Fly Fishing the Texas Coast

Deceivers in the Rocks: Popular Jetty Fly-Fishing Sites
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Sabine Pass
The Sabine Pass jetties are located at the mouth of Sabine Pass on the Texas-Louisiana border. Like other Texas jetties, Sabine's attract a varied lineup of coastal species from trout, reds, and flounder to Spanish mackerel, tarpon, and kings. But unlike other Texas jetties, those at Sabine Pass are usually free from crowds, a bonus for flyfishers during the peak summer fishing months.

To get to the Sabine jetties, take I-10 to Winnie and Texas 73 from there to Port Arthur. Then head south on Texas 87 to Sabine Pass.

Separated from shore by salt marshes, the Sabine jetties are accessible only by boat. Boaters can launch from a county-maintained public ramp in the town of Sabine Pass or from the Texas Parks and Wildlife ramp at the Sabine Pass Battleground State Historical Park.

Bolivar Roads Pass
The north jetty at Bolivar Roads Pass, near Galveston, attracts a variety of gamefish. During the summer months work the edges of the rocks for trout, reds, and sheepshead and look for schools of jacks, ladyfish, bluefish, and Spanish mackerel busting bait on the surface. Walk-in anglers have 2 miles of jetty to prospect from the bait camp entry point to the Small Boat Cut. The cut offers moving water and attractive fish-holding features, but it can get crowded with boaters and is best avoided on summer weekends. The Gulf side offers protection from south, southwest, and west winds, and the channel side is protected from north winds. Flyfishers in boats have the choice of fishing another 4.3 miles of the jetty extending beyond the small boat cut into the Gulf.

During the summer, diving birds are a tip-off that schools of jacks and Spanish mackerel are herding bait near the rocks. Tarpon also are present from June through October.

The north jetty is located about 3 miles from the ferry landing on the Bolivar Peninsula, east of the lighthouse and Texas 87. Two miles beyond the lighthouse on Texas 87, take the road to the right.


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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