S.A.L.T. Fishing Club on Pleasure Island

Family posing with redfish

S.A.L.T. Club part of Port Arthur’s seaside community 

If you’d “rather be fishing,” you’re not alone.  

Pleasure Island’s Sabine Lake, abundant marshlands and the Gulf of Mexico at Sea Rim State Park are popular with avid anglers and those with brand new sea legs. 

“Sabine Lake and common estuaries offer some of the best fishing in Texas,” Max Smith says.  

He knows what he’s talking about. He’s served as president of the The Salt Water Angler’s League – Sabine Chapter.  Redfish, trout and flounder are Sabine Lake hits. 

The League hosts the Annual S.A.L.T. Memorial Classic on Pleasure Island. Speckled trout, redfish, flounder, black drum, sheepshead, croaker, and blackjack redfish are the focus.  

The S.A.L.T. Club, a Not For Profit 501c-3 organization, has a goal of introducing youths to the sport of fishing, while teaching them about conservation of fisheries and natural resources.  The group has a free kids-only tournament on the second Saturday in October. Cash and trophies go to winners with three age groups and three fish categories in each age group.  

Members help with Cheniere’s Wounded Heroes Tournament in Johnson Bayou, Louisiana, the first Saturday in October. The Sabine Chapter also helps with Heroes on the Water tournaments, which help wounded service men and women. They also coordinate fishing outings for nursing home residents and groups for mentally challenged individuals and conduct weigh-ins for other tournaments, such as Port Neches RiverFest.  

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