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Muley hunters may see changes Lone Star Outdoor News Texas mule deer hunters may have to re-familiarize themselves with regulations before heading out this season. Whitetailed deer hunters in Medina and Uvalde may see changes as well. Testing hunterharvested mule deer and restrictions on carcass CARCASS REMOVAL CHANGES: removal in parts Proposals recommending mule deer of West Texas may carcasses be left where the animal become manda- is harvested may be implemented tory in both CWD this season in some areas. Photo by Containment and David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News. CWD Surveillance zones this season, according to a proposal from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department staff. The proposal was presented at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission meeting on May 25. “We plan to reduce the size of the zones,” said Mitch Lockwood, TPWD Big Game Program director. “But we did not get a high enough amount of samples.” Eastern areas of the zones in West Texas will be removed from the zones in the proposal, as Lockwood said sample numbers were sufficient in those areas. Currently, testing is mandatory in the Containment Zone but voluntary in the Surveillance

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TROUT ON TOP: Sunny Simons caught both of these trout near South Padre Island using a pink Rapala Skitterwalk top-water lure. Simons, her husband, Patrick, and their two children own a condo on the island and spend as much time as possible fishing. Photo by Patrick Simons.

Capt. Alan Hall was on East Galveston Bay, fishing with his girlfriend on June 6, when he spoke with Lone Star Outdoor News. “We caught our limit in an hour and we’re releasing more fish,” he said. “I got a fish on now since we’ve been talking.” Hall guides and is two courses short of finishing his college degree. His summer class canceled, so he has some openings in June and July. “We’ve been having our best luck with Down South Lures in chartreuse glitter,” he said. In Port Mansfield, Eric Gonzales enjoyed a quick trip with his two sons, Austin, 7, and Anthony, 10, and their grandfather, Tony. The three-generation crew fished with local guide Marsh Steussy, and landed quick limits of trout. “We got out a little late, about 7:30 in the morning,” Eric said. “It’s tough to get the boys going early. By 9, we were almost done with the trout.” The group used free-lined, live croaker. The redfish were visible, but the boys were a little too young to get out of the boat and wade. “You could see the reds in the grass in 2to 3-feet of water,” Eric said.

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Choppy seas haven’t kept Mikey Roberts of Blue Fin Charters off of the water, but it hasn’t been a comfortable beginning of the red snapper season for the charter outfitter out of Freeport. “I’ve been paying for it, it’s been bumpy,” he said. “Hopefully, all of this is moving out of here.” Catching the snapper, though, hasn’t been a problem. “They are easy,” Roberts said. “You do have to fish through them to get to the bigger ones.” Roberts said the amberjack season was very good until it closed on June 1, and some ling also are being landed. Roberts said the short recreational snapper season comes at a difficult time of year. “It’s usually rough around the first of June every year,” he said. “Then it settles down.” A commercial for hire license gives Robert 44 days of snapper fishing, or until July 17. “I’ll be out every day,” he said. Capt. Josh Hartwick landed some nice red snapper 42 miles out of Matagorda on June 4. Please turn to page 15

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BUMPY RIDE: The start of the short red snapper season found anglers in choppy seas, but the red snapper didn’t seem to mind as good catches were reported. The blue water settled down after the opening weekend. Station 42019, 60 nautical miles south of Freeport, showed a water temperature of 82 degrees. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

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Gassing rattlesnakes likely on the way out By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News A total of 29 states have banned using a technique of collecting rattlesnakes called gassing. In a few years, Texas may be the 30th. At its May 25 working meeting, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission considered what to do after hearing the results of the Snake Harvest Working Group, established in 2014 after a petition was filed seeking the ban. Proponents of the ban assert that nontargeted invertebrates, several on the endangered list, that inhabit the same dens as snakes are impacted. A primary area of concern, according to John Davis, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department wildlife diversity program director, is rare karst (cave/crevice-dwelling) invertebrates that inhabit caves and crevices along with rattlesnakes. Gassing is often used at roundups, like the Rattlesnake Roundup in Sweetwater each March that causes the 10,000-person town to grow to 35,000 and raises fund for programs run by the Sweetwater Jaycees. Organizers fear the ban could cripple their event. The working group considered regulating the volume of gas per den, but most of the members opposed it, citing difficulty of enforcement. A defined season was considered, but gassing is primarily used in winter, already defining the season. Regulation the areas where gassing could be used was discussed, but the area is already somewhat defined, Davis said. A majority, six of the 11 remaining working group members, were in favor of a statewide ban, with an

HARDER TO CATCH: Gassing, a popular method of collecting rattlesnakes, especially at roundups like the Rattlesnake Roundup in Sweetwater, may be phased out over a two-year period. Roundup officials fear the ban could harm their events. Photo by Scott Sommerlatte, for Lone Star Outdoor News.

exception if snakes were inhabiting areas near human activity, for example, around man-made structures. At the conclusion of the meeting, TPW

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TPWD waits on decision

New, simple product safely removes ticks By Craig Nyhus

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Lone Star Outdoor News On May 26, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission postponed their decision regarding proposed changes to state regulations for managing chronic wasting disease, until a more thorough review is conducted. “How Texas responds to the prevalence of CWD in its captive deer herd will have significant effects on the way state wildlife agencies and animal health organizations mitigate epidemiological issues like this from here on out,” said TPW Commission Chairman T. Dan Friedkin. “The commission believes it is important to take some additional time to review the proposed rules, which are the product of months of study and consideration by the department, the Texas Animal Health Commission and subject matter experts from the medical and deer breeding community.” In April, after working with stakeholder groups, TPWD staff published proposed rules that would implement the department’s comprehensive CWD management plan with respect to the artificial movement of deer under several TPWD permits, including deer breeder permits, TTT (trap, transfer and transplant) permits, DMP (deer management permit) and TTP (trap, transport and process) permits. Clayton Wolf, Wildlife Division director, outlined proposed amendments that he recommended for adoption by the Commission, including recommending the first 15 deer harvested on all

Class 2 Release Sites for three years; all deer breeders would test 80 percent of eligible mortalities each year for movement qualifications; the testing requirements would be in place for the next three hunting seasons; and any herd that tested 80 percent of eligible mortalities in the previous five years would have no release site testing. TTT and DMP sites would be required to test 15 harvested deer. The proposed rules and amendments were met with numerous comments at the meeting, from deer breeders, organizations and individuals. Deer breeders contended the rules could destroy

Some of the best products are simple. For turkey hunters, bank fishermen or either that walk through the grass or the trees, ticks are always on the mind. No matter how much repellent is worn, a tick can seem to make it through on humans, and more so on hunting dogs. Photo by URI TickEnounter Resource Center. Mark Jacobson of Minnetonka, Minnesota, however, came up with the solution with his father, Mel. It started in 1995 with a piece of duct tape. The pair started brainstorming about developing an easy-to-use product for tick removal that didn’t require using tweezers or other folklore remedies like painting the tick with nail polish or petroleum jelly. “Tweezers don’t work,” Mel Jacobson said. “You’ll leave the head in and it could transmit Lyme’s Disease.” The team, at their Wisconsin farm, was constantly dealing with ticks on their golden retriever. “Mark said, ‘Dad, we have to figure out how to trap those things,’” Jacobson, an artist and former schoolteacher and coach, said. Using a piece of duct tape, Mark formed a small cone and inserted a tick inside. He then squeezed and trapped the tick for disposal. He also used duct tape to remove ticks directly from his dog’s body. “We thought we had the makings of something,” Jacobson said. Jacobson originally sought advice from the makers of Breathe Right nasal strips. “They recommended I go talk to 3M, so I did,” he said. After years of research and development and obtaining a patent in

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NEW RULES COMING: After reading proposals from the TPWD staff regarding the testing of deer for chronic wasting disease, along with hearing testimony from deer breeders, groups and individuals, the TPW Commission delayed its decision to consider further options. Photo by Lone Star Outdoor News.


