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#11383472 - 02/01/16 09:16 AM Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates
Grinder55 Offline
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Registered: 08/21/13
Posts: 737
Loc: Rockport, Texas
This year, I am going to start posting some cool info, wade fishing tips and fishing report updates on our Face Book page:

https://www.facebook.com/WadeFishRockport/

I recently posted a 'fishing report video' about a Capt. using some of the Rockport Rattler jigs I invented catching fish on them w/o using plastics, ... I also posted some tips about doing that since I was doing that BEFORE I put them on the market back in May of 2003 !!!

The fishing this year here in the Coastal Bend should be the best we have had in quite some time - basically since the awesome winter rains of 1996 - 1997 when the Cedar Bayou fish pass was also open and functioning correctly. We have had the same conditions the past 15 months and Cedar Bayou is now open again. Grease your reels and get ready for some good fishing.

I target trout, but most times this year I can string at least 1 flounder consistently - which is saying a lot about how good our fishing conditions are right now.





Edited by Grinder55 (02/01/16 09:17 AM)
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#11384340 - 02/01/16 03:36 PM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
Captain Nathan Beabout Offline
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Exactly! This late winter/spring should be some of the best fishing in years. good luck to you and hope your clients get some big ones.
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#11384471 - 02/01/16 04:50 PM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
G Love Offline
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Registered: 06/03/10
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Loc: Weatherford, TX
I'll be in Ingleside Feb 12-15th. Takin my 17' aluminum CC.. RR are about the only heads I use down there anymore. Any insight on that area?
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#11388516 - 02/03/16 09:15 AM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
Grinder55 Offline
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Loc: Rockport, Texas
Hey thanks Capt. Nathan - there will be more big trout caught this year than the past 2 years combined from what I am seeing, deal is ya gotta go fishing to catch'em wink ... and back atcha, Best of Luck to your and your clients as well.

G Love - if the weather is right (warm SE Winds) and tides are up the flats should turn on, if not structure like shell will produce. No real consistent weather pattern right now - it's been 70° to 80° Mon - today with northern coming in tonight that will have temps ~38° in the morning.
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#11389064 - 02/03/16 12:32 PM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
G Love Offline
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Loc: Weatherford, TX
I hear ya. Thanks for the info sir!
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#11389066 - 02/03/16 12:34 PM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
G Love Offline
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Registered: 06/03/10
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Loc: Weatherford, TX
How would you find the structure if I dont have a graph yet? lol Sorry for all the questions.. Hook N Line?
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#11391247 - 02/04/16 09:33 AM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
Grinder55 Offline
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Sure - that would be a good place to start.

I have found reefs several ways - one way is when working birds catching trout I'll take my push pole and feel the bottom, if it's shell - BINGO - I just found a new reef .
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#11391723 - 02/04/16 12:37 PM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
G Love Offline
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Registered: 06/03/10
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Loc: Weatherford, TX
Ok awesome, I can def do that. So you're talking about -10' of water then. Mostly.
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#11392156 - 02/04/16 03:12 PM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
Pat Goff Offline
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Registered: 01/29/05
Posts: 4944
Loc: Marble Falls/Seadrift
Most trout are caught in far less than 10' of water, more like less than 3'.
There's a lot of visual clues on reefs, usually you can see current and wave patterns change around the reef, when it's slick, you'll see some manner of baitfish activity. Pay attention, it's shouting at you if you listen carefully.

And bigger isn't necessary, six foot shell pads can hold fifty trout on them. And not catch the fury of a fleet of potlickers.
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#11392387 - 02/04/16 04:32 PM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Pat Goff]
G Love Offline
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Registered: 06/03/10
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Loc: Weatherford, TX
Originally Posted By: Pat Goff
Most trout are caught in far less than 10' of water, more like less than 3'.
There's a lot of visual clues on reefs, usually you can see current and wave patterns change around the reef, when it's slick, you'll see some manner of baitfish activity. Pay attention, it's shouting at you if you listen carefully.

And bigger isn't necessary, six foot shell pads can hold fifty trout on them. And not catch the fury of a fleet of potlickers.





Yes sir I understand that it's way shallower than what I'm used to, just getting a general idea of cold water patterns. I mainly have had success in the fall into early winter on the flats (around shamrock to be specific) I've never fished down there in Feb, I'm pumped that i'm going to get to though. 10-4 on the paying attention. Some very helpful info for me here. I greatly appreciate it.
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#11393712 - 02/05/16 08:45 AM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
Grinder55 Offline
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Registered: 08/21/13
Posts: 737
Loc: Rockport, Texas
Quote:
Pat Goff wrote:
And bigger isn't necessary, six foot shell pads can hold fifty trout on them. And not catch the fury of a fleet of potlickers.


Pat's advice is right on the money.

For example, Copano Bay is full of small reefs that hold large schools of trout. Just gotta know where they are. And Copano Bay has less boat traffic than any bay around Rockport. And like Pat said - even during the summer and croaker season when the guides are running the big reefs that are on a lot of commercial maps - those small unchartered reefs that have no boat traffic can pay off big time, just gotta find them or know where they are.

And, one advantage to fishing in February is that the tides are at their lowest during February, so you can see structure and guts, as well as hazards, that you can't see after the bull tides of spring are upon us. So you learn more while your navigating in February. Another good thing is Trout have thicker belly's. Good time of the year to fish.
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#11402569 - 02/09/16 09:04 AM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
G Love Offline
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Registered: 06/03/10
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Loc: Weatherford, TX
So should I be able to find (I use the term "find" loosely lol) some reefs/shell holding structure in the ingleside part of the bay? In that area around the island and what not? Or should I trailer to other areas?
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#11408257 - 02/11/16 04:14 PM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
G Love Offline
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Registered: 06/03/10
Posts: 1651
Loc: Weatherford, TX
I've been doing some research and I think I'll do alright. My concern is navigating the large swells the tankers will throw in my 17' flatbottom CC, any pointers?
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#11408267 - 02/11/16 04:19 PM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
Grinder55 Offline
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Registered: 08/21/13
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Loc: Rockport, Texas
Water looks good in that area, solid SE winds, I fished it today scouting for a Charter on Saturday.

My son with his biggest bay fish yet, a 29" Drum ... we went looking for trout but ran into several schools of large drum that were all in the 28" - 29" range drifting the flats today.

Chased them around for several hours and had a blast listening to our "reels sing" our favorite song !!!






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#11408300 - 02/11/16 04:34 PM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
G Love Offline
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Registered: 06/03/10
Posts: 1651
Loc: Weatherford, TX
Awesome man! Yessir what I've been observing is the Drum should def be there. Thank you!
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