Outdoors

Even though the water temperature on Sabine Lake is slowly dropping, it’s still an unseasonably warm 66.5 degrees. That’s good news for flounder fishermen on the lower end of the lake and in the pass. Guide Jerry Norris says he’s never seen the flounder fishing as good as it is right now.

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There are several places that allow public waterfowl hunting for a minimal amount of money. The McFadden national Wildlife Refuge between Sabine Pass and High Island offers several different hunt situations. The area known as the Spaced Blind Hunt Unit is the Star Lake/Clam Lake Hunt Unit. This area has a $10 fee per hunter. The Central Hunt Unit and the Mud Bayou Hunt Unit are non-fee hunts. There are specific days when hunting is allowed. On the Spaced Blind Units, the hunts are Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday.

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There has been much ado about the fall fishing in the inland saltwater lakes and bays. By November, there are huge schools of speckled trout showing up. Add to that the annual flounder run and the schools of beautiful bronze colored redfish, and you have fall fishing in Southeast Texas. That being as it may, and nature being what it is, the fall action, although still great, has not been what it usually is. Not bad, just different in some cases. I’ve made several trips into Lake Sabine lately, and fish catching was unusual.

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The first split of the duck season closed with a bang on Nov. 25, with lots of great reports coming in from hunters at the J.D. Murphree Wildlife Management Area and the McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge. The second half of the duck season will open Dec. 8 and run through Jan. 27.

Goose hunts have been hit and miss. Best shoots have been on windy days over rice or plowed fields west of Beaumont in the Winnie area.

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It’s hard to believe, but the sweet potato plant is a cousin of the morning glory. Go figure! These big bright green vining leaves are what many gardeners are after. Whether you choose to use this savory beauty as an ornamental or as a crop is your choice.

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There are a number of super things happening for local outdoors folks that we look forward to all year long. There are ducks, geese, deer and the fall run of flounder. Add to those activities the schooling speckled trout in Lake Sabine, Big Lake in Louisiana and East Bay, and there is plenty of action to keep us all busy.

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If you spend enough time in a boat, you’re going to have battery problems. The solution? Keep them charged, and don’t try to get by without replacing them every two to three years.

I hate boat batteries. They’re ruthless. But like a romance, if nurtured they won’t turn against you — most of the time.

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From time to time, folks have asked what my favorite type of hunting is. Such a question does require some deep thinking. The only hunting that I did not enjoy was when I was first taken out snipe hunting at night.

Coming back to reality, I have always had wing shooting with ducks, geese and doves at the top of the list. Even quail and jacksnipe are great challenges, but at the very top is duck hunting.

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From time to time, folks have asked what my favorite type of hunting is. Such a question does require some deep thinking. The only hunting that I did not enjoy was when I was first taken out snipe hunting at night.

Coming back to reality, I have always had wing shooting with ducks, geese and doves at the top of the list. Even quail and jacksnipe are great challenges, but at the very top is duck hunting.

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The water temperature on Sabine Lake this past Monday was 69 degrees, and with this week’s cold front lowering temperatures into the 40s, it is a sure bet that water temps will drop at least a few more degrees. That’s going to give flounder fishing on Sabine Lake and in East Galveston Bay a big-time bump. The run on Sabine has been pretty darned good the past couple of weeks, but I can guarantee you it’s going to be red hot for at least the next week to 10 days.

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