Slowing Things Down a Little Bit at Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina


MONDAY – June 25th

Capt. Heath Borchert – Today was day #1 with the Jerral W. party of three. They opted for wading with croaker today for trout, and they did a fantastic job on the fish. They had their limits, but released a few at 15-1/4″. This trio got it today! We’ll be back at them again tomorrow morning, and will keep our fingers crossed that things turn out just as good as today!


TUESDAY – June 26th

Capt. Heath Borchert – Day #2 proved to be the same as Monday, with very similar conditions. We had to wait a bit for the bite to turn on, but when it did, everyone had to “hold on”. This group showed us how’s it’s done for the second day in a row now while wading with croaker. The youngest member of today’s party even got spooled (by what, we are still not sure), and when the fish hit his line, he couldn’t get it turned! That fish (whatever it was) pulled all the line out in less than a minute. Thank you, folks, for two great days on the water!




We find so many times that people who venture to the Lodge, especially for the sole purpose of taking advantage of its laid-back atmosphere, along with everything else we have to offer, arrive while still fully under the influence of life-in-the-fast-lane. This is quite understandable, given the nature of the times we happen to live in, but being convicted of an FUI offense (Fishing while Under this Influence) can be hazardous to your health, and repeat offenders can, and will, certainly realize a definite and negative impact to their daily bag.

The summer time trout can be a peculiar, if not downright finicky, specimen. On those occasional cooler mornings when the thermometer reads only 80-85 degrees or so, trout can be ambushed on the flats as they warm themselves in the approaching daytime sunlight. But, on those warmer mornings that are so much more typical of our Texas summer months, trout will continually traverse the various levels of the water column throughout the course of the day, zigzagging side to side and laterally and horizontally in their search of that ever comfortable, and a bit cooler, water temperature.

It’s for this reason that it’s so very important to remember to tighten the reigns a bit on your advancement as you happen upon the bite. Once the bite does begin to occur, you are going to catch them, but you simply have to stay in one place to do it – do not move your boat, and don’t walk much at all if you’re wading. Because the fish are constantly on the move, their paths will crisscross with yours. When you continue to move, you are simply reducing your odds for success. Keep in mind that the trout aren’t living the same hectic lifestyle you may have become accustom to, so don’t be afraid to stop and smell the roses once in a while, especially in such a serene and beautifully quiet environment as that which is offered by Mother Nature herself in the form of our native Texas bays. Who knows, you might just discover you like “fishin’ in the slow lane!” Everyone be careful out there, stay safe, and have fun!

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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.





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