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P.O. Box 580, Seadrift, Texas 77983-0580

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Cold wind, wet days and steel colored water mean it’s time to wade for big winter trout. Join the guides of Bay Flats Lodge for an unplugged discussion on cold-water techniques for trout on the Texas coast.




OCTOBER’S BEEN GOOD SO FAR

Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

October 18, 2018

 

 

BAY FLATS LODGE – GUIDE SPOTLIGHT

CAPT. CODY SPENCER

I’m so proud of this guy! It’s nice to see Cody getting to live out a second dream. He was voted “Best Fishing Guide” by voters through the Port Lavaca Wave. I love to see dedication, hard work, and balancing priorities pay off. I would vote him “Best Dad” and “Best Husband” if I could. He is so committed to every important aspect of his life, and the boys and I are blessed to share his success. We took a leap of faith four years ago for Cody to switch gears in occupation. He has always guided our family in the right direction. Cody, I love you, and I’m so thankful you’re our captain. Thank you so much to EVERYONE who took the time to vote. What an honor. And thank you to all the great friends and fishermen that have contributed to his success. – Kik Sheppard Spencer

 

 

* * LAST-MINUTE OCTOBER AVAILABILITY * *

Simply email Murray at bayflatslodge@gmail.com or phone Murray at (512) 587-7019 to get your October fishing plans finalized.

 

OCTOBER AVAILABILITY

Arrive           Fish / Depart

Sun. 10/21     Mon. 10/22     (up to 4 guests)

 

Lodging & 3 Meals

$225/person each night + $13 hotel tax

 

Fishing *(Live Bait NOT Included)

2 Anglers: Full-Day = $600   Half-Day = $575

3 Anglers: Full-Day = $675   Half-Day = $600

4 Anglers: Full-Day = $775   Half-Day = $700

 

 

A SOLID OCTOBER

By: Capt. Stephen Boriskie

As I halt all outdoor activities while this strong cold front bears down on us today in the middle coast I am reminded of how solid the first half of October has been. When the calendar turned to ten-one, it was almost like a switch was flipped and all of the sudden we had higher, more normal Fall water levels. The air seemed different even though a front had not slipped through. The water seemed cooler and the fish more active. The days are shorter giving way to more overnight rest. Even the crowds had thinned out around here as if deer season had already begun. Add it all up and the result was a fish almost every cast!

Redfish are the talk right now with numbers of undersized fish in the 18” to 19” range abundant. My experience has been the smaller under 10” rat reds are not as common as these larger ones ending up on the hook. Limits of slot redfish are almost the norm with a few oversize thrown in to keep it real. I have polled our guides with text messages throughout the day and they are catching similar fish too. It doesn’t seem to matter whether it’s live or dead shrimp but they are both working better than cutters. 

The speckled trout catch isn’t up to snuff in my trips right now like in the past few years for this time of year. Most of my guys are in the boat throwing bait and I chalk it up to the higher than preferred winds we have been seeing due to these fronts that are now blasting through Texas. I cannot seem to get out on the reefs where they have been holding because of the angry bay both before and after the fronts. The wade fishing trips however have produced impressive numbers and size of trout using either croaker or lures, true to wading year round.

Black drum and Sheepshead with a rare showing of Flounder are the other species we have been boxing regularly in this first half of October. This is to say we are not limiting out on these guys but seeing good numbers. This should continue in the rest of the month and on into the end of the year.

It’s no wonder why this is our favorite time of the year and why the lodge is booked almost every guide for every day. This is the perfect time to round up the family or customers and get to the coast. When you are catching a fish on almost every cast it makes you realize what a wonderful abundant resource we have in our coastal waters. There are many to thank for such a bounty aside from mother nature and the time of the year. Conservation efforts are working and you can see that in the numbers of fish we have and also in the health of our bay and our estuaries. Donate where you can to these groups and participate with your time and effort to ensure the future generations not only will have the right to fish and the waters to do so, but they will likely enjoy days like we are having right now wearing out your arms and putting some fine fish on the dinner table.

