Local lunkers like unusual places, tactics

first_img     Take sight casting to some pretty decent-sized largemouths in the back of the Keith Lake Chain back in 1997 during a redfish-seeking trip with the late, great Ed Holder.    The water was tap clear and I could see the Sea Rim State Park headquarters in the background and there were a number of bass hanging out with redfish.    There are a surprising number of nice fish between Interstate 10 and the Port of Beaumont and on the Sabine from the bridge to the Port of Orange.    And tactics for our brackish water bass can be unusual. It freaks me out every time I flip a whacky worm there but it’s reliability as a hot spot is undeniable.    I am talking about a pipe that transports treated sewage into a local bayou.    As you can imagine there are lots of funny local names for this location, none of which are really fit for print here but the fact is it holds bass. And occasionally one of them will be a nice one.     My cousin Frank Moore developed a great technique for taking a clear-colored DOA shrimp and skipping it across the surface like a topwater and catching some pretty nice fish.    We used to catch bass up to two pounds in Adams Bayou fishing an eel imitation called the Sabine Snake that is unfortunately no longer on the market on a Texas rig. This lure was designed for dredging Sabine’s southern reef but we found it better for bayou bass.    This winter and spring I will be spending a lot of time pursuing bayou bass and sharing some techniques I am hoping will yield some local lunkers.    And I look forward to seeing the catches all of you report. Perhaps by sharing information we can create a pool of resources on local bass that will gain them a little more respect and perhaps enhanced conservation efforts.    Our bass are a bit different than the monster fish on the reservoirs but are plenty of fun to pursue.    In fact, the “different” part is what I think makes them so fun.center_img     That is a nice one by local standards.    You cannot measure the fish of Adams, Hillebrandt, Taylor, Cow or Little Cypress Bayous or even the Sabine or Neches Rivers up to those in Toledo Bend or Lake Conroe. A two-pounder is a good solid fish and a five is an absolute monster.     Despite the size differences between bass in our part of the world and the big reservoirs, seeking them is a passion for many local anglers. And catching them in sort of unusual places is commonplace.last_img read more

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Anna Verna Hecker

first_img She is also survived by her sister, Rachel Fontenot of Groves, Lita Wood of Austin, Texas along with several nieces and nephews. Anna Verna Hecker, 92, of Groves, Texas passed away on Monday, April 18, 2016 at her home surrounded by her loving family.She was born on March 4, 1924 to Edna Mergist Broussard and Clude Broussard in Erath, Louisiana.  Anna was a resident of the area for over 70 years. She was a homemaker and devoted caregiver to her family. Anna was a member of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Groves. Next UpShe was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Ashton Hecker.Anna is survived by her three sons, Ashton Hecker, Jr. and wife, Diane of Houston, Raymond Hecker and wife, Ann of Groves, Kenneth Hecker and wife, Loretta of Bridge City, her daughter, Phyllis Ganann and husband, Steve Gant of Richmond, eight grandchildren, Ray Hecker, Jr., Julie Graham, Ashton Hecker III, Ashley Aniol, April Fox, Ken Hecker, Collin Kolupski and Evan Kolupski, six great grandchildren, Kael Hecker, Taylor Hecker, Caitlynn Aniol, Carlie Aniol, Noah Graham and Aaron Graham and four great- great grandchildren, Kannan Hecker, Mia Hecker, Allyson Hecker and Kyle Hecker.center_img Visitation for family and friends will be on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 from Noon till 1:00 PM at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home. A service to honor Anna’s Life will be at 1:00 PM in the Thompson Memorial Chapel at Clayton Thompson. Entombment will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park.In Lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Texas Scottish Rites Hospital for Children in Dallas, 2222 Welborne Street, Dallas, Texas 75219 in memory of Anna.last_img read more

