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

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