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Volume 12, Issue 22

Trout and reds active over holiday By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News Capt. LG Boyd of Galveston had a redfish kind of weekend over the July 4 holiday. “We had light west winds and the end of an incoming tide,” he said. “The redfish bite was on fire. I had five customers on the boat and had all five of them with fish on multiple times in the morning.” The group caught 20 reds from 6 to 20 pounds, and kept seven. The trout bite was slower for the group, Boyd said. At Port Mansfield, the opposite was true for one group. Will Yancey of San Antonio fished over the holiday weekend with his wife and his father, Jimmy. “The trout have not been an issue,” he said, as the group bagged their five-fish limit each day. “But we have only found one redfish all weekend.” In Rockport, Jeremy Griffis with Let the Good Times Roll Guide Service had a good day with new fishermen. Please turn to page 23

REDS ON TOP: Capt. Mitch Richmond recently landed this redfish on a top-water plug at Port Mansfield. At both ends of the coast, some anglers are finding easy limits and some are having to look harder to find fish. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

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CONTENTS Freshwater Fishing Report . Page 10 Game Warden Blotter . . . . Page 12 Saltwater Fishing Report . . Page 14

Big summer bass

Lake Lavon record caught

Heroes . . . . . . . . . . . Page 20 Sun, Moon & Tides . . . . . Page 22 Crossword . . . . . . . . . Page 24 Products . . . . . . . . . . Page 28 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . Page 32 Outdoor Datebook . . . . . Page 34


Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

Delta Waterfowl’s latest innovation could change the way waterfowl managers look for nests. Led by Dr. Frank Rohwer, Delta’s president and chief scientist, a team tested a unique combination of new

technology on the prairie duck breeding grounds. By flying a drone carrying a mounted thermal-imaging camera over grassland cover, researchers were able to pinpoint nesting ducks indicated by the camera’s heat signature. The thermal-imaging

VIEW FROM THE AIR: Researchers are using drones with thermal imaging to survey duck nests. The drones are more efficient than the customary method of dragging a chain between two ATVs to flush the hens off the nest. Photo by Delta Waterfowl.

Lone Star Outdoor News Stuart Allison of Wylie has been fishing Lake Lavon, not generally known for big largemouth bass, for years. On July 2, it paid off with an 11.62-pound largemouth, the lake record. With no certified weigh station at the lake, Allison took the fish to the Garland Bass Pro Shops to be certified.

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Becoming a better shot

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Training school finds your limit.

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Rattle floats

Striper fry bonanza

Top popping corks examined. Page 8

Lake Texoma has a boom spawn. Page 8

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Building confidence with longer shots SAAM training helps your capabilities By Craig Nyhus Lone Star Outdoor News

PREPARATION: James Jeanes prepares to take a shot at the FTW Ranch as part of the Sportsman’s All-weather All-terrain Marksmanship shooting training. Jeanes said the training teaches you your limits for an ethical, one-shot kill. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

Jared Wire won the hunt of a lifetime with the Wild Sheep Foundation’s Less Than One Club in January. He selected the desert bighorn hunt. “I realized I needed work on shooting at longer distances,” Wire said. He scheduled a trip to the SAAM (Sportman’s All-weather All-terrain Marksmanship) shooting school at the FTW Ranch, tucked away at the end of a county road near the headwaters of the Nueces River, where he underwent four days of intense training on precision shooting the last week of June. The first morning involves going back to school and remembering what you learned in math and trigonometry. Items covered includes mils and minutes of angle, turret scopes and adjustments made for distance, single plane or dual plane focus scopes, accounting for wind and elevation, and much more. “You actually work math problems,” Wire said. “The technical data can be mind-boggling, but when you spend the next days in the field, it all comes together. “When shooting long range distances, mathematics becomes a big factor. Our instructor covered every aspect in our classroom sessions, but also covered it in great detail on the shooting range to give us a firsthand experience.” On the multiple shooting courses on the Edwards County ranch, most of shooting is from a prone position, but also includes shooting from a blind, off of a tree branch or rock, and freehand shots. Please turn to page 17

Bolts hitting the plains

After a good thunderstorm rolled through Stonewall County Saturday evening, David J. Sams cruised around his deer lease spreading milo for the quail. He stopped to watch the lightning at sundown and captured this image of a lightning strike. The range conditions are perfect for another good quail year. He observed covey flushes with young birds, and some pairs are bonding to renest.

Half of Double Dime ranch sells Lone Star Outdoor News The Double Dime Ranch in South Texas, owned by Larry “Chipper” Jones, the former Atlanta Braves third baseman, will now be half its original size. The 9,109-acre ranch, owned by Jones since 1999, was listed for sale at more than $20 million. “We were able to sell the north half of the ranch,” said

Joey Bellington of Whitetail Properties, who listed the ranch. “The north half includes the hunters’ lodge and Jones’ main residence.” The ranch includes a 6,458-square-foot main residence, nine-room hunting lodge, equestrian stables and facilities and private airstrip. The airstrip and equestrian facilities are on the south portion of the ranch.

The price of the sale is confidential, but Bellington said the new owners, the Myane family from South Texas, plan to continue to use property for trophy whitetail hunting. “There were a lot of improvements for hunting done on the north half, probably more than on the south half of the ranch,” he said.

Photos from Double Dime Ranch

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Custom hunting rifles at Modern Outfitters By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News A new gun store in Dallas is open, and it offers unique firearms with unmatched quality. Modern Outfitters, a manufacturer and now retailer of match-grade ARs and bolt-action rifles, opened its Dallas store on June 27, nearly a week ahead of schedule. “We planned a soft open on July 1,” said one of the company’s owners, Andrew Houser. “There were so many people walking up and trying the door, that once we got our software working we opened the doors.” Houser said the rifles are match-grade quality at a competitive price point. “We’re a true manufacturer — we do our own design, make our parts and components and do our own coatings and paintings,” Houser said. “All ARs are not created equal.

We made the guns first, then we opened stores.” The store is already seeing success with hunters. “A guy came in and bought a rifle two days ago,” Houser said on June 30. “He shot some pigs that night. His buddies were in the next day and bought a rifle. This is what we’re trying to do.” Brandon Kothmann is the store manager and Terry Stecker is assistant manager. “All of the stuff we have, our guys have used in law enforcement, in the military or extensively in hunting,” Houser said. While you are at the store, you may wonder about the small freezer in the corner. It’s filled with unique popsicles. “They are called Pop Fusion,” Houser said. “They are made by my mother-in-law and another lady. All organic, no preservatives and unique flavors. We give them to the kids but everybody loves them.” The store’s official Grand Opening is July 29. The best news? “All of our rifles come with a lifetime warranty,” Houser said.

TOP-END: The newest gun store in Dallas, Modern Outfitters, focuses on high-quality ARs and bolt-action rifles the company manufactures. Photos from Andrew Houser.




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Dolan Creek Ranch founder dies By John Gill

For Lone Star Outdoor News John Keyes Finegan, longtime Val Verde County ranchman and ambassador for Del Rio and Amistad Lake died June 2 at his home in Kerrville. He was 87 years old. Finegan was one of the first West Texas ranchers to introduce exotic animals for hunting on his Dolan Creek Ranch, about 50 miles north of Del Rio. He and his friend Charles Schreiner III of Kerrville brought blackbuck antelope and aoudad sheep to Finegan’s ranch on the Devil’s River in 1972. Schreiner owned and operated the YO Ranch, which once spanned 400,000 acres in the Texas Hill country near Kerrville. At the height of Dolan Creek’s operation, Finegan had nearly 100,000 acres for hunting and fishing around the Devils River. The ranch is now a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department state park, and is open by reservation for hunting, camping and fishing. Bill Cauthorn, longtime civic leader and retired Del Rio banker, remembers Finegan as being an “awesome man.” “Finegan served on the vestry of St. James Episcopal Church and was the pilot Scoutmaster of Troop 202 in Del Rio for 10 years,” Cauthorn said. “As a kid, I remember spending nights fishing on the Devils River with other scouts and John.” Finegan served on the Soil and Water Conservation Board and was awarded the Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver Award in 2012. He was the first president of the Amistad Bass Club. He is survived by his wife, Betty, his son, Jim Finegan, who with his wife, Carol, operate the Loma Alta store 40 miles north of Del Rio, and a daughter, Sharyn Goldman.

