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Outing Chat / Saltwater bass fishing in two places
« Last post by MattBlyth on October 15, 2014, 12:36:10 PM »
Unfortunately I have been doing yet more traveling for work but it has given me the chance to do some more fishing in different places. At the end of September I was in Boston for a few days and took an evening charter to fish for stripers in boston harbor. We left the dock at about 5pm and fished into dark in the harbor, under the flight path into Logan airport. It was a beautiful, clear evening and we spent some time trying to locate the fish. I found one striper under a small pod of birds that hit a streamer and we marked some very big fish in a central channel that wouldnt eat. However as the sun set we found a huge flock of birds working over fish and I managed 7 stripers on a popper (white gurgler). Nothing huge but great fun. I also found out that Logan airport has a boat dock. The guides can pick up you early in the morning and drop you at the airport boat dock where a shuttle bus can take you straight to the terminal!! I fished with Boston Fishstix ( The captains name is Richard Armstrong and I would recommend him if anyone is in that area. As you can see from the website they have tuna fishing options if you are there at the right time of year.

From Boston I had to go to Tokyo. Apart from the sushi (which is great!) I had been told about the japanese sea bass fishing in Tokyo harbor by two of the guys on the Mongolia trip. They fish for them at night with top waters under the harbor lights. I contacted I guide I was recommended and he picked me up from my hotel after work, we fished until about 11pm and then he dropped me back at the hotel! To say this was industrial fishing was an understatement - we were fishing right in the middle of refineries, processing plants and god knows what else. The smell was interesting at times. However whenever a warm water overflow entered the bay the bat fish were stacked up and there if there was a light on the water you could see the explosions as the bass hammered into them. We cast topwaters and small streamers and picked up several fish. They acted just like the stripers but were a solid bronze/gold color. They can apparently grow up to 3ft long but the big ones are hard to find. A new species on the fly and fun fishing! There are more options in Japan I would like to check out at some point - including sea run taimen in the far north.  Check out Trout and King Japan (

Events and Information / Bridgeland's 8th annual Nature Fest, May 2, 2015
« Last post by Puck on October 15, 2014, 07:20:56 AM »
Save the date for Bridgeland's 8th annual Nature Fest, being held on May 2 (Saturday) from 10am-5pm

16919 North Bridgeland Lake Parkway, Cypress, TX 77433

TFF will have a booth, and I will be asking for volunteers to help man it as the event gets closer.

Outing Chat / Re: White Oak Strikes Again!
« Last post by Golden on October 14, 2014, 03:08:29 PM »
Thanks guys.  Scott - I caught one blue gill that was so big he chewed the floro right off my kidding. If was like a monsta-permit-gill. Had teeth like DK just was narley scarey.  Bring your YAKS and lets go.  So much closer than the pay ponds and a damn site clearer.

Start tying fresh but keep thinking salt!
Where did all your 4 wheelers go?  >:(
Going to be unbelievably beautiful down there this weekend and all of the folks who didn't want to try the marginal weather last month will miss out this time. Wish I had the 4 wheeler truck. I'd catch the hell out of the those fish! :o

I'm guessing this outing is no longer the favorite it used to be. Tisk Tisk no more Billy Sandifer... No more Pins Trips.  We need to schedule another POC trip this time of year, quit messing with trying to get folks to commit to the Pins trip.  Must be that our folks who used to go down the Pins have sold their 4x4's and are getting a little older and need more comfort. HAHAHAHA me next! 8) 

I betting some of you have done a lot of prepping and gearing up for this trip.  Too bad.  I'll speak to this at tonight's Board Meeting.  ;D
PINS Webcam is looking pretty good today!

Wind and wave predictor is shaping up to be extremely fishable.

Tide for Friday put the low tide at closer to 5pm, giving us plenty of time to travel, and fish, before setting up camp.

Gearing up!

Outing Chat / Re: White Oak Strikes Again!
« Last post by GDSutherland on October 14, 2014, 07:33:34 AM »
Sounds like you are getting quite comfortable with that snazzy new Orvis rod... and it with you. Maybe some black electrical tape on the reelseat would make your casting more comfortable?  :o

Would love to join you one of these days on the bayou - a few poppers, woolly buggers, and shiners sounds like a very pleasant afternoon.

