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#11383472 - 02/01/16 09:16 AM Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates
Grinder55 Offline
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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.





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#11384340 - 02/01/16 03:36 PM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
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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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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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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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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]
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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]
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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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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]
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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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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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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]
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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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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]
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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]
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Awesome man! Yessir what I've been observing is the Drum should def be there. Thank you!
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#11417178 - 02/16/16 08:13 AM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
G Love Offline
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Came back to Weatherford with my tail between my legs. Fished hard. Deep, shallow, guts cuts & flats, shipping channel, live bait, dead bait, artificials, didn't catch anything but hard heads. I haven't had my tail whipped this bad at the coast since I was 21 (7 years ago) also never fished it in February, either. I did get to rebuild a hub on my trailer though. Be back at it come May or June. I know they were somewhere, I just couldn't find them. I've done exponentially better walk-in wading and out of my kayak.
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#11418599 - 02/16/16 06:39 PM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
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Bays can be a real challenge sometime, being tuned into freshwater it gets tough adapting to the very small changes that make very large differences.

Send me a PM when you're heading back down. Maybe we can go find a few of those nasty ol' redfish and regain your confidence.
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#11419830 - 02/17/16 09:18 AM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
G Love Offline
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That'd be awesome man. I'd appreciate the insight. I will def do that.
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#11419968 - 02/17/16 10:07 AM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
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Game fish are in the "spring migration pattern" right now so it's kinda like you are using the 'heading them off at the pass' mentality.

The nuances of nature this time of year, with the constant changing weather and wind patterns, will relocate fish every few days to almost daily until we reach the steady weather patterns of late spring into summer. It's almost like you could write a book on the subject about all the subtle changes that make a big difference.

Deal is when you locate a school of'em it's on !!!
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#11420088 - 02/17/16 11:04 AM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
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One wake, one mullet, one little cloud of mud can be your clue to find the load of your dreams.
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#11420260 - 02/17/16 11:54 AM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
G Love Offline
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I agree, I searched for bait, the slightest flicker lol.. I didn't find the bait. Another lesson in the sport I love I suppose
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#11513608 - 03/31/16 10:06 AM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
Grinder55 Offline
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Some HS anglers from Michigan here in Texas on spring break used the tips from the WadeFish Rockport© Book & DVD to make a memory for a lifetime catching this BIG RED !!!





Edited by Grinder55 (03/31/16 10:43 AM)
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#11551224 - 04/18/16 08:28 PM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
Grinder55 Offline
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This weather system we are experiencing right now is perfect for Rockport and the coastal bend this time of year.

Low pressure causing coastal flooding from the Gulf of Mexico while we get - just about, the perfect amount of rain to back up that tidal surge.

The result will be some awesome fishing when the sun comes out and these winds settle down.
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#11553849 - 04/19/16 11:31 PM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
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Grinder,

Do you have any preliminary reports on the improvements Cedar Bayou has had on the Aransas Bay fishing system? Have people been able to start catching keepers up in Copano again? Once Cedar Bayou got all silted up, I felt like you couldn't catch any good trout up in Copano. I've been going down for over 25 years, and we've been banking on the restoration of Cedar Bayou. I'm hoping the continued "normalization" of conditions will help!

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#11556100 - 04/20/16 10:43 PM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
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FW2: I am seeing crabs swimming by me while wade fishing in the back bays since Cedar Bayou has been opened. That's a good sign. Good rains - as well as Cedar Bayou being opened - has things "alive" and thriving again.

Wade fished grass lines today since tides were up looking for reds and found some decent, steady action - but only 1 red made the slot. All trout caught were worthy of being on the stringer.

High tide started moving @ 9a m today.





Edited by Grinder55 (04/20/16 10:46 PM)
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#11556164 - 04/20/16 11:37 PM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
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I was curious if anyone knew of some decent kayak launch points relatively close to good fishing in the Rockport area?? I have my first weekend off in ages and want to take the new yak out this Friday evening and Saturday.... Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Stay safe out there!!

Daniel

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#11556493 - 04/21/16 09:01 AM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
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If you're looking closer to Rockport, I'd probably drop in at Palm Harbor and fish the Estes Flats and Traylor Island. If you're willing to travel a little more, I'd try to drop in on the intercostal canal across from the Light House lakes and try to fish that area. Either way, I think both are decent spots that are wind protected and have plenty of real estate to fish. Make sure to show us some pics!

