PORT ARTHUR —
The summer break is just about over.
Kids start back to school in two weeks and teachers are already back readying their classrooms and making other preparations.
If you would like to take advantage of the remaining break and take your family on a killer family friendly fishing adventure here are five suggestions you can reach within five hours.
Lake Fork Crappie: The crappie fishing at Lake Fork is phenomenal. Fork is of course known for its gigantic bass but the big secret is the big crappie both in size and population.
I had the chance to sample Fork’s crappie fishing in June and as you can see in this photo, it was a good trip.
There are a number of crappie guides on the Lake and for more adventurous anglers there are plenty of planted and natural brushpiles and other structures to target. Try night fishing with lights to beat the heat.
Venice Tuna: This one is a bit pricey but if you have the means it is amazing. The deep offshore waters out of Venice, La. hold large numbers of yellowfin and blackfin tuna and plenty of guides to put you on them.
Catches of 80 plus pound yellowfin are common and anglers do it on everything from live bait to topwaters. The best part?
If you like sashimi, you can cut off a slab and eat it on the boat. Just remember to bring along some soy sauce.
Choke Canyon Catfish: Choke Canyon Reservoir has some of the best catfish action in Texas. And while you probably will not catch a monster, chances are you will catch a limit of quality fish.
Local guides target cormorant roosts where the fish eating birds poop constantly. This makes a natural chum of sorts and brings catfish by the hundreds. It may sound disgusting but foul smells and catfish always seem to go together.
Guadalupe Bass: Any stretch of the Guadalupe River and its tributaries from about New Braunfels to Kerrville has the potential to hold a uniquely Texas bass: the aptly named Guadalupe bass.
These smallish fish are known for fighting hard and thrilling fly fishermen throughout their beautiful range.
Give a kid a spinning rod rigged with a beetle spin or a small spoon and let them have the time of their life targeting this Texas originals.
Matagorda Island Sharks: Kids love sharks and a great place to catch them is on Matagorda Island.
That stretch of surf is known for its big bull sharks and there have been numerous tigers and lemons caught there in recent years as well.
The island has no electricity, water or store of any kind so it is a primitive type trip but one that will likely forget some great memories.
Besides the killer fishing, the island is an amazing place to view birds and other wildlife.
For more information, call 979-323-9553.
(To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at www.klvi.com .)
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Eric Foshee was for sure the man Tuesday night for the Vidor Pirates against the Nederland Bulldogs.
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BEAUMONT — It may be just the second year of the program’s revival, but the Lamar softball team has already established a tradition: Winning the home opener on a walk-off home run.
Casey Cromwell’s three-run blast in the bottom of the seventh inning gave the Lady Cardinals a 6-4 win over Southeastern Louisiana at Ford Park in the first home game of 2014 for Lamar and the Southland Conference opener for both squads.
Lamar, which won its first game last year over UTSA on a walk-off home run by Ashley McDowell, cruised to an 8-1 win over Southeastern Louisiana in Saturday’s nightcap.
“This is why I love playing at home,” Lamar coach Holly Bruder said. “The fans really get us pumped up, and we respond.”
Cromwell hit two home runs in the opener for Lamar (5-9 overall, 2-0 Southland). Beverly Corry also homered for Lamar. Shannon Millman (3-5) was the winning pitcher for the Lady Cardinals in both games, working 1 1-3 innings of scoreless relief in the first game before firing a three-hit gem in the nightcap.
“We got tremendous pitching for both Shannon and Tina (Schulz) today,” Bruder said. “We also got some great defense, and that really helped us.”
Candyce Carter and Jenna Holland homered for Lamar in the second game. Carter had three RBIs in the game, while Holland and Julianne Viator added two RBIs apiece.
Carter closed out the game in spectacular fashion, making a diving grab in center field to turn what looked to be a sure double off the bat of Brittney Tschoepe into the final out of the game.
The two teams wrap up their three-game series with a single contest at 1 p.m. Sunday at Ford Park. All senior citizens 55 and older receive free admission.
“It’s always tough to sweep a team,” Bruder said. “We know Sunday’s game will be tough.”
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