Q and I took a road trip with a few ideas in mind: Find a place to launch a kayak in support of https://texasflyfishers.org/2023/01/13/prison-permit-roundup-2023/ Run down the beach and see if we can a place to launch kayaks to fish the SW corner of East Matagorda Bay Get as close as we could to our marked honey hole by travelling down the beach Identify any costs that outsiders, such as us, would not normally know about. Here is what we learned:
15 club members made this adventure. Our scattered group travelled from Houston, New York, Colorado, Hawaii, and more. Jerry B. And Raymond L. had been there since Monday, getting some fishing in while waiting for the rest of us to show up. My hopes ere to be able to "boat hop" fishing with different anglers and guides during this event. It was a partial success, as we are creatures of habit. I was able to fish with 5 different guides on 8 sessions. For me this included a trip to the lagoons, with Jerry B. Our first day of fishing, started out slow. Not many tarpon were hooked, with one being landed by the Japanese family on vacation there. We were able to settle into our "ready" mode, and a few tarpon were jumped, but I don't think that most of us had our technique dialed in. CLICK TO READ MORE
Great day to be outside, but no fish came to hand for us fly flingers. There was no water movement all day. At sunrise the water was high, and into the grass. There was no change from 0700-1400. We covered a lot of ground but only saw sleeping fish. I quit counting the numbers of sleeping flounder that we woke, usually within 10 feet of our position. Around noon we tried topwater flies, and had a few half-hearted hits, but nothing hooked.
2 open spots on the Chetumal Fishing Trip Sept 28-Oct 4, 2022 Details here: https://texasflyfishers.org/2022/03/30/chetumal-fishing-trip-sept-28-oct-4-2022-quintana-roo-mexico/ If you are interested, please contact Ron Mayfield at email@example.com for details. The cover photo is from their website: Fly Fishing Chetumal
Taylor Guest, TFF's Saltwater Outings Chairman, will lead a trip on Sat, April 30th to Lost Lake and Lost River Marsh for boaters and kayakers. We will meet at the Hugo Point Boat Ramp around 6:00 AM. Taylor will be there a little earlier if anyone wants to get an early start. Hugo Point Boat Ramp - Hugo Point County Park, Hugo Park Rd, Baytown, TX 77523 Please respond to the Evite or email Taylor to let him know if you plan to attend: firstname.lastname@example.org
Day trip with kayaks. Contact "Puck" for details.
My take aways from this past weekend is: Be very patient and try not to hurry shots. I found that if I had a fish that was fairly close and not spooked, toss the fly out leading by 5-8 feet at the distance needed and wait, stripping only once the fish is in range. This saved me many blown shots.
There be many trips for redfish before I ever have another experience as these 2 days (if ever). The redfish fishery on the middle Texas coast is strong ( there has been some great trips this summer for myself and friends). Practice catch and release, you don’t always have to keep the limit but please enjoy some of your catch if you wish.Read more
Texas fly fisherman catches potential world-record blue catfish
Fish were caught. Fun was had. 7 was a great size, everyone had 2 per room except 1 single. Group dynamics were very good. 10 – 15 winds most of the time Total of ~ 2 hrs of light rain during fishing hours. Rained hard the 2nd night for a few hours. No injuries with lots of smiles.