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Largest Hunting and Fishing Newspaper in Texas

July 22, 2016

Volume 12, Issue 23

Making lures the old-fashioned way

Buying bait with food stamps?

By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News John Hale has worked alongside fellow bass angler and lure maker Lonnie Stanley for more than 30 years. Now he is running the company, and to make it more successful, he is reaching back to some of the ways lures used to be made. Robert and William Hale, John’s brothers, started in the plastic bait industry with Hale’s Craw Worm in the 1970s. “It became the number one crawfish bait in the world,” John said. The company grew and was sold to Stanley Jigs years ago. “My brother William has been designing baits for years,” John said. “When the opportunity came to buy out Lonnie’s partners, my brothers took it.” In 2013, Hale Lure bought the majority of Stanley Jigs. Lonnie Stanley still works at the Huntington plant, now as a part-owner. John runs the day-to-day operations of the company, now called Hale Lure, LLC, dba Stanley Jigs. Not much has changed be-

By Mark England

Lone Star Outdoor News

tween the two friends, though. They are still constantly trying to out-fish each other in between kidding with each other and developing new lures.

“We still work together and fish together all the time,” John said. “We’re just trying to expand on the plastics line. The new Big Nasty and Little Please turn to page 13

Four steps to more quail

CONTENTS Freshwater Fishing Report . Page 10 Game Warden Blotter . . . . Page 12 Saltwater Fishing Report . . Page 16 Heroes . . . . . . . . . . . Page 18 Sun, Moon & Tides . . . . . Page 20 Products . . . . . . . . . . Page 22 Outdoor Datebook . . . . . Page 23 Crossword . . . . . . . . . Page 24 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . Page 26


Fish on the Texas coast long enough and you may hear a story similar to this: A San Antonio angler stood in line recently to buy bait at a Port Mansfield shop. The person ahead of him at the counter had Red Bull, some frozen shrimp, mullet and a bait bucket. How it was bought surprised the angler. “It appeared to be paid for with a Lone Star Card,” he said. Lone Star Outdoor News contacted the bait shop, where a clerk disputed the allegation. “No, you can’t buy bait with the Lone Star Card,” she said. “It’s not allowed.” State law forbids using food stamps to buy bait or fishing equipment, a spokesman for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission confirmed to LSON in an email. “This is not something that is allowed in Texas or any other state, with the exception of Alaska,”

ON-THE-WATER TESTING: John Hale has helped develop and manufacture Stanley lures for more than 30 years. Hale, at 74, recently fished with LSON on Sam Rayburn Reservoir. He was so focused on fishing, we had to beg him to go in for lunch. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

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Reel Bounty wins Poco Bueno Lands 547-pound blue marlin By Robert Sloan

For Lone Star Outdoor News HELPING QUAIL: Bobwhite quail have to consume a lot of food per day to remain healthy. Most of the birds’ food is insects, followed by seeds. Photo by Lone Star Outdoor News.

Lone Star Outdoor News Kelly Reyna, the quail professor at the University of North Texas, dispelled a few quail myths at his seminar presented at the Texas Wildlife Association annual con-

scales. Fishing times during the tournament were from 6:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. on July 15, and 6:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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Time Sensitive Material • Deliver ASAP

By Craig Nyhus

The Reel Bounty with Capt. Kirk Elliott won the Poco Bueno, held July 15-16 out of Port O’Connor, with a 547-pound blue marlin. Just before the winning billfish was hooked, the team had caught their first blue of the day, weighing 406 pounds. Those two marlin turned out to be the heaviest of the tournament — both caught at first light on the first day, and the first to come to the


Toxic feed for hogs

Drawn hunt changes

Research ongoing on toxicant. Page 4

Outfitted hunts new this season. Page 4

WINNING BOAT: The Reel Bounty runs wide open at the annual Poco Bueno tournament. The boat caught the heaviest blue marlin. Photo by Berkeley Fondren, @austindrones.

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Bluegill from shore

Record ling

Anglers landing nice-sized fish. Page 8

Fish topping 80 pounds caught during Deep Sea Roundup. Page 9

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