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Anglers Quest Rayburn Saturday Team # 1

Ben Vaughn & Michael Latham Won!!
By Bill & Barbara Long

„ Ricky Guy fished by himself and won 2nd place with his nice bag that weighed 19.91 lbs. which included the big bass of the tournament, a 8.96 pounder.

„ Ben Vaughn & Michael Latham won the tournament with their impressive bag of fish that weighed 20.00 pounds even!! Jan. 5, 2013 - Anglers Quest 2013 Sam Rayburn Saturday Team Series # 1 out of The Umphrey Pavilion at Sam Rayburn, TX began this event with 110 teamed anglers showing up to fish for the $9,400 purse. It was thirteen culls to a win for Ben Vaughn & Michael Latham! This 1st event of 2013 was started at 6:55 am. Sam Rayburn water was in good shape and 3.07 feet below normal pool level with water temps running 49-53 degrees. The weather at takeoff was a rainy 38 degrees, warming to 50 degrees by weigh in time. The fish catching was good on Big Sam today as there were 30 limits brought to the scales, for a total of 173 bass at 440.34 lbs making the average bass brought to the scales today weigh 2.54 lbs. The team of Ben Vaughn & Michael Latham from Lufkin, TX ran their Triton/Mercury bass rig to mid-lake creek areas over grass to catch their bass throwing rattle traps in 5 ft of water. They managed to cull 13 times to finish with 20.00 lbs. This win made them $2200.00 for their day on the water. The one man team of Ricky Guy from Humble, TX ran his BassCat/Evinrude bass rig to north lake creek areas to probe the ditches, drains & points with grass using his rods & reels tipped with traps to bring 19.91 lbs to the scales. Ricky finished in 2nd and collected $1750.00 and had the Big Bass of the event, a fine 8.96 pounder. The team of N Dee Williams from Cushing, TX & Jeff Wise from Lufkin, TX finished in 3rd with 18.71 lbs and collected $1100.00. The team of Justin Burns from Buna, TX & Richie Wagnon from Call, TX finished in 4th with 18.53 lbs and collected $900.00. The father & son team of Bob & Andy Vote finished in 5th with 17.26 lbs and collected $800.00. There were 11 places paid in this event. The entire results from this and all A/Q events put on by Anglers Quest can be viewed at HYPERLINK “http://www.anglers-quest.com” www.anglers-quest.com A/Q would like to give a special thanks to our sponsors who offer the Incentive Bonus dollars for our anglers in the Anglers Quest Tournament Trail, Bowden Marine, Power Pole “Captains Cash”, Solar Bat Sunglasses, Martel’s Rhino Bed Liners, Buster McNutty’s Gift Cards and PAA membership bonus. Please read the qualifications for these great incentives on our Anglers Quest website. On January 12th & 13th Anglers Quest will be at Kickapoo Bait & Tackle on Lake Livingston for the 1st of 8 Lake Livingston Saturday Team & Individual Series events. Then on January 19th & 20th A/Q will be at Lake Houston Marina on Lake Houston for the 1st of 8 Houston Saturday Team & Individual Series events. Anglers Quest will be back at The Umphrey Pavilion on Sam Rayburn on February 2nd & 3rd for the 2nd of 8 Sam Rayburn Saturday & Individual Series events. On February 9th & 10th Anglers Quest will

„ The team of N Dee Williams & Jeff Wise finished in 3rd with 18.71 lbs. be back at Lake Livingston for the 2nd of 8 Saturday & Individual Series events. Anglers Quest still accepts credit cards. Pre-enter any event and you DO NOT have to report to the A/Q bus the morning of the events. Call Mr. Bill or Barbara Long at 281-852-8842 for any information or entry. 2013 schedules & results for all Anglers Quest series events are now available online at HYPERLINK “http://www.anglers-quest.com/” www.anglers-quest.com. Any team entering 6 of the Sam Rayburn Saturday Series events will automatically qualify for the 2-day Rayburn Championship. The top team in points after the series will be declared the Team Anglers of the Year and will be awarded free entries to all 2014 Rayburn Saturday Series events. The teams entering all 8 Rayburn Saturday series events will automatically qualify for all 3 of the Lakes Saturday Series 2-day Championships. Any team qualifying for any A/Q Championship will be allowed to enter the “Tournament of Champions” on October 23-27 at Toledo Bend. Anglers Quest suggest the use of these sponsors products & services: Automated Mailing Solutions, Bowden Marine Sales & Service, Buster McNuttys, Check-It Stik, City of Jasper, Tx-Chamber, City of Onalaska, Custom Built Awards, Executive Security Integrators, HYPERLINK “http://www.fishingworld.com” \t “_blank” FishingWorld. com, Foster Fence Ltd, Freeway Truck Sales, Jasper Economic Development District # 1, Kickapoo Bait & Tackle, Lake Houston Marina, Lone Star Buffet, Martel’s Welding Works, Needmore Tackle, Power Pole, Rayburn Country Resort, Royal Purple Synthetic Oil, Sabine County Tourism, Solar Bat Sunglasses, Superior Paint Works Inc., The Stump Bar & Grill, Tri County Construction Co. and Vincent Turf Farms. God Bless & Good Fishing to All……

„ Ricky Guy won the Big Bass honors with his nice 8.96 pounder!

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Best Bass Lake in Texas? You Might be Surprised!
Night work by fisheries biologists sheds light on honeyholes.
Story courtesy Texas Parks & Wildlife

In reservoirs scattered throughout Texas, under the black skies of cool, fall nights, loud generators drone and bright lights beam from strange-looking boats built to transmit electrical current into the water to catch fish. Crews from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Inland Fisheries district offices use these electrofishing boats to collect information on fish populations, including Texas’ most popular fish—largemouth bass. Bass anglers are always searching for hot lakes, for bass populations that are primed for great fishing opportunities. With this in mind, TPWD’s Spencer Dumont used electrofishing information collected from over 4,800 adult bass (8 inches and longer) in 78 hours of electrofishing effort at 935 different shoreline sites from 62 reservoirs in Fall 2012 to rank the top ten bass populations in terms of small bass, keeper bass and quality bass. What he found may simply confirm what you already knew. But more likely it will surprise you. Top Ten Lakes for Small Bass Small bass were defined as those from eight to 13 inches long. Sprawling Sam Rayburn Reservoir was ranked No. 1 for small bass at 161 bass collected per hour of electrofishing effort. Rounding out the top ten were: Sweetwater (143/hour); Proctor (120/hour); Toledo Bend (90/hour); Walter E. Long (86/hour); Eagle Mountain (84.6/hour); Ray Hubbard (81.5/ hour); Leon (77/hour); Lake o’ the Pines and Lake Raven (75/hour); The average number of small bass caught per reservoir in 2012 was 44/hour. Top Ten Lakes for Keeper Bass

Keeper bass were defined as those from 14 to 17 inches long. Lake Raven took the top spot for keeper bass with a whopping 75 bass collected per hour of electrofishing. The rest of the top ten were: Bastrop (64/hour); Walter E. Long (62/ hour); Sam Rayburn (35.5/hour); Amistad (29.5/ hour); Sweetwater (26/hour); Amon Carter (25/ hour); Coleman, Gibbons Creek and Toledo Bend (21/hour). The average number of keeper bass caught per reservoir in 2012 was 13 bass per hour of electrofishing. Top Ten Lakes for Quality Bass Quality bass were defined as those 18 inches or longer. Walter E. Long had the most quality bass with an impressive 18 bass collected per hour. The remainder of the top ten were: Bastrop and Raven (10/hour); Jacksonville, Houston County, Ray Hubbard, Sam Rayburn and Sweetwater (7/hour); Mackenzie, Murvaul, Proctor and Stamford (6/hour) The average catch of quality bass per reservoir in 2012 was 3 bass per hour of electrofishing. Top Ten Overall The best overall reservoir, based on a combination of small, keeper and quality bass caught during electrofishing samples in 2012, was a tie between Walter E. Long and Sam Rayburn. Raven was No. 3, followed by Sweetwater (No. 4), Bastrop (No. 5), Ray Hubbard (No. 6), Toledo Bend (No. 7), Lone Star (No. 8), Houston County (No. 9) and Amistad (No. 10). Dumont cautioned that anglers should not expect to catch bass in the same numbers

