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Volume 12, Issue 19

Rolling down the river Musician takes advantage of access

By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News Grant Braudrick is a musician and singersongwriter known as Ole G, and plays all over, but mostly in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Nearly all of his gigs are at night — leaving the day open for his favorite pastime, fishing. “I was in the banking industry for five years after college,” Braudrick said. “Then I dove into the music business and have been doing it for six years — it gives me more free time to focus on fishing.” Much of Braudrick’s time is spent on rivers with his fly rod. “If I’m on a river, I’m fly-fishing,” he said. “Usually, I’m fishing for bass, gar, carp or drum. If I go to a bigger lake, I use conventional tackle — you can cover more water and catch more fish.” Recently, Braudrick and a friend with a shallow-water skiff hit the Brazos and went five miles from Lake Whitney. “We fished the whole way and caught a bunch of nice fish,” Braudrick said. “I caught a 3-pound smallie and 5-pound largemouth. He caught a 6-pounder.” And he avoided a long paddle back to the vehicle. “We quit at 2:30, booked it back to the dam in 15 minutes — as opposed to several hours.” The musician’s fishing spots span the area, as he hits many of the popular spots, usually on a weekday, including the Brazos River below Lake Whitney and Possum Kingdom Reservoir, the Red River below Denison Dam

CELEBRATING SUCCESS: Grant Braudrick is happy about the Brazos River largemouth he caught while fly-casting recently. He prefers to fly-fish rivers by day, and the musician known as Ole G plays gigs at night. TPWD has increased river access points on many popular rivers. Photo by Grant Braudrick.

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Heavy rains flood parts of Texas

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Stan Chism was at his hunting lease in Callahan County after the rains came. The round of storms that pounded the area flooded his feeders, likely ruining a thousand or so DELUGE: After storms hit Calpounds of corn and lahan County, some feeders on protein. One of his hunting leases were mostly unblinds floated to and derwater. Photo by Stan Chism. down a nearby creek, but was later recovered. To lighten the mood, his buddy, Jeremy, sat on top of the feeder and took out his fishing rod to see if he could catch a carp. Nearby at Lake Brownwood, Jim Tolson had installed a sprinkler system at his yard near the lake. “The pump was completely underwater and the water almost reached the house,” he said. The lake, only 60-percent full last spring, is 100-percent full. More storms hammered the Coastal Bend and

Tod Johnson and his friends fish offshore with kayaks, and had an early kingfish surprise when fishing out from Mustang Island. “They are in a little early,” Johnson said. “We’ve been catching them since March, although when the water is cooler it keeps them in the lower water column. You have to hit them in the face to catch them.” Near the South Padre Island jetties, a good kingfish bite existed in early May, then tapered off. “They were here, then we got PULLING HARD: Tod Johnson, while fishing from his kayak, rain and these little fronts,” said recently found kingfish about two miles out. Photo by Tod Lupe at Angler’s Marine Center. Johnson. “The water has heated up pretty good, there are a bunch of jacks out there, but the kings moved off. They’ll be back soon, though.” Johnson, a civil engineer who grew up in Spring and now lives in Corpus Christi, said the kings aren’t his usual target. “I normally target cobia and snapper,” he said. “When I catch the kings, I usually donate them to workers who like them.”

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Kingfish in close early

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Blue quail on the move Birds reintroduced in Rolling Plains.

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A giving dealer Lee Hoffpauir donates for conservation. Page 4

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Crappie in summertime haunts Brushpiles producing for anglers.

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Polaris dealer gives for conservation By Craig Nyhus

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GIVING BACK: Lee Hoffpauir, an avid hunter, owns Hoffpauir Polaris in Goldwaithe, and has donated or sold at cost numerous ATVs and UTVs to conservation groups. Photo by Lee Hoffpauir.

At the Lampasas Boys & Girls Club annual banquet on Saturday, Lee Hoffpauir donates more than just a Polaris ATV. He holds the banquet, similar to an old-fashioned barn dance, at his barn and emcees the event. “The barn comfortably has room for 320 people; we sold 475 tickets and we have 450 chairs,” he said. “But we figured it out.” The ATV he donated was won by Casey Townsend. The donation is one in a long line for the Polaris dealer in Goldthwaite, population 800. “We’re the number one Polaris dealer in Texas,” he said. “We were the number one Ranger dealer in the nation a few years ago, but some guy in Tennessee passed us. We’re still increasing, though. When I bought it in 2007, I

thought about moving it to Lampasas, but the Polaris people wanted me to stay. I’m glad they did — it was the best decision we made. Here, the city manager and employees are always asking ‘What can we do to help you?’” The big dealership in a tiny town has given away upward of 30 ATVs or UTVs. “We’ve given a bunch away,” he said. “But we have sold a lot more to groups at cost, minus any incentives from the factory.” The eye toward conservation groups began with Hoffpauir’s relationship with the Texas Wildlife Association. “My nephew was doing a membership drive for TWA while he was in school at Kingsville,” Hoffpauir said. “He asked me to buy a membership — I didn’t know anything about them at the time. Then I met Warren Blesh and he introduced me to the board and we concocted a deal where we give associate memberships for everyone that

buys a Polaris from me.” Since then, Hoffpauir, who has auto dealerships in Lampasas and outdoor superstores in Lampasas and Burnet became a director and last year, was named to TWA’s Executive Committee. “I like how they stand for landowner rights, water rights and youth hunting,” he said. But that’s just the first of many conservation groups his dealership supports. “I’ve worked with TDA, DU, EWA, RMEF, Park Cities Quail and CCA,” Hoffpauir said. “There is so much return. These are all my type of customers for vehicles, tractors, guns, feed and just about anything we sell.” The Lampasas event, in its third year, raises the entire annual budget for the Boys and Girls Club of Lampasas, about $250,000.

Scaled quail moving back to historic ranges By Russell Graves After a night’s rain, the red dirt Knox County ranch roads where Becky Ruzicka drives are a bit soft, even muddy in places. Undaunted, she drives her Kawasaki Mule through the barbed wire gate and past cedars and mesquite trees, all the while watching a GPS unit that tells her the position of each quail surrogator she has stationed on the vast Texas rangelands. “Through this research we hope to determine the effectiveness of using translocation as a tool to reestablish scaled quail populations within the Rolling Plains,” she explained while gathering up needed equipment before going through the brush to the first location where she’ll release a bevy of birds. “Specifically,” she said, “this study is designed to help us identify best practices for scaled quail translocation.” As part of Texas A&M University’s Reversing the Decline of Quail in Texas initiative and a continuation of the Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch (RPQRR)’s Operation Transfusion project, she hopes to unlock the secrets that, to date, have prohibited scaled quail from inhabiting every niche of their historical ranges in Texas. According to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department maps, the historic range of scaled quail is generally on a line that extends a couple of counties east of the 100th meridian (roughly U.S. 83). However, the diminutive species’ range is now reduced (especially in the Rolling Plains) and is relegated to isolated pockets to the point that it’s almost entirely extirpated from its eastern ranges. The scaled quail was common in this area prior to about 1988, then populations essentially vanished. Ruzicka’s research could lay the groundwork for a comprehensive trap and translocate protocol to reintroduce scaled quail to their historic ranges. “We identified two release sites in Knox County with interested landowners who have well-managed habitat,” she said. “We trapped birds from seven different source ranches in the Edwards Pla-

A NEW HOME: Blue quail were moved from the Edwards Plateau to Knox County in the Rolling Plains region of Texas. Researchers hope to reestablish numbers of the bird to their historic ranges. Photo by Russell Graves.

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Texas wardens to be on TV By Mark England

Lone Star Outdoor News Being a Texas game warden is about to get real. Lone Star Law, a 12-episode series on Texas game wardens, debuts June 2 on the Animal Planet network. The reality show seeks to match the Animal Planet’s success with two similar shows: North Woods Law, which tracks Maine game wardens, and Rugged Justice, which trails game wardens in Washington state.

Ben Shank with Engel Entertainment expects the new series to do well. “Texas game wardens do a number of things that I don’t think other game wardens do,” said Shank, LSL’s showrunner. “Plus, there’s the vastness of Texas: the different terrain, the different animals. It leads to a lot of variety that makes for a great, diverse TV show.” The show opens with a rousing theme song, “Our Game,” sung by Kevin Russell and the Shinyribs, whom alternative country fans may recognize from his days with the Austin-

based group, The Gourds. The theme’s lyrics proclaim, “This is our game – Texas. This is our way of protecting her, respecting her, the land that we love.” A Lone Star Law teaser touts that it will “shadow” Texas game wardens as they deal with, among other things, poaching, flash floods, illegal smuggling operations and injured animals. The payoff for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for allowing such extraordinary access won’t come in the form of a check or residuals.