 

 

NOW BOOKING 2018-19 DUCK HUNTS

Along with the anticipation of this year’s daily limit for Pintail increasing to two per day, per hunter, there will be much more wing action available in the back lakes and along the bay front up and down Matagorda Island along the southern portions of Espiritu Santo Bay and San Antonio Bay. There will be redheads (and lots of ‘em!), widgeon, blue and green-wing teal, canvasback, bluebill, gadwall, and even the occasional cinnamon teal and mottled duck.

 

If that’s not enough to satisfy your waterfowl thirst, perhaps our latest addition to this year’s lineup of duck season tactics will entice you. Earlier this year we were fortunate enough to secure duck hunting privileges on a new piece of inland property, which is located just moments from the lodge and currently holds three freshwater ponds. We’re diligently working to complete seven more freshwater ponds prior to opening-day, and we look for this property to hold great potential for this year’s hunting guests.

 

The dates for our Texas south zone of the 2018-19 Duck Season are November 3-25, 2018, and then December 8, 2018 – January 27, 2019. For a first-class duck hunting experience along the mid-portion of the Texas Gulf Coast, look no further than Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina.

 

 

BFL’s GRASS ROOTS WADE FISHING w/LURES SPECIAL

We’re getting back to the basics by offering a special deal to all of the wading and artificial enthusiasts out there.  When you book 3 wading with artificial bait trips in 2018, you will receive your 4th wading with artificial bait trip in 2018 FREE!  

–       The 4th FREE trip ONLY includes one free full-day of wade fishing with artificial baits for 4 anglers in one boat.

–       The 4th FREE trip does NOT include free lodging and meals.

–       One full-day of wade fishing with artificial bait constitutes one trip toward your goal.

–       All trips must be taken prior to December 31, 2018.

–       Offer not valid on trips booked prior to April 1, 2018; only valid on trips booked between April 1, 2018, and December 15, 2018

 

HERE’S WHAT SOME RECENT GUESTS SAID…

Fantastic weekend!  It was first-class in every way! – Duane R.  10/15/18

 

Capt. Jeremy McClelland was absolutely awesome – best guide I have ever had!  He was so nice, professional and really went all out.  He was working hard the whole time, and he made sure our group had a great time! – Kim T.  10/14/18

 

We had a great time with Capt. Nick Dahlman! – Chris K.  10/14/18

 

 

FIVE-DAY WEATHER FORECAST

Thursday                 70 % Precip. / 0.13 in

Cloudy with rain developing later in the day. High 72F. Winds NNE at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 70%.

Friday                       90 % Precip. / 0.31 in

Thunderstorms likely. High 79F. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 90%.

Saturday                  50 % Precip. / 0.04 in

Rain showers in the morning becoming more intermittent in the afternoon. High 74F. Winds NNE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Sunday                      10 % Precip. / 0.00 in

Considerable cloudiness. High 73F. Winds NE at 15 to 25 mph.

Monday                     60 % Precip. / 0.43 in

Cloudy with showers. High around 65F. Winds NNE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

Synopsis:

Offshore flow and seas will increase through Thursday across the coastal waters. Areas to receive intermittent rain and showers are expected to develop through Thursday. The wind direction will become east by Thursday night and continue Friday. A weak to moderate northeast flow will persist Friday through the end of the week. A more moderate to strong northeast wind will develop over the weekend as a reinforcing surge of high pressure slides south. Abundant moisture over the region will lead to additional showers Friday through the weekend.      

Coastal Water Temperature:

Port Aransas        69.1 degrees

Seadrift                 66.0 degrees

Matagorda Bay    64.0 degrees

 

 

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www.BayFlatsLodge.com

 

Meet Our Partners:

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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




NOW THAT THE WEATHER’S GETTING COLDER

 

Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

October 15, 2018

 

 

* * LAST-MINUTE OCTOBER AVAILABILITY * *

Simply email Murray at bayflatslodge@gmail.com or phone Murray at (512) 587-7019 to get your October fishing plans finalized.

