Big Fishing on Baffin Bay, Texas
Good fishing (and eating) from one of the biggest state’s smallest bays.
Baffin Bay, Texas, may not be the biggest bay. In fact, it's quite small. But, it has some of the best drum fishing in all of Texas. Along with drum, there are also:
Some of the red drum in Baffin Bay can reach a length of over 40 inches. That's the size of a large toddler!
The trout there can also reach a whooping 25 inches. That’s the size of a large model train!
Even the small and under-sized fish in Baffin Bay will put up quite the fight when you hook one. And did you know, one of the best ways to catch fish in Baffin Bay is with a live croaker? When we were cleaning some of the fish, we found croakers still inside the fish. In one trout, we even found two!
One of the reasons Baffin Bay has such good fishing is because of the many reefs there. The reefs are composed of calcareous tubes of serpulid worms. The formation of these reefs began around 3,000 years ago and ended about 300 years ago. In addition, Baffin Bay has an abundant supply of croaker, which is the main food supply of ALL the fish listed above.
What was really fun on my fishing trip on Baffin Bay was going through a rainstorm that was so thick, it looked like fog. When we got ashore, we went to the guide's house and cleaned and gutted the fish. Then we went home and had a feast!
PHOTO: Hank Carrillo shows off a speckled trout caught fishing in Baffin Bay, Texas. Photo Courtesy Hank Carrillo