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January 15, 2010

Top 5 Spots for Big Texas Trout

Check out these hot spots for Lone Star lunkers



2. Rocky Slough - Baffin Bay: The mystique of Baffin stretches across the country. In my estimation, it is one of a trio of premier trophy trout estuaries in America (Calcasieu Lake, in southwest Louisiana, and the Indian River, on the east coast of Florida, are the others). It is difficult to pick one locale as "the" big trout spot; nevertheless, if I had to choose just one place to fish in Baffin, I would choose Rocky Slough sight unseen.

Drifting or wading gets it done here, though you had better be nimble to negotiate around the prehistoric rock formations. Trout use the rocks to ambush baitfish, and there is no better thrill than watching a silver streak dash from a rock and crush a topwater.

The Laguna Madre averages three feet deep, but the nearby Intracoastal Waterway, only a few hundred yards away, provides deepwater access. Flipping mullet point you in the right direction, and birds picking on tiny shrimp and glass minnows are also potent indicators. South winds push bait against the shoreline when tides are high. Below-normal tides hide fish in three to four feet of water.

Some toss plum soft plastics or D.O.A. Shrimp under rattling corks, while others choose jigs and weedless spoons wedged between rocks. I stick with a Super Spook, She Pup or Skitter Walk and wait for the big blow.

 

Pro's Choice: Work this area slowly with D.O.A. Shrimp and soft plastics. If you decide to drift, make sure you bring along a drift bag in case the current is moving you too fast.