PORT ARTHUR —
A few years ago I developed a fishing system called F.L.E.X. Fishing ® that is designed to help anglers seek out and catch their dream fish.
I get questions about this free fishing system frequently so this week I thought I would share a portion of the elimination process involved. This part deals specifically choosing a water body to fish.
If you line up three of these traits with a water body, there’s a good chance you can catch your dream fish there. Line up four or more and it is a place worth investing some time.
1. History---A water body with a history of producing big fish of the variety you prefer is an obvious for what you are looking to accomplish. If you find an area with either a consistent history of producing monster fish in line with a recent history trending toward big fish you are in good shape.
If an angler wanted to catch a 25-plus inch speckled trout he could study East Matagorda Bay and find out it has produced a whole lot of those in the past. However, when looking at recent history it would become obvious that fishery has declined in trophy production in recent years and chances of catching a fish of that size are not as great as they could be.
If you looked up the Lower Laguna Madre near Port Mansfield you would find out there is a rich history of big trout production and recent trends due to our next factor show it producing more than ever. This is the kind of area that fits perfectly into a F.L.E.X. scenario.
2. Management---An area not managed for big fish will not consistently produce big fish. There is simply too much intelligent angling pressure out there to make this possible in most of the continental United States. Guides in eastern Louisiana are constantly advertising trophy speckled trout with photos at sports shows and on the websites. Big fish are not uncommon there but they are not nearly as prevalent as they are on Lake Calcasieu.