Here are a few pictures from our trip out to Chandeleur last week. When we arrived we found the new GCRL research vessel “R/V Jim Franks” anchored out at the end of the channel! We visited for a moment and later on as they ferried many students back and forth to the beach. Both the weather and fishing were tough. Conditions were murky from all the rain and we had never seen so much debris and hyacinths pushed out from the marshes. We did manage some nice stringers of fish and the photos are of these plus a Chandeleur water spout and rainbow. We also have a new candidate for “Best Fish Camp Menu.” The next bunch of guys had caught a few cobia so that night we had fresh seasoned Lemon Fish and Cabernet marinated Back Strap of Venison – all charcoal grilled with all the “fixin’s.” “Redneck Riviera Surf and Turf” – can you top that? Another memorable time out at Chandeleur.
Here are some photos from Dauphin Island. We had a few folks who could not make the trip, but we still managed to catch some nice sized specks, reds, pompano and a few huge lady fish. A nice trip and many thanks to Mark for captaining in his panga, Todd, who also brought his boat, and everyone else who brought food and drink and lots of fun.
Our July meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 11 (one week later than usual due to the July 4th holiday) at the OSYC at 6pm. Fishing friend and ESFF founding member, Captain Tim Diehl will come by to talk with us about the outstanding fly fishing for Tarpon that he has had this Spring in the Florida Keys. We will also be discussing HOSSFLYs continued affiliation with the FFI and upcoming events including our August Fish Fry. See you there!
The weather has been so rough that we didn’t get around to our first “wet wade” of the year until May 9 – here are a nice sized pompano and speck caught on that “recon” trip for our upcoming beach outings – hopefully the first of many more to follow this Spring! – fishing was tough – the “meat rod” fishers were not catching many fish either but still a beautiful day on the water – both fish hit a Pompano Rocket. Don’t forget to send us some photos and thanks!
– Jeff Deuschle
Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 6 at the OSYC around 6pm depending on pre-meeting activities. We will have a presentation from Brian Little at Sabine Skiffs, who will be bringing a boat for us to look at. Other topics should include the pending Dauphin Island trip on 6/10, a “boom or bust” Tarpon trip report from one member’s late May trip, plus other pending Spring outings. As always, watch for more details in your club emails and we hope to see you there!
(Updated 4/28/17) – Here is a reprint of our current email concerning the meeting…
Please remember the upcoming meeting of Hossfly at OSYC on Tuesday, May 2nd at 6:00 PM.
Also in addition to fishing reports, we should be discussing our upcoming fishing trips to the barrier islands and Dauphin Island. As always, watch our calendar page and club member emails for further details.
Our ~ monthly outing was a day trip down to some of the mid Chandeleur islands. We post a lot of great fishing trips, but this one was tough. Wind, waves and visibility were worse than expected and we waded all day for just a few fish. But… newer member Fred Pike did manage to land his first red fish on fly so we were all pretty happy about that!
After some island hopping we finally found some beautiful clear water and began to spot some reds. We got Fred positioned with the Sun and wind at his back overlooking a nice shallow cut and it wasn’t long before he was whoopin’ and hollerin’ and bowed up to his first redfish on fly. A nice day and many thanks to Mark for organizing and captaining this trip.
Here is the current club email about the Dauphin Island Trip…
Our annual Dauphin Island get together is coming up on “Alabama Free Fishing Day,” Saturday, June 10. This is great, accessible wade fishing on miles of beach with no Alabama license required on that day. Last year we had a number of specks and pompano caught very early in the morning. This year, a few of us will be fishing the lights and full moon the night beforehand and our regular plan has been to have folks get together for “luncheon and lyin'” after fishing together on Saturday morning. We already have a good group committed so please come and join us! RSVP only if you will be attending to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can update you on further plans and keep an eye out for you. See you there!
Our April meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 4 at 6:30pm at the OSYC. We should have reports from our club trip out to one of our favorite Chandeleur locations and other fishing trips as well. Watch your email for further details and updates. See you there!
Here are a few recent photos from Chandeleur – another great trip – seems like we have had one of our best winters out there – old and new friends, great food, great fishing and great fun – many thanks to Todd for the photos.