as the electrofishing boats. “Electrofishing gives an indication of how abundant bass of different sizes are in a reservoir,” he said. “Also, electrofishing does not generally collect very large fish. There may well be larger fish in a reservoir than show up in electrofishing surveys. Falcon would be a good example. We know that lake has lots of big bass, but it’s very hard to collect them with electrofishing.” If your favorite lake is missing from the lists above, it may be due to the fact that not every reservoir is sampled every year. And, Dumont noted, electrofishing is not an exact science. “Lake Fork did not show up on any of the lists, but sometimes you don’t get a good sample. That happens with electrofishing.” Dumont also pointed out that reservoirs are not all the same. “Electrofishing rates are not always directly comparable from lake to lake, so we typically monitor trends in the same lake from year to year.” Electrofishing collections and other management activities in Texas’ public waters are made possible by funds provided by the Sport Fish Restoration Program through purchase of fishing licenses and fishing equipment and motorboat fuels. The aforementioned reservoirs are only a drop in a bucket of fishing opportunities Texas has to offer; over 1,000 reservoirs are sprinkled throughout Texas and 191,000 miles of rivers and streams snake their way to the coast. For information on a particular body of water, contact the biologist in charge; contact information is at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/

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Anglers Quest Rayburn Individual # 1

Randy Quin Won!!
By Bill & Barbara Long

Jan. 6, 2013 - Anglers Quest 2012 Sam Rayburn Individual # 1 out of The Umphrey Pavilion in Sam Rayburn, TX began this event with 35 anglers showing up to fish for the $2220.00 purse. This 1st event of 2013 was started as a trailoring event at 6:55 am. The weigh in time was conducted at 4:00 pm. Any Individual entering 6 of the Sam Rayburn Individual Series events will automatically qualify for the 2-day Rayburn Individual Championship. The top Individual in points after the series will be declared the Angler of the Year and will be awarded free entries to all 2014 Rayburn Individual Series events. The Individuals entering all 8 Rayburn Individual series events will automatically qualify for all 3 of the Lakes Individual Series 2-day Championships. Any Individual qualifying for any A/Q Championship will be allowed to enter the “Tournament of Champions” on October 23-27 at Toledo Bend. Sam Rayburn water was in good shape and 3.07 feet below normal pool level with water temps running 49-53 degrees. The weather at takeoff was a calm 44 degrees with a warming to 56 degrees by weigh in time. The fish catching was good on Big Sam today as there were 12 limits brought to the scales, for a total of 88 bass at 227.70 lbs making the average bass brought to the scales today weigh 2.58 lbs. Randy Quin from Huffman, TX ran his Champion/Mercury bass rig to north lake pockets over grass to catch his bass throwing orange traps in 2-7 ft of water. Randy managed to catch 10 keepers to finish in 1st place with 20.43 lbs and made him $1000.00 for his day on the water.

„ Randy Quin won the tournament with his limit of fish that weighed 20.43 lbs.

„ Ricky Guy came in 2nd place with his bag that weighed 15.98 lbs.

Ricky Guy from Humble, TX finished his day in 2nd with 5 bass at 15.98 lbs and collected $500.00. Keith White from Sam Rayburn, TX finished in 3rd with 5 bass at 14.41 lbs and collected $250.00. Philip Crelia finished in 4th with 13.45 lbs and collected $135.00. Billy Cline finished in 5th, the last money spot with 13.31 lbs and also had the Big Bass of the day a 6.50 pounder and collected $175.00 for his day on the water. „ Philip Crelia finished in 4th with 13.45 lbs.

The entire results from this and all A/Q events put on by Anglers Quest can be viewed at HYPERLINK “http://www.anglers-quest.com” www.anglers-quest.com A/Q would like to give a special thanks to our sponsors who offer the Incentive Bonus dollars for our anglers in the Anglers Quest Tournament Trail: Bowden Marine, Power Pole “Captains Cash”, Solar Bat Sunglasses, Martel’s Rhino Bed Liners, Buster McNutty’s

„ Keith White finished in 3rd with 5 bass that weighed 14.41 lbs.

„ Billy Cline finished in 5th, the last money spot with 13.31 lbs and also had the Big Bass of the day a nice 6.50 pounder.

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Gift Cards and PAA membership bonus. Please read the qualifications for these great incentives on our Anglers Quest website. On January 12th & 13th Anglers Quest will be at Kickapoo Bait & Tackle on Lake Livingston for the 1st of 8 Lake Livingston Saturday Team & Individual Series events. Then on January 19th & 20th A/Q will be at Lake Houston Marina on Lake Houston for the 1st of 8 Houston Saturday Team & Individual Series events. Anglers Quest will be back at The Umphrey Pavilion on Sam Rayburn on February 2nd & 3rd for the 2nd of 8 Sam Rayburn Saturday & Individual Series events. On February 9th & 10th Anglers Quest will be back at Lake Livingston for the 2nd of 8 Saturday & Individual Series events. Anglers Quest still accepts credit cards. Pre-enter any event and you DO NOT have to report to the A/Q bus the morning of the events. Call Mr. Bill or Barbara Long at 281-852-8842 for any information or entry. 2013 schedules & results for all Anglers

Quest series events are now available online at HYPERLINK “http://www.anglers-quest.com/” www.anglers-quest.com. Anglers Quest suggest the use of these sponsors products & services: Automated Mailing Solutions, Bowden Marine Sales & Service, Buster McNuttys, Check-It Stik, City of Jasper, TXChamber, City of Onalaska, Custom Built Awards, Executive Security Integrators, HYPERLINK “http://www.fishingworld.com” \t “_blank” FishingWorld.com, Foster Fence Ltd, Freeway Truck Sales, Jasper Economic Development District # 1, Kickapoo Bait & Tackle, Lake Houston Marina, Lone Star Buffet, Martel’s Welding Works, Need More Tackle, Power Pole, Rayburn Country Resort, Royal Purple Synthetic Oil, Sabine County Tourism, Solar Bat Sunglasses, Superior Paint Works Inc., The Stump Bar & Grill, Tri County Construction Co. and Vincent Turf Farms. God Bless & Good Fishing to All……

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Shook & Iles win Bass N Bucks Rayburn #2 by a narrow margin
By Patty Lenderman

Between a series of deluging rains and on the brink of the next cold system poised to settle in on East Texas, Bass N Bucks held its second Sam Rayburn tournament for 2013 on January 12. Eighty two teams scattered everywhere on Big Sam and with the rising muddied up water levels, plus the wind – anglers were not without challenge. Danny Iles and Brian Shook won by merely two ounces and the race for Big Bass was just as tight.

„ Brian Shook and Danny Iles were among the first to weigh their catch, and held on for a 1st place win by a narrow margin.