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Zone. “We are concerned about the Delaware Mountains (in Culberson County); there is a connection between them and the Guadalupe Mountains (in Culberson and Huspeth counties),” Lockwood said. “We expect we can reduce the size of the zones further with additional testing.” Lockwood said the proposals were the result of a consensus from both the CWD Working Group and CWD Task Force. After a mule deer tested positive in Hartley County in the Texas Panhandle in February, TPWD staff recommended a containment and surveillance zone in the area, generally running north from Interstate 40 to the Oklahoma border in the western Panhandle, and a surveillance zone that includes the Canyon, Amarillo and Dumas areas up to the Oklahoma border. TPWD staff proposed a surveillance zone that included a portion of Medina County and smaller portions of Uvalde and Bandera counties after CWD was discovered in three facilities and a release site in Medina County. A voluntary approach to testing was used last season. “The voluntary approach was not successful in getting enough results,” Lockwood said. “A surveillance zone is needed to look at other properties in the area and get enough samples.” The proposed zone was met with strong resistance from area officials, according to TPWD Executive Director Carter Smith. “Officials, including State Rep.

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KEEP THE TROPHY: Regulation changes may require that the carcass of mule deer from certain areas of Texas be left at the site where the deer was taken. Exceptions include cut and wrapped meat and, after taking the animal to a check station, the trophy may be taken to a taxidermist in another area. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

Andrew Murr and Medina County Judge Chris Schuchart expressed strong concern on mandatory testing,” Smith told the commission. “They have agreed to work with us and we plan to work with them and area landowners to propose a plan in July.” Lockwood said carcass removal restrictions should be put in place as well. “Movement restrictions shouldn’t be limited to live deer,” he said. The recommendations included provisions that carcasses may not be transported from Texas containment or surveillance zones or from other states where CWD has been discovered.

Exceptions would include cut and wrapped meat, boned meat, cut quarters with all brain and spinal cord tissue removed, caped hides with skull not attached, skull plate with antlers attached and cleaned of all soft tissue, cape and finished taxidermy products. “Hunters will need proof of sex, either in the form of an MLD tag, a receipt from a check station or a document from the landowner,” Lockwood said. “For trophies, the hunter can take the head but will need a Deer Head Waiver from a check station, and the form will go with the head until it gets to the taxidermist.”

livelihoods and diminish property values. Jerry Johnston lives in Medina County, where CWD was discovered in two facilities and one release site. “People are worried to death about property values,” he told the commission. Justin Parker works at the San Margarita Ranch in LaSalle County. “The regulations will determine whether I still have a job,” he said. A May 6 proposal by breeder groups offered the testing of 80 percent of eligible mortalities (deer 16 months or older) plus antemortem (live) testing of 25 percent of the herds. Wolf and David Yeates, Texas Wildlife Association’s exective director, opposed this proposal. They supported the proposed rules, citing the number of tests needed to achieve an epidemiologically sound result. “The proposal is attractive in its simplicity,” Yeates said. “But one year of 80 percent testing is only a 10 percent chance of detecting the disease.” Wolf said a one-year testing plan would result in the probability of detection at a lower amount. “In one year, it is very low — 3.7 percent,” he said. “When you do it over time, the probability goes way up.” Hugo Berlanga, a deer breeder, rancher and lobbyist in Austin, suggested the rules could result in a showdown at the next legislative Session. “It’s an unfounded mandate on us,” he told the commission. “The state pays for testing on low fence. We have to pay for it. We have an opportunity to get it right.” After listening to hours of comments, the commission decided to look into the issue and proposals further. “We would like to take the opportunity to follow up with stakeholders about some of the concerns that have been voiced,” Friedkin said. “These are challenging issues that affect all rural landowners, wildlife enthusiasts, deer hunters and deer breeders. It is my plan that we will consider rules next month that blend reliable risk management with simplicity and predictability.” The special meeting of the commission is now set for June 20.

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LURING THEM IN: Throwing pieces of sardines, mullet or shrimp can help turn on the redfish bite. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

Chum your way to more fish at the jetties By Robert Sloan

For Lone Star Outdoor News One sure fire way to crank up your catches of reds, trout and black drum along the jetties is to give them a dose of chum in the form of cut mullet, Spanish sardines or shrimp. More often than not, that tactic will turn a slow bite into fast action. “I don’t leave the dock without plenty of chum,” said guide Ron Arlitt, who runs jetty and back bay fishing charters out of Port O’Connor. “It’s a good way to hold fish once you find them. Instead of chumming when I get anchored, I’ll wait until I catch fish, then chum to hold them under the boat. If you chum too much you’ll bring in a lot of perch and other bait-stealing fish.” The top three types of chum used at the Port O’Connor jetties are Spanish sardines, mullet and shrimp. All work well, but the high oil content in the sardines seems to hold fish, especially reds and black drum. “If I’m using mullet I like them to be fresh dead,” Arlitt said. “That’s a smell that trout and reds will pick up in a hurry. Shrimp work, too. Fresh dead shrimp are best. With the mullet I’ll chop them up into 1-inch chunks; same thing with the sardines. But with shrimp I’ll Please turn to page 17

Rains, flooding fill Texas lakes

WINNER: Brittney Drinkard won a $50,000 scholarship for her 7-pound, 4-ounce sheepshead in the CCA STAR tournament when she was 8 years old. Last December, she graduated from Lamar University with an art degree. At her thesis showing, she stood with her father, David Jr, and grandfather, noted wildlife artist David Drinkard. The showing focused on paintings of saltwater species. Photos from Brittney Drinkard.

Produces contemporary saltwater art By Craig Nyhus

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The devastation to people and property was apparent. At least 16 people in Texas, including nine soldiers who died after their vehicle overturned in floodwaters, have died due to torrential rains in the past week. In Parker County, 10-year-old Hunter Foster, while fishing with friends on a sandy shoreline of the Brazos River at Horseshoe Bend,

Brittney Drinkard grew up fishing with her dad near their Beaumont-area home. When she was 8 years old, she landed the biggest fish of her young life. At the time, it was a much bigger deal to her parents, since the 7-pound, 4-ounce sheepshead ended up winning the STAR tournament that year, and Brittney won a $50,000 scholarship for the largest sheepshead in the STARKids Division. “I was 8,” Britney said. “I was playing with the shrimp. My dad (David Drinkard) finally convinced me to throw out the rod and I ended up catching the biggest fish I had ever caught.” When Brittney learned she won the scholarship, she was too young to understand the implications. “When they told me I won the $50,000, I just said I wanted to go to Splashtown,” she said. A decade later, Brittney enrolled at Lamar University and studied art, and she graduated in December 2015. She had no intention of following in the footsteps of her grandfather, a noted Texas artist, also named David Drinkard. “After the first year, the professors suggested painting,” Brittney said. “I started and caught on really well.” Her thesis show before graduation consisted of 14 pieces of wildlife art that spanned 14-feet high on the Dishman Art Museum wall, all focusing on saltwater; her portfolio has been completed; and she has sold some of her work. “I have had some more offers, but I’m afraid to sell everything,” Brittney said. “Some of the older ones I sold, I don’t even have pictures of them anymore.” Although following her grandfather wasn’t in her plans, she admits he was a big influence on her. “I would watch him paint,” Brittney said. “But I was so stubborn, I didn’t want to do it. Later, it is where we connected — I did it on my own but it was his passion.”

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DETOUR: Floodwaters washed out a portion of Highway 6 north of Cisco. Photo by TxDOT.