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Valentin Zapata

first_img Funeral services will be 10:00a.m., Friday, December 30, 2016, at Claybar Kelley-Watkins Funeral Home in Beaumont. Burial will follow at Haven of Rest Cemetery in Beaumont, Texas.Visitation will be from 5:00p.m.-8:00p.m., with a rosary at 6:00p.m., on Thursday, at Claybar Kelley-Watkins Funeral Home in Beaumont.Born in Palau, Coahuila, Mexico, on February 18, 1944, He was the son of Antonio and Blasa (Torres) Zapata. Valentin was a very intelligent man who used his love of music to teach himself to play the guitar. He worked for C.A. Turner and then later started his own business, Zapata Lawn Service, where he worked alongside his wife Maria. Through his hard work he put all of his children through school.Valentin is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Maria; his children, Valentin Zapata, Jr. and wife, Sabrina of Humble, Augustin Seguara and wife, Johnette of Fannett, Maria Freeman and husband, Shane of Beaumont, and Joel Zapata of Palau, Coahuila, Mexico. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Orlando and Giovanni Zapata, Ashton, Kai and Cruz Segura, and Hannah, Malorie and Jake Freeman; brother, Ramon Zapata; and his sister, Sofia Zapata. Valentin Zapata, 72, of Beaumont, passed away on December 26, 2016, at Memorial Herman Hospital in Houston.last_img read more

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BASEBALL: Lamar shows positives in loss to UTRGV

first_img Next UpIngram started the night off with a bang, singling over his shortstop counterpart to lead off the first. That inspired a first pitch moonshot to right field from Chase Whetsel scoring both and giving the Cards a 2-0 lead after one in Vincent-Beck Stadium. Big Red held that advantage through three innings and came within a few inches of growing that lead in the first, second, and third, stranding five base runners thanks to nifty infield defense for UTRGV.The Vaqueros jumped ahead in the fourth. An interesting strike zone led to singles by the first three UTRGV batters in the inning, and a walk followed with the bases loaded, giving UTRGV its first run of the game. A single allowed another Vaquero run to come home, and a double scored two more for UTRGV. Ingram caught a line drive and threw home to beat the runner on third for a double play to end the inning, but UTRGV held a 4-2 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth.Lamar had at least one base runner in four of the final six innings but couldn’t push any of those six runners across. UTRGV scored one more on an error, two singles, and a balk on a disputed timeout to set the final score: UTRGV 5, Lamar 2. BEAUMONT – The final score of 5-2 might be misleading, but there was evidence that Lamar (3-8) was beginning to put the pieces of the 2018 season’s puzzle together Friday night in a loss against the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (6-4).Senior Phil Ingram went 3 of 4 on the night, and freshman Chet Jones threw three scoreless innings to close the game for the Cardinals.“We’ve been through the ringer here with 11 games in 15 days,” said head coach Will Davis. “It’s been a lot to ask some of these young guys. When you have a bad game, you’ve got to answer the bell the next day. That’s tough, especially for young hitters. We’re asking nine freshmen and a sophomore to do all this, and when they have a bad game they all have to go back out there and do it again the next day. There’s no time to clear your head, and I think that’s contributed to some of the issues we’ve had.” “I am encouraged,” said Davis. “If it was a lack of talent I’d be worried, but it’s just a lack of experience. We’re going to keep running them out there, and we’ve seen improvement. Chase Kemp has been swinging it a bit better the past few days, and good things are on the horizon for him. The future is bright here. They’re the top-ranked recruiting class, but they’re still freshmen. That’s what we’re dealing with. We have 18-year-olds playing 22-year-olds.”Southpaw Noah Sills (2-0, 0.00 ERA) will start for Lamar in today’s game, scheduled for a 2 p.m. start in Vincent-Beck Stadium. He’ll face UTRGV’s left-hand pitcher Jorge Flores (1-1, 14.54 ERA).last_img read more