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th Big Bass

21.65 lbs 21.51 lbs 19.99 lbs 17.53 lbs 17.50 lbs 17.44 lbs 16.46 lbs 15.72 lbs 15.66 lbs 15.59 lbs 8.24 lbs

Top Teams: Danny Iles & Brian Shook Dicky Newberry & Ken Smith Jake Wedel & Jeremy Wedel Ryan O’Neal & David Atwell Cory Rambo & Rusty Clark William Roberts & Leonard Price Jarel Dean & Jason Dean Dean Perkins & David Huckabee Russell Lee & Landon Ware Ray Livingston & Bill Rogers Bill Roberts & Leonard Price

It was the last of ‘warm’ weather predicted to be seen for a good while, with temps in the 70’s just ahead of a massive cold front marching into the area within 24 hours of the tournament. In addition, Sam Rayburn had sprung up over a foot in recent days with the onslaught of rain. Tournament day enjoyed a brief window between the rains, with more coming in right around the corner. The wind strength grew throughout the day sending boats back into protected pockets to find their fish. Bass N Bucks allows their participants to trailer to boat launches closer to the areas they will be fishing. All teams must put their rods down at 3:00 and they have until the weigh in line closes at 4pm to be in line to weigh their catch. Among the first to tally their weight was Danny Iles and Brian

Shook. First, they set the bar for the Big Bass race with their kicker weighing in at 5.40 lbs. Adding their remaining four fish, their total weight hit 21.65 lbs, establishing the weight to beat. Jake and Jeremy Wedel took the Big Bass lead away with their 6.70 lb kicker, and settled in for a temporary 2nd place position with their 19.99 pound sack. Soon after Dicky Newberry & Ken Smith brought their catch in, overtaking both of their weights having an 8.08 lb sow and challenged the leaders with their 21.51 lb total. The Big Bass race was not over until Bill Roberts and Leonard Price came in with their limit of bass that included an 8.24 lb’r that won in the Big Bass category by two and a half ounces. Young guns Brian Shook and Danny Iles have earned a reputation for being a tough team, and upheld it by winning this tournament. “Our

„ Jake and Jeremy Wedel caught a 3rd place winning limit just shy of the 20 lb mark at 19.99 lbs. Tournament Director Bryan Davis helps to show off the catch.

„ Here’s three of the five fish limit brought in by Ken Smith & Dicky Newberry that took 2nd place overall as well as 2nd place Big Bass with their 8.08 lb kicker.

„ Bill Roberts caught the biggest bass of the tournament with partner Leonard Price weighing in at 8.24 lbs. It anchored a 6th place overall win for the team.

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„ John Salamone representative Rick Hall presented the $500 bonus check to Rusty Clark for being the highest finishing angler with an insurance policy with the Salamone Agency, pictured here with partner Cory Rambo.

„ Top teams for Bass N Bucks Sam Rayburn Series #2: (front) 1st - Danny Iles & Brian Shook; (back row, L-R) 2nd - Dicky Newberry & Ken Smith; 3rd - Jeremy & Jake Wedel; Big Bass - Leonard Price & Bill Roberts day started out really good,” Brian explained. “We went to deep grassy points with 6th Sense crank baits and caught three good ones right off the bat as well as two smaller ones.” They had a limit in the boat, but the day was not over. “The wind picked up and got pretty bad, so we headed to the back of the pockets where it was more protected.” They changed tactics, picking up red-eye shad rattle traps and shallow running crank baits. “We were able to cull the two smaller bass with the traps, and our day was pretty well done. We only caught 7 or 8 keepers all day.” Bass N Bucks awarded them $8,000 for their 1st place win, and they have several people to thank for their support: 6th Sense Lures, Needmore Tackle, Power Tackle, Carlson’s Marine, Ranger, Mercury, Costa Del Mar and Jordan’s Marine. “We’d also like to thank Ray at R-1 Bass. When it comes to trolling motor repair, he really comes through.” 2nd place was won by Dicky Newberry and Ken Smith with a final weight of 21.51 lbs. “We had a limit of Kentucky’s plus a four pounder by 9am,” Dicky recalled. Once they put an initial limit together, they moved to a small drain. “We started running the grass line with a rattle trap and covered a lot of water.” That’s when Dicky caught their kicker weighing in at 8.08 lbs. “We ended up culling all of the Kentucky’s, catching one here and one there.” Bass N Bucks awarded the team $4,000 and they would like to thank Lucas Oil, Ranger dealer Diamond sports, Needmore Tackle and V&M baits.

“We had a limit by 9am, and continued to catch fish but nothing to cull with.” That catch helped to anchor a 6th place overall win for the team. The John Salamone Insurance agency out of Jasper and Kirbyville, TX is sponsoring the 2013 Sam Rayburn Series by awarding the highest finishing team $500 at every event that has their boat insurance or any other Foremost policy with the Salamone Agency. Cory Rambo and Rusty Clark were awarded the bonus check for this tournament finishing in 5th place overall. Tournament trails reward their highest ranking participants at the end of each season. The weights brought in at each event are added together, and at the end of the season whoever has the highest total achieves Anglers of the Year. In addition to the title, they also receive free entries into the next season for that region / series, in this case a value of $1,400. The third of five Rayburn Spring Series events will take place February 9 back at the Umphrey Pavilion. In the mean time The Toledo Spring Series kicks off January 26 and the new Lake Fork Spring Series will begin February 3. Visit HYPERLINK “http://www.BassNBucks.com” www.BassNBucks.com to see a full schedule or call Bryan Davis at 469-955-7808.

Top 5 in anglers of The Year race afTer Two evenTs:

39.97 35.42 35.27

Ray Livingston & Bill Rogers Kris Wilson & Charles Bebber Shelby Shaw & Lance Hughes

33.56 31.43

Cory Rambo & Rusty Clark Chris McCall & Clayton Boulware

Jake and Jeremy Wedel experienced additional challenges but still came out with a 3rd place finish. “We had picked out our starting spot, and when we arrived at it there were duck decoys everywhere.” Obviously that particular area of water had coveted bounties of both fin and feather variety. “We targeted the shallow inside grass line, and the only bait we used all day was a Carolina rigged green pumpkin Grande Bass rattle snake.” They found the fish there were biting well, and on the third cast Jake caught their kicker weighing 6.70 lbs. “Before 9am we had five fish in the boat, so we moved to some of our other spots.” All total they estimate hitting five areas, and made their last cull of the day at 1:00. Bass N Bucks awarded the final guaranteed paycheck to them for $3,000. The top weight for Big Bass just kept climbing throughout the weigh in. Ultimately William Roberts and Leonard Price won in that category with their 8.24 lb’r. “It was really windy today. We started out on points 10’-15’ deep with a Carolina rig, then headed to shallow water with rattle traps.” It was while they were out in the deeper water that Bill caught the big sow on a Carolina rig around 8:30am.

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Slidemaster’s 12” Jack-plate is standard on Skeeter’s FX Series. The two bolts next to the tie-down straps are the ones to periodically check.

Hello Anglers. We had several days of rainy, cold weather in January so I had a few days to catch up on some things. One project that I knew was due was to do a boat check as I knew it had been several months since I had gone over my rig to check for loose and missing screws and nuts etc. There were several important things that I discovered needed attention. I have a 12 inch Slidemaster manual jackplate that comes standard on my 2013 Skeeter FX. When I was checking all the bolts/nuts on my motor cables and steering rods I decided to check for tightness of the four bolts (two on each side) that connects the Slidemaster unit to the jackplate itself. The side mechanism is what you loosen to easily adjust the height of the motor on the transom. It’s a really neat design and makes it easy for one person to adjust the height of the motor. To my amazement, one of the four stainless bolts was gone....not loose but gone. I did make a slight adjustment on the unit a few weeks ago so I suspect I did not get it tight enough. Talk about an important discovery! Fortunately, one of our local hardware stores had the exact stainless bolt so we took care of the problem and tightened the other three bolts a little more as well. I have had 20-25 boats in my life and have never had that happen but it is a good reminder to do a complete boat/motor check on a regular basis. A bass rig takes a lot of punishment on a large body of water such as Toledo and Rayburn. Another hint is to check the bow of the boat as well to check the screws on the depth finder mount as well as the trolling motor. I have a 36 volt/101/Digital Fortrex

Minn Kota with gas assist lift feature which I dearly love. The Fortrex mounting unit for the trolling motor is also excellent and I have found only one minor issue to stay on top of. Make sure you check the 6 recessed stainless Phillips head screws (3 on each side) of the mounting bracket. I check mine every 6-8 fishing trips because with all the pounding up front they will get loose. The two front screws (one on each side) are the ones that usually loosens the most and they can work out completely. To prevent this on the Fortrex, all it takes is a medium sized Phillips head screw driver and a few seconds to check and you’re done. Most maintenance boat issues are easily taken care of if caught in time so it is vital to be alert to these situations on our fishing rigs. A five minute inspection every few weeks is usually all it takes and could save you lots of headaches, major expenses and even injury. Be safe out there!! Both Toledo and Rayburn are shaping up to have great fishing these next few months. AUTHOR INFO: Joe Joslin is a syndicated outdoor columnist, tournament angler and pro guide on Toledo and Sam Rayburn. Contact him at 337-463-3848 or e-mail at “http://us.mc1620.mail. yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=joejoslinoutdoors@ yahoo.com”joejoslinoutdoors@yahoo.com or website “http://www.joejoslinoutdoors.com/” www.joejoslinoutdoors.com. Good fishing and wishing you God’s blessings.

