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Flipping willows

Deer testing rules create stir

High water requires new techniques By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News During testimony at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission special meeting on June 20, persons listening online wondered why nearly all who testified were in support of the rules proposed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. It turned out that a group of deer breeders was scheduled to testify; however, they walked out of the meeting. At the close of the hearing, Commissioner Ralph Duggins told the group in attendance that “a group of about 25 people that had signed up to testify in opposition to the proposed rules left en masse after the testimony of (Texas Deer Association executive director) Patrick Tarlton.” After a delay since May 26 to revise rules for the testing requirements of deer breeders for chronic wasting disease, the commission unanimously finalized a revised set of rules at the conclusion of the meeting. Clayton Wolf, director of the Wildlife Division for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, presented the revised rules. “We are striving for a 50 percent probability of detection,” Wolf said. “Deer movement significantly increases the risk of spread of the disease, that is why early detection is necessary.”

Lone Star Outdoor News Water pushed out of normal banks at many Texas reservoirs. The bass, and the bass anglers, followed. Greg Hackney, of Gonzales, Louisiana, won the Bassmaster BASSfest at Lake Texoma June 8-12, pitching a jig with a black-and-blue trailer to flooded bushes, mostly willows. “Green, leafy bushes were key to finding bass,” Hackney said. “The fish were holding tight to brushy cover, and it often took multiple flips to the same piece of structure to make one eat.” Hackney said multiple casts were needed to land many of the bass. “It was critical for me to raise and lower the jig vertically in the middle of the bushes,” he said. Most of the anglers were NEW WATER: With flooded willows and other vegetation comes new techniques. Anglers recommend strong line and looking for isousing the same technique, lated pockets of brush to land more fish. Greg Hackney flipped jigs into the willows to win the BASSfest tournament on Lake Texoma so finding unpressured fish on June 12. Photo by Seigo Saito, B.A.S.S. was difficult. Hackney said he tried to pitch to 300 bushes per day, selecting bushes that ering lots of water, making accu- from the brush later in the tour- the reservoirs, including Lake were “just barely sticking out of rate pitches and keeping his lure nament, a phenomenon Ashley Texoma. the water.” in the brush was the best way to feared. “I’m confident my pattern will Casey Ashley, who led the find active fish. Water levels receded as water still produce tomorrow,” he said event after the first day, said covSome of the fish moved away poured out of the spillways of after the second day. “I guess

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Summer is ramping up in Texas — which means so is vibrio, a bacteria from the same family causing cholera, that thrives in saltwater when temperatures rise and enters the body through wounds and can lead to swelling, tissue loss and even death. So far, 24 cases of vibrio have been confirmed in Texas, according to a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of State Health Services. Harris County leads with three confirmed cases of vibrio, which can also be contracted by eating raw seafood. One of the Harris County cases is a veteran fishing guide who believes he came down with it while on the midcoast. “We had been wade fishing the Please turn to page 9


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One of 16 drownings at or near pass since 2002 By Mark England

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WADERS BEWARE: Any small cut or puncture wound can serve as a source for an infection from bacteria, including vibrio, that can be deadly. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

Making bows

Bacteria in fresh water

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Black lab endures long recovery. Page 4

A 29-year-old man who drowned June 13 while wade fishing continued a deadly tradition at San Luis Pass on Galveston Island. Sixteen people have drowned at or near the pass since 2002. Dominic Vargas of Alvin was fishing with friends June 13 on Bird Island, about Please turn to page 17


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Bowmaker and hunter Texan makes, hunts with primitive equipment By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News Shawn Vickers is a wildlife biologist, consultant in land management and hunting, specialist in geographical information systems and mapping systems, and he has worked and hunted around the globe. His favorite pastime, though, is making his own primitive archery equipment. “I have bowhunted all of my life,” Vickers, a Seguin resident, said. “I started building bows as a kid.” Currently, he is focusing on Plains Indian longbows. “I built a hickory longbow last year for a black bear hunt,” he said.

CREATING GEAR: Shawn Vickers makes his own bows, arrows and arrowheads, using various types of wood and flint. Photos from Shawn Vickers.

The bows and arrowheads aren’t just for fun. “I’ve killed pigs, aoudad, axis, deer and other animals with flint arrowheads and homemade longbows,” Vickers said. The bow builder was mostly self-taught when growing up on the King Ranch. “I taught myself to build both the bows and the arrowheads,” Vickers said. “I started when I was a kid, and then took it to the next level. I learned what wood would break and what wouldn’t break.” What is the best wood for a homemade longbow? “It’s bois d’arc,” Vickers said. “The Indians taught that to the French; bois d’arc means ‘wood of the bow.’” Vickers has used persimmon, red oak and wood from other trees to make his bows. “I made a few functional mesquite bows, but they don’t last very long — they dry out and split,” he said. Building bows doesn’t always involve special wood, though. “One of my favorite things to make is bows for kids,” Vickers said. “I’ve made bows from $2 pieces of wood from Home Depot as presents for kids. They work.” The bows are all wood, with the emphasis on “function before looks,” Vickers said. “There is no fiberglass,” he said. “It’s the only woodworking where looks are not enough — the finished product has to perform some very difficult tasks in bending, compression and moisture resistance. Although it has an artful component, I make work bows.” Vickers’ arrows are made from cedar, the Please turn to page 6

A long recovery

GSM, maker of StealthCam game cameras, acquired

Rare bacteria hits black lab

By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News Steve Barber of Granbury is an avid bird hunter, and Raven is his best dog. What appeared to be a small scratch nearly cost the black lab her life. “She is a smallish dog, she weighs about 52 pounds,” Barber said. “She was quick as a bullet and very intelligent.” Raven had something of a following, as Barber was friends with former Fort Worth Star-Telegram outdoor editor Bob Hood before Hood died in 2014. “Bob loved to hunt with her,” Barber said. “Raven got a lot of publicity from him — he wrote about her first duck hunt, her first goose hunt and her first hunt in the snow.” In January, a routine duck hunt at Barber’s lease near Dublin took a near deadly turn for the now 8-year-old lab. “We were about finished with the hunt and we had one bird down across the lake,” Barber said. “I had to help her through a barbed-wire fence — her neoprene vest had caught on it.” After taking off the vest and looking for blood, Raven got the duck and the hunters picked up the decoys. “She was favoring her right leg,”

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BEST BUDS: Raven, a black lab owned by Steve Barber of Granbury, received a puncture wound from a barbed-wire fence while duck hunting. After four months and six surgeries, she recovered from a bout with the bacteria prevotella. Photo from Steve Barber.

Barber said. “She had a little hematoma about half the size of a golf ball, but no blood.” Raven was taken from the lake to the veterinarian’s office in Granbury, where a small puncture wound was found in her groin. “The vet gave her a shot and some

antibiotics and said not to hunt her for a week or so,” Barber said. Raven’s condition took a turn for the worse over the next few days. “I put her in the screened-in patio and went to meet my son,” Barber said. “When I got back a few hours later, her leg had swollen to three times Please turn to page 5

Good Sportsman Marketing (GSM), a Dallas-based company that includes brands StealthCam, Walker’s Game Ear and Cyclops American Hunter, has been acquired by Detroit-based Huron Capital Partners. Founded in 1999, GSM introduced one of the first game cameras to the hunting market under its StealthCam brand, and continues to be at the forefront of quality and technological advancements in the game camera and hunting accessories market. GSM also offers leading brands in hearing protection and amplification (Walker’s), portable LED lighting (Cyclops), and deer feeders (American Hunter). According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Americans spend approximately $14 billion per year on hunting equipment. “We are excited to be partnering with Huron Capital and working with their team to execute our growth plans,” said Eddie Castro, CEO of GSM. “They are an experienced investor in a variety of consumer product businesses, and we look forward to working with them as we seek to expand the distribution of our products, grow our customer base and pursue acquisitions.” Founded in 1999, Huron Capital has raised over $1.1 billion in capital through four committed private equity funds and invested in over 100 companies, and its portfolio companies have employed over 11,000 people throughout North America.

