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Volume 13, Issue 22

Archery sales experiencing slump

Predictable crappie Fish biting in timber, over brush piles By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News Crappie fishermen love summer. The fish find their way to predictable areas and the anglers who deal with the heat find the fish. At Lake Grapevine, guide Benny Dabney reported landing good numbers in depths from 18 to 24 feet over brush piles and fish condos. The boat traffic on the busy lake, though, is an issue.

Although archery participation is up, archery sales aren’t, according to the Archery Trade Association. Higher costs of equipment is thought to be a cause. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

By Darlene McCormick Sanchez Lone Star Outdoor News

“I have a special place in my heart for wakeboard boats,” Dabney said. At Lake Ray Roberts, the bite in the timber has been better than over the brush piles, according to guide Cody Tucker. “It seems the bigger fish are mostly on timber, but the fish are definitely in the summer pattern,” Tucker said. The bite has been best on minnows. “I can catch 100 little ones on a jig, but the big ones will rarely eat it,” he said. The best depths have been from 17 to 24 feet, but occasionally the fish are hanging from 11 to 15 feet. “You have to keep moving,

The structure of docks and beneath the docks are important considerations for bass anglers. The shade provided attracts fish and the structure often determines whether a dock is a prime fishing spot. Photo by Erich Schlegel, for Lone Star Outdoor News.

Finding shade Docks of all types hold bass By Craig Nyhus

All docks provide shade that attracts bass, but all aren’t created equal. Is it the shade, the structure, or the water temperature that brings in the bass? Bob Lusk, a fisheries biologist and owner of Pond Boss, said the shade is just one key. “This time of year, it’s not only the shade, but it’s the conditioning to the structure of the dock,” he said. “The bass will orient to the pilings of the dock.”

Photo by David J. Sams

the key. Cedar Creek Lake is known for its dock fishing, especially for crappie. But big bass will lurk beneath certain docks. “If a creek channel goes under it or if it gets deep real quick, it will hold a few good bass,” said Cedar Creek guide Please turn to page 19

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Lusk said it’s important that the dock itself has structure. “All docks have something that makes them stay out of the water,” he said. “Even the floating docks usually have a piling.” The reduced water temperature under a dock isn’t a big factor, Lusk said. “The temperature is just a touch cooler,” he said. “Shade and the structure of the dock are at the top.” Many anglers believe it’s the structure beneath the dock is

For archery retailers, the news in recent years seemed to be glowing: more people were getting into the recreational and hunting side of archery. In a survey by the Archery Trade Association, they touted statistics showing archery participation had jumped 20 percent from 2012-2015. But things have changed for many retailers over the past two years, with archery industry insiders reporting a slump in sales. Kyle Chambers, archery facility manager at Cinnamon Creek Ranch in Roanoke, said sales have been declining since 2015, which was a banner year. Many of his colleagues in the industry have voiced similar concerns, he said. Chambers said Hollywood helped out a few years ago when The Hunger Games series of films hit the silver screen. Suddenly, recreational archery was trendy. But now the novelty has worn off. Thankfully, the store has a core of loyal bowhunters, he said. Data from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department reflected the trend. Archery as a means of harvesting white-tailed deer topped out in 2013-2014 at 11.25 percent. For 2015-2016, it dropped back down to 9.3 percent. The percentage has routinely hovered around 9 percent over the past seven years. Another issue has been brewing as well — the latest technologically advanced bows and equipment have come with a steep price tag. Where a new bow once cost $600-$700, they now run $1,200 to $1,500. Those kind of prices mean fewer sales, he said. “It’s almost doubled in price. Every year they come out with something new and the cost has gone up.” Chambers said. “The golf industry went through the same thing a few years ago. Our industry is seeing that.” Javier Velasco, manager of Mesquite Creek Archery and Taxidermy near San Antonio, said his shop hasn’t seen a lot of Please turn to page 5

FISHING

Aoudad wreaking havoc

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Fishing the moon

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Possum Kingdom-area exotics damaging feeders.

Phases affect big bass bites.

School of cooking

Offshore bite strong

Wild game, fish methods taught.

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Calmer seas get the people out.

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Aoudad numbers are up near Possum Kingdom Lake, and ranchers are dealing with damaged feeders. Trappers have been called in to help remove some of the animals. Photo from Emitt Woods.

Prolific exotics headache for ranchers By Darlene McCormick Sanchez Lone Star Outdoor News

Many Texas hunters value aoudad as an exotic game animal, but they can also be a problem when it comes down to ranch management. Emitt Woods, a wildlife manager for a low-fence ranch near Possum Kingdom, said a herd of about 30 aoudad have been wreaking havoc on feeders at area low-fence ranches.

Woods said the exotics located a protein feeder on a 500-acre ranch he manages and went through 1,000 pounds in about three days. Not only do they eat the feed, but also they can destroy the feeders. Aoudad will head-butt corn feeders and bend feeder legs. They have been making their rounds to various feeders, travelling from ranch to ranch, Woods said. “They have started being as bad as wild hogs,” Woods said.

“They’ll run your deer off. People are getting sick of them.” Woods said the animals weren’t causing major problems when there were only a few of them. But that changed when their population increased. The damage to the feeders and the loss of feed intended for deer was serious enough that the landowner wanted them gone. Hunters value the animals, Woods said, so he called in a trapper.

escaped. Aoudad are tough and can reproduce quickly, he said. What caught his attention about the Possum Kingdom herd is several rams are in the 20- to 30-inch “trophy” category. He intends to trap them and relocate them to his ranch, which supplies whitetails and exotics to other ranches. To get that large of a herd, Beatty set up a $10,000 wall trap around a protein feeder that can Please turn to page 7

Austin chef teaches cooking of game

Cameras useful to learn about quail

By Julia C. Bunch

For Lone Star Outdoor News

By Darlene McCormick Sanchez Lone Star Outdoor News

Game cameras are pretty common in the world of deer management tools, but they can also be great for quail. Game camera virtues in quail management include nest surveillance, monitoring relative abundance of predators, feeder and or water visitation rates, and occupancy. According to the Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch, game cameras are useful tools for quail management. Gone are the days when the cameras were

Bryce Beatty with Brown Trophy Whitetail Ranch out of Robinson County traps aoudad and other game and exotic animals across the state. He said he gets about two calls a month from ranchers wanting to remove aoudad. “Aoudad are pretty good about beating up feeders,” he said. Beatty thinks the problem in Possum Kingdom started after the fires destroyed fences and animals

Trail cameras help quail managers determine water site visits, brood size and predator impact. Photo from Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch.

expensive and actually held film. Now they can often be picked up for around $100 and have easyto-use SD cards that can hold a plethora of images. In July and August, the cameras can give managers an idea of brood size if they are set up

near a watering hole or feeders. Cameras can also give an indication of how much of the feed is actually going to quail. A study at the research ranch showed a 5-15 percent visitation rate by quail to feeders. Camera information has been Please turn to page 14

Feral hog, deer liver, wild duck — lots of people think there’s no tasty way to cook up these game animals or less desirable parts of the animal. Jesse Griffiths has heard all these wild game misconceptions — and he’s made a living prov- Cooking wild game isn’t easy for everyone, but the New School of Traditional Cookery helps students learn to preing them wrong. Griffiths runs the pare game of all types. Photo from Jesse Griffiths. New School of Tra“People waste so much food, ditional Cookery in conjunction often because they don’t know with his East Austin restaurant, what to do with less popular Dai Due. The restaurant serves up cuts,” Griffiths said. “Many huntonly locally grown and sourced ers and fishers have been taught meats and vegetables, but the they can grill some pieces, but school is where Griffiths’ food beyond that, the animal goes to philosophy really shines. Please turn to page 6


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Duck, goose callers compete for titles Lone Star Outdoor News The Team Real Duck World Waterfowl Calling Championships were held July 8-9 at Bass Pro Shops in Katy. The winner of the Gulf Coast Regional sanctioned duck calling contest, Nick Patin, will compete at the World Duck Calling Championship, a sanctioned event held in November in Stuttgart, Arkansas. The contest includes competitionstyle calling and also calling that represents five different species of ducks. John Chaisson of Lake Charles, Louisiana won the top overall caller for the seventh time. “The competition is so good from where it was 10 years ago,” said James Prince of Team Real Duck. “The judging was extremely difficult.”

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growth on the recreational side. Like Chambers, Velasco said bowhunters have kept him afloat. Velasco said his sales are down by around 15 percent. The main culprit has been online companies or third-party sites that sell equipment. He knows that because his customers have told him up front they purchased equipment online because it was a few dollars cheaper. Velasco has pointed out to those customers that there’s no service with online orders and no store to come to if there’s a problem, which has made some reconsider buying online. “It’s across the board,” Velasco said, adding that shop owners need to try to find a solution together. Jay McAninch, president and CEO of the Archery Trade Association, confirmed traditional stores have been experiencing losses nationwide. “We have seen as much as double-digit declines in retail in our industry over the past couple of years with the impact being felt both among independent retailers as well as the major mass merchants,” McAninch said. “A portion of that decline is due to sales lost by brick-and-mortar retail businesses to online retailers.” McAninch went on to say that all brick-and-mortar retailers are experiencing a loss from cyber sales, not just the archery business. The bright spot for the archery trade remains in the recreational segment, he added. For Two-90 Pawn and Archery outside of Austin, that seems to be proving true. Most of the customers at the shop are predominately youth 18 and under, said Seth Noble, an archery technician. Noble said the bowhunter clientele remains strong but the increase in the price of bows has put a damper on sales in that category. He said the shop has been creative in offering $100 annual memberships for use of the archery range. That’s cheaper than most pro shops, but the idea is that those archers will be in the store more often and buy more as a result. And it seems to be working. “I’ll say we’ve seen an increase in recreational shooters,” Noble said. “We as a company have experienced growth.”

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cient hunters, but usually more curious about the cooking aspect of the course, Griffiths said. Griffiths will go anywhere for private sessions, but often ends up on the Texas coast for fishing school demonstrations or at large ranches for hunting demonstrations. The groups eat game for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In January, the school did an all-bird weekend where Griffiths would send his clients on a scavenger hunt to find a given bird, such as turkey, dove, quail or duck, then the group would learn to cook the whole animal. Dai Due restaurant also hosts whole hog roasts where a local meal served family style is centered around a domestic or feral hog roasted on an outdoor grill. About 20 people can eat for $1,000, including sides and dessert. “People think you can’t eat feral hogs at all or they think you can only eat certain ones,” Griffiths said. “We’ve cooked every hog we’ve ever hunted at a class. They’re not only edible, but delicious.”

