Outdoors

One way to beat the heat during August and September is to fish at night aboard

August is among the best months to be fishing the surf for trout and reds on the upper Texas coast. This past week was outstanding with calm winds, green tides and excellent catches of trout by waders and boaters in the surf from the Sabine jetties down to Galveston. Trout were best on topwaters early, then switching over to soft plastics like a 5-inch Egret Wedge Tail, in either chartreuse or pearl. Reds were best on gold spoons worked in the first gut on a green tide.

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Dove and teal seasons are fast approaching with the Sept. 1 opener in the Centra

Opening day of the Central Zone dove season is Sept. 1, followed up by the Sept. 12 teal season and the South Zone dove opener Sept. 18. It’ll all be happening before you know it, and that’s why now – as in today – is a good time to start getting everything together.

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Big tripletails, like this one caught near the Calcasieu jetties, are not only t

Fishing on Sabine and Calcasieu lakes is gradually improving, even with water temperatures holding at a sizzling 89 degrees. Both of these “hot” fishing locations are producing fair numbers of trout and reds, along with one of the weirdest fish on earth – tripletails.

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Dove hunters will have more opportunity earlier in the season with dates and bag

For many hunters here in Southeast Texas, September can’t get here fast enough. It marks the beginning of dove and teal seasons, and just recently the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service set season dates and bag limits that you are going to like.

The USFWS approved a 70-day dove season and a 15-bird daily bag limit. And thanks to record numbers of teal, we will have a 16-day early teal season.

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Ron Jaap used a custom-built AR15 to take down this pig last weekend. The season

One of the great things about living in Texas is that there is always something to hunt or catch on any given day. For bow and gun hunters, taking a pig is one surefire way to add a little excitement to an otherwise boring summer.

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Boating accidents happen when you least expect them to. Just recently Texas game

Last year, the U.S. Coast Guard counted 4,064 accidents that involved 610 deaths, 2,678 injuries and about $39 million dollars of damage to property as a result of recreational boating accidents. Operator inattention, improper lookout, operator inexperience, excessive speed, and alcohol use rank as the top five primary contributing factors in accidents. Topping the list is running a boat while intoxicated. Alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents.

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I’m amazed at the variety of colors available in caladiums these days. There are outrageous combinations of red, pink, super hot pink, white, chartreuse and shades of green. This plant is a classic. Its leaves have a translucent quality that seems to make them all glow brilliantly in the sunshine.

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Cuong Nguyen caught this tagged red while fishing at the Galveston jetties last

As of this week, three lucky anglers who were signed up for the CCA STAR tourney have caught tagged redfish. Each of them has won a Ford truck, and a 23-foot Haynie boat, motor and trailer.

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Do you have a special tomato or pepper plant that you think is a real winner? Maybe your granny passed down a special recipe for canned preserves or processed herbs that you think are way out of the ordinary. Canned pickles, tomatoes, peppers and their fresh counterparts are welcome at the 43rd annual Jefferson County Fruit and Vegetable Show this Saturday, June 13.

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Trout are difficult to pin down on Sabine Lake and East Galveston Bay. Your best

Fresh water from recent rains has caused bass fishing to surge, but on Sabine Lake, it’s making things difficult for anglers targeting reds, flounder and trout.

Sam Rayburn guide Bill Fondren says the water level there is about 7-1/2 feet high, and the fishing overall is slow.

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