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Mason Hoffpauir tops all divisions with his bag that weighed 12.48 lbs.
LITTLE LEAGUE (6-9) PLACE POINTS ANGLER 1 100 HUNTER NASH 2 99 JACOB COMPTON 3 79 DYLAN BARNES MINOR LEAGUE (10-12) PLACE POINTS ANGLER 1 100 CAUY OVERTON 2 99 HUNTER MONCRIEF 3 98 JUSTIN FATERKOWSKI 4 97 SHANE BOMNSKIE 5 96 TANNOR MORENO 6 95 CADE BARNES 7 75 DYLAN JEBOUSEK 8 75 JACKSON CARRELL MAJOR LEAGUE (13-15) PLACE POINTS ANGLER 1 100 COLE JONES 2 99 JOSHUA PERRIN 3 79 TYLOR RENNE 4 79 MATTHEW BOWDEN 5 79 DILLON HARRELL TOWN LEESVILLE, LA MAGNOLIA HOUSTON No. FISH 5 1 0 BIG BASS 2.50 0.00 0.00 NET WEIGHT 9.31 1.48 0.00

TOWN CONROE PINELAND MONTGOMERY HOCKLEY SHEPHERD HOUSTON CYPRESS ANDERSON TOWN MAGNOLIA HOUSTON KATY SPRING PORTER

No. FISH 5 4 2 2 1 1 0 0 No. FISH 4 3 0 0 0

BIG BASS 3.14 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 BIG BASS 0.00 2.63 0.00 0.00 0.00

NET WEIGHT 11.34 6.13 3.11 2.82 1.85 1.39 0.00 0.00 NET WEIGHT 6.86 5.68 0.00 0.00 0.00

 Mason Hoffpauir won 1st place overall with his 4 fish limit that weighed 12.48 lbs. His bag included a whopper that weighed 6.30 lbs.

 Hunter Nash won 1st place in the Little League division with his 5 fish limit that weighed 9.31 lbs.

 Cauy Overton won 1st place in the Minor League division with his 5 fish limit of 11.34 lbs

 Cole Jones won 1st place in the Major division with his 4 fish limit of 6.86 lbs.

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 Mason Hoffpauir won Big Bass honors with his nice 6.30 pounder! ALL-STARS (16-18) PLACE POINTS 1 100 2 99 3 98 4 97 5 77 6 77 7 77

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Texas Parks & Wildlife Increases Biological Control of Giant Salvinia
Aquatic Habitat Enhancement Natural Resource Specialist
By Chris Moret

Invasive aquatic vegetation such as giant salvinia (Salvinia molesta) is one of the greatest threats to the aquatic resources of Texas. Salvinia was most likely transported from South America to the U.S. through the aquatic garden or aquarium trade. It was first discovered in the Houston area in 1998 and is now reported on 17 Texas reservoirs. Given ideal growing conditions, giant salvinia can double the area it covers in 7-10 days forming thick mats that disrupt water chemistry, make aquatic habitat unsuitable for native species and interfere with boating access. Effective management of giant salvinia begins with public awareness and requires the integration of techniques such as: containment, physical removal, herbicide applications and biological control. The only proven biological control agent for giant salvinia is the giant salvinia weevil (Cyrtobagous salviniae). The adult salvinia weevil is about 2 millimeters long and is native to Southeastern Brazil where giant salvinia is found. The lifespan of the salvinia weevil is about 200 days under optimum conditions. A female salvinia weevil will lay one egg every 2 to 5 days in cavities in the plant’s stem created by feeding. The newly hatched larvae feed on young terminal buds and transition to feeding on fronds in the adult phase. Research has indicated that the weevil is “plant specific” to salvinia and poses no threat to native plant species. The salvinia weevil has proven highly effective in controlling salvinia in equatorial regions and areas with climates similar to their native range in South America. Large scale releases of salvinia weevils began on Toledo Bend in 2004. For the past 7 years, weevils have been collected from the environment and distributed by TPWD on Toledo Bend, Caddo Lake, B.A. Steinhagen, and the Trinity National Wildlife Refuge near Liberty, Texas. Weevils are transported with infested salvinia and distributed on salvinia mats where weevil populations are low or nonexistent. Weevils are most often introduced to areas that are not easily accessible and difficult to treat with herbicides. Research has shown weevils over-winter in east Texas, although a significant reduction of adult weevils occurs every year due to cold temperatures. Weevil populations may not fully recover from cold weather until late spring or early summer. In the meantime, giant salvinia continues to expand until weevil numbers reach effective levels. Therefore, to provide maximum biological control it will

