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If you really want to enjoy fun living in Southeast Texas, buy a boat. It’s your

Over the past 45 years or so, I’ve owned a number of boats both new and used, and during that time I’ve figured out one thing — there is nothing worse than not owning some sort of boat here in Southeast Texas. When it comes to fun on the water, we’ve got it all from rivers and lakes to Sabine Lake, East Galveston Bay and the wide open Gulf of Mexico.

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Casey Ashley won the Bassmaster Classic held out of Greenville, S.C., Sunday, wi

The Super Bowl of bass fishing was held this past weekend, and as usual, East Texas anglers did well but didn’t come through in the clutch. This was a field of some of the best bass fishermen in the world. At the final weigh-in, South Carolina angler Casey Ashley won first place and $300,000.

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We’re smack dab in the middle of winter here in Southeast Texas, but that definitely doesn’t mean it’s time to hibernate. Fact is this is one of the best times of year to take advantage of the many outdoor opportunities on the menu.

Topping the list is fishing. Take your pick — white bass, crappie, catfish, speckled trout or redfish.

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Duck hunting has been better than expected for most hunters. During the first sp

With temperatures above normal for this time of year, both fishing and hunting are two very good options here in Southeast Texas. Duck hunting during the second split has been better than expected in the coastal marsh and on flooded fields. Fishing on the Sabine continues to be excellent for flounder, reds and trout for boaters and waders.

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Just to give you an example of how good the fast approaching gun season on deer will be, check this out. Bow hunters recently tagged two huge bucks. One taken in the Pineywoods scored 163 Boone & Crockett points. Another taken in South Texas scored 183 B&C points. That’s a good indication this deer season could deliver some outstanding bucks.

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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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The cool front that blew through Southeast Texas this past Saturday morning, Sept. 13, pushed a ton of teal our way and set up many excellent hunts. Some of the best were south of Winnie and in the J.D. Murphree Wildlife Management Area. But like any other September teal opener, it was all about being in the right place at the right time.

Hackberry Rod and Gun Club reported excellent hunts in the marsh.

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Monday, Sept. 1, was the Central Zone dove season opener, and as usual the success rate was all about being the right field at the right time. One of the best fields for the opener here in Southeast Texas was just west of Beaumont. That’s where a small group of hunters had an excellent shoot over a 50-acre field that had been cut last week. The doves moved in a few days before the season opener, and even though the field was soggy from recent rains, the birds wanted in.

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The good news is that dove and teal seasons will be open before you know it. The bad news is that our hunting and fishing licenses will expire on Aug. 31. That means a new license for 2014-15 is needed prior to going hunting or fishing.

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Another lucky angler has caught one of the tagged reds released by the CCA/STAR tournament. At first he didn’t even know the fish was tagged and worth a truck, boat, motor and trailer. But when he took a closer look at the red that had been casually tossed up on the bank, Mike Capell soon realized the value of catch.

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