Welcome to the Texas Coastal Bend. Surrounded by the crystal clear waters of Copano and Aransas Bays, and nearby San Antonio and Matagora Bays, Rockport, TX is our home and base of operations. Rockport fly fishing is some of the best on the entire Texas Coast. With excellent year-round populations of Redfish, Speckled Trout and Black Drum. Or occasional opportunities for other species such as Jack Crevalle and Tarpon. There are fish to challenge any angler.
Rockport is centrally located along the Texas Coast, surrounded by the excellent fisheries of Port Aransas, Laguna Madre, and Port O’Connor. Nearby Corpus Christi provides easy airport access, as well as all the conveniences of a larger city. Rockport is a small beachfront community, but still offers plenty of amenities for our fly fishing guests. We look forward to showing you what our Rockport fly fishing trips is all about and look forward to your day on the water with us.
Captain Jeff Johnson
My love of fishing began at an early age. Growing up along the banks of the Yakima River, in Central Washington, it became pretty obvious that fishing was in my
blood. In 1997, I moved to Bozeman, MT to attend college a little, and fly fish a lot. This is where I really began to hone my skills, eventually trout bumming for entire summers on the Missouri
and other area rivers. After years of freshwater guiding and vacations to saltier climates, I decided to expand my business to the salt, and the Coastal Bend of Texas.
Fly Fish Rockport is located in the heart of some of the best fly fishing on the Gulf Coast. With world class fly fishing in every direction, Rockport, TX is poised perfectly to offer any variety of angling experiences. We specialize in fly fishing and light tackle sight fishing for trophy Redfish, Trout, Black Drum and other species. Fly Fish Rockport can ensure your Texas angling experience is top notch.
Fly Fish Rockport guides on many of the waters along the coastal bend, for a variety of species. We call Rockport, TX home. With plentiful redfish, speckled trout and other area species, on numerous expanses of flats, there is truly no place we would rather be.
While Fly Fish Rockport may call the Rockport area home, we also fish a number of other waters along the Coastal Bend. We regularly spend a considerable amount of time roaming the flats near Aransas Pass, Port O’Connor and the Upper Laguna Madre. Whether you prefer to sight fish for technical tailing redfish or work on newer fly fishing skills, Fly Fish Rockport can craft the perfect trip location for you.
In the event that your fishing trip requires more than one boat to service your angling group, Fly Fish Rockport hires only the best and most professional
Captains/Guides. Our guide staff all boasts many years of fly fishing and guiding experience and are able to teach anglers of any ability new skills. Whether it be selecting the right rods and
reels, flies or even casting instruction, our guides will have you taken care of.
Rockport offers some of the best saltwater fly fishing on the entire Texas Coast. In and around Rockport, fly fishing typically consists of sight fishing shallow water areas, or flats. These range from sand flats to mud flats, grass flats or flats composed of crushed oyster shells. Most of our sight fishing will be done in less than two feet of crystal clear water, making the fish very visible to the trained eye.
We often fish around grass banks. Our redfish and trout love to ambush their prey, and shallow grassy banks are the perfect place to do it. In this scenario, we will sight fish that are cruising these grassy banks, typically in very shallow water. They will often times swim deep into the grass in order to chase after baitfish.
Another popular location to sight fish, while fly fishing in Rockport, is along oyster beds. Baitfish love to congregate on very shallow oyster shell reefs. Typically, the redfish or trout will not be too far behind them. In this scenario, we commonly search along the edges of these oyster beds for fish awaiting the opportunity to ambush baitfish.
"The Fishery seems to be endless"
One of the things that makes Rockport, Texas such as premier fly fishing destination is that it is right in the heart of some of the best flats fishing that can be found in the Gulf. Aransas Bay is closest to home, as it is located on the front steps of our base of operations, Rockport, Texas. Also sitting right on Aransas Bay are the towns of Port Aransas and Aransas Pass.