Adult salvinia weevils are about 1.5 – 2 millimeters in length.

be necessary to raise weevils and release them to the environment in early spring and throughout the growing season. In Texas, raising and harvesting salvinia weevils under controlled conditions has been practiced

An adult salvinia weevil on giant salvinia.

The Jasper Weevil Rearing Facility

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Salvinia weevil breeding beds

by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the Lewisville Aquatic Environmental Research Facility and the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). APHIS has also published extensive guidelines on raising and harvesting weevils for the purpose of controlling giant salvinia. With financing from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the TPWD Aquatic Habitat Enhancement Office (AHE) constructed a large-scale weevil rearing facility at the Jasper Fish Hatchery in May 2010. An additional weevil rearing facility, funded by a grant from Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison was built by the cooperative efforts of TWPD and the Texas AgriLife Extension Service at the Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Karnack, TX. The Caddo facility was completed in September 2010 and will supplement weevil populations on Caddo Lake and nearby reservoirs as necessary. It is important to remember that biological control is a long-term option. It may take years of research and focused management for the weevils to reach their full potential. Even in the best case scenario, a biological control agent will minimize – not eradicate the target species. As East Texas heads into the warmer months of summer AHE will concentrate on raising and distributing as many weevils as possible to establish effective populations where needed. TPWD encourages everyone to help protect our natural resources and carefully remove all vegetation from your boat, trailer, and other equipment when leaving the boat ramp. Learn to identify invasive aquatic vegetation you may encounter and report any suspicious vegetation immediately. Texas Parks & Wildlife Inland Fisheries Division 409.384.9965

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Anglers Quest Rayburn Saturday 2nd Series # 1

Dennis & Virginia Permenter Won!
By Bill & Barbara Long

Anglers Quest 2011 Sam Rayburn Saturday 2nd Series # 1 out of The Umphrey Pavilion in  The husband & wife team of Dennis & Virginia Permenter topped the field with their awesome sack of Sam Rayburn, TX began this event on June 4th with 88 teamed anglers showing up to fish for Rayburn hawgs that weighed 23.36 lbs. the $5800.00 purse. Any team that finishes in the top 10 in points will qualify for the 2-day Sam Rayburn Team Championship. The top team in points in the 1st Series, Rusty Clark & Cory Rambo were declared the team “Anglers of the Year” and will be awarded free entries to all 2012 Rayburn Saturday Series events. The teams entering all 8 Rayburn Saturday 1st & 2nd series events will automatically qualify for all 4 of the Lake Series 2-day Championships. Any team qualifying for any A/Q Championship will be allowed to enter the “Tournament of Champions” on November 19-20 at Lake Palestine. This event was started as a trailoring event at 5:50 am. Sam Rayburn water was in good shape and 8.46 feet below normal pool level with water temps running 77-80 degrees. The weather at takeoff was a calm 75 degrees with a warming to 98 degrees by weigh in time. The fish catching was very good on Big Sam today as there were 32 limits brought to the scales, for a total of 178 bass at 484.99 lbs making the average bass brought to the scales today weigh 2.72 lbs. The husband & wife team of Dennis & Virginia Permenter from Shelbyville, TX ran their Champion/Yamaha bass rig to north of the 147 bridge area in 3 ft of water with lily pads & grass to catch their bass with their American Rodsmiths rods & Shimano reels tipped with frogs & various top water baits. They finished in 1st with their best 5 bass that tipped the scales at 23.36 lbs. They had a limit in the boat early and then culled 2 more times throughout the day. Their day on the lake paid back $1850.00 for their efforts. several more times throughout the day. Phillip & Blaine had a nice 6.50 lb kicker in their bag. Their The team of Phillip Crelia & Blaine Abshire from Center, TX ran their bass rig to various main day on the lake paid back $1000.00 for their efforts. lake areas to catch their bass throwing frogs & buzz baits over grass & lily pads to finish in 2nd with their best 5 bass that tipped the scales at 21.14 lbs. They had a limit in the boat early and then culled
 Phillip Crelia & Blaine Abshire came in 2nd with their 5 fish limit that weighed 21.14 lbs.

