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Volume 13, Issue 20

Bow-fishing couple light up lakes By Julia C. Bunch

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Candice Combs, Brett Bailey and Tommy Smith bow-fish at night for carp, gar, buffalo and armored catfish. Their boat lights up the water, making for some interesting calls to local game wardens. Photo by Erich Schlegel, for Lone Star Outdoor News.

Sheriffs and game wardens in Llano and Burnet counties have gotten some strange calls recently about suspicious activity on Lake Buchanan. Some have reported what they thought to be a truck that drove into the water, others have sworn they saw an unidentified flying object. But the only fishy activity happening is nighttime bow fishing — something Brett Bailey and Candice Combs have been doing for a hobby the past few years. Bailey’s family got him into bow-fishing as a kid. A few years back, he got Combs hooked as well. Now the couple spend every available moment on Lake Buchanan or other lakes near their Bertram home bow fishing for

gar, common carp, buffalo, and armored catfish. “Our (boat) lights are bright enough that we’ve had the county and game wardens called,” Bailey said. “We’ve met sheriffs who came up to us when we were putting the boat back on the trailer. They were asking us questions.” Bailey rebuilt an old pontoon boat, complete with 14 LED lights and six high-pressure sodium lights. At night, it’s easy to mistake the boat for a truck that’s run off the road or even a UFO. Because the Lower Colorado River Authority regulates what time of the day anglers can bowfish, Bailey and Combs fish at night. They turn it into a social gathering by bring other fishermen and friends. When game wardens meet up with Bailey on the water, they are happy to see him fishing. Please turn to page 9

Drawn hunts online system garners mixed reviews By Darlene McCormick Sanchez Lone Star Outdoor News

By Robert Sloan

For Lone Star Outdoor News On June 3 the high for the day in Port O’Connor was 92 degrees, the water temperature hit 86 — the beginning of a few months of solid catches of reds and trout. It was also the last day of the recreational snapper season; the wind was calm, and it was game on for catching anything from trout to ling at Port O’Connor anglers are enjoying good action for trout on top-waters, and redfish are found in the clear flats. Photo by Robert Sloan. Port O’Connor. At Froggies bait camp on the Inout there and in the water at 5 a.m. The tracoastal Waterway in Port O’Connor, top-water bite was on as soon as we had Randy McNabb pulled a cooler out of his enough light to see. The water up against boat that was loaded with a mix of trout the shoreline was gin clear and that’s and reds. where two of the guys with me caught “All these were caught by wading the several reds. After the sun was up we Dewberry shoreline,” he said, as they backed out and waded the second bar off were sharpening fillet knives. “We were the island and found plenty of trout up Please turn to page 19

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A new public hunting survey shows a dip in satisfaction. Photo by Lone Star Outdoor News.

Overall, hunters remain satisfied with the drawn hunts online system run by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, but the program’s approval ratings dropped in some categories. Those hunters surveyed this spring were significantly less satisfied with some aspects of the system, including permit fee amount, secondary draws, desirability of hunts offered, loyalty points, and the application process in general. Kelly Edmiston, public hunting coordinator for TPWD, said the public hunting system, which was started in 1954, went from being paper-based to online only in 2014. He likened that step to hav-

ing a bandage ripped off. To help refine the system, the state conducted a survey for the 2014-2015 season and followed up with one for 2016-2017. One of the biggest surprises of the survey was the drop in satisfaction with the permit fee amount, he said. The survey showed that roughly 50 percent were satisfied or very satisfied with the fees, compared with 85 percent two years ago. The number of neutral responses climbed to 45 percent. One reason for the drop may be that the question was moved from the participation section to the satisfaction section of the survey, Edmiston said. The hunts are $80 for two days, with longer hunts costing $130. Edmiston believes that fee is reasonable, but said the depart-

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Archery trends (Pg. 4)

Annual fishing trip (Pg. 8)

Technology improves bows, arrows.

Group of friends hit Texas lakes.

Big bullfrog (Pg. 4)

Head to the piers (Pg. 11)

Weight estimated at 13 pounds.

Nightime fishing cooler, better.


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HUNTING Advances in archery equipment By Darlene McCormick Sanchez Lone Star Outdoor News

Manufacturers are producing lightweight bows with a high let-off percentage. These top-end bows retail for more than $1,000. Photo from Aaron Barton.

The hottest trends in archery feature adjustable, more comfortable compound bows with high let-off percentages, self-cranking compound bows and small diameter arrows that penetrate game more easily. Aaron Barton, an archery pro staffer at Hoffy’s Archery in Lampasas, said people need to take a second look at new bow and arrow technology that can enhance the hunting experience. One of the most significant trends is that bows are available that have a let off of up to 80-90 percent, meaning that if

the bow has a 50-pound draw weight, it would reduce the amount of resistance when the bowstring is pulled back by 40 pounds or more. “You’ll be able to hold back longer,” Barton said. That feature will allow hunters to hold their position longer without fatigue setting in. Kyle Chambers, archery facility manager at Cinnamon Creek Ranch in Roanoke, said the trend has shifted from speed to comfort, which accounts for the adjustments to let off. “The bows are more adjustable now,” said Chambers. Chambers said his best seller is the Halon by Mathews Ar-

chery. It offers a crosscentric cam, which produces a stealthy draw and consistent accuracy. The cam system tends to keep a broadhead arrow straight when shot. The new bows tend to stay in tune easier as well. Pro staffers at Cinnamon Creek Ranch traditionally have to re-sync bows after they are broken in and the strings and cables stretch, but that’s not the case with the new cam systems, Chambers said. Lightweight bows are also popular. Barton’s favorite bow is a PSE Carbon Air with an evolved cam system with up to 90 percent let off. “I like a lightweight bow. My style of hunting is just tailored

to a more mobile approach,” he said. “Everybody makes a good bow. It’s going to be specific to the shooter.” Chambers noted, however, that some of the technology is costly, with top-end compound bows running more than $1,000. Crossbows are undergoing the same type of advancement. They are becoming especially popular with women, youth and people with injuries that stop them from using a compound bow, Barton said. They are also a great way for rifle hunters to transition into bowhunters. “Crossbows have definitely come a long way. I think they Please turn to page 6

Testing the Defender By David J. Sams

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tools; one is actually a toolbox and there also is room under the driver’s seat. And yes, one of my hunters filled up both boxes. The rig comes with the Rotax V-Twin HD 10 engine that delivers 72 hp and 61 ft-lbs. of torque. There is so much power that if you smash the gas it feels like it wants to jump into the air. Too much power and speed for me, so I keep it nice and slow. The gas pedal has a slanted slot next to it to rest you foot while driving — this is really nice because you can keep a smooth throttle when running over rough areas. As with all gas ATVs there is noise from the engine. They mounted the engine towards the rear to cut down on some of the sound. You do not have to yell while cruising, but you can’t whisper at idle either. One day, I drug a road scraper behind the vehicle and pushed down a field of weeds. In 4-wheel drive, with locking differential and in low gear, it did great. I could watch the temperature gauge increase and then decrease as the power cooling fan kicked in.

Two turkey hunters were told to load their gear into the ATV. In a few seconds, their gear had filled up the vehicle. Ice chest, chairs, decoys, vest, pop-up blind, corn, binoculars, electronic game caller, ammo and seven guns. “Really,” I asked them. “Do we really need all of this?” After some discussion, an agreement was reached. “OK, you can only take three guns and the rest is fine,” I told them, and we headed off. I was field-testing the new Can-Am Defender Mossy Oak Hunting edition, and hadn’t packed that much gear into it — until now. The three grown men sat comfortable side-by-side in the roomy cabin as we rolled across the ranch. The independent suspension worked overtime with the rough roads but made our ride super smooth. “In our other trucks, we Please turn to page 6 would be going 5 miles per hour on this part of the The Can-Am Defender comfortably goes 20 mph over rough terrain. The engine was mounted toward the rear of the vehicle to cut down road,” I told the hunters. “In on noise, and the power steering made turning at slow speeds a this thing, I can run 20 mph breeze. Photos by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News. and you can’t event feel it.” The power steering is nice when you are hunting for sheds or making slow turns, and the other accessories in this package seem to be useful, except for a few. The Kolpin gun boots keep your guns safe and out of the way while mounted on the headache rack, but they can limit your view when backing up or needing to keep an eye on someone loading or unloading. There are two places in the cab where you can store

Bullfrog makes it big on the Internet By Darlene McCormick Sanchez Lone Star Outdoor News

A ranch worker holds up a giant frog that was killed after it caused extensive damage, not to mention potential loss of dove-hunting revenue. Photo from Markcuz Rangel.

