This historically coveted river has served as an international boundary for Spain, France, the United States, Mexico and the Republic of Texas (until it became a state in 1845). It currently serves as the border between Texas and Louisiana. Entire wars have even been fought over its territory. The first recorded mention of this infamous river was a 1721 map by Damon Ramon, who named it the Río de Sabinas. This was a Spanish word meaning Cypress, for the numerous Bald Cypresses along its banks, so it was dubbed the “Cypress River.”
SE Texas and SW Louisanna dominate the top 10 cities with the most yearly rainfall in the lower 48 states. The result is that the Sabine River Basin discharges the largest volume of water in Texas, a state blessed with thousands of rivers and tributaries. The Sabine River is 553 miles and drains an area of almost 10,000 acres. It all empties into Sabine Lake, an estuary of the Gulf of Mexico. According to TPWD, Sabine Lake has more nursery marsh in it than the entire Galveston Bay Complex. It is a prime fishing destination spot for many of our Texas Marine customers. The keepers of this large estuary is the Sabine River Authority and anything you could ever want to know about the Sabine Basin is on Sabine River Authority Website. The site also has a comprehensive list of the areas various boat ramps from which you can launch your new Texas Marine boat purchase. The Sabine is an area still largely mysterious in nature, rugged in terrain and misunderstood by many. All in all, the perfect place for hunting, fishing and adventure.
There are plenty of stories about life on the Sabine that would grab the attention of even the most hardcore outdoor enthusiasts. The next time your on the river think about this one; it comes from deep inside the Sabine River Bottoms. It was the Spring of 2004, when an early morning hunter spotted an unknown creature hiding behind a clump of trees waiting to kill some nearby hogs. He was up in a tree stand using a rifle and spotted it in his scope. He said “I noticed movement to my right about 80 yards out. Putting my riflescope on 9 power I could make out the side of something’s face. It was about 8 foot tall, dark, covered with hair and slowly moving its head around looking in the direction of the hogs…at this time I was quite afraid but tried to keep my scope on it…more. If that isn’t enough to peak your curiosity then here is another account of what is being called the “Sabine Thing” by local outdoor expert, Chester Moore…more.
A great read about the Sabine is Wes Ferguson’s “Life in the Sabine” blog. It became so wildly popular it was followed up with a book to be published this spring by Texas A&M Press. About the Sabine Wes states “I have traveled the Sabine on down to the Gulf and have slept in a squatters camp with an outlaw, fraternized with rednecks, river rats, squirrel hunters, turtle shooters, coon skinners and a cross-eyed Guru claiming to have wrestled an alligator for a pair of dentures. If the Rio Grande is a river leading out of Lonesome Dove, then the Sabine is a river leading out of Deliverance.”
Walter Umphrey State Park, Port Arthur, Tx
There is so much so see and do on the Sabine, that you can’t possibly accomplish it all in a weekend trip. Fishing on the pier at Walter Humphrey State Park alone is an weekend trip in itself. You can park your RV and fish all night long with the numerous anglers from the pier. This is a top spot for onshore fishing anywhere along the Sabine. Its located at the mouth of where the lake begins to drain back into the river very near the Gulf of Mexico.
The Sabine Jetty, Sabine Pass, Tx
This has been a popular fishing spot for decades. Many of the local fishing guides take their clients there because the red fishing is phenominal. To fish this area you will need a large center console Bay boat like the NauticStar 2110. It will handle the rough water well and has plenty of room for moving around, yet can still be manuevered easy enough. These are the perfect boats for short offshore excursions like the jetties. You may also use them to work the surf near the jetties for some fantastic fishing. The Jetties are amazing if if you don’t have a boat to fish from. However, the entire experience is kicked up a notch if you do.
Coffee Ground Cove, Louisiana Side
According to gorp.com “The wild shoreline on the east side of Sabine Lake, from Coffee Ground Cove about 16 miles south to Blue Buck Point on the southern end of the lake, is prime habitat for game fish. Fish-holding features include cuts and finger islands similar to estuaries on the middle coast. There is constant water movement in and out of the marshes, and the creeks and bayous are rich in shrimp, mud minnows (killifish), bay anchovies, crabs, and juvenile finfish. Flounder hold around the eddies along the cuts on these shorelines on high tides and low tides. fly fishers should look for the eddy points and cuts on these tides.”
For more research into this area, Chester Moore wrote a comprehensive piece on all his favorite fishing spots that the Sabine Basin has to offer……more. Stop by Texas Marine today and let us get you prepared for some of the best fishing around