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Fishing Report: Saltwater fishing could be great in next few weeks

Last Modified: Tuesday, October 02, 2012 7:41 PM

By Joe Joslin / American Press

Both The Gulf at Cameron and Big Lake’s water temps continue to fall (upper 70s) and the recent cold fronts will definitely influence shrimp migrations from out of the marshes into Big Lake.

This is going to trigger a definite increase in bird activity by later this week plus weather reports say moderate-to-light winds all the way to the weekend which could be setting up for some of the best fishing in months.

Captain Buddy Oakes of Hackberry Rod and Gun says fishing this past week was very good on redfish, trout and a even a few flat-fish(flounder).

Both live shrimp and mullet continue to be the best baits while working over shallow reefs in the lake. Oakes adds “The weak cold front that came through yesterday will start moving bait out of the marsh and the working seagulls will point the way to easy limits.” HG&G’s website showed some great photos of fish caught this week including a couple of nice ling caught just off shore by Capt Bobby Stansel.

Captain Bruce Baugh has been making the 30 mile run to Sabine Lake recently mainly to catch trout. He leaves out of Calcasieu Point and takes the Inter-coastal Canal Waterway west to Sabine Lake where Baugh says birds activity has been good for a few weeks. He reports good catches each trip with bird activity from the north end all the way to the south.end. Berkley Saltwater Gulp! Shrimp (3 inch) has been his “go-to” lure. However, topwaters (Spooks and She-Dogs) are taking the larger fish.

Baugh expects Big Lake to turn on soon with increased bird activity starting this week. He also states that there are large schools of reds under the birds near Long Point & The Washout.

American Bass Anglers schedule

Travis Merritt, local ABA representative, reports that District 45 is back this year after taking a year off due to Toledo’s extreme low water conditions last year. The District 45 schedule includes 5 one-day tournaments and 1 two-day tournament with all events scheduled on Toledo out of Big Bass Marina. Registration will begin 1 hour prior to safe light the morning of the tournament. One Day events include October 28, November 11, December 2, January 6 and February 10 with one two-day tournament March 30 and 31. For complete information on the ABA go to

Sportsmen for the Hungry

In affiliation with Hunters for the Hungry, the local Sportsman for the Hungry organization is having their annual food collection drive Sunday, October 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. in Gordon’s Drug Store Parking Lot located at 2716 Lake Street in Lake Charles. Many hunters and fishermen have good frozen meat in their freezers that they would like to share with those in need. This is an easy way to make room for this year’s bounty!

A convenient drive-thru service will be provided. All food collected will be directly donated to Abraham’s Tent, a local non-profit organization whose mission is to provide food for the poor and hungry in Lake Charles.

Food items needed include wrapped and labeled frozen meat and fish, canned and boxed food, rice, cooking oil, seasonings, vegetables, and paper goods. For more information, call Sally Foret at 337-433-7090 or George Paret at 337-477-6773.


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