Tuesday, October 17, 2006


Port O'Connor Fishing Report, October 17, 2006

Fishing was strong all week with Trout being the primary focus. There have been some ups and downs with the weather being the primary factor. Call it right one day and wrong the next. The weather was tough on Tuesday and awesome on Wednesday. Fishing Charles E. and guests from Austin, we limited on Trout promptly. Thursday morning, as the cold front approached, Capt. Dwayne Lowery, Capt. Terry Spoonmore and I made a close run with lures working up 20 Trout and a Redfish on topwaters and soft plastics over area shell. The Trout all ranged from 18” to 22”. Saturday, I welcomed George L. and his 20 guests down for a “team building” trip. With the weather worsening as the front backed up I knew we were going to be challenged. My team dug in and we all fought hard through wind and rain to make Saturday a success. Capt. Scott Hataway and I worked popping cork shrimp with half limits or better on Trout and a few Redfish and Drum mixed in. Capt. Dwayne Lowery took the lure fishing detail and managed a decent box of Trout and Redfish working tails. The remaining three Capt’s included Capt. James Cunningham, Capt. John Ashley, and Capt. Terry Spoonmore. They focused on Redfish and managed near to full limits on a slow grind.

We elected to re-schedule Sunday’s trip after dodging a bullet Saturday. With the weather worsening Sunday and the wind pumping 20 knots at break light, it looked like a good call.

We’ve got lots of ducks showing up and more cold fronts on the way this week. Fishing forecast looks good over the weekend.

Bowed-Up!

Capt. Kris Kelley
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Sunday, September 24, 2006

Port O'Connor Fishing Report, September 24, 2006


Catching took a beating the last few days ahead of the cold front. Winds were sucking up to a sustained 38 knots at times. Thursday, 9/21/06 I broke from the Redfishing to take a look at the Trout situation. With winds pushing 20 knots we managed a pretty decent “Jail Break” with 14 Trout to 18”; 7 Redfish to 27”; 10 Drum to 20”; and 4 Goats to garbage can lid size (released). With a ton of water in the bays, we found our best bite on the leeward side of shell reefs in SAB. This required anchoring windward with the edge of the boat approaching the top of the reefs while throwing across the breakwater to the backside. We fished windward with little luck and it looked like the fish were laying behind the break ambushing shrimp and other forage being pushed across the shell by the wind.

Check out the pictures at http://www.coastalwaterfowl.com/gallery.asp for a look at a lot of fish and some big lizards from our Gator hunting adventures.

Bowed-Up!

Capt. Kris Kelley
1-888-618-4868

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Port O'Connor Fishing Report, September 1, 2006


Redfishing continues “smoking hot” as Capt. Dwayne Lowery and I figured out yesterday. We were sight casting to large schools of prowling Redfish with tails and topwaters. We focused on “fallout areas” along shorelines via trolling motor working schools of bait amid clearing water and consistent winds from the ENE @ 10-12. Tide was significantly low.

While we’ve always got fish in the crosshairs, it’s that time of year again. We’ve got our sights set on Mexico Whitewing and Mourning Dove during late September and October. We’ve got some super hot pricing at our Mexico Lodge outside Chihuahua City. Check it out at http://www.coastalwaterfowl.com/mexico_hunting.asp or click on Mexico Hunting.

If you have any questions or would like to put a group together, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Bowed-Up!

Capt. Kris Kelley
1-888-618-4868

Monday, August 14, 2006

Port O'Connor Fishing Report, August 14, 2006


With the wind pop late last week, soft fishing took on a whole new meaning for many. Winds gusting into the middle 20’s have gutted most bay systems leaving even Redfishing a “dicey proposition”. The pattern and technique I’ve been on for a couple of weeks continues to produce both numbers and size of both Trout and Redfish in some “virtually unfishable conditions”. Interestingly, the Redfish are more present at times than others while the Trout are “ever present”. The technique requires diligence and persistence on the part of the client and it’s “really up to them” where results are concerned. Dealing with any new technique requires getting past the learning curve quickly and then sticking to it. Saturday would be a good example as my crew of four grinders managed 22 Trout and 5 Redfish with the Reds being middle slot and the Trout pushing to 24”. The guys picked up the technique quickly and then stayed with it through thick and thin. We have been seeing fish to 28” inches periodically but, they have been very tough to get a hook in. Spitting, slashing, and hook pulling are a plague that typically rears it’s head on the lower end of the tide spectrum. As far as I can tell, there really isn’t anything you can do about it except fish through it and “listen to your guide”.

