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23 06, 2017

Rockport Fishing Report – June 22nd, 2017

Fly Fishing the Texas Coast

Finally we are back with an updated Rockport fishing report for mid June. We must apologize for slacking the past week or so. We’ve been on the water every day, but just got “caught up” with a few other things and got behind. But… we are back.

The fishing has been very good lately. We are getting on the water fairly early these days and seeing fish right out of the gate. Schools of tailing fish can be found most mornings. Many of these schools are 20 or so fish. Plenty to make for a good target or two.

Mornings have been best. With the heat of Summer starting to set in on us, things are warming up by mid day and into the afternoon. The fishing has still remained pretty good as the day goes on. But you will be searching for solo cruising fish much more than schools. But they are there and still in pretty good numbers.

We are starting to find some of our fish much more picky with not only the fly selection, but also presentation. Don’t be surprised if you see a few fish follow the fly a bit more. Some will follow and never eat, while others will follow a bit then lunge forward for the fly.

With the fish being a little more finicky, we have been mixing up the fly selections a bit more. Crab patterns have been working still, but have also been refused here and there. A smaller reducer or shrimp type fly have worked as well. Try more realistic colors as well, if you find the fish picky. Tan or sand colored flies work well. Also, we will usually fish a bit smaller patterns as well. Or, maybe even drop down a size on your tippet? It may help, depending on if you are fishing around grass or not.

We are right in the middle of the dreaded fishing tournament time of year. So check for those, before heading out. Most are held on Fridays and the weekend. But you don’t want to be anywhere near the weigh in marina. Also, some of the on the water etiquette can be a bit… “interesting”. Luckily, very few of these folks spend their day in the shallow water we operate in. But it’s still something to keep an eye on.

All in all, your Rockport fishing report is pretty darn good for this late in the Summer. We have a bunch of boats out over the weekend from Matagorda to Port A and Rockport. So we will try to get an updated report again after the weekend.

We will continue to post stuff on  Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and even Snapchat. We try to post something most every day, to keep you entertained while you are sitting in your office, wishing you were on the Texas flats. Or of course you can email any time for additional info or ask about what we did and where we did it that day. We will tell you where we fished and what we saw, as best we can.

8 06, 2017

Rockport Fishing Report – June 7th, 2017

Fly Fishing Port A Texas

June is here, and also the first Rockport fishing report of the month. We’re sorry for slacking a little bit. But we’ve had everyone out on the water the past couple of days chasing fish. But we are finally coming back around to get you the latest info from what we are seeing out there right now.

The water is up pretty high these days. This has spread some of the fish out a bit more it seems. We aren’t seeing quite as many schooling fish, and certainly not finding schools throughout the day currently. But we are still seeing plenty of fish out there. Sometimes it does take a little searching though.

We had some rain a little earlier in the week. After that happened, we started finding a few fish with a bit of an attitude. A perfectly placed cast might get completely ignored by a fish or two. Then the next fish will chase it down from three feet away. The fly pattern didn’t seem to sway them one way or the other. Some fish simply didn’t care… AT ALL! Then the next ate it like he had been starving for a month. So we opted for sticking with the program, shrugging of the snubbed casts and blaming it on the fish. Seemed like a good excuse at least.

For the most part though, the fish are doing what you would expect them to do, where you would expect them to do it. The topwater bite for trout early has been good. Reds are willing to eat it too. Jacks and Tarpon are around, but sporadic. So we have kept our focus on the reds primarily.

Most of our boats have been in the Rockport and Port Aransas areas lately. We did fish the Upper Laguna Madre one day earlier this week, which was just fine. But with a few days of light North winds, we have been favoring some of the waters North of Rockport a fair bit.

Flies have been all over the board. We always love the dark crab patterns, which have still been working very well. Smaller, dark colored gurglers have been our best on the surface. And a variety of smaller baitfish patterns have been pretty solid as well. Don’t take it personally if a fish swims right past your offering. We’re seeing the same here and there. Fish with confidence and the next one will pay off.

