Texas FlyFishing Padre Island National Seashore 2018 Surf Fishing Trip, date change

Texas FlyFishers of Houston Event: 2018 PINS (Padre Island National Seashore)

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:    2018-09-21 through 2018-09-23 2018-09-14 through 2018-09-16
Where:       Padre Island National Seashore
Start Time:  1100, Friday morning.
End Time:    Sunday, 2018-09-23, at noon, 2 days later
Trip Leader: Puck (cp=to ate 1 dash 865 minus 32 sixteen) email= (doncpuckett at gee male)
VHF/FRC radio channel: We plan to use the FRC radios most of the time.
VHF 69 for primary, 71 back-up.
FRC 16

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 1300.  We may be able to get by Big Shell by taking the high road.

A quick 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.

No interference from Sharkothon this year.:
The dates for the 2018 Sharkathon tournament have been established.
Primary Dates: October 19th-21st
Backup Dates: November 16th-18th

How to sign up:
1. Evite link ( I don’t plan to send this out to the masses.  Use the link to sign up and keep updated)
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:

How to get waiver forms:  Download Waiver 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).

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.
• In 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.
• In 2016, there were 10 anglers.  Ladyfish and jacks were the most caught species.  Whiting, redfish, bluefish, spanish mackerel, trout were also brought to hand.   One shark hooked, but  not landed.

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.

Campfires are permitted in fully contained barbecue grills or in a pit dug in the ground, unless there is a fire ban in effect. Bonfires are not permitted anywhere in the park. Remove any burned materials (Ex., charcoal) and pack them out with you.


PINS Check List 2018

Fly fishing
Braided wire tippet material
Camera, and spare batteries.
Fly Rods size 8, 10, and spey
Fly Reels for size 8, 10, and spey
Tippet material

Travel safety
Batteries *2/device/day
5 Gallon Buckets
First Aid kit
Flash light
Jumper cables
Portable Air Compressor
Portable Battery Jumper
Tow Strap
High lift jack

Air Mattress (optional)
Canopy, with ropes (optional)
Chair, folding *2
Firewood, and cheater logs
Lantern, gas or battery
Lighter, or propane torch
Mosq. net. (optional)
Sand anchors
Tarp (optional)
Tent (optional)
Tentcot (preferred)
Toilet paper
Prtable toilet (optional)
Trash bags

Cast iron skillet
Cooking Oil
let knife
Ice Chests with Ice
Meals, 2 breakfast & 2 supper per person
Paper Towels
Propane bottles * 3
Sodas (optional)
Water (1gal/person/day minimum)
Zip lock bags

Antibactial soap
Bull Frog (sunscreen)
Hand Soap
Off or perethrim
Waders (seasonal)
Sun clothing, long sleeves and long legs (3)

Back-up fishing
Bait bucket
Cast net
Kayak (optional)
Rod Holders
Spinning rods, with braided line (Med)
Surf spinning rod, with braided line
Spoons and Misc Tackle

Drivers and riders list, work in progress (updated 2018-09-14-1730)

Driver Status Rider 1 Status Rider 2 Status Rider 3 Status
Puck Leader John E. Confirmed Q Tentative N/A
Tim S. Driver Jonathan H. Confirmed ? ?
Scott B. Unconfirmed ? ? ?
Eduardo D. Unconfirmed ? ? ?
Ron M. Confirmed Open  N/A N/A
Avery Confirmed Avery’s dad Confirmed ? ? ? ?
Garland S. Unconfirmed ? ? N/A
Joe F.  Confirmed TBD? N/A N/A
Dan D. Confirmed N/A N/A N/A
10 ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
11 ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
12 ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
13 ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
14 ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
15 ? ? ? ? ? ?
Needs a ride
1 Bob S. ?


9 thoughts on “Texas FlyFishing Padre Island National Seashore 2018 Surf Fishing Trip, date change

  1. Puck,

    I’m starting to pack this weekend – really looking forward to this trip. But as usual, the long term weather forecast is looking iffy. Please keep us updated on the go – no go decision.


    Ron Mayfield


    • Ron, the big advantage of using E-vite is that I can send a message directly to the folks that have signed up. I agree that this trip may hit a postponement due to the current weather outlook. Next Tuesday I’ll pass the word on the “Go/No-Go” status.


  2. Had some folks cancel due to the date change. I really don’t have a good feel for how many are coming. Meet up at the parking lot and we’ll sort out rides. etc. Bring your food and drink. We may not be able to share everything, but sitting around a campfire, sharing stories, still can’t be beat.


    • Puck

      I will be in corpus all week I believe Jon had to cancel but if anyone needs a ride they can ride with me but will need to meet at at the park entrance as I won’t be heading back to Houston before we meet up.


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