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Bay Flats Lodge, Inc.,
391 Bayside Drive,
P.O. Box 580, Seadrift, Texas 77983-0580

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Tails-n-Wings at Bay Flats Lodge

Bay Flats Lodge on San Antonio Bay

November 16, 2017

 

 

Capt. Chris Martin

The weather this past week stabilized for the most part, and if you didn’t know any better you might just think it was springtime, instead of fall. However, if you can believe the weather forecast, it appears as though things may cool off just a little bit around here later this weekend and next week with daily air temperatures ranging from the high 40’s to the low 70’s and with very little rain being called for. After the weekend frontal passage, the winds should become manageable again, so it would be a good time to take advantage of some great fishing conditions if you can find the time to do so.

 

This past week has continued to produce limits of both trout and redfish on a fairly regular basis for our Bay Flats Lodge guides and anglers. A high percentage of these fish are currently being taken by our guests who are fishing in the boat with live, or dead, natural baits. Rigging the bait 18-24 inches beneath a popping cork is typical, with the target-water being anywhere from 3-6 feet deep over mud, grass, or shell (or any combination thereof). The water temperatures have been ranging from the low to the high 70’s depending on the location, but water temps are certain to fall a little more this next week if we see nighttime temps drop into the high 40’s or low 50’s. These conditions could possibly push the fish into deeper water overnight, and then back onto the flats as the sun rises into the morning sky, so fishing shallow areas that are adjacent to deeper water could become a key factor for your success.

 

Wading anglers this past week have had a lot of fun catching trout, reds, and even flounder on a mixed selection of artificial baits. Some of the smaller top water baits – Super Spook Junior and Skitter Walk Junior – have produced both trout and redfish first thing in the morning before sunrise and just afterwards. After sunrise, plastics are taking the place of the top waters and can generally be depended upon to locate the bite. Another effective bait that has come into play for wading anglers in this cooler weather has been some of the more popular suspending baits like the Corky and the FatBoy, and even some of the shallow and deep running MirrOlure hard baits.

 

A key component to make note of right now, regardless of whether you’re fishing in the boat or wade fishing in the water, is the importance of locating active bait in an area prior to spending a lot of unnecessary time in any one place. Since the water will continue getting cooler this month and next, the fish will begin looking for meals to gorge themselves with as they prepare for colder conditions. As we discussed earlier, nighttime may place the fish in deeper water, but as the morning sun begins to shine upon neighboring shallows, the fish will look to warm themselves – this includes baitfish, as well as the trout and the redfish. Shallow water warms faster than deep water, and this provides some immediate comfort for the fish, even if it might only be a degree or two warmer than their overnight resting place. If you can find active bait in the shallows above a mud or grass flat first thing in the morning, your chances of getting into the trout and reds grow exponentially as a direct result. Just food for thought! Have fun out there, and be safe!

 

 

*** Savings Alert:  25% Below Average Rate ***

Annual FEBRUARY Fishing Special

2018

1-888-677-4868

Weekday Rates:  Mon. thru Thur.

*** Live Bait NOT Included ***

2 Guests Per Boat     =     $ 368.00 Per Guest

3 Guests Per Boat     =     $ 300.00 Per Guest

4 Guests Per Boat     =     $ 282.00 Per Guest

Weekend Rates:  Fri. / Sat. / Sun.

(Minimum 2-night stay & 2 full- days of fishing; Arrive Friday, fish full-day Saturday, fish full-day Sunday and depart)

*** Live Bait NOT Included ***

2 Guests Per Boat     =     $ 736.00 Per Guest

3 Guests Per Boat     =     $ 600.00 Per Guest

4 Guests Per Boat     =     $ 564.00 Per Guest

 

Your Bay Flats Lodge “2018 FEBRUARY Fishing Special” Package Includes (per guest)

  • Overnight Lodging and Texas Hotel Occupancy Tax
  • Dinner – Complete with two appetizers, complimentary wine and dessert
  • Hot Breakfast Buffet
  • Boat Lunch – Complete with sandwich, chips, cookies, soft drinks and water
  • Fish Processing

 

Disclaimer:

  • Minimum 2-night stay & 2 full-days of fishing – Arrive Friday, fish full-day Saturday, fish full-day Sunday and depart.
  • Cost of Live Bait not included – Live Bait available at market price upon request.
  • Offer only valid for February 2018, dates.       Offer is valid on new bookings only (not valid on previously-booked trips).

