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

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A Lot of Bait and a Lot of Fish

Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

September 19, 2019

 

Don’t Miss It

Texas Fishing

There are dozens of reasons we miss things in our lives – we’re too busy, we’re focused on other things, we forget what’s really important, we spend too much time thinking about the past, we spend too much time thinking about the future. And those are just a few reasons we miss things.  If we’re not careful, we end up missing a lot.

It’s been said that south Texas doesn’t experience fall, but that’s not exactly true.  When our temperatures fall out of the ninety’s and into the low to mid-eighties, you can feel a hint of fall in the air.  It’s still a long way to the blue northers of December and January that confirm winters arrival, but fall is here.  And you don’t want to miss it.

Cooler nights lead to cooler water temps and hotter fishing.  There’s nothing better than an October or November fishing trip at Bay Flats Lodge.  So, give us a call and let us help make sure you don’t miss a thing this fall. – Bay Flats Lodge, (888) 677-4868

 

 

September’s Abundance

By: Capt. Stephen Boriskie

The past couple weeks have been a welcomed change around these parts, as we are enjoying ever-shorter days coupled with periodic rain clouds, and even a change in the wind direction to the Northeast.  Though we avoided any tropical anger from the Gulf until just this week, we’ll continue walking on egg shells so as to not anger Mother Nature, especially through this month and next – the most active time of the hurricane season.

There was a time fresh in my mind when we could not beg, borrow or steal a redfish no matter what tactic we used to entice them.  Conditions have changed over the past couple of weeks, however, and redfish have once again become a daily feature of our guided trips, and our Lodge guests have been treated to some really nice catches.  The past few days in particular have been superb for my trips with near limits of redfish and trout.  Higher water levels with the harvest moon could be the reason we are seeing a plentiful amount of fish most all day, which is not the case on most full moon cycles throughout the rest of the year. Baitfish are abundant, and the saltwater seems alive and full of aquatic creatures, which signifies to me the end of summer and the beginning of a well-supplied fall season.

Trout catches are worthy of mention, as well, right now, as they seem to be less starved for oxygen from August’s hot and still days, and they appear feisty with the turn of the calendar.  Although our water temperatures are still hovering in the mid 80’s, there’s a promise for success that you can sense in the air.  While most of my guests prefer to be in the boat using bait, I have had a few wade fishing trips lately.  Soft plastics have been the rage for both trout and redfish, and are working better for me than topwater lures.  There has been a bit too much floating grass due to the higher water levels to allow me to endure the interruption of removing it from my top water lures.  I have been focusing more on working the entire water column, and the lure color has not seemed to matter.  The fish are ravenous and will pound most any paddle tail or darting lure you present. Have fun out there!

 

 

Contact Us Today To Reserve Your Dates

2019-20 Winter Fishing Special

(888) 677-4868

Corporate retreats and team building events are a large part of what we do here at Bay Flats Lodge. Every month of the year we host groups from all over the country that come to invest in their clients and employees. While any time is a good time for team building or entertaining clients, the winter offers something special. It’s hard to beat time spent around a fire enjoying great appetizers, sharing stories from the day’s fishing, developing new relationships, or just relishing old ones. There’s just something about cold air and good people that makes a wintertime outing stand out.

Bay Flats Lodge is offering special pricing to make your next corporate trip even easier during December and January. So, find the time this winter to make a trip to Bay Flats Lodge with the purpose of building relationships. Take advantage of great pricing, warm fires and cold air to make your next corporate event something special. – Randy Brown, Lodge Manager

The following conditions apply to the 2019-20 Winter Fishing Special:

  • Live bait and Texas Hotel Tax costs not included.
  • When rescheduling due to bad weather, we will allow you to reschedule your trip any time within the following 12-months.
  • If you reschedule for any reason other than bad weather, you will be required to reschedule your trip for the period of Dec. 2020 thru Jan. 2021.

Equipment:

  • Simms Chest-Wader Rentals + Boots are $35/day
  • Simms Wading Boot Rentals (Boots Only) is $20/day
  • If you plan to wade fish, please bring your own rods & reels. Rod and reel rental is $30 per day (we supply rods & reels when fishing from the boat).

 

 

A Few Words from Randy Brown

Lodge Manager

Contentment– Most days I get to walk among people and guides getting on the boats and heading out for a day of fishing.  I also get to be around when they get back from their day of fishing.  Mornings are full of anticipation, hope and confidence.  Afternoons bring tired anglers who have stories to tell, a desire for a cool shower and a cold drink, and they also have an overriding sense of contentment.  Sometimes boats have limits of fish and sometimes the fishing was just not that good, but this sense of contentment has nothing to do with the number of fish caught.  This is a contentment that comes from a day well spent enjoying nature’s bounty and the company of good friends.

There are those who don’t experience this contentment unless limits are caught, but this is a short-sighted view.  If success is determined by the number of fish caught, your happiness is out of your control and will be determined by variables beyond your reach. But, if contentment is based on deeper things like fellowship, laughter and an ability to grasp the beauty that surrounds you, then contentment is almost guaranteed on every occasion.

Here at Bay Flats Lodge, we encourage our guests to leave the hurry of their everyday world behind and relax and enjoy the setting of beauty here on the central Texas coast, and let contentment come from the deeper things in life.

