I’m John West, owner and operator of the Sabine Lake Fishing Company. As a native of Central Florida, my formative years were spent inshore fishing on the gin clear flats of West Central Florida from Cedar Key to Tampa for speckled trout and redfish. Since moving to the Golden Triangle not long after graduating from Texas A&M, I’ve been fishing the area every since. With over 12 years’ experience in the fishery I can put you on the redfish and speckled trout. Several years ago I was fortunate to have the opportunity to spend a year in Central Arkansas. Living at the headwaters of the Little Red River, a lot of time was spent on the water honing my casting ability with a fly rod catching big brown & rainbow trout. Since returning to the coast I’ve spent most days refining my ability to spot and stalk redfish. From March through October I’m on Sabine Lake and Galveston Bay chasing redfish. During the winter from October through February you can find me flyfishing Southeast Louisiana for giant bull redfish in the Mississippi River Delta. Come on down and I’ll show you a day of fly fishing unlike anything you’ve experienced on the Texas coast. - JLW
The mainstay of the Sabine Lake & Galveston Bay fishery is Redfish, speckled trout are abundant as well. There is a vast area of marsh surrounding the entire bay system that allows access during almost any combination of wind and tide. Most all of this water holds really good numbers of Redfish. Black Drum, Flounder, and Speckled Trout. I cater to both fly fishing and conventional anglers and have the opportunity do both on the same trip. Regardless of your chosen gear, the sight fishing opportunities in this area are nothing short of amazing.
Most days will start right around sunup at a predetermined meeting point based on where you are staying or if you are driving in from Houston. For sight fishing it's important to have just a touch of light on the flats for optimum visibility. Therefore we'll try to be on the pole approx 30 minutes after sunrise. Morning and afternoon half day and full day trips are available. It's best to call or email to discuss what your needs are as early as possible.
Inshore redifsh trips will be run in my East Cape Vantage skiff powered by a Mercury 115 4 stroke. A skiff on the pole is the most effective tool for stalking and sightfishing redfish. Therefore, I rarely ever use a trolling motor and take great pride in poling you across the flats in search of redfish or the gamefish of your choice. If your group is too big for the skiff to accommodate or you need the room I also have a 24' Kenner bay boat powered by a 225 Evinrude Etec. This boat works well for everything from wade fishing trips to offshore. This boat will easily handle 70 mile trips offshore for pelagic and reef fish species and group outings on the bay and beaches.
During the summer I also offer nearshore trips for Pelagic species like Tripletail, Cobia, Kingfish, Shark and Tarpon. Most of these species are abundant from May through early October. This is one of the most exciting trips I offer. These fish are big and will test your tackle. On these outings we'll fish from my 24' Kenner. Please note that all fish caught in federal waters will be photographed and released immediately. Call or email me for rates and more information.
Once you've made your initial contact, send your deposit to secure your dates on the boat. The remaining balance for your trip can be paid on the dates of your trip in person.
On the boat I have the finest in fly fishing and light tackle equipment from top manufacturers like Tibor & Orvis. Conventional equipment includes top brands like G Loomis & Shimano. Tackle and flies, leaders, etc. are provided. If you have rods and you are comfortable with, I highly encourage you to bring them. Catching fish on a fly you've tied or a rod with sentimental value is very rewarding.
We will primarily fish 6-8wt rods with a weight forward floating line. I recommend a redfish taper or shooting head flyline. If you're tying your own flies shrimp and crab patterns tied sparsely with lead or bead chain eyes work very well. I like tan/chartreuse patterns as well as black/purple.
For conventional equipment, a solid 7’ Medium or Medium Heavy spinning or casting rod is appropriate.
Things to bring:
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