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Southeast Texas had good start on dove By Robert Sloan

For Lone Star Outdoor News Some of the best dove hunting in the state was

on the right side of Texas. Until Tropical Depression Imelda arrived with its record rainfall totals before the rain. Hunters had a good

mix of both whitewings and mourning dove. The best hunts in Southeast Texas are typically over fresh-cut rice or fields providing a diverse Please turn to page 23

By Nate Skinner

Before Tropical Depression Imelda arrived, hunters in the Beaumont area were enjoying a banner dove season. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

For Lone Star Outdoor News Have you ever put in for one of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s drawn public hunts and wondered how hunters are chosen? According to the TPWD Public Hunting Coordinator, Kelly Edmiston, the Public Hunt Drawing System is a computer module program created by Gordon-Darby, Inc. This company also developed the department’s License Sales System, which handles the sales of all hunting and fishing licenses in Texas. “The actual drawing process is initiated by myself, or one of my staff members, with the click of a button on a computer,” Edmiston said. “We typically execute draws on the next business day following the drawn hunt category application deadline.” Edmiston says that the Public Hunt Drawing System uses a randomizing algorithm to select hunters. “Hunters are chosen completely at random,” he said. “We do use a Loyalty Points system, which gives individuals who have accrued points over time, a better chance of being drawn by entering their name or group into a drawing additional times.” Loyalty points reward those who continue to participate in the Drawn Hunt Program. “Points are accrued at the category level when an application is submitted, so a hunter’s Please turn to page 22

Teal flying, arriving late By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News Hunters during the early teal opener found spotty numbers of birds along the coast and in the coastal plains, with areas of North Texas having good numbers as well, according to hunters. On the coastal prairies, outfitters reported some good hunts before the storm, but with the arrival of Tropical Depression Imelda, everything came to a soaking halt, with many of the guides taking their boats to help out with flooding rescue efforts. Sterling Peay of Texas Renegade Outfitters took a group of youngsters from Outdoor Texas Camp during the season’s second weekend. “Our bird numbers are good, but the birds are scattered,” he said. “We hunt west of Houston near Brookshire, and we didn’t get too much rain, but it did thin the birds out.” The group of youngsters got plenty of shooting, though. “They didn’t get as many birds as a group of experienced hunters, but it was a really good weekend,” Peay said. “We’ve had it better than my buddies over by Hunters are waiting for more teal to arrive as the early season winds down. Some groups had good success while others nearby did not. Many hunters said the birds were flying later in the morning. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

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Blanco, other rivers provide action for fly-anglers By Nate Skinner

Odom Wu landed this smallmouth buffalo while fly-fishing along the Blanco River near New Braunfels. Photo by Mike Hamlett.

Fly-fishermen are using their subtle techniques and presentations to target a variety of species along the Blanco River and other Hill Country streams. Different types of fish like the Rio Grande cichlid and smallmouth buffalo are stretching lines and taking flies among other species. San Antonio resident Odom Wu recently hit the Blanco River near New

Braunfels with some friends to chase carp. “We started seeing plenty of carp from the moment we began wading in the river, but most of them were just cruising and not feeding,” Wu said. Wu and his buddies finally came across a group of fish that looked like they might be willing to take a fly. “The fish were more stationary,” he said. “Some were mudding and others were tailing.” Wu sent a fly in the direction of the Please turn to page 22

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Saltwater Fishing Report . . . Page 11

Pickens remembered (P. 5)

Draining delayed (P. 8)

Business tycoon, conservationist dies at 91.

Guadalupe River lakes get a break.

DIY caribou hunt (P. 4)

Rollover Pass’ last days? (P. 8)

Group heads to Alaska.

Fishing spot set to be fenced, filled.

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What happened to the dove? Large swaths of state short on birds By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News Dove hunters headed to some of the prime hunting areas in Texas were excited for the season opener. Ample food was on the ground and the forecasts were great. The dove, though, at least from a huge area spanning from Haskell to Coleman counties, were largely a noshow. Tom Stephenson runs hunts in the Coleman County area. “I don’t believe the dove were ever here,” he said. “Every weekend other outfitters call me, wondering if we have birds.” Stephenson’s hunters have had good outings, but they are more than an hour’s drive from his lodge. “After six guys scouting for days and covering thousands of miles, we found two good spots in McCulloch County,” he said. “We hunt them once each week and then leave them alone.” Coleman County wasn’t going to produce for him. “Last year, there were more dove killed in Coleman County than anywhere else, I believe,” Stephenson said. “This year, it’s down at least 70 percent. My guys cover 1,000 miles scouting per week in Coleman, Runnels, Brown, and McCulloch counties. The birds aren’t there.” Similar news came from areas to the north, often thought of as the hot spots of Texas mourning dove hunting. Outfitters in Haskell County canceled hunts, while others reported far fewer birds and shot opportunities than in past years. Outfitters who were scouting said the dove were present prior to the opener, but moved on and have yet to return or be replaced. From Brown to Coleman counties, Stephenson said the banner season Hunters are wondering where the dove are in areas west of Fort Worth. Photo by Lone Star Outdoor News.

Trying the show special

Six hunters headed to Alaska to pursue caribou on a DIY hunt, where they found this nice dead head rack in the tundra. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

Alaska DIY caribou hunt By David J. Sams

Lone Star Outdoor News At a hunting show in San Antonio last year, two friends walked the aisles looking for an

adventure. The pair wanted to give caribou hunting a try, and Deadhorse Outfitters, in its first year of business, was offering a halfprice show special to bring some attention to the do-it-yourself Alaskan caribou hunts. Jeremy Conn and friends Please turn to page 6

predicted wasn’t meant to be. “I think the notion that rain helps migrant dove populations isn’t true,” he said. “I believe our local hatch was low. We were just lucky to find one good area, otherwise we would have had to cancel groups.” Owen Fitzsimmons, the Dove Program leader for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, said he has been hearing from people in these areas since opening day. “Some think the hatch was low,” he said. “A less successful hatch is possible, but banding numbers were only slightly lower than in each of the past years since 2013.” Fitzsimmons hunted near San Marcos on opening day. “We had a good opener, but immediately after that, they scattered,” he said. “I watched birds getting into areas that weren’t being hunted.” Fitzsimmons, like hunters and outfitters, was puzzled by the lack of birds in many areas where the numbers are usually outstanding. “This never-ending summer has had an effect,” he said. “We need some cold fronts. Bird behavior seems almost a month behind. In the last week, I’m seeing some mourning dove grouping up in Central Texas. Usually we see that in late August.” One area where there is no shortage is food. “There is still so much food around,” Fitzsimmons said. “For some, the birds just scattered and nothing new has come in to replace them.” Bob Thornton of the Texas Dove Hunters Association said reports he is receiving from both member hunters and outfitters suggest the mourning dove are doing better in the southern parts of the state. “People are finding the mourning dove out in the middle of nowhere,” he said. “The best reports have come from the Three Rivers down to Robstown, and in areas from San Antonio down to Dilley and Cotulla. Also, areas south of Uvalde have more birds than in past years.” Thornton said for hunters to be careful with their bird dogs, though. “There have been a lot of rattlesnake reports down there as well,” he said.

Bow opener brings the heat Lone Star Outdoor News As usual, the deer archery opener on Sept. 28 will be hot, but that doesn’t keep the hardcore hunters at home. “As usual,” wrote Pineywoods on the Texas Archery Forum, “I’ll be sweating my rear off in a tree Saturday morning.” Many deer are in a summer pattern and coming to feeders, while a big acorn crop in parts of the state may keep the deer away. According to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the prospects are good. “Although dry conditions should encourage deer to frequent feeders more consistently and more often, the hot temperatures may curtail movement during much of the day except for the periods around dawn and dusk,” said Alan Cain, TPWD White-tailed Deer Program leader. Antler quality and fawn recruitment were good, the stage having been set by consistent rains over the winter and spring. “Good habitat conditions con-

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tinued into early July, providing the nutrition bucks need to maximize antler growth,” Cain said. Hunters in areas that received summer rains said their deer are fat and healthy. “Every deer that I have seen has been very fat and healthy,” wrote Deersteaks on the Texas Hunting Forum. “The does are all very

thick and healthy even though they are nursing their young ones and the bucks all seem to be supporting above-average head gear.” Other areas, especially in South Texas, have been dry for months and, while the deer still look good, the range conditions are showing signs of stress.

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T. Boone Pickens dies at 91 By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News Most knew T. Boone Pickens as an energy-business tycoon, a supporter of Oklahoma State University, where the football stadium bears his name, or a man with a Texas-style quote for nearly every situation. Hunters and conservationists, though, knew Pickens as an avid lover of wild species — especially the bobwhite quail. Pickens died Sept. 11 of natural causes. The funeral services were held Sept. 19 at Highland Park Methodist Church in Dallas. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and retired Plains Capital Bank CEO Alan White spoke during the service. At Park Cities Quail, the Lifetime Sportsman Award was named after Pickens. Joe Crafton, one of the founders of Park Cities Quail, said: “We lost a good man and a good friend today. It was a joy to get to know Boone Pickens over the past 12 years. He had a double share of charisma, smarts, generosity and fun. There was none other like him and he will be missed.” At the Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch, which Pickens supported, Executive Director Dale Rollins said: “A heart-felt salute and ‘well done’ to T. Boone Pickens, likely the best-known advocate for the bird and sport we all love.” Pickens was an annual attendee at the Park Cities Quail fundraiser each year, often offering a quail-hunting trip to his Mesa Vista Ranch in the Texas Panhandle, including a flight on his private jet. Those hunts with Pickens raised more than $1.5 million for quail conservation. The ranch, now for sale, encompasses 100 square miles in the Texas Panhandle with 25 miles of frontage on the Canadian River that Pickens said, “offers the world’s best quail hunting.” Friend, and fellow conservationist, Bubba Wood said: “Boone wasn’t a rich guy who hunts quail. He’s a quail hunter who became rich. Believe me, there’s a big difference.” Pickens’ conservation efforts on the ranch established him as a leader in conservation practices that are now followed across the country. “By God, I’m going to get it back to where I get in 40

T. Boone Pickens was a world-famous businessman, but his love for quail and habitat conservation was best known to hunters. Photo from Park Cities Quail.

“Be willing to make decisions, That’s the most important quality in a good leader. Don’t fall victim to what I call the ‘ready-aimaim-aim-aim’ syndrome. You must be willing to fire.” coveys of birds a day. I can remember those days; you can too. And we can have it again but we are going to have to work on it. That’s one of my top three priorities before I pass out of this life,” Pickens said during a speech at the Park Cities Quail fundraiser. Pickens, always one to provide a colorful quote for nearly every situation, offered his top piece of advice to apply to business and to life. “Be willing to make decisions,” he said. “That’s the most important quality in a good leader. Don’t fall victim to what I call the ‘ready-aim-aim-aim-aim’ syndrome. You must be willing to fire.”

