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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 Sterling Lady Rangers volleyball team are now in fourth place in District 22-5A as the second half of the district schedule is set to begin after a 3-0 (26-24, 25-14, 25-17) win over Texas City Wednesday night.

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Even if they lost, the Sterling Lady Rangers played one of their better matches this season as they scrambled, battled and contested Friendswood every step of the way Tuesday night.

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District 12-5A II play begins 7:30 p.m. tonight as the Barbers Hill Eagles (1-2) travel to Turner Stadium in Humble for a date with Kingwood Park (1-2).

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The Sterling Rangers continue to plow through a demanding tennis schedule and did so emphatically Friday with an 18-1 win over MacArthur.

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The Lee College Lady Rebels volleyball team and Ashlynn Lewis, 1,  fell to 14-8 overall and 1-3 in Region XIV play Thursday night with a 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-13) home defeat against Navarro College. Lee was led by Sina Toroslu’s five kills and Imari Wilson’s four kills. “The good thing abou…

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The newest Power 5 poll (for sports results through Thursday) sees very little change this week as most of the initial teams that made up the list took care of business over the previous seven days.

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The Baytown Christian Lady Bulldogs are now 6-1 after a dominant 3-0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-22) sweep of host Galveston O’Connell Thursday night.

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Two years ago we began a ranking system that incorporated all sports going on at the present time and illustrated the top five teams competing in that moment.

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After recording a team-high 11 tackles and a fumble recovery in UCA’s 41-20 loss to FBS Arkansas State last Saturday, Central Arkansas junior defensive back DeAndre Lamont earned the Atlantic Sun’s first Defensive Player of the Week honor on Monday.

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The Barbers Hill Eagles football team will head to Delmar Stadium, 2020 Mangum Road in Houston, to take on Houston Heights 7 p.m. Friday in hopes of capturing their first win of the season.

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It took a narrow win in the first set by the Goose Creek Memorial Lady Patriots volleyball team to squash any potential momentum of hosts Robert E. Lee to earn their first win in district play.

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The Sterling Rangers tennis team moved to 2-0 in District 22-5A play with an emphatic 19-0 win over rival host Robert E. Lee Tuesday.

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Well, it wasn’t pretty but the Goose Creek Memorial Patriots football team found a way to get the job done and move to 1-1 early this season.

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FREEPORT — The Sterling Rangers were so close to starting 2-0 this season but ultimately it came down to who scored the last point.

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For the third straight season, the Robert E. Lee Ganders have opened up a football campaign with two straight wins.

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The Sterling Rangers tennis team opened up District 22-5A play with an emphatic 16-3 win at Galveston Ball on Tuesday.

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