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October 27, 2017

Volume 14, Issue 5

Deer rifle, waterfowl seasons at hand By Craig Nyhus

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Starting Nov. 4, rifle hunters hope a nice buck steps out of the brush. Photo by Joe Richards.

The majority of Texas deer hunters wait for the opening of the General Season, meaning the rifle season, on Nov. 4 to head out. On that day, hunters have a lot of choices, including pursuing deer, wa-

terfowl (in the Panhandle and South Texas) or quail. Based on reports from archery and Managed Land Deer Permit rifle hunters, a good season is predicted, but hunters are longing for more doses of colder temperatures. A bumper acorn crop and high grass in much of Texas has limited deer activity,

especially at feeders, through October. According to hunters cleaning blinds and filling feeders as an Oct. 21 cold front approached, rattlesnakes and wasps were active, though, and wasps were already found seeking refuge in the deer blinds. Alan Cain, the white-tailed deer program leader for Texas Parks and Wildlife Please turn to page 21

Mimicking the axis roar First call developed by Texas guide By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News Eric Harrison has guided hundreds of hunters to their first axis buck at Joshua Creek Ranch in Boerne. After observing and listening to the animals, the axis call, or scream, sounded familiar to his prior hunting experience in Oregon. “I’m an elk hunter, too, and I noticed a similarity between the elk bugling and the axis screaming,” Harrison said. “I started working with calls, and got to where it duplicated the sound of the axis.” For the last two years, he’s been testing the call, with success. “During the axis rut, I could go out, scream the call and rattle, and the axis would come running,” he said. Harrison guided AmEric Harrison called in ber Haynes, the founder of this axis buck using the call he created, fashion company McKenna and Amber Haynes Quinn, to her first deer of any shot her first deer on kind on her family ranch in her family’s ranch in Sisterdale. A longtime bird Sisterdale. Photo from Eric Harrison.

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High tides make fish tougher to see For Lone Star Outdoor News The annual fall flounder run is sputtering to

still open and, as of last week, catches of big “flatties” were pretty good. “We’ve been camping out here for three days and the run has been picking up on every outgoing tide,” said Don Anderson, who along with his wife, Please turn to page 19

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life, and with our latest cold front, catches of these tasty fish should skyrocket. Two of the most popular places to catch flounder along the Texas coast are Sabine Pass and Rollover Pass. Yes, Rollover is

Wayne Claybar, of Beaumont, landed this nice flounder on Sabine Lake. Photo by Robert Sloan.

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How it’s Made in Texas (P. 4)

Teenage phenom (P. 9)

Knifemaking process featured.

Odessa angler in big tourneys.

Venison sandwich for sale (P. 4)

Epic day (P. 8)

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Friends find kingfish frenzy.

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HUNTING Texas knife maker to be on How it’s Made TV show

DiamondBlade Knives’ unique manufacturing process, called “Friction Forging,” will be featured on the TV show How it’s Made. Photos from DiamondBlade Knives.

By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News The knifemaking process at DiamondBlade Knives will be the subject of an episode of How It’s Made on the Discovery Channel. Crews filmed the company’s patented “Friction Forging” process at the company’s Denison factory on Sept. 29. “They called me out of the blue several months ago,” DiamondBlade Knives President Charles Allen said. “They had heard of our knives and wanted to send a crew out to film. They were interested in our patented extreme forging technique we call “Friction Forging.” The forging process was developed with the aid of Brigham Young University’s Mechanical Engineering Department. Allen later purchased the equipment developed from Brigham Young. “We’re able to make knives that are super sharp and durable so they will last a long time, while also not being brittle,” Allen said. “There are sharp knives that have to be replaced often, and there are durable knives like ceramic knives, but they are brittle and can break if you drop them. Our knives are the sharpest, toughest and longest-lasting.” How It’s Made was made famous for featuring unique and interesting engineering processes for all types of manufactured products. The four-man filming crew took an entire day to video every aspect of DiamondBlade’s knife making. The show will air on the Discovery Channel after editing is complete.

Biggest shoulder mount in Texas It might be made of concrete, but it get’s your attention. The giant deer rests off of U.S. Hwy 290, just east of Harper, at Lindley’s Taxidermy, where Lamar Lindley has been operating the past 15 years. “I was in Pinedale, Wyoming and met a guy named Mike at Rocky Mountain Sculpture and Design who builds concrete art,” Lindley said. “Later, he moved to Marble Falls and had left it at a buddy’s house.”

Lindley obtained the unpainted sculpture, moved it to Harper and had it painted. “I figured it would help promote the taxidermy shop,” he said. “The sculpture weighs 700 pounds and the antlers are 8 feet, 6 inches wide and 4 feet tall.” Photo by Erich Schlegel, for Lone Star Outdoor News.

Arby’s serves venison sandwiches to Texans Lone Star Outdoor News Sidney Junek of Canyon Lake was one of the first to try the new venison sandwich at Arby’s New Braunfels restaurant. After being sold in a handful of states last year, when they sold out in minutes, the sandwiches became available Oct. 21 in all 3,300 Arby’s locations. The venison sandwich features a thick-cut venison steak and crispy onions with a berry sauce on a toasted roll. “The meat came in two pieces and was very tender overall and it was cooked right — it wasn’t dry,” Junek said. “The flavor of the meat was fine, you could tell it wasn’t beef. It did seem like a lot of bun, and the sauce was good but I would have liked a little more spice and salt.” The fast-food chain uses a supplier in New Zealand that sells grass-fed, free-range venison. Arby’s representatives said it took a year to work with suppliers to secure enough product for what they call the “biggest venison pro-

motion in the world” any restaurant has ever done. Lone Star Outdoor News’ Executive Editor Craig Nyhus tried the sandwich at the Garland location, where the servers said it had been their top seller on the sandwiches’ opening day. “I liked it,” Nyhus said. “You could definitely tell it was venison. Mine was one good-sized piece, cooked around medium and tender. The sauce was good, but better once I added the Three Pepper Spicy sauce to it. At $7.99, it’s a little pricey for fast food, though.” Arby’s also introduced a limited-edition elk sandwich at one restaurant in each of three elk-hunting states; Colorado, Wyoming and Montana. The elk sandwich is similar to the venison sandwich but uses a blackberry port wine sauce. Junek said he would eat the venison sandwich again and said Texas hunters should give it a whirl. “It’s definitely worth a try,” he said.

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Thompson receives quail award Each year the Quail-Tech Alliance presents the Quail Patriot of Texas Award to an individual who has excelled in quail conservation and innovation. This year’s award goes to Kelly Thompson. Thompson, an avid quail hunter, has spent much of his adult life dedicated to conservation and operates ranches and farms in Shackelford, Reeves and Culberson counties. Since 2011, he has served as chair of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Upland Game Bird Advisory Board and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation. Kelly Thompson In 2017, a new professorship at the Borderlands Research Institute was established in his honor, the Kelly R. Thompson Professor in Quail Research. Kelly also serves on the Borderlands Research Institute advisory board at Sul Ross University in Alpine. Kelly was presented with the award at the Cross Timbers Quail Coalition Banquet in Ft. Worth on Oct. 19. —Quail-Tech Alliance

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Mimi Sams shot this water buffalo in Australia this summer. She has taken over the reins at the Lone Star Outdoor News Foundation. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

Lone Star Outdoor News The Lone Star Outdoor News Foundation announced the appointment of Mimi Sams as the new executive director. Sams “couldn’t be more excited to grow this foundation and get more people into the outdoors” and will begin work immediately. Sams is an international sportswoman who has hunted and fished on three continents; from whitetail in Texas to plains game in Africa and water buffalo in Australia. She has a passion for wildlife conservation as a member of Dallas Safari Club and Safari Club International. Sams hopes to make a difference in the outdoor world by helping bring new people into it. After this year’s 7th Annual Wild Game Supper fundraiser hosted at the Beretta Gallery, the foundation raised nearly $17,000 with the help of Mimi’s efforts. The current executive director, Craig Nyhus, is pleased to be passing the torch and will continue to help new people experience hunting and fishing. “Mimi brings the enthusiasm and organizational skills to take the foundation to higher levels and get more people involved,” he said. The Lone Star Outdoor News Foundation’s mission is to give people the opportunity to go hunting and fishing, creating hunters and fishermen for a lifetime.