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Record-setting grant for RPQRR Park Cities Quail Coalition pledged a record-setting $1,042,000 to support the Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch on Sept. 12 at its annual Dallas check presentation dinner. The funds will be used for annual operating expenses, a new headquarters complex, translocation research initiatives and a soon-to-beannounced program to train veterans on quail-related matters and skills. “We are so grateful to Park Cities Quail Coalition for their steadfast support for our work,” said Rolling Plains Quail Research Foundation Executive Director Dale Rollins. “Park Cities Quail Coalition has been our biggest supporter since our inception in 2006 and our research efforts would not be possible without their unwavering support.” Along with providing operating dollars and grants to support a new four-building headquarters complex at the ranch, the funds will be used to support translocation research initiatives in the Cross Timbers ecoregion. A portion of these funds are part of a multi-year commitment by Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s to support quail research projects through Park Cities Quail Coalition. Translocating quail from one location to another has been tried on a limited basis in the past with mixed results. Researchers have learned what works and what doesn’t, and these funds will allow for a larger scale effort. The Park Cities Quail

Coalition donation will also be used as start-up funds for a new program to train veterans on quail-related matters and skills. The Sporting Ranch Training Program will provide veterans with the knowledge and skills necessary to earn a living as quail habitat or ranch managers. The curriculum is still being developed and once the newly funded headquarter complex buildings are constructed, the program will be launched. “We are so grateful to Park Cities Quail Coalition for ensuring the future of the Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch by making an investment in critical infrastructure, research initiatives and new programs,” said Justin Trail, president of the Rolling Plains Quail Research Foundation’s Board of Directors. “We will steward these funds as wisely as we steward the land entrusted to us.” Park Cities Quail Coalition’s mission is to sustain and restore huntable wild quail populations, encourage and educate interested youth and to celebrate the region’s quail hunting heritage. Park Cities Quail Coalition has provided substantial funds to the Rolling Plains Quail Research Foundation every year to support the research ranch, and this year marks the biggest commitment to date. The two organizations formed about the same time in 2006. Over the last year, plans for upgrading facilities at the ranch have been initiated. —RPQRR


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operate the new veteran-owned business, and wanted to provide affordable hunts for people since it’s so expensive to hunt in Alaska. The price of $2,800 was cut to $1,500 for each hunter for an eight-day trip that included all the camping gear required. A group of six hunters with San Antonio roots was put together, and the group headed north in late August, flying into Prudhoe Bay and spending the first night at the Brook Camp, a hotel for oilfield workers. The camp, with small rooms and separate bathrooms, was nice; and, even better, on the way back you could take a shower, eat and do your laundry for $28. The next morning, after a one hour, 10 minute drive on the “Haul Road,” the group reached a boat ramp on the Sag River. After sorting gear and loading up, Jeff “Hook” Callison drove us upriver for about an hour in his airboat. The outfitters are transporters, not guides, and drop you off at an area to camp. Once you unload your stuff, the airboat is off to pick up other hunters. Hook said, “Good luck, we’ll see you next Friday.” The drop camps are located off the Echooka, and Ivishak rivers located in Unit 26B, North Slope Alaska. It started raining, sleeting and snowing as we set up camp. Luckily, we had rented an extra tent so we had two men per tent. The brand new Alaskan Guide tents had plenty of extra room — nice for spending seven days in the rain on the tundra. The cots and Heater Buddy’s were also a nice addition. By midafternoon, the team was set up and quickly learned how difficult it is to walk on the tundra. Think of duct taping five sponges to the bottom of your feet, then standing in the water, then trying to walk. At higher elevations, the grass was 6 inches high in clumps, making it necessary

to go around each one, as the team learned if you step onto one, you were certain to fall off. The group fanned out and identified different points and landmarks to be able to communicate locations via radio. Spots like “the deer feeder” (not a real feeder), and “the hill” and also marked easy water crossings with flagging. The scenery was beautiful when the clouds broke, which wasn’t often. The Brooks Range, some 40 miles away, was topped with snow at first. When the snow disappeared, the river came up 7 feet and flooded. Several other camps had to move farther from the water, but ours had about 3 feet to go when the water began to recede. The days were spent hiking out, usually in the rain, reaching an area where you could see more area, glassing and waiting. Canada geese were flying everywhere, and landing to feed on blueberries. Specklebellies were teaching their young aerial maneuvers. The caribou, though, were few and far between. On the second day at 7:30 p.m., a group of caribou bulls was spotted across the river, and three came down, moving fast and heading north. There was no way to catch up to them. The third day, only a cow and two calves were seen. The fourth and fifth days, nothing. Finally, a cow and young bull were seen more than a mile away and a hunter slogged to within 480 yards and took the bull for camp meat. The pack-out took two hours with four guys carrying the meat back to camp. Within 30 minutes of arriving at camp, caribou tenderloin sautéed in butter was warming up the campers and lifting everyone’s dreary spirits. Cooking became the highlight of the trip, since it was raining so much. Deadhorse provided two MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) per day, and we brought extra food in an ice chest. The last night, we ate caribou



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Three members of the hunting party helped carry the meat from a caribou bull back to camp. A dead head found also was carried to try to trick other members regarding the size of the bull. Photo by Keith Anderson, Lone Star Outdoor News.

carne guisada and a whole stack of tortillas. The river being so high made fishing difficult, but one Arctic grayling was caught and eaten. Meals were improvised, including pancakes with tundra blueberries. You’ll need to keep a boiling pot of water going. It’s like your microwave, especially if you want warm syrup and butter. Water was no problem, as everyone drank from the streams without any issues. A cozy campfire each night is a pipe dream. There is very little driftwood around, but we found enough and put it under a tarp for five days of drying to finally provide a decent fire on the last night. The last day of the hunt, everyone ventured farther out. Caribou were spotted, but they were either hours away on foot or across the river. Finally, a group of 18 was seen, including several younger bulls, but they were two hours away and darkness was approaching. Estimating distance is difficult on the featureless tundra. A hunter looking through a spotting scope thought the caribou were much closer, but with the day winding down, there was no time for a chase. One other group of hunters on our river fared better. Having seen no animals, three bulls were finally spotted, and the hunters

bagged all three and took two more days to pack them out. Another Texas couple hunted after us and both shot young caribou and caught Arctic char and grayling and said the trip was everything they dreamed it would be. Was the show special worth it? Yes. There were a few negatives. Boats were running up and down the river each day, bringing an obnoxious interruption to the serenity each time. The camps were close enough that moving really wasn’t an option and seeing other hunters was not in our plans. But, it’s a chance to kill a caribou at a good cost and in a good place. You can’t control the weather or the movement of the animals, but the equipment is top-notch. The trip should be considered more about meat hunting than trophies. We learned the temperatures had been unusually high, and the Porcupine caribou herd wasn’t migrating and would likely move into the area later. While flying back over the Alaskan tundra, I was disappointed I never loaded a cartridge into the chamber the whole trip. But it still left me with a burning desire to go back.

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FISHING Lakes on Guadalupe River get reprieve Deal struck delaying draining By Craig Nyhus

Lone Star Outdoor News The Guadaluple-Blanco River Authority’s plan to drain its remaining lakes has been delayed. The GBRA had announced its plan to begin draining Lake Gonzales, Meadow Lake, Lake Placid and Lake McQueeney on Sept. 16, after engineering assessments found it was the only way to minimize risks associated with its aging hydroelectric dam system. The dams at the lakes were completed in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Two groups of property owners filed suit, seeking a temporary restraining order and/or injunction to block the plans. Previous dam failures at Lake Wood in 2016, when a spill gate failed, and Lake Dunlap in May of this year, another spill gate failure, were cited as reasons the dams on the other lakes needed to be addressed. During hearings on the suits, the groups and the GBRA agreed to a temporary injunction that would keep the river authority from draining the lakes until a trial is held in October, 2020. Since the dam at Lake Wood has not been rebuilt, property owners expressed concern the same fate would apply to the other GBRA lakes. The lakes also were closed to all activity while a panel of experts determines which areas of the lakes are safe to be opened. A decision is expected within 30 to 60 days. Sheriff’s departments are patrolling the waterways to ensure compliance with the court order, especially in marked areas. Video systems also are in place to notify law enforcement of violations.

Transition time Hubbard, Waco and Caddo slowly moving into fall patterns By Nate Skinner

For Lone Star Outdoor News Anglers are experiencing a glimpse of autumn during the early portions of the day. While water temperatures have remained elevated during the midday and afternoon hours across inland lakes, the slow transition is beginning, and the action for white bass, catfish, largemouth bass and crappie has varied on Lake Ray Hubbard, Lake Waco and Caddo Lake. On Lake Ray Hubbard, guide John Varner said the hybrid striper bite has been almost nonexistent. “There’s just not a lot of hybrids in the lake right now,” he explained. “We lost a lot of fish when the gates of the dam were open during the floods that occurred earlier in the year.” There are plenty of white bass to be caught on Hubbard, though, but anglers are having to work to catch keeper-sized fish. “Our white bass had an extremely successful spawning season over the past two years, and because of this, there are a ton of small fish roaming the lake,” Varner said. “Most of the white bass are concentrated in about 18 feet of water near main lake humps, points, and ridges.” Varner has been using 3/4-ounce slab spoons when targeting the fish that are suspended over various types of bottom structure. “There are some large schools of white bass schooling along the flats during the early morning hours as well,” he said. “In-line spinners have been my bait of choice when targeting these schools.” Lake Ray Hubbard guide James Watson said the action from large blue cats has been fairly consistent. “Over a recent three day stretch, my customers boated at least one blue catfish over 30 pounds each day,” Watson said. “The largest of these catfish weighed in at 47 pounds.” Watson’s success has come while drifting in 12-16 feet of water along the north end of the lake. The fish have been biting on multiple types of cut bait. Watson said the crappie bite has been fair, but that the fish have been preferring Please turn to page 23 Caddo Lake fishing guide Paul Keith shows off a 6.5-pound bass he landed while using a heavy Texas-rigged soft plastic to punch through a thick grass mat during the heat of the day. Photo from Paul Keith.

Goodbye to Rollover Pass? Fishing spot scheduled to be closed By Craig Nyhus

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Generations of fishermen began their saltwater experiences at Rollover Pass. The pass was set to be fenced off and filled in beginning this month, but rainfall and litigation may delay the process. Photo from Google Earth.

After almost a decade, Rollover Pass may soon become a fishing destination of the past. The Texas Legislature set the stage for the popular fishing spot’s closure in 2009, but studies, eminent domain proceedings, litigation and costly bids for the closure delayed the process. The pass was opened in 1955 by Texas Game and Fish Commission, now Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Accessible to anglers in vehicles and providing easy access for handicapped persons, it became the spot where many southeast Texans landed their first saltwater fish. The Texas General Land Office says closing the pass is necessary due to the high costs of maintenance, including a yearly dredging expense of

$600,000; erosion to beaches, especially those of Bolivar Peninsula; and environmental damage from the pass bringing too much saltwater into the bays. Opponents disagree, citing inappropriate eminent domain proceedings. Ted Vega, president of the Gilchrist Community Association, said the recent flooding from Tropical Depression Imelda shows the need to keep the pass open, posting photos of the water flowing out from the pass into the Gulf. The GCA says closing the pass is premature with litigation pending, and Vega said the association will fight the closure until the end. He keeps concerned fishermen updated on the Save Rollover Pass Facebook page, with nearly 5,000 members. According to GLO, a park and fishing pier on the Gulf side is planned once the closure of the pass is complete.

