Teach your children how to fish

Ambitious anglers from every corner of this great nation flock to Matagorda Bay to do battle with redfish.  This month is no different.  The redfish have been numerous – ghosting on the edge of the coast, meandering at the mouths of drains.  It has been a busy time.  It has been an honor taking these nice folks out on the refreshing gulf waters and a great way to start the New Year.  You know what is also nice?  Watching children do battle with redfish.  At Matagorda Bay Fishing Charters, we love teaching children how to fish.  It is a joy watching them, especially when they make their first catch!

Currently, there are many people pushing for aquaculture centers that would teach children the joys and benefits of fishing.  One such center may be set up in Florida.  The Fishing & Aquaculture Center would utilize the former Indian River Plantation water services building.  In the article “Fishing, aquaculture, ecology spotlighted by new center”, Ed Killer of the TC Palm writes, “Once in place, parents will have a place to learn how to fish with their children.  And in the process, they also will have a chance to learn a lot more about the fish that live in and make Florida’s waters special and unique.” Sounds like a good idea, doesn’t it?

For many families, fishing is a tradition that bonds parent and child.  Such a center would spread that tradition to more families, all while teaching everyone about the thrilling watery world.  These centers would do well in areas all over the country, such as Matagorda Bay.  What do you think?

For more information on the possible center, please look here.

Charlie

Spawn ahead, fall back

The holiday season certainly kept us busy.  Between Christmas, New Year’s, and fishing trips – it was go, go, go!

In Matagorda, officials discovered a 43-foot whale was dead on the beach.  It weighed 5 tons!  Can you believe that?  The sea has many secrets.  Sometimes it spills those secrets onto the shore.  It was a sad sight, to say the least.  No creature, man or beast, deserves to go out like that – a cold beach in the cruel moonlight.  Imagine though, catching a 43-foot whale.  Now that would be a story to tell the grandkids.  Thankfully, we set our sights on lesser behemoths – speckled trout, redfish, and flounder.

Captain Charlie Paradoski

Spawn ahead, fall back

Yes, spring fishing is fast approaching.  Many people are already calling us and booking trips for March and April.  Will you?  Spring is the time that excited anglers go after speckled trout.  For many anglers, speckled trout are the jewels of the sea, to chase after and cherish.  The waters are full of them.  They typically begin their spawning period in March.  You can follow them as the speckled trout migrate and prepare for one of nature’s miracles.  What a way to welcome in the spring!

Wade fishing or drift fishing, anyone?

Charlie

*Image courtesy of Peter Griffin