Capt. Kelley
6/29/2015

Tight Lipped Knee Bucklers

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.

Redfish have been scarce on elevated tides and now the water is falling out leaving a reddish glow as schools fallout of the woodwork. That and a nickel didn't buy a cup of coffee though as they went tight lipped on all approaches. Capt. Chris Cady said at one point it was just "stupid" as he eased into 20 solids and couldn't raise a bite. That was followed up by many other sightings as well with similar results

Heavy Trout action last week slowed for us heading into late week. We are trying to make adjustments for new water levels and working to dial them in. Trout to 22" were landed on live bait working mud/grass.

The BIG BIG Holiday is right around the corner and we hope you celebrate this great nation with friends and family and have a big time. Be safe.

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Capt. Kelley
6/21/2015

Tops & Tails to Croaks & Crab

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.

So the fish are acting like it's Spring time hanging out in February and March haunts riding bands of salinity and crushing bait and lures alike. Bait and predators are huddled up in close quarters and that's got the makings for some explosive fishing. Historically artificial approaches wane this time of year but not "this year". Soft plastics and top waters have been keeping pace with bait approaches. Just yesterday Capt. Chris Cady called an audible with guests on a two day trip. First day airboat fishing the crew went ahead and exited the boat for topwater in the back haunts of Matagorda Island catching both Trout and Redfish in areas typically reserved for Redfish. So elevated tides and the surge of water from TS Bill have moved things around a bit.

Guide Notes

Capt. Kolten Braun reported excellent catches of Trout to 23" with guests post storm while wade fishing live bait over sand/grass shorelines. Redfish have been elusive over mud/grass in areas where Trout activity has been hot. That's unusual, but it's also a signature of elevated tides. Capt. James Eastep has been wowing guests with pockets of solid Black Drum and Redfish along with some decent Trout action working sand/grass shorelines by boat. Capt. James Cunningham found some solid Redfish working mud/shell and just lit them up yesterday with guests on a trip we donated to The Victoria Nurse Practioners.

Lodge News

We'd like to thank all of our guests for trusting our call on the weather and current conditions. Fishing freshwater inundation is nothing new to us, in fact, we spent 75% of our careers in such conditions. So they are nothing new and certainly nothing to be concerned about unless you've got rotator cuff issues; carpel tunnel; or tennis elbow. If that's the case, then there is cause for concern because as Hank Jr. says "we're catching them fish like they're going out of style"!

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Capt. Kelley
6/16/2015

Trout to 28", Deep Cover 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; Corrosion X; and, Bob's Machine Shop.

Fishing continues strong as freshwater inflows flush the fishery and consolidate bait and predators alike. We haven't somehow "produced" a bunch of Trout relative to last year. However, they can no longer be spread to the four corners of our bay sytems and that's the difference between hyper salinated versus fresh eco systems. 

Of late, wade fishing has been more predictable and a lot of fun as the temperature gauge spikes up. Full limits of Trout to 28" (released) have been coming to hand. Redfish have been pretty scarse even by airboat with elevated tides offering them plenty of nooks and crannies to crawl in to. We'll see action on Redfish pick up as water levels stabilize toward season norms but that's going to be a ways off with the big push of water from Bill. 

It's tough to predict salinity levels with Bill pushing in since recent reports have freshwater lines 60 miles offshore. Possibly we'll start to get a better mix pushing over shell reefs soon.

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Capt. Kelley
5/24/2015

Trout Reflections & Cyclical Punctuation

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.

We fished through the unsettled weather of late without skipping a beat as usual. No doubt we are in a long-term cyclical change. Just as the drought in 09 was severe and punctuated the changed from a wet cycle to a dry cycle, so too is the transition from a dry cycle being pucntuated by the weather this Spring. This is way more familiar to us having fished wet cycles for most of our careers. The lessons of those years and the coinciding excellent fishing have not been forgotten. The lessons from 09 through the Winter of 2015 will similarly be etched in our memories. Recreational fishermen get a lot of things wrong on their perceptions of weather and events like coastal flooding. One perception is the freshwater runoff is going to ruin the fishing. Of course, the opposite is the case as evidenced by rebounding Trout action up and down the Texas Coast.

While the drought years took their toll on the environment, one thing there is no substitue for is the experience of years of fishing through a wet cycle. The fish are responding in kind and while not every wound has been healed or every pattern in perfect form; we are seeing signs of improved predictability and a return to familiar patterns. 

TROUT NUMBERS

I called bottom a few months back on Trout fishing in a timely report and so far "that call" has been a good one. June is a historic "primetime" month during wet cycles and we are looking for it to "prove up" our feelings. 

The States timely cutback on the limits last Fall was probably a good thing in the long run. I'd never have said that 6 years ago, "pre-drought". As I've gotten older, my perception is that 10 Trout per person was "some number" too much in terms of shear meat that people can put to good use. Between the State and recreational fishermen's input, they decided the right number was 5. 

