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391 Bayside Drive,
P.O. Box 580, Seadrift, Texas 77983-0580

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FEBRUARY’S MULLET & MUDDY WATER

Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

January 16, 2019

 

FEBRUARY AIRBOAT REDFISHING

If you have a passion for catching redfish, but think you’ve seen it all, then this is the trip for you.  Looking for Texas redfish from an airboat is a unique approach to fishing that allows our customers access to areas other boats can’t reach, and to see habitats few ever have the opportunity to enjoy.  Whether it’s a family trip, a corporate team-building event, or just a getaway with friends, you can make your coastal visit one to remember with a Bay Flats Lodge airboat fishing trip featuring the ever-popular Texas saltwater redfish.

When you’re visiting the Lodge, it’s easy to let the evening slip away from you, and then end up in bed the next morning later that you’d planned – great food, good company and a relaxing setting often have that effect!  Such a short night can make an early wake up and boat departure a little hard, but when you’re here to enjoy some airboat redfishing you won’t need to get up as early as everyone else. That’s right! Your airboat captain will need sunlight to spot the redfish on the flats and in the backcountry, so there’s no need to leave before sunrise. This also makes airboat fishing perfect for families with kids that might not be too excited about a really early wake up time. So, if a later departure is what you anticipate needing, make sight casting out of an airboat to redfish in shallow water the order of the day. At Bay Flats Lodge we want you to make it easy on yourself, so we’ll do everything we can to help.

 

 

TROPHY FISH HUNTER AIRS WITH BFL FISHING GUIDES

Trophy Technology, Inc.

Trophy Technology, Inc., is owned and operated by Jay Madden and Scott Head. Headquartered in Trenton, Texas, Trophy Technology is home to many great brands: Castaic, Reaction Strike, the BD Series, Musky Armor, Kitana Hooks, Monster Bass, Throwback, Backstabber, and Bulldawg Rods.  Trophy Technology, Inc. also produces two TV shows, The Bass Dr. and Trophy Fish Hunter. The fishing show called Trophy Fish Hunter began to air back in 2015 on the Fox Sports North television network. Since then, the show has traveled North America catching the biggest, most aggressive fish in lakes, rivers, and oceans. Jay and Scott visited Bay Flats Lodge this past fall to shoot fishing segments for television for the Trophy Fish Hunter show that you’ll see below. We appreciate Jay and Scott taking time out of their busy schedule to make this happen, and we sincerely hope we were successful in providing a unique and personal touch in regards to their everlasting perspective of Bay Flats Lodge. Now then, come along as we join Jay and Scott as they spend a couple days fishing for Texas speckled trout and redfish with two of the finest fishing guides you’ll find anywhere along the Gulf of Mexico coastline.

 

Day 1 – Trophy Technology’s own Scott Head and Jay Madden stay close to home and head over to Bay Flats Lodge. Although they may be fishing for both speckled trout and redfish, their primary focus for today is catching some shallow-water redfish with Bay Flats’ own Capt. Harold Dworaczyk in the back lakes area of Matagorda Island.

 

Day 2 – Scott and Jay continue their two-day fishing adventure at Bay Flats Lodge as they cast for Texas redfish with ex-NFL player Capt. Cody Spencer, who introduces them to the fun that Texas coastal anglers experience when casting artificial baits, like the Reaction Strike lures, across some of the popular grass flats that occupy portions of San Antonio Bay.

 

 

 

FEBRUARY’S MULLET AND MUDDY WATER

Well, it has happened again! Another duck hunting season is now almost over. How time flies! It’s been fun, but now it’s almost time for us to center our attention on another type of hunting – the hunt for large speckled trout and redfish in wintertime bay waters. And because those waters can turn out to be downright cold in February, we should probably be spending just as much time scouting for places to fish as we do actually fishing this month. Why? Because February often presents us with some really cold days, which means we will need to be looking at the fishing signs differently than we do during the warmer times of the year because it may take much longer to find exactly what we’re looking for.

