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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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DAYTON – After a two-hour weather delay that started at halftime and Barbers Hill leading by a couple of touchdowns, the Eagles came out of the delay and scored four touchdowns in a little more than a quarter to put away the Dayton Broncos 42-6 on Friday afternoon at Houston Methodist Field …

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Nicole Price of Robert E. Lee softball signed her National Letter of Intent to continue her career at Rogers State University in Oklahoma. Price, who’s parents are Margarita and Dylan Price, has been playing softball since she was six-years-old. “I feel extremely blessed to have finally been…

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The Barbers Hill volleyball team, coming off an unbeaten District 21-5A title and led by a mostly underclassmen roster opened up the Region 3 bi-district playoff round Thursday at Pasadena High School and couldn’t overcome a stellar defensive effort by Texas City.

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The Barbers Hill volleyball team, coming off an unbeaten District 21-5A title and led by a mostly underclassmen roster opened up the Region 3 bi-district playoff round Thursday at Pasadena High School and couldn’t overcome a stellar defensive effort by Texas City.

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Michael Williams has resigned his post as the head volleyball coach at Goose Creek Memorial High School, Goose Creek CISD officials confirmed Tuesday.

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The Barbers Hill Eagles are back in the District 12-5A II title hunt and 7:30 p.m. Friday it could be something to be definitely considered after Nederland comes to Mont Belvieu.

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 The Goose Creek Memorial volleyball team secured its place in the Region 3 bi-district playoff round Tuesday with a 3-1 (23-25, 25-20, 25-16, 25-20) win over Texas City in Baytown.

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For two years in a row, the Anahuac Panthers wrapped up a season with a 5-5 record, are heading to the Class 3A I playoffs and once again will face off against Crocket in the Bi-District round of the playoffs.

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 Edwin Egans enters his 21st year coaching at Crosby and this year his boys basketball team could be one of the better ones he’s put out on the hardwood.

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All it took was a little bit of room and Mason Duke saw the opportunity the Goose Creek Memorial Patriots had waited for almost all of Friday night.

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The Goose Creek Memorial is on the doorstep to qualify for the Class 5A Region 3 bi-district playoffs.

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The Sterling Rangers tennis team saw its historic season come to an end Friday when it was defeated 10-1 by hosts A&M Consolidated in College Station during the Class 5A Region 3 semifinals. Sterling, the region’s No. 4 team, fell to the top-ranked squad but not before the mixed doubles …

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The Goose Creek CISD girls basketball programs are looking to new eyes and vision behind the minds of three young coaches.

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Sam Houston State University will be the scene Monday when the Class 5A Region 3 cross country championships take place with plenty of high hopes on the line.

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Barbers Hill sophomore girls basketball guard Dalanna Carter has transferred from the school. Barbers Hill head girls coach Bryan Harris confirmed Thursday Carter, the reigning District 21-5A Most Valuable Player, had left school Monday.

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When it looked like the Goose Creek Memorial volleyball team was down and out and rivals Sterling were inching closer to a tie in the season series and a bi-district playoff spot, things changed in a hurry.

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The second chapter of the battle of Baytown football is ready to kick off 7 p.m. Friday at Stallworth Stadium with the Goose Creek Memorial Patriots ready to even their ledger while the Sterling Rangers hope to make a fine introduction.

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A win in Kirbyville was enough to clinch Anahuac’s second straight Class 3A-I playoff spot in the same number of years under head coach Greg Neece.

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A young Barbers Hill tennis team was able to find its way past Galveston Ball in the bi-district round, 11-8, early in the week to catapult itself into the area round at home Thursday against Lamar Fulshear. 

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The Sterling Rangers may not have secured one man for the head basketball coaching position but they may have ultimately found the best man for the position.

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