Oct 29 -Nov 1: Bolivar Marshes (rescheduled from April 2020)

Texas FlyFishers of Houston Event:  Bolivar Marshes – Stingaree Marina

MUST HAVE:  Kayak and/or Boat (or ride with someone in their boat)

When:     This outing is rescheduled to Oct 29 – Nov 1

* Stingaree Marina 1295 N Stingaree Rd, Crystal Beach, TX 77650
* Beach house “Playn Hooky”, 3315 Prides Way, Galveston, TX 77550
* The Big Store Grocery and ACE Hardware, 2385 State Hwy 87, Port Bolivar, TX 77650

Start Time:  Oct 29 Thursday morning   Launch whenever you want.  The rental house, Playn Hooky will not be available until 2:00 PM.

End Time:    Nov 1, Sunday 2:00pm
Trip Leader:  John Eldred
Phone/text:   9O7 3O1 tree5nine5
e-mail:           john(dot)eldred03(at)gmail(dot)com

Trip Description:

This is not a wading or fish from the bank trip.  It is a kayak and/or boat event.

The Beach house “Playing Hooky” has been rented for Thursday 2:00PM Oct 29 through Sunday Nov 1 2:00PM. The cost of the trip will be the same if you come Thursday, Friday or some time on Saturday.  Dinner Thursday will be Dutch Treat at one of Bolivar’s restaurants (TBA) at 6:30 to 7:00 PM.  Friday night will be POT LUCK (BRING A DISH TO PASS) along with Puck’s Famous Brats Sausage.   Breakfast on Fri., Sat. and Sun as well as the Saturday night Fish Fry Feast, will be a group effort.  Please pitch in to help with prep, cooking and cleanup.  The Breakfasts and Fish Fry is included in the price of the trip.  Each person is expected to BRING A DISH TO PASS for the Fish Fry and contribute Fish. The house needs to be empty and CLEAN by 2pm Sunday. Help with this is greatly appreciated!

The house has two queen beds and eight total bunk beds, toilets, hot showers, kitchen etc. ATTENDANCE IS LIMITED TO 13 PEOPLE, 14 (IF 2 SLEEP IN 1 QUEEN). YOUR BED IS NOT RESERVED UNTIL TFF GETs YOUR CHECK FOR PAYMENT IN FULL. Please don’t wait till the last minute.  YOU DO NEED TO BRING PERSONAL TOWELS, SLEEPING BAG OR BED LINEN, AND MOST IMPORTANT – EAR PLUGS. Sleeping arrangements are cozy and SOME of us do snore! Because of the sleeping situation.

PAYMENT DETAILS:  Make check payable to Texas Flyfishers of Houston.  Mail check to John Eldred.  CALL JOHN ELDRED for mailing address details.  (nineO7) tree O1 tree 5 nine 5.  You are NOT reserved until check is received…

ALL members signed up to fish on this trip but could not get accommodations are welcome to come by and join us for dinner, or just visit. Since this trip is a community effort, I will be asking everyone to bring a dish to pass for the Saturday fish fry – a salad, dessert, side dish, drinks, ice, snacks etc. I will contact you about this closer to the event. I will take care of plates, cups, plastic ware, napkins etc.  The breakfasts are for the members sleeping at the Beach house.

Most of us will launch from the Stingaree Marina and fish within a 1 to 2 mile radius.

Entry to Marshes – The nearby marsh should be filled with redfish and flounder and even large black drum for those who wish to go on a Texas sleigh ride!

Straight out from the marina launch then left into the marsh 1/3 mile

Take a right (half circle) from the launch and stay to the right side on the intercoastal .5 to 1.5 miles

Cross the intercoastal directly across from the marina and going NNE 1 mile (Yates Cove) or another marsh entry .7 miles further.

Stingaree Marina Google Map – Marsh Area    https://www.google.com/maps/@29.4759584,-94.616932,1571m/data=!3m1!1e3

                                                 -North and East  https://www.google.com/maps/@29.4939075,-94.5826384,3138m/data=!3m1!1e3

More details will be posted as they are available.

How to sign up:
1. Evite link here.
2. E-mail the trip leader.

If you plan to bring a boat, and have room for a fellow angler, please let Bill know when you sign up.

Required  Waiver of Liability, filled out and signed, along with emergency contact information.  How to get waiver forms: Download Waiver form

Cost includes:       Fri, Sat and Sun Breakfast, and Thu – Sun Lodging


Q1 [1st floor] ($160)    Steve Tomlinson (confirmed)
Q2 [2nd floor] ($160)   Kelsie Miller (confirmed)
SB1 ($125)            Don Puckett (confirmed)
SB2 ($125)            Lee Kodet
SB3 ($125)           Michael Quigley
SB4 ($125)           Mark Machado
SB5 ($125)           Timothy Stokley (confirmed)
SB6 ($125)           Ken Kosut (confirmed)
SB7 ($125)           Jesse Pate (confirmed)
SB8 ($70) (Short Bed)            Gary Evans
Couch 1 ($70)     Ron Mayfield
Couch 2 ($70)     John Eldred

Big Reclining Chair ($60) OPEN
TFF will not break out single nights.

Directions:  See link above

About the area:  There is a Donut, Grocery, Gas, Fishing Stuff near by.  There are other Restaurant on Bolivar (Check Google Maps)

Important items: 

  • Member dues are current!
  • Waiver of Liability, filled out and signed, along with emergency contact information. (Can be downloaded here )
  • Extra change of dry clothes
  • Wind and/or water proof jacket
  • Lunch, Water, snacks
  • Sunscreen and Mosquito Repellent
  • Hat, Polarized Glasses
  • First Aid Kit
  • Drinking water!

Recommended Equipment:
Handheld VHF (Channel 69)
7-9 wt. rod
Food and Drink – You will be responsible for your own lunch.  You can get a great burger at the Stingaree Bar downstairs.  Remember to bring plenty of Water, Propel, Gator Aid.

Recommended Flies:
Redfish crack

Recommended guidelines for participants:

  • Notify the trip leader if you have any potential concerns • If inexperienced, then buddy up.
  • Have proper safety equipment
  • 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.
  • Sign in and sign out at the launch site. Inform the trip leader if you will be launching in a different place.

Map and Directions:
From Houston to Beach House Via I-45 through Galveston https://goo.gl/maps/navCKFgcxnD2 From Houston to Stingaree Marina and Beach House  Via I-10 E https://goo.gl/maps/M9QzqQNo7692 From Stingaree to Beach House https://goo.gl/maps/LLQdZLkHS9s

5 thoughts on “Oct 29 -Nov 1: Bolivar Marshes (rescheduled from April 2020)

  1. Interested but would be the only lady angler. Was wondering if I might could get my own accommodations elsewhere and buddy up with a boat?
    I’m kinda new to the fly fishing world so I’d love to go and learn everything I can.
    Is this something y’all could accommodate?


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