Baffin Bay is a shining jewel of trout green water, crystal clear shorelines and grass growing in abundance.
There are acres of grass flats, grass lines, potholes and long expanses of sand, perfect habit for the abundance of redfish that live here.
Because of all of the new grass holding crabs and shrimp, it appears that lots of redfish have taken over Baffin Bay! Whether fishing the back of the bay, the Cayo del Grullo, Laguna Salada, Alazan and all places in between, the unbelievable emergence of redfish everywhere has been a very welcome sight!
Even the “Ghosts of Baffin Bay” (our name for the really big reds from 40-60 inches that inhabit the deep waters of Baffin Bay), have been showing up frequently, giving anglers a super pull and a great picture. Dr. David McKee says that these monsters of the deep are 50 to 60 years old. That’s incredible to think about. These giant redfish have been lurking about in Baffin Bay for a long time!
Top water lures can produce some great action while fishing the early mornings along shorelines filled with bait. Try the “One-Knocker Spook”, the “Skitterwalk” and the “Super Spook Jr.” in variations of white, pink, silver and chrome. A sure bet will also be a 4” Saltwater Assassin Sea Shad in light colors rigged on our signature, “Black’s Magic” 1/32 ounce jig head with a #1 hook, which you can purchase by clicking this link, Roy’s in Corpus Christi, or Tackle Town in Rockport and other tackle shops that cater to Saltwater anglers throughout Texas.
Light colored plastic lures have always been the key on Baffin, including white, and all spectrums of it, whether straight tail or paddle tail and the 5” Saltwater Assassin “Die Dapper” in a color called “Snowstorm’, which has been tearing up the big trout all year. The very light jig head lets the plastic work more naturally along the bottom, which in turn entices more strikes from big fish feeding there.
The well-known “Rocks of Baffin”, which in essence, act like a coral reef, are holding bait and all kinds of fish, including good, solid keeper trout, big reds and lots of black drum. Whether drifting the deeper rocks or wading the shallow ones, the rocks of Baffin are a great place to start for a fresh fish dinner.
Drift across them tossing a Cajun Thunder popping cork with an 18” leader under it, tied onto the 1/32oz jig head. Screw a 4” chartreuse Gulp “Swimming Minnow” on the hook and toss it down wind as far as possible! Pop that cork loud and get ready to set the hook quickly. Nothing on the rocks can resist this set up!
All of the shallow water is a Fly fishermen’s dream on the shorelines of Baffin, the Upper Laguna Madre, the Land Cut and the 9-Mile Hole. Stalk the super shallow edges for cruising or tailing redfish, black drum or a laid up big trout lurking in the grass or sand pockets.
These shallow water fish just can’t say no to a #4 Clouser in white or small white crabs tossed to the “dinner plate zone”. Click here to read more about fly fishing for redfish in the saltwater!
The bounty is large and diverse, so focus on shallow edges in the early mornings, then, stalk super shallow shorelines or sand for redfish and black drum while sight casting with a fly rod or conventional tackle.