 

 

We’re Now Accepting Applications for Full-Time Fishing Guides

Do you have all required Federal and State credentials, and are they all current and up to date?
– USCG OUPV (6-Pack) License
– American Red Cross First-Aid and CPR Card
– Active Membership/Participant in Random Drug and Alcohol Testing Program 
Management System or Consortium Program
– USCG Medical Certificate
– TP&WD Guide License
– Texas Saltwater Fishing License
– TWIC Card – Does NOT need to be current, but must have one.

You must also possess the following:

  • Good communication skills.
  • A strong work ethic.
  • A positive and service-oriented attitude.
  • Self-motivation.
  • A willingness and ability to work with people (customers).
  • Extraordinary good manners and an ability to be courteous at all times.
  • Ability to maintain a clean, neat appearance at all times.

To arrange a meeting, please call TJ Christensen at (361) 746-0248

 

 

Share Your Bay Flats Memories

There’s nothing more special than you, our Bay Flats Lodge customers.  That’s why we’ve put photos from your lodge visit out on our SmugMug page so you can show them off to the world.  These photos, just like your visit, pull people together.  Now you can showcase the memories of your visit with friends, family, customers, or co-workers in the way in which you wish for them to be seen.  Bring the memories back to life!

 

 

What Our Recent Guests Are Saying

The staff and food were both amazing, and Capt. Rudy Briseno was such a great guide!  I would definitely recommend him! – Kevin B.  9/18/19

Capt. Perry Rankin and Capt. Todd Jones were both great!  I have already recommended y’all to friends!  Thank you! – Mike M.  9/18/19

We love everything about what you guys do, and how you do it!  Thanks! – Ross C.  9/17/19

The food was a feast! – Michael A.  9/17/18

Capt. Heath Borchert was great, and Capt. Harrold Dworaczyk was very friendly! – Chris A.  9/17/19

Capt. Heath Borchert was great!  He did a fantastic job of adapting to the conditions and our personalities.  We caught a Texas Grand Slam – Reds, Flounder, Trout, and even Black Drum!  He told stories when we asked for stories.  We had a great time and would request Heath again! The kitchen ladies at dinner were wonderful – very accommodating and would joke around with us!  Loved the buffet-style breakfast – Judy was so kind, and very ready to get us whatever we needed!  I liked the Lodge’s attention to detail – ear plugs and bottled-water by the bedside, and the reusable take home bags are a very nice touch, as well!  I would like to say that it is very nice to get off the water at 2:30pm and feel like you’re not rushed to get out of your room.  Thank you! – Justin H.  9/16/19

 

 

Seven-Day Weather Forecast

Thursday              40 % Precip.

Mixed clouds and sun with scattered thunderstorms. High 88F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Friday                   40 % Precip.

Scattered thunderstorms in the morning. Partly cloudy skies late. High 87F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Saturday               40 % Precip.

Scattered thunderstorms in the morning, then partly cloudy late. High 87F. Winds SE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Sunday                  20 % Precip.

Partly cloudy skies. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 87F. Winds SE at 10 to 15 mph.

Monday                 30 % Precip.

Isolated thunderstorms in the morning, then skies turning mostly sunny late. High 87F. Winds SE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

Tuesday                 20 % Precip.

Partly cloudy skies. High near 90F. Winds SE at 10 to 15 mph.

Wednesday            20 % Precip.

Mostly sunny. High 89F. Winds SE at 10 to 15 mph.

Coastal Water Temperature:

Port Aransas        87.0 degrees

Seadrift                 87.0 degrees

Matagorda Bay    87.0 degrees

 

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Captain Chris Martin

www.BayFlatsLodge.com

 

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

Copeland Duck Calls

Reaction Strike Lures

Swan Point Landing

Jeco’s Marine & Tackle




We’re Seein’ Reds

Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

September 12, 2019

 

Fishing Report

Chris Martin

Wednesday was spent fishing with guest Kelly Cox.  Here are a couple shots of Kelly using her favorite gold spoon tipped with a chartreuse teaser skirt.  We finally found a respectful trout session at high noon over shell with mixed sand and mud near deep water access.  All trout and redfish were released so other anglers can later enjoy what we experienced. Best action was scored over trout-green water for trout.  Meanwhile, the redfish were holding primarily in dirty water.  Despite moderate southeast winds the south shoreline of Matagorda Island was unusually dirty.  Keep Grinding! – Chris

 

 

 

We’re Now Accepting Applications for Full-Time Fishing Guides

Just outside the town of Seadrift, Texas, inside the private gates of Swan Point Landing and Marina, is Bay Flats Lodge, providing outdoor enthusiasts a unique combination of luxury accommodations, culinary excellence, and spectacular professionally guided year-round fishing, and duck and deer hunting adventures.  We are located along the middle Texas Gulf coast, overlooking the pristine waters of San Antonio Bay and back country lakes, where fun times and relaxation are a way of life.  From the moment you arrive, you’ll know that we’ve been expecting you.  We offer a meeting/conference room, seasoned veteran guides, and we can accommodate up to 56 guests. The lodge is spread across more than seven beautifully landscaped acres and natural-growing coastal oak trees.

