On April 30, 2005, Rockport played host to the 6th annual Babes on the Bay fishing tournament, one of the largest CCA fundraising events in the organization. 534 women anglers competed on 156 teams for fun, prizes, and a year’s worth of bragging rights. For the first time in the tournament’s six year history, two Redfish Lodge guides participated in the guided division to measure their skills against many other local professionals.
As seems to be the case with this event every year, the weather was as uncooperative as possible. A strong front blew through at 6:00 am on the morning of the tournament, bringing with it sustained north winds in the 45+mph range and gusts to 55mph. Conditions deteriorated throughout the day, as the winds refused to subside and the water quality went downhill fast. Some anglers never left dock, some began returning immediately, and some of the tougher ladies stuck it out and fished for the day.
Weigh-in took place between 12:00pm and 4:00pm, and teams could weigh in three trout and one redfish toward their total. 99 teams scratched, meaning they had no eligible fish. The remaining 57 teams wearily staggered in throughout the weigh-in time, some with four fish, many with just one. When all teams were accounted for and the standings were posted, Redfish Lodge guides Brian Holden and Cody Kubicek held the first and second place positions on the leaderboard by a huge margin over an otherwise tightly packed field. In addition, Tonya McLeod on Brian’s team won the prize for the redfish with the most spots (13), earning her a gold redfish pendant with 13 diamonds on it.
Besides the contestants in the Babes on the Bay tournament, there were six other boats on the water that day. They were the rest of the Redfish Lodge squad, putting together nice boxes of reds for a full house of lodge guests and practicing for the next big tournament to be held in “unfishable” conditions. The moral of the story is a simple one. If you have a trip planned to Redfish Lodge and there may be some bad weather during your stay, remember two things. Bring your rain jacket or windbreaker, and leave the rest to the Lodge guides. They will keep you safe and put you on fish in any conditions. For more information about Babes on the Bay, visit babesonthebay.com.