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Keep your live bait receipt Lone Star Outdoor News Crappie fishermen love using minnows as bait, as do some bass anglers. Striped bass anglers prefer shad. Many buy the bait and take it to their favorite fishing spot, but officials are reminding fishermen to take some steps to make sure you aren’t in violation of Texas laws regarding the possession and transport of exotic aquatic species. The most important tip: When you purchase minnows or shad, keep your receipt. MOVING MINNOWS: Illegal to move from one body of water to another, It’s not the fish or min- live bait must be kept in a separate container. Keep your receipt to avoid nows themselves that are a ticket or being told you can’t launch your boat. Photo by Lone Star the problem, it’s the wa- Outdoor News. ter. “We don’t want the common. larval form of zebra mussels to be trans“If you hop from Lake Whitney to Lake ported,” said Michael Baird, a Texas Parks Aquilla, it’s only 15 minutes away,” he and Wildlife Department fisheries biolo- said. “You still need to clean, drain and gist in Waco. dry before going to a different reservoir.” For example, a boat launching with If done right, though, the bait could water in the livewell, a bucket, cooler or still make the trip. any other container will be stopped by “If I was taking my 7-year-old boy, I the game warden unless the boater can would keep those minnows and that washow proof the water did not come from ter completely separate,” Baird said. “The another lake. only thing touching that water might Hence the receipt. have been my hand. That bait bucket “If you pour your bait into the livewell could be taken somewhere else, as long as and that water came from somewhere else that water was the water I purchased with that has touched public waters, you won’t the bait.” be allowed to launch,” Baird said. “The What about when you leave the lake regulations include anything that has with the fish you caught? touched other public waters. So, if there “Here, we have heard of some issues,” is a bilge, for example, this water needs to Baird said. “The people at Belton didn’t be drained.” like it, because they like to keep their fish Baird hasn’t heard of a lot of issues in fresh in the water in their livewell when his area, but said lake-hopping isn’t un- they leave. But that’s illegal, that water Please turn to page 16

Monster trucks to the rescue Off-road recovery groups give free help when stuck By Craig Nyhus Lone Star Outdoor News It is a familiar scene to coastal anglers. A vehicle, parked on dry ground before a morning or afternoon of fishing, becomes buried in wet sand when the tide comes up or rains come in. Panic sets in as the anglers return to the vehicle. In the area from Houston to Galveston, more and more look to the Tri-County Off-road Recovery group. Made up primarily of off-road enthusiasts, the group, not a business, rescues vehicles at no charge, in areas where tow trucks often won’t go, or, if they do, the charge is astronomical. “We started last October,” said Johnny Trammell of League City. “We have a sister group in Houston (Houston-Area OffRoad Recovery Chat Group), they help people in the city. We started to have a group between Houston and Galveston.” The group’s timing — along with their monster trucks — was perfect. “Our main thing at first was doing recoveries in the mud,” Trammell said. “Often people need a trailer once the car is out.” People in need of assistance simply need

DIGGING DEEPER: Even if you have a four-wheeldrive SUV, you may still need help from a monster truck from one of Texas’ off-road recovery teams. Photo by Lone Star Outdoor News.

to reach out to the groups on Facebook. “They post on our Facebook page that they are stuck,” Trammell said. “We can usually get someone out there in 30 to 45 minutes.” Dakota Graham, from Richwood, is one of the original members. “We started because we are all off-road enthusiasts,” he said. “You tend to end up Please turn to page 17

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TEXAS FRESHWATER FISHING REPORT ALAN HENRY: Water murky from windy days; 72–78 degrees; 1.87’ low. Black bass are fair to good on top-waters early and throughout the day on crankbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair on cut and live bait. AMISTAD: Water murky; 69–73 degrees; 24.54’ low. Black bass are very good on lipless crankbaits, jerkbaits, crankbaits, top-waters and soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on crankbaits and jerkbaits. Channel and blue catfish are fair on cheese bait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers. ATHENS: Water lightly stained; 75–79 degrees; 0.64’ high. Black bass are good on top-waters, weightless flukes and football jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines. BASTROP: Water clear; 71–75 degrees. Black bass are good on chartreuse crankbaits, spinner baits and soft plastics. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver and stink bait. BELTON: Water murky; 66–70 degrees; 10.51’ high. All species are slow. BOB SANDLIN: Water stained; 74–79 degrees; 0.38’ high. Black bass are fair on buzzfrogs, hollow-body frogs and Texas-rigged creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. BONHAM: Water stained; 74–78 degrees; 1.09’ high. Black bass are good on topwaters, Texas-rigged worms and shallow crankbaits. Crappie are good on brush piles in 10–12’. Catfish are good on cut shad and prepared bait. BRAUNIG: Water stained. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits and dark soft plastic worms near the dam. Striped bass are good on liver and perch off points. Redfish are fair on shad, tilapia and crawfish. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp, cut bait and cheese bait. BRIDGEPORT: Water stained to muddy, 74–78 degrees: 0.77’ high. Black bass are fair on white buzzbaits and top-water poppers. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 66–70 degrees; 2.56’ high. Black bass are good on redbug and watermelon red shaky heads and top-waters. White bass are fair on lipless crankbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on black/chartreuse tube jigs in 10–20 feet. Channel catfish are slow. BUCHANAN: Water murky; 66–70 degrees; 0.31’ low. Black bass are fair on weight-

less wacky rigs, perch-colored top-waters and chartreuse spinner baits off points in 10–16 feet. White bass are fair in 15–25 feet. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on live bait and stink bait. CADDO: Water muddy; 1.50’ high. No report available. CALAVERAS: Water stained. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on spoons and striper jigs between the dam and the crappie wall. Redfish are fair down-rigging silver and gold spoons. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp, cheese bait and shad. Blue catfish are good on liver and cut bait near 181 cove. CANYON LAKE: Water murky; 67–71 degrees; 6.30’ high. All species are slow. CEDAR CREEK: Water stained; 75–79 degrees; 0.30’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged craws. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad. CHOKE CANYON: Water murky; 68–72 degrees; 23.61’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and nightcrawlers. COLEMAN: Water murky; 68–72 degrees; 2.50’ high. All species are slow. COLETO CREEK: Water murky; 74 degrees in main lake; 0.35’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinner baits and crankbaits. White bass are fair on minnows and white striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and perch. CONROE: Water murky; 66–70 degrees; 0.09’ high.

Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are slow. FALCON: Water murky; 70–74 degrees; 27.23’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon spinner baits and shallow-running crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows over brush. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on cut bait and frozen shrimp. FORK: Water stained; 75–80 degrees; 0.06’ low. Black bass are fair on hollowbody frogs, football jigs and deep-diving crankbaits. White and yellow bass are good on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are

fair on trotlines. FT. PHANTOM HILL: Water murky; 72–78 degrees; 1.34’ high. Black bass are fair on top-waters, spinner baits and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait. GRANBURY: Water murky; 68–72 degrees; 0.07’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinner baits. Striped bass are fair on green bucktail jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and white spinner baits. Catfish are good on stink bait, liver, and shrimp. GRANGER: Water murky; 69–73 degrees; 5.81’ high. All species are slow. GRAPEVINE: Water stained to muddy; 3.74’ high. No report available. HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 67–71 degrees; 0.88’ high. Black bass are very good on black/blue worms and live perch from piers. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs in 12–20 feet. Bream are fair on live worms over grass beds, and on hot dogs off piers. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with shad, and on stink bait. HUBBARD CREEK: Water off-color; 74–80 degrees; 0.79’ high. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, square-billed crankbaits and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and live shad. JOE POOL: Water stained; 74–78 degrees; 1.76’ high. Black bass are fair on Texasrigged creature baits and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and rod and reel. LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water stained to muddy; 9.95’ high. No report available. LAVON: Water stained to muddy; 76–81 degrees: 0.93’ high. Black bass are fair on buzzbaits, buzz frogs and Texas-rigged creature baits near shallow cover. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines. LBJ: Water stained; 68–72 degrees; 0.89’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse lipless crankbaits and watermelon top-waters in 8–18 feet early. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on live bait and shrimp. LEWISVILLE: Water stained; 76–80 degrees; 1.98’ high. Black bass are good on Texasrigged creature baits, bladed jigs and flipping jigs around flooded cover. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are fair

on trotlines. LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 68–72 degrees; 1.54’ high. Black bass are fair on top-waters, spinne rbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastics. White bass are very good on slabs, pet spoons, and troll tubes. Crappie are very good on minnows over brush. Blue catfish are fair on shad and shrimp. MARTIN CREEK: Water lightly stained; 80–84 degrees; 0.08’ high. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged craws, wakebaits and hollow-body

frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait. MONTICELLO: Water stained; 77–81 degrees; 0.32’ high. Black bass are fair on hollowbody frogs, Texas-rigged creature baits and black buzzbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. NASWORTHY: 73–79 degrees; 1.06’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, weightless flukes and shallow-running, shad-pattern crankbaits. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait. NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 70–74 degrees; 2.31’ high. All species are slow. O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 73–80 degrees; 41.37’ low. Black bass are fair to good on split-shot weighted flukes, spinner baits, jigs and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on live bait. OAK CREEK: Water stained; 72–78 degrees; 11.39’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas 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; 74–78 degrees; 0.60’ high. Black bass are good on swimjigs, spinner baits and top-waters. Crappie are slow. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. POSSUM KINGDOM: Water off-color; 74–80 degrees; 0.04’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, chatterbaits and drop-shot rigs. Crappie are fair to good on split-shot weighted live minnows. White bass are fair to good on Road Rooster Tails. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cur bait.

