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Big trout highlight 41st annual SALT Tourney

By Chester Moore, Jr.

The News outdoors writer

Last weekend’s annual SALT tournament was a great success with strong catches.

In fact, the speckled trout division alone featured some of the best catches I have seen in 18 years of covering the tournament.

The last two years have been banner ones for trout fishing and this year’s SALT event shows us the Sabine system is still red hot for trout and is also producing solid flounder and redfish.

People from all over Texas and Louisiana are coming to Sabine to fish and although I have seen at different times better individual fisheries, never have I seen all of them so strong.

It is a good time to live and fish in Southeast Texas.

SPECKLED TROUT

1. Michael Fesco, 8.34

2. Clint Manuel, 6.20

3. Heather Adams, 5.83

REDFISH

1. Ian Griffith, 9.04

2. Kevin Stark, 8.33

3. Ian Griffith, 7.98

FLOUNDER

1. Ronnie Lasalle, 4.11

2. Heather Adams, 3.40

3. James Newman, 2.70

SHEEPSHEAD

1. Steve Walker, 4.92

2. Robert Martinez, 4.92

3. Daneen Chadwick, 4.79

BLACK DRUM

1. Clint Manuel, 4.49

2. Daneen Chadwick, 4.40

3. Shane Jennings, 4.11

TOP LADY ANGLER

Daneen Chadwick

KID’S DIVISION

REDFISH

1. Jaycee Kibodeaux, 5.66

2. Macayla Hebert, 5.86

3. Hunter Reeves, 5.85

FLOUNDER

1. Macayla Hebert, 1.42

2. Hunter Wyble, 1.40

3. Chesney Kibodeaux, 1.15

SPECKLED TROUT

1. Hunter Reeves, 4.50

2. Anthony Trahan, 3.49

3. Hunter Wyble, 2.21

BLACK DRUM

1. Lilliain Peltier, 21.50

2. Ryan Peltier, 3.74

3. Brandon Ringham, 3.15

CROAKER

1. Grace Peltier, .57

2. Grace Peltier, .55

3. Sydney Nickleburg, .53

CRAB

1. Anthony Trahan, 1.17

2. Anthony Trahan, .93

3. Chesney Kibodeaux, .82

GAFFTOP

1. Chesney Kibodeaux, 2.57

2. Josie Kibodeaux, 2.56

HARDHEAD

1. Kolton Marple, 2.09

2. Chelcie Ringham, 1.82

3. Lillian Peltier, 1.52