Here is your last February fishing report for the Southwest Texas Coast, and waters in and around the Rockport area. It’s the end of a pretty lousy month around here, and quite honestly, we couldn’t be happier to see it go. We are ready for Spring around here. Maybe that will actually happen in March?!?!
It was another long dreary week last week. As has been the norm lately, we did sneak in a few hours of sun here or there. But nothing worth getting too excited about. For the most part, we were stuck with more clouds, fog, rain, mist and a few days a bit on the windier side. Not exactly ideal for the sight fishing program around here.
We did manage to get out a couple of days last week. One of the days was rather sunny, the other, not so much. Both days brought us pretty light winds, which was a bonus. But the fishing was still pretty mediocre, at best. Most of the fish we are seeing are still being really lazy. Many won’t move much before the boat hits them in the head. Then you are stuck making a hail mary cast at a fleeing fish. Not exactly a high percentage shot. Those that do get up a bit sooner, seem to be really agitated and swim off quickly. And others are just spooky as hell. Just not a ton of happy fish out there.
All that being said, we are putting a couple in the boat here and there. But you definitely are earning them out there. It does take covering a good bit of water to find your share of active fish. But if you keep after it, they are there. And when we are finding fish that are up moving around, they are plenty willing to eat. Some are still pretty spooky. Maybe even more so than normal. But that could be that we are spending our time about as skinny as we can get these days, to help combat the less than stellar light conditions we’ve had most days.
But that has been our best method most days out there lately. We are sticking to the shallowest stuff we can. Fishing over the mud in the cooler mornings, then branching out from there over the course of the day. Seems like our best fishing has been in the early afternoons most days. Typically, we are able to find some fishing moving around. Most are singles and working rather slowly in the back of lakes and such. If you can find the right grass, a random tail isn’t out of the question either. But those have all been solos as well, so they can be tough to track down. While we haven’t been getting tons of quality shots each day, the shots we are getting are at pretty good fish. So if you can make it count, the payoff has been worth it.
There are a lot of sheepshead out and about these days as well. So we have been switching it up to something pretty small and heavy, when we start seeing a bunch of them around. A small dime-sized crab has outfished shrimp offerings thus far, but you never know with those things. But when you get into ’em out there, it does give you a bunch of opportunities to get your shots in. So it’s been pretty fun.
All of us over here took the weekend off to head up to GRTU’s Troutfest on the Guadalupe River. We were hanging out in a booth all weekend with our buddy from Towee Boats. It was our first year up there and we had a good time. It was fun to talk to everyone, meet some new faces and of course say hi to a bunch of friends as well. Either way, it was sunny all weekend up there and a nice change of pace.
Unfortunately, it is looking like much more of the same this week along the Texas Coast. Gray, rainy, cloudy, misty, foggy and who knows what else will be with us most of the week. At least that’s what it’s telling us thus far. Not exactly how we would like to bring in the month of March. So we will have to wait and see what happens a bit this week, unfortunately. Typically, we sneak in a day or half day of sun, despite the weatherman’s glorious reports. So we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed for that.
If we can ever get the sun to come out again, especially for a few days in a row, you would expect the fishing to pick up dramatically. It is that time of year. We just haven’t had the weather. But a few sunny days should warm the water up rather quickly and get these fish on the warpath. Our tides have been up a bit the past week, which is awesome. The fish are pushed way back into lakes and stuff. Right where we like them to be. Juuuuust waiting on the sun.
So we are expecting another mellow week around here. Some of our guys will be tying flies or maybe playing a few extra rounds of golf. As this is being written, Capt. Jeff is on a plane further South. He was last heard muttering something about the weather and that he was over it. He will be in the waters between Key West and Cuba for the next 7 days, chasing permit. Not too shabby. We will look forward to seeing picture of fish, or at least the sun, from him in the near future.
If the weather does break this week, you will certainly find the rest of the crew out on the water somewhere. So we will keep you up to speed with what all is going on down here. If you are looking to get out on the water, you can always contact us any time if you would like to BOOK A TRIP or need any up to the minute Southwest Texas fly fishing or Rockport fishing type news. We continue to post on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat. Or perhaps SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube Channel as well. We continually are trying to add more videos and stuff there. We try to keep stuff fresh for those of you that are wishing you were on the flats with us. So be sure to follow us on all our social media stuff. And don’t forget to sign up for our monthly newsletter below.
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