PROCTOR: Water murky; 67–71 degrees; 18.43’ high. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow. RAY HUBBARD: Water stained; 75–78 degrees; 0.30’ high. Black bass are fair on Yellow Magic poppers, shallow to medium crankbaits and Texas-rigged worms. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. RAY ROBERTS: Water stained; 75–79 degrees; 1.77’ high. Black bass are slow on hollow-body frogs, deep-diving crankbaits and football jigs. 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; 74–78 degrees; 0.10’ high. Black bass are slow on bladed jigs, shallow crankbaits and swimjigs. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines. SAM RAYBURN: Water murky; 69–73 degrees; 4.16’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits and small spinner baits. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and Li’l Fishies over brush piles. Bream are good on shrimp and nightcrawlers. Catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait. SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 66–70 degrees; 21.64’ high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow. SPENCE: 54.88’ low. No report available. STAMFORD: 0.28’ high. No report available. STEINHAGEN: 0.54’ high. No report available. STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 67–71 degrees; 11.46’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow. SWEETWATER: Water offcolor; 73–79 degrees; 23.41’ low. No report available. TAWAKONI: Water stained to muddy; 76–80 degrees; 0.45’ high. Black bass are fair on hollow-body frogs, Texas-rigged creature and black/blue flipping jigs in flooded bushes. Some fish being caught on white buzzbaits. White bass are fair on

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slabs. Hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad. TEXOMA: Water stained; 74–79 degrees; 4.24’ high. Black bass are good on topwater walking baits, shaky head worms and Texas-rigged craws. Crappie are fair on minnows. Striped bass are good on slabs and shad. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait. TOLEDO BEND: Water murky; 68–72 degrees; 0.66’ high. Black bass are fair on soft plastic worms and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on white bucktail jigs. White bass are fair on silver spoons and Li’l Fishies in the river. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs over baited holes. Bream are good on crickets and nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait. Yellow catfish are slow. TRAVIS: Water murky; 68–72 degrees; 3.43’ high. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow. WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow. WEATHERFORD: Water stained; 0.32’ high. No report available. WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 72–78 degrees; 16.79’ low. No report available. WHITNEY: Water murky; 67–71 degrees; 5.47’ high. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are slow. WRIGHT PATMAN: Water muddy; 31.10’ high. No report available.

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Scouts learn fly-tying at Orvis

AFTER HOURS: A group of Boy Scouts obtained their merit badges for fly-tying at the Orvis Dallas store. Each of the youngsters tied a woolly bugger. Photo by James Howard, Orvis Dallas.

Lone Star Outdoor News Gable Langley, the Fly Fishing Manager at Orvis Dallas, got a call from Keith Korte from the Dallas Boy Scouts Troop #518. “He asked about classes that we put on in the past for tying flies,” Langley said. “He said the Boy Scouts can obtain a merit badge in tying flies. I sure wish they had that when I was in Boy Scouts.” It didn’t take Langley long to respond, and he quickly invited 15 scouts, along with some chaperones, to the store for an after-hours Fly Tying 101 class, including a breakdown on how to tie the infamous “woolly bugger,” the fly that can be used almost everywhere. Each of the scouts completed the step-by-step recipes and learned how to use the tools that make fly-tying a little easier, and obtained their merit badges. They also left the store with a few flies in hand that they had tied. “It’s always fun showing youths how to get deeper into the sport of fly-fishing,” Langley said. “Fly-tying is one of the best ways to do it: If you catch a fish on something you tied together — it’s a whole different level of satisfaction.” James Howard, the store manager, said the after-hours seminar was part of their efforts to help in the neighborhood when they can. “Plus, we’re all scouts, too,” he said. Hopefully some of the scouts have already tried their new flies at their favorite pond or stream.

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GAME WARDEN BLOTTER MISSING HUNTER IN TEXAS MOUNTAINS FOUND A 70-year-old man was hunting mountain lions with his hounds on a ranch in Brewster County. He rode away from camp on a mule, but it broke away and left the man on foot in the rugged terrain. The man had a history of medical issues and was without his medications, food or water. He obtained minimal cell service and notified his wife. She called the Brewster County Sheriff’s Office and they contacted game wardens and the Border Patrol. Eight Texas game wardens responded. They located and captured the mule but not the hunter. Family members arrived from North Texas to assist, searching canyons and mountaintops while a DPS helicopter searched from the air. The hunter became disoriented and lost his sense of direction, but wandered into a neighboring ranch which notified authorities. The family was reunited for their trip home. MAN CAUGHT PLACING ILLEGAL CATFISH BOXES While on Toledo Bend Reservoir, Sabine County Game Warden Doug Williams received a call from Capt. Tom Jenkins concerning individuals placing and using Op (opelousas catfish) boxes on the north end of the lake. Williams and Shelby County Game Warden Anthony King responded and located the vessel that matched the description given. When contacted, the operator first denied any use or placement of illegal fishing gear. After several minutes, the wardens received a confession that he had placed four Op boxes in the water. The boxes were confiscated and citations were issued.

GROUP CAUGHT ON NIGHTTIME SHOOTING SPREES FROM ATVS Subjects hunting on ATVs between 3 and 4 a.m. were brought to the attention of Red River County Game Warden Daniel Roraback, who monitored the area for two nights and stopped a juvenile riding an ATV at 4 a.m. The juvenile did not admit to being involved in any illegal hunting activity. The warden followed up with local residents and gathered information on the young person’s acquaintances. Roraback and Red River County Game Warden Josh Bonney interviewed subjects, leading to informa-

MAN WITHOUT FISHING LICENSE COULDN’T BUY ONE DUE TO DEER VIOLATIONS Chambers County Game Warden Dustin Dockery observed two subjects quickly making their way to the ramp after seeing the warden. The male subject did not have a fishing license but did have a cooler of fish. The subject advised he was not able to buy a license and after a check with Communications, the warden discovered that the subject was on denial status and owed restitution for a charge of being over the limit on white-tailed deer in 2012. NO FISHING LICENSE, BUT FELONY PROBATION VIOLATION On Clear Lake, Ward County Game Warden Michael Blevins, Harris County Game Warden Bill Lucio and Capt. Eric Minter made contact with a fishing boat with three adults and one child aboard and all fishing. None of the adults had a fishing license in their possession. After contacting Dispatch to verify, it was learned that one of the subjects

tion about multiple deer, raccoons, rabbits and other varmints being shot from ATVs at night, on land without permission, from the roadways and out of season. Statements were obtained from four subjects. One of the deer killed had been chased down in an open area, run over with the ATV and later shot. Two deer were left to waste. One subject removed antlers from a buck using a Bowie knife. Multiple cases and civil restitution were filed.

had a warrant for a felony probation violation. The man was taken into custody and turned over to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. PERMISSION TO HUNT HOGS DOESN’T INCLUDE DEER A Taylor County landowner reported he had given two men permission to hunt hogs, but they shot a deer. Region 6 Game Warden James Cummings found and met with the two men and the landowner. Cummings discovered the deer wrapped up in a trash bag. Citations were written and one white-tailed doe was seized. SNAKES, CROCS AND TURTLES WERE LEGAL EXCEPT IN HIS COUNTY A subject was reported to be in possession of several nonindigenous venomous snakes and crocodiles. Bastrop County Game Warden Sonny Alaniz responded. The subject legally possessed 11 pythons, three boa constrictors, two king cobras, 12 tree vipers, 16 crocodiles, 11 red ear sliders, three soft shell turtles,

three tortoises, 22 diamandback rattlesnakes, two gaboon vipers and four speckled vipers. The subject was in compliance with state and federal law, but was in violation of several county ordinances. CAST NETTERS WERE BEING WATCHED At the spillway at Granger Dam, Williamson County Game Warden Joel Campos observed one subject waist-deep in the San Gabriel River with a cast net. Two other subjects had a stringer of fish and a plastic bag. Campos followed them about a mile into the river and got on top of the bank to observe their activity down below. The subject with the cast net was pulling channel catfish, largemouth bass and crappie with a cast net. The other two subjects placed the fish on the stringer. Campos made contact with the three men, only one of which had a valid fishing license. Citations were issued and 26 fish were confiscated and donated to a needy family. There were 16 catfish, three

