Bay Flats Lodge on San Antonio Bay
By Captain Chris Martin
The wading scene has progressed considerably over the course of the past couple weeks. Anglers are recognizing catches of some really nice trout, redfish, and flounder on artificial baits. Best areas to try have been where the bait has been found working actively up against windward shorelines of grass and mud, or atop ma mud and shell mix.
The back lakes are producing a good, steady bite on an almost daily basis, with the major bite being experienced during late morning and early afternoon hours. Top baits include plastic tails in many different colors, but some of the most effective as of late have been plum/chartreuse, pumpkinseed/chartreuse, morning glory, and even plain pearl and pearl/chartreuse. Wading anglers have also seen an eager trout bite while throwing some of the darker-colored Corkies and FatBoys over shell/mud mixtures in about 4-6 feet of water.
The water temperatures continue to hover in the mid-to-upper 60’s, so anglers should continue a much slower retrieve right now. If this spring-like weather continues, however, the water will continue to warm to the point where anglers should start seeing a little more aggressive bite, and artificial bait retrievals can speed up a bit as a direct result. When bay water temperatures get into the 70’s, artificial enthusiasts will know that it’s time to knock the dust off their favorite top water baits and toss them at first light and during stronger periods of water movement. Until next time, tight lines to all…!
Remember, “Fishing here is not about challenging your fishing limits, but about the art of relaxation.” Good luck, and tight lines to you all…!
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Three-Day Weather Forecast
Friday 10 % Precip. / 0.0 in
Sunshine and a few clouds. High 74F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph.
Friday Night 10 % Precip. / 0.0 in
Partly cloudy skies. Low 61F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph.
Saturday 10 % Precip. / 0.0 in
Partly cloudy skies. High 74F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph.
Saturday Night 0 % Precip. / 0.0 in
Generally fair. Low 61F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday 20 % Precip. / 0.0 in
Mostly cloudy skies. High 74F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph.
Sunday Night 40 % Precip. / 0.0 in
Considerable cloudiness. Occasional rain showers later at night. Low 59F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
A moderate onshore flow will continue today. Onshore flow will then weaken through tonight with weak to moderate flow for the weekend. A cold front is expected to move through Monday evening. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms are possible ahead of and behind a cold front Monday and Monday night. Another cold front will arrive Tuesday night and provide stronger offshore flow behind it.
Coastal Water Temperature:
Rockport 68.0 degrees
Seadrift 66.9 degrees
Port Aransas 66.0 degrees
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