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Windy with a Chance of More Wind

Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

April 19, 2018

 

 

SATURDAY – April 14th

Capt. Garrett Wygrys – Ended the day in 9th-place out 66 teams during the Rojo Classic redfish tournament. We couldn’t seem to upgrade our small fish, but oh well, that’s how it goes. It was a very fun and entertaining day, to say the least! We had a great time!

 

Capt. Nick Dahlman – Fished in the 2018 Rojo Classic today in Port O’Connor. We had a decent showing at weigh-in, but not in the prize money this time. Between hiding from crazy lightning storms at the dock for a couple hours during prime fishing time, and 40-mph cool North winds that kicked about mid-morning and never quit, we caught a ton of redfish but just couldn’t get the right size bites we needed. Congratulations to the winners, and I’m already looking forward to next year.

 

MONDAY – April 16th

Capt. Todd Jones – It must’ve been the boat! Big thanks goes out to my buddy Ric for letting me run his boat while mine was in the shop – I might just have to keep his if this pattern continues! Today started out as a bit of a struggle, but we moved around a little and found a solid trout bite. Chris, John, and Kyle managed a solid box of trout to 18”, and then added four very healthy sheepshead to end the day. We’ll be fishing a half-day on Tuesday with this same group, and we’re hoping the boat keeps us on a lucky streak!

 

TUESDAY – April 17th

Capt. Stephen Boriskie – Monday and Tuesday turned out being a couple fun days on the saltwater despite howling the April winds. We hosted a two-day event for a service company group in the oil and gas industry, and they really enjoyed Bay Flats Lodge and the fish that we finally managed to catch. We look forward to the possibility of having them back with us again real soon!

 

Capt. Todd Jones – Today we were off to a good start out with hookups on redfish at dawn – what a way to start your day! Around mid-morning, one of the crew caught the fattest 28-inch redfish I’ve seen in a long time. It was a day of great friends, nice weather, and good times out on the water with Bay Flats Lodge!

 

WEDNESDAY – April 18th

Capt. Steve Boldt – Always a fun day with my favorite gals – Julie G. and the crew! The trout cooperated to an extent, and the reds were illusive, but today’s black drum action was super strong with limits for everyone aboard!

 

Capt. Stephen Boriskie – Had a nice group of repeat customers from the home building industry who have been fishing with Bay Flats Lodge for many years. They enjoyed their Wednesday away from the phones and the job site while hooking up with some nice reds!

 

Capt. Doug Russell – A bit breezy this afternoon. Finally got the anchor to stick for one good set and busted loose on landing just 2 shy of our trout limit, but a couple good reds made up for it in the end!

 

Capt. Cody Spencer – I had another fun wade fishing with lures session today with a few repeat customers who LOVE to fish! These guys caught limits of trout, with a handful of solid ones up to 24 inches! Bob, who happens to be 81 years young, is still getting it done out on the flats! Go Bob!

 

Capt. Garrett Wygrys – Regardless of today’s wind, we still managed to put a few decent reds in the box. I want to thank Billy at Foreverlast Inc for supplying us with great equipment like the Stow & Go Net!

 

THURSDAY – April 19th

Capt. Jeremy McClelland – My crew of BFL guests from the Mark H. party experienced a great start to the day. Regardless of today’s early high winds, these guys began the morning by having their way with the fish. The trout, redfish, and the black drum are all coming to the side of the boat this morning!

 

This Week’s Featured Article:

 

The Last Time

By Randy Brown – BFL Manager

 

A common adage that kept running through my mind as I wrote the following: “The past is history, the future only a possibility but the here and now is a gift.” I often feel gifted in my interactions at the lodge, and the last few days have been no exception. Last week, Bay Flats Lodge hosted a high school reunion of sorts – nine gentlemen who went to high school in north Houston together reunited for a couple of days of fishing. Their laughter, easy demeanor and joy made them a special group to have.