In fact, TPWD isn’t getting paid for the series. “We hope that it will educate people on the roles of game wardens,” said Grahame Jones, chief of Special Operations for Law Enforcement. “Another priority is to help us with the recruitment of game warden candidates, to show people the diverse roles that game wardens play. There are lots of opportunities for people interested in conservation law enforcement or search and rescue or aviation or K-9 patrols. And many people are not aware of them.” Please turn to page 7


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Colby’s Allegra “Allie” October 30, 2007 – May 9, 2016

BEST FRIEND: Allie was bought by Bill Honza for his son, Colby, when Colby was 7 years old. A month from his 16th birthday, Colby helps with saying his final good-bye to his friend. Photos by Bill Honza.

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Bill Honza bought Allie, the family’s yellow lab, at the Ellis County Ducks Unlimited banquet in 2007, for his son, Colby, who was then 7 years old. Allie came from Stan Lewis of Live Oak Kennels. Colby and Allie became fast friends. “Colby and Allie were buddies from Christmas morning 2007, when he got her,” Honza said. “They did all of the standard stuff — played in the back yard, swam in the nearby lake and went to our farm down in Athens.” And they spent countless days in the field, hunting.” Allie showed promise from the day she went to her new home as a puppy. “Allie was a natural retriever from early on,” Honza said. “She would go and get a ball or bumper as long as you wanted to throw it and loved the water.” As a hunter, Allie didn’t receive formal training, but performed for her owner and his son. “Although it was in her pedigree, she was not a field champion, but she probably could have been,” Honza said. “She was very much a natural — she just seemed to understand what we wanted her to do in the field and at home.” On May 9, it was time to say good-bye to the father and son’s friend. “The night before she died, Colby laid with Allie on the back porch (her favorite spot) for what seemed like forever as they said their goodbyes,” Colby’s father said. “She died early in the morning and we kept Colby out of school to take her down to the farm in Athens.” Colby assisted in digging the hole where Allie lays. “We laid Allie to rest on a nice hill in the shade of an old hickory tree overlooking an open field,” Honza said. “There, she will have a good view of the deer and the birds and the sunsets.” It was an impactful event for the father, and, especially, for the son. “I guess burying your first dog is not high on the list of things to look forward to for a boy’s rite of passage,” Honza said. “It’s just one of those life’s lessons you can’t learn in a classroom.” The memories of the family’s pet remain. “Now that she’s gone, I really don’t think of the long or double retrieves she made and the hunting dog she was,” Honza said. “I think of the family dog she was and how she was always there for us, and Colby — she was all we could have asked for.” Rest in peace, Allie.

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the Hill Country. At the Redfish Lodge at Copano Bay, after portions of the area received more than 10 inches of rain, the road to the peninsula-located lodge was flooded, along with the office. In Rockport, the Port Bay Club’s pier was destroyed. At Aransas Pass, Dean Thomas of Slowride Guide Services made due and paddled his kayak to the grocery store. The fishing was still good, though. General Manager Brian Holden guided his women’s team to first place in Guided Division of the Babes on the Bay tournament on May 13, Port Bay Club guide Jeremy Griffis guided his team to the Guided Artificial win, and Thomas and his partner won the Vets fishing with Vets tournament on May 20. Meanwhile, Abilene-area residents were happy to hear that Lake Abilene, bone-dry a year ago, is full, fish-stocking efforts (50,000 largemouth bass) are underway and the habitat for the WATER EVERYWHERE: Jeremy Box casts a line from the top of a feeder at a flooded hunting lease in Callahan County. Photo by Stan Chism. deer and turkeys looks great. “The exciting thing is that it’s going to be really great for outdoor recreation this summer,” park ranger Ryan Hunter told KRBC TV. “It means that in the future we’re going to be looking at some pretty good fishing opportunities.” Hill Country deer hunters always welcome rains, but heavy rains in the area quickly flood roads. On May 18 and 19, Cade Bonn of the Bonn Ranch was stuck. “Send beer, can’t get out,” he posted on his Facebook page. San Antonio officials are breathing a sigh of relief. Thanks to months of above-average rainfall, the Edwards Aquifer is at its highest level since 2010. A sinkhole west of the city dumped at least 500 cubic feet of water per second into the earth. The sinkhole was draining the equivalent of an Olympic-sized swimming pool every three minutes. With the heavy rains along the midcoast, some may think Choke Canyon Reservoir would benefit, but, unfortunately, the rains developed closer to the coast. The lake is only 33-percent full and is 23.67-feet low.

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Eller, Rhode heading back to Olympic Games Kim Rhode will be heading to Rio de Janeiro to compete in her sixth consecutive Olympic Games. The five-time Olympic medalist topped the field by a wide, 16-target margin. She was followed by Amber English of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Dania Vizzi of Odessa, Florida. Rhode joins first-time Olympic qualifier Morgan Craft of Muncy Valley, Pennsylvania on the Women’s Skeet team. In Men’s Skeet, Frank Thompson of Al-

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Jones said TPWD has been approached several times over the years about doing a tagalong series. “We never felt like it was a good fit until Engel Entertainment approached us,” he said. The production company’s experience working with game wardens in other states was a major selling point. It counts North Woods Law among its stable of reality-based shows. Engel Entertainment used three crews composed of about three to five people to record Texas game wardens, with filming starting last summer. “They know what they are doing,” Jones said. “We set some ground rules, too. We didn’t want anything staged or anyone hamming it up. We wanted it to be natural.” TPWD also made it clear that the job came first. “Outside Bastrop, a car got swept away at night,” Jones said. “Our guys put on a technical, very dangerous rescue. The film crew was there, but it was made known that we weren’t going to spend extra time rigging cameras. In that case, they didn’t get the footage. That’s not our goal. They’re welcome to be here. But if they can’t get it, they can’t get it. The thing is, it’s never been a point of contention.” Game warden participation was voluntary. Supervisory officials were expecting a handful of game wardens to give their permission to be filmed. Instead, about 130 game wardens did. Engel Entertainment set out to show the wide range of people who are game wardens and not reinforce stereotypes, according to Shank. “We wanted to incorporate every person representative of Texas Parks and Wildlife,” he said. “We enjoyed being with wardens who have bigger personalities — and their peers often pointed them out to us — but that’s not always an indicator of good television. Someone quieter who is smart and insightful can be interesting, too. We took all that into account when picking someone to follow. “To be honest, a lot of it was call-based: the game wardens who were more involved, who called and said, ‘Hey, I’m doing a poaching investigation, are you interested?’ We can’t be everywhere.”

HSC grant aids antipoaching efforts in Zimbabwe Houston Safari Club announced its support for The Tashinga Initiative. The HSC Board of Directors has approved a grant for a forward antipoaching base in the central Lower Zambezi Valley, to enhance the efficacy and efficiency of antipoaching units and reaction time to incursions by poachers. The Tashinga Initiative Trust, working in close liaison with Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, provides support to its resource management and operations in the Zambezi Valley’s mosaic of protected areas under the jurisdiction of the Parks and Wildlife Management Authority of Zimbabwe. —HSC


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Battle waging over ethanol and E15 Legislation proposes to limit amount added to fuel

By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed higher renewable fuel quotas for 2017 across the board under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard. EPA said the proposed increases would raise total U.S. renewable fuel quotas by nearly 700 million gallons from 2016 levels. EPA will hold a public hearing on the proposed quotas in Kansas City, Missouri, on June 9, and accept public comments until July 11. The National Marine Manufacturer’s Association asserts the standard is one of the greatest concerns facing the recreational boating industry today, specifically the introduction of E15 into the marketplace. The fuel currently stocked at the majority of the nation’s gas pumps is E10, or 10 percent ethanol. “There are serious and well-documented safety, environmental, and technology concerns associated with ethanol blends over 10 percent in recreational boat fuel tanks and engines,” NMMA said on its website, citing studies conducted on Volvo engines and Mercury outboards. Bill Flores (R-Tex.), Peter Welch (D-Vt.), Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), and Jim Costa (D-Calif.) introduced legislation, HR 5180, called the Food and Fuel Consumer Protection Act, that would limit ethanol blended into motor fuels at 9.7-percent of projected gasoline demand as determined by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. “Higher ethanol blends of this nature are harmful for small engines, engines for recreational vehicles, and older vehicles’ engines,” Flores, the bill’s primary sponsor, said on May 10. “Furthermore, the current RFS mandates are causing higher emissions as well as higher fuel and food costs for consumers.”

