Nothing Beats Rockport Fishing in May!
Article by Capt. Charlie Newton &
Capt. Aerich Oliver
The Texas heat has
already been atrocious and the summer promises to be even
hotter. What really sounds good is a beautiful town called
Rockport, TX. Rockport is located on the Gulf of Mexico, just
33 miles north of busy Corpus Christi. Reeling in a big
redfish then relaxing on a beautiful sandy beach with waves
tickling your toes is paradise! Rockport boasts the only Blue
Wave certified beach in Texas which carries the highest
cleanliness standards. All of this and more can come true if
you come to Rockport and book a fishing trip with us, Redfish
Charters, we are easy to find on the web at:
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my wife, will be happy to set up a day or two that will meet
your busy schedule. She can also give you hotel accommodation
numbers, restaurant suggestions, and other local information
if needed. Rockport has just about any kind of fun to meet any
budget, big or small. There are lots of interesting and fun
places to go and see such as historical landmarks, art
galleries, boutique shopping and more. There are several
places you can fish from the banks, wade fish, pier fish, or
we would prefer you to charter a redfishing trip of a lifetime
with me Capt. Charlie or my grandson Capt. Aerich Oliver.
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Our website has all the prices, loads of information you
need, a lot of pictures of happy customers, and a picture of
our boat lovingly dubbed, "the fishing machine". We all have a
blast catching these beauty reds, trout, drum, and flounder.
We offer full or half day rates. Check us out!
We provide all the bait that we usually
catch ourselves so it’s really fresh and frisky, along with
the rod & reels. Some enjoy watching us catch the bait, cast
netting is definitely an art. Then we go fishing, we leave the
dock at 7:30am and come back around 2:30pm on a full day trip,
or we come in at noon on a half day trip - you decide which
suits your needs.
Half-Day & Full Day Trips
Offered, Year Round!!
We go to some of our favorite fishing holes and we will
help you by baiting your hook and casting it into some of our
secret spots. We can usually see the sand holes with our
trained eyes and will point them out to you. After the bait is
in the water the rod is placed into a the holder...once the
fish decides to have a meal on your hook it’s up to you to
bring that guy to the boat - you'd better hang on tight for
that fight! We're always there to assist and provide
directions, novice and experienced anglers are both welcomed
Children - Always Welcome!!
it is fun to watch the pole bend so hard the tip is almost in
the water, and the pressure on the rod is so heavy that it’s
very difficult to get the rod out of the holder. At that point
it’s a battle of fisherman-woman-or child against the redfish.
Hopefully you win and he goes into the cooler if the fish is
of legal limit in size, but sometimes the fish wins and swims
Redfish go by many names - red drum, puppy drum, channel bass,
or spot tail bass - whatever you call them they all spell FUN
and plenty of it year round in Rockport. Redfish are members
of the drum family and rightly so, they make a distinct
drumming sound with their air bladder. Redfish and trout can
be found all over the areas of water we fish in daily. One
look at the redfish and you know it’s built for brute
strength. With the blunt face and broad-shouldered look, it’s
a fish with a fight even before it’s hooked. Unlike the
speckled trout with the long, sleek look and ability to throw
hooks right out of their mouth, the redfish is honed to test
your tackle and strength.
RULES the Flats!!
The waters between Rockport, Aransas
Pass, Ingleside and over to Port Aransas are the areas we fish
the most. We keep looking and move multiple times until we
find where the reds are hanging out. Some days they are
definitely easier to locate than others. We will move the boat
and re-anchor as many times as it takes to find the redfish.
On our trip you might catch some other species of fish like
black drum, flounders, trout and sometimes even small sharks.
They all swim in the same waters. We call all the other
species except the redfish bonus fish, because 34 years ago we
named our business “Redfish Charters” for that very reason, we
love to find, catch and eat redfish.
you spell “REDFISH” it spells FUN to catch and eat. We are
professional Captains licensed by the United States Coast
Guard and Texas Parks & Wildlife. I have had my licenses for
33 years, Capt. Aerich has been in my boat since he was four
and actively deckhanding for me since he was 10 years of age.
He took and passed the classes when he was 17 then was able to
activate his Captains license shortly after his 18th birthday,
he graduates this year and will be pursuing his dream of being
a full time Captain & guide and eventually will be taking over
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These next few months are fantastic months for catching
redfish and enjoying the heat outside and cool bay waters. The
bigger beaches in Port Aransas and Corpus are only minutes
away from us. If you are planning on a vacation, whether it be
a weekend or a weekday, plan on putting a day’s fishing trip
or two into your schedule. We love to take kids in the boat
and do what we call "ruining them" by making them love fishing
so much they are ready to come back over and over again.
Capt. Aerich and myself both enjoy either
teaching first timers or fishing with people that are very
experienced. Either way, it is fun to catch redfish, we love
to put smiles on your faces. We truly think that’s what it is
all about. Capt. Aerich definitely has a gift of knowing how
to fish and loving people.
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SPRING FISHING TIPS
from Capt. Ryan Rock
USCG Licensed Fishing Guide
spring in full swing the water is heating up and the tides are
heavily flowing. The average wind speed in the spring is
higher than summer, fall, or winter but with a little practice
you can learn to use that to your advantage. Spring is one of
my favorite seasons because you can catch good stringers of
mixed species and catch high quality fish in good numbers.
Redfish and big trout will often hang out together in shallow
flats along sand bars and drop offs and good numbers of trout
can be caught in channels and deeper flats. When spring comes
I like to use popping corks with live shrimp while drifting
the flats near channels, spoil islands, and sandbars. If you
are looking for variety stick with the live shrimp. Look for
scared bait and birds working the water and make long drifts.
When you catch a keeper fish remember the depth, and type of
structure the fish was holding to then try to re-create that
fishing is a great method during the spring or any time you haven't
been on the water in a while because it allows you to cover a lot of
water and find schools of fish. Use a drift sock and a trolling motor
to help control your drift speed and direction. When first starting
your drift you need to look at where you want to drift and line up
with it using the wind direction and your GPS. You want your drift
line to hit as much structure as possible. Good examples are pot
holes/ sand holes, sand bars, grass lines, rocks (don't drift over
shallow rocks), ledges/ drop offs, etc. When I'm about to start a
drift I always go slow with my outboard until I am about a 100yds away
from where I want to fish then I use my trolling motor to get to the
spot quickly but quietly. If you just pull into a spot going wide open
throttle you are likely to scare fish in shallow water. Every time you
catch a fish you can quickly mark the spot on your GPS and you will
form a pattern on the fish as the day goes on creating a snowball
casts are always crucial while drift fishing. The person that cast the
furthest and closest to structure will usually catch the most and the
biggest fish. Make sure that your popping cork leader is at a good
depth. I always hear people say to keep your popping cork leader
between 12 and 24 inches and that's not a bad rule of thumb but in all
reality the water depth, current, and fish dictate your leader length.
Often times I use a 4-5' leader to get to deep rocks or when fishing
in channels with heavy current. Unless I'm fishing in very shallow
water I will almost always use a split shot on my leader about 6
inches above the hook. This is important in deep water to keep your
bait from swimming/ getting pulled up but it is also important because
it allows your shrimp to swim around a little bit to attract fish but
not move well enough evade fish. I've seen shrimp on a popping cork
jump out of the water repeatedly to avoid being eaten.
As a native to the
Texas Coastal Bend,
I've been fishing since
I was old enough to hold a pole!
I love life and the
great outdoors too!
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Memorial Day Everyone!!