The 2017 season has begun at Redfish Lodge, and the spring winds have been here to greet us! Warm air, low tides, and hard southeast winds have dictated the weather pattern thus far, and there are a few more cold fronts headed our way in the next week. Luckily, the fish seem to be fond of the wind, as the drum and reds have been very cooperative. Bottom fishing on the windward shorelines of bays from St. Charles to San Antonio with shrimp and mullet has resulted in some great catches, as well as an amazing number of whooping crane sightings and photos. On a few mornings when the wind slacked slightly, the trout were eager to take a live shrimp under a popping cork on some of the area reefs.
With the arrival of the equinox and the big tide it brings, lots of baitfish and slicking trout have been flooding past Redfish Lodge the past few days. Water temps have warmed to 74 degrees, and the trout have begun staging for their spawn. The big girls are up shallow, so wading is the best way to get them to bite. Wet wading is now comfortable, but be sure to bring long pants as there are already a few jellyfish around. All the fish we are catching seem to be fat and happy, the result of a mild winter and plenty of food. The bays are loaded with hopper shrimp and mullet, and a few menhaden can already be seen in the channels.
Croakers are still about a month away, but shrimp has been really good for all species including flounder.
In a few weeks the wind will let up and the patterns will change, but for now we will keep targeting the dirty water and keeping the rods bent.