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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Capt. Kelley
12/1/2014

Fishing Shines as Ducks Get a Break

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 hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving as we welcome the duck split and the end of the first season. We had a big time here at the lodge with guests from all over the US and as far away as New Zealand.

Fishing Scene

Solid action over mud and grass made for some nice rod bending as Redfish and Black Drum put smiles on lots of faces. No cake walk with slick offs and lots of clear water making for some challenging approaches. Capt. Chris and Capt. James ran into some ups and downs with the bite over the past few days but all in all fish were found in every location.
Capt. Chris reported a solid bite on topwater with Redfish eager to slam the surface baits over mud and grass pockets. With water falling a bit and stabilizing, we've been seeing fish piled up in our decoys on recent duck hunts and turning the water to mud boiling and kicking through the blocks.

Duck Hunting

Hard weather most of the month led to some blistering shooting but over the last week into Thanksgiving afternoons proved best on winds puffing into dark. Slick offs early hampered a few hunts with little pressure to be found over the holiday as well. Redheads and Pintails in the afternoon with a few wigeon saved the day. Puddlers early were balled up and just not moving much for us.

Goose Hunting

We've got openings starting the 8th into the 12th if anybody wants to make the run down.

Lodge News

We've got a smattering of weekend dates with limited availability in January if anyone is interested. We look forward to hunting with eveyone as we await the second season opener on 12/13. Come see us when you get a chance!

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Capt. Kelley
11/19/2014

Piled Up Reds & Tempered Barrels

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 has been tough through the weather and even on the improving conditions yesterday was a challenge for guests. I knew it was about to break and sure enough as the warm up continued today things bounced with non-stop rod bending. Capt. Chris reported strong action on the flats over mud and grass.

Duck Hunting

Action in the blocks continues strong with limits to near limits coming for guests with close-in shooting. Weather has been to extremes and back again with even a lull in the wind and weather loosening up puddle ducks eager to take a close look.

Capt. Matt in WI reported his season looks to be over "3 weeks early" due to the freeze up there. Mid 40's this weekend and rain in the forecast will hopefully break things back open for him. Duck hunting in colder climates definately present some perils.

Lodge News

Weather on the fishing scene looks to be improving as we welcome a full house from all over the State. Come see us when you get a chance!
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Capt. Kelley
11/10/2014

Uniquely Coastal, Bucks & Ducks

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.

Wings & Water

Water levels rose to uncomfortable levels after the last cool front eased up on Saturday. Water is like a rubber band, wind can push it and stretch it but once the wind lays down it comes bouncing back. That is, until enough of it gets pushed out of the bay system on prevailing Northerly winds. That said, the higher water had us concerned for no reason heading into duck hunts over the weekend. Solid straps of Gadwall, Redheads, Teal, Widgeon, and Pintail stacked up on mild winds but lots of air traffic.

Buck & Duck with Hogs
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Our first Buck & Duck combination came off without a hitch as Terry M. and his grandson Blaine took an older 8pt cull buck and a doe. Blaine was a little gun shy after having a bad experience with a .300 Win Mag so we took a morning off to do some shooting with his grandpa's .243. We got him pulling the trigger and that led to a nice heart shot on his doe on the third day. Hats off to Capt. Cody Adams for working with the youngster and etching memories of a lifetime for our guests. Afternoon duck action left a little to be desired but Capt. James managed some shooting on Redheads. Afternoons will get better as we move into the season.

On the hog front, they are definately on the move with guests from Houston loading the wagon on a recent evening hunt. We are hunting over feeders from stationary ground blinds this time of year shooting latest GEN Night Vision which is a blast.

Fishing

Schooling redfish were noted over mud/grass, some of which were sitting in real clear water that made them hard to get on a hook. Capt. Chris scouted early ahead of an afternoon cast portion of a cast and blast trip to find fish working shorelines over mud/grass. By the time he got back to them they had moved forcing a retreat to action on Black Drum over nearby sand and scattered shell.

Lodge News

Mid-week we've got a big blast of arctic air that's been making the headlines lately. This will set the tone for the waterfowl season and definately push some water out of the bays. These are all pluses in our opinion and we're looking for building concentrations of birds moving forward. Come see us when you get a chance!

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Capt. Kelley
11/6/2014

Streaming Pintails & Ripping Drags

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.

Action on the flats for solid Redfish has been heating up for fishing guests and clients enjoying "cast & blast" trips. We saw a nice influx of birds ahead of the light front that came in Friday evening and into Saturday. Gadwall, Widgeon, Pintail, and a few Teal got the guns barking but it was a short-lived burst as Sunday's action left much to be desired.

Singing drags made for memorable experiences with Redfish pushing the outside of the slot have been coming to hand. Yesterday's trip with longtime guests of Schlumberger found some fairly tight schools of fish eager to bend the rods over mud/grass and hanging near grass lines. We beat the weather and managed to stay out of the rain for the most part taking limits with very little pain from the weather.

Duck News

I watched a non-stop flow of medium high Pintails pouring across the skies over Matagorda Island but never ran into any birds on the water. This could have been an inflow looking for somewhere to touch down and get comfortable. Numbers were impressive after last years light showing of the "long tails" in coastal waters.

Deer Hunting

We've got some solid deer working the feeders and look forward to "buck and duck" action with guests over the weekend. We hope you have a good one! Come see us when you get a chance.


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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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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

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

Two friends and I headed down to Seadrift to take advantage of the February Special at the Castaway Lodge. The Lodge did not disappoint. The food and the lodging was great as was the fishing. We landed 9 reds between the three of us even though the conditions were far from perfect. Headed back to

Robert J. "Big Daddy"
Reviewer, Wadefishing.com

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
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