Chandeleur Islands -- August 2011


Mike opened his mouth and out poured this.

Our guys who went to the Chandeleur trip are starting to send in photos of their trip. It appears Ray Russ caught a big bull wading the beach front. Thats funny on a island its all beach front! Don't have the particulars yet...but it looks well over twenty pounds and in the forty+ inch range. Hopefull he'll tell us what he used and what the fight was like, but from Ray, that's like pulling teeth! After a few beers I'll find out at the one fly.


Then Ted Kuehler expounded.

Here's what I can offer as a non-fly fisherman from Dallas whom was lucky enough to be accepted on this trip . Would post on the texas fly fishing.org website but awaiting my approval via the powers that be.

Great trip. Very convienient docking situation next to the casino which was nice enough to hold a sizable deposit for me til next year, although at no interest. Concert waiting for us upon return to the dock headlined by either Hall or Oates. I can't remember because we were so impressed with Capt Troy's dancing skills. Justin Timberlake has nothing on that guy.

Fishing was pretty much ON the entire trip. Almost anywhere Tim and I went with popping cork and gulp the fish cooperated. But we all would have been better off following Sammy to the surf. Tim and I met him on the island (with one foot in the water if the Feds are reading) Friday afternoon on his way back to the skiff dragging an impressive and heavy stringer of fish he and Jack had caught. Per Sammy through the tired, sunburned eyes of a Bataan death march survivor, "Teddy, it's happy hour out there. Wade out to the first bar and throw the biggest topwaters you got." For the 1st 45 minutes we were in the surf it was constant blowups from trout, ladyfish, and big big reds. Good times.

Food was filling and the booze flowed (at least thru Tim and I). Ray was a great bunkmate and allowed us to drink his much-coveted Coors Lite. After John C. hires me I will move to Houston, invest a few thousand in Sims, Orvis, and Patagonia gear and join the club!

Side notes:

Just got this in from Tim Struhlreyer
"Excellent synposis. The only thing I would add is make sure that shopping cart has a few turquoise shirts in it. You want to make sure we fit in next year."

And the rest of the TFFer's went fishing.

 

Photography from the camera of Ray Russ

 

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