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Volume 12, Issue 18

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From egg to bass Survival percentages low

Wild Rose Apparel debuts By Craig Nyhus

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A LONG SHOT: At some reservoirs, one out of every 215,000 eggs laid by largemouth bass will reach sexual maturity. Photo by Larry Hodge, TPWD.

By Mark England

Lone Star Outdoor News That 2-pound largemouth bass tugging on the line may not be a lunker, but you can bet it’s a winner. The chances of a bass just surviving to get to 10 inches are between 1 to 3 percent, according to the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. And even fewer make it to 2 pounds, or roughly 15 1/2 inches. “Population recruitment (egg to sexually mature/reproducing) for some reservoirs is as low as 1 out of every 215,000 eggs,” said Todd Sink, an AgriLife fisheries specialist, via email. “Recruitment in some ponds is as high as 1 out of every 8,300 eggs.” Please turn to page 21

FISHING WITH FASHION: Brittney Gates catching trout near Corpus Christi wearing her new shirt and buff from Wild Rose Apparel. The new company opens for business this month. Photo by Snap Chic Photography.

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Many hunters had success as turkey season, already closed in South Texas, winds down, while others faced the typical turkeyhunting frustrations that keep the hunters coming back for more. Most hunters saw and/or heard hens, many saw jakes, and for some, JAKES ON THE PROWL: In Taylor County, jakes are abundant the mature gobblers and are attacking other jake and hen decoys. Photo by Brent Vogler. came in. The North Zone ends May 15, while the eastern turkey season ends May 14. On the Texas Hunting Forum, the perils of turkey hunting were well documented. “Heard at least 10 in Eastland County this morning, one was coming

By Mark England

Lone Star Outdoor News Spotting blue crabs along the Texas coast could prove rewarding. Researchers at Nicholls State University seeking to learn more about their migration patterns will pay those finding specially tagged blue crabs either $5 or $50, depending on the particular tag. Odds greatly favor getting a fiver, though, since researchers plan to tag as many as 30,000 and only 300 will carry the $50 tag.



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“The tagging started about a month ago,” said Zachary Darnell, the assistant marine biology professor heading the study. “There have probably been less than 100 tagged so far. We’ll eventually end up with about 5,000 blue crabs tagged in Texas.” The tagged blue crabs will be released along the entire Gulf of Mexico, with the largest number (about 15,000) released in Louisiana, which in recent years has consistently produced the most blue crabs nationally. Louisiana caught more than 30 percent of Please turn to page 25

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Lindsey Gates of San Antonio has been in the outdoor industry all of her working life. Her passion, though, is fashion — and she noticed a need in the outdoor world for women’s wear. “I was at a Texas Deer Association convention years ago (working for All Seasons Feeders, where she is in charge of marketing),” Gates said. “They had a fashion show and the clothes weren’t good: Women were in coveralls and bulky jackets. I couldn’t believe there wasn’t cuter stuff for women who hunt and fish.” Gates’ petite sister-in-law, Brittney, agreed with her. “This is the reality of my situation,” she said. “If it’s cute, it’s usually pink.” Gates kept noticing the same problem wherever she went. “A friend told me I seriously needed to do something about this,” she said. The Wild Rose Apparel line was in the works, and it has now started with fashionable fishing shirts for women. “The fishing shirts were the worst,” Gates said. “They are so boxy. I would see super-cute college girls wearing big, ugly shirts.” The Wild Rose shirts were inspired during a family vacation to Italy.

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Vintage duck decoys on display at Perot Museum By Julia Bunch

For Lone Star Outdoor News

VINTAGE COLLECTOR: Ron Gard, left, stands by a display of his decoys with Hernan Saenz, the chairelect of the Perot Museum board of directors. The decoys on display are a pair of Ward Brothers mallard decoys from 1930 and a 1928 Ward Brothers pintail drake, along with shorebirds from his extensive collection. Photo by Jason Janik, Perot Museum.

Ronald Gard has been called a lot of things: duck decoy expert, folk art enthusiast, author, and art investor. But a new exhibit at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas paints him as one thing above all others: collector. The Perot’s new collection Eye of the Collector compiles a diverse selection of individual collections centered on personal collections from philanthropists and world travelers Nancy and Randy Best. The Bests’ assortment of historical artifacts, art and fossils set the stage for many other collections ranging from silly to priceless. A retired executive in international finance

and current owner of Lake Emma Realty Properties, Gard has his own display in the collection and while a form of this item can be found in every hunter’s garage, it can’t be found in any sporting goods store: antique wooden duck decoys. As for Gard, he started collecting duck decoys at gun and hunting shows and antique shops in the mid-1970s. As a lifelong collector and lover of folk art, Gard was first attracted to these decoys because, while they served a utilitarian purpose to early hunters, these decoy were made to be beautiful. “I appreciate the artist as much as I appreciate their work,” Gard said. “I’ve always been a collector and I’ve always liked birds, so naturally these decoys were attractive to me.” Because decoys originated in North AmerPlease turn to page 6

Hunting dogs fly in style Pressurized, air-conditioned cabin awaits By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News David Sweet of Spring bought a surprise Mother’s Day gift for his wife, Heidi — a 14-week-old female black lab. “Our lab, Moose, is getting older,” Sweet said. “I wanted to have the two together and get the new dog trained and ready for when Moose retires.” After some research, he found the dog in Missouri, and part of the price was a plane ticket to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, where Sweet picked up the dog, named “Pickles.” In the past, air travel for hunting dogs has made many owners nervous. Reports of dogs becoming overheated, dehydrated and even dying made the newscasts. Times have changed. “They have this service that multiple airlines use, called PPS (Priority Parcel Service), that was developed for the Westminster Dog Show,” Sweet said. “The cabin is heated, cooled and pressurized, and the dogs are the last thing to go on the plane and the first to come off.” Each airline has their own program, and conditions and prices vary, but most are $175 to $200 each way.

A NEW HOME: Pickles, the female black lab, made the trip to Texas from Missouri in air-conditioned and pressurized quarters. She was picked up by David Sweet, who bought the dog as a Mother’s Day gift for his wife, Heidi. Photos by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

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The social media crew TPWD law enforcement follows up on complaints By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News A group fishing posted pictures of their redfish on social media. The only problem was there were way too many fish for the number of people fishing. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Law Enforcement Division was quickly notified, and used the post and pictures to help convict the poachers.

Grahame Jones, the chief of Special Operations with TPWD, said managing and monitoring Facebook, Twitter and forums is a significant part of what they do. “We don’t have someone where that is all they do,” Jones said. “We do have folks that post messages on our official platforms and we get complaints from the public, a lot of times in private messages.” At the top of the Texas Game Wardens’ Facebook page, a message at the top indicates that if people have informa-

tion regarding poaching, they could call Operation Game Thief. “Between myself and a few others, along with the OGT program, we monitor the sites,” Jones said. Most of the time, though, readers are quick to report any suspected violators. “We jump on flagrant violations pretty quick,” Jones said. It’s the same thing with forums or blogs. We can get hundreds of complaints and usually get numerous Please turn to page 17

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Kenya ivory burn largest ever Effectiveness questioned by conservation groups Lone Star Outdoor News The Kenya Wildlife Service burned the largest stash of elephant tusks and rhino horns ever assembled in one place on April 30. More than 100 tons of ivory, a ton of rhino horns and piles of exotic animal skins were lit ablaze. Heads of state from several African nations and hundreds of onlookers were present to watch Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta set fire to over $172 million worth of illicit wildlife goods as a demonstration against poaching in the region. “The rising value of elephant ivory trade, illegally on the international market, has resulted in a massacre in the rainforest of Africa,” Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta told the crowd. “In 10 years in central Africa we have lost as many as 70 percent of the elephants. Unless we take action now we risk losing this magnifi- EXHIBITION OR FLEETING GESTURE: More than 100 tons of elephant tusks and rhino horns were burned in a display by the cent animal.” Last year, the U.S. chose to crush a Kenya Wildlife Service, calling into question the effectiveness of such a move. Photo by Lone Star Outdoor News. ton of its ivory stockpile in a similar made-for-media event. The World Wildlife Fund reported that 14 countries have carried out ivory destructions through either burning or crushing. WWF also called for ivory destructions to be backedup with additional law enforcement efforts to combat poaching and trafficking, a stronger judicial process to end impunity for wildlife criminals and enhanced local stewardship of natural resources. Although the burn was applauded by many governments and organizations, the debate remains whether these demonstrations aimed at reducing poaching are effective. “The destruction of ivory is a political mechanism to signal the government’s Please turn to page 6

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The most expensive single gun ever sold at auction took place on April 30 when a Winchester Model 1886 in 45/70 caliber sold for $1.265 million. Initially estimated to bring in only half that price, the rifle is considered among the rarest ever auctioned by Rock Island Auction Company, due to it being the first of its kind ever produced (serial number 1) and because of its connection to famed Apache warrior Geronimo. According to documents that provided the gun with its provenance, the rifle was gifted to U.S. Army Capt. Henry W. Lawton following the raid that led to Geronimo’s capture. The rifle, fresh off the production line, was given to Lawton by Lt. George E. Albee, along with an inscribed pocket watch. —RIAC .

