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South Zone dove to open earlier Other regs change, air gun rules rescinded for now Lone Star Outdoor News The South Zone dove season will see its earliest opening day in seven decades, after changes were ap-

proved at the May meeting of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. This year, the general dove season will open Sept. 14, the earliest starting date in the South Zone since 1950. The South Zone’s two-weekend “special white-winged dove season” will be open the first two weekends

in September. Hunters who wish to use air guns or air bows to hunt big game will have to wait until August for a decision from the commission. After reevaluating a proposal that would permit the use of air guns and arrow guns to take certain game animals, game birds, alligators, and furbearers, the commis-

sion rescinded the previous rule adopted in March and requested staff to modify their recommendations and propose new rules to be considered by the commission in August. Commission chairman Ralph Duggins told Lone Star Outdoor News he had received several reports of the ineffectiveness of some of the rifles or bows using compressed air Please turn to page 7

The general dove season will begin Sept. 14 in the South Zone this season. Photo by Lone Star Outdoor News.

Prime time for bluegill Creek, river fishing away from the crowds By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News June is bluegill month in Texas. The late spawners create visible nests, often congregate at spawning beds and are easy to catch on a worm, fly or small lure. According to Texas Parks and Wildlife DepartPlease turn to page 19

Anglers young and old enjoy dropping a worm for sunfish each June, when the fish spawn and actively defend beds. Photos by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

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Kingfish off to early start Fish landed on lures, live or fresh dead baits By Robert Sloan

King mackerel action is off to a good start this spring, with catches reported offshore and near jetties. Photo by Robert Sloan.

The invasion of king mackerel came on in a hurry this spring. With water temperatures in the upper 70s and 80s, a lot of bait is in the water and the kings are chowing down.

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Freshwater Fishing Report . Page 10

HUNTING

FISHING

Game Warden Blotter . . . . Page 12

Quail debate (P. 4)

Sharks and fish stringers (P. 9)

Effects of parasites examined.

Wader loses fish.

Colors for hog lights (P. 5)

Catfish hot at Lake O’ the Pines (P. 15)

Some hunters try different approach.

Hitting cheese bait in timber.

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Capt. Jake Mynier said the fishing out of Port Aransas has been excellent for kings over the past few weeks. “We’re catching a lot of them in close around the ships in 55 to 60 feet of water,” Mynier said. “But the bigger kings are out around the rocks at Southern, Hospital and Aransas in 250 feet of water.” Both dead and live baits are good. When conditions are right,


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East Texans head west for axis Father and son make memories on unfamiliar terrain By Nate Skinner

For Lone Star Outdoor News A change of scenery can provide hunters with a new perspective, not to mention opportunities to harvest different species of animals. These type of opportunities inspired Wade Goodale and his father, Bobby, to travel west of their East Texas stomping grounds in pursuit of trophy axis bucks. Goodale, a 34-year-old Palestine resident, and his 65-year-old father, of Cleveland, found themselves on a 10,000-acre ranch about 30 miles west of Junction over the Memorial Day weekend, thanks to an invite from one of Goodale’s father’s coworkers. The hunt began on Thursday afternoon when they started off their adventure by sitting in box stands overlooking feeders and watering holes. “It was extremely hot sitting in a stand during the afternoon hours,” Goodale said. “I saw some whitetails on that Thursday afternoon hunt, but the only

axis I saw moved through the area I was hunting right at dark when there was not enough light to take an ethical shot. I decided I would try stalking them the next morning rather than sitting stationary in a blind.” The next morning, Goodale drove the property, stopping to listen for roars from an axis buck calling does. “At one stop, I heard a buck call nearby, so I began to close the distance between him and I on foot while staying concealed within heavy cover,” he said. “I never heard the buck call again, but I could hear the rattling of antlers from bucks fighting nearby. I continued to travel in the direction of this commotion.” Goodale was walking uphill when he came to an area that had a mesquite thicket adjacent to a prickly pear flat. “I could see bucks fighting within the thicket, and there were several does along the flat to the right,” he said. “Then, all of a sudden some of the does in the flat began to spook and run off as if they saw me moving or something. The bucks in the thicket stopped fighting and started to run off with the does. When a big one came barreling Please turn to page 6

Wade Goodale left his Palestine home to hunt axis west of Junction and harvested this nice buck. Photo from Wade Goodale.

Parasites in quail causing a stir Research facility, state agency at odds

Catch-and-release rhino hunt for conservation Bisbee’s hosts event to help species

By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News Since 2009, the Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch has studied the eyeworm (Oxyspirura petrowi) in quail in West Texas. Beginning in 2011, quail were collected across 35 counties in West Texas and western Oklahoma. A bobwhite quail is examined at the Rolling Since 2012, RPQRR has worked with Plains Quail Research Ranch. Photo by Dr. Ron Kendall at the Wildlife Toxi- David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News. cology Lab at Texas Tech University “There are no studies that can attrito assess eyeworm impacts on quail. In addition, the lab has expanded bute increased mortality of bobwhites surveillance of the presence of cecal to eyeworm parasites,” Wiley said. Oklahoma’s assistant wildlife deworm and impacts on quail in the partment director Wade Free said Rolling Plains. The emphasis on parasites resulted quail are a boom or bust species, and in at least one state agency question- added: “We don’t have enough baseline ing the suggestions of RPQRR’s redata over time to equate eyeworms to search. In April, the Oklahoma Department population declines. We are embarkof Wildlife Conservation issuesd a re- ing on some testing for a multitude of lease stating “no scientific evidence things — parasites and disease — over exists to support a widely held public time that will give us a baseline. When opinion that eyeworms are to blame we have upswings or downturns as to for an unexpected decline in the num- what that might relate back to.” At its April 30 meeting, the RPQRF ber of these game birds this past year.” ODWC upland game biologist Board of Directors adopted the folDerek Wiley said eyeworms in quail lowing language, in part, as its official have been reported since 1961. The stance on its quail parasite research: existence of these parasites is nothing new to researchers. Please turn to page 13

On May 12, Bisbee’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Fund along with Daggaboy Safaris of South Africa hosted a “catchand-release” conservation dart-hunt for a white rhino. In what was an auction fundraiser, Canadian businessman Brian Walley and Texas businessman Luis Zumaeta teamed up and their winning $21,000 bid won them the opportunity to successfully hunt and dart a white rhino at a reserve just outside the town of Polokwane, in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. The proceeds from the hunt go towards BF&WCF’s wildlife conservation efforts. The world’s rhino populations have been decimated in recent years by an es- Brian Walley stalked and darted this white rhinoceros in South Africa, calating amount of illegal poaching. The and the money for the hunt went to rhino conservation efforts. The rhino black market value of up to $400,000 for was then tranquilized, examined and a microchip was placed in its horn. a single horn puts the entire species in Photo from Bisbee’s. peril. Led by Daggaboy Safaris owner and Professional Hunter Gerhard Vos, Brian Walley was elected to hunt and deploy a color pigmented “vita-dart” which is similar to a paintball gun with a beneficial vitamin mixture added. After identifying the exact animal, the hunt began. In what became a two-hour stalk covering over 3 miles of tracking in thick brush, Walley finally got within the gun’s 40-yard effective shooting range, aimed and successfully darted the rhino’s front left shoulder. Per South African law, only a licensed veterinarian can shoot the actual tranquilizer dart into a rhino, and once the colored dart had hit its mark, the helicopter airborn team, headed by rhino-expert veterinarian Dr. Thinus Loggenberg could identify the animal from the air and come in for the tranquilizer Please turn to page 6


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Light choices for hog hunting Some hunters switch colors periodically By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News There are many scientific, and not-so scientific, opinions on what hogs can and cannot see. The science, though, is fairly clear. Hogs are red color blind and, to a lesser extent, color blind to green and yellow. Hog hunters often hunt at night, when the feral hogs are often out feeding more predictably. Some use a light that shines from beneath a feeder. Others use more complex system of lights that illuminate the area where the hogs are feeding from a distance. Still others use tactical flashlights

to illuminate the target once it has been identified. Most manufacturers sell a variety of colors, including red, green, yellow and amber. Can the hogs see the light at all? Being color blind, they do see the cone-shaped illumination not as red or green, but as gray and unnatural in the night environment. So what color should hunters use? Hogman Outdoors, based in Cypress, recommends green lights, for the balance of brightness. If the light is too bright, you risk spooking the animal. If it’s not bright enough, you risk being unable to properly identify the animal. Green lights also are

easier for the human eye, as the human eye is more receptive to green rather than red light. Other hunters prefer red lights, although many hunters, regardless of what color light is being used, insist on shining the light above the hogs and slowly bringing the light down; or flashing the light on and off several times before focusing the light on the hogs, to purportedly get the hogs accustomed to the light. A growing group of hunters, though, believe switching colors between red, green and amber is the key. Thomas Carlson of Lightforce, a manufacturer of handheld lights and LED bars, said an increasing number of hunters are reporting success by changing the colors of

the lights they use. “Hogs are pretty smart and they adapt pretty quickly,” Carlson said. “The hunters believe the hogs get used to the light spectrum, and when you come at them with something a little different, like green or amber, they are less likely to spook.” The color of the handheld lights can be changed by the push of a button, but on the LED light bars, Carlson said the company has received a growing number of requests for the bars in a variety of colors. Robert Villegas of Big Pig Lights, of Katy, said different colored lights can work better in different situations. “The green lights are brighter to the human eye, but tend to cast

shadows more,” he said. “The pigs can’t see the green, but they can see the shadows. Red lights don’t cast as much of a shadow that could spook the hogs.” Villegas said in thick brush or areas that aren’t clear and open, he recommends the red light for that reason. “But most of the time, if hog hasn’t been hunted before, green works,” he said. “It’s all situational; there’s not one magic solution for the whole thing.” Stan Chism has hunted hogs for years in West Texas, and now prefers using thermal imaging to locate and stalk hogs. When he uses a light, though, he prefers green, but not because of the hogs. “I can see better using green Please turn to page 27