 

Watching these men set me to thinking about my own days in high school, and all the guys I might want to see again. It also made me realize just how fleeting life is. These men were not young, and neither am I. I wondered if they might not all be on this trip next year, or if I might not be here to see them again.

 

I assume that at a certain age we all start to contemplate things as possibly being the last – the last time you see a friend, the last time you kiss your wife, the last time you dance with your daughter, or the last time you play catch with your son. All things come to an end.

 

There will also be a last time to fish, but not yet. In the meantime, try to live in the moment. As you do, consider paying forward the gift of the present by doing something that will outlive you and me both – donate to CCA’s Building Conservation Trust. We can leave the middle Texas coast fishery better than we found it by building a new habitat. If you follow this link https://www.bayflatslodge.com/cca-donations  your donation will be matched dollar for dollar by Bay Flats Lodge

 

 

Upcoming Events:

May 17th – Combat Marine Outdoors

In Barkett’s absence, Bay Flats Lodge has volunteered to serve as host to this year’s annual luncheon event for the Combat Marine Outdoors organization. Their program serves as a vehicle to demonstrate to these Marines, Sailors, and other service members that there are tens of thousands of patriotic Americans who truly care about these brave warriors and are willing to show their appreciation and support by providing once-in-a-lifetime outdoor adventures in some of the most incredible places in the world. It will be our honor and our privilege to host the members of such a fine organization.

 

CCA Texas – S.T.A.R. Tournament 2018

May 26th through September 3rd, 2018

Just like your lure presentation, CCA is always working to improve the CCA Texas STAR Tournament. This year we are rolling out our brand new CCA Texas Guides Division. The addition of this division DOES NOT affect any other part of the tournament and guides are still ineligible in other divisions. It is the hope of Texas STAR and CCA Texas to be able to reward Texas fishing guides who support marine conservation, and empower them to help recruit more anglers into the CCA mission through this new division. The division winner will be taking home a new 26’ Mowdy Cat, Mercury 225hp ProXS OptiMax outboard, and custom Coastline trailer. 

https://www.bayflatslodge.com/cca-donations

 

 

 

BFL Fishing Special:

BFL’s Grass Roots Wade Fishing with Lures Special

Our original customer base of the mid-1990’s consisted primarily of customers who loved to wade fish with artificial bait, and it was that clientele which stood as the foundation upon which we have grown Bay Flats Lodge into the company it has become today.  In recognition of our grass roots, we’re getting back to the basics this year by offering a special deal to all of the wading and artificial enthusiasts out there.  Beginning April 1, 2018, when you book 3 wading with artificial bait trips, you will receive your 4th wading with artificial bait trip FREE.  

–       The 4th FREE trip ONLY includes one free full-day of wade fishing with artificial baits for 4 anglers in one boat.

–       The 4th FREE trip does NOT include free lodging and meals.

–       One full-day of wade fishing with artificial bait constitutes one trip toward your goal.

–       All trips must be taken prior to December 31, 2018.

–       Offer not valid on trips booked prior to April 1, 2018; only valid on trips booked between April 1, 2018, and December 15, 2018

 

Here’s What a Few of Our Recent Guests Had To Say…

The whole staff that I interacted with were top-shelf.  It is clear that the staff, and ownership, take pride in the services offered.  It was very refreshing to have such a great experience!  The food was outstanding, and if anyone departed hungry it was their own fault.  What a nice place. Amazing amenities!  I cannot think of a thing that would need to change.  If your level of service remains, word-of-mouth alone will book the Lodge by itself.  Again, what a wonderful way to spend a couple days!  –  Scott G.  4/18/18

 

All the Lodge staff is friendly and ready to be attentive, if needed.  Otherwise, everyone allows you to enjoy you stay.  We fished for two days and I had two different guides, Capt. David McClelland and Capt. Garrett Wygrys.  Both of them had the same willingness to get us on the fish, and both had the same processes that bayflats seems to instill in their guides.  The guides had completely different techniques, and that was refreshing to see each day.  The food is always amazing!  It’s always the same stuff, but it’s cooked to perfection, and you always know you will be happy!  Love the “motel” feeling in a friendly atmosphere!  –  Tom T.  4/18/18

