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Texas Annual INSIDE: 2013 Hunting

Volume 9, Issue 24

Almost $4 million earmarked for quail


TPWD says money will be focused on habitat improvements

state. Texas Parks and Wildlife recently completed a Request for Proposal process to allocate $4 million in funds derived from the sale of the $7 game bird stamp on Texas hunting licenses. Projects selected for the grants will be announced in the next 60 days, according to Robert Perez, TPWD’s Upland Game Bird leader. “Those funds (from the sale of the game bird stamp) are called dedicated

By Conor Harrison Lone Star outdoor newS


Falcon fishing tough But “tough” is relative.

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Hunting offshore Teenager spears big ling.

Texas quail have been hit hard by a myriad of things the past decade. But a release of funds by the Texas Legislature is bringing hope that some of those issues will be eradicated, especially regarding quail habitat across the

ON POINT: TPWD will award $2 million this year and another $2 million next year for quail habitat improvement and quail-related research projects. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News. See QUAIL, Page 21

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Approaching new water on the fly


By Nicholas Conklin

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Giant mule deer Texas hunter shoots an Arizona monster. Page 4

John Graves dies Longtime Texas author passes.


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HOISTING BIG ONES: Anglers are heading offshore for big amberjack, and the fishing has been great for the tough-fighting fish. Photo by Scott Sommerlatte, for Lone Star Outdoor News.

Battling rig donkeys Federal amberjack season begins, catches outstanding By Conor Harrison Lone Star outdoor newS

It is open season on offshore amberjack, and Texas anglers have been taking advantage of big “rig donkeys.” Amberjack are common in the deeper federal waters, and Texas anglers don’t have too far to go to find structure or oil rigs that hold amberjack. Off of Galveston, charter boats have been catching onefish-per-person limits on most trips. “We’ve probably been out

everyday since the season opened,” said Dan Green of Fishin Addiction Charters. “It has been pretty good. Starting at about 65 miles offshore, the amberjack have been hitting live blue runners and jigs.” Green said he focuses on oil platforms that have been cut off below the surface, as well as operational rigs. “We have been catching limits, but we’ve also been trying to keep clients from breaking off when the fish gets wrapped in the rigs,” he said. “If they break off, the fish will often

stop biting and you’ve got to go to another place.” Green said the fish clients have been catching have been in the 30- to 40-pound range. “Out of Galveston, you have to run 80 miles before you reach 300 feet of water,” he said. “So we might not always catch as big a fish as other places that don’t have to run as far to get into deeper water. “But they are still a lot of fun to catch.” Farther south out of Port Aransas, Mark Teague of Dolphin Docks Charters said the party boats are catching some “really nice amberjack.” “We are actually catching See AMBERJACK, Page 14

New is exciting. New is fun. New, unfished water is even more so. Which is why, when confronted with new water, most anglers will plow headfirst into a river and start stripping off line. Don’t do that. Stop, sit on the bank and observe. That is what guide Kevin Stubbs, owner and operator of Expedition Outfitters, said is the best approach to fishing an unfamiliar body of water. “The first thing I do, is don’t fish,” Stubbs said. “I just sit there and watch the river, and observe what the insects are doing and what the fish are doing.” Stubbs said most anglers take too aggressive an approach when it comes to an unfamiliar piece of water. Instead, he advised anglers to sit and let the nerves calm while assessing the activity above and below the surface. Prior research and due diligence is important, but, if that is not an option, or the information is outSee WATER, Page 19

READING BETWEEN THE LINES: Anglers should focus on several factors and slow down when fishing new rivers. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

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Texan takes giant Ariz. mule deer By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News Gilbert T. Adams III of Beaumont thought he would have the chance to take a big mule deer buck when he bought the Arizona Governor’s Tag through the Arizona Deer Foundation in the spring of 2012. But he never dreamed of seeing a buck as big as the one on his hunt at the famed Arizona Strip. “The drought was so bad there that we didn’t hunt in 2012, the quality of the bucks was poor,” he said. The Governor’s Tag is a 365-day tag, and it was set to expire Aug. 14, and by July it became now or never to complete the hunt. “The drought continued into this year so we weren’t expecting what we saw,” Adams said. Adams, hunting with his wife, Misty, and guides Troy Brock and Doyle Moss, saw the big buck on July 29, but that was just the beginning of the hunt. “The Arizona Strip is a desert that is almost inaccessible,” Adams said. “You have to enter

from Nevada. Where we were was literally within 100 yards of the Grand Canyon. “We spotted the buck early in the morning, but we needed to make a seven- to eight-mile hike to try to get into position for a shot.” After the hike was complete, the buck was still in view but had bedded down. “And he was on top of a ridge so we would have to make a shot before he started moving around,” Adams said. The wait began. “I don’t know how hot it was, but it felt like 115 degrees,” Adams said. “We waited about five hours for him to get up and it was getting late in the day.” Finally, at about 5 p.m., the buck stood from beneath the shade of a juniper and Adams made a true shot with his Lazzeroni War Bird at about 400 yards. When the group got a close look at the buck, they were even more surprised at its size. “It scored 276 gross with a whopping 241-inch typi-

cal main frame,” Adams said. “From what I’m told, it may be the biggest typical buck taken since the famous bucks of the 1970s. It has a gross frame bigger than the number one typical in the world — it’s just amazing.” The buck was still in velvet, and the final score will come later with some deductions, but Adams’ buck is already being compared with the famous Burris Buck and Mundy Buck known to mule deer enthusiasts. “It probably will be a book deer in both the typical and non-typical categories,” Adams said, although he must choose one or the other. Adams, a Beaumont attorney, currently president of the Texas Deer Association, is general counsel for the non-profit Texas Outdoor C.H.I.L.D. and is an official Boone & Crockett measurer. The Governor’s Tags allow the hunter to hunt in prime areas or before the regular season starts. The money raised by the tags is used to fund wildlife conservation.

MONSTER MULEY: Gilbert Adams of Beaumont made a 400-yard shot on this mule deer, taken in Arizona on July 29 through a Governor’s Tag obtained by making the largest donation to the Arizona Deer Association. The deer scored 276 gross and had a 241-inch net typical main frame. Photo by Gilbert Adams.

Prairie dog hunting limited in Rita Blanca National Grasslands More than 95 percent of dog towns still open for shooting By Conor Harrison Lone Star Outdoor News

STILL PLENTY OF ROOM: Three prairie dog towns in the Rita Blanca National Grasslands are closed to hunting, but almost 98 percent of the shooting area is still open. Photos by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

Some long-range shooters in the Texas Panhandle are crying foul after an order from the U.S. Forest Service closed several sections of the Rita Blanca National Grasslands to prairie dog hunting so federal biologists can study bubonic plague. The order, signed June 28 by Elaine Kohrman, forest supervisor for the Cibola National Forest and Grasslands, prohibits hunting of the black-tailed prairie dog in three units — RB-21, RB-22 and RB-77. But, that still leaves a lot of prairie dogs to shoot, according to Calvin Richardson, TPWD’s regional biologist in Amarillo. “It is on forest service property and we don’t have any record keeping or permit information on exactly how many people are hunting out there,” Richardson said. “When we asked for public comment, we had four or five people comment. We are trying to get some handle on the pressure up there. “Basically, this is going to restrict shooting on three colonies.” Richardson said there are lots of prairie dog towns throughout the grasslands, so hunters still should have ample opportunity. “This research is going to see the effectiveness of the vaccine for the plague,” he said. “Biologists are using two colonies as treatments to see the effectiveness of using

baits and one colony will be used as a control for the tests.” Texas is one of a handful of states to test the effectiveness of the plague vaccine. The plague is common in prairie dog colonies, and groups are routinely wiped out because of the disease. “The plague is a bad thing, but some ranchers who have prairie dog towns on their land don’t mind it,” Richardson said. “It cycles through every four to seven years.” Richardson said hunters have been misinformed by false information that the federal government is shutting down all prairie dog hunting in the Panhandle. “You can still shoot 98 percent of what you used to,” he said. “There are still lots of colonies to shoot.” According to Rick Gilliland, district supervisor with the Texas Wildlife Service, bubonic plague is transmitted from fleas that infect prairie dogs and other hosts, including humans. “The plague is fairly predictable in the Rita Blanca,” he said. “It seasonally occurs and it cycles through every five to six years.” The vaccine is an oral vaccine that is in the testing phase. “It is an oral bait that is dropped near the towns,” he said. “Once they eat it, it gives them an inoculation from the plague, supposedly.” Gilliland reiterated that only a miniscule percentage of prairie dog habitat will be affected. The order runs through the end of the study, which will be Dec. 31, 2016.