Markcuz Rangel said taking a photo of the giant bullfrog that ended up going viral on the Internet recently was an afterthought. Rangel said he and a ranch worker killed the frog May 15 because it had already cost the Batesville ranch he manages an estimated $25,000 in damages. The mammoth bullfrog — at

least he thinks it was the same one — had gotten into the housing of a pivot watering system near the pond and fried the motherboard twice. That ruined the pumps, which had to be replaced twice at $1,200 each time for labor alone, Rangel said. It also caused two 45-acre fields to flood, thus ruining the crop of sunflowers, which had cost thousands of dollars to plant. Come September, the ranch stands to lose

dove-hunting revenue as well. Rangel said there are several large frogs at the ranch, which he routinely tries to relocates if they become a nuisance. At first, he tried removing the giant frog to another pond about 500 yards away, but it kept coming back. So that morning he and the worker went out before dawn to see if they could spot the frog. When they saw him hopping in the grass going toward the pivot housing, they shot him.

“It looked like a jackrabbit. We’ve killed some big ones, but nothing that big,” he said. Afterwards, a worker suggested weighing the frog on the fish scale that was kept at the pond. Rangel said it weighed just under 13 pounds according to the scale. After posting the photo on the South Texas Hunting Association’s Facebook page, it was shared more than 274,000 times on the Internet. Please turn to page 6


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First pheasant group takes flight

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With much of the attention focused on maintaining the Texas quail population, it might not be surprising that a group dedicated to a kindred game bird quietly made its debut in the state. Danny Glenn, president of the first Pheasants Forever chapter in Texas, said the High Plains Chapter started last October. The group currently has around 25 members, with newcomers showing up at monthly meetings as word gets out. Glenn said starting the chapter near Plainview seemed like a good fit. “We have a lot of pheasants up here,” he said. “Most of us were raised hunting pheasants. I was 14 at the time. I’ve hunted them all my life.” Glenn said his group’s goals are to perpetuate the pheasant hunting tradition in Texas, enhance conservation efforts and provide youth education. The group just had a gun raffle to raise operating funds and will host its first annual banquet next March. That money will go toward their target goals. Laura McIver, regional representative for Pheasants Forever, said she has been contacted by at least three or four people interested in starting new Pheasant Forever chapters in Texas. Many of the nine Texas chapters of Quail Forever have active pheasant hunters as well. “You’d be surprised how many pheasant hunters we have across Texas,” she said. Glenn said the pheasant hunting in the Texas Panhandle this past year was the best he’s experienced in 15 years, coinciding with a sterling quail season. “We probably didn’t totally limit out, but we came close,” he said. His group of hunters brought in 25 birds a day during the sea-

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son – which lasted from Dec. 3 to Jan. 1. That’s a far cry from the pheasant hunting during the drought years of 2011-2014. Glenn said they got one bird in 2011. He and his friends abstained from hunting pheasant for the next three years although the season was still open. “We felt like we didn’t want to hunt those birds,” Glenn said, in order to lessen the stress on the population. Pheasant share many of the same habitat demands as quail, so it’s not a coincidence that the numbers are up, just as they are for quail. Robert Perez, upland game bird program leader for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, said he is happy to hear about the group.

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Hoyt named DU president More than 1,000 people attended the 80th annual Ducks Unlimited national convention this year, which elected a Texan as president and raised $300,000 for conservation. Ducks Unlimited’s national convention that took place in San Antonio June 3 elected Texas native Rogers Hoyt Jr. as its 44th president. Hoyt succeeds Paul Bonderson Jr., who now serves as the chairman of the board. “On my first duck hunt as a kindergartner, dad carried me piggyback through the water,” Hoyt said. “I think I was destined to be involved with Ducks Unlimited because of the influences I had growing up. All the people who shaped my life enjoyed the outdoors and always believed if you take, you give back. To be chosen to lead this great organization is something I have only dreamed about.” Hoyt said he will focus on growing and strengthening DU’s volunteer-led fundraising event system, encourage more of DU’s more

than 700,000 members to advocate for sound public policy that benefits waterfowl and their habitats, build on DU’s growing youth education and engagement programs, and see Rogers Hoyt Jr. that the $2-billion Rescue Our Wetlands continental campaign reaches its ambitious goal. Also at the event, a Sapphire Teal Award, recognizing contributions in support of DU’s mission, was given to Lee Hoffpauir of Lampasas. Hoffpauir is the owner of Hoffpauir Polaris and other businesses. —Staff report

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Rangel said he started getting lots of emails, many of them doubtful and some downright threatening. “I had one guy say he was going to come shoot me and hang me out to dry like I did the frog,” Rangel said. At that point, he took a 10-pound weight back to the pond and tested the scale, which he said registered the correct weight. Unfortunately, the frog itself was no longer around to offer up as proof. Rangel said the worker pictured in the photo took it home and had a meal of frog’s legs. The angle of the photo makes the frog look huge, but a 13-pound frog of any type hasn’t been documented. The largest frog in the world is the goliath frog, which lives in the Amazon and can grow as big as a

house cat and weighs up to 7 pounds. But could the unimaginable happen — especially in Texas, land of all things big? Tobby Hibbitts, a Texas A&M University herpetologist, said bullfrogs could weigh in at 3 or 4 pounds, but anything larger would be in a class by itself. What he can say is that bullfrogs will eat anything — even rocks. Hibbitts said he’s examined the content of bullfrogs’ digestive systems and found birds, other frogs, and even a small gopher once. It’s even possible for them to eat bass that are 5 inches long, he said. “If it’s 13 pounds and that scale’s right, I would expect it had eaten something heavy,” Hibbitts said.

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It was turning around 3,500-4,500 rpms. The half windshield is great and directs wind up and not in your face. The heavy-duty front bumper will push most small trees over and the winch is powerful. I did manage to reach its limits when I tried dragging an old oil separator unit — it couldn’t move it. Also, there is not a remote winch switch (it is in the console) so it made it a bit hard to release the cable. The highly durable camo finish held up well with the many mesquite trees that are always trying to rip at it. The tilt bed makes it easy to wash out turkey blood and any dirt that has piled up in it, and there is a neat feature that holds five-gallon buckets in place, and they won’t walk all over the bed. Can-Am has put some good engineering into this model; it has many cool features and all the power you could ever want or need. And you will be the envy of the lease if you own one.

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are a great tool for transitioning someone from a long arm shotgun, rifle,” Barton said. “Archery is a great way to extend your hunting season.” Ravin offers a crossbow with a crank that makes it easy to cock and a way to de-cock the crossbow as an added safety feature, Chamber said. Other top crossbow brands include Excalibur, Ten Point and Stryker. Arrow technology has evolved as well. Chambers said that the new smaller diameter arrows are a trend. The smaller diameter creates less resistance and drag. Therefore, it can pierce the game animal efficiently. “You’re not shooting a broomstick,” he said. Barton believes arrows have the most effect on successful hunting outcomes. Arrows need energy to pierce an animal. Those arrows with a high front-of-center shift the weight to the Crossbows are gaining in popularity as a starting point for women, youth and men who may have front end of the arrow, which “pulls” the ar- injuries making it impossible to use a compound row and causes less wind drift, Barton said. bow. Photo from Aaron Barton. Experts feel the front-of-center factor can be critical in long distance shots for bowhunters. A high front-of-center arrow will fly with good stability, but will shed its trajectory quicker and nosedive. An arrow with low front of center will hold its trajectory better, but can fly erratically. Easton Archery’s website recommends 10-15 percent front of center for hunting setups and optimal accuracy — especially at long distances.


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ment will keep an eye on the category. Another area that took a tumble was the secondary draw system, which decreased from a 69 to 51 percent approval rating. Meanwhile, the number of people who felt neutral about it jumped from 25 to 37 percent. The secondary draw is set up to fill as many hunting positions as possible via computer. If all hunt permits are not accepted after the initial draw, a secondary draw will be performed to select alternate hunters. Any remaining hunting slots may be taken by standby hunters if available. The fact that the new system leaves fewer standby spots available may be the reason for the negative opinion, Edmiston said. Other categories showing a significant drop included: • Desirability of hunts decreased from 91 to 82 percent with 10 percent neutral. • Loyalty points system approval dropped from 77 to 56 percent with 26 percent neutral. • TPWD staff assistance and knowledge dipped from 74 to 68 percent with 29 percent neutral.

The bright spot was that more people were satisfied with applying for the postcard hunts, with that number raising from 56 to 58 percent. The survey results leave public hunter Allen Pride, of Beaumont, scratching his head. “I think it’s a great value,” he said, adding the $80 permit fees are a bargain. “That’s still the cheapest hunt in Texas.” The new system allows for multiple entries, which he applauds. He doesn’t see why people wouldn’t like the loyalty point system, either, which is what other states such as Colorado use. As a beneficiary of the secondary draw system, that’s been a plus for him as well. “I was selected on a secondary draw out in Big Bend State Park for javalinas,” he said. “It was a tough hunt.” But in the end, he was the only hunter to successfully harvest one. “Personally, I’m very satisfied with it, and I tell all my hunting buddies about it,” Pride said.