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its normal size and the patio was covered in blood.” At the vet’s office, Raven’s temperature was 106 degrees. An IV was started and more antibiotics given. “The next morning, her skin had fallen off of her right leg and her rump,” Barber said. “We had to wait for the cultures from the lab. There were five types of bacteria in that water — the bad one is carried by cattle and doesn’t require air to live — it’s very destructive.” Bill Saliba operates the La Poloma Animal Hospital in Granbury, where his wife, Pam, is a veterinarian. “When Raven came in, she had a puncture wound from underwater barbed wire,” Saliba said. “The growth of infections was tremendous. We tested it and came up with four different organisms. Two are common in the environment, the other two not so common.” Narrowing it down, it turned out the bacteria prevotella was the likely culprit. “The mortality rate with it is 80 percent,” Saliba said. “It reacts to only a few different drugs. It’s an anaerobic bacteria that is common in the gut of livestock like cattle. When a dog or person is infected, it acts as a flesh-eating bacteria. About 600 people per year get it throughout the country.” According to the National Organization for Rare Disorders, prevotella infections often occur together with other bacteria, making treatment difficult. “It was our first experience with this bacteria,” Saliba said. “Treatment is still trial and error. Fortunately, we picked the right antibiotics early. Raven came in on a Friday, and was in bad shape systemically. By Monday, she was going to survive, but the advance of the tissue loss was incredibly fast.

“We got a handle on the infection by midweek. Then came the long process of skin grafts.” Barber said the grafts were the toughest part. “They were cutting and stretching the skin,” Barber said. “She had six surgeries. They took most of the skin off of her stomach and chest and wrapped it around her leg — she has three nipples on her leg now.” Dr. Saliva predicted it would still take four months for Raven to heal. “She miraculously made it,” Barber said. “The vets were great — a Colorado State vet got involved through email to help. They pieced her back together. “The vets don’t get enough credit.” Barber isn’t sure he would put another dog, or himself, through the daily vet visits, surgeries and recovery. “The dog never lost her spirit or will to live,” he said. “Through it all, she never stopped thumping that tail.” Raven will still hunt this season, but less so. “She has a lot of scar tissue though,” Barber said. “They may have to make some incisions to release the tension on the skin that is really tight — I’ll start swimming her pretty soon.” Barber has another hunting partner to pick up the slack — Raven’s son Thumper. “Raven had pups a few years ago, and I kept a male,” he said. For now, Barber is just glad his dog is OK. “Probably every stock pond has the same thing in it,” he said. “We were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

HOLDING STEADY: Raven waits for her owner while holding a green-winged teal. After her recovery from a bacterial infection, Raven will still hunt, but may require some additional treatment. Her veterinarian believes the bacteria prevotella, which can act as a flesh-eating organism, was the culprit. Photo from Steve Barber.

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fletching from turkey feathers of harvested birds. The flint arrowheads are made using local Texas cherts and occasionally obsidian. “Texas chert is much stronger and better suited to hunting,” Vickers said. Some of the points are made from stone. “Stone points are very efficient when done right,” Vickers said. “It causes more damage than a steel point — sort of like cutting yourself with a serrated knife versus a straight edge, it leaves a jagged cut that will not close.” Vickers also has made bows with several tribes in Africa during trips where he worked in Tanzania, Botswana and Mozambique. He also made throwing spears near the Congo border. “I had an archery contest with the Hadza people that we have on video. The Hadza are the true bushmen of the Serengeti — there aren’t many of them left but they have been hunter-gatherers for thousands of years,” he said. “I took on five guys. If I won, I would get to keep their quivers and bows. If I lost, I would pay them each $25.” Vickers won. “I still paid them, though,” he said.

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South Texas catán chef realizes dream By M.A. Landin

For Lone Star Outdoor News Its overlapping rows of sharp, canine-like teeth can shred human flesh in a matter of seconds. In various shades of olive, its long body can grow up to 9 feet in length from the massive tail to the thinbilled snout. Fishermen have caught some alligator gar weighing more than 300 pounds. Undoubtedly, an alligator gar is

a mirror image of those prehistoric monsters depicted slithering out of Ice Age waters in Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. Amazingly, such an ugly and scary fish can be tasty, but it takes a delicately deliberate hand to prepare it just right. Minnie Garcia, owner of the Blue Marlin in San Benito, has been preparing the feisty fish for more than 25 years. “The secret is preparing the fish

GAR FOR DINNER: Patrons come from miles around to feast on the specialty at the Blue Marlin restaurant in San Benito, alligator gar nuggets. Photos by M. A. Landin, for Lone Star Outdoor News.

without its harsh, mud-concentrated flavor,” 65-year-old Garcia said. “That is the secret to the best-tasting catán.” Alligator gar, known as catán in the Rio Grande Valley, is Garcia’s specialty. And, the specialty $9.95 dish is Chicharrones de Catán, or catán nuggets, served with homemade tartar sauce, french fries, onion rings, a side salad and corn tortillas. Of course, the option to add an ice-cold, dressed Tecate is also on the table. The catán’s meat is bright white, tender and impeccably flavored. Garcia buys fresh catán, and never freezes it. Businessmen would call it just-in-time logistics, ordered as needed and immediately utilized. “Lo mas fresco es mejor,” Garcia added in Spanish. The fresher, the better. She’s also never changed the catán recipe. When she was just 26 years old, her husband passed away leaving her with a 6-year-old, a 4-year-old and a 2-year-old. She moved from Guanajuato, Mexico to San Benito Please turn to page 14

Pinfish for reds with 18-year-old captain By Robert Sloan

For Lone Star Outdoor News The weather was messed up — rain, wind and a big storm was lurking. Not ideal conditions as the boat left Conn Brown Harbor in Rockport. The 18-year-old captain, though, was upbeat. “We’ll make it happen,” Capt. Aerich Oliver said. The young guide keeps a bucket with fresh dead pinfish iced down. “The pinfish have been producing easy limits of reds, along with some nice trout,” he said. “That’s pretty much the case throughout the summer months on these flats. We just need to hit an area that’s loaded with baitfish and the reds will be there. “If that doesn’t do the trick, we catch live mullet.” Oliver is the grandson of Capt. Charles Newton, who has been a full-time fishing guide in Rockport

since 1985. “I grew up fishing with Charlie, and always wanted to be a guide,” he said. Starting at age 6, he worked as a deck hand for his grandfather, where he learned how to fish and guide. He completed high school in Goliad, and now, he’s in his first

year as a U.S. Coast Guard licensed captain. And he’s pretty good at catching redfish. After his first three spots didn’t produce anything on the pinfish, Oliver stopped to throw a cast net

and loaded up a few dozen mullet. Near Hog Island, just off of South Bay, it wasn’t long before three nice redfish were in the boat, and the good fishing continued. The type of fishing is simple and family friendly. Oliver used baitcasting gear, fishing Carolina-rigged style with a 1/4- or 1/2-ounce barrel weight, a swivel, an 18-inch leader and the 3/0 hook. “I keep a lot of fresh dead bait on ice,” said Oliver said. “That’s the key to catching these fish. If it’s been dead for more than one or two hours I don’t use it. My favorite is a chunk of a pinfish. Both trout and reds love that.” A pinfish, a.k.a. pin perch or sand perch, grows to about 4.5 inches long, and they are plentiful during the summer months in bays. It’s got bluish sides, yellow stripes and five vertical bars on each side. They can be used as fresh dead cut bait, or live bait. There is an added benefit — kids

NEW GUIDE, OLD TECHNIQUE: Capt. Aerich Oliver, 18, became a guide after learning how to fish and guide from his grandfather, guide Charles Newton. Pinfish, often called piggy perch, is one of Oliver’s favorite redfish baits. Photos by Robert Sloan, for Lone Star Outdoor News.