BOATERS BEWARE: The EPA is proposing gasoline with 15 percent ethanol be sold. Outboard and small engine manufacturers say the fuel will cause even more damage. Legislation has been introduced in Congress to limit the amount to below 10 percent. Photos by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

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Crappie on the brush By Robert Sloan

For Lone Star Outdoor News At most Texas lakes, the crappie have finished their spawn and migration to deeper water. The brush is where to find them. Guide Bill Fondren has been putting folks on crappie at big Sam Rayburn Lake for decades, but even at that the numbers of fish he’s been catching lately are astounding. A few days ago, he put his group of anglers on 180 fish. “It was a pretty good day,” Fondren said. “The water temperature was 73 degrees, and the brush piles were absolutely loaded with hungry crappie. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen it this FIND THE COVER: Anglers on Sam Rayburn are finding good slabs near the tops of brushpiles, using good, this early in the minnows and jigs. Photo by Lone Star Outdoor News. year. But I’ll take it.” Fondren fishes for brush.” “The key is to place the brush crappie year-round, and said the Building a brush pile is no easy where crappie want to be,” Fonbest time to catch them in big chore. Most of Fondren’s piles con- dren said. “Most of the time that’s numbers is during the summer sist of willow trees. Once the brush off a point or along a creek chanmonths over brush piles. is collected, it’s got to be loaded on nel. Right now, we are catching “Crappie love brush,” he said. a trailer, transported to a boat and most of them over brush placed in “The brush attracts small minnows then taken out on the lake. Before 20 feet of water. But later on, like that are the main food source for going overboard, the willow trees in July and August I’ll be fishing tasty white perch. When they get have to be attached to some sort brush tops in 30 to 45 feet of wathrough with the spawn, crappie of anchor. Fondren uses five-gallon ter.” begin a migration from the shal- buckets loaded with concrete, sand The brush tops are a key to lows to points, creeks and grass or rocks to keep his brush piles in actually catching crappie. lines. That’s where I place a lot of place. “Most of the time they will be Please turn to page 20

Track Caddo Lake paddlefish As part of a multi-year experiment, 47 American paddlefish were released into the Caddo Lake watershed in March. An interactive tracking map shows the locations of the fish. The fish were approximately 18 months old and 2-3 feet in length when released. Each sports a surgically implanted radio transmitter with a unique signal that enables it to be tracked. The tracking data is recovered from three receivers and is posted several times a month on the tracking map, created by COMING BACK: Paddlefish are being the U.S. Geological Sur- reintroduced to East Texas waterways, invey’s National Wetlands cluding Caddo Lake. Transmitters will help Research Center in Lafay- researchers track the fish. Photo by Caddo Lake Institute. ette, Louisiana. The map opens with five popup menus to assist you in using the map. Observations noted on the tracking map for each fish come from either stationary radio signal receivers or from observations made during searches by boat. Location data is then uploaded to the tracking map. Schools and others have “adopted” fish, naming them and using the tracking map and other information on CLI’s website for education and other purposes. The map may be found at caddolakeinstitute.us/paddlefish_project. With funding from CLI and USACE, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department released 2- to 3-foot long paddlefish with radio transmitters on March 5, 2014 into the Caddo Lake watershed. With several telemetry Please turn to page 11


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TEXAS FRESHWATER FISHING REPORT ALAN HENRY: Water murky from windy days; 70 degrees; 2.41’ low. Black bass are fair on top-waters and crankbaits. Crappie are slow. Catfish are slow. AMISTAD: Water murky; 68–72 degrees; 24.77’ low. Black bass are good on swimbaits, jerkbaits, crankbaits, spinner baits, top-waters, and soft plastics. White bass are fair on crankbaits and minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on cheese bait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers in 3–12 feet. ARROWHEAD: Water fairly clear; 68–71 degrees; 0.14’ low. 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; 67–74 degrees; 0.39’ high. Black bass are good on top-waters, Senkos and weightless flukes. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs on brush piles. Catfish are fair on trotlines. BASTROP: Water clear; 69–73 degrees. Black bass are good on watermelon spinner baits and crankbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on live bait, shrimp, and stink bait. BELTON: Water murky; 64–68 degrees; 6.75’ high. Black bass are slow. All species are slow. BOB SANDLIN: Water stained; 68–74 degrees; 0.14’ high. Black bass are good on bladed jigs, square-billed crankbaits and spinner baits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. BONHAM: Water stained to muddy, 68–75 degrees; 0.03’ 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. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits and soft plastics in reeds. Striped bass are very good on liver and perch off points near the pier. Redfish are fair on perch, shad and silver spoons. Channel and blue catfish are good on cheese bait, cut bait, and liver near the dam. BRIDGEPORT: Water stained to muddy, 67–73 degrees: 0.12’ high. Black bass are fair on black buzzbaits and bladed jigs in shad patterns. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 64–68 degrees; 1.92’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon and craw-colored

crankbaits and spinner baits in 5–15 feet. Hybrid striper are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are good on minnows and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs in 10–20 feet. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and stink bait. BUCHANAN: Water murky; 65–69 degrees; 0.25’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse top-waters, lipless crankbaits and watermelon Whacky Sticks in 8–16 feet. Striped bass are good on watermelon top-waters and lipless crankbaits on the surface at first light. Channel catfish are good on shrimp and cut bait. CADDO: Water muddy; 2.30’ high. No report available. CALAVERAS: Water stained. Black bass are fair on

perch-colored lipless crankbaits and spinner baits over reed beds and in the cove near the park store. Striped bass are good on chicken livers and shad near the dam and power lines. Redfish are good on live bait along the crappie wall. Channel catfish are good on liver, shrimp and shad. CANYON LAKE: Water murky; 66–70 degrees; 0.88’ high. Black bass are good on Texasrigged watermelon stick baits, chartreuse top-waters, and green pumpkin jigs in 8–15 feet. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies upriver. Smallmouth bass are good on green lipless crankbaits and white spinner baits in 12–18 feet. Channel catfish are fair on stink bait and minnows. CEDAR CREEK: Water stained; 68–74 degrees; 0.02’ high. Black bass are fair on Texasrigged soft plastics and wake baits. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. CHOKE CANYON: Water murky; 67–71 degrees; 23.70’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse lipless crankbaits and shad-colored spinner baits. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stink bait and minnows. COLEMAN: Water murky; 65–69 degrees; 1.33’ high. All species are slow. COLETO CREEK: Water murky; 71 degrees in main lake; 0.02’ low. Black bass are good on white spinner baits and perch-colored lipless crankbaits. White bass are fair on minnows and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows.

Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stink bait. CONROE: Water murky; 65– 69 degrees; 0.26’ high. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed soft plastics and watermelon spinner baits. Striped bass are good on lipless crankbaits and white striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on stink bait and shrimp. COOPER: Water stained to muddy; 0.57’ high. No report available. FALCON: Water murky; 69–73 degrees; 27.36’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits and jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows under lights at night. Channel and blue catfish are fair on cut bait and frozen shrimp in the river channel. FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. FORK: Water stained to muddy; 69–74 degrees; 0.11’ low. Black bass are fair on shallow crankbaits, top-waters and Texas-rigged soft plastics near timber in 2–8 feet. White and yellow bass are good on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait. FT. PHANTOM HILL: Water murky; 68–73 degrees; 0.87’ 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 watermelon soft plastic worms and shad-colored crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are good on stink bait and liver. GRANBURY: Water murky; 67–71 degrees; 0.36’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon lipless crankbaits and spinner baits. Striped bass are good on silver slabs and chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on stink bait, shrimp and nightcrawlers. GRANGER: Water murky; 66–70 degrees; 5.18’ high. All species are slow. GRAPEVINE: Water stained to muddy; 5.64’ high. No report available. HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 67–71 degrees; 0.16’ high. Black bass are good on black/blue, and pumpkinseed soft plastic worms at midlake early and late. Crappie are good on white jigs and live minnows at night. Bream are good on live worms off piers and over grass beds. Channel and blue catfish are good on shad. HUBBARD CREEK: Water offcolor; 70–74 degrees; 7.24’ 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; 69–75 degrees; 2.20’ high. Black bass are good on Texasrigged craws, buzzbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait. LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water muddy; 12.03’ high. No report available. LAVON: Water stained to muddy; 71–75 degrees: 1.83’ high. Black bass are slow on buzzbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines. LBJ: Water stained; 67–71 degrees; 0.86’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon stick baits, pumpkinseed top-waters, and perch-colored lipless crankbaits early in 10–20 feet. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on minnows and stink bait. LEWISVILLE: Water stained to muddy; 69–73 degrees; 0.49’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged creature baits and flipping jigs around flooded cover. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 0.05’ high. Black bass are good on topwaters, spinner baits and soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on lipless crankbaits. White bass are good on slabs, pet spoons and troll tubes. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are very good on shad. Yellow catfish are good on live bait. MARTIN CREEK: Water lightly stained; 77–83 degrees; 0.05’ high. Black bass are good on

