Gulf Coast - Port O'Connor

Tip of the week 
Techniques 

.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 (>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 be ready to add extra fluoro 12# tippet and some 3 to 4" grizzy seaducers (2/4) for picky fish, goin 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

Seven-day forecast 

Windy hot and partly cloudy with 10%of rain, SSE 10 to 20 thru Weekend with 40% chance of rain and storms all of early Next Week tides currently back to normal with big water swings after full moon last week...
Consider getting out of boat, mid week and hunt for a big single reds and trout, try a walk to take boat noise, approach angle, and line maintenance issues out of the equation... Try tan and olive seaducers, crabs and clousers with extra weight on fish on sand go to gray and black and olive flies if white and chartreuse don't work., moving to all grizzly 'roadkill" seaducers for picky fish .. ...ICWW fish on edges reported late afternoons . spread out and be courteous of others on THE water Scattered Jackfish reports on big water edges, dust off the 10 weight and have it easy access,, NOW thru Halloween; if you have to dig it out, of rod rack may be too late.... Jetty tarpon showing on Matagorda jetty look to full, slow sinking lines or 10" sink tips on 10 wt and bigger rods, flies 2/0 to 4/0), white, chart black/ purple and tan or light gray for clear water,,,, Big bull reds to 45" and jacks on full sinking lines near Matagorda jetty most of last week... and good shots at tarpon all along front beach from E Matagorda down to Cedar bayou cut and solid trout in second and third guts for flat surf wade fisherman.. Large fish seen off 3rd bar on beachfront, South of POC... use slow sinking intermediate lines and purple/ black flies in +3/0... consider staking out, waves permitting, and let fish come to you, rather than running them down and blowing up strings of fish for others...most 2016-2017 TX fishing licenses will expire 8/31/17, so re-up!
Please write a letter to Robert.macdonald@tpwd.texas.gov to express support of new proposed Oyster regulations for 2017-2018!!

Conditions 

Late Winter / Spring.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 Winter to early Spring is a 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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