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July 26, 2013 Texas Premier Outdoor Newspaper Volume 9, Issue 23
Big fi sh at BastanteBig marlin, tuna highlight Rockport tournament. Page 8
CONTENTSClassifi eds . . . . . . . . . Page 20 Crossword . . . . . . . . . Page 21Freshwater Fishing Report . Page 10For the Table. . . . . . . . Page 21Game Warden Blotter . . . . Page 12Heroes. . . . . . . . . . . Page 20Outdoor Datebook . . . . . Page 26Products . . . . . . . . . . Page 22Saltwater Fishing Report . . Page 16Sun, Moon and Tide data . . Page 21
West Texas gets much-needed moisture.Page 4
Rain is falling
Hunting expos start the hunting year. Page 5
Crooks look for high-end boxes.Page 11
What to buy depends on the fi sh.Page 8
The right y rod for saltwater
By Mark EnglandLone Star outdoor newS
Herds of the scimitar-horned oryx, addax and dama gazelle are rebounding in Texas after an initial panic when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced endangered spe-cies permits would be required to hunt the antelopes.
The decision came after a federal court ruling, and per-mitting went into effect April 4, 2012.There was tremendous cull-
ing during the panic stage, said Charly Seale, executive director of the Exotic Wildlife Association. People were sell-ing for pennies on the dollar.A 2010 EWA survey esti-
mated there were 11,032 scimitar-horned oryx, 5,112 addax and 894 dama gazelle on EWA-member ranches. Seale believes those numbers are down at least 40 percent, through culling and sell-offs.One Texas game ranch sold
discount hunts of $1,500 for a scimitar-horned oryx. As many
Holding strongThree antelope species alive andwell in Texas after permit fi asco
See ANTELOPE, Page 15
STILL HERE: After an initial rush to cull some herds due to federal regulations, scimitar-horned oryx, addax and dama gazelle are still prevalent on many Texas ranches. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.
Summer cats are purringBy Conor HarrisonLone Star outdoor newS
Lake Tawakoni catfi sh guide David Hanson is having one heck of a summer tar-geting channel catfi sh on his home lake.
We are wearing the channel cats out, he said. We have been catching 125 to 150 fi sh per day, and most days by 10 a.m.Hanson said he has
been fi shing since the spring in 27 to 30 feet of water and hasnt had to change tactics because the fi shing has been so good.If you arent catch-
ing a limit out here,
something is wrong, he said. I have been fi shing in those depths, but Ive talked to guys who are fi shing shallow under corks and they are catching a ton, also.Hanson has been
using punchbait to pull fi sh between 3 and 10 pounds.On Toledo Bend
Reservoir, the summer catfi sh bite has also
been solid, according to guide Ed Snelson.We tore them up
several nights ago, he said. We caught 700 pounds in two nights. All of those fi sh were caught on river chan-nel banks in 6 feet. The channels drop off into 30 feet or more, but there is no oxygen on the bottom.Snelson said he was
Fishing great across the state
See CATFISH, Page 18
DAY OR NIGHT: Anglers have been catching summer cat-fi sh during the day and night at a variety of depths. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.
THE FIGHT IS ON: Anglers from the Over-Ride attempt to reel in a big blue marlin. They were successful and landed the 561.5-pound fi sh to take second place in the Poco Bueno tournament. Photo by Dave Matisons, Texas Charter Fleet.
WE HAVE A WINNER: This giant, 584.5-pound blue marlin, caught by Bryan Richter, brought home a fi rst-place check in Poco Bueno for anglers aboard the Let it Ride, earn-ing the boat a large chunk of the nearly $2 million in prize money. Photo by Dave Matisons, Texas Charter Fleet.
