Fishing history: why the Texas Gulf Coast is ideal

Matagorda Bay La Salle's ship

Theodore Gudin’s painting of La Salle’s entrance into Matagorda Bay

Unbeknownst to some people, the Texas Gulf Coast is one of the best fishing destinations not only throughout the country, but also in the entire world. The coast is hundreds of miles long, with every mile filled with amazing fishing opportunities. Not only that, but the area is brimming with American history. Heck, you can fish for interesting bits of history! Bring your son or daughter and experience Matagorda Bay’s watery textbook!

French explorer La Salle established Fort St. Louis. The bay was important in the development of Texas, especially with the port of Linnville, which was destroyed by the Comanches. Matagorda Bay played a vital role in the Civil War. Bays were strategic commodities and control of Matagorda shifted back and forth between the Union and the Confederacy throughout the war.

No matter what time of year it is, you will find an abundance of fish and history along the coast and in deeper waters around Texas. Just some of the fish you might encounter include Flounder, Croaker, Bull Reds, Redfish, and Whiting. You may even encounter Kingfish, Snappers, and Sharks once your fishing charter heads further offshore.

Because of the warm weather year round, there is never a bad time to go on a fishing charter trip and explore some history in the Texas area. The waters around Texas have one of the largest varieties of fish that you will ever find. From trout to hammerhead sharks, you will have the chance to catch it all in Texas.

If a Texas fishing charter trip sounds like it might be your thing, Captain Charlie Paradoski would love to be your guide. Come learn the ins and outs of fishing along the Texas Gulf Coast by signing up for an unforgettable fishing charter trip today!

Capt. Charlie

*Image reproduced in From a Watery Grave: The Discovery and Excavation of La Salle’s Shipwreck, ‘La Belle’, by James E. Bruseth and Toni S. Turner, Texas A&M University Press, 2005

Manifest Matagorda Destiny

January sure kept us busy, especially the last week.  We packed in many fishing trips and pulled in some great hauls to close out the month.  There were always plenty of boats out and the enthusiasm was palpable.

On Jan. 27 and 28, we took some Arkansan anglers out onto the calm waters and caught many redfish, among other fish.  They are sure to go back to Magnolia with fond Matagorda memories and relaxed demeanor.

That is the thing about fishing.  It is not all about what you pull in, it is so much more.  Fishing is a bonding experience between friends.  Many friends and coworkers book trips with us.  Fishing is also a bonding experience between yourself and the world around you.  More importantly, perhaps, is that fishing is simply a healthy and physical activity.  You use your arms, legs and body, and so you burn calories.

There is no pressure when it comes to fishing.  Although it is nice to haul in some catches, our survival is not dependent on it.  We can sit back, relax, and let the sun and breeze circle around us like positive vultures.  The sun is good for the skin.  The air is good for the lungs.  From top to bottom, fishing improves one’s health.  You really cannot beat it.  While fishing’s physical benefits are apparent, there are spiritual and mental benefits as well.

Manifest Matagorda Destiny

Daniel Boone

For many, a fishing trip is the only way to experience an American adventure.  To channel that Manifest Destiny spirit, you have to get in a boat and go out to sea.  To appreciate America, you have to get away from America – away from work, smartphones, email, and gridlocks.  It is as American as Texas High School football or, as Hubert H. Humphrey put it, “There is in every American, I think, something of the old Daniel Boone – who, when he could see the smoke from another chimney, felt himself too crowded and moved further out into the wilderness.”

We cannot move further out into the wilderness, but we can go fishing.  Whenever you feel yourself too crowded, book a fishing trip.  I guarantee it will uncrowd you.  Unleash your inner Daniel Boone; it is good for the soul and freeing for the mind.  Let Matagorda Bay Fishing Charters, the best Gulf Coast fishing charters in the business, help you!  Daniel Boone would!

-Capt. Charlie

*Image courtesy of Massachusetts Historical Society