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Texas is one of the most diverse states in the union as far as the number of species, habitat, and number of endemic species (those found only in Texas). This is due not only to its large size (2nd in size only to Alaska) and high number of habitat types, but also location overlapping many different ecoregions (Mountains, plains, desert, pineywoods etc..). This creates great places to visit and spectacular sites to see. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department provides many opportunities to view these spectacular places in the form of Wildlife Management Areas (WMA). A WMA is an area managed to ensure that native habitats are around for future generations to see and enjoy. A wide range of habitat management techniques are used to protect, restore, and maintain these areas. Examples of these techniques include, prescribed fire, herbicide, grazing, and reseeding of native plants. These practices are applied to the landscape using a scientific approach based on data collected through surveys and experiments by TPWD personnel with possible help and collaboration from universities, other agencies, and volunteers. WMA’s provide an excellent classroom to teach landowners, sportsman, conservationists, and anyone else interested in the area. Part of making sure that critical habitats are around for future generations is passing on the importance of these areas, and how to maintain them. Examples of educational activities include field

days, workshops, seminars, tours, research, and publications. These WMA’s offer a wealth of recreational opportunities. They can include (some WMA’s allow different things and at different times) consumptive activities (take a resource off of the area) such as hunting and fishing, but visitors are not limited to just these activities. People enjoy bird watching, geocaching, boating, orienteering, adventure racing, and many others that are nonconsumptive uses (don’t take resources off of the area). Many of these activities can be done year round. To access the WMA a permit is required. Consumptive users need the Annual Public Hunting Permit ($48), and nonconsumptive users need the Limited Use Permit ($12). The exception to this rule is nonconsumptive users on National Forest Land and some U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Land. The money collected from permits goes to fund management activities on the property. WMA’s can be found in almost every habitat type (only lacking 1) in Texas. The 51 WMA’s encompass 756,464 acres. The locations and directions to each individual site can be found on the TPWD website HYPERLINK “http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us”www.tpwd.state.tx.us or by contacting your local TPWD office. Many sites will be within a short drive from your location. Edward Abbey (American writer 1927-1989, who wrote primarily about the Southwest)

summed it up very well by saying “One final paragraph of advice: Do not burn yourself out. Be as I am-a reluctant enthusiast… a part time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it is still there. So get out there and mess around with your friends, ramble out

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It’s all about creating memories 12th Annual TP&W Youth Trout Derby
By Patty Lenderman

Bobbers, hooks and lines – oh my! Creating memories is what it’s all about, as Texas Parks & Wildlife stocked 2,800 trout in the Jasper City Park Pond in preparation for their 12th Annual Jasper Youth Trout Derby. Beautiful weather set the scene as over 400 people lined the banks to have some family fun January 19 at Sandy Creek Park. The Derby is for all kids up to 16 year of age. There were prizes and awards for the largest trout, smallest trout, and largest ‘other species’

in three age groups. It is a lot of fun for everyone – even the adults! Corn, worms, Berkley niblets were all good baits of choice as kids competed for top honors, eyeing the bikes and rod & reel combo’s that would be given away by drawing afterward. Many of the kids fishing the tournament have grown up with the event, many others experienced their first time fishing. The banks were lined with anglers of all ages as families and friends gathered to this

free tournament, designed to introduce and encourage the love of fishing. The Jasper Evening Lions Club has been on site every year fixing coffee, hot chocolate and hot dogs for everyone in attendance. Volunteers from the Jasper High School National Honor Society helped by preparing portions of bait, raffle tickets and registration. Two weigh stations were set up, one on each end of the pond to tally each catch. Prizes were awarded to the overall tournament winners, but as has become tradition many

other kids enjoyed winning other prizes as well through the raffle drawing including three girls bikes, three boys bikes, and lots of rod & reel combo’s. “We would like to give special thanks to the City of Jasper, Mayor Mike Lout, all of the merchants that make donations to this tournament every single year in support of the event. Thanks also to the volunteers for helping it run smoothly but most of all to the parents and kids for coming out and enjoying the day

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with us. It’s all about creating memories, and the kids will carry these memories with them for a lifetime. We’d like to encourage everyone to come back and keep fishing for these trout which will be in the pond until the water temperature reaches 64 degrees. Thanks again to everyone who was a part of this tournament, and we’ll look forward to seeing you again next year.” – Ray Lenderman, TPWD The Jasper City Park pond is regularly stocked with 400 catfish every October as well as the trout each January. The Texas Parks & Wildlife Inland Fisheries crew of Jasper, TX encourages everyone to come out and fish for the trout, catfish, perch and bass found in the pond, and most importantly – remember to take a kid fishing. Texas Parks & Wildlife Inland Fisheries would like to thank: Lakes Area Tire, Gee Shipman Pharmacy, Gary Satterwhite of Texas Farm Bureau, Meigs Building Material, Jasper Title & Abstract Co., Beards Office Supply, Hollis Tire, Joe Knight of State Farm Insurance, A-1 Refrigeration, First National Bank, Weaver Bros. Dodge, Dover Oil Co., First Band & Trust, Jasper Outboard, Jasper Walmart, The Tackle Monkey, Dr. Eric Koch DDS, Parker Lumber, Brookshire Bros., Academy, Jasper Ford, Parker Lumber, City of Jasper, Jasper Police Dept., Ambulance Service, Jasper Newsboy, The Lakecaster, Mike Lout & Michael Love of KJAS Radio, Jasper Evening Lions Club, “and to all of you for your support to help teach kids that fishing is fun!”


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Garrie & Triana take home top honors at Bass Champs on Sam Rayburn with a huge three fish limit
By Patty Lenderman

„ These three fish made up the entire 20.23 lb limit that won 1st place for Wayne Triana and Jonathan Garrie. Their kicker was over 10 pounds!

„ Ken Smith and Dicky Newberry were within a pound for a 1st place finish, ultimately taking 2nd place with 19.32 lbs

Bass Champs kicked off the 2013 East Region on Sam Rayburn January 19th at the Umphrey Family Pavilion. Their new format guarantees more money for fewer fish – each team is allowed only three, but the weights brought in looked like five fish sacks! Jonathan Garrie and Wayne Triana won the inaugural event weighing in over 20 pounds, which included a 10 pound kicker – but that wasn’t the biggest bass weighed in! East Texas has been having a bout of wintry weather, freezing temperatures and plenty of rain recently, but Mother Nature smiled on the

220 teams who came to compete giving them a mostly sunny day in the 60’s with hardly a hint of a breeze. Thirty teams would go home with a check in the $63,400 paid – a 104% payback! The stage was set and ready to weigh everyone’s catch, and as in all Bass Champs tournaments, the grill was fired up roasting hot dogs for everyone in attendance to enjoy. Rusty Clark and Cory Rambo christened the scales with their 15.04 sack, a five pound average per fish, for an initial lead in the tournament. Before it was over, seven teams would best their weight for an exciting weigh in.

„ Nick LeBrun caught the biggest bass of the tournament, weighing in at 10.42 lbs. He and partner Chris Lee won 3rd place overall with an 18.53 lb three fish limit.

