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Your Vacation Can Now Last Another 24 Hours …

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Enjoy a complimentary 3rd night* when you book a 2 day/2 night Guided Fishing Package at Redfish Lodge between the dates of June 30th to July 9th or August 30th to September 7th, 2004.

* Does not include a 3rd day of guided fishing. Not valid with any other specials.

What to do with your 24 extra hours?

  • Test your shotgunning skills on some clay targets
  • Enjoy a libation at Mister Jimbo’s Outdoor Caribbean Bar
  • Soak in the hot tub
  • Sun and sip on our spacious deck
  • Wade fish 24 hours a day
  • Enjoy the surroundings while relaxing on the wrap around porch
  • Cool off in the pool
  • Thrill to a sunrise or sunset
  • Fish day or night from our 500’ pier
  • Tour the local waters by kayak
  • Hunt for seashells, rattlers, and other Texas critters
  • Play cards in the card room
  • Check out the 300 species of bird life
  • Win a game of billiards
  • Catch a trophy fish under or beach lights at night
  • Check out the spoonbill, heron and shorebird rookery near the end of the point.
  • Try catch and release to help conserve the local fishery

VIP Conference Plan

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The VIP Conference Plan offers caring personal service, superior facilities and true professionalism that comes with your next executive meeting at Redfish Lodge, one of Texas most exclusive and unique properties. The VIP Plan meeting package includes:

  • Complimentary meeting room
  • Tasteful welcome reception
  • Inspiring breaks with complimentary beverages
  • Exclusivity for groups of up to 8, 18 or 26
  • A unique amenity for each participant.
  • Two hour fishing school
  • Evening shore wade fishing (all gear provided by the lodge)
  • Fantastic gourmet meals
  • Airport service

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For assistance planning your next meeting at the exclusive Redfish Lodge, please call 1-800-392-9324.

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Scates’ Red Shrimp

Hook: Standard saltwater, size 4 to 1/0. Mustad 34007, 3407 Tiemco 811S; Daiichi 2546; Partridge CS52
Thread: Danville 3/0 Monocord or 6/0 Uni-thread
Weedguard: 15 lb. hard Mason monofilament or similar
Antennae/mouth: Red bucktail and natural brown bucktail
Shellback: Red crystal flash
Eyes: Melted monofilament, colored black
Body: Red chenille
Legs: Very soft black hackle
Tail: Red crystal flash from the shellback

Tying Instructions

1. Start behind the eye of the hook, wrap halfway down the bend and back to the middle of the shank.

2. Tie in a 3″ piece of 15 lb. monofilament on top of the hook. Wrap down the bend and fasten the monofilament weedguard in place. Cover the wraps with cement.

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3. For antennae, tie in a sparse bunch of red bucktail, slightly longer than the length of the hook. Cut off a small bunch of natural brown bucktail and even the tips. Tie in the brown bucktail so the tips surround the red bucktail, trim and taper the butts. Over this add a large bunch of red crystal flash for the shellback.

4. Prepare each eye by melting the end of a piece of monofilament into a ball. Color the melted end black and trim the monofilament to length. Wrap to a point opposite the hook barb and attach the monofilament eyes so they stick up and out from the shank. Bring your thread in front of the hook point and attach a single black hackle by the butt.

5. Wrap back to the mouth and antennae, directly above them tie in a piece of large red chenille. Advance your thread and wrap the chenille to the eye of the hook. Tie it off, but don’t crowd the eye. The black monofilament eyes should be sticking out just above the chenille.

6. Make four or five evenly spaced wraps of black hackle up to the hook eye and tie it off. Take your scissors and carefully cut off the barbs on top.

7. Pull the red crystal flash over the body to create the shellback. Tie off the crystal flash on top then pull the butt ends down and underneath. Tie them back and trim them short to imitate the shrimp’s tail.

8. Pull the monofilament weedguard forward and through the eye of the hook, adjust it for length and secure it with a few wraps of thread. Pull it back on top, tie it down again and trim the excess. Cover the head with thread, whip finish and cement.

Spring Salad with Crab Meat

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INGREDIENTS
6 cups spring salad mix
1 cup of mandarin oranges in light syrup
1 cup of fresh sliced strawberries
½ cup of walnuts
½ cup of crumbled blue cheese
1 pound of fresh crab meat

DRESSING
¾ cup of olive oil
½ cup of balsamic vinegar
¼ cup of honey
½ tsp. of garlic
½ tsp. of season all salt
¼ tsp. of black pepper
1 pinch of ground sage

1. Mix all dressing ingredients and whisk well.
2. Mix all salad ingredients in a large bowl. Then toss well with dressing.

Enjoy!

