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Hello to all my fellow kayaking friends. Just like last summer, 2019, I wanted to do something for this summer 2020 in regards to BTB kayak fishing for new people (of course intermediate and advanced kayakers are welcome). Five years ago in July I put together a BTB trip for anyone that wanted to get out to do BTB at Surfside, this included kayakers of all levels. It was awesome! We had a total of 34 kayakers that made it out that day. Many just went to the buoys while others went to the 5-mile rig. It was really cool to see that many yaks out on the water. Some of the people that fished off of the jettys at Surfside thought that there was a tournament going on with that many kayaks launching, lol. Five years ago in July I ran another one of these events except it was run out of Corpus Christi instead of Surfside. We had many more show up than the previous year. This trip was a huge success! I believe all the new kayakers caught kings that day and I would say around 70% of the new kayakers limited out on kings. On top of it all, even some of the new kayakers caught cobia. What an amazing day on the water it was!! As each year has gone by, this outing has become larger and larger. This has turned out to be a great way for new kayakers to learn how to go BTB and hopefully to catch some fish while out there on the water.

Since Corpus Christi was such a huge success as in years past, I’m going to continue to do it at Corpus Christi again out at Bob Hall. The way it works is we all meet just south of Ball Hall Pier on the beach and make our way on out to the standpipe to try our luck at smacks, kings, and anything else that we can get into. If you are new to BTB, this would be a great trip to try out. The standpipe is not far offshore (maybe a mile) and there will be plenty of support out on the water with all the kayakers that will be fishing with us. This is not a tournament or an event (this is merely an open invite to anyone that wants to attend). It's just a way to get all levels of kayakers out on the water and to have fun hanging out while fishing. In addition to things, PACK (Paddling Anglers in Canoes and Kayaks) will be doing this trip as well. PACK is a kayak organization that has been around in Houston for a very long time. For more details on this organization, here is the link: http://www.packtx.org

The game plan is for everyone to meet just south of Bob Hall Pier on the beach at 6:00am Saturday, June 6th. We will launch around 7:00am. There will be a short meeting before hand to answer any questions by anyone. There will be plenty of experienced kayakers there that can answer anything as well.

The exact location we will meet at and where quite a few will be camping at is as such. Once you get to Bob Hall Pier, go south on to the beach. Once on the beach, continue for a brief moment until you see Access Rd 6 on the right. We used to camp out about 100 to 200 yards past Access Rd 6 on the left (beach side). If there is new sand out there making it difficult for 2wd vehicles to get through and the tides have been coming up fairly high making it tough to camp on the beach side, what we will do then is we will be camping on the right up along the dune side right after you pass Access Rd 6.

*****In regards to a backup date, here is how that works. The backup date will fall to the following weekend until we have a good weekend to have this activity. Hopefully the conditions and weather will be good and we can all get out on June 6th. If interested, post your name on here and I will add you to the list.*****


