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.

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Capt. Kris Kelley
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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
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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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Capt. Kelley
6/21/2014

"WTH, Light Winds Leads to Rip and Strip, Imagine That!"

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.

Crazy blow up in the fishing, I guess that's what a couple of days of light winds will do. Trout in the house with Reds to 35" = "GetSum"! Mother Nature can try to kick the H E "Double K" out of us, but she will not keep us down.

I'll crank a report out when I get a chance. Until then, a couple of pics will have to do.

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

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Capt. Kelley
6/15/2014

Trout to 27" and 5Lbs., Reds Ripping It

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.

Every other day we seem to be catching a break in the winds at some time during the day. Early mornings still find the flags bristling with an intimidating snap and pop as winds hold them horizontal. After break light, however, we seem to be getting a let up left to try to unravel the mysteries of where we can find some decent water. Capt. Jake is reporting quick limits of solid fish to 27" and nearly 5Lbs. when he guesses right as he did Saturday. I found solid fish to 22" inches with some lost heartbreakers pushing 25" yesterday looking at some decent water. We managed fair numbers relative to many but no limits were to be had.

Redfish continue to please working the farthest back stretches by airboat as Capt. Chris Cady reported yesterday. We had some youngsters fishing with their Mom and Dad for a Father's Day gift and that should make for some memories of a lifetime.

Full Moon Bait Read

We are on a full moon right now and that can make for challenges reading bait early. Pre-dawn bait activity is usually strong but once break light hits it goes dormant. There's no need to limit the number of challenges we've faced transitioning into Trout this year, so why stop there.
Things should start to open up moving forward the next several weeks as some semblance of a Summer pattern may emerge. That is when we should get some look at fish moving off shorelines and heading for deeper shell venues.

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

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Capt. Kelley
6/13/2014

TRENDING: "Castaway Lodge & Trout to 25"

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.

Big winds continue to dominate the theme in our fishing reports but we may be on the verge of a more normal transition to more light and variable. Redfish and Black Drum continue to support our success while we struggle with the right approach to Trout fishing. Live Croaker has been responsible for poor numbers of fish thus far. The clock is running out for any successful run or string of days we may be able to put together and blistering winds aren't helping the learning curve. 

That is contrasted by continued success with Redfish and Black Drum which went ballistic in the big winds this week. Trout approaches just got hammered but Redfish managed to put smiles where they belong. That and we are also starting see small schools of Jack Crevalle in less than a foot of water. Now that will wake you up. Check out the picture of a 40" fish caught on the airboat in just those environs on Saturday.

Lodge News

Phase I construction at the lodge is complete and we are starting Phase II on Sunday as guests leave. That's going to involve additional stone work on the main lodge. Feedback on our initial phase of construction has been stunning and we love to hear it.

This is a great place and our guests love our people and that's a backdrop for a good time. If you think you might want to make a run down here, we'd love to have you so come see us when you get a chance!

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

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Capt. Kris Kelley
Castaway Lodge
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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,


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

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 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

Hey Kris! Thanks again for the great fishing trip and EXTREME patience you had helping us get our limit. You are truly a professional and know how to produce even when the fish aren't biting and the conditions are all wrong. This sister's trip will always be a wonderful memory.

Sissy Lastinger
Melbourne, FL
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