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Friends fight the same fish Spotted bass eats offering from both By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News Michael Boyd moved to the Lake Conroe area last year, and is still trying to learn the lake

before getting back into competitive fishing. While fishing on the lake with his buddy, Tommy Woodard, the pair found an aggressive spotted bass. “We were pitching plastics around docks,” Boyd said. “I had a fish bite and set the hook, but he took the claws off of my

craw lure.” Boyd pitched again, had a hit and missed the fish. A few minutes later, Woodard pitched his craw into the same area, while Boyd was pulling line out after his cast. “He set the hook,” Boyd said. “When I engaged my line I felt the tension in my line, too. The

fish ate them both.” Boyd felt the small Kentucky bass was likely the same fish he had missed twice earlier, and it clearly had both hooks in its mouth. “He was a pretty hungry fish,” he said. “It was weird, it had been kind of a slow day. We joked if it was a record spot we

A spotted bass took the plastic craws of two anglers on Lake Conroe. Photo by Michael Boyd.

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Summerlike conditions greet archery and MLDP hunters By Nate Skinner

For Lone Star Outdoor News Hot, humid conditions combined with gusty winds and an extensive mast crop in certain regions of the state produced mixed results for those pursuing white-tailed deer on the opening weekend for archery and the Managed Lands Deer Program seasons. Some hunters enjoyed plenty of close encounters while others were left sweating, looking at stretches of brush and feeders void of activity. Hunters who harvested deer in the South Central Mandatory CWD Sampling and Carcass Movement Restriction Zone were required to bring their animals to the check station within 48 hours to have tissues removed for CWD testing. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department wildlife biologist for Atascosa, Bexar, and Medina counties, Matt Reidy, manned the South Central CWD Check Station in Hondo during the first several days. He reported only six bucks were brought to the check station on opening weekend. “We did not have any animals checked in at the station on opening day,” Reidy said. “Of the six bucks that were brought in on day two, one was still in velvet. Most hunters in the region reported seeing quite a few deer, and that many of the bucks still had velvet on their antlers.” The bucks that were harvested on opening weekend were covered with a thick layer of fat. Please turn to page 6

Some archery and MLDP hunters are seeing bucks still in velvet in South Texas. The season opened Sept. 28. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

By Robert Sloan

“When it comes to kids, wives, whole families and just a group of friends, the fall bull red run here in Port O’Connor, at the jetties, is what everybody loves,” said Capt. Benny Judice, a longtime guide with 25 years on the water, mostly

at the jetties. “For the entire month of October and into November it’s a time when lots of fishermen come here to catch the heaviest fish of their life, and also some to take home.” Fisheries biologists with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department have found that for the first three years of their lives, red drum live in

the bays or in the surf zone near passes. As they mature, they move from the bays to the Gulf of Mexico where they remain the rest of their lives, except for infrequent visits to the bays. During the fall, especially during stormy weather, large adult reds move to the Gulf beaches for spawning. This is known as the bull redfish run.

Shane Carwin landed this bull redfish at the Port O’Connor jetties on a sardine. Photo by Benny Judice.

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Pronghorn season ends (P. 4)

Conroe hybrids (P. 8)

Most hunters find success.

Cooler water spurs bite.

Allen to receive Pickens award (P. 5)

Shark fanatic (P. 8)

Park Cities Quail to recognize quail enthusiast.

Houston native pursues fish from shore.

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Youth hunters double up on first hunt By Nate Skinner

For Lone Star Outdoor News Two first-time youth hunters made the best of tough hunting conditions during a Texas Youth Hunting Program deer and hog hunt on the Clawson Family Ranch near Flat. Both hunters capitalized on shot opportunities by harvesting two animals each during a single outing in the blind. “I’ve heard my dad tell stories about different hunting adventures, and I wanted to have some of my own to tell,” said first-time hunter Connor Kelsey, of Longview. The 11-year-old began his adventure,

his dad by his side, with some early frustrations. During his first morning sit in a blind, he shot at and missed a doe. “The sun was shining in my face and I had a hard time getting the crosshairs steadied on my target,” Kelsey admitted. “I jerked on the trigger pull and ended up hitting a rock on the ground in the area where the deer was standing.” After the mishap, Kelsey’s guide and father both helped to make light of the situation by telling him he needed to get revenge on the rock that caught his bullet. Kelsey took his misfortune to heart, and spent some time at the range, shooting his .270 rifle before occupying a stand later that evening. Please turn to page 6

Connor Kelsey, 11, left, and Scott Spears, 14, each took their first does on their first hunt, a TYHP youth hunt. Photos by Nate Skinner.

High success rate during pronghorn season By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News After years of trying, Michael Staten and his 13-year-old son, Montana, finally were drawn to hunt pronghorn on the Rita Blanca National Grassland. The hunt paid off, especially for Montana, with his 86 5/8-inch buck. “I have been trying to get drawn since the ’90s,” Staten said. “There are 12 people drawn each year, and this year it was out of 6,419 applicants, so the odds are very low.” This year, Staten put both his and Montana’s name in, and they were two of the lucky winners. On opening weekend, they headed out on Friday. “We got out there and scouted,” Staten said. “We ran into one of the game wardens and he gave us some pointers. We found several different bucks and a good location on one.” The next morning, it was Michael’s turn first. “We got out there before daylight, and the buck came straight to the decoy at a trot from a halfmile away.” Finally, he stopped at 55 yards and Michael made the shot. “We skinned and quartered

Jim Breck, right, holds his hunting dog, BlackJack, with videographer Ryan Olsen and guides Jasper Klein and Steven Ryan. Photo from High West Outfitters.

West Texas native grows guide service to 1.3M-acre operation Michael Staten was drawn, along with his son, Montana, on hunts at the Rita Blanca National Grassland, where he took his first pronghorn. Photo from Michael Staten.

him and then went back to hunting,” Staten said. “We saw another buck with the doe the first buck had been with. He was either facing us or away from us at more than 200 yards.” This buck wasn’t as enamored

with the decoy. “He was moving parallel to us but came a little closer,” Staten said. “Montana was using a bipod and I whistled and got the buck to stop. Montana dropped him at 178 yards at about 11 o’clock. It Please turn to page 7

By Julia Bunch

For Lone Star Outdoor News Like a lot of young men born and raised in West Texas, Jim Breck Bean grew up hunting, but unlike a lot of teenagers, he had already started a hunting guide business before graduating from high school. Bean, a fifth-generation Texan, grew up farming cotton,

alfalfa, winter wheat and raising Angus cattle near the Sierra Diablo Mountains. Bean took part in his first desert bighorn sheep hunt at 10 or 11 years old and has been hooked on hunting ever since. When some customers of his family ranch asked Bean for a guided aoudad hunt in 2010, he agreed, thus beginning High West Outfitters. The business grew slowly at Please turn to page 23

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Allen to receive T. Boone Pickens award

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Park Cities Quail Coalition will honor Carl Allen as the 2020 recipient of the T. Boone Pickens Lifetime Sportsman Award on March 5, 2020 at the 14th Annual Dinner and Auction at the Southern Methodist University Indoor Performance Center in Dallas. Allen is a successful entrepreneur, passionate hunter, angler, treasure hunter, conservationist and philanthropist. Since the beginning of Park Cities Quail 14 years ago, Allen has supported the organization with more than $2 million in contributions. Allen set a new high-water mark for PCQC auctions including hunts at his farm in Tennessee, deep sea fishing, cruising aboard his yachts and eventually donating a fantasy trip on his armada of ships and recreational craft in the Bahamas. These donations along with his record-breaking purchases of the Boone Pickens’ Mesa Vista hunt have made it possible to fulfill the PCQC mission. Over his career as a hunter and fisherman who values and appreciates conservation, Allen has supported Ducks Unlimited, hunting conservation in Africa and habitat improvement of 15 hunting leases in West Texas. In addition, after purchasing Walker’s Cay in the Bahamas, this fishing mecca is being meticulously restored. He is working with the Bahamian Government


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to develop plans for desalinization plants, liquefied natural gas usage, environmentally sensitive garbage processing and other initiatives to improve the quality of both human life and environmental resources on the islands. Since the tragedy caused by Hurricane Dorian in September, Allen, his wife, Gigi, and his team of 24 have been working nonstop to utilize his resources for emergency relief including rescue, relocation and infrastructure. His support vessel, Motor Yacht Axis, has been hauling containers of supplies and using its massive desalinization capacity to save and improve lives all over the Bahamas.

Ernie Lyssy dies at 75 Ernie Lyssy, a former partner in Lyssy & Eckel Feeds, died Sept. 30. He was 75. Lyssy started working for his family business in 1960, driving a truck at the age of 16. He continued to work 35 years in partnership with his father, brother, sons, son-in-law and the Eckel family before retiring in November of 1995. According to Lyssy & Eckel, Ernie retired but never really left. “We had the pleasure of seeing him everyday, twice a day like clockwork for the last 24 years,” the company posted. “Stopping in for 20-40 minutes each time depending on the conversations being held. He came in yesterday morning with a beautiful coral shirt on, made the rounds and then he said goodbye, like he always did.” —Staff report


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Archery, MLDP opener Continued from page 1

His theory is that good rains during the fall of 2018 and the spring of 2019 helped to provide deer with plenty of browse during their growing season. “Much of the south central region of the state is littered with acorns, mesquite beans and other bumper crops,” Reidy explained. Archery hunter Dustin Masters spent opening weekend near Karnes City, where he and his wife, Kendra, encountered good numbers of bucks that seemed to still be milling around in bachelor groups. “Morning hunts saw much more activity than the evening sits, as high temperatures and strong southerly winds kept deer movement to a minimum,” Masters said. “Overall, it was a great weekend for how warm it was and in addition to seeing several bucks, we also saw good numbers of does with fawns.” Blaise Korzekwa, the wildlife biologist for Frio, Dimmit and Zavala counties, said temperatures in the upper 90s and heat index values in the low 100s created less than ideal conditions throughout South Texas during opening weekend. “Steady, southeasterly winds with gusts in the mid to upper 20s made bowhunting difficult,” he said. “Compared to prior seasons, the number of bowhunters taking the field seemed lower due to the hot weather; however, those that toughed it out did have an opportunity to harvest quality bucks.” Korzekwa indicates that hunters using firearms on properties enrolled in the MLD

Program had slightly better luck, but noted the majority of deer in South Texas aren’t typically harvested until later in the fall and winter. “Expectations are high for this season, due to the above average fawn crop in 2015 and the abundant rainfall in September and October of 2018 that contributed to an early spring green-up,” Korzekwa said. “With this being said, deer hunters will face brutal hunting conditions until cooler temperatures arrive.” Outfitter Kevin Burleson of Heart of Texas Bowhunting had bowhunters on properties in both McCulloch and Callahan counties where their experiences were polar opposites. “There are tons of acorns in both areas, but the sheer magnitude of the deer population in McColloch County kept hunters busy,” Burleson said. “In Callahan County, corn is piling up around feeders because the deer have plenty of other browse available to eat.” Burleson said bucks in both regions are still grouped up. In Coryell County, John McClain witnessed the least amount of deer activity that he’s ever experienced on opening weekend in that portion of the state. “Both bucks and does were uninterested in feeders, as they remained in wooded areas to find refuge from the heat while feasting on acorns,” he said.

