4/25 Well I tried to contact Captain Black for a Report - This is where I found him on FB. Sally said it looked like a big trout kind of day today. Captain Black with his biggest this season - 31 inches and released. Update Capt. Black reports "Baffin is great for big fish right now. This week we have had six over 26" including a 29 1/2" and a 31" caught today. Rootbeer assassins on 1/32 oz jigheads (yes, 1/32oz), fished low and slow on dropoffs near grass/mud flats"
4/13 4/11 Land Cut 9 mile Hole report via Shin_deep - Fished the land cut/9-mile hole on Thursday. Fished the west side of the cut with plastics and gulp/popping cork but no luck. Nice breeze out of the N/NE made it easy to drift the west bank. Saw tons of bait on the flat adjacent to the west side and with the high tides figured we'd give it a shot. Saw a few tailing drum but unable to get a take on gulps. Even got out of the boat and waded, still no luck. Went into 9-mi just south of the airplane and made several drifts toward the west shoreline. By this time the wind had turned more E-NE. Picked up a red on the first drift and saw quite a bit of bait/mullet within about 1oo yds of the windward shoreline. Thought maybe we were on 'em, but only picked up one more slot red after 3 drifts - all on weedless gold spoons. Headed back to the ditch for another try, thinking there would be more more tidal movement, but it appeared slack, and wind was straight out of the E at this point. Not sure how to post pics... but two lower slot reds don't seem worthy of posting. If anyone has any other reports from down south, I'd appreciate the info. It's a long haul for two reds! Oh, and water clarity in/around Baffin was poor. Would expect that after a front, but I hear that's been the norm all winter. Haven't fished down south since last fall, so not sure what's going on.
4/4 Baffin Report via Stickemsick -
Cory's 27" spec landed via top water and released to fight another day.
The 29" I landed after being reminded why it is we do what we do and she was released as well. Couldn't ask for better condition that morning, we managed a few other and lost a few too, all in all a good day.
4/3 Baffin Round up via Capt Black - A few from Baffin, February and March (Yes IN Baffin). All but the last one came over shallow grass/mud. The last one came off the rocks. Small baits were the ticket. Various colors of 4" Saltwater Assassin Sea Shad. Report Here
3/23 Baffin/Land Cut report via Stickemsick - Yes the fog was an issue but all turned out well and managed 3 over 25"
3/15 Baffin Bay via Captain Black and Captain Sally - 2 good days 3 bad days. I guess I will attribute it to high barometric pressure. Water is still off but we are seeing more and more baitfish in areas where we haven't been seeing them. When the trout bite is on, it's big fish. We had 9 trout over 25" in one week. When it's bad. You may not even get a bump all day. I'm still liking our chances of picking up some more big girls in the near future. Grass/ mud near a dropoff and throwing small Saltwater Assassin Sea Shad in your favorite color. Chicken on a chain should be your favorite color (hint)
Andrew caught the biggest fish of the day 3/14 a 27.5 inch redfish. Good job for a six year old!
2/24 Baffin Bay via Baffinboy - Launched from the back of the bay round 9, caught most from noon to 2pm. Caught 6 over 30", some were over 40"... had nine in the box and couldn't catch luckey number 10 bc none were keepers (under 30). Decided to not get greedy and take home with 9. My arms were sore today, could barely log in to my computer at work. Was my dad's 64th birthday just me and him, what a memory !
2/21 Baffin Bay via Captain Black and Captain Sally - T Bailey catches the trophy this afternoon on Baffin, a 9-1/4 pound, 30-1/4" Big Girl on a Saltwater Assassin Chicken on a Chain paddle tail! That's a real Baffin trophy while fishing with Capt Black.
2/8 Baffin Bay via Captain Black and Captain Sally - Trout are slow but good quality up to 27". Reds and drum are crazy good in shallow water north and south shorelines. Trout are hitting topwaters early and dark plastics on dropoffs and shallow rocks. Reds on 1/8 oz. gold or copper spoons and 4" saltwater assassin sea shad in various colors.
1/26 Cast and Blast Weekend via Charlie Golla - We had our annual end of season cast and blast trip last weekend with a group of friends and family from San Antonio. Ducks were in good numbers but hard to decoy into range until Sunday when we had more cloud cover. Red-heads made up the bulk of our harvest with a few Pintail and Baffle-heads. We saw several flights of Snow geese and had a few groups come into range. Drum fishing started out good on Friday but slowed over the weekend and that was the same with Redfish and Trout. I suspect, last weeks warm up turned the Drum bite off a bit as we saw a good return of hardheads that weren't present in previous weeks. All in all it was a fun time with 27 Drum, 8 Redfish, 5 Trout, 1 Sheep head, 1 Croaker, 23 Ducks & 2 Geese.
And, none of the drum we cleaned had any signs of soft meat.
12/15 Captain Black and Captain Sally - Are up to their eyeballs in ducks but Aubrey did manage to catch and release this 28" 7 and a quarter pound trout.
Did I mention they're getting a few ducks?
12/1 Baffin Bay via Captain David Rowsey - David says he's been fishing in the Upper Laguna. (That ought to tell you something) The two trips he did take to Baffin produced little though he did say the best water is in 9 mile hole and there are a few fish there.
Meanwhile read this article by David Sikes regarding the starving black drum. http://www.caller.com/news/2012/nov/28/why-are-baffin-bays-drum-starving-to-death/
11/15 Baffin Bay via Capt Black at Baffin Bay Rod and Gun Club- Baffin is still off colored but what else is new. Duck hunting is in full swing so most of our fishing has been on the tail end of Blast & Cast trips. Fair numbers of reds and trout. Most on paddletail plastics over grass/mud in two to three feet of water. Not a lot of size on the trout but good upper slot and oversize reds. Duck hunting is off the charts. We have bagged 11 species so far this year including a nice Canvasback drake this week. For a few openings around Thanksgiving so give us a call.
10/19 Baffin Bay via Captain David Rowsey - Baffin Bay's brown tide has fishing tough. Trout are slow. David has been fishing north and has found a few trout and there still are some schools of slot and oversized redfish between Emmord's and Pita. Lots of flounder is one bright spot. David says they've been finding them anywhere water is moving like cuts into the ICW or sandy points in the deeper areas of the bay. Black Drum have been hanging around the crash channels around the Boat Hole.
10/11 Baffin Bay from Capt Black at Baffin Bay Rod and Gun Club - Sally spotted a big school of oversize reds around Kenedy point day before yesterday. Haven't really noticed any birds working yet. Plenty of drum up super skinny. Great for the fly guys. Trout are tough to find but when we do, they are good ones. Had a 14 year old with a handicap (doesn't let it slow him down though) picked up a monster flounder this week on red/white paddletail.
10/4 Baffin Bay from Capt Black at Baffin Bay Rod and Gun Club - Fishing slowed down this week predictably with the higher waters, full moon and cold front. Trout are still hanging around the dropoffs. Downsize and slow it down for best results. Reds and drum are scattered but aggressive when you find them 1/8 -1/4 ounce seedless gold spoons, small paddletails and 3" Gulp Swimming Mullets are the go-to bait
9/11 Baffin Bay from Captain Black - Still a good early morning trout bite up to 27". Picking up two or three almost every trip out. Plastics working best, especially pumpkinseed chartreuse Norton Bull Minnows. Great redfish action around noon in 2 to 3 feet of water on sandy areas with scattered grass. Most are upper slot with an occasional oversize. Scattered flounder and black drum in the same areas. Here's one from Saturday
8/31 Upper Laguna Baffin via Rocky and Roy's Bait and Tackle - Getting reports fishing ICW edges with gulp shrimp and jerk shads catching flounder. Trout. Reds. South baffin bay catching drum few trout and reds. Flounder in icw.
