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Capt. Chris Martin, and his wife Deb, permanently reside in Seadrift, Texas. They are the proud owners and operators of Bay Flats Lodge, which overlooks the pristine waters of San Antonio Bay.

Warm Water Equals Hot Action at Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

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WARM WATER EQUALS HOT ACTION

MONDAY – May 7th

Capt. Billy Freudensprung – Finished the weekend on a good note with several solid trout being caught, with an immeasurable amount of fun catching hefty reds thrown in the mix. Today I had an opportunity to wade fish with a husband and wife party who finished their day with limits of trout and one flounder. If the wind stays calm for you, try getting out to the San Antonio Bay shell pads if you can. The water’s heating up, and so is the bite (whenever the wind allows).

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Capt. Cooper Hartmann – We’ve had a couple descent weather days, which has helped a bit with the fishing. A lot of hefty reds have been brought to the side of the boat recently, which will only continue to be the case as waters get warmer, and as summer gets closer.

TUESDAY – May 8th

Capt. Nick Dahlman – A member of my fishing party today caught a spotted San Antonio Bay big gal that was sitting in shallow water near the tip of an oyster reef. This beautiful speck stretched to almost 28-inches on the measuring board, and weighed-in at over 7-pounds. After taking several memorable photos, this big sow was released so as to be able to fight another day. What a wonderful fish!

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Capt. Stephen Boriskie – Wade fishing with lures was the customer request today, and the day was nothing ordinary. One newbie to wading, and two veterans, made for a fun and teaching/learning kind of day. Aside from the first fish being a stingray for the novice, he was less terrified of the saltwater varmints as the day progressed, and we initiated another fine lure-chunking wade fisherman – can’t have too many of those! We abandoned the trout quest after boxing enough for dinner and spent several hours searching for redfish, only to come up short. That’s why it’s fishing, and not catching sometimes I guess. Come see us and allow us to help you become a better angler, and share our passion of the salty life on the mid-coast of Texas.

Capt. Jeremy McClelland – Today started out as a grinder, as we could not seem locate a strong bite anywhere. However, and after a lot of searching and hard work, we finally found what we were looking for. We had to stay out on the water a little later than expected, but we closed the day out with a box of solid specks on a strong bite!

Capt. Kevin Matula – Had a good couple of days with this group from all over the country. We got our trout on Monday, but couldn’t seem to get on any slot reds. These guys had a biggest-red pot at risk, so their goal today was to target just redfish in an effort to win the pot. So, off we went in search of what they wanted. It took a few different stops, but we found the one they needed. This fish came in at just under 2-inches, and it won them the biggest-red pot. Congrats to Mike on getting this fish in the boat!

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Capt. Todd Jones – Had the rare opportunity to wade with lures over the past two days. Our overall numbers were a little disappointing, but the quality of our trout helped to make up for it, with most being in the 20″-21″ range. Joe, out on his first wade fishing trip throwing artificial baits, caught his very first redfish. The ol’ captain even managed a good one. To all those familiar with the Bucee’s “super flush” toilets, then you’ll understand the sound this 26″ big girl made when she crushed a clown colored Super Spook. A few quick pictures and she was released to fight another day! Air and water temps are warming up, and the big fish will soon follow.

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WEDNESDAY – May 9th

Capt. Cody Spencer – The last two days have been pretty good. The wind has finally given us a break, and we were able to take advantage of it today! We were wading today while throwing artificial baits, and everyone had a good time – the weather cooperated, as did the fish!

Capt. Todd Jones – An even more rare opportunity this morning, to be able to fish with two highly skilled lure fishermen. Mark and John, CCA Board Directors, came down with a group of other members in recognition of the partnership between Bay Flats Lodge and CCA Building Conservation Trust. We only had a half-day, and the guys wanted a chance to sight cast a few redfish. It wasn’t long before I realized just how serious they were. CCA Corpus Christi president Mark, hooked up on a nice redfish while drifting with lures, and we were off to a good start! These guys could spot the fish, and made some perfect casts to get the big bites. They caught and released several redfish that were tricked by 1/4oz gold spoons in almost gin clear water over heavy grass. They spotted fish tailing, and making big pushes, and crashing bait. The coolest part was watching Mark spot a pod of 8-10 redfish with their tails up in a big red ball. He dragged the spoon through and the water exploded, and the line started stripping. Not something that even I get to see on a regular basis. Glad it all lined up just right for a couple of really good guys. Thanks for all you do to help keep our fisheries and waterfowl habitats thriving!

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BAY FLATS LODGE RESORT & MARINA

A Corporate Destination

If you’re seeking an unparalleled way to take your corporate outing to the next level, we invite you to experience Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina. You’ll recognize a sense of style the moment you drive onto the property. A quiet location, manicured grounds, a first-class lodge at the edge of San Antonio Bay, and a warm, friendly staff all add up to low-key luxury for you and your corporate party.

A well-planned logistical setup allows us to provide our guests with a unique level of fishing and hunting services not normally experienced elsewhere. You won’t be transported to and from a public boat ramp, and you won’t be expected to leave your vehicle unattended in a potentially unsafe surrounding. The layout of the resort offers our guests the enjoyment of immediate access to a waterside marina that houses all of the guide boats within just a few steps of the resort.

We are confident we will become your choice corporate getaway destination. We’re within equal driving distance from Houston, Austin, or San Antonio, and even a shorter distance from Corpus Christi International Airport. We look forward to welcoming you and your corporate party to the preferred lodge on the Texas coast, where you’re always within casting distance of pure pleasure and relaxation.

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A Look Into May at Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

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A Look Into May

May is here, and coastal anglers can count on air temperatures reaching into the 80’s and 90’s as we progress through this month and into the next. Inshore water temperatures will also recognize a climb in May as we anticipate the warming of the climate to take area bay waters to a temperate 75 to 80-degrees. This means local shallows will come alive once again with thriving sea grasses and a multitude of aquatic species, some of which are actively sought after by predator game fish such as the speckled trout and the red fish.

As May arrives, we are generally already into the annual speckled trout spawn which usually gets underway in most coastal regions of the Gulf of Mexico by mid-to-late April. The male trout will be actively ready to spawn every night, while the larger females will look to spawn anywhere between once a week to once a month throughout the summer months and on into the month of September in many cases. The month of May will be a time of a heightened trout appetite, and due to this hunger anglers can often expect the bite to become somewhat aggressive in nature.

Due to the air and water warming this month, and because of a fierce trout hunger right now, anglers should look to find an early morning and late evening bite in some of the skinniest water they’ve fished in since October of last year. Look to focus much of your May effort atop flats areas consisting primarily of sand and grass, and expect to locate baitfish activity, which will almost certainly lead you to some hot trout action. Anglers should try to be in place along the flats prior to sunrise, but then be prepared to follow the baitfish as they migrate away from shore later in the morning as the sun rises high into the sky and is given a chance to heat the shallows to a point that drives the fish into the comforts of deeper, cooler water.

