Trip Initiator: Ryan Woods
Trip Description: This has recently become one of my favorite spots simply because it recieves little to no pressure from kayakers, or boats. That being said, this area has some big redfish and due to its unique position at the mouth of the Neches River, the marsh is mostly fresh water. In fact, you can even catch a bass from time to time at this location. We initially launch at the Port Neches Park and I normally just make a big circle around the island to the north (see pictures below). The initial direction we go will be based of wind direction, and I will post an update as the date approaches. The scenery here is gorgeous and it isnt a terribly hard paddle, unless the wind is in the wrong direction. The plan is to launch by 6:30 which is about 10 minutes before sunrise (6:39). Maximum enrollment for this event has also been set to 8, including myself.
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How to Get There: Click Here for a pin to the Port Neches Park. Additionally, there is a restauraunt there called the Neches Wheelhouse that is adjacent to the launch. It is a very nice boat launch situated at the Neches river about 1.5 miles from the mouth of the marsh.
About the Location: To get to this spot, you need to cross the Neches Ship Chanel, which can get very busy at times, so make sure to exercise caution while traveling to and from the fishing grounds. There are also some deep channels in the marsh that are 8+ feet deep, so just keep that in mind. If the tide is moving this day (which will most likely be the case) there might be some areas that could have strong currents, especially at the entrance to the back lake. If the weather is calm, the water can also get fairly clear, so sightcasting could be a real possibility. The popping cork is deadly here, as is topwater. I dont have much luck on soft plastics, but the general pattern is that noisy lures catch the most here. Round trip is about 6.5 miles.
Things to Bring:
- Life Jackets are necessary and must be worn at all times! .
- Noise making device (horn, whistle, etc)
- Radio - I will be tuned into chanel 69
- First Aid Kit - If you don't have one, I do, so in case of an emergency, you can radio in or track me down (In the sky blue hobie outback).
- Water and Snacks
- Bug Spray/Sunscreen
If anyone has fished that area recently, I would love to hear a report and pointers. If you need to call me, my number is 832-760-7732, but I do have class between 7:30 and 3:30, so I porbably cannot answer during these hours. This is a video i made from this location in November 2020, which is about the same time frame for this trip. Use stringers with caution, because their is a chance of seeing a gator, however this is very rare. There is also a power plant there, so make sure to check this area for any alerts or water quality concerns if you plan on keeping fish.
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MAPS / Photos of Interest:
*Note* This isnt the only path to take, it is simply the shortest