Robert Sloan

This big diamondback water snake was among many spotted last week along a river

We were about the only boat on the Nueces River last Friday, March 4, and the white bass were plentiful and easy to catch. Everything seemed to be fine until I noticed something at the back of the boat. I looked over and about 3 feet of a 5-foot-long snake had slithered into the boat. Talk about a panic attack. There were two of us in a 17-foot, flat-bottomed boat, and there definitely was not any room left for a snake. I quickly whacked it with the tip of my fishing pole and it reversed direction and swam out of sight.

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If ever there was a time that is drop dead perfect for chasing big trout, this is it. Afternoon highs in the upper ’70s with overnight lows in the mid-50s will set up warming tides on shallow flats that will definitely have wall-hog trout on the move and feeding on mullet.

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The white bass run is getting stronger by the day on the Sabine and Angelina rivers with the falling water level and the clarity just about right, according to guide Bill Fondren. The boat ramps that were underwater last week are in the process of being cleaned up and by the middle of this week should be ready to use.

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The power of deer, like this trophy class buck in velvet, can sometimes overpowe

Although most deer hunters abide by the rules of fair chase, there are always a few outlaws that can’t play by the rules. A good example is what recently happened in East Texas.

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So far, the second split of duck season has been much better than what we had during the first few weeks of November. Good numbers of gadwall, teal and pintails are being seen by hunters in flooded fields and in the marsh and backwater estuary lakes along the coast.

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This is the reason so many folks in Texas spend so much time hunting deer. You n

The crazy thing about deer hunting is that you never know what to expect from one minute to the next. That’s the big draw for the well over 700,000 hunters in Texas.

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The 30th annual Los Cazadores deer contest is getting plenty of entries, with so

Deer hunting across much of Texas is better than expected with some pretty decent bucks being tagged, and the does that I’ve seen while deer hunting in East Texas and the Hill Country are in great shape. Also, we’re beginning to see more ducks settling into the Southeast Texas marsh and along the middle Texas coast.

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Roy Euper of Lufkin caught Toyota ShareLunker 564 from Sam Rayburn on Nov. 2. Th

Opening weekend of deer season and the north zone opener on ducks was on the soggy side, but at least we got our first good cold front that should set the stage for excellent deer hunting this week.

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One way to beat the heat during August and September is to fish at night aboard

August is among the best months to be fishing the surf for trout and reds on the upper Texas coast. This past week was outstanding with calm winds, green tides and excellent catches of trout by waders and boaters in the surf from the Sabine jetties down to Galveston. Trout were best on topwaters early, then switching over to soft plastics like a 5-inch Egret Wedge Tail, in either chartreuse or pearl. Reds were best on gold spoons worked in the first gut on a green tide.

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Dove and teal seasons are fast approaching with the Sept. 1 opener in the Centra

Opening day of the Central Zone dove season is Sept. 1, followed up by the Sept. 12 teal season and the South Zone dove opener Sept. 18. It’ll all be happening before you know it, and that’s why now – as in today – is a good time to start getting everything together.

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