This very accessible body of water is protected from the Gulf by St. Joseph Island and connects a few of our other frequent haunts, including Corpus Christi Bay on the South end, Mesquite Bay and St. Charles Bay to the North, and Copano Bay to the West. Along St. Joseph island, countless lakes, marshes and grass flats can be accessible to our shallow running flats skiffs. These areas are well sheltered from our prevailing Southeast winds and the water remains crystal clear at all times. For that reason, it makes these areas ideal for sight fishing to the large populations of redfish, trout and drum throughout the year.
The Northern most reaches of Aransas Bay provide passage for many fish into the nearby adjoining waters. Carlos Bay, Mesquite Bay and Copano Bay are all directly adjacent to Aransas Bay. Most are guarded by numerous oyster reefs which provide excellent opportunities for fish to feed on the nearby crab, shrimp or baitfish local to these reefs. All are excellent locations to find redfish, trout, drum and sheepshead.
As you move further South within Aransas Bay, you will notice the addition of many islands and lakes, surrounded by mangroves. These too provide excellent cover for crab, shrimp and baitfish. So you can expect redfish to be cruising the edges of these mangroves in search of a meal. These areas are most pronounced where Aransas Bay and Redfish Bay meet, and also in the Lighthouse Lakes area.
Within Aransas Bay, you will also find expansive areas of grass flats. Many of these flats are comprised mostly of turtle grass. The turtle grass in these areas is protected by the State of Texas, and for good reason. These areas provide incredible habitat not only for our fish, but also the crustaceans they forage for. Mud crab, shrimp and bait fish can all be found in abundance in these areas. These grasses are very unique and special to Rockport, Texas and Aransas Bay, and should be treated with the utmost respect.
Baffin Bay is one of the furthest bodies of water that Fly Fish Rockport and their guides will fish. Most of the areas that we launch the boat are over an hour drive from downtown Rockport. But on the right day, its usually well worth it. The surrounding area is fairly flat and there aren’t a lot of places to hide from the wind in this bay, so Fly Fish Rockport will normally plan to fish there on a day that has light winds and favorable weather.
Many areas of this bay contain soft mud bottom. For that reason, sight fishing can get tougher in some areas during heavy winds. The wind can kick up silt and turn many areas of the bay off color and almost impossibly to sight fish. So there are certain conditions that don’t work well with these waters, and we will choose to fish elsewhere. Calm and light Southeast, our prevailing, winds are ideal. Also, don’t sleep on this area for wintertime fishing for redfish. The mud bottom warms quickly on cold but sunny days, and often draws the attention of many redfish.
Baffin Bay is also well know for it’s tube worm reefs. These are formed over long periods of time and present themselves much like a rock pile. Hitting these with a boat can be detrimental or even dangerous. So the utmost care should be taken, unless you are very familiar with the waters of Baffin Bay.
Salinity in Baffin Bay can get very high, as the streams feeding it only run when it rains. So there is very little oyster, but this area is still known to boast large spotted sea trout, redfish, and black drum. In fact, it has been said to be one of the top international trophy speckled trout destinations.
Carlos Bay is a small bay, located at the Northernmost end of Aransas Bay. An intricate system of oyster reefs are all that separate these tow bodies of water. These same reefs also provide a very large area for crab, shrimp and bait fish to thrive. For this reason, Carlos Bay consistently holds good numbers of redfish, trout, drum and sheepshead.
During our colder Winter fly fishing season, Carlos Bay can be a favorite to our Fly Fish Rockport fly fishing guides. The flats found within this bay are excellent feeding grounds for redfish. But even more importantly, during the cooler months, Carlos Bay boasts a series of dugout cuts that can be as deep as 16 feet. These provide excellent passage ways and areas for the fish to retreat quickly and easily when the condition present themselves a bit less than favorable.
