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Volume 13, Issue 3

Picking the fish

Spearfishing tournament brings passionate hunters together By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News Spearfishermen, whether freedivers or scuba divers, are eager to share their sport with others. The 2nd annual Rigs & Reef Spearfishing Classic, held in Port Aransas, saw an increase in participants, and some big spearfishing events are in the works. “The event, on September 10, brought 30 teams together,” said event organizer and freediver David Ramsey. “We started the tournament to raise awareness for and promote spearfishing,” Ramsey said. “We had a great turnout.” Keith Love of Texas Bluewater Safaris came down from Angleton with a client for the event, and Love won first place in the Men’s Freediver category, with his customer finishing second. Sean Allison fished the event, and his group headed to federal waters. “We saw lots of big barracuda,” he said. “And big red snapper, but Please turn to page 15 FREE DIVE: Spearfishermen promoted their sport in the recent Rigs & Reef Spearfishing Classic in Port Aransas. The tournament was open to both free-diving and scuba fishermen and women. Photo by Keith Love, Texas Bluewater Safaris.

Archery hunters ready for action

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Archery hunters, along with hunters on Managed Lands Deer Program ranches, will head to the fields on October 1, hoping to get close enough to that big buck. One question haunts their minds this year. Will they be able to see them? Tall broomweed, ragweed and grasses will diminish visibility, and a bumper acorn crop in many areas may keep the deer away from feeders. “We were very blessed with ample rainfall in East Texas,” said Corey Mason, Region III wildlife director. “In this part of the world, that results in 10-foot tall ragweed. For those who haven’t been shredding, it’s a mess.” Please turn to page 18

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SWEATING IT OUT: Fear of contracting the vibrio virus has coastal anglers and guides donning their waders in the summer heat. Photo by Robert Sloan, for Lone Star Outdoor News.

Wearing waders in the heat By Robert Sloan

For Lone Star Outdoor News VEGETATION GALORE: A bumper crop of weeds, grasses and acorns could pose issues for archery hunters, who start their season October 1. The deer, though, are doing great according to biologists. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

HUNTING

The latest trend along the Texas Gulf coast is to wear waders yearround. You might be thinking that fishing in waders when it’s 90 degrees on the water might be a pretty farfetched notion. And that

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may well be. But for Capt. Dave Kveton, it’s the only way to fly. “I just spent 31 days in the hospital; I was down for two months with Vibrio Vulnificus. For me to get back in the water without waders, my boat would have to be on fire,” said the 62-year-old Kveton. “I’ve fished three days in the Please turn to page 31

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Pastor’s dream Caribou hunt gift from congregation By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News The congregation at the Joshua Baptist Church knew their preacher loved to hunt. For his 30-year anniversary at the 2,000-member church, they fulfilled their pastor’s lifelong dream when they gave their pastor a caribou hunt in Quebec. Now, Dr. Gene Wolfenbarger has a beautiful caribou, thanks to his flock. “I’ve hunted all my life,” Wolfenbarger said. “I grew up as a country boy in Tennessee and coon hunted from when I was a kid. Now, we do some deer hunting in Texas and my son Andrew and I have been on an elk hunt and a mule deer hunt.” The congregation surprised him with the gift. “They knew I always wanted to do this,” Wolfenbarger said. “They got together and paid the way. They sent Andrew to babysit me but he’s been

hunting the whole time. They are very generous to us.” Andrew is copastor at the growing church that used to be in a small town. “There are people all around Joshua now,” Wolfenbarger said. “It used to be a country town.” Now, the church completed a $3.5 million building, and it has a school and Spanish ministry. “The Lord has been good to us,” said the 77-year-old pastor who has preached for more than 50 years. Wolfenbarger’s hunt was successful on the first day. “The hunt was hard,” he said. “It was terribly long walking and the tundra was very hard to walk on. I tripped over every rock and stumbled over every bush. It’s a good thing I got it on the first day, I probably wouldn’t have been able to do that another day.” Please turn to page 29

FROM DREAM TO REALITY: Dr. Gene Wolfenbarger has hunted all of his life, and dreamed of a Quebec caribou hunt. His congregation answered the call and gave its 77-year-old pastor the hunt at the church’s 30th anniversary. He hunted at Leaf River Lodge’s Desbergeres camp with his son Andrew, and he took his first caribou on September 13. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

Where the Big Time Texas Hunts money goes

Dove hunting boom or bust

Lone Star Outdoor News Big Time Texas Hunts applications are due by October 15, where Texans may purchase a chance for hunts for just about every game animal in the state. The money from entries is put to good use. Proceeds from Big Time Texas Hunts support public hunting opportunities and wildlife habitat conservation in Texas, and are not subject to being diverted to other areas, according to Justin Dreibelbis, private lands and public hunting director with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. “Those funds are specifically dedicated,” Dreibelbis said. “All of the money goes to things like hunter access and wildlife research. The money could be used to obtain a lease for public hunting or to fund bighorn captures and relocations.” Dreilbelbis said entries are up this year in almost every category. “There is a lot more interest in the mule deer with the giant deer that was killed last year (on the Yoakum Dunes Wildlife Management Area), and almost every other category is up.” A sampling of the projects supported by the proceeds from entries include: • Bighorn surveys – Entries have helped fund annual desert bighorn sheep helicopter surveys in West Texas. Monitoring allows wildlife biologists to collect population data, including sex and age ratios and herd health, and identify animals available for relocations or harvest. • Food plots – Food plots are being planted to provide additional resources for white-tailed deer, turkey and other wildlife species at Gus Engeling WMA. At Guadalupe Delta WMA, entries also Please turn to page 18

SEARCHING FOR BIRDS: Dove hunting has been stellar in Haskell County and areas to the west, but the birds are scattered in the north and central parts of the state. Photo by Lone Star Outdoor News.

Lone Star Outdoor News Reports of the most successful dove hunts came from West Texas, with the Haskell, Clyde and Midland areas having the most consistent results in the North Zone. In many areas of North and Central Texas, hunters are struggling to find birds. South Zone hunters are prepping for their opener on September 23. The Texas Dove Hunters Association held a hunt for parent/child combos near Clyde in Callahan County.

“It had rained heavily the night before the hunt,” said Susan Thornton with TDHA. “But there were tons of birds. There were a dozen parent/child pairs, and everyone had the opportunity to shoot limits. Not all did because either they didn’t shoot well or they were working with their kids.” Bob Thornton, director of TDHA, said the rains the night before the September 17 hunt affected the birds’ behavior. “They just sat down in the field and didn’t move much,” he said. “But there was no excuse for anyone not getting their limit, several people shot three to Please turn to page 25


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Teal good along coast, spotty elsewhere

TEAL TIME: Flooded rice fields are holding large numbers of teal near the Texas coast. Inland, teal are moving through, and shallow depressions with vegetation have provided the best hunting. Photo by Lone Star Outdoor News.

