Last Modified: Wednesday, October 02, 2013 10:48 AM
We do have new conditions following the last storm, rains and cool front. Capt. Buddy Oakes said they had 16 boats out early last week and all of them caught a good number of redfish. Also, Hackberry Rod and Gun’s Capt. Mike Bare’s boat had a four-angler limit of redfish (20) and 44 trout; Capt. Zach Mitchell’s boat caught 38 trout and Capt. Brett Stansel’s crew caught 39 trout all on live bait.
Oakes reported prior to the front they had not been catching a lot of trout, but added that it looks like they are finally beginning to start up. Oakes said October is normally one of their most productive months and that one more cold front will greatly increase seagull activity.
We were in contact on Tuesday with Capt. Bruce Baugh who said he has been dodging storms lately and fighting the west wind. Baugh said trout fishing should pick up after the passing of the strong cold front predicted for this weekend.
Like Oakes, Baugh said it’s time for the birds to start their thing as the shrimp exit the marsh with the falling tide behind the next front. In addition, Baugh said, “We are also approaching the new moon and the big girls (female trout) should be prowling the flats.”
It is fall and its getting ready to break wide open.
Doug Guins said he was anxious to get back on the Calcasieu River after all the rain weekend before last. He reported that they caught a few fish on topwater (mostly Chug Bugs) and a couple on spinnerbaits (Stanley Compact), but the Texas rig really was the main tool.
They caught from 12-15 fish on Texas-rigged soft plastics and this pattern should continue for the next few weeks unless we get another heavy rain. Guins said the river is both falling and water conditions are clearing.
There is a decent current which has positioned the bass on cover. Guins said anglers should work spinnerbaits and crankbaits close to cover in the cuts. The Texas rig is also working on the Sabine with several soft plastics recommended, including 7-inch Power Worms and 6-inch Power Lizards. Also, the Vudu Shrimp continues to catch fish.
The recent Calcasieu Parish Sherrif’s Office tournament took place on Toledo Bend in tough conditions of heavy rain and high winds with Bryan Fontenot and Kevin Fruge winning with 11.1 pounds, which included the big bass of the tournament that weighed 6.8 pounds.
In second was the team of Craig Bean and Bubba Mayeaux. Third went to Dennis Courtney and Mike Johnson.