For all the artificial-bait enthusiasts out there, now is a great time to polish your top water skills and techniques. As mentioned earlier, the trout bite can become nothing less than ferocious during this part of the year, and there is absolutely nothing more exciting than having a hungry sow trout take her aggravation out on your top water lure. And for all those who like fishing solely with live bait, look for this month to be the start of what is sure to become yet another fine summer of croaker fishing. Good luck, and keep grindin’!

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Bite Considerations San Antonio Bay

The past few days have been somewhat of a roller coaster for the trout and the redfish bite.  Our lodge guests have had to either grind it out all day for the trout without catching any reds, or have happened upon a strong redfish bite without a hint of speckled trout.  Oh, and then there were those who ended up catching a little bit of everything.  There just didn’t seem to be much of a pattern to the bite at all, except for the fact that there was a bite to be had on nearly every occasion.
Anglers wading this past week with live bait were able to scrape up a mess of nice trout in some of the strong north wind that recently blew through town, while other waders realized fortune with top water baits and plastic tails (dark brown, penny, and chrome all produced).  Our guests fishing out of boats this week with live bait have experienced a lot of catching, especially on trout ranging on the smaller end of the scale.  Wind has been an issue more than once, so a number of this week’s catches have taken place along protected shorelines all the way from the head of San Antonio Bay to the remote back lakes situated out on Matagorda Island.
It’s understandable that conditions aren’t always going to be perfect on any given day you may have chosen to be out on the bay trying your luck at finding the fish.  You can improve your chances as you remember to search for things that indicate there are fish in the area.  Some of the things you should try to key-in on are bait activity, slicks, diving birds, structure, and tidal movement.  Secondary items to pay attention to would be things like differences in water depths, wind direction, water clarity, and brightness of the day – all of which can quickly become very, very important things for wading anglers to take into consideration when fishing with artificial baits.

Area bay water temperatures will soon be hovering in the magical 70’s as springtime begins giving way to more and more warm days on a regular basis.  This will mean pods of baitfish – like mullet – will soon become the norm, and not the exception.  Trout and redfish will typically follow the food source, so keep it in mind to always attempt a few casts upon some of those large accumulations of floating mullet if you see them.  It’s always fun tossing top water baits at rafts of mullet, but if there’s nothing happening on top, then go beneath the baitfish.  Try bouncing a plastic tail below the mullet, or dangle a plastic bait of choice below a rattle cork and see what happens.  You might just stumble upon that non-stop bite you were hoping for!  Good luck out there, and be careful!

Quick Early Morning Trout at Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

TUESDAY – April 24th

Capt. ‘Lil John Wyatt – Skies were beautiful, and the wind wasn’t too bad at all (most of the time). Today fishing started out being extremely slow for us – couldn’t locate them right away. However, stuck it out and were finally rewarded with a box of trout by the days end.

WEDNESDAY – April 25th
Capt. Stephen Boriskie – Today the big girls came out to play, as my guys boxed solid keeper trout about every 30 minutes, which was nice because that pace kept the interest and anticipation at a high level. Some stops yielded cast after cast of hookups on small trout, but the good ones were spread out. Action continues to be strong with the lower wind speeds the past two days. How long will the nice weather last? If you figure that one out, please let us know!

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Capt. ‘Lil John Wyatt – Some days it just doesn’t matter what you do, you can’t do anything wrong. It seemed like everywhere we went today resulted in us doing a lot of catching, as we ended up with a good box of trout and drum. These same guests will be fishing again tomorrow, but the weather forecast is calling a little bit different conditions. We’ll see what happens!

Capt. Todd Jones – My guys today opted out of the group photo with their fish, but I snuck in a few action shots in between stacking trout in the cooler. Pretty good bite today, with a three-man limit of trout to 18″, along with three black drum to add to the count. Big thanks goes out to Capt. Stephen Boriskie for the fishing report that helped my crew polish off their last few. Back after ’em again tomorrow on a half-day trip with the same group!

THURSDAY – April 26th
Capt. Stephen Boriskie – Day 2 with some fine folks who enjoyed summer yesterday and winter today, with an overnight cold front knocking us around. Good thing they wanted to be back at the dock at 10:00am, because while we scratched out a one-man trout limit they were not prepared for the cold blast. Good couple days and some firsts for some of the guys who have not fished for more than a quarter century!

Capt. ‘Lil John Wyatt – From a weather standpoint, we had a much different day today – early morning north wind, clouds, and cooler temperatures. As a result, the bite turned out being hit-n-miss most of the day, but today’s guests picked away at them until we had a few descent fish for the box.

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FRIDAY – April 27th
Capt. Billy Freudensprung – Today was a beautiful day to be out on the water. The Doug T. party dug in and got it done, and they finished their day just one trout shy of their 3-man limit (got a black drum to take it’s place).

Capt. ‘Lil John Wyatt – It was Day #1 on the water with two Bay Flats Lodge guests that are brothers that never have bay fished before. They had a day that they will remember for a long time to come!

Capt. Kevin Matula – It was a nice day to be on the water, even with the extremely low tides. This father and son were able to get some trout and reds before they wanted to call it a day. I think 14 year-old Carter was in need of nap after getting up so early. Good time all around. I hope tomorrow brings them more fish before they have to head out.

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Capt. Todd Jones – Since several in the group couldn’t make it down, Dean got stuck riding solo with me this morning. The action was HOT at the first stop, and Dean continued catching one trout after another for the first hour of the morning. We culled out fish for a while, ending up with his five trout up to 20″. We left ’em biting in search of some bigger pulls. After a dozen or so undersized reds, we got on a little black drum bite. Dean landed three up to 22″ before we headed in. Great day out on the water with a repeat customer!

SATURDAY – April 28th
Capt. ‘Lil John Wyatt – Well, what a great Day #2 on the water today the two brothers that I had yesterday, who just thought the fishing was great yesterday! Today they went over the top and had limits of speckled trout, redfish and black drum. They are already trying to figure out how to book another trip soon back to Bay Flats Lodge.

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Capt. Kevin Matula – Had another good day on the water with this father/son group. They wanted to leave a little later this morning so they could get a little more sleep but that didn’t stop the fish from biting. The trout bite was hot at the first stop with bites coming every cast. They needed to be back at the dock early so they could get on the way home to Dallas. Good times!

SUNDAY – April 29th
Capt. Stephen Boriskie – Past two days have been dreamy for filling the box with limits of solid trout and getting it done early in the morning. Customers are enjoying the finest in food, lodging and fishing and that will continue throughout the spring and summer, so give us a ring and get in on the action.

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Capt. Kevin Matula – Another fun day on the water with Mike and Mike today. I had to come up with some nick names to get it sorted out. They got it done today with their trout and a few blue cats.

