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CHESTER MOORE COLUMN: Mistakes anglers make — part 1

first_imgThe goal of any fishing story you ever see with my byline is to help you become a better fishermen.Whether it is discussing how to use a particular kind of lure or digging into to philosophical side of fishing, a personal goal of mine is to help other anglers and myself become better at the sport we love so much.A big part of that is taking an honest look at mistakes made on the water so we can avoid those and use our precious time much more efficiently so today we begin a three part series on mistakes anglers make. Staying Too Long: This is one I do not tolerate much and that cripples many anglers. If the fish are not biting at a particular location and you have a limited time to fish, then move. The fish are not necessarily at your location. A prime example is when you hear a report from friends of catching a limit of trout in Johnson Bayou for example. You return the next day at the same time to the same location and strike out.What happened?There’s a good chance they simply followed the food source elsewhere which is why I am much more about patterns than hotspots. If the fish are feeding on shad in the mornings, then finding the shad is the first key because if you are able to find enough shad, you will eventually find the trout. There is a time and place to grind it out at a spot but for the most part if you have worked an area over and found nothing, move until you do. Ignoring the Pressure: Barometric pressure is a huge factor in fishing but it is greatly misunderstood. It would take several columns of this length to give it a full explanation but the important thing to know is rising and high pressure are generally bad for fishing and falling pressure is better for fishing. This is why fish bite good right before a cold front comes in and when the sky is clear the day after it hits they have lockjaw.The best time to fish is when you can and that does not always jive with the right barometric conditions but if you are able to fish when you see conditions lining up to your advantage, avoid the “bluebird sky” days and seek out right before and two to three day after a front hits for best fishing.Lack of Fish Knowledge: Most anglers know their gear fairly well and are familiar with a set of fishing techniques however many lack in a knowledge of the actual fish they pursue.By doing a deep study of the diet, metabolism, mating cycles and behavior of fish anglers can avoid simple mistakes and greatly increase opportunities to score, especially on super-sized specimens.center_img Take speckled trout for example.To this day I talk with many anglers who believe trout migrate into the Gulf in winter and will not come back until early spring.The reality is there is no mass migration to the Gulf and trout remain in the bay and channel systems throughout winter, typically staying in the deeper areas and moving shallow when things warm up.By simply knowing that, an angler can open up a good three months of trout fishing they weren’t bothering with and at a time when catching a big one is highly likely.In the Thursday edition we will look at specific mistakes made by saltwater anglers and finish with a look at bass fishing no-nos.(To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at cmooreoutdoors@gmail.com . You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI and watch his WebTV series at www.Godsoutdoors.com.)last_img read more


January 26, 2021 0

Services today and death notices for Nov. 13

first_imgServices todayTed Michael Lyon, Levingston Funeral Home, Groves, 10 a.m. Harry Elmo Howlett Jr., 82, of Bridge City died Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015. Levingston Funeral Home, Groves.Mary Lou Buchholz, 88, of Beaumont died Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015. Melancon’s, Nederland. Death noticesKathleen Carabelle, 91, Port Arthur, Texas, died Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015. Clayton Thompson Funeral Home, Groves.Kathryn Leocadi, 91, of Groves died Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015. Clayton Thompson Funeral Home, Groves.last_img read more


January 26, 2021 0

Lamar to delay start of classes Wednesday

first_img Classes scheduled for Monday, Wednesday, Friday will begin with the 12:40 p.m. class, a University spokesman said. Classes scheduled for Monday and Wednesday will begin with the 1:50 p.m. class.Staff workday will begin at noon. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to monitor lamar.edu and media outlets for changes as conditions develop and use judgement in travel. Lamar University will delay the start of classes and other campus activities Wednesday because of expected dangerous road conditions.last_img read more


January 26, 2021 0

Authorities ID man killed in Sunday night Nederland crash

first_img Duke was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Brad Burnett.Authorities classified the case as an “ongoing investigation,” adding no additional details are available as of this morning. NEDERLAND — The Texas Department of Public Safety identified the man killed Sunday night in a wreck along FM 366 in Nederland.In a release at 7 a.m. Monday, authorities said 52-year-old Robert Duke of Port Neches was the driver of a Ford truck involved in a single-vehicle crash. Police previously said Troopers responded to the single vehicle crash in the 100 block of FM 366 in Nederland at approximately 7 p.m. Sunday.center_img The preliminary investigation indicated a 2004 Ford pickup was traveling eastbound on FM 366 when, “for an unknown reason, the driver veered to the left striking an unoccupied construction vehicle.”Authorities said the victim was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.last_img read more


