Robert Sloan's archive

April is ranked as one of the best months to go after trophy largemouth bass. Right about now, they are up shallow to spawn and easier to catch than at any other time of year. A good example about what I’m talking about can be found on Houston County Lake. Anglers there are catching bass to 9 pounds on worms and lizards in 4 to 5 feet of water. The water temperature on the lake is between 66 and 70 degrees.

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One of the greatest things about duck hunting and fishing on the middle Texas coast during the winter months is that you stand a very good chance of getting up close to one of the world’s most treasured birds – a whooping crane.

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A few days ago I pulled my boat up to the ramp on the Sabine Pass side of the causeway bridge and notice something a little strange. The ramp was closed. It looked like something out of a Third World country. Apparently it’s already coming unglued, and it’s not even more than a few years old. The wind was blowing about 20 mph out of the southeast so it’s basically useless to put in there anyway. The waves were crashing over the bulk head. So I did what I normally do — put in at the protected and very nice ramp on the Louisiana side of the causeway bridge.

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It’s official – as of Tuesday, March 20, Old Man Winter is history, and spring will be upon us. But hey, who needs to wait for the official spring opener? We’re looking at a run of really fine weather for Southeast Texas, and that translates into some excellent fishing options.

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Lamar University students Danny Iles of Hemphill and Justin Royal of Vidor will be fishing in the National Guard FLW College Fishing tournament on Sam Rayburn Reservoir on Feb. 26 for the second of four stops in the Southern Conference. Forty college teams will be competing for a top award of $5,000 and a berth in the Southern Regional Championship tournament.

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