February is cold, and it’s a time when baitfish, as well as trout and redfish, will all be moving much slower. So, when scouting this month make note of any cold-water area where you happen to see a single mullet jump. The mullet that jumped is cold, and doesn’t want to move much if it doesn’t have to. However, chances are great that the mullet jumped because it had to escape a potentially fatal blow from a predator. Chances are good that whatever predator fish lunged at the mullet is still in the area, so always consider stopping the boat and giving the place a good once-over with some very slow moving top water baits and suspending plastics. This often turns into a game between you and the fish to see who can outlast the other, so go into this situation with all the patience you can muster, or you’ll set yourself up for failure every time.

In warmer months we look for “trout-green” water, but wintertime temperatures tend to give clarity to the water that looks like tap water. It’s beautiful water, but it can be rather difficult fooling fish in it. Because of this, it shouldn’t bother you to fish in water that’s become discolored by the wind and waves. Look for undulating and muddy shorelines containing even the most modest of troughs, as sometimes the slightest difference in the depth of the water can mean a big difference to the comfort of larger wintertime trout. So, next time you’re out on the water in February, don’t be entirely afraid of setting your sights on off-colored water as one of your prime wading targets that day – it’s worked for many others just like you, and has produced more times than not!

In closing, we’d like to remind everyone of our 2019 HUNT FOR TROPHY TROUT SPECIAL. From now through the end of February, wade fishing guests will receive a $25 DISCOUNT off their nightly lodging and meals. There are several February dates still available, but they’ll go fast, so don’t hesitate in phoning and making your reservations today…1-888-677-4868.

 

 

THE GUIDE REPORT

THURSDAY – Jan 10th

Capt. Stephen Boriskie – The weather has been cold in the morning, then warmer in the afternoon, with the wind blowing hard one minute, and then mostly calm the next. The tides have been lower than usual with recent north winds, with movement one minute and not the next. Aside from all of that, the fishing the past couple days has been hit-n-miss. Regardless, the BFL customers that fished with me Wednesday and today had a strong will about them, and they managed to put together a couple descent boxes that provided them with some nice fillets to take home and enjoy!

SUNDAY – Jan 13th

Capt. Cooper Hartmann – This duck season has been somewhat of a grind. The weather didn’t get a lot colder until later in the season, which didn’t help things much from a bird perspective – seems like it’s been hit-n-miss most of the time. The birds are here in numbers, but they are moving quite a bit on a daily basis, which usually indicates either a lot of regular hunting pressure, or they’re looking for a food source or protection elsewhere. As usual, however, it’s been a lot of fun for everyone, and we have managed some great shoots regardless of everything.

Capt. Doug Russell – My young “duck” pup is figuring things out more and more with each hunt, and she made me a proud dog dad this weekend – she chased down a couple cripples just like she’d been doing it all her life! Blue bird conditions proved to be somewhat of a struggle, but a few birds did decide to cooperate before it was all over. We saw a couple different kinds of ducks, but took mainly redheads during today’s hunt. Hoping for colder weather to round out the end of the season!

Capt. Garrett Wygrys – Not real sure as to all of the many possible reasons why, but we seem to have had some of our best hunts of the season just recently. A lot of opportunity is being seen right now out in the marsh versus inland hunting. We’re finding Pintail, Redheads, Gadwall, Teal, and even an occasional Mallard will fly by just to say “Hi”! It’s been a lot of fun so far, and I can’t wait for the next cold front to arrive (maybe we’ll get lucky and have an Arctic Blast before the end of the season)!

 

 

SEVEN-DAY WEATHER FORECAST

Thursday             20 % Precip. / 0.00 in

Chance of a morning shower. Cloudy skies. High 71F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Friday                   20 % Precip. / 0.00 in

Overcast. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High around 70F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph.

Saturday              10 % Precip. / 0.00 in

Partly cloudy and windy. High 62F. Winds NW at 25 to 35 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

Sunday                   0 % Precip. / 0.00 in

A mainly sunny sky. High 53F. Winds NNW at 10 to 20 mph.

Monday                10 % Precip. / 0.00 in

Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 64F. Winds SE at 10 to 20 mph.

Tuesday               20 % Precip. / 0.00 in

Cloudy. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 68F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph.

