Gulf Coast - Port O'Connor, Texas Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Gulf Coast - Port O'Connor, Texas Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Ease and drift into calm quiet areas SLOWLY, don't push a wake and LOOK for hard targets Rub newly tied crab and seaducer patterns in grassy mud before feeding fish, take off any smell from sun block, head cement, etc. concentrate as you walk and hunt for that one big fish, check tippet and make sure fly is tracking OK, know its sink rate and the depth of those sand corrugations. drag behind you only the line that you can cast, to the longest targets. , minimize false casts near these traveling fish especially low sky light with L O N G shadows..... BREATHE and make the first shot on laid up, pothole fish COUNT
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Gulf Coast is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Swan Point Landing Outfitters

Fishing conditions: Late Winter / Spring.Sightcasting begins around 9 AM to cruising fish, or Blindcast 2-3 foot deep flats early with wtd. large streamers until sun gets up and floating grass becomes an issue..... Scattered big fish showing on edge flats late with large flies and slow sinking lines. go to longer leaders (10' to 12') and fluoro tippets as needed Winter to early Spring is a good time to stick a large trout on island edges and isolated sand flats

Inshore temperature: 87 Degrees F

Offshore temperature: 87 Degrees F

Type of bait fish are feeding on: . Go to small easier- to-see flies in 2-4 in white or chartruese until you get refusals then go to muted tan, olive, black and nat. grizzly for picky fish in bright sun. Try small hair bugs or smaller cork bodies for active fish with their backs out of the water later in day Consider larger bead headed flies to get over fish before wind driven boat spooks the fish, Blind casting with large white sinking streamers early can be productive on flats near dropoffs, before floating grass comes up in the afternoon and late in the afternoon at warmest point of day

Fish species: Redfish, sea trout large redfish

Fishing season: January 1 - December 31 (Prime: March 1 - November 30)

Nearest airport: Houston Hobby or BUSH IAH

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Gulf Coast, Port O'Connor Description

Located 2 and 1/2 hours southwest of Houston, Tx. The waters in this area are know for the vast variety of fish. The flats that surround POC (Port OConner) are known to hold Speckled Trout and Redfish. The Deeper water in the Bays, West Matagorda and Esprito Santos hold Tarpon, Shark, Jack Cravele, and Spanish and King Mackerel.

Techniques & Tips

.Keep eyes out for big single trout on late AM sand near drop offs and potholes... On low wind conditions, proactively hit potholes from as far away as you can reach, with long leader (>9') to keep belly of line off the potholes.... Use white, ginger, tan , gray baitfish profile flies (-size 4-1/0) of various sink rates to probe potholes and drop offs. Go into sight-casting mode as sun gets up 8:30 to 4:00 and be ready to add extra fluoro 12# tippet and some 3 to 4" grizzy seaducers (2/4) for picky fish, goin with as long a leader as you can get away with on calm days, Get out of boat and walk on windy days with scudding clouds/ sun on lee shorelines

7-Day Forecast

Windy hot and partly cloudy with 10%of rain, SSE 10 to 20 thru Weekend with 40% chance of rain and storms all of early Next Week tides currently back to normal with big water swings after full moon last week... Consider getting out of boat, mid week and hunt for a big single reds and trout, try a walk to take boat noise, approach angle, and line maintenance issues out of the equation... Try tan and olive seaducers, crabs and clousers with extra weight on fish on sand go to gray and black and olive flies if white and chartreuse don't work., moving to all grizzly 'roadkill" seaducers for picky fish .. ...ICWW fish on edges reported late afternoons . spread out and be courteous of others on THE water Scattered Jackfish reports on big water edges, dust off the 10 weight and have it easy access,, NOW thru Halloween; if you have to dig it out, of rod rack may be too late.... Jetty tarpon showing on Matagorda jetty look to full, slow sinking lines or 10" sink tips on 10 wt and bigger rods, flies 2/0 to 4/0), white, chart black/ purple and tan or light gray for clear water,,,, Big bull reds to 45" and jacks on full sinking lines near Matagorda jetty most of last week... and good shots at tarpon all along front beach from E Matagorda down to Cedar bayou cut and solid trout in second and third guts for flat surf wade fisherman.. Large fish seen off 3rd bar on beachfront, South of POC... use slow sinking intermediate lines and purple/ black flies in +3/0... consider staking out, waves permitting, and let fish come to you, rather than running them down and blowing up strings of fish for others...most 2016-2017 TX fishing licenses will expire 8/31/17, so re-up! Please write a letter to Robert.macdonald@tpwd.texas.gov to express support of new proposed Oyster regulations for 2017-2018!!

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