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

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Caretakers of Our Bays

Caretakers of Our Bays

By:  Murray Martin with Bay Flats Lodge

 

The quality of fishing in southwest San Antonio Bay, Ayres Bay, Mesquite Bay, Carlos Bay, and Aransas Bay will continue to decline as long as Cedar Bayou and Vinson Slough remain closed to Gulf water access, and as area anglers we need to become part of the solution.

Here’s the reason why: Formed in nature many, many years ago, Cedar Bayou and Vinson Slough possessed their own ability to provide continuous inward and outward flow of Gulf water that’s desperately required in maintaining rich and healthy estuary systems in Aransas Bay, Carlos Bay, and Mesquite Bay. Fish, crabs, shrimp and other marine organisms in these estuaries depend on Gulf access to nurture and retain their delicate life cycles.  With an increase in fishing pressure resultant of ever-growing angler populations along our portion of the Texas coast, it’s our shared challenge to become caretakers of our area bays by doing our part in helping to restore Cedar Bayou and Vinson Slough as soon as possible.

That means working together with organizations like the Coastal Conservation Association of Texas (CCA-Texas), and their national habitat program known as the Building Conservation Trust (BCT).

 

A Bit of History

 Coastal navigation charts dating as far back as 1884 and aerial photos from as early as 1967 indicate there once was a naturally-sustaining water flow union between Cedar Bayou, Vinson Slough, and the Gulf of Mexico. Unfortunately, in the wake of the Bay of Campeche oil spill in 1979, Cedar Bayou was purposely filled with sand as part of emergency measures to keep oil out of our bays.  Since then, three attempts at dredging and re-opening Cedar Bayou have been made, but the first two tries at restoring the pass proved unsuccessful.

The 1979 closure remained in place until 1987, when the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department made its first attempt to re-open Cedar Bayou.  Unfortunately, the project was underfunded, and the Bayou only remained open for a short time.  It silted closed again by 1993.  Texas Parks and Wildlife tried dredging Cedar Bayou again in 1995, but were also unsuccessful on this second attempt due to budget and engineering constraints.

 

A Different Approach

Previous attempts at re-opening Cedar Bayou have failed because various important factors were not taken into consideration, but the latest effort in 2014 was different. Extensive studies revealed to engineers a need for an increased water flow through the Cedar Bayou channel, and for hydraulic resistance to be reduced.  Increasing the water’s flow rate through the channel allows the water to move at a greater speed, thereby scouring silt and sediment from the Gulf entrance at the mouth of the Cedar Bayou channel, without which would lead to eventual closure of the channel due to sediment build up.

For the 2014 re-opening project, engineers opted to re-establish the Cedar Bayou channel in its original form by connecting Vinson Slough to it.  By reconnecting Vinson Slough, the total amount of water flowing through the Cedar Bayou channel would increase, thereby also increasing the water gradient and water speed where it is needed most, which is at the Gulf entrance to Cedar Bayou.

After more than a decade of perseverance on the part of a group of local people in Rockport, known as Save Cedar Bayou, Inc., along with the aid of the General Land Office, Aransas County officials, and many other partnerships such as CCA Texas, Matagorda Island and San Jose Island were separated from each other on September 25, 2014, for the first time since 1987, with the re-opening of the Cedar Bayou and Vinson Slough channels.

 

The Wrath of Harvey

This natural connection between the Gulf of Mexico and Mesquite and Aransas Bays was once again silted shut by a Category 4 hurricane late in the summer of 2017 when Hurricane Harvey made landfall on San Jose Island on August 25, 2017.

Harvey’s wind, storm surge, and powerful water currents altered portions of the Texas coast, with one positive change being the widening and deepening of Pass Cavallo at Port O’Connor.  This crucial avenue for water exchange between the Gulf of Mexico and West Matagorda Bay had been slowly silting shut, but Harvey’s powerful strength scoured the channel running through Pass Cavallo, and even created a new Gulf access point at Sunday Beach at the tip of Matagorda Island on the west side of the pass.