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The Late Spring Pattern at Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

 

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April 26, 2018

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The Late Spring Pattern

The past couple weeks have shown us two minor frontal passages that cooled things down more than anticipated. During cooler times, marine life activity slows to somewhat of a crawl. The metabolism of the game fish shifts into low gear and the fish reduce the amount of energy they expend – for doing anything like feeding, and even swimming. In slowing down their feeding patterns they reserve whatever small amount of energy they may have so they can utilize it for brief, violent, thrusts upon unsuspecting food sources – and baitfish are none the different. Like the game fish, their bodies also slow down, as do their activities. This is the reason why you normally don’t see a lot of baitfish, at least not in numbers, scurrying along the surface of the water once temperatures fall. But don’t let that fool you, as they’re there. They’re often just below the surface, and often in numbers, but you don’t notice them because they aren’t running for their lives due to the inactivity of the larger game fish. Be certain that any baitfish activity, whatsoever, that you may witness during these cooler periods should signal to you the presence of game fish.

With these recent mood swings in the weather along our coast, fishing can sometimes become hit or miss on any given day, and locating bait activity during these changing conditions can mean the difference between success and failure. To ignite the opportunities at hand, there are a few things anglers can do in order to take full advantage of these changing times. Train yourself to study and document the altering and varying patterns associated with the environmental and biological transitions. For example, wind direction shall start becoming predominantly southern in origin during spring as the wind speeds become enhanced by the rising offshore Gulf water temperatures. So, begin taking mental note of areas that tend to produce the greatest on southerly winds.

Also, learn to recognize the need to be at a particular place while operating under certain weather conditions or where to be at the right time of the day. Impress upon yourself the fact that you do not need to spend precious time in areas that haven’t sufficiently produced for you under your current weather and wind conditions. Also, remember to consistently maintain focus on the task at hand. If it’s size you’re after instead of mere quantity then direct your emphasis on what it’s going to take in order to realize a trophy. Keep grinding when everyone else takes a break from the action, and you might just find yourself recognizing your personal best-ever springtime trophy. Remember to practice CPR, “Catch, Photo, and Release”, whenever possible on trophy Trout and Reds.

This Week’s Featured Article:

Big and Small

By Randy Brown – BFL Manager

There is greatness to be found in both the large, and the small. No one will argue that the grandeur of a mountain is breathtaking. On the other hand, the beauty of a small flower blossom can be just as overwhelming. A newborn fawn can be just as mesmerizing as a buck that scores over 200 points. Greatness is found in both the immense, and in the tiny.

For the past few weeks Bay Flats Lodge has been full. Large corporate groups have made the place ring with laughter every night of the week, and it doesn’t look like that will change anytime soon. You won’t find any complaints here about having a full house, but we do also enjoy those nights of just a few guests, a little more subdued atmosphere, and a more intimate setting.

So, when you book your trip with us, you may be part of a big night or a small one. Either way, we’ll be glad to have you, and you can plan a great experience!

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Upcoming Events

May 17th – Combat Marine Outdoors

Their program serves as a vehicle to demonstrate to these Marines, Sailors, and other service members that there are tens of thousands of patriotic Americans who truly care about these brave warriors and are willing to show their appreciation and support by providing once-in-a-lifetime outdoor adventures in some of the most incredible places in the world. It will be our honor and our privilege to host the members of such a fine organization.

CCA Texas – S.T.A.R. Tournament 2018

May 26th through September 3rd, 2018

This year we are rolling out our brand new CCA Texas Guides Division. The addition of this division DOES NOT affect any other part of the tournament and guides are still ineligible in other divisions. It is the hope of Texas STAR and CCA Texas to be able to reward Texas fishing guides who support marine conservation, and empower them to help recruit more anglers into the CCA mission through this new division. The division winner will be taking home a new 26′ Mowdy Cat, Mercury 225hp ProXS OptiMax outboard, and custom Coastline trailer.

BFL’s Fishing Specials:

August’s “Beat the Heat” Fishing Special

*** Live Bait NOT Included ***

2 Guests Per Boat = $ 368.00 Per Guest

3 Guests Per Boat = $ 300.00 Per Guest

4 Guests Per Boat = $ 282.00 Per Guest

Includes (per guest):

  • Overnight Lodging and Texas Hotel Occupancy Tax
  • Dinner – Complete with two appetizers, complimentary wine and dessert
  • Hot Breakfast Buffet
  • Boat Lunch – Complete with sandwich, chips, cookies, soft drinks and water
  • Fish Processing

BFL’s Grass Roots Wade Fishing with Lures Special

When you book 3 wading with artificial bait trips, you will receive your 4th wading with artificial bait trip FREE.

– The 4th FREE trip ONLY includes one free full-day of wade fishing with artificial baits for 4 anglers in one boat.

– The 4th FREE trip does NOT include free lodging and meals.

– One full-day of wade fishing with artificial bait constitutes one trip toward your goal.

– All trips must be taken prior to December 31, 2018.

– Offer not valid on trips booked prior to April 1, 2018; only valid on trips booked between April 1, 2018, and December 15, 2018

Here’s What Some of Our Recent Guests Had To Say…

Capt. Kevin Matula was a truly great guide – extremely helpful and conversational!

Zach W. 2/25/18

Capt. Nick Dahlman is a nice, sincere young man, and a pleasure to fish and visit with!

Mark H. 4/25/18


There is nowhere like Bay Flats, and no staff like your staff! Period! End of story! THE BEST! The front of the house is what makes or breaks a business. It is not just about how well they do their assigned job, it is also about their ability to engage client after client, quickly identifying commonalities, and maintaining engagement for an extended period of time. Capt. Cooper Hartmann – all I will say is NEVER let him get away! He put us on A PLETHORA of fish, rolled with our crazy conversations, had great music, and instantly had us feeling like we had known him for years. Again, NEVER let him go! The food – OH MY GAWD, SOOO GOOD! From appetizers to dinner YAAAAS! Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, and y’all KNOCK IT OUT OF THE PARK! The ladies serving, preparing, serving, greeting – they are PRICELESSS and I found myself feeling like we were in a friend’s home for each meal! EXCELLENCE! Gorgeous! Pristine! FANTASTIC! Thank y’all for being my favorite place on earth! – Lori H. 2/25/18

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Five-Day Weather Forecast

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Cloudy early, becoming mostly sunny in the afternoon. High 76F. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph.

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Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. High 82F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.

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Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High near 80F. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph.

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Partly cloudy skies. High 79F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph.

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Cloudy skies. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 79F. Winds SE at 15 to 25 mph.

Synopsis:

Offshore flow will weaken through Thursday afternoon. Winds will briefly veer to the east on Thursday night, but another surge of high pressure will shift the winds back to the northeast again on Friday. Onshore flow is expected to return Saturday and strengthen to a moderate flow on Sunday.