Let it Ride wins Poco
The Let it Ride from Port Aransas took home top honors at the prestigious Poco Bueno tour-nament July 21 in Port OConnor when they brought a 584.5-pound blue marlin to the scales.They took the winners share of the almost
$2 million prize in the notoriously exclusive
tournament. The meat pot alone reportedly paid more than $1 million.The 118-inch long fi sh beat out several other
big blues for the top spot.We were running on fumes so getting to
the jetties was as big a victory as catching the
See POCO, Page 14
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Summer storms a welcome sight
By Conor HarrisonLone Star outdoor newS
Texas Parks and Wildlife Lubbock biologist Sean Kyle had his bird dog out last week to run and stretch its legs. The 18-month-old puppy had
some first-time experiences.I think it was the first time he
had ever seen moisture on the ground, Kyle said. It was a pretty new experience for him.Kyle said the Lubbock area
received 2.39 inches of rain the past week and 3.33 inches over-all for the month of July a big increase over last year.Weve also gotten a lot of
rain at the Muleshoe Refuge, he said. Five inches in June alone. There are lots of forbs and grasses responding.Kyle said it might be a little late
See STORMS, Page 7 THUNDERSTRUCK: Rain has swept across much of Texas recently, providing grasses and forbs with a boost heading into late summer. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.
TPWD taking public comment on trailing deer with dogsHunters could use dogs to trail a
wounded deer in 12 counties in East Texas, a practice that has been pro-hibited in this area of the state since 1990, under a proposal being consid-ered by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.A series of public meetings will be held
to provide details of the proposal and give the public an opportunity to comment. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission is expected to take action on the pro-posed change at its August 22 meeting.In 1990, TPWD adopted rules prohib-
iting the use of dogs to trail wounded deer in 34 East Texas counties. The rulemaking was necessary because the department determined that dogs were being used unlawfully to hunt deer, which was causing depletion of the resource.By 2000, TPWD determined that the
practice of using dogs to hunt deer had declined to the point of being nonex-istent in some counties and removed the prohibition in 10 of those counties. TPWD now believes the prohibition could be lifted in an additional 12 counties, including: Harris, Harrison, Houston, Jefferson, Liberty, Montgomery, Panola, Polk, Rusk, San Jacinto, Trinity, and Walker.Details about the proposal, along with
an opportunity to provide public com-ment, can be found online at tpwd.state.tx.us. Comment may also be made in writing to Robert Macdonald, TPWD Regulations Coordinator, 4200 Smith School Rd., Austin, TX 78744, in person at any of the following public hearings or at the TPWD annual public hearing on Aug. 21 at 2 p.m. at the above address.
Landowners encouraged to report hog damage
By Conor HarrisonLone Star outdoor newS
A statewide program is now helping land-owners report and deal with the damage caused by feral hogs.The Texas AgriLife Extension Service
went statewide with a landowner assis-
tance program aimed to keep track of feral hogs, especially around watershed areas.According to Jared Timmons, an exten-
sion associate at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences Department, the program began with the Plumb Creek Watershed but has expanded.There are two different ways to participate,
Timmons said. First, we have a section where landowners can create an account and enter monthly reports to give damage assessments, control methods they are using and number of hogs removed. Also, the public can log in with no account needed. Users can click on a Google map of the nearest stream or water-shed and give the number of hogs observed, damage reports and provide any other infor-mation they want.We use this information as the basis for
our educational efforts.Timmons said the program has had good
participation in the short time it has been available, and user information is kept con-fidential by the Extension Service.Weve hired a new agent in the Gatesville
area, he said. We already had good partici-pation in the South-Central (Texas) area and Coastal Bend region. A lot of what we do is look at the reports and see where we need to provide technical guidance for control efforts.Timmons said something that has
become clear with the new system is the abundance of hogs in urban areas.We are seeing a lot of urban feral hog
problems popping up, he said. That has been a little surprising.Timmons said hogs in watershed areas
can create a public health problem.The two main issues in the watershed
are hogs will defecate in and around the streams, he said. The feces has E. coli bac-teria in it that can be harmful. Also, hogs cant sweat, so when they wallow in the steams to cool off, it can cause sedimenta-tion issues.
COUNT THEM AND REPORT: A statewide effort by Texas AgriLife Extension offices is encouragin