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Guide experiences four decades of changes By Nate Skinner

For Lone Star Outdoor News Perfecting a particular craft under a variety of ever-changing variables and scenarios takes time, and Galveston Bay guide Capt. Paul Marcaccio has poured his heart and soul into learning and understanding Texas’ largest estuary for nearly 40 years. His journey began long before modern day technology made such an undertaking a more attainable task. The old-school ways that molded Marcaccio have long since been forgotten by the newest generation of anglers. One might argue these now lost arts provided the guide with a better grasp on our coastal fisheries and the species that swim in their waters. Marcaccio was born on Galveston Island, where a fiery passion for saltwater fishing began burning within him at a young age. “As a youngster growing up on the island, there wasn’t a whole lot to do when I wasn’t in school, other than fish,” he explained. “I rode my bike to the beach on an almost daily basis to fish with my cousins and other family members. Back then, we would pull large speckled trout from the surf with nothing more than a cane pole.” By the time he was in high school, Marcaccio’s family had moved to Houston. After graduating, he became a college student at Sam Houston State University, before joining the United States Marine Corps at the age of 19. After serving his country for six years, Marcaccio returned to Houston where he began working in his family’s business as an optician, while spending almost every free moment he had wade-fishing on Galveston Island. During this time he began to hone his angling skills through trial and error, which further increased his love for the sport. Motivated to become a fishing guide, Marcaccio expressed his interest in the career to a few older men who were commercial fishermen. “Most of these old salts were not open to providing me with any insight or information that would help me become a better angler,” he said. “One in particular, however, did tell me that if I wanted to become a successful guide, that I would have to walk every inch of the Galveston Bay system.”

With that advice, the seasoned commercial fisherman gave Marcaccio two pieces of bamboo that formed a 12-foot pole and told him to use that to learn about the secrets below the water’s surface. Using the pole as a sounder, Marcaccio began to map out fishing hotspots in Galveston Bay. “This took place before the days of modern GPS and sonar units,” Marcaccio said. “I would use compass bearings and lines of sight from different landmarks to distinguish where shell reefs were located.” Marcaccio began guiding fishing trips in 1980. His first guide boat was a 17-foot tri-hull with a walkthrough windshield and a 60 horsepower Chrysler outboard with no tilt or trim. “Upgrading to a 21-foot Mako with a 200 horsepower Yamaha outboard in 1986 was an absolute game changer,” he said. “It allowed me to venture further into the Galveston Bay complex and learn more about the fishery.” In the mid to late 1980s, Marcaccio’s guide business undertook significant gains from corporate entertainment opportunities in the oil and gas industry. “During the ’80s there were not that many guides on Galveston Bay,” he said. “A big part of our businesses came from large oil and gas companies and corporations.” From the early ’90s on, Marcaccio experienced many changes. “Significant developments and improvements made in artificial lures and other equipment helped me become a better guide,” he said. Marcaccio also has seen a shift in the preferences of anglers throughout the decades. “When I first started guiding, most folks were open to wade-fishing with artificial lures,” he said. “In recent years, it seems like more and more people would rather stay in the boat and throw live bait.” After guiding three different generations of anglers, Marcaccio plans to dedicate more of his time toward creating quality memories with his family. His hope is that a young, determined guide will follow his lead and continue his legacy of providing memorable fishing experiences to all those desiring to become better students of the salt.

Tourney honors fallen ICE agent Luis Granjel, Jerry Juarez, Capt. Rudy Romero and Daniel Salinas won the Jaime J. Zapata Foundation fishing tournament at South Padre Island. Photo by Tony Vindell, for Lone Star Outdoor News.

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TEXAS FRESHWATER FISHING REPORT ALAN HENRY: Water clear; 81-85 degrees; 3.62’ low. Largemouth bass are very good on top-waters in the morning, worms, spinners and crankbaits later in the day. Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair on live bait and with trotlines. AMISTAD: Water stained; 88-91 degrees; 32.81’ low. Largemouth bass are good on top-waters, crankbaits and soft plastic worms. Striped bass are fair on large top-waters. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on shrimp under a cork in 6-15 feet. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines, droplines, and throw lines on live perch. ARROWHEAD: Water stained; 80-84 degrees; 1.45’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on Texas rigs, plastic minnows and shaky heads. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on cut bait and nightcrawlers. ATHENS: Water lightly stained; 83-87 degrees; 0.84’ low. Largemouth bass are good on worms, crankbaits, and spinner baits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs around docks and calm water. All catfish are good minnows and stink bait. AUSTIN: Water stained; 84-87 degrees; 0.87’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on Carolina rigs and soft plastics. Sunfish are good on weighted jigs, worms and corn. Flatheads and blue catfish are good on liver plus blood baits, cut shad, and nightcrawlers. BASTROP: Water stained; 8388 degrees. Largemouth bass are fair on smaller spinner baits and medium- to deep-diving crankbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs and live bait. Channel and blue catfish are good on stink bait and cut bait. BELTON: Water stained; 85-88 degrees; 0.93’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on live and soft plastic worms. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad. White bass are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on live bait. BENBROOK: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 7.15’ low. Largemouth bass are good on worms, spinners and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on crappie jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on live bait. Sunfish are good with prepared bait pellets, bread or cut worms. BOB SANDLIN: Water stained; 83-88 degrees; 0.96’ low. Largemouth bass are good on top-water frogs at sunrise and deeper baits below 10 feet during the day. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs and Alabama rigs. Catfish are fair with live and prepped bait. BRAUNIG: Water stained; 8387 degrees; Largemouth bass are fair on top-water poppers and plastic worms. Crappie are fair with weighted jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Striped bass are fair on jigs and live shad. Catfish are fair on live bait. BRIDGEPORT: Water clear;

84-86 degrees: 3.07’ low. Largemouth bass are fair to good on Texas-rigged crawfish, crankbaits and Carolina-rigged worms. Crappie are slow. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid stripers are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on live bait and stink bait. BROWNWOOD: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 2.17’ low. Largemouth bass are good on plastic worms and some topwaters. Striped bass are fair on jigs and live bait. Crappie are fair on jigs near brush. Catfish are good on prepared bait and shad-baited trotlines. BUCHANAN: Water lightly stained; 84-87 degrees; 1.26 low. Largemouth bass are good on spinner baits and thicker worms. Striped bass are good on lipless crankbaits. White bass are fair on Li’l Fishies. Crappie are fair on crappie jigs and live minnows. Catfish are good on live bait and stink bait. CADDO: Water stained; 85-89 degrees; 0.04’ high. Largemouth bass are good on top-water frogs and spinner baits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on live bait and trotlines baited with goldfish. CANYON LAKE: Water lightly stained; 83-87 degrees; 1.20’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on top-waters and plastic worms and lizards. Crappie are fair on jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Striped bass are good on jigs and live shad. Catfish are fair on live bait and prepared bait. CEDAR CREEK: Water barely stained; 85-89 degrees, 1.45’ low. Largemouth bass are slow. Crappie are fair on jigs under docks and in shady spots. Catfish are good on stink bait. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on lipless crankbaits. CHOKE CANYON: Water stained; 84-89 degrees; 16.22’ low. Largemouth bass that are good in shallow water on frogs, top-waters and jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are good on live bait in 5-15 feet. CONROE: Water stained; 82-87 degrees; 2.28’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on Carolinarigged soft plastics, spinner baits and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs. Catfish are good on live bait and liver-flavored prepared bait. EAGLE MOUNTAIN: Water lightly stained; 82-87 degrees; 1.76’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on worms, spinners and top-water poppers. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on live bait and stink bait. FALCON: Water stained; 85-90 degrees; 35.00’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on soft plastic worms, spinner

baits and bass jigs.. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are very good on cut bait and stink bait. FAYETTE: Water stained. 83-86 degrees; 0.01’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on plastic worms and lipless crankbaits early and late. Redear sunfish are fair on worms and grubs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stink bait and shad. FORK: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 1.19’ low. Largemouth bass are slow. White and yellow bass are good on Alabama rigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait. GRANGER: Water lightly stained; 83-89 degrees; 0.07’ low. Largemouth bass are good on spinner baits, crankbaits and Carolina-rigged worms. White bass are fair on spoons along humps. Crappie are good on jigs early in the day. Catfish are good on minnows and shad. GRAPEVINE: Water stained; 86-89 degrees; 0.77’ low. Largemouth bass are good on top-waters and creature baits. White bass and hybrid bass are good on slabs. Crappie are slow. Catfish are good on live and prepped bait. HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 85-87 degrees; 0.44’ low. Largemouth bass are good on soft plastics, deep crankbaits, and spinner baits. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Sunfish are good on live worms. Catfish are good on minnows, worms, shad and stink bait. HUBBARD CREEK: Water stained; 78-85 degrees; 1.45’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on Texas rigs, crankbaits and shaky heads. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers, live and cut shad. JOE POOL: Water lightly stained; 87 degrees; 2.13’ low. Largemouth are fair on Texas– rigged worms on windy banks and points and heavy spinner baits. LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 84-87 degrees; 0.01’ high. Bass are fair on Texas-rigged creature baits and shad-colored flukes. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs in 12-15 feet. LAVON: Water stained; 86-87 degrees: 3.20’ low. Largemouth bass are slow. White bass are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on live bait. LBJ: Water lightly stained; 83-88 degrees; 0.74’ low. Largemouth bass are fair around cover on crankbaits and spinner baits. Crappie are fair on small minnows. Striped bass are good on shad. White bass are fair on Alabama rigs and minnows. Catfish are very good on liver and stink bait. LEWISVILLE: Water stained;

