4/14 Redfish Bay via Rippinlips - We had a late start this mornin bc I ended up having to work late through the night. Loaded the boat around 7am and we were on our way to the water. By the time we hit our first spot it was about 8:45am and the wind was about 7mph out of the SSE. I opted to throw top waters and so did my dad. Water conditions were fair with a nice green tint to it, but still a lil off. First drift I picked up a nice fat trout that was right at 15" but he was released, we dont keep em unless they are 16" due to the shrinkage on 40lbs of ice in our cooler. Next cast after that I immediately hook up as soon as I start to "walk the dog" for about 10 seconds, GULP !!!!! I HAVE A BIG TROUT on and she is strippin line off my Curado fast. I get her to the boat and its a solid 25 1/2" trucha !!! Right after my dad nets the fish and Im working on gettin my treble hook out of the fish's mouth, my dad immediately casts back out, and SLURP !!!! FISH ON !!!! I net the fish, and its another solid 25" trout. Back to Back fatties in the cooler. We finish the drift and release about 10 undersized trout so we decided to re-drift it. 2nd pass through produces some more trouser trout, so we decide to make a move before the top water bite dies off.
Next location is a nice lil boat ride away so we hit the throttle and turn on the "air condition" for a minute. Location #2 starts off great and I throw a nice solid 21" trout in the cooler. By this time its about 10:00 and the wind is starting to pick up a lil bit. We continue to work our way drifting the shoreline in about 3-4 feet of water and release about 10 more small trout. We both decided the top water bite was over, so I tied on a pumpkin/chartreuse saltwater assasin and my dad tied on a red shrimptail. On about the 4th drift I pick up another box fish that will only go 16 1/2" and this fish looks like a dwarf compared to the other 3 slobs that are already in the cooler. Around 11:00 the wind is starting to break that 15mph mark and you can tell its gna be the prevailing winds before this front we have coming our way, so we decided to call it a trip and head back to the launch. By noon we had the boat out of the water and were taking pics. All in all it was a great day and we had some solid trout. Another memorable fishin trip with my dad.
-Until the next trip-
My first keeper of the day, solid 25 1/2" trout
My dads first keeper of the day, NICE 25" trout
Ended the day with 4 nice QUALITY TROUT
GREAT DAY ON THE WATER
3/29 Aransas Pass via Kingz - ....on topwaters in South Bay outside AP this mornin...
26 and 28....Have good Easter CCF
3/18 Aransas Pass - Slowride Capt. Dean Thomas told me that he had a full spring break of clients both on the boat and in the kayaks and said when the winds allowed he saw all kings of tailing reds though they were very fininnicky and not easy to get to strike. Expect more of the same when tides are up and the water is clear. Here is a nice scene from 3/18
Jennifer Thomas, Ms. Slowride and the brains of the operation is doing guided nature tours.
1/28 Redfish Bay 1/25 via from Rippin Lips - Went out early in the morning with one of my buddies from work in his 21' Shoalwater and hit it hard pluggin with no other than some red/white shrimp tails. The bite was on pretty much from 8-10am and than it just quit. All fish were caught in about 3-4 ft of water and the water clarity was gin clear !!!! We were back to the launch at 10:30. Great day on the water all the way around. Made about 2 gallons of fillets, Im on my way to restocking my freezer now. I was running a lil bit low there for a minute...
1/25/13 - 5 flounder 4 trucha !!!
1/18 Kingz Aransas Pass Report - Very lil water...found some redfish interested in soft plastics cruising down a drop along the Morris-Cummings...couldnt buy a trout...???
12/15 Kingz and Slowride Recently CP'rd Reds -
Lazy I guess... . .................. . G
11/30 Aransas Pass via Anzuelo 11/26 - "Fished the last couple afternoons along the Shrimo Boat Channel. Spooked a lot more flounder than I caught though I did have some fried flounder this evening. "
11/15 Aransas Pass from Mickeyd - Just got in from fishing around the Sailboat Channel, Lydia Ann barge repair area, Lighthouse Lakes entrances and the Shrimp Boat Channel.
Very few fisherpeople out and about. Some duck hunters out at the end of the Sailboat Channel. Nothing until 2:30 when the black drum showed up around the E Shore of Brown and Roots flats by the Sailboat channel. Got a two man limit in an hour and then went hunting reds. Never found any reds but talked to a couple at the fish cleaning station that had a mix of fish from an area N of Mud Island. Reds have been in Estes Flats the last couple of days according to my neighbor. Bites have been late, around 1PM until 4PM or so. Tidal movement has me confused with these NE winds but there was above average water. Most fish being caught on either live or dead shrimp. Nothing on cut mullet.
Hope this helps!
11/3 Kingz Week in AP - Here is his report!
10/3 Kingz 10/2 Report from Mud Island - Mother..Shipping...
Lost alotta water during that last front...
But we were able to scratch out a few along a drop near Mud Island this morning...
Good mornin, nice weather...G
9/19 and 9/21 from Rippin Lips - The first pic was taken on 9/19 and I was fishing the Aransas area in some of my favorite channel slopes for the flounder and picked up a few nice trout as well. Biggest flounder went 19" and the big trout went 22" All fish were caught on plugs. Root beer/orange tail
This second pic was my second day of fishing 9/22 done in the same location, fishing the same techniques. Water was a lil off on this day but the flounder were still hanging out and of course the trout were still abundant as well. The big flounder went 19" and the trout were around the 17-18" range. All fish were caught on plugs. Same as 1st trip.
9/11 Captain Dean Rocks the Kings at the Jetty 9/7- Kings are biting well inshore with bull reds, trout, spanish mackerel and tarpon out there in addition to a few flounder, bluefish and small jack crevalle
8/26 YakAttack's Report from Rockport - Been a while since I've posted any reports, but Saturday was kind of special. I haven't fished with my dad since I was about 10 years old, due to us moving away from the coast. 11 years later I came back into the area and fell back in love with fishing. I started teaching my oldest daughter the art of fishing and now she is 6 and well on her way. The picture below is her first keeper drum!!!
My 6 month old daughter isn't quite ready yet, but she is much more attached to her daddy than my oldest and surprisingly very coordinated for her age. See the picture below.... Great balance already!!! She will be out on the water with as soon as she can start walking!!!
