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In our society, there is a strong belief that most pretty things are good, and vice-versa. That’s portrayed in the movies, on television, and also on the fishing scene. There are exceptions, however, and one of them is the toothy gar. There are several different species of gar and all of them have survived prehistoric times. According to some of the more learned folks they have changed little from those times until now. What has changed is many people’s attitude toward their place within at least some of the fishing community.

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Whenever the winds allow, the Gulf of Mexico blue water action is superb. There has been a lot of fresh water coming down the Mississippi River. Even so, there are good numbers of the deepwater fish cruising around out there, and they seem to be ever hungry. It is important to keep in mind that there are certain fish species that prefer blue water while others will be in the blue-green water. This situation will have a bearing on just how far out into the gulf it is necessary to go in order to locate your favorite fish species.

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Historically, late May and early June is the go-to time for our better inland saltwater fishing. The Sabine Jetty as well as the surf should also be included in that. Yes, there are good umbers of fish around practically all year long, but the action goes from good to excellent now. Sheepshead, black drum and redfish along with a few outsize speckled trout and flounder were the rule. Now all of the above along with many other species have arrived.

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During the late spring and early summer, there are some nights that turn warm. There are times, however, when the winds continue to blow, but there are also some hot, still, humid nights. These are the times when the very best bullfrog catching takes place. Another thing to note is the moon’s phase. Dark nights are far superior times for going frogging. Yes, it is possible to catch frogs during adverse conditions contrary as those aforementioned, but it is much more productive to have all of nature’s ducks in a row.

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With the arrival of May, we traded wild turkey hunting for squirrel hunting. Squirrel season is open the entire month of May in East Texas. However, with the lack of rainfall, it can be tough. The few showers that have come through have been welcome, but the woods are still dry.

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