Limits of teal and trout all around

The September teal season has been great for a lot of hunters. Best hunts are on

Fishing on Sabine Lake and at the jetties is good for trout and reds, with more bull reds showing up each day along the rocks and in the surf. Both trout and reds are good under the birds on the lake. Trout are on the small side, but if you fish long enough, you’ll box enough to make it worth your time. Reds are best on the upper end of the lake under small groups of birds feeding on shad pushed to the surface by reds. Best lures for catching the reds are glow/chartreuse paddle tail jigs on 1/8-ounce heads. Some of the heavier reds are blasting big Super Spooks in red/white and chartreuse.

Guide Buddy Oaks with Hackberry Rod and Gun reports that trout are under the birds on Calcasieu.

“We’ve got lots of diving sea gulls on the south end of the lake that are providing quick limits of speckled trout with some reds mixed in,” says Oaks. “A lot of the trout are small, but the action is hot and heavy. Best baits are purple/chartreuse Hackberry Hustlers. Another good lure is the Mirrolure Little John in the East Beast color. Big tackle busting redfish are being caught in the marsh and at the Cameron jetties on cut mullet.”

Teal season continues through Sunday, Sept. 25. Excellent hunts are being had on flooded rice and marsh ponds south of Winnie. The South Zone dove season opens Friday, Sept. 23. Look for best hunts to be over fresh cut rice and sunflower fields.

“The first week of our early teal season opened with lots of the fast flying rockets finding their way back to the picking house,” says Oaks. “Most birds decoyed well, providing early limits. We are still getting a lot of birds in our blinds, even with our September warm weather.”

For details on Louisiana teal hunts at Hackberry Rod and Gun Club, call (888) 0762-3391.

Crappie are very good over brush on both Rayburn and Toledo Bend with live shiners. Bass are good on black/blue jigs worked in creek channels on Rayburn. Frogs are very good at night when worked over weed beds on both lakes. Catfishing is fair on lines baited with cut perch and shrimp.

The hunt for a 10-foot king cobra

A Fort Bend County game warden received a tip that an 8-10 foot king cobra had escaped from a local Controlled Exotic Snake Species Permit holder. Since the permit holder resides near several schools, wardens and local law enforcement immediately responded to the scene, notified the schools of the situation and began searching for the missing snake. After several hours, the cobra was located and captured by the permit holder. Additional safety measures are being installed by the permit holder to ensure escapes do not occur in the future.

Boaters seek shelter on snake-infested island

A Matagorda County game warden received a request for assistance from the U.S. Coast Guard involving a boat that had run aground in West Matagorda Bay. According to statements made by two of the occupants of the vessel, they, along with a third individual, had been riding near the Port O’Connor Jetties the evening before and had run aground on Bird Island. The couple told officers that they had decided to just build a fire and spend the night on the island, which is covered with rattlesnakes.

The next morning, the third individual was missing and they could not locate him on the island, which is about the size of a football field and covered in brush. Coast Guard boats and a helicopter began searching the waters around the island while the warden conducted a foot search of the island. The Coast Guard chopper spotted the individual clinging to a wellhead in the bay two miles from the island. Once rescued, the man said that he didn’t know how he got into the water.

Public invited to outdoor event Sept. 24

The public is invited to join the fun at an outdoor day in the woods Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area in the Davy Crockett National Forest, just west of Lufkin. Texas Conservation Alliance (TCA) will host guided nature walks Saturday morning and a program with live music Saturday afternoon.

Activities begin at 9 a.m. with a two-hour walk led by experienced guide Larry Shelton. After a drive to the trailhead, Larry will lead the walk into an area of the national forest nominated as a Special Management Area because of its exceptional ecological values.

Beginning at 10 a.m., David Bezanson of The Nature Conservancy will lead a walk along the south end of the 4C Hiking Trail, which starts in the Ratcliff Lake Rec Area. David Lewis and Heinz Gaylord, known throughout East Texas for their knowledge of fungi and plants, will lead a shorter walk around the recreation area beginning at 11 a.m.

All walks will gather to meet the guide at the CCC Group Shelter by the lake. Participants should bring water and lunch, and expect to be back to the Group Shelter between noon and 1 p.m.

Texas Conservation Alliance plans an entertaining program at the CCC Group Shelter at 2 pm. TCA’s featured guest speaker, Kent Evans, coordinator of the Texas Longleaf Implementation Team, will describe public and private efforts to restore the native longleaf pine, the tree that gave East Texas the nickname “Piney Woods.”

The program will finish with live music by local bluegrass band Hickory Ridge.

Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area is on Texas Highway 7 just west of the town of Ratcliff. For more information about the Sept. 24 event, go to tcatexas.org.

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