Bay Flats Lodge on San Antonio Bay
February 25, 2017
Capt. Chris Martin
The March equinox, which marks the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere, will be on March 20th this year. But don’t let the start of spring fool you when you’re planning your next coastal fishing trip. The early part of spring along the Texas coast often brings with it weather that still fluctuates at times, to include strong and variable winds, chilling rains, and unstable water temperatures. A lot of fishing time this month tends to be spent in the numerous back lake areas out on Matagorda Island, or within the confines of the Victoria Barge Canal or the Intracoastal Waterway, as anglers drop in for some immediate protection from high wind and rough water. Any time you’re forced into these secluded places in March, always keep a watchful eye for the presence of mullet – any mullet, whatsoever!
Look for the winds to become more of a southeasterly flow rather than northeasterly, and for the tides to begin increasing once again. We’ll also find water clarity beginning to come off of that of being air-clear, to more that of a greenish nature in color. We can also anticipate water temperatures to begin warming now and to continue doing so for the next few months as we progress through spring and into summer. This will mean that it will not be long now before you can start you search for speckled trout above warming sands and grass found along area shorelines just off the main bay systems.
Days that are less windy this month will find many coastal anglers looking to setup their morning wading sessions along leeward shorelines located throughout the San Antonio Bay area that can be influenced by the day’s forecasted tide and currents. Start your day by wading mud and grass, and then transition to hard sand, or sand and shell, as the sun reaches high into the sky and the shallows atop the flats begin to warm. I know you realize the importance of fishing the mud and grass during the cooler parts of the year, but learning to accept the slow change from mud to hard sand can often mean the difference between fishing and catching this month.
March is probably one of the most fun months to be out on the water. The bays are once again beginning to come alive with baitfish activity, and the trout are hungry after a long period of cold water. If you happen upon some decent fish this month in a private hotspot of yours, there’s a good chance you might be able to stay on the same fish for several days if the conditions are right, and if things don’t change drastically from one day to the next. Look to enjoy some premium action on top waters, and don’t forget to pack a couple of slow-sinkers also. Have fun, and keep grindin’!
All of us here at Bay Flats Lodge wish to remind you of the 2016-17 Winter Fishing Special (Until March 31st)
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. These dates are moving fast, so call 1-888-677-4868 to book your spot early, and inquire about the special winter rates.
$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
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Open marshlands and sandy swamps covered by grassy plants, and nearly impenetrable motts of trees and brush, are both natural environs that make for a great attraction to the deer, and Bay Flats Lodge hunters are able to take advantage of both. Being less than three hours from Houston, Austin, or San Antonio, our deer hunting property is located along the coastal bend region, providing time saving convenience to hunters. Gone are the days of having to drive into the depths and remoteness of south Texas, or out to the far reaches of some of the more secluded western regions of the state in order to enjoy a trophy hunt of a lifetime. Hunting whitetails with Bay Flats Lodge means spending more time enjoying the finer things in life such as the pleasure of the hunt itself, the camaraderie of friends and family, and the truly finest accommodations and service offered anywhere along the Texas coast.
Our whitetail hunting area was developed locally several years ago, and the land and the wildlife have been managed closely ever since. In that we hold exclusive outfitting privileges on this hunting area, and because it sits just moments away from our Lodge, we are able to provide our customers with a whitetail hunt second to none. We invite you to experience Bay Flats Lodge, the premier hunting and fishing destination on the Texas coast for your next trophy-class whitetail deer hunt.
Three-Day Weather Forecast
Sunday 40 % Precip. / 0.04 in
Cloudy in the morning with scattered thunderstorms developing later in the day. High 76F. Winds SE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Sunday Night 20 % Precip. / 0.0 in
Partly cloudy skies. Low 67F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph.
Monday 20 % Precip. / 0.0 in
Partly cloudy skies. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 78F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph.
Monday Night 20 % Precip. / 0.0 in
A few clouds from time to time. Areas of fog developing with patchy drizzle possible. Low 68F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.
Tuesday 20 % Precip. / 0.0 in
Cloudy skies early will become partly cloudy later in the day. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 78F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph.
Tuesday Night 20 % Precip. / 0.0 in
Partly cloudy skies in the evening, then becoming cloudy overnight. Low 68F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph.
Generally onshore flow expected tonight through Sunday night as a surface high-pressure system moves east and as a surface low pressure system develops over west Texas. Isolated to scattered showers are expected to develop Sunday. A weak to moderate onshore flow will then continue through Tuesday. Another front will push offshore on Wednesday, and will bring a chance of showers and thunderstorms.
Coastal Water Temperature:
Rockport 71.1 degrees
Seadrift 68.0 degrees
Port Aransas 68.0 degrees
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