Outdoor Report: Duck action heating up

By By Joe Joslin / American Press

Duck season opened with mostly good results and this cold front is going to fill the skies with new ducks.

On Tuesday I talked with Capt. Kirk

Stansel, of Hackberry Rod and Gun, who said they have been killing lots

of ducks with

teal and gadwall making up a decent part of their action. Stansel

said he was super excited about the arrival of this strong

cold front as we often have weather too warm for ideal duck

hunting. Very few mosquitoes and plenty of ducks is any Southern

duck hunter’s dream.

May it be so the rest of the week in our area marshes. Outdoorsman David Brown of DeRidder took three young hunters with him

last Saturday to a Lacassine lease and they all four got limits.

On the fishing scene, things really heated up Monday just in front to the cold front, Stansel said. Basically all boats got

limits of reds and trout with 90 percent of the action under working birds. Some were caught on topwater, some on jigs and

some on live shrimp under popping corks. Both Spicer and Calcasieu Point still have live shrimp as of midweek.

The flounder run is yet to fully happen, although Stansel said this cold front should be the game-changer.

Calcasieu River

Doug Guins said the water temperatures are in the mid-to-upper 60s with water stained to muddy in most areas. His recent go-to

bait has been a Stanley Compact spinnerbait in white, plus small crankbaits in crawfish colors.

Guins said he has been catching quality

fish on jigs and Texas-rigged soft plastic craws. The cold temps

predicted for midweek

will surely have an effect with the bite. He recommended slowing

everything down plus working a jig around deeper structure

on the main river.

Sabine River

The water remains high with a strong

current and water is stained to heavily stained with temps in the mid

60s. Jigs, soft

plastics, spinnerbaits and crankbaits worked around drains and

cuts have been productive. Numbers of bass are down big time,

but the size has been improving.

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