Texasrigged craws, buzzbaits and hollow-body frogs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. MONTICELLO: Water stained; 72–76 degrees; 0.34’ high. Black bass are good on hollowbody frogs, bladed jigs and Texas-rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. NASWORTHY: 69–73 degrees; 1.36’ low. Black bass are fair to good on jigs, Texasrigged lizards and weightless flukes. Catfish are fair on

nightcrawlers and cut bait. NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 65–69 degrees; 2.72’ high. All species are slow. O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 67–72 degrees; 43.86’ 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; 68–72 degrees; 11.98’ low. Black bass are fair on dropshot 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; 69–74 degrees; 0.36’ high. Black bass are fair on swimjigs and spinner baits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper and white bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad. POSSUM KINGDOM: Water off-color; 69–73 degrees; 0.71’ 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. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait. PROCTOR: Water murky; 66–70 degrees; 11.64’ high. All species are slow. RAY HUBBARD: Water stained; 69–75 degrees; 0.06’ high. Black bass are fair on shallow and medium crankbaits as well as top-water poppers. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are slow. RAY ROBERTS: Water stained; 70–75 degrees; 1.77’ high. Black bass are fair on hollow-body frogs, deep-diving crankbaits and top-waters. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad. RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water stained; 69–73 degrees; 0.21’ high. Black bass are slow on shaky heads and swimjigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. SAM RAYBURN: Water murky; 67–72 degrees; 4.2’ high. Black bass are fair to good on chatterbaits, Texas-rigged creature baits, shad-pattern crankbaits and top-waters early. White bass are good on

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tail spinners. Crappie are fair to good on split-shot rigged minnows. Bream are good on catalpa worms. Catfish are good on shad and prepared bait. SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 64–68 degrees; 5.86’ high. All species are slow. STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 65–69 degrees; 8.53’ high. All species are slow. SWEETWATER: Water off-color; 71– 75 degrees; 24.31’ low. No report available. TAWAKONI: Water stained to muddy; 71–75 degrees; 0.56’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. TEXOMA: Water stained; 68–74 degrees; 1.12’ high. Black bass are good on medium crankbaits and top-waters. Crappie are good on minnows. Striped bass are good on slabs and shad. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. TOLEDO BEND: Water murky; 66–70 degrees; 0.60’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon and chartreuse soft plastics and lipless crankbaits. Striped bass are good on green striper jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows in the river. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs with yellow tails. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with minnows, cut bait, and shrimp. TRAVIS: Water murky; 66–70 degrees; 1.17’ high. All species are slow. WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. All species are slow. WHITNEY: Water murky; 65–69 degrees; 4.35’ high. All species are slow. WRIGHT PATMAN: Water muddy; 33.51’ high. No report available.

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towers and other monitoring efforts, employees of FWS and TPWD then tracked the movements of these paddlefish monthly. Data collected showed that, one year later, those fish were healthy and had shown significant growth. Monitoring of the fish and their habitat continued until this spring when the batteries powering the radio transmitters in the fish stopped working. —Caddo Lake Institute

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GAME WARDEN BLOTTER LENGTHY INVESTIGATION LEADS TO 4 YEAR CONVICTION During deer season Llano County Game Warden Ken Stannard received a call about a possible poacher on a ranch in Kingsland. He located the area where a deer had been pulled under a barbed wire fence and then tracked the suspect’s footprints and deer blood through a wooded area, ending up at a shed a half-mile away behind a house in a residential neighborhood. Stannard could see fresh blood inside the shed where a deer had been cleaned. When the suspects returned, the two men were wearing all camo and there was fresh deer blood and hair in the back of the truck. The main suspect said the deer was killed legally in Burnet. Stannard then called Burnet County Game Wardens Braxton Harris and Ronnie Langford. They obtained statements discrediting the suspect’s original story. The suspect was on parole for burglary and hunting without consent on the same property Stannard caught him on. Stannard received a full confession. The suspect then took Stannard to a vacant lot where the ice chest with the deer inside was hidden. On March 30, the suspect pleaded guilty to the felony charge and was sentenced to four years in prison. WARDEN NABS ILLEGAL DUMPER Travis County Game Warden Jeff Hill arrested a subject for illegal dumping at the State Jail Felony level. The subject was a subcontractor who was paid cash to remove approximate 20 wooden doors, construction debris and large black garbage bags. Contained within one of the black garbage

GUEST ON HOG HUNT THOUGHT HE COULD SHOOT DEER Real County Game Warden Clint Graham received a call from a ranch in northern Real County about a hunter who had killed a deer out of season. The ranch foreman said the owner of the ranch was hosting a weekend hog hunt. The foreman said during the morning briefing, the hunters were instructed what they could and couldn’t shoot. Graham took the hunter aside and asked what hap-

bags were pieces of discarded mail providing linkage back to the remodeled home. The dumper had extensive criminal history with two stints in state prison. STOLEN BOAT FOUND, THIEVES NOT LOCATED A boat listed as stolen was located at an apartment complex in Corpus Christi. Victoria County Game Warden Travis Haug made contact with Nueces County Game Warden James Lindsey, who went to the location of the boat and confirmed it was a stolen boat out of Victoria. Lindsey spoke with residences of the apartment complex and no one seemed to know anything about the boat. The wardens made arrangements for the owner to pick up his boat. WARDENS RESCUE MEN ON LLM AFTER ONE SWIMS TO SHORE Two boaters were reported missing in the Lower Laguna Madre. Cameron County Game Wardens Colby Hensz and Derrick Lopez, along with a state park police officer responded. Three men had gone fishing when their boat suddenly capsized. After fighting to upright

pened? He said he misunderstood the instructions and was under the impression that he could shoot deer, so he shot a whitetail doe. Graham asked the man if he knew that whitetail season was closed. He said he didn’t but he found out when the foreman came and picked him up that morning. The man was issued a citation for hunting white-tailed deer in closed season and charged civil restitution.

the vessel, the men attempted to anchor the disabled boat. However, the winds and waves overtook the vessel a second time. One of the men swam nearly one mile to shore to alert authorities. The officers proceeded to search shortly after midnight, all while dealing with 4-foot waves and winds blowing at 15-20 mph. After searching the projected locations for over an hour, while taking wind and currents into consideration, the two remaining boaters were located in the water. The rescued men were wet, hungry, and extremely tired, but emotionally overjoyed to be rescued. After being pulled to safety on the wardens’ boat, the men were transported back to the boat ramp and reunited with their families and friend. BOAT TAKES OFF WHEN WARDENS APPEAR, DUMPS FISH BACK IN LAKE Ellis County Game Warden Jeff Powell and Navarro County Game Warden Jimmy Woolley were looking for a suspect who was cast-netting game fish from a boat on Lake Bardwell. As the wardens pulled up to a boat ramp where a bass boat was waiting to trailer from the lake, they decided to check the boat

after the passenger told Powell that they had caught quite a few fish. When the driver of the boat realized that the wardens were there to check them, he took off toward the middle of the lake. Powell drove to a vantage point while Woolley drove up a hill to try and observe the man from a different angle. Believing that he was out of the sight of the wardens, the boat operator was observed taking fish from the live well and putting them back into the lake. When he returned, the man admitted seeing the wardens and releasing the bass back into the lake. The fisherman was cited for failure to allow an inspection. POACHERS TOSS TURKEY, OFFICERS FIND AFTER LENGTHY SEARCH Sabine County Game Wardens Henry Alvarado and Sam Smith were notified of a hen turkey that was shot from the roadway. The wardens were given the vehicle description and names of the subjects. When a vehicle matching the description passed, the wardens initiated a traffic stop. The two male subjects that occupied the vehicle matched the description of the suspects. One of the subjects admitted to operat-

ing the vehicle earlier in the day when the turkey was shot from the roadway with a 12-gauge shotgun and buckshot. The officers found turkey feathers and blood in the trunk of the vehicle, open alcohol and marijuana. The subject said the men threw the turkey out of the vehicle, but could not remember where. A DPS trooper, USFS officer and sheriff’s deputy looked for the turkey for nearly three hours and found it in the forest close to the roadway where the two subjects had driven. Multiple cases pending. MAN CAUGHT WITH 27 UNDERSIZED HYBRIDS A man, fishing near the dam on Lake Palestine, was checked by Cherokee County Game Warden Brian Bearden. The man had 27 undersized hybrid striped bass. The average length of the fish was 13 inches. The minimum size limit for hybrid striped bass is 18 inches, and the daily bag limit is five fish. The fish were seized and cases are pending. SHRIMP BOAT CAUGHT WITH 37 TOO MANY SHEEPSHEAD While patrolling the Gulf of Mexico, Chambers County Game Wardens Dustin Dockery and Daniel Pope boarded a gulf shrimp boat. The wardens found 37 sheepshead over the limit below deck behind sacks of shrimp, with one-third of them being undersized. Cases pending.

