Last Modified: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 9:47 AM
Winds continue to plague anglers on Big Lake and the Gulf as the norm has been winds stronger than 20 mph almost every day.
I talked to Capt. Kirk Stansel of Hackberry Rod and Gun about whether they have been able to fish at all as winds Tuesday were near 30 mph. Stansel replied, “We’re getting out but fishing is tough and thank God for redfish.”
He said they are getting decent numbers of reds on live shrimp under a popping cork along the somewhat protected south shore line of Big Lake and Black Lake.
He said trout have been tough to catch with the muddy water due to the strong south winds. However, Capt. Bobby Stansel’s boat landed a 9.2-pound trout on Tuesday on a live croaker. The lucky fisherman was Rick Hagel.
The guides said the weather forecast looks better for the end of the week with light-to-moderate winds and the bite to improve when the winds slow down and the water cleans up. Anglers are also catching a few flounder.
The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office hosted its regular tournament on the Calcasieu River. The team of Doug Guins and Kevin Robbins were the winners with a five-fish limit of 7.42 pounds that included a 3.12 caught by Guins. They caught their fish in the West Fork area using Texas-rigged Bass Kandi Speed Craws.
In second was the team of Ron Castille and Ray Bustillo with 4.47 pounds, which included a 3.17-pounder and big bass of the event caught by Castille.
They reported fishing the river channel and Westfork areas using Chug Bug, crankbaits and Speed Craws. Rounding out the top three was Mike Johnson with 4.08 pounds.
Good news from Guins, who reported, “The fishing on the Calcasieu River is slowly improving.”
Water temps over the weekend were 70 degrees with the river stained to slightly stained and anglers are catching a few quality fish on the river with Stanley 3/8-ounce spinnerbaits (Compact Series), buzzbaits and Texas-rigged soft plastics including Bass Kandi T-craw, Speed Bug and Berkley Rocket Craw.
This past week several bass in the 3-pound range were caught, and these are excellent fish for the Calcasieu. Numbers of fish being caught are still low (12-15) but Guins said he feels things should improve over the next few weeks to where 20-30 fish being more common. The key is good weather with minimal rain where the river can clear.
The positive news continues on the Sabine River with reports of good numbers of fish being caught on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, topwaters and Texas-rigged soft plastics with a few larger fish as well.
Guins had one report during the past few days when fellow anglers landed 34 bass on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and weightless flukes. The Sabine is slightly stained-to-clear, which is ideal with water temps running 71-73 degrees.
The Memorial Weekend Bass Classic, a two-day tournament on the Calcasieu River, is set for Saturday and Sunday.
Registration is from 4-7 p.m. Friday at Loggerhead’s River Resort and 4-7 a.m. Saturday at Ward 8 White Oak Park. The cost is $120 per team plus $5 per angler for big bass pot.
For more information, contact Doug Schysm at 884-1183.
The annual Association of Collegiate Anglers Championship this week on Pickwick Lake in Florence, Ala., will feature more than 100 colleges fielding 200 teams.
Many Louisiana schools will be represented and have been very competitive in recent years. We also have Louisiana natives who left the state, such as Aaron Young of Sulphur who learned many of his fishing skills fishing local lakes and rivers while fishing with his grandfather and uncle.
Young will be fishing for Texas Tech this week.
There are several factors involved, but the increase of youth fishing clubs such as our local Southwest Junior Bassmasters and college fishing teams are certainly helping to spark more interest in the sport. Fishing is a lifetime sport, so pass it on.