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November 22, 2012

Chester Moore Fishing Report: LNVA, TPDW to release rainbows

PORT ARTHUR — The Lower Neches Valley Authority (LNVA) in conjunction with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department stock rainbow trout annually at the Salt Water Barrier (SWB) located at 6790 Bigner Road in Beaumont.

    As in the past, this year the fish will be released into the pond marked with stocked fishing pond signs, located on the north side of the barrier access road at 6790 Bigner Road in Beaumont.

   “The first stocking of 2,000 fish will occur on December 18, 2012, with an additional stocking of 2,000 fish on January 16, 2013. These ponds are stocked in the winter because rainbow trout will not survive the warm summer time water temperature,” according to LNVA officials.

    “The average size of the fish is about 8 to 10 inches, and since the goal is for the rainbow trout to be harvested prior to the spring warm up, there is no minimum length limit with a daily bag limit of five fish per day.”

    For more information, call 409-898-0561( ext. 1) or email at SaltWaterBarrier@lnva.dst.tx.us.    

    Now onto the report…

    North Sabine---Trout and reds remain good under the birds on plastics, Gulp and live bait on the main lake. Flounder are good on the outside points along the Louisiana shoreline and around the passes.

    South Sabine---Flounder are fair along the Louisiana shoreline and on the north end of the island on live bait Gulp. Trout and reds remain fair to good on Gulp and soft plastics fished under the birds on the main lake.

    Sabine Pass---Flounder are good around points and drop offs on live bait and curl-tailed grubs tipped with shrimp. Flounder are also good at the jetties on live mud minnows. Very few reports of red and trout.

    Lake Calcasieu (Big Lake)---Hackberry Rod and Gun reports continued solid action for trout and reds over oyster reefs and under birds on live shrimp and Hackberry Hustlers. Flounder fishing is good in the channel south of the lake.

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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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