Conditional Love For Fishing at Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

THE GUIDE REPORT

THURSDAY – July 12th

Capt. Billy Freudensprung – Bryan M. and his two sons were here again today to try their luck at the trout. They caught some today, but it just wasn’t as fast or plentiful as yesterday’s trip. But everyone enjoyed their day out on the water, and that’s what counts the most! Hopefully, a lot of good memories were made while on their very first visit to Bay Flats Lodge. Hope y’all can come back again soon!

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Capt. Cody Spencer – We’ve seen solid limits of trout this week, with the reds still playing hard to get! It won’t be long, however, before the higher tides begin rolling in, and the reds will start showing up again in mass numbers! Ready to enjoy the weekend off!

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FRIDAY – July 13th

Capt. Stephen Boriskie – We had another good day here on the water as my crew of three caught a limit of solid speckled trout this morning. The fish are cooperating, as well as the weather, so get on down here and get in on the fun at Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina! We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Capt. Cody Spencer – Return customers from the Austin area finishing the day with limits of trout and a bonus red! They won $750 in their company’s tournament this afternoon for having the biggest trout, and they headed back home with some cash and filets! Hope to see y’all again next time!

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SATURDAY – July 14th

Capt. Garrett Wygrys – The Jason T. party of five experienced a great morning of catching hungry trout while wading some really nice water under this morning’s clear sky. Everyone recognized their trout limits, and they even had enough energy left to try their luck at the redfish, which have been somewhat hit-n-miss these past few weeks. They picked up one nice red, but the size of their trout today more than made up for the elusive reds. Everyone enjoyed the day!

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SUNDAY – July 15th

Capt. Todd Jones – Sometimes one fish can make all those casts worth it! David with a bruiser 32″ redfish caught on a 1/4 ounce gold spoon while wading in knee-deep water. Doesn’t get much better than that!

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CONDITIONAL LOVE FOR FISHING

It’s common for us all to get caught up in the moment once we’ve discovered a producing location, and to take the easy way out the very next day, or even the next weekend, by re-visiting the exact same spot. Remember to always take mental note of what is going on around you next time you locate a strong bite in any one given place. The fish are generally stacked in that vicinity for a reason, so it’s up to you to determine why.

Notice the wind direction and strength at the time, and mentally record what the tide happened to be doing at the time that you got into the fish. What was the water clarity? Were the majority of the strikes taking place at the edge of a water color-change – the area where muddy water was meeting clear green water? Did the bite come off of a hard sandy bottom, or were the fish congregated over mud, shell, grass, or a mixture of any of these? What was the bait situation like in that spot where you got into them yesterday? Did there seem to be never-ending herds of mullet segregated up and down the entire shoreline? And were the baitfish seemingly active, or were they simply there in an un-nervous type presence? Did you happen upon the fish in the cooler morning hours of the day, or did that even seem to be a factor on that particular day?

All of these, and others, are questions you must attempt to recall the answers to next time you decide to re-visit yesterday’s successful playground only to find that fish aren’t wanting to play anymore. So, next time this happens to you, stop and take a moment to look around you. Absent of any major weather, structural, or environmental changes over the course of your absence since your last visit, the chances are great that the fish haven’t moved too terribly far from where they were before.

OLD TOWN: Radical New Topwater™ Kayak Series

Old Town® Unveils Radical New Topwater™ Fishing Kayak Series at ICAST 2018

Old Town provides kayak anglers with large fishing kayak performance in a compact, nimble format

Old Town, Maine (July 10, 2018) – Old Town is proud to unveil its all-new Topwater™ Series, which offers great Old Town performance in a compact, nimble format. A marriage of stability and performance, the Topwater—with the all-new ultra-stable DoubleU™ hull—quietly glides through any water condition while providing a stable, comfortable stand-up fishing platform. Equipped with thoughtful onboard tackle and rod management and a revolutionary universal transducer mount, even the most discriminating anglers will be impressed by the overall fishability of the new Topwater Series: paddle versions Topwater 106 and Topwater 120; and a pedal-driven model, the Topwater PDL.

