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

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Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

May 16, 2019

 

 

OUR CUSTOMERS SPOKE, AND WE LISTENED!

       Listening to customers is the best way to know what they want, and it’s a key principle in the success of any business. Over the course of this past year, many of our customers voiced their desire for us to re-instate the annual offering of our winter fishing special. As a result of listening to what our customers had to say, it is our pleasure to once again present to you the upcoming 2019-20 WINTERTIME FISHING SPECIAL. December 2019 through January 2020 will be a time when you and your friends, family, or co-workers can enjoy all that Bay Flats Lodge has to offer, but at a reduced rate. For further details regarding this year’s special, go to our website at www.bayflatslodge.com and click on “Fishing Rates” at the top of the home page. You can also check our availability for December and January by clicking on “Check Availability” on our home page.

 

2019-20 WINTERTIME SPECIAL:  Dec. 2019 – Jan. 2020

Boat or Wade Fishing (Includes 3 Meals, 1 Night Lodging, and Fishing Guide)

The following conditions apply to the 2019-20 Wintertime 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.

 

“SPECIAL” Rates:

  • Full-Day 2 anglers per boat – $500/angler
  • Half-Day 2 anglers per boat – $475/angler
  • Full-Day 3 anglers per boat – $375/angler
  • Half-Day 3 anglers per boat – $350/angler
  • Full-Day 4 anglers per boat – $350/angler
  • Half-Day 4 anglers per boat – $325/angler
  • Simms Chest-Wader Rentals + Boots is $35/day
  • Simms Wading Boot Rentals (Boots Only) is $20/day
  • If you plan to wade fish, please bring your own rods & reels. Rod & reel rental $30 per day (We supply rods & reels when fishing from the boat).

 

 

 

Make the Most of Your Bay Flats Lodge Memories

       There’s nothing we’re more proud of than you, our Bay Flats Lodge customers. That’s why we’re putting the photos from your lodge visit out on our new SmugMug online-printing site 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!

 

 

 

Habitat project aims to repair what Harvey broke | CCA Texas, BCT dig in to restore a wetlands project along Dickinson Bayou

       When Hurricane Harvey rolled ashore in Texas in August 2017, it left a trail of destruction that is still being repaired today, and a habitat project underway along the banks of Dickinson Bayou will put back repaired marsh that washed away in the storm’s extraordinary floods. CCA Texas supported the original Dickinson Bayou Restoration Project that enhanced and protected approximately 18 acres of tidal wetlands in 2016, but Hurricane Harvey took a heavy toll. Now CCA Texas, the Building Conservation Trust – the national habitat program of CCA – and Shell Oil Company are supporting efforts to replant two acres of marsh that will help protect an additional 18 acres of wetlands.

       “This is an area that is clearly vulnerable to erosion and so there is a need to make sure this project is solidly in place and can perform as originally intended,” said John Blaha, director of the CCA Texas habitat program. “We saw some real improvements in this area after the original project and we weren’t about to walk away from it just because of an unfortunate setback. When it comes to habitat work, you have to play the cards that Mother Nature deals you and just keep persevering.”

       The Dickinson Bayou Restoration Project protect is ultimately expected to improve water quality in the area and provide erosion protection for the surrounding marsh. Even in the short time before Harvey did his damage, the project was observed to have improved fish and wildlife habitat in the area and enhanced storm water filtration in Dickinson Bayou. CCA Texas and BCT have contributed $100,000 to both phases of the project. The current replanting work will utilize 10,000 smooth cord grass plants from the NRG Energy Eco-Center and was completed last week.

       If you would like to show your support for conserving, promoting, and enhancing the present and future availability of coastal resources, Bay Flats Lodge will automatically match dollar-for-dollar your donation toward these tremendous CCA-BCT efforts.

 

 

 

Summertime Solutions

       Fishing our portion of the Texas coast during early morning low-light conditions for large rogue trout can be most rewarding for wading anglers in search of a true trophy. Much of the May and June big trout action will take place tight against the Matagorda Island shoreline in the early daylight hours, and will then transition toward deeper water later in the day as the bait migrates outward in search of cooler surroundings. Plastic tails in dark color patterns should occupy your wading box as you target trout during this period of the fishing season.

       If you’d prefer chasing summertime redfish, then you might want to investigate some of that which many of the major back lakes situated out on Matagorda Island have to offer – lakes such as Pringle, Contee, South Pass, and Long Lake. These lakes often have some floating grass, so turn your focus to the southern most shorelines, as those banks are normally protected from the predominant south winds of summer. Anglers should also be able to locate summer reds cruising along south shorelines along the bay front all the way from Big Pocket to the First Chain of Islands. A common lure of choice for these summer reds is often a weed-less gold spoon.

