Gulf Coast - Port O'Connor

Tip of the week 
Techniques 

.Keep eyes out for big single trout on late 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 

Clean up post Hurricane
Port O'Connor coming back slowly with landscape and landmarks changed since Harvey. Tides back to normal to below, with water to move with this weekend's full moon..Am thunderstorms Tuesday and Wed then clearing, SE to ESE Winds and partly sunny thru end of next week... Guides reporting excellent fishing since water has fallen out, podding smaller reds and good singles to 30"... Run boats with care as old duck blinds and coastal buildings are missing, if you are running boat sitting down you may miss submerged hazards , Pass Cavallo has open up deeper on north side and Sunday Beach has opened a deep cut to the front beach surf
Don't forget to re-up 2017-2018 fishing licenses with most annual licenses expiring 8/31/17
South Zone Duck HUnting begins this Saturday , Nov. 4th
ANWR closed to ALL inland boat traffic 8/22 17 until further notice. Whooping cranes start to move in this month, please avoid kicking up these birds with boat-related noise and traffic

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 Winter to early Spring is a 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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