Bay Flats Lodge on San Antonio Bay Fishing Report for April 12, 2016
By Captain Chris Martin
If it weren’t for Monica, these boys wouldn’t have caught any fish! All three were first time fisherman. They enjoyed the trip but unfortunately we couldn’t find a lot of size. Lots of throw back while fishing over mud and scattered shell. Drift fishing with shrimp under a popping court! Thanks for coming to Bay Flats Lodge!!
We’re now smack dab into April and that means it is probably going to be windy on almost a daily basis. But that’s what happens this time of the year when air temperatures are attempting to warm themselves during the transition between winter and summer along the Texas coast. But don’t let a strong wind deter you from venturing out onto the water for your next April fishing trip that you have planned. The Coastal Bend region of the coast offers anglers many alternatives in high wind conditions. The vast shorelines of San Antonio Bay, Espiritu Santo Bay, Matagorda Island, and sheltered waterways like the Intracoastal Waterway and the Victoria Barge Canal can all present you with a place to fish as long as you know where to look.
Aside from the seclusion of the ever-popular back lakes, when the wind gets tough this month I’ll look to the protection of sand bars and oyster reefs, exposed spoil banks, points of land that protrude out into the water, hidden coves along the marsh grass, and leeward shorelines that offer protection from gusting winds. When dealing with these April winds, my best suggestion is for you to make sure you listen to the weather forecast, watch the actual weather as conditions unfold before you, and always plan ahead accordingly. You can always manage to find a place to fish when the wind is blowing hard.
The April water will still be cool when you get out of the boat to begin your first wade session each morning, so continue to look for your major fish in areas consisting primarily of a mud, shell, and grass mixture. Once we have a couple days that register in the 80’s, look for the trout action to begin turning on above hard, sandy flats areas that are sprinkled with grass patches. Look for bait fish to be increasing in these areas, and begin trying your luck with some of your favorite top water baits, keeping in mind to throw larger baits in rough water, and smaller baits during periods of calm, quiet conditions.
Now that the water is getting warm enough too wet-wade without the aid of waders, I wish to remind everyone not to get too comfortable with the fantastic spring weather! Although it may feel good to not be confined by several layers of clothes, this time of year can present drawbacks as well. Remember to protect your arms and legs with long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and protect your exposed skin with an ample amount of sunscreen during the day. You’ll be glad you did!
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- 2 Anglers per boat $422 Per Angler
- 3 Anglers per boat $335 Per Angler
- 4 Anglers per boat $304 Per Angler
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
Monday 04/11 40% / 0.03 in
Scattered showers and thunderstorms. High 77F. Winds S at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Monday Night 04/11 20% / 0 in
Considerable cloudiness. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Low 66F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph.
Tuesday 04/12 30% / 0 in
Cloudy. High near 80F. Winds NE at 10 to 20 mph.
Tuesday Night 04/12 90% / 0.14 in
Partly cloudy skies early. Thunderstorms likely late. Low 66F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 90%.
Wednesday 04/13 100% / 2.03 in
Showers and thunderstorms likely. High 72F. Winds ENE at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 100%. 2 to 3 inches of rain expected.
Wednesday Night 04/13 20% / 0 in
Considerable clouds early. Some decrease in clouds late. Low 58F. Winds NNE at 10 to 20 mph.
A MODERATE ONSHORE FLOW WILL PERSIST THROUGH TODAY AND
TONIGHT…AND SMALL CRAFT SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION. ISOLATED SHOWERS WILL BE POSSIBLE THIS AFTERNOON. THERE IS A SLIGHT CHANCE FOR SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORM TONIGHT AND MONDAY. ONSHORE FLOW WILL WEAKEN MONDAY AS A TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE MOVES INTO SOUTH TEXAS. A COLD FRONT WILL MOVE INTO SOUTH TEXAS BY TUESDAY BUT STALL WITH A MODERATE EASTERLY FLOW EXPECTED TUESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING. SCATTERED TO NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TUESDAY NIGHT INTO WEDNESDAY. FLOW WILL BECOME WEAK TO MODERATE OFFSHORE BY WEDNESDAY NIGHT.
Coastal Water Temperature:
Rockport 75.0 degrees
Seadrift 74.0 degrees
Port Aransas 75.0 degrees
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