We have finally gotten a break in the weather and I wanted to get this in before we hit the water this evening. Hopefully it will help you with your weekend plans. Its still a gamble due to water clarity, but I believe it is a good gamble with lighter winds and warmer weather.
I thought we were going to get a good wind day yesterday, but I was mistaken. We fished Calcasieu and it was cold, but the east wind was not a factor early that morning. By noon, it had swung around to the southwest and it was ripping! I cannot recall ever seeing Big Lake that dirty nor seeing so few boats on the lake this time of the year. There was less than two inches of visibility...had it been any dirtier our lures wouldn't have sunk.
The good news is that I now know for a fact that both trout and reds will bite in the dirtiest water you will ever fish. I have eliminated one more negative variable. We had one fish in the boat that committed suicide early that morning before I switched to a red shad Corky Devil after lunch. The fish somehow found it and would hit it, but I missed more fish than I caught on the first several drifts.
We were drifting a flat in 1 1/2 to 2 feet of water with 2 foot waves. The water temperature was 58 degrees. After two long drifts we had a limit of reds in the boat, but we were still missing a lot of fish. We both tied on red shad and red flash Assassins rigged on one-eighth ounce heads and the catching was on until we just finally quit.
We caught and released a pile of redfish with the red shad, but the trout wanted the red flash. We lost the largest trout of the day, a 6-7 pound fish , at the boat, but we were going to release her anyway. We were cutting up and playing around with the Stake-out stik and she just came unbuttoned. We kept two limits of trout and a couple of smaller specks to eat, but never had a chance to go back and check the areas where we have been doing the best.
We fished them too quickly the first thing in the morning and convinced ourselves the water was too muddy!?
Cormier fished Sabine and called late to say that the wind pinned him down in an area he did not want to fish and he didn't catch much. He said the water was still dirty both in the lake and in the marsh. I know we had back to back days of horrendous winds, but I was still very much surprised at the poor water clarity on Calcasieu. With no more rain and decent winds, it should clear up quickly.