Capt. Kelley
8/10/2014

Ain't No Logs In A Rice Field

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.

This week was filled with pride and lots of great fishing. Our "young guns" blew the smoke off the end of their pencils and twirled them into their holsters acing the Sea Academy regimen with some remarkable academic scoring. Kolten and Justice both started decking and helping during waterfowl season for us at 15 and now at 17 they've completed the necessary requisites for obtaining their Capt's. licenses when they turn 18. We salute you!

Fishing - Super Charged Super Moon

On the fishing scene, wade fishing approaches took a breather of late on big winds with boat fishing protected areas for Redfish outperforming. We've had some fair returns noting Trout to 24" wade fishing shorelines along with scattered Redfish tight to grass lines. Boat fishing remains a Redfishing game with fish all over the slot; scattered Black Drum; and, limited windows for Trout. With winds puffing all night we are facing broad turbidity on open bay structure late into mid-day. When we can get situated in a little transitional water it's a guessing game where the Trout may appear. The window of opportunity is pretty narrow to start sorting through vast amounts of potential real estate.

Alligator Season/Dove/Teal

We are working to fill up week days during the fast and furious September 10th to 30th time frame. We invite you to be our guest in one of the last special places on earth, the middle Texas Coast. Come see us!

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Capt. Kris Kelley
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Capt. Kelley
8/5/2014

Wind Shift Gives Notice

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.

It's been pretty surreal on the water with a cool front taking down the temperatures on the water and making for some awesome weather. It reminded me of transitions we'll face coming up later this month as we head into September with fronts becoming more frequent. With wind directions taking us off some locations, the Northerly direction lit up some others. We've been working shorelines targeting mud pockets with live bait. That has produced limits of Redfish with some nice releases on oversize fish to 32".

Oversize Redfish Guidance

I saw a billboard a little while back that CCA had put up and the topic was "just keep the slot fish". The Redfish slot is from 20 to 28" here in Texas and the limit is 3 per person/day. We are allowed one oversize Redfish via the Oversize Redfish tag which is in addition to the 3 fish limit per day. The tag is intended for a potential State Record fish or a serious hunt for a wall hanger to be mounted. For some reason, we have been inundated with folks showing up seeking to keep 4 fish and are thinking the tag allows for this. While technically it does, that's not the purpose of the oversize tag. Oversize fish are the least desirable on the table and they are the backbone of the breeding population. Our instruction and intent is to release as many of these fish as possible and that is the recommendation to our guests. We certainly need to turn the trend on intentional oversize fish harvest. We are heading more firmly in that direction.

Lodge News

Our "deck hand" program which puts eager local youth to work helping on the day to day execution of fishing trips is bearing fruit. This week finds two 17 year olds, Kolten and Justice completing their Sea Academy instruction. This is the culmination of lots of long days afield and on the water and an endless number of tasks completed to get to this "deserving level". Each will be eligible for licensing when they turn 18 in coming months.

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Capt. Kelley
7/27/2014

"Life Is Like A Box of Solids"

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.

Trout Fishing/Wade Approach Is Outperforming

Solid action on the flats and shorelines has put a spark in everyone's step heading into August. Wade fishing continues to outperform boat fishing when it comes to catching Trout and there isn't anyone still standing that wants to argue that point. Capt. Jake Huddleston drove it home on wade trips late week as well. We've seen that story play out here in "strong boat fishing Trout real estate". Trout have been hung up on shorelines and they just aren't coming off them for deeper shell venues. I've seen this play out before around floods and other situations so it's not uncommon. Weather and wind certainly haven't encouraged a move either. Constant garhole conditions in the bigger open water venues can be a tough place to make a living as a Trout looking to feed.

Locating fish on live bait while wading, Capt. James Cunningham dialed in guests fishing with artificial lures taking some nice Redfish and Flounder with soft plastics. That's dedication to plastics right there, I'm here to tell you!

