TROPICAL STORM THREATENS LOCAL FISHING
Having turned down the offer to hunt fish on Sabine lake the day before,
I refused to pass on yet another offer the following day.The fact that
it was steadily raining when David Landry pulled up in front of the
house with his new boat did little to sway our decision!
“One day we are griping about the heat and then it’s raining too
hard…..no way,” said Landry.“At least it will be cooler and I want to
check out the new boat before running to the lake.”
After thirty years of tournament fishing and running around the lake at
70 mph, he recently decided to downsize to a rig that required less
maintenance and would work in the marsh as well Toledo Bend.There’s a
world of difference at the gas pump,” he offered, “but my only complaint
thus far is where to store a dozen rods and fourteen tackle boxes.”
Not surprisingly, he left all but two rods at the house and had only a
handful of lures in an HEB shopping bag.“The grapes were on sale and
everything else fit in the same bag!”
I quickly ran back in the house and grabbed a handful of Bass Assassin
Lit’l Tappers and four inch Centipedes in a couple of colors.“We will
catch fish with these,” I promised.
We had barely cleared Adams Bayou when we stopped to check on the size
of the bass beating up on a small school of shad.We moved shortly after
catching five or six fish that wouldn’t even make the twelve inch mark.
I held my breath as he slowly negotiated the ship graveyard at the mouth
of Conways and we managed to bounce his new lower unit off a submerged
block of concrete only one time.The bass weren’t there, but sixteen to
eighteen inch redfish were in a feeding frenzy.We stayed much too long
simply because it was fun getting a strike virtually every cast.We had
initially planned to fish Cow bayou from one end to the other, but
wasted too much time playing with the smaller fish.
I say that, because the first bass that hammered Landry’s crankbait in
Cow Bayou weighed at least three pounds.His second fish would have been
a keeper as well and I was already losing confidence in my Wacky rig
when a slot red just crushed it.
“I don’t want to keep any bass,” shouted Landry, “but I would like to
keep a couple of redfish.”We put it in the livewell which had been
overlooked in the rigging process and you guessed it…..we never caught
David eventually switched to a chatterbait in an attempt to keep pace
with the bass racing to eat my Lit’l Tapper and the score was 13 to 6
when he called in the dogs and asked for a worm.Because we were only
keeping score for the hell of it, I gave him my Lit’l Tapper and
switched to a four inch Centipede.
When all was said and done, he rallied and beat me thirty-nine to
twenty-four.However, with the exception of his three-pounder, I just
killed him in the big bass category.I had five fish in the two pound
class that pulled darn near as hard as a rat red!
Easily the two best colors in both worms were green pumpkin and
watermelon gold flake.Even though a world of small bass were continually
taking advantage of the shad buffet, we caught virtually every fish near
the bottom in three to five feet of water.
If you have yet to try rigging the Wacky worm on a one-sixteenth or
one-eight ounce jig head you are missing something.You can rig it
weedless or with an open hook depending on the amount of vegetation or
cover.They make a jig head designed to fish the Wacky worm, but we are
using the same 2/0 wire hook that we use in saltwater and it seems to
work just fine.
As if the trout fishing has not been tough enough, local saltwater
anglers are keeping an eye on the tropical storm currently parked just
off the coast.This one has the potential to deposit a lot of fresh water
before leaving town…
The lake has cleared up a lot and the salinity is currently solid enough
to support trout, so we may be close to seeing things turn around.You
don’t know if you don’t go!