Do you have all required Federal and State credentials, and are they all current and up to date?
– USCG OUPV (6-Pack) License
– American Red Cross First-Aid and CPR Card
– Active Membership/Participant in Random Drug and Alcohol Testing Program 
Management System or Consortium Program
– USCG Medical Certificate
– TP&WD Guide License
– Texas Saltwater Fishing License
– TWIC Card – Does NOT need to be current, but must have one.

You must also possess the following:

  • Good communication skills.
  • A strong work ethic.
  • A positive and service-oriented attitude.
  • Self-motivation.
  • A willingness and ability to work with people (customers).
  • Extraordinary good manners and an ability to be courteous at all times.
  • Ability to maintain a clean, neat appearance at all times.

To arrange a meeting, please call TJ Christensen at (361) 746-0248

 

 

Join Us in Welcoming the Newest Member of the Bay Flats Team of Professional Guides

Capt. Rudy Briseno

Captain Rudy Briseno was born and raised fishing the waters of the Gulf Coast.  He grew up fishing at his father’s side and never stopped.  When he isn’t fishing, he enjoys shooting birds or spending time with his family.  Living close to the water, he fishes every chance he has, rain or shine.  His experience and intimate knowledge of fish migration patterns, bottom structure, and tide and moon phases allows him to locate fish consistently.  After earning his captain’s license, he worked independently before joining Bay Flats Lodge in Seadrift, TX.   During that time, Captain Briseno built a base of repeat customers.  He takes pride in his ability to put clients on fish regardless of their ability.  He enjoys all types of saltwater fishing, whether it’s fishing the flats, or wading the shorelines, using live bait or artificial lures.

Whether it’s the first time you’ve casted a line, or you’re a seasoned angler, we invite you to join Captain Rudy for an exciting and unforgettable fishing trip catching flounder, bull reds, redfish, speckled trout, and much more!   When you fish with Captain Rudy, he will provide you with quality rods and reels (spin casting or bait casting), all new tackle, live bait, or the latest artificial baits for your fishing trip.  All you need to bring is your fishing license!

Come spend the day with Captain Rudy Briseno at Bay Flats Lodge.  You will not regret it!  FISH ON!

 

 

Contact Us Today to Reserve Your Dates

(888) 667-4868 or bayflatslodge@gmail.com

2019-20 Winter Fishing Special

Corporate retreats and team building events are a large part of what we do here at Bay Flats Lodge. Every month of the year we host groups from all over the country that come to invest in their clients and employees. While any time is a good time for team building or entertaining clients, the winter offers something special. It’s hard to beat time spent around a fire enjoying great appetizers, sharing stories from the day’s fishing, developing new relationships, or just relishing old ones. There’s just something about cold air and good people that makes a wintertime outing stand out.

Bay Flats Lodge is offering special pricing to make your next corporate trip even easier during December and January. So, find the time this winter to make a trip to Bay Flats Lodge with the purpose of building relationships. Take advantage of great pricing, warm fires and cold air to make your next corporate event something special. – Randy Brown, Lodge Manager

The following conditions apply to the 2019-20 Winter Fishing Special:

  • Live bait and Texas Hotel Tax costs not included.
  • When rescheduling due to bad weather, we will allow you to reschedule your trip any time within the following 12-months.
  • If you reschedule for any reason other than bad weather, you will be required to reschedule your trip for the period of Dec. 2020 thru Jan. 2021.

Equipment:

  • Simms Chest-Wader Rentals + Boots are $35/day
  • Simms Wading Boot Rentals (Boots Only) is $20/day
  • If you plan to wade fish, please bring your own rods & reels. Rod and reel rental is $30 per day (we supply rods & reels when fishing from the boat).

 

Concerns for Redfish Bay State Scientific Area

CCA – Texas

Axis Midstream Holdings, LLC is proposing to construct a series of facilities and pipelines at several locations within San Patricio and Nueces Counties. A portion of the proposed project will transect Redfish Bay State Scientific Area (RBSSA) with the installation of a pipeline bundle consisting of two 42-inch pipelines, one 12-inch pipeline, one 6-inch pipeline and one 2-inch fiberoptic line. CCA Texas has submitted a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers voicing our concerns on impacts that the project would have on the region’s coastal resources.

While Axis Midstream proposes to install 4,250 feet of pipeline bundle across the RBSSA by using Horizontal Directional Drilling technology, some installation (across RBSSA) will require a 75-foot-wide open trench with temporary stockpiles of material placed on the adjacent bay bottom.  An estimated 16.6 acres of seagrass, tidal flats, and other shallow-water aquatic resources would be directly affected by this activity.

 

 

 

A Few Words from Randy Brown

Lodge Manager

Worth– Determining worth is rarely an easy task.  What is that used car really worth?  How about the meal you had last night?  What’s it worth to have a home repair done by someone else rather than yourself.  What’s your time worth?  You get the idea.  Determining worth demands some thought and analysis.

Let’s put the question of worth to team building.  What’s it worth to create better ties and relationships with your team at work?  Or, what’s the worth of deepening ties with your customer?  Is it even possible to put a dollar amount to these questions? 

I can’t answer those questions for you, but I can tell you there are many companies who think it’s well worth the cost of coming to Bay Flats Lodge.  Much of our business is companies building better relationships with their customers and employees.  You might say you can’t put a price on relationships.

Maybe it’s time for you to make an investment in some relationships.  Here at Bay Flats Lodge, we’re all about making sure your investment has a return that makes it worthwhile.