Nacogdoches anglers Jonathan Garrie and Wayne Triana exceeded the 20 pound mark with their three fish limit to win the tournament. First, their biggest was put on the scales and hit the double digit mark at 10.01 lbs taking the lead for Big Bass. As their other two fish were added, their total weight locked in at 20.23 pounds. “We headed to a deep ledge that dropped from 12’ to 50’ by the main river channel,” Jonathan explained. They were using a new prototype crank bait from 6th Sense Lures. “The morning bite was great – we had our biggest three fish by 8am.” This included their 10 lb kicker. “When she took the bait, she nearly yanked the rod right out of my hand.” She didn’t want to come in easily. “As I was working on getting her in, she jumped, tail danced, tried to throw the bait – she really gave us quite a show!” Jonathan held onto her, and it anchored a 1st place win for the team. Bass Champs presented them with a $15,000 check for 1st place, then they also received an additional $200 from Sure Life for using the product in their livewell. “We’d like to thank Bass Champs for putting on these tournaments, and also 6th Sense Lures and Custom Angle Rods.” Less than a pound behind them were the 2nd place winners Dicky Newberry and Ken Smith. Their three fish limit weighed 19.34 lbs, consisting of all ‘chunks’. “We started out in deep water,” Ken described. “There were a lot of

Kentucky’s in this particular spot last week.” On tournament day, the Kentucky’s weren’t to be found. “Largemouth bass had moved in!” Dicky broke the ice catching a four pounder on a jig, then Ken caught two at the same time on an umbrella rig. “We hit a lot of spots, and before the day was done we had run 71 miles.” Their three best fish were caught in three different locations. One of those locations was a drain, and their biggest fish was caught there on a rattle trap. Another one of their keepers came off of a 10XD Strike King crank bait. “We probably hit a dozen spots, just hitting some of our ‘old holes’. The bass are trying to move up, staging for the spawn. They should be there for the next 2 -3 weeks.” Bass Champs awarded them $5,000 for their 2nd place win and they would like to thank Fun N Sun, Lucas Oil, V&M, Needmore Tackle, Ranger and Mercury. 18.53 lbs won 3rd place, caught by Louisiana anglers Nick LeBrun and Chris Lee. “We started in shallow water using a rattle trap. We were catching fish, but they were all little, just barely keepers. About 10am we moved off shore to deeper water using a football head jig.” It was a good move, as they put two solid bass in their livewell pretty quickly. “We would move to a spot, get a few bites, then hit another spot.” At one point, when they were making another decision on which spot to go to next, they discussed an

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Fishing Forecast
“Big Sam” has been getting lots of rain and the lake has been on the rise. The creeks have been a little muddy in the back and the river has been coloring the water as it comes down. There is a lot of new vegetation for the Bass to use in the back of the pockets and that means we will have some good grass Lynn Atkinson lines to fish this year. There will be a lot of cell 979-220-0251 fish Reel Um N Guide moving around in the shallows at this Service, time of year. They are looking for the www.rayburncountry.com perfect spot to make a nest then try and lure a big female in to spawn. Lots of the big females will start to stage just outside on the points and ledges waiting to move in when the time is right. They will start to stack up waiting to spawn. This is the month to be on the lake hunting Big Bass, checking out new areas looking for males working on nests. Sam Rayburn is known for the lipless crankbait bite and Rayburn Red is the prime color. Don’t get stuck on just one shade of red. Sometimes a small difference in color can be the ticket and there are lots of new baits and colors each year. Strike Pro Lures has the Flap Jacks that come in lots of different colors, these baits been catching some nice fish in January for us. Another good bait used to cover a lot of water, is the Stanley spinner bait. They can be a lot of fun when a bass really smashes it! You can’t beat this time of year for getting out and enjoying the water. It is so peaceful. Get a jump on the game and figure out where the fish are starting to stack up for the spawn. Remember the Sharelunker Program entries started October 1st and run thru April 30th. If you haven’t heard, it encourages anglers who catch a 13 - poundplus largemouth bass to lend or donate it to the TPWD for spawning purposes. There are some great benefits doing this and one of them is that the angler receives a fiberglass replica of the bass. There is a 24hour pager at 1-888-784-0600. Check out the Program rules at their site along with the Benefits. http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/ spdest/visitorcenters/tffc/sharelunker/ The Crappie should start moving back down the river and along the grass lines looking for spawning spots. Just a couple of days of warm weather can trigger them to move up and get active in the pockets. We had a lot of days last year that we had fun with kids. We were catching 50 or 60 crappie in the morning then going back in the evening and doing the same thing. You’ve got to hit it hard when it’s right and make the most of it. The white bass should be biting up river and sometimes you can fill a cooler in just a short time. When the bite is on there is nothing more fun than heading up there then finding that you just got into some of the best action of your life. We’ve seen some spots so loaded with fish that every cast was a catch. Put these fish on an ultra light rod and you’ve got a fight on your hands.

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It looks like we are off to a great start this February, the lakes area caught a lot of rain during the middle of January and as of this writing, the forecast is calling for more rain on the way. This is great news for both the bass and the bass fishermen. Why is this such great news for the bass? With the low water we have had for the last Stephen Johnston, couple of years, it was hard for the bass to Cell# 409-579-4213 find a good safe place to make a bed and Johnston’s Guide lay their eggs. This year, they will have lots Service of good places to hide their beds and hide gofish@johnstonfishing.com their fry from other bass. With the water on the rise the fish will be able to get on top of the grass, get on the inside edge of the grass and as always they will be on outside edge of the grass. They will have plenty of places to look for a good spot to bed in over the course of the next couple of months. This will also mean they can move up and feed on the newly flooded ground including the flooded beanie trees, hay grass, and small willow tress. Key baits? Lipless cranks. These baits are a great way to start off your mornings this time of year. With the rising water this will have some areas of the lake stained in color to muddy, so it’s best to pick a color with a little chartreuse in it. You will want to stay with primarily red colors, but find a bait with both of them in it for the best results. Rat-L-Trap and Strike King’s Red Eye Shad both come in this color combo, and are both great baits. When you’re fishing in an area in which the water is clear you can go to a chrome, or, gold or brown craw color. By the end of the month, I always feel like the bass have seen the Rayburn red color so much they are ready for something different, so don’t be afraid to experiment with some different colors, but always know what your tried and true basics are. Spinnerbaits are going to work great this month also. I like the V&M Cyclone Classic in chart/blue or chart/white with a gold-silver willow leaf combo. If the water is really clear go to a mouse color with double willow blades in silver. Spinnerbaits are a great bait to use when there is too much flooding in the grass to use a lipless bait. In these same areas also remember to keep a V&M swim jig handy. You can work your swim jig through some of the flooded trees and brush for a good bite. Best colors in February for the swim jig are black-blue or green-pumpkin colors and match it with your favorite swim bait for a trailer. For the deeper fish, the outside edge of the grass is the best place to drag Carolina rig with a 6” lizard, brush hog or V&M ChopStick. The best colors for your soft plastic are watermelon seed, watermelon red flake, and black blue flake. A football jig is another great bait to work on the outside edge of the grass, like a 1/2 oz. green-pumpkin or black-blue color with a matching jig trailer to go with it. If you prefer to crank, try a Strike King 5XD or 6XD in sexy shad or chart sexy shad colors. They work great cranking down the outside of the grass. These deeper fish are fish that will wait and move up to spawn over the course of the next month. Also the deeper fish are some times easier to catch after cold fronts come through and water temps are unstable in more shallow areas. That being said, always remember to keep an eye on the weather before getting on the lake especially this time of year. You don’t want to be caught on the wrong side of the lake when a cold front comes through! For more info and to keep up with me throughout the month, you can check out our posts on Facebook; just search for Johnston’s Guide Service and ‘like us’ to keep up with fishy things on Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend!

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28.44 lbs won Ignition Bass inaugural event on Sam Rayburn
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Ignition Bass tournament trail has been catering to avid tournament anglers for years. It was time to open a circuit on Sam Rayburn in 2013. Randy Despino and Kevin Lasyone christened the inaugural event with a 28.44 lb limit. January 20 marked the warmest day seen in quite a while in East Texas. Temperatures hit the 70 degree mark and the winds stayed calm. At dawn, however, the greatest challenge presented itself in a thick blanket of fog and visibility was less than 50 feet. Boaters were limping to their coveted fishing areas as if they were blindfolded and crawling. Several small sacks had come to weigh in, but every catch counts toward the Angler of the Year points tally at the end of the season. Randy Despino and Kevin Lasyone blew the entire field away, weighing in nearly thirty pounds, winning the tournament. “It was so foggy this morning,” Lasyone began. “We had to go real slow heading to the area we wanted to fish. We used our GPS, and had to watch for wakes from boats and stumps, just creeping along.” The duo was heading to a drain area, 15’ to 16’ deep “When we arrived, there were already about three boats in there.” Using a ½ oz V&M flipping jig, they caught four good ones pretty early. “We boated our fifth fish around 11:30. We caught more fish after that, but nothing to cull with. The ones we

„ Randy Despino and Kevin Lasyone pulled out all the stops catching a 28.44 lb limit winning 1st place at the inaugural Ignition Bass tournament, plus Big Bass honors with their 9.17 lb kicker.

