"Calling Bottom, Mid-Coast Tradecraft"
Castaway Lodge Seadrift Report
By Capt. Kris Kelley
Sponsored by: Mercury Marine; Air Ranger Airboats; Haynie Bay Boats; Baysport Marine Victoria; Castaway Rods; JL Marine; Pure Fishing; Corrosion X; and, Bob's Machine Shop.
O man, the weather continues to present an "upside shocker" as April's come early this year. We've got freshwater inflows coursing into the bays; live shrimp starting to show at area bait camps (albeit way late); and swarms of schooling
Trout, Redfish, and Black Drum looking to add a few pounds heading toward warmer water temperatures.
A Look Back & Forward
2009 marked the beginning of a hyper-salinated curve here on the mid-coast and that's a wrecking ball that we've worked in and around since that time. Right now, the trend is your friend and it looks like drought conditions may have broken and hopefully we are swinging toward more traditional rainfall and run-off. We'll absolutely need to see a return to "Gulf Events
" with Tropical Storms; Lows; and surely the eventual Hurricane to be sure of a shift in rainfall patterns. 2013 was the first summer that we've witnessed mid-day "daytime heating
thunderstorms" since 2009. That just shows how entrenched we were in drought conditions and we will very much want to see the big T-heads forming over Gulf waters again this summer. This is another sign of a change in the trend toward more rainfall. While much of the Eastern part of Texas is "flush with water levels" the Western watersheds are still very much on the low side.
Curves & Covering
This presents an opporunity to "call bottom" on waning Trout numbers and the death of high salinity levels. While water concerns are at Defcon 3 in the State of Texas, continuation of a wet cycle and beneficial run-off to area bays will mean one thing, great fishing! Calling bottom in anything always presents the risk
of being "early" which is the same as being "wrong". However, things are certainly looking like it's the right call and the "trend is certainly our friend"!
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