Water Body Records for Matagorda Bay

Updated April 1, 2014

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Weight Records

This page ranks weight records caught by rod & reel, fly rod and bow fishing. All-Tackle rankings are displayed on a separate page.

All-Ages

Rod & Reel
Species Weight Length Date Angler Bait or Lure
Bass, Striped 3.19 20.12 Jul 8, 1989 Robert Koch Jr.  
Catfish, Gafftopsail 3.11 22.00 Jun 14, 2006 Benjamin Fougere live mullet 
Catfish, Hardhead 1.25 15.00 Jul 2, 2012 Joseph Johnson mullet 
Croaker, Atlantic 3.60 19.75 Dec 10, 2010 William Ferro  
Drum, Black 45.00 46.00 Jun 2, 2001 Cesar Chapa  
Drum, Red 36.40 44.50 Aug 12, 2009 Thomas Hellwig Fly Rod,  
Flounder, Southern 11.75 28.25 Jun 14, 2003 Donnie Macha Norton sand eel 
Grunt, Barred 1.16 12.24 Jun 18, 1998 Gary McCauley  
Hake, Spotted 0.94 15.00 Jul 14, 1994 Gary Kaiser  
Herring, Skipjack 1.25 15.00 Jan 4, 2002 Kenneth Mozisek artificial lure 
Jack, Crevalle 29.50 42.00 Oct 9, 2005 Nathan Gathright live mullet 
Ladyfish 2.50 22.38 Jul 7, 2005 Hunter Camp cut bait 
Menhaden, Gulf 0.90 10.75 Jul 12, 1995 Jacob Coffey  
Pigfish 1.00 9.50 Jun 14, 2004 Caleb Ormand cut squid 
Puffer, Smooth 4.30 22.13 Sep 10, 1994 Brian Gerlich  
Seatrout, Sand 3.50 19.41 Dec 17, 1995 Guy McAllister  
Seatrout, Spotted 10.90 31.00 Jan 20, 1999 Mark Idoux  
Shark, Blacktip 68.00 68.00 Jun 23, 2013 Jonathan Heaton cut ladyfish 
Snapper, Gray 1.25 12.75 Jul 8, 2005 Kendall Camp cut bait 
Stingray, Southern 41.38 82.50 Jun 22, 2013 Michael Bickel cut ladyfish 
Toadfish, Gulf 0.94 11.38 Jun 17, 2004 Caleb Ormand cut squid 
Tripletail 33.50 34.00 Jun 29, 1984 Edie Pruitt  
Fly Fishing
Species Weight Length Date Angler Bait or Lure
Drum, Black 29.75 38.50 Mar 8, 2006 Stan Nabozny crab fly 
Drum, Red 36.40 44.50 Aug 12, 2009 Thomas Hellwig  
Jack, Crevalle 28.56 39.75 Apr 25, 2008 Douglas Simpson Horbey ribbon fish fly 
Ladyfish 1.81 21.25 Aug 18, 2001 McKay Rice  
Seatrout, Spotted 5.88 26.75 Nov 17, 2008 Richard Pevey gold/red spoonfly 

Junior Angler

Rod & Reel
Species Weight Length Date Angler Bait or Lure
Catfish, Gafftopsail 3.11 22.00 Jun 14, 2006 Benjamin Fougere live mullet 
Catfish, Hardhead 1.25 15.00 Jul 2, 2012 Joseph Johnson mullet 
Drum, Black 42.50 40.00 Mar 4, 2006 Kendall Camp blue crab 
Jack, Crevalle 29.50 42.00 Oct 9, 2005 Nathan Gathright live mullet 
Ladyfish 2.50 22.38 Jul 7, 2005 Hunter Camp cut bait 
Pigfish 1.00 9.50 Jun 14, 2004 Caleb Ormand cut squid 
Seatrout, Spotted 9.00 30.00 Apr 30, 2005 Matthew Johnson live shrimp 
Shark, Blacktip 25.75 47.00 Jun 17, 2004 Caleb Ormand live mullet 
Snapper, Gray 1.25 12.75 Jul 8, 2005 Kendall Camp cut bait 
Toadfish, Gulf 0.94 11.38 Jun 17, 2004 Caleb Ormand cut squid 
Tripletail 7.50 22.00 Jul 25, 2005 Max Freytag shrimp 

Catch and Release Records (by length)

All Ages

Rod & Reel
Species Length Date Angler Bait or Lure
Catfish, Gafftopsail 22.00 Oct 22, 2010 Jay Hakala Berkley Gulp 
Drum, Red 46.00 Jul 23, 2012 Lance Deleon live croaker 
Flounder, Southern 17.50 Aug 8, 2009 Larry Bolton spinner Bait 
Jack, Crevalle 39.50 Sep 30, 2011 Jim Wofford croaker 
Sheepshead 23.00 Mar 4, 2012 Kimberly Wofford live shrimp 

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