PORT ARTHUR — “And that is exactly what we would like to help facilitate.”
For a complete list of participating locations and more information on the program go to http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/fish/management/stocking/urban_catfish.phtml
Speaking of neighborhood fishing here are a few tips to learn for helping you fish local bank access areas on the coast.
In canals cutting through coastal subdivisions and marsh lakes intersecting highways land bound anglers tend to fish with dead shrimp. It does catch fish but usually non-target fish like croaker, hardheads and pinfish and it also draws in crabs. Get a cast net and use live bait. Mullet, shad and croaker will get you a much better shot at catching reds, specks and flounder than dead shrimp ever will.
Many of the bank spots on the coast have thick oyster growth and many tangles. Fishing your live bait or soft plastic under a popping cork can save you much frustration and also help draw strikes by creating the sounds of feeding fish.
(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 560 KLVI.)