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 8:300 to 4:00 and have extra tippet and some grizzy seaducers (2/4) for picky fish

Seven-day forecast 

SE winds to 25 w/ up to 40% chance of rain Wednesday, with sunny and winds less than 20 all next week Throw and pull large flies into potholes and draining creeks faliing into ICWW early before sun up.. Captain Jack Campbell is using 3" white rabbit streamers in pass and Jetty .Try large hair bugs, gurglers and quiet poppers later over 1.5' to 3' deep of afternoon, grass flats on cloudy days Tarpon picking up at all locations as winds lay down.... go to finer fluoro shock tippet 40# to 60#s to get bite on smaller resident tarpon , large tarpon reported caught on fly in last ten days over 170#

Conditions 

Look for crawling fish early as.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.. Low tides and calm winds but no sun to see fish, other than waking fish....... Scattered big fish showing on edge flats late with large flies and slow sinking lines. go to longer leaders (10' to 12') and fluoor tippets as needed . Winter time is a great time to stick a big trout, go in quie,t in stealth mode and throw slow sinking flies 2-6" seaducers in white, gray, tan ginger with wtd. eyes to match the water depth. !

Must Have Flies 
Puglisi Finger Mullet, Black Tail 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
Puglisi Finger Mullet, Black Tail wh/ white 2/0 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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