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DBC wildlife scholarships By Craig Nyhus

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Troy Maikis

NO TRUTH TO THE RUMOR: Although some people believe almost anything when it comes to snakes, garlic has not been proven to be an effective deterrent for snakes. Photo by Scott Sommerlatte, for LSON.

Snakes and vampires By Conor Harrison Lone Star Outdoor News

While watching a recent episode of “Border Wars” on the National Geographic Channel, Border Patrol agents apprehended a group of illegal immigrants in South Texas by tracking them from the garlic smell coming from their shoes. When apprehended, the group said they put garlic in their shoes to keep from getting snakebit. Chinese medicine names garlic as an antidote for snakebites. But is this just a homeopathy superstition, or does it have some merit? According to Carl Franklin, biological curator at the Amphibian and Reptile Diversity Research Center

Does garlic help reduce the threat of snakebite? at The University of Texas at Arlington Dept. of Biology, using garlic to ward off snakes is not true. “There’s no evidence that garlic will prevent snakebite,” Franklin said. “It is nothing more than a myth and a waste of garlic. This, of course, is another one of several myths regarding the prevention of snakebite.” Franklin said the odds of getting bitten by a snake are miniscule, regardless. “The odds of these people

being bitten by a snake are relatively low to begin with,” he said. “I spend just as much time or possibly more time in the field than the agents do and my job requires me to look for and collect the snakes. In my professional opinion there is no merit to the practice of rubbing garlic on one’s boots to prevent snakebite. “They must be confused with Dracula.” Joe Martin, who travels to hunting shows with his “Snakes of Texas,” said he has handled poisonous snakes his entire life and has never heard of garlic being used to ward off bites. “I ain’t ever heard of that,” he said. “Garlic in your shoes, huh? That is a new one to me.”

Brandon Garrett

Matthew Miholland

Shelby Vega

Twelve young men and women were recipients of college scholarships, courtesy of the Deer Breeders Corp. Scholarships are awarded by DBC to reach out to students involved with wildlife. Students enrolled in an accredited university pursuing a degree in wildlife biology or a related field are eligible. The DBC Dedwylder/McBride EHD Scholarship is awarded to students who have demonstrated a desire to work with white-tailed deer and who are enrolled in the Texas A&M University Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program. Wildlife Scholarship Recipients: Brandon Garrett — McLennan Community College Faith Nutt — Blinn College Landen Gulick — Texas A&M UniversityKingsville Erin Butler — Stephen F. Austin University Jay Kolbe — Texas A&M University Martha Agudelo — Texas A&M University Austin Bohannon — Texas State University Shelby Vega — Texas A&M University Matthew Milholland — Texas State University Troy Maikis — Texas State University Michael Pate — Tarleton State University 2013 EHD Scholarship Recipient: Luke Duckworth — Oklahoma State University/Texas A&M University The scholarship recipients were announced, and most were present, at the DBC annual convention held in San Antonio July 26-27.

Luke Duckworth

Austin Bohannon

Landen Gulick

Faith Nutt

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Texas author John Graves dead at 92 Author John Graves, whose 1960 book “Goodbye to a River” and authentic depictions of rural Texas made him one of the state’s most celebrated and beloved writers, has died. He was 92. Graves died Wednesday at his home near Glen Rose, said W.K. “Kip” Stratton, president of the Texas Institute of Letters. Stratton did not know the cause of death but said Graves had been in declining health since breaking his hip several years ago. Graves was best known for “Goodbye to a River,” a memoir of a canoe trip down the Brazos River that chronicled nature in masterful language and used history and philosophy to capture a sense of place. It has endured as one of the most acclaimed books about Texas and was nominated for a National Book Award. Graves also wrote “Hard Scrabble” in 1974 and “From a Limestone Ledge” in 1980. The books became known as his “Brazos Trilogy.” His fans included former first lady Laura Bush, who often listed “Goodbye to a River” as one of her favorites. Admirers of Graves often called him the Henry David Thoreau of Texas. “His prose seemed to reflect the state of Texas and its roots,” Stratton said. “It was a marvelous prose style that no one else could match.” Graves was born in Fort Worth on Aug. 6, 1920. He studied literature at Rice University and was drafted into the military soon after graduating. He lost sight in one eye during battle and returned home to try his hand at fiction, but never felt like he was good enough

Photo by Robert Hart.

at it, said Mark Busby, a professor at Texas State University who wrote a 2007 book about Graves. It was not long after Graves returned to Texas that he took his voyage on the Brazos that made his legacy. Graves was supposed to write an article about the trip for Sports Illustrated, but Busby said the piece was rejected for being too philosophical. Three years after Graves took the canoe ride, “Goodbye to a River” was published. “He was a master stylist. People who know his work can read a paragraph of his and say, ‘Oh, that’s John Graves,’ the same way you could do with a Hemingway or a Faulkner,” Busby said. Graves is survived by his wife and two daughters. — Staff report

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Tougher in the summer Falcon fishing isn’t always easy, but it’s all relative By Conor Harrison Lone Star Outdoor News

Even when Falcon International Reservoir fishes tougher than normal, it still beats many lakes on their best days. You know when guides complain that they are only catching 8- and 9-pound fish, they have become spoiled. “It’s been a little tough,” said Falcon guide Jay Greishaw. “Having said that, I’ve booked a 9, three 8s and a bunch of 7s this past week.” Greishaw said traditional summer patterns have been working — deep-diving crankbaits and Carolina rigs — but anglers are having to grind to catch fish. “We caught more fish on plastics and we mixed in some square bills and spinner baits, as well,” he added. Greishaw said some days a Carolina-

rigged plum worm with a quarterounce weight and short leader has been the ticket. Guide Tommy Law has also been grinding out solid catches of nice largemouths. “I know the pictures look good, but before you get excited, that was two days of fishing and grinding; mostly grinding,” he said. “Man, Falcon was really tough the past couple of days. The weather has been hot and the wind calm. I fished from one end of the lake to the other and back again. “It seems like we are getting enough bites, but the fish will just not eat the bait.” Even with the tough fishing, Law and his clients boated several fish in the 8- and 9-pound range, and one double-digit bass in the past week. James Bendele at Falcon Lake Tackle

agreed the fishing has been tough, although plenty of bass are still being caught. “There have been quite a few shallow fish reported this week, and while these aren’t trophies for the most part, they’re damn sure fun fish to catch,” he said. “And while we might not be catching the numbers and size of fish that we have become accustomed to, these fish still have all the ‘mean’ in them that you remember. Better fish, or numbers of them, are hanging out in the 8- to 20- foot range on rocks. “But shallow trees can have you a bunch of fish in the boat in a short order, if you find the right trees.” Jay Greishaw, (956) 754-0626 Tommy Law, (325) 439-6045 Falcon Lake Tackle, (956) 765-4866

BIG TARGET: Norman Jolly holds the big ling he speared after finally wrestling the fish from the deep. Photo by Norman Jolly.

Flinging at ling Teenager spears monster cobia on offshore rig By Conor Harrison Lone Star Outdoor News

At only 19 years old, Norman Jolly has more experience hunting big fish than many people twice his age. The Houston native recently traveled to an oil rig 10 miles offshore with Keith Love of Texas Bluewater Safaris and speared a near-record size ling. “About five years ago I learned to spearfish in Cozumel,” Jolly said. “I started traveling a lot and met some really good, professional spearfishing guys. I realized that here in Texas, we have some of the best spearfishing in the world.” Jolly said visibility was poor the day he went out several weeks ago. “It was probably 8 to 10 feet,” he said. “When I first saw the ling come in, he had another one with him. I actually thought he was small dog shark, See LING, Page 23

STILL PRETTY GOOD: Although guides and anglers are finding the fishing tougher on Falcon, plenty of big fish are still being caught like this one from one of Tommy Law’s clients. Photo by Tommy Law, Outlaw Guide Service.

