Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina
July 26, 2018
THE GUIDE REPORT
MONDAY – July 23rd
Capt. Steve Boldt – Today was a grinder of a day, but my crew of three from the Jeremy K. party put their nose to the grindstone and got the job done. The wind wasn’t that bad this morning, and one of the guys stuck a fantastic trout just before 8:00am. At that point, we thought for sure we were into the fish heavily, and that it wouldn’t take any time at all to reach our limits. However, the bite weakened following that, and we suddenly realized we had our work cut out for us for the rest of the morning. The guys finished their day on a favorable note as they managed thirteen nice trout, four good-size reds, and two thick flounder.
Capt. Todd Jones – Not thirty minutes before this picture, Miles asked how often we catch flounder, to which I replied, “Not all that often”. He really wanted to catch a flounder. By pure chance, this happened not long after his question. It was his second ever, and new personal-best flounder on rod and reel, which measured right at 21-inches! Not pictured, also, is the 17-inch flounder that he caught on the very next cast! Ask, and you shall receive!
TUESDAY – July 24th
Capt. Steve Boldt – We spent some quality time out on the water today with a group of very special ladies. I had the opportunity to fish wish three members of the Bay Flats Lodge evening kitchen staff, and they had a blast! It was a well-deserved trip that they’ve needed for a long time, and they made up for lost time on the bay. They managed a mess of trout, as well as a beautiful bonus redfish. I hope we get to do it again real soon!
WEDNESDAY – July 25th
Capt. Steve Boldt – The strangest thing happened today. We searched and searched, and tried and tried to locate the trout bite, but the trout weren’t having any part of it! I don’t know the reason why, and I can’t begin to try to explain it, but the trout just did not bite this morning. Thankfully for us, the redfish that have been somewhat elusive recently showed up in numbers to save the day, not to mention a couple of really nice black drum as extra prizes. It was a weird day, but then again we were fishing after all!
Capt. Stephen Boriskie – The Lodge has repeat customers that visit time and time again, and they bring their top customers. And more times than not, the guys that have fished with me before typically request to be on my boat again, and most of the time it works out – today was a good example! By the way, the redfish drought has been over for about two days now (what do you want to bet that tomorrow I’ll be saying, “…you should’ve been here yesterday?”
Capt. ‘Lil John Wyatt – The gentlemen fishing with me today are in the building supply industry, and were visiting the lodge with a big group of folks who were have a small fishing tournament for a little extra fun. My guys had a big day by catching a lot of fish, and by releasing a lot of fish, as well. As an added bonus, our boat ended the day by winning the big trout award for today’s efforts. Thank you everyone, it was a great day out on the water!
UPCOMING FISHING IN AUGUST
On windy days when the mid-bay shell is unavailable, some of our wade fishing guests have been wading amongst a good amount of mud and grass, some pretty tough at times, in some of the more remote regions of our bay systems. Doing so has produced fish for them, but on occasion the level of consistency has not been as great as we’re typically used to seeing. With the higher temperatures we’re experiencing right now, we’re finding that we generally seem to do better in the back country areas over mud and grass on those days with higher tide levels. Inversely, on days when lower tides are the norm, we’re not finding the bite to be very active in the back lakes over the mud and grass. These back bays require a certain level of water in order to be attractive to the fish, especially in real skinny shallows, and especially during the heat of the summer.
When you do look for fish in these secluded areas, you’ll do well by beginning your search over a hard-sand bottom with a mixture of occasional shell. A lot of anglers will catch their fair share of trout over shell in August and September as a result of their focus upon many of the larger, open-bay shell reefs while tossing live bait. However, a lot of anglers may prefer to do whatever possible in order to allow them to remain concealed and detached from the masses while throwing nothing but artificial baits.
For the artificial bait enthusiasts amongst us, top water lures should be your first “go-to bait” in August, and you should be throwing them into the darkness of the very early-light hours just prior to sunrise, and then again during the hours of the day just before sunset. You can experiment if you wish, but it is highly recommended you downsize your surface baits this month to the smaller-sized lures, especially in instances of very light wind conditions and little wave action across the surface of the water.
If you’re looking for alternative wading options, you might also like to try concentrating a few wading sessions along the leeward shorelines of Espiritu Santo Bay and San Antonio Bay while keying in on sand guts with intermittent grass patches. Try doing this a lot in August, and look for structure in the neighboring area that shows signs of depressions and pockets running parallel to skinny water along the shorelines. It’s not common for the top water bite to last much past sunrise this time of the year, so switch to plastics while heading out to deeper water as the morning progresses. Good luck, and keep grindin’!
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