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Old 05-15-2018, 09:01 AM   #451
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should have taken more pics this weekend but without service, its easy to forget the phone. We were fishing off PINS and caught over 30 12" cats, couple whitening, and a bonehead hammerhead (<2ft). Anyone got some good tips for getting the sand out? my buddies couldnt handle the grit
Baby powder will take sand off you if that's what you mean.
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Old 05-15-2018, 09:07 AM   #452
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i meant the fish, baby powder works like a dream for me
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Fished West Matty Saturday morning. SHARKS were HORRIBLE! We lost 1 trout off the stringer, then the shark came back a few minutes later and took the entire stringer. We literally couldnít leave a fish on the stringer for longer than 5 or 10 minutes before a **** shark would pop up.

We ended up with a limit of trout after weeding through a lot of dinks and getting ripped of by the tax man. We ended up walking each fish back to the boat in the end.

Didnít get many pics, but here are two of the biggest trout we caught. The rest were 15-17Ē



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should have taken more pics this weekend but without service, its easy to forget the phone. We were fishing off PINS and caught over 30 12" cats, couple whitening, and a bonehead hammerhead (<2ft). Anyone got some good tips for getting the sand out? my buddies couldnt handle the grit
Wear surf trunks - no underwear.....BAGGIES. Cotton isn't the best - Nylon surf trunks are best. Quick dry and literally no chaff - designed to ride looser on thighs for surfers sitting on surfboard. Only way to go hours and or days along the sandy strand.

Carry a tube of Boudreaux's Butt Paste. Rub inner thighs and any area where you may be prone to chaff. Do this first thing and it will cover chaffing all day long. Or Extra Strong Desitin diaper rash ointment.

3 or 5 gallon bottle of water. Pour the water over your head for a final rinse off before rolling home.

A couple of big Gulp cups - fill them up with saltwater and pour over bare feet, before you put both feet into cab.

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Wear surf trunks - no underwear.....BAGGIES. Cotton isn't the best - Nylon surf trunks are best. Quick dry and literally no chaff - designed to ride looser on thighs for surfers sitting on surfboard. Only way to go hours and or days along the sandy strand.

Carry a tube of Boudreaux's Butt Paste. Rub inner thighs and any area where you may be prone to chaff. Do this first thing and it will cover chaffing all day long.

3 or 5 gallon bottle of water. Pour the water over your head for a final rinse off before rolling home.

A couple of big Gulp cups - fill them up with saltwater and pour over bare feet, before you put both feet into cab.
bro i got some baaaad surf chafing. Had to work from home on monday, hurt to wear pants.

how do you de-sand fish for cooking out there?
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bro i got some baaaad surf chafing. Had to work from home on monday, hurt to wear pants.

how do you de-sand fish for cooking out there?
Take them out into the surf and wash them off there. Rub both sides of the skin and pull down toward tail. You can wipe the slime off your hands by grabbing fistfulls of sand, and rubbing them together underwater.

I usually knock the sand off the minute I pull fish off the hook, before I lay them into the ice chest. Let them die in the ice chest, then use a plank or board to filet them on after they are slightly chilled / firmed and ready to filet. Take some gallon zip lock bags and stuff those filets into the bag, place that back on ice as you get the fire ready.

Think wind and blowing sand for your fire and cooking setup. Use vehicles and ice chests to block out as much of both as you can.
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Take them out into the surf and wash them off there. Rub both sides of the skin and pull down toward tail. You can wipe the slime off your hands by grabbing fistfulls of sand, and rubbing them together underwater.

I usually knock the sand off the minute I pull fish off the hook, before I lay them into the ice chest. Let them die in the ice chest, then use a plank or board to filet them on after they are slightly chilled / firmed and ready to filet. Take some gallon zip lock bags and stuff those filets into the bag, place that back on ice as you get the fire ready.

Think wind and blowing sand for your fire and cooking setup. Use vehicles and ice chests to block out as much of both as you can.
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Take them out into the surf and wash them off there. Rub both sides of the skin and pull down toward tail. You can wipe the slime off your hands by grabbing fistfulls of sand, and rubbing them together underwater.

I usually knock the sand off the minute I pull fish off the hook, before I lay them into the ice chest. Let them die in the ice chest, then use a plank or board to filet them on after they are slightly chilled / firmed and ready to filet. Take some gallon zip lock bags and stuff those filets into the bag, place that back on ice as you get the fire ready.