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During the evening hunt, four hogs showed up in the field Kelsey was overlooking. “The pigs were constantly moving in and out of the brush, without giving me a good shot,” Kelsey said. “One of the hogs finally broke away from the other three and started approaching the feeder. The others wandered off.” The pig finally gave him a broadside shot at about 170 yards, and he took it. “This was my first ever hog to shoot at and he immediately dropped,” Kelsey said. “I was pumped.” Minutes later, a group of does showed up and Kelsey made an excellent shot on a mature one in the group. “The doe fell instantly, too,” he said. Scott Spears, a 14-year-old from Houston, also attended the hunt with his older brother, Eron Torres. “He likes hunting and I think it’s cool that we both have that in common with each other, even though he is much older than me,” Spears said. During an evening hunt, Spears harvested two does with his .270, after not encountering any deer earlier that morning. “Early in the evening, three does appeared at the edge of the brush, over 200 yards away,” Spears explained. “I watched them for over an hour as they slowly made

their way toward the blind. When they got to about 100 yards, I took a shot on the one that looked to be the heaviest.” Spears had to track the doe into the brush to find her. After locating her and confirming that she had expired, he reentered the blind to see what else might show up. “Just a few minutes later, a single doe began approaching the feeder I was overlooking alongside some bucks,” Spears said. “She gave me a decent shot opportunity at about 50 yards away.” They tracked the doe 100 yards before recovering her. “Having my bother there with me in the blind gave me more confidence about what I was doing,” Spears said. Both youngsters said one of their favorite things about the event was meeting other kids their age from different areas of the state that were also interested in hunting. Kesley said he will never forget how he was able to improve his shooting skills between sits, and harvest two animals, back to back, while Spears said he fell in love with the feeling that he got while sitting in the blind and waiting on a deer to give him a shot opportunity. “The excitement you experience as a deer hunter in the blind is one like no other,” he said. “I can’t get enough of it.”

Polaris helps with Imelda recovery efforts All-new Polaris RANGER 1000 vehicles were deployed to support Jefferson County Emergency Management and the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office in its recovery efforts following the historic flooding in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Imelda. Two units were provided to the Sheriff’s Office and three units to Jefferson County Emergency Management. The RANGER 1000 vehicles will be used to access remote areas, transport supplies and help local citizens. “These storms make national news and then most of America goes about their normal lives, while we deploy significant resources to assist in the recovery efforts, “ said Coordinator of the Jefferson County Emergency Management Office Michael White. “The Polaris RANGER vehicles are uniquely capable of reaching remote areas that are in critical need of assistance.” —Polaris


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Montana Staten, 13, took this 86 5/8-inch pronghorn at the Rita Blanca National Grassland on a drawn hunt with his father. Photo from Michael Staten.

was his first big game buck — he has shot three whitetail does in the past.” When they went to retrieve the buck, Staten was taken back. “I went, wow, that’s something special,” he said. At the Dalhart check station, they learned the buck’s score and made taxidermy arrangements. “It was the hunt of a lifetime,” Staten said. “I’m glad we got it done on opening day, the wind started blowing 35 miles per hour the next day.” James Hoskins, a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologist in Canyon, said feedback from the short season was positive. “We had pretty good weather,” he said. “Everybody we spoke with saw animals. At the grassland, all but one hunter was successful, and that hunter was particular about what he wanted. All of my youth hunters were successful.” Shawn Gray, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s pronghorn leader, said the season was good in the Panhandle. “We checked in more that 100 animals,” he said. “The age structure was good, but the quality was down a little. In the Trans-Pecos, some areas were real good while others were spotty, Gray said, and Wildlife Systems, Inc.’s Greg Simons reported great bucks taken by hunters. “Some areas were really dry,” Gray said. “The area around Marathon had more rains and the bucks were really good. In the Trans-Pecos, there are far fewer permits issued so the age structure and quality is always good.”

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Lake Conroe hybrids

Going deep for tilefish By Robert Sloan

For Lone Star Outdoor News

Langston Champagne landed this 7.9-pound hybrid striped bass, a junior water body record, on Lake Conroe while fishing with guide Chris Edwards. Photo by Chris Edwards.

By Robert Sloan

For Lone Star Outdoor News Many anglers don’t pay attention to the hybrid striped bass on Lake Conroe, but they are all over the place on the 20,118-acre lake. One of the top guides said you can catch them year-round, and the cold-water months, fast approaching, are when you can easily catch a daily limit of five with a minimum length of 18 inches. “Now we’re mostly using live shad to catch the hybrids at various depths,” said Chris Edwards, who has been putting folks on both hybrids and catfish since 2006. “We have a really good population of hybrids. You can catch them pretty much all over the lake. Edwards uses a dead-sticking technique much of the time. “I’ll find them on the depth finder, then hold over a suspending school of them with the trolling motor on anchor,” he said. “That’s when we can really catch lots of them. Some of the best areas will be in the river channels, around lots of stumps or over grass.” One of Edwards’ favorite lures for catching suspended hybrids on Conroe is an RSR slab spoon or jighead and tail. The best colors are white, white ice or chartreuse. A good combination is a 3/4-ounce jighead with a Zoom Super Fluke. The head is white or chartreuse. “The best time to be fishing for big hybrids is when the water begins to cool with fall fronts,” Edwards said. “That’s when they will school up, and we’ll get easy limits of fish in the 5- to 10-pound class.” Jimmy Laux is another guide on the lake who targets both hybrids and catfish. “When the hybrids are schooling, we’ll be out on the lake trolling 1/2-ounce silver spoons,” he said. “On some days we’ll do best with umbrella rigs. If the fish are deep, we’ll also troll with deeprunning crankbaits.” A unique way to rig the crankbaits is to take the back hook off and tie on a 2-foot leader that’s trailing a 1-ounce Cast Master spoon. If the hybrids are holding over some of the midlake points, a good option is to use a 1-ounce Please turn to page 17

Bryan McDowell, fishing with John Blackwell, holds a 20-pound tilefish landed on a squid in 1,300 feet of water while fishing 100 miles out of Galveston. Photo from John Blackwell.

The boom in center console boats that go far and fast has opened the door for new offshore angling adventure, and one of the most popular catches is the tilefish that live on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico in water that’s around 1,000 feet deep. It’s a funky looking fish but is one that has a delicate sweet flavor like a crab. John Blackwell has spent the better part of 85 years trying to catch one more red snapper. And as he puts it, there are so many red snapper along the Texas coast that on most trips he can hardly get a bait to bottom without hooking up with one. But with the recreational season on red snapper closed in federal waters, Blackwell has opted to target tilefish, along with beeliners, a.k.a. vermilion snapper. He runs a 42-foot center console Freeman with four 300 horsepower Yamahas. “On our most recent offshore run we went out about 100 miles,” Blackwell said. “We left the dock at daylight and were fishing by 8:30 a.m. We were after tilefish, but ended up with a variety of fish that included amberjack, grouper and three different species of snapper. We had 1-foot seas and went 56 miles per hour.” They made the run out of Galveston, and went to a spot where the water was 1,300 feet deep. “The contours of the bottom are shown on charts,” Blackwell said. “I used those contours to locate areas that hold tilefish. The ledges and drops are where I like to fish. On this last trip that’s where we caught them weighing up to 20 pounds.” Blackwell rigs up with electric reels seated on 6-foot rods. The reels are loaded with 150-pound test braid. They have meters on them so you know how deep you’re fishing. “The first tilefish we caught weighed about 19 pounds,” he said. “Fishing that deep, it took us about 15 minutes to get one to the surface. We were rigged up with a 3-pound weight and a monofilament leader with three 10/0 circle hooks. A light Please turn to page 13

A land-based shark-catching guru By Nate Skinner

For Lone Star Outdoor News By day, John-Michael Kamel is a commercial real estate broker. By night, he is a shark-fishing fanatic, who catches some monster brutes without ever launching a boat. The Houston native prefers to chase record-class sharks from the beach, where most of the action takes place during the nighttime hours. Kamel has been pursuing giant sharks from land for more than a decade, and his affinity for the creatures has only increased over time. “Growing up, my family had a beach house on the west end (of Galveston Island), and I spent many days with my dad, catching trout and redfish in the surf,” Kamel said. “We never owned a boat, so I became proficient at being a land-based angler.” Kamel’s passion for sharks began in his teens while fishing from the San Luis Pass Fishing Pier that used to be located along the surf at the mouth of the inlet that connects lower West Galveston Bay with the Gulf of Mexico. The pier has since been removed by hurricanes. “While fishing along the lighted pier one night for specks and reds,

I witnessed another angler land a pretty good-sized bull shark,” Kamel said. “Immediately, I was drawn to the idea of targeting big sharks. I went out and bought a surf rod and reel setup the following day. Initially, I started fishing for sharks from the pier, but I quickly transitioned to the beach. I fell in love with the sport, and the rest is history.” At the ages of 16 and 17, Kamel said all of the money from his first job went to acquiring surf-fishing gear. “I wanted a shark rack for my truck and plenty of gear to put in it,” he admitted. “At the time, I had a lot of buddies that were interested in this type of fishing. None have really stuck with it over the years. They still enjoy it, but they also like fishing from a boat.” Becoming a highly skilled, landbased shark fisherman was Kamel’s focus, and he fine-tuned his craft along the upper coast on the Galveston beachfront. “I’ve landed 15 sharks in the 9-foot range from the Galveston surf,” Kamel said. “These include several bull sharks, a couple of tiger sharks, and a 9-foot-8-inch lemon shark.” After mastering the art of Please turn to page 13

John-Michael Kamel tags sharks as part of a study at Texas A&M-Galveston. Photo from John-Michael Kamel.

