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:
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.
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:
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!!!
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