Matagorda Bay fishing report
Matagorda Texas fishing

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

Fishing Report for July 31, 2017

The past couple of weeks have been challenging for fishermen. West and southwest winds have resulted in very low tides. Wading in West Matagorda Bay has produced mostly small trout with sporadic catches of good fish. I've started using the low tides to my advantage by targeting deeper guts that come out of the peninsula. Deeper water means cooler water and when the tides fall out the redfish move into these deeper areas. We also noticed that the fish are staying closer to the bottom so you want to work your bait slower and "feel" for the fish. Last Friday I took my old friend Larry Stanley and his buddies Alan and Russell and we put a nice box of reds together using this exact pattern.

My tripletail trips have been good for the most part with a couple of slow trips mixed in.

August can be a great time to fish in Matagorda if you can remember a couple of things. The water and air temperatures are going to be a lot higher so the fish are going to be moving a bit slower. In August I like to use lighter lead heads and work my bait slower. Using braided line can will also help. Braid has no stretch and allows you to feel the lightest bite. When the temps are high, the fish will usually pick up the bait and slowly start to swim with it in their mouth. If you can't feel this happening, then you won't even know that you have a bite. When I feel my bait stop, I slowly crank down and lift my rod tip feeling for the fish. If it's there, then I set the hook and the fight is on. I use 8lb. diameter Fins braid with a 1/16th ounce lead head rigged with either a Mirrolure Lil John or a Mirrolure Soft Shad. My colors of choice normally are either glo/ chartreuse or Chicken on a Chain.

August normally finds me wading the grass beds of West Matagorda Bay working the guts that run thru them. Remember that deeper water is cooler water and what feels more comfortable to you feels better to fish.

The first part of August usually brings lighter winds and can give us more opportunities to fish the beach front. When fishing the surf, I like to start the morning off tossing topwaters and then switch later to plastic on at least an 1/8oz. head and normally a 1/4oz. Look for active bait and slicks.

Another option for Matagorda fishermen is drifting in East Matagorda Bay. If I have customers who like to throw bait, then I rig them up with a Midcoast cork and a three foot leader and a single hook. I'll normally be drifting the west end of the bay over scattered shell or over big mud flats on the east end.

Remember to take plenty of water with you and drink it. Also protect yourself from the sun.

I'm offering an August beat the heat special. This is for week day wade fishing trips only. $450 for 1-3 people. Leaving the Harbor at 6am and back in by 1pm. A fourth person is $50 extra. To get this rate mention the "beat the heat" special.

To book a trip with me you can email or call or text me at 281-450-4037.

Here's hoping that you have some great days on the bays.

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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