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

Fishing Report for Aug 8, 2016


Fishing in Matagorda has been pretty steady for the past couple of weeks. Water temperatures are into the high 80s and the fish are starting to reflect it. By that I mean that they are spending more time in deeper water than in the shallows.

Drifting deep shell and mud flats in East Bay has been pretty consistent. When doing this, I like to throw live shrimp under a Midcoast cork with a three foot leader under it or if I'm tossing artificial I use a Mirrolure Soft Shad rigged on a 1/4 ounce lead head.

We've also had success drifting the big reef in West Bay. I had two customers out there this past week and we had as good a trip as you could ever ask for. They were using shrimp while I elected to throw plastic rigged on a 1/16th lead head. After two drifts across the reef we were limited on trout. We continued to catch and release after that and probably released two or three more full limited of specks. At one point I stuck 19 trout on 21 casts and most of them were slot fish.

Tuesday I took Tim and Becky Dykes triple tailing. If you've seen the latest edition of Gulf Coast Fisherman, Tim is featured on the cover holding a triple tail that he caught with me last summer. Tuesday we brought in two with the biggest one weighing 10 pounds.

Last Sunday Mary C and I waded in West Bay. She stayed close to the shore throwing a top water and strung four trout from 20 to 26 inches and a nice red. I wandered out deep and only caught small trout.

This Sunday we went back and waded West Bay limiting early on trout that we found in schools of bait fish about four hundred yards out from the shore in four to five feet of water.

I've got some week days open in August and plenty of open days in September.

That's about it. If you'd like to be a part of my fishing adventures, call or text me at 281-450-4037 or email me at My Webb site is

Here's hoping that 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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