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Changes proposed for trotlines, passive fishing gear Lone Star Outdoor News Public comments are being sought on proposed changes to the regulations on passive fishing gear, including jug lines, minnow traps, perch traps, throwlines and trotlines, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The proposed changes include adding requirements and specifications for floats and reducing the valid period for gear tags to reduce the negative impacts of abandoned passive fishing gear. The changes would require that passive fishing gear have properly marked gear tags and floats attached to aid in distinguishing active fishing gear from abandoned fishing gear and litter. These changes include adding a customer number from a valid fish-

ing license on the gear tag and marking all passive fishing gear with floats that are at least 6 inches in length and not less than 3 inches in width. Floats for recreational anglers can be any color other than orange. Commercial fishing license holders will be required to use orange-colored floats. The changes would also reduce the period of validity for a gear tag from 10 days to four days to shorten the fishing time between angler inspections of their gear. The public comment period is open through Nov. 7, when the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission will meet to vote on adopting these changes. Comments may be submitted to Jarret Barker at (512) 389-4853 or jarret.barker@; or at TPWD’s website.

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Shimano now has the ability to provide maintenance and repair work for its fishing reels nationwide. Recently, Shimano opened its fishing tackle service center at its business office and distribution facility just west of Charleston, South Carolina. According to Customer Service Manager Michelle Williams, the new service center is staffed with technicians who provide the same top-quality service they are known for in Shimano’s Irvine, California facility. “Between our operations now in both South Carolina and California, and our 26 satellite service centers, we can get you back on the water with reel care done by Shimano trained and certified staff, using Shimano original parts and

Capt. Aubrey Black, a fixture among fishing guides along the Texas Gulf Coast, died suddenly on Oct. 3 of a reported heart attack. Black guided anglers at Baffin Bay for decades, most recently out of Baffin Bay Rod and Gun and was a past contributor to Saltwater Angler Magazine. —Staff report

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TEXAS FRESHWATER FISHING REPORT ALAN HENRY: Water clear 80-84 degrees; 3.59’ low. Largemouth bass are good on buzzbaits early, then switching to worms, spinner baits and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on live bait and stink bait. AMISTAD: Water stained; 86-89 degrees; 32.49’ low. Largemouth bass are good on top-waters and Carolina or Texas-rigged plastic worms near rocky edges or vegetation. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on stink bait and cut bait. ARROWHEAD: Water stained; 80-84 degrees; 1.49’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on top-waters at dusk and dawn and Texas rigs and crankbaits in deeper water. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs amid brush piles and under docks. Catfish are fair under lights on shad, cut bait, shrimp and nightcrawlers. ATHENS: Water moderately clear; 82-85 degrees; 1.07’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on Texas-rigged baits, crankbaits and spinner baits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs with some cover or and around underwater structures. All catfish are good on cut bait and stink bait. Sunfish are good on earthworms around vegetation. AUSTIN: Water clear; 81-85 degrees; 0.79’ low. Largemouth bass are excellent on Carolina rigs and white spinners in grass beds along the shoreline. Sunfish are good on weighted jigs, cut worms and corn. Flatheads and blue catfish are fair on prepared baits under 5-10 feet under bobbers. BASTROP: Clear to slightly stained; 84-88 degrees; 0.20’ low. Largemouth bass are excellent on Texas-rigged plastic worms and Carolina rigs. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stink bait and cut bait. BELTON: Water lightly stained; 82-84 degrees; 1.36’ low. Largemouth bass are good on stick baits, chuggers, buzzbaits, crankbaits and plastic worms. Hybrid striper are fair on jigs and crankbaits. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shad, shrimp, blood bait and stink bait. BENBROOK: Water stained; 83-86 degrees; 9.27’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on Carolina-rigged worms and light spinner baits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs around underwater structures. Hybrid striped bass are good on spinners or spoons. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on stink bait and live bait. BOB SANDLIN: Water lightly stained; 81-85 degrees; 0.95’ low. Largemouth bass are good on top-waters at sunrise and deeper crankbaits during the day. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows around underwater structure. White bass are good on jigs. Catfish are good on worms or stink bait. BRAUNIG: Water lightly stained; 82-85 degrees.

Largemouth bass are fair on Carolina-rigged plastic worms, spinner baits and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair in open water on jigs and live shad following baitfish. Red drum are fair on lipless crankbaits. Catfish are fair on live bait and cheese bait. BRIDGEPORT: Water clear; 84-87 degrees: 3.77’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on Texas-rigged lizards and Carolina-rigged worms. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid stripers are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on shrimp and cut bait. BROWNWOOD: Water lightly stained; 82-86 degrees; 2.54’ low. Largemouth bass are good on crankbaits, jigs, spinner baits and top-waters. White bass are excellent on slabs. Catfish are good on prepared bait, and shad-baited trotlines. BUCHANAN: Water lightly stained; 83-85 degrees; 1.55’ low. Largemouth bass are good on jigs and plastic worms. Striped bass are fair on plastic swimbaits and lipless crankbaits in schools of bait fish. Crappie are fair on weighted crappie jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on stink bait. Blue catfish are good on live bait or stink bait. CADDO: Water stained; 83-86 degrees; 0.36’ high. Largemouth bass are good on top-waters, plastic worms and spinner baits in deeper water midmorning to afternoons. Crappie are fair on smaller minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on stink bait and live bait. CANYON LAKE: Water lightly stained; 83-86 degrees; 1.77’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on top-water poppers early and late. Crappie are slow. Hybrid and striped bass are fair on top-waters, grubs, and jigging spoons. Catfish are fair on live bait and prepared bait. CEDAR CREEK: Water lightly stained; 83-85 degrees, 1.77’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on spinner baits, Carolinarigged creature baits, plastic worms and crankbaits. Hybrid striper are good on lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on pink and white jigs. Catfish are good on cut shad and live bait. CHOKE CANYON: Water stained; 84-88 degrees; 16.58’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on buzzbaits early, jigs, plastic worms, or tubes. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. All catfish are good on larger live bait and cut baits. CONROE: Water lightly stained; 78-84 degrees; 1.99’ low. Largemouth bass are good on top-water poppers and buzzbaits early and late. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs around brush piles. Catfish are good in baited areas. COOPER: Water clear; 83-85 degrees; 1.41’ low. Largemouth bass are slow. White bass are good on slabs and

live bait. Catfish are good on punch bait and cut bait around the white bass. CORPUS CHRISTI LAKE: Water stained; 78-85 degrees; 2.15’ low. Largemouth bass are good on Texas-rigged worms, Carolina rigs, spinners and crankbaits. White bass are fair on lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and cheese bait. EAGLE MOUNTAIN: Water lightly stained; 80-86 degrees; 2.02’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on plastic worms, light-colored spinners and jigs around vegetation. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on cut bait and prepped bait. FALCON: Water lightly stained; 85-88 degrees; 34.88’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on soft plastic worms, crankbaits and top-waters. Crappie are slow. Catfish are good on live bait and stink bait. FAYETTE: Slightly stained. 83-86 degrees; 0.01’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on buzzbaits and medium-diving crankbaits. Redear sunfish are fair on worms and crickets. Catfish are fair on stink bait, live bait and cut bait. FORK: Water stained; 82-85 degrees; 1.52’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on plastic worms, Alabama rigs, spinner baits, crankbaits and top-waters. White and yellow bass are good on Alabama rigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait and cut bait. GRANGER: Water stained; 82-87 degrees; 0.28’ low. Largemouth bass are slow. White bass are good on spoons along humps. Crappie are good on weighted jigs and small minnows. Channel catfish are good on stink bait and cut bait. GRAPEVINE: Water stained; 83-86 degrees; 1.97 low. Largemouth bass are good on Texas- and Carolina-rigged worms, spinner baits and buzzbaits. White bass are good on live shad. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 80-84 degrees; 0.51’ low. Largemouth bass are good on soft plastics, buzzbaits and spinner baits. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Sunfish are good on live worms. Catfish are good on shad and stink bait. HUBBARD CREEK: Water stained; 78-84 degrees; 1.72’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on Texas rigs, crankbaits and shaky heads. Crappie are fair to slow on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on most catfish bait including live and cut shad. JOE POOL: Water stained; 79-87 degrees; 2.54’ low. Largemouth bass are fair to good on Texas-rigged soft

plastic worms, spinner baits and crankbaits. LAVON: Water lightly stained; 84-85 degrees: 3.88’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on white spinner baits, Carolinarigged lizards and Texas-rigged worms. White bass are fair in deeper water near the dam. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on live bait, cut bait and blood bait. LBJ: Water clear to stained; 83-85 degrees; 0.79’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on worms and jigs. Crappie are fair on jigs around brush piles and around docks. White bass are fair on Alabama rigs, jigs, small crankbaits and minnows. Crappie are good on weighted jigs and minnows with structure. Catfish are good on stink bait and cut bait. LEWISVILLE: Water stained; 83-86 degrees; 1.44’ low. Largemouth bass are good on crankbaits, Texas-rigged plastic baits, and spinner baits. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and weighted jigs around big structure. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and cut bait. LIVINGSTON: Water lightly stained; 81-86 degrees; 0.93’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on Carolina- or Texas-rigged plastics, spinner baits and jigs. Striped bass are good on spoons and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on spoons. Catfish are fair on live bait and flavored baits. MARTIN CREEK: Water lightly stained; 80-85 degrees; 2.76’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on top-waters, Texas-rigged creature baits and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows around brush piles. Catfish are good on live bait and cut bait. MEDINA: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 5.11’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on jigs, spinners, minnows and plastic shad near drops. Crappie are slow. White bass are fair on small crankbaits and jigs. Catfish are fair on live bait and blood baits. NASWORTHY: Water stained to clear; 80-85 degrees; 0.93’ low. Largemouth bass are good on square-billed crankbaits, Texas-rigged worms and creature baits. Crappie are fair to good on jigs and minnows around bridge pilings. NAVARRO MILLS: Water muddy; 80-83 degrees; 1.96’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on deep-diving crankbaits and soft plastic craws. Crappie are fair on minnows around brush piles and drop-offs. Catfish are fair around inundated timber on live bait. White bass are fair on slabs. O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 77-84 degrees; 9.35’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on Carolina- and Texas-rigged worms and minnows. Crappie are fair on live minnows and

