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Outing Chat / Blast from the past - POC Jetty trip circa 2005
« Last post by Scott F on August 09, 2015, 06:20:40 PM »
Report from POC jetty trip  2005

POC jetty outing ….Scott Fossum reporting
Five adventuresome fisherman and one fisherwoman joined in the fun of the latest saltwater outing at the big jetties in Port O’Connor on Saturday and Sunday June 5th and 6th.  We enjoyed camping, fishing, good food, no mosquitoes, fishing and even catching fish.  Though fishing was slow, all caught trout.  Opinions on the fishing varied, but ask Bruce Heiberg about his 7 trout.  Unlike previous freshwater outing reports or should I call them yarns (or worse), Bruce’s 7 trout was a Boga verified 7 pounder.  In a further attempt for accurate reporting, the exact secret spot where the big trout was caught is shown in the photo.
The forecasted 12 mph winds were a joke with 20+ mph winds encountered.  Fishing at the jetties is dependent on the water clarity and current.  There was strong current our entire 22 hours, but water clarity was the best when we arrived and continually degraded.  Trout and  ladyfish were landed, and one Jack Crevalle hooked but lost after a 15 minute fight do to a cut line.   We fished Saturday night with a light plant and the best fly was a clouser on a sinking line.   The current was strong and the key was getting you fly deep.    We ate till we were stuffed, with burgers and fries Saturday evening and breakfast tacos for Sunday brunch.   
Camping was very enjoyable for June on the Matagorda peninsula.  Not a mosquito was seen and the wind made tents feel air conditioned.  I even used a blanket.  Joining the fun were Ralph Adams, Bruce Heiberg, Bryce Bezant, Jerry Prentice and Elvia Fossum.



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Outing Chat / Blast from the past - POC 1 fly 2005
« Last post by Scott F on August 09, 2015, 06:13:02 PM »
2004 POC 1 fly report
makes you want to sign up for the 2016 1 fly

The Pot O’Connor 1 Fly outing on July 30 was a resounding success with 13 fly fishers competing for the rotating crystal trophy that is awarded to the most total inches of fish caught with the 1st fly tied on.  The day started with rain and lightening, but we managed to avoid most of the storms.  Pringle Lake had no rain or lightening and was the lucky spot. 

Almost all caught fish, with the 2 exceptions by the 2 diehards that targeted tarpon.  Their tarpon exploits were hindered by having to run away from the lightening and rain storms that lingered over the northwest part of the bay.  Todd only managed 1 redfish in Pringle, but what a fish, a 28 incher that was tailing.  Joe and Nicholas headed offshore with this being Nicholas’s first time offshore.  Nicholas  had an admirable effort, with two 30 inch king mackerel landed and many larger fish lost. Jeremy was an honest (read dumb) 1 flyer.  He actually gave 2 totals.  His total fish caught and the smaller amount caught on his 1st fly that his 4th fish stole. 

The highlite of the fish tales was yachtsman extrodinare Jerry Loring giving new boatowner and new to POC Joe Burton a boating lesson.  Under Jerry’s expert tutelage and captainship, Joe now knows the proper technique for waving down 4 other fisherman to help push a grounded boat off a sandbar.  Jerry was kind enough to demonstrate this 2 times on 2 different sandbars while driving Joe’s new boat.  In between boating lessons, both Jerry and Joe managed to catch some fish.  Joe was seen muttering at the dinner, but it was hard to determine if the muttering/swearing was 1) never let Jerry drive the boat, 2) never go back to POC or 3) I can’t wait till next year’s 1 fly.  My bet is on number 3.

The luck was with Scott Fossum for the day.  Luck because Jeremy waded left and Scott waded right from the boat.  We both caught our fish within 150 yards of the boat.  Scott managed 7 fish, a 10” & 19” ladyfish, 17” trout, 19.5” red, 21” red, 21” red & 24.5” red for a 132 inch total all from Pringle Lake.  And yes, they were all caught on the 1st fly of the day, an orange and brown VIP popper. 