Lone Star Outdoor News Teal have been hot and heavy in areas of the coastal prairies, while other hunters hope the full moon will bring more birds down before the early teal season ends September 25. Chris Swift and Derek Spitzer, two former waterfowl guides and now Texas game wardens, had good success near Bay City. “We were on a big piece of water,” Swift

said. “The birds were coming back within 15 to 20 minutes after shooting time with rice in their craws. We were done in no time.” When the teal season opened, they hunted reservoirs butting up to rice fields near Waller. “It was good, but the birds flew later in the morning,” Swift said. Run-N-Gun Adventures also hunted Please turn to page 28

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Youngsters enjoy dove hunt, fish fry

By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News When the dove hunting is a little slow, a fish fry at sundown is just the ticket. Five San Antonio-area youngsters, all members of the San Antonio 4H Shooting Sports Club team in the Youth Target Foundation, shoot competitively, but all but one had little experience dove hunting. Lone Star Outdoor News Foundation worked with YTF to provide the opportunity for an afternoon hunt in Comal County. With a parent, Trevor Lassman, Jonathan Diaz, Jacob Antoon, Tanner Winn and Alyssa Gaona began their hunt under a hot sun. The birds didn’t fly consistently, but some shooting did take place. Tanner Winn managed seven birds with good shooting, although some of the fast flyers worked their way through Winn and the young hunters. The others each bagged a bird or two. They all claimed success in the fish fry, though, where a team of New Braunfels residents, Patrick Gaylord, Josh Junek, Chris Kohleffel, Kelin Kreusler, Dwayne Quent and Lane Rockett, put together a feast of fish from the coast, chicken gizzards and fries. The gizzards were a hit with the youngsters. “I’ve never had one,” Antoon said as he reluctantly accepted one of the fried gizzards. After he and each of the others tried one, they were all back for more. “These are really good,” Diaz said.

OPPORTUNITY: Alyssa Gaona and Tanner Winn both show dove they shot on a Lone Star Outdoor News Foundation hunt for members of the San Antonio 4H Shooting Sports Club. Dakota, the Lone Star Outdoor News’ office dog, made his first retrieve, picking up one of Winn’s birds. Photos by Craig Nyhus, Lone Star Outdoor News.


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FISHING

Play the shell game for more trout By Robert Sloan

For Lone Star Outdoor News One thing is certain in the world of trout fishing along the Texas coast; if you can find the shell, you’ll find fish. Here’s how it works. Oyster shells provide structure; microorganisms are attracted to the shell, baitfish show up to feed on various marine organisms that in turn attract lots of trout

and even a few reds. Galveston-based Capt. Alan Pereyra lives and dies with fish caught over oyster reefs in the Galveston Bay system. The size of the reefs is not really a factor. But the big reefs are usually best for anchoring, while the smaller reefs are best for drift-fishing. “Regardless of the size of the reef, trout will use the structure as a place to ambush baitfish,” he said. “That’s why it’s usually Please turn to page 17

FIND SHELL, FIND TROUT: Oyster reefs hold numbers of baitfish and the speckled trout follow. Photos by Robert Sloan, for Lone Star Outdoor News.

Red Tide Rangers on the job By Jillian Mock

For Lone Star Outdoor News Red tide may be popping up along the Texas coast; but have no fear — the Red Tide Rangers are here. “The Red Tide Rangers are an elite part of the Texas Coastal Naturalist Program,” said Tony Reisinger, extension agent for Sea Grant Texas at Texas A&M University and one of the cofounders of the Red Tide Rangers. Reisinger started the program in the early 1990s with Don Hockaday, formerly of the University of Texas Brownsville Coastal Studies Lab, to address gaps of knowledge about the red tide phenomenon. “The city of South Padre Island wanted info on when a red tide bloom happened,” Reisinger said. “The fisheries department was too busy trying to count dead fish. There

are obvious health aspects that affect people’s health, so we decided we would monitor around the island.” Hockaday and Reisinger were immediately confronted by the enormity of this project. “We can’t collect enough samples to really monitor it well, so I came up with the name Red Tide Rangers and we had these volunteers go out and take samples — then they overwhelmed us with samples,” Reisinger said. “So we taught them how to count the cells. They started doing that, and then we had them measure the aerosol impact and we were off.” Reisinger taught the dedicated group of volunteers how to collect ocean water from the shore, use an iodine solution to kill and stain the nucleus of the microscopic Karenia brevis, and then count the cells under Please turn to page 16 HELPING OUT: Volunteers take water samples, and, using an iodine solution, count cells of the microscopic organisms and measure the aerosol impact. So far this fall, the annual red tide has been in only a few locations and has been mild. Photo by skydivespi.com.

Curfew on Lady Bird Lake By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News The August 25 issue of Lone Star Outdoor News included a photo of a bass caught at night by David Eischen at Lady Bird Lake. It prompted a response from a reader, who said there is a curfew on the lake from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website describes fishing at Lady Bird Lake, saying, “because of the clear-water conditions, this can be an excellent night fishing lake for largemouth bass.” The City of Austin Web page listing rules for Lady Bird Lake doesn’t mention the curfew, TOO LATE TO FISH: An Austin ordinance prohibits kayakers from fishing between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. on the clear-water lake known for good nighttime bass fishing. Photo by Erich Schlegel, for Lone Star Outdoor News

but does say that no swimming, jumping off of bridges or outboard motors are allowed without permission, although electric trolling motors are allowed. The reader, George Wortell of Austin, said he has fished the lake in downtown Austin for years out of his canoe, and the ordinance means you have to be off the water at 10 p.m. Lone Star Outdoor News contacted the City of Austin Police Department, which forwarded the ordinance that explains the park curfew, falling under subsection E of ordinance 8-5-82: “A person may not occupy or operate a watercraft on Town Lake between the hours of 10:00 p.m.

and 5:00 a.m. or permit a watercraft to remain on the lake during that time period.” Exceptions exist for city employees performing official duties and other permitted activities. Eischen said he thought the rules were for use of the park. “I’ve seen people fishing there for years,” he said. “Many of the kayakers have LED lights and you see them all over the place.” While he may have been in violation of a city ordinance, he isn’t risking a ticket for the 10-pound bass he caught, as Texas game wardens can’t enforce city ordinances, although they do advise people of them.


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Bridge construction causes fish kill

BIG REDS: The bull redfish run begins this time of year along the Texas Gulf coast. In the Galveston area, the reds have been moving in for two to three weeks, providing opportunities for anglers on piers and jetties. Photo by Lone Star Outdoor News.

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Lone Star Outdoor News The bass fishing at Falcon Lake has been nothing short of great. Construction of the new bridge across the Arroyo Veleno south of Zapata on U.S. Highway 83, though, raised the ire of anglers when the oxygen levels dropped. Hundreds of fish, some bass, turned up dead when the water level dropped to a point that a pipe put in place to allow movement wasn’t passable. The fish became isolated in the Arroyo Veleno, due to a berm constructed to allow for the use of heavy equipment. When the oxygen level dropped, the fish had nowhere to go. The Texas Department of Transportation is installing a new, larger pipe to allow the remaining fish to pass. Meanwhile, the contractor dug a trench in the berm allowing water to flow through to the lake. James Bendele of Falcon Lake Tackle has been pushing for the larger culvert for weeks, maybe months, and said the fish kill was likely in the thousands. “I talked to the contractor about the potential for a fish kill months ago,” he wrote in his fishing report. “And about how important it was to get a water passage at the creek so the fish could escape. If I had killed this many fish I would be in jail.” Bendele said the fishing is great on the border lake. “The majority of fish we caught were chasing bait off the main river channel. Most were caught on a square-billed crankbait or trap-style bait. But you probably could have thrown a toaster and caught them. We caught so many fish Sunday that we came back Monday.” Most of the fish were between 1 and 3 pounds.

Bull reds running at Galveston Lone Star Outdoor News At the 61st Street Pier in Galveston, marks on a chalkboard show the catches of the day. On September 14, the board ran out of room for bull redfish catches. Bobbi at the pier said the main fish landed since that day have been sand trout and whiting, but the big reds are still coming in. “I think they caught 45 that day, and one guy caught six of them,” she said. “They aren’t getting as many as that one day, but they are catching them now and then — they are still running, they just aren’t as thick as they were that day.” At the 91st Street Pier, BullARed posted his success on

2coolfishing.com, and said the bull red run is on. “I caught three and one broke the line,” he said. The fish were released, and there was even better news. “Pier 91 has very good burgers and fries and they deliver them to your fishing spot,” he said. At Seawolf Park, texaswillie7 and his girlfriend landed two bull reds and lost one on September 16, then followed up with two more landed the next day. “We caught some ladyfish and used them for cut bait,” he said. “The morning bite was best, we didn’t catch any after 10 a.m.” “And we caught a bunch of sand trout,” he said. He had 45 minutes of excite-

ment as well. “A fish picked up my bait and screamed my reel,” he said. “He almost spooled me and wrapped around a piling. About 50 people were watching me, but it turned out to be a huge stingray.” Mike Regan at Line Creek Charters said the bull red run has started, and actually has been going on for several weeks. He has been fishing off of the beachfront and the jetties. “When they came in they came in a fury,” he said. “Then it slowed and they have been steadily trickling in. We have landed quite a few lately — they are a blast to catch.”

