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Capt. Nathan Beabout Seadrift Fishing Report

It took us a couple wades to locate them this morning, and when we did it was an aggressive bite from solid trout. Water colorwas clean to a small greenish tint, and was loaded with rafts of finger mullet.

With the early morning cloud cover they want DSL chicken of the c, then when the sun popped out it was all strawberry wine and dirty tequila. Both the 4” and super models worked today. Most fish were holding in thigh deep water with scattered sand pockets.

All fish over 23” were released for another day. Give me a call, shoot me a text, or check out our website for open dates and pricing. We have availability for May-July. Get on down here and become a part of the action!

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Capt. Nathan Beabout Fishing Report

Had a fun morning walking waist deep sand pockets on the hunt for big trout. We were throwing Down South Lures super models in Chicken of the C and Victorious Secret.

We released all our fish today and didn’t have a fish under 20″, we did see a few in the 7-8# range but could only manage a 5.5# at 25″ as our biggest fish for that wade.

With trout spawning on a regular basis due to warm spring/summer time temps, these pockets of bigger trout will continue to be found. They will lay dormant for a few days after they spawn, but will be back on an aggressive feed when they are ready. Don’ t miss out on some great fishing, during this late spring early summer pattern.

Contact us today for more booking info, we have dates available for May-July, and the fishing will not disappoint.

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A Look Into May at Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

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A Look Into May

May is here, and coastal anglers can count on air temperatures reaching into the 80’s and 90’s as we progress through this month and into the next. Inshore water temperatures will also recognize a climb in May as we anticipate the warming of the climate to take area bay waters to a temperate 75 to 80-degrees. This means local shallows will come alive once again with thriving sea grasses and a multitude of aquatic species, some of which are actively sought after by predator game fish such as the speckled trout and the red fish.

As May arrives, we are generally already into the annual speckled trout spawn which usually gets underway in most coastal regions of the Gulf of Mexico by mid-to-late April. The male trout will be actively ready to spawn every night, while the larger females will look to spawn anywhere between once a week to once a month throughout the summer months and on into the month of September in many cases. The month of May will be a time of a heightened trout appetite, and due to this hunger anglers can often expect the bite to become somewhat aggressive in nature.

Due to the air and water warming this month, and because of a fierce trout hunger right now, anglers should look to find an early morning and late evening bite in some of the skinniest water they’ve fished in since October of last year. Look to focus much of your May effort atop flats areas consisting primarily of sand and grass, and expect to locate baitfish activity, which will almost certainly lead you to some hot trout action. Anglers should try to be in place along the flats prior to sunrise, but then be prepared to follow the baitfish as they migrate away from shore later in the morning as the sun rises high into the sky and is given a chance to heat the shallows to a point that drives the fish into the comforts of deeper, cooler water.

For all the artificial-bait enthusiasts out there, now is a great time to polish your top water skills and techniques. As mentioned earlier, the trout bite can become nothing less than ferocious during this part of the year, and there is absolutely nothing more exciting than having a hungry sow trout take her aggravation out on your top water lure. And for all those who like fishing solely with live bait, look for this month to be the start of what is sure to become yet another fine summer of croaker fishing. Good luck, and keep grindin’!

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Capt. Nathan Beabout – DSL Getting it Done

Something about being on the water Sunday morning. Another great wade wiith new customers. These high school boys, showed dad how to do it! Lol

That’s what its’s about teaching the future generations.

DSL White  Ice was the ticket, with a couple fish landed on Strawberry Wine. We started the day working knee deep sand pockets and followed the bait out to the waist deep line around 11:30. With light ene winds, water was clear with some areas holding a green tint, fished seemed to be a little more scattered today, but we had room to walk.

May-July dates available, water is nice and cool for wet wades, and fish are hungry. You just need to be here!

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Ladies fishing report

I believe the ladies put a whoopin’ on the boys! Found a small stretch of shoreline today with no pressure on it, decided to dig in a stick it out. Staying paid off, we had consistent bite for the better part of the day.

17-22” trout were holding in stained water about thigh deep. They fell for DSL white ice, and victorious secret both in the super model on 1/8oz jig heads.

We have weekday openings for May-July, solid fish remain a constant, come on down and get in on the action! All lures, all wading.

