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 It appears that Southeast Texas has been plagued by many days of southeast or southwest winds. Whenever that happens, the entire surf from Cameron, La., all the way to the Bolivar north jetty becomes rough and sandy. On the other hand, a mild less than 10 mph south wind or anything from the north less than 15 mph will clear and color the surf. Whenever that happens, the speckled trout and other game fish will invade the shallows.

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There are so many fishing opportunities hereabouts that it is only prudent to tell you what’s hot and what’s not. First, there is some really good action in most of our fishing holes, and now is a great time to go after them. One of the things that has kicked off the saltwater action has been the stable weather. Of course, there have been times when the winds caused rough and of color water, but most of the time the May weather, as expected, has been fine.

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Once upon a time, whenever one would ask a Louisiana saltwater fisherman if the fish were biting, the answer would be about redfish. Many of those really all-year-around fishermen were not really interested in speckled trout. In fact, there was little interest in flounder. Redfish were the prey, and not only in Louisiana but also in our great state.

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I mentioned last week that there has been a mini-flounder run in and around Lake Sabine. By mini-run, I mean that there are some good numbers of legal-size flatfish showing up in most anglers ice boxes. The folks that choose to fish in Louisiana, have launched their boats there and have a Louisiana fishing license have taken limit catches of the flukes. Keep in mind that the Texas regulations on Lake Sabine are much different than those in our neighboring state.

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Even though it seems that fewer folks are squirrel hunters now, the season is open in most East Texas counties as of May 1. Out in the Hill Country, there is no closed season for squirrels. Hunters that enjoy still or stand hunting during the Hill Country deer season will normally see numerous fox squirrels. East Texas offers both fox squirrels and gray squirrels, depending to the type of terrain where you are hunting.

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