We are still enjoying the weather we’ve been having lately. The full blown heat of Summer hasn’t quite set in yet. So the fishing remains solid throughout the days. No need to kill yourself getting out there at first light… yet. So we are enjoying this weather, while we can. The forecast calls for more of the same for the foreseeable future. This bodes well for your Rockport fishing reports.

We have boats out the remainder of this week. So we will post back again soon with any updates on what we are seeing and where we are fishing. We will continue to post our exploits, or follies, on  Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and even Snapchat. We try to post something most every day, to keep you entertained while you are sitting in your office, wishing you were on the Texas flats. Or of course you can email any time for additional info or ask about what we did and where we did it that day. We will tell you where we fished and what we saw, as best we can.

30 05, 2017

Rockport Fishing Report – May 30th, 2017

Fly Fishing Rockport Texas for Redfish

So here is your final Rockport fishing report for the month of May. This month has flown by. Or maybe blown by is a better term??? Either way, its outta here and we are powering our way towards June and the summer months.

We were able to survive the holiday weekend. As expected, the water was crowded. Most of the agony was at the boat ramps, but it wasn’t too bad. Just lots of folks trying to get out on the water and enjoy their long weekend. Once in the water, hiding from the crowds wasn’t much of an issue. But we are still glad to see the holiday weekend go. And hopefully a few of the people as well.

The Rockport fishing report is still pretty solid though. Despite a couple wind events and smaller storms, things held together pretty well. Friday was our best day last week. There was a stout wind for sure. But the darker skies kept those fish schooling and there were lot’s of tails to throw at. Unfortunately the same could not be said for Saturday. The fish seemed to want or need a day off. They were a bit tougher to find that day. A few bank crashers and solo fish here and there, but that was about it. Tough sledding for sure. Sunday fished just fine, then we had a bit of weather to deal with today. So we enjoyed our day off and will live to fight another day.

Everyone agreed that the dark crab was still the fly to beat. Although the topwater offerings worked well on schooling fish as well. But tough to argue with the crab. That guy has just been getting it done for us day in and day out. So we are sticking with it.

The weather for this short work week is looking iffy. We have a few days with some solid thunderstorms in view. But it’s too early to tell if those will really transpire. We are hoping not, as the winds are actually looking pretty decent all week long. So we will be keeping an eye on the weather each day as we go forward. But now that we are moving on to June, one would expect that our Summer weather trends will begin to show. We could do without the extra heat, but welcome some calmer days out there. We’ve had enough wind for one Spring!

We have boats out all over the place this coming week. So we will post back again soon with any updates on what we are seeing and where we are fishing. We will continue to post our exploits, or follies, on  Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and even Snapchat. We try to post something most every day, to keep you entertained while you are sitting in your office, wishing you were on the Texas flats. Or of course you can email any time for additional info or ask about what we did and where we did it that day. We will tell you where we fished and what we saw, as best we can.

16 05, 2017

Rockport Fishing Report – May 15th, 2017

Fly Fishing for Redfish in Texas

Here is your mid May Rockport fishing report for Rockport, Texas and surrounding waters. We have reached the middle of May, already, which seems pretty crazy. This Spring has flown by already. But the good news is, it still feels like Spring out there.

Your Rockport fishing report still remains quite good. Our boats have been doing well out there on the water each day, despite some annoying wind. But the fish are there, schooling up all over the place and plenty happy to eat a fly. So its all worth it!

Early this past week we had some North winds blow threw. This changed up the water situation a fair bit. A bunch of water blew out of the bays which was a nice change. We were left with lower water for a few days and a bunch of tailing fish. This was a bonus, as we did have some days with more clouds than we would’ve liked. But they aren’t too hard to see, when they are waiving a tail at you.

Into the weekend, with the lower water, reports from all our boats were the same. Lot’s of schooling fish throughout the day. Most in the 5-10 fish range. Although a handful were easily 25-30 fish all working together for food. This made for some easy targets and a bunch of fish in the boat.