Lyssy & Eckel adds location Feed manufacturer Lyssy & Eckel added its fifth location in Roosevelt in Kimble County, southeast of San Angelo. The store was formerly the Simon Brothers Mercantile that has been open since the early 1900s, and includes a full supply of hunting and ranching supplies, along with the Back Door Café. Lyssey & Eckel is headquartered in Poth, and has stores in George West, Hondo and Llano, along with feed dealers across Texas. —Staff report

DU State Convention coming to Grapevine Ducks Unlimited will hold its state convention at the Hilton DFW Lakes in Grapevine June 22-23. Events will include a morning bass tournament, business meetings, kids pool party and a dinner/casino night on June 22; followed by an awards luncheon, conservation round table and the Texas Gala on June 23. —DU

Archery camp at Cinnamon Creek Ranch As part of its Kids Summer Programs, Cinnamon Creek Ranch in Roanoke will hold its Summer Camp June 25-28. Each day from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., kids will participate in 3D archery trail hunts, target competitions, trail exploration adventures and play archery tag. Register by calling (817) 4398998. The cost is $85 per child. —Cinnamon Creek Ranch

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was also placed into the horn of the animal. Various vaccinations were also dispensed. “We had an incredible, life-changing time,” the two hunters said. “We got to be hunters, conservationists, and philanthropists all at the same time. This is an awesome cause and we’re honored to be a part of it.” During their African rhino safari, the team was also able to visit the BF&WCF’s Nkwe Tactical Training Academy, an antirhino poaching ranger training base located nearby, on the Thaba Nkwe Reserve. There, project director Simon Rood gave a training facility tour that included various live-fire demonstrations to show how raw recruits are turned into fully certified, operational field rangers.

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out of the brush, I yelled in a last-ditch effort to get his attention. The trick worked and stopped him long enough for me to make a good shot with my .270.” The axis was an old warrior, with a puncture hole on one side of neck and scar on the other. “If he wasn’t the bull of the woods, he sure thought he was.” Goodale said. The next morning, Goodale spotted some does on the road near the same area he harvested his buck the previous day. He began stalking them on foot by heading in the direction they were moving. At one point during his pursuit, a single doe saw him and froze while facing him headBobby Goodale used his .25-06 to take his axis buck on. “I was able to keep my composure and from a blind. Photo from Wade Goodale. make a tough shot on the doe while she was facing me,” he said. Goodale’s father also got in on the action with his .25-06. He stayed with the stationary approach and was finally rewarded with an axis buck and doe while overlooking a water* ing hole from multiple stands.

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to propel an arrow, crossbow bolt or bullet to bring down feral hogs. Duggins felt the matter required additional examination by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department staff. Currently, the only game animal that may be legally hunted with air guns or air bows are squirrels, although air bow and rifles are legal for taking exotics and nongame animals such as feral hogs. Under the rule the TPW Commission stripped from the regulations package, air bows firing an arrow/bolt that meets Texas Parks and Wildlife definitions as legal when used in a traditional bow or crossbow and air guns firing a .30 caliber or larger bullet would have been legal to use beginning with the 2018-19 seasons. These “pre-charged pneumatic” devices would have been allowed only during the general hunting seasons; air bows will not be allowed during archery-only hunting seasons. Keith Warren, an outdoor television host and air gun proponent, said the key with an air rifle is no different from the key to shooting a standard rifle. “It’s all about shot placement,” he said. Considerations at the commission’s August meeting could include requirements aimed at increasing the gun’s lethality such as increasing minimum bore size, setting minimum muzzle energy of projectiles and requiring projectiles fired from big-bore air rifles be cable of expanding upon impact with a target. Other regulation changes: • Shorten the eastern spring turkey hunting season in Bowie, Cass, Fannin, Grayson, Jasper, Lamar, Marion, Nacogdoches, Newton, Panola, Polk, Red River, and Sabine by one week while retaining the current closing date of May 14. The commission also approved closing the Eastern turkey season in Upshur and San Augustine counties. • Open in Lynn County a 9-day buck-

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Late spring is fish stocking time By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News Inland Fisheries biologists with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department have been busy this spring, stocking Texas lakes with fish for the future. Why are they so busy in the spring? “That’s when the hatchery produces the fish, and when they get the fish ready to go, it’s too risky for them to hold onto them,” said biologist Michael Baird with the Waco division. “The fry are available within weeks after the spawn. And the fingerlings have to be held longer, but

once they reach 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 inches long, they want to get rid of them.” Baird also said spring is when zooplankton, what the fry and fingerlings feed on, are most prominent. The Tyler division recently stocked 140,000 hybrid striped bass in Lake Tawakoni. At Lake Waco, the Waco division stocked hybrid fingerlings, and plans to study whether the sunshine (male striper/female white bass) or palmetto (female striper/male white bass) perform better. “The anglers won’t be able to tell the difference,” biologist John Tibbs said on

a video of the stocking. “But we will test them over the next three-four years to see if one is superior to the other.” The Waco division also stocked 600,000 striper fry in Lake Granbury; 1.2 million striper fry in Lake Whitney; and 90,000 Florida largemouth bass in Tradinghouse Reservoir. The San Angelo division stocked 181,000 Florida largemouth bass at O.H. Ivie Reservoir, while the College Station/ Houston division stocked 105,000 Florida largemouths at Lake Conroe and 60,000 hybrids at Lake Somerville. “We put them around habitat, at ConPlease turn to page 27

TPWD biologists and technicians have been stocking largemouth bass and hybrids in a number of lakes this spring. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

Using a mud boat for reds

Ryan Welch uses his Go-Devil surface drive boat to get off the grid and find redfish away from the crowds. Photo by Nate Skinner, for Lone Star Outdoor News.

Avoiding crowds, finding schooling fish By Nate Skinner

For Lone Star Outdoor News Ryan Welch prefers to maneuver to locations off the beaten path and avoid the weekend crowds — one of the reasons he owns a mud boat. Getting off the grid, so to speak, has put him on some prime redfish action. Welch, a Galveston County resident who grew up in Texas City, now lives in Santa Fe. The

30-year-old originally bought his 18-foot, 44-inch-wide Go-Devil boat for duck hunting. “My boat is powered by a 35-horsepower surface drive engine,” Welch said. “The hull has a soft chine, meaning the edges of it are rounded. This enables the boat to make sharp turns and weave in and out of the sloughs and creeks, and winding bayous within shallow marshes.” After getting accustomed to the boat, Welch realized in addition to reaching some less pressured waters to hunt waterfowl,

he could use the boat to explore some pristine fishing grounds untouchable by the majority of anglers. This motivated him to add a 55-pound thrust trolling motor to the rig. “Once I added the trolling motor, my buddies and I started running the back lakes and marshes of the Galveston Bay complex pretty regularly,” Welch said. “We found we could reach areas where many others could simply not go. Before too long, sight-casting to reds in the remote ponds of back marshes became an addiction.”

Over Memorial Day weekend, Welch took advantage of his vessel’s shallow water capabilities and fished in the far back reaches of Greens Lake in West Galveston Bay. “I wanted to get out and go fishing, but knew there would be a ton of other folks on the water with the exact same desire, so I decided to run my mud boat to the back of Greens and see if there were any redfish feeding,” he said. When he entered the mouth, he could tell it was going to be a good evening of fishing.