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Floods change lake-bottom structure WHERE IS THAT HUMP? Regular anglers may wonder where their favorite fishing spot went after floods came and went from their favorite lake. The water movement may have changed the spots, covering some and creating others. Photo by Lone Star Outdoor News.

By Mark England

Lone Star Outdoor News Texas floods over the last couple of years have claimed lives and property. Chris Carey’s loss isn’t on that scale. But it does sting, especially for a guide. He lost his favorite fishing spot. Carey and his father, Bill, run Striper Express at Lake Texoma. Last year, his-

toric flooding twice breached the spillway there, which has only happened a handful of times. Afterward, his go-to fishing spot was a shell of itself. “It’s about a mile from the marina,” Carey said. “A couple of humps with nice 6- to 8-foot slopes. We called it Dolly Parton. I noticed last winter it had changed, like someone sanded it down. Now it’s more like a loading Please turn to page 14

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we’ll see.” Ashley’s spots, or the pattern, fizzled on the last day of the event, and he finished sixth. Derick Maschmeier is a tournament angler from Springtown, and fishes all over North Texas. “I did pretty well on a tournament on Tawakoni flipping willows,” he said. Maschmeier recommended seeking out more isolated bushes to find better bass, and get to the trunk of the willow or brush. “You can get bit on large groups of willows,” he said. “But I have done better finding small groups of isolated willows on the main lake, like off main lake points.” Maschmeier uses most TexasWINNING STRATEGY: Greg Hackney holds his trophy after he rigged soft plastics, either with a weighed in 66.2 pounds in the Bassfest tournament on Lake straight tail or creature bait and a Texoma. Hackney flipped jigs into isolated flooded willows to 1/2-ounce tungsten weight. land most of his fish. Photo by Seigo Saito, B.A.S.S. It’s hot, Maschmeier said, and bass, just like people and animals, seek shade. “When the sun is out, try to find some shade under the brush,” he said. The type of line is crucial to both getting to the fish and getting the fish back to you. While many anglers rely on heavy braided line, Maschmeier said to consider fluorocarbon. “I recommend the Seaguar 20-pound fluorocarbon,” he said. “The braid has no stretch, so the line cuts through and wedges into the hardwood — that’s why it’s so good in grass. The fluoro won’t cut into the wood.” Hackney agreed getting the bass out of the cover can be tough, but his efforts resulted in a $100,000 check. “Pulling bass out of that thick and nasty cover requires heavy tackle and durable line,” he said. “I lost quite a few big fish that became tangled in the brush. Sometimes you have to wrestle them out of the cover, and you don’t always win.”

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day (June 11) before,” said Dave, who asked that his last name not be used. “I had taken my wading boots off and had flip-flops on. We kept getting these little black flies biting us. I’d shoo them away and scratch, because the bites hurt. Without even thinking, I put my feet in the water to cool off. I think that’s when it happened. It doesn’t take a big wound.” Vibrio has an incubation period of between 12-72 hours, according to health officials. Late Saturday, the top of Dave’s foot felt like it was bruised. At 4 a.m. on Sunday (June 12), he awakened to a swollen foot and could hardly walk to the bathroom. Dave immediately suspected he had vibrio. “I went to the emergency room of a hospital in Sugar Land,” he said. “They weren’t really aware of vibrio. A lot of hospitals aren’t. I pretty much had to tell them what I had. Fortunately, they listened and started me on antibiotics.” Doctors admitted Dave to the hospital. It would be five and a half days before he left. Besides swelling, vibrio can lead to necrotizing fasciitis, where the bacteria destroys the skin and the tissue covering the muscles. That potential sometimes leads to vibrio being labeled the “flesh-eating bacteria” in news stories. San Jacinto man Brian Perrott, had a leg amputated and clings to life at a Houston hospital after a suspected vibrio infection. Dave’s infection never got that bad. He also avoided nausea, although he “came close,” he said. The pain was manageable, as long as he kept his swollen foot elevated. “If I sat on the side of the bed and put the foot down, blood would rush to it,” Dave said. “Then it would start aching. And by aching, I mean really hurting. Right now, it’s still swollen to twice the

size of my other foot and is red and dark. I can’t put any pressure on it to stand.” From his reading, Dave expects his recovery will take six weeks, at the least. He plans to see a specialist soon to confirm that. “Unfortunately, the doctors at the hospital knew very little about it,” he said. “When I left, it was like, ‘Good luck. Come back for a checkup.’ They knew next to nothing about vibrio.” Health officials say that vibrio is always present in the water. It favors saltwater, although it’s found occasionally in brackish lake water. The peak months for vibrio cases run from May to October. If you do expose a wound to saltwater, a trip to the emergency room is not inevitable provided you take action, according to a state health official. “Vibrio is not something a lot of people come in contact with,” said Christine Mann, TDSHS spokeswoman. “But if you do have an injury exposed to saltwater, it’s a good idea to clean and disinfect the wound as a precaution. If it should become inflamed, though, seek medical attention.” Dave said he plans to carry a container of Clorox with him in the future when fishing. “It kills any bacteria,” he said. “It’s the best thing I’m aware of. Shrimpers have been using it for years. They get their hands buggered up every day emptying their nets.” Despite the pain and inconvenience, Dave said he feels lucky. That’s because he knows it could have been much worse. “My friend got infected 15 years ago,” Dave said. “Two of them got it the same day. They were fishing in a two-day tournament. One went to the hospital. The other, my friend, decided to stay and fish the tournament. He died.”

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TEXAS FRESHWATER FISHING REPORT ALAN HENRY: Water clear; 74 degrees; 1.47’ low. Black bass are fair to good early on top-waters, later switching to wacky worms and Texas rigs on points. Crappie are fair. Catfish are fair on perch and goldfish. AMISTAD: Water murky; 79–83 degrees; 24.29’ low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin crankbaits and spinner baits, and on watermelon soft plastics. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines and juglines baited with live perch. ARROWHEAD: Water fairly clear; 73–79 degrees; 0.01’ low. No reports on black bass. Crappie are slow. Catfish are good on worms and stink bait. ATHENS: Water lightly stained; 79–84 degrees; 0.44’ high. Black bass are fair on top-waters, Texasrigged worms and weightless flukes. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. BASTROP: Water murky; 79–83 degrees. All species are slow. BELTON: Water murky; 76–80 degrees; 22.89’ high. All species are slow. BOB SANDLIN: Water stained; 80–84 degrees; 0.52’ high. Black bass are fair on swim jigs, hollow-body frogs and Texas-rigged worms. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait. BONHAM: Water stained to lightly stained; 79–83 degrees; 0.01’ low. Black bass are good on top-waters, Texas-rigged worms and deepdiving crankbaits. Crappie are good on brush piles. Catfish are good on cut shad and prepared bait. BRAUNIG: Water murky. All species are slow. BRIDGEPORT: Water stained to muddy, 78–83 degrees: 0.85’ high. Black bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad. BROWNWOOD: Water murky; 76–80 degrees; 0.93’ high. Lake has been closed due to floating debris. BUCHANAN: Water murky; 77–81 degrees; 0.65’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon red worms, and on cotton candy top-waters on secondary points early. Striped bass are good on chartreuse soft plastics, spooks, and black/blue crankbaits at daylight. Crappie are