The first axis call Continued from page 1

hunter, Haynes took the opportunity to try for her first buck. “At first I thought Eric was full of baloney,” Haynes said. “He came with the call and some antlers. We were sitting next to a tree line and he started calling and banging the antlers together.” Not long after the calling, two axis bucks appeared and Haynes had her first deer, a 34inch axis buck. “It was a blast,” she said. “The call sounds just like an axis, I think the two bucks would have come closer if I had waited longer.” On a recent hunt at Joshua Creek, Harrison heard a buck scream at 900 yards. “It took three hours of calling, but I finally got that buck in front of me,” he said. “The call gets the axis’ curiosity going. It also helps locate them; they respond to the call by screaming.” Harrison said the prime rut for Hill Country axis is from the end of April until July. “About 20 to 30 percent go into the rut in the winter months, though, so you’ll almost always have a back in the rut,” he said. “This time of year, if you can get a buck screaming, you can get him to come to the call. In May to July, I’ve had bunches of bucks come in.” Harrison’s calls, called the EZY Axis – Axis Deer Caller, are now available for sale, but they don’t blow themselves. “It takes some practice to get it right,” he said. On his website, axisdeercaller.com, Harrison plans to add videos demonstrating the calling and technique. The call costs $24.95. “It could totally change the way people hunt axis,” he said.

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High water reds off the beaten path By Robert Sloan

For Lone Star Outdoor News A weird combination of a hurricane and the autumnal equinox that brought in some super high tides that flooded many boat ramps and even a few roads along the middle and lower Texas coast in October. But all was not bad. In fact, those high tides have created some outstanding fishing for slot reds that are way off the beaten path. “We’ve got water in many areas that normally are high and dry,” said Capt. John Little, who runs fishing charters on Corpus Christi Bay, Baffin and on down to Port Mansfield. “It’s the highest tides I’ve seen in over three years. I’m taking advantage of it and so are lots of reds.” Little runs a 25-foot Majek Extreme that normally does not go where he’s been fishing. “Some of the spots where I’ve been finding schools of reds are at the Nine Mile Hole, the spoils off the ICW and at the Land Cut,” he said. “Some of the best fishing has been at the back of the Nine Mile Hole. That area is usually only about 6 inches deep — too shallow for just about any boat. The reds are schooled up in that area and many are tailing. Some of the most consistent bites have been from reds that are ambushing baitfish along the inside of grass lines. In that type of structure we have also been catching some pretty nice trout. It’s some really fun fishing.” Little says the tidal fluctuation has been incredible. “The tides have been 3 feet higher than normal,” he said. “That’s even on Baffin and Nueces bays. We don’t typically have much tidal movement in Baffin. But with that much water movement the fish are very active. That’s a good thing.” Little’s best luck has been on scented plastics in new penny or pearl/white. “I’m fishing those under Alameda popping floats rigged with a 2-foot fluorocarbon leader,” he said. “You want just enough weight to

get the bait down, but not sink into the grass. I’ve also had both trout and reds hit the float. That’s when we’ll change over to a hot pink Super Spook Jr. or a Skitter Walk. The high pitch of the Skitter Walk has really been good.” Port O’Connor is another hot spot for catching reds where big boats don’t normally go. Capt. Curtiss Cash, a long-time guide, runs a 24-foot Carolina Skiff with a 150 Yamaha out-

Drifting and casting in shallow water has produced redfish along the Texas coast, with boats being able to get where they usually cannot. Photos by Robert Sloan.

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Kingfish buddies have epic day

Monticello power plant to shut down Lone Star Outdoor News

Misael Marquez, left, and Gilbert Olivares became best friends through fishing. On Oct. 15, they saw schools of kingfish and had their best day catching good-sized fish. Photo by Tony Vindell, for Lone Star Outdoor News.

By Tony Vindell

For Lone Star Outdoor News Two Rio Grande Valley teens met and became friends at the South Padre Island jetty, and recently shared an incredible day of fishing for king mackerel. On Sunday, Oct. 15, the two — Misael Marquez and Gilbert Olivares — ran into an unexpected surprise, as schools of kings ar-

rived like many anglers have never seen before. In fact, most of the 50 or so anglers fishing halfway through the rocky man-made pier went home with two kings. “This probably was one of the best days we have seen for around this time of year,” Marquez, who lives in Los Fresnos, said. “We usually start catching kings in July, but today was one of a kind.”

Of the five in the group, which included his father, each caught two kings measuring 30-plus inches in length. Marquez believes the kings will be at the jetty through the month of November because, once the water starts getting cooler, he said the fish head south. But on that October Sunday, fishing was like never seen in the months Marquez and Olivares Please turn to page 13

A favorite bass-fishing spot for many North and East Texas anglers is the small Lake Monticello, a power plant lake in Titus County. The lake also is a favorite for smaller bass-fishing tournaments. In October, Luminant, a subsidiary of Vistra Energy, announced plans to retire the power plant on the 2,000-acre reservoir in January of 2018, after 40 years of operation. “The market’s unprecedented low power price environment has profoundly impacted its operating revenues and no longer supports continued investment,” said Curt Morgan, Vistra Energy’s president and chief executive officer. Several Texas guides, including Richie White, split time between Monticello and Lake Fork, depending on the time of year. “The shutdown will make it tougher to catch them when it’s

The power plant will shut down at Lake Monticello in January, but anglers think fishing on the lake could improve in the future. Photo by Mike Hughs, Lone Star Outdoor News.

cold, but I think it’s better for the lake long-term,” White said. “About three years ago when it was shut down, it was real good in the spring.” White said the grass has started to rebound on the lake and he expects the fish to get heavier after the shutdown. “It definitely will be different,” he said. “There won’t be a current anymore, but the lake should be every bit as good if not better. It just might not be a spot to fish when it’s 23 degrees outside.” Please turn to page 25


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West Texas tournament dream By Craig Lamb

