As is typical with spring on the Texas coast, the winds have been howling and the waters have been churned up. As is typical with high winds and dirty waters, the redfish are hungry and angry.
Predators thrive in turmoil, and that’s what spring in Rockport is all about. Shrimp, crabs, and mullet have all been very successful baits for reds over the last six weeks, and the newly arrived migrations of menhaden will add another weapon to the red fisherman’s arsenal. On the few occasions that the wind has subsided, the trout and drum fishing on the mid-bay reefs of Copano, Aransas, and especially San Antonio bays has been outstanding.
That’s a great sign with croaker season and the light winds of summer just around the corner. Over the last few weeks, lots of oversize reds have made the wall of fame, with many of them being released to spawn.
Now let’s talk lures. If you want to take your fishing experience to the next level, spring and early summer is the time to do it. Wading with artificials has produced several of the best days so far this season at Redfish Lodge. Trout, reds, flounder, and even drum have been particularly aggressive this year on lures.
Over 560 inches of fish were caught and released in a single day on a single boat to win this year’s season opening tournament, the second best tournament total ever! Several other wading trips have produced huge numbers of trout and reds as well.
The 2011 fishing season at Redfish Lodge has started out right where 2010 left off, with some fantastic catches and a lot of great days on the water. We are expecting this trend to continue right on through the summer, so if you have not planned a trip already, now is the time to do so.