Outdoors

The good news is that cold weather is finally here. The bad news is that gators

Most people won’t understand this unless they live in Southeast Texas – the best thing about a cold front is that it rids us of mosquitoes, at least for a little while. The one thing cold weather won’t do is run off alligators and snakes. It’s widely believed that a blast of cold air will send reptiles into a state of hibernation. That is definitely not true on the right side of Texas. Keep in mind that the first day of winter is Dec. 21. Even then, snakes and gators will be out and about.

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Catches of flounder are excellent on Sabine Lake and in Sabine Pass on Berkley G

Fishing on Sabine Lake is about as good as it gets, according to guide Colby Denbow with Sabine Lake Lodge.

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The Vaughan gang had a blast during an early season youth duck hunt on Nov. 5. F

Saturday’s duck season opener in the South Zone was fantastic if you had water and happened to be set up where ducks wanted to be. A lot of hunters reported excellent hunts – especially in parts of the J.D. Murphree Wildlife Management Area in Port Arthur. Ditto that in flooded fields near China. But others came up high and dry, with virtually no birds.

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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.

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Both teal and dove hunts have been fair across Southeast Texas. Best teal hunts

The teal season opener last weekend was very good – if you were on the right water. For example, Bobby Vaughan, who hunts in the China/Nome area west of Beaumont, hasn’t seen a duck since last season. On the flip side, hunters south and north of Winnie got fast and easy limits.

At the J.D. Murphree Area in Port Arthur, the average was about two teal per hunter, according to Area Manager Mike Rezsutek.

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Big Thicket National Preserve is hosting a celebration of the National Park Service’s 100th birthday at the Big Thicket National Preserve Visitor Center on Aug. 25 from noon to 2 p.m. with light refreshments and an opportunity to view a new PBS film on the national parks of Texas.

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This 3-pound bass ate a 12-inch worm fished at the base of the tree in the backg

With surface water temperatures on East Texas lakes holding steady in the mid to upper 80s, one thing is certain – bass are going to be feeding deep. Three of the best lures to catch deep bass are crankbaits, worms and jigs.

A few days ago I was fishing with Dennis Lala, who has been catching bass on Texas lakes for over 60 years.

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Agastache or hummingbird mint

The other morning I was just amazed as I watched two hummingbirds flutter from bloom to bloom and back. They were so colorful and so quick! The Hummingbird Society touts their “unmatched flight abilities, including hovering and flying backwards.” They look tiny and delicate and weigh only about 1/10 of an ounce, yet they are hardy and resilient. Some species migrate 3,000 miles.

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Fishing along the coast kicked into high gear this past weekend, with good numbers of trout, flounder and even king mackerel being caught.

One of the best fishing reports I’ve got is from Sabine Lake guide Jerry Norris. His top catches of trout, along with a few reds, have been around the rigs east of the jetties in 20 to 25 feet of water.

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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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