An Observation– Here at Bay Flats Lodge we have two fire pits. These are popular places once the weather cools off. People circle around the fires drawn to the warmth and the glow of burning wood. We burn oak which is a popular wood and readily available here on the middle Texas coast. The oak we use is seasoned and burns at a moderate pace giving off a great deal of warmth. There are other woods we could use that all burn differently. Mesquite burns hot and fast popping and crackling as if it were trying to speak through all the noise it makes. A cottonwood tends to be wet no matter how long its seasoned and pours out more moisture, resins and gums than heat. There are more woods to be burned but you get the idea. You really don’t know what a certain type of wood is made up of until its burned.  The same is true of people. What we are made of is revealed in hard times. Losing a job, disease, burying a loved one or any number of other difficulties reveal our character. It is in hard times that we find out who we really are.  

Its hurricane season and that means hard times for people. Right now it’s the Bahamas and the eastern seaboard of America that is suffering. These hard times are revealing resilient people who are committed to their families and communities. We don’t have a storm right now to reveal our character but we do have the opportunity to help. Let’s make sure our character is revealed in the way we respond to those in need.

 

 

Autumn’s Evolution

During the second half of September, fishing generally becomes a more comfortable situation for coastal anglers.  Cooler nights and mornings take a front seat to that of the more recent hot months, and higher tides and greener water are often more the norm rather than the exception. The first mid-to-late September frontal passage that breaks the 90-100 degree summertime heat marks a transition into the upcoming fall months, and this means coastal anglers will soon be dealing with changes in weather conditions, as well as with changes in their approach to how they fish.

The approach of cooler days and nights will become steady as we begin experiencing minor cool fronts. As this cooling comes about, anglers who have previously found trout and reds above hard sand will soon need to begin focusing on mud and grass, mud and shell, or any combination thereof.  This is because sand doesn’t retain heat the way mud does.  In its ability to absorb, retain, and release heat energy, mud acts as somewhat of an insulator of sorts for the fish during the colder periods of the year, and finding thick mud is not a hard thing to do, as it’s commonly found in most parts of any of our bay systems.  The challenge comes when trying to find mud that’s holding fish.  The key to success is to find a muddy area that’s packed with baitfish, and favorite places for the baitfish are areas containing large amounts of grass – the mud supplies warmth, and the grass supplies cover.

As air and water temperatures begin slowly dropping this month and next, the fish will begin eating as much as possible to help carry them through the colder months ahead.  Once this feeding pattern begins, the fall bite can become ferocious, as the fish are prepared to capture any source of food they can find.  Some early places to start looking for this fall feeding phenomenon are along grassy shorelines placed against the open waters of the bay, places situated near natural water passages offering deeper water, and the many back lake areas out on Matagorda Island.

Even with the effects of northerly frontal systems, we’ll still continue receiving southeasterly to easterly winds, which brings higher tides, which also pushes fish into places providing ample food and cover – places like the back lakes.  These secluded lakes start greening this time of the year, and trout start busting mullet and shrimp at the water’s surface, making it a prime time to be throwing top water baits.  It’s a huge opportunity to boost your confidence with artificial lures, and there’s no better way for you to hone your skills than by tossing top water baits at hungry trout and redfish.

 

 

Share Your Bay Flats Memories

There’s nothing more special than you, our Bay Flats Lodge customers.  That’s why we’ve put photos from your lodge visit out on our SmugMug page so you can show them off to the world.  These photos, just like your visit, pull people together.  Now you can showcase the memories of your visit with friends, family, customers, or co-workers in the way in which you wish for them to be seen.  Bring the memories back to life!

 

 

What Our Recent Guests Are Saying

Capt. Steve Boldt was our guide, and we really enjoyed fishing with him.  Great fishing and great hospitality.  A beautiful property with great amenities! – Wally S.  9/11/19

Great time – first time to be there and it won’t be my last! – Brian P.  9/10/19

The lodge staff was friendly, friendly, friendly!  Hard to improve on the best! – Karen H.   9/10/19

Capt, Stephen Boriskie was very determined to make sure we caught fish, and we had a great 2nd day of fishing!  The facility is pristine!  Your staff is over the top – really well trained and genuinely interested in making sure everything is going well for guests!  Patsy and Little were especially kind and thoughtful!  We have our own bay house and boat in Port O’Connor, but we would definitely consider coming to Bay Flats as a break from all the responsibility of doing it ourselves! – Marietta S.  9/10/19

Hospitality was very professional and welcoming.  The appetizers are full of flavor and spices, and the pork-chops are amazing!  The breakfast is very fulfilling, and the lunch sandwiches with the croissant were amazing!  The Reef house is very nice, very spacious, and is a very nice property – well kept!  Overall, there is very little I would change – it’s a great place with great people.  Looking forward to the next trip! – Shawn J.  9/9/19

 

 

Seven-Day Weather Forecast

Thursday              20 % Precip.

A mix of clouds and sun. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 89F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph.

Friday                   20 % Precip.

Some clouds in the morning will give way to mainly sunny skies for the afternoon. High 94F. NNE winds shifting to SE at 10 to 15 mph.

Saturday               10 % Precip.

Mostly sunny skies. High 93F. Winds ENE at 10 to 20 mph.