Unfortunately, Hurricane Harvey didn’t have the same positive effect on the Gulf’s entrance to Cedar Bayou some thirty-five miles to the south of Pass Cavallo.  For whatever unexplainable reason, this massive storm that turned out being among the costliest natural disasters ever in the United States didn’t scour the opening at Cedar Bayou, but instead filled the entrance to the channel with sand, silt, and debris.  These two natural Gulf-water passes, Cedar Bayou and Vinson Slough, remain closed to this day.

 

Next Steps

The mobile sediments carried by the Gulf’s water currents are trying to stabilize sections of Texas beaches that were destroyed by Harvey.  This process, along with Harvey’s elimination of Vinson Slough, is causing a natural build-up of sediment at the Gulf entrance to Cedar Bayou.

Ever since the last opening of Cedar Bayou in 2014, local, state, and federal organizations have been developing dredging plans to keep Cedar Bayou and Vinson Slough open.  The original plan was to perform maintenance dredging operations every five to seven years, but the onslaught of Hurricane Harvey means that the maintenance dredging schedule will now need to be pulled in by a couple of years.

Aransas County has funds in place for future maintenance dredging and is in the process of acquiring regulatory authorization for a 10-year maintenance dredging permit.  CCA Texas Executive Director, Robby Byers, commented last July that maintenance dredging has always been a part of the Cedar Bayou project and that CCA Texas is attempting to move the progress along as quickly as possible, as they are certain that the maintenance dredging plans will do an adequate job of keeping both the Cedar Bayou and Vinson Slough channels open.

 

Current Status

Final approval for the dredging permit is still being worked, and officials are currently talking with FEMA regarding funds for the effort.  The goal right now is to have the dredging done in 2020, as the window of opportunity for getting that done in 2019 has already passed – any and all work that takes place on the Cedar Bayou project must be done between April 15 and October 15 in any given year due to certain environmental and natural wildlife regulations.

 

How You Can Help

Research specialists who have been studying the Cedar Bayou area since the time of its most recent closure in 2017 state that adult marine life will not be negatively impacted as long as Cedar Bayou and Vinson Slough are re-opened within the next few years. However, juvenile fish populations will be affected as long as these two natural Gulf passes remain closed.

In a nutshell, this means that the current adult fish population will be alright until such time that it is depleted, and that there will be no new fish population to replenish the current population until Cedar Bayou and Vinson Slough are once joined together and re-opened.

As you can imagine, dredging is a costly endeavor.  The costs for this next Cedar Bayou / Vinson Slough dredging effort are expected to be close to that of the 2014 re-opening costs, which were in the millions of dollars.

With that said, participating project partners, like Aransas County and CCA Texas, are going to need all the help they can get.  If you’ve been fortunate enough to have spent any time fishing the lower portion of San Antonio Bay, Ayres Bay, Mesquite Bay, Carlos Bay, or Aransas Bay during times when Cedar Bayou has been open to the Gulf, you know the difference it makes on the fishing in these areas.  We owe it to ourselves, to the fishery, and to the future generation of Texas coastal anglers to become the caretakers of our bays, and there couldn’t be a better opportunity to start doing so than right now.

If you would like to contribute toward the vital re-opening efforts of Cedar Bayou and Vinson Slough, you can do so by contributing to the CCA-Texas effort on our Bay Flats Lodge website at https://www.bayflatslodge.com/cca-donations.  Thank you, and God bless!




SUMMER’S HEATING UP

Bay Flats LodgeResort & Marina

July 18, 2019

 

 

Kali’s Law Signed by Texas Governor:

Boat Kill Switch Law

It’s been about seven years since James Gorzell and his wife Donna lost their daughter Kali in a tragic boating accident.  She was fishing with friends in Port Aransas when the boat went out of control and Kali was thrown overboard.  The 16-year-old Smithson Valley High School honor student was struck by the propeller, which was still running because the engine’s kill switch was not engaged.

“The driver that day, our friend Robert, believes that if he had used his kill switch that day, it would have stopped the engine before it struck Kali, and she’d probably still be here,” Gorzell says.

