RESPECT THE DUCK HUNTERS
The bad news for Sabine Lake trout fishermen was that a 1.22- pound
trout earned the first place check in the S.A.L.T. club’s monthly
tournament.The good news for Phillip Pauling was that he caught that trout!
Monthly fishing tournaments for the members are one of the many benefits
of belonging to the family oriented club.Each month they target a
different fish which keeps everyone in the hunt.The key to winning this
month’s event was simply catching a keeper trout.
Unfortunately, that pretty much sums up the dismal trout fishing in
Sabine lake over the past year.Not only are the numbers still way down,
but the size as well.
I have caught only one trout over five pounds this entire year.We were
griping the year before when we were catching only one or two fish that
size virtually every trip!
The S.A.L.T. club will host a Kids Tournament Saturday morning that is
tailored to fit even the busiest schedule.The event concludes with a
weigh-in and hotdogs at 11:00 at the Clubhouse, there is no entry fee
and the kids can fish anywhere they wish as long as they make the
weigh-in with their catch.
The winning kids in three age divisions will win money, a trophy and a
rod and reel.Kids in the 3-7 and 8-12 division can win with the largest
crab, piggy perch and red fish.The 13 to 16 year old kids can win with
the largest red, trout or flounder.
Every child that weighs in will be eligible to win the drawing for the
Grand Prize which is a Lifetime Fishing license donated by Dawn Jones of
It just refused to quit raining this past week making it a tad difficult
for even the most persistent fishermen.Aside from the crabbers we saw a
total of three other boats on the two days that we endured the steady
In spite of the additional freshwater making its way through the lake,
we still saw porpoises in the mouth of East Pass.In fact, we saw more
porpoises than keeper trout!
The best news is that we caught a few very solid flounder each day on
three-inch Usual Suspects and four inch Sea Shads tipped with shrimp.I
prefer to add a liquid scent to my plastic tails, but a small piece of
shrimp produced strikes when nothing else would in the dirtier water.
Bone diamond was easily the most productive color for us on both the
flounder and redfish
On two previous occasions this summer, redfish just under the slot
invaded areas that had been consistently producing upper slot fish.That
was very much the case for us once again this past week as only every
fifth or sixth fish was a small keeper.Tipping with shrimp may well have
been the reason in this instance, but we couldn’t consistently get
strikes without it.
I ran into Paul LeDoux, a dedicated bass fishermen, on the river around
noon last Tuesday and he said that he had been able to find only small
bass due to the extra water with more on the way. He added that he had
been drop-shotting a finesse worm in deeper water and the sand trout and
small croakers would not leave him alone.
After hearing that, I checked a few spots before calling it a day and
each of them were holding huge schools of sand trout running anywhere
from 6 to 13-inches in length.We got a bite virtually every cast
bouncing a tandem rigged 3-inch grub off the bottom in 22 to 28 feet of
I cleaned a dozen and the wife and I very much enjoyed them that
night.If you can eat them without ever freezing them I find them second
only to crappie when fried.The flesh is so tender, however, that they
are difficult to cook any other way.Great fish to park on top of with
While a large number of duck hunters are avid fishermen as well, they
rightly become confrontational when fishermen invade their leases during
duck season.For the most part, as long as you avoid blinds and don’t
burn the grass in their ponds with outboard props, they have no problem
with you pursuing redfish and bass the other nine months of the year.
Access into the Game Reserve is denied altogether October 15^th through
March 15^th .Once the northers start blowing the water out of the
marshes they become virtually inaccessible anyway.I am more than ready
for a little sunshine and that first howling north wind!