85-88 degrees; 1.01’ low. Largemouth bass are good on Texas-rigged worms and spinner baits. White bass are good on slabs and Alabama rigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and juglines. LIMESTONE: Water lightly stained; 84-87 degrees; 1.97’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on top-water poppers early, and plastic worms and deep-diving crankbaits during the day. White bass and hybrid are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on live and cut shad. LIVINGSTON: Water stained; 84-88 degrees; 0.70’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on soft plastic worms, crankbaits and spinner baits. Striped bass are good on spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on live bait. MARTIN CREEK: Water stained; 84-88 degrees; 2.50’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on Texas-rigged baits and smaller bladed jigs. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on live bait or prepped bait. NASWORTHY: Water stained; 75-83 degrees; 0.79’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on Texas rigs, spinner baits, plastic worms and squarebilled crankbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs and live minnows. Catfish are fair on minnows and prepped bait. NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 83-88 degrees; 1.64’ low. Largemouth bass are fair in deeper water on deep-diving crankbaits. White bass are good in shallower water with multiple hooked baits. Crappie are fair in cooler spots with jigs. Channel catfish are good on stink bait and shrimp. Blue and yellow catfish are good on trotlines and juglines baited with perch. O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 77-85 degrees; 9.04’ low. Largemouth bass are fair to good on Texas rigs and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on live shad. OAK CREEK: Water stained; 78-84 degrees; 1.36’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on light-colored plastic baits. Crappie are fair on jigs and live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers, live and cut shad. PALESTINE: Good. Water stained; 84–88 degrees; 1.26’ low. Largemouth bass are good on topwaters early, Carolinarigged worms, spinners and crankbaits are successful during the day. Crappie are fair on jigs minnows. Hybrid stripers are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on shad. POSSUM KINGDOM: Fair. Water clear; 79–88 degrees; 1.04’ low. Largemouth bass are fair

on Carolina rigs, and crankbait. Crappie are good on live minnows and jigs around most docks. White bass are good on live shad. Striped bass are fair to good on live shad and jigs. Catfish are good on live shad, minnows and stinkbait. RAY HUBBARD: Water lightly stained; 85-88 degrees; 2.48” low. Largemouth bass are fair on medium-diving crankbaits, spinner baits and top-water poppers. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid stripers are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines. RAY ROBERTS: Water stained: 86-86 degrees; 0.52’ low. Largemouth bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on live bait and stink bait. RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 84-87 degrees; 1.83’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on top-water poppers, plastic worms and spinner baits. White bass and hybrid stripers are good on slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on live and cut shad. SAM RAYBURN: Water stained; 86-88 degrees; 2.09’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on spinner baits and soft plastic worms and lizards. White bass are fair on minnows and Alabama rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows over baited holes. Catfish are good with live bait and cut bait. SOMERVILLE: Water stained; 82-88 degrees; 0.35’ high. Largemouth bass are good on Carolina-rigged worms and deep-diving crankbaits. Hybrid striper are good on white striper jigs. White bass are fair on smaller minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on minnows, nightcrawlers and stink bait. STAMFORD: Water stained; 79-85 degrees; 0.96’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on Carolina rigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on shad. Blue catfish are fair on live or cut bait and stink bait pellets. STILLHOUSE: Water stained; 82-87 degrees; 0.84’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on soft plastics fished at the deep edge of hydrilla. White bass are fair on small spoons. Sunfish are good in shallow hydrilla or structure. TAWAKONI: Water stained; 84-87 degrees; 0.86’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on top-waters in the mornings/evenings, dark green worms and crankbaits. White bass and hybrid stripers are good on slabs and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines. TEXANA: Water stained; 79-86 degrees; 3.74’ low. Largemouth bass are good

n Saltwater reports Page 11 on crankbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on jigs. Catfish are fair to good on cut bait and live bait. TEXOMA: Water stained; 82-86 degrees; 0.35’ high. Largemouth bass are good on top-waters and creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on live bait trotlines. TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 84-88 degrees; 6.89’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on soft plastic worms. Striped bass are fair on bigger jigs. White bass are good on spoons and Alabama rigs. Sunfish are good on crickets and nightcrawlers off docks. Channel and blue catfish are good on live bait, stink bait and chicken livers. TRAVIS: Water stained; 84-88 degrees; 6.69’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on plastic worms and spinner baits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and light-colored jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on chicken livers and prepped bait. TYLER: Water slightly stained; 82-85 1.63’ low Largemouth bass are fair on spinner baits, Carolina-rigged creature baits and crankbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs under docks and in shady spots. Catfish are good on stink bait. White bass are good on slabs. WALTER E. LONG: Water stained. 82-86 degrees; Largemouth bass are fair in deeper water on worms or spinners. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on prepared baits. WEATHERFORD: Water stained; 84-88 degrees; 2.18’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on Carolina-rigged worms and Texas-rigged craws. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines with live bait. WHITNEY: Water stained; 81-86 degrees; 5.87’ low. Largemouth bass are fair on deep-diving crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on shad. White bass are fair on small spinner baits and live minnows. Crappie are fair over brush piles and structure on jigs. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and stink bait. WRIGHT PATMAN: Water stained; 82-87 degrees; 0.36 high. Largemouth bass are good with spinner baits, crankbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are fair on jigs. Catfish are good on live bait.


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TEXAS SALTWATER FISHING REPORT NORTH SABINE: Heavy rains slowed the speckled trout bite. Redfish are good on top-waters in shallow to medium depths. SOUTH SABINE: Redfish are good at the jetty on

crabs. Sheepshead and black drum are good on live shrimp. BOLIVAR: Trout are fair off the shoreline with soft plastics and plugs. Black drum and redfish are good on live bait. TRINITY BAY: Trout are slow. Redfish are good on shrimp. EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are good on pods of shad and mullet. Redfish are good on crabs and mullet. WEST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are good on topwaters. Bull redfish and black drum are good on

shrimp and crabs. TEXAS CITY: Trout are good in the channel on shrimp. Redfish are fair on live shrimp crab and mullet. FREEPORT: Trout on reefs are good on live shrimp. Bull redfish are good on live shrimp and cut bait. EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair on live shrimp in shallow water along with top-waters. Redfish are good on live shrimp. WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Redfish are good on live shrimp. Trout are fair on soft plastics. PORT O’CONNOR: Trout are fair on top-waters and shrimp. Bull redfish are good on live shrimp and cut bait. ROCKPORT: Redfish are fair on the shallow backwater areas. Trout are good along grass beds on shorelines. PORT ARANSAS: Redfish are fair on crabs and finger mullet. Trout are fair on top-waters and scented plastics. CORPUS CHRISTI: Redfish are fair in the shallows with live bait. Trout are good on top-waters

and soft plastics along shallow sand bars on spoil banks and rock bars. BAFFIN BAY: Trout are good on top-waters in shallow mud. Redfish are good on natural baits. PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are fair on top-waters and jigs with willow tails.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout are good on top-waters. Mangrove snapper are good on shrimp. PORT ISABEL: Trout are good for drifters working pods of shad and mullet. Redfish are good on crabs. —TPWD

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Texans top Elite leaderboard Carl Jocumsen, an Australian who lives in Frisco, turned in a final day catch of 19 pounds, 12 ounces to win the Cherokee Casino Tahlequah Bassmaster Elite at Lake Tenkiller. His four-day total weight of 54 pounds, 5 ounces earned the Queensland, Australia native $100,000 on his 35th birthday. Jocumsen’s targeted six different offshore drop-offs with brush and other cover, and caught all of his bass on a 3/4-ounce football jig with a green/pumpkin craw trailer. Chris Zaldain, of Fort Worth, switched tactics on the final day and caught a limit of 14 pounds, 7 ounces to finish second with 51 pounds, 5 ounces. Zaldain spent the first half of the final day throwing a 1/2-ounce wobblehead jig with a creature bait trailer. Zaldain earned $25,000. —B.A.S.S.

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Garwood. They have had groups with no birds while another group 500 yards away have been smacking them.” Peay said the birds flew best later in the morning. “Most of the birds were the young drakes that arrive first,” he said. “The older drakes and hens haven’t made it down yet.” JK Moore reported two good hunts, one near East Bernard and the other near Needville. “We caught the birds moving between thunderstorms,” he said. “They all flew later than usual.” Kameron Martin left his Irving home to hunt public land near

Breckenridge. “We saw a lot of birds,” he said. “Big rafts would get up and move, but most would sit somewhere else.” His group did well, but not at first light when the birds are usually most active. “We only killed four before 9 a.m.,” Martin said. “Then big groups started to come in later and we were able to get 18 birds.” Martin’s friends in the area and near Waco didn’t fare as well. “It was hit or miss,” he said. “Some of my buddies did OK and others got skunked.” The season ends Sept. 29.

Many hunters were happy to bag a few blue-winged teal in the spotty early season. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

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GAME WARDEN BLOTTER GATORS IN THE POOL An Abilene game warden received information about a family possessing an alligator from a citizen who saw photos posted on Snapchat. The warden drove to the suspect’s house, asked if he could see the alligators, and was led to the back yard where he discovered five baby alligators in a small swimming pool. The warden seized the alligators and took them to the Abilene Zoo for holding. KEEPING TINY FISH, RESISTING ARREST While checking bank fishermen along the East Fork of the Trinity River near Forney, a game warden approached a group of three individuals he observed fishing. An inspection of their catch revealed undersized catfish as small as 6 inches in length and undersized white bass, as well as game fish being used for bait. During an explanation of the regulations, one of the men became increasingly belligerent toward the warden. When told that he was going to receive a citation he grew even more agitated and refused to give his name. The game warden then attempted to place the subject under arrest for failure to ID, but the man pulled


GILL NET HOLDS SIX SPECIES, INCLUDING MULTIPLE SHARKS The Texas Game Warden Maritime Tactical Operations Group received a call from the United States Coast Guard Station South Padre Island regarding illegal gear off of Boca Chica shoreline in Texas waters. The team removed more than 3,000 feet of unattended illegal gill net. Six different species were found in the nets including one spotted eagle ray, 12 Atlantic sharpnose sharks, seven bonnethead sharks, 19 hammerhead sharks, 27 cow nose rays and 67 menhaden.

WARDENS CONDUCT RESCUES AFTER IMELDA In the Beaumont area, game wardens assisted those affected by the heavy rainfall from Tropical Depression Imelda. As of Sept. 20, Texas game

away and was taken to the ground. The subject was charged with fishing without a license, failure to ID, and resisting arrest. At the jail, three warrants out of Dallas County were discovered, two of which were for resisting arrest. FAWNS KEPT AT A RESIDENCE Acting on a tip, a Hill County game warden visited to a residence and located two white-tailed deer fawns being held in an enclosure on the property. It was later determined that the fawns had been found in Arkansas and transported to Texas.

wardens and state park police officers conducted 576 water-related rescues and evacuations with an additional 25 pets rescued.

The fawns were seized and turned over for disease testing. Charges are pending for Interstate Transport of White-Tailed Deer and Possession of Live Game Animals. BAITED FIELD YIELDS 75 DOVE Kerr County game wardens cited multiple individuals hunting in a baited field. A total of 75 dove were seized and donated to those in need. Cases pending for hunting over bait and exceeding the daily bag limit.

NEW CLASS OF FUTURE WARDENS A total of 57 game warden and park police officer cadets began training in the 63rd class at the Game Warden Academy in Hamilton County. The cadets will undergo training for seven months, after which they will be sworn in and assigned to different counties and state parks in Texas.

CRABBER VIOLATES STONE CRAB RULES Chambers County game wardens made a case involving stone crabs. While checking a commercial crabber that was returning to dock, Chambers County game wardens found the crabber to be in possession of 100 full body stone crabs. Of them, 84 legal “right” claws were on board; however, the captain was cited for allegedly possessing the left claw and failing to immediately return the stone crabs to the waters where caught. All 100 crabs were returned to the bay.





