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
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
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"
To book a trip with me you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
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