PORT ARTHUR —
Rayburn Crappie: October is the most overlooked month for crappie on Sam Rayburn. The fish will still be on the brush piles and receiving very little pressure.
If you are thinking it is time for a fish fry, it might be time to make a run to Big Sam before temperatures plummet and things change.
Five underlooked local fall fisheries
By Chester Moore, Jr.
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.