Jacob Hooper with his biggest red ever. He said it was ''his best day ever.'' (Special to the American Press)
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 10:42 AM
Capt. Bruce Baugh reported that the first part of last week was red hot and said, “If you were not in the surf then you were in the wrong place!”
Baugh said fantastic numbers of trout and reds were taken as we experienced several days of light northerly winds and the water was beautiful and green to the beach. He added that the farther west you went the better the water looked.
The rock groins near Johnson Bayou was one of the sweet spots. He mentioned that one day they even drove in by truck and stood on the beach and cast into the surf and caught limits in an hour.
The neat deal was that all of these were caught on topwater using MirrOlure’s She-Dogs in chrome and blueback.
All good things come to and end as the wind picked up and blew the beach pattern out. They turned their efforts back to Lake Calcasieu and then found schools of reds chasing shads down the grass over the weekend on the east bank where they had lots of action.
“We wore ‘em out,” Baugh said. “Well maybe they wore us out!”
“The fishing is as hot as the weather,” said tournament angler Doug Guins.
They are catching lots of bass on multiple patterns and lures. The water temperatures are about 88-90 and the water is clear to slightly stained. Topwater, crankbaits, weightless soft plastics, lightweight Texas-rigged soft plastics and the DOA shrimp are all producing fish.
The fish are very concentrated and you can catch five to as many as 15 in one single spot. Guins said it is a great time to take a kid out and let them catch a lot of bass in a short amount of time.
Fishing is still tough, although there might be a slight improvement as the water has been slowly clearing but its still stained to heavily stained.
Guins said water temps are at 90 degrees and the fish are not very active. Bites are hard to come by, but best baits have been Texas-rigged soft plastics and crankbaits with a few fish hitting topwater early and late.
“It has been a grind on the river, but the bite should improve as the water continues to clear,” Guins said.
With no additional rainfall, that should happen soon.
Week 13 winner of the Wednesday Afternoon Dogfights on the Calcasieu River were Guins and Kevin Robbins with a four-fish stringer at 5.98 pounds, including the big bass of the event a 3.27-pounder caught by Robbins that hit a Bass Kandi Kandi Stix while fishing in the main river channel.
They said they caught seven bass while fishing the main river using Bass Kandi soft-plastic lures in stained water.
In second place was Todd Fontenot and Jacob Williams with five-fish that weighed in at 5.45 pounds. They caught their bass on crankbaits, Senko’s and Trick Worms while fishing the West Fork.
In third was Mike Johnson and Jason Wilkinson with a five-fish stringer at 4.7 pounds. They fished in the West Fork.