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Expect the unexpected when fishing around big offshore shrimpers. Live, dead and

The Gulf of Mexico shrimping season opened July 15 in both state and federal waters. That is nothing but good news for a whole lot of anglers looking to tangle with a variety of fish.

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Toledo Bend

Believe it or not, Toledo Bend has repeated as the No. 1 spot in the nation for bass fishing. This is a first, rock solid proof that we have an incredible lake within quick-hit traveling distance from Southeast Texas. Toledo Bend keeps the crown and is the only lake to earn the title more than once since the creation of Bassmaster’s 100 Best Bass Lakes rankings.

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The Fourth of July holiday weekend always sets the stage for a mega surge in boating here in Southeast Texas and, of course, the lakes and rivers of the Pineywoods. In fact, what makes the right side of Texas such a big draw for so many boaters are the many options. Along the coast we’ve got Sabine Lake, the Sabine jetties, Keith Lake, the surf and East Galveston Bay. In Beaumont, we’ve got the Neches River; in Lumberton, there is Village Creek; on the Texas-Louisiana border, there is the Sabine River. Farther inland is big Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend.

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Big king mackerel like this one can be caught within a few miles off the Sabine

By the time we make it to the Fourth of July, you can bet your boat, motor and trailer that fishing on the lakes and along the coast is going to be red hot.

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A good number of reds are being caught along the Louisiana shoreline of Sabine L
Jeff Myers

Sabine guide Dickey Colburn reports that he’s catching some pretty good numbers of trout and reds on the upper end of the lake. Most of his fish are being caught on soft plastics fished under cork rigs. His best jigs have been Usual Suspects and Li’ Johns.

On the lower end of Sabine Lake, guide Colby Denbow reports good catches of trout and big reds at the jetties on Down South plastics in key lime.

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