Bay Flats Lodge on San Antonio Bay
December 15, 2017
Capt. Chris Martin
The last time we had snow around here, G.W. Bush was still in office. The year was 2004, and we haven’t had snow since. Not until last Friday, that is! We woke up early on Friday morning to falling snow and dropping temperatures, which was quite a contrast from the prior days. With the winds that accompanied Friday’s cold front, the temperatures never made it out of the 40’s, but that wasn’t going to interrupt the fishing plans our Bay Flats guests had. They did wait until the snow had stopped falling, but that’s all they waited for. They hit the water with a vengeance, and the fish were caught off guard (I guess the fish never thought anyone would be out in that weather with a fishing pole in their hand). The order of the day was redfish, and boy did they ever deliver. There were a few nice trout mixed in with the reds, but most everyone recognized their limit on reds before returning to the lodge. The next morning marked the start of the 2nd-half of this year’s duck season, and we had every boat full. We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day, with early morning numbers of ducks being taken anywhere from the Victoria Barge Canal all the way out to Matagorda Island. Some had to work a little harder for their shots than others, but many of our hunting guests went home with a mixture of Teal, Redhead, Pintail, and even a prized greenhead. Don’t forget that this cold weather is a great time to be hunting for trophy trout along our portion of the coast. Thursday of this week brought some really nice trout to the side of the boat, so get ready for some more hot trout action as things continue to cool off around here. Until next time, have fun out there, and be safe!
FEBRUARY Fishing Special
Weekday Rates: Mon. thru Thur.
*** Live Bait NOT Included ***
2 Guests Per Boat = $ 368.00 Per Guest
3 Guests Per Boat = $ 300.00 Per Guest
4 Guests Per Boat = $ 282.00 Per Guest
Weekend Rates: Fri. / Sat. / Sun.
(Minimum 2-night stay & 2 full- days of fishing; Arrive Friday, fish full-day Saturday, fish full-day Sunday and depart)
*** Live Bait NOT Included ***
2 Guests Per Boat = $ 736.00 Per Guest
3 Guests Per Boat = $ 600.00 Per Guest
4 Guests Per Boat = $ 564.00 Per Guest
Your Bay Flats Lodge “2018 FEBRUARY Fishing Special” Package Includes (per guest)
- Overnight Lodging and Texas Hotel Occupancy Tax
- Dinner – Complete with two appetizers, complimentary wine and dessert
- Hot Breakfast Buffet
- Boat Lunch – Complete with sandwich, chips, cookies, soft drinks and water
- Fish Processing
- Minimum 2-night stay & 2 full-days of fishing – Arrive Friday, fish full-day Saturday, fish full-day Sunday and depart.
- Cost of Live Bait not included – Live Bait available at market price upon request.
- Offer only valid for February 2018, dates. Offer is valid on new bookings only (not valid on previously-booked trips).
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RATES: Duck Hunting and Blast & Cast
• Half-Day AM or PM Duck Hunting with Lodging and Meals $410 / per person
• Full-Day Duck Hunting with Lodging and Meals $580 / per person
• Blast & Cast with Lodging and Meals $580 / per person (plus bait, if used)
• Duck Hunt without Lodging and Meals $255 /per person 4 person minimum
• Hunting parties of less than 3 hunters are charged $105.00 for each hunter less than 3.
• Rent Simms Waders $35
• Rent Simms Boots only $20
• Rent Shotgun $65 per day
• Black Cloud 12 gauge shells $24 per box
DATES: The 2017-18 Duck Season (Texas South Zone)…
The second-half of the season opens on December 9, 2017, and will run through January 28, 2018.
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Five-Day Weather Forecast
Saturday 90 % Precip. / 0.19 in
Cloudy with rain developing later in the day. High 62F. Winds ENE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 90%.
Sunday 10 % Precip. / 0.0 in
Considerable cloudiness. High 67F. Winds light and variable.
Monday 50 % Precip. / 0.04 in
Mixed clouds and sun with scattered thunderstorms. High 71F. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
Tuesday 20 % Precip. / 0.0 in
Considerable clouds early. Some decrease in clouds later in the day. High 72F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.
Wednesday 20 % Precip. / 0.0 in
Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 69F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.
Strong offshore flow will persist in wake of a cold front pushing offshore Friday. Wind speeds will gradually weaken to a moderate to strong flow during the afternoon. Numerous to widespread showers will move across the waters today, decreasing in coverage this evening as drier air moves into the region behind the front. An upper disturbance and coastal trough will bring a higher chance of showers and thunderstorms Saturday, and especially Saturday night. Winds will become elevated Saturday night due to the disturbance deepening the surface low. The disturbance will move east by Sunday, resulting in diminishing rain chances, with a relatively weak offshore flow developing as the surface trough moves toward the Northern Gulf States. Onshore flow resumes briefly on Monday before another frontal boundary and disturbance impacts the waters on Tuesday and brings another chance for showers and possible thunderstorms.
Coastal Water Temperature:
Port Aransas 62.1 degrees
Seadrift 57.0 degrees
Matagorda Bay 53.1 degrees
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