Oct
06

Coastal Blast and Cast Rotation (Self-guided Duck Hunt and Self-chartered Bay Fishing Trip)

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The following is a rotation list for self-guided/self-chartered Blasts and Casts  (Duck Hunts and Bay Fishing Trips) at Port O’Conner and Corpus Christi.

We’ve had many successful hunts at both locales and have often gotten our two-duck limit of redheads.  We’ve killed a few other ducks but redheads are the predominant species on the coast.  We’ve not been as successful fishing in the winter as we are the warmer months.  Some successes include:

Boats can include Wayne Weilnau’s, Daryl Shipper’s, and Randy Rowley’s bay boats, and possibly others.  Wayne, Daryl, and Randy can take three hunters or fishermen on their boats in addition to them.  For duck hunting, the boats are used to ferry the hunters to the hunting spots and then beached or anchored about 100 yards away.  We fish from the boats.

Costs:

  • We’ll split the vehicle and boat gas (the amount depends on the distance traveled and the number of people sharing the gas).  If we take a toll road, because we’re running late, we’ll split that fee.
  • We’ll eat out or get drive-through food.
  • For Corpus Christi, we’ll stay in an Airbnb or motel.  For Port O’Conner, once Covid has been cleared and renovations have been made, Wayne may allow participants to stay at his home.  If not, we’ll stay at an Airbnb or motel.
  • Fishermen can buy live and/or dead bait.

What to Bring:

  • Hunting license, state migratory bird endorsement, federal duck stamp, and saltwater fishing license.  If you bought a super combo license it includes your hunting license, migratory bird endorsement, and saltwater fishing license but does not include a federal duck stamp, so you’ll also have to buy it.
  • Shotgun (a 12 gauge piston operated semi-automatic with a 3 inch chamber is recommended).  A plug is required for semi-automatics and pumps capable of holding more than two shells in the magazine while hunting migratory game birds.
  • Camo or dull shotgun case (a floating case is recommended as cloth cases will get wet and muddy; if you have a bright cloth case you can leave it in your vehicle).
  • Non-lead shotgun shells (Winchester Xpert shells or equivalent) in 2 shot (the 1550 FPS variant) chambered for 3 inch (if your gun is also chambered for 3 inch) are recommended.  Randy Rowley does not recommend anything smaller than 4 shot.  10 gauges and 3 1/2 inch shells in 3 1/2 inch chambered 12 gauges are overkill for ducks, in his opinion.  Steel shot (if of adequate size) will kill ducks – there is no need for Hevi-shot, Tungsten, Bismuth, etc.  You’ll pay a lot more for those shells and they aren’t needed.  You’ll not need more than two boxes and will probably shoot a lot less than a box.
  • Camo or dull shotgun shells bag, vest, or bandoleer (a floating blind bag is recommended).
  • Rods and Reels (at least two in case you break one).
  • Lures and/or terminal tackle for live and/or dead bait.
  • Headlamp or cap light.
  • Camo outer hunting clothes (including cap/hat and a face mask or face paint – face coverings are absolutely essential as oily skin glows in a duck’s eyes).  You never know when it will rain on the coast, so bring rain gear.
  • Waders (absolutely essential).  Breathable waders are recommended for warmer hunts.  Neoprene waders are recommended for colder hunts (if you wear 5mm thick neoprene waders on a November hunt you’ll probably cook yourself).
  • Bucket, stool, or folding chair (optional; if you don’t bring one you can sit on the ground).
  • Drinks and snacks (optional; drinks are highly recommended).  There are storage compartments in all three boats to put your drinks and snacks in.
  • Non-mirrored sunglasses (optional).
  • Bug repellent (optional).
  • Sunscreen (optional).
  • A small ice chest or bag to take your ducks and fish home in (if you get any).

Randy has extras of many of the items that are listed above (e.g., waders, floating gun cases, cap lights, etc.) and will happily loan them if you let him know before we leave.  Of course, if you borrow something and break or lose it he will expect reimbursement.

Randy usually starts out with a modified choke.  If the ducks are coming into the dekes, he’ll switch to an improved cylinder.  Most modern screw-in chokes are designed for lead and non-lead shot without a change in the pattern density.

Here is what sitting in the typical cover looks like:

1/10/14 - Coastal Duck Hunt - Binh Chu & Son Harley

Or, if we find a blind that someone isn’t using, we can try to hunt it.  Here’s what one looks like:

Randy has 81 decoys that he’ll bring to the coast (23 redheads, 17 pintails (four of which are on a jerk rig that he uses when it’s not windy), 14 gadwalls, 14 mallards (counting two quiver ducks, a pulsator duck, a motorized duck, and a wind-activated duck that he only uses when it’s windy enough to spin the wings and when it’s too windy to use the motorized duck), six canvasbacks, six buffleheads, and a widgeon.  In addition, Wayne and Daryl have decoys.  Combined decoys are over 100.

Being on this rotation is a privilege and is not an FCS membership benefit.  This rotation is a service to FCS members and guests, but I will not tolerate the below actions.  I can and will remove a person from the rotation for any of the following reasons (this list is not all-inclusive):

  • Not hunting in a safe manner, including deliberately not following my instructions and the FCS Safety and Shooting rules, Hunting and Fishing Rules, and Game Law Clarifications during a hunt.
  • Not paying for your share of the gas or fixing or replacing items (that are not yours) that you broke (including decoys that you shot and sank).
  • Not helping during a hunt (including not helping get the boats back on the trailers).
  • Not talking quietly, especially when ducks are coming to the decoys (ducks can hear you and will veer away).
  • Not controlling your dog during a hunt (a dog that wants to go play with the decoys or charge the ducks as they are coming in will ruin the hunt).
  • Indicating that you will attend a hunt and then not showing up.
  • A pattern of being more than a few minutes late.
  • A pattern of canceling at the last minute.
  • Not returning the event coordinator’s/leader’s phone calls and/or emails.

The following people are on the Blast and Cast (Self-guided/chartered) Rotation for FY21 (9/1/20 – 8/31/21) (Wayne Weilnau, Daryl Shipper, and Randy Rowley are always on it, as they are the boat captains):

  1. Steve Fusco and Mike Pozhenko and son
  2. Chris and Ryan Rowley
  3. Binh Chu
  4. Raul Pena
  5. Ken Miller
  6. Jonathan Fleming
  7. Jim McGee
  8. Burl Fulenwider
  9. Zack and Yuri Tumlinson
  10. Harold and Edward Terry
  11. Ted, Blake, and Isaac Lieb
  12. Steve Ritter
  13. Roy Zengerle
  14. Zack Elmer

Let Randy know at randywrowley@gmail.com (his preference) or 512-922-2484 if you would like to be added to this rotation.  Individuals added after 9/17/20 will be added to the bottom of the rotation.  Let Randy know if you have any questions.

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