„ Ken Smith and Dicky Newberry caught 2nd place with a 14.35 lb limit. weighed in were the first five keepers we caught!” Among those five keepers was the Big Bass of the tournament weighing in at 9.17 lbs. Adding their other four fish to the scales, it topped out at 28.44 lbs, winning the tournament by a landslide. Dicky Newberry and Ken Smith garnered a 2nd place finish with their 14.35 lb sack. “We watched Lasyone and Despino catch their winning sack,” Newberry said. “We caught some on a football jig, some on a Carolina rig, but our best one came on a crank bait.” Newberry and Smith enjoyed back to back 2nd place finishes in two different events this weekend. They would like to thank Fun N Sun, Lucas Oil, V&M, Needmore Tackle, Ranger and Mercury for their support. 3rd place was won by Clint Lipham and Jeff Stimits weighing in 11.85 lbs. “It was so foggy!” they began. “We were looking for staging areas, and found a few fish using crank baits and Carolina rigs.” The morning bite was all they had, only catching five keepers and nothing more after 10am. It was enough to win 3rd place, and they would like to thank American Rodsmith, Bowden Marine and Elite Tungsten. “I’d like to thank everyone who fished with us for trying out Ignition Bass,” stated Tournament Director Jim Brockman. “This is our first year on Sam Rayburn, and we’d like to invite everyone to come give us a try.” Ignition Bass events are all on Sundays, and the next one on Rayburn will be February 10, back at Sam Rayburn Marina Resort. For a full schedule of events, including Conroe, Livingston and Cedar Creek, visit the website at IgnitionBass.com or call Jim Brockman at 281-433-8360. “Also, sign the kids up to compete in the Ignition Bass Youth Fishing League. There will be six tournaments on five lakes, starting on Lake Livingston March 2.”

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Let’s Talk Bass Fishing
By Jim Binns

Early Spring is a great time to be on the water chasing bass, but how much do you really know about the species you are chasing? Of the twentyfive thousand or so species of fish now living on earth, few have created more interest than the bass. They are the most widely distributed freshwater game species in the Western Hemisphere and, except perhaps for the brown or rainbow trout, in the whole world. The world’s record largemouth remains a 22 ¼-pounder taken by George W. Perry in Montgomery Lake near Valdosta, Georgia, in June 1932. Times were tough and that fish wound up on the dinner table. I wonder how many dollars a new world’s record bass would be worth in today’s market. Largemouth bass prefer temperatures of about 82 to 84 degrees Fahrenheit if available, but function quite well from 39 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water is really cold, bass consume less food, but they still feed. At this time of the year in the Texas/Louisiana area bass are in the beginning of the spring spawn. Moon phase may certainly play a part in the spawning process; however water temperature actually triggers spawning activity. Bass spawn during all moon phases but peak spawning occurs when water temperature is 63 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit. An average bass nest will be in water three to four feet deep, but extremes can run from a few inches to 10- to 12-feet deep depending on conditions and water clarity. Male bass may spend several days selecting a nest site and it will usually have a firm bottom of sand, gravel or rock. The female bass will stay near the nest before she spawns, but once she lays her eggs (and can lay from 2000 to 7000 eggs per pound of body weight) she leaves and heads for deeper water to recuperate. The male bass “bumps” the female to stimulate her to release eggs, not to loosen them. The responsibility of guarding the nest falls on the male and he will hover above the eggs slowly fanning them to keep off silt and debris. And did

you know that the female bass will often spawn in multiple nests. Eggs hatch within three to six days and as a general rule, the bigger bass will spawn first. Many anglers think that you need to work lures VERY slowly when fishing the colder water because bass metabolism and swimming speed slows. I agree that a slower retrieve is a good starting point, but the truth is you can’t reel a bait like the Rat-L-Trap faster than a bass can swim, even in cold water. And bass don’t just feed when their stomach is empty. Many strikes come when the bait is suddenly placed in front of the bass and in a quick reflex action it attacks. Bass are thought of as sight feeders, but actually have five major senses common to most animals: hearing, sight, smell, taste and touch. But bass also have a sensitive lateral line which is a series of sensitive nerve endings that extend from just behind the gills to the tail on each side of the fish. This lateral line can detect water movement and can easily detect forage in dark water. They can quickly detect a lure in the murkiest of water. In a nutshell, bass live where they have favorable water temperature, adequate oxygen, and appropriate cover. They obviously feed where the forage is located, so try to stay in tune with where the baitfish are located. The O’l saying “Find the bait and you will find the bass” is pretty much true. Colors are always a big discussion point for bass fishermen, but keep in mind that color may be less of a point in deeper water because most colors appear as shades of grey. The best colors vary depending on light conditions, water clarity and water color. Many anglers believe that a lure’s action is much more important than its color. Something to think about. Today’s anglers have a virtual arsenal of baits available and many think that you need to use a big bait to catch a big bass. That is not necessarily true. I have seen situations where the

bigger bait caught little bass and the smaller bait caught the big fish. Bass are ferocious feeders and will often attack forage (and lures) that are up to one-third their own length. I have rescued a number of bass that were thrashing on the surface with a bait lodged in their mouth that they couldn’t possibly swallow. Bass “inhale” food by opening their mouth quickly to suck in water and the food. It then forces the water out its gills while it swallows or rejects the object. Bass can remove food as quickly as they inhale it, so in most cases anglers need to set the hook quickly when feeling a strike. “Blue Norther” cold-fronts are notorious for arriving the same day that we go fishing. So why does this affect bass fishing? The sharp and sudden drop in temperature doesn’t affect the bass nearly as much as the resulting high pressure and blue-bird skies. Once the front settles in and the barometric pressure starts building that is when conditions usually change. During this timeframe bass will typically move slightly deeper and will hold much tighter to cover than before. During extended cold spells bass will stack up in large groups; so when you find one fish you may find the mother-load. In

most cases the harsh winds and cold rain from these fronts affect the fishermen much more than they affect the fish. Anglers in our area are blessed with an abundance of trophy bass. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s ShareLunker Program and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Louisiana Lunker Bass Program do a great job with their stocking of Florida-strain largemouth bass. Both states recognize that genetics is an important factor for growth of trophy bass, and bass from these programs tend to grow faster and are heavier than resident fish of equal age. So bottom-line is that many of the trophy bass you catch today are fast growing and relatively young offspring of these great programs. So there you are, a bit of information about those green fish that we love to chase. Enjoy your next outing and I hope you catch the biggest bass in the lake. Good Fishing – JB (Final Thought - 90% of my money goes toward bass fishing.....the rest I just blow)

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Results from Lake Striker Brushpile Research Used for Larger Project at Sam Rayburn
Todd Driscoll (Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife)