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NauticStar’s big legacy, the 2602 By Dan Armitage

For Lone Star Outdoor News The Legacy line from NauticStar is the company’s most versatile coastal fishing offering, and the 2602 model leads the four-boat fleet in size and power. The Mississippi-based boat builder knows something about the importance of boats that can serve multiple roles, especially in their fishing lineup, where the craft may be called upon to cruise coastal waters in the morning, and head for the deep blue in the afternoon. The Legacy line features wood-free construction, Vinyl Ester barrier coat, a full fiberglass-lined head and a one-piece, foam-filled fiberglass stringer system backed by a limited lifetime hull warranty. Creature comforts aboard the 2602 include deeply padded seating throughout, including a pair of bench seats with flip-out backrests on the bow. Those hide a pair of 25-gallon insulated, selfdraining lockers, while a broad bench seat at the transom contains an insulated 50-gallon fishbox and an 18-gallon cooler. Standard features offered aboard the 25-footer include an enclosed head with sink, mirror and window beneath a console that sports a fully instrumented dash, plenty of room for electronics, Lenco trim tab controls, and a tilting, stainless steel steering wheel fitted with Teleflex SeaStar hydraulic steering. A comfortable leaning post with flip-up bolsters and arm rests faces the helm, fitted with a built-in 21-gallon aerated baitwell and four vertical rod storage holders. Four flushmounted rod holders, two per side, are found atop each gunwale, while just below are hori-

zontal rod racks for six built into each wall flanking the broad cockpit of the 2602. The boat’s notable water system includes two high-pressure, raw-water washdown pumps and transom shower, as well as a freshwater washdown system fed by a 12-gallon tank. We ran the boat in warm, Texas-like coastal waters of Chesapeake Bay, powered by a 425 hp Yamaha X425USA2 5.6 liter outboard. Normally, the 2602 is rigged with dual outboards; in the instance of our review model, tests performed by Yamaha showed that rig reached 59 mph at a WOT turning 6000 rpm, with an impressive 0-30 mph pace of just over seven seconds. With four aboard, we put the boat through its handling paces and noted the performance of boat and motor which appeared to be designed for each other in form and function. The hull’s deadrise of 45 degrees at the bow leading to 20 degrees aft allowed the boat to part waves and tackle wakes without a shudder, and the craft cut turns comfortably. The outboard is a quiet-mannered beast with moves of its own, and the tight quarters handling was excellent for a single power configuration. The Yamaha-powered rig’s fuel consumption is impressive as well, at 3000 rpm burning 8.7 gallons per hour while offering a cruising speed of 27 mph. The crew who did wet a line from the sleek 25-footer tagged more than their share of schoolie-sized stripers and gave the Legacy high marks for comfort and fishability. Which is what this adaptable line of boats from NauticStar is all about.

The NauticStar 2602 parts waves and tackles wakes with ease, and provides both comfort and fishability. Photo from NauticStar.

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Sebastian Soto, of Edinburg, caught this 9-pound redfish while fishing in Port Mansfield.

Cole Ramey, of Richardson, caught his first tuna while fishing in Costa Rica. Emily Hellen, of Tomball, took her first deer with a .243 at 150 yards in Lampasas County.


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Elizabeth Humphreys and her son, Tyler, of Dallas, maxed out on mahi-mahi while fishing in Florida near Palm Beach.

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Hunt from record-breaking permit completed

Jim Stout purchased a desert bighorn tag for a record amount, and harvested his 12-year-old ram recently. Photo from TPWD.

Jim Stout wanted to complete his “sheep slam” in Texas. When a hunt for a desert bighorn sheep was auctioned June 22 at the Texas Bighorn Society Roundup, Stout took the opportunity. The record-breaking bighorn tag sold for $155,000. “The good news is 100 percent of the proceeds goes to sheep conservation in Texas,” said TBS board member Robert Joseph. Stout recently completed his trip to Elephant Mountain Wildlife Management Area and took an old ram nicknamed “Ghost.” Project Leader Trans-Pecos WMAs Mark Garrett said several of the staff at EMWMA had seen a really nice, mature ram on a few occasions over the last year. The ram would seem to vanish after being spotted for months at a time. Due to his uncanny ability to seemingly disappear, he became known as “Ghost.” Stout was expected to arrive on Saturday, and the staff at EMWMA began scouting on Thursday for the old ram. They located one ram that looked really good, but were unable to get close enough to determine if it was in fact “Ghost.” On Friday, their luck changed. They were able to get in close on the ram and knew it was him. For the next day and half they tried to keep an eye on the big ram, hoping he wouldn’t vanish. Once Stout arrived and was issued his permit, the group set out in search of the big ram. He was located in an open area at the north end of the mountain, making a stalk in on him that much more difficult. After a short wait, he dropped off the edge, allowing the hunt party to move in without being seen. Once in position, they knew they only had one shot at approximately 350 yards. When the time came, Stout did not disappoint. The 12-year-old ram scored 178 7/8 green. — Texas Bighorn Society

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

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

27 Fri 28 Sat 29 Sun 30 Mon 01 Tue 02 Wed 03 Thu 04 Fri 05 Sat 06 Sun 07 Mon 08 Tue 09 Wed 10 Thu 11 Fri

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4:36 10:50 5:28 11:42 6:22 12:09 7:19 1:05 8:17 2:04 9:18 3:04 10:18 4:04

5:04 11:18 5:55 12:09 6:49 12:35 7:45 1:32 8:44 2:31 9:45 3:31 10:45 4:31

07:17 07:17 07:18 07:19 07:19 07:20 07:21

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11:16 5:02


07:21 07:08 1:38p 11:55p

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----- 5:58 12:36 6:49 1:25 7:37 2:09 8:21 2:51 9:02 3:30 9:41 4:08 10:18

12:11 6:24 1:02 7:15 1:49 8:01 2:33 8:44 3:13 9:24 3:51 10:02 4:29 10:39

4:30 10:44 5:22 11:36 6:16 12:03 7:13 1:00 8:12 1:58 9:12 2:58 10:12 3:58 11:10 4:56 ----- 5:52 12:31 6:43 1:19 7:31 2:03 8:15 2:45 8:56 3:24 9:35 4:02 10:13

4:58 5:49 6:43 7:39 8:38 9:39 10:39 11:37 12:05 12:56 1:43 2:27 3:07 3:46 4:23

11:12 12:03 12:30 1:26 2:25 3:25 4:25 5:23 6:18 7:09 7:55 8:38 9:18 9:56 10:34

07:11 07:11 07:12 07:12 07:13 07:13 07:14 07:14 07:15 07:16 07:16 07:17 07:17 07:18 07:19

07:12 07:11 07:10 07:09 07:07 07:06 07:05 07:04 07:03 07:01 07:00 06:59 06:58 06:57 06:56

5:48a 6:55p 6:57a 7:35p 8:04a 8:13p 9:11a 8:53p 10:18a 9:34p 11:23a 10:18p 12:26p 11:06p 1:25p 11:56p 2:19p NoMoon 3:08p 12:49a 3:53p 1:43a 4:32p 2:37a 5:08p 3:31a 5:41p 4:25a 6:12p 5:18a


07:22 07:23 07:23 07:24 07:25 07:26 07:26

07:18 07:16 07:15 07:14 07:12 07:11 07:10 07:07 07:06 07:05 07:03 07:02 07:01 06:59

5:51a 7:02a 8:11a 9:20a 10:28a 11:35a 12:38p

7:03p 7:41p 8:18p 8:56p 9:36p 10:19p 11:05p

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

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

27 Fri 28 Sat 29 Sun 30 Mon 01 Tue 02 Wed 03 Thu 04 Fri 05 Sat 06 Sun 07 Mon 08 Tue 09 Wed 10 Thu 11 Fri

27 Fri 28 Sat 29 Sun 30 Mon 01 Tue 02 Wed 03 Thu 04 Fri 05 Sat 06 Sun 07 Mon 08 Tue 09 Wed 10 Thu 11 Fri

4:43 10:56 5:35 11:48 6:29 12:16 7:25 1:12 8:24 2:11 9:24 3:11 10:24 4:11 11:22 5:09 ----- 6:04 12:43 6:56 1:31 7:44 2:16 8:28 2:57 9:08 3:37 9:47 4:15 10:25

5:10 6:02 6:55 7:52 8:51 9:51 10:51 11:49 12:17 1:09 1:56 2:39 3:20 3:58 4:36

11:24 12:15 12:42 1:39 2:38 3:38 4:38 5:36 6:31 7:21 8:08 8:51 9:31 10:09 10:46

07:23 07:24 07:24 07:25 07:25 07:26 07:26 07:27 07:27 07:28 07:28 07:29 07:30 07:30 07:31

07:25 07:24 07:22 07:21 07:20 07:19 07:18 07:16 07:15 07:14 07:13 07:12 07:11 07:09 07:08

6:01a 7:07p 7:10a 7:47p 8:17a 8:26p 9:24a 9:06p 10:30a 9:48p 11:35a 10:32p 12:38p 11:20p 1:37p NoMoon 2:31p 12:10a 3:20p 1:03a 4:05p 1:57a 4:44p 2:51a 5:20p 3:45a 5:53p 4:38a 6:24p 5:31a

4:56 11:10 5:48 ----6:42 12:29 7:39 1:26 8:38 2:24 9:38 3:24 10:38 4:24 11:36 5:22 12:07 6:18 12:57 7:09 1:45 7:57 2:29 8:41 3:11 9:22 3:50 10:01 4:28 10:39

5:24 6:15 7:09 8:05 9:04 10:05 11:05 ----12:31 1:22 2:09 2:53 3:33 4:12 4:49

11:38 12:29 12:56 1:52 2:51 3:51 4:51 5:49 6:44 7:35 8:21 9:04 9:44 10:22 10:59

07:37 07:38 07:39 07:39 07:40 07:41 07:42 07:43 07:43 07:44 07:45 07:46 07:46 07:47 07:48

07:38 07:36 07:35 07:33 07:32 07:30 07:29 07:28 07:26 07:25 07:23 07:22 07:21 07:19 07:18

6:09a 7:25p 7:22a 8:02p 8:33a 8:37p 9:43a 9:14p 10:53a 9:52p 12:01p 10:34p 1:05p 11:20p 2:05p NoMoon 3:00p 12:10a 3:48p 1:02a 4:31p 1:57a 5:09p 2:53a 5:42p 3:49a 6:13p 4:45a 6:42p 5:40a

Legend: Major=2 hours. Minor=1 hour. Times centered on the major-minor window. For other locations, subtract 1 minute per 12 miles east of a location, and add 1 minute per 12 miles west of a location.