01 Blake Colburn (aka: Yakety_Yak)
02 Domingo Lucius
03 Bryan Russell
04 Bruce Bennettt (aka: Brucell)
05 Chase
06 Chris Cherry
07 Connor Key
08 Bryce
09 Daniel
10 Roger Sanchez
11 Ryan Woods
12 Ryan Woods’s father
13 Cliff Johnson (aka: forager)
14 George Hensley (aka: Gwh753)
15 Esteban (aka: M5yakin)
16 Hosam (aka: hosam.yacoub)
17 Frank
18 Eric Grace (aka: Gotem)
19 Dru Bishop (aka: Deeepsouth)
20 Frank (aka: fpatino)
21 J C Butler (aka: Kalait)
22 Jared Tomanek
23 Jason (aka: jps1542)
24 Jeff
25 Jeff Cossairt
26 Jeff Echols (aka: jeffechols)
27 Jerry (aka: SWFinatic)
28 Jeremy (aka: El Gato Diablo)
29 Jim
30 Joel
31 Justin (aka: Poolio)
32 Karl Brindell (aka: NOLA Yakker)
33 Keith Brumbaugh (aka: Chubs)
34 Ken Bement (aka: YakRunabout)
35 Joe Arroyo (aka: boricualouie)
36 Matthew Davis (aka: rattlesnake68)
37 Michael (aka: apd448)
38 Marco
39 Mike (aka: mikez)
40 Mike Smalley
41 Brad (Bradw693)
42 Joel McLeod (aka: jwmcleod)
43 Marvin Monk
44 Mike Riebold
45 Mike Tomberlin
46 Nathan
47 Nathan's son
48 Owen (aka: ATX O)
49 Nathan
50 Mark Fernandez
51 Charlie (aka: kickingback)
52 Randy Moore (aka: Outbackhunter)
53 Russell Fox (aka: rfox123)
54 Raymond
55 Ron White (aka: TX-Kayaker)
56 Shawn Faris (aka: 5x5)
57 Troy Guffy
58 Jon Dancel (aka: Acidcool6000)
59 Steve (Baytown police officer)
60 Roger (aka: Salty Coyote)
61 Russell Moses
62 Sam (greenyak)
63 David LaHaie (aka: lahai1dj)
64 Steve Marxer (aka: fishinmachine)
65 Terrell
66 Terry Howard (aka: sanantonioyak)
67 Tony Aguirre (aka: taguirre1965)
68 Travis
69 Tony Keill (CoastieCulture)
70 Ronald Kent
71 Thomas Kent (aka: teen Yaker)
72 Tuan Nguyen (texastuan)
73 Van Patterson
74 Troy
75 Will Vrielink
76 Antonio (aka: Cayuco)
77 Brad Valtierra (aka: HobieBro)
78 Blesson (aka: flykool25)
79 Ben Morton
80 Jason
81 Dennis (bucknut10)
82 Vlad (aka: Vlad_989)
83 Salvador
84 Mark Partain
85 Bill Brumley (aka: Killerbee)

So far we have 85 kayakers going. These are people that are going or are a maybe. Who else wants to go? Post up on this thread and I will be happy to add you to the list.

The address to Bob Hall Pier is.....
15820 Park Rd 22
Corpus Christi, TX 78418
(361) 949-0499

PS: As it gets closer to the date, I will make a post on here a few days before (the morning of Thursday, June 4th) to let everyone know if conditions/weather is good or not so that nobody makes a trip for nothing. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU ARE CHECKING THE THREAD FOR UPDATES AS IT GETS CLOSER SO THAT YOU KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON. SOMETIMES IT COULD COME DOWN TO THE FINAL DAY BEFORE THE OUTING BEFORE THINGS COULD CHANGE. THIS HAS HAPPENED A FEW TIMES. If things look debatable, I will cancel to be on the safe side. As stated above if the trip gets canceled, I will reschedule on the date mentioned in this thread.

If you are new to BTB and this is your first trip out or if you have gone out but not very much and still fairly new to BTB, please read. There are a few things you may need to know before hitting the water. First and foremost, please make sure you have your PFD on you at all times. The law states that you must have a PFD in the vessel at all times with you if you are 17 years of age and older (if under 17, you are required to have it on) but if you flip over and the PFD is not on your body, what good is it doing you? It would be worth your time to buy a good quality PFD and not the $9.99 version at Academy.

Another thing I would recommend investing into is a quality VHF radio. There are so many reasons as to why you should have a radio on you when you are on the water BTB kayak fishing of which I will not get into. If you need to figure out a good radio to purchase, please feel free to call me (832-588-7091) or even post up in the forum. There is a lot of good kayak fishermen on here that can help with that. If you do not have a radio, of which I hope everyone does, stay with a group of people while on the water that does have a radio. Safety is in numbers and the more people you can be fishing close to, the better.

Just a few items that people mentioned that were new to BTB in years past that said they needed to get the most but they didn’t already have were (in no particular order but I would hope the radio was at the top, lol) 1) radio 2) gaff 3) fish bag.

When we arrive in the morning a few ground rules will be covered in the meeting before we launch to make sure all the new people are on the same page. For the intermediate and advanced fishermen, you guys are good to go but while we are explaining things if there is anything left out, please feel free to chime in. I also would like to say that when you show up to fish, please make sure you have enough tackle. There is nothing worse than showing up and not having the correct tackle or hardly any tackle and asking everyone to borrow their stuff. It's one thing if you need a swivel but to borrow someone's $20 Waxwing lure, only to have a break-off and lose it, that's not good. Unless you plan on paying for that lure, it's better to show up with your own tackle. If you are not sure what to show up with, please ask on this thread. I can tell you for sure to make or buy king fish leaders (the key bait for kings is ribbon fish or even live bait). If you want to make king fish leaders, check out Prof. Salt's YouTube channel (click on the link I have provided). He has a video in there that explains how to make king fish leaders and it’s really good. http://tiny.cc/3zdxby

If you do camp on the beach, make sure you purchase a beach pass which can be purchased at any Stripes Gas Station. From what I have been told, if you camp on the beach past Access Road 6, no beach pass is necessary (I will be getting a beach pass just in case). I know I will be back again quite a few times and I will get my money’s worth out of it. The beach pass is $12.00 which is good for the entire year. Hopefully we can all get out there, have a great time, and catch some fish!

