Capt. Kelley
1/28/2015

"Falling Out To Mud, No Place to Hide"

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.

Fishing Scene

I guess you call this an "Indian Winter" as things really start to get mild early here in late January. Of course that's got the fishing juices flowing ahead of schedule as our guides make some fun runs looking for fish concentrations Capt. Clint Anderson managed to find the Redfish again running the tower boat locating mud boiling bruisers over mud/scattered shell shorelines. Capt. Chris Cady got the word and managed to get clients into the action with some nice fish.

Challenged bite of late is what we've been experiencing as nobody is having problems locating fish. Talking with guide buddy in the other day down in Rockport, he said the same thing "fish turning their nose up at offerings". That's probably got a lot to do with water temps and lethargy. I'm thinking if we put a little sun on that situation for a bit things are going to get real busy.

Duck Scene

That's a wrap as we say goodbye to the 2015 Texas Duck Season. We would like to thank all of our wonderful guests that hunted with us and have made us "the destination" for waterfowl hunting on the middle coast.

We went pretty strong right up until the final day on Sunday when mild conditions collided with the lowest water levels scene all season. That caught us a little off guard as we had been dealing with high water all season. Morning hunts took the brunt of it with Capt. James dialing in the Redheads that afternoon. All in all it was another solid year with visions of "back in the day" on Redhead action as swarms filled the skies.

Lodge News

From the looks of the foliage around here it just doesn't look like Winter will ever take hold. We just managed to lose the last remaining leaves off the big trees a few days ago. Our Hibiscus, Plumbago, and others are still loaded with buds and leaves and looking like Hawaii around here. Feburary often brings some of the most sever cold and weather of the season so it remains a curiosity as to whether we will see that or not. If not, I'm here to tell you fishing is going to get off to a frantic pace. We're looking forward to it for sure!

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Capt. Kelley
1/12/2015

"Pressing A Good Position"

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; and, Bob's Machine Shop.

Texas Coastal Duck Hunting

Snap back bull tides continue to be the only "mine field" we continue to struggle with as the Texas Coast continues to hold lots of sea water. No matter how strong the Northerly fronts are, any let up in the wind velocities and you can expect 10 to 12" of water to come rushing back.
That's a bit of challenge when you are working with shallow minded waterfowl that can sense "flooding" highs over night and completely abandon productive areas. This last weather presented opportunities that we were fully capable of "pressing" in excellent conditions for hot wing shooting.

The whipsaw in the equation came Sunday as winds deminished and we gained atleast 10" of water back which slowed the action considerably. We managed to time this just about perfectly.

Fishing News

If the forecast holds true, cast and blast combinations will have a shot at some pole bending coming up as we hit a mild weather and warming trend into next weekend. We never trust a forecast but we've got our eye on it.

Lodge News

We are blessed with a bunch of great guests and hard core waterfowlers.  This week we said goodbye with heartfelt thanks and best wishes to Garrett H. and guests from CN; Jordan H. and guests from IN; Jay C. and guests from MN; Mike C. and guests from Houston; Ron R. and guests from Houston; John S. and guests from Tx; and guests of Mike's Landscaping from Houston.

We hope everyone is having a productive start to the new year, come see us when you get a chance!

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Capt. Kelley
1/8/2015

"Shoot, Move, & Communicate"

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; and, Bob's Machine Shop.

Texas Coastal Duck Hunting

Not much fishing going on the last few days but the waterfowl schedule continues to impress. We've welcomed folks from the Carolina's; Indiana; Connecticut; and Minnesota boys arrived today. This last stretch of weather found us taking solid numbers of puddle ducks with divers really putting the icing on the cake and making for some breath taking afternoons. Goose hunting has had its usual ups and downs with upper 20's setting the high water mark and limits of "tar belly" Specks with a few juveniles mixed in. Dark goose ends this Sunday for us.

Weather is just getting crazy good as we head into the stretch toward Season End on Jan 25th. We've done the pain so now we'll take a little gravy ride. Button up and get the band aids ready for the trigger finger!
We hope you've had a safe and enjoyable season. We'd like to thank everyone for joining us thus far and for those awaiting their time with us. Come see us when you get a chance.

