Castaway Lodge Seadrift Report
By Capt. Kris Kelley
I think a wind volatility index is just what we need right now! Behind the latest cool front we've got anything but green waters and smooth sailing. I'd put the WIX trading at about 29 with a bullish outlook over the near term on the Seadrift Bourses. Yesterday was a pretty good ambush by Mother Nature as post frontal conditions the day before gave us improving water conditions and light winds. Trout were eager to feed on the improving water conditions and we pretty much expected a repeat on Monday.
That wasn't the case and the Sunday night call for back country airboat redfishing proved to be the right one. We woke to puffing East winds and put off with them building around 7:30am. Bay waters were gutted on the low side and there was plenty of mocha choco-latte on all grounds. We eased into the back marsh to find the same conditions. Whether fishing back lakes or shallow bays, if the wind is cranking and you can smell Methane or "swamp mud" that means the winds are so strong it's turning over the bottom and that dog typically doesn't hunt well. With wind projections ramping into the 20's as soon as this afternoon heading for the weekend, we can sure tell "May is on the way"!
....More from Yesterday with Schlumberger/Nobel Energy
With everything shredded, it's time to recognize timing and exactly where you are at. The wind surge early was devestating the water conditions. However, as this evolves, newly shredded back lakes and bays will sooner or later start streaking as the turbidity starts to settle on the constant wind pattern. We eased around finding some edges of very off color water meeting semi better water and managed to take a solid Redfish while missing another. As we let things evolve, we probed other areas locating fish in improving water clarity. While the back country action is waning due to seasonality, there are still some gorgeous fish there. The prior days efforts yielded drag burning runs on fish to 30" and some change with a solid box of big bruisers. While the Black Drum have headed for greener pastures, what's left are a few really big Trout and solid mid to upper slot and over Redfish. Yesterday was pretty much a repeat with some hefty fish that made the day for everyone on the trip.
Outdoor Writers at The Lodge
This morning we welcomed Jim Darnell and John Thompson to the lodge fresh from the Spring Fling down in Rockport. The pair were gracious enough to include us on their list of activities. We've been fishing the duo for about 5 years and this year they brought their wives down with them. Capt. Chris Cady was chosen for the opportunity to showcase his lifetime of local water body knowledge and I think things should bode well for them.
Pulling It To The Affirmative
We really appreciate all of our guests and hope to welcome you to the family here at the lodge. We know your time is precious, but we hope you will give us a shot when you get a chance.
Capt. Kris Kelley