 

Everyone was extremely helpful and always available.  On day one we fished with Capt. Garrett Wygrys.  It took a few stops, but he put us on the Redfish.  We all had a blast!  He was a pleasure to spend the day with – super knowledgeable and eager to lend a hand and educate us on fishing technique and skills!  Day 2 we were with Capt. Todd Jones, who took us to the other side of the bay for great redfish and trout!  Our boat caught the biggest Red ($$).  Thanks Capt. Todd!  Wonderful food!  If you go hungry, you must have fallen asleep and missed a meal!  –  Brian G.  4/17/18

 

 

Five-Day Weather Forecast

Friday                 0 % Precip. / 0.0 in

Mostly cloudy. High 73F. Winds E at 15 to 25 mph.

Saturday          50 % Precip. / 0.02 in

Cloudy skies during the morning hours followed by scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 74F. Winds SE at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Sunday            40 % Precip. / 0.02 in

Rain showers in the morning, then sunny in the afternoon. High around 80F. Winds N at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Monday             0 % Precip. / 0.0 in

Sunny skies. High 78F. Winds N at 10 to 15 mph.

Tuesday          20 % Precip. / 0.0 in

Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 77F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.

Synopsis:

Onshore flow will resume by Friday afternoon and become moderate to possibly strong by Friday night as an upper level disturbance approaches the area. The upper disturbance and daytime heating will result in a chance for thunderstorms Saturday and Saturday night. A cold front will then move offshore early Sunday morning, bringing a moderate northerly flow into early next week.         

Coastal Water Temperature:

Port Aransas      71.1 degrees

Seadrift               73.0 degrees

Matagorda Bay  71.1 degrees

 

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Meet Our Partners:

Mercury Outboards

ES Custom Boats

Simmons Custom Rigging

Power Pole

Wet Sounds

ForEverlast – Hunting & Fishing Products

Simms

Costa Del Mar

Columbia

Drake Waterfowl

Coastline Trailers

CCA – Texas

Building Conservation Trust – CCA’s National Habitat Program

Ducks Unlimited – Texas

Delta Waterfowl

Benelli USA

Franchi USA

Black Cloud Ammunitions

Finck Cigar Company

The Texas Gourmet

Stacy Hedrick – Realtor

Lifetime Decoys

MOmarsh

Law Call Lanyards

FireDisc Cookers

Hector Mendieta Tunes & Tails Fishing Tournament

Tanglefree Waterfowl




Things are Warming Up

Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

April 16, 2018

 

It’s the middle of April, and that simply means we’re in the midst of changing times with regards to our coastal fishing conditions. Each day will continue to be longer than the one before, and the amount of sunlight each day will be growing. We’ll start seeing longer periods of increasing warmth, and the cooler water temperatures of wintertime shall begin to warm slowly on almost a daily basis resulting in surface readings that may reach as high as the mid-70’s.

The first section of the bay to begin feeling full effects of this annual warming trend will be the flats areas along tapering shorelines. The springtime sunlight projecting across these shallows will begin bringing these waters alive once again by attracting different species of baitfish and predators alike. In as such, successful anglers will be those who head for a few of their favorite shallow water shorelines this month, looking for pods of active baitfish huddled tightly above a grassy mud or sand bottom.

This is always a great time for enjoying the strong redfish action that we generally see during this period of transition, as the reds are typically found following the bait to the warming shallows ahead of the trout. But after a consistent warming trend lasting three or four days, you can almost bet that the trout will be close behind, as they’re not about to let the redfish have all the food.