largemouth bass eight crappie, all undersized. WARDENS NEVER REALLY RETIRE Six cadets were checking fishermen when a call came in for an overturned sailboat in Aransas Bay. The sheriff’s department advised the occupants were clinging to the boat and needed immediate assistance. The six cadets were with Aransas County Game Wardens Scott McLeod, Libby Myers and Derek Reeder. When the team arrived at the scene, retired Game Warden John LeLeux had already arrived and helped the stranded boaters to safety. CADETS HELP FIND HIDDEN SNAPPER Spanning the Texas coastline, game warden cadets worked with other wardens on saltwater trips to learn the different aspects of saltwater laws and patrol.They experienced everything from oyster and shrimp violations to over the limit on red snapper and other fish. A total of 57 red snapper were found on one boat alone, with 41 of them in a hidden compartment. ONE BILLY GOAT SAVED Along the Rio Grande River, Val Verde County Game Wardens Angel Miller and Brent Deen encountered a Spanish billy goat that had become stuck in deep mud on the bank of the river and faced almost certain death. The goat appeared to have been in that predicament for several days. When the wardens pulled the goat out, he immediately began to eat.

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Artist and fisherwoman Continued from page 8

Her “Goose Pa,” as she calls him, is quite the proud grandfather. “She was always pretty talented, but not quite as driven like I was,” David Drinkard said. “For me, it was a passion for the outdoors that got me started, then it became an opportunity to make a living as an artist.” Since his granddaughter won the scholarship, David became involved in helping raise scholarship monies for future STAR winners. “We put a project together to supplement the program to maintain the scholarship monies,” David said. “I agreed to do a Platinum Series Print for them each year (the project began in 2011). Last year, they sold 1,300 hundred of them, and this year they have already sold 700 or so. I just signed 300 more a few weeks ago and they’re gone.” David plans to continue the series. “I have a personal goal to raise over $1 million for them with the Platinum Print Series,” David said. “I don’t get anything out of it, except someone buys the original. I sign the prints for fun. I’ve made some really good, close friends out of the organization.” Although both artists love wildlife, their styles are different. “His stuff is unique — he can paint eyelashes on a deer that’s 200 yards away,” Brittney said. “I’m more expressive and contemporary.” Brittney, now 24, plans on going to graduate school, and she’ll have to produce and sell more art. “The $50,000 is gone,” she said. “Studying art is very expensive.” Her immediate plans? “We’re planning on going to the jetties tomorrow, but the water is looking terrible,” she said. “And we have a few spearguns, so I want to go offshore.” You can bet she’ll be signed up for STAR. The summer-long, coast-wide tournament is underway and continues though Labor Day. Sign up at ccamembership.org.

FISHING ART: Brittney Drinkard won a $50,000 scholarship through CCA STAR tournament when she was 8 years old. She obtained her art degree and, like her grandfather, David Drinkard, is an accomplished painter. She also loves to fish. Photos from Brittney Drinkard.

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Hartwick, with Feathers and Sheds Unlimited, took a “buddy” trip with Jeromey Turner of Blue Water Mafia in a 43-foot Viking. The two captains dodged the bigger storm cells and had no trouble catching the large snapper in 5-6 foot swells. At Badfish Sportfishing out of Port Aransas, also a for-hire commercial vessel, the bite is wide open, according to Capt. Jake Mynier. “Snapper has been great, they’re pretty thick out there now,” said John Morgan, who works for the company, said. “The kingfish have been excellent and we’ve been on some really big sharks for fishermen that want to catch them. The ling are moving closer and we’re getting some action.” Morgan said most of the recent trips have been to areas about 25 miles offshore. “We have some longer trips coming up,” he said. “We’re going to run 45 miles out and look for some wahoo and other fish.” The party boat anglers also are getting in on the action. At 19 Pier in Galveston, Galveston Party Boats had three trips head out over the weekend of June 4-5. “The fishing has been good but the weather, well, not so much,” said Angelica Gutierrez. “We had two trips Saturday and one trip Sunday.” Saturday’s groups found rough seas but good fishing, and Sunday’s seas were pretty calm. Each of the groups landed limits of red snapper about 70 miles offshore, along with other fish. “On Saturday, one group had 148 reds, 124 vermilion snapper and four kingfish; while the other had 162 reds, 190 vermilion snapper, 14 kings, two ling and one African pompano,” Gutierrez said. Sunday’s group had a red snapper limit of 200, along with 124 vermilion snapper, 13 kingfish and three ling. Bluefin Charters (979) 239-1133 Badfish Sportfishing (361) 317-2233 Galveston Party Boats, Inc. (409) 763-5423 Feathers and Sheds Unlimited (281) 658-2942 Texas Bluewater Mafia (281) 979-4290

ROUGH BUT READY: Capt. Josh Hartwick landed these red snapper while fishing with Capt. Jeromey Turner on June 4. The pair dodged storm cells and fished in 5- to 6-foot swells. Photo by Brodie Carrol.


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TEXAS SALTWATER FISHING REPORT NORTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad on soft plastics. Redfish are good in the marsh on small top-waters. SOUTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad. Trout are good at the jetty on live bait and top-waters. Sheepshead are good on live shrimp tight to the rocks. BOLIVAR: Trout are good on the south shoreline on plastics. Black drum, sand trout and redfish are good at Rollover Pass. Trout are good at Rollover Pass in the evening on the outgoing tide. Trout are good in the surf. TRINITY BAY: Freshwater continues to flow down the Trinity River. EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are good for drifters working deep shell on limetreuse and plum plastics in 8 feet of water. Trout are good on the south shoreline on top-waters and live bait. WEST GALVESTON BAY: Trout, sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Trout are good on MirrOlures and live shrimp at San Luis Pass. Offshore is good for red snapper and kingfish. TEXAS CITY: Trout are fair to good on April Fool’s Reef on live shrimp and croakers. Trout are good in the ship channel on live bait and plastics. FREEPORT: Trout are good in the surf and at the jetty on live shrimp and croakers. Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay. Red snapper are good offshore. EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are 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. Trout are good in the surf on live bait. WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are good on sand and grass humps on soft plastics and top-waters. Redfish are good

at the jetty on shrimp and pogies. Trout are good in the surf on live bait and plastics. PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are fair to good on top-waters and live bait over sand, grass and shell in San Antonio Bay. Trout are good in the surf and at the jetty. Redfish are good in the back lakes. ROCKPORT: Trout are fair to good in the guts and channels on free–lined shrimp. Trout are fair to good over grass while drifting with live shrimp. Redfish are good on mullet on the Estes Flats and around Mud Island. PORT ARANSAS: Trout, redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp and croakers. Trout are good in the surf on top-waters and croakers. Offshore is good for red snapper, ling and kingfish. CORPUS CHRISTI: Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on scented plastics and live shrimp. Redfish are good in the potholes on shrimp. Trout are good in the surf on croakers and mullet. BAFFIN BAY: Trout are good on top-waters and soft plastics around rocks and grass. Redfish are good in knee-deep water and on the sand on small top-waters and gold spoons. Trout are good at Rocky Slough on top-waters and plum plastics. PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are good on top-waters around sand and grass. Redfish are fair to good while drifting potholes on small top-waters and live shrimp. Offshore is good for red snapper, ling and kingfish. SOUTH PADRE: Redfish and trout are good along the sand and grass in South Bay and Mexiquita Flats. Snook are good on live shrimp and top-waters in the channel and adjacent flats. PORT ISABEL: Trout and redfish are fair to good on the flats on live shrimp and in Airport Cove. Trout are good on the deeper edges and flats in Laguna Vista on top-waters and live shrimp. —TPWD

Lakes full, and more Continued from page 8

drowned. His body was found three days later, 17 miles downriver. Brownwood, Cisco and Breckenridge experienced rare flooding, and familiar highways were closed, including State Hwy 6 near Cisco and Hwy 16 below the Possum Kingdom dam. About 40 people were rescued from late Sunday to Monday from homes in a low-lying neighborhood flooded with up to 3 feet of water in Simonton, a town in Fort Bend County with about 800 residents. The waters served to fill many Texas reservoirs, some well beyond capacity. Lake Whitney was 25 feet above normal on June 4 and Lake Waco was about 22 feet above normal. All parks and ramps were closed at both lakes. Flooding along the Brazos in Southeast Texas had officials reluctant to discharge enough water from upriver reservoirs. Of the 115 major Texas reservoirs with recorded data, 85 are full capacity. The National Weather Service confirms it has been the wettest spring on record. Between March and May, San Angelo received 14.62 inches of rain, breaking the previous record of 14.34 inches, set back in 1987. A total of 68 Texas game wardens with 28 boats (swift-water, shallow draft and airboats) responded in 16 counties. Wardens performed 205 water rescues and evacuations, and evacuated 44 pets. In Fort Bend County, the flooding was severe, but the peoples’ response was appreciated by the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office. “We’re proud of the fact we’ve had no flood-related deaths, no ‘looting’ or any significant incidents,” the Sheriff’s Office said on its Facebook page. “Many have helped their neighbors and many more of your neighbors will need help when the water recedes. One wonders why you hear of bad things happening in other parts of the country during disasters, but not here — then you remember why. Texas.”

