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Fishing Report: Fall patterns set in on Calcasieu River

Last Modified: Wednesday, October 09, 2013 9:35 AM

By Joe Joslin / American Press

Water temperatures are trending cooler and running upper 70s to low 80s with water conditions mostly stained. Local tournament angler Doug Guins says the bass are feeding heavily as the fall patterns set in.

Guins reported Stanley’s Compact spinnerbait and square bill crankbaits have been two very successful tools the past couple of weeks. Bass have been holding tight to cover and bumping the spinnerbait and crankbaits into cypress knees, lay downs and tree bases have been triggering some solid, vicious strikes.

He also said they have been catching fish on Texas-rigged craws and a Stanley flipping jig.

Sabine River

The Sabine has been producing good numbers of fish on crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Guins reported the river has had quite a bit of current in it which has positioned bass tight on cover as well as in slack water out of the current just behind the cover.

Grand opening

Cajun Tackle is a new hunting and fishing store located at 2640 Country Club Road in Lake Charles. Today is the grand opening.

Martin honored

According to BoatUS, Berkley, the leading manufacturer of fishing line, has recycled enough fishing line to reach the moon and back 19 times.

This is from their website (

“Recycling used fishing line seems easy enough. Build some recycling line containers or bins, install them at the water’s edge and teach anglers to put the used line safely inside. Since 2008, the BoatUS Foundation has helped install over 2,000 line-recycling bins at docks, ramps and boat clubs.”

They state that “none of this would be possible without a dedicated partner in the fishing industry, which is committed to collect all of the line and ensure it’s recycled. This partner is Berkley Conservation Institute’s Jim Martin. Since 1990, Berkley has recycled nine million miles of fishing line — enough to reach the moon and back 19 times. For his hard work, dedication and expertise, Martin, Conservation Director with the Berkley Conservation Institute, was honored with the 2013 BoatUS Foundation Environmental Leadership Award.”

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