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Outdoor Report: Duck action heating up

Last Modified: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 10:57 PM

By Joe Joslin / American Press

Duck season opened with mostly good results and this cold front is going to fill the skies with new ducks.

On Tuesday I talked with Capt. Kirk Stansel, of Hackberry Rod and Gun, who said they have been killing lots of ducks with teal and gadwall making up a decent part of their action. Stansel said he was super excited about the arrival of this strong cold front as we often have weather too warm for ideal duck hunting. Very few mosquitoes and plenty of ducks is any Southern duck hunter’s dream.

May it be so the rest of the week in our area marshes. Outdoorsman David Brown of DeRidder took three young hunters with him last Saturday to a Lacassine lease and they all four got limits.

On the fishing scene, things really heated up Monday just in front to the cold front, Stansel said. Basically all boats got limits of reds and trout with 90 percent of the action under working birds. Some were caught on topwater, some on jigs and some on live shrimp under popping corks. Both Spicer and Calcasieu Point still have live shrimp as of midweek.

The flounder run is yet to fully happen, although Stansel said this cold front should be the game-changer.

Calcasieu River

Doug Guins said the water temperatures are in the mid-to-upper 60s with water stained to muddy in most areas. His recent go-to bait has been a Stanley Compact spinnerbait in white, plus small crankbaits in crawfish colors.

Guins said he has been catching quality fish on jigs and Texas-rigged soft plastic craws. The cold temps predicted for midweek will surely have an effect with the bite. He recommended slowing everything down plus working a jig around deeper structure on the main river.

Sabine River

The water remains high with a strong current and water is stained to heavily stained with temps in the mid 60s. Jigs, soft plastics, spinnerbaits and crankbaits worked around drains and cuts have been productive. Numbers of bass are down big time, but the size has been improving.

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