Outdoors

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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Casey Ashley won the Bassmaster Classic held out of Greenville, S.C., Sunday, wi

The Super Bowl of bass fishing was held this past weekend, and as usual, East Texas anglers did well but didn’t come through in the clutch. This was a field of some of the best bass fishermen in the world. At the final weigh-in, South Carolina angler Casey Ashley won first place and $300,000.

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primrose jasmine

There are certain signs that spring really is around the corner. It may not look like winter is even close to giving up, but there are those teasing glimpses of cheerful color that make us know that warmer temperatures are on the way.

One of the classic plants to look for as a sign of springtime is the primrose jasmine. This shrub or climber can grow 4-8 or more feet in height. And the bright yellow blooms can brighten up the dreariest winter scene.

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We’re smack dab in the middle of winter here in Southeast Texas, but that definitely doesn’t mean it’s time to hibernate. Fact is this is one of the best times of year to take advantage of the many outdoor opportunities on the menu.

Topping the list is fishing. Take your pick — white bass, crappie, catfish, speckled trout or redfish.

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Give it another couple of weeks, and the famous white bass run on the Sabine and

I’ve been getting quite a few calls lately regarding the white bass run on the Sabine and Angelina rivers. Here’s the bottom line: It’s sputtering to life, and within a couple more weeks it should be prime-time fishing, providing the rivers don’t rise to flood stage.

Guide Bill Fondren says he made a run up the Angelina River a few days ago and caught about 15 white bass in three hours.

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Ever wanted to try your hand at growing vegetables? Just think of the pure joy of walking out your kitchen door to pick tomatoes, lettuce, peas, beans, onions and other things to put onto your dinner table that evening. And it’s not that hard.

Gardeners around here usually start their spring gardens in March after danger of frost has passed. Brave souls who want to grow their garden from seed can start indoors even earlier than that. You can plan on success with squash, tomatoes, corn, okra, peas, peppers and beans.

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Cory Rambo of Orange and Sam Rayburn’s Rusty Clark, shown here in a 2014 photo,
Mark Stevenson caught Ethel, the first entry into the ShareLunker program, in 19

Bass fishing is alive and well on Sam Rayburn, even in the middle of what is turning out to be a fairly cold winter. This past weekend, Louisiana anglers Ricky and Ronnie Madole won the Bass Champs tourney held on Sam Rayburn with a bag of five bass that weighed 35.95 pounds. Their big bass weighed an impressive 8.33 pounds.

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Ok, I’ll admit, it has been just nasty outside lately. But as we optimists know, this just gives us a little time to plan for our springtime yards in the better weather to come. Let’s think about using this time to decide what we could do better this year. Or maybe we can use this time to dream about new areas of our yard that we could develop. Maybe we could get rid of a little bit of lawn and replace it with something much more earth-friendly.

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