For Lone Star Outdoor News Andy Ortega, a senior at Permian High School in Odessa, begged to be home-schooled by his mother for his final year of studies. Bass fishing had everything to do with the reason. Lucy Ortega granted his wish with strong conditions. Her orders were to work hard and study harder. Neither task was difficult for the 18-year-old to master. Andy’s parents, Lucy and Andres, operate Lobo Valve Services, Inc., a petroleum supply business in the Permian Basin. Andy works for his parents practically full-time, leaving the rest for study and even less time for bass fishing. The goal was not to just have extra time to go fishing. Andy wanted to take his bass fishing game to the next level. That was the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens, recognized as the Triple A league of Bassmaster tournaments. After Day 2, Andy led the Open on Grand Lake O’ The Cherokees in eastern Oklahoma. He finished a

respectable ninth place among the likes of very seasoned B.A.S.S. tour pros and minor leaguers. Climbing the ranks of the tournament ladder in Texas is a tall order for anyone, and especially a youngster. That was when Andy began his quest. Andy was channel surfing when the remote control found The Bassmasters TV show. He watched wide-eyed as well-known pro Michael Iaconelli landed an 8-pound largemouth during an event on Lake Amistad. “He banged his head against the dashboard and just went crazy. I thought that was cool, seeing him get so excited about just catching a largemouth bass.” By the next year, Andy had nearly won the national title in a B.A.S.S. youth casting contest. He moved on to club tournaments, winning the junior angler of the year title four years. To keep the competition fair for other members, the tournament director moved Andy up to the next age group. For the next three seasons he qualified for the junior state championship, coming

in second place each year. “After Andy did so well in junior tournaments we had to make a decision on how to enable him to keep fishing,” said Lucy. “We are so far out in West Texas that we might be away from home for several days, just so he can get in the practice time at Lake Amistad.” Andy spends countless hours watching advanced level instructional videos hosted by The Bass University, coincidentally founded by Iaconelli. What far West Texas lacks in in bass fishing water, Andy makes up for with intense study. Early on tournament mornings watching motivational videos is a ritual. A favorite is Les Brown, the world-renowned motivational speaker and author of “Live Your Dreams.” Andy remains humble about what might come next. “People used to say I might be the next Kevin VanDam, but I want to be Andy Ortega, the kid who earned it all on my own through hard work,” he said. “I want other kids to be able to look up to me later on, be a positive role model.”

Odessa senior Andy Ortega is an experienced tournament fisherman, and is being home-schooled his senior year so he has more time to fish. Photo by James Overstreet, B.A.S.S.

Athens anglers top field of 1,100

Crappie champions crowned

Allen Teague, of Athens, won the top prize at the Berkley Big Bass tournament on Lake Fork, landing a 9.95-pound largemouth that topped the other 1,100 anglers in the field. Teague’s fish was landed on a Rib Toad that was in his tournament goodie bag. The fish hit in shallow water on the first morning of the two-day event. Teague skipped the second day of fishing, and waited to see if his fish would win. It did, and Teague won a Skeeter boat with Yamaha outboard. A second boat was the top prize for the largest fish caught under the 16-inch slot on the lake. DeAris Williams, of Reno, also landed his fish on the Rib Toad in his goodie bag, fished over lily pads. The bass measured 15 1/2 inches and weighed 2.77 pounds, good for a new boat and motor.

At its 10th annual Texas State Crappie Championship on Lake Palestine, the team of Paul O’Bier, of Gunter, and George Nelon, of Boyd, topped the semipro Division 1 field with a two-day total of 21.93 pounds for their sixth state championship victory. Clay Gann, of Hideaway, and Todd and Langdon Froebe, of Lindale, finished second with 21.84 pounds, and Ken Gaby, of Belton, and Todd Box, of Alba, followed in third place with 20.96 pound. In the amateur Division 2 field, Eric Walker and Kelly Satterwhite, both of Teague, claimed the championship with 21.13 pounds. Second place was won by Stuart Angelia, of Flower Mound, and Max Dukes, of Murphy, with 19.31 pounds, and Joby Brandshaw, of Weatherford, finished third fishing solo with 18.73 pounds. A total of 40 angler teams qualified and competed for more than $22,000 in cash and prizes. —CAT

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TEXAS FRESHWATER FISHING REPORT ALAN HENRY: Water clear main lake, stained to muddy up the river; 72-78 degrees; 3.83’ low. Black bass are fair on 7-inch worms, spoons, top-waters and jigs. Crappie and bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on live bait and punch bait. AMISTAD: Water murky; 81-85 degrees; 25.59’ low. Black bass are fair on white or chartreuse frogs and spooks in newly flooded vegetation. Striped bass are slow. Catfish are fair on live bait. ARROWHEAD: Water fairly clear; 73-79 degrees; 1.53’ low. Black bass are fair on crankbaits, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers. ATHENS: Water lightly stained; 73-76 degrees; 0.90’ low. Black bass are fair on weightless stick worms, buzzbaits and top-waters. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines. AUSTIN: Water stained; 68-78 degrees; 0.8’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, square-billed crankbaits and chrome lipless crankbaits. Sunfish are fair to good on cut nightcrawlers. Catfish are fair on cut bait and nightcrawlers. BASTROP: Water stained; 78-82 degrees. Black bass are fair on spinner baits, crankbaits and chartreuse lipless crankbaits. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on frozen shrimp and blood bait. BELTON: Water stained; 79-83 degrees; 1.66’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinner baits and top-waters. Hybrid striper are good on live shad. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on hot dogs and stink bait. BOB SANDLIN: Water lightly stained; 73-77 degrees; 0.63’ low. Black bass are good on bladed jigs, hollow-body frogs and top-waters. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on minnows and top-waters. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. BONHAM: Water stained; 72-76 degrees; 1.16’ low. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged soft plastics around shallow cover and boat docks. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs on brush piles 12-15 feet. Catfish are good along creek channel with punch bait. BRAUNIG: Water murky. Black bass are fair on watermelon spinner baits and dark soft plastic worms in reeds. Striped bass are slow. Redfish are slow. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp, cut bait and live bait. Blue catfish are slow. BRIDGEPORT: Water clear, 73-76 degrees: 1.29’ low. Black bass are fair on top-waters, white buzzbaits and square-billed crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs and top-waters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and top-waters. Catfish are good on trotlines. BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 78-82 degrees; 2.33’ low. Black bass are good on green/pumpkin and redbug soft plastic worms near docks in 4-8 feet and chartreuse/white spinner baits in 3-5 feet. White bass are fair on jigs off lighted docks at night in 15-25 feet. Crappie are very good on minnows and white or shad Li’l Fishies over brush piles in 8-15 feet. Channel and blue catfish are slow. BUCHANAN: Water stained; 8084 degrees; 1.94’ low. Black bass are good on white spinner baits,

lipless crankbaits and chartreuse crankbaits in 8-20 feet. Striped bass are good on top-waters and drifting or free-lining live bait in 25-40 feet. White bass are fair on small lipless crankbaits and swim baits along the river channel. Crappie are good on pink/ white tube jigs and live minnows. Channel catfish are good on liver, minnows and cheese bait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on live and dead shad. CADDO: Water stained; 75-77 degrees; 0.10’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged creature baits, hollow-body frogs and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and punch bait. CALAVERAS: Water murky. Black bass are slow. Striped bass are fair on spoons and jigs near the crappie wall and the dam in 15-20 feet. Redfish are fair on live bait and down-rigging spoons near the dam in 15-20 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp, stink bait and shad. CANYON LAKE: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 2.61’ low. Black bass are fair on drop-shot rigs and Texas-rigged 6-inch pumpkin worms along main lake bluffs in 12-25 feet. Striped bass are fair on jigs at daylight. White bass are slow Crappie are fair on minnows and pink/white tube jigs upriver. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with live goldfish and perch. CEDAR CREEK: Water lightly stained; 72-76 degrees; 1.54’ low. Black bass are fair on topwater poppers, Texas-rigged craws and shaky heads on docks. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are slow on trotlines. White bass and hybrid striper are good on slabs and top-waters. CHOKE CANYON: Water stained; 78–83 degrees; 23.40’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon spinner baits and soft plastics in 15-25 feet. White bass are fair on pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver and stink bait. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch and goldfish. COLEMAN: Water stained; 79-83 degrees; 1.72’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse spinner baits and lipless crankbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on silver spoons. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are good on stink bait and shrimp. COLETO CREEK: Water clear; 90 degrees at the hot water discharge, 79 degrees in main lake; 0.19’ low. Black bass are fair on crankbaits in 5-10 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on live perch in 8-12 feet. CONROE: Water stained; 77-81 degrees; 0.43’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics, spinner baits and top-waters in 10-20 feet. Striped bass are fair on green striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and blue/ white tube jigs. Catfish are fair on stink bait, frozen shrimp and nightcrawlers. COOPER: Water stained; 73–-8 degrees; 1.06’ low. Black bass are fair. No report on crappie. Hybrid striper and white bass are fair on slabs and Rooster Tails.