 

OCTOBER AVAILABILITY

Arrive           Fish / Depart

Sun. 10/21     Mon. 10/22     (up to 4 guests)

 

Lodging & 3 Meals

$225/person each night + $13 hotel tax

 

Fishing *(Live Bait NOT Included)

2 Anglers: Full-Day = $600   Half-Day = $575

3 Anglers: Full-Day = $675   Half-Day = $600

4 Anglers: Full-Day = $775   Half-Day = $700

 

 

THE GUIDE REPORT

THURSDAY – Oct 11th

Capt. Doug Russell – Today was another solid day of fishing with my party of three from the Scott L. group. The weather cooperated, and so did the fish! My guys managed a full three-man limit of really nice reds plus several descent-sized Black Drum. Everyone had a good time catching!

 

Capt. Todd Jones – Ryan and Dave on day two with the Enbridge group. They had a two-man limit of trout, three reds, and one photo-worthy redfish – Ryan with his new personal best red, stretching the tape at 29-1/2”. After a quick photo, Ryan was gracious enough to release the fish to fight again another day! Great job!

FRIDAY – Oct 12th

Capt. Stephen Boriskie – Today was a stellar day all the way around for my crew. These three gentlemen from the medical field industry came away with Redfish limits, along with a pair of Speckled Trout, Sheepies and a Black Drum. The weather was beautiful today, and the fishing was good!

Capt. Doug Russell – Its always fun having kids aboard, but it’s even more fun when the kids wear themselves out catching fish. That was the case today with these two Dads and their two young sons. The kids had an absolute ball catching one Redfish after another. They got their 4-person limit of reds, plus a drum, and they had a full day of fun!

Capt. Kevin Matula – My crew this morning was sharing a 2-boat trip today with the guys who were fishing with Capt. Todd Jones.  Kudos to Capt. Todd and his three guys for limits of Speckled Trout. My group fell one short on having their Redfish limits, but Ben’s 33-inch bruiser made the difference. The Trout and the Black Drum that they got today just added to the overall mixture of fun that they had today! 

Capt. Todd Jones – A tale of two “tails” today. Capt. Heath Borchert and I had a two-boat trip with family, friends, and co-workers. That’s about where the similarities end, as you would’ve thought we weren’t even in the same bay system otherwise. I have fished with Steve once before, and we had drum and reds but no trout. So today, we went looking for a trout bite. Slow drifts, shrimp under a popping cork, and quick hook sets made for a solid 3-man limit of trout to 19”. We couldn’t find anything other than small reds after that. Capt. Heath on the other hand, found just the opposite for his guys. Congrats on a solid box! Overall, it turned out being a good day on the water with returning customers, as well as some new ones!

SATURDAY – Oct 13th

Capt. Kevin Matula – The wind was pumping today, but so were the reels on all of the fishing rods! It was tough, but the members of the bachelor party that were aboard today got the job done, and they got it done right! They had to put in some hard work for the fish that they caught, but the today’s results truly reflected their efforts!

Capt. Todd Jones – Ray was a first-time BFL visitor in August on a corporate trip with his employer. He was so impressed with his overall experience that he decided to bring his wife, Lisa, to celebrate their 34th wedding anniversary. In spite of what seemed like constant gale force winds throughout the day and tons of boat traffic, they managed lots of fish, lots of smiles and laughs, and hopefully made a special memory on their special day. This was a fun trip!

SUNDAY – Oct 14th

Capt. Doug Russell – Today I got to fish with three guests who were new to Bay Flats Lodge. The rides were high, and the wind kicked up a little, but it was a beautiful pre-frontal passage day. We found the Redfish biting, and the guys had plenty of catching to do! They caught their limits of Reds and released several more. With the addition of a handful of nice Black Drum, it was a job well done, gentlemen!

Capt. Jeremy McClelland – We had a good day today with members from the Darrell C. party! They caught almost every kind of fish imaginable today – everything from Speckled Trout to Redfish, and then Black Drum to Catfish. They were bust catching, that’s for sure, and busy enjoying themselves on a beautiful day out on the bay!