Sunday                  20 % Precip.

Partly cloudy skies. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High near 90F. Winds ENE at 10 to 20 mph.

Monday                 30 % Precip.

Widely scattered showers or a thunderstorm early. Then partly cloudy. High near 90F. Winds ENE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

Tuesday                 40 % Precip.

Partly to mostly cloudy skies with scattered thunderstorms in the morning. High 89F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Wednesday            40 % Precip.

Partly to mostly cloudy skies with scattered thunderstorms in the morning. High near 90F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Coastal Water Temperature:

Port Aransas        86.0 degrees

Seadrift                 87.0 degrees

Matagorda Bay    87.0 degrees

 

 

Watch our story

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

 

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:

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

Copeland Duck Calls

Reaction Strike Lures

Swan Point Landing

Jeco’s Marine & Tackle




September’s Rich and Resourceful at Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

September 5, 2019

 

 

We’re Now Accepting Applications for Full-Time Fishing Guides

 

Just outside the town of Seadrift, Texas, inside the private gates of Swan Point Landing and Marina, is Bay Flats Lodge, providing outdoor enthusiasts a unique combination of luxury accommodations, culinary excellence, and spectacular professionally guided year-round fishing, and duck and deer hunting adventures.  We are located along the middle Texas Gulf coast, overlooking the pristine waters of San Antonio Bay and back country lakes, where fun times and relaxation are a way of life.  From the moment you arrive, you’ll know that we’ve been expecting you.  We offer a meeting/conference room, seasoned veteran guides, and we can accommodate up to 56 guests. The lodge is spread across more than seven beautifully landscaped acres and natural-growing coastal oak trees.

Do you have all required Federal and State credentials, and are they all current and up to date?
– USCG OUPV (6-Pack) License
– American Red Cross First-Aid and CPR Card
– Active Membership/Participant in Random Drug and Alcohol Testing Program 
Management System or Consortium Program
– USCG Medical Certificate
– TP&WD Guide License
– Texas Saltwater Fishing License
– TWIC Card – Does NOT need to be current, but must have one.

You must also possess the following:

  • Good communication skills.
  • A strong work ethic.
  • A positive and service-oriented attitude.
  • Self-motivation.
  • A willingness and ability to work with people (customers).
  • Extraordinary good manners and an ability to be courteous at all times.
  • Ability to maintain a clean, neat appearance at all times.

To arrange an interview meeting, please call TJ Christensen at (361) 746-0248

 

 

2019-20 Winter Fishing Special

Corporate retreats and team building events are a large part of what we do here at Bay Flats Lodge. Every month of the year we host groups from all over the country that come to invest in their clients and employees. While any time is a good time for team building or entertaining clients, the winter offers something special. It’s hard to beat time spent around a fire enjoying great appetizers, sharing stories from the day’s fishing, developing new relationships, or just relishing old ones. There’s just something about cold air and good people that makes a wintertime outing stand out.

Bay Flats Lodge is offering special pricing to make your next corporate trip even easier during December and January. So, find the time this winter to make a trip to Bay Flats Lodge with the purpose of building relationships. Take advantage of great pricing, warm fires and cold air to make your next corporate event something special. – Randy Brown, Lodge Manager

The following conditions apply to the 2019-20 Winter Fishing Special:

  • Live bait and Texas Hotel Tax costs not included.
  • When rescheduling due to bad weather, we will allow you to reschedule your trip any time within the following 12-months.
  • If you reschedule for any reason other than bad weather, you will be required to reschedule your trip for the period of Dec. 2020 thru Jan. 2021.

Equipment:

  • Simms Chest-Wader Rentals + Boots are $35/day
  • Simms Wading Boot Rentals (Boots Only) is $20/day
  • If you plan to wade fish, please bring your own rods & reels. Rod and reel rental is $30 per day (we supply rods & reels when fishing from the boat).

     

 

CCA’s Building Conservation Trust and

Bay Flats Lodge

If you follow us by way of our newsletter, Facebook page, or our website, you know we have formed a partnership with the Building Conservation Trust, with the goal of improving everything about the fishing habitat here along the central Texas coast.  Taking care of this ecological wonder we are so blessed to enjoy is at the very top of our agenda.

For almost two years, our customers have been more than generous in contributing to this cause, and we here at Bay Flats Lodge are proud to match their generosity dollar for dollar.  This money is dedicated to the needs of the central Texas coast and are making a huge difference, but there is always more that can be done.  Here are a few suggestions we try to live by.

Everything that’s caught doesn’t have to die. We want our customers to take some fish home, but that doesn’t mean full limits are necessary. Take enough to enjoy but don’t take everything available.

Big fish are important. Trout over twenty-five inches, and Reds over twenty-eight inches, need to be released.  If you want to mount a trophy-sized fish, take good measurements, take good pictures, and have a mount made – it will last longer, and will look better, than a traditional mount.  These breeding age fish are essential to a quality fishery.

Obey the game laws. There’s no need to cheat.  Keeping undersized fish, or exceeding a legal limit, does untold damage, and for no reason.  There is nothing to gain by breaking the law, and there is so much to lose.

