, Port Arthur, Texas


October 17, 2012

Chester Moore column: Five underlooked local fall fisheries


When anglers think of fall fishing in Southeast Texas, it is easy to get fixated on speckled trout under the birds, bull reds in the surf and schooling bass on Sam Rayburn.

    There are other fisheries however that are just as productive and I thought it would be fun to give them a quick look this week.

      Bull Black Drum: Yes, believe it or not, black drum the size of garbage cans start filtering into the system this month. I started writing about this nearly 10 years ago after a few incredible encounters and it has stood true every fall. Look for them in the Entergy (Intake) Canal, the Intracoastal and at the jetties. Cracked crab and dead shrimp fished over deep holes in those areas might get you in the fight of a lifetime.

    River Bass Schooling: When the backwaters begin to purge from cold fronts anglers can score on lots of bass in local rivers. Position yourself in front of the cuts coming from backwater lakes and sloughs with a crankbait or small topwater and have a blast. I did this a couple of weeks ago when we had our first semi-strong front and had a blast. The fish will not be huge but there are plenty to go around.

    Sand Trout: The sand trout in Southeast Texas have grown more numerous and larger. The historic low levels of shrimping as well as bycatch reduction device implementation have created a strong sand trout fishery. Fish the marker buoys in our channels, deep shell reefs and also under the birds on the north end of Sabine Lake with shrimp or Gulp for best results.

    Alligator Garfish: For the next couple of weeks anglers can score on alligator garfish anywhere from the cuts along the Louisiana shoreline to the Intracoastal Canal. Gar pretty much quit biting in the winter but will feed heavily until around the first part of November. If battling big gar sounds fun, give it a try right now.

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