A break in April weather spells good catches

Guide Tommy Alexander is proud of a seven-pound trout he caught and released in East Matagorda Bay.

A break in April weather spells good catches


It has been very nice to get a break in the weather every once in a while from April winds. Light north winds are not the norm for this time of year, but we had a few days last week and we capitalized.

In the bays around Freeport, Bastrop and Christmas bays have fish all over the reefs. Best bet has been on live shrimp casted off the edge of the reefs. Along with the trout there are black drum and small redfish.

In Palacios, guide Ray Sexton said the trout bite on lures has been excellent while wading. He has worked the south shoreline of West Matagorda Bay most days and concentrated wading the flats. He said most of the trout have been hanging about 40-50 yards off the shoreline with the super low tides we have been experiencing.

In Matagorda, guide Tommy Alexander has been drifting with plastic shrimp and live shrimp and catching limits of trout to seven pounds. Low tides have trout congregated in the middle of the bay. Reefs on the north shoreline of West Bay have produced for guide Michael Rolf on live shrimp under a popping cork.

In Rockport, guide Rhett Price said trout have been hit or miss while wading with lures. Low tides, the back side of full moon and high winds have made for tough fishing. However, with water temps in the mid 70s, topwaters have been good along with Double D’s. He said the live bait bite has been somewhat better.

In Port O'Connor, guide Lynn Smith said the jetty has been holding trout on green tides. Sand and grass shore near Pass Cavallo has paid off for waders on the incoming tide.

There are a ton of redfish in the Matagorda surf. Most of slot-sized reds and hanging right on the edge of the first gut. Best baits have been live shrimp under a cork. Bull redfish are hanging around the jetty and best on large table shrimp and shad.

The Surfside and Port O'Connor jetties are holding big bull reds, too. Some are using cracked blue crabs and some are free-lining big Gulf shrimp or Carolina-rigging large table shrimp.

Tides have been winter-like low for much of the last month. Some anglers are reverting to January redfish holes to find congregating fish. Some are working knee-deep water with Strike Pro Hump Back over sand and grass flats in Matagorda and Port O'Connor.

Guide Brett Sweeny said the low tides haven't made it easy to find reds in Matagorda. He has been moving around from spot to spot and dropping slabs of fresh mullet on the flats. Morning time has been tough with the bottom of the tide, but as the day progresses the tides swells and the reds have shown.

Those tossing live shrimp against the bank of the Diversion Channel in Matagorda have found redfish on the drop in 2-5 feet of water. The Diversion gets better with low tides as all that water from the flats dump to the channel on the falling tide

On the offshore scene, guide Mike Segall of Reel Threel Charters said red snapper are really good in state waters. Sardines and shad dropped in 35-40 feet of water have been best.

In Matagorda, guide Michael Kubecka has caught  snapper to 15 pounds as seas have been tranquil enough to allow inshore boats to make a quick trip to wrecks and reefs..

Kubecka and Segall both said kingfish , cobia  and wahoo are migrating closer to shore.

Beach water temps were 75 last week which is pulling more pelagic closer to the beach.


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