Welcome to another “Around The Forum”…well…”Day On The Water”…well maybe it was a “Tips and Tricks”?
Heck I don’t know what to call it, all I know is JC Gwynne the “Amistad Man” gave me so much Great Video it was hard to pick just one, So I’ll call this one a HUGE Post with Tons of Great Video’s and Pictures.
On Thursday November 11th, My self and Three other TFF’ers Bryan,Vince and Mark ( Mark is last since he has UT ties  ) headed to Lake Amistad to fish and follow one of if not the BEST Amistad Bass Guide, JC Gwynne.
The trip plan was to Fish Thursday afternoon just us four and then Bryan and I would fish with JC on Friday with Vince and Mark following and fishing in Vince’s boat. Saturday Bryan would fish with JC by himself in the Anglers Lodge Bass Club, not sure about the correct name though.
Anytime you book a Guide trip with out knowing or meeting a Guide it’s always a little nerve racking thinking about how is he’s going to be with his boat, will he be cool with us, will he be a good teacher…Ect…Ect.
I had only talked to JC on the phone leading up to the trip, but had done my home work and had nothing but good things reported to me, I even had a couple Elite Series Guys, one being Chad Griffin tell me we would have a blast with JC and wouldn’t regret it and his knowledge of Amistad was almost un matched.
We get down to Amistad about 2pm Thursday and we 4 take Vince’s boat out and stick a few fish, one being the weekend Big Bass (5.3) by Mark, and a few really nice Jig Fish. Bryan Would catch the first bass of the day and that would prove to be his trend for the weekend, after all the fishing was done, Bryan would set more first and Personal records than you can Dream For.
Now, lets skip to Friday Morning, I’m walking up to the Tackle shop at Anglers Lodge and I see a man talking to some anglers in front of the shop. At first I was going to ask Larry The Cable Guy for his Auto Graph, as I was almost 100% sure that’s who it was, then I noticed a hand full of lures and a noticed he was talking about the fishing. That’s when I realized it was JC.
Instantly he greeted us, and made us feel as we were old friends, I see why people say JC never meets a stranger. He walked us through what the day should hold and what to expect. We load up in the 2 trucks and boats and head to a Ramp about 20 minutes away and start What would become a Trip That Me, Bryan,Vince, and Mark will never forget.
I had over 6.5 hours of Video’s to go through and 100 Pictures, sorry it took so long to get up but when you have that much AWESOME footage you have to really pick it over.
JC and Bryan,,here is yall's Intro Video.......
So what are we waiting for lets get started with 1 of the 29 video’s I have for you.
Here we are on the way down to Amistad, watch the end as we are all acting like little kids when we see the lake.
This was the night before we meet JC and Mark sticks his 5.3 at the end of the video.
We meet JC and he talks about the day.
We get to the first spot and JC talks about what we are going to do, and tells Mark and Vince about a good spot across the way. Watch JC's first cast and watch him retie the Jerk bait at the end.
Here they are catching more Jerk Bait fish....WATCH THE 5:00 mark as JC will get a lesson from the Big Man up stairs..I still Laugh. Bryan also catches his First Ever Jerk Bait Fish.
Bryan catches his First Ever C-Rig fish and JC talks about the New Tornado Color...I also loose a good fish
More of Bryan catching fish
LOL..JC sticks fish..Fish gets hung up...Bryan Sticks fish...Jc's fish comes out to see Bryans Fish...Double Fish Land... Great Video
JC Talks about Amistad Water Clearity, and bed fishing
JC Catches nice Chunk
This is a video of us leaving the first spot heading to the Mexico side of Amistad, look at the Cannon we are in.
Moving into Mexico
Just a Goofy Video, I had to add
A video for the nature lovers, sorry for being shaky but that Bird was a WAYS away.
This video will show you how clear the water is....check this out.
JC talking about water Clearity
Another run in the Cannon.
JC Talks about Keys to changing baits...
This was Friday Night, after being out with JC...Watch the end it will crack you up watching Mark and Vince go at it.
Mark and Vince, want some camera time also and stick a couple fish.
Saturday morning, the day Bryan will fish his First Ever Tournament in the boat with JC.
Now here are some video's or Me, Mark and Vince having some fun fishing and man if these don't hurt your sides from laughing nothing will..
I want to thank Vince for taking the Camera and shooting me with on of my fish, had a lot of fun and wanted to get this one on video.
Awww, Mark caught a cute fish...I think first of the day but who's counting also watch the end when he sticks a real trunk of a fish.
Weigh In at the Bass Club Tournament that JC and Bryan fished.
GREAT VIDEO ON HOW TO BLEED THE AIR BLADDER, A MUST WATCH...
