I can’t say enough good things about the Bay Flats Lodge “Blast & Cast” event! I attended it last year as part of the Ducks Unlimited media event and liked it so much that I booked my family of four to gather there for Thanksgiving this year!
See notes below from Captain Chris Martin and as an extra FYI – Bay Flats Lodge is a valued WOMA sponsor and the Martins are members as well so showing them some extra support is very cool! Read about this event below and I think dollar for dollar it’s one of the best values going…. Deb
|Our “Blast & Cast” package includes a morning of wing shooting for ducks followed by an afternoon of bay fishing for speckled trout, redfish and flounder, or you may want to complete your limit with an afternoon of duck hunting. With half or full day hunts and a combo option like the “Blast & Cast” you are sure to get the most out of your stay. Here at Bay Flats Lodge you have the flexibility to plan your own adventure.
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Captain Chris Martin
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“A Touch of Paradise”
The summer months generally represent that time of the year when many choose to make-up for lost time. It’s time to get away from the chores of the workplace whenever possible and to enjoy all that the great outdoors has to offer. The kids are out of school, and many of the family summertime outings and vacations are planned well in advance. But dealing with the heat associated with this time of the year can be a downright miserable and frustrating experience, especially for coastal anglers. Not only are the days long and hot, but the waterways normally become unusually crowded as well.
If you’ve learned over the years to adapt to this extreme climate, and consequently know how to take proper care of yourself in these conditions, you might just find yourself on the winning side of what could very well become known to be one of the most productive summers in a long time. Area bay water temperatures have now become well within the 80+ degrees range. And as the warming continues, so shall the top water bite. My suggestion to you would be to “start out at the top” of your game each day by rigging for your initial wade session with your preferred surface walker, and here’s why.
Hotter months usually mean greater concentrations of baitfish – massive, active pods of baitfish slowly working their way up and down sandy, grassy shorelines and guts. Such huge schools of baitfish, one right after another, naturally attract greater numbers of game fish, especially the redfish. Summertime is the period in the year that we begin noticing the development of large schools of redfish. Sometimes there will even be several different groups or schools in very close proximity of each other in any one immediate or general area. And as the water temperatures begin to sore, so will the redfish. They’ll sore to the water’s surface in a fury, revealing themselves more and more prominently each day as they prey off of the surface-roaming pods. Redfish are believed to be creatures of strong habit and routine, so if you are successful in pinpointing their gathering area this year, you could very well find them in, or near to, that same locale next summer. If our top water results over the recent couple weeks are indications as to what lies in store for us for the next couple months, then my American Express Card shall now become my favorite colored Super Spook Jr or Skitterwalk – I’ll never leave home without ‘em!
“Vacation Destination” is the title of the most current blog from Captain Chris Martin from Bay Flats Lodge near Sea Drift, Texas. I’m going to give that a big HIGH FIVE as I just booked a vacation for my husband and family to be at Bay Flats Lodge over this coming Thanksgiving holiday, which we all know will be here before we blink! And I couldn’t help but notice in the photos below that several of the photos below were taken of veterans enjoying their time in the Barrier Islands catching huge fish. How appropriate was that for a Memorial Day celebration?
“Vacation Destination” By Captain Chris Martin of Bay Flats Lodge
Wow is the first word that comes to mind after experiencing this Memorial Day weekend. We want to thank all the families for allowing BFL to be part of your vacation destination. Trout in the 25-inch class were caught and released along with several monster reds. www.BayFlatsLodge.com 1-888-677-4868
I was doing a little scouting throughout a three day period of rain that we had here at the beginning of December. The first day of this rainy spell brought with it no changes in weather other than that of precipitation falling from the sky, as air and water temperatures remained unchanged. During the second and the third days of the rain, however, things were different. The winds changed from the south and increased out of the north, the tides began to fall, and air and water temperatures suddenly dropped to levels that one would generally expect for a wintertime month. I fished briefly during each of these three days, but the constant changes made for lousy success.