Now that spring is underway, we’re going to be recognizing some of the windiest times of the year, and the winds will appear to increase each week with the approaching warmer months. Wind speed and direction can often dictate success or failure based upon what decisions you make, so don’t be anxious to cancel your day on the water simply because the wind happens to be blowing at an increasingly high rate of speed. On heavy wind days along our portion of the coast, look for protection provided by the many miles of Matagorda Island shoreline – there’s countless sand bars, points, coves, and leeward positions to choose from that offer protection while wade fishing. Until next time, have fun out there, and be careful!

 

In The News…

CCA Donations – https://www.bayflatslodge.com/cca-donations

Suncoast Post-Tension

Bay Flats Lodge would like to thank Suncoast Post-Tension for donating $1,000 to CCA Texas and Building Conservation Trust. We at Bay Flats Lodge will match this donation of $1,000. 

To assure a better fishery and habitat for our future, when you visit Bay Flats Lodge and make a donation to Building Conservation Trust (BCT) Coastal Conservation Association’s Habitat Program, Bay Flats Lodge will match your donation. These donations fund grassroots-driven projects that achieve one or more of five key objectives: Restore degraded habitats; Create new habitats; Advance the science of coastal habitat and marine fisheries conservation; Foster habitat stewardship; and Educate coastal communities on the value of conservation.

https://www.bayflatslodge.com/cca-donations

 

New Guide at Bay Flats Lodge

Captain Heath Borchert

We’d like to send out a big warm welcome to Captain Heath Borchert. We’re excited to have him among our lineup of professional guides at Bay Flats Lodge, and we trust he is mutually excited about his new role with us.

Heath grew up in central Texas fishing the freshwater lakes and rivers of the hill country with his grandparents.  But because they loved all types of fishing, they would always make springtime and summertime trips to the coast to enjoy some saltwater action also.  That’s where Capt. Heath became hooked on the pull of broad-shouldered redfish, and the shaking heads of trophy speckled trout.

 

Heath moved to the coastal city of Victoria, Texas, in his early 20’s, which gave him a lot more time to fish coastal waters, and that is when he started becoming quite familiar with the Port O’Connor area.  As he became more and more knowledgeable of the Coastal Bend region, Capt. Heath gave up the use of live bait, as he turned in his shrimp for artificial lures.  He had discovered there’s no other sensation in the world quite equal to the thrill he received as he watched his top water plugs being engulfed by big yellow-mouthed sow trout, and he’s been tossing lures ever since.

 

Living on the coast and becoming a part of it’s culture has allowed Capt. Heath to share his personal fishing knowledge and experiences with his own family and children, and has also made it possible for him to pursue teaching other people what he has learned in his many years of fishing.  After thirty years in the oilfield and trucking industries, Capt. Heath now enjoys fishing as a professional fishing guide at Bay Flats Lodge.  If you’re searching for a nice day out on the water with a truly qualified and skillful expert, look no further than to Capt. Heath Borchert.  He currently offices out of a new 2018 24’ Tran Cat, and he’s ready and willing to help you and your guests enjoy all that is to be offered by our superior San Antonio Bay fishery.  It doesn’t matter if you have never fished, or whether you happen to be a seasoned saltwater veteran, Capt. Heath will most certainly have something helpful to offer.  Request Capt. Heath during your next stay at Bay Flats Lodge!

 

 

Upcoming Events:

May 17th – Combat Marine Outdoors

In Barkett’s absence, Bay Flats Lodge has volunteered to serve as host to this year’s annual luncheon event for the Combat Marine Outdoors organization. Their program serves as a vehicle to demonstrate to these Marines, Sailors, and other service members that there are tens of thousands of patriotic Americans who truly care about these brave warriors and are willing to show their appreciation and support by providing once-in-a-lifetime outdoor adventures in some of the most incredible places in the world. It will be our honor and our privilege to host the members of such a fine organization.

