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Old 06-13-2021, 08:38 PM   #1
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Just got back from Port Aransas this evening and was pretty bummed about the water conditions. Straight up brown the entire time we were down Thur-today. I had thought that wind conditions played a big part, but today there was barely a breeze and the water was still the same. Is there really any way to determine if the water will be clear or not? Watched a video from about two weeks ago where a guy was catching jacks while wade fishing by the Jetties and the water looked clear as can be. Also talked with some locals and they told me that Wednesday the water was beautiful, so what causes the change?
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Old 06-13-2021, 08:43 PM   #2
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Could be water flow from flooding rivers making it's way out the jetties.
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Old 06-13-2021, 08:46 PM   #3
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Cold water updwellings can cause this. If wind turns it up, usually takes a couple calm days to clear up.
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Old 06-13-2021, 08:49 PM   #4
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Wind direction plays a big role as well. If its anything other than from the SE, the water will be dirty.
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Old 06-13-2021, 08:53 PM   #5
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We had S/SE winds the whole time and today was no wind. I had wondered if it could be from all the flood water entering the gulf with recent rains. Have not heard of the cold water updwellings before but that's interesting.
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Old 06-13-2021, 08:56 PM   #6
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The few times it cleared up the last couple of years the wind was south west.. North wind makes the beach calm and allows some cleaner water come in.
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Old 06-13-2021, 09:14 PM   #7
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Pretty clear up around G-Town today.
My buddy pulled his first Tarpon ever out of the surf.
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Went out of Sabine pass yesterday brown water to about 25 miles had to go 50 miles to get clear water.Usually brown 5 to ten and clear at 25 or 30 but with all the rain lots of dirty fresh water out there
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Went out of Surfside today and the water near shore was almost a orange brown Brazos river brown. I have never seen the water so dirty. Also a ton of debris floating around
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Went out of Surfside today and the water near shore was almost a orange brown Brazos river brown. I have never seen the water so dirty. Also a ton of debris floating around
Saw some pictures from Surfside and it looked like the shoreline was trashed with debris! We at least had a clean shoreline in Port A.
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Old 06-13-2021, 10:18 PM   #11
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The Brazos is running at like 48,000cfm right now. Was higher over the last week. That’s a lot of brown water dumped into the gulf. Most major rivers were flowing over the last two weeks.
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Old 06-13-2021, 10:22 PM   #12
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The water is always murky there, unless the blue water is in, that only happens maybe two or three times a year. When the blue water does come all the way up inside the jetties, the fishing gets crazy, they start catching all types of stuff, that you normally don't see caught off of the jetties or inside the jetties. Normally you have to go 30 plus miles out to get into the blue water. If you have ever taken a boat out in the gulf and seen the line, where the murky water stops and the blue water starts, it is a very sharp line. One side the water is green, or brown and murky, the other side of the line, it's clear bright blue water.
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Old 06-13-2021, 11:06 PM   #13
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Went to Port A last Thursday for the first time in years and it was terrible. The surf was rough and looked like chocolate. Couldn't even catch a hard head.
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Went to Port A last Thursday for the first time in years and it was terrible. The surf was rough and looked like chocolate. Couldn't even catch a hard head.
Was there a lot of jellyfish? My son is going down with my parents and he will be heartbroken if he canít swim.
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Old 06-14-2021, 01:31 PM   #15
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Was there a lot of jellyfish? My son is going down with my parents and he will be heartbroken if he canít swim.
I didnt see a single jellyfish in the surf! Maybe one or two dead ones on the beach but that was it.
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I didnt see a single jellyfish in the surf! Maybe one or two dead ones on the beach but that was it.
Great. Thank you
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Pretty clear up around G-Town today.
My buddy pulled his first Tarpon ever out of the surf.
Oh reeaaallly!? Glad I put in to be off tomorrow gonna go hit High Island in the yak, I'd mess myself if a caught a Tarpon out there.
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Old 06-14-2021, 02:16 PM   #18
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The water is always murky there, unless the blue water is in, that only happens maybe two or three times a year. When the blue water does come all the way up inside the jetties, the fishing gets crazy, they start catching all types of stuff, that you normally don't see caught off of the jetties or inside the jetties. Normally you have to go 30 plus miles out to get into the blue water. If you have ever taken a boat out in the gulf and seen the line, where the murky water stops and the blue water starts, it is a very sharp line. One side the water is green, or brown and murky, the other side of the line, it's clear bright blue water.
You must be thinking of Galveston. The blue water comes in much more than that from Port A south. Some years it's into the bay for 3 months. September and October are usually excellent.

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Old 06-14-2021, 02:21 PM   #19
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You must be thinking of Galveston. The blue water comes in much more than that from Port A south. Some years it's into the bay for 3 months. September and October are usually excellent.

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I thought the same thing. By this time down here the surf usually stays clear green into the wade gut. August to September blue water is usually close enough to cast to.
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Old 06-14-2021, 02:31 PM   #20
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I thought the same thing. By this time down here the surf usually stays clear green into the wade gut. August to September blue water is usually close enough to cast to.
Or completely into the bay. Around the Packery is gorgeous at the right time.

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Oh reeaaallly!? Glad I put in to be off tomorrow gonna go hit High Island in the yak, I'd mess myself if a caught a Tarpon out there.
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Old 06-14-2021, 03:34 PM   #23
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Had to doctor it a little.
Said there were much bigger ones swimming around, but they weren't interested.
Way to keep the fishing holes OPSEC....nice man.

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Old 06-14-2021, 03:35 PM   #24
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LOL. Did I log into 2cool by mistake?
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Old 06-14-2021, 03:39 PM   #25
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LOL. Did I log into 2cool by mistake?
Haha, it's good art work. All the potlickers will study and dissect that photo and pin point the honey hole ha.