January 26, 2021 0

HEALTHY LIVING — Should I exercise when I’m ill?

first_img The best way to avoid the problem is not to get sick in the first place. Get a flu shot. They really do help and no, you will not get the flu from a flu shot. Exercise in general can help boost your body’s natural defenses against illness and infection. Thirty minutes of regular exercise three to four times a week has been shown to raise immunity by raising levels of T cells, which are one of the body’s first defenses against infection. However, intense 90-minute training sessions like those done by elite athletes can actually lower immunity.Use common sense, take care of yourself, and be mindful of others. When feeling ill, rest, get proper nutrition, drink plenty of liquids, and soon you will be back into your regular fitness routine. Stay healthy, my friends. You have been doing so well! Sticking to your fitness routine, making the time and working hard to get healthy. And then, when you least expect it, despite your best efforts … ACHOOOO! All of a sudden you are waylaid by a cold or flu.What should you do? Should you skip the treadmill or forsake that cycling class for a late afternoon nap? Will you lose your momentum if you skip a day or two? The answer depends on what ails you. For example, exercising with a mild cold may be OK, but if you’ve got a fever, hitting the gym is a definite no-no. Are you infectious? Please think of others. Your cold may be quite serious to an immune-compromised individual.Fever is the limiting factor. The danger is exercising and raising your body temperature internally if you already have a fever, because that can make you even sicker. If you have a fever greater than 101 degrees Fahrenheit, sit this one out. A neck check is a way to determine your level of activity during a respiratory illness. If your symptoms are above the neck, including a sore throat, nasal congestion, sneezing, and tearing eyes, then it’s OK to exercise. If your symptoms are below the neck, such as coughing, body aches, fever, and fatigue, then it’s time to hang up the running shoes until these symptoms subside. An uncomplicated cold in an adult should be totally gone in about seven days.A flu that develops complications such as bronchitis or sinusitis can last two weeks. The symptoms of cough and congestion can linger for weeks if not treated. In general, the flu, even if uncomplicated, can make you feel pretty rotten for 10 days to two weeks. Sharing is a good thing, but not when it comes to illness. For heaven’s sake, wipe down what you touch with disinfectant when you are done. Please, if you feel the need to continue even light workouts, do it outdoors, away from others.center_img A good rule of thumb for exercising when sick:Do what you can do, and if you can’t do it, then don’t. Most people who are fit tend to feel worse if they stop their exercise, but if you have got a bad case of the flu and can’t lift your head off the pillow, then chances are you won’t want to go run on the treadmill. The general rule is that if it is just a little sniffle and you take some medications and don’t feel so sick, it’s OK to work out. But if you have any bronchial tightness, it’s not advisable to be working out.Know your limits. If you are feeling kind of bad, you may want to consider a walk instead of a run. Take the intensity down or do a regenerative activity like yoga, because if you don’t feel great, it may not be the best day to do your sprints.last_img read more