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Capt. Kelley
12/31/2014

"Friends In Low Places, Fin & Fowl"

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; and, Bob's Machine Shop.

Mid-Coast Waterfowl

Success continues to vary day to day depending on weather but these last couple of cold fronts have been encouraging catalysts for heated shooting. Full limits for some while others have been taking half limits or better. Capt. Matt has been staying steadily on the Canvasbacks along with other Divers and a few puddlers. Teal, Gadwall, Shoveler, Redheads, Bluebills, and a few Pintails have been comprising the majority of our straps. Heavy rains with Sunday's front again pressed some birds inland and most notably Pintails. As things start to dry up they will again dominate the back marshes. Most recent arrivals are swarms of Teal making their way to the coast.

We'll put some guests from Ga. on the road tomorrow morning and we'd like to thank Sean R. party; Keith J. group; Ron S. and family; Chet P. and guests from OH; Kent W. and family; Mark S. and family; Ron K, family and friends for the visit.

Fishing Scene

Capt. Chris and Capt. James E. have been steadily working on Trout with full limits coming in over two days with the Ron S. party. They've been working guts and shoreline tapers taking Trout to 22".

New Year & Lodge News

We're welcoming our newest Air Ranger Airboat to the family. It features the new Marine Power Cadillac 550HP Supercharged LSA on a 20' raked platform with Livorsi controls. Check her out. We've got to take our hat off to the folks at American Airboats for their untiring help and support.
We'd like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday. Come see us when you get a chance!

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Capt. Kelley
12/23/2014

"Make Mine a Vente Ocho", Mid-Coast Trout

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; and, Bob's Machine Shop.

Fishing Scene

Capt. Chris had a career day pursuing Trout yesterday as we called an audible on the duck/fish combination and elected to fish first and duck hunt the evening due to heavy fog and light winds early. Hats off to the crew for making the switch pretty seamless. Chris managed to find Trout to 28" including another 27" fish (both released) holding over mud/grass for our guest. The guests came up just short of limits but got to experience some nice Trophy fish coming to hand.


Mid-Coast Waterfowl

Spits and sputtering would best describe duck hunting as the opening of the second split drifts into the history books. Continued mild weather, lack luster cold fronts and abnormally high tides give little comfort to wintering waterfowl and their pursuers on the coast. With a decent cold front inbound we will once again get a look at possibly getting some water out of the bays and keeping it that way for awhile. Abnormally high tides push the ducks to shallower environs and they will range a great distance to find bottom grasses and levels they can reach. I've seen this ebb and flow of wintering ducks for over two decades here on the coast. Last years Winter had the rest of the nation dumped out on birds while the Texas Coast managed to hold on to a mere fraction of the population. The rest pushed farther South. This years mild Winter thus far has alot of birds still hanging North of us. So we've got some positives as we hit the mid point of the season and it ain't over till it's over.

Rains Drive Some Inland

Pintails, Teal and other species made a big push inland and dumped off the bays with rains on Friday's front. As inland flooding subsides, they'll return barring more rain. Redheads have been carrying afternoon shoots and holding the day for us here lately. Saturday's shoots were uplifting and found us taking B level straps with as many as 7 species and 4 Canvasbacks for our guests.

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Capt. Kelley
12/16/2014

Trout Limits Grace Heavy Waterfowl Straps

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; and, Bob's Machine Shop.

We opened up the second split of the 2014 Texas Duck Season with a bang. Guests from all over Texas and as far away as AZ joined us including the Alexander group back for their 19th year. This week we're welcoming guests from MD and more from all over Texas and as far away as Dallas. Duck numbers and species diversity continue to improve. Weather has challenged our best intentions at times but, so far the hunting has outperformed expectations.

Ducks

We're seeing solid numbers of Redheads and more Pintails relative to last year. Puddlers including Teal, Gadwal, Wigeon, Mottled Ducks, and the occasional odd ball Golden Eye have been gracing the blocks from shoreblinds. Layout boat hunts have taken mainly divers of late.