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TEXAS FRESHWATER FISHING REPORT ALAN HENRY: Water clear; 84–88 degrees; 3.35’ low. Black bass are fair early on Carolina rigs, jigs and deep-diving crankbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair on juglines. AMISTAD: Water murky; 88–92 degrees; 19.90’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon topwaters, spinner baits and soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on cheese bait, stink bait and nightcrawlers over baited holes. ARROWHEAD: Water fairly clear; 85–89 degrees; 1.52’ low. Black bass are fair to good on top-waters and Texas rigs. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows in the shallows. Catfish are good on worms and stink bait. ATHENS: Water lightly stained; 87–84 degrees; 0.60’ low. Black bass are fair on weightless worms, buzzbaits and Texasrigged creature baits. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are slow. BASTROP: Water murky; 86–90 degrees. Black bass are good on top-waters, watermelon crankbaits and soft plastics. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stink bait. BELTON: Water murky; 84–88 degrees; 0.08’ high. Black bass are fair on top-waters, spinner baits, and lipless crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stink bait and shrimp. BOB SANDLIN: Water lightly stained; 81–85 degrees; 0.70’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on rod and reel. BONHAM: Water lightly stained; 80–84 degrees; 1.98’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters, hollow-body frogs and shaky heads. Crappie are good on boat docks. Catfish are excellent on cut bait. BRAUNIG: Water murky. Black bass are fair on watermelon topwaters and soft plastics. Striped bass are fair down-rigging silver and gold spoons near the dam. Redfish are fair on perch and shad. Channel catfish are good on shrimp and stink bait. Blue catfish are good on cut bait. BRIDGEPORT: Water lightly stained, 80–83 degrees: 0.32’ high. Black bass are good on spinner baits, swim jigs, topwaters and shallow crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait. BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 85–89 degrees; 1.05’ low. Black bass are very good on redbug and watermelon red shaky heads and on top-waters late. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies and small crankbaits under lights at night.

Crappie are fair on black/chartreuse tube jigs in 10–15 feet. Channel catfish are good on cut bait over baited holes. BUCHANAN: Water murky; 84–88 degrees; 0.27’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon flukes, chartreuse top-waters and black/blue stick baits on jigheads off points early. Striped bass are fair on shad baits near the dam early. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel catfish are good on shrimp, minnows and cheese bait. CADDO: Water stained to muddy; 82–85 degrees; 0.40’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged creature baits, black buzzbaits and hollow-body frogs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait. CALAVERAS: Water murky. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits and soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on silver spoons and striper jigs near the dam. Redfish are good on crawfish and tilapia along the shoreline. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp, stink bait and shad near the discharge. CANYON LAKE: Water murky; 85–89 degrees; 0.03’ low. Black bass are fair on dark top-waters and watermelon stick baits over grass early and late. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on Tiny Traps and minnows. Smallmouth bass are fair on smoke grubs and chartreuse jigs early. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel catfish are slow. CEDAR CREEK: Water lightly stained; 80–84 degrees; 1.00’ low. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged worms and shaky heads near docks and shallow cover. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. CHOKE CANYON: Water murky; 85–89 degrees; 18.84’ low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin soft plastics. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and stink bait. COLEMAN: Water murky; 86–90 degrees; 1.27’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon top-waters, soft plastics and lipless crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and stink bait. COLETO CREEK: Water murky; 99 degrees at the hot water discharge, 89 degrees in main lake; 1.19’ low. Black bass are good on crankbaits and soft plastics in 8–10 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and tube jigs in 8–12 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on droplines baited with live perch and cut bait in 8–10 feet. CONROE: Water murky; 85–89

degrees; 0.05’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon Carolinarigged soft plastics and lipless crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are fair on stink bait and shrimp. FALCON: Water murky; 88–92 degrees; 32.11’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse/ black crankbaits, spinner baits and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on frozen shrimp and stink bait. FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are fair on spinner baits and lipless crankbaits. Channel and blue catfish are good on cut shad, nightcrawlers and shrimp over baited holes. FORK: Water stained; 81–84 degrees; 1.59’ low. Black bass are good on spinner baits, football jigs and hollow-body frogs. White and yellow bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. FT. PHANTOM HILL: Water murky; 84–88 degrees; 1.16’ low. Black bass are fair on weightless Senkos and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait. GIBBONS CREEK: Water murky. Black bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Catfish are good on live perch. GRANBURY: Water murky; 88–92 degrees; 0.02’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinner baits, crankbaits and soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are fair on stink bait, shrimp and minnows. GRANGER: Water murky; 87–91 degrees; 1.43’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastic worms with chartreuse tails and watermelon top-waters. White bass are fair on minnows and small spinner baits. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Blue catfish are good on shad and shrimp. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch. GRAPEVINE: Water lightly stained; 80–84 degrees; 0.26’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged craws, shad-pattern shallow crankbaits and shaky heads. White bass and hybrid bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait. HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 84–88 degrees; 0.07’ high. Black bass are fair on chatterbaits and hula poppers at creek outlets. Crappie are fair on live minnows near brush in 20 feet. Bream are good on live worms from piers. Channel and blue catfish are fair on juglines baited with perch. HUBBARD CREEK: Water offcolor; 85–90 degrees; 1.63’ low. Black bass are fair to good on top-waters early and late, midday switching to crankbaits, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie

are fair to good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and live shad. JOE POOL: Water lightly stained; 84–85 degrees; 0.80’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait and rod and reel. LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 80–85 degrees: 2.33’ high. Black bass are fair on buzz frogs, wake baits and Texas-rigged craws. White bass are good on slabs and top-waters. Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. LAVON: Water stained; 81–85 degrees: 2.37’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are good on slabs and top-waters. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. LBJ: Water stained; 85–89 degrees; 0.78’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon/blue flake stick baits, chartreuse spinner baits and Texas-rigged soft plastics in 8–15 feet early. Striped bass are good on silver striper jigs and Spoiler Shads at night. White bass are good on bladed jigs at night. Crappie are fair on blue tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on nightcrawlers and liver. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with goldfish and perch. LEWISVILLE: Water lightly stained; 81–84 degrees; 0.32’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are slow. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait. LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 86–90 degrees; 0.14 high. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics, spinner baits, and lipless crankbaits. Striped bass are very good on silver striper jigs and lipless crankbaits. White bass are fair on troll tubes, slabs and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad and minnows. MARTIN CREEK: Water lightly stained; 85–88 degrees; 1.00’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. MONTICELLO: Water stained; 84–88 degrees; 0.21’ high. Black bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines. NASWORTHY: 84–89 degrees; 1.19’ low. Black bass are fair to good on buzzbaits, Texas rigs and jigs. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait. NAVARRO MILLS: Water murky; 86–90 degrees; 0.14’ high. Black bass are good on watermelon spinner baits and

