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May 25, 2022
Middle Texas Coast Fishing Report May 25th 2022 - From Capt. Travis Glidden Sightcast Safari
The spring fishing on the Middle Coast has been very good, with lots of happy Reds feeding in the shallows. The deeper flats are holding Reds that will aggressively eat topwaters, and the chance for the occasional trout. Morning hairbug season is starting! Seeing some trout around is encouraging after the freeze, and I hope the new regulations from TPWD will lead to a fast recovery of the population. Most areas are holding good numbers of Redfish.
Early morning and late afternoon, outside the prime sightcasting light windows, try drifting deeper flats targeting potholes with topwaters and streamers. Once you get the light to see fish, move to the shallows. The grass flats have been holding lots of fish, mostly singles or pairs, with some pods around. Keep scanning the areas outside your visibility window for wakes, tails, or backs; especially in the slick water on leeward shorelines. For the greatest success, keep in mind that the game on shallow flats is stalking the fish. Be as stealthy as the wind allows. Silently approaching the flats and casting without moving the skiff (or water if wading) will greatly increase your chances.
Lately I’ve noticed that my high contrast dark fly patterns have caused more spooks and refusals than normal. I’ve had better luck, especially in clear water, with natural colors. I have been using white to tan shrimp and crack type patterns, and tan to olive crabs. Most of my patterns are tied on #2 hooks, but with a #4 size fly, I have found that I land more fish using a slightly larger hook. PRO TIP: Keep patterns sparsely tied and weighted enough to quickly sink below the fish on short casts.
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