We’ve been off the water a few days, watching the wind blow. So I guess we can carve out some time to update our Rockport Fly Fishing Report here in April. It’s been a little bit since our last update. Not too much has changed really. But we will fill you in below on what we are doing and seeing here while fly fishing in Rockport and surrounding waters.
First off… the wind sucks!!! It’s been a little blowy lately. Enough so that we have scratched all our boats the past three days around here. Sustained winds in the 20’s and gusts up into the low 40’s mean that we don’t need to be out there. It’s gotten so bad, that we’ve even avoided the golf course lately. That means it’s bad!
But tomorrow is another day. We will be out there again, and for the rest of the week, looking for fish. It will still be pretty darn windy the rest of this week leading in to Easter, but not so bad that we will have to cancel boats. So we will be out there every day for the foreseeable future now.
Since our last report, things have continued to fish well and even improve. Of course those were the sunny days. We did have a solid run of days that were dark, damp and windy as crap. Those proved to be a bit on the tougher side. The fish were there, but not nearly as happy as we would like. Add in the fact that you couldn’t see crap, and that made for some tougher days early last week. But on the days the sun was out, it was dirty good. Wind, or no wind, it really didn’t matter. On the sunny days, the fish were happy and moving all over the place.
We had a few days of fairly high water last week. But as soon as you got used to that, the wind blew hard from the Northwest and the water was gone. So we were back to running around looking at flats that were completely dry and finding the fish in different spots. Not a big deal really, but a little annoying for this time of year. Water this low isn’t exactly the norm. But, it does force the fish into spots where they are fairly predictable. Finding schools of 200-300 fish was pretty common on those low water days. If you found them, you found them. If not, you were searching for a while. But they were there, waiting for the water to come back in so they could move back on to the flats. This made for some pretty easy fishing, when you found those huge schools. But many of our favorite flats were high and dry there for a week or so. Again, just annoying for this time of year.
On the brighter days, the fish are way shallow chasing bait, crashing, tailing and moving all around. Shots are not hard to come by in the mornings. As the wind gets up, they change the program a bit and things get a little trickier, but not bad. They have been willing to eat anything we’ve put in front of them. Many of the fish are still puking up minnows when we land them in the boat. But any fly has worked just fine for us. The black/purple crab is still first out of the box each day. After a couple fish are in the boat, a Pop Tart topwater fly was the jam. Plenty of willing fish to chase that on the surface.
We are starting to see jacks ripping around as well. Haven’t really had the weather to go mess around in the open water for them yet, but they are running through the flats in a few spots here and there. So not a bad idea to have a heavier rod rigged up and ready to roll, if that is something you’re interested in. They are here for the season it appears. Maybe, if we can get some decent weather, we will be able to poke around and see if the Kings, Tarpon and other stuff are in as well. If they aren’t, they won’t be too far behind.
We are out every day for the rest of the week this week. It’s going to be windy and a bit cloudier than we would like, but at least we can get our boats on the water and people on some fish. We will continue to report back as we can with what we are seeing out there. Also, we have a new series of videos coming to our Youtube channel as well. Something kinda funny and different to do. Flyfishing is not serious. Or at least it shouldn’t be. So we are gonna have a little fun and make a few funny videos based on the lighter side of red fishing.
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