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 

partly cloudy SE winds, clear Tuesday partly cloudy Wednesday, then PM cool front N winds to 20 clear Friday then 30 to 80& chance of rain this Saturday PM , 70% chance of rain Sunday AM N to NE winds Clearing Monday with SW winds coming around to NW and clearing Tuesday thru mid week with N winds to 15 .Second half of South Zone Duck Hunting resumes Dec. 10th to Jan. 29th , 2017
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. .. Fishing very good 10 days ago with many boats landing double digit numbers of fly caught reds.... Water cooling to low 60*s from fronts last week Tides normal on first quarter moons

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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