“Birds were working in Greens Lake proper, and I knew there would be more activity in the shallows near the back of the satellite bay,” he said. After navigating to the northeast portion of the marsh, Welch spotted a group of gulls and terns hovering over the water where a school of reds was feeding along the surface. “I killed the engine a few hundred yards away, and approached it by stealthily easing up towards the school of fish with the trolling motor,” he said. Please turn to page 21

Slot limits removed from several lakes Lone Star Outdoor News Changes to the Texas fishing regulations adopted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission at its May meeting included simplifying special largemouth bass regulations on several Texas lakes. The following lakes will shift from their current slot limits to the standard statewide largemouth daily size and bag limit. Bridgeport Bryan Photo by Lone Star Outdoor News

Burke-Crenshaw Cooper Georgetown Granbury Madisonville Old Mount Pleasant City Possum Kingdom Ratcliff San Augustine Sweetwater The slot limits were modified on three lakes from a 14-24-inch slot to a 16-24-inch slot, mean-

ing anglers may only keep bass 16 inches or less or 24 inches or longer: Fayette County Gibbons Creek Lake Monticello

over 16 inches if the angler wants to keep one for the ShareLunker program: Purtis Creek State Park Lake Lake Raven

The harvest of small largemouth from two state park lakes managed as trophy bass fisheries and currently under catch-andrelease only restrictions will be allowed, with a 16-inch maximum, with an exception for one fish

Lake Bellwood, which had an 18-inch minimum, and Davy Crockett Lake, which had a 1418-inch slot, also will move to the 16-inch maximum.


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Wading with the sharks is risky business By Robert Sloan

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The new V8 XTO offshore outboards each generate 425 horsepower. Photo by Yamaha.

By Dan Armitage

For Lone Star Outdoor News Yamaha Marine loosed the most horses to date in late May and Lone Star Outdoor News was on hand for the rodeo that ensued at their proving waters in Alabama, putting their largest outboard ever through its paces. Unveiling a new platform for the forward-thinking outboard manufacturer, Yamaha premiered their new V8 XTO Offshore outboard, a direct injection, 5.6-liter brute generating 425 horsepower. More than a mere new outboard, “This is an integrated outboard system,” said Ben Speciale, Yamaha Marine Group president at the press conference announcing the XTO, “designed to push the heaviest offshore boats and yachts.

“Combine it with the latest generation of Helm Master and Yamaha’s CL7 display, and you have benefits offered nowhere else.” The XTO was designed from the propeller up, as the prop is where the rubber meets the road, so to speak, for pushing the heaviest boats when size definitely matters. To complement the torque potential of their new V8 Offshore outboard, Yamaha designed a new line of XTO propellers with increased blade surface in diameters of 16 to 17.5 inches to produce massive thrust in both forward and reverse. A larger prop requires a stronger gear case and a more powerful power head, which Yamaha answered with 5.6 liters, oversized gear case and the first-ever outboard application of direct fuel injection Please turn to page 15

Summer wading can be risky business along the Texas coast. There are stingrays to contend with, flesh-eating bacteria and, of course, sharks. The summer sharks have been numerous in the bays this late spring, even up shallow in about 3 feet of water. When you are dragging a stringer with kicking fish and a shark is lurking, the shark may very well choose to take advantage of an easy meal. Longtime Port O’Connor angler Darrell Staff recently had a nightmare of an encounter with a shark he estimated to be 8-feet long. “I was wading in about waist-deep water and had some trout on my stringer,” Staff said. “Next thing you know, I’m getting yanked sideways down into the water. I reached to pull on the stringer and this big shark comes out of the water shaking its head. I could clearly see the float from my stringer in the shark’s mouth. I had the stringer tied to my wading belt. That’s something I’ll never do again. I eventually got the stringer and the shredded fish back.” Some of the sharks running the flats in the bays are pretty big — capable of chomping down on a 35-pound jack and cutting it in two. Andy Clinton, 66, is from Brenham and does a fair amount of wading. While fishing along Matagorda Island, he made a cast, hooked up and immediately knew he had a jack. “There’s no mistaking a jack,” he said. “When they hit a lure, they just keep on going. But with this one the line suddenly went limp but was connected to something. Turns out it was half of what was left of a jack weighing about 35 pounds. I

Andy Clinton was reeling in this jack crevalle while wade-fishing when a shark bit it in half. Photo by Robert Sloan.

had reeled in the top half of that fish. We were in about waist-deep water. The shark that hit that jack had to be pretty big.” Louisiana anglers are long familiar with aggressive sharks. Dr. Curtis Thorpe, of Beaumont, was wading with some buddies on the east end of the Chandeleur Islands when the guy next to him started thrashing around in the water and yelling. “I thought he had been hit by a stingray,” said Thorpe, who is an orthopedic surgeon. “I got closer and could see blood Please turn to page 13


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TEXAS FRESHWATER FISHING REPORT ALAN HENRY: Water clear main lake, stained up the river; 72 degrees main lake, 77 up the creeks; 5.73’ low. Black bass are good on top-waters, 7-inch worms and stick worms. Crappie are slow. Catfish are slow. AMISTAD: Water murky; 85-89 degrees; 29.45’ low. Black bass are good on green tubes, stick worms and spinnerbaits in 15-45 feet. Striped bass are good on redfins. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and trolling hellbender crankbaits. Catfish are slow. ARROWHEAD: Water fairly clear; 79-85 degrees; 1.63’ low. Black bass are fair on Senkos, Texas rigs and chrome lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and nightcrawlers. ATHENS: Water lightly stained; 81-86 degrees; 0.01’ high. Black bass are fair on flukes, hollow-body frogs and Texas-rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait. AUSTIN: Water stained; 79-84 degrees; 0.79’ low. Black bass are good on top-waters early, later switching to Texas rigs, Carolina rigs and stick worms. Sunfish are fair to good on cut nightcrawlers. Catfish are good on live bait and nightcrawlers. BASTROP: Water stained; 84-88 degrees. Black bass are good on crankbaits, spinner baits and soft plastic worms and lizards. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are very good on live bait, frozen shrimp and stink bait. BELTON: Water stained; 83-87 degrees; 1.87’ low. Black bass are fair on crankbaits and lipless crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on minnows and white riversides under lights at night. Crappie are good on minnows and white riversides. Channel and blue catfish are good on hot dogs, shrimp and frozen shad. Yellow catfish are good on juglines baited with live perch. BENBROOK: Water stained; 80-85 degrees; 1.21’ low. Black bass are fair on shaky-head worms, Carolina-rigged worms and shallow to medium crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and top-waters. Catfish are fair on trotlines. BOB SANDLIN: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 0.08’ high. Black bass are fair on shaky heads, weightless stick worms and hollow-body frogs along shoreline vegetation. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines. BONHAM: Water lightly stained to stained; 80-84 degrees; 0.04’ low. Black bass are good on spinner baits, hollow-body frogs, buzzbaits and shallow-running crankbaits. Crappie are good on brushpiles in 12-15’ on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good along creek channel on cut bait. BRAUNIG: Water murky. Black bass are good on green/pumpkin soft plastics and spinner baits. Striped bass are good down-rigging spoons near the dam. Redfish are slow. Channel and blue catfish are very good on shrimp, cheese bait and cut bait. BRIDGEPORT: Water lightly stained, 81-85 degrees: 1.15’ low. Black bass are good on white buzzbaits, white spinner baits and, Texas-rigged craws. Crappie are good on minnows and white jigs. White bass are good on slabs and top-waters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 4.69’ low. Black bass are excellent on perch-colored chatterbaits and shad-colored crankbaits around docks in 1-5

feet. White bass are excellent on minnows and white tube jigs off lighted docks at night in 1-10 feet. Crappie are excellent on minnows and white or shad Li’l Fishies. Channel catfish are slow. Blue catfish are good on prepared bait in 5-10 feet. BUCHANAN: Water stained; 8387 degrees; 2.77’ low. Black bass are very good on lipless crankbaits, white spinner baits and weightless green/pumpkin stick worms in creeks and pockets. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair trolling Shad Raps and jigging Tiny Traps. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel catfish are good on live bait and cut bait. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines and trotlines. CADDO: Water stained to muddy; 83-87 degrees; 0.20’ high. Black bass are good on weightless flukes, hollow-body frogs and buzzbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines. CALAVERAS: Water murky. Black bass are fair on dark soft plastic worms and crankbaits over reed beds. Striped bass are fair on chicken livers and shad near the dam. Redfish are slow. Channel catfish are good on shrimp and nightcrawlers. Blue catfish are good on cut bait and liver. CANYON LAKE: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 3.82’ low. Black bass are good on top-waters and flukes, and on root beer creature baits in bays. Striped bass are fair trolling Shad Raps. White bass are fair on Road Runners upriver. Crappie are good on crappie jigs and live minnows around submerged brushpiles along breaklines. Channel catfish are fair in the upper end of the lake. CEDAR CREEK: Water stained to lightly stained; 79-83 degrees; 0.15 low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and top-waters. CHOKE CANYON: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 26.19’ low. Black bass are good on blue/white deep-running crankbaits and watermelon Carolina-rigged soft plastic worms and lizards. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are fair on live bait. Blue and yellow catfish are good on cheese bait in 5-10 feet. COLEMAN: Water stained; 80-84 degrees; 3.31’ low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on striper jigs and grubs. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel catfish are slow. COLETO CREEK: Water clear; 101 degrees at the hot water discharge, 85 degrees in main lake; 2.48’ low. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed soft plastics and spinner baits in 6-8 feet. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs in 10-12 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines and drop lines baited with live perch in 10-12 feet. CONROE: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 0.05’ low. Black bass are good on chartreuse soft plastics and chartreuse/ white lipless crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and pink/white tube jigs. Catfish are good on blood bait, shrimp and liver. COOPER: Water stained; 82-85 degrees; 0.64’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Hybrid striper and white bass are