 

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The Ducks Continue to Drop In

We’re still seeing ducks on the bayside in good numbers on a regular basis. Naturally, our absolute best hunts have come on the tail end of the couple weak frontal passages we’ve experienced since opening morning on November 4th, but we have also seen a large number of birds on warmer days as well. Daily mixed bags of Redheads and Widgeon, along with a great number of Pintail, Bluebill, and Teal have been common. We’re looking forward to some more good hunts early next week following this weekend’s anticipated cold front. Stay tuned, as we’ll be back with next week’s results before you know it!

 

Whether you’re an avid duck hunter who has never had the opportunity of hunting the Texas coast, or if you have never duck hunted, but would like to get started under the supervision of some of the finest professional guides available, consider Bay Flats Lodge for your next duck hunting or Blast & Cast adventure. Excellent accommodations, great food, and good duck hunting and fishing will only help to build fond memories that will last a lifetime!

 

RATES: Duck Hunting and Blast & Cast…
• Half-Day AM or PM Duck Hunting with Lodging and Meals $410 / per person
• Full-Day Duck Hunting with Lodging and Meals $580 / per person
• Blast & Cast with Lodging and Meals $580 / per person (plus bait, if used)
• Duck Hunt without Lodging and Meals $255 /per person 4 person minimum
• Hunting parties of less than 3 hunters are charged $105.00 for each hunter less than 3.
• Rent Simms Waders $35
• Rent Simms Boots only $20
• Rent Shotgun $65 per day
• Black Cloud 12 gauge shells $24 per box

 

DATES: The 2017-18 Duck Season (Texas South Zone)…
The first-half of this year’s Texas South Zone duck season is November 4, 2017, through November 26, 2017. The second-half of the season opens on December 9, 2017, and will run through January 28, 2018.

 

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Come And See Our Newest Property

 

“The Reef”

 

Times change, but our dedication to perfecting the travel experience never will. Our highly personalized staff, combined with authentic accommodations of the highest quality, embodies a home away from home for those who know and appreciate the best.

We all need an escape route from the hustle and bustle of daily life, just to unwind and to breathe a little. Finding a path to relaxation is very important for a happy, healthy lifestyle. Dreams can come true when everything old becomes new again. Welcome to “The Reef”, our newest addition to the superior line of Bay Flats Lodge properties.  
Within walking distance of the main lodge, “The Reef” offers exclusive accommodations for nine guests, a lighted elevator with phone, a screened-in porch, 2.2 acres of coastal oak trees overlooking San Antonio Bay, a bass lake, extra parking, and all the comforts of home. Give us a call today at 1-888-677-4868 to book “the Reef” for your next trip to Bay Flats Lodge.

 

 

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It’s Deer Season…

 

Muddy marshland may not portray an ideal setting for trophy deer to some, but knowledgeable and experienced hunters know that whitetails love wetlands. 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.

 

Contact us today to learn more about our complete line of deer hunting services. We now have management bucks starting as low as $1,000 (Plus $200 guide fee – includes guide, skinning, and caping).

 

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Five-Day Weather Forecast

Friday                    20 % Precip. / 0.0 in

A few passing clouds, otherwise generally sunny. High 79F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph.

Saturday               20 % Precip. / 0.0 in

Sunshine and clouds mixed. High near 80F. SW winds shifting to NW at 15 to 25 mph.

Sunday                     0 % Precip. / 0.0 in

Sunshine and some clouds. High 68F. Winds NNE at 10 to 20 mph.

Monday                 50 % Precip. / 0.03 in

Rain showers early with overcast skies later in the day. High 69F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Tuesday                20 % Precip. / 0.0 in

Sunshine and clouds mixed. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 74F. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph.

Synopsis:

A weak to moderate onshore flow is expected on Friday. Drier conditions expected Friday. A cold front will move through the middle Texas coastal waters Saturday afternoon and evening, with strong offshore flow anticipated behind it. Small craft advisories will likely become necessary Saturday night and Sunday. Onshore flow will resume on Monday.    