fair on minnows and crappie jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on shrimp and dip bait. CADDO: Water stained to muddy; 81–85 degrees; 1.50’ high. Black bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines. CALAVERAS: Water murky. All species are slow. CANYON LAKE: Water murky; 76–80 degrees; 7.80’ high. All species are slow. CEDAR CREEK: Water stained to lightly stained; 80–83 degrees; 0.03’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged worms, top-water walking baits and squarebilled crankbaits. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. CHOKE CANYON: Water murky; 78–82 degrees; 21.16’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinner baits, crankbaits, and large soft plastic worms. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and minnows. COLEMAN: Water murky; 78–82 degrees; 0.40’ high. All species are slow. COLETO CREEK: Water murky; 96 degrees at the hot water discharge, 85 degrees in main lake; 0.33’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon spinner baits and crankbaits in 8–10 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on live perch and cut bait in 8–10 feet. CONROE: Water murky; 76–80 degrees; 0.06’

high. Black bass are fair on Carolina-rigged watermelon soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinner baits. Striped bass are good on white striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and pink tube jigs over brush piles. Catfish are good on stink bait and nightcrawlers. FALCON: Water murky; 80–84 degrees; 26.77’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse spinner baits and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and green tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are very good on frozen shrimp under birds.

FORK: Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 0.44’ high. Black bass are fair on Texasrigged craws and hollow-body frogs. Deep-diving crankbaits near brush piles catching some fish. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines. FT. PHANTOM HILL: Water murky; 72–78 degrees; 0.51’ high. Black bass are fair on top-waters, chatterbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait. GIBBONS CREEK: Water murky. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastic worms and blue/green crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers, cut bait, and hot dogs. GRANBURY: Water murky; 75–79 degrees; 0.13’ low. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed soft plastic worms and lizards, and on chartreuse crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and shrimp. GRAPEVINE: Water stained to muddy; 79–83 degrees; 11.84’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged soft plastics and jigs near flooded cover. White bass and hybrid bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair on shad and stink bait. HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 77–81 degrees; 0.35’ high. Black bass are fair on black/red flake worms. Crappie are slow. Bream are good on live worms over grass beds and off piers. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shad. HUBBARD CREEK: Water off-color; 74–80 degrees; 0.33’ low. Black bass are fair to good on buzzbaits and topwaters early, later switching to Texas rigs, Carolina rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and live shad. JOE POOL: Water stained to muddy; 81–84 degrees; 4.23’ high. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged creature baits and bladed jigs near flooded cover. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait.

LAVON: Water stained to muddy; 82–86 degrees: 5.16’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are good on slabs, with bigger fish near the bottom. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait. LBJ: Water stained; 77–81 degrees; 0.77’ low. Black bass are good on white topwaters, pumpkinseed jigs and chartreuse stick baits in 10–20 feet at daylight. White

bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and pink crappie jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on minnows and stink bait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch. LEWISVILLE: Water stained to muddy; 80–84 degrees; 6.59’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and stink bait. LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 78–82 degrees; 0.45’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics, spinner baits, and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on pet spoons, trolling tubes, and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on cut bait and shad. MARTIN CREEK: Water lightly stained; 83–88 degrees; 0.14’ high. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged craws, weightless Senkos and top-water poppers. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait. MONTICELLO: Water stained; 81–86 degrees; 0.30’ high. Black bass are fair on hollowbody frogs, shaky-head worms and weightless Senkos. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines. NASWORTHY: 73–79 degrees; 0.99’ low. Black bass are fair to good on top-waters early, later switching to Texas rigs, jigs and wacky rigs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait. NAVARRO MILLS: Water murky; 76–80 degrees; 9.79’ high. All species are slow. O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 73–80 degrees; 33.36’ low.

Black bass are fair to good on weightless flukes, jigs, medium-running, shadpattern crankbaits 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; 10.58’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters early, later switching to Texas rigs, crankbaits and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs in the shallows. Catfish are fair on chartreuse nightcrawlers. PALESTINE: Water stained; 79–84 degrees; 0.63’ high. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged craws, finesse jigs and buzz frogs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. POSSUM KINGDOM: Water off-color; 74–80 degrees; 0.01’ low. Black bass are fair on wacky rigs, Texas rigs, jigs and drop-shot rigs. Crappie are fair to good on split-shot weighted live minnows. White bass are fair to good small spinner baits. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers. PROCTOR: Water murky; 74–78 degrees; 31.90’ high. All species are slow. RAY HUBBARD: Water stained; 81–84 degrees; 0.12’ high. Black bass are fair on poppers, small plastic swimbaits and Texas-rigged soft plastics. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are slow. RAY ROBERTS: Water stained to muddy; 80–85 degrees; 5.14’ high. Black bass are fair on square-billed crankbaits, deep-diving crankbaits and Carolinarigged flukes. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines. RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water stained; 79–84 degrees; 0.59’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. SAM RAYBURN: Water murky; 79–83 degrees; 4.79’

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high. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Bream are slow. Catfish are slow. SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 76–80 degrees; 20.04’ high. All species are slow. STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 77–81 degrees; 17.85’ high. All species are slow. TAWAKONI: Water stained to muddy; 82–86 degrees; 1.91’ high. Black bass are fair on hollow-body frogs, Texas-rigged creature and flipping jigs in flooded bushes. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines. TEXOMA: Water stained to muddy; 79–83 degrees; 4.31’ high. Black bass are good on shallow crankbaits, Texas-rigged creature baits and flipping jigs in and around shallow flooded cover. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs near brush piles. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait. TOLEDO BEND: Water murky; 78–82 degrees; 0.19’ high. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinner baits, crankbaits, and lipless crankbaits. White bass are fair on minnows and small spinner baits. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs over baited holes. Bream are fair on crickets and nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait and stink bait in 20–30 feet. TRAVIS: Water murky; 78–82 degrees; 9.30’ high. All species are slow. WHITNEY: Water murky; 75–79 degrees; 27.60’ high. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on swimbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are slow.


LoneOStar Outdoor News

June 24, 2016

The girls’ turn

First-time fishing trip for Outdoor Adventures students By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News In April, Pete Martinez, who teaches the Outdoor Adventures program at Mercedes Chacon Middle School, took four students on their first on-the-water fishing trip, thanks to Lone Star Outdoor News Foundation and a donation from Dallas’ Fishing Discussion Group. The first four were all boys. On June 7, it was the girls’ turn. “It was hard to pick them, they all wanted to go,” Martinez, who also guides out of Port Mansfield, said. “The problem was narrowing it down.” After getting the names of some of the 70 students who take his class, Martinez passed the buck to the school’s principal. “We had to make sure they were all passing and in good standing,” he said. Kristen Garcia, Brianna Moya and Audrey Reyes made the trip. Audrey’s brother Mando tagged along. The trip was a little more challenging than a boat full of boys. “It took them a while to learn to cast — we used popping corks and Gulps,” Martinez said. “The girls thought they would be just sitting there waiting for a bite and they didn’t think it would work. The first part of the day was a little tough — but once they figured it out and caught fish, they were really excited.” There were a few additional challenges Martinez didn’t anticipate. “We had to take a few restroom breaks,” he said. The group was able to experience birds working along the shoreline. “Every 100 to 200 yards, there were pods of birds working,” Martinez said. “I pointed

out what the birds were doing and which birds more likely meant there were fish underneath them.” The youngsters landed numerous small speckled trout, with nine keepers. “I knew there would be a lot of small ones there,” Martinez said. “But the kids don’t care, that was the hook that has them interested in fishing.” One girl wouldn’t touch a fish at first. Another caught a gafftop and the girls wondered what it was. After the trip, the group received instruction on filleting the fish, and then went back to the boat to learn how to wash it off and clean it after a saltwater trip. “I want them to learn for when they take their parents someday,” Martinez said. “Most of the kids had never been on a boat and had never fished until they took my class.” The students fish for carp and catfish in a canal near the school as part of the course, and many take their parents to the same canal on weekends. Martinez believes his course is making a difference. “The kids do well and their behavior and attitude improves in all of their classes,” he said. The story of the boy’s trip was included in the April 22 issue of Lone Star Outdoor News. The story may be viewed at FIRST FISHING ADVENTURE: Brianna Moya and Audrey Reyes, bottom left to right, and Mondo Reyes and Kristen Garcia, top left to right, are students in the Outdoor Adventures program at Mercedes Chacon Middle School. The students spent their first day on a boat fishing with their teacher and guide, Capt. Pete Martinez. Photos by Pete Martinez.