In Texas, we are fortunate to have many man-made reservoirs that provide quality recreational fishing opportunities. However, a majority of these reservoirs are now over 40 years old. As reservoirs age, much of the natural, pre-impoundment woody cover in the flooded lake basin deteriorates and disappears. In addition, as land around reservoirs is developed, all natural cover is often removed from residential shorelines, and worst case bulkheads are installed for erosion control. Many East Texas reservoirs have aquatic vegetation that provides excellent fish habitat, but the amount of vegetation coverage fluctuates due to numerous factors (i.e., water level changes, nutrient dynamics, and cold winter temperatures). During some years, lakes that typically have high amounts of vegetation are left with little to none. Generally speaking, as reservoirs continue to age, maintaining adequate habitat for sport fish will be increasingly more dependent on introductions of brushpiles and artificial materials. To address these habitat concerns, TPWD conducted a one-year, research project at Lake Striker, a habitat-poor reservoir located in Rusk County. Previous studies have shown that nearly all introduced cover attracts fish. However, size of fish attracted is typically related to the complexity of the brush. Larger fish tend to prefer bigger diameter trunks and limbs, whereas smaller fish are more attracted to brushpiles with smaller and more closely spaced limbs. But, few studies have actually examined how brushpile size and configuration affects fish attraction

relative to species, size, and time of the year. At Lake Striker, we examined the effectiveness of three different sizes (4, 8, and 16 trees) and two configurations (straight line and circular) of Christmas tree brushpiles during each of the four seasons (day and night sampling). We collected 16 different fish species from the brushpiles, and largemouth bass and bluegill were the most common. Both largemouth bass and bluegill were more frequently collected from brushpiles during the summer and fall. Larger sized bass and bluegill preferred the biggest brushpiles (20 trees). Bluegill abundance was highest in the brushpiles during the day. Largemouth bass abundance was similar for both day and night at brushpiles, but we collected larger fish during the day. Largemouth bass showed equal preference for both straightline and circular piles, but bluegill preferred the circular piles. We used Christmas trees due to their availability, but we also found that these trees deteriorated rapidly. Our study indicated that fish attraction to Christmas trees declined greatly eight months after deployment. Our results also confirmed previous research that indicated that smaller trees/branches tend to attract smaller fish. Over 80% of the largemouth bass we collected from Christmas trees were < 12 inches in length. Water depth may have also contributed to the lack of larger fish collected, as these brushpiles at Lake Striker were in 5 – 8 feet of water. We have used these results from Lake

Striker to help plan additional research at Sam Rayburn Reservoir. Because the smaller, shallow Christmas trees at Striker primarily attracted smaller fish and deteriorated rapidly, we are going to deploy 3 feet x 6 feet PVC structures at Sam Rayburn in 15 – 20 feet depths. Fish attractor size (4, 8, and 12 structures per site) and configuration (straight-line and circular) will be examined again. Fish will be counted at these PVC attractors by using side/down scan sonar, underwater cameras, and SCUBA. We will have a total of 12 PVC fish attractor sites in the lower third of the reservoir to maximize visibility when SCUBA diving. PVC structures will be deployed in Sam Rayburn during spring/summer of 2013 and GPS coordinates for these sites will be publicly advertised. Although the introduction of these structures will have immediate impacts on fish

concentration and angler catch at Sam Rayburn, results of this research and that from Lake Striker will have implications throughout Texas. Large-scale, state agency introductions of habitat will become increasingly important in the future, and study findings will enable these larger projects to be designed to maximize desired effects on fish populations. Our office will use results from this project to deploy 400 additional PVC structures in Toledo Bend, Fork, Conroe, Nacogdoches, and Naconiche reservoirs (all locations advertised to public). On a personal note, study results will also allow individual anglers to best deploy their own brushpiles to attract the maximum number of fish. Contact us with questions by phone (409-698-9114) or email (todd.driscoll@tpwd.state.tx.us). Good luck and good fishing!



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By Pro Guide Joe Joslin, 30 Years Experience on Toledo Bend Joejoslinoutdoors@yahoo.com • 337-463-3838 • 409-565-1288 “My Favorite Fishing Hole” now has something it hasn’t had in a while.......wall to wall water. At the time this report was written, Toledo’s level was over 170 ft and it looks like the lake will fish differently from last year during the prespawn and spawn. At this same time last year (Feb 2012) the lake was at 164 and we were feeling good about that since the level a few months earlier had been 159. I fished a lot of ditches and edges of ditches, as we did not have many large grassy flats as most of them were dry land. We had great fishing but it was different with less spinnerbait and Rat-L-Trap fishing and more Texas rigs and crankbaits worked on the edge of drains. That will also work this month but we will be doing more spinnerbait and trap fishing as the bass will be on grass flats and shorelines. Flipping and pitching flooded buck brush and willows is also back into play as bass have enough water to move all the way in to shoreline cover. This will be a great spring for flipping your favorite plastic or jig. We will also continue to target ditches and drains with Stanley double willow Vibrashaft spinnerbaits as well as with light-weighted Texas rigs, shaky heads and wacky rigs with Berkley Havoc Bottom Hoppers and 5 inch Yamamoto Senkos. The lipless crankbait (I’m talking Bill Lewis’s original Rat-L-Trap) in Toledo Gold and blue/silver will also see a lot of action in my boat. White crawfish colored trap is also good for us. Depending on the weather this month, we could also catch a lot of bass on the jigging spoon and drop shot. If it is a warm month we will use them less but if it continues cold, we will use them a lot. Our jigging spoon will be 1/2 and 3/4 oz sizes hammered variety and our drop shot will be a Havoc Bottom Hopper JR (4.75 inches) rigged on 8 lb test Berkley Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon. CRAPPIE AND YELLOW BASS: The crappie will start to migrate up creeks and depending on the weather the males could start stacking up in the mouths of ditches and drains off of main creeks. You can also catch them under bridges as they move up. Yellow and white bass will be on the edge of the river and with the large amount of current this February, the white bass should pile up in the eddy’s off the river north of Huxley Bay. Call guide Greg Crafts for a white bass trip as Crafts works out of Huxley. AUTHOR INFO: Joe Joslin is a syndicated outdoor columnist, tournament angler and pro guide on Toledo and Sam Rayburn. Contact him at 337-463-3848 or e-mail at joejoslinoutdoors@yahoo.com or website www.joejoslinoutdoors.com.

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Area Club Updates
Anyone who says that fishermen aren’t insane did not spend this past weekend on Toledo Bend. Fishing in rain, wind and high waves Jeff Davis won the Many Bass Club’s January 2013 tournament with a five fish limit weighing a very impressive 21.55 lbs. Davis caught his fish using a spoon in 30 plus feet of water near the Turtle Beach area of Toledo Bend. Davis also caught the Big Bass of the tournament with a 6.65 lb lunker. Mike Smith was the 2nd place winner with a five fish limit weighing 18.50 lbs and Skip Carlisle finished in 3rd place with a five Top Ten YTD 2013 Year fish limit weighing 12.05 lbs. End Standings: A total of 71 fish were caught weighing 169 lbs Jeff Davis 23.55 for an average fish weight of 2.40 lbs. Mike Smith 20.50 Inflatable life vests are life savers! Rain, wind, Skip Carlisle 14.05 high waves and winter clothing all combine to Derek Mong 14.01 spell danger. A life jacket can mean the difference Harvey Coward 13.37 between coming home from a day on the lake Bobby Munlin 13.13 to disaster. The inflatable life vests are almost Mike Price 12.40 unnoticeable to the wearer, buy one and wear one Bob Self 11.68 – “All the Time” while on the water. Clay Ivy 10.26 Louis Lee 10.14

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The Hawg Hunters of Lake Charles held our January tournament on Toledo Bend. The team of Dean Jones and Jeff Latham kicked off the first tournament of 2013 with a five fish limit weighing 18.58 lbs to claim first place. Latham and Jones used jigs to produce the majority of their tournament weight. Larry Byrd landed a 7.31 lber. earning him big bass honors. Byrd’s 5 fish limit including his big bass weighed 15.70lbs earning him second place for the tournament. Byrd used jigs and crank baits for his catch. Corey and Mike Bono Jr. used lipless crank baits to catch 5 fish that weighed 12.22 lbs. which was good for third place.





