Bay Flats Lodge on San Antonio Bay
August 11, 2016
Capt. Chris Martin
The first part of the summer we were plagued by awkward winds. And although the thermometer may have climbed to extreme highs during that time, it didn’t really seem to be too hot simply because of the heavy breeze. However, the winds have since become just a memory, and the days of August have really begun to heat up around here. A lot of anglers, might think it would be very difficult to locate the bite in such harsh heat conditions, but the fish seem to be hanging in there for us. The winds of earlier summer proved to be a greater hindrance to daily success over that of the current scorching heat, and regular catches of both trout and redfish are actually becoming almost predictable. In the absence of such disturbing winds, a lot of common fishing ground has once again opened up. Area waters which earlier were nothing more than frothy chocolate milk have since cleansed themselves to the degree that they now offer the greener opportunities that everyone has been waiting for all summer, and in areas that had previously been deemed unfishable. Even some of the favored shell pads in the open waters of San Antonio Bay are making good targets these days, and should only continue to get better with each passing day. Area shorelines where fishing had all but been shut down due to high wind and wave action are now, for the most part, back on the itinerary of wade fishermen.
Morning hours have remained generally calm as of late, but the winds do, however, still tend to build in the afternoon. So, if you are an avid shoreline wader, you should probably try to get to your favorite spot early. It will be cooler in the morning, and you should be able to get in a few hours of prime fishing before the sun decides to turn the ceiling fan on. Many have encountered great success during this hot time of the year along exposed shorelines, so make it a point to attempt to locate shoreline areas that are made up primarily of submerged grass beds – the grass does a fabulous job of filtering sediment quite rapidly, and these areas will tend to hold clear water when the rest of the shoreline remains muddy.
If you have been fortunate enough to have fished in the Port O’Connor and Seadrift areas this summer, you may have already noted days of exceptional low tides. It almost seems, at times, that Mother Nature may have placed a ration on higher water levels for us, so low tides are what we have had to contend with now and again over these past couple months. As most of you know, tides are but one in a myriad of variables that anglers must deal with in the sport of coastal fishing, but there are adjustments that you can make in your strategy and tactics that can help you “turn-the-tide” (so to speak) to your advantage.
As a rule, lower tides commonly concentrate a fish population, whereas higher water levels typically tend to scatter them. With the low water conditions we have had lately, anglers are forced to concentrate their efforts in areas where large bodies of water may become less passable during periods of extreme low water. Larger coves and small bays just off the beaten path are just such areas, but back lakes have become a favored target. Some of the backcountry lakes in our area offer huge amounts of water containing ample food supplies and natural foliage for cover even in these exceptional slack-tide conditions, and anglers can often locate schools of fish on almost every visit to the back lakes, but only during a low tide period. The fish tend to scatter at the very first change in water levels, so it’s important to remember to focus your attempts in the lakes when the water is at its lowest.
In the upcoming month of September, redfish should begin to school-up in large pods on our area shorelines. Look for explosive splashes, and the familiar fleeing of baitfish accompanied by large fanning tails. Additionally, keep an eye peeled for the presence of fleeing shrimp – this is a great way to sight cast to “Big Gals” in September. A favored bait this time of the year is some of the larger sized top water lures, like the She Dog and the full-sized Skitter Walk rigged with single hooks instead of the treble hooks. The single hooks tend to work in a fashion more characteristic to that of a weedless bait, and they allow less damage to the fish, and your hands, and they help to speed in releasing the fish.
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
Thursday 10 % Precip. / 0.0 in
Sun and clouds mixed. High 93F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph.
Thursday Night 10 % Precip. / 0.0 in
Some clouds. Low 82F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph.
Friday 10 % Precip. / 0.0 in
Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 93F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph.
Friday Night 10 % Precip. / 0.0 in
A few clouds. Low 83F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph.
Saturday 40 % Precip. / 0.03 in
Partly to mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 92F. Winds S at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Saturday Night 60 % Precip. / 0.67 in
Variably cloudy with scattered thunderstorms. Low 82F. Winds S at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 60%..
Very isolated showers are expected over the gulf waters today. Onshore flow will increase to moderate levels over the coastal waters later today, and continue over most of the Gulf waters through the end of the week. Increasing moisture will contribute to isolated showers and thunderstorms Saturday, and scattered storms over the coastal waters Sunday and Monday.
Coastal Water Temperature:
Rockport 89.1 degrees
Seadrift 87.1 degrees
Port Aransas 87.1 degrees
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