After Kali’s death, the Gorzells convinced the Coast Guard to run tests on the boat involved and pushed for safety changes.  Just last December, congress passed a law requiring engine kill switches on all boats less than 26 feet in length.

Greg Abbot, Governor of Texas, signed Kali’s Law (named for Kali Gorzell) on Monday June 10, 2019.  The basics of the new kill switch law require the mandatory use of a kill switch lanyard or wireless kill switch by the boat operator on motor boats less than 26 feet in length when underway if it is equipped with one by the manufacturer.  The boat operator is also required to first verify the switch is operational and fully functional.  If using a wireless system, the bill requires a wireless man overboard transmitter be attached to every person on board.  Kali’s Law will go into effect September 1, 2019.

 

 

WINTER FISHING SPECIAL:  Dec. 2019 – Jan. 2020

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

We still have December 2-22 and January 3-31 dates available!

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.

 

    “WINTER FISHING 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 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).

 

 

Share Your Bay Flats Memories

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

 

 

Summer’s Heating Up

Summertime in Texas means hot days, warm nights, and winds that can vary from howling to absolutely stifling dead-calm.  Surface water temperatures have reached into the mid-80’s, and trout-green water is not too difficult to find as long as you’re not fighting a strong wind.  Recently, a lot of trout have been caught over summertime shell and hard sand. Oyster beds occupying parts of San Antonio Bay, Espiritu Santo Bay, and even Mesquite Bay have produced numbers of speckled trout and the occasional redfish whenever the wind allows.

 

Artificial bait enthusiasts will enjoy throwing various baitfish imitations late this month and into August – anything from bottom-dwelling plastic tails, to slow sinkers, to surface walkers.  When fishing amongst open-bay shell, you’ll need to start your day really early in the morning as you quietly approach the leeward side of the reef prior to sunrise.  A lot of big summer trout have taken swipes at top water baits in the morning darkness atop shell, so it’s not a bad idea to walk-the-dog with one of your favorite surface walkers in the wee hours of the morning before the sun comes up.  If the wind is calm, throw a small surface lure (Spook Jr., Top Dog Jr., or Skitterwalk Jr.) so you don’t make any unnecessary noise or disturbance in the calm water.  If the morning presents you with a breeze, use a larger top water bait (She Dog, or regular size Spook or Skitterwalk) and work it back to you across the wind, which gives a more natural bait action than simply retrieving straight upwind or downwind.

Bay waters heat rapidly beneath the morning sunlight, which shuts down the top water action quite early, so start presenting baits below the water’s surface after the sun has risen – many anglers won’t be throwing top water baits past 7:30 or 8:30AM.  With the sun in the sky, it’s now time to focus your attention to the lower portion of the water column where the fish will be hanging out in comfort. If you don’t draw any strikes within 10-15 minutes with one of your suspended baits, try going directly to the bottom with some kind of plastic tail.  These baits have continued to produce for anglers for generations, and will continue doing so well into the future.  What we’ve talked about here is a typical routine for many anglers on those days when they venture out to setup wade sessions amongst mid-bay oyster during summer months.  However, this is not how it always happens!  For whatever reason, things can go completely opposite on any given day, whereby presenting top water lures to fish in six feet of water suddenly becomes the day’s recipe for success.  Many times, you’ll just have to figure things out on the fly!

 

 

What Our Recent Guests Are Saying …

The lodge staff were very polite, and they catered to our needs – we were very satisfied!  Capt. Harold Dworaczyk is the best.  I am from Wisconsin, and this was first time fishing saltwater.  I must have asked a thousand questions, and Capt. Harold answered every one of them and he was extremely friendly.  I felt like I had made a new friend over the weekend!  The food was fantastic, even the sandwiches for lunch were great – we looked forward to every meal.  Very clean and well kept facility – felt like my own home! – Jeremy D.  7/16/19

Very nice and clean facilities, and very friendly staff.  Great dinner and appetizers! – Billy B.  7/15/19