 

CCA Texas – S.T.A.R. Tournament 2018  

May 26th through September 3rd, 2018

Just like your lure presentation, CCA is always working to improve the CCA Texas STAR Tournament. This year we are rolling out our brand new CCA Texas Guides Division. The addition of this division DOES NOT affect any other part of the tournament and guides are still ineligible in other divisions. It is the hope of Texas STAR and CCA Texas to be able to reward Texas fishing guides who support marine conservation, and empower them to help recruit more anglers into the CCA mission through this new division. The division winner will be taking home a new 26’ Mowdy Cat, Mercury 225hp ProXS OptiMax outboard, and custom Coastline trailer. 

https://www.bayflatslodge.com/cca-donations

 

 

Today’s Featured Special:

BFL’s Grass Roots Wade Fishing with Lures Special

Our original customer base of the mid-1990’s consisted primarily of customers who loved to wade fish with artificial bait, and it was that clientele which stood as the foundation upon which we have grown Bay Flats Lodge into the company it has become today.  In recognition of our grass roots, we’re getting back to the basics this year by offering a special deal to all of the wading and artificial enthusiasts out there.  Beginning April 1, 2018, when you book 3 wading with artificial bait trips, you will receive your 4th wading with artificial bait trip FREE.  

–       The 4th FREE trip ONLY includes one free full-day of wade fishing with artificial baits for 4 anglers in one boat.

–       The 4th FREE trip does NOT include free lodging and meals.

–       One full-day of wade fishing with artificial bait constitutes one trip toward your goal.

–       All trips must be taken prior to December 31, 2018.

  • –       Offer not valid on trips booked prior to April 1, 2018; only valid on trips booked between April 1, 2018, and December 15, 2018

 

 

Here’s What Some of Our Recent Guests Had To Say…

Capt. Cooper Hartmann is a great guy – I’d like to fish with I’m again!  The food was above average, especially the sandwiches for the boat lunch, and the steak dinner was delicious!  The outdoor fire rings are one of the coolest setups I’ve ever seen!  Overall great experience, and I can’t wait to come back to duck hunt and to fish again!  Such a cool place!  –  Otto S.  4/16/18

 

Everyone was very nice and courteous.  Capt. ‘Lil John Wyatt was great – he was fun to fish with!  The meals were fantastic, and the facility was top-notch!  I could not have asked for anything more.  Great experience – I am certainly going back!  –  Mark C.  4/16/18

 

Capt. Harold Dworaczyk, Capt. Jason Wagenfehr, and Capt. Steve Boldt were easy going and eager to please both days.  Good employees are hard to find, and even harder to keep.  You’ve done a great job of doing that!  All that I met represented your organization well!  –  Ed C.  4/12/18

 

I cannot say enough positive things about this place.  Excellent experience here with my dad on a trip this spring.  Incredible staff!  Delicious food fit for a king!  Perfect comfortable sleeping quarters!  Great guides!  Outstanding boat rigs!  Five-star operation for sure!  Even if you come back without fish or fowl, you still win by getting to experience Bay Flats Lodge! – Logan J.  4/11/18

 

 

Five-Day Weather Forecast

Tuesday               10 % Precip. / 0.0 in

Sunny with gusty winds. High 79F. Winds S at 20 to 30 mph.

Wednesday         20 % Precip. / 0.06 in

Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 78F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday             10 % Precip. / 0.0 in

Partly to mostly cloudy. High 77F. Winds ENE at 10 to 20 mph.

Friday                   20 % Precip. / 0.0 in

Partly cloudy skies with gusty winds. High 76F. Winds ESE at 20 to 30 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

Saturday                0 % Precip. / 0.0 in

Sunny. High 72F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph.

Synopsis:

A weak to moderate onshore flow will develop this morning, strengthening this afternoon. Southeast to southerly flow will increase to moderate to strong levels tonight into Tuesday as surface low pressure deepens over the Southern Plains. Advisory conditions will be possible late tonight into Tuesday. Onshore winds are expected to relax by Wednesday and Thursday. Isolated showers and thunderstorms will be possible Thursday and Friday.         