Goose Hunting

Sunday morning's hunt had all four species including Snow, Blue, Ross, and Specklebelly's working the full bodies for the Alexander boys. Despite blue bird conditions, the guests managed 47 geese with limits of Redheads in the afternoon. Sunday's guests managed single digits as winds really laid down and the birds stuck to area roosts for the better part of the day. Still some very nice decoying action and close in shooting.

Fishing

Trout action has picked up a bit with guests of the Daryl G. group managing full limits on an afternoon trip after duck hunting in the morning. The guests worked a variety of soft plastics and live bait with live working best at this time.

Holiday Greetings

We'd like to specially thank all of our guests for your continued enjoyment of the lodge and most of all the great people that make up Castaway Lodge. We're also welcoming Summit Electric to the family and want to say thanks and we're looking forward to fishing with your guests in 2015. We hope you and yours are having a very special holiday season. If you haven't got to know us yet, when you get a chance, come see us.

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Capt. Kelley
12/1/2014

Fishing Shines as Ducks Get a Break

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; and, Bob's Machine Shop.

We hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving as we welcome the duck split and the end of the first season. We had a big time here at the lodge with guests from all over the US and as far away as New Zealand.

Fishing Scene

Solid action over mud and grass made for some nice rod bending as Redfish and Black Drum put smiles on lots of faces. No cake walk with slick offs and lots of clear water making for some challenging approaches. Capt. Chris and Capt. James ran into some ups and downs with the bite over the past few days but all in all fish were found in every location.
Capt. Chris reported a solid bite on topwater with Redfish eager to slam the surface baits over mud and grass pockets. With water falling a bit and stabilizing, we've been seeing fish piled up in our decoys on recent duck hunts and turning the water to mud boiling and kicking through the blocks.

Duck Hunting

Hard weather most of the month led to some blistering shooting but over the last week into Thanksgiving afternoons proved best on winds puffing into dark. Slick offs early hampered a few hunts with little pressure to be found over the holiday as well. Redheads and Pintails in the afternoon with a few wigeon saved the day. Puddlers early were balled up and just not moving much for us.

Goose Hunting

We've got openings starting the 8th into the 12th if anybody wants to make the run down.

Lodge News

We've got a smattering of weekend dates with limited availability in January if anyone is interested. We look forward to hunting with eveyone as we await the second season opener on 12/13. Come see us when you get a chance!

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Capt. Kelley
11/19/2014

Piled Up Reds & Tempered Barrels

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; and, Bob's Machine Shop.

Fishing has been tough through the weather and even on the improving conditions yesterday was a challenge for guests. I knew it was about to break and sure enough as the warm up continued today things bounced with non-stop rod bending. Capt. Chris reported strong action on the flats over mud and grass.

Duck Hunting

Action in the blocks continues strong with limits to near limits coming for guests with close-in shooting. Weather has been to extremes and back again with even a lull in the wind and weather loosening up puddle ducks eager to take a close look.

Capt. Matt in WI reported his season looks to be over "3 weeks early" due to the freeze up there. Mid 40's this weekend and rain in the forecast will hopefully break things back open for him. Duck hunting in colder climates definately present some perils.

Lodge News

Weather on the fishing scene looks to be improving as we welcome a full house from all over the State. Come see us when you get a chance!
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Capt. Kelley
11/10/2014

Uniquely Coastal, Bucks & Ducks

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; and, Bob's Machine Shop.

Wings & Water

Water levels rose to uncomfortable levels after the last cool front eased up on Saturday. Water is like a rubber band, wind can push it and stretch it but once the wind lays down it comes bouncing back. That is, until enough of it gets pushed out of the bay system on prevailing Northerly winds. That said, the higher water had us concerned for no reason heading into duck hunts over the weekend. Solid straps of Gadwall, Redheads, Teal, Widgeon, and Pintail stacked up on mild winds but lots of air traffic.