shallow-running crankbaits near the dam. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on stink bait, shrimp and shad. Blue catfish are fair on minnows. O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 86–90 degrees; 36.11’ low. Black bass are fair to good on top-waters early and late, midday switching to Texas rigs, drop-shot rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on live bait. OAK CREEK: Water stained; 84–88 degrees; 10.96’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, jigs and chatterbaits. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs in the shallows. Catfish are fair on chartreuse nightcrawlers. PALESTINE: Water lightly stained; 81–84 degrees; 1.16’ low. Black bass are good on top-waters, shallow crankbaits and Texas-rigged creature baits. Crappie are slow on minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. POSSUM KINGDOM: Water off-color; 84–90 degrees; 0.11’ low. Black bass are fair to good on drop-shot rigs, Texas rigs, medium-running crankbaits and Carolina rigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows. White bass are fair to good on Little Georges. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers. PROCTOR: Water murky; 85–89 degrees; 0.92’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits and soft plastics. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows and nightcrawlers. RAY HUBBARD: Water lightly stained; 81–85 degrees; 1.09’ low. Black bass are slow on shallow crankbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. RAY ROBERTS: Water stained; 80–84 degrees; 0.21’ low. Black bass are fair on Carolinarigged flukes, football jigs and buzz frogs. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 80–84 degrees; 0.01’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged craws and topwaters. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are slow on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. SAM RAYBURN: Water murky; 85–89 degrees; 1.03’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon lipless crankbaits. White bass are fair on minnows and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows over

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baited holes. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Catfish are slow. SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 87–91 degrees; 4.92’ high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stink bait and shrimp. STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 85– 89 degrees; 0.12’ high. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinner baits and crankbaits. White bass are good on pet spoons and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are slow. TAWAKONI: Water stained; 81–84 degrees; 1.52’ low. Black bass are good on hollow-body frogs, bladed jigs and Texasrigged creature baits. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines. TEXOMA: Water stained; 80–84 degrees; 1.37’ low. Black bass are good on top-waters, medium-diving crankbaits and shaky head worms. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. TOLEDO BEND: Water murky; 85–89 degrees; 2.25’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon craw worms and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and spoons. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Bream are fair on crickets and nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with shrimp and live bait. TRAVIS: Water murky; 86–90 degrees; 0.18’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon/blue flake worms in 12–25 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on silver slabs and jigging spoons. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on perch. WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. Black bass are fair on chartreuse crankbaits and lipless crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and minnows. WHITNEY: Water murky; 86–90 degrees; 4.20’ low. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on minnows and nightcrawlers.

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TEXAS SALTWATER FISHING REPORT

Fall crappie pattern starts Lone Star Outdoor News After super-high lake levels, Lake Navarro Mills in Navarro County has receded, and the crappie bite has turned back on for Keith Speer from Frost. “The lake went up 16 feet and finally is back down,” he said. “We’re on a good fall pattern now.” Speer has been hitting the lake regularly. “The last three trips I’ve made to Navarro Mills, I’ve caught a limit,” he said. “One day I kept fishing and releasing fish and I caught 50.” Speer primarily fished two locations at 12- and 13-foot depths, and he said the bite was light. “There was no thump,” he said. “You had to watch what you were doing, they would just bump it. I would let it sit and they would start swimming off with the minnow.” Rodney Campbell of Midlothian fishes Lake Bardwell near Ennis, and said the fall pattern is starting on the lake. “It’s picked up pretty good in the last week,” he said. “It started getting good at the same time last year. You can catch a limit in four to five hours. Up until this week, it would take that long to catch six or seven fish.” Campbell said the fish are stacking up on the brushpiles in 12- to 16-feet of water, and he is using a 1/16-ounce jighead in a salt and pepper color. He said the 3,138-acre lake is a good place to get away from the

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crowds. “It’s been a good lake,” Navarro said. “I figured it out about two years ago. And there isn’t a whole lot of traffic.” On Cedar Creek Reservoir, Elliot Reed of Cedar Hill headed to the Highway 334 Bridge with his float tube. “I hadn’t fished my tube all year and really hadn’t had a great day in my boat, either,” he said. “I hit the bridge at sunrise and found the crappie.” He found the fish hanging on the bridge column and used a variety of jig colors. His biggest fish was 14 inches. “I had a huge crappie, but he got off,” he said. “It felt good to be in my tube again. I’m looking forward to a good fall bite.” On Joe Pool Reservoir, Justin Ratts of Mansfield said the crappie fishing had picked up. Also fishing out of a tube, he landed most of his fish between 12- and 20-feet of water. “The color of the jigs really didn’t matter, he said. “For as bad as the flooding was, I think we are starting to reap the rewards of the lake being closed for so long.”

NORTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good under birds on top-waters and plastics. Trout and redfish are good around slicks on plastics and top-waters. SOUTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad. Trout are good at the jetty on live bait and top-waters. Bull redfish are good at the jetty. BOLIVAR: Trout are good on the south shoreline on topwaters and live bait. Redfish are good at Rollover Pass on crabs. Trout, bull redfish, black drum, sand trout and redfish are good at Rollover Pass. TRINITY BAY: Trout are fair for drifters working pods of shad and mullet on soft plastics and scented plastics. Redfish are good on the north shoreline on gold spoons and small top-waters. EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout and redfish are good on soft plastics while working slicks and mud boils. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp. WEST GALVESTON BAY: Trout and redfish are good in the back lakes on live bait. Bull redfish are good in the surf and at San Luis Pass on crabs and mullet. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetties on shrimp and crabs. TEXAS CITY: Sand trout and Gulf trout are good in the channel on shrimp. Redfish are fair to good in Moses Lake on crabs and shrimp. FREEPORT: Bull redfish are good on live bait and crabs on the Surfside beach. Black drum and redfish are good on the reefs. Trout are good on the reefs in Christmas Bay on live shrimp. EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair for drifters on live shrimp over humps and scattered shell. Trout and redfish are fair to good on the shorelines on small topwaters and plastics. WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair on sand and grass humps on soft plastics and top-waters. Redfish are good on live shrimp and top-waters in Oyster Lake,

Crab Lake and Shell Island. PORT O’CONNOR: Bull redfish are good in the surf and at the jetty on cracked crabs. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the back lakes with live shrimp. ROCKPORT: Redfish are good on mullet on the Estes Flats and around Mud Island. Trout and redfish are good in the back of Allyn’s Bight. PORT ARANSAS: Redfish are fair at East Flats and Shamrock Cove on top-waters and plastics under rattling corks. Trout are fair at the jetty on live shrimp and piggy perch. CORPUS CHRISTI: Redfish are good on the flats on gold spoons and small top-waters. Sand trout and croakers are good in the channels on fresh shrimp. Trout are fair to good along the edge of the channel on piggy perch. BAFFIN BAY: Trout are good on top-waters and plum plastics around rocks and grass. Redfish are good in the Land Cut on live bait. Redfish are fair to good on gold spoons and top-waters while schooling on the flats. PORT MANSFIELD: Redfish are fair to good while drifting potholes on top-waters and soft plastics under a popping cork. Trout are fair to good over sand and grass on soft plastics and scented plastics under popping corks. SOUTH PADRE: Trout, redfish and snook are fair to good on the flats on artificial shrimp and live bait. Tarpon and redfish are fair to good around the jetty on finger mullet. PORT ISABEL: Trout and redfish are fair to good while drifting sand and grass flats on live shrimp, artificial shrimp and scented plastics under popping corks. Redfish are fair to good in Cullen Bay on scented plastics and top-waters. —TPWD

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GAME WARDEN BLOTTER BIG FISHING GROUP, ONLY ONE LICENSE Tarrant County Game Wardens Clint Borchardt and John Padgett responded to a call concerning illegal fishing activity at Lake Grapevine. Contact was made with seven adults, six of whom did not have a valid fishing license. Multiple fish were returned to the lake and appropriate citations issued. GROUP KILLS ONE GATOR, CAPTURES ANOTHER A report of alligators killed in the Trinity River was made to Freestone County Game Warden Samuel Anderson. During his investigation, Anderson received confessions from all parties involved regarding the killing of one alligator and the live-capture of another. One of the subjects gave the warden the location where the alligator had been shot, and Anderson found the remains. Anderson also obtained information on an alligator that was killed in August of 2015. DELUSIONAL MAN SWIMS AWAY FROM HELP An overturned kayak and a man in distress was reported on Benbrook Lake. Tarrant County Game Warden John Padgett responded. It was determined the man was delusional. The man told Benbrook Fire Department responders that he did not need help, but did not have a flotation device. He was eventually talked into putting a life jacket on. Padgett attempted to grab the man to put him in the patrol boat, but the subject took his life jacket off and swam away from the boat.

