robert sloan outdoors

This past Sunday morning delivered some seriously freaky weather for August. I stepped outside at daylight and the north wind was actually cool. Later that morning, Sabine Lake guide Jerry Norris called to say that he had found calm water to the beach, and the trout were tearing up topwater Super Spook Jr.’s. It doesn’t get much better than that in August. So what did I do? Cranked up the pit and smoked two racks of ribs and a whole chicken, all without breaking a sweat.

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It’s been a long time coming but Sea Rim State Park has finally been rebuilt and is open to entertain the entire family with a variety of summer-time outdoor fun in the sand and sun.

To see exactly what Sea Rim has to offer check out the video news report now available at the Texas Parks and Wildlife website called “Sea Rim Rebirth.”

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One of the wackiest things I’ve ever seen a game warden do was to crawl up a tree so he could see where three young squirrel hunters were heading after a successful hunt. Those hunters were two buddies and me. We were around 12 years old at the time. We had bagged five big fox squirrels on family land in Polk County not far from Lake Livingston. We saw the game warden coming down the tree. As we stood there in complete disbelief, he asks to see our squirrels, and we pulled them out of our game bags and couldn’t have been happier.

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As of Sunday, March 30, the water temperature on Sabine Lake was 67 degrees. That’s still a little cool for this time of year, but it didn’t slow the numbers of trout, reds and flounder being caught along the Louisiana shoreline in 2 to 4 feet of water. It looks like we’re in for a warming trend this week. If so that could be the rise in water temperatures that’ll turn on the topwater bite for anglers looking for double-digit trout.

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Trey Prye used a floating Fat Boy lure to catch this 7.13-pound trout while fish

Cold fronts continue to make trout fishing extremely tough to figure out on Sabine Lake. However, a few anglers willing to grind it out are finding heavy trout on both Sabine and Calcasieu. During the Dailey’s Hunt N Fish big trout contest held on both Sabine and Calcasieu lakes last Sunday, March 23, the heaviest trout came from Louisiana.

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A Texas man has pleaded guilty to nine charges of possession of oversized reds, one charge of no saltwater fishing license, and one charge of exceeding the possession limit for red drum, according to Mike Cox with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

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Red snapper catches are fantastic around rigs and over rocks in 100 to 250 feet

Red snapper are in the news for the numbers of fish being caught, and the fact that a Texas judge has snubbed the National Marine Fisheries Service. That, in turn, has lengthened the recreational snapper fishing season.

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King mackerel are big, bad and fast, and they can be caught on a variety of lure

Fishing for king mackerel can be big-time fun from 10 to 35 miles off the Sabine jetties. From now until the end of October, they can be caught all day long around baitfish, shrimp boats and the rigs. Probably the most exciting way to catch king mackerel is with a topwater plug or by fishing jigs and spoons around shrimp boats.

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All sorts of lures can be used to catch a mix of trout and reds like this. Some

There have been a gazillion lures made over the past several decades that are designed specifically to catch speckled trout and redfish, but there are a few that stand out like a sore thumb and have the ability to catch these very popular game fish on any given day at any given time. Here are a few of the very best lures that have proved their worth time and again.

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Lake Fork’s four entries during the past season weighed 14.06, 13.11, 16.04 and

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s ShareLunker Program has come to an end for the 2013 season. The nearest lake to the Golden Triangle to give up a 13-pound-plus bass during this season’s program is Toledo Bend. Feb. 15, Toledo Bend Reservoir gave up a 13.06-pound bass to Louisiana angler Casey Martin, who was fishing a tournament. Martin’s fish, now Toyota ShareLunker 543, was 26 inches long and 21 inches in girth.

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