With schooling action like that, the fly selection was pretty similar. The crab is the favorite still, although fish feeding that frantically will eat anything you can get in front of them. But dark colored crab patterns are still the first flies out of the box each day these days. As they say, “If it ain’t broke…”

The winds as we right this are right back to their normal annoying Spring routine. Strong blows from the South/South East will again be the norm in the afternoons this week. We like to get out early and do as much damage as we can, before it gets too rowdy in the later afternoon. But the weather does look good for the coming week. Also, we remain thankful that temps have largely remained in the 80’s this month. That is keeping it pleasant out there on the water for us, and certainly making for some happy fish swimming around as well.

We have boats running all over the place this coming week. So we will post back again soon with any updates on what we are seeing and where we are fishing. We will continue to post our exploits, or follies, on  Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and even Snapchat. We try to post something most every day, to keep you entertained while you are sitting in your office, wishing you were on the Texas flats. Or of course you can email any time for additional info or ask about what we did and where we did it that day. We will tell you where we fished and what we saw, as best we can.

8 05, 2017

Rockport Fishing Report – May 7th, 2017

Redfishing St. Charles Bay Texas with Fly Fish Rockport

May is here and so is the first Rockport fishing report of the month. So far, this month is starting out and looking a lot like last month. That is actually pretty good news, as the Rockport fishing reports for all of April were pretty darn good. We expect much of the same the month of May as well.

All the boats we had out last week did well each day. Plenty of fish were seen throughout each day. Quite a few tails most mornings, then cruisers providing plenty of action until the boats were on the trailers in the evening. So all is well on that front.

The fly selection remains very much the same as well. Most of our guides are favoring crab patterns above all else. But a variety of flies are working. Also, the topwater action remains strong as well. Its not hard at all to convince a fish out of a school of tails to chase down your topwater offering.

The weather has also remained about par for the course. Comfortable temps each day, plenty of sun most days and more wind than you would like. Although we did get a brief break from the wind last Friday, with light winds from the North in the 0-5 mph range. Certainly a nice change of pace. But you can still expect most days to be blowing in the upper teens to twenty by the time you are heading back to the ramp. Not a big deal, but certainly a little annoying.

The coming week looks like much of the same. Sun, easy temperatures and the same pesky wind to deal with. So we will be out there every day hunting up fish and reporting back. We may even have a few reports from Port O’connor with some jack fishing, as well as a little Texas tarpon action as well. Tis the season.

And on a slightly unrelated tarpon note…

Tarpon Fishing in Texas

We wanted to share this image from our good friend and client, Gary. Capt. Jeff had the pleasure of showing Gary the new world of saltwater fly fishing on the flats of Rockport, Texas. Since then, Gary has become a “frequent flyer” with Fly Fish Rockport. Often fishing multiple days each month.

Well Gary recently needed to make a trip to North Florida. Lucky for him, it was pretty close to Crystal River, FL. So after a bit of persuasion by Capt. Jeff, and the acquisition of a new 11wt rod as well, he was off last week to take care of “business” and fish a couple of days.

The reports this season from The Keys for tarpon have been pretty grim. But apparently all is well up North. Gary had multiple shots each of his two days and landed a few tarpon. The largest coming in at around 130 lbs. Not a bad showing, for his first time on the water in Florida.

Capt. Jeff received a bunch of photos and a few cryptic texts from Gary. The best reading, “It feels like I’ve been in a street fight.” This came after his first day fighting these huge fish. We are still anxiously waiting all the finer details of the battles on the water. Hopefully we will report back with more photos and funny stories.

But, congrats to our good friend Gary are certainly in order. We couldn’t be happier for him. Also, we appreciate the photos and rocking the Fly Fish Rockport sun shirt out there. Next cocktail at Glow is on us Gary! Can’t wait to hear the stories.

Anyway, the Spring weather continues on the Coastal Bend of Texas. So jump on it while the fishing is still lights out. We will keep the reports coming. Also, we will try to get some of our new trip offerings up and functional on the site as well. Near shore, kayak, etc. All kinds of fun stuff coming.

And as always, follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and even Snapchat for the very latest news. We try to post something most every day. Or of course you can email any time for additional info or ask about what we did and where we did it that day. We will tell you where we fished and what we saw, as best we can.