Due to its smaller size and limited number of shallow flats, also its close proximity to other great fishing locations, Fly Fish Rockport fly fishing guides will often fish Carlos Bay in correlation with some of the other great bays that are close by. Aransas Bay, San Antonio Bay, Mesquite Bay and St. Charles Bay are all very close and can be fished in conjunction with minimal running in the skiff.
Due to the number of oyster reefs in Carlos Bay, and all the entrances and exits, anglers will want to take caution when motoring around. Depending on the tides, most of the shell reefs are hidden beneath the surface of the water and can be difficult to see from the boat.
Just to the North and West of Rockport sits Copano Bay. Often overlooked by many anglers visiting the area, Copano Bay can provide very good fly fishing for redfish, trout and drum. Yet this bay typically sits as one of our least trafficked in the area.
Unlike many of our other bays, Copano Bay has sizeable amounts of fresh water entering the system. Copano Bay is fed by the Misssion River, the Aransas River, and Copano Creek. This diverse estuary receives its saltwater by way of Aransas Bay located just to the South and East. Due to the larger amounts of fresh water within this bay, the shrimp and crab population is abundant. This makes it a popular spot with good numbers of fish.
Copano Bay provides anglers a number of excellent fly fishing flats. Many are covered with widgeon and shoal grasses, that are very popular with redfish. Tailing fish can be plentiful in these areas while redfish are foraging for food.
But most common are expansive mud and sand flats. Most bordered with oyster shell. These are excellent areas to find cruising redfish. Mud crab are in abundance in these areas. Redfish are commonly seen cruising the edges of the shell in search of the crab gone astray.
While Copano Bay is most known for it’s fishing, it is also popular with those interested in birds and other wildlife in the area. This bay is home to a very diverse ecosystem, including the opportunity to see the endangered Whooping Cranes during our Winter months.
Copano Bay has a larger number of oyster reefs throughout. Most are hidden beneath the surface of the water, even on our lowest winter tides. So its important to take a great deal of care when motoring around this bay.
Corpus Christi Bay
Closely located to the city of Corpus Christi, Texas and just South of Rockport and Port Aransas, you will find Corpus Christi Bay. This bay covers more than 96,000 acres and is the largest in the Coastal Bend system. Several other bays connect to Coprus Christi Bay, as well as two locations where it is fed directly by the Gulf of Mexico.
Corpus Christi Bay is bordered to the North by both Redfish Bay and Aransas Bays. Slightly North and West you will find Nueces Bay. And to the South, the Upper Laguna Madre. Mustang Island provides the barrier between the Gulf of Mexico, although Port Aransas to the North and Packery Channel to the South, both allow easy access to the open Gulf for both angler and fish. For that reason, Corpus Christi Bay can fish very well.
There are numerous areas containing grass flats, marshes and tidal lakes up and down Mustang Island. These areas are full of redfish, trout, sheepsheadand drum and are very popular for flats fly fishing. But due to the close proximity of the Gulf, and being the deepest of the bays in the system, Corpus Christi Bay can also hold a larger variety of fish than some of our other bays. During the appropriate time of year, tarpon, triple tail, pompanoand jack crevalle are all common in this bay.
Our Fly Fish Rockport fly fishing guides typically access the waters of Corpus Christi Bay from marinas in Rockport, Aransas Pass or Port Aransas. All are in very close proximity and a very short run in our shallow running poling skiffs, making this one of our favorite bays to fish.
East Matagorda Bay
Surrounded by two Federal Wildlife Preserves and protected from the Gulf by the Matagorda Peninsula, East Matagorda Bay is part of the Matagorda Bay estuary, one of the third largest in Texas. The water in this bay is known to be exceptionally healthy and clean due to the two large Federal Wildlife Preserves and lack of pollution. But clean does not always mean clear.
East Matagorda bay and the Northeastern corner of Matagorda Bay are greatly affected by the confluence with the Colorado River. Depending on conditions, this can often make these waters off color and difficult for sight fishing. Particularly on days with a North wind, it can be difficult to find clear, or even fishable, water. However with a prevailing Southeast wind, the waters sheltered by the Matagorda Peninsula will remain clear and provide very good fishing for redfish, trout, flounder and sheepshead.