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GAME WARDEN BLOTTER MAN FOUND HUNTING EASTERN TURKEYS OVER BAIT Red River County Game Wardens Daniel Roraback and Josh Bonney were following up on eastern turkey baited areas previously located earlier in the season. Bonney located another feeder with decoys still in place the weekend before. When the wardens arrived, the decoys were gone and the ATV that was parked there was parked at another location. The wardens followed foot tracks and located the hunter in the woods hunting eastern turkeys over a feeder without a valid hunting license. OLD FISHING CAMP SITE OF HOOP NETTING While hiking upstream between Lake Worth and Eagle Mountain Lake, Tarrant County Game Warden Cane Shumaker stopped at an old fishing camp, which had not been used for years. Shumaker noticed a lot of nets lying around with no one in the area. As he investigated further, he found the first of three hoop nets. The first net was lying near the bank brushed up in high weeds. An old rope was buried in high weeds leading into the creek. When Shumaker pulled the rope up, he found two more hoop nets. The investigation is ongoing. WARDEN SEES CAPSIZED BOAT, RESCUES TWO MEN At Fairfield Lake, Freestone County Game Warden Sam Anderson observed a vessel on the other side of the lake that was capsized. Two individuals were in the water trying to swim back to their boat. Anderson grabbed a boat from the state park and got help from off-duty State Park Police Officer Timothy

Booking. He also received his citation.

GILL NETTER FINALLY NABBED A person had been setting a gill net in the Arroyo Colorado on two previous Fridays, but avoided game wardens. Cameron County Game Warden Colby Hensz showed up just as the subject was bringing his gill net and other gear out of the water. Hensz waited until the subject and 11 members of

King and off-duty Shelby County Game Warden Anthony King. The officers pulled the individuals into their boat and recovered the vessel. The two men were not injured. NOODLERS CAUGHT USING SNAG POLE IN TOURNAMENT At a noodling tournament weigh-in, Wood County Game Warden Kurt Kelley and Smith County Game Warden Chris Swift observed a team with three large catfish; one with multiple scars. After interviewing the team members, wardens obtained confessions regarding how the fish were caught. One large snag pole and two turning sticks were seized. Three subjects received citations for catching fish with illegal means and methods. TILAPIA NETTERS ALSO HAD BASS A group of men were scaling tilapia at a fish-cleaning table on Fairfield Lake. The group told Freestone County Game Warden Sam Anderson they caught all of the fish using a cast net. Anderson observed

his family approached a pickup and loaded their gear into the bed. Hensz found a gill net and an untagged oversized red drum in the bed of the pickup. The subject was then taken into custody and placed under arrest for possession of an illegal fishing device in coastal waters.

a largemouth bass on a stringer with several tilapia. When it was explained that bass could not be taken with a net, the man said he did not know and it was his first time. Anderson found three more bass shoved under a concrete ledge on the cleaning table. After checking the man for priors through the department, it was discovered that the man had been cited multiple times for similar violations. Case pending. TRESPASSING HOG HUNTERS FOUND Cochran County Game Warden Andrew Banda responded to a complaint of hunting without landowner consent. Banda discovered four subjects from New Mexico stuck in the mud on the ranch. The subjects had been hunting feral hogs on the ranch with the aid of several hog dogs and had failed to obtain consent from the landowner. Banda arrested all four subjects for hunting without the landowner’s consent, no valid Texas hunting license, and no proof of hunter education.

CAST-NETTING CRAPPIE ILLEGAL At the Granger Spillway, Williamson County Game Warden Joel Campos observed two males throwing a cast net and retrieving crappie. Campos made contact with both individuals, who did have a fishing license but used an illegal method to catch the fish. The two men had 12 crappie. Citations were issued, including civil restitution. The fish were donated to a needy family. MAN REQUESTS TICKET SO HE CAN LEAVE, GETS HIS WISH At Lake Austin, Travis County Game Warden Jeff Hill was checking bank fishermen when one fisherman attempted to leave prior to being checked. Despite his insistence that he had a fishing license, none could be located through dispatch. When notified that a license could not be found, the man requested that a citation be issued so that he could leave. TPWD dispatch located an outstanding warrant for his arrest and the subject was transported to Travis County Central

TRESPASSERS BUILD CAMPFIRE ON WOODEN DOCK A property owner along the banks of Lake Austin complained about people trespassing and fishing on her property. The landowner’s “No Trespassing” signs were destroyed and people had been starting campfires, one being on the landowner’s wooden boat dock. Travis County Game Warden Jeff Hill helped establish purple paint barriers in compliance with the specifications, and neighbors volunteered to be vigilant and report on any illegal activity. Three subjects were cited for trespassing and fishing without a fishing license. MEN NETTING FISH IN VIEW OF TOWNSPEOPLE A caller reported six men setting out a gill net in Portland. Nueces County Game Warden Nichole Brauchle responded with San Patricio County Game Warden Lerrin Williams. The wardens found four men in the water, actively fishing with the net and two men on land watching. Another gill net was on the shoreline, brand new and unused. The men, all from Malaysia, had several different species of fish. The fish were released and the nets were seized.


LoneOStar Outdoor News

June 24, 2016

Toledo Bend still best bass lake

Present the 26th Annual

For the first time since the creation of Bassmaster’s 100 Best Bass Lakes rankings, a fishery has reclaimed the No.1 spot in the nation. Toledo Bend Reservoir, which straddles the Texas and Louisiana border, keeps the crown and is the only lake to earn the title more than once. “More than three months of research went into this year’s rankings,” explained Bassmaster magazine editor James Hall, who noted that the initial pool of top fisheries was developed with input from B.A.S.S. Nation members across the country, state fisheries biologists, the 3,500-member B.A.S.S. Council and some of the 650,000 Facebook fans of B.A.S.S. There was one difference in the rankings this year. The Top 10 lakes in the nation are ranked regardless of location, and the rest of the U.S. was divided into four regions. “Our panel of judges who finalized the rankings were absolutely blown away by the production of Toledo Bend the past 12 months,” Hall said. “The lake has yielded 139 certified bass over 10 pounds with a 14.15-pounder topping the list. Plus, a 38-pound limit and countless limits in the 30-pound range have been weighed in during tournaments over the past year.” The 185,000-acre impoundment was the site of the A.R.E. Truck Caps Bassmaster Elite at Toledo Bend in May, which Kevin VanDam won with almost 100 pounds, even though the anglers were fishing in tough conditions after regional flooding occurred. Falcon Lake, ranked No. 1 in 2012, climbed back into the Top 10 with its No. 9 ranking. The Top 10 In The Nation 1. Toledo Bend, Texas/Louisiana 2. Santee Cooper lakes, Marion and Moultrie, South Carolina 3. Clear Lake, California 4. Lake Erie, New York 5. Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, California 6. Mille Lacs Lake, Minnesota 7. Lake Berryessa, California 8. Rodman Reservoir, Florida 9. Falcon Lake, Texas 10. Lake St. Clair, Michigan In the Central Division that includes Texas, Toledo Bend topped the list and Falcon Lake finished third. Sam Rayburn Reservoir finished fourth, Lake Palestine ranked sixth, Caddo Lake ranked seventh, Lake Ray Roberts was ninth, Lake Fork, 14th, Squaw Creek Reservoir, 18th and Lake Texoma, 23rd. —B.A.S.S.