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#11556513 - 04/21/16 09:08 AM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
Grinder55 Offline
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da_karr, any of the 17 locations in the Wadefish Rockport© Book & DVD has valuable real estate for fishing to accommodate an angler using a kayak.
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#11557752 - 04/21/16 06:28 PM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: da_karr]
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Originally Posted By: da_karr
I was curious if anyone knew of some decent kayak launch points relatively close to good fishing in the Rockport area?? I have my first weekend off in ages and want to take the new yak out this Friday evening and Saturday.... Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Stay safe out there!!

Daniel


Daniel, im heading out there tomorrow morning and fishing Stedman's Reef near Fin N Feather marina. Youre welcome to join me. I'll be out there until Sunday and want to hit a couple places looking for some fish.

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#11559043 - 04/22/16 11:28 AM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: da_karr]
Neumie Offline
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Originally Posted By: da_karr
I was curious if anyone knew of some decent kayak launch points relatively close to good fishing in the Rockport area?? I have my first weekend off in ages and want to take the new yak out this Friday evening and Saturday.... Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Stay safe out there!!

Daniel

Google Maps

Lots of great places to put in to kayak fish in the Rockport area. Estes Flats is a good option right and shouldn't be as impacted from all the rain.
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#11559808 - 04/22/16 06:59 PM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
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Be advised, there is a LOT of boat traffic in Estes Flats right now.

None of our bays have been impacted adversely by the limited rains we have received over the last week or so.

In fact, I've had to water my yards plants and outdoor ferns twice this week.




Edited by Grinder55 (04/22/16 07:08 PM)
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#11571465 - 04/28/16 01:59 PM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
Piscatorial Assassin Offline
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I was down there on the 22-24th and we managed to boat a few trout off of platform pads, lost a few, caught a LOT of gafftops on RR/gulp on 40 acre reef, and caught a LOT of undersized trout drifting grass and sand on the east shoreline just north of Holiday beach.

All in all not a bad trip and I am beginning to really get the bay system. Another benefit is I have become a firm believer in the Rockport Rattler/Gulp combo... so much that I am considering not using live bait at all unless necessary.

Brandon
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#11579007 - 05/02/16 05:08 PM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
Grinder55 Offline
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Good report from the "backyard" Brandon. thumb

Another good WadeFish Rockport© report this weekend, this one from Steve from Fredricksburg from the "front yard".

Same thing Steve found, I have been finding in the areas I have been wade fishing, the reds are running around in the same vicinity with the trout.

Nice pics Steve.








Edited by Grinder55 (05/02/16 05:13 PM)
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#11579597 - 05/02/16 08:56 PM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
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Grinder,

I was hoping to head down there next week with some friends and wanted to know what part of the bay they're on? Are they up in Mesquite on the reefs or they on the sand and grass flats farther south in Aransas/Port A? I'm just trying to get down a general idea for a pattern. Also, are people catching any over at Cedar Bayou? Thanks in advance for any pointers!

On another note, Daniel, did y'all catch any a couple of weeks ago?

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#11580978 - 05/03/16 04:01 PM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
Grinder55 Offline
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FW2, reports are good on all bays. Cedar Bayou has had its usual spring time run now that its open again, with good trout reports coming from the 2nd & 3rd chain of isle in Mesquite and Ayers area.

Birds are working and active in some of these areas with some nice 15 1/2 - 17" trout under them.

It can't do anything but get better when those "yellow mouth" trout start invading the back bays.
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#11599609 - 05/12/16 02:20 PM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
Grinder55 Offline
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Wade fishing grass lines early paid off for Richard & Jeff today.

That's a nice way to start a day of fishing with a Texas Slam.


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#11610215 - 05/18/16 11:02 AM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
Piscatorial Assassin Offline
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I am heading down this weekend again grinder with the wife and son, staying at Goose Island. How are the recent rains and inflow from Copano Creek affecting fishing? Any recent hot spots from your locations (numbers) that have been paying off? We are really thinking about concentrating on St. Charles and/or maybe Port bays during the day and the fishing pier at night.
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#11610659 - 05/18/16 01:58 PM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
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If you have a boat, I would go south. I went last week and got nothing going north.

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#11611075 - 05/18/16 04:45 PM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
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Appreciate it FishWrangler, but I am boat-less this trip. I could probably work my way east down the southern end of Blackjack Peninsula towards Dunham Point since I have a kayak to cross the channels but otherwise I am stuck to locations I can paddle/wade easily.
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#11611745 - 05/18/16 10:46 PM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
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Well, if you have a yak, then go to the Estes flats. I heard some people were doing pretty well over there right before we left. It may be a slight hike in the car, but I think it would be worth it. You can just drop in at Palm harbor or something and paddle across the intercoastal

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#11612183 - 05/19/16 09:24 AM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
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Piscatorial Assassin we got a decent amount of rain specific to Rockport area on Sunday, some misty stuff the last few days - nothing at all what they forecasted, including this morning.

