The upper Texas coast is not out of reach of the massive oil spill racing toward the Louisiana shoreline right now, but it seems somewhat trivial of us to complain about the inconvenience of muddy water in Sabine Lake. Muddy water does not threaten an entire ecosystem or the bulk of a state’s economy.

There is a distinct difference in inconvenience and disaster. Residents of the gulf coast have lived with the potential for a catastrophic event like this ever since the first hole was punched in the Gulf floor. We have always been quick, however, to accept what we considered to be dangerous work as a trade off for the enormous economic benefits.

I cannot fathom the government shutting down offshore drilling, but I now take less for granted each day in regards to assumed safe guards in the energy business. Perhaps the most frustrating thing about this latest threat is that we are willing to live with the fact that we have no control over Mother Nature’s worst offerings, but creating our own disaster is like piling on.

At the very least, those responsible for the spill were obviously willing to gamble while fully aware of the fact that they could not remedy this potential problem in short order. As usual, their initial contingency plan was to blame someone else, but that isn’t slowing down the spill!

The fishing in Sabine Lake has continued to be a struggle at best due to the wind and badly off-colored water, but no more complaining about the mud. We caught a short break in the wind early last week and I was surprised to see how much of the lake was very fishable the following day. It’s not that the fish do not bite in dirty water, but it really works on your confidence.

We could see a few days of lighter winds this week and with that will come broader stretches of water with improved clarity. I can assure you that salinity is not a problem as we are already seeing ribbon fish on the surface and two triple tails were caught on the south end last week.

The most consistent bite is taking place in and around Lighthouse Cove. Some very good trout, both size and numbers, were taken in that area in the early part of the week. I was a little surprised that the best action took place on an outgoing tide. Everything good taking place in the lake has been on an incoming tide.

The Causeway Reef is also finally starting to produce any time the incoming tide starts ushering in greener water. The drift bite has been just okay, but there has been some gull action as well in the afternoons. The trout that have been hounding both shrimp and ribbon fish have been very average, but the redfish in the hunt have been on the large size.

The redfish in the river, the bayous, and along the Louisiana shoreline have been holding in very shallow grass. Weedless spoons, Ribbit frogs, and Texas rigged weightless Assassins have all worked well in the shallow vegetation. The strikes are generally exciting explosions, but you need to restrain from setting the hook until you actually feel the fish.

Devin Stroud had a big red knock his plastic frog out of the water and up into the overhanging cane last Thursday. When it fell back into the water, a three pound flounder ate it as soon as he gave it a twitch. “I know it was a red that hit it the first time,” he said, “but now I’ve got my cousin from Rockport thinking our flounder are turbo-charged!”

The signs are now out everywhere, but in the event that you have not seen them, it is time to sign up early for the upcoming Speckled Trout tournament to be held out of the City of Orange Boat Ramp on Simmons drive on May 15 and 16. For more information you can call 800-528-4906.

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