Gulf Coast - Rockport, Texas Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Gulf Coast - Rockport, Texas Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Occasionally check hook points, loop knots, and loosening rod sections, and WORK! A bit of late afternoon grinding just might produce that "spotted gray sub" of the season on cork, foam and deer hair topwaters CONCENTRATE ! Theses girls don't come easy or often, but it makes it that much better when it comes together!! Take boat or kayak NOISE out of your stalk..... when winds are high, look for clear to slightly off color lee shorelines, walk slow and make the first cast count. Make sure running line is instantly transferred to rod hand's forefinger for ASAP skinny-water eats, while prospecting!! More importantly, if the first cast is off, QUIETLY pick up line leader and fly and put on future path of fish. Hold slow sinking flies in path until fish comes and then twitch them AWAY from fish. Be mindful of early AM long shadows that you cast from boat , while covering water., you don;t have to pole from platform early if fish are spooking off your taller approach ..pole from the deck for lower profile and shorter AM shadows
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Gulf Coast is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Swan Point Landing Outfitters

Fishing conditions: . go to 2-3' of 15# flurocarbon tippet off nylon leaders, for better sink rate and less visibility. Get out and walk when high winds make your boat or kayak a noisy liabililty WIth low sun go to shallower flats and look for waking or tailing fish, V shaped tails are mullet from finger size 3" to 18" "horse" mullet...... large bodied wakes or "mud stirs" usually kicked up by gamefish....

Inshore temperature: 85 Degrees F

Offshore temperature: 87 Degrees F

Type of bait fish are feeding on: Despite a good drop of blue crabs with the rain in May '15 and 2016, finger mullet and small white shrimp will be main course thru early summer months, while fish still eating well-cast, dark crabs in black, olive and brown (2-4) Cover water blind, early with large white baitfish patterns and sight cast with smaller versions / seaducers and go to crabs if fish get picky....clearing water asks for fluoro tippets and consider, leaders up to 12' w/ 12>16# fluoro tippets on calm mornings walking down wind

Fish species: Redfish, sea trout, tarpon, mackeral jack crevalle

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

Nearest airport: Corpus Christi, Tx

Gulf Coast, Rockport Description

Located just north of Corpus Christi, Tx. Known for it's vast shallow flats that run north and south and to the east towards the gulf. Super shallow running boats are required to fish this area and some areas (Redfish Bay) are protected from prop scarring. Redfish and speckled trout are the primary targetts in this area. In the late summer, ladyfish, Tarpon, Jack crevalle, spanish and king mackeral are ...

Techniques & Tips

Use large streamers and slow topwaters early before floating grass picks up... move to sight-casting mode with rising sun around 7:30 to 4:00.... Get OUT of the boat when you have bait and know fish are there, Check white sand/ grass flats mid-day for cruising, sunning trout with long leaders (up to 12' and 12#) and small wtd flies (Blind Chicken, White, gray, and ginger bead-eye seaducers, grass shrimp size 2-4) and small dark ( #4 black, dark olive, and purple) crabs...stay with picky, spooked fish until they are out of range, go to small grizzly, tan, and black flies on picky (full Moon) fish

7-Day Forecast

New "KIll switch" rule in effect for boat operators at faster than headway speeds for 2019/2020 hot sunny and breezy w/ winds 15 to 20 out of S to SE Tides below normal, falling out late day despite steady SE winds scattered storms move thru early next week high water and haze hampering sight casting efforts, fish showing on sheet grass , normally dry land will fall off as tide recedes NOTE: TX restaurants may set up for to go orders/ pick up and 50% dine in capacity...as of June .Aransas Cty boat ramps, St. Charles, Cove Harbor N and S, and Conn Brown are back open along with Goose Is. S. P. boat ramp open with Hampton's Landing in Aransas Pass /San Patricio county check Port Aransas and Rockport edge flats and channel edges on mid-week walks for large reds and big single trout,, tan toads, seaducers and kwans working well on sight casting reds with trout to 25" on large streamers/ seaducers Jackfish are here and Spanish Macks on rocks, so tarpon cannot be far behind, get your 10 to 12 weights ready!! Blind cast early in drop offs to deeper water (3') before moving in shallow to sight-casting mode after 0800 w/ tan, slow sinking flies on first half of cloudy mornings gurglers and small deer hair flies later in day with active shallow water fish . blindcasting grinders on overcast AM water near ICWW, small to 25" reds podding up in grassy lakes, feeding on small white shrimp... getting trout to +25" on White, tan, and lt pink seaducers..check. Port Aransas' South Jetty access may be crowded with dredge pipe consider wading to lower profile going thru shallow lakes and skinny flats, lots of low salinity sea grass growing and hampering access...... consider tapered leaders 12# to 16# fluoro tippet in clear water.. poling from deck, will lower early AM profile and shadow lengths try early AM top water and mid-water for trout to mid 20"s on seaducers + cork, foam, or deer topwaters ... .please fight fish to be released quickly, and gently release large female trout (Males grunt when held and most trout over 21" are females) fish have been finicky with good anglers grinding out a dozen fish with many refusals.try black / purple on picky reds. please avoid running shorelines to find fish...,if you ease in and drift out of flats, there will be fish there most of the time please boat, paddle, and wade with caution as many landmarks, duck blinds, markers, and buildings on/ near water . try tan, olive, and black crab, seaducers, clousers sizes 4, 2 and 1 and go to all grizzly "roadkills" for picky fish...cover water with baitfish patters to 2/o with or w/o weight on low water near drop offs and ICWW..check ICWW edges late for fish crawling up to warm and eat on low barge traffic days The ANWRefuge is CLOSED to inland boat traffic since 8/27 /17 with whooping cranes here 10/15 to April 15 2020 The Refuge whooping cranes wintering here with young birds at ANWR please avoid kicking up these birds in refuge edge lakes near ICWW with your boat / activity.. most 2019-2020 birds have left north for summer.


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