Coastal Water Temperature:

Port Aransas 73.9 degrees

Seadrift 79.0 degrees

Matagorda Bay 77.0 degrees

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Windy Weekend Results at Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

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April 23, 2018

FRIDAY – April 20th

Capt. Cody Spencer – Long time customer Greg S. and a couple of his co-workers had a great Friday morning of fishing before the wind picked up. They managed limits of speckled trout, and caught a couple really nice reds and a few black drum to round out their day of fun on the water.

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Capt. Jeremy McClelland – I put my customers on some good trout Friday morning. We kept them in the live well because these men were undecided on how they were going to get their fillets home on the plane with two layovers. So, after they caught their limits and released several more, they decided to release them all!

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Capt. Kevin Matula – Had a blast Thursday and Friday fishing with these two guys from the Jason R. party. The extremely low tides, along with the howling winds, made for a challenging two days of fishing, but we found some fish.

SATURDAY – April 21st

Capt. Doug Russell – Saturday’s wind just wouldn’t give up – it was blowing like crazy and was testing our patience. Still had a fun day and managed a mess of trout and black drum with the cool guys from the Jodie A. party!

Capt. Stephen Boriskie – Saturday’s wind didn’t bother the Craig F. father and son team who were fishing with me today. 10-year old Cade F. caught his first-ever speckled trout, which he released in order to let fight another day – that’s good luck for life! Cade caught several more, and thoroughly enjoyed his time at Bay Flats Lodge!

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Capt. Todd Jones – Family of four had a fun day of wade fishing with artificials today out of Bay Flats Lodge. Dan got the day started with a very healthy 25″ trout with a top water. The wind changed on us, some rain soon followed, and we made a few moves. They didn’t get ’em all, but with five trout over 20″, and with the majority of those coming on top waters, the day was a success! Hope to see y’all again soon, Dan, Brenda, Burt and Amanda!

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SUNDAY – April 22nd

Capt. ‘Lil John Wyatt – Had a great day with these three young men that have been friends since high school. They stuck it out throughout the windy morning and the results, as you see, were good!

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Capt. Garrett Wygrys – Sunday was filled with beautiful weather and a beautiful full limit of redfish. Today’s group of four repeat customers from the Bob B. party out of San Antonio also managed a few trout, and even a flounder!

This Week’s Featured Article:

Numbers

By Randy Brown – BFL Manager

There are many ways to measure things, and almost all of them involve numbers. The Lodge business is no different. Numbers are important. There are the accounting numbers we’re all familiar with, as well as the numbers our guides deal with on a daily basis. To a fisherman, numbers like water temperature, wind speed and barometric pressure are keys to success, but there are other things that need to be measured that numbers just can’t quantify.

How do you measure things like laughter, the pleasure of a great meal, the joy of an evening spent with friends around a fire pit, or the contentment found in a day making life long memories? All these things and more are important to us here at Bay Flats Lodge because they’re an essential part of our business. However, you won’t find them on a spreadsheet. This is one of the reasons we post so many pictures and videos. Counting smiles just doesn’t get the job done like a picture.

There is one more thing here at the Lodge that’s hard to count, and that’s customer satisfaction. We haven’t found a way to measure just how satisfied our customers are when they leave, so we have no choice but to keep trying to improve.

Upcoming Events

May 17th – Combat Marine Outdoors

Their program serves as a vehicle to demonstrate to these Marines, Sailors, and other service members that there are tens of thousands of patriotic Americans who truly care about these brave warriors and are willing to show their appreciation and support by providing once-in-a-lifetime outdoor adventures in some of the most incredible places in the world. It will be our honor and our privilege to host the members of such a fine organization.

CCA Texas – S.T.A.R. Tournament 2018

May 26th through September 3rd, 2018

This year we are rolling out our brand new CCA Texas Guides Division. The addition of this division DOES NOT affect any other part of the tournament and guides are still ineligible in other divisions. It is the hope of Texas STAR and CCA Texas to be able to reward Texas fishing guides who support marine conservation, and empower them to help recruit more anglers into the CCA mission through this new division. The division winner will be taking home a new 26′ Mowdy Cat, Mercury 225hp ProXS OptiMax outboard, and custom Coastline trailer.

BFL’s Fishing Specials:

August’s “Beat the Heat” Fishing Special

*** Live Bait NOT Included ***

2 Guests Per Boat = $ 368.00 Per Guest

3 Guests Per Boat = $ 300.00 Per Guest

4 Guests Per Boat = $ 282.00 Per Guest

Your Bay Flats Lodge Fishing Special Package Includes (per guest):

  • Overnight Lodging and Texas Hotel Occupancy Tax
  • Dinner – Complete with two appetizers, complimentary wine and dessert
  • Hot Breakfast Buffet
  • Boat Lunch – Complete with sandwich, chips, cookies, soft drinks and water
  • Fish Processing

BFL’s Grass Roots Wade Fishing with Lures Special

Our original customer base of the mid-1990’s consisted primarily of customers who loved to wade fish with artificial bait, and it was that clientele which stood as the foundation upon which we have grown Bay Flats Lodge into the company it has become today. In recognition of our grass roots, we’re getting back to the basics this year by offering a special deal to all of the wading and artificial enthusiasts out there. Beginning April 1, 2018, when you book 3 wading with artificial bait trips, you will receive your 4th wading with artificial bait trip FREE.

– The 4th FREE trip ONLY includes one free full-day of wade fishing with artificial baits for 4 anglers in one boat.

– The 4th FREE trip does NOT include free lodging and meals.

– One full-day of wade fishing with artificial bait constitutes one trip toward your goal.

– All trips must be taken prior to December 31, 2018.

– Offer not valid on trips booked prior to April 1, 2018; only valid on trips booked between April 1, 2018, and December 15, 2018

Here’s What Some of Our Recent Guests Had To Say…

You would have a hard time finding a better staff anywhere! We had difficult weather conditions, but Capt. Garrett Wygrys still managed to find the fish! – Bob B. 4/23/18

The steaks at dinner were the best we have ever had! We fished with Capt. Cody Spencer – he is great! You all did a great job – we are planning another trip to Bay Flats! – Mike C. 4/23/18

Capt. Garret Wygrys is a great guide and very personable – he’s fun to fish with! We will request him next time we come! – Doug H. 4/23/18

Five-Day Weather Forecast

Tuesday 10 % Precip. / 0.0 in

A mainly sunny sky. High 82F. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph.

Wednesday 20 % Precip. / 0.0 in

Intervals of clouds and sunshine. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 81F. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday 10 % Precip. / 0.0 in

Sunshine and clouds mixed. High around 75F. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 mph.

Friday 10 % Precip. / 0.0 in

Partly cloudy skies. High around 80F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday 10 % Precip. / 0.0 in

Partly cloudy skies. High 76F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.

