by Capt. Adam Jaynes
I have been nothing short of delighted with how quickly Sabine has bounced back since Harvey. Our water clarity is on the verge of "too clear" in many areas and salinity has substantially improved. My very first day back fishing since the storm was some of the best trout fishing I had seen in years. We dropped the trolling motor in and in less than an hour we had our sixty trout in the box. I was impressed with how quick the bite was but what was more impressive was that the four of us could cast in any direction from the boat and hook a fish! We did some catch-and-release for a little while afterwards and then played with some redfish before deciding to head in and watch college football.
Chris landed this red at just over 20lbs to get the morning started!
Since the storm I have spent more time helping friends rip out sheetrock, flooring, etc. than I have fished. Definitely not every trip has been as productive as the one previously mentioned but we have done a considerable amount of catching without having to fish very hard. The trout fishing aboard my boat has slowed some with the cold fronts but the redfish have been incredible. We've been catching most of our redfish on black/chartreuse or Creole magic colored Egret Wedgetails. They've been giving themselves away chasing mullet, shad, ribbon fish and shrimp to the surface while nearly coming completely out of the water. It is a very fun bite, especially for anyone that has never experienced it before.
Carley with a very nice redfish on the open lake
Thanks to the internet and social media anyone nowadays can get to see what a massive school of redfish feeding on the surface looks like. Many will fish for an extended period before ever seeing it, maybe even years. However, the vast majority of fishermen and women will probably never get to witness it in person. On the other hand, there's Carley. She hadn't been fishing since she was seven years old and had never caught a redfish. Well, we were able to accomplish quite a bit on her first trip out on Sabine Lake. Our first stop did not produce anything other than casting practice. She quickly picked up how to use a spinning reel paired with a Sarge Customs spinning rod. Our next stop was our last as Carley was able to catch redfish until her arms and side were sore! She was pretty entertained by the number of fish we saw feeding as well as their acrobatics. At one point we both witnessed a large school of redfish cruising just beneath the surface swim up to the boat, descend just a couple feet to travel under the boat and then come right back up to the surface on the other side. Now, I'd like to think it was just because she had a good guide, but I have only been fortunate enough to witness that happen a handful of times and have fished my whole life. Most anglers I know have never gotten to see a school of redfish do what they did that day. She was very blessed to see that on her first trip out!
She let me get in on the catching also!
The redfish bite hasn't slowed down a lick. In between cold fronts when the low pressure sets back in and the temperature rises the trout bite was been pretty solid as well. We have been able to string together some solid trips throwing Super Spooks and Zombie Ghost Walkers in 4' of water over shell. Clown and pink/chrome have been the better colors for us. I haven't started catching what I would consider big fish yet but with how things are looking right now I have high hopes for this winter. However, every day is a blessing and even better if it's on the water!