presentations near the bottom will allow for some easy catching. Other areas will produce well too, particularly the surf. Every time the wind gets light and right, people will catch all they want along the beachfront, on topwaters early, and other lures later in the day.” West Galveston - Bastrop - Christmas - Chocolate Bays Randall Groves - Groves Guide Service 979.849.7019 - 979.864.9323 Randall says the flooding conditions caused by the Brazos River have caused problems west of San Luis Pass, but have made fishing better to the east. “The freshwater coming through the pass is moving to the right, towards Matagorda, so we’re heading east, toward Galveston. I’ve been keying on ribbonfish most of the time lately. The royal terns help me locate those. In fact, I’m finding all kinds of bait under the terns. Lots of times, the trout push squid, shrimp, shad and other prey onto the shallowest parts of the areas, like the spines of the sand bars in the surf, where the royal terns can get to them easier. The trout aren’t right under the diving birds; they are in the guts adjacent to the shallow parts, but they are close by. When I see lots of ribbonfish, I like to throw the full-sized Sand Eels, and topwaters like Skitter Walks in pearl white. Our trout have been averaging a really good size lately. The reds have been running a bit smaller. With the rivers still rising, we are likely to see these patterns hold throughout July.” Matagorda | Tommy Countz Bay Guide Service - 979.863.7553 cell 281.450.4037 “We’re already working around the freshwater, and we might continue to do so throughout the summer, it appears. Lots of water coming down the river tends to help us by concentrating our fish in smaller parts of the bays. Normally, when we are wading, we like to fish in West Bay, targeting both trout and redfish around grass beds in the shallows with
topwaters. Last summer, the fish bit the floating lures well throughout the summer, even in the heat of the day. If the blow ups do stop, we often catch better on dark soft plastics rigged on super light jigheads, throwing them repeatedly at isolated grass beds farther out from the bank. Over in East Bay, we will do more fishing out of the boat, keying on slicks around scattered shell and reefs. I had a customer catch a trout which put him at the top of the S.T.A.R. Leaderboard this morning, throwing a live shrimp under a popping cork on a big mud flat in six feet of water. One other thing will be a priority in July—finding our way out into the surf as much as we can.” Palacios | Capt. Aaron Wollam www.palaciosguideservice.com - 979.240.8204 As of this report, we have had fifteen inches of rain in the last week and the freshwater run-off for the time being has really pushed our fish out into West Matagorda Bay. Prior to the heavy rains, we were smashing trout, reds and tripletail on a consistent basis. I look for the bays to become saltier again soon, and we will get back to catching. Trout were coming in on free-lined shrimp over deep reefs and shell pads in about six to eight feet of water. Good slot-sized fish from sixteen to nineteen inches were over the shell. Redfish were pretty easy to find on sandy/ grassy shorelines in about two feet of water or less. Gold spoons and small bone topwaters seem to be the best lures for fish in the lower end of the slot. We landed some monster tripletail up to twenty four pounds on live-shrimp rigged under popping corks. Hopefully, this freshwater won’t push them back to the Gulf like last year. July should be fantastic, with all this rain bringing in lots of bait. The surf with the right weather is my favorite place to fish, along with working the deep shell and reefs
Seeking Bids for Kenedy Ranch Fishing Cabin Lease The Kenedy Memorial Foundation (KMF) Ranch is taking bids for the right to construct a fishing cabin and acquire a hunting lease on up to 35,000 acres of private, KMF mudflats lands west of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway from north of El Toro Island south to Gladys Hole.
The winning bidder will be able to select the lease acreage and location of the cabin. In addition to some of the best fishing in South Texas, wildlife crossing spoil islands in KMF’s mudflats include nilgai, white-tail deer, and water fowl. Access to the leased acreage will be provided through the KMF Ranch along with the use of a KMF boat ramp located in a channel north of Gladys Hole. The deadline to submit bids is August 31, 2016. For information on how to submit a bid, visit KMF’s website at: www.kenedy.org
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The July 2016 issue of Texas Saltwater Fishing Magazine.