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Hurricane Ike Visits Redfish Lodge

Redfish Lodge is open and ready for business!

Fall came to Rockport in a very sudden and exciting way! Hurricane Ike, which seemed to be making a run at the Coastal Bend, caused Redfish Lodge to close up, board up, and head for higher ground. When we returned, a giant tide had risen and had begun to recede, leaving us with a flooded office and some soggy lawns.

We were the lucky ones. Galveston, Houston, and surrounding areas have our deepest sympathies for what they have had to endure for the last week. When the tide came up 3 to 4 feet,, it left us with more than soggy grounds, it left redfish everywhere. Roadside ditches, cow pastures, all the places they usually can’t swim was their playground. As the tide falls, and we can begin using the boat ramps again, we will head out in search of the biggest concentrations of the spot-tailed beauties to get our guests into some rod bending action.

While Ike was stealing all of the weather headlines, a powerful cold front moved through Rockport bringing much-needed rain and a few nights of 60-degree temperatures. For those of you who read these fishing forecasts yearly, I always preach about the first big cold front of the year kicking off the heart of the redfish season. Combine that event with a flood tide of three feet or more, and this has all the makings of the best redfish season ever! I can’t wait to get out there and find out.

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