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.
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.