Capt. Kelley
10/28/2014

Trout Stocks & Dragon Fly Doji Signals, "Bottoms Up"

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.

Mild to near slick-off conditions as we head toward the opening of the 2014 Texas Waterfowl Season have given us a look at Trout action over broader shell and tight schools of Black Drum over shell and shorelines continue to impress. Redfish have been a bit harder to approach but numbers look impressive despite difficult conditions. Capt. Chris Cady reported humping up some solid schools in the back lakes but immediately ran into problems with the bite.

Trout Focus

We've been fooling some Trout over shell with artificial lures; best bite continues on live shrimp at this time. I've discussed seasonality shifts on Trout that have been unmistakeable the past few years. My observations pointed to much higher levels of success around cooler Spring and Fall conditions. That thesis was pretty well shattered this Spring with big winds forcing shallow protected fishing for Redfish and Black Drum most days. On the few days, roughly 7 through late May, that we had reasonable wind and water conditions, it found us striking out on attempts at Trout.

The good news is that it looks like there are some healthy numbers showing up this Fall over various structure from sand/grass to oyster reefs. Mother Nature has certainly had a protective blanket over Trout stocks the better part of the year. As winds have stabilized and with Cedar Bayou open now one can only hope that success rates for Trout are bottoming out and hopefully starting a new uptrend. So far, we like what we see. Sharpen up the skill set and grab some of your favorite top waters and plastics, feet dry or wading, now's the time.

Texas Duck Season

This weekend we'll be welcoming folks from as far away as Minnesota for a look at early season duck hunting here on the coast. Numbers right now are pretty light with a few early Redheads, Pintail, Widgeon, and Teal milling around. Capt. Matt Raley in Wisconsin didn't see much in the way of big weather moving things around yet. He's been gunning in the 70's up there with fog and slick offs making for more than a few challenges.
We should start to see more serious concentrations migrating in around mid-month which has been a historic trend. The week and a half leading up to Thanksgiving is a pretty good indicator of what things are going to look like and should build from there.

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Capt. Kelley
10/21/2014

Double Hauling Steelhead Rigs & Tailing Reds

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.

Weather has been tremendous as we head into the end of the month and the approaching 2014 Texas Waterfowl Season. Big tides and mild weather opened up mid-bay shell with Trout, Redfish, and Black Drum working shell reefs and shorelines. Popping cork/gulp and topwaters accounted for decent catches of Trout with bait taking redfish and black drum limits to near limits.

Challenge of the Week

Trout on a fly rod along with Redfish and Flounder for guests with Steelhead equipment in from Alaska. Capt. James Eastep definately had his hands full on that one and my hats off to him for getting the mismatch on fish. The long rodders managed a Texas Slam including Trout, Redfish, and a Flounder for the effort. Sight casting proved productive on the Redfish but many were just undersized. It just goes to show that where there is a will there's a way and if they're thick enough, anything will do the trick.

The day before this trip I had a fair number of tailing and backing fish working slick water lea-lines on a shallow flat opposite a deeper mud pocket where we were catching some fish. This would have been a sight casters dream come true. I went to make a small boat adjustment stealthily on the fish that were showing off. While I was making the move, a guest managed to drop the "ice chest lid" and it sounded like a bombshell in the boat and that was the end of that. Fish in 8" of water with zero wind just won't put up with that. Hey, it happens, while I was not amused, you can't help but smile!

Waterfowl Season

It's a pretty quick count down to the opening of the Texas Waterfowl Season. Light numbers of Redheads, Pintails, and a few Wigeon have been cruising around getting comfortable with their Winter abode. We've got a ways to go before things are going to feel "solid" on the numbers side, however. We'd love to move some water out of the bays before the heart of the migration, so any near term fronts will be most welcome.

We'd like to thank everyone joining us for the season. If you haven't made hunt arrangements yet, we'd like to encourage you to take a look at some of our remaining weekdays for a trip with us and come see us when you get a chance!