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waste.” The New School of Traditional Cookery offers several class formats where new and seasoned hunters and fishers can get to know the food they eat beyond dove breasts and venison loins. “The elephant in the room is how to make feral hog taste good,” Griffiths said. Many hunters seek out hogs because they’re so invasive, but then do not want the meat to go to waste, Griffiths said. Griffiths hosts weekend-long public classes on a buddy’s ranch where up to eight students are totally immersed in hunting safety, shot placement, skinning, cleaning, butchering and storing whatever animals they shoot. Hunting guides lead the once or twice daily hunts before Griffiths teaches cooking classes. A menu of deer liver, boudin balls, and boar burgers varies depending on what is hunted. Including lodging and all the wild food you can eat, public school weekends are $2,250. Private school experiences are more customizable based on what the group wants. Private school students are often profi-

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Aoudad roam long distances, making hunting and trapping them difficult on low-fence ranches, but ranchers feel they remember where the feeders are. Photo from Emitt Woods.

be activated from his phone. The trap is made of 8-foot tall panels. However, he could be in for a long wait. For the past few weeks, he’s only seen five aoudad at a time in the trap. Darrell Steffek has been around aoudad for about 20 years, and offers free-range Llano County hunts. He agrees the exotics can be difficult to manage in large numbers. “They don’t forget where a feeder is,” he said. “Eventually, they will knock it over.” His experience with aoudad has taught him to mount feeder legs to 2x8s and stake

them off. The exotics are known for roaming and not staying in one place too long, making them difficult to hunt. They are agile and can jump higher than deer. He’s found that putting down rock salt is an inexpensive way of attracting them while hunting on a low-fence ranch. However, Steffek doesn’t think aoudad are any worse for scaring off deer than other animals showing up at feeders. But managing their numbers is important. “They’re so adaptable, they could survive in hell,” Steffek said. “I feel for these guys.”

Hunting seasons set The hunting seasons for 2017-2018 have been adopted, and, as anticipated, include good news for South Texas dove hunters. The two-weekend Special White-winged Dove Area has been expanded to include the entire South Zone boundary. The 4-day, two-weekend season entails only afternoon hunting, with the 15-bird limit not to exceed two mourning or two white-tipped dove. Duck hunters will notice a reduction of the daily bag limit on pintail to one bird. Look for a complete listing of hunting season dates in the Hunting Texas Annual included in the August 11 issue of Lone Star Outdoor News. —Staff report

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FISHING State-record hammerhead caught Tim McClellan landed a 1,033-pound hammerhead shark in the Tackle Time Fishing Tournament, put on by the Texas City/LaMarque Jaycees, on July 8. His catch broke a record that stood for 37 years. The record was set back in 1980 when Mark Johnson caught an 871-pound hammerhead at 13.65 foot long. —Staff report

San Luis Pass claims more victims Lone Star Outdoor News Two drownings in as many months at San Luis Pass have officials urging caution. Jacob “Jake” Szydlowski, 19, of Allen, went missing while out fishing with his friends in June. His body was found on June 25. A wade-fisherman had reported that he and Szydlowski had been pulled under by strong currents while

fishing, and he did not see Sedowski resurface. Brazoria County officials are taking steps in an attempt to prevent another person from drowning out at the San Luis Pass, an area they call extremely dangerous. San Luis Pass is known for dangerous currents and undertows. Ten people have drowned at or near

the pass since 2013, and 16 since 2002. New sign have been installed next to existing “no swimming” signs. In June of 2016, Lone Star Outdoor News reported on the dangers of wadefishing at the pass, after two drownings, one being a wade-fisherman. Over the July 4, 2017 holiday, a man drowned while trying to reach his 5-year-old son who was struggling in the water.

Offshore bite on

Moon phases

Bill Platt of Galveston recently landed this king mackerel on a blue runner. Photo by Robert Sloan.

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Influence bass fishing By Mark England

Lone Star Outdoor News Garett Prisock’s thing is bass fishing and, like most anglers, he is always looking for an edge. The information technology student at Sam Houston State University used graphs and ShareLunker data from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to try to surmise if the influence of moon phases could be determined. “I’ve read a little bit about moon phases,” said Prisock, who published his graphs on the Texas Fishing Forum. “I fish every day I can anyway, but I wanted to see when my chances would be better.” There are four moon phases. A new moon occurs when the moon is in conjunction with the sun, showing its dark side to the Earth. During the first quarter, the moon is half-illuminated by the sun. A full moon is fully illuminated

and occurs when the Earth is between the sun and moon. Finally, in the third quarter, the opposite half of the moon is illuminated compared to the first quarter. New and full moons are the phases that most captivate anglers. For starters, tides are stronger during both phases. More specifically, during a full moon bass can see better at night and many believe that makes the nocturnal feeders more active. And there’s numerous studies asserting that spawning bass move to beds before and after a full moon in the spring. Those who favor the dark side believe that fish are move active during a new moon, if to a lesser extent than during a full moon. Anecdotally, some anglers swear that a new moon seems to give fish a false sense of security. Whether Prisock’s graphs prove a relationship between moon phases and

Garett Prisock studied the moon phases when big bass are landed, and his research suggests a new moon and a full moon are better times to land a lunker. Photos by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

The Fourth of July holiday weekend is typically the turning point for offshore fishing along the Texas coast and the flat seas that followed saw anglers out in droves, landing kings, ling, snapper and even sailfish go on a big feed. “We’re catching lots of king mackerel,” said Bill Platt, who does most of his fishing out of Galveston. “June was a great month for catching the big ones, but from about mid-July through September lots of kings in the 35- to 40-pound class can be caught in 60 to 130 feet of water. Two good areas to troll baits are the Held Bank and Clay Pile Bank.” Without a doubt the best bait you can use to catch an assortment of fish offshore is a hardtail, a.k.a. blue runner. It’s especially good for trophy class kings. “We are always in the hunt for live blue runners,” Platt, who has been fishing and winning king mackerel tournaments for years, said. “We can usually find them around rigs, along weed lines and over wrecks. Once we locate them, it’s easy to put a couple dozen in the livewell by using Sabiki rigs or small silver spoons.” Capt. Rusty Tronicek runs Rusty’s Charters aboard his 30-foot Grady White out of Port O’Connor and has been loading up on big red snapper. “I’m mostly fishing over wrecks in 85 to 130 feet of water,” Tronicek said. “The best way to tell what size fish we’re about to catch is to chum them to the surface. While chumming up snapper it’s not uncommon to draw in a ling. I always keep a couple of rods rigged to pitch live pinfish or jumbo shrimp to big ling that move in to feed on the chum. Some of the best we’ve caught lately have been in state waters.” Tronicek says the new 381-acre reef about 11

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TEXAS FRESHWATER FISHING REPORT ALAN HENRY: Water clear on the main lake, stained up the river; 76 degrees; 3.51’ low. Black bass are slow on 7-inch worms, spoons and jigs. Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair on live perch and goldfish. AMISTAD: Water murky; 79–83 degrees; 32.63’ low. Black bass are fair on green/pumpkin crankbaits, top-waters, spooks and soft plastic worms. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are good on stink bait and live perch. Yellow catfish are good on juglines baited with live perch. ARROWHEAD: Water fairly clear; 73–79 degrees; 1.21’ low. Black bass are fair to good on top-waters early, later switching to weightless flukes, Texas rigs and shallow-running crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows around structure. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers. ATHENS: Water lightly stained; 83–87 degrees; 0.52’ high. Black bass are fair on Texasrigged craws, top-waters and buzz frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad. BASTROP: Water stained; 78– 82 degrees. Black bass are good on green/pumpkin crankbaits and spinner baits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on frozen shrimp and minnows. BELTON: Water stained; 76–80 degrees; 0.65’ high. Black bass are good on perch-colored lipless crankbaits and spinner baits. Hybrid striper are good on live shad. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows under lights at night in 15-18 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on stink bait, dough bait and hot dogs in 8-15 feet. BOB SANDLIN: Water lightly stained; 82–86 degrees; 0.25’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged worms, top-waters and hollow-body frogs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and top-waters. Catfish are good on trotlines. BONHAM: Water lightly stained; 81–85 degrees; 2.70’ low. Black bass are good on top-waters, shallow crankbaits, and Texasrigged soft plastics around rocks and boat docks. Crappie are good on minnows on brush piles. Catfish are good cut bait and frozen shad. BRAUNIG: Water murky. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are good on liver and shad off points near the pier. Redfish are very good on tilapia, shad and silver spoons. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp, cut bait, and cheese bait near the dam. BRIDGEPORT: Water lightly stained, 81–85 degrees: 0.03’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged craws, swimbaits on deeper docks and square-billed crankbaits in shad patterns. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are slow. BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 77–81 degrees; 0.04’ low. Black bass are fair on crankbaits, white flukes, and green/pumpkin soft plastic worms around docks in 8-10 feet. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs over baited brush piles in 5-15 feet. Channel and blue catfish are slow. BUCHANAN: Water stained; 77–81 degrees; 0.52’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon top-

waters and Texas-rigged grape worms around stumps in 5-15 feet. Striped bass are fair on top-waters and trolling crankbaits near the dam. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on live bait and dip bait. Yellow and blue catfish are very good on juglines and trotlines baited with goldfish and perch upriver. CADDO: Water stained; 83–88 degrees; 0.60’ high. Black bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines with cut bait. CALAVERAS: Water murky. Black bass are fair on dark soft plastic worms, spinner baits and crankbaits over reed beds. Striped bass are good on chicken livers and shad. Redfish are fair on live bait near the dam in 10-20 feet. Channel catfish are good on cheese bait, shrimp and shad. Blue catfish are fair on liver and cheese bait. CANYON LAKE: Water stained; 78–82 degrees; 0.70’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits, top-waters and flukes upriver in 5-10 feet early. Striped bass are fair drifting live bait and trolling crankbaits on downriggers over deep humps. White bass are slow. Smallmouth bass are good on chartreuse plastic crickets, root beer grubs and craws and watermelon red tubes along ledges in 10-20 feet. Crappie are fair on blue tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles in 10-15 feet. Yellow and blue catfish are very good on juglines and trotlines upriver. CEDAR CREEK: Water lightly stained; 81–85 degrees; 0.18’ high. Black bass are fair on square-billed crankbaits, Texasrigged craws and top-waters. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and top-waters. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines on cut shad. CHOKE CANYON: Water stained; 76–80 degrees; 21.79’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon deep-running crankbaits, lipless crankbaits and spinner baits. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are slow. COLEMAN: Water stained; 77–81 degrees; 0.42’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinner baits, crankbaits and soft plastic worms. Hybrid striper are fair on silver spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows in 15-25 feet. Channel catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live perch and liver. COLETO CREEK: Water clear; 96 degrees at the hot water discharge, 85 degrees in main lake; 1.23’ low. Black bass are fair on green/pumpkin crankbaits and spinner baits in 4-6 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch and shad in 8-10 feet. CONROE: Water stained; 76–80 degrees; 0.18’ low. Black bass are good on green/pumpkin Carolina-rigged soft plastics, crankbaits and spinner baits. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. Crappie are good on

