Fishing

Ron Jaap used a custom-built AR15 to take down this pig last weekend. The season

One of the great things about living in Texas is that there is always something to hunt or catch on any given day. For bow and gun hunters, taking a pig is one surefire way to add a little excitement to an otherwise boring summer.

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The Examiner caught up with Southeast Texas’ own country music sensation Tracy Byrd for an interview ahead of the Orange County River Festival, which will feature a performance by Byrd on Saturday, March 21 at 6 p.m. sponsored by STI Group. On top of enjoying his top hits, folks in attendance are expected to hear a huge announcement by the entertainer as well, “a milestone in his career,” according to Byrd.

 

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Blair Schwarz caught Toyota ShareLunker 559 from a private lake in Zapata County

The number of 13-pound-plus entries into the ShareLunker program is way off the usual mark but was jacked up a little with the catch of a 14.30-pounder that whacked a crank bait recently.

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Robert Sloan photo

Fishing on Sabine Lake is nothing but one big guessing game these days. The fish that are on one day have lockjaw the next. Right now it’s tough to pin down birds holding over trout and reds, and if you do, most of the specks feeding under the birds are “cigar” sized.

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Guided fishing trip

Deciding what to give to the outdoorsman that seems to have almost everything can be a trying decision at Christmastime. While they would appreciate receiving almost anything, why not give him or her something never to be forgotten?

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Pro angler Phil Marks

October is the month for some exceptional bass fishing on lakes within a quick-hit run from Beaumont, or for that matter, Southeast Texas in general. With each passing cold front, water temperatures on lakes like Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend drop into that magical zone that tells bass it’s time to chow down and fatten up for the lean winter months to come. The water temperature on both Rayburn and T-Bend is holding right at the 75 to 77 degree mark.

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