Think wind and blowing sand for your fire and cooking setup. Use vehicles and ice chests to block out as much of both as you can.
thank you good sir, ill have to give it a shot
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30# Ultracast Green. I buy the big spool.

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30# Ultracast Green. I buy the big spool.

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Fished West Matty Saturday morning. SHARKS were HORRIBLE! We lost 1 trout off the stringer, then the shark came back a few minutes later and took the entire stringer. We literally couldnít leave a fish on the stringer for longer than 5 or 10 minutes before a **** shark would pop up.

We ended up with a limit of trout after weeding through a lot of dinks and getting ripped of by the tax man. We ended up walking each fish back to the boat in the end.

Didnít get many pics, but here are two of the biggest trout we caught. The rest were 15-17Ē



All I've heard this year is how bad the sharks are in West Matty and I've yet to see one after about 5 trips this year . Are you guys way down by the Jetties or what? I've been fishing around cottons mostly. Maybe I'm blind
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I finally decided to give braid another try recently, went with Fins Windtamer in 30lb on a Lews baitcaster. Spooled it tight, casting great and really liking the sensitivity of it and the hook setting power. Here's the problem, my first hookup, the line buried into itself on the spool and I couldn't cast more than the distance the line was out at hookup. Tried pulling line off the reel and spooling it back up and it did it again but this time with a massive backlash, WTH! I put it down and picked up another rod spooled with the trusty mono and fished the rest of the day.

So how do I make it work? It's obviously something I'm doing wrong or everyone would hate braid just like I do.

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No I did not put electrical tape on the spool or use a mono backing.
Fish was only about 20' in front of me when he hit, I'm having a hard time believing that a mono backing would have prevented it given I only had about 20' of line out at hook set.

I want to use this stuff but man it's hard to not go right back to the Berkley Trilene Smooth Casting 14lb I've used for the last 20 years.
I have had this same thing happen, but using 20LB PowerPro SS.
I put electrical tape on the spool, then filled about 1/3 with cheap mono, then topped with fins 30lb wind tamer. Never had it happen again and that's the setup on almost all of my wading rods.
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Old 05-15-2018, 03:12 PM   #464
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All I've heard this year is how bad the sharks are in West Matty and I've yet to see one after about 5 trips this year . Are you guys way down by the Jetties or what? I've been fishing around cottons mostly. Maybe I'm blind
We stayed mainly around Greens. We usually fish east bay, but jump over to west a few times a year when east is blown out. I have never seen sharks this bad.
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We stayed mainly around Greens. We usually fish east bay, but jump over to west a few times a year when east is blown out. I have never seen sharks this bad.
Awe heck no that's a little too close!
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We stayed mainly around Greens. We usually fish east bay, but jump over to west a few times a year when east is blown out. I have never seen sharks this bad.
Seems like I see sharks about 80% of the time down there around Greens.
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Whereís is Greens? Make sure we stay away from there!!


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Seems like I see sharks about 80% of the time down there around Greens.
Seriously guys I've seen 1 shark in west in 20 plus years
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What kid if water depth are you standing in? When I fished Greens a couple/few weeks ago I didnít see a single shark; nor did I see anyone else have issues. Wonder if these guys are wading deeper and the sharks are out in that deeper water.
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What kid if water depth are you standing in? When I fished Greens a couple/few weeks ago I didnít see a single shark; nor did I see anyone else have issues. Wonder if these guys are wading deeper and the sharks are out in that deeper water.
I'm usually a little over knee deep, waist at the most but that's rare. I'd say 90 percent of my time I'm around knee deep water unless I'm in a hole way back in the marsh. Kinda glad I never see them.... do see a gator from time to time but its been a while since I've seen one probably over 5 years.
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What kid if water depth are you standing in? When I fished Greens a couple/few weeks ago I didnít see a single shark; nor did I see anyone else have issues. Wonder if these guys are wading deeper and the sharks are out in that deeper water.


We were waist deep when the stringer got hit twice. Had one check my stringer in belly deep water. Then had a little 4 footer swim between us in about 2.5í of water.

I have never seen them that thick. I also didnít notice anyone around us getting hit. I think they just liked us for some reason, but I have no clue.

