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Capt. Shellie Gray

MID-COAST BAYS With the Grays

Port O'Connor Seadrift

Captain Shellie Gray was born in Port Lavaca and has been guiding in the Seadrift/Port O’Connor area full time for the past 14 years. Shellie specializes in wading for trout and redfish year round with artificial lures.

Telephone 361-785-6708 Email bayrats@tisd.net Website www.bayrat.com

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Over the last month, the old saying “when it rains it River empties into West Matagorda Bay, fresh water pours” could not be truer. All the runoff from local rain runoff could be seen down as far as Air Port Flats and along with the swollen rivers dumping into the bay will continue to make its way towards the jetties and has many anglers questioning whether the abundance Pass Cavallo. These two passes to the Gulf will help of fresh water will affect our fishing. flush fresh water out into the Gulf quicker, helping the Now I don’t have any experience with what is salinity levels to return to more normal levels. happening elsewhere but, for us here in the Port Trout fishing has been very good as of late. Fishing O’Connor-Seadrift area, the fishing remains strong and over oyster shell next to drop-offs has been working I don’t look for that to change. Connie Sims lured Looking back on this time last year, in this big redfish in we had pretty much the same issues about a foot of water. with fresh water inflow. What can you expect? Well, unless you enjoy fishing for catfish, pretty much all of the bay waters near the Guadalupe River will be void of trout and redfish for a while. However, not all of San Antonio Bay is fresh. The reefs closer to the ICW and towards the south side of San Antonio Bay are still producing good numbers of trout and our back lakes still have strong numbers of redfish milling around. As of this writing, in the Port O’Connor area where the Colorado

July 2016  

The July 2016 issue of Texas Saltwater Fishing Magazine.

July 2016  

The July 2016 issue of Texas Saltwater Fishing Magazine.