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

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TROUT ARE ON THE RISE

Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

March 21, 2019

 

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Did you know that sixty guests can enjoy our five-star accommodations nightly? Booking as either an entire property, or individually, makes Bay Flats Lodge perfect for family reunions and corporate retreats that everyone will want to do again! For reservations call 888.677.4868 now!

 

 

 

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Information Overload

by: Randy Brown – Lodge Manager

On a daily basis we are exposed to more information than we will ever use. Just a normal drive to work inundates us with information. Billboards radio news, Facebook, weather apps, traffic signs are just a handful of the inputs that pour information into us, and that’s all before getting to the office each morning! This experience tends to feed our anxiety and speed us up. Let me recommend exposure to a much more subtle type of information – cool, clean air, a sky showing the first signs of daylight, enough breeze to ripple the water’s surface, and all of this set in the sound of silence announcing a new day. 

 

This is the type of information that reminds us to slow down, take stock of the blessings that surround us, and enjoy the moment. At Bay Flats Lodge, this is the type of information we try to communicate to our customers daily. So, if it’s time to slow down and be exposed to a different stream of information, we have what you need. Come and get you some!

 

 

 

THE GUIDE REPORT

WEDNESDAY – Mar 13th

Capt. Cody Spencer – These ladies were here at the Lodge all the way from Idaho and California for a couple days of business meetings and a little afternoon fishing! They wasted no time at all in getting work on the redfish. Even with the clouds and some wind, they managed a quick afternoon collection of some big bronze bruisers. A job well done to all!

THURSDAY – Mar 14th

Capt. Steve Boldt – This past week has meant we’ve had to work extra hard for the catch. The bite has been -hit-n-miss, not to mention the weather and wind. Anyhow, if you search hard enough and keep your confidence up, the hard work will almost always pay off for you. Never give up on ‘em!

SATURDAY – Mar 16th

Capt. Cooper Hartmann – Saturday was a slow day with high winds and temps in the low 50’s, but my crew today managed to scratch out a nice box consisting of trout, redfish, and even a few good catfish. It never pays to stay at home on the couch just because you don’t think the weather is nice enough – go fishing!

Capt. Cody Spencer – Father and sons on a business and Spring Break trip to Bay Flats Lodge. While the boys were enjoying a little break from college, Dad started off slow but then got serious, putting it on his boys by the end of the day. Nothing fast and furious, but the guys ended up with some good fish, and hopefully some good memories!

MONDAY – Mar 18th

Capt. Todd Jones – I guess the 4-1/2 hour wait for our first bite was worth it this morning! Crazy fish bite lately! Well, that one bite turned into a few more, and then a few more, and so and so forth! The guys’ patience, persistence, and hard-grind paid off with a really nice box of trout. Drifting over soft mud with scattered shell mixed in yielded the best results.

TUESDAY – Mar 19th

Capt. Steve Boldt – Monday and Tuesday was a fun day and a half with these guys! It seems we still have to scratch and claw to find fish that will eat the first half of the day, but things seem to be getting better.

WEDNESDAY – Mar 20th

Capt. ‘Lil John Wyatt – Good day on the water today! They had to work hard for the fish they caught today, but these guys stayed with it, and it panned out for them!

 

 

 

Women Anglers Get The Job Done

Recreational fishing on our Gulf coast changes constantly, and the sport’s popularity seems to grow faster than Amazon! The young and the old, novices and experts, genuine Texans, and other folks from all parts of the globe are all showing an increased interest in a chance at learning and discovering all that our coastal regions have to offer in the way of Texas saltwater angling. And one of the more notable groups of people to venture into this realm lately has been women anglers.

Bay Flats Lodge has had the pleasure of hosting many women’s groups over the course of the past few years that have been true producers when it comes to photo time at the cleaning table. Now then, there are a lot of us guys out there that’ll swear that part of the pleasure we experience from being out on the water while fishing comes from the fact we have been successful at freeing ourselves from the confines of female control. However, we’re here to tell you that we can honestly say to a lot of men out there that they can only hope to someday become as good a coastal angler as that of some of these women have proven to be.