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While their numbers are rebounding, pheasants haven’t recovered as well as quail from the drought because much of their habitat in the Conservation Reserve Program in the Panhandle was lost. Pheasants aren’t as prolific as quail, meaning it will take longer for their numbers to fully recover. But Perez thinks their numbers should steadily improve. “Pheasants are a tough bird,” Perez said. “They can get by where a quail can’t.” As for conservation, Glenn said pheasants need the same type of cover as quail to hide from their main predators — hawks. Both game birds need insects in the spring to help

feed their young. The return of spring rains has seen more grass and more insects, which has helped both populations bounce back. Glenn said there aren’t as many pheasant hunters in Texas as quail hunters because their range is limited mainly to around Lubbock, north to the Panhandle. Pheasants tend to do better around farmland. With word spreading, Glenn thinks there will be more chapters forming in Texas soon. “We’re all in it together,” Glenn said. “We want to make sure there’s pheasants around for everybody to hunt for generations to come.”

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Fishing with friends creates lasting ties By Mark England

Lone Star Outdoor News A company perk started the streak, said Kevin Green of Austin. “We all worked for the same company in Houston,” he said. “We’d get this profit-sharing check in the spring, which became the cue for us to go on a fishing trip. The checks stopped, but our fishing trips didn’t.” Starting in 1985, the friends took an annual fishing trip for more than 30 years. A year ago, work conflicts snapped the streak. They got back on track this spring with a visit to Lake Ray Roberts, staying at an A-frame cabin with a stocked refrigerator (food, beer and wine) and pantry, motorized adjustable beds and a washer and dryer. “It was heaven,” Green said. And a dramatic change from their first fishing trip to Lake Livingston. There they slept in a “condo” tent and the weather was cold and the ground frosty, said Robert Schiller. Despite the weather, the friends chilled. “Any time you can get out fishing, see your friends and know you’re not going to get called to do something that requires sobriety, well, that’s a good trip,” Schiller said.

He, Green and Kenny Pool are the group’s stalwarts. The fourth member has varied over the years due to things such as job changes and marriage. Now, Pool’s neighbor, Ken Lewis, has a firm grasp on the final spot, having held it for several years. The longtimers can’t agree on what constitutes the best fishing trip they’ve taken. There’s no disagreement, though, on the worst. It was in the ’90s. By then, Robert and Kevin had transferred to Austin and Kenny stayed in Houston. They ventured to Lake Whitney. Unrelenting rain led Schiller and Green to abandon their tent for Green’s Please turn to page 15

Kevin Green shows off a nice fish from a fishing trip with his longtime buddies. The group of friends has been going on an annual fishing excursion since 1985. Photos from Robert Schiller.

Get everything you want at Cathy’s By Robert Sloan

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Cathy Osborn has owned her restaurant in Port O’Connor for 18 years. All-you-can eat shrimp is the most popular menu item. Photos by Robert Sloan, for Lone Star Outdoor News.

Seafood rules along the Texas Gulf coast and a platter of fried shrimp is the most popular thing you’ll see being served at just about any restaurant along the coast. Every place that serves shrimp has its own way of cooking them. Some are good, others are fantastic. Cathy Osborn has owned Cathy’s Restaurant in Port O’Connor for 18 years, and during that time, she and her 15 to 20 employees have served up thousands of pounds of fresh shrimp. And when she says fresh it ain’t no lie. She manages the restaurant and her husband Jerry runs their two shrimp boats. They not only serve fresh-caught shrimp, but also have a seafood shop next door in case you want to take some home. “Our all-you-can-eat shrimp deal is the most popular thing on the menu,” said Cathy. “We usually start out with 15 big shrimp on the plate, and it’s served with a baked potato or fries and the salad bar. That’s the all-time favorite.” If you’re not into fried shrimp, the grilled shrimp are an excellent option. And if you like a shrimp cocktail, this is the place to order one. “The shrimp cocktail at Cathy’s is unbeatable,” said Bill Panto, who lives in the Hill Country. “I’ve been coming to Port O’Connor for years to fish. But during the trip down I’m

focused on one thing — that cocktail. The fishing is good, but Cathy’s cocktail is the best I’ve ever had. Also, when oysters are in season you can’t beat the fried oyster platter. Whatever you order, expect big portions.” Before starting their current restaurant, Cathy said they owned Strikers, another seafood restaurant in POC. Since that time, they have been open six days a week, and are closed on Tuesday’s. Whenever they are open, Cathy is usually there. Seafood is not the only option at Cathy’s. They have a buffet on weekdays serving up everything from fried chicken to barbecue. The Friday all-you-can-eat seafood buffet is off-the-charts popular. Menu options include cheeseburgers, shrimp burgers, flounder burgers and, in season, oyster burgers and stuffed jalapeno’s — it’s all good. “If you’re looking for the ultimate cheeseburger and onion rings, don’t drive past Cathy’s,” said Danny Gamble. “I live in Colorado, come to Port O’Connor once or twice a year and the first thing I do is hit Cathy’s for the burger and rings.” One thing you’ll notice when walking in the door is that Cathy’s is a casual place to eat. It’s a painted cinder block building with some well-used tables and chairs. There is a TV on the wall along with various photos of the family and shrimp boats. There is no dress code other than no shirt, no shoes, no service. At lunch time the place is usually packed with fishermen, guides and the local Please turn to page 19

Little nugget catches big bass By Mark England

Lone Star Outdoor News A potential lake-record largemouth caught at Lake Bardwell, south of Dallas, garnered national headlines when the angler proclaimed its happy meal was a McNugget. Owner Misti Mitchell at the Highview Marina, where the bass was weighed and measured, still can’t believe it. “It’s crazy how much publicity it’s gotten,” Mitchell said.

“It’s everywhere. I know we got 36,000 hits after putting it on our Facebook page. It’s certainly an interesting story.” Mitchell posted the first photos of the 10.8-pound, 24-inch long bass caught by Matthew McNellis of Ferris with assistance from his fiancé, Ashley Cumby. They later released it. The catch would break the old lake record held by Artee Lewis. He caught a 10.44 largemouth, measuring 23.5 inches in length, with an

ordinary minnow on Feb. 23, 2006. One thing’s for sure. The marina’s Facebook visitors were lovin’ it. Wally Collins wrote, “I guess a bass like that is gonna be outta my reach… Because I ain’t sharing my McNuggets with nobody!!” Clint Scroggins added, “Headed to McDonald’s now.” The snark continued over at the Texas Fishing Forum where Sinkey wrote: “At least

it was caught on an artificial bait!” In the midst of the hubbub, however, officials at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department are tapping the brakes on talk of a new lake record. A spokesman told LSON that conflicting media reports over how the largemouth was caught at Lake Bardwell on May 8 would require TPWD to investigate before it could award McNellis a new lake record. Please turn to page 21

This largemouth bass caught at Lake Bardwell on a Chicken McNugget weighed in at 10.8 pounds, currently an unofficial lake record. Photo from Highview Marina.


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Crappie fishing red hot on area lakes Anglers are continuing to report successful crappie fishing. John Hansen and his daughter Cassidy went fishing at Lake Ray Roberts recently and caught upwards of 250 crappie in a postspawn pattern. Out of the 250, a good 125 were 9 inches or longer. “I’ve never caught as many crappie as we did yesterday. Very promising for the fall period,” said Hansen. They got a total of 27 keepers, 20 of which Cassidy caught, including two that were almost 2 pounds. They were fishing with guide Cliff Spindle at the bridge and over brush piles in about 12-20 feet of water. Bait choices included live minnows and white/ chartreuse Wally Marshall/Strike King Crappie Thunder skirts on Crappie fishing at Lake Ray Roberts was successful for a father1/8-ounce jig heads. daughter team that caught 250 fish on a recent trip. Photo from Fishermen also landed record John Hansen. crappie in other spots. Max Milam caught the Lake Buchanan record crappie that weighed in at 1.65 pounds. Danya Foree got a 2.45-pound black crappie on Twin Buttes, breaking her husband’s previous record for a black crappie on the same lake. —Staff report

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“Once they see all our paperwork and see we’re fishing within the rules, game wardens will tell us to shoot more fish,” Bailey said. And unlike rod and reel fishing, Bailey said bow fishing does not require patience. “You can just drive up, pick a fish in the water and shoot it. Bailey and Combs also dispose of their fish properly, often offering up their fish to catfishermen, who use them for bait. Combs once held the record for the largest longnose gar caught by bow on the lake. That is until Bailey bested her in March 2016 with a record of 54.5 inches and 18.8 pounds. Besides the rush of bow fishing, the couple loves to experience the lake at night. They see all kinds of animals, such as raccoons, beavers, opossums and nutria, in a more active state. “They have that deer-in-the-headlights look and they’re surprised to see us on the lake, but it doesn’t seem to spook them,” Combs said.

