and Information / Re: Trout in the Classroom 2015 kicks off!
« Last post by MattBlyth on February 24, 2015, 08:41:50 AM »
Well the trout are all still doing well - almost all the fish are now free swimming. One of the classes has been measuring the growth progress of the fry and the largest is now around 4cm (1.6").
More updates to follow

Outing Chat / Re: Grand Isle trips 1 & 2 (pic heavy)
« Last post by MattBlyth on February 24, 2015, 07:57:11 AM »
Great pics! That water looks amazing. I hope you took that puppy drum home and ate him, just to teach the sneaky bugger a lesson?!
General Discussion / MOVED: Grand Isle trips 1 & 2 (pic heavy)
« Last post by Puck on February 24, 2015, 05:47:54 AM »
This topic has been moved to [SW Outing Chat].
Outing Chat / Grand Isle trips 1 & 2 (pic heavy)
« Last post by Finn Maccumhail on February 23, 2015, 04:25:23 PM »
I was fortunate enough to make 2 trips over to Grand Isle to fish with Scott Null in February. February 6-7th I fished with a buddy from work who made the trip with me last year and 2/21-2/22 a college buddy who saw my pics from last year and just had to get out- he's a gear chunker but a great guy.

2/6-2/7: conditions were absolutely perfect. Clear water, low tides, lots of sunshine, and minimal wind. Both days also presented really spooky fish. While the weather, wind, and water conditions were pretty much perfect this trip was not as epic as last year's trip where my partner and I landed 11 reds over 20# in 2 days plus drum & sheepies- all sight-cast on the fly we still managed to have a decent trip.

I landed 3 reds between 8 and 14# and 3 drum ranging from 9-17#. You get spoiled over there- an 8# red on the fly pretty much anywhere in Texas is a trophy. Over there it's a baby.

I don't know if it was because the water was so clear or because we caught the back end of the full moon but the fish were extra spooky. Reds would spook at the shadow of the fly line in the air above them. I've never seen that before.

Trip 2:
So I took an old Aggie buddy of mine to Louisiana to do some fishing. He's a newbie to saltwater fishing, never done any sight-casting, and a gear-chunker to boot. But he's a damn good Ag and we've been friends for nearly 20 years.

Conditions Saturday were rough. Cloudy with winds blowing 25+ all morning so we didn't get on the water until 11 or so. I caught a puppy drum on conventional when the wind was howling and I couldn't fly cast. Late in the day I got my one and only shot of the day and stuck this 31# black drum.

But by late Saturday afternoon the winds died and were almost nonexistent in the morning on Sunday and we found some protected water that cleared up overnight and clear skies helped the cause.

My good buddy was giddy as a schoolboy watching these 16# and 20# reds inhale a well-placed soft plastic (he is a bass guy so he can cast accurately) but his monster was a 34# black drum that damn near ran off 200 yards of 20# PowerPro on his spinning rig.

Solid 8# fish. Practically a baby over there:

This little bastard went about 6# and robbed me of my best shot at a 20+ pound red. We were poling a shoreline and big honking red was kind of waking along a drop-off about 6' out from shore and I drop the fly a couple feet in front of him and maybe 18" to one side. He swirls and is about to eat when this little drum races up out of the deeper water where I never saw him and slammed my fly, taking it from the big red.

General Discussion / Re: Fly Fishing Film Tour
« Last post by Finn Maccumhail on February 23, 2015, 04:17:46 PM »
I plan on being there.
General Discussion / Fly Fishing Film Tour
« Last post by MattBlyth on February 23, 2015, 12:42:35 PM »
Looks like the 2015 Fly Fishing Film Tour will be back at the Saint Arnold brewery on April 30th.

Tickets available here

We should get a group together to go!
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