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Warriors and Dragonflies have messages for all who care to listen


Tom Behrens has over 50 years experience in fishing and hunting across the United States. Much of this time was spent in Oklahoma and Texas where he became very familiar with the outdoor opportunities in these states. You may contact him by email at:

Terry Sympson of Jackson Hill Marina reports the extreme honor to have four combat wounded couples for the weekend of March 24 -26th at Jackson Hill Marina.

Two of these heroes were still on active duty and one is going back to Afghanistan for his fourth Tour of Duty.

Buck Collins organized the weekend trip with his bride Kim. Together they operate our Wounded Warrior Association of East Texas and Western Louisiana. Buck is himself a Special Forces Iraqi Freedom Veteran. He has had to overcome traumatic brain injury and suffers the effects of combat related trauma. He understands the warrior life and he uses the outdoors to help other warriors with the same remedy that he and others have discovered, peace of mind and relaxation at Mother Nature's House.

"With a little good weather, their favorite girl by their side and a fishing rod in hand it's amazing how fast you can lose track of time There is certainly something in angling that tends to produce a serenity of the mind said Washington Irving. Truer words were never spoken as proved again this weekend."

The guys had gone bass fishing on Saturday with some local volunteers and the ladies went on a shopping trip carefully planned by Ms. Kim. The night before was an all you can eat Jackson Hill fried catfish dinner welcoming the group and meeting each other, most for the first time. Buck and Kim greeted each couple. With the group intentionally small everyone quickly became comfortable and by Saturday night's Rib eye steak dinner everyone was immersed in the present moment, sharing the days adventures as a family and friends.

The warriors, fish and dragonflies came together in the last few hours on Sunday morning just before our special guests would drive back to reality and their primary jobs of raising families and keeping the greatest country on earth free for the rest of us.

"Connie and I loaded up the Patriots Challenge Fishing boat with everyone aboard. We had one last chance to spend time together, enjoying a beautiful Sunday morning with breakfast burritos and bloody Mary's, talking, laughing and then the crappie began to bite.

"Connie caught a couple of crappie to start us off then the other ladies began to catch fish. Before long with the ladies all catching fish the smack talk started and the competition was on.

"Buck, known as the fish whisperer, started to rally the guys to mount a comeback. As the morning past by we had the opportunity to have a bald eagle swoop down yards from the boat to pick up a crappie casualty for breakfast. Then as we reached the 'just one more fish before we go' stage of the trip one of the ladies hoisted a nice black crappie up for the camera's last fish of the day photo op. At just that moment a dragonfly landed on her hand and allowed me to take several pictures before going about its business.

Dragonflies have been on earth longer than the dinosaurs and every culture has their own folklore about them. It is said that a dragonfly will never waste their time since it is so short and if one visits you it is there to remind you to live in the present and put away the past. In Native American legends, the dragonfly is a symbol of resurrection, and renewal after hardship.

A warriors life is intense, everything is about the mission first. Living in the present allows you to survive when you are in combat, however when the mission ends and the warrior returns home living in the present can seem impossible, trivial and meaningless. The constant adrenalin rush and brotherhood among warriors becomes lost and so can the warrior. Families of warriors struggle to understand, to cope and to help.

"We hope and pray that we can provide some rest, relaxation and renewal for them along their journey. The next time a dragonfly visits you remember it's not there to waste time, listen."

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Partly Sunny

Hi: 93

Sunday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 75


Mostly Cloudy

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Monday Night

Partly Cloudy

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Partly Sunny

Hi: 94

Tuesday Night

Mostly Clear

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Wednesday Night

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Lake Sam Rayburn Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 6/24: 162.58 (-1.82)

Lake Sam Rayburn Fishing Report from TPWD (Jun. 20)

Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 1.75’ low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed soft plastics and Brush Hogs. White bass are good on minnows, hellbenders, and silver spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and tube jigs over brush piles. Bream are slow. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait.