The old Texas saying, “if you don’t like the weather, just wait around a minute and it’ll change”, has certainly come true for the Baffin Bay area. Several inches of much-needed rain and several tropical systems changed the long-time summer pattern anglers here have been enjoying. Super high water levels ushered in by the tropical systems brought tons of new water into the back of the bay. And with the passing of the first significant cold front of the season, water temperatures cooled slightly.
That feeling of Fall is here and with it comes great optimism for the end of this year and the beginning of next. After coming off of the absolute best summer of fishing ever experienced by clients and guides of Baffin Bay Rod and Gun, the outlook for fishing and hunting here has never been better.
Higher water levels from tropical systems and the fall equinox have created some unique challenges and opportunities. Of course, fish spread out a little and so does the bait. The bait is still pretty shallow and since the lions aren’t far from the gazelle’s, expect the predators to follow the bait.
During this period of transition, top water fishing has really turned on, especially with big redfish. The She Dog in the classic bone/silver side and the “one-knocker” Spook have been working great, but never leave home without a full-sized pink Skitterwalk. Soft plastic paddle tails on light jig heads in natural colors as well as Swimming Mullet “Gulp” under a Cajun Thunder-type popping cork are deadly for reds and trout alike.
While the higher water levels in Baffin have spread out the big trout, the big redfish are keeping everyone entertained. Great redfish action is part of what fall fishing is all about. A great big pull from an oversized redfish caught on a top water lure can’t be beat. Sight casting in the clear, shallow water has been equally fun. Reds and black drum in the super skinny waters are patrolling for crabs and shrimp as well as sand eels. Toss a Swimming Mullet “Gulp” on a very light jig head or a clouser or crab fly and they can’t say no.
When the water temperatures start to drop, even slightly, Mother Nature is sending the signal that seasons are changing. Predators begin to feed heartily on most days, with the possible exception of the days of big cold fronts or the few days after a cold front when very high air pressure affects them physically.
Water levels will begin to fall soon, and when that happens, let the games begin. Fall fishing is legendary because fish are hungry and are beginning to feed up for the winter. As fish and bait become concentrated in certain areas, figuring out where to fish becomes a lot easier.
Read a little bit about why there are so many big trout in Baffin Bay this year in an article written and researched by Shannon Tompkins of the Houston Chronicle on September 19, 2013. Shannon talks about a TPWD study of the recruitment of speckled trout in the Baffin Bay area that was off the charts in 2007. This “Class of 2007″ is the reason there are lots of trophies to be had here in Baffin this year and the years to come. Capt. Black speculates that someone will break the State record in Baffin Bay in the near future. With the sheer numbers of trophies already caught, landed and released in the past few months at Baffin Bay Rod and Gun, it seems that the odds are with Capt. Black’s insights!
Besides legendary fall fishing, trophy trout and redfish on top water lures, the upcoming duck hunting season begins on November 2, 2013 and has everyone excited. Check out our calendars at www.BaffinBayRodandGun.com to join in on the fun of some of the best duck hunting to be had on the Coast!