Baffin Bay Rod and Gun, TX

Orvis-Endorsed Wingshooting Lodge in Riviera, Texas

Baffin Bay Rod and Gun, TX

Details

The most unique and remote place on the Texas Coast is Baffin Bay and it provides hunters with a resource that is virtually untouched by humanity. Bordered by the King and Kenedy Ranches, the bay's shorelines remain the way they were hundreds of years ago, without boat ramps, condos, powerlines or water towers. Baffin Bay is the destination for the central migratory flyway and as the season progresses, more ducks arrive and hunting gets better and better.

The eight guides at Baffin Bay Rod and Gun are all hand-picked for their boating knowledge, safety awareness and unmatched customer service. Understanding all of the unique factors on the bay system, our guides study the flyways of the ducks from their fresh water sources on the King Ranch and the Kenedy Ranch and how this all relates to the best hunting places on the bay. We call it, "hunting on the X". It's the place the ducks already want to be.

Together, we have developed a certain style of business that reflects our attitudes towards wingshooting. Being able to spend as much time outdoors as we do is a privilege, and we make sure that we leave nothing but footprints anywhere we hunt.

Capt. Sally and Capt. Black got married in 2010, while working together but separately for a couple of years on two bay systems, Capt. Black's Outdoor Adventures and Capt. Sally's Reel Fun Charters planned a merger in 2012 with a unique union of their two separate businesses. Capt. Sally moved her fly fishing guide business to Baffin Bay from Rockport and joined forces with Capt. Black to create their new company, Baffin Bay Rod and Gun.

Then, in April of 2014, their lodge and home were completely destroyed by a fire. It took two years to reopen and the NEW Baffin Bay Rod and Gun grew from those ashes into one of the Texas Coast's premier wingshooting lodges. The new lodge, which opened in 2016, accommodates 20 hunters with a staff of eight guides and six people who know the meaning of customer service.

This customer service attitude extends to the entire atmosphere of our lodge. We take South Texas hospitality a step farther and make our clients feel at home. Our guides and staff are very accessible and helpful. You are not just a number or a guest when you walk through our doors. Once you have been here, you will most assuredly want to return. Then, you are practically considered family.

BBR&G is located on the very back of the bay, where there is a small town of 750 people, surrounding the boat ramp and County Park. Private jets and planes can land at the King Ranch/Kleberg County airport, which is well-appointed and within a 30 minute drive from the lodge which is also conveniently near the Corpus Christi International Airport, which is less than an hour's drive away.

Awards & Accolades

Becoming Orvis Endorsed for Wingshooting and Fly Fishing for 2018 Various magazine articles (either highlighting our business or articles that we actually write in these publications) in regional and national magazines such as, Wildfowl Magazine, Texas Sporting Journal, Gun Dog Magazine, Gulf Coast Fisherman Magazine, GAFF Magazine, Texas Outback Magazine, Corpus Christi Caller Times, CCA Currents Newsletter, Texas Outdoor Journal, Texas Fish and Game Magazine, Saltwater Angler Magazine, Ducks Unlimited Magazine, Outdoor Life with John Snow.

Capt. Sally and Capt. Black chosen to be the saltwater expert for the Saltwater Sportsman Magazine's National Seminar Series in 2010, 2014 and 2017.

Capt. Sally won the 2014 "Cast for the Cure" cystic fibrosis fishing tournament.

Filmed several national televisions shows:

  • Addictive Fishing with Capt. Blair Wiggins, The Pursuit Channel, Episode #15, September 28, 2016
  • Addictive Fishing with Capt. Blair Wiggins, The Pursuit Channel, Episode #17, October 12, 2016
  • Americana Outdoors, The Pursuit Channel, Episode #508, April 25, 2016
  • Americana Outdoors, The Pursuit Channel, Episode #513, May 2, 2016
  • Big Water Adventures, The Outdoor Channel, Episode #86, March 18, 2016
  • Big Water Adventures, The Outdoor Channel, Episode #2, March 7, 2017
  • Texas Boys Outdoors, The Pursuit Channel, Episode #2, April 9, 2017
  • Capt. Black named one of the "Top 50 Charter Captains in the World" by Saltwater Sportsman Magazine, 2013
  • Capt. Black and Capt. Sally on Magazine covers for Saltwater Angler, Texas Outback and others
  • Capt. Sally writes the Texas chapter of the nationally published book, "Saltwater Fly Fishing from Maine to Texas" edited by Don Phillips.
  • Capt. Sally published her first book, "Kayak Fishing the Texas Way", through Saltgrass Press.