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The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is taking public comment on proposed rules that would implement the department’s comprehensive chronic wasting disease management plan with respect to the artificial movement of deer under TPWD permits, including Triple T (trap, transfer and transplant), DMP (deer management permit), TTP (trap, transport and process) and deer breeder. The proposed rules may be reviewed at backview/0422/0422is.pdf and public comment may be made online at or in writing to TPWD Public Comment/Wildlife, 4200 Smith School Rd., Austin, TX 78744. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission will consider the proposed rules at its May 26 meeting. —TPWD

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Pasadena ISD Memorial outdoor education teacher Lloyd Love was named the school district’s 2016 District Secondary Teacher of the Year. As an educator in the community for 32 years, Love has combined his experiences teaching biology, life science and physical education to expand learning beyond the classroom to the great outdoors through his class. Love has been recognized throughout the state for his accomplishments. He was named the Dallas Ecological Foundation Educator of the Year for promoting a sense of passion, enthusiasm and responsibility for the outdoors among students. He also coaches the boy’s cross country team. —Pasadena ISD

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commitment to curbing elephant poaching,” said Tom Milliken from Traffic, which monitors the trade in wildlife. “But there is no proof that destroying supply leads to a decline in demand.” Dallas Safari Club strongly disagrees with this tactic, and issued a news release providing its reasons why. “No one is disagreeing that poaching needs to stop, except the poachers, who by some estimates, profit to the tune of nearly $10 billion annually,” said DSC Executive Director Ben Carter. “But crushing or burning ivory is a fleeting gesture and has little positive effect for wildlife conservation.” After Kenya banned legal hunting in 1977, the poaching of elephants escalated. With the loss of revenue generated from legal hunting and the absence of hunters and guides in the field to police poaching, tens of thousands of elephants fell for the price of their tusks. Kenyan elephant populations tumbled from an estimated 167,000 in 1973 to approximately 27,000 in 2013. “The bottom line is that when managed hunting goes away, so do the animals,” Carter said. “The destruction of ivory will serve no purpose other than to increase the illegal market price. Kenya needs more and better game wardens, new technologies to help track the illegal trade of ivory, sciencebased management practices and global cooperation.” Ivan Carter, a professional hunter and host of the Outdoor Channel’s Carter’s W.A.R. television show that covers antipoaching efforts, shared his thoughts on his Facebook page: “As I watch social media and the international press and see how the world is ap-

plauding Kenya, a few questions come to mind: “Will this make the market go away? “If you remove a huge portion of the supply of any single commodity, gold, beef, salmon or tea leaves, does this in any way affect the market? “What happens to the market price of any commodity if you remove a huge amount of that commodity? An increase in value of ivory or rhino horn means more money at every level of the already thriving trade. “Have any ivory fires in the past had any effect on the market? “The answer is No – so why do we think doing it again on a bigger scale will have a different effect? “What effect could we have on wildlife protection with a budget of $200 million — that’s the equivalent to an annual salary of 83,000 game scouts – or 4,000 new Toyota Landcruisers? “If a third world country can afford to burn $200 million dollars of a commodity rather than using that money to equip and pay wildlife development and protective agencies, what does that tell you about the true value they place on wildlife? “While Asia is seen as the marketplace and the demon of the elephant and rhino horn trade — could they not, with controlled sales, become the very market that gives these two species incredible value — and in turn be the source of large amounts of money that could be used in wildlife protection and development that ultimately saves the species from illegal trade and extinction?”

ica, they are considered to be the only true form of American folk art. Decoys crop up throughout history in Native American ruins as far back as 2,000 years ago. Hunters and art enthusiasts would be hard-pressed to find someone who knows more about decoys than Gard. He’s authored three books, including two he coauthored about decoys. The Ward Brother’s Decoys: A Collector’s Guide details the lives of well-known decoy artists, and The McCleery Auction compiles information about the prominent auction of Dr. James McCleery’s decoy collection. He founded the Texas Decoy Collectors Association in 1980. WOODEN BIRDS: Ron Gard shows a pair of Ward Brothers pintail Throughout the last 40 decoys from 1928. Photo by Jason Janik, Perot Museum. years, Gard has collected hundreds of decoys, and then sold, traded and acquired more over time. His current collection of 200–300 decoys adorns the walls of his Dallas home with a few specimens loaned out to various museums or collectors at a time. The Perot’s current exhibit displays about a dozen decoys. Gard believes it takes a certain type of person to be a collector, and he’s appreciative that the Perot has put together a collection with so many great artifacts, including many Gard himself is interested in, such as guns, knives, and fossils. “I grew up collecting bird nests and arrowheads,” he said. “Collectors have a passion for preserving things and protecting artifacts that remind us of the past.” In addition to Gard’s decoy collection, the exhibit displays an eclectic array of PEZ containers, Star Wars souvenirs, Dallas Cowboys memorabilia and more. Gard’s favorite collections on display (other than his own) include paleontological specimens from Nancy and Randy’s Best’s personal belongings, Ballet Folklórico costumes from Anita Martinez and a mastodon jaw that once belonged to Thomas Jefferson. The Perot’s new exhibit, Eye of the Collector, is on display until September 5.

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Shooting the big guns Rick Cook of Cordell, Oklahoma made three perfect shots at a moving target in the Dallas Safari Club Big Bore Shoot on May 6. While most shooters were only able to get one or two shots off at the moving target, Cook’s three shots all hit the “brain” on the target, gaining him six points and an insurmountable lead. The event has three stations, and a .375 was the smallest rifle caliber allowed. A heart/ lung shot gained one point while a brain shot earned two points. The first station requires a 70-yard shot using shooting sticks; the second involves three 35-yard freehand shots; and the third station is the moving target. Cook earned 17 of 18 available points, while Scott Tobermann of Irving finished second with 16 points, followed by Charlie Barnes of Trophy Club, also with 16 points. —Staff report

Texas landowners win conservation awards Every year, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, in partnership with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, honors landowners from across the state with the Lone Star Land Steward Award for their contributions to natural resource conservation and management. This year, TPWD will honor seven winners from six ecologically diverse regions of the state as some of the best examples of sound habitat management. Following is a list of this year’s award recipients. Blackland Prairie – T Star Ranch, Navarro County,
Bruce and Shirley Thomas, owners/ managers. For the past 12 years, Bruce Thomas has managed the 231 acres of T Star Ranch, restoring the once-overgrazed pastures back to native grassland. When Thomas acquired the land in 2004 from a local rancher, mesquite had invaded the majority of the property, decreasing the chances native grasses would grow and limiting the food supply for wildlife on the property. After implementing a wildlife habitat management plan, Thomas saw native grasses return to the property, providing a sustainable habitat for a diverse array of wildlife. Edwards Plateau – Winkler Ranch, Blanco County,
Matt and Peggy Winkler, owners,
Derek Birck, manager. When Dr. Matthew Winkler purchased his Blanco County ranch 10 years ago, he and operator Derek Birck began implementing comprehensive wildlife and habitat management plans. They use conservation tools like prescribed burning, brush management, riparian enhancement, grazing management and invasive pest control to support a wide variety of plant and animal life. One of the most significant parts of the ranch is a large bat cave, which supports one of the largest populations of cave-roosting bats in the county. Gulf Prairies and Marshes – Parks Ranch, Goliad County,
Cuervo Ranch Holdings, Ltd., owner,
Crow Ranches, Inc., manager. Since 2000, David Crow has managed the 5,600-acre Parks Ranch in Goliad County, maintaining its status as a site with one of the highest quail populations in the area. Crow consistently implements conservation management techniques, including winter and summer prescribed burns, mechanical and chemical brush management and rotational grazing plans. These techniques have resulted in a greater density of native grasslands, which in turn support a greater diversity of native wildlife. Post Oaks and Prairies – Pecore Farm, Fayette County,
Albert and Wilda Pecore, owners/managers. Bert Pecore wasn’t always a conservationist. He let cattle overgraze the land and overwork the soil. However, he changed

his ways 10 years ago, after having already owned his ranchlands for 51 years. By implementing sustainable wildlife and habitat management practices, Pecore and his wife restored their 196-acre ranch in Fayette County to its native grassland glory. Wildlife populations, including deer and a number of migratory birds, are thriving. South Texas – San Pedro Ranch, Dimmit and Maverick counties,
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Chase Currie, manager. Joseph Fitzsimons and his sister, Pamela Fitzsimons Howard, have owned the San Pedro Ranch in South Texas for 15 years, though the land has been in the family since 1932. Fitzsimons and Howard have implemented several wildlife habitat management techniques, including rotational grazing, prescribed burning, brush control, water systems, riparian restoration projects and aerial censuses of deer and quail populations. These practices have improved the native habitat, which has helped sustain diverse wildlife populations and a productive Beefmaster cattle herd. Trans-Pecos – Harkins Ranch, Terrell and Pecos counties,
Harkins Family, owners/ managers. Monty and Lisa Harkins became the owners of the Harkins Ranch 21 years ago, though the property has been in the family since 1905. The Harkins implemented innovative habitat and wildlife management practices, including rotational grazing, brush management, supplemental water provision, erosion control and deer population control. During their brush management efforts, the Harkins leave interconnected “trails” of brush throughout the property to allow wildlife to travel from place to place, using the brush as cover from predators. Since 1971, the Harkins have consistently managed the wildlife populations on the property by leasing hunting rights for white-tailed deer, mule deer, javelina and scaled quail. Special Recognition for Landowner Outreach and Education – Steve Nelle, Tom Green County. With a background in conservation and land and wildlife management, independent conservation consultant Steve Nelle actively educates landowners about the importance of sustainable livestock and habitat management on ranches across Texas. A wildlife biologist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service for the last 26 years, Nelle is now an advocate for prescribed burning to restore natural balances, carefully planned brush management and removing impairments from the landscape so the natural environment can return to or maintain a healthy balance. —TPWD


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in but two hens intercepted him at about 60 yards,” posted kmon1. “They were going strong northwest of Abilene this weekend. I got a beard dragger within 80 yards but a hen came in and they did their thing. Needless to say, they are still gobbling,” posted thedoveshooter. One hunter took his second tom on property that adjoins the LBJ National Grasslands in Wise County, and the bird had four beards totaling more than 30 inches. “We have collared and tracked some birds on the LBJ National Grasslands, and we found they seem to prefer the edges,” said Austin Sewell, who works for the U.S. Forest Service, which operates the grasslands. “A lot of the birds harvested are taken by private landowners adjoining the grasslands. I can’t explain why, the habitat isn’t as good on the outside, although some people put up feeders in the adjoining properties.” Terrance Jackson of Houston harvested a Sabine National Forest gobbler in the same area where he had success last season but with no luck in the early part of the eastern turkey season. “He came into my decoy setup gobbling following a hen who was responding to my calls,” Jackson said. “After I shot him and was walking out of the forest I busted another hen off the nest. She flew up from the ferns about a foot or two in front of me and scared the heck out of me. I looked in the ferns and saw a nest with six eggs in it.” Unfortunately, the startled hen may abandon the nest, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Upland Game Specialist Jason Hardin. “Eastern wild turkeys are notorious for abandoning a nest once disturbed,” he said. Brent Vogler of Abilene was covered up in jakes when he took a hunter out on May 6. “We got hit hard with rain, as a big thunderstorm came in,” he said. “In the calm before the storm, I called in seven jakes. The jakes proceeded to beat up the jake decoy, and then they took turns mounting the hen decoy.” Vogler said the predictions of ample jakes this season are definitely true in his area. “I’ve seen more jakes this year than in my eight years of hunting,” he said. “They are all over and look really healthy. It bodes well for next year.” After the scene with the jakes, a mature tom finally came in. “The big boy came in completely silent,” Vogler said. “He got hung up at more than 60 yards, but came a little closer and my friend shot him.”

