FISH RATHER THAN TURKEY
While fishing with a young couple last week I was explaining the
negative effect on the fishing thanks to the two epic rain events that
parked over this area in a two year period, when the young father of two
cast a “who cares” look in my direction.
“We haven’t fished with you in the past couple of years because we
flooded both times,” said Gary Payne.“We had just moved into a new house
two weeks before Harvey hit and finally moved back in a month before
Imelda.I transferred here because of a really good job, but all our
family knows about East Texas is flooding and life in a camper trailer!”
If you weren’t one of the unfortunate few that suffered back-to-back
hits, it is difficult to relate to the inconvenience and misery that
many of them are still experiencing.“Our boys think this is just one big
adventure,” said Paige, “but every time it rains I get nervous.”
The wind kept us out of the main lake, but we fished drains in the
bayous on an outgoing tide and still caught a mixed bag of flounder,
redfish and bass.The water has dropped out a little more and cleared up
in the process which really expands the playing field for local anglers.
The marshes are exceptionally good right now, but I would encourage you
to be both respectful and selective of the areas you choose to fish over
the next couple of months.Most of the hunters with leases in this area
are very good about sharing their ponds when duck season isn’t in full
swing, but now isn’t the time to test them.
They can’t do anything about annual migrations, but they spend a great
deal of time and money maintaining their leases the remainder of the
year.I am reluctant to even fish the mouths of cuts along the main
bayous when I hear shooting or know hunters may be in the area.
Compromise works year round!
Water pouring out of a marsh cut is money in the bank this time of the
year and an ideal situation for both fishermen and hunters is an
outgoing tide in the afternoon hours.We still do not run up in the
marshes, but most of the hunters are done by noon and the entire bayou
is in play.
We are still finding it difficult to catch quality flounder, but the
numbers have been pretty good. I talked with Ronnie Chaumont last week
and he said that the annual flounder run below Cameron has not been that
good for him thus far. I don’t know if it is still a little early or
just won’t happen at all, but we have a dependable connection if and
when it lights off!
When the wind allows, everything in the tackle box will work in the open
lake.The majority of the trout we have found under the birds have not
been Texas legal, but there are plenty of slot reds running with them as
well.Four inch plastic tails and plastic shrimp fished under a cork will
keep you in the catch and release mode most of the trip, but our largest
trout and the reds have shown a preference for four inch Usual Suspects
and topwaters like the She Dog and Spook.
It will still be a matter of locating larger trout, but it is also time
to put on the waders and tie on your favorite Corky.Mullet imitations
like the Catch 2000 and Mirodine Xl are also good choices along with
five inch tails rigged on 1/8^th ounce heads.
If you prefer to fish the bayous or protected shoreline in the river,
thanks to the bass, your choice of lures is basically unlimited.I think
your best choices for catching anything that swims is a three inch Swim
Bait, a quarter ounce single spin spinner bait or a four inch tube bait.
Small crankbaits and a multitude of soft plastics are deadly on both
reds and bass.And, while they don’t work well in grass, the Trap and
Hoginar are hard to beat as well.When the fish stack up in deeper water
on the main points we do as well vertically jigging the Hoginar as we do
fishing it on a slow retrieve.
Well, the turkey is ready to fry and the pumpkin pies just went in the
oven.Hope you and yours share a great Thanksgiving!