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has to be drained.” Baird offered a simple solution. “Bring a cooler with ice to the lake with you and take your fish home in that,” he said. The actual language of the regulation that became effective statewide on July 1, 2014, reads in part: “Live fish, including personally caught live bait, cannot be transported from the water body where the fish were caught in or aboard a vessel in water from the water body where the fish were caught. Personally caught live bait can be used in the water body where it was caught. “Transport and use of commercially purchased live bait in water while fishing from a vessel is allowed, provided persons in possession of the bait have a receipt that identifies the source of the bait. Any live bait purchased from a location on or adjacent to a public water body that is transported in water from that water body can only be used as bait on that same water body.”

On one forum, a person asked if what he used to do was OK, saying they would catch perch or minnows from a tank or creek and put them in a minnow bucket. Once at the body of water they were fishing, they would raise the minnow bucket out of the holding bucket, draining it, and then put it in the water we are fishing. The answer is no. “You can’t transfer live fish from one body of water to another,” Baird said. Other commenters suggested recent flooding will do more to spread invasive mussels than anyone’s minnow bucket. Baird’s district dealt with zebra mussel findings in Belton Lake and a smaller one in Lake Waco. He’s hopeful that recent flooding won’t transport the mussels to other area reservoirs. “We’re keeping our fingers crossed,” he said. “We think the turbidity of the water is preventing a good spawn of them — it makes it more difficult for the larvae to settle out.”

Junior anglers crappie tourney A total of 16 young anglers competed in the Crappie Anglers of Texas Annual Junior Angler Tournament on Cedar Creek Lake on June 4. The youngsters could weigh in up to five crappie. Addie Edgett won the event with a total weight of 5.67 pounds. She won a Crappie metal art sculpture, a family pack of tickets to Medieval Times, a loaded tackle box, a $25 gift card, a fishing trip with guide Tommy Ezell and a trophy. Wyatt Standridge finished second with 5.4 pounds. He won a second place sculpture, a family pack of tickets to Hurricane Harbor, a loaded tackle box, a $25 gift card and a trophy. Finishing third was Gracie Standridge with 5.39 pounds. Gracie netted a third place sculpture, four tickets to the Dallas Zoo, a loaded tackle box with a $25 gift card and a trophy. Addie Edgett and Savannah Hill tied for Big Fish, both with slabs weighing 1.78 pounds. They will both receive a free mount of their fish from Fin & Bones Taxidermy in Killeen.

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doing recoveries anyway. There was a group in Houston and up north, but nothing from the lower part of Houston down to Galveston.” San Luis Pass, a dangerous area for swimmers and wade-fishermen who get in too deep, also is a bad place for vehicles. “It gets real soft there,” Graham said. “The fishermen aren’t in the type of vehicle for it and find themselves in a bad situation. We get a group together and go out there, and usually end up spending the rest of the day getting other people out.” Trammell said fishermen stuck in the sand or mud is a common call for help. “I’ve pulled plenty of vehicles that weren’t in the water two hours earlier,” he said. “There have been a few that were completely flooded out. Another guy tried to park by the edge of a pond and slipped all the way down — I had to wench him out.” Graham said many people just aren’t aware of how quickly the water can rise. “We have had some from Pelican Island and Galveston and San Luis Pass at the beach,” he said. Another group, Brazoria County Off-Road Recovery, shows photo after photo of helping people on its Facebook page, many of them fishermen, get out of a bind. This group even has sponsors and benefits local Galveston-area charities. Rescues from floodwaters were part of each of the groups’ efforts after the Memorial Day weekend rains and flooding to the west and south of Houston. “We were doing water rescues,” Trammell said. “We picked people’s cars out, got them onto trailers and to higher ground — we’ll be doing that for the next four or five days.” Why do they do it? “We love to help people out,” Graham said. “And it’s one general place to go for people that need help — just post on the page — usually people post they are stuck on their own page and someone sees it and puts it on our page.” The good guys in their monster trucks are heroes to those needing help. Glen Ensminger posted on the Tri-County Offroad Recovery page: “Shaun Orsak and the crew they rescue with…they not only bless people in need with their assistance, they inspire others who are exposed to them to be better, compassionate people. So needed in the world we live in.” Graham was more modest about the free help he provides. “It seem like people really appreciate the help,” he said.

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cut them up into dimesized pieces.” One of the key ingredients for souping up your chum is menhaden oil. Menhaden oil is extremely smelly, and is like a magnet for reds and black drum. Soaking sardines and mullet in this smelly oil is another way to spice up the chum, according to the guides. The trick to chumming is getting the bait under the boat and near the bottom, nearly impossible in a superstrong current. But in a slow- to medium- CHUM CHUNKING: Anglers use pieces of sardines, mullet or shrimp to attract redfish, and running tide, you can use different types of devices to toss sardines or mullet pieces into the water. Photo by chunk chum upcurrent Robert Sloan, for Lone Star Outdoor News. and it’ll sink close to bottom by the time it gets your boat. Getting most days.” The one thing that makes a big difference is chum well out in front of the boat can be a probthe current. On a dead tide it’s tough to find lem, unless you have a chum chunker. They are feeding fish. But with just a little water moveeasily made out of plastic bats with about a 10inch barrel diameter. Cut the bat off so the han- ment and chum you’ll catch fish. The guides like to use chunks of whatever they dle and barrel are about 22 inches long. You can are chumming with for bait. load this up with a handful of chum and cast it “A lot of the time a small piece of bait that’s well out in front of the boat. Another version of a chum chunker is to use a transmission funnel. the same size as the chum will get more bites,” That’s what Arlitt uses. He attaches the trimmed- Coffey said. “For example, if you chum with down funnel to a 5-foot long pole so the chum quarter-sized pieces of chum, a half of a sardine or mullet won’t get hit. But small pieces will. can be hurled a long way. “A chum chunker is very important,” said That’s how finicky reds can be at times.” A Carolina rig with a 2- to 4-ounce barrel Dodd Coffey, a Port O’Connor based guide that weight and 3/0 circle hook is perfect for fishing fishes the jetties a lot. “I chum on just about every trip out — bay or jetties. I prefer sardines, but on bottom with chum. Another option is to use mullet and shrimp will work. I think the key to a fish finder rig with a weight about a foot below being successful at the jetties is to move around the hook. a lot, and use plenty of chum. I don’t tend to Capt. Ron Arlitt (361) 564-0958 stay in one spot more than 30 minutes or so. If Capt. Dodd Coffey (361) 212-2726 I anchor on a spot, chum a little bit and get no fish, I’m gone. Sooner or later I’ll find fish on


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Harte’s Heroes Honors artists and authors as Champions for the Gulf Seven individuals who have dedicated their talents to promoting the long-term sustainable use and conservation of the Gulf of Mexico were honored as recipients of the 2016 “Harte’s Heroes” Award on June 1. The 2016 Champions for the Gulf are: Jesse Cancelmo is an a underwater photographer, author and photojournalist. His books include “Diving Cayman Islands,” “Diving Bermuda,” “Texas Coral Reefs” and his most recent work, “Glorious Gulf of Mexico: Life Below the Blue,” published by Texas A&M Press in February 2016. Henry “Hank” Compton was a career marine biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and worked out of the Rockport Marine Laboratory. He participated in some of the first TPWD research in the Gulf of Mexico, working aboard the R/V Western Gulf. Compton provided the fish illustrations for several TPWD publications, including “Saltwater Fishes of Texas” and “Freshwater Fishes of Texas.” David A. McKee, who is accepting on behalf of Hank Compton, is a retired professor of biology at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. McKee is the author of “Fire in the Sea: Bioluminescence and Henry Compton’s Art of the Deep” and “Fishes of the Texas Laguna Madre: A Guide for Anglers and Naturalists,” both illustrated by Hank