minnows and pink tube jigs over brush piles in 20 feet. Catfish are good on shrimp and stink bait. FALCON: Water murky; 78–82 degrees; 35.52’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics and brush hogs off points. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and cut bait upriver. FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinner baits early and late. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows and cut shad over baited holes. FORK: Water lightly stained; 82–86 degrees; 0.04’ low. Black bass are fair on football jigs, hollow-body frogs and Carolinarigged worms. White and yellow bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait. FT. PHANTOM HILL: Water murky; 75–79 degrees; 0.27’ high. Black bass are fair on top-waters early, later switching to Texas rigs, square-billed crankbaits and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers. GIBBONS CREEK: Water stained. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed soft plastic worms and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers, cut bait and chicken livers. GRANBURY: Water stained; 76–80 degrees. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are good on stink bait, chicken livers and frozen shrimp. GRANGER: Water stained; 75–79 degrees; 0.35’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on chartreuse spinner baits and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and blue/black tube jigs in 6-12 feet. Blue catfish are good on juglines baited with cut bait and Zote soap. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch. GRAPEVINE: Water lightly stained; 81–84 degrees; 0.63’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged craws, deep-diving crankbaits and top-waters. White bass and hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad. GREENBELT: 31.18’ low. Black bass are fair to good on top-waters early and late, midday switching to square-billed crankbaits, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 82–86 degrees; 0.18’ high. Black bass are good on lipless crankbaits and watermelon/red worms. Crappie are very good on live minnows over brush piles. Bream are very good on live worms off piers and in coves. Channel and blue catfish are good on juglines baited with live bait. HUBBARD CREEK: Water offcolor; 74–78 degrees; 0.44’ low. Black bass are fair to good on buzzbaits early and late, midday switching to jerkbaits, squarebilled crankbaits, Texas rigs and

jigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows around cover. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and cut bait. JOE POOL: Water lightly stained; 81–86 degrees; 0.25’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are good on slabs and top-waters. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water stained; 82–86 degrees: 2.01’ high. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged craws, hollow-body frogs and top-waters. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. LAVON: Water stained; 82–86 degrees: 0.23’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on slabs and top-waters. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait. LBJ: Water stained; 77–81 degrees; 0.66’ low. Black bass are fair on perch-colored top-waters, black/blue jigs and weightless pumpkinseed wacky worms in 5–10 feet. White bass are fair on pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs over brush piles in 12-14 feet. Channel catfish are fair on minnows and dip bait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch. LEWISVILLE: Water lightly stained; 81–85 degrees; 0.31’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged craws, shaky-head worms and top-waters. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait. LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 77–81 degrees; 0.35’ high. Black bass are good on chartreuse lipless crankbaits and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on minnows, troll tubes and Li’l Fishies. Crappie are excellent on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are fair on live bait. MACKENZIE: 73.57’ low. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait. No reports on crappie or bass. MARTIN CREEK: Water lightly stained; 85–93 degrees; 0.35’ low. Black bass are fair on weightless Senkos, hollow-body frogs and Texas-rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines. MEREDITH: 59.9’ low. Black bass are slow to fair on shallowrunning crankbaits, Texas rigs and jerkbaits. Bream and channel catfish are being caught in good numbers. MONTICELLO: Water stained; 88–94 degrees; 0.45’ high. Black bass are slow on hollow body frogs, deep-diving crankbaits and Senkos. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are slow on trotlines and cut shad. NASWORTHY: 73–78 degrees; 1.23’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, drop-shot rigs, Carolina rigs and weightless Senkos. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait. NAVARRO MILLS: Water

stained; 76–80 degrees; 0.63’ high. Black bass are good on silver lipless crankbaits and shallow-running crankbaits in Liberty Hill Park. White bass are fair on silver spoons and watermelon spinner baits. Crappie are fair on minnows and pearl jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on stink bait and shrimp. O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 73– 79 degrees; 34.25’ low. Black bass are good on top-waters early, later switching to weightless flukes, Texas rigs, jigs and square-billed crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers. OAK CREEK: Water stained; 74–80 degrees; 8.5’ low. Black bass are fair to good on splitshot weighted flukes, Texas rigs and shaky heads. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair on cut bait and nightcrawlers. PALESTINE: Water lightly stained; 81–85 degrees; 0.14’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged worms, spinner baits and top-waters. Crappie are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and punch bait. POSSUM KINGDOM: Water off-color; 72–78 degrees; 0.08’ high. Black bass are fair to good on top-waters early, later switching to drop-shot rigs, Texas rigs, medium-running crankbaits and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. White bass are fair to good on slabs and inline spinners. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers. PROCTOR: Water murky; 75–79 degrees; 0.76’ high. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on shad. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with cut shad. RAY HUBBARD: Water lightly stained; 82–86 degrees; 0.17’ high. Black bass are fair on flukes, top-waters and Carolinarigged craws. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. RAY ROBERTS: Water lightly stained; 81–85 degrees; 0.05’ low. Black bass are fair on Texasrigged worms, Carolina-rigged creature baits and deep-diving crankbaits. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 81–85 degrees; 0.28’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged creature baits, buzz frogs and top-waters. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 76–80 degrees; 0.07’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits, spinner baits and lipless crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Catfish are good on live bait and prepared bait. SOMERVILLE: Water murky;

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77–81 degrees; 0.29’ high. Black bass are fair on green/ pumpkin soft plastics and spinner baits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are slow. STAMFORD: Water stained; 71–77 degrees; 1.41’ high. Black bass are fair to good on top-waters early and late, midday switching to shallow-running crankbaits, Texas rigs and finesse jigs. Crappie are good on live minnows around cover. White bass are fair to good on live bait and tail spinners. Blue catfish are fair to good on cut and live bait. STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 76–80 degrees; 0.38’ high. Black bass are good on green/ pumpkin soft plastics, crankbaits and lipless crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stink bait. TAWAKONI: Water lightly stained; 82–86 degrees; 1.43’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. TEXOMA: Water lightly stained; 81–85 degrees; 1.40’ high. Black bass are good on medium crankbaits, top-waters and weightless flukes. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Striped bass are good on slabs and top-waters. Catfish are good on trotlines. TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 77–81 degrees; 0.41’ low. Black bass are fair on redbug soft plastic worms and lipless crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows at night. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait or liver in 20-30 feet. TRAVIS: Water stained; 78–82 degrees; 3.89’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics and chartreuse top-waters in 5-20 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on fresh cut bait and nightcrawlers. WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and chartreuse spinner baits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers. WHITE RIVER: Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait. WHITNEY: Water stained; 76–80 degrees; 0.76’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits and lipless crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are good on shrimp and live bait.

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TRINITY BAY: Trout are good for drifters working wells and shell pads on shrimp, croakers, Bass Assassins, Lil’ Johns and Down South Lures. Redfish are good on live bait around the reefs and at the spillway. EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are good for drifters working deep shell on limetreuse, glow, pink and plum Down South Lures and Bass Assassins. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp. Trout are good on the Ship Channel on croaker and plastics. WEST GALVESTON BAY: Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Offshore is good for tarpon, kingfish, red snapper and ling. TEXAS CITY: Trout are fair to good on the reefs on live shrimp and croakers. Trout are fair from the edge of the Ship Channel on croaker and shrimp. FREEPORT: Trout are good at San Luis Pass on shrimp and MirrOlures. Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay. Trout, Spanish mackerel and sand trout are good at the jetties on live bait. EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair for drifters on live shrimp over humps and scattered shell. Redfish are fair to good behind slicks in the middle of the bay on live shrimp and scented plastics. Trout are fair to good in the surf on live bait. WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair on sand

and grass humps on soft plastics and top-waters. Redfish are fair on top-waters and live shrimp in Oyster Lake and Crab Lake. PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are fair on top-waters and live bait over sand, grass and shell in San Antonio Bay. Trout are fair to good in the surf and at the jetty on croaker. Redfish are fair at the mouths of bayous on the falling tide. ROCKPORT: Trout are fair in the guts and channels on free-lined shrimp. Trout are fair over grass while drifting with live shrimp. Redfish are good on 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 croaker. Trout are fair to good in the surf on top-waters, piggies and croaker. 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 at Emmord’s Hole on croaker and piggy perch. BAFFIN BAY: Trout are good over grass in the Land Cut. Trout are good on top-waters around rocks and grass. Trout are fair to good on the King Ranch shoreline on croakers, 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 and on live bait. Offshore is good for red snapper, ling and kingfish.

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GAME WARDEN BLOTTER NOODLING NO-NO A Smith County game warden was patrolling from his truck around Lake Palestine when he noticed a group of fishermen pull up to a known catfish noodling spot. After watching the group for some time, the warden noticed an illegal fishing device was being used to snag fish. The warden confronted the group, seized the illegal device and issued multiple citations for violation of hand fishing laws, no fishing licenses and other water safety violations. ALL SEEING An Operation Game Thief call about three men at a local creek with homemade spears, masks, and numerous fish in their possession, including undersized bass and catfish, led to multiple citations in Williamson County. When the OGT caller told them they should not keep the undersized fish, their response was “nobody sees,” to which the complainant replied, “I see.” A Williamson County game warden responded and met up with the complainant, who took him to the last known location. The three guys were already gone so the warden went to a nearby subdivision still under construction. In the very back, near the creek, he located four trucks hidden in the woods. After getting backup from a county sheriff’s deputy, the warden apprehended the first subject when he came up the heavily wooded trail. Shortly thereafter, a second individual emerged to see where the first one had gone and was also apprehended. The deputy took custody of the two men while the warden went down to the water’s edge and apprehended four other adults and a minor. Three of the adults and the child were fishing legally and were allowed to leave. The

BIG BUCK PAYBACK A nearly 4-year-old Lynn County mule deer poaching case recently came to resolution with an arrest of an individual. The man had originally been charged with a state jail felony, three Class A misdemeanors, and two Class C misdemeanors for killing a mule deer at night from a public road that scored more than 200 inches. Although the subject was initially given a deferred sentence with probation on the felony case, in which the Class A citations were dismissed, his probation was revoked following a drug arrest and he was subsequently

other three matched the description of the men the complainant saw, including a description of the fish they had in their possession. In all, they had two dozen fish that included bass as small as 6 inches in length. The minimum statewide length limit on largemouth bass is 14 inches. The three were issued multiple citations for taking game fish by illegal means and taking undersized game fish. Two of them also did not have a fishing license. Cases are pending. BOYS BURN DOVE A Williamson County game warden investigated three juveniles who captured and abused an injured bird by tossing it in the air, striking it a couple of times with a football, then pouring gasoline on it and setting it on fire. One of the boys had posted the delinquent acts on social media and Cedar Park Police Department intercepted the videos before they were deleted. The warden determined the bird was a migratory white-winged dove. He made contact with each of the

found guilty of the felony deer charge. He was sentenced to nine months in a state jail, and paid over $10,000 in civil restitution assessment for the value of the mule deer. However, because the man had never answered to the Class C misdemeanor charges, game wardens petitioned the court for two original charge warrants and two failure to appear warrants. Once those were served, the man pleaded guilty to all four charges and paid an additional $2,374 in fines and court costs.

