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 

cloudy with S to SE winds to 20 with light front Wednesday PM with up to 60% chance of rainto weekend WNW winds Saturday PM to Sunday AM clearing and sunny SE winds most of next week.Second half of South Zone Duck Hunting resumes to Jan. 29th , 2017 N winds lower tide levels with good water exchange after last weeks full moon
Consider getting out of boat, mid week and hunt for a big single reds and trout 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. .. . Water cooling to low 50*s from significant fronts last 2 weeks, and clearing out algae.. with Tides normal ...ICWW fish on edges reported late afternoons . Keep the holiday spirit alive on the flats....spread out and be courteous of others on THE water!! ( not YOUR water)

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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