ANOTHER AUGUST HAS FOUND its way to Texas’s uppermost bay system. With it comes some of the hottest fish catching action and hottest temperatures of the year.
To say “it’s hot” on Sabine in August is truly an understatement. If you haven’t been outside acclimating yourself to these brutal temperatures, you may want to reconsider spending a day on the water this month.
A swimming pool or water park is probably a better option. For those of us who have been spoiled this summer by beautiful green water, abundant sunshine, temperatures in the 90s and salt spray, I couldn’t think of a better place to be than Sabine Lake.
It’s just a matter of time before we’re looking for a jacket and changing our strategies, but I’m savoring every precious moment of what is left of summer in 2019. Actually, still quite a bit is left.
Here in Southeast Texas we usually don’t experience any fall-like conditions until around late October or November. But still, it is August, so I’m going to take advantage of it while we’ve got it.
I’m going to continue doing what we do to put fish in the box and love every minute of it. One of our favorite things to do for hefty trout in some pretty solid numbers is to throw topwaters in the Sabine Neches ship channel.
There’s about a two-hour window early in the morning and before sunset when the big sows can’t resist the sound and zigzag of a topwater plug. Walking the dog over scattered shell/mud in two to seven feet of water can be just what the doctor ordered.
Fishing decent water with good tidal movement is essential, if you want something to brag about at the end of the day. Concentrating on areas that consistently hold bait will up the odds tremendously in your favor.
The entire stretch of shoreline from LNG to Louisiana Point is second to none when it comes to attracting and holding bait and fish. The ever-changing bottom contour with fluctuating depths, coupled with good incoming or outgoing tides is the reason.
Throw in pretty water and favorable winds, and you should be exactly where you want to be in August on Sabine. High pitched She Dogs, or Skitterwalks, with their tight, easy to work pattern are go-to choices for a topwater plug that the fish can’t ignore.
Everyone has his or her favorite colors, but pink/silver, black/chartreuse head, bone and pearl are all high in the confidence category.
When you feel the sun on your shoulders, switch to soft plastics such as H&H Cocaho Minnow, Down South Lures or Assassins. Bounce them off the bottom with 1/8- or ¼-ounce lead heads or fish them under a popping cork.
There is still time to catch fish at your favorite summertime spots so get out there and take advantage of the fantastic late summer action. That is, of course, if you’re acclimated to the heat. If not, you may want to consider going to a nice water park.
Location: Pleasure Island
Species: Reds, Flounder, Black Drum
Baits: Fresh Dead Shrimp, Mud Minnows
Best Times: All Day. Best with moving tides.
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