Big Bay Brawl

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You feel a good hard strike, and set the hook with enthusiasm. The weight of the fish becomes apparent. As the drag begins to steadily peel out you think to yourself, or out loud, “nice red.” 30 seconds and 150 yards later, the fish shows no sign of stopping. You have 10 wraps of line left on your spool and you think to yourself, or out loud, “oh sh.., how do I slow this thing down”. By now all of the other anglers in the boat have reeled in their lines and are staring dumbfounded at the absurd bend in your rod, ignoring the shouts and rapid movements of the guide as he prepares the boat to give chase. That is, if you were lucky enough to be in a boat when you got the fish on to begin with.

If you were wading, you are already staring dejectedly at the shiny arbor in the middle of your spool where your line used to be. Your mystery fish swims free with a new piece of lip jewelry, probably never even noticing that he was hooked to begin with.
The guide is now moving the boat toward the powerful fish that seems by this point to be about two time zones away with no sign of turning. The line is not yet returning to your spool, but at least it has stopped going out. The boat is nearly on plane headed toward your adversary. Finally there is an opportunity to gain back some of your long lost line and close the gap that just moments ago seemed hopelessly insurmountable.

Twenty yards off the bow of the boat, the fish swirls on the surface and you strain your eyes to get a positive ID on the monster to which you are bound. What you see brings more questions that answers, as it does not meet the description of anything in the bay fishing reference library of your brain. You turn to your guide to ask the obvious, and for the first time since the hookset, you see the knowing smirk on his face. The fish makes another run, and again you can easily count the wraps left on the spool.

The boat chase begins and the question shifts from “do I have enough line” to “do we have enough gas.” Thirty more minutes pass with little change. He takes, you take back. He takes more, you swear under your breath. Each time he finally appears to get tired and you begin to feel victorious, he peels off another run that makes you invent an entire vocabulary of cuss words.

Over an hour from the start of the battle the fish finally lays on its side next to the boat and the guide reaches over and grabs its tail. As it comes aboard kicking and squirming, the entire boat breathes a sigh of relief. This is usually followed by a grand cheer from all of the spectator boats that you were completely unaware of until now. You are now posing for a picture with a Jack Crevalle, an unusual but seemingly more frequent visitor to the Rockport bays. It is long and tall and heavy and yellowish green and despite its twenty-something pound weight and formidable countenance, you cannot believe that something this size could give you the workout you just endured. After the photo session you set the fish free, and look around at the completely unfamiliar surroundings that you have not taken in for the better part of an hour. “Where are we” you ask, not realizing that besides the incredible length of time it took to land the behemoth, it took several miles as well.

A dozen deep breaths, a Gatorade, and a weary smile later you are back to yourself again. The guide fires up the motor and asks “shall we go back there and hook up another.” All the anglers on the boat look at one another and take stock of the events of the past hour, then simultaneously reply “let’s try somewhere else.”

An event like this one was extremely common last fall, and shows no sign of letting up this spring. Several schools of these “Green Hornets” have already been sighted in the bay resulting in a number of hookups and some great memories. They get their nickname partly because of their color and partly because of their behavior, swarming over a reef or shoreline in a white foam devouring everything in their path. If you have a line in the water and see them coming your way, you have a decision to make. Get out of their way,or learn firsthand why everyone who poses for a picture with one of these beasts has the same sweaty, exhausted half-grin on his or her face.

Variety is the Fisherman’s Spice of Life

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Many guests book their trips to Redfish Lodge to coincide with the big Black Drum migration. Others prefer to be here for the fall arrival of the Redfish schools. Still others enjoy the start of croaker fishing and the Speckled Trout spawn. But there is another fishing event that Redfish Lodge guests can now look forward to, and it certainly is an exciting one.

Each spring, the currents in the Gulf change direction, pushing warm blue water up to the beaches and passes of the Texas coast. This happens sometime between mid-May and mid-June. With these currents come millions of baitfish, and of course where there are baitfish…One of the hungriest and most numerous of predators that flows in with these currents is the Kingfish, or King Mackerel. They swim up to and even inside of the Port Aransas jetties ferociously gorging themselves on everything in sight. Those teeth are not just for show, you know.

Kings have gained quite a reputation for their tenacious fighting ability, their willingness to take both real and artificial baits with almost any presentation, and their unusual accessibility for a pelagic fish. While you may run 50 to 100 miles in search of billfish, tuna, or wahoo, these silver beauties come right to the beaches and are usually caught within a mile of the jetties. They can range in size from six to 40 pounds, with the most common catches in the 20 pound range. Slow trolling artificial lures or drifting freelined or weighted live or dead bait are the most common techniques. They hit with the force of a school bus, often leaping high into the air like toothy acrobats.

