Articles written by Capt. Dickie Colburn

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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


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


Bites Changes A Little

If you were one of the few that stayed home and rode out Laura, you probably considered Hurricane Delta to be little more than a pre-game warm-up. That is not to say that it wasn’t a little scary at times, but the loss of power... — Updated 10/13/2020


Which Way To Go

What a difference a week can make. “Last Monday I was hoping I could catch a few decent bass in the bayou or maybe a redfish or two in Coffee Ground Cove,” said Jarrod James, ... — Updated 10/6/2020


Catching Is Heating Up

Five years ago, the picture of Jay and Donnie Williams” recent catch would not have warranted a second look, but that was five years ago and things have changed! Immediately following Monday’s brief downpour, the cousins decide... — Updated 9/29/2020


Just What We Needed

It’s Tuesday morning and you would be hard pressed to find a single Orange County resident that isn’t at least a little concerned as to what Beta will do before moving on.Not... — Updated 9/22/2020


Catching Continues To Improve

I was not surprised by the pods of dead shad we saw floating in both Cow and Adams Bayou following Hurricane Laura, but two texts and a short video I received regarding the dead fish in the Nibletts Bluff-West Bluff area were very... — Updated 9/15/2020


Short But Pertinent

What a week!Depending on where you live in the Orange area, Laura was rated somewhere between a minor inconvenience and a disaster.Having lost part of the roof, two bedrooms, a... — Updated 9/8/2020


2020 Championship Up For Grabs

“The line at the boat launch was even longer than expected and Paul and I just pulled over on the side and started getting things in order so that we wouldn’t hold anyone... — Updated 8/18/2020


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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