Fly Fishing East Matagorda Bay is consistently good. This bay boasts numerous shell reefs and is well known for its population of larger than average spotted sea trout, and robust numbers of redfish and flounder. The mixture of soft mud bottom and oyster create a healthy environment for crab, shrimp and a variety of baitfish. All of which make this an excellent habitat for our target species.
East Matagorda Bay is the Northernmost body of water that our Fly Fish Rockport fly fishing guides frequent. At just over an hours drive from Rockport, Texas, we often launch our skiffs at the Waterfront Park in the town of Matagorda.
Espíritu Santo Bay
Espiritu Santo Bay is a sixteen mile long bay that is actually the Northeastern extension of San Antonio Bay. The name Espiritu Santo means “Holy Spirit”. This area received its name from the Spanish explorers that first discovered it. This body of water is separated from Matagorda Bay to the North by a line of barrier islands. To the South, there are a limited number of islands and shell reefs where this bay joins San Antonio Bay.
This bay provides anglers a variety of different waters to fish. There are countless miles of grassy banks, tidal lakes, sand and mud flats and oyster reefs, all of which hold excellent populations of fish throughout the year. Fishing along Matagorda Island provides the necessary wind cover and endless opportunities for flats fishing with a fly rod.
Redfish, trout, drum and sheepshead are all available in excellent numbers within Espiritu Santo Bay. But due to the close proximity of the port and Gulf of Mexico, there are often opportunities for other migratory fish in the area. Triple tail and jack crevalle are the most frequently seen, but other fish can enter this system as well.
These waters are most commonly accessed by anglers fishing out of Port O’Connor, Texas. This is a short 40 minute drive for our Rockport fly fishing guides, and they do it often. Although the Southernmost reaches of this bay can be accessed easily from the marinas on the North end of Rockport; St. Charles Bay or Goose Island State Park. This is an easy run in the skiff that is typically 20 minutes or so.
The Matagorda Bay Complex is considered one of the finest estuaries in the State for anglers seeking redfish, flounder, and spotted sea trout. Our Fly Fish Rockport fly fishing guides definitely find Matagorda Bay to be a superb fishery.
This Bay is separated from the Gulf of Mexico by Matagorda Peninsula. It is bordered to the South by Espiritu Santo Bay, and to the North by East Matagorda Bay. Port O’Connor, Texas provides passage way for fish coming to or from the Gulf. This allows this bay to not only hold excellent numbers of our usual target species, but often opportunities at migratory fish such as tarpon or jack crevalle.
There is a variety of different structure within Matagorda Bay. The far Eastern corner is comprised largely of soft mud or silt bottom and has numerous oyster reefs. Also, the Colorado River and numerous other streams provide a large influx of fresh water. The Southern reaches of Matagorda Bay, nearest to Port O’Connor, often have stronger tidal flow. Due to their close proximity to the port and open waters of the Gulf, these areas have numerous grass flats, tidal lakes and cuts that hold good numbers of fish.
Matagorda Bay is quite large. 422 square miles to be exact. But it’s large size can make it more open to wind conditions. On days with stronger winds, traveling in this bay can be treacherous. Our Rockport fly fishing guides often access the waters of Matagorda Bay from marinas in either Matagorda or Port O’Connor, Texas, as they have the only amenities on this large bay system.
Mesquite Bay lies just to the North of Rockport, Texas. It is another of our smaller bays that adjoins with Carlos Bay and collectively act as a separator between Aransas Bay and San Antonio Bays. Similar to it’s neighboring bay, Mesquite Bay is heavily guarded on one side by oyster reefs, making boat travel tricky.
Mesquite Bay is also well know as the location of Cedar Bayou. Cedar Bayou has been a natural pass through between Matagorda and St. Joseph’s Island, making it a popular location to find fish. However, in recent years, Cedar Bayou has continually been closed due to hurricanes, weather and natural tidal movement. But this area continue to be very popular with many people.
