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Posted: Jan. 19 2005,15:32

I'd like to try and do this tourney. It's in March, on the 19th. I've been hard at work researching the area, planning strategy, and all that, but long distance strategizing for an unknown area is not the most ideal way to go. Does anyone have any ideas, info., advice etc. (that they are willing to share without having to assinate me afterwards!) on fishing the Tampa Bay Area at that time of year, vis-a-vis spots, lures, baits, tides and times, whatever. Any and all info. will be welcomed!  :cool:

BTW has anyone heard anything of our fellow FLYC'ers LouYak and Cari? I tried to see if they were OK after the hurricanes, but could not hook up.
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Posted: Jan. 20 2005,18:11

Hey Gang, finally made it back. Sorry I was away for so long
but Charlie left a define mess in my life. House had extensive roof damage and of course I lost use of both of my pc's......
To add insult to injury I had lost my job in the kayak shop two weeks before storm hit, and in the last month I have been recovering from a bad back, hopefully this bad streak is behind me and things will return to normal.

Thanks to Fishiest1, Capt Jim, Chef Mike and the rest for your concern about my welfare.

On the bright side,  I still have all my kayaks and plan to start using them again as soon as my back allows.
Hope to see you all on the water soon. :)
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Posted: Jan. 20 2005,19:55

God bless you Lou.  Chef Mike and I have always thought the best of you and will never forget your hospitality at the tournament.  It was also  great seeing you at the 2nd Yak In.

You are a good man, and both Sue Sea and I were proud to know you.

Hope things get better for ya...

Best,
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Posted: Jan. 21 2005,03:24

Hey Lou.....Things will get better. Hang in there and stay positive.
I understand the job loss...been there.
Hope your back gets better soon. We need to fish again together soon.
Take care.
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Posted: Jan. 21 2005,17:24

Hey Lou!!
Great to see that you're OK. I was out with my back for like 6-7 mos. too. It sucked; no yakking! Just remember: waves have troughs, but they have crests, too. Hang tough. Things'll crest; you'll see. :;):
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Posted: Jan. 21 2005,17:49

Oh, BTW--
I spoke with Chrystal today and got some real answers to some of my queries. She is a really nice person and she really knows her stuff. Besides, it's always nice to talk fishing with other lady fishers. I would like to have her as a guide sometime.
My prelim. plan is to go up a few days early, Wed. or Thurs., prefish/fish Ft. DeSoto/Mullet Key, doing  grassflats, passes and mangrove creeks. I may camp at DeSoto. It sure would be nice to have a FLYC Team, (or some company at least). Hotels or whatever lodging would need to be booked now. So think about it and give me a shout if you are interested, so we can meet to gel a plan. I am sooooo psyched! C'mon guys! :cool:
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Posted: Feb. 18 2005,09:48

Hey there, Carol.  Sure would like to go to Tampa with you, but other duties call.  I've been over there a few times and scouted around the bay and all I can say is ...... WOW....is there ever a lot of bay to fish in.  The problem will definitely be one of excess good looking fishing spots to explore.  I did some indepth scouting (read: had a rod in my hand and actually hooked a few fish) at the south end, near the little rest area/park located just before you go up onto the Skyway bridge.  That area looks very fishy, what with all the debris from the old bridge laying around inshore, lots of structure.  Caught some jacks and snappers there.  Went up to Weedon Island, also.  That is a State Preserve located on the west end of the I-275/SR19 causeway, just as the highway comes ashore on the St. Pete side.  There is quite a lot of salt marsh and little channels there, with easy access out to the bay. Looks like it would be excellent for reds and trout. I'm sure Crystal could give you some more detailed info on it as it's very close to her stompin' grounds in the North Bay. Very easy launching there, also.  They have a canoe/kayak specific launch area.  There is also a guy named PAGYAKKER that posts on many of the kayak sites that lives and fishes in the south St. Pete area.  I know that I've seen some reports by him on that Ft. Desota area on the Fla. Sportsman forum, in either the West Central or the No Motor BBS.  You might try getting in touch with him for some more detailed info on that area.  Best of luck on your trip. RL
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Posted: Mar. 13 2005,19:30

Hey Ralph!
Thanks for the info. Sorry to take so long to respond. I was busy job hunting. The tourney is this weekend, so I'm gearing up to go, but am having a dickens of a time finding a place to stay that is affordable.  Wish me luck!
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Posted: Mar. 14 2005,20:17

Oy! Anybody going to Clearwater this weekend? Also, I'm having a tough time with finding cheap lodging. Any input?
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Posted: Mar. 21 2005,04:59

Ran across this report for Chrystal Murray on this weekends paddle fishing event in Tampa.  Seems one of our members in mentioned prominantly:

7:27 PM 3/19/2005  


124 paddle anglers this year in the Osprey Bay No Motor Tournament!
Thank you everyone for supporting the tournament. It's really great to look around and see not just the familiar faces but so many new ones too. You really are like a huge extended family. I had the opportunity to meet Capt. Greg Bowdish from Matlacha who caught a crab on fly, and had a snake land in his kayak, Patrick and David, young guns from Ft. Myers who slept in their vehicle the night before, Capt. Bryan McGowan from Jacksonville and Carol who drove here from her Ft. Lauderdale Kayak Fishing Club all by herself to fish in a strange place. You guys represent the true spirit of "Adventure Kayak Fishing".

I am sure Tom will me send the list of who won what that I will post here, and if anyone has photos, I hope they will post them as well. Congratulations to all of you.

As it turns out, I get to leave on vacation for a few days with my family. Please, if you have any suggestions for next year's tournament e-mail those to me at Chrystal@onshoreoffshore.com That was so helpful last year in planning this year's event.

Thank you to Alberto from Ocean Kayak, Dave H. & Dave S. from Heritage Kayaks, Carl Anderson from Suntamer Hats, XTools, Capt. Charles Wright, Big Fish Tackle Co. MirrOlure, D.O.A., Cossta Del Mar and everyone else who sponsored the tournament.

Thank you to Capt. Tommy Zeismann. for helping the out-of-town anglers get their bearings, thank you to Alexis Trotter Snook Biologist from FWRI for speaking with everyone about our beloved fish and Chris Homer from the Saltwater Fly Fisherman for the fly casting lessons.

Thank you to Kim, Tom, Stew, Lauren, Amanda, Jeff, Sean, Mark, John, Carrie, Lana and Larry from Osprey Bay Outdoors for working so hard to make this happen each year.

And again, thank you for making this the best tournament, with the best paddle-anglers in the whole wide world.


Congrats, Carol.  When can we expect a fuller debriefing?
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