As the spring breezes turn to the lazy days of summer, the Kings move out to the near shore oil platforms, shrimp trawlers, and ship anchorage area. Trolling these areas, four to 12 miles out of the jetties, produces Kings as well as Dolphin fish, Cobia, Bonita, and Spanish Mackerel. Combining a mixed bag such as this with Speckled Trout from the surf or jetties can make for an enjoyable “offshore” adventure.

A Kingfish trip, while usually very successful, is also weather sensitive. If this sounds like something you would enjoy, mention it when you book your trip, and if the weather permits during your trip we will gladly accommodate you. If the weather is not conducive, we will fish the bays for Redfish and Trout.

Redfish Lodge Boat Sales

As any of you who have been guests at Redfish Lodge know, our guides fish out of 21’ Shallowsport boats. What you may not know is that these boats are for sale! Redfish Lodge is continuously selling off our fleet and updating with new Shallowsports. If you have fished out of these boats and liked what you saw, why not look into buying one for yourself? The boats are fully rigged with Mercury EFI150 motors and controls, jack plate, poling platforms, push poles, a full compliment of rod holders, life jackets, anchor, compass, livewell with aerator, and best of all the experience of having caught thousands of fish. These boats are maintained to exacting standards, with a brand new motor every two years. The hulls are extremely durable fiberglass on plywood and have the patented Shallowsport tunnel design for extreme shallow water applications. As all of our guests can attest, this is the boat to have on the Texas Coast whether you are a lure, bait, or fly fisherman.

The retail value of one of these boats rigged out as listed above approximately $26,600. Our boats, which are from 1 month to 4 years in age, with a motor no older than two years, will be sold fully accessorized and ready to fish for $15,500-20,000.

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If you are in the market for a used boat and would like more information or a test drive, please call 361-729-8100 and ask for Brian. Inquire about rod, reel, and lure rigging.

The Speckled Trout Challenge

A Catch and Release Speckled Trout Tournament
July 1 – July 31, 2001

1st Prize – 2 day guided fishing trip for 2 at Redfish Lodge
2nd Prize – G. Loomis Rod
3rd Prize- Shimano Reel

No entrance fee – You are automatically entered into the Tournament by being a guest at Redfish Lodge.

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Redfish Rodeo

A Catch and Release Redfish Tournament
April 1 – April 30

1st Prize – 2 day guided fishing trip for 2 at Redfish Lodge
2nd Prize – G. Loomis Rod
3rd Prize- Shimano Reel

No entrance fee – You are automatically entered into the Tournament by being a guest at Redfish Lodge.

The Way of The Kayak

For years, fishermen on the Texas Coast have been inventing better boats and better ways to access the vast shallow water estuaries that redfish and speckled trout like to call home. Recently, this trend has taken a huge step forward by going in reverse, back to the simplicity of the kayak. Though technology has made them lighter, faster, and more stable, the kayak has been around for thousands of years. Their stealth, ease of use, and abilities to navigate shallow and narrow waterways has made them right at home in our coastal bays and estuaries. This is causing tremendous growth in popularity among South Texas anglers. What better way to sneak up on a tailing redfish in the middle of a shallow grass flat than with a kayak.

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Recent environmental concerns regarding the coastal seagrasses are causing many flats areas to be closed to motor boats. Kayakers are taking advantage of this new legislation by gaining nearly private access to some of the best shallow water fishing on the Texas Coast, without the competition of motorboats. Kayak clubs are springing up throughout Texas and kayak fishing tours are an everyday occurrence from Port O’Connor all the way to the Lower Laguna Madre. It seems that more and more people are discovering that kayaking is an effective, less expensive, healthier, and more environmentally sound alternative to motor boating.

Does this mean that motorboats are a thing of the past? Absolutely not, it seems as though we may have just discovered the best of both worlds.

Here at Redfish Lodge, we can read the writing on the wall. When a new lure comes out, we try it, a better fishing rod is made, we give it a go as well. So in keeping with giving our guests the best possible fishing experience, we have added a fleet of kayaks at the Lodge. Whether you are a seasoned kayaker or a first-timer out for a test run, we think you will enjoy our newest addition to the Redfish Lodge experience. For more information, check our website.

Wild Duck

  • 6 Ducks, breasts filleted (12 boneless breasts)
  • 1 cup Italian Dressing
  • 6 pickled jalapeno peppers, split in half lengthwise
  • 12 strips bacon

Lay breasts flat on a cutting board. Using a sharp knife, filet breasts open like a book, leaving one edge intact. Marinate face down in Italian dressing for 2-3 hours. Lay one jalapeno half inside each breast, fold closed, and wrap with bacon in a spiral fashion so bacon does not overlap itself. Secure ends with toothpick. Grill over hot fire until bacon crisps (2-4 min. per side). Inside should be warm and red. Serve hot. For milder version, substitute steamed apple slices for jalapenos. Serves 4-6.

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