Sabine Lake fishermen are on the trout BIG TIME
Sabine Lake trout have been on a run lately and can be caught just about anywhere on the lake — if you hit the right spot at the right time.
A good example of what I’m talking about is this past Saturday in Lighthouse Cove, located in Sabine Pass. A friend of mine hit the cove Saturday morning before a ton of boats could invade this popular fishing hotspot. Slicks were popping up and mullet were everywhere. The tide was moving and the bite was on. They used topwater plugs to take near limits of trout to 4 pounds, and several nice reds.
Meanwhile, another buddy of mine didn’t even need a boat to catch several solid trout. He was walking the rocks on the north revetment wall at about 6 a.m. a few days ago. The water was in good shape and lots of baitfish were moving with the incoming tide. He used an LSU colored jig under a rattle float to fool trout to 5-1/2 pounds. Truth be known, the big trout bite has been better than you might believe along the north and south revetment walls.
One of the better-known trophy trout spots along the south revetment wall is on the west end right where it ends. That’s a shallow pocket of soft mud that has produced some very nice trout in the past. I’ve seen one from there that weighed just over 10 pounds. It hit a Super Spook fished just after sunset.
Guide Jerry Norris was out on the lake the other day and smoked the trout.
“I started out in the pass and things were kind of slow at dawn,” said Norris. “The wind was supposed to kick up in the afternoon, so I went out on the lake just above Blue Buck Point to see if the birds were working. We didn’t see too many birds, but we did see several slicks popping up. Those slicks were in areas holding lots of mullet. That’s what the trout were feeding on. They weren’t small trout either. We caught around 20 or so by working limetreuse colored jigs along bottom.”
Norris says that any time the surf is clean and green to the beach, he’s been finding numbers of trout in the 2 to 3 pound class, along with a few in the 6 to 7 pound range.“I hit the surf last week and did pretty good,” said Norris. “The water wasn’t in real good shape, but the trout were slicking after gorging on menhaden. I used a pink Kick-A Mullet. I was fishing it on the surface with a steady retrieve. The trout would push a wake when they came up on the lure.”
Fishing along the jetties has been outstanding at dawn and dusk. That’s when the heavier trout are being caught. Lately I’ve had reports of trout to 7-1/2 pounds being caught along the channel side of the east jetty. The hands-down best bait along the rocks is a live shrimp. The best bite is on free-lined shrimp. But another good tactic is to fish them about 5 feet under a slip a cork.
The topwater bite is good and should remain good throughout the summer months. Some of the best topwater activity is along the Louisiana shoreline. Some of the better trout are at the mouths of bayous on falling tides. That’s also where you can catch some pretty nice flounder.
The best tactic on any given day has been to fish soft plastic jigs about 14 to 18 inches under a rattle float. The commotion of the float being jerked across the surface attracts the attention of trout. They move to the action, see the jig and eat it. It’s that simple.
But if you’re looking to put a lot of trout in the cooler like … right now, you might want to fish live shrimp or mullet at the jetties or the short rigs.
A few fishermen in the know have been making the run out to the rigs. The trout are there, but not the size that’ll make it worth your time to run that far. But the good news is that the heavier trout should be on the rigs just about any day now.
Robert Sloan can be reached by e-mail at sloan288 [at] aol [dot] com.