Redfish on Baffin

Redfish on Baffin

The 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 the Baffin Bay!  Whether fishing the back of the bay, the Cayo del Grullo, Laguna Salada, Alazan and all the places in between, the unbelievable emergence of redfish everywhere has been a very welcomed 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 around in the Baffin Bay for a long time!

Topwater lures can produce some great action while fishing in 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 the previous link, Roy’s in Corpus Christi, or Tackle Town in Rockport and other tackle shops that cater to Saltwater anglers throughout Texas.

We are a very small business and cancellations affect our bottom line significantly. Our goal is to treat our customers the way we want to be treated. So, our lodge policy is straight-forward and easy to understand. Cancellation / Reschedule / Refund Policy: There are no refunds. We will reschedule within a year for dangerous weather (as determined by the Captains). Deposits: For all groups, a 50% deposit for the total cost of the trip is required at time of booking. Rescheduling: You may reschedule your trip two weeks out or more. Cancellations after this time will be charged the full amount of the trip. Party size may also be adjusted two weeks from the date of your trip. Within two weeks of your trip, no rescheduling will be allowed and the total cost of the trip is fixed for the original number of members in your group. You will receive a balance due invoice for your trip at this time.

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 return entices more strikes from the big fish feeding there.

A sedimentary "Ancient Gulf Beach'
“Beach” Rocks of Baffin Bay

The well-known “Rocks of Baffin”, which in essence, acts 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.


Baffin Serpulid Worm Rock

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 downwind as far as possible!  Pop that cork loud and get ready to set the hook quickly.  Nothing on the rocks can resist this setup!

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.


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