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Biking back-country tails is popular at most Texas state parks.
Dogs become Texas  game wardens

One of the best family-based escapes you can find here in Southeast Texas is to visit one of our state parks like Village Creek in Lumberton and Martin Dies Jr. up around Jasper. They both offer an economic escape into adventure that includes camping, hiking, biking, hunting and fishing.

Just recently, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation highlighted data about the important role that parks play to local economies.

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If you really want to enjoy fun living in Southeast Texas, buy a boat. It’s your

Over the past 45 years or so, I’ve owned a number of boats both new and used, and during that time I’ve figured out one thing — there is nothing worse than not owning some sort of boat here in Southeast Texas. When it comes to fun on the water, we’ve got it all from rivers and lakes to Sabine Lake, East Galveston Bay and the wide open Gulf of Mexico.

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Big trout like this one are still being caught on Lake Calcasieu with mullet imi

The fantastic trophy trout fishing that was being kept very quiet on Sabine Lake came to a sudden halt about a week ago when we got a tidal wave of rain and runoff. All that rain water coming down the Sabine River put the skids to a “hot” trout bite, and definitely didn’t do white bass fishermen any favors, either.

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Chris Lane
Big bull reds entertained lots of kids and adults during spring break. Most were

With a flood of runoff from our weekend deluge of rain, you can bet the farm that fishing is going to be affected, from inland rivers to the coastal bays. But one fishing option not likely to slow down can be found at the Sabine, Galveston and Calcasieu jetties. It involves catching bull reds and big black drum. Regardless of how muddy the water is at the jetties, red and black drum will be feeding in big-time numbers.

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Blair Schwarz caught Toyota ShareLunker 559 from a private lake in Zapata County

The number of 13-pound-plus entries into the ShareLunker program is way off the usual mark but was jacked up a little with the catch of a 14.30-pounder that whacked a crank bait recently.

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