A lot of these ladies simply have it going on when it comes to fishing. They show up ready to fish, and they show our guides the true meaning of what it sometimes takes in order to make a name for themselves as a minority in an otherwise male-dominated sport. If you happen to find yourself fortunate enough to be wading alongside one of these talented ladies next time you’re out tossing one of your favorite plugs, you may just wish to consider giving things your best effort, as in failing to do so might just result in her embarrassing you at the end of the day.

Now then, if you happen to be one of those folks who prefer not to fish again until better weather arrives, then it’s time for you to begin thinking about what all needs to be done this month and next as you ready yourself for another summer of fishing. If you trailer your boat, give the lights, the tires, and the wheel bearings a thorough inspection. If you stored your boat and haven’t run the engine the past several months, do so at your first opportunity. Finding issues now may mean you’ll be able to get them resolved much more rapidly than if you wait until the last minute when everyone else is trying to get their boat ready, too.

Bay waters should now begin slowly warming all the time, but don’t get too comfortable with the fantastic spring weather too quickly! It’ll feel good to not be dealing with cold weather, but keep in mind the importance of wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and protecting your skin with sunscreen. You’ll be glad you did! Remember to practice CPR, “Catch, Photo, and Release”, whenever possible on trophy Trout and Reds…Capt. Chris Martin, Port O’Connor/Seadrift region. www.BayFlatsLodge.com…1-888-677-4868

 

 

 

WHAT OUR RECENT GUESTS ARE SAYING…

The food is always great – consistent and prepared excellent! – Tom T.  3/20/19

Capt. Steve Boldt is excellent – he’s knowledgable and fun to fish with! – Taylor J.  3/19/19

The lodge staff is top-notch!  Capt. Stephen Boriskie is great, as he never stopped working to get us on fish despite the conditions.  He did everything possible to make it an enjoyable experience.  We will be requesting Capt. Stephen on our next trip!  The food and the service is excellent, and the facility is the finest!  We can’t wait to come back.  My wife and I loved it so much we already started planning our next trip as soon as we got home! – Darrell F.  3/18/19

My family had a blast – best time we’ve had in years!  Capt. Jeremy McClelland is the best!  He went above and beyond, and I will not book another fishing trip if I can’t fish with him – my family loved him!  We rate Capt. Jeremy a five-star guide!  We can’t wait to come back! – Jeffery M.  3/18/19

 

 

SEVEN-DAY WEATHER FORECAST

Thursday              10 % Precip.

Sunny. High 74F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.

Friday                    10 % Precip.

Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 73F. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph.

Saturday              20 % Precip.

Cloudy skies. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 71F. Winds SE at 10 to 20 mph.

Sunday                  20 % Precip.

Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 74F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph.

Monday                 20 % Precip.

Partly cloudy skies during the morning hours will become overcast in the afternoon. High 76F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday                   0 % Precip.

A mainly sunny sky. High 71F. Winds NNE at 10 to 20 mph.

Wednesday           10 % Precip.

Intervals of clouds and sunshine in the morning with more clouds for later in the day. High near 70F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph.

Synopsis: Rain chances will diminish and winds will become northerly by early Thursday morning. Surface high pressure will build in behind the boundary resulting in weak to moderate northerly flow and dry conditions on Thursday. Southerly onshore flow returns Friday and picks up through Saturday as low pressure deepens across the Central Plains. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be possible Friday night into early Sunday as a series of upper level disturbances move across south Texas. Sea fog over the bays and nearshore waters will develop Saturday and potentially continue into early Monday. Scattered showers are again possible on Monday afternoon with the passage of a cold front. Winds are expected to increase out of the north late Monday into Tuesday behind the front.

Coastal Water Temperature:

Port Aransas        62.1 degrees

Seadrift                 64.0 degrees

Matagorda Bay    64.0 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

Copeland Duck Calls

Reaction Strike Lures

Swan Point Landing

Jeco’s Marine & Tackle




SPRING IS ABOUT TO BREAK

Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

March 14, 2019

 

 

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Winning the $50,000.00 FedEx grant could go a long way in doing a lot of good in both our community, as well as in our neighboring bay environment. Won’t you please vote for Bay Flats Lodge in the FedEx 2019 Small Business Grant Contest? Together, we can make a difference! Please vote for us once each day thru April 1st! – THANK YOU! 

