The rush of the hunt at SCB Baffin Cup
Feb. 9, 2013 at 6:03 p.m.
Updated Feb. 8, 2013 at 8:09 p.m.
It's great to be back, talking about what I love to do most, and that's fishing along the Texas Coast!
The adrenaline is flowing and our hearts are pumping very rapidly as me and my son, Daniel, are idling in the harbor at Bluff's Landing Marina waiting for our number to be called.
One of the biggest saltwater tournaments of the year is just minutes away from starting. Forty-five teams have entered the SCB Baffin Cup and are waiting in the harbor for it to be light enough for takeoff.
The two main thoughts probably racing through everyone's heads are where am I going to start and is anyone going to be there before me. My son, Daniel, and I have fished in a lot of tournaments but this definitely was a tournament that had the fastest boats entered.
At least 85 percent of the boats entered would go well over 70 mph. I had caught some big fish a week earlier and had an idea where to start but when your boat tops out at 60 mph, and you draw No. 29 you probably will not get to start where you want to. They began calling numbers as everyone eases toward the take-off area.
This has been and continues to be a tremendous "rush" for me each time I am in this scenario. I have talked to others who have said that they also have that same feeling of "excitement."
I can't imagine what my blood-pressure reading was when our number was called!
We were finally off to our destination and as we arrive there are three teams already fishing the areas that I was hoping to fish. Oh well, we jumped out of the boat close by and began our wade with great expectations.
I had packed so many different packages of soft plastic baits in my waders that I looked like a pregnant woman about to give birth. The tide was way out so we were able to wade a large area.
We were looking for three bites. The first wade lasted about 3-1/2 hours and I know I tried every color and type of soft plastic bait that was crammed into my waders. I had no bites.
I now headed back to the boat. When in pursuit of big tout you might fish one small area all day. There are usually only three reasons you head back to the boat in a tournament. They are: to get a snack, to use the restroom or to move to another spot. Daniel also headed back to the boat but he had landed a 25 1/2-inch, 5.5-pound trout.
Oh boy, just two more bites.
The fishing was extremely tough and every bite was important. At least we had one trout in the live well. We continued to grind it out throwing a variety of Gamblers, Bass Assassins and Corkys but still no bites.
We finally got in the boat and made a last minute drift throwing Mansfield Maulers with pearl and chartreuse Gulps underneath. I hung a fish that I thought was a redfish but it was a 7.5-pound trout. Awesome, I quickly threw it in the live well.
Then I missed a nice trout. We headed back to the weigh in with what ended up being the first day's big trout. We were in the top of the pack!
The next day, we caught two fish (Daniel caught both of those) and were bumped out of the first-place big trout competition by Shane Prince, who caught a trout that weighed 8.4 pounds. Both of Daniel's fish came off of the 5-inch Red Shad Paddle Tail Bass Assassin on the second day.
We ended up in 14th place but continued to learn more and more about how patience and perseverance are major factors in being successful when in pursuit of trophy trout.
If you have confidence and know that big trout live in an isolated area then you need to stay and fish that area until the bell rings. It was another great adventure on the water.
Captain Danny Goyen
Danny Goyen is an outdoor writer and speaker. He has been guiding on the Texas Coast for over 25 years.