Last Modified: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 9:35 PM
Capt. Bruce Baugh declared, “It’s hunting season in Southwest Louisiana, and I love it!”
He explained that he does not hunt, but hunting season takes numerous sportsmen off the lake because they are in their duck blinds and deer stands relieving the lake of boat congestion. Lack of fishing pressure is one factor why numerous anglers love this time of the year. Baugh, an avid wade-fisherman, said he lives for November and December.
He and his guests had a phenomenal day of wade fishing for big speckled trout last Friday as they found the big trout stacked on a protected shoreline. The east wind behind the last front brought in an above normal tide for November and the trout invaded the shoreline with the rising water.
They caught and released three over the 8-pound mark, four near 7 pounds and multiple 5- to 6-pound trout. Baugh said there were no small trout in this group of fish but there were some huge reds with the trout. All the fish were caught on Paul Browns Broken Backs.
“The flounder run is on,” said Capt. Buddy Oakes of Hackberry Rod and Gun, who added duck hunting results have been good with their 15-17 blinds averaging 25-30 birds a blind.
Also, doing the blast-and-cast combo, duck hunters come in for lunch and then head out for an afternoon fishing trip on Big Lake. Recent afternoons have featured an outgoing tide for the anglers who, Oakes said, are filling limits of flounder and speckled trout very quickly.
Huge schools of trout are being caught under working seagulls and outgoing tides are bring limits of flounder along the ship channel. The larger trout are not with the birds but keeper-sized trout are improving with the bird activity. For a while over the past weeks it was hard to catch a keeper with the birds, but that has improved.
Winners in the recent Calcasieu Sheriff’s Association Toledo Bend tournament were Buddy Pesson and Larry Dugas with a five-fish limit of 12.59 pounds. They reported fishing the northern part of The Bend using spinnerbaits in shallow grass.
In second place was the team of Ray Bustillow and Darrell Seaward with 11.87 pounds, including a 4.49-pounder which won the big bass award. They caught their bass in midlake areas using crankbaits and rat-l-traps.
In third was the longtime team of Ron Castille and Randy DeRouen with 10.33 pounds using traps and ultra vibes, fishing 7-foot depths in the San Miguel area, which is north of Pendleton Bridge on the Louisiana side.
On the Calcasieu River, the bite was really good this past weekend, said Guins, who fished Saturday for about 8 hours.
The water temperatures are in the mid-60s and the water was slightly stained-to-stained in most areas. They caught about 40-50 fish on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, jigs and Texas-rigged soft plastics.
Several of the bass ran between 2-2.5 pounds, which is a solid river bass.
The jig seemed best for the larger bass were holding tight to cover and shallow (2-4 feet). Guins said the water was moving and had the fish positioned in current breaks around structure.
On the Sabine River, the level continued to be above normal with very heavy current, water temps in the mid-60s with stained-to-heavily stained conditions.
Guins said he has been catching most of his fish on spinnerbaits and crankbaits with a few bigger bass on jigs.