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December 13, 2012

Chester Moore Fishing Report: Upper Texas coast to benefit from CCA, DU partnership

PORT ARTHUR —  The Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) is funding tow major projects on the Upper Texas Coast.

 First off, in cooperation with Ducks Unlimited, CCA Texas will fund $200,000 of marsh shoreline revitalization along the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) near Sargent.

 “Additionally, in cooperation with Galveston Bay Foundation, CCA Texas will provide an additional $200,000 of funding for shoreline protection and marsh restoration efforts along the Oyster Lake shoreline of West Galveston Bay.”

 “Sometime back, we announced that coastal marine habitat protection was the next important step in CCA Texas’ conservation focus and we are dedicated to that vision,” said Mark Ray, CCA Texas Chairman.

 “Since the inception of our habitat initiative, we have pledged and funded more than $2 million dollars in marsh restoration and reefing projects.”

 This latest CCA and DU partnership will help protect up to three miles of marsh shoreline along the GIWW near Sargent. Local erosion has caused severe loss of emergent and submerged vegetation threatening critically important local marsh habitat.

 “A partnership between CCA and DU to enhance habitat along the Texas Gulf Coast is a win-win for fisheries, waterfowl and the people who enjoy them both,” said Sean Stone, Ducks Unlimited Director of Development, South Texas.

 “It’s only natural that we combine our efforts, leverage our resources and together make a bigger difference along the Texas Coast.”

 Now onto the report…

 North Sabine---Trout and reds are scattered the birds on plastics and live bait. Very few anglers out.

 South Sabine---Very few reports.

 Sabine Pass---Flounder are slowing but some large fish are coming on incoming tides in the south end of the channel toward the jetties.

 Lake Calcasieu (Big Lake)---Very few reports.

 Sam Rayburn---Texas Parks & Wildlife Department officials report largemouths are slow. White bass are fair on minnows, watermelon spinnerbaits, and white striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Bream are good on worms. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers, shrimp, and minnows.

 Toledo Bend---Texas Parks & Wildlife Department officials report largemouths are fair on soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Bream are fair on worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver, shrimp, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

 LAKE LEVELS

 TOLEDO BEND: Normal Pool Level: 172.0 Current Pool Level: 167.58 Was 167.59

 RAYBURN LAKE: Normal Pool Level: 164 Current Pool Level: 159.65 Was: 159.66

 B.A. STEIN HAGEN: Normal Pool Level: 85 Current Pool Level: 81.61 Was: 81.80

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     Summer is one of the best times to seek catfish in Southeast Texas and thankfully, for local anglers without a boat, there are catfish in just about every canal, drainage ditch and bayou in the area.
      Fishing from the bank has its disadvantages but there is a way around it. This involves making the fish come to you.
      European catfish and carp anglers who typically fish exclusively from the bank use a system called “ground baiting,” which involves putting chum out with the bait. They attach a small cylindrical device above their swivel, which holds chum and dispenses it as the water rushes by. The problem is these rigs are not readily available in our marketplace.
      However, with a little ingenuity, taking a 35-millimeter film canister, punching a hole in the bottom and on the lid and then punching more holes along the side can make a similar device. This acts as a perfect chumming device and is very inexpensive.
      Not everyone has film canisters these days so the softer plastic aspirin bottles will also get the job done.
      Rig this above your swivel and weight, and then fill it with your favorite chum. Now you will not only be chumming the area you fish in but also bringing fish directly to your bait.
      Any kind of chum will work, but a mixture I have had some success with was menhaden oil (available through many mail order offshore supply catalogs) mixed with soured milo. The oil creates a huge chum slick and when it mixes with the milo, the smell is almost unbearable, which means catfish love it. The best part is that a little bit goes a long way.
     Something else to consider is using jack mackerel as bait.
     This oily fish is available in larger supermarkets in a can for less than $1, and I can attest it will bring in fish. While fishing in the Gulf of Mexico and tagging sharks for the Mote Marine Laboratory, my partners and I were able to chum in and catch nearly 40 sharks while using less than two cans of the stuff. It is oily and stinks to high heaven, so catfish should love it.
      For anglers interested in using film canisters to chum their bait, something else to consider is the use of a popping cork. Even if your bait is on the bottom, you can rig a popping cork above it and attach a baited film canister below. This will allow you to do some extra chumming and use the cork to “pop” the chum out whenever you want to release more.
     Another great tip for land bound anglers is to use braided line. In talking with several anglers who pursue brackish blues from the bank, I have learned that loosing striking fish can be a problem.
      I am not sure as to the reason but a definitely solution is using a braided line because they have no stretch. When making long casts with monofilament from the bank you have the potential for lots of line stretch when can make a poor hookset.
     Sixty yards of line might have five or six feet of stretch and that is plenty for a big blue to undo. When using a braid like Fireline, Gorilla Braid or Spiderwire you can forego these problems and greatly enhance your chances of putting some catfish in the frying pan.
     (To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at cmooreoutdoors@gmail.com. You can hear him on the radio Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on “Moore Outdoors” on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at www.klvi.com and watch him Saturdays on GETV.org on “God’s Outdoors with Chester Moore”.)
     

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