EAGLE MOUNTAIN: Water lightly stained; 72-78 degrees; 1.62’ low. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged black/blue worms, shallow-running crankbaits and jigs. FAIRFIELD: Water fairly clear. Black bass are fair to good on stick worms, Texas rigs and chatterbaits along shoreline vegetation. FALCON: Water murky; 81-85 degrees; 18.93’ low. Black bass bite has improved with rising water. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are slow. FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are good on shad patterned top-waters early. Redear perch are good on worms in 2-8 feet. Channel and blue catfish are slow. FORK: Water stained; 73-76 degrees; 0.76’ low. Black bass are fair on hollow-body frogs, top-waters, and football jigs. White and yellow bass are fair on top-waters and minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines. FT. PHANTOM HILL: Water offcolor; 72–78 degrees; 0.68’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, white square-billed crankbaits and watermelon seed flukes. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers. GIBBONS CREEK: Water stained. Black bass are good on green/ pumpkin crankbaits and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are fair on frozen shrimp and live bait. GRANBURY: Water stained; 77-81 degrees; 0.15’ low. Black bass are good on shad-colored spinner baits and crankbaits, and on top-waters early and late. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and silver spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on stink bait, liver and nightcrawlers. GRANGER: Water stained; 7882 degrees; 0.11’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on jigs off points. Crappie are good on chartreuse jigs in 7-15 feet. Blue catfish are fair on fresh shad. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait. GRAPEVINE: Water lightly stained; 72-75 degrees; 0.55’ low. Black bass are fair on square-billed crankbaits, shakyhead worms and bladed jigs. White bass and hybrid bass are good on top-waters and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. GREENBELT: Water off-color; 72-79 degrees; 31.88 low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and shallow-running shad pattern crankbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are on nightcrawlers and cut bait. HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 79-83 degrees; 0.16’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are good on live minnows. Bream are good on live worms near grass. Channel and blue catfish are good off piers and on juglines baited with shad. HUBBARD CREEK: Water offcolor; 73-78 degrees; 2.35’ low. Black bass are fair to good chrome/black lipless crankbaits, Texas rigs and shaky heads. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs.

Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and live shiners. JOE POOL: Water lightly stained; 73-75 degrees; 0.88’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged worms, bladed jigs and flukes. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 74-77 degrees: 0.93’ high. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged creature baits, buzz frogs and hollow-body frogs. White bass are good on minnows and top-waters. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. LAVON: Water stained; 73-77 degrees: 1.77’ low. Black bass are fair on black and blue jigs, shallow crankbaits and topwaters. White bass are good on slabs and top-waters. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. LBJ: Water stained; 80-84 degrees; 0.64’ low. Black bass are good on buzzbaits, clear swim baits and watermelon/purple flake stick worms early. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on jigs at night. Crappie are fair on live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on minnows and liver. Yellow and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait. LEWISVILLE: Water lightly stained; 72-75 degrees; 1.01’ low. Black bass are fair on jerkbaits, top-waters and squarebilled crankbaits. White bass are fair on slabs and top-waters. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 78-82 degrees; 0.53’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse spinner baits and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on pet spoons, slabs and hellbenders. Crappie are fair on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad and cut bait. MACKENZIE: 73.12’ low. Black bass are fair on silver spoons, Texas rigs and lipless crankbaits. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers. No reports on crappie. MARTIN CREEK: Water lightly stained; 83-87 degrees; 2.57’ low. Black bass are fair on hollow-body frogs, bladed jigs and Texas-rigged stick worms. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines. MEREDITH: Water fairly clear; 7379 degrees; 49.69’ low. Black bass are fair on split-shot rigged flukes, Texas rigs and pumpkinseed jigs. Bream and channel catfish are being caught in good numbers. MONTICELLO: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 0.35’ low. Black bass are good on bladed jigs, Texas-rigged craws, and hollowbody frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait. NASWORTHY: 73-77 degrees; 1.26’ low. Black bass are fair on lipless crankbaits, Texas rigs and black/blue jigs. No reports on crappie. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers. NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 79-83 degrees; 1.28’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are

fair on shad-colored Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and shad. O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 7178 degrees; 36.63’ low. Black bass are fair on square-billed crankbaits, Texas rigs and green/ pumpkin jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers. OAK CREEK: Water stained; 72-78 degrees; 9.95’ low. Black bass are fair to good on chatterbaits, Texas rigs and shaky heads. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers. PALESTINE: Water lightly stained; 72-76 degrees; 0.90’ low. Black bass are fair on flukes, hollow-body frogs, buzzbaits and spinner baits. Crappie are good on minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and top-waters. White bass are good on minnows and top-waters. Catfish are fair on trotlines and punch bait. POSSUM KINGDOM: Water offcolor; 74-79 degrees; 0.31’ low. Black bass are fair to good on buzzbaits early, later switching to Carolina rigs, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and tail spinners. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers. PROCTOR: Water murky; 77-81 degrees; 2.25’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon spinner baits and lipless crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on stink bait, shrimp and shad. RAY HUBBARD: Water lightly stained; 73-76 degrees; 1.24’ low. Black bass are fair on topwaters and Texas-rigged worms. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and top-waters. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. RAY ROBERTS: Water lightly stained; 72-75 degrees; 0.49’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters, Texas-rigged craws and square-billed crankbaits. White bass are good on minnows and top-waters. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 72-76 degrees; 2.02’ low. Black bass are fair on bladed jigs, Texasrigged craws and top-water walking baits. White bass and hybrid striped bass are good on slabs and topwaters. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 79-83 degrees; 0.53’ low. Black bass are good over grass on topwaters, soft plastic worms and spinner baits early. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are good on punch bait. SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 78-82 degrees; 7.01’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are good on minnows at night. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows, nightcrawlers and stink bait.

n Saltwater reports Page 11 SPENCE: 50’ low. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait. STAMFORD: Water stained; 72-79 degrees; 0.08’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and Sexy Shad crankbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows around structure. White bass are fair on live bait and Little Georges. Blue catfish are fair on cut and live bait. STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 79-83 degrees; 1.45’ low. Black bass are fair on tequila sunrise plastics. White bass are good on watermelon/red and green/ pumpkin soft plastics in 15 feet. Crappie are good on minnows in 15 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on chicken livers and shrimp. TAWAKONI: Water stained; 7477 degrees; 0.69’ low. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged creature baits, hollow-body frogs and black buzzbaits. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid bass are good on slabs and top-waters. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. TEXOMA: Water lightly stained; 72-75 degrees; 1.41’ high. Black bass are fair on jerkbaits, topwaters and shaky-head worms. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Striped bass are good on slabs and top-waters. Catfish are good on trotlines. TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 80-84 degrees; 4.14’ low. Black bass are good on redbug soft plastic worms, spinner baits, buzzbaits and top-waters early and late. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows in 12-15 feet over baited holes. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are slow. TRAVIS: Water stained; 79-83 degrees; 9.92’ low. Black bass are fair on dark soft plastic worms and crankbaits in 6-18 feet. Striped bass are fair on white grubs and jigging spoons in 30-40 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and fresh cut bait in 25-40 feet. WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastic worms and spinner baits. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on blood bait. WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 73-78 degrees; 20.55’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and spinner baits. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait. WHITNEY: Water stained; 78-82 degrees; 4.35’ low. Black bass are fair on yellow/white spinner baits and crankbaits, and on topwaters early. Striped bass are fair down-rigging swimbaits. White bass are fair on minnows and pet spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are fair on frozen shrimp, liver and dough bait.