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Sunny Simons lives with her husband and two children in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, but the family has a condo on South Padre Island and they spend as many weeks as they can fishing in Texas. Recently, they had a good day landing trout on top-waters, specifically a pink Skitterwalk. “There are lots of trout down there now,” she said. “We are headed back this weekend.” At the Texas Deer Association’s Brush to Bay tournament in Corpus Christi on June 4, the weather delayed takeoff but then hovered offshore. “We had an awesome day of fishing but it was only good enough for 5th place,” said Craig Wilson of Pearsall. “We’re going again tomorrow for the eighth day in a row.” At the event, the Diamond P Ranch team landed the biggest redfish, at 7.92 pounds, and won the team total with 15.76 pounds for the combined total of their heaviest red, trout and flounder. Texas Ranch Sales finished second with 14.99 pounds. The BM Safety team landed the biggest trout at 5.08 pounds, and the heaviest flounder, a 4.61 pounder, was caught by the Plan A team.

Compton. Richard “Skip” Davis, Jr. is a Visiting Scientist at the HRI and Distinguished University Professor Emeritus from the University of South Florida. He is a coastal geologist who has specialized in beaches, barrier islands and tidal inlets. Davis has authored or edited more than 20 books in sedimentary geology, the most recent is “Beaches of the Gulf Coast” with TAMU Press. Greg Reuter, Professor of Art at Texas A&M UniversityCorpus Christi, has been working with sculpture-making processes for over 40 years. His works are displayed at HRI and the Art Museum of South Texas. Todd Richard is the owner of Baton Rouge-based Synergy Productions, Inc., a video production company specializing in underwater and aerial imaging. His underwater video work has showcased the unique environment of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary off the Texas coast. Shelia Rogers’ work communicates the complexities and the attractions she finds in her environment, including “Oceans of Plastic,” an exhibition that used found plastic from area beaches to raise awareness of plastic in our oceans. —Harte Research Institute

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Waylan Owens of Comfort shot this axis at Kent Creek Ranch. Brian Beller of Arroyo City caught this 32-inch redfish on a gold spoon while drift-fishing near Baffin Bay.

Rene De La Garza of Mission shows his limit of red snapper caught in state waters out of Port Mansfield in April.

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Phillip Monier of Southlake landed this 10-pound bass on a private pond in East Texas.

Caden Arrellano shot this tom at 20 yards while hunting with his father, Aaron. He used his single-shot 20-gauge shotgun.


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PRODUCTS ION REEL: This Echo reel, offered in six models whose diameters range from 2.9 inches to 4.7 inches, features a maintenance-free Rulon disc drag with low start-up resistance; backlash-free instant drag reaction from one-way roller clutch bearings; positive position click drag knob; and more. The reels, which are cast in aluminum and then machined, are coated with an impact-resistant, matte black finish. They start at about $80.

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ALTURAS GUIDE PANTS: First Lite’s women’s hunting pants are fashioned from a durable nylon material and are made to endure season after season. The pants provide an athletic fit that allows hunters to be both fast and quiet. Available in sizes extra small to extra large, the pants sell for $160. They are available in Dry Earth, First Lite Fusion and ASAT camo. (208) 806-0066 www.firstlite.com


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RMEF seeking fundraiser

Blue Heron, TackleWebs partner

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation seeks a performance motivated team player with strong interpersonal skills to engage and manage volunteer activities, event fundraising and major gift fundraising in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma.

Blue Heron Communications has entered into a strategic partnership with TackleWebs, manufacturer of tackle and boat storage solutions, and CoolerWebs.

S&W looking for brand manager

United Sporting Companies is pleased to announce that it has been selected by Trijicon, Inc. to receive the Master Distributor of the Year Award for its 2015 efforts.

Smith & Wesson is seeking qualified candidates for the position of associate brand manager at its Springfield, Massachusetts headquarters.

Eastman partners with marketing firm Eastman Outdoors, Inc. announces an expanded partnership with Mountain States Sports Marketing.

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Trijicon gives distributor award

NASGW donates for advocacy The National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers announced donations to the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action to support industry advocacy efforts.

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

Black drum cakes 12 cups of water 1 3-6 tbsps. powdered (all-inone) crab/seafood boil 1 1/2 pounds of fish fillets loosely wrapped in cheesecloth 2 medium-sized russet potatoes 1 1/2 cups Italian bread crumbs 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley 1/4 cup finely chopped onion 1/4 cup chopped green onion tops 6 tbsps. grated Parmesan cheese 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. pepper 2 eggs, lightly beaten Peanut or canola oil, for frying Boil potatoes until almost fork tender. Cut in cubes and then hand mash with a fork or large spoon into lumpy bits. Set aside. Dissolve crab boil in the water to taste. Bring water to a

low boil and add fish (wrapped in cheesecloth). Boil until the fish flakes easily. Drain, remove from cheesecloth and flake the fish with a fork. Mix the flaked fish, potatoes, 1 cup bread crumbs, parsley, onions, green onions, Parmesan cheese, garlic salt and pepper together well by hand. If the mixture is too dry, add another egg. If it is too moist, add additional breadcrumbs. Divide the mixture into evenly sized balls and then flatten into cakes. Lightly pat with Italian breadcrumbs. Let rest about 10 minutes to set the crumbs. Pan fry at medium/ high heat in a skillet with oil. Flip once and fry until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels. —Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

Pan-roasted wild hog chops 2-3 lbs. feral pig chops, bone in or out Salt and pepper 1/3-cup olive oil 2 tbsps. fresh rosemary, minced 1 lemon, juice only 8-10 whole garlic cloves 6-8 whole peeled shallots 1 cup baby carrots 2 celery stalks, cut into 2-inch pieces 1 cup dry red wine 1/2 cup chilled butter, cut into 4 pieces Season meat with salt and pepper. Toss seasoned chops with 1/4 cup of the olive oil, rosemary and lemon juice. Cover and refrigerate for 6-12 hours. Heat remaining oil in a large ovenproof skillet. Add chops

and lightly brown on both sides. Remove chops and set aside. Add garlic, shallots, carrots and celery and cook until lightly browned. Return chops to the pan and place the pan in a preheated 375-degree oven. Cook for 5-8 minutes more or until chops are just done and shallots are slightly soft. Remove pan from oven. Remove chops from pan and keep warm. Place pan over a medium-high burner and add wine. Reduce wine to about 2 tablespoons. Remove from heat and whisk in chilled butter until melted. —Scott Leysath, thesportingchef.com


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NATIONAL SD pheasants bring in $140 million from nonresidents

Feral cats infecting endangered Hawaiian goose

The ring-necked pheasant means big money across South Dakota. The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks statistics reveal 150,037 pheasant hunters spent more than $170.1 million dollars in the state in 2015. A further breakdown reveals that 84,903 nonresident hunters spent $140.3 million, while 65,134 resident hunters spent approximately $29.8 million in 2015.

A new study published in the Journal of Wildlife Diseases has documented evidence of “widespread contamination of habitat” in Hawaii caused by feral cats, with alarming implications for the endangered Hawaiian goose (nene) and other animals found throughout the Hawaiian Islands. The peer-reviewed study was conducted by scientists from the United States Geological Survey, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the University of Tennessee and Hawaii’s Division of Forestry and Wildlife, and evaluated the prevalence of infection with Toxoplasma gondii, a protozoan parasite among nene, Hawaii’s state bird. The parasite relies on cats to complete its life cycle and is excreted into the environment through cat feces. A single cat may excrete hundreds of millions of infectious eggs in its feces. The study found between 21 and 48 percent of nene tested positive for past infection, depending on the island.

