Outdoors

There has been much concern about the drought and our fish and wildlife. Sure we will get some showers and even possibly some heavy rains, but it will take several days of that to break the dry spell. Since there were so many folks concerned, I went to the most knowledgeable resource of information that I’m familiar with.

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Sabine angler catches 8 pound, 1 ounce trout to take second place in CCA STAR tourney

The very popular CCA STAR tournament is in full swing, and already there are some pretty impressive catches being brought to the scales. The heaviest trout in the Upper Coast Division is going to be tough to beat. She weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces and was caught on the Galveston Bay complex. But get this: The second heaviest trout on the upper coast weighed 8 pounds, one ounce and came from Sabine Lake. It was weighed at the SGS Cuaseway and caught by Corey Frank.

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In our society, there is a strong belief that most pretty things are good, and vice-versa. That’s portrayed in the movies, on television, and also on the fishing scene. There are exceptions, however, and one of them is the toothy gar. There are several different species of gar and all of them have survived prehistoric times. According to some of the more learned folks they have changed little from those times until now. What has changed is many people’s attitude toward their place within at least some of the fishing community.

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The good news is that the very popular red snapper recreational season in federal waters is now open. The bad news is that it’ll close on July 18.

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Whenever the winds allow, the Gulf of Mexico blue water action is superb. There has been a lot of fresh water coming down the Mississippi River. Even so, there are good numbers of the deepwater fish cruising around out there, and they seem to be ever hungry. It is important to keep in mind that there are certain fish species that prefer blue water while others will be in the blue-green water. This situation will have a bearing on just how far out into the gulf it is necessary to go in order to locate your favorite fish species.

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Historically, late May and early June is the go-to time for our better inland saltwater fishing. The Sabine Jetty as well as the surf should also be included in that. Yes, there are good umbers of fish around practically all year long, but the action goes from good to excellent now. Sheepshead, black drum and redfish along with a few outsize speckled trout and flounder were the rule. Now all of the above along with many other species have arrived.

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Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to fish from Sabine Lake to the Lower Laguna Madre, and during that time, I used a passel of lures to catch trout up to the 7-pound mark. One thing that I’ve found to be true for many years, especially here on Sabine Lake and East Galveston Bay, is this: When in doubt, whip the soft plastic out.

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For the past couple of weeks, flounder fishing has been good, and it seems to be getting better as the water warms and we get closer to the first day of summer — June 21. The great thing about living on the upper Texas coast is that there is no shortage of flounder fishing spots. Two of the best are located in Sabine Pass. Two other very popular flounder fishing holes are at Keith Lake fish pass at Sabine, and Rollover Pass on Bolivar Peninsula.

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During the late spring and early summer, there are some nights that turn warm. There are times, however, when the winds continue to blow, but there are also some hot, still, humid nights. These are the times when the very best bullfrog catching takes place. Another thing to note is the moon’s phase. Dark nights are far superior times for going frogging. Yes, it is possible to catch frogs during adverse conditions contrary as those aforementioned, but it is much more productive to have all of nature’s ducks in a row.

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April and May are just about always windy months, but what we’ve been through lately is enough to make you want to give up fishing and go fly a kite.But the good news is sweet indeed. The fish are biting on Sabine Lake, and if you can catch a day that’s halfway calm, your chances of catching trout and reds — and lots of them — on Sabine Lake, the Sabine Jetties and East Galveston Bay are excellent.

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