January 26, 2021 0

Jamyus Jones, Darrell Jones heading to Texas A&M International

first_img He averaged 13.2 points and 4.3 rebounds per game, both second-best on the Seahawks in last season’s 15-17 campaign that included a first-round upset of Trinity Valley Community College in the NJCAA Region 14 tournament.Jamyus Jones led LSCPA in 3-point shooting, hitting 68 of 189, 36-percent, and steals.Darrell Jones, a 6-foot-2 guard who led Nederland High to the District 21-5A title as a 2017 senior, was second on the 2019-20 Seahawks in assists per game, third in steals and scoring with a 9.2 points per game average and fourth in rebounding.He began his college career averaging 4.4 points per game as a freshman at John Brown University in Arkansas, an NAIA school. He transferred home to Port Arthur and redshirted during the 2018-19 season. They are set to remain teammates for two more years now that they both have signed letters of intent to continue their education and play NCAA Division II basketball at Texas A&M International University in Laredo.“I call them the Jones Boys,” said Rudy “Mac” McConnell, first-year head coach at TAMI. “They’ve got a mature attitude and character about them. They both have good parents, and they work hard.”Jamyus Jones, a 5-foot-11 guard, was an all-stater who led Port Arthur Memorial to the Class 5A state championship in 2018. He was the only Seahawks player to play in all 64 games in the past two seasons, starting 31 of 32 as a senior. Jamyus Jones and Darrell Jones, the second- and third-leading scorers for the Lamar State College Port Arthur Seahawks last winter, are not related.At least not biologically.“Our dads worked together for the City of Port Arthur,” Jamyus Jones said. “We played AAU together. We’ve been knowing each other for 12 years.”Jamyus Jones jumps high to get off a shot during a game against Baton Rouge College.center_img “Both Jamyus and Darrell are good players,” said Lance Madison, the Seahawks head coach. “Jamyus is a good shooter and a good scorer. He had some big games against good teams. Darrell’s mid-range game is good, and he played great defense. Against Angelina [LSCPA’s final game], he was our best player.”Sports teams at 7,500-student Texas A&M International are known as the Dustdevils, and McConnell will be trying to dust off the program’s solid reputation that includes NCAA Division II tourney trips in 2013 and 2014.A member of the Lone Star Conference, the basketball team was just 9-46 the past two years after the retirement of a long-time head coach.“I’ve been known to fix bad programs and this one only won three games last year,” said McConnell, who was hired in March. “So I’m trying to find the right kids to do that. I’m looking for guys that will play hard and physical.“Every kid needs improvement, but these two bring a lot. Both are high-character, low-maintenance products of Region 14. They both had opportunities [to play elsewhere]. I’m glad they chose to come here.”Not only did the Jones boys grow up playing basketball together, they were like members of each other’s families.“We used to stay at each other’s houses about each weekend,” Darrell Jones recalls.Their decision to continue teaming up at TAMI was also a group thing.“We both ended up getting interest from the coach, so we decided if one was going, we both were going to go,” Darrell Jones said.“I love to play with Jamyus. He was one of my favorite teammates last year. He’s a very hard-playing player and that’s the best kind of teammate.”“It’s a new head coach, so it’ll be a whole new team,” Jamyus Jones said. “Having Darrell there will make it much better. I’m happy for this journey. It should be fun.”last_img read more


January 26, 2021 0

Dwight Thacker, who lost arm in childhood tragedy, reminisces on decades-long sports career

first_img “Several wanted me to move up,” he relates, “but my heart has always been with the younger kids.”It remains that way today, 20 years into retirement.Thacker said his role was not unlike that of friend Jack Lynch, whose sole coaching assignment in Nederland was at C.O. Wilson Middle School. One-armed kid Dwight Thacker drew cheers from peers and adults alike growing up on Nederland baseball fields. Years went by and the roles were reversed. The one-armed man was exhorting Bridge City youngsters to give it their best, whether in football, basketball or track.“I loved my work,” Thacker said as he reflected on his career while looking through a scrapbook full of memories. “It was like getting paid to play.”Thacker was hired for a junior high position by Coach H.W. (Chief) Wilson in 1968. Five more athletic directors were to succeed Wilson during Thacker’s 37-yer tenure. Dwight laughed again as he recalls hearing arguments about which one of the two hollered the loudest.In addition to sports, Thacker also touched the lives of students as a driver’s ed instructor, this time in a soft, coaxing voice.Thacker, now 76, had just turned six on the dreadful day he became entangled with tractor blades.Taking a ride with his brother Roland on the family cow pasture, Dwight recounted the accident on a recent Facebook post. Before his father could stop the tractor, his whole body was thrown into the blades, severing his left arm just above the elbow and cutting off half a big toe.center_img “The dragging actually saved my life because it crammed so much grass into the wound that it kept me from bleeding to death, ” he said.After two weeks in the hospital, young Dwight walked into his first grade classroom at Langham Elementary, his mother having buttoned his shirtsleeve below the nub.He credits her faith-filled guidance for his action-packed boyhood — hunting, fishing, swimming and starring as a Little League pitcher and Babe Ruth League hitter (.610 average as a 14-year-old in 1958).Dwight said his mother’s influence gave him the confidence that he could do anything he set his mind to. It was a conviction that has stood the test of time.He has been a positive influence for thousands of young people and the entire community. A member of the Community Church in Orange, Thacker leads Bible study groups for youth groups in Bridge City and Orangefield.He’s also been involved in a prison ministry for youth offenders since retirement in 2005 and stays connected to Cardinal football as the stadium public address announcer.Thacker, a neighborhood friend Robert Albritton and several other Bulldog exes, were involved with softball and football intramural sports while attending Lamar. He received a degree in history and physical education, and a master’s in education at McNeese.Dwight and brothers Roland and Gary, both deceased, played on all three of Nederland’s state finalist football teams. Gary was a fullback in 1956 and 1957, Roland a tackle in 1957, and Dwight a barefoot PAT and field goal kicker when the Bulldogs returned to the title game in 1961.He has one surviving brother, Jimmy, in Orange, sisters Sheila Burt of Groves and June Trahan of Central Gardens, two grandsons and numerous nieces and nephews. It’s a mix that makes for some large family gatherings, especially during the holidays.— By Russ Devillier, Special to The Newslast_img read more


