Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Checking In Post Hurricane Rita

It’s hard for me to write a fishing report with so many along the Gulf Coast suffering from the effects of Hurricane Rita. With the crosshairs on the Port O’Connor area for days, we are in the process of putting things back together and unpacking. While untouched by the storm as it veered toward Port Arthur, we are "smooth worn out" from all of the storm stress and preparations prior to the landfall. While we were spared, Wendi’s brother lost everything including his home and business in the Bridge City area of Orange, Texas. I am sure that many may have family in the storm zone and to those we wish the best.

In keeping this short, I cannot close without thanking all of our friends that we’ve made throughout the years that expressed their concern for our safety; opened doors of welcome; and, dug in with serious elbow grease relocating our assets out of the impact zone.
I’ve got quite a bit of fishing coming up and I will let you know how things are looking as soon as possible. We did pick up some water from the storm and that’s good news. With back to back cold fronts coming, we should be setting up for some cooling water and awesome Fall fishing.

Bowed-Up!

Capt. Kris Kelley
1-888-618-4868
http://www.portoconnorfishing.com
http://www.coastalwaterfowl.com

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Sucking Buttermilk





This may be the last fishing report for a little while. I’m already a day off schedule with all eyes focused on Rita’s track. I noticed the track has shifted off Galveston this morning and they are bringing it in at Palacious now. So, we are getting ready to shift into high gear around here. You might have noticed that we are in the middle of September without a single cold front at this point. North winds of a couple of weeks ago were coming off of Katrina. We like cold fronts this time of year as they give us some veil of protection against Tropical systems. It looks to me like we’re fully exposed on this one.

Let’s talk about timing for a second. Wendi and I were getting ready to hop on the Carnival Elation this Saturday bound for the Yucatan. I created a little window ahead of a busy fishing schedule in October and "pre-waterfowl" season. Carnival has yet to pull the plug on the Elation’s sailing. Since my timing is so awesome, I can envision the hurricane making land fall near Port O’Connor early Saturday morning; thrashing us nicely requiring my presence and oversight in the immediate aftermath; while the Elation slips out the backside of Rita and sets sail without us. I think that’s what you call a "double bind". Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like there are any scenarios that don’t inflict pain on someone. So, if you need any help planning a cruise, just give me a shout.

On the fishing scene, Trout fishing slowed down as water levels dropped amid howling South winds and the Full Moon. Redfishing continued strong despite thrashed and gutted water.
Bowed-Up!
Capt. Kris Kelley
1-888-618-4868
http://www.portoconnorfishing.com/

Monday, September 12, 2005

Laissez Le Bonton Roule


It’s like clockwork, add some water and high wind in August and September and I typically run into the second opportunity at large female Trout full of eggs for the year. Releases the last few days have seen fish 26" and pushing 29". With the bays filling with "fresh rejuvenating gulf water" the fishing has responded greatly. The last few days have seen solid angling with regard to action and quality. I’ve been amazed to see Trout quickly dropping their eggs and thinning out, hungry, and a little pissed off in certain areas previously plagued by drought and low water. Fish I was on two-three days ago full of eggs are now lean and more inundated by male Trout to 22". Redfish are also inundating these areas in classic form.

Higher Water Cleaning The Slate

It’s the life cycle of the species before your eyes. With bay conditions deplorable through much of the year and the worst I’ve ever seen, it didn’t take long for the fish to find their "calendar" as things have improved with regard to the overall environment. It’s like gasoline and a match, except in the bays it’s "water column and fish". With many back lakes suffering the ills of low stagnated water, many were devoid of both Trout and Redfish for months on end this year. However, adding a strong Fall tide is sweeping the ills under the carpet and re-opening a new page to be discovered. With this "life giving" infusion of water here in September fish are moving into classic Fall locations. They are spawning and feeding and continuing the life cycle. Among these areas are venues like Pringle Lake, Contee, 5th Lake, the Long to Power complex, Cedar and Panther Lakes, Dewberry, and Shoalwater Bays.

It doesn’t really matter what your game is, the main thing is recognizing that now is the time to play it. We lost a little water shortly after Katrina moved inland. However, I’m pleased to report that we’ve picked up what was lost and even gained a little. I think it’s going to be here awhile and saying that we are in for a great run of Fall fishing isn’t a prediction, it’s a fact, and it’s already started. So, if you fought a few of the low water and high wind battles and came up short earlier in the year, now is the time to even things up a bit.

Bowed-Up!

Capt. Kris Kelley
1-888-618-4868

http://www.portoconnorfishing.com/
http://www.coastalwaterfowl.com/

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

High Water Hammertime


Thanks to all those selfless and tireless Katrina volunteers showing the nation and the world the true spirit and determination of people in The Lone Star State!

Fishing the last few days has given a surreal sense of re-acquaintance with a bay system that has been so devoid of water this season. Everything looks different with more water in the bays and at times you have to do a double take looking at something that just doesn’t feel right. Well, we are anything but "flooded" but there is definitely more water in the bays here heading into the Fall. Many anglers are watching water levels and staging runs at all kinds of venues up and down the coast.

As expected, with the water pushed in from Katrina, I looked at the mud and grass environs with an emphasis on Redfish during recent unsettled weather and North winds. Sure enough, the Redfish and Drum "aren’t" on the beaches any more. Fishing for Redfish has been explosive and productive of late. It’s just the kick needed to head into the cooler months of Fall.

Bowed-Up!

Capt. Kris Kelley
1-888-618-4868
http://www.portoconnorfishing.com/
http://www.coastalwaterfowl.com/

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