Lane Guinn, son of Philip Guinn, shows off a fish to the crowd during the final day of weigh-ins of the 75th Annual SWLA Fishing Rodeo. (Rick Hickman / American Press)
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 9:38 AM
Hackberry Rod and Gun’s Captain Buddy
Oakes said, “fishing conditions and catching remained good all week.”
Good catches of speckled trout and red fish were brought to the cleaning table most every day. Live shrimp and finger mullet were the bait of choice during the summer heat. Early-morning anglers were rewarded with good catches on Hackberry Hustlers, TTF and Mirrolure soft plastics rigged on light lead heads early.
Although delayed for a few weeks
because of a weather cancellation, the 75th annual Southwest Louisiana
Fishing Rodeo is now
history. The tournament had a good turnout, was well organized and
lots of fish were caught both off shore as well as inland.
The heritage of this event and the family atmosphere truly makes this one of the premier fishing events of the area. When you throw in the awesome fisheries of Lake Calcasieu and the northern Gulf you have a recipe for something special. It was that and more!
“On the Calcasieu River the bite has been picking up” says local tournament angler Doug Guins. The water temperature is near 90 degrees with the water conditions stained. Guins says they caught close to 50 fish up to three pounds with most coming on topwater and crankbaits with a few on Texas-rigged soft plastics. He also landed a 12-pound redfish that crushed a topwater bait and it was one of several reds caught during the trip. Guins said they caught most of the fish early in the morning and things slowed as the sun and temps rose but they continued to catch fish up until they quit around 2 p.m.
The Sabine River’s water temperature is also near 90 degrees with water conditions almost perfect from clear to slightly stained. Guins said summer patterns have taken hold and fishing is very consistent and patterns should remain stable throughout the summer absent any tropical storms and heavy rains. Guins gives a great tip when he says “You can’t go wrong throwing topwater lures, crankbaits and DOA shrimp at structure, especially structure that provides a break from the river/tidal current.” The fish are very concentrated and you can catch multiple fish off of single piece of structure and these areas reload very quickly with fish. Guins adds that reds, specks and flounder below Interstate 10 are becoming more and more numerous and can be caught on the same baits as bass. Fishing is pure fun when you can catch quality reds, specks and bass from the same area and same topwater bait.
In the recent Jr. Southwest Bassmasters tournament on the Calcasieu River, Wade Roberts won the 7-10 age division with a total weight of 7.14 which included the big bass of the event, a 4.94-pounder. Second went to Kade Massey with 2.87. In the 11-14 age division, Jonathan Suttle won with 2.90, second was Kade Buller with 1.91 and third was Evan Googe at 1.63. In the 15-18 age division, the winner was Blake Fontenot with 4.98, runner-up was Alex Corbello with 4.41 and third place went to Brandon Dyson at 3.08 pounds. Awesome job to all of these young anglers!
The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office held a bass tournament Saturday on the Calcasieu River with winners Craig Bean and Steve Goff weighing a five-bass limit totaling 7.70 lbs which also included big bass honors with a 2.96 pounder. According to reports, they caught their fish working the mid- and northern-portions of the river and they also targeted the river channel with crank baits and buzz baits.
Second place and very close to winning was the team of Doug Guins and Kevin Robbins with a limit at 7.58-pounds. The duo reported fishing Westfork and the main river using Chug Bugs and crank baits. In third with a solid Calcasieu River limit was Ron Castille at 5.19 who caught his bass fishing the south end of the main river working a Chug Bug.
The annual Mermentau River Open bass tournament was held July 13th with a field of 75 anglers. Weigh-in was at the pavilion next to the regatta with winners Cody Benton and Richard Duhon collecting $1500 for a weight of 12.24 pounds. Second went to Quentin Labeuf and Brett Griffith with 10.38 and received $750. Rounding out the top three was Loren Stelly with 9.90 pounds and winnings of $350. Big bass award and $300 went to Danny Forestier and his 3.46 pounder. This event featured a 100 percent payback to the anglers.