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by TexasJim
Fri Sep 23, 2022 4:22 pm
Forum: Saltwater
Topic: kayak repair
Replies: 4
Views: 157

Re: kayak repair

WEST Systems makes a plastic repair adhesive that's apparently really good. Their promo video showed them sawing a kayak in half with a chainsaw, then butt-gluing it back together. They dropped it off a highway overpass about 40 feet, and it didn't crack. I'm sure it's pricey, but if it works, it's ...
by TexasJim
Tue Sep 20, 2022 5:24 pm
Forum: Saltwater
Topic: Adopt-A-Beach 09/17/2022
Replies: 9
Views: 400

Re: Adopt-A-Beach 09/17/2022

kitsune: I came to help. No one was around at 8, nor 8:30. I had my skiff to help water-side, but about 9 I just got two big trash bags from the lady and went across the road to B & R Flats. I filled them completely up, plus an ice chest, one auto a/c compressor, one ceiling fan motor, one carbu...
by TexasJim
Fri Sep 16, 2022 2:27 pm
Forum: Saltwater
Topic: Florida Tarpon/Snook
Replies: 6
Views: 367

Re: Florida Tarpon/Snook

I read an article recently about wade/flyfishing for snook. The guy said if the water's over your ankles, you're too deep! I'm heading down to the Brownsville ship channel week after next. They say that's the biggest concentration of snook outside of Florida. Maybe I can catch one there. I probably ...
by TexasJim
Thu Aug 25, 2022 9:08 pm
Forum: Saltwater
Topic: Salt Lake in Rockport
Replies: 8
Views: 341

Re: Salt Lake in Rockport

My former neighbor moved to one of the RV parks on the shallow side of Salt Lake. He and his son catch mostly drum there in their kayaks. I always wanted to fish it, but there's no public launch. I really wish there was a small boat launch on the West side of the Copano peninsula. I used to launch m...
by TexasJim
Wed Aug 24, 2022 4:27 pm
Forum: Saltwater
Topic: Corpus Christi Area - Aransas Pass Area - Living
Replies: 21
Views: 658

Re: Corpus Christi Area - Aransas Pass Area - Living

loonycamp: I've lived in the Coastal Bend for the last seven years, halfway between Rockport and Aransas Pass. It's changed a lot, and much more growth is on the way. Corpus is about 400K people, not counting the illegals. Two major freeways, horrible city streets, flooding, traffic congestion six d...
by TexasJim
Fri Aug 19, 2022 4:45 pm
Forum: Saltwater
Topic: Adopt-A-Beach 09/17/2022
Replies: 9
Views: 400

Re: Adopt-A-Beach 09/17/2022

Two-Legged Pigs! I'm always amazed at what they leave behind them. I'll try to be part of the clean-up. TexasJim
by TexasJim
Mon Aug 15, 2022 3:30 pm
Forum: Saltwater
Topic: What just happened that there's half a dozen shrimp boats?
Replies: 18
Views: 1388

Re: What just happened that there's half a dozen shrimp boats?

impulse and all: I got my next year license today at the TPWD office in Rockport. There, too there was also a short line(3 ahead of me) renewing licenses. And, like impulse, my regular all-water license is good now thru Aug. 2023, but my sail line(saltwater trotline) endorsement isn't effective till...
by TexasJim
Thu Aug 11, 2022 5:11 pm
Forum: Saltwater
Topic: Winter speckled trout guide in Rockport
Replies: 8
Views: 463

Re: Winter speckled trout guide in Rockport

Kayak fishing with artificial lures?: Fil Spencer, AKA Fishman Guide Service. He's the most enthusiastic and intense kayak fisherman I have ever met. I've never done a charter with him, but he's paddled by me and given me advice, and I've talked with him at boat shows and he's always given me advice...
by TexasJim
Sun Aug 07, 2022 9:55 pm
Forum: Fishing Reports
Topic: Jon boat Report 8/6 Jones Creek
Replies: 5
Views: 357

Re: Jon boat Report 8/6 Jones Creek

karst: I hate hull slap! I was wanting to build a poor man's poling skiff and looked for two years for a hull with vee bow and rounded chines. I finally found a 1958 Blue Star, made in Miami, OK. It's perfect, with no hull slap and with a 15 Yamaha it'll go 24 mph, cruises at 18 nicely. I cut the gu...
by TexasJim
Sat Aug 06, 2022 9:00 pm
Forum: Kayak Rigging
Topic: 5HP Outboard on a Kayak!
Replies: 4
Views: 223

Re: 5HP Outboard on a Kayak!

I've watched several of his videos. He makes me think of the saying, "Just because you CAN do something doesn't mean you SHOULD do it." Of course, my neighbors think the same thing about me. He's really handy in a shop, even if he doesn't wear shoes. TexasJim
by TexasJim
Wed Aug 03, 2022 12:39 pm
Forum: New to Kayaking
Topic: Texas vehicle registration for a kayak
Replies: 12
Views: 559

Re: Texas vehicle registration for a kayak

Having a trailer title is a real plus. I did the "homemade trailer" scenario a year ago. It used to be easy. A picture of your trailer and parts. Tell them it's homemade, out the door in ten minutes with a plate. Now, you have to have two pictures of your trailer, a certificate of weight f...
by TexasJim
Mon Aug 01, 2022 4:12 pm
Forum: Saltwater
Topic: Copano Thieves
Replies: 19
Views: 1016

Re: Copano Thieves

About six months ago, my RV park neighbor launched at Conn Brown on a busy Friday and returned from fishing and found that some scumbags had cut the cat converters off his 2003(!) F-150. There's 10,000 open jobs that no one wants, because they can steal instead of working. I always worried about par...
by TexasJim
Sun Jul 24, 2022 7:39 pm
Forum: Fishing Reports
Topic: Christmas Bay report 10-Jul-2022
Replies: 13
Views: 1468

