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Redfish April 2016 Fishing Update

The 2016 fishing season is still quite young, and yet it seems that we have seen every condition nature can throw at us. High tides followed by extreme low tides, strong winds followed by slick calm days, pouring rain followed by high pressure and blue skies, an ever changing assortment of conditions have kept Redfish Lodge guides on their toes.

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While a variety of fishing techniques have been employed in a variety of areas under a variety of conditions, the outcomes have remained relatively consistent. Fish are being brought to the boat.

On the calmer days when the water greens up, live shrimp under popping corks have been keeping our anglers busy. Trout, and LOTS of them, have been eating on the shell reefs of Copano, Aransas, and Mesquite bays. While a lot of these fish are small, focusing on pockets of bigger fish has resulted in some nice boxes coming to the dock. These pretty days are also productive for wading with lures, as bigger trout mixed with a spattering of reds have been cruising the mullet rafts on the shorelines.

On the days when the winds are stronger, reds and drum are taking advantage of the dirty water ambush scenario by feeding on shrimp and mullet on both reefs and shorelines. Gulf menhaden are beginning to show up in the bays, and the reds have been responding positively to them as well.

The dramatic weather variations of a coastal spring will soon be coming to an end, but the fishing is only going to ramp up. Salinity conditions are ideal in the bay system right now, along with bait fish, crabs and shrimp in unprecedented numbers. The gamefish are fat and healthy, and the population seems to be in great shape.

2016 is on track to be the best fishing year in Redfish Lodge history!

Redfish Lodge 2016 Fishing Report

We always put a lot of emphasis on rain here in the coastal bend as so much of our fishery depends on it to thrive. 2015 brought rain in volumes that most people cannot remember in their lifetime living in Rockport. As a result, the bays flourished. Seagrass grew in places it has not been seen in decades, crab, shrimp and menhaden populations are at all-time highs. The bay is in optimum condition which is great news for its aquatic residents.

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With food aplenty, we saw some of the biggest redfish ever caught in these bays over the last three months. Several in excess of 40 inches have been released this fall including a couple of 44-inch giants that rode the tide into the bays in search of blue crabs. The seagrass and lower salinity, combined with the proper flow of the cedar bayou cut and the abundance of food has brought a resurgence to the trout that has resulted in increased numbers and size all over the bay system. Flounder have also been making a comeback with the highest recorded catches here at Redfish Lodge in over a decade.

Drum populations have remained excellent, making for some really stellar fishing action throughout 2015.

Winter is supposed to be cooler and wetter than normal this year, but it is certainly taking its time getting here. Warm water and lots of food are still present here in December, giving the fish a bonus opportunity to fatten up for winter.

2015 was a great fishing season, and there is no sign of slowing down for 2016. We will be at the Dallas Safari Club show January 7-10 and the Houston Safari club show January 15-17, so please stop by our booth and say hello. We’d love to see you. Also, if you would like to take advantage of 2015 pricing for your 2016 fishing trip, get with Melissa or Virginia for a reservation. Deposits must be received by December 31 to get last year’s rates.

2016 looks to be a great year, we hope to see you then at Redfish Lodge.

A Spring Fishing Report From Brian

Lots of rain combined with lots of tide has been a recipe for lots of fish! This spring has been really productive for trout and drum alike, and in the last two weeks the reds have decided to join the party. Shrimp, menhaden, and mullet have all been producing good numbers of fish, and so have plastics when the winds are down.

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We are on the cusp of croaker season right now, with a few croaker flags flying above bait stands in town. It’s been tough to transition to croakers when shrimp have been producing so well, but the day is coming soon.

All bays have been really consistent in producing fish, on shell reefs as well as shorelines and grass beds. Another round of rain is due this week, promising more fresh water and good fish activity well into summer. Join the fun! We still have dates available for June, July & August.