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TEXAS SALTWATER FISHING REPORT NORTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good on the Louisiana shoreline on top-waters and Corkies. Redfish are good in the marsh and the Louisiana shoreline on live bait. SOUTH SABINE: Trout are good under birds on Down South Lures and top-waters. Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Trout are fair to good around slicks and pods of shad. BOLIVAR: Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on Bass Assassins, Trout Killers and Sand Eels. Black drum, sand trout and redfish are good at Rollover Pass. TRINITY BAY: Fishing continues to be affected by freshwater runoff on the north end. EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are good on the south shoreline on MirrOlures and top-waters. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp. Trout are good on deep reefs on soft plastics. WEST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are good in the surf on top-waters and live shrimp. Trout, sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Sand trout are good in the ICW on fresh shrimp. TEXAS CITY: Trout are fair to good on the reefs on live shrimp and croakers. Redfish are fair to good 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. Trout and redfish are good at the jetties on live shrimp and finger mullet. EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout, redfish, sand trout and croakers are fair to good for drifters on live shrimp over humps and scattered shell. 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 live shrimp. PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are good on topwaters over sand and grass in the guts in San Antonio Bay. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the back lakes with live shrimp. Trout are good on the reefs in San Antonio Bay on shrimp and croakers. ROCKPORT: Trout are fair to good in the guts and channels on free-lined shrimp. Trout are fair over grass while drifting with live shrimp. PORT ARANSAS: Redfish are fair to good at East Flats and around Dagger Island on shrimp and crabs. Trout, redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp and croakers. CORPUS CHRISTI: Trout are good on the edge of the spoils on scented plastics and live shrimp. Redfish are good along the spoils on shrimp and scented plastics. BAFFIN BAY: Trout are good for waders working sand and grass pockets on Gamblers and Down South Lures. Trout are good at night in the Land Cut on live shrimp. Redfish are fair to good in the grass on small top-waters. PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are good on top-waters and plastics under popping corks around sand and grass. Redfish are fair to good while drifting potholes and while wading the spoils. SOUTH PADRE: Trout are good around the spoil islands, channel edges and color changes on artificial and live shrimp. Redfish are fair while drifting sand and grass on scented plastics and live shrimp under a popping cork. PORT ISABEL: Trout and redfish are fair to good on the flats on live shrimp. Redfish are fair to good in South Bay on top-waters and scented plastics. —TPWD

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The concerns with E15 extend beyond outboard motors. Small engine makers saw problems with E10 fuel, and adding more ethanol will make matters worse, according to the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute. “These fuels, due to their corrosive nature, can seriously damage fuel systems that are not designed to handle them,” OPEI said on its website. “E15 fuels burn significantly hotter, and, as a result, they can cause a small engine to overheat. In addition, these increased-ethanol fuel blends can absorb a great deal of airborne water (which in humid or damp operating conditions makes the engine very difficult to start) and are hard to ignite within a carburetor during cold weather.” Mechanics who work on outboard motors have reported problems with E10 fuel for years, and say E15 will make matters worse. In some areas, Gulf Marine fuel, that replaces ethanol with isobutanol, shows promise. NMMA gave its approval to isobutanol as a “suitable and safe alternative biofuel to ethanol.” Do buyers recognize what they need, though? A survey commissioned by OPEI found that nearly twothirds of respondents assume that any gas sold at the gas station is safe for all cars as well as mowers, chain saws, generators and other equipment with small engines, and the main thing they look for is the price. The survey prompted OPEI to launch the “Look Before You Pump” campaign. Boat owners are more aware of the problems. A 2015 survey by the Boat Owners Association of the United States (BoatUS), showed that 91 percent of boat owners said they want ethanol-free gas for their tank. Unfortunately, only 50 percent said ethanol-free gas was available to them at their marina or gas station. There is no ethanol-free gas in Port Mansfield, according to local guides. The survey of BoatUS members found more than half of the respondents had to replace or repair their boat engine or fuel system parts due to suspected ethanol damage, at an average cost of $1,000. Consumers should be wary of additional ethanol in their fuel, as any percentage of ethanol beyond 10 percent may void the warranty on their outboard motor or other equipment.


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Results: Non-guided (any bait) Trophy Wives Women That Fish Waterloo

19.96 19.46 19.44

Guided (any bait) Shown Tail 19.44 Gator Trout Envy 19.20 P2 Outfitters 19.06 Non-Guided Artificial Reel Fish Dogs 16.16 Team Dean 15.34 Hardhead Hotties 12.92 Guided Artificial Let the Good Times Roll 14.52 Mojo 12.68 Reel Capts Wives of Rockport 12.14 Non-guided Babe-ettes Elizabeth Sebera Addyson Arnold Kylee Teague

7.9 6.52 4.4

Guided Babe-ettes Celeste Sanders 3.1 Darcy Lessberg 2.3 Addysyn Sanders 2.18

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Redfish Bay seagrass improves Texas Parks and Wildlife Department field sampling surveys show a significant reduction in propeller scarring since it became illegal to destroy any of the five species of seagrass found in the Redfish Bay State Scientific Area a decade ago. Motorboat “prop scars” are created when a boat propeller digs into the bay bottom where seagrass occurs, effectively uprooting and destroying these important aquatic vegetation communities in the process. “Seagrasses have great economic and environmental importance,” said Faye Grubbs, TPWD Upper Laguna Madre Ecosystem Leader. “It is estimated that an area of seagrass equal to one soccer field carries a value in ecological services of $35,000 a year.” A 45 percent reduction in propeller scarring state coastal fisheries biologists observed in RBSSA roughly equals a reduction of impacted seagrass beds the size of 60 soccer fields — an annual gain of about $2.1 million in the RBSSA alone. Of the estimated 235,000 acres of seagrasses found in Texas, 14,000 acres of pristine meadows can be found in the RBSSA. According to TPWD, these nursery grounds provide vital habitat for commercially and recreationally important fish, shrimp and crabs.  In 2013, the documented success of the RBSSA regulation prompted the Texas Legislature to outlaw the uprooting of seagrass with a boat propeller coastwide. “Seagrass beds provide a structurally diverse habitat for recreationally and commercially important species, such as red drum, black drum and spotted seatrout,” said Mark Lingo, TPWD Coastal Fisheries Science Director. “These juvenile fish can find refuge from predators in seagrass beds, as well as a supply of prey living within the grasses.” —TPWD

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Skylar Brooks of Miles shot this deer at the XS Ranch in Sutton County while hunting with her father, Booger Brooks.

Stephen Hill of Dallas shot this Rio Grande turkey near Granbury.

7 year-old Audrey Bown, 7, of Houston and her “papa” Jerry Parrish of Plains fished off the jetty in Surfside Beach.

Brooks Bown, 5, of Houston caught this redfish near Freeport.

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Margins slim on LBJ Bass Champs’ Central Region anglers wrapped up their season on Lake LBJ on May 14, when 179 boats hit the lake. The top teams were separated by mere ounces. David Shuster of Georgetown and Charles Gerhart of Salado brought in the winning sack of 22.21 pounds, earning the $20,000 first prize. “Our day started out well,” Shuster said. “We were using jigs and Carolina rigs, and had about 20 pounds in the boat by 9 a.m.” The team actually weighed in 23.21 pounds, but had a 1-pound penalty for a dead fish. Only two ounces behind were Darrell Wuensche of Thrall and Donnie O’Neal of Pflugerville with 22.08 pounds. “Our day started out really slow,” O’Neal said. “We started moving to different spots. We caught our second keeper on a frog, and kept with that pattern the rest of the day.” The team won $4,000. Jason Buchanan and Terry Kircus of Burnet were just over an ounce behind 2nd place, taking 3rd with 21.97 pounds, including the big bass of the day at 10.67 pounds, landed on a 10-inch worm. —Bass Champs

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holding around the top of the brush,” Fondren said. “I never know at what depth they will be, but one thing is certain — they will be somewhere between the middle and top of the brush pile.” As the water heats up the best bite will be early and late, but at times crappie will be feeding during the middle part of the day, especially on a major solunar feeding time. “My go-to crappie fishing rig is simple,” Fondren said. “Most of the time I’ll be using a live minnow about 1-1/2 inches long. The hook is a No. 1 gold Ab- NICE SLAB: Crappie anglers are having success with minerdeen. It’s made of thin wire that won’t nows or jigs over brushpiles. Photo by Lone Star Outdoor News. kill the minnow. Plus, it’ll bend and pop free when snagged on brush.” Fondren keeps his minnows frisky by placing a small bottle of frozen water in the live well, and he uses a portable Frabill Min-O-Life live bait container, equipped with an aerator. A small 1/8-ounce split shot is placed about 12 to 18 inches above the hook on an ultralight-spinning rig loaded with 6-pound line. When jigs are working, Fondren prefers a white or Monkey Milk-colored Stanley Wedgetail Minnow, rigged on a 1/16-ounce jighead. “One thing to remember is that crappie can be bunched up in one little area of brush,” Fondren said. “If you’re a foot or so off the spot, you won’t get a bite.” Anglers at Ray Roberts Reservoir reported an excellent crappie bite while the big bass tournament was going on. “I took my dad and brother for some crappies,” said Guy Inthavong of Haltom City. “We got to the lake at 11 a.m. and saw lots of bass boats due to the tournament.” Inthavong’s guests weren’t experience crappie fishermen, and said this fishing has been consistent on the lake. “It was the first time the three of us fished together,” he said. “My brother had never crappie fished before — they had a great time, they have never caught fish like that before. We were catching them with minnows at 20 to 35 feet over the Corps of Engineers’ brushpiles. We caught well over 100 crappie with about at least 39 throwbacks, and on the way back to the ramp, we ran into a big school of sandies and caught 50 of them in 30 minutes.” Guide Tommy Ezell reported good fishing on jigs at Lake Ray Hubbard. “The fish are hammering the BoneHead Tackle “Brush Gliders” on the fall. I’m fishing them on a 1/16 BX Bladed jig head. The black crappie are a blast to catch. They’ll hit the jig hard, then when hooked they speed off towards open water.” The daily limit on crappie is 25, with a 10-inch minimum length. Bill Fondren (409) 381-1397 Tommy Ezell (214) 929-5541

