From Grind to Grand This Past Week at Bay Flats Lodge


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

East Meets West - BFL TV
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.


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.

Bay Flats Lodge, Inc.
P.O. Box 580
Seadrift, Texas 77983-0580
1.888.677.4868 Office



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.

Bay Flats Lodge, Inc.
P.O. Box 580
Seadrift, Texas 77983-0580
1.888.677.4868 Office

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April Consistent Warming

Bay Flats Lodge on San Antonio Bay

By Capt. Chris Martin

March is behind us now, and hopefully the really cold frontage passages have gone with it. It’s April, and it’s time for us to get on to bigger and better things, like better weather conditions and bigger trout and redfish. A lot will be happening this month with regards to changes in the environment and in the fishing pattern. The days will be getting longer, which means there will be an ever increasing amount of sunlight each day as a direct result. Typically, some of the warming trends that we begin having this month will sometimes raise bay water temperatures to a level near between 70 and 80 degrees. Once waters reach that temperature, the springtime transition kicks-off that signals the approach of various changes for both the anglers and for the fish.

April anglers should look to the shallowest of waters to begin warming at the highest rate this month, as skinny waters along tapering shorelines will be the first to start collecting the springtime sunlight that will once again bring life to these places. The warming of these flats areas will start to attract all sorts of marine life, to include a lot of different types of bait species like mullet, different finfish, mud minnows, and even shrimp and crab. When this starts to happen, anglers are almost certain to be able to locate prized trout and redfish in and amongst the bait activity.Seadrift Trout

In April, the redfish are sometimes the first ones to follow the baitfish to the warming shallows, so anglers should focus on looking for pods of surface-active baitfish huddled tightly above heavy grass, mud, or sand for some exciting action. But, after a consistent warming trend lasting at least three or four days, anglers will almost certainly be able to find trout not far behind the redfish, as the trout are going to be just as anxious to feed on the active baitfish.

Spring can present coastal anglers with some windy days, as the winds will appear to increase each week due to the approaching warmer months. Wind direction and velocity can dictate success or failure based upon what decisions you make, so don’t be quick to cancel your day on the water simply because the wind happens to be blowing hard. Matagorda Island presents anglers with a number of good alternatives on windy days in the form of countless sand bars, points, coves, and leeward shorelines that offer protection while wade fishing. In the event that the wind does stop blowing for even a brief while, don’t forget to try some of the open-water shell reefs located out in San Antonio Bay, as some of April’s nicest fish can be taken above the shell. Good luck, and keep grinding!


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


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Capt. Nathan Beabout Seadrift Fishing Report

People may have different opinions on trophy trout, but when two of your customers set there new personal best in the same day, that’s trophy class!

Congrats to these two boys who fished with me in Seadrift today.Seadrift Trout

With the water coming up 8”-1ft over night, fish were found tight to the grass. Our lure selection didnt change much, and if it had Chartruese in it, it was getting thumped. We walked through huge rafts of mullet today, and in knee deep water only had about 3-4” of visibility. Trout ranged from 17-26” and everything over 23” was released.Trout Lures

If your not booked with us in April or May, your missing out on some of the best months to catch big trout on the Middle Texas Coast. Contact me today to get your date booked, you will not regret it.

Capt. Nathan Beabout


Seadrift Fishing Report

Despite the winds we were able to find a good trout bite, and ended the day with a nice Seadrift trout. We had a lot of topwater action early. Then later in the day it was Chicken of the C and Softdines.  Most all our fish were caught in shin deep to knee deep water. Seadrift Trout

We still have plenty of April and May openings, come on down and get in on the action!

Capt. Nathan Beabout


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Enhancing Marine Habitat

BCT @ccabct and @cca_texas have a strong partnership. Bay Flats Lodge @bay_flats_lodge is extremely excited to be involved in raising funds to restore and enhance marine habitat. Together, these three groups are enhancing marine life from Matagorda Bay to Rockport that will be appreciated and enjoyed by the local community for many generations to come.

Capt. Nathan Beabout Seadrift Fishing Report

Heading out of Seadrift this morning, I thought it was going to be a great pre front day. Especially when on the first wade and back to back cast, you hook two solid fish on topwaters. We grinded when the wind picked up, but once it started to settle we found another trout bite. This bite was fast and had good 16-18” trout mixed in with some smalls. Ending up releasing 5 trout over 20” on any day is good. Thanks boys for hanging in there.Capt. Nathan Beabout


Most of our fish were caught in knee to thigh deep water over grass beds and shell. Our bait selection was small today, but it worked, especially the pink topwater!


We have weekday openings for April and May. If your a beginner or expert, come on down. I enjoy teaching and possibly showing new tricks and tactics. 


Capt. Nathan Beabout


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Capt. Nathan Beabout Fishing Report

I don’t know if it was because the weather finally straightened up, or I settled down and went about my strategy the right way, but today was a complete turn around from the last 4 or 5.Wade fishing Wade fishing

Last last few days we have caught trout and a few reds, but not the big trout I target this time of year. As soon as we stepped out of the boat today we were getting bites, and we managed to find a few areas with no pressure on them. Landed several fish in the 3-5# range and a good number of 17-19”. Like the last few days topwaters and Corky Sofdines have worked best.

Time to head to Port Mansfield to try our luck there through the end of the week.

Capt. Nathan Beabout


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