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I didn’t know the answer to his question, but it said a lot about the status of the crappie fishing on both Toledo Bend and Rayburn right now.“His question was, “How many... — Updated 5/19/2020


Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks

“I am hoping they let the kids back in school and at least a few of these folks have to go home,” said Johnny Hughes.The Toledo Bend resident added, “I built my first camp up here in 1970 and I cannot ever recall the lake... — Updated 8/11/2020


Fishing demands cautious approach

“Either we are fishing in the wrong place or we are the only people on the lake,” said Ray Bayliss on a very hot afternoon last week.I feared when it rained earlier in the day... — Updated 8/4/2020



Larry Roman held up a hand-sized goggle eye for me to admire before slipping it in his livewell.“If I didn’t know better I would think we were just fishing a four-inch piece of... — Updated 7/28/2020



I can't imagine that we will see another 12.4-pound bass caught this summer, but Toledo Bend did give up at least two more double digit fish this past week.Both fish were caught in... — Updated 7/21/2020


Big Fish In Spite Of Heat

I don’t know that the weather can get much more unbearable as far as the heat is concerned, but local anglers appear to be handling it quite well! Even on the saltwater side and... — Updated 7/14/2020


Higher Tides Slow Down Catching

It seems like every time I have convinced myself that we have turned the corner on Covid-19, another individual I know tests positive and it becomes a little more real.If you can... — Updated 6/30/2020


Catching Is Never A Given

One day this past week we caught some very solid trout on one specific lure and they would not hit anything else.That has seldom if ever been my experience when trying to dupe... — Updated 6/23/2020



While it seems as though some anglers consistently catch fish every time they go fishing……in reality it just doesn’t work that way.More especially, when you are talking about... — Updated 6/16/2020


Kemps take Saturday Shootout

Thirty-two boats fished a Saturday edition of the weekly Sabine River Shootout and posted some very solid numbers in spite of the weekend fishing pressure.Seventeen teams finished... — Updated 6/9/2020


Not a Bad Alternative

While I certainly won't mention any names as they don't need some fool publishing a list of temporarily unoccupied residences, it is amazing the number of folks that are now... — Updated 5/14/2020



"Is today Saturday," I asked Todd Dore as we slowed to an idle in the smaller waves splashing up against the North Levee wall. "What kind of a question is that," he snapped into... — Updated 5/5/2020


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