Coastal Water Temperature:

Rockport              79.0 degrees

Seadrift                73.9 degrees

Matagorda Bay   73.0 degrees

           

 

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Watch Our Deer Hunting Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-e0jWYpiruQ

 

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Captain Chris Martin

www.BayFlatsLodge.com

 

Meet Our Partners:

Simms

Costa Del Mar

Mojo Sportswear

Columbia

Drake Waterfowl

Flats Cat Boats

Bernies Boats & Motors

Yamaha Outboards

Coastline Trailers

Shoalwater Boats

Old Victoria Outfitters

Brinson Powersports

Quack Rack

TTF – Texas Tackle Factory

CCA – Texas

Ducks Unlimited – Texas

Delta Waterfowl

Benelli USA

Franchi USA

Black Cloud Ammunitions

Finck Cigar Company

The Texas Gourmet

Stacy Hedrick – Realtor

Port Lavaca Auto Group

Lifetime Decoys

MOmarsh

Law Call Lanyards

FireDisc Cookers

POC Freeze Out Fishing Tournament

Hector Mendieta Tunes & Tails Fishing Tournament

Seadrift Shrimpfest Fishing Tournament

Tanglefree Waterfowl




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November 15, 2017

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The 2017-18 Duck Season is Here! Are You Ready?


Bay Flats Lodge on San Antonio Bay

November 13, 2017

Opening day of this year’s duck season took place on Saturday, November 4th. It wasn’t a cold day at all. In fact, it was a rather warm day with clear blue skies and southerly winds, but that couldn’t begin to discourage our Bay Flats duck hunting guests. They were determined to be in the blinds and ready to shoot a half-hour before sunrise on opening morning regardless of the what the weather was doing. They all had their minds set on having fun, and fun is exactly what they had. Opening day ended with many of our guests recognizing full straps of mixed birds – widgeon, teal, pintail, bluebill, and the ever-popular redhead. Follow-on hunts throughout the course of this past week have also resulted in rewarding our guests with a great variety of species.

This has been probably one of the strongest starts to a duck season we’ve seen in a long time, and we are encouraged about what the rest of the season may hold in store for us. If you haven’t scheduled your Duck Hunt or Blast & Cast event for this season, simply “shoot” us an email at bayflatslodge@gmail.com, or “give us a quick call” at 1-888-677-4868, and we will help you finalize your reservation.

RATES: DUCK HUNTING and BLAST & CAST

  • Half-Day AM or PM Duck Hunting with Lodging and Meals $410 / per person
  • Full-Day Duck Hunting with Lodging and Meals $580 / per person
  • Blast & Cast with Lodging and Meals $580 / per person (plus bait, if used)
  • Duck Hunt without Lodging and Meals $255 /per person 4 person minimum
  • Hunting parties less than 3 hunters are charged $105.00 for each hunter less than 3.
  • Rent Simms Waders $35
  • Rent Simms Boots only $20
  • Rent Shotgun $65 per day
  • Black Cloud 12 gauge shells $24 per box


DATES: The 2017-18 Duck Season (Texas South Zone)
The first-half of this year’s Texas South Zone duck season opened Nov. 4th, and will run through Nov. 26th. The second-half of the season opens Dec. 9th, and will run through January 28th, 2018.

Thank You!

The entire staff at Bay Flats Lodge wishes to thank all of you for your business throughout the years, and for all of your continued support. It is customers such as you who make our job that much more fulfilling and rewarding. We hope to be able to share our dream this year with you, your family, and your friends. Come and join us. We promise you won’t regret it!

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Blasting and Casting at Bay Flats Lodge

Bay Flats Lodge on San Antonio Bay

November 7, 2017

 

 

Capt. Chris Martin

This past week placed us between cold fronts, and the temperature and humidity soared accordingly. But the temperature wasn’t the only thing that heated up, as the bite also seemed to grow with each passing day. Our last little cold spell didn’t last more than about 24-hours, and as soon as it was over our Bay Flats guests began enjoying near-to-full limits once again. So much so, in fact, that if you didn’t know any better you might think it was summertime again and not mid-fall. We look for a strong bite to continue up until midweek when the next front is due, but anticipate things to slow a bit immediately following the passage of the front. Baitfish, as well as the trout and redfish, should become quite active again after the trailing warming trend that follows this next front.