Coastal Water Temperature:

Port Aransas      71.1 degrees

Seadrift               68.0 degrees

Matagorda Bay  69.1 degrees

 

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Captain Chris Martin

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Meet Our Partners:

Mercury Outboards

ES Custom Boats

Simmons Custom Rigging

Power Pole

Wet Sounds

ForEverlast – Hunting & Fishing Products

Simms

Costa Del Mar

Columbia

Drake Waterfowl

Coastline Trailers

CCA – Texas

Building Conservation Trust – CCA’s National Habitat Program

Ducks Unlimited – Texas

Delta Waterfowl

Benelli USA

Franchi USA

Black Cloud Ammunitions

Finck Cigar Company

The Texas Gourmet

Stacy Hedrick – Realtor

Lifetime Decoys

MOmarsh

Law Call Lanyards

FireDisc Cookers

Hector Mendieta Tunes & Tails Fishing Tournament

Tanglefree Waterfowl




The Last Time

April 15, 2018


A common adage that kept running through my mind as I wrote the following: “The past is history, the future only a possibility but the here and now is a gift.” I often feel gifted in my in interactions at the lodge, and the last few days have been no exception. Last week Bay Flats Lodge hosted a high school reunion of sorts. Nine gentlemen who went to High School in north Houston together reunited for a couple of days of fishing. Their laughter, easy demeanor and joy made them a special group to have.

Watching these men set me to thinking about my own days in High School and the guys I might want to see again. It also made me realize just how fleeting life is. These men were not young and neither am I. I wondered if they might not all be on this trip next year or if I might not be here to see them again.

I assume that at a certain age we all start to contemplate things as possibly being the last. The last time you see a friend. The last time you kiss your wife. The last time you dance with your daughter. The last time you play catch with your son.

All things come to an end.

There will also be a last time to fish, but not yet. In the meantime, try to live in the moment. And as you do, consider paying forward the gift of the present by doing something that will outlive you and me both. Donate to Building Conservation Trust. We can leave the middle Texas coast fishery better than we found it by building a new habitat. If you follow this link https://www.bayflatslodge.com/cca-donations your donation will be matched dollar for dollar by Bay Flats Lodge.

Thanks for taking the time to read.

Randy Brown




Bite Considerations

Bay Flats Lodge on San Antonio Bay

April 12, 2018

 

The past few days have been somewhat of a roller coaster for the trout and the redfish bite. Our lodge guests have had to either grind it out all day for the trout without catching any reds, or have happened upon a strong redfish bite without a hint of speckled trout. Oh, and then there were those who ended up catching a little bit of everything. There just didn’t seem to be much of a pattern to the bite at all, except for the fact that there was a bite to be had on nearly every occasion.

 

Anglers wading this past week with live bait were able to scrape up a mess of nice trout in some of the strong north wind that recently blew through town, while other waders realized fortune with top water baits and plastic tails (dark brown, penny, and chrome all produced). Our guests fishing out of boats this week with live bait have experienced a lot of catching, especially on trout ranging on the smaller end of the scale. Wind has been an issue more than once, so a number of this week’s catches have taken place along protected shorelines all the way from the head of San Antonio Bay to the remote back lakes situated out on Matagorda Island.

 

It’s understandable that conditions aren’t always going to be perfect on any given day you may have chosen to be out on the bay trying your luck at finding the fish. You can improve your chances as you remember to search for things that indicate there are fish in the area. Some of the things you should try to key-in on are bait activity, slicks, diving birds, structure, and tidal movement. Secondary items to pay attention to would be things like differences in water depths, wind direction, water clarity, and brightness of the day – all of which can quickly become very, very important things for wading anglers to take into consideration when fishing with artificial baits.