three boys and their parents, obtained their stories and filed cases for taking white-winged dove by illegal means in closed season. All three boys had just received probation for burglary of a habitation. Cases are pending. LOST BUT FOUND Game wardens received a call regarding a missing elderly man with Alzheimer’s disease. The caller informed wardens that his father had called to let him know he was near an unknown lake and saw some game wardens, but wouldn’t approach them. One of the wardens correctly deduced the man may have seen lake patrol officers at Lake Bob Sandlin. The information was passed along and the gentleman was located in less than 15 minutes. CLOSE CALL A Montgomery County game warden patrolling around Lake Conroe came into contact with a couple and found the man to be in possession of marijuana and methamphet-

amine. The subject proceeded to take off on foot with the warden in pursuit. The warden caught up to the man and, after a long struggle, placed him under arrest. At some point during the struggle the subject had taken out a pocket knife and opened the blade, but was unable to use it against the warden. He was booked on aggravated assault on a public servant, evading arrest with a prior conviction, and possession of a controlled substance. The woman was found to have a warrant for her arrest on a parole violation for a previous charge of possession of a controlled substance. While booking her, she was found to have a razor blade taped to the inside of her belt. RIGHT WAY WINS THE DAY Bexar County game wardens were patrolling Calaveras Lake for water safety violations. The wardens checked a small boat that was in full water safety compliance, with the three children onboard all wearing life jackets. The wardens complimented the operator and left

them to continue their day of fishing. Later that evening, the wardens received a report of a boat accident. The boat the wardens had checked earlier had mechanical problems on the way back to shore due to high waves. A boat passing by offered assistance and inadvertently caused a wake that capsized the boat. All passengers were able to make it to the other boat and were taken to shore safely. ONE TOO MANY Game wardens recently wrapped up a lengthy Crosby County investigation into a hunting without landowner consent case that had been reported to the OGT hotline. Wardens located and interviewed the three men involved in the incident, and obtained confessions. Two of the subjects were charged with criminal trespassing, and the third was charged with criminal trespassing-criminal responsibility of another. One of the three men also admitted to having killed a white-tailed buck while trespassing; it was his second white-tailed buck of the season in Crosby County. Crosby County is only a one-buck county, therefore, wardens also filed an exceeding the bag limit charge, as well as a harvest log violation, on the man. Cases and civil restitution are pending.

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Lone Star Outdoor News It’s not unusual to see people take selfies next to his vending machines in the Galveston area, said Steven Remeny. Maybe because bait vending machines aren’t that common in Texas. “At first, I was a little surprised at the response,” said Remeny, who owns Bait-Vend. “But, then, many people haven’t really seen them before.” Remeny owns nine frozen bait vending machines. The machines aren’t something you buy on a whim. They cost about $7,000. Remeny paired three of his bait vending machines with three ice machines he also owns. The others he placed at convenience stores that sell fishing supplies. Inside the vending machines, cooled to a minus 10 degrees, anglers can find saltwater fish baits such as frozen pinfish, $5, frozen squid, $4, and frozen shrimp, $5, all inside 16-ounce containers. Each machine holds 90 containers, and Remeny restocks them about twice a week. The live bait vending machine at Lake Mineral Wells State Park “My baits are frozen fresh,” he said. is popular. Recently, a 7-year-old angler caught at 25-pound “I pick them up off shrimp boats. My flathead catfish on his last minnow purchased through the target audience is the nighttime fish- machine. Photo by Mariah Pogue. erman, but I see people using them bait vending machines are more prevalent during the daytime all the time. in the rest of the country, where many They’re convenient.” Texas is unusual in that most of the bait states are landlocked, said Gary Harsel, vending machines here sell frozen bait. Live of livebaitvending.com in Morgantown, Please turn to page 27

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helpful in research on predators, which can also benefit managers. For example, researchers found that roadrunners don’t really prey on quail chicks once the chicks are past 5 weeks old. If predators are a concern, setting one up near a quail feeder or a nesting site can shed light on the number of predators in the area and whether they need to be managed to increase the chance of quail survival. However, some species such as roadrunners and raccoons are thought to be attracted to new and novel things such as cameras, whereas some species such as coyotes are wary of new things. Managers would need to take that into account when studying predators, said Bradley Kubecka, a research assistant at the Rolling Plains facility working on his master’s degree at Texas A&M Kingsville. Kubecka added that cameras can be use-

ful for far more than predator observations. “Most people just think of predators,” he said, but added cameras are useful in gathering habitat information. Cameras can be used to see if improved habitat has attracted birds. For example, clearing out a thicket of mesquite could be helpful cover for quail. Setting up a camera can answer those questions, Kubecka said. They can also be used for observing brood ecology. Photos also are good for collecting data such as female:male and poult:hen ratios, according to literature put out by Agrilife Extension Service at Texas A&M. Data can provide information on the composition and productivity of the population and changes that occur on an annual basis. While trail camera data are not perfect, they are great to help determine population trends over time.

Elites returning to Orange The Bassmaster Elite Series will return to the Sabine River April 6-9, 2018. In 2013, an Elite Series tournament on the river set attendance records by drawing 33,650 people for the four-day event. The Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest will be held May 17-20 at a Texas location to be announced later. The Elite Series new “no information” rule that prohibits anglers from soliciting or intentionally receiving information about locating bass on tournament venues from the time the schedule is announced could add a challenge when fishing at new locations like Lake Oahe in South Dakota, set for June 29-July 2. The Bassmaster Classic will take place March 16-18 on Lake Hartwell in South Carolina. —B.A.S.S.


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Fishing shell on the wells

Wells with shell pads around them are the best bet, as they draw baitfish and the trout that feed on them. Croaker has been the bait of choice. Photo by Robert Sloan.

By Robert Sloan

For Lone Star Outdoor News The wells scattered out in many Texas bays, and within a few miles of the surf, have been a favorite summer fishing hotspot for decades. The main catch around most of these gas wells are speckled trout, with the occasional redfish and tripletail. You can find some of the more popular wells just off the beach to the east and west

of the Sabine jetties. Espiritu Santo Bay out of Port O’Connor is where you can find numerous wells, along with a huge gas compressor station. But not all wells are created equal. The best are the ones that have shell pads around them. The shell draws baitfish and plenty of trout. Port O’Connor-based guide Ken Griffin says that he’ll just about always fish the wells in that area with live croaker.

“I’ve got two or three wells that consistently produce trout,” Griffin said. “Those are the ones with lots of shell. You can use live shrimp, but croaker seem to do best day in and day out. The best way to fish them is to free-line them up on the shell pad. What I’ll do is tie on a plastic Texas Tackle Factory Salt Shaker rattle with an 18-inch section of 30-pound test leader. I like to use a 6/0 croaker hook. If the tide is strong, I’ll add one or two split shots to get

the croaker down a little deeper.” There is a trick to fishing most wells and that is to anchor in the right spot for the best drift back towards the well. “I see a lot of people tie off to the well,” Griffin said. “If any fish are around, that will run them off. The best thing to do is figure out what the wind and tide is doing so that you can anchor 25 to 30 yards away from the shell pad surrounding the well.” Dodd Coffey has been fishing the wells along the Texas coast for decades. His go-to rig is a live shrimp and soft plastic jig. “A little trick I learned a long time ago is to fish a tandem rig with a live shrimp and a jig over the shell pads of wells,” Coffey said. “The plastic tail is fished below the shrimp. What I’ll do is cast it out, let it sink almost to bottom then jig it back in. It’s a good combination that catches lots of trout, occasionally two at a time.” Capt. Buddy Oaks said the wells located within a few miles east of the Sabine jetties are an excellent summer option for speckled trout and tripletail throughout the summer months. “One of the best ways to fish these wells is to tie off to them and fish live shrimp on bottom,” Oaks said, disagreeing with Griffin. “We’ll run from one well to another until we find the fish. Some wells are definitely better than others.” One of the most popular spots for summer time catches of trout is a rig about 7 miles southeast of the Sabine jetties. That’s where a lot of fishing has been taking place over the past few weeks, and will remain good through October. That particular yellow rig sits in about 20 feet of water. The best way to fish it is with soft plastic tails rigged on a 1/4-ounce jig head. Most trout are usually caught while vertically jigging close to the substructure. The trout are usually in the 2- to 4-pound class.

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natural resources specialist with the Inland Fisheries Division, Marshall District. Lechelt said in its heyday, Lake Murvaul was loaded with hydrilla. “It reached its peak in 1997, where it was in 27 percent of the lake,” he said. “After that, it dropped off, and after a big drought in 2005, it’s pretty much gone.” Big bass are still there, though, as seen in electrofishing surveys. “The big bass seem to be in the deeper water,” Lechelt said. “But the weekly night tournament fishermen have caught some 8-pounders. The lake has the capability Photo by TPWD of producing big bass.” Lechelt said native vegetation exists around islands on the lake, although giant salvinia has appeared and has to be dealt with. “Native vegetation exists in about 7 percent of the lake,” he said. “

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miles southeast of the Port O’Connor jetties has been holding kings. Ditto that for the rigs and wrecks 8 to 23 miles out. “Most of the time I’ll be trolling ribbon fish or whole Spanish sardines,” he said. “For the next few months there will be lots of 10- to 14-pound kings feeding on schools of baitfish in the clear, blue-green water. They are easy to catch and put up a great fight.” Capt. Jake Mynier runs charters out of Port Aransas aboard his 40-foot Ocean Super Sport. He and his family run Badfish Sportfishing charters for an assortment of fish that include red snapper, ling, kings, wahoo, sailfish, blackfin tuna and even the occasional grouper. Calmer seas allowed more anglers to get out both before and since “Last week we were out on the July 4 holiday, and multiple species of fish are cooperating. a six-hour trip for snapper,” Photos by Robert Sloan. Mynier said. “I try to always 50 miles out. That’s where we’ll troll along have live perch along for catching sailfish and ling that show up over weed lines with rigged ballyhoo or hard snapper structure. On that trip our heaviest baits. A Marauder is one of our go-to baits for wahoo, sails and blackfin tuna.” ling weighed 59 pounds.” Braid Marauder trolling lures can be The water out of Port Aransas gets deep trolled at up to 12 in a hurry, and within knots. These lures run the deep, cobalt blue below the surface with water are wahoo, sails a tight wobble. They and blackfin tuna. are not only good for “We caught a sailfish wahoo, but also for while drifting a blue runner 8 miles out,” Mynier said. “We were tuna, dorado and marlin. They run best fishing around a buoy and trying to catch when rigged with a clip to the trolling eye. bait on Sabiki rigs. Usually when we’re col- Best colors are black/blue, chartreuse/white lecting bait I’ll drift a hardtail behind the and pink/white. They are made in 6-1/2 boat. Most of our catches of sailfish are and 8-1/2 inch sizes. normally found along weed lines about

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“We had to make several stops before noon and picked up a couple of fish each time,” he wrote. “Then around noon we went to check some deeper water, and we found the mother lode.” On Lake Fork, guide Gary Paris reported at texasfishingforum.com that the crappie were biting on jigs in 20 to 25 feet. Other postitive reports came in from Lake O’ the Pines.