good on slabs. CORPUS CHRISTI LAKE: Water off-color; 80-88 degrees; 2.19’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigs, shaky heads and red lipless crankbaits. White bass are fair to good on Little Georges. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and live shad. EAGLE MOUNTAIN: Water lightly stained; 80-84 degrees; 0.63’ low. Black bass are fair on squarebilled crankbaits, top-waters and shaky-head worms. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. FALCON: Water murky; 84-88 degrees; 33.84’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon and chartreuse soft plastics, spinner baits and deep-running crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are excellent on frozen shrimp, stink bait, nightcrawlers and cut bait under cormorants. FAYETTE: Water murky. Black bass are fair on shallow-running shad-colored crankbaits over grass, and on watermelon Carolina-rigged soft plastic worms along the outside edges of grass. Channel and blue catfish are slow. FORK: Water lightly stained to stained; 81-85 degrees; 0.73’ low. Black bass are fair on white buzzbaits, football jigs and deepdiving crankbaits. White and yellow bass are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and prepared bait. FT. PHANTOM HILL: Water offcolor; 79-87 degrees; 3.16’ low. Black bass are fair to good on top-waters, Texas rigs and jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are good on live and cut bait. GIBBONS CREEK: Water stained. Black bass are good on watermelon/red Carolina-rigged soft plastics, and on blue/white crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and green/white tube jigs. Catfish are good on stink bait, nightcrawlers and liver. GRANBURY: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 0.72’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics and spinner baits. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and chartreuse spinner baits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on stink bait, nightcrawlers and shrimp GRANGER: Water stained; 83-87 degrees; 0.32’ high. Black bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on pink tube jigs over brush piles. Blue catfish are good on stink bait and soap. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch in the river. GRAPEVINE: Water stained to lightly stained; 80-84 degrees; 0.37’ low. Black bass are fair on square-billed crankbaits, Texasrigged craws and top-waters. White bass and hybrid bass are good on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. GREENBELT: Water off-color; 78-84 degrees; 33.5’ low. Black bass are fair on pearl shallow-running crankbaits, Texas rigs and shaky heads. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on live and cut bait. HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 83-87 degrees; 0.11’ high. Black bass are good on black soft plastic worms with pink tails near the marina. Crappie are good on live minnows early. Bream are very good on live worms at

night. Channel and blue catfish are very good on juglines baited with shad or bream. HUBBARD CREEK: Water offcolor; 79-88 degrees; 4.01’ low. Black bass are fair on chatterbaits, Texas rigs and flukes. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on live and cut bait. JOE POOL: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 0.15’ low. Black bass are good on spinner baits, Carolina-rigged creature baits and Texas-rigged craws. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water stained; 82-86 degrees: 1.31’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged creature baits and hollow-body frogs. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good in baited holes in the timber on cheese bait. LAVON: Water stained; 81-85 degrees: 0.27’ low. Black bass are slow. White bass are good on slabs and top-waters. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines and prepared bait. LBJ: Water stained; 84-88 degrees; 0.73’ low. Black bass are good on perch-colored top-waters, watermelon/red flukes, and green/ pumpkin tubes along breaklines of flats in 10-20 feet. White bass are fair trolling Shad Raps and small lipless crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and blue crappie jigs over brushpiles. Channel catfish are good on live bait and dip bait. LEWISVILLE: Water lightly stained; 80-84 degrees; 0.60’ low. Black bass are fair on squarebilled crankbaits, Texas-rigged craws and shaky-head worms. White bass are good on slabs and top-waters. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines. LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 0.28’ high. Black bass are good on crankbaits, spinner baits and soft plastics. Striped bass are fair but small on slabs, spoons and troll tubes. White bass are good on slabs, pet spoons and troll tubes. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. MACKENZIE: Water stained; 79-85 degrees; 75.64’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs and split shot-rigged flukes. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs around structure. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and live baitfish. MARTIN CREEK: Water stained; 85-89 degrees; 0.34’ low. Black bass are fair on white buzzbaits, stick worms and shaky-head worms Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. MONTICELLO: Water stained; 8185 degrees; 2.59’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair on trotlines. NASWORTHY: 78-87 degrees; 1.41’ low. Black bass are good on Texas rigs, pearl shallow-running crankbaits and chrome lipless crankbaits. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair to good on live bait and nightcrawlers. NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 80-84 degrees; 0.45’ high. Black bass are fair on watermelon lipless crankbaits and soft plastics. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel catfish are good on

minnows off docks. Blue catfish are fair on trotlines and juglines baited with live bait. O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 79-88 degrees; 40.03’ low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, jigs and stick worms. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows. Catfish are good on cut and live bait. OAK CREEK: Water stained; 78-86 degrees; 11.74’ low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, split shot-rigged flukes and chrome lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs and live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on live and cut bait. PALESTINE: Water lightly stained; 80-85 degrees; 0.20’ low. Black bass are fair on Texasrigged craws, hollow-body frogs and buzzbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines and cut shad. POSSUM KINGDOM: Water fairly clear; 78-87 degrees; 1.19’ low. Black bass are fair to good on jigs, drop-shot rigs, Texas rigs and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnow. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are good on live and cut bait. PROCTOR: Water murky; 79-83 degrees; 2.67’ low. Black bass are good on spinner baits and crankbaits off points. Striped bass are good on live shad. White bass are good on live shad. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on fresh shad in the lower end of the lake. RAY HUBBARD: Water lightly stained; 82-85 degrees; 0.43’ low. Black bass are fair on shakyhead worms and Texas-rigged creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on slabs and top-waters. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. RAY ROBERTS: Water lightly stained: 80-84 degrees; 0.06’ low. Black bass are good on topwaters and football jigs. 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; 80-85 degrees; 0.05’ high. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged craws, squarebilled crankbaits and buzzbaits. White bass are good on slabs and top-waters. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 83-87 degrees; 0.76’ low. Black bass are good on watermelon/red stick worms, lizards and lipless crankbaits. White bass are fair on minnows and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows over brushpiles. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with liver and perch. SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 82-86 degrees; 0.09’ low. Black bass are fair on crankbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp. STAMFORD: Water stained to muddy; 80-87 degrees; 1.82’ low. Black bass are fair to good on small swimbaits and shad crankbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs and live minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and tail spinners. Blue catfish are good on cut and live bait.

n Saltwater reports Page 14 STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 8387 degrees; 4.54’ low. Black bass are good on green/pumpkin soft plastic worms, lipless crankbaits and crankbaits. White bass are fair on jigs. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on chicken livers and hot dogs. TAWAKONI: Water stained; 8285 degrees; 0.24’ low. Black bass are fair on black buzzbaits, hollowbody frogs and Texas-rigged craws. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid bass are good on slabs and top-waters. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines. TEXANA: Water stained; 79-86 degrees; 3.32’ low. Black bass are fair to good on small swimbaits, Texas rigs and shallow-running crankbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait. TEXOMA: Water lightly stained; 79-83 degrees; 1.88’ high. Black bass are good on Texas-rigged craws, top-waters and medium crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs on docks. Striped bass are good on slabs and top-waters. Catfish are fair on trotlines. TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 81-85 degrees; 1.91’ low. Black bass are fair on watermelon/red soft plastics and spinner baits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on spoons in the river. Crappie are fair on chartreuse jigs under the bridge. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait. TRAVIS: Water stained; 84-88 degrees; 15.75’ low. Black bass are good on pumpkinseed creature baits, chrome top-waters and grubs in 5-15 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on chrome jigging spoons and white jigs in 5-20 feet. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on liver and stink bait in 20-30 feet. WALTER E. LONG: Water murky. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and silver striper jigs. White bass are good on soft plastic curltail minnows. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are fair on nightcrawlers. WEATHERFORD: Water lightly stained; 80-84 degrees; 0.75’ low. Black bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines. WHITNEY: Water stained; 80-84 degrees; 1.59’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Texas- and Carolina-rigged soft plastics. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and spinner baits. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on shrimp and cheese bait. WRIGHT PATMAN: Water stained to muddy; 82-86 degrees; 7.97’ high. Black bass are fair on Texas-rigged creature baits, black buzzbaits and hollow-body frogs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs Catfish are good on trotlines.

