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September Saltwater Outing, September 21- September 23th, 2012

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Dave Kelly:
Texas FlyFishers of Houston
Event: PINS

When:     September 21- September 23th, 2012 ("Shark-a-thon" is the following weekend, which we want to avoid)
Where:       Padre Island National Seashore 
Start Time:  2012-09-21-1200
End Time:   2012-09-23-1200
Trip Leader: Puck
Phone:       281-865-3216
e-mail:        Shoot Puck a PM on this board

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 Ed's recommendation: Let's change this up a little from last year.  Let's start earlier Friday afternon, and run all the way to the jetties, and fish the next day, Saturday, on the way back.  More to follow.

How to sign up: Sign Up Here on line., on the sign up sheet distributed at the monthly meeting or e-mail the trip leader.

How to get waiver forms: Download here Required  Waiver of Liability, filled out and signed, along with emergency contact information.

Cost: National Seashore Entrance Fee $10 per vehicle

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).

•  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, 2011, there were 7 anglers.  Ladyfish were the most caught species, with reds and trout also brought to hand.  We still have no idea what spooled Carpman.

The typical fishing method involves cruising the beach while looking for signs of fish. When a school is sighted, anglers bail out 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
•   Extra change of dry clothes
•   Wind and/or water proof jacket
•   Wading Shoes and Sting Ray Guards
•   Lunch, 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 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
•   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.
• 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.

This is now a favorite.  The Grey Lady loved it.

Still working on details.


Date is now locked in.  We will avoid the Sharkathon by going this weekend.


I am in - put me down for needing a ride along the beach

Looking forward to finding out what spooled me last year :)



By the way... Here's what Matt looks like when he is being spooled by a fish. I love his expression - frustration! Note the angle of that rod - pointing straight out while that fish was heading to Cuba!

Even though the winds were blowing over 25mph we switched to spinning gear and still had a great time. Regrettably, a work conflict will prevent me from joining the group in PINS this year... argh!


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