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A new passion Brownsville woman takes to surf fishing By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News Maria Cisneros of Brownsville went surf fishing with her husband for the first time last summer. Then she fished in the Go Big or Go Home Surf Fishing Tournament and won the Women’s Any Fish division with a 43-inch bull redfish. Since then, it’s become a way of life. The nursing student and her husband, Juan, joined the group Fishing Locos, and head to the beach as often as they can. “Now that I’m out of school, I try to go as much as I can,” Cisneros said. Although summertime tends to be best for shark fishing, April was an especially good month for blacktip sharks. “There was a lot of action with blacktips,” Cisneros said. “It’s rare when you catch a sandbar or bull shark.”

“We are the friendliest team out there. If someone stops by, we help them and share our knowledge.” A recent trip to the beach with members of the group was quite memorable. “We did an overnight trip,” Cisneros said. “During the night, I caught an 82-inch bull shark, probably my biggest — sometimes I have a hard time but I’m getting the hang of it — I’m 4’ 11” — I use a fighting belt.” After the fish was released, Juan found a spot with cellphone coverage and sent chat messages to group members. “Two of the guys responded, ‘We’re on our way,’” Cisneros said. The friends arrived around midnight, but the sharks didn’t cooperate. “It’s a waiting game,” Cisneros said. In the morning, the guys were preparing to

leave and the fishermen cooked burgers for breakfast. “Then the very last rod went out,” Cisneros said. “I sprinted over there,” she said. “This one didn’t take as long as the bull shark, maybe 10 to 15 minutes. It was a 52-inch blacktip.” The trips and equipment aren’t complicated. “When we go out, we try to find where the water looks deeper or if we see a lot of bird action or bait,” Cisneros said. “After we pick a spot, we use 10- to 12-foot rods, big Penn reels, 80-pound braided line and 16/0 or 18/0 hooks.

PULLING HARD: Maria Cisneros fights a shark while on South Padre Island. The new surf angler landed two sharks on a recent overnight trip, including an 82-inch bull shark and a 52-inch blacktip shark. Photos by Mark Cano, Fishing Locos, above, and Gilbert Gutierrez, M&M Photography, right.

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For Lone Star Outdoor News Torrential rainfall and a flood of water coming down to Toledo Bend Lake via the Sabine River might sound pretty bad, but truth be known, catches of bass on this lake are as good as ever, according to Mike Granger, who’s been chunking lures for bass on this lake for more than 30 years. “Even with all the rain our bass fishing was never affected,” Granger said. “The lake is in great shape, and we have lots of vegetation that’s combined to provide some excellent bass fishing on anything from top-water lures to soft plastics fished on bottom.” Consistently topping the list for bass fishing success, Toledo Bend is on the Texas/Louisiana border in the heart of the Pineywoods. It’s one of the most angler-friendly lakes in Texas. In fact, the reservoir was named the number one bass fishing lake in the country last year. It’s not only known for bass fishing, but is an excellent lake for catching bream, crappie, white bass and stripers. So what makes Toledo Bend so good? “It’s the diversity of bass-holding structure that has made this lake one of the best ever,” Granger said. “It’s a combination of its size, the amount of flooded brush and timber and miles of aquatic vegetation.” Toledo Bend is the largest man-made body of water in Texas, the largest in the South and the fifth largest in the nation. It covers about 185,000 acres and is roughly 70 miles long. It

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was impounded in 1969 and is fed by the Sabine River. Over the years this lake has done nothing but get better. Since 1986, T-Bend has produced seven bass over 13 pounds,

A growing group of offshore anglers in the Houston area love to fish, but also enjoy the friendship with other fishermen and giving back. The Houston Big Game Fishing Club is championing offshore fishing on the Texas coast with a philanthropic twist. “You don’t necessarily have to own a boat or love to fish to join, though many members do,” said Heather Harper, the executive director of the Houston Big Game Fishing Club. “We’re such a social group that it’s just a blast to belong to this fun group of people.” The nonprofit club has two primary functions: service and camaraderie, and is made up of two types of contributors: individual members and corporate sponsors. Corporate sponsors typically relate to the hobby of FISHING AND GIVING BACK: Members of the fishing, such as yacht sellers, big game Houston Big Game Fishing Club raise money tours, and deep-sea fishing charters. and award scholarships. Photo by Houston Big Members share a passion for hook- Game Fishing Club. ing the good stuff, and giving back to communities surrounding the northern Texas coast. Since the club’s creation in the early 2000s, it has acquired 330 members, most of whom are recurring

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NICE FISH: Phil Brannan landed this 6-pound largemouth at Toledo Bend Reservoir on a watermelon seedcolored Trick Worm, fished along a creek channel in 12 feet of water. Photo by Robert Sloan.

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For Lone Star Outdoor News Fly anglers below reservoir dams are enjoying the fruits of high water levels, particular along the Brazos River below Possum Kingdom Lake and the Red River below Lake Texoma. “Below PK, you can catch fish all year round,” said angler Michael Mendez. “We catch sand bass, largemouths, smallmouths and freshwater drum all year.” While the majority of flyfishermen head to the Brazos when rainbow trout are stocked each winter, when the water is moving, the RIVER FUN: Nick Walters, 14, fly-fishes the Brazos River below the striped bass is the target. “They run up and down Possum Kingdom Dam whenever possible with his dad, Brent. Photo by Shannon Drawe. the Brazos depending on water releases and flow from the dam. Most are 2 to 5 pounds, but can reach They also add abundant amounts of sandbass, stripers and the bait they love to eat. 25 pounds,” Mendez said. “In recent weeks, the bait and rough fish The massive releases from the lakes also release bait, especially shad, and game fish, were dumped into the Brazos in such huge although to what degree game fish drop to numbers that millions of baitfish litter the the river isn’t really known. At the Possum sand bars below Possum Kingdom,” said Kingdom Dam, this year’s huge releases Brent Walters, who fishes regularly and of water are rare for a lake that had been blogs about it. “It’s common to see rough in the grips of severe drought for several fish suspended in bushes several feet overyears. When the Brazos River Authority head once the releases are shut down.” Some anglers even target carp. does release water into the Brazos River, “They can be abundant from the spring those releases haven’t lasted long, but are through the fall in pools between the dam huge in volume. and the Highway 16 Bridge,” Mendez said. These releases tend to flush a lot of the debris that accumulates in the sand bars, “There is easy kayak access at the bridge, and rock that lie in the middle of the the you can go toward the dam for a day of Brazos in low-flowing months and years. fishing or make a several-day trip by head-



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TEXAS FRESHWATER FISHING REPORT ALAN HENRY: Water clearing main lake, stained up river; 68–70 degrees; 2.77’ low. Black bass are good on top-waters, worms, spinner baits and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs in 1 to 12 feet. Catfish are good on cut bait, perch and goldfish. AMISTAD: Water murky; 64–68 degrees; 24.58’ low. Black bass are good on lipless crankbaits, spinner baits and top-waters. White bass are fair on minnows, slabs and small crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on top-waters and large jerkbaits. Catfish are fair on cheese bait, shrimp and nightcrawlers. ARROWHEAD: Water fairly clear; 65–70 degrees; 0.01’ high. No reports on black bass. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows in the shallows. Catfish are good on worms and stink bait. ATHENS: Water stained; 66–73 degrees; 0.58’ high. Black bass are good on topwaters, hollow-body frogs and swim jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs on brush piles. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait. BASTROP: Water clear; 63–67 degrees. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin and perch-colored soft plastics. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers, frozen shrimp and stink bait. BELTON: Water murky; 62–66 degrees; 9.18’ high. All species are slow. BOB SANDLIN: Water stained; 66–71 degrees; 0.62’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged creature baits, buzzbaits and buzz frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad. BONHAM: Water stained to muddy, 67–72 degrees; 0.23’ high. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged creature baits, shallow crankbaits and flipping jigs around shallow cover. Crappie are good on minnows around the bridges. Catfish are slow. BRAUNIG: Water stained. All species are slow. BRIDGEPORT: Water stained to muddy, 67–71 degrees: 0.11’ high. Black bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow. BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 61–65 degrees; 0.53’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and white tube jigs

under lights at night. Crappie are fair on white and black/ chartreuse tube jigs. Channel catfish are slow. BUCHANAN: Water murky; 61–65 degrees; 0.37’ low. Black bass are fair on perchcolored lipless crankbaits, watermelon top-waters, and weightless wacky-rigged green pumpkin stick baits with chartreuse tails. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse top-waters and lipless crankbaits on the surface early. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel catfish are good on live bait and cut bait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines and trotlines baited with live bait.

