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

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Cold Weather Fun

Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

November 14, 2019

 

 

A Special Veterans Week Salute

Although we should honor our nation’s veterans every day of the year, this year’s dedicated day is today, November 11, 2019. Today is the day we honor those who have served and who have experienced the greatest fortune of all, coming back home. Today we salute their dedication, bravery and sacrifice. They are all heroes, each and every one of them. To those in uniform serving today, and to those who have served in the past, we honor you today and every day.

We offer a special “Thank You” to the following list of Bay Flats Lodge guides who have served our nation well:
U.S. Navy – Capt. Steve Boldt
U.S. Marines – Capt. Todd Jones
U.S. Navy – Capt. Kevin Matula
U.S. Air Force – Capt. Perry Rankin

 

 

 

Frontal Condition Strategies

We tend to hear a lot about the feeding habits of speckled trout both before a cold front, but very little is shared about the trout bite after cold front has passed.  We bring this up because right now is a great time of the year for getting into some spectacular trout fishing in between this month’s cold periods.

First, let’s talk about what you’re supposed to do when you wake up to a howling north wind – yesterday was great, but this morning is an entirely different story.  The tide looks like it dropped more than a foot, the water looks dirty and stained, and then there’s also that nagging north wind.  On morning’s like this you should probably first determine if it’s even safe to be out on the water in these conditions.

If safe, stop and take a look at one of your good, old GPS hot spot maps of the area you’re fishing in today.  With all of today’s technology, it may sound silly to be mentioning these fishing maps, but a lot of folks still use them because they can give you a quick insight as to where you might be able to fish under certain circumstances.  On a morning like this, looking for a leeward shoreline with deep blue water is a good start.

Because the barometric pressure and water temperature has changed so much under these conditions, the trout will be in search for refuge.  Areas like back lake passes and cuts hold excellent water after a front has passed.  An ideal cut to try would be one that’s preferably 6-8 feet deep and full of soft mud and shell.

Locating passes between reefs or islands is another good choice.  Think warm, soft, mud bottom!  Use a slow and deep presentation of your baits no matter what type you’re using.  If you’re throwing plastic tails, you may want to use a lightweight jig head that will help prevent snags over shell when slowly working the lure.  When working a slow-sinking lure like the Corky or Fatboy, your day is going to be a lot smoother if you find an area with less floating grass.

Wade fishing reefs with deep drops or cuts is also an excellent choice, if you can get to them – remember safety ahead of all else.  Just because the bay looks ugly, don’t give up or wait until “a better day” to go fishing.  Fishing before and after wintertime frontal passages has proven to produce more times than not.  Give it a try!

 

 

From the Guides

Capt. Doug Russell – Thursday was 80-degrees, and the water was slick.  We were signed up for a duck hunt, but who would have thought we would have even seen a duck, much less had a chance to shoot at 13 of them! It was a great morning, indeed!

Capt. Garrett Wygrys – Thursday morning’s pre-frontal bite had some lines rippin’!  Today’s guests put the hurt on some nice-looking redfish in the back country prior to the approach of this afternoon’s cold front.

Capt. Todd Jones – Thursday was a day filled with catching, and a little bit of keeping too! Lots of undersized fish of just about every species kept the guys busy all day. In between, they managed to box a few very nice fish to take home. Made it in just before the bad weather hit!

Capt. Stephen Boriskie –Saturday was a good day to be in Texas, and a good day to be out on the bay.  We all had to wrap up in warm clothes for the morning commute to the office, but today’s fishing quickly warmed things up for today’s guests.

Capt. Cody Spencer –Saturday’s four-man crew included one guest that was 85 years old, but you wouldn’t know it by how he fished.  These guys got out of the boat and proceeded to slay the fish, with near limits of trout and redfish.

Capt. Todd Jones – It took a while on Saturday (and by that I mean all day) to finally chip away at their trout limits, but a few big pulls kept things interesting while they waited for the trout count to increase. George had the two big line burners on consecutive casts, with a 32” red and a 28” drum. Big smiles all around, from a fun group to fish with!

Capt. Garrett Wygrys – Saturday started out a bit cool, but things heated up as soon as today’s guests dropped a line in the water. Nice day all around!