Wednesday          40 % Precip. / 0.13 in

Rain showers early with some sunshine later in the day. High 52F. Winds NNW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Synopsis:

Rain chances will gradually diminish Thursday as the current trough weakens. Winds will be become weak and variable Thursday. The onshore flow will strengthen on Friday, becoming moderate to strong Friday night. Isolated showers are possible Friday with more scattered showers and thunderstorms possible overnight Friday into Saturday morning ahead and along a strong cold front. The cold front is expected to push across the coastal waters Saturday morning with a strong to very strong offshore flow and high seas developing in its wake. Small Craft Advisory conditions are expected for all marine zones with gale force winds possible for the Gulf waters by Saturday night. The offshore flow and seas will begin to subside on Sunday.

Coastal Water Temperature:

Port Aransas        57.9 degrees

Seadrift                 57.9 degrees

Matagorda Bay    57.0 degrees

 

 

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AIRBOAT REDFISHING

Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

January 10, 2019

 

BFL Donates to 2019 Annual Fundraiser

SEADRIFT AREA VOLUNTEER EMERGENCY SERVICES

To aid in the efforts of the annual fundraiser for the Seadrift Volunteer Fire Department, Bay Flats Lodge is donating money to buy all of the supplies to make the chili plates for the 2019 Seadrift Area Volunteer Emergency Services Chili Dinner, Gun Raffle & Live Auction event, which is to be held this year on February 2, 2019, at the Catholic Community Center in Seadrift. This benefit is held each year in order to help raise funds that will go toward maintenance and supplies that will continue to enable Fire Department services to the Seadrift community. To those who can, please come out and support them on Saturday, February 2nd – it’s good food for a good cause!

 

 

BFL Customer Spotlight

GREG BAEPPLER

At Bay Flats Lodge, we don’t mind that we often see our guests over and over again, year after year. As a matter of fact, we prefer it that way! In this particular instance, we wish for the annual Greg Baeppler party to know that we sincerely appreciate your 9-years of continued patronage of our business. We know that repeat customers like you are largely responsible for our great success, and for that we wish to say, “Thank you.” We are happy to have served you over the past several years, and we look forward to continuing to meet your needs in our tenth year of service to you again in the year 2020. Thank you!

 

 

February’s Nearly Here, Which Means It’s Almost Time For…

AIRBOAT REDFISHING

February is often much cooler, but not too cold. It’s a month that tends to often be overcast, but sunshine is possible. It’s a time when many choose to stay indoors, but it’s a great time to be outside amongst nature. Here at Bay Flats Lodge, we fish twelve months out of the year, but some months are more fun than others, and February presents itself as being a particularly fun and special month because it provides two separate opportunities to mid-coast anglers which should not be missed.

 

The first opportunity deserving mention this month is the typical and popular presence of a robust Redfish population. Regular low tides and cold-water make these Redfish a primary target in February, and the only way to get to where they’re hiding is via airboat. Add to this the fact that a lot of coastal anglers opt-out of fishing during the colder months of the year, and you suddenly have all the makings of a fishing experience like no other – a February Airboat Redfishing trip!

 

A second unique opportunity available to February anglers is wade fishing for trophy trout. The team of professionals at Bay Flats Lodge includes a large staff of the best fishing guides you’ll find anywhere along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, period. Their time on the water equates to decades of guiding experience, which makes them quite qualified in helping you realize your catch of a lifetime when it comes to cold-water trophy trout. February’s typical successful recipe for “Big Gals” is wading while tossing artificial baits, so don’t miss out on the $25.00 discount we’re offering now through the end of February for those booking a wade fishing trip.

 

 

THE GUIDE REPORT

SATURDAY – Jan 5th

Capt. Todd Jones – Fun start to the 2019 fishing season, spending two days on the water with Mike and two of his boys, Nick and John. It took us two days to almost put together a one-day limit, but lots of fish just under the mark kept the group busy. Solid redfish to 28” on Saturday helped to cap off a fun trip! Hope to see y’all again soon!

SUNDAY – Jan 6th

Capt. Stephen Boriskie – First trips of 2019 took place the past two days for me, and while the ducks didn’t cooperate, the fish showed up! It’s always fun guiding repeat customers, especially groups like the Frank M. party! I hope you get off to a good start in your line of business this year, as well!

