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#12351196 - 07/21/17 08:20 AM Re: WadeFish Rockport 2017 [Re: Grinder55]
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Registered: 08/21/13
Posts: 1045
Loc: Rockport, Texas

OK - so I took that flounder and big trout and put them to good use.

I cooked the best fish I've ever eaten in my life last night.. and that includes the original Trader Vic's in Hawaii and Scoma's on Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco !!!

... while making stuffed Flounder I decided to try the same thing with that Big Trout I caught since the filets were thick enough to slice open a cavity in each filet ... then putting both open ends together stuffed with my crabmeat & shrimp stuffing

... I gotta tell you guy's n' gals that Trout stuffed with my crabmeat & shrimp stuffing was absolutely fantastic and the best fish I have ever eaten anywhere on this planet.

The best place to eat seafood in Rockport is at my house !!! wink



( pic was taken after the chefs taste test )











Edited by Grinder55 (07/23/17 12:27 AM)

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#12353485 - 07/22/17 05:05 PM Re: WadeFish Rockport 2017 [Re: Grinder55]
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Registered: 03/31/16
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Wow! That looks delicious! I'm heading down in a couple of weeks and would love to try to make some. Do you mind sharing the recipe?

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#12355107 - 07/23/17 10:39 PM Re: WadeFish Rockport 2017 [Re: Grinder55]
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OK - I had 5 smaller trout filets left Friday night.

Layed 2 side by side, put on the crab n' shrimp stuffing then laid 2 more filets on top.

Did the same thing with 1 trout filet and then I had 4 tail sections left after trimming other filets and they worked great to lay on top.

Cooked up real well and viola more stuffed trout.








CAPT. REX's STUFFED FLOUNDER or TROUT RECIPE

*** I used Alaskan King Crab that we broke down to make lump the crab meat.

*** I used ~ 15 count sized shrimp.

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F
In a sauté pan, heat the olive oil and butter. Add the onions, garlic, celery, and peppers. Sauté for 2 minutes, or until the vegetables are wilted.

2. Add the shrimp and season with salt and Old Bay (to taste). Sauté for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and place mixture into a bowl. Gently stir in the crabmeat, then the bread crumbs a little at a time, adding more as needed to gently bind. Set aside to cool.

3. Generously place equal amounts of stuffing inside each fillet. (alternatively, you can place one or two fillet on the baking sheet, place filling atop the fillet, then place another on top, or off to the side, to resemble a pocket of stuffing).

4. Place the fish on a baking dish. Drizzle the fish with the butter and sprinkle with lemon juice. Sprinkle top of fish with salt, black pepper and paprika. Put pats of butter on top.

5. Place the pan in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes until fish is cooked thru. Remove the fish from the oven and serve.

Stuffing

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
1 small onion, chopped fine
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 stalks celery, chopped fine
1&#8260;2 red bell pepper, chopped fine
4 - 6 ounces shrimp, chopped fine (1/2 cup)
1&#8260;2 teaspoon salt (to taste)
1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
6 ounces lump crabmeat (or more if desired)
3 -4 tablespoons Italian seasoned breadcrumbs, more as needed

Fish

1 whole, deboned flounder or trout filets
4 tablespoons real butter, melted or put pats of real butter on top
3 tablespoons real lemon juice
salt, to taste
black pepper, to taste
2 teaspoons paprika
1 lemon, cut into wedges for garnish

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#12355811 - 07/24/17 01:11 PM Re: WadeFish Rockport 2017 [Re: Grinder55]
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3 years ago today ... I guess I better go check out that Location asap !!!


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#12359656 - 07/26/17 03:10 PM Re: WadeFish Rockport 2017 [Re: Grinder55]
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Nice trout bite today at one of my all time favorite wade fishin' spots ... I figured the fish would be there and they were - some nice Big'uns too .. I personally strung trout from 19" - 24" for my trout limit today along with a couple of drum.

Fished with some new friends TexasRedneck and lite-liner on a guided trip they set up and we ended up with 3 limits of trout and a few drum using live shrimp and lures.

Trout were scattered and present just off the drop-off of several nodules we waded over and in the deeper guts running in between the nodules on the oyster reef we were fishing.

Lotta FUN and there is some good eating coming our way soon.







lite-liner having some FUN !!! wink


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#12359723 - 07/26/17 03:49 PM Re: WadeFish Rockport 2017 [Re: Grinder55]
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Registered: 06/26/07
Posts: 980
Loc: Little Elm Tx
Rex, had a great time! Great to finally learn from a Pro!

Thanks for showing me how to catch fish!


Barry

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#12360265 - 07/26/17 09:16 PM Re: WadeFish Rockport 2017 [Re: Grinder55]
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Loc: Rockport, Texas
Barry,

Thank you for the opportunity to share some knowledge with you and liteliner ...

- and the opportunity to show you guy's how that knowledge can help an angler become a more productive angler during the time they spend on the ol' SaltH2O. cool

Sometimes, it's not just the location - but also how you are rigged and the technique you use.

When an angler puts those three things together successfully, ... that journey leads to some serious angling adventures.







Edited by Grinder55 (07/26/17 09:21 PM)

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#12360584 - 07/27/17 06:34 AM Re: WadeFish Rockport 2017 [Re: Grinder55]
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Registered: 07/01/04
Posts: 6539
Loc: Fulton, Texas
great pics & thanks again, Rex. I really had a great time.
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#12361984 - 07/27/17 10:28 PM Re: WadeFish Rockport 2017 [Re: Grinder55]
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lite-liner, We had a BLAST fishing with you and Texasredneck.