Capt. Todd Jones – Monday’s Oklahoma guests managed to put a few fish in the box. After bouncing around and culling through countless small fish, the guys put together a solid box of trout. Later, just before the weather change, they found some bigger pulls, mixing in some black drum and a few solid reds. Fun day on the water with this group!

 

 

We’re Now Providing a “Free” Photo Service for Our Guests

We have realized our guests appreciate us taking their photo, and posing for photos helps them relax and have more fun.  So, we’re using your photos as a positive addition to your visit. Your free photos are now a part of the positive experience that the Bay Flats Lodge staff creates for you during your stay.

As a Bay Flats Lodge guest, you’ll have a better experience when you don’t have to be concerned with bringing your own camera or smartphone with you.  You can leave your phone behind and not worry about it getting damaged. You can truly focus on fishing and stop worrying about taking photos along the way. How many times have you missed out on something because you were too busy trying to take a selfie? Go online to Bay Flats Lodge Photography and take a look at all of the galleries of free photos! Have fun!

 

 

WINTER FISHING SPECIAL

Dec. 2019 – Jan. 2020

As a result of listening to what our customers had to say, it is our pleasure to once again present to you the upcoming WINTER 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 online to our website at www.bayflatslodge.com and checkout the 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.

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.
  • 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).

 

 

Dockside

with Randy Brown

Connectivity is a big deal. The capacity to remain in touch with our business associates, our family, or our friends, no matter where we are has become essential. Internet and cell phone service is now so common we feel cheated if we ever find a place that is out of range. But there is another type of connectivity we all experience, and that we too often take for granted. We’ll call this human connectivity.

The connection we share as humans is seen all the time here at Bay Flats Lodge. Total strangers find it easy to share a conversation over a good meal or an evening drink. People who have little in common gather around a fire and are drawn together simply because they share a common humanity.  The fact that we are human and share this in common is enough to break down barriers that separate us.

It’s a great time of year to share in some human connectivity here at Bay flats Lodge. The air is cool, the fire’s warm, and the food is great. We even have solid internet and cell phone service, but more importantly we have great people waiting to connect with you.

 

 

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

 

 

What Our Recent Guests Are Saying …

Patsy went out of her way to make sure we were taken care of, and the rest of the staff was awesome as well.  The food was excellent as usual.  Keep up the great work! – Gary L.  11/13/19

Gumbo was one of the best I’ve ever had! – Cole T.  11/13/19

Capt. Garrett Wygrys is totally laid back, and super friendly!  We were late arriving, but the staff completely took care of us for dinner.  The bed was perfect – not at all what you would expect from a hunting/fishing lodge!  All was good! – Trent T.  11/12/19 

My experience with the lodge staff was excellent.  Our group of four was very pleased, and the staff could not have been more helpful.  Capt. Perry Rankin is very knowledgeable of the area, his fishing IQ is off the chart, he’s an excellent teacher, and he’s very patient with lesser experienced fishermen.  The food is excellent – the pork chops are out of this world.  Service and staff were great! – Eric O.  11/12/19

Great place, and the rooms are immaculate!  All the staff helped to facilitate whatever we needed, and they went above and beyond our requests.  I have been on several company and personal-guided fishing trips, but I have to say that Capt. Garrett Wygrys has set the bar for excellence.  Everyone was trying to get on his boat the entire trip!  He not only made the fishing experience a blast, but we limited-out every day!  I will ask for Capt. Garret every time I am at Bay Flats, and everyone that was on our trip will do the same.  Again, we could not have asked for a better guide!  The food was on par with any other 5-star restaurant, and everyone was extremely helpful.  You have an amazing property, with plenty of corn hole boards, fire pits and many spectacular views! – Jason H.  11/11/19

 

 

Seven-Day Weather Forecast

Thursday               80 % Precip.

A steady rain in the morning. Windy with showers continuing in the afternoon. High 53F. Winds NNE at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 80%.

Friday                   10 % Precip.

Sunny. High near 60F. Winds N at 10 to 20 mph.

Saturday               10 % Precip.

Sunshine and some clouds. High 61F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday                  20 % Precip.

Mostly cloudy. High 67F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph.

Monday                 20 % Precip.

Partly cloudy skies. High 66F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday                 10 % Precip.

Mostly sunny. High 72F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday            20 % Precip.

Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 74F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph.

