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about bay flats lodge

Welcome to our hunting and fishing mecca on san antonio bay

There’s No Place Like Bay Flats Lodge

One of the only places in the world where you can land a fish on the fly, hunt 13 duck species, and then come home to a fresh plate of bay shrimp, all on the same day. Our home on the Texas coast offers guests unmatched hunting and fishing opportunities and beautiful accommodations to come home to after a memorable day.

Our expert guides and top-of-the-line boats give you unforgettable encounters with numerous species of waterfowl and game fish that inhabit this vast bay system.

We welcome families, friends, company trips, solo guests, novices and experts looking for an escape at our coastal resort. Bordered by more than 100,000 acres of protected national wildlife reserve, San Antonio Bay’s biodiversity provides shorelines, wetlands and beaches that are rich in marine wildlife.

We’re proud to call this place home and look forward to welcoming you.

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Our seasoned guides, world-class chefs and warm hospitality team are here to make your time with us both memorable and relaxing.
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Our Storied History

A step in a new direction

July 8, 2020

In 1998, our Founders Chris and Deb Martin bought a trailer house in Seadrift, Texas, overlooking San Antonio Bay. Their decision to make Seadrift their weekend home was inspired by the fond memories Chris made as a child while visiting family in Victoria and fishing out on the bay. Chris spent his weekdays in Houston working for Bridgestone while Deb cleaned houses, then the two would head down to Seadrift each Friday for a weekend of fishing with Chris’ customers from Mustang Tractor. Deb would arrive early to prepare food and to clean the trailer.

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Working Toward the Dream

July 8, 2020

As time passed, guests recommended that Chris get a license, allowing him to offer guided hunting and fishing trips. That same year, Chris acquired his Captain’s License, and from then until 2001 he continued to sell tires during the week, and Deb continued to clean houses each weeknight. Weekends for Chris were reserved for guiding, while Deb did all the cooking.

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Signs of Growth

July 8, 2020

Within the first year of their weekend guiding operations, requests for the Martins to host customers every day of the week began to steadily increase. Chris and Deb called upon family help in order to keep up with the growing demands of the business. In 1999, T.J. Christensen (Deb’s son) put the pursuit of his Wildlife Management degree on hold to help expand their weekday guided trips while Chris and Deb continued working in Houston.

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The Birth of Bay Flats Lodge

July 8, 2020

In the summer of 2001, Chris and Deb acquired a house in Seadrift on a private canal situated just off of San Antonio Bay. In late July, Chris turned in his two-week notice and announced his early retirement from Bridgestone. On August 1, 2001, the Martins moved into their new canal home, which marked the beginning of their new business that would be called Bay Flats Lodge.

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Off to the Races

July 8, 2020

Now that the Martins were able to host 12 guests, Chris began writing and shooting photography for several well-known publications and websites to get the word out. The resulting rapid growth in business led to the need for more staff, so Chris and Deb hired a couple more guides and additional housekeeping and kitchen staff to help out. Deb left her home cleaning business in Houston to focus all her attention on hosting and booking guests.

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The Search for a New Home

July 8, 2020

Over the next few years, demand for the lodge continued to grow. By the end of 2004, Chris and Deb recognized that they couldn’t say yes to all of the demand. The Martins spent a year looking for the perfect place to lay down more roots and eventually purchased a two-acre tract just across from the Swan Point Landing Marina. By December 2005, construction began on a new 11,000 sq. ft. lodge, an additional guest house suite and a 2,000 sq. ft. outdoor kitchen facility.

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The Beginning of a New Era

July 8, 2020

Construction of the new lodge was completed in 2007 and the doors opened on April 1st. Today, we are proud to say our team has grown from just Chris and Deb back in 1998 to 14 management and hospitality employees, 16 full-time guides and four part-time guides.

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