Capt. Stephen Boriskie– Good few days with calm conditions and pleasant temperatures made for some relaxation and trout catching on Vudu Shrimp and Texas Tackle Factory soft plastics. The bite is steady, and they don’t care what they eat, so come get you some at Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina in Seadrift, TX 1-888-677-4868.
Capt. ‘Lil John Wyatt– Great times were made Wednesday and Thursday with these guys. Lots of stories were told, and plenty of fish were put in the box. It was one of those trips where I feel like there will also be a lot of stories told when they home! Good times!
FRIDAY – Nov 30th
Capt. Chris Martin– Went grocery shopping today with Capt. Buzz Dillon. Today’s grocery store was made up of drains over mud and grass, where the tides came up along with the temperature. It was foggy early in the day, but south winds later in the morning gradually built to 15-18mph. Glow colored Corky devils worked well, along with Reaction Strike plum/chartreuse plastic tails rigged on a 1/8oz. jig-head while being dredged across the bay floor. I may not have achieved a personal-best fish today, but I certainly had a great day of fishing with a fellow fishing guide.
Capt. Doug Russell– Three at a time today for a solid hour. Burning arms and a broken net, but fun! These monsters provided some great fun today, and everyone got in on the act!
Capt. Perry Rankin– Well, the day started off being a bit foggy with lots of smaller fish, but Jerry and Gary finally picked up some good fish. These guys had a great time with lots of fish to take home. Looks like they will be back next year!
SATURDAY – Dec 1st
Capt. Jeremy McClelland– Got to guide some good men on Friday and Saturday with good results! The trout we found were “thick” fish (lots of meat to ‘em)! We got into some reds also that were perfect for both a tremendous fight, as well as a spectacular meal!
One for the books in Seadrift, TX. today. ENE winds 15-20, overcast, thigh deep water at 54 degrees. Throwing green/silver, bone/silver, and chartruese/silver Corky Fatboys.
We had at least 15 trout from 20-25″, 1@26″, 3@27″, and 1@28″. We laughed and shook our heads in disbelief, it has been a long time since I have seen numbers like this in a day. But, I know this weather has helped our chances. Every trout was released to fight another day.
Give me a shout, and let’s go fishing. I know there are more days like this ahead!
The first couple weeks of October have produced a steady flow of fish for our guides, particularly large numbers of redfish and black drum. This is probably due to the higher tides we’ve experienced so far this month, and the fact that we didn’t seen any substantial change in the weather along our coastal bend area during the first part of the month. Until now, we’ve gotten a bit of rain and a brief north wind that cooled the daytime and nighttime temperatures a bit, but up until the third week in the month, trout catches have been shadowed by some really impressive catch-and-release activities on redfish. However, that’s all going to turn around for us now that the first major frontal passage has arrived.
The weather is changing right now, and so is the fishing pattern as we progress into the fall season. The weather one day might be cloudy and cold, and the next day sunny and warm. It’s for this reason that anglers should look for a bottom made-up primarily of mud, not sand. The atmospheric changes are telling the fish that it is now the time for them to begin transitioning to the insulating qualities offered by that of the wintertime mud. As bay waters continue to cool, a mud bottom acts as an insulator of sorts – the mud absorbs the heat of the daylight sun and holds the heat for a much longer period of time over that of sand. Big trout will instinctively probe the bay bottom in search these warmer spots, and will look for food in surrounding areas. This transition to mud takes place every year at this time, and wading anglers who don’t mind getting into water with knee-deep mud can often expect rewards that outweigh the difficult walking.
An effective wading pattern to exercise during this period of seasonal change is the zigzag routine. At this time of the year you may find the fish warming themselves in bright sunlight in skinny water, or they might be clinging to the depths of deeper water for security and warmth. That’s why walking back-and-forth between shallow and deep water is a good idea. Start your wade session in deeper water so you don’t startle any fish that may already be in shallow water – face the shoreline and walk toward it. Fan your casts from three o’clock to nine o’clock as you walk in a diagonal line directly toward the shore. Once you’re in shallow water, turn your back to the shoreline and walk in a diagonal line away from the shore while heading back out to deeper water. This is a proven method of attack during this changing time in the year, and it allows you to cover a lot of territory, as well. Good luck out there, and be safe!