Coastal Water Temperature:

Port Aransas        69.0 degrees

Seadrift                 58.0 degrees

Matagorda Bay    69.0 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




Fall Fishing Remains Strong

Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

November 7, 2019

 

Project Secret Santa – 2019

Last year, in the true spirit of giving and thankfulness for the infinite blessings bestowed upon all of us, Bay Flats Lodge began a new tradition, Secret Santa, which we all hope will continue for many years to come. The Bay Flats staff, along with the guides, “adopted” a very deserving family and provided a memorable “Christmas Miracle” for that family!   Literal truckloads of gifts were provided for the children per their previously provided Christmas wish lists!

The mother of the family had her own wish list.  Her kitchen oven had not been working properly for quite some time, and she simply wanted to see if someone might be able to repair it for her.  By way of conversation, one of our long time Bay Flats Lodge customers learned of her request and generously donated a brand new oven for the single mother of four.

This year we are excited to continue this tradition, and hope that once again we can help to provide some Christmas cheer to a well deserving family who otherwise may not be so blessed as we all are. At the conclusion of last year’s event, and after our newsletter described its huge success, many of our customers commented as to how they would like to be involved with this year’s Secret Santa.

If anyone would like to contribute to this amazing tradition, whether it be a monetary donation, a gift, or just the donation of your time, please reach out to our administrative staff for more information. Just like last year, we will post lots of pictures of this joyous event, so all of our customers can enjoy the smiles, laughter, and love.

Happy Holidays from all of us at Bay Flats Lodge!

 

 

We’re Now Providing a “Free” Photo Service for Our Guests

We have realized our guests appreciate us taking their photo, and posing for photos helps them relax and have more fun.  So, we’re using your photos as a positive addition to your visit. Your free photos are now a part of the positive experience that the Bay Flats Lodge staff creates for you during your stay.

As a Bay Flats Lodge guest, you’ll have a better experience when you don’t have to be concerned with bringing your own camera or smartphone with you.  You can leave your phone behind and not worry about it getting damaged. You can truly focus on fishing and stop worrying about taking photos along the way. How many times have you missed out on something because you were too busy trying to take a selfie? Go online to Bay Flats Lodge Photography and take a look at all of the galleries of free photos! Have fun!

 

 

From the Guides

Capt. Stephen Boriskie – Repeating trips with Bay Flats since the Lodge’s inception, this customer has seen some nice fish over the years, and Wednesday was no exception as he hosted some good customer buddies of his own.

Capt. Doug Russell – Saturday morning was opening-day of this year’s duck season, and it did not disappoint.  Gadwalls, pintails, wigeons, redheads, teal, and spoonies were all toenail deep in the decoys! My guests followed that up with an afternoon full of redfish.

Capt. Billy Freudensprung – The wind laid on Wednesday, and my guests spent the day getting fish out of the net.  They caught a couple “Bigs” in the mix, and everyone had a blast!

Capt. ‘Lil John Wyatt – The Saturday morning sunrise was gorgeous, but the air was chilly.  However, with all the fish we encountered, today’s crew had no problem staying warm!  One of the guests caught this beautiful trout. What a day!

Capt. Jeremy McClelland – It was a little cold on Saturday morning, and everyone was moving kind of slow, right up until one my guests landed this big red just after sunrise. The pace picked up a bit after that!

Capt. Garrett Wygrys – Saturday turned out being a great day of fishing. Today’s guests filled the cooler with a limit of trout, a near limit of reds, and even topped things off with a few really nice catfish!

Capt. Todd Jones – Monday’s guests got right down to business! Fathers, brothers, sons, and cousins – the family variety pack – netted themselves a variety pack of fish. Starting off the morning with solid limits of trout, they went on to add the rest of the Big Five inshore species. Great day of fun family fishing!

 

 

Capt. Heath Borchert – Saturday was a solid morning on the water.  It was a little breezy and cool, but quick limits of trout made up for it. Looked around for reds, but only managed a couple.

Capt. Rudy Briseno – Wednesday’s guests never got on a trout bite, but they met their redfish limit, to include one that required tagging!

 

 

WINTER FISHING SPECIAL

Dec. 2019 – Jan. 2020

It is our pleasure to once again present to you the upcoming WINTER 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 online to our website at www.bayflatslodge.com and checkout the 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.

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.
  • 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).

