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OCTOBER HAS BEEN GOOD SO FAR at Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

A SOLID OCTOBER

By: Capt. Stephen Boriskie

As I halt all outdoor activities while this strong cold front bears down on us today in the middle coast I am reminded of how solid the first half of October has been. When the calendar turned to ten-one, it was almost like a switch was flipped and all of the sudden we had higher, more normal Fall water levels. The air seemed different even though a front had not slipped through. The water seemed cooler and the fish more active. The days are shorter giving way to more overnight rest. Even the crowds had thinned out around here as if deer season had already begun. Add it all up and the result was a fish almost every cast!

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Redfish are the talk right now with numbers of undersized fish in the 18″ to 19″ range abundant. My experience has been the smaller under 10″ rat reds are not as common as these larger ones ending up on the hook. Limits of slot redfish are almost the norm with a few oversize thrown in to keep it real. I have polled our guides with text messages throughout the day and they are catching similar fish too. It doesn’t seem to matter whether it’s live or dead shrimp but they are both working better than cutters.

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The speckled trout catch isn’t up to snuff in my trips right now like in the past few years for this time of year. Most of my guys are in the boat throwing bait and I chalk it up to the higher than preferred winds we have been seeing due to these fronts that are now blasting through Texas. I cannot seem to get out on the reefs where they have been holding because of the angry bay both before and after the fronts. The wade fishing trips however have produced impressive numbers and size of trout using either croaker or lures, true to wading year round.

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Black drum and Sheepshead with a rare showing of Flounder are the other species we have been boxing regularly in this first half of October. This is to say we are not limiting out on these guys but seeing good numbers. This should continue in the rest of the month and on into the end of the year.

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It’s no wonder why this is our favorite time of the year and why the lodge is booked almost every guide for every day. This is the perfect time to round up the family or customers and get to the coast. When you are catching a fish on almost every cast it makes you realize what a wonderful abundant resource we have in our coastal waters. There are many to thank for such a bounty aside from mother nature and the time of the year. Conservation efforts are working and you can see that in the numbers of fish we have and also in the health of our bay and our estuaries. Donate where you can to these groups and participate with your time and effort to ensure the future generations not only will have the right to fish and the waters to do so, but they will likely enjoy days like we are having right now wearing out your arms and putting some fine fish on the dinner table.

Snook in Seadrift!

Capt. Chris Martin, owner of Bay Flats Lodge, pulled me aside at breakfast and asked if I wanted to hook up on something special.  Yes, I do!  He then introduced me to Capt. Garrett Wygrys who explained that he had located a pod of Snook that had somehow found their way into the Seadrift area.  Snook?  You bet!

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Capt. Garrett Wygrys with Snook

Snook are plentiful in Florida and can be found in the Lower Laguna Madre of Texas.  However, it is rare to catch snook in our middle Gulf Coast.  Capt. Garrett found these fish some months back and has been keeping tabs on them ever since.  They are growing about 1″ a month so they could be something truly special in another year if they stay local. Continue reading Snook in Seadrift!

Do Your Own Thing at Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

THE GUIDE REPORT  SATURDAY – July 14th

Capt. ‘Lil John Wyatt – We had a great day on the water with this group for the second day. The kids had a blast, and there was never a dull moment with this group! The kids caught a little bit of everything – speckled trout, black drum, and sheepshead! They had two full days of fun in the sun, and I think everyone thoroughly enjoyed it! I know I did!

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SUNDAY – July 15th

Capt. ‘Lil John Wyatt – Today turned out being a slow day for us out on the water, but today’s group of four out of the Tony M. party managed to pull together a small box of fish. Conditions were quite warm, and winds were low most all day, but the bite never increased throughout the day.

Capt. Stephen Boriskie – It seems as thought the fish may have been on vacation here along the middle Texas coast the past few days, but my crew caught a few and it was our newbie that had the most luck, boating his first, second and I think third-ever speckled trout! What a way to break someone new into the sport of coastal fishing. We couldn’t have asked for anything nicer!

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MONDAY – July 16th

Capt. Todd Jones – It’s always fun to see kids catching fish! The young guys took some really nice trout this morning, as well as redfish to 24-inches! They showed the older members of today’s crew how things are supposed to be done! It was a fine day all the way around!

TUESDAY – July 17th

Capt. Doug Russell – We’ll see what tomorrow brings, but today was a blast! My party of three from the Dale S. party really enjoyed themselves! They caught some of the best trout I’ve seen in the past few weeks. I hope Wednesday’s just as good!