       Another alternative you can often exercise during the summer is the reefs of Espiritu Santo Bay and San Antonio Bay. Reefs like Josephine’s Reef, Chicken Foot, Dagger, Big Bird, and Panther are all recognized as being highly productive areas while drifting during the mid-day hours. They’re also popular areas for anglers wishing to soak a croaker during the hot months. When fishing the reefs, concentrate your efforts on the points of the reefs that are in 3-5ft. of water and wherever you might see nervous baitfish.

       A final summertime alternative is the unusually large Matagorda Island surf on days with dead-calm wind conditions. Focus on feeding birds like Gulls, Terns, and even Pelicans – both diving and sitting Pelicans. These birds fish for a living, and they’re normally not sitting in any one place just for the sake of sitting. If you’re plan is to fish out of your boat in the surf, position your anchor point so as to allow you to cast off the rear of the boat into the first or second sand gut off the beach. Until next time, stay safe out there!

 

 

 

What Our Recent Guests Are Saying …

Upon check-in, all the staff we encountered knew who we were! – Robert R.  5/15/19

We were treated very well!   We enjoyed talking to staff, and our fishing guide was great!  I always hate leaving food on my plate – dinner portions were too large for me, but I did my best to clean my plate!  The rooms were very comfortable, and spacious! – Kathy R.  5/15/19

Great experience, as always!  The food was great, and Capt. Todd Jones provided a great fishing day – you guys are awesome! – William K.  5/15/19

Capt. Steve Boldt was amazing!  He put us on fish instantly, and for 8 hours we did nothing but catch fish!  I will definitely be using him next time.  I had an amazing time!   Everything was above and beyond, and everything exceeded expectations! – Matt S.  5/14/19

 

 

 

Seven-Day Weather Forecast

Thursday             20 % Precip.

Sun and clouds mixed. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 82F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph.

Friday                   40 % Precip.

Scattered thunderstorms in the morning. Partly cloudy skies late. High 84F. Winds SE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Saturday              50 % Precip.

Becoming windy with scattered thunderstorms, especially in the afternoon. High 84F. Winds SSE at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Sunday                 40 % Precip.

Scattered thunderstorms in the morning. Partly cloudy skies late. High 86F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Monday                20 % Precip.

Wind increasing. A few clouds from time to time. High 84F. Winds SSE at 20 to 30 mph.

Tuesday                40 % Precip.

Windy…variable clouds with thunderstorms, especially in the morning. High near 85F. Winds S at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Wednesday           20 % Precip.

Partly cloudy. High 86F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph.

Synopsis: Moderate onshore flow will continue Thursday along with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Seas will continue to build Thursday night into Friday as winds increase ahead of the next storm system. A generally moderate onshore flow is expected over the weekend, then strengthening to a moderate to strong level the first part of next week. Advisory conditions are possible by early next week. Additionally, isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms will be possible over the weekend.

Coastal Water Temperature:

Port Aransas        78.1 degrees

Seadrift                 78.1 degrees

Matagorda Bay    78.1 degrees

 

 

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Building Conservation Trust – CCA’s National Habitat Program

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Stacy Hedrick – Realtor

Lifetime Decoys

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Copeland Duck Calls

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CATCHING TROUT IN WIND AND RAIN

Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina
May 9, 2019

 

WELCOMED TIMES AT BAY FLATS LODGE

Here at Bay Flats Lodge our days start early and we get to see the sunrise almost every day of the year. We also get to see the sunset on most days. Both sunrise and sunset are times of gathering. The morning finds everyone at the boats getting ready for a day on the water. The evening finds everyone at the pavilion enjoying appetizers and good company. I’m not sure which is the most important, but I can tell you both are full of joy, laughter, and pleasure. No matter the order, sunset and sunrise are always welcomed times at Bay Flats Lodge! – Randy Brown, Lodge Manager

 

 

YOU CAN NOW CHECK OUR ROOM & GUIDE AVAILABILITY

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!

 

 

WE SALUTE OUR RETURNING CUSTOMERS FOR THEIR CONSIDERABLE CONTRIBUTIONS

Bay Flats Lodge is grateful to have been chosen once again as the venue for the annual fundraising event hosted by the Lonestar Legacy this past weekend.

