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Capt. Adam Jaynes has been fishing Sabine Lake and it's surrounding bayous and marshland his entire life. He specializes in using artificial lures for trout, redfish and flounder on both Sabine Lake and neighboring Lake Calcasieu.

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June 27, 2012

Summer Time Trout

by Capt. Adam Jaynes

Brittany landed this solid trout out of a school of actively feeding fish on a glo/chartreuse Killer Flats Minnow on a 1/4oz jighead

If I had to describe the fishing over the last few weeks it would be "incredibly easy." Limits of trout have been just about automatic day in and day out barring strong winds. Most days that the wind has blown it ended up slicking off around 11:00 or so and then the fish go insane. Our water is absolutely gorgeous right now, on the verge of being too pretty actually. The school fish have still been doing their thing all the way from Black's Bayou to the south end of the lake. The birds for the most part have been acting kind of strange by just not picking very much in general. Once you get on a school and the birds leave be patient and stick around, those fish are still there and will almost always come right back up again. The shrimp have gotten quite a bit bigger so the schools have been much easier to spot and follow.

Charlie pulled this solid trout out of a school with a glo/chartreuse TTF Trout Killer

There are a couple of things I will always do to try and catch bigger fish when I get on a school of trout. The first thing I will try is to fish a little deeper if all I am catching are small fish in the top of the water column. I will switch from an 1/8oz jighead to a 1/4oz to help me get down better, we also catch more redfish by fishing down deeper. The only problem with getting down underneath the school is dealing with the gaftop. I know some people swear by eating them but those fish sure aren't welcome on my boat! Another tried and true method to call out larger trout from a school is to put on a topwater. I have been loving the Flush from TTF's GunDog line of lures. It is easy to work and the paint has been considerably more durable than many other topwaters that I have fished. I am throwing the speckled trout pattern along with the pink/chrome. Downside to throwing anything with treble hooks into a school is the time it takes to unhook a fish while you have trout jumping out of the water right in front of you! Also, the higher chance of putting a hook in your hand while trying to hurry to get out and catch another fish. Another simple switch is to put on a larger plastic like a Trout Killer or a Split Tail Mullet. I also started throwing a Maniac Mullet in schooling trout back in early March and can testify that you will start catching much higher quality trout with it as well. If you want an even higher chance of pulling a redfish out of the schools of trout try either a Hoginar or a 3/4oz chrome Rattle Trap.

A pair of solid reds pulled from underneath a school of feeding trout

I have been ignoring the schooling fish for the most part over the last few days to go after some better fish. Although getting a bite and catching a fish on nearly every cast is an absolute blast I do personally prefer however to go after larger trout. I have been wading and drifting and both have produced solid trout in the 4-7lb range. The catching is not nearly as fast and furious but I haven't had a trout under 4lbs either so pick your poison.

Brian fooled this good trout on an early morning wade with a speckled trout pattern GunDog Dummy

Whether wading or from the boat I have been keying in on slicks and mullet jumping for the lives. I am not sure why but I haven't been able to get the better fish to eat any soft plastic over the last few days. They have been very very particular. It has been either a speckled trout pattern Dummy or a silver/black HD XXL. They have been down and determined to inhale the Dummy, the strikes have been flat out vicious! I have thrown the Little Dummy, She Dogs, Super Spooks, Flush, and Skitterwalks but the only one I have had luck on has been the Dummy. Not sure why, go figure.

Took this trout four tries but she ended up inhaling this GunDog Dummy

The other lure I have been getting them to eat, or should I say they have been destroying is the HD XXL by Dynamic Lures.

The HD XXL is a jerk bait designed for freshwater use that I have been using for a little while now for trout and redfish. It has a very unique design in which you can adjust the internal weight to get the lure to suspend at different depths. Thus far I have been fishing it as a floater, jerking it down to around 3-4' and then letting it float up close to the surface. It comes packaged with bb's to adjust the weight from a floater, to suspending or sinking.

Dynamic Lures HD XXL doing work..

I particularly like to throw it over shell, pulling it all the way down until I make contact with the shell and then let it float back up. The strikes are explosive! The HD XXL has been very durable so far, the hooks do eventually begin to rust as they are for freshwater so I switch them out for VMC's. It's one of those lures I use solely to target larger trout and has been producing some very nice fish for me so far.

This solid trout couldn't resist the HD XXL..

With the heat of the summer upon us I will spend the rest of this month along with July and most of August targeting better trout in areas that provide deep water access close by just like I do during the winter. You can generally count on these fish feeding first thing in the morning and also late in the evening just before dark. However, that's not to say that these same hefty fish won't bite during the heat of the day when everything aligns just right and the majority of the boats have already headed in. The school fish should also continue to do their thing for a while. The next bite we have to look forward to the most are the hoards of schooling redfish that will begin to show up on a consistent basis as the shad get bigger. One thing for sure is the weather is going to be hot, drink plenty of water and put on the sun block. If you can put up with the heat the fishing is going to be hot as well!

Comments (8)

Zeitgeist wrote 5 years ago

Good info. We fished Sabine on the 23rd and the best success was chasing birds. All the fish were caught on Saltwater Assasin, Chicken on a Chain.

Spectre5922 wrote 5 years ago

I don't see any fish in the 1st and 3rd pictures! lol
Good report!

kagfireman wrote 5 years ago

I just found this site and have to say I greatly appreciate the wealth of info. you provide in your fishing report!
Do you have any suggestions on areas for someone wanting to kayak fish your neck of the woods or sabine?
Keeo up the good work!

Capt. Adam Jaynes wrote 5 years ago

Zeitgeist, Chicken on a Chain is an excellent color over here. Try a topwater next time under the birds or a Maniac Mullet also if you're interested in catching some bigger trout out of the school. Doesn't always work but normally does.

kagfireman, Thanks for reading and glad you find them informational. I am not sure how familiar you are with the area but I prefer kayaking in Sabine Pass in the marsh around Texas Bayou. Also, putting in off of Ferry Road in Bridge City on Old River Cove is another good location for fishing from a kayak. Email me at amjaynes@gmail.com if you are unsure of where I am talking about.

Capt. Adam Jaynes wrote 5 years ago

Spectre5922, yeah she's pretty easy on the eyes!

sgrifff wrote 5 years ago

Capt. Adam Jaynes has always excelled at everything he has done! I wish he would take his old coach and his son fishing!

kagfireman wrote 5 years ago

Just wanted to say thank you for the recommendations for Sabine kayak fishing! Fished Texas bayou yesterday and blasted the reds!!! Never seen so many reds in one place!
Caught 17 total keeper size and countless rat reds.
Most were caught on 3" new penny shrimp.
Thanks again!!!

skeeter77346 wrote 5 years ago

Great Report and excellent info Capt Adam. The Dynamic XXL looks like a nice addition to the arsenal. Tight lines to you and your crew. Todd

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