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 

fresh influx frrom Guadalupe R. as it returns to its banks S of HWY 35 run off continues to flow in S.Antonio Bay Clear hot and windy SE to 20 all week with NO chance of rain thru next week, Tarpon inside very slow with calm mornings now offering good potential outside for small boats to take a look at jetty, pass Cavallo and outside beachfront
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 water approaching high 80*s as tarpon are showing in usual spots and outside beach Small 3 to 4" dark flies moving fish to 100# outside Tarpon on front beach when calm enough to look outside, High winds may slow success of outside beach trips. Lots of crab activity at jetty on outgoing tide as large fish start to key on them ten weight floating lines, large flies 10' leaders to 25 tippet and quick reactions to raging top water blow ups from jacks and reds

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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