The Baffin Bay is known for several things but most known for its reputation
as the Mecca of Trophy Trout Fishing.
Trout spawn when the water temperature reaches between the 75 to 80-degree mark which usually happens sometime in April. The “sweet spot” as far as water temps are concerned for optimum spawning activity is 82-85 degrees so you can see that spawning activity can happen all summer long. There are two peak times, early Spring and in the Fall. Both are tied to optimal water temps.
Pre-spawning fish will gorge themselves in the winter, eating large mullet and even small trout in their attempt to prepare for the long spawning months. Many of Baffin’s biggest and best trout are caught during this time which usually stretches from late December through April to early May.
The hardy souls that are willing to brave the brutal conditions of a South Texas Winter can reap the rewards when fishing for the heaviest trophy Trout. A huge aggressive trout topping the 30″ mark and weighing double digits is very possible. The Baffin Bay is the place to pursue these beasts. Many of our clients here at Baffin Bay Rod and Gun have landed their personal best catches.
But big trout don’t just bite in the Winter. Many notable catches happen around the year. As the weather warms and conditions stabilize, the fish become more aggressive and topwater bites are plentiful. There is something for everyone at BBR&G. We are full time, year-round fishing guides and we have the knowledge and experience to help you land that fish of a lifetime.
Fishing Trip Check List
- Plan on bringing a rod and reel set up that you are comfortable and familiar with that is in good working condition. There are few things more frustrating than early morning equipment failures while your buddies are reeling in the Big Ones. I recommend spooling up with 12# monofilaments like Suffix Tritanium in bright yellow, or your favorite line. (We use braided lines for fishing with corks but generally use mono). If you do not have your own rod and reel, one can be supplied at no extra cost.
- A current Texas fishing license with all applicable endorsements and stamps. It’s rather embarrassing to find out you don’t have what you need when our friendly game wardens do a routine check. Your friends will never let you live it down. Click here to buy your license online!
- A good pair of polarized sunglasses (emphasis on good). Brown, amber or vermillion work best on the flats. Seeing what’s happening out there is very important to our style of fishing. You get what you pay for.
- A comfortable hat or cap with a dark lining under the brim.
- Wading gear, if you are wading: Depending on the time of year you may need waders, wading boots, a belt to hold your stringer and a good pair of pliers and line clippers, and a good quality wading jacket. When it’s cold outside, staying dry is the key to staying warm. Don’t hit the bargain bin for your wading gear. If you don’t have any gear, we have quality gear to loan at no extra cost.
- We provide a great lunch and snacks on the boat and drinks for the boat. Alcohol is permitted in moderation (please no bottles).
- Your “A” game. You are going to need it.
Things You Don’t Need
- The entire fishing tackle section from Cabela’s. We provide terminal tackle and welcome your pared-down selection of personal favorites. Boat storage space is limited and the Captain (Black) detests deck clutter. (lol…)