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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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David C. Holland, a former Ross S. Sterling High School track and field athlete was nominated in 2019 by The Baytown Carver High School Recognition & Preservation Society and is the first Ranger track athlete to be inducted by the Prairie View Interscholastic League Coaches Association (…

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Barbers Hill baseball players Raithen Malone and Simon Larranaga decided to seize their futures in a time where that can easily be thrown for a loop thanks to COVID-19.

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It’s time to see some pads popping as a number of area teams get a chance to see how things are shaping up on the gridiron for the upcoming season as scrimmages dot the landscape over the next few days.

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The girls cross country season has had plenty of challenges to get off and running, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic keeping teams from their normal workout routines.

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The cross country season is set to launch today and many area athletes welcome the idea of getting back on the course after six months of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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There is no challenge Robert E. Lee head tennis coach Brandon Funderburg shies from.

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Goose Creek CISD tennis programs from Sterling and Goose Creek Memorial have plenty of reasons for optimism this campaign.

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The Anahuac Lady Panthers volleyball team moved to 4-4 this campaign with a 3-0 (25-11, 25-16, 25-18) sweep of hosts High Island Tuesday evening.

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The Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge will close the Champion Lake Day Use Area today to conduct repairs for the spillway also called ‘The Rocks.’ It will be closed throughout the day and will reopen Thursday.

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It’s said that the only ones who try to predict Texas weather are fools or Yankees. The closest I came to growing up in the North was spending my formative years in north Jefferson County, Texas. So, if I’m talking about the weather, that pretty well defines me.

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After eight years leading the Goose Creek CISD athletic department, Dr. Bernard Mulvaney is moving into education administration as the new principal at Highlands Junior School.

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The Anahuac High School Panthers football team may have to wait another week for a season opener, but they have gained an awesome challenge.

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The first season for Baytown Bobcats basketball may have been pushed back a few months, but the team is full steam ahead in terms of putting a management team in place.

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Ava Martinez continues to roll through the sand volleyball circuit. The 11-year-old Baytonian teamed up with Claire Canon (left) of Houston and  took second place at the Austin Sports Center Back-to-School Tournament. The team went 3-2 to qualify for the gold bracket. There they won their op…

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It was supposed to be the week when high school football began for most Class 4A-1A teams, but Hurricane Laura got in the way of all that.

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It’s hunting and fishing license renewal time.  All current licenses expire on August 31. Next Monday at Midnight, you’ll need new ones unless you have a fishing license that’s good for a year from the date you bought it.

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They actually got back into playing a football game – kind of – and the Anahuac High School Panthers came away on the defensive and loved every minute of it.

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Earlier this week the Goose Creek Memorial football team halted workouts and any contact among players and coaches after a player tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

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