8/23 Capt Black from Baffin Bay Rod and Gun - Trout fishing for big fish has heated up. The fish are getting ready for the Fall spawn (when water temps begin to drop). They are unusually hefty for late August but that's a good thing. Dropoffs near grass flats are where to look. Most are falling for a variety of soft plastics. Topwater bite is inconsistent. Reds and drum are super shallow and can be caught on small plastics and Gulps sightcasting.
8//13 ULM Baffin via Captain CJ - Had a great trip on 8-9 on the KRS about 1 mile south if the yellow cabin. Headed to Baffin and stopped on a trout slick just past the double yellows with no wind in crystal clear water thinking to myself there is no way on a full moon that we are going to catch fish here, and we absolutely spanked some fish there. 2 people 43 trout 12 reds two were over 30 inches and one trout at 29 "released" and one trout at 26.5 inches kept, " hooked deep" and we're were done by noon. Free lined piggies and soft plastics. Most if our fish came off the plastics. Hope you guys enjoy the pics. Until next time fair well and fair winds. -Capt CJ
8/4 Skipper's Report 8/1 - It started out with light winds then picked up later. Pink catch 5 and pink devil eye. Also red head white body
Catch 5. .. Adios
7/27 Captain Black reports - "Trout fishing has picked up for size (up to 29") but numbers are still low. You can get a limit but you will have to really grind it out. Redfish and black drum are very very good. Lots of sightcasting opportunities in Baffin and the ULM. With the water dropping out, shallow areas along the south shoreline (10" or less) are loaded with black drum and cruising redfish starting around mid morning. Lots of fun right now."
7/24 Skipper reports - "Left BIB about 7:00am and went to Rocky Slough area. Ended up with 10 Trout and 2 Reds. Bait of choice was Gulp new penny shrimp, pink Devil Eyes and Zoom baitfish (smoking shad). Biggest Trout swallowed the Devil eyes and could not be revived. Released a lot of smaller fish. The water was decent, you could see the sand pockets and rocks.
Wind is going to be picking up so I am staying around the house for the next coupe of days. Here are a couple of pics...Adios
7/20 Captain Black says - "Not much change. Better topwater bite on trout up to about 26". Trout bite turns off around 9:30 and then it's redfish and black drum time. South shoreline of Baffin and Rocky Slough"
Capt CJ with Rusty Texan Fishing Guide - "Catching trout in good numbers with a few mixed in going over 20" including a couple big girls tipping the scale at 7 lbs. shrimp has been my go to bait under an alemeda especially when the sun comes up. It seems like the croaker bite stops with the heat. Also several reds in the slot with good numbers of black drum with the live shrimp. I have been fishing the south shoreline of Baffin exclusively focusing on the drop offs and grass lines. Find the bait and the fish are there. Until next time farewell and fair winds. -Capt CJ"
7/12 Captain Black Says - "Good topwater bite early on trout to 24". Gotta work through lots of smaller fish but if you are patient, the bigger fish are there. Dropoffs and grasslines are working best. Redfish and drum are still super shallow and small paddletail plastics or curl tail Berkley Gulps are extremely effective."
7/6 Baffin - Capt CJ with Rusty Texan Fishing Guide says Caught several reds with a few keeper trout and a couple nice black drum on the north shoreline of Baffin with shrimp under popping corks. All the fish were hugged up right on the shoreline in about 2 foot of water. Found some more keeper reds from 21-28 inches with a lot of smaller trout in the badlands at the mouth of Baffin. Again shrimp we're he ticket.
7/5 Report from Skipper - Well we launched at BIB around 6:30am and headed south. Got down to Baffin and the top water bite was on. Ended up with 8 Trout and 3 Reds. Great day on the water.
6/22 Baffin from Captain Aubrey Black - Catching some good trout to 28" in the bay around rocks but not in big numbers. Redfish and black drum are in "stupid" numbers in the shallow water all over the bay. Sightcasters, fly fishermen are having a field day right now. The usual paddletail plastics are working best.
6/19 Baffin Floater Weekend Report from Charlie Golla - We had the whole family down for a weekend of fun in Baffin Bay. Weather was excellent, the moon was right and it all came together for three days of steady catching. We had lots and lots of trout under the light with a fair amount of slot size being caught. Several trout in the 20-inch range with the largest going 23-inches. Day time fishing was again excellent just about everywhere we tried. Our best day time catches came in the evening up along the east shoreline. Reds, trout and flounder with a ton of drum tailing at sundown. Water was more off color up north of Baffin than it was in the Bad Lands. Drum were everywhere. We found lots of sight casting opportunities for drum and redfish tailing in a foot of water or less. Also saw several really big trout up in less than a foot of water but they wouldnt take anything. 3-inch white gulps on a 1/8oz jig head was our go to lure. Second were the electric chicken and the Paul brown devil eye in glow green and motor oil. Tipped with a white crab flavor Fish-Bite and the drum were game.
6/11 6/9 Report from Seabass - After about a 7 month or so hiatus from fishing I got down to Baffin this past weekend to visit my old pal Aubrey and his wife Sally. My buddy Joe wanted to take his step-kid Colby to the coast for his birthday .... he turned 16 and hadn't fished saltwater before. Friday night at the Blacks' I served up some of my seafood gumbo which everyone seemed to enjoy.
Saturday morning we found calm waters and few boats out. My first trout was a nice 20 incher, caught on a red/white cocohoe minnow. I got a couple more trout that didn't measure, however Joe got a keeper. The cap' decided to move on to more productive grounds after only a few more small trout were caught.
Took a little boat ride further south to some skinny water where we all saw redfish tails up in the air and sometimes saw topfins cutting through the top. My first wade out from the boat got me hooked up to a healthy 23 inch red. Aubrey and Sally took Colby out on the other side of the boat to show him some "ropes". It wasn't long before Colby sight-casted to his first saltwater fish...a nice 20 inch black drum which he caught on a plastic lure! He followed that one up with another good eatin sized drum during the early afternoon.
At some point Joe got a keeper red, and I got another keeper red while drifting past potholes. The fish were THERE! Aubrey and Sally closed out a limit of reds each, prolly due to their super hi-fi sunglasses Smile A few more black drum were sight-casted-to and caught, giving a fantastic end to a great day. Evening time gave way to grilling thick ribeyes on Aubrey's back porch...we chowed down on that along with super-sweet corn on the cob, baked taters, and some homegrown tomatoes ala salad Italiano (my own title for it ).
We had a fantastic time down in Baffin! Thanks again to Capt Aubrey and Sally for making my friends feel at home. I grilled up some red and black drum last night on the halfshell. It.......was......DELICIOUS!!! You can't get that kind of fresh fish in San Antonio unless you catch it yourself.
6/1 - 3 Baffin Report from Bayslammer - "My new boat was ready Thursday, so I was able to go fishing this weekend. Ended up staying at the Wildhorse Lodge in Rivera for three nights. We had a house full of guys who rarely get to fish saltwater, so they were ready. Overall the fishing was slow, but we managed enough trout for a fish fry Saturday night and everyone took a quart ziplock home.
I tried to find a good bite all over Baffin Bay to the Upper Laguna. We used a variety of soft plastics and caught some nice trout Friday mostly at the mouth of Baffin and north of there. The water looked pretty bad in the back, but we found sand pockets with greenish water and bait in the ULM and that produced. The winds were light on Friday, and really picked up Saturday leading us to find protected water. For a Saturday, boat traffic was very light in Baffin Bay, but Yarbrough was pretty crowded.
I think if we had croaker we could of caught more fish. The fish were around, but the high winds and stained water just made us work a little harder than usual. Hopefully I can get some pics from the guys and I'll post them."
5/25 Baffin report from Charlie Golla 5/20 -Water was really off color from the wind and brown tide. Tons of grass floating under the lights at night and just about everywhere we went during the day. Worked our tails off both days and came up with only a few fish. There were a lot of trout under the lights but almost all were undersize. Set out seven perch traps and box about 10 dozen but we couldnt get anyone to use them. Theres really no good way to say it but we had a bunch of no fishing drunk monkey on board. The first picture was taken under the lights before I went to bed. The second was what I found on deck at sunup. All in all good relaxing time by everyone.