Aside from the vast expanses of oyster reefs, this bay holds good number of tidal lakes, marshes, bayous and other excellent fish habitat. Good numbers of Redfish, trout, drum and sheepshead are all common place in Mesquite Bay. But sightings of jack crevalle and triple tail are not out of the question during the warmer months.
Mesquite Bay is easily accessed by our Rockport fly fishing guides from either the Goose Island State Park or St. Charles Bay marinas. Either provide quick access to the bay with less than ten minutes of run time in our shallow running skiffs. A quick run up the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) allows easy access to Mesquite Bay in the Northwest corner, avoiding the numerous oyster reefs.
Not far from Rockport, Texas, and in the Northwest corner of Copano Bay, you will find Mission Bay. This bay is an arm of Copano Bay that contains the confluence with the Mission River. Depending on recent rain, and river flows, this can often cause a much lower salinity throughout Mission Bay.
Despite the low salinity, Redfish and other target species still frequent this bay in good numbers. Both crab and shrimp thrive in the oyster reefs within this bay. That means that our redfish can not be too far behind. And during the cooler Winter months, it’s not uncommon to see some very large troutcruising around the mouth of this bay as well.
Similar to Copano Bay, Mission Bay can also be affected on windier days. Due to the softer mud bottom of this bay, high wind days can be tricky. Water can become off color easily, making it hard to sight fish. A heavy Southeast wind, our prevailing, can blow the waters and silt of Copano Bay into Mission Bay, making it off color. Likewise, strong winds from the North can dirty up the areas where Mission Bay and Copano Bay meet.
Mission Bay is easily accessible by way of Copano Bay. However, we do caution anglers that the run across Copano can be tricky. There are numerous oyster reefs throughout the bay that are usually undetectable from the boat. Another great option is to access Mission Bay by way of the Mission River. Just a short run downstream will put you in the bay. But be aware that there are many stumps and logs in this area as well. Also, the confluence with the river is very shallow. So use caution when motoring.
Fed by the Nueces River on the West end, this bay is a Northwestern extension of Corpus Christi Bay. While this bay is far from our most popular in the area, it fishes quite well. The incoming fresh water, and numerous oyster reefs, provide excellent amounts of food for our redfish and other target species to thrive.
Nueces Bay is another very shallow bay. It’s made up primarily of soft bottom mud and oyster reefs. For that reason, it can be tricky to fish. Windier days can stir up this small bay making the water off color. Also, great care must be taking while running your boat through these waters. Many of the oyster reefs are hidden just under the waters surface and are hard to see from the boat.
On days with a light Northeast wind, more common during the Winter months, this bay can fish extremely well. Many redfish will enter this bay from deeper waters of nearby Corpus Christi Bay in search of warm water and food. The soft mud bottoms found throughout warm quickly and are ideal for our coldest days of fishing.
While you can access this bay by way of Corpus Christi Bay, we rarely do. Instead, it is easiest to launch our shallow running poling skiffs at the Nueces Bay marina, located closer to the city of Corpus Christi. This is just a quick 15 minute drive from our home base of Rockport, Texas.
Port Bay is a small body of water located in the Southwest corner of Copano Bay. Similar to Mission Bay to the North, this bay provides excellent habitat for redfish and trout to move onto the shallow flats and feed. With deeper water nearby and plenty of soft mud bottom in the shallows, this is a very productive location to find fish throughout the year.
While many of the shallows in the bay consist of mud bottom, there are many grass flats located in the lakes and marshes found in Port Bay. Larger chains of lakes, made up primarily of widgeon grass, often provide excellent opportunities at schooling and tailing fish. Outside of these lakes, steep shorelines and many small cuts allow redfish the opportunity to ambush their prey.
