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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


Time to thaw out

I knew before Jay even answered the phone that he and Laura were either freezing their behinds off in their trailer on Toledo Bend or had optedto ride the record freeze out with the... — Updated 2/17/2021


Bears dominate on Rayburn

BEARS DOMINATE ON RAYBURN The LCM bass club took advantage of the ideal conditions last weekend and again dominated the top ten in the second of five SETX High School events. While... — Updated 2/9/2021


Fresh And Saltwater Bite Improving

The combination of some seriously low tides and a little more north wind than needed are keeping Sabine Lake clarity on the muddy side, but the trout are apparently adapting to... — Updated 2/2/2021


Catching Big Bass No Accident

The early morning call from Jay was a little unexpected as I had not heard from him in over a year. “News travels slowly up here, but Lisa just told us about your Mom. Our neighbo... — Updated 1/26/2021


Colder weather making it tough

“I think we can get the boat in the water, but I don’t know if we can get it out,” said Cade Sensat as he and his fishing partner, Gail Livingston, took one more look before... — Updated 1/12/2021


Trophy Fish No Accident

Okay….you only have 359 days left in 2021 to catch the largest bass of your life and you are burning one of them today. The game changed for bass fishermen in 1986 when limits were reduced to protect the resource and ever since... — Updated 1/5/2021


Mother Nature Being Overly Kind

More often than not, the joy of receiving a new rod and reel for Christmas is somewhat diminished by inclement weather that is not conducive to spending even a few minutes on the water. That, however, has not been the case of late... — Updated 12/29/2020


Merry Christmas To All

Unfortunately, I don’t know that I have ever had a more inclusive idea as to what is going on both here on Sabine Lake and Toledo Bend than I do right now.Thanks to Covid, however... — Updated 12/22/2020


Bobcat Anglers Top Field

If you are headed to the lake this weekend and you are looking for a hot tip, you would be hard pressed to do any better than talking with Tyler Shearin or Kameryn Henderson. The... — Updated 12/15/2020


Roberts brothers win final Kayak event

The Upper Coast Kayak Association hosted the final event of their One Fish Wonder Series out of The Salt Club on Pleasure Island and the winner came as no surprise to the rest of... — Updated 12/8/2020


Roberts Brothers Win Final Kayak Event

The Upper Coast Kayak Association hosted the final event of their One Fish Wonder Series out of The Salt Club on Pleasure Island and the winner came as no surprise to the rest of the field. Each competitor is allowed to weigh in... — Updated 12/8/2020


A Good Report Way Over Due

“Meet Bill and I at that little boat ramp in Bridge City at 3:00 and bring your waders. ”I didn’t even know who sent the text, but the unexpected message merited a return... — Updated 11/24/2020


Getting It Done Quickly

LCM bass clubbers, Dakota Posey and Brendon Brones, teamed up to take care of business early last Saturday. Their third place finish on Sam Rayburn qualified them for the FLW National High School Championship tournament set for... — Updated 11/17/2020


Yet Another Choice

My thoughts were somewhere between wrestling the remaining two broken 4X4 fence posts out of the ground in the back yard and purchasing tickets for Friday’s game when my slow retrieve came to an abrupt halt. The only question as... — Updated 11/10/2020


Fregia-Tindel Get It Done

LSCO, area sponsors and everyone associated with the college’s bass fishing team have to be excited about the performance of two of their own in last weekend’s Bassmaster Nation... — Updated 11/3/2020


Bears Bring Home A Check

Congratulations to Nellie Stephens Miller and her LCM high school bass fishing team on their performance in last weekend’s National High School championship on Kentucky Lake. While the fishing conditions could not have been more... — Updated 10/27/2020


Cork Is Hard To Beat

Larry Sellers and his wife, Loraine, were drifting a short stretch of Louisiana shoreline and was obvious that Larry was more than a little frustrated as he closed the distance between our boats on his troll motor. “It isn’t... — Updated 10/20/2020


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