The whole staff was amazing.  Randy does a terrific job managing the place and taking care of the guests.  Capt. Cody Spencer was awesome.  He was very patient – we should have limited-out earlier, but we had a learning curve to overcome.  Capt. Cody never got upset, but just kept instructing us on the proper mechanics and eventually we started hooking up!  We can’t say enough about the food and the food service – amazing! – Don P.  7/15/19

From the beginning to the end, Randy was there to greet us.  Y’all would be hard pressed to find a better staff!  Capt. Cody Spencer was great to fish with! – Chad M.  7/15/19

Your cooking and wait staff are some of the best in the nation.  I’ve been in sales for 32 years.  I’ve visited all our major cities.  I’ve had dinner at elite restaurants.  Your staff is on point – no wasted motion.  Service with a smile!  Over the top – trip of a lifetime! – Ray M.  7/15/19

 

 

Seven-Day Weather Forecast

Thursday                0 % Precip.

Partly cloudy. High 89F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph.

Friday                   10 % Precip.

Sunshine along with some cloudy intervals. High 89F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph.

Saturday               10 % Precip.

A few clouds early, otherwise mostly sunny. High 89F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph.

Sunday                  10 % Precip.

Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 89F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph.

Monday                 20 % Precip.

Sunshine and clouds mixed. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 88F. Winds SE at 10 to 15 mph.

Tuesday                 40 % Precip.

Mostly cloudy with scattered thunderstorms mainly in the morning. High 88F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Wednesday            40 % Precip.

Variable clouds with thunderstorms, especially in the morning. High 89F.  Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.  Chance of rain 40%.

Coastal Water Temperature:

Port Aransas        84.0 degrees

Seadrift                 80.0 degrees

Matagorda Bay    84.0 degrees

 

 

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Meet Our Partners:

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Simmons Custom Rigging

Power Pole

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Simms

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CCA – Texas

Building Conservation Trust – CCA’s National Habitat Program

Ducks Unlimited – Texas

Delta Waterfowl

Benelli USA

Franchi USA

Black Cloud Ammunitions

Finck Cigar Company

The Texas Gourmet

Stacy Hedrick – Realtor

Lifetime Decoys

MOmarsh

Law Call Lanyards

FireDisc Cookers

Hector Mendieta Tunes & Tails Fishing Tournament

Tanglefree Waterfowl

Copeland Duck Calls

Reaction Strike Lures

Swan Point Landing

Jeco’s Marine & Tackle




SUMMERTIME SURF

Bay Flats LodgeResort & Marina

July 11, 2019

 

 

Texas Flounder Getting Help From

CCA’s BCT and Shell Oil for Hatchery Program

Earlier this year, conservationists celebrated efforts to fully fund a project to reverse the downward trend of flounder populations in Texas waters as Shell Oil Company and BCT recently committed $40,000 to the “Flounder Building” under construction at Sea Center Texas in Lake Jackson.

 

Since 2006, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has been perfecting the spawning, larvae culture and live feed techniques required to raise southern flounder fingerlings, and needed only adequate space to increase production levels from releasing tens of thousands of fingerlings annually to releasing hundreds of thousands of fingerlings annually.

Shell’s funding caps the effort for the new flounder building in Lake Jackson to fully develop large-scale hatchery production to supplement the wild population and compensate for weak year class recruitment periods due to freezes, warm winters, harmful algal blooms, hypoxia and other adverse events.

 

While regulations governing commercial and recreational harvest of flounder have been ratcheted up in recent years, the population has not responded as hoped, meaning more drastic measures may be needed. To give the stock the best chance of recovery, CCA Texas funded $125,000 for construction and $100,000 for equipment needs for the Flounder Building.  Once online, TPWD will be able to greatly expand flounder culture efforts into seasons that have traditionally been too warm to raise the demanding larvae.

“We truly are fortunate in this state to have public, private and corporate entities that are so willing and able to take action when any of our wildlife resources is faced with a crisis, and our flounder fishery is in a crisis,” said Patrick Murray, CCA National president. “The future of that fishery may literally be in our hands, and it is good to know that we and our partners are putting our best effort into getting flounder back on track. The outpouring of support that the hatchery program has received is certainly setting the stage for a positive outcome.”

