A couple of good, strong cold fronts have made for some great sight casting and flyfishing in shallow water near Port O’Connor.
For anglers who judge these cold fronts correctly, November can be one of the best times of the year to fish. Lone Star Outdoor News Founder David J. Sams and friend Capt. Scott Sommerlatte had good success recently near Port O’Connor.
“A lot of times it involves a little bit of luck and it all depends on weather and wind,” Sams said. “In my case it was luck because I just so happened to be traveling down there. If you catch these fronts, the tide pulls off the flats and the fishing is really good because it concentrates fish around those areas.”
Sams said the redfish were feeding on two-inch shrimp.
“The redfish were eating them like crazy,” he said. “Several times we saw redfish we spooked and as they went waking out of an area the shrimp were fleeing through the air.”
The pair started out using a spoon fly and caught a few, but as the sun started getting higher the fish started getting pickier. They also came across an area where a crabber had just checked his traps, which forced them to adjust their technique.
“Scott said all the fish were spooked because of the crabber and I argued that the fish just weren’t liking the spoon fly, so I convinced him to change to a small shrimp-patterned fly,” Sams said. “We continued along the path of the crabber and got the same result; finicky, spooky fish. I was finally convinced that running a boat through an area of feeding fish does screw them up.”
The duo moved to a different area and immediately started catching reds again. The fish were cruising along the shoreline, with the reds closest to shore chasing shrimp more willing to bite the flies.
See a video of Capt. Scott’s first redfish catch of the day here.
To contact Capt. Scott Sommerlatte, call (979) 415-4379.