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Bay Flats Lodge, Inc.,
391 Bayside Drive,
P.O. Box 580, Seadrift, Texas 77983-0580

Texas : 77983-0580
Lodge : 361-785-2686
Fax : 361-785-4176

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The Saline Solution

 

 

*** Savings Alert:  25% Below Average Rate ***

Annual FEBRUARY Fishing Special

2018

1-888-677-4868

Weekday Rates:  Mon. thru Thur.

*** 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

Weekend Rates:  Fri. / Sat. / Sun.

(minimum 2-night stay & 2 full- days of fishing; Arrive Friday, fish full-day Saturday, fish full-day Sunday and depart)

*** Live Bait NOT Included ***

2 Guests Per Boat     =     $ 736.00 Per Guest

3 Guests Per Boat     =     $ 600.00 Per Guest

4 Guests Per Boat     =     $ 564.00 Per Guest

Your Bay Flats Lodge “2018 FEBRUARY 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

 

Disclaimer:

  • Minimum 2-night stay & 2 full-days of fishing; Arrive Friday, fish full-day Saturday, fish full-day Sunday and depart.
  • Cost of Live Bait not included – Live Bait available at market price upon request.
  • Offer only valid for February 2018, dates. Offer is valid on new bookings only (not valid on previously-booked trips).

 

_____________________________________________________________________

 

Bay Flats Lodge on San Antonio Bay

September 22, 2017

 

 

Capt. Chris Martin

As concentrations of fresh water continue to plaque portions of our bay systems, the guides have had to often work a bit harder at times to locate the bite, but our Bay Flats Lodge customers have been rewarded for our guides’ extra efforts. While it can sometimes take more time to find the fish in these current conditions, once they are located the action has typically proven to be strong and steady. Another item worth mention is that a number of the boats are discovering that there is often an assortment of species in the places they happen to locate the fish – trout, redfish, flounder, black drum, sheepshead, and even snook, tripletail and catfish at times.

 

It’s just a guess, but the fish probably all concentrate in areas that are holding higher salinity levels, and of course in places offering an ample food source, as well. Now then, brackish water along our Texas coast is not a new phenomenon. It has happened in the past more times than anyone can remember, and it is something coastal anglers just have to deal with each time it occurs. A lot of folks simply won’t fish in brackish conditions claiming that there’s no fish to be caught when fresh water takes over the majority of the bay. But there’s really no need to stow the rods and reels just because a little fresh water made its way into the bay.

 

Keep in mind that salt water is denser than fresh water. Why? Because salt is denser than water, so if you add salt to water then the resulting solution is denser than pure fresh water. And because salt water is denser it is also heavier than fresh water (about 2.5% heavier). This means that while fresh water may be found on the surface, that doesn’t mean you won’t find salt water directly beneath it in the lower portion of the water column.

 

It will be a while before our bays completely flush the fresh water introduced by Harvey, so try a couple different approaches next time you’re out fishing and see if they help. If you happen to be tossing live bait beneath a popping cork and you simply aren’t seeing any results, try lengthening the distance between your cork and the bait so the bait is allowed to go deeper. The fish, especially speckled trout, will stay within a certain salinity level which means they will be down in the salt water that often lays just beneath the layer of fresh water at the surface.

 

Try a different location also. With the exception of seasonal frontal passages, our winds along our portion of the coast are predominantly of a southerly influence. Because of these southerly winds, the numerous back lakes that are situated out on Matagorda Island are not impacted as much by the fresh water, and they continue to produce nice fish when fresh water encroaches upon the open bay systems. Because of where they’re located in conjunction to our southerly winds right now, these lakes are able to maintain regular salinity levels because the southerly winds tend to regulate the amount of fresh water allowed to enter the backcountry. Until next time, be careful out there, and have fun!

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Come And See Our Newest Property

 

“The Reef”

 

Times change, but our dedication to perfecting the travel experience never will. Our highly personalized staff, combined with authentic accommodations of the highest quality, embodies a home away from home for those who know and appreciate the best.

We all need an escape route from the hustle and bustle of daily life, just to unwind and to breathe a little. Finding a path to relaxation is very important for a happy, healthy lifestyle. Dreams can come true when everything old becomes new again. Welcome to “The Reef”, our newest addition to the superior line of Bay Flats Lodge properties.  
Within walking distance of the main lodge, “The Reef” offers exclusive accommodations for nine guests, a lighted elevator with phone, a screened-in porch, 2.2 acres of coastal oak trees overlooking San Antonio Bay, a bass lake, extra parking, and all the comforts of home. Give us a call today at 1-888-677-4868 to book “the Reef” for your next trip to Bay Flats Lodge.