THESE SPOTLIGHTERS DIDN’T SHOOT THIS DEER Sabine County Game Warden Doug Williams received a call about a landowner witnessing a spotlighter shooting from the highway. Williams responded to the area and located a pool of blood, likely from a deer, on the highway. He waited for the vehicle to return for their prize. Later, Williams observed a truck spotlighting the area where the blood was located, and along with a Sabine County Sheriff’s deputy pulled the vehicle over. There were two young men in the vehicle. Both admitted to spotlighting and hunting rabbits off the road. Williams asked about the deer that was shot. The driver said he did not shoot any deer from the road. Williams seized the driver’s rifle for evidence to compare the ballistics. Williams and two deputies tried to locate the deer for several hours but were unsuccessful. Williams called K-9 Handler Sam Shanafelts out of Trinity County. Shanafelts,

After refusing another life jacket, the subject swam to the shore. Padgett and the firemen attempted to restrain the man, but he ran back into the lake and swam away. The warden used his boat to push the subject back to shore where numerous police and sheriff’s officers restrained him. The man was taken to a local hospital for evaluation. SHOT FROM VEHICLE 50 YARDS FROM WARDEN Sitting inside of a barn in a remote area, Red River County Game Warden Josh Bonney observed a vehicle come to a stop at an intersection, about 50 yards away. He then heard a high-powered rifle blast from the vehicle. A traffic stop was initiated and the driver was found with

along with K-9 Blitz, tracked the deer, but it was not located. The wardens concluded, based on the evidence present, that the deer was shot at the wood line and dragged to the highway and was loaded into a vehicle. Williams started asked around the community for any information. Finally, he received information about the deer head being in a freezer. Williams and Shelby County Game Warden Anthony King went to the residence that supposedly had the deer head. The owner said he had the head at his residence, but had the actual suspect come and take the deer head away because he didn’t want to get in trouble. The owner gave the name of the suspect who actually shot the deer. The wardens went to that residence, and the suspect admitted to shooting the deer. The suspect was issued several citations and is facing civil restitution.

a rifle next to his leg. A matching shell casing was recovered from the road. There was no evidence of hunting and the man did not have a spotlight. Charges of discharging a firearm from a public roadway are pending.

asked him to open the livewell. At this point, the fisherman admitted he had lied and proceeded to bring out undersized sand bass from the livewell. The fish were in good shape and released. Citations issued.

THAT DARN WATER CIRCULATION PUMP While on boat patrol on Lake Ray Roberts, Cooke County Game Warden Darla Barr made contact with a fisherman on his way to the docks. The man had all the necessary safety equipment. When asked about fish, the man said he had not caught anything and opened his ice-chest to show just food and drinks. Since Barr could hear the water circulation pump, she

SHINING A LIGHT FROM COUNTY ROAD Bowie County Game Warden Daniel Kessler observed a truck traveling along a county road. The truck appeared to be equipped with a LED light bar mounted just above the windshield. The truck was observed turning across the roadway and shining its lights into the fields along the road. Kessler followed the vehicle. A few hundred yards down the road, the vehicle turned

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The Galveston Bay Foundation purchased more than 102 acres along Chocolate Bayou in Brazoria County. Natural habitats found onsite include tidal marshes, freshwater wetlands, and coastal tallgrass prairie. “Permanently protecting this tract of land will ensure that critical resources will remain for waterfowl, wading birds, and neotropical migrants as well as Photo by GBF. Map by Google provide essential habitat for coastal fisheries including fish, crabs, and shrimp,” said Bob Stokes, president of GBF. The tract contains almost half a mile of frontage along the tidally influenced Chocolate Bayou, and is located less than three miles from the Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge. Chocolate Bayou is one of the primary sources of freshwater for West Galveston Bay. The acquisition was made possible with the financial support of the Galveston Bay Estuary Program, Texas General Land Office and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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the season was closed for them in federal waters.” John Chapa of Corpus Christi won the Men’s Scuba division, Ethan King of Padre Island won the Youth Freediver divison and Samantha Twyeffort topped the Women’s Freediver field. Twenty people brought fish to the scales at Woody’s Sport Center. “Most of our spearfishermen were freedivers,” Ramsey said. A freediver for years, the Corpus Christi resident and former SAR (Search and Rescue) with the Coast Guard said spearfishing in Texas waters is his passion. “I’ve been freediving since I was a kid,” he said. “The last 10 years more aggressively, and I’ve been going after the large, pelagic fish, 100 pounds or more, for the last six years. It’s become a little tougher since they are yanking oil rigs out, but there is still really good spearfishing here. The sport combines hunting and fishing, Ramsey said. “I typically hunt between 30 and 90 feet,” he said. “My deepest freedive is 150 feet.” The Alaska native’s Coast Guard career was in the Pacific Northwest, where the constant pounding of the boat slamming into the surf took its toll on his body, resulting in surgeries on his neck and both shoulders. “I wasn’t able to get in the water for over a year,” Ramsey said. “I got back into diving in June of this year. I really missed it.” Ramsey said freediving can be dangerous, and promotes safe diving heavily. He recommends people take a basic freediving course before jumping into the sport. “You have to have someone with you when you freedive,” he said. “Things can go wrong. I’ve had two blackouts. When scuba diving, you need to be cautious as well, in 2013, I shot a big amberjack that took me from 130 feet to 300 feet down. I got the bends and had to spend time in the compression chamber.” Ramsey said both freshwater and saltwater national tournaments are in the works for Texas, and a world competition may come to the state in 2019 or 2020. Spearfishermen also need to be aware of both state and federal regulation. “In state waters, you can only hunt nongame fish,” Ramsey said. “In federal waters, you can shoot fish that are game fish in state waters, but you need to be aware of the seasons.” For example, you can’t shoot a bull redfish in state waters, but you could in federal waters. “I’ve shot black drum and big snapper in state waters,” Ramsey said. “I’ve seen big cobia but passed them up. I have only seen two reds in federal waters, though. But not everyone knows the regs. One guy posted a photo with his speargun, calling it a redfish slaying machine. I hope the game wardens saw that one.” Allison said the allure of spearfishing is in the options it presents to the hunter. “In regular fishing, the fish picks you,” he said. “In spearfishing, you get to pick the fish.”

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Gerald Swindle of Guntersville, Alabama, clinched his second Angler of the Year title since 2004 at the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship at Mille Lacs Lake in central Minnesota. A total purse of $1 million was paid out to the Top 50 Bassmaster Elite Series pros, along with berths to the 2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro. Swindle collected $100,000, and the remaining 49 anglers earned shares of the remaining $900,000. Swindle, a 15-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier, struggled to catch competitive limits on Mille Lacs Lake during the first two days of the championship, but he figured out the fish on the final day of the championship, bringing in a five-fish limit of smallmouth bass that weighed 22 pounds, using a jerkbait and vibrating jig. Seth Feider of Bloomington, Minnesota wowed his hometown crowd after producing an enormous limit of smallmouth bass that weighed 26 pounds, 2 ounces. Feider caught all of his bass on a drop-shot rig near large rocks, and had the top total weight at Mille Lacs of 76 pounds, 5 ounces. Keith Combs of Huntington finished the season in second place for Angler of the Year, followed by Randall Tharp of Port St. Joe, Florida and Jacob Powroznik of Port Haywood, Virginia. The Top 5 in weight at Mille Lacs included: Feider (76-5); Brent Ehrler of Newport Beach, California, (69-13); Dave Lefebre of Erie, Pennsylvania, (6712); Tommy Biffle of Wagoner, Oklahoma, (67-5); and James Elam of Tulsa, Oklahoma, (67-3). —B.A.S.S.

