I just got in from the Sabine-Neches CCA Crawfish Boil and they had a good turnout. Once again, I met a lot of nice folks that read this report on a regular basis and I also had a chance to talk with a number of local fishermen that have been doing as poorly as I have on Sabine recently. I had to pass on a trip back to Calcasieu with Johnny yesterday morning and wound up fishing Sabine a little while in the afternoon. I don't know how he did, but I could have stayed home!
The water still looks very bad, even on the south end, and I had trouble even catching redfish. We had been catching plenty of reds and a few flounder, but I struggled to catch a handful of reds with a swim bait. They either weren't there or just wouldn't hit a spinnerbait or plastics. I didn't really grind it out, but I did check out some spots that had been productive.
It looks like tomorrow may be our best shot for the remainder of the week with some serious winds predicted for the next several days. The absence of a trout bite just does not add up with the water in the mid 60's. There is enough bait available and while the lake is sur-nuff dirty, I have caught trout in water that looked worse.
I have to continue to fish Big lake as it offers the best shot for my clients, but someone will figure these fish out. I would not be at all surprised if the largest concentrations of trout are riding it out in the ship channel and the Intracoastal. I cannot charge clients to help me hunt fish, but if I get an opportunity to scout, that is where I will start. The deeper water is not dirty all the way to the bottom and all those fish need is a little band of salty water to suspend in between meals!