Kings are in Continued from page 1

The kayakers normally paddle two to three miles to their fishing spots, but have gone out as far as eight miles. “We’ve gone that far to chase shrimpers,” Johnson said. The group usually fishes out of Corpus, but Johnson travels to Florida, Louisiana and the upper Texas coast. “I used to drive from San Antonio to go wade fishing,” he said. “But people were following me around. I wanted my space so I got a kayak.” The offshore trips came later. “It’s fun and it’s a whole new world,” Johnson said. “The offshore kayaking is like an addiction — it grows on you.” In mid-May, he and friend Scott Brumbaugh, who prefers kayak fishing for sharks, were drifting ribbon fish, looking for cobia, when they got into EARLY-SEASON KINGS: Scott “Boomy” Brumbaugh landed these king the kings. mackerel with Tod Johnson off of North Padre Island. Photo by Tod “They can pull you quite Johnson. a distance,” Johnson said. Not as far as the 30-pound amberjack he hooked within a mile from shore, though. “It held under the kayak and didn’t want to run,” Johnson said. “I set the hook again real hard and it took off. It took me a half-mile.” The Extreme Kayak Tournament Series is coming to Mustang Island in September, and the friends plan to fish it. “I think it could draw 500 people,” Johnson said. Other kingfish tournaments for boaters include the 1st Annual Texas Champions King Mackerel Tournament in Port O’Connor on June 17 and the 35th annual Ladies Kingfish Tournament put on by the South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce in August.


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2016 A.M. P.M. SUN MOON May/June Minor Major Minor Major Rises Sets Rises Sets

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5:38 6:37 7:38 8:40 9:40 10:37 11:29

06:19 06:19 06:19 06:19 06:19 06:18 06:18

10:42 4:29 11:37 5:24 12:05 6:17 12:54 7:07 1:42 7:55 2:29 8:43 3:17 9:31 4:08 10:23 5:03 11:18 6:02 ----7:03 12:49 8:06 1:52 9:07 2:54 10:06 3:53 11:00 4:48

11:08 ----12:29 1:20 2:08 2:56 3:46 4:37 5:33 6:31 7:33 8:34 9:34 10:31 11:23

4:55 5:50 6:42 7:33 8:22 9:10 10:00 10:52 11:47 12:46 1:18 2:20 3:21 4:18 5:11

06:22 06:22 06:21 06:21 06:21 06:21 06:21 06:20 06:20 06:20 06:20 06:20 06:20 06:20 06:20

08:14 08:14 08:15 08:15 08:16 08:17 08:17 08:18 08:18 08:18 08:19 08:19 08:20 08:20 08:21

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4:35 5:30 6:22 7:13 8:01 8:49 9:37

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5:01 5:55 6:48 7:39 8:27 9:16 10:05 11:53 12:52 1:24 2:26 3:27 4:24 5:17

06:21 06:21 06:21 06:20 06:20 06:20 06:20

08:26 08:27 08:27 08:28 08:28 08:29 08:30 08:31 08:31 08:32 08:32 08:33 08:33 08:33

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11:30a 12:31p 1:33p 2:36p 3:41p 4:48p 5:56p 7:04p

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27 Fri 28 Sat 29 Sun 30 Mon 31 Tue 01 Wed 02 Thu 03 Fri 04 Sat 05 Sun 06 Mon 07 Tue 08 Wed 09 Thu 10 Fri

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11:20 ----12:42 1:32 2:21 3:09 3:58 4:50 5:45 6:44 7:45 8:47 9:47 10:43 11:36

5:07 6:02 6:55 7:45 8:34 9:23 10:12 11:04 12:00 12:59 1:30 2:33 3:33 4:31 5:24

06:36 06:35 06:35 06:35 06:34 06:34 06:34 06:34 06:34 06:34 06:33 06:33 06:33 06:33 06:33

08:25 08:26 08:26 08:27 08:27 08:28 08:28 08:29 08:29 08:30 08:30 08:31 08:31 08:32 08:32

12:26a 11:42a 1:10a 12:41p 1:52a 1:42p 2:34a 2:44p 3:15a 3:48p 3:58a 4:53p 4:43a 5:59p 5:30a 7:06p 6:21a 8:11p 7:16a 9:14p 8:14a 10:11p 9:14a 11:03p 10:14a 11:50p 11:13a NoMoon 12:09p 12:32a

11:08 4:55 ----- 5:50 12:31 6:43 1:20 7:33 2:08 8:21 2:55 9:09 3:43 9:57 4:34 10:49 5:29 11:44 6:28 ----7:29 1:15 8:32 2:18 9:33 3:20 10:32 4:19 11:25 5:14

11:34 12:03 12:55 1:46 2:34 3:22 4:12 5:03 5:59 6:57 7:59 9:00 10:00 10:57 11:49

5:21 6:15 7:08 7:59 8:48 9:36 10:26 11:18 12:13 13:12 1:44 2:46 3:47 4:44 5:37

06:36 06:35 06:35 06:35 06:34 06:34 06:34 06:33 06:33 06:33 06:33 06:33 06:32 06:32 06:32

08:52 08:53 08:53 08:54 08:54 08:55 08:56 08:56 08:57 08:57 08:58 08:58 08:59 08:59 09:00

12:49a 11:48a 1:31a 12:49p 2:11a 1:52p 2:50a 2:57p 3:29a 4:03p 4:09a 5:11p 4:51a 6:20p 5:36a 7:29p 6:25a 8:36p 7:19a 9:39p 8:17a 10:36p 9:17a 11:27p 10:19a NoMoon 11:19a 12:12a 12:18p 12:52a

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Time 9:23 AM 10:12 AM 10:56 AM 11:34 AM 5:56 AM 7:04 AM 8:07 AM 9:04 AM 9:57 AM 10:48 AM 11:40 AM 12:36 PM 8:00 AM 8:55 AM 9:48 AM

Height 1.7H 1.6H 1.6H 1.6H 0.8L 0.9L 1.0L 1.1L 1.2L 1.3L 1.3L 1.3L 1.8H 1.7H 1.6H

Time 3:23 PM 4:27 PM 5:16 PM 6:01 PM 12:09 PM 12:43 PM 1:18 PM 1:54 PM 2:31 PM 3:11 PM 3:52 PM 4:36 PM 1:43 PM 3:08 PM 4:36 PM

Height 1.3L 1.1L 0.9L 0.6L 1.6H 1.6H 1.6H 1.6H 1.6H 1.6H 1.6H 1.5H 1.2L 1.1L 1.0L

Time 5:49 PM 8:15 PM 10:52 PM

Height 1.3H 1.2H 1.2H

6:44 PM 7:29 PM 8:13 PM 8:59 PM 9:46 PM 10:33 PM 11:21 PM

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5:26 PM 6:41 PM 8:44 PM

1.4H 1.2H 1.1H

Galveston Bay entrance, north jetty Time 1:36 AM 2:24 AM 3:11 AM 4:16 AM 12:48 AM 2:01 AM 3:14 AM 4:15 AM 5:03 AM 5:49 AM 6:40 AM 7:38 AM 12:29 AM 1:20 AM 2:10 AM

Height 0.1L 0.2L 0.4L 0.6L 1.3H 1.5H 1.7H 1.9H 2.0H 2.0H 2.0H 1.9H -0.3L -0.1L 0.1L

Time 9:57 AM 10:29 AM 11:00 AM 11:25 AM 6:03 AM 7:06 AM 8:00 AM 9:11 AM 10:34 AM 11:29 AM 12:23 PM 1:38 PM 8:31 AM 9:13 AM 9:50 AM

Height 1.8H 1.7H 1.6H 1.6H 0.8L 1.0L 1.1L 1.3L 1.3L 1.3L 1.3L 1.2L 1.9H 1.8H 1.7H

Height 0.2L 0.3L 0.5L 0.6L 1.0H 1.1H 1.3H 1.4H 1.5H 1.5H 1.5H -0.2L -0.1L 0.1L 0.3L

Time 11:03 AM 11:30 AM 11:54 AM 12:19 PM 7:23 AM 8:30 AM 9:40 AM 10:54 AM 11:53 AM 12:46 PM 1:41 PM 8:57 AM 9:49 AM 10:33 AM 11:14 AM

Height 1.4H 1.3H 1.2H 1.2H 0.8L 0.9L 1.0L 1.1L 1.1L 1.2L 1.2L 1.4H 1.4H 1.3H 1.2H

Height 0.0L 0.2L 0.3L 0.6L 1.2H 1.5H 1.7H 1.9H 2.0H 2.1H 2.1H 2.0H 1.9H -0.1L 0.1L