If you would like to read up on the reports from a few years ago and last year, here are the links: https://tinyurl.com/yxzjfho4 and https://tinyurl.com/quhj6ue

For those of you that have any questions, please feel free to post on this thread, PM me on TKF, or give me a call. 832-588-7091

One last thing..... BHP sells frozen bait but not ribbon fish. If you want frozen ribbon fish for your king leaders, you will need to call the local bait shops in the area to see who carries it. Always call before going up to see if the shops have plenty of ribbon fish. Some suggestions for bait shops that carry ribbon fish are:

Billings Bait Stand
13428 S. Padre Island Dr.
Corpus Christi, TX 78418

Roy’s Bait & Tackle Outfitters
7613 S. Padre Island Dr.
Corpus Christi, TX 78412

Red Dot Pier
11801 S. Padre Island Dr.
Corpus Christi, TX 78418

Fisherman's Bait & Seafood
1101 Laguna Shores Rd.
Corpus Christi, TX 78418
Last edited by Yakety_Yak on Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:13 pm, edited 4 times in total.
Kalait wrote:Still buying gear, my fish-bag should be in within the next week or so, needing a gaff looking at a 3/4" 2-foot gaff at BassPro shop. I do not have the time in the next months to build a gaff as I have trailer projects which need to be completed. Suggestions, please.

I have two gaffs. One of my gaffs is a spear gaff that I made. It only cost me around $20.00 to make. The other gaff I bought at ACK. The thing I like about this hook gaff is that it is telescopic. I just looked up the price of this gaff and it is $38.99. Here is the link if interested: https://www.austinkayak.com/Promar-Floa ... 5007P.html

This is a great quality hook gaff and the price is fairly inexpensive.
Kalait I'm sure the one Yakety_Yak has is better quality but here's an inexpensive gaff that will get the job done. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07BH ... UTF8&psc=1

Here's a video on how to make a spear gaff for about the same price if you choose to go that route. I think if a gaff works best if you choose one of the two. https://youtu.be/t6s5_StObuo
Blake, I am waiting on information on some river permits I have applied for then should be able to make a decision on attending. With 74 that will be a lot of plastic in a small area of the gulf, should be fun. Hope the weather is better than the past couple of years. Camping on that section of beach is interesting later at night. Keep one eye open at all times and sleep with some iron between your legs. But with 74 that should help deter the sand peeps.
Earl wrote:Blake, I am waiting on information on some river permits I have applied for then should be able to make a decision on attending. With 74 that will be a lot of plastic in a small area of the gulf, should be fun. Hope the weather is better than the past couple of years. Camping on that section of beach is interesting later at night. Keep one eye open at all times and sleep with some iron between your legs. But with 74 that should help deter the sand peeps.

I hear ya, Earl. Because of how many that camp out there for this outing, it’s been good throughout the years.
SWFinatic wrote:Kalait I'm sure the one Yakety_Yak has is better quality but here's an inexpensive gaff that will get the job done. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07BH ... UTF8&psc=1

Here's a video on how to make a spear gaff for about the same price if you choose to go that route. I think if a gaff works best if you choose one of the two. https://youtu.be/t6s5_StObuo

Thanks, looking at it and hope to order it shortly.
Good video of Jim talking about the VHF radio. I did a write up on VHFs last summer and found it. Here is the info that I have on VHF radios:

Many people try to buy the Cobra VHF radios and many times, not always, it's because of the low price. The Cobra brand is commonly sold at Academy. That is how I find that many find out about these radios. There are other cheap brands out there, not just Cobra. The problem is that you get what you pay for many times with these brands. Because of the lower price, you sacrifice something for the cheaper brands out there. I have explained in the past the five things to look for in a quality VHF radio but I have now found a sixth thing. Here are the six things you should look for in purchasing a quality VHF radio:

1) floats
2) water proof
3) it should have NOAA weather radio
4) at least a 5-mile radius
5) good battery life (if you are going to be on the water all day, make sure your battery will last)
6) Make sure your radio has a channel 16 emergency button so that you can reach coast guard immediately

The sixth item is the newest I have added to the list. The reason for this is that a common station that many are allowed to be on are the upper channels. Us kayakers choose channel 69 many times. Even though we use the radio for fishing talk, it's important to remember that this radio's primary purpose is for emergencies. What happens if you are on channel 69 and there is an emergency. On a cheaper radio, you will have to push through all the stations to get from channel 69 to channel 16 (channel 16 is the coast guard station). That is a lot of channels to thumb through. My radio has a button that has "9/16" on it (this is a common feature on some radios). Once I hit this button, it immediately takes me where I need to be without going through other less important channels.

Another thing that is not necessarily needed but is a nice feature, is a channel lock feature. I'm almost definite this lock feature I am about to talk about will be the seventh thing on the list before long. On my radio, there is a button that has a key pic on the top of the button. Once I hold this down for a few seconds, it locks all of my keys. To reverse the process, repeat the same thing and it will disengage this feature. If the feature is active, a small pic of a key will present itself on the electronic screen. Once disabled, the key pic goes away. This feature is useful because as kayakers, we are limited in space. Constantly you will find that your radio buttons will get pressed somehow during the day taking you off of the channel you are trying to be on. If you are fishing with friends and you don't hear them the entire time, you will think their radio is off or has gone down. In reality, your radio channel is on the wrong station. Also, when you are talking to the coast guard, you will want to make sure you stay on the designated channel and not accidentally get switched.

Some of the brands that many use on the water that are considered reliable are (in no particular order):

1) Standard Horizon
3) Uniden

I personally roll with the Standard Horizon HX300. For the value of this radio, it's hard to beat the quality and price. All of these radios are good that I just listed. If you search on the internet, sometimes you will find that there are mail-in rebates. My radio had at one time a $20.00 mail-in rebate. The average going price on the Standard Horizon HX300 is $100.00. That is a great price for a quality VHF radio. I have heard people talk about the HX290. It has everything the HX300 has except one thing. The HX300 has a longer battery life. For a few bucks more, I am more than happy to buy the HX300 to have a longer battery life. If you find that you are the kind of person that is only going to be on the water for about half a day, then I could see buying the HX290.

One last thing I would like to mention. Sometimes I like to use TV's in relation to VHF radios. I consider buying a Cobra in relation to a RCA. Buying one of the better brands is like buying a Toshiba. By buying a RCA, is that what your life is worth? We take a VHF radio for granted because we hit the water never suspecting anything will ever happen to us. If that time ever comes when you need a radio and you bought a RCA, I can only pray that it works for you. I know my Cadillac will as it has on a few occasions that I have needed it.

I hope this helps. If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to post on here, PM me, or even give me a call. I'm always happy to chat with people on kayaking. 832-588-7091

Tight lines!
Yakety-Yak thanks for the post on VHF radios.

Here is the Video of How Prof. Salt does his leaders on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3t82a8-iUXg

And a list of materials he uses
Leader-making with Prof. Salt
* 61-pound Marlin Wire, 24"
* 80-pound wire, 9" X 2
* SPRO #8 swivels
* #4 Trebles, 3X strong
* 1/4 or 1/2 oz worm weight as desired
* Trailers
* Sea-Witch skirts
* King Duster
Prof Salt has proven the Halco 110's work really well. The Rapala X-Rap Magnum 30 can be good but pricey (I'm gonna hate the day a shark hits my $25 lure lol). Gotcha lures for spanish. Some jigs (1-3 oz) too for checking the bottom are handy (the Halco TW30C Twisty Chrome Jig 4" 1 oz is good) and some smaller jigs for catching bait.

Here's Prof Salt's video on tackle. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnXkiUO ... ex=31&t=0s
tmac111 wrote:Are there any forums dedicated to publishing other kayak fishing trips? I head down to the coast every few months to fish the bays and would welcome the company.

If you go to the section in this forum called "Saltwater - Presented by Slowride Guide Services" and create a new post mentioning dates, launch times, where you are fishing, and all that kind of stuff, people will post on your thread that can join you to fish in the bay you have selected. Also, there will be people that post the same thing. If you like where they are fishing, simply post up on their thread and get ready to fish. :)

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