 Ron Risenhoover and Charles Ford won 3rd place with their bag of fish that weighed 20.22 lbs.

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The team of Ron Risenhoover from Lufkin, TX & Charles Ford from Sam Rayburn, TX finished in 3rd with 20.22 lbs they also had the Big Bass of the event in their bag, a fine 6.90 lber. They took home a check for $950.00. The team of Rusty Clark & Cory Rambo the “Anglers of the Year” finished in 4th with 18.66 lbs which earned them $600.00. Alan Moore & Kevin Marshall finished in 5th with 18.65 lbs and they took home $400.00 for their efforts. Scott Gill & Rodney Owens finished in 6th with 18.54 lbs they took home $350.00 for their efforts. Todd Castledine & Jason Bonds finished in 7th with 17.75 lbs and took home $250.00. Brian Branham & Keith White finished in 8th the last money spot with 17.69 lbs this earned them $185.00. The entire results from this and all A/Q events put on by Anglers Quest can be viewed at 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, T/A Lure Xtractor, Lock-N-Haul Transom Saver, and PAA membership bonus. Please read the qualifications for these great incentives on our Anglers Quest website. Anglers Quest will be at Lake Houston Marina on Lake Houston on June 7th for the 11th of 23 Tuesday night events. Anglers Quest will be at El Dorado Jack’s on Lake Conroe on June 11th for the 1st event of the 2nd series of the Saturday Series. On June 14th A/Q will be on Lake Houston for the 12th of 23 Tuesday night events. Then on June 18th & 19th A/Q will be at Kickapoo Bait & Tackle on Lake Livingston for the 1st events of the 2nd Series Saturday & Individual events. On June 21st A/Q will be back on Lake Houston for the 13th of 23 Tuesday night events. Then on June 25th & 26th A/Q will be on Lake Houston for the 1st of the (3) 2nd Series Saturday Team & Individual events. Anglers Quest is now accepting credit cards. Call Mr. Bill or Barbara Long at 281-852-8842 for any information or entry. Anglers Quest suggest the use of these sponsors products & services: American Rodsmiths,

 Top 8 teams of tournament with husband and wife team of Dennis & Virginia Permenter taking top honors.

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natural resources of Deep East Texas. “We will continue to provide free stays for active military members and sponsor events that match them with local anglers for a few days of free fun, food and fishing” Terry commented. In addition Jackson Hill has expanded its program by offering free stays throughout the year to all active duty military members. We are almost finished with our “Freedom Lodge” that will sleep up to 12 and will be available for getaways, retreats, reunions and daytime parties. The new facility will be complete with horseshoe pits, washers, fire ring, BBQ pit and covered picnic area for up to 30 guests. Freedom Lodge will be available free of charge for Military events and other organized functions for Children, the Elderly and the Disabled. A portion of profits from private rentals will be used to support the Outdoor Freedom Program and expand free stays for military members and their families. “Our biggest challenge ahead is to create an ADA Compliant environment where we can”. In some cases this is not possible, however we are studying our current situation and looking for practical ways to provide better access for the Disabled”. “We are currently working with the Army Corps of Engineers to designate the land directly behind Freedom Lodge for hunting events for the disabled” Sympson added. The undeveloped section of Jackson Hill Park is approximately 300 acres of prime woodlands that we are developing into a hiking-biking area currently with plans to improve the land to provide food plots and areas accessible for disabled hunters based upon Army Corps of Engineers specifications and help. Contact Information: Jackson Hill Park and Marina Terry Sympson Executive Director • 936-872-9266 Email: terry@jacksonhill.us • Website: www.jacksonhill.us