 

1 05, 2017

Rockport Fishing Report – April 30th, 2017

Port O'Connor Fly Fishing with Fly Fish Rockport

The end of April is here, and with it, your final Rockport fishing report of the month. Let’s hope May brings us a little less wind. Also, let’s hope that the temps stay pretty much the same, so the fishing continues to be very good.

This past week fished very well. We had a couple days of pretty big wind, but fished through them none the less. Other than those couple days, the winds were pretty average. Nothing to worry about at all.

We did have a little water level change during last week, but again, nothing to worry about. A big North wind blew a bunch of water out of the system. But two days later, it was right back to normal after some steady winds from the Southwest. So no big issues there. But it did move a few fish around on a couple of days. But mostly, we continued to find a bunch of schooling fish when the water was a bit lower. This continued throughout many of the days.

Schools of tailing fish continue to be there each morning. Most are 5-10 fish. But occasionally you do see a school of 25+ fish. We are finding these fish everywhere from The Laguna Madre to Matagorda. But they are all in the same type of water. Mud, sparse grasses and working into the current or wind. Very predictable each day. They continue until close to noon most days, then kinda fizzle out after that.

As the day goes on, cruising fish aren’t hard to find. But we have been finding schooling fish here and there in the afternoons in the past week or so. Not a ton, but enough to keep it interesting and maybe get an occasional shot at late day tailers. This is more common for us in the waters we are fishing North of Rockport.

The fly selection remains the same. Most of our boats are doing best with crab patterns and dark colored gurglers on the surface at tailing fish. But we did experiment a little bit here and there this past week with a few things. Most worked just fine.

On another “gear related” note…

Big thanks to Echo Fly Fishing for shooting a few rods down to Texas. The new EPR is a cannon. We wish they would make it in a one-piece, but it is still a great fast action rod. Even better, we got to play with the Echo Bad Ass Glass rod. They sent an 8wt our way. It is a ton of fun for fighting our redfish! It throws the Airflo Tropical Punch very well, especially over-lined. Once you do hook a fish, the rod will completely bend in half during the fight. Its a ton of fun. We look forward to getting these rods in a few more peoples hands for sure.

Anyway, the weather for the upcoming week looks very similar. Low to mid 80’s, winds just shy of annoying and sunny. So I would expect your Rockport fishing report to be more of the same for the coming week as well. Of course we will keep you in the loop if our guides report any changes during the week. They will be on the water every day.

Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and even Snapchat for the very latest news. We try to post something most every day. Or of course you can email any time for additional info or ask about what we did and where we did it that day. We will tell you where we fished and what we saw, as best we can.

Spring fishing is still hanging on, but for how long? Let’s hope Summer holds off for us a bit longer. So if you are interested in getting out on the water before the real heat sets in, contact us soon so you can secure your dates on the calendar.

24 04, 2017

Rockport, Texas Fishing Report – April 23rd, 2017

St. Charles Bay Redfish Rockport, Texas

It’s the end of the week and time for another Rockport, Texas fishing report. It’s late April already, which seems pretty crazy. May is just around the corner, and probably some warmer weather too. But we will sneak in one last Rockport fishing report at the end of the month here.

But as for the present… We have had a very good week. Actually, much more of the same. Seems like our weather has changed very little in a month. Sunny, 80-82 degrees, manageable winds in the mornings and then hold on to your hat in the afternoons. This week was no different. But the fishing has remained very good this past week, for the most part. We did have one rough morning South of Port A fly fishing one day, between two boats. But an adjustment of location and we finished strong in the afternoon.

Our mornings have been absolutely lights out most days. Tailing fish are the norm. Schools range from 5 to 50 fish. But they aren’t hard to find at all. Some are leaving mud streaks for hundreds of feet. Follow the mud, and there are your reds rooting feverishly. This has been the program each morning from 6:30am, or as soon as you can see, until 10 or 11am. Put ANYTHING in front of them, and you will be rewarded.