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Bite Considerations San Antonio Bay

The past few days have been somewhat of a roller coaster for the trout and the redfish bite.  Our lodge guests have had to either grind it out all day for the trout without catching any reds, or have happened upon a strong redfish bite without a hint of speckled trout.  Oh, and then there were those who ended up catching a little bit of everything.  There just didn’t seem to be much of a pattern to the bite at all, except for the fact that there was a bite to be had on nearly every occasion.
Anglers wading this past week with live bait were able to scrape up a mess of nice trout in some of the strong north wind that recently blew through town, while other waders realized fortune with top water baits and plastic tails (dark brown, penny, and chrome all produced).  Our guests fishing out of boats this week with live bait have experienced a lot of catching, especially on trout ranging on the smaller end of the scale.  Wind has been an issue more than once, so a number of this week’s catches have taken place along protected shorelines all the way from the head of San Antonio Bay to the remote back lakes situated out on Matagorda Island.
It’s understandable that conditions aren’t always going to be perfect on any given day you may have chosen to be out on the bay trying your luck at finding the fish.  You can improve your chances as you remember to search for things that indicate there are fish in the area.  Some of the things you should try to key-in on are bait activity, slicks, diving birds, structure, and tidal movement.  Secondary items to pay attention to would be things like differences in water depths, wind direction, water clarity, and brightness of the day – all of which can quickly become very, very important things for wading anglers to take into consideration when fishing with artificial baits.

Area bay water temperatures will soon be hovering in the magical 70’s as springtime begins giving way to more and more warm days on a regular basis.  This will mean pods of baitfish – like mullet – will soon become the norm, and not the exception.  Trout and redfish will typically follow the food source, so keep it in mind to always attempt a few casts upon some of those large accumulations of floating mullet if you see them.  It’s always fun tossing top water baits at rafts of mullet, but if there’s nothing happening on top, then go beneath the baitfish.  Try bouncing a plastic tail below the mullet, or dangle a plastic bait of choice below a rattle cork and see what happens.  You might just stumble upon that non-stop bite you were hoping for!  Good luck out there, and be careful!

Capt. Nathan Beabout Fishing report

Teaching young 13 year old Will the right way, and he was a quick learner. Geared up with Waterloo Salinity, Fins Windtamer, Down  South Lures, and some Hookset Gear he managed to catch a few for dinner!We still have some weekday openings for May-July. Fishing continues to be consistant, with fish ranging from 17-27”, many in the 18-21” range. Knee to thigh deep water.

But, if wading isn’t for you call us about sight casting reds, and enjoy a day in our back marsh chasing these shallow water reds.

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Windy Weekend Results at Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

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Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

April 23, 2018

FRIDAY – April 20th

Capt. Cody Spencer – Long time customer Greg S. and a couple of his co-workers had a great Friday morning of fishing before the wind picked up. They managed limits of speckled trout, and caught a couple really nice reds and a few black drum to round out their day of fun on the water.

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Capt. Jeremy McClelland – I put my customers on some good trout Friday morning. We kept them in the live well because these men were undecided on how they were going to get their fillets home on the plane with two layovers. So, after they caught their limits and released several more, they decided to release them all!

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Capt. Kevin Matula – Had a blast Thursday and Friday fishing with these two guys from the Jason R. party. The extremely low tides, along with the howling winds, made for a challenging two days of fishing, but we found some fish.

SATURDAY – April 21st

Capt. Doug Russell – Saturday’s wind just wouldn’t give up – it was blowing like crazy and was testing our patience. Still had a fun day and managed a mess of trout and black drum with the cool guys from the Jodie A. party!

Capt. Stephen Boriskie – Saturday’s wind didn’t bother the Craig F. father and son team who were fishing with me today. 10-year old Cade F. caught his first-ever speckled trout, which he released in order to let fight another day – that’s good luck for life! Cade caught several more, and thoroughly enjoyed his time at Bay Flats Lodge!

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Capt. Todd Jones – Family of four had a fun day of wade fishing with artificials today out of Bay Flats Lodge. Dan got the day started with a very healthy 25″ trout with a top water. The wind changed on us, some rain soon followed, and we made a few moves. They didn’t get ’em all, but with five trout over 20″, and with the majority of those coming on top waters, the day was a success! Hope to see y’all again soon, Dan, Brenda, Burt and Amanda!