Trout bite hot, along with weather Drifting deep shell producing limits

GOOD BITE IN MOST PLACES: Plenty of trout are being caught along the coast by wading or throwing a popping cork. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

The August heat hasn’t kept anglers from enjoying some superb trout fishing so far this month. According to Capt. Brett

Sweeny in East Matagorda Bay, the trout bite has been great since the last full moon. “We’ve mostly been catching them drifting over deep,

scattered shell in 4 to 6 feet,” he said. “We are using popping corks and scented plastics. Also, there has been a good early morning top-water bite for trout and reds in East Bay.” Sweeny said the trout have been between 2 and 5 pounds. “We are catching them up to about 5 1/2 pounds,” he said. “Most of the bigger fish have come from drifting. But it can be tough with the heat. Sometimes the main bite doesn’t happen until between 10 a.m. and noon. “You just have to tough it out.” Sweeney said an incoming tide has produced the best results. “It’s been so hot, I haven’t even bothered to check the water temperature,” he said. “An incoming tide

has definitely been the best. With the most recent full moon combined with a west wind, you need an incoming tide for the best bite.” Good reports have also emerged from Galveston Bay. “The fishing is awesome right now,” said Capt. Blake Sartor. “We have big trout stacked up on the reefs. We are catching near to full limits of trout drifting deep oyster shell in Galveston Bay. The best bite is early and midday once the fish get a chance to relax from the boats.” Capt. Kris Kelley from Castaway Lodge in Seadrift said the trout bite has been good on an incoming tide. “Trout are working to near peak of the incoming tide over shell and

mud/grass,” he said. “The bigger fish — fish over 24 inches — are lurking in the mud pockets aiming to spawn again here in August. This is a pattern I’ve seen some 20 years on the water in this location.” Other reports along the midcoast said trout are biting while drifting slicks with live shrimp and scented plastics. Also, with an early top-water bite, focus on deep-water structure, but the bite might not last long. Some guides reported the bite was tough this week near Rockport. Capt. Brett Sweeny, (979) 533-3021 Capt. Blake Sartor, (832) 385-2012 Capt. Kris Kelley, (888) 618-4868

— Staff report

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Wardens to man Swift Water Rescue teams Ready to respond in case of floods, hurricanes By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News In 2007, Texas Game Warden Ty Patterson drowned in a rescue mission on the Paluxy River in swift water after a regional flood. His death will be remembered, though, as it helped spur a push to develop specialized units throughout Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to deal with unusual situations. Swift Water Rescue teams will make up one of the units. Capt. Jason Davis of Gonzales is in charge of the Swift Water Rescue and Search and Rescue teams. “TPWD as a whole is starting DROPPING IN: Part of search and rescue training being specialized units under Special received by Texas game wardens includes helicopter Operations,” he said. “The units rescues on land and water. Photo by TPWD. then have the necessary equipment along with the training and can be deployed as a group of certified wardens with the equipment they need.” Other specialized units recently established include the K-9 unit, Marine Theft unit and Scout unit, which is similar to a SWAT team. “We always look at what we can do better as an agency and be proactive,” Davis said. “We want to minimize the risk to wardens who may not have the specialized training in a certain situation.” Five regional SWR teams will be established around the state, all trained to Swift Water Technician status. Seven wardens have already received the training. “And five of the seven of us are training to be instructors this week,” Davis said. “We will then be able to conduct the training in-house and train all cadets to be Swift Water Responders.” The plan is to have 24 wardens certified by the end of August, and another 20 by the end of October. The training of the Swift Water Rescue Technicians was done by Rescue Training International in New Braunfels. “The have a core group that has gone through the initial class,” said Wesley Meyer, who conducts the training. “Previously, some game wardens took the course on their own if they were interested.” The course is named FAST Rescue 1, with FAST standing for Flood and Swift Water Technician. It’s a 27-hour course conducted over See RESCUE, Page 11

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TEXAS FRESHWATER FISHING REPORT Find the right depth LAKE FORK — According to Lake Fork guide Andrew Grills, finding the right depth is important. “Right now I’m fishing a lot of depths, but I find myself close to 20 feet most of the time. The right depth to be fishing will change throughout the day and everyday. I’ve been throwing all of the summertime lures like crankbaits, spoons, Carolina rigs, drop shots and heavy shaky heads. My favorite lure this time of year is a Toadwrangler football jig, because it consistently produces big fish. “Some days the fish can be a little jig shy, so you’ll just have to evaluate weather they will bite a big football jig or not.” To contact guide Andrew Grills, call (903) 638-1170.

Early and late LAKE TEXANA — Largemouth bass fishing is going to be pretty slow at 86-degree water temperature, according to

ALAN HENRY: Water lightly stained; 82–88 degrees; 12.81’ low. Largemouth bass are fair to good on buzzbaits early, later switching to Texas rigs, weightless flukes and shaky heads. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and prepared bait. AMISTAD: Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 56.63’ low. Largemouth bass are good on chartreuse Senkos, top-waters, Zoom Super Flukes, and Carolina-rigged soft plastic worms. Catfish are good on cheesebait and punchbait. ARROWHEAD: Water off-color; 81– 87 degrees; 13.62’ low. Largemouth bass are good on Zara Spooks, Texas rigs and shallow-running shad pattern crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. ATHENS: Water clear, 82–88 degrees; 3.25’ low. Largemouth bass are slow on Texas-rigged green pumpkin plastics and weightless Senkos. Catfish are good on trotlines. BASTROP: Water clear; 88–92 degrees. Largemouth bass are good on chartreuse and green pumpkin crankbaits and soft plastics. Channel and blue catfish are very good on liver and stinkbait. BELTON: Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 8.38’ low. Largemouth bass are good on spinner baits and lipless crankbaits. Hybrid striper are good but small on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are very good on minnows under lights at night. Crappie are good on minnows in 20–25 feet under lights at night. Channel and blue catfish are good on juglines baited with frozen shad. Yellow catfish are good on juglines baited with live perch. BONHAM: Water stained, 82–88 degrees; 0.62’ low. Largemouth bass are good in flooded vegetation, cattails, around boat docks and on points. Crankbaits, soft plastics, jigs and top-waters are all working well — key is to cover water. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows around bridges and brush piles in 12–15’. Catfish are good on minnows along the bank in the park area. BRAUNIG: Water clear. Largemouth bass are good on watermelon spinner baits and soft plastic worms near the dam. Striped bass are good on liver and perch off points near the pier. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers,

shrimp and cut bait near the dam. BRIDGEPORT: Water clear; 81–86 degrees; 18.90’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on Texas-rigged green pumpkin worms around deeper docks on main lake and small white swimbaits around the dam. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 84–88 degrees; 7.92’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on watermelon red spinner baits around docks. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies and crankbaits off lighted docks at night. Channel catfish are good on trotlines baited with cut bait and chicken livers in 10–25 feet. BUCHANAN: Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 29.27’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on green pumpkin top-waters along break lines of flats. Striped bass are good on plastic swim baits and drifting live bait near Lighthouse Point at first light. Channel catfish are good on liver, minnows, and stinkbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on goldfish and perch upriver. CADDO: Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 0.20’ low. Largemouth bass are good on Texas-rigged creature baits around stumps and any vegetation. Catfish are good on trotlines. CANYON LAKE: Water clear; 81–85 degrees; 9.94’ low. Largemouth bass are good on watermelon topwaters, Whacky Sticks and Texasrigged blue flake worms early, and on drop-shot Devil’s Tongues along ledges. Yellow and blue catfish are good on live bait. CEDAR CREEK: Water clear; 82–87 degrees; 5.04’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on shaky heads around docks. Hybrid striper are good on live shad. Crappie are good on minnows. CHOKE CANYON: Water clear; 83–87 degrees; 21.11’ low. Largemouth bass are good on dark crankbaits and large soft plastic lizards and worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver and stinkbait. COLEMAN: Water clear; 80–84 degrees; 13.72’ low. Largemouth bass are very good on lipless crankbaits, spinner baits and chartreuse soft plastics. Channel catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch and chicken livers. CONROE: Water lightly stained; 84–88 degrees; 2.94’ low. Largemouth bass are good on

