Castaway Lodge Seadrift Report
By Capt. Kris Kelley
On the last report I mentioned game changing fresh water inflows. As indicated, the fresh water is having the desired affect on Trout fishing. Full to near limits of fish ranging to 24" have been coming to hand for our guests.
Along with fresh water coming to bays for the first time in a long time, we are also seeing suggestions of another "pattern shift". Thunderstorms brought on by daytime heating were a staple for the better part of our careers but have been distant memories since the 2009 drought. Sitting on the porch with Capt. James Cunningham, he and I were marveling at the towering clouds and storms piling up mid-afternoon. The sight and smell of these storms brings back distant memories and seeing them pile up is like seeing an old friend for the first time in a long time.
So perhaps the terrible spell of drought is behind us and we are re-entering familiar waters. It would be hard to not be upbeat about the environmental shifts we are seeing and welcoming as they relate to fishing. Freshwater will minimize chances for Red Tide and strengthen overall bay health and even the beat down Crab fishermen may get some relief. Crabbing has waned horribly since 2009, they are certainly due for some relief and better fishing.
Testing The Waters
The next test will be Tropical Waves and Tropical Storms making their way back to the Texas Coast. If we manage at least one or two of these events, then we will know things are nearing the norms of what we have come to expect environmentally along the coast and I think the drought years will start to fade. This will have far reaching benefits for all Texans and not just those of us prying the waters for a living.
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