Monday, May 30, 2005
Port O'Connor: Three Positives and a Negative
Fisherman have been required to "stay" with the technique and "stay focused" despite slow bites, poor stops, ripping tides, and uncooperative fish. They aren’t jumping in the boat by any means and it’s taking all we’ve got to get the job done. Any little bump along the way can be devastating. All of the fish are coming off of shell in any of three different bay systems and there just aren’t that many fish over that structure at this time. Problem is we haven’t been able to locate them over alternative structure to date with any "density". Another problem with shell as of late especially around the Island Chains is huge currents that we are not accustomed to seeing. This is very hard when freelining anything. Thus, what fish are over shell are at times "un-catchable".
Fishing has to get better on the waning Moon because it can’t get any more difficult than it has been lately.
Capt. Kris Kelley
Sunday, May 22, 2005
San Antonio Bay, "Apres Fish"
Solid connections with serious shell Trout have settled us into a pretty good rhythm lately. There are still some sputts and sputters but the last four days have yielded limits or very near limits for those interested in taking fish home to eat. We are working shell in 2 to 4’ of water over shell with live Croaker, freelined. Some of the spotty action has been the product of big tide currents associated with the Full Moon that are opposite wind directions (not too hot when freelining anything). The fish have been laying behind humps and crests, getting out of current, ambushing bait. This is especially true on any kind of easterly wind direction as seen early in the week. Once you figure out where they are tucking in out of the current, the game is on. With the temperatures starting to heat up and the Easterly winds fading, broadcast schools of fish on the prowl should become more common. There has been a pretty good “egg drop” in the last few days on this Moon, and that’s good news. June should be an awesome month for fishing.
Light Westerly winds Saturday and a falling tide yielded quick limits of 18 to 22” fish Saturday for a bachelor party hosted by Russ Rinn. Afterwards, we did a little “Apres Fish” afterglow prowling in SAB above the ICW. This bears watching but it’s still got a long way to go. We managed to catch a few Trout despite a complete lack of wind during the “Scout phase” of the day. The water is still horrible in places but it wants to settle. While there’s a lot of salinity in the area, there still appear to be huge concentrations of fresh water that are “stirred easily” in any kind of wind.
Things were much slower today for me with a strong Westerly wind, muddy water, and a moderate incoming (juxtaposed) tide, but full limits were clawed out to 22”.
Capt. Kris “Double K” Kelley
Sunday, May 15, 2005
Fishing Report 05/15/05
Hal Moorman and sons putting the last hammer down on the Big Reds
and solid Black Drum in the airboat this Spring.
Let me apologize for the hanging board photos that adorn this article. I needed something to dress it up with and my photo creativity is lacking at present.
Monday was about the last day on the airboat this Spring. It ended a good run with a strong finish for Hal Moorman and sons. Thanks to everyone for making this an awesome Spring for me behind the stick on the flats. Croaker fishing is trying to get a "jump start". It’s definitely a transitional period right now and there’s going to be some sputts and sputters early. It feels early for us and I can pretty much tell that the fish agree. There are a lot of fish running around out there will full egg sacks and that’s not good for freelining finfish. Once they drop their eggs, the first wave of "post spawn" fish seem to congregate and kick things into high gear. That’s a week or two a way I think. A little weather stability won’t hurt anything either.
Bill and Kay Schmaltz fishing with me Saturday, full limits of Trout to 22"
About the only thing going on currently is shallow and medium depth shell. Back lakes grass is gin clear and stagnating currently. We’ve lost a lot of water the last couple of days and that’s not helping anything over grass. With all the freshwater last year, we did not see any water movement from early May until August 17th but a one way flow toward Port O’Connor. If it were a tide, it would have been outgoing. That direction always coincides well with a southerly wind direction in our water and the fishing was correspondingly "awesome". Well, that was last year. This year, we’ve got salt on the First Chain up into SAB. Along with that comes incoming water from POC and outgoing water to POC. The last few days have found things very slow early with an outgoing tide coinciding with a Southeast wind recently and a North wind today. That’s a wind at your back and a tide in your face, that’s tough sledding. About mid-day, we’ve picked up an inbound tide from POC and that’s been a good thing with fast action. If things hold for a while, this will be a year to blow the dust off of the "tide timing tactics" playbook for moving with good and bad water. It will be a day to day determination as to what’s good and what’s bad water. One days bad water will be the next days good water color. Intercepting that water over viable structure and willing fish is going to be key. But hey, there’s nothing to this game. I’ve probably cursed us to even talk about "salt water". Think of me if you see a 24" flash flood over San Antonio in the next few weeks.
Congratulations go out to Capt. James Cunningham and his crew. James and the boys won Big Stringer and Big Redfish in the Uncle Wigglies Tournament on Saturday. Their five Trout and two Redfish went 30.82 pounds and that Redfish went 9.90.
If you are considering a trip in June or July, now is the time to finalize trip plans.
Capt. Kris "Double K" Kelley’
Sunday, May 08, 2005
Bait Fishing Report 05/08/05
Travis w/Brett Riff Party 05/07/05
Nice back country bruiser
Low pressure deepening over the western plains has found us dealing with strong and gusty ESE winds all week. Airboat Redfishing had been struggling amid low water and fish on a lackluster feed. This produced hard fought limits during that time. Things are re-bounding at this time on the Airboat with some blistering action in the skinny water.
Popping cork shrimp is up and down right now as well as Croaker fishing which is not good at this time. The wind is bleaching a lot of back lake water "gin clear" while more exposed water over shell is chocolate milk and virtually unfishable. We’ve got to get a little "south" in this wind and some warming conditions for the Croaker fishing to heat up. The baits are reasonable in terms of size, but lack that "kick" that they need, and condition is a little rough. That will all change shortly, right now, it’s a little early and our fish are not real interested in them right now.
If you are thinking of a trip in June or July, now is the time to be finalizing trip plans. You don't have to be a super talented "wade fisherman" to fish with me. I take everyday people and turn them into "fish catching machines". Don't be intimidated, give me a shout, let's get . . .
Sunday, May 01, 2005
Fishing, Slow But Steady!
Pictured are Jeffrey and Mikala Yule that flat put an ass whoopin on their Dad Chris Friday, 4/29/05. Nice job kiddos, he needed it!
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We continue to fish among a “medium low water” environment here this Spring. It’s fitting that we were flooded all Winter with big tides and lots of water while most had their fishing rod in the closet opting for the gun instead. I’m somewhat concerned about the Summer outlook if this water level continues to be on the low side. Gusting 30 knots out of the South for days last week found no improvement in water levels in the bay. That’s a new one on me. Despite what are challenging conditions, Airboat Redfishing continues steady as “its season” starts to wind down. Things have gotten a little slow lately. Surprisingly, the fish have really been on the move in and out of the shallows.
One day they are their in big numbers and the next day they vanish. The next couple of weeks will hopefully find my prying the waters looking for Trout with Live Croaker on my bay boat. The baits are a little small right now but coming on fast. Popping cork shrimp is still viable for anglers looking for both Trout and Redfish. The shrimp is getting a little pricey as they are getting big, however. Decent numbers have been coming off of the First Chain, Pringle, and the Intercoastal Waterway. A customer of mine, Jim Turlington called me Saturday afternoon after having fished through the “gale force” Norther. He called to “thank me” for “teaching them well” as they had limited on the outside beach of Shoalwater on Redfish. Nice job, Jim!