THURSDAY – Jan 10th

Capt. Billy Freudensprung – The morning started out chilly, and we tried finding the bite, but the fish acted like they weren’t awake yet! When it was all said and done, the guys managed to get a decent box of reds and a bonus flounder. It was slow, and it was a grind, but that’s just the way it is sometimes, especially at this time in the year. All in all, everyone enjoyed a great day out on the water catching fish!

 

 

SEVEN-DAY WEATHER FORECAST

Thursday              0 % Precip. / 0.00 in

Sunny. High 63F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.

Friday                  20 % Precip. / 0.00 in

A mix of clouds and sun in the morning followed by cloudy skies during the afternoon. High near 70F. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph.

Saturday             20 % Precip. / 0.00 in

Partly cloudy skies. High 71F. Winds NW at 10 to 20 mph.

Sunday                   0 % Precip. / 0.00 in

Partly cloudy skies during the morning hours will become overcast in the afternoon. High 59F. Winds N at 10 to 20 mph.

Monday               20 % Precip. / 0.00 in

Cloudy. High 57F. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 mph.

Tuesday              50 % Precip. / 0.02 in

Cloudy early with showers for the afternoon hours. High 62F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Wednesday         40 % Precip. / 0.01 in

Showers in the morning with some clearing in the afternoon. High near 70F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Synopsis:

Weak to moderate onshore flow is expected through Friday ahead of the next system. As a cold front approaches and moves through, a good chance for showers will occur Friday and Friday Night. Rain chances end from west to east behind the cold front Saturday morning. Moderate offshore flow is then expected through the weekend, though it may briefly increase and be more moderate to strong Saturday night. Winds begin to shift more onshore Tuesday into Wednesday.

Coastal Water Temperature:

Port Aransas        60.1 degrees

Seadrift                 64.0 degrees

Matagorda Bay    60.1 degrees

 

 

 

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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

Copeland Duck Calls

Reaction Strike Lures

Swan Point Landing

Jeco’s Marine & Tackle




SEADRIFT’S NEARBY WINTER FISHING

Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

January 3, 2018

 

 

SEADRIFT’S NEARBY WINTER FISHING

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One of the hardest things to do when fishing at this time in the year is determining productive water, and probably one of the best ways to do this is to veto areas which you know will be unproductive due to winter weather and tidal conditions – focus on areas that will hold quality fish based on the season. This seems a monstrous task in the warm weather months alone, but it can become an even bigger challenge when the wind and water turn cold. As a general rule, fishing deeper water in wintertime tends to be more productive, and our coastal region surrounding the bayside towns of Seadrift, Port O’Connor, and Matagorda offers quite a few of what have long been some good coastal cold-weather sites and deep-hole hot spots – places like the Army Hole, the Port O’Connor jetties, the Matagorda boat basin, and the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW).

 

Even closer to Bay Flats Lodge, in the immediate Seadrift area, is the Victoria Barge Canal, one of but many results of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf Intracoastal Canal Association that was formed back in 1905. The thirty-five mile Victoria Barge Canal was completed to a navigable depth of nine feet and to a width of one hundred feet in 1968. Then, in 1995, work began to widen and deepen the canal to correspond to the mandatory government requirements that the canal must be twelve feet in depth and one hundred twenty-five feet wide, and this was completed back in March of 2002. This means that the Victoria Barge Canal now matches the size and depth of the ICW with which it connects, and thus the canal offers deep-water access for fish and protection from the elements for anglers during the colder times of the year. The canal’s deep-water attributes have proven time and again to be a great place to find good wintertime fish that stage themselves within its confines to escape the harshness of the cold weather.

 

Don’t fish in the canal if you want to wade fish, as mud and silt on the canal floor make walking difficult, plus the banks of the canal tend to drop-off irregularly and sometimes very rapidly, and there can often be a lot of barge traffic to contend with, as well. Drift fishing is the safest method, and many wintertime anglers have found it rewarding. If the canal water is clear, drift until you find the bite and then drop anchor while jigging plastic tails up and down the center of the canal. If the water’s muddy, simply drift while casting your lure and letting it sink completely before jigging it across the bottom and back to the boat. One last item worth mentioning is the need for tidal movement if you expect to catch fish – no tidal movement in the canal generally means no catching.

