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Fishing Report: Cold front heats up Big Lake action

Last Modified: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 9:58 PM

By Joe Joslin / American Press

The recent cold front fired up the fishing in Big Lake, said Capt. Kirk Stansel of Hackberry’s Ron and Gun.

Stansel has been putting his customers on fish by working the north end of the lake when the winds were from the north, and they did real well on trout. “Turners Bay was the best area for trout,” reported Stansel, who suggested salt-and-pepper colored Hackberry Hustlers (soft plastic) as being productive.

The veteran guide and fishing addict added that he looked for things to really pick up on Big Lake the latter part of the week as winds die down. Should turn on over the entire lake.

Look for birds working or fish oyster reefs. He was using a quarter-ounce jig head with the Hackberry Hustlers and with the salt-and-pepper color he also had success on glow chartreuse.

Stansel gave another hint that if your bite slows down to try live shrimp under a popping cork. He also mentioned that the flounder bite is improving.

Another great report came from Capt. Bruce Baugh who said, “We have been hammering the trout lately with great numbers the last several days.”

Baugh said the last front dropped the water temperatures and found some water in the 50s Monday morning after night temps were in lower 40s. His tactic has been to drift midlake reefs and said gulls have been working over much of the lake. He mentioned that the size of the trout under the birds has increased.

Also, the north wind pushed water out of the marsh and a new crop of shrimp came with the huge tide drop. Baugh said on Monday they followed a school of fish chasing shrimp to the surface and caught trout and reds for the first two hours until they limited.

He said they did this with no birds in sight, just shrimp jumping for their lives and mud boils made by the roaming reds. The flounder run is also under way, too. Baugh said, “All of this has been happening on Pearl Berkley Gulp! Shrimp and Mirrolure’s new Pearl Provoker on a quarter-ounce jighead.”

He ended his report by saying, “Fall fishing is on.”

Our final report comes from Elaine Huck of Calcasieu Point, who said, “If you could stand the cold weather, you could catch some fish.” She added, “Fishing is still real good with limits of specks and reds coming in.”

She too mentioned the flounder fishing is excellent with a significant number of big flounder being caught. Turners Bay and Commissary Point have been some of the hot spots talked about, as well as Prien Lake and Moss Lake.

Huck said the birds are working throughout the lake but said she feels this activity could improve. The marshes are still producing some very big reds.


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