We had a mini family reunion Friday and I was able to convince my parents to delay thier return trip and for my dad to come fishing with me, a buddy and his dad in Rockport. We had a blast on the water and have the sun burns to prove it.....lol. I caught my 2nd best trout ever (23in) with my dad helping net it....... I will never forget this day!!!
8/20 Captain Dean International Supa Star - Dean has been getting redfish bites early in the morning in very skinny water. Flies are often the one thing that won't spook the fish. Here he is starring in an Italian video.
7/19 Kingz' Topwater Fun with Capt Dean and Friends - outside AP, early in the mornin with tops...Just a couple of pics...
Been pretty as well...
...........Have a good w/end out there...I'm out...G
7/6 Capt Brent Hopkins - We have had some really high water here in the Rockport area that has driven me crazy some days over the last couple of weeks, but we have also had a little rain that I have welcomed (even if I had to cancel a trip or two). With this high water the redfish have scattered on me and most have moved to parts unknown by me because I can't seem to find a good concentration of them on a daily basis. So with that being said, I've been mainly trout fishing for the last couple of weeks. I usually like high water conditions for trout, but this go round seems to have me stumped why I can't catch a better box of trout on the reefs or in the flats while fishing from the boat. Most of my charters I've been averaging around 10-20 keeper fish while fishing in the boat, but having my clients wade fish the shorelines has been a lot better as for putting a quality box of fish together. In fact, my clients made ONE WADE the other morning, missing their limit of 40 trout by two! Other wading trips have been good too, but we've had to make more than just one or two wades to catch a good box of fish.
By far, live croaker are working better than artificials right now, and they will continue to do so until we get into fall and cooler temps. We have a lot of bait in the bay and it's tuff to catch keeper trout right now on artificial baits during the heat of summer, but we have been able to do a decent job of catching a few fish to take home while throwing artificials. If my past years notes hold true, our redfish left for parts unknown last year about the same time and should "show" back up come mid to late July. Just in time for when our trout bite slows a bit due to the mid day hot sun heating things up and the lack of wind. Today, I took my first redfishing trip in nearly two weeks and we did OK. We caught enough fish to make me feel the trip worth while and I saw decent numbers of fish, but fighting that full moon is something else! We'll still be able to fish for trout during July & August, but we'll have to get them early before daytime temps get too hot. Most days during late July & August, unless my clients choose to fish only for trout, I'll be concentrating mainly on redfish due to the excessive heat, lack of wind (and rain) that shows up during this time of year. We all need to pray that the little rain that we've had over the last few months keeps it up through the summer.
Capt Brent with a 27" trout caught and released using a soft plastic last week. Fish was too long or his arms were too short to get a shot of it :)
6/8 6/6 Aransas Pass via Rippin Lips - I decided to change it up a little bit yesterday and go target some nice redfish for the bbq pit because Im already stacked up to my neck with trout. Anyway myself and two other buddies went out of Aransas Pass yesterday morning and made quick work of 3 LIMITS in less than 2 hours !!! We launched at Hampton's and fished some of my honey holes around Hog. Heat index was well over 100 degrees by the time we were gettin off the water about 10am. Calm, hot, and humid is a bad mixture. Looks like we are gonna have a pretty HOT summer to say the least !!! Im still searching for that tagged redfish for the STAR Tournament, so I will be huntin em down till I find one...Water clarity over there was good, a nice tint of green. UNTIL NEXT TIME
THATS THE WAY WE DO IT
9 NICE REDS
TIME TO FILLET EM UP
6/4 Aransas/Rockport via HROD2222- Couple of buddies and I fished with Capt Ben Wells this morning in Rockport/Aransas Bay area. The water clarity was moderate to good. The bite was on early, caught a mix of keeper and undersized trout. There were dolphin everywhere disturbing our fishing (or did we disturb their fishing). Anyway, I was hooked on a +20" trout and I cranked down the drag to horse in the trout due to the hungry dolphin. I got within 5ft of the boat and BAM! the dolphin hit my trout. And for 2 seconds my drag screamed and POP! (and no I was not using legal trout to catch dolphin).
The bite stopped around 0930, but we had a few croaker left so we decided to hit one more spot. We caught a couple more keepers and undersized trout. I have to give it up to Clinton, he really had his work cut out for him. As he was reeling in to check his croaker BAM a Jack Crevalle hit it within 8 feet from the boat, on Top! Caught it with a Shimano Sienna 500 on 12lb test mono. We fished hard and results were great.
5/10 Rippin Lips Aransas Bay Report 5/8 - Well we thought the weather window was gna be good for Tuesday the 8th so we went for it !!! Woke up and loaded my buddies boat around 5:00 am and the winds were already 12mph SSE. We were gna go for it no matter what, so we headed off to Ingleside to launch the boat. We headed out toward my 1st spot and the winds were gradually picking up. We had 3 trout in the box within the 1st 10 casts !!!! HELL YEA, ITS GNA BE A MEAT HAUL... Then it slowed down a lil bit, but we were still catching 14 1/2" dinks. So I decided to make a move and go look for the bigger trout before the wind got up 20+ and the rain hit... But you could definitely see the rain and smell it coming by about 10:30am. So we headed off to spot #2. Right off the bat we had 4 more in the box !!!! Drifted a long grass line in about 3 foot of water and put a couple more in the box. Still catching a lot of dink 14-14 1/2" trout so made another move. Spot #3 here we come!!! Wind is already up to 20+ by now and you can see the rain getting real close, but we fought through the white caps and got to my last location. We put our last 4 keeper trout in the box on about 2 drifts and probably released over 60+ trout through out the day. By now the rain was within 400 yards and you could see it hitting the water, so we loaded up all the gear and got ready for the ride back to the dock. Over all we came back with 13 nice trout and I released one 18 1/2" red and like I said, about 60+ undersized trout. GREAT DAY OF FISHING WITH ALL THE WIND AND WEATHER... TILL NEXT TIME, GTA KEEP IT EPIC !!!!!
NICE WATER, BAD WEATHER COMIN'
NICE MESS OF TROUT
ME AND MY BUDDY COLE
NOT TOO SHABBY ON THIS WINDY DAY
TORE EM UP
4/5 Kingz' Redfish Bay Report - Lotta new water in Redfish Bay...Lotta the usual launch spots along 361 are actually underwater...
