Welcome to your first Rockport fishing report for September. Well, a report of sorts lets say. Maybe not so much on the fishing aspect of things these days. But we wanted to get something current up here and share a little information about the situation(s) at hand.
Obviously everyone knows of the devastation to Rockport, Texas and many of our neighboring communities as well. Many of the towns along the Coastal Bend of Texas have been affected. But certainly Rockport has taken a direct hit. It truly has been very hard to see, and at the same time inspiring. Neighbors, well wishers and Texans have poured into the community in force to help. Truly remarkable.
Most importantly… All of our guides, friends and families up and down the coast, and in Houston, are safe and accounted for. That is most important right now. All are displaced currently. Many families are also separated due to the needs for work, schooling for children, etc. So certainly our hearts still go out to everyone. But this will be temporary.
The town of Rockport is still in need of a lot of help. Again, Rockport seemed to take the biggest punch from Hurricane Harvey. So many homes, businesses and structures in the area are beyond repair. Some were spared, but must have significant damage. So again, our thoughts and prayers are with all of the families and friends in our community.
We would like to thank all of the friends, clients, industry partners and sponsors that have reached out to us in the past week. Your thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated. So amazing to know that you have support from all over the world. So, thank you to everyone who reached out.
We have also been receiving a lot of emails and calls from industry media and clients asking about the fishing and our plans moving forward. Many want to know when we will be back on the water again. So we wanted to be very clear on this and our plans moving forward…
First, we have already canceled all of our reservations into early October. We have beached all of our guides/boats for that time. We feel that fishing just isn’t that important at this time. Instead, we will focus on helping our friends and community at this time. This is the most important thing right now and the best way that we can help our community recover.
We will get back on the water. Hopefully sooner than later. But we will not until it feels appropriate to do so. This is obviously quite the gray area, but the best we can do right now. We are hoping that this means we are back on the water in October and it will be business as usual. So we are planning accordingly. But come October, if there are more important things at hand in the community, we will choose to focus our attention there. This is the best way we can explain the situation and our thoughts on that matter at this time. If anyone has any questions at all, of course you can always email any time and we are happy to help plan with you.
Many folks are also asking us how they can help Rockport, Texas and the area in general. So we will provide a few links here to help. We donated directly to the Rockport/Fulton Chamber of Commerce. They have created a GoFundMe page that has all of the info. Fly Fish Rockport was proud to donate to this effort, as it is directly correlated to our community. There are also other great options through HEB and the Red Cross or the SPCA for all the pet lovers out there. Certainly all are for a great cause and will help out Rockport, our surrounding neighbors, and of course those up in Houston as well.
While the town of Rockport may be reeling a bit in the aftermath of the storm. We want everyone to know that everything; the town, the people and the fishing will be just fine. Texans are tough and incredibly proud. Maybe even a bit on the stubborn side. All things that lead to rebuilding this community very quickly.
Now more than ever, the town of Rockport will need tourism. So if that means that our guides taking folks fishing helps, we look forward to doing so. There are still plenty of local lodging options for our guests. The fish are still in the bays. And the community of Rockport will still welcome all comers with open arms. So while we are living in a bit of uncertainty now, please know that we are chomping at the bit to get back out there and have our guests in town.
Again, we will do our best to stay up to date on things as they transpire. Hopefully, the Rockport fishing report will have a bit more fishing information in it the next time. We appreciate all the kind thoughts and messages coming our way. Of course you can always email any time if you would like an up to the minute Rockport news. We continue to post on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and even Snapchat. We try to keep stuff fresh for those of you that are wishing you were on the flats with us. So be sure to follow us on all our social media stuff. #rockportstrong #texasstrong
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