Accommodations

Baffin Bay Rod and Gun includes a warm and comfortable main lodge area with over-sized leather reclining couches and chairs. Surrounded by beautiful paintings and duck mounts on the walls, guests enjoy a huge television to watch their favorite shows or sports.

The main kitchen and dining area is also included within the lodge. Beautiful granite counters, bars and islands compliment the new, fully furnished commercial kitchen with stunning stainless steel appliances. Six by six foot windows surround you, bringing the beauty of the outside in. Heavy dining tables in dark wood with leather seating make dining comfortable and inviting and the set up lets groups easily talk to each other and the other folks at the lodge.

A huge "couple's suite" is just upstairs with a great tree-top view of Baffin Bay from its six foot by six foot windows. A king-size Tempurpedic bed, a large TV, a leather love seat and large recliner all sit atop luxurious, warm carpeting. There are also three built-in twin berths for family experiences or groups of up to four guests. A bath suite includes a mini-bar, huge shower, private toilet room and another gorgeous view of Baffin Bay.

Attached to the main lodge is huge covered patio, with a half-bath for everyone's convenience. A 500 pound ice machine, an outdoor kitchen with two-tier granite counter tops, including two built-in Big Green Eggs and a large Traeger grill round out the outdoor cooking appliances. Sit across from the chef on bar stools enjoying a cold beverage and watching a big outdoor television with your favorite hunting shows playing outdoors.

Generous and comfortable outdoor seating surrounded by a tropical environment filled with palm trees, flowers and beautiful, thick grass. Enjoy sitting around a real wood fire pit, or play a round of washers. When weather permits, a beautiful pool is the centerpiece of the tropical grotto at BBR&G.

Also attached to the outdoor kitchen area, a covered veranda continues on to protect our guests as they go to their rooms, along our client wing. There are four rooms that each have four built-in twin beds, privately situated with large custom cabinetry. Each room has its own spacious bathroom with a separate vanity, a large area to store guns and ammo, a private toilet and a big walk in shower. All rooms have been designed with ADA in mind, so there are no limitations for anyone.

Baffin Bay Rod and Gun has a full time chef, serving up 5 star cuisine in an unpretentious setting. Because of our remote location, there is always plenty of cold beverages available and a full bar for complimentary cocktails when you arrive. When a guest walks through our gate, everything is taken care of, from the little things you may have forgotten to great food, unforgettable adventures and sheer enjoyment in a private and completely non-stressful environment.

FAQ

Rates:

Duck hunts per person start at $520 (which include all meals, lodging and tax), and are subject to change. Please see our Duck Hunting Rates page by clicking here: www.baffinbayrodandgun.com/duck-hunting-rates/

Species:

Ducks commonly taken at Baffin Bay Rod and Gun include the following:
Pintails, Redheads, Gadwall, Wigeon, Blue-Wing, Green-Wing and Cinnamon Teal, Scaup, Mottled Ducks (Black Ducks), Bufflehead, Common Merganser, Hooded Merganser, Northern Shovellers

Season:

The wingshooting season begins with dove hunting in the South Zone of Texas. Opening weekend is usually the third weekend in September and closes right after Thanksgiving. The second session of Dove season opens up again around mid-December and closes near the end of January.

The Duck hunting season usually begins the first weekend in November and closes near the end of November. The second session of duck season begins again mid-December and closes near the end of January. At some point during both sessions of dove and duck season, they overlap, giving clients a great opportunity to duck hunt in the morning and dove hunt in the afternoon, which is a great South Texas tradition!

Texas Parks and Wildlife will give the exact openings and closings of all seasons usually sometime in mid-summer. Those dates will be posted on the Baffin Bay Rod and Gun website just as soon as they are announced.

Other wingshooting done at BBR&G can include Sandhill Cranes and Geese, based on the conditions and the specified seasons of those birds.

