I have had enough rain. We tried to get out twice today and never put the boat in the water. As it turned out, I am glad that the worst of the storms hit on the way to the marina. I don't recall ever rescheduling this many trips, but its just too hard for folks to get their money's worth right now!
We did bite the bullet and fished Big Lake yesterday in a much stiffer wind than predicted. We even got to see the sun for about ten minutes and it was enjoyable. I scouted with Gene Locke and Brad Deslatte and we spent the majority of the day hiding out on the flats west of the ship channel.
The fish never really turned on for us, but we missed enough and caught enough to warrant paying attention. We finished with nine trout( no big fish), a flounder, and a redfish. We caught a couple of solid keepers on Catch 2000s and Crazy Croakers, but most of the other fish that we kept ate red shad Assassins. I don't know that we ever caught a fish deeper than three feet.
The best looking water we found was on the east side of the lake. The surface temperature was in the low sixties everywhere we fished. I talked with Johnny this morning and he had a slow day as well, but did catch a trout over six and another that he guestimated to be over 8 pounds. We have been fishing together a long time and he errs on the conservative side so I am sure it was at least that!
We just got a ton of rain today and the woods north of town are flooded, but there has still been a pretty good redfish bite on Sabine when you can get out. Spinnerbaits, gold spoons, and Assassins have been the hottest lures fishing 3-5 feet along the La. shoreline. The water is badly off-colored, but it hasn't bothered the reds, yet.