The Lonestar Legacy story all started with a group of lifelong friends who shared in a belief of giving back. They have since focused on the primary goal of providing children with the resources and opportunities they deserve in order to fulfill their potential in life. Their mission is to improve the quality of life for children throughout Texas who struggle with developmental, physical, mental, and economic challenges.

The fundraising events they host are designed to offer attendees an incredible experience while generating funds to help those who need it most. Since 2005, they have raised and donated over $500,000 to children’s charities across the state of Texas.

 

 

Our Story…
THE BUILDING CONSERVATION TRUST (BCT)

In 2010, Shell Oil Company announced that it would provide $1.5 million in funding over three years to the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) habitat program and paved the way for a series of large-scale, angler-driven marine habitat projects in areas that were impacted by the Macondo accident.

In December of 2010, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal announced the first habitat project funded by the Shell/CCA partnership – the restoration of Independence Island in Barataria Bay – at a press conference in Baton Rouge.

The habitat program has benefited from partnerships with Costa Sunglasses, Shimano and Academy Sports + Outdoors. All habitat projects were initiated or vetted by CCA volunteers in those states and resulted in thousands of tons of materials being deposited or planted to complete 14 projects in the first two years of the partnership.

In July 2013, Shell earned the 2013 Gulf Guardian Award for its support of the “Floating Islands” marsh restoration project in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana. The award is bestowed by the Gulf of Mexico Program, an initiative of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to facilitate collaborative actions to protect, maintain, and restore the health and productivity of the Gulf of Mexico.

In 2013, the Building Conservation Trust (BCT) was officially created as CCA’s National Habitat Program, dedicated exclusively to the business of funding marine habitat creation and restoration in areas that can be accessed and enjoyed by recreational anglers.

 

 

 

THE GUIDE REPORT

THURSDAY – May 2nd
Capt. Cooper Hartmann – Seems like things have been a grind lately, and then you have a great day. I guess that’s why they call it “fishing”. We’ve seen days of all trout, and then days of nothing but redfish, but we recently had a BIG gar day! It was exciting!

FRIDAY – May 3rd
Capt. Todd Jones – This crazy storm spooked the redfish into an early morning feeding frenzy. The group landed six solid reds, along with another 15-20 undersized reds, before opting to outrun the storm and head in about 9:00am. They couldn’t have called it any better, as the weather turned absolutely scary thirty minutes later. Thankful that all our guys got off the water safely!

SATURDAY – May 4th
Capt. Billy Freudensprung – Once again Bay Flats lodge is hosting the Lone Star Legacy fishing tournament. First stop produced a few decent trout, then the bite died. Made several other wades with a few other fish for the box, just not what they needed for their tournament. Few stops later several good solid trout, that they needed for the tournament. And a couple after that they had their two reds needed. Hard work did pay off for my guys they took 1st place with hefty winnings. We always enjoy all these guys that come down for this tournament every year. See you guys next year! Big thanks to Randy and Patricia for measuring and weighing all the fish brought in.

TUESDAY – May 7th
Capt. Todd Jones – Still needing one more trout for their limit, Reed set the hook on what was surely a solid trout, since that’s about all we’d been catching. A lot of line stripping and a yellow tail let us know we still needed one more trout. Power Pole up and firing up the big motor, Reed played the fish perfectly for 15 minutes before bringing the big Jack to the side of the boat. The Waterloo Phantom had tamed the 37-inch beast. A few big smiles, quick pictures, and he was released to fight again another day. Ten minutes later he caught that last trout, so it all worked out!

 

 

 

DEFINITION OF A SPECKLED TROUT

The scientific name for the fish is Cynoscion nebulosus, but here along the Texas coast we know them as speckled trout, or specks. They’re actually a member of the croaker family and are indigenous to saltwater from the eastern Gulf of Mexico all the way down into Mexico. There are four members of the Cynoscion family – the speckled trout, sand trout, gulf trout, and the Atlantic-specific weakfish.

The speckled trout do roam, but they’re not what you would call migratory, as they don’t head south for the winter or north for the summer. They generally travel between shallow and deep waters of the bay during periods of extreme cold or heat, or when salinity levels in the bays dictate to them a necessity for more stabilized Gulf waters. In fact, recorded studies show that when speckled trout venture abroad, they do so only for relatively short distances.

Movement of large specks, ordinarily females, onto grassy flats areas can be downright predictable at times, especially in the spring and just prior to summer. These movements synchronize with the annual spring spawn, and it’s during this time of the year when you can look for these sow specks to be spawning at night in deeper guts and grass holes neighboring grassy shallows. The smaller, more immature trout more often travel in large groups, or schools. These younger specks are all about the same size, and they tend to move into the shallows under the protection of darkness during the night, but then move out to deeper waters of the bay after sunrise with an increase in daylight.

