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391 Bayside Drive,
P.O. Box 580, Seadrift, Texas 77983-0580

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Brad Fitzpatrick Outdoors

December 21, 2012

If there is an epicenter of the waterfowling universe it’s likely located off Matagorda Island on the Gulf Coast of Texas. The annual North American waterfowl migration bottlenecks in eastern Texas, and there seems to be no limit to the number of species hunters may encounter during a single day in the blind. On my first day in the blind with legendary outdoor writers Joe Coogan and Bryce M Towsley, we encountered gadwall, pintail, redheads (by the thousands), shovelers, teal, mottled ducks and a variety of other species. In fact, we had redheads pitching into the decoys before daylight! After sunup, Joe, Bryce and I had the opportunity to put our Benelli and Franchi shotguns to the test, and Matagorda may be the ultimate test for a waterfowling gun. The saltwater spray, mud, and constant firing test the reliability and durability of duck guns, and both the Franchi Affinity and Benelli Super Vinci accounted for plenty of ducks despite the slop and salt. In addition, Federal Premium Ammunition provided us with their Black Cloud steel shot ammunition and Duck Commander gear. If you are a waterfowl hunter and rely on steel shot then you owe it to yourself to load up on Black Cloud. The Federal ammo performed well and provided consistent patterns. There were no cycling or feeding problems despite tough conditions, and shot after shot, bird after bird, the guns and ammo worked to perfection. I took my limit of redheads the first day and followed it up with a limit of pintails the second day, including a fabulous bull sprig (drake pintail, for those who aren’t familiar with waterfowling vernacular). Bay Flats Lodge played host to our crew, and the accomodations were outstanding. I look forward to returning year after year to hunt for ducks and fish the flats for big red drum and sea trout. If you are a duck hunter grab your Benelli, your waders, and a box of Black Cloud and contact Chris Martin at Bay Flats Lodge. I can promise you won’t be disappointed! For more info contact Bay Flast Lodge (, Benelli (, Franchi USA (, and Federal Premium Ammunition (

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