Chandeleur Islands – May 12-15, 2019 Trip Report out

Report Out:  Twelve of us drove from Houston to Pass Christian, Mississippi to join DMJ Charters on their ship “Backdraft”.  The weather cooperated for us…windy the first day, then good after that.  We had a combination of conventional and fly fisherman, both from boats and wading.  We landed reds, specs, and jacks.  The food and accommodations were outstanding.  Pics tell only part of the story:

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Report out: Lake Raven – Huntsville St Park, Fri, May 3, 2019

TRIP REPORT: A great morning.  Four kayakers arrived at 630am, as planned, and were in the water fishing by ~715am.  Fishing was good, with 13 largemouth bass and over 50 perch caught on top water (VIP poppers and spiders).  Five (5) of the lmb were 3+lbs…nice fish.  Beautiful lake, only a couple other kayaks and one boat. Even had a couple alligator sightings, but no issues.

We got pushed off the water by weather at about 11am….rain started with some thunder in the distance.  Made a good decision and packed up.  But the morning was worth it.

The lake and campground are very nice.  Easy drive from Hou, very nice boat ramp, lots of parking and camping.  A really good weekday trip….never been there on the weekend so hard to comment, but I suspect it gets a little more traffic…..We WILL do it again.  See pictures below:

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East Matagorda Bay – 3 Mile Lake area (June 15, 2019)

Event: East Matagorda Bay – 3 Mile Lake area

Trip Description: Kayak fishing for redfish, speckled trout, and sheephead. If you do not have a kayak, wading in the lakes can be very productive at times. 4X4’s are usually a must for beach driving and crossing into the cut. Once you get off the beach past the dunes, driving is usually okay. A permit is required for beach driving and you can get one at Stanley’s for about 10 or 12 bucks.

When:  June 15, 2019

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POSTPONED- WEATHER: 5th Annual Clark Thornton Memorial San Marcos River Trip, 2019-05-18

NOTE:  This trip has been postponed due to conditions…We are working on a date reset and will be posting as soon as that date is available.   (Registration for the trip is still open…Contact Skip for details)

Texas FlyFishers of Houston Event:  5th Annual Clark Thornton Memorial San Marcos River Trip

When:    18th May 2019;  Meet at 8 am, Spencer’s Canoe and Shady Grove Campground

Where:      Headquarters: Spencer Canoe: 9515 FM 1976, Martindale, TX 78655

Pre-Registration MUST be made in advance for camping, kayak rental, or the trip.

How to sign up: Contact Skip Donavan

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JSSFS 2019, report

5 campers sat around the campfire and had way more food than was good for them.

Fishing was good Friday.

Matt was on hand Thursday and Friday, helping get all prepared for the invasion of friends on Saturday.  This event couldn’t have gone so well without his help.

Some loud person decided to yell “Fish On!” at 0500 Saturday morning.

Sign-in started at 0700, with Q, Russell C. and John P. manning the greeter’s table.  Thanks John P. for the kolaches and donuts! Coffee and donuts at the table was a great idea.

Yellow spider seemed to work well, as did many other flies.

VIP popper brought a lot of LMB to hand

28 anglers signed in for the event

At lunch while the food was being prepared the bald eagle made a visit, as did the resident osprey.

We call this the “John Scarborough Sunfish Spectacular” but we just couldn’t keep the bass off of our flies.

Don H. landed the largest confirmable bluegill brought to hand on Saturday, a 10½” monster that was CPR’ed.