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The trip was great, because of the people in it. My son and I were at the parking lot at 1300, and after arranging our gear for the travel “downrange” we were on the beach by 1400.
Traveling down the beach, looking for birds feeding was a new experience for James P. He quickly caught on and was soon on the lookout for more places to stop and fish as I navigated the beach.
Driving conditions were acceptable, nowhere near the disaster reported on some web sites. The recent high tides had packed the sand fairly well. Most of the driving areas were hard packed, with seaweed on the dune side of the driving area. A lot of trash was in the seaweed, so it was not safe to even step foot on. The wind was blowing at 15+ mph the entire day Friday and Saturday.
While James P. and I were stopped to fish, Jeff and Jim drove up and asked for a fishing report. These 2 vehicles then played “leapfrog” as we made our way down the beach.
The plan that I posted on the TFF website stated that we would camp between the 10-15 mile markers. Our 2 vehicles kept playing leap frog as we traveled and we found more of our group just past the 25 mile marker. I then sent a “Finder” message to any that may still be on the road.
There were 6 vehicles and 10 people at the campsite Friday night. Everybody was at the 25+ mile before sundown. Self served dinner, libations, and a small campfire rounded out the evening.
As the sun came up Saturday morning, there were already 8 people in the water, before breakfast, before coffee. A couple of teen jack were hooked, but not much other than ladyfish. After a leisurely breakfast, coffee, and a camp breakdown, we were on the beach again.
We traveled almost down to the 50 mile marker, and the beach started getting very narrow, so we started north again. A lot of bait in the water, but not much was chasing it.
We caught a lot of ladyfish, and a ton of baby jacks with a few 4+ pounders thrown in to make things interesting. I saw a picture of Scott B's redfish, 34 inches. I'm looking for that picture, and more photos.
Skip and Mary-Kay had some automobile excitement Friday night. What do you do when your key won’t come out of the ignition, the car won’t start, and you are 25+ miles down PINS? Ask Skip and Mary-Kay.
If your sleeping arrangements bite the dust on the first night, what do you do? Ask Dan S.
Can you imagine not fitting in your tent? A 5’10” guy brought a 5’ X 5’ tent. I don’t think he slept well. Where do you think he slept the second night?
By late Saturday our numbers had diminished to only 6 hopeful anglers. Skip and Mary-Kay fired up the microwave and we sat down to a communal dinner. Again we had libations, and a small campfire, before turning in for the evening.
The weather forecast was calling for a drop in the wind, and a significant chance of rain. Off all the days for the weatherman to get it right….
The winds died completely, allowing the mosquitoes to find us at about 0300 Sunday. James was sleeping in the bed of the truck to awaken to a couple of vampires chewing on his nose.
The storms came at about 0500 morning, as we did what we call a "BUGOUT." Everybody just threw stuff in the vehicles as we made a slightly mad dash to the parking lot. Driving in the dark, as the lightning flashed on the horizon, was an exciting experience.
The last 6 of us made is safely to the parking area safely, only to find out that the "good" showers don't open until 0900. 4 of us used the sand rinse area as showers, and the other 2 waited for the “good” showers.The travel back to Houston was uneventful, but we did hit some of those storms.
My son, the Army recruiter, is still talking about it, as he drives back to Georgia.
I am still trying to get some sand out.......
Posted, September 02, 2013
Look to the right under 'Outing and Other Reports' for a link to pictures.
Posted, August 28, 2013