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December 15, 2012

Chester Moore column: Note taking essential for angles

PORT ARTHUR —

    Taking notes after fishing trips is extremely important.

    It allows you to gain incite into fish behavior as well as tiny things that can make a huge difference in the areas you fish. Here are some excerpt from my notes on various days fishing local waters.

    This will give you an idea of what you can learn from paying a little more attention and recording what you see.

    Regarding Lake Calcasieu’s Schooling Redfish: I have never seen redfish literally riding waves on a rough open bay with their backs halfway out of the water chasing shrimp. They were on top of the chop from their eyes up feeding aggressively. And these fish were moving super fast. You had to stay on the trolling motor at full throttle and throw a heavy lure to reach them. Exciting but tough fishing.

    Big Outgoing Tide: If the water is moving out of a small bayou too fast it can make flounder fishing with soft plastic lures nearly impossible. The fish do not seem to bite nearly as good as they would if the water was coming in this quickly and feeling a bite when the water is exiting the cut at breakneck pace is hard.

    Trout and Popping Corks: On every trip I have done with my friend Mark Davis over the last few years has caught the biggest trout of anyone present by using a popping cork with a soft plastic rigged on a jighead under it. He works the cork harder than anyone I have ever seen and says it is almost impossible to work it too much. The results do not lie. This makes me rethink everything I ever considered about popping corks and trout.

    West Winds: We have had more westerly winds on Sabine Lake over the last three years than probably the entire decade before. The bayous on the Louisiana side of the lake and of course that entire shoreline get as muddy as a glass of chocolate milk if a west wind gets over ten miles per hour. Today the mud line was all the way up Willow Bayou halfway to the bridge. The fishing was super slow.

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  • Bassmaster Elites are coming back

    The Bassmaster Elite Series returns to Southeast Texas in March 2015 to fish out of Orange.
    The announcement was made last week, ahead of Bassmaster’s official tournament schedule announcement and the buzz is already strong in Southeast Texas and beyond.
    I was in Orlando, Fla. attending the ICAST (fishing trade) show and talked with a number of top anglers including Kevin VanDam, Mike Iaconelli and Shaw Grigsby who said it was no surprise they would return considering the massive turnout for the weigh-ins and that the area welcomed them in a very special way.
    It’s far too early to speculate anything like who the top contenders will be or how the fishing will be but there are some things to keep in mind and to look for over the next few months and into the event itself.
    • Prefishing-There is a pre-fishing cutoff that usually extends to right before the Bassmaster Classic and I fully expect most of the anglers in the Elites to come back and prefish.
    Last go-round probably 2/3 of the field fished the area but this time I expect that to be just about everyone. Many of the anglers that did not pre-fish told me they expected to have a lot of water to fish but the sheer volume and diversity was almost overwhelming.
    Beginning probably in the early fall we will see many anglers fishing local waters to get a better idea on how to approach the area.
    • East to West Runs-The Elite anglers fished far and wide but I expect even more running next go-round. After launching from the Simmons Drive Boat Ramp in Orange angler Bill Lowen ran down the Intracoastal, across Galveston Bay and fished in the Clear Lake area and placed in the top 12. The more adventurous anglers will try super long runs, in my opinion, even longer than last time to try and score on big fish. The Intracoastal Canal system makes that possible.
    • Sabine River -Very few of the anglers actually fished in the Sabine River despite the event being called the “Sabine River Challenge”. I think that will change with more anglers running as far north as they can to find pockets of fish that receive little pressure and perhaps a four or five-pounder to push them over the top.
    • Bigger Turnout-Last year some 34,000 people attended the event which set a Bassmaster record for an Elite event.
     It was broken a couple of weeks later in New York but I fully expect the 2015 tournament to draw 40,000 plus. The reason they are coming back is not for the stellar fishing because while we have lots of bass, everyone knows our fishery cannot compare to Toledo Bend for example.
    The support from the public however was amazing and that is what is bringing the top anglers on the planet to fish our area.
    We will have the very best coverage of the event beginning now and leading up to it with exclusive interviews with all of the top pros with not only their thoughts on the big event but with unique tips on how you can catch more fish.
    It’s an exciting time and I look forward to bringing you special coverage on a special event.
    (To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at cmooreoutdoors@gmail.com. You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at www.klvi.com or watch him on “God’ Outdoors with Chester Moore” Saturdays at 10 a.m. on GETV.org)

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