watermelon/white Carolina-rigged soft plastics and lipless crankbaits. Catfish are good on stinkbait, liver, and nightcrawlers. COOPER: Water clear; 82–87 degrees; 9.82’ low. Largemouth bass are slow on swimjigs in baitfish patterns. Catfish are good on cut bait and trotlines. FALCON: Water murky; 86–90 degrees; 36.85’ low. Largemouth bass are good on Carolina-rigged large soft plastic worms and crankbaits. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut bait and stinkbait. FAYETTE: Water stained. Largemouth bass are fair on pumpkinseed and watermelon red Carolinarigged soft plastics. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and cut shad. GIBBONS CREEK: Water clear. Largemouth bass are fair on chartreuse/white Carolina-rigged soft plastics, and on white lipless crankbaits and spinner baits. Catfish are good on stinkbait, frozen shrimp and perch. GRANBURY: Water stained; 86–90 degrees; 7.07’ low. Largemouth bass are good on watermelon red and chartreuse Carolina-rigged soft plastics, crankbaits and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are good on stinkbait and chicken livers. GRANGER: Water clear; 86–90 degrees; 0.73’ low. Largemouth bass are good on watermelon crankbaits and spinner baits in flooded willows upriver. Crappie are good on marabou jigs in 4–12 feet. Blue catfish are good on shad and prepared bait in 4–15 feet. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait upriver. GRAPEVINE: Water clear; 82–86 degrees; 7.32’ low. Largemouth bass are good on finesse worms and shaky heads. Some fish being caught on deeper brush piles with jigs, crankbaits and smaller jigging spoons. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on cut shad. HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 85–89 degrees; 1.13’ low. Largemouth bass to 7 pounds are good on crankbaits, top-waters and clear, purple, or watermelon seed worms in 12–15 feet. Bream are good on live worms off piers and over grass beds. Channel catfish

Bass will start moving much slower and feeding less aggressively until the water temperature starts to get back down to comfortable levels. When the water temperature is up this high, fish early and later in the day when the sun is not on the water. When you can get out for the entire day, it’s a great time to fish deeper water. For catfish, fish bluegill or perch fish as deep as you can. You will have better luck if you find some moving water for channel cats.

Cats in South Texas CALAVERAS LAKE — The catfishing is very good at Calaveras Lake right now, according to guide Steve Nixon. “We are not catching big numbers, but quality fish with most weighing over 3 pounds and some blues are being caught in the 10- to 30-pound range,” he said. “We caught a 30-pounder this week.” Baits of choice inlclude stink bait, cut bait and shad. The yellow catfish bite has been slow. To contact guide Steve Nixon, call (210) 573-1230. — Conor Harrison

are good on shrimp. HUBBARD CREEK: Water off-color; 83–88 degrees; 23’ low. Largemouth bass are good on Yellow Magics early, later switching to Texas rigs and Senkos. Crappie are good on live minnows. JOE POOL: Water clear; 81–86 degrees; 1.29’ low. Largemouth bass are good on Texas-rigged soft plastics along brush piles in 10–12’. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are good on cut shad. LAVON: Water lightly stained; 83– 88 degrees; 8.79’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on larger Texas-rigged soft plastics along deeper points. Catfish are good on trotlines. LBJ: Water stained; 85–89 degrees; 0.37’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on green pumpkin jigs and perch-colored crankbaits in 5–15 feet, and flipping watermelon tubes around docks and lay downs. Crappie are good on chartreuse tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on liver and dipbait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with goldfish and perch. LEWISVILLE: Water clear; 82–86 degrees; 6.00’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on shaky heads and worms around larger submerged rock. White bass are good on jigs. Catfish are good on cut shad. Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir. LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 84–88 degrees; 0.69’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on watermelon and chartreuse soft plastics and lipless crankbaits. White bass are good on hellbenders, pet spoons, and green Charlie slabs. MONTICELLO: Water fairly clear; 82–88 degrees; 0.11’ high. Largemouth bass are good on shadpattern square-billed crankbaits and swimjigs — the frog bite is consistent in areas with lily pads. NAVARRO MILLS: Water lightly stained; 86–90 degrees; 1.95’ low. Largemouth bass are good on topwaters and soft plastics early. Crappie are good but small on minnows and orange/chartreuse jigs off docks in Liberty Hill Park early. Channel catfish are good on shrimp around stickups in 3–4 feet. O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 82–88 degrees; 38.8’ low. Largemouth bass

are good on Zara Spooks early and late, midday switching to Texas rigs, Senkos and drop–shot rigs. OAK CREEK: Water stained; 81–87 degrees; 18.42’ low. Largemouth bass are fair to good on top-waters early, Texas rigs and shaky heads. Crappie are good on jigs and live minnows. Catfish are good on chartreuse nightcrawlers and prepared bait. PALESTINE: Water clear; 82–86 degrees; 1.26’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on shaky heads and weightless Flukes near docks and timber closest to deep water. White bass are good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on cut bait. POSSUM KINGDOM: Water fairly clear; 82–88 degrees; 11.02’ low. Largemouth bass are good on top-waters early, later switching to Yum Dingers, shallow-running crankbaits, drop–shot rigs and Texas rigs. PROCTOR: Water stained; 87–91 degrees; 5.40’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits and spinner baits early. White bass are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with goldfish. RAY HUBBARD: Water clear; 83–87 degrees; 4.13’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on football jigs and deep-diving crankbaits along points. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. RAY ROBERTS: Water clear; 82–87 degrees; 5.01’ low. Largemouth bass are good on deep-diving crankbaits in shad patterns near deeper brush piles at the mouths of larger creeks. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait. RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water clear; 83–87 degrees; 7.86’ low. Largemouth bass are slow on medium crankbaits near brush piles in 8–10’. Smaller swimbaits rigged on weighted heads also effective. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. SAM RAYBURN: Water lightly stained; 81–85 degrees; 4.11’ low. Largemouth bass are good on black/blue flake soft plastic worms. Crappie are good on minnows over baited holes. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait and cut bait.


n Saltwater fishing reports: Page 16 SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 86–90 degrees; 5.25’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on green pumpkin crankbaits and spinner baits. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver, minnows, and shad. STILLHOUSE: Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 7.90’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits and lipless crankbaits. Channel and blue catfish are good on chicken livers and shrimp. TAWAKONI: Water stained; 83–88 degrees; 6.77’ low. Largemouth bass are good on Texas-rigged creature baits rigged with heavier weights around shallow cover — black buzzbaits in early morning are effective as well. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. TEXOMA: Water clear; 81–87 degrees; 0.18’ high. Largemouth bass are slow on Texas-rigged soft plastics. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines. TOLEDO BEND: Water lightly stained; 82–86 degrees; 3.22’ low. Largemouth bass are good but small on redbug and watermelon red soft plastic worms and crankbaits. Striped bass are good on white striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and blue/green tube jigs over baited holes. TRAVIS: Water clear; 86–90 degrees; 56.25’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on chrome chuggers and red shad worms in 20–35 feet. White bass are good on chrome chuggers and silver spoons in 10–25 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and cut shad in 25–35 feet. WHITNEY: Water stained; 83–87 degrees; 10.61’ low. Largemouth bass are slow. Catfish are good on frozen shrimp, stinkbait and live bait. — TPWD

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HANG ON: Swift water rescue training has been and will be received by five teams of Texas game wardens. The teams will respond to floods and/or hurricanes across the state. Photo by Rescue Training International.

three days and teaches skills allowing a person to be able to perform rescues in flood and swift-water situations. Meyer said more state agencies are seeking the specialized training. “There have been a number of incidents where state agency officials are called out to disasters, usually for additional law enforcement,” he said. “The agencies are called in to assist and people are approaching regarding rescue situations.” Meyer, who has been teach-

ing swift water rescue for more than 30 years, said his students until recently were almost exclusively members of fire departments. “But over the last 10, and more so the last five years, there has been a dramatic increase in law enforcement agencies taking the course, like sheriff’s offices, the border patrol, and police, in addition to volunteer rescue teams and EMS personnel,” he said. “More and more law enforcement agencies are getting involved in rescue operations.”

Wardens, including Davis, also have been trained in using helicopters to perform rescues over both land and water, a training entitled HOIST. The SWR teams will be on call to be deployed to all major flood disasters in the state, Davis said. “No matter if it is a hurricane or a major flood, all areas of the state will be covered,” he said. “And the wardens responding will have the special equipment they need, such as inflatable boats and emergency rescue boats.”