When hooking a big fish, I’ve noticed many anglers want to get in an equipment test with the fish right from the initial hook-set. I don’t recommend maxing the line, rod, to see whether it’s going to break or whether you are going to turn that fish’s head right off the bat. Rather, “when hooking into a brick wall”, back off initially until the fish has made it’s initial “startled surge” and then becomes more manageable. Only then should you start applying more pressure to that potential “wall hanger”. This would avoid the heart break associated with “hook pulls”.

Bowed-Up!

Capt. Kris Kelley
1-888-618-4868

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Port O'Connor Fishing Report, August 8, 2006


Fishing continues spotty with narrow bands of success oriented structure and locations. Last week we ran into the first full day out going tide combination of the season. For months, we have been seeing incoming tide and/or tides early to mid-day and have patterned our catching accordingly. With things getting soft over a variety of structures and locations, the last thing anyone needed was to throw a peaking high tide at break light followed by an all day falling tide into the mix. In May and June, I’d say we had Trout on 7 out of 10 shell reefs in San Antonio Bay. Since the Full Moon in July, I’d say that number has plummeted to 2 out of 20. “Knowing the 2 has been the key for me”.

“Always the Bridesmaid” would describe any number of tournaments I fished this year placing from 2nd to 4th consistently. I fished the Swan Point Marina Lures and Leaders tournament Saturday. With a team of four first time fishing gals we managed to conquer the learning curve quickly. The weigh in was 10 best Trout and 3 Redfish. We caught our Trout with plenty of time to spare and then managed to haul a bunch of water when it came to catching Redfish. I knew if someone caught three Redfish, our Trout wouldn’t hold up. Sure enough, we ended up 2nd with 18.2 Oz. behind Pete Grey with 19.6 Oz. consisting of three Redfish and a 28” Trout.

Bowed-Up!

Capt. Kris Kelley
1-888-618-4868

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Port O'Connor Fishing, July 30, 2006


It would be easy to say fishing is horrible right now but, that would be taking the easy way out. Perhaps a better way to describe it would be “fishing success is separated from a waterhauling fishing disaster by a very wide margin at present”. I’m not impressed with the fishing of late despite limits of Trout heavily centered in the upper end of the slot and near limits of Redfish daily. The reason for this commentary is the narrow band of success oriented structure and the amount of skill and experience that it requires to make that success happen. For recreational fishing friends with their own boats, I’m encouraging that they do something else presently. On the other hand, I’m calling certain clients encouraging near term trips for a specific “Double K” style of freelining.

I don’t have any idea how long we are going to be fishing on this narrow band of success but, I can tell you that I’m well informed and have a good handle on things from Port O to Rockport. If you are thinking about making a trip in the near term, hire a guide. Whatever you do, don’t blow what would essentially be a “guide fee” dragging that scowl down here to haul a bunch of water. If things start to straighten out, I’ll let you know.

Bowed-Up!

Capt. Kris Kelley
1-888-618-4868

Monday, July 10, 2006

Port O'Connor Fishing Report, July 10, 2006


Despite constant rain over the last week, we managed to enjoy great success working shell in SAB and ESB. Unbelievably, I didn’t lose a single trip due to weather and the success on the water speaks for itself. Friday, July 7th was the first day I actually left the ramp in the rain and fished in the rain. Dale S. was fishing with Tom S. in from Russia and on a tight schedule. We had to push it a bit and Dale’s wife Lana wasn’t “feeling it”. Despite the conditions, we managed to limit out at 10:30am with 30 Trout and a solid mid-slot Redfish. Way to hang in there Lana! Capt. James Cunningham and his party left mid-day after the rain and managed near limits with a less aggressive bite after the rain stopped. Tracey D. and his dad were in for another trip and managed quick Trout limits and a few Redfish. Chris Y. and his party of five fished hard during slack winds and a weather break Sunday. The guys fought hard through a big slick off in the bays. We managed to stick and move until the wind started blowing and then we rolled them up around 10:00am on a little 5 knot wind pop. The crew managed to come in a few Trout short for the effort.

The bays continue to look good despite the rain and I don’t see a blow out if we haven’t gotten it yet.

Bowed-Up!

Capt. Kris Kelley
1-888-618-4868

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