And it was just lil breezier than forecasted...
Along with the new water I found some good action....About a 1/2 dozen of lil guys...
And a few lil rats....
Found one lower slot for my girl to enjoy tommorow as she recognizes Good Friday....
Maybe this recent influx of water will help with your BT, I hope so...
Yall have a safe Holiday...G
3/29 3/25 Conn Brown Channel Report via Charlie Golla - >Fished Sunday evening with the boys and we found Spanish Mackerel coming in the bay system near the Port A jetties. They were all the way into South Bay and along the Conn Brown feeding on anchovies. Also found tons of anchovies up the Lydia Ann and into Aransas Bay. Flounder gigging was a little slower with all the bait present.
3/8 Capt Dean Slowride Thomas - The tide is out in the Lighthouse Lakes. He's been drifting the backside of Traylor Island for long stretches and see lots of reds and catching them on topwaters. They are not really tailing just hanging suspended like horse mullet. Trout are numerous though not big mainly 17 inchers but he's catching them in grass in 4 to 6 feet of water. Work the edges of those flats for the reds.
2/12 Rockport via TPW - Trout are fair on the edge of the ICW on glow DOA Shrimp and Gulps. Redfish are fair to good in the holes and channels on mullet and shrimp.
New Years Eve - 1/2 via Tim W - "Had a great trip to the Rockport area with old friends. Found the red fish in three to four feet of water and they were hungry for "free lined" live shrimp.
Anchored up in a small wind protected area and caught and released over 35 red fish without moving on Saturday. Returned to the same spot on Sunday. and had about the same luck. Drifted the California Hole and Estes flats Sunday and Monday and hit a good number of trout on sub surface mirror lures and soft plastics. Alot of short fish mixed in with some nice trout. Tuesday the front moved in and we moved out."
HAPPY NEW YEAR
12/31 Redfish Bay via IBTEXAS Dec 28 - 29 - Well I told my customers that if I saw 2 good days lined up before New years I was taking off to the coast. Im glad I did. We did not catch lots of fish but the weather and water were beautiful and had a great time fishing with friends and family. Happy New Year !!!!
12/15 Capt Dean Slowride Thomas - "says the water is still high though that may change with this weekends front. He has been catching quite a few large trout to 25 on spook jrs fishing Redfish Bay areas over grass such as Steadmans Reef, Terminal Flats. When the fronts have hit he has been just going to deeper grass areas, channels and pot holes. "
Here's a fat trout from this morning 12/15
And a nice red on his custom "purple nurple" Spook Jr.
11/21 Estes Flats from Hookem05 - Fished Estes Flats this weekend and had a great Saturday. Me and buddy both limited on reds and ended up with 4 trout. All caught on Zara Spook Jr and any dark Saltwater Assassin.
33" red. Caught, photo and released to fight another day.
11/3 Capt Brent Hopkins - Still steady at fishing with limits to near limits of redfish. Trout and drum a little slow, but catching a few. Duck season starts this wknd!!!
10/6 Lighthouse Lakes via Team Kingz -
9/8 Capt Dean Slowride Thomas says - He's still working the fish early in the morning when the tides are up even with the full moon this weekend. The cooler weather has changed things and slowed down the bite on the flats but once he thinks prospects look good and at some point the big schools of reds will realize it is almost fall and being their big migrations.
9/2 Jetties still looking good for Kings - Tropical Storm Lee will slow things down but lots of folks have been hitting the Port A Jetties and just offshore for some excellent King Mackerel Fishing. - Captain Dean "Slowride" Thomas and his lovely wife Jennifer enjoyed good kingfish action at the Port A Jetties on the boat. (photo courtesy "My Darling Ben" Studios) 8/24
8/17 Copano Bay/ Aransas Bay 8/15 via Hrod2222 - Finally fished Rockport area with Capt Ben Wells. He put 3 sailors and 1 airman on 26 trout. We also had an opportunity to witness a dolphin feed on a 10-15lb drum. The dolphin smacked it 3ft out of the water. Had a great day off on the water.
6/30 Good bite this week for Capt Brent Hopkins - He says "I had 3 generations of girls this morning for my fishing charter and I decided to take them trout fishing since we had very little wind for redfishing. They did great in catching 20 solid keeper trout before we caloled it a day. Not too shabby for 4 girls that have never trout fished!!"
6/14 Scary Tale from Charlie Golla - "Waders Beware!
Friday Night, Chris and Matt were on a good trout bite on the outside Beach of Traylor Island. The bite slowed around 10:00 PM, so they switched from Gulps to live bait. Around 10:30 PM, Chris hooks up with a big Bull shark in waist deep water. Almost spooled, they make it to the boat and give chase. Heading east, the bull takes them to the middle of Aransas bay, around a moving barge in the ICW, and 2 ½ hours later, ends up next to Mud Island. The Bull hit a 6-inch mullet rigged on a mono trout rig. As it turned out the hook was in the corner of the mouth. Chris was using an Abu 6500 with 20 pound mono. The Shark didnt survive the long battle so it was retained. It measured 6-4 and is one of the biggest Bulls weve ever caught in the bay.
6/4 Ingleside via Obsessed - Marcus wrote: "Nothing spectacular, but some fish caught over the weekend, lure of choice was "mighty white" saltwater assassin paddle tail over grass and a black/char spook jr on top."
5/31 Rockport Aransas Pass Via Capt Brent Hopkins -
Fishing Report 6-1-2011
I hope everyone had a enjoyable and safe Memorial Day Wknd. I thank all of those that have served in our armed forces and died for their country, so that others may live free. I also want to appologize for not getting around to posting a report the middle of May. Biz has been plum crazy for me the last month.
The wind has blown most of May, with the exception of just a couple of days, but my charters have still been really successful. In June the wind usually lays quite a bit and I'm looking forward to it.
Croaker are now in season and the trout have been hitting them making it easier for me to put my clients on a nice box of trout to take home. The fish are in really good shape and are good size averaging about 16 to 20 inches, but we desperately need some rain to keep things going for our trout bite. Fishing the outside beaches with hard sand & grass have been good because of the spawn, along with drifting the flats on the days that the wind has been too high to fish the beaches. Wade fishing has been good too with also producing the better quality of fish. Average catches have been anywhere's from 15 keeper trout up to the 40 mark.
