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Cat. Ray Burdette

  • Rockport Fishing Report – May7, 2019

    The saltwater fishing in Aransas Bay near Rockport and Port Aransas is on fire.  Limits of speckled trout and redfish are common.  The bait of choice for speckled trout is croakers.  I use a rattle about 18 inches above the hook and a couple of green beads with a 1/16 oz. brass weight between the beads sliding free just above the hook.  A shake of the rod tip will cause the rattle and the beads and weight to sound off.  All this gear can be found at Tackle Town in Rockport. Redfish are hungry for cut menhaden (Shad) or cut Pin Perch.  Be sure to put the rod in a rod holder or it will go over the side when the redfish strike.  Hold the rod tip high to avoid being cut off on the oyster shells. Give me a call at 956-607-7200 for a day on the bay with Rockport Guides & Charters.

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    Here I am releasing a 28″+ speckled trout. Want one?

  • Rockport Fishing Report – May 4, 2019

    The fishing in the Aransas Bay around Rockport and Port Aransas is terrific. My clients today were two brothers from north Texas. It is a long drive to Rockport but it was worth it for these fishermen. Both of the brothers caught their personal best redfish (oversize) and speckled trout. They had never experienced redfish double and triple hook ups until today. And we had a bonus 45 lb. stingray. What a fight.

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  • Rockport Fishing Report – May 1, 2019

    The  Aransas Bay fishing is really hot right now. The water is in the mid 70’s and redfish and speckled trout are actively feeding most of the time. They are putting on weight and growing bigger. most redfish and speckled trout will grow an inch per month during the warm weather months. we had great day today catching a good mixed bag.

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  • Rockport Fishing Report – April 16, 2019

    The Aransas Bay system is full of aggressive fish that are putting on weight after the cool winter. our bait of choice during this period in Gulf Menhaden. These bait fish can be used hole or cut in half. Redfish can smell the menhaden oil from the bait in the water several hundred yards away. When the tide or wind is moving the water the fish will come up current to the bait. That technigue worked great today.

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  • Rockport Fishing Report – April 12, 2019

    The Aransas Bay is made up of some deeper water and channels and some very shallow grass flats and shell bars. The redfish are usually found in very shallow on a rising tide and speckled trout are usually found in pot holes and on drop offs. Keeping your bait in these areas will increase your catch rate. The location where you fish in as important as the bait you use. Using an experience guide can increase you success. my fisherman today really enjoyed the process of learning and had great fillets for dinner.

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  • Rockport Fishing Report – April 8, 2019

    The Texas Coastal Bay fishing continues to improve in the Aransas Bay system. Redfish are aggressively feeding on fresh Gulf Menhaden chunks. Multiple hook ups are common. We are using heavier tackle now due to the large size of some of the redfish. Giant speckled trout in the flats are a bonus this time of year with many over 25 inches. My fisherman today were able to take advantage of the hungry redfish.

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  • Rockport Fishing Report – April 4, 2019

    The Rockport Fishing Report is improving every day. As the waters of Aransas Bay begin to water up we are seeing an increase in the fishing activity. The Gulf Menhaden (small bait fish) run has started and these little 3 to 5 inch fish are flooding through the jetties at Port Aransas.  Millions of these menhaden will move into the bays around Rockport and Port Aransas. They are inshore to feed on the abundant plankton in the bays. The redfish and speckled trout are moving to meet them. There have been some tremendous catches this spring. Jon and Linda from California joined me for a couple days of fishing. The redfish did not let us down. They were able to take some fillets home to enjoy with some good California wine.

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  • Rockport Fishing Report – March 20, 2018

    The weather was cool this morning and the tide was higher due to the full moon. We fished at one of our favorite Rockport Fishing Spots near Mud Island. The redfish were there and shrimp was the bait of choice. We free lined both dead and live shrimp. The redfish were a mix of lower-slot fish and a few smaller fish plus a few black drum. Patience is the secret when fishing in cooler water, Let the fish take the bait for a few seconds before you set the hook.

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  • March 13, 2019

    Today we were back fishing for redfish. Cool weather and wind seems to turn  redfish on. We used cut mullet, cut menhaden, and fresh dead shrimp. the shrimp produced most of the bites and caught us some bonus black drum. everyone had a great day and will have a great fresh fish dinner.

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