Outdoors

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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The Houston Boat Sport and Travel show has once again delivered the latest in boats and motors. It continues through Sunday, Jan. 11. While there last weekend, I got a good look at the all new Evinrude E-TEC G2, and I also checked the array of boats that Texas Marine had on display.

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Say “decorate for Christmas” and many of us immediately think of the plants that say Christmas. Your decorating list could include poinsettias, paperwhites, rosemary, amaryllis, holly, Christmas cactus, Christmas rose, mistletoe and your own Christmas tree. 

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Duck hunting has been better than expected for most hunters. During the first sp

With temperatures above normal for this time of year, both fishing and hunting are two very good options here in Southeast Texas. Duck hunting during the second split has been better than expected in the coastal marsh and on flooded fields. Fishing on the Sabine continues to be excellent for flounder, reds and trout for boaters and waders.

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Lots of local gardeners have great luck with growing grapes, and I wondered why. According to the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association (TWGGA), Texas is the site of the first vineyard established in North America. It was established by Franciscan priests close to 1659. As European settlers followed the development of mission outposts, they brought more grapevine cuttings. The grape growing industry in Texas developed through the 1800s.

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Our master gardeners are keeping us busy this fall. Just a couple of weeks ago at the Jack Brooks Regional Airport, they set records with the number of folks who came to the annual Fall Plant Sale. And this is with good reason. Their plant options are numerous and varied.

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This week’s blast of cold weather will more than likely send big-time numbers of ducks and geese down the Central Flyway. The duck season so far has been hit and miss here in Southeast Texas, but the numbers of ducks on the middle Texas coast is definitely better than expected.

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If you have never tried to grow citrus in your own backyard, you might be surprised at how much luck you could have. Yes, we can grow oranges, grapefruit, lemons and other citrus with just a little care, patience and knowledge.

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I don’t know if it gets any better than this in Texas. We can hunt deer, shoot ducks and geese, fish for reds and trout under birds on Sabine Lake, or head to the surf to catch bull reds till our arms give out.

A few days ago, I fished Sabine Lake and two of us caught enough trout and reds to feed a family reunion. The very next day, I was sitting in a duck blind shooting red heads and pintails over a spread of decoys.

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