Synopsis:

The weak high-pressure area will be over the northwest Gulf of Mexico Monday night leading to a weak onshore flow. Onshore flow will increase slightly over the southern bays and near shore waters on Tuesday. Weak easterly flow will prevail Wednesday with a weak surface front pushing south across the area Wednesday night, resulting in northerly flow for Thursday and Friday.

Coastal Water Temperature:

Port Aransas 73.0 degrees

Seadrift 73.9 degrees

Matagorda Bay 71.1 degrees

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Thank you for considering Bay Flats Lodge.

Sincerely,

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Windy with a Chance of More Wind at Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

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April 19, 2018

SATURDAY – April 14th

Capt. Garrett Wygrys – Ended the day in 9th-place out 66 teams during the Rojo Classic redfish tournament. We couldn’t seem to upgrade our small fish, but oh well, that’s how it goes. It was a very fun and entertaining day, to say the least! We had a great time!

Capt. Nick Dahlman – Fished in the 2018 Rojo Classic today in Port O’Connor. We had a decent showing at weigh-in, but not in the prize money this time. Between hiding from crazy lightning storms at the dock for a couple hours during prime fishing time, and 40-mph cool North winds that kicked about mid-morning and never quit, we caught a ton of redfish but just couldn’t get the right size bites we needed. Congratulations to the winners, and I’m already looking forward to next year.

MONDAY – April 16th

Capt. Todd Jones – It must’ve been the boat! Big thanks goes out to my buddy Ric for letting me run his boat while mine was in the shop – I might just have to keep his if this pattern continues! Today started out as a bit of a struggle, but we moved around a little and found a solid trout bite. Chris, John, and Kyle managed a solid box of trout to 18″, and then added four very healthy sheepshead to end the day. We’ll be fishing a half-day on Tuesday with this same group, and we’re hoping the boat keeps us on a lucky streak!

TUESDAY – April 17th

Capt. Stephen Boriskie – Monday and Tuesday turned out being a couple fun days on the saltwater despite howling the April winds. We hosted a two-day event for a service company group in the oil and gas industry, and they really enjoyed Bay Flats Lodge and the fish that we finally managed to catch. We look forward to the possibility of having them back with us again real soon!

Capt. Todd Jones – Today we were off to a good start out with hookups on redfish at dawn – what a way to start your day! Around mid-morning, one of the crew caught the fattest 28-inch redfish I’ve seen in a long time. It was a day of great friends, nice weather, and good times out on the water with Bay Flats Lodge!

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WEDNESDAY – April 18th

Capt. Steve Boldt – Always a fun day with my favorite gals – Julie G. and the crew! The trout cooperated to an extent, and the reds were illusive, but today’s black drum action was super strong with limits for everyone aboard!

Capt. Stephen Boriskie – Had a nice group of repeat customers from the home building industry who have been fishing with Bay Flats Lodge for many years. They enjoyed their Wednesday away from the phones and the job site while hooking up with some nice reds!

Capt. Doug Russell – A bit breezy this afternoon. Finally got the anchor to stick for one good set and busted loose on landing just 2 shy of our trout limit, but a couple good reds made up for it in the end!

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Capt. Cody Spencer – I had another fun wade fishing with lures session today with a few repeat customers who LOVE to fish! These guys caught limits of trout, with a handful of solid ones up to 24 inches! Bob, who happens to be 81 years young, is still getting it done out on the flats! Go Bob!

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Capt. Garrett Wygrys – Regardless of today’s wind, we still managed to put a few decent reds in the box. I want to thank Billy at Foreverlast Inc for supplying us with great equipment like the Stow & Go Net!

THURSDAY – April 19th

Capt. Jeremy McClelland – My crew of BFL guests from the Mark H. party experienced a great start to the day. Regardless of today’s early high winds, these guys began the morning by having their way with the fish. The trout, redfish, and the black drum are all coming to the side of the boat this morning!

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This Week’s Featured Article:

The Last Time

By Randy Brown – BFL Manager

A common adage that kept running through my mind as I wrote the following: “The past is history, the future only a possibility but the here and now is a gift.” I often feel gifted in my interactions at the lodge, and the last few days have been no exception. Last week, Bay Flats Lodge hosted a high school reunion of sorts – nine gentlemen who went to high school in north Houston together reunited for a couple of days of fishing. Their laughter, easy demeanor and joy made them a special group to have.

Watching these men set me to thinking about my own days in high school, and all the guys I might want to see again. It also made me realize just how fleeting life is. These men were not young, and neither am I. I wondered if they might not all be on this trip next year, or if I might not be here to see them again.

I assume that at a certain age we all start to contemplate things as possibly being the last – the last time you see a friend, the last time you kiss your wife, the last time you dance with your daughter, or the last time you play catch with your son. All things come to an end.

There will also be a last time to fish, but not yet. In the meantime, try to live in the moment. As you do, consider paying forward the gift of the present by doing something that will outlive you and me both – donate to CCA’s Building Conservation Trust. We can leave the middle Texas coast fishery better than we found it by building a new habitat. If you follow this link http://www.bayflatslodge.com/cca-donations your donation will be matched dollar for dollar by Bay Flats Lodge.

Upcoming Events

May 17th – Combat Marine Outdoors

Their program serves as a vehicle to demonstrate to these Marines, Sailors, and other service members that there are tens of thousands of patriotic Americans who truly care about these brave warriors and are willing to show their appreciation and support by providing once-in-a-lifetime outdoor adventures in some of the most incredible places in the world. It will be our honor and our privilege to host the members of such a fine organization.

CCA Texas – S.T.A.R. Tournament 2018

May 26th through September 3rd, 2018

This year we are rolling out our brand new CCA Texas Guides Division. The addition of this division DOES NOT affect any other part of the tournament and guides are still ineligible in other divisions. It is the hope of Texas STAR and CCA Texas to be able to reward Texas fishing guides who support marine conservation, and empower them to help recruit more anglers into the CCA mission through this new division. The division winner will be taking home a new 26′ Mowdy Cat, Mercury 225hp ProXS OptiMax outboard, and custom Coastline trailer.

This Week’s Featured Special:

BFL’s Grass Roots Wade Fishing with Lures Special

Our original customer base of the mid-1990’s consisted primarily of customers who loved to wade fish with artificial bait, and it was that clientele which stood as the foundation upon which we have grown Bay Flats Lodge into the company it has become today. In recognition of our grass roots, we’re getting back to the basics this year by offering a special deal to all of the wading and artificial enthusiasts out there. Beginning April 1, 2018, when you book 3 wading with artificial bait trips, you will receive your 4th wading with artificial bait trip FREE.

– The 4th FREE trip ONLY includes one free full-day of wade fishing with artificial baits for 4 anglers in one boat.

– The 4th FREE trip does NOT include free lodging and meals.

– One full-day of wade fishing with artificial bait constitutes one trip toward your goal.

– All trips must be taken prior to December 31, 2018.