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GAME WARDEN BLOTTER WARDEN FAMILIAR WITH VEHICLE, NABS THIEF OF HUNTING CAMP A landowner contacted Harrison County Game Warden Darrin Peeples and reported several items that were stolen from his hunting camp, but he had the suspect’s vehicle on video. After reviewing the video, Peeples identified the suspect and vehicle as someone he has dealt with on numerous occasions. Warrants pending. MAN THROWS ID IN RIVER AND SWIMS FOR IT TO AVOID ARREST Fayette County Game Warden Calvin Harbaugh and Bastrop County Game Warden Andrew Alexander were patrolling the Colorado River when they observed three individuals fishing from the bank. As they approached the group, two of them quickly left up the bank through the woods. Once on shore, Alexander caught up to them and observed methamphetamine. Back at the river, the remaining subject confessed to bringing the meth and sending the other two away as the wardens approached. Alexander suspected one of the men was giving him a fake name after claiming to not have his driver’s license. The man pulled out his wallet to provide a credit card with his name, but the warden saw a Texas ID. Alexander told the man to give him the ID. The man asked, “This one?” as he threw the ID into the river before jumping in himself in an attempt to flee. Harbaugh jumped back into the boat and caught up with the suspect as he was nearing the other side of the river. After Harbaugh used the boat to block the man, and repeated verbal commands to get into the boat, he finally persuaded the man to give up by telling him he was going to be pepper-sprayed. Alexander located another ID that didn’t make it fully into the river and found out the suspect had an active arrest warrant.

WARDENS USE TRACKING SKILLS TO FOLLOW ATV, CATCH BURGLAR Uvalde County Game Warden Henry Lutz and Real County Game Warden Clint Graham were asked to assist in a burglary investigation in which the suspect used an ATV as transportation. The burglary occurred in Uvalde County, and the suspect was last seen in Real County. After viewing the store video, the wardens began checking

gates, driveways and roads along US Hwy 83 in the area where the ATV was last seen by witnesses two days earlier, on the morning of the burglary. After checking several roads, the wardens located ATV tracks on a private road leading into a ranch in Real County. The wardens followed the tracks about two miles into the property to a hunting camp

where two ATVs were found under a shed, one matching the suspect vehicle seen in the store video. With the property owner’s permission, the cabin was searched, and clothing matching what was used in the burglary was found. Evidence was located that tied the property owner’s son to the burglary. The son confessed to authorities.

Both subjects were arrested and also found to have extensive criminal histories, including threats against law enforcement and evading arrest.

Aransas Pass. The water conditions were such that Flores launched an airboat. With a coast guardsman on board to assist, they retrieved three individuals from the stranded boat and transported them to shore. One of the boat’s occupants was checked out by EMS personnel as he was recovering from recent surgery.

area. Rogers responded to the call to discover a juvenile black bear in a tree at the residence and called TPWD wildlife biologist Joachim Treptow and informed him of the situation. Treptow responded and brought some equipment to haze the bear. After a short briefing with the residents in the area about the process of getting rid of the bear and how to remove food sources so the bear doesn’t return, Treptow fired nine rounds of pyrotechnics into the tree. After the eighth shot, the bear decided to climb down the tree but would not leave, so Treptow fired the ninth and final shot into the tree and the bear took off running into an open field. As soon as the bear stepped away from the tree, Rogers opened fire with a paintball gun scaring the bear away from the residence. The bear continued to run toward Oklahoma until out of sight.

KEEPING SLOT BASS BRINGS NUMEROUS TICKETS Houston County Game Warden Eddie Lehr caught a subject on Houston County Lake with four slotlimit bass. The subject also was in violation of insufficient number of PFDs, expired registration, no certificate of number, no sound producing device and no lights. Cases pending. A second subject lied about his age and produced an out-of-state fishing license. WARDEN WATCHES MAN LOADING FAWN INTO DOG KENNEL Houston County Game Warden Eddie Lehr drove up on a subject at the lake loading a half-grown fawn in a dog box on the back of a flatbed trailer. The fawn was in very good health, and, after numerous excuses, the subject finally admitted he was wrong. Case pending. RESCUE OF BOAT RUN AGROUND ALONG COAST San Patricio County Game Warden Albert Flores answered a call for assistance from the U.S. Coast Guard. The call was for a boater who had run aground in the waters off

MEN FISHING HAD DRUGS, MISSING GIRL Atascosa County Game Warden Derek Iden was patrolling the Atascosa River and came upon some young fishermen. After a close inspection, Iden located two marijuana pipes, two small bags of marijuana, a “roach” and other drug paraphernalia. The contact also yielded a juvenile who was reported missing out of San Antonio. The young girl was turned over to the Pleasanton Police Department pending contact with her parents. Cases for marijuana paraphernalia pending. WARDEN, BIOLOGIST SCARE BEAR BACK TO OKLAHOMA Hartley County Game Warden Stewart Rogers received a call from the Dallam/Hartley county dispatch about a bear in a tree at a residence south of Kerrick near the Oklahoma state line. Game Warden Ryan Hunter also received several calls of sightings of a bear in the Kerrick

TRESPASSING HOG HUNTERS HIDE, FINALLY GIVE UP At 11:30 p.m., Grayson County Game Warden Michael Hummert received a call from an off-duty police officer who believed that someone was trespassing and poaching on his property. When Hummert arrived, he observed two trucks that were parked off the side of the road next to a large hayfield. Hummert backed into a nearby driveway and waited

for the truck occupants to return. Around 12:30 a.m., a third truck pulled up behind the other two trucks. Hummert approached and made contact with the driver. The driver said he was lost, but then recognized the other two trucks as belonging to his cousin and one of his close friends. Hummert asked the driver to call one of the truck owners, who had claimed he was at home and that he had let a friend borrow his truck. The subject’s story fell apart and he admitted to hiding in some nearby woods. The subject from the first truck came to Hummert’s location and admitted that he and one of his friends had been trying to hunt hogs. The man said that when they saw the landowner pull up to the property gate, they got scared and ran into the woods. Their guns were hidden in a nearby wooded area. Hummert escorted the subject to the area and retrieved a .270 rifle and a 12-gauge shotgun. While unloading the firearms, a vehicle pulled up with the friend inside. The men said they had seen a large group of hogs in the field several days earlier and couldn’t resist the temptation. Two subjects gave voluntary statements admitting that they were hunting on the property without permission. The two firearms were seized and hunting without landowner consent cases are pending. WARDEN, WITH BOAT IN TOW, DROPS OFF WANTED MAN AT JAIL Travis County Game Warden Jeff Hill and a cadet applicant were changing water body locations to Lady Bird Lake and checked a bank fisherman next to the boat ramp before launching the patrol vessel. The angler did not have a fishing license, but said he was just checking to see if his new fishing rod worked. The man was wanted on two warrants, including bail jumping and failure to appear.

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FIRE UP THE SMOKER: Amberjack make some of the best fish dip of any offshore species. Photo by Conor Harrison, Lone Star Outdoor News.

some real big ones,” Teague said. “On our last trip this past weekend, we caught a 50-, 56- and 75-pounder. We are using squid, cut bait and live perch when we have them.” Teague said focusing on structure in 75 to 150 feet of water is producing the best fish. “We are catching lots of them,” he added. According to Carrie Simmons, deputy director at the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council, the seasonal closure on amberjack is to prevent overfishing. “Greater amberjack are in our rebuilding plan,” she said. “In 2008, we decided to close it down during the peak recreational fishing time.” Simmons said the council will get benchmarks back in early 2014 to determine the status of the species, and they have considered changing the 30-inch length rule in the past. “The current recreational quota for amberjack is 1.299 million pounds,” she said. Fishin Addiction Charters, (832) 6401133 Dolphin Docks, (800) 393-3474

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“The Barge Canal is giving up solid speckled trout on days with high winds while using live croaker. Flounder gigging is hit and miss, especially slow on windy nights making day waters murky resulting in hard-to-see fish. Redfish have been harder to locate due to recent high tides. Cut crab has proved best.”

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ROCKPORT — Extremely low tides and high salinity levels are the current norm around the bays near Rockport. Capt. Cady’s Bait reported no white shrimp in the bays. Capt. Brian Holden found a honeyhole and caught limits of redfish up to 28 inches, with a few oversized reds mixed in, and drum. Some days the action is fast and furious, while others are more of a grind. Legendary retired Capt. James Fox said good catches of drum were coming into Cove Harbor. Game Wardens working this weekend reported a slow Saturday on the reefs of Copano Bay.