CADDO: Water muddy; 6.40’ high. No report available. CALAVERAS: Water stained. All species are slow. CANYON LAKE: Water murky; 60–64 degrees; 1.08’ high. Black bass are good on top-waters and pumpkinseed jigs in 8–15 feet. Striped bass are fair vertically jigging white jigs and trolling crankbaits. Smallmouth bass are good on smoke tubes and root beer curl tail grubs with chartreuse tails along main lake points and ledges. Crappie are good on white tube jigs and live minnows around submerged brush piles along break lines. Channel catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and doughbait in the upper end of the lake. CEDAR CREEK: Water stained; 66–71 degrees; 0.17’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow. CHOKE CANYON: Water murky; 61–65 degrees; 23.50’ low. Black bass are good on deep-running chartreuse crankbaits and watermelon lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on blue jigs tipped with minnows. Channel catfish are good on live bait. Blue and yellow catfish are good on live bait. COLEMAN: Water murky; 62–66 degrees; 0.46’ high. All species are slow. COLETO CREEK: Water murky; 68 degrees in main lake; 0.03’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft

plastics and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and green tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with nightcrawlers, shrimp, and minnows. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch. CONROE: Water murky; 61–65 degrees; 0.83’ high. Black bass are good on chartreuse Carolina-rigged soft plastics and spinner baits. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on minnows, shrimp, and liver. FALCON: Water murky; 68–72 degrees; 23.83’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse deep-running crankbaits and Carolina-rigged soft plastics. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on live bait, cut bait and stink bait. FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. FORK: Water stained to muddy; 68–72 degrees; 0.15’ high. Black bass are slow to fair on drop-shot rigs with finesse worms, square-billed crankbaits and hollow-body frogs. White and yellow bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. FT. PHANTOM HILL: Water murky; 64–69 degrees; 0.61’ high. Black bass are fair on chatterbaits, swimbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait. GIBBONS CREEK: Water murky. Black bass are good on chartreuse/blue and chartreuse/black soft plastics. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are good on hot dogs, nightcrawlers and shrimp. GRANBURY: Water murky; 60–64 degrees; 0.06’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse soft plastics, and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on white jigs. White bass are fair on bladed jigs and chartreuse spinner baits. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on stink bait and shrimp. GRANGER: Water murky; 61–65 degrees; 3.90’ high. All species are slow. GRAPEVINE: Water stained to muddy; 9.22’ high. No report available. HOUSTON COUNTY: Water

stained; 66–70 degrees; 0.52’ high. Black bass are good on shad-colored soft plastic worms and lizards. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with shad and chicken hearts. HUBBARD CREEK: Water offcolor; 66–72 degrees; 8.87’ low. Black bass are fair on shallow-running crankbaits, weightless flukes and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and prepared bait. JOE POOL: Water stained to muddy; 68–72 degrees; 5.51’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged craws, buzzbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are slow. LAVON: Water stained to muddy; 68–72 degrees: 5.72’ high. Black bass are fair on buzzbaits, squarebilled crankbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. LBJ: Water stained; 62–66 degrees; 0.78’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse top-waters, lipless crankbaits and watermelon flukes. Crappie are fair on minnows and white crappie jigs over brush piles in 10–15 feet. Channel catfish are good on minnows and dip bait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch. LEWISVILLE: Water stained to muddy; 67–72 degrees; 2.50’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 62–66 degrees; 1.06’ high. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits, spinner bait, and soft plastics. White bass are

slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Blue catfish are good on stink bait, shrimp and shad. MARTIN CREEK: Water lightly stained; 77–83 degrees; 0.07’ high. Black bass are good on spinner baits, buzzbaits and hollowbody frogs. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are slow. Catfish are fair on

trotlines. MONTICELLO: Water stained; 69–74 degrees; 0.07’ high. Black bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on rod and reel and trotlines. NASWORTHY: 65–71 degrees; 1.34’ low. Black bass are fair to good on jigs, Texas-rigged lizards and weightless flukes. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait. NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 61–65 degrees; 6.80’ high. All species are slow. O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 65–71 degrees; 44.09’ low. Black bass are fair on Senkos, chatterbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs fished shallow. Catfish are fair to good on live bait. OAK CREEK: Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 12.78’ low. Black bass are fair on drop-

shot rigs, spinner baits and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs in the shallows. Catfish are fair on chartreuse nightcrawlers. PALESTINE: Water stained; 67–71 degrees; 1.84’ high. Black bass are fair on Texasrigged craws and swimjigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad. POSSUM KINGDOM: Water off-color; 64–70 degrees; 0.04’ low. Black bass are fair on medium-running crankbaits, Texas rigs, drop-shot rigs and split-shot weighted flukes. Crappie are fair to good on chartreuse jigs and live minnows. White bass are fair to good on bladed jigs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait. PROCTOR: Water murky; 62–66 degrees; 11.64’ high. All species are slow. RAY HUBBARD: Water stained; 67–72 degrees; 0.18’ high. Black bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. RAY ROBERTS: Water stained; 67–71 degrees; 2.53’ high. Black bass are fair. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on

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minnows near brush piles. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad. RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water stained; 67–72 degrees; 0.32’ high. Black bass are fair on shakyheads, Senkos and wakebaits. White bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on chartreuse jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait. SAM RAYBURN: Water murky; 61–65 degrees; 3.28’ high. Black bass are fair on hollow-body frogs. White bass and crappie are slow. SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 60–64 degrees; 7.93’ high. All species are slow. STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 61–65 degrees; 7.56’ high. All species are slow. TAWAKONI: Water stained to muddy; 68–72 degrees; 1.62’ high. Black bass are fair on hollow-body frogs, buzzbaits and wakebaits. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines. TEXOMA: Water stained; 66–71 degrees; 7.47’ high. Black bass are fair on shad-pattern swim jigs, spinner baits and bone pattern top-waters. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Striped bass are fair on slabs and shad. Catfish are fair on trotlines. TOLEDO BEND: Water murky; 62–66 degrees; 0.76’ high. Black bass are fair on perch-colored spinner baits and crankbaits. White bass are fair on bladed jigs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait and cut bait. TRAVIS: Water murky; 62–66 degrees; 1.34’ high. All species are slow. WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. All species are slow. WHITNEY: Water murky; 60–64 degrees; 14.62’ high. All species are slow. —TPWD

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GAME WARDEN BLOTTER WARDEN HELPS WITH HEROIN OVERDOSE VICTIM, ARRESTS CULPRIT A report of a drug overdose at a local hotel was received by Atascosa County Game Warden Derek Iden. Iden and a Pleasanton Police officer were first on scene and noticed a man outside of a hotel room in the parking lot waving his arms frantically. A female heroin overdose patient was taken by EMS to the hospital. Iden located hidden heroin drug paraphernalia that the male subject admitted to having used to cook and then inject the heroin. The man was booked into the Atascosa County Jail. SUSPECTS NOT NETTING, BUT KEPT MANY UNDERSIZED FISH Shelby County Game Warden Anthony King received a call that there was a group of fishermen using nets on the Center City Lake. King watched the fishermen from a nearby wooded area but could only see fishing lines in the water. After he monitored them for a short while, the fishermen proceeded to pack up their equipment and began walking back to their vehicle. King observed them dragging a large tub all the way up the trail and made contact with them as they got close to him. The subjects stated they did not use any nets but informed him that there was another group that had recently left. King called the complainant to get further details or a description of the illegal fishermen. While he was on the phone, he saw a fisherman go to the bucket and throw a fish into the woods. King quickly approached him and the subject retrieved the almost 7-inch bass from the woods. He apologized and said he didn’t want to receive a citation for the little bass. King advised the fisher-

MAN CAUGHT SELLING CATFISH, 3 FOR $10 Titus County Game Warden Jerry Ash received an anonymous text from an individual concerning the Mt. Pleasant/Pittsburg Online Garage Sale. The picture sent showed an assortment of channel catfish

man that was not his only problem. The fisherman had a total of 25 undersized crappie in his tub. STOLEN ATV RECOVERED Wichita County Game Warden Tyler Reed recovered a stolen ATV after a landowner saw pictures of it on his game camera while scouting for turkeys. The landowner contacted Reed about the ATV and its driver possibly trespassing on his property. Reed followed the ATV tracks until he eventually found the ATV unattended. The ATV was turned over to the Wichita County Sheriff’s Office, which is now assisting with the investigation into the theft. TRESPASSERS CAUGHT SHOOTING, VANDALIZING HUNTING LEASE Tyler County Game Wardens Roy Eddins and Brandon Mosley responded to a hunting lease after lease members heard shots fired. The wardens followed ATV tracks to a residence, and Mosley recognized the ATV due to game camera photos he had retrieved from a game camera he had set up on the lease earlier in the month. Mosley had photos of several subjects shining a spotlight on the lease and walking on the property with a shotgun and a rifle. The wardens also had pictures sent

for sale at three for $10. Ash located the suspect in a trailer and issued a citation for no Commercial Fishing License. The subject admitted to selling at least 18 catfish out of Lake Bob Sandlin.

from a lease member of a deer stand tipped over and a stolen game camera. Mosley recognized one of the subjects as one pictured in the game cam photo. The wardens received confessions from three subjects, including the taking of a rabbit, hog, and committing criminal mischief. Also the subjects had no hunting licenses and admitted to killing a deer on another property. One of the subjects went into his residence and retrieved the stolen game camera. Cases are pending. MAN FISHING WITHOUT LICENSE FLEES OFFICERS At a local playa lake, Lubbock County Game Wardens Mallory Mitchell and Shannon Chambliss checked a fisherman who did not have a fishing license. The man had given the wardens a false name because he had several felony warrants for his arrest. When confronted about the warrants, the subject fled on foot. After a brief chase, the wardens apprehended the man at a local apartment complex. Cases pending. STORE CAUGHT SELLING GRASS CARP, LARGEMOUTHS While participating in a retail fish dealer detail in El Paso, Hudspeth

County Game Warden Mark Braddock and Game Warden Cadet Chelsey Kidder checked a store that was found to be in violation of several commercial fishing regulations. Two large tanks were found containing numerous live grass carp and largemouth bass. When the owner was questioned about the fish, he informed the wardens that he sold the fish to customers for consumption. When asked to display his Retail Fish Dealer License and his Finfish Import License, he produced an expired fish dealer license and he had no finfish license. Citations issued. ARKANSAS HUNTERS RESCUED IN TEXAS MOUNTAINS District 4 game wardens responded to a call for assistance with search and rescue in southern Presidio County. Hunters from Arkansas were hunting aoudad in the extremely rough terrain “below the rim” in Presidio County. One of the hunters took a shot at an aoudad and two of the hunters went to where they had last seen the sheep. When they failed to return, the hunter began searching for them through the night. The Presidio County SO, U.S. Border Patrol Agents, a DPS helicopter and TPWD game wardens responded to the area. Soon after

the search began, a game warden unit spotted the two hunters. Both hunters were scared, tired and thirsty. Upon realizing that he had been found, one of the men fell to his knees and began to cry. He said he thought he was going to die out there and that he had never been so glad to see a game officer. After drinking plenty of water, the hunters were taken to their vehicles so that they could make their trip home. CARPORT SALE INCLUDES SHRIMP, OYSTERS AND SNAPPER Titus County Game Warden Jerry Ash received a text from an employee at Lake Bob Sandlin State Park concerning a resident selling seafood online from his home. Due to the vehicle traffic at the home, Ash had to park across the street. Ash issued a citation for failing to have a Retail Fish Dealer’s License. The suspect was caught selling tilapia, octopus, shrimp, oysters, live blue crab and red snapper out of his carport. TRESPASSING HOG HUNTERS WITH DOGS EASY TO FIND Zapata County Game Warden Bryan Dulock received a call from a landowner about hog hunters and their dogs trespassing. Following the sounds of yelling and dogs barking, Dulock found the trespassers and citations were written.


