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Variety is the Fisherman’s Spice of Life


Many guests book their trips to Redfish Lodge to coincide with the big Black Drum migration. Others prefer to be here for the fall arrival of the Redfish schools. Still others enjoy the start of croaker fishing and the Speckled Trout spawn. But there is another fishing event that Redfish Lodge guests can now look forward to, and it certainly is an exciting one.

Each spring, the currents in the Gulf change direction, pushing warm blue water up to the beaches and passes of the Texas coast. This happens sometime between mid-May and mid-June. With these currents come millions of baitfish, and of course where there are baitfish…One of the hungriest and most numerous of predators that flows in with these currents is the Kingfish, or King Mackerel. They swim up to and even inside of the Port Aransas jetties ferociously gorging themselves on everything in sight. Those teeth are not just for show, you know.

Kings have gained quite a reputation for their tenacious fighting ability, their willingness to take both real and artificial baits with almost any presentation, and their unusual accessibility for a pelagic fish. While you may run 50 to 100 miles in search of billfish, tuna, or wahoo, these silver beauties come right to the beaches and are usually caught within a mile of the jetties. They can range in size from six to 40 pounds, with the most common catches in the 20 pound range. Slow trolling artificial lures or drifting freelined or weighted live or dead bait are the most common techniques. They hit with the force of a school bus, often leaping high into the air like toothy acrobats.

As the spring breezes turn to the lazy days of summer, the Kings move out to the near shore oil platforms, shrimp trawlers, and ship anchorage area. Trolling these areas, four to 12 miles out of the jetties, produces Kings as well as Dolphin fish, Cobia, Bonita, and Spanish Mackerel. Combining a mixed bag such as this with Speckled Trout from the surf or jetties can make for an enjoyable “offshore” adventure.

A Kingfish trip, while usually very successful, is also weather sensitive. If this sounds like something you would enjoy, mention it when you book your trip, and if the weather permits during your trip we will gladly accommodate you. If the weather is not conducive, we will fish the bays for Redfish and Trout.