Boat Fishing Scene/Redfish Impress

On the boat fishing side of things, Redfish continue to impress along with intercepts on schools of Black Drum. Capt. Chris Cady reported seeing ultra strong concentrations of Redfish and some huge schools of Black Drum working the shallow back lakes by airboat mid-week. That story abruptly shifted as tides crept ever lower on spiking winds heading to the weekend. Vast stretches of shallow back lakes went dry sending those fish toward deeper pools and back lakes along with outside beaches and near bay perimeter and adjacent bay lakes. These are drains for fish seeking a little more water on their backs in extreme low water conditions.
Working with guests of Martin Marietta & Graystone Construction, I took full advantage of the drains and fallouts along with Capt. James Eastep for bigtime Redfish action with some solid Black Drum as well. Chasing schools along grass lines and pushed up against wind driven shorelines has produced. Best baits have been a variety of Crab; Mullet; and Croaker. Diet on these fish can fluctuate from day to day so it's always best to have at least some small variety.

Lodge News

Wendi always puts on a pretty good show when it comes to digging in for dinner. I grab a few pictures when I can. Here's a few of our surf n turf, Filet Mignon w/blackened Salmon; off the pit Brisket with dirty rice and Yorkshire Pudding cooked in a cast iron skillet with plenty of drippings from the Brisket. In Costa Rica, the folks call that "Que Rico" which roughly translated means "that's rich" and I'd have to agree!

We hope you've been bowed-up in a good way and would like to invite you to give us a shot sometime when you get a chance. Come see us.

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Capt. Kris Kelley
Castaway Lodge
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Capt. Kelley
7/20/2014

Back Home Where A Downward Dog Is A Topwater Hung In The Grass!

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.

It was nice to climb back in the saddle after vacation and I couldn't have been happier to return to a seamlessly smooth running outfit. Capt. Chris's wife Bianca had the lodge polished to a "T" ahead of our arrival and from all accounts, Chris and Bianca executed on all levels for our guests while we were away and Wendi and I can't thank them enough for the hard work!

My first day back on the water, Capt. James Cunningham saved my bacon dialing me in on a bite after I'd hauled water looking for fish. The day was met with all boats taking full limits of solid Redfish pushing the outside of the slot. Capt. James Eastep wade fished the Ken M. group pre-fishing for the POCO Inshore Tournament and also reported nice action on soft plastics taking upper slot Redfish on a number of stops locating fish.

We've been dealing with strong winds and very low water levels and a break in the wind on Saturday was just enough to light the Trout up a bit off open bay reefs. While nothing about Trout fishing this year may be up to our expectations, we continue to make a push at them under "prudent" situations. That led Jim L. and his wife Sarah to "September Limits" of Trout pushing 22" with me working shell tapers in SAB. Capt. James Cunningham reported a frustrating attempt at wade fishing Saturday as it seemed like there was a boat on every concievable piece of structure "with potential". Capt. Chris Cady has been taking solid numbers and size working the back marsh by airboat and is encountering numerous schools including wads of Black Drum. He's been running into some "attitude" back there and getting the fish to open their mouths is something he's challenged with daily.

Lodge News

The pace and ferocity of Alligator Hunt bookings has me reminded, and reiterating, that we are quickly approaching one of the best months on the calendar for experiencing the Texas Gulf Coast, September. It will find us heating up the barrels on Early Teal hunts; burning up the drags with just outstanding fishing opporunities; meandering the back bayous and brackish haunts of Wild Texas Alligators; bruising up the shoulders on Mourning; White-wing; and Ring-neck Dove; and working the harvested fields during Grain Season with Night Vision for Hogs. Note: we're seeing harvest way ahead of the usual late August schedule so we are expecting Grain Season spot and stalk night vision hunts to start early, in fact, here in a couple of days.

We would like to welcome you to take advantage of our available dates and give us a shot at some memories of a lifetime! Please inquire with some date options and we will do our best to make it happen.

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Capt. Kris Kelley
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Capt. Kelley
7/14/2014

"Pura Vida on the Texas Coast"

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.

Exreme conditions still visit as we search for a rhythm here on the middle coast. Capt. Chris reported that it's been banging with winds in the 20's one day and slicked off the next. We are familiar with having our head on a swivel but it sure is nice to relax the neck muscles every now and then when we hit a stride. Right now a rhythm might be 2 to 3 days at the most before something dramatic takes to the waters in terms of weather and condition fluctations.

