Gulf Coast - South Padre Island, Texas Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Gulf Coast - South Padre Island, Texas Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
On calm, early to mid- day walks as water warm and sun gets higher, go to longer leaders (up to 12') to keep flyline's belly away from laid up, skinny water fish. Consider a 6 or seven weight for walks .. Try Slow, quiet top waters (deer hair, foam) on afternoon cruising fish on clean shorelines then grizzly seaducers with mono or small bead chain eyes w/ little to NO flash (size 2 and smaller).... move to larger tan, griz, ginger or gray seaducers fishing from skiff , proactively hitting potholes at end of your casting range The shallower the water, go less noisy on topwater retrieves, but keep them moving,try to mimic local mullet activity and movements.... Time to try larger topwaters / big seaducers/ clousers early over 2-3' grass flats near ICWW before sun gets high enough to sight cast, and floating grass kicks in, the same with East cut at Port Mansfield...trout to 28" on edges of ICWW before the Arroyo.... Try to stay with redfish that may have refused your first cast until they are out of range , they could forget 20 seconds later and eat.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Gulf Coast is currently Good

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Swan Point Landing Outfitters

Fishing conditions: LLM Is hypersaline 125 mile long lagoon with skinny water grass flats and an eastern white sand shoreline up to a mile wide , sliced in two by the East Cut at Port Mansfield with access to Mansfield jetty and near inshore fish, Port Isabel and Port Mansfield offer jetty fisheries for snook and tarpon with summer/ fall front of gulf front beach fish available too after temps reach 75* thru late November..

Inshore temperature: 56 Degrees F

Offshore temperature: 70 Degrees F

Type of bait fish are feeding on: The dominant bait will be the small white shrimp in Spring / summer months with mullet and crab and turns to mullet/ baitfish / sand eels patterns in the winter months. Olive kwan.-type seaducer crabs #4, along with mullet and pinfish patterns near drop-offs of the ICWW. Mud crabs in dark olive , size 4 are now common. FInger mullet 2" -4", (imitated w/ white and white / gray bead head seaducers, woolhead mullet #2 ) are prime targets on potholes, prop scars and drop-offs (blind casting situations)....try white and/ or chartreuse flies (easier to see at 30 to 60' intercept points) until fish refuse, then go to tan, tan/ white, GINGER, grizzly, BLACK and gray in all patterns and sink rates....

Fish species: Redfish, sea trout, snook, black drum sheepshead tarpon mackeral

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

Nearest airport: Harlingen TX or Brownsville, TX

Person Fishing in a stream

Gulf Coast, South Padre Island Description

Located in south Texas at the tip of Texas, South Padre Island is known as the Texas Riviera

The Fishing in this area is know for its flats that run north for sixty five miles. The average water depth is 30 inches and it hyper-salinity allows large speckled Trout and large numbers of redfish to flourish. Along the jetties (Port Mansfield and Boca Chica / SPI) one can catch Jack Crevalle( 10-35#) ...

Techniques & Tips

Fish that were on batifish now turning to small white and tan shrimp and small impressionistic olive and black crabs in Spring> May> September,, Go to longer leaders and 1X to 2X fluoro for fussy,white sand fish....consider small hairbugs (#1 to #6) and small poppers on crawling fish as later afternoon The TPW 5 trout / day on lower Texas coast continues to bring better than average fish to hand....now statewide With 15" minimum and only ONE female* trout a day over 25" * most trout over 23" are females, let 'em go!

7-Day Forecast

Mandatory Kill switch regs. NOW in effect for TX boats, at faster than headway speeds for 2020 Devastating arctic blast last week with PM lows in high teens / low 20* sent fish to deep water ditches to escape killer freeze/ front with significant impact on game fish, bait, and plants freeze... time and Spring TPW net samples will tell , but people on water are finding more live fish than dead please limit your harvest and..leave stressed fish a chance to warm up and get an appetite before fishing them... on folks messing with stunned fish > TPW Operation Game Thief (800) 792 4263 partly sunny warm and windy, SE to E winds to 15 thru this weekend and first half of next week 2nd split of TX Duck season ended 1 /31/21 .a . little push of SE winds bringing some water in next two weeks with Full Moon this Saturday 2/27 try wtd. tan/ grizzly streamers and white shrimp patterns for picky mid -day redfish with trout to 29" on tan toad patterns on south side of East Cut and ICWW east edges. small to medium snook in Brownsville ship channel taking chartreuse streamers on sink tips banging the banks along with small jacks... 2nd split of South ZONE Texas Duck ended January 31st Reports of many good to XXL trout on gray seaducers 2/0, on overcast days covering edge water near ICWW


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