While this bay does fish consistently well throughout the year, it can be a little tougher to fish during North winds. With a little less protection, and the waters of adjoining Copano Bay blowing in during a North wind, this can leave the waters of Port Bay off color and difficult to sight fish. But most other times this water fishes very well.
Port Bay also sees minimal pressure from other anglers. Some attribute this to the shallow water and difficulty gaining access to these flats. Also, there is no marina nearby. However, sometimes the overlooked little spots are true gems, and this proves to be the case with Port Bay. Fly Fish Rockport has found Port Bay to offer excellent redfish and trout fishing throughout the year.
Redfish Bay lies between the towns of Aransas Pass and Port Aransas, Texas. Just a couple miles South of Rockport. This bay is not your standard open water bay. Instead, Redfish Bay consists of many small islands that separate it from the neighboring bays of; Aransas Bay and Corpus Christi Bay. It also receives very strong tidal movements from the nearby Gulf of Mexico.
The entirety of Redfish Bay, as of 2016, has been designated a “no prop zone”, making it illegal for any boat to cause harm or uproot the seagrass. These large expanses of turtle and other grasses are what make this bay special. Redfish, trout and drum all thrive on these grass and pothole covered flats. Baitfish, crab and shrimp are all plentiful in these area, which attract large numbers of fish.
Located less than a mile from the open Gulf, Redfish Bay is on the receiving end of excellent tidal movement. This floods these flats with all sorts of baitfish, and right behind them, the fish that are eating them. Large bull redfish are common place during the late Fall, early Winter and Spring months. When strong tidal movements move schools of menhaden onto the flats, the bull reds or jack crevalle can often be seen following them around.
Our Fly Fish Rockport fly fishing guides most frequently access the waters of Redfish Bay from nearby marinas in Rockport or Aransas Pass. Most days, the run to the flats is less than ten minutes in our shallow running skiffs.
In fact on May 1, 2016, this area received the designation of a “no prop zone” which makes it illegal for any boats to be operated in the area that could cause harm or uproot the seagrass. This makes it the perfect fit for anglers fly fishing with Fly Fish Rockport as the push poles cause no harm, and the seagrass makes an exceptional home for the plentiful redfish.
San Antonio Bay
San Antonio Bay is another favorite fishery of our Rockport fly fishing guides. Located a short distance North of Rockport, it is bordered on the Southern end by Mesquite Bay and on the Northern end by Espiritu Santo Bay. Separated from the Gulf of Mexico by Matagorda Island, this bay provides a variety of water ideal for the redfish and other species we target.
Fishing along Matagorda Island provides miles of grassy banks, countless lakes and many cuts and creeks that consistently hold fish. You will find plenty of oyster reefs in this bay as well. These waters fish excellent throughout the year for redfish, trout, drum and sheepshead. However, the occasional chance at other migratory fish can be common as well given the right time of year. Jack crevalle, mackerel and triple tail are all common fixtures in this bay.
Centrally located between both Rockport and Port O’Connor, this bay can be accessed a number of different ways. Most commonly, our Rockport fly fishing guides can make a short run North down the Intercoastal Waterway (ICW) in their skiffs to access much of this water. However, with marinas in nearby Seadrift and Port O’Connor as well, that allows easy access to the Northernmost reaches of this bay from those marinas, saving the longer ride in the skiff.
San Antonio Bay is also bordered by the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. Many areas within this bay provide excellent opportunities to view whooping cranes, alligators and a variety of other wildlife as well.
St. Charles Bay
St. Charles Bay is a small protected bay that is an offshoot of Aransas Bay, located just on the Northern end of Rockport, Texas. Angling inland to the Northeast, this bay is a favorite of our Rockport fly fishing guides to fish during the Winter months or a sturdy North Wind. The angle at which many of the banks run, provide better than average relief from the North winds.
Featuring long grass and sand shorelines, that are broken up by numerous creeks and cuts, St. Charles Bay provides a haven for our redfish. With strong tidal movements, these creeks and cuts are flooded with fish ready to ambush bait adrift in the current. There are very few other areas with so many such cuts in a small compact area.