5/3 Baffin Via Capt Sally and Captain Black - Sightcasting to reds on the South Shorline in Skinny 6 inch water for reds on Chicken on a Chain Sea Shad Saltwater Assassins and a bonus Black Drum
4/26 Captain Black Says - "Winds have been awful and constant. Kinda limits areas to fish but fortunately, those areas have been holding fish. Trout are fair to 23" on pink Skitterwalks and Bone Super Spook jr.'s. redfish are great right now with many upper slot to oversize on chicken-on-a-chain colored Saltwater Assassin Sea Shad. Shallow grass and mud are areas to key in on."
4/10 Golla Easter Weekend Report - Had the family down at the house boat over the weekend and caught a few fish. Worked at it all day in the wind but there wasn't much of a daytime bite. Thanks in large to the full moon. Things did however pick up after sundown and remained hot all night. Shrimp were everywhere under the lights and the trout showed up in good numbers. Lots of keeper size with the largest trout going 27. Two at 26, one at 25 and a 21. also picked up a few Redfish on gulps in the meadows. Tide was a little bit high so they may have been spread out a little more in the shallows. Brown tide from Bird Island all the way to Baffin but not as strong yet as in years past.
3/22 Captain Black says - No brown tide. I keep hearing that but I've been all over this bay and there is no brown tide. The water isn't clear but that happens from time to time. If it isn't gin clear then the chicken littles come out in force. Sorry but I needed to vent lol. Fishing is slow but we are catching some nice trout from 23"-28 1/2". Topwaters are working best. Redfish are still everywhere with lots of upper slot to oversize and they like the topwaters too. Pink Skitterwalk, bone super spook Jr., and Clown Super Spook are the lures of choice.
3/8 Weekend Looks Bad and Captain Black Says - "Fishing sucked when the winds started blowing. If it calms a bit, the north shoreline and KRS should turn on. Redfish are still everywhere as well as black drum. Most I've seen this time of year in a while." Meanwhile Capt. Black's Bride Sally got into a nice red this week
3/4 Baffin Bay via YakAttack - Decided to head out to the bay to take my brother in law and nephew on a yak fishing trip.
The water was calm and sun was awesome!!!!
The fishing was kind of slow for most of the morning/early afternoon, but picked up towards the end of the day.
The paddle back was really nice!!!!
2/11 Baffin Bay Capt Black says - We have been hitting some spots in the back of the bay and doing pretty good on some bigger fish up to 27". Of course some bigger fish were lost including one monster trout a client lost right in front of me. Plum and rootbeer/red glitter saltwater assassins have been working well.
2/2 Baffin Bay Acoustennis Reported - On a good day of fishing 2/1 Here
1/26 Baffin Bay - Capt Black says - "Duck hunting was pretty slow but suddenly got a big push of redheads and pintails to make the last week of season a little more exciting. Fishing has been good for trout up to 24" in the bay over grass/mud bottom with paddletails. Redfish seem to be just about everywhere we look in shallow water. Look for single tailing reds and drum on the flats and use small paddletails on the lightest jighead in your tackle box. I use 1/32 oz. Reaction Strike Flats Lok on 1/0 hooks. Fish are in a springtime pattern as opposed to the wintertime pattern they should be in. A little cooler water temps would be nice."
1/13 Baffin Bay via AcousTennis fishing on 1/11 - Had plans to meet up with my buddies and MT stringer from TKF
on the water about noon and paddled to our shoreline
set up the drift and started throwing but nothing yet
buddies went one way, MT went the other i stayed and pulled 4 dinks....
got a call from my bud that he hit a red so off we go to the other shoreline...
with about a hour left of light i headed to the initial spot and started drifting throwing my plum paulbrown flappin devil...
started hitting dinks one after another for a bit then a drag ripper..
big gator head comes up and starts head shaking..i backed off the drag and let it run ...applied some pressure and it comes straight up head shaking and tail walking...backed off again ...finally started pulling it to the net and it started head shaking more ..
then my jig head comes flying at me...sad...
couple more casts and i hook up with a solid 20" trout....
met back up with MT and my buds they had no luck
it was a rough day trying to figure out the fish, we never got into them consistently, i have a lot to go to figure out these trout...
Sorry i couldn't get ya on any monsters travis, but at least you know my spots now....ill make it up to ya in the summer with a stringer of reds and drum haha
I may be heading out sunday with light winds, it will be sunny but a high pressure...any tips on where to look for trout?
1/6 Baffin Bay Capt Black says - "Trout to 26" on the spoil islands on saltwater assassins fished extra slow. There are still plenty of redfish in the upper slot to oversize in super shallow water. Paddletails are working best"
12/31 Baffin Bay Capt Black says - "Still mostly duck hunting but did squeeze in a couple of fishing trips. Redfish are very good on soft plastics in shallow water. Dealing with the floating grass is the biggest problem. Catching trout to 5 pounds also on soft plastics around the rocks "
12/15 Baffin Bay Capt Black says - I caught a 27" trout behind the Tide Gauge day before yesterday and overall, the trout fishing has picked up. Starting to see some Big Girl wannabe's around the 26"-28" mark. Most on plastics of course but I did have a client that insisted on throwing a topwater all day and caught a couple of nice fish. Redfishing is great. reds in off colored shallow water late morning through early afternoon on small paddletails. We are catching many oversize reds up to 50" yes I said FIFTY inches.
12/8 Baffin Bay Capt Black says - Almost verbatim from the last one on 12/2 Except I didn't bother trying out the spoil islands. Reds are still good at Summer House and Rocky Slough. Ducks are thick so it should be a good hunt for the start of the second season.
12/2 Baffin Bay Capt Black says - Trout have been a little spotty but we had a couple of good days on solid trout to 24" on the spoil islands. On calm days, we have been catching 18"-20" trout under sitting birds and large pods of mullet. Redfish are just about as good as it gets. Yarbrough, Summer House, 9 Mile Hole are easy pickings right now. The reds we are catching are over stuffed with tiny pin perch so small baits are working best,
11/3 Baffin Bay/Landcut Report from Capt. Scott Hibbets - Wow, been away from the computer for several weeks Six weeks of casting and blasting has occupied all of my time as of late. It's nice to be home for a while .Dove season was really solid, as well as the fishing Both got a bit tough towards the end with cool fronts finding their way south.
Working the birds in Baffin Bay has been my most consistent trout bite for the past several weeks. I have found the occasional redfish or two mixed in with the trout. My clients have been throwing pearl gulps rigged 18 to 24 inches under an alameda rattle cork However, those fish under the birds will eat just about any soft plastic. Only expect to find the birds working in Baffin on calm days. If the wind is blowing at all don't waste your time searching for them.
Live bait has been almost impossible to find, and to be honest, I gave up on it a month ago. However, I have noticed a couple of shrimp flags flying at area bait houses. These fronts should start to lower water temps considerably, pushing those pesky bait thieves out .This will making using live shrimp a lot less frustrating.
For you black drum enthusiasts, your time of year is quickly approaching .Good luck and be safe, see you on the water.
Capt. Scott Hibbetts
10/21 Capt Black says - Fishing has been good for redfish and drum, a little spotty for trout. Shallow water is holding the most fish. Slot reds and a few oversize on paddletail plastics and small topwaters. Sightcasting is great on the south shoreline of Baffin from Los Corrallos to Penascal Point and behind the tide gauge bar.
10/18 Epic Baffin Report from Acoustennis 10/14 - So this weekend im busy as can be....fishing the mornings helping with the nilgai in the afternoons...
With the cold front that came through i wanted to make sure i know where the fish are so the guys and gals that are fishing with me this weekend can spend more time fishing where they are then where they aren't ...