 

 

 

BFL PARTNER SPOTLIGHT

Technical Gear for any Angler

Simms was founded in 1980 by visionary angler and longtime river guide John Simms. Having spent decades providing clients with life-changing experiences on the world’s most majestic rivers, John realized the waders available at that time weren’t up to the job of keeping the folks he was guiding dry, comfortable and safe on the river. Never mind the guides who, as he did, lived and breathed the sport 150+ days a year. So, he set about creating products worthy of a new generation of anglers who, like him, wanted to get out on the water earlier and stay out longer in any weather.

Family Time – This week marked 13 year-old Caroline’s first visit to Bay Flats Lodge, as well as her very first Texas coastal wade fishing trip with her dad, Phillip. Both are outfitted in the fine Simms wading equipment offered to all Bay Flats Lodge guests!

 

Whether you’re a seasoned guide or a kid taking her first cast while wade fishing with Dad. Whether your home waters are San Antonio Bay or Tokyo Bay. Whether you pull a drift boat or a Redfish tournament-ready rig, Simms is committed to lowering the barriers that stand between the world’s rivers, lakes and open waters and those who hear their call. Because we’ve seen with our own eyes the power our sport has to unite people, relieve stress, develop character, restore watersheds and ease personal suffering. Which is why we believe the more people who pick up a rod and take a cast, the better off we’ll all be.

 

 

 

THE GUIDE REPORT

SATURDAY – Mar 9th

Capt. Steve Boldt – There’s a lot worse ways to spend a Saturday than by limiting on redfish and catching a bunch of good eatin’ black drum, and that’s just what my guys out of the Jeff T. party did today. They caught their allotment of reds, and then started in on the drum until it was time to go!

Capt. Stephen Boriskie – As returning customers, today’s party of three from the Jeff T. party told me many times throughout the course of today’s trip that they have been waiting all year to get back here to Bay Flats Lodge to catch fish. And today, that’s exactly what they did, and they did a good job of it! It was a true pleasure to be able to help make this happen for these guys, and I look forward to being able to, hopefully, do it for them again next year!

 

Capt. Doug Russell – My crew of three out of the Jeff T. party had a descent day today. They finished with needing two more redfish for their limit, but they managed to find a really nice trout that ended up making them some money off of the small company tournament they were fishing in today. Everyone wound up happy!

 

SUNDAY – Mar 10th

Capt. Jason Wagenfehr – It’s Spring Break and there are a lot of families enjoying their time off together by coming down and fishing with us here at the Lodge. Today’s father and two sons party enjoyed a full-limit of some handsome reds, plus a good handful of black drum to add to the box. There was even a 2-for-1 catch today, which consisted of a hooked redfish that was attached to a duck decoy – there’s a first time for everything!

MONDAY – Mar 11th

Capt. Doug Russell – Yep, believe it, or not, I waded with lures today! With me today on this monumental event was 13 year-old Caroline on her first wading trip, along with her dad. They managed limits of trout, and a nice red to add to the mix, but I didn’t let them get away without fulfilling my bottom-dweller drum fix! It turned out being a really fun day!

Capt. Billy Freudensprung – What does the Gowens family do on spring break? They come to Bay Flats Lodge to do some fishing! The kiddos put a whoopin’ on some drum, and found a nice red in the bunch. The kids were making bets on who was going to catch the first fish and the biggest at each stop. They had an awesome time down here, and they’re looking forward to a summer trip, as well.

Capt. Todd Jones – It’s “kids week” at Bay Flats Lodge, as we had at least four boats out today with spring breakers. Gary brought his two girls, Grace and Georgia, down to the lodge for a half-day of fishing. They might not have caught a whole box full, but they sure made the most out of every fish they brought to the boat. They even tag teamed the last black drum brute, that stretched the tape to 26”. Dad said at the end of the trip, “Thanks for helping make a special memory”! That’s what it’s all about right there!

