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Brian’s FAQ

brian-2011-4I manned the Redfish Lodge exhibit booth at the Dallas Safari Club show in January, and noticed that all would-be lodge guests bombarded me with the same set of questions. In an effort to shed some light on the answers, I figured there would be no better forum than the Redfish Lodge Newsletter. After all, where better to get questions answered than in a newsletter!

Visitors who stopped by the show booth having been a guest at Redfish Lodge in the past all asked one question: “How was the fishing this year?” To that I responded truthfully: “It was the best fishing season in recent memory, both for reds and certainly black drum. (more…)

Light Stalker

by Dave Lear

fishing-with-lights-2011-3One of the best aspects of my job is that it lets me regularly fish new places. There’s something special about virgin waters. I pore over SWS back issues and web reports for background research. I triple pack rods, lures and gear to cover any contingency. When the time finally comes to get on the water, it’s pure sensory overload. The opportunity to learn different techniques and pick a guide’s brain has proven invaluable time and again.

With this in mind, I gladly accepted the invitation to attend Coastal Conservation Association’s recent media summit in Rockport, Texas. (more…)

Plentiful Rains and Outstanding Fishing

What a difference a year makes! Last summer in July and August we were nearing the end of one of the worst droughts in Texas history. The water was hot and salty and the fish were scarce and uncooperative.

This year the rains have been plentiful and fishing has been outstanding. Trout have been consistent throughout the summer and the rains and tide surge brought on by hurricane Alex revitalized the redfish resulting in the best summer red action we have ever had.

The 2+ inches of rain that has fallen this week will ensure that the water will remain cool and the action hot throughout August and into mid September. With great fishing and the outstanding food, hospitality, and accommodations that have made Redfish Lodge famous, this summer is a great time to visit! Come see for yourself.

3 Reds On The Wall Of Fame

Despite unusually high winds, fishing in Rockport for the most part has been consistently good to great. Croaker fishing for trout has been producing some nice catches, and surprisingly the red and drum fishing on the shell has been great with shrimp. Last week saw 3 reds up to 31 go on the wall of fame as well as a giant 30-1/2 trout! In the next few weeks we will be switching from croakers to piggy perch and hopefully the wind will lay and we will be able to visit the surf and see what it holds.

A few rain showers here and there have kept the water in great shape and the summer is looking to be a good one as far as fishing goes. We are sad to see the events unfolding in Louisiana and are thankful that they have not affected our fishing to this point. Hope to see you this summer.

Red Hot Redfishing

The Redfish Lodge season has started with a bang, both in the number of guests and the number of fish. Winter rains and a late arrival of spring has kept redfishing red hot. Cooler water and big tides have had the reds and drum snapping from San Antonio Bay to Ingleside on everything from mullet to shrimp to croakers. Speaking of croakers, we started fishing them last week with excellent success both in numbers and size of trout being caught. On days when the wind is down, the outside beaches of Traylor, Ransom, Mud, and Dagger Islands have all produced great boxes of trout.

When the wind is up, potholing in the flats has been productive for reds and some nice trout. The huge number of baitfish migrating through our bays right now have kept the fish well fed and happy. Glass minnows, menhaden, shrimp, and croakers are showing up in numbers not seen in area bays in years. An occasional rainstorm through May and June would assure one of the best fishing seasons Rockport has seen in some time.

If you do not already have a booking for June, July, or August, now is the time to make one!

Falling Into The Spring Pattern

Hey Gang, here is a fishing report over the last few weeks. As one can imagine, we are starting to fall into our spring pattern. Generally speaking, this includes an increase in everything from wind, tide, bait, and temperatures. With that. . . .You called it, a more stable pattern and bite.

As far as the fishing goes in our northern territory, we have had some great days on the deep shell. When conditions have allowed for it, we have seen nice trout, reds, and drum on the windblown sides of shell into San Antonio Bay. As well, when the tide and wind increased, some great days were had fishing the flooded grass in Dunham Bay for reds and drum. As far as your bait check; we have been using shrimp, crabs, and mullet. (more…)

New Recipes from Chef Chris

Grilled Shrimp With Raspberry Bourbon Sauce

chefs-11 lb. jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 Tbls. olive oil
¾ Tsp. kosher salt
1 Tsp. chile powder
½ Tsp. cayenne powder
2 Stalks green onion, minced
4 Cloves fresh garlic, minced juice from half a lemon

Combine all ingredients above and toss well. Set in fridge for 1 hour. Grill shrimp on medium heat for 1 minute on each side. (more…)

Pelican the Dog

Of all the interesting catches brought to dock during the 2009 season, one definitely stands out … or up. Yes, and on four feet at that. In June, guests from South Coast Terminals group out of Houston were fishing on Johan’s boat when they caught a dogfish … minus the fish!


While running down the Corpus Christi ship channel from one fishing spot to another, they noticed something fl oating, or swimming, in the water. Johan maneuvered the boat up next to it, and hauled aboard a wet, tired dog! (more…)

Reusable Bottles

IN AN EFFORT TO MAKE REDFISH LODGE MORE ECO-FRIENDLY FOR THE 2009 SEASON, WE LAUNCHED A MASSIVE RECYCLING CAMPAIGN. The goal was to see that all of the recyclable materials that the lodge used during the season would end up where they would do the most good. Unfortunately, we met with some shocking resistance from the local waste disposal companies. Much to our surprise, in the year 2009 there are still places, and evidently Corpus Christi, Texas is one of them, where you CANNOT recycle! After recovering from the shock of this news, we went to work to formulate a new plan. (more…)

Rockport Ralph

Rockport Ralph, a distant cousin of Punxsutawney Phil, and of course a redfish, poked his tail out of a sandhole where he spent the winter, and declared that spring has finally arrived on the Texas coast! Yesterday the water temperature gauge on my boat reached 60 degrees for the first time since December, and baitfish have begun to show up on the reefs and shorelines again. The trout and reds are never far behind, which means that fishing is about to get good. (more…)