Shooting champs at Texas State Open Team Comp-Tac’s Gordon Carrell captured the Overall Production Division Win at the U.S. Practical Shooting Association Texas State Open Championship, held June 25–26 in Rosenburg. With a point total of 1173.101, Carrell finished high overall in the Production Division. Randi Rogers, also from Team Comp-Tac, won High Lady Production Division in her own home state. Rogers finished High Lady Production, 13th Overall in the Production division and 3rd Master with a final point total of 915.2925. —USPSA

A sportsman’s paradise at Texas Hunters & Sportsman’s Expo The 26th Annual Texas Hunters & Sportsman’s Expo is coming back to the new McAllen Convention Center, located at the corner of Expressway 83 and Ware Road, on July 22-24. And this time, with an added building, the show will sport 50 more exhibitors. “We have had solid crowds over the past 25 years, and the show’s attendance continues to grow each year,” show director Chris Curl said. “This three-day weekend event is expected to draw several thousand hunting and fishing enthusiasts and visitors from both sides of the Texas/Mexico border.” The show offers items for everyone, including hunters, fishermen, women and children. “This is the only show of its kind south of San Antonio and north of Monterrey, Mexico,” Curl said. “The Texas Hunters & Sportsman’s Expo is recognized as the highest quality hunting/fishing trade show in South Texas.” The show features guides and outfitters from across the United States, Canada, Mexico and Africa, booking hunts for trophy whitetail, big game, exotics, bear, nilgai, moose, elk, mule deer, turkey, quail, dove and waterfowl. Manufacturers and dealers will be on hand offering special show prices on hunting blinds, feeders, gun safes, custom knives, hunting vehicles, tractors and ranching equipment. The anglers aren’t left out, either. Fishing guides and camps will be on hand as well to book that fishing trip of a lifetime. Additionally, Laguna Graphite Rods, Castaway Rods, Red Tail Rods, Stick-Em Rods, Johnny’s True Value, HYDROGLOW Fishing Lights and Waterloo Rods will

Texas Hunters and Sportsman’s Expo McAllen Convention Center July 22-24 Show hours: Friday, 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (956) 664-2884 have a large exhibit of fishing tackle and rods at special show prices. Dargel Boats, Shallow Sport and New Water Boats, along with several other dealers will have huge displays of boats and RVs, all on sale at the show. Ladies feel right at home at this show, and kids under 12 get in free, thanks to Academy Sports and L&F Distributors. “We have booths and booths of ladies’ stuff,” Curl said. “We keep the ladies shopping, so the men can shop, too. This is a show the entire family can enjoy — there is something for everyone.”

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Rattle floats lead the way to trout and reds

Big numbers of tiny stripers Lone Star Outdoor News Biologists from both Texas and Oklahoma conducted seining samples from the arms of two rivers heading into Lake Texoma, the Washita and Red rivers. What they found was a bonanza of tiny striped bass. Staff from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department spent time seining both arms in late June, and saw great numbers of striped bass fingerlings. This time of year, we pull some seines from both rivers to STRIPERS GALORE: A boom spawn of striped bass at Lake Texoma bodes get a look at year-class strength,” well for fishermen in a few years said Matt Mauck, a supervisor in when the fingerlings will become a the Fisheries Division of ODWF. catchable size. Photos by TPWD. “They get into shallow water in the evening and after dark, and are vulnerable to pulling a seine. The fingerlings we captured were 1 1/2 to 3-inches long.” John Moczygemba of the TPWD Inland Fisheries Division in Denison, said the efforts were much different than in past year. “Last year, we couldn’t check because the water stayed so high into August,” he said. “In 2014, we barely found any striper fingerlings due to the prolonged drought. This year, it was very good.”

By Robert Sloan

For Lone Star Outdoor News The world of fishing was turned upside when the late Capt. Bob Fuston introduced the Mansfield Mauler in the mid-’80s. At the time, it was one of, if not the first, rattle float to be mass-produced and purchased by thousands of fishermen looking to catch more trout and reds along the Texas Coast. This type of float has the shake, rattle and roll that puts fish on ice. The concept is simple. It has an egg- or cylinder-shaped Styrofoam body. A wire is run through the float and beads are added that produce a loud clacking sound when worked on a jerk, jerk, jerk retrieve. On the bottom of the float you tie on about an 18-inch section of monofilament leader. At the tag end of the leader you can add a jig, spoon, or any type of live or dead bait. The rattle float is cast out, jerked to cause a commotion, fish are attracted, see the bait and eat it. “It’s one of the best fish attracting devices that has ever been created,” said Mike Barnes, who has spent the better part of 50 years chasing reds and trout along the

ATTRACTING TROUT: Gary Tate uses the Coastal Cork he created to help land trout on East Matagorda Bay. Right, the Bomber Paradise Popper, the Coastal Cork and the Blabbermouth are three top-selling floats. Photos by Robert Sloan.

Gulf Coast. “A rattle float is simple to use and produces fish in just about any situation — muddy and clear water. Most of the time I’ll be using a jig below a rattler, but in stained water I don’t hesitate to use a live shrimp.” One of the most popular rattle floats is the Bomber Paradise Popper X-treme. It’s well-built with a Titanium wire shaft, is weighted on bottom with rattle beads on top. It’s made in oval and popper styles. “The Paradise Popper is our best seller,” said Donnie Klesel, who, along with wife, Julia, owns and operates Port O’Connor Rod & Gun. “We sell several types of rat-

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tle floats, but the Paradise Popper with its Titanium shaft is a hands down top seller and producer. Another top rattle float is the Coastal Cork. It’s a new one on the rack and fishermen love it.” The Coastal Cork is a coneshaped float with a piece of thick monofilament line running through the middle. There is a pearl white bead on top and below the black, orange and white cork. Beneath the lower bead is a lead weight for casting distance and to help produce a significant “baloop.” “After two years of development we have found the right rig with the right click to attract fish,” said Please turn to page 14

Favorite top-water lures for catching more trout By Robert Sloan ACTION ON TOP: There are many versions and colors of top-water lures used along the Texas coast. Pink has been a popular color this season. Photo by Robert Sloan, for Lone Star Outdoor News.

For Lone Star Outdoor News From February through May, Lone Star Outdoor News has seen internet posts of anglers having great luck on top with the Rapala Skitterwalk, most often in a pink color. The selection of top-water lures is nearly endless in any tackle store. It will make you dizzy. The advice of some elite pros provide a head start in the right direction when it comes to top

notch top-water trout lures, whether old stand bys or newer creations. “I can tell you for sure that my goto top-water is a One Knocker,” said Charlie Paradoski, who has worked as a guide for over 30 years along the Texas coast, mostly on East Matagorda Bay. “It’s got a different sound, like a thump. It’s a little bit louder than most rattling top-water lures. My favorite color is bone. But silver/pink is a good back up.” The Heddon One Knocker Spook Please turn to page 15

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Giant grouper highlights Matagorda Blue Water Challenge Lone Star Outdoor News Michael Belvin of Alvin captained the Reel Therapy team at the Matagorda Blue Water Challenge, and it was the Warsaw grouper that Belvin caught that brought all of the attention. The fish tipped the scales at 288.3 pounds. “It was a hell of a catch,” Belvin said.“ We were about 75 miles out, in 500 feet of water and we weren’t having any luck.” The team was preparing to move to try for some kingfish when the big fish hit. “I left my bait dragging while we were cleaning up the boat,” Belvin said. “The rod started bouncing and I tried setting the hook, but he was gone. Then the rod started bouncing again and I ended up hooking him.” The fight took an hour to land. “He was just solid weight,” Belvin said. “He didn’t run until he was almost all the way to the top.” Once the fish was to the boat, it took all of the team members to lift the giant over the side of the boat. “We knew we had the $10,000 grouper bounty at that point,” Belvin said. “We were all jumping up and down.” Last year, the team won the

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Van Dam wins again After going five years between victories, Kevin Van Dam has won two Bassmaster Elite Series wins in seven weeks. After recording his 21st career victory at Louisiana’s Toledo Bend Reservoir in May, VanDam came from behind to claim the $100,000 first-place prize in the Busch Beer Bassmaster Elite at Cayuga Lake. Van Dam went into the final day in third place, almost 2 pounds out of the lead. But a final-day catch of 15 pounds, 7 ounces put him over the top with a four-day mark of 71-13. Jordan Lee, a 24-year-old Alabama angler who led going into the final round, finished second with 70-12. Van Dam spent part of his week sight-fishing for bedding bass, using a combination of baits, including new Strike King lure called a Half Shell, a 4-inch wacky-rigged Strike King Ocho and a Strike King Dream Shot. “When you’re sight-fishing, every fish is different,” VanDam said. “I had to show them several different baits and different colors. One would bite chartreuse, the next one would bite green pumpkin and the next would bite KVD magic.” Keith Combs of Huntington was the top Texan, finishing sixth.

Northcutt wins catfish classic Johnny Northcutt, of Point, brought the largest catfish to the scales at the 8th annual Lake Fork Catfish Classic, held June 24-25. Northcutt landed his 12.04-pound channel catfish on the event’s first day. Anglers competed individually for big catfish with cash prizes awarded for the four largest fish weighed each hour and bonuses paid to the those catching the largest seven fish overall. Including the hourly payout, Northcutt collected a total of $5,400 for his fish. Phillip Lasswell of Lufkin finished second with his 11.81-pound cat, earning $3,100 in hourly and bonus money. David Driskell of Crockett captured third place and a $1,600 reward for his 9.57-pound channel cat, while Roger Stroman of Emory finished fourth with a 9.56-pound channel worth $800. The top youth angler was Cash Harrison of Tyler with a 5.58-pound channel cat. Tonya Brown of Lindale took top ladies honors with her 6.09-pound fish, and Phillip Lasswell of Lufkin topped all seniors with an 11.81-pound channel cat.

