I mentioned last week that there has been a mini-flounder run in and around Lake Sabine. By mini-run, I mean that there are some good numbers of legal-size flatfish showing up in most anglers ice boxes. The folks that choose to fish in Louisiana, have launched their boats there and have a Louisiana fishing license have taken limit catches of the flukes. Keep in mind that the Texas regulations on Lake Sabine are much different than those in our neighboring state.
Most of the flounder that are caught during the spring are incidental. That doesn’t mean no one goes fishing for flounder. It’s just that there are few of the avid flounder anglers going after them. These tasty fish are more of an added treat for the fishermen that are primarily out after speckled trout. Ever since the Half-Alive lead-head jigs have been introduced, more of the speckled trout chasers have not only been catching some big solid specks, but also plenty of the flatfish to add to the daily legal catch.Since speckled trout are now the targets of most anglers, it was only natural for me to get as much information as possible about what’s going on with them. One of my primary go-to sources for getting honest fishing reports is Capt. Eddie Hernandez. The inland saltwater fishing for speckled trout and, yes, flounder has been about as good as it gets this time of year according, to Hernandez and some non-professionals that I have talked to or seen their successful catches. For the speckled trout, the better action seems to be from the south end of Lake Sabine on down the Sabine Ship channel and out to the jetty. It seems that most of the time it is not necessary to go all the way to the jetty. The area of the lake from Blue Buck Point south has been super productive. There are some big specks feeding on ribbonfish and some seagulls working them at times. When the wind is down, it is easy to actually see the activity since the ribbonfish will flash in the sun. As usual, the lead-head plastic-tail jig is the king lure. The specks seem to want to hit them as soon as they hit the water. Keep in mind that the specks that are in the schools now are mostly near or over 20 inches long. Since redfish have not been super active, when a jig reaches the bottom, it is likely to attract a flounder.
By getting out early in the morning, it is possible to enjoy some good topwater action. When the wind is down or if there is a southeast breeze, the Louisiana shoreline will yield some really good topwater action. Hernandez has been catching specks up to 8 pounds.
The areas along the ship channel that are producing are practically all of the sloughs, reefs, or drop-offs into deeper water. These fish have been hanging around these spots since the heavy rains pushed them out of the rivers. Here, again, the lead-head jigs have been the favorite. Whether they are simply cast to likely areas or fished under popping floats, they are paying off. Should there be a good solid flat bottom, then expect a flounder to take the jig. There has been some good topwater action early in the morning, with Lighthouse Cover being a great choice for a spot to try.
The jetty is beginning to give up some speckled trout, but there are some Spanish mackerel there along with plenty of other fish. The jetty will continue to be the place to go on through the summer time.