Outing Chat / Re: White Oak Strikes Again!
« Last post by Wormdrowner on October 14, 2014, 06:24:42 AM »
Given the size of some of those bass on that tank, the bream might just be the ones doing the eating!  Great report, Mike!
Outing Chat / Re: White Oak Strikes Again!
« Last post by ScottB on October 14, 2014, 04:23:23 AM »
Nice report!  When did the bluegill show up in that pond?  Last time I fished that tank it was just bass, bass, bass.  Now the bass have something else to eat.  They gotta be happy!

Scott B
Outing Chat / White Oak Strikes Again!
« Last post by Golden on October 13, 2014, 05:17:14 PM »
Well I guess I had this coming to me after winning the big prize last Thursday at the Orvis Westheimer store. First of all I have not won a thing at our TFF meetings in over four months...nada! The Thursday nite Happy Hours at Orvis have proved to be even more difficult to get in on all the goodies they give away. So last Thursday came as quite a surprise.   To win the full flex 7'-6" Orvis "Touch" rod, MK II Battenkill Reel and Access #3 WF Fly line with 12lb backing was AWESOME! Thank You Orvis for supporting our wonderful club in the unselfish manner in which you do so year in and year out.

But you guys all know moss grows on this "rolling stone" I had to hit the water as soon as I could Saturday afternoon after work. Conditions at the super secret White Oak ponds were pre-frontal, with a light wind from the southeast, afternoon temperatures approaching 90 degrees, and light overcast clouds. PERFECT I'd say.  The rod fully assembled with reel, line, and backing, can't weigh 7 ounces. Unbelievably light.  My first cast into the water using a bright yellow popper was met with a thrash of a mad "green trout" (for my LA fans).  So over the next two hours I walked the ponds edge catching fish after fish. My casting was atrocious.  I have never used a full flex rod in my life and I had to really learn how to pause long enough after my back cast before beginning my forecast. Yes, I tied some wind knots but found that I was using way too light of a leader for the size popper I was throwing.  After experimenting a little I found the right set-up (at least for my casting ability). I cut the leader down to about 4' and tied a 16" section of 2x tippet on and the popper would turn over admirably. I took a few pictures of the first couple of fish I caught with the rod with my phone.  See below

Nice evening and my first cast with the new outfit!

Here is what that cast found! SWEEETTT!!!!!!

After catching a few and working with my leader I changed flies and caught this guy!

...and knowing I was going to return Sunday with my float cat if the weather would let me. I was thinking of all you guys down at Damon Lakes having a blast catching fish too.

Sunday morning, after a great breakfast of two eggs served over-easy, each placed on a hot sourdough english muffin with a slice of smoked ham and cheese, then topped off with some of my favorite "Slap Yo Mama" seasoning and a hot cup of coffee, I was ready for the day.  I stopped by the shop and picked up the Outcast and I was off to the ponds.  When I arrived the wind was down and the water was crystal clear. Because I was going out on the water there was NO WAY I was taking my phone out there to take pictures.  Sorry about that but I am sure you understand. I will say the catching was off the wall. In three hours I caught over 60 fish. I even used Pucks method of dragging a fly 50' behind the boat while I was changing locations and each time I caught a good bream! I guess the bass need the popping motion.  Only one good sized fish to really brag about and it was the largest most beautiful blue gill bream I have caught since my last trip to the Blanco River up by Wimberley Texas. It was huge easily 12-13" and well over 1.0lb. its vertical stripes were approximately 3/4" wide and the colortaion was off the charts too.  WOW. Now I wished I had my camera.

So if any of you want to join me as I learn how to use this rod more effectively, give me a call.    Oh yeah as I was leaving the ponds I ran across three women using fly rods...yes I told them about our club. ..and yes Marcos hot spotted our "honey hole". Hopefully they will join us at our next meeting.  Till then ... tight lines!

More progress.  But we need one more seat!!

Bob S.      Rider

Puck         Driver   John P.      Rider    Will T.      Rider
Skip D      Driver    MK D        Rider
Eduardo    Driver    Scott B.    Rider

Ron M.     Driver
Bear         Driver    

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