Specks typically range in length from 5-30 inches, but they reach full maturity anywhere between one to four years of age, when they would be 8-17 inches in length on average, depending on whether they’re male or female. The females typically grow to be much larger than do the males. Another thing worthy of mention here is that studies have stated that the length of a speck at maturity can vary drastically between estuaries and habitats. Areas exhibiting exhausted food supplies and spent foliage may often result in speckled trout that are slower to mature both in size and in spawning ages, whereas, eco-rich areas often stimulate and supercharge both the growth and maturity rate of the speckled trout. It’s for this reason that it’s so vitally crucial for us to do everything in our power to help maintain a quality habitat along our Texas coast shorelines, as it’s absolutely essential for future speckled trout. Practice CPR, “Catch, Photo, and Release”, whenever possible on trophy Trout and Reds…Guide Chris Martin, Port O’Connor/Seadrift region. www.BayFlatsLodge.com…1-888-677-4868

 

 

WHAT OUR RECENT GUESTS ARE SAYING…

Capt. Weston Hall did a great job! We really appreciated his patience, and his efforts to ensure we had a good fishing experience, which we did! The food service was really well done! – Bruce F. 5/7/19

I liked Capt. Garrett Wygrys a lot, and I would request him again! – Greg C. 5/7/19

Capt. Perry Rankin was very friendly and helpful on the boat. His equipment was in good condition and very clean. When the weather went south, he put safety first and knew when to head in. – Edison H. 5/4/19

Capt. Todd Jones is fantastic – he had us all over the trout! Great fishing and great conversation out on the bay! This is probably my sixth trip to Bay Flats Lodge, and I’ve never had a bad meal! It’s hard to explain to people how great the food and hospitality is at Bay Flats! – Ryan Z. 5/2/19

 

 

SEVEN-DAY WEATHER FORECAST

Thursday         40 % Precip.
Cloudy early. Scattered thunderstorms developing later in the day. High around 85F. Winds SE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Friday              90 % Precip.
Thunderstorms likely. High 74F. Winds NE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Localized flooding is possible.
Saturday       100 % Precip.
Thunderstorms likely. High 77F. S winds shifting to NW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 100%. Locally heavy rainfall possible.
Sunday            20 % Precip.
Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. High 81F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.
Monday           40 % Precip.
Partly cloudy in the morning followed by scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. High around 80F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Tuesday           40 % Precip.
Variable clouds with scattered thunderstorms. High 82F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Wednesday     40 % Precip.
Scattered thunderstorms, especially in the morning. High 83F. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Synopsis: Weak to moderate onshore flow will persist through Thursday night, with scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms being expected Thursday night. Moderate onshore conditions are anticipated Friday through early Saturday before becoming weak to moderate thereafter. Periods of SCEC conditions will be possible on Friday as winds linger around 15 knots in our near and offshore waters. Widespread chances for showers and thunderstorms will exist through Saturday, with chances for scattered showers and storms Sunday through at least Wednesday.
Coastal Water Temperature:
Port Aransas        78.1 degrees
Seadrift                 80.1 degrees
Matagorda Bay    80.1 degrees

 

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Meet Our Partners:
Mercury Outboards
ES Custom Boats
Simmons Custom Rigging
Power Pole
Wet Sounds
ForEverlast – Hunting & Fishing Products
Simms
Costa Del Mar
Columbia
Drake Waterfowl
Coastline Trailers
CCA – Texas
Building Conservation Trust – CCA’s National Habitat Program
Ducks Unlimited – Texas
Delta Waterfowl
Benelli USA
Franchi USA
Black Cloud Ammunitions
Finck Cigar Company
The Texas Gourmet
Stacy Hedrick – Realtor
Lifetime Decoys
MOmarsh
Law Call Lanyards
FireDisc Cookers
Hector Mendieta Tunes & Tails Fishing Tournament
Tanglefree Waterfowl
Copeland Duck Calls
Reaction Strike Lures
Swan Point Landing
Jeco’s Marine & Tackle




THE TROUT ARE GAINING MOMENTUM

Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

May 2, 2019

 

 

YOU CAN NOW CHECK OUR ROOM & GUIDE AVAILABILITY

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!

 

 

 

THANK YOU TO OUR REPEAT CUSTOMERS

The lodge welcomed returning guests this week for meetings and fishing. Thank you for the business!

