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Redfish Lodge May 2016 Fishing Update

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Many anglers & guides alike look back on the mid-nineties as the “glory days” of trout fishing on the Texas coast. I was just a few years into the business, & at the time I did not appreciate the abundance of fish & the quality of the estuary. By 2004, the drought had begun to affect our bays & fishing had become tougher as a rule. I often fondly looked back at the “good old days” when trout seemed to be bigger & everywhere while I was routinely making a 30-mile run to find fish in the late 2000’s.

I almost always mention rain & its effects on our fishing in each of my reports, & the last 20 months or so have blessed us with unprecedented rains in the Rockport area. This inflow of fresh water, in addition to the reopening of Cedar Bayou in September, 2014, has made a tremendous impact on our fishery.

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Looking back on April & May, I can say with confidence that I have NEVER seen trout of this quality & abundance in our bay system in the 23 years I have been fishing the waters of Rockport. Salinity is low, bait fish is available & abundant, shrimp & crabs are everywhere, & we, the anglers, are the beneficiaries of it all.

Another round of significant rain is expected here in the next few days, all but assuring that our summer salinity levels & water temps will stay low, and that our fishing will remain at or near this incredibly high level for the next several months.

If you want to participate in some amazing fishing, book a trip to Redfish Lodge this summer and see for yourself. There is no doubt in my mind that years from now we will look back at this season as the “glory days” of trout in Rockport.

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.

Summer 2015 Fishing Update

The rains of spring and early summer have created some spectacular summer trout fishing in the Rockport area.

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Cooler than normal bay waters and lower salinity have translated into a bounty of healthy, hungry trout. The waters in the middle of Aransas and Mesquite bays finally turned to the beautiful shade of green that Rockport anglers are accustomed to seeing when the wind subsided in late July.

Drum and reds have been scattered all over the shell in the northern part of our bay system and eagerly hit a shrimp or crab in the early part of the day. Copano, San Antonio, and St. Charles bays are still holding a lot of fresh water and as a result are not getting a lot of fishing pressure. This means the fall tide will open some untapped fisheries and keep the action going strong through fall.

Cedar Bayou is flowing great and has resulted in a lot more crabs in the bays and that means a redfish buffet come September. All the seagrass that grew as a result of the rains should translate into a great shrimp migration as well as a good duck season.

2015 has been one of the best fishing years so far, and shows a lot of promise for the rest of the season as well.

We have a bit of space in the Ruddy in the first few weeks of September but limited availability at both lodges in October. But it never hurts to ask as groups move dates often!  It’s going to be first come, first serve for the choice cast & blast dates for dove and duck season.

Check out our newly revamped website – www.redfishlodge.com – Suggestions, comments and recommendations are welcome!

Have a great rest of the summer, hopefully we’ll see you in the fall.