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Mynier said they will troll with Rapala X Rap 30-foot divers in pink, green or yellow. “The most productive baits are live blue runners and fresh dead ribbon fish,” the guide said. “We’re rigging the ribbon fish on a three-hook number 9 single strand wire leader.” Capt. Bill Platt fishes out of Galveston and said the bite there has been very good. He’s running out anywhere from 40 to 60 miles, and bump-trolling live hardtails at various depths. “We’re using Sabiki jigs to load up with hardtails from around rigs on the way out,” Platt said. “You can catch a boatload of kings on drifted dead baits like pogies and ribbon fish, but those are going to be on the small side. The heavier kings, 35 to 45 pounds, are going to be out at 40 to 60 miles. The best bait

Veteran Ray Hubbard guide dies Lone Star Outdoor News Lake Ray Hubbard fishing guide Johnny Procell died June 1 after suffering a heart attack. He was 73. Procell has been guiding for more than 40 years, and has guided at Lake Ray Hubbard since it opened in the 1970s. He also was a firefighter for the city of Grand Prairie for 32 years. “I’m sitting here at the dock where for many years we would sit and BS before our guest would get here,” wrote guide John Varner on the Texas Fishing Forum. “…just ain’t the same without ya telling me stories at 5 a.m.” Procell began his fishing career on Toledo Bend Reservoir in the 1960s, and said on his website he considered Ray Hubbard to be the best hybrid striped bass lake in the nation. His client, John Haney, landed the current state record hybrid on the lake in 1984. The fish weighed 19 pounds, 10 ounces. Procell estimated he and his clients have boated more than 500,000 white bass and hybrids during his career.

for them is a live hardtail about 8- to 10-inches long. The best way fish them is to bump troll. That’s pretty much the drill for the next few months.” Summer doesn’t officially start until June 21, when the kingfish catch usually picks up. Guide Curtis Cash fishes out of the Port O’Connor jetties and said the best numbers of kings are about 7 to 10 miles out in 50 to 80 feet of water. “The rigs have been holding huge numbers of kings for the past two weeks,” Cash said. “The new limit is three per person. We’re getting that in about a half hour or so. The water is clear around the wells and there is plenty of bait like menhaden and ribbonfish.” Cash also uses Sabiki rigs to load up with blue runners for bait. “We don’t have a lot of live bait at the

jetties,” he said. “That’s what we need to start catching them inside the rocks. Also, fresh dead baits like menhaden and ribbon fish will catch kings at the jetties.” Cash is using lures a lot, too. His goto trolling lures are the Rapala CD Mag 14’s, in sardine, orange/yellow and white/green. “And big silver spoons are good just about any time,” he said. “I use No. 17 and 18 Pet Spoons in 1-1/2 to 2 ounces on a 30- to 36-inch leader of 40- to 60-pound test single strand stainless wire. The longer leaders don’t get cut off by tail wrapped fish.” Capt. Curtis Cash (361) 564-7032 Capt. Jake Mynier (361) 317-2233

The team of Albert Collins and Clayton Boulware landed a massive five-fish stringer topping 40 pounds on the first day of the Texas Team Trail championship at Sam Rayburn Reservoir, held June 2-3. The big lead held on the final day of the event, and the team finished with 64.09 pounds to win the event by nearly 8 pounds, winning a prize package, including a Nitro boat and motor, worth $44,485. Kris Wilson and Harold Moore finished second with 56.13 pounds. The team also won a boat and motor for a prize package worth $39,126. Finishing third was the team of TJ Goodwyn and Philip Crelia with 47.9 pounds. The team won $3,495. —TXTT

The red snapper season opened June 1 in federal waters off of Texas, and will remain open (tentatively) for 82 days. Reel Threel Charters, out of Freeport, headed out with a group and had good luck finding the fish, coming in with limits of red snapper, along with some sharks, kingfish and a cobia. Greg Verm of Galveston Fishing Charters reported limits both weekend days on Snapper Slapper lures, and Reel Ruxh Charters out of Matagorda also reported easy limits, with kingfish mixed in. Ranger2300 reported on 2coolfishing.com that they left Galveston and headed to the VA Fogg shipwreck in slightly rough seas. “We all dropped lines in 100 feet of water and within a minute we had four hook-ups,” he wrote. “Nice sized snapper ranging from 1628 inches.” The group of six boxed their 12-fish limit within an hour. —Staff report

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GAME WARDEN BLOTTER CAST-NETTING FOR SHEEPSHEAD In the Seabrook area, Harris County game wardens observed three men who were trespassing and wade-fishing near a retention area adjacent to a nearby marina. In the early morning hours, the men emerged with a large stringer of sheepshead, and a cooler full of undersized red drum, black drum, flounder, shrimp and assorted baitfish. The fish and an illegal 8.5-foot cast net were seized. Multiple citations and restitution are pending. PERSISTENT WARDEN FINDS RIFLE USED TO POACH DEER In January, a Blanco County game warden received a report of a shot fired from the roadway. The warden, along with the Blanco County Sheriff’s Office and Johnson City police officers, responded. The police department made a traffic stop, and when the warden arrived he discovered a dead white-tailed deer in a trash bag in the bed of the truck. He also observed a small bullet wound to the deer’s head and, based on the condition of the carcass, it was determined the deer was freshly killed. The subjects claimed they picked up the deer from the roadway after it had been struck by a vehicle. No firearms were found in the subject’s vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was cited for possession of white-tailed deer in closed season and released. The warden then searched the area where he believed the deer was shot, and found a single-shot .22 rifle laying in the ditch. An arrest warrant was issued and the subject was taken into custody and taken to the Travis County Jail.

STRANGE STORY AFTER KNOCK ON WARDEN’S DOOR A Bell County game warden was at his house with his family when he heard a knock on the door. He answered the door and a male identified himself as one of his neighbors. The male advised he was in his backyard target shooting with a pellet gun, a deer walked by, and the deer dropped to the ground. The man said the deer was still alive and would not get up. He stated the back legs of the deer were not working and he didn’t want the deer to suffer. The warden asked if the man shot the deer, and the man said he did not and he was shooting at the ground to scare the deer off. He further advised the deer was 75 yards away; he shot at

BOATING ACCIDENT AT PK Wichita Falls District game wardens worked a major boating accident on Possum Kingdom Lake. At approximately 2:40 p.m., a large twin prop cabin cruiser collided with a 14foot aluminum bass boat near Bug Beach. All three occupants of the bass boat sustained serious injuries from the collision, with a 4-year-old female being careflighted to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth. Her parents were transported by ambulance to Graham Regional Hospital and then transferred to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. DUMPED TURKEY FOUND UNDER BRIDGE, TAG STILL IN PLACE While patrolling fishing spots, a game warden checked under a bridge for fishermen. There were

the ground, and the pellet ricocheted off something and hit the deer. The warden met the man at his residence. The man said he usually scares the deer off with firecrackers to keep them away from his plants, but he didn’t have any firecrackers so he used the pellet gun. The warden loaded up the deer in the bed of the pickup and examined it, and observed a small entrance wound near the deer’s spine. Further evidence showed the deer was shot with a pellet gun, which severed the spinal cord, paralyzing the rear legs of the deer, causing it to drop. Charges were filed and the case is pending.

no fishermen but a dumped Rio Grande turkey was found with a tag still attached to one of the legs. The hunter was located and one citation was written. TOO MANY CROAKER Aransas County game wardens and an intern caught an illegal commercial bait shrimp boat in possession of over the daily bag limit of live nongame fish. The boat possessed more than twice the daily limit of croaker. After counting more than 3,100 croaker, the captain was cited and the live fish were returned to the water. NOT ON AN ISLAND A Val Verde County game warden responded to a boat distress call on Lake Amistad. A novice boat operator with his new boat and family on board ran aground after dark on

the lake. According to the story, the boat operator, while on full plane, noticed he was running in very shallow water. Thinking that he was going over a small island he gunned the throttle even more to make it over the supposed island. The boat eventually ran well onto the bank. No injuries occurred. RAT SNAKE MAKES HOME IN VEHICLE ENGINE An employee of a nearby business asked game wardens for help removing a large snake from the engine compartment of his vehicle. The individual was unsure of the species and reluctant to attempt removal. The wardens assisted in untangling a 6-foot rat snake, which had wrapped itself around the engine parts. The vehicle’s owner believes the snake may have hitched a ride earlier in the week

while he was parked at a farm. The snake was unhurt. Lake Bob Sandlin State Park employees asked to keep the snake for a few days to use for educational purposes before they released it back into the wild. A SUSPICIOUS FISH TAIL Game wardens investigating possible bass fishing tournament fraud in Travis and Bastrop counties discovered a unique sleight of hand while checking the potential violator after he had submitted questionable photos to a tournament on Decker Lake. The catch-and-release kayak fishing event used photos taken by contestants out on the water of their catches placed on a measuring board, with the angler having the most inches of bass in the aggregate declared the winner. Upon inspection of the violator’s vessel, a cut tail of a bass was found in the paddle well of the kayak. The violator initially said he found the cut tail in the reeds and was taking it to shore to turn it in. Later the violator confirmed to have used the tail to place over another bass, using his hand to cover the questionable area, to make the fish look longer on multiple occasions. The violator was arrested for fraud in a fishing tournament. The charges are pending.

