by Capt. Adam Jaynes
When my alarm went off this morning I had to decide between Calcasieu or Sabine today…I know, a hell of a decision to have to make! The weather was absolutely ideal for either body of water and I was confident that I was going to catch fish at either location. I chose Sabine strictly based on the fact that I did not feel like towing my boat over to Calcasieu. It ended up being one heck of a good choice.
My second cast of the morning produced a nice slot red on a Texas Roach Trout Killer. I was happy to get bit but I wasn't out looking for reds. After a few more redfish that first big yellow mouth came up to the surface shaking her head. It was all trout from that point on.
I only fished a few different spots today and they were all equally productive. I did not make my first cast until about 9:00 this morning and when I cranked up my Mercury to head to the house at 1:45 I had released fifty-two trout between 3-6lbs! The water was going out strong when I started and the bite got noticeably slower as the outgoing came to a stop in the afternoon and switched to incoming. My largest trout of the day was only 6lbs but was all over a pumpkin seed white Red Killer. I caught a bunch of trout while on Power-Pole in 3' of water and also caught a bunch of fish drifting. I had originally planned on wading today but ended up staying in the boat to cover some more water.
Believe it or not today was actually the first time I have ever fished a broken back Corky. It reminded me an awful lot of throwing the old Rubber Backs that I haven't thrown in a few years. It has a pretty fast sink rate but the trout were absolutely knocking the snot out of it. I found it much easier to fish from the boat drifting than I do an original Corky. I definitely went through enough fish today on it to make a believer out of me, thanks Aaron for forgetting it in my boat! The trout were feeding very aggressively today so I fished it twitching it like a topwater two or three times then letting it sink for a second or two before twitching again. Half the time today they hit it on the fall and the other half they were trying to jerk the rod out of my hand while I was twitching it. Today was definitely one of those days I wish I had been guiding but it was nice having a day to fish for myself also.
Dad had the day off from work yesterday so we decided to put my Haynie in the water to go see if he still knew how to catch a fish or not. After the way the afternoon went I think he's forgotten a lot! Fortunately for me it looked like I had absorbed quite a bit of what he's taught me over the years as I was flipping redfish in the boat on a consistent basis. He was a good sport about the whipping, I held the smart remarks to myself for the most part as this scenario has been the other way around many times but still had to get in a couple of jabs!
We left the ramp around 11:30 and by the time we hit the lake the outgoing tide had just about quit. We bounced around to several places and just were never able to get away from the redfish to catch trout. They were hustling mullet to the surface in 2-3' of water and would jump all over a pink chrome Gun Dog Flush and Texas Roach Trout Killer. We landed one lone trout in the midst of all the redfish and decided to call it a day right at dark.
Aaron and I fished the first tournament of the "Speck"tacular Gulf Coast Trout Series on Saturday and enjoyed one heck of bite up until the outgoing tide quit on us around 8:30 or so. I landed a trout on my first cast with a pink Maniac Mullet, good thing Aaron did not realize it was my first cast until we were in the truck on our way to weigh in or he might have ran out of his anxiety meds! Catching a fish on your first cast might as well be the kiss of death but this time we were fortunate. Last time I landed a fish on my first cast during a tournament we ended up getting disqualified on a redfish that just barely grew enough to get over that 28" mark by the time we made it to weigh in! This time around things worked out and we nabbed fourth place with our three best trout.
We caught every trout except for one on Maniac Mullets slow rolling them across the bottom with a 45 degree surface temp. Pearl chartreuse was easily our best color, only problem was that I only had two of that color on the boat. Aaron had one already tied on and when I went to open the other out of the package the plastic tore a little faster than I had planned and the Maniac Mullet went flying into 5' of muddy water. I know what color I need to order more of that's for sure.
If you're off tomorrow and can't fish or have time on your lunch break make sure and swing by Daley's Hunt N Fish. Bassmaster Pro, Ish Monroe, will be in the store talking tackle, techniques, and anything and everything fishing related. Even if you aren't a bass guy it is a great opportunity to visit with an outstanding fisherman. Let alone another excuse to tell your wife so you can go to the tackle store!
I hope I have returned all of my phone calls and emails from today, Kenneth I called you back but your phone doesn't have voice mail set up I guess. I will try again tomorrow to get in touch with you. And Matt I got your voicemail but I was too busy catching fish, I will get in touch with you tomorrow!