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Texas FlyFishers of Houston Event: Louisiana Marshes
« on: September 18, 2015, 04:41:30 AM »
Texas FlyFishers of Houston Event: Louisiana Marshes

When: Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31, 2015
Where: The marshes of Lake Calcasieu about 17 mikes south of Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Start Time: Fish Fry hosted by Contraband Fly Casters on Friday night (time to be determined) - Captains meeting and boat assignments - Fishing at sunrise on Saturday morning.  Got question?? Call

End Time:    Sunday: Fishing at your discretion.  Check out 11:00 am.
Trip Leader:  Skip Donovan
Phone:  c: 713-822(dash)(zero)(zero)69
e-mail:    skipdonovan(won)(at)sbcglobal(dot).net

Trip Description: Friday evening (time to be determined):  Fish fry and power-point presentation on fishing Lake Calcasieu, courtesy of our hosts the Contraband Fly Casters. Captains meeting and boat assignments.  Saturday: Exploring the marshes of Lake Calcasieu with members of the Contraband Fly Casters, in search of big Reds.

How to sign up:
1.  Don't sign Up Here (see #3)
2. Or on the sign up sheet distributed at the monthly meeting. 
3. Due to problems signing up on the web lately it would be advisable to e-mail the trip leader. Boat assignments for non-boat owners and camp house reservations are on a first come basis. Space is limited.
How to get waiver forms: Download PDF form here.  Required Waiver of Liability, filled out and signed, along with emergency contact information.  (need the link here to be updated "Puck")

Cost: Gas for your boat Captain. Shared cost of camp house for two nights (will be determined by number of those sharing same). Space is limited.

Directions: Will be provided prior to departure.
About the area:  Lake Calcasieu is a brackish lake in southwestern Louisiana.  The lake is also known as Big Lake by the locals.  Big Lake is well known among anglers of the Gulf Coast as a destination for large Reds in both size and numbers.  Specs (spotted sea trout) are another favorite target of anglers visiting the Big Lake and Specs of seven pounds and larger are not uncommon.

Important items:
• Member dues are current!  Non-members can join the Texas FlyFishers at the event (make check payable to the Texas FlyFishers)
• Waiver of Liability, filled out and signed, along with emergency contact information.
• Extra change of dry clothes
• Wind and/or water proof jacket
• Lunch, Water, snacks
• Sunscreen and Mosquito Repellant
• Hat, Polarized Glasses
• First Aid Kit
• VHF radio, channel 69

Recommended Equipment:
7-9 wt rods.  Conventional equipment dependent on wind conditions.

Recommended Flies:
Redfish crack
Crab patters

Recommended guidelines for participants:
• Notify the trip leader if you have any potential concerns
• If inexperienced, then buddy up.
• Have proper safety equipment
• 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.
• Sign in and sign out at the launch site. Inform the trip leader if you will be launching in a different place.

« Last Edit: September 19, 2015, 12:47:11 PM by Puck »
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UPDATE: Louisiana Marshes
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2015, 03:12:47 PM »
Get Signed Up for Louisiana Marshes Trip

Not much time left to sign up for the Louisiana Marshes Trip with our hosts the Contraband Fly Casters (CFC) out of Lake Charles, Louisiana. The trip is scheduled for October 30th and 31st, 2015. We will be in search of big Reds in the marshes off Lake Calcasieu. Jeff Ferguson, a member of the CFC who has a house on Lake Calcasieu, went out the other morning and whacked 'em again bringing home a cooler full of Reds for the fish fry Friday evening the 30th. Jeff continued to catch and release several more before calling it a day. He assured me the fish are still there although they have moved back deeper in the marshes. I hope they stick around for a couple more weeks.
There is an article outlining the trip in the WindKnots so I'm not going to rewind that here. There were a couple of questions at the last monthly meeting, of the Texas FlyFishers, that I'll address.
We have a guest house rented that is nearly full. Those fishermen who trailer boats for this trip will have first option on the guest house accommodations (sorry we need the boats). Others will be on a first come first serve basis and that holds true for boat space as well. If there is enough interest I will try to obtain another guest house but they go fast so get signed up ASAP. If that fails there are motels a few miles away but it'll be more expensive.
There will be the fish fry on Friday night, courtesy of our hosts the CFC, but all other meals, drinks, snacks, etc. are your responsibility. Probably, it would be a good idea to bring a six-pack or your favorite libation to share at the fish fry but that's entirely up to you.
There are plans in the works for a power point presentation on fishing the Big Lake as Lake Calcasieu is referred to by the locals. Hopefully, this will give you some alternatives if the Reds have left the marshes. A Captain's Meeting and boat assignments will follow the presentation.
Although this is a fly fishing trip nobody is going to be a damn purist out there. Bring some conventional tackle with you if you'd like. Believe me when I say, the Cajuns would rather Catch and Grill than Catch and Release.
Check online for length and creel limits – they're different than Texas. The same holds true for your fishing license. You can't just go to a local bait shop or Academy and buy your license. You need to look into it NOW not when you get to Louisiana. Don't quote me on it but I think a one-day Louisiana saltwater fishing license is $17.50. In addition to that you must also obtain a one-day basic fishing license which is $5.00. For Texas seniors, who are 65 years and older, there is a Reciprocal Agreement with the State of Louisiana. A Texas resident, 65 years and older, may fish throughout Louisiana's public waters - both freshwater and saltwater - if they possess any type valid Special Texas Resident Fishing License for Seniors issued by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Want to sign up? Got questions? Call or e-mail me~
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Re: Texas FlyFishers of Houston Event: Louisiana Marshes
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2015, 06:48:45 AM »
Man - Halloween weekend! No kitchen pass for me for this one as the kids all want to dress up as the little monsters they already are and go and terrorize the neighborhood.

I am fishing the LA marsh on October 22nd though :)