A popping cork fished over a live mullet, shrimp or mud minnow

One thing is certain in the world of fishing – corks will almost always lead the way to more fish, especially when you are after reds and trout during the hot summer months.

Last Saturday, I was fishing on Keith Lake, along with a ton of other fishermen, and not doing too well with lures. But there were mullet everywhere. The solution was simple – rig up a popping cork, use the cast net to box a couple dozen finger mullet and see what happens. The end result was three reds and two trout within an hour.


Due to loss of water pressure caused by Tropical Storm Harvey, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required the City of Beaumont water system to issue a boil water notice for the city until further notice.

To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking and making ice should be boiled and cooled prior to use. The water should be brought to a vigorous, rolling boil for two minutes. In lieu of boiling, you may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source.

Ford Pavilion

Roughly two million Jefferson County tax dollars are annually allotted to support the initiatives of the Ford Park Entertainment Complex, but that isn’t the only public funding used to subsidize the privately run county venue. According to information from the county, Ford Park also receives the lion’s share of Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) funds as well.

Ford Arena

If Jefferson County departments budget requests are fully funded this year, according to County Auditor Patrick Swain, the county is looking at a $4 million shortfall. Among the requests for increased funding are various capital improvement projects throughout the county, increases to cover healthcare premiums, and more than a half-million dollars in requested additions for the SMG-managed and county-owned Ford Park Entertainment Complex, which already loses more than $2 million annually.