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Hurricane IKE - Damage Video

This is a video I compiled of local damage from Hurricane Ike. Some pictures are my own while many came from www.tpics.com. I have attached a couple of songs that have deep meaning.


Just a Thank You To Starbucks!

August 28th - Dillon and Cole on Top Cat

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My nephew, Dillon Jacoby, was home from the Coast Guard for a couple of days, so my friend Jerry Thompson - and his daughter Tash - loaded up the "Top Kat" and took us out to the North Jetty looking for some Big Pulls.

It wasn't long before Cole and Dillon were locked into pull after pull fighting 3-4 foot Atlantic Sharpnose Shark. During the day, we caught several Reds, Black Drum, Sheephead, Shark and the catch of the day, a Pilot Fish.

Special thanks for Jerry for allowing us such a great day on the water!

Here is a video of the trip:




This is the first Pilot Fish we have ever picked up at the Jetty.




Jerry played the part of Captain Hard Head ... and Dewey vowed to retain his title on the next trip out! (grin)

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

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Dewey and I headed out this morning to chase a dream. With the wind laying down, we scouted a couple of areas for Tarpon. We couldn't find them at all - so we headed back to the Jetty and dropped a few lines for a while.

Unfortunately, we caught the end of a tide and there will next to no tidal movement. Even with that, we caught 1 nice Bull Red, some shark, and then several gaftop, hardhead and croaker. We were surprised that there wasn't more action - but when the tide slacks off - so does most everything else.

Water was mixed and temperature was 82 degrees. We fished honey hole.

2008 Mission Trip Blog Link

Here is the link to the 2008 Panama Mission Trip Blog: Click Here

This blog contains videos, pictures and details of the Mission Trip to Ali Gandi, Atchitupu and Mamitupu.

Panama Fishing Report Second Half

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Here is a video of the fishing both in the Pacific and Carribean.



We were able to so some fishing while we were in the Kuna Yalla in Panama. We stayed on the island of Ali Ghandi working there and also on two close islands, Atchitupu and Mamitupu. Each time we went from island to island we trolled.

Honestly, I trolled a Red/White Feather Jig till the feathers almost fell off. Probably 12-15 miles of total trolling. On the other rod I used a Blue/White Rapalla, Red/White Rapalla and Red/White Cedar Plug. Those were the main trolling baits. I also used everything else in my tackle box to no avail.

The water around the islands - from island to island - varies from just a few inches deep to 30 foot. However, I also trolled up to 5 or 6 miles off shore in water (guessing) approaching 1,000 ft. And I NEVER HAD A HIT!!!! I was stunned.

This is my 4th trip to the islands. On previous trips I have seen tons of showering baitfish between islands but this time I just saw it once. I do…

July Panama - Pedasi and South Frailes Rock

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On the first half of my Panama Trip, the weather didn't cooperate very much. Rather than fishing two full days in Pedasi and Frailes Rock - we were blown off the water by storms the first day and then only fished the afternoon - and again lightening storms forced us off the water. So we really fished about 1 full day rather than two.

Be that as it may, we had a good day fishing the South Frailes Rock. It was late in the day when we ran into schools of Yellow Fin Tuna. Each pass we were able to have double hook ups. Most of the Tuna were in the 20-30 lb. range.

We also picked up a few small Durado, Skip Jack Tuna, Sierra, and Bonita. We did not get to go after Rooster Fish - which was disappointing. But with the rain and lightening, there wasn't much we could do about it all.

The area around the Frailes is one of the more beautiful spots I have been. There are pristine beaches, great fishing and wonderful people both in Pedasi and the Frailes. I texted my wife and told…

June 23rd - Freeport Offshore with Top Kat

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Here is a video of the trip:


We headed out of Freeport with stops at the VA Fogg, West 21s, and Steeple Rock on the day. The Sun Rise was beautiful and the ride on Jerry's Cat was smooth and steady. We were chased from a couple of spots by Thunderstorms popping up - this one had a little more personality with the Water Spout. It was beautiful ... at a distance.


Dewey Jr. was the best fishermen on the day catching a pair of kings, several nice snapper and this small rock grouper.
I picked up this undersized ling - it was fun seeing him "stalked" and then watching him take the bait - (Red & White Feather Jig).

Jerry and Roland were great on the boat taking care of the fish. It was a great day. We ended up with 4 limits of Snapper, 3 Kings, Trigger Fish, undersized Ling, Amberjack and Rock Grouper.

June 17th - Sharks, Sharks, Sharks and That's All

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Dewey, Wayne, John Rayborn and I headed out to the Jetty to see what we could catch. It has been a good while since we have been out, but today was really a great day. Wind laid down, waves were all but non-existent, water was about 85 degrees and there really wasn't much of ab outgoing tide.

We started out to the right of the Jetty Pole at the end, moved to the Cement Ship and then ended up at the Moon Rock. We caught various croaker, whiting, hardheads and about half-a-dozen shark. None of the shark were of significant size.

We went out in Wayne's Boat, it is running great and Wayne is like a proud poppa!

One note - the moon was about full last night - could have had an effect on the bite - plus prime spots at the end were filled with boats.




June Vacation at Surfside - White House

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For the past 11 years my family has been spending a week at Surfside Beach in Surfside - near Freeport. This year we rented the White House from Beach Resort Services. It was our first time to rent from them and they did an outstanding job in every single phase. Not only will we use them again, but I would highly recommend them to anyone without equivocation!


Sitting next to a beach fire is one of my favorite things to do at Surfside. The next night, we found out there was a burn ban in effect and we weren't able to build any more beach fires - but we were able to ejoy this one.The surf was very sandy due to the high winds - but we did catch a number of whiting, rat reds, small drum and piggy perch. We used 1/4 Silver Spoon tipped with dead shrimp.



The boys did alot of wrestling.
We had a great week with the Baileys!
Christopher gets into the fish catching too!
I was the target of this massive water balloon assault!

We fished along the old pilings innfront of our beachhouse.

June 9th - Captain Casey - Church Trip

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We had a great trip on the Captain Casey out of Freeport. There were 16 of us that went out on Monday, June 9th. We were aboard the Captain Casey - there were only 30 on the boat total.

It was rough on the way out - even on the 80 foot long Captain Casey - but the winds died down a bit through out the day.

The total catch for the day was a boat limit of Snapper - up to 11 lbs, several kingfish and cobia.

Here is a video of the trip:









May 29th, 2008 - Offshore Trip

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We took a short offshore trip in Jerry's 2350 Fishmaster. We went out about 22 miles in 2-3 foot waves. The boat did great! We hopped a few rigs and picked up 2 Kingfish, 3 Shark. We stopped by the Jetty on the way in and picked up 1 Sheep Head and in honor of Dewey - I caught 3 hardhead. (grin)

Tasha (Jerry's Daughter) caught the biggest Kingfish at 39 inches. I caught the other one at 37 inches. One of the shark - about a 5 foot spinner - put on a great aerobatic show jumping and spinning several times.

All in all it was a great day!


Aunt Lucille's Catfish

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This is Wayne Hamilton's 82 year old aunt. Her name is Lucille Hull and she is a charter member of Fairview Baptist Church in Sherman Texas. This is a 7lb 1oz catfish she caught. It is never too late to wet a hook!