Redfish have been great for me and limits of anywhere's from 6 to 15 slot reds have been easy all month long except for a few days a week or so ago due to the higher tides we were having which really scattered the fish. Just this week the water level has come down a bit making a whole lot easier to get back on them. It is amazing at how many redfish are out there!! My bait of choice for reds has been mullet, but they have been hitting croaker a little if you can get it in front of them after going trout fishing.
This kind of action should hold for the next couple of months until we once again reach the month of August when mother nature really turns on the stress level for both man and beast.
5/19 Aransas Pass Lighthouse Lakes from Capt Dean Slowride Thomas - Dean says with the higher water he has been fishing the edges and doing well for redfish with many coming on spoon flies!
6/6 Golla's Gigging Report Aransas Pass from 5/4 - Had a high time with Justin at the old floundering haunt last night. Flounder were in good numbers right where we thought they would be after Northeast winds. We both had our five fish limit within an hour and were back at the boat ramp by 9:45.
4/16 Aransas Bay Golla Style 4/15 - Slipped off in the back bays before the front blew in and found a good redfish bite. Sight casting to tails using a small white “bowtie fly” was the ticket. The bite lasted until the front blew in. Returned at dark with the boys and picked up a few flounder.
4/7 TPW says - Redfish are fair to good at East Flats on gold spoons and small topwaters. Black drum are good in the Shrimpboat Channel on crabs and finger mullet. Redfish, trout and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp.
4/1 Rockport Via Capt Brent Hopkins - Fishing Report 4-01-2011
Redfish!! Redfish!! Redfish!! Does that mean anything to you?
Redfish have been great to awesome for me and my clients ever since the start of Spring Break. Limits have been almost easy every day I have been on the water. It seems the reds are everywhere I look and/or fish. I haven't exactly liked the weather all that well because it's been cloudy and cool for the last two weeks, but that hasn't dampened my spirits none. Rest assured the temps will be on the rise here soon and I can lose this jacket I've been wearing for a while. Black drum are also around but they seem to be on the move daily and hard to find with any kind of consistency in the area I'm fishing. The trout bite has also been slow, but then again it always is this time of year. I did catch a few trout over Spring Break, but I really had to cover a lot of water, and weed through a lot of little ones in order to put a few in the box.
3/25 Rockport Via Capt Brent Hopkins Report - He is still on the redfish "Fished with the same two guys I had yesterday, but today's fishing was a little slower than yesterday overall. Cloudy and kinda dreary makes for a little tougher conditions rather than brite sun in my opinion. We caught several fish, filled out our limit for the day, and released several other reds over the course of the day. On a scale of 1 to 10, and in my opinion...I give it a 6. My hat is off to Andy, being he only has one hand, and was able to control and reel in those hard pulling reds."
2/24 Aransas Pass from Capt Dean Slowride Thomas - Dean has been doing well after the recent warmup drifting Dagger and Ransom Flats catching Redfish and Trout on topwaters. He says the Spook Jr in Bone and also the white with pink head have been the "go to" bait. Below with a feisty red.
And here is "Ben" aka Goincoastal with a good trout. Both fish were caught and released. Dean says in the kayak he's been in his summer areas around Brown and Root Flats and South Bay and seeing lots of tails. The Lighthouse Lakes are still on the low side but good enough for kayak passage and the reds are back there too!
2/17 Rockport from Werleyr20 - We got on the water and headed out towards california hole from the cove harbor marina in Rockport. We fished until 8pm mostly wading and picked up over 50-60 (15"-23") trout in stomach deep water and 3 reds on a drift towards conn brown (18"-29"31"). We released all the reds and kept a few trout for the frying pan. All were caught on different color plastics with rattling jig heads. One guy that was with us got spooled on his baitcaster right at dark. Dolphins were trying to attack our stringers and we had to defend ourselves while fishing. IT WAS NUTS!!! All pictures were taken with different cameras so I will try to get them rounded up. BEST DAY OF TROUT FISHING EVER!!!
Capt Brent Hopkins Report - Limits of Reds for his clients 2/16
1/30 Aransas Pass Area via Captmike - The last 3 weekends have been cold, windy, trying to rain, you name it and it was not good weather to fish. But Sunday brought us clear to partly cloudy skies and the day started off at 62 degrees and got into the mid 70's, the wind picked up to upper teens, but didn't really bother us. I fished 4 guys from up in the cold country..
2 of them had been here for over 2 weeks doing training for farm equipment dealers, they make farm planters and equipment, with 1 more week to be here it was time for a break and we got the weather for a great day on the water. We started out in a cut for drum and red fish, and found lots of 19 1/2 to 19 7/8'' red to keep them interested and managed 2 nice keepers a 22'' and 27'' out of there. Two were flying home Monday and didn't want to keep fish, after asking if they ate fish and they did, suggested to keep a couple for supper and we did.
The tide went flat on us and we worked several different area seeing fish, drum, redfish, and some nice trout, but couldn't get a bite going. We ended up coming back to drop off on shell and mud and picked up several small reds and black drum, and 1 keeper drum for supper. The water when left this morning was way way out. and came back in a little during the day but still was way below normal.
Thanks guys for a great time and teaching me a few things about farming in the cold country that I never thought about down here. I heard you enjoyed the fish for supper nearly as good as the day on the water.
Look forward to seeing you again and thanks for a great time.
12/16 Redfish Bay - Via Seabass I took a last minute offer from HeavyDuty to fish with him and Scott on HD's new 22ft Dargel last week. Had a feeling the fishing would be good due to the impending cold front and then-current nice conditions. We got down to Rockport on Wednesday evening, eating dinner at a place called China A. Food there was fantastic! I ain't one for Chinese food, but HD said they had a good buffet that included seafood so I said let's give it a try. They had perfectly boiled shrimp, oysters on the halfshell, snow crab legs (that were really good-had no freezer taste to em'), along with a bunch of other tidbits that were excellent. Come to think of it, I don't think I actually ate any Chinese food while I was there
We got to Conn Brown about 0830 the next morning (Thursday 12/16/10) and headed out to fish some spots around Redfish Bay. The Dargel was a sweet ride...what with the near silent motor it felt like we were on a spaceship and not a boat. Good choice Steve!
