Fly Fishing the Texas Coast

Fly Fishing by Night: Aransas Pass
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The base of the south jetty at Port Aransas, near the University of Texas Marine Science Institute pier, is an excellent night-fishing destination during the summer and fall months. In addition to the jetty rocks and pier pilings, a submerged boxcar provides ideal habitat for a variety of gamefish including trout, redfish, and Spanish mackerel.

Since the jetty surface is irregular in this area, it is a good idea to scout it out during daylight hours and to plan night-fishing strategies in advance. Uniform-density lines or shooting tapers are recommended here because of the strong currents moving in and out of the pass. When the current is moving, when trout are busting and popping on the surface and white pelicans are herding baitfish in the light, the sights and sounds make this one of the most exciting night-fishing destinations on the coast. The trout run larger along this channel, and flyfishers are challenged to turn a fish before it can run into the pier pilings.

JFK Bridge Area, Corpus Christi
Several marinas along the upper Laguna Madre offer fishing from lighted piers for a small fee. One of these is Clem's, a marina and bait stand on the Padre Island side of the JFK Bridge, below Corpus Christi. During periods when the current is moving, good numbers of trout will hold and feed in the lights around this pier. To get to Clem's, the only large pier that is lighted for night fishing, travel south from Corpus Christi. After crossing the JFK Bridge, take the first road to the right. Follow the road back under the bridge, bear left, and stop at the first bait stand on the right.

Lower Coast

Port Mansfield
Port Mansfield's harbor has many lighted boat slips and waterside condominiums with piers that offer excellent night-fishing opportunities during the summer and fall. Fly-fishing guests casting at night around the lighted boat slips at Sun Chase condos often take keeper trout and flounder.

South Padre Island
The channel running along the bay side of South Padre Island's resort community has a number of lighted docks, private homes, and marinas that draw schools of trout and ladyfish at night.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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