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.
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.
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.
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.
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.