 

 

Dockside

with Randy Brown

What does it take to be prepared? Here at Bay Flats Lodge you need to show up with a fishing license. At that point, you’ve pretty much done everything you need to do to be prepared. But most of life is not that easy. Being prepared on a daily basis for your job, your family, and whatever else may be on the agenda, takes time and effort. Being prepared for life on a larger scale is even different.

I would suggest that everything that has happened in your life up to this point has prepared you for what you will experience today. Sometimes we are well prepared, and sometimes not, but we are still prepared, on some level, for whatever comes our way. All the good, and the bad, in your past has gotten you ready for what is to come today – be it good or evil. That should be comforting. There’s nothing coming your way that you haven’t been prepared for to a certain extent.

Here at Bay Flats Lodge, our hope is that you give us the opportunity to take care for you in such a way that preparation is the last thing on your mind. But, if the cares of the world and the stresses of day-to-day life just won’t turn you lose, you can be sure you’re prepared for them.

 

 

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

 

 

What Our Recent Guests Are Saying …

Enjoyed our fishing trip with Capt. Rudy Briseno.  This was my third trip to Bay Flats, and the food was excellent (again)!  It’s always a pleasure to be here! – Shannon W.  11/6/19

Capt. Jeremy McClelland was a blast to fish with!  I brought several individuals who had never fished at the coast.  Capt. Jeremy explained everything to them, and within a few casts they were all hooked up!  Keep doing what you’re doing – don’t change a thing! – David T.  11/6/19

Judy Brown, who is on the morning Kitchen staff, was very friendly and welcoming.  I have an uncle who lives in Seadrift, and Judy knows him, so we exchanged some stories about him!  We had a great outing with Capt. Kevin Matula.  He worked hard to keep us on fish, and did not disappoint!  Capt. Kevin was very friendly and accommodating to my wife, who was apprehensive about going on the trip with several concerns before the trip – concerns about turbulence, getting sea sick, how she would go to the bathroom and just generally a bit nervous.  She has not been a gung-ho fisher person, and Capt. Kevin made her feel very comfortable.  Plus, she caught some very nice fish, and so did I!  My wife is now a big believer, and will be back!  I have been to Bay Flats five times, and have always experienced fantastic food each time! – Andy N.  11/5/19

Capt. Todd Jones put us on fish, and assisted a boat of four fishermen varying in experience from novice to seasoned-vet in a gentle and effective manner.  We filled the cooler with a great catch!  The food was great (prepared by great people), and the rooms were clean, with the things we needed already in the room.  Keep doing things the right way! – John B.  11/5/19

Fished with Capt. Kevin Matula, and he was great!  The facility is first-class, and the food is wonderful! – Michael C.  11/5/19

 

 

Seven-Day Weather Forecast

Thurday               90 % Precip.

Scattered thunderstorms in the morning becoming more widespread in the afternoon. High near 80F. Rainfall near a quarter of an inch.

Friday                   40 % Precip.

Rain showers early with overcast skies later in the day. High 54F. Winds N at 15-25 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Saturday                 0 % Precip.

Mostly cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy in the afternoon. High near 65F. Winds NNE at 5-10 mph.

Sunday                  10 % Precip.

Overcast. Low 66F. Winds light and variable.

Monday                 50 % Precip.

Windy with rain showers. Low 39F. Winds N at 25-35 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Tuesday                 30 % Precip.

Windy with a few showers in the morning. High around 50F. Winds N at 20-30 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

Wednesday            10 % Precip.

Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 54F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.

Coastal Water Temperature:

Port Aransas        72.0 degrees

Seadrift                75.0 degrees

Matagorda Bay    73.0 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




Weather Change Hasn’t Hurt the Fishing

Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

November 2, 2019

 

 

 

We’re Now Providing a “Free” Photo Service for Our Guests

We have realized our guests appreciate us taking their photo, and posing for photos helps them relax and have more fun.  So, we’re using your photos as a positive addition to your visit. Your free photos are now a part of the positive experience that the Bay Flats Lodge staff creates for you during your stay.

As a Bay Flats Lodge guest, you’ll have a better experience when you don’t have to be concerned with bringing your own camera or smartphone with you.  You can leave your phone behind and not worry about it getting damaged. You can truly focus on fishing and stop worrying about taking photos along the way. How many times have you missed out on something because you were too busy trying to take a selfie? Go online to Bay Flats Lodge Photography and take a look at all of the galleries of free photos! Have fun!