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SUNDAY – April 22nd

Capt. ‘Lil John Wyatt – Had a great day with these three young men that have been friends since high school. They stuck it out throughout the windy morning and the results, as you see, were good!

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Capt. Garrett Wygrys – Sunday was filled with beautiful weather and a beautiful full limit of redfish. Today’s group of four repeat customers from the Bob B. party out of San Antonio also managed a few trout, and even a flounder!

This Week’s Featured Article:

Numbers

By Randy Brown – BFL Manager

There are many ways to measure things, and almost all of them involve numbers. The Lodge business is no different. Numbers are important. There are the accounting numbers we’re all familiar with, as well as the numbers our guides deal with on a daily basis. To a fisherman, numbers like water temperature, wind speed and barometric pressure are keys to success, but there are other things that need to be measured that numbers just can’t quantify.

How do you measure things like laughter, the pleasure of a great meal, the joy of an evening spent with friends around a fire pit, or the contentment found in a day making life long memories? All these things and more are important to us here at Bay Flats Lodge because they’re an essential part of our business. However, you won’t find them on a spreadsheet. This is one of the reasons we post so many pictures and videos. Counting smiles just doesn’t get the job done like a picture.

There is one more thing here at the Lodge that’s hard to count, and that’s customer satisfaction. We haven’t found a way to measure just how satisfied our customers are when they leave, so we have no choice but to keep trying to improve.

Upcoming Events

May 17th – Combat Marine Outdoors

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

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.

BFL’s Fishing Specials:

August’s “Beat the Heat” Fishing Special

*** Live Bait NOT Included ***

2 Guests Per Boat = $ 368.00 Per Guest

3 Guests Per Boat = $ 300.00 Per Guest

4 Guests Per Boat = $ 282.00 Per Guest

Your Bay Flats Lodge Fishing Special Package Includes (per guest):

  • Overnight Lodging and Texas Hotel Occupancy Tax
  • Dinner – Complete with two appetizers, complimentary wine and dessert
  • Hot Breakfast Buffet
  • Boat Lunch – Complete with sandwich, chips, cookies, soft drinks and water
  • Fish Processing

BFL’s Grass Roots Wade Fishing with Lures Special

Our original customer base of the mid-1990’s consisted primarily of customers who loved to wade fish with artificial bait, and it was that clientele which stood as the foundation upon which we have grown Bay Flats Lodge into the company it has become today. In recognition of our grass roots, we’re getting back to the basics this year by offering a special deal to all of the wading and artificial enthusiasts out there. Beginning April 1, 2018, when you book 3 wading with artificial bait trips, you will receive your 4th wading with artificial bait trip FREE.

– The 4th FREE trip ONLY includes one free full-day of wade fishing with artificial baits for 4 anglers in one boat.

– The 4th FREE trip does NOT include free lodging and meals.

– One full-day of wade fishing with artificial bait constitutes one trip toward your goal.

– All trips must be taken prior to December 31, 2018.

– Offer not valid on trips booked prior to April 1, 2018; only valid on trips booked between April 1, 2018, and December 15, 2018

Here’s What Some of Our Recent Guests Had To Say…

You would have a hard time finding a better staff anywhere! We had difficult weather conditions, but Capt. Garrett Wygrys still managed to find the fish! – Bob B. 4/23/18

The steaks at dinner were the best we have ever had! We fished with Capt. Cody Spencer – he is great! You all did a great job – we are planning another trip to Bay Flats! – Mike C. 4/23/18

Capt. Garret Wygrys is a great guide and very personable – he’s fun to fish with! We will request him next time we come! – Doug H. 4/23/18

Five-Day Weather Forecast

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A mainly sunny sky. High 82F. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph.

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Intervals of clouds and sunshine. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 81F. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph.

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Sunshine and clouds mixed. High around 75F. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 mph.

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Partly cloudy skies. High around 80F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.

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Partly cloudy skies. High 76F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.

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The weak high-pressure area will be over the northwest Gulf of Mexico Monday night leading to a weak onshore flow. Onshore flow will increase slightly over the southern bays and near shore waters on Tuesday. Weak easterly flow will prevail Wednesday with a weak surface front pushing south across the area Wednesday night, resulting in northerly flow for Thursday and Friday.