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TEXAS SALTWATER FISHING REPORT NORTH SABINE: Redfish are good in the marsh on small top-waters. Flounder are fair on jigs tipped with shrimp around marsh drains. SOUTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good at the jetty on pogies and croakers. Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Trout are good while drifting shell on Down South Lures in 3–5 feet of water. BOLIVAR: Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on soft plastics and plugs. Black drum and redfish are good at Rollover Pass. TRINITY BAY: Trout and redfish are slow due to fresh water. EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are good over deep reefs on soft plastics and top-waters. Trout are good on the south shoreline on soft plastics and top-waters. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp. WEST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are good on top-waters in the afternoon for waders on the south shoreline. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. TEXAS CITY: Trout are fair to good at April Fool’s Reef on live shrimp and croakers. Redfish are fair in Moses Lake on mullet and shrimp. FREEPORT: Trout are fair to good at San Luis Pass on shrimp. Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay. Water temps are running near 80 degrees. EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are good for drifters on live shrimp over humps and scattered shell. Lots of oversized trout have been caught and released. Redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal on crabs and mullet. WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Redfish are fair to good on the edge of Oyster Lake on shrimp and crabs. Trout are good on shell and grass on soft plastics and top-waters. Black drum are fair to good at the jetty on crabs.

PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are fair on top-waters over sand and grass in waist–deep water in San Antonio Bay. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the back lakes with live shrimp. Trout are good at the jetty on live mullet. ROCKPORT: Redfish are fair to good on shrimp and mullet on the Estes Flats. Trout are good over grass while drifting with live shrimp and top-waters. Redfish are good on top-waters in shallow water. PORT ARANSAS: Redfish are fair to good at East Flats on shrimp. Redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp. Trout are good on top-waters and Gamblers at Super Flats. CORPUS CHRISTI: Trout are fair to good around Shamrock Cove on top-waters. Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on scented plastics and live shrimp. BAFFIN BAY: Trout are good around the rocks and grass on Gamblers and top-waters. Redfish are fair on the edge of the ICW on shrimp and croakers. Trout are fair to good in the Land Cut on live shrimp. PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are fair to good on top-waters around sand and grass along the drop–off of the ICW. Redfish are fair to good while drifting potholes on scented plastics under popping corks. SOUTH PADRE: Trout are good around the spoil islands, channel edges and color changes on DOA Shrimp and live shrimp. Trout, black drum, redfish and jack crevalle are good at the jetty. PORT ISABEL: Trout and redfish are fair to good on the flats on live shrimp and scented plastics. Redfish are fair at Laguna Vista and South Bay on small top-waters and soft plastics under rattling corks.

NOAA Fisheries has published a final rule changing gag and black grouper recreational management measures in the Gulf of Mexico. These changes include: • An increase in the gag recreational minimum size limit from 22 inches total length to 24 inches total length. • An increase in the black grouper recreational minimum size limit from 22 inches total length to 24 inches total length. • A lengthening of the gag recreational fishing season from July 1- December 2, to June 1-December 31. —NOAA Fisheries

Omori comes from behind to win on Wheeler Lake Takahiro Omori of Emory won the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Elite event at Wheeler Lake, Alabama, coming from behind with a final-day catch of 25 pounds, 3 ounces. Omori finished with a four-day total of 81 pounds, 6 ounces, more than 4 pounds ahead of Saturday’s leader, Dave Lefebre of Erie, Pennsylvania. “I found the spot where I caught my fish on Monday of practice, and I shook off several fish that I knew would weigh up to 6 pounds,” Omori said. “I knew the area was pretty special, but I was concerned the pattern had changed after a tough first day,” he said. Omori fished a large flat adjacent to the river channel, catching most fish on a walk-the-dog style top-water, a 5-inch swimbait in a shad pattern and a Carolina-rigged worm. Gary Klein of Weatherford finished 12th and James Niggemeyer of Van finished 13th. —B.A.S.S.


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Trout fishing remains good Sabine anglers switching to reds Lone Star Outdoor News Speckled trout anglers are enjoying one of the best seasons in recent memory. Good fishing reports continue to flow in from Galveston Bay, Matagorda Bay, Baffin Bay and areas around and in between. Capt. Hollis Forrester has been drifting Matagorda Bay grass beds early in the morning and then moving to shell later in the day. “The fishing had been great drifting Down South Lures and scented plastics,”

he said. “The bay is in great shape and the fishing is shaping up for an awesome summer.” Over the past weekend, the trout were up to the 4-pound range and redfish up to 7 pounds were hugging the drop-offs by the shell. At Sabine Lake, the deluge of fresh water has hurt the trout fishing, according to Capt. Adam Jaymes, but the marshes are clear and anglers are switching to the redfish. “The nearly daily deluge has put a sig-


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Offshore spearfishing adventure


Lone Star Outdoor News Spearfisherman Keith Love is into some strange sports. He operates an adventure park, called Tough Compound in Angleton, for extreme sports, including skydiving, mud competitions, ATV, motorcycle and even scooter competitions. His favorite sport, though, is spearfishing. Love runs Texas Bluewater Safaris, where he started running charters in 2008, and tries to get out every calm weekend. “I’ve been spearfishing since I was 12,” Love said (he’s now 31). “I’m not one of the first, though, some guys have been doing it since the 1960s. One guy is around 80 years old, he’s still out there spearfishing. I’m one of the first people that started heading out to the rigs, though; most of the others stayed closer to shore and by the jetties.” Love launched out of Freeport with three customers on his boat, Southern Cross, on May 6. Please turn to page 21

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Sharks in the surf Continued from page 8

For bait, we use whiting, stingray or jack crevalle, the jacks are good bait because they are so bloody.” On May 6, group member Miguel Cruz had another good nighttime trip, landing a 7-foot, 5-inch scallop hammerhead when fishing with his wife, Tania. Cisneros was quick to praise the fishing group. “We are the friendliest team out there,” she said. “We don’t hide where we fish. If someone stops by, we help them and share our knowledge. Our guys have held seminars at Bass Pro Shops.” Mark Cano, the founder of Fishing Locos, said the group currently has 17 members, and is preparing for the second year of Go Big or Go Home, a catch, photo and release tournament to be held June 11-12. “We just opened registration and have filled 65 slots,” Cano said. “It will get bigger, we have teams from Houston, San Antonio and Corpus Christi signed up.” Cisneros won’t be able to defend her title, though, as members of Fishing Locos organize and host the event, but aren’t allowed to fish. “I’m kinda bummed about that,” Cisneros said. “But we don’t want it to look like we have a conflict of interest.” She is fishing in the Texas Shark Rodeo this summer, though. “We finally have five women in the group so we have a women’s team,” she said. Meanwhile, if you’re on South Padre Island and come by some surf fishermen, look for the unique Fishing Locos flag, a smiling shark skeleton. “If you see our flag, stop by,” Cisneros said.

HOOKED: Maria Cisneros, a nursing student, was introduced to surf fishing and now goes whenever she can. Photo by Mark Cano, Fishing Locos.

Hunting dogs in friendly skies Continued from page 4

Sweet was pleased to see his dog waiting when he arrived. “It was a very pleasant experience,” he said. “I received notice of the exact arrival time and where to go. We pulled in and the dog was there, waiting for us.” Many major airlines accept pets as cargo or when traveling with the passenger. Certain regulations, like limited space for pets, outside temperature ranges and vaccination documentation requirements, make it necessary to plan ahead, though. Other requirements include a rigid, ventilated and escape-proof kennel for the dog. Brianna Jackson, a spokeswoman for American Airlines, said changes in procedures make it better for the pets. “They fly in a pressurized cabin on most of our aircraft,” she said. “We also monitor the temperature; if it’s between 45 and 85 degrees, we accept warm-blooded animals.” American Airlines has an expert animal health desk, with live help to answer questions. “Then, when the passenger arrives, everything is al-

ready taken care of,” Jackson said. “All in all, part of transporting people is transporting their pets — it’s a priority for us.” Some independent services are available to take care of the details. Pet Fed Ex PPS, one such service, said worrying about traveling with hunting dogs is, for the most part, a thing of the past if the passenger plans ahead. “Air travel is as safe for pets as it is for people,” the company said. “Your pet will travel in a special cargo compartment within the aircraft. If you can imagine keeping your pet in a crate in the laundry overnight, this is similar to what your pet will experience while in the pet compartment within the aircraft.” Sweet was impressed, and said the family’s two dogs, after several hours of checking each other out, were playing together and becoming fast friends. “Whoever developed this is pretty smart,” Sweet said. “When I travel with dogs to hunt, I’ll use it again and not worry about the dog.”

Wardens and social media Continued from page 4

complaints for each post the people feel shows a violation. We look into them. A photo may show someone is over the daily bag limit of fish, but that doesn’t always mean there is a violation — the person taking the photo could have been fishing.” For those who like to post pictures of their hunts or fishing trips, Jones said not to worry — you won’t be checked out simply because you posted a picture. “We don’t look through them all and check to see if they had a fishing or hunting license,” he said. “That would take too many people and too many hours. There needs to be some indication of a possible violation. Plus, we want and encourage people to post — we like to see the photos, especially of the kids, showing they are out fishing or hunting.” The game warden’s social media platform also is used for other purposes. “Our social media is very robust,” Jones said. “It takes quite a lot of time to review messages and allegations plus do the posting, but we use our posts for things like recruitment and, especially this time of year, water safety.”

Catching trout and reds Continued from page 15

nificant damper on the productivity of Sabine Lake,” Jaymes reported. “I have almost exclusively sight-fished over the last month and a half, a combination of both fly-fishing and conventional tackle. The water quickly returned to gin clear in the marsh.” Jaymes said the amount of grass in the ponds has increased after a mild winter and an abundance of fresh water. “Even better has been the number of redfish in the marsh,” he said. “It is always nice spotting the next redfish you are going to cast at before you have even landed the one on the end of your line.” When sight-casting, Jaymes said swimbaits have

worked best, in natural colors due to the ultra-clear water. At Baffin Bay, o_brother posted a good trip on May 6 at “Fished Baffin early Saturday morning before the winds picked up,” he wrote. “Ended up with a Texas slam, with limits of trout, redfish and flounder.” Capt. Hollis Forrester (979) 236-3115 Capt. Adam Jaymes (409) 988-3901

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Carson Penrod of Ennis shot his first deer at the age of 7 while hunting with his dad, Todd.