GIANT: Michael Belvin landed this 288.3-pound Warsaw grouper while fishing in the Matagorda Blue Water Challenge. Photos from Michael Belvin.

grouper category at the tournament with a 61-pounder and the amberjack division with an 87-pounder. The Texas state record for Warsaw grouper is 302.7 pounds, caught by Raul Reyes on October 18, 2006. The fish won the $10,000 bounty the event offered for the biggest Warsaw grouper over 100 pounds. Please turn to page 31

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TEXAS FRESHWATER FISHING REPORT ALAN HENRY: Water clear; 86–90 degrees; 1.66’ low. Black bass are fair early on clear top-waters, wacky worms and Texas rigs on points. Crappie are fair. Catfish are fair on perch and goldfish. AMISTAD: Water murky; 83–87 degrees; 24.39’ low. Black bass are good on top-waters, crankbaits, spinner baits and soft plastic frogs. Striped bass are fair on top-waters and large jerkbaits. White bass are fair on crankbaits and minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on cheese bait, shrimp and nightcrawlers over baited holes. ARROWHEAD: Water fairly clear; 85–89 degrees; 0.38’ low. Crappie are slow. Catfish are good on worms and stink bait. ATHENS: Water lightly stained; 84–89 degrees; 0.17’ high. Black bass are good on hollow-body frogs and weightless Senkos. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. BELTON: Water murky; 78–82 degrees; 25.34’ high. All species are slow. BOB SANDLIN: Water stained; 83–88 degrees; 0.33’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged creature baits and Carolina-rigged worms. Crappie are slow. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad. BONHAM: Water stained to lightly stained; 84–88 degrees; 0.33’ low. Black bass are good on top-waters, Texas-rigged worms and deep-diving 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 lightly stained, 84–89 degrees: 0.64’ high. Black bass are very good on white buzzbaits, shad swimbaits on jigheads and creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and rod and reel. BROWNWOOD: Water murky; 79–83 degrees; 0.09’ high. Black bass are good on soft plastics, buzzbaits, and spinner baits over grass. Hybrid striper are fair on shad. White bass are good on minnows and jigs off lighted docks at night. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel catfish are

good on trotlines baited with live bait. BUCHANAN: Water murky; 79–83 degrees; 0.06’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon flukes, Texasrigged watermelon worms, and top-waters off secondary points early. Striped bass are fair on small crankbaits and top-waters early. Crappie are good on minnows and crappie jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on live bait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines and trotlines baited with goldfish. CADDO: Water stained to muddy; 85–90 degrees; 1.50’ high. Black bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. CALAVERAS: Water murky. All species are slow. CANYON LAKE: Water murky; 78–82 degrees; 1.81’ high. All species are slow. CEDAR CREEK: Water lightly stained; 85–90 degrees; 0.13’ low. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged worms,

crankbaits and Yellow Magic poppers. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. CHOKE CANYON: Water murky; 80–84 degrees; 21.29’ low. Black bass are fair on small crankbaits and soft plastic worms and lizards. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and nightcrawlers. COLEMAN: Water murky; 80–84 degrees; 0.14’ low. All species are slow. COLETO CREEK: Water murky; 94 degrees at the hot water discharge, 88 degrees in main lake; 0.16’ high. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinner baits and crankbaits in 8–10 feet. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on live perch and cut bait in 8–10 feet. CONROE: Water murky; 79–83 degrees; 0.15’ low. Black bass are good on dark spinner baits and small lipless crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on shrimp and chicken livers. FALCON: Water murky;

84–88 degrees; 27.73’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon spinner baits and shallow-running crankbaits in the north end of the lake. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stink bait. FORK: Water stained; 84– 89 degrees; 0.26’ low. Black bass are good on Carolinarigged flukes, football jigs and deep-diving crankbaits. White and yellow bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. FT. PHANTOM HILL: Water murky; 84–88 degrees; 0.12’ 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 good on green pumpkin crankbaits and spinner baits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers, shrimp and stink bait. GRANBURY: Water murky; 79–83 degrees; 0.08’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastic worms and lipless crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on minnows and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers, chicken livers and stink bait. GRANGER: Water murky; 78–82 degrees; 4.16’ high. All species are slow. GRAPEVINE: Water stained to muddy; 83–88 degrees; 11.39’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged soft plastics and white buzzbaits. White bass and hybrid bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait. HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 87–91 degrees; 0.01’ low. Black bass are good on black and dark green soft plastic worms. Crappie are good on live minnows. Bream are good on live worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch. HUBBARD CREEK: Water offcolor; 85–90 degrees; 0.49’ 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; 84–89 degrees; 1.32’ high. Black bass are fair on Texasrigged creature baits and craws. White bass are fair on

slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait. LAVON: Water stained to muddy; 85–90 degrees: 2.40’ high. Black bass are fair on buzzbaits and bladed jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. LBJ: Water stained; 79–83 degrees; 0.65’ low. Black bass are fair on small topwaters and watermelon jigs in 8–16 feet early. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles in 15 feet. Channel catfish are fair on minnows. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch. LEWISVILLE: Water stained to muddy; 84–89 degrees; 3.36’ high. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged creature baits and shallow crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines. LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 81–85 degrees; 1.59’ high. Black bass are good on white spinner baits and lipless crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on striper jigs, hellbenders and silver slabs. White bass are fair on minnows, troll tubes and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Blue catfish are fair on shad. MONTICELLO: Water stained; 86–91 degrees; 0.25’ low. Black bass are fair on hollow-body frogs, buzz frogs and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait. NASWORTHY: 84–89 degrees; 0.61’ 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; 78–82 degrees; 9.38’ high. All species are slow. O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 86–90 degrees; 33.63’ low. Black bass are fair to good on weightless flukes, jigs, medium-running, shad-pattern 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; 84–88 degrees; 10.52’ 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; 84–88 degrees; 0.03’ high. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged craws, wake baits and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. POSSUM KINGDOM: Water off-color; 84–90 degrees; 0.13’ high. 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 on bladed jigs. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers. PROCTOR: Water murky; 79–83 degrees; 13.45’ high. All species are slow. RAY HUBBARD: Water stained; 84–89 degrees; 0.11’ high. Black bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad. RAY ROBERTS: Water stained to muddy; 84–89 degrees; 3.20’ high. Black bass are fair on deep-diving crankbaits, football jigs and Carolina-rigged flukes. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Wa-

ter stained; 84–88 degrees; 0.15’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged creature baits and craws. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. SAM RAYBURN: Water

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murky; 80–84 degrees; 2.75’ high. Black bass are fair on lipless and dark crankbaits. White bass are good on minnows and small spinner baits. Crappie are good on minnows over brush piles in 20–25 feet. Bream are good on nightcrawlers. Catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait and cut bait. SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 80–84 degrees; 17.50’ high. All species are slow. STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 79–83 degrees; 13.50’ high. All species are slow. TAWAKONI: Water stained to muddy; 86–90 degrees; 0.56’ high. Black bass are fair on hollow-body frogs and Texas-rigged craws on docks. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines. TEXOMA: Water stained to muddy; 83–88 degrees; 2.55’ high. Black bass are fair on top-waters and Texas-rigged worms. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. TOLEDO BEND: Water murky; 80–84 degrees; 0.20’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinner baits, crankbaits and black/ blue soft plastics. Striped bass are good on white striper jigs. White bass are good on minnows and pet spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Bream are good on crickets and nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait and liver. TRAVIS: Water murky; 81–85 degrees; 0.12’ high. All species are slow. WHITNEY: Water murky; 79–83 degrees; 13.88’ high. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on downriggers. Catfish are slow. —TPWD

Lake Fork holds sand bass tourney Lone Star Outdoor News Some Lake Fork anglers enjoy fishing for white bass. Others want to get rid of them. Tournament director Mark Howard welcomed them all, and said the first annual Lake Fork Sand Bass Tournament on July 2 was designed as a fun event that also gets some white bass out of the lake A total of 33 teams weighed in 146 white bass, with one team bringing 31 fish. The team of John and Collin Kelbe topped the field with 10 fish weighing 17.4 pounds, and had the largest sand bass at 2.58 pounds.

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Wyatt, Gage and Gunner Cook followed with 15.38 pounds, followed by Dale Washington and Scott Duber with 15.22 pounds. Most of the anglers reported they struggled to find fish in the heat, and the normal hotspots were not producing. Eddie Garrett, a Lake Fork guide, gave advice to the participants before the event, noting that a thermocline has developed on the lake. “You will be disappointed if you try the normal spots in the morning,” he said. “They are not getting on them until later in the afternoon. Try shallower places early in the day.”

Whitehouse team wins high school bass title Carter Henderson and Will Hughes of Whitehouse High School won the Texas High School Bass Association state tournament on Toledo Bend Reservoir in June. Henderson and Hughes, both seniors who had already graduated, weighed a total 37.84, 2 pounds better than the team of Dakota Ploh and Justin Shelton of Mabank, who finished second. In all, 179 teams from around the state competed in the two-day event. The Whitehouse team, in its second year of competition, was in fourth place after the tournament’s first day. The second day, though, proved to be the winner. “We started hot,” Hughes said. “We had about 16 pounds in the boat by 6:30 or 7 a.m.” The team was fishing frogs, and finished the second day with five bass weighing 20.23 pounds. The title includes $10,000 college scholarships for each of the winners. Hughes will attend Stephen F. Austin State University, while Henderson is going to Texas A&M University.