Time 9:31 AM 10:11 AM 10:48 AM 11:21 AM 5:43 AM 7:27 AM 9:02 AM 10:31 AM 9:24 PM 10:10 PM 10:57 PM 11:45 PM

Height 1.8H 1.7H 1.6H 1.5H 0.8L 0.9L 1.1L 1.1L -0.5L -0.5L -0.4L -0.3L

8:58 AM 9:34 AM

1.7H 1.6H

Height 0.4L 0.5L 1.2H 1.2H 1.3H 1.4H 1.5H 1.6H 0.1L 0.0L 0.0L 0.1L 0.2L 0.3L 0.5L

Time 2:39 PM 2:44 PM 8:12 AM 9:37 AM 10:50 AM 11:58 AM 1:04 PM 2:10 PM 8:54 AM 9:58 AM 11:04 AM 12:09 PM 1:09 PM 1:55 PM 2:24 PM

Height 1.4H 1.3H 0.7L 0.8L 0.9L 1.0L 1.1L 1.2L 1.6H 1.7H 1.6H 1.6H 1.5H 1.4H 1.3H

Time 4:17 PM 5:32 PM 6:20 PM 11:48 AM 12:16 PM 12:49 PM 1:25 PM 2:08 PM 3:04 PM 4:00 PM 4:44 PM 2:34 PM 3:16 PM 4:07 PM

Height 1.0L 0.8L 0.5L 1.5H 1.5H 1.5H 1.5H 1.5H 1.5H 1.5H 1.4H 1.2L 1.0L 0.9L

Time

Height

8:40 PM 10:16 PM

1.1H 1.1H

6:58 PM 7:36 PM 8:20 PM 9:11 PM 10:06 PM 10:55 PM 11:42 PM

0.2L -0.1L -0.3L -0.5L -0.5L -0.5L -0.5L

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Van Dam gets 21st victory At Toledo Bend

Mike Shurley, a Texas police officer from Diboll, will get to share a boat with the reigning Bassmaster Classic champion next month as the winner of the Fish with Edwin Evers Sweepstakes. Shurley doesn’t enter many contests, and he only buys a few lotto tickets when the pot gets really high. But this particular sweepstakes attracted him. “Edwin Evers just seems like a genuinely nice guy,” said Shurley, “and after I entered the first time, it literally took me 30 seconds to do it every other time. I did it almost every day, but I was never really expecting to win. I just figured, why not enter?” Shurley will fish with Evers in Oklahoma once the Bassmaster Elite Series event, BASSfest, is over, but he doesn’t know exactly where he and the reigning Classic champ will fish. As part of the sweepstakes, Shurley won a 2016 Nitro Z-18 — equipped with a 150 L Mercury OptiMax motor and a trailer — a boat nearly 30 years newer than the one he currently owns. Among his deliveries were a Lowrance HDS-9 Gen3 Insight, an Optima Boat and Truck Battery Plus charger, four General Tires, a prize pack from wildlife nutrition manufacturer Antler King, sunglasses from Wiley X, soft plastics from Zoom, a prize pack from Megabass, spinnerbaits from War Eagle Spinnerbaits and a set of assorted Mustad hooks. Shurley is ready to get back out on Sam Rayburn with his new boat to try and top his personal best largemouth bass there, an 8 1/2-pounder. —B.A.S.S.

Kevin VanDam often deals with a different set of circumstances than the average angler on the Bassmaster Elite Series. With such a recognizable name and face, the number of people who want to catch a glimpse of him doing his thing on the water is sometimes off the charts. VanDam had on a wire-to-wire victory at the A.R.E. Truck Caps Bassmaster Elite at Toledo Bend with 21 pounds, 6 ounces of bass on the final day. The big bag gave him a four-day total of 96-2 and his record 21st victory in a B.A.S.S. event. “This was the most challenging tournament I’ve ever won,” said VanDam, who raised his career earnings with B.A.S.S. to just over $5.9 million with the $100,000 payday. “The first two days were pretty good, but the last two days were really, really tough.” VanDam led the field into the semifinal round with 50 pounds. But with the weekend, the lake became more crowded — and at times, VanDam had as many 50 boats following him from spot to spot. His day three bag of 24 pounds, 12 ounces gave him a lead of more than 5 pounds. During the final round, he slowly put together another big limit of 21 pounds, 6 ounces and put himself beyond the reach of Alabama angler Chris Lane, who finished second with 88 pounds, 7 ounces. KVD’s go-to baits were big, deep-diving crankbaits from Strike King — the 6XD, 8XD and 10XD in sexy blueback herring and bar fish color patterns. Lane caught his fish all week long using two top-water baits — a Zara Spook and a Whopper Plopper — around flooded grass and cypress trees. Keith Combs of Huntington finished fourth with 82 pounds, 4 ounces. The win was VanDam’s first since the 2011 Bassmaster Classic. —B.A.S.S.

Texas Team Trail championship High winds and stormy weather made offshore fishing nearly impossible at the 2016 Texas Team Trail Championship, presented by Cabela’s. After a strong pre-practice, Ricky Campbell and Donnie Robinson were committed to the shallow-water program. For two straight days, Campbell and Robinson picked apart one willow-laden area and came away with a whopping 42.90 pounds. “We found those fish about a week before the cutoff,” Campbell, a retired police officer, said. “They were just choking a jig in practice. I had one day in practice where I caught 29 pounds myself.” On day one, Campbell and Robinson headed south a few miles from takeoff and were happy to discover the bite was still strong despite the weather. Like most teams, their other productive areas were trashed in the unrelenting wind. “The fish were just feeding — ambushing shad and crawfish,” Campbell said. “We caught five limits of fish the first day.” The fish were staging out in front of the willows on small secondary points. On day two, the bite declined considerably. Campbell and Robinson received only five bites all day, but they were able to land each of the fish. For winning the year-end championship, Campbell and Robinson earned a Ranger Z519 powered by a 225-horsepower engine, $1,650 in Anglers Advantage cash and $635 for big bass for a total prize package of $51,785. After a 27-pound opening day, Lee Batson and Jason Greer caught only four bass on day two, but it was still enough to claim the second boat-motor package, this one also a Ranger Z519 with a 225-horsepower outboard. Their two-day total for nine bass weighed 36.49 pounds. In practice, Batson and Greer had identified a strong flipping bite in 4 to 6 feet on main-lake flats. Stephen Johnston and Danny Iles had intentions of fishing offshore, but the big winds pushed them to the bank. The team finished third with 36.29 pounds. —TXTT

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Chief Gary Hagler. “We were told by medical personnel that Officer Lasher’s well-placed tourniquet and expedited transport to the ambulance saved this man’s life,” Hagler said.

The California Fish and Game Commission announced today the hiring of Valerie Termini to serve as its executive director. Ms. Termini comes from California Ocean Protection Council staff where she has served as the fisheries policy advisor and as interim executive director. —CFGC

Longtime Oklahoma professors retire GARRETT MA ILE, 14, OF SAGINAW, BA GGED TWO GOBBLERS W ITH ONE SHO T ON HIS FIRST TURKEY HUN T DURING THE SPRING YOUTH TURKEY WEE KEND. HE WENT OUT S ATURDAY ALL DAY LONG WIT H NO LUCK. ON SUNDAY, HIS DAD WAS CALLING FOR HIM AND TW O GOBBLERS CA ME RUNNING IN. THEY WER E GOING BACK AND FO RTH AND THEY CROSSED AT ABOUT 20 YARDS. GARR ETT MADE TH E SHOT WITH A 12 GAUGE LOADED WITH #4 SHOT.

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After a combined 86 years of training future biologists, two lifelong conservationists, William Caire with the University of Central Oklahoma and William Matthews with the University of Oklahoma, are preparing to retire later this year. Both professors have been invaluable collaborators with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s Wildlife Diversity Program and have volunteered their time and expertise by serving on its Technical Committee since its formation in 1985. —ODWC

Louisiana man dies in boating accident Search and rescue crews from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office recovered the body of Justin Viator, 31, on May 12. The crews responded to a single boating incident. Viator was a passenger in a 15-foot aluminum boat being operated by his father. The vessel struck an Interstate 10 piling between the Ramah and Whiskey Bay Exits sending both men into the water. The father was picked up shortly after the incident by a passing boater and was transported to a hospital. —LDWF

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Michigan conservation officer honored for saving life Conservation Officer Ben Lasher of St. Clair County was honored by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for life-saving effort on November 15, 2015. Lasher, while on patrol, received a report from dispatch of an accidental, self-inflicted 12-gauge shotgun slug wound to a 30-yearold man. The incident happened in a wooded area in St. Clair County. Lasher, along with Deputy Greg Doan from the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department, responded to the call. They met a friend of the victim, who had been present during the incident, at the end of a narrow two-track on private property. Lasher drove within 75 yards of the victim, stopping where the route was no longer accessible to vehicles. He grabbed his first aid bag and ran the remaining distance. The victim and his friend had previously secured a tie-down strap above the wound in the victim’s upper thigh. Lasher removed the strap and the man’s bib overalls and then quickly applied his issued combat application tourniquet above the victim’s wound. While he and Doan continued lifesaving measures, medical personnel arrived. Lasher was able to strategically position his vehicle within close proximity to the victim, which allowed medical personnel to lay the victim in the box of the truck. Lasher carefully but quickly drove the victim to an accessible road where the ambulance waited. Lasher was presented with the Lifesaving Award by DNR Law Enforcement Division

