ben_beyer wrote:I'm headed to Port Aransas on Friday. I hope to fish Saturday through Monday but my guess based on the forecast it will only be Saturday and Sunday.
The winds are forecasted to be NE and NNE at 10 mph. How rough would South Bay be under those conditions?
I was thinking of fishing the drains and areas where it drops off in South Bay. Are there any other areas I should try?
Ouch, it's going to be windy. Tomorrow is clearly going to be your best day.
I saw you're post on on the book of faces Bite Me group, a lot of good advice. One thing I saw and it's worth repeating is it's the opening weekend of teal season. I would use caution if you're fishing within LHL as there are many blinds and the air boat traffic could be high. Be especially careful going through cuts between lakes. When paddling around duck blinds make sure there aren't decoys out and give as wide of a berth as possible.
Water levels are looking OK for LHL as long as the tides don't fall farther down, which could happen with a consistent north wind. Shallow water means smaller chop in high winds, but kayaks are displacement hulls and although they can get very shallow actually become difficult to paddle in very shallow water. There is a balance. Also, I'm not sure where you read on TKF that tides don't matter in LHL, but that is bad information. Tide levels are important because if they're too low most of LHL will be inaccessible. As it stands right now it should be OK depth wise.
The smaller sized lakes when accessing LHL from #1 is a good option. The first part has quite a bit of oyster, so be careful through there. Won't be much trout action in the lakes, but you could always make your way to the drains into the Lydia Ann Channel. Tides are falling all day so be mindful of that.
Another option is fishing East Flats over in Port Aransas. Launching from Island Moorings Marina and paddling up the Channel to the flats you can hide behind the houses and mangroves from the North winds you'll see this weekend.
The flat in green is my favorite. You enter from drain on the north side. This would be a good spot to fish on a falling tide as it's a main drain for the area and is covered in oyster shell. There is a duck blind nearby, so check to see if anyone has decoys out. Setup drifts into Pelone Island throwing topwaters or wake baits. Water should be knee-ish deep and is mostly composed of grass with most shell in that spot near the drain on the north. From here you can access the deeper waters of East flats for trout, but you'll be more exposed and it's more paddling.
The flat in red is a good with access on the south end. There's a little more diversity in the flat. There's quite a bit of shell at the drain entrance to the south and also along the north end of it. And there's a bit more scattered shell through out. For this flat and wind after entering the flat from drain on the south (Looking at current water levels I don't believe there to be enough water to enter the "red" flat from the north side) paddle north to Pelone Island as shallow as possible and then setup drifts into the deeper water of the entrance drain/Coyote Island.
If you do a search in the Fishing Reports of this section you'll see quite a few reports from East Flats.