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.
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!
Capt. Jeremy McClelland– I had a party of four for a half-day trip this afternoon with the Travis B. group. We had a birthday boy on board celebrating his 11th birthday, and who showed everyone else how things are supposed to be done. Happy 11th birthday to this young man! He was sure excited to catch the biggest fish on the boat! We’ll regroup this evening and will give it a try again tomorrow for day #2 with this same group! Hopefully, our luck will hold out and we’ll bet on them again tomorrow!
FRIDAY – June 22nd
Capt. ‘Lil John Wyatt – We had a great day on the water today with good people, lots of fish, and plenty of stories. Looking forward to the next trip with you guys!
Capt. Jeremy McClelland – Like we were hoping, the boys got into the fish again this morning, with day #2 being just as fun as yesterday afternoon. Between today’s trout and the redfish, these guys had some of their personal-best fish, as well as some of their personal best times out on the water! I hope to see y’all again soon!
Capt. Heath Borchert – The trout didn’t want to cooperate this morning, so we shifted gears and got the ladies on some good reds (Dad let the girls have all the fun except for one). The reds saved the day today, and were well worth the effort!
SATURDAY – June 23rd
Capt. Stephen Boriskie – Higher winds from the south today put a hold on a fish bonanza, but we still managed some decent trout and a couple good redfish to put my crew in shape for a good showing at their corporate tournament weigh-in this afternoon.
Capt. ‘Lil John Wyatt – It was another great day on the water with these guys. They got to take plenty of fish home, and everyone had a good time! Thanks guys!
As of late, the days have been really windy and really hot. Redfish have continued to save the day on many occasions for those not able to dial-in on the trout bite, with redfish catches coming from bay floor contours comprised primarily of mud and grass. Strengthening winds and bad weather with rain storms have all but dominated portions of our fishing this month, and subsequently have not allowed us to search for trout over much of the shell that we normally would be targeting right now.
A lot of the guides have found trout success while casting to sand pockets located in the midst of a hard sandy bottom surrounded by grass. However, the numerous shell reefs out in San Antonio Bay (SAB) are probably holding large numbers of trout, and that is where anglers should be heading whenever the wind and weather allows them to do so. Many of these reefs are clearly marked on your GPS, but there are many others that are not named. The reefs that have names are usually the most popular reefs, and get the most fishing pressure. This is when it truly pays to fish the signs, and not the spot. This is a good practice to stand by, especially when there are so many different options and selections to choose from.
Start early each morning with top water baits, making sure you actively work the lure across the crown of the reef. If the wind is ruffling the water’s surface, throw bigger baits, like a Super Spook or a She Dog. If there’s absolutely no wind, use small less-noisier baits like a Super Spook Junior, a Skitter Walk Junior, or a Rebel Pop-R bait. If you notice short strikes, or if the bite turns off on top, switch to plastics and work the immediate shell drop offs along each side of the reef. In lesser wind, start with a 1/16th ounce jig head nearer the crown of the reef. If that doesn’t produce, change to a 1/8th ounce head to drag the deeper shell holes surrounding the reef.
Whatever your poison, be careful out there amongst the reefs. There are a lot of them, and some of them may not even be marked. Utilize a GPS unit previously loaded with a map of the area you’ll be fishing, as most any of the map programs offered today are very accurate in nature and depict reefs rather closely. Be careful out there, stay safe, and have fun!
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