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The Richard Industrial Group (RIG) Foundation donated a total of $10,000 to two local nonprofits in separate check presentations held Thursday, June 1, and Monday, June 5. The foundation donated $2,000 to the 100 Club of Southeast Texas on Thursday and $8,000 to Adaptive Sports for Kids (ASK) on Monday. The funds were raised by the company’s 12th annual bass tournament, which was held Saturday, April 8, at Toledo Bend.

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The short-lived recreational red snapper season has come and gone, but the boats that managed to get out and fish in federal waters, out past 9 nautical miles, didn’t seem to have any problem finding and catching the prized and tasty snapper.

Dan Gamble and some friends made the run out of Galveston on the second day of the season and found plenty of snapper, along with a few king mackerel and one ling.

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Fishing along the coast is rapidly improving as water temperatures warm.

We are finally settling into a summer fishing pattern on the lakes and along the coast. Water temperatures are in the lower 70s on the lakes, and along the coast from the Sabine jetties to Galveston, water temperatures are in the upper 70s.

Fishing along the coast is good and getting better. Good catches of trout, reds and even Spanish mackerel are coming from the Sabine jetties. Offshore reports are excellent with big kings, ling and dorado being caught along weed lines and around the rigs.

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Christian Frillou of Orangefield caught this largemouth bass weighing 11.1 lbs o

Keith Lake fish pass was loaded with fishermen on Good Friday. Some were on the bank, but most were in boats and fishing with anything from live shrimp to fresh-caught mullet. The only problem was a lack of fish. After Rocky Chase had caught a couple of undersized reds, we made the decision to crank up and head across Keith Lake to the south shoreline and fish protected water with jigs, topwater plugs and Wakers. That’s where we found a limit of reds.

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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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