 

In closing, Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina wishes to remind everyone of our 2019 HUNT FOR TROPHY TROUT SPECIAL. From now through the end of February, wade fishing guests will receive a $25 DISCOUNT off their nightly lodging and meals. Remember to practice CPR, “Catch, Photo, and Release”, whenever possible on trophy Trout and Reds…Guide Chris Martin, Port O’Connor/Seadrift region. www.BayFlatsLodge.com…1-888-677-4868.

 

  

LATE-SEASON DUCK CONSIDERATIONS

If you’re a veteran of coastal hunting in Texas then you know what usually awaits you as the end of the season approaches – the ducks become very wary and getting a chance to shoot can be tough, and foul weather and low temperatures usually become the norm rather than the exception. But there are things waterfowl hunters can do that can help them be better prepared and to help them be more successful toward the end of the season.

 

Camouflage around your blind should be a big concern when you’re hunting the end of the season. The ducks have become very shy and uncertain, and you may be required to hunt in different places each day using temporary and mobile blinds. Over-compensate for camouflage based on where you setup each day by brushing your blind with nearby natural vegetation. You might use tall salt grass one day, and palm leaves and bushes the next, but whatever cover you use, use a lot of it. Make sure to also camouflage overhead as best you can, because you’ll find out the hard way that late-season ducks will keep flying if they see anything out of the ordinary.

 

Adding more camouflage is one thing you can do late in the season, but another thing to look at is any and all adjustments you might be able to make that’ll help enhance your odds. One is changing the size of shot that you shoot at late-season birds. Because the ducks have become quite fickle, you may not get as many shots at them now as you did earlier in the season. Because you’ll need every shot to count, shoot larger size shot when hunting late in the season – going from No. 4 to No. 2 shot.

 

Other alterations you can make is to decrease the number of decoys you throw out each hunt, and routinely allow for a dedicated open spot in the spread for approaching ducks to land in. Also, keep in mind the necessity for you to change your calling habits now that it’s late in the season. Near the end of each season you may find it advantageous to just let the ducks do whatever they want, and not call to them at all. A lot of times it works just fine!

 

Ducks have keen eyesight, can hear really well, and they’re able to pick out who’s doing things wrong down below. Being successful late in the season means you’ll need to ensure your camouflage, blind, decoys, and calling are all natural enough and logical enough to deceive them. Taking whatever time necessary in preparing for your late-season efforts is only going to benefit you. Good luck on the end of another great season, and in the upcoming New Year!

 

 

HERE’S WHAT SOME RECENT GUESTS SAID…

Judy was great in the kitchen, and Capt. Cody Spencer worked hard and was good with the boys! – Troy B.  12/24/18

The food and hospitality were both excellent! – Sean F.  12/20/18

Capt. Jason Wagenfehr is a excellent guide, and I really enjoyed fishing with him! – George L.  12/18/18

 

 

SEVEN-DAY WEATHER FORECAST

Thursday              20 % Precip. / 0.00 in

Cloudy early with peeks of sunshine expected late. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 56F. Winds NW at 10 to 20 mph.

Friday                      0 % Precip. / 0.00 in

A mainly sunny sky. High 63F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday                 0 % Precip. / 0.00 in

Sunny skies. High 66F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday                 10 % Precip. / 0.00 in

Some sun in the morning with increasing clouds during the afternoon. High 72F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph.

Monday                70 % Precip. / 0.06 in

Cloudy with occasional light rain in the afternoon. High 73F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70%.

Tuesday                20 % Precip. / 0.00 in

Partly cloudy skies. High 71F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday          10 % Precip. / 0.00 in

Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 66F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.

Synopsis:

A moderate northwest flow is expected to become strong across the offshore waters by Thursday afternoon as high pressure builds across the area. Rain chances will taper off throughout Thursday as drier air pushes across the area. Moderate northwest flow Thursday evening will gradually diminish overnight becoming light to moderate by early Friday. Light to moderate onshore flow will return on Saturday as surface high pressure moves east. An upper level disturbance will contribute to isolated showers Monday.

