Bink Grimes writes a weekly fishing column for the Victoria Advocate.

Outdoors for Aug. 4

Large trout are showing over deep shell. Please take care of our trophies and release them back to the salt.

Light winds have returned and allowed all areas of the bay to green, giving us unlimited real estate to fish.

Westerly flow finally disappeared and easterly flow allowed for the barometer to drop and tides responded by flushing the bay with strong incoming morning currents.

The areas around Pass Cavallo have been good as well with tide-running trout entering and exiting the pass with the current. Soft plastics like glow/chartreuse and Fried Chicken Bass Assassins have worked well, along with Purple Demon Lil’ Johns.

East Matagorda Bay has given up good catches of trout while wading or out of the boat. Those mid-bay reefs hold trout all year, but especially in the heat of the summer with a green tide. We love throwing She Dogs in chest-deep water on Drull’s Lump, Three Beacon Reef, Long Reef, Half-Moon Reef and Bird Island Reef.

In Palacios, the early morning incoming tide has been good for catches well before sunrise at spots like the Pipeline, Spanish Lake, One Island and Airport Flats. Coon Island, Half-Moon Reef and Turtle Bay have produced with light winds.

The Rockport/Port Aransas area has enjoyed good catches around Mud Island and Allyn’s Bight on soft plastics and topwaters. Live-baiters have found good trout around the jetty on shrimp and finger mullet. Those working the edges of the ICW with live shrimp have caught good numbers.

The Surfside jetty has been solid lately with green tides. Most are tossing live shrimp and finger mullet, but pluggers are tossing MirrOlures at first light. The edges of reefs in Bastrop Bay are holding trout on live shrimp under a popping cork.

The surf is full of trout; however, rough winds and waves have not allowed us to fish the beach. Calm winds are forecasted for mid-week, which might give us our first real shot at green water in the surf.

August is normally a tough month to find redfish consistently in the shallows. That is, when low tides and boiling water persists. Pump a little more water in the bays and temperatures cool a couple of degrees and those flats with 6-inches of water now have close to two feet of water — more room to work.

The Colorado River is holding lots of 6- to 8-pound redfish blowing up bait right along the bank. The water has been so clear you could see those big reds rooting shrimp and shad.

Waders along the east end of East Matagorda Bay found redfish while wading around Brown Cedar Flats, Bird Island and Catch-All. There were some bruisers up to 32 inches caught on the west end of East Bay while drifting life shrimp.

Of course, the Surfside, Port O’Connor and Matagorda jetties hold lots of reds on mullet and large table shrimp; and, anglers in the surf found lots of slot redfish in the first gut on shrimp.

In Matagorda, Capt. Michael Kubecka said calmer seas allowed him to target tasty swords about 80 miles off the coast. He likes drifting in 1400 to 1800 feet of water while drifting strip-baits over hilltops and ledges. Most of the fish are in the 70-90 pound range, but recently Stone Bolton of Matagorda set a new junior record with a 252 –pounder aboard the Hail Storm.

During the night, those swords ease up in the water column and feed in 600 to 1400 feet of water while drifting squid over hilltops. Our swordfish fishery is a good one but one that rarely is targeted.

Kingfish continue to impress while trolling behind shrimp boats. Blue water creeping closer to the beach has encouraged smaller kings to inch closer to the jetty. Weedlines are holding lots and lots of dorado and tripletail.

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