Baffin Bay Rod and Gun, TX

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge in Riviera, Texas

Baffin Bay Rod and Gun, TX

Details

One of the most unique and remote place on the Texas Coast is Baffin Bay and it provides fishermen 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 multiple boat ramps, condos, powerlines or water towers. Baffin Bay is considered the Mecca of Trophy Trout fishing in Texas.

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 seasonal patterns of the fish and are well qualified to avoid the navigational hazards in the bay, like the infamous Baffin "rocks". These rocks are an ancient formation created by tiny serpulid worms over a period of hundreds of years. They resemble coral formations and are prevalent throughout the bay.

Together, we have developed a certain style of business that reflects our attitudes towards fishing. 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 go.

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 building with over-sized leather reclining couches and chairs. Surrounded by beautiful paintings and fish 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 in the main lodge. Beautiful granite counters, bars and islands compliment the new fully furnished commercial kitchen with stunning stainless steel appliances. Six foot by six foot windows surround you, bringing the beauty of the outdoors inside. 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 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.

Outside of the main lodge is a huge covered patio, with a half-bath for everyone's convenience. A 500 pound ice machine, an outdoor kitchen with two-tiered granite countertops including two built-in big green eggs and a large Traeger grill round out the outdoor cooking area. Sit across from the chef on bar stools enjoying a cold beverage and watching a big television with your favorite fishing shows playing outdoors. The covered outdoor area includes generous and comfortable 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 that 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 fishing gear and hang clothes, a private toilet and a big walk in shower. All rooms have been designed with ADA in mind, so there are no barriers for anyone with a physical limitation.

Baffin Bay Rod and Gun has a full time chef, serving up classic Texas cuisine in an unpretentious setting. Because of our remote location, there are 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:

Fly fishing at Baffin Bay Rod and Gun starts at $550 per person, per day, and includes lodging, meals, fishing and tax. https://www.baffinbayrodandgun.com/fly-fishing-sightcasting/

Species:

During late spring thru Fall, you can expect to find redfish and black drum either in small schools or larger feeding individuals. During this same time frame, big spotted seatrout are also up shallow and if you are paying close attention to thee elusive ambush feeders, you may get a shot at a true trophy. Flounder are plentiful especially in the early spring and can provide plenty of excitement as they tend to group up in sandy potholes along the edges of flats.

Season:

Fly fishing is enjoyed all year-round at Baffin Bay Rod and Gun, however, it can be weather dependent, especially in the winter months. Even then, hard-core fly enthusiasts can blind cast for the huge trophy speckled trout Baffin Bay is known for, in relatively shallow water, during those winter month. Also, winter warm-ups bring big fish up shallow to feed. Late Spring, Summer and Fall offer more stable, warm conditions which bring all predator species up shallow.

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 trip. 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. There are unique structures in Baffin Bay created by tiny serpulid worms. These ancient formations attract baitfish and predators such as spotted seatrout, redfish and black drum. Shallow, clear grass flats and sand flats are plentiful and give sightcasters many great opportunities to cast to feeding redfish, drum and an occasional trout.

Typical Weather:

Prime time for sight casting with the fly is when the weather is warm, most specifically late Spring through early Fall. It can be windy, but it is usually sunny. Temperatures can range from 65 degrees through 90 degrees, depending on the month. Winter temperatures can range from 40 degrees to 80 degrees.

What is Provided:

Lunches, soda and water are provided on the boats with all trips. With advance notice, any special dietary or drink requirements can be filled. We have Orvis fly rods as well as wading gear to rent.

What to Bring:

During the winter, while rare, it can get quite cold in South Texas. Layering with good technical gear underneath good quality waders is a must. A good technical wading jacket and gloves are also very important to making sure you are comfortable whatever Mother Nature throws your way. We say, stay dry, stay warm. On sunny days, a good pair of polarized sunglasses in brown or amber can be your most important tool as it is hard to sight cast to shallow fish without them. A comfortable cap or hat with a dark under brim will help you to spot the fish as well as it will help cut the glare of the summer time sun in South Texas. Sunscreen is a must as the summer sun in South Texas can be intense. Apply liberally and often. Lip balm and anything special that you can't live without. There's a lot of room on the boats at Baffin Bay Rod and Gun.

Gear Recommendations:

Fly Rods, Reels and Line

  • 9 ft – 6 to 9 weight, medium fast/fast action fly rods
  • Quality fly reel with smooth drag and 100-yards of 20lb Dacron backing
  • Weight-forward floating fly line designed for salt water and warm temperatures (Unless wintertime blind casting to trophy trout, then sinking tip)
  • Fly Line Tapers: Saltwater, clouser or redfish tapers work best
  • Line cleaners and treatments

Leaders

  • 10-15 lb 6'-9' tapered leaders, either knotless or hand-tied, furled or braided
  • 8-16 lb tippet, either mono or flourocarbon (Note: Flourocarbon sinks and may make your flies harder to manage)
  • Fly Selections

    • Shrimp, baitfish, crab patterns all work well in sizes #4 or #6
    • Clouser minnows in white/chartruese, white/pink, white/olive, white/natural in #4 or #6
    • Spoon flies in gold, plum, peach, chartruese in #4 or #6
    • Popper flies in white/chartruese, gold, white/red
    • Sea Ducers in natural, chartruese/white, pink/white in #2, #4 or #6

    Your guide will always have the flies that work!

    Cool or cold water conditions may mean waders, waterproof jackets, layers, and boots (no felt bottoms).

    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. We do have an outdoor kennel and portable kennels, if clients need them, however.

    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 Fly-Fishing Lodge
    1015 E. FM 628
    Riviera, TX 78379

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