 

Watch Our Latest Videos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnwwBazigMc&t=7s

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yydUCEMvsWY&t=14s

 

 

Plan Ahead For Next Year’s Deer Season…

Open marshlands and sandy swamps covered by grassy plants, and nearly impenetrable motts of trees and brush, are both natural environs that make for a great attraction to the deer, and Bay Flats Lodge hunters are able to take advantage of both. Being less than three hours from Houston, Austin, or San Antonio, our deer hunting property is located along the coastal bend region, providing time saving convenience to hunters. Gone are the days of having to drive into the depths and remoteness of south Texas, or out to the far reaches of some of the more secluded western regions of the state in order to enjoy a trophy hunt of a lifetime.  Hunting whitetails with Bay Flats Lodge means spending more time enjoying the finer things in life such as the pleasure of the hunt itself, the camaraderie of friends and family, and the truly finest accommodations and service offered anywhere along the Texas coast.

 

Our whitetail hunting area was developed locally several years ago, and the land and the wildlife have been managed closely ever since.  In that we hold exclusive outfitting privileges on this hunting area, and because it sits just moments away from our Lodge, we are able to provide our customers with a whitetail hunt second to none.  We invite you to experience Bay Flats Lodge, the premier hunting and fishing destination on the Texas coast for your next trophy-class whitetail deer hunt.

 

Five-Day Weather Forecast

Saturday                   40 % Precip. / 0.04 in

Rain showers early with some sunshine later in the day. High 87F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Sunday                     20 % Precip. / 0.0 in

Partly cloudy skies. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 87F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph.

Monday                    50 % Precip. / 0.05 in

Mixed clouds and sun with scattered thunderstorms. High 87F. Winds SE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Tuesday                   50 % Precip. / 0.06 in

Variable clouds with scattered thunderstorms. High 87F. Winds SE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Wednesday             50 % Precip. / 0.04 in

Scattered thunderstorms in the morning, then partly cloudy late. High 87F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Synopsis:

Isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms will be possible throughout today, continuing into the weekend. Weak to moderate onshore flow will persist today through next week. Rain chances will increase by early next week as an upper level disturbance moves north of the area and frontal boundary sinks southward across the state.   

Coastal Water Temperature:

Rockport             79.0 degrees

Seadrift               84.0 degrees

Port Aransas      84.0 degrees

           

 

Watch our story

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGD3KDviAwk&feature=youtu.be&list=UUa…VF-QS0cuOw7jgA

 

Watch Our Deer Hunting Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-e0jWYpiruQ

 

See Our Acres of Wetland Habitat for the 2017-18 Duck Season

https://vimeo.com/228505164

 

Download our App on iTunes

https://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=898844158&mt=8

 

Download our App on Google Play

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.app_bayflat.layout

 

Join our fan page

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1-888-677-4868

Captain Chris Martin

www.BayFlatsLodge.com

 

Meet Our Partners:

Simms

Costa Del Mar

Mojo Sportswear

Columbia

Drake Waterfowl

Flats Cat Boats

Bernies Boats & Motors

Yamaha Outboards

Coastline Trailers

Shoalwater Boats

Old Victoria Outfitters

Brinson Powersports

Quack Rack

TTF – Texas Tackle Factory

CCA – Texas

Ducks Unlimited – Texas

Delta Waterfowl

Benelli USA

Franchi USA

Black Cloud Ammunitions

Finck Cigar Company

The Texas Gourmet

Stacy Hedrick – Realtor

Port Lavaca Auto Group

Lifetime Decoys

MOmarsh

Law Call Lanyards

FireDisc Cookers

POC Freeze Out Fishing Tournament

Hector Mendieta Tunes & Tails Fishing Tournament

Seadrift Shrimpfest Fishing Tournament

Tanglefree Waterfowl




Bay Flats Lodge welcomes Capt. Todd Jones

Bay Flats Lodge is happy to announce Captain Todd Jones has joined our team

Todd Jones grew up in Victoria close enough to the Texas Gulf Coast to smell the saltwater. By the age five Todd had a fishing rod in his hand at the Bob and Leonard Camp near Port O’Connor. Those trips to Bob and Leonard’s were the beginning of a lifelong fishing obsession. After serving our country as a US Marine Todd entered a diverse career which included 10 years as a law enforcement officer and managing a health care facility for the elderly.

During these years, Todd never wavered from his love of fishing. In 2010 Todd earned his Captains License and started helping others experience what he loves so much.

Captain Todd is a great addition to Bay Flats Lodge and another reason come fishing with us.




Back in the Saddle Again at Bay Flats Lodge

 

2018

 

*** Savings Alert:  25% Below Average Rate ***

FEBRUARY Fishing Special

2018

1-888-677-4868

Weekday Rates:  Mon. thru Thur.

