Last Modified: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 9:35 AM
September is a great outdoors month in this part of the country with lots of options. Great fishing is the norm on both freshwater and saltwater fisheries. Hackberry Rod and Gun’s Capt. Buddy Oakes also mentioned that gator season opened last week and teal season opens in a few days.
In addition, Oakes said during September we will get moderate cool fronts which will trigger the start of white shrimp migration from the marshes to the main lake. Bird activity will go nuts and plenty of working seagulls will make locating schools of trout and reds easy for even the novice angler.
With nighttime lows later this week already predicted to drop into the upper 60s, this could be happening sooner rather than later.
Tournament director Ron Castille said water conditions were good at the Wednesday Afternoon Dogfight championship and continue to improve.
The championship belongs to the strong team of Doug Guins and Kevin Robbins with a five-fish stringer of 7.72 pounds. The team also had big bass with a solid Calcasieu River 3.34-pounder that hit a Chug Bug. They reported that they caught 12 bass, all on Chug Bugs while fishing in the West Fork with total earnings of $656.
Robert Weemes and David Rabalais finished second with a five-fish limit at 7.06 pounds with similar patterns of Chug Bugs in West Fork and winnings of $230.
Third-place team was Jason and Conner Fontenot with a five-fish limit at 6.72 pounds and reported they fished in the main Calcasieu River channel using spinnerbaits. Greg Byrley and Shane Cormier had 6.49 pounds and took home a side pot ($75) using Chug Bugs and DOA shrimp while fishing the Calcasieu River channel.
Castille said the Wednesday Dogfight events will continue on a week-by-week schedule this month depending on participation.
“On the Calcasieu, the water is extremely clear and the fish are biting,” Guins said.
Most of his fish continue to come on topwater (Chug Bug) mainly because he said that’s his favorite way to catch ‘em.
Crankbaits, wakebaits, weightless flukes and soft plastics are all catching fish as well. The fish have schooled up chasing bait and can be caught basically all day long with the first and last hours of the day proving to be the best.
Guins said he is continuing to catch reds, flounder, sheepshead and a few speckled trout. He said he has seen several boats on the lower end of the Calcasieu River strictly targeting redfish and most are catching limits.
The Sabine continues to have the same patterns as the past several weeks with lots of fish on topwater, crankbait and DOA. Guins reported very few bass longer than 14 inches, but 60-80 bass a trip with several redfish is normal.
If you like lots of action it is an ideal time to take a youngster or nonangler fishing. Conditions are almost ideal, but it will not always be the case. One heavy rain and conditions will change over night.