OUTING: John Scarborough Sunfish Spectacular, 2023-04-15-0700 (date locked)

This is THE family friendly event of the year!

Join us for the annual chance to capture the John Scarborough Sunfish Spectacular Trophy and a decent feed on Saturday the 15th of April (date is confirmed) at Damon Seven Lakes.

Fishing from the shore, but float tubes and kayaks are quite successful.

Contrary to the name there are now nine different, unique lakes of good size that hold largemouth bass, tiger bass, catfish, black crappie, and bluegill. Catching bass in the three to five pound range is a normal occurrence. Twelve pound bass, decent channel cats, and twelve inch bream have been caught in the last four years.

When: April 15th, 2023 (2023-04-15-0700) Add this to your calendar:

Where:
Damon 7 Lakes,
3533 CR 4,
(Old Damon W. Columbia Road)
Damon, Texas 77430
N29.2524671 – W95.7412050

Start   0700
End Time:     1600 for the event, but diehards can stay until TDTF (Too Dark to Fish)
Trip Leader:   David Dow
Phone:       7I3(dash)8I6(minus)3259
e-mail:   ddow80(at)att(period)net.

Trip Description:  Join us for the annual chance to capture the John Scarborough Sunfish Spectacular Trophy and a decent feed on Saturday the 15th of April (date is confirmed) at Damon Seven Lakes. Fishing from the shore, but float tubes and kayaks are quite successful.  Camping the night before is available, and is encouraged.  We have permission.

Lunch will be a combination of hot dogs, hamburgers, and chips. For those that prefer non-meat items, Impossible Burgers will be grilled (please let leader know before trip). Drinks supplied will be sodas, Gatorade, and water. If you require a “diet” style drink, you may have to bring it if you would like something besides the water on hand.

How to sign up:

  1. Evite here
  2. On the signup sheet distributed at the monthly meeting
  3. Or e-mail the trip leader.

Waiver forms:  You must have a day waiver for Damon 7 Lakes to enter the property Friday night, or Saturday (link here)Required Texas FlyFishers’ Waiver of Liability, (link here) filled out and signed, along with emergency contact information.

Cost:

  • $10  for Texas FlyFishers members with paid up dues that have signed up ahead of time. 
  • $15 for those that do not sign up early but are in good standing with the club.
  • Special pricing for family members 16 and younger, students, and non-fishing spouses.  Contact “Trip Leader” for details.
  • We will be using a list from the membership secretary to verify up-to-date membership. The list may be a week or 2 old by the event is held.
  • Cost for non-club members fishing at Damon 7 Lakes is currently $90/person/day, (but can be reduced from $90 to $45 by joining Texas FlyFishers at the event [$15 event fee+$30 dues] )

 Directions:  http://www.mjacompany.com/directions.html

Our volunteer (we still need one) will be set up with a sign-in station at (location TBD) from 0700-0900.  If you come in after 0900, chase down the sound of “Fish on!” to get signed in and squared away.

About the area: http://www.mjacompany.com/7lakes.html  “Damon’s Seven Lakes is a beautiful one-of-a-kind private fishing club located in Damon, Texas just west of Highway 36 between Rosenburg and West Columbia. Contrary to the name there are now nine different, unique lakes of good size that hold largemouth bass, tiger bass, catfish, black crappie, and bluegill. Catching bass in the three to five pound range is a normal occurrence. Twelve pound bass and channel cats and twelve inch bream have been caught in the last three years.”

Important items:
• Member dues are current!  Or you can pay your dues at this time.
• Waiver of Liability, filled out and signed, along with emergency contact information. See above
• Extra change of dry clothes
• Wind and/or water proof jacket
• Water, snacks (We need to have our cooks for lunch lined up).
• Sunscreen and Mosquito Repellant
• Hat, Polarized Glasses
• First Aid Kit

Recommended Equipment:
Canoe, kayak, or kickboat, (These are not needed, but it is a good time to try stuff out)
3-7 wt fly rod with floating line
Extra rod

Recommended Flies:
Yellow spider, size 6-12
Miss Prissy or similar small popper
BBB
PGPP, size 8-12
S1B, size 6-10
Hare-E, size 10
Squirrelly, size 12
Dark Wooly bugger size 6-12
And I’m sure the list will grow when a few folks read this and make their own recommendations.

Recommended guidelines for participants:
• Notify the trip leader if you have any potential concerns
• If inexperienced, 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 covered picnic area (to be confirmed).

We need 5 volunteers.  These volunteers will have their fees waived for the day.

  • One person to man the sign in table from 0645-0930  = ?
  • 2 people as Cooks
    Cook 1 = ?
    Cook 2 = ?
  • 2 people as Cleanup crew
    KP1 = ?
    KP2 = ?

New trophy in hand.  Remember, “No pictures = no proof” The object of the John Scarborough Sunfish Spectacular trophy is to catch, and document, the longest sunfish before 1600 that day. And before we get creative, again, LMB are not one of the accepted species for the win.

We again have permission to camp the night before.  I highly recommend it.

https://vimeo.com/508589125
Tracy Q’s LMB

SCE yellow spider

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