Fishing

Being a Texas game warden is not all that easy and at times it can be downright grizzly with lives on the line. It involves extensive night work and dealing with scum of the earth that are most often carrying guns, liquored up and downright mean. I’ve rounded up some of the trials and tribulations that Texas wardens run into on a daily basis. Some are comical, while others are downright crazy.

Sam Rayburn Jet Ski without a driver

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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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Staying comfortable and dry is the key to successful wading during late winter.

One of the very best ways to catch more and bigger trout on most days is to wade. But on many bays, more and more folks are reluctant to get out of the boat.

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Roy Euper, TPWD photo

It was Roy Euper’s lucky day. Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, he went fishing on Sam Rayburn and hooked up with a largemouth bass. He was fishing with a crankbait in 30 feet of water when a 13.2-pound bass inhaled the lure. 

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The Houston International Boat, Sport & Travel Super Show is set for NRG Center in Houston from Jan. 6-15. It’s largest indoor show for outdoor sports in America featuring over 1,000 boats and RVs, plus hundred of fishing, sport, travel, outdoor gear and even art exhibits.

Show hours are Jan. 6 (1-8 p.m.), Jan. 7-10 (11 a.m. – 8 p.m.), Jan. 11-12 (1-8 p.m.), Jan. 13 (1-9 p.m.), Jan. 14 (11 a.m. – 9 p.m.) and Jan. 15 (11 a.m. – 5 p.m.).

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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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Some really good stuff is in store for both hunters and fishermen this week in East and Southeast Texas. 

First of all, we’ve got a Canadian front moving through this weekend with some pretty cold temperatures. That front will be moving plenty of ducks and geese into Southeast Texas. It’ll also jumpstart the rut in the Pineywoods. 

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Sabine Lake guide Colby Denbow and Phil Brannan with a pair of nice reds

Catching a daily limit of three slot reds on Sabine Lake is about as easy as it gets. Just look for the birds that are holding over reds blasting shrimp and shad on the surface, and you are good to go.

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Hunting and fishing regulations for the new season

Opening day of dove season in the Central Zone is Sept. 1, the teal season opens on Sept. 10 and the bow season on deer is Oct. 1– Nov. 4. Just in case you want to get in on some alligator hunts, that season is open from Sept. 10-30 here in Southeast Texas. That’s how tight things are getting on the hunting scene. I’m seeing lots of deer feeders being loaded up at sporting goods stores, along with bags of corn and cases of shotgun shells.

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prospects for the 2016-17 hunting season are good to excellent.

The Texas dove season in the Central and North zones opens Sept. 1, and the word from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is that hunters can expect to see plenty of birds and have a lot more days to hunt them. That’s plenty of good news for over 415,000 Texas dove hunters.

We’ll have a 90-day season with 20 more days of opportunity compared with previous years.

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