 

 

 

SIGNS OF CHANGE

By: Capt. Stephen Boriskie

Signs of change are taking place all along the middle coast of Texas. Aside from the obvious warming temperatures and the time change, I noticed the other day that the minnows are back, along with the hard heads. There was a gafftop kill last week with the arctic air we had on Monday and Tuesday, which tells me the “slimers” came back in the shallows a bit too early and got caught off guard. All of this adds up to a change of seasons in our waters, and we are ready for it around the Lodge. Later this month, we will be switching from the use of dead shrimp and other bottom offerings (talking about bait-fishing out of the boat here) to using live shrimp under popping corks. March is sort of the gateway to the bonanza for the year, and excitement is in the air!

After a much-needed break from running trips almost every day from March through January, we got our February respite and it’s now time to entertain! March is busy with guests from all walks, including an impressive number of families with children ranging from ages five to seventeen. We typically get these groups in March and June because it seems they have the most time to spend together on a family fishing trip during those months. I would encourage more family trips in May and October though, since those are the strongest fish-to-angler ratio months while we are in a more user friendly pattern of live shrimp under popping cork method and the action is at its highest.

That being said I firmly believe in the old adage the best time to go fishing is when you can! The great thing about the Gulf Coast bays is that they lend themselves to year-round angling with relatively mild weather patterns. There are days I want to crawl under a rock, or not get out of a warm bed, but overall I will take it over guiding in many other regions of the country. Speaking of that, we have also been enjoying many guests coming to the Lodge from out of state. Some are snowbirds, but most have heard about us from one form of communication or another (our advertising spending is at an all time high, but that’s for another discussion), as we do put the word out there. 

The Lodge owners, and the marketing team, do it right in this area for one simple reason, and that is we never want to get comfortable with current bookings and assume we’ll have that same amount of business next year. Believe me when I say this is a competitive business that we are in – it’s not just fishing! Bay Flats Lodge offers way more than a day out on the water with experienced professional fishing and duck hunting guides. We are in the entertainment industry, and we take that very seriously, while having a darn good time along the way. Give us a ring next time you are looking for the perfect getaway for a couple days. We offer the best in food, lodging, and inshore saltwater adventures you’ll find anywhere along the Gulf Coast, with a commitment to ideal customer service and genuine southern hospitality in a charming relaxed atmosphere.

 

 

Room Availability for the Next 2 Weeks

 

 

Guide Availability for the Next 2 Weeks

 

 

 

 

WHAT OUR RECENT GUESTS ARE SAYING…

Capt. Todd Jones did a fantastic job!  My two girls and I absolutely enjoyed our day of fishing.  Capt. Todd made sure my girls were well taken care of, comfortable, and having fun.  As a father, I couldn’t have asked for a better guide!  Thank you for this! – Gary M.  3/11/19 

Loved the staff – very friendly!  Capt. Steve Boldt is awesome!  He made sure we got fish, and he was so good with our 6 year old daughter and 11 year old son!  The food was outstanding! – Lucia C.  3/11/19 

Everyone was great – Randy was very special and accommodating!  Capt. Jeremy McClelland gets many kudos.  It’s obvious that he’s able to handle the novice, as well as the experienced, anglers equally!  He never made anyone feel like an idiot!  I give y’all an A+! – John C.  3/11/19 

Unbelievable how excellent and professional everyone is – all the time! – Ryan M.  3/10/19

 

 

 

 

SEVEN-DAY WEATHER FORECAST

Thursday              50 % Precip. / 0.00 in

Scattered thunderstorms in the morning. Partly cloudy skies late. High around 75F. Winds N at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Friday                   20 % Precip. / 0.00 in

Overcast skies and windy. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 63F. Winds NNE at 20 to 30 mph.

Saturday              20 % Precip. / 0.00 in

Overcast. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 58F. Winds NNE at 10 to 20 mph.

