I hit Matagorda Bay early
Wednesday morning. I launched just before sunrise from the Rawlings Bait Camp
cut. The tide was very low. It was so low I had to use a combination of
paddling and flutter pedaling. I hit my normal spots. I spent an about an
hour to hour and half throwing top waters and bouncing jigs in holes that
normally produce all three Texas sport fish (Speckled trout, red fish and
Flounder). During that time I did not get so much as a blow up or any bite for
that matter. I moved on to other spots. Along the way, I was able to pick up
this little flounder. He bit on a Gulp Mantis Shrimp in pearl and chartreuse.
I then found some smaller trout
that were barely legal. They bit on the Vudu Shrimp.
Finally, I found a shallow cove
filled with redfish. I could see the reds tailing from a
distance. Their backs were exposed and bait was jumping out of their way
as they swam by. The water was so shallow I had to pole my way back into the
recesses of the cove using my 8′ Park-n-Pole supplied by Yak-Attack. I saw so
many reds and was not able to entice them to bite. I spent about two
hours trying everything I could think of. After awhile I began literally
throwing the baits right at the redfish. They would swim a couple of feet
and then just stop and continue their track back and forth along the grass. I
did manage to catch another flounder while trying to hook a red.
I gave up on the reds and
worked my way back to my first stop. I caught a few more small trout along the
Again they were biting the Vudu
Shrimp. When I got to my first stop from the morning the tide had come in
slightly and I could see more action in the water. I landed a few undersized
rat reds and then decided to work my way back to the truck as it was getting unbearably
hot. Just before entering the long narrow channel leading to my truck I
caught one last flounder. He was the largest of the day. I didnít really set the world
on fire but I managed a handful of keeper sized fish. I always seem to
struggle in Matagorda when the tide is extremely low.