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Royce Simmons. “There are a few real good ones on the lake, but people keep real quiet about which ones they are.” Darrell Lyons, who guides at Toledo Bend and Sam Rayburn reservoirs, told listeners of the Texas Fishing & Outdoors radio show the structure of the dock itself can be important. “Look for old docks with lots of cross beams,” he said. “And don’t forget the cables. Algae grows on the cables and some of the shad will spawn there.” Stephen Johnson told viewers of the Texas Insider Fishing Report television show that he likes to target the shady side of docks. On Lake Athens, he has been having success using popping frogs along the side of the docks. Charles Whited of Barefoot Fishing Tours is an experienced tournament fisherman, and in summer often keys on docks. “I try to find the shallowest docks next to deep water,” he said. “Like at LBJ, a dock may have only 2 feet of water under it, but

there are fish there.” Whited prefers docks near long, tapering points. Then, he skips a frog or crankbait underneath it. A lot of people overlook the shallow docks,” he said. “You can skip the frog, you won’t see the bite but you hear the explosion. When you’re that shallow, the line size doesn’t really matter, it’s a reaction bite. You don’t have to finesse the shallow docks.” Whited said skipping crankbaits under docks requires a good bit of practice. “We do real well with it, though,” he said. “Even when we’re fishing right behind other people.” If you find a dock with fish under it, don’t forget about it. “Come back a few hours later,” Whited said. “There is something about it that the fish want, another bass probably took over that spot.” What about floating docks? “I toss a plastic right on it, then let it drop off of the edge,” Lusk said.

Whited takes a different approach. “I pull up to it and cast a crankbait around the corners, especially the corner where the most shade is,” he said. “Then, I’ll throw something light like a wacky worm where Some anglers look for docks over deeper water, while others start shallow, it slow-falls or a fluke looking for a reaction bite from a bass looking to feed in the shade. Photo by on real light line. You Lone Star Outdoor News. have to draw them out of there.” worth a try. And don’t ignore the small platforms for “We have been doing studies where we’ve swimming or lounging. radio-tagged bass from 2 to 8 pounds and “At LBJ, there are a lot of the small ones studied their movement and habits,” Lusk with ladders,” Whited said. “This time of said. “This time of year, the bass will sit right year, there can be a few fish under them. in the thermocline, almost like they are dorThat little bit of shade makes a difference, mant. The water is 5 or 6 degrees cooler although you may have to cover a bunch of down there, and water over 83 degrees is them to find one that has fish.” stressful for bass.” If you can find water under docks near the depth of the thermocline, those may be

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TEXAS SUN, MOON AND TIDES Moon Phases

Last

New

First

Full

July 16

July 23

July 23

July 30

Solunar Sun times Moon times

Houston

Dallas

2017 A.M. P.M. SUN MOON July Minor Major Minor Major Rises Sets Rises Sets

2017 A.M. P.M. SUN MOON July Minor Major Minor Major Rises Sets Rises Sets

14 Fri 15 Sat 16 Sun 17 Mon 18 Tue 19 Wed 20 Thu 21 Fri 22 Sat 23 Sun 24 Mon 25 Tue 26 Wed 27 Thu 28 Fri

14 Fri 15 Sat 16 Sun 17 Mon 18 Tue 19 Wed 20 Thu

10:26 11:17 ----12:32 1:21 2:10 3:02

21 Fri 22 Sat 23 Sun 24 Mon 25 Tue 26 Wed 27 Thu 28 Fri

10:20 4:08 11:11 4:59 ----- 5:50 12:26 6:39 1:15 7:29 2:04 8:19 2:56 9:11 3:50 10:05 4:47 11:02 5:46 ----6:47 12:33 7:47 1:34 8:46 2:33 9:41 3:29 10:33 4:22

10:43 4:32 11:35 5:23 12:02 6:14 12:52 7:05 1:42 7:56 2:33 8:48 3:26 9:41 4:21 10:36 5:18 11:33 6:16 12:31 7:15 1:01 8:14 2:01 9:11 2:58 10:05 3:53 10:56 4:45

06:29 06:30 06:30 06:31 06:31 06:32 06:32 06:33 06:34 06:34 06:35 06:35 06:36 06:37 06:37

08:23 08:22 08:22 08:22 08:21 08:21 08:21 08:20 08:20 08:19 08:19 08:18 08:17 08:17 08:16

NoMoon 11:30a 12:09a 12:28p 12:46a 1:28p 1:25a 2:30p 2:07a 3:34p 2:53a 4:40p 3:45a 5:45p 4:42a 6:48p 5:44a 7:47p 6:49a 8:41p 7:54a 9:29p 8:59a 10:13p 10:01a 10:52p 11:00a 11:29p 11:57a NoMoon

4:14 5:05 5:55 6:45 7:34 8:25 9:17

10:49 11:41 12:08 12:58 1:48 2:39 3:32

4:37 5:29 6:20 7:11 8:02 8:53 9:47

3:56 10:11

4:26

10:42

4:53 11:08 5:52 ----6:53 12:38 7:53 1:40 8:51 2:39 9:47 3:35 10:39 4:28

5:23 11:39 6:22 12:37 7:21 1:07 8:20 2:06 9:17 3:04 10:11 3:59 11:02 4:50

06:28 06:29 06:30 06:30 06:31 06:31 06:32

08:35 08:35 08:34 08:34 08:33 08:33 08:32

NoMoon 11:35a 12:15a 12:35p 12:51a 1:36p 1:29a 2:39p 2:10a 3:44p 2:55a 4:51p 3:45a 5:57p

06:33 08:32 4:42a 06:33 06:34 06:35 06:35 06:36 06:37 06:37

08:31 08:31 08:30 08:30 08:29 08:28 08:28

7:00p

5:44a 7:58p 6:49a 8:51p 7:56a 9:39p 9:02a 10:21p 10:05a 11:00p 11:05a 11:35p 12:03p NoMoon

San Antonio 2017 July

A.M. P.M. SUN MOON Minor Major Minor Major Rises Sets Rises Sets

14 Fri 15 Sat 16 Sun 17 Mon 18 Tue 19 Wed 20 Thu 21 Fri 22 Sat 23 Sun 24 Mon 25 Tue 26 Wed 27 Thu 28 Fri

10:32 4:20 11:24 5:12 ----- 6:02 12:39 6:52 1:27 7:41 2:17 8:31 3:08 9:23 4:02 10:18 4:59 11:15 5:59 ----6:59 12:45 8:00 1:46 8:58 2:45 9:54 3:42 10:46 4:34

10:56 11:48 12:14 1:05 1:55 2:46 3:38 4:33 5:30 6:29 7:28 8:27 9:23 10:17 11:09

4:44 5:36 6:27 7:17 8:08 9:00 9:53 10:48 11:45 12:44 1:14 2:13 3:11 4:06 4:57

06:43 06:43 06:44 06:44 06:45 06:45 06:46 06:46 06:47 06:48 06:48 06:49 06:49 06:50 06:50

08:34 08:34 08:34 08:33 08:33 08:32 08:32 08:32 08:31 08:31 08:30 08:30 08:29 08:28 08:28

NoMoon 11:43a 12:22a 12:41p 12:59a 1:41p 1:38a 2:43p 2:21a 3:47p 3:07a 4:52p 3:58a 5:57p 4:56a 7:00p 5:58a 7:59p 7:03a 8:53p 8:08a 9:41p 9:12a 10:25p 10:14a 11:05p 11:13a 11:42p 12:10p NoMoon

Amarillo

2017 A.M. P.M. SUN MOON July Minor Major Minor Major Rises Sets Rises Sets

14 Fri 15 Sat 16 Sun 17 Mon 18 Tue 19 Wed 20 Thu 21 Fri 22 Sat 23 Sun 24 Mon 25 Tue 26 Wed 27 Thu 28 Fri

10:46 4:34 11:37 5:25 12:04 6:16 12:52 7:05 1:41 7:55 2:30 8:45 3:22 9:37 4:16 10:31 5:13 11:28 6:12 ----7:13 12:59 8:13 2:00 9:12 2:59 10:07 3:55 10:59 4:48

11:09 ----12:28 1:18 2:08 2:59 3:52 4:47 5:44 6:42 7:41 8:40 9:37 10:31 11:22

4:58 5:49 6:40 7:31 8:22 9:14 10:07 11:02 11:59 12:57 1:27 2:27 3:24 4:19 5:11

06:43 06:43 06:44 06:45 06:45 06:46 06:47 06:47 06:48 06:49 06:49 06:50 06:51 06:52 06:52

09:01 09:01 09:00 09:00 08:59 08:59 08:58 08:58 08:57 08:56 08:56 08:55 08:54 08:53 08:53

12:02a 11:55a 12:36a 12:56p 1:11a 1:58p 1:48a 3:03p 2:28a 4:09p 3:12a 5:17p 4:01a 6:23p 4:58a 7:26p 6:00a 8:24p 7:06a 9:17p 8:13a 10:03p 9:20a 10:44p 10:24a 11:22p 11:26a 11:56p 12:25p NoMoon

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 July 14 July 15 July 16 July 17 July 18 July 19 July 20 July 21 July 22 July 23 July 24 July 25 July 26 July 27 July 28

Time 1:10 AM 2:00 AM 2:58 AM 4:09 AM 12:55 AM 2:00 AM 2:54 AM 3:43 AM 4:29 AM 5:13 AM 5:56 AM 6:38 AM 7:19 AM 12:45 AM 1:36 AM

Port O’Connor Height 0.2L 0.4L 0.7L 0.9L 1.4H 1.6H 1.7H 1.8H 1.8H 1.8H 1.8H 1.7H 1.6H 0.1L 0.4L

Time 8:31 AM 9:01 AM 9:29 AM 10:00 AM 5:27 AM 6:43 AM 7:48 AM 8:43 AM 9:32 AM 10:19 AM 11:08 AM 12:00 PM 12:57 PM 7:59 AM 8:39 AM

Time 2:45 PM 3:38 PM 4:29 PM 5:20 PM 10:35 AM 11:18 AM 12:08 PM 1:03 PM 1:59 PM 2:57 PM 3:57 PM 5:01 PM 6:13 PM 1:56 PM 2:57 PM

Height 0.8L 0.5L 0.3L 0.0L 1.4H 1.4H 1.5H 1.5H 1.6H 1.6H 1.5H 1.4H 1.3H 0.7L 0.6L