First spot we were in the shallows and saw some big trout but they weren't coming near our lures. I even bounced a couple over their backs. We then went to another place in the flats where I got the first fish of the day...a pinfish that I snagged on my cocahoe minnow, heh. Shortly after I was looking into the potholes and saw a dark shape at the edge. The shape moved, so I threw a lure just past and reeled into the pothole feeling a thump as I reeled in. Moments later I got my first red in the boat! It was a keeper too. We continued drifting and getting strikes. A few small reds were released but HD and I managed 2 reds a piece in that area. I think Scott struck out I gotta tell ya, it was quite an experience to be able to stand up on the bow platform and actually see fish in the shallows. I was giddy like a school girl.
HD then decided to put us on some trout, so we moved to another spot where the water was not as clear but it didn't matter. Upon setting up a drift all three of us were catching trout or at least getting strikes about every 3 casts. We started getting keeper trout in the skinnier water, so we made a few more long drifts (with windsock), fishing into the mid-afternoon. Sometime around 3pm SEABASS got a limit of speckled trout! That's only the second time ever that I've accomplished that. HD and Scott also finished out their limits. I think we got back to the boat ramp with 30 trout and 4 reds (Scott may have got a red or two during that trip, I can't remember). When we got to the ramp that ole boy Chris was there and we gave him a few bucks to clean the fish. Dinner that night was grilled reds on the halfshell with accompaniments and cervezas.
I felt so good about the trip that I decided to sleep in on Friday while HD and Scott went back to the flats. They came back with another 5 reds, courtesy of the Dargel. It was a memorable trip, mucho thanks to HD for the invite. And good to see you again, Scott. It seems like HD, Scott, and I only get to fish together about once a year, usually in the winter, but every one of our trips have been a success. Looking forward to next winter...
12/16 12/15 report from Redfish Bay - Capt. Dean Thomas and wife Jennifer have been doing well on the east side of Redfish Bay the past couple of days in spite of the low tides and high winds. He says if you can wade quietly up on the deeper potholes they have a lot of slot reds in there. He has been doing well fishing slowly (but not on the bottom) using Glow Doas and gold flake Doas.
Here is Jennifer with a few of the reds
11/30 - 11/25 Report from Capt Brent Hopkins Report - Fishing Report 11-25-2010
I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving while traveling and spending time with loved ones. I can't beleive we're already nearing the end of another year!!!
Fishing conditions here have improved considerably in the last couple of weeks and we have had very little boat traffic due to factors I can't figure out, but I love it!!. We have been having some great tidal flow and the water has cooled off quite a bit. Redfish have been fairly easy most days in Estes Flats out in front of the Carbon Black Plant, Conn Brown Flats, and Hog Island areas. There have been a few days here this past week though that were tough on me and my clients, but then again, there have been some banner days too!. Just about any bait you want to throw has been working including soft plastics while drifting, or the most productive bait has been cut mullet. Trout fishing has also improved considerably while wade fishing the sharp breaks, mud/grass and scattered shell bottoms while throwing soft plastics in areas such as Mud Island, Quaruntine Shoreline, and Moriss Cummings Cut. Topwaters have been productive when we have some strong incoming tides and nervous mullet late in the evenings. Live shrimp has been producing trout when fished under a popping cork over the reefs up in our northern bays like San Antonio Bay and Mesquite Bays. To boot, there has been a ton of black drum up north on the reefs for those of you that like to go after them.
On the duck hunting side of things, hunting was very good prior to the warming trend we had last week which shut things down quite a bit. With this last cold front we've recieved a lot more birds and we have had some great hunts. Look for our duck hunting to get even better as we near the second half of the split season. The second season opens up on Dec. 11 for those of you that want to get into some great wingshooting after doing some deer hunting.
Capt. Brent Hopkins
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11/20 Naples2Tx Ap Area Fishing Report - Met up with CCRED and Robert in AP, fueled up w/ the Heart Stopper Chorizo & Egg w/ Bean and Bacon Taco, and paddled off into slick conditions. Lots of bait, and early on managed one 24+" trout on a SSJR. Thinking this could be a great day.
As is my generally bad habit, I begin my normal grind paddle, despite the fact that Steve is reporting they are seeing tails...I paddle an extra mile or so for not much. Strange thing happened in that I broke braid a total of three times on hook sets...never happened before so thinking bad spot or something. Work my way back towards the fleet and we get on a steady bite of mostly barely slot to undersize reds that were eager to please, though small.
Robert found his third after this was taken...
Finished up the day with a trip to "Yummies" in North Beach for burgers and Chili cheese fries
10/7 Ransom and Dagger Flats Capt Dean Slowride Thomas - Dean has been in the boat the past few days working these areas and he says the fishing is great. He told me about a trip today 10/7 with an older season bass fisherman who had never gotten a red on a topwater. He said he was like a kid grinning from ear to ear. Dean has been using the bone spook jr's to catch slot and upper slot reds. He says the Brown and Root Flat dropoff has been good this week too!
AngryBlue has this report from 10/3 - Two friends and I got together and set up a guided trip with Capt. Kevin McCoy out of AP this past Sunday. We left the dock at about 0645 and made a short run to our first spot, maybe 15 minutes, or so. Got the baits in the water and it was on! Not that I have a ton of experience catching redfish, but I think it's safe to say that it doesn't get much better than what we had that morning. We had our limits before 0800! We fished there for a little while longer, catching and releasing until we went looking for trout. Wound up catching a couple trout at our next spot and some more redfish. We were off the water around one. Capt. McCoy was great, putting us on the fish and making sure even a miserable fisherman like me was consistently reeling in fish.
9/8 Capt Dean Slowride Thomas Redfish Bay - Dean says the tides have been way high but with the higher tides and cloud cover they have been able to get good numbers of redfish tailing using topwaters. It is tougher to find them in the higher water as they get back deeper into the lakes and mangroves. So far he has not seen any schools of reds.