 

It has recently remained so very important to locate bait activity when pulling into a “spot” to start fishing. While it is true that there seems to be an enormous amount of bait in our bays this year doesn’t necessarily mean they’re always easy to find. However, those who make an extra effort to locate active bait have done much better on a daily basis than those who have just fished an area because someone told them there are fish in that spot, or because they caught fish there a couple days ago. Just because fish were caught in one particular place yesterday doesn’t mean they can be caught there again today. I’ve spoken to you many times over the years about the importance of fishing the “signs”, and not the “spot”, and prospecting each area for active bait before stopping to fish is just what I’m talking about. Finding bait activity will become even more critical as we move into the colder months, so make it a priority when you’re deciding where to spend your precious time on the water this fall and winter.

 

This past week also brought with it opening day of the 2017-18 duck season for our south zone of Texas. It’s a time of the year we always look forward to, and this year has been no exception. We have spent countless hours over the past months prepping fields and blinds for this year’s season, and despite pure blue skies and warmer temperatures on this year’s opening morning, things got off to a good start for the most part. Many of Saturday morning’s duck hunting guests experienced fresh flocks of birds, which equaled heavy straps. As we progress through fall and get into mid and late December and January, we look for the duck hunting in our region to get even better.

 

A lot of things can happen when you’re out on the water duck hunting or fishing, and because of that we would like to think that everyone uses sound judgment and takes others into consideration before acting. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case and someone’s day typically gets ruined as a direct result. There’s really only one important rule of etiquette to remember that applies to not only hunting and fishing, but to all aspects of life as well – always treat others in the same manner in which you would wish for them to treat you. It’s that simple! If you happen to be fishing during duck season, never intentionally approach a spread of duck decoys, as there is a good chance someone is hunting out of the adjacent blind. Not only is it highly inconsiderate, but it can also be extremely dangerous! We want everyone out there to be safe, so be careful and always watch out for the other guy. If you’ve never been duck hunting but would like to give it a try, just let us know. It’s a passion that is unexplainable to those who have never experienced it, but that is shared by all of those who have. Until next time, keep in mind that it will be getting cold out there, so dress in layers and stay dry.

 

*** Savings Alert:  25% Below Average Rate ***

Annual FEBRUARY Fishing Special

2018

1-888-677-4868

Weekday Rates:  Mon. thru Thur.

*** Live Bait NOT Included ***

2 Guests Per Boat     =     $ 368.00 Per Guest

3 Guests Per Boat     =     $ 300.00 Per Guest

4 Guests Per Boat     =     $ 282.00 Per Guest

Weekend Rates:  Fri. / Sat. / Sun.

(Minimum 2-night stay & 2 full- days of fishing; Arrive Friday, fish full-day Saturday, fish full-day Sunday and depart)

*** Live Bait NOT Included ***

2 Guests Per Boat     =     $ 736.00 Per Guest

3 Guests Per Boat     =     $ 600.00 Per Guest

4 Guests Per Boat     =     $ 564.00 Per Guest

 

Your Bay Flats Lodge “2018 FEBRUARY Fishing Special” Package Includes (per guest)

  • Overnight Lodging and Texas Hotel Occupancy Tax
  • Dinner – Complete with two appetizers, complimentary wine and dessert
  • Hot Breakfast Buffet
  • Boat Lunch – Complete with sandwich, chips, cookies, soft drinks and water
  • Fish Processing

 

Disclaimer:

    • Minimum 2-night stay & 2 full-days of fishing – Arrive Friday, fish full-day Saturday, fish full-day Sunday and depart.
    • Cost of Live Bait not included – Live Bait available at market price upon request.
    • Offer only valid for February 2018, dates.  Offer is valid on new bookings only (not valid on previously-booked trips).

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Another Great Start to Duck Season

2017-18

 

Regardless of whether you’re hunting over full-bodied decoys out of a remote marsh blind, or shooting at cupped wings out of a pop-up blind at the bay’s edge, you’ll enjoy the company of our experienced guides who commonly recognize success as a result of their good scouting practices and their vast knowledge of our region and the birds.  Your satisfaction is our goal, and we will spare no expense in our attempt at providing you and your party with an outing that promises to be a pleasant and memorable adventure.

