, Port Arthur, Texas

November 8, 2012

MOORE FISHING REPORT: Big Time Texas Hunt winners announced

Chester Moore
The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR — According to officials with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) a letter in the mail proclaiming “You Are a Winner” usually ends up in the trash with the other junk mail.

 Fortunately, Roger Dean Theisen took the time to read one he recently received from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Big Time Texas Hunts program. It was a winning moment.

 “When I received the letter I was excited but couldn’t remember which hunt I had put in for. I was hoping it was the Grand Slam,” said Victoria tobacco shop owner Roger Dean Theisen.

 “I’ve entered for a number of years, figured it was a good cause.”

 TPWD reported Theisen along with 14 other lucky winners will be marking their calendars for a once in a lifetime hunting opportunity in the Lone Star State won through the TPWD Big Time Texas Hunts program.

 “The Big Time Texas Hunts raffle offers hunting packages ranging from guided white-tailed deer hunting, bird and gator hunts to the Grand Slam which treats the lucky winner and a non-hunting guest to food, lodging, taxidermy and a personal guide for four separate hunts for desert bighorn sheep, white-tailed deer, pronghorn and desert mule deer. Theisen was the winner of this top package.”

 “I’m really excited about the desert bighorn hunt, “said Theisen. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, but — being a normal person — wasn’t something I ever considered being able to do, so this is a blessing. My feet haven’t touched the ground the entire week.”

 This year, the Big Time Texas Hunts drawing received 64,340 entries ($9/entry online or $10/entry by mail, phone or at license retailers) and raised $612,161. All proceeds will benefit wildlife conservation, research and public hunting in Texas.

 Now onto the report…

 North Sabine---Trout and reds are fair to good under the birds on plastics, Gulp and live bait. Flounder are fair to good on the outside points along the Louisiana shoreline and around East Pass.

 South Sabine---Flounder are fair to good along the Louisiana shoreline and on the north end of the island on live bait Gulp. Trout and reds are fair to good on Gulp and soft plastics fished under the birds.

 Sabine Pass---Flounder are fair to good around points and drop offs on live bait and curl-tailed grubs tipped with shrimp. Look to the jetties for bull reds and sheepshead.

 Lake Calcasieu (Big Lake)---Hackberry Rod and Gun reports solid action for trout and reds over oyster reefs and under birds on live shrimp and Hackberry Hustlers. Flounder fishing is solid in the channel south of the lake.

 Sam Rayburn---Texas Parks & Wildlife Department officials report largemouths are fair on watermelon soft plastic worms, crankbaits, and topwaters off points. White bass are fair on silver slabs and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are fair on stinkbait and liver.

 Toledo Bend---Texas Parks & Wildlife Department officials report largemouths are fair on chartreuse crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and soft plastic worms. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and small spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Bream are good on nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.


 TOLEDO BEND: Normal Pool Level: 172.0 Current Pool Level: 167.83 Was 168.01

 RAYBURN LAKE: Normal Pool Level: 164 Current Pool Level: 160.28 Was: 160.72

 B.A. STEIN HAGEN: Normal Pool Level: 85 Current Pool Level: 81.45 Was: 82.43