SHOP FEATURED FISHING GUIDES SHOP Capt. Brandon Barden - Corpus Christi, Texas Meet Capt. Brandon Barden of Baffin Pro Charters in Corpus Christi, Texas. How long have you been a guide? I’ve been officially licensed for 6 months, but I’ve been fishing for 20 years. What species of fish do you primarily target? When I take clients out on the water, we target trophy trout, but we can also go after redfish, black drum, and others. I specialize in wade fishing, so we generally target “potholes.” What led to you becoming a guide? It was a lifelong dream of mine to become a guide – I’ve always loved fishing, and I’ve always loved the idea of having the freedom to be my own boss, along with taking people out on the water. What advice would you give to someone who wants to get into guiding? It’s pretty simple: never stop chasing your dreams. It’s not an easy profession to get into, so it’ll take hard work and persistence. In the end, though, it pays off. You also have to be able to adapt to personalities. You’re going to be spending time with all kinds of different people, and some of them might have a bit of a mouth on them. You’ve just got to remember to always be pleasant. Do you have a personal ‘bucket list’ of fishing trips or experiences? I actually don’t. I’ve caught my trophies and my own personal records, so I’m happy. I guess if anything, I’d like to keep breaking my personal records. Tell us about the equipment that you use on the water. I run a 24-foot Hayne H.O. with a Mercury motor. It’s perfect for the flats. As for rods and reels, I prefer All Star rods – they’re high-quality, and well-priced. I use Shimano reels, because they require very little maintenance. I do urge my clients to bring their own favorite rods and reels, though, as they may be more comfortable using them. What’s the most memorable fishing story from your time as a guide? I can’t really choose just one. So far, since I’ve been a guide, almost every trip has resulted in a client’s personal best. And really, that’s what makes me happy, and makes me feel the most satisfied.