PORT ARTHUR —
Every few weeks the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department sends out accounts of interesting encounters in the field. This week’s featured one that highlights the rising bear population in West Texas.
“Two Val Verde County game wardens responded to a call from a landowner who said there was a bear trying to break in to her storage building. Apparently, the bear was hungry, as it was trying to get to a bag of cat food inside.”
“When the bear ignored the homeowner’s yells, she ran back into her house and retrieved her shotgun. A shot was fired in to the air and the bear ran off. The wardens provided the homeowner with information to try and prevent another encounter.”
We were the first paper to cover the return of bears to East and West Texas. Look for more coverage this fall.
Now onto the report…
North Sabine---Trout remain fair on the north end under birds with action in the channel and on the lake. Reds are good in the marsh on spoons, spinners and live bait. Flounder fair to good around the channel and in the marshes on the Louisiana side of the lake. The Entergy Outfall area is producing fair numbers of reds and trout on mullet.
South Sabine---Trout and reds fair the birds early and late with lots of sand trout starting to show as well. Flounder are fair to good along the Louisiana shoreline on live bait and shad.
Sabine Pass---Bull redfish remain good at the jetties on cut bait. Sharks are still appearing at the jetties but the next cold snap should send them to deeper water. Flounder are fair on live bait fished around drop-offs in the channel.
Lake Calcasieu (Big Lake)---Hackberry Rod and Gun reports Fishing this past week continued to be good on redfish, trout and the flounder bite starting to pick up. Live shrimp and mullet continue to be the best baits while working over shallow reefs in the lake.
Sam Rayburn---Texas Parks & Wildlife Department officials report largemouths are fair on tequila sunrise soft plastic worms and lizards, and on perch colored topwaters early. White bass are fair on minnows and white Li'l Fishies. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Bream are good on nightcrawlers. Catfish are good on live bait, shrimp, and stinkbait.
Toledo Bend---Texas Parks & Wildlife Department officials report largemouths are fair on watermelon soft plastic worms, flukes and topwaters early and late. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows over baited holes. Bream are good on nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow..
TOLEDO BEND: Normal Pool Level: 172.0 Current Pool Level: 169.13 Was 168.40
RAYBURN LAKE: Normal Pool Level: 164 Current Pool Level: 161.20 Was: 160.23
B.A. STEIN HAGEN: Normal Pool Level: 85 Current Pool Level: 82.54 Was: 82.53
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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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