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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 Barbers Hill Eagles football team not only kept their playoff hopes alive, but also might have officially kickstarted the vision first-year head coach Carl Abseck had in mind as they rolled in and out of Nederland with a 66-28 destruction of the host Bulldogs Friday night.

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The Crosby Cougars moved one step closer to the District 12-5A II title with a resounding 69-28 win at Port Neches-Groves Friday night.

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The Anahuac Panthers secured a winning season and inched closer to a third straight postseason bid with a 32-12 Region 10-3A I win at Buna Friday night.

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Baytown Christian set itself up for a district title clash next week with St. Joseph’s Academy with a 76-13 rout of visiting Grace Community Friday night in TAPPS Six-Man play.

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Despite battling all night and showing the ability to move the football and also slow down a devastating Port Arthur Memorial offensive attack in spots, the host Robert E. Lee Ganders didn't have enough to avoid a titanic effort by their guests.

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The Sterling Rangers tennis team saw its season end in the Region 3 semifinals for the second straight year with a 10-5 defeat to Katy Jordan Thursday at Katy High School

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As basketball’s start looms and the fall sports begin to move toward their season’s apex, the Power 5 rankings will be sure to shift in the upcoming weeks.

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The Robert E. Lee and Sterling football teams find themselves in the playoff hunt as this week’s games loom while Goose Creek Memorial seeks to right the ship as the final three weeks kickoff on Thursday.

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Both the Barbers Hill Eagles and Crosby Cougars are set for difficult road challenges 7:30 p.m. Friday that should go a long way determining how the District 12-5A II standings play out.

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It was a game where one team kept its playoff hopes alive and another saw its coach pleased with a new level of execution and commitment.

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The Ball High School Tors handed the Baytown Lee Ganders their first loss of the season with a 23-13 win Friday night at Kermit Courville Stadium.

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The Sterling Lady Rangers have inched closer to a Class 5A Region 3 bi-district playoff against Barbers Hill with another win against their Baytown rivals.

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If the fall golf season is any indication of how good the Barbers Hill program will do when the UIL campaign kicks off in late winter, then things could be looking quite rosey.

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Once again the Power 5 poll has remained relatively static as the better teams in the area continue to prove why they are where they are.

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The cross country district meets will kick off today as Class 5A Region 3 programs will vie for three team spots in that penultimate meet before the state finals.

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CHICAGO (AP) — The Houston Astros found themselves in familiar territory Monday, brushing aside comments by Chicago White Sox reliever Ryan Tepera after he implied they stole signs while winning the first two games of the AL Division Series in their ballpark.

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The Crosby Cougars football train appears to be more than well on track once again.

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The Anahuac Panthers hope for adding to its five-game win streak came crashing down Friday when rivals East Chambers came to town and pulled off a 24-10 District 10-3A I win.

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SANTA FE - The Dayton Broncos rolled up 410 yards of total offense in a 41-0 pounding of Santa Fe on Friday night at Indians Stadium in District 12-5A II action.

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The Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference announced its 30th anniversary softball team and one of its nearly three dozen members happens to hail from Baytown.

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There was a bit more movement than usual this week in the Power 5 as a number of teams took some losses, but also did so behind some powerful performances.

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Anahuac will attempt to take history by storm as the Panthers continue to trend in a positive direction.

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The 18th annual Barbers Hill Sports Hall of Honor held its newest induction ceremony Saturday at the BHISD Leadership Support Center’s J. Justin Jenson Conference Room as three new members have been immortalized.

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MONT BELVIEU – It was a game befitting of a rivalry as the Barbers Hill Eagles and Crosby Cougars met up Friday night in a District 12-5A II clash.

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