 

 

 

WINTER FISHING SPECIAL:  Dec. 2019 – Jan. 2020

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

We still have December 2-22 and January 3-31 dates available!

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.

 

        “WINTER FISHING 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 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).

 

 

 

Siesta!

Siesta time is one of the great ideas of human kind.  Cold climates may have created some great things, fire for one, but the southern heat created the desire for a midday break.  Here at Bay Flats Lodge, we encourage a siesta mentality.  The boats leave early this time of year, and the daily plan is to find fish fast and get back before the heat becomes too oppressive.  While things don’t always go according to plan, we almost always get everyone back in time for a nap, if they chose to take advantage of the opportunity.  Fishing and a siesta are a hard combination to beat.  So, pick up the phone and give us a call.  We’ll do everything we can to make sure your fishing is followed by a world-class siesta time!  –  Randy Brown, Bay Flats Lodge Manager

 

 

 

Share Your Bay Flats Memories

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

 

 

 

Summertime Surf

You’ve probably heard from time-to-time about how magnificent the trout fishing can often become during the summertime on San Antonio Bay over shell pads and shell reefs.  Well, the fishing also gets to be really good out in the surf.  July and August are the months of the year that attract surf anglers to a slick beach like no other.  Most can’t wait for a calm day so they can get out there along the sand and look for pelicans perched just off of the beach and mullet gathered in pods at the second and third sand bars.  Opportunity just doesn’t get to be much better for a coastal angler.  It’s a time when even the novice can enjoy fun times and rod-bending adventure.

On those occasions when you’re able to get into the surf on a warm summer day, try throwing top water baits. They’re the favored lure of many, hands down, over any other artificial bait.  There’s just nothing like seeing a huge trout or redfish swim up to the surface of the water and then attack, or engulf, that small piece of mullet-imitating plastic.  It’s a rush that’ll jump-start your heart every time it happens.  It’s amazing!

 

Start your day out early, being in position along the beach ahead of sunrise.  It can get really, really hot along the beach when there’s no wind, so you should try to be there extra early in the morning so you can take advantage of the coolest part of the day.  It doesn’t last long, but it can be extremely comfortable while it does.

If possible, anchor your boat atop the second sand bar – put an anchor off the nose of the boat, as well as one off of the back of the boat, if needed.  If you get out of the boat to wade, make your way to the first gut that’s just off of the beach.  Toss dark-colored baits in these shallows before the sun comes up.  It’s a practice that’s produced over the years, and it still works till this day. It’s really shallow here, so working a surface-walker in this water is only productive prior to daylight hours.  Once the sun rises, this skinny water begins to boil quite rapidly, and the fish relocate accordingly.

A lot of anglers may be lucky and realize “easy-pickings” as they free-line live croaker or shrimp during July and August in the surf.  But whenever we get a lull in the wind, or when the wind happens to be blowing out of the north this summer, you’ll find pluggers throwing nothing other than artificial baits up-and-down the guts all along the beachfront.  Keep in mind the extreme heat, and the necessity for regular hydration and sunscreen application.  Good luck out there, and be safe!

 

 

 

What Our Recent Guests Are Saying …

Capt. Steve Boldt is absolutely THE BEST!  I’ve been on guided fishing trips several other places, but NO ONE can beat Capt. Steve!  Even when the fish aren’t biting, it’s a great time on his boat! – Layne S.  7/10/19

I can’t say enough about how impressed we all were with the Lodge staff – everyone was pleasurable and friendly!  My fishing guide was Capt. Heath Borchert, and I’ll definitely request him on my next outing.  The food was EXCELLENT! From the steaks, the pork chops, and the bacon-wrapped shrimp – I’m salivating right now just thinking about all of it!  I was very impressed with the entire property, and honestly don’t know how you could improve on any of it.  I’m not just saying that to be nice – it’s true!  All aspects of our stay and of our fishing trip were more than any of us (all 12 of us) could possibly ask for! – Brent C.  7/10/19

The Lodge staff went above and beyond, and were exceptionally friendly, and the food was simply amazing! – Cindy O.  7/10/19