This is a vision we want to share with all outdoor enthusiast, and not just the ones we have the pleasure of hosting.  With all of us working together, this fishery will only get better.  At its heart, conservation demands we tell ourselves “no”, so that we can enjoy so much more than the here and now.  My family recently added our first grandchild, and I’m looking forward to taking that young man fishing.  I know the decisions I make now will affect what he gets to enjoy in the years to come.  Together we can insure all of our grandchildren have an even better fishery than we have.– Randy Brown, Lodge Manager

  

 

Rebecca Munoz

BFL Employee Spotlight

A big achievement is a perfect chance to remind someone how talented, hard-working, and deserving they are.  That’s why we’d like to take this opportunity to tell BFL’s own Rebecca Munoz just exactly how very proud we are of her latest accomplishment.  As BFL’s Evening Kitchen Manager, Rebecca’s daily feat is recognized as her being the one leading the charge in the preparation and presentation of BFL’s nightly culinary excellence.  We’ve always known, however, that it was only a matter of time before Rebecca would outdo herself, and that’s exactly what she did this past weekend as she took 3rd Place in Port Lavaca’s 2019 Flip Flop Waterfront Festival 5K Flip Flop Splash & Dash run.  We celebrate Rebecca’s accomplishment and we’re looking forward to watching her cross her next finish line!  On behalf of the Bay Flats Lodge team and the company as a whole, we congratulate you Rebecca, and we send you our best wishes for your next adventure!  Here’s to you, Rebecca! 

 

 

Anticipation

September may sound like fall has arrived but here in South Texas the daily temperature reminds you summer is still around. The time between August and October is a season of anticipation. We’re all looking forward to that first norther that will usher in a cool spell breaking summers hold. We humans need some anticipation in our lives. We all need things to look forward to that help keep us motivated, inspired and just happier.

Weather isn’t the only thing anticipated here at Bay flats Lodge. Anticipation is part of everyday life here at Bay Flats Lodge. Mornings are full of people excited to be get on the water and enjoy a day of fishing. These same people are looking forward to a great meal at the end of the day. On top of that, a great night’s sleep in five-star accommodations makes for something special to end the day with.

If you’re in need of some anticipation in your life a trip to Bay Flats Lodge may be just the thing. Book a trip with us, and you will be looking forward to great fishing, great food, and great accommodations.  Randy Brown, Lodge Manager

 

 

September’s Riches and Resources

Written by: Capt. Stephen Boriskie

As we turn to September, I have to say that the second-half of August was a huge improvement over that of the first part of the month. My customers enjoyed solid catches of speckled trout and a bonus redfish here and there.  Speaking of redfish, we are looking forward to the days when they are back in huge numbers in September, and I am sure they are on their way.  As the tropics reach the peak of activity this month, so too are the water levels on the rise as tides are forced into the bays from these weather systems.  This will change the game for both the bait fisherman, and the lure anglers, as well.

I am looking forward to this month for a few reasons, as it signals a transition for me personally from the use of live croaker to that of live shrimp under 4 Horsemen Popping Corks, especially later, as October comes into view.  Another change on the way is cooler air and water temperatures because of the tilt of the earth allowing milder air to sink South and cool things off around here.  I mentioned water levels already, but it’s another change on the way to the Texas coast, too.  If you add up all these events, they begin to provide a roadmap to success for the saltwater angler as we enter the Fall of the year.

While the switch from croaker to shrimp is still sort of a mystery to me, as I’m not part of the scientific community, I do understand that the change is a natural part of the bay system cycle. The croaker we have been getting lately are much larger than the ones earlier in the season (May through August), and the fish will begin to change their preferences overall from pounding these guys once the shrimp bite begins. Now, of course, there are times where the seasons are shortened and also overlap, but on average these are the results I’ve seen over the past eight years.  I can tell you from experience and limited field research that it will happen again, just like in the past.  Shrimp will be king, and we all will be catching scores of trout, redfish and black drum again, just as it has been year upon year.

Get out here and enjoy the bounty of our bay system and see what it’s all about.  We have eighteen full-time guides at the Lodge, and we are all getting booked consistently, so that means to me there are folks coming down each month that are new to what we do here.  This is a good thing, as more and more attention is payed to these saltwater gems, and because the awareness increases, so too does the effort to help protect our beloved waters and the creatures within them.  More focus on the resources means better and more healthy catches in the future. As you become less of a newbie and more of an experienced angler, we invite you to join in conservation groups like CCA Texas for instance, and that’s just one of the many who help. Come on these trips with us and let us show you why conservation is important.   We’ll help you become a more learned angler by improving your skills and helping you land that lifetime-best fish.

 

Share Your Bay Flats Memories

There’s nothing more special than you, our Bay Flats Lodge customers.  That’s why we’ve put photos from your lodge visit out on our SmugMug page so you can show them off to the world.  These photos, just like your visit, pull people together.  Now you can showcase the memories of your visit with friends, family, customers, or co-workers in the way in which you wish for them to be seen. Bring the memories back to life!

 

 

REMINDER

The new kill switch law went into effect this past Sunday, September 1, 2019.  It requires the mandatory use of a kill switch lanyard or wireless kill switch by the boat operator on motor boats less than 26 feet in length when underway if it is equipped with one by the manufacturer.  The boat operator is also required to first verify the switch is operational and fully functional.  If using a wireless system, the law requires a wireless man overboard transmitter be attached to every person on board.