Solid Trout pushing into the 20's continue to grace the decks with quick retreats back toward Redfish haunts when things aren't looking good on open water structure. Capt. James E. reported solid Redfish action with mixed Trout on Saturday making for a solid box. As we push into late July and heading into early August we'll be looking for solid Redfish action to heat up heading toward the cool fronts of September.

Lodge News

Wendi and I are wrapping up the last of our 2 week stay in Costa Rica today. We'll be heading back to our own bed tomorrow and look forward to some great days on the water. One thing about Costa Rica, besides the beauty of the country, the vibe from all the people is so warm. They say "Pura Vida" and we hope to bring that spirit back with us. For guests, everything has been seamless here. We'd like to say thanks to our hosts including Texan Trey Derrick with Senderos Da Paz (find him on facebook or VRBO.com); Arenal Manoa Resort in the mountains of the La Fortuna area; and everyone at Tulemar Luxury Villas in Quepos.

While we've travelled far and wide, there's one thing I'm always reminded of and it crosses my mind at some point on every adventure abroad. That is my feeling that the Texas Gulf Coast is "one of the last really special places". I have no doubt the Castaway Lodge makes it even more so. The value, services, and experiences our guests find would outrank any excursion we've ever experienced and we've been on some good ones. I think since it's in our back door, sometimes we take it for granted. We hope you will keep us in mind when planning your next getaway, come see us when you get a chance.

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Capt. Kris Kelley
Castaway Lodge
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Capt. Kelley
7/8/2014

Tranquilo Mar

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.

With winds backing down and waters finally shedding some turbidity, we managed to get a look at broader open water reefs and we liked what we saw on Trout. Boat fishing approaches heated up with solid numbers and quality bending the boards. Exactly how long this wind stability will stay with us is anyone’s guess this year.  Right now, we will make the most of it. 

Heading into late July and August we will traditionally see an explosion in Redfish action working scattered shell and grass pockets as bait matures in estuaries staging up for the Fall migration.  We’ll be keeping an eye on them as we head into August and look forward to lots of great fishing ahead.

Lodge News

Coming right around the corner: Alligator Season (Sept. 10 – 30); Grain Season Night Vision Hog Hunts (late August – September); Early Teal and Dove/Fish Cast & Blast.  Now is definitely the time to start putting some dates together.

Check dates and inquire at http://www.seadriftbayfishing.com/Calendar

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Capt. Kris Kelley
Castaway Lodge
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Capt. Kelley
7/2/2014

World Cup Fishing, Seadrift to Costa Rica

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've been slugging it out in brutal winds of late to find excellent action on Redfish in the middle to outside slot to 32" along with Trout to 23" as K-Dawg reported earlier in the week.  Capt. Chris and his wife Bianca are at the controls of the lodge while Wendi and I vacation in Costa Rica.  What a magical time as the World Cup rages all over the World. 

 

We were crossing the ferry at Paquera when Costa Rica defeated Greece late Sunday evening and I thought the boat was going to explode. Foot stomping and screaming with red and blue Costa Rica flags grace an enthused crowed of well wishers running all over the place with joy. 

 

Back stateside, Capt. reported strong catches for some groups with lighter catches for others.  With big winds and tore up water, there are just going to be some struggles at times.  A groove is what we are looking for and thus far wade fishing approaches have been the theme that has produced consistent results.  That's new to us, but nothing we haven't seen before.

 

 Hopefully sooner than later, some wind stability is going to open things up but man it's been a long time coming.  We went through something similar during the drought in 09.  Until then, we'll keep applying a century of experience base to the waters we call "home".

 

Back on the Costa Rica side, Wendi and I are trekking to the Rio Bongo River tomorrow for a run at some monster Snook.  "Robalo" as they are called here, they've got my blood pumping.  I tracked down our guide through local channels. "I want the best local no BS Robalo fishermen around". Guapaleno, he's your guy.  We'll see about that manana. It should be fun. 

 

Lodge News - Pajama's En Vogue

Man we love to visit with our guests, and melting down into our wonderful surrounds just sets the stage for memories of a lifetime.  We hope you will consider joining the family at Castaway Lodge.  Get comfy and prepare for a great day on the water. 