 

 

 

CCA-TEXAS AND THE

BUILDING CONSERVATION TRUST (BCT)

By: Randy Brown – Lodge Manager

I’ve written before that my favorite time of the day is getting people to the boats and their guides and watching them leave for a day of fishing. My second favorite time here at Bay Flats Lodge is the day each month we total the donations from our guest to the Building Conservation Trust. Adding up all those donations and multiplying times two (the Bay Flats Lodge matching program) gives me a great sense of satisfaction. I have the blessing of working for a company doing everything it can to give back and take care of this precious resource we make our living from. I also get to spend time with some very generous customers who are just as committed to conservation as we are.

I tell our customers regularly that there is no donation too small (every donation is doubled by the Bay Flats Lodge matching program). This team effort between our customers, the Building Conservation Trust, and Bay Flats Lodge produced over six thousand dollars this month. Is this enough to keep Cedar Bayou open? No, not even close, but donation upon donation, month after month means we are all making a difference. If you can’t get here to Bay Flats Lodge, but would like to make a donation, please visit our website at www.bayflatslodge.com or call us at 888-677-4868. Or, better yet, find the time to come spend a day or two with us and make that donation in person. We’re always glad to meet another teammate.

 

 

 

THE GUIDE REPORT

THURSDAY – Apr 25th

Capt. Todd Jones – Changing winds and a shorter timetable left yesterday’s group a few trout short of their limit on this morning’s half-day trip. Mike was able to upgrade yesterday’s personal best 20” to a new mark of 22”. It also won him the big trout award for his corporate group, adding a nice Lew’s rod/reel combo to his arsenal! Nice way to end their first trip with Bay Flats Lodge!

FRIDAY – Apr 26th

Capt. Doug Russell – Well, we finally received some calmer winds today, and we were posed to take advantage of every minute of it. Today’s party of four from the James H. group recognized their full limits of trout. I certainly hope this weather and bite pattern continues!

Capt. Billy Freudensprung – We drifted today, and that tactic paid off for full limits of trout for my crew of three. This fish didn’t have a lot of size to them, but the bite continued as we made set after set throughout the day. We look to get into some larger trout as we finish-up April and head into May!

Capt. Jeremy McClelland – Low winds while fishing over shell produced trout limits (some fairly descent) today for my four guests. It’s good to see such an aggressive bite!

Capt. Stephen Boriskie – Slow early and better later with all four of these fabulous folks catching fish that they kept and fish that were shy of minimal size limits, but all had a great time with beautiful weather at Bay Flats Lodge. Boy do these 4Horseman corks do the trick – with zero tangles!

Capt. Todd Jones – It was a big swing and a miss on our first stop, with the exception of a little line stripping from a 24-inch drum. Changing gears completely, we made a drift over a shell bottom in about 4-feet of water. Gene, Billy, and Andy made short work of a solid 3-man limit of trout, mostly in the 18-inch range. A few other stops in search of a redfish yielded more trout, and a few undersized reds. No complaints, on a day where we finally had some calm winds.

Capt. Heath Borchert – Tough start this morning with very little action, but a lot of smack talking going on. These guys held in there until a phone call from Capt. Billy Freudensprung and Capt. Todd Jones, then it was steady action for the next two hours. A sincere “THANK YOU” goes out to Capt. Billy and Capt. Todd! These four guys also got “Big Trout and “Big Red” in a friendly 3-boat competition.

SATURDAY – Apr 27th

Capt. Jason Wagenfehr – They didn’t come fast or easy for us, but today’s guests managed to get it done (one angler missed the photo).

Capt. Billy Freudensprung – It’s nice to make one set and get your trout before the winds get too strong. 
Chris and Patrick had a great first-time fishing at Bay Flats Lodge.

SUNDAY – Apr 28th

Capt. ‘Lil John Wyatt – This little man had a big time today, as he out-fished Mom and Dad! That smile says it all!

Capt. Jeremy McClelland – We had some wind, but we found some protection and set to work. Our guests from west Texas got some good ones!

Capt. Todd Jones – Full-circle kind of day! Five quick trout on our first stop before the bite died. Fifteen miles round-trip, what seemed like a hundred undersized trout, two keeper trout, three drum, and four hours later brought us back to our first stop. Thirty minutes later, and the guys were ready to head in with their three-man limit of trout to 19 inches. Sometimes, (really, most times) you just can’t explain the fish bite. Good times on the water today with Shane, Joe, and Joe!