jigs. Catfish are fair on stink bait, live and cut bait. PALESTINE: Water lightly stained; 83-86 degrees; 1.57’ low. Largemouth bass are good on Carolina-rigged worms and crankbaits near the creeks. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Hybrid stripers are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on shad and chicken livers. POSSUM KINGDOM: Water clear; 79-84 degrees; 1.15’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on Carolina rigs, Texas rigs and spinner baits. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on jigs, slabs and spoons. Striped bass are fair to good on live shad and jigs. Catfish are good on cut bait, live sunfish and stink bait. RAY HUBBARD: Water lightly stained; 82-85 degrees; 2.98” low. Largemouth bass are fair on crankbaits, spinner baits and top-water poppers. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. White bass and hybrid stripers are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on stink bait, liver and cut bait. RAY ROBERTS: Water lightly stained: 83-85 degrees; 0.56’ low. Largemouth bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Sunfish are good with cut worms. Catfish are good on live bait and stink bait. RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 83-86 degrees; 2.20’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on spinner baits, deepdiving crankbaits and jigs around timber. White bass and hybrid are good on slabs and jigs around the dam. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on live bait and cut bait. SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 83-87 degrees; 2.26’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on spinner baits, crankbaits and Carolina-rigged soft plastic worms. White bass are fair on minnows and Alabama rigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good with live bait and cut bait. SPENCE: Water clear; 78-84 degrees; 35.35’ low. Largemouth bass are good on points leading into coves and creeks. Crappie are fair to good on channel edges and drop-offs. STILLHOUSE: Water clear; 82-85 degrees; 1.14’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on soft plastics fished at the deep edge of hydrilla. White bass are fair on downriggers with small spoons. TAWAKONI: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 1.19’ low. Largemouth bass are good on top-waters in the mornings and evenings. White bass and hybrid stripers are good on slabs, spoons and Alabama rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows under deeper bridges. Catfish are fair on stink bait, worms and chicken livers. TEXANA: Water stained;

n Saltwater reports Page 11 79-84 degrees; 4.17’ low. Largemouth bass are good on spinner baits, crankbaits, jigs, and Texas-rigged soft plastics. Crappie are fair on jigs in shallow cover. Catfish are fair to good on stink bait, cut bait and live bait. TEXOMA: Water stained; 80-85 degrees; 0.17’ low. Largemouth bass are good on morning top-waters, Texasrigged worms and deep-diving crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs around structure. Striped bass are good on slabs, jigs, plastic and live shad. Catfish are fair on live sunfish, cut bait, prepped dough balls and minnows. TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 6.92’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on soft plastic worms, jigs and top-waters. White bass are fair on spoons. Sunfish are good on pellets, crickets and jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on live bait and stink bait. TRAVIS: Water stained; 84-88 degrees; 7.60’ low. Largemouth bass are slow. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on spinners, jigs and crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and weighted light-colored jigs. Catfish are fair on cut bait, prepped bait and live bait. TYLER: Water slightly stained; 82-86 1.81’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on spinner baits, Carolina-rigged creature baits and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs under docks and in cooler covered water. Catfish are good on stink bait. White bass are good on slabs. WEATHERFORD: Water stained; 84-87 degrees; 2.54’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on spinner baits and Texasrigged craws. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs in marina areas and around cover. Catfish are good on crawfish, liver, blood bait and cut bait. WHITNEY: Water stained; 80-84 degrees; 6.12’ low. Largemouth bass are good on plastic worms and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on top-waters and spinner baits. Crappie are fair over brush piles and structure with minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on live shad, stink bait and cut bait. WRIGHT PATMAN: Water stained; 82-87 degrees; 0.16 high. Largemouth bass are good on jigs, spinner baits, crankbaits and plastic worms. White bass are good on slabs and spoons. Crappie are fair on jigs. Catfish are good on cut bait, live bait and stink bait.


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TEXAS SALTWATER FISHING REPORT TRINITY BAY: Small speckled trout are fair under birds on soft plastics or live shrimp. Redfish are good on live shrimp and live mullet.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Speckled trout are fair on live shrimp and soft plastics. Redfish are fair on live shrimp and live mullet. Flounder activity is increasing. WEST GALVESTON BAY: Trout and redfish are good on both shell and around the marsh on croaker and live shrimp. Redfish are good on live shrimp, live mullet and soft plastic around drains and oyster reefs. Flounder are good around marsh openings on soft plastics. Bull redfish are good along San Luis Pass. TEXAS CITY: 83 degrees. Bull redfish are

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PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are good on the flats on scented plastics under a popping cork. Reds are fair on paddle tails. SOUTH PADRE: Water clarity is slightly stained. Speckled trout are good in deeper grassy areas on lures. Redfish are schooling and good on cut mullet on a bottom rig.

PORT O’CONNOR: Speckled trout are fair on top-waters. Redfish are good on live shrimp. Spanish mackerel are very good on sardines or cut bait. Mahi mahi are good on squid or live cigar minnows. Flounder are good on live bait. ROCKPORT: Amberjack are excellent on squid or cigar minnows. Mahi mahi are good on squid or live cigar minnows. Blackfin tuna are excellent on squid or threadfin herring. Kingfish are good on silvery live bait. PORT ARANSAS: Amberjack are excellent on squid and cigar minnows. Mahi mahi are excellent on squid. Blackfin tuna are excellent on squid or threadfin herring, Kingfish are good on live pilchards or cigar minnows. CORPUS CHRISTI: Redfish are good on croaker or mullet. Blackfin tuna are good with fresh or frozen bonito. Flounder are fair on live bait. BAFFIN BAY: Speckled trout are good on top-waters and plastics. Redfish are good on cut mullet.

good along the Texas City Dike. Flounder are fair along the levee. Trout are good on flats adjacent to the channel FREEPORT: 84 degrees. Redfish are excellent in Cold Pass, Bastrop Bay and Christmas Bay. Speckled trout are good along the ICW. EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair on live shrimp in shallow water. Redfish are good on live shrimp and soft plastics. Snapper are good offshore on live shrimp. WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Speckled trout are fair on soft plastics. Redfish are fair to good on live shrimp. Cobia are decent on eel or pinfish offshore.

PORT ISABEL: Mahi are being caught on squid or live cigar minnows. Redfish are excellent on natural baits. Amberjack are good on squid.


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GAME WARDEN BLOTTER ON THE LOOKOUT FOR SNAKES Two Trinity County game wardens noticed a truck driving slowly near Alabama Creek Wildlife Management Area. The truck stopped on a bridge and one of the passengers began shinning a spotlight out of the windows. The wardens watched the vehicles for a few miles, then initiated a traffic stop. Six people were in the truck, along with snakecapture bags, a bucket marked for venomous snakes and snake catch poles. The wardens cited them for hunting reptiles from the roadway. FISH SHOCKERS END UP IN JAIL Four game wardens apprehended a group of individuals who were taking fish from the Navasota River with an illegal electricity-producing device. The group had five flathead catfish in their possession, which were released back into the river. The group also was in possession of drug paraphernalia, an illegally possessed firearm and a truck that had been reported stolen. Several water safety violations were also noted. The violators were taken to the Leon County Jail. IT WAS FIDO’S FAULT A Lubbock County game warden received a call from someone who had their roof peppered by dove hunters. The warden went to the


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JUST LYING IN THE GRASS A Navarro County game warden was checking a group of hunters after hearing shots coming from a nearby field. As the warden began to check the group, one of the hunters disappeared. After a quick search, the warden found the missing hunter hiding lying face down in a field of tall grass. The warden asked the hunter if he had any luck, to which he replied he was just lying in the field.

location and found three dove hunters with birds scattered over a concrete slab in a pile. When asked which dove belonged to each hunter, the group claimed they didn’t know and blamed it on their dog for scattering and displacing the dove, some of which were still alive. Upon further investigation, the warden learned that one hunter claimed 10 dove, the second claimed seven, leaving the third hunter with the remaining 17 dove. The hunters continued to blame the dog. Citations were issued for over the daily bag limit and civil restitution. The dove were seized and donated.

About 6 inches away from the hunter’s hands was a shotgun. When the warden asked about it, the hunter said they were watching the shotgun for someone else. Questioning continued for a short time and the individual finally admitted he had been hunting. The individual had never possessed a Texas hunting license.

EXCUSE AND CALENDAR DON’T MATCH On Sept. 1, two Trinity County game wardens heard a group of hunters constantly shooting. The wardens located the area and found six individuals hunting in an area baited with milo. When they asked the hunters for their licenses, two hunters said they left it at home and another said he bought a license three months prior. The wardens informed the hunters that new licenses had only been on sale for two weeks. Several cases were filed, and 36 dove were seized.

HULLS RIGHT UNDER THE FEEDER In a subdivision, Val Verde County game wardens came upon a working feeder with numerous fresh shotgun shells under it. A quick check of the hunters led to statements being given. Four citations for hunting dove over bait were issued and 11 dove were seized.

BUSY WEEKEND FOR WARDENS Game wardens located several baited areas in Duval County, resulting in the seizure of 22 birds. Multiple citations were issued for hunting migratory game birds over bait, hunting without a license and exceeding the daily bag limit on mourning dove. The birds were seized and donated. SNEAKING FISH ACROSS THE BORDER A Webb County game warden was contacted by border patrol officers about a vehicle with a cooler of fish. Upon inspection, 36 red snapper and one tilapia were discovered. The individual admitted he was being paid to bring the fish across the bridge and deliver them to a house in Laredo. Citations were issued and the resource was seized.

