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Wed
01
Apr

Irish priest pulls off two great escapes

Irish priest pulls off two great escapes

A weary diplomat boarded the Independence at New Orleans on Apr. 7, 1837 for the last leg of the long trip back to Texas. Pressing business in the United States caused William H. Wharton to miss the Battle of San Jacinto, but he would at least be home in time to celebrate the first anniversary of Lone Star independence.

Stephen F. Austin, Branch T. Archer and Wharton passed through the Crescent City in January 1836 on their way to Washington, D.C. to solicit support for the revolution. Although his companions returned to Texas soon after the rebels’ victory, Wharton stayed behind to lobby for a speedy annexation.

Procrastination by the Potomac politicians forced the frustrated envoy to lower his expectations and to wait for the foreign government simply to acknowledge the presence of the new nation. When Andrew Jackson, in the last act of his presidency, signed the paper recognizing the Republic of Texas, Wharton was the happiest man east of the Sabine.

 

Wed
01
Apr

Going nowhere fast with Murphy’s Law

Going nowhere fast with Murphy’s Law
Going nowhere fast with Murphy’s Law

Murphy’s Law states, “Whatever can go wrong will”. I am not sure but I guess that the guy that came up with that law was named Murphy or perhaps he was the unlucky sucker that proved it correct. All I can say is that it happens to me on a regular basis and in my case, it happens at the worst possible time. Take for instance last Thursday. My last guide trip was Monday a week ago. I decided to cancel the rest of my trips until the Corona virus pandemic was over. After staying close to home for three more days I got bored and decided that I would drive up to Sam Rayburn and do a little one on one with some of the bass that live there. After all, bass fishing is my first love in fishing and I don’t get much time for it. I arrived at the Twin Dykes Public launching ramp just a little after dawn and was surprised to find at least fifty trucks and boat trailers in the parking lot and a line of seven or eight trucks waiting to launch. It was almost like a tournament Saturday morning.

Wed
25
Mar

Calling All Jakes: Texas Turkey Hunters Should See More Young Toms This Spring

AUSTIN – A great 2019 nesting season for wild turkeys means more young toms (or jakes) will be seen by hunters this spring. Jakes are typically more forgiving than older toms and create a prime opportunity for new turkey hunters to bag their first bird.

The spring season for Rio Grande turkey season got under way March 14-15 with a youth-only weekend in the South Zone, followed by a general season that runs March 21-May 3 and then culminates with a youthonly weekend May 9-10. In the North Zone, the youth-only weekend seasons are March 28-29 and May 23-24. The North Zone general season opens April 4 and runs through May 17. A special one-gobbler limit season runs April 1-30 in Bastrop, Caldwell, Colorado, Fayette, Jackson, Lavaca, Lee, Matagorda, Milam, and Wharton counties.

Wed
25
Mar

Crabbing time in Southeast Texas

Crabbing time in Southeast Texas

Fishing and Hunting Southeast Texas By Capt. Bill Watkins

Crabbing time in Southeast Texas

My grandson, Levi, slowly worked the string through his fingers almost as if he were knitting. He could only see about two feet into the dark tannic stained water of the bayou but he kept his eyes on the white string. There was a heavy feeling wiggling creature on the other end of the string and he knew that if he made eye contact with the big blue crab hanging on to the piece of chicken on the other end of the string that the game would be over. While I waited down current with the net Levi eased the string toward the surface, smoothly, cautiously until we could make out the rascal holding on to his prize. The trick is to stop pulling the string while the crab is visible but still deep enough in the water to feel safe. Blue crabs are greedy and once they grab onto a piece of fat chicken, they usually will hold on to it with a grim determination. However, they are not so dumb that they can’t recognize that there is danger associated with back at them from close range.