Here we go Bryan First ever Weigh-In and look what he Brings out.....Good enough for 2nd overall and second Big Bass
JC and Bryan give us a Tournament Recap.
I want to really thank JC and the Time he donated to us for these video's. Here is JC thanking his sponsors...please take a minute and watch these, to say thanks to JC. Heck watch the DEER in the video
Good job. Glad you guys had lots of fun. Amistad is my kind of place!
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Loc: River Oaks/Quitman TX
We had a great time down there. Vince and Mark were the subject of much laughter, and Casey was just as funny with his middle of night, early morning candy addiction.
Amistad is a great fishery, and I plan on going back down there come springtime/spawn. JC sold me hook line and sinker on the lake. As of this moment, I'll be going down with an empty backseat on the boat. I'm sure that spot can be filled easy enough. It would be great to see a big group of TFF members all head down at the same time come spawn season and just fill up Anglers Lodge. I know they'll be glad to see us, and anyone that goes with JC will see he is just as glad to have us down there.
Us 4 had a great time together, and if next time we get more I'm sure we'll have even more fun. One condition, we do NOT go to the Mr. Gatti's in Del Rio!
Loc: Del Rio/Amistad
hi ya'll, well I had a blast with casey and the boys. I was so happy Brian was able to be successful with new things as well as breaking his personal best. I was a little dissapointed when we did not get a huge fish on film, however you cant catch them everyday, but I hope this shows you can still have a great time on Amistad while hunting for the giants.
Awares, normally on a paying trip with clients, I will catch one or two to show the client that the fish are there and catchable, and then set my rod down and focus on the clients. Some clients choose to have me keep fishing as they learn visually and prefer to watch how I present the baits, I accomadate each client per there diffrent preferences
Well guys enjoy the videos, and if you have any questions about the lake please feel free to give me a call at your convenience.
JC is great and very forthcoming with info(spot on info as well)...we were down there for the tx bass couples tourney and when i told him i hadn't fished there since 03 he gave me some SOLID advice on depth and what color and size tornado was the ticket for that time...too bad they only had 2 bags left!
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Brandon, As you can see by the videos I was having to run the boat so 3 to 4 guys could fish, get them all untangled all the time, and try to keep up with the how many fish I was catching. Casey said we had to keep count....problem is when your catching so...oooo many more then the other guys its hard to keep up. They got me flustered and I mis-counted. I really only had 13. But I had a great weekend! Thurs night caught 8, Friday caught 23, and Sat caught 13. My largest was only 4lbs. My best catch was Sat morning when I hooked Mark in the arse w/ my jerkbait. Good times. Vince
It was dark-thirty when Mark hooked his fish. I was suprised you could even see the video. But, Casey can work magic w/ that video camera so I wouldn't be surprised if did get some good stills. I believe Casey is at Rayburn (my second favorite lake) this weekend. Can't wait to see how they did.
Loc: DFW , Texas , USA
JC is a heck of a guide to put Casey on that many fish! Man that is a lot of film and good times. Looks like Yall had a Hoot fishing with Mark and Vince. Brian had all those fishing Firsts to make his trip even more special.
Great job guys!! Took me quite a bit of time to watch all of the videos!! I was tickled to see Brian have a trip to remember all his life!! JC can definitely put you on some fish on Amistad. Anglers Lodge is the only place to stay while you're there!
Loc: Del Rio/Amistad
Thanks, everyone for all the great comments. Casey did a great job as always and can make anyone look good. I also must say I had a blast fishing with everyone. Mark and vince where great guys as well as great sticks. I look forward to trying to convince Casey to come down and see me in the spring.
As Always if I can be of any help to you on the big blue please feel free to give me a call.
Loc: River Oaks/Quitman TX
JC you deserve them! It's going to be hard for any guided trip I take in the future to stack up to the fun we all had there on Amistad!
If anyone is planning on going down there and considering a guided trip, I urge you to book JC. Good times all around and a great learning experience. If I could have had teachers like that in school, I would have paid more attention! lol
I am coming to Amistad for 6 days the last part of march first part of april. I have never been there. I might be interested in a trip to learn. could you send me some info on a trip with you then? firstname.lastname@example.org
Loc: Del Rio/Amistad
Tx77091, I tried to email you right now and it comes back undeliverable. The best way for me to answer your questions as well as learn what kind of trip your looking for as well as your expectations. Please feel free to give me a call on my cell at your convenience. My number is (830)719-9006
Loc: Del Mar N.San Diego county
Good news, his phone was still good, answer machine still says he's guiding, and his business is still called Cast Away Guide Service. God bless you buddy, glad to hear you're still at it. Might see you soon, planning on hitting a bunch of those great lakes again soon. MS