Solid trout BARGE CANAL — According to, the area around Port O’Connor has been hit or miss, although trout anglers are doing some good.

NORTH SABINE: Trout are fair while working slicks and shad. Redfish are good under rafts of shad on top-waters. SOUTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good at the jetty on live bait and top-waters. Trout are good while drifting scattered shell on plastics. Trout are good at the near shore rigs on finger mullet and croakers. BOLIVAR: Trout are fair while wading with top-waters and live bait. Trout, sand trout, whiting and croakers are fair to good at Rollover Pass on live bait. TRINITY BAY: Trout are good for drifters working pods of shad and mullet. Trout, redfish and croaker are good at the spillway on live bait. Trout are fair to good at the wells on plastics and live bait. EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair for drifters working deep shell on limetreuse and plum plastics. Trout are good on live bait around the Ship Channel. Trout are good around slicks and reefs on soft plastics. WEST GALVESTON BAY: Trout and redfish are good at the jetty on shrimp and finger mullet. Trout and redfish are fair to good at the mouth of bayous on the outgoing tide on live shrimp. TEXAS CITY: Trout are fair to good on the reefs and in the channel on live shrimp and croakers. Redfish and sand trout are fair to good in Moses Lake on shrimp. FREEPORT: Trout are fair good at San Luis Pass and the jetties on shrimp and soft plastics. Trout, redfish, sand trout and sheepshead are fair on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay and Chocolate Bay. EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair for drifters on live shrimp over midbay reefs in streaky wa-

Good all over SOUTH PADRE — “Fishing is good,” said Capt. Gencho Buitureira. “From Holly Beach up to Cullen’s near most sand bars or spoils, big trout and reds are hitting live shrimp under popping corks, cut baits and some scented plastics. The ICW up north is also good for trout and some big drum hitting live shrimp and piggy perch. Gas Well Flats is starting to produce nice reds and trout hitting popping corks and live shrimp, cut baits and some plastics. East of Port Isabel Channel is also real good for trout. Long Bar reports are off and on for trout and reds. “South Bay has trout, reds, small drum and mangrove snapper scattered all over hitting most baits.” To contact Capt. Gencho Buitureira, call (956) 345-8299. — Conor Harrison

ter. Redfish are fair while wading the shorelines with small top-waters. Trout are fair for waders tossing croakers. WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair on sand and grass on soft plastics and top-waters. Redfish are fair on mud and shell on live shrimp. PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are fair on top-waters and live bait over sand, grass and shell near Pass Cavallo. Trout and redfish are fair at the mouths of the back lakes on the outgoing tide. Offshore is good for ling and kingfish. PORT ARANSAS: Trout, redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp and croakers. Offshore is good for kingfish and ling. CORPUS CHRISTI: Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on live shrimp and croakers. Trout are fair around Emmords Hole on piggy perch and croakers. BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair to good on top-waters and croakers around sand and grass along the King Ranch shoreline. Trout are fair to good in the Land Cut at night under lights. PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are fair to good on top-waters on the edge of the channel and around sand and grass. Trout and redfish are fair while wading spoil islands on top-waters. Offshore is good for amberjack, kingfish and ling. PORT ISABEL: Trout are fair on edges of flats on top-waters and live shrimp. Redfish are fair to good on small top-waters and live shrimp in Airport Cove and over sand and grass humps and guts. — TPWD

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BILL & LIBBIE LEE ANSELL caught this nice striper in Lake Texoma.


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dated, the best step in learning new water is to see it in person. “I will see fish start to rise or whatever, and make myself just sit and see what is happening,” Stubbs said. “Fish are creatures of habit. They will make their patrols and you should be able to intersect them at a point, because you should already know what they are going to do before they do it.” Guide Steven Bowka said finding fast-moving water and cover is the most important second step to hooking fish in Texas rivers. “What I am always looking for when trout or bass (and all warm-water species) fishing is the depth of the water,” Bowka said. “Is it deep enough to hold fish? Is there enough current moving through it to bring oxygen and food source?” Both Stubbs and Bowka said that current, cuisine and cover play a major role in the potential productivity of a river or stream. Bowka said you can rule out a lot of unproductive water by considering those three factors, and paying attention to the small cuts and guts where fish will hold is imperative to success. Identifying quality structure is also important, as it allows anglers to reduce wasted casts and drifts. Once structure and holding lies are discovered, Stubbs said anglers need to take a wider approach to the water before they begin casting. “I tell clients to make a cast and cover the water, before you step up and make any moves,”

Stubbs said. “Cast to the water, work the water and then move down and get into the water.” One misnomer commonly associated with fishing unfamiliar water is keeping the amount of tackle and rigging streamlined and limited. According to Stubbs, having a simple approach will only yield simple results. “You get simple results, if you have simple tactics,” Stubbs said. “What we prefer is, as far as gear goes, take as much as possible.” Having rods of different lengths and weights is advised to handle the different environments and fishing conditions. Overhanging brush or a steep rock face can make casting a 9-foot rod difficult, whereas a 7-foot 6-inch rod allows an angler to execute casts in close quarters. Stubbs also suggested taking a fly-tying vise and extra materials can help you create necessary fly patterns that can make or break a trip to unfamiliar waters. Guide Kevin Stubbs, (210) 602-9284 Guide Steven Bowka, (210) 8332526

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Steps to effectively fish an unfamiliar body of water n D  on’t rush in, take your time and study the water in front of you. n Key on the three C’s (current, cuisine and cover). n Do your homework off and on the water. Study what hatches before heading out. Once there, pay attention to feeding patterns. n Bring rods of different lengths and weights. Don’t limit your gear; you never know when that 7-foot, 2-weight rod may come in handy! n Bring multiple sizes and colors of fly patterns. Even those you wouldn’t normally fish. Make use of those bugs that fill up space in your fly box.

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NATIONAL Jail time for “Spook” Spann A professional hunter from Tennessee violated his federal probation and must spend a total of 30 days in Bureau of Prisons custody, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Wednesday. U.S. Magistrate Judge James P. O’Hara ruled that William “Spook” Spann, 50, host of the TV show “Spook Nation,” violated the conditions of his release after his conviction for a misdemeanor Lacey Act violation in Kansas. Spann will continue to be on probation until Feb. 28, 2016 and has been ordered not to hunt anywhere in the United States or the world until Aug. 1, 2014. Last year, Spann pleaded guilty to transporting across state lines a white-tailed deer that was unlawfully taken in Stafford County, Kan. As part of the probation, he was prohibited from hunting for six months, admonished not to commit any further federal crimes and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and $10,000 restitution. On June 10, the federal probation office in Kansas filed a petition alleging Spann violated his probation by hunting in Tennessee and violating a Tennessee law against baiting wildlife. O’Hara ruled that Spann violated the terms of his probation by hunting in the United States within six months of his sentencing and baiting turkeys in violation of Tennessee state law. — Staff report

WSF announces new campaign The Wild Sheep Foundation has launched a new legacy campaign, Ensuring the Future of Wild Sheep, that includes tax and estate planning opportunities, counsel and advice, major gifts and giving societies to raise the funds required to ensure the future of the wild sheep resource by directing even more dollars to wild sheep restoration, repatriation and conservation. “Our vision is to build a series of funds that, with a targeted annual off-take of 4 percent, will allow WSF to direct 100 percent of our convention fundraising to mission programs,” noted WSF CEO, Gray N. Thornton. “Our goal is $5 million to $6 million annually in mission focused Grant-In-Aid and other funding to ‘put and keep sheep on the mountain.’” The Marco Polo Society was established three years ago as WSF’s premier giving society. To date, 31 member couples have joined the society, representing a third of the 100-member goal. Their gifts and pledges equate to $3.1 million toward WSF’s mission. To compliment the Marco Polo Society and to expand this giving concept to all WSF members and wild sheep advocates, WSF has created a new giving society — the Chadwick Ram Society, with five Benefactor Levels enabling tax-deductible, donor directed gifts from $250 to $5,000 per year to mission areas of the donor’s desire. — WSF

to make sure the system is equipped for the high volume so sales go smoothly and everyone has an equal chance to get a wolf license.” A total of 1,200 wolf licenses will be available for purchase beginning Sept. 28 at noon EDT (11 a.m. CDT) until Oct. 31, or until the license quota is met. Wolf licenses cost $100 for residents and $500 for nonresidents. — MDNR

