, Port Arthur, Texas

August 17, 2006

Chumming can aid jetty, rig anglers

Chester Moore, Jr column for Friday, Aug 18, 2006

Chumming is the action of adding fish parts, fish oil, blood or other food-based attractants into the water to lure in fish.

For anglers fishing the jetties and short rigs for redfish, mackerel and sharks that is exactly what they should be doing right now. The action can be intense.

There are many commercial products available out there for anglers including some menhaden-oil based sprays that some anglers swear by. One of the easiest chums to find and use is jack mackerel.

It is an oily fish you can buy in cans at the grocery store and if you punch a few holes in a can and put it in a chum bag over your boat, you can bring in all kinds of fish. It creates a big chum slick.

I am going to the short rigs in the morning and just picked up some mackerel and a new spray attractant I plan to review in an upcoming edition.

Good luck out there!

Now onto the report:

North Sabine — Capt. Skip James reports speckled trout are fair to good on shad fished in the channel around drop-offs and on plastics and shad fished under the birds on the main lake. Topwater action has been fair early around the islands. Redfish are good in Blacks Bayou on cut mullet. Flounder are fair in the mouths of the cuts on the Louisiana shoreline on soft plastic shad imitations and beetles.

South Sabine — Speckled trout are fair to good along the Louisiana shoreline around shad and mullet concentrations. Soft plastics and Rat-L-Traps are taking the most fish. Very few reports of redfish. Flounder are fair around the Walter Umphrey Pier on mud minnows and finger mullet.

Sabine Pass — Capt. Ryan Warhola reports good action for trout on live bait and topwaters at the jetties.  Bull redfish are good at the jetties and short rigs. King mackerel are good along weedlines and rigs.

Big Lake (Calcasieu) — The Hackberry Rod and Gun Club reports good action for trout on Wedgetails and Hackberry Hustlers and Bass Assassins.  Reds are mixed with the trout throughout the system. The jetties have been good for bull reds.

Bolivar — Reports from the surf show a good number of reds caught on mullet between High Island and Rollover Pass. Some nice trout have also been caught on topwaters fished early.

Toledo Bend — Texas Parks & Wildlife Department officials report largemouths up to seven pounds are good on black and blue craw worms in eight feet of water at night. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on spoons early and late. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on punchbait, nightcrawlers, and live perch in 15 feet, and on trotlines baited with live perch. Yellow catfish are slow.

Rayburn Lake — Powell Park Marina reports largemouths light colored spinners and crankbaits fished around grass. Crappie are slow with some fish taken on shiners fished over main lake brush. Very few reports of catfish.

Sabine River — Redfish are fair good on live mullet fished around Burtonís Ditch and the mouth of Shell Cut. Gar are fair in the mouths of the bayous on cut croaker and mullet. Largemouths are fair to good in Adams Bayou on 1?4-ounce white spinners.


TOLEDO BEND: Normal Level: 172.0 Current Pool Level: 163.71 (Was 164.19)

RAYBURN LAKE : Normal Pool Level: 164.4 Current Pool Level: 161.44 (Was 161.71)

B.A. STEINHAGEN: Normal Pool Level: 85 Current Pool Level: 59.49 (Was 62.03)

Chester Moore, Jr. is the Port Arthur News Outdoors Editor