 

 

From the Guides

Capt. Steve Boldt – Long time returning guests nailed it on Monday with full limits of trout.  Beautiful day!

Capt. Stephen Boriskie – Fun on a Sunday for these guys who, coincidentally, are also in the saltwater business – they sell salty water for pools, etc.  They put limits of trout in the box, along with a mix of redfish and black drum.

 

Capt. Doug Russell – Last Saturday the weather was cold and the water was shallow, but we happened to be in the right place at the right time….sometimes even I get lucky!

Capt. Billy Freudensprung – What a day, what a day!  Wednesday was nothing but bent rods, wind, fog and drizzling rain, but my guests got it done!

Capt. Cody Spencer – The Steve W. party of three came to fish, and that’s just what they did! It was cold, but the filled the cooler with reds and a bunch if black drum.

Capt. ‘Lil John Wyatt – The wind all but halted on Sunday, and the fish were hungry.  Today’s guests set the bar high!

Capt. Jeremy McClelland – The redfish have continued to cooperate beautifully throughout all the fluctuating weather conditions, especially while fishing in along shallow mud flats over mud and grass.

Capt. Todd Jones – These guys started off the month of November in the right manner!  They had a great day of catching, and catching, and catching…!

Capt. Heath Borchert – My guests weren’t going to let anything like a little cold weather interfere with what they came here to do!

Capt. Rudy Briseno – These folks had a fun day of playing in the rain – a day that paid-off in the end!

 

 

Our Guests Asked Us for it, so Here it is…

THE WINTER FISHING SPECIAL

Dec. 2019 – Jan. 2020

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 WINTER 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 online to our website at www.bayflatslodge.comand checkout the 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.

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.
  • 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).

 

 

Change is in the Air

By: Stephen Boriskie

Change is in the air! It’s almost like we forgot what the summer heat of was like. That is until two or three days after a cold front, when the wind is dead and the sun comes up, bringing the heat back as you make some quick changes removing layer after layer of clothing until you get your body temperature to a comfortable level.

It’s our favorite time of the year now, and it’s all coming together with a full customer schedule and a plethora of game fish for the box. All is good with the fish Gods now, and we are in harmony with them as each day brings favorable results for our fishing guests. The past month, or more, has been fantastic for taking redfish, trout and black drum in the lakes with the higher tides. That scenario is a distant memory now, since the past few cold fronts have blown out the water for the rest of the fall and winter with the promise of return only a few months away with spring. 

Finally, we are in full swing with cooler water temps, and the fish are going bananas for angler offerings above scattered shell. Boats I haven’t seen since May are out and about now as these guys who are in the know have skipped the heat of the hot months and picked up where they left off a short time ago by slipping in to two or three feet of depth with breathable waders protecting them from the chill of the oxygenated saltwater. Yes, this is the culmination of the year, and we have waited long enough. The water is right, and the fish are biting. Trout in the 18 to 22-inch range taken on soft plastics are common now, and for the anglers preferring live shrimp, the harvest is great. The time is right, and the conditions are good, so come down to the Texas mid-coast and let us help you catch the fish you have waited for all year long. Come see us today!

 

 

Bay Flats Lodge Recipe Featured in CCA’s November / December Tide Magazine


“Catch. Cook. Eat. Recipes from CCA’s Kitchen to Yours”

Bay Flats Lodge – Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

 

 

 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

 

 

Dockside

with Randy Brown

The annual migration associated with the arrival of fall on the central Texas coast has begun. I’m not thinking of flocks of geese or ducks, but of deer hunters.  Every weekend there are fewer and fewer boats on the bay, as most of the deer hunters trade-in their rods and reels for bows and rifles.  Even though deer season didn’t start until today, hunters have been on their leases preparing blinds and feeders rather than on the water chasing trout and redfish.  Fewer boats means less pressure, and in my opinion, a much better experience.

If you want to see fewer boats around you while fishing, and wish to have a more secluded experience, now is the time to book a trip.  November through February will see the fewest boats on the water for any time of the year. Bay Flats Lodge is running a special in December and January if you want to take advantage of great pricing and fewer people on the water.  Here at Bay Flats Lodge, we fish twelve months a year, but these winter months are special.  Cooler weather and fewer folks equal a great recipe for success.