Coastal Water Temperature:

Port Aransas 73.0 degrees

Seadrift 73.9 degrees

Matagorda Bay 71.1 degrees

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Capt. Nathan Beabout Wade Fishing

From the first to the last wade, we were blessed with a solid trout bite. Knee to thigh deep, dirty to clear sand pockets with rafts of bait is how we concentrated our wades today. DSL Blue Moon and Corky Softdines got tore up. Our best bites were early till about 10:30, then 1:30-3pm. Most all our fish were between 19-23”, and unfortunately two got away that were over the 26” mark. But, there is always tomorrow.

When these boys got out on their first wade, they told me it was an Empty Stringer kind of day! Thanks boys for showing a little conservation for next time.

Call me today, to get in on some of this action. May-July dates still available.

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Windy with a Chance of More Wind at Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

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Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

April 19, 2018

SATURDAY – April 14th

Capt. Garrett Wygrys – Ended the day in 9th-place out 66 teams during the Rojo Classic redfish tournament. We couldn’t seem to upgrade our small fish, but oh well, that’s how it goes. It was a very fun and entertaining day, to say the least! We had a great time!

Capt. Nick Dahlman – Fished in the 2018 Rojo Classic today in Port O’Connor. We had a decent showing at weigh-in, but not in the prize money this time. Between hiding from crazy lightning storms at the dock for a couple hours during prime fishing time, and 40-mph cool North winds that kicked about mid-morning and never quit, we caught a ton of redfish but just couldn’t get the right size bites we needed. Congratulations to the winners, and I’m already looking forward to next year.

MONDAY – April 16th

Capt. Todd Jones – It must’ve been the boat! Big thanks goes out to my buddy Ric for letting me run his boat while mine was in the shop – I might just have to keep his if this pattern continues! Today started out as a bit of a struggle, but we moved around a little and found a solid trout bite. Chris, John, and Kyle managed a solid box of trout to 18″, and then added four very healthy sheepshead to end the day. We’ll be fishing a half-day on Tuesday with this same group, and we’re hoping the boat keeps us on a lucky streak!

TUESDAY – April 17th

Capt. Stephen Boriskie – Monday and Tuesday turned out being a couple fun days on the saltwater despite howling the April winds. We hosted a two-day event for a service company group in the oil and gas industry, and they really enjoyed Bay Flats Lodge and the fish that we finally managed to catch. We look forward to the possibility of having them back with us again real soon!

Capt. Todd Jones – Today we were off to a good start out with hookups on redfish at dawn – what a way to start your day! Around mid-morning, one of the crew caught the fattest 28-inch redfish I’ve seen in a long time. It was a day of great friends, nice weather, and good times out on the water with Bay Flats Lodge!

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WEDNESDAY – April 18th

Capt. Steve Boldt – Always a fun day with my favorite gals – Julie G. and the crew! The trout cooperated to an extent, and the reds were illusive, but today’s black drum action was super strong with limits for everyone aboard!

Capt. Stephen Boriskie – Had a nice group of repeat customers from the home building industry who have been fishing with Bay Flats Lodge for many years. They enjoyed their Wednesday away from the phones and the job site while hooking up with some nice reds!

Capt. Doug Russell – A bit breezy this afternoon. Finally got the anchor to stick for one good set and busted loose on landing just 2 shy of our trout limit, but a couple good reds made up for it in the end!

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Capt. Cody Spencer – I had another fun wade fishing with lures session today with a few repeat customers who LOVE to fish! These guys caught limits of trout, with a handful of solid ones up to 24 inches! Bob, who happens to be 81 years young, is still getting it done out on the flats! Go Bob!

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Capt. Garrett Wygrys – Regardless of today’s wind, we still managed to put a few decent reds in the box. I want to thank Billy at Foreverlast Inc for supplying us with great equipment like the Stow & Go Net!

THURSDAY – April 19th

Capt. Jeremy McClelland – My crew of BFL guests from the Mark H. party experienced a great start to the day. Regardless of today’s early high winds, these guys began the morning by having their way with the fish. The trout, redfish, and the black drum are all coming to the side of the boat this morning!