– Offer not valid on trips booked prior to April 1, 2018; only valid on trips booked between April 1, 2018, and December 15, 2018

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Here’s What Some of Our Recent Guests Had To Say…

The whole staff that I interacted with were top-shelf. It is clear that the staff, and ownership, take pride in the services offered. It was very refreshing to have such a great experience! The food was outstanding, and if anyone departed hungry it was their own fault. What a nice place. Amazing amenities! I cannot think of a thing that would need to change. If your level of service remains, word-of-mouth alone will book the Lodge by itself. Again, what a wonderful way to spend a couple days! – Scott G. 4/18/18

All the Lodge staff is friendly and ready to be attentive, if needed. Otherwise, everyone allows you to enjoy you stay. We fished for two days and I had two different guides, Capt. David McClelland and Capt. Garrett Wygrys. Both of them had the same willingness to get us on the fish, and both had the same processes that bayflats seems to instill in their guides. The guides had completely different techniques, and that was refreshing to see each day. The food is always amazing! It’s always the same stuff, but it’s cooked to perfection, and you always know you will be happy! Love the “motel” feeling in a friendly atmosphere! – Tom T. 4/18/18

Everyone was extremely helpful and always available. On day one we fished with Capt. Garrett Wygrys. It took a few stops, but he put us on the Redfish. We all had a blast! He was a pleasure to spend the day with – super knowledgeable and eager to lend a hand and educate us on fishing technique and skills! Day 2 we were with Capt. Todd Jones, who took us to the other side of the bay for great redfish and trout! Our boat caught the biggest Red ($$). Thanks Capt. Todd! Wonderful food! If you go hungry, you must have fallen asleep and missed a meal! – Brian G. 4/17/18

Five-Day Weather Forecast

Friday 0 % Precip. / 0.0 in

Mostly cloudy. High 73F. Winds E at 15 to 25 mph.

Saturday 50 % Precip. / 0.02 in

Cloudy skies during the morning hours followed by scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 74F. Winds SE at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Sunday 40 % Precip. / 0.02 in

Rain showers in the morning, then sunny in the afternoon. High around 80F. Winds N at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Monday 0 % Precip. / 0.0 in

Sunny skies. High 78F. Winds N at 10 to 15 mph.

Tuesday 20 % Precip. / 0.0 in

Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 77F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.

Synopsis:

Onshore flow will resume by Friday afternoon and become moderate to possibly strong by Friday night as an upper level disturbance approaches the area. The upper disturbance and daytime heating will result in a chance for thunderstorms Saturday and Saturday night. A cold front will then move offshore early Sunday morning, bringing a moderate northerly flow into early next week.

Coastal Water Temperature:

Port Aransas 71.1 degrees

Seadrift 73.0 degrees

Matagorda Bay 71.1 degrees

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Thank you for considering Bay Flats Lodge.

Sincerely,

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April’s Constant Variances at Bay Flats Lodge

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Bay Flats Lodge on San Antonio Bay

April 9, 2018

April’s Constant Variances

It seems as though the past couple weeks have thrown us every weather variable imaginable. We have seen everything from intermittent showers accompanied by subtle north winds to that of brilliantly bright days with winds pumping strong out of the south. With these variances in winds we have also been dealing with the associated changes in tidal conditions, some of which have been extreme – finish the afternoon with a high bull tide, only to awaken the next morning to a tide so low you might think it was still wintertime. Dealing with such conditions can be, and has been, somewhat of a challenge when attempting to locate fish on a daily basis. However, you can also look at differing conditions as being a wonderful opportunity for you to hone your strategy skills for future ventures.

For example, if you happen to be fishing a particular area that is concealed from a strong south wind during an excessive high tide period, look around the immediate vicinity to see where game fish might setup their ambush point in the event the area you are in begins emptying water and baitfish into the larger bay system due to abrupt wind and tide changes. Take note of these dumping points and use them to your advantage when staging your next wade session in the same area, but have exact opposite weather and tide conditions.

Conversely, if you happen to be wading a back lake area or even an open shoreline during exceptionally low tide conditions, make mental notes of the locations of uncovered structure – bay bottom features such as sand bars, oyster reefs, bare guts, grassy areas – that are not usually exposed. Next time you fish the same area under normal conditions you will not only be able to safely navigate the area, but will also be able to position yourself so as to focus your efforts on these structured locations for prime results.

For the past year, the fishing along our Texas coast has become increasingly good, and we anticipate it to only get better as we progress through spring and into summer. As we all continue to relish in all that our great fisheries have to offer, it is important for us to realize the necessity for replenishing that natural resource that we have enjoyed for so many years, and that is why Bay Flats Lodge has partnered with CCA Texas and their National Habitat Program, the Building Conservation Trust. All of our lodge guests now have the opportunity to get involved and donate, and we will match all of our customer donations as we submit them to CCA. With your help, these groups will be able to enhance marine life from Matagorda Bay to Rockport that will be appreciated and enjoyed by the local community for many generations to come. Donate today to make a difference! Until next time, remember to practice CPR, “Catch, Photo, and Release”, whenever possible on trophy Trout and Reds…Guide Chris Martin, Port O’Connor/Seadrift region. www.BayFlatsLodge.com …1-888-677-4868

In The News

First BFL Check Is Written to Building Conservation Trust – CCA Texas

And so it begins – Bay Flats Lodge partnership with the Building Conservation Trust is officially launched with our first check written to BCT. We want to say thank you to our great customers who have generously given, and we at Bay Flats Lodge are happy to match their gifts. These donations are going to habitat projects here in the central Texas coast from Matagorda Bay to Rockport. As these funds accumulate and are put to use, all those who enjoy the fishing and hunting that the Texas mid-coast provides will benefit. Check out the BCT Spring 2018 Newsletter – There are lots of great things going on with CCA’s National Habitat Program! Read on to learn more about new habitat projects, partnerships and ways you can get involved. https://mailchi.mp/89f4e2792e84/bct-spring-2018-newsletter

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Ducks Unlimited Event Held at BFL

Bay Flats Lodge is proud to have been selected to host Ducks Unlimited this past weekend for their annual meetings, along with a 10-boat, 2-day fishing session. The camaraderie was awesome, and everybody seemed to have thoroughly enjoyed the stay with us. More noticeable, however, was the passion and the love everyone shared for the common good of conserving our nation’s ever-dwindling wetlands – a conservancy effort required in order to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. DU conserves, restores, and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl, which also benefits other wildlife and people. Waterfowl conservation is facing important challenges as wetlands and other habitats are being degraded and destroyed across the continent, and Ducks Unlimited has a vision to reverse that trend.

