The Port Arthur News
PORT ARTHUR —
The Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC) kicks off today and it brings together a unique mix of anglers from Bassmaster, FLW and PAA.
Last week we listed most of the field but some new anglers have been added to the mix.
Toyota angler Mike Iaconelli declined the sponsor exemption, with his wife due to give birth soon. Takahiro Omori will take his place. The other sponsor exemptions are Gerald Swindle, Kelly Jordon and Rick Clunn. Clunn, grew up in Texas and spent a large amount of time around Lake Conroe as we reported in our Thursday edition.
Other field updates: Jay Yelas, the 2002 & 2007 FLW Angler of the Year, 2003 Bassmaster Angler of the Year and 2002 Bassmaster Classic champion will replace Andy Morgan.
“Brandon Card, the 2012 Bassmaster Elite Series Rookie of the Year, will replace Dean Rojas. In his rookie season, Card finished 22nd in the Angler of the Year Race, and bested the next rookie by 20 points,” TTBC officials reported.
“Steve Kennedy, Mark Rose, Greg Vinson, Mike McClelland, Gary Yamamoto, Matt Reed, Russ Lane, Mark Menendez, David Hendrick, Keith Caka, Guy Eaker, Sr., Harold Allen and Fred Roumbanis are the remaining qualifiers from the PAA Tournament Series.”
We will have a full recap of this tournament in next Thursday’s edition.
Now onto the report…
North Sabine---Trout are fair on the north end under birds with action in the channel and on the lake. Reds remain good in the marsh on spoons and live bait. Flounder fair to good around the channel and in the marshes on the Louisiana side of the lake.
South Sabine---Trout and reds are mixed under the birds with live bait and Gulp producing the most fish. Flounder are fair along the Louisiana shoreline on live bait and shad.
Sabine Pass---Bull redfish are good at the jetties on cut bait. Sharks are also present at the jetties with a fair amount of small to medium blacktips caught along with jack crevalle. Very few reports of trout in the channel.
Lake Calcasieu (Big Lake)---Hackberry Rod and Gun reports solid action at the rigs for ling and tripletail. Trout are fair to good on plastics and live bait fished under the birds. Reds are fair to good in the marshes and in the channel on live bait.
Sam Rayburn---Texas Parks & Wildlife Department officials report largemouths are fair on tequila sunrise soft plastic worms and lizards, and on perch colored topwaters early. White bass are fair on minnows and white Li'l Fishies. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Bream are good on nightcrawlers. Catfish are good on live bait, shrimp, and stinkbait.
Toledo Bend---Texas Parks & Wildlife Department officials report largemouths are good on chartreuse/gold flake soft plastic worms. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on minnows and silver slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Bream are good on crickets and nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.
TOLEDO BEND: Normal Pool Level: 172.0 Current Pool Level: 168.40 Was 168.49
RAYBURN LAKE: Normal Pool Level: 164 Current Pool Level: 160.23 Was: 160.45
B.A. STEIN HAGEN: Normal Pool Level: 85 Current Pool Level: 82.53 Was: 82.00