Sunday                  30 % Precip. / 0.00 in

Showers in the morning, then cloudy in the afternoon. High 63F. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

Monday                30 % Precip. / 0.00 in

Cloudy skies with a few showers later in the day. High near 65F. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

Tuesday                10 % Precip. / 0.00 in

Cloudy skies early will become partly cloudy later in the day. High 68F. Winds ENE at 10 to 15 mph.

Wednesday           10 % Precip. / 0.00 in

Generally sunny. High 73F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.

Synopsis:  A cold front will push offshore Thursday with moderate north to northeast winds developing Thursday night. Generally strong north flow expected Friday, with a moderate northeast flow on Saturday. A weak to moderate northeast flow will persist Sunday and Monday due to higher surface pressure to the north, and a surface low-pressure system near the Bay of Campeche. Upper-level disturbances will contribute to isolated to scattered showers, primarily Saturday and Monday.

Coastal Water Temperature:

Port Aransas        64.0 degrees

Seadrift                 70.0 degrees

Matagorda Bay    64.9 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

Copeland Duck Calls

Reaction Strike Lures

Swan Point Landing

Jeco’s Marine & Tackle




WADE FISHING IS PRODUCING TROUT

Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

March 7, 2019

 

 

 

Vote Early, and Vote Often!

A Chance To Give Back To Our Community & Bay

Votes are allowed once per person per 24-hour period now through April 1.

If Bay Flats Lodge were to win the FedEx 2019 Small Business Grant Contest, this money could be used toward a lot of goodwill. We could contribute to repairs still needing to be completed in Seadrift following Hurricane Harvey, and also make continuing contributions toward the protection and restoration of the Texas coastal environment. Please vote for us once each day thru April 1st! – THANK YOU!

 

 

A SPECIAL THANK YOU!

Our special thanks go to Heart of Texas Landscape & Irrigation Co., Inc., for their business. From all of us at Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina, we appreciate you for choosing us!

 

 

BFL CUSTOMERS AGAIN SHOW GRATITUDE AND APPRECIATION FOR COASTAL CONSERVATION

As we 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 (BCT).

 

Bay Flats Lodge customers are giving generously to Building Conservation Trust and Bay Flats Lodge is happy to match those donations. Here’s a picture of some of the housekeeping staff and the check that will be going to Building Conservation Trust for the donations in February. All of these funds are building and conserving fishing habitat here on the Central Texas Coast. Thank you to all of our Bay Flats Lodge customers for giving back and helping provide a better fishery for us all.

 

 

THE GUIDE REPORT

FRIDAY – Mar 1st

Capt. Billy Freudensprung – Had a good day wading with Bay Flats Lodge customers Joe, Tony, Alan, and Francois today. A lot of small trout were caught, but the guys had to weed through them to get to the bigger ones! Hard sand with scattered shell and grass were the areas that had the best action for the anglers. From top waters to soft plastic tails, the trout hit it all. What a fun day!

Capt. Perry Rankin – Today the weather was a little more friendly than the past couple days. Chad was mad at them, and Brian picked up a Texas slam. The group had a good time!

Capt. Todd Jones – Productive day of wade fishing for David, Mark, and Josh, with limits of trout up to 20 inches. Stayed busy with lots of undersized fish between keepers while fishing soft plastics over mud and grass in waist deep water. For a while, lure color didn’t seem to matter, but David had the most consistent bite on a pink Corky soft dine XL. It was a good day on the water with some really good fishermen!

SUNDAY – Mar 3rd

Capt. Stephen Boriskie – Quick trip today to catch a good box of pre-frontal biting fish, and then the cold got too serious for my guys and they asked to come in for a hot shower. The next couple days we’re getting a break from angling adventures with the cold weather that we have right now. Later in the week, however, we’ll be back at it for warming March temperatures and all the folks who’ll be enjoying this year’s spring break! Come see us!

MONDAY – Mar 4th

Capt. Cody Spencer – Today was COLD, I’m not going to lie to you! I didn’t think we would do any good, but these guys from Arizona made the trip to Bay Flats Lodge and were determined to make it happen. Luckily, we found some fish that wanted to eat! Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about!

