Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina
August 20, 2018
THE GUIDE REPORT
WEDNESDAY – Aug 15th
Capt. Todd Jones – Family fishing trips always seem to be the most fun, especially when you have a good day of catching. Returning customer Doug got the chance to bring his family down for the first time. His wife Helen, son Daniel, and daughter Nicole enjoyed a rare day on the water together. It was a slow start, but they kept the grind going until we finally got on a solid, fast and furious bite after lunch. It was fun to be a part of all the smiles and laughter. Hope to see all of you again very soon!
THURSDAY – Aug 16th
Capt. Stephen Boriskie – Today was a tough day for catching fish, at least from a keeper standpoint. However, we did do extremely well in the throwback division! Today’s crew stayed in the game until the very end, as we tried just about every go-to reef and sandy pocket where I typically fish. There were lots of “firsts” today for the newbie, as well as a lot of fun times kicking around on a beautiful day down here along the middle Texas coast.
SATURDAY – Aug 18th
Capt. Cody Spencer – Capt. Todd Jones and I combined our group of four on Friday, which came down for a bachelor party and a little wade fishing. It took us a little while to get going but overall a productive day with some personal bests caught and limits of trout. Round 2, was this morning, and it turned out being more of the same – some more personal bests, as well as more limits of trout!
Capt. ‘Lil John Wyatt – Good times with these guys on Friday and Saturday. They had to work hard, but at the end of the day it paid off for them, and they were very happy customers! Hope we can do this again soon guys!
Capt. Kevin Matula – We had some mixed action with this group for the last two days with half-day trips. These guys caught some fish for the frying pan Friday afternoon, and then caught a few more this morning to round out a good mess of fillets for the folks at home!
SUNDAY – Aug 19th
Capt. ‘Lil John Wyatt – I had a really nice time today with this young man and his Dad. They were throwing artificial lures, and they caught several redfish (even a best-ever red measuring 26-inches). He stayed focus all day long, grinding it out like a true professional! It was refreshing to see our younger generation take such an amazing interest in the great outdoors, especially that which our great state of Texas has to offer in the way of coastal angling.
TOP BET FOR END OF SUMMER SPECKS
Imagine yourself in the Gulf of Mexico surf on a calm, warm, August or September morning. Sunbeams light the sky announcing the morning sun that is just about to interrupt the eastern horizon. There’s a slight northeasterly breeze making its way over the tops of the dunes and onto the beach, and the ever so common Gulf swells are nonexistent for as far as the eye can see. Aside from the occasional jumping mullet, the surf waters remain almost entirely unbothered. The morning sky brightens and you can now tell that you’re amidst some of the cleanest, greenest, saltiest water that you’ve seen all summer.
Today begins with the presentation of a chrome-covered top walker that you’ve casted sideways to the wind along the first gut. There aren’t any takers on the first offering, so you continue to fan your casts in both directions. Anxiety sets in, and with a hurried follow-through and a premature release of your thumb off of the spool, you’ve unexpectedly placed your lure out in the middle of the second gut, just beyond the first sandbar – it was a nice long cast, but just not in the direction you intended.
You commence with the standard cadence, breaking only to wipe away the sweat that has rolled down your forehead and into your eyes. Regaining your focus, it’s apparent that your lure was met with a slight shatter as it sat motionless during the brief pause. You’ve inadvertently stumbled upon both the primo water depth, as well as the preferred retrieval pattern, so you repeat the same exercise again in an attempt to draw the strike. You’ve made your way atop the second sandbar and have orchestrated a cast straight down the middle of the second gut.
You let the lure sit idle a few seconds, and then walk it only 5-6 times before letting it sit idle again. Suddenly, after only a few walk-stop precessions, your lure is hit from beneath and is sent two feet skyward. The bait settles once again upon the surface, and you provide a couple slight twitches. All of a sudden, BANG! You lose sight of your plug as the surface erupts with the explosion you dreamed of last night, and that you’ve waited for all morning. You instantly feel the resistance of a beautiful 5lb. silver-coated, black-dotted specimen at the end of your line, and life is, once again, good all over.
The hot ending to summer isn’t only a good time for trout, but it also offers wonderful opportunities for pursuing redfish with artificial lures. We typically witness occasional calm winds out of the north that will flatten both the surf and the bays, and fast action is very common during the low light conditions associated with the first couple hours of daylight.
Locating pre-Autumn trout and reds will continue to include finding active mullet. Recent low tides and incoming current have kept large redfish schools feeding in knee-deep water along leeward shorelines in the bays. The usual pattern is to fish deep during low tides and outgoing current, or fish tight to the grass during high tides with incoming current. The grass beds have been most productive for the redfish while the deeper sand bars located between waist and shoulder depths have been holding most of the trout.
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