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David Godefroy is past president of Jasper Master Gardeners. Although originally from Canada, he has lived in Jasper more than two decades, and since retiring from Sears, he frequently researches garden topics and does programs for local clubs. Dining on winter blooms A few months ago, my friends at the Edgewood Garden Club asked the Jasper Master Gardeners to make a short presentation on the Camellia. That all seemed simple enough. After all, it is the state flower of Alabama. Our hardiness zone and soil are ideal, so okay, we‘re game! Little did I know what the “Empress of Winter” had in store. Just as we were taught to do in our propagation class, a Jesuit priest rooted clippings then went through the official scientific classification process for a Japanese flowering plant they called “chahua.” For thousands of years, what the far east countries made tea from, Father Georg Joseph Kamel revealed to the western world as Camellia Japonica. Now we have green tea plantations* in South Carolina (Bigelow), tea oil (Sinensis Oil), and for us in deep East Texas, countless mature camellia japonica and camellia sasanqua as big as trees. Camellias like well drained moist acidic soil, from full to partial sunlight, and live in hardiness zones 7 – 9. ( Jasper is 8b). The variations in bloom types are reds, whites, or pinks. They are one of the few plants in our climate that bloom in winter. The shrubs can grow from three to 15 feet (a tree!) with simple

evergreen serrated leaves. The big leaves are camellia japonica, and the smaller leaves are camellia sasanqua. Good news is maintenance is moderate; bad news is they are hard to relocate. What I learned through local conversation is how these mature variations of camellias found their way to the lawns and gardens in so many older Jasper neighborhoods. You see, there are hundreds of camellias, but far more variations can be cultivated by a skilled gardener. Years ago, “Uncle Charlie” Ivy unlocked nature’s secret to hybridizing Camellias by grafting camellia sasanqua root stock with an appealing camellia japonica scion (a cutting or twig from a mature plant). Starting in 1938, Uncle Charlie and the family grafted dogwoods, azaleas, camellias and peach trees for the Jasper County Fair and to sell at the old Ivy Nursery. So when you drive around Jasper, know that the magnificent flowering plants lighting up these long winter months is the handiwork of Uncle Charlie Ivy, Lela Ivy Woods, and her children, Margie Woods Mays and Ronnie Woods.. I lost a fine new camellia last year, so Margie taught me the family’s method in the art of digging up a camellia. Before the era of plastic buckets, nursery camellias grew in mother earth until the customer made a purchase. Then comes the three day transplanting process of hand digging to include the tap root,

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AM 4:50 – 6:50 PM 5:18 – 7:18 Sun: 7:01am - 5:59pm Moon: 6:57am - 6:45pm Sun: 7:01am - 6:00pm Moon: 7:35am - 7:47pm Sun: 7:00am - 6:01pm Moon: 8:12am - 8:47pm Sun: 6:59am - 6:01pm Moon: 8:47am - 9:45pm AM 5:46 – 7:46 PM 6:15 – 8:15 AM 6:45 – 8:45 PM 7:15 – 9:15 AM 7:45 – 9:45 PM 8:16 – 10:16 AM 8:45 – 10:45 PM 9:15 – 11:15 Sun: 6:58am - 6:02pm Moon: 9:23am - 10:42pm

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Karl Popper (Austro-British philosopher 19021994) once said “Science must begin with myths, and with criticism of myths”. Looking at myths and taking steps to figure out what is really happening is the way we learn about the world around us. The world of wildlife is no different and in this article several of the more common myths will have some light shed on them. There are black mountain lions in East Texas. There has never been a documented sighting or carcass of a black mountain lion recovered in recorded history. There are however large cats around the world that have a melanistic “black” phase. These cats are black with a pattern on the fur. These can include the jaguar (South America), leopard (Asia & Africa), tiger (Asia), and jaguarondi (primarily Mexico and into deep South Texas). The Florida Panther that is a subspecies of mountain lion (and often claimed to be black) that does have some small patches of black along the face, paws, and tip of tail. Many sightings are from confusion either about the color (at daylight or dusk when figures that are different colors can look black) or identification of the animal. This last reason doesn’t sound plausible, but in the right conditions the mind can play tricks and turn different animals into mountain lions. For instance, in low light a river otter on land can move and look like cat and having a dark brown color and long body can cause a mistaken identity. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is restocking black bears in East Texas. This is a myth. This is the result of the actual word being stated incorrectly and with each additional telling gets further from the truth. The real story is: in 2004 TPWD was getting reports of juvenile black bears coming in from Arkansas

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Hare and Bernard Win January Patriots Challenge at Jackson Hill Marina

The weather in January can be all over the map but on the weekend of January 5th mother nature was on the side of the fisherman. Winds were out of the South from 5-10 mph and the skies partly cloudy as the day began. The early morning bite was a little slow for most of the teams but as the day went on the fish began to cooperate a little more for most teams. The most productive baits appeared to be lipless cranks in 2 - 6 feet of water, however the better fish came from a little deeper presentation with jigs and 10 inch worms Kurt Hare and Josh Bernard fished deep running crank baits with good success to top the field. Josh hooked up with a great looking 9 lb beauty that carried them to victory with a

total of 20.23 lbs. and big bass honors. There were several other fish in the 5 - 6 pound range and almost all of the teams caught their limit of fish. Craig and Brian Darby came in second place with 19.19 lbs with a 6 lb. kicker and Dean Perkins came in a close third place fishing by himself and netting 19.10 lbs fishing mainly with lipless crank baits with red and crawfish producing throughout the day. His big fish was a nice 6.37lb largemouth. The next Patriots Challenge will be held on February 9th and everyone is welcome to attend. For more information please call Terry Sympson at Jackson Hill Marina 936-872-9266.

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Bass, Largemouth Bass, Palmetto Bass, Spotted Bass, White Bass, Yellow Bluegill Bowfin Buffalo, Bigmouth Buffalo, Smallmouth Bullhead, Black Bullhead, Yellow Carp, Common Carp, Grass Catfish, Blue Catfish, Channel Catfish, Flathead Crappie, Black Crappie, White Drum, Freshwater Gar, Alligator Gar, Longnose Pickerel, Redfin Shad, Gizzard Shiner, Blacktail Shiner, Golden Sunfish, Longear Sunfish, Orangespotted Sunfish, Other Hybrid Sunfish, Redbreast Sunfish, Redear Sunfish, Spotted Warmouth

16.80 11.58 5.50 4.75 1.24 0.75 10.13 65.00 84.00 1.46 2.51 27.00 84.00 83.50 12.32 84.06 2.15 2.94 6.20 244.50 41.00 0.55 0.24 0.04 0.07 0.30 0.01 0.34 0.57 0.60 0.06 0.40

5-31-97 4-06-05 2-14-87 7-17-10 4-19-07 4-28-08 10-23-95 8-02-05 8-17-05 2-17-07 5-27-97 4-18-04 5-08-08 1-15-01 6-13-05 3-17-03 5-01-07 3-28-95 3-24-07 8-04-05 6-01-02 4-06-09 6-02-06 5-07-06 5-07-06 6-04-02 6-05-06 6-17-06 4-10-05 3-05-06 6-09-07 3-28-08

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Sunfish, Redbreast Sunfish, Redear Warmouth

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Bass, Largemouth Bass, Spotted Bass, White Bass, White x Yellow Bass, Yellow Bluegill Bowfin Buffalo, Smallmouth Bullhead, Yellow Carp, Common Catfish, Blue Catfish, Channel Crappie, Black Crappie, White Sunfish, Longear Sunfish, Other Hybrid Sunfish, Redbreast Sunfish, Redear Warmouth

11.48 1.50 2.24 1.48 0.98 0.85 8.75 49.84 1.25 24.40 20.00 3.03 2.54 2.75 0.54 0.75 0.88 0.80 0.68

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Bass, Largemouth Bass, Palmetto Bass, Spotted Bass, Striped Bass, White Bass, White x Yellow Bass, Yellow Bluegill Bowfin Buffalo, Bigmouth Buffalo, Smallmouth Bullhead, Yellow Carp, Common Carp, Grass Catfish, Blue Catfish, Flathead Catfish, Channel Crappie, Black Crappie, White Drum, Freshwater Gar, Alligator Gar, Spotted Pickerel, Redfin Sunfish, Longear

15.32 15.81 3.40 33.22 4.40 1.48 1.66 0.86 19.00 81.50 84.76 1.25 32.00 53.50 84.00 97.50 7.94 4.00 3.44 31.50 181.00 8.78 0.66 0.54

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