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Published:January 9th, 2008 10:17 EST
50 plus redfish at Hackberry Rod and Gun Club

50 plus redfish at Hackberry Rod and Gun Club

By Chester Moore (Editor)

Last Monday the fishing on Lake Calcasieu (Big Lake) was down from the day before.

I along with Capt. Ronnie Biddy of the Hackberry Rod and Gun Club (HRGC) and my lifelong friend Chris Villadsen, “only" managed to catch 50 plus redfish in the course of four hours. The evening before, however, guides from HRGC caught around 100 reds per boat.

“We would’ve caught more if the tides would have been coming in instead of going out. They have been biting better on the incoming tides," Biddy said.

Think about that for a second. The fishing has been so good that catching 50 redfish was a decrease. I’m not going to tell you that is the kind of action you get on Big Lake every day but it happens a whole lot. In fact, it probably happens there more than any other bay systems on the Gulf Coast. I daresay the redfish and speckled trout fishing opportunities on Calcasieu is the best to be found anywhere.

On our trip, we fished along the shorelines and caught reds from the second cast of the morning until the very end. It was flat out amazing.

It was one of those days where the fish would hit virtually anything. We started fishing with one of HRGC’s preferred lures, the Mr. Twister Exude Shrimp and it did great. Biddy threw a Mepp's Little Wolf spoon and pulled out a couple of nice reds. 

I caught my two biggest on a purple/white Texas Tackle Factory Shad Stick. This was my first time fishing this lure specifically for reds and I found it to be great at weeding out the smaller fish, since the lure itself is seven inches in length.

Duck season is winding down now and HBRC will be focusing their full efforts on fishing soon. To contact them, call 1-888-762-3391 or go to