Higher Tides Slow Down Catching
Last updated 6/30/2020 at 9:09pm
It seems like every time I have convinced myself that we have turned the
corner on Covid-19, another individual I know tests positive and it
becomes a little more real.If you can safely make it to the water, there
is probably no safer place to be than fishing in the middle of the lake!
Sooo…….the most viable preventative options until a vaccine is developed
is to wear a mask and go fishing.I’ll bet that is not a reason you ever
thought you would use to escape to your favorite fishing hole every day.
Over the past couple of weeks, the middle of the lake has, however, been
a foot or two deeper due to a run of higher than usual incoming tides
and a stiff south wind that aids in stacking up the water.No place is
this more evident than the local marshes and several recent incidents
confirm this phenomenon.
“I knew the open marsh ponds had been grassing up too bad to fish,” said
Doyle Leger, “but the higher water kind of extended a really good bite
on bass and redfish.”Leger and his brother bogged down in the thick
grass a foot or so beneath the surface and overheated their engine last
“The problem was that we couldn’t find the open trail again.My brother
got out and pulled the boat while I push poled and by the time he walked
off into deeper water our motor had cooled down, added Leger.“We idled
along and felt our way out with the push pole.”
It took the worn out brothers the better part of five hours to wind
their way into Johnson Bayou.Fortunately they were fishing in a 16 foot
aluminum boat and not a performance bass boat.
Several years back, I received a call from a tuckered out Brian Sandow
saying they were stuck in a marsh pond and there was no way they were
going to free his 23 foot Bay Boat.They had missed a trail as well at a
high rate of speed and had lodged their boat so deeply in the soft mud
that they couldn’t even turn the boat around.
“We are not real sure where we are,” said Bryan, “but we fished this
area with you in the past.”After eliminating several spots, Gene Locke,
Bob Crew and I found them indeed buried in the muck in the back of a
They were buried so deeply that all I could do was wallow through the
chest deep mud and tie our bow rope to a cleat on their boat.They exited
the boat and we used the rope to pull ourselves back to Gene’s boat.The
following day we returned to the spot of the crime and managed to free
their boat on a higher tide.
The bottom line is that while the bite in the marshes has been very good
lately, don’t be fooled by the higher than usual tides.The thick
vegetation is lurking just beneath the surface and it isn’t overly
Over the years, July has not been a very fisherman-friendly month, but
don’t try to sell that to the bass fishermen that gather up at the
public launch every Tuesday afternoon.The field of local competitors has
slimmed down a little of late, but that could be due to heat as much as
What hasn’t fallen off is the catching.If you don’t return to the
weigh-in with nine to ten pounds you are probably not going to win.And,
while they are not fooling many bass in the five pound class right now,
three and four pound fish are not that uncommon.
Bobby Flynn of Houston and his wife, Peggy, intended to fish Sabine lake
Wednesday, but the wind pinned them down in Cow bayou. “I never knew Cow
bayou had so many crooks and turns,” said Flynn, “but it also has a lot
“We weren’t prepared to bass fish and I only had a couple of
chatterbaits and two shallow running crankbaits in my box,” added
Flynn.“Peggy quickly broke off the crankbaits on her lighter spinning
gear so we were stuck with the Chatterbaits.
By the time they put their boat back on the trailer that afternoon due
to a thunderstorm they had caught and released several undersized
redfish and in Flynn’s words, a pile of bass.“I only bass fish at the
golf course at home so I am not a great judge as to how big the bass we
caught were, but I know we released at least four or five fish over