5. Long Reef - East Matagorda Bay: There are several wadeable reefs in the bay, all holding large trout at certain times of the year; however, Long Reef is the largest of them, running east and west smack-dab in the middle of the bay. It is surrounded by six feet of water, allowing trout easy access to deeper water when tides or temperatures recede.
The reef shines when mullet are stacked thick on the surface or when the white shrimp of autumn burrow in the mud to evade predators. Depending on the direction of the wind, I park my boat on the east or west tip. It takes about three hours to methodically fish the reef, working the south side first and then plugging the north side on my return to the boat.
Pluggers and jiggers both score here. I choose to wade parallel to the drop-off and work Super Spook Jr. lures and She Pups, tossing every other cast to five feet of water and fish staging in deeper water. However, when my wife wades by my side, I put her on a Chicken on a Chain or Morning Glory Bass Assassin and allow her to dance the plastic over every piece of shell. By giving both presentations, we decipher what mood the trout are in that day and make adjustments.
Pro's Choice: This area is heavily occupied with both mullet and shrimp, but Super Spook Jr. lures work very well here.