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Lydia Ann FlyMasters 8th. Annual Tournament Announced

| August 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

Start preparing for this year’s Lydia Ann Fly Masters Tournament.

Lydia Ann Fly Masters TournamentWe have the date set, venue secured and web site up to date and ready for registrations. This year marks our 8th annual tournament and we are excited to kick things off for another fabulous year!

Due to some scheduling conflicts, we have decided to move this year’s event a little later in the year, on October 28th.  This edges up to one of my favorite times of year to fish the Texas coast and should provide cooler weather and excellent fishing.  After experiencing the upgrades that Redfish Willie’s made at last year’s tournament, we are pleased once again to have secured their private pavilion for this year’s dinner and awards ceremony.  If you haven’t been by there lately and didn’t make last year’s tournament, be sure to stop in and check out their new set up!

Below are a few things I wanted to share on how each of you can help make this tournament even better than year’s past:

  • Volunteer opportunities: This tournament belongs to each and every one of us that has participated over the past seven years.  We want to get more people involved in the tournament to help spread the workload and to give everyone an opportunity to support CfR even further.  The biggest area of support we need is to help solicit donations from fly shops, venders and corporate sponsors.  We can also always use a hand on site for Late Check-In and on tournament day.  If you are interested in helping out, please send me an email  at [email protected] or call/text me at (210) 885-3730 and we can find the best spot for you to help.
  • Spread the Word: I know many of you are on different blogs, work for different companies, are members of different clubs, visit many local fly shops and run in circles of other fly fishing addicts.  Please help spread the word about the tournament to anyone you can think of that might be interested.
  • Save the Date: Of course, the tournament wouldn’t be what it is without all of your support over the past seven years.  Be sure to put this year’s event on your calendar!  We look forward to seeing each and every one of you again this year.

END NOTES

REDFISH WILLIE’S – Here is your link to: Redfish Willie’s website.

PAST STORIES – Here is your link to: Past Stories on Port Aransas and Lydia Ann Tournament.

TPWD – Here is your link to: the TPWD website / Port Aransas

CITY OF PORT ARANSAS – Here are your links to: More Port Aransas and Tourism Port Aransas.

This tournament is in Port Aransas / Aransas Pass Texas. October 28 is actually a pretty fantastic time of year for Texas redfish! I will be checking the tide charts and report those here later — CHECK THE COMMENTS for that follow up!

2016 Lydia Ann Fly Masters Tournament

| August 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

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Lydia Ann Fly Masters Tournament Port Aransas Texas

PRESS RELEASE

Fellow Anglers,

It is time once again to start preparing for this year’s Lydia Ann Fly Masters Tournament.  We have the date set, venue secured and web site up to date and ready for registrations.

This year promises to be even better than the last six year’s events and should be an extra special tournament that you will definitely want to attend.  In addition to the new faces we expect, the regulars who have supported us from the beginning and a great excuse to get out fishing, you will certainly want to check out the improvements that Redfish Willie’s has made to their restaurant.  If you haven’t been by there lately, be sure to stop in and check out their new $70K pavilion they recently completed and have graciously allowed us to use for this year’s tournament!

Below are a few things I wanted to share on how each of you can help make this tournament the best ever:

–          Volunteer opportunities: This tournament belongs to each and every one of us that has participated over the past six years.  We want to get more people involved in the tournament to help spread the workload and to give everyone an opportunity to support CfR even further.  The biggest area of support we need is to help solicit donations from fly shops, venders and corporate sponsors.  We can also always use a hand on site for Late Check-In and on tournament day.  If you are interested in helping out, please send me an email  at [email protected] or call/text me at (210) 885-3730 and we can find the best spot for you to help.

–          Spread the Word: I know many of you are on different blogs, work for different companies, are members of different clubs, visit many local fly shops and run in circles of other fly fishing addicts.  Please help spread the word about the tournament to anyone you can think of that might be interested.

–          Save the Date: Of course, the tournament wouldn’t be what it is without all of your support over the past six years.  Be sure to put this year’s event on your calendar!  We look forward to seeing everyone again this year.

Details for this year’s tournament are below:

www.lydiaannflymasters.com

Date: Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016

Location: Redfish Willie’s Waterfront Grill at Redfish Bay Boat House,

Conn Brown Harbor, 322 Huff Street, Aransas Pass, TX

Format: Fly Fishing, Catch & Release Only, Separate Divisions for Boats and Kayaks

Cost: Early Registration (September 23rd or before) – $65 per angler / division

Late Registration (Sept. 24th – Sept. 30th) – $75 per angler / division

The registration site is now live, so feel free to sign up online!  

This makes things much easier on the tournament staff!

More details will be distributed as we get closer to the tournament date and as always, we will keep the website and facebook page updated on a regular basis.

Feel free to reach out with any questions you have.