You can’t possibly find better people than the staff you already have!  I can’t wait to come back!  Capt. Cody Spencer was awesome!  He got stuck with two old ladies who have never been saltwater fishing, and he showed us how to do it – we had the time of our lives.  Capt. Cody is great!  All of the meals were perfect – more than enough food, and it was so good.  The kitchen staff were attentive to our needs – we probably even got a little spoiled before having to come back to reality!  We stayed two nights – first morning we were fishing, but the second morning we were just leisurely packing up.  The staff came in to work and were wiping down the lawn furniture and banisters around the upstairs decking.  I was in shock at the attention to detail.  Fabulous job!  Angie is the absolute best- I love working with her.  Patsy is great – wonderful personality and very accommodating.  TJ is very friendly, and we enjoyed some conversations with him.  Capt. Cody is wonderful – we really enjoyed learning and fishing with him.  You have some of the best people on staff there! – Ronda K.  7/10/19

 

 

 

Seven-Day Weather Forecast

Thursday              20 % Precip.

Sun and clouds mixed. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 94F. Winds N at 10 to 15 mph.

Friday                   20 % Precip.

Partly to mostly cloudy. A stray afternoon thunderstorm is possible. High 94F. Winds N at 10 to 15 mph.

Saturday               20 % Precip.

Some sun in the morning with increasing clouds during the afternoon. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 93F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph.

Sunday                  20 % Precip.

Partly cloudy skies. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 91F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph.

Monday                 20 % Precip.

Intervals of clouds and sunshine. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High around 90F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph.

Tuesday                 20 % Precip.

Partly cloudy. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 89F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph.

Wednesday            10 % Precip.

Sunny skies, with a high near 92.  Winds SSE at 10-20 mph.

Coastal Water Temperature:

Port Aransas        84.0 degrees

Seadrift                 86.0 degrees

Matagorda Bay    84.0 degrees

 

 

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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




HERE TODAY, GONE TOMORROW

Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

July 4, 2019

 

 

Happy 4thof July

Whatever you may be doing today, whether it’s spending time with family and friends, or barbequing and shooting fireworks, your friends at Bay Flats Lodge wish you a happy and most safe Independence Day. Happy 4thof July!

 

 

Thanks to You It’s Working

Bay Flats Lodge writes a check to the Building Conservation Trust every month. This money goes to building, maintaining, and restoring fishing habitat here on the central Texas coast. Sometimes the check is large, and sometimes the check is small, but every little bit helps!  This is just one example of the conservation mind set here at Bay Flats Lodge.

 

You’ll find our guides are sticklers for the game limits and laws. We always encourage a point of view that says the experience is more important than the numbers caught or killed.  Another example of our efforts which cultivates a conservation mentality is informing our guests of just how important it is to give back.  Every night we tell our customers about the work of CCA and the Building Conservation Trust, and encourage them to contribute, and its these contributions, along with our matching funds, that make the monthly check possible.  So, wherever you are, and whatever you do, make a concerted effort to develop a conservation mind set.  We all benefit.  A special thanks to Rush Trucking for their generous donation! –  Randy Brown, Lodge Manager

 

 

WINTER FISHING 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 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.

 

      “WINTER FISHING 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 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).

 

 

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

Some of the heavy winds of June have occasionally settled, and fish catching has perked up a bit.  This past week has offered some really exciting fishing, with the best action coming early in the morning.  Most of our guests are fishing out of the boat with live bait, but those who have gone wade fishing have been pleasantly surprised.  Some truly nice, early morning fish have been taken in knee-deep water over sand and grass, while others experienced great results later in the morning wading on top of hard sand with a nearby deep gut. With the water temperature heating up by late morning, they produced the majority of their fish by dragging plastics across the bottom of the gut – the fish were spread out across the bottom of the gut because the water was slightly cooler there.