Louisiana men cited for snapper, amberjack violations Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited five Louisiana men for allegedly violating federal reef fish regulations on July 26 in the Gulf of Mexico. Agents cited Chad Fonseck, 28, of Waggaman, Troy Coker, 37, of Ponchatoula, Kirby Plaisance, 24, of Ama, Daryl Robert, 43, of Gretna, and Troy Melancon, 45, of Ama, for possessing red snapper during a closed season, over limit of red snapper, failing to keep fish intact, over limit of greater amberjack and possessing greater amberjack during a closed season. Agents on a Joint Enforcement Agreement patrol in federal waters in the Gulf were finishing a boating safety check on another vessel when they observed a double-rigger shrimp vessel throwing a red snapper back into the water. Upon approaching the vessel, agents noticed subjects on the deck of the vessel either fishing or helping others fish recreationally. Upon inspection of the vessel, agents found an ice chest filled with 104 red snapper fillets and 20 greater amberjack fillets. — LDWF

Florida bonefish, tarpon go catch and release

Michigan postpones sale of wolf licenses The Department of Natural Resources announced it has postponed the sale of wolf hunting licenses — originally scheduled to begin Aug. 3 — until Sept. 28 to ensure that license-sales technology is able to handle the expected high demand. “We anticipate that there will be a lot of people trying to buy a very limited number of licenses in a short time frame,” said Adam Bump, DNR bear and furbearer specialist. “This is a first-come, first-served purchase, unlike other limited-license hunts that require an application and drawing process, so it presents a new challenge for our retail sales system. We want

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funds,” Perez said. “They have to be spent a certain way.” The Upland Game Bird Stamp fund comes out of Fund 9, the general fund for wildlife in the state. Funds may be used only for management, research, or acquisition, lease or development of game bird habitats, according to Dave Morrison, TPWD Small Game leader. “We have very strict guidelines on how we can spend the money,” Morrison said. “That money came from a specific riser on an appropriations bill this past session. The Legislature grants the authority to use the expenditures, and then they leave it up to us. We go through a specific ranking process, which we are currently doing.” Two million dollars will be allocated during the next two years ($2 million each year, beginning on Sept. 1). “This session, we got permission to use it,” Perez said. “We are focusing on quail and quail research — it is pretty narrow as far as what species we are looking at. Quail research will be the main thing. There is another $200,000 earmarked for eastern turkey and some for dove, but more than $4 million will be going toward quail.” TPWD has two years to spend the money in projects that benefit quail. “The deadline has passed and we have well over $4 million worth of proposals,” Perez said. “We are in the process of ranking, reviewing and looking at all of the proposals. We can use the money on Sept. 1, and the start time for awarding funds will be in October.” Perez said TPWD ranks the projects based on where they are and what the main focus of study will be, with habitat-based projects receiving higher merit. “We are looking at habitat-focused programs,” he said. “Improving habitat to get a response in bird numbers; that will be a focus. We are looking to document success across the range and get a good data set of the impacts of solid range management.” Jay Stine, director of Shared Services for Park Cities Quail said his group were partners on some of the proposals submitted to TPWD, although PCQ did not directly apply for money. “We didn’t apply for anything because we don’t do any direct research,” Stine said.

RESTORING HABITAT: The goal of the money being spent for quail is focused on restoring and improving quail habitat and bringing the birds back to prior numbers. Photo by David J. Sams, LSON.

“We also give money for research projects, and we were listed as partners on some of the applications where groups are trying to get matching funds.” Stine said he found out about the RFP through second-hand sources, something that frustrates many groups looking for money to fund projects. “As far as an announcement for the RFP, I never saw anything,” he said. “I heard about it through secondary sources. It can be frustrating at times.” That frustration was echoed by Dr. Kelly Reyna, executive director of University of North Texas Quail. Reyna had his proposal rejected during the last round of RFPs several years ago, and has again applied for money to enhance a quail corridor in Clay County. “I found out about it through secondary sources, as well,” Reyna said. “It seems like (TPWD) really doesn’t have a good method for getting the information out there (for groups to apply for the money). When I heard about this RFP, I said, “Hold the phone. How do I apply for this?”

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I’VE SHOT BIGGER: Norman Jolly was impressed with his big ling, but he has shot bigger fish in his extensive spearfishing career. Photo by Norman Jolly.

which are really common out there. But Keith started yelling and pointing. “The ling started to swim away, and visibility was so poor, when he turned for the bottom, I couldn’t see his head.” Jolly aimed where he assumed the head to be, but actually hit the big ling almost 2 feet behind its head. “He went crazy,” Jolly said. “He was wrapping me in circles. I had to get him into the middle of the rig and he wasted a lot of energy getting wrapped. I had to surface and come back down about 20 times trying to unwrap him.

“I didn’t realize how big he truly was until I started pulling him. It took a while to calm down.” After horsing the big ling to the surface, Jolly finally realized how big he was. “He weighed 68 pounds,” he said. “I lodged the speartip into him pretty good, so I actually cut out a pound or two trying to get it out. Seventy-three pounds is the current state record, so he wasn’t the biggest. “But he was close.” And although Jolly was impressed with his trophy, it wasn’t the biggest fish he has taken with a speargun.

“I shot an 80-pound amberjack and in New Zealand, I shot a 65-pound kingfish,” he said. Jolly credits a nonprofit group, Diving for a Cause, with helping him further his spearfishing career. The group takes children out into the water, along with feeding local communities with the fish from trips. “I get to travel around and educate people about spearfishing,” he said. “It is the greatest thing I’ve ever gotten into while spearfishing. I try and go on as many trips as I can with them.”

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2013 A.M. Aug Minor 09 Fri > 8:08 10 Sat 8:59 11 Sun 9:51 12 Mon 10:44 13 Tue 11:39 14 Wed Q 12:10 15 Thu 1:01 16 Fri 1:55 17 Sat 2:49 18 Sun 3:43 19 Mon > 4:36 20 Tue > 5:29 21 Wed F 6:23 22 Thu > 7:17 23 Fri > 8:13 24 Sat 9:08 25 Sun 10:03 26 Mon 10:57 27 Tue 11:48 28 Wed Q 12:14

Major 1:57 2:47 3:39 4:32 5:26 6:20 7:15 8:10 9:04 9:57 10:50 11:43 12:12 1:04 2:00 2:56 3:51 4:45 5:36 6:26

P.M. Minor 8:05 8:55 9:48 10:43 11:39 12:08 1:04 1:59 2:53 3:46 4:38 5:30 6:23 7:17 8:12 9:07 10:02 10:55 11:47 12:12

Major 1:54 2:44 3:36 4:31 5:26 6:22 7:19 8:14 9:08 10:01 10:53 11:44 12:10 1:04 1:59 2:54 3:49 4:43 5:35 6:24

SUN Rises 6:45 6:45 6:46 6:46 6:47 6:47 6:48 6:49 6:49 6:50 6:50 6:51 6:52 6:52 6:53 6:53 6:54 6:54 6:55 6:55

Sets 8:07 8:06 8:05 8:05 8:04 8:03 8:02 8:01 8:00 7:59 7:58 7:57 7:56 7:55 7:54 7:53 7:51 7:50 7:49 7:48

P.M. Minor Major 8:10 1:59 9:01 2:50 9:54 3:42 10:49 4:36 11:45 5:32 12:14 6:28 1:10 7:24 2:05 8:20 2:59 9:14 3:52 10:07 4:44 10:58 5:36 11:50 6:29 12:15 7:22 1:10 8:17 2:05 9:12 3:00 10:07 3:55 11:01 4:49 11:52 5:40 12:17 6:30

SUN Rises 6:45 6:46 6:46 6:47 6:48 6:49 6:49 6:50 6:51 6:51 6:52 6:53 6:53 6:54 6:55 6:55 6:56 6:57 6:57 6:58

MOON Sets Rises Sets 8:18 9:21a 9:41p 8:17 10:18a 10:15p 8:16 11:16a 10:51p 8:15 12:16p 11:31p 8:14 1:18p NoMoon 8:13 2:21p 12:16a 8:12 3:24p 1:05a 8:11 4:24p 2:01a 8:09 5:21p 3:02a 8:08 6:12p 4:08a 8:07 6:58p 5:16a 8:06 7:41p 6:24a 8:05 8:20p 7:30a 8:04 8:58p 8:36a 8:03 9:35p 9:39a 8:01 10:13p 10:40a 8:00 10:52p 11:40a 7:59 11:33p 12:38p 7:58 NoMoon 1:33p 7:57 12:16a 2:26p

