August tides set up excellent fishing for trout, reds

One way to beat the heat during August and September is to fish at night aboard

August is among the best months to be fishing the surf for trout and reds on the upper Texas coast. This past week was outstanding with calm winds, green tides and excellent catches of trout by waders and boaters in the surf from the Sabine jetties down to Galveston. Trout were best on topwaters early, then switching over to soft plastics like a 5-inch Egret Wedge Tail, in either chartreuse or pearl. Reds were best on gold spoons worked in the first gut on a green tide.

Fishing on Sabine Lake has been improving, with cleaner tides and saltier water moving towards the north end of the lake.

Buddy Oaks at Hackberry Rod and Gun Club on Lake Calcasieu reports that they are doing best with live bait like shrimp and finger mullet.

“We’re catching a few good trout and reds early on topwater plugs, but as soon as the sun heats things up, live baits are best till about sundown,” says Oakes. “One of our favorite trips this time of year is night fishing. It’s been excellent the past couple of weeks, with good numbers of trout being caught on live baits under the lights. The fish have been on the bigger side for the past few days. Scott Prochazka and his buddies fished on the Night Stalker last week and caught around 60 trout.”

Teal season is just around the corner, and that means it’s time for cast and blast trips out of Hackberry Rod and Gun Club.

“The last 16 days of September allows us to offer probably the best fishing and hunting on the Gulf Coast,” says Oaks. “September is one of the most productive fishing months of the year with lots of speckled trout and redfish, add in a two-week duck season and nothing could be better.”

For Hackberry hunts, or for details on fishing aboard the Night Stalker for you and five friends, call (888) 762-3391.

Toledo Bend named nation’s No. 1 bass fishing lake

B.A.S.S. is celebrating Toledo Bend as the lake earning the top spot on Bassmaster’s 100 Best Bass Lakes list.

“We are thrilled to have been selected for a Bassmaster Elite tournament in 2016,” said Linda Curtis Sparks, director of the Sabine Parish Tourist Commission. “Toledo Bend’s designation will have lots of eyes focused on what the pros can produce from Toledo Bend. It will be exciting to see.”

The top professional bass anglers and their fans will head to Many, Louisiana, from May 12-15, 2016, for four days of competition.

“When you combine the best fishery in the country and a host community that has always rolled out the red carpet for our anglers, fans and sponsors, you are certain to have a fantastic event,” said Michael Mulone, with B.A.S.S.

The 185,000-acre fishery earned the coveted top spot based on current fishing reports and input from state fisheries departments, the B.A.S.S. Nation leadership and a blue ribbon panel of judges.

“When a lake certifies 80 bass that weigh over 10 pounds in a 12-month time frame, it’s pretty easy to name it the best bass lake in the nation,” said Bassmaster Magazine Editor James Hall. “That’s exactly what happened at Toledo Bend. Plus, it typically takes well over 25 pounds to win a tournament there during any season.

“The lake is simply full of big bass. And to put an exclamation point on the lake’s ranking, an event held there just after Bassmaster’s 100 Best Bass Lakes were announced saw a 38.22-pound five-fish winning limit. The lake is simply on fire right now.”

“Putting the Bassmaster Elite Series anglers — the best fishermen in the world — on the hottest lake in the nation will be a perfect storm,” added Bruce Akin, B.A.S.S. CEO. “It is sure to be a ‘slugfest,’ and the real winner will be the bass fishing fan base.” He predicted that the Toledo Bend Elite will qualify one or more anglers for the exclusive Century Club, open only to anglers who weigh in more than 100 pounds of bass in a single Elite event.