October’s elevated tides are being exaggerated by huge incoming tides during the day. That has put us on the hard grind while focusing efforts on Redfish through a variety of circuitous wind directions, speeds, and weather.
Thursday, Ronnie P. and the boys were on their 9th life as every trip this year they have arrived at the Lodge saying “this may be the one”, that’s the one where we get our hat handed to us. Returning to the ramp with limits and near after each has had them thinking “we dodged another bullet”. Fisherman’s luck and superstition are no strangers to these guests that have been fishing with me for a decade.
Things were looking bleak after watching an initial bite fade and winds build. Ronnie and the boys ate at a new restaurant on the way to the lodge ahead of this trip, instead of the “old faithful” lunch spot. Ronnie said “I guess we can scratch that place off the list” as if it was the cause of a slow day fishing. We hit a number of brick walls before getting centered on a solid Redfish bite. As full limits hit the ice chest, I said “I guess we saved the new lunch spot!
It wasn’t Ronnie and guests that were on their 9th life, it was me. Welcoming long-time client Matt S. and guests to the Lodge, my game plan was to center up on the fish I found the previous afternoon. That was a great plan and it yielded 4 solid Redfish for the effort with a number of undersized fish, that’s where the story ended. As the bite faded, winds with the passing cold front approached 20 plus knots and everything fizzled for us. We switched gears and relocated to find nothing we could hang our hat on. That’s called a lack of “solid options”. Capt. Steve Boldt was steadily scouting ahead of us and a four-boat trip on Saturday with Omega Energy. Steve was coming up with nothing as well.
While fishing Friday, I pulled the tide charts for Saturday to see what we were looking at. With the low tide falling out pre-dawn all the way into mid-day on Saturday, I told Steve “we’re going to crush them” on Saturday. It was the perfect set up we had been waiting for. I stayed in the marsh via airboat while Capt. James, Steve, and Chris worked by bayboat in Hynes and Mission Bays. Our newest member Capt. Chris Cady set the pace with James and Steve coming right on his heels. Solid slot Redfish to a few oversized along with reviving action on Blue Catfish made some memories of a lifetime.
We got a few hours of fishing in today, Sunday before getting run off the water with rain and lightning. Working a windward pocket put us on an immediate bite with three solid Redfish boated and a few black drum.
I think the fishing is going to steady moving through October and we can’t help but anticipate each day we get to enjoy the great outdoors with the best friends and guests anyone could ask for.
Capt. Kris Kelley
Castaway Lodge, Inc.
109 W. Austin
Seadrift, TX 77983