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Rain Not Slowing The Catching

It is OCARC tournament time again!John Thomas and his special needs clients are set to host their annual fishing event August 6th and 7th. Just as in past years, the tournament will start at 5:00 p.m. on the sixth with weigh-in... — Updated 7/20/2021

 

Dunn Strikes Gold On Rayburn

The pandemic interrupted one of the longest running saltwater tournaments in the state of Texas last year, but it is "game on" again starting at 5:00 p.m on the 16th and concluding... — Updated 7/13/2021

 

No Single Magic Lure

Every fisherman, whether he or she prefers salt or fresh water, owns a lure that is their “go to” lure. When that lure fails them, their confidence usually bottoms out and everything else in the tackle box is relegated to... — Updated 7/6/2021

 

Big Day for Viator and Reeves

Tony Viator and Jeremy Reeves squeezed the most out of a very tough fishing day and won everything there was to win in last weekend's third qualifying event in the Sabine Redfish... — Updated 6/29/2021

 

Old but not forgotten

“Have you got a second,” asked the approaching gentleman that appeared to be nearly as old as me.“My name is Harold Steele. I know you don’t remember me, but I want to retur... — Updated 6/22/2021

 

Respect The Heat

“Hey y’all, I’m not having fun anymore,” announced Julian Holland’s wife, Lynne. “I no longer give a hoot whether we have a fish fry at the house tonight or not.” At... — Updated 6/15/2021

 

Respect The Heat

“Hey y’all, I’m not having fun anymore,” announced Julian Holland’s wife, Lynne. “I no longer give a hoot whether we have a fish fry at the house tonight or not.” At the time of her expressing her disdain for both... — Updated 6/15/2021

 

Kayaks Merit Consideration

Rather than totally waste an unexpected trip to Merryville earlier this week, I took a less than direct route trying to get a feel for just how much standing water has yet to make its way into Sabine lake. The short answer is... — Updated 6/8/2021

 

Redfish doing their thing

It looks as though more rain could come into play this week, but the folks that were able to fish last weekend were treated to some of the most user-friendly weather in a while.... — Updated 6/1/2021

 

High Water Yields New Pattern

“It was fun, but there was a price to be paid in the end,” said Larry Smith. Determined to fish even after finding the launch near his camp on Rayburn underwater, he and his... — Updated 5/25/2021

 

Flooding Will Change The Game Locally

Prior to the recent flooding, I thought that conditions could not have been much tougher for the teams fishing the second of four tournaments in the Sabine Redfish Series last... — Updated 5/20/2021

 

Flooding will change the game locally

Prior to the recent flooding, I thought that conditions could not have been much tougher for the teams fishing the second of four tournaments in the Sabine Redfish Series last... — Updated 5/18/2021

 

Higher Water Changing The Bite

Not that it is something new for the teams that show up every Tuesday afternoon to compete in the Sabine River Shootouts, but it looks as though they will have to add even more rain to the already challenging conditions this... — Updated 5/11/2021

 

Too much wind forces anglers to adjust

In all my years on the water I would have to think hard to remember ever having this much wind for this long during the spring. It has just absolutely howled for nearly a month... — Updated 5/4/2021

 

Flounder Taking Up The Slack

It comes as no surprise that it coincides with the opening of the Game Reserve, but nonetheless, the flounder catching is currently getting most of the attention. The size of the fish has been above average and the numbers are... — Updated 5/4/2021

 

A Year To Remember

Regardless of what lies ahead for the LCM team of Gavin Cooper and Justin James, this has been a year of bass tournament fishing that neither will ever forget. Simply qualifying... — Updated 4/27/2021

 

Flounder Bite Steadily Improving

Few, if any other, fishing organizations are as attuned to the needs and future for not only their members, but the resource as well. Having said that, it has been a stressful year for the CCA. The pandemic limited the fund... — Updated 4/20/2021

 

Hats Off To Orange County

Last weekend’s Bassmaster Elite tournament held out of the Orange Public Boat Ramp could best be described as a happening. Mother Nature did her part, every volunteer did their part and record crowds packed the park all four... — Updated 4/13/2021

 

It's Show Time At The Boat Launch

Outside of not even leaving the dock, the single biggest impediment to consistent fishing success is getting in a rush to get it done. One of our better local bass fishermen was... — Updated 4/6/2021

 

Slight Change In Tactics Helps

I don’t think that we are quite there, but it is evident that the spawn is at the very least in the final stages on both Rayburn and Toledo Bend. Smaller males and females can be... — Updated 3/30/2021

 

Heavier Bass Equal More Scholarships

Surprise, surprise….the LCM bears dominated yet another SETX high school bass tournament on Rayburn Saturday and it resulted in well-earned paydays for several of their teams.... — Updated 3/23/2021

 

Spawn Still Going Strong

The LCM bass club has dominated the southeast Texas high school circuits this year and they were at it again last weekend. As if to say, "We just like Rayburn a little more," the cl... — Updated 3/16/2021

 

What A Weekend

I cannot recall ever getting as many reports of personal best bass as I did this past week and most of them were caught either Saturday or Sunday.Of the reports I received, six... — Updated 3/9/2021

 

Area Anglers Thawing Out

I have seen enough pictures of dead fish over the past couple of days to last me a lifetime.We lost some fish in the immediate area, but nothing compared to the devastation along... — Updated 3/2/2021

 

Better late than never

Thankfully, there are those occasions when not finding what you are looking for is a good thing. Partly because it was comfortably warm enough for the first time in over a week and... — Updated 2/23/2021

 

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