NETFUL: After years of drought, high water levels have resulted in good striped bass spawns in the past two years. Recent surveys have revealed big numbers of fingerlings. Photo by TPWD.

Moczygemba said the fishing at Texoma is starting to come around. “Once the lake settles down and starts clearing up, it will get better,” he said. Fishermen will have to wait for the strong year class of stripers to find their hooks. “They will be of a catchable size in two to three years,” Moc-

zygemba said. While striped bass naturally reproduce on Texoma, they require better spawning conditions than white bass. “With no inflows during the years of the drought, they didn’t produce good year classes,” Mauck said. “Between that and the floods that sent fish downstream, the numbers are down on

the lake.” “They need the rain events that trigger them to go upriver,” Mauck said. “They can go 60 to 80 miles.” White bass are doing very well at Texoma, as they have the ability to spawn in lower water conditions. “Anglers have been targeting the white bass more,” Mauck said.

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GAME WARDEN BLOTTER ILLEGAL NOODLING WITH SNAG POLE Wood County Game Warden Derek Spitzer and Rains County Game Warden Dewayne Noble caught two noodling subjects using a snag poll on Lake Quitman. Both subjects were cited for fishing with illegal means or methods and one 30-pound flathead catfish was released back into the lake. NEIGHBOR WITH CHICKEN COOP SHOOTS HAWK A hawk-type bird was brought into a veterinary clinic. The bird had been shot with a pellet gun. Houston County Game Warden Eddie Lehr identified the bird as a Mississippi kite. Lehr talked to the family that had found the bird in their backyard and noticed that in their neighbors’ backyard was a chicken coop. Lehr did a knock-and-talk with the neighbor and got a confession to shooting the kite. GOOD BASS-FISHING DAY FOR FISH IN THE SLOT On Lake Pinkston, Shelby County Game Warden Anthony King was checking fisherman and while inspecting a boat with one man and a passenger, observed a livewell with nine bass in it. Most of the bass were illegal because they were in the slot. There were seven illegal slot bass. The subject received citations and was educated on the lake’s slot limit. BOATING WITHOUT LIGHTS LEADS TO HOST OF VIOLATIONS On Lake Palestine, Cherokee County Game Warden Brian Bearden stopped a flat-bottomed

MAN DEMANDS LICENSE BACK, WARDEN OBLIGES AFTER ARREST While checking bank fishermen on Lake Austin, Travis County Game Warden Jeff Hill encountered three individuals fishing without a license. Two produced driver’s licenses, but the third man kept pulling out different insufficient forms of identification. He finally relinquished his driver’s license. As Hill was checking with headquarters for fishing

boat that was running well after dark with no navigation lights. The subject did not possess a fishing license and had headed and tailed fish on board the vessel. Another occupant had a hunting license but no fishing license. A buck was documented on his harvest log, but when asked about the deer he killed last season, the man said he shot a doe. After more questioning, it was learned the subject’s stepfather had shot a deer and used the subject’s tag. Bearden and Cherokee County Game Warden Eric Collins interviewed the subject and stepfather. The stepfather, who did not have a hunting license, shot a spike behind the house and used his stepson’s tag. The stepson had shot a doe, but failed to tag it. Numerous citations for boating, fishing and hunting violations were given. BIG GATOR SHOT ILLEGALLY Henderson County Game Warden Chad West received information from Cherokee County Game

licenses, the third individual approached the warden with his cellphone flashlight shining in Hill’s eyes. The man said he was recording the encounter and demanded his identification back. Hill obliged by returning the license and citation to the property room at the Travis County Jail where the man was booked on two outstanding warrants.

Warden Eric Collins concerning a possible alligator that was taken illegally on Kickapoo Creek. West teamed up with Henderson County Wardens Dustin Balfanz and Gregg Johnson to try to identify and locate the shooter. The wardens began their search with only a few pictures of the alligator and a possible shooter. After several hours of investigation, the wardens located the shooter and determined the alligator was in fact taken without landowner consent, was taken by illegal means/methods, and that no permit had been sought after the kill. The alligator was 12-foot, 6-inches long, one of the largest to have been killed in Henderson County. UNREGISTERED BOATS TARGETED District IV Wardens have completed Phase One of their Marina Inspection Initiative to identify unregistered boats in the marinas of local lakes. They have filed 319 citations and three warnings. There

are 70 cases still being investigated. Many of the boats were at least five years out of registration. Several had been sold and never transferred. These investigations continue. WARRANTS NOT PAID BECAUSE VIOLATOR QUIT DRIVING A citation issued by Travis County Game Warden Jeff Hill remained unpaid, and a warrant was issued for the violator’s arrest. Hill contacted the individual, who had seven outstanding warrants totaling more than $11,000. The man said he didn’t think he would be caught because he didn’t drive any more. SHRIMPER WAY OVER LIMIT Calhoun County Game Warden Ben Bailey checked a bait shrimper that was over the limit by 350 pounds. The subject was also in possession of 10 trout and two undersized flounder. Cases pending.

WARDENS RESCUE CAPSIZED KAYAKERS A father and his daughter were kayaking the Colorado River when their kayak hit a tree limb and capsized. The daughter, who was wearing her life jacket, made it to shore and called 911. Bastrop County Game Wardens Sonny Alaniz and Drew Alexander, along with Bastrop County Fire, responded. Her father did not know how to swim, but was also wearing a life jacket. He was located by Star Flight helicopter holding on to a tree limb in the river. He was then rescued by first responders. WARDEN RESCUES FISHERMAN HANGING ONTO TREE AFTER HIS BOAT CAPSIZED A fisherman’s boat capsized and he was hanging onto a tree in the rain-swollen Sabine River. Gregg County Game Warden Todd Long was first on the scene and was able to reach the man, by boat, and get him safely to the bank. The Longview Fire Department’s Water Rescue Team was able to get the capsized boat recovered and to shore. The fisherman did not suffer any injuries.


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TEXAS SALTWATER FISHING REPORT NORTH SABINE: Trout are fair in the river on live shad. Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad on soft plastics. Redfish are good under rafts of shad on 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. Trout are good while drifting scattered shell in the Sabine Channel. BOLIVAR: Trout are good on the south shoreline on Bass Assassins and Gamblers. Trout are good at Rollover Pass in the afternoon on the outgoing tide on scented plastics. TRINITY BAY: Most of the bay remains fresh from Trinity River runoff. EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are good for drifters working deep shell on limetreuse and plum Down South Lures, Lil’ Johns and Bass Assassins. Waders have fared well on top-waters. WEST GALVESTON BAY: Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Trout are fair to good on the shorelines on croakers and topwaters. Trout are good in the surf on live shrimp and plastics. TEXAS CITY: Trout are good on the reefs and in the channel on live shrimp and croakers. Redfish and sand trout are fair to good in Moses Lake on shrimp. FREEPORT: Trout are good at San Luis Pass on shrimp, MirrOlures and soft plastics. Trout, redfish, sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay. Trout are good early in the morning at the jetties on live shrimp. EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are good for drifters on live shrimp over midbay reefs. Redfish are good in the middle of the bay on live shrimp near slicks. Trout are good on top-waters while wading reefs. WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are good on sand and grass humps on soft plastics and top-waters. Redfish

are good on the shorelines while wading with live bait. Trout are fair to good at the Cedars on soft plastics. PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are good on topwaters and live bait over sand, grass and shell in San Antonio Bay. Trout and redfish are at the mouths of the back lakes on the outgoing tide. Trout are good in the surf on top-waters and croakers. ROCKPORT: Trout are fair to good in the guts and channels on free-lined shrimp. Trout are fair over grass while drifting with live shrimp. Redfish are fair on the Estes Flats on finger mullet. PORT ARANSAS: Trout, redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp and croakers. Redfish are fair to good on the East Flats on top-waters and scented plastics. Offshore is good for red snapper, kingfish and ling. 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 fair to good on the edges of the guts near Shamrock Cove. BAFFIN BAY: Trout are good on top-waters around rocks and grass near the Badlands. Trout are fair at night in the Land Cut on live shrimp. Trout are fair to good while drifting grass around spoil islands on soft plastics and top-waters. PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are good on top-waters on the edge of the channel and around sand and grass. Redfish are good around potholes on soft plastics. Offshore is good for red snapper, kingfish and ling. SOUTH PADRE: Trout are good on shrimp and artificial shrimp while drifting the grass beds. Spanish mackerel and snook are good at the jetty and in South Bay. Trout are good on top-waters while wading grass potholes. PORT ISABEL: Trout and redfish are fair to good on the flats on live shrimp. Trout are good on the deeper edges and flats on top-waters and live shrimp. —TPWD

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Coastal Cork owner and developer Gary Tate. “We bought 100 corks and started making our own rattle floats in an effort to catch more and bigger trout on East Matagorda Bay. So far it’s been a big success. Our corks make a lot of noise, won’t wear out and are highly visible in the water.” The inventor of the FP3, Freddy Petty, has motified a cork at his house in Laguna Vista. Petty hand mills a special plastic he found in Mexico and melds them, with permission, to Cajun Thunder Corks. Built to draw fish in off-colored waters while protecting the cork, Petty found the float is even louder than the others. Petty sells them out of his house for $10 each. Another go-to rattle float is a Blabber Mouth, popular on Baffin Bay. The Blabber Mouth is a hard plastic cone-shaped float, with a stainless wire shaft. It’s got three large beads on the bottom that make one heck of a racket when popped. It’s got a modified cupped face and can be cast a country mile.