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Gone Fishin’ from Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

IN THE NEWS AT BAY FLATS LODGE

A big “THANK YOU” to the Austin Chapter of the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) for showing you care about our bay systems and the marine habitat – your donation is appreciated by many! The Building Conservation Trust (BCT) and the Texas Coastal Conservation association (CCA-Texas) have a strong partnership that has resulted in several successful marine habitat projects throughout the years. Their relationship is now expanding through a partnership with Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina. Together, these three groups, along with our BFL guests, are enhancing marine life from Matagorda Bay to Rockport that will be appreciated and enjoyed by the local community for many generations to come.

Congratulations to Captain Jason Wagenfehr for the 1st-place win at Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina in the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) and the Austin Chapter AGC first annual fishing tournament. Trout to 27″ for Captain Harold Dworaczyk for 3rd-place, and trout to 24″ for Captain Cooper Hartmann’s team. Conditions really went south overnight, making catching much harder for the 18 fishing teams.

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THE GUIDE REPORT

THURSDAY – June 21st

Capt. Billy Freudensprung– Today, we were able to stay away from the storms, and on the fish. My guys managed their trout limit regardless of the pressing bad weather, and everone ended up having a good time!

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Windy Weekend Results at Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

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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

Tuesday 10 % Precip. / 0.0 in

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

Wednesday 20 % Precip. / 0.0 in

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

Thursday 10 % Precip. / 0.0 in

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.

Saturday 10 % Precip. / 0.0 in

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

Synopsis:

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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April 5, 2018

Wake Up Your Fish
Wake Up Your Fish

WEDNESDAY – Mar. 28th

Capt. Steve Boldt – Slow grind over the past weekend with the low tide and strong winds ending with half limits of trout for their efforts but things seem to be picking back up this week so far.

THURSDAY – Mar. 29th

Capt. Perry Rankin – Had the pleasure of fishing with two gentlemen that are homebuilders who were visiting the lodge. Wednesday was a very windy day, but we did manage a few fish. Thursday, on the other hand, proved to be a beautiful day with great success. Also, got to see our three resident Whooping Cranes.

TUESDAY – Apr. 3rd

Capt. Stephen Boriskie – Tuesday and Wednesday were with repeat customers in the building supply biz entertaining top producers. Wind was high both days, but out of different directions, challenging us on locating and catching fish. Good friends and friendly competition made it all good at Bay Flats Lodge.

Capt. Todd Jones – Tuesday was a “New” kind of day with Steve from New Braunfels, and Brandon from New Jersey – lifelong friends making their first visit to Bay Flats Lodge as the highlight to their annual visit. Brutal south winds were no deterrent to a fun-filled day of friendship and fishing. Both guys enjoyed their limits of trout and redfish, with Brandon catching his personal best trout at 22″. They released another three limits of reds before calling it a day, heading in with a solid box of fish. Enjoyed the day guys! Hope to see you again very soon!

WEDNESDAY – Apr. 4th

Capt. Cooper Hartmann – Wednesday wasn’t too bad of a day for fishing, considering the wind was blowing 30-mph out of the north.

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

Capt. Billy Freudensprung is the best guide I’ve fished with in ten years! OUTSTANDING!

– Robert C. 4/4/18

Had a great time! The food and the accommodations were great, and Capt. Kevin Matula did a wonderful job! The food is always good, but the pork chop was outstanding. It was an overall great trip! – Frank D. 4/2/18

The staff was very professional and helpful on all occasions. Capt. Buzz Dillon was great – we caught limits of redfish both days! The lunches were good, but the appetizers and the dinner were exceptional, and the property and accommodations are first-class all the way. Very impressed! Everything regarding Bay Flats far exceeded my expectations. Keep up the good work! – Matt J. 4/2/18

Overall great experience! First-class facility! Definitely will be booking a trip with clients in the future! – Louis W. 4/2/18

East Meets West - BFL TV
East Meets West – BFL TV

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 CCA Texas – S.T.A.R. Tournament 2018 for eligibility requirements and further details.

This Week’s Special Report:

Building Conservation Trust’s Spring 2018 Newsletter

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.

BCT’s Spring 2018 Newsletter

Five-Day Weather Forecast

Friday 40 % Precip. / 0.02 in

Scattered thunderstorms in the morning, then partly cloudy late. High 81F. Winds S at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Saturday 20 % Precip. / 0.0 in

Cloudy with gusty winds. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High around 70F. Winds N at 20 to 30 mph.

Sunday 10 % Precip. / 0.0 in

Cloudy early with partial sunshine expected late. High 73F. NE winds shifting to SSE at 10 to 15 mph.