St. Charles Bay is made up of a variety of structure. Grass flats, sand, crushed shell, oyster reefs and larges expanses of mud bottom are most common. Many of these softer mud bottom areas can be popular with our redfishwhen the water temperatures drop in the Winter. Many of these back marshes and lakes will remain warmer than other area bays and provide better fishing during these colder periods.
In addition to the excellent fishing, this bay is well known for it’s valued ecosystem as well. St. Charles Bay is surrounded on one side by the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. This area is most known for supplying a protected breeding ground for the endangered Whooping Crane. These cranes frequent the areas from October through April and are always a crowd favorite. But we frequently see other animals as well; alligators, deer, bobcats, racoons and wild pigs.
Upper Laguna Madre
This long narrow expanse of water runs south from Corpus Christi Bay and is unique for a few different reasons. For instance, about 80% of the remaining seagrass habitat in Texas is located in this system. In addition, there is a very low fresh water inflow, little rainfall and high evaporation, thus the salinity of this bay is often very high, at times exceeding that of seawater. This is the only hyper-saline coastal lagoon in North America and one of only five in the world.
Unlike other bays in the Coastal Bend region, oyster reefs are not very prevalent. However, there are many rock reefs and serpulid reefs. Both of these still hold good numbers of food sources for our target species. And the large expanses of grass flats provide more than enough sources of food for good numbers of fish.
The Upper Laguna Madre begins just South of Corpus Christi, Texas and continues South where it eventually runs into The Land Cut. There are many popular areas of the Upper Laguna Madre, from Nighthawk Bay and the Middle Ground, down to the more famous Nine Mile Hole. The Southernmost reaches of the Laguna also serves as the entrance into another one of our favorite waters, Baffin Bay.
Many large Redfish and larger than average spotted seatrout are found throughout these waters making it a popular fishery for our Fly Fish Rockport fly fishing guides. Our Texas fly fishing guides commonly access these waters through the Padre Island National Seashore. Although there is plenty of opportunity to launch your boat in Corpus Christi as well.
GULF OF MEXICO (NEAR SHORE/OFFSHORE)
Certain times of the year, as the water warms up, some of our unique migratory fish will start swimming up the Texas Coast in the Gulf of Mexico. Typically, this begins in the later portion of Spring (April), and continues into the early Fall (November). However this is all weather dependent as these fish are following the baitfish, which are moving with the warming waters.
During these times, our Fly Fish Rockport fly fishing guides are able to watch the weather and tides in hopes of predicting the movements of these migratory fish. Many days, given the right conditions, we are able to start our mornings slightly offshore in our poling skiffs. This allows us the opportunities at these fish, as well as the ability to continue on to our usual day of flats fishing. Other days, we may opt to take the offshore boat out a bit further, leaving the flats behind us.
Jack crevalle, tarpon, bull redfish, king mackerel, spanish mackerel, cobia and mahi mahi are all up for grabs, once offshore. And there are always opportunities for other species as well. Sharks, skipjack, triple tail and all sorts of other fish are also common place. Once in the bigger water, there is no telling what we can bump into out there. But we come prepared for most everything.
While the near shore or offshore fishing is not our every day routine, it is a great way to change it up a bit on a multi day fishing trip with Fly Fish Rockport. Very often, these fish can be a fish of a lifetime for many of our anglers. So given the right time of year, and conditions, this is another great option while fishing with Fly Fish Rockport.
Fly Fishing Trips with Fly Fish Rockport
Spend a day with us chasing after tailing Reds, Speckled Trout, and a number of other fish here on the Rockport flats. Fly Fish Rockport offers numerous fly fishing trips to fit your needs, including Fish and Stay options as well as Full or Half Day trips. Here you can learn everything you need to know to begin planning your trip with us.