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Quail and eyeworms Eyeworms: • Rolling Plains is the hot spot for infection, typically 50-70 percent of birds infected, and eight times more prevalent than birds in the South Texas plains. • Epizootic event in 2013 demonstrated the potential for rapid spread of infection; • Feed on tissues and glands within the eyes and nasal sinuses; • Cause scarring of the cornea as well as damage to other eye tissues; thus providing a mechanism for reduced vision and/or fitness and may explain reports of quail flying into stationary objects; • Several potential intermediate hosts have been identified, including cockroaches, field crickets and several species of grasshoppers; • 96 percent related at the DNA level to the Loa loa, a central African human eyeworm known to cause blindness.

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resents an “action threshold” which would justify treatment? How does availability of infected intermediate hosts vary from one year to the next? Is there an effect on the immune system of quail? Do high infections leave them more susceptible to other diseases? Can the “boom and bust” cycles of quail be reduced by addressing parasite-related concerns?

Where we’re headed • Dr. Kendall’s Wildlife Toxicology Laboratory has devel-

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oped a medicated feed which we hope earns FDA approval soon and becomes available in 2019; WTL is deploying a Mobile Research Laboratory to monitor parasitic infection in quail throughout the Rolling Plains; WTL is conducting laboratory studies to evaluate how parasites affect vision; WTL plans to evaluate bobwhite immune response to parasitic infection; RPQRR plans to evaluate the efficacy of the medicated feed on survival and breeding success upon approval and availability of the medicated feed.

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in the water. A shark had taken a chunk out of his calf and he was bleeding pretty good. It was just pure luck that I was close enough to try and stop the bleeding, otherwise he could have bled out. We medevaced him to the mainland and got him to a hospital.” One way to avoid a confrontation with a shark while wading is to keep your fish on a long stringer. But the safest way to stay out of harm’s way is to get a net bag. “Ever since I had that jack bitten in half I’ve been using a net bag,” Clinton said. “That seems to be the way to go. We haven’t had any problems with sharks as long as our fish are placed in the bag.” The net bags (Clinton uses the Foreverlast version) are made in 10and 15-gallon sizes and come rigged with line so it can float away from the angler. When you catch a fish, open up the Velcro closure on top and drop your catch in.

Cecal worms: • Very common throughout the Rolling Plains with 80-90 percent of birds infected; • Over 1,700 worms have been found in a single bird; • Has been associated with gross pathology, distension of the ceca, and lack of digesta; thus providing a mechanism for reduced fitness, including weight loss; • 90-percent related at the DNA level to the Ascarid, or roundworm, of dogs and cats which if left untreated can cause weight loss, malnutrition and eventual death; • 13 different species of grasshoppers have been identified as potential intermediate hosts. What we think • Eyeworms reduce vision and likely predispose quail to predators, flying into objects (e.g., barns, fences, trees), and having difficulty finding food; • Cecal worms deplete nutrients and may lead to malnutrition, energy loss, reduced breeding potential, and impair ability to evade predators; • Parasitic infection suppresses the immune system which may leave quail susceptible to secondary infections; • Because parasites are longlived, over time an infection may increase until it is eventually fatal, ultimately reducing populations; • Even low infections may tip the scales against quail in an already challenging environment, e.g. predation by Cooper’s hawk; • Implementation of a medicated feed (“Quail Guard”) twice annually (spring and late summer) will reduce parasitic infection in wild quail populations; • Based on the “weight of the evidence” as well as field and laboratory data, we believe that quail are impaired by parasitic infection and their reproduction and survival are reduced. What we don’t know • How many parasites can a quail harbor before they are impaired? Is it a linear relationship or is it dependent on the bird like people and alcohol consumption? • What level of infection rep-

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NORTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad on soft plastics. Redfish are good in the marsh on scented plastics and shrimp. SOUTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad. Trout are good at the jetty on live bait and top-waters. Sheepshead are good on live shrimp tight to the rocks. BOLIVAR: Trout are good on the deep reefs on Gamblers, Down South Lures and Bass Assassins. Trout, croaker, sand trout and redfish are good at Rollover Pass. TRINITY BAY: Trout are good for drifters working pods of shad and mullet on Bass Assassins, Gamblers and Lil’ Johns. Redfish are good on live bait around the reefs. EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are good for drifters working deep shell on limetreuse and plum Down South Lures and Lil’ Johns. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp. WEST GALVESTON BAY: Trout and redfish are fair to good on live bait over reefs and under birds. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs.

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TEXAS CITY: Trout are fair to good on April Fool’s Reef on live shrimp and croakers. Redfish are fair to good in Moses Lake on mullet and crabs. FREEPORT: Trout are good at San Luis Pass on shrimp and MirrOlures. Sand trout, black drum and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay. Cobia and red snapper are good offshore in state waters. EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair for drifters on live shrimp over humps and scattered shell. Redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal on shrimp and mullet. WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are good on sand and grass humps on soft plastics and top-waters.

Redfish are good on top-waters and live shrimp in Oyster Lake. Redfish are good on gold spoons in the back lakes. PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are good on top-waters and live bait over sand, grass and shell in San Antonio Bay. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the back lakes with live shrimp.

ROCKPORT: Trout are fair to good in the guts and channels on free-lined shrimp. Trout are fair over grass while drifting with live shrimp. Redfish are good on mullet on the Estes Flats. PORT ARANSAS: Trout, redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp and croaker. Redfish are good on the flats with higher tides. CORPUS CHRISTI: Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on scented plastics and live shrimp. Redfish are good in the potholes on shrimp. Trout are good in the surf when the wind allows. BAFFIN BAY: Trout are good on topwaters around rocks and grass. Trout are good at night in the Land Cut on live shrimp. Redfish are fair to good on the flats on gold spoons and scented plastics. PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are good on top-waters around sand and grass. Redfish are fair to good while drifting potholes with scented plastics under a popping cork. Offshore is good for kingfish, red snapper and dolphin in state waters. SOUTH PADRE: Trout and redfish are good in South Bay and while drifting flats with live shrimp and scented plastics. Jack crevalle, redfish and trout are good at the jetty on live bait. Snook are fair to good while wading mud in South Bay. PORT ISABEL: Trout and redfish are fair to good on the flats on live shrimp and in Airport Cove. Trout are good on the deeper edges and flats in Laguna Vista on top-waters and live shrimp.

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on a four-stroke engine. Put simply, the injectors spray fuel at high pressure directly into the combustion chamber, rather than the intake track just before the intake valves. The improved atomization and fuel burn efficiency creates a 12.2:1 compression ratio, the highest in any outboard, offering a throttle response that was readily apparent, as noted by several fellow boaters aboard the test boats fitted with XTO Offshore models. Also notable was the outboard’s reverse performance. Thanks to a new exhaust-gas relief system, the XTO props bite “clean” water in reverse, drastically reducing wash and cavitation, a feature not lost on anglers. Beyond such performance upgrades, my favorite new function offered by the XTO is an in-water lube change system, which allows draining and replacement of lower unit lubricant without having to remove the boat from the water. Considering the size of the boats, these new half-ton outboards are designed to power. That’s a considerable perk. Yamaha XTO Offshore Outboard specs: Type: 4-stroke DOHC V8 32 valves Displacement: 5559cm3 Bore x Stroke: 96.0 x 96.0 WOT Range: 5000-6000 rpm Variable Trolling Range: 600-1000 rpm Horsepower at Propshaft: 425 @ 5500 rpm Compression ratio: 12.2:1 Alternator Output: 90 Amps Gross Max Degree of tilt: -4 through +73 degrees Shaft Length: 25, 30 and 35 inches Weight: 25” 952 pounds; 30” 977 lbs; 35” 999 pounds Warranty: Five years

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Helm Master matters Most of the boats made available for testing by Lone Star Outdoor News were rigged with multiple XTOs, which are designed for such applications incorporating Yamaha’s upgraded Helm Master system offering new SetPoint functions. For example, in StayPoint or FishPoint modes, one forward, rearward or sideward nudge of the joystick will move the boat’s position by 10 feet, with additional bumps offering movement up to a total of 100 feet, in 10-foot increments. In StayPoint or DriftPoint modes, one twist of the joystick will move the boat’s heading angle by 5 degrees, with additional twists resulting in the bow rotating up to a maximum of 50 degrees. The FishPoint mode also offers a new center mode feature that allows only the middle two outboards in quad configurations to offer thrust while the outer pair remains running while out of gear, to offer increased electrical charge output while reducing the risk of fouling fishing lines. That charge capacity is notable, and often needed aboard the plussize boats these outboards are designed to power, at up to 90 amps of total (gross) output per outboard. Fishermen will like the new Helm Master feature, Pattern Shift, that allows the operator to troll below standard in-gear speeds by automatically shifting into or out of gear to meet a desired speed — down to below 0.5 mph when conditions are right.