Warning: the following report contains a exciting fishing adventure do not read if you are at work or there is a lightning storm outside! A/T is not liable for injuries you receive from attempting to recreate this adventure...unless you catch then its totally my fault :dance:
Got on the water around 6:30
Checked on "The Gauntlet" where i caught the reds...nada it was too cold had to wait for it to heat up a bit....
poled down the shore line all the way to "Grazing fields" picking up 3 lower slot reds on the way....
got to Grazing fields finally and picked up this bigger red around 24-25
then a couple yards down the shoreline....this happens....and im sorry for all the cussing, watching my language for the video was the last thing on my mind =/...
i was a little excited...first time i ever sight casted a Trout and biggest trout i've ever hit on a lure...at the time...
and yes it was released! =)
a little slow to swim but it took off in a hurry after a bit =) good to see
I was thinking to myself "How can i follow that up" ...
i didn't care how the rest of the day ended i was just excited to have that under my belt i would like to say i got this lure thing figured out but not just yet young grasshoppa....
so i let the, now gusting, wind push me back down the shoreline and i pole my way around a embankment for wind shelter...
i continue to pole spooking a few reds..the water was DIRTY so i had to see them 3 feet in front of the yak stop on a dime and cast quick to get them....
i found myself in a little "cove" that usually is shallow but with the rain the water picked up and let me cruise through it...
on the shoreline i see a "redfish" it spooks off the shallow and is deep but i can still see a shadow of it...
i kept casting my shrimp and nada so before it got into deeper water where i would lose it i grabbed my other rod with a catch 2000 bone tied on....
perfect cast...it sinks...shadow darts to lure...DRAG! RED ON!!....wait...this isnt right...
*Headshake* *Headshake* *Headshake*
ITS ANOTHER MONSTER TROUT!!!
it made 5 or 6 big runs i dont catch a lot of trout for the main reason of the drag being locked down for reds..so i let it rip drag without ripping the hook out...
finally i got it to the net! YEAAAAAA! YEAAAAA!
this trout measured out at 29.5" i could not believe my luck it was an amazing feeling...and i got the picks on a ruler i will send to yakman for KOTH!
now the bummer...i spent 40-50 minutes trying to revive the fish..i took quick pictures and did my best but when it was in the yak it hit its head REALLY hard thrashing around and just stopped moving..30 minutes of that time it wouldn't even move its gill plate or mouth just float upside down =/
so as much of a CPR fisherman i have become i had to pull out the stringer....
nevertheless i was still very excited and pumped up!!!
i continued down the shoreline and got close to "The Gauntlet" again saw a couple reds on the outside of it ....once in it there was black drum all over...
figured i would figure them out on lures...tried the arnulfo approach with a pink swimming mullet but it just spooked em...
put on a short shank DOA jighead with a 1.5 inch pearl white gulp shrimp...drag it up to there face ..tiny twitch..wait...wait...wait..wait...wait...then they will pick it up and casually swim away with it and set the hook =) try it haha..
got a limit in about 10 minutes...wanted to play more with them but i decided to let them be so when my guests come to fish the drum wont be scared of the lure already...
theres 5 in there trust me lol with a very dead trout
did manage another greedy red that stole the shrimp from the drum lmao funniest thing to see happen...
Anyways fished from 5:30 to 3:30 with 2 awesome trout, 5 Drum, and 6 redfish =)
so Pup, Pach, Erick, Wildman....i hope i can get yall on some fish lmao im trying my best here
10/6 Capt Black-'s Cast and Blast Baffin Report - Its been a hit or miss proposition all week. We have great days and not so good days. Yesterday we whacked em. 8 fish over 20" up to 23" most on small topwaters (bone Super Spook Jr.) on the sandbars and scattered grass. Seems like the trout are avoiding the rocks these days. Redfish were good with upper slot and oversize fish in 18''or less clear water along the shorelines. Dove numbers are still off the charts and limits are the norm.
9/29 Capt Black-'s Cast and Blast Baffin Report - Dove numbers are outstanding during evening hunts. If you don't get your limit, it's not the bird's fault. Good topwater bite early and catching good numbers of trout up to 23". Redfish all over the south shoreline of Baffin and they are schooling up in 9 Mile Hole. Paddletail plastics are working best but we have done quite well flyfishing for them. Several schools of 40"+ reds out there right now.
9/22 Baffin Bay/Landcut Report from Capt. Scott Hibbets - The past week has been fair to good for me at best. My clients are still catching respectable boxes of fish. However, there has been nothing easy about it .Long days and finicky fish under a bright moon this past weekend made for a not so "customer friendly" bite (lol). Still using croaker and occasionally pigs and I am having to pull anchor quite a bit before finding fish that want to cooperate. They are there, the trout that is, just be patient The redfish in the "gi-normous" size range are still providing lots drag squealing entertainment for clients, which is as shown by the photo from a couple of days ago.
Well as I mentioned in a previous report, we are entering that transitional time of year This will become more evident as croaker and perch flags start flying less often at our local bait houses. Anglers will need to switch gears and make the change over to live shrimp and then on to artificials as cooler temps are around the corner.
Long drifts with the aid of a drift sock will be the norm before too long. Shrimp under an Alameda rattle cork or your favorite soft plastic behind an eighth ounce or as much as a ¼ oz. screw lock jighead on high wind days will be your best option while trying to catch trout and redfish.
Myself, I am ready for some cooler winds to push me across the pristine waters of Baffin Bay. See ya on the water and in the field It's CAST 'N BLAST time. Fishing in the morning and dove hunting in the afternoon. Happy Opening Day and be safe.
Capt. Scott Hibbetts
A 40" Redfish caught and released
9/15 Baffin Bay / Landcut Report from Capt. Scott Hibbets - North, South, East or West, it doesn't seem to matter which direction you choose or what method of fishing you prefer (live bait or artificial), redfish have been giving up their haunts quite regularly and becoming easy prey for area anglers. Especially, on those slack wind mornings. Tell "tail" signs everywhere. Slot fish (20" to 28") on up to 48" fish are roaming our fishing venues throughout the Laguna Madre and Baffin Bay. And, here's some food for thought, don't forget or should I say overlook the Black Drum that are showing up in large schools. These fish provide excellent angling action and are even better table fare.
For you trout enthusiasts, my focus over the last week has been the rocks of Baffin Bay. Deep rocks, and sometimes quite a ways off of the rocks. Calm mornings are allowing me to really dissect a rock pile with my trolling motor without deploying an anchor. As always, pay close attention to what's around you Birds and bait always have some sort of story to tell. See ya on the water and be safe.
Rebecca Roberts with a 36" Redfish
Capt. Scott Hibbetts
9/8 Baffin Bay / Landcut Report from Capt. Scott Hibbets-
Well, even though temps still hover around the century mark, believe it or not Fall 2011 is in the air. Winds out of the North West, early flights of ducks showing up, and bruiser redfish ganging up in the flats of the Laguna Madre and Baffin Bay are some strong indications that Fall is here. And along with these changes comes that transitional time of year. Throw in some extreme high tides due to passing storms in the Gulf and fishing can get down right tough. I am still fishing the Kenedy shoreline and the Landcut depending on the strength of the wind on a given day However, with higher than normal tides this past week subtle adjustments were necessary. Focusing on 4 to 6 foot of water has pushed me tighter to shorelines and grass lines alike As always find the bait and you'll find your target species. With bait moving further up on shelves and flats due to high water, trout and redfish are not far behind The fish have not left the areas that I have spoken about, they are just staging a bit differently than before.
Another sign of Fall is bird action. Gulls are giving away the location of some real nice trout in Baffin Plastics or live bait is working well under these "fish detectors". Good luck, be safe, and I'll see you on the water.
