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 

Partly cloudy with S to SE winds and 40 to 90% chance of rain thru Thursday, Friday has 80% chance or rain, and at least 60% chance thru next Monday with Winds to moving to WNW winds gusting to 40 Sat PM to SUnday AM clearing and coming around to light SE winds Tuesday and Sunny through mid next week ...Tides slightly below normal with good changes off last weeks full moon
Tides normal water clearing as it cools to mid 50*s
Use 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 please. 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, olive, and black toad, kwan-style patterns #1 to #4 and 20" trout on potholes off ICWW and Mud Is. with.good numbers of small redfish on many flats occasional big trout to 25" on sand edges of edge flats. Cool water trout action on topwaters and plugs, with clearing cooler water Keep boats wakes off these edges, get out and walk and stick a big fish .. Second split of South Zone Duck Hunting season resumes, thru Jan. 29th 2017 Spread out, give Winter folks some space to fish and hunt.

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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