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Toledo Bend bass biting Continued from page 8

with the lake record going 15.32 pounds. “What makes this lake such an angler’s dream come true is the type of structure it has from end to end,” said Phil Brannan, a veteran East Texas bass angler. “I don’t know if it’s possible to make a more bass fishing-friendly lake. It’s loaded with coves, creeks and backwater sloughs. In the open areas there are tons of stumps and flooded timber. And during the summer months there are miles of aquatic vegetation on the surface like hydrilla, coontail moss, eelgrass, pondweed and lily pads. There are areas of this lake that never get fished. In fact, you could fish this lake your entire life and never fish the same area twice.” One lure that has been producing is the Bomber Suspending Pro Long A. “That’s a great postspawn lure,” Brannan said. “It’s perfect for fishing along a creek channel

ledge, or along the edge of submerged vegetation. It can be worked with a stop and go retrieve, or on a slow but steady retrieve. Some of the best colors are gold, chartreuse flash with an orange belly or watermelon/pearl.” Lately, Granger has been doing well with a watermelon seed-colored Trick Worm. Another good option is a cucumber seed lizard. When traveling to Toledo Bend, take heed of the multiple stumps and logs all over the lake that have sunk their share of boats over the years. Carry a good map, and only travel fast in the boat lanes that are well marked with highly visible buoys. The good fishing continues. At a Bass Champs tournament on May 6, two teams had five bass limits totaling more than 30 pounds, and 13 teams exceeded 20 pounds.

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Coast Guard rescues two fishermen A Coast Guard aircrew rescued two missing men on platforms in Galveston Bay on April 27. “We never gave up on these two gentlemen, and bringing them home safe to their families is what Coast Guardsmen live to do,” said Capt. Brian Penoyer, the commander of Sector Houston-Galveston. Michael Watkins and Raymond Jacik went fishing April 25 and the wife of one of the men called for help when they did not return. Coast Guard air and boat crews, along with Galveston County and Chambers County Deputies, and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department crews searched for the men, receiving assistance from the Houston Police Department dive team. The men reported that they had begun taking on water and had problems with their bilge. They were overtaken by a rogue wave and capsized quickly, before they were able to don lifejackets. While swimming in the water they found their cooler and clung to it. They had water and a sandwich in the cooler and split that before eventually getting separated and finding their way to platforms. A Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew spotted one of the men waving his arms at 10:31 a.m. April 27, and located the other man on another platform nearby at 10:36 a.m. After rescuing the men, they were taken back to the air station at Ellington Field where they were met by EMS. One of the men was taken to Clear Lake Regional Medical Center and the other to Memorial Herman. Both men were in stable condition. —U.S. Coast Guard

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12:23 1:09 1:51 2:29 3:07 3:44 4:23 5:04 5:48 6:35 7:26 8:20 9:15 10:12 11:08

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12:49 1:35 2:17 2:55 3:33 4:10 4:49 5:30 6:14 7:01 7:52 8:46 9:41 10:38 11:34

7:01 7:46 8:27 9:06 9:43 10:21 11:00 11:41 12:02 12:50 1:40 2:33 3:29 4:25 5:21

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4:00 PM 4:39 PM 5:49 PM

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Height 0.4L 0.6L 1.2H 1.3H 1.4H 1.6H 1.7H 1.8H 1.8H 1.9H 1.9H 1.9H 0.0L 0.0L 0.1L

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Tough road for bass eggs Continued from page 1

And the odds of a largemouth bass becoming a 10-pounder? “Infinitesimal,” said Todd Driscoll, a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department fisheries specialist. “It’s a rare, rare feat for a single bass to get large given all it’s up against.” The most perilous stage comes early, after the spawn. Female largemouth bass average carrying about 4,000 eggs per pound of body weight, although the actual number can be many times that. After the eggs are dropped, the male largemouth fertilizes most if not all of them. The majority hatch in two to four days in Texas and other Southern states. The male largemouth bass guards the nest as the female departs. “Bluegills are big nest predators,” said Tim Grabowski, a research assistant professor at Texas Tech University. “Crawfish can be an issue, too. The male bass will chase them off if he sees them. Just being there is a deterrent.” After the eggs hatch, the emerging fry stay on the nest for about a week. Their yolk sac nourishes them most of that time. Eventually, they must find their own food, such as small invertebrates and insect larvae. “They’re not picky at that size,” Grabowski said. “They’ll eat anything that fits into their mouth.” The transition to feeding themselves may be the most critical time in the survival of a largemouth bass, according to Grabowski. “There can be predation or a lack of food,” he said. “Dramatic changes in water quality or temperature can also negatively impact year-class strength. Generally, this is where the largest mortality occurs.” After about seven days, the fry swim off the nest and form what’s called a brood swarm, feeding on water fleas and other zooplankton. “They will stay near the nest as a cloud, a crowd of individuals,” Grabowski said. “They don’t school as you would see with sardines. It’s not that coordinated, but they do hang together. It’s probably for protection from predators. There’s a lot of eyes looking out for trouble so they can go back to the nest.” The adult largemouth bass continues to furnish protection, as Driscoll, an avid angler, can testify to. “I’ve caught a male bass protecting the

LOW ODDS: This bass egg has very little chance of ending up on an angler’s hook. Photo by Larry Hodge, TPWD.

fry,” he said. “It just streaked from 10 yards away at the lure. The lure I was throwing imitated a potential predator, like a sunfish. He was assuming what I was chunking was coming after the fry, absolutely.” Fry will linger in the brood swarm up to three weeks before dispersing, continuing to feed on zooplankton. When they reach about 2 inches in length, they add insect larvae and small fish to their diet. Even as fingerlings, bass remain highly vulnerable to predators, especially their own kind. A study at O.H. Ivie Reservoir found that 30 percent of Florida largemouth fingerlings stocked there were eaten by other bass within 12 hours. If it can reach 4 inches or so, a largemouth bass’ odds of surviving gradually get better until it reaches 10 inches. Then the natural mortality rate averages 25 percent annually, not accounting for anglers, Driscoll said. Most largemouth bass, however, don’t make it past their first year of life. That’s bad news for a lot of individual bass but not necessarily for the overall largemouth population. “Mother Nature in her wisdom compensates,” Driscoll said. “All you need to survive out of a nest of thousands are four or five bass and the population increases.” As far as a largemouth bass becoming trophy size, Grabowski compares it to winning the lottery. “The odds of me or you winning are astronomically low,” he said. “But the odds someone will win it are pretty good. From a population perspective, the odds of a couple largemouth (from a nest) making it to that size are actually pretty good.”

Bluewater spearfishing Continued from page 15

“The water was clearer than I thought it would be, and there were lots of fish,” he said. “We went out about 80 miles with two spearfishing customers and one snorkeling customer. I went down with the camera.” The group had a successful Saturday. “We got two nice amberjack, an African pompano, a few lionfish, some grey snapper and a cobia,” Love said. “They missed a few more ling and they UNDERWATER SELFIE: Keith Love speared this African pompano taken on a trip lost some equip- 80 miles out of Freeport on May 6. Photo by Keith Love. ment (shafts). His next adventure sport at Tuff Compound over Memorial Day weekend may come in handy for surffishermen that occasionally get stuck on the beach. “We’re racing with off-road recovery stuff, pulling people out from areas where the wreckers can’t get,” Love said. Texas Bluewater Safaris (979) 900-6665

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INDUSTRY Stag Arms acquired White Wolf Capital LLC has acquired Stag Arms LLC.

Gerber selects marketing team Gerber Gear, a leading producer of knives, multi-tools and outdoor gear has selected Swanson Russell to lead strategic marketing efforts for a new product.

Shooting pioneer dies Dick Thomas, a founding member of IPSC and IDPA, passed Sunday, April 17. His efforts established the Chapman Academy and the Bianchi Cup match.

Plano Synergy seeks marketing manager



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The female bear Always carry when fishing Fastest land animal in Texas Father of modern wildlife management Bragging here is a bad idea for poachers A mule deer hunting organization This bird can show the way to the fish The fish eggs A Texas dove Morning News outdoor writer Weather pattern that keeps Texas wet, El ____ 22. Shoulder hide on a deer 23. Number of ShareLunkers in 2015-2016 season 25. Houston’s safari organization 27. Host of Carter’s W.A.R. 28. Deer with big ears 29. Duck with a big, rounded beak 32. Venison that makes great steaks 33. A favorite quail plant 34. Texas/Oklahoma striper lake 35. A retriever 36. Check this before launch 37. The female deer 39. Yellowfin or blackfin 42. Popular offshore launching spot 43. Far South Texas fishing town, Port ____ 45. Color worn by upland hunters 47. A summertime bait at coast 48. An offshore target

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Sheep in Big Bend A food plot grain A group of pheasants The gentleman’s bird State known for elk numbers A fish with spots The flat fish along coast Hellgrammites are used for this The biggest deer species A sheep hunting organization Favorite deep-water target A goose species Retailer where you round up to nearest dollar for conservation 24. State known for mule deer 25. Antihunting group 26. Site of 2017 Bassmaster Classic 28. Good trout bays this spring, East and West 30. Formerly Granite Shoals Reservoir 31. The male pheasant 37. Type of fly 38. The slippery swimmer 40. Number of days in 2016 red snapper season 41. Self-propelled fishing craft 44. Attracts fish, wildlife 46. Keep open when shooting

By Aaron Anderson, For Lone Star Outdoor News

Plano Synergy announced the availability of a key marketing position of marketing manager of Hunting and Shooting Brands in the company’s Grand Prairie, Texas office.

Eastman hires product manager Eastman Outdoors, Inc., appointed Kevin Berrgren as product manager for its bow hunting division.

Harris Publications shuts down Harris Publications’ owner Stanley Harris announced that, after 40 years, the company was closing. Harris titles include Combat Handguns, Tactical Weapons, Guns of the Old West, The New Pioneer and others.

