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Bay Flats Lodge Resort & Marina
November 14, 2019

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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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 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.
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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).


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.
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5th Annual Freeze Out Fishing Tournament

January 10, 2020
Port O’Connor Community Center

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 Abel, 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 for all your fishing, hunting and corporate outing and entertainment needs. We look forward to seeing everyone at this year’s event!

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.

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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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