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Now is the time to kick off some excellent fishing on Sabine Lake, Sam Rayburn a

September is the month of opportunity for anglers and hunters here in Southeast Texas. It’s got a little bit of everything to offer. On the hunting menu, we’ve got doves, teal, gators and as of Oct. 3, bow hunting for deer comes. On the fishing menu, we’ve got bass, crappie and catfish on Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend. Along the coast, trout, reds and flounder are never easier to catch than what you’ll find during September and into October.

Fishing for largemouth bass on Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend transforms from ho-hum to off-the-charts good during September and well into November. As cool fronts drop water temperatures, the topwater bite on these two lakes is some of the best you’ll find anywhere in America. This is when you don’t want to leave the house without at least one or two topwater plugs ready to fish. Some of the best for the past several decades on East Texas lakes include Super Spooks, Pop R’s and a Tiny Torpedo. If you really want to go back a few years, try fishing a Devils Horse or Jitterbug. These are tried-and-true lures that have caught lots of solid bass right about this time of year.

There have already been some good catches of trout under the birds on Sabine Lake. But that’s nothing compared to what it will be like after we get a few cool fronts through the right side of Texas. When teal start pouring into flooded rice fields and crawfish ponds, it’s just about guaranteed that big schools of trout and reds will be feeding under gulls on Sabine Lake. As the water cools, big time numbers of shrimp and shad will begin moving toward Sabine Pass, out the jetties and into the Gulf. When that happens, trout and reds go on a feeding frenzy, and the way to find them is to fish under flocks of gulls and pelicans. Fish push the shad and shrimp to the surface and the birds take advantage of easy pickings. It’s that simple. The action will start up this month and continue into November, or until a solid cold front moves through.

Jasper angler heads north to win BASS championship tourney

Jasper’s Todd Faircloth posted steady catches of heavy smallmouth bass to win the recent Bassmaster Elite tourney on Detroit’s Lake St. Clair.

Faircloth spent the entire tournament building on the previous day’s weight by catching large smallmouth bass from Bell’s Hump, which is on the Canadian side of Lake St. Clair.

“I wasn’t really fishing a specific spot; rather, it was an expansive area that had all the right components to continue producing 20-pound bags each day,” said the five-time Bassmaster Elite Series champion. “I felt a real freedom each day after putting about 19 pounds in the livewell. That freedom made it easy for me to explore more specific spots, and zero in on what I felt were the very best locations in my area.”

Faircloth brought 22.2 pounds to the scales Sunday for a four-day total of 84-7, which bumped out Brandon Palaniuk, the leader on Friday and Saturday, by just over 6 pounds.

“I was fishing in 15 to 18 feet of water, and I caught all my fish on a drop-shot this week,” says Faircloth.

The 13-time Bassmaster Classic contender said he caught the bulk of his fish on a Strike King Z Too soft jerkbait in the Arkansas Shiner pattern, which shares similarities with both gobies and perch.

The 2015 Elite season has been a tough one for Faircloth. He finished 9th, 57th, 84th, 68th, 96th, 80th and 17th before Sunday’s win on Lake St. Clair.

His career statistics will show how uncharacteristic those results are, but this win put him back in the hunt for a berth in the 2016 Bassmaster Classic on Oklahoma’s Grand Lake. By sitting in 40th place in Angler of the Year points, he now gets to fish in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, for the championship Sept. 17-20.

Looking for turtles, found a deer

A Cass County game warden received information about a person who might have been in possession of threatened alligator snapping turtles. The game warden and two other wardens went to the suspect’s house, where they found two large alligator snapping turtles the suspect admitted he had recently caught on a trotline. The wardens also found a fawn the suspect was keeping in his house. After seizing the animals, the wardens issued the suspect high-dollar tickets for possession of a threatened species and possession of a white-tailed deer in closed season and without a permit.