*** 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

Weekend Rates:  Fri. / Sat. / Sun.

(minimum 2-night stay & 2 full- days of fishing;  Arrive Friday, fish full-day Saturday, fish full-day Sunday and depart)

*** Live Bait NOT Included ***

2 Guests Per Boat     =     $ 736.00 Per Guest

3 Guests Per Boat     =     $ 600.00 Per Guest

4 Guests Per Boat     =     $ 564.00 Per Guest

 

Your Bay Flats Lodge “2018 FEBRUARY 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

 

Disclaimer:

  • Minimum 2-night stay & 2 full-days of fishing;  Arrive Friday, fish full-day Saturday, fish full-day Sunday and depart.
  • Cost of Live Bait not included – Live Bait available at market price upon request.
  • Offer only valid for February, 2018, dates. Offer is valid on new bookings only (not valid on previously-booked trips).

 

_____________________________________________________________________

 

Bay Flats Lodge on San Antonio Bay

September 18, 2017

 

 

Capt. Chris Martin

When you fall off of a horse, you have to get back in the saddle as soon as possible if you ever expect to ride again. When you have a car accident, you have to get behind the wheel again as soon after the accident as possible before you start to shy away from driving altogether. And once you’ve experienced the aftermath of a devastating force of nature like that of Hurricane Harvey, you have to pull yourself together and do whatever may be necessary to put the pieces back together before you can begin to have any normalcy restored in your life.

 

For millions of people in Texas, Florida, and throughout the many islands of the Caribbean, returning to a “normal” way of life may take months, if not years, in some instances. However, and due to nothing shy of an utter miracle, our immediate area was generously spared from a large part of any catastrophic damage, especially when compared to many other parts of the state.

 

The Bay Flats guides are all happy to be back out on the water once again following the hurricane, and our lodge guests who are still able to make the trip to the coast are enjoying themselves to no end. There have indeed been some obstacles to overcome in getting our business fully back on track again in the wake of the storm, but a positive attitude and a lot of hard work on the part of everyone involved has helped to ease the pain considerably.

 

Now, back to fishing! As you might imagine, water levels along the banks of most every major river system in central and eastern Texas swelled to all-time highs as Harvey slowly crept eastward along the Texas coastline. The end result of which has been the introduction of massive amounts of freshwater into every coastal bay system east of Corpus Christi Bay. It’s a natural occurrence that can’t be avoided with a storm of this magnitude, so coastal anglers simply have to deal with it. In our particular case, however, not all has been lost – no one ever told the fish that the freshwater was supposed to bother them.

 

Our Bay Flats Lodge guests have been enjoying steady catches of trout, redfish, and black drum on an almost daily basis since our first post-hurricane guests arrived on September 9th. There have also been a few Snook landed along the way, which typically isn’t heard of around our neck of the woods. Go figure!

 

Granted, there’s a lot of dull, dingy, brown water sitting around in a lot of places out in the bay, but that ever-popular trout-green water can still be found here and there if you look for it. Most all of our recent guests have been enjoying the fishing while offering either live croaker or live shrimp (under a popping cork), but a couple of the guides waded earlier this week with plastic tails and experienced wonderful results. Wading will only get better with lower air and water temperatures as we round out September and head into October. Cooler water will mean some of the year’s best speckled trout fishing, and higher tides in October will bring great redfish action. Get ready for some reel fun! Until next time, take care and God Bless!

 

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Come And See Our Newest Property

 

“The Reef”

 

Times change, but our dedication to perfecting the travel experience never will. Our highly personalized staff, combined with authentic accommodations of the highest quality, embodies a home away from home for those who know and appreciate the best.

We all need an escape route from the hustle and bustle of daily life, just to unwind and to breathe a little. Finding a path to relaxation is very important for a happy, healthy lifestyle. Dreams can come true when everything old becomes new again. Welcome to “The Reef”, our newest addition to the superior line of Bay Flats Lodge properties.  
Within walking distance of the main lodge, “The Reef” offers exclusive accommodations for nine guests, a lighted elevator with phone, a screened-in porch, 2.2 acres of coastal oak trees overlooking San Antonio Bay, a bass lake, extra parking, and all the comforts of home. Give us a call today at 1-888-677-4868 to book “the Reef” for your next trip to Bay Flats Lodge.

