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Trying To Dodge Another Bullet

Everything regarding our current monthly storm event is still “iffy” as we are well aware of the potential consequences of a rain maker that decides to park on top of us. Even as I am writing this column, our power is blinking... — Updated 9/14/2021

 

O.C.A.R.C. Event Yields Quality Fish

The 33rd annual O.C.A.R.C. weigh-in started a little differently for me than the previous thirty-two and it wasn’t for the better. No sooner had I parked my truck than I noticed a young woman nearby crying on her cell phone with... — Updated 8/10/2021

 

O.C.A.R.C. Tournament Time

“We kinda found the fish by mistake,” said Jason Bell.Ronnie Tate and I were burning up and ready to call it a day when we had to run to the back of a cut in Cow Bayou to hide from a thunderstorm headed our way. ” The... — Updated 7/27/2021

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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