Wed
18
Mar

Burning gas and catching bass

Burning gas and catching bass
Burning gas and catching bass

It was a chilly morning on Sam Rayburn Reservoir. There was no wind and the cloudless sky told the story of high barometric pressure. We had expected the fishing to be a little tough right after the passage of a cold front and it was. My son William had invited me on a one-day trip in his boat and with a break in my guiding schedule I had happily accepted but by 8:30 am we were struggling and had only put one good sized bass in the boat. William had chosen to fish near the flooded portion of Highway 96 near McKim Creek. That area has many acres of flooded brush and is a good area for spawning bass but with all of that cover it can get complicated trying to figure out which brush is holding bass. We tried point brush, willow trees, small isolated cypress trees, and trees and brush along the actual creek channel. The only bass we had caught was right on the edge of the creek channel in a dead willow.

Wed
11
Mar

A really tough day for fishing out on Sabine Lake

A really tough day for fishing out on Sabine Lake

Photo by Randall Luker Lady Pirate Maryn Chilton races a Lady Titan down the pitch to set up a Vidor score Tuesday

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Photo by Randall Luker Lady Pirate Brooklyn Healy prepares to pass to a teammate as the Lady Pirates defeated to Lady Titans 9-0 Tuesday night.

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Photo by Randall Luker Chilton maneuvers around a Lady Titan to set up a pass near the goal

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We launched my boat at almost 8:00 am this past Friday morning at the Causeway launching ramp on the Louisiana side and the wind was already honking at fifteen to eighteen knots.

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Wed
04
Mar

VHS CTE Construction Trades Wins at Skills USA Competition

VHS CTE Construction Trades Wins at Skills USA Competition

David Camp

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Aaron Guevara, Fidel Nava & Luis Espindola

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Bowman Fawcett

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Mason Severson

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Gunner Hartman & Charles Vincent Photos Courtesy of Sally Andrews

Congratulations to the Construction Trades students who participated in the regional Skills USA Competition in Beaumont.

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Wed
26
Feb

Game Warden Field Notes

Drunk in Love
An Atascosa County game warden was on routine night patrol when a dark colored, full sized dually truck pulled onto the highway in front of his patrol unit without headlights almost causing a major accident. The warden initiated a traffic stop for not having headlights on at night, an expired vehicle registration and defective tail lamps. Upon making contact with the driver, he detected a strong odor of alcohol. The driver’s license had been suspended and expired since 2012. The warden asked for assistance from a nearby DPS Trooper and the driver was ultimately arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated and an open container. Felony charges are pending.

Wed
26
Feb

Dileo & Wozniak place – Lady Bears Golf takes third

Dileo & Wozniak place – Lady Bears Golf takes third

February 24 (Village Mills) – The Lady Bears played in the two-day Regional Preview in Huntsville Friday and Saturday and were back at it Monday morning as they teed it up in the Warren Invitational at Wildwood Golf Course. LC-M finished 3rd overall with a combined score of 438. The Hardin-Jefferson girls won 1st with a score of 390 and Bridge City was 2nd with a 433. Montana Dileo led the Lady Bears with an 83 to take 2nd place and Neely Wozniak fired a 90 to finish fourth overall. Rounding out the scoring for LC-M was Jaycie Benton with a 130 and Trinity Williams finished with a 135.

 

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Wed
26
Feb

Changes in the Louisiana spotted sea trout limit

Changes in the Louisiana spotted sea trout limit

One of the most popular game fish on the Gulf Coast is the spotted sea trout (Cynoscion Nebulosus) locally known as speckled trout or just speck for short. They are aggressive and will strike both artificial and live bait and are excellent table fare. In my opinion, speckled trout are one of the most beautiful fish that swims in coastal waters. With their slender muscular bodies, powerful tail, and slender snout it is easy to see that they are built for speed and maneuverability. Specks have backs that are dark with purple hues fading into bluish silver sides and then into pearl white on their bellies with lots of black freckles from gill to tail. Their colors vary somewhat depending on the coloration of the water that they are in. In the green waters of the Gulf of Mexico trout exhibit the brightest coloration but in tannic or brown water such as here at Sabine Lake their coloration becomes much darker and their fins take on a golden hue that is quite striking.

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