Castaway Lodge Seadrift Report
By Capt. Kris Kelley
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The winds have been whipsawing around and gusty in all directions as fronts approach and then push through. We hit a little patch in between fronts of relative calm that presented challenges with a lack luster bite. What difference a day can make as the winds ramped and turned the bite into full gear for guests of US Silica. Day 1 was a struggle in the "quiet before the strom" but still productive and everyone was happy. Day 2 with winds ramping as the latest cold front approached, everything turned on and Capt. Chris Cady and Capt. James Cuningham put some serious wood on the fish. I was visiting with the client and mentioned that I like it when folks get to see the undulations in the bite all in the same trip. Unlike fishing blind in deeper waters and not real sure how many fish are in a location, of course we can see them so there's no doubt their there. So after 2 or 3 stops "on fish" with not any real interest, then you know you've got the beginnings of a mess on your hands.
Flats fish can be finicky on days of lower water levels. I've managed to push through those days by locating fish in deeper swales with a little more water column on their backs. My best guess was they were just a little more comfortable pushing abound and feeding. They were easier to approach with a little more water on them, lets just call it an extra layer of camouflage.
Crushing Blow Early Saturday - The latest cold front failed to make it all the through overnight. Lightning and thunder with scattered rain had us on a holding pattern and delayed departures.
Looking North & Finding
Capt. Donnine Heath bucked the conventional scouting on huge South winds and headed North looking to broaden our range of success a bit. Not perceived by any to be a great idea, but that got proved a little presumptious with solid "tournament class" Redfish hitting the deck ahead of the "Rojo Classic". Swamp talk was all a buzz heading into the tourney with everyone look for some dependable "toads". Childhood friends of Hondo Lozoria dug in with big winds and stormy weather on Saturday as the cold front failed to push through overnight. Donnie hung up at the ramp waiting for it to pass and then made his move taking near limits of some gorgeous fish and sealing the memories of these life long friends once again. Check out our Photo Gallery
Capt. Kolten Braun welcomed Bryan F. in from N. Texas and I can't say that I remember too many parties of one over the years. Bryan told me "you know what, all my friends are tied up but I'm ready to go fishing"! I told him to come and we'd take care of him and that's just what Kolten did. Working the barrier island back lakes and marshes, Capt. managed to get Bryan on some solid Redfish taking his limit and then easing into some nice action on Black Drum. Stinging rain and 30 knot winds weren't going to hold this pair back.
Airboat Fishing - Hurry Up & Wait
Capt. Chris Cady worked through the undulations in the bite pre-front and then put the hammer on them as I mentioned with guests of US Silica. Longtime guests, the Schroeder family from Houston had to linger at the lodge awhile as we let the weather pass. Capt. Chris Cady finally made a move to the boat ramp and pushed around some weather looking for a solid bite. That's just about the time the front finally came all the way through and winds kicked into gear knocking on the 30 knot level. That really got the Black Drum in a frenzy and it was one of those days when they just wouldn't let the Redfish eat. They managed full limits of Black Drum with a few Redfish mixed in for good measure. Chris said that was the worst airboat crossing he'd ever made and trust me, I know the feeling. On several occassions I had folks put on life jackets as we headed across the First Chain of Islands. The worst combination was a lot of water in the bay with a front hitting with winds near 40 knots while we were fishing and a Westerly wind direction. There no shame in lacing up for that ride. You know "it's on" when the spray from the waves is coming over your head on the top drive platform of the airboat. 8,100 folks follow us on Facebook
Masters of Multiple Approaches
We hope you and yours had a wonderful Easter Holiday. As your planning your next outing, we'd like to mention that regardless of approach, our seasoned staff will get the job done right. Wade fishing artificial lures is in Primetime along with Airboat fishing the back lakes at present. Transitions are ahead, come see us!
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Capt. Kris Kelley
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