Capt. Scott Hibbetts
9/1 Baffin Bay/Land Cut Capt. Scott Hibbets- All I can say is get'em early. Temps have been brutal, however, still experiencing lots of smiles on the faces of my clients. This past week has continued to produce good numbers of trout and redfish. We have been fishing 6 ft of water over rocks along the Kenedy shoreline. I'm having to move around quite a bit if fishing from the boat, however, if you can slip off into the water and spread out the results have been even better. Both croaker and/or piggies seem to be the ticket right now, with my personal preference being croaker in Baffin bay and south. Be on the look out for large schools of redfish in the Laguna Madre, its getting to be that time of year. Just about anything will work on those "bruisers."
Well, see you on the water. I'm off to the north for the start of the 2011 Dove season, a "Texas Holiday."
Capt. Scott Hibbetts
8/25 Baffin Bay/Land Cut Capt. Scott Hibbets -
Fishing continues to be much like the weather, "HOT." My clients are still putting nice catches of speckled trout together. Along with the trout are flounder, excellent table fare, and some redfish. I'm catching the flounder in the Landcut along the west drop off and the redfish are coming off of deep rock piles, 6 to 7 feet of water, in Baffin Bay. Both croaker and piggies will work in either of these scenarios, but I would strongly recommend croaker if fishing from Baffin Bay and South.
The best advice that I can give someone is to be "PATIENT!" It's a typical August pattern with light winds and water temps hovering around that 90 degree mark in places. Some days you will have to deal with quite a few undersized trout. Just be patient and work through them, there are better fish to come. And, as always try to handle these undersize fish with care. They're the future.
Above and below are a couple of pics from a charter earlier in the week. I have to tip my hat to these young ladies, Miranda and Brittney, they sure can fish!
See you on the water
Capt. Scott Hibbetts
8/1 1 Baffin via Capt Black - "Time to be versatile. Topwaters early around sandbars and dropoffs. Plastics over deep rocks before the winds become a factor. There is some consistent bird action before noon especially with Gulps underneath maulers. Drifting or wading shallow flats sightcasting redfish and trout with small paddletails and lots of black drum hanging around grasslines and dropoffs in Yarbrough"
Here's a weekend report from YaknBak
We signed up for the CCLEFT fishing tournament and headed out saturday morning after a breakfast at the Taquiero in the Bluff. Started fishing close to the JFK but just too much traffic for our liking and headed south toward Baffin around 9:30. We fished several different spots and at 4 pm we did not have anything big enough to weigh in at the tournament so we decided to keep fishing. We ended up coming in later than we planned but what the heck we were catching fish and it was fun. It turned out to be a long day after cleaning 9 Flounder, 3 Specs, 4 Reds and 12 Drum. Carlton, Bobby C. and Bobby Joe and myself Joe W. caught all fish on artificial except 10 of the 12 Drum.
We have been blessed again.
Excellent Redfish action in 9 mile hole over the weekend.
8/1 Captain Black Says - Good numbers and great quality of trout today. Many over 20" and quite a few topping 24". Plastics over deep rocks is the key today.
Charlie Golla had this houseboat report post Don 7/31 -Tropical storm Don looked like it would blow out our plans for the weekend but after fizzling out Friday. We headed down Saturday morning with Cathy’s brother Jeff and his family. It took two boats to get everyone down from Bird Island after it re-opened. Running down, Chris had to follow for a change as we broke in the new 140 Suzuki. The weather station in Baffin had shown 59 mph wind gust on Friday when Don came ashore but there were no signs of any damage at the cabin. The water clarity was actually quite nice considering Fridays weather, but it got really hot and stayed that way all weekend. Fish were scattered but after a little looking we found them east of the ICW. Drum were everywhere in the meadows and schooled up for the taking. Under the lights we had the usual trout bite with a fair amount of bait, but everyone played out early. The perch traps paid off really good and produced the larger fish under the light. Arron caught the two largest trout, a 25 and 24 inch using live perch under a cork. Amy caught a really nice flounder on the front deck. The end count was 28 drum, 19 trout, 4 redfish and 1 flounder. Not bad for a trip that was almost blown out by weather. Charlie
7/14 Captains Black both Sally and Aubrey fished 9 Mile Hole 7/13 -They got numerous oversize and slot reds and trout to 24 inches. Here is Captain Sally with a nice slot red on a buggy whip.
6/23 Baffin Bay via Capt Black- The low waters and high winds last week made for some tough fishing overall. We actually look forward to the rain and disturbed weather. Low barometric pressure makes for a better bite. Still catching em on plastics but the topwater bite should be picking up. On days with plenty of sunshine, we are catching redfish in super skinny water in the backlakes, south shoreline and the sand around the meadows. Fly rods make things interesting as well as challenging.
6/14 Baffin Bay - The fishing is still good. Charlie Golla and family had another banner weekend on their floater outside Baffin. Great fishing under the lights with trout, redfish, trout, black drum and flounder caught during the day. Meanwhile OilField Trash II filed this report - We headed down friday night to the cabin and fished around baffin and rocky slough.... started around 6:30 the next morning and had our limits of trout by 8:15 of so. Pretty good fishing. We didn't manage any big sows, but most were decent from 17-21". Size seems to be down on average from a few weeks ago, but still plenty of fish.
6/9 Baffin Bay via Capt Black - Trout bite is good almost all day long. Decent size up to 27" all on plastics over shallow rocks. Sightcasting redfish on the sand in less than one foot of water and paddletail plastics are working best there. Even picked up a couple of nice size flounder. Couldn't talk my clients out of them though lol.
5/26 Baffin Bay via Capt Black - Spanked em pretty hard this morning like I knew we would. All we needed was a little less wind so we could get to our spots on the north side of the bay, Alazan and the Cayo de Grullo. Good topwater bite but the bigger fish came on dark assassins on the lightest jigheads you can find. You could easily make an embarassing meat haul right now so practice conservation and keep what you will eat.
5/26 Baffin Bay via Capt Black - Good topwater bite early. Skitterwalks and Super Spook Jr's are carrying the load. Have seen some better fish showing up just in time for the STAR tournament. Water color overall is pretty good in spite of the winds. Its going to be very interesting once we change weather patterns and start seeing some calmer days. Redfish are up shallow behind the Tide Gauge bar. Tons of black drum up shallow on the south shoreline of Baffin for those that want an extreme challenge on the fly (flyrod)
5/20 Baffin Bay via Capt Black - Saturday he said they had 5 fish limits to 24" on soft plastics mostly over waist deep grass and mud. Earlier in the week he reported -Trout are everywhere right now. We recently picked up some big fish over deep rocks when the winds laid down. We've had a good consistent topwater bite but our bigger fish have been on plastics rigged on the lightest jigheads you can find. Good redfish are in the Meadows on small white paddletails. Anything that resembles small shrimp is very effective.
5/66 Baffin Bay - Fishing has been great after the front and the wind calmed somewhat. Lots of trout good keeper size with few throwbacks have been caught around the rocks in the more offcolored water. Topwaters worked early for us on Wednesday as Skipper, Zach and I combined for 17 trout to 24". Pearl and glow shad assassins with chartreuse tails fished under cajun thunder corks took many trout as did Fishbite Extreme shads in the chartreuse color, and quarter ounce gold Johnson Silver Minnows. Yours truly Left with Bruce Zach Zachary on the right. My Hair Courtesy of Flour Bluff Coiffures. Look for fish to be near the rocks and in the grass and sand pockets waist deep and shallower.
And again fishing with Zach on Cinco de Mayo, Skipper is shown with their catch of 14 solid trout. Ball Cap courtesy of Tray at CCA.
4/28 Golla's Easter Weekend Report - Good time with the family over Easter weekend. Wind blew the whole time out of the southeast with gust to 40. Fishing was a little tough at times with all the sleeping and napping and eating but we did manage to grind out a box of 61 trout. The daytime bite was off as most of the fish were caught at night under the night.
Meanwhile Captain Black has been hold up in 40 mile winds inside Baffin but still managing to catch decent numbers of solid keeper trout on small paddle tails fishing sand and grass.