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This Week’s Featured Article:

The Last Time

By Randy Brown – BFL Manager

A common adage that kept running through my mind as I wrote the following: “The past is history, the future only a possibility but the here and now is a gift.” I often feel gifted in my interactions at the lodge, and the last few days have been no exception. Last week, Bay Flats Lodge hosted a high school reunion of sorts – nine gentlemen who went to high school in north Houston together reunited for a couple of days of fishing. Their laughter, easy demeanor and joy made them a special group to have.

Watching these men set me to thinking about my own days in high school, and all the guys I might want to see again. It also made me realize just how fleeting life is. These men were not young, and neither am I. I wondered if they might not all be on this trip next year, or if I might not be here to see them again.

I assume that at a certain age we all start to contemplate things as possibly being the last – the last time you see a friend, the last time you kiss your wife, the last time you dance with your daughter, or the last time you play catch with your son. All things come to an end.

There will also be a last time to fish, but not yet. In the meantime, try to live in the moment. As you do, consider paying forward the gift of the present by doing something that will outlive you and me both – donate to CCA’s Building Conservation Trust. We can leave the middle Texas coast fishery better than we found it by building a new habitat. If you follow this link http://www.bayflatslodge.com/cca-donations your donation will be matched dollar for dollar by Bay Flats Lodge.

Upcoming Events

May 17th – Combat Marine Outdoors

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

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.

This Week’s Featured Special:

BFL’s Grass Roots Wade Fishing with Lures Special

Our original customer base of the mid-1990’s consisted primarily of customers who loved to wade fish with artificial bait, and it was that clientele which stood as the foundation upon which we have grown Bay Flats Lodge into the company it has become today. In recognition of our grass roots, we’re getting back to the basics this year by offering a special deal to all of the wading and artificial enthusiasts out there. Beginning April 1, 2018, when you book 3 wading with artificial bait trips, you will receive your 4th wading with artificial bait trip FREE.

– The 4th FREE trip ONLY includes one free full-day of wade fishing with artificial baits for 4 anglers in one boat.

– The 4th FREE trip does NOT include free lodging and meals.

– One full-day of wade fishing with artificial bait constitutes one trip toward your goal.

– All trips must be taken prior to December 31, 2018.

– Offer not valid on trips booked prior to April 1, 2018; only valid on trips booked between April 1, 2018, and December 15, 2018

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Here’s What Some of Our Recent Guests Had To Say…

The whole staff that I interacted with were top-shelf. It is clear that the staff, and ownership, take pride in the services offered. It was very refreshing to have such a great experience! The food was outstanding, and if anyone departed hungry it was their own fault. What a nice place. Amazing amenities! I cannot think of a thing that would need to change. If your level of service remains, word-of-mouth alone will book the Lodge by itself. Again, what a wonderful way to spend a couple days! – Scott G. 4/18/18

All the Lodge staff is friendly and ready to be attentive, if needed. Otherwise, everyone allows you to enjoy you stay. We fished for two days and I had two different guides, Capt. David McClelland and Capt. Garrett Wygrys. Both of them had the same willingness to get us on the fish, and both had the same processes that bayflats seems to instill in their guides. The guides had completely different techniques, and that was refreshing to see each day. The food is always amazing! It’s always the same stuff, but it’s cooked to perfection, and you always know you will be happy! Love the “motel” feeling in a friendly atmosphere! – Tom T. 4/18/18

Everyone was extremely helpful and always available. On day one we fished with Capt. Garrett Wygrys. It took a few stops, but he put us on the Redfish. We all had a blast! He was a pleasure to spend the day with – super knowledgeable and eager to lend a hand and educate us on fishing technique and skills! Day 2 we were with Capt. Todd Jones, who took us to the other side of the bay for great redfish and trout! Our boat caught the biggest Red ($$). Thanks Capt. Todd! Wonderful food! If you go hungry, you must have fallen asleep and missed a meal! – Brian G. 4/17/18

Five-Day Weather Forecast

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Mostly cloudy. High 73F. Winds E at 15 to 25 mph.

Saturday 50 % Precip. / 0.02 in

Cloudy skies during the morning hours followed by scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 74F. Winds SE at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Sunday 40 % Precip. / 0.02 in

Rain showers in the morning, then sunny in the afternoon. High around 80F. Winds N at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

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Sunny skies. High 78F. Winds N at 10 to 15 mph.