However, looks like we will get a decent amount of rain later today.

Location #16 should have value, I'd use croakers or lures - early morning or at dusk. ( Moon is over our head around the 6 pm time period right now )

I've had steady trout action at all locations I've fished and that should continue or get better since the serious Low Pressure system we are experiencing
is also flooding our bays with fresh SaltH20 from the Gulf of Mexico.

Sunset is @ Location #1 yesterday.









Edited by Grinder55 (05/19/16 10:10 AM)
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#11612423 - 05/19/16 11:12 AM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
Captain Nathan Beabout Offline
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Grinder 55, are you starting to see any solid to trophy trout? I know other parts of the coast have been catching them for some time, and as of the last few weeks we are starting to catch trout from 22-28 inches. All our big trout have come out of areas where we catching a lot of redfish.
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#11614024 - 05/20/16 01:14 AM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
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Yes Nathan - I've been reporting the reds are running with the trout.

Nice catch late this evening by a WadeFish Rockport© angler after the rains came through this afternoon - he took my advice on some texts we exchanged on a location I recommended and ended his evening and trip down to Rockport today with some solid fish as the sun set.


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#11618028 - 05/22/16 10:56 AM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
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Some nice trout being caught in Aransas Pass,unfortunately not by me. Seen a 28" beast this weekend.
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#11619140 - 05/22/16 09:21 PM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
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Well I have to give my wife and son credit, we didn't catch anything all weekend but they ground it out with me each day. Getting frustrated... Maybe I should take up
Golf...
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#11619381 - 05/23/16 12:18 AM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Piscatorial Assassin]
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Originally Posted By: Piscatorial Assassin
Well I have to give my wife and son credit, we didn't catch anything all weekend but they ground it out with me each day. Getting frustrated... Maybe I should take up
Golf...

Lol golf will make u even more frustrated. The hardest sport in the world.

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#11622488 - 05/24/16 10:18 AM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
Grinder55 Offline
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Piscatorial Assassin, we had two boats leave an area we were catching fish on the report that I gave a few days ago with pics - the wade spot and then drift spot - because they were NOT catching anything ... 1st at the wade spot and then when we were drifting one of my fav big trout spots. Sometimes the fish are there but LITTLE things make a BIG difference between 'fishing' and 'catching' and like I ALWAYS say: " Fishing is Fun, but catching is more FUN !!!"

Report from the WadeFish Rockport© angler last Thurs. that I posted the report and the pics of those two flounder and red he caught late Thursday evening when he got to town was that he lost several flounder and was broke off twice by redfish. He went back to same spot Fri. morning ... nada. What was gonna be a 'slam dunk' on Friday morning turned out to be a tough fishing day as he went from the grass lines to reefs searching for that kinda action again.

The difference was the hard outgoing tide and the moonrise the evening before and the wind & SaltH20 temps. dropping quick had the fish moving right as that northern was hitting us.

Weather patterns have something to do with our fishing - so right now ya gotta make your adjustments - sometimes almost daily !!!

This pic is from a WadeFish Rockport© angler this weekend and it tells me a lot.

"Time spent with your son admiring and being a part of Mother Nature is priceless ... the fish will be strung soon enough."








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#11625959 - 05/25/16 02:30 PM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
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Nice Sun Set!

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#11629029 - 05/26/16 07:32 PM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
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Grinder and Pat. I was thinking of trying to get down a few days week after next. May i ask what yall think of fishing after alk the rain. Grinder, i bought ur wade fishing info a few years ago. A house move has me unable to find it at the moment. Im thinking of cancelling re the fresh water. I had wanted to wzde fish at Bayside as i did as a highschool kid in the 60s but i figure the freshwater has ruined that.

Pat, ive also been dealing with trying to get a good bc scorer to take and measure my 252 inch muley from north of Monahans last Dec.

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#11629038 - 05/26/16 07:35 PM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
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Grinder, you should have prints made and for sale re the sunset in yiur first pic. Man, what a beautiful photo.

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#11630359 - 05/27/16 11:16 AM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
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hey there eyeball.

Don't let a little rain keep ya from coming fishing. Our bay system has plenty of Trout Green water to wade fish.

For example, Copano Bay has been producing and was written up in an article in the Rockport Pilot by a local guide as one of his tips on hot spots to fish.