Coastal Water Temperature:

Port Aransas        55.9 degrees

Seadrift                 53.1 degrees

Matagorda Bay    53.1 degrees

 

 

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Simmons Custom Rigging

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Simms

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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

Copeland Duck Calls

Reaction Strike Lures

Swan Point Landing

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Move Slow, Find Mullet, and Keep Grindin’

 

Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

December 27, 2018

 

 

Bay Flats Lodge Partner Spotlight

JECO’S MARINE & TACKLE

Port O’Connor, Texas

After a long time in the making, Jeco’s Marine and Tackle finally opened the doors to their new store in Port O’Connor this past summer. Whether it’s wade fishing the flats, or offshore tournament fishing that you prefer, Jeco’s has all the angling gear to fulfill your every need, and more! Jeco’s also offers just about anything imaginable for duck hunting and deer hunting enthusiasts, as well.

If it’s the latest and greatest outdoor clothing and apparel that you desire, you won’t need to look any further than Jeco’s Marine and Tackle. They carry a large selection of some of the biggest names in the outdoor sportsman industry when it comes to shirts, pants, hats, chest waders, boots and footwear, and just about any other piece of gear or fishing tackle you can think of that you might need on your next hunting or fishing trip.

Jeco’s owners and staff also work hard to keep you ahead of the technology curve when it comes to marine-grade electronics, so you can save money and eliminate wasting your time with trial and error. Whether you’re attempting to outfit your new fishing rig, duck hunting buggy, or refitting your old boat with new gear, stop by and talk with the friendly and knowledgeable Jeco’s staff regarding their entire line up of state of the art electronics – everything from the latest and greatest GPS and radar solutions to the newest and finest outdoor sound systems, and everything in between!

Don’t forget that Jeco’s has also solved the problem of you being able to keep an active eye on some of the things you cherish the most – your home, and any of a list of things you may consider to be highly valuable, like your boat for instance! That’s right! Jeco’s has now added a new sector to their already huge list of services in the form of their new Audio-Video division. The carry all of the major brands like Sony, Samung, Vizio, Yamaha, Denon, and Polk to name just a few. Whether you have a need for surveillance cameras, indoor or outdoor TV wall mounting, or even if you would like to have underwater fishing lights installed on your boat dock or pier, Jeco’s Audio-Video division had you covered!

Next time you’re in Port O’Connor, stop by Jeco’s Marine and Tackle and just say hello! Who knows, you might just find that one item you haven’t been able to locate anywhere else. The fine folks at Jeco’s might even share a few helpful tips and tell you of a couple different methods that can help you fill your fish box on your next trip. Jeco’s Marine and Tackle is conveniently located at 2553 W. Adams Avenue in Port O’Connor, and they can be contacted via phone at (361) 983-2000. Their new website will be up and running soon, but until then you can visit them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jecosmarine/

 

  

THE GUIDE REPORT

SATURDAY – Dec 22nd

Capt. Billy Freudensprung – We had a great quick afternoon of fishing on Saturday with Bobby, Bobby and Ryan. They got on a fast drum bite while catching their limit, releasing another dozen or more, and then calling it a day. No better way to end the year than by watching two brothers and a dad while they smile and cheer each other on while fishing. I would also like to say “Thank You” to Bay Flats Lodge for making this all possible, as well as all the new and returning customers we get at the lodge.

Capt. ‘Lil John Wyatt – This morning’s weather started out cool, but soon warmed with a mostly clear sky and lots of sunshine. However, the weather wasn’t the only thing that warmed up today, as the fishing became downright hot for today’s guests, especially with the redfish. We located a solid bite just after sunrise, and things didn’t let up for quite a while. It was good seeing everyone laugh and enjoy each other’s company – it was a great day of fishing!

Capt. Todd Jones – Brothers Joe and Will battled low tides and strong winds to put together a solid box of fish. They even left one trout out there as a gesture of good luck for next year (not completely by choice)! Today was a good day of fishing with return guests at Bay Flats Lodge, and it was a great way to end the year! Happy Holidays to everyone!