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Capt. Kelley
10/15/2014

Moving Water & Wings Over Seadrift

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 starting to feel like Fall with the latest cool front dropping water levels and taking the temperatures down to a brisk 60 degrees this morning. With weather fronts moving water around it's helpful to remember the themes that play out day to day. Falling and rising water patterns can present themselves in the same day. This is because water is pushed from one side of the bays to the other, falling in upper bays, and rising on the barrier islands.

Dialing In

We'll zero in on which offers the most reward for our guests as we get into Fall. As water levels retreat, bays and back lakes become much shallower offering the fish less places to hide and concentrating them to a point. Redfish will fall into deeper guts, bayous, and back lakes during periods of cooler temperatures with Trout mirroring these moves over mud and guts. Smaller finfish and bait stocks do the same things and these guts and bayous can be a lethal set up for game fish.

Lodge News

We're in the groove heading for the opening of the Texas Duck Season on 11/1. Of late we've welcomed guests from all over the globe including Australia, Scotland, England, and all over Texas. This waterfowl season, we'll be welcoming guests from all over the US and as far away as New Zealand. We'd like to welcome you to hunt and fish with us this season, come see us when you get a chance.

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Capt. Kelley
9/29/2014

Sand Pocket Showdown

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

Schooling reds have been tightening up here lately offering our guests a blistering look at this premier fishery. Fast action and quick limits has had it's advantages as rain has been a daily occurence with lots of it. We've got a lot of water in the bays and the fish have pushed ultra shallow over sand and grass pockets. I don't see this changing until we get some type of retreat in water levels.

Teal Season

What a great run for our guests with Capt. Jake Huddleston and crew doing an excellent job keeping the barrels warm. All eyes are on the big duck and goose season and we've been making preperations for that for some time now. If Teal Season is any indication of what we're in for, I think it's going to be awesome!

Alligator Season

This will be drawing to a close tomorrow at sundown and we've been on a hot streak here lately. We are still looking for a really trophy class gator for a client and we'll see what happens. All in all it was a productive window of opportunity on some of mother natures most fascinating creatures.

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Capt. Kelley
9/22/2014

Longhorns & Long Rods, Totally Texas!

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.

Persistent high water has led to growing schools of foraging Redfish working shallow over mud/grass flats. Fishing in the rain has proved productive with all boats taking near to full limits of solid Redfish pushing the upper edge of the slot. Weather has been really pleasant with showers ever present but the lightning and thunder have been a no show. That's kept things on the cool side as our next cold front approaches. Deep back marsh looked pretty thin of late with airboat trips getting a good look in ultra shallow regions of the back lakes.

Alligator Hunting

Constant inland flooding has continued to challenge us on the Alligator hunting with creeks and bayous "running" and increasingly difficult logistics, a condition we're not real fond of. We missed an 8-10' opportunity the other day but managed to pull 4 out of 5 that we were after the last couple of days. The guides will be working even harder as we head to the close of the season with a cool snap approaching.

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Capt. Kelley
9/15/2014

Big Rains & September Adjustments

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.

Highlights

Trout to 28"; alligators to 12'2"; Teal Report; new airboat; new layout boats; new mudroom.

Fishing Scene

We've switched from working mud pockets and shorelines to fishing cattle trails; hog paths; and Alligator slide pockets and any other depressions in brushy shorelines and cattle pastures. To say the tide is elevated would not quite cover it. While the mild cool front relocated some water briefly, it came rushing back and the fish have been pretty scattered. This isn't uncommon given the conditions and we should see more water movement hopefully as winds begin to shift predominantly to a northerly direction. Solid Redfish have worked themselves into the wood work with solid fish being taken including a nice trout at 28" released by Capt. Chris Cady the other day.

Alligators

Massive amounts of rainfall put a damper on the alligator hunting in concert with this cooler temperatures the last few days; overcast; and rain. That's always a potential problem with these animals and that has proved to be the case of late. Things are warming up today, however, and that's a sure to put a twist in their feeding habits. We've been taking them from the high 7' mark all the way into the 12'.

