Capt. Kelley
3/2/2015

Frogg Togg Fashion Show!

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.

It's been looking like a Frogg Togg fashion modeling expose' here lately with folks bundled up to brave the elements. I've been toting about 4-5 layers myself including Under Armor; long sleeve T; Fishing Shirt; Windbreaker; and waterfowl jacket; breathable buff/facemask; and breathable UA beenie and peeling the layers as opportunity arises. 

This weekend provided no exception to the fashion show and the rain made it even more exciting. A misting drizzle fueled our resolve to get on the fish quickly. One of the guys on my boat said "man I thought this was going to suck, sitting in the cold and rain, while not catching a darn thing". We let the rods do the talking.

Measured Move

Saturday's rain also coincided with some pretty big winds out of the East and quite a bit of additional tide. Fish moved up out of the holes onto the flats very near deeper water for one of the first times this Spring. Mud/Grass pockets on these adjacent deep water flats and swales near the pockets produced World Class results.

On the mid coast we have a lot of protected back marsh and shallow bay environs that set-up uniquely to Spring fishing and heavy weather. Many parts of the coast do not enjoy this luxury. 

Five Star Reviews

From Robert M: "
On our way back home after a great wk-end at Castaway Lodge we were very pleased with the hospitality and services. Looking forward to settings up our next trip."

Colin L wrote: "
Great place for hosting a bachelor party, work retreat, or just to go fishing. Our whole group of 15 limited out and it was a blast. The food is great and the hospitality is wonderful. Captain Kris is a wonderful guide and would recommend anybody to book a trip with him."

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Capt. Kelley
2/27/2015

Bruised Ribs, Redfish Blamed

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.

Holding tight as temperatures plunged of late with fishing sticking toward the deeper venues of the larger back lakes and bayous. Guests from out of State got to experience one of those World Class days catching and releasing over 30 solid Redfish working baits over mud and mud/grass. Winter is back for a minute anyway and we'll expect more of the same heading into March.

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Capt. Kelley
2/19/2015

Deep to Shallow, Predators Sun Bathing

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.

A couple of great days for catch and release with guests from Canada. They had a ball chasing redfish in the cold front and then got the warm sunshine they were looking for as temps rose. If you want an idea what we were focusing on, check out the report "Plastic Trout & Bayou Reds, North Wind Catalysts".

Day 1 we started off around 10:30 in the teeth of the front and managed 19 slot fish released with about half as many undersized. The weather finally broke on us around 1:30 and the sun poked out which allowed us to warm up a bit.

Day 2 we started off around 9:00 and managed to go deep in the numbers of slot fish pretty quickly. Temps warmed up and the bite on the flats slowly picked up around 2:00 or so. Great days for some great guys from Canada.

We managed to release all but two fish over the two day trip.

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Capt. Kelley
2/16/2015

Plastic Trout & Bayou Reds, Northwind Catalysts

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.

An absence of cool fronts has led to lots of slick-offs here of late. Glass bays offer more than their share of challenges in approach and bite. Today's front with another on the horizon will bring things back toward a more seasonal norm heading through March. The big winds associated with cold fronts are huge feeding catalysts for shallow minded fish. Temps will determine whether the fish stick on the shallow flats or whether they'll fall off into bayous or leave the back lakes all together and hit outside beaches.

Back Lakes

Our back lake environment that we frequent starts around Pringle and runs Southwest all the way to Panther. Narrowing that down a bit looking at the chains of lakes say from 5th to Pringle, when temperartures drop, all the fish in 5th try to move through the bayous into Long Lake and the safety of the outter bay depths. They may also move into Contee along with all the fish there which will move toward Pringle when challenged by cold water and ultra low tides. There are numerous exits and which they will choose depends on water depths.

Ebb & Flow

This time of year finds an ebb and flow between fish moving onto the flats and running for cover in bayous and outter shorelines as temps vary. We are on very low water right now and that doesn't leave much room for comfort in locales that are less than a foot deep in lots of places. Redfish will move grudgingly but herds of spawning Black Drum are real fast movers when they sense a temp change.

Wade Fishing Artificials

The weekend yielded Trout limits with lighter numbers of Redfish working mud and grass back lakes and outside sand/grass shorelines throwing a variety of topwaters and soft plastics. We'll be hitting the back lakes by airboat the next several days to get a look at concentrations and fish movement there on this weather.

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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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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
I want to thank you again for an excellent fishing trip. You helped me entertain (7) seven clients at once and did it flawlessly....the food was incredible!!!....you guy's knocked it out of the park. In the words of Arnold, "I'll be back"
Nathan S.

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-


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

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
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