Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Seadrift Fishing Report, October 2005


I had ice on the floor of my boat this morning! What’s up with that? I don’t recall a decent freeze until late in the Winter last year. Yesterday’s trip never made it away from the ramp. At 6:30am it was cold, wind gusting up over 30, and occasionally misting. Crawling back in bed looked way better than fishing and everyone agreed.

Trout fishing in off color bands of water in SAB has produced solid numbers lately. The fish are congregating in this off color water near shell reefs and some are over mud chasing bait fish and shrimp. With seasonal timing being off quite a bit, nobody has any idea when bait supplies will start to diminish. Regardless, drift and wade fishing artificial lures has produced enough numbers to make the effort worth it.

Bowed-Up!

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

Monday, October 17, 2005

Is It October Or What?


October looks like “THE” month for a smorgasbord of approaches to successful angling here on the Middle Coast. It doesn’t seem to matter what the game is whether artificial or bait fishing, Trout or Redfishing, or both, It’s On! I’ve been Airboat Redfishing the last several days and the action has been steady on the upper side of the slot. Topwater action on recent artificial trips has been just ridiculous for both Trout and Redfish. There are a lot of Trout over shell right now whether you are throwing lures or popping cork, numbers have been good to limits wading or drifting area reefs, shell pads, and shorelines. I just got off the phone with Capt. James Cunningham who was wade fishing artificial’s this morning and reported full limits of Trout on Bass Assassins.

With the cold front last week, we picked up a few ducks but nothing to just get crazy excited about. I saw several small flights of Pintails yesterday while fishing. I’m hearing reports from “up country” that the projected “huge” migration of juvenile Snow Geese is in fact a “reality”. A client of mine from the Carolinas was hunting Mississippi and indicated that the Goose hunting was unbelievably good. This is the first year we’ve offered waterfowl, fish, and deer combination packages for a “Coastal” Grand Slam with super tight logistics and plenty of adventure. Antler growth is looking good this year with management plans paying dividends in this dry year. Speaking of Grand Slams, GO ASTROS!!!!

Bowed-Up!

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

Monday, October 10, 2005

From The Frying Pan Into The Freezer


From blistering hot to pretty damn chilly, I’ve been on it all here lately. Fished pre-front on Thursday drifting artificials in water pretty much reserved for airboats. The difference here was we were fishing in my bay boat. We’ve been stacked up with a bunch of water here the last few weeks. I can honestly say that I was in some country that I’ve never been in with a bay boat. The fish pulled me in there with all fish coming off the shallowest parts of the water we were working. So, I kept pushing shallower and shallower. With driving winds out of the Northwest on Friday, we stayed in the extreme back country on Matagorda Island. We located a couple of nice bites on Assassins with 1/8 oz. jig heads. Best colors were Morning Glory, Red Shad, Pumpkin/Chart, and Nightglow/Chart. Quality was an issue and we had to sort through a ton of small Trout and undersized Redfish. With the wind driving and quick overnight temperature drop, I felt pretty lucky to get on something. This pattern is a little premature given the warm water temperatures we’ve had. I think things will pick up in classic Fall form with a few more temperature dropping frontal systems.

I put the airboat on the water Saturday looking for Redfish on the first airboat Redfishing trip of the Fall season. With so much water, I was a little nervous about attempting the trip. As luck would have it, the front blew some water off of the upper marshes and this left the fish with little "wiggle room". Depth was about perfect and the first push on some fish was pretty visual. We had tails and backing fish on us pretty close right off the bat after shutting down. With the hard cold front Friday, things were a little slow Saturday early. We picked up a 26" fish pretty quick and then ran into a ton of missed fish. I haven’t seen anything like it. If we didn’t miss 20 fish, I’d be amazed. When they turned the light on and actually started feeding, hook-ups were pretty explosive and the quality and size of the fish was excellent. Numbers on the flats looks pretty good and we probably saw over a hundred fish mud boiling and running ahead of the airboat. This isn’t going to do anything but get better as we move deeper into Fall.

Bowed-Up!

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

Monday, October 03, 2005

Back On Track

Back on the fish after the "false alarm" with Hurricane Rita. Redfishing is as strong if not stronger now than it was a week ago before all the "blow-up" surrounding the storm. We’ve been "fish finding crab" in sand and mud pockets with excellent success. Water is way up and appears to be in excellent condition. Fall may have been slow in coming but it’s here. With some cooler temperatures on the horizon, we should be feeling "the best this season has to offer pretty quickly".

I’m getting ready to put the airboat on the water looking in the extreme shallows and remote areas for that "truly unique" opportunity at these fish. If you are interested in an airboat Redfishing experience, now is the time.

Bowed-Up!

Capt. Kris Kelley
http://www.portoconnorfishing.com
http://www.coastalwaterfowl.com

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