Weather by Season
Spring weather in Rockport typically begins in mid February. The winds are more commonly from the southeast, bringing with them warmer air. Daytime highs return to the mid 70s, with warmer overnights as well. We do tend to see a few rain showers beginning in mid March and early April. But these are typically warm weather patterns and very brief.
Our summer weather has typically set in by late May. Long days with plenty of sun are the norm here. Our prevailing winds are from the southeast and also bring warm air with them. Overnight temps are typically in the 70s, with highs during the days reaching the 90 degree range commonly. Being this close to the water, the humidity isn’t too bad and we usually have a light breeze to keep it comfortable.
Our fall season in Rockport typically begins towards the end of September. The hotter days and nights of summer start subsiding and cooler evening temperatures make it very comfortable. Overnights remain in the 60-70 degree range, with daytime highs typically in the 80s, but with much less humidity then the dog days of summer.
Rockport winters typically begin around the end of December. By this time, the days are shorter and the overnight temperatures can dip into the upper 40s fairly
consistently. Winds from the north become a little more common, but usually don’t blow too hard. Our typical daytime highs are right around 70 degrees.
Fly Fish Rockport is proud to work with the following lodging providers. Guests fly fishing Rockport are sure to fine comfortable accommodations to meet your specific needs. All of our guests are offered preferred rates at any of our lodging partners. Let them know you are fly fishing Rockport with us. Or, let us know and we would be happy to help arrange the lodging for you.
Loding & Guiding Rates on request.
The Lighthouse Inn
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Kontiki Beach Resort
Coastal charm, with exceptional cuisine from all over the globe. Rockport boasts the finest cuisine on the entire Texas Coast, hands down. Here are a few of our favorite places for food and drink after we fly fish Rockport.
Best food in town! Very quaint spot, with exceptional food and drink. They also have our favorite happy hour. We recommend the Pedro to drink.
Over 75 different bird species can be spotted in the marshes and along the sandy beaches throughout the year. The whooping crane is an endangered species and the nearby Aransas National Wildlife Refuge is their winter home.
Visit Texas’ first mile-long Blue Wave Beach with picnic cabanas, walking trail, restroom facilities, wildlife sanctuary, boat ramps, fitness trails, fishing piers, sand volleyball court, and a fantastic playground for children.
Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
Aransas National Wildlife Refuge is a 114,657 acre protected area situated on the southwest side of San Antonio Bay along the Gulf Coast. The rugged landscape is host or home to many amazing wildlife species, including whooping cranes, Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles, reddish egrets, alligators and coyotes.
Lighthouse Lakes Paddling Trails
The Lighthouse Lakes Paddling Trail was the very first Texas paddling trail and is actually a series of four loops ranging in length from 1.25 miles to 6.8 miles.
Paddlers can glide through mangroves and seagrass flats that provide outstanding bird watching and fishing for red drum, spotted seatrout and flounder in the maze of tidal channels and
My goal is to make certain that your Rockport fly fishing experience is a great one. I will do everything I can to assist you in the planning of your next Texas fly fishing adventure.
When planning fly fishing trips, I am able to suggest numerous options for lodging, food, activities and more. If you would like assistance in your travel planning, I am able to help with that as well. I look forward to fly fishing Rockport with you.
Please feel free to contact me at any time, by phone or email. Please note that I am on the water most every day, and I will not be immediately available. But I will do the best I can to return all messages the same evening as they are received.
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4-5 hours Trip
Beverage & Snacks
Cooler with Ice
Flies, Tippets, etc.
Capt. Jeff Johnson – Outfitter / Head Guide
8-9 hours Trip
Beverage & Snacks
Cooler with Ice
Flies, Tippets, etc.
Stay & Fish Package starts from
(incl. Hotel Room)
8-9 hours Trip
Beverage & Snacks
Cooler with Ice
Flies, Tippets, etc.
Fly Fish Rockport
Captain Jeff Johnson
PO Box 315
Rockport, TX 78381
Phone 001 361.420.3262