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The Mabank High School duo of Justin Shelton and Dakota Pfoh won the 2017 TBF/FLW High School Fishing National Championship on June 3 on Wheeler Lake in Alabama. Each angler won a $5,000 scholarship. Shelton and Pfoh weighed in 17 pounds, 7 ounces to win by more than 8 pounds. The key to Mabank’s win was one key area on the main lake of Wheeler that was loaded with bait. They camped on the spot all day long. The team used black and blue or green pumpkin jigs to land most of their bass.

In the first three days of the CCA STAR tournament, three tagged redfish were caught. The first fish was caught in Aransas Pass by a young angler who was not registered in the tournament. The second fish, landed by Juan Ibarra of Pearland in Galveston Bay, is the first confirmed winner of a Ford F-150 towing a Haynie Bigfoot boat package. The third fish was landed in Corpus Christi by Ryan Pyburn of Beaumont. —CCA STAR

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TEXAS FRESHWATER FISHING REPORT ALAN HENRY: Water clear on the main lake, stained up the river; 74 degrees main lake, 77 degrees up the river; 3.14’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie and bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on cut bait and punch bait in baited holes. AMISTAD: Water murky; 76–80 degrees; 32.85’ low. Black bass are very good on watermelon soft plastics, lipless crankbaits and top-waters. Striped bass are good on swimbaits and lipless crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair on blood bait and punch bait. ARROWHEAD: Water fairly clear; 73–79 degrees; 1.07’ low. Black bass are good on top-waters early, later switching to Texas rigs, drop-shot rigs and shallowrunning crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows around structure. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers. ATHENS: Water lightly stained; 74–79 degrees; 0.28’ high. Black bass are good on football jigs, crankbaits and top-waters. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. BASTROP: Water stained; 73–77 degrees. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers and minnows. BELTON: Water stained; 72–76 degrees; 1.12’ high. Black bass are fair trolling lipless crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows in 20 feet at night. Channel and blue catfish are good on nightcrawlers. BOB SANDLIN: Water lightly stained; 75–79 degrees; 0.48’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged craws, weightless stick worms and hollow-body frogs. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on minnows and top-waters. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait. BONHAM: Water lightly stained; 74–78 degrees; 2.99’ low. Black bass are good on top-waters, shallow crankbaits and Texasrigged soft plastics around rocks, docks and secondary points. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good cut bait and frozen shad. BRAUNIG: Water murky. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinner baits and crankbaits near the dam. Striped bass are good on liver and perch off points. Redfish are fair on tilapia, crawfish and silver spoons. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver, shrimp,and cheese bait near the dam. BRIDGEPORT: Water lightly stained, 74–79 degrees: 0.33’ low. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged worms, white top-waters and square-billed crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and top-waters. Catfish are fair on trotlines. BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 73–77 degrees; 0.24’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits and flukes in the evenings in 3–5 feet, and on spinner baits around docks early. White bass are good on minnows and watermelon jigs off lighted docks at night in 5–15 feet. Crappie are good on minnows and watermelon tube jigs over brush piles in 5–10 feet. Catfish are slow. BUCHANAN: Water stained; 74–78 degrees; 0.32’ low. Black bass are fair on green/pumpkin top-waters, Texas-rigged grape worms and flukes around stumps

on points in 5–15 feet early. Striped bass are fair on top-waters and trolling crankbaits from Lighthouse Point to the dam on the surface at daylight. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on live bait and dip bait. Yellow and blue catfish are very good on juglines and trotlines baited with goldfish and perch. CADDO: Water stained; 77–81 degrees; 1.45’ high. Black bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. CALAVERAS: Water murky. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are good on spoons and striper jigs between the dam and the crappie wall. Redfish are fair on live perch, tilapia and crawfish near the power lines. Channel catfish are very good on liver, shrimp and shad. CANYON LAKE: Water stained; 73–77 degrees; 0.21’ low. Black bass are fair on top-waters, green/pumpkin crankbaits and flukes upriver along shorelines in 5–10 feet early. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and crappie jigs. Smallmouth bass are fair on chartreuse grubs and craws and watermelon red tubes on ball jigheads along ledges in 10–20 feet. Crappie are fair on white tube jigs and live minnows. Channel catfish are slow. CEDAR CREEK: Water lightly stained; 75–78 degrees; 0.012’ low. Black bass are fair on square-billed crankbaits, Texasrigged craws and spinner baits. White bass are good on slabs and top-waters. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and top-waters. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. CHOKE CANYON: Water stained; 75–79 degrees; 21.09’ low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed crankbaits and large soft plastic worms. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on stink bait in 5–15 feet. COLEMAN: Water stained; 74–78 degrees; 0.05’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon lipless crankbaits, spinner baits and soft plastic worms and lizards. Hybrid striper are good on live shad. Crappie are good on minnows at night. Channel catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch. COLETO CREEK: Water murky; 90 degrees at the hot water discharge, 79 degrees in main lake; 1.07’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics and top-waters. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. CONROE: Water stained; 73–77 degrees; 0.05’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon Carolinarigged worms with chartreuse tails, crankbaits and lipless crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs over brush in 15–20 feet. Catfish are good on stink bait, chicken livers and minnows. FALCON: Water murky; 75–79 degrees; 33.60’ low. Black bass are good on shallow-running

crankbaits in 10–12 feet. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on liver, cut bait, stink bait and frozen shrimp. FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are fair on green/pumpkin spinner baits and soft plastics in 8–16 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp over baited holes. FORK: Water lightly stained; 76–79 degrees; 0.21’ high. Black bass are fair on deepdiving crankbaits, football jigs and Carolina-rigged worms. White and yellow bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait. FT. PHANTOM HILL: Water murky; 75–79 degrees; 0.18’ high. Black bass are fair on chatterbaits early, later switching to lipless crankbaits, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers. GIBBONS CREEK: Water stained. Black bass are fair on green/ pumpkin soft plastic worms and crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers, cut bait and chicken livers. GRANBURY: Water stained; 72–76 degrees; 0.44’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics, crankbaits and lipless crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on chartreuse spinner baits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on stink bait, nightcrawlers and frozen shrimp. GRANGER: Water stained; 71–75 degrees; 0.60’ high. Black bass are fair on green/ pumpkin soft plastics. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on white jigs. Blue catfish are good on shad and liver in 5–10 feet. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait upriver. GRAPEVINE: Water lightly stained; 74–78 degrees; 0.18’ low. Black bass are fair on Texasrigged worms, square-billed crankbaits and top-waters. White bass and hybrid bass are good on slabs and top-waters. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. GREENBELT: 30.6’ low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters early, later switching to Texas rigs, lipless crankbaits and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 75–79 degrees; 0.58’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon/red flake and junebug worms in 5–8 feet, and on chrome/black crankbaits. Crappie are good on live minnows over brush in 10–15 feet. Bream are good on live worms off piers and grassy points. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with perch and shad. HUBBARD CREEK: Water offcolor; 74–78 degrees; 0.94’ low. Black bass are fair to good on top-waters early, later switching to square-billed crankbaits, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows around cover. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut bait. JOE POOL: Water lightly

stained; 74–79 degrees; 0.49’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged craws, weightless stick worms and football jigs. White bass are good on slabs and top-waters. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water stained; 76–81 degrees: 2.25’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged creature baits, hollow-body frogs and spinner baits. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait. LAVON: Water stained; 77–80 degrees: 1.04’ low. Black bass are fair on square-billed crankbaits, wake baits and Texas-rigged craws. White bass are fair on slabs and top-waters. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. LBJ: Water stained; 73–77 degrees; 0.80’ low. Black bass are fair on green/pumpkin crankbaits, black/blue top-waters and watermelon stick worms along seawalls in 8–18 feet. White bass are fair on bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs over brush piles in 12 feet. Channel catfish are fair on minnows and dip bait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch. LEWISVILLE: Water lightly stained; 75–78 degrees; 0.51’ low. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged craws, squarebilled crankbaits and top-waters. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait. LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 73–77 degrees; 0.44’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinner baits and crankbaits. Striped bass are good but small on pet spoons and slabs. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows in 8–15 feet. Blue catfish are fair on shad and shrimp. Yellow catfish are fair on live bait. MACKENZIE: 73.52’ low. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers. MARTIN CREEK: Water lightly stained; 76–84 degrees; 0.05’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. MONTICELLO: Water stained; 77–84 degrees; 0.37’ low. Black bass are good on hollow-body frogs, buzz frogs and green/ pumpkin jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad. NASWORTHY: 73–78 degrees; 1.07’ low. Black bass are fair to good on drop-shot rigs, finesse jigs and Texas rigs. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait. NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 72–76 degrees; 0.03’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits and minnows in Liberty Hill Park. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair but small on minnows at Crappie Point. Channel catfish are good on minnows and stink bait in baited areas. Blue catfish are good on jug lines baited with shad and goldfish.