4/22 Capt. Aubrey Black on Baffin Bay Fishing - After the Big Fish week, things have picked up number-wise but not so much on the size. We have been catching good numbers of trout to 26" on Saltwater Assassin Die Dappers and Stanley Jigs Bayou Chub paddletails. Water up shallow is looking real good and we have been sightcasting to big redfish in 8"-10" of water using the same lures. Fishing is real good right now but I would really appreciate it if someone would turn down the wind speed a notch or two.
4/16 Baffin Bay and Land Cut - The fishing is still good but expect lots of wind. Here is Tony Cortez who writes "I went to Baffin Bay on saturday 4/9 in 40mph winds with Capt. Colin Campbell, campbellcharters.com . Believe it or not i caught this trout using cut skip jack under a popping cork (fishing for reds) in 10" of water. Saw her coming from 20 yds out!..incredible fish! weighed 7.4lbs... 30.5" i think she just layed a bunch of eggs..i took a pic, revived her, and let her go to fight another day"
Also fishing with T. Ann and Jeffy , Lauren H caught a 19 inch trout and a keeper black drum fishing the ICW at Twin Palms Saturday 4/9. Jeffy could catch fish in a pothole with live shrimp.
4/7 Baffin and Land Cut - Check out this monster my friend Mike Lowery caught Tuesday fishing with Captain Sally Black. He got it while sight casting to reds. He also had an 8lber earlier in the morning and got a limit of redfish. Maybe he should buy a lotto ticket!
Fishing is still good in the Land Cut. Skipper reports - Fished the Landcut Friday and had a productive day. Ended up with 16 Trout, 4 Reds and 1 flounder. Then Saturday fished Emmords and my cousin Bruce Zachary caught a nice 26 1/2" Trout with a pearl gulp under a cajun thunder.
Fun weekend of fishing...Adios
3/31 Report from 3/31 Capt Black - Incredible day of fishing. 16 trout over five pounds. Top four were a pair of seven pounders, an eight pound Big Girl and this NINE pound beast caught by my lovely wife Capt. Sally Black.
In a three day period we have caught and released three nine pound trout. Can hardly wait to get on the water each morning to see what the good Lord has in store for us. Later, Capt Aubrey Black
3/25 Baffin Bay/ Land Cut - Rocky Slough is holding lots of good trout with many over 25 inches. Look for the shrimp migrating, birds working etc. Live shrimp and soft plastics under a popping cork are working best.
Capt. Mike Singleterry - filed this report from the Land Cut Saturday: OK Guys....this 12 year old girl had a great first saltwater fishing trip.
The landcut is still red hot.....
Thought you would like to see some pictures.
This is Zoie she caught a 26" long trout a 27" long redfish and a 28" long
Drum, funny thing was she caught them all one after the other.
Zoie and her dad Paul....
A good day was had by all...
3/17 Baffin Bay Capt. Mike Singleterry - Even with the high winds and despite the spring break traffic the fishing has been pretty good all over the Laguna Madre and the Landcut. Trout are on the flats again on the ULM fishing soft plastics and live shrimp and popping cork. Shrimp are still in the ICW and on a couple of trips we caught some nice redfish on the drop-off.
The Landcut has been off the hook with trout, redfish, flounder and drum
coming out of there in some very good numbers. If you can afford the gasoline and don't mind the long boat ride it has been well worth the trip.
3/13 Baffin Bay via Charlie Golla who says - We fished the weekend with family and a group of Chris’s friends, Matt and David. Very windy conditions during both days but it laid enough for some decent night fishing under the lights. Trout are starting to show up in good numbers and we’re seeing shrimp return under the lights. Drum and redfish were a little hard to find with the return of hardheads to the flats. Bottom fishing with dead shrimp was almost impossible with the pesky hardheads.
3/11 Baffin Bay via Gunbuyer - Went to baffin for the first time ever this morning. I planned to go offshore but after thinking about all the work involved in offshore and it being cold we decided to stay closer to home. Took the intercoastal to baffin bay. Went south to the wind mills then ran in between what looked like good water! THinking of all the rocks I have heard about it didnt seem too bad. I slowed down a bit just in case to about 20mph. I saw many boils on the tops dead ahead and immediately slowed down knowing it was the ROCKS!!!! As soon as I hit idle or 3mph the lower unit nailed a rock!!! Luckily for me I slowed down. I am usually not too lucky!
We drifted from that point half way to the north side over about 1.5 hours. Then fished the north side since the wind was blowing that way figured maybe the bait and bigger fish would be there. All in all we caught 3 keeper reds between 20-28inches. 2 black drum between 20-26 inches and 3 keeper trout.
I think baffin bay is likely a great fishing spot but it is important to know where to go and like anywhere else there are certain "secret spots" My neighbor went to baffin today as well and caught well over 30 keeper trout anda few redfish..... He is a seasoned baffin bay veteran. I am trying to get him to show me where land cut is so I can hunt it this season.
Capt. Mike Singleterry - Fishing has been a little slow in the ULM for the past week so I've been headed south to the Landcut with some very good results. Drum, trout and redfish have been moving through in some good numbers and the bite has been very good on live shrimp.
But at the price of gasoline and where the price is predicted to go this may be a short live adventure.
On a good note for the ULM, the shrimp have started moving out to the bay over the past week. The warmer water and the shrimp migtation should put the fish back on the flats with a steady weather pattern.
There are alot of positive things going on this spring that effects our local waters but one thing that I have seen lately is the great high tides we have been having this year.
Pics from the Land Cut
2/25 Baffin Bay Captain Black- Had a really good day today on trout. Caught them til our arms were sore. No Big Girls but we had 8 or 9 over 20" up to 23". Virtually any plastic was working and we were fishing a mud/grass dropoff in waist deep water. The big reds were behind the Tide Gauge Bar yesterday with upper slot and oversize reds going for paddletails.
2/17 Congrats to Captain David Rowsey and his partner, Mark Holt, of Team Waterloo - They won the Baffin Bash this past weekend. The big trout was 32.5 inches and close to ten pounds.
David Sikes and Jay Watkins went out this week and did well at the mouth of Baffin and on the KRS where David got a 6 lber. Story coming in the Caller Times.
1/27 Baffin Bay Captain Black - Catching fair numbers of trout. Not too many dinks. The ones we have been catching are FAT, obese like maybe a thyroid problem lol. I caught a 24" trout that weighed 5 3/4 pounds. Redfish have been very consistent with many upper slot and barely oversize ones being caught. I am staying in the back half of the bay mainly because we were running a lot of Cast & Blast trips during duck season and the fishing trips were only half a day. Water looks great and so does the future for our trophy trout season.
12/16 Baffin Bay - I spoke with David Sikes with the Caller Times who said a couple of guides he talked to this week said they couldn't get away from the trout from the mouth of Baffin and even in the Land Cut. No huge trout but lots of keepers on soft plastics.
11/12 Baffin Bay - Captain Black says the trout numbers remain good but no monsters. Keepers on dark bass assassins and devil eyes. Redfish are biting good in foot deep water near Yarborough and the Meadows. He has been using red and white paddletails and sightcasting to black drum using white paddletails. The crabbing's not bad either!
11/5 Baffin Bay - Captain Black says in addition to lots of ducks trout numbers in Baffin are very good right now. We are catching solid keepers under birds. Trout up to about 23" on dark plastics.
10/15 - Yarborough is hot Capt. Mike Singleterry- Down south Mike says Yarborough is also producing a lot of trout and reds on live shrimp! Great weather is expected too!
10/7 Baffin Report Capt. Black - Aubrey said that most of the fish have been coming deep on the rocks under the murky water on bass assassins.
