Are you planning a guided bay fishing trip on the Gulf Coast and don’t know where to start? To start off you need experienced, knowledgeable gulf coast fishing guides. Look no further than Captain Trey Clement of Fins and Pins Guide Service. With years of experience and a passion for fishing, Captain Trey has the experience, gear, knowledge of all the hot spots including North Padre Island, Corpus Christi, Port Aransas and Aransas Pass, and all the tips and techniques you need to make your outing a success.

In this article, we’ll explore everything from the equipment you need to the fishing spots on the Gulf Coast that Captain Trey can take you for a successful and fun trip. 

Choosing the Right Equipment for Bay Fishing

The right equipment is essential for a successful fishing trip with your gulf coast fishing guides. Here are some Fins and Pins Guide Service tips on the necessary equipment. If you are unsure of whether you have everything you need, check with Captain Trey before your trip.

Rods and Reels

The type of fish you’ll target will determine the rod and reel you’ll need. A light spinning reel and rod will suffice for smaller fish like trout. A heavier rod and reel will be needed for larger fish like redfish or tarpon.

Lines and Leaders

The line and leader you use will also depend on the type of fish you’re after. A monofilament line is suitable for most fishing, but a braided line may be necessary for larger fish. A fluorocarbon leader can also be used to provide better visibility.

Lures and Baits

The type of bait or lure you use will depend on the fish you’re after and the time of year. Explore the Best Lures for Texas Saltwater Fishing here. If Live bait is needed, Captain Trey will provide it. Artificial lures like soft plastics or topwater plugs can also be effective.

Planning Your Guided Bay Fishing Trip

Consider a few things when planning your fishing trip to the Gulf Coast.

Time of Year

The time of year you go will determine what fish are in season and what techniques to use. For example, in the fall, redfish are often found in shallow water and can be caught using topwater lures.


The Gulf Coast has many excellent fishing locations, Captain Trey Clement, one of the gulf coast fishing guides that garners the most respect, will make sure to choose the best spots for catching the fish you’re after. He has decades of experience guiding trips in the bays of North Padre Island, Corpus Christi, Port Aransas, and Rockport — bay fishing trips with countless catches and immeasurable.

Weather Conditions

Check the weather forecast before your trip and plan accordingly. It might be hot and sunny, in which case bring lots of sunscreen and cool, breathable clothing. Swimsuits are sometimes perfect. If it’s windy, you might need warmer layers depending on the time of year.

Techniques for Success

Different techniques can be used depending on the type of fish you’re targeting. If you need help, Captain Trey will teach and guide you with all the techniques for catching trout, redfish, drum, tarpon, snapper, etc., depending on your goals, the time of year, and the location.