 

NOW THAT IT’S GOING TO BE COLDER

The first couple weeks of October have produced a steady flow of fish for our guides, particularly large numbers of redfish and black drum. This is probably due to the higher tides we’ve experienced so far this month, and the fact that we didn’t seen any substantial change in the weather along our coastal bend area during the first part of the month. Until now, we’ve gotten a bit of rain and a brief north wind that cooled the daytime and nighttime temperatures a bit, but up until the third week in the month, trout catches have been shadowed by some really impressive catch-and-release activities on redfish. However, that’s all going to turn around for us now that the first major frontal passage has arrived.

 

The weather is changing right now, and so is the fishing pattern as we progress into the fall season. The weather one day might be cloudy and cold, and the next day sunny and warm. It’s for this reason that anglers should look for a bottom made-up primarily of mud, not sand. The atmospheric changes are telling the fish that it is now the time for them to begin transitioning to the insulating qualities offered by that of the wintertime mud. As bay waters continue to cool, a mud bottom acts as an insulator of sorts – the mud absorbs the heat of the daylight sun and holds the heat for a much longer period of time over that of sand. Big trout will instinctively probe the bay bottom in search these warmer spots, and will look for food in surrounding areas. This transition to mud takes place every year at this time, and wading anglers who don’t mind getting into water with knee-deep mud can often expect rewards that outweigh the difficult walking.

 

An effective wading pattern to exercise during this period of seasonal change is the zigzag routine. At this time of the year you may find the fish warming themselves in bright sunlight in skinny water, or they might be clinging to the depths of deeper water for security and warmth. That’s why walking back-and-forth between shallow and deep water is a good idea. Start your wade session in deeper water so you don’t startle any fish that may already be in shallow water – face the shoreline and walk toward it. Fan your casts from three o’clock to nine o’clock as you walk in a diagonal line directly toward the shore. Once you’re in shallow water, turn your back to the shoreline and walk in a diagonal line away from the shore while heading back out to deeper water. This is a proven method of attack during this changing time in the year, and it allows you to cover a lot of territory, as well. Good luck out there, and be safe!

 

 

NOW BOOKING 2018-19 DUCK HUNTS

Along with the anticipation of this year’s daily limit for Pintail increasing to two per day, per hunter, there will be much more wing action available in the back lakes and along the bay front up and down Matagorda Island along the southern portions of Espiritu Santo Bay and San Antonio Bay. There will be redheads (and lots of ‘em!), widgeon, blue and green-wing teal, canvasback, bluebill, gadwall, and even the occasional cinnamon teal and mottled duck.

 

If that’s not enough to satisfy your waterfowl thirst, perhaps our latest addition to this year’s lineup of duck season tactics will entice you. Earlier this year we were fortunate enough to secure duck hunting privileges on a new piece of inland property, which is located just moments from the lodge and currently holds three freshwater ponds. We’re diligently working to complete seven more freshwater ponds prior to opening-day, and we look for this property to hold great potential for this year’s hunting guests.

 

The dates for our Texas south zone of the 2018-19 Duck Season are November 3-25, 2018, and then December 8, 2018 – January 27, 2019. For a first-class duck hunting experience along the mid-portion of the Texas Gulf Coast, look no further than Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina.

 

 

BFL’s GRASS ROOTS WADE FISHING w/LURES SPECIAL

We’re getting back to the basics by offering a special deal to all of the wading and artificial enthusiasts out there.  When you book 3 wading with artificial bait trips in 2018, you will receive your 4th wading with artificial bait trip in 2018 FREE!  

–       The 4th FREE trip ONLY includes one free full-day of wade fishing with artificial baits for 4 anglers in one boat.

–       The 4th FREE trip does NOT include free lodging and meals.

–       One full-day of wade fishing with artificial bait constitutes one trip toward your goal.

–       All trips must be taken prior to December 31, 2018.