 

What Our Recent Guests Are Saying

First-class all the way! – Brian B.  9/3/19

The kitchen staff and the guides were all so very helpful and professional!  Capt. Cody Spencer is a true professional, and he really took care of my customers – I fished with him both days.  This was my employees taking some of their premier customers, and I really appreciated the way the whole staff took care of them!  I love the appetizers, and all of the food served by the staff! – Orlando A.  9/2/19

Great team!  I’d like to give honorable mention to Randy, Judy, Patsy, Cassie and the whole crew – what a blessing to have these folks make us feel at home!  Couldn’t be happier with the trip.  Kudo’s and Bravo Zulu, great job! – Graham C.  9/1/19

Great lodging, service, and appetizers! – Andy E.  9/1/19

The lodge staff is very friendly and courteous.  We were appreciative that we were taken to the rooms and shown around.  Dinner and breakfast were also very enjoyable, as the staff was very nice and helpful – would highly suggest your facilities!  Capt. Stephen Boriskie was very nice and easy to talk to.  We really enjoyed the time with him, and everyone on our boat had a great time fishing and talking with him – never a dull moment on the boat!  We have been a guest at your Lodge several times in the past, and the food has always impressed us!  I’ve told friends about it, and they are always excited to hear about the current adventure, and how great it was!  Just keep doing what you’re doing, and you will have continued success! – Shayne S.  8/31/19

 

 

Seven-Day Weather Forecast

Thursday              50 % Precip.

A mix of clouds and sun. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 89F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph.

Friday                   10 % Precip.

Some clouds in the morning will give way to mainly sunny skies for the afternoon. High 94F. NNE winds shifting to SE at 10 to 15 mph.

Saturday               10 % Precip.

Mostly sunny. High 93F. W winds shifting to SSE at 10 to 15 mph.

Sunday                  20 % Precip.

Mainly sunny. High 91F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph.

Monday                 30 % Precip.

Partly cloudy with a slight chance of thunderstorms. High around 90F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

Tuesday                 40 % Precip.

Scattered thunderstorms in the morning. Partly cloudy skies late. High around 90F. Winds SE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Wednesday            30 % Precip.

Isolated thunderstorms in the morning. Skies will become partly cloudy later in the day. High 91F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

Coastal Water Temperature:

Port Aransas        86.0 degrees

Seadrift               84.0 degrees

Matagorda Bay    88.0 degrees

 

 

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CCA – Texas

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SEPTEMBER CHOICES

Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

August 29, 2019

 

Positivity

I’ve read that it takes 17 positive reinforcements to overcome one negative remark. Considering we live in a world awash in negativity, that observation should grab our attention. We would do well to look at ourselves first and ask just where we fall on the scale of building others up, or tearing others down. When you’re in the hospitality industry, like we are here at Bay flats Lodge, we always want to be on the building up side of that equation. This goes for our customers, as well as for our fellow employees. Whether it’s spending time with clients, or working side by side with the staff, we work to create an atmosphere that provides a break from some of the negativity that surrounds us all.

Maybe it’s time for you to take a break from some of the negativity surrounding you. Bay Flats Lodge is a first-class option for spending some time being built back up. That goes for your customers, employees, or your family. Everyone responds to a positive environment, and you can be sure that’s what you’ll find at Bay Flats Lodge.  So, give us a call at (888) 677-4868and let’s start a conversation that will help build you back up. – Randy Brown, Lodge Manager

 

 

Bay Flats Lodge Recipe Featured in CCA’s Tide Magazine

“Mexican Shrimp Cocktail” 

 

 

2019-20 Winter Fishing Special

Corporate retreats and team building events are a large part of what we do here at Bay Flats Lodge. Every month of the year we host groups from all over the country that come to invest in their clients and employees. While any time is a good time for team building or entertaining clients, the winter offers something special. It’s hard to beat time spent around a fire enjoying great appetizers, sharing stories from the day’s fishing, developing new relationships, or just relishing old ones. There’s just something about cold air and good people that makes a wintertime outing stand out.

Bay Flats Lodge is offering special pricing to make your next corporate trip even easier during December and January. So, find the time this winter to make a trip to Bay Flats Lodge with the purpose of building relationships. Take advantage of great pricing, warm fires and cold air to make your next corporate event something special. – Randy Brown, Lodge Manager

The following conditions apply to the 2019-20 Winter Fishing Special:

  • Live bait and Texas Hotel Tax costs not included.
  • When rescheduling due to bad weather, we will allow you to reschedule your trip any time within the following 12-months.
  • If you reschedule for any reason other than bad weather, you will be required to reschedule your trip for the period of Dec. 2020 thru Jan. 2021.

Equipment:

  • Simms Chest-Wader Rentals + Boots are $35/day
  • Simms Wading Boot Rentals (Boots Only) is $20/day
  • If you plan to wade fish, please bring your own rods & reels. Rod and reel rental is $30 per day (we supply rods & reels when fishing from the boat).

 

 

September Choices

If you haven’t ventured to the coast recently for a summertime fishing trip simply due to the blistering summertime heat, then you should start making plans to do so in September.  The latter weeks of September generally signify the first real relief from high temperatures as Texas begins receiving some of the year’s first notable frontal passages from the north.  It’s at this time in the year when the temperatures will begin to slowly drop allowing for milder conditions all along our coastal regions.  The waters shall begin their greening process, and some of the season’s initial flights of ducks will start arriving from the upper states. The beginning of autumn will soon be upon us, and we all need to be ready.