9/24 Baffin Report Capt. Aubrey Black - Fishing has been a little slow but we managed to catch some nice trout up to 28 1/2" this month and some really nice "tournament" redfish. The high waters have kept the fish scattered but I think our prospects are very good for the fall and early spring. The waters have already cooled significantly and we all know that will signal the redfish to begin gorging themselves in preparation for their annual migration. I'm sure y'all heard we had a fish kill in Baffin too recently. A lot of misinformation was spread around and you can get my take on the matter in the most recent edition of Saltwater Angler. Here is a link to my article: Capt. Blacks Guidelines. Give us a call and book your Trophy Trout trips for January - May. They are already beginning to fill up so don't miss out on your chance at a trout of a lifetime.
For the complete update and pics go HERE
9/8 Loera gets his Slam 9/4 - I heard about the fish kill in Baffin, but a friend and I went anyway. I usually kayak, but went out in a PB. I saw a couple fish floating in the middle of the bay but not much else of a fish kill. Wierd thing was we fished from 2a.m. till 9a.m. and and at night, the water was glowing everytime it was disturbed. You could see a trail of greenish blue glow as we drove, leaving a glowing trail behind us. As we fished, anything moving about 6 inches below the surface was glowing. Even our fishing line was glowing. Was very cool but would like to know why? There were several jelly fish at the surface that would glow when disturbed. I threw a cast net and caught about 200 jellies on every throw.....the non-stinging kind.....comb jellies.......I think. when the sun came up is when the bite started. All caught free lining cut whiting and live menhaden caught in the bay. A couple of small keeper trout, 21" Speck, 22" Flounder, and 23" Red
A Fish Kill Caused by Low Oxygen - The Caller Times reports http://www.caller.com/news/2010/sep/07/pair-of-fish-kills-in-baffin-bay/
Anglers reported hundreds of dead fish in an extreme western area of Baffin Bay Monday, near the convergence of Laguna Salada and Cayo Del Grullo offshoot bays. The species list includes croaker, mullet, hardhead catfish, gafftop catfish, several kinds of perch, with a handful of larger black drum, redfish and trophy size speckled trout, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s Alex Nunez said the likely killer is an aggressive bloom of nontoxic algae that depletes dissolved oxygen at night under certain conditions. Those conditions include hot water, high nutrient levels and low salinity, all of which have been present in the Baffin Bay area for weeks, Nunez said. The exact type of algae will be determined later, Nunez said. But state biologists have ruled out algae associated with the toxic red tide or nontoxic brown tide, both of which periodically bloom in Coastal Bend bays. Late this past week anglers reported another fish kill between Baffin Bay and a stretch of the Intracoastal Waterway known as the Landcut. Nunez suspects this kill, which mostly involved mullet and other baitfish, was the result of extremely depleted oxygen levels caused by recent flooding of the Rio Grande.
8/19 Baffin Bay via Captain Black - Baffin is hit and miss these days. One good day and a couple of not so good days. Lots of dinks but we have caught some nice trout up to 27" with a couple of days with multiple trout over 25. mostly on plastics (paddletails and devil eyes) around the sandbars and rocks. Topwaters have been good but mostly small fish but what a blast to get blowups almost every cast first thing in the morning.
8/5 Baffin Bay Via Captain Black- Decent topwater bite early. Most fish caught over deeper rocks. Still lots of small trout but we managed a good solid box of fish to take home with trout up to 21". Dark plastics worked pretty well later in the morning
A Landcut Report from O'Brother who fished last weekend - Fished the land cut this past weekend with a brother and cousin.. Caught a few trout and reds.. My brother caught his personal best trout at 27 3/4" and my cousin caught a bull red over 40"..
7/23 Here is a weekend from Nebulosos Upper Laguna and Baffin/Alazan - We headed out saturday to look for some trout for an upcoming tourney. pulled into a fishy looking area around 8:00 and as soon as we stepped out of the boat, we were catching dinks left and right. saw a bunch of flounder, but couldn't get any of them to hit... oh well. after only putting one fish on the stringer, we headed down the shoreline to another 'fishy' looking spot... saw more flounder. waded for a while with only one dink. decided to switch from my mojo colored big mino to a salt n pepper assassin. first cast = 25", 5 lb trout... released after attempted photos (thanks to my brother, who appearantly doesn't know how to use a camera...). two redfish and one more keeper trout to the box and that was the end of the day for us. the fish were caught in waist deep water (or less), over a sandy/grassy flat with TONS of bait present. all fish caught on tops and tails.
that same day, my brother fished the API tourney @ bluff's landing. his team took 1st place stringer w/ a huge trout caught somewhere in alazan (on croaker...), a nice sized flounder (caught in baffin on a sandbar in less than a foot of water) and a mid-slot redfish (caught over a mud/grass spoil island in the laguna). congrats to robert johnson, shane maxwell, tj collins and troy utterback... nice fish guys!
7/15 A REPORT! Via Captain Black - My apologies, tightlipped guides, thunderstorms and highwater have kept my reporting on Baffin woefully inadequate but today my buddy, Capt. Aubrey Black gave me the scoop. He says the high water has the fish scattered somewhat compared to the pre high water levels but he is still getting plenty of trout though no big girls. Best luck with the winds have been on the South Shoreline of Baffin fishing Skitterwalks in the full and small sizes in bone, pearl and pink. Plenty of eating sized fish with a few 23 to 25 inches.
6/7 Baffin Saturday 6/5 via Djohn71 - Boss told me he had awesome fishing last Friday and Monday at east Kleberg Point, so I decided to make a run to Baffin today. Called most of my fishing buddies (even Tyler), but all were busy, so this was going to be a solo adventure. After I gave my buddies the 8 trout 16-20” from ULM last weekend, the wife told me not to come home without fish for dinner. She even excused from visiting the in-laws in SATX.
Headed out shortly after 5 am to by bait at Clems and discovered some idiot kid had rolled his little SUV into a front yard on Hawksnest and split from the scene. Knocked out power in several houses.
Picked up 4 dozen croaker and 50 shrimp and was on the water by 6:45. Smooth, calm, sailing going south. The last time I fished Baffin was a few years back before my friend Terry Drake passed. For me, Baffin is the place on the right on the way to Rocky Slough and the land cut. I don’t like rough water or the rocks, but I know they hold some nice trout and three reports all said Baffin was hot.
7: 30ish. I made the right at Marker 2 and headed down to EKP. Nine boats in a row, I found a spot about 100 yards from my neighbors and rigged up. Bam, 15” trout, released. Croaker still alive, back out bam, another dink. 24 dinks on shrimp and croaker for the next hour. Fun, but not getting fish for the wife.
Two boats moved out and I idled up between two reefs. I figured I would throw out both until the south wind turned east, then concentrate on the big horseshoe.
Next croaker out starts swimming my float around, or so I thought. Turns out it was a 14” sand trout. I added him to the box along with a 16” and 15 ½ which had swallowed the hook.
8:40, Haynie with a Black Evinrude motor w/in 40 yards and drops anchor. They bring a nice trout and hoop it up. I C and R a black drum. About 9:00 my reel goes off and I guess the guys on the Haynie can here the drag because they are looking and pointing. The fish is shaking its head and I think maybe….. Turns out to be a 24” red which I net myself. Thumbs up from my neighbors.
9:30, Haynie one motors out, Haynie two uses his trolling motor and anchors up about thirty yards away. I can actually hear the guy’s cell phone conversation. One of the girls on his boat lands a nice trout. I wait. And wait. 20 minutes later I hammer a nice 20” trout. Always fun netting those by yourself. I asked my neighbors if they were leaving. We shared a laugh.
11: something, An 18’trout and several more dinks. I put up the canopy and the wind picks up from the east.
12:30 another 20” trout. 12:45 another 18” trout. I also boxed two more 16” which were deep hooked.
1:30 boats come and go, but the wind has picked up to the point where 3 footers are breaking over the reef. I start to pack up and the drag starts to click. I set the hook on a nice trout, which cartwheels and shakes the hook. I guess I’ll stay.
