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Since we can't safely head offshore out of Freeport yet, we are thinking of fishing reds and specks out of Port O'Connor this Saturday. I personally have never fished there, but my buddy (w/ bay boat) has.

Does anyone have any advice for me about present conditions (debris, ramps, etc), wheter the bite is on and if so, what is biting and where we should launch, fish and what baits/lures we should use?

I would really appreciate any help or advice any fellow 2Coolers can give.

Thanks in advance.
 

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my inlaws were down there two weeks ago and they pretty much just mess around, but that day they took home 7 slot reds and a couple of flounder and specs. I personally haven't fished in the POC bay in a year or so. They caught these fish using live shrimp under a popping cork in Saluria Bayou (spelling might be off) just off of Mitchels cut. The ramps were fine when I was there a couple of weeks ago, but there was debris in the main bay. Not sure how much you'll find in the back bays. Hope this helps a little.
 

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Thanks, Funkified, but some more of you have to have some kind of info you could impart to a POC newbie.
 

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The bay water last week was really dirty. I went offshore and the debris wasnt to bad. I drove from the tower so I could see it better. The bull reds are starting to run at the big jettys. Any type of dead or live bait will work especially crabs.
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Unfortunately, there is one major reason: buddy with offshore boat doesn't want to risk hitting any debris, so we're in a holding pattern. But at least I'll get some inshore fishing done in the meantime.n :)
 

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I ran offshore from falcon the breaks and baker. the debris wasn't to bad just keep a good eye out. it seemed most of the debris was on rips. i wouldnt run at night but day time isn't bad just keep a eye out
 

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Trip Report - POC Saturday

Well we (myself, a fellow 2cooler and another buddy) launched out of Charlie's Bait Camp in Seadrift. We first headed out into Espiritu Santo Bay just after dawn. The water was fairly calm, but still pretty brown in most areas. The wind and the chop picked up throughout the day.

We fished live craokers and live shrimp mostly, with a few spinners and sparkles thrown in. We hit about a half doezen spots around Espiritu Santo Bay and a couple of back bays off of it. Although there were plenty of baitfish jumping, we did not hook any keepers, so we headed back to the Intracoastal and went west into San Antonio Bay. We fished a few reefs and caught a couple of dozen undersized specks, black drum, rat reds (12"'18") as well as a couple of ladyfish and too many cats. On the way in, we hit another small bay or two off of the Intracoastal, but still no keepers.

We fished in waters anywhere from 1 1/2' to 10' deep throughout the day. We did find a few spots with halfway decent water, but there was a whole lot of chocolate water everywhere. We did not encounter any noticable debris though.

There were game wardens waiting at the dock and they surveyed every boat about their catches and experiences. The head warder told me that our experience on Saturday was pretty much par -- the majority of the boats out that day came back empty-handed. The only guys I saw cleaning fish (mostly Reds) were a couple of local guides that told me they only caught fish in their honey holes which you need a very shallow draft boat to get to.

Even though we did not bring home any fish, it was still a nice day on the water with some good friends.
 
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