Sabine Pass, north Date Sept 27 Sept 28 Sept 29 Sept 30 Oct 1 Oct 2 Oct 3 Oct 4 Oct 5 Oct 6 Oct 7 Oct 8 Oct 9 Oct 10 Oct 11

Time 3:34 AM 4:01 AM 4:29 AM 4:55 AM 5:21 AM 12:47 AM 1:53 AM 2:50 PM 3:54 PM 1:06 AM 1:58 AM 2:34 AM 3:00 AM 3:18 AM 3:33 AM

Rollover Pass Height 1.95H 1.92H 1.88H 1.84H 1.80H 1.33L 1.54L 0.19L 0.28L 1.99H 1.97H 1.94H 1.88H 1.83H 1.79H

Time 9:00 AM 9:43 AM 10:28 AM 11:15 AM 12:04 PM 5:44 AM 5:56 AM 11:49 PM

Height 1.07L 0.80L 0.54L 0.33L 0.18L 1.75H 1.70H 1.98H

5:01 6:05 9:16 9:12 9:09 9:17


Height 1.97H 2.05H 2.08H 2.08H 2.05H 0.12L 0.13L

Time 9:20 PM 10:11 PM 11:01 PM 11:52 PM

Height 0.30L 0.52L 0.79L 1.07L

8:41 PM 10:13 PM

2.01H 1.98H

0.36L 0.44L 1.39L 1.31L 1.20L 1.05L

12:39 PM 1:39 PM 2:28 PM 3:13 PM

1.51H 1.58H 1.64H 1.70H

7:02 7:50 8:31 9:07

0.50L 0.57L 0.66L 0.76L

Time 2:33 PM 3:50 PM 5:05 PM 6:22 PM 7:42 PM 12:31 PM 1:29 PM

Height 2.55H 2.62H 2.66H 2.69H 2.70H 0.36L 0.34L

Time 9:01 PM 9:54 PM 10:48 PM 11:45 PM

Height 0.61L 0.92L 1.30L 1.68L

9:07 PM 10:39 PM

2.71H 2.72H


Galveston Bay entrance, north jetty Date Sept 27 Sept 28 Sept 29 Sept 30 Oct 1 Oct 2 Oct 3 Oct 4 Oct 5 Oct 6 Oct 7 Oct 8 Oct 9 Oct 10 Oct 11

Time 3:50 AM 4:13 AM 4:36 AM 4:57 AM 5:17 AM 12:53 AM 2:53 AM 2:32 PM 12:11 AM 1:26 AM 2:16 AM 2:48 AM 3:06 AM 3:18 AM 3:29 AM

Height 2.44H 2.37H 2.31H 2.28H 2.27H 2.01L 2.25L 0.40L 2.72H 2.70H 2.64H 2.55H 2.45H 2.37H 2.31H

Time 8:28 AM 9:12 AM 9:58 AM 10:47 AM 11:38 AM 5:33 AM 5:29 AM

Height 1.76L 1.40L 1.04L 0.72L 0.49L 2.27H 2.27H

3:43 4:56 6:03 8:51 8:49 8:51 8:57

0.49L 0.59L 0.68L 2.07L 1.98L 1.83L 1.64L

Height 1.99H 1.87H 1.74H 1.64H 1.25L 1.46L 0.32L 0.35L 0.43L 2.23H 2.16H 2.08H 1.98H 1.90H 1.82H

Time 9:34 AM 9:52 AM 10:18 AM 10:51 AM 4:56 AM 5:11 AM 10:13 PM 11:31 PM

Height 1.36L 1.14L 0.89L 0.65L 1.57H 1.54H 2.25H 2.26H

4:17 5:30 6:41 9:34 9:38 9:25

Height 0.60H 0.11L 0.25L 0.40L 0.54L -0.06L 0.74H 0.80H 0.82H 0.81H 0.78H 0.73H 0.66H 0.59H 0.53H

Height 0.18L 0.26L 0.38L 0.49L 0.39L 0.72H 0.76H 0.77H 0.77H 0.75H 0.76H 0.23L 0.24L 0.27L 0.33L


11:24 AM 12:44 PM 1:49 PM 2:47 PM

2.11H 2.15H 2.20H 2.25H

6:58 7:42 8:17 8:47


0.78L 0.90L 1.03L 1.19L

Time 2:14 PM 3:29 PM 4:42 PM 5:55 PM 11:32 AM 12:19 PM

Height 1.87H 1.99H 2.10H 2.18H 0.46L 0.35L

Time 9:15 PM 10:15 PM 11:23 PM

Height 0.47L 0.70L 0.98L

Time 3:44 AM 4:04 AM 4:22 AM 4:39 AM 12:49 AM 2:42 AM 1:12 PM 2:09 PM 3:11 PM 12:31 AM 1:18 AM 1:57 AM 2:29 AM 2:56 AM 3:17 AM

7:12 PM 8:41 PM

2.22H 2.23H

0.53L 0.62L 0.70L 1.39L 1.33L 1.23L

12:32 PM 1:44 PM 2:49 PM

1.50H 1.57H 1.65H

7:38 PM 8:25 PM 9:07 PM

0.78L 0.87L 0.97L

Time 11:20 AM 8:29 AM 6:26 AM 4:53 AM 4:27 AM

Height 0.58L 0.48H 0.40H 0.46H 0.55H

Time 2:34 PM 11:48 AM 12:26 PM 1:07 PM 1:50 PM

Height 0.61H 0.43L 0.27L 0.12L 0.01L



3:33 PM 4:42 PM 6:00 PM 7:14 PM 8:19 PM 9:18 PM 10:10 PM 10:52 PM 12:43 PM

-0.08L -0.08L -0.06L -0.03L 0.01L 0.07L 0.14L 0.23L 0.39L

Time 6:09 PM 7:41 PM 9:17 PM 8:03 AM

Height 0.87H 0.82H 0.77H 0.53H

6:05 PM 7:22 PM 8:39 PM 9:59 PM 11:13 PM

0.34L 0.31L 0.29L 0.27L 0.24L

3:29 4:50 6:18 7:44

0.78H 0.78H 0.76H 0.73H


Port O’Connor Date Sept 27 Sept 28 Sept 29 Sept 30 Oct 1 Oct 2 Oct 3 Oct 4 Oct 5 Oct 6 Oct 7 Oct 8 Oct 9 Oct 10 Oct 11

Time 8:51 AM 12:03 AM 12:50 AM 1:35 AM 2:19 AM 2:37 PM 3:02 AM 4:04 AM 4:48 AM 5:29 AM 6:07 AM 6:39 AM 7:00 AM 7:06 AM 6:46 AM

Time 2:42 AM 3:30 AM 4:20 AM 5:15 AM 3:40 PM 1:15 AM 5:17 AM 6:30 AM 7:51 AM 9:25 AM 1:42 PM 12:16 AM 1:11 AM 1:59 AM 2:43 AM

San Luis Pass Date Sept 27 Sept 28 Sept 29 Sept 30 Oct 1 Oct 2 Oct 3 Oct 4 Oct 5 Oct 6 Oct 7 Oct 8 Oct 9 Oct 10 Oct 11

Time 4:28 AM 4:35 AM 4:47 AM 5:02 AM 1:12 AM 2:38 AM 1:58 PM 2:57 PM 1:00 AM 2:05 AM 2:58 AM 3:34 AM 3:50 AM 3:57 AM 4:03 AM

Height 0.36L 0.51L 0.71L 0.93L 1.15L 0.21L 1.65H 1.72H 1.75H 1.74H 1.69H 1.62H 1.54H 1.48H 0.69L

Time 7:50 AM 7:50 AM 7:51 AM 7:55 AM 7:59 AM

Height 1.38H 1.31H 1.27H 1.26H 1.28H

Time 1:33 PM 1:55 PM 2:23 PM 2:55 PM 3:34 PM

Height 1.03L 0.83L 0.62L 0.43L 0.29L

Time 6:14 PM 7:33 PM 8:52 PM 10:14 PM 11:48 PM

Height 1.41H 1.46H 1.51H 1.56H 1.60H

5:11 PM 6:19 PM 7:42 PM 9:02 PM 10:09 PM 11:02 PM 1:20 PM 1:28 PM 7:05 AM

0.20L 0.24L 0.31L 0.37L 0.43L 0.51L 1.11L 1.02L 1.44H

3:22 PM 5:01 PM 1:45 PM

1.14H 1.15H 0.92L

11:45 PM


6:12 PM


Height 1.44H 1.39H 1.36H 1.35H 1.09L 1.27L 0.34L 0.37L 1.72H 1.70H 1.64H 1.57H 1.50H 1.44H 1.40H

Time 9:47 AM 10:10 AM 10:44 AM 11:26 AM 5:19 AM 5:34 AM 11:35 PM

Height 1.18L 1.00L 0.80L 0.61L 1.35H 1.36H 1.70H

Time 2:36 PM 3:53 PM 5:07 PM 6:23 PM 12:13 PM 1:04 PM

Height 1.54H 1.58H 1.61H 1.63H 0.47L 0.38L

Time 9:57 PM 10:55 PM 11:58 PM

Height 0.51L 0.68L 0.89L

7:50 PM 9:40 PM

1.64H 1.66H

4:03 PM 5:19 PM 6:36 PM 7:40 PM 9:50 AM 10:00 AM 10:06 AM

0.43L 0.51L 0.58L 0.65L 1.22L 1.17L 1.09L

12:56 PM 2:06 PM 3:08 PM

1.29H 1.31H 1.34H

8:30 PM 9:10 PM 9:44 PM

0.71L 0.78L 0.86L

Date Sept 27 Sept 28 Sept 29 Sept 30 Oct 1 Oct 2 Oct 3 Oct 4 Oct 5 Oct 6 Oct 7 Oct 8 Oct 9 Oct 10 Oct 11

Time 8:00 AM 4:55 AM 12:38 AM 1:21 AM 2:03 AM 2:30 PM 2:48 AM 3:44 AM 4:26 AM 5:06 AM 5:45 AM 6:19 AM 6:39 AM 4:51 AM 4:22 AM

Height 0.28H 0.28H 0.17L 0.24L 0.30L 0.02L 0.41H 0.43H 0.44H 0.43H 0.41H 0.38H 0.34H 0.31H 0.31H

Time 10:42 AM 11:35 AM 4:58 AM 5:05 AM 5:07 AM

Height 0.27L 0.20L 0.29H 0.32H 0.34H

Time 3:56 PM 4:58 PM 12:21 PM 1:04 PM 1:46 PM

Height 0.41H 0.40H 0.14L 0.08L 0.04L

Time 11:54 PM

Height 0.11L

6:02 PM 7:25 PM 10:58 PM

0.39H 0.38H 0.38H

3:23 PM 4:36 PM 6:04 PM 7:19 PM 8:22 PM 9:16 PM 11:34 AM 11:29 AM 11:30 AM

0.01L 0.03L 0.04L 0.06L 0.07L 0.09L 0.29L 0.26L 0.23L

2:32 PM 3:39 PM 4:23 PM

0.30H 0.30H 0.31

10:03 PM 10:45 PM 11:21 PM

0.12L 0.16L 0.19L

Height 0.79H 0.77H 0.77H 0.80H 0.64L 0.80L -0.10L -0.08L 1.09H 1.08H 1.03H 0.96H 0.87H 0.81H 0.80H

Time 6:38 AM 8:19 AM 9:44 AM 10:51 AM 4:19 AM 4:38 AM 10:48 PM

Height 0.75L 0.57L 0.39L 0.21L 0.84H 0.88H 1.10H

Time 1:47 PM 3:01 PM 4:14 PM 5:31 PM 11:50 AM 12:44 PM

Height 1.06H 1.09H 1.09H 1.08H 0.05L -0.05L

Time 9:28 PM 10:28 PM 11:31 PM

Height 0.14L 0.30L 0.47L

7:29 PM 9:24 PM

1.07H 1.09H

3:28 4:40 5:55 6:55 9:11 8:53 8:54

-0.01L 0.07L 0.14L 0.21L 0.75L 0.68L 0.60L

11:44 AM 12:48 PM 1:49 PM

0.80H 0.80H 0.81H

7:41 PM 8:20 PM 8:56 PM

0.28L 0.34L 0.41L

Height 1.83H 1.66H 1.52H 1.45H 1.35L 0.14L 0.11L 0.17L 0.30L 2.09H 2.08H 2.04H 1.99H 1.91H 1.83H

