Visiting with Kevin Chaumont aka "Chambo" and his dad here the last couple of days here at The Lodge. I've guided them from here to Mexico over the last 5 years. They are from Louisiana and always a pleasure to hunt with. I'll never forget hunting with them in a nearly dry creek bed outside Cuahtemoc, Mexico hammering Mexican Mallards. The scenery was just unbelievable and I never would have imagined the birds being so desperate to hit the small pools in the creek bed.
Capt. James managed their limits on an unusual number of Teal on the Island yesterday along with a token Wigeon and Pintail. The group pulled off the birds and began working on Redfish managing a quick bite in deeper swales in the back lakes. I've been very impressed with the number of fish holding tight in the back country and the recent rise in water levels should keep that holding tight for awhile.
Coming up off the Island this morning, Capt. James just called to let me know that they managed their limits on ducks this morning and had an unusual visit from a Norther Mallard drake that they let slip away. James said "I just kind of stared at the Drake Mallard and when I realized it was a shootable bird, it was too late". I've been there and seen that before myself!
It looks like we're heading for a lot of slick water this week with mild winds and a chance of rain through mid-week. Speaking of "slick-offs", on one such morning a week or so ago we had a pod of about 30 Redfish tailing just outside the blocks, what a sight to see!
Killin N Grillin
Direct TV Channel 608 (Pursuit Channel)
Friday @ 8:00pm
The show just aired the first episode featuring an alligator hunt here at The Lodge which will air again tomorrow evening. The second episode will feature an airboat redfishing trip with "grilled Redfish on the half shell" on the menu. Stay tuned.
Happy New Year, we hope you are starting it off with a BANG!
Capt. Kris Kelley
Castaway Lodge, Inc.