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was attached to the leader and hooks were baited with chunks of squid. Watching the rod tip is key when fishing for tilefish. “They have kind of a soft bite,” Blackwell said. “If the rod tip jiggles a little bit you know there is something messing with the bait. With the circle hooks the fish basically hook themselves.” Tilefish are bottom feeders with strong teeth, and feed on shrimp, crabs, shellfish, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, squid, and an occasional fish. When it comes to catching beeliners, Blackwell has them figured out. “We catch most of them in 250 to 350

feet of water,” he said. “The trick is to get your bait past all the red snapper. I use a 10-ounce weight, a short leader and a No. 2 circle hook. Once I get it to the bottom, I’ll come up about a foot. On one trip we ended up with a full box of beeliners.” When it comes to tasty fish, Blackwell said the tilefish is very good, with a different taste that’s sort of like crab. His favorite is a beeliner that’s got a white firm fillet that’s kind of sweet. “Our favorite way to cook both fish is to blacken them in butter,” he said.

John-Michael Kamel landed this lemon shark at 3 a.m. on an incoming tide out of Galveston. Photo from John-Michael Kamel.

consistently landing sharks from the beach on the Upper Coast, Kamel wanted to expand his knowledge and experience to the Lower Coast, where the largest sharks the Texas coastline has to offer reside. “The Padre Island National Seashore has, without a doubt, become my favorite place on earth,” Kamel said. “PINS offers miles of untapped surf and fishing there is an adventure every single time, not to mention the shark fishing there is excellent 12 months out of the year.” Kamel began fishing PINS about four years ago, but that it wasn’t until his second year of chasing sharks in the area that he truly began to figure it out. “It took me a while to learn how to efficiently target and land big fish at PINS,” he said. “Two sharks in particular kicked off my run of landing stellar sharks down south. They included an 11.5-foot tiger shark and 9-foot-1-inch bull shark.” Kayaking large baits out into the surf at night is Kamel’s bread and butter. “Most of the best action takes place overnight, especially when a high tide occurs during the wee hours of the morning,” he said. “Having a cooler full of fresh bait is

key. Jackfish and cownose stingrays are my favorite bait options.” For those interested in getting into the land-based shark fishing game, Kamel suggests finding someone who is seasoned in the sport and learning from them. He helps anglers new to the sport at his Instagram page, jmkamel17. “I learned mostly from trial and error because I didn’t have anyone to teach me what they knew about shark fishing the surf,” Kamel said. “You can learn so much about how to approach this unique type of fishing in just one night.” Kamel also suggests spending the money on quality gear. “Don’t settle for mediocre gear,” he said. “Everything you use while shark fishing is put through plenty of abuse, and cheaply made tackle doesn’t hold up well in this environment. Skimping on the gear initially will just cost you more money in the long run.” Kamel currently aids Texas A&M University–Galveston with migration and post-release survival studies for sharks by tagging large specimens with satellite tags.

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Karra Erminger shows a redfish she caught in South Padre Island, fishing with Captain Bellamy Parkhill.

Javier Villarreal,10, caught this jack crevalle in the Lower Laguna Madre.

Cole Azua,13, of Jarrell, harvested his first dove while hunting in Edinburg.


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Len Kilby, left, of McKinney, caught this 48-inch tiger muskellunge while fishing with guide Craig Miller in Lake St. Clair, Michigan. Kimberly and Robert Benefield limited out on flounder while fishing with their friends June and Pug Orr in Rockport.

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Bull reds Continued from page 1

“It’s fun fishing, and is easy to get into,” Judice said. “I like to rig up with either a chunk of a Spanish sardine or live or dead shrimp. The bigger the shrimp the better. When fishing at the jetties I normally use a 5/0 Kahle hook. My reels are spooled with 20-pound test Big Game line, and a 40-pound test leader that’s about 2 feet long. On most days a 2-ounce barrel weight is good, but if there’s a lot of current I’ll tie on enough weight to get the bait to bottom.” Judice said some of the best spots along the jetties are rocks located in about 20 feet of water. “The ends of both jetties are popular,” he said. “If we have a strong incoming tide, most of the boats will be fishing the water between the mouth of the jetties, on the bay side, and Bird Island. That’s where we can use top-water lures and jigs, along with live and dead baits.” Guide Tom Horbey said flyfishing big streamers and poppers on incoming tides is how a lot of anglers catch their heaviest fish on flies during the fall run of bull reds. Also at the POC jetties, on just about any given day during the fall, you stand a good chance of catching a king mackerel, ling, mangrove snapper, tarpon and even the occasional snook. “Fishing with live shrimp presents the best opportunity to catch a variety of fish along our jetties,” Judice said. “We can use a small piece of fresh dead shrimp to catch mangrove snapper. Another option is to freeline live shrimp, or fish them under a popping cork. That’s how a whole lot of trout and tarpon are caught along the rocks. The reason there is such a variety of fish along these jetties is that the water is so deep.” “Fishing lures along these jetties is very popular,” said Mike Barnes. “One of the best tactics is to fish a D.O.A. Shrimp under a popping cork while easing down the Gulf side of the jetties. That’s a very good way to catch some of the heavier trout and reds. Some of my best colors are moss green, new penny and red/gold glitter.” The IGFA world record red drum weighed 94 pounds, 2 ounces and was caught on the East coast. The current Texas record is 59.50 pounds.

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Rollover Pass fenced off The fear of fishermen at Rollover Pass has finally been realized. Fences and “No Trespassing” signs were installed at the popular fishing area at the end of September. The Texas General Land Office awarded a $7.3 million contract for a project to fill in the pass. Ted Vega led the legal charge to stop the state from filling in the pass and is still pursuing action in court. Vega was arrested for trespassing after fences went up and protesters were repeatedly given warnings to leave the area, according to reports. The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office is providing 24-hour security around the area. —Staff report





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2019 A.M. P.M. SUN MOON Oct Minor Major Minor Major Rises Sets Rises Sets

2019 A.M. P.M. SUN MOON Oct Minor Major Minor Major Rises Sets Rises Sets

11 Fri 12 Sat 13 Sun 14 Mon 15 Tue 16 Wed 17 Thu 18 Fri 19 Sat 20 Sun 21 Mon 22 Tue 23 Wed 24 Thu 25 Fri

11 Fri 12 Sat 13 Sun 14 Mon 15 Tue 16 Wed 17 Thu

4:08 4:46 5:26 6:07 6:53 7:41 8:34

10:18 10:56 11:36 ----12:42 1:30 2:22

4:29 5:07 5:46 6:29 7:15 8:05 8:59

10:39 11:17 11:57 12:18 1:04 1:53 2:46

18 Fri

9:30 3:17



19 Sat 20 Sun 21 Mon 22 Tue 23 Wed 24 Thu 25 Fri

10:28 11:27 12:01 12:53 1:46 2:37 3:25

10:55 4:42 11:55 5:41 12:25 6:40 1:22 7:36 2:15 8:29 3:04 9:18 3:51 10:04

4:02 10:13 4:40 10:51 5:20 11:30 6:02 ----6:47 12:36 7:36 1:24 8:28 2:16 9:24 3:11 10:22 4:08 11:21 5:07 ----- 6:05 12:47 7:02 1:41 7:55 2:31 8:45 3:19 9:32

4:23 5:01 5:40 6:23 7:09 7:59 8:53 9:50 10:49 11:50 12:20 1:16 2:09 2:58 3:45

10:34 11:11 11:51 12:12 12:58 1:47 2:40 3:37 4:36 5:35 6:34 7:30 8:23 9:12 9:59

07:19 07:19 07:20 07:20 07:21 07:22 07:22 07:23 07:24 07:24 07:25 07:26 07:26 07:27 07:28

06:56 06:54 06:53 06:52 06:51 06:50 06:49 06:48 06:47 06:46 06:45 06:44 06:43 06:42 06:41

6:12p 5:18 6:42p 6:10a 7:12p 7:03a 7:43p 7:56a 8:17p 8:50a 8:53p 9:46a 9:35p 10:44a 10:21p 11:42a 11:14p 12:40p NoMoon 1:36p 12:12a 2:30p 1:15a 3:20p 2:21a 4:06p 3:28a 4:48p 4:36a 5:27p

4:14 5:13 6:11 7:07 8:01 8:50 9:38

07:26 07:27 07:28 07:28 07:29 07:30 07:31

06:59 06:58 06:57 06:56 06:55 06:53 06:52

6:20p 5:22a 6:48p 6:15a 7:17p 7:09a 7:47p 8:04a 8:19p 9:00a 8:54p 9:57a 9:34p 10:55a

07:31 06:51 10:20p 11:55a 07:32 07:33 07:34 07:35 07:35 07:36 07:37

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

11:12p 12:53p NoMoon 1:50p 12:11a 2:43p 1:14a 3:32p 2:22a 4:16p 3:30a 4:56p 4:40a 5:34p

San Antonio 2019 Oct

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

11 Fri 12 Sat 13 Sun 14 Mon 15 Tue 16 Wed 17 Thu 18 Fri 19 Sat 20 Sun 21 Mon 22 Tue 23 Wed 24 Thu 25 Fri

4:15 10:25 4:53 11:03 5:32 11:43 6:14 12:01 6:59 12:48 7:48 1:36 8:41 2:28 9:36 3:23 10:35 4:21 11:34 5:20 12:08 6:18 1:00 7:14 1:53 8:07 2:43 8:57 3:31 9:44

4:36 5:13 5:53 6:35 7:21 8:11 9:05 10:02 11:02 ----12:32 1:28 2:21 3:11 3:58

10:46 11:24 ----12:25 1:10 2:00 2:53 3:49 4:48 5:48 6:47 7:43 8:35 9:24 10:11

07:31 07:31 07:32 07:33 07:33 07:34 07:34 07:35 07:36 07:36 07:37 07:38 07:38 07:39 07:40

07:08 07:07 07:06 07:05 07:04 07:03 07:02 07:01 07:00 06:59 06:58 06:57 06:56 06:55 06:54

6:24p 5:31a 6:55p 6:23a 7:25p 7:16a 7:56p 8:09a 8:30p 9:03a 9:07p 9:59a 9:48p 10:56a 10:35p 11:54a 11:28p 12:52p NoMoon 1:48p 12:26a 2:42p 1:29a 3:32p 2:35a 4:18p 3:42a 5:00p 4:49a 5:40p


2019 A.M. P.M. SUN MOON Oct Minor Major Minor Major Rises Sets Rises Sets

11 Fri 12 Sat 13 Sun 14 Mon 15 Tue 16 Wed 17 Thu 18 Fri 19 Sat 20 Sun 21 Mon 22 Tue 23 Wed 24 Thu 25 Fri

4:28 10:39 5:06 11:17 5:46 11:56 6:28 12:14 7:13 1:02 8:01 1:50 8:54 2:42 9:50 3:37 10:48 4:34 11:47 5:33 12:22 6:31 1:13 7:28 2:07 8:21 2:57 9:11 3:45 9:58

