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

Fishing Report for July 20, 2015



Well Canada is behind me along with cooler temperatures. This past week I had to get back to the real world of wade fishing in West Matagorda Bay and competing in the Texas Oilman's Tournament.
Tuesday and Wednesday I had Brian Gingles, George Montgomery, and Capt. Mike O'Day wading with me. Mike guides out of Aransas Pass and came alone to experience our slice of the Golden Crescent. That was what Bob Brister called the Texas coast.
Tuesday we headed down the south shore to a spot that I had found trout the week before going to Canada. It was a grass bed along sand bar that just as before had a good deal of bait on it. After a short wade that yielded several good fish, George and I walked into a pile of specks. The others quickly joined us and it was on. We hit two more spots and had limits by noon.
Wednesday we went back minus Brian who was severely wounded the night before at Pluggers Bar and couldn't make roll call. The same spot yielded a few specks but wasn't as productive as the previous day. We ended up three trout short of limiting out.
Thursday the Texas Oilman's hit Matagorda. I stuck around to get things ready for the tournament while Mary C, Cindy Gardner, and Kurt Carpenter headed west for the grass beds. They found a spot with lots of slicks popping and by noon had limited on trout throwing pink Skitterwalks.
Friday I headed out with my tripletail team (Bill VonGonten, Ronnie Bose, Erwin Ward, and Gary Krenek) while the girls with William VonGonten fished the back lakes of West Bay out of a helicopter. That's right, I said a helicopter. They brought back a pile of reds and flounder. We on the other hand caught 17 tripletail with only four of them being large enough to make the box. At the end of day one of the tournament we held 1st and 2nd place and had taken a pretty good pounding from the wind to do it.
Saturday the winds were kinder but the tails were not. We caught five undersized tripletail and never boxed a fish. The highlight of Saturday was having shrimp baskets delivered by chopper for our lunch. (See pics). We ended up winning first and third in the tripletail division.
It was a great tournament with over 600 fishermen participating. Due to the low price of a barrel of oil the over all proceeds were down about 40% but clearing around $350,000 for charity isn't bad.
I'm resting a couple of days and then it's back to work.
I have this coming Thursday open if anyone wants to wade West Bay and catch reds and trout. In August I have the 13, 16, 30, and 31 open.
We are having a great summer of fishing so don't wait too long to book a date.

To be a part of my fishing adventures, call me at 281-450-4037, email me at or go to my web site .
Here's hope you have some great days on the bay's.

Capt. Tommy Countz
P O 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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