2:30 Wife calls to make sure I’m ok. She wants fish for dinner. I decide to give it one last cast ( for the next 45 minutes) and end up catching 10 more trout, including a chunky 22” spec to end the day.
The trip back was dry, but I did get to show the game warden my fish at twin palms (He didn't want to take a picture, but he did say "nice fish"). I cleaned the small fish and the misses fried them up while I rinsed the boat.
Five fish added up to eight feet.
Four trout totaled over 80"
A few trophy picks and I cleaned the rest.
Trout caught on shrimp and croaker under a cajun thunder with a 4' leader. Fished in 3-7' of water outside the rocks. If fishing with croaker, be careful letting the trout swim with them too long or they'll swallow the hook.
5/27 Baffin Via Skipper - He and a friend took out the Buddy Love and fished Penescal. Water was beautiful and Skipper could see the trout in the potholes laying around between the rocks. They had 12 trout to 26 inches on croaker and topwaters. Earlier this week Capt Black had three trout over 27" on topwaters and the trusty red and white paddletails!
5/20 Baffin Via Captain Black - Fishing was a bit tough on Thursday with the wind but fishing soft plastics on the south shore of Baffin they were able to pick up six solid trout and Sam's Redfish.
5/14 Baffin Via Captain Black - Fishing is good when the winds aren't blowing 40mph. Catching big fish shallow on topwaters. In particular pink Skitterwalks. Couple of fish over 8 lbs.
Not many reds but then we haven't been targeting them. The one time we did, we caught several lower slot reds on red/white paddletails and on the fly in ankle deep water.
5/6 Land Cut Good via Capt. Mike Singleterry - Water conditions have been pretty good the times the winds are down or at least what I have seen in the ULM, Baffin and the south end of the Landcut. Tides seem to be back to normal and fishing has really been on the up swing.
The tiderunner trout have started to show up at the south end of the Landcut and the ULM but the big numbers are not here yet. The past couple of day my clients were able to put together limits of trout using bait some of the fish have been real nice, a couple in the 27" and 26" range all the rest of the fish have been in the 17" to 20" range.
Captain Black - Has been catching trout and a couple of reds on soft plastics this week run over shallow grass flats and potholes.
4/28 Great Cabin Reports from the weekend - First up is Mad Dog and the Twins! Followed by a Gollatastic ReportI took my twin girls to the cabin this weekend. We were counting on the moon nearing full and moderate weather to turn on the trout under the lights. We arrived about an hour before sunset on Friday and got the light set up. Just as the sun was setting a fog rolled in off the Gulf. Pretty eerie if you ask me. The wind picked up and blew the fog out. By the time I got supper started shrimp were hopping on the surface. First cast with a speck rig lands a 14 incher. That got the girls interested and they started catching fish every ithe cast. I was worn out unhooking and releasing specks. Surprisingly many of the trout were of legal length. Most nights every fish is 14 or less. The longest was 22" In two nights under the lights we caught enough legal fish for each of us to limit out. Here are few pics.
Not bad for under the lights. Most of the trout were fatties.
Note the free advertising for the Big Shell clean up.
Got a late start Saturday drift fishing around Cactus Flats. The action was pretty slow but we managed a few. One of the girls registered her largest skipjack ever and her largest red fish.
I was pretty useless at work today (worn out) but it was a great weekend with my kids. Nothing epic. Just good times together.
Thanks for looking.
And now Charlie Golla's Report: My brother Mike and his girlfriend Susan from San Antonio came down Saturday for the night. Rocky and Brenda were also down for the night. The tidal forecast was not favorable for Saturday night. Winds shifted from all directions but remained light for the most part. At Sundown it started off very slow and remained that way until after midnight. There was almost no movement in the water other than wind driven current until after midnight. The bite almost totally stopped at moon down which was around 4:30 AM. Not as much bait activity under the light as in previous weeks, all in part due to lesser tidal movement. However, we did manage to catch quite a few trout with 26 of them over the 15-inch slot limit. Three larger trout were caught in the 27-28 inch range that took live bait. Cathy and Chris picked up a few trout & redfish on popping corks while drift fishing early Sunday morning. Water clarity improved dramatically with little to no sign of brown tide in the Badlands.
4/24 Still waiting on Tide Runners - Meanwhile the Landcut is still producing keeper drum. Charlie Golla and family spent last weekend refurbishing their floating cabin near the Badlands and reported good trout fishing at night with live bait with Cathy catching the biggest one a nice 28 incher. Meanwhile Capt Black is still on some decent fish with most coming on red and white paddletails. Plastics are outcatching topwaters 5 - 1 at this time. Today after the early morning cold front another one fell to a red and white paddletail in thigh deep water along a muddy drop off. Check out his blog on facebook
3/26 Captain Black - Aubrey's clients had 2over 7 Friday 3/26 here is a 7.5 pounder. All caught on soft plastics
3/19 Capt Black says it is on down south - Good trout with four up to 30 inches and 8lbs caught recently on corkies and topwaters no particular color in thigh deep water. Check out his blog
3/6 - 3/7 Baffin Bay/Landcut - We had a fun time at the CCA retreat at Twin Palms. The fishing was fairly slow. Saturday started off Cloudy with lots of east wind. The water color was a bit stained as soon as you hit south of Bird Isladn. The Land Cut was slow with little current and only produced a few small trout and several slot sized Black Drum on live shrimp and soft Plastics. A few larger Drum and reds were seen up shallow and one redfish was caught blind casting in 9 mile hole Friday. The water there was somewhat tea colored. I did receive a report that someone accidentally ran over a 56 inch redfish in the hole on Saturday. I have a picture but no confirmation of the facts. Sunday looked rather windy in the morning. Snooker-Ed and I managed to work our way back north hugging the backside of Padre Island. We found small keepers and undersized trout in four feet of water just south of Bird Island. They hit lighter colored small soft plastics. We tried the same pattern closer to the power plant up north with little results.
2/25 Baffin Bay Rodeo this weekend out of Bluff Landing - The weather is looking better and expect a good crowd of anglers going for the guaranteed $15,000. 2 day two fish live weigh in. Fishing has picked up during warming trends. Scattered big girls to 28" reported as of late in the usual deeper areas around the rocks on soft plastics with 1/16th ounce jigheads. Here is a report from Blast - N- Cast from the past weekend
Had a few buddies come in town to fish this weekend so we headed down to the cabin Friday afternoon. We arrived just before sunset got the boat unpacked and fired up the pit. We grilled some fish and shrimp for dinner and then did some fishing and ended up with a few slot Black Drum. Sat morning we worked our way North making several stops picking up a few trout but only managed one keeper. We had lunch at Laguna Reef and then headed back South. We tried several spots along the way but had little success. We got back to the cabin and rested a little before hitting it again. We managed a few slot Reds wading and then headed back to the cabin for some dinner and then some night fishing. We managed several more slot Black Drum with the largest going just under 30" and a few more Reds with the largest going 27 1/2" Sunday we fished and fished but came up empty handed. We cooked up some venison and chicken on the pit for lunch and then packed up and headed home. I am sure I speak for everyone when I say we had a great time. Great friends enjoying great food and drink and doing it in the great outdoorsHere are a few pics from the weekend
Capt Bruce Miller got this nice 29" fish fishing with bro in law Capt. Black
2/18 Baffin Bay - Good catches were reported Sunday with a couple of Big girls caught and released. Weather went south Monday. Capt. Black says As for fishing, its been a little slow but we have caught a few trout up to 26" and have picked up three flounder in the last two days all on plastic. Reds are easier to catch but tend to be on the smallish size.
2/10 Baffin Bay Captain Black Says - "Catching plenty of redfish but light on the trout. Weather has kept me off the water for the most part. We have caught some trout up to 24" and tons of redfish along the King Ranch Shoreline just north of Baffin over grass and mud keying on potholes in thigh to waist deep water. Red/white Sea Shad and Plum Saltwater Assassins on 1/16 oz. jigheads."
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