“We’ve probably got some of the best consistent fishing on the Texas Gulf Coast,” Jerry Norris, of Sabine Lake Guide Service, said. “We always have fish here, they never leave. We’re always able to catch fish throughout all the seasons of the year.”
Guides say three stars shine in our waters.
“Speckled trout red fish and flounder is what were all after,” Capt. Randy Foreman said. “August is the month for schooling redfish on Sabine Lake. The shad leave, so redfish start schooling up by the hundreds.”
Foreman, of Captain Randy’s Guide Service, takes anglers from all over, even up from New York, where he says the fish aren’t as big as ours. Anglers are educated.
“They do their homework. They interview me. I tell them the honest-to-gosh truth,” Foreman said.
His favorite spots are Sabine Lake and surrounding tributaries of the Neches and Sabine rivers, Keith Lake and the marshes Texas fish love.
“We don’t get cold over here, so it’s pretty much year round,” Foreman said.
Eddie Hernandez of Golden Hook Guide Service, says visitors also go for big fish like ling.
“We have the best bay system on the coast. There’s really nothing outdoors you can’t do down here. We have everything that a man or a woman could ask for,” Hernandez said.
Norris has also helped visitors hook shark, black drum, Spanish mackerel and sand trout since 1984.
“People talk about fishing more than anything. They like to brag,” he said.
It’s the bragging that brings more anglers to Port Arthur waters, he said.
Guides offered this primer of species/best months/and bait:
Red fish/year round /mullet and threadfin shad
Flounder/ February through November/ finger mullet, mullet
Speckled trout/March through November (year-round according to guide Jerry Norris )/shrimp, mullet, shad and pogey
See our Outdoor Fun section for area fishing guides.