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Don Hanselman

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Bull Reds, Jack Carvelle, on a Fly??
« on: April 11, 2014, 10:24:11 AM »
 :)  OK> for fly fishing for the bull reds and big jackcarvelle at the Jetties... I have a 10wt rod and a big reel..I know how to catch these Bull Reds on conventional..but I would like to learn how to catch them on fly rod , twenty pound plus reds and Jacks.  I have caught them in 5 to 15 of water along jetties...So, what do I use for tippet an what flies to use... I will be happy to take any of you pros with me and show you were these big reds  are if you show me how to catch them...with a fly... These bull red are like a bull, when they run , they will give you a workout... so will the Jacks...   One of things on my bucket list...!!
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Re: Bull Reds, Jack Carvelle, on a Fly??
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2014, 05:00:08 PM »
I just answered your thread on the chat forum but I will tell you catching a big jack while wading in 16" of water is a hoot.  John Purcell was with me two years ago when I spotted a big jack cruising back in Mule Slough in less than 16" of water. I was eating a sandwich while sitting on the bow of my scooter so I just reach back and grabbed my rod stripped off 30 feet of line... one handed cast (wasn't going to drop my sandwich) and boom a huge jack pounced on the fly.  Ok now I dropped the sandwich. I fought the fish while wading away from the boat. I got John positioned to take underwater pictures while I was fighting the fish but John got inside the fishes line arch and the Jack turned back into John wrapping the line around his leg and BBBBUUUURRRRRNNNNN Snap! But he did get some good pictures.

But here is a few from last year. OOopps notice the two piece Xi3 10 weight.  Belonged to Dr. Mike Eberhardt! Well he told me to use it.  I thought he said to abuse it...I did!


Here is Dave Lord you want to know what to throw...look closely at the small mop hanging out of the fishes mouth.  Better practice your casting this fly will ware you (and me) out.
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Re: Bull Reds, Jack Carvelle, on a Fly??
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2014, 05:39:38 AM »
My day will come...I have caught meny of them at POC Jetties and some in Galveston area too.  On conventional rod they will wear you out,,,can amagine on a fly.--most a half hour fight..

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Re: Bull Reds, Jack Carvelle, on a Fly??
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2014, 06:49:48 AM »
Brett Walker and I  caught a few nice jacks on the fly in the POC jetties last year - on a 10wt. The fight was tough but wasnt 30mins. Luckily when hooked they headed out from the rocks into deeper water and then it was basically a straight up and down pulling match with a taco'd fly rod! Great fun - and I never felt out gunned with the 10wt but a heavier rod would probably have helped with pulling them up.