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Fishing the surface

Craig Bonds, the Inland Fisheries Division director for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation. Bonds is a 17-year veteran of TPWD, including prior service as a recreational fisheries management biologist at various levels and locations. He holds a B.S. from Texas A&M University and a M.S. from Virginia Tech. He has twice received the Outstanding Fisheries Worker of the Year award from the Texas Chapter of the AFS, an organization in which he has held numerous positions, including president.

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is 4-1/2 inches long with a pair of No. 2 treble hooks. This lure’s claim to fame is the single tungsten rattle contained in a sound-intensifying chamber. Jim West has been running fishing charters on the Galveston bay system for decades. He’s well-known for catching big numbers of heavy trout. His number one lure on just about any given day or night is a MirrOlure She Dog. The She Dog is 4-inches long and is built with two rattles that emit a highfrequency sound. “This lure floats higher in the water than other top-waters,” West said. “It makes more of a surface clatter, like a wounded mullet. It’ll draw some pretty good blowups. I’m not sure that the color is a big factor but I’m partial to the She Dog with a red head, white back with black spots and a chrome body.” Capt. Jerry Norris is one of the original guides on Sabine Lake. He’s very good at targeting big trout. But he’s not always fishing with the most well-known lures. “I’ve been using a Rebel Jumpin’ Minnow for years to catch Sabine Lake trout,” Norris said. “It’s got a side-toside wobble, but when it’s stopped the tail sinks down into the water. I’ll add a pinch of lead to the rear treble, that’s just enough to pull the tail down so that when it’s popped the lure jumps up out of the water. That’s when you’ll get some huge blowups.” His favorite colors are bone, or silver black. The Jumpin’ Minnow is made in two sizes — 3 1/2 and 4 1/2 inches. Norris says that when the water gets clear along the jetties he’ll use the small minnow. On open water flats, he prefers the longer one. Another top-water lure Norris is par-

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tial to is a 5 1/2-inch-jointed Rebel Minnow. “This is a good late spring, early summer bait that’ll catch big trout in 3- to 5-feet of water,” Norris said. “This is a shallow-running lure, but I’ll use it as a top-water by twitching it on a slow retrieve. Almost all the hits will come as the lure is sitting dead still.” What may be the number one top-water that all the pros keep close is a Super Spook Jr. It’s only 3-1/2 inches long, the cousin of the original 5-inch long Super Spook that’s been around forever. On a twitching retrieve, this lure will move from left to right in a walk-the-dog motion. The most popular colors are blue/

chrome, bone/silver and red head with a silver and white body. Two quick tips on fishing top-water lures come from West. “Always keep sharp hooks on your top-water plugs,” he said. “Dull hooks will lose fish in the clutch. And when you miss a strike, keep the lure going. You’ll almost always get a second blowup.” Rapala has just introduced the new Twitchin’ Mullet and Twitchin’ Minnow, with two single VMC inline hooks. Time will tell if these new plugs will make the list.

On June 29, the Menard County Sheriff’s Office and Texas game wardens served an evidentiary search warrant on a ranch in eastern Menard County that was conducting an alleged illegal large-scale marijuana growing operation. Wardens initially spotted the marijuana while conducting an aerial patrol of the county. Approximately 40,000 marijuana plants worth millions of dollars were seized, as well as other evidence pertaining to the case. The site included substantial infrastructure including camps and irrigation. —TPWD

Invasive mussel in three more Texas lakes After a spring filled with heavy rains and flooding, three additional Texas lakes have tested positive for zebra mussels. Lake Livingston, Eagle Mountain Lake and Lake Worth all tested positive for zebra mussels. The Tarrant Regional Water District has been monitoring Eagle Mountain Lake and Lake Worth for the presence of zebra mussels. Both lakes are downstream of Lake Bridgeport, which is infested. —TPWD

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Learning to shoot steel Continued from page 4

“We were taught body position with the gun, not holding the grip too tight, breathing, and the importance of following through with the rifle shot,” Wire said. “The instructors notice every minute detail, like keeping the finger on the trigger until impact to allow you to see the bullet hit the target.” And the targets are many, with 1,200 steel plates and steel animal targets at various distances on the 12,000-acre ranch. The instructors include former Navy Seal snipers and all are experienced big game hunters. The goal of the training is not to join the fad of taking long shots at animals. “What we’re trying to accomplish is help people both understand and expand their current limitations,” said Tim Fallon, who operates SAAM. “If they come as a 150-yard shooter, that’s great. Based on their equipment, we help them expand to the point where they are only limited by the equipment or physical limitations.” Nearly every room at the lodge has a sign with SAAM’s motto: “It’s the hunter’s job to kill the animal instantly with one shot.” Making that possible requires an understanding of where a person’s “100 percent” ends. “We help people understand the ethics of the long shot,” Fallon said. “If you come out here and can’t hit the 500-yard target in one shot, then you shouldn’t take a shot at 500 yards. Get closer.” There are times when training for long shots is required, though. “We had 22 Marco Polo hunters through here last year,” Fallon said. “The average shot was 500 yards. We train them at 700 yards all day long — it makes 500 feel like a chip shot.” Hunters also experience hunting-like pressure during the training. “Our instructor had us shoot a red plate near an elk target at 350 yards,” Wire said. “When you hit that, you immediately shoot the elk target. Then, the instructor said, ‘The elk is now running and is at 450 yards.’ Then you make a quick turret adjustment, adjust your body and gun position and shoot the red plate

at 450 yards, and then the elk target.” The FTW Ranch near Barksdale began as a hunting ranch in 1994, but converted to primarily a training ranch after the initial safari course was developed and the training became so popular, followed by more targets and more field courses. “We’ll run groups through for 42 weeks this year,” Fallon said. “The rest of the time we are making new field courses, fixing targets and doing repairs.” While 65-percent of the 500 or so shooters each year are repeat customers, sniper training for the military is a big part of what SAAM does. “We do 10-12 weeks of Tier 1 sniper training for the Marines, Army and Navy,” Fallon said. Courses include four-day Safari or Precision training, or two-day courses designed for previous graduates or those who are extremely time limited. The hospitality, cuisine and camaraderie show what Fallon learned from his hunting travels all over the world. “I went there to become a better huntershooter,” said James Jeanes of Dallas. “When I got down there, it was off the charts. Every detail is taken care of, and it makes you better.” The training costs $4,150 for the four-day courses and $2,950 for two days. “Tim (Fallon) had donated this to the Less than One Club as part of the hunt drawing. This is by far the best shooting instruction I’d ever had. I enjoyed it so much, I plan on signing up for the advanced precision school to further myself and build upon what Tim and his team have taught me.” The training days can be exhausting, Wire said. “Expect some long days,” he said. “You won’t need your cellphone, it doesn’t work out in the field. And you’ll be beat at the end. “But you’ll be a better shot.”

Tips for Texas deer hunters from SAAM The typical Texas deer hunt involves a short walk to the deer blind. Once in the blind, instead of fiddling with your cellphone or taking a nap, figure the wind and check distances to several trees, rocks or other features you see. You’ll be better prepared when the buck steps out from the unsuspected spot.

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Bass in the heat Continued from page 1

At the Bass Champs TX Shootout on Lake Sam Rayburn, husband and wife Mike and Ashley Gibbs, of Hemphill, won the June 26 event with five fish totaling 31.64 pounds, winning $50,000. The team fished deep in an area with flooded stumps coming up to gravel. “We started out in deep water, 25 feet coming up to about 17 feet, just hoping they would be there,” Mike Gibbs said. “We caught our biggest fish on Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News the first cast.” The bite slowed so they tried another spot, a ridge about a quarter of a mile away. “We caught two more nice fish there,” he said. Gibbs is well-known in fishing circles. He and his wife won second place at the Big Bass Splash in April, fishing the same spot on Sam Rayburn, but that time fishing from a pontoon boat. The spot is within view of the couple’s home on the lake. Gibbs also caught a tagged redfish last year in the CCA STAR tournament, winning a truck and boat. He was fishing from a pier. At the TX Shootout, 19 teams weighed in more than 20 pounds, and the team of Spike Stoker of Stephenville and Randy Sullivan of Breckenridge claimed second place and the $10,000 prize with 29.57 pounds, fishing deep water with big spoons, jigs and crankbaits. Following in third with 26.75 pounds was the team of Nick Diberardino of Onalaska and Larry Cotton of Huffman, winning $8,000. The team fished frogs and flipped jigs into heavy cover. Falcon Lake is earning its move back into one of the top bass lakes in the country, at least according to guide Jimmy Steed. Fishing with a father and two sons, they landed around 40 bass with the best five weighing 28 pounds, the largest weighing 7.62 pounds. Steed said the shallow-water fishing has been good, but the better fish were a little deeper than they had been in early June, in 12- to 15-feet of water on shad-colored crankbaits and Texas rigs. Steed reported numerous 50-plus fish days in June. On Alan Henry Reservoir in West Texas, Billy Reynolds of Midland landed his first double-digit bass in late June. The fish, caught on a 1/4-ounce Shaky Head with a chartreuse Senko in 6 feet of water, weighed 10 pounds, 4 ounces.

