Gulf Coast Fisherman Magazine Vol 40 - No. 4 FALL 2016 - Page 5

Editor’s Notes W hile there are many ways to describe Baffin Bay, desolate, pristine, difficult are just a few, but in this issue’s Baffin feature, author Lefty Ray Chapa describes it as “Next to Nothing.” Another very apt description that pretty well sums it up! It’s not an easy place to reach for most anglers and once there the real work begins. It’s definitely not the place to venture off into unprepared and unaware of risks that do exist there. And, in some cases, lurk right below the surface in the form of ancient worm made reefs. As Lefty points out, a very good option exists for those that want to learn the area before heading out on their own and that’s the utilization of a fishing guide. In one trip an experienced guide can give an angler in-depth knowledge on how to fish the area that would take many trips of trial and error on their own. And as Lefty says, the cost of a guided trip will be much less than repair to a damaged lower unit that encounters one of the reefs there. And not to mention, if you want to catch one of the trophy size 30 plus inch speckled trout there, a guide will be the quickest way to get that one checked off your bucket list. A location on a lot of fishermen’s bucket list, that can almost qualify as “next to nothing”, is Breton Island, east of Louisiana in Breton Sound. It is in a precarious position and losing ground similar to the Chandeleur Islands nearby. Some predictions call for the islands to recede below the Gulf within a few decades while others predict the same fate but 300 years away. As author, David Brown has found out, the fishing can be fantastic one day and not so much the next. Many factors affect the trip results here and among the most prominent is the weather and the Mississippi River. Fishing the islands is sort of like fishing offshore in the steps to take for preparedness where gear and supplies are well thought out in advance and in detail. Fishing this area for the first time also certainly lends itself to the use of a guide familiar with getting out there and back safely, along with putting you on fish in between. As can be seen in David’s article, one unique option for getting out there is by seaplane. Fast, efficient and a lot of fun! Fall fishing time is here and extra precautions need to be taken. Number one is to wear that PFD. Stay safe and always keep an eye on the weather. The best soft plastic croaker swimbaits just added some deadly new colors that trout, redfish & flounder can’t resist!!! SUICIDE CROAKERS!!! Golden Boy Bloody Ghost Electric Tadpole Suicide Shad Get your “Suicide Croakers” at: OCTOBER • NOVEMBER • DECEMBER 2 0 1 6 5