Dean also wanted me to mention Slowride's Paddle - In October 16th
This is the official post of the first ever Texas Paddle-In a celebration of Lighthouse Lakes Paddle Trails 10 year anniversary. The 'Paddle-In' is a gathering of all types of paddlers doing what they like best, paddling! We give the coordinates and the time and it’s your job to get there… just don’t be late for lunch!! The $25 fee, not required to join in the paddle group, will cover the cost of a catered lunch, a commemorative t-shirt, and get you a prize ticket. If you would like to paddle in the “group” then meet at Lighthouse Lakes Park no later than 8am. The “group” will begin launching at 8:30 and should take no longer than 30 minutes to get everyone off the bank. We expect to stretch out and have a string of paddlers with different paddling speeds and styles spanning a mile or more. The reward will be arriving on a beach with your fellow paddlers, enjoying a hot meal, cool drinks, and great fellowship. Then we will have a modest drawing of prizes, a few words about the significance of Lighthouse Lakes Trails, some pictures, and the paddle back… follow the crowd! October 16, 2010 8am at Lighthouse Lakes Park, $25 fee includes lunch and t-shirt, must be paid by Oct 1st for shirt, Oct 8th for lunch Open to any paddler, experience suggested, approx 8 mile round trip paddle from the park to destination and back to park. Lunch will be served at the destination at approx 11:30 am along with prizes and guest speakers. Return time estimated at 3:30pm Still open for sponsors and prize donations. Current Sponsors: Slowride Guide Services Sand Castle Condos, Port A Prizes from: Sea Breeze Motel, 2 nights free stay Drifter's Resort and RV, free night's stay Gator Glo, plastic cleaner & protectant TKF!, starter packs - shirt/hat/stickers/stuff Hibiclens - wound cleansing products (samples for everyone)
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8/15 Capt Brent Hopkins Report - Fishing Report 8/15/10 I do believe summetime is here!! Over the last two weeks it has been almost miserable after 11am out on the water because of the heat and lack of wind. These kind of conditions calls for a very early start to fishing trips before the fish "shut down" in oder to get fish on the hook. My best bite has been the first two hours of daylight, then the bite takes a sharp downward spiral from there. Redfish have been AWESOME for me while fishing mullet anchored up, and while drifting (IF we have the wind) using live croaker. The trout bite has been very slow in the Rockport area since the first of the month. Wade fishing for trout has been just about the only way to fish for them here lately due to the lack of wind in order to drift fish other than the surf. I have managed to get my clients on a few trout if they insist in fishing for them though. The surf is holding some trout, but it has not been a slam dunk out there either a lot of days. With the surf being the way it is, I've been getting on my fish early in the bay for a "sure thing", and not taking the chance of making the long run all the way out to the surf for a "hope to get on them" type thing. I believe the trout bite will pick up once we start to get some cooler weather, and so will the reds (That is IF it can get any better!) _________________ Remember when the cards are down and the bet is called, you have your Ace in the Hole. Check us out @ www.aceintheholeguideservice.com Capt. Brent Hopkins HM 361-729-6911 MB 361-534-4007
8/12 Capt Dean Slowride Thomas Redfish Bay - Dean says the past couple of days they have been catching tailing reds even past noon with the cloud cover keeping the flats from burning up. Once the tide dumps out he's been fishing off Hog Island. Best baits are bone colored spook jr's an gold metal flake DOA shrimp.
Dean also said on calm days the guides have been hammering the trout between the shrimp boat wreck and the ranch house on St. Joe's using croaker.
7/23 Good Trout and even some flounder earlier this week around Traylor Island on Croaker. Capt. Dean Thomas says he's been getting redfish in the flats and LHL areas. He managed this nice PB and J this morning. :)
7/15 Capt Brent Hopkins Report - Fishing Report 7-15-10
I thought that the water would have started falling out from the hurricane a few days after it had made landfall, but it didn't. The water stayed high and then we got another big surge of water in the bays about a week ago (which was a big surprise to me). The trout bite had been good to excellent for me several days after the storm, and during our big surge of incoming water, but now the water level has fallen out quite a bit and the trout bite has become a little bit tuff due to high winds the last few days and the lack of incoming tides. Today as I write this report the winds have laid. The reds are more concentrated now and still easy to catch if they would stay put. The reds tend to be on the move sort of speak, and not holding in the same area/spot day after day. Wade fishing for trout has been the "top producer" while throwing live croaker and/or plastic artificials along our shorelines. Redfish are in the flats and along portions of shorelines up in the north country. While drifting the flats I've also been able to put together some pretty good boxes of fish. The reefs out in the middle of the bays are also holding good numbers of keeper trout, a few reds and some black drum up in bays such as Carlos, Mesquite, and San Antonio. Hopefully we will get some water back in the bays before long and our trout bite will once again pick back up. If it doesn't, look for the redfish to be my main priority while our water levels stay low with minimal incoming tides.
Until next time,
remember when the cards are down and the bet is called, you have your Ace In The Hole.
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7/13 LHouse Lakes via CCKAYKER who fished 7/11 - Spent a couple hrs in the lakes this morning still higher than normal tides. Lots of bait, mixed under size reds with keeper trout. Nice being able to navigate through areas that have always been too low to get in but easy to get turned around being that most landmarks are not the same with the high tides. Be safe.
Charlie Golla gave me this info - "Tides have been way too high for any consistency. Fish have been spread out all over the place and it's been about as hard to catch a fish as I've seen in a long time. Weekend warriors have the whole place screwed to the point that fish don't bite on the weekends anymore. Flat burners and air boats have run off all the redfish we normally find in the flats.
Honestly thou, the fish are there they just need to get back into a pattern when the tide falls back out. Trout are holding out in three to four foot of water in the bigger bay systems. Last Saturday we fished all evening and caught a lot of trout but none made the slot. Up in the flats we only caught one redfish that measured 23-inches. Sunday Morning we started off behind San Jose Island and only picked up two keeper trout in the 17-inch range. We saw lots of redfish but only picked up two keepers. At one point we here drifting over some sand pockets when Justin looked down and asked, "Dad, what kind of fish leaves that kind of mark in the sand" After a quick look down, I saw what he was looking at. It was Cow tracks which indicates how high the tide has been."
6/24 Dogman11 fished 6/23 and posted this report - Had the good fortune of getting to fish yesterday morning till noon. Fished Mud, Dagger, & Trailer Islands. caught a lot of dinks and kept four for a soon to be dinner. Not a lot of keepers, but a great day to be on the water. Trout were very aggressive on topwaters. Should be a great weekend to be fishing. Too bad I won't be there to enjoy the catching.
