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 

Cool possible rainTuesday AM then sunny clearing, cold AMs to 70* with N winds to 25 with 90% chance of rain Friday PM and all Saturday the clear sunny N to light varianble winds ntil next Thursday Tides low to normal from stout N winds and full moon 10 days ago slow down retrieves, fish noon to late and focus. Time to check afternoons on POC's ICWW edges on sunny days 2-3 after fronts + Dewberry and Shoalwater bay shorelines on sunny NE to NW winds
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 clearing as it cools good reports of double digit fish days early this week with fish eating most colors Second split of South TX Duck Hunting season ended Sunday Jan 24th

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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