–       Offer not valid on trips booked prior to April 1, 2018; only valid on trips booked between April 1, 2018, and December 15, 2018

 

 

HERE’S WHAT SOME RECENT GUESTS SAID…

Capt. Jeremy McClelland was absolutely awesome – best guide I have ever had!  He was so nice, professional and really went all out.  He was working hard the whole time, and he made sure our group had a great time! – Kim T.  10/14/18

 

We had a great time with Capt. Nick Dahlman! – Chris K.  10/14/18

 

Had a great time here!  The staff was extremely helpful and friendly, the food was great, and the Guest House had premium extras that made the stay very comfortable! – Wade P.  10/14/18

 

 

FIVE-DAY WEATHER FORECAST

Monday               100 % Precip. / 0.88 in

Windy with thunderstorms likely. Some may be locally heavy, especially during the morning hours. High 79F. Winds NNE at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 100%.

Tuesday                 40 % Precip. / 0.05 in

Rain showers early with overcast skies later in the day. High 61F. Winds N at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Wednesday           50 % Precip. / 0.01 in

Cloudy early with showers for the afternoon hours. High 66F. Winds N at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Thursday                50 % Precip. / 0.13 in

Cloudy with occasional rain showers. High 76F. Winds NNE at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Friday                      90 % Precip. / 0.35 in

Thunderstorms. High 78F. Winds NE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 90%.

Synopsis:

A strong cold front will push across the middle Texas coastal waters today, bringing a strong offshore wind and hazardous marine conditions. A Small Craft Advisory is in effect from 10 AM CDT through this evening for the bays and waterways, and through Tuesday afternoon for the nearshore and coastal waters. Numerous showers and thunderstorms can be expected along and behind the front. A moderate to strong offshore flow will persist over coastal waters behind the cold front Tuesday through Thursday. Rain with embedded thunderstorms will continue through this period also. Winds will veer to northeast and east as the coastal trough moves into the offshore Gulf waters on Friday.      

Coastal Water Temperature:

Port Aransas        82.9 degrees

Seadrift                 82.9 degrees

Matagorda Bay    82.0 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




THE SWEET SPOT

Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina

October 11, 2018

 

 

* * LAST-MINUTE OCTOBER AVAILABILITY * *

Simply email Murray at bayflatslodge@gmail.com or phone Murray at (512) 587-7019 to get your October fishing plans finalized.

 

OCTOBER AVAILABILITY

Arrive           Fish / Depart

Fri.   10/12      Sat.     10/13     (up to 6 guests)

Sat.   10/13     Sun.   10/14     (up to 12 guests)

Tue. 10/16      Wed. 10/17      (2 guests only)

Sun. 10/21      Mon. 10/22      (up to 4 guests)

Fri.   10/26       Sat.   10/27      (up to 4 guests)

 

Lodging & 3 Meals

$225/person each night + $13 hotel tax

 

Fishing *(Live Bait NOT Included)

2 Anglers: Full-Day = $600   Half-Day = $575

3 Anglers: Full-Day = $675   Half-Day = $600

4 Anglers: Full-Day = $775   Half-Day = $700

 

 

THE GUIDE REPORT

MONDAY – Oct 8th

Capt. Stephen Boriskie – It was Day #1 with today’s group, and we had some great weather and a strong bite all-day long. The redfish appear to be fairly active still, especially with things beginning to cool off a bit around here. As temperatures become even milder, we’ll look for the redfish action to continue to be strong, and for the speckled trout bite to become quite impressive. We’ll be back after them tomorrow morning, and I hope things are just as good as they were today.

Capt. Todd Jones – Strong winds and huge tides scattered the fish, but we managed a few solid reds along with some black drum. Twenty minutes before heading in Terry set the hook on a fish that made the struggle a little more bearable – solid brute that stretched the tape right at 30-inches. I forgot my phone in the truck this morning, but I managed to get the guys to send me a picture.

 TUESDAY – Oct 9th

Capt. Stephen Boriskie – This morning was Day #2 for my group, and we spent the earliest part of it sitting around waiting for the thunderstorms and strong lightning to roll on by us so we could get out on the water and have some more fun. The storms quit, and we got on the fish again even though it was later in the morning than yesterday. I think today turned out even better than yesterday, but that’s just my opinion. Regardless of the number of fish boxed yesterday or today, everyone enjoyed their time fishing, and that’s what counts most in my book!

