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Capt. Tommy Countz's Matagorda Fishing Report

Fishing Report for March 22, 2015

The past couple of weeks have been a blast. The fish have been cooperative and the weather has been good. Most days limits of trout have come early and this past week we've seen the redfish move in.
This past Tuesday, the top water bite was awesome. I had started off throwing a plum Kelly Wiggler Ball Tail Shad and had strung one red and a nice trout. I had bait fish swirling all around me and the water was as slick as glass. I just couldn't resist trying a top water so I rigged up a pink Skitterwalk. My first cast was met by a massive explosion as a big redfish hammered it. After that I had redfish shooting out of the water missing the bait. Then I got the interest of a"Big Girl". As the pink bait zigged across the water, a big silver flash erupted on it and ripped drag as the trout shook violently trying to unpin the hooks from its mouth. I played it slow and smooth finally wearing her down until I could secure her with my Boga Grips. My guys had waded away from me so I slipped her on my stringer and fired out another cast. "flick, flick,flick" the pink bait danced until another bomb went off and I had another red hooked up. I landed it, put it on my stringer and fired again. This time another trout pounded it that was every bit the size of the 28 on my stringer. Now comes the heart breaker. I had been using the same shock leader for a week and knew that it needed to be retied but had failed to do so. As I played the big trout to within ten feet of me, she tried to make one more run and "ping" the leader broke. She escaped with the only top water that I had on me. I waded back to my boat, photographed,weighed and measured the first big trout and released her to make babies. When I waded back out I had a new "Pinky " tied on and a spare one in the pocket of my vest. By then my guys were fishing on my "battle field" and we're slaying their own fish. We finished that day with limits of trout and eight redfish.
If you think that was good then wait until you hear this story. Thursday I had Bennett Blocker, Tex Reich, Bill Golden, and Scott Cannon with me. It turned out to be a great day with my guys boxing twenty trout and six redfish. Scott was excited about using braided line for the first time and that day sold him on it. Friday we headed out in the fog and stopped along the King Ranch shoreline where we had fish on the previous day. We caught a fish here and there but not like the day before. Scott was just to my left tossing a Thumping Mullet Slamming Chicken soft plastic. All of a sudden he hooked up with a big fish that was ripping drag. He said that it was probably a big redfish but as he worked the fish closer he changed his mind as the big trout slashed across the top of the water. I knew that he wasn't carrying a net so I waded over to give him a hand. As he worked the trout up I saw it and realized that what he had was a very big trout. I dipped the net under it and at first wasn't sure that my net was big enough. On my second scoop I slid her in. As I secured her with my Bogas the hook fell out of her mouth. By then Bill had moved the boat up to us. We measured, weighed , and photographed her and then Scott released her. He had just caught and released his first 30 inch trout.
I have this coming week and the first couple of days the following week left to fish here in Corpus and then I'm back in Matagorda. My spring and summer calendar is starting to fill up so don't wait too long to get on my book.

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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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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