 

Area bay water temperatures will soon be hovering in the magical 70’s as springtime begins giving way to more and more warm days on a regular basis. This will mean pods of baitfish – like mullet – will soon become the norm, and not the exception. Trout and redfish will typically follow the food source, so keep it in mind to always attempt a few casts upon some of those large accumulations of floating mullet if you see them. It’s always fun tossing top water baits at rafts of mullet, but if there’s nothing happening on top, then go beneath the baitfish. Try bouncing a plastic tail below the mullet, or dangle a plastic bait of choice below a rattle cork and see what happens. You might just stumble upon that non-stop bite you were hoping for! Good luck out there, and be careful!

 

In The News…

A Natural Partnership

CCA Texas + Building Conservation Trust + Bay Flats Lodge

As we all continue to relish in all that our great fisheries have to offer, it is important for us to realize the necessity for replenishing that natural resource that we have enjoyed for so many years, and that is why Bay Flats Lodge has partnered with CCA Texas and their National Habitat Program, the Building Conservation Trust.

 

The U.S. portion of the Gulf of Mexico coastline spans 1,680total miles, stretching all the way from the border with Mexico to the Florida Keys.  Here in Texas, our slice of this magnificent shoreline consists of 367 miles of some of the absolute best inshore saltwater fishing to be found in any of the other states outlined by Gulf waters – Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.  Today, Texas coastal anglers enjoy a rather vibrant coastal fishery, but things haven’t always been as good as they are now.

 

Out of neglect and disrespect for such a wonderful natural resource as our Texas coastal fisheries, commercial fishing in the mid-1970’s all but wiped out our state’s speckled trout and redfish numbers.  Because of this, a small group of 14 concerned recreational anglers started the Gulf Coast Conservation Association (GCCA) in order to fight commercial overfishing.  They began with their famous “Save the Redfish” crusade, and by 1985, chapters had formed along the Gulf Coast.  By the 1990’s, the mid-Atlantic and New England states had chapters, and then Washington state and Oregon started chapters in 2007.  Today they are known as the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA), and they’ve effectively engaged in almost every national fisheries debate since 1984, things like the defense of net bands, the implementation of by-catch reduction devices, the support for pro-fisheries legislation, and the battle against arbitrary no-fishing zones.

 

At Bay Flats Lodge, being good stewards of the land and the wildlife isn’t just a philosophy.  It’s our way of life, and we have created our company based on those beliefs.  This attitude and culture is reflected in all that Bay Flats Lodge does, and it’s for this reason we are genuinely proud to announce our partnership with CCA Texas and CCA’s national habitat program, The Building Conservation Trust (BCT).  BCT and CCA Texas have a strong partnership that has resulted in several successful marine habitat programs throughout the years, and that relationship is now growing through a partnership with Bay Flats Lodge.  These three groups are now working together to foster and enhance marine life from Matagorda Bay to Rockport.

 

If you would like to show your support for conserving, promoting, and enhancing the present and future availability of coastal resources for the enjoyment of the general public, just let us know upon arriving for your stay at Bay Flats Lodge, or while checking-out prior to your departure.  Bay Flats Lodge will automatically match dollar-for-dollar your donation toward these tremendous efforts.

 

 

Upcoming Events:

May 17th – Combat Marine Outdoors

In Barkett’s absence, Bay Flats Lodge has volunteered to serve as host to this year’s annual luncheon event for the Combat Marine Outdoors organization. Their program serves as a vehicle to demonstrate to these Marines, Sailors, and other service members that there are tens of thousands of patriotic Americans who truly care about these brave warriors and are willing to show their appreciation and support by providing once-in-a-lifetime outdoor adventures in some of the most incredible places in the world. It will be our honor and our privilege to host the members of such a fine organization.

 

CCA Texas – S.T.A.R. Tournament 2018

May 26th through September 3rd, 2018

Just like your lure presentation, CCA is always working to improve the CCA Texas STAR Tournament. This year we are rolling out our brand new CCA Texas Guides Division. The addition of this division DOES NOT affect any other part of the tournament and guides are still ineligible in other divisions. It is the hope of Texas STAR and CCA Texas to be able to reward Texas fishing guides who support marine conservation, and empower them to help recruit more anglers into the CCA mission through this new division. The division winner will be taking home a new 26’ Mowdy Cat, Mercury 225hp ProXS OptiMax outboard, and custom Coastline trailer. 