TUESDAY – Mar 5th

Capt. Cody Spencer – It was another cold day today, but my guys found some fish and managed their redfish limits regardless of the weather. Even though conditions weren’t in their favor for their two-day trip, they bundled up and made it happen, and they can’t wait to come back!

 

 

Warm-Up Time

Thermometer readings in March can sometimes teeter-totter a bit, making this month one of the most challenging times of the year for coastal anglers. Water temps can rise above the 70-degree mark, and then drop again with the passing of the next frontal system, but coastal water temps will continue to warm slowly as we progress through the next couple months. This transition to a warmer water climate will begin setting off the springtime feeding actions of the fish, as it signals to them a natural instinct to begin eating more, and eating more often. Their number one priority will soon become finding food due to an overwhelming desire to satisfy their appetite.

When looking for the trout this month it’ll be crucial to key on active baitfish when scouting some of your more favorite and productive fishing spots. Also, and as we’ve discussed many times before, it will be important for you to fish the signs and the conditions. For example, if you approach an area where baitfish happen to be busting in tea-stained or chocolate water, stop the boat and setup a wade session. Don’t let the fact that the water is off-colored discourage you, especially with the presence of a high population of active baitfish.

Ever-changing winds and higher tides create bay waters that are often disturbed to the point of severe discoloration, but many March stringers have been filled under these conditions. If you happen to be out on a March morning that’s windy, look for a windward shoreline showing signs of bait activity. The water clarity may not look too enticing, but the presence of the mullet should convince you to stop and begin fishing. Doing so places you in a position where you’re fishing the conditions that were presented to you, and not simply fishing a popular spot.

Results on artificial baits in windy, off-colored water can often surprise even the most experienced coastal angler, so don’t be afraid to experiment with different colors and sizes until you discover what’s working on the fish under those particular conditions. Be willing to try new areas that have good signs of fish, and don’t forget the old saying, “Bigger baits catch bigger trout”, as this will become more and more true as we head into the springtime spawning period.

 

 

HERE’S WHAT RECENT GUESTS HAVE TO SAY…

Another cold day, and another limit!  Special thanks to Capt. Cody Spencer for putting us on the fish, and to Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina for the world-class accommodations and meals!  Can’t wait to come back! – Chuck P.  3/6/19

Capt. Steve Boldt was a blast!  He took us to all the right spots, and we landed our limit.  We had a great time, and they had amazing spreads at mealtime!  Fantastic resort feel and tremendous fun!  Thank you! – Michael M.  3/4/19

The facility, the bed, and the amenities were all outstanding! – John B.  3/4/19

The lodge staff is very courteous, very friendly, and very helpful.  I hate fishing with guides with ragged-out boats, but Capt. Billy Freudensprung’s boat was top-notch!  Capt. Billy knew we were experienced fisherman, so he let us catch the fish – he did a wonderful job, and I will recommend him to friends.  The food is excellent – steaks very tender, and the breakfast is great, as well!  We stayed in the Guest House, which has a wonderful view of the bay, and for which the accommodations are second to none! – Francois H.  3/3/19

 

 

SEVEN-DAY WEATHER FORECAST

Thursday              20 % Precip. / 0.00 in

Generally cloudy. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 71F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

Friday                    40 % Precip. / 0.00 in

Showers in the morning, then cloudy in the afternoon. High 74F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Saturday              20 % Precip. / 0.00 in

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

Sunday                  20 % Precip. / 0.00 in

Cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy in the afternoon. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 72F. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph.

Monday                 40 % Precip. / 0.00 in

Rain showers in the morning with scattered thunderstorms arriving in the afternoon. High 69F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Tuesday                 40 % Precip. / 0.00 in

Scattered thunderstorms in the morning, then cloudy skies late. High 72F. Winds SE at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Wednesday           10 % Precip. / 0.00 in

Partly cloudy skies. High 72F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph.