6/17 Ap 6/8 - 6/12 from David Ivanhoe - Sorry for the late report just got back from Aransas Pass after couple nights in Austin. Fished last week 8th(Tues) thru 12th(Sat). It was my 13 yr old daughters first trip to the coast with big brother and Dad. She was excited and did great .as expected she tore us up !
Wind would be the story for the week. Tues evening we fished a major drain around Dagger. Between two small islands in about 6 inches of water, got a shock when I landed my best trout as 27 inches. Had no idea she was that big. She came around the back of the boat and the setting sun just lit up her long body with all those spots !! I will never forget being so surprised.
Wednesday was Caleighs day as she hooked up with her first Red. It was a battle she got tired and tried to give me the rod ..I wouldnt take it I told her she would catch this fish or not catch it .we dont want to say we caught it. She did it!! 27 inches.
Her smile was so big . She sent the pic and text to about 50 friends, right there from Dagger. Dad managed a 22 inch Red. She added a 25 inch Red on Saturday.
I ended the week with 4 Reds (20,22,23,24) and the trout. A great week of fishing even with the wind and dirty water. Cut shad caught all the fish, including the trout, all inside Dagger.
The strikes were not aggressive at all. We had to let them have it and take the bow out of the line ..probably caught 15-20 hardheads a day so light taps were common .but sometimes they were the Reds. Only one RBE (rod bending event) all week!
My younger brother with his two sons joined us Thurs as they added 3 Reds, 22,23,25
for the week. What a treat to share the coast with them and I even fished one day with my oldest nephew.
Big brother, Troy, got skunked .so littl sis has been dishing it out all week. She got everyone . spoke of that 27 inch Red in almost every sentence She didnt want us 5 guys to forget who had the biggest Red. I was proud of her to say the least.
So ends another new moon June coastal trip. Bet she goes again ..every year!
Best to all !
6/7 Aransas Bay Report from Charlie Golla whose wife Cathy keeps catching big trout - Sunday evening Cathy picked up another good trout in Aransas Bay. Not as big as Fridays Baffin trout but a good one for Aransas Bay at 25-inches.
5/20 Capt Brent Hopkins Report - 5/15
The wind has really been blowing the last couple of weeks here, so the trout fishing has been pretty spotty overall. Croakers are now large enough to use in my opinion, but just having them on the hook does not guarantee that you'll be able to catch them due to rough bays and dirty water. Wading has been best because you can hug the shorelines and stay in more fishable/cleaner waters.
Since very few trout have been showing up at the cleaning tables, I've been concentrating more on redfish and the bite has been phenomenal on my boat!!! Limits of slot sized reds have been very easy every day for my clients, along with some over-sized reds a few days out of the week. 9 to 15 slot sized reds in the cooler looks a might more impressive than a dozen trout or so. Especially when the average red kept is 25"!!!
Until the winds subside, I'm going to stay with the reds for now.
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Grant's Day out 5/16 from Hogheaven aka Brew-Skies Shallow Water Adventures
e also brought in a 26.5 inch trout that we ate for lunch... Great time. Dropped of wife and pop to go after some topwater reds. Shrimp, and spooks was the call of the day. Awesome not to have 30 MPH winds.
5/14 Dean Slowride Thomas says - The water is up in the Lighthouse Lakes and the fishing is great if the winds don't blow you off the water. Redfish are skinny eating shrimp and baby crabs. Use doa shrimp in gold metal flake or bone spook Jrs.
4/14 A 4/10 Report from Hogheaven aka Brew-Skies Shallow Water Adventures - Nice Morning, Wind kicked up a bit round 10 am, but all in all we saw fish. Some were real hard to convince to git bit, several follows, lot of time the fish would just ignore what was thrown to em. Stomachs were still full of crabs. Trying real early to get one to hit a fly was a real chore, fish just did not want to cooperate. All in all it was a great morning.
Topwater spooks were the bait that all were caught on.
4/5 Weekend Report from Hogheaven aka Brew-Skies Shallow Water Adventures - Well, after being somewhat on a Fishing Hiatus during Feb, and March, we Headed out fairly early this morning. Knowing the Water temps have been pushing 70degrees most of the week, I figured it be a great time.
Pictures have always been a better strong point of mine, then the writing part. SO... Here goes..
Strong Incoming tide, Shallow Grass Flats. All fish caught on Bone colored Spooks.
1/29 - Troutslayer says the Redfish are hot in Rockport - Here is his Rockport to Port Mansfield Report - Finally got some hard core fishing in. Tuesday we stayed around PA and Rockport and wacked the reds in guts. It is like shooting fish in a barrel when you get the low tides and Nwest wind emptying out the flats. Three of us caught 60 plus with about 20 keeper size on gulps of any shape or color. Not so good Wednesday. Put in at 37 and ran all the way to Mansfield in search of the elusive big trout. Nada and we looked at all points in between. Bait was scarce and when we did find it all we caught were dinks. Them boys in the Baffin bash will have a battle unless something changes...not to mention it may be a bit cold this weekend.
1/14 From Chris Golla - Had a good evening of catching Redfish and Drum on dead shrimp in Aransas bay.
Fishing the drop offs on a rising tide was the ticket this evening. Yesterday was equally as good but I didn’t have my camera.
11/1 Capt Brent Hopkins Report - The rain and cooler temps here in Rockport have been great, along with the redfish bite. Limits of reds have been the norm on my boat the last couple of weeks except for an occasional day or two. Best catching days though have come when we have had a steady north wind. THose reds love a north wind this time of year. The reds have been averaging 22" to 26" making a box full of fish look even better! Best bait for me has been topwaters and cut mullet. The drum I have been on all summer seem to have up and vanished on me though for the last week or so. Maybe once we lose a little bit of water they will show back up. We'll see. Trout fishing is still very slow around here in Rockport.
My charters up to POC while fishing for the larger bull reds have been good. My clients have been averaging about 10 or so a day which makes for some great picture taking and sore stomachs. The largest one we caught last week measured out at a whopping 48"!!! If you're wanting to do this trip this year, you better get on the ball now. These fish will be gone by mid November.
