They replaced the drawbridge and ratty baitshop with an overpass over the ICW and some fancy homes. It is a great view of the bay from the top of the bridge.
I'm kind of confused about the comment "while my kids are little". I assume you mean the 13 yr old and not the ones that are 23, 19 and 17. I am hoping to get them out of school so a boat becomes a possibility.
Took a solo kayak trip to East Matagorda this morning. First time I've been down to the west end since they took out the draw bridge. Also had to find a new launch. Got a work out on the paddle to the south shoreline. Lots of bait moving but the water was muddy.
Manged a dink red on a nice shrimp fly that I got from Frank B at the expo. Caught on street legal trout on a Borski craft fur shrimp that I tied.
Figured out that I need a GPS. Tried to leave through the wrong cove. Luckily I saved a few point along the way as contacts in my phone.
Off the water before the rain started. Good day but I need to find better entry/exit to east Matty.
Ending the day listening to Steely Dan play at the woodlands.
Cliff's - the slotted foam is great. The Beast and Beast Jr are do a good job holding your "beach sized" flies and not squishing them flat. Cliff's also has a large waterproof box (the Justin Case).
I have never seen "Bug Luggage" before. They look great for small stuff. BugLug website makes it sound like their larger boxes are not that tall. I suspect they would cause problems with your PINS flies.
I would buy a box of each brand and figure out what works for you. You can give me whichever one you don't want.
Mark Marmon was guiding the local bayous in search of braes bonefish (carp). He has also talked to the club a couple of times about it and other urban angling adventures. One of the flies he had was a coffee bean glued to a small hook. Looked like an overgrown lady bug. Always thought that would be fun to do and have not gotten around to it.