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Floods change structure Continued from page 8

TRY THE GAR: Chicharrones de Cátan is a favorite dish at the Blue Marlin restaurant in San Benito. Photo by M. A. Landin, for Lone Star Outdoor News.

in the 1980s. She worked at a seafood restaurant for seven years and left the business to work in “fabrica,” or factory. However, Garcia’s dream of owning her own seafood restaurant remained with her. The Blue Marlin building became available, and she didn’t hesitate to exhaust her financial resources to realize her dream. She opened the family-owned business in 1992 as a single mother of three boys. The successful restaurant is now open from 8 a.m.-8 p.m., seven days a week. “My success is due largely in part to providing good food, and my customers spread the word,” Garcia said. ‘They come from as far as Oklahoma and Colorado to try my catán.” Seated nearby were two customers from La Feria. They were twins also enjoying the restaurant’s specialty, catán. “Muy rico todo,” the regular customers said while making small talk with the server. Purple- and gold-colored sponsorship posters adorn the walls of the Blue Marlin. Garcia buys them in support of the young athletes of the San Benito High School Greyhounds and the young ladies of the San Benito Belles dance team. Customers can grab the local, small newspaper as they walk into the community-oriented establishment. Garcia proudly pointed to the portraits of her grandchildren on display behind the register. “When I first opened this restaurant, their parents were just children,” she said. “There were no photos there. Now, look how much family has grown and become part of my dream.” The Blue Marlin is located at 615 E. Bus. Hwy. 77 in San Benito.

ramp than a hump. There’s still structure, but it’s not what it was.” Most people have seen how flooding can reroute a creek but many are oblivious to the effect on massive waterways such as reservoirs. Flooding can also reshape a lake. At Lake Texoma, the inflow of water during the flooding was 20 times the normal base flow of water into the lake, according to Dan Bennett, the Denison district supervisor for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. “Generally, a reservoir acts to slow down those currents coming into a lake,” Bennett said. “The gauges showed 1.5 to 2 million gallons per second of water coming into the Red River and the Washita River (which both feed Lake Texoma). The Denison Dam can only discharge so much water, approximately 400,000 gallons per second. But when water reaches the emergency spillway, it exponentially increases the water flowing out of the lake. As a result, the water coming out can reach 1.5 million gallons per second.” Bennett compared the water’s force to “a thousand 5-ton elephants coming out per second.” “And as the water rises over the spillway, it narrows and speeds up the current all the way through the lake,” he said. While the current of water running through the lake may be relatively narrow, it frequently shifts. It can be likened to the zigzag path of an electrical current through a circuit. “Any kind of current is going to shift depending on the environment that it’s going through,” Bennett said. The shifting current of water, in effect, resculpts the lake’s bottom. “The surface of the water can look still, but below there is a narrow channel of water running as fast as the water is running into the lake,” Bennett said. “Whatever sediment it touches along the bottom, it scours it and carries it downstream.”

Change is ongoing, though, flood or no, said Billy Williams, chief ranger at Lake Texoma. “Every current that comes into the lake brings silt in,” Williams said. “Tons of silt are brought in with these flood events, but even non-flood events like the rain we’re having now get deposited throughout the lake. There’s ongoing change. It’s not the same lake as it was 70 years ago.” Flooding, though, certainly speeds up the process. Carey’s fishing spot had been there for more than 20 years. “It was one of the first spots I was shown,” Carey said. “I was told it was a winter jig hole. As I learned more about the lake, I realized that while it may be a jig hole in January, it was a slab hole in June and so on.” Carey said the humps were a great spot to ambush fish. “It increased your chances of catching them,” he said. “Any kind of structure is going to help. It’s weird. You can be sitting 50 feet away from someone else and you’re catching fish and they’re not. And you look down and all you see is one stump. But it’s structure.” Flooding at Lake Texoma disrupted striper fishing, for which it’s famous. Sand bass are flourishing in the meantime. Carey said an angler can catch hundreds, comparing the numbers to those seen at Lake Tawakoni. Stripers are expected to rebound soon, however. Bennett said there was a good spawn at Texoma last year and TPWD expects this year to be good, too. “We expect in the next two to three years to have an abundance of young stripers,” he said. That’s good news to Carey. “We were joking about calling ourselves ‘Sand Bass Express,’” Carey said. “Stripers are slowly coming back, though. It will get back to where it was.”

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NORTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad on soft plastics. Trout are good in the river on live shad. 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 top-waters and soft 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 hurt fishing. EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are good for drifters working deep shell on limetreuse and plum plastics. 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. 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 top-waters. 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 on top-waters. 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 fair in knee-deep water and on the sand on shrimp 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 ship channel. 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 topwaters and live shrimp. —TPWD

When the wind blows hard on the Lower Laguna Madre, the Land Cut north of Port Mansfield offers a little bit of protection. Drifting north through the cut for 10-plus miles requires skill, but can be rewarding. On June 13 and 14, two groups fishing with Capt. Steve Ellis had great days on the water, despite 20plus mph southeast winds. One group estimated they landed more than 100 trout, along with some redfish and a stray jack cravalle. The second FOOT CONTROL: Capt. Steve Ellis uses his foot to keep group landed lim- his boat the right distance away from the grass while its of trout but more drifting, using his big motor as a keel. Photo by Craig Nyhus, Lone Star Outdoor News. reds. The clear water along the west bank, along with visible grass, made sight-casting to both trout and reds from the front tower on the boat a possibility, while tossing top-waters over the grass (a pink Skitterwalk worked best) and plastics (a Money Minnow worked best). It was the boat-operating skill of the captain, though, that impressed the anglers. Ellis, standing on the console of his 23-foot Shallow Sports boat, used his foot to move the steering wheel, using the big motor as a keel, to keep the boat just outside of the grass line. “We’re going with the tide and with the wind,” Ellis said. “It’s a real fast drift, we’ll cover 10 miles in a short amount of time.” The captain kept busy, maneuvering the boat, netting fish after fish and even managing to cast a few lines. Ellis, a 32-year guide who grew up on the Lower Laguna Madre, attributed his ability to control the drift to his boat. “Different boats are good for different things,” he said. “This one is great for drifting.” Capt. Steve Ellis (956) 492-8472