 

 

MOVE SLOW, FIND MULLET, AND KEEP GRINDIN’

If you’re like me, you learned at a very early age that coastal fishing during wintertime meant you weren’t allowed to reel-in your lure just as fast as your little hands could turn the handles on the reel. Nope, if you wanted to catch fish when it was cold, you had to fish slowly (and I do mean slow).

 

Some folks say things never change. And as for wintertime fishing along the mid-portion of the Texas coast, they’re probably right. To this day, I still believe that if you’re going to be successful in cold water, you’re going to have to slow things down – your retrieve, your wade, and your casting pattern. So, next time you’re out on the water on a bone-chilling day, look for that one deep spot consisting of some known structure that you can slowly work your favorite plastic tail or slow-sinker across.

 

Another thing that seems to remain constant to this day is the claim that it’s imperative that the area where you stop to fish must have a supply of mullet. Many old salts will tell you that they won’t even stop the boat in wintertime if they don’t see mullet action. They’ll tell you that even though the preferred depth of water is inviting to the large trout, the large trout will look elsewhere if there aren’t any large baitfish readily available. So, if you happened upon a nice catch the day before in a prime wintertime spot, but today the fish appear to have moved, don’t be alarmed. Weather patterns nudge fish from particular locations, and baitfish may have been relocated by the wind and tide. The relocation of the food source can be very subtle, yet illusive. Look within close proximity of where you fished yesterday, and more times than not you may just find that the fish have not moved far at all – simply find the bait!

 

Winter months typically mean quality over quantity, at least when speaking of speckled trout catches. You’ll find in January that you’ll be offered hit-n-miss opportunities simply because of the weather, but whenever you’re able to get out on the water remember that the fish are going to be forced to go a bit deeper due to cold temperatures. If you can plan to fish the days between the cold fronts and are able to take advantage of the calmer winds, you should find the fish if you setup a session or two near your favorite shell pad or reef. In closing, if January ends and you still haven’t caught that “best-ever” trout, don’t let it worry too much! February and March are just around the corner, and they’re both historical months for catching “Big” sow trout with artificial baits, so keep grindin’!

 

 

HERE’S WHAT SOME RECENT GUESTS SAID…

Judy was great in the kitchen, and Capt. Cody Spencer worked hard and was good with the boys! – Troy B.  12/24/18

The food and hospitality were both excellent! – Sean F.  12/20/18

Capt. Jason Wagenfehr is a excellent guide, and I really enjoyed fishing with him! – George L.  12/18/18

 

 

SEVEN-DAY WEATHER FORECAST

Thursday              50 % Precip. / 0.01 in

Scattered thunderstorms this morning, then becoming sunny during the afternoon hours. High 74F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Friday                      0 % Precip. / 0.00 in

Sunny. High 67F. Winds NE at 10 to 20 mph.

Saturday               50 % Precip. / 0.05 in

Cloudy in the morning with scattered thunderstorms developing later in the day. High 54F. Winds NNE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Sunday                  40 % Precip. / 0.02 in

Cloudy with occasional rain showers. High 53F. Winds N at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Monday                 60 % Precip. / 0.04 in

Rain ending early. Then remaining mainly cloudy. High near 60F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

Tuesday                 10 % Precip. / 0.00 in

Sunshine and clouds mixed. High around 55F. Winds N at 15 to 25 mph.

Wednesday           10 % Precip. / 0.00 in

Cloudy skies early, followed by partial clearing. High 49F. Winds N at 15 to 25 mph.

Synopsis:

A weak to moderate northerly flow will develop in the wake of Thursday’s front and will persist through Friday morning. A moderate to strong northeasterly flow will develop across area waters during the day on Friday. Rainy and cool conditions are expected across the Middle Texas Coastal Waters this weekend and into early next week. Winds will strengthen and become more northerly again on Saturday behind a reinforcing cold front. SCA conditions will be possible Saturday into Sunday morning. Weak to moderate northerly winds are expected by Sunday night.

Coastal Water Temperature:

Port Aransas       66.0 degrees

Seadrift                66.0 degrees

Matagorda Bay   64.0 degrees

 

 

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