Witnessing Capt. Chris Martin strategically maneuver a slow-moving top water bait over a calm Espiritu Santo flat at sunrise, one could never imagine Chris having lived anywhere else other than the Texas coastal area. That’s right, Chris is originally from North Carolina, but his family relocated to Victoria, Texas, while he was still young. As a result, Chris has been fortunate enough to have been fishing Texas Gulf Coast waters, all the way from the Galveston Bay system to the San Antonio Bay system, since the young age of eight years old. Chris’s competitiveness started at an early age from team sports to winning first place halter and western pleasure at many horse shows across the state to include Ft. Worth Stock Show. When Chris was a sophomore in high school he and his double partner won varsity state championship in tennis.
Chris attended St. Thomas University, and later moved on to work 20 years in sales and marketing. It was at this point that Chris decided it was time for him to chase his life-long goal, to pursue his passion and love for wade fishing and casting artificial lures.
Today, Capt. Chris Martin, and his wife Deb, permanently reside in Seadrift, Texas, where they have begun to place the finishing touches on what was once only a dream. They are the proud owners and operators of Bay Flats Lodge, which overlooks the pristine waters of San Antonio Bay.
Captain Chris is a contributing outdoor writer for Texas Fish & Game Magazine and Salty Angler Magazine, and has written for Sporting Classics Magazine. Chris is an avid photographer who also enjoys making short videos. Chris has worked with CCA Texas and their National Habitat Program, the Building Conservation Trust for years in the form of fishing trips with lodging and meals. The lodge also matches dollar-for-dollar on all BCT donations they collect from guests. He believes in taking care of our bay systems and marine habitat.
During 2019 TV Season, Bay Flats Lodge became featured sponsor for Trophy Fish Hunter TV on the CBS Sports channel. He has hosted numerous Ducks Unlimited Outdoor Media Camps including an all women’s outdoor media camp H DU TV. He has been seen on NBC Outdoor Sports hosting Majesty Outdoors TV, hosted Benelli On Assignment both on Versus TV, and The Outdoor channel. Featured in A Hundred Years of Texas Waterfowl Hunting book by R.K. Sawyer. Has hosted the Gander Mountain Outdoors Fishing show. Chris is involved with the Combat Marine Outdoors by hosting lunch for the combat wounded Marines.
Chris, and his wife Deb, enjoy traveling together. Chris’s passion includes snow skiing and scuba diving. They are members of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Seadrift.