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Outing Chat / Blast from the past POC 1 fly report - 2004
« Last post by Scott F on August 09, 2015, 06:09:23 PM »
from my archives
Another example of why you should participate in outings:  having fun, learning to fish & perhaps even catching some fish.
Let me know if I should post more.
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2004 1 fly report
Port O’Connor 1 fly outing report

At least thirteen flyfishers braved the heat and calm conditions on Saturday July 31 for a successful outing with all but 1 catching fish.  The announced rules were simple, total inches of fish caught on the first fly tied on. 

Strategy seemed very important.  Some talked of using 15 pound Big Game as a leader to preserve the precious first fly.  I revised my strategy after hearing this and used a braided wire tippet.  Some talked about or more accurately refused to talk about secret spots.  Some had the strategy of fishing the lights after midnight but failed to wake-up.  Some gave the strategy of stealth by “sticking their head in a bucket”.  Some thought they could convince the judges that sea grass is a type of  fish.  Our esteemed president ran 3 circles in a cove then had the audacity of telling me to go fish there because he “saw a lot”.

At the dinner and awards ceremony, the 1st liar didn’t have a chance.   This was compounded by the fact that all previous winners of the 1 fly were present and all were trying to give their results last.   Catching seemed higher than usual with only 1 honest flyfisher admitting to no fish (the infamous “head in the bucket” strategy).  Billy’s 10 feet of weeds were not added to his redfish total (the judges are dumb strategy).   Jeremey couldn’t convince the judges to add my 5’10” to his total for nailing me in the head with a clouser (another the judges are dumb strategy). 

The strategy choice that  made the difference was quality versus quantity.  The birds were very active in Espiritu Santo Bay and those of us who went by in search of large fish on the flats were not the winner.  Jeremy Cottrell’s (from Australia) 1st time saltwater fly fishing in Texas with a new rod, reel and line had 12 fish  (120 inches) under the birds was good  for 3rd place.  Jerry Loring’s 8 redfish good for 168 inches was only good for 2nd place.    Mike Eberhard’s forty plus fish for 300+ inches won 1st place.  Both Mike and Jerry thought they had won but refused to give their totals until the end.  They both even brought a fly  they found run over in the parking lot claiming it’s maimed state was evidence of the “1 fly”.  The judges didn’t actually fall for their stories, but none better were offered.
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Outing Information Only / Re: San Marcos River, 8th of August
« Last post by Puck on August 09, 2015, 09:27:41 AM »
Outstanding!

Kevin and Terri are amazing, with the gourmet lunch, flies and tips.
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Outing Information Only / Re: TFF Outing: RedFish Rodeo Rockport
« Last post by Wormdrowner on August 07, 2015, 11:48:00 AM »
Please note: Friday night will be at Paradise Key Grill NOT at Swan Point Landing. Dave has another group there that night.
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Outing Information Only / Re: Anahuac Flats - August 29, note the date change
« Last post by Wormdrowner on August 07, 2015, 11:44:21 AM »
Most of us will be in kayaks. You might beg, borrow or steal one. Of course, boats are welcome too. Don't know who is bringing a boat.
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Outing Information Only / Re: Anahuac Flats - August 29, note the date change
« Last post by rreed on August 07, 2015, 04:14:46 AM »
Would like to go this. Would like to get a ride with someone, if not, I can bring my boat.
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Outing Information Only / Re: TFF Outing: RedFish Rodeo Rockport
« Last post by Wormdrowner on August 06, 2015, 08:37:47 AM »
Drifters only has a few places left. Book early or you'll need to find something elsewhere.  I have one spot in my room open as of now.
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Outing Information Only / Re: July Outing - Port O'Connor One-Fly
« Last post by Finn Maccumhail on August 05, 2015, 08:38:50 PM »
Pics? Report???
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Outing Information Only / Re: TFF Outing: RedFish Rodeo Rockport
« Last post by Golden on August 05, 2015, 04:17:01 PM »
Hmmm, Now who just that might be?
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