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Specs in the surf #13938873 03/28/21 02:09 AM
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I guess this question is a three parter. Going to make at least a few trips down to west Galveston this summer and hope to be staying within walking distance to the beach.

1. Has anyone ever had success fly fishing for specs in the surf? Particularly the early morning bite.

2. If so, what flies do you like for specs in the surf?

3. Has it been determined if the February freeze will have a significant impact on specs along the Texas coast?

Thanks in advance

Re: Specs in the surf [Re: Dougfresh] #13939971 03/29/21 01:47 AM
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Yes. My favorite way to fish the surf is with the fly gear. If it is right, it can be a fish every cast type of fishing, truly.
Early morning is prime, from sunup to 8 am, longer perhaps if it remains cloudy.
Flies, lots of them work. Baitfish types like EP, steve Farrar, gartside soft hackle streamers, shrimpy types like borski sliders, ep shrimp, clousers, redfish crack.

I focus on nervous bait, structure/current interplay and the mostly the first gut and bar off the beach. Stand in knee to low waist deep water, cast 50โ€™ or so feet to fish sign or targeted areas of the bar/gut structure. Drift with the current using floated or intermediate tip line, long fluorocarbon leaders. [Linked Image]
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Re: Specs in the surf [Re: Dougfresh] #13939995 03/29/21 02:02 AM
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Thats awesome. Thanks for the info.

Re: Specs in the surf [Re: Dougfresh] #13940017 03/29/21 02:12 AM
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Sure. From what reports Iโ€™ve heard or seen, trout will be in the surf in the usual amounts come May, if not sooner, at least north of the mid coast. I fish the Surfside surf and the Quintana side both just below Galveston, everything from san luis pass to the Brazos River. Never have waded west Galveston surf, but I think itโ€™s a prime area for trout.

Re: Specs in the surf [Re: Dougfresh] #13940025 03/29/21 02:16 AM
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I have done well with gold clousers or shrimp imitations. Besides specs, you can also have a lot of fun catching ladyfish, jack crevalle and redfish.

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