Tuesday 20 % Precip. / 0.0 in

Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 77F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.

Synopsis:

Onshore flow will resume by Friday afternoon and become moderate to possibly strong by Friday night as an upper level disturbance approaches the area. The upper disturbance and daytime heating will result in a chance for thunderstorms Saturday and Saturday night. A cold front will then move offshore early Sunday morning, bringing a moderate northerly flow into early next week.

Coastal Water Temperature:

Port Aransas 71.1 degrees

Seadrift 73.0 degrees

Matagorda Bay 71.1 degrees

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Capt. Nathan Beabout sight casting for redfish

With some tough winds from the south, then the north. Our wade fishing trips have been slow. Today we got to shift gears with some new folks who wanted to teach their boy how to fish. Little Kevin wasn’t up for wading but we did grab his attention when we mentioned sight casting fish. Couldn’t have asked for a better day, little to no boat traffic, sunny skies and light north winds.
We found protection in the mangrove covered marsh of Matagorda Island. With receding north winds the marsh was starting to fall, pulling many fish off of small hidden flats and bars into creeks and drains.

Although we saw 75+ redfish today, a lot of them wouldn’t eat, you could make a perfect cast saying “here we go” and they would just slide right on past never flinching. Not sure if it was from the past weather or if the conditions were to perfect and the barometer was to high. But, we knew eventually they should feed, and finally around noon we started see blow ups on the banks. The fish we caught today were on Down South Lures red flash and Buggs Fishing Texas tea.

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April’s Constant Variances at Bay Flats Lodge

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Bay Flats Lodge on San Antonio Bay

April 9, 2018

April’s Constant Variances

It seems as though the past couple weeks have thrown us every weather variable imaginable. We have seen everything from intermittent showers accompanied by subtle north winds to that of brilliantly bright days with winds pumping strong out of the south. With these variances in winds we have also been dealing with the associated changes in tidal conditions, some of which have been extreme – finish the afternoon with a high bull tide, only to awaken the next morning to a tide so low you might think it was still wintertime. Dealing with such conditions can be, and has been, somewhat of a challenge when attempting to locate fish on a daily basis. However, you can also look at differing conditions as being a wonderful opportunity for you to hone your strategy skills for future ventures.

For example, if you happen to be fishing a particular area that is concealed from a strong south wind during an excessive high tide period, look around the immediate vicinity to see where game fish might setup their ambush point in the event the area you are in begins emptying water and baitfish into the larger bay system due to abrupt wind and tide changes. Take note of these dumping points and use them to your advantage when staging your next wade session in the same area, but have exact opposite weather and tide conditions.

Conversely, if you happen to be wading a back lake area or even an open shoreline during exceptionally low tide conditions, make mental notes of the locations of uncovered structure – bay bottom features such as sand bars, oyster reefs, bare guts, grassy areas – that are not usually exposed. Next time you fish the same area under normal conditions you will not only be able to safely navigate the area, but will also be able to position yourself so as to focus your efforts on these structured locations for prime results.

For the past year, the fishing along our Texas coast has become increasingly good, and we anticipate it to only get better as we progress through spring and into summer. As we all continue to relish in all that our great fisheries have to offer, it is important for us to realize the necessity for replenishing that natural resource that we have enjoyed for so many years, and that is why Bay Flats Lodge has partnered with CCA Texas and their National Habitat Program, the Building Conservation Trust. All of our lodge guests now have the opportunity to get involved and donate, and we will match all of our customer donations as we submit them to CCA. With your help, these groups will be able to enhance marine life from Matagorda Bay to Rockport that will be appreciated and enjoyed by the local community for many generations to come. Donate today to make a difference! Until next time, remember to practice CPR, “Catch, Photo, and Release”, whenever possible on trophy Trout and Reds…Guide Chris Martin, Port O’Connor/Seadrift region. www.BayFlatsLodge.com …1-888-677-4868

In The News

First BFL Check Is Written to Building Conservation Trust – CCA Texas

And so it begins – Bay Flats Lodge partnership with the Building Conservation Trust is officially launched with our first check written to BCT. We want to say thank you to our great customers who have generously given, and we at Bay Flats Lodge are happy to match their gifts. These donations are going to habitat projects here in the central Texas coast from Matagorda Bay to Rockport. As these funds accumulate and are put to use, all those who enjoy the fishing and hunting that the Texas mid-coast provides will benefit. 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. https://mailchi.mp/89f4e2792e84/bct-spring-2018-newsletter