Sportsmen’s Alliance appoints CEO The Sportsmen’s Alliance and Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation appointed Evan Heusinkveld as president and CEO.

Garmin, Johnson Outdoors reach settlement Garmin International, Inc. and Johnson Outdoors Inc. have agreed on a settlement which resolves litigation involving Garmin’s infringement on Johnson Outdoors’ patented side-scan sonar technology. The agreement includes the licensing of patents to Garmin.

Tonka Customs acquired T-H Marine Supplies, Inc. acquired the assets of Tonka Customs, LLC. T-H Marine is a manufacturer of boating accessories. Tonk Customs manufactured the WAVE TAMER bow sonar mounts.

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Venison stew paprika 2 to 3 pounds venison stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes 1/2 cup flour 3 tbsps. paprika Salt and pepper 2 tbsps. butter 2 med. onions, chopped 2 cloves garlic 1 tsp. marjoram 1 11-oz. can tomatoes or 1 can tomato sauce 1/2 cup sour cream at room temperature 1/2 cup wine or 7-Up Shake meat cubes in plastic bag with the flour, 1 tbsp. of

the paprika, salt and pepper. In Dutch oven, melt butter and sauté coated venison cubes until browned. Remove cubes to warm dish and in the same Dutch oven, sauté onions and garlic with 2 tbsps. paprika until soft. Then add marjoram, tomatoes and wine or 7-Up. Add browned venison cubes and simmer over low heat until meat is tender (45 min-1.5 hours). Just before serving, stir in sour cream. Serve with egg noodles or rice. —Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

Pan-seared red snapper 4 (6-ounce) snapper fillets Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste 2 teaspoons olive oil Cucumber Relish 2 large cucumbers, diced 2 large tomatoes, seeded and diced 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped 2 tbsps. fresh mint, chopped fine 2 tbsps. rice wine vinegar 1 tbsp. olive oil Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste 1 lemon, juiced Yogurt Sauce 1 cup Greek-style yogurt 1 lemon, juiced 1 tablespoon seasoning mix (blackened or seafood spice) Sea salt and fresh ground black

pepper to taste In a medium-sized bowl, combine all cucumber relish ingredients and mix. In a small bowl, combine yogurt sauce ingredients and mix well. In a large sauté pan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Lightly coat the skin side of each snapper fillet with cornstarch. Carefully add the coated snapper fillets to the oiled pan. Cook snapper fillets for 2 to 3 minutes on each side until completely cooked throughout. Remove fillets from pan and serve with cucumber relish and yogurt sauce. —Florida Department of Agriculture

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NATIONAL Fly-fishing legend dies Well-known fly-fisherman William Pate Jr, died on April 18 at the age of 80.The name ‘Billy Pate’ is linked with fly-fishing records, a 35-year-long collaboration with Ted Jurascik’s Billy Pate fly reels, and Pate, along with Capt. George Hommell, started World Wide Sportsman in Islamorada, Florida. Pate was inducted into the IGFA International Fishing Hall of Fame in 2003. He was the founder and/or past board member of the Everglades Protection Association, Trout Unlimited, Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, the Don Hawley Foundation and the Pate Foundation. —Staff report


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New research measuring the impact of America’s game bird farms and hunting preserves reveals that the industry contributes nearly $1.7 billion annually to the U.S. economy. The figure comes from the study “Economic Impact of the Gamebird Industry,” funded by the National Shooting Sports Foundation for the North American Gamebird Association. While actual expenditures by game bird facilities are estimated at just over $634 million, Southwick Associates said U.S. Department of Commerce models reveal these dollars actually create a $1.7 billion annual impact when the purchasing power of the recipients of the initial funds are considered. The study also found that hunting preserves and game bird producers annually account for more than $500 million in wages, supporting nearly 12,000 jobs and contributing $188 million in state, local and federal tax revenues. —National Game Bird Association

Redlin, famous artist, dies An artist familiar to those who have attended fundraising auctions over the years, Terry Redlin, died in South Dakota after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 78. Redlin is known for his paintings of wildlife and outdoors scenes. In the 1990s, he was named American’s most popular artist in annual gallery surveys conducted by U.S. Art magazine. The Redlin Art Center in Watertown, South Dakota features more than 150 of his original oil paintings, as well as many prints, sketches and childhood drawings. The gallery has drawn more than 3 million visitors since it opened in 1997. Over 17 years, Redlin’s art donations to Ducks Unlimited raised more than $28 million for wetlands projects. —Redlin Art Center

DU receives Arbor Day award Ducks Unlimited was awarded the Forest Lands Leadership Award by the Arbor Day Foundation. The honor is presented to an organization or individual whose outstanding work provides leadership in advancing sustainable forestry efforts on public forest land. Since 2009, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 4,000 acres in the Mississippi floodplain. Bottomland hardwood forests provide critical habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife and play a huge role in floodwater absorption. As little as 20 percent of forestland remain on what was formerly 24.7 million acres of forested wetlands. —DU

Hillsdale wins DIII clay targets event The Hillsdale College shotgun sports team finished first at the Division III Association of College Unions International 48th Annual Clay Targets Tournament. The championship event consisted of 76 teams from around the country. The Chargers’ score of 2203 was the third-best score posted by any school across all divisions. —Hillsdale College

Wonders of Wildlife museum to open More than 25 of the country’s leading conservation organizations are contributing to the creation of the Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium in Springfield, Missouri, opening later this year. A vision of leading conservationist and Bass Pro Shops founder/CEO Johnny Morris, the 315,000-square-foot experience is intended to inspire future generations to enjoy, love and conserve the great outdoors. Consisting of leaders from both nonprofit and government entities, the nationwide collaboration hopes to establish a new conservation capital that highlights past successes and shares important conservation messages with a national audience. Participating conservation and wildlife management organizations include: Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies Boone and Crockett Club Center for Coastal Conservation Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation Dallas Safari Club Ducks Unlimited International Game Fish Association James River Basin Partnership Missouri Department of Conservation Missouri Department of Natural Resources National Geographic Native American Fish and Wildlife Society National Audubon Society National Rifle Association National Wild Turkey Federation Ozark Water Watch Quality Deer Management Association Southwest Tribal Fisheries Commission Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Watershed Committee of the Ozarks Wildlife Management Institute Wild Sheep Foundation

South Dakota state record smallmouth caught Barnesville, Minnesota angler Lyal Held caught a 7-pound, 3-ounce smallmouth bass on South Dakota’s Horseshoe Lake, breaking the previous state record by 3 ounces. The fish, a female full of eggs, was 19 inches long and had a 19-inch girth. Held caught the fish on a swimbait with a jig head, using an Alabama rig. —SDGFP

Oklahoma expands elk quota More hunters will be able to harvest elk this coming season on private lands in the state’s Southwest Zone. The Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission approved a harvest quota for elk in that zone that will increase from five to 30. Once the zone quota is reached by hunters, elk hunting will close for the remainder of the season in that zone. Each of the state’s seven elk hunting zones has a quota for harvested animals except for the Special Southwest Zone, where no elk harvest quota exists. —OWCC

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Blue crabs with tags Continued from page 1

blue crabs landed commercially in 2014, according to the “Fisheries of the United States,” published by the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration. In contrast, Texas produced about 2 percent. Louisiana’s production of blue crabs has declined in recent years, however. “It could be habitat loss due to coastal development or it could be declining water quality or historical overfishing,” Darnell said. “We don’t have a great handle on it. There is some evidence, however, that things are going downhill. We’re trying to get ahead of it.” Knowing the crabs’ movements could help researchers figure out what’s happening. “We want to find out where

Fly-fishing bonanza Continued from page 9

ing downstream and camping on the sandbars.” The Brazos requires a bit of a wade- and boulder-hop to get into position near the first big pool below the dam. “That’s where to go if the dam is not releasing water,” Mendez said. “The water is pretty still, but the fish are quick to react to a fast retrieve. Larger stripers and catfish are found on the Red River below the Denison Dam. Fly-fishers and conventional fishers flock to the shores to catch striper during the releases, and once those releases are scaled back by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, even more striper action is typical there. “You need larger rods to land some of the monsters,” Mendez said. “When the water flow is high, large top-water or baitfish patterns should be fished across the fast-moving current. The tried-and-true Clouser minnow works great. During times with very low water release, carefully wade out to areas in the river that hold deeper water.” In addition to striped bass, smallmouth buffalo, freshwater drum and largemouth bass may be caught in the stretch of water. At both locations, anglers need to prepare for some slippery conditions and be mindful of wires suspended above the rivers indicating where no one is allowed. If you hear a siren or horn, it’s time to head closer to the bank. “The warning means they are about to open the flood gates,” Walters said.

they’re moving and when they’re moving,” Darnell said. “Females tend to mate in estuaries and then migrate seaward. Once offshore, though, where do they go? Are they moving a little offshore or are they moving up and down the Gulf Coast, traveling long distances?” Blue crab production has also declined in Texas, said Tom Wagner, a natural resource specialist with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. From a peak of about 12 million blue crabs caught in 1987, about three million are now caught annually. “I definitely believe overharvesting has played a part,” Wagner said. “Bay shrimp bycatch has had an effect. Their nets pull up everything.”

TPWD will tag and release the blue crabs in Texas. Only females are being tagged — with the wire holding the tag wrapped around their twin spines — since mature females don’t molt, lessening the chance of a tag dropping off. Tagging is an easy process, Wagner said. “I tagged one a couple of days ago,” he said. “It took maybe 45 seconds.” One $5 blue crab tagged in Texas has already been caught in East Bay, not far from where it was released. Such a short journey won’t tell researchers much, but it does serve a purpose, according to Darnell. “At the least, it makes people aware of the project,” he said. Wagner said any findings by re-

where the crab was found. “It gives us a better idea of where they actually caught the crab since most people don’t carry a GPS with them,” Darnell said. Return rates for the tagged blue crabs are expected to be low, thus the effort to tag thousands of the creatures. “While the tags shouldn’t fall off the crabs, their life span is two to three years at the most,” TPWD’s Wagner said. “The probability of a tagged crab being recaptured is pretty small. We’ve been tagging fish for 25 years, and our return rate for fish tags is about 7 percent.”