 

 

What Our Recent Guests Are Saying …

The staff, as usual, did an outstanding job of taking care of our groups these past two weeks.  They were pleasant, and seemed to enjoy their work!  There was no absence of smiles by the staff!  The guides worked hard to keep us on fish, and did what was necessary to make sure everyone had a great trip on the water.  I heard from many customers with their appreciation of the guides during both events (11 guides the first week, and 10 the second week).  The food is probably the highlight of our events.  Many pictures are taken by the customers and sent home with the impressive entrée.  The attention to detail is obvious all over the property.  Continue treating your customers with this level of service, professionalism and quality.  Of all the events I do yearly, this event is the perhaps most memorable.  Thanks Bay Flats for always exceeding our expectations! – Darien S.  11/1/19

Great staff – all were very friendly and eager to be of service.  Our guide, Capt. Stephen Boriskie, was knowledgeable of the area, had a great boat, had good equipment, had a variety of bait, and he put us on fish both days!  The food was excellent – the staff prepared a fantastic redfish dish.  The rooms and the property are 5-star!  You guys have it figured out!  I’m looking forward to coming back next year.  Thanks for a great experience! – Garry S.  10/31/19

Capt. Jeremy McClelland is an amazing guide – very knowledgeable, and a great guy to hang out with during our trip! – Chris H.  10/30/19

Food was great – really enjoyed it.  And wow – what a great facility – clean, and everything worked.  Couldn’t ask for better! – Rob B.  10/30/19

The Lodge staff were very professional and well organized!  We had a good fishing guide, and the fishing was great!  The food was very tasty and we had plenty of it – and the deserts were good, too! – Larry V.  10/28/19

 

 

Five-Day Weather Forecast

Saturday                 0 % Precip.

Sun and clouds mixed. High 68F. Winds NNE at 10 to 20 mph.

Sunday                    0 % Precip.

Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High around 70F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph.

Monday                 10 % Precip.

Mostly cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy in the afternoon. High around 75F. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph.

Tuesday                 40 % Precip.

Scattered thunderstorms in the morning. Cloudy skies late. High 76F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Wednesday            20 % Precip.

Mainly cloudy. High 74F. Winds ENE at 10 to 20 mph.

Coastal Water Temperature:

Port Aransas        73.5 degrees

Seadrift                 76.0 degrees

Matagorda Bay    72.0 degrees

 

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The Post-Frontal Frenzy

Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

October 24, 2019

 

 

 

5th Annual Freeze Out Fishing Tournament

Bay Flats Lodge Announced as 2020 Title Sponsor

As part-time residents of Port O’Connor, and as hosts of the Annual Freeze Out Fishing Tournament, Lance Abel and his wife believe strongly in helping the local community.  Their efforts the past four years surrounding this annual fishing event have allowed donations to be provided to the Port O’Connor Elementary School in excess of $13,000.  They anticipate continued support for this year’s tournament, and they thank all those who have supported the event in the past.  Your support has been greatly appreciated!

The upcoming 5th Annual Freeze Out Fishing Tournament will begin at 5:00PM on January 10, 2020, at the Port O’Connor Community Center.  And as hosts of this annual and charitable event, Lance and his wife are pleased to announce that the 2020 Title Sponsor will be Bay Flats Lodge!  Once again, thank you to Bay Flats Lodge owners, Chris and Deb Martin, for your continued support!  You can visit www.bayflatslodge.com for all your fishing, hunting and corporate outing and entertainment needs.  We look forward to seeing everyone at this year’s event!

 

 

From the Guides

Capt. Steve Boldt – Sunday brought a bright sunrise, clear skies, and some relaxing fishing time for today’s party of two.  These two spent the morning catching all their reds, a trout, and several black drum.  The only thing missing was a flounder, but we’ll save that for next time!

Capt. Cooper Hartmann – First thoughts on Friday had me thinking we may be in for a slower bite, that didn’t turn out to be the case.  Today’s party hung in there to recognize their full-limit of redfish.  Way to go guys!

Capt. Stephen Boriskie – “The Hunt for Reds in October” isn’t just a coastal theory or fisherman’s dream, it’s truly a reality, and we’re right in the middle of it all here along the shores of San Antonio Bay.  Bull red tides of October have supplied us with water in areas we sometimes don’t find a lot of water, and the reds have taken advantage of every minute of it!

