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

Fishing Report for October 12, 2014


OK. I guess it's about time for me to catch you up on what's been happening in my world for the past several weeks.
A quick trip down to Anahuac for a teal hunt yielded 28 blue wings for my group which is only two birds short of a limit. We hunted with my buddy Burl McBride and his yellow lab Bullet. I've hunted with some fine retrievers over the years but I don't think that I've had the pleasure of watching a better dog work. Bullet made numerous long retrieves and recovered every single duck that we shot. For me, watching a good retriever work is better than the shooting. We stayed at my friend Gene Campbell's Oyster Bayou Hunting Lodge which is top notch.
The equinox has brought some big tides to our coast and I've spent a number of my trips fishing back lakes with top waters for redfish. If you can't get excited about a nice redfish exploding on a top water then you need to stick to golf.
Tripletail are still hanging around in West Matagorda Bay. On the few trips that I've made lately we have still been able To pick up a few per trip or at least hook up a tail or two. Cooler water with be here soon and they should all exit to the Gulf.
West Matagorda is loaded with small trout. Some areas you get a hit or hook up on almost every cast. There is also some decent fish down thee but you have to get on the right spot to find them. I had a drift trip in West Bay this week where we boxed half limits of trout and released thirty or so small ones. Yesterday I headed down to West Bay with my friend Bill Herrington to do some top water redfish action. The tide falls out mid day and I've been finding pods of reds on top of the grassy sand bars. Our first stop yielded nothing but three fish that came unbuttoned. On our next stop we found schools of bait fish moving across the bar. I stood and watched the water patiently for a good period of time before I spotted something. At first I spotted a dark area in the water about 50 yards to the east. As I watched I began to see golden tails and dorsal fins sparkling in the sunlight. A pod of about thirty redfish slowly made their way towards me occasionally blowing up on bait fish. I worked my way within range and fired a pink Skitterwalk that landed just in front of the last couple of fish. A twitch later the water exploded as a nice redfish nailed it and started stripping drag. As I played that fish I watched the school quickly move about twenty yards to the left and then settle down. I landed the first red and quickly put it on my stringer without losing site of the other fish. Firing another top water shot at them drew another explosion and hook up. Once again I tried to keep up with the location of the school as I played and landed red number two. As I strung it I lost the school. Keeping my cool I patiently scanned the water for about ten minutes until they made a fatal mistake of blowing up on a pod of bait. One more long cast with a couple of shakes and I had number three on. After a short battle I had it on the stringer and I stepped back and reflected on what had transpired. Surprisingly a large percentage of fishermen have never even seen a school of redfish wavering in the shallows. Normally when you take a fish out of a school the noise and commotion causes the remaining fish to disburse and they rarely make up again. Being able to take two is not uncommon but being able to take a third is quiet rare. I was pretty pleased with my feat. I've landed thousands of redfish in my tenure as a saltwater fisherman yet I still get excited when I get an opportunity to cast to a school. I guess that I'll never really grow up. Who cares.
I have October 28,29, and 30 open along with November 3,5,6, and 14. If you like to cast to some of my schooling reds, give me a call.

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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