The much anticipated cold front that crept through the area late last
week did little more than make things a little damp and windy for both
the Lion’s Club Carnival and Friday night football games. Relief from a
stiff north breeze while waiting on another one of Larry David’s
legendary hamburgers definitely made for longer lines in front of that
semi-protected area.

“How many hamburgers do you think Larry has cooked at Lion’s Club
Carnivals over the years,” I asked Stan Prejean while waiting on yet
another of my own.“I wouldn’t attempt a guess,” he replied, “but I’ve
been eating them every year since I was ten years old and I turned fifty
last week!”

The accompanying rain muddied the bayous up just enough to slow down the
bass catching, but had little or no effect on Sabine Lake. Area anglers
were hoping that the north wind would blow hard and long enough to lower
the levels in surrounding marshes, but that did not happen.

The one bite that continues to improve is the bite under small flocks of
gulls and terns.Unless you drive all the way around the lake and launch
in Louisiana, however, you will be hard pressed to catch five legal
trout.Having said that, the bite is still a lot of fun as it can be
non-stop on a variety of lures.

The future of trout fishing in Sabine Lake remains very fragile and
taking the time to release with very little handling goes a long way
towards shortening the process.It’s not like you need to hurry up and
make another cast as the fish are pretty much all the same size and you
can catch a lot of fish from a single school.

Easily the bonus fish is still a slot red.On occasion they are the ones
pushing the bait to the surface and there is nothing quite as enjoyable
as suddenly finding yourself smack in the middle of red torpedoes
blowing holes in the surface.The water clarity from one end of the lake
is still very good, but the chances of running into schooling reds is
much better in the lower half of the lake.

Once again, that could change overnight following a couple of days of
howling north winds.You probably can’t do much better than to tie on a
Trap or spoon when fishing these schools as you can cast them out of
sight and easily control the depth of your lure.If it is pure excitement
you are after, however, lob a topwater lure in the midst of all of that
surface activity and hold on!

A Super Spook with the treble hooks replaced with single hooks is deadly
and less difficult to remove when the fish is finally in the boat.Lure
color is seldom a difference maker for this type fishing.

The real bonus over the past couple of weeks has been a much improved
flounder bite.I don’t think the Cameron run has kicked into gear, but
the ship channel, south of the Causeway, as well as drains and ditches
in the main lake have been pretty productive.

Most of the coveted flatfish are being caught on Gulp or small soft
plastics and a lot of these fish are under the fourteen inch mark.Gary
Chesson blew that program up, however, when he opted for a bone colored
crankbait last Wednesday and kept two flounder over five pounds!

He said that he only caught four fish while his brother caught at least
a dozen on Gulp, but most of his flounder were small.“The lure I was
using only runs about three feet deep and they would hit it right after
I stopped my retrieve.”

We will be abiding by a two fish limit starting next month, so Gary’s
approach sounds even better to me.I would also urge you to take care in
releasing flounder once your two keepers are in the box.