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March 13, 2004
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Tidal action will be slow during the first half of the week, making the best BITE a harder thing to find, but as the tide picks up the bait will start moving more. This will make the guts good spots to search for that BITE! More on when to fish...
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Online hunting and fishing magazine for the Texas sportsman. Offers many pages of text, photos and information on subjects as varied as Wild Boar Hunting, Exotics Hunting, Whitetail Deer Hunting, Dove Hunting, Shark Fishing, Saltwater Trout and Redfish action, and Freshwater Fishing.

The biggest Sheepshead caught on rod and reel in the state of Texas was caught in the Lower Laguna Madre on live shrimp in 2002 and weighed 15.25 lb. and was 26.5 inches long. The fly-fishing record in the state of Texas for this fish is 5.27 lb. and 20.5 inches long - caught in 2000 on a clouser fly in the Gulf of Mexico. The unrestricted record for our state is a 7.5 lb. fish which was 21.5 inches long - it was gigged in Upper Laguna Madre in 2002.

They crunch up barnacles, fiddler crabs and other hard-shelled animals with their large front teeth. Sometimes the sheepshead is so fast in taking live bait that it is difficult to hook.

Some people call sheepshead convict fish because of the black and white bars that run up and down the fish's sides.

Great eating baked, fried, in courtboulion and grilled over charcoal with skin & scales to fire. A pain to clean.

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This was made by one of our subscribers, David Simons, from a 6 lb. gafftop - this is 7.5 inches tall. See legend below.
Gafftop catfish crafting

The Legend of the Crucifix Fish

Of all the fishes in the sea
our Lord chose the lowly sailcat
to remind us of his misery

His body on the cross is outlined,
the hilt of the sword
which was plunged into his side
is clearly defined.

Look at the back of the fishes bone
where the Roman shield is shown.
When you shake the cross
you will hear the dice being tossed
for our Lord's blood stained dress,
those who can hear them
--- will be blessed.

Conrad S. Lantz

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Bob B with red caught in East Matagorda Bay - December 2003
Bob B with nice red caught in East Matagorda Bay on December 3, 2003
Redfish Tails

Hi, Guys!

Our weather still has not settled down into a springtime pattern although it's close. Next week presents wind changes from south to north during the week although it doesn't look like we'll have high winds.

The winds have had East Matagorda Bay's water kinda messed up. When the weather is right, the shorelines are good spots to try for trout using soft plastics - as well as drifting the mid-bay reefs. As the water warms up later in the day, a topwater may produce results for you.

Low tide in West Matagorda Bay can be good right now for reds if you fish the guts. You will do best fishing close to the shorelines, though, at low tide. The south shoreline is productive for trout and reds on live shrimp and soft plastics.

For you Port O'Connor fishermen - Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on chartreuse Corkies and soft plastics. Trout and redfish are fair to good in the back lakes on gold spoons and topwaters in the afternoon.

Over in the Freeport area - Sheepshead, whiting and sand trout are fair at San Luis Pass. Black drum and redfish are fair at night on crabs and shrimp in the Pass. Trout and flounder are fair in Christmas Bay on live shrimp.

And last but not least, what baits do we like this week? Soft plastics in red shad and glow -- and topwaters later in the day...and of course, live shrimp under a popping cork.

And in the meantime - come on down and wet a hook! Enjoy our bays ... and be safe and courteous on the water! And watch for an ole lady in a kayak...that'll be me ;)

Good Luck!

See ya next week,

P.S. I crave feedback, ideas for improvements, and fishing reports and pictures! Help me out.
This Week's Fishing Reports
Friday 3/12/04
There was a little bit of fishing done in the morning with a few reds being picked up from East Matagorda Bay. However, the east wind started howling and tore everything up again - put a stop to fishing.

Thursday 3/11/04
It was windy down here today - the wind messed up the water in East Matagorda Bay and resulted in a poor day of fishing.

Wednesday 3/10/04
The southeast corner of East Matagorda Bay was good for nice-sized trout - sand and speckled - using soft plastics while drift fishing.

Tuesday 3/9/04

There were a few trout caught on the east end of East Matagorda Bay on soft plastics. There were quite a few bull reds being caught at the jetties on live shrimp.

Monday 3/8/04
The sun was shining today - but the wind did its best to put a stop to fishing. I was unable to find anyone with a fishing report. On another note, though - any of you guys who fish from kayaks in East and West Matagorda Bays, let me know where you fish and what you catch. I would like to start up a "kayak" portion of this web site - with kayaking maps, etc. So, you guys help me out, okay? Send me your info!

Sunday 3/7/04

East Bay only had a few scattered catches of fish today because the fish are more active at night right now because of the full moon. The surf and jetties produced some bull reds and whiting. The whiting were caught on fresh dead shrimp, and the reds were caught on cut bait and live shrimp. A few boats went offshore today and brought in snapper and amberjack.

Saturday 3/6/04
East Matagorda Bay there were a few trout and reds caught by drifting over scattered shell on the east and west ends of the bay. In West Matagorda Bay there were a few reds caught along the south shoreline. Offshore produced some limits of red snapper, amberjack and a few dolphin.

Friday 3/5/04
East Matagorda Bay was fair for trout and some reds on the east end - Brown Cedar Flats and Bird Island areas - for drifters and wade fishermen using soft plastics mainly. There have been big trout caught in the last few days in East Matagorda Bay - 8-9 lb. range.

Kingfisher's Tips of the Week
A Bird's Eye View - Learn to read the "bird" signs and you'll find the fish!
  • Seagulls - the best scouting birds - look for a flock that is hovering over one spot and then all dive at once - that means there's fish below!
  • Terns - "liar birds" - sometimes they dive over fish but sometimes they just dive for the heck of it
  • Pelicans - big plunge into the water - they'll fool ya because they might be after a single fish
  • Cormorants - if you see a big flock of cormorants diving, it could mean a big school of baitfish
  • Pelicans and seagulls diving together - good sign

Fisherman - a jerk on one end of the line waiting for a jerk on the other end of the line

There was an Aggie and a redneck fishing on their respective sides of the Intracoastal Canal. Just as soon as the redneck put his line in the water, he slung a fish onto the bank, and the Aggie was catching nothing, so he yelled across to the redneck, ''Buddy, I'd sure like to be on your side of the canal!''

''Aight, tell ya whut, I'll shine my flashlight 'cross this canal, and you can walk across this little beam of light!'' the redneck yelled back.

The Aggie replied, ''Hain't no way, buddy. I know you think I'm a fool! When I get halfway 'cross, you'll turn your flashlight off!''

Well, when I die I want to be reincarnated as the child of Lester and Valerie Demarco! They send me pictures nearly every week of flounder that they've gigged. I know these folks have got to be eating flounder three meals a day! ...and that sounds like a good place for me to be. Here's the latest picture -
Lester and Valerie DeMarco with nice stringer of flounder

Matagorda "Crusty"

2 lb. fish fillets, fairly thick
1/2 t. salt
1/8 t. pepper
1 stick butter
1 medium onion, chopped
3 c. breadcrumbs
1 c. grated cheddar cheese
1/4 c. fresh parsley, chopped
1 t. dry mustard

Season fillets with salt and pepper and place in a lightly greased 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Melt butter in a large skillet; add onion and stir until crisp-tender.
Add the remaining ingredients and put
topping over the fillets. Bake until the fish is done (fish should flake easily) - 20 to 30 minutes.