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Kirby McDonald, 14, and her sister, Patricia, 11, caught a mess of big bluegill from a private lake near Tyler. The largest weighed 1.1 pounds. Dr. Glenn Head and his grandson Luke, of Frisco, caught this stringer of speckled trout in Arroyo City.

Allison Gonzales of San Antonio caught this speckled trout near Redfish Bay while fishing with her father, Eric.

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Tyler Ferris outfished his dad with this redfish he caught by the Packary Channel in Corpus Christi using live mullet for bait. He released the 22-inch red.

Cody Mills, 16, of Pipe Creek shot this buck with his bow after school, saw a good blood trail and backed out of the woods to get his dog. He had been working with his yellow lab since it was a pup to track deer. The dog tracked down Cody’s buck.



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San Angelo-area reservoirs receiving fish

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Shark finning illegal in Texas

By John Gill

For Lone Star Outdoor News San Angelo’s three reservoirs, lakes Nasworthy, O.C. Fisher and Twin Buttes, have been struggling, but all not from the same reasons. Even through recent drought conditions, Lake Nasworthy has been able to maintain a near-capacity level thanks to its water connected neighbor to the west. Twin Buttes Reservoir has historically provided water upon demand when city officials request a refill for Nasworthy, which is the main source of San Angelo’s water supply. While O.C. Fisher and Twin Buttes have suffered from drought conditions and a common lack of catchable fish populations, Nasworthy has maintained good water levels and sports a hefty fish population. Unfortunately, the majority of Nasworthy’s fish are stunted. For the past two years West Texas has been receiving rainfall, not the flooding type, but slow lake replenishing showers. Last September, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department altered black bass regulations at Nasworthy. The effort was aimed at allowing anglers to remove some of the small, stunted fish from Nasworthy. Slot limits were altered from 14 to 18 inches on bass, meaning that those under 14 inches may be kept and bass over 18 inches are legal. John Ingle, lead fishery technician for the TPWD office in San Angelo, said Nasworthy will be tested this fall to determine if changing the slot limit has been successful. With approval from Ingle and TPWD, the Concho Bass Club recently donated all undersized bass caught during a regional bass contest held at Nasworthy in order that they could be released in O.C. Fisher as brood stock. Donny Whittenburg, spokesman for the

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LAKES ARE UP: Lakes O.C. Fisher and Twin Buttes, both near San Angelo, are rising and officials are stocking bass and channel catfish. Fish also are being moved from nearby Lake Nasworthy, where the bass are plentiful but stunted. Photo by John Gill.

bass club, said, “I hope our efforts make a small difference at Fisher, as the fish were released at a time when the spawn was taking place.” Before release, the water holding the bass was treated for possible zebra mussel contamination. Ingle added that several hundred crappie were also netted from Nasworthy and released into Fisher. Ingle was quick to remind fishermen that the release of game fish from one public water body to another is strictly forbidden, unless approved by the TPWD. O.C. Fisher was nothing more than a bonedry lake just a few years ago, but it now con-

tains around 17 percent of its capacity, and water continues to flow into the reservoir from the North Concho River. The Parks and Wildlife Department recently placed additional bass in Fisher with the release of approximately 150,000 fingerling Florida bass. Biologists are particularly encouraged that Fisher represents a virtually new lake. It’s believed that no rough fish occupy its waters and nutrition from the freshly flowing Concho will provide the boost needed for young fish. Several thousand channel catfish were also deposited in Fisher within the past two years.

After July 1, the sale, purchase or possession with intent to sell shark fins in Texas is a criminal offense. Finning is the practice of catching a shark, cutting off its fins, then discarding the dying fish. Shark finning is illegal in many parts of the world, including the U.S. since 2000. The new Texas law, located in Section 66.216 of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Code, states in part: “A person may not buy or offer to buy, sell or offer to sell, possess for the purpose of sale, transport, or ship for the purpose of sale,barter,or exchange a shark fin regardless of where the shark was taken or caught.” Restaurants will no longer be able to serve shark fin soup, a common use of the fins. A lawfully landed shark must have all fins and tail attached until it reaches its final destination. Violating the law is a Class B misdemeanor, which carries up to 180 days in jail and/or a fine up to $2,000. —Staff report

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10:42a 11:39p 11:38a NoMoon 12:32p 12:13a 1:25p 12:46a 2:18p 1:19a 3:10p 1:52a 4:03p 2:27a 5:50p 6:42p 7:32p 8:20p 9:05p 9:48p 10:29p

San Antonio 2016 July

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9:47 10:43 11:36 12:01 12:46 1:28 2:07 2:45 3:24 4:04 4:47 5:32 6:21 7:14 8:08

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9:56 3:44 10:47 4:36 11:35 5:24 ----- 6:10 12:39 6:52 1:23 7:33 2:03 8:14 2:43 8:55 3:25 9:37 4:08 10:21 4:55 11:08 5:44 11:57 6:37 12:23 7:32 1:18 8:28 2:15

10:19 11:09 11:57 12:20 1:03 1:44 2:25 3:06 3:49 4:33 5:21 6:10 7:03 7:58 8:54

4:07 4:58 5:46 6:31 7:14 7:55 8:36 9:18 10:01 10:46 11:33 ----12:50 1:45 2:41

06:39 06:40 06:40 06:41 06:42 06:42 06:43 06:43 06:44 06:45 06:45 06:46 06:47 06:48 06:48

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11:01a NoMoon 11:58a NoMoon 12:53p 12:34a 1:47p 1:06a 2:41p 1:38a 3:34p 2:10a 4:28p 2:45a 5:22p 3:22a 6:15p 4:03a 7:08p 4:48a 7:58p 5:39a 8:45p 6:34a 9:30p 7:32a 10:12p 8:34a 10:52p 9:37a

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4:31 PM


11:38 PM


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7:26 PM

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5:37 PM


South Padre Island

Rollover Pass Date Jul 8 Jul 9 Jul 10 Jul 11 Jul 12 Jul 13 Jul 14 Jul 15 Jul 16 Jul 17 Jul 18 Jul 19 Jul 20 Jul 21 Jul 22

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Port Aransas

San Luis Pass Date Jul 8 Jul 9 Jul 10 Jul 11 Jul 12 Jul 13 Jul 14 Jul 15 Jul 16 Jul 17 Jul 18 Jul 19 Jul 20 Jul 21 Jul 22


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3:05 3:47 4:28 5:08


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12:21 PM





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“Three friends came from Corpus, and with the high winds, I decided to hunt for reds,” Griffis said. “The first fish of the day was a 31-inch bruiser, it was the guy’s first redfish ever.” The son, father and grandfather caught five nice reds and four bonus trout, and released many undersized reds. “It was their first-ever bay experience other than pier fishing,” Griffis said. “They had a blast.” Capt. Nathan Beabout of Seadrift turned to the surf when much of the shell and shorelines were blanketed in fresh water. “The redfish had been aggressive but tapered off the last several days,” he said. “The trout bite was good, though, with solid trout up to 22 inches. We caught them on a variety of dark-colored paddletails and a few later on One-Knocker top-waters.” Capt. Steve Bridges fished Galveston Bay on July 4, and said despite the winds, his grouped managed to land trout. “With the winds blowing at 25 from the worst possible direction, it was tough,” he said. “We found small patches of trout-green water that produced, but it was one of the toughest days of the summer.” In Matagorda, a group fishing with Capt. Lee Warmke also ran out past the jetties to fish the beach. “We had a trout limit for three in 30 minutes,” Tunarun said on “Then we caught and released fish for fun for another three hours.” At South Padre Island, the

speckled trout fishing is still good, according to Capt. Mike Knox. “We are catching nice quantities and quality fish on both live and artificial baits,” he said. “Deeper pockets and drop-offs are holding speckled trout and flounder.” The redfish bite has been slower with some being caught later in the day, Knox said. Capt. Nathan Beabout (210) 391-6516 Capt. LG Boyd (409) 770-3567 Capt. Steve Bridges (832) 416-3111 Capt. Jeremy Griffis (361) 537-8268 Capt. Mike Knox (956) 243-0039 Capt. Lee Warmke (281) 924-3941

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Former Field & Stream publisher dies Eugene Albert Bay Jr., a legend in the advertising and publishing industries, died June 18 at the age of 83. Bay served as publisher of Field & Stream magazine for two decades. Later, at Gene Bay Associates, he was instrumental in bringing fishing and hunting programming to mainstream media through ESPN Outdoors.

