Fishing Report: Fishing improves at Calcasieu Point

By By Joe Joslin / American Press

Water temperatures on Lake Calcasieu were running from 77-80 degrees.

Last Thursday we were able to get in a

fun fishing trip with Capt. Anthony Busceme of Hackberry R & G. We

started early on

seagulls chasing shrimp and worked three groups of birds with

popping corks and live shrimp. We had lots of action for an

hour or so on small-to-medium trout so our guide asked us if we

wanted to make a long run and catch some big reds. We agreed

and left the bird activity, which was mostly north of Long Point

and headed south to the jetties. After a pleasant 25- to

30-minute run south, we arrived at the jetties at the mouth of the

Gulf.

We had a pretty good southeast breeze

for an hour or so that made anchoring a slight challenge, but then the

winds backed

off a bit. The bite was slow at first, but about 10:30 a.m. it

picked up. We caught several huge, line-stripping reds (30-plus

pounds) and black drums up to 50 pounds. We also caught some

slightly smaller reds for the grill.

At the jetties we were basically fishing vertically in about 14 feet with live shrimp. When you set the hook on a 30-pound

red and you only have 14-16 feet of line between you and the fish, well you have better have a good hold on your favorite

rod unless you want to donate it to the rock pile.

Busceme wanted to make one more change

so we moved up on the edge of the beach south of the jetties and fished

very shallow

water with live shrimp under a popping cork and caught the biggest

red of the day. It was a blast to watch that monster red

attack a shrimp in 2 feet of water. We called it quits just before

noon and headed back up the ship channel.

Elaine Huck of Calcasieu Point said she finally has some info worth sharing and said fishing has been a lot better this past

week. Huck reported that Saturday anglers began cleaning fish at 10 a.m. and cleaned all day, saying that had not occurred

since April.

She added not just beautiful reds but

also plenty of nice trout. She reported very few flounder, but the ones

brought in were

huge. On the specifics, Huck said birds are working at north end

of Turner’s Bay plus the Salt Ditch and Black Lake also got

good marks plus the new reefs were also mentioned as producing.

As far as tournament opportunities, on Nov. 2 G2X Energy is sponsoring a tournament at Calcasieu Point and will be giving

away more than $8,000 in prizes. Registration locations include Calcasieu Point, Cormie’s, Cajun Tackle, Cajun Fast Mart,

and Spicers.

Calcasieu River

The fishing is slowing a little, said area tournament angler Doug Guins.

They are still catching fish on

crankbaits and spinnerbaits plus a few on Texas-rigged craws and jigs.

Guins said the fish

are starting to scatter with shallow water temps (upper 70s) more

comfortable with numbers slightly down, but size seems to

be getting better.

His best action was around the cuts when they are running and on points. Another hint is that bass are shallow but near deep

water. Fishing on the river should remain stable until the next rain.

Sabine River

It is possible to catch a lot of fish

on topwater, crankbaits and Stanley Compact spinnerbaits, although the

bass are running

small. This past weekend Guins and his dad caught more than 40

fish in 4 hours on the south end of the river, but few longer

than 14 inches. They also had several redfish and a flounder.

Water conditions are good with clear water most everywhere with water temps in the upper 70s.

Sportsmen for Hungry

Sally Foret, a longtime concerned citizen for the needs of the less fortunate, reminds us that the Southwest Louisiana Sportsmen

for the Hungry organization, in affiliation with Hunters for the Hungry, will host their annual “Clean Out the Freezer and

Pantry Day.”

The food collection drive is set for 1-4 p.m. Sunday in the Gordon’s Drug Store parking lot, located at 2716 Lake St.

Please consider donating some of your wrapped and labeled frozen fish and meat, pantry items plus canned and boxed food. A

convenient drive-through service will be provided. All collected food will be directly donated to Abraham’s Tent, a local

non-profit organization dedicated to providing food for the poor and hungry in our community every day of the year.

Tournament Results

Winners of Saturday’s Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Association's Sabine river tournament had Troy Thibodeaux and Dennis Courtney

in the winner’s circle. They caught most their bass on Chug Bugs south of Interstate 10.

In second was the team of Gerald Allen and Josh Bazinet who reported catching their bass on crankbaits. Third place went to

Ray Price, who caught his bass on spinnerbaits south of the I-10 bridge.

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