Sports

Wed
20
May

Let's just stay and catch a few more...

Let's just stay and catch a few more...

For about fifteen minutes after we arrived at our first stop of the morning, we didn’t get a bite. My guests were getting antsy and began to ask questions. Their confidence in me was waning and I couldn’t blame them. The water was dirty (six-inch visibility) and really didn’t inspire a whole lot of confidence. To tell the truth, I would have been doubting myself had I not been catching speckled trout at that exact spot for the last three trips. “The fish will bite when the sun clears the horizon and the tide picks up speed”, I explained. The tide was already running fairly strong and the sky was mostly overcast. Then I felt a trout take my soft plastic jig combo and I pronounced, “Fish on”! The first trout was barely a Louisiana keeper and the next one was not much larger. Then the better fish started biting. A seventeen-inch trout then an eighteen incher. It was not fast and furious but steady. As the fish came through where we were anchored, we caught them.

 

 

Wed
13
May

Texas State Parks to Allow Limited Overnight Camping Starting May 18

AUSTIN— As part of a broader effort to reopen Texas, Texas State Parks will resume limited overnight camping beginning May 18. This gradual reopening of overnight reservations will be limited at all Texas State Parks to varying degrees depending on individual park occupancy in order to align with safe business practices currently followed in Texas. Some existing reservations will be honored, but to prevent overcrowding, manage continued social distancing and safeguard public health, no new reservations can be made for now. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) will notify the public once new reservations can be booked.

Wed
13
May

Speckled trout in dirty water

Speckled trout in dirty water

It happened many years ago. If I recall correctly it was June of 1974. That morning, I had been fishing the Galveston Pocket, just east of the Galveston North Jetty. I had live shrimp that morning and caught the high tide early bite on the beachfront by the old “whaleback” sunken ship. The solid two to five-pound speckled trout had been on a tear in the beautiful green water that morning and about twelve of them had sucked down my popping cork with authority. It was fast and furious for about forty-five minutes and then it was over.

Wed
29
Apr

Texas bolsters COVID-19 testing capabilities, moves toward reopening

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Texas bolsters COVID-19 testing capabilities, moves toward reopening

AUSTIN — Texas continued to feel the effects of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic last week as Gov. Greg Abbott and advisors worked on a plan to ease his statewide stay-at-home order.

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Wed
29
Apr

Game Warden Field Notes

The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s law enforcement reports.

The Scope of the Problem A Freestone County game warden was contacted by a landowner who said he allowed a man to hunt feral hogs on his property but had killed a deer in addition to the hog. The landowner explained that while driving his property, he found a fresh hog carcass, along with a fresh white-tailed doe.

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Wed
29
Apr

Crappie catching with the Garmin Pan-Optix

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Fishing and Hunting Southeast Texas By Capt. Bill Watkins

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It was a half hour past dawn and already the northwest wind was beginning to rise. The weather gurus had predicted northwest at five to ten mph for the day. but after all, weather predictions are notoriously inaccurate. Not to mention the fact that land wind predictions are never going to be the same as out on a big open body of water such as Sam Rayburn Reservoir.

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Wed
22
Apr

Spring sports fall victim to COVID-19 restrictions

Spring sports fall victim to COVID-19 restrictions

File photos Baseball and softball are just two of the spring sports that fell victim to the Covid-19 virus restrictions. Both seasons had barely started when other sports had almost finished while still more never got underway due to social distancing.

For many 2020 seniors, memories of their senior year may not be composed of things that happened, but of things that didn’t. Senior Prom of course, but many extracurricular activities and competitions from band and choir to yearbook and journalism were affected to name just a few. One of the most noticed losses was for spring sports with some seasons just short of finishing and others just starting or preparing to begin when in-person contact was prohibited for schools in Texas.

Those who had hoped to salvage their sports season had their hopes dashed with the UIL’s announcement Friday that everything was cancelled.

“It was very tough not getting to see our athletes compete their senior year,” said Vidor ISD Athletic Director Jeff Mathews. “It is really hard to imagine not having the memories that I have of my senior year,” he added.

Wed
15
Apr

The crappie trip that turned into a bass trip

The crappie trip that turned into a bass trip

The crappie fishing just wasn’t working out. We were catching them but most of them were just under the ten-inch limit. My wife Shirley was the only one that had caught keepers. My Grandson Levi was getting bored catching small fish and to tell the truth I was getting bored as well. We were strolling with crappie jigs along the deeper edges of hydrilla in the mouth of a short drain off of a spawning flat in the main lake area of Sam Rayburn. The hydrilla was growing out to ten feet but at that depth it was sparse and not very high off the bottom. All morning long I had been looking at the flat nearby and wondering if there were some late spawning bass hanging out in the shallower water. A bass angler is always thinking about what the bass are doing no matter what other species they might be fishing for. It is just in our genes. The plan had been to fish the hydrilla edges early and then move out to the deeper brush piles and try for crappie there.

Wed
08
Apr

Catfishing with swim noodles

Catfishing with swim noodles
Catfishing with swim noodles

It was a cold, gray, and windy day on Sam Rayburn Reservoir. We didn’t realize until we were two miles from our camp that a cold front had just blown through and we definitely were underdressed.

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Wed
08
Apr

Texas Outdoor Family Program hosts virtual ranger programs throughout April leading up to a family camp-in on May 2

AUSTIN— The Texas Outdoor Family (TOF) program is leading the #TexasOutdoorFamilyCampIn, a month long online initiative encouraging families to learn outdoor skills together. This series, taking place through April, will culminate in a backyard or indoor camp-in throughout the state on Saturday, May 2. This online series consists of more than 30 pro

 

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