Buck & Duck with Hogs
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Our first Buck & Duck combination came off without a hitch as Terry M. and his grandson Blaine took an older 8pt cull buck and a doe. Blaine was a little gun shy after having a bad experience with a .300 Win Mag so we took a morning off to do some shooting with his grandpa's .243. We got him pulling the trigger and that led to a nice heart shot on his doe on the third day. Hats off to Capt. Cody Adams for working with the youngster and etching memories of a lifetime for our guests. Afternoon duck action left a little to be desired but Capt. James managed some shooting on Redheads. Afternoons will get better as we move into the season.

On the hog front, they are definately on the move with guests from Houston loading the wagon on a recent evening hunt. We are hunting over feeders from stationary ground blinds this time of year shooting latest GEN Night Vision which is a blast.

Fishing

Schooling redfish were noted over mud/grass, some of which were sitting in real clear water that made them hard to get on a hook. Capt. Chris scouted early ahead of an afternoon cast portion of a cast and blast trip to find fish working shorelines over mud/grass. By the time he got back to them they had moved forcing a retreat to action on Black Drum over nearby sand and scattered shell.

Lodge News

Mid-week we've got a big blast of arctic air that's been making the headlines lately. This will set the tone for the waterfowl season and definately push some water out of the bays. These are all pluses in our opinion and we're looking for building concentrations of birds moving forward. Come see us when you get a chance!

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Capt. Kelley
11/6/2014

Streaming Pintails & Ripping Drags

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; and, Bob's Machine Shop.

Action on the flats for solid Redfish has been heating up for fishing guests and clients enjoying "cast & blast" trips. We saw a nice influx of birds ahead of the light front that came in Friday evening and into Saturday. Gadwall, Widgeon, Pintail, and a few Teal got the guns barking but it was a short-lived burst as Sunday's action left much to be desired.

Singing drags made for memorable experiences with Redfish pushing the outside of the slot have been coming to hand. Yesterday's trip with longtime guests of Schlumberger found some fairly tight schools of fish eager to bend the rods over mud/grass and hanging near grass lines. We beat the weather and managed to stay out of the rain for the most part taking limits with very little pain from the weather.

Duck News

I watched a non-stop flow of medium high Pintails pouring across the skies over Matagorda Island but never ran into any birds on the water. This could have been an inflow looking for somewhere to touch down and get comfortable. Numbers were impressive after last years light showing of the "long tails" in coastal waters.

Deer Hunting

We've got some solid deer working the feeders and look forward to "buck and duck" action with guests over the weekend. We hope you have a good one! Come see us when you get a chance.


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Kris, thanks again, Mark and Trish had a blast, just being on the water. James did a great job not just with the fish, laughing and joking, and of course giving me a hard time for missing fish. He made the trip really enjoyable for everyone. You’ve got a great business going for you and Wen

Brian M.
San Antonio, TX

Two friends and I headed down to Seadrift to take advantage of the February Special at the Castaway Lodge. The Lodge did not disappoint. The food and the lodging was great as was the fishing. We landed 9 reds between the three of us even though the conditions were far from perfect. Headed back to

Robert J. "Big Daddy"
Reviewer, Wadefishing.com

Kris and Wendy,


I can't even put into words what a fantastic time I had on our team building fishing trip to Castaway Lodge! But let me try...


The hospitality was phenomenal! This was my first time visiting, but it felt like home. Kris and Wendy welcomed us from the get go. They

Carly Lashbrook and Josh Preece
Cedar Park, TX

Kris, Wanted to share with everyone the great memories you provided. It was a mom and daughter weekend to remember. Thank you for all the fun, great food, experience and most of all your amazing patience. I don't know how you drew the short straw to have two women, but you gave us an amazing expe

Lori & Jean
Alvin, TX

Miss Wendi & Capt. Kris,


Man what a day! The only problem was it was over too fast. Thank you both for your kindness and all your help. All the time I spend with sons is great but to spend it with good people also, makes it priceless. Have a great day!

Johnny & JD
Houston, TX
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