O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 73–79 degrees; 33.13’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters early, later switching to shallow-running crankbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers. OAK CREEK: Water stained; 74–80 degrees; 8.08’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigs and top-waters. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair on cut bait and nightcrawlers. PALESTINE: Water lightly stained; 74–78 degrees; 0.17’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged craws, crankbaits and top-waters. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. POSSUM KINGDOM: Water off-color; 72–78 degrees; 0.14’ low. Black bass are fair to good on drop-shot rigs, Texas rigs, medium-running shad pattern crankbaits and green/pumpkin jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. White bass are fair to good on slabs and inline spinners. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers. PROCTOR: Water stained; 71–75 degrees; 0.06’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits off points. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on live shad and jigging spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on prepared bait in the upper end of the lake. RAY HUBBARD: Water lightly stained; 75–79 degrees; 0.59’ low. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits, top-waters and small swimbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and top-waters. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and punch bait. RAY ROBERTS: Water lightly stained; 74–78 degrees; 0.25’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged worms, top-water poppers and football jigs. White bass are good on minnows and top-waters. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 74–77 degrees; 0.27’ low. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged creature baits, top-waters and square-billed crankbaits. White bass are good on slabs and top-waters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 72–76 degrees; 0.84’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse and watermelon soft plastic worms and lipless crankbaits. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue/black tube jigs over brush piles in 20–30 feet. Bream are good on nightcrawlers. Catfish are very good on trotlines baited with live bait and cut bait. SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 74–78 degrees; 0.12’ low. Black

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bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad off points. White bass are fair on live shad off points. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on dead shad. STAMFORD: Water stained; 71–77 degrees; 1.22’ low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters early, later switching to Texas rigs and weightless flukes. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows in the shallows. White bass are fair to good on Rooster Tails. Blue catfish are fair to good on cut and live bait. STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 73– 77 degrees; 0.37’ high. Black bass are fair on green/pumpkin soft plastics and crankbaits. White bass are fair on spoons and slabs. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and shrimp. TAWAKONI: Water lightly stained; 74–79 degrees; 2.06’ low. Black bass are fair on hollow-body frogs, swim jigs and Texas-rigged craws flipped in flooded bushes. White bass are good on slabs and top-waters. Hybrid bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. TEXOMA: Water lightly stained; 73–77 degrees; 2.44’ low. Black bass are fair on weightless flukes, top-water poppers and medium crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Striped bass are good on slabs and top-waters. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 73–77 degrees; 0.12’ low. Black bass are good on green/pumpkin soft plastic worms in 12–22 feet. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs over brush in 15–25 feet. Bream are fair on crickets and nightcrawlers in 2–6 feet. Channel and blue catfish are slow. TRAVIS: Water stained; 74–78 degrees; 1.87’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics and bone top-waters in 5–20 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on fresh cut bait and nightcrawlers in 25–35 feet. WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. Black bass are good on shad and small spinner baits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver and frozen shrimp. WHITNEY: Water stained; 72–76 degrees; 2.54’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on top-waters and swimbaits. White bass are good on minnows and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are fair on frozen shrimp and liver.

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Fishing is sweet by the light of the pier By Robert Sloan

For Lone Star Outdoor News The first official day of summer is June 21, but here in Texas the heat is on well before that date. One sure fire way to beat the heat is to go nocturnal and fish the many piers that can be found from Sabine Lake and on down the coast to Port Isabel in South Texas. All piers are not created equal. Some deliver fantastic catches of trout Fly-fishing off a pier on the Arroyo Colorado at night can lead to successful and reds, while others saltwater catches. Photo by Robert Sloan. lead the way to whitFly-fishing is a very good option with just ing, sheepshead, flounder and even the about any type of fast sinking streamer. occasional ling and mangrove snapper. Cost to stay overnight, with lodging One of the most unique pier fishing op- and fishing the pier, is $150 per angler, portunities can be found on Sabine Lake. with a minimum of three. For details, go Sabine Lake Lodge offers full service fish- to sabinelodge.com. ing and overnight accommodations. But Right at 512 miles south of Sabine Lake if you’re simply looking to stay overnight is the tiny town of Rio Hondo that leads and fish on the private pier it can be ar- the way to the Arroyo Colorado, a river ranged. that flows some 53 miles from Lake Llano “Our pier fishing is some of the best Grande into the Laguna Madre. One of you’ll find anywhere,” said Capt. Colby the best-lighted fishing piers in this reDenbow, who owns and operates the gion of Texas can be found behind the Lalodge. “We’ve got a 150-foot lighted pier. guna Madre Outfitters lodge. The lodge is The fishing is great right now and will get available for rent at $200 per night (maxibetter throughout the summer months. mum 8 people) and with that comes the It’s not unusual to get a Texas slam while well-lighted pier right off the back porch. fishing the pier on any given night. That’s “It’s a great place to come and kick a catch of trout, reds and flounder. Once back,” said Capt. Ben Paschal, who owns we turn on the bright stadium lights, it and operates the lodge. “This is a wide doesn’t take long for the fish to show up.” open river with a tidal flow of green waYou can fish with live bait or lures. ter that holds a lot of trout. What a lot Lures are usually best. The tiny shad-like of the folks do here is turn on the pier soft plastics, about 3 inches long, are best. lights at sundown, grill some steaks on

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TEXAS SALTWATER FISHING REPORT NORTH SABINE: Redfish are good under rafts of shad on scented plastics. Redfish are fair to good at the mouths of bayous draining from the marsh. SOUTH SABINE: Trout are fair at the jetty on live bait and top-waters. Flounder are fair on live bait at the mouths of bayous. Trout are good under birds in the lake and in the surf.

BOLIVAR: Trout are fair on the south shoreline on top-waters and soft plastics. Trout, sand trout and croakers are fair to good at Rollover Pass on live bait. TRINITY BAY: Trout are fair for drifters working deep shell pads on Gamblers, Lil’ Johns and Bass Assassins. Trout, redfish and croaker are fair at the spillway on live bait. EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair for drifters working deep shell on limetreuse, glow and plum Gamblers, Lil’ Johns and Bass Assassins. Trout are fair on live bait on the reefs around the Ship Channel. WEST GALVESTON BAY: Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are fair at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Trout and redfish are fair to good at the mouth of bayous on the outgoing tide on live shrimp. TEXAS CITY: Trout are fair to good on the reefs and in the channel on live shrimp and croakers. Redfish and sand trout are fair to good in Moses Lake on shrimp. Trout are fair to good at Dollar Reef on live bait. FREEPORT: Trout are fair at San Luis Pass on shrimp, MirrOlures and soft plastics. Trout, redfish, sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay and Chocolate Bay. Red snapper are good offshore. EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair for drifters on live shrimp over midbay reefs when the wind allows. Redfish are fair in the middle of the bay on live shrimp near slicks when the wind allows. Trout are good in the surf.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair on sand and grass on soft plastics and top-waters. Redfish are fair in the back reaches of the bay on mud and shell on live shrimp. Trout are good in the surf. PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are fair on top-waters and live bait over sand, grass and shell near Pass Cavallo. Trout and redfish are fair at the mouths of the back lakes on the outgoing tide. Trout are good in the surf. ROCKPORT: Trout are fair in the guts and channels on free-lined shrimp. Trout are fair over grass while drifting with live shrimp. Redfish are good on the flats on piggies. PORT ARANSAS: Trout, redfish and sheepshead are fair at the jetty on shrimp and croakers. Offshore is good for kingfish, cobia and red snapper. CORPUS CHRISTI: Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on scented plastics, croakers and live shrimp. Trout are fair to good on scented plastics and live shrimp over sand and grass near the Packery Channel and in Oso Bay. BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair to good on topwaters and live bait around rocks and grass. Trout are fair to good while drifting grass around spoil islands on Bass Assassins and Gamblers. PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are good on topwaters on the edge of the channel and around sand and grass. Redfish are fair to good while wading over sand on small top-waters. Offshore is good for kingfish, dorado, ling and red snapper. SOUTH PADRE: Trout are fair to good on shrimp and DOA Shrimp while drifting the grass

beds. Redfish are good while drifting flats with small top-waters. Tarpon are good around the pass and at the jetty early in the morning and late in the evening. PORT ISABEL: Trout are fair to good on the deeper edges and flats on top-waters and live shrimp. Redfish are fair to good in Cullen Bay on small top-waters and live shrimp.

