Fishing Report: New conditions following last storm

By By Joe Joslin / American Press

We do have new conditions following the

last storm, rains and cool front. Capt. Buddy Oakes said they had 16

boats out early

last week and all of them caught a good number of redfish. Also,

Hackberry Rod and Gun’s Capt. Mike Bare’s boat had a four-angler

limit of redfish (20) and 44 trout; Capt. Zach Mitchell’s boat

caught 38 trout and Capt. Brett Stansel’s crew caught 39 trout

all on live bait.

Oakes reported prior to the front they

had not been catching a lot of trout, but added that it looks like they

are finally

beginning to start up. Oakes said October is normally one of their

most productive months and that one more cold front will

greatly increase seagull activity.

We were in contact on Tuesday with Capt. Bruce Baugh who said he has been dodging storms lately and fighting the west wind.

Baugh said trout fishing should pick up after the passing of the strong cold front predicted for this weekend.

Like Oakes, Baugh said it’s time for the birds to start their thing as the shrimp exit the marsh with the falling tide behind

the next front. In addition, Baugh said, “We are also approaching the new moon and the big girls (female trout) should be

prowling the flats.”

It is fall and its getting ready to break wide open.

Calcasieu River

Doug Guins said he was anxious to get

back on the Calcasieu River after all the rain weekend before last. He

reported that

they caught a few fish on topwater (mostly Chug Bugs) and a couple

on spinnerbaits (Stanley Compact), but the Texas rig really

was the main tool.

They caught from 12-15 fish on Texas-rigged soft plastics and this pattern should continue for the next few weeks unless we

get another heavy rain. Guins said the river is both falling and water conditions are clearing.

Sabine River

There is a decent current which has positioned the bass on cover. Guins said anglers should work spinnerbaits and crankbaits

close to cover in the cuts. The Texas rig is also working on the Sabine with several soft plastics recommended, including

7-inch Power Worms and 6-inch Power Lizards. Also, the Vudu Shrimp continues to catch fish.

Tournament Results

The recent Calcasieu Parish Sherrif’s

Office tournament took place on Toledo Bend in tough conditions of heavy

rain and high

winds with Bryan Fontenot and Kevin Fruge winning with 11.1

pounds, which included the big bass of the tournament that weighed

6.8 pounds.

In second was the team of Craig Bean and Bubba Mayeaux. Third went to Dennis Courtney and Mike Johnson.

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