Gulf Coast - Port O'Connor

Tip of the week 
Techniques 

.Keep eyes out for big single trout on early AM sand near drop offs... 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 have extra fluoro 12# tippet and some 3 to 4" grizzy seaducers (2/4) for picky fish, Get out of boat and walk on windy days with scudding clouds/ sun

Seven-day forecast 

Cloudy and gusting winds with, up to 70% rain this Thursday to next Wednesday, then clearing SE winds Rough conditions tough on sight casting, consider getting out of boat and walk to take boat noise, approach angle, and line maintenance issues out of the equation Try tan and olive crabs and clousers on fish on sand go to gray black and olive flies if white and chartreuse don't work Look for big trout on shallow sand / grass flats with small males in her area.. water approaching 80* as folks still look to surf and jetty for first tarpon of the spring

Conditions 

Winter.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 Spring good time to stick a large trout on island edges and isolated sand flats

Must Have Flies 
Cowen's Baitfish Natural ginger 1 2 4 Buy from Orvis.com
Tarpon Toad Black purple and whi 1/0 Buy from Orvis.com
Clouser Minnow Olive and white, 2 Buy from Orvis.com
Grand Slam Crab olive 2 Buy from Orvis.com
Skipping Bug Popper copper silver 2/0 to 4/0 Buy from Orvis.com
Swan Point Landing
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