MONDAY – Apr 29th

Capt. Todd Jones – Wading with lures today lowered our quantity a little, but a couple of higher quality fish made up for it. On our second wade, Trey landed a healthy 23-inch trout. The ol’ captain even managed a solid 25-incher, which was released after a quick photo. All of our trout today came on soft plastic paddle tails in waist deep water over mud/grass.

TUESDAY – Apr 30th

Capt. Stephen Boriskie – This morning marked the second day with my guests, and it was a shorter day due to their schedule. They made the best of it, however, and these guys landed their best redfish of record at Bay Flats Lodge.

Capt. ‘Lil John Wyatt – Today was the end of two great two days with this couple who are repeat BFL customers. They always have a big time at the age of 85, and they’re still running circles around the boat while catching fish.

Capt. Todd Jones – Short afternoon trip was a challenge in today’s blustery winds with Mike and Wayne. Accomplished fisherman, they were able to put a few quality fish in the box before heading in. Mike had the photo worthy fish, at just under 23”. Tomorrow’s forecast looks just as challenging!

 

 

 

IT’S TIME TO GET IN ON THE ACTION

By: Capt. Stephen Boriskie

       It’s time to get out on the saltwater and get in on the action, because it’s about to burst wide open down here on the Texas mid coast. May is one of my top three months to fish with because the action is almost non-stop, given our normal weather with winds in the 10-15 mph range and partly cloudy days. Warm air and water temperatures set the stage for hot action, with speckled trout being the main focus while using a variety of angling methods, with live shrimp decorating my hooks beneath 4Horsemen popping corks being the most popular!

       Look for feeding fish to present slicks that will start popping up all over the bay from the back lakes to the shell reefs to the skinny flats, which are signs that these trout are working the bait, and they’re feeding their appetites as they spawn for the first few times of the year. These fish need to keep themselves in top shape for this exhausting activity as they are producing future trout populations by the millions. It’s a good time of the year to be out drifting in a boat using a myriad of bait to box some good trout for the dinner table. I’m often asked what my favorite table fish is, and hands down it’s the trout – lightly battered and fried to perfection! The key on cooking fish and other delicious bay fare is not overcooking it. Hot grease and a hot pit will turn those fried fish and shrimp, or half-shell redfish, into your next meal quickly, so keep an eye on it, or you’ll end up with a rubbery mess.

       A phrase I hear almost every trip from our customers, who are here at the lodge entertaining their guests is, “Who do you use…?” Who do you use for shingle purchases? Who do you use for a title company? Who do you use for large lumber buys? Who do you use for crop pesticides? All good questions, and it’s great to get that kind of information and feedback from folks – it’s always good to “network” with your customers in a relaxed setting.

       We often receive rave reviews regarding the lodge and the friendliness of our staff, the excellence of the food, compliments on the accommodations, and of course positive feedback on the fishing guides. Although hard to measure, but commonly achieved down here at Bay Flats Lodge, is the bonding of business relationships and the renewing of those relationships for the future. We all need to reach our customers, but we sometimes lack the proper channels to really get in their ear in order to get to know them on a one-on-one basis. We do this each day at the Lodge – it’s our business! We don’t just take people fishing, we’re creating an opportunity for you to entertain your customers and to get to know them in ways that are uncommon to normal, everyday operations, and we love doing it! Tight lines, and see you down here in paradise!

 

 

 

WHAT OUR RECENT GUESTS ARE SAYING…

Great staff – couldn’t have asked for better!  Capt. Cooper Hartmann is an awesome guide!  The facility is very nice and clean, the appetizers are killer, and everything has set the standard for me.  As a second year guest, this year’s visit was just as awesome as the first year! – Chris H.  5/1/19

Capt. Stephen Boriskie worked hard for us in tough conditions!  At dinner, the steaks and the pork chops are always very good! – Richard M.  5/1/19

Capt. Billy Freudensprung was excellent!  The room, also, was excellent and very clean – looked brand new! – Hal M.  5/1/19

Great staff – very friendly and helpful!  My boys loved fishing with Capt. Garrett Wygrys! – Jason T.  4/29/19 

The lodge staff was beyond expectations!  BIG HUGE shout out to Capt. Cooper Hartmann!  He was awesome, and he worked hard to put my group on the fish.  I will recommend him to anyone interested in booking/fishing with y’all!  I will be requesting and booking to his availability!  Great job Capt. Cooper!  Keep doing what you’re doing! – Tony B.  4/29/19

 

 

SEVEN-DAY WEATHER FORECAST

Thursday              10 % Precip.

Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 81F. Winds SE at 10 to 20 mph.

Friday                    20 % Precip.

