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 grass / 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 deceptively deep sand corrugations on beach fronts drag behind you only the fly 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: Summer Sightcasting begins around 8 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, fish slow and erratic..... 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, lee shorelines and isolated sand flats

Inshore temperature: 55 Degrees F

Offshore temperature: 72 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/ tan/gray 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, San antonio or BUSH IAH

Person Fishing in a stream

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 (>10') 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 9;00 to 3:00 and be ready to add 3' of extra fluoro 12# tippet and take some 3 to 4" grizzy seaducers ( a.k.a. Roadkills in #2/4) for picky fish, going 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 White shrimp flies, tan streamers, and small olive crab patterns matching what is hatching over last month...go to dark flies/ black/ olive purple / grizzly on picky fish

7-Day Forecast

NEW Mandatory "kill switch" ON operator's body when boat is moving faster than headway speeds devastating Arctic cold front last week with 17* and 20* evenings shut down fishing and sent fish to deep water to wait it out...Significant game fish and bait losses more fish may float up with warming weather. please limit your kill as temps come back.... guides seeing more live fish than dead but Spring TPW net sampling will give an idea of storm's impact Sunny then partly cloudy with SE Winds early week with showers and light N winds to 15 thursday with rain and AM lows in mid 60*s... please avoid stressed stunned fish and give them time to recover and get an appetite before fishing them use TPW Operation Game Thief 800 792 4263 for any folks hassling game fish trying to right themselves Tides just below normal with new water in with SE winds for most of next 10 days with full moon this Saturday..before storm: Skiff fishing and wading good to mid-day look to small.tan and white shrimp patterns for targets and mud and sand holes....use larger seaducers for prospecting pot holes , drop offs and ambush points , trout to 27" on tan or gray large seaducers (1/0 and up) with little or no weight NOTE: most TX restaurants open for to go orders or 50% capacity dine in,..Port O' Connor boat ramps open. . look for reds on grass flats near drop offs plus Bayoucous I., Grass I., and Whitaker's when sun gets up....reports of good fish in Fishpond and Greens Bayou area along with Seadrift flats . Best bet for reds and big trout may be from wading, fish mid / late day, fish working on small shrimp and sheepshead minnows...consider Coast Guard flat , Decros, and Green's Bayou shorelines, plus outside of Pringle to Lighthouse cove on SE winds . look at ICWW edges and Dewberry shoreline on light W to NE winds Scattered larger reds on flats edges mid-day to late with warming water Check ICWW edges on mid -week days with low barge traffic for fish on ditch shoulders....please release large trout ( typically over 22" are female as they got work to do, croaking trout are males and usually under 21"... with 5 trout per day; and only one female trout per angler over 25" / day, now in effect on full Texas coast (finally) NOTE: Aransas National Wildlife Refuge closed to ALL inland boat traffic 8/22/ 17 until further notice and close annually for Whooping Cranes in ANWR from October 15 to April 15th 2021. Birds are here, please do not disturb them with boat and boat noise in and near refuge. TX South Zone of Duck season ended Sunday Jan. 31st 2021 be aware of duck hunters, blinds and decoy spreads

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