Chasing Drum on Baffin Bay

Wanted to share some photos provided by Tino Mendietta of Kingsville, Texas from a trip a few months ago to one of his favorite fishing haunts on Baffin Bay. Although he nailed the drum, the trip wasn’t without some disappointments and hardships. But life goes on, as does the fishing for Tino, who knows all too well that on days like this, you take the good with the bad….

As told by Tino Mendietta…

Got a late start to the day but I didn’t have a chance at sight casting with the winds, so instead I enjoyed the sunrise while driving through the back roads, windows down and some Johnny Cash spilling out the speakers. Life is good…


I finally had a chance to look at the fence they put up and this sucker is permanent with no chance of launching from ‘drum point’ anymore. *sigh* The water was calm and the winds were already 10-15, but it wasn’t a big deal getting to my location because it was downwind, and the paddle was actually very nice. I hadn’t paddled like that in a while.


I got to my spot where reds were busting bait and the drum were thick as fleas…the water had dropped since the last time but I knew the increasing winds would push water towards me so I staked out my kayak and went for a walk with camera in hand to explore this new area and the bottom structure.

I also saw a ton of these little boogers, and I could have just picked them up if I wanted to. I took it as a sign that the water was coming up and it was time to get after it.


I didn’t have to wait long…


The action was pretty crazy and I was having doubles, triples and at one point, all four rods going at once. 


All and all it was a good day, with 30+ drum caught. I lost a monster trout at the yak but wasn’t too bummed out. The tough part was making it back to launch point, two and a half mile paddle upwind, which is why I hated that they fenced off drum point.


At one point, I gave up paddling and began an annoying walk against wind lugging my kayak behind me, getting pulled with every wave slap of the kayak. In the end, though, Mother Nature couldn’t take me down no matter how hard she tried (and she has tried).  I’ll be back out once this wind dies.


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  3 comments for “Chasing Drum on Baffin Bay

  1. Matt
    July 3, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Do you ever get down to South Padre? I was wondering if there were some spots like this in the bay down there. I don’t get down there often enough anymore but I have family down there. If I can convince them there is still good fishing maybe I can get them to take a trip with me.

    • Tino Mendietta
      July 5, 2012 at 7:12 PM

      Hey there Matt. I’ve never down to South Padre, its on my “to do” list. Baffin is all I know. Spotting drum shouldn’t be too difficult, the bays are full of them. Just toss a double drop rig with fishbites, once you find them ,and you will have entertainment for the family.

  2. Bert Rodriguez
    July 4, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Matt…have not been to South Padre, but I’ve been to Port A and Baffin Bay. Realistically, though, I’m a noob when it comes to Texas coast fishing, and so next time I go down there, I will be looking up Tino for some of his fishing wisdom. He seems to have it down pat.

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