by Capt. Adam Jaynes
This time of year the mindset for most anglers goes in one of two directions; chasing big speckled trout or putting up the fishing gear and waiting until more fisherman friendly weather arrives in the Spring. Fortunately, Sabine offers excellent fishing year around and I for one never have any plans of ever putting my fishing gear up. Myself, like many others of my kind, live to chase big speckled trout. Although many of my customers and friends as well as family believe that I am crazy this is without a doubt my most favorite time of year to fish. Donning my Simms waders and slipping over the side of my boat plugging away from sunup to sundown, and in some cases several hours after the sun has disappeared over the horizon, is easily some of the best moments that I have spent on this Earth.
This nice couple from Missouri had a blast tangling with redfish after redfish!
There is definitely something unique and surreal about the thump of a massive speck on your favorite Maniac Mullet or Corky this time of the year and that keeps us coming back for more, putting up with the harshest conditions all for that one "thump." There is actually so much enthusiasm and anticipation for wintertime and early spring and wading for these big specks that one species nearly entirely gets overlooked, and even cussed in some instances. Enter the redfish. Trout have certain tendencies and behaviors that make them very predictable and easy to target this time of the year but even more predictable and definitely even easier to fool into biting a chunk of plastic with several metal hooks is the redfish. There is hardly a piece of shell in all of Sabine Lake that isn't holding a redfish from December until April.
We typically find them on shell beds and grass humps in 2-4' of water, which are many of the same places that we target for trout as well. We will also find them bunched up on main lake points from time to time. Wind direction and water clarity as well as the presence or absence of bait are the biggest factors in determining where to target Sabine redfish. When you find the schools you can normally catch until you are content or worn out, whichever comes first!
They tend to be much easier to get to bite than trout on a day to day basis but can be particular at times. Generally, the redfish are more particular to the size of the bait during these months versus the color. With water temperatures below sixty degrees plastic tails are my go to. If they are interested in a longer tail we are throwing TTF Trout Killers. A lot of the time we are able to entice even more strikes with a shorter plastic like Egret's 3.5" Wedgetail and TTF's Killer Flats Minnow. Typically darker colors produce far more strikes for us on Sabine reds such as Texas Roach and Bug Juice. Depth, current strength, and wind normally dictate jighead size but an 1/8oz usually suffices. As we slip on into March and April the topwater bite will take precedent with rising water temperatures and increased bait activity. She Dogs and Super Spooks will rule the roost. If explosive blowups and drag pulls do it for you then it's time to wet a hook!
During these months, redfish like these are easy to come by most days
The Houston Fishing Show begins this week March 5-9 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Whether you are a novice or a professional the show is a great time. There will be numerous seminars if you are looking to increase your knowledge as well as the newest products in the fishing industry. Most companies will have show specials offering products at the best prices for the year. I will be spending Saturday and Sunday with Sarge Custom Rods and FishSlick Stringers. In my opinion both the finest rods and stringers in the business, utilizing superior craftsmanship, components, and unbeatable customer service.
Roy hooked up with a good Sabine redfish
I spoke with Roy Crush earlier this week as well, he will have a booth at the show promoting Texas Boys Outdoors and their upcoming tournament on May 3, 2014. Texas Boys Outdoors recently filmed a TV show aboard my Haynie showcasing just how incredible our redfishing is on Sabine.
Thank you Tidal Surge Lures for always keeping us in the hunt!
Tidal Surge Lures will also have a booth at the show, their Maniac Mullet has been vital to our fishing success helping us to finish in the money in each of the first three Specktacular Trout tournaments this year including winning biggest trout in February with a 7.33lb fish. All of the above mentioned companies are 2coolfishing sponsors, there will also be numerous other site sponsors at the show as well so come on out and support those that support this awesome website!
A few of Sarge's "heavier" rods averaging only 2.67oz a piece!