Gulf Coast - Rockport

Tip of the week 

Use large streamers and top water bugs get out real early, befiore sightcasting around 8:30 . Get OUT of the boat when you have bait and know fish are there, and Check white sand/ grass flats mid-day for cruising, sunning trout with long leaders (up to 12' and 12#) and small wtd flies (Blind Chicken, White, gray, and ginger bead-eye seaducers 2-4) and small dark ( #4 black and purple) crabs, well weighted doing well on lethargic fish. Lots of shots frisky fish stay with them until they are out of range, go to grizzly and black flies on picky fish

Seven-day forecast 

Significant fron Tuesday with rain, clearing Tuesday & Wed, then cold front late Saturday with >60% chance of rain and NE winds to 25, cloudy cool Monday and Tuesday as wind coes around to SE bringing rain to 50% mid-next week.. bull tides of late fall trigger large group spawn of redfish in Texas jetties and passes please release all XXL redfish to continue the process . waders and cool water lines by the end of the month
Check for calm mornings and light NE winds with chance for small boats to look outside jetty for last of small rolling fish on rocks and loose baitballs S and N of Port Aransas jetty Cooling waters pushing tarpon south the lower TX coast and then Mexico. Use 3/0 EP mullet & Peanut butter flies in black/ purple, white/ white and chart/ white 40# to 60# with 16 to 20# class tippet . Floating and sink tip lines while walking rocks, sink tips and full sinking lines fishing to rocks from skiff or kayak. Recent Reports of red tide on Port Aransas jetty and beach front easing as wind moves it down gulf coast to SPI..
Occasional XXL red popping up within casting distance of jetty but not reliable. Use lightly wtd. toad-style in tan, white, black, Olive, or Tan/ kwan style flies (2" to 4") working on red fish on flats.. Go to longer leaders( 12' w/ 12# fluoro tippet) on calm, sunny mid- day walks working downwind and down sun keep eyes peeled for large trout , play and release quickly, they have more important work to do! Get out of boats and kayaks on windy partly cloudy days, take boat noise and footprint out of your stalk! Go to smaller dark flies (black olive purple) on indifferent fish if theyflare on white , chartreuse Check out FLAC (friends of the Lydia ANN Channel) to weigh in on the " barge garage" mooring station, stacking up barges and tugs on east side of St. Joe Island with options to moor on Lighthouse side of channel not ruled out without any public review or EIS. First split of Texas Duck hunting season began last weekend, carry binoculars and be wary of approaching duck blinds with decoy sets, be courteous and give some space early and late Fish eating well as water cools and clears, even with the extra water in bays since last 2 full moons


. Redfish medium to good with drifting lure fisherman picking up trout to 20" on grass flats. go to 2-3' of 15# flurocarbon tippet off nylon leaders, for better sink rate and less visibility. Get out and walk when high winds make your boat or kayak a noisy liabililty WIth low sun go to shallower flats and look for waking or tailing fish, V shaped tails are mullet from finger size 3" to 18" "horse" mullet

Must Have Flies 
Swan Point Landing

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