Fly Fishing the Texas Coast

Intracoastal Waterway Shoreline

Located on the Bolivar Peninsula across the Intracoastal Waterway from Shirley's Bait Camp, this stretch of shoreline is considered one of the best summertime wadefishing spots in the East Bay. Fish head for this shoreline in the evening, after holding during the day around East Bay gas wells and spoil islands. Local anglers call the site"the rips," which describes the bottom made up of many ridges and guts that attract fish to this shoreline. Flyfishers should arrive early to get a shot at fish cruising near the shoreline on moving tides. When the sun gets high, the fish bail out for deeper water.

Rollover Pass at Gilchrist

A man-made channel and fish pass linking the East Bay with the Gulf, Rollover Pass is another popular stop for anglers traveling Bolivar's Texas 87. Flyfishers can wade either side of the pass or cast from the bulkhead into the current, using Uniform Sink lines and weighted flies. Veteran upper coast flyfisher Ross Wilhite recommends wading the shell reefs along both sides of the Intracoastal Waterway on the east end of East Bay, near Rollover. He reports good redfish and trout action and light boat traffic on that end of the bay. Flyfishers also can wade the nearby beach and the bay side of the pass. Wading in the Gulf at the pass can be hazardous except at low tide, and a personal flotation device is essential.

Fort Travis Flats

You'll find redfish on the flats along the shoreline at Fort Travis, a World War II-era defense artillery installation, and jack crevalle chasing baitfish in nearby channels. The site includes a park with picnic tables and shower facilities. Wadefishing is good here in the summer months, especially early and late in the day. The area is protected from north winds and offers wadefishing and blindcasting opportunities in water from knee-deep to chest-deep levels. Life jackets are a must. Flyfishers also have the option of fishing from a boat around the deeper water off the southern boundary of Fort Travis. A submerged rock pile about 75 feet from the southwest corner of the park and 6 to 8 feet under water holds trout. Flyfishers should cast up-current and let Clouser Deep Minnow and Deceiver patterns swing over the rocks.

The Fort Travis flats are located 0.8 mile from the ferry landing on Bolivar Peninsula.


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