P.M. Minor Major 8:17 2:06 9:08 2:57 10:01 3:49 10:56 4:43 11:52 5:39 12:21 6:35 1:17 7:31 2:12 8:27 3:06 9:21 3:59 10:14 4:51 11:05 5:43 11:57 6:36 12:22 7:29 1:17 8:24 2:12 9:19 3:07 10:14 4:02 11:08 4:56 11:59 5:47 12:24 6:37

SUN Rises 6:57 6:58 6:59 6:59 7:00 7:00 7:01 7:02 7:02 7:03 7:03 7:04 7:04 7:05 7:05 7:06 7:07 7:07 7:08 7:08

MOON Sets Rises 8:19 9:28a 8:18 10:24a 8:17 11:21a 8:17 12:19p 8:16 1:20p 8:15 2:22p 8:14 3:24p 8:13 4:24p 8:12 5:21p 8:11 6:14p 8:10 7:01p 8:09 7:45p 8:08 8:26p 8:07 9:06p 8:06 9:45p 8:05 10:24p 8:04 11:04p 8:03 11:46p 8:01 NoMoon 8:00 12:30a

Sets 9:49p 10:24p 11:02p 11:43p NoMoon 12:29a 1:20a 2:16a 3:17a 4:22a 5:28a 6:35a 7:40a 8:43a 9:44a 10:44a 11:43a 12:40p 1:34p 2:26p

MOON Rises 9:42a 10:40a 11:39a 12:41p 1:44p 2:47p 3:50p 4:51p 5:47p 6:37p 7:22p 8:04p 8:42p 9:18p 9:55p 10:31p 11:10p 11:50p NoMoon 12:33a

Sets 10:01p 10:35p 11:10p 11:49p NoMoon 12:33a 1:22a 2:17a 3:19a 4:25a 5:33a 6:42a 7:51a 8:57a 10:01a 11:04a 12:04p 1:03p 1:59p 2:52p

P.M. Minor 8:31 9:21 10:14 11:09 ----12:34 1:30 2:25 3:19 4:12 5:04 5:56 6:49 7:43 8:37 9:33 10:28 11:21 ----12:38

Major 2:20 3:10 4:02 4:56 5:52 6:48 7:45 8:40 9:34 10:27 11:19 ----12:36 1:30 2:25 3:20 4:15 5:09 6:01 6:50

SUN Rises 7:02 7:02 7:03 7:04 7:05 7:05 7:06 7:07 7:08 7:08 7:09 7:10 7:11 7:12 7:12 7:13 7:14 7:15 7:15 7:16

Sets 8:42 8:41 8:40 8:39 8:38 8:36 8:35 8:34 8:33 8:32 8:31 8:29 8:28 8:27 8:26 8:24 8:23 8:22 8:21 8:19

MOON Rises Sets 9:15a 9:36p 10:11a 10:11p 11:08a 10:49p 12:07p 11:30p 1:08p NoMoon 2:10p 12:15a 3:12p 1:06a 4:12p 2:02a 5:09p 3:03a 6:01p 4:08a 6:49p 5:15a 7:33p 6:21a 8:13p 7:26a 8:53p 8:30a 9:32p 9:32a 10:11p 10:32a 10:51p 11:30a 11:33p 12:27p NoMoon 1:22p 12:17a 2:14p

FOR THE TABLE Venison and black bean tacos 1 pound ground venison 1 15-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed 1 can Rotel tomatoes, strained Flour tortillas Your favorite taco toppings Brown meat in a skillet. Drain if necessary. Add the beans and tomatoes. Heat on low until heated through stirring occasionally. Serve on warm tortillas with your favorite toppings. Enjoy at home or at the campground. —

Tandoori fish 1/3 cup vinegar 4 cloves garlic 1 tbsp. chopped fresh ginger 1/2 tsp. salt 1 tbsp. cayenne pepper 1 tbsp. ground coriander 1 tbsp. ground cumin 1/2 cup vegetable oil 2 pounds catfish fillets, cut into chunks Blend the vinegar, garlic, ginger, salt, cayenne, coriander, cumin, and oil in a blender until you have a

thick paste. Brush the fish chunks with the mixture to coat evenly and place in a shallow dish; pour the remaining marinade over the fish. Allow to marinate in refrigerator at least 4 hours. Preheat the oven’s broiler. Arrange the marinated fish in a broiler-safe dish, reserving the marinade. Broil the fish under the preheated broiler on the oven’s center rack for 10 minutes; turn the fish and brush with reserved marinade. Continue cooking until the fish flakes easily with a fork, about 7 minutes more. Serve hot. —

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Photo by Jose Yau, Waco Tribune-Herald.

Charlie Pack dies Central Texas fishing legend Charlie Pack died August 3 after a lengthy illness. Pack, 76, was well-known from his longrunning television show “Fishing Country.” Pack had battled Alzheimer’s and colon cancer in recent years. Lynn Pack, his wife of 53 years, died Feb. 10 of brain cancer. Pack won about a dozen championships at the state and national levels, including the Texas Big Bass and Texas Open Bass championships in 1962. He also designed, produced and marketed several lures and other merchandise, including an 11-foot-long telescoping crappie pole called Pack’s Pole. Pack founded the Tadpole Foundation that introduced thousands of children to the sport, with the motto “Off the streets and on the creeks.” He also helped organize the Fishing Event for Very Special People, which provided a day of fishing to the mentally challenged

and physically disabled. A member of the Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, at the time of receiving the award in 2008, he had taken more than 40,000 children fishing and his TV show had aired for 18 years, winning a Telly Award in 1992. Pack was an athletic star long before his fishing fame. He earned All-America basketball honors in 1955 at Waco High School, where he still holds the school record for points in a game with 49. He was inducted into the Waco Independent School District Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005. Pack earned all-conference basketball honors at Baylor University and majored in music. Gifted with a great voice, Pack formed a band, Charlie Pack and the Originals, that played mostly private parties around town as well as wedding receptions and Waco High reunions, but he also played with Willie Nelson, LeAnn Rimes and Kenny Rogers. — Ken Sury,

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DATEBOOK August 9-11

August 31

Quail Coalition TU-Mile Chapter Annual Banquet Walker County Fairgrounds, Huntsville (214) 534-4122

Quail Coalition South Texas Chapter Annual Banquet J.K. Northway Coliseum, Kingsville (214) 534-4122

Premier Gun Shows George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston (817) 732-1194

August 17

Big Brothers Big Sisters 28th Annual Clay Shoot Alpine Shooting Range, Fort Worth (817) 905-4653

Through September 2

August 10

Arabia Shrine Sportsmen 2013 Shriners Shootout American Shooting Center, Houston (936) 672-3103

August 28

September 12

SPI Chamber Ladies Kingfish Tournament (956) 761-4412

August 10-11

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation North Texas Chapter Annual Big Game Banquet Embassy Suites Grapevine (972) 964-5292

August 15

Dallas Safari Club Monthly Meeting Hilton Dallas/Park Cities Hotel (972) 980-9800

August 16-18

Texas Trophy Hunters Association Fort Worth Hunters Extravaganza Will Rogers Center (210) 523-8500

August 16

Operation Game Thief Claystoppers Shootout Rio Brazos Hunting Preserve, Simonton (512) 389-4381 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo 2013 Boots ‘N Shoot Sporting Clays Tournament National Shooting Complex (210) 255-5851

Crappie Anglers of Texas Lake Lavon tournament (903) 887-0334

Premier Gun Shows Legends Sport Complex, The Woodlands (817) 732-1194

August 18

Rudy’s Texas Redfish Series Corpus Christi tournament

Quail Coalition Hill Country Chapter Annual Banquet Rattle Inn, Austin (214) 534-4122

August 31- September 1

Texas Hunting and Outdoor Classic Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio (210) 226-1177

August 22

Quail Coalition San Antonio Chapter Annual Banquet Leon Springs Dance Hall (214) 534-4122

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August 23-24

Texas Trophy Hunters Association San Antonio Hunters Extravaganza Alamodome (210) 523-8500

August 24

The Alzafar Shriners Pulling 4 Kids Charity Clay Shoot National Shooting Sports Complex, San Antonio (210) 348-8008


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