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December 15, 2012

Chester Moore column: Note taking essential for angles

PORT ARTHUR —

    Taking notes after fishing trips is extremely important.

    It allows you to gain incite into fish behavior as well as tiny things that can make a huge difference in the areas you fish. Here are some excerpt from my notes on various days fishing local waters.

    This will give you an idea of what you can learn from paying a little more attention and recording what you see.

    Regarding Lake Calcasieu’s Schooling Redfish: I have never seen redfish literally riding waves on a rough open bay with their backs halfway out of the water chasing shrimp. They were on top of the chop from their eyes up feeding aggressively. And these fish were moving super fast. You had to stay on the trolling motor at full throttle and throw a heavy lure to reach them. Exciting but tough fishing.

    Big Outgoing Tide: If the water is moving out of a small bayou too fast it can make flounder fishing with soft plastic lures nearly impossible. The fish do not seem to bite nearly as good as they would if the water was coming in this quickly and feeling a bite when the water is exiting the cut at breakneck pace is hard.

    Trout and Popping Corks: On every trip I have done with my friend Mark Davis over the last few years has caught the biggest trout of anyone present by using a popping cork with a soft plastic rigged on a jighead under it. He works the cork harder than anyone I have ever seen and says it is almost impossible to work it too much. The results do not lie. This makes me rethink everything I ever considered about popping corks and trout.

    West Winds: We have had more westerly winds on Sabine Lake over the last three years than probably the entire decade before. The bayous on the Louisiana side of the lake and of course that entire shoreline get as muddy as a glass of chocolate milk if a west wind gets over ten miles per hour. Today the mud line was all the way up Willow Bayou halfway to the bridge. The fishing was super slow.

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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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