(CANCELLED) …Chasing Jacks in the surf 2016-11-12


Talked to Denis who is down at PINS.  South beach is closed at Malaquite due to heavy winds blowing the tide into the beach.  Looks like the front has not blown through as hoped.  Denis said the conditions are so bad he is heading home.  Talked to Paul, too.  We decided to call a no go and cancel the trip.  Sorry.

Ron Mayfield

Padre Island National Seashore 2016-11-12.  Spotting jacks in the surf and casting to them.

Stay in a hotel the night before.  You take care of your own lodging.

Meet at the Visitor Center parking lot an hour before sunrise.  We want to be at MM 20 by sunrise.

4WD or a ride is needed.

8-12 wt rod required

3-6″ whitish flies with Billy S’s set-up using a 1/32 oz egg or cone sinker tied into the loop knot.

Billy S set-up for Jacks

Billy S set-up for Jacks

30# or larger fluorocarbon.

Sign-up here

Let’s flesh this out.  Ask  me questions and I’ll update as we go.

Trip Description: We will take four-wheel drive vehicles down Padre Island National Seashore targeting jacks in the surf.

When:    Locked    November 12, 2016

No back-up plan.

Where:       Padre Island National Seashore
Start Time:  0600
End Time:    1800 or so
Trip Leader: Paul A.
e-mail:      paul(dot)akscyn(at)yah00.com
Phone:      Seven 13) 3O6-53ten
VHF radio channel: 69 for primary, 71 back-up

How to sign up:
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 up.

How to get waiver forms: Download PDF form here. (Updated with correct link 2016-11-07)
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.


13 thoughts on “(CANCELLED) …Chasing Jacks in the surf 2016-11-12

    • It actually is. Bear and I went a few years back during this time, and it was everything we were told. Jacks would actually hit us in the back of the knees as we waded past them. By the time we learned not to actually get into the water, the frenzied bite was over.


  1. Looks like conditions are going to be perfect – light N to NNE winds. Should be a lot of fish right on the beach. I’m planning to go down Fri. and spend the night on the beach in my Jumping Jack trailer – but I need someone to go with me. You never travel on PINS by yourself. If someone would like to spend the night on the beach and fish at first light, please give me a call – 281-797-1890. I’ve fished PINS many times and I have everything you need for safely traveling and camping on PINS. Ron Mayfield


    • I wish I could be there, but am still working in Colorado. I’m about to send out a reminder, and will mention that you are looking for a rider. Take pictures!


  2. From Paul:
    “I have been checking the weather and there is a low chance of rain but NOT much accumulation. As far as I’m concerned the trip is still on. Please STRESS that we will be heading down the beach towards mile marker 20 AT 6:00 AM sharp. Looks like the water temp will still be in the upper 70’s. Again, my cell # is 713 3O6 531O.




  3. From Ron:
    “Billy Sandifer told me the best time to fish for Jacks in the surf is in Nov. 2 days after a front blows through. The front is blowing through PINS right now, which means Sat. should be great for Jacks. I’ve been waiting years for this opportunity.

    David Weaver and Scott Fossum are spending Fri. night with me in the Jumping Jack camper. We’ll set up near the 20 ml marker and meet you all Sat. morning.

    See you then.
    Ron Mayfield”


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