Joe Joslin


Water temperatures are cooling off in the Gulf as well as inland with offshore in lower 70s and Hackberry's Captain Kirk Stansel said Tuesday his temp gage on his boat registered 69. These cooler water temps is lending much hope that we may get by this year without any major tropical weather system. Wouldn't that be a huge blessing!! Stansel stated that there are a few birds working but the high winds shut that down, for the most part. Since the weather change, the best reports are reds and flounder.

He stated that they brought in 2 today near 5 pounds using a leadhead jig and Berkley Saltwater Gulp! Stansel did mention that the lake is full of shrimp and with just a couple days of light wind and stable weather the bird pattern will ignite. They were catching a few small trout the past few days after the front while fishing the east, protected side. Mainly they targeted reds and were successful fishing The Weirs as well as shoreline with irregular features.

Elaine Huck at Calcasieu Point reported that high winds and rain last week and weekend dirted the water near her ramp and in that part of the lake...she said it looked like rootbeer. "It is still very salty so that is a good thing" stated Huck. She said The Weirs and the north end of Turners Bay were the two most mentioned in her place of business. There was a good report of decent specs caught in West Cove and others fishing LNG Canal. However, she mentioned the bank fisherman did very well this week.

Fish Species: specs, reds and flounder
Bait Used: Berkley Gulp! Shrimp
Tackle Used: Revo Inshore reels, Fenwick Inshore rods, Berkley Big Game and 100% Fluorocarbon
Method Used: Fishing under birds for specs and reds as well as target shoreline points for reds. Fishing reefs early morning near ship channel for bigger specs
Water Depth:
Water Temperature: 71
Wind Direction: s.e.
Wind Speed:
a sample of  quality trout caught under working birds.  Caught on Saltwater Gulp!
a sample of quality trout caught under working birds. Caught on Saltwater Gulp!

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Joe Joslin

About The Author: Captain Joe Joslin

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Area Reporting: South Toledo Bend

Bio: Joe Joslin is a syndicated outdoor writer and writes for several Louisiana newspapers and numerous magazines including Texas Game and Fish, Louisiana Game and Fish, CenLa Sportsman, Louisiana Sportsman and LakeCaster. Joe has been fishing Toledo Bend and Sam Rayburn for 25+ years and is a frequent tournament angler. Joe has been a full time pro guide on Toledo Bend/Sam Rayburn since 1998.Joe Joslin Outdoors Fishing Guide Service Wholesome atmosphere * Safety minded * Latest equipment, featuring 21i Class Skeeter with 300 hp Yamaha HPDI * Tackle supplied upon request * References available upon request * Available Year-Round. E-Mail Joe at

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