Fly Fishing the Laguna Madre
Black drum are very common on the flat and large schools are frequently encountered with tailing behavior or backs out of the water, what we like to call belly crawlers, sometimes reds are mixed in with them. A favorite is the ladyfish or skip jack. They are super aggressive little Ariel torpedoes that race across the sand flats smashing anything with movement and flash. If you like permit fishing then sheepshead are your thing as they are just as hard to catch and can be maddening to the novice and expert alike. Flounder, snook and baby tarpon are also available in varying numbers and should be considered a plus if found.
Nearshore is a very fickle thing dependent on the weather. If it is flat we can sometimes get outside to chase tarpon, jacks, bull reds and ling as well as bonito and spanish macs. If the wind comes up or the weather starts to turn then we run for the safety of the jetties and the Mother Lagoon.