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August 14, 2013

Chester Moore column: Five incredible fisheries within five hours

PORT ARTHUR —

    The summer break is just about over.

    Kids start back to school in two weeks and teachers are already back readying their classrooms and making other preparations.

    If you would like to take advantage of the remaining break and take your family on a killer family friendly fishing adventure here are five suggestions you can reach within five hours.

    Lake Fork Crappie: The crappie fishing at Lake Fork is phenomenal. Fork is of course known for its gigantic bass but the big secret is the big crappie both in size and population.

    I had the chance to sample Fork’s crappie fishing in June and as you can see in this photo, it was a good trip.

    There are a number of crappie guides on the Lake and for more adventurous anglers there are plenty of planted and natural brushpiles and other structures to target. Try night fishing with lights to beat the heat.

    Venice Tuna: This one is a bit pricey but if you have the means it is amazing. The deep offshore waters out of Venice, La. hold large numbers of yellowfin and blackfin tuna and plenty of guides to put you on them.

    Catches of 80 plus pound yellowfin are common and anglers do it on everything from live bait to topwaters. The best part?

    If you like sashimi, you can cut off a slab and eat it on the boat. Just remember to bring along some soy sauce.

    Choke Canyon Catfish: Choke Canyon Reservoir has some of the best catfish action in Texas. And while you probably will not catch a monster, chances are you will catch a limit of quality fish.

    Local guides target cormorant roosts where the fish eating birds poop constantly. This makes a natural chum of sorts and brings catfish by the hundreds. It may sound disgusting but foul smells and catfish always seem to go together.

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