Coastal bend anglers have an advantage over others in that they are presented with some of the finest fishing waters in Texas due to our locale.  And because we have such good fishing, anglers should be spending just as much time as they can out on the water this month.  Its rather easy getting caught up in spending unnecessary time determining whether it best to be spending the day wading the pristine shallows of a protected shoreline, venturing into the back-country for redfish, or drifting open-bay shell pads.  However, don’t let the choices overwhelm you, as another beautiful thing about the month of September is that you don’t have to make a choice between doing any of these things on any one particular day. Anglers can spend most of their days this month doing all of them.

Once we begin experiencing higher tide levels later this month, start looking to the various back lakes on Matagorda Island and to the shell reefs of San Antonio Bay to start producing some of the finest trout action of the year.  As for the reds, anglers should be able to chase them in Guadalupe Bay, looking for sand pockets and pushes (wakes) rather than tails.  Maintain your summertime ritual of starting early in the morning and starting out in some really shallow water.  Historically, some of the best top water action takes place during the last two weeks of September, so begin each day by tossing smaller top water baits like the Skitter Walk Junior, or the Super Spook Junior.  But, if “Tops” don’t work, then “Tails” might. In this case, offer any of an assortment of plastic baits rigged on either 1/8 or 1/16 ounce jig-heads.  Good luck out there!

 

 

Share Your Bay Flats Memories

There’s nothing more special than you, our Bay Flats Lodge customers.  That’s why we’ve put photos from your lodge visit out on our SmugMug page so you can show them off to the world.  These photos, just like your visit, pull people together.  Now you can showcase the memories of your visit with friends, family, customers, or co-workers in the way in which you wish for them to be seen. Bring the memories back to life!

 

 

R E M I N D E R

The new kill switch law requires the mandatory use of a kill switch lanyard or wireless kill switch by the boat operator on motor boats less than 26 feet in length when underway if it is equipped with one by the manufacturer.  The boat operator is also required to first verify the switch is operational and fully functional.  If using a wireless system, the law requires a wireless man overboard transmitter be attached to every person on board.  This law will go into effect on Sunday, September 1, 2019.

 

 

What Our Recent Guests Are Saying

Capt. Harold Dworaczyk is the best!  It would be hard to improve on your services! – Todd M.  8/27/19

We arrived an hour before check-in just hoping to hang out on the grounds until check-in.  We were immediately met and escorted upstairs where we were introduced to the your folks, registered, and then taken directly to “The Reef” to settle in.  That was not expected, but was a very pleasant surprise.  “The Reef,” amazing, simply amazing!  Part of our group retreat was to have a comfortable place to relax and conduct our CBS Fantasy Football Draft, and BAY FLATS DELIVERED, in a big way!  Our group was on 3 boats, so I’ll speak only to my guide, Capt. Billy Freudensprung.  He was prepared and ready to go.  He had a plan for the day, but when that wasn’t working, he switched from live croaker to dead shrimp under a popping cork, and we started hauling in the drum.  One of our party was dealing with temporarily-diminished eyesight due to an ongoing illness.  Capt. Billy quickly recognized it and made accommodations – even telling him when his cork was under, when to set the hook, and when to reel-in.  That guy caught the most fish!  Please pass on my personal thanks to Capt. Billy!  All the food that was brought to the table was delicious, and it was presented in the best possible light – even the table wine was delightful.  The Reef house was absolutely perfect!  Our group of nine was able to kick back and relax while conducting our Fantasy Football Draft, and the WiFi was spot on.  No Issues.  Everyone commented on the how comfortable the bed, and especially the pillows, were.  That’s saying something!  I work with these people, and they can be a difficult group to please.  Again, Chris, BAY FLATS DELIVERED! – Billy C.  8/27/19

No need for improvement – continue doing what you do! – Sergio V.  8/27/19

Really impressive team you have – Randy, the ladies in kitchen, and the guides were all super friendly!  Best food I have had at any hunting and fishing lodge! – Todd S.  8/26/19

 

 

Seven-Day Weather Forecast

Thursday              20 % Precip.

A mix of clouds and sun. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 89F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph.

Friday                   30 % Precip.

Isolated thunderstorms in the morning, then skies turning partly cloudy late. High 87F. Winds SE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

Saturday               30 % Precip.

Isolated thunderstorms in the morning. Lots of sunshine late. High 88F. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

Sunday                  10 % Precip.

Mainly sunny. High 92F. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph.

Monday                 20 % Precip.

Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High near 90F. Winds NE at 10 to 20 mph.

Tuesday                 30 % Precip.

Isolated thunderstorms in the morning. Skies will become partly cloudy later in the day. High 89F. Winds ENE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

Wednesday            10 % Precip.

A thunderstorm is possible. High 93F. Chance of rain 30%.

Coastal Water Temperature:

Port Aransas        86.0 degrees

Seadrift                 84.0 degrees

Matagorda Bay    88.0 degrees

 

 

Watch our story

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1-888-677-4868

Captain Chris Martin

www.BayFlatsLodge.com

 

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

Copeland Duck Calls

Reaction Strike Lures

Swan Point Landing

Jeco’s Marine & Tackle




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