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I'm usually a little over knee deep, waist at the most but that's rare. I'd say 90 percent of my time I'm around knee deep water unless I'm in a hole way back in the marsh. Kinda glad I never see them.... do see a gator from time to time but its been a while since I've seen one probably over 5 years.
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We were waist deep when the stringer got hit twice. Had one check my stringer in belly deep water. Then had a little 4 footer swim between us in about 2.5’ of water.

I have never seen them that thick. I also didn’t notice anyone around us getting hit. I think they just liked us for some reason, but I have no clue.
Sounds like they may be associated with the deeper water, stay shallow my friends!

What about stingrays? I must have seen 20 or more of them, they’re the work of the devil.
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Somebody should be waist deep in the surf right now

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Sounds like they may be associated with the deeper water, stay shallow my friends!

What about stingrays? I must have seen 20 or more of them, theyíre the work of the devil.
Stingrays a different story! I see at least 5 to 10 every trip! Can't stand them nasty bastages!
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What kid if water depth are you standing in? When I fished Greens a couple/few weeks ago I didnít see a single shark; nor did I see anyone else have issues. Wonder if these guys are wading deeper and the sharks are out in that deeper water.
I haven't waded the area in several years but waste deep water and deeper is where I've seen the most. It's pretty early to be seeing a lot of them right now, may get pretty spooky as summer comes on.
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A couple of years ago, a guy I fished with used a piece of pvc pipe with holes drilled in it with floats to put his fish in because the sharks got so bad while wading. Like you Mexico, I hate those rays. The other day it was like a minefield there were so many around us.
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Ain't that the truth!! Sure hope this weather holds... If it's like this, we're gonna nuke 'em!
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I was thinking the same thing, looks to be great today and tomorrow.
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Yea the ol salt is calling my name for sure. Looking at the extended forecasts that 10 knot SE breeze with water temps in the mid 70s means the bays are going to clear up and the fish are going to eat....
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Yea the ol salt is calling my name for sure. Looking at the extended forecasts that 10 knot SE breeze with water temps in the mid 70s means the bays are going to clear up and the fish are going to eat....
and I'm headed out with Capt Nathan Gray next Tuesday

Getting jacked up about it now, weather looking great and he sent me a teaser pick of yesterday's catch, 23 keeper trout up to 27.5".
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Yea, we'll be fishin' the Chandeleur's Memorial Day and the two following days... If weather holds like this, it's gonna be epic!! I got me a whole sack full of super secret new baits to fool 'em with!!
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Sounds like they may be associated with the deeper water, stay shallow my friends!

What about stingrays? I must have seen 20 or more of them, theyíre the work of the devil.
Lol...you are fishing too shallow! I didn't see any stingrays...granted most of the time I couldn't see my feet, and I had my eyes peeled for the **** trout stealers!
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Yea the ol salt is calling my name for sure. Looking at the extended forecasts that 10 knot SE breeze with water temps in the mid 70s means the bays are going to clear up and the fish are going to eat....
I'll be home Sunday, and fishing Tuesday. I can't focus on my last few days here on this project....I just see blow ups.
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Ain't that the truth!! Sure hope this weather holds... If it's like this, we're gonna nuke 'em!
I haven't looked at the long range forecast in a week or so. Last I checked they were gonna get some rain for 3-4 days here pretty quick. Ive kinda been scared to check it honestly. It was PERFECT for the days we where supposed to fish 2 weeks ago. I got so antsy I was sick to my stomach thinking it was gonna be on fire.

If its any consolation, our luck was mediocre last year and obviously junk 2 weeks ago. To say "I'm due" is an understatement I'm ordering some chartreuse powder paint to coat all the lead colored jigs I have. I might just have to add some chicken of the sea DSLs. Plastics bag already weighs 20 lbs whats another oz or so
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Give me 20 more hours... Looks good in the morning too.
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Buddy of mine just pulled on the beach at Surfside. He's non responsive now so must be in the water already. I'll report back if he has any luck on his afternoon trip.

He did send me this pic before he went radio silent.
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Man the camera at Surfside sure looks good... Water looks BLUE all the way to the beach!!
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I'll be home Sunday, and fishing Tuesday. I can't focus on my last few days here on this project....I just see blow ups.
I'll probably be there myself early next week.... this working is for the birds!
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Buddy of mine just pulled on the beach at Surfside. He's non responsive now so must be in the water already. I'll report back if he has any luck on his afternoon trip.

