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Captain Tommy Countz
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Capt. Tommy Countz's Matagorda Fishing Report

Fishing Report for October 26, 2014

Have we had some awesome weather lately or what! I don't know about you guys, but this is the beginning to my favorite time of the year. Deer and big duck season open next weekend, redfish are schooling and trout fishing is taking off.
I've done a bit of everything on trips these past couple of weeks. One day we threw top waters at six different schools of tailing reds in East Bay. On some other trips we fished birds catching trout and redfish. I had the "Judges" from West Texas in for two days last week. One day we fished Oyster Lake and caught over twenty redfish. Most were short on one end but we still put together a decent box of fish. One day I had a doctor on the boat who caught his first redfish on a top water. On another trip I had a young man from Colorado who caught his first redfish and later had his buddy bury a hook in the back of his head. Dr. Countz put ice on the area in question, numbed the skin, and jerked the hook out. It didn't hurt me at all but he did yell a bit. The patient survived. On a wading trip earlier this week, Cindy Gardner caught a 7 lb. 27 inch trout on a top water which we CPRed after a photo session.
Yesterday I had Mary C and Keith Dodson on the boat. Our first stop we drifted a reef in West Bay throwing soft plastics. After four drifts across the reef we had limits of trout. From there we headed over to the south shore to wade for redfish. Our first stop drew a blank so I went to "plan B". I made a run back to the east to a pocket that normally produce reds and flounder for us in the fall. The tide was out so I shut down outside of the pocket and started idling into it. Bingo! A school of about 15-20 reds was slowly feeding in the back of it. Keith and Mare eased out of the boat and quietly waded towards them working their way to the west side of the school to get the wind at their backs. When they were in range, Keith cast a weedless gold spoon just to the front of the school and drew a strike only to have the fish come unbuttoned. Mary tossed a purple Little John to them and immediately hooked up. Keith had reeled in quickly, cast again and nailed another one. By the time they both had strung their fish, the school scattered. Mary worked down the east shore while Keith worked a pocket in the back. Mary saw a puff of mud and cast in front of a red that moved away from it. The fish slammed her bait and shook across the surface like a trout. While this was happening, I had noticed a mud boil near a shell reef. I slipped from the boat and made a long cast to it and after a couple of twitches of a small pink Skitterwalk a nice redfish exploded on it. Within a few minutes, I had my on fish dancing at the end of my stringer. After that we fished awhile with no more results so we loaded up in Uno Mas and headed to the cleaning table.
Saturday night we had a benefit for our friend Capt. Jesse Arsola who is battling for his life against cancer. About 500 of his friends came together and raised around $70,000 to help him with his battle. I don't know anyone who is more passionate about fishing and spending time on our bays than Jesse is. He's in my prayers each day and I'm asking that each of you include him in your prayers.
I've got Nov. 5,6,7,13,14,17,18,22,23 open.
To book a trip with me, call 281-450-4037 or email me at You can look me up on the Webb at Hope you have some great days on the bays.

Tommy Countz
PO Box 637
Matagorda, Tx 77457


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Capt. Tommy W. Countz

Matagorda Fishing Guide - Wade and Drift Fishing

East and West Matagorda Bay and the Colorado River
Trout - Reds - Flounder - U. S. C. G Liscensed Guide
2001 Winner of CCA Matagorda Bay Guide's Cup
CCA 2005 Guide of the Year

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