Gulf Coast - Rockport

Tip of the week 
Techniques 

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, tan, and black flies on picky fish

Seven-day forecast 

Sunny hot, muggy with variable SE to ENE winds with 50% to 60% chance of rain showers this Wednesday PM thru mid next week. Tides above normal after last week full moon,
Use lightly wtd. toad-style flies 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 they flare on white , chartreuse Good success, on tan and black toad, kwan-style patterns #1 to #4 and 20" trout on potholes off ICWW and Mud Is. drop offs random jackfish and tarpon movement on front beach and outside beach, have 10 weights w/ big flies ready to get at quickly for these singles running edges...calmer wind in the AM allowing jetty and front beach tarpon efforts...good numbers of small redfish on many flats occasional big trout to 25" on sand edges of edge flats . Keep boat and it's wake off these edges, get out and walk and stick a big fish....Tarpon on POrt A jetties to 40# on red/ white deceivers in clear water. with spotty blooms of red tides showing up on front gulf beaches from POrt A to POC

Conditions 

. 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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