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Sunshine is a must
Skinny clean water is a must
There are plenty of fish out there to chase
The boat traffic is fairly light
There is not much subsurface grass growing so the reds are working the chord grass and mangroves especially with the high tides
Wind chop on the water makes the catching easier. Well at least in 1' or less water

Today conditions were good. I found fish pretty quickly but the water was a little too deep so I left them alone to keep searching. I found more fish in water 1' deep or less and got my shots in.

I probably cast to 30 reds today and got 12 of them to eat. 11 came to hand with the biggest right at 25".

Hoping for more weather like today................................
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By GoDoe
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sorry for the duplicate. I don't know what happened
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Black crab fly with mini dumbbell eyes tied on a number 4. I lead them about 15 feet then drag the fly along the bottom as they approach. The water was fairly calm and the fish were not too aggressive. They ate better a little later when the wind picked up.

I am fly fishing only. That is why I always post my fishing reports in the fly fishing section. I figure nobody else cares about sight fishing reports in 1' of water. I don't know what Buggs lures are. I am not sure you could throw artificials to fish in such clear shallow water but I have never tried. The fish are pretty spooky of splashes and aggressive tactics in the really skinny stuff. Even the fly will spook them sometimes and it barely makes a splash landing.
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GoDoe wrote:Black crab fly with mini dumbbell eyes tied on a number 4. I lead them about 15 feet then drag the fly along the bottom as they approach. The water was fairly calm and the fish were not too aggressive. They ate better a little later when the wind picked up.

I am fly fishing only. That is why I always post my fishing reports in the fly fishing section. I figure nobody else cares about sight fishing reports in 1' of water. I don't know what Buggs lures are. I am not sure you could throw artificials to fish in such clear shallow water but I have never tried. The fish are pretty spooky of splashes and aggressive tactics in the really skinny stuff. Even the fly will spook them sometimes and it barely makes a splash landing.


Buggs are a line of lures that are tied like flies and use materials like rabbit Zonker in addition to some synthetic material, but they are weighted to be cast with spinning or bait casting set ups. I've seen them, but have never purchased or used them. I think they would be too heavy to cast well with a normal to the Texas coast fly set up.

I don't think a fly rod can be beat for stealth potential and flies can be weighted variably to suit the situation. The lighter and less bulky a fly is, the easier it is to cast. That's pretty much the reverse of spinning or bait-casting tackle.

Nice report, John.
#2258164
Staying in Aransas Pass and fishing from Packery Channel to Lighthouse Lakes.

I personally believe the lack of subsurface grass on the flats is the problem. No cover for bait so no predators up there looking around. The water gets murky faster too without the grass to filter so it is much harder to see the fish that are there. The fish I have found have been on higher than normal tides and by looking in places that are not always covered with water. I think the fish go up there looking for fresh pickings, I did see some crabs in the flood waters.

I am never in water over 2' deep but I can tell you the grass in 1' of water is nearly nonexistent. That is the norm for this time of year. The cold winters kill it back. I am just here too early. Tried to make it happen so my daughter could spend a day or two fishing with me. She's on spring break from Katy ISD. Mother Nature is just telling me not to hurry her up.

I am not smart enough to quit. I'll be back after them tomorrow.
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