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Normally by June weather patterns have begun to stabilize and light to moderate winds persist. Not in 2014. Sure, we have had some “good” days, but as a whole fishing has been a challenge. Here is a rundown of the past two weeks from Sabine to Port O’Connor:

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These days a chance of rain in the forecast rearranges people’s lives. Remember when it used to rain? We grabbed an umbrella and went about life normally. We still went to school. We drove in the rain.

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Love it or hate it, if you fish south of the swing bridge in Sargent, fewer speckled trout will be hitting the grease come Sept. 1.

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The first pintail decoy I tossed across the shallow Wharton County pond Tuesday morning, bounced and slid across the ice. The first group of real pintails that worked the same pond at sunrise did the same thing.

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• NORTH SABINE: Redfish are fair to good at the discharge canal on peeled shrimp. Black drum are fair around rock groins. Sand trout are good in the deep holes on shrimp.

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• NORTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good in the river on live shad. Redfish are fair to good around marsh drains on the outgoing tide.

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Rest Texas coastal ponds, prairies and marshes for 14 days, throw in an Arctic cold front and watch the ducks appear. Open the second split of duck season on a full moon, and watch ducks sit for most of the morning.

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It’s hard to get excited about a day on the water, much less the boat ride to the bay, when the wind and water is so chilly.

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• NORTH SABINE:  Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad on soft plastics. Redfish and flounder are good in the marsh on shrimp. Trout are good over mud and shell.

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Wednesday afternoon I rode the Pierce Ranch looking for spots to hunt for the coming days. What I saw was a jaw-dropping amount of ducks - more waterfowl than I can remember ever seeing in a 25-year span of  hunting.

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• NORTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad on soft plastics. Redfish are good in the marsh with high tides.

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If the first week of fall is a barometer of what Texas anglers can expect for the remainder of the season, spool up new line and check your drag, it could be an awesome autumn.

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• NORTH SABINE:  Redfish are good in the marsh with high tides. Tides are well above normal. Drifters have worked slicks for trout and redfish on plastics and topwaters.

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Bulletin board material doesn’t always translate to wins on the gridiron, but it sure did Friday night in Crosby as the Cougars scalded 4A powerhouse Nederland 56-35. 

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Johnathan Giles showed first hand why he is a standout quarterback for the Elkins Knights. The junior passed for three touchdowns while rushing for three more scores as Elkins beat Dayton 55-13 in both teams season opener on Friday night at Hall Stadium. 

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• NORTH SABINE:  Trout are fair in the river on live shad. Redfish are good in the cuts and drains leading to the marsh on shrimp and jigs tipped with shrimp.

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This summer I attended a wonderful camp coordinated by the Texas Brigades.

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The Baytown Christian Academy baseball team captured a Division V TAPPS area round title with an 8-7 win over Marble Falls Christian. The Bulldogs secured the win at Sterling High School and advance to the regionals against a still-to-be-determined opponent on Saturday. In back rom left are …

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A year removed from having the entire second half of their season wiped out, prep baseball teams have gotten back to normal as best as possible with the playoffs set to begin this weekend.

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The Ross S. Sterling High School Rangers baseball team announced the college destinations of five players from this year’s squad. From left are Dalton Mullins (Angelina Junior College), Ryan Flores (San Jacinto North Junior College), Jayden Wright (Frontier Community College), Logan Tadlock …

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The Goose Creek CISD athletic department has been busy of late having recently announced the official hiring of three coaches, one at each high school.

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The Sterling Rangers tennis team wrapped up its season Thursday, but not before finishing with one of the better postseason results in program history.

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Strong Barbers Hill, Crosby teams begin playoff journeys

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Even almost two months after the basketball season ended, Goose Creek Memorial boys basketball coach Jamaal Haymon continues to score big.

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Despite breaking out to a three-run lead after their third at bat, the Sterling Rangers fell in the season finale, 10-4 to visiting Manvel Tuesday night.

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The Barbers Hill girls track team did what he expected to do and that was to send multiple athletes to the Class 5A state meet.

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Blake Bezdek is the first Anahuac Panther to qualify for the state track meet since 2010. Bezdek, a senior, threw the shot put 48-11.75 at the 3A Region 3 meet in Waco to finish second and advance to the state meet on May 6 at the University of Texas.

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Sterling head football coach Robert Toomer, right, and the Rangers kicked off the first day of 18 spring football days Wednesday. The Rangers and most of the area programs will be full on into their spring programs by next week as they all have 30 days to get the allowed 18 sessions in befor…

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Lee College men’s basketball coach Roy Champagne has officially ended his over-quarter century of involvement with the Rebels program.

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The Sterling Rangers baseball hopes are now on a thin thread after dropping a 5-1 decision against unbeaten Friendswood Tuesday.

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A return normal is something everyone has been seeking for the past year-and-change and just maybe the one thing that could really mark that possibility is in on the doorstep:

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The Sterling Rangers playoff hopes took a hit Saturday with a 3-2 defeat at La Porte.

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A lot is written about bass fishing. You’ve even seen some here. If you turn on a “fishing” show on TV, that’s what you usually get.

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The Sterling Rangers tennis team finished second in both the boys and girls District 22-5A meet in Galveston Thursday and four players are on to the Region 3 meet in Willis April 28-29.

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The Anahuac Panthers boys track team has made it two-for-two in postseason competition and is now heading to the Class 3A Region 3 meet with a full head of steam.

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Most state, Class 5A softball teams are heading into the final three to four games of the current campaign with many holding hope of a postseason run.

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With just a shade under three weeks left to go, baseball and softball teams are hoping to either make the expected playoff pushes or try to continue to learn in the name of program progress.

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I have been pretty up front for my disappointment in most modern American sports – especially failing basketball – and to some degree football.

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