Cloudy skies early will become partly cloudy later in the day. High around 80F. Winds SE at 10 to 20 mph.

Saturday               60 % Precip.

Partly to mostly cloudy skies with scattered thunderstorms in the morning. High 83F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

Sunday                  10 % Precip.

Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 84F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph.

Monday                 50 % Precip.

Mixed clouds and sun with scattered thunderstorms. High 82F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Tuesday                 40 % Precip.

Mixed clouds and sun with scattered thunderstorms. High 84F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Wednesday           40 % Precip.

Scattered thunderstorms. High around 85F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Synopsis: Small Craft Advisory conditions may arise Friday as moderate to strong onshore flow of 20 to 25 knots is anticipated ahead of an approaching cold front. Additionally, isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms will be possible Friday through perhaps parts of Saturday. Onshore flow this weekend will weaken to around 10 to 15 knots.

Coastal Water Temperature:

Port Aransas        75.9 degrees

Seadrift                 78.1 degrees

Matagorda Bay    77.0 degrees

 

 

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LATE APRIL TROUT

Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

April 25, 2019

 

 

YOU CAN NOW CHECK OUR ROOM & GUIDE AVAILABILITY

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!

 

 

CCA-TEXAS AND THE

BUILDING CONSERVATION TRUST (BCT)

The Building Conservation Trust (BCT) was created to provide vital funding for grassroots-driven projects that achieve one or more of five key objectives: Restore degraded habitats; Create new habitats; Advance the science of coastal habitat and marine fisheries conservation; Foster habitat stewardship; and Educate coastal communities of the value of 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.

If you would like to show your support for conserving, promoting, and enhancing the present and future availability of coastal resources, Bay Flats Lodge will automatically match dollar-for-dollar your donation toward these tremendous efforts.

 

 

CONNECTIONS

By: Randy Brown – Lodge Manager

Everyone who comes to Bay Flats Lodge wants to catch fish but our corporate clients have a bigger picture to consider. If someone asked, why do you spend money on corporate entertainment what would your answer be, and why? Recently I had a conversation with one of our corporate clients and his answer to this question is on point. He said, time on the boat is not about catching fish but rather developing relationships with our customers. I could not agree more. Corporate entertainment’s purpose has little to do with catching a certain number of fish. The reason companies budget corporate entertainment dollars is to create bonds and deepen trust between sellers and buyers. One of my favorite parts of this job is receiving pictures from our guides of people hooked up, rods bent and smiles on faces. It doesn’t happen every day. Some days fishing is tough and hook ups are few and far between. But making connections, some life long, can happen every day regardless of how cooperative the fish may or may not be.

Here at Bay Flats Lodge we specialize in making those connections happen. I hope you’ll come gives us the opportunity to help you and your team make some connections as well.

 

 

THE GUIDE REPORT

THURSDAY – Apr 18th

Capt. Nick Dahlman – We didn’t get to start fishing this morning as early we usually do because of a band of thunderstorms that swept the coast earlier this morning, but the day turned out positive for us, as well as for many of the other boats that were out today. The clouds parted and showed us some blue sky, and the wind settled down to a manageable speed, and my crew of three proceeded with a day of fun catching their limit of some great looking redfish!

Capt. Doug Russell – This morning’s thunderstorms surprisingly didn’t seem to shut the redfish bite down. A couple of trout were added to the box, and then it was back to the house early for this group from McCoy’s Building Supply.

Capt. Cody Spencer – There’s nothing like a nice afternoon wade trip to finish out the day! Long-time customers Steve, Jeff, and Jeff’s son Luke made it an enjoyable outing, and they didn’t do too bad of a job on the trout either!

Capt. ‘Lil John Wyatt – Thursday was a great day on the water with the McCoy’s group. They ended up with a lot of fish, and everyone really enjoyed their time away from the rest of the world!

FRIDAY – Apr 19th

Capt. Todd Jones – This morning it kind of felt like everything else might be a let down the rest of the day after the first fish of the day turned out being a solid 24-inch trout. However, everyone onboard learned a valuable lesson later in the morning as Chris landed a big 26-inch trophy trout – never lower your expectations!

SATURDAY – Apr 20th

Capt. Harold Dworaczyk – The trout fishing continues to get better and better, and it will only continue to do so this month and next. We’ll also be looking forward to some fairly comfortable fishing conditions through May, and possibly into June, as well.

 

Capt. Jason Wagenfehr – It was nice not dealing with 20+ mph winds for a change today. We did a lot of bouncing around and finally put together a good mess of fish. Also had a nice trout to top it off that was released.

