Big Lake's Big Trout
by Chester Moore, Jr.
Lake Calcasieu's reputation as a big trout
The swimbait swam about 10 miles that morning.
At least that is what it seemed like as I worked the Stanley Wedgetail
Mullet over a big mud flat with scattered shell on Lake Calcasieu's (Big
Lake) north end.
The conditions were wrong with very little title movement but as a longtime
Big Lake angler I knew we were in the midst of big trout.
The fight was on.
South Texas Snook by
Capt. Danno Wise
Fishing the seasons for year around snook action.
Snook are one of the most romanticized fish species along the Gulf Coast.
Due to the fact it occupies such as small range - only South Florida and
Deep South Texas harbor year around, fishable populations - it has gained
almost mythological status among some groups of fishermen. This is especially
true in the Lone Star State where the fishery has traditionally been confined
to a narrow stretch of coastline just above the Mexican border. However,
although anglers hooking into a large linesider for the first time may imagine
they are stuck fast to a Greek god, these fish are real and are a much more
realistic catch than many Texans believe.
SEASONS OF SOUTH TEXAS SNOOK
Over the past few years, a series of warm winters has resulted in some
snook being caught far above their regular range. And, while it is true
that previous generations were treated to good snook fishing as far north
as Port Aransas, today the coastal waters of Cameron County, which is nestled
between the Rio Grand River and the Mansfield Cut, are home to the only
true snook fishery in Texas.
- Galveston's Big Trout Season by Capt. Nate Skinner
- How and where to find the trophies - right now.
"If you can consistently catch trophy trout in the Galveston Bay
Complex, you can likely fool them anywhere. There are twenty-five plus inch
fish swimming all over these waters, you've just got to do your homework
to find them," says Captain Greg Francis of Salt Water Assault guide
With four million people living in the five counties that surround Galveston
Bay (Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston, Harris and Liberty counties) providing
immense fishing pressure to the largest estuary in Texas (over 600 square
miles), Gulf Coast anglers might be discouraged from putting the complex's
hot spots as top priority in their repertoire of big trout destinations
Composed of Trinity Bay, Upper Galveston Bay, West Bay and East Bay,
the complex lacks the sex appeal of systems south, as much of the estuary
is void of grass beds, pot holes, and clear water. An average depth of 6-8
feet creates opportunities for rough, swelling bay waters and gives speckled
trout more water to hide from hook-clad plugs and soft plastics.
- Gulf Coast Closeup - by Capt. Danno
- Port Isabel, Texas - A Gem in Deep
One of the oldest towns on the Gulf
Coast, Port Isabel was once home to the largest shrimp fleet in Texas. Although
the commercial fishery has begun to fade, recreational fishing is on the
upswing in this small South Texas town. As the mainland launching point
to the Lower Laguna Madre, the same waterfront community that once saw pirates
and Civil War soldiers land on its shores now welcomes thousands of light-tackle
fishermen in search of speckled trout, redfish, snook and tarpon.
Thanks to its sub-tropical climate - it is located just a dozen miles
above the Texas/Mexico border - Port Isabel offers fishermen year around
angling opportunities. Additionally, the warm climate and shallow, clear
waters of the Lower Laguna Madre offer a variety of species and habitat
not found elsewhere in the United States, with the exception of South Florida.
- This issue in OUR DEPARTMENTS...
- Paddling Out - Motoring
Rules - by Jeff Herman
- Rod & Reel'n Offshore - Mono Leaders & Reef Fish -
by Patrick Lemire
- Equipment Notebook
Care & Maintenance - by David Ayers
- The Bay Naturalist
- The Underappreciated Hardhead- by
- The Fly Guy -
Jack Attacks! -
by Pete Cooper, Jr.
- Tackle Time
- Guilty Pleasures - by
- Bait Hook
- Spring Ling Fling
- by Jim Martin
- From the Publisher...
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