He did send me this pic before he went radio silent.
Friend of mine fished from daylight to noon and zeroed right along with 2 guys soaking croaker....
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I fished Surfside this morning and I think we had 5 keepers between 3 of us, and a handful of dinks. Lots of big ladyfish. I had to leave for work around 9:30, but I talked to my buddies and they didn't catch a fish after I left. Water was great this morning. I went back to Surfside for lunch with my wife, we ate at Beachfront, and the wind was back out of the south and blowing, and the surf was building, I imagine by tomorrow morning it'll probably be blown out though it may still be fishavble. It's been very slow so far this year. Usually you can at least catch all the dinks you can stand. Guys fishing next to us had live shrimp, and I only think they had a few trout between 4 of them. Surf had everything you look for, just not many trout. I usually don't miss a day when it's good, I work close by and have a flexible schedule. I'll keep trying. lol

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Thanks for the update panhandle, hope it turns on soon!
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I fished Surfside this morning and I think we had 5 keepers between 3 of us, and a handful of dinks. Lots of big ladyfish. I had to leave for work around 9:30, but I talked to my buddies and they didn't catch a fish after I left. Water was great this morning. I went back to Surfside for lunch with my wife, we ate at Beachfront, and the wind was back out of the south and blowing, and the surf was building, I imagine by tomorrow morning it'll probably be blown out though it may still be fishavble. It's been very slow so far this year. Usually you can at least catch all the dinks you can stand. Guys fishing next to us had live shrimp, and I only think they had a few trout between 4 of them. Surf had everything you look for, just not many trout. I usually don't miss a day when it's good, I work close by and have a flexible schedule. I'll keep trying. lol
Well,I don't feel quite so bad... NOT!! Good luck to you and hope you're right in the middle of 'em when they do turn on!! For many, many years, our kick off spring/summer trip was always Memorial Day weekend and was generally at Port O'Connor... Seems things this year are running a bit behind schedule...
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Old 05-16-2018, 03:05 PM   #494
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Well,I don't feel quite so bad... NOT!! Good luck to you and hope you're right in the middle of 'em when they do turn on!! For many, many years, our kick off spring/summer trip was always Memorial Day weekend and was generally at Port O'Connor... Seems things this year are running a bit behind schedule...
That's what I'm thinking. Last year by this time, we already had some great trips in the surf. One in particular was the best day I've ever had. I put my time in down there, so just hoping it's sooner rather than later that it does turn on.
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Old 05-16-2018, 07:52 PM   #495
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Got into the flat fish pretty good last week, lots of dinks, did manage a few keepers. Then this morning we hammered the trout on tops. Waist deep in Sandy water. Alot of dinks this morning but probably caught 40+ trout with a few reds mixed in.

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Old 05-16-2018, 09:25 PM   #496
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Yea, we'll be fishin' the Chandeleur's Memorial Day and the two following days... If weather holds like this, it's gonna be epic!! I got me a whole sack full of super secret new baits to fool 'em with!!
I called captain Bobby tonight and spoke to him about my trip next month. He was saying they are doing very well on the clear colors baits right now. the matrix shad midnight mullet he said has been on fire. I can't wait to go
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Friend fished surfside for a couple hours this evening. He picked 3 trout on plastics. Said real slow bite. One guy that had been there longer had 5 or 6.
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I called captain Bobby tonight and spoke to him about my trip next month. He was saying they are doing very well on the clear colors baits right now. the matrix shad midnight mullet he said has been on fire. I can't wait to go
Yea, I'd heard that too... Sure hope this weather holds for us... If it does, we should nuke 'em again. Can't imagine a better trip than we had last year, but I'll sure give it a try!
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Hey guys, I am about to be off for summer. Wanting to take some more trips down to surfside and galveston. Any of y'all have a dock or something I could hang a hammock on occasionally?

Just not quite sure how I feel about camping on the beach solo in the summer. I'll bring drinks and cook some cajun food.
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Old 05-17-2018, 09:17 AM   #500
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Buddy of mine just pulled on the beach at Surfside. He's non responsive now so must be in the water already. I'll report back if he has any luck on his afternoon trip.

He did send me this pic before he went radio silent.
My buddy called last night, said they fished from 2pm to 6pm and caught 1 trout between 2 guys. They threw everything in the box (spoons, plastics, topwaters) and the one fish came on DOA under a popping cork.
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