Bay Flats Lodge on San Antonio Bay
By Captain Chris Martin
January 9, 2016
Probably at the top of the list of important things to consider during the late part of the season should be your gear. My Dad always told me, “Be sure you always use the right tool for the job.” How does that translate to late-season duck hunting? It means that you being outfitted with all the right stuff that will allow you to properly deal with hard-headed ducks and rough weather can either make or break any one of your late-season hunts. And camouflage is what you should think about most whenever you think about prevailing over the birds and the weather near the end of the season.
But aside from your personal gear, the status of camouflage around your blind should become a major concern whenever you’re hunting toward the end of the season. By this time in the season, the ducks have become very shy and uncertain, and for this reason it may be required for you to hunt in different locations each day using temporary and mobile blinds. And because you might move around a lot means you might encounter a lot of different surroundings as a direct result. That’s why you should learn to over-compensate for camouflage based on where you might setup on any given day by brushing your blind with whatever vegetation happens to be growing naturally in the area where you’re hunting. This may mean you need to use tall salt grass one day, and palm leaves and bushes the next.
Whatever cover you happen to decide upon, learn to use a lot of it. And because the birds have become so restless by now, make it a point to camouflage the overhead portion of your blind to the very best of your ability. Otherwise, you may just find out the hard way that late-season ducks will simply keep flying if they see anything out of the ordinary as they perform their initial fly-over near the blind. Good luck out there!
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Three-Day Weather Forecast
Saturday 0 % Precip. / 0.0 in
A mainly sunny sky. High 61F. Winds NW at 15 to 25 mph.
Saturday Night 0 % Precip. / 0.0 in
A mostly clear sky. Low 37F. Winds NNW at 10 to 15 mph.
Sunday 0 % Precip. / 0.0 in
Sunny skies. High 51F. Winds N at 10 to 15 mph.
Sunday Night 0 % Precip. / 0.0 in
A mostly clear sky. Low 38F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.
Monday 0 % Precip. / 0.0 in
Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. High 56F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.
Monday Night 30 % Precip. / 0.03 in
Showers in the evening, then cloudy overnight. Low near 45F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
The cold front will move offshore Saturday with moderate to strong offshore flow in response. The offshore flow will weaken to a weak to moderate level by Sunday afternoon. A moderate onshore flow is expected late Monday ahead of the next front with areas of rain developing.
Coastal Water Temperature:
Rockport 57.0 degrees
Seadrift 62.1 degrees
Port Aransas 59.0 degrees
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