 

Finding fish this month with artificial lures isn’t always a repeatable process from one day to the next.  Typically, July presents us with varying winds and speeds, substantial tidal changes, and even an occasional change in temperatures. With that said, it is not extremely uncommon to return to the place where you hammered the trout yesterday, only to discover that you can’t buy a bite in this same place today.  The same stretch of shoreline yesterday, with a moderate southeast wind, held trout green water and lots of bait.  Today, however, this same stretch of shoreline has become substantially silted resultant of last night’s westerly winds, and today’s efforts in this same spot have yielded you only a couple of trout.

It’s only natural for anglers to get caught up in the moment of a place that’s producing for them, and to take the easy way out the very next day, or even the next weekend, by re-visiting the exact same spot.  However, all of us have probably experienced disappointment in leaning on one location day after day. To keep this from happening to you, next time you get into some heavy catching action, try to remember everything you can about the situation at the time – remember to take mental note of what’s going on around you.

 

The fish in that place for a reason, so it’s up to you to determine why.  Note the wind direction and speed at the time, and mentally record what the tide was doing.  What was the water clarity?  Did the bite come off of a hard sandy bottom, or over mud, shell, grass, or a mixture of these?  What was the bait situation – were there herds of mullet up and down the shoreline, and were they active, or nervous?  What time of the day was it?  All of these questions are things you should try recalling the answers to next time you decide to re-visit yesterday’s successful spot.  Chances are good that the fish probably haven’t moved too far from where they were previously, but it’s up to you to try duplicating yesterday’s conditions, instead of simply fishing in yesterday’s spot.

 

 

 

Share Your Bay Flats Memories

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

 

 

What Our Recent Guests Are Saying …

It’s not uncommon for a lodge guest to stop and tell me how much they have enjoyed their time at Bay Flats Lodge. Every compliment I hear has one thing in common, and that’s people. Our customers’ compliments are always about the people who work at Bay Flats Lodge, rather than some inanimate part of the lodge:

“Our guide worked hard all day to put us on fish.”

“The staff is so helpful.”

“We want to take (fill in the name of any cook) home with us.”

 

Even when the compliments are generic, there are people behind whatever is being complimented:

“The rooms are so clean!”

“The food is great!”

 

Any company is only as good as the people who work for it, and here at Bay Flats Lodge we have a great team of employees.  Everyone who works here is essential to the success of the lodge, and we’re grateful for the team we have.  Take some time to come visit one of the best teams on the coast and see for yourself. – Randy Brown, Lodge Manager

 

Testimonials

Capt. Cooper Hartmann is great!  The food and the service are always great!  We always feel very welcome – great experience! – Rob S.  7/3/19

The Lodge staff is very friendly, helpful and professional. Capt. Steve Boldt is an excellent guide, and is very attentive during any circumstance. His priority was for us to make sure we were on the fish, and for us to make sure we learned how to properly set the hook. He also made sure we all had a great time on the water, even when we were struggling to catch the fish. I would highly recommend Capt. Steve as a guide for you, because you will catch something!   Great food, and excellent service – keep up the good work! – Michael V.  7/3/19

Capt. Steve Boldt was awesome!  Very knowledgeable, helpful, and fun to be with.  I couldn’t rate my experience any higher! – Chris M.  7/2/19

Always an excellent adventure! – Jim M.  7/2/19

Our guide, Capt. Doug Russell, worked really hard to put us on fish. But you can’t control the weather. In spite of the high wind and rough and muddy water, we still managed to catch a few fish. Hats off to Capt. Doug.  Great food and more than I could eat at one time – I gained five pounds! –John B.  7/1/19

 

 

Seven-Day Weather Forecast

Thursday                0 % Precip.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. South southeast wind 16 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.

Friday                   10 % Precip.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. South southeast wind 10 to 14 mph.

Saturday               10 % Precip.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Southeast wind 6 to 10 mph.

Sunday                  20 % Precip.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. South southeast wind 6 to 10 mph.

Monday                 10 % Precip.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. South wind 7 to 11 mph.

Tuesday                 10 % Precip.

Sunny, with a high near 89.

Wednesday            10 % Precip.

Sunny, with a high near 90.

Coastal Water Temperature:

Port Aransas        84.0 degrees

Seadrift                84.0 degrees

Matagorda Bay    84.0 degrees

 

 

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