Padre Island National Seashore 2016

Driver and passenger list is updated as of 2016-09-05-0900.  

It is just below in the comments.

Texas FlyFishers of Houston Event: PINS trip

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.

When:    Locked    September 9-11, 2016

Our back-up plan will be the following weekend if there is a conflict, or rain-out.

Where:       Padre Island National Seashore
Start Time:  1100
End Time:    Sunday, 2016-09-11, at noon, 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

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 11 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:
1. Evite link
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
Crew: 3

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).


In the surf

PINS Webcam

Wind and wave predictor


•  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.

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
•   Change of dry clothes for 2 days, and the ride home
•   Wind and/or water proof jacket
•   Wading Shoes and Sting Ray Guards
•   Food for 2-1/2 days, 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, or full sinking, 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
•   Bite tippets of 20-40 lb braided wire if we get into the Spanish mackerel (Smacks)
•   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.
• Travel with at least 2 vehicles
• VFH radio channel 69
• 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.

18 thoughts on “Padre Island National Seashore 2016

  1. As of 2016-07-18-1730, there are 513 that have not responded at all. Is the E-vite going right into the trash can, or listed as spam? 38 responses so far. That puts the the response right over 7%. I was hoping for much better than that. Any suggestions?


  2. Drivers and passenger list
    Driver———————————Passenger 1——————————–Passenger 2
    Puck———————————–Nilo My wife to work again this year 😦
    Skip———————————–Mary Kay Had to cancel.
    Andrew J. Work got in the way
    Bear is out of state.
    Ray Russ——————————–?
    Scott B.——————————–Howard F.
    Garland S.——————————?
    Paul A. ——————————–?
    Bob O. ——————————–?
    Eduardo D.——————————?
    Hunter F. ——————————?

    Skip says that Martin D. is going to join us, but I haven’t talked to him yet.

    More e-mails sent out. As the event gets closer I hope for more responses.


  3. As of today (2016-008-24) we have more drivers than riders, with only 12 people signed up. This would be the time to jump on board to experience PINS. Most of the folks that has signed up are experienced, and this makes for an interesting campsite on Friday and Saturday nights. Now if the fishing is as much fun as the camping, as it has been in previous trips, this could be a story that needs to be written.


  4. Thanks for asking me to go, It’s best for me to set this one out…logistic is little to much.. Thanks Again.


  5. We are getting close! I’m excited and almost ready.

    Are we going to cook at least one evening meal for the crowd? Do we need to bring anything extra?



  6. I’ll bring hot dogs and buns for the Friday meal. Hopefully we can cook them over an open fire, also meaning that I’ll have to bring the long forks for the cooking.


  7. Channel 13 reported earlier this week that there has been some red tide on the southern coast. They did not say that the red tide was currently there & only showed a pile of fish bones & no dead fish.


  8. Puck,
    No luck in obtaining a waiver form. The Padre & other outing say the page not found & I tried several, but One the outing I checked said working on it Sept 8th.
    If you have a couple of forms please bring them as it looks like the page is missing from the web site.


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