Robert Sloan's archive

The Dave Holder Fishing Show was held in Houston recently and, as usual, it was nothing short of fantastic. I was there, and it was like a traffic jam of people from Southeast Texas that included Sabine Lake guide Dickie Colburn, East Bay guide Jim West and a whole lot of Beaumont fishermen looking to get the latest on what’s going on in the world of saltwater fishing.

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The white bass spawning run on the Sabine River above Toledo Bend is as good as it’s been in years. The river is running with plenty of water and giving up lots of big whites that are hitting 1/4-ounce Road Runner spinners like there ain’t no tomorrow.

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Red snapper

The National Marine Fisheries Service is once again tampering with red snapper regulations for recreational anglers, and it’s not sitting very well with both fishermen and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. This month, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, part of the NMFS, voted to recommend an emergency rule that could shorten the recreational red snapper fishing season in federal waters off the Texas coast to as little as 11 days from the planned 27 day season.

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This past weekend, professional and college-level bass anglers on Toledo Bend made it clear that this East Texas lake is still one of the best in Texas. They caught bass — big bass and lots of them. Could it be global warming in February? Or maybe it’s just that Toledo Bend is and has been a great bass fishing lake for decades. Whatever the explanation, one thing is certain – bass on big T-Bend are definitely not in a winter cold-water stupor.

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A Valentine’s Day surprise came a little early for Falcon Lake angler Isaac Denson. Feb. 7, he was fishing in about 3 feet of water when he got the bite of a lifetime, one that turned out to be the heaviest bass he’s ever caught – she weighed 13.4 pounds and measured 26.5 inches in length.

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