Tight Lines!
Rob

Rob Burlingame

(210) 885-3730 cell

[email protected]

 

PUBLISHER NOTE : I have more articles about Port Aransas, and things to do there that will help sway your thinking – thinking about doing this tournament this year! Let me know if you want to read those, and I will make sure you get them in your e-mail in-box. Don’t pass THIS ONE up.

Danny Scarborough Reports on the Lydia Ann Flymasters Tournament This Year

| October 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

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texas redfish on fly lydia ann flymasters tournament courtesy houstonflyfishing

REPORT & PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY DANNY SCARBOROUGH at HoustonFlyFishing.com.

This year, the Lydia Ann Flymasters was a lot nicer fishing out of Tim Boones East Cape Skiff. Reds were scattered, but we managed to find some along grass lines and in the back lakes. Tim started the day off with a 21-incher busting bait in the middle of a back lake. We went even further back spooking some and missing a shot or two. Finally in the last corner of the lake I spotted one cruising on the bottom. I could barely make it out but dropped a fly in front of him and he inhaled it.

texas redfish on fly lydia ann flymasters tournament courtesy houstonflyfishing

After a great fight I got a decent 24-inch redfish on the board. We ran over to another spot and poled a shoreline. Ran into a school eating tight to the grass line. After a few cast i connected but it was short lived. The school didn’t break up and gave me another shot. Hooked up again and actually got a fight out him but yet again he came unbuttoned.

Since the redfish were so scattered and we both had fish on the board, we figured we load up and run over to the jetties in search of poon (tarpon) or anything for the open species fish. We lauched out of Tarpon Shore, which is called something else now, and hauled to the jetties.

Water was a little too choppy in the channel but we were able to fish the south side of the North jetty. After a few bumps I hooked a Spanish mackerel (smack) and was quickly reminded how fast and fun those guys can be. Got him to the boat and put a 16-inch smack on the board. After teasing the rocks a little longer and have no luck we ran over to the beach side of the south jetty.

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We were greeted by the most beautiful water I’ve ever seen in Texas. I mean clear and blue almost Florida like. We teased the rocks there and worked over to the beach which was flat. We were able to sightfish the the second and third gut only picking up a small jack. Shortly after we had to run back and weigh in.

The event had a great turnout and some solid fish were caught with a 27-inch red winning the boat division. We finished the evening off with fish stories, some good food and of course some beers.

NOTE – My personal thanks to Danny Scarborough at www.houstonflyfishing.com for the report from the Lydia Ann Flymasters Tournament. It’s held annually at Port Aransas, Texas, and has divisions for boat, kayak, and if I recall correctly, wade fishermen — all on fly, and CPR (catch-photograph-release).

Lydia Ann Fly Masters Tournament Results 2013

| August 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

I finally found the results of the Lydia Ann Fly Masters Tournament on their website! It doesn’t help much to know that I had a winning “Open Species – Kayak Division” fish, also a skipjack, that I didn’t even bother to measure. All in all, you can see size was on the small side for redfish (yeah, that doesn’t make my day any better either). Scroll down and feast your eyes on the “Boat – Open Species” … a 37.5″ tarpon. Yeah, I gotta’ get a boat.

Results of the LMFFA MAGOO Tournament were e mailed promptly, and I will run those soon as well.

Below are the results of the 2013 Lydia Ann Fly Masters Tournament:

Gross Dollars Raised: $8,400
Net Dollars Raised: $6,640
Total Dollars Raised (2009-2013): $22,640

Number of Kayak Anglers: 19
Number of Boat Anglers: 47
Number of Female Anglers: 10 (included in total of 66)

2013 TOURNAMENT WINNERS:

REDFISH – KAYAK DIVISION:
1st: Ken Kahanek – 23″ Redfish
2nd: Mickey Collins – 23″ Redfish (tie broken by coin toss)
3rd: Art Roel – 19″ Redfish (tie broken by coin toss)

REDFISH – BOAT DIVISION:
1st: Jarid Malone – 23″ Redfish
2nd: Cindy Stewart – 22.5″ Redfish (tie broken by coin toss)
3rd: Lloyd Mathews – 22.5″ Redfish (tie broken by coin toss)

OPEN SPECIES – KAYAK DIVISION:
1st: Rick Burlingame – 17.5″ Skipjack
2nd: Tom Constanzo – 15.5″ Speckled Trout
3rd: Walter Laas – 15″ Skipjack

OPEN SPECIES – BOAT DIVISION:
1st: Tanner Ballew – 37.5″ Tarpon
2nd: Jaime Rangel – 22″ Black Drum
3rd: Sally Scroggs – 17.5″ Skipjack

WOMEN ANGLERS:
1st: Cindy Stewart – 22.5″ Redfish
2nd: Sally Scroggs – 17.5″ Skipjack
3rd: Anna Burlingame – 14.25″ Speckled Trout