Region/Terrain:

South Texas is known for it's brush country with low cover, cactus and other native bushes and shrubs. Mesquite trees and palms populate the terrain as well. Baffin Bay is very remote and chances are you will not see another boat during your hunt. The King Ranch and the Kenedy Ranch cover most of the shorelines on Baffin Bay, so, it is wild and untouched, much like it was hundreds of years ago. Blinds (if used) are brushed with palm fronds and native cover. If hunting from the bank, guests sit on camo captain's chairs, surrounded by palm fronds and other native cover which is "put up" prior to the hunt, while throwing out the decoys.

Typical Weather:

The early sessions of duck and dove hunting are sometimes done in short sleeves and shorts! Cold fronts start to move through the area mid-November and can be as cold as 35-40 degrees, but usually closer to 50-60 degrees. As the "winter" proceeds, windy, cold days can be expected, so dressing in layers is recommended. Even though the area is known as the "Wild Horse Desert", it can be rainy. Good, waterproof Orvis Jackets and Waders are a must.

What is Provided:

Duck Hunting: Baffin Bay Rod and Gun provide excellent boat transportation to and from the blind, knowledgeable and friendly guides who know the targeted species, all cleaning, preparing and vacuum bagging of game. BBR&G also provides, all of the blind materials, chairs, snacks and lots of good stories during the hunt. Unexpected encounters with wildlife may occur. Guests should bring their own foul weather gear, waders, boots, guns and ammunition. However, with prior notification, we can provide ammunition at an additional cost. BBR&G also has boots, waders and guns for rent. Please advise us of your requirements upon booking.

Dove hunting: BBR&G provides transportation to and from the dove fields, comfortable chairs, cold beverages, and dogs to help retrieve the fallen dove. Ammunition can be provided at an additional cost. All game will be cleaned, processed and vacuum bagged to the guests specifications. Guns can be rented at an additional charge. Please advise your requirements upon booking.

All duck hunting trips include all meals and snacks, lodging and tax.

What to Bring:

Tablet or laptop with chargers. Phone chargers, favorite pillow, or anything you feel necessary for a great experience.

Gear Recommendations:

Duck hunting: Orvis breathable waders, boots and Orvis waterproof jackets. , Duck hunting, especially late season: Layers of appropriate clothing - it can be colder and wetter than it looks! Being prepared with extra gloves, neck gaiters, and other items to keep warm and dry are important.

Ammo (of course): We recommend #2 or #3 Steel shot, 3? Shells, at least 1,450 fps. You’ve invested a pretty penny in a duck hunt with us, bring the most high-quality shells you can afford. If you cannot bring your own shells, please let us know and we will provide them for you at an additional cost.

A compact "Blind bag" with the following items:

  • Ear Protection
  • Shooting Glasses (and glasses cleaners) (no mirrored lenses for best results...)
  • Hand Towel
  • Binoculars
  • Strap for your ducks
  • Duck Calls (it’s a blast to call the ducks, if you like to call)
  • The right licenses with all endorsements
  • Small First Aid Kit
  • Personal Stuff (whatever you like to have handy, a small flashlight, a certain snack or fancy drink)

Additional Activities:

Baffin Bay Rod and Gun also offers high quality bird watching and photography trips, based upon custom specifications. Please let us know in advance to arrange your specialty trip or tour. The King Ranch has tours and some of them also include bird watching on the Ranch.

Other:

Baffin Bay Rod and Gun is a "dog friendly" lodge. Your good dog is always welcome here, just like family.

All rooms and the lodge itself was designed with ADA recommendations, we are inclusive to anyone with limited mobility, whether it be fishing or hunting. BBR&G offers an airport shuttle for an additional fee, unless guests are arriving into the local, private airport. There is no cost for pickup at that location.

The entire lodge has WI-Fi service available everywhere.

We do our best to cater to guests with specialized eating plans, gluten-free, vegan, etc. we ask that anyone with special requests let us know upon booking the trip. Birthdays are celebrated with cakes at BBR&G, along with Anniversaries and other special occasions. We can also cater to bachelor and bachelorette parties and other fun events, including weddings! All trips are custom, so it's easy to put together a great adventure!

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Baffin Bay Rod and Gun
Orvis-Endorsed Wingshooting Lodge
1015 E. FM 628
Riviera, TX 78379

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