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a microscope. A large number, 50,000 to 100,000 per milliliter of water, is required to be considered a high concentration of the red tide organisms. Volunteers were expected to check water daily during a bloom and report any fish kills, as well as the severity of aerosolized brevetoxin, the toxin released by the red tide algae. According to the Texas Sea Grant description of the program, this data is then used by the State of Texas, the federal government and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to issue timely health advisories to the public, to fisherman, and to resource managers who regulate state waters and commercial and recreational fisheries. Part of the problem with monitoring red tide is its inherent unpredictability. After a few years of no algae blooms, trained people would disappear and Reisinger and Hockaday would have to search for volunteers. They began the Texas Coastal Naturalist Program. “We had to come up with something else for them to do,’ Reisinger said. The volunteers not only monitor but help rescue stranded marine mammals and they also help rescue sea turtles during cold stint events. Now, the Texas Coastal Naturalist program is an ongoing organization with more than 200 volunteers. About 20 of those individuals are also currently active in the Red Tide Rangers. The recent red tide outbreak has kept Red Tide Rangers busy monitoring the spread and severity of the algae. So far this year, Reisinger says the ranger team has reported red tide patches showing up at Padre Island National Seashore and between Port Mansfield Jetties and Brazos Santiago Pass. They have also noticed gafftopsail catfish seem to be the most severely affected fish species at the moment. Reisinger said menhaden are the canary in the coal mine, and typically bear the brunt of a toxic red tide. “They feed by filtering plankton,” he said. The impact remains to be seen, Reisinger said of the bloom, not as strong as last year’s. He encourages Texans to keep their fishing trips, as the blooms are very spotty in nature, and the fish are still biting. And, if the bloom should increase in size or strength, rest assured the Red Tide Rangers are on the case. As of September 16, there was no red tide on the Upper Coast; low concentrations at Bird Island Basin in the Middle Coast; and low to high concentrations along the beachfront from Beach Access 6 to the Brazos Santiago jetties on the Lower Laguna Madre, with a fish kill that included mainly whiting and shrimp eels, per the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department report.


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best to fish the outside edges of a reef, or work the cuts slicing through a reef. On the bigger reefs, I’ll anchor along the edges and fish live shrimp or croakers. The best depths are 6 to 7 feet right about now, when the water is still pretty hot. As the water begins to cool in October and into November, I’ll fish live baits along and over reefs in 4 to 5 feet of water.” One of Pereyra’s favorite bait rigs is a live shrimp on a 1/0 live bait hook fished under a float. “That’s a good rig to fish when I’m anchored over an oyster bed,” he said. “I like to adjust it so the bait is about 2 feet off the shell. If I’m set up over scattered shell I’ll use a live croaker on a 4/0 croaker hook. I fish them on a Carolina rig, about 18-inches long, with a 1/8-ounce barrel weight. That way I can swim the croaker about a foot off of the bottom along the shell.” The tides are a definite factor for finding active trout feeding over shell. “I usually like any kind of moving tide,” Pereyra said. “But I prefer an incoming most of the time. When the water is rising over a reef, it’ll attract more fish. One thing is certain — on a slack tide the fish will lock up and not feed.” Matagorda-based guide Capt. Tommy Alexander spends a lot of time on both East and West Matagorda bays. On any given day he will fish both scattered shell and oyster beds. “I like to fish oyster reefs on an incoming tide,” Alexander said. “But you don’t really want to have a super high tide. That’ll scatter the fish. I’ve found that the best bite is

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while we are fishing lures into the incoming tide. I’ll fish the reefs from the boat and while wading. However, you can definitely fish a reef more thoroughly while wading. But drifting along the edge of a reef, or over scattered shell will produce good numbers of trout.” Most of the time, Alexander fishes lures over shell. One of his favorites is a Norton Bull Minnow. His go-to colors are roach or chartreuse/pepper. In clear water, he’ll rig them on 1/4-ounce jig heads. In offcolored water, he’ll go with a slower falling 1/8-ounce jig head. They are rigged on an 18-inch section of 25-pound test monofilament. “The 4-inch lure with paddle tails are good to fish on a steady retrieve or with a pop and jerk,” Alexander said. “I’ll also fish a Gulp under a cork. The 3-inch shrimp is good, so is the 5-inch jerk shad in chartreuse/pepper neon. I’ll fish those with a 3-foot leader on a 1/16-ounce jig head.”

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LOTS OF COVER: Archery hunters may have difficulty seeing their quarry, due to the height of weeds and grasses in much of the state. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

Mason said deer surveys have shown good numbers of deer. “Overall, the numbers have been good, and for those looking for bucks, we’ve seen some really good, quality antlers.” An abundance of food could hamper hunters’ efforts, though. “The food resources are really good, especially for those relying on the deer coming to them,” Mason said. The biologist recommended shredding the tall weeds if at all possible. “We do it on the WMAs we manage,” Mason said. “Those components of dense, tall vegetation will shade out the ground around it. You’ll get a good response from the forbs when you shred, and you’ll be able to see the deer better.” Mason also suggested looking for oaks that are dropping acorns, especially white oaks and water oaks in East Texas.

Reports have come in of acorns dropping in Hamilton and Menard counties in large numbers, raising the hopes of hunters setting up in the trees. In some areas, the vegetation was thick, but has diminished. Near Throckmorton, Bob Smith said last season, the broomweed was so high that unless the deer had antlers or walked on stilts, you were simply guessing what was out there. This year, Smith said the weeds felt like they were 10 feet tall, until the rains came. “We had a huge rain, up to 11 inches, in the Throckmorton area before opening day of dove season,” he said. “It pushed over the broomweed and most of the sunflowers and neatly stacked them around trees and fence posts. Our fields are clean slick for the first time in years.” The archery-only season runs from October 1 through November 4.

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funded a new seed-spreader that help expand food plots for dove and other game species. • Hog traps – Thanks to Big Time Texas Hunt entries, traps are now in place to help remove hogs at select East Texas WMAs. • Giant cane control – Wildlife biologists at Black Gap WMA are working to remove and control giant cane, an invasive species plaguing Texas rivers. This highly invasive grass can grow to over 20 feet high, blocking access for hunters, and consumes large quantities of water, forcing native species out. • Brush control – Control efforts are underway at Yoakum Dunes WMA for shin oak, Matador WMA for prickly pear and Elephant Mountain WMA for juniper. As these species are removed, bunchgrasses and other native plants can thrive. These native grasses and plants provide quality foraging and fawning habitat for mule deer and pronghorn. • Mulching – Gus Engeling WMA is mulching vegetation to decrease the dense woody understory and increase native grass openings. • Hunt camp expansions – Sierra Diablo WMA is building new camp shelters for public hunters and Pat Mayse WMA is expanding their check station and camping areas with improved road access. This coming year, at James E. Daughtrey WMA, hunters can enjoy new fire rings and picnic tables after their day in the field. • New hunting blinds – New and upcoming blinds at Guadalupe Delta, Gus Engeling, Kerr, Mason Mountain and James E. Daughtrey WMAs. Chaparral WMA now offers ADA-accessible blinds with ramps. • Check stations – Thanks to Big Time Texas Hunts entries, hunters can now access new and improved equipment at check stations at the following WMAs: Richland Creek, Gus Engeling, Big Lake Bottom, Keechi Creek, Chaparral and J.D. Murphee. • Online Draw System enhancements – Thanks to system enhancements, hunters can now purchase a stand-by hunting permit by credit card at any WMA with internet access. Dreibelbis said the drawing will take place on October 16. —TPWD

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Lone Star Outdoor News Quail hunters have even more reason to be excited this season. At a check presentation held by Park Cities Quail on September 15, they heard the good news. After a banner season in 2015-2016, the quail are up again in the Rolling Plains. Biologists counted 50.24 quail per 20-mile census line, a record high since counts began in 1978. The long-term average for the region is 20.16, and counts have been as low as 2.91. In South Texas, the numbers are down slightly from last year, but still high, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Quail Program leader, Robert Perez. At the event, Park Cities Quail presented checks totaling $853,000 to support additional research on Texas quail.

