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Ryder Wicker caught this lake record 13.07-pound bass

Bass fishing on Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend continues to be good, with some pretty solid fish being caught on a variety of lures, from jigs to deep diving cranks. This past weekend, the Texas Team Trail held a tourney on Toledo Bend, and the first-place team weighed in five bass at 30.09 pounds. During the tourney, five bass weighing over 9 pounds were caught, with the heaviest going 10.58.

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Alton Jones Jr. won the Central Open on the Red River back in September

I first began fishing with BASS pro Alton Jones over 30 years ago. At that time, he was just out of Baylor and working as a fishing guide on lakes in Central Texas. He was very good at catching both largemouth and smallmouth bass.

While going to Baylor, he met and married Jimmye Sue. After college, she got a job as a nurse, while Alton had thoughts of becoming a professional bass fishing pro.

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The Central Zone dove opener was excellent.

The Sept. 1 Central Zone dove season opener was about as good as it gets on fields west of Beaumont, according to guide Jim West.

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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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Buddy Oaks photo

Rayburn is good for bass and crappie. On Toledo Bend, catches of catfish on trotlines and jug lines are very good. The bass fishing there has been improving with fish up to six pounds being caught on jigs and Carolina rigged worms fished along shorelines in 3 to 5 feet of water.

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tate Rep. Dade Phelan of House District 21 addresses the Orange Chamber.

State Rep. Dade Phelan of House District 21, which includes all of Orange County and part of Jefferson County, addressed the Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce on Sept. 22, to say that he is taking measures to bring more business – and more bass fishing – to Southeast Texas with House Bill 1979.

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Dove seasons are open across Texas.

Opening weekend of the September teal season was a smash hit for many hunters, but after that initial blast of teal, things slowed down big time. The main problem has been the lack of additional cool fronts to move more birds down the Central Flyway.

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Don’t leave the house without an assortment of crankbaits.

Fishing on the lakes has been pretty good for bass and crappie, especially just before and a few days after a cold front moves through.

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Robert Sloan photo

Once again, we’ve got a cold front plowing through Southeast Texas, and the high winds and cold air will slow fishing down on inland lakes and coastal bays. This is unprecedented weather for the right side of Texas. Temperatures in the upper 30s and lower 40s are practically unheard of the Piney Woods at this time of year. Needless to say, we’ve had a colder winter than usual, and the spring temps are way lower than normal.

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