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Topwater PDL (Color: Photic)

“The growth and popularity of kayak fishing has brought many new companies into the marketplace but unfortunately we have seen a glut of poorly-made and engineered boats in the sub $1000 category,” says David Hadden, Brand Director, Johnson Outdoors Watercraft. “Our goal with the Topwater™ Series was to engineer a boat that gave a great on the water fishing experience, which would allow anglers to catch more fish and be more comfortable. We also wanted it to outperform other kayaks when not on the water and made it smaller in size and weight for easy transportation and storage. Too many of today’s stable fishing kayaks need a trailer to transport to your local boat launch. The small size and reduced weight of all models in the Topwater Series make car-topping realistic and negate the need for a kayak trailer.” Continue reading OLD TOWN: Radical New Topwater™ Kayak Series

Sizzling Hot Summertime Fishing at Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

THE GUIDE REPORT

MONDAY – July 9th

Capt. Doug Russell – The day started out a lot slower than the past week or so, but my guys from the Tito’s Vodka group finished up with limits of trout all around. It’s always a good time with these guys!

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Capt. Cody Spencer

– Monday started out looking like it might not be a good day for fishing – we just couldn’t get the fish to cooperate first thing in the morning. However, my crew from the Tito’s Vodka group stuck things out and showed everyone they had what it takes to get the job done! They filled the box today with a near-limit of trout that they should be proud of! They worked for every fish they caught! We’ll be going at them again Tuesday morning for day #2 of fun and action!

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Capt. ‘Lil John Wyatt – Started slow this morning, but finished strong – lots of fish caught and good times with members of the Tito’s Vodka group! The trout bite was almost non-existent early this morning, but the fish finally decided to cooperate as the morning wore on. We even saw catches of redfish today! Everyone got in the action! Continue reading Sizzling Hot Summertime Fishing at Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

Consider the Beach This Summer from Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

THE GUIDE REPORT

SUNDAY – July 1st

Capt. Stephen Boriskie – Nice family generations trip at BFL in POC today. Grandsons, Dad and Papa all caught fish under tough conditions with low tides, high winds and poor moon phase during their time on the water. The bite has been off most of the AM, but was better in the PM. Soon it will change and turn around and work better in the mornings. Meanwhile, the fish are taking a much needed break from the fishing pressure and will again agree to feed for us in the coming weeks, just in time for the holiday crowds. Be safe and careful on the water this week, and if you come to POC, be aware of an increased effort to throw your butt in jail for minimal teetering – don’t drink and drive (or boat)!

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MONDAY – July 2nd

Capt. Jason Wagenfehr – Really good last couple of days wading with a great crew visiting Bay Flats Lodge. Fish were caught on a mixture of bait and lures. Matt caught and released a 27.5″ trout yesterday on a plum bass assassin. Now looking forward to a few days off over the holiday!

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Capt. Cooper Hartmann – We’ve caught some really nice fish the past couple days, both in the boat with live bait, and while wade fishing with artificial lures. Both methods produced great numbers of trout (a couple “Bigs”) and redfish, along with a few black drum to top off the box each day. We’ll be looking forward to getting back at the fish again following the holiday break in the action!

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Capt. ‘Lil John Wyatt – Today was day #1 with the Linda B. party of two. Although the fish they caught today did not have much size to them, they had lots of fun and we all shared some good times together. We’ll keep our hopes up that tomorrow produces some larger trout. Back to you later with further details! Continue reading Consider the Beach This Summer from Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

Early Efforts Payoff in July at Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

IN THE NEWS AT BAY FLATS LODGE

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Since partnering with the Building Conservation Trust, Bay Flats Lodge customers have been contributing to help protect and build fish habitat along the central portion of the Texas coast. June ended up being our biggest month yet, and Bay Flats Lodge is excited to match our customer’s donations. With generous donations from L&S Mechanical and FSG Electric on June 30th, we surpassed the $5000.00 mark for the first time. There are many reasons to be part of an effort to protect and build fish habitat, but one of the most important is the generations that will follow us. Two of the pictures accompanying this post are of a grandfather and his three grandsons. These kids are the perfect example of why Bay Flats Lodge is so excited about our partnership with BCT. Bay Flats Lodge wants to do all we can to make sure future generations have the opportunity to enjoy the amazing fishery that is the middle Texas coast.

EARLY EFFORTS PAYOFF IN JULY

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Summertime is in full swing along the Texas Gulf coast, and fishing has been outstanding here in the coastal bend region. Consecutive days of repetitive catches of speckled trout and redfish indicate that we’re going to be in for some really big fun as long as we don’t happen to encounter any unforeseen weather event out of the tropics. Continue reading Early Efforts Payoff in July at Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

Slowing Things Down a Little Bit at Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

THE GUIDE REPORT

MONDAY – June 25th

Capt. Heath Borchert – Today was day #1 with the Jerral W. party of three. They opted for wading with croaker today for trout, and they did a fantastic job on the fish. They had their limits, but released a few at 15-1/4″. This trio got it today! We’ll be back at them again tomorrow morning, and will keep our fingers crossed that things turn out just as good as today!