Since 2009, Trout have had the upper hand over anglers in a hyper saline environment and now the deck is being stacked against them as the bays freshen up. I'm sure they've been beaten up over that time and the cycle change should start an immediate "healing". That said, their predictability in this environment is going to weigh against them and the limit restrictions should help mitigate their vulnerability to thehook allowing a more healthy rebound in numbers, size, and shear scope.

PERFECT STORM

It's becoming fairly obvious that Texas is setup for a rough Summer as everyone is maxed out on their rain tolerance and we've yet to get into the Tropical Season. I seriously doubt that we will go unscathed from a myriad of Tropical events that usually coincided with a wet cycle and that's going to mean one thing, more rain and more flooding. 

LODGE NEWS
Attached pictures are from trips late week through Saturday, enjoy. 

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Capt. Kelley
5/19/2015

Trout to 23", "Improving Redfish Predictability"

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.

Trout limits to 23" and improving Redfish predictability in big winds today boat fishing for Capt. James Cunningham, Capt. Jake Huddleston and I. Wade fishing reports yielded Redfish limits for Capt. James Eastep with half limits of Trout. Capt. Chris Cady put up solid Black Drum limits but light numbers of Redfish by Airboat. Lots of water in the back back marsh and many locations extremely fresh and tea stained are giving him fits. Sight fishing is non-existent right now. We are all working bait over all structure at present.

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Capt. Kelley
5/18/2015

Solid Trout & Texas Bonefish

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.

Trout in a variety of conditions continue to impress with full to near limits working over shell pads and reefs, mud and shell or wading shorelines. Big weather, storms, and tore up water find us digging back to the Redfish and Black Drum playbook. Weather staibility is around the corner. See you there.

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Capt. Kelley
5/10/2015

Pop A Box....Again

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.

Blistering South winds bring a strong bite on Trout with full limits to 24" for wade fishing guests along with huge boxes of Redfish and Black Drum. Weather instability predicted for next week is stabilizing and we are fielding a heavy schedule. We'll be working live bait over area shell as winds stabilize (if they stabilize) or tucked up shallow over mud/grass in velocity. Pretty typical May thus far with Trout fishing definately rebounding over last Spring Year over Year.

We'd like to thank everyone for covering us up and continuing to make Castaway Lodge "the destination" here on the middle coast. 

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Capt. Kelley
4/29/2015

Emerging Into "The Eye"

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.

We are very busy and that schedule has coincided with lots of turbulent weather of late. Fishing yesterday in sunshine the last half of the day with NO RAIN was pretty surreal. We've been slugging it out in every kind of wind direction; waterlevel; and endless precipitation. Guests have been much less prepared than we could imagine with all the forewarning of rain but everyone made it through ok.

We've been buried in high tides which has had Redfish scattered and concealed in a blanket of water and further shielded by cloud cover, poor visibility, and of course rain. We've been bouncing schools of Black Drum and pulling Redfish out of them when visibility is tough. The big pull of these fish is just infectous.

April Into May - Transition Time

We'll slowly be saying goodbye to live shrimp and soon saying hello to live finfish. Other transitions in coming weeks will include a focus on cut finfish when approaching Redfish and less reliance on shrimp in general. Back lakes will give way to broader shell reefs and open bay venues and shallow bays over mud/grass.

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Capt. Kelley
4/22/2015

Cool Running, Hot Fishing

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.

We continue getting a good flush as fresh water inflows have freshened up SAB and surrounding bay systems. Inflows subsided a week or so ago but reports indicate that "the dam is about to break" and we look for another wave of freshwater "with velocity" pushing in. Local rainfall has been heavy and guests braving April showers have been rewarded with heavy boxes.

We've been working shell reefs and mud/grass venues by bayboat and airboat here in April and expect broader bay shell reefs to open up as weather stabilizes. Trout action waned lately with Redfish and Black Drum picking up the slack.


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Capt. Kelley
4/1/2015

Seadrift Trout N Slam, When In Rome...!

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.

Solid Trout action today with full limits as Capt. Chris Cady and Capt. Donnie Heath were scouting ahead of upcoming trips. They managed to reinforce it with a Seadrift Slam, Trout, Redfish & Black Drum!

Everyone is probably tired of the rain, right now, we'll take all we can get so button up, we're hoping April flowers bring April showers! We've got lots of work to do as we weave our way through the curve in salinity levels and improving bait migrations. This summer will be a tell and right now things are going our way.

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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,


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

We have not quit reliving the day that we spent with you today. There is no way to tell you how much fun we had making memories with you. The coaching and fishing were not to be beat! You are the best and we can't wait to come back soon and share another beautiful day fishing with you again soon.

Janet James and Malinda Lewis
Houston, TX

Kris and Wendy,


Thanks for an awesome weekend! My dad, brother, and I really enjoyed ourselves. Dinner was superb on Fri night (cookies were delicious), the accommodations were clean and super-comfy, and of course the fishing on Saturday was excellent. I'm real glad we made it down there

The Cantu's
Houston/Austin/Kingsville, TX

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
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