Bay Flats Lodge on San Antonio Bay
November 17, 2016
Capt. Chris Martin
As of this writing, we have an approaching cold-front bearing down on the Texas coast from the northwestern region of the United States. We’re supposed to get a little rain, along with lots of hard wind out of the north. That’s right, we might just be in for our first push of really cool air out of the north. Depending on what you’re most interested in – fishing or duck hunting – such a strong northerly push might be viewed as advantageous, or it could be seen as a definite problem. From a duck hunting perspective, the upcoming front is probably going to prove to be just what the doctor ordered with regards to dropping more birds into our region, and to keep them a bit more active in the high winds and cooler temps. Anglers, however, may view these weather conditions as being quite unfavorable, but that doesn’t have to be the case.
The arrival of the front is still almost a day away, so that means the wind is going to be pumping hard out of the south, blowing directly off of the Gulf. The southern-most shorelines of Espiritu Santo Bay, San Antonio Bay, and Mesquite Bay are all prime wading spots for anglers under these conditions, as they all provide natural cover from strong south winds. With miles upon miles of shoreline to choose from, anglers have the option of hard sand, grass, mud, oyster shell, or even a mixture of any of these when looking for fall trout and redfish. Many of these shorelines also present openings into some of the back lake areas that are situated out on Matagorda Island. These passages leading in and out of the lakes have produced time and again for wading anglers who have positioned themselves on the outside of the mouth during a falling tide that tends to empty the back lakes of many different kinds of food sources for hungry trout, reds, and even the occasional flounder.
Many coastal anglers hold firmly to the belief that the success of your fishing day is primarily based on the amount of water movement on any given day. With the bull tides we’ve experienced along our coast the past few months, the presence of this week’s “super moon” has enabled welcomed and significant tide changes. Tide movement provided by this strong moon phase, and the dropping of the barometric pressure that we’ll see just prior to the frontal passage will be two things that pre-frontal anglers can take advantage of in order to be successful before everything changes as the cold front actually hits. Another quick piece of advice is to always do everything within your power to be off of the water as the initial wind-wall of the front blows through your location – bay waters can become unrecognizable (and downright dangerous) very quickly during the brunt of a strong frontal passage. Be careful out there, and have fun!
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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
Thursday 10 % Precip. / 0.0 in
Mostly sunny. High 82F. Winds S at 15 to 25 mph.
Thursday Night 20 % Precip. / 0.0 in
Some clouds. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Low 72F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph.
Friday 80 % Precip. / 0.3 in
Scattered thunderstorms in the morning becoming more widespread in the afternoon. High 78F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
Friday Night 20 % Precip. / 0.0 in
Windy with a few clouds from time to time. Low around 50F. Winds N at 20 to 30 mph.
Saturday 0 % Precip. / 0.0 in
Sunny skies. Gusty winds in the morning. High 66F. Winds N at 20 to 30 mph.
Saturday Night 0 % Precip. / 0.0 in
Clear skies. Low around 45F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.
Moderate onshore winds will prevail today as a strong upper level disturbance approaches the southern plains. A cold front will move across the waters Friday night. This front will trigger scattered showers and thunderstorms over the waters. A moderate to strong offshore flow is expected Friday night and Saturday in response to the front. Drier and much cooler conditions are expected Saturday and Sunday. Winds will subside to weak to moderate levels Sunday as the center of a surface high pressure system approaches the coast from the northwest.
Coastal Water Temperature:
Rockport 73.9 degrees
Seadrift 73.9 degrees
Port Aransas 73.9 degrees
Port O’Connor 82.0 degrees
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