 

 

Today’s Featured Special:

BFL’s August “Beat the Heat” Fishing Special

This year we are extending our reduced fishing rate offering to include the month of August.  Make it a point to arrive at the Lodge in time to enjoy some wonderful appetizers in our outdoor kitchen, only to be followed by a delicious dining experience complete with a complimentary bottle of wine and a delightful dessert.  Awaken the next morning to a hot buffet breakfast before meeting your Captain for a day of coastal fishing.  We offer some of the most experienced and absolute best coastal fishing guides along the Gulf of Mexico, and they all happen to office in the numerous bay systems surrounding Seadrift and Port O’Connor where August fishing for speckled trout and redfish is hotter than the summertime temperatures.

 

August Rates (Live Bait NOT Included; Price is the same for half-day or full-day):

2 Guests Per Boat     =     $ 368.00 Per Guest

3 Guests Per Boat     =     $ 300.00 Per Guest

4 Guests Per Boat     =     $ 282.00 Per Guest

 

Your BFL 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

 

Here’s What Some of Our Recent Guests Had To Say…

I cannot say enough positive things about this place.  Excellent experience here with my dad on a trip this spring.  Incredible staff!  Delicious food fit for a king!  Perfect comfortable sleeping quarters!  Great guides!  Outstanding boat rigs!  Five-star operation for sure!  Even if you come back without fish or fowl, you still win by getting to experience Bay Flats Lodge! – Logan J.  4/11/18

 

The entire staff including office, kitchen, housekeeping and fishing guides were all very impressive.  All the guides went above and beyond to make sure we caught fish and had an enjoyable day on the water.  Hot, delicious meals and great service!  –  Michael G.  4/11/18

 

The lodge staff is absolutely the very best!  Capt. Stephen Boriskie and Capt. Billy Freudensprung tried their hardest to put us on fish.  Capt. Billy even came in on his day off in order to guide for us!  Awesome food – every meal!  Great service, and the facility is very comfortable!  Truly appreciate all you do for Ducks Unlimited!  –  Bill S.  4/11/18

 

Myself and the other eight members of our group were all impressed with the service, the food, the rooms and the guides.  Keep up the good work.  See you next year!  –  James B.  4/10/18

 

 

Five-Day Weather Forecast

Thursday           10 % Precip. / 0.0 in

Windy with a mix of clouds and sun. High 77F. Winds SSE at 20 to 30 mph.

Friday                50 % Precip. / 0.06 in

Windy with scattered thunderstorms. High 77F. Winds S at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Saturday           10 % Precip. / 0.0 in

Windy with a few clouds from time to time. High around 70F. Winds N at 20 to 30 mph.

Sunday                0 % Precip. / 0.0 in

Mainly sunny. High 73F. Winds NNW at 10 to 20 mph.

Monday                0 % Precip. / 0.0 in

Sunny. High 72F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph.

Synopsis:

Moderate to occasionally strong onshore flow can be expected Thursday with advisory conditions expected for the bays and near-shore waters south of Port Aransas. A moderate to strong southerly flow is expected tonight with advisory conditions expected to develop across the offshore waters then advisory conditions expected across all marine areas by Friday. The flow will weaken briefly Friday night as a cold front approaches. The cold front will move through the Gulf waters by Saturday mid morning. Scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms are expected along the front late Friday night into Saturday morning. Strong offshore flow will develop in the wake of the front Saturday with gusts to gale force possible over the Gulf waters. The offshore flow will weaken on Sunday. Weak to moderate offshore flow on Monday will become onshore Monday night as the surface high shifts to the east.        

Coastal Water Temperature:

Port Aransas      70.0 degrees

Seadrift               71.1 degrees

Matagorda Bay  71.1 degrees

 

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