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Restoring native grasslands can be a boon for quail, birds and pronghorn in the Texas prairies. At a Texas Wildlife Associationhosted webinar, John Hayes with the Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture offered tips for landowners on how to restore the grasslands and available assistance to do it. “Most of Texas, being areas west of the Pineywoods and east of the Trans-Pecos, was historically prairie grasslands,” he said. “The areas were dominated by grass, and there is enough rainfall to not be considRECOVERY: Fire, whether from wildfires or prescribed burning, ered a desert.” Fire was and is the pri- keeps woody plants from encroaching on natural grasslands, and mary method to keep the weeds and grasses quickly recover. Photo by David J. Sams, grasslands from being en- Lone Star Outdoor News. croached by woody plants, “They are bunch grasses,” Hayes said. but theories that lightning started the “They grow vertically and send roots frequent fires are probably incorrect, down to find water. They have huge Hayes said. growth under the soil. It’s like an ice“Wildfires were common, but based berg, we’re just seeing the tip.” on fire rings and other evidence, the NaRestoring native grasslands may not tive Americans likely set most of them,” always involve plowing and planting, he said. Hayes said. Texas is home to what Hayes called “Many times, the native grasses are the Big Four of grasslands, little blue- still there,” he said. “It may just be an stem, big bluestem, yellow Indiangrass issue with permanent grazing or it may and switchgrass. Please turn to page 27


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Ladd Pepper of Blanco landed this 25-inch speckled trout in San Antonio Bay while wade-fishing with Capt. Jason Wagenfehr.

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Barry Browning of Arlington caught this speckled trout at 61st Street Pier in Galveston. It was his first keeper trout.

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Time 7:58 AM 6:41 AM 7:40 AM 8:14 AM 8:41 AM 9:06 AM 9:31 AM 9:57 AM 10:26 AM 10:57 AM 11:32 AM 12:10 PM 4:56 AM 4:51 AM 4:41 AM

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Time 4:02 PM 9:19 AM 10:42 AM 12:55 PM 2:01 PM 3:08 PM 4:05 PM 4:49 PM 5:29 PM 6:11 PM 11:44 AM 12:16 PM 12:53 PM 1:37 PM 2:22 PM

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four boxes of shells. “All the kids had a great time, though.” Thornton said his members reported good hunting from Abilene north to Haskell and in the Midland and San Angelo areas. “In Central Texas, the native fields started resprouting and they are green,” he said. “Dove don’t like to land in green stuff.” TDHA members also reported poor hunts north of Austin. “Once the local whitewings left after the first week or so, the hunting has been slow,” he said. Justin Hill with Ranger Creek runs hunts in Haskell County, and takes efforts to remove the sprouting vegetation from the fields. “Our hunting has been phenomenal,” he said. “We shred and freshen up our fields. I agree that dove don’t like to land in green fields. We even burned a few fields, but that didn’t work. As soon as it rained, it sprouted again.” Hill said the Haskell County area has been improving for years. “We’re right on the edge of all of the deer country and all of the farmland,” he said. “We have tons of food and we have many fields to choose from. Some fields can have 15,000 birds.” At the Lone Star Ag Credit dove hunt near Throckmorton, Gerrit Schouten said the birds were flying well. “They really came on around 6 p.m.,”he said. “Most met their limits early.”

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need some prescribed fires.” When landowners wish to restore native grasses, Hayes said there are four primary considerations. 1.“Identify what you currently have. You may not need to replant.” 2.“Control the exotic grasses (like bermudagrass); this will usually involve the use of an herbicide and repeated disking.” 3.“Pick the right seed mix. It’s good to consult a resources professional on this step.” 4.“Use a n-till seed drill to plant. Broadcast seeding can work if the soil is prepped, but the seeds need to get to bare ground.” Several programs assist landowners in the restoration endeavor. “There is the GRIP Program that is part of the Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture Grassland Restoration Program,” Hayes said. “It provides funding for management, reseeding, burning and prescribed grazing. You have to spend the money first, but it reimburses up to 90 percent.” The program, limited to specific counties in Texas where the need is greatest, is funded in part by the Upland Game Bird Stamp purchased with hunting licenses, and from ConocoPhillips, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation and National Wild Turkey Federation. Landowners in other counties aren’t left out, though. “They can use the Natural Resources Conservation Society’s EQIP Program,” Hayes said. For prescribed burning, Hayes recommended checking with your TPWD biologist. “Many areas have prescribed burn associations like the Prescribed Burn Alliance of Texas,” he said. TPWD maintains a list of all prescribed burn associations in the state. And some organizations are available to help for a fee. “Groups like the Wildlife Habitat Federation in southeast Texas can do it all and they have staff and the necessary equipment,” Hayes said.

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Pronghorn hunters expect good season Lone Star Outdoor News The short Texas pronghorn season runs October 1-9 in the Trans-Pecos and Panhandle of Texas. Hunters should expect to see good numbers of animals and good horn quality. The number of permits went up slightly in both the Trans-Pecos and Panhandle,” said Shawn Gray, pronghorn leader with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. “The conditions have been great, the fawn crops are up, and the horn quality will be good.” Gray will work the Dalhart check station on opening weekend, where he expects to see a lot of pronghorn brought in. Researchers record the animal, pull a tooth to age the pronghorn and hunters will receive a certificate with the pronghorn’s age in the mail.

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near Bay City, and both their guided parties and club groups had good shoots. “With the full moon, it seems the birds are pushing a little closer to the coast,” said Daniel Kubeka of Run-N-Gun. Flooded, second-crop rice fields were some of the best areas, according to reports. Near Garwood, guide Randy Wheeler reported quick limits on both of the first two weekends, even under the harvest moon. Inland, hunters who had flooded fields with good vegetation found teal, while others struggled. In Ellis County, two early groups came in for Brent Karrington, and three birds were dropped. “Then it shut off,” he said. Moody Ranch Outfitters in Grimes County reported limits opening weekend, and hunters in Haskell County had a good opener, but the birds left after opening weekend.

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Trip of a lifetime Continued from page 4

Wolfenbarger shot the first caribou taken at Leaf River Lodge’s southernmost camp, called the Desbergeres Camp. “We had been walking and scoping out the area, trying to find some bulls,” he said. “We turned around and three of them were moving toward us at about 300 yards. I shot the middle one, he dropped like a stone.” The pastor hunted for bear for the remaining days of the hunt without success, but it didn’t really matter. His lifelong dream was fulfilled. Andrew hunted hard without his father for three days but was never presented with a good bow shot. He told his dad every detail of the hunt when he returned each day. They returned to Joshua on Sunday, September 18, just in time for Gene to preach the 6:30 p.m. evening service. It wasn’t be the typical sermon. “They’ll hear the story of the hunt,” Wolfenbarger said from the Quebec lodge on September 16. “And they’ll see the pictures on the big screen.” HEADING OUT: Pastors Gene and Andrew Wolfenbarger traveled from the Joshua Baptist Church to northern Quebec to pursue caribou. Photos by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News and Andrew Wolfenbarger.