Capt. Cody Spencer – They always say that fish bite the best just before a cold front, and then again about two or three days behind the passage of the front. Well, they may know what they’re talking about! My two-man party today experienced a good pre-frontal bite, managing to box their full limits of both speckled trout and of redfish. Nice job guys – way to go!

Capt. Todd Jones – We took pictures of two of the very few from today. Mother Nature and the blustery winds were the big winner, but these two smiles, and their fish, were too good not to share. Maybe I’ll figure ‘em out tomorrow!

Capt. Heath Borchert – We had to allow time this morning to let the lightning settle down before we could start our day on the water. Once we got out there we discovered a couple huge redfish that we photographed (only one of which I could get to download). They were both beautiful fish, and I’m sure they were responsible for a couple lasting memories, as well!

WEDNESDAY – Oct 10th

Capt. ‘Lil John Wyatt – Man, today was a beautiful day! Our latest cool front rolled through yesterday and made this morning’s air and skies cool, crisp, and refreshing. The fish seemed to be feeling good about things also, and they cooperated quite nicely for today’s party. My team of folks managed a great box of redfish today, and they released a lot of others along the way.

Capt. Todd Jones – “Chicken or feathers”, as a friend of mine would say! Yesterday was mostly feathers, but a little more chicken today. First-time guests, John and Ryan, enjoyed a pretty solid day. North winds, new strategy, and better results made for a fun day on the water!

 

 

THE SWEET SPOT

The tides of October are known for producing some great redfish action, but never discount looking ahead to the possibility of experiencing a few epic fall trout encounters, as well. When it comes to fall trout fishing, there’s one particular basic tactic that coastal anglers should key-in on during this part of the year – learn to interpret noticeable changes in the bay floor. It’s at this time of the year when air temperature and water temperature can sometimes vary tremendously, and subtle differences in water depth, which may only be mere inches, can be the one element or factor that distinguishes your results on any given fall day.

 

As water temperatures continue to drop, large trout will progressively begin searching for a sweet spot in the water that adequately accommodates their preferred body temperature. Delicate depth changes in bottom contour are often very difficult to see in the prominent lower-light conditions of fall, and are best identified and read during midday light conditions when the sun is at its highest point in the daytime sky. If it’s your goal this fall to fish where the big fish are, hone your skills now in learning to read-the-bottom.

 

A couple more keys to success will be for you to locate nervous baitfish or diving birds.  Place yourself along shorelines consisting of patches of grass mixed with either shell, sand, or mud, and make special note of any schooling mullet in these areas.  Look tight to the shoreline for redfish, and search for them in some of the more murky water covering the grass and mud.  The trout will tend to be found over grass in the more decent green and clear water, but they’ll still prefer some of the sandier bottom structure at times.

 

We wish to pass on our heartfelt prayers for all of those who have fallen victim to the destruction and turmoil caused by Hurricane Michael. It was just a little more than a year ago when we had to pack up everything we could in order to prepare to flee the dangerous approach of Hurricane Harvey – a situation that no one should have to experience. To all who will endure hardships and heartache in the months and years to come as a result of Hurricane Michael, we will remember you.  Prayers to all, and God bless!

 

 

NOW BOOKING 2018-19 DUCK HUNTS

Along with the anticipation of this year’s daily limit for Pintail increasing to two per day, per hunter, there will be much more wing action available in the back lakes and along the bay front up and down Matagorda Island along the southern portions of Espiritu Santo Bay and San Antonio Bay. There will be redheads (and lots of ‘em!), widgeon, blue and green-wing teal, canvasback, bluebill, gadwall, and even the occasional cinnamon teal and mottled duck.