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TUESDAY – June 26th

Capt. Heath Borchert – Day #2 proved to be the same as Monday, with very similar conditions. We had to wait a bit for the bite to turn on, but when it did, everyone had to “hold on”. This group showed us how’s it’s done for the second day in a row now while wading with croaker. The youngest member of today’s party even got spooled (by what, we are still not sure), and when the fish hit his line, he couldn’t get it turned! That fish (whatever it was) pulled all the line out in less than a minute. Thank you, folks, for two great days on the water! Continue reading Slowing Things Down a Little Bit at Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

Gone Fishin’ from Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

IN THE NEWS AT BAY FLATS LODGE

A big “THANK YOU” to the Austin Chapter of the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) for showing you care about our bay systems and the marine habitat – your donation is appreciated by many! The Building Conservation Trust (BCT) and the Texas Coastal Conservation association (CCA-Texas) have a strong partnership that has resulted in several successful marine habitat projects throughout the years. Their relationship is now expanding through a partnership with Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina. Together, these three groups, along with our BFL guests, are enhancing marine life from Matagorda Bay to Rockport that will be appreciated and enjoyed by the local community for many generations to come.

Congratulations to Captain Jason Wagenfehr for the 1st-place win at Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina in the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) and the Austin Chapter AGC first annual fishing tournament. Trout to 27″ for Captain Harold Dworaczyk for 3rd-place, and trout to 24″ for Captain Cooper Hartmann’s team. Conditions really went south overnight, making catching much harder for the 18 fishing teams.

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THE GUIDE REPORT

THURSDAY – June 21st

Capt. Billy Freudensprung– Today, we were able to stay away from the storms, and on the fish. My guys managed their trout limit regardless of the pressing bad weather, and everone ended up having a good time!

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Continue reading Gone Fishin’ from Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

Hot Choices at Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

THE GUIDE REPORT

SUNDAY – June 17th

Capt. Billy Freudensprung – We haven’t been able to get out on the water much at all this week due to all the rain we’ve had, so Father’s Day was the last time I wet a line! I had a nice morning trip with the guys from the Wayne V. party that were visiting the lodge all weekend. Sunday morning turned out being a bit of a grind, but my guys stuck it out to the end and were able to scratch out their trout limits.

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TUESDAY – June 19th

Capt. Todd Jones – Like Christmas morning! Came home to this “goody package” from the fine folks over at ForEverlast! I’ve learned real fast that when you’re on the water close to 200 days per year, quality equipment is important. These guys have it dialed in. If you need any quality wading gear, and lots more, give Billy and his crew a call. Thanks to the guys at Foreverlast for making my job a little easier! (361) 798-1530 http://www.foreverlastonline.com Continue reading Hot Choices at Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

What To Expect at Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

June 18, 2018

THE GUIDE REPORT

THURSDAY – June 14th

Capt. Jeremy McClelland– Caught some solid trout today with the Donnie J. party. Things were hot out on the water today, but everyone cooled off a bit once the bite turned on. We’ve caught some nice fish lately, and we look forward for things to only improve as we head into the rest of the summer.

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FRIDAY – June 15th

Capt. Billy Freudensprung – I had a great wade session today the guys of the Blake H. party. The guys offered live croaker to the fish this morning, and the fish seemed to be very fond of the croaker. They ended their day with their limit of trout and one very handsome redfish. It sure was nice getting in the water today!

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SUNDAY – June 17th Continue reading What To Expect at Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

Leupold LTO Tracker HD Thermal Viewer

The new Leupold LTO Tracker HD is their second generation thermal viewer.  Designed to detect heat signatures up to 750 yards away it should be an essential part of everyone’s kit.  From tracking downed game to finding your way back to camp a small handheld thermal is a worthwhile investment.  Handheld thermals around this price point are a hot market.

First impressions are of a high-quality aluminum flashlight, complete with crenelated bezel.  It feels substantial and solid in hand.

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Leupold LTO HD
Leupold LTO HD
Leupold LTO HD

Unlike many thermals, there is no rubber eyepiece like on the FLIR Scout line.  Instead, you simply hold the LTO Tracker HD out 8-10 inches within your line of sight.  I find this to be a more natural viewing experience and  less tiring than pressing against an eyepiece.   The one downside is that it therefore produces more of a visible light signature – which generally isn’t any big deal but would be a consideration in a security or home defense environment.

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Leupold LTO HD

Continue reading Leupold LTO Tracker HD Thermal Viewer