Bay Flats Lodge on San Antonio Bay
Capt. Chris Martin
A lot of folks may argue that it’s too hot to fish in August, but don’t let the heat discourage you, as the trout action in August can also become very, very hot. One thing you can do this time of the year is plan to begin your day on the water just as early in the morning as possible. As a general practice, you may try to be setup in your initial wading spot an hour before the sun is scheduled to rise. There are various reasons for doing this, with probably the most common-sense reason being that it’s the coolest part of the day, and you can get a lot of fishing time in before your brain begins to bake from the heat of the sun.
From a tactical standpoint, there are a couple different reasons you will like being out there so early when it’s hot. The first is that the waters along shallow shorelines have cooled significantly in the overnight hours, and bait fish and predators (trout) often seek refuge along these flats during pre-dawn hours. The shallow water is cool, and the fish feel a greater sense of security there over that of the unknown dark murkiness of deep, nighttime waters. Another reason you may prefer earliness when it’s hot is because the pre-dawn bite is commonly found to be somewhat more aggressive over that of when the sun has risen into the morning sky – you may have even seen the bite turn completely off the moment the sun raises its inflamed head. But not to worry, when that happens you can often turn around and wade out to deeper water and re-locate bite once you’ve relocated the baitfish.
As discussed earlier, this month you should be starting out early and shallow. And as the day progresses into middle and late morning, I’ll look to be following the baitfish into deeper water. It’s for this reason that your targeted fishing areas this month should be places where there are shallow flats that offer the fish immediate access to deeper water. Such places include areas like the many spoil banks piled-up along the Victoria Barge Canal and the open waters of the Intracoastal Waterway, the numerous shell reefs located in San Antonio Bay, and the many open-bay island areas – Big Bird and Little Bird Islands, Grass Island, Steamboat Island, South Pass and First Chain of Islands, etc. Granted, August may not offer some of the most comfortable fishing conditions, but you can certainly take comfort in knowing that this month offers great potential for some very prosperous results.
Capt. Stephen Boriskie
A few photos from today with Keith, Tim, and Ruben that tells some of the story, but if you were a fly on the gunnel you would be abuzz. Take them on the surface and you see three dudes looking more like Cheech than Chong but get to know them and see their angling experience and you gain some respect and knowledge of the best folks you know. Veterans of the salt water were Tim and Ruben and quiet, effective and angling skills come to mind. Keith was the quickest study I may have ever known. Sum it up all and what a good day in Mid Texas coast and our host emeritus Bay Flats Lodge did it up right once again. Kudos to Chris and Deb Martin for having the foresight to 2016 and building this kind of venue in this kind of setting. For the statistics we limited out on 15 trout and 2 solid flounder plus we released many undersized trout and a few redfish. Good gracious what a day!
Capt. Billy Freudensprung
Dodging storms and a grind of fishing kind of day. They caught some keeper trout for the box and a lot of smalls mixed in throughout the day. Saved the last little bit of bait in search of their reds needed for the company tournament they had going. Second stop for reds was the spot to catch their prized red fish. They boxed a few more before having to get in to weigh their catch. Another great day on the water at BFL!
Remember, “Fishing here is not about challenging your fishing limits, but about the art of relaxation.” Good luck, and tight lines to you all…!
2016 December Fishing Special
|You and your party can enjoy a great ending to the year with some well-deserved rest and relaxation as you savor some fabulous cuisine, enjoy first-class accommodations, and experience great fishing at some of the best rates Bay Flats Lodge will offer all year long.
$412 per person 2 Guests per boat
$275 per person 3 Guests per boat
$232 per person 4 Guests per boat
(Includes 1 night lodging, 3 meals, and 1 full-day of fishing
Live bait provided at additional charge, if requested.
6.00% Texas Hotel Occupancy Tax not included.
Three-Day Weather Forecast
Sunday 20 % Precip. / 0.0 in
Partly cloudy. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 91F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph.
Sunday Night 20 % Precip. / 0.0 in
A few clouds. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Low 79F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph.
Monday 10 % Precip. / 0.0 in
Partly cloudy skies. High 92F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph.
Monday Night 10 % Precip. / 0.0 in
Clear skies. Low 79F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph.
Tuesday 10 % Precip. / 0.0 in
Mainly sunny. High 92F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph.
Tuesday Night 10 % Precip. / 0.0 in
Clear skies. Low 79F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph.
Weak to moderate onshore flow continues today but may strengthen again during the evening hours. A few showers are possible this morning, then drier air will move over the area and persist through Wednesday. Moisture increases on Thursday enough to warrant a slight a chance of showers and thunderstorms.
Coastal Water Temperature:
Rockport 89.1 degrees
Seadrift 84.9 degrees
Port Aransas 88.0 degrees
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