—TPWD


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Father-son team wins Bass Champs team championship The father and son team of Craig and Corey Waldrop topped the field of 233 qualifying teams at the Bass Champs Team Championship on the Red River, held Oct. 14-15, with 21.81 pounds. “We started out hitting those spots on Saturday, and caught a limit of small fish along a key 50-yard stretch,” Corey said. “On Sunday, we decided to make a run to an oxbow that was holding some good fish. The water had gone down, so it was very shallow trying to get to it. We had to push the boat through the shallows, but made it in there and finished out a limit.” The team used reaction baits, including an Ezee jig. After that, they decided to go to a big fish area, but had to pass through the locks to get there. “We missed the lock, and there was a two-hour wait to get through,” Corey said. When they made it to their target spot, they had time for three casts, and one of them landed a 2 1/2-pounder! “We were able to cull up well over a pound with that fish. We locked everything down and headed to the weigh-in.” The final catch helped seal the win of a Skeeter FX20 powered by a Yamaha motor. Brian Schott and Scott Gill made a big comeback on the second day after landing only two fish on day one. “We still didn’t have a single fish in the livewell by noon on the final day,” Schott said. “Then the front came in with the storm around 12:30. “When the rain began, the fish just started biting.” The team caught a quick limit, including a 5.07-pounder, and finished with 20.39 pounds, winning a Skeeter ZX225 powered by Yamaha. 3rd place was won by Randy Despino and Kevin Lasyone finished third with 19.65 pounds, winning $6,000. —Bass Champs

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TEXAS SALTWATER FISHING REPORT NORTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good under the birds on soft plastics and good in the river on live shad. Redfish are good in the marsh on small top-waters and Stanley Ribbits and small SkitterWalks. SOUTH SABINE: Bull redfish are good at the jetty on crabs. Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Trout are fair around the Reef on live shrimp and under birds on soft plastics. BOLIVAR: Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on soft plastics and plugs. Black drum and redfish are good at Rollover Pass. TRINITY BAY: Redfish are good at the spillway on crabs and mullet. Flounder are fair on the shorelines on scented plastics. EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair to good while wading with top-waters. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp. Gulf trout are fair in the channel on shrimp. WEST GALVESTON BAY: Bull redfish are good on the beachfront on crabs, mullet and table shrimp. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Trout are good on deep shell on the lower end of the bay. TEXAS CITY: Gulf trout and sand trout are good on fresh shrimp around the dike. Bull redfish are good on the end of the dike on natural baits.

Initial restoration plan for Deepwater Horizon oil spill money announced The Texas Trustee Implementation Group released its first restoration plan, selecting 13 restoration projects to compensate for injuries to natural resources caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The plan, published on October 18, prioritizes restoration projects for oysters and wetlands, coastal and nearshore habitats with a total estimated cost of $45,761,000. The selected restoration projects are at the following locations: • • • • • • • • • • • • •

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FREEPORT: Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs. Bull redfish are good in Cold Pass and San Luis pass on cracked blue crabs. Redfish are good at the jetties on natural baits. EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair for drifters on live shrimp over humps and scattered shell. Redfish are fair to good in Lake Austin on live shrimp. WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Redfish are fair to good in Oyster Lake on shrimp. Trout are fair on shell and grass on soft plastics. Black drum are fair to

good at Shell Island on live shrimp. PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are fair on top-waters over soft mud in San Antonio Bay. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the back lakes with live shrimp and top-waters. Bull redfish are good at the jetty. ROCKPORT: Bull redfish are good in the Lydia Ann Channel on crabs. Trout are fair over grass while drifting with live shrimp. Redfish are fair to good on the Estes Flats on mullet and shrimp.

PORT ARANSAS: Bull redfish are good in the Shrimpboat Channel and at the jetty on crabs and finger mullet. Redfish are fair to good on the East Flats on top-waters and scented plastics. CORPUS CHRISTI: Redfish are fair to good around Shamrock Cove on small top-waters and gold spoons. Redfish are good in the Humble Channel on crabs and table shrimp. Black drum are good on the reefs. BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair to good around the spoils on top-waters and soft plastics. Trout are fair to good in mud and grass on Corkies and top-waters. Redfish are good in the Land Cut on natural baits. PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are fair to good on topwaters around sand and grass holes. Redfish are fair to good while drifting potholes. Bull redfish are good at East Cut on crabs. SOUTH PADRE: Trout and redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal on DOA Shrimp and scented plastics. Tarpon and redfish have been caught at the jetty on live shad. PORT ISABEL: Redfish are fair to good in Cullen Bay on scented plastics and She Pups. Trout and redfish are fair to good in South Bay on live shrimp. Trout are fair over sand and grass humps on plastics under popping corks.

—TPWD

The beach and dunes are being restored at McFaddin Beach in Jefferson County. Photo from Jefferson County.

Wetlands, coastal and nearshore habitat restoration at Bird Island Cove Essex Bayou habitat restoration Dredged material planning for wetland restoration along the Texas coast McFaddin Beach and dune restoration Bessie Heights wetland restoration Pierce Marsh wetland restoration Indian Point shoreline erosion protection Bahia Grande hydrologic restoration Follets Island habitat acquisition Midcoast habitat acquisition in Matagorda County Bahia Grande coastal corridor habitat acquisition Laguna Atascosa habitat acquisition Oyster restoration in the Galveston Bay system

The Texas TIG began this restoration planning effort by requesting project ideas from the public, governmental agencies, and stakeholders in June 2016. The Trustees considered more than 800 projects and proposed 13 preferred projects in the draft restoration plan published in May 2017. Under the settlement with BP, BP agreed to pay the Trustees for Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment up to $8.8 billion for restoration over 15 years to address natural resource injuries. This includes $238 million toward Texas’ restoration efforts. —TPWD

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GAME WARDEN BLOTTER PROPER PERMIT BUT WRONG LICENSE A Presidio County game warden was checking a hunting camp for game law compliance during the second day of pronghorn season when he came upon an out-ofstate hunter who had harvested a pronghorn. The hunter did possess a valid pronghorn permit. But, upon inspection of his hunting license, it was discovered that the hunter only purchased a Non-Resident Five Day Special Hunting License ($48). This license is valid for hunting small game, such as rabbits and squirrels, but not a pronghorn. A Non-Resident General Hunting License ($315) is required to hunt all big game animals in Texas. The hunter was cited for hunting without a valid license, received a warning for no hunter education certification, and the pronghorn was seized. The citation and civil restitution for the pronghorn are pending. UNWISELY SAVING DEER TAG FOR LATER A game warden responded to an Operation Game Thief call about a possible deer tagging violation. An anonymous caller reported a man had harvested a spike whitetailed deer on a Managed Lands Deer Permit lease, and left without properly tagging the animal. The warden was able to locate the hunter at a friend’s house where he was skinning the deer. After further investigation, the man admitted to not tagging the deer because he wanted to save the tag for a later time. Citations were issued and the case pending.

