Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina
July 23, 2018
THE GUIDE REPORT
THURSDAY – July 19th
Capt. Perry Rankin – Today was wading with artificial bait day with Jeff, Eric, David, and Taylor. They all worked hard throughout the day, and it was a grind. However, they ended their day with some nice fish and some great fun. Everyone had a good time catching!
FRIDAY – July 20th
Capt. Doug Russell – My party of three today from the Todd H. group was actually able to get a little bit of a break from the searing heat. The decided to wade fish with lures, as well as with live bait, and had a much cooler time of things over that simply fishing out of the boat. The three of them each managed their own trout limit, some of which were pretty decent fish. I think they all had a good time today, and I hope they get to come back to see us soon!
SATURDAY – July 21st
Capt. Steve Boldt – Great trout action this morning with these guys. Not only did they manage a three-man trout limit, they also experience a Texas slam with one of them catching trout, redfish, and flounder. It turned out being a pretty nice day for being so darned hot outside. This same crew of mine will be back at them strong again tomorrow, so we hope things turn out as good as they did today!
Capt. Doug Russell – This morning was a true grind from the time we dropped the boat into the water – we just couldn’t find the bite to save our lives. With a quick phone call, and a lot of teamwork, we made a day that started out agonizingly slow come together with quick trout limits for everyone aboard. It’s not always what you know, but who you know (and I’m not ashamed to admit it)!
Capt. Billy Freudensprung – Had a fun day today with Robert, Kevin and Nathan at BFL. We tried reviving the “BIG” redfish just, but between the extreme heat and the fight, the fish was just too exhausted and didn’t make it. This big fish will now become a prized trophy for this happy guest!
SAND, SHELL AND BEACH
The remainder of July could be windy, or it could be hot. Or, it could be windy and hot! Regardless, the wind typically begins subsiding right around this time each year, and even more so as we move into August and September. Trout-green water over sand and shell should still be some of your primary targets right now, with serious thoughts of getting out into the surf whenever the wind will allow.
Until the wind stops blowing, however, anglers should look for places to fish wherever there’s ample wind protection – a southern shoreline, a secluded back lake, or even the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) on occasion. But, wherever it is you end up, you should do whatever possible to wade in trout-green water containing pods of baitfish that are swimming above sand or shell. The seemingly endless miles of southern shoreline along Matagorda Island represents one of the most popular retreats from the wind. And, as previously mentioned, the back lakes are also a popular destination during summertime windy conditions.
Once we begin seeing a calm day here and there, turn to the surf for some hot action. You’ll find beautiful water and an abundance of wildlife, both in and out of the water. The surf is always fun because you never seem to know what’s in store for you – it could mean big reds in the first gut, or it may mean hefty trout out deep underneath top water baits. Whatever the case, the effort is always fun. Learn to look for the presence of sitting or flying birds, baitfish activity, and good water clarity.
If you enjoy using artificial lures, you’ll really like throwing top water baits into a calm July or August surf. Start each morning in the surf using them – begin shallow and gradually work your way out to deeper water later in the morning. If you don’t draw a strike on top, revert to one of your favorite twitch baits or plastic tails. Either way, there’s a lot to look forward with regards to surf possibilities for the next couple months. Enjoy, and be safe!
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