Finding new areas to fish that are holding a good number of trout and reds, with this high water.
We concentrated on areas holding a lot of bait, which were crotch to waist deep grass flats. My guys threw a variety of baits in different brands. Their best baits were red/white, mansfield margarita, and chicken of the c.
I found a few fish on topwaters early then switched to DSL’s blue moon and strawberry wine. Great day with these repeat customers!
Give me a call for availability Oct-Dec. let’s get you down here and in on the action!
Sometimes slow and steady wins the race! Each wade produced a good number of bites, just not always keepers. Picking up a few fish each wade was how our day went.
Had a lot of fun spending the day with this new to wading saltwater family, once they learned a few of the tricks they were set. Mid-day was our best bite on 16-19” trout, which were caught on Strawberry Wine, Pumkinseed, and Plum/chart.
Give me a call to book October-December, you won’t regret it!
Splash! Drag! The fight was on! Well, after deliberating with several guides and getting a different answer from each one, I decided to go find my own fish. After two uneventful sets, we witnessed large swirls tight to the shoreline. The redfish action was non-stop for almost 2-hours while experiencing immediate hook sets just as soon as the shrimp hit the water. My fishing partners today were our granddaughter, Briley, and our daughter, Stacy. Deb and I really never had a chance to fish, as we were too busy helping. Stacy came out on top with her landing 15 reds, while Briley landed 11. We kept enough for tonight’s dinner and released the rest. I hope you enjoy the video as much as we enjoyed the fishing!
THE GUIDE REPORT
THURSDAY – Oct 4th
Capt. ‘Lil John Wyatt – This was Day #2 with the McCoy’s group, and they had a really good day on the water. They managed full limits of speckled trout, as well as seven very nice slot-size redfish. It turned out being a good day at the office for this crew!
Capt. Heath Borchert – This morning we had a half-day trip with customers all the way from West Virginia to Dilley, Texas. There seemed to be a lull between catches for them, but it turned out that none of the catches were wasted time, as all were great fish. I guess it’s not always about the quantity, as it is the quality. Good job today guys, and I hope to see y’all again soon! Continue reading Redfish Meltdown at Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina→
We checked in to the Reel Time Lodge in Seadrift mid-afternoon Friday prepared to chase redfish until dark. We put the boat in the water and, nothing. Motor would start up fine but not keep running. Perhaps we were ahead of ourselves and jinxed our luck by already planning to have Bubba’s cook our catch. Well, crap. Abort mission. We ended up replacing the fuel line, primer bulb, and spark plugs. Who hasn’t been there before?
Saturday morning we decided to put in at Charlie’s Bait Camp and fish the Dewberry / Shoalwater area. A thunderstorm smashed us hard before we could even get underway so we waited it out for about thirty minutes. Fair warning – the boat launch fee has gone up to $8 and that lady will collect.
It started off slow with the calm conditions, then we had to dodge some rain. By late morning till about 1:30 we found the bite. It was a mix of smalls and keepers, mostly ranging from 17-19″.
Working areas of crotch deep grass beds throwing DSL red/white, strawberry wine, and plum did the trick. We were seeing rafts of bait darting through the water. Throwing into these areas and dragging through was how we found our trout.
Managed a few reds tight to the bank on our last wade of the day, throwing topwaters and red/white.
If you don’t have a trip booked with us to wade in September or October, pick up your phone today!
Did a little fun fishing today with good friend Chris Cady, he found some very solid fish on topwaters, and I had them thumping DSL soft plastics. Our wades were concentrated over sand/grass from knee deep to crotch deep. Soft plastic colors were chicken of the c and victorious secret super models. The topwaters were bone/silver and Texas chicken.
Everything is falling into place to be a great fall fishery. We have all our tide back, the salinity level is down and water temps are cool from lastcweeks rain. This creates good feeds from both trout and reds, and makes patterns a bit more normal. Not to mention potentially our first cool front of the year next week.
I couldn’t be more excited about the things to come, absolutely the best time of year to be on the water. Don’t miss your chance.