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Old 06-14-2021, 04:17 PM   #26
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Those tarpon are transient, so very likely you could go back to the same spot the next day and not find one.
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Old 06-14-2021, 04:25 PM   #27
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Also the beach water in Texas is brown more often than it is clean, with the exception being way down south, even then, it isn’t comparable to Florida. Later in the summer, with the lighter SE winds, it will clean up. About anytime we pull a W or SW wind the water gets dirty. As was the case today, flat as you can get in the gulf, nasty brown water.
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Old 06-14-2021, 04:27 PM   #28
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Had to doctor it a little.
Said there were much bigger ones swimming around, but they weren't interested.
I know exactly where he caught that tampon...........in the water. Lol. 2cooler, fo sure.
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Very cool
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Haha, it's good art work. All the potlickers will study and dissect that photo and pin point the honey hole ha.

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Yes they will, and that's how he makes his living.
Not my photo, or lively hood, so I did the best I could.
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Don't know, just wondering is that you that keeps calling and asking is the coast clear?




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Old 06-14-2021, 06:49 PM   #32
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The runoff has the surf off color up here. It runs out of the Brazos, Colorado, various creeks, etc and it runs right down the beach. The wind and currents keep it right on the bank and it just runs down the coast.
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Had to doctor it a little.
Said there were much bigger ones swimming around, but they weren't interested.
Its cool to know they're already cruising this far up the coast already. Hopefully I'll stumble upon a few tomorrow.
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I just left the beach a little south of Bob hall pier, water on the bars was dirty, the guts were not great but fishable with lures. Clean water was a couple hundred yards off the beach.
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Went out of Sabine pass yesterday brown water to about 25 miles had to go 50 miles to get clear water.Usually brown 5 to ten and clear at 25 or 30 but with all the rain lots of dirty fresh water out there

Same here out of Freeport. From the jetties to 20 miles was chocolate. 20 to 41 was green and around 50 blue. Supposedly the Brazos river was dumping lots of chocolate water out.




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Old 06-14-2021, 08:15 PM   #36
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Same here out of Freeport. From the jetties to 20 miles was chocolate. 20 to 41 was green and around 50 blue. Supposedly the Brazos river was dumping lots of chocolate water out.




This graph is water color. I believe it was from yesterday.

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This graph is awesome. Where do you see something like this?
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Sister went to Liberty Ships out of POC yesterday. Said it still looked like the jetties and brown. So id say at least 25 of POC to even get into green yesterday. Lots of fresh water
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We've had our place in Rockport for five years now and it's the worst we've seen it. Some oldtimers say oyster dredging is part to blame and 8 months per year of hammering the reefs is finally showing. These boats work a reef until the live ones are all caught, and then move onto the next one to destroy. Oysters are the bay's filter and when they're gone, water quality greatly suffer. I quit eating oysters years ago, even though I love raw oysters.
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You must be thinking of Galveston. The blue water comes in much more than that from Port A south. Some years it's into the bay for 3 months. September and October are usually excellent.

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I lived there for 22 years. Some times I only knew of the blew water coming up into the jetties once a year, but that's with me being busy with life, I only knew of once a year. But when I fished most every week, at times, multiple times a week. During those times in my life, I saw up to three occasions a year, when the blue water would come in. So I assumed, the blue water could easily come in three times a summer and I just never saw it. For years, I only knew of it coming into the jetties once a year. It may have only been twice one summer, probably was only twice, one summer, then once a summer before or afterwards.

The fishing off of and inside the jetties gets crazy when the blue water comes in. The surf will be dead, no white caps, clear blue water in the surf. We have been out on both Bob Hall Pier and Horace Caldwell Pier, when the blue water was in. Nobody was catching anything off of either pier. But around almost every piling, there were three to five large sheepshead. Good luck catching those guys. Out of three or so hours of being on one of the piers, maybe one person would land one of those many sheepsheads. We were pretty sure they snagged it. We tried everything we could to catch one, with zero luck.

But around the jetties, the fishing is crazy, when the blue water comes in. They will be catching ling, kingfish, barracuda, lots of Spanish mackerel, along with large schools of large reds and huge schools of trout.
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Old 06-18-2021, 01:34 PM   #41
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I lived there for 22 years. Some times I only knew of the blew water coming up into the jetties once a year, but that's with me being busy with life, I only knew of once a year. But when I fished most every week, at times, multiple times a week. During those times in my life, I saw up to three occasions a year, when the blue water would come in. So I assumed, the blue water could easily come in three times a summer and I just never saw it. For years, I only knew of it coming into the jetties once a year. It may have only been twice one summer, probably was only twice, one summer, then once a summer before or afterwards.

The fishing off of and inside the jetties gets crazy when the blue water comes in. The surf will be dead, no white caps, clear blue water in the surf. We have been out on both Bob Hall Pier and Horace Caldwell Pier, when the blue water was in. Nobody was catching anything off of either pier. But around almost every piling, there were three to five large sheepshead. Good luck catching those guys. Out of three or so hours of being on one of the piers, maybe one person would land one of those many sheepsheads. We were pretty sure they snagged it. We tried everything we could to catch one, with zero luck.

But around the jetties, the fishing is crazy, when the blue water comes in. They will be catching ling, kingfish, barracuda, lots of Spanish mackerel, along with large schools of large reds and huge schools of trout.

Talking about crazy fishing at the Jetties. This is the one I was referring to. Would be pretty awesome to be down there and have this happen.

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Old 06-18-2021, 02:35 PM   #42
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Ive caught Kingfish on the rocks on more than one occasion
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Hey man, its brown about 10months out of the year down here at the Sabine.

Im sure the fish are still there.
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