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Eagle Rock Energy’s Crappie Tournament raises over $36,000 for local charities
By Jodie Warner/Staff Writer

This year Eagle Rock Energy kicked off their 14th annual crappie tournament  First Place Joe benefiting CASA, Jasper 4-H Gun and Bow Club, Brookeland Youth Baseball and Moorhead and Reese Softball, and Special Kids of Vernon Parish and TRIAD on Saturday June 4. Anglers Sparrow with 11.07 lbs and volunteers faced 100-degree heat throughout the day to raise funds for these organizations and at the end of the day raised an estimated $36,300 through the tournament, auction, and other fundraisers. Fishermen, and fisherwomen, were able to begin their day at 6 am and fish until noon with weigh in from noon until 1 pm. Each team was able to weigh in 10 crappie; however participants were able to catch the state limit of 25 fish and donate the extra to the evening meal. The evening meal was a delicious combination of fresh fried crappie, coleslaw, hush puppies, and french fries. During the meal and throughout the day those attending the event were able to browse through the large amount of items for auction, bid in the silent auction, and purchase raffle tickets for prize drawings. Prizes were awarded for first, second, and third places as well as 14th place; other prizes awarded were largest crappie, largest trash fish, and smallest trash fish. The first place award and $300 went to Joe Moorhead and Reese Sparrow who netted 11.07 pounds. Second place and $200 went to August and Marc Doucet with a total stringer weight of 10.92 pounds. The third place winners were Andy and Dylan Martin, they took home a $100 dollar cash prize for their 10.68 lb stringer; within their stringer they also had the Big Crappie of the day weighing 1.58 lbs which landed them an 1st extra $200 prize purse. Matt Cole and Stacey Hooks won 14th place with an 8.15 lb stringer and a prize of 2nd $70. The award for the largest trash fish went to Bobby and Lisa Shaver with a 2.68 lb 3rd catfish and Kevin and Rhonda Folsom took home the award for the smallest trash fish 14th at .06 lbs with a brim.

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 Second Place winners with 10.92 lbs, August and Marc Doucet

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Joe Moorhead and Reese Sparrow August Doucet and Marc Doucet Andy Martin and Dylan Martin Matt Cole and Stacey Hooks Andy Martin and Dylan Martin Bobby Shaver and Lisa Shaver Kevin Folsom and Rhonda Folsom

 Third place and biggest crappie (1.58 lbs) winners Andy and Dylan Martin, 10.68 lbs.

 Fourteenth place winners Matt Cole and Stacey Hooks, 8.15 lbs

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Dinner began at 5 pm with the presentation of awards and then the auction followed, which brought out the “big spender” in everyone to pull out all the stops and donate for the charitable causes that the day was all about. The community came together with donations, rather for the auction or by volunteering time to make the event happen for the 14th year. Jasper County Precinct 1 Commissioner Charles Shofner once again dedicated his time to being the auctioneer and members from all the benefiting organizations assisted throughout the day and evening in serving food, weighing in fish, answering questions, and selling raffle tickets to name a few. The event set a fun and family atmosphere for all who attended and made the event a success and hopefully will encourage even more participation next year and for years to come.

