Fly Fishing the Texas Coast

Redfish Bay

Dagger Island on Redfish Bay is a good area to driftfish from a boat. Casting over grass beds, look for fish around potholes and light sand patches. Dagger is known for holding clear water. When the tide drops out, it can be difficult to get even a shallow-draft boat in, but this is a good time to anchor in deeper water and walk in. The island is accessible from a number of marinas and public ramps at Aransas Pass and Port Aransas. Ransom Island, located north of the Corpus Christi ship channel, also is known for holding good numbers of trout and redfish. Both Dagger and Ransom islands are excellent areas for redfish on the"outside" in deeper water and on the "inside" along shallow flats. Ransom Island is also accessible by boat from marinas at Aransas Pass and Port Aransas.

Mustang Island/Corpus Christi Bay

Wilson's Cut, a launch ramp and boat channel located south of Port Aransas off Texas 361 (across the road from the Sandpiper and Seagull Condominiums), offers access by boat to prime grass flats behind Shamrock Island and Shamrock Cove. This is an excellent drive-up, walk-in wadefishing area where flyfishers have a chance of seeing good numbers of tailing redfish and black drum as well as getting an occasional shot at a solitary, heavyweight female speckled trout. The features present in the Wilson's Cut areaexpansive flats with creeks and depressionsare ideal habitat for redfish and black drum. Flyfishers also can target school trout and flounder around the creek mouths.

Kate's Hole, another fish-holding feature behind Mustang Island, draws commercial trotlining activity for black drum. It also is a good area for sightcasting because it holds clear water. The flats and spoil islands in the area between Kate's Hole and Deadman's Hole are good sites for wadefishing and sightcasting during the summer months. It is located on Mustang Island shoreline just north of the JFK Causeway (Texas 22), southeast of Corpus Christi.

The grass flats and hard sand bottoms on the inside of the Crane Islands draw tailing redfish, especially in the morning. These flats are obscured from view from passing boat traffic on Corpus Christi Bay and offer flyfishers undisturbed waters for wadefishing and sightcasting. The Crane Islands area can be accessed by boat from marinas near the JFK Bridge in Corpus Christi, or by vehicle from a wellpad road off of Texas

Nueces Bay Area

Houston flyfisher Mark Lucas, who grew up fishing the shorelines around Odem Bay, Nueces Bay, Portland, and Ingleside, says the shallow oyster reefs around the high bridge that separates Corpus Christi Bay and Nueces Bay are heavily traveled by redfish and seatrout.

Nueces Bay offers flyfishers an area that is not heavily fished, says guide Joe Mendez of Corpus Christi. "If you find a place that is full of fish and there are fifty boats hammering it every day, that is one thing. But if you find a spot with nobody else, you don't need a huge amount of fish to catch a lot of fish."


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