—Michigan DNR

Lead sinkers, jigs banned in New Hampshire On June 1, a new law takes effect that redefines what a lead jig is for the purposes of taking fish in the freshwaters of New Hampshire. All lead jigs less than or equal to one ounce will be prohibited. A new guide has been made available to assist anglers in identifying which current fishing tackle will be illegal as of June 1. The statute excludes certain fishing related items such as lead core line, spinner baits, buzzbaits, spoons, poppers, plugs or flies. If someone is suspected of using an illegal sinker or jig, his tackle may be confiscated and tested for lead content. The penalty for using an illegal sinker or jig is a fine up to $250. —New Hampshire Game and Fish Department

Crappie receive dye, researchers track with black lights Black lights and phosphorescent fish are useful in the hands of biologists looking for “glowing” crappie to determine how effective a pond-stocking program can be. As part of a grant administered by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Greyson Farris, a master’s student in the aquaculture program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, is studying the AGFC’s crappie stocking program using fingerlings from two hatcheries. Late in the fall of the past two years, about 180,000 fingerlings were treated with chemicals that allow researchers to track the fish after stocking in eight Arkansas lakes, according to JJ Gladden, a biologist at the Lonoke facility. During the first year, the fish were marked with the U.S. Department of Agricultureapproved oxytetracycline, or OTC, in which the fingerlings absorb in a six-hour bath. The chemical is absorbed in bony areas such as the ear bone. Last fall, the fish were also treated with OTC, but Farris then used another marking agent, calcein, a phosphorescent dye, in another, shorter treatment before the fingerlings were taken for stocking. The key difference between using calcein over OTC is that fish tested for the presence of the marker do not have to be sacrificed in the process. “As far as I know, nobody has ever done the calcein marking with crappie,” Farris said. “They’ve done it with largemouth bass, perch, walleye.” All this is to show how effective a stocking program can be for a lake such as Lake Saracen in Pine Bluff, one of the eight lakes in Farris’ study. So far, he has found growing crappie that were AGFC-stocked in six of the lakes. Calcein marking costs more, about $5,000 to mark 90,000 fish compared to $1,000 for OTC. But the tested fish live. “The objective was to find a way to look at these fish without having to kill them,” Farris said. “We stock them, see them in the nets with (black lights) and see if they were the fish we stocked.” —AGFC


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Benelli USA names Timothy Joseph VP, Brand Marketing Benelli USA announced that Timothy Joseph was appointed the new vice president of Brand Marketing.

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Smith & Wesson seeks national account manager Smith & Wesson seeks a national account manager, responsible for meeting sales objectives at assigned accounts (distributor or big box retailer).

Skeeter, Yamaha celebrate 20 years Skeeter Products, Inc. announced its 20th anniversary as a Yamaha boat company. Since its acquisition by Yamaha in 1996, Skeeter has introduced new bass, deep-V, inshore or offshore boats.

STI hires sales manager STI International, maker of 1911 and 2011-style firearms, added Brogan Miller of Austin to the team as sales manager.

Leica seeks product Kinsey joins XS Sights specialist Zack Kinsley joined XS Sights as marketing manager with a background in marketing and recreational and military shooting.

New marketing manager at Taurus Vincent Abrams has been named the senior marketing manager at Taurus Holding, Inc., encompassing the Taurus, Rossi and Heritage firearm brands.

SeaArk Boats acquired Correct Craft is entering the aluminum fishing boat market with the acquisition of SeaArk Boats, which makes heavy-duty aluminum boats built for catfishing, along with other models.

Leica Sport Optics is seeking a product specialist for outdoor/hunting markets to service the eastern region of North America.

New VP at Stag Arms Stag Arms added Rick Bergen to the Stag team as vice president of sales.

Tampa Bay outdoor writer dies Terry Tomalin, the Tampa Bay Times’ outdoors editor and brother of actress Susan Sarandon, died after suffering a heart attack. He was 55.

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Garlic Parmesan baked catfish Catfish fillets, deboned 1/2 cup melted butter Fresh-squeezed lemon juice Garlic powder Sea salt Cracked black pepper Lentils chips (Garlic & Parmesan), crushed Arrange fillets on parchment paper inside Dutch oven. In a small bowl, combine melted butter, fresh-squeezed lemon

juice and seasoning. Brush melted butter mixture on top of fish fillets. Crush chips and sprinkle on fish fillets. Drizzle remaining melted butter mixture over crumbs. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until lightly browned and fish appears opaque and flakes easily. —Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

Baked wild duck Ducks (well-cleaned or duck breasts) 1 tsp. baking soda Potatoes Onions Tabasco Salt & Pepper 1/4 apple 1/4 onion Bacon Lemon Soak ducks in salted water with soda. Rinse ducks. Bring ducks to a boil and add potato and

onion. Season duck breasts or cavities with a mixture of salt, pepper and Tabasco. Stuff with apple and onion. Squeeze a lemon over the breast of each duck and cover with a strip of bacon. Bake in an inch of water at 275 degrees for 3 1/2 to 4 hours, covered. Remove cover for the last 30 minutes. —Redfish Lodge at Copano Bay


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and the Nolan River during the white bass run. He mostly takes day trips rather than excursions. “I like the river below Whitney,” he said. “It’s a great spot for smallmouth and largemouth bass, white bass and big stripers — the big stripers seem to like the flies better than conventional lures.” His biggest striper, so far, is around 10 pounds. “I’ve lost some bigger ones, though,” Braudrick said. Like many North Texas fly-fishermen, the musician also makes the trip north to Oklahoma to fish at Broken Bow and the Blue River, as well as the upper Illinois and Arkansas rivers. “My favorite fish is the smallmouth,” Braudrick said. “I catch most of the bigger fish on bigger flies, usually 6-inches long, like beavers, big, gnarly crawfish patterns, big Clousers and a big Deceiver on a sink tip — you can strip it out of cover, then let it sink down in there.” River-fishing opportunities span the state, especially including Hill Country rivers like the Guadalupe, Frio, Colorado, Nueces and San Marcos. Access is improving after Texas Parks and Wildlife Department initiated its leased access program that offers river access across private property. Sites have been leased on the Brazos downstream from Lake Whitney, on the Colorado A GOOD DAY: Grant Braudrick landed this largeRiver downstream from Lady Bird Lake, mouth and smallmouth bass while fly-fishing on the Brazos River. Photo by Grant Braudrick. on the Guadalupe downstream from Canyon Lake, and on the Llano, San Marcos and Neches rivers. Several private companies will rent kayaks and canoes, as well as scheduling a pickup to take anglers back to their vehicles. Go to www.lsonews.com to see the full list of access points.

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Moving blue quail Continued from page 4

teau and Rolling Plains to compare survival and dispersal between the two groups.” Ruzicka explains that in her research, she is holding the birds in a surrogator for four, five, six, seven, and eight weeks respectively to find the optimum length of time within that range that maximizes survival and minimizes dispersal. The first group of birds sequestered in the broad metal cage that’s used to “surrogate” the birds onto new rangelands, nervously give a warning call to the others in the pen with them. This GETTING A SIGNAL: Becky Ruzicka with the Texas AgriLife Exfirst group of birds were placed tension Service monitors scaled quail released in Knox County. here around March 1 and have Photo by Russell Graves. spent six weeks acclimating to their new environs. Before the release, Ruzicka and research associates from the RPQRR scoured the brushlands to confirm that scaled quail abundance on the host ranches was indeed low. With few scaled quail found in Wichita River badlands, their chances of accurately monitoring new birds introduced onto the range, increases. Before she releases the birds, she confirms that radio collars fitted to hens are indeed working. Using telemetry, Ruzicka and RPQRR researcher Drew White will monitor the birds three days a week until early August. During the telemetry-monitoring phase of the project, they’ll check the birds for survivability and determine if the females are nesting. When the quail are released, they fly energetically from their temporary home. In a manner of seconds, the birds are free once again. It’s a good sign, Ruzicka said, that they’ve all flown in the same general direction since they are likely to covey up once more and stay together. After the telemetry monitoring is done, Ruzicka will be back in the fall to trap quail and see if the introduced populations survived the summer and successfully nested a brood of new quail. “It’s a long and arduous process,” said the Ph.D. candidate. She’s confident she’ll find some answers to some of the vexing questions that hang over a species that is generally underrepresented in terms of the amount of scientific research conducted in relation to other game birds. “We hope to be able to include translocation as another ‘tool in the toolbox’ for wild scaled quail conservation,” says Ruzicka.


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