January Chandeleur Trip

   

    

A few photos from the January 23 trip out to Chandeleur. We’ve heard that Tim “abused” the speckled trout on their last morning. The fly in that redfish’s mouth was one that Tim and Mark tied the night before. Sounds like another great trip; fishin’, fly tyin’, and friends. Many thanks to Mike Arguelles for sending us the photos.

 

Mark’s 10,000 Islands Trip and Snook!

Mark Tscheulin made his first fly fishing trip to Southern Florida. He stayed at Chokoloskee Island
Park and Marina on Chokoloskee Island in the 10,000 islands of Florida just south of Fort Meyers. His
trip was enhanced when a fly fisherman from Texas showed up and they hired Captain Buddy Ferber
of www.evergladesflyfishingcharters.com to take them into the back country. Buddy was an excellent
guide and flats skiff handler, showing them a pristine environment with very little fishing pressure.
Mark hooked caught his first Snook and found several more along with some Redfish. He also cast
close to an Alligator but intentionally left it alone. During his stay on the island he made several trips
into the mangroves in his skiff to catch specks and redfish.Mark

Christmas Chandeleur Trip

We really hammered ’em! – and these photos might suggest that the fish were every where. Not so! The weather was very foggy, cold and damp and we fished hard that first afternoon for no fish and one big dose of ice cold water down the back of my waders! Then we hiked for hours on the second morning with only a couple of fish each.

Things were looking pretty grim until we found “The Hole.” As they will do in the winter, these specks were all bunched up in a warm, deep hole and Rod and I caught one on nearly every cast with an occasional big red thrown in as well. Fat, big trout and one of the best trips we ever had!

GCC Fly Plate presentation

Anita Arguelles and others present a beautiful Shadowboxed Tarpon fly to Read Hendon, Associate Director for the USM – Gulf Coast Research Laboratory. The award was presented at our December party on behalf of theIFFF – Gulf Coast Council in recognition of the Lab’s leadership in marine research, conservation and education and our cherished relationship with them.

2017 Banquet and Auction – Saturday, January 21

(update) – Our annual banquet, auction and raffle is held each January instead of a meeting. We always have a fabulous meal and silent auction of loads of great fly fishing gear, guided trips, art, artisanal gifts and a raffle for the TFO rod of your choice! All members are please requested to donate something for the auction as this is our only major fund raiser for the year with proceeds going to local conservation efforts. Come have a great time, help us do some good, and stay tuned for an update here and via email.

Your club email details for the banquet/auction are copied below…

Dear Hossfly Friends:
Thanks to Gus Pialet, Hossfly has reserved Broome’s Grocery on Government Street for Saturday, January 21 for our annual Banquet and Silent Auction.  The party will start at 6:00 p.m.   The cost is $35 per person ($70 per couple).
Gus has selected a great menu:
    Two Appetizers: Hot Crab Dip & Cheese Tray
    Two Entrees: Prime Rib & Chicken, with a potato, vegetable, salad, rolls & dessert.
It will be BYOB (bring your own wine or liquor) except for beer which will have to be purchased from Broome’s.  They have a generous selection of beers.
In order to order the correct number of meals we will need to have a count before January 15th.
Please send your checks for the banquet to:
    Mike Sharpe
    2519 Brighton Circle
    Biloxi, MS  39531
Also, as most of you know, every year we include a silent auction in our January banquet festivities. The monies raised over the last few years have been sent to GCRL to further fisheries research and marine education. If you have an item that you would like to donate, please send an e-mail to me (Pat Sharpe) describing the item and the value.  The email is bubble100@cableone.net.
As an additional reminder, annual dues are due in January.  Please include your $15 (single or family) in dues in your check for the banquet.
Thank you all so much for being members this year.  I wish you and those you care for the merriest of Christmases!
Be safe, Pat

February Meeting – Tuesday, February 7

(updated 02/04/17) Our February meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 7 at 6pm at the OSYC. There are some great fishing reports and stories pending and winter trips yet to be scheduled. The current club email details are reprinted here for your convenience…

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Guest Presenter: Richard Schmidt – “Fly Fishing the Gulf” – presented to the fly fishing conclave last fall.
 
Volunteer’s needed
Hossfly has been contacted about participating in the 2017 Biloxi Boat Show Feb 10-12. We have a time slot for Sunday at 2:00 pm. Anita and Mike did this last year and talked about How to Start Your Saltwater Fly Fishing Journey – which was very well received.
We are looking for volunteers to help and will be discussing this during the meeting.
Published agenda:
Additional Reminder – Annual dues are due. Please bring your $15 to the meeting if you haven’t already paid. If you are unable to make the meeting please send your check to:
     Mike Sharpe
     2519 Brighton Circle
     Biloxi, MS 39531
 
Thank you all for your continued support and participation in Hossfly this year. Hope to see you this Tuesday, Colleen.

 

February Chandeleur Trip

Our next Chandeleur trip is being planned for ~ February 23-26. We’ve had some of our best trips ever already this winter ( photos on the Fishing Reports page) so don’t miss out! Details from club emails are reprinted below…

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I just booked the Pelican for the weekend of Feb. 23, Thursday, thru Sunday the 26th.  Weather permitting (gulp, gulp) we will be heading out for some of the best trout fishing of the year.  Feb. has really been productive for nice trout, so I hope we can get a boat load of enthusiasts.  I also hope that the ride home is better than the one we just endured (barely).
We will need to find who wants to go and if you want to take your boat or not.  We can moor 4 boats alongside the Pelican if necessary, but I really feel like 3 boats, or even 2 is plenty.  Just let us know if you plan on taking your boat.
I initially wanted to get this over to our newly elected VP and trip coordinator Gus Pialet, but I probably should work this one up, along with his help of course.  Reason I say that is that I have lots of “meats” that fill the spots that Hossfly does not take, and I have a list of them in my email.
The rundown is the same.  The overnight charge is $100 per person per night.  We split the cost of the food, which is usually about $30 each.  Individual captains will probably ask you to help with the gas to and from, which is usually marginal too.  Always bring twice the amount of adult beverages you think you might consume and at least two fishing rigs, hopefully fly rods.  We offer casting instructions on the dock for those who want to sharpen their skills.  Very casual, so don’t get nervous, if you can read between the lines.
Email me or call me and I will put your name on the list.  I should take a 100 deposit, but I don’t, and I usually regret it, but that’s the way I roll.  I am going to alert my “meats” so if you want to go, let me know sooner than later.  I will be gone for a week come Sunday, so don’t expect me to answer until I get back.  Looking forward to it.  We had a good trip this past weekend, save the return home.  Caught lots of really nice reds.  You newbies would absolutely get a rush if your first fish was one of these reds.  Nothing more fun for me.  We can make it happen.
Wet lines, Rod
you can reach Rod at fishinrod2@yahoo.com.

 

November in the Biloxi Marsh

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Last month Todd, Mark and I seized a calm day to run across to the Biloxi Marsh. We found clear water in some of the interior creeks and began to spot good numbers of nice sized, single reds.

The poling in the mud was really tough and Todd worked hard to get Mark a few shots at fish. After he changed to a big “LSU colored,” purple and chartreuse fly, the next redfish charged his presentation and the fight was on! The fattest 28″ red I ever saw towed Mark round and round and under the boat, but he finally landed his first big red on the fly rod. We had a big time!

Thanks also to Todd for the photos. It’s getting to be the best time of the year for those big reds, so Happy Holidays and get out there and get ’em and send us some pictures!