Time 7:33 PM 9:39 PM 11:31 PM

Height 1.0H 1.1H 1.2H

6:10 PM 7:00 PM 7:50 PM 8:40 PM 9:30 PM 10:19 PM 11:08 PM 11:56 PM

-0.2L -0.5L -0.6L -0.7L -0.7L -0.6L -0.4L -0.2L

7:40 PM 9:23 PM

1.2H 1.2H

Time 3:50 PM 4:14 PM 4:46 PM 5:27 PM 10:27 AM 10:54 AM 11:32 AM 12:33 PM 1:42 PM 2:50 PM 4:00 PM 5:07 PM 1:39 PM 2:31 PM 3:24 PM

Height 0.8L 0.6L 0.4L 0.1L 1.4H 1.4H 1.4H 1.5H 1.5H 1.5H 1.4H 1.4H 0.9L 0.7L 0.6L

Time 7:49 PM 9:45 PM 11:27 PM

Height 1.0H 1.0H 1.2H

6:14 PM 7:01 PM 7:49 PM 8:38 PM 9:31 PM 10:27 PM 11:20 PM

-0.2L -0.4L -0.6L -0.7L -0.6L -0.5L -0.4L

6:16 PM 7:49 PM 9:33 PM

1.3H 1.2H 1.2H

Galveston Bay entrance, north jetty Date July 14 July 15 July 16 July 17 July 18 July 19 July 20 July 21 July 22 July 23 July 24 July 25 July 26 July 27 July 28

Time 12:58 AM 1:43 AM 2:39 AM 3:44 AM 1:10 AM 2:23 AM 3:25 AM 4:19 AM 5:05 AM 5:46 AM 6:25 AM 7:04 AM 12:08 AM 12:54 AM 1:44 AM

Height 0.2L 0.4L 0.7L 0.9L 1.4H 1.6H 1.7H 1.8H 1.9H 1.9H 1.8H 1.7H -0.1L 0.1L 0.4L

Time 8:58 AM 9:20 AM 9:42 AM 10:03 AM 5:29 AM 7:42 AM 8:56 AM 10:21 AM 11:14 AM 11:48 AM 12:20 PM 12:55 PM 7:44 AM 8:23 AM 8:58 AM

Height 1.5H 1.5H 1.4H 1.4H 1.2L 1.3L 1.4L 1.4L 1.4L 1.3L 1.2L 1.1L 1.6H 1.5H 1.4H

Height 0.1L 0.3L 0.5L 0.7H 0.9H 1.0H 1.1H 1.2H 1.2H 1.1H 1.1H -0.3L -0.1L 0.1L 0.3L

Time 9:59 AM 10:18 AM 10:36 AM 6:30 AM 7:46 AM 8:40 AM 9:34 AM 10:32 AM 11:19 AM 11:59 AM 12:38 PM 8:05 AM 8:52 AM 9:27 AM 9:53 AM

Height 0.9H 0.8H 0.8H 0.6L 0.7L 0.9L 0.9L 1.0L 1.0L 0.9L 0.9L 1.0H 0.9H 0.9H 0.8H

Time 1:52 AM 2:44 AM 3:39 AM 1:19 AM 2:40 AM 3:45 AM 4:42 AM 5:26 AM 6:04 AM 6:40 AM 7:19 AM 12:12 AM 1:02 AM 2:01 AM 3:13 AM

Height 0.3L 0.5L 0.8L 1.0L 1.5H 1.7H 1.9H 2.0H 2.1H 2.0H 1.9H 1.8H 1.6H 0.3L 0.6L

Time 8:20 AM 8:47 AM 9:15 AM 9:42 AM 7:15 AM 6:34 PM 7:25 PM 8:14 PM 9:03 PM 9:54 PM 12:56 PM 1:25 PM 2:00 PM 7:48 AM 8:14 AM

Height 1.6H 1.5H 1.4H 1.3H 1.2L -0.3L -0.5L -0.5L -0.5L -0.4L 1.3L 1.1L 1.0L 1.5H 1.4H

Height 0.3L 0.5L 0.9H 1.0H 1.1H 1.2H 1.3H 1.4H -0.3L -0.3L -0.2L -0.1L 0.1L 0.3L 0.5L

Time 12:10 PM 12:22 PM 6:27 AM 9:09 AM 9:51 PM 10:43 PM 11:37 PM

Height 1.1H 1.0H 0.7L 0.9L 0.0L -0.1L -0.2L

9:33 AM 10:10 AM 10:43 AM 11:09 AM 11:27 AM 11:36 AM 11:37 AM

1.4H 1.3H 1.3H 1.2H 1.1H 1.0H 1.0H

Time

Height

Time

Height

5:38 PM 6:16 PM 10:52 AM 11:07 AM 11:32 AM 12:17 PM 1:12 PM 2:06 PM 3:04 PM 4:10 PM 1:24 PM 2:23 PM 3:24 PM 4:20 PM

0.5L 0.3L 0.8H 0.9H 0.9H 1.0H 1.0H 1.1H 1.1H 1.0H 0.8L 0.7L 0.6L 0.5L

10:20 PM

0.6H

6:52 PM 7:28 PM 8:06 PM 8:47 PM 9:36 PM 10:30 PM 11:23 PM

0.1L -0.1L -0.3L -0.4L -0.5L -0.5L -0.4L

5:15 6:16 7:42 9:44

1.0H 0.9H 0.8H 0.7H

Time 3:51 PM 4:03 PM 4:26 PM 5:00 PM 10:07 AM

Height 0.8L 0.6L 0.4L 0.2L 1.3H

Time 7:21 PM 9:32 PM 11:29 PM

Height 1.0H 1.0H 1.2H

5:44 PM

-0.1L

3:20 4:33 5:46 2:39 3:21

1.3H 1.3H 1.2H 0.8L 0.7L

10:48 PM 11:41 PM

-0.3L 0.0L

7:03 PM 8:59 PM

1.2H 1.2H

Time 7:18 PM 7:46 PM 12:36 PM 12:53 PM

Height 0.7L 0.5L 1.0H 1.0H

Time 11:31 PM

Height 0.9H

8:21 PM 9:03 PM

0.3L 0.2L

4:23 5:01 5:42 6:26 7:12

1.0L 0.9L 0.7L 0.6L 0.4L

6:53 PM 8:08 PM 9:28 PM 11:01 PM

1.1H 1.0H 0.9H 0.9H

PM PM PM PM

Freeport Harbor Date July 14 July 15 July 16 July 17 July 18 July 19 July 20 July 21 July 22 July 23 July 24 July 25 July 26 July 27 July 28

Time 12:34 AM 1:21 AM 2:32 AM 4:19 AM 1:16 AM 2:20 AM 3:13 AM 4:04 AM 4:52 AM 5:36 AM 6:14 AM 6:48 AM 7:19 AM 12:30 AM 1:18 AM

Time 4:53 AM 5:36 AM 1:17 AM 3:32 AM 5:51 AM 7:15 AM 8:07 AM 8:52 AM 12:32 AM 1:27 AM 2:22 AM 3:15 AM 4:07 AM 4:59 AM 5:54 AM

Date July 14 July 15 July 16 July 17 July 18 July 19 July 20 July 21 July 22 July 23 July 24 July 25 July 26 July 27 July 28

Height -0.1L 0.0L 0.1L 0.4H 0.4H 0.5H 0.6H 0.7H 0.7H 0.6H -0.4L -0.4L -0.2L -0.1L 0.0L

Time 12:08 PM 10:55 AM 10:19 AM 7:22 PM 8:06 PM 8:56 PM 9:51 PM 10:49 PM 11:46 PM

Height 0.3H 0.3H 0.3H -0.2L -0.3L -0.4L -0.4L -0.5L -0.5L

12:16 11:52 11:55 11:48 10:32

0.6H 0.5H 0.4H 0.3H 0.3H

Time 4:08 AM 4:24 AM 12:26 AM 11:22 AM 11:22 AM 11:42 AM 12:20 PM 1:10 PM 12:03 AM 12:55 AM 1:45 AM 2:28 AM 3:02 AM 3:25 AM 3:33 AM

Height 0.0L 0.0L 0.0H 0.2H 0.2H 0.2H 0.2H 0.3H -0.2L -0.2L -0.1L -0.1L -0.1L 0.0L 0.0L

Time 12:34 PM 12:03 PM 4:02 AM 8:41 PM 9:27 PM 10:16 PM 11:09 PM

Height 0.1H 0.1H 0.0L -0.1L -0.1L -0.2L -0.2L

2:08 PM 3:08 PM 4:10 PM 5:14 PM 6:27 PM 11:35 AM 10:39 AM

0.3H 0.2H 0.2H 0.2H 0.1H 0.1H 0.1H

Height 0.0L 0.1L 0.3L 0.4L 0.7H 0.8H 0.8H 0.9H 0.9H 0.9H 0.8H 0.8H 0.7H 0.0L 0.2L

Time 8:00 AM 8:23 AM 8:46 AM 9:08 AM 6:06 PM 6:55 PM 8:33 AM 9:22 AM 10:02 AM 10:40 AM 11:19 AM 12:03 PM 12:54 PM 7:27 AM 7:31 AM

Height -0.1L 0.1L 0.3L 0.6L 0.8H 1.0H 1.2H 1.2H 1.3H 1.3H 1.2H 1.1H 1.0H -0.1L 0.2L

Height 0.1L 0.1L 0.2H 0.3H 0.4H 0.4H 0.4H 0.4H 0.4H 0.4H -0.1L 0.0L 0.0L 0.1L 0.1L

PM AM AM AM AM

Time

Height

6:21 PM 6:45 PM

0.1L 0.0L

5:25 PM

0.1L

Time

Height

Time 10:57 PM

Time

Height 0.1H

Height

7:27 PM 11:38 AM

0.0L 0.1H

8:00 PM

0.0L

3:10 PM 5:17 PM

0.1L 0.0L

8:06 PM 10:35 PM

0.1H 0.1H

Date July 14 July 15 July 16 July 17 July 18 July 19 July 20 July 21 July 22 July 23 July 24 July 25 July 26 July 27 July 28

Time 12:15 AM 12:48 AM 1:23 AM 1:58 AM 9:29 AM 9:57 AM 4:02 AM 4:44 AM 5:27 AM 6:09 AM 6:49 AM 7:23 AM 7:43 AM 12:38 AM 1:07 AM

Height 0.7H 0.7H 0.7H 0.7H -0.2L -0.3L 0.8L 0.8L 0.8L 0.8L 0.8L 0.7L 0.6L 0.6H 0.6H

Time 3:30 PM 4:05 PM 4:40 PM 5:20 PM

Height 0.5L 0.3L 0.2L 0.0L

Time 6:21 PM 8:20 PM 10:10 PM

Height 0.5H 0.5H 0.5H

10:42 AM 11:41 AM 12:45 PM 1:48 PM 2:50 PM 3:52 PM 4:56 PM 1:53 PM 2:53 PM

0.8H 0.9H 0.9H 0.9H 0.9H 0.8H 0.7H 0.5L 0.3L

7:46 PM 8:37 PM 9:29 PM 10:19 PM 11:09 PM 11:55 PM

-0.5L -0.5L -0.5L -0.5L -0.4L -0.2L

6:06 PM 7:24 PM

0.6H 0.5H

Time 8:53 AM 9:00 AM 9:00 AM 8:57 AM 5:41 AM 6:44 PM 7:35 PM 8:27 PM 9:19 PM 10:11 PM 11:02 PM 11:53 PM 1:36 PM 8:20 AM 8:31 AM