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three miles from the San Luis Pass bridge, when he tried to swim across a cut to reach another sandbar, said Peter Davis, chief of the Galveston Island Beach Patrol. “He was wade fishing and apparently wanted to get to the other side,” Davis said, “so he tried to swim across. It was about 30 yards. The guys with him said it sounded like a conscious decision.” However, Davis said it was possible that Vargas was on the edge of a cut and it gave way, forcing his hand. “The sand will collapse under you out there,” he said. Game wardens with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department used side-scan sonar to locate Vargas’ body in approximately 8 feet of water and a Galveston Police Department Marine Division diver recovered it. Vargas’ death comes on the heels of the May 29 drowning of Stephen Espedal, 37, of Kennard, after he rescued a teenage girl swept away near the mouth of San Luis Pass, a strait that connects West Bay to the Gulf. The girl was swimming in a prohibited area. Espedal, a volunteer firefighter, reached the girl and tossed her to shallow water before going under. “The closer you are to the pass, the more the current bottlenecks,” Davis said. “It has to funnel through one side of the island or the other when the tide changes and some powerful currents go through there.” Capt. Ralph Frazier (Frazier’s Guide Service) calls San Luis Pass one of his favorite places to fish on the Gulf. “In the guts, the currents disorient the bait fish,” he said. “It makes it easier for the predator fish to catch them. When they’re in there, it’s on. You can catch speckled trout, redfish, anything really. It’s usually speckled trout, though. They go into the guts and spawn.” He knows to tread carefully at San Luis Pass, however. “It’s one of the most dangerous spots on our coast,” Frazier said. “You should have

some sort of flotation device on the whole time you’re there.” Authorities speculated to news media that Vargas might have survived if he had been wearing a life jacket. While wearing a PFD won’t guarantee someone doesn’t drown, it increases a person’s chances of surviving if taken for a ride by a fast current. “You’re not as apt to panic,” Frazier said. “You can buy yourself some time until you’re thinking clearly. The vast majority of the time, people swim for shore rather than going with the current. They wear themselves out until they go under.” In recent years, local government agencies have tried a variety of tactics to prevent drownings at San Luis Pass. Swimming was made illegal in certain areas. So was wading. Signs in English and Spanish warn people of the ban and the dangerous currents. People routinely walk past the signs to reach the water. “A lot of people want a place to swim without the waves of the beach,” wrote Dougie on a Web news forum. “That is why they come there. It looks calm. And it’s free.” The cost, though, can be a life. And both young and old pay. Two wade fishermen in their 60s drowned at San Luis Pass in 2014; in 2010, a 2-yearold boy drowned while washing his hands in the water so he could have some potato chips. Authorities now regularly patrol San Luis Pass to ensure that people follow the law regarding swimming and wading. And some areas have lifeguards. Through the media, authorities regularly caution people to never swim or fish alone. That’s advice you won’t hear from Frazier, a professional guide since 1973. “Yeah, that way your buddy can tell them where you drowned,” he said. “It won’t matter. The only thing that matters is wearing a personal flotation device. In that current, you have to have something to hold you up.”

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Legend: Major=2 hours. Minor=1 hour. Times centered on the major-minor window. For other locations, subtract 1 minute per 12 miles east of a location, and add 1 minute per 12 miles west of a location.

Sabine Pass, north Date Jun 24 Jun 25 Jun 26 Jun 27 Jun 28 Jun 29 Jun 30 Jul 1 Jul 2 Jul 3 Jul 4 Jul 5 Jul 6 Jul 7 Jul 8

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Freeport Harbor Date Jun 24 Jun 25 Jun 26 Jun 27 Jun 28 Jun 29 Jun 30 Jul 1 Jul 2 Jul 3 Jul 4 Jul 5 Jul 6 Jul 7 Jul 8

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Rollover Pass Date Jun 24 Jun 25 Jun 26 Jun 27 Jun 28 Jun 29 Jun 30 Jul 1 Jul 2 Jul 3 Jul 4 Jul 5 Jul 6 Jul 7 Jul 8


Time 2:32 AM 3:07 AM 3:39 AM 3:59 AM 10:49 AM 10:20 AM 10:03 AM 9:46 AM 10:11 AM 10:51 AM 11:35 AM 12:41 AM 1:28 AM 2:08 AM 2:40 AM

Port Aransas

San Luis Pass Date Jun 24 Jun 25 Jun 26 Jun 27 Jun 28 Jun 29 Jun 30 Jul 1 Jul 2 Jul 3 Jul 4 Jul 5 Jul 6 Jul 7 Jul 8

Date Jun 24 Jun 25 Jun 26 Jun 27 Jun 28 Jun 29 Jun 30 Jul 1 Jul 2 Jul 3 Jul 4 Jul 5 Jul 6 Jul 7 Jul 8

Date Jun 24 Jun 25 Jun 26 Jun 27 Jun 28 Jun 29 Jun 30 Jul 1 Jul 2 Jul 3 Jul 4 Jul 5 Jul 6 Jul 7 Jul 8

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5:49 PM 6:34 PM

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10:55 PM


8:49 PM 9:22 PM 10:01 PM 10:46 PM

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NATIONAL Oklahoma director to retire Director Richard Hatcher, after a 37-year career with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, plans to retire Oct. 1. Hatcher joined the wildlife department as Oklahoma’s first furbearer biologist in 1979. He became a field supervisor in 1987 and was promoted through the ranks, becoming the department’s director in 2009. —ODWC

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Tyler Kreighbaum, 25, of Michigan City, Indiana caught a lake trout on in Lake Michigan on June 11 that measured 44 inches long and weighed 37.55 pounds, beating the previous state record by about 8 pounds. Kreighbaum was trolling with downriggers near the Michigan state line. Biologists estimate the fish was born in the late 1970s because of a clipped fin. In the 1970s, four rounds of lake trout stockings took place in southern Lake Michigan, and all those fish had that fin clipped. —Indiana DNR


Land acquired for lesser prairie chicken The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies has finalized the purchase of approximately 30,000 acres of high-quality lesser prairie chicken habitat in southwest Kansas. Funding for this acquisition comes from the voluntary contributions of industry partners that are enrolled in the range-wide plan. The plan is a collaborative effort of WAFWA and the state wildlife agencies of Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. It was developed to ensure conservation of the lesser prairie chicken through voluntary cooperation by landowners and industry. The Sunview Ranch (formerly Tate Ranch) is in the sand sagebrush ecoregion, which covers portions of Kansas, Colorado and Oklahoma and once contained the highest density of lesser prairie chickens in the country. —WAFWA

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Spring breeding duck numbers in North Dakota are down from last year, according to the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. Results of the state’s annual spring breeding survey conducted in May showed an index of 3.46 million ducks, a decline of 5.3 percent from 2015. With the exception of a 4 percent increase in gadwalls and 19 percent more ruddy ducks, all species showed declines. Blue-winged teal were down 2 percent, while mallards declined 9 percent, pintails 17 percent and canvasbacks 18 percent. Overall duck numbers are still 45 percent above the long-term average of the survey, which began in 1948. The wetland index was down 50 percent from last year, and falls nearly 40 percent below the long-term average.

Record lake trout in Indiana


also found more than 20 jars of caviar, some labeled with prices; weights and sturgeon meat labeled with prices; and fish processing equipment including scales and canning equipment. Officers seized fishing rods and tackle along with various CDFW licenses and tags, and other tools and evidence of illegal poaching activities.

Sturgeon poaching operation uncovered Six Sacramento, California residents were charged with running a sturgeon poaching operation. California Department of Fish and Wildlife officers concluded a multi-week investigation with extensive evidence of illegal activities being uncovered by wildlife officers. At one location, officers found an oversized, untagged sturgeon that was barely alive and lay flopping on the floor of the garage. The fish could not be saved. Officers

INTERNATIONAL Hunters pump $426 million into African economy According to a recent study, hunting tourism contributes as much as $426 million to the African economy each year. The study, “The Economic Contributions of HuntingRelated Tourism in Eastern and Southern Africa,” examined the extent of hunters’ annual spending and total economic contributions between 2012 and 2014 in eight top African hunting destinations: South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia. More than 18,000 hunter tourists visit these countries every year, supporting more than 53,000 jobs. • The United States provides the largest proportion of visiting hunters (74%), followed by Europe (16%). • South Africa received the greatest number of visiting hunters (8,387) of those countries examined in the study. South Africa was followed by Namibia (7,076) and Zimbabwe (1,361). Average total spending per hunter is estimated at $26,000 with the average incountry expenses for the professional hunters’ package and fees, transportation, food, souvenirs and more is approximately $20,600.