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Capt. Kris Kelley
Castaway Lodge
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Capt. Kelley
6/25/2014

GoPro HERO 3 Wade Fishing Video Report

Castaway Lodge Seadrift Video 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.

Come along with us as we introduce some youngsters and their dad to wade fishing with us on a recent trip.



 


Capt. Kelley
6/23/2014

"Never Leave Them Behind"

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.

When you have special needs guests, it's best to communicate that with your lodge host well in advance of the trip to ensure a high level of service. An old "guide" friend of mine chose us recently to host a family reunion trip. We've known each other for more than 25 years and I cut my teeth on the big prairies with Stuart Lowery back in the old Texas Waterfowl days.

With a wheel chair bound daughter and near 80 mother, we hit the water with an eye on a great day on the water and getting them into some fish. Sure enough things were a challenge with some really big winds but we managed to catch a few. Bottom line, we don't leave anyone behind! Our motto has been and will always be "any weather, any day, any client, get them on fish".

Of course we would like to have seen the rods bend a little more, but sometimes there are other things far more important. Things like enjoying some time on the water with family for perhaps the last time, or enjoying the company of family and friends with some of the best guides and people on the coast. It is something to consider and a little bit bigger picture. It's definately a serious concern on our end and something not advertised as part of the job in the "wanna be a guide brochure".

We'd love to have you so come see us when you get a chance!

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Capt. Kris Kelley
Castaway Lodge
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Capt. Kelley
6/22/2014

"A Bridge Too Far"

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.

The last couple have days have seen some ballistic fishing and a pronounced up trend in the action. Working mud/grass and sand/grass has proved lethal for Trout to 23" and Redfish beyond the slot.

HOWEVER, winds  picked up today and turbidity and the snap of bait camp flags set an intimidating tone first thing. Slower today, reported Capt. Chris Cady, as he turned over every piece of structure to half limits of Redfish and a couple of Trout.

The Marine Forecast for tomorrow reads like a dog eared comic book:

Monday
Southeast wind 15 to 20 knots. Bays choppy. Isolated showers.

So we will dig in our heels and start playing offense and defense at the same time as we welcome guests from all over the State. Two days of mild winds was nice but three days is just "a bridge too far". With few Trout on shell, we've got very few fish running to grass in big winds. Shoreline fish are slow leaving this year and that means you have to get in the water.

Wade fishing is still vastly outperforming boat fishing for Trout at this time. That's something new for us with boat fishing typically strong. So we'll get in the water when we can.

Lodge News

We love hearing from our guests and I've got to say we've got a bunch of great folks fishing with us. Here's what a guest with a corporate group had to say:

Kris,

I want to thank you guys again for the great hospitality and even better fishing yesterday. It had been a slow year with the catching, so it was a nice change to get on the fish again. To make it even better we got a chance to wade and I caught my personal best wade red at 32-3/4. Our guide was helpful and was like fishing with one of my friends.

We were fishing with the lumber group yesterday and I was wondering if you could email some pictures from our wade? We were the guys in the long sleeve light blue shirt, yellow shirt and dark shirt. I saw a couple of the pictures on 2cool which I saved, but I am looking for the pictures of our stringers full of trout and reds and also the picture of me holding the big red that I caught. He took a couple while I was wading then at the boat before I released him. I will forward whatever pictures you send to the rest of the group.

Thanks again for a great time and I look forward to our next visit to your lodge!!!

Rob W.


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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-


I can't thank you enough for all you do and the past two Spring Breaks have been a blast! We can't wait to get back out on the water again. Thank you for making our mother/son fishing trip so special.


You're the Best!

Mel
Katy, 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

Dear Kris & Wendi:


Trent and I had a blast on the GATOR hunt. An 11' 400 lb gator is nothing to sniff at and I know we'll be happy with the mount and skin. You run a first rate outfit. I enjoyed the fellowship and the fine chow. Tell Jake & Jack they need their own reality TV show

Jamie and Trent Page
Austin, TX

Kris,


Thank you for calling to check on us. Eric was home by about 10PM last night and I made it home about 1PM today. It was well worth the 600 miles each way to get to fish with you. We had a wonderful time - the fishing was great, the accommodations were excellent, and the food was out

Mel S.
Lubbock, TX
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