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Old 11-15-2013, 09:39 AM
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We fish White Oak Bayou in northwest Houston, hardly pristine clear water but mostly a storm runoff. Good population of scrappy bass, big carps, tilapa, brim and occasional Channel Cats. We've tried many different stretches and all have good fishing. Some "prettier" (less spare tires and cleaner streamside but all have fish. Everything is released to fight another day as I'm no so keen on eating fish with so many Wastewater discharges up & down stream.

Be sure you have your fishing license as a bank fisherman told me he got a ticket recently for not having one.

We use 5-7wt as cast are seldom far and fish of manageable size. There are reports from of some of the club members of 5-6# bass.

The other afternoon the scrappy bass were trying to commit suicide by Wooly Booger. Between my son & I we landed 13+ bass from very small to pretty decent.

I used a 6wt TFO Mangrove w/GPX WF6F, 10# tippet, Thomas uses 6wt TFO Pro II WF6F Bass bug taper. Our "go to" fly is green sparkle wooly booger.

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Some big in spirit if not size
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Thomas is always on the otherside for the creek
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I even landed our first/biggest catfish.
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Always great to have fishing waters nearbylooks like it's a good spot
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Pete: Looks like you guys had a great day on the water, congrats!

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Awesome fish, Cat's fight like crazy on a fly rod!
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Nice pics. Random question for you.I may be heading to Houston in the near future so are you using normal cold water fly lines or warm water ones?
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We get warm blasts all year and we're also pretty "fair weather" fisherman when it comes to cold.

Thus we use warm water lines, mostly bass bug and/or salt water taper. 5-7wt is perfect as your pretty protected from the prevailing coastal winds. I love braided leaders and on this use mostly 8# tippet.

The carps are skittish has heck so we use 8'+ leaders. Carps are always present but seldom a "sure" thing. We've seen so really large Koi/goldfish but haven't bagged any. These are our "permit".

The land along the bayou is public & well maintained by the county but careful where you park.

If your coming to town I can point you to a couple very good spots. Again looks like an urban creek so spare tires, grocery carts, etc are the "structure". We've fished many stretches and have found bass on all.

If weather is abouve 70+ deg keep any eye out for copperheads and water moccasins, not real threat if you watch where you step and reach.

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Great stuff... urban fishing always rocks, finding awesome sport where no-one else even expects fish to swim

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Thanks pete. If I am coming it will be to stay. It will be hard to leave those North Platte torpedoes but I said the same about the Scottish Atlantics.
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That's a good spot Pete, you should post more about your fishing because it looks like fun from here buddy.

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Great little spot to fish.
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