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Upcoming Events

May 17th – Combat Marine Outdoors

Due to damages incurred by Hurricane Harvey, Seadrift’s own legendary seafood restaurant, Barkett’s, will no longer be opening their doors to the public. In Barkett’s absence, Bay Flats Lodge has volunteered to serve as host to this year’s annual luncheon event for the Combat Marine Outdoors organization. Their program serves as a vehicle to demonstrate to these Marines, Sailors, and other service members that there are tens of thousands of patriotic Americans who truly care about these brave warriors and are willing to show their appreciation and support by providing once-in-a-lifetime outdoor adventures in some of the most incredible places in the world. It will be our honor and our privilege to host the members of such a fine organization.

CCA Texas – S.T.A.R. Tournament 2018

May 26th through September 3rd, 2018

Just like your lure presentation, CCA is always working to improve the CCA Texas STAR Tournament. This year we are rolling out our brand new CCA Texas Guides Division. The addition of this division DOES NOT affect any other part of the tournament and guides are still ineligible in other divisions. It is the hope of Texas STAR and CCA Texas to be able to reward Texas fishing guides who support marine conservation, and empower them to help recruit more anglers into the CCA mission through this new division. The division winner will be taking home a new 26′ Mowdy Cat, Mercury 225hp ProXS OptiMax outboard, and custom Coastline trailer.
Division framework: All eligible guides who were present when a member of their party catches any fish on the final leaderboard on a paid, or unpaid trip, will be entered into a drawing to win the division, pending polygraphs. Drawing will be held after the final winner board is posted. Entries will be weighted in descending order based upon final standings, with a division-winning fish (including all tagged redfish winners) being worth five entries and a fifth place fish being worth one entry. The guide must be listed on the angler’s Official STAR weigh-in form to receive entries. Please see www.startournament.org for eligibility requirements and further details.

This Week’s Featured Special:

BFL’s Grass Roots Wade Fishing Lures Special

Our original customer base of the mid-1990’s consisted primarily of customers who loved to wade fish with artificial bait, and it was that clientele which stood as the foundation upon which we have grown Bay Flats Lodge into the company it has become today. In recognition of our grass roots, we’re getting back to the basics this year by offering a special deal to all of the wading and artificial enthusiasts out there. Beginning April 1, 2018, when you book 3 wading with artificial bait trips, you will receive your 4th wading with artificial bait trip FREE.

– The 4th FREE trip ONLY includes one free full-day of wade fishing with artificial baits for 4 anglers in one boat.

– The 4th FREE trip does NOT include free lodging and meals.

– One full-day of wade fishing with artificial bait constitutes one trip toward your goal.

– All trips must be taken prior to December 31, 2018.

– Offer not valid on trips booked prior to April 1, 2018; only valid on trips booked between April 1, 2018, and December 15, 2018

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Here’s What Some of Our Recent Guests Had To Say…

The lodge staff and our fishing guide, Capt. Jeremy McClelland, were very accommodating and helpful. Keep up the great service! – Clay R. 4/9/18

The staff was professional with a great attitude, and the food was great (the quail was wonderful)! Capt. Doug Russell was awesome! – Mark L. 4/8/18

Capt. Jeremy McClelland was excellent and extremely competent. Probably was the the best fishing guide I’ve ever fished with. Kudos! – Greg D. 4/8/18

Everybody is great! TJ was there to meet us and made sure we had everything we needed and got us settled in. He always remembers our group and makes sure he spends time with us to make everyone feel welcome. I fished with Capt. Harold Dworaczyk one day and Capt. Jason Wagenfehr the next. They are both excellent guides who make sure you know the game plan but let you do your thing as well. Best guides around! The food is always top-notch! Can’t wait until 5:30pm each day to dig in to those appetizers! We stayed in the new house. We had the whole house to ourselves and had an awesome time! Keep doing what you’re doing! – Kerry J. 4/8/18

Five-Day Weather Forecast

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Partly cloudy skies. High 76F. Winds NE at 15 to 25 mph.

Wednesday 10 % Precip. / 0.0 in

A mainly sunny sky. High 76F. Winds SE at 10 to 20 mph.

Thursday 10 % Precip. / 0.0 in

Wind increasing. A few clouds from time to time. High 77F. Winds SSE at 20 to 30 mph.

Friday 80 % Precip. / 0.06 in

Showers and thunderstorms in the morning, then partly cloudy late. It will be windy. High 79F. Winds S at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 80%. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

Saturday 20 % Precip. / 0.0 in

Some clouds early. Mostly sunny along with windy conditions during the afternoon. High 72F. Winds N at 20 to 30 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

Synopsis:

A moderate to strong northeast flow will develop and continue into Tuesday, with the flow slowly weakening in the afternoon. Small Craft Advisories are likely for the gulf for part of Tuesday. Winds will gradually shift around to the southeast Tuesday night and Wednesday, becoming weak to moderate. Onshore flow will increase Thursday into Friday ahead of another cold front that will move through Friday night into Saturday.

Coastal Water Temperature:

Port Aransas 69.1 degrees

Seadrift 66.9 degrees

Matagorda Bay 66.0 degrees

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From Grind to Grand This Past Week at Bay Flats Lodge

 

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Bay Flats Lodge on San Antonio Bay

April 5, 2018

Wake Up Your Fish
Wake Up Your Fish

WEDNESDAY – Mar. 28th

Capt. Steve Boldt – Slow grind over the past weekend with the low tide and strong winds ending with half limits of trout for their efforts but things seem to be picking back up this week so far.

THURSDAY – Mar. 29th

Capt. Perry Rankin – Had the pleasure of fishing with two gentlemen that are homebuilders who were visiting the lodge. Wednesday was a very windy day, but we did manage a few fish. Thursday, on the other hand, proved to be a beautiful day with great success. Also, got to see our three resident Whooping Cranes.

TUESDAY – Apr. 3rd

Capt. Stephen Boriskie – Tuesday and Wednesday were with repeat customers in the building supply biz entertaining top producers. Wind was high both days, but out of different directions, challenging us on locating and catching fish. Good friends and friendly competition made it all good at Bay Flats Lodge.

Capt. Todd Jones – Tuesday was a “New” kind of day with Steve from New Braunfels, and Brandon from New Jersey – lifelong friends making their first visit to Bay Flats Lodge as the highlight to their annual visit. Brutal south winds were no deterrent to a fun-filled day of friendship and fishing. Both guys enjoyed their limits of trout and redfish, with Brandon catching his personal best trout at 22″. They released another three limits of reds before calling it a day, heading in with a solid box of fish. Enjoyed the day guys! Hope to see you again very soon!

WEDNESDAY – Apr. 4th

Capt. Cooper Hartmann – Wednesday wasn’t too bad of a day for fishing, considering the wind was blowing 30-mph out of the north.

Here’s What Some of Our Recent Guests Had To Say...

Capt. Billy Freudensprung is the best guide I’ve fished with in ten years! OUTSTANDING!