New director in Missouri The Missouri Conservation Commission has named Missouri Department of Conservation Deputy Director Tom Draper as interim

director of the state conservation agency, effective July 16.

Gamo acquires Daisy Gamo Outdoor SL has acquired Daisy Outdoor Products, maker of the Daisy Red Ryder BB gun, one of the most recognized brands of air guns in the world.

Director of engineering named at The Outdoor Group The Outdoor Group, LLC named Josh Sidebottom as director of Engineering, responsible for the engineering department of ELITE Archery, Duel Game Calls, CAMX Crossbows, Scott Archery, Custom Bow Equipment, Winner’s Choice Custom Bowstrings, Lynch Mob Calls, Slick Trick Broadheads and Solid Broadheads.

RMEF seeks regional director The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is seeking a regional director to manage volunteer activities, event fundraising and major gift fundraising in Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma.

Winchester expands Super X Winchester Ammunition’s Super X line of shotshells is now available in 28 gauge.

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4 (6-ounce) king mackerel steaks 1 cup flour, lightly seasoned with salt and pepper Olive oil for cooking Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste Citrus Butter 1/2 stick unsalted butter, room temperature 1 tsp. orange zest, chopped fine 1 tsp. lime zest, chopped fine 1 tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped fine Mix all ingredients and stir.

Preheat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Lightly dredge each fillet in the seasoned flour. Add the olive oil to the preheated sauté pan. Carefully add the coated fillets to the sauté pan. Cook fillets for 3 to 4 minutes on each side until completely cooked throughout. Remove cooked fillets from pan and serve with citrus butter. —Florida Department of Agriculture

Ten-minute duck 4-6 large duck breasts, with skin 1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper 1/2 tsp. garlic powder 1/2 tsp. dried rosemary 1/4 tsp. salt 3 tbsps. olive oil 1/3 cup dry red wine 2 cups mushrooms, sliced 1/3 cup raspberry preserves Rinse duck breast in cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Season with pepper, garlic powder, rosemary and salt. Heat

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Looking Through Water Novel examines life lessons through fishing By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News The fiction novel by Bob Rich, an avid fisherman who has lived along the shores of Lake Erie and the Florida Keys, follows the events that shape a man’s and his grandson’s life. At the family cabin on Loch Loon, William McKay stopped fishing for many summers after his father informed him of the death of his grandfather and fishing buddy. Years later and back on the water, William finds himself helping his troubled grandson, Kyle. The grandson asks about the scar on William’s forehead and the story begins, winding its way from Manhattan to the Florida Keys, with characters from the old man’s past woven throughout. After a disaster at a work-related awards ceremony, William’s father, who he hadn’t seen in a dozen years, returns to ask William to fish in in a tournament in the Keys. William agrees and hops on the plane with nothing but his tuxedo and a bloody forehead. Their guide, a crusty character named Cole, turns out to be attached to William in ways he could not imagine. The trio pursues bonefish, and, after some fly-casting lessons from a love interest named Jenny, tarpon. When his father lands the third and toughest fish in the tournament, the permit, tragedy strikes. The stories told to Kyle on the fishing boat teach the young man how old wounds are revealed and healed, the meaning of forgiveness, family, and, finally, when Cole and William hook into a marlin while fishing together, of letting go. The fast-paced, quick-reading book (196 pages) is part fishing adventure story, part examination of family relationships for three generations of men. The stories are capturing to any angler, and you’ll feel like you are on the boat with the characters. Looking Through Water, by Bob Rich, is available in hardback or ebook for $24.99 at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

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NATIONAL Still target shotgun record broken Longtime shotgunner Chris Scott broke the previous Still Target world record during a recent National Wild Turkey Federation Southern Kentucky Still Target shoot. Scott, of Oakdale, Tennessee, shot a 67 in the 12-gauge open class, shattering the previous record of 57, set in 2015. Scott used a Browning Gold 12-gauge with Winchester Long Beard XR ammunition in No. 6 shot and an Indian Creek Model .655 choke tube. —NWTF

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Joseph Chait, of Beverly Hills, California, the senior auction administrator of I.M. Chait Gallery, located in Beverly Hills, was sentenced to one year and one day in prison and a $10,000 fine for conspiring to smuggle wildlife products made from rhinoceros horn, elephant ivory and coral with a market value of at least $1 million. Chait had pleaded guilty to a two-count Information before U.S. District Judge J. Paul Oetken for the Southern District of New York, who imposed the sentence. —USFWS

No Florida bear hunt this season There will not be a state-sanctioned bear hunt this year because Florida Fish & Wildlife commissioners voted to delay a decision on another hunt until 2017. The 4-3 vote came after more than eight hours of public testimony, with most speakers opposed to a second bear hunt in as many years. State biologists had recommended a 2016 hunt of up to 12 days with fewer licenses issued, fewer areas available to hunt and increased reporting requirements.

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The State of Arizona and Office of the Arizona Attorney General filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit brought by several environmental groups challenging the U.S. Forest Service’s decision to allow limited off-road motorized big game retrieval by elk and bison hunters on the Kaibab National Forest. The lawsuit was filed in January by WildEarth Guardians, Grand Canyon Wildlands Council, Wildlands Network, and the Sierra Club. “It’s interesting to note that the plaintiffs’ lawsuit targets hunters’ motorized big game retrieval, which is a small segment of offhighway vehicle use in the forest, but does not challenge other legitimate cross-country motor vehicle use. It suggests their lawsuit was filed more out of opposition to hunting than true concern for our natural resources,” said Pat Madden, incoming chairman of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission. Elk weigh between 450 and 1,200 pounds and bison between 750 and 2,500 pounds. It is unlawful to leave the edible portion of a harvested animal in the field to waste. For some hunters, a harvested bison or elk can realistically be packed out of the field only by motorized transport. —AZGFC

New associate director at USFWS U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe appointed Teresa R. Christopher as the agency’s new associate director, beginning June 27. Christopher succeeds Robert Dreher, who left the Service to become vice president of Conservation for Defenders of Wildlife. Christopher comes to the Fish and Wildlife Service from the U.S. Department of Com-

merce, where she served as senior advisor to the Secretary of Commerce for Gulf Restoration since October of 2012. Christopher will serve as principal advisor to the director on major policy issues, and will represent the Service’s priorities within the U.S. Department of the Interior and the broader administration. —USFWS

Tennessee state-record rainbow The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has confirmed a new state record rainbow trout, caught by 15-year-old Benton resident John Morgan in Polk County on June 17. The fish weighed 18 pounds, 8 ounces and measured 32 inches long and 22 1/4-inches in girth. The catch surpasses the previous record for a rainbow trout in Tennessee of 16 pounds, 15 ounces set in 2002 by Ronnie Rowland at Ft. Patrick Henry Reservoir. Morgan caught the record fish in a farm pond owned by a friend of his grandfather. He had agreed to help remove a snapping turtle from the pond and was invited to fish.

Blue Marlin Classic winners land 838-pounder


At the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort’s Baytowne Marina on June 22-26, Rise Up, a Destinbased Viking 54, landed the largest blue marlin of the tournament, and 838.2-pounder, earning the Grand Champion title and the biggest chunk of the record $1.95 million in overall prize money. —Blue Marlin Classic

Nonlead shotgun ammo required in California Beginning July 1, nonlead shot will be required when taking upland game birds with a shotgun in California, except for dove, quail, snipe, and any game birds taken at licensed game bird clubs. In addition, nonlead shot will be required when using a shotgun to take resident small game mammals, furbearing mammals, nongame mammals, nongame birds and any wildlife for depredation purposes. Starting July 1, 2019, hunters must use nonlead ammunition when taking any animal anywhere in the state for any purpose. There are no restrictions on the use of lead ammunition for target shooting purposes. —Calfornia Department of Fish and Wildlife

NASP holds World Tournament More than 4,000 students from all over the United States and Canada participated in the 2016 National Archery in the Schools Program World Tournament in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, held June 23-26. In the Elementary Division, the top male shooter was Gavin Keirns, from Crooksville, Ohio. He attends Crooksville Elementary and scored 289. The top elementary female was Savannah Philpot, from London, Kentucky. Philpot, a 5th grader, established a new NASP World Record for Elementary Female with this outstanding performance, and was the top overall female shooter in the entire competition. In the Middle School Division, the top male scorer was Chase Herndon of Chauncey, West Virginia with a 296.  The top female was Ashlie Garrison of Newburgh, Indiana with a score of 293.  In the High School Division, the top males were Dalton Talbert and Caleb Stillians who tied with a score of 299. After the 5-arrow tiebreaker,  Talbert took the top honors. Dalton is from Zanesville, Ohio. The top female in the H.S. division was Morgan Daily of Evansville, Indiana, with a score of 294.  —NASP

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Muy Grande Hall of Fame inducts five new members Lone Star Outdoor News Five persons were inducted into the Muy Grande Hall of Fame at its 51st annual deer contest celebration. Homero Amezcua, of Mexico, is a longtime rancher and white-tailed deer conservationist on his family’s 150,000-acre low-fenced property. Marty Berry’s family ranches have produced numerous Muy Grande prizewinners over the past 40 years. Berry is a founding member of the Texas Deer Association. Robert L. Rogers of Carrizo Springs operates the Casa Monte Hunting Lodge. He is the author of Great Whitetails of North America and Where the Big Bucks Live, a compilation of photos and stories spanning 40 years of deer hunting. Roy Hindes III is known nationally for his deertracking dogs, which are decedents of a bloodline his father acquired in 1936. Hindes has been called to help locate bucks at ranches across Texas. Larry Weishuhn, “Mr. Whitetail,” has been a wildlife biologist, television show host (currently of DSC’s Trailing the Hunter’s Moon), an author and wildlife consultant in North America and Africa. He is co-founder of the Texas Wildlife Association.