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Mossberg sues trigger makers Mossberg has sued 12 drop-in trigger manufacturers. Mossberg holds the patent to the concept of the trigger pack, which they acquired from CMC triggers. The drop-in trigger pack is a popular type of aftermarket upgrade for many AR-type firearms. —Staff report

Auburn wins collegiate title Auburn University won the national championship at the 2016 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Cabela’s. The Auburn team of Cole Burdeshaw and Mitchell Jennings finished with a two-day total weight of 44.21 pounds, winning by nearly 6 pounds. The Louisiana State University at Shreveport team finished second with 38.58 pounds, followed by the Bethel University team of Evan Owrey and John Garrett, with 37.13 pounds.

—American Bird Conservancy

Missouri Department of Conservation director resigns The director of the Missouri Conservation Department will resign effective July 15. Bob Ziehmer served as conservation director for 6 1/2 years. He began working for the department in 1987 as an hourly employee in the fisheries division. Ziehmer is the department’s eighth director since it was created in 1937, and he’s been in this position since January 2010. —MDC

—Collegiate Bass Championship

Former RMEF director dies

Richmond gets World Cup win

Jack Ward Thomas, a former Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation chairman, passed away after a battle with cancer. Thomas served on the RMEF Board of Directors from 1997 to 2003, including a two-year stint as chairman in 2002-2003. He provided much-needed guidance and direction to RMEF’s founders in the mid-1980s. Thomas received the Wallace Fennell Pate Wildlife Conservation Award in 2015, RMEF’s highest honor, for his contributions to the benefit of elk, other wildlife and their habitat across North America. In 1993, President Clinton appointed Thomas the 13th chief of the U.S. Forest Service. Prior to that he worked a decade for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and spent 27 years conducting research in Virginia, Massachusetts and Oregon. Thomas earned a bachelor’s degree in wildlife management from Texas A&M University, a master’s degree in wildlife ecology at West Virginia University and a doctorate in forestry from the University of Massachusetts.

After securing an Olympic Team spot 17 days ago, Josh Richmond, of Hillsgrove, Pennsylvania, won a gold medal in Double Trap Monday at the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup in San Marino. It was Richmond’s 12th World Cup medal and sixth victory.

—RMEF

Lionfish for sale at Whole Foods Whole Foods Market is selling lionfish at its 26 Florida stores for $9.99 per pound. The fish is a nonnative, invasive species that has a potential negative impact on indigenous species and habitat. Trained team members at the stores will receive the lionfish in-store and execute all necessary preparations for shoppers including the removal of the venomous spines. —Whole Foods Market

—USA Shooting

INTERNATIONAL Aging African lions Marking a breakthrough in lion conservation, scientists can now accurately age African lions with a significant degree of certainty. Researchers with the Zambia Lion Project released two scientific publications outlining an innovative method for estimating lion age within six months using teeth. “While several monitoring programs consult tooth X-rays when estimating lion age, how those X-ray images correlate to actual age had not previously been quantified,” said Dr. Paula A. White, principal investigator with the Zambia Lion Project. In collaboration with Dr. Roberto Cameriere, inventor of the dental X-ray aging technique, this study is the first to apply quantified tooth measures to age African lions. “Hunting of African lions is important to the species’ conservation in many countries,” continued Dr. White, and “estimating lion age is essential to many aspects of management programs including harvest and problem animal control.” The project has already provided recommendations to Zambia’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife on the country’s newly established age-based lion hunting program. —SCI Foundation

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Largest artificial reef in Texas Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation and Coastal Conservation Association Texas are partnering with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to create the largest artificial reef ever placed in Texas waters. The 381-acre reef will be positioned six miles offshore from the Port O’Connor jetties and Matagorda Island. The project is being funded through TPWF’s fundraising effort Keeping it Wild: The Campaign for Texas. Private dollars raised by Coastal Conservation Association’s Building Conservation Trust and donated to TPWF for the campaign

will be leveraged with state dollars from the department’s Texas Artificial Reef Program and funds from Shell Oil Company through the Coastal Conservation Association’s national habitat program. The structure, which will be called the Keeping it Wild Reef, will be the largest yet permitted in Texas, about twice as big as any currently in place. It will be constructed in waters 66-70 feet deep. The reef will consist of 500 concrete pyramid structures with holes large enough for fish to swim through. The reef material is expected to be under construction by

the end of 2016, with placement of the structures occurring in 2017. At the site, two derelict petroleum platforms are within its 381-acre footprint, making them ideal candidates for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Rigs-toReefs program. The announcement of the new reef coincided with the release of the second lithograph in a series by noted Fort Worth artist Billy Hassell. The second lithograph features a colorful ocean scene celebrating the Texas Gulf Coast. —TPWF

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Coastal Conservation Association CCA Texas Star Tournament (713) 626-4222 startournament.org

JUNE 11

Lone Star Bowhunters Association Awards Banquet and Expo Reunion Ranch, Georgetown (409) 739-2630 lonestarbowhunter.com Texas Hill Country Shooting Classic Joshua Creek Ranch, Boerne (830) 537-5090 joshuacreek.com USA Archery Texas Cup Outdoor Shoot Forney Community Park (972) 768-4688

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Bass Champs TX Shootout Bass Tournament Sam Rayburn Reservoir, Umphrey Pavilion (817) 439-3274 basschamps.com National Wild Turkey Federation Cypress Creek Banquet Gilmer Civic Center (903) 399-8450 nwtf.org H&K Days Spring Guns & Ammo (888) 788-4867

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Houston Safari Club HSC at the Ballpark Minute Maid Park, Houston (713) 623-8844 houstonsafariclub.org

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Elephant ivory trade ban stiffened Lone Star Outdoor News The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service instituted what it calls a near-total ban on the domestic commercial trade of African elephant ivory. The rule substantially limits imports, exports and sales of African elephant ivory across state lines. USFWS claims the rule is aimed at reducing the opportunities for wildlife traffickers to trade illegal ivory under the guise of a legal product, and it is encouraging other nations to do the same. Although the decision may be well-intended, African countries and other groups say it will serve to limit efforts to combat rampant poaching of elephants. “Today’s bold action under-

scores the United States’ leadership and commitment to ending the scourge of elephant poaching and the tragic impact it’s having on wild populations,” said Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. An international ban on ivory sales has been in place, but Zimbabwe plans to lobby to lift the ban, saying a controlled marketing system will allow its government to raise money to combat poaching and for conservation programs. The safeguarding of Zimbabwe’s elephants “is wholly dependent on establishing regular open-market sales of ivory to fund management and enforcement actions,” the government said in a paper that will be presented at a meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered

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Species (CITIES), scheduled in September in South Africa. “Between 2002 and 2014, Zimbabwe is estimated to have lost 439 metric tons of ivory worth $226 million to illegal hunting,” the paper said. “Zimbabwe views this as a direct result of the ivory trade ban.” The country’s current stockpile of ivory weighs about 70 tons, worth an estimated $35 million. USFWS said that during a recent three-year period, an estimated 100,000 elephants were killed for their ivory, an average of approximately one every 15 minutes, and poaching continues at an alarming rate. Recently, USFWS and Kenya both conducted destructions of ivory in ceremonial fashions. Kenya burned 100

tons on April 30, while USFWS crushed a ton of ivory in New York City’s Times Square last year. Opponents, including the Dallas Safari Club, say the destruction of ivory serves no purpose other than to increase the illegal market price, and countries should be able to use the ivory stockpiles to combat poaching.

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Tough day on Tawakoni Ronnie and Jeff Norris reeled in the only limit of bass that exceeded 20 pounds to win the Bass Champs North Region event on Lake Tawakoni on June 4. There were 192 teams in this final event, with trailering allowed due to high lake levels. Finding bass was difficult as the fish were on the move in newly flooded areas. Teams that brought in more than 6 pounds finished in the money. The father-son team from Mabank started off fishing frogs, and after moving switched to beaver baits, where they landed a 6.35-pound kicker, winning the event and $20,000 by more than 6 pounds. Darryl Roach of Benbrook and Vince Repola of Fort Worth finished second with 15.34 pounds. The team fished a marina cove with frogs in grassy areas. The team won $4,500. In third place was the team of Jerry Olds of Arlington and Jason May of Grand Prairie with 13.38 pounds, winning $3,500. Only 11 of the 192 teams finished with more than 10 pounds. —Bass Champs

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