—TPWD

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GAME WARDEN BLOTTER ILLEGAL NETS GET TRASHED While on patrol at Falcon Lake, game wardens spotted two plastic bottles floating about 100 yards inside U.S. waters of the lake. While littering is a crime, so is fishing by illegal means and methods. The bottles were attached to a line that connected five illegal hoop nets. Over 100 pounds of carp were released back into Falcon Lake, as well as 50 pounds of catfish. The nets were seized. ADRIFT A Val Verde County game warden responded to a boater in distress call. The subjects were on a disabled jet ski in the main part of the lake that was in danger of drifting into Mexican waters. The warden was able to quickly muster assistance from National Park Service Rangers and recover the subjects safely. A WATCHFUL EYE A Wharton County game warden was patrolling the Colorado River for recreational boating and fishing enforcement when he came across a small flat-bottomed boat tied to the riverbank with no motor attached and a single paddle inside. He surveyed the immediate area for throw lines and located what he thought was a single line, but when he attempted to pull the line, he discovered a larger piece of rope tied to a heavy piece of metal. The warden recognized this as a possible hoop net anchor and after searching the bank, he found two of the illegal nets hidden in the brush farther up the riverbank. The warden left the nets in place and with assistance from other wardens, set up surveillance cameras in hopes of gathering evidence of illegal

NO TAGS, NO LICENSE, NO WAY Game wardens patrolling the Rio Grande River in Maverick County conducted a water safety check on a vessel with three men in it that were out to set limb lines. Later that afternoon wardens discovered several limb lines while patrolling the river and none had the required gear tags attached. In total, 16 limb lines were recovered as well as one trotline. The wardens later identified the lines as the ones that were in the vessel they conducted a water

fishing. The cameras captured the suspects running the nets on two occasions. One individual ran the hoop net from the boat, while the other suspect stayed up above as a lookout on the bank where he would also take the fish from the boat. The two subjects were identified as a father and son who the warden had previously dealt with for felony hunting charges as well as hoop net charges. The wardens seized the net and various other equipment and the two suspects were issued citations for taking fish by illegal means or methods. Cases and civil restitution are pending. TEENS MAKE IT OUT ALIVE Late one evening while patrolling Lake Meredith, wardens responded to a 911 call about two individuals stranded on kayaks. Weather conditions were unfavorable with winds blowing 20-25 mph, water temperatures in the high 50s and air temp at 68 degrees. The wardens located two teenage boys in the middle of the lake on a single kayak that was half sunk and full of water.

The second kayak had already sunk and only one teen was wearing a life jacket. A rope was thrown to the boys and the kayak flipped. Luckily, both of them hung onto the rope and were pulled and then lifted into the patrol boat. Both teens were severely hypothermic and cramping from holding on so long in the cold. Once on shore, EMS took both teens to the hospital where they were treated and released. TROUBLE WILL FIND YOU ANYWAY A Williamson County game warden was patrolling the San Gabriel River and had made contact with two fishermen on the lower water crossing bridge when a white Ford Explorer pulled up behind the warden’s patrol truck. The warden believed he was waiting to pass safely to the left, so he signaled to the driver to go ahead and proceed. Instead, the driver signaled some gesture with his hand and yelled back. As the warden accompanied one of the fishermen to his car to retrieve a fishing license, the Explorer’s driver barked at him,

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“Why can’t you just leave them alone?” Noting the driver exhibited slurred speech and a strong smell of alcohol, the warden suspected he might have been impaired. Further evidence on the center console, the warden observed an open container and two six packs of beer. On the passenger seat was a revolver within his reach. The warden immediately gave him instructions to keep his hands on the steering wheel and not make any sudden movements. The driver stated he didn’t have a permit and didn’t need one to carry his pistol. The warden retrieved the loaded .38 caliber pistol and attempted to administer a field sobriety test, which the driver refused. The driver was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and unlawful carrying of a firearm. The two anglers were in compliance and went back to fishing. DOVE HUNTING OUT OF SEASON A Bastrop County game warden received a call from a sheriff’s deputy with information regarding crimi-

nal trespassing, hunting without landowner consent, and hunting dove out of season. He called the complainant and was informed that the landowner had seen three male individuals walking through his crop field with one carrying a highpowered pellet gun. The landowner recognized one of the men as his neighbor and made contact. When the landowner asked them what they were doing, the individual with the gun responded, “Hunting dove.” The landowner requested they leave and informed them that they couldn’t hunt dove because it was out of season. Game wardens went to interview the suspected hunter who admitted to hunting dove and retrieved his harvest from the freezer. Dove were seized, citations were issued, and the case is still ongoing for the other two individuals involved. PHOTO EVIDENCE In response to a social media post, game wardens investigated the killing of an 8-foot alligator on Lake Corpus Christi. The wardens were able to obtain a photograph of the suspect holding the alligator. They located the suspect and, after a full confession was obtained, he was charged with hunting alligator without a hunting license and illegal means and methods. Cases and civil restitution pending.

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The wilds of Texas beckon the adventurous Photography by Erich Schlegel Story by Julia C. Bunch For Lone Star Outdoor News

Longtime friends James Karr, Joel Hixon and William Shaw take an annual fishing trip. They like to stay in Texas and have most often stayed close to the Gulf of Mexico. This May, the men opted for a freshwater fishing trip to one of the most pristine, and least traveled, waterways of the state: Devils River in the Val Verde County area. “We came across some photos of Devils River when searching for kayak trips in Texas,” Karr said. “The pictures were incredible, but being there was even more beautiful. It is the second most beautiful water I’ve ever seen in the world.” The first, Karr said, is Flamenco Beach in Puerto Rico. Karr and Hixon said the water was transparent in areas less than 10 feet deep and a striking blue color throughout. The trio took a three-day fishing and camping trip starting in the Del Norte section of the river and ending in the Dan A. Hughes section, kayaking about 15 miles in between and camping on the banks for two nights. They mainly caught largemouth bass, but reeled in a few smallmouth as well. The river has limited public access and most of the land surrounding the river is private property, keeping is unsoiled and scenic — but hard to access for outdoorsmen. The men booked outfitter Amistad Expeditions to shuttle them and their gear to the river on the first day and back to their car on the last day. After booking with Amistad, Hixon said the men were

able to get fishing permits from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. “To keep the river immaculate, the state only issues 12 permits per day,” Hixon said. “We started prepping for the trip about eight months out to get all our reservations and permits.” Who Cares B&B near Del Rio is a common stomping ground for Devils River adventurers. Many parties, including Karr, Hixon and Shaw, stay at the B&B the night before and fuel up on a big breakfast made by the innkeeper. The trio’s Amistad driver gave them advice on more treacherous rapids and talked about the river during the twohour drive to the put-in spot, Karr said. Once on the river, the men quickly realized how disconnected they were from the outside world. Because the men stored all their gear in their kayaks, they packed light, fitting everything into watertight bags in case of capsizing. In lieu of water, the men brought filters so they could drink from the river. Besides a satellite phone Karr rented to call home once a day, the friends were completely unplugged, which was Shaw’s favorite part of the trip. “Getting away from technology and enjoying the beautiful outdoors that Devils River has to offer was the best part,” Shaw said. “It was hopefully the start of a long tradition.” Who Cares Bed & Breakfast in Del Rio (830) 703-9210 Amistad Expeditions in Del Rio (830) 703-0127 amistadexpeditions.com

Trips down the Devils River need planning. Frank Kremling did some cooking during his trip as he and Mark Tieken made their way downstream (lower left). Jacob Perciful (top) did some fishing while Pam LeBlanc and Marcy Stellfox did a little canoeing.


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Chevrolet Citation. “I remember being woken up,” Green said. “Bobby said, ‘You’ve got to see this.’ The Houston guys were outside in the wind and rain in their shirts and tighty-whiteys trying to stake the tent down. Kenny started motioning for Bobby to help him. He went over and they got the brilliant idea of going inside and standing around the edges of the tent. No sooner had they gone in, when a big gust of wind came up and flipped the tent onto its roof. The guys had to crawl out of there.” Schiller remembers it slightly differently. “The wind rolled us about 50 feet,” he said. “It was like being in a big bouncy house.” Pool didn’t find the episode particularly alarming. “Of course, we’d been drinking,” he said. “I will say that we haven’t been back since.” The storm also swamped the friends’ two fishing boats. They bailed them out with coolers, but the keel on Schiller’s boat was damaged. That didn’t keep him from using the boat

on their annual fishing trips for a few more years, though. “It would take on water every time we took it out,” Green said. “We’d just use the bilge pump and pull the drain plug while we were running. Then we’d fish for an hour or two until we got more water. Then do it all again. You do what you have to do to keep fishing.” Resourcefulness has always figured prominently on their fishing trips, especially in the early days when money was scarce. “We’re technicians,” Schiller said. “We’ve all got a little MacGyver in us.” Schiller repairs computers. Green and Pool keep copiers going. “One time the steering cable came loose on one of our boats,” Schiller said. “We put it back together with J-B Weld and fiberglass tape. It didn’t look pretty, but it held.” Over the years, the group has fished almost every big Texas lake. Choosing a fishing destination now often comes down to which lake they want to revisit. Lake Fork still has draw-

ing power, maybe since both Schiller and Green caught big largemouths there. Schiller’s weighed 8 1/2 pounds. Green topped him for bragging rights, though. “We stopped at this cove to have lunch,” Green said. “We made sandwiches. I finished mine. There was this stump by the shore. I got up and threw a lizard right by the stump. It was perfect. I caught a 9-pounder and everyone got to witness it.” They take a group photo after most every trip. “We’re grayer and fatter now,” Pool said, laughing. What hasn’t changed is the smiles and their obvious friendship. “We’ve had fishing trips where we didn’t catch a lot of fish,” Green said, “but being around each other has always been fun.” Lakes fished so far: Livingston, Sam Rayburn, Toledo Bend, Fork, Whitney, Granbury, LBJ, Falcon, Amistad, Choke Canyon and Ray Roberts.

Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame honors inductees The Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame inducted its first academic educator into its ranks the first weekend of June. Bobby Whiteside, of San Marcos, was added to the Hall of Fame June 3. He taught at Texas State University for 33 years and directed the aquatic biology program for 18 years. In his academic role, Whiteside cowrote the book “Freshwater Fishes of Texas” in addition to penning 26 peer-reviewed publications and nine reports and book reviews. But according to his nomination letter, Whiteside’s greatest contribution to freshwater fishing extends past his written work and lies in his students — many of whom work in the fields of fisheries management; water quality; and stream, river and reservoir management such as Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, several Texas river authorities and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Whiteside’s lifelong passion for freshwater fishing is also illustrated by his 49-year membership in the Canyon Bass Club. In this organization, Whiteside competed in state and regional bass fishing tournaments and assisted with youth fishing, high school angling tournaments, and volunteer events that brought the sport of fishing to wounded soldiers, nursing home patients and local Boy Scout organizations. He also participated in several projects with the club and other local partners to install fish habitat made of plastic and cedar trees into Canyon Lake and other area fisheries. The other inductee this year was Gulf States Toyota, which was nominated into the industry or organization category. The entity provided more than $2.5 million in funding to TPWD Inland Fisheries programs over the last 10 years to promote bass fishing and increase the participation of youth and families in freshwater fishing. —Staff report

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Time 1:22 AM 1:47 AM 2:16 AM 2:53 AM 3:37 AM 4:26 AM 5:23 AM 6:29 AM 1:02 AM 2:58 AM 4:46 AM 6:12 AM 7:23 AM 8:25 AM 12:34 AM

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Rockport

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Time 7:18 AM 7:42 AM 8:07 AM 8:38 AM 9:10 AM 12:15 AM 12:55 AM 1:40 AM 2:33 AM 3:43 AM 12:56 AM 2:34 AM 3:51 AM 4:55 AM 5:55 AM

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Ken and Kathryn Brown, along with 7-year-old Zane, got three turkey on their third day of hunting in Missouri.

Mike Casanova of Frisco caught this nice bass while pre-fishing the day before his tournament Pat Mayse Lake.

Justice Jobst, 9, of Plano went rainbow trout fishing with his father on a stocked pond. Together they harvested a two-person limit.

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Jake Nava of Midland shot a painted desert sheep at Champion Ranch in Brady.

Kaden Franklin caught this 41-inch red on his first cast of the day while fishing near Rockport. The fish weighed 26 pounds.

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Free fishing weekend The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries invites the public to take part in its annual Free Fishing Weekend on Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11. Louisiana’s Free Fishing Weekend is an opportunity for Louisiana residents and visitors alike to fish Louisiana waters without an otherwise required fishing license. So, leave your cash and credit card at home – the only thing you’ll need for a great time is your lure and line. Each year, the state designates a weekend of free fishing as an incentive for families and friends to get outside and enjoy the Sportsman’s Paradise. While a fishing license is not required, all fishing regulations, including size, season, catch limits and gear restrictions will remain in effect. —LDWF

NEBRASKA

Mailmen find abundant pheasant, turkey TY HEURING, 8, WITH HIS FIRST TURKEY TAKEN OPENING MORNING OF YOUTH WEEKEND WITH HIS DAD NEAR CHRISTINE. THE BIRD HAD A 9-INCH BEARD AND 1 1/8-INCH SPURS.

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Pheasant, cottontail and wild turkey population measurements indicated higher numbers in Nebraska in 2017 compared to the previous year, according to the April Rural Mail Carrier Survey. If spring and early summer weather is moderate, production of young should be good this year, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The population measurements indicated an increase in pheasant numbers that was highest in the Southwest region. The increase in wild turkey numbers was highest in Panhandle and Southeast regions. The Central and Southeast regions saw the greatest increase in cottontail numbers. The Republican region had the greatest increase for quail; however, statewide population measurements were slightly lower than in 2016. The survey was conducted April 3-6 as 424 rural mail carriers observed species while traveling 176,863 miles of rural roads in 87 of Nebraska’s 93 counties. —NGPC

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Vermont Fish & Wildlife staffers are gearing up for what will likely be another record year for bear conflicts. The number of bear complaints received has increased nearly every year for more than a decade. A large and healthy bear population is butting up against an increasing number of people who have built houses in the woods, fragmenting bears’ habitat and attracting them with backyard food sources. —VFW

FLORIDA

Alligator violators Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers arrested nine suspects for violations of Florida’s laws pertaining to possession of American alligator, alligator egg

harvesting, interstate transport of alligator eggs and hatchlings, falsifying official records, dealing in stolen property, conspiracy to commit racketeering, racketeering and other wildlife violations. The charges were the result of a multiyear undercover operation initiated in 2015 by the FWC Division of Law Enforcement’s Investigations Section. FWC undercover officers managed to become part of the alligator farming community to gain information and evidence about poachers who were breaking the law in regard to the FWC’s public and private lands alligator egg harvesting program and alligator farming. Investigators documented over 10,000 illegally harvested eggs during the course of the undercover operation. The investigation resulted in 44 felony violations. —FFWCC

MICHIGAN

Record bustin’ buffalo Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently confirmed a new state-record fish for bigmouth buffalo. This marks the first state-record fish caught in 2017 — and it was caught by an angler who held the previous state record for bigmouth buffalo from 2008. The new record fish was caught by Roy Beasley of Madison Heights, in the River Raisin (Monroe County) on May 13. Beasley was bow-fishing. The fish weighed 27 pounds and measured 35.25 inches. The record was verified by Todd Wills, a DNR fisheries research manager on Lake St. Clair. Beasley held the previous state-record bigmouth buffalo — this one caught on the Detroit River — from August 2008. That fish weighed 24.74 pounds and measured 34.50 inches. —DNR

PENNSYLVANIA

Mount from illegally killed elk finds a new home One of the largest bulls on record in Pennsylvania is on permanent display in the county where the poachers were prosecuted. Representatives from the Pennsylvania Game Commission and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation at a recent ceremony in Clearfield, Pa. presented the mount of the now-famous “Historic Pennsylvania Poaching Bull” to Clearfield County District Attorney William A. Shaw Jr., who prosecuted the poachers responsible for the unlawful killing. Because of the historic significance of the elk, Shaw made arrangements for the trophy to be on permanent display at the Clearfield County Historical Society, where it is available for public viewing. Killed unlawfully in a 2014 poaching spree near Karthaus, Pa., the bull is one of the largest on record in Pennsylvania. Its official Boone & Crockett measurements of 432 7/8 inches would rank as Pennsylvania’s third-largest bull elk ever, had it been lawfully harvested. —PGC

Lighted pier fishing Continued from page 11

the back porch and then fish. We recently had a group of guys come in that had limits of trout every night while fly-fishing.” The pier isn’t that big. It’s more like a boat dock. But once the lights come on and the trout are feeding on shrimp and shad, the fishing is easy. For details, go to lagunamadreoutfitters. com. Known as the longest fishing pier in Texas, the Pirate’s Landing Fishing Pier in Port Isabel is located at the entrance to the Queen Isabella Causeway that leads to South Padre Island. “We have everything you need for a great fishing experience,” said Darryl Gorres at

the pier. “We have a complete tackle and bait shop, snack bar, clean restrooms, plenty of secure paved parking and a first class restaurant.” This pier is huge with lights all over the place. It’s popular and attracts a lot of weekend fishermen. “During the hot summer months, we get a lot of night fishermen here,” said Gorres. “Most of the anglers fish with live shrimp for catching trout. But dead shrimp or squid are good for catching reds, black drum, whiting and even mangrove snapper.” Cost to fish this pier is $9 per pole for 12 hours. For details, go to piratespier.com.


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Trout at POC Continued from page 1

to 24 inches long.” Bone/silver Super Spooks were the best top-water lures, and the bite continued until boats started running up and down the shoreline. Another hot spot for numbers of trout have been around the wells in Espiritu Santo Bay. That’s where live shrimp fished under slip corks or on bottom have been taking trout in the 15- to 18-inch range. The smaller wells have been the best. Reds have been tougher to pin down. Waders along Airport Flats in West Matagorda Bay have been sticking limits of slot reds on red/shad Assassins rigged on 1/8-ounce jig heads. Ken Jackson and three buddies from Houston waded Airport Flats and found good numbers of reds holding close to mudding pods of mullet in 3 feet of water. At the jetties, guide Ron Arlitt has been catching slot reds on live shrimp in 20 to 25 feet of water on outgoing tides.

