Castaway Lodge Seadrift Report
By Capt. Kris Kelley
Unstable weather has made things unpredictable as far as figuring out which way to go early. Targeting Redfish early looks like a bad idea with calm winds and before you know it, it's blowing 30 knots and looking like a great idea. Targeting Trout early looks like a bad idea in gutted off color water only to find a solid bite that fizzles as waves come over the beam and the wind ramps up. Clients asked me prior to Thursday's trip "what are we going to be doing" and I replied "figuring it out as we go". I decided Redfish was the emphasis Thursday morning and that yielded quick limits on solid slots including a number of oversized fish. Instead of the winds building, they seemed to deminish mid morning and Capt. James and I pushed into Trout over shell in SAB. That produced near limits for my guests and a solid handful for Capt. James and other guests. Friday, the same guests elected to focus on Redfish early and take it to the ramp mid morning. It was very calm and I thought "man this is a bad idea". Despite my predictions, Capt. James and I managed limits around 10:00am and just as we returned to the Harbor, winds elevated to 30 knots and began gusting.
So, I guess the bottom line is, we are making constant adjustments day to day and hour by hour based on wind and weather stability. Small isolated storms are packing a heck of a wind field and that is wrecking the plans for many. Saturday found us entertaining the San Antonio Division of a large commercial construction company. Digging into Redfish early managed to put four of five boats over the top with full limits of Redfish. Those taking quick limits worked up a handful of Trout in winds gusting to near 30 knots in off color water over shell. The horizon looks about the same, "stable instability", ha!
We hope you have a great week.
Capt. Kris Kelley