Capt. Doug Russell – My guests on Saturday prospered greatly!  Recently, we’ve been catching a lot more redfish than trout, but that wasn’t the case today.  My crew stuck it to the trout today, with a full-limit that consisted of a couple of fish that were really nice trout.  They added a couple big reds to the mix just so the trout wouldn’t get lonely!

Capt. Billy Freudensprung – Saturday’s dawn presented us with calm winds, and the only clouds present in the sky were those that happened to be bunched low along the horizon.  I always like to have at least a little wind movement when fishing, so I was a bit nervous as we headed out across the bay of glass.  As it turned out, I was worried for no reason.  My guests spent their morning putting a whoopin’ on the fish!  They concluded their trip with a limit of reds, a couple really nice trout, and a small mess of black drum.  I think everyone had a good time today, at least I know I did!

Capt. ‘Lil John Wyatt – We have been very fortunate this month in being able to focus on great redfish action for the majority of our guests, and Wednesday of this week was no exception.  The wind laid, the tide was high, the bait was abundant, and today’s guests spent a great deal of time handling a multitude of hookups.  Nice job guys!

Capt. Jeremy McClelland – We’ve experienced some rather favorable fishing this month, and Wednesday’s guests got in on some big pulls.  The October redfish bite has been very good to us, and it should continue as long as we keep experiencing tides as high as they have been lately.  Free up a day, or two, on your schedule to come on down and get a piece of the action!

Capt. Garrett Wygrys – When we left the boathouse Friday, I thought we were in for a Ho-Hum day.  The sky was overcast, and it looked like a morning that should have been about 30-degrees, but it wasn’t (thank goodness)!  The fish were bitin’, and the guests fishing with me were ready to rock.  And that’s exactly what they did the rest of the morning.  They finished up quite well for the day! My hat’s off to you, fellas!

Capt. Todd Jones – One definite “stud worthy” picture for Wednesday. Late in the day, Justin hauled in a real stud, at 28-inches and 9-lbs. on the Boga.  Fish flurries in the morning and after lunch stacked up a nice box for the guys. This is always a fun group to fish with!

Capt. Heath Borchert – Saturday was another good morning out of the Lodge chasing redfish in the back country.  My two guests made quick work of getting their reds, but the trout bite just didn’t happen for us today.

Capt. Rudy Briseno – Tuesday brought us wind, but it didn’t seem to have any lasting effect on the fish.  My three guests experienced some solid catching, to include their redfish limit plus one “Big”, and some black drum for extra measure.

 

 

Contact Us Today to Reserve Your Dates

2019-20 Winter Fishing Special

(888) 677-4868

Bay Flats Lodge is offering special pricing to make your next corporate trip even easier during December and January. So, take advantage of great pricing, warm fires and cold air to make your next family or corporate event something special.

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).

 

 

Post-Frontal Frenzy

We got our first true look at fall weather as we went in to the Columbus Day weekend.  North and northwest winds gusted to 40+mph, and bay waters all of sudden looked like the Gulf of Mexico during a hurricane.  Temperatures along the coast fell into the 70’s, and everyone strapped in to ride it out until it had passed.  There was still a lot of wind the first morning after the front, which it kept a lot of anglers off the water until winds dropped below 20mph later that afternoon.  Those who managed some fishing time that afternoon recognized a fairly consistent trout and redfish bite while offering live shrimp under a popping cork, with sub-surface artificial baits also providing some action.

The second morning after the front furnished anglers with northeast winds at about 11mph, so a lot more water was suddenly accessible to anglers wanting in on the quick post-frontal action.  Protected shorelines held clean water, and recent coastal flooding conditions helped provide workable water levels in places that are typically drained as a result of strong northerly winds. 

Later that afternoon, winds slowly began swinging around to a southeasterly direction, and bait along those previously protected shorelines were now being driven tight against the bank.  As a result, the trout and redfish were stacked along windward shorelines in numbers, providing anglers who were in the right place at the right time an epic fishing experience.

The third morning following the front yielded absolutely no wind at all.  Temperatures rose back into the mid-80’s, and skies cleared.  Many flocks of birds were found working across the bay that allowed anglers some steady action with undersize trout.  Back lake areas produced some great redfish, and open-water shell was once again accessible for some good trout fishing.  Third-day weather conditions proved to be favorable for just about any style of fishing imaginable, with good results in almost all instances.