 

RATES: Duck Hunting and Blast & Cast…

  • Half-Day AM or PM Duck Hunting with Lodging and Meals $410 / per person
  • Full-Day Duck Hunting with Lodging and Meals $580 / per person
  • Blast & Cast with Lodging and Meals $580 / per person (plus bait, if used)
  • Duck Hunt without Lodging and Meals $255 /per person 4 person minimum
  • Hunting parties of less than 3 hunters are charged $105.00 for each hunter less than 3.
  • Rent Simms Waders $35
  • Rent Simms Boots only $20
  • Rent Shotgun $65 per day
  • Black Cloud 12 gauge shells $24 per box

 

DATES: The 2017-18 Duck Season (Texas South Zone)…

The first-half of this year’s Texas South Zone duck season is November 4, 2017, through November 26, 2017.  The second-half of the season opens on December 9, 2017, and will run through January 28, 2018.

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Come And See Our Newest Property

 

“The Reef”

 

Times change, but our dedication to perfecting the travel experience never will. Our highly personalized staff, combined with authentic accommodations of the highest quality, embodies a home away from home for those who know and appreciate the best.

We all need an escape route from the hustle and bustle of daily life, just to unwind and to breathe a little. Finding a path to relaxation is very important for a happy, healthy lifestyle. Dreams can come true when everything old becomes new again. Welcome to “The Reef”, our newest addition to the superior line of Bay Flats Lodge properties.  
Within walking distance of the main lodge, “The Reef” offers exclusive accommodations for nine guests, a lighted elevator with phone, a screened-in porch, 2.2 acres of coastal oak trees overlooking San Antonio Bay, a bass lake, extra parking, and all the comforts of home. Give us a call today at 1-888-677-4868 to book “the Reef” for your next trip to Bay Flats Lodge.

 

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Deer Season Is Here…

 

Muddy marshland may not portray an ideal setting for trophy deer to some, but knowledgeable and experienced hunters know that whitetails love wetlands. 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.

Contact us today to learn more about our complete line of deer hunting services. We now have management bucks starting as low as $1,000 (Plus $200 guide fee – includes guide, skinning, and caping).

 

Management Buck photos..

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Five-Day Weather Forecast

Wednesday               60 % Precip. / 0.11 in

Cloudy with showers. High 67F. Winds NNE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

Thursday                   50 % Precip. / 0.02 in

Showers in the morning, then partly cloudy in the afternoon. High 66F. Winds N at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Friday                         10 % Precip. / 0.0 in

Except for a few afternoon clouds, mainly sunny. High 72F. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph.

Saturday                    20 % Precip. / 0.0 in

Mostly cloudy skies. High 77F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday                       60 % Precip. / 0.08 in

Light rain early…then remaining cloudy with showers in the afternoon. High 78F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

Synopsis:

As a frontal boundary moves toward South Texas, the boundary is forecast to enter the Coastal Waters Wednesday and trigger a chance for showers and a slight chance for thunderstorms. Moderate northeast wind is forecast to develop Wednesday night and will continue through Thursday night. Onshore flow will return by Friday.    

Coastal Water Temperature:

Rockport              79.0 degrees

Seadrift                77.0 degrees

Matagorda Bay   78.1 degrees

           

 

Watch our story

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGD3KDviAwk&feature=youtu.be&list=UUa…VF-QS0cuOw7jgA

 

Watch Our Deer Hunting Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-e0jWYpiruQ

 

See Our Acres of Wetland Habitat for the 2017-18 Duck Season

https://vimeo.com/228505164

 

Download our App on iTunes

https://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=898844158&mt=8

 

Download our App on Google Play

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.app_bayflat.layout

 

Join our fan page

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bay-F…15209515185497

 

1-888-677-4868

Captain Chris Martin

www.BayFlatsLodge.com

 

Meet Our Partners:

Simms

Costa Del Mar

Mojo Sportswear

Columbia

Drake Waterfowl

Flats Cat Boats

Bernies Boats & Motors

Yamaha Outboards

Coastline Trailers

Shoalwater Boats

Old Victoria Outfitters

Brinson Powersports

Quack Rack

TTF – Texas Tackle Factory

CCA – Texas

Ducks Unlimited – Texas

Delta Waterfowl

Benelli USA

Franchi USA

Black Cloud Ammunitions

Finck Cigar Company

The Texas Gourmet

Stacy Hedrick – Realtor

Port Lavaca Auto Group

Lifetime Decoys

MOmarsh

Law Call Lanyards

FireDisc Cookers

POC Freeze Out Fishing Tournament

Hector Mendieta Tunes & Tails Fishing Tournament

Seadrift Shrimpfest Fishing Tournament

Tanglefree Waterfowl




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