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The Promise of March

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arch is a very special month in the hearts of anglers up and down the gulf coast. Even those who continue plugging away all winter long catching some of the biggest trout of the year are not exempt from the feelings of excitement and hope that accompany it. Those feelings may be magnified to an extent for the anglers who have spent the last few months in hibernation rather than bailing out of the boat when the mercury is well below the comfort zone. However, I don’t think anyone can deny that it is real and we

all feel it. A lot of fishermen, including some guides, shut it down for the winter and are chomping at the bit for the arrival of this much-anticipated, magical month. There is much more to it than catching fish though. In fact, catching fish consistently in March is anything but a guarantee. With the exception of those days that spawn life long memories of fish seeming to jump in the boat, the fickle weather that accompanies March means a lot of times you’re going to have to work a little harder than you’d like to put a successful pattern together. But this month comes with a promise. A promise of warmth, new life, and good things to come. It reminds us that spring conditions are right around the corner and that summer will soon follow. The big tides of March push water deep into places we haven’t been able to reach in a while. New hatches of shrimp and baitfish will ride these tides and begin to rejuvenate the entire system. From the gulf to the back

lakes these signs of new life will be obvious. As water temperatures slowly begin to ascend up the thermometer, more and more young of the year shad, mullet and shrimp will lead anglers to the Big 3 as well as an assortment of other species. The fishes’ metabolism will increase with the water temps and they will begin feeding more aggressively and often. Flounder are slowly making their way back from the gulf and can be intercepted in ship channels and passes. Fishing points in the Sabine Neches Waterway is an excellent place to start. Flounder Pounder’s CT Shad tipped with fresh shrimp as well as GULP! shrimp are super choices for plastics when dragged slowly along the bottom. As usual, live mud minnows and finger mullet should also produce serious results. The mouth and eastern shoreline of East Pass can also be red hot for flatties, especially towards the end of this month. Trout and redfish should begin to gang up on the eastern bank of the lake as we progress through the month and the water continues to warm. Also, keep an eye out for birds working over the new recruits of shrimp on the south end of the lake from the causeway to Pleasure Island Marina. I hope to see you here on Sabine soon. Remember, it’s the beginning of warmth, new life, and good things to come. I promise.

the bank bite Location: Causeway (SH82 at Pleasure Island) Species: Flounder, redfish, black drum, croaker Baits/Lures: Curl tail grubs, mud minnows or fresh dead shrimp Best Times: Moving Tides Contact Eddie Hernandez at, EHernandez@fishgame.com 82 |

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