Bay Flats Lodge on San Antonio Bay
By Captain Chris Martin
February 9, 2016
There’s something to be said in life about being in the right place at the right time, but transitioning this from lesson to art while out on the water fishing is crucial in setting you apart from all the rest. You must not allow yourself to fall into a trapped thought process of expecting that the fish will come to you. You must go to the fish.
You may have fished in the past with those who have decided on where they are going to fish that day based solely upon where they caught fish last year at this exact same time. Fish don’t live by a calendar, so don’t trick yourself into believing they do. They don’t move to a certain spot just because it happens to be February 9, 2016. More important to the internal clock of the fish are certain reliabilities such as water levels and tidal flow, water temperature and clarity, and oxygen content and salinity levels. Along with the proper water conditions come the prevalence of baitfish, and with the baitfish comes the predator fish – the trout.
Upon your approach to an area where you’ve deemed conditions to be “just right”, don’t just pull up, drop anchor, and bail out over the side. Instead, spend the initial moments examining the mullet, or other bait, in the immediate area for activity, looking primarily for pods of bait – a feeding predator’s easiest target. Also check the surrounding surface water for other signs of activity such as slicks, diving birds, or even a large number of birds that appear to be simply sitting on the surface. These are all signs of a recent fish feed, so keep your eyes and ears glued to the water. And, next time you happen upon a productive day of fishing, make an entry in your fishing log as to the conditions of the day – the date, time, location, tides, water temperature, clarity, bait activity, and so forth.
Using the proper tools for the job should also serve as a common denominator in the structuring of your formula for success. For wading anglers, one item you must put in your tackle box, if haven’t already done so, are quick-change clips that have a swivel included on them. The added swivel on these clips truly allows for a more natural bait presentation and action, and lets you change baits very quickly.
Remember, “Fishing here is not about challenging your fishing limits, but about the art of relaxation.” Good luck, and tight lines to you all…!
Don’t forget to take advantage of the upcoming 2016 February Fishing Special, the new March Madness Spring Break Special, and some of the other “SPECIALS” currently being offered to Bay Flats Lodge guests. These deals represent times in the year when you, your family and your friends can enjoy the full extent of the Lodge at greatly reduced prices. Click on the link below for more information:
Three-Day Weather Forecast
Tuesday 0 % Precip. / 0.0 in
Sunny. High 68F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.
Tuesday Night 0 % Precip. / 0.0 in
Clear skies. Low around 45F. Winds light and variable.
Wednesday 0 % Precip. / 0.0 in
A mainly sunny sky. High around 70F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph.
Wednesday Night 0 % Precip. / 0.0 in
Clear. Low 53F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph.
Thursday 0 % Precip. / 0.0 in
Sunny. High 72F. Winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph.
Thursday Night 10 % Precip. / 0.0 in
Clear skies. Low 56F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph.
Offshore winds will continue to diminish today as high pressure builds into the region. Flow will become southerly tonight through Wednesday as surface high slides farther south into the western Gulf. A weak to moderate onshore flow will persist from Wednesday night through Friday. A cold front will now remain north of the waters on Saturday, resulting in a continuation of a weak to moderate onshore flow Saturday and Saturday night.
Coastal Water Temperature:
Rockport 59.0 degrees
Seadrift 55.9 degrees
Port Aransas 57.9 degrees
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