Bay Flats Lodge on San Antonio Bay
By Captain Chris Martin
February 11, 2016
Most everyone around here knows how hard the wind can blow along our Texas coast during the winter months, and how a harsh wind can make a cold day feel just that much colder. A lot of people would probably opt to not try fishing on days like that, but those in the know still go. Some of the year’s biggest and best fish have been caught in the year’s most foul-weather conditions. That’s not to say that you should gamble everything, including your safety, on fishing on the absolute worst weather days of the year. All it means is that there are still opportunities on those days that you may otherwise write-off as being unfishable due to bad weather.
Naturally, you shouldn’t venture out onto an angry bay if you question your ability and knowledge of the weather situation or the bay structure and routes under such bad conditions. It’s just not worth risking your life and property over – the fish will still be there next time you’re able to get out there within your own comfort level. But, for those who are properly prepared for the occasion and are confident in their skill level and knowledge, wintertime wading can often be some of the most productive time spent out on the water all year long.
Typically, there tends to be much less boat traffic during the winter months, and boat traffic subsides even more on days when the weather turns bad. The fish like this because their environment becomes much more quiet and less stressful, and anglers like it because there is only a limited number of people putting fishing pressure on the fish. It’s a situation that wading anglers can truly take advantage of if they play their cards right.
When the wind’s howling, wading anglers have even that much more advantage of being able to be stealthy. Heavy wind and wave action can often help mask and muffle underwater sounds like that of heavy wading boots shuffling across the bay floor, anglers tripping across underwater obstacles, and even the verbal noises created by anglers yelling at each other from a distance. Heavy wave action can also be responsible for presenting meal opportunities to fish in the area as they agitate various underwater marine organisms and baitfish as they sweep across shallow oyster beds and grassy shorelines.
The moral here is that it can often be very beneficial for anglers to struggle through what can very often be the worst days of the year from a weather perspective, especially those that turn out being some of the windiest and coldest. The fish are going to be there, and they’re going to be hungry. Someone has to feed them, and that someone might as well be you. So, next time there’s a north wind blowing nearly 30-mph, try rigging your line with one of your favorite dark-colored paddle tails or Gulp shrimp, and give the wind a try. You might just be pleasantly surprised with your results.
Remember, “Fishing here is not about challenging your fishing limits, but about the art of relaxation.” Good luck, and tight lines to you all…!
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Three-Day Weather Forecast
Thursday 0 % Precip. / 0.0 in
Plentiful sunshine. High 71F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph.
Thursday Night 0 % Precip. / 0.0 in
Mostly clear. Low 56F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph.
Friday 0 % Precip. / 0.0 in
A few clouds early, otherwise mostly sunny. High 74F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph.
Friday Night 10 % Precip. / 0.0 in
Clear to partly cloudy. Low 53F. Winds light and variable.
Saturday 10 % Precip. / 0.0 in
Partly cloudy. High 69F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph.
Saturday Night 20 % Precip. / 0.0 in
Partly to mostly cloudy. Low around 55F. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph.
Dry weather will continue through the rest of the week. Moderate onshore flow develops today continuing into the overnight hours. Winds relax on Friday becoming weak to moderate through the weekend. A cold front will move through on Monday. Isolated showers will be possible on Sunday and Monday.
Coastal Water Temperature:
Rockport 63.0 degrees
Seadrift 63.0 degrees
Port Aransas 60.1 degrees
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