BAD TIMING At about 9 p.m., a Hunt County game warden received a call from a landowner about shots being fired from a county road near her home. The warden responded and soon located a truck with a spotlight being shined from the window. He stopped the vehicle and a brief investigation revealed the subjects inside were the ones shooting from the roadway. The warden seized three spotlights, two semiautomatic rifles and cartridge casings as evidence. As the warden was issuing citations to the group for hunting from a roadway,

GUILTY CONSCIENCE A game warden in Grimes County received a call from an individual who wanted to sit down and talk about multiple deer that he had taken illegally in recent years across multiple counties. During the interview, the individual admitted to three deer he had killed in Brazos County and multiple burglaries in several different counties. He also admitted to being a felon and was in possession of three different firearms during the time that the deer were taken. All cases linked to the burglary incidents have been turned over to the respective county investigators and charges of felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm are being pursued. DRIVER ACTED DRUNK BUT WASN’T A Montgomery County game warden responding to a possible intoxicated driver call found the subject passed out behind the wheel with his truck in park, motor running, and his foot fully pressing the accelerator in the middle of the road. It was

another vehicle pulled alongside. When the warden attempted to make contact with the occupants of the second vehicle, the driver shifted into reverse and began to flee. The warden was able to stop the fleeing vehicle a short distance away and an investigation turned up methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. A computer check revealed the male and female occupants inside the vehicle had both recently been released from prison. They were arrested on drug-related charges.

apparent that the driver had been that situation for some time as the vehicle’s engine was overheating. The warden turned off the truck engine and began speaking with the driver. The driver kept falling back asleep after answering questions, leading the warden to conclude this was a potential medical emergency. The warden radioed for EMS, who determined the man was having a diabetic episode. The driver recovered quickly after being treated by the medics. CUTTING GATE LOCK TO PREP FOR SEASON Game wardens were patrolling the Sam Houston National Forest when they noticed a restricted area had the lock cut and gate swung open. Upon further investigation, they found several people camping in the restricted area preparing for opening day of bow season. Several citations were issued. While exiting the area, the wardens noticed another vehicle in a restricted area. Upon contact with that driver, the wardens discovered the subject had

outstanding warrants for his arrest and was in possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested and transported to Montgomery County jail. ENTERED LAND TO FISH, DIDN’T GET THE CHANCE A Robertson County game warden responded to a trespassing call from a landowner reporting a subject on his property riding an ATV loaded with fishing gear. The landowner, who has ponds stocked with fish on the property, confronted the trespasser and told him to leave, but the individual refused. Upon arrival, the warden found the landowner, but the trespasser had gathered his fishing gear and fled the scene. The landowner wanted to pursue charges. While the warden was talking with the landowner, local police radioed they had stopped a man riding an ATV illegally on a public roadway a short distance away. The warden responded to that scene and made contact with the subject. The man admitted to riding down a public road

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have been fishing. Several other anglers at the jetty said the same. One of them called it an epic day for king mackerel. Peter Reynaldo and his wife, Violet, left with two large kings each, saying it one of the best days in the years they have been fishing. The couple said they fish as much as they can whenever time permits it. “These two kings were number 31 and 32 we have caught since July,” he said. “But today was a day to remember.” Doug Layton, another avid fisherman who also likes spearfishing off the extreme tip of the jetty, said he saw kings so close to the rocks as he has never experienced before. “I was fishing for mangrove snapper,” he said. “But the kings were right in front of Peter Reynaldo and his wife landed four kingfish on Oct. 15, when me right by the rock. I could anglers at the South Padre Island jetty saw schools of kings come not believe my eyes. I saw through. Photo by Tony Vindell, for Lone Star Outdoor News. one school after another.” Layton, who lives in San Benito, said he wished he would have been prepared for kings even though he got about 10 mangrove snappers, two of which were 20-inches long. “I have seen days when people catch kings on and off,” he said, “but I have never seen anything like this.” Layton said he saw people catching kings up and down the jetty and many others losing fish as they tried to bring them up the rocks. Meanwhile, Marquez and Olivares said they will come back again. “Gilbert and I are best friends and fish every weekend together,” Marquez said. “It’s funny that we actually met this summer fishing for kings.”

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More water for Meredith Channel cats thriving, walleye doing well Lone Star Outdoor News Lake Meredith has suffered from low water levels for years. Now, though, it’s on the rise, more water is coming in, and the fish are benefiting. According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Inland Fisheries, Panhandle Division, New Mexico’s Ute Reservoir began releasing water into the Canadian River that is making its way to Meredith. Under the Canadian River Compact (an agreement created by New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and the federal government in 1950) New Mexico does not have to release water until they exceed 205,000 acre-feet (the amount of water that would be required to cover 205,000 acres to a depth of 1 foot). The unusually wet summer has caused Ute to fill to capacity, which is 220,000 acre-feet. Under the Compact agreement, New Mexico will release 15,000 acre-feet of water (approximately 3 feet of water from Ute Reservoir). Officials are hoping for an additional 3- to 5-foot rise on Meredith. “With all the rain and runoff we have experienced, Meredith has currently risen to 72.5 feet,” said division biologist John Clayton. “By the time all that water has made it to Meredith, I am hopeful that we will be between 76 and 80 feet.” Meredith has been on a steady rise with rain runoff and overflow from the Ute Reservoir spillway. “Over the last three months, Meredith has come up 11 feet,” Clayton said. In understandable terms, the surface acreage covered by Meredith had been less than 6,000 acres. Now, it covers more than 7,000. “The additional surface acreage creates the good habitat for the fish,” Clayton said. Fish populations have been recovering nicely over the past few years, and fish stocked have responded well. “Last year, we saw a lot of walleye and a few big ones that survived the golden algae kills in 2011 and 2012,” Clayton said. “In 2015, we had a big water increase and brought in shad and bluegill from Greenbelt Reservoir, along with a few crappie. We stocked walleye in 2016 and again this year, and flathead catfish and smallmouth bass this year.” Clayton said channel catfish also survived the golden algae kills and are thriving in the lake. Largemouth bass are present and will spread, Clayton said. “Meredith is not ideal habitat for largemouth bass,” Clayton said. “It’s not a nutrientrich lake. The bass will reproduce faster than we could stock them.” The walleye, though, are doing great. “We stocked 3 million fry each year and they had really good survival,” Clayton said. “Most were between 7 and 11 inches last year and should be 10- to 15-inches long this year. By next summer, they should be a catchable size of 12 to 18 inches.” With water coming in from Ute Reservoir for another month and the lake sitting at a level of more than 74 feet, the record low of 26 feet in 2013 is a distant memory. The recovery of fish numbers and sizes will still take time, though. “It took years for the lake to get where it was,” Clayton said. “We can’t turn it around overnight — but it’s definitely on the right track.”

Surf anglers land 107 sharks at Sharkathon The 2017 Sharkathon took place Oct. 13-15, with a total of 107 sharks tagged and released and 107 shark fins clipped with all information sent to the Harte Research Institute for use in shark research. Shark: Ray Cedillo, 96-inch bull $20,000 Glenn Laskowski, 93.38-inch bull $10,000 David Crain, 91.63-inch bull $5,000 Most inches of shark: Phillip Ruhd, 684.63 inches Women: Jordan Piland, 71.25-inch blacktip Jennifer Baker, 68-inch bull Camille Cole, 61.25-inch blacktip Kids: Chloe Herrington, 67.5-inch bull Jackson Prince, 67-inch bull Michael Donovan, 62-inch bull Redfish: Armando Maqueda, 40.75 inches Nathan Chanyarlak, 40 inches Christoper Meza, 39.75 inches Trout: Robert Arnold, 24.75 inches Edward Hernandez, 23.38 inches Russell Book, 23 inches

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Ruger CotĂŠ, 10, shot his first archery deer while hunting with his dad, Lance.