10/12 Capt Brent Hopkins Report October Report - Fishing Report 10-8-09
We have finally received some much needed rain here in Rockport over the last couple of weeks or so. No doubt we needed it in the worst way. The cool front a couple of weeks ago was a welcome change from the blazing heat we had been induring. It made temps so much more pleasant than those 100 degree days while out on the water. Our next front, which is pushing through as I type this, is bringing more rain and cooler temps again. Trout fishing has still been on the slow side. Redfish and drum on the other hand has been nothing short of very good to great for me with the exception of last week when we had some very high tides and a full moon making our fishing a little tough for those few days or so. Limits of reds and or drum have been the norm with the exception of a few of my trips. Mullet have been the bait of choice for the reds while fishing the potholes, shell beds, and shorelines. Topwaters and live piggies fished under corks while drifting the flats have been producing a few trout and near limits of reds so I've heard from my buddies that fish there normally. Once our water cools a little more our fish should get the hint and start moving into fall fishing patterns.
Also those of you that have trips booked with me and are wondering about the bull reds I fish for during October, they are there I think but not "really thick" right now. I went a couple of times last week and caught enough to actually call the trip a success but it was not up to "my standards". I think part of my problem of not slaying them last week is due to the lack of current and the full moon. Rest assured though, they are there and it will get better once we lose this full moon and our tide times change just a little.
10/5 Port A jetty report from 9/30 from Island Mike - I decided to change it up a little today and made my first trip to the Port A jetties - Nicole tagged along to keep me company. Headed out about 5:30pm. The plan was to head out to the end in search of bull reds on spoon'r lures. The conditions were nice, the water was clear and the waves weren't too bad. So we hike it all the way down to the end and I find a nice rock to throw from. First cast........lost my $6 2oz outcast. So I tie on the 1 oz and throw it for a bit before goin over to check the channel side. A couple of casts over there and I managed to lose my only remaining spoon'r. So I'm sittin there for a while kinda bummed since all I had left was a soft plastic and some mirrolures. I decide to go back toward shore and fish the rocks and the guts. On the way back I see a guy with a fly rod and I could tell he was workin something. As I get closer he says" Hey...there's tarpon rollin here....they're small, but there might be some good ones." So I tell him I don't wanna potlick, but he insists. If I had been standing there I can honestly say that I MIGHT not have done the same. So anyway.....I throw out and the my paddle tail is hit immediately. The tarpon jumps a few times and then shakes me loose. I throw right back out and hook another......but this one is MUCH better than the first. The fight is INSANE. Jumped about 5-6 times on me and made a few strong runs as well. As I was fighting mine, the guy with the fly rod hooks up and lands another nice one. I didn't get pics of his since we were workin hard to get em released. Mine was a bit bigger than his, but not by much. Here's the pics (not quite the best..but they do the job). My first trip to the Port A jetties and my first Tarpon. What a day!
8/30 Capt Charlie Newton reports - Our tides have really been different this past week, one day up and high and the next day down. That makes it really hard to consectively find redfish. I have fished all over the flats, from Blind Pass all the way across to South Bay. When you can get into South Bay it has really been producing on the falling tide, but be careful fishing the falling tide because it goes out before you know it and I have seen several boats high and dry under them this week. My favorite bait of choice is still live or cut mullet and I have limited out several days this week, but I have also come in with few reds also. All I can say is that's why they call it fishing and not catching. "Good catching to you" Capt. Charlie Newton www.redfishcharters.com (361) 729-8220 if you are ready to schedule you next fishing trip.
8/13 from Hogheaven aka Brew-Skies Shallow Water Adventures-Does Just the sight of bananas jinx a trip? LOL. Far from it. A good time was had, and some fish were caught. Albiet only one keeper at the end of the day which was released, but numourous Chances, Tailers, boils, and quite a few that just didnt make the measure. First time Kayakers, I think they may be hooked, and a little sore in the arms this evening.
Flats warmed up a little, but mainly due to the little tide movement. Not as much water coming in or going out.
Topwaters were what we used...
6/8 Capt Brent Hopkins Report from 6/1 -
Finally, here about 2 weeks ago, the wind decided to quit blowing so durn hard making our trout bite really turn on because of the green water and higher tides. Limits have been almost easy for me while wade fishing the outside beaches with sand & grass. Boat fishing for trout has been good too, but I can't seem to "get away" from wading right now. By far the best bait going is live croaker. The trout have been hammering them to say the least! I have had some really nice mornings too throwing topwaters for trout where I find a lot of nervous bait while bunched up together real tight like.
Since the wind quit blowing and we finally got our bull tide in here, I have not been red fishing at all for the last week or so. Prior to the winds dying, my clients were having some exceptional days catching limits of reds in the back lakes though. I'm sure the reds are still there, but trout fishing has been a welcome change of pace for me and I'm sticking to the trout for now.
Until next time,
Remember when the cards are down and the bet is called, you have your Ace in the Hole.
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Capt. Brent Hopkins
5/26 Memorial Day Weekend Report from Hogheaven aka Brew-Skies Shallow Water Adventures - Great times out on the water. If a person can Figure out how to deal witht he crowds on the water then that person caught fish. Me, we usually left the dock at around 5am and were fishing by 515-530. This gave us the time we needed to fish some very popular spots before any one was on top of us. Trout was the main target, and up close in the shallows with topwaters was how we did it. the rest of the day was spent redfishing, cruising, and taking the kids out for some good times.
Largest trout of the weekend was pushing right at 29in, and was caught in less than a foot of water in Aransas bay. Sand and grass was key, along with plenty of bait in the water.
Couple of select pictures...
5/7 From Rick Sanders - Fished 5-7-09 around Aransas Pass using menhaden and cut mullet. We caught our limit of reds and 2 nice trout. The largest trout was 28 inches and was released. Only 1 rat red was caught. Wind was tolerable in the morning but got pretty strong in the afternoon.
We saw lots of smacks on the surfside of the south jetty the next day.
4/20 Fishing with David Sikes and Capt. Shorty Smith - I went fishing Monday and caught some fish! David Sikes called me at 9 Sunday night looking for someone to go on an airboat trip with Capt. Shorty Smith in the back lakes out of Goose Island. I threw caution to the wind not hearing from my boss at all last Friday after finishing my sound project. We caught plenty of reds and I had a blast my first time in an airboat. Look for the complete story in this Sunday's sport section of the award winning Corpus Christi Caller Times.
I didn't catch the most fish but I did catch the biggest . Be sure to give Capt Smith a call you won't be disappointed.