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Padre Island National Seashore - September 12-14th, 2014
« on: January 21, 2014, 10:51:50 AM »
Padre Island National Seashore - September 2014


Texas FlyFishers of Houston
Event: PINS trip


When:    Tentative dates 12-14th of September.  We have avoided "Shark-o-Thon" 
The dates for Sharkathon 2014 have been set for September 26-28, 2014
The backup dates for Sharkathon, in the event the park is closed on primary dates, are October 17-19, 2014

Note the date change
Where:       
Start Time: 
End Time:   
Trip Leader: Puck
Phone:       
e-mail:        PM here

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 last year's experience:  Let's change this up a little from last year.  Let's start early Saturday monring and run down to about MM 40+ and fish the next day, Sunday, on the way back.  More to follow.


How to sign up: Sign Up Here, on the sign up sheet distributed at the monthly meeting or e-mail the trip leader.
How to get waiver forms: Download PDF form here. Required  Waiver of Liability, filled out and signed, along with emergency contact information.

Cost: National Seashore Entrance Fee $10 per vehicle

Directions:    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, 2012, there were 10 anglers.  Ladyfish were the most caught species, with reds, spanish macks, bluefish, and trout also brought to hand. 

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.



« Last Edit: March 17, 2014, 08:19:22 AM by Puck »
To fish, or not to fish?  What a stupid question!

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Re: Padre Island National Seashore - September 12-14th, 2014
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2014, 01:18:56 PM »
Lessons learned:

1. Make a driving plan and stick to it:
     a.  "We’ll drive to MM 20 and start looking for a place to fish”
     b.  “We’ll fish at each stop for 15 minutes, and if the fishing is only so-so, we’ll move on”
     c.   One vehicle takes the lead, and he has the “scout.”  The rest follow his lead. 
           i.   Portable 2-way radios could come in useful here.
2.  Make sure that every vehicle knows who has what recovery equipment, and where it is. 
      a.  Who has the chains,
      b.  jacks,
      c.  buckets,
      d.  shovel,
      e.  etc?
3. Bring seat covers. 
     a.  Folks will be getting in and out with sand and saltwater on them.
4.  Be prepared for the wind:
     a.  Back-up spinning or casting rods with lures.
     b.  Sand anchors for the tents.
     c.  A way to block the wind for cooking
5.  Bring a back-up fly rod. 
     a.  The saltwater can play havoc on reels, and can do some damage to rods.
     b.  And if the waves require you to use a sinking line, it would be good to already have it strung up.
6.  Have a way to make the rods easily accessible. 
     a.  A roof rack or other style of rod quick release holder is extremely important.  You may have to jump out and start fishing within seconds of seeing the fish, or the bait.
7. Make sure you have footwear that is suitable to the surf. 
     a.  Raw feet at the end of the day can make you dread the next day.
8. Set up camp during the day. 
     a.  That way you can enjoy the sunset, and a cold beverage, in leisure instead of rushing around in the dark trying to avoid the vampires.
9.  Spray down your clothes with pyrethrum
     a.  At night the vampires will come to any spot that has no wind.
10.  Test your tent, hammock, sleeping bag, etc, before going down range. 
     a.  Junior sized tents with an almost 6 foot person,
     b.  and hammocks that dump you on the ground have been known to ruin a trip.

More to follow,

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Re: Padre Island National Seashore - September 12-14th, 2014
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2014, 08:22:38 AM »
Updated.

Lock this one in!

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Re: Padre Island National Seashore - September 12-14th, 2014
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2014, 01:01:22 PM »
Unlocked and sign-up sheet was prepared a long time ago.

Sign-up now and let folks know if you need a ride, or a rider.

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Re: Padre Island National Seashore - September 12-14th, 2014
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2014, 08:23:43 PM »
I'm going to have to gauge the rib on this one. She's due to bring forth another of my spawn precisely one month prior to this. Maybe I can convince my mother to come help out so I can get away.

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Re: Padre Island National Seashore - September 12-14th, 2014
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2014, 09:32:27 PM »
Anyone going that has an extra spot so I can ride could help with gas
I only fish on days that end in y