Brenda Hassebrock with a trophy Big Lake trout caught last week. This trout was released alive. (Special to the American Press)
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 10:28 AM
At Hackberry Rod and Gun, fishing continues to be good, said Capt. Buddy Oakes, with consistent catches of trout, redfish and flounder coming on live bait, Hackberry Hustlers and Saltwater Gulp! under working birds.
A little specific information for readers as Oakes said flounder are being caught on both sides of the ship channel near mile marker 71. Also, big redfish continue to be caught at the jetties with live shrimp fished mostly vertical. Behind cold fronts the beaches are also producing reds.
Another report came from Capt. Bruce Baugh who said conditions are getting right for his favorite method of fishing, which is leaving the boat and taking to the water, joining the fish population.
Wading for big trout is a favorite among numerous area anglers and allows them to work an area quietly and thoroughly when big trout get shallow.
Baugh said water temperatures dropped big time behind the latest front. He also said the flounder bite is improving. However, he is spending most of his time and efforts chasing big trout and said they have had a fantastic trout bite. He is wading and throwing topwater and broken-back corkys fishing leeward shorelines.
“Fishing is still improving,” said Elaine Huck of Calcasieu Point. Weather has been a challenge some days, but most anglers who fought the weather did well. She reported beautiful trout, redfish and last week also saw numbers of big flounder brought in.
Some of the best reports for flounder are coming from anglers fishing at night in the LNG Canal. Huck also mentioned that the Weirs are open again and giving up some big redfish and shrimp. In addition, gulls are working in Turner’s Bay and fishing is still decent in the north end of Turners as well as Moss Lake and Choupique Bayou.
On Nov. 2, G2X is hosting the Family and Youth Fish-O-Rama paying out more than 35 places and $8,000 in prizes. Early entry fee is $20 for adults, $10 for youths. Call Calcasieu Point at 479-1536 for more information.
Frequent tournament angler and Calcasieu River addict Doug Guins said the water temps were in the low 70s last Saturday with water conditions clear to slightly stained.
We caught about 30 fish weighing up to 2 pounds during the day. Most of our fish came on the Stanley compact spinnerbait and small crankbaits, but we did catch some fish on Texas-rigged bottom hopper and a Stanley jig.
The fish were scattered so we had to cover a lot of water to catch what we did. The bite got better later in the morning once the tide started moving out and the cuts began to run.
The water was clear to slightly stained with water temps in the mid-70s. We are still catching numbers of fish on crankbaits and spinnerbaits as well as soft plastics.
The fish are somewhat concentrated around cuts and drains and current tends to concentrate them and make them bite better than when no current is present.
The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Association monthly tournament was held on Calcasieu River on Saturday with Buddy Pesson winning it all with a great river five-bass limit weighing 9.07 pounds. Second place was the team of Craig Bean and Steve Goff with Kevin Robbins and Doug Guins placing third.