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During Labor Day weekend 2004, guest Wayne Penello caught a 37-inch, 20-pound redfish. He was fishing with Captain Paul Brown in Ayers Bay using live piggy perch as bait. This fish broke a long standing Lodge record of 36 inches and 18 pounds caught in 1995. Wayne’s fish, however, would not enjoy the view from the top for long. Two months and two days later the record was broken again. On November 6, Jared Davis caught the new record while fishing with Captain Cody Kubicek in San Antonio Bay. His red, caught on a live shrimp under a popping cork, tipped the scales at a whopping 27 pounds! This 41-inch behemoth took half an hour to land, and will be gracing Jared’s wall when the taxidermist finishes with it.

We are left to wonder whether these two catches were coincidence, or if they are a sign of things to come. Are some of the redfish that normally migrate to the Gulf staying in the bays? The overall health of our bay system has been deemed excellent by Parks and Wildlife biologists, and baitfish are plentiful and accessible. Maybe these big reds are finding our bays too tempting to leave and are sticking around a few extra years. Next year may see another record boken, and another …