Synopsis: A coastal trough of low pressure will contribute to a slight chance of light rain, patchy drizzle and fog on Thursday. A weak offshore flow is expected across the bays with a weak to moderate onshore flow across the coastal waters. Areas of sea fog and patchy drizzle will persist for the bays and nearshore waters Thursday night as the trough weakens and exits the area. Rain chances will diminish by Friday, however sea fog is expected to persist along with a weak to moderate onshore flow. Winds will be weak to moderate Friday night and easing to weak flow starting Saturday through Monday. Isolated to scattered thunderstorms will be possible across the northern waters Friday night and Saturday. Winds will turn more easterly late Sunday as a weak cold front drifts into the south Texas coastal waters. Winds will pickup a bit Monday into Tuesday with weak to moderate flow.

Coastal Water Temperature:

Port Aransas        57.9 degrees

Seadrift                 52.0 degrees

Matagorda Bay    57.9 degrees

 

 

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TROUT ARE BACK IN THE BOAT THIS WEEK

Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

February 28, 2019

 

 

Bay Flats Lodge to Reinvest in Seadrift and the San Antonio Bay Fishery

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If Bay Flats Lodge wins the FedEx 2019 Small Business Grant Contest, this money will be reinvested back into our Seadrift community, as well as the San Antonio Bay fishery and surrounding waters. Please vote for us once each day thru April 1st! – THANK YOU!

 

 

 

THE GUIDE REPORT

THURSDAY – Feb 21st

Capt. Todd Jones & Capt. Billy Freudensprung – Capt. Billy and I scouted a little this morning, picking up a quick limit of slot reds after a short wade. Another quick stop brought a few 18 inch trout to hand before we headed in. Needless to say, there was some good-natured “ribbing” between the catching of each fish! Wade fishing with lures is still bringing good results, so book a trip and get in on the action!

FRIDAY – Feb 22nd

Capt. Cooper Hartmann – Today’s party of three had a great time chasing redfish out of the airboat in the remoteness of the backcountry. It was a cold, dreary day, but they made the most of their opportunity. The bite was slow, but these guys managed a solid box of good fish, and I think everyone had a great time!

Capt. Perry Rankin – My party of two had some fun airboat fishing for redfish today. It was foggy and drizzled most all day long, which made for a great, smooth airboat ride to where the fish were. The bite started out really slow, but things finally turned around us later in the morning. These guys are looking forward to their next chance at being able to come back and do some more fishing out of the airboat!

SATURDAY – Feb 23rd

Capt. ‘Lil John Wyatt – It was a tough day for most of the day, but we kept moving around until we finally got on a good bite – better late than never! Today’s crew ended the day on a happy note, as they managed their limit of trout, which made for plenty of fillets for them to take home with them.

SUNDAY – Feb 24th

Capt. Heath Borchert – We did a little fun artificial bait fishing this weekend. After the heavy fog Saturday morning, we used plastic tails and got right on a solid trout bite that produced limits of keeper trout from 16-18 inches. Throwing tails again on Sunday morning, things turned out a little bit different in that we got our limits of reds fairly quickly, with only a few trout in the mix. It’s good seeing the trout beginning to show up in such numbers once more!

 

 

 

Time Flies When You’re Having Fun…

By: Capt. Stephen Boriskie

Time flies when you are having fun, and that’s what has been going on here along the middle portion of the Texas coast! February is typically our slowest month of the year when it comes to customers booking trips at Bay Flats Lodge, for many reasons, but I think the main one is cold and rainy weather and the uncertainty it brings with it. The secondary reason has to do with this month being like a Tuesday of the workweek – February seems to be the get-it-done month, because the holidays are long gone and tax season is right around the corner. With spring break coming up, fishing fever will distract your attention, so all the pressure to get your work done falls on this one month of the year. Thus, we often experience a lag in February, which will give way to a frenzy of fishing requests all the way from March to the end of the year, as bookings are already filling up fast! 

Those who have put their work aside and have joined us this February have been rewarded with the fact that we have somehow dodged the frozen temperatures that we typically get this time of the year. We’ve enjoyed milder cool fronts with less rain than we’ve been getting during the second half of 2018, which has allowed us more days on the water and less weather cancellations. The fish have been strong, too, and our guests are bringing home the meat, with most outings showing boxes of black drum and redfish limits, with occasional solid numbers of speckled trout, as well! Overall, the past six months have been milder than many of the winters I remember, and with fewer frozen toes and blistered faces.

