Captain on the Reef
By Capt. Charles Newton USCG Licensed
Redfish Charters has
worked hard to establish a definite name for itself over the
past 32 years and Iím known by most as Capt. Charlie. I have
been guiding in the Rockport area for over 32 years and still
love every minute of it. Over the course of my career my
greatest accomplishment is training and teaching my grandson
Aerich the ropes of the bays.
Aerich is now 18 and has recently gotten his Captainís
license. He has been in training since he was four, really, a
four year old aspiring to be a captain. All kids say they want
to be something when they grow up; a policeman, doctor,
lawyer, firemanÖthe list goes on and on, Iíve never had one
say captain. Every time I started out the door to fish he
wanted to tag along. When he was about 10 I started him out
steering the boat while I caught bait and it just progressed
They always say take a man to fish and he will eat for a day,
teach a man to fish and he can eat for life. Iíve molded a
child to do that and heís made a career. I not only taught him
to fish I have taught him the bay areas around Rockport. He
has learned well and itís one of my proudest accomplishments.
Because heís 18 definitely let his age fool you, he can handle
the boat better than most grown men. For the longest people
would ask me why I let that little kid drive my boat and cast
my equipment. I guess the only answer I could give them was
ďbecause itís mineĒ
My dream was always to have a son, I was blessed with 3 girls,
my youngest blessed me with grandson and granddaughter. She
made the choice to join ROTC last year, again, a huge surprise
and source of pride there! I have enjoyed fishing with Aerich
over the years and I truly feel that I have taught him well. I
have had no problem letting him take my boat anywhere he wants
to go for the past two years taking friends and family, even
without me. He is now running charters and I get to sit home
to hold my recliner down; you know, these coastal winds may
blow it away! On occasion I tag along just for fun. Itís
surely not because I have to.
Aerich has not only learned the waters, but he truly has a
desire to take people fishing, especially if they have never
fished before as he loves to teach. He will fish with the most
experienced or the novice. He absolute loves to take kids
fishing so he can see their smiling faces when they bring in
their catch. He has learned a love of people and especially
children which is a great gift in my opinion.
School is obviously first on his list of things to complete.
He will be a senior this fall and will be completing his high
school year before I completely retire. Aerich went through
Captainís school and has gotten all the license he needed to
satisfy the US Coast Guard and Texas Parks & Wildlife last
summer so he could activate his license as close as possible
to his 18th birthday. He also completed a course in Towing to
be able to help a fellow fisherman out in case they get
stranded. Heís always there to lend a helping hand.
probably the youngest Capt. in the Rockport area, he received
his license after his 18th birthday in April. A sportswriter
called and wanted to be the first one to write an article
about him because he had fished with me and Aerich as my
deckhand a year or so ago. John Goodspeed did an article for
the San Antonio paper a few weeks back, you should definitely
search for that one!
If your passion is to go flounder gigging Aerich can handle
that as well. While Iíve focused Redfish Charters for the past
32 years on purely swimming fish heís expanding it to include
those elusive ďlaying saddle blanketsĒ as we call them. He has
had much success flounder gigging in our bays and flats. It is
a treat of a lifetime to see the many types of marine life
swimming under the LED lights of the flounder boat. You can
experience the opportunity of watching a nighttime redfish
swim under the lights and see its beautiful iridescent colors.
You might even see a beauty trout or two. However, you must
just admire their beauty as those require by law a hook and
line, you can only gig the flounders, black drum and the
sheepshead while on the gigging trip.
We, and I say ďweĒ, because Aerich, myself and my wife
Beverly, continue to strive to provide you with the best
fishing opportunity on the Texas Gulf Coast you have ever had.
Give Beverly a
call @ (361) 729-8220
and letís get you
on the calendar for a trip of a lifetime.
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