4:49 5:27 6:06 6:49 7:35 8:25 9:19 10:16 11:15 ----12:46 1:42 2:35 3:24 4:11

10:59 11:37 ----12:38 1:24 2:13 3:06 4:03 5:02 6:01 7:00 7:56 8:49 9:38 10:25

07:48 07:49 07:50 07:51 07:51 07:52 07:53 07:54 07:55 07:56 07:57 07:57 07:58 07:59 08:00

07:18 07:17 07:15 07:14 07:13 07:11 07:10 07:09 07:08 07:06 07:05 07:04 07:03 07:02 07:00

6:42p 5:40a 7:09p 6:35a 7:37p 7:31a 8:05p 8:26a 8:36p 9:23a 9:11p 10:22a 9:50p 11:22a 10:35p 12:22p 11:27p 1:20p NoMoon 2:17p 12:26a 3:10p 1:30a 3:57p 2:38a 4:41p 3:48a 5:20p 4:59a 5:56p

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 Oct 11 Oct 12 Oct 13 Oct 14 Oct 15 Oct 16 Oct 17 Oct 18 Oct 19 Oct 20 Oct 21 Oct 22 Oct 23 Oct 24 Oct 25

Time 3:33 AM 3:45 AM 3:57 AM 4:08 AM 4:15 AM 4:19 AM 12:00 AM 12:41 AM 1:32 AM 2:54 PM 4:00 PM 12:39 AM 1:17 AM 1:47 AM 2:15 AM

Rollover Pass Height 1.79H 1.76H 1.73H 1.71H 1.69H 1.68H 1.41L 1.54L 1.66L 0.19L 0.20L 1.92H 1.92H 1.90H 1.87H

Time 9:17 AM 9:36 AM 10:01 AM 10:31 AM 11:03 AM 11:39 AM 4:21 AM 4:24 AM 4:30 AM 11:44 PM

Height 1.05L 0.88L 0.71L 0.56L 0.42L 0.32L 1.68H 1.70H 1.73H 1.91H

5:08 7:03 7:28 8:03


Time 3:13 PM 3:54 PM 4:35 PM 5:17 PM 6:01 PM 6:50 PM 12:18 PM 1:03 PM 1:54 PM

Height 1.70H 1.75H 1.79H 1.83H 1.86H 1.87H 0.25L 0.20L 0.18L

Time 9:07 PM 9:41 PM 10:15 PM 10:48 PM 11:23 PM

Height 0.76L 0.87L 1.00L 1.13L 1.27L

7:47 PM 8:58 PM 10:24 PM

1.88H 1.87H 1.88H

0.24L 1.42L 1.18L 0.88L

11:02 AM 12:50 PM 2:06 PM

1.54H 1.66H 1.81H

6:14 PM 7:16 PM 8:13 PM

0.30L 0.40L 0.54L

Galveston Bay entrance, north jetty Time 3:29 AM 3:40 AM 3:52 AM 4:04 AM 4:13 AM 4:14 AM 4:00 AM 12:08 AM 12:55 AM 2:08 PM 12:15 AM 1:04 AM 1:36 AM 2:02 AM 2:24 AM

Height 2.31H 2.29H 2.28H 2.27H 2.26H 2.26H 2.28H 2.28L 2.42L 0.41L 2.63H 2.62H 2.56H 2.48H 2.40H

Time 8:57 AM 9:12 AM 9:33 AM 9:59 AM 10:28 AM 11:00 AM 11:36 AM 3:37 AM 3:23 AM

Height 1.64L 1.43L 1.21L 1.00L 0.81L 0.65L 0.53L 2.35H 2.44H

Time 2:47 PM 3:41 PM 4:35 PM 5:29 PM 6:24 PM 7:24 PM 8:29 PM 12:18 PM 1:08 PM

Height 2.25H 2.29H 2.33H 2.38H 2.44H 2.49H 2.53H 0.45L 0.41L

Time 8:47 PM 9:15 PM 9:43 PM 10:15 PM 10:49 PM 11:27 PM

Height 1.19L 1.36L 1.54L 1.73L 1.92L 2.10L

9:43 PM 11:03 PM

2.57H 2.60H

3:17 4:33 5:46 7:20 7:43

0.44L 0.50L 0.60L 1.89L 1.52L

12:24 PM 1:55 PM

2.23H 2.37H

6:54 PM 7:56 PM

0.76L 0.98L

Height 1.82H 1.75H 1.69H 1.65H 1.62H 1.49L 0.46L 0.40L 0.36L 0.35L 2.23H 2.22H 2.16H 2.06H 1.93H

Time 9:25 AM 9:26 AM 9:42 AM 10:03 AM 10:27 AM 4:13 AM 8:43 PM 10:11 PM 11:17 PM

Height 1.23L 1.09L 0.93L 0.79L 0.65L 1.59H 2.06H 2.13H 2.19H

Time 2:49 PM 3:47 PM 4:39 PM 5:28 PM 6:19 PM 10:55 AM

Height 1.65H 1.74H 1.83H 1.91H 1.97H 0.54L

Time 9:07 PM 9:50 PM 10:38 PM 11:36 PM

Height 0.97L 1.09L 1.23L 1.37L

7:19 PM


3:09 4:22 5:42 8:30 8:31

0.37L 0.42L 0.51L 1.37L 1.17L

12:06 PM 1:31 PM

1.64H 1.80H

7:02 PM 8:16 PM

0.64L 0.80L

Height 0.53H 0.50H 0.51H 0.48L 0.59H 0.64H 0.69H 0.75H 0.81H 0.84H 0.86H 0.83H 0.76H 0.66H 0.55H

Time 12:43 PM 12:31 PM 12:36 PM 4:01 AM 1:06 PM 1:31 PM 2:05 PM 2:49 PM 3:48 PM 5:04 PM 6:22 PM 7:32 PM 8:35 PM 9:37 PM 10:52 AM

Height 0.39L 0.30L 0.22L 0.55H 0.07L 0.00L -0.05L -0.08L -0.10L -0.10L -0.09L -0.05L 0.02L 0.13L 0.46L

Time 5:14 PM 7:52 PM 9:25 PM 12:48 PM

Height 0.43H 0.45H 0.50H 0.14L

Time 11:25 PM 11:48 PM

Height 0.32L 0.41L

Height 0.33L 0.41L 0.49L 0.37L 0.31L 0.71H 0.75H 0.79H 0.80H 0.80H 0.78H 0.75H 0.73H 0.16L 0.23L

Time 7:44 PM 9:15 AM 8:46 AM 11:07 PM

Height 0.73H 0.53H 0.52H 0.68H

3:32 PM 4:40 PM 6:12 PM 7:44 PM 9:10 PM 10:26 PM 11:31 PM

0.27L 0.23L 0.21L 0.18L 0.15L 0.13L 0.12L

4:03 PM 9:52 AM

0.70H 0.53H


Time 3:17 AM 3:30 AM 3:34 AM 3:42 AM 3:57 AM 12:56 AM 11:29 AM 12:12 PM 1:05 PM 2:04 PM 12:05 AM 12:45 AM 1:18 AM 1:46 AM 2:08 AM


Port O’Connor Date Oct 11 Oct 12 Oct 13 Oct 14 Oct 15 Oct 16 Oct 17 Oct 18 Oct 19 Oct 20 Oct 21 Oct 22 Oct 23 Oct 24 Oct 25

Time 6:46 AM 5:43 AM 4:36 AM 12:05 AM 3:44 AM 3:38 AM 3:38 AM 3:46 AM 4:10 AM 4:44 AM 5:22 AM 5:57 AM 6:23 AM 6:34 AM 6:25 AM

Time 2:43 AM 3:23 AM 4:05 AM 2:08 PM 2:45 PM 4:20 AM 4:51 AM 5:22 AM 6:07 AM 7:17 AM 8:33 AM 9:40 AM 2:31 PM 12:26 AM 1:16 AM

Date Oct 11 Oct 12 Oct 13 Oct 14 Oct 15 Oct 16 Oct 17 Oct 18 Oct 19 Oct 20 Oct 21 Oct 22 Oct 23 Oct 24 Oct 25

Time 4:03 AM 4:08 AM 4:13 AM 4:18 AM 4:26 AM 1:02 AM 12:28 PM 1:15 PM 2:08 PM 12:51 AM 1:42 AM 2:19 AM 2:38 AM 2:45 AM 2:49 AM

Time 7:05 AM 6:58 AM 6:59 AM 7:08 AM 7:20 AM 7:29 AM

Height 1.44H 1.43H 1.42H 1.42H 1.41H 1.41H

Time 1:45 PM 2:02 PM 2:15 PM 2:26 PM 2:40 PM 3:03 PM

Height 0.92L 0.81L 0.70L 0.59L 0.48L 0.38L

Time 6:12 PM 7:12 PM 8:08 PM 9:05 PM 10:08 PM 11:23 PM

Height 1.18H 1.23H 1.29H 1.36H 1.42H 1.47H

4:21 PM 5:19 PM 6:32 PM 8:00 PM 9:20 PM 10:27 PM 12:08 PM 12:23 PM

0.27L 0.27L 0.29L 0.33L 0.37L 0.45L 1.11L 0.91L

3:50 PM 5:30 PM

1.29H 1.36H

11:28 PM


Height 1.40H 1.38H 1.37H 1.37H 1.37H 1.26L 0.45L 0.40L 0.38L 1.67H 1.67H 1.64H 1.57H 1.49H 1.42H

Time 10:06 AM 10:09 AM 10:18 AM 10:40 AM 11:10 AM 4:36 AM 10:07 PM 11:45 PM

Height 1.09L 0.99L 0.87L 0.74L 0.62L 1.36H 1.57H 1.63H

Time 3:08 PM 4:05 PM 4:57 PM 5:50 PM 6:49 PM 11:46 AM

Height 1.34H 1.37H 1.41H 1.45H 1.49H 0.52L

Time 9:44 PM 10:18 PM 10:56 PM 11:47 PM

Height 0.86L 0.94L 1.04L 1.15L

8:09 PM


3:07 4:13 5:27 8:40 8:41 8:54

0.38L 0.40L 0.44L 1.31L 1.19L 1.02L

10:43 AM 12:26 PM 1:57 PM

1.34H 1.38H 1.44H

6:44 PM 7:54 PM 8:58 PM

0.50L 0.59L 0.71L

Height 0.31H 0.32H 0.33H 0.26L 0.30L 0.33L 0.37L 0.40H 0.42H 0.43H 0.42H 0.40H 0.36H 0.32H 0.29H

