Gulf Coast - Port O'Connor

Tip of the week 
Techniques 

.Keep eyes out for big single trout on early 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 

Hot to mid 90*s and ESE winds to 20 thru early week with 40 to 60% chance of rain thru Thursday then clearing windy and S winds to 20 .. tides moving to normal with early week full moon.... Some mainland lakes may still be fresh but slowly clearing
Consider getting out of boat, mid week and hunt for a big singles 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 and black and olive flies if white and chartreuse don't work. A few reports of double digit fish days early last week with fish eating most colors on even bad casts, w/ reports of scattered jackfish and ling near jetty You need to have a ten weight and a big fly ready, quickly, for NOW thru Halloween on jacks Put this rod on the easiest rod rack to get to ASAP
Look for Matagorda jetty to pick up as water hits > 85*, with tarpon sightings on front beach to 20 miles S of pass . random reports of tarpon inside bay may slow as big fresh water from Hill country makes its way to San ANtonio and Espiritu Santo Bays Rough High winds keeping all but largest boats away from Jetty and front beach tarpon

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 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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