Time 8:42 AM 9:06 AM 9:40 AM 10:20 AM 3:33 AM 8:54 PM 10:27 PM 11:52 PM

Height 1.47L 1.17L 0.84L 0.53L 1.46H 2.04H 2.07H 2.08H

Time 1:37 PM 3:09 PM 4:34 PM 5:58 PM 11:05 AM

Height 1.82H 1.89H 1.95H 1.99H 0.29L

Time 9:00 PM 10:01 PM 11:04 PM

Height 0.58L 0.83L 1.10L

7:24 PM


4:05 5:17 6:23 8:41 8:34 8:44

0.46L 0.62L 0.78L 1.68L 1.59L 1.46L

11:29 AM 1:07 PM 2:18 PM

1.72H 1.77H 1.82H

7:21 PM 8:11 PM 8:57 PM

0.93L 1.07L 1.20L

Port Aransas

5:14 PM




1:54 PM


4:52 PM 8:00 PM 10:01 PM 11:44 PM

11:25 PM

0.57H 0.58H 0.63H 0.68H


Nueces Bay Date Sept 27 Sept 28 Sept 29 Sept 30 Oct 1 Oct 2 Oct 3 Oct 4 Oct 5 Oct 6 Oct 7 Oct 8 Oct 9 Oct 10 Oct 11

Time 12:48 AM 1:40 AM 2:33 AM 3:32 AM 4:44 AM 4:18 PM 1:50 AM 3:58 AM 5:11 AM 6:03 AM 6:42 AM 7:09 AM 7:20 AM 7:16 AM 12:21 AM

East Matagorda

Freeport Harbor Date Sept 27 Sept 28 Sept 29 Sept 30 Oct 1 Oct 2 Oct 3 Oct 4 Oct 5 Oct 6 Oct 7 Oct 8 Oct 9 Oct 10 Oct 11

Date Sept 27 Sept 28 Sept 29 Sept 30 Oct 1 Oct 2 Oct 3 Oct 4 Oct 5 Oct 6 Oct 7 Oct 8 Oct 9 Oct 10 Oct 11

Date Sept 27 Sept 28 Sept 29 Sept 30 Oct 1 Oct 2 Oct 3 Oct 4 Oct 5 Oct 6 Oct 7 Oct 8 Oct 9 Oct 10 Oct 11

Time 3:36 AM 3:10 AM 3:30 AM 3:54 AM 12:34 AM 1:36 AM 1:36 PM 2:29 PM 1:47 AM 3:05 AM 3:56 AM 4:36 AM 5:04 AM 2:56 AM 2:39 AM


South Padre Island



10:55 PM



Date Sept 27 Sept 28 Sept 29 Sept 30 Oct 1 Oct 2 Oct 3 Oct 4 Oct 5 Oct 6 Oct 7 Oct 8 Oct 9 Oct 10 Oct 11

Time 3:45 AM 3:52 AM 3:52 AM 3:47 AM 12:14 AM 11:54 AM 12:48 PM 1:47 PM 2:53 PM 12:58 AM 1:48 AM 2:24 AM 2:49 AM 3:04 AM 3:11 AM


Texas Coast Tides

Time 2:48 PM 3:54 PM 5:01 PM 6:08 PM 7:21 PM 12:55 PM 1:50 PM

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CWD training in Panhandle, Trans-Pecos The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the Texas Animal Health Commission and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service have partnered to coordinate Chronic Wasting Disease postmortem sample collection trainings in the Panhandle and Trans-Pecos. As part of the state’s increased CWD surveillance, this opportunity is being provided to landowners/ managers, taxidermists, and veterinarians to be trained and certified by TAHC to be official CWD sample collectors. This will be a classroom format as well as hands-on training for sample collection. Trained individuals will then be able to sample harvested CWD susceptible species such as white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, red deer, sika, etc. on their properties or for other hunters and provide those samples to TPWD for CWD testing to meet mandatory testing requirements in the Panhandle and Trans-Pecos CWD Zones. Individuals who participated last year must

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BassForce hires Blue Heron BassForce selected Blue Heron Communications as its marketing and media relations agency.

New CEO at Fiocchi ACROSS 2. Oldest fishing tournament on Gulf Coast (3 words) 8. Oxidation of gun parts 9. A safari destination 11. San Antonio’s county 12. A South Texas county 13. Texas’ largest county, geographically 15. A tournament series (2 words) 17. The amphibian with tasty legs 18. An offshore target 19. An outdoor education program 20. A stage in an insect’s life 22. Tropical depression that hit Southeast Texas 25. Corpus Christi’s county 26. Smart to wear when dove hunting 28. A boat brand 29. Another name for the blue quail 30. Sharks can’t swim in this direction 33. Pet fish related to carp 34. Fish species without scales 35. The traditional fly-fishing cast

DOWN 1. A shorebird species 3. Cold-blooded 4. It covers the gills of the fish 5. Marks on ground left by strutting gobblers 6. Launching point for many offshore anglers 7. A coastal fishing town (2 words) 10. State park with Texas’ oldest tree (2 words) 11. Holds Buckskin, Bobwhite camps 14. It holds the bullets 15. The front of the boat 16. A gar species 17. The curve in the hook 21. An outboard manufacturer 23. Panhandle lake with walleye 24. A shotshell brand 27. A type of turkey call 31. An African game species 32. A turkey hunter’s organization

Fiocchi of America Inc. appointed Anthony Acitelli as its new president and chief executive officer.

GM at Crestliner Crestliner Boats named Jack Martin as general manager.

GSM acquired Down & Out Blinds GSM Outdoors, LLC acquired Down & Out Blinds, broadening GSM’s hunting stand and hunting blind product line.

Zeiss distributor named Bill Hicks & Co., Ltd. was selected as the U.S.A. commercial wholesale distributor for ZEISS Sports Optics.

Geiger joins Guidefitter Journal The Guidefitter Journal, a quarterly trade publication, hired John Geiger as editor.

Snook Foundation changes name The Snook Foundation changed its name to Angler Action Foundation to reach additional recreational anglers.

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Ginger javelina and swiss chard egg rolls Olive oil 3/4 pound of javelina ham, deboned and chopped into small pieces 1 clove minced garlic 1 tsp. of minced ginger 1 cup cabbage, shredded 1 cup swiss chard 2 carrots, shredded 2 green onions, chopped 2 tbsps. soy sauce 2 tbsps. sesame oil 2 carrots, shredded 2 green onions, chopped 2 tbsps. fish sauce Egg roll wrappers 1 egg lightly beaten Peanut oil for frying

Add a tablespoon of olive oil to a cast-iron skillet on medium-high heat. Add garlic, ginger and veggies. Sauté 2-3 minutes, stirring to prevent garlic from burning. Add your wet ingredients- soy, sesame, and fish sauce. Stir to incorporate. While vegetables cool, season the chopped javelina meat with salt and pepper. Add another tablespoon of olive oil to the same cast-iron pan and brown javelina on both sides. Once the javelina is browned, you can add it to the same bowl as your veggies and mix. This is your egg roll filling. Beat an egg. Set up your egg roll making station with wrappers, beaten egg wash and filling. Add 1 heaping table-

spoon of filling to the egg roll wrapper and roll like a burrito. Before tucking in the ends, brush them with the egg mixture. This helps glue the wrapper together. Feel free to use as much of the egg wash as you need. As the egg rolls sit, the wash dries up and acts as a glue. In a cast-iron pot, heat up your cooking oil. Once all of your egg rolls are assembled you can fry them until golden brown (about three minutes) in batches. Make sure to let cool on a wire rack with paper towels underneath to catch the oil. Cut in half for serving. —Kristin Parma, Anxious Hunter Blog

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fish, but none of them seemed interested in his offering. Easing down the bank, trying to conceal his presence amongst the tree branches, he blindly threw his fly past the group of fish. “As I was retrieving the fly, my buddy all of a sudden told me that a fish took it,” Wu said. “I felt the strike and set the hook.” The drag on Wu’s fly reel screamed as this fish peeled line all the way to the backing. “I thought I had hooked a common carp at first,” he said. “When the fish finally wore out and got close, I realized it was a smallmouth buffalo.” Moments later Wu was able to land the brute, which was his first smallmouth buffalo to catch on the fly. In addition to the Blanco, Wu has also found consistent action for Rio Grande cichlids and common carp along the San Antonio River around the Riverwalk. “The Medina River west of San Antonio has also been hot for bass,” he said. “It receives very little fishing pressure, so the fish are pretty aggressive.” San Marcos angler and tattoo artist Brandon Smith recently landed his personal-best carp while wading the Blanco River near Five Mile Dam Park in San Marcos. “I was casting a fly in a leech pattern, and wasn’t seeing very many pods of carp like I had hoped,” Smith said. “There was a deep pool nearby that some fish had been hanging out in, so I decided to wade towards its edge and see if there were any carp lurking around it.” He couldn’t see any fish along the pool’s perimeter, but he made a blind cast toward the deeper water in case there were any carp staging out of his line of site. Seconds later, a fish crushed his fly and he was able to land and release his largest carp to date. Needville resident Kevin Dees said he

participation is rewarded before the drawing is held,” Edmiston elaborated. “Loyalty points cannot be purchased. Individuals receive one loyalty point once they have applied in a category, and they will only receive one point per category, per season. When hunters apply as a group, the loyalty points will be averaged for everyone on the application.” Edmiston said a hunter’s loyalty points continue to accrue each season until they are drawn. “Once an individual is selected for a drawn hunt, their loyalty points are reset back to zero for the category that the drawn hunt was in,” he said. To find out more information about the system, Edmiston encouraged hunters to visit the Drawn Hunts page on the TPWD website. “Specific information about the system, along with answers to a list of frequently asked questions can be found there,” he added. The 2019 season marks the first year that the TPWD Public Hunt Drawing System is managing the application and drawing processes for hunts at the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge. According to the refuge’s manager, Stuart Marcus, TPWD is managing the Trinity River NWR’s big game drawn hunts for deer and hogs. “We decided to have TPWD take over the application and drawing processes for these hunts for a couple of reasons,” Marcus explained. “The decision further solidified our partnership with the state, and it simplified the hunt application process, as the TPWD system manages everything electronically and online.” Marcus said he’s received various types of feedback and opinions from hunters since the Trinity River NWR made the switch. “I’ve had locals call our office and inquire about the hunting opportunities at the refuge who didn’t even know we offered hunting access to the public,” he said. “Just recently an individual from Dayton, which is

Brandon Smith nets his personal best carp near Five Mile Park in San Marcos on the Blanco River. Photo by Travis Stine.

tries to go fly-fishing any chance he gets. He’s found success along the Blanco River near Wimberley while targeting Rio Grande cichlids. “These fish are an iconic representation of our Texas Hill Country rivers in my opinion,” he said. “I love to chase them with a fly rod.” Dees has been using a 4-weight fly rod to cast subsurface nymphs over beds. “Rio Grande cichlids seem to be extremely territorial and sight-fishing for them over beds can provide some aggressive action,” Dees said. “You have to be pretty stealthy to catch the larger ones. They tend to spook easily.” El Campo native Clint Faas has been fly-fishing along the Guadalupe River near Boerne, where he’s been catching plenty of longear sunfish on grasshopper imitation surface flies. “The fish have been stacked up in areas with eddies and slow-moving water adjacent to areas of the river with a stronger flow,” Faas said. “When you drop a fly into these pockets of still water, the strike occurs almost instantly.”

just down the road from the refuge, called and said he was excited because he had recently learned about the opportunity to hunt locally at an affordable price. This is evidence that being apart of the TPWD system has given our hunts more exposure to the general public.” Some hunters have also expressed that they dislike this new change, especially those that have been applying for hunts on the Trinity River NWR for many years. “Certain hunters are frustrated because they feel like their best-kept secret, as far as a hunting locale goes, has now been put on the map,” Marcus said. “They don’t like that their chances of being drawn have now gone down, as more people are applying for our hunts.” Marcus said that the cost for hunts for individuals that are drawn have also increased with the implementation of the TPWD system, which is something that the refuge’s longtime hunters are not thrilled about. “If an individual is drawn, they must purchase a $130 permit through TPWD in order to participate in the hunt,” Marcus said. “The cost for our hunts used to be $25.” There has been talk amongst the hunting public that other NWRs, such as Hagerman NWR, will begin using the TPWD Public Hunt Drawing System to manage their application and drawing processes for the public hunts they offer next season. Northeast Texas hunter Aaron Welch has put in for drawn hunts at Hagerman NWR for the past several years, and said he received an email from the refuge’s manager back in June, indicating that TPWD will be handling Hagerman NWR’s application process for deer, turkey, and feral hog hunts beginning in 2020. Edmiston did not indicate that TPWD would be managing the hunt application and drawing processes for Hagerman NWR in 2020, but he did express that TPWD hopes to be able to assist the refuge with their hunt draws in the future.

