Over the past few weeks, Redfish Lodge has had a couple of near misses thrown at her by mother nature, but we continue to stay on the lucky side of things. A couple good doses of rain and flushes of tide cranked up a summer fishing pattern that was in danger of falling into the doldrums of high salinity and hot water. In the last week, redfish have become more active in the daytime and trout action has picked up as well. On August 3, guest Laura Dayton caught and released a new lodge record 36 lb. redfish on a piggy perch at the north jetty in Port Aransas.
With our rainfall total right where it needs to be and a cooler than average July, things are set in motion for a fantastic fall. Redfish numbers continue to stay at historic levels, making the last two fall seasons record book material. Trout fishing, which has a habit of dropping off a bit in the fall, will hang on longer than usual due to the lack of deep reef fishing in the last few months. The same winds that have kept us cooler than normal have kept anglers out of the middle of the big bays, leaving vast amounts of structure alone for the fish to hide. When the weather turns cooler and the winds subside a bit, those fish should be there for the taking.
The first cold front of the fall, usually somewhere between September 15 and October 1, will kick this plan into motion and start the fall redfish bonanza. In the meantime, the next month or so should afford us some great opportunities to fish the gulf surf and chase kingfish, or boat good numbers of trout and redfish out of the flats and bays. We look forward to seeing you in the fall, and with a quick look at the schedule, it looks like we will be seeing most of you!