When: Locked September 11-13, 2015
Our back-up plan will be the following weekend (2015-09-18) if there is a conflict, or rain-out.
Where: Padre Island National Seashore
Start Time: 1100
End Time: 2 days later
Trip Leader: Puck
VHF radio channel: 69 for primary, 71 back-up
Phone: to ate 1 dash 865 minus 32 sixteen
e-mail: doncpuckett at gee male
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 start around noon on Friday at Malaquite and run down to about MM 40+ fishing, and camp in that area. Low tides are at 0932 and 2115. We may be able to get by Big Shell by taking the high road.
VHF radio channel 69 for now.
Then run to the jetties Saturday morning, move back to a camp spot between the 40 and 30 mile marker and then the next day, Sunday, fish on the way back. Shower at Malaquite, load for the return about 1400 and drive home. More to follow.
How to sign up: 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, 2014, there were 7 anglers. Ladyfish and jacks were the most caught species. Whiting also brought to hand. We saw redfish, but didn’t hook up.
The typical fishing method involves cruising the beach while looking for signs of fish. When a school is sighted, anglers bail out of the vehicles 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.
1. Sign Up Here
2. Or on the sign-up sheet distributed at the monthly meeting
3. Or e-mail the trip leader.
Let me know if you are 4WD driver or not when you sign in:
Boat: 4WD driver
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).