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FISHING FASHION Continued from page 1

“It’s where I got the inspiration for the color and the details,” Gates said. “There are five styles. I walked around New York selecting fabrics and colors. On the vacation, I was impressed with the colors at the island of Capri — It’s magical, it has a rural feel but is the ritziest fishing island you’ve ever seen. That’s where the colors came from.” Many of the shirts’ unique features stemmed from the same trip. “The idea of a signature button on each shirt came from the island of Murano, where artisans make glass,” Gates said. “Burano is known for its artisan lace. I decided to use a lace pattern on the inside of the shirt instead of the sport mesh.” The five fishing shirts all sport Italian names in the Paradise Collection: Rome, Capri, Sorrento, Florence and Venice. The Venice shirt is in black and white stripes, a play on the Venetian gondaliers. Gates credits people who helped her through the long road to the launching of the line. “I went to a wedding in Southern California and sat by Carlos Casanova, who was on Project Runway,” Gates said. “We built a friendship and he helped me find someone to make the samples. Stan Chism (of West Texas Feeder Supply) helped me get in touch with a factory. Scott Hohensee (of Purina) put me in touch with someone to answer wholesale pricing questions. “It took forever, but last year we worked everything out and we received the merchandise in April.” Photo shoots, website creation and a social media presence were already established. “Once the product landed, I was open for business,” Gates said. She is quick to point out the fishing shirts, along with some buffs and koozies, are only the beginning. “They are an introduction, I knew that’s what the market needed,” Gates said. “Women are forced to wear the ugly clothing — Wild Rose is a highend clothing line for women who truly

enjoy fashion and the outdoors — I didn’t just design a logo and put it on someone else’s shirt — that’s what is out there.” Wild Rose plans to launch new creations for each season’s activities. “I’ve created my own camo design and we’re putting together some cool jackets with zip-offs and accessories,” Gates said. “And we’re revamping the bird vest; they can be cool and classy and still function.” Gates admits Wild Rose Apparel won’t be as inexpensive as other brands. “It’s not just a fishing shirt,” she said. “They are shirts women can truly wear anywhere.” Gates will hit the road this month, meeting with dealers across the state. “Some are already approaching me,” she said. “I’ll hit the ground running. Once women see the shirts in person, they’ll really appreciate it.” Don’t expect to see the Wild Rose Apparel logo blasted on the front of each shirt. “It’s a cool logo,” Gates said. “But I want girls to be able to wear it everywhere. There is a signature button on all of the styles. If you’re hip to the brand, you’ll know it’s a Wild Rose shirt.” The Wild Rose owner said the retail locations are the key. “Wild Rose won’t be buying ‘likes’ on social media and don’t expect to see brand ambassadors posting pictures to gain likes,” Gates said. “That’s crazy. I want real customers and real dollars and people that are into the brand. We’ll build a strong retail base and build organically. I’ve put years and all of my own money into this.” As for mixing her full-time job with All Seasons Feeders and the Wild Rose Apparel venture? “It’s exhausting,” Gates said. “I work on Wild Rose at night, often until 3 in the morning. I do roll into work a little late sometimes.”

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Ara, top left, wears the Wild Rose serape buff, Karrah, top right, wears the Venetian shirt from the Paradise Collection. Below, Jennifer, Tierney, Karrah, Wild Rose owner Lindsey Gates, Amma and Candace celebrate the Paradise Collection on the beach. Below, Brittney Gates throws a shrimp and popping cork like a pro.


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VISIS I L W RIFLESCOPE: Leica Sports Optics’ new riflescope provides premium performance in a sleek, durable scope. Available in two models (2.5-10x42 mm and 3-12x50mm), the riflescope features a 4:1 magnification ratio, daylight illuminated reticle (that can be adjusted from “predator dark” to full daylight), extended 4 inches of eye relief, and the L-4A reticle. Its wellbalanced color correction, combined with effective stray light reduction, enables sharp and detailed hunting experiences. The riflescopes sell for between $1,500 and $2,000, depending on the model.

MODEL 42 TAKEDOWN SHOTGUN-RIFLE: Savage Arms has launched a takedown combination gun, which breaks down with a simple push of a button. An updated version of the utilitarian Model 42, the new Takedown sports the same features that made its predecessors popular with smallgame hunters. It offers quick, easy disassembly for increased portability and ease of storage. With a 35.75-inch overall length, the gun is easily maneuverable in tight spaces. Chambered in 3-inch, .410 bore, the firearm’s 20-inch lower barrel enables the hunter to utilize 3-inch and 2 1/2-inch birdshot, buckshot and slugs This gun will sell for about $500. (413) 568-7001


SPORTSMAN BIG BOSS 570 EPS ATV: The new Polaris 6x6 fuel-efficient ATV offers hunters 1,500-pound towing capacity to haul out the big game. Its highly configurable “Lock & Ride” cargo system has bed rails and dual rear racks with integrated 5-gallon bucket mounts and six mounted tie-down points for those big loads. There also is integrated 6.5-gallon front storage and a factory-installed rack extender that can carry 90 pounds. For range and performance, the Big Boss features a single-cylinder Pro-Star 570 engine with an automotive-style Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) system; 6.75-gallon fuel capacity; all-wheel independent suspension; and more. The ATV, which will accommodate a second person, has a raised second seat for increased visibility as well as handgrips and footrests. Optional accessories include integrated winch and plow mounts and the Yukon Adventure Rack. The Big Boss, available in Sage Green, has an MSRP of $10,999.



ORVIS KIDS’ GUIDE TO BEGINNING FLY FISHING: Author Tyler Befus was 8 years old and an accomplished angler and fly-tier when he wrote this book for readers his own age. This updated edition includes new tips that the author, now 15 years old, has gathered over the past seven years. Orvis Kids’ Guide to Beginning Fly Fishing ($14.99; Sky Pony Press), which is easy to understand, will help younger anglers get started on his or her own fly-fishing adventures. It includes such information as where fish live, casting techniques, tips about fly-fishing equipment, and more.


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Club members fish, give back Continued from page 8

year-to-year. “Most people don’t even realize that you can catch blue marlin and yellowfin tuna off the Texas coast,” said Randy Kind, president of the club. “Other coastlines, like Florida, are overfished. But Texas is very underrated.” Since 2004, the club has donated more than $175,000 in scholarships to collegebound students pursuing marine- or agriculture-related careers. A spring banquet with raffles, live auction, dinner and awards raises money to fund programs such as a fishing day for the kids of the Ronald McDonald House. In addition to the annual banquet, the club’s other biggest event of the year is the Lone Star Shootout tournament. From July 19–24, anglers of all kind gather in Port O’Connor to compete in a team-style big fishing contest. About 60 boats with six–10 anglers each vie for a chance at more than $500,000 in prize money, of which the club takes a small percentage to put towards its charities. The weekend kicks off with a dinner shindig before releasing fishermen for marathon catching. Winners are determined by a point system based on the type of fish and weight. Other social events include mixers, socials, breakfasts and parties held every few

Photo by Houston Big Game Fishing Club

weeks. Volunteerism and charity proceeds benefit a variety of causes such as the Warrior Weekend for wounded veterans and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Dues range from $150 for an annual individual and go up to $5,000 for a lifetime family membership. The application process can be done completely online ( and does not require references or a specific time commitment. Members cite camaraderie, shared passions, a dedication to improving the lives of others, and a desire to catch some killer fish as reasons they keep coming back, and bringing their friends. “When you’re 120 miles offshore and no one is within 60 miles of you, it’s just you and the fish,” King said. “You see a few sunsets like that and you start to think the sun is setting just for you and your people. That’s why we all enjoy this so much.”

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Ducks Unlimited Cabela’s Gun Bash Stafford Centre, Stafford (281) 676-8278

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Dallas Woods and Waters Club Monthly Meeting Rudy’s BBQ, Allen (214) 570-8700

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Ducks Unlimited Lone Star Flyway Shoot American Shooting Centers, Houston (713) 724-2237


Dallas Safari Club Summer Fun Shoot Elm Fork Shooting Range (972) 980-9800

National Wild Turkey Federation Tri-County Banquet Jewett Civic Center (903) 322-3677


Houston Safari Club Monthly Meeting JW Marriott Houston (713) 623-8492


Lone Star Bowhunters Association Awards Banquet and Expo Reunion Ranch, Georgetown (409) 739-2630

Coastal Conservation Association Live Oak Chapter Banquet Braden Hall, Columbus (713) 626-4222

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Big fish production at Lake Buchanan In 2006, the Lake Buchanan Conservation Corp (LBCC) requested, and received, a permit from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to stock 500,000 hybrid striped bass fry into Lake Buchanan. And, for the past 10 years, the LBCC has stocked the lake with varying numbers of fingerlings and fry. The last stocking, which was done in March, was with 1 million fry, which brings the total number stocked over the 10 years to more than 9 million. The hybrid fry are received by air shipment from the supplier, KEO Fish Farms, in Arkansas. They are shipped in corrugated boxes, such as the one held by LBCC Secretary Annette Gardner, below. Each box contains an oxygen/water-filled plastic bag with 50,000 four-day-old fry. Following an acclimation period, the fry are carefully introduced into the open water. Each year, the TPWD Inland Fisheries Division in San Marcos, led by Marcos DeJesus, conducts gill net studies to determine the status of several species of fish in Lake Buchanan. Large numbers of the hybrids attain legal harvest size of 18 inches by the third to fourth year. The number of 2- to 5-pound hybrids being caught borders on being phenomenal. The hybrid numbers exceed striped bass, for which Lake Buchanan is well-known. LBCC member/guide Max Milam and a client show a new lake-record 7.9-pound hybrid, above. Lake Buchanan is 94-percent full at this time. The last eight years, during a prolonged drought, the lake reached all-time record lows. During that time, large numbers of willows began growing on the exposed lake bed. Now that they are submerged, the lake is experiencing a “new lake effect.” Spring fishing for largemouth bass, crappie, sunfish and white bass is in full swing. It’s a great time for family fishing on Lake Buchanan. Come and visit!

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May 13, 2016 - Lone Star Outdoor News - Fishing & Hunting  

Daily fishing and hunting news with weekly fishing reports, game warden blotter, fishing and hunting products, events calendar, fishing and...

May 13, 2016 - Lone Star Outdoor News - Fishing & Hunting  

Daily fishing and hunting news with weekly fishing reports, game warden blotter, fishing and hunting products, events calendar, fishing and...