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Ned Frantangelo brought in this 6.5-pound bass on a frog bait while fishing along the edge of some grass with fishing guide Mark Allen on Caddo Lake. Photo by Mark Allen.

smaller jigs in natural color patterns. “The crappie have been more responsive to a finesse-like presentation,” he said. “Fish up to 14 inches have been feeding around brush piles in 11- to 14-foot range.” On Lake Waco, guide Greg Culverhouse said the crappie bite has been consistent during the afternoon hours. “The fish are staging in 15 to 18 feet of water over brush, and the majority of these fish are white crappie,” he said. “Live bait has been the ticket. Black and chartreuse jigs have produced some hookups, but not near as many as live bait.” A dead-sticking tactic has been the best for those targeting crappie with jigs on Waco. “The less action you employ on the lure, the more bites you will get,” Culverhouse said. On Caddo Lake, bass have been hitting top-water plugs and soft plastics during the early morning hours, according to guide Paul Keith. Keith has been targeting fish along the edges of grass mats on the lake. “As daytime temperatures heat up, the fish have been moving under the grass, making them more difficult to target,” Keith said. “When this happens, Texasrigged soft plastics in dark colors are the best presentation. I’ve been rigging the soft baits with a heavy weight in order to punch through the grass to get to the fish.” Keith has been landing bass from 4 to 8 pounds using these tactics, and most of the fish are staging in 1-3 feet of water. “There’s also been some largemouths schooling along main lake waters, but most of the fish are pretty small,” he said. “Between schooling fish and the larger bass staging around the grass, we’ve been catching anywhere from 20-45 fish per day.” Caddo guide Mark Allen said most of the quality bass he’s been catching on Caddo have come from locales with dense vegetation and grass. “Backwater areas in 2 1/2 to 4 feet of water have held consistent numbers of fish,” Allen said. “There have been good concentrations of bass in a few schooling holes where the water is about 8 to 9 feet deep. Most of these areas are located off of points and around the edges of the boating lanes across the lake.”

mix of wild vegetation that the birds will lock in on. So far this season, guide Jim West with Bolivar Guide Service had been running hunts in Chambers County in the Central Zone. “Opening weekend was as good as it gets,” he said. “We’re in a part of the Central Zone that has a mix of both mourning and white-winged dove. But so far this season, we’re only getting shots at mourning dove. I normally plant a lot of milo that is like a magnet for whitewings. This season I left my fields as they are with a little bit of plowed ground along with freshcut vegetation. As it is, I’ve got a mix of Mexican weed, wild rice, red weed and goat weed. The mourning dove have been all over that stuff. Over the past few

years our numbers of whitewings have been excellent. But not so far this season.” Kenny Vaughan started the season in the Central Zone in his backyard in China, located several miles west of Beaumont in Jefferson County. That’s where he and his three kids shot more than 50 whitewings in a couple of hours. “It was one of the best hunts we’ve ever had out here,” he said. “Normally we have nothing but mourning doves. In fact, up until this season I had never even seen a whitewing out here. Prior to the season I planted a small patch of sunflowers. I had no idea how many birds it would attract. We were stunned to see so many dove. They were piling into the sunflowers in big flocks.” Outside of Port Lavaca, a coast-

al town located west of Lavaca Bay, is where guide Jake Huddleston with H&H Guide Service runs dove hunts. “We’re in Calhoun County that has some of the best wing shooting there is to offer,” he said. “We have access to miles and miles of grain fields and brush lines, as well as lots of stock tanks.” Huddleston began hunting along brush lines during the Special White-Winged Dove Days. “We were a couple of miles north of town and the birds were flying in big flocks,” he said. “It was almost 100-percent whitewings.” His hunters continue to bag limits on late-afternoon hunts in fields with a mix of harvested grain, adjacent to a thick mix of mesquite trees and brush. “The trick is to set up hunters

along the tree lines so they can get lots of pass shooting when the birds start to fly,” Huddleston said. “They roost in the city trees, and come out to the grain fields to feed. From about five o’clock until sundown, they will be leaving the fields and heading back into town. You have to see the numbers of birds to believe it. We’re also getting into some very good hunts over small ponds.” Hunters near Waco are having productive hunts over small ponds rimmed with willow and mesquite trees. Kyle Rowe has lived and hunted just north of Waco for decades, and reported they have been taking limits of dove flying to small ranch tanks. Most of the birds are whitewings.

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Colt suspends AR-15 production for civilians Colt is suspending its production of rifles for the civilian market including the popular AR-15. The company attributed the shift to changes in consumer demand and a market already saturated with similar weapons. The company said it will focus instead on fulfilling contracts with military and police customers for rifles. “The fact of the matter is that over the last few years, the market for modern sporting rifles has experienced significant excess manufacturing capacity,” Colt’s Chief Executive Officer Dennis Veilleux, said. “Given this level of manufacturing capacity, we believe there is adequate supply for modern sporting rifles for the foreseeable future.” —Staff report


Bobwhite numbers steady Preliminary data from trapping efforts last year indicate the state’s northern numbers are expected to be up slightly this season. The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is working to assess the health of northern bobwhites in the state. In August 2018, 33 quail from five wildlife management areas were collected for necropsy data. An additional 40 quail were trapped on seven WMAs in October 2018. After trapping, the birds were sent to the University of Georgia’s Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study for analysis. Quail from the August survey showed more stressors from the heat of summer. Of the August-trapped quail, 36 percent had ectoparasites (ticks, lice, etc.) versus 25 percent of the October-trapped quail. Intramuscular parasites (i.e. ricebreast) were found in 21 percent of the August quail versus only 5 percent of the October quail. Nearly one in four of the August quail had at least one eyeworm while only about one in 12 of the October birds had any eyeworms.



Bass Pro, others supporting Bahamas Bass Pro Shops founder announced “Anglers for the Bahamas,” a campaign to support the Bahamas in the wake of catastrophic devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian. Together with fishing industry partners and donations from 81,000 anglers,

donations now exceed $4 million. Bass Pro Shops is contributing a minimum of $1 million toward relief efforts, including $500,000 worth of donated goods and $500,000 in cash donations. Other partners like Tyson Foods are donating 125,000 meals. —Bass Pro Shops


IGFA Hall of Fame inductees On September 14, the International Game Fish Association inducted five fishing greats into the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame at Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium in Springfield, Missouri. Fisheries policy advocate and Center for Sportfishing Policy Chairman Bob Hayes joined former U.S. President George H.W. Bush in the 2019 class of inductees. Also inducted were IGFA world record holder and marine conservationist Terri Andrews; pelagic game fish researcher Dr. Julian Pepperell and tackle industry leader and conservationist Yasuhiko Tsunemi. —IGFA


Father of Namibian hunting dies Known as the father of the Namibian hunting industry, Volker Grellmann died Sept. 16. Born in Germany in 1942, Volker was a resident in Namibia since 1952, acquiring his Namibian citizenship in 1993. After completing school, a safari would change the course of his life. Volker established ANVO, a hunting safari company, in 1970, was the founding member of the Namibia Professional Hunting Association in 1974, and was the organization’s president from 1983-1991. He received many awards, including SCI’s Outstanding International Hunter Award in 1995, the NAPHA Conservation Award in 2005 and the Cheetah Conservation Award in 2006. His latest projects included a book, in essence, a memoir, of the native Bushmen and numerous hunting anecdotes. Proceeds from the book, once completed, will go toward the plight of the Bushmen in Namibia. —NAPHA

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ing on a highway between San Potosi and Mexico City on Feb. 15, 2011. Following his death, his parents, Amador and Mary, came up with the idea to have something in honor of their son — something which he really enjoyed off the job. So they created the Jaime J. Zapata Foundation, followed by a fishing tournament in his memory. The tourney, now in its third year, is a way to help young adults, particularly those who are pursuing law enforcement careers and who come from underprivileged areas from Brownsville to Laredo. This year, 12 students received $500 scholarships from the tournament proceeds. The Zapatas said they are glad for the support they have received from the community and from other sources as well. “We started the first tournament with a few boats, back in 2017,” Amador said. “This year we had 25 boats.” Held on Sept. 21, the fishing competition took place under difficult circumstances.

Some of the anglers said the harvest moon the night before did not help, nor did the showers early Saturday morning, followed by no wind at all. Others said the fish started biting after 10 a.m., while a few said they caught plenty of undersized redfish and trout. Prizes were given to the biggest redfish, trout and flounder and the grand champion spot was given to a team of anglers with the heaviest string. That honor went to two anglers from Harlingen, Luis Granjel and Daniel Salinas, and Jerry Juarez, from McAllen. They fished with Capt. Rudy Romero of South Padre Island. Their team, called Blue Note Capital, brought in a speckled trout, a trout and a flounder that had a combined weight of 17.6 pounds. “We fished hard but it was worth it,” Juarez said after the fish was weighed at Louie’s Backyard, the event’s headquarters. “This fishing tournament is for a good cause and we were glad to participate in it.”



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• Quick Focus Eyepiece

• Quick Focus Eyepiece

• 30mm Main Body Tube

• 30mm Main Body Tube

• Interchangeable Turret

• Interchangeable Turret

• Side Focus Parallax Adjustment

• Side Focus Parallax Adjustment

• HYPER READ displays the measurement result in approx. 0.3 second

• Spring-loaded Instant Zero-Reset Turrets

• Spring-loaded Instant Zero-Reset Turrets

• ID (incline/decline) Technology

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• Single or continuous measurement (up to 8 seconds)

• Distance measurement display step: 0.1m/yd. (to 1,000 yards)

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4-16x50SF BDC




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