Time 11:30 AM 11:34 AM 11:48 AM 4:34 AM 4:30 AM 4:19 AM 4:02 AM 2:45 PM 3:53 PM 5:22 PM 6:45 PM 7:51 PM 8:58 AM 9:19 AM 9:55 AM

Height 0.23L 0.19L 0.15L 0.33H 0.34H 0.35H 0.37H 0.01L 0.01L 0.02L 0.02L 0.04L 0.33L 0.28L 0.21L

Time 4:23 PM 5:01 PM 5:41 PM 12:10 PM 12:39 PM 1:13 PM 1:54 PM

Height 0.31H 0.31H 0.32H 0.11L 0.07L 0.04L 0.02L

Time 11:21 PM 11:53 PM

Height 0.19L 0.23L

6:33 PM 8:12 PM 10:56 PM

0.33H 0.35H 0.38H

12:05 PM 1:56 PM 3:24 PM

0.36H 0.36H 0.37H

8:48 PM 9:42 PM 10:37 PM

0.06L 0.11L 0.17L

Height 0.80H 0.81H 0.83H 0.85H 0.85H 0.76L 0.85L -0.01L 1.05H 1.10H 1.12H 1.09H 1.00H 0.87H 0.81H

Time 8:54 AM 9:09 AM 9:32 AM 10:01 AM 10:38 AM 3:45 AM 3:35 AM

Height 0.60L 0.50L 0.40L 0.30L 0.21L 0.85H 0.88H

Time 1:49 PM 2:45 PM 3:37 PM 4:27 PM 5:19 PM 11:18 AM 12:00 PM

Height 0.81H 0.83H 0.85H 0.88H 0.90H 0.12L 0.05L

Time 8:56 PM 9:34 PM 10:21 PM 11:21 PM

Height 0.41L 0.49L 0.58L 0.67L

8:39 PM 10:22 PM

0.92H 0.99H

1:27 2:16 3:17 4:43 6:14 8:08 8:10

-0.04L -0.04L -0.00L 0.05L 0.11L 0.79L 0.62L

11:34 AM 12:58 PM

0.90H 0.96H

7:23 PM 8:23 PM

0.19L 0.30L

Height 1.40H 1.38H 1.37H 1.37H 1.37H 1.26L 0.45L 0.40L 0.38L 1.67H 1.67H 1.64H 1.57H 1.49H 1.42H

Time 10:06 AM 10:09 AM 10:18 AM 10:40 AM 11:10 AM 4:36 AM 10:07 PM 11:45 PM

Height 1.09L 0.99L 0.87L 0.74L 0.62L 1.36H 1.57H 1.63H

Time 3:08 PM 4:05 PM 4:57 PM 5:50 PM 6:49 PM 11:46 AM

Height 1.34H 1.37H 1.41H 1.45H 1.49H 0.52L

Time 9:44 PM 10:18 PM 10:56 PM 11:47 PM

Height 0.86L 0.94L 1.04L 1.15L

8:09 PM


3:07 4:13 5:27 8:40 8:41 8:54

0.38L 0.40L 0.44L 1.31L 1.19L 1.02L

10:43 AM 12:26 PM 1:57 PM

1.34H 1.38H 1.44H

6:44 PM 7:54 PM 8:58 PM

0.50L 0.59L 0.71L


Date Oct 11 Oct 12 Oct 13 Oct 14 Oct 15 Oct 16 Oct 17 Oct 18 Oct 19 Oct 20 Oct 21 Oct 22 Oct 23 Oct 24 Oct 25

Time 4:22 AM 4:26 AM 4:32 AM 12:24 AM 12:57 AM 1:31 AM 1:59 AM 3:45 AM 3:59 AM 4:30 AM 5:00 AM 5:26 AM 5:39 AM 5:24 AM 3:45 AM

Port Aransas

2:11 PM


10:39 PM






0.48L 0.42L

8:54 PM 9:57 PM

0.70H 0.68H

Nueces Bay Date Oct 11 Oct 12 Oct 13 Oct 14 Oct 15 Oct 16 Oct 17 Oct 18 Oct 19 Oct 20 Oct 21 Oct 22 Oct 23 Oct 24 Oct 25

San Luis Pass

Height 0.69L 0.79L 0.90L 1.02L 1.15L 1.29L 0.31L 1.53H 1.62H 1.67H 1.67H 1.63H 1.55H 1.47H 1.39H

East Matagorda

Freeport Harbor Date Oct 11 Oct 12 Oct 13 Oct 14 Oct 15 Oct 16 Oct 17 Oct 18 Oct 19 Oct 20 Oct 21 Oct 22 Oct 23 Oct 24 Oct 25

Time 12:21 AM 12:51 AM 1:18 AM 1:46 AM 2:17 AM 2:48 AM 3:37 PM 4:33 AM 5:09 AM 5:44 AM 6:11 AM 6:22 AM 6:14 AM 6:06 AM 6:02 AM

Date Oct 11 Oct 12 Oct 13 Oct 14 Oct 15 Oct 16 Oct 17 Oct 18 Oct 19 Oct 20 Oct 21 Oct 22 Oct 23 Oct 24 Oct 25

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Hybrid striped bass Continued from page 8

jigging slab in white or hot pink.” Laux said it’s always good to use a lure that is about the size of the shad the hybrids are feeding on. If they are busting shad on the surface, you can switch over to a top-water plug like a Super Spook Jr. in chrome/blue. “For fishermen that are new to this lake, one of the best places to find hybrids is north or south of the Hwy. 1097 bridge,” Laux said. “That’s where you can troll lures or look for them off points and jig them up.” Hybrid striped bass are produced by fertilizing eggs from striped bass and white bass. They are produced by the thousands by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department hatcheries and released into various lakes across Texas. The state record weighed 19.66 pounds and was caught on Lake Ray Hubbard. The Lake Conroe record hybrid weighed 14.78 pounds.

A family shows a limit of nice Lake Conroe hybrids. Photo by Robert Sloan.



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New director at OWAA

Hepler to lead AFWA

The Outdoor Writers Association of America hired “Chez” Chesak as its new executive director.

The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies elected Kelly Hepler, secretary of South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks, as its new president.

Position at SSSF The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation is seeking a marketing and communications manager.

Purina supports wildlife habitat

Award for Monarch binoculars

Purina gave $1 million to Pheasants Forever’s wildlife habitat mission within the Prairie Pothole Region.

Nikon’s MONARCH HG 8x30 midsize binoculars were awarded the Outdoor Life Editor’s Choice Award.

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New president at NMMA ACROSS 3. A shooting sport (two words) 6. Often kept on a safari 7. A shorebird species 8. A riflescope brand 11. Quail hunters prefer to hunt after the first ____ 13. An African game species (two words) 17. The immature fish 18. A tournament series (two words) 23. A mountain range in West Texas 24. A good friend when dove hunting 26. When pH of water is below 7 27. The wild dog in Australia 28. River that flows through Beaumont 29. Texas’ least populated county 33. A shark species 34. The other bass at Lake Fork 36. An offshore target 37. The open-faced reel 38. A gar species 39. The number of fish that reach catching size 40. A trout species

DOWN 1. An elk hunter’s organization 2. Top-water lure with large blades 4. Ducks that go deep for food 5. Belton’s county 9. A good redfish lure 10. A safari destination 12. Home of the Lonesome Dove Fest (two words) 14. Texas’ most populated county 15. The gray duck 16. The sharp projection on a hook 19. A baitfish that doubles as a pizza topping 20. A salmon species 21. Blue, white or striped 22. Texans head here to hunt pheasants (two words) 23. A shotshell brand 25. A boat brand 30. The male pintail 31. A North Texas county 32. A grouse species 35. Some dove hunters use this size shot

Frank Hugelmeyer began as the president of the National Marine Manufacturer’s Association after the retirement of Thom Dammrich, who held the position for 20 years.

Sale of Field & Stream retail stores Sportsman’s Warehouse will reportedly pay Dick’s Sporting Goods $28 million for eight Field & Stream retail outlets. Other Field & Stream retail locations are expected to be closed by Dick’s.

Lead scientist at Delta Waterfowl Dr. Chris Nicolai joined Delta Waterfowl to oversee the organization’s research studies.

Puzzle by Craig Nyhus, Lone Star Outdoor News

FOR THE TABLE *email LSON your favorite recipe to

Sweet and sour dove 10 or more dove breasts 1/4 cup soy sauce 1 tbsp. dark soy sauce Garlic, chopped White pepper and sea salt 8 ozs. jelly/preserves White vinegar 1 tbsp. tomato ketchup Potato or corn starch Chives for garnish Toasted sesame seeds Oil for frying Add oil to a cast-iron skillet for frying. Sprinkle potato flour on a shallow plate. Slice the dove breast into bite size pieces,

typically in half. Marinate in a tablespoon of regular soy sauce, white pepper and a heavy tablespoon of chopped garlic. Mix and set aside. Add jelly to a saucepan. Any kind of sweet preserve: mesquite bean jelly, honey or pineapple juice with sugar will work. Add soy sauce, 1 tbsp. of dark soy, a dash of white vinegar and a rough tablespoon of ketchup. Heat the oil in the cast-iron skillet. Dust the dove in the potato flour and quick fry, for about a minute or so. Fry in batches and dust with sea salt as they come out of the hot oil.

