Man, it feels good to be able to sit down and report something good. Jim Franklin hosted a big group of folks on Calcasieu Monday and we really had a good day in spite of a hard south wind that was sucking in today's front. The lake was as muddy as I have seen it this year, but we just kept moving south until we finally found a little clearer water.
Dwayne Lowrey and I split the group and ran several spots that had been productive, but struggled until about mid-morning. Dwayne waited out a small stretch of water that had been holding fish the day before and when the trout finally turned on they did it in a big way. The trout were eating topwaters in about four feet of water and they were taking it down like they knew a front was on the way.
I think the largest trout caught was in the seven pound class. Jim also released another six pound-plus fish and a lot of the fish were in the 3-4 pound class. We eventually stopped long enough to shoot some pictures, drink a coke, and off-load some of that coffee that requires a move to a little higher ground when you have to shed waders!
The only problem with the bite was that no one in the party was 6'10" and you had to take water over your waders in order to reach the fish. You had to suffer through that initial jolt of cold water running all the way down to your socks, but it was bearable as long as the fish bit. Wes McGuffin and Paul White emptied their waders in my boat before we ran back and I thought we were going to have to turn on the bilge pump.
Wes had a 32-inch red demolish a bone Spook and had to tread water and reel at the same time until Paul could wade over and help him out. We all thought it might be a trophy trout until they finally got it under control. I think that extended tug-of-war put the final five gallons of water in his waders!
The water temperature was 63 degrees pretty much everywhere we fished. I was very surprised that the water had dirtied up that much since Saturday. The big south wind didn't help matters and Jim canceled today rather than fight a steady 25 mph north wind.
Fish or no fish, it is always fun fishing with both Jim and Dwayne and Monday was no exception. Dwayne and I took advantage of an opportunity to sit and watch the others fish and talk about everything from boats to techniques that work on trout from Big Lake to Baffin. He just put his Majek Extreme on the market and it is in very good condition. Jim may have his up for sell as well. Dwayne is running a Mercury and Jim has an E-tec on the back of his.
Sabine is still in very bad shape so we will continue to make that trip across the river until things improve. I hope that I am on Sabine the first day the trout turn on because they have to be hungry and they haven't seen many lures lately.