I have been having good luck on all the spots I have been fishing and I move around some to to see "what's up" in a certain bay so I know what's going on there.

Only thing that has been keeping from fishing some locations is the wind - not the rain.

That sunset is a pretty cool pic ... here is another one of a spot I call Rex's Island, ... I have fished it all my life and it has produced great fishing and awesome sunsets quite often over the years.






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#11649783 - 06/06/16 09:28 AM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
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Another really good thing about wade fishing is just how close you can get to and become a part of nature.

Here are a two of pics recently taken of some birds - a Reddish Egret and a couple of Blue Herons - from some areas I wade fish here in Rockport.

I have found over the years, that the more I "get lost" in nature and become more comfortable and "a part" of nature, ... then that's when the fishing becomes catching.




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#11666175 - 06/14/16 09:02 AM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
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Good trout action on incoming tide right now. Tide has been really moving around the 10 am time period and that's when we had our best action of the day.

HS exchange student, Konstantin Sonntag from Lake Constance, Germany got in on some good trout action with his feet wet in some Texas SaltH20.

I had a BLAST teaching this young man how to WadeFish Rockport !!!

We each caught around 15 - 20 trout each and culled the keepers out of'em. Good action all morning with 22" trout being the top dog strung.




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#11679506 - 06/21/16 02:07 AM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
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Hey guys, was hoping someone could point me in the right direction. Staying in fulton and never been bay fishing before. Have a7' medium rod with baitcaster, 50lb braid and floro leader, bought some jig heads and spoons have a few plastics. Just not sure where to go? Any suggestions on where or what to throw? Thanks in advance.
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#11681585 - 06/22/16 08:07 AM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
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Trout action is good to excellent - on both grass beds and shell.


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#11734131 - 07/21/16 09:01 AM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
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Doing a little trout scouting this morning and saw this 'nature scene' that held several things we talk about when planning a fishing trip.

Tide, moon phase and structure.

Structure is the visible reef surrounded by grass beds that you can see the tops of the grass at various spots in the water.

Moon phase is starting its decent in the west, I'd rather have it over my head or on the eastern horizon at sunrise.

Tide Phase is starting it's high tide phase and can actually be seen since the tide is rolling in against very light SE wind.

The only thing absent at this location is bait - didn't see much bait.






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#11747855 - 07/29/16 12:08 AM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
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TBT : 1995

"Know your structure well and Mother Nature will reward you, year after year, decade after decade."

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#11761973 - 08/06/16 03:28 PM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
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Laura from San Antonio went wade fishing Rockport and is bringing home some trout for supper !!!

Report is that 1 trout was caught on live shrimp and 3 were caught on 1/4 oz. Pink/WildEye Rockport Rattler jig with a pearl Gulp 3" shrimp.


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#11769249 - 08/10/16 10:11 AM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
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Any reports on how the bite has been of late? Are people finding trout or reds more north or south of Rockport? Going with my family for our 26th annual trip and would like to have an idea of where to start! Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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#11794391 - 08/24/16 11:25 AM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
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Hey there FishWrangler2.

Been busy with Charters and we have been taking them to the upper laguna for trout action, but I did some personal wade fishin' this morning and, - just as I figured - the redfish are starting to stage in the back bays around here in Rockport.

Threw back three 19 3/4" reds before I strung one, so it's redfish for supper.

Good action this morning until tide stopped.




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#11807914 - 09/01/16 12:36 PM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
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Good fishin' today - so it will be TROUT for Lunch ... and REDFISH for supper.

Caught trout, redfish, drum and flounder - the two flounder didn't make the stringer ~1/4" short each ... but the rest did, threw back about 15 - 20 small trout and several 19"+ reds. North wind didn't stop the bite today !

Even had a trout hit a Gulp! & Rockport Rattler 1/16 oz. jig combo while I was messing my line from a wind tangle and the lure was just sitting on the bottom.

GREAT day to be in the water !!! 8-)


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#11834574 - 09/17/16 08:18 PM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
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Moments like these - fishing with your son -  are "Priceless" !!!

Feet wet at 6:53 a.m., sunrise at 7:15 a.m., ... strong outgoing tide - no small high tide from 3 a.m. to 9 a.m. as predicted - trout, reds and drum were running together.



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#11842579 - 09/22/16 12:43 AM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
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Blackened Redfish ??? .. yeah, I can do that.

And, ....... so can YOU !!!


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#11842911 - 09/22/16 09:06 AM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
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That's a good looking plate!