Height 0.8H 0.8H 0.8H 0.8H 0.8L -0.5L -0.7L -0.7L -0.7L -0.7L -0.5L -0.3L 0.7L 0.9H 0.8H

Time 3:40 PM 4:01 PM 4:32 PM 5:11 PM 8:56 AM

Height 0.5L 0.3L 0.1L -0.1L 0.9H

Time 6:21 PM 9:07 PM 11:33 PM

Height 0.6H 0.5H 0.6H

5:56 PM

-0.3L

4:24 PM 2:22 PM 3:10 PM

0.8H 0.6L 0.4L

6:17 PM 8:29 PM

0.7H 0.6H

Time 12:54 PM 0:14 AM 3:36 AM 7:58 PM 8:32 PM 9:24 PM 10:12 PM 10:51 PM 1:26 PM

Height 0.3H 0.3H 0.2L 0.1L 0.0L -0.1L -0.1L -0.1L -0.1L

Time

4:40 5:32 6:25 9:36 9:20

0.4H 0.4H 0.3H 0.3H 0.3H

South Padre Island

PM PM PM PM PM

Rollover Pass Date July 14 July 15 July 16 July 17 July 18 July 19 July 20 July 21 July 22 July 23 July 24 July 25 July 26 July 27 July 28

Rockport

Time 3:19 AM 3:40 AM 12:59 AM 9:33 AM 9:25 AM 9:33 AM 9:50 AM 10:24 AM 11:13 AM 12:12 PM 12:41 AM 1:31 AM 2:14 AM 2:50 AM 3:17 AM

Port Aransas

San Luis Pass Date July 14 July 15 July 16 July 17 July 18 July 19 July 20 July 21 July 22 July 23 July 24 July 25 July 26 July /27 July 28

Date July 14 July 15 July 16 July 17 July 18 July 19 July 20 July 21 July 22 July 23 July 24 July 25 July 26 July 27 July 28

Date July 14 July 15 July 16 July 17 July 18 July 19 July 20 July 21 July 22 July 23 July 24 July 25 July 26 July 27 July 28

Time 12:39 AM 1:20 AM 2:05 AM 3:06 AM 1:49 AM 3:31 AM 4:29 AM 5:18 AM 6:05 AM 6:46 AM 7:20 AM 7:46 AM 8:05 AM 12:42 AM 1:32 AM

East Matagorda

PM PM PM PM PM

Date July 14 July 15 July 16 July 17 July 18 July 19 July 20 July 21 July 22 July 23 July 24 July 25 July 26 July 27 July 28

Time 3:01 AM 3:22 AM 1:03 AM 11:12 AM 11:52 AM 12:28 PM 1:00 PM 1:31 PM 2:05 PM 3:23 PM 12:01 AM 12:48 AM 2:14 AM 2:56 AM 3:20 AM

PM PM PM AM AM

Height

Time

Height

7:18 PM 10:37 AM

0.2L 0.3H

7:35 PM

0.1L

3:57 PM 5:06 PM

0.2L 0.2L

7:46 PM 9:06 PM

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Sofia Sanchez reels in a fish in South Bay while fishing with Capt. DeWitt Thomas. Photo by Bobby Sanchez.

By Darlene McCormick Sanchez Lone Star Outdoor News

Trout and redfish were plentiful in the Lower Laguna Madre the second weekend of July with snook and black drum making regular appearances. Capt. DeWitt Thomas, a guide for 34 years, said trout were good in about 4 feet of water on the edge of grass banks in South Bay. Shrimp is the bait of choice. A recent fishing trip there July 6 saw several 16-20 inchers. “Redfish are north, be early or late,” Thomas said. Fishing for reds is best on a windy day behind Three Islands with live bait, he added. If fishing with lures, midsize Super Spook, scented plastic worms in Nuclear Chicken under popping corks have been successful for trout and reds, Thomas added. Snook have been making an appearance in South Bay. Anglers hooked and released

four undersized snook while fishing with Thomas. The surprise of the trip was three good-sized mangrove snapper, which aren’t as common in South Bay. Capt. Lee Alverez said snook were active in South Bay for his clients as well, with one bringing in a 33-inch fish recently. For his anglers, mangrove snapper were also being caught in the Port of Brownsville area, again on live shrimp. Alverez said trout fishing has been good under birds. Capt. Dave Edwards said drum are best on the flats on clear days with shrimp. Small reds can be found in clear water. But the best fishing for larger reds is drifting in deeper water. “Reds have been in deeper, dirtier water for us,” Edwards said, adding the bite is better in the afternoon. Capt. DeWitt Thomas (956) 551-1965 Capt. Lee Alverez (956) 330-8654 Capt. Dave Edwards (956) 524-3002

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Fish kill at Texoma didn’t include stripers, largemouth A golden alga bloom on Lake Texoma caused a fish kill, but most fish affected were threadfin shad. According to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department fisheries biologists, the fish kill occurred June 21-24 in the Paradise Cove area of the Big Mineral arm at the lake. Biologists estimated the fish kill resulted in approximately 157,000 dead fish in the area, of which more than 90 percent were small (1 inch) threadfin shad. Other fish species significantly affected included an estimated 9,122 freshwater drum and 1,332 crappie. Water samples taken by biologists

confirmed the presence of golden alga and elevated toxin levels in the lake. Smallmouth buffalo, channel catfish, white bass and goldeye were also identified in the kill; although, the estimated number included less than 100 individuals of each species. No striped bass were believed to have been affected by the fish kill event, and just one largemouth bass was observed. According to area guides and anglers, fishing for largemouth and striped bass remains good on the lake. —TPWD

Fishing tournament schedule released for 2018 The Texas Team Trail presented by Cabela’s recently unveiled the 2018 schedule, which includes stops at some of the most popular tournaFebruary 10 Sam Rayburn ment bass lakes in the country. March 17 Toledo Bend The regular season will kick off April 14 Amistad Feb. 10, 2018 at Sam Rayburn May 5 Ray Roberts Reservoir — a favorite stop for many TXTT anglers. The following month, CHAMPIONSHIP the TXTT will return to Toledo Bend, June 2-3 TBA which produced a 30-pound winning bag at the 2017 TXTT event on the lake. The TXTT will return to the site of its 2012 championship with a stop at south Texas’ Amistad Reservoir in April. The regular season will wrap up on Lake Ray Roberts in May, which has hosted TXTT in years past. The two-day, entry-fee championship will be announced at a later date and will once again feature higher payout and contingency prize opportunities. The TXTT Lucas Oil Team of the Year will be decided at the championship event as well. The team that has accrued the highest amount of points from the regular-season and championship events will win custom Lucas Oil rings and paid entry fees for the 2019 TXTT season. —TXTT

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Yamaha Motor Corporation U.S.A. announced the creation of subsidiary Yamaha Marine Systems Company, which acquired the assets of Kracor, Inc.

Group, the marine manufacturing division of Bass Pro Shops.

Dyskow appointed to GMFMC Phil Dyskow, past president of Yamaha Marine Group, was appointed to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council.

Moultrie brand manager PRADCO Outdoor Brands named Darrin Durham as new brand manager for its game camera and feeder brand, Moultrie.

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MarineMax Dallas received the first annual 2016 Marine Industry Customer Satisfaction Dealer Award.

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New chairman at AGFC Steve Cook, of Malvern, Arkansas, was recently elected Chairman of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

McCormick new VP at SIG SIG SAUER, Inc. named Allen McCormick as vice president of marketing.

White River Marine names president Les Crawford was named president of White River Marine

Gary Remensnyder was promoted to CEO of Do Outdoors, LLC, also known as Lew’s Fishing.

Sebile leaves Pure Fishing Lure designer Patrick Sebile has left Pure Fishing seven years after the sale of Sebile Lures to the company.

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Summit Outdoors adds to holdings Summit Outdoors, LLC acquired Hunt Comfort and Speed Cinch brands.

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Wild turkey breast 12 jalapeno peppers, halved and seeds removed Italian dressing Bacon Cream cheese Marinate a wild turkey breast in your favorite brand of Italian dressing for 24 hours. Cut the turkey meat into pieces that will fit easily inside the pepper halves. Spread cream cheese

inside the pepper halves and place the turkey strips on top of the cream cheese. Wrap a bacon strip around the outside and secure with a toothpick. Grill until the bacon is done. Cool before serving. —National Wild Turkey Federation

Shrimp roll with wheat buns 1 pound shrimp, cooked, peeled, and deveined 1 1/2 tbsp. reduced-fat mayonnaise 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice 2 tbsps. chopped fresh basil Salt and pepper, to taste 4 whole-wheat hot dog buns, toasted Tomato slices Lettuce leaves Garnish: lemon wedges

Chop shrimp, and mix with mayonnaise, fresh lemon juice, chopped fresh basil, and salt and pepper, to taste. Top each hot dog bun with tomato slices and lettuce leaves. Spoon shrimp salad into buns; serve immediately, garnished with lemon wedges if desired. —North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service


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Game violations lead to TV show cancellation On May 23, Billy A. Busbice Jr. of Olla, Louisiana pled guilty to charges of intentionally allowing an antlerless elk to go to waste and an additional charge of taking an elk without the proper license. Busbice was the host of Wildgame Nation, a hunting show on the Outdoor Channel, and was the former owner of Wildgame Innovations, Inc. Busbice admitted to having accidentally killed a calf elk at a Wyoming ranch after shooting several times in an attempt to harvest a large bull in a herd. The bull was finally harvested. Busbice then instructed the ranch manager and the cameraman to drag the calf elk into an irrigation ditch to conceal it. Busbice was sentenced to pay fines and restitution of $23,000 and had all of his game and fish license privileges revoked for two years. Because Wyoming is part of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact, this loss of his license privileges applies in 45 states, including his home state of Louisiana. Outdoor Edge, a sponsor of the TV show, announced the cancellation of its sponsorship. Plano Synergy, which purchased Wildgame Innovations from Busbice in 2013, announced a severance of its relationship with Busbice and the cancellation of the TV show. —Staff report

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Commissioners with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission eliminated the annual Nonresident Waterfowl WMA Permit, leaving only the 5-day permit as a purchasing option for nonresidents who wish to hunt a WMA for waterfowl. The five-day permit is specific to a single WMA, which the buyer must choose at the time of purchase. The price of the permit has been increased from $25 to $30.50. —AGFC