Place on paper towel in warm oven until ready to serve.Heat the sauce ingredients until jelly melts. Mix a little potato flour and water and add to thicken sauce, stir for a minute or two. Toss dove in sauce and serve over a bed of greens, Asian noodles or rice. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds and chives. —Kristin Parma, Anxious Hunter Blog

Photo by Kristin Parma

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Wild Game Supper sets fundraising record

Photos by Mike Gibson

By Lili Sams

Lone Star Outdoor News Cinnamon Creek Wild Game Processing had its grill fired up with the most delicious bites of wild game paired with cold beer from 3 Nations Brewing Co. and tunes from Ole G music, which made for a magical night at the Beretta Gallery, Dallas on Oct. 2. Nearly 300 people filled the gallery as they sipped on local Tahwahkaro Whiskey and bid on auction items to help support the mission of the Lone Star Outdoor News Foundation during its ninth year of the Wild Game Supper. A new hunter, thanks to the Lone Star Outdoor News Foundation, Kelsey Boes attended the event. Boes went on a quail-hunting trip through the foundation a few years ago. she plans on hunting deer for the first time this month. “I’m so thankful for the opportunity to go hunting for the first time,” she said. “It was something I’ve wanted to do my entire life and it was one of the best experiences of my life, I decided then and there I would only marry or date a man that hunted. Since that first trip, I’ve had a passion for going out and shooting guns.” Past foundation hunters Kamille Martin and Kelsy Beauchman also attended. Larry Weishuhn emceed the annual event which raised a record-breaking $24,500 for the foundation. “It was amazing seeing people’s generosity for our cause,” Mimi Sams, executive director of the foundation said. “We broke our current record and hope it continues to grow next year. Thank you to our generous sponsors, donors and attendees who helped create opportunities for people to go hunting and fishing.” Thanks to Beretta, Cinnamon Creek Wild Game Processing, Graff Motors, Ubathi Global Safaris, and Tahwahkaro Distilling Company for their generous corporate sponsorships. And to McKenna Quinn, Dallas Safari Club, Norte Hunters, Outdoor Texas Camps, Miron Crosby, Lone Star Ag Credit, Hackberry Rod and Gun, and Paradise Plains for contributing auction items. The foundation is excited to introduce more people to the outdoors after this year’s event. For more information or if you would like to contribute to the foundation, go to lson-foundation or call (214) 361-2276.

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Record fundraising for PAC



Mule deer archery hunt in Roundup Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks scheduled a special archery-only hunt for property in and around Roundup to reduce the number of mule deer in town. FWP issued 120 either-sex mule deer hunting licenses specifically for the Roundup management season at $10 each for residents and $75 each for nonresidents. The season will run from Nov. 9, 2019, through Feb. 15, 2020. Last year the 120 special licenses were sold to 75 individuals who harvested eight does and 10 bucks. In 2017, hunters filled 18 of the available 120 tags. —MFWP


Garmin recognized Garmin International, Inc., was named Manufacturer of the Year for the fifth consecutive year by members of the National Marine Electronics Association for its support of products in the field. —Garmin


SCI officials announced that their director of legal advocacy and international affairs, Anna Seidman, was selected to be the first recipient of the Gary Taylor Memorial Award. The award was established by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies to recognize a distinguished individual for outstanding achievement in the field of public conservation policy, specifically related to state fish and wildlife agency jurisdiction over fish and wildlife management. Seidman has served as SCI’s lead litigation counsel since April of 1999, and has promoted and defended state authority to manage, conserve, and facilitate regulated hunting of wildlife, including wildlife residing on federal lands. —SCI


Wolf numbers up The latest population estimate shows the wolf population in Wisconsin is more than 2.5 times larger than the state’s wolf management plan. The latest minimum estimate is between 914 to 978 animals. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service delisted wolves in the Great Lakes region in 2011 only to have a judge overturn the move in 2014. Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin all have wolf populations well above their respective state wolf management plans. —RMEF


Recruiting waterfowl hunters Delta Waterfowl announced the launch of HunteR3, a suite of programs to boost the number of waterfowl hunters in North America. “Baby Boomers are aging out of hunting participation and they’re not being replaced,” said Joel Brice, vice president of waterfowl and hunter recruitment programs for Delta Waterfowl. “That’s a problem for duck hunters, and in turn for waterfowl conservation.” The abbreviation R3 stands for recruitment, retention and reactivation. Delta’s

—Delta Waterfowl


Successful gator season Mississippi’s 2019 alligator season was one of the most successful on record, according to Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks. MDWFP received a total of 4,414 permit applications and 957 of the 960 available permits were sold. The total harvest of 922 is surpassed only by the 2015 season, where 982 alligators were harvested. The season also saw one of the highest hunter success rates at 75 percent. —MWFP


Canterbury wins B.A.S.S. Angler of Year Scott Canterbury finished in 14th place at the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship on Lake St. Clair. His yearlong points total of 848 topped the Bassmaster Elite field, earning the Alabama angler the 2019 Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year title, and $100,000. —B.A.S.S.

MARK V BACKCOUNTRY TI RIFLE: Weatherby’s newest rifle is packed with innovations that make it light and fast. Weighing in at not quite 5 pounds, this rifle delivers ballistic performance. The rifle’s features include a carbon fiber stock, a titanium action, a new muzzle brake with 1/2x28 tpi threads, and a 3D HEX recoil reducer. The MSRP is $3,349.

YUREI LS AIR O MESH T-SHIRT: This 2019 ICAST winner in its category is a performance shirt for anglers by AFTCO. It will be available in Nautical Blue Heather and in sizes small to 2XL. The shirt’s fabric features an antimicrobial treatment for odor control and UPF 40 sun protection. The fabric also is stain-resistant, wicks moisture and dries quickly. It will cost about $55.



Wrangler, DU team up Wrangler will donate $100,000 over five years for conservation and land acquisition in North Carolina, home of the global headquarters for the Wrangler brand. The collaboration with Ducks Unlimited supports the Alcoa Land Project, which brought supporters together to purchase and permanently protect a significant stretch of the Yadkin-Pee Dee River in North Carolina’s Davie, Davidson, and Rowan counties, helping to maintain and improve the river’s water quality, safeguard wildlife habitat, and provide public recreational opportunities. —DU


SCI counsel honored

programs include First Hunt, Defend the Hunt, the University Hunting Program and its Mentor Recognition Program.


BoatPAC, the federal political action committee of the National Marine Manufacturer’s Association and the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, exceeded $250,000 in fundraising from 392 donors, up from $202,000 from 348 donors in 2018.

110V ELECTRIC CORDED FILLET KNIFE: This ergonomic knife by Bubba incorporates a nonslip grip handle so anglers can keep a firm feel of the blade, which is designed to maximize motor transmission output for a good amount of torque. This knife, a 2019 ICAST winner in its category, includes four different blade styles (tapered flex and stiff fillet in different lengths). Constructed from high carbon stainless steel and coated with titanium nitride, these corrosion-resistant knives feature an 8-foot cord, a carrying case plus a safety lock and trigger guard for safety. It costs about $125.


Lionfish removal totals In this year’s Lionfish Challenge that ran from May 18 to Sept. 2, 23,451 invasive lionfish were removed by 148 of the 349 people who registered for the event. Ken Ayers, of Bay County, won the recreational category with 1,194 lionfish removed. In the commercial category, Joshua Livingston removed 3,192.8 pounds of fish to take the title. —FWC



Groups team up to tackle elk-vehicle collisions Sometimes, the best way to tackle a pressing issue is to tackle it as a group. That’s exactly what is happening along California’s busy State Route 97. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the California Department of Transportation and the University of California-Davis and other partners are teaming up in an effort to reduce the number of elk-vehicle collisions on the state’s busy State Route 97. Plans include installing flashing warning signs and building ramps and larger culverts for safer passage over and under the road. According to the California Highway Patrol, 15 people died, and 810 people were injured in 4,368 collisions with animals on state, county and local roadways throughout California between 2017 and 2018. The UC Davis Road Ecology Center estimates the total annual cost of animal-vehicle conflicts in California to be at least $307 million in 2018. —RMEF

RT-S MOD 5 GEN2 RIFLESCOPE: Riton Optic’s 3-9x40 riflescope is a versatile hunting tool that can be used for large to small caliber rifles and muzzleloaders to rimfires. Its high density multi-coated glass lenses deliver 99.5-percent light transmission for enhanced clarity, even in low light. This riflescope costs about $320.

FIELDBLAZER CLASSIC BOOTS: Muck’s waterproof sport boots keep hunters’ feet dry while traversing through damp fields. The camouflage pattern provides concealment while roll-down blaze orange linings provide visibility when needed. The quadruple heel, triple toe and double instep rubber add protection and durability. Available in sizes five to 15, these easy-to-clean boots have an MSRP of $145.


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Outfitting out west Continued from page 4

first, as Bean was still wrapping up high school and later enrolled in Ranger College in Eastland County. In 2014, Bean went “full throttle” with High West Outfitters by bulking up the number of guides and acres available to hunters. Today, High West Outfitters’ seven guides and two office staff run about 300 hunts per year across 1.3 million acres concentrated in West Texas. One thing that differentiates High West is its wide access to private land. Bean credits his West Texas roots as a key reason he’s been able to cultivate good relationships with landowners. High West Outfitters guides hunters across West Texas for aou“Being ranch-raised and a West dad and other species. Photo from High West Outfitters. Texas native, you know how those landowners want their places left. 180 pounds. I obsess over that. We always try to High West is a member of the Wild Sheep leave a place better than we found it,” said Foundation, Texas Bighorn Society and Bean. About 60 percent of High West’s clients Mule Deer Foundation, and its office manare after aoudad, though desert sheep ex- ager, Jamie Cowan, is an active member of pertise is also a differentiator for the out- the Dallas Safari Club. All High West packages are all-inclusive, fitter. In addition, High West guides offer mule deer, elk, antelope and some exotic customizable and start around $3,000 for hunts. Hunter success rate is “as close to exotics. Bean knows many hunters would look at 100 percent as you can get,” Bean said. Except for the occasional hunter looking his job and call it a dream come true, but he for a monster of a mule deer, nearly every calls the business a “beast under control.” “It’s a dream come true to do what I love client leaves with a trophy, Bean says. Each hunt is customizable and has at least a one- and for it to be so successful, but I don’t want to mislead people that it’s a fairytale,” to-one guide to hunter ratio. In June, a client who won a Texas Big- he said. “This is my dream job and the haphorn Society Roundup tag was able to take piness of our clients — and the trust of the a champion 12-year-old sheep weighing landowner — is so important to us.”

Two lures Continued from page 1

could have played rock, paper, scissors for who got it.” Boyd is no stranger to the unusual while fishing. More than a year ago, he snagged his favorite crankbait he had lost on the same hump a year earlier on Benbrook Lake, a story that also appeared in Lone Star Outdoor News.

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