Tuesday, August 31, 2010

TTZ Tuesday night big bass rollover tourney! In the $$!!

After fishing a few tuesday night tournaments and finishing pretty close to the money, Bryan and I finally cashed in on saturday!! This tournament was to fish for the big bass rollover money for the weekly tuesday night tournament on Travis. Bryan and I fished the mid lake area and caught fish on 8" worms, C-rigs, crankbaits, jigs, poppers, and frogs... it was a little bit of everything, but Bryan was sticking to the frog and got a couple key bites that barely squeaked us into third place and $470. We edged out the 4th place team by 1/100th of a pound!! The full results are here:


Sunday, August 8, 2010


After my tarpon trip last weekend, I talked to Paul Guillot and gave him the hot tip on the SPI tarpon. He made the best of it and went 2 for 3 including this giant 6'6". These were caught on the "Tarpon Sniper" rod I made for him last October. You can see more of this rod at:

Congrats to Paul on a fantastic catch. Tarpon this size are a rare find, and to catch one off the rocks is a great accomplishment!!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Rainshadow Bay Rod

This rod is built on a Rainshadow IP843 blank and will be used as an all-arounf bay rod. It has a Forecast rubberized textured reel seat with a spalted maple winding check. The thread is Madiera dark emerald green with Holland tan trim. The guides are REC Black pearl recoils, and it has a teardrop Recoil hook keeper.

Monday, August 2, 2010

South Padre Tarpon/Snook

Here's some shots from the SPI jetties on 7/30 and 7/31. On friday morning, I jumped six tarpon using rattle traps and a Rapala shad rap. It was a strong outgoing tide, and they were setting up on rocks on the channel side of the jetties. Dad and I went back out friday afternoon, and dad caught his first snook! The tarpon weren't cooperating in the late afternoon. They were rolling just out of casting range. On saturday morning, Travis came down and we hit 'em with some live mullet. Travis hooked a monster that had him almost spooled twice before it finally broke off. He jumped about 4 more and I jumped about four before I finally got a hook into this one!! This was the first tarpon and snook I've caught in several years, and we got to spend some QT with Keith, Karyn, Presley, and the rest of the fam, so it was a great trip down south!!