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 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 , hitting potholes. The shallower the water the less noisy on topwater retrieves,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 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

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
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 in 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*..

Inshore temperature: 85 Degrees F

Offshore temperature: 88 Degrees F

Type of bait fish are feeding on: The dominant bait will be the small white shrimp in Spring / summer months 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

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 also turning to small white shrimp and impressionistic olive and black crabs, Go to longer leaders and 2x fluoro for fussy white sand fish....consider small hairbugs (#1 to #6) and small poppers on crawling fish as water levels go above 60* The TPW 5 trout / day on lower Texas coast continues to bring better than average fish to hand.... and TPW has moved to a 5 trout limit on the middle Texas coast since Sept 1 2014! With 15" minimum and only one a day over 25"

7-Day Forecast

Coo front moves in Monday with +50% chance of AM rainstorms and clouds with NW to NE winds 10 to 15 through end of next week 70* with highs in high 70's tides that were way ABOVE normal with depression/ Michael in eastern GULF should fall out with N winds in the next week ....look for jackfish, mackerel reported on jetties ship channel, and ICWW edge flats and front beach tarpon up +100 lbs, up to Port Mansfield jetty and SPI front beach as water cools... have a 10 wt. rigged with large fly for jacks on flats edges and ICWW lots of smaller redfish on East side sandflats eating small clousers and white seaducers...good trout on east ICWW edges in slightly off color water... Port Mansfield good on southern spoils of East cut for redfish and trout to 26" on grizzly road kills .tides way above normal w/ steady SE winds... reports of bonus snook and tarpon hook ups for trout anglers wading near ICWW and Arroyo.....

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