Owen McCarn, 8, of Goldthwaite shot his first deer hunting with Warren Blesh of the RRR Ranch. He used a .300 Blackout to make the 85-yard shot.

Robert Excobedo caught this redfish fishing with Capt. Javier Castillo.

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Sellmark CEO named “Great Woman of Texas” Sellmark Corporation’s CEO Dianna Sellers was honored as one of the Fort Worth Business Press’ “Great Women of Texas.” A total of 25 women were selected. The Mansfield-based optics company has seen vast growth in 2017, starting up a new European office in Bulgaria earlier this year. The event honors outstanding Texas women for their significant accomplishments in business as well as their civic and social contributions. On the heels of Sellers’ award, Sightmark, a Sellmark comDianna Sellers pany, won two 2017 Brilliance Awards from Optics Planet. One was for best boresighter, the Sightmark OPMOD G.U.M.B. Limited Edition Green Universal Boresight. Another was for Night Vision, the Sightmark Ghost Hunter Night Vision Goggle Kit. —Sellmark Corporation

Big pig harvested Just 20 yards from his home in Union Grove in East Texas, Joe Clowers shot a feral hog that weighed in at 416 pounds. The huge hog had been ravaging the food plot Clowers maintains for deer and Clowers felt it was eating fawns. —Staff report

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Time 3:44 PM 12:35 AM 1:06 AM 1:30 AM 1:51 AM 2:10 AM 2:29 AM 2:49 AM 3:10 AM 2:34 AM 3:01 AM 3:30 AM 12:17 AM 1:42 AM 2:30 PM

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Texas Coast Tides

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travels to Rollover each fall just to catch flounder. “We’re from Taylor up in the Hill Country and there are no flounder to be caught up there. That’s why we’re here. The fishing is easy. We’re using Carolina rigs with live finger mullet or fresh-caught shad. Live shrimp are good, too. We’ve caught them up to about 4 pounds. Everything is on the outgoing tide.” At Sabine Pass, the flounder bite has been good for the past couple of weeks, according to guide Jerry Norris. “It’s good, but with the cold fronts moving through catches of flounder will only get much better,” he said. “Right now, the best catches are in the pass. But as the water temperatures begin to Flounder gigging and fishing is improving along the midcoast. fall, flounder will stack up at the Photo by Robert Sloan. mouths of bayous feeding into the lake. The best places to fish in the pass are off points, around the ers, mixed in with an occasional 5- to barges and up the inlets along the Louisi- 6-pounder. The bigger flounder will show ana shoreline. A chartreuse or white Gulp up in December. That’s when we’ll have on a 1/8-ounce jig head is tough to beat.” a 3- to 4-pound average with some up to Flounder gigging has been good on 7 pounds.” East and West Matagorda bays, accordDon’t forget about the change in flouning to Kylie Griffith with Harbor Bait and der regulations for November and DeTackle. cember. The daily bag is five fish except “Catches of flounder are slowly picking from Nov. 1-30, when the daily limit is up,” Griffith said. “Cooler weather will two and flounder may be taken only by get the run to going. Right now, most of rod and reel. From Dec. 1-14, the limit is the flounder are being caught with live two flounder that may be taken by any shrimp.” legal means, including gigging. The minAt Port O’Connor, guide Bobby Lam- imum length is 14 inches. bright says gigging has been good, but The state record flounder weighed 13 the high water has been making it tough pounds and was 28 inches long. It was to see flounder. caught on Sabine Lake by Herbert Endi“With the high tides, I’m gigging the cott on Feb. 18, 1976. most flounder behind the weed lines,” he said. “They are way up past the areas where we usually see them. As it is we’re getting a good number of 3-pound-

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board. That’s a boat that normally does not run in skinny water. “The flats off the many islands here are normally off limits for my boat,” Cash said. “But high tides with 2 to 3 feet of water have flooded areas that are usually high and dry. Over the past few weeks I’ve been fishing live finger mullet up close to the flooded mangroves. Reds, trout and even big sheepshead are using the flooded mangroves as ambush areas. I’ve also been finding lots of reds in flooded grass. Pass Cavallo has been holding good numbers of reds that are up over what is normally dry sand. “There is no telling how long the high tides will continue, but it’s fun fishing for big boats that can’t normally fish the flooded mangroves.” Capt. Curtiss Cash Capt. John Little

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Longview man arrows 60-year-old alligator gar Isaac Avery, of Longview, set a water body record with his alligator gar landed on Sept. 9. The gar weighed 197 pounds and was 7.39-feet long. Avery caught the gar bowfishing in the Brazos River. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department research biologists confirmed the alligator gar is 60 years old, among the oldest fish aged and documented by the department. After noticing a TPWD research tag left of the fish’s dorsal fin, Avery called TPWD Inland Fisheries district biologist Michael Baird, who had previously tagged the fish in March 2012. According to Baird, tags returned by anglers provide biologists with information on harvest, abundance, size structure and survival. “I tagged this fish near Tawakoni Creek, a large Brazos River tributary just down from Waco, back in March 2012 while doing a mark-recapture study,” Baird said. “It appears she hadn’t moved much since we tagged her in 2012, and she grew approximately 65 mm (2.55 inches) since tagging.” Baird assisted the anglers with locating a scale big enough to weigh the fish at the Brazos Feed and Supply Store. After weighing the fish, taking measurements and collecting the otoliths (bony structures found in the alligator gar’s inner ear), the data was

sent to the Heart of the Hills Fisheries Science Center (HOHFSC), where researchers are conducting studies to learn more about key population characteristics of alligator gar. Researchers then used the otoliths to age the fish by counting growth rings similar to those on a tree. “We aged the fish at 60, which indicates it hatched in 1957,” said research biologist David Buckmeier. “I looked at the gauge data from Waco around that time and there was a huge flood from April to July in 1957. What we’ve seen is that fish over the age of 50 typically come from times when these huge flood pulses occurred, and those events likely create giant year classes of these fish.” According to Buckmeier, alligator gar typically do not spawn every year but prefer spawning habitat created by seasonal inundation of low-lying areas of vegetation – like the floods of 1957. Research on the Trinity River confirmed that the years of highest reproductive success of alligator gar coincided with years of good spring rains. The state bowfishing record is held by Marty McClellan for alligator gar in 2001 with an 8-foot, 290-pound fish from the Trinity River. The world record, caught in Mississippi in 2011, weighed 327 pounds. —TPWD


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Scott Shultz was named president and CEO of NovX Ammunition.

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Rasmusson promoted at MarineMax MarineMax promoted Jay Rasmusson to regional president, overseeing stores in Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma and Georgia.

ASA names president Glenn Hughes will become the president of the American Sportfishing Association on April 1, 2018. Hughes is currently vice president for industry relations for ASA.

Geiger named editor-in-chief John Geiger was named editorin-chief of Outdoor Sportsman Group Publishing’s Game & Fish magazine.

New ammo for pheasant hunters Rio Royal Pheasant has been introduced in copper-plated shot in sizes, 4, 5 and 6 with downrange speeds of 1,400 feet per second.

Mote hires PR manager Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium has welcomed Shelby Isaacson as its new public relations manager.

New ED at YSSA The Youth Shooting Sports Alliance Cyndi Flannigan as its new executive director.