We did have quite a bit of water in the system all week though. This made finding some fish a little trickier. They were still tailing and leaving mud streaks, but you wouldn’t see their tails sometimes as they were under water. Other spots, we were shallow enough that they were still easy to find. Also with the higher water, once the schooling tapered off, the fish can be pretty spread out at times. So there were a few lulls in the action here and there. But persistence pays off and you are sure to bump into more fish.

The weekend brought us a brief change in the weather. Saturday evening, as we were pulling our boats, the wind switched and was blowing from the North. This continued all night and into Sunday. This morning, we were greeted with water levels a good foot and a half lower than yesterday, and a howling NW wind at 20+ mph. Also, this was our coldest morning since February, at 51 degrees. We toughed the wind out today and it ended up fishing very well as the water warmed back up in the sun. We saw a couple of solo tails, one cruising school of 20 or more fish and plenty of solo fish. So it seems that the little change of pace didn’t slow the fish down much.

Looking forward to this week, it appears we are back to normal… sort of. Temps back in the low 80’s and pretty stout winds will be the program. So one would expect the water levels to creep back up fairly quickly once that wind comes in Monday night. But there will be nothing but sunny skies for the next little while, which is good.

Our best flies have not changed still. Crab patterns are leading the charge. Although the topwater action to schooling fish has been outstanding as well. Color hasn’t seemed to matter much there either. Just get it in front of them and make some noise. But Chartreuse/White or Black/Red have been the first couple gurglers out of the box most mornings. Reducers are still working well also. Didn’t tie on any shrimp’ish flies this week, as we really didn’t need to change much.

We had someone email and compliment us on our fishing report, but also asked for a little more info on locations and bays we were in. So, here you go… We fished one day up in Port O’Connor this week, two days were spent either North or South of Port Aransas as well. But our best fishing has been between St. Charles Bay and San Antonio Bays. This is where we are finding the most reliable tailing fish and schooling fish. Carlos, Mesquite, St. Charles, etc. If the wind allows, that’s been our best of the best this week.

It’s warm out these days, and there are lots of folks on the water. Fishing tournament season is ramping up as well. So keep yourself informed of those, so you know where to avoid that junk show. But just expect plenty of company at the ramps Friday through Sunday now. We recommend going early and getting ahead of the mess!

We have a bunch of boats out all this week. So stay tuned as we will be posting random happenings here and there. Or you can always follow along with us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and even Snapchat for the very latest news. We try to post something most every day. Or of course you can email any time for additional info or ask about what we did and where we did it that day. We will tell you where we fished and what we saw, as best we can.

Spring fishing continues, but Summer is close. Water temps are higher than normal for April. So if you are interested in getting out on the water before the real heat sets in, contact us soon so you can secure your dates on the calendar.

17 04, 2017

Rockport Fishing Report – April 16th, 2017

Port O'Connor Fly Fishing with Fly Fish Rockport

Here is your Rockport fishing report for this Easter Sunday and mid April. And similar to the last, conditions changed quite a bit very soon after our last report. So this Rockport fishing report will keep you up to date with what we saw out there this past week, including the boats we had on the water today.

In our last report, we mentioned that we had a bunch of water blown out of the bays with a pretty stout North wind. Well, it didn’t take too long to get that water back… and then some. As of today, we have a bunch of water out there again. And it continues to rise very gradually. But that isn’t exactly bad news.

The fishing has continued to be outstanding in the mornings. Our best fishing has been from sun up to about 10am. Schools of tailing fish are predictable, every day. Even days that are windy with heavy overcast are productive, so long as you are in the right spots. We had boats in the waters around Port O’Connor, Rockport, Port Aransas and the Upper Laguna Madre this week. There were tails every morning, if you knew where to look.

On our cloudier days, they may continue until the early afternoon. But that is not guaranteed. Other days, we would come across another school of 25 tailing fish as late as 2pm. But again, not the norm. But the mornings are key right now. Also, with the water continuing to rise a little, finding shallow water where you can still see them tailing. Some of our favorite spots are a little deeper today, than they were just a couple of days ago. That can make it a lot tougher to spot those fish.