Up until this particular drop in temperature, our fishing endeavors so far this year have been supported by some pretty mild spring-like weather. In fact, I previously had been catching most all of my trout above sandy shallows, as the waters covering these sandy areas had remained warm enough to keep the trout there. But now that we’ve had more than a few days of constant daytime high temperatures in the 50′s and 60′s, and nighttime low temperatures in the 30′s and 40′s, I’ll now be changing from that of my old fall strategies to that my new wintertime strategies. Instead of searching for the trout bite solely above sandy bottoms, I’ll now be looking for trout also above mud and grass. And instead of anticipating lots of action along the bayside shorelines, I’ll instead now begin expanding my explorations to include the secluded back areas of marsh where the fish shall begin to dwell during the earlier part of the winter months as the air and water temperatures continue to remain cooler.
Today marked the third day following the passage of the latest cold front, and the sky above our area was in the process of clearing from being overcast to that of becoming partly cloudy. Three of the past four days had consisted of rain and today’s forecast was calling for temperatures to be in the high 40′s to low 50′s, and there currently was very little wind blowing. My first stop on this morning’s outing put me upon a concealed shoreline that’s somewhat removed from the openness of San Antonio Bay. This stretch of shoreline is a particular favorite of mine at the beginning of winter each year simply due to the fact that it offers a gradual change in bay bottom formats which is especially good for those of us who have been wading comfortable and hard-packed sand for the past six months. I anchored and moments later made my way over the side of the boat and into the water in a place where the depth was in excess of four feet and where the bottom was made-up of hard sand covered with grass. Colder temperatures and north winds had helped to make the water gin clear, and I could often see my feet beneath me. At the point in which I had entered the water, I was still some 60-70 yards (or more) off the bank of the shoreline which is entirely lined with tall marsh grass.
My first casts of the morning consisted of offerings of the nearly five-inch long Killer Flats Minnow XL (manufactured by Texas Tackle Factory) in the Morning Glory and Texas Roach colors. Doing so is a tactic of mine that I like to practice whenever the water turns cold and once the larger natural bait fish, mainly mullet, have disappeared from the bay systems for the winter. Anyhow, I continued making my way down the shoreline at the same depth that I had started in earlier, but had not had more than an occasional “bump” along the bottom for more than thirty minutes now, so I slowly began making way into shallower water. As I reached thigh-deep water, there was a noticeable transition to mud beneath my wading boots. From where I stood I was now within casting distance of the grass-lined bank, so I planted my feet and began casting in a rotational pattern from the shallow water against the grass all the way out to the deeper water from which I had come earlier. I was still throwing the large plastic minnow bait, and was looking for any signs of trout willing to compromise their concealment due to hunger pains. It was another thirty minutes before I had made my way another 50 yards down the shoreline at the same depth.
The sun was shining a little bit now as I casted my plastic lure into the shallows with the mud-laden bottom. Suddenly, my retrieve was met with fierce resistance, and the battle was on. My bait had found its way into the mouth of a beautiful 7-pounder and I was experiencing the thrill of the day. I stayed in that general area for the remainder of the morning, never relocating my position more than 5-10 steps at a time, and managed what could possibly be one of my heaviest stringers over the past several years (all of which were released, of course). Fishing has been remarkable for me since the recent turn in the weather, and I look for the months ahead to be no different. Dark-colored plastics should continue to pay off, and I won’t shy away from keying in on soft, warm mud with some dark grass mix as well. P.S. — Don’t forget that this time of the year is when it’s so very important to use a slow retrieve if you’re working soft plastics or slow-sinking plugs.
With the second-half of this year’s waterfowl season almost completely booked-up, Bay Flats Lodge is already booking spring fishing trips. This is a great time to pick your favorite fishing dates, so give us a call whenever you’re ready. All of us here at Bay Flats Lodge wish you nothing but happiness and prosperity this Holiday Season. Our sincerest thanks go out to all of our customers, and we are looking forward to continuing our relationships in the coming year. Remember to practice CPR, “Catch, Photo, and Release”, whenever possible on trophy Trout and Reds.
Captain Chris Martin