I had Capt. Randy over for some stuffed trout tonight - 1st time he's ever tried it .. and he loved it !!!

Nice sunrise followed by some productive fishing at our 1st and only stop.

Not having to walk back to the boat after that long wade makes for more time spent fishing for my customers, and we left'em still biting.

I'm glad you two had a good time, ... that's what it's all about.













Edited by Grinder55 (07/27/17 10:34 PM)

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#12365299 - 07/30/17 08:42 PM Re: WadeFish Rockport 2017 [Re: Grinder55]
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Loc: Rockport, Texas
Tides charts are still wrong.

Charts called for high tide this morning - noon.

Strong outgoing tide against a 10 mph SSE wind mph had fish scattered instead of being pushed up on the reefs we fished today.

We were feet wet before fist light.

TroyKing- a new member of the Rockport Fishing Club - found a nice trout on his 1st or second cast and I got nice pic of it when the sun came up.

I spent some time coaching Ryan on the saltwater scene from baiting hooks to unhooking these toothy saltwater creatures and it didn't take long for him to catch on, and he caught 5 species of fish today including, trout, redfish and drum.

Rex, II had a flounder on one of his 1st casts this morning and I caught up with him to get a pic of it.

We caught trout, flounder, reds and drum this morning and I am looking forward to the next "actual" morning high tide at this location.











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#12370693 - 08/03/17 08:11 AM Re: WadeFish Rockport 2017 [Re: Grinder55]
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Loc: Rockport, Texas
There is some good history on these wade fishing spots.

Flounder in August ?

Yep - this was caught at Location #5 by a Darryl Black who worked in my Rockport Rattler shop making jigs.

He was taking a break after lunch back in 2003 when I 1st put the RR's on the market and he walked across the street to test out some.

He walked back with this huge saddle blanket.

We smoked it over mesquite for supper.

It fed Darryl, my dad, my wife, my two young kids and myself.

Yep, flounder can be caught in August - the dog days of summer - and some big ones at that.





Edited by Grinder55 (08/03/17 08:12 AM)

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#12370929 - 08/03/17 10:35 AM Re: WadeFish Rockport 2017 [Re: Grinder55]
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Registered: 03/31/16
Posts: 126
I'm about to head down with my family for our annual trip to Rockport and wanted to know what bay system to target for some trout and reds right now? Not saying we need GPS coordinates but just wanted to narrow things down a bit. Feel free to PM me if necessary. I appreciate any guidance you can provide.

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#12370937 - 08/03/17 10:44 AM Re: WadeFish Rockport 2017 [Re: Grinder55]
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Loc: Carthage Tx
Captain Rex, Thanks to both you and your son for a great morning. We really enjoyed the experience of wading the salt water and feeling something really pulling on the line...I read this report to Ryan ( as you could tell he's not one who speaks much)...but he did say "I already knew how to bait a hook!!...just wasn't sure about baiting shrimp" hahaha....but we are both ready to do it again...my wife and I both fell in love with the area and want to come back soon.


Edited by TroyKing (08/03/17 10:45 AM)
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The driving force and secret desire of every bass fisherman, is to one day be a crappie fisherman............Could it be that the good Lord just smilies and looks the other way when a fisherman tells a lie?

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#12372275 - 08/04/17 10:08 AM Re: WadeFish Rockport 2017 [Re: Grinder55]
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Loc: Rockport, Texas
FishWrangler2: I don't know what type of boat you have, but from what I am seeing and what reports I got last night from several guides I have visited with from the back bays to surf is that morning incoming tides are behind schedule and the best trout bite has been around 10 a.m. with tide turning around 8 am, instead of around 4 am. That should change if we get some tides from a TD that is supposed to develop Thursday around Columbia and head north. Bite at 1st light along shorelines has been producing some quality trout that are lurking around.



TroyKing: I sure enjoyed fishing with you and your son. Ryan is a savvy young angler, it didn't take long for him to catch on and I only had to tell him something once and he got it, including hooking live shrimp so that you don't kill it when ya hook it. He didn't have any problem working that point, catching and unhooking those trout, reds and drum all by himself once the coaching was over with - impressive ! He's gonna catch him a serious Big'un if he keeps the good work. Reds will start their migration here in a few weeks, so ya'll have that to look forward to on your next visit.





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#12377393 - 08/08/17 11:16 AM Re: WadeFish Rockport 2017 [Re: Grinder55]
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Mission was to scout for some trout and see what was up with the tides with Hurricane Franklin hitting the Yucatan peninsula today.

Tides were wishy washy again this morning - and the wind was playing the same tune.

Light west wind greeted us under a Full Moon this morning.

Tide was a light and incoming and trout bite was steady but few keepers - picking up a trout here and there.

Finally located a school with some keepers in it and all the sudden I had a wind shift and I am casting against a north wind and the tide starts going with it.

Ohhh well, I had strung a few keepers so I worked my way back in and picked up a couple more.

Trout bite only this morning, cleaning fish by 9 am and it's a pretty good rain right now as I am typing.

Bring on lunch ... and bring on some more tide from Hurricane Franklin when it gets on the other side of the Yucatan.









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