“Catching trout at the jetties has been pretty inconsistent,” said Arlitt. “But if you’re patient and work several different areas, trout can usually be caught on freelined shrimp in 10 to 15 feet of water on a green tide. I expect the trout fishing to get better real quick. Same thing for the surf. So far we haven’t had too many days when the surf was calm enough to fish. The trout and reds are there, it’s just a matter of hitting that water on a calm day.” The three-day recreational red snapper season was drop-dead perfect, according to Robert Anderson. “On the second day of the season we ran wide open coming and going,” said Anderson. “The odd thing was that we only saw a few boats. The best bite was over a couple of wrecks in about 90 feet of water. Some of the spots were holding a ton of small snapper. But we fished one wreck that was loaded with 3- to 5-pounders.”

Shrimp, more at Cathy’s Continued from page 8

work force. The buffet is popular, but getting past the smell of fried shrimp is very tough. At dinner, the dress code is bumped up a notch to a clean fishing shirt, shorts and sandals. It’s that simple. Port O’Connor is a town without a single traffic light. It’s small, to be sure. People come to POC to fish. But a whole lot of those folks make Cathy’s their first stop. Look for the parking lot that’s jammed with trucks and boats.

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Swanson Russell is looking for an experienced art director to join them in their Lincoln, Nebraska, office.

CSF seeks coordinator The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation is seeking a MidAtlantic States Coordinator to comanage the state sportsmen’s caucus effort organized under the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses and the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus programs.

Smith joins P&Y board The Pope and Young Club appointed Dallas Smith of Utah to its board of directors.

Marine acquisition SeaStar Solutions, a supplier of marine steering and control systems, acquired Moeller Marine Products, a manufacturer of rotationally molded plastic products.

Sasser joins RPQRR Ray Sasser of Meridian, Texas, was hired to serve as media specialist for the Rolling Plains Quail Research Foundation. He served as the outdoor editor for the Dallas Morning News for more than 30 years.

Ruger VPs Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. named Sarah F. Colbert as vice president of administration, Robert J. Werkmeister Jr. as vice president of marketing and Michael W. Wilson as vice president of Mayodan operations.

Mustad controlling interest sold The Ard Group sold the controlling interest in Norwegian hook company, O.Mustad & Son AS, to investment company, Verdane Capital IX.

Stag Arms sold Connecticut gun manufacturer Stag Arms was acquired by White Wolf Capital, LLC.

FOR THE TABLE *email LSON your favorite recipe to news@lonestaroutdoornews.com.

Broiled mackerel with mustard paste

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3 lbs. mackerel 1 tbsp. salad oil 1 tbsp. butter Juice of 1 lemon 1 lemon sliced Parsley to garnish If fish is large, split in middle of back; if small, broil whole. Season well by rubbing with salt and pepper mixed with a little salad oil. Broil on rack. Brown well on both sides. Before removing from broiler, spread with mustard-parsley paste and run under broiler to melt. Place

in hot dish, garnish with parsley and sliced lemon. Butter fish nicely and pour juice of lemon over it. Serve at once. Mustard paste Cream 1 tsp. prepared mustard with 2 tbsps. butter, add 2 tbsps. finely chopped parsley and 2 tbsps. of lemon juice. Spread on broiled fish, sprinkle with paprika. —Maine Department of Marine Resources

Grilled game bird Game birds, cut into pieces Marinade: 1/2 cup diced onion 1/2 cup lemon juice 1/2 cup salad oil 1/4 tsp. celery salt 1/4 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. thyme 1/4 tsp. rosemary 1/4 tsp. pepper 1/2 tsp. garlic powder 1/2 tsp. garlic salt 1/2 tsp. summer savory 1/2 cup wine vinegar, sauterne or dry sherry wine for light meat; port or burgundy wine for dark meat

Marinate in the refrigerator in a covered glass pan or bowl, or in a heavy food-grade plastic bag for 5 to 6 hours. Place on grill or broil in over broiler until cooked through. Baste with mixture of appropriate wine and butter or barbecue sauce. Serve as main dish or appetizer. —Wisconsin County Extension Office


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P3500 SHOTGUN: The newest addition to Stoeger’s lineup of pumpaction shotguns is available in both 26- and 28-inch barrel configurations with either a black (about $400) or a Realtree MAX-5 finish (about $450). This waterfowl hunting gun can handle light 2 3/4-inch field loads to heavy 3 1/2-inch steel. Featuring a mechanical rotating bolt head and dual action bars for smooth cycling shot after shot, the shotgun is equipped with an elongated barrel extension that serves to protect the aluminum receiver. In addition to ribbed, chrome-lined steel barrels, the P3500 comes with a fiber-optic red bead front sight, sling studs, and rubber butt pad. A modified choke and wrench are included with additional chokes sold separately.

LAKE SERIES CAMOLUX LINE: This sub-surface extremely slick freshwater line by Rio Products is an intermediate sinking line built for stealth. It is built with a unique camo coloration that is effective when targeting wary fish in clear water, and is deadly efficient for fishing in 2- to 6-feet depths in lakes. Each line features a welded loop on the front end for fast rigging. Available in four sizes, the CamoLux line costs about $75.

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BASS FORMULA ATTRACTANT: This BaitCloud attractant is a new way to bring fish to the angler. With its blend of garlic, craw scent and fish oils, the water-activated BaitCloud bass balls exude an intense outburst of air bubbles that emit a concentrated cocktail of amino acids, fish oils and Bio-Glitter. Baitfish arrive and investigate the scent, taste, sound, vibration and flash first. Then, the largemouth and smallmouth bass follow. A three-ball tube costs about $11. There also are attractant balls for predatory and catfish species, panfish, crawfish, shad and walleye.

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SPIRIT BLIND: Ameristep’s newest blind features organically shaped window openings that combine with a silent daisy-chain window closure system to fool the discerning eyes and ears of deer, turkey and other game. These windows blend into the natural environment because their gentle curves eliminate the straight and unnatural lines and angles of traditional blind windows. Hunters can customize the window openings, which are equipped with replaceable shoot-through mesh camo screens, to control light, viewing angles and shooting angles. The blind’s outer shell is made of Durashell Plus fabric, a woven polyester material that is nonreflective and lightweight. Additionally, a quiet black fabric coating on the interior doesn’t reflect light, affording more concealment to the hunter inside. Built on the company’s strong Spider Hub frame, the Realtree Xtra camo blind measures 67 inches high and has a 59-inch by 59-inch footprint. It costs about $200.

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FL75R HEADLAMP: COAST Products’ rechargeable 3-ounce headlamp emits up to 530 lumens of light, making hunting in low light less difficult. Users can choose between white or red beams and high, medium or low output modes, with its long distance Bulls-Eye Spot beam illuminating objects up to 511 feet away. Available in black, red, green, blue and orange, the headlamp costs about $110.

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Initial news reports — including one in the nearby Ennis Daily News — reported that the nugget-eating bass was caught on a jug line. “It is not a legal means to catch game fish,” said Ken Kurzawski, director of information and regulations for TPWD. “The only game fish that can be caught on a jug line are channel catfish, blue catfish and flatheads. You can get a ticket, just like for undersized fish.” Kurzawski told LSON that the agency at this point has not received an application from McNellis for a new largemouth bass lake record at Lake Bardwell. Anglers have 60 days from the date of a catch to apply. That time limit can only be waived for catches recognized as world records by the International Game Fish Association. LSON contacted McNellis, but he didn’t respond to an interview request. However, McNellis earlier told bassmaster. com that his catch was reported incorrectly. He said that he caught the bass on a rod and reel, although he also set out a jug line. His fiancé suggested tossing out a Chicken McNugget after nothing else had brought him a

bite, McNellis said. Conflicting catch reports, whatever the cause, preclude automatically awarding a new lake record, according to TPWD. “When we get an application through the mail there would ordinarily be no reason not to accept it,” Kurzawski said. “However, if there’s contradictory evidence, it does have to be checked out first.” Kurzawski said TPWD would “interview him (McNellis), talk to witnesses and people at the marina just so we feel comfortable everything is on the up and up.” Biologist Richard Ott, whose TPWD district includes Lake Bardwell, said he first read of the McNugget bass on the Texas Fishing Forum. “My first thought was that it was caught on a trotline,” he said. “Something ate the nugget, then a bass came along and ate what ate the nugget.” Ott said he had no clue why a largemouth would eat takeout. “Who knows what goes through the head of a bass the first time it sees a Chicken McNugget,” he said.

Hunt Free Range Aoudad Llano County • Now Booking for Sept.- Oct. 2017

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