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BRIAN JOHNSON ON OUTDOORS: Christmas for the duck hunter

first_imgDecember is here and it is time to start shopping. If you haven’t already found the perfect gift for the duck hunter in your life, here are a few suggestions. 1. Shot gun shellsIf you have a picky hunter in your family, this is a can’t miss gift. All duck hunters need shells. You can purchase a box or case depending on the budget. Most hunters prefer 12-gauge and 3-inch is a common length. Be sure to but steel or other non-toxic shells that are legal for waterfowl. 2. Dog blindThis is a great gift for a hunter with a dog. My favorite is made by MoMarsh and it has adjustable legs as well as back pack style carrying straps. This blind will help keep your dog nice and dry as well as conceal any movement that might spook wary ducks. 6. Duck hunting parkaA great duck hunting jacket is something that can last a lifetime. These jackets have liners that can be zipped in or out to adjust for the weather. There are several brands that are great. Try to get one that is waterproof and in a camo patter that will match your hunters environment. 7. A new puppy!Nothing says I love you quite like a new puppy. It is the gift that keeps on giving for years to come. Every duck hunter needs a good duck dog. When it comes to waterfowl hunting, Labrador retrievers are king! While you are at it go ahead and pay for some training from DuckDogTrainer.com. Having a great dog adds enjoyment not only to the hunt but to life in general.•If you have any questions or I can help you pick out a gift for your favorite hunter, please feel free to give me a call. You can check me out at DuckDogTrainer.com. Above all be sure to remember that Jesus is the reason for the season! Next Up3. Duck decoysMost duck hunters have plenty of decoys already, but I haven’t met one yet who wouldn’t appreciate more. As a general rule, the more expensive the better so let your check book be your guide. If you really want to go all out purchase a dozen Texas Rig decoy weights to go along with the decoys. 4. Stanley ThermosThis is standard equipment for all duck hunters. There is something about a thermos full of hot coffee to warm you up on a cold winters day in the duck blind. 5. Avian X duck blindIf you order now you might be able to get this item in time for Christmas. This is a super nice portable duck blind that adds to the comfort and pleasure of any hunt. It is easy to transport in a boat or with a UTV and it can really make a difference. The blind comes with tie straps to allow you to add brush to make it completely invisible to ducks. last_img read more

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SOFTBALL: Lamar’s Lewis named Newcomer of Year

first_img Klaus, a Cedar Creek native, earned second-team All-Southland honors as an outfielder. In Southland action, Klaus batted .315 on the season. She is the only Cardinal to appear in every contest this season as she played in all 56 games. She hit .282 on the year and had an on-base percentage of .382. She drew a team-high 27 walks on the year. Klaus set the single-season record for most stolen bases with 25. Defensively, she had 116 putouts on the season and had four defensive assists. With her 25 stolen bases, Klaus now has 39 stolen bases in her career, which is the most for an LU player.Amir, a native of Richmond, earned Honorable Mention honors as a catcher. She appeared in all 27 games for LU in Southland action. She hit .290 in Southland games and drove in 10 runs. During the conference season, Amir had a .414 on-base percentage. Overall, Amir hit .260 on the season, while appearing in 53 games for LU. She drove in 15 runs, which was the third most on the team. Amir was one of three players with at least one home run. She recorded 180 putouts this year. Junior Jade Lewis was named Southland Newcomer of the Year and First Team honors, while junior Shannon Klaus was named Second Team and Shaina Amir earned Honorable Mention All-Southland honors.Lewis, a junior from Mont Belvieu is the third Cardinal to earn Southland Newcomer of the Year, joining Laura Hall (1985) and Ciara Luna (2016). Lewis was named first team All-SLC designated player. Lamar sports informationBEAUMONT — The Lamar softball team placed three players on the Southland Conference’s all-conference team, including the Southland Newcomer of the Year that was announced Tuesday.center_img She led LU with a .349 batting average in Southland Conference play this season. Overall, she had a team-high batting average of .312 on the season with an on-base percentage of .383. Lewis led the Cardinals with 22 RBIs, 11 doubles and three homeruns. She is the only player with multiple home runs this season.last_img read more