As the sun continues to rise during the day, the schools and tails have typically tapered off. Leaving you on the hunt for cruising fish. Some days were very solid all day long. Others seemed to get a little “tough” in the afternoon. Add our daily 15-20 mph wind, and that makes for a lot of work in the later parts of the day. But the fish are there. They may be a bit more spread out now, with all the higher water and they disperse from their schools, but they are there.

This weekend was very busy up and down the Coast Bend. With Good Friday being a holiday for most, and Easter weekend following, there was no shortage of traffic on the water. Another great reason to get out there early! But even still, we saw most of our boat ramps mostly full by 7am. But we were able to get away and find our water. But as the weather continues to warm up around the state, expect more and more traffic on the weekends.

As for flies and such… Similar to our last Rockport fishing report, the schooling fish are not picky AT ALL. Get anything in front of them and it will get eaten. They just have to see it. Crab, Shrimp, Baitfish or Gurgler, they will eat it all. So pick your poison there. The cruising fish have still been very cooperative as well. We have typically put a crab on in the morning, and not had a reason to take it off all day. But they have been eating other stuff as well; reducers, ice shrimp and random topwater stuff. The fish are so plentiful right now that if you have one refuse the fly, find another fish. If two or three refuse it, maybe time to change a fly.

The weather this coming week looks like much of the same. Typical Spring weather for the Coast Bend with sun, comfortable temps and a little annoying wind. But fishable every day. We have boats out every day and will continue to report back as we go, or if we see any drastic changes out there.

You can always follow along with us on Instagram, Facebook and even Snapchat for the very latest news. We try to post something most every day. Or of course you can email any time for additional info or ask about what we did and where we did it that day. There are no secrets. So we will tell you where we fished and what we saw, as best we can.

Spring fishing continues, but Summer feels like it is right around the corner. So if you are interested in getting out on the water before the real heat sets in, contact us soon so you can secure your dates on the calendar.

10 04, 2017

Rockport Fishing Report – April 9th, 2017

Redfishing in Texas

The weekend is over, and it’s time for another Rockport fishing report for early April. As luck would have it, as soon as we posted our last Rockport fishing report, we had a drastic change in the weather and conditions. So, we are back with the very most up to date information for you with this Rockport fishing report this Sunday evening.

Our last Rockport fishing report mentioned the higher water we had been experiencing. Funny thing, the next day, we had winds upwards of 40 mile per hour from the North. This helped blow all that water out of the bays in a hurry. That next morning, we were back to very skinny water throughout the areas bays. But that’s not all bad.

Day one after the storm was flat calm throughout most of the day. Combine that with some sunshine and new lower water levels, and we had tailing fish EVERYWHERE! We were able to run up North of Rockport and get into a few of the back lakes. We were greeted as the sun came up with tailing fish across the entire lake. Some in schools of 5-6, while others were single. Even more fun, for the first time all Spring, we had numerous schools of 25+ fish moving around. All were eating feverishly until about 1pm that day. It was pretty fun to see. We stuck with a topwater throughout, just because we could. Dozens of fish were landed, and even more missed. But a treat to see for sure.

The following days have been very good as well. Unfortunately the calm winds have not really cooperated. But the fish don’t mind a bit. We are still seeing lots of tails early in the day. Many are in smaller schools. Although we have stumbled upon a few larger schools as well. But all are very eager to eat, as they move along scouring the flats for food. Mornings seem to be the ticket for these fish. Most days, the tails are largely finished between 9-10am. Although we do see a couple here and there after that at times. But from sun up on, it has been very predictable each day. Even those days that it is already blowing in the teens, by the time you hit the water.

For the tailing and schooling fish, it matters very little what you throw at them. They will eat anything you get in front of them, easily. But once they put their tails down and start cruising around, they do get a little tougher. A topwater will work very well to tailing fish. But be prepared for many of the reds to struggle to get it in their mouths. If you are more concerned with your hook-up ratio, a crab has still been our favorite. Especially to cruising redfish. But reducers and ice shrimp have taken a bunch of fish as well.

