Triangle Tailchasers out duel gale force wind

“The wind was just absolutely horrible,” said Bubba Sparrow, “but we at least had an excuse for being out there Saturday. I have no idea what the other people we saw on the water were thinking!”

Bubba and his partner, Eric Ronning, were one of the thirty-one teams that fished the Triangle Tailchaser tournament hosted out of Ancelet’s Marina last Saturday. One of the club’s best turnouts of the year was forced to deal with an uncompromising south wind that starched area flags with a steady 25 to 30 mph gale.

While the unique tournament format forces the teams to diversify their tactics, hiding from the wind isn’t normally an integral part of the game plan. Each team is allowed to weigh in two trout, two reds and two flounder for their total weight. There is also a side pot on a blackjack fish and last week’s fish was the trout closest to 21-inches which was eventually won by Albert Bates and Mike Vetch.

At the end of the day I was very much surprised by the winning weight of 24.57 pounds posted by the team of Steven Havard and Kory Earp. Even more surprising was the fact that one of their two flounder weighed over 6-pounds!

Gary McElduff and Kit Carson finished second with 21.40 pounds followed by Trey Browne and Bobby Welborn with 21.06 pounds. The top five teams all bested the 20 pound mark and fourteen of the teams finished with double digit weights.Twenty six of the thirty-one teams weighed in at least one fish.

We got caught in a bad storm Thursday and plowed our way home via the GPS due to a driving rain and spray off the waves that reduced visibility to fifty yards or less. It was a long painfully wet 23 mile boat ride from the south end of the lake back to Adams bayou. My hat is off to the entire Triangle Tail chasers field as the wind was even worse for them on Saturday!

We will have to start all over this week once the wind settles down, but what a week we enjoyed prior to Saturday. We easily limited on trout up to seven pounds most days in spite of a wind that limited the size of the playing field. Early in the week we could fish anywhere we wanted and it was difficult just deciding where to fish first.

We caught some nice trout off the revetment walls on topwaters and Swim Baits, flounder off the north end of Pleasure Island and around the mouth of the bayous on the Louisiana side of the lake, trout and reds over the grass around Willow and our best trout drifting the reef on the south end of the lake. At the same time, a number of other folks were doing equally well on both trout and reds in Keith lake and on the Gulf side of the Louisiana jetties.

That all sounds a little generic, but we haven’t had that may options in quite some time. Hopefully, the wind will settle down and we will be right back at it by the end of the week.

Speaking of options, I cannot recall ever seeing so many tournaments scheduled over the next couple of months. I didn’t receive a report from last week’s river tournament, but that event takes place every Tuesday afternoon. I will have more information later but the first annual Do It In Orange Fishing Classic is set for the weekend of May 19 and 20.

The entry fee is $100 per two man team with the potential of winning $6000. First place in the bass, trout and redfish divisions is $2000 and you are eligible to win all three with one entry fee.

For Parents and guardians just trying to get their youngsters on the water, the Sabine Neches Chapter of the CCA will host their second annual Kid’s Fish Tournament at Walter Humphrey Pier on May 19 for children under 12. You supply your own rod and reel and bait, but hot dogs, chips and drinks will be served by the chapter.Kids must be in the weigh-in line by 10 a.m. and prizes will be awarded for the heaviest fish.

The Port Neches Riverfest tournament will be hosted out of Ancelet’s Marina on May 5 and 6. The entry fee for this event is $30 per person. Eighty percent of the entry fees will be awarded to the winners.

As if that weren’t enough, the annual McDonald Big Bass Splash on Rayburn is set for this weekend and the one on Toledo Bend is set for the weekend of May 18, 19 and 20. I feel certain I am over looking at least one or two other bass tournaments, but at the very least it looks like you have a lot of choices on the weekend of May 19 and 20 alone!