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Brian’s FAQ

brian-2011-4I manned the Redfish Lodge exhibit booth at the Dallas Safari Club show in January, and noticed that all would-be lodge guests bombarded me with the same set of questions. In an effort to shed some light on the answers, I figured there would be no better forum than the Redfish Lodge Newsletter. After all, where better to get questions answered than in a newsletter!

Visitors who stopped by the show booth having been a guest at Redfish Lodge in the past all asked one question: “How was the fishing this year?” To that I responded truthfully: “It was the best fishing season in recent memory, both for reds and certainly black drum. Trout fishing took a big upswing from 2009, but the reds definitely stole the show.” My lousy memory notwithstanding, it really was the most consistently good year from beginning to end in a long time. It may have been a product of the plentiful and well-timed rain, and unusually cool summer, an overwhelming baitfish population, or a decrease in the number of boats on the water. It may have been a perfect combination of some or all of these factors. But the fact remains, 2010 was a banner year for fish catching. I am not in the business of prognostication (or maybe some would say I am) but the high note that ended in 2010 shows no sign of dropping off in 2011.

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Visitors who have never been to Redfish Lodge but were pondering a trip had a different question altogether. “How is the food?” was the first thought on their minds. Again I confidently proclaimed “you will not find better food anywhere in Texas, especially at a fishing lodge!” If a group of once and future guests was within earshot when this question was asked, a barrage of “amen” and “darn tootin” quickly followed my response. Sometimes my answer was met with a suspicious glare, but I remained confident when I described the braised duck, roasted pork chops, rack of lamb, grilled tenderloin, and just as they started to drool I hit them with the seafood menu! It’s hard to beat fresh speckled trout and redfish that the guests themselves caught just a few hours earlier. “Maybe I’ll take one of these brochures” was the most common response after my food rant.

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The ladies who stopped by the booth had still another question for me to answer. “How are your rooms?” topped their list of concerns. “Clean and well-appointed with a/c, heat, ensuite baths, fridges, and satellite TV” was my unwavering response. I would then show them pictures of some of the rooms, and they all seemed both delighted and surprised. Then another question would follow immediately and almost without fail … ”Do you have bathrooms on the boats?” My eyes would drop and my enthusiasm would wane only slightly when I replied “No but we’ll bring you back to the restroom any time you want.”

The way I see it, three out of four ain’t bad. Come and see for yourself if I answered the questions honestly and to the best of my ability. Maybe next year at the show you will be nearby when a potential guest asks one of these questions and your testimony will result in a new booking. Hope to see you in 2011.

Published in 2011 Redfish Lodge Newsletter