PORT ARTHUR — Barometric Pressure: The pressure was super high today and the fish were very finicky. The bites were unusual and you really had to do some finesse fishing to get any to bite.
Lack of Baitfish: The bayou systems in the Sabine River had very little baitfish after the front hit. There were some shrimpers working but few little fish. When we tip our jigs with shrimp or fish with Gulp! we usually have lots of little croaker and sand trout hitting it but I used one shrimp most of the morning.
Ribbonfish: The trout were gorging themselves on ribbonfish today. I caught a 16-inch trout that had a seven-inch ribbonfish in its mouth. This seems a little late to have so many ribbonfish in the lake but the trout seem to be enjoying it. Maybe we should target some of the bigger specks using something that mimics a ribbonfish.
I learned things about ecosystem this week that challenged my old way of thinking and verified some theories of mine. Taking notes on your trips can do the same for you and can be something you pass on to your children as unique family heirloom.
(To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors”, Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at www.klvi.com.)