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“I know it’s a chance to wade wet, but I’m willing to take that risk,” he said. “I’m just not ready for wading with waders in water that is 85 to 90 degrees. But that’s not the way most of my customers see things these days. I’d say that about 95 percent of my customers don’t want to get out of the boat. I never thought I’d see that happening. It’s a combination of things, but vibrio is a definite factor.” Kveton has a little bit of advice for fishermen. “If you’ve been fishing and then 12- to 24-hours later suddenly get the chills and start throwing up, pack it up and get to the emergency room ASAP,” he said. “Tell them what you have and make sure they start you on the two specific antibiotics that attack vibrio.” last three months. For me to get back in the water and risk getting vibrio again would be completely crazy.” For the past 21 years, Kveton has owned and operated El Pescador Lodge in Port O’Connor. He’s been fishing along the Texas coast for decades. Never on his worst day did he think he’d be wearing waders in August in Texas. But that all changed on July 11. That’s the day he had a wadefishing trip set up with clients. Just before getting in the water he was bitten by a fly on his ankle, and while scratching the bite, drew blood. He didn’t think too much about it, got in the water and had another great day of wading. Within 24 hours, things had changed dramatically. He was in the hospital with vibrio, and things went south from there. The final cost for his insurance company was somewhere around $250,000 to $300,000. “Anybody can get vibrio,” Kveton said. “While I was in the hospital a healthy 14-year-old boy came in with it. I’ve got a buddy that has had it twice in five years. I was considered to be very healthy, just like that young boy, and look what happened to me.” Wearing waders year-round is not an option for many fishermen — it’s the rule. “Hey, I’ve got friends that have not worn waders during the summer months for decades,” Kveton said. “And when I’m out on the boat, I don’t try to force the use of waders on my clients. It’s their option, and many people are comfortable with that decision. Now, I wear a pair of lightweight, breathable waders that are more comfortable than you might think, even in the summer heat.” Matagorda-based guide Tommy Alexander says the whole issue of wading or staying in the boat has changed dramatically over the past few years. “I’ve been doing this a long time and I’ve never seen so many clients that would rather drift-fish from a boat, than wade,” he said. “It’s a combination of things. Certainly vibrio is a big concern. But there is also the chance of stepping on a stingray or having a close encounter with a shark. For whatever reason, more people are content to fish out of the boat.” Guide Charlie Paradoski has been in the guide business for decades out of Matagorda, and has fished his way up and down the Gulf coast from the Chandeleur Islands to Padre Island. Throughout that time he’s been a dedicated wader. Even today he’s still wading wet.

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At the Mississippi Flyway Council Committee meeting in August, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Wildlife Officer Block Meyer was named the Waterfowl Officer of the Year. Among Meyer’s accomplishments from last season was his quick thinking to help waterfowl hunters in need of rescue. In one instance, three juveniles had become stranded when their boat’s motor failed four miles from the boat ramp. Severe weather was moving in and Meyer was able to get the juveniles back to the safety of the ramp. On another occasion, Meyer assisted two hunters who had fallen into freezing water and were airlifted out of the area because of hypothermia. Meyer also conducted 50 waterfowl-related programs throughout the year, spreading his knowledge to radio audiences and Arkansas’ youth. He participated on a radio talk show on four occasions, focusing on waterfowl regulations and waterfowl identification. He worked with a local Boy Scouts troop to build wood duck boxes and place them on a local wildlife management area, helping one of them become an Eagle Scout. Meyer also organized or participated in four youth hunts for 13 hunters, and developed The Hunting Club at Wynne Intermediate School.

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Montanans to vote on trapping At the end of June 2016, Ballot Initiative No. 177 was qualified by the Montana Secretary of State’s office for inclusion on the fall general election ballot. I-177 generally prohibits the use of traps and snares for animals on any public lands within Montana. Approximately 30 percent of the state of Montana is public land. The Wild Sheep Foundation and its Montana WSF Chapter said the measure would financially impact the department and commission, as trapping license revenue would decrease, dramatically. In addition, the department and commission would incur significant costs associated with added personnel required for monitoring gray wolf populations and managing wildlife damage to address issues now handled by private-sector Montana citizens. This ballot initiative would “allow” FWP to use certain traps on public land, when necessary, if nonlethal methods have been tried and found to be ineffective. “This initiative flies in the face of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation,” said WSF President and CEO Gray N. Thornton, “whereby the public actively participates in management of state-owned fish and wildlife; I-177 effectively prohibits and criminalizes public participation in an effective wildlife management technique that Montanans have voluntarily practiced for almost two centuries.”

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Artist wins fifth duck stamp contest James Hautman, an artist from Chaska, Minnesota, is the winner of the 2016 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest. Hautman’s acrylic painting of Canada geese will be made into the 2017-2018 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, or “Duck Stamp,” which will go on sale in late June 2017. This is Hautman’s fifth Federal Duck Stamp Contest win, tying him with his brother Joseph, whose art appears on the 2016-2017 Federal Duck Stamp. The Federal Duck Stamp sells for $25 and raises about $25 million each year to conserve and protect wetland habitats in the National Wildlife Refuge System for the benefit of wildlife and the enjoyment of people.

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Record smallmouth in Michigan

EPA found in violation of privacy rights

Michigan’s existing state record for smallmouth bass was broken September 11 by Robert Bruce Kraemer of Treasure Island, Florida. Kraemer owns a home in Indian River, Michigan. Using night crawlers for bait, Kraemer landed a 9.98-pound, 23.10-inch smallmouth bass on the Indian River. The previous state record for smallmouth bass was set in October 2015 when Greg Gasiciel of Rhodes, Michigan, landed a 9.33-pound, 24.50-inch fish from Hubbard Lake in Alcona County.

The Environmental Protection Agency has violated the personal privacy of tens of thousands of farmers and ranchers, according to a unanimous ruling issued by the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. The ruling in American Farm Bureau Federation and National Pork Producers Council vs. EPA concerned the federal agency’s 2013 release to three environmental groups of a vast compilation of spreadsheets containing personal information about farmers and ranchers who raise livestock and poultry in 29 states. The case also related to similar personal information from farmers and ranchers in seven additional states that had yet to

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249

99

3-12x42SF Matte BDC Regular Price Instant Savings

34999 -$7000 *

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Price After Instant Savings

$

279

99

4-16x42SF Matte BDC

29999 -$5000 *

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• Fully Multicoated Optics • Spring-Loaded Instant Zero-Reset Turrets • Quick Focus Eyepiece • 4x Zoom technology • Precise, Positive Click 1/4” Hand-turn Adjustments • 4” constant eye relief • Waterproof, Fogproof, Shockproof • Compatible with Spot On Custom Turrets • Limited Lifetime Warranty/No-Fault Policy ◊

Regular Price Instant Savings

44999 -$5000 *

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$

399

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Nikon No-Fault Repair/Replacement Policy and Limited Lifetime Warranty for Binoculars, Riflescopes and Fieldscopes. For full details of the Nikon No-Fault Repair/Replacement Policy and Limited Lifetime Warranty, visit NikonSportOptics.com * Participating Nikon authorized dealers and resellers only. Instant Savings amount deducted from dealer or reseller’s selling price. Offer valid for new eligible products only that are sold between September 18, 2016 and November 5, 2016 to retail customers by a Nikon authorized dealer or reseller within the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands. Void where prohibited by law. All products are subject to availability. For eligible products and further details, please visit www.nikonpromo.com. † Actual selling price determined by dealer or reseller at time of sale. All Nikon trademarks are the property of Nikon Corporation. ◊

September 23, 2016 - Lone Star Outdoor News - Fishing & Hunting  
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