Re: Christmas Bay report 10-Jul-2022

Kinda related, as you guys are talking oysters. Brad Lomax, who has owned the Water Street Oyster Bar in Corpus for ever, is farm-raising oysters in Copano Bay, in about 6 to 7 feet of water. They are nowhere the bottom, floating in cages. He has the first Texas license for oyster farming. It's up a...
by TexasJim
Thu Jun 30, 2022 6:02 pm
Forum: Saltwater
Topic: Rockport/Fulton Kayaking
Replies: 11
Views: 1241

Re: Rockport/Fulton Kayaking

The big depression/tropical wave basically missed the Coastal Bend and Lower Laguna Madre. Tides don't look very high, either. Should be a hot, humid weeekend, with moderate breezes. GiSP should be a great spot. If you decide to launch at the Big Tree and follow the shoreline north into Cowchip Cove...
by TexasJim
Sat Jun 25, 2022 7:34 pm
Forum: Fly Fishing
Topic: Amazon $33 Fly Fishing Challenge?
Replies: 1
Views: 697

Amazon $33 Fly Fishing Challenge?

Just heard about the Amazon $33 Challenge. An 8-foot 5/6 wt 3-piece rod, a reel, line, leader, instruction book, and six flies for $33.00 or less, shipped! How many of those will show up on the Guad for the trout run? Might be a boon for flycast instructors. Maybe not so good for the regular stream ...
by TexasJim
Sat Jun 25, 2022 1:51 pm
Forum: Fishing Reports
Topic: Lighthouse Lakes
Replies: 7
Views: 966

Re: Lighthouse Lakes

FYI: I kayak fished the Italian Bend marsh by Cape Velero about three weeks back, and the grass there was thick, thick. The water was about 1-1/2 feet deep and the grass was up to the surface and bent over almost a foot. I didn't need an anchor. When I stopped paddling, the kayak stopped moving. In ...
by TexasJim
Mon Jun 20, 2022 3:53 pm
Forum: Fishing Reports
Topic: Lighthouse Lakes
Replies: 7
Views: 966

Lighthouse Lakes

Launched from the Harbor Island Road shore across from Marker 1 about 7 AM. Someone(San Patricio Navigation District?) has cleared away about 75 yards of trees, to provide a parking and water access like the main launch at Marker 60, but very primative; dirt, no real "ramp", tree stumps. B...
by TexasJim
Sun Jun 12, 2022 8:51 am
Forum: Fly Fishing
Topic: Bait might become an option
Replies: 3
Views: 450

Re: Bait might become an option

Fishing has been tough for everyone, not just flyfishers! I went out in my skiff Thursday, and caught two short flounder, a short Speck, a hardhead and finally, one barely keeper Speck. I used all kinds of artificials, plus some really nice live shrimp. My neighbors have been going out and doing poo...
by TexasJim
Sun Jun 12, 2022 8:51 am
Forum: Fly Fishing
Topic: Bait might become an option
Replies: 3
Views: 450

Re: Bait might become an option

Sorry, tried to delete this.
by TexasJim
Tue May 31, 2022 10:16 pm
Forum: "BTB" - Beyond the Breakers
Topic: First offshore video 2022
Replies: 2
Views: 409

Re: First offshore video 2022

Ah, yes! Prof. Salt, AKA Glenn MadMan. We are awed. TexasJim
by TexasJim
Thu May 26, 2022 7:44 pm
Forum: Kayak Rigging
Topic: Transporting 15.7' kayak
Replies: 20
Views: 1090

Re: Transporting 15.7' kayak

All good ideas, I bought a cheap, small round 12 volt clearance light, with an attached angle bracket, and I use a little c-clamp to temporarily attach it to my rudder, which is the aft-most thing hanging off the back of my truck. My bed extender is about 5 feet, and my Viking 13.5 hangs about 4 fee...
by TexasJim
Tue May 24, 2022 10:17 am
Forum: Fishing Reports
Topic: Copano Bay 5/18
Replies: 11
Views: 1142

Re: Copano Bay 5/18

Nice flounder. I launched at Port Bay Club Road launch at 7 AM and the NE wind was pretty strong, so I hugged the shoreline and went South. Like you said, there was bait everywhere, fish hitting them, a few birds fishing, but they didn't want anything I was tossing. I tried wake baits, topwaters, so...
by TexasJim
Tue May 17, 2022 9:13 pm
Forum: Saltwater
Topic: Kayak Crabbing
Replies: 5
Views: 928

Re: Kayak Crabbing

I catch them now and then while kayak fishing with shrimp in the Coastal Bend. They won't let go until you try to lift them out of the water. It seems that I always catch them when I don't have a bucket aboard to stash them in! I run my landing net under them and they let go into the net. There's lo...
by TexasJim
Tue May 17, 2022 10:17 am
Forum: Saltwater
Topic: Kayaking Safety
Replies: 122
Views: 159138

Re: Kayaking Safety

Hey, Jerry: I didn't know the guy with the hat, but he was from Dallas. Josh probably knows him. His cap looked like a gimme ball cap, but had the beacon on top, and it was really visible. We left shore in the dark, and I could see him forever. After it got light, he turned it off, but when the fog ...
by TexasJim
Tue May 17, 2022 8:31 am
Forum: Saltwater
Topic: Kayaking Safety
Replies: 122
Views: 159138

Re: Kayaking Safety

I was kayak fishing Aransas Bay with Neumie and some guys when a fog bank came in and blanked everything out. The last things I could see as they were enveloped were one of their paddles with yellow blades and one of their caps with a flashing beacon on it. The paddle reflectors are a good idea. My ...