January 26, 2021 0

It’s Official! Tony Winner Sutton Foster Set for Spring Broadway Bow in Violet

first_img Foster is a two‐time Tony Award winner for her performances in Anything Goes and Thoroughly Modern Millie. The Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner has also appeared on the Great White Way in Young Frankenstein, The Drowsy Chaperone, Little Women, Les Miserables, Annie, The Scarlet Pimpernel and Grease. She also headlined the short-lived ABC Family series Bunheads. Related Shows Violet View Comments Violet will feature choreography by Jeffrey Page, set designs by David Zinn, costume design by Clint Ramos, lighting design by Mark Barton and sound design by Leon Rothenberg. Original orchestrations will be by Joseph Joubert and Buryl Red with music direction by Michael Rafter. Star Files Watch a clip of Foster in the Encores! production of Violet below.center_img The Roundabout production will be based on last summer’s New York City Center Encores! Off-Center concert of Violet, which also starred Foster and was directed by Silverman. That one-night-only engagement featured Joshua Henry and also included Van Hughes, Austin Lesch, Anastacia McCleskey, Keala Settle, Christopher Sieber, Emerson Steele, Chris Sullivan, Rema Webb and Paul Whitty with the gospel choir, Songs of Solomon. Full casting for Violet’s Broadway’s incarnation will be announced shortly. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 10, 2014 It’s official! Two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster will return to the Great White Way in Violet. As Broadway.com previously reported, the Jeanine Tesori-Brian Crawley-penned musical will play the American Airlines Theatre this spring. Directed by Leigh Silverman, the Roundabout Theatre Company production will begin on March 28 and play a limited engagement through August 10. Opening night is set for April 20. Violet tells the story of a young woman’s quest for beauty amidst the image-obsessed landscape of the 1960s. Facially disfigured in a childhood accident, Violet (Foster) dreams of a miraculous transformation through the power of faith. Convinced that a televangelist in Oklahoma can heal her, she hops a Greyhound bus and starts the journey of a lifetime. Along the way, Violet forms unlikely friendships with her fellow riders, who teach her about beauty, love, courage and what it means to be an outsider. Sutton Fosterlast_img read more


January 18, 2021 0

Photo Lab

first_imgThere is no base photo lab at NAS Jacksonville to cover events here. Individual commands are requested to purchase their own digital cameras and cover their own events such as retirements, promotions, re-enlistments, etc. Official officer service records, roster photos of commanding officers, executive officers and command master chiefs, and photos for special packages will be taken by appointment only. To schedule an appointment call 904-542-4877. The studio is in Building 110, Yorktown Avenue. Only photos for official officer service records, roster photos of commanding officers, executive officers and command master chiefs, and photos for special packages will be taken.last_img read more


January 18, 2021 0

In Yuba County

first_imgCatch a concert at the county’s outdoor amphitheater or tee off at one of the three 18-hole golf courses in the county. Don’t miss the Yuba-Sutter Fair in nearby Yuba City or the golden dragon and Chinese lion dancers at the Bok Kai Parade in Marysville. And be sure to taste some of the local harvest from any of one of the Central Valley’s many orchards, farms and vineyards.Yuba County and its surrounding communities are hosts to dozens of entertaining activities.last_img


January 18, 2021 0