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COASTAL FORECAST: Sabine – May 2019

It Starts In May

AS HARD AS IT IS for me to believe, we have somehow, already made it to May. Although it seems like we were just ringing in the New Year, 2019 is almost half over and for that there is a lot we should be happy for.

One of the main reasons is that the wet winter months are now in our rear view mirror. It’s time to warm up and dry out a little.

The month of May has strutted into town in full plumage and riding on its coat tail are water temperatures above 70 degrees, somewhat stable weather patterns, green tides, tons of supped-up baitfish and big, mean, hungry predators. What more could we ask for?

It’s time to get this party started, and it’s time to get this party started right now. It’s time to put on some shorts and gas up the boat.

Summer is just around the corner, and it’s time to start acting like it. It’s time to start focusing on the patterns that will consistently bring fish to the net for the next several months. It’s time to start thinking about the surf, the jetties, the bay, bayous and rivers.

Here on Sabine Lake it’s time for us to start thinking about basically the entire ecosystem. With air and water temperatures beginning the ascent into the summer months we are becoming limitless as to where we can go and what we can do to catch fish.

Strong tides and plentiful baitfish are beginning to loosen the reins on trout, reds, and flounders. They will follow shrimp, shad and mullet from the Gulf of Mexico, up the Neches and Sabine rivers and everywhere in between.

The first and last couple hours of sunlight could yield nice stringers of hefty trout and reds on topwaters. The ship channel and jetties have the potential to produce some real bruisers.

The same holds true for both the North and South Revetment walls on Pleasure Island and various points in the Sabine and Neches rivers. On the Louisiana side of the lake, key on protected areas with pretty water and a nice mud/clam bottom.

Moving water is always your friend and the presence of baitfish will definitely help your chances. Super Spooks, Skitterwalks, She Dogs and Top Dog Jr. are all good for multiple blow-ups.

Hot color choices are black/chartreuse, pearl, bone and pink/silver. When the sunlight begins to penetrate the water and the topwater bite begins to taper a bit, switch to soft plastics bounced off the bottom on 1/8-ounce lead heads or under a popping cork. Assassins in glow or glow/chartreuse and Gulp! Shrimp and Swimming Mullet will definitely get their attention.

It’s time to take advantage of the warming conditions and start focusing on what will be our bread and butter for the next few months.




Location: Pleasure Island

Species: Redfish, croaker, flounder, trout, crabs

Baits/Lures: Fresh dead shrimp, mud minnows, chicken legs

Best Times: All day


Email Eddie Hernandez at ContactUs@fishgame.com


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