We’re excited that March is here this week, and that the fish are already showing spring-like enthusiasm on the bite, and in the box. The waters are in good shape, and with the warming from the sun and extending hours of daylight, winter will soon be a faint memory. This week I will enjoy a visit from returning guests for a two-day wade fishing trip with lures, and I couldn’t be more excited to get out on the water. Since we’re fortunate to run trips most every day of the week eleven months out of the year, these past few weeks have given me a much needed break. March madness (to borrow a term from the cagers) is upon us, and with the warming trend, the increasing tides, more daylight hours, and a press of the reset button on my body, it’s time to get out there and do the work that I enjoy doing so much! Come see us soon!

 

 

HERE’S WHAT RECENT GUESTS HAVE TO SAY…

The lodge staff was very welcoming as soon as we walked in the door, and we would gladly have Capt. Doug Russell guide us again! – Taylor V.  2/27/19

I wanted to say thank you again for another excellent trip!  The weather was not the best conditions, but you still managed to get our customers out for an early morning hunt.  I can’t tell you how much we appreciated this effort, and all that you and the staff did to make this a great and memorable trip.  Hope to see you guys again in the near future! – Matt G.  2/27/19

Great quality food – biggest pork chops I have ever seen!  The beds and pillows were amazingly comfortable, and the room was spotless!  Capt. ‘Lil John Wyatt is the best!  We had a tough time finding the right spot at first, but then Capt. ‘Lil John located a small reef where we all were able to hit our limit!  Our boat was also surrounded by porpoises, and it was like a beautiful scene from a movie – just perfect! – Olivia L.  2/26/19

Everything was seriously great – thank you!  I’m looking forward to bringing friends and family down! – Chris L.  2/25/19

 

 

SEVEN-DAY WEATHER FORECAST

Thursday               80 % Precip. / 0.00 in

Showers and thundershowers during the morning giving way to periods of light rain this afternoon. Morning high of 68F with temps falling to near 55. Winds NNE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 80%.

Friday                     30 % Precip. / 0.00 in

A few showers early with mostly cloudy conditions later in the day. High 68F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

Saturday                40 % Precip. / 0.00 in

Scattered thunderstorms in the morning, then cloudy skies late. High 71F. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Sunday                   60 % Precip. / 0.00 in

Mixed clouds and sun with scattered thunderstorms. High 69F. SSW winds shifting to NNW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

Monday                  10 % Precip. / 0.00 in

Partly cloudy and windy early then becoming cloudy later in the day. High 47F. Winds N at 20 to 30 mph.

Tuesday                  10 % Precip. / 0.00 in

Partly cloudy skies. High 53F. Winds NNE at 10 to 20 mph.

Wednesday               0 % Precip. / 0.00 in

Intervals of clouds and sunshine in the morning with more clouds for later in the day. High 59F. Winds ENE at 10 to 15 mph.

Synopsis: Areas of dense fog will persist through noon Thursday across the bays and nearshore waters. However, a cold front moving north to south across the area today should lead to improving visibilities as winds become northeasterly. Scattered showers, and possibly a couple of thunderstorms, will also be possible as the front moves across the region. No fog is expected tonight, but more isolated showers are possible on Friday as weak onshore flow persists. Sea fog expected to return Friday night and continue Saturday as weak to moderate and moist onshore flow returns. A cold front will move across the waters Sunday and trigger scattered showers. Strong offshore flow is expected Sunday night through Monday. Precipitation is expected Sunday night and Monday, as warmer moist air overruns the cooler surface.

Coastal Water Temperature:

Port Aransas        63.0 degrees

Seadrift                 68.0 degrees

Matagorda Bay    64.0 degrees

 

 

 

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Simmons Custom Rigging

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Simms

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CCA – Texas

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Delta Waterfowl

Benelli USA

Franchi USA

Black Cloud Ammunitions

Finck Cigar Company

The Texas Gourmet

Stacy Hedrick – Realtor

Lifetime Decoys

MOmarsh

Law Call Lanyards

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Copeland Duck Calls

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