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Ducks Unlimited Event Held at BFL

Bay Flats Lodge is proud to have been selected to host Ducks Unlimited this past weekend for their annual meetings, along with a 10-boat, 2-day fishing session. The camaraderie was awesome, and everybody seemed to have thoroughly enjoyed the stay with us. More noticeable, however, was the passion and the love everyone shared for the common good of conserving our nation’s ever-dwindling wetlands – a conservancy effort required in order to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. DU conserves, restores, and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl, which also benefits other wildlife and people. Waterfowl conservation is facing important challenges as wetlands and other habitats are being degraded and destroyed across the continent, and Ducks Unlimited has a vision to reverse that trend.

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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 www.startournament.org for eligibility requirements and further details.

This Week’s Featured Special:

BFL’s Grass Roots Wade Fishing Lures Special

Our original customer base of the mid-1990’s consisted primarily of customers who loved to wade fish with artificial bait, and it was that clientele which stood as the foundation upon which we have grown Bay Flats Lodge into the company it has become today. In recognition of our grass roots, we’re getting back to the basics this year by offering a special deal to all of the wading and artificial enthusiasts out there. Beginning April 1, 2018, when you book 3 wading with artificial bait trips, you will receive your 4th wading with artificial bait trip FREE.

– The 4th FREE trip ONLY includes one free full-day of wade fishing with artificial baits for 4 anglers in one boat.

– The 4th FREE trip does NOT include free lodging and meals.

– One full-day of wade fishing with artificial bait constitutes one trip toward your goal.

– All trips must be taken prior to December 31, 2018.

– Offer not valid on trips booked prior to April 1, 2018; only valid on trips booked between April 1, 2018, and December 15, 2018

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Here’s What Some of Our Recent Guests Had To Say…

The lodge staff and our fishing guide, Capt. Jeremy McClelland, were very accommodating and helpful. Keep up the great service! – Clay R. 4/9/18

The staff was professional with a great attitude, and the food was great (the quail was wonderful)! Capt. Doug Russell was awesome! – Mark L. 4/8/18

Capt. Jeremy McClelland was excellent and extremely competent. Probably was the the best fishing guide I’ve ever fished with. Kudos! – Greg D. 4/8/18

Everybody is great! TJ was there to meet us and made sure we had everything we needed and got us settled in. He always remembers our group and makes sure he spends time with us to make everyone feel welcome. I fished with Capt. Harold Dworaczyk one day and Capt. Jason Wagenfehr the next. They are both excellent guides who make sure you know the game plan but let you do your thing as well. Best guides around! The food is always top-notch! Can’t wait until 5:30pm each day to dig in to those appetizers! We stayed in the new house. We had the whole house to ourselves and had an awesome time! Keep doing what you’re doing! – Kerry J. 4/8/18

Five-Day Weather Forecast

Tuesday 0 % Precip. / 0.0 in

Partly cloudy skies. High 76F. Winds NE at 15 to 25 mph.

Wednesday 10 % Precip. / 0.0 in

A mainly sunny sky. High 76F. Winds SE at 10 to 20 mph.

Thursday 10 % Precip. / 0.0 in

Wind increasing. A few clouds from time to time. High 77F. Winds SSE at 20 to 30 mph.

Friday 80 % Precip. / 0.06 in

Showers and thunderstorms in the morning, then partly cloudy late. It will be windy. High 79F. Winds S at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 80%. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

Saturday 20 % Precip. / 0.0 in

Some clouds early. Mostly sunny along with windy conditions during the afternoon. High 72F. Winds N at 20 to 30 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

Synopsis:

A moderate to strong northeast flow will develop and continue into Tuesday, with the flow slowly weakening in the afternoon. Small Craft Advisories are likely for the gulf for part of Tuesday. Winds will gradually shift around to the southeast Tuesday night and Wednesday, becoming weak to moderate. Onshore flow will increase Thursday into Friday ahead of another cold front that will move through Friday night into Saturday.

Coastal Water Temperature:

Port Aransas 69.1 degrees

Seadrift 66.9 degrees

Matagorda Bay 66.0 degrees

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