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Venison frittata 2 tbsps. vegetable oil 1/2 pound ground venison Cajun seasoning 8 ozs. of mushrooms, chopped Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1/2 cup onion, chopped 1/2 cup sweet red pepper 1 container egg substitute 2 eggs Green onion, diced 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese Place the oil, venison and mushrooms in a large, nonstick skillet. Sprinkle with Cajun seasoning, salt and pepper and sauté until the venison has

browned. Add onions and red peppers and continue cooking until barely tender. Whisk the egg substitute and the eggs in a bowl, then pour over the meat and vegetables. Stir gently. Reduce the heat to low, cover the skillet and cook until eggs are set around the edges, about five minutes. Sprinkle with cheese and green onions and place under the broiler until cheese is melted and slightly browned. Let the frittata stand for a minute or two before cutting into wedges. —Ohio DNR

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Fresh vegetables of choice Finely chop peppers and garlic. Put in a small bowl, then cut the lime in half and squeeze juice and pulp into the bowl. Add 4 to 6 tbsps. of Thai fish sauce to taste. Add sugar and whisk until dissolved. Set aside.

Scale freshly caught drum thoroughly, leaving skin on. Remove entrails and gills, let soak in very cold water. Prepare a fire using oak wood or a grill. Insert a lemon slice into the fish cavity and pin in place with a toothpick. Lightly salt the fish on both sides before grilling. Grill until the flesh is opaque. Lightly sprinkle the Spicy Thai Sauce on the fish and rice. —Wisconsin DNR


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White-fronted goose numbers are up slightly this year. Goose season opens Nov. 4 in both the East and West zones. Photo by James Richards.

Department, said antler quality may dip a little this season, but there are still a lot of deer. “It’s going to be an average year for quality with pockets of above-average deer,” Cain said. “It was so hot and dry in July and August, it may have impacted fawn survival to some degree.” The conditions now, though, for deer are excellent, making early season hunting tougher. “Everything is really green, in South Texas stuff is still blooming,” Cain said. “The Hill Country is full of acorns — the deer don’t have to move anywhere to eat. Hunting will improve when it gets cold and the forbs go dormant.” While the first part of the season may be best for projects, hunters might just get lucky in the first few weeks. “We still have about 4.2 million deer in the state,” Cain said. “That’s a bunch of deer.” Hunters who prefer water and the shotgun over the rifle or bow will head out, depending on where they hunt in the state,

either Nov. 4 or 11. “We expect about the same number of ducks and geese as last year,” said Dave Morrison, deputy division director at TPWD. “The numbers of pintail and scaup are down, but most of the other species are either up or about the same. “The good news is, with the exception of pintail and scaup, all of the species are above their long-term average.” Morrison said he expects a season similar to last year. “Harvey wreaked havoc but the coastal habitat has recovered faster than anticipated,” he said. Snow goose numbers are expected to be about the same as last year, while whitefronted geese may be up “just a touch,” Morrison said. If deer hunters depend on the weather, waterfowl hunters may depend on colder temperatures, especially to the north, even more.

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“Our combined effort is extremely important to help support forest management which promotes healthy wildlife populations and vibrant forests.” —NWTF

CSF event draws dignitaries The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation partnered with CSF Board Member Richard Childress of Richard Childress Racing to host the 13th Annual “Wine, Wheels & Wildlife” regional event in Lexington, North Carolina. This event gathered numerous leaders from the sportsmen’s community, NASCAR representatives, and other CSF partners, to discuss successes and challenges facing sportsmen and women in the southeastern region. Speakers ranged from CSF Board Member Richard Childress and Board Chairman Paul Miller, to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and keynote speaker Ed Byers, a U.S. Navy SEAL who received the Medal of Honor last year. Donald Trump Jr. also was in attendance. More than $1 million was raised at the event. —CSF

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Commission director to step down

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WASHINGTON

Serial poachers caught A group of eight people illegally killed dozens of animals over two years in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in southwest Washington. Using photos, videos, text messages and social media communications, Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife investigators said bears, bobcats and elk were killed. Since August, the Skamania County prosecutor has charged eight people with 191 criminal counts, including 33 felony charges. The same suspects are facing poaching charges in Oregon. A total of 27 buck deer heads were seized. —WDFW

MINNESOTA

700-pound black bear Wil Johnson of Roseau shot a black bear that unofficially weighed 721 pounds. He was hunting a patch of river bottom on his family’s land in Roseau County. Johnson used a .270 rifle for the 25-yard shot. After getting help to load the bear in a trailer, the bear was weighed on a truck scale at a seed company, that weighed in 20-pound increments. —Staff report

OHIO

NWTF honored by forestry division The Ohio Department of Natural Resources selected the National Wild Turkey Federation as an inductee to the Division of Forestry’s Forest of Honor. The NWTF was nominated due to its significant contributions to the advancement of forestry within Ohio. “The NWTF and its nearly 8,000 members and volunteers across the state are honored to be such a valued partner to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources as we ensure we have healthy forests for our current and future generations,” said Jason Lupardus, NWTF Midwest conservation field manager.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Still target championships test turkey shooters The Still Target Championships began as a way for hunters and the turkey hunting industry to showcase new technology and define best practices for patterning a shotgun and achieving ethical turkey hunting conditions. Competitors shoot three turkey loads at paper turkey targets 40 yards away to try to achieve the highest pellet count possible within a 3-inch circle. Joseph Sloan, who has been shooting since he started hunting with his dad at age 5, shattered the previous record of 63 in the 12-Gauge Open Class, shooting an 80. The 20-Gauge Hunter Class record was the second to fall. Cody Waters broke the previous record of 23 by shooting a 35. Chris Scott broke the record in the 20-Gauge Open Class by posting a mark of 39. —NWTF

GEORGIA

State record blue catfish Richard Barrett, of Axson, landed a 93 pound blue catfish, topping the previous state record of 80 pounds, 4 ounces, caught in 2010. Barrett hooked the fish on the Altamaha River on Oct. 14 using a live channel catfish caught earlier in the day as bait. Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division fisheries biologist Tim Bonvechio aged the fish at 14 years old, which indicates a good growth rate. —GDNR

UTAH

Pheasant numbers up The number of wild birds is up this fall, more than 10,000 pen-reared pheasants will be released on public hunting areas, and the hunt on private land will be longer than last year. Utah’s 2017 general pheasant hunt runs Nov. 4-Dec. 3 on both private and public land. “Chick production was above average this spring so wild bird numbers are up. In addition, more than pen-reared 10,000 pheasants will be released on 54 public hunting areas before each weekend of the season. —Utah DNR

NATIONWIDE

Shooting programs skyrocket The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation said a record number of athletes and coaches have registered for their Scholastic Clay Target Program and Scholastic Action Shooting Program, as of Sept. 30, over any previous year. The annual season for the two programs runs from Sept. 1 through August 31 each year. SCTP saw a 97 percent increase over 2016 coach registrations and a 67 percent increase in athlete registrations. “SCTP is seeing a significant increase and early registration in new members and teams across the country, specifically Texas, South Carolina and Minnesota,” said Tom Wondrash, SCTP National Director. SASP had a 58 percent increase in coach registrations and a 34 percent increase in athlete registrations. —NSSF


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Bill Wilcox, the host of the Honey Hole All Outdoors television show, has spent a lot of time fishing on Monticello, and agreed with White. “I think the shutdown will be good in the long run,” he said. “The bass don’t get to be giants in the warm water, and the Florida genetics are there.” Wilcox said the lake shouldn’t have to be maintained at a constant level once the power plant is shut down. “The water level can fluctuate,” he said. “Plus they can cut down on control of the grass. It’ll be tougher in the wintertime, but better throughout the year.”

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