 

If that’s not enough to satisfy your waterfowl thirst, perhaps our latest addition to this year’s lineup of duck season tactics will entice you. Earlier this year we were fortunate enough to secure duck hunting privileges on a new piece of inland property, which is located just moments from the lodge and currently holds three freshwater ponds. We’re diligently working to complete seven more freshwater ponds prior to opening-day, and we look for this property to hold great potential for this year’s hunting guests.

 

The dates for our Texas south zone of the 2018-19 Duck Season are November 3-25, 2018, and then December 8, 2018 – January 27, 2019. For a first-class duck hunting experience along the mid-portion of the Texas Gulf Coast, look no further than Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina.

 

 

BFL’s GRASS ROOTS WADE FISHING w/LURES SPECIAL

We’re getting back to the basics by offering a special deal to all of the wading and artificial enthusiasts out there.  When you book 3 wading with artificial bait trips in 2018, you will receive your 4th wading with artificial bait trip in 2018 FREE!  

–       The 4th FREE trip ONLY includes one free full-day of wade fishing with artificial baits for 4 anglers in one boat.

–       The 4th FREE trip does NOT include free lodging and meals.

–       One full-day of wade fishing with artificial bait constitutes one trip toward your goal.

–       All trips must be taken prior to December 31, 2018.

–       Offer not valid on trips booked prior to April 1, 2018; only valid on trips booked between April 1, 2018, and December 15, 2018

 

 

HERE’S WHAT SOME RECENT GUESTS SAID…

Every staff member I interacted with came across with sincerity, enthusiasm, patience, and had a willingness to make our visit memorable!  Great food!  Incredible facility!  Great experience! – Trey P.  10/10/18

 

Everyone was especially friendly and helpful – always smiling!  Capt. Buzz Dillon was the best fishing guide we could have asked for!  My friend, Jenny, and I (two ladies) felt so comfortable with Capt. Buzz, and his knowledge of fish and great honey holes made our vacation so much more than we expected.  We beat our husbands two days in a row (in our competition) by a landslide!  Request Capt. Buzz, if you can – he’s amazing!  The food was delicious!  They put so much work into making sure everything is prepared to perfection!  We loved the house we stayed in!  We didn’t need a thing, and it was immaculately clean!  Gorgeous views and beautiful setting.  Thank you for the great time we had – I will be back! – Valeria L.  10/10/18

 

Kitchen and housekeeping staff are super friendly!  They go out of their way to make sure you are happy, and that you have a great experience while at BFL.  Excellent customer service!  Best group of guides on the gulf coast!  First-class group of guys!  Boats are exceptionally clean.  You can tell they take pride in their work.  The Lodge’s beds and pillows are better than most 5-star hotels.  I have been enjoying BFL for close to twenty years, and they are a first-class lodge with a staff of some of the finest and hardworking people you will meet.  Fishing with them is a treat, and is something I and my customers look forward to every year! – Steve W.  10/9/18

 

 

FIVE-DAY WEATHER FORECAST

Thursday            0 % Precip. / 0.00 in

Some clouds this morning will give way to generally sunny skies for the afternoon. High 83F. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph.

Friday                10 % Precip. / 0.00 in

Abundant sunshine. High 87F. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph.

Saturday          10 % Precip. / 0.00 in

Sunny along with a few clouds. High 87F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph.

Sunday              20 % Precip. / 0.00 in

Except for a few afternoon clouds, mainly sunny. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 88F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph.

Monday             40 % Precip. / 0.02 in

Showers in the morning, then cloudy in the afternoon. High 72F. Winds NNE at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Synopsis:

A weak to moderate offshore flow this morning will become easterly this evening then southeasterly Friday as surface high pressure moves east of the region. Weak to moderate onshore flow expected Saturday and Sunday. Moist atmospheric conditions will contribute to isolated showers and thunderstorms Saturday and Sunday. A cold front will move across the Waters Monday and trigger scattered showers and thunderstorms. Moderate to strong northeast flow will develop Monday after frontal passage.      

Coastal Water Temperature:

Port Aransas        82.9 degrees

Seadrift                 82.9 degrees

Matagorda Bay    80.1 degrees

 

 

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