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July 30, 2014

The new Half Moon Reef

According to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Bill Balboa, Half Moon Reef in West Matagorda Bay is holding some fish. That’s nothing new as most reefs are fish magnets, but what’s different about Half Moon is […]
July 27, 2014


One of the first things an angler new to fishing for speckled trout learns is to look for “slicks” and that sweet watermelon smell. Slicks, as the name says, are oils released from prey species. “Slicks […]
July 20, 2014

Triple tails

“All you have to do is find structure…canal markers, the poles and buoys that mark the inter-coastal canal…that’s what we fish,” says Guide Tommy Countz (www.matagordafishing.com) who fishes the Matagorda Bay complex. “You have them in […]
July 13, 2014

First two tagged redfish winners confirmed

Highlands, TX resident, Micah Nethercutt and a friend setup a few poles with bait to fish the surf at San Luis Pass to try and catch some sharks.  Unfortunately, seaweed kept getting caught on the lines. […]
July 8, 2014

How big was it?

A Texas man fishing about 35 miles off the coast of Louisiana reportedly hauled in the third largest grouper ever caught on a hand crank according to Louisiana records. KETKNBC.com reported that Cullen Greer, 28, from Houston, […]
July 7, 2014

Natural baits at top of the list

What’s the go-to bait along the Texas coast? You don’t have to be fishing very long to know it’s a natural bait. When primitive anglers first started “fishing” with a hook of some sort, they studied […]
July 1, 2014

July in Matagorda Bay…

Capt. Tommy Alexander of Alexander Guide Service says the surf comes into play, big time in July in the Matagorda Bay system. Anytime in July you have a light northwest or southwest wind, the surf can […]
June 27, 2014

Just a rumor

Somebody started a rumor of 10 lb. speckled trout coming from Sabine Lake. Sorry, I couldn’t find any evidence of that happening this year. Several years ago Sabine did yield some 10 lb. fish. However that’s […]
June 21, 2014

Measuring the “dead zone”

The Houston Chronicle reports that a team of Texas scientists are releasing four torpedo-like, remote- controlled gliders into the northern Gulf of Mexico to measure oxygen levels, bringing researchers closer to a long-cherished goal of broadly […]
June 19, 2014

Spray it

Fishing guide, Capt. Billie Kocian, sportfishingtexas.com, advises anglers to carry a spray bottle filled with a mixture of bleach and water as part of their gear when they head out to fish this summer, especially if […]