Born and raised in Yoakum,Texas, Capt. Kevin Matula went on to graduate from Victoria High School, and later attended San Jancinto Community College. However, after his first year of college, Kevin realized that he simply wasn’t cutout for sitting indoors inside a classroom, so he joined the U.S. Navy where he served for the next two years before being honorably discharged.
Upon his release from the Navy, Kevin moved to Oklahoma where he took courses and began training for a career in welding while attending the Tulsa Welding School. Being in Tulsa also presented Kevin with a chance to participate in the fine art of bullriding as part of the North American Bullriding Association (NABA). He later moved back to Texas in the year 2000 and went to work for his uncle’s construction company as a carpenter until he was hired as a welder by Harmony Construction at Formosa Plastics in Point Comfort, Texas. In 2005, Kevinwent on to become a general mechanic for Alcoa’s Point Comfort Operations for more than eleven years before falling victim to a mass-layoff in 2016 resultant of Alcoa’s decision to end all their production efforts in Point Comfort. And that is when Capt. Kevin made the decision to begin chasing his passion for saltwater fishing – a chase which Kevin has now turned into a career.
Ever since he can remember, Kevin hasloved to fish. It all started with a cane pole, some monofilament, a hook,a cork, and a grasshopper (or worm). Kevin recallsspending manydayscatching perch, bass, or catfish in their pond,and he never grew tired of it. His first taste of saltwater fishing came when hewas just a young boy when he went with his dad to a small town he had never heard of before, Indianola, Texas. They took his dad’s little fiberglass boat,and they camped on what is now known as the spoils in Lavaca Bay. It was love at first cast in the saltwater. Kevin stayed awake all night fishing. And even though all he caught werehardheads, he couldn’t get enough of it. That was also the first time Kevin got a taste of wade fishing. After that, hewas hooked.
It was nearly a two hour drive from Kevin’s house to the bay, so he didn’t have many chances to fish saltwater while growing up. However, hestarted fishing saltwater on a regular basis when he moved back to Texas in 2000. Saltwater fishing soon became Kevin’s “drug-of-choice” – wading in the water as the sun came over the horizon, seagulls gawking, waves lapping the shore, and throwing the old original tout tails. His passion is wade fishing with artificial baits, and his experience doing so is what he has to offer his clients. Treat yourself to a fun-filled day out on the water by requesting Capt. Kevin Matula during your next stay at Bay Flats Lodge.