Schooling action on Sabine Lake

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Capt. Adam Jaynes, 409-988-3901, [email protected],, says November fishing on Sabine Lake is some of the best fishing of the year. Trout and redfish are dining on shrimp coming out of the marshes and rivers; The birds are pointing to the feeding fish. “It’s a super, super easy, time to be out on the water. Birds are working over schooling trout and redfish on probably about 70 percent of the lake right now.

“I speed up my retrieve to catch bigger fish up toward the surface, or do the opposite and let the lure sink down to the bottom and catch redfish and bigger trout near the bottom. I vary retrieves until I find out how I can catch better fish.”

But don’t wait too long to get in on the bird action. Much of the easy fishing action could be over by mid December.

When that happens, Jaynes begins catching redfish over oyster shell reefs. “When we get into January, it’s probably the easiest time of the year to catch redfish in Sabine Lake…catch until you are worn out.”

What baits does Jaynes carry in his lure box?

A Heddon Super Spook in Clown color, pink Corky Fat Boys, pearl/chartreuse Maniac Mullets by Tidal Surge, Trout Killers by Texas Tackle Factory and Egret Bayou Chubs: “I like a suspending or slow sinking bait at this time of the year. I like using the Trout Killers or Bayou Chubs on a 1/8 or 1/4 oz jig head when throwing at schooling fish.”

He also likes split tail soft plastics in Go-Glow and Red Shad colors on either 1/8 or 1/4 oz jig heads. “Color choice depends on the water clarity. If I’m wade fishing, I always use a 1/8 oz jig head.”

If the water temps drop drastically, he heads for trout over scattered shell and along the flats off the ICW using the same baits listed above.

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