When we hit the water this morning, our Sunday morning greeted us with high winds and also a couple inches of water back in the system. So that will help open up a few spots that were pretty shallow the days prior. We will continue to have high winds for the next couple of days, which should help bring a bit more water in as well. So no worries there at all. The weather is also cooperating just fine. Yes, the wind is a huge pain in the ass. But that comes with the territory in the Spring. The fish don’t mind a bit and are certainly still eating. It’s just a little tougher on our end, to get the fly where it needs to go. But for those willing, it is well worth the effort.

We have boats out every day this week, fishing the bays from Matagorda to the Laguna Madre. We will keep the Rockport fishing reports coming. And of course folks can always follow along on Instagram, Facebook and even Snapchat for the very latest news. We try to post something most every day there. Or of course you can email any time for additional info or ask about what we did that day.

Spring fishing is upon us! So if you are interested in getting out on the water, contact us soon so you can secure your dates on the calendar.

6 04, 2017

Rockport Fishing Report – April 5th, 2017

Black Drum Fishing in Rockport, Texas

After slacking a little bit earlier this week, we are finally getting around to an updated Rockport fishing report. Also the first Rockport fishing report for April. So here we go…

The fishing has still been very good for the past week, or since our last report. We continue to have a lot of water in the bays. This has the fish spread out all over the place. So we aren’t seeing many schools of fish really. Maybe the occasional little school of 5 or more, but that’s about it. Instead, we are seeing lots of pairs or singles cruising around or tailing early. But as expected, when the water gets up, the fish are spread out a good bit. This means that you may search a little at times, in between shots. But you will still see a lot of fish each day.

With the higher water, we are fishing as far back as we can. Lakes, marshes, creeks, etc. What was dry land 2 weeks ago, is now well over a foot deep. So those fish have continued to push back, as are we. Again, we are seeing lots of fish. But our best fishing is still deep into the marshes and in the skinniest water we can find.

The fly selection has remained largely the same. Although we have had a few picky fish as of late. But nothing too serious. Crab, reducers, ice shrimp are all working well. The topwater bite has been very very good as well. We have turned solo fish cruising banks, and also moving fish that are swimming in pairs or small schools. They have all been pretty receptive to topwater flies, even in flat calm water. That makes for some really fun sight fishing. You won’t get them all to eat, but its certainly a lot of fun watching them swim around under your topwater presentation.

The real name of the game lately has been the wind. It is Spring here on the Coastal Bend of Texas. So the wind is just going to be a factor most days. Our Rockport fishing report wouldn’t be complete without mentioning it. The good news is, the weather has been great. The bad news, it has been blowing most every day to some annoying degree.

Most mornings are very nice. Lighter winds are common. A few days, we have even been dead calm until nearly noon. But, as the day warms up, the wind comes with it. So it is not uncommon for us to be poling around in winds reaching the upper teens, or better, by mid afternoon. Some days, even stronger. The good news is, the fish don’t care a bit. In fact, they rather enjoy the moving water. The bad news, it’s not exactly conducive to easy casting. But for those who are willing and able, there are still plenty of fish to be had.

While we had Capt. Gibson putting Brandon on a bunch of reds and drum (pictured above), Capt. Jeff spent last night up in Fort Worth speaking to the fine folks at the Fort Worth Fly Fishers. He discussed a bit about the Coastal Bend fishing, flies, gear, tactics, etc. For the folks that showed up, they were rewarded with all kinds of cool swag as well. There were hats, shirts and other random stuff being tossed all over the room. So thank you to everyone who made it out for that.

We still have some more news coming up in April. We will hopefully have our new lodge option available to show everyone soon. We have a ton of new Fly Fish Rockport swag available. New shirts, hats, face masks and who knows what else we will find. So email us if you would like to get your hands on something. Hopefully we will get some images of all that up on the site soon.

We have boats out every day this week, fishing the bays from Matagorda to the Laguna Madre. We will keep the Rockport fishing reports coming. And of course folks can always follow along on Instagram, Facebook and even Snapchat for the very latest news. We try to post something most every day there. Or of course you can email any time for additional info or ask about what we did that day.

Spring fishing is upon us! So if you are interested in getting out on the water, contact us soon so you can secure your dates on the calendar.