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#11843983 - 09/22/16 06:35 PM Re: Rockport Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
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dang! that looks tasty!
thx for sharing
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#11844166 - 09/22/16 08:31 PM Re: Rockport Trailer Bearings? ( 1 2 3 ...13 14 15 ) by Crappie Chaser 221 333199 09/07/16 0Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: lite-liner]
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lite-liner: Where did your Fish Shop go?

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#11857141 - 09/30/16 09:49 AM Re: Rockport Trailer Bearings? ( 1 2 3 ...13 14 15 ) by Crappie Chaser 221 333199 09/07/16 0Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
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In the ol' SaltH2O at daybreak.







Catching and stringing Reds, Trout and Drum.







Strung a limit of trout using the Rockport Rattler jigs I invented, 1/4 oz. Glow, rigged with Pearl Gulp soft plastics was the ticket.







The "Catch of the Day" was an awesome sunrise courtesy of Mother Nature.

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#11868831 - 10/07/16 07:38 AM Re: Rockport Trailer Bearings? ( 1 2 3 ...13 14 15 ) by Crappie Chaser 221 333199 09/07/16 0Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
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Good action on incoming tide yesterday morning.

Strung 3 fish quick.

When incoming tide quit and so did the bite.

Home cleaning fish @ 10 a.m. getting ready for the TEXAS RANGERS play-off game with some Blackened redfish and some Shrimp Fettaccini for the game time meal.










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#11889188 - 10/19/16 01:15 PM Re: Rockport Trailer Bearings? ( 1 2 3 ...13 14 15 ) by Crappie Chaser 221 333199 09/07/16 0Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
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Wanted to have a Fish Fry for the Debate tonight.

Awesome orange painted on the horizon at sunrise greeted us as we slipped into the ol' SaltH2O. Strung 2 nice 20" trout by sunrise.

Headed to work the grass lines and caught a limit of nice 22 - 23" redfish, releasing several 19 - 20" reds, ...while Rex, II was stringing trout and flounder for our TEXAS SLAM !!! So my son remarks "What, no drum today Dad?" About 2 minutes later ... BAM !!! ... I nailed a nice Drum for a TEXAS GRAND SLAM today. At this point, I had a very, very sore shoulder from my shoulder being dislocated when I got out of bed a week ago Monday, (I guess stuff like that happens when you get 60 YO) so we headed in and left'em biting as waded toward the western horizon with the moon leading the way.






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#11916343 - 11/04/16 06:13 AM Re: Rockport Trailer Bearings? ( 1 2 3 ...13 14 15 ) by Crappie Chaser 221 333199 09/07/16 0Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
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Redfish action continues to be excellent working the grass lines.

Trout and drum are also making the stringer.

Water temps are getting cooler so the fish are getting more aggressive, with bait also on the move.








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#11928120 - 11/10/16 08:39 PM Re: Rockport Trailer Bearings? ( 1 2 3 ...13 14 15 ) by Crappie Chaser 221 333199 09/07/16 0Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
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Hopefully this link works ... video sent to me by FB today ...

***update 11/11/2016, couldn't get video to work .. working on it to put on our FB page:



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




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#11962167 - 12/02/16 09:43 AM Re: Rockport Trailer Bearings? ( 1 2 3 ...13 14 15 ) by Crappie Chaser 221 333199 09/07/16 0Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
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Redfish are still on the roam.

Location #13 in the WadeFish Rockport© book was the ticket for my son and his fishin' buds.

Rex, II strung some nice reds. He said they stalked down a school of redfish and strung some nice ones, then used their kayaks to chase'em around the flats and then waded to the school to get their redfish limits. The 3 anglers ended up with their 3 reds each for 3 limits of reds.



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#11989404 - 12/17/16 10:45 AM Re: Rockport Trailer Bearings? ( 1 2 3 ...13 14 15 ) by Crappie Chaser 221 333199 09/07/16 0Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
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Merry Christmas from Capt. Rex & the team here at WadeFish Rockport© to all our customers and all those anglers out there enjoying the beauty and majesty of Mother Nature !!!

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#12013576 - 12/31/16 10:11 PM Re: Rockport Trailer Bearings? ( 1 2 3 ...13 14 15 ) by Crappie Chaser 221 333199 09/07/16 0Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
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#12044804 - 01/17/17 09:48 AM Re: Rockport Trailer Bearings? ( 1 2 3 ...13 14 15 ) by Crappie Chaser 221 333199 09/07/16 0Wade Fishing tips and updates [Re: Grinder55]
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One of my Favorite pics of a Trout that was caught on the Rockport Rattler jigs I invented ... gotta go fishin' to catch'em !!! ;-)

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