Hold this discussion close to heart as we approach this last weekend of October, because we’re about to experience mirror-image conditions to that of Columbus Day weekend.  The three day post-frontal model we’ve reviewed here is symbolic of the pattern we can expect for the next couple months along our Texas coast.  Aside from the fact that this is a very comfortable time of the year for fishing, it’s typically very productive, as well, and allows anglers to practice whatever style of fishing they prefer with a lot of success.  Have fun everyone, and be safe out there!

 

 

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

 

 

 

Dockside with Randy Brown

BFL Manager

The Downside of Competition – There are things in life that block joy, and I would put competition in that category. Competition has its good side, but too often competition leads to bad endings. When competition demeans others, that’s a problem. When competition turns to greed, that’s a problem. And when competition messes up our priority, that’s a problem.

One of the places competition problems can be seen is on a boat.  If the overriding purpose of the boat is to catch more and bigger fish than the other boats, the joy of fishing can be lost. In the rush of competition, our priorities get arranged in such a way we miss out on all the best parts of the activity. Things like enjoying the beauty of nature, the warmth of camaraderie, and the simple joy of a fish tugging on the line are all sacrificed for the sake of competition.

Competition doesn’t have to have this effect on us. Tournaments have competition built into them and that is not a bad thing, but I would suggest the tournament fisherman who puts other things ahead of winning might be the true winner, no matter what place they take. The joy of fishing is not found in catching bigger and more fish, but rather in the experience fishing provides. Time outdoors, time with friends, and time away from the normal stresses of life is what fishing provides, no matter the catch. And there is no reason to allow competition to steal this from us.

So, the next time you’re on the boat try to focus more on the important things, and a less on the fish. See if a little less competition doesn’t produce a lot more joy!

 

 

What Our Recent Guests Are Saying

Great food and very friendly staff!  Capt. Perry Rankin was very patient, knowledgeable, and is one of the best guides I have ever gotten to fish with.  Thank you for a great memory and a great time with you all! – Jeremy G.  10/23/19

Staff were very friendly and willing to help anytime. Capt. Jeremy McClelland was awesome – he put us on the fish!  He had nice equipment, and he was very knowledgeable about the area.  Dinner was by far my favorite part of the food, and I was very impressed with the grounds and the lodging – everything was very well kept! – Jake M.  10/23/19

Capt. Cooper Hartmann was fabulous! – Carl. C.  10/21/19

The staff were very friendly and attentive!  Capt. Perry Rankin is a great guide, and he is very professional!  The quail legs were outstanding! – Andy L.  10/21/19

Capt. Kevin Matula was first-class!  He never sat down the entire time on three trips with my group.  He has a great personality, and a fantastic work ethic that is very uncommon.  We will book him every time we come from now on.  The food and the staff were fabulous!  We all bought t-sheets and sunglasses, and we all had a blast! – Carter O.  10/20/19

A great day on the water and fun for everyone!  The pork chop was amazing – great flavor and very moist.  Everything was perfect! – Charlie J.  10/18/19

 

 

Seven-Day Weather Forecast

Thursday              40 % Precip.

Partly cloudy with afternoon showers or thunderstorms. High 81F. Winds ESE at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Friday                   40 % Precip.

Windy. Showers early with clearing later in the day. High 62F. Winds NNW at 25 to 35 mph. Chance of rain 40%. Winds could occasionally gust over 50 mph.

Saturday               10 % Precip.

Sunny. High 71F. Winds NW at 15 to 25 mph.

Sunday                    0 % Precip.

A mainly sunny sky. High around 75F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.

Monday                   0 % Precip.

A few clouds from time to time. High 77F. Winds ENE at 10 to 20 mph.

Tuesday                 20 % Precip.

Partly cloudy skies. High 74F. Winds NE at 10 to 20 mph.

Wednesday            40 % Precip.

Rain showers in the morning, then partly cloudy and windy in the afternoon. High 66F. Winds N at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Coastal Water Temperature:

Port Aransas        80.0 degrees

Seadrift                79.0 degrees

Matagorda Bay    81.0 degrees

 

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Simmons Custom Rigging

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Wet Sounds

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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

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Lifetime Decoys

MOmarsh

Law Call Lanyards

FireDisc Cookers

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Tanglefree Waterfowl

Copeland Duck Calls

Reaction Strike Lures

Swan Point Landing

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