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PHOTO — Tekoa Academy celebrates Red & White Ball royalty

first_imgTekoa Academy of Accelerated Studies STEM School recently hosted its Annual Red & White Ball. Students from prekindergarten through second grade and their parents were present as the 2019-20 Royal Court was presented. The room was filled with anticipation as Queen Amina Malik and King Taylor Green were crowned. The Red & White Ball is sponsored by staff, parents and community supporters of Tekoa Academy. (Courtesy photo)last_img

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FRIDAY 1 pm UPDATE: Hurricane Delta causing power outages across SETX, southwest Louisiana

first_img Tides are still rising, despite astronomical tides saying they should be falling. That is due to the storm surge as the hurricane approaches the coast.Delta’s core of strongest winds is approaching the TX/LA coast. Hurricane Force winds extend 25 to 35 miles from the center of circulation. Tropical Storm Force winds extend 80 to 140 miles from the center of circulation. As Hurricane Delta approaches the Texas-Louisiana Coast, residents in Southeast Texas should prepare for the possible closure of the Rainbow and Veterans Bridges, which connect Port Arthur to Bridge City.DPS and state emergency management officials continue to monitor Hurricane Delta’s impact on Southeast Texa, Sergeant Stephanie Davis said.Winds are increasing — a gust of 60 mph was recorded at the airport in Lake Charles. Hurricane Delta, as of 1 p.m. Friday, is still on track to hit eastern Cameron Parish late this afternoon or early evening as a category 2 hurricane.According to the National Weather Service, the storm was 85 miles from Port Arthur as of 1 p.m. Friday.Rain has been steady across southeast Texas and western Louisiana, where one to three inches of rain has fallen already. Be prepared for flash flooding this afternoon in the heaviest rains, Warning Coordination Meteorologist Roger Erickson said.center_img Winds close to 40 mph have been recorded so far in Mid-County.Power outages are starting to occur across southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana.Officials said Jefferson County has experienced more than 2 inches of rain so far today.Hurricane force winds are expected to move onshore this afternoon and spread inland this evening.last_img read more

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Closing Time! Seven Great Broadway Plays and Musicals to See Before They’re Gone

first_img Big Fish Best Reason to See It: The thrill of seeing two-time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz light up the stage as the hopelessly romantic dreamer Edward Bloom. Big Fish is a must for anyone who still believes that whimsical theater magic is the stuff dreams are made of. Closes Sunday, December 29. 700 Sundays Best Reason to See It: Not only is Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays good, clean, family entertainment, but the legendary comedian and actor proves exactly why he is one of the Hollywood greats. The show makes you want to call your parents and tell them you love them. Closes Sunday, January 5. Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark Best Reason to See It: “And you say rise above.” From its amazing visual effects and awesome costumes to its and rock opera score and high-flying performances, the epic retelling of one of the greatest superhero origin stories still soars. Spider-Man is an irresistible spectacle. Closes Saturday, January 4. Annie Best Reason to See It: There’s something magical about this Broadway.com Audience Choice Award-winning revival. Don’t wait until “tomorrow” to enjoy the rags-to-riches story and the timeless music, which is as fresh and fun as ever. Closes Sunday, January 5. Macbeth Best Reason to See It: Ethan Hawke and Anne-Marie Duff headline Jack O’Brien’s dark, sexy and chilling production, but Malcolm Gets, John Glover and Byron Jennings as devious, gender-bending witches make this bloodbath a real treat. Closes Sunday, January 12. First Date Best Reason to See It: First dates can be awkward, but Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner’s punchy score and Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriguez’s palpable chemistry make this musical First Date funny and identifiable for singles and couples of all kinds. Closes Sunday, January 5. Betrayal Best Reason to See It: The excitement of watching real-life married couple Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz play well-heeled and hard-drinking adulterers. Mike Nichols’ revival of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal is a perfect night for those who savor scandalous stagecraft. Closes Sunday, January 5. As the year comes to an end, it’s time to say good-bye to seven high-profile Broadway productions set to close in the next few weeks. Below, our quickie guide to what makes these plays and musicals must-sees. Choose one (or more) and get tickets now! View Commentslast_img read more

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