Welcome to Bat City Outdoors


News: Paddling Texas: A Guide to the State’s Best Paddling Routes available for order.

Waves of live music, heaps of barbecue, personalities like Kinky, tireless Texas fight football fans, electric get-downs on 6th Street, it’s all right here. And still people treat each other like neighbors – Austin is just right.

Even so, that urban just right can bake on like sun-dried mud. When it does, it can only be scraped off in the outdoors. Luckily, Austin has some of that too. It’s in the rivers and ravines and with the waterfolk and wildlife that are Bat City outdoors.

Here you’ll find stories about the outdoors in Austin and beyond. And, you’ll find information to help get you out there.

Thanks for reading,
Shane Townsend

Bat City Outdoors |
From Austin. For Outdoorsfolk Everywhere.


Sanibel & Southern Instinct


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My father-in-law and I spent the day on the water with Capt. Ryan Kane from SouthernInstinct.com. I highly recommend doing the same if you’re in the Sanibel area. We caught reds and specks and other species and got a good … Continue reading

TX Legends Billfish Tournament

From August 6-10, fifty boats competed in the Texas Legends Billfish Tournament. The reward: bragging rights and $715,000 in prizes.

Final Results:

  • 1st Place –  Bert Steindorf’s Bandit w/ Capt. Kevin Scott
  • 2nd Place – John Ramming’s Rebecca w/ Capt. Tommy Guildner
  • 3rd Place – Cliff Thomas’ Mine Time w/ Capt. Ray Peterson
  • 4th Place – Will Lett’s Mojo w/ Capt. Brian Phillips


  • Largest fish weighed – 104.5 pound yellowfin tuna on Rebecca
  • Largest blue marlin released – Legacy
  • 1st blue marlin released – Tico Time
  • Most billfish released – Mine Time

Photos taken with a Canon. For hi-res versions, contact BatCityOutdoors@gmail.com


Paddling Texas by Dave Brown at Roots Rated

Interview with Shane Townsend

Shane Townsend, senior advisor with The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University, just completed Paddling Texas: A Guide to the State’s Best Paddling Routes, the newest addition to Falcon Guides’ popular paddling series.

As both disclaimer and a vouch for him, I’ve known Shane personally for some time, and I was a contributor to his book. I met him while in the Texas Master Naturalist program, have since worked with him on various projects, and we are friends. I highly respect him as a true outdoorsman. And when it comes to paddling, he knows what he’s talking about. Following are some snippets from our recent conversation about Paddling Texas.

Q: What are your Top 3 favorite paddling trails around Austin?

Read Dave’s full story here at Roots Rated.

Don’t be that guy (GAFF)

You don’t know how to act. Neither does he. I’m worse than either of you. And, everyone else is just as bad as me.

Alone we do fine. Tall trees, high fences, brick walls, and thick curtains separate your weird from mine. So there’s no problem. We just have to hope the naked Septembers, firearms and dead animal projects, and incessant whistling of The Godfather theme don’t scare off our better halves.Well, some of us do.

But anywhere there’s a chance your weird will rub up against mine there must be rules. Or the rule is there are no rules, in which case everyone knows to bring friends and sticks.

Read the full story here in the latest edition of GAFF on page 16.