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In response to my previous posts about the hurricane debirs littering the Port O'Connor shorelines, Hookset Marine Gear pledged some cash to assist in the effort. Check it out:

Curtiss,

POC is our home away from home, and while we were truly relieved to have been missed by this storm, we realize that a nice mess was left in it's wake. We do not have a ton of time to help with the clean up down there, but I'd like to help out in some way.

Hookset Marine Gear will pay for the first $50 in fuel used for your clean up effort. Let me know the easiest way to get this to you.

Thanks for your hard work.

Chris Yost
Hookset Marine Gear
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www.hooksetgear.com
email: [email protected]

Many thanks go out fishnlab w/ Hookset and others who have contacted me in regards to the cleanup efforts.

What about an EQUINOX?

The Fall or Autumnal Equinox occurs on September 22 or 23 and the Spring or Vernal Equinox occurs between March 19 and 21. The dates depend on the earths position in a given year in the Northern Hemisphere. An EQUINOX, meaning equal night, has for thousands of years played an important role in astronomy, religion, as well as many traditions and rituals.

In the future I plan to write in more details the effects of how and why, but for now I'll explain what it means to me as an angler. You can count on at least two weeks in the spring and up to four weeks in the fall of higher water levels. I mark my calendar each year and plan to fish as much as possible because the catching really kicks up a few notches.



I went to POC Thursday and much of the debris I saw last weekend is gone. The additional 14" of water that showed up in the last couple of days due to the EQUINOX has dispersed much of it. Some has now been washed above the normal high tide water lines into the mangroves and onto many salt flats that are normally dry. I assume that much of the debris is now water logged or pushed onto areas farther away from POC proper by the strong NE winds and push of water.

The first feeder creek going into Mule closest to the Pass was loaded with a large amount of plastic including trash cans, buckets and so forth, enough to load the Beavertail 4-5 times. Thursday all we cleaned up in there was larger pieces, enough for one boatload. I found two large heavy plastic trash cans with the prop idling through the cut, the motor kicked them up enough where we could get them out to the shoreline. I'm afraid that when the plug is pulled on the high waters in 3-4 weeks there is going to be lots of trash to run over.

Between the Pass and Fish Pond there was floating wood and semi-submerged pilings bobbing in the waves. We loaded much of it or tied off and drug larger pieces up to several areas of the shoreline to keep the weekenders from damaging their boats and throwing their kids off the bow.

I have not been, but I've heard that the beach on the outside of the island is thickly covered- pieces of boats, a Nissan Pathfinder, wood of all shapes & sizes and massive amounts of plastic including enough 5-gallon buckets to bail out Matagorda Bay, LOL.


Along with my offer, my volunteer strung a half limit of solid trout on a short wade before we picked up the debris. Our cleanup effort was cut short because he had a family emergency come up, we managed a few hours of effort. We did not get the amount completed as planned, but there is still plenty of debris out there for future trips. I plan to do some of the same in other areas like, Saluria, Mitchells, Big Bayou, Sunday Beach Cove and shorelines adjacent to major tidal flow. Headed back down in a couple of hours and plan to pile up some more this weekend after charters.

I'll keep you informed on what is going on, thanks for your concern- Curtiss Cash

 

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