Capt. Stephen Boriskie – Every fish a blessing today as this Boy Scout earned his merit badges for catching, cleaning and eating fish. It’s a huge thrill being able to be part of this!

Capt. Collin Gee – The winds calmed and we managed to locate an aggressive trout bite, and today’s party recognized their full limit! It was a nice day with nice folks!

TUESDAY – Apr 23rd

Capt. Todd Jones – Mother Nature just won’t let up here lately with the brutal winds, but Carlton, Chris, and Marshall didn’t let that discourage them. It took a little work, but they pulled off a nice box of trout to 18 inches, and added three reds for their trouble. Marshall had the biggest pull with this drag peeler at just under 28 inches! Wonder how the fishing would be with average winds!

WEDNESDAY – Apr 24th

Capt. Billy Freudendensprung – Man, was it ever windy today – seemed like hurricane force winds! Regardless, the guests fishing with me hit it good and hard, and at the end of the day managed a full limit of redfish and nearly full limits of trout and black drum. They put a pure whoopin’ on the fish today!

Capt. Jeremy McClelland – We had to put up with a lot of wind today, but we found what turned out to be a good solid trout bite. My guests did their best to catch every trout out there, some of which were really nice fish! Can’t wait until we don’t have to deal with these hard winds all the time!

 

 

LATE APRIL IS A GOOD TIME…

By: Capt. Stephen Boriskie

Redfish action has been off the charts the first half of April with catches of limits to near limits for those knowing where to go and what to do to get them. That said it was not that hard to box a few and we enjoyed the Redfish Rodeo for a couple weeks. Now that it’s over due to changes in water levels mostly, we are looking to get the Speckled Trout action going and it’s about to go wide open when we get a few days of calmer winds. April is not the month to expect calm winds for sure but there are those days when the atmosphere allows some trout conditions to develop.

Catching these beauties is a treat and we are doing that in just a couple ways depending upon what customer we have and their level of experience and desire. Wade fishing with lures is just about as good as it gets when you want to get right in the water with the fish and late April is a good time to get it going with warming water temperatures heating up the action. The tougher of those waders (not me) will opt for wading wet later this month as the water temps rise to the low to mid 70s but most will continue to put the waders on-especially with a stiff wind blowing because it gets cool quickly.

This is a great time to get the wife, the kids or the whole family down to the middle Texas coast and wet a line at Bay Flats Lodge. We are finding plentiful action on days when the wind is more manageable and we are utilizing live shrimp presented at the bottom of a popping cork. This is such an effective way to get a bait in front of hungry Specks and other species that are fun to catch. It’s a really good time to introduce new anglers to the sport and get them hooked up on one of these awesome fish. I have personally witnessed the look on the face of both old and young anglers and I can tell you it’s something to see!

 

 

WHAT OUR RECENT GUESTS ARE SAYING…

Capt. Perry Rankin is a very cool guy, and we all had a blast fishing with him!  Everything was excellent – great destination! – Chase S.  4/24/19

Keep up the great service! – Nick S.  4/24/19

My son and I had a great experience fishing with Capt. Garrett Wygrys, and we hope to see him again on a future visit to Bay Flats Lodge!  The food was also very good! – Tamara L.  4/22/19 

Everything is exceptional – my favorite place to take customers!  Capt. Jeremy McClelland is great!  He is very fun and professional, and we enjoyed the day tremendously! – Dave H.  4/22/19

 

 

SEVEN-DAY WEATHER FORECAST

Thursday               10 % Precip.

Sunny. High near 85F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.

Friday                    10 % Precip.

Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. High 86F. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 mph.

Saturday               10 % Precip.

Sunny skies. High near 80F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph.

Sunday                  10 % Precip.

Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 81F. Winds SE at 10 to 20 mph.

Monday                 20 % Precip.

Sun and a few passing clouds. High 82F. Winds SE at 10 to 20 mph.

Tuesday                30 % Precip.

Partly cloudy with isolated thunderstorms possible. High 82F. Winds SE at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

Wednesday           20 % Precip.

Cloudy. High 83F. Winds SE at 15 to 25 mph.

Synopsis: Rain and thunderstorm chances will end Thursday morning as drier air moves into the area. A weak to moderate offshore flow will prevail Thursday through Friday before onshore flow returns this weekend.

Coastal Water Temperature:

Port Aransas        73.9 degrees

Seadrift                 78.1 degrees

Matagorda Bay    73.9 degrees

 

 

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Simms

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CCA – Texas

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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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