– Robert C. 4/4/18

Had a great time! The food and the accommodations were great, and Capt. Kevin Matula did a wonderful job! The food is always good, but the pork chop was outstanding. It was an overall great trip! – Frank D. 4/2/18

The staff was very professional and helpful on all occasions. Capt. Buzz Dillon was great – we caught limits of redfish both days! The lunches were good, but the appetizers and the dinner were exceptional, and the property and accommodations are first-class all the way. Very impressed! Everything regarding Bay Flats far exceeded my expectations. Keep up the good work! – Matt J. 4/2/18

Overall great experience! First-class facility! Definitely will be booking a trip with clients in the future! – Louis W. 4/2/18

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East Meets West – BFL TV

Upcoming Events:

May 17th – Combat Marine Outdoors

Due to damages incurred by Hurricane Harvey, Seadrift’s own legendary seafood restaurant, Barkett’s, will no longer be opening their doors to the public. In Barkett’s absence, Bay Flats Lodge has volunteered to serve as host to this year’s annual luncheon event for the Combat Marine Outdoors organization. Their program serves as a vehicle to demonstrate to these Marines, Sailors, and other service members that there are tens of thousands of patriotic Americans who truly care about these brave warriors and are willing to show their appreciation and support by providing once-in-a-lifetime outdoor adventures in some of the most incredible places in the world. It will be our honor and our privilege to host the members of such a fine organization.

CCA Texas – S.T.A.R. Tournament 2018

May 26th through September 3rd, 2018

Just like your lure presentation, CCA is always working to improve the CCA Texas STAR Tournament. This year we are rolling out our brand new CCA Texas Guides Division. The addition of this division DOES NOT affect any other part of the tournament and guides are still ineligible in other divisions. It is the hope of Texas STAR and CCA Texas to be able to reward Texas fishing guides who support marine conservation, and empower them to help recruit more anglers into the CCA mission through this new division. The division winner will be taking home a new 26′ Mowdy Cat, Mercury 225hp ProXS OptiMax outboard, and custom Coastline trailer.
Division framework: All eligible guides who were present when a member of their party catches any fish on the final leaderboard on a paid, or unpaid trip, will be entered into a drawing to win the division, pending polygraphs. Drawing will be held after the final winner board is posted. Entries will be weighted in descending order based upon final standings, with a division-winning fish (including all tagged redfish winners) being worth five entries and a fifth place fish being worth one entry. The guide must be listed on the angler’s Official STAR weigh-in form to receive entries. Please see CCA Texas – S.T.A.R. Tournament 2018 for eligibility requirements and further details.

This Week’s Special Report:

Building Conservation Trust’s Spring 2018 Newsletter

Check out the BCT Spring 2018 Newsletter – There are lots of great things going on with CCA’s National Habitat Program! Read on to learn more about new habitat projects, partnerships and ways you can get involved.

BCT’s Spring 2018 Newsletter

Five-Day Weather Forecast

Friday 40 % Precip. / 0.02 in

Scattered thunderstorms in the morning, then partly cloudy late. High 81F. Winds S at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Saturday 20 % Precip. / 0.0 in

Cloudy with gusty winds. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High around 70F. Winds N at 20 to 30 mph.

Sunday 10 % Precip. / 0.0 in

Cloudy early with partial sunshine expected late. High 73F. NE winds shifting to SSE at 10 to 15 mph.

Monday 20 % Precip. / 0.0 in

Cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy in the afternoon. High 82F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday 10 % Precip. / 0.0 in

Sun and a few passing clouds. High 77F. Winds ENE at 15 to 25 mph.

Synopsis:

Onshore flow will increase to moderate levels Friday as the pressure gradient strengthens. Isolated showers and thunderstorms are expected through Friday. The next cold front is expected to move into the Gulf waters Saturday morning with isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms possible Friday night and Saturday. After a brief period of strong northeast winds Saturday, weak onshore flow will resume on Sunday. Another frontal boundary is then expected to push through the region again on Monday, with moderate to strong east to northeast winds behind the front.

Coastal Water Temperature:

Port Aransas 72.0 degrees

Seadrift 72.0 degrees

Matagorda Bay 70.0 degrees

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Cedar Bayou and other marine projects

Today, we are writing our first matching donation check to (BCT) Building Conservation Trust. 

The United States portion of the Gulf of Mexico coastline spans 1,680 total miles, stretching all the way from the border with Mexico to the Florida Keys. Here in the great state of Texas, our slice of this magnificent shore consists of 367 miles of some of the absolute best inshore saltwater fishing to be found in any of the other states outlined by Gulf waters – Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. Today, Texas coastal anglers enjoy a rather vibrant coastal fishery, but things haven’t always been as good as they are now.

Out of neglect and disrespect for such a wonderful natural resource as our Texas coastal fisheries, commercial fishing in the mid-1970’s all but wiped out the state’s speckled trout and redfish numbers altogether. Because of this, a small group of 14 concerned recreational anglers start the Gulf Coast Conservation Association (GCCA) in order to fight the commercial overfishing. The GCCA began with the famous “Save the Redfish” crusade, and by 1985 chapters had formed along the Gulf Coast. By the 1990’s, the mid-Atlantic and New England states had chapters, and then Washington state and Oregon started chapters in 2007. Today’s organization is known as the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA), and they’ve effectively engaged in almost every national fisheries debate since 1984, things like the defense of net bands, the implementation of by-catch reduction devices, the support for pro-fisheries legislation, and the battle against arbitrary no-fishing zones.

At Bay Flats Lodge, being good stewards of the land and the wildlife isn’t just a slogan. It’s our way of life, and we have created our company based on those beliefs. This attitude and culture is reflected in all that Bay Flats Lodge does, and it’s for that reason we are genuinely proud to announce our partnership with CCA Texas and CCA’s national habitat program, The Building Conservation Trust (BCT). BCT and CCA Texas have a strong partnership that has resulted in several successful marine habitat programs throughout the years, and that relationship is now growing through a partnership with Bay Flats Lodge. Together, these three groups are working together to foster and enhance marine life from Matagorda Bay to Rockport.

If you would like to show your support of conserving, promoting, and enhancing the present and future availability of coastal resources for the enjoyment of the general public, just let us know upon arriving for your stay at Bay Flats Lodge, or when checking-out prior to your departure. Bay Flats Lodge will automatically match dollar-for-dollar your donation toward these tremendous efforts.

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P.O. Box 580
Seadrift, Texas 77983-0580
1.888.677.4868 Office

 

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Report by Capt. Nick Dahlman Wade Fishing Lure Pro

April 1, 2018

Wade Fishing has been very productive the past few weeks. From Corkys to top-waters take your pick. Most of the Trout and Reds are currently holding over shallow sand and grass with water temps around 70 degrees. The March Full Moon has kicked off the spawn and some Big Trout have been caught and released the past few days. April looks to be a stellar month for wade-fishing for Big Trout in the San Antonio Bay region. Come see me at Bay Flats Lodge.

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