Bay Flats Lodge on San Antonio Bay
Capt. Chris Martin
Summertime is in full swing along the Texas Gulf coast, and fishing has been outstanding here in the coastal bend region. Consecutive days of repetitive catches of speckled trout and redfish indicate that we’re going to be in for some really big fun as long as we don’t happen to encounter any unforeseen weather event out of the tropics.
Temperatures have soared this month, so anglers should be looking to take advantage of the early morning and late evening hours. You should make it a point each day to leave as early as possible in the morning so as to be able to be wading your first session of the day prior to sunrise. There are a number of different reasons for this, but the primary reason in July and August simply becomes the summertime heat – it’s really hot right now, so why not fish during the time of the day when it’s most comfortable for you.
You should expect tides to be rather normal for this time of the year, meaning there should be some fairly good water along protected shorelines and even into some of the more secluded back lake areas. When the tide is a bit higher on one day over another, look to find redfish cruising shoreline grasses tight against the bank in the backcountry. As discussed earlier, it will be important to be there as early as you can in the morning in order to take advantage of these reds that are, in turn, taking advantage of the coolness of the early morning shallow water in these areas – if you wait until later in the day, the water becomes too hot for the fish, and they begin looking for coolness elsewhere.
Whenever winds allow you to do so, look to the open waters of some of the major bays systems like Espiritu Santo Bay, San Antonio Bay, and Mesquite Bay for some hot speckled trout action. This is generally the time of the year when trout action atop shell in these bays can become nothing less than spectacular. Live and artificial baits will both produce in this situation, and anglers can choose to anchor, drift, or wade based upon their preference.
July in Texas can become devastatingly hot, so it’s extremely important that you prepare accordingly. If you’re going to be out on the water all day be sure you always wear the proper protective clothing, administer ample amounts of sunscreen, and hydrate your body by drinking lots of water – if you wait until you’re thirsty to drink water, you’re already becoming dehydrated. Be safe, and have fun!
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
Saturday 10 % Precip. / 0.0 in
Partly cloudy. High around 90F. Winds SE at 10 to 20 mph.
Saturday Night 0 % Precip. / 0.0 in
A few passing clouds. Low 79F. Winds SE at 10 to 15 mph.
Sunday 10 % Precip. / 0.0 in
Sunshine and clouds mixed. High near 90F. Winds SE at 10 to 20 mph.
Sunday Night 40 % Precip. / 0.01 in
Clear skies early. Scattered showers and thunderstorms developing later during the night. Low 79F. Winds SE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Monday 20 % Precip. / 0.0 in
Partly cloudy skies. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High around 90F. Winds SE at 10 to 20 mph.
Monday Night 20 % Precip. / 0.0 in
Mainly clear skies. Low 78F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph
Southeast flow will remain weak to moderate over the weekend and into early next week with generally low seas. Isolated showers and thunderstorms will be possible over the weekend and into early next week, but widespread significant precipitation is not expected at this time.
Coastal Water Temperature:
Rockport 87.1 degrees
Seadrift 84.9 degrees
Port Aransas 82.0 degrees
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