 

Watch Our Latest Video

 

 

Plan Ahead For Next Year’s Deer Season…

Open marshlands and sandy swamps covered by grassy plants, and nearly impenetrable motts of trees and brush, are both natural environs that make for a great attraction to the deer, and Bay Flats Lodge hunters are able to take advantage of both. Being less than three hours from Houston, Austin, or San Antonio, our deer hunting property is located along the coastal bend region, providing time saving convenience to hunters. Gone are the days of having to drive into the depths and remoteness of south Texas, or out to the far reaches of some of the more secluded western regions of the state in order to enjoy a trophy hunt of a lifetime.  Hunting whitetails with Bay Flats Lodge means spending more time enjoying the finer things in life such as the pleasure of the hunt itself, the camaraderie of friends and family, and the truly finest accommodations and service offered anywhere along the Texas coast.

 

Our whitetail hunting area was developed locally several years ago, and the land and the wildlife have been managed closely ever since.  In that we hold exclusive outfitting privileges on this hunting area, and because it sits just moments away from our Lodge, we are able to provide our customers with a whitetail hunt second to none.  We invite you to experience Bay Flats Lodge, the premier hunting and fishing destination on the Texas coast for your next trophy-class whitetail deer hunt.

 

Five-Day Weather Forecast

Monday                   20 % Precip. / 0.0 in

Sunshine and clouds mixed. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 86F. Winds SE at 10 to 15 mph.

Tuesday                  50 % Precip. / 0.03 in

Scattered thunderstorms in the morning, with mostly cloudy skies late. High 86F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Wednesday            20 % Precip. / 0.0 in

Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 87F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph.

Thursday                50 % Precip. / 0.04 in

Scattered thunderstorms in the morning, then partly cloudy late. High 87F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Friday                     50 % Precip. / 0.05 in

Scattered thunderstorms in the morning. Partly cloudy skies late. High 86F. Winds SE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Synopsis:

A weak to moderate onshore flow is expected to continue through Thursday. Greater moisture will contribute to generally isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms through Thursday as well.   

Coastal Water Temperature:

Rockport              79.0 degrees

Seadrift                86.0 degrees

Port Aransas       84.0 degrees

      

 

Watch our story

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGD3KDviAwk&feature=youtu.be&list=UUa…VF-QS0cuOw7jgA

 

Watch Our Deer Hunting Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-e0jWYpiruQ

 

See Our Acres of Wetland Habitat for the 2017-18 Duck Season

https://vimeo.com/228505164

 

Download our App on iTunes

https://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=898844158&mt=8

 

Download our App on Google Play

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.app_bayflat.layout

 

Join our fan page

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bay-F…15209515185497

 

1-888-677-4868

Captain Chris Martin

www.BayFlatsLodge.com

 

Meet Our Partners:

Simms

Costa Del Mar

Mojo Sportswear

Columbia

Drake Waterfowl

Flats Cat Boats

Bernies Boats & Motors

Yamaha Outboards

Coastline Trailers

Shoalwater Boats

Old Victoria Outfitters

Brinson Powersports

Quack Rack

TTF – Texas Tackle Factory

CCA – Texas

Ducks Unlimited – Texas

Delta Waterfowl

Benelli USA

Franchi USA

Black Cloud Ammunitions

Finck Cigar Company

The Texas Gourmet

Stacy Hedrick – Realtor

Port Lavaca Auto Group

Lifetime Decoys

MOmarsh

Law Call Lanyards

FireDisc Cookers

POC Freeze Out Fishing Tournament

Hector Mendieta Tunes & Tails Fishing Tournament

Seadrift Shrimpfest Fishing Tournament

Tanglefree Waterfowl




Were Up and Running – Back in Business Since Thursday 9/7

In 2008, I watched my son run the last race of his college career. The event was Steeple Chase which is basically Cross Country on a track. Three thousand meters, eighteen hurdles and five water pits make up the course. Eric’s coaches had set him up with a chance to win his last race. His school had already secured the conference title so their number one runner in the event was pulled out. Now it was up to Eric. While Eric did have competition in the conference, he was fast enough to get the job done. On the third lap, he was leading the race when he hung a spike in a hurdle and went down. Eric rolled and came up but now was in third place. He never got back to the front and finished third.

I had watched Eric run competitively almost all of his life. I had seen him win multiple races and two National Championships. Even so, this was one of the proudest moments as a father I experienced. My son went down but came back up and refused to give up. His character was revealed.  What more can a parent ask?

Here at bay Flats Lodge we hung a proverbial spike in a storm named Harvey. We got knocked down. But we’ve gotten back up and now were running again. Almost 14 days of sweat and blood put us in position to reopen. Our team’s commitment to this business didn’t waver. As Chris Martin says you need to sweat the small stuff and we did. Every detail has been addressed and is still being addressed.

So, our character has been revealed in this set back. Were still committed to our customers and our community and that will never change. To all of our loyal customers we want to say thank you and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Randy Brown

Bay Flats Lodge Assistant Manager

 

 

 

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