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Happy Father's Day-Jesuit High Annual Alumni Rodeo 2019

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First things first-Happy Father's Day to all dads out there and also wanted to send shout-out to those folks that participated in yesterday's 27th Annual Jesuit Alumni Rodeo-my younger son and I had a blast,caught very few fish but to be honest,my younger son and I were somewhat limited in that I did not have access to my Southfork and we yak fished and had to navigate a fair number of boaters,all possibly intent on getting on some fishing before de heat took its toll!!Thanks to de Wizard7,we had fairly good idea of where to seek protected shorelines and possibly nab a few fish and we fished pretty hard two days,Fri and Sat and Friday was our better day with me nabbing at least 5 bronze beauties just one made the mark and one fat marsh bass and keeper speck made it home with us Fri.Both days we tossed Bomber Drumbeater spinner baits and yesterday we both tried weedless(???)gold spoons and I quickly got frustrated with gold spoon,switched back over to Drumbeater,nabbed bronze beauty that I took pic of and released.I made a serious move back,against fairly strong wind,and hit same trenasse and series of ponds that I fished Friday and rather quickly nabbed fine red,probably close to 18 inches but he had other intentions and somehow spit extremely sharp hook!!!We had fun,explored the Delacroix marsh,found a few willing participants and definitely will return soon,hopefully with Southfork,but no big deal if we yak fish as that entire Delacroix interior marsh taylor-made for yak fishing and from what I have been told by de wise Wiz,Fall is best time for Top-Dog fishing for some trophy specks,Also wanted to send shout-out to Capt Charlie T,the guest Captain for Jesuit's Rodeo.He gave excellent presentation on chasing fish using soft plastics and Versa-Max Bolt cork and it makes perfect sense in that the fish most likely suspended right at fresh/salt water border and having the ability to rapidly alter depth critical this year with two doggone Spillway Openings underway!!!Thanks,Capt Charlie,too bad I did not win 4-person guided trip with ya.Lucky me did spend 27 years in Pharma Industry at a time when we could entertain clients via guided trips and I took full advantage.Lastly,wanted to send shout-out to two of the most accomplished Lady P fisherman out there.Dr.Rob Weiss and Chink Sumas,always enjoy the company of these fine gents who happen to be incredible speck fishermen.Wiz,I want ya to fish this rodeo next year,dat beast of black drum ya released woulda easily won biggest fish,ole nasty drum but woulda fetched a prize!!!Happy Father's Day to every dad out there,mine passed away about 7 years ago,still feel his presence,especially on Father's Day.Dad,thanks for making me the man I am,know we will be reunited some day!!!Keep praying for me dat I will get fortunate enough to nab some Rodeo-winners like my younger son did last year,nabbing fat 3 lb LA bass dat took second place!!

Mandevillian

P.S. Perhaps the Jesuit Rodeo Board could consider adding yak division,plenty folks serious about yak fishing and I love my yak fishing and it was great hearing from CCA Director
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Re: Happy Father's Day-Jesuit High Annual Alumni Rodeo 20
CCAguns,Gotta agree with ya regarding venue for this Rodeo.Not sure if ya recall way back when it was held at Hopedale Marina.Was hoping against hope dat Rodeo Board would check out some of the numerous posts you and I put up on this site and maybe they would consider a yak division,why not???Gotta be plenty of yak fishermen out there and it is lotta fun hauling in nice red aboard plastic boat!!!Ya would not believe the looks on faces of folks not that many years ago when younger son and I,fishing yaks,launching outta Williams Blvd Launch and we nabbed fine reds,fishing the numerous PowerLine Pilings and younger son thought he had a snag,got him to paddle over to me and I gave pole a nice yank,felt pull of significant red,he then fought and landed 25 inch red and not long after,I landed one slightly shorter and both of our yak-caught Lady P reds were on de board for quite some time until the 'slot' reds showed up.Chatted with one of my classmates that year and told him exactly where to fish,what to use and bet he went out to the PowerLine Pilings and at least gave it a decent effort.Maybe by Rodeo time next year,Lady P might be back to norm,giving up very fine reds all along the many 'natural reefs' the numerous and easy-to-access PowerLine Pilings,takes nothing more exotic that 3/8 oz jighead,mated to Chartreuse Berkley Gulp,Swimming Mullet.Have caught some nice specks same exact way,though been quite a few years and after chatting with Doc Weiss,might be long,long time before specks even consider Lady P decent habitat!!!

Mandevillian
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Re: Happy Father's Day-Jesuit High Annual Alumni Rodeo 20
Have gotten a few comments from Kevin Trahant,his brother,Jude,won guided trip with Capt Charlie T and Kevin and I have exchanged quite a few e-mails,seems he is Lake P soft plastic fisherman like me.Hoping to get TheWizard7 enthused about this Rodeo and he sent me pic of big ole nasty black drum,42 inches,dat woulda easily taken biggest fish category.I like slot red category and currently do not have boat suited for 5-speck stringer,unless Rodeo were to be held in Fall(hint,hint)!!!Plenty of Fall spots for huge sow specks,nothing but soft plastics needed or hard plastics!!!Hope always springs eternal,at least in my estimation!!!

Mandevillian,about to dust off fly rod
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Re: Happy Father's Day-Jesuit High Annual Alumni Rodeo 20
Fly fishing category would be great!
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Re: Happy Father's Day-Jesuit High Annual Alumni Rodeo 20
Just got off phone with fanatical fly-fishing,duck-hunting buddy and gonna dust off my Ugly Stick SP 1100 8 wt fly rod.Older son recently butchered fine but mean azz rooster and we have plenty of nice rust-colored feathers we can use to fashion some home-made flies out of!!!Used to routinely fly fish bass and perch and have fine 3.5 lb bass mounted,compliments of nice frog popper!!!Need to get new fly line and need new reel and my fly-fishing buddy reminded me that the best course of action would be to use best rod and not spend too much on reel!!

Mandevillian
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Re: Happy Father's Day-Jesuit High Annual Alumni Rodeo 20
Might want to check out eBay. Recently bought a South Bend (vintage) 1122 brand new in box for $12 with free shipping. This was a classic bass/bluegill reel. I'm sure you could find a slightly larger reel, suitable for reds!!!!

We need to hook up after 4th. Went to Whitney on Florida Blvd yesterday and met one of the execs there. Ryan Monica, Jesuit class of '05, whose uncle is old Coach Frank Monica and whose aunt, Anna Monica, worked for me at Chevron. Small world!!!
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Re: Happy Father\\\'s Day-Jesuit Hig
CCAguns,Chatted with one of my fanatical duck-hunting,redfish-chasing,fly-rod toting buddies about the Okuma SLV reels and he knows quite a few salt-water flyfishermen who swear by them and checked FishUSA,then Amazon Prime and got Cortland saltwater flyline and Okuma reel,SLV89 both items ran shade over $107 and I remember when Cortland ran maybe $12!!!Diving back into fly fishing and possibly hand-tying some flies for reds and specks.Was thinking about yak-fishing mouth of Bayou Lacombe tomorrow am,especially with wind conditions predicted but buddy of mine went down to Lake and said water was pititful,so not 100% sure.Funny story regarding a fellow Blue Jay that I have been communicating with-turns out one of his neighbors a great Causeway fisherman and we know each other quite well.He has a very fine boat,think big azz Ranger,and from what this Jesuit Alum was telling me,even Doc Weiss is quite impressed with this fellow's Causeway skills.Too bad it may be next year,at the earliest,before specks patrol de Big Bridge!!!

Mandevillian
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