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3rd Annual Jiffy Pop Invitational Camping Trip

 

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This past weekend myself and 16 friends made our way down East Matagorda beach for our annual kayak/camping trip. We met up Friday around noon before making the short drive down the beach to the spot where we enjoy camping.

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Kayaks

Camp 1

Adam treated everyone to a delicious gumbo dinner on the first night from BB’s Cafe that went great with the keg of Saint Arnold Lawnmower that Michael brought.  We ate gumbo until we were completely stuffed and then ate a little more.  We sat around the campfire the rest of the night enjoying a few drinks along with the cool breeze before heading off to bed.

We woke up the next morning and enjoyed a few breakfast tacos that Tombo had prepared before hitting the water to compete in our 3rd annual lures tournament.  Each angler puts two lures in the pot as part of their entry and then tries to bring in the heaviest stringer of 3 trout, 2 reds, and 1 flounder.  The winner takes all the lures and the coveted trophy along with a package of Jiffy Pop Popcorn. The lures and popcorn are for the winner to keep while the trophy goes home with the winner for one year and then gets returned the following year for the next winner to keep.

Photo Oct 16

Oscar

Matt

Molly

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Dinner

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Ferg

John

Fishing was pretty tough on Saturday, but everyone caught fish.  The winds were blowing around 20 mph and the tides were running about a foot higher than normal which was the complete opposite of last years trip.  When it was all said and done, I ended up with a little over 15 lbs. of fish and took home around $200 in lures, the Jiffy Pop, and trophy despite the fact that Charlie planted his Rastafarian Banana (Banny) in my front hatch.

Photo Oct 17

 

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We cleaned a mess of fish Friday evening and enjoyed a fried fish dinner on Saturday night.

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Fire

I look forward to this trip each and every year, and next year will be no different.  A good time is had by all with plenty of good food, fishing, and campfire stories.

Sunset

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East Matagorda Camping Trip Video

It has taken a while, but my most recent video from our camping trip in Matagorda, TX is complete.  I decided to do things a little differently this time instead of going with the 3-4 minute video of highlights with background music.  The video above is nearly 20 minutes long and comes with a voice over of me walking you through my time on the water.  I tried to include plenty of tips and information about how we were locating and catching our fish.  Thanks for taking the time to watch, and I hope you enjoy it.

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East Matagorda Camping Trip


East Matty Sunset


Myself and a group of 14 other TKFer’s made a trip down to East Matagorda this past weekend and camped out on the beach for 3 days and 2 nights of fishing and fun. Ricky, Aaron, and I met up at Buc-ee’s in Angleton for breakfast before making our way to Rawling’s for a quick morning trip. We had plans to meet up with the rest of the group at noon but wanted to find a few fish before heading further down the beach.


Buc-ee's


We launched at first light and made our way towards the bay. From there we split up with Ricky and I hitting the marsh while Aaron decided to head out to fish some deeper reefs. We each picked up a trout in the 19 inch range all around the same time in three different locations.


Rawling's


Toothy


Trout


We all met back up after an hour to see how each other had done. From there, Aaron gave the marsh a try looking for reds while Ricky and I decided to chase some birds we saw working about a 1/4 mile away. We caught up with the birds and each of us hooked in to a red. Mine turned out to be 26 inches while Ricky’s was on the smaller side at 21 inches.


Sonny 26 Red


After our paddle to catch the birds we decided to head over to a drain and take a break and give it a try. We had each picked up a trout and red which left us a flounder short of a slam. After about 5 minutes in the drain, Ricky got that small thump and landed a nice 18 inch flounder to complete his first Texas Slam. 5 cast later he hooked up with a nice 26 inch red as well.


Ricky flounder


Ricky Red


We fished for another 10 minutes without another bite and decided to head back in, load up the trucks, and meet up with the others at noon as we all planned. Everyone arrived on time and after a few short conversations we all headed down the beach. The recent rains had the beach packed down pretty well, so making it to our spot was no trouble.


Beach Entrance


Convoy


Beach Driving


Camp Entrance


We made it to camp, got everything set up, and Ricky and I decided to hit the water for an evening trip to explore the area. Everyone else decided to stick around camp instead of battling the 20 mph wind.


Camp


Camp 2


Ricky and I found a few reds in the marsh before heading out to chase the birds for a while. After a few pods of reds and a few with trout we headed back to camp for a little dinner and hanging around the fire before going to bed at a descent hour.


Red Eating 1


Ricky Fighting a Red


Ricky Landing a Red


Working the birds


Measuring my red


Trout


Camp 3


Food


Fire


We woke up Saturday morning at first light with all 15 of us heading off in various directions. Winds were down slightly from the previous day to 15 mph and we all had high hopes of catching big fish and bringing in heavy stringers after the success Ricky and I had the day before. We had all decided to have a lures tournament on Saturday that would run from dawn till dusk consisting of the heaviest stringer made up of 3 trout, 2 reds, and 1 flounder. The fish must have gotten wind of our tournament plans because they were almost nonexistent the entire day. Charlie won the lures tournament with a small trout and 2 reds that went 21 and 27 inches. Dustin was a close 2nd with 3 trout. The rest of us had a fish or two but nothing more. We spent Saturday night around the fire with plans of waking up Sunday morning to give it another try the next day.


Robert and Rex


Dustin, Scott, and Charlie


Tombo


Tombo 2


We woke up Sunday morning to really high tides and a storm off in the distance and heading our way. We tried breaking down camp but were not quick enough. We all got drenched for the next 45 minutes before finally getting everything loaded in the trucks.


Kayaks


After the rain we all decided to load up and head home instead of getting a morning trip in. Despite the uncooperative fish on Saturday and getting rained on Sunday, a good time was had by all. The majority of the time we all spend together is done at the LSKS weighin for an hour or two a few times a year. It was nice to hang out with everyone outside of the tournament setting and spend time fishing with instead of against each other. We plan on doing this trip again next year and hopefully a few friends that were unable to attend this time will be able to make it next year. The hard part will be choosing the next location.


Sunset



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