Fly Fishing the Texas Coast
Within 20 miles of the Galveston beaches, you can find all the platforms and other structure you want for offshore fly fishing, says Capt. Chris Phillips, a Galveston fly-fishing guide who splits his time between flats and bluewater fishing. Phillips, who frequently fishes offshore on calm summer days out of a 24-foot center console, says he likes to explore gas wells, stand pipes, platforms, and other natural and manmade structures that draw ling, jack crevalle, dolphin, king mackerel, gray snapper, and Spanish mackerel. Phillips says some of the production platforms are within a 15-minute run offshore from the lighthouse at the end of the south jetty at Bolivar Roads Pass. Painted a bright yellow, many measure about 10 feet by 10 feet and extend out of the water about 20 feet.
On his way offshore, Phillips says he scans open water for schools of bonito feeding on the surface under diving terns and gulls. He says he has pulled up to platforms and immediately encountered large schools of bluefish. When this happens, an effective method is to work glass minnow patterns near the surface. "They will come up and bust them," he says. Tripletail is another species frequently found around offshore structures that will readily take a fly. Phillips says Clouser Deep Minnow patterns are effective on these deep-bodied fish with dark brown bodies and bright yellow dorsal fins.
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