Trophy Trout on Baffin Bay

October’s cooler temperatures bring big seatrout for Texas anglers

There’s a place in Texas where legends are born: the land of giant spotted seatrout. Putting your hands on a trophy spotted seatrout from these waters requires dogged resolve and devoted patience.

Nevertheless, for the determined, there’s no better environment. A hypersaline bay within the upper Laguna Madre complex, Baffin Bay is world class when it comes to trophy spotted seatrout angling.

While others are chasing red drum and flounder runs in October, Baffin Bay anglers don’t miss a beat and target spotted seatrout. Because of the cooler temperatures, calmer winds and fewer boaters, the fall months tend to rate highly in spotted seatrout anglers’ minds.

Cut off from the outside world by the famous King and Kenedy ranches, the bay is literally off the beaten path. The only direct access to the system is at Riviera Beach on the extreme western end of the bay. The next closest launch is about 15 miles north toward Corpus Christi from the mouth of the bay. That doesn’t deter those seeking a world-class angling adventure.

Famous landmarks such as the Badlands, Starvation Point, Black Bluff and Point of Rocks all give some trepidation to new visitors, mainly because they are named for rock-hard patch reefs. These celebrated sites provide vertical hard structure to an otherwise open mud/sand bottom. To some, Baffin Bay is a real pain to fish; to others, it’s an indulgence. The silence can be deafening, but the trophy spotted seatrout fishing is second to none.

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