George and I went over to Sabine lake to fish on Friday. We found the weather was perfect with good sun and light winds for the better part of the day. The water was stained and sight casting was difficult. Quite different from our last trip back in early December when the water was absolutely crystal clear. From 7:00 am till around 11:00 Am we used conventional tackle like mirror lures and plastic rat tails. George had a huge trout slap at his top water... how that fish missed the thing who knows. I stuck to the plastic pattern and was rewarded with a large flounder. You really have to concentrate when fishing for flounder. They tend to pick up your bait so you feel a light "peck" then they'll come back to it and hit it so you have to wait to strike. On this fish I felt the pick up and just pointed the rod down at the water after about two seconds I felt the line tighten so I set the hook hard. At first i thought I was hung on the bottom or I had hung up on some grass. It just didn't feel like a fish until as I powered down on the line I felt the tail beat. What a good fight this flounder gave. Once we saw how big this fish was the excitment level went way up. George grabbed the boga to make the landing. He grabbed the line and the founder went ape. But after a few seconds the fish was ours. 23" flounder NICE!
Well here she is...
We set up for another drift in a similar area and I caught another fatty using the same technique. You have to be patient after feeling the first "peck". This one got away and looked to be close to the size of the first one we landed. About an hour later I caught another that was close to 17". Sabine is full of flounder. We then grabbed our fly rods and searched out some clean water. As the breeze was freshening a bit we found an open shoreline. I poled George along while trying to find some fish but the water color was difficult to see in. We did come across two reds right up against the shoreline that George got off a shot or two but was unable to turn their interest. Later George was up on the platform and I saw a small shrimp jump from the water real close to the shoreline so I tossed directly to it and was rewarded with a redfish instant strike. The fish taped 19" and was healthy and strong. I caught two more but neither were sight casted to...more like there should be a fish right there and there was!
So I had a small slam working but I needed a trout. George and I were pondering if we were done or just done fishing where we were. I told George I had a special spot where i know i can catch a good trout was he interested in a short drive in the boat. Heck yeah he said so off we went. As i directed George up this small canal I could see the apprehension growing on his face. As we drove by several small marsh drains we spoke of how cool this spot is for a kayaker. Once we arrived at the spot George was thoroughly confused. There was a group of crab fishers working their chicken necks less than twenty feet from our boat. There was a small bridge just in front of us that is way to low to the water for us to get under..so what are we doing here this doesn't look like a trout spot. I threw flys for a short time but no strikes. So I picked up the rat tail plastic and maybe my third cast BOOM a heavy strike and the rod tip started that wonderful dance that says TROUT. Soon we could see the spots of the fish and I was stoked. SABINE SLAM was done. The trout measured 17" and was thick. George got the pictures and hopefully will post them up here.
We had a good time just getting out on the water for the first time in awhile. Both of us talking about how we plan to fish the POC ONE FLY at the end of this month. I was supposed to be fishing several new flies given to me by one of my favorite flytyers testing them for the One Fly. Oops I forgot them back in town! DOUGH!!!!!!!!! But we'll be ready.