Catfish, crappie action at Lake O’ the Pines By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News Seth Vanover usually guides crappie fishermen on Lake Fork, but has been making the drive to Lake O’ the Pines in Marion and Upshur counties and targeting channel catfish. “It’s so hot, I can take the pontoon out, put up the cover and get some shade,” he said. “It’s great, especially when you have kids on the boat.” Vanover has been baiting holes, then returning with cheese bait on small treble hooks to find the fish. “I usually bait three holes with range cubes and then go back to the first one,” he said. “If you A young angler landed this channel catfish at Lake O’ the Pines. Photo by Seth bait the right three holes, the Vanover. other two are just getting candy, you should have a good threeperson limit at the first one.” 17-foot depth is best.” The size of the channel cats For the brush piles, a slow rehas been good, and sometimes trieve is best. great. “Once you find a brush pile “We’re throwing back any- holding fish, cast the jig over the thing 15 inches or less,” Vanover pile,” Vanover said. “Once it hits said. “Most of the fish we keep the bottom start a slow retrieve are 3 to 4 pounds, with a good by reeling about four to five number of 5- to 7-pounders turns, then stop. Usually by the mixed in. Occasionally we land second time to stop that jig, the a 10-pounder.” crappie will slam it.” Crappie trips also have been The crappie at Lake Fork are productive on the East Texas res- following a similar pattern, ervoir. Vanover said. “Brush piles and standing “Casting is best there,” he said. timber are best,” Vanover said. “At Fork, the crappie love that “If the customers can jig fish, bait on the move.” I’ll take them to the timber and we’ll cast jigs in 25 feet of water Seth Vanover (903) 736-4557 and work the jig up and down those trees. For the brush piles, a

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Sam Lack, 12, caught this tagged redfish from a boat slip in Port OConnor. Photo from CCA STAR.

On May 26, Larry Holman, of Highlands, became the first tagged redfish winner in the CCA STAR tournament. Holman was fishing in Trinity Bay for the sole purpose of winning STAR. After arriving hours before dawn on the opening day of the tournament, Larry and his copilots waited in the dark until the official start time before wetting a line. Later in the morning, Holman was showing his son where to cast with just a shrimp tail left on his hook when he hooked the tagged red. “It’s like having a winning lottery ticket floating out there hoping it doesn’t get away,” Holman said. Holman will receive a Ford F-150 pulling a 23-foot Haynie Bigfoot, Mercury outboard and Coastline trailer. A 12-year-old claimed the next big prize. Sam Lack, of Houston, caught a tagged redfish while fishing from a boat slip in Port O’Connor with his dad, sister and cousins. The kids were catching hardheads on cut mullet when Lack hooked something a little bigger. While measuring the fish Sam told his dad “there’s something sticking out of that fish.” Sam will be taking home a $25,000 scholarship from Texas Ford Dealers along with the boat, motor and trailer. Another tagged redfish was landed at Sea Wolf Park in Galveston, but the angler was not registered for the tournament. —STAR Tournament

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Spawning sunfish Continued from page 19

Bluegill, when found, are an easy catch on a worm or a small jig. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

ment, bluegills begin spawning when water temperatures reach about 70 degrees, and will continue to spawn until the water temperatures cool in the fall. Bluegill nests are generally easy to spot, usually created in shallow water. They prefer gravel, and often 50 or more nests may be crowded into a small area. The males guard the nest until the eggs hatch and fry leave. On Texas reservoirs, look for circular craters on the lake bottom. The fish fan their tails, sweeping the bottom clear and leaving an easily spotted plate-sized surface for the eggs. Most Texas lakes, rivers and ponds hold good numbers, sometimes too many due to their reproductive potential, of bluegill. At Lake Dunlap near New Braunfels, angler Vogey posted on the Texas Fishing Forum that the water temperature is 79 degrees and the fishing has been good in the mornings. His best luck was upriver beneath shady cypress trees, where he caught “one after another.” “It looked like a feeding frenzy,” he wrote.

Fayette County Reservoir east of LaGrange has the redear sunfish bunched up, according to CricketHook on the forum. Texas rivers and creeks often attract bluegill enthusiasts — both for the good fishing and to get away from recreational boaters and personal watercraft that frequent Texas reservoirs beginning the Memorial Day weekend. The creek fishing has been “on fire,” according to Banker-always fishing, a regular panfish angler with multiple state and water-body records. “There are plenty of big fish still active with the spawn taking place,” he said. With a group of friends, he found good numbers of fish on several creeks in 2 to 4 feet of water, with the early morning bite being best, using worms on ultralight tackle. Rio Grande cichlids also are a prime target of creek anglers. “I’ve caught more trophy Rios in the past month than I have in my whole life,” reported Wildman of the Navidad. “Go to the creeks and rivers and if you don’t see them, walk or wade until you do.”

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Kinsey’s is seeking a director of sales to create sales plans for dealer and international sales channels.

Hunting brands retain agency Plano Synergy hired Source Outdoor Group as its communications agency for all hunting brands, including Ameristep, Avian-X, Barnett, Evolved Harvest, Flextone, Halo Optics, No Limit Archery, Plano Molding, Tenzing and Wildgame Innovations.

Odin Lures hires agency Odin Lure Company named Hunter Outdoor Communications as its public relations agency.

Franklin Armory acquires Osprey Firearm and trigger manufacturer Franklin Armory acquired Osprey Defense and its pistol systems and accessories for the AR platform.

Polaris acquires largest pontoon company Polaris Industries Inc. signed a definitive agreement to acquire Boat Holdings, LLC, the largest pontoon manufacturer in the U.S., including the Benington, Godfrey, Hurricane and Rinker brands. 

Gerber names GM Knife and multi-tool manufacturer Gerber named Andrew Gritzbaugh as general manager.

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Pecan-crusted crappie 3/4 cup chopped pecans 1 tbsp. sesame seeds 11/2 pounds of crappie 1 clove garlic, minced 2 tbsps. butter, melted Salt and pepper Stir together the pecans and sesame seeds and set aside. Arrange fish on a baking dish or baking sheet. Add garlic to melted butter and brush on the fish. Cover fish with nut mix-

ture. Salt and pepper to taste. Chill or let stand for 30 minutes. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Heat a small amount of olive oil in the bottom of a skillet and sauté the fish, pecan side down for about 5 minutes. Transfer to an oiled baking sheet. When all fish are sautéd, bake with pecan side up until meat flakes. —Missouri Department of Conservation

Roast French rack of venison with garlic, rosemary and mustard crust One 9-bone French trimmed rack of venison Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 2 tbsps. Dijon mustard 3 tbsps. butter, softened 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped 8 tbsps. fresh white bread crumbs 6 tbsps. finely chopped parsley 3 tbsps. finely chopped rosemary 2 tbsps. melted butter Preheat oven to 400 degrees. With a sharp knife, score the outer surface of the venison meat very lightly to hold the herb crust. Season the rack of venison generously with salt and freshly ground pepper. Lay the rack on a baking tray and roast

in the oven for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and leave at room temperature to cool. Mix the mustard, softened butter and garlic to form a paste. Spread this over the meaty side of the venison. Mix the bread crumbs with the finely chopped parsley and rosemary and melted butter, and pat this mixture over the mustard-coated side of the venison and replace on the baking tray. Roast the venison for another 15-20 minutes in the hot oven. Serve carved into cutlets with new potatoes roasted in olive oil, and some buttered leeks. —North American Deer Farmers Association


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Duck boat for redfish Continued from page 8

Ryan Welch landed this redfish in the back of Greens Lake in West Galveston Bay while fishing out of his mud boat. Photo by Nate Skinner, for Lone Star Outdoor News.

The birds were diving off the end of a grass peninsula and the redfish appeared to be chasing shrimp. “The school just kept feeding along the bank until it got so shallow their backs were sticking out of the water,” Welch said. “Finally they got into casting range and I could see several fish feeding right up against the shore. I flung a scented shrimp in their direction.” A redfish inhaled the lure immediately and that the fight was on. After landing the first upper slot red of the day, he continued to pursue different schools of fish that had birds hovering over them. “It turned out to be an evening trip that produced long-lasting memories,” Welch explained. “I caught eight more reds after the first one, and I didn’t encounter any other boats in the area.”