Monday 20 % Precip. / 0.0 in

Cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy in the afternoon. High 82F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday 10 % Precip. / 0.0 in

Sun and a few passing clouds. High 77F. Winds ENE at 15 to 25 mph.

Synopsis:

Onshore flow will increase to moderate levels Friday as the pressure gradient strengthens. Isolated showers and thunderstorms are expected through Friday. The next cold front is expected to move into the Gulf waters Saturday morning with isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms possible Friday night and Saturday. After a brief period of strong northeast winds Saturday, weak onshore flow will resume on Sunday. Another frontal boundary is then expected to push through the region again on Monday, with moderate to strong east to northeast winds behind the front.

Coastal Water Temperature:

Port Aransas 72.0 degrees

Seadrift 72.0 degrees

Matagorda Bay 70.0 degrees

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Cedar Bayou and other marine projects

Today, we are writing our first matching donation check to (BCT) Building Conservation Trust. 

The United States portion of the Gulf of Mexico coastline spans 1,680 total miles, stretching all the way from the border with Mexico to the Florida Keys. Here in the great state of Texas, our slice of this magnificent shore consists of 367 miles of some of the absolute best inshore saltwater fishing to be found in any of the other states outlined by Gulf waters – Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. Today, Texas coastal anglers enjoy a rather vibrant coastal fishery, but things haven’t always been as good as they are now.

Out of neglect and disrespect for such a wonderful natural resource as our Texas coastal fisheries, commercial fishing in the mid-1970’s all but wiped out the state’s speckled trout and redfish numbers altogether. Because of this, a small group of 14 concerned recreational anglers start the Gulf Coast Conservation Association (GCCA) in order to fight the commercial overfishing. The GCCA began with the famous “Save the Redfish” crusade, and by 1985 chapters had formed along the Gulf Coast. By the 1990’s, the mid-Atlantic and New England states had chapters, and then Washington state and Oregon started chapters in 2007. Today’s organization is known as the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA), and they’ve effectively engaged in almost every national fisheries debate since 1984, things like the defense of net bands, the implementation of by-catch reduction devices, the support for pro-fisheries legislation, and the battle against arbitrary no-fishing zones.

At Bay Flats Lodge, being good stewards of the land and the wildlife isn’t just a slogan. It’s our way of life, and we have created our company based on those beliefs. This attitude and culture is reflected in all that Bay Flats Lodge does, and it’s for that reason we are genuinely proud to announce our partnership with CCA Texas and CCA’s national habitat program, The Building Conservation Trust (BCT). BCT and CCA Texas have a strong partnership that has resulted in several successful marine habitat programs throughout the years, and that relationship is now growing through a partnership with Bay Flats Lodge. Together, these three groups are working together to foster and enhance marine life from Matagorda Bay to Rockport.

If you would like to show your support of conserving, promoting, and enhancing the present and future availability of coastal resources for the enjoyment of the general public, just let us know upon arriving for your stay at Bay Flats Lodge, or when checking-out prior to your departure. Bay Flats Lodge will automatically match dollar-for-dollar your donation toward these tremendous efforts.

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P.O. Box 580
Seadrift, Texas 77983-0580
1.888.677.4868 Office

 

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Report by Capt. Nick Dahlman Wade Fishing Lure Pro

April 1, 2018

Wade Fishing has been very productive the past few weeks. From Corkys to top-waters take your pick. Most of the Trout and Reds are currently holding over shallow sand and grass with water temps around 70 degrees. The March Full Moon has kicked off the spawn and some Big Trout have been caught and released the past few days. April looks to be a stellar month for wade-fishing for Big Trout in the San Antonio Bay region. Come see me at Bay Flats Lodge.

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Seadrift, Texas 77983-0580
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Capt. Nathan Beabout Seadrift Fishing Report

People may have different opinions on trophy trout, but when two of your customers set there new personal best in the same day, that’s trophy class!

Congrats to these two boys who fished with me in Seadrift today.Seadrift Trout

With the water coming up 8”-1ft over night, fish were found tight to the grass. Our lure selection didnt change much, and if it had Chartruese in it, it was getting thumped. We walked through huge rafts of mullet today, and in knee deep water only had about 3-4” of visibility. Trout ranged from 17-26” and everything over 23” was released.Trout Lures

If your not booked with us in April or May, your missing out on some of the best months to catch big trout on the Middle Texas Coast. Contact me today to get your date booked, you will not regret it.

Capt. Nathan Beabout

Cell:(210)452-9680

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