I'm hoping the back half of the season may offer better opporutities and a strong finish if we can keep the temperatures up and slow the rain down a little.

Teal Hunting

Quick limits for some and light straps for others amid scattered results and a lot of water standing in the fields. The day before the opener we picked up 4-5" of rain; the night of the opener we picked up another several inches. That can give the birds lots of options besides cupping in on the blocks and we'd like to see those flooded areas drain off a bit heading into the mid-point of the season. There's no doubt the migration and season timing are just about perfect.

Lodge News - Duck Intensive

We've got a new mud room and gear staging area for the upcoming season. That's going to make a world of difference in comfort on the preperation scene. We continue to narrow down the wish list of things to make everyone more comfortable. To that end, we'd like to introduce everyone to a Texas version of a Yankee gunning platform. We welcomed 4 new Aquapods in today and would like to shout our to the Attbar division of Ehrshigs for getting them to us quickly and in perfect condition. Our dedication to the perfection; art; and, approach of this form of waterfowling continues.

This is how we roll with these rigs


We will also be adding another 20' Air Ranger to the roster for this season and look forward to a great duck season. When you get a chance, we'd love to have you, come see us!

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Capt. Kelley
9/2/2014

Drags Singing In The Rain

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 in the rain has certainly made for some memorable trips over the years. Timing the departure is always most important and we hit it perfectly on Sunday with guests in from as far away as Dallas. With a big tide piled up we went as shallow as we could get with mixed reviews. As we looked over now deeper locations previously holding fish we found they were right where they had been. Mud and grass pockets that should have been abandoned for much skinnier locations were piled up with schools of solid Redfish in the middle slot.

Lodge News - Migration

We're seeing Teal piling onto local marshes along with a few early Pintails. Hummingbirds numbers are building over feeders here at the lodge but nowhere near as thick as they will be with a light "true" front from the North. Stay tuned.

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Capt. Kelley
8/23/2014

Drag Burners Just Getting Warmed up

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 fishing scene continues on a hot streak coninciding perfectly with the warmer temperatures of August. Hit is hard and early has been our "go to" and that has put a smile on a plenty of faces here at the lodge lately. From mud/grass to sand/grass shorelines, schools of Redfish solidly in the slot and beyond have been working tight to grass lines. As I mentioned in previos reports, this is going to continue to escalate heading into the cooler weather in September.

We look for continued action to broaden as winds hopefully find some level of stability besides "gusting and pushing 25 knots". It has absolutely played right into our game plan and I've got to take my hats off to everyone for executing at a high level.

Alligator/Teal/Dove

We are on the countdown to the 2014 Texas Alligator Season opener on September 10th with the season running through the 30th. Dove is looking good if we can keep the rain off the near season opener and Teal will be fast and furious with birds starting to show up with each approaching front in September. This is a great time to take in a Cast & Blast with family, friends, or deserving staff and clients.

Duck/Goose Season Dates

As we had envisioned, Duck and Goose season will open on November 1st and run through the 30th for the first split. The season will re-open on December 13th and run through January 25th. Dark Geese will close on January 11th. Goose season runs straight through the duck splits with "Regular Snow" harvest ending with ducks on January 25th.
We look forward to a great season, come see us!

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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. 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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Kris,


Kenny and I made it home safe (last time I drive that far, put me on a plane). Once again, I had a great time. The hunting was awesome! You cant ask for anything more, when a 'slow day' means it takes an extra half hour to limit out. Wendi's cooking sure hit the spot after a day on

Mike Hill
Huntingdown, MD

Kris and Wendi


I can't tell you how much the guys enjoyed the Norm Invitational.


The wind kicked our ass, but we did catch some fish. You have the best guides. I believe Steve would have stayed out all day if we wanted him to. I am so glad my brother got to fish with you. This was

Larry Prellop
Round Rock, TX

Kris,


Thanks for a great day on the water! Good weather, good fish and good company.... it doesn't get any better. You do a fantastic job. I hope to meet up with you again sometime soon.

Brett H.
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

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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