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Sales of new powerboats increased 5 percent in 2017, reaching 262,000, the highest level of recreational boat sales in 10 years. According to the 2017 Recreational BoatingStatistical Abstract from the National Marine Manufacturers Association, total marine expenditures were at an all-time high in 2017 at $39 billion, up 7 percent from 2016. Outboard boat sales, representing 85 percent of new traditional powerboats sold, and include pontoons, aluminum and fiberglass fishing boats, as well as small fiberglass cruising boats, also were up 5 percent. —NMMA

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The Trump administration issued a proposal to rescind restrictions on hunting predators in Alaska’s national preserves, and give power back to the state to supervise their hunting. The proposed regulation, which was published online in the Federal Register, would remove a regulatory provision issued by the National Park Service in 2015 that prohibited certain sport hunting practices that are otherwise permitted by the state of Alaska. Environmental organizations condemned the proposed regulation. —Alaska Department of Fish and Game

More than 15,000 lionfish were removed from Florida waters thanks to several tournaments held across the state focused on targeting the invasive species. Five of those fish had been tagged previously by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission staff as part of the 2018 Lionfish Challenge.

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Power to regulate hunting returned to state

Turkey hunters reported harvesting 11,700 Iowa birds this spring, which is 100 birds fewer than were harvested in 2017, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Iowa’s spring turkey seasons ended on May 20. Hunters purchased nearly 50,000 spring turkey tags. —IDNR

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More hunting, fishing on public lands U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced a proposal to open more than 248,000 acres to new or expanded hunting and fishing opportunities at 30 national wildlife refuges. Opportunities include places like Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge in Illinois and Wisconsin, and deer hunting in Philadelphia at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge being proposed for the first time. The proposal also outlines expanded hunting and fishing opportunities at 136 national wildlife refuges. If finalized, this would bring the number of units of the National Wildlife Refuge System where the public may hunt to 377, and the number where fishing would be permitted to 312. The changes would be implemented in time for the upcoming 2018-2019 hunting seasons. —USFWS

Grizzly hunt approved After grizzly bears exceeded recovery expectations while protected by the Endangered Species Act, U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials approved the first grizzly bear hunt to take place in the lower 48 states since 1975. The application period for the grizzly bear license issuance lists and limited quota drawing shall be July 2-16. The department shall issue at least 75 percent of the available licenses to residents prior to issuing a nonresident license. —Wyoming Game & Fish

Largemouth record shattered An 11.51-pound fish caught May 10 at Kleenburn Ponds just north of Sheridan shattered the old record, set in 1992, by nearly 4 pounds. Caleb Salzman, an 18-year-old college freshman, caught the fish on a green plastic worm. The fish was estimated to be 17 to 19 years old. —Staff report

MONTANA

SuperTags for sale Montana’s SuperTag chances for the hunt of a lifetime are on sale. Hunters can win the SuperTag drawing by purchasing one or more $5 SuperTag chances for the fall 2018 hunting season. Eight SuperTag hunt licenses are offered— moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, elk, deer, antelope, mountain lion and bison. Winners may hunt any district open to the species for which they won a tag. SuperTags are available at all FWP offices, license providers, or online at fwp.mt.gov. The deadline to purchase SuperTags is June 28. —Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

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Young Farmers tourney has record turnout By Tony Vindell

For Lone Star Outdoor News The Willacy County Young Farmers held its 34th annual fishing tournament, held each year during the Memorial Day weekend, in Port Mansfield. This year, it broke a record with 225 entrants in both bay and offshore waters. Seven boats went offshore. The event provides an average of $20,000 in scholarships, toys for needy children and money to a half-dozen organizations in need of funding. The offshore teams brought in sharks, kingfish, red snapper, grouper, bonito and triggerfish. For Olga Medrano and her husband, their offshore trip produced a whopper. The 50-year-old hooked a ling measuring a little more than 41 inches in length and weighing 21 pounds, winning $250 and a plaque. While her husband, Joe, is a seasoned offshore angler, Olga Medrano had only been on a few trips. “She has been fishing offshore for the last six months,” Joe Medrano said. ”She has gotten seasick but has gotten over it.” When Olga brought in the ling by midafternoon Saturday, other contestants and spectators wanted to take a look at the fish, some wondering what it was. The largest speckled trout, at 30 5/8 inches, was brought in by Wally Garcia, who won $400. The largest redfish, at 8.15 pounds, was landed by Daniel Contreras. Tournament rules allowed an oversized trout but no oversized redfish.

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Olga Medrano landed the winning cobia at the Willacy County Young Farmers fishing tournament. She caught the fish about 9 miles offshore. Photo by Tony Vindell.

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IMPROVING THE GAME.

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Ducks Unlimited Greater Houston Shoot Greater Houston Gun Club (713) 515-6635 ducks.org/Texas

JUNE 9

Operation Game Thief Houston Clay Stoppers Shootout Promatic Training Center, Sealy oggtx.org

JUNE 9-10

H&K Days McQueeney Gun Club, New Braunfels (830) 609-8891

JUNE 14

Outdoors Tomorrow Foundation Annual General Meeting Lone Star Park, Grand Prairie (972) 504-9008 gootf.com

JUNE 16

Texas Wildlife Association TBGA Sportsman’s Celebration Abilene (210) 826-2904 texas-wildlife.org Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation South Texas Banquet (210) 557-4586 rmef.org Ducks Unlimited Liberty County Dinner Dayton Community Center (936) 776-1859 ducks.org/Texas

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JUNE 23

Aguila Cup Fossil Points Sporting Grounds, Decatur shootaguilacup.com

JUNE 15

Ducks Unlimited Mexia Gun Raffle Mexia DU Central (254) 590-0871 ducks.org/Texas

JUNE 15-16

Texas Bighorn Society Annual Roundup Hyatt Regency, Austin (806) 745-7783 texasbighornsociety.org

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

JUNE 22-24

Silver Spur Trade Shows Great Outdoors Expo Midland Horseshoe Pavilion goetx.com

Coastal Conservation Association Matagorda Bay Banquet El Campo Civic Center (713) 626-4222 ccatexas.org

in Llano County

Sept. - Oct. 2018

30” – Oct. 2017

For more information on 2018 hunts email darrellsteffek@gmail.com

Texas Trophy Hunters Association Port-A Pachanga Fishing Tournament Robert’s Point Pavilion (210) 601-5171

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Bass Champs Texas Shootout Umphrey Pavilion, Sam Rayburn (817) 439-3274 basschamps.com

Dallas Safari Club Monthly Meeting Royal Oaks Country Club (972) 980-9800 biggame.org Coastal Conservation Association Alvin/Pearland Banquet Knights of Columbus Hall, Pearland (713) 626-4222 ccatexas.org

Cinnamon Creek Ranch Cinnamon Creek Summer Archery Camp (817) 439-8998 cinnamoncreekranch.com

Ducks Unlimited Texas State Convention Grapevine Hilton (512) 738-7049 ducks.org/Texas

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Hog light colors Continued from page 5

than red,” he said. “Plus, there are lots of red lights around, with wind generators, towers or a highway. The hogs see red every day.” He also hunts two feeders, one with a white light and the other, green. “It doesn’t seem to affect them either way,” Chism said. “The key is that they come on at dark and go off at daylight. I would only shine a red or green light into a field.” Chism admitted he hasn’t tried changing light colors to see how the hogs react. “It may be somewhat of a confidence of the hunter thing,” he said.

This feral hog had been feeding under the Inhawgnito light. Photo by Lone Star Outdoor News.

Stocking bass, hybrids Continued from page 8

roe it was water willow, so they have a place to go when they disperse,” said Mike Gorr, a technician with the division. The biologists are encouraged by the stocking at Somerville, where flooding the last two years should give the fish plenty of opportunity to spawn and grow undisturbed. The Denison district stocked 100,000 Florida largemouth bass at Lake Nocona and 154,000 at Lake Amon G. Carter, while the Panhandle district, in addition to stocking smallmouth bass at Lake Meredith, put 19,000 Florida largemouth bass into Greenbelt Reservoir. The Dallas/Fort Worth division stocked 175,000 hybrids at Lake Ray Hubbard; 22,000 smallmouth bass at Lake Grapevine; and 65,000 Florida largemouth bass at Benbrook Lake. How many of the fry and fingerlings are expected to survive? “If all goes well, we expect somewhere between 5 and 10 percent,” the College Station division responded to a Facebook comment. The Waco division posted a more descriptive answer to a similar question. “Determining actual numbers is very difficult, but an educated guess would be 10 to 40 percent make it the first year. Annual mortality for adult sportfish in Texas ranges from 10 to 60 percent annually, higher than most people think.” Baird said making an estimate is nearly impossible, though. “It varies from lake to lake and species to species, and we may not know the answer for a few years when we sample,” he said. For fishermen and biologists, it will be a waiting game to see the result in the fisheries, as it will be two-three years before the fish are catching size for anglers or for the biologist’s nets. “By age 3, you’ll start seeing fish get up to size where anglers can start keeping them,” Baird said.

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