Fishing on Baffin Bay…..
Baffin Bay is world famous for its over-sized speckled trout. Three of the last four state records have come from this bay. Every year during the STAR tournament which is a statewide summer long tournament, Baffin consistently produces the biggest trout caught during this event.
So many serious trophy seekers congregate during the prime winter/ early spring months to try their luck at catching a true trophy trout. During the winter months, trout gorge themselves storing up fat to help them make it through the toughest time of the year. They also build up the strength they will need to spawn.
Trout usually spawn when the water temperatures get up around the 80 degree mark. But just before that magic temperature comes around, they really put on the feed. Therefore late winter and early spring are the ideal times to catch trout at their heaviest. Trophy trout anglers generally wade fish this time of year in order to give them the best chance to catch these Big Girls. By wading, the angler can more thoroughly cover areas where the fish congregate. Concentrations of serpulid worm rocks, sandbars, drop-offs and other areas that attract trout can be covered much more thoroughly by wading as opposed to drift fishing or even anchoring.
Soft plastics, suspending lures and even top water lures can all be effective at various times. Be sure to use the knowledge that your guide has accrued over the course of his or her career. Your guide can help you with lure choices, techniques and presentation based on their day to day interaction with the fish.
Late spring and summer are fantastic times to catch numbers of trout and redfish in Baffin. All methods can and do work well. Drift fishing with soft plastics or top water lures are very effective methods of catching great numbers of fish. For the less experienced, your guide can set you up with scented lures such as Berkley Gulps rigged underneath popping corks for action that rivals if not betters live bait. Once again, be sure to utilize the knowledge of your guide. They do this daily and can help you to become better at all aspects of your fishing.
Late summer, fall and early winter are prime-time for redfish and black drum and even really big trout in super shallow water. Once again, the scented lures are very effective and just about any fish that swims likes to eat a Berkley Gulp. Similar set ups mentioned earlier will work well. You can also rig Gulps on a super light jig head and slowly swim the bait in shallow water. This method works on trout, redfish, flounder and with a little of practice, you can enjoy some of the most incredible sight casting opportunities by chasing black drum in super skinny waters.
We can’t stress enough how important it is to take advantage of your guides knowledge. Ask questions and pay close attention to your guide’s instructions. They are there to make your fishing trip and enjoyable learning experience.
Baffin Bay is a unique and wonderful fishing destination just waiting to give you a chance at a fish of a lifetime or just a fun time with family or friends. Famous for big trout and home to some of the best overall fishing for trout, redfish, flounder and black drum, you will not go away from here without a smile on your face. We at Baffin Bay Rod and Gun look forward to making your trip an unforgettable and fun filled experience.
We will customize your trip to your specifications as this is your trip. Baffin Bay is a destination not a day trip. The allure of this Bay system attracts the hardiest of souls and seekers of that special experience that this historic area can provide.
We want your trip to be memorable for all the right reasons. Your frequent calls and questions are welcomed and encouraged. As your trip draws near, please keep in contact with your guide to track weather conditions, equipment issues and anything that may affect the quality of your trip.
We wade fish with light tackle lures, occasionally drift fish and also offer fly fishing with Capt. Sally and Capt. Marcus. It’s all about the experience of fishing Texas’ most famous bay system, not a box full of meat. We enjoy eating fish as much as the next person but ask that you practice a little conservation.
As a guideline, we recommend that you please release everything over 25” unless you plan on mounting the fish. Keep in mind that fiberglass replicas are available and usually look better and last longer. We will make sure to take plenty of pictures to commemorate the event and you will see how great it feels to watch a quality fish swim free.
Fishing with the Guides of Baffin Bay Rod and Gun costs $600 for one or two anglers. For each additional angler, up to four anglers per boat, please add $75. Lodging and meals are $195 per person, per day, at our new and beautiful lodge. If you are driving in on the morning of your trip and not staying at the lodge, there will be an additional “drive-in” fee of $150.00.