Absence of winds means abundance of fish

Wading has been good early on the incoming tide near passes and jetties.

Absence of winds means abundance of fish


Winds finally calmed this week, allowing every piece of prime saline real estate to be fished.

That’s what we love about June in Texas. Weather patterns stabilize and fish normally cooperate.

Guide Lynn Smith said he enjoyed a steady bite of trout to 24 inches on topwaters and plastics in Port O this week. He has been working back lakes on the hard incoming tide as tide-running trout flood through Pass Cavallo.

East Matagorda Bay greened this week and some of the largest trout of the year were found. Multiple 8- pound trout were caught while drifting and wading.

Not to be outdone is West Matagorda Bay. Light winds have allowed us to fish Half Moon Reef where those under water rocks have held limit after limit of trout. 

Waders continue to find better trout on the south shoreline of West Matagorda where She Pups rarely make it over a sand and grass hump.

We received 8-12 inches of rain this week which has swollen our rivers; however, our fishing remains strong; and,  though the river is flowing, 90% of the bays remain fishable.

Tides crept to tropical storm-like levels with all the storms and low pressure in the Gulf.

Fish just about any reef on an incoming tide and chances are it has black drum all over it. Lots of drum were found this week at Shell Island, Twin Island, Oyster Lake and Mad Island in West Matagorda Bay. Live shrimp under a Mid Coast cork with about a foot of leader has been the ticket in 18 inches to 3 feet of water.

The Palacios area has held trout around Coon Island and small reefs in Tres Palacios and Turtle bays.Reefs in Bastrop and Chocolate bays are holding limits of trout as well. 

The key has been to catch it on the hard incoming tide and work the points and dropoffs.

Our tides have been barreling in throughout the day. 

That has made the grassy shoreline on the north end of West Matagorda prime for redfish. Spots like Cut Off Flats and the Blue Hole have held good reds as well.

Waders have tossed Hunchbacks and gold spoons along the grass and found reds early in the morning. 

Later in the afternoon as tides begin to fall, waders have posted up in the middle of bayous waiting for reds to leave the backwaters of the marsh.

As always, there are plenty of reds to be found at all the jetties along the middle coast. With lots of big white shrimp along the beach, a fresh dead large Gulf shrimp is gobbled up by bull redfish.

Guide Michael Kubecka of Matagorda said the kingfish bite is on while trolling Russell Lures and Stretch 30s. 

The same holds true near Freeport in about 30 feet of water. These kings are just off the beach and Kubecka dashed out a few miles off the beach a couple of days this week after taking limits of trout in the surf.

Weed lines are holding good dolphin and triple tail are hiding under floating trees and debris. Shrimp, mullet or squid has been the bait of choice on light tackle.

Not to be outdone is the impressive numbers of red snapper in the 15-20 pound range holding in 60-80 feet of water.

That’s why we Texans love our summers.


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