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TRACT Optics, a new direct-toconsumer optics line, was awarded the Outdoor Life Great Buy award for its flagship TORIC 10x42 binocular at the NRA National Convention.

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Robert Mitchell, 17 years after becoming USA Shooting’s chief executive officer/executive director, will retire on August 31.

Zeiss retains rep group

Sales manager position Smoker Craft, Inc. is seeking an independent sales representative to function as district sales manager for Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Kansas and Arkansas.

Leupold exec retires Michael Slack, a fourth-generation, 35-year employee of Leupold & Stevens, Inc., retired from his position as brand creative director.

Carl Zeiss Sports Optics has partnered with the Dunkin-Lewis, Inc. representative group.

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Mack’s Lure, Inc., is acquiring Shasta Tackle Company, makers of custom trout, kokanee and salmon lures.

AirForce Airguns hires rep firm ProActive Sales and Marketing will represent AirForce nationally.

Trophy brand of boats revived Honda Marine and H2O Sports Manufacturing are teaming up to make a new line of skiffs that will be equipped with Honda 4-stroke engines.

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Montgomery angler wins Skeeter Owner’s event Eric Blane of Montgomery took the big prize at the 23rd annual Skeeter Owner’s Tournament on Lake Fork, where more than 2,200 anglers from states around the country gathered on June 11-12 in the two-day event with hourly prizes. Blane’s 9.04-pound largemouth was brought to the scales during the second hour of the event’s second day. Blane’s friend and fishing partner, Shawn Lehman, had won a boat at the event a few years ago. “The plan was to just fish for bass over the slot and try to win another boat,” Blane said. After fishing in shallow water on the first day, the team headed to deeper water on the second day, using large swimbaits in 15- to 30-foot depths. After feeling a bump, Blane set the hook. “I knew whatever I hooked was going to be good, but as the fish neared the surface, I saw its mouth and knew it was a monster,” he said. “She went back down but Lehman netted here when I got her back up. I was shaking.” Blane won a new Skeeter FX 20 with a Yamaha 250 SHO. Simpson Rushing of Forney won a Yamaha Viking Side-by-Side for the biggest fish under the slot, a 2.81-pounder. “My wife and I bought a 1978 Skeeter Wrangler about two and a half years ago,” Rushing said. “On the second day, we weren’t catching anything and I had pretty much given up. She said we had two more hours to fish.” Rushing tied on a 10-inch Texasrigged worm and headed for deeper water, landing the bass in the final hour of the event. —Bass Champs

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love to catch pinfish. It’s just like fishing for bream. Using a No. 10 long shank hook, pinch on a small splitshot about 12 inches above the hook, and and add tiny piece of shrimp. Pinfish can be caught off boat docks, piers and bulkheads all day long. “I like to leave the dock with a couple dozen of each (pinfish and mullet),” Oliver said. “That makes about 50 baits, plus you eliminate the cost of buying live and dead bait.” Capt. Aerich Oliver (361) 205-9414.

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Dylan Sorrells, 9, of Dallas caught this blue catfish at Eagle Mountain Lake with his father, Chris, and Terrie from Catfish Edge. Emily Mendonca, 12, of Chico, California, went on her first turkey hunt at the Champion Ranch in Brady. She shot her bird with her new 20-gauge shotgun.

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

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Port Mansfield Fishing Tournament Chamber of Commerce Pavilion (956) 944-2354


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The rules provide breeders with a variety of options between now and March 31, 2019, to become eligible to move or release deer, including using live (ante-mortem) testing. Testing 80 percent of eligible mortalities (deer over 16 months of age) was a key component. After April 1, 2019, all facilities must test 80 percent of eligible mortalities each year to be movement qualified, and there will be no testing on release sites, except for noncompliant sites. Tarlton was opposed to provisions in the revised rules. “The proposed regulations fall short, and we cannot agree with them,” he said. “The testing of 50 percent of eligible mortalities was sufficient in times of an emergency (the emergency rules after CWD was discovered at a Medina County facility). Why should they be more today?” Tarlton also said the more stringent rules would put some, especially new, deer breeders out of business. “We have consistently maintained that private property owners should be able to manage their herds to the greatest extent possible within the confines of their contiguous high fence,” he said. The persons and approximately 25 organizations testifying, including the Texas Wildlife Association and the Boone & Crockett Club, leaned heavily in support of the proposed rules. Most persons in favor cited the risk to the state’s wild deer herd from a spread of CWD after the disease was discovered in Medina and Lavaca County facilities. CWD was initially discovered in Texas in free-ranging mule deer in El Paso and Hudspeth counties in 2012. Some people viewed the walkout as a sign of unity and a peaceful protest against what they viewed a government overreach. Television host Alan Warren called it an unprecedented show of unity on his Facebook page. Others, especially Texans for Saving our Hunting Heritage, viewed the walkout as a showing of disrespect to TPWD and the commission on its Facebook page, calling it disruptive and referring to the decision as “the result of a thorough, inclusive and transparent process, including hunters, landowners, wildlife biologists, veterinarians and more.” Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission Chairman T. Dan Friedkin said, “This is bigger than the interests of one group and it’s not about choosing winners or losers. The fundamental issue is how best to protect our state’s deer herds from a deadly disease.” Other provisions of the rules included the following: Irrespective of the time periods described above, CWD positive and trace facilities will be required to test 100 percent of eligible mortalities in the pen, and 100 percent of hunter harvested deer at Class III release sites. All deer released on Class III release sites must have a visible, approved ear tag. Prior to issuance of a TTT (Trap, Transport and Transplant) permit, all TTT trap sites must provide 15 valid post-mortem CWD samples collected after the Saturday nearest September 30. Deer moved must have an approved ear tag. TTP (Trap, Transport and Process) permittees must supply 15 CWD samples at the end of the season. Marty Berry, a breeder from the Corpus Christi area, told the Austin American-Statesman he felt like the commissioners didn’t care to hear from breeders. “Nothing else can be accomplished at this level, “ he said.

producing bass, catfish Lone Star Outdoor News Bertha and Allen Krueger own Johnny’s BBQ in Seguin, but two Septembers ago they bought a place on Lake Corpus Christi. At the time of their purchase, the lake level was way down. “Right after we bought it, the lake filled up,” Bertha said. Fishing for catfish on the lake is their favorite, and the fishing picked up over the past few weeks. “We haven’t had quite the abundance this year, but we’re catching some good ones,” Bertha said. “We’ve caught some 20-, 30- and 40-pounders. Last weekend we had 40 pounds in the tub one day, and 30 the next.” When full, the reservoir covers more than 19,000 acres. Many locals refer to the reservoir as Lake Mathis, since it is only a few miles from Mathis, but the city of Corpus Christi owns the lake.

The Nueces River was originally dammed in 1929, rebuilt in 1935, and the present dam was constructed in 1958. Mike Rarrat owns the Tacklebox Bait and RV Park along the lake. “We were at 17 percent of capacity a few years ago,” Rarrat said. “Since then, the lake has filled up and the fishing has changed.” The largemouth bass have seemed to take off on the lake. “The bass fishermen have been doing really well,” Rarrat said. “The catfishing just picked up recently.” Most of Rarrat’s customers BIG CAT: Allen use live bait, and most of his Krueger landed tackle sales are of the terminal this catfish variety. recently on Lake “For catfish, they mostly use Corpus Christi. shad, perch and carp,” he said. Photo from Bertha Krueger.


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