ARIZONA

Legislation seeks to open Grand Canyon bison hunting Rep. Paul Gosar, R-AZ, introduced the bipartisan Grand Canyon Bison Management Act, which would allow the use of wildlife management and conservation techniques on the bison population within Grand Canyon National Park. The act would require both the U.S. Department of Interior and the Arizona Game and Fish Commission to coordinate on a plan to manage the bison population utilizing volunteer sportsmen holding a valid state-issued hunting license. Wildlife surveys estimate that about 600 bison have migrated into the Grand Canyon National Park. —AZGFD

MONTANA

Grizzly delisting More than four decades after listing it as an endangered species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the delisting of

the grizzly bear on June 22. “This achievement stands as one of America’s great conservation successes; the culmination of decades of hard work and dedication on the part of state, tribal, federal and private partners,” Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said. “As a Montanan, I’m proud of what we’ve achieved together.” More than 100 grizzly bears have been killed for depredation of livestock or attacks on humans in the last two years in the ecosystem area. The federal government estimates there are now around 700 grizzlies in the Yellowstone ecosystem. —Staff report

MAINE

Char back in business Arctic char were restored at Big Reed Pond, one of only 14 waters in Maine where they remain. The fish prefer deep, cold lakes that lie at high elevation and have few other competing species. An illegal introduction of rainbow smelt at Big Reed Pond upset that delicate balance and threatened the char population. The pond was treated with rotenone to eliminate the competing smelt population. Arctic char were then restocked in Big Reed starting in June 2011 and continued through June 2013. Biologists confirmed that char are indeed spawning, identifying three different age classes. —Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

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Funds to restore key salmon and trout habitat Umpqua Feather Merchants, which caters to fly-fishers, is collaborating with Trout Unlimited and the Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska to raise $45,000 to help conserve and restore key salmon and trout habitat in “America’s Salmon Forest,” located in Southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. As the planet’s largest remaining temperate rainforest, this vast and diverse ecosystem provides critical spawning and rearing grounds for all species of North American Pacific Salmon as well as for steelhead, rainbow trout and both resident and sea-run populations of cutthroat trout and Dolly Varden. —umpqua4tongass.org

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New stamp continues conservation tradition Canada geese are flying to new heights as the stars of the 2017-2018 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, which went on sale at the end of June. The stamp was created by five-time Federal Duck Stamp Contest artist James Hautman, of Chaska, Minnesota. Since 1934, stamp sales have raised more than $950 million to conserve nearly six million acres of wetlands habitat on national wildlife refuges. —U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

FLORIDA

Project to aid estuary stays on track The C-43 West Basin Reservoir, a restoration project crucial to the health of the Caloosahatchee River and Estuary in Florida, remains on schedule thanks to a steady stream of state funding. Work on the C-43 West Basin Reservoir began in 2016 on 10,700 acres South Florida Water Management District owns near LaBelle in Hendry County. Once completed, the reservoir will hold 170,000 acre-feet of water, allowing for the capture of basin runoff and aid in reducing damaging discharges from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee Estuary. It will also store fresh water that can be sent to the estuary during dry periods to help reduce elevated salinity levels that can damage oysters, seagrasses and other wildlife. —SFWMD


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catching largemouths is subject to interpretation, of course. However, the graphs do suggest a tantalizing correlation between higher catch rates and full and new moons. “A lot of skeptics think you can fish whenever,” Prisock said. “Nothing matters a whole lot. I think the graphs prove people who base their fishing off moon phases are not victims of a hoax.” TPWD officials take an agnostic viewpoint on the subject. Biologist Kevin Storey said his Tyler district studied trophy-size bass produced at Lake Fork for about 10 years. “The first few years, the guy doing it tried to find relationship between the moon phase and catches,” he said. “The information he looked at was weak at best.” One true believer is Richard McCarty, who owns Lake Country Archery in Yantis. A former top guide at Lake Fork, he’s caught three ShareLunkers. Only the last was caught during one of the two big moon phases. In 2000, McCarty caught a 14.2-pounder just before a full moon. The other two were caught in first quarter and third quarter moon phases. Give him one day to fish, though, and it’s going to be near a full moon, McCarty said. “It just seems that I have better results,” he said. “Nearly always in

cooler months of the year you tend to have a weather system precede or follow a full moon. You can call it a contributing factor, but, then again, you may not have had the weather system if you didn’t have that full moon.” He recalled a day during a full moon phase when it was raining and a north wind was blowing hard. McCarty had to rally his clients into venturing out into the boisterous weather. Afterward, a fellow guide came by and casually mentioned that he had a good day. He and his clients caught 21 bass. The guide asked how McCarty and his group did. “I said, ‘We caught 62.’ He never asked me how much I caught again. Every banner day I can think of, I’m not saying it was on moon for sure, but it sure seems it was right there around the moon and we had a weather system move in.” For Storey, though, catching a big bass is mostly happenstance. “It’s being in the right place, the right time,” he said. “Now, that could be related to the moon phase or it could be related to the weather or the bait you’re throwing or your location. Catching a big fish is rare. Finding where they are and having them respond to the bait, there may not be a lot of predictability there.”

Pennsylvania. The company distributes many of the bait vending machines in the U.S. Its Sportsman model is refrigerated and holds live bait. The Frozen Bait Box comes in two versions. One holds frozen bait and the other is a multi-zone machine with two refrigerated shelves and four frozen shelves. Bait vending machines have been offered elsewhere for more than 20 years. They’re late arrivals in Texas, though, only appearing in about the last five years. “I got this going in Pennsylvania,” Harsel said. “They’re many more here than in other states. I started local and branched out. Now, we sell nationally and even internationally. We shipped 100 machines to Australia. I haven’t pushed as hard in Texas as maybe I should have. The potential is definitely there.” Harsel calls bait vending machines a “niche business.” “Smart people who have their own stores don’t want to lose customers,” he said. “If someone shows up and they’re closed, they can go to the machine. They’re not going somewhere else to buy their bait. Our other operators are the guys who buy them and put them in convenience stores or state parks and run a route. Instead of selling Pepsis, they’re selling worms.” Jeff Nichols sells both. He and his wife, Lisa, own Trailway Trading Post at the Lake Mineral Wells State Park. His vending machine has been pulling its weight for six years. Its sales constitute about 15 percent of the total bait sales at their store, Nichols said. “And we sell a lot of bait,” he said.

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Minnows and worms, dillies that he buys locally, are the vending machine’s big sellers. “The worms will live two weeks or more with the unit being refrigerated,” Nichols said. “It reduces their metabolism to the point where they could probably live a month. The minnows, it just depends on the time of year. In early spring, late fall, they can live five or six days. In the summer, not so much. The main thing that kills them is the ammonia from their excrement. I have material that removes it that I put in their containers. Without it, they wouldn’t last a day.” Nichols said the vending machine’s design lets him move product in and out quickly. It’s filled daily and takes “10 minutes if we’re real busy.” “I’m sold on it,” he said. “It’s good for my customers and for me.” Harsel said the industry is rapidly evolving. The newer vending machines let bait customers use credit cards and even Apple Pay off an iPhone or iPad. Machine operators can use the same technology to make their lives easier. “You can go on your smartphone and see what sold, what time of day it sold and whether cash or a credit card was used,” Harsel said. “Because you know what you put in, you know what needs to be filled.” Harsel said Texans aren’t alone in finding the business intriguing. “About a month and a half ago, I sent three frozen bait vending machines to the Anchorage, Alaska area,” Harsel said. “Don’t ask me why.”


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DATEBOOK JULY 15

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Conroe Big Game Banquet Lone Star Convention Center, Conroe (936) 203-1647 events.rmef.org

JULY 16

Give a Heart for J D Green Benefit Tournament Lake Palestine (The Villages for launch) (903) 922-9551

JULY 20

Dallas Safari Club Monthly meeting DSC office (972) 980-9800 biggame.org

JULY 21

Coastal Conservation Association Southwestern Chapter Banquet Willie DeLeon Civic Center, Uvalde (713) 626-4222 ccatexas.org National Wild Turkey Federation Blunt Spurs Banquet Knights of Columbus Hall, Palestine (903) 229-3883 nwtf.org

JULY 21-22

Trophy Game Records of the World 39th Annual Awards Banquet Inn of the Hills Resort and Conference Center, Kerrville (830) 315-4868 trophyrecords.org

JULY 21-23

Texas Hunters and Sportsman’s Expo McAllen Convention Center (956) 664-2884 texashunterassociation.com

JULY 25

National Wild Turkey Federation North Texas Upland Game Bird Chapter Banquet The Courses at Watters Creek, Plano (972) 496-1141 nwtf.org

JULY 26-30

John Uhr Memorial Billfish Tournament Rockport Rockporttournament.com

JULY 27

Ducks Unlimited North Houston Dinner Shirley Acres, Houston (936) 662-0000 ducks.org

JULY 29

Texas Deer Association Texas Deer Summit LoneHollow Whitetails, Mountain Home texasdeerassociation.com Coastal Conservation Association Galveston Annual Banquet Moody Gardens Convention Center (713) 626-4222 ccatexas.org

AUGUST 4-5

Houston Safari Club Larysa Switlyk event Gordy & Sons Outfitters, Houston houstonsafariclub.org

AUGUST 4-6

AUGUST 10-12

Texas Trophy Hunters Association Hunter’s Extravaganza NRG Center, Houston ttha.com

Texas Deer Association Convention Marriott Hill Country Resort (512) 499-0466 texasdeerassociation.com

AUGUST 5

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Lee County Bull Busters Big Game Banquet, Dime Box (979) 366-9366 events.rmef.org

AUGUST 11-13

Texas Trophy Hunters Association Hunter’s Extravaganza Fort Worth Convention Center ttha.com

OUTDOOR PUZZLER Solution on Page 30

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Ducks Unlimited Allen Banquet (214) 770-3551 ducks.org

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Deer Breeders Corporation 2017 Annual DBC Convention Hyatt Regency Hill Country, San Antonio dbcdeer.com

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Texas Gulf Coast Big Game Banquet (281) 245-9723 events.rmef.org Delta Waterfowl Lamar County Banquet, Paris (903) 517-5889 deltawaterfowl.org

National Wild Turkey Federation Pineywoods Banquet Lufkin Civic Center (936) 465-7516 nwtf.org

Mule Deer Foundation Lubbock Chapter Banquet (817) 565-7121 muledeer.org

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1. Releasing air out of the fish's swim bladder [FIZZING] 2. The fishing rod before attachments [BLANK] 4. The diameter of a bullet [CALIBER] 5. The hellgramite eventually becomes this [DOBSONFLY] 7. A group of young quail [BROOD] 8. State mammal of Montana [GRIZZLY] 12. State fish of Wisconsin [MUSKELLUNGE] 13. A quail species [BLUE] 15. The young turkey [POULT] 16. The fin-like projection at the bottom of the outboard [SKEG] 17. The ignition component of a cartridge [PRIMER] 21. An African game species [NYALA] 23. Uses compressed air to propel the projectile [AIRGUN] 25. The ear bone of a fish, used for aging [OTOLITH] 27. Texas/Oklahoma striper lake [TEXOMA] 28. Top-water lure with concave head [CHUGGER]

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