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“Low water, Cold weather, and Weeds” Winter in East Texas 2010-2011
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The coldest winter in the past 10 years (2009-2010) caught most residents of east Texas by surprise. After so many years of mild winter temperatures, most felt it would be another 10 years before they had to worry about frozen pipes again. Contrary to expectations, in February 2011 record lows were set for a second year in a row. If the cold weather wasn’t enough, extremely low reservoir levels on Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend coincided with winter and presently have many lakeside homeowners and marina operators seriously concerned about what the summer of 2011 may hold. Necessary drawdowns on Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend reservoirs were conducted by their respective controlling authorities, the US Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) and Sabine River Authority (SRA), without any expectation spring rains would be lacking. It is rare that both reservoirs are this far below normal pool this time of year. Water levels in Toledo Bend (normal pool 172.00 Feet msl) began falling in July 2010, reaching their lowest point, 164.10 msl, in March 2011. Water levels in Sam Rayburn began dropping in August 2010, reaching a low of 155.75 Feet msl in January 2011. Normal pool on Sam Rayburn is 164.40 Feet msl. Neither agency could have predicted the area would not receive the normal spring rainfall needed to bring the reservoirs back to normal pool. Prolonged low water levels can result in significant changes in shoreline habitat, aquatic vegetation and fish populations, some beneficial and some not. Depending on the time of year and duration, drawdowns can encourage native terrestrial species of grass and brush to establish within the normally flooded littoral zone. This “new” habitat is quickly occupied by juvenile and adult fish when water levels return to normal. The flooding of brush that had reached 8-10 feet

in height during years of low water on Lake Falcon resulted in a dramatic increase in habitat and with it a dramatic increase in largemouth bass production. This phenomenon is known as the “new lake effect” and normally occurs when the filling of new reservoirs inundate acres of brush, trees, and other vegetation that release nutrients as they decompose. Forage fish (threadfin shad) populations typically respond to high water and increased nutrients by an increase in reproduction. An increase in food availability results in better condition of largemouth bass and ultimately, increased reproduction and higher rates of survival and recruitment. While the “new lake effect” on a new reservoir may last 10 years or more, the benefits on an established reservoir after an extended drawdown are typically much shorter but can vary depending on the reservoir. In theory, periodic annual or bi-annual small-scale drawdowns could provide beneficial results on habitat and fish populations indefinitely where such control measures are possible. Severe changes in water level can have dramatic impacts on aquatic vegetation species. Floating species are typically reduced by a drawdown but have the potential to regenerate quickly if plants or seed remain. If the drawdown is severe, submerged species may be the most affected. Native submerged species normally respond quickly once water levels return to normal. Exotic species like hydrilla and Eurasian milfoil may take longer to re-establish depending on the time of year and how long water levels are below normal. The dominant submersed vegetation in Toledo Bend and Sam Rayburn for years has been hydrilla. While still considered a prohibited exotic species, few biologists will deny the plants benefits to the fish community, exotic or not. Hydrilla has numerous reproductive strategies which help it spread

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and defy most methods of control. Fragments of hydrilla, when separated from the parent plant, take root at their first opportunity. Tubers, produced from the roots of hydrilla can remain viable even in dry sediments for years. Turions, compact buds produced within dense mats of mature hydrilla, can produce new plants even after severe reductions in biomass. In spite of the amount of hydrilla present on a reservoir and its considerable reproductive potential, huge stands of hydrilla can suddenly disappear without any change in water level or obvious environmental disturbance. Sudden losses of hydrilla are not unique to Toledo Bend or Sam Rayburn. Similar events have been documented on many Texas reservoirs in the past. Theories to explain such losses range from the presence of an unknown disease or pathogen, residual herbicide impacts from timber operations, or even clandestine herbicide applications using black helicopters. One plausible explanation for the sudden loss of hydrilla lies within the very nature of the plant itself. Hydrilla may grow so aggressively that over time it strips the substrate of micronutrients critical to its own growth, resulting in a massive loss of biomass. Another possibility is that one or many environmental factors such as water level, turbidity, nutrients, water temperature, or pH act in concert at a critical stage in the plant’s life cycle and place the plant under stress and suppress regeneration. For example, a summer or fall drawdown may prevent the formation of hydrilla tubers essential for regeneration the following spring. Even with stable water levels, late spring rains or wind may create excessive turbidity, depriving hydrilla of vital sunlight when it is most vulnerable. Whatever the cause of the sudden reductions, hydrilla usually returns, although it may take years to reach previous levels. Water level manipulations have a long history in helping reduce floating invasive vegetation but are