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Birmingham named to OGT board Jeff Birmingham has been appointed to the Operation Game Thief Board of Directors by Texas Parks and Wildlife Executive Director Carter Smith. Birmingham grew up in Port Lavaca where his dad, Jim, served more than 20 years as a Texas game warden. After graduating from Texas A&M University, Birmingham began his career in the printing industry and served as president of the Printing Industry of the Gulf Coast from 2013-2015. During his 31 years in Houston, Jeff has been an active member of the Houston Safari Club and serves on the advisory board for Child Advocates. Jeff is an avid hunter and competitive shooter. —OGT

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cameras proved to be excellent at finding duck nests, and even detected a small songbird nest. “This technique has great potential to help researchers locate duck nests in cover that is tough to search,” Rohwer said. “It could make duck research more efficient.” Currently, the most common method employed to find duck nests involves dragging a heavy chain between two all-terrain vehicles to bump sitting hens off of their nests. When the hen flushes, the ATV drivers stop and follow the chain to get close. Then, a careful-where-you-step visual search ensues to find the nest bowl and eggs. The method works well to find ducks in upland nesting cover, but it has limitations in brushy areas and cattails. And it’s impossible to use to find over-water nesting ducks. There, researchers must wade in the water and beat the cover to find duck nests. If drone-mounted thermal imaging cameras can effectively locate over-water duck nests, it would greatly aid researchers. “We would be able to find ducks much easier,” Rohwer said. “Drones and thermal cameras could be used for all kinds of wildlife research and management work.” Infrared drones have been used by farmers to examine their crops for disease, and by hunters in Louisiana to locate feral hogs. Along the Texas Gulf Coast, researchers have used drones to survey seagrasses impacted by boat propellers. Several states have outlawed the use of drones for scouting or hunting wild game, and legislation is pending in 43 states.

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Mark and Kelly Holland are tournament directors, and Kelly she had received word that a big grouper was coming in to be weighed. “It turned out we had two monsters coming in,” she said. “The first one was weighed in by Buddy Guindon’s team (Team Hull Raiser) and weighed 222 pounds. Then we heard another was coming in.” Belvin’s big fish was next, knocking Guindon out of the top spot. Holland said the tournament had some of its biggest fish ever caught. “We had a 62-pound kingfish, two other groups weighed in grouper at 88 and 98 pounds, and a ling weighing 66 pounds was brought in,” she said. “And all polygraphs tests were passed with no deception detected.” Results: Calcutta: 1. Team Russelure 100.5 pounds 2. Team Bustin Loose 95.6 pounds 3. Team Pit Boss 95.0 pounds 25-feet and Under winner: 1. Team Double Down 80.5 pounds

$20,775 $12,465 $8,310 $1,500

Big King: 1. Team Keystone 62.8 pounds 2. Team Boogeyman 59.8 pounds Big Ling: 1. Team Double Down 66.5 pounds 2. Team Russelure 57.1 pounds Big Barracuda: 1. Team Johnny B 29.3 pounds 2. Team Fools Gold 21.0 pounds Grouper: 1. Team Reel Therapy 288.3 pounds 2. Team Hull Raiser 222.6 pounds Heaviest Non-Category Fish: 1. Team Johnny B 63.9-pound wahoo 2. Team Double Trouble 24-pound jack crevalle Lady Angler: 1. Team Boogyman 59.8-pound kingfish 2. Team Reel Therapy 48-pound kingfish Junior Angler: 1. JW Reeder 88.7-pound grouper 2. Kolby La Fleur 47.8-pound kingfish 3. Cole Divin 46.1-pound kingfish

$2,520 $1,680 $2,400 $1,600 $2,700 $1,800 $1,920 $1,280 $2,400 $1,600 $1,380 $920 $1,200 $800 $600 Photo from Michael Belvin

Archery access for the public Texas Archery Academy, a nonprofit organization, has developed four indoor archery training facilities around the state in the major urban markets, and is growing. Each location offers the public an easy introduction to archery and loaner equipment. They also enable a network of USA Archery certified instructors to teach and the facilities host seminars like Hunter Education classes. “There aren’t archery ranges in city or state parks,” said Executive Director Clint Montgomery. “We make it easy. Just walk in. Most range costs are  $10, and memberships are affordable.” Texas Archery Academy plans to purchase a permanent facility to serve San Antonio. Information is available at

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Scott Martin became a six-time FLW Tour winner on June 23 with a victory on Lake Champlain. It was the third time the Florida pro captured an FLW title on the lake, with previous wins in 2004 and 2009. His four-day total weight was 74 pounds, 10 ounces. With the win, Martin becomes a six-time FLW Tour winner, the most in FLW Tour history. Martin’s best success in reaching the $125,000 prize came using a 1/2-ounce M-Pack jig that he trimmed down and added a small trailer. One Texan made the top ten, as Shinichi Fukae of Palestine finished third with 72 pounds, earning $25,000.


—Texas Archery Academy

Martin becomes top winner in FLW history

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More CWD discovered Thirteen new cases of chronic wasting disease were confirmed at a Medina County captive white-tailed deer breeding facility on June 29. The facility was associated with the herd in Medina County where CWD was discovered in white-tailed deer last year. Texas Animal Health Commission and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department discovered these cases while conducting an epidemiological investigation on the quarantined facility after a 3 1/2-year-old captive white-tailed doe tested positive for CWD in April 2016. This initial positive doe was tested for CWD due to increased surveillance testing required by the facility’s TAHC herd plan. USDA diagnostic sampling funds were utilized to conduct the testing. Of the 33 samples submitted to National Veterinary Services Laboratory for testing, 13 of these samples revealed the presence of CWD prions. TAHC and TPWD will be working closely with the facility owner to develop future testing strategies to assess the CWD disease prevalence within the facility. With these new positive cases, 25 total white-tailed deer originating from captive whitetailed deer breeding facilities have been confirmed positive for CWD in the state, including the initial CWD-positive whitetail detected in June 2015. —TPWD


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


Dallas Woods and Waters Club Monthly Meeting Texas Land & Cattle, Richardson (214) 570-8700

JULY 14-16

Texas Wildlife Association Wildlife 2016 Convention J.W. Marriott Hill Country (210) 826-2904


National Wild Turkey Federation Palestine Banquet Knights of Columbus Hall (903) 229-3883

JULY 15-17

Great Outdoors Expo Midland, The Horseshoe Pavilion (806) 253-1322

JULY 16-17

Texas Gun and Knife Show Hill Country Youth Event Center, Kerrville (830) 285-0575


Coastal Conservation Association Greater Woodlands Banquet The Grand Palace, Spring (713) 626-4222

Dallas Safari Club Monthly Meeting Hilton DFW Lakes, Grapevine (972) 980-9800 Coastal Conservation Association Hooked on Clays Sporting Clays Shoot Dallas Gun Club, Lewisville (713) 626-4222

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Texas Hunters & Sportsman’s Expo McAllen Convention Center (956) 664-2884

JULY 27-31

Bastante Billfish Tournament Rockport (361) 205-0789


Ducks Unlimited North Houston Dinner Shirley Acres (281) 541-9263


North Texas Sporting Clay Classic Dallas Gun Club, Lewisville (800) 277-1647 National Wild Turkey Federation South Central Regional Rendezvous Marriott Solana, Westlake (817) 437-3014

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Houston Safari Club Monthly Meeting Norris Conference Center (713) 623-8844 Ducks Unlimited Rice Belt Banquet El Campo Civic Center (979) 541-6152


Delta Waterfowl North Houston Banquet Houston Distributing Company (281) 914-8954 Ducks Unlimited Allen Banquet Cross Creek Ranch, Parker (214) 770-3551 Dallas Safari Club DSC 100 Volunteer Kick-Off Party DSC Office (972) 980-9800


Coastal Conservation Association Bay City Banquet Bay City Civic Center (979) 241-1294


Coastal Conservation Association Galveston Banquet Moody Gardens Convention Center (713) 626-4222 Ducks Unlimited Santa Fe Dinner Jack Brooks Park (409) 925-4349 National Wild Turkey Federation Pineywoods Banquet Lufkin Civic Center (936) 465-7516 Delta Waterfowl Longview Banquet Maude Cobb Activity Center (903) 399-2900


National Wild Turkey Federation Frisco Banquet Stonebriar Country Club (214) 693-0024

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Texas Legends Billfish Tournament Port Aransas (409) 739-4088

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McBride’s Guns, Austin (512) 472-3532

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