Alamo Fly Fishers
July 30, 2011
Hot and sunny, low winds…. the summertime in Texas is really underrated for some fantastic fishing. For a sightcaster, this time of the year is a slam-dunk. Big reds, black drum and an occasional monster trout lurk super shallow all summer. They are all there for just one reason… to eat. Granted, when the sun is high and the temperatures are hot, skinny water predators do fall off into the deeper waters. During that time, shallow water anglers are enjoying a siesta in the air conditioning, or, perhaps, venturing just outside the jetties, looking for feeding activities in the blue water.
Bring on the heat, bring on low wind days. Starting early mornings, look for tailing redfish and black drum super shallow in the grass. As the morning wears on, venture off into the sand and sightcast to cruising redfish looking for crabs, small shrimp and other critters. On those prime days when low winds flatten the surf, the first and second gut along the beach, outside the jetties of Texas (whether Port Aransas, Packery or the East Cut of Port Mansfield) are filled with reds, trout, jacks, and tarpon, along with other toothy critters that make sightcasting a blast.
Be prepared, however, with the right tackle, whether you’re using light spinning, casting or fly rods. Proper leaders are essential. If you don’t know how to rig, find someone who does! Dave Hayward at the Swan Point Landing/Orvis shop in Rockport is a valuable resource and one who is willing to share his expansive knowledge on near shore fishing, whether light tackle or fly. Another great place to hang out for insider knowledge is Roy’s Bait and Tackle in Corpus Christi. The internet, of course, also has some great info, but talking to a real person in a real shop in the areas that you will be fishing has so many more benefits.
Don’t get trapped into fishing the same places and the same ways. The summer is a great time to venture out and learn something new. Kayaking, fly fishing, sightcasting and targeting new species, such as Jacks and Tarpon are a few things to add to your arsenal.
Don’t listen to your friends that tell you it’s too hot to fish the coast. Not true. Summer can be some of the best fishing of the entire year. Time it right, fish early and fish tide movements (if you are fishing the Rockport/Port A area – Baffin Bay has no tide). Late afternoon/early evening fishing can be dynamic as well, as the shallow waters begin to cool down with the sunset. Ever consider night fishing? Nighttime fishing from a kayak can be some of the most fun fishing you’ll do. Throw a topwater lure in the shallow water at night and hang on. Pick a shallow water area that you know well, launch while it’s still light and fish until the moon is shining bright. Make sure you have a light, a gps and other communication devices. Night fishing is cool, productive and exciting. Give it a try!
Summertime fishing offers so much more to any angler, but expecially shallow water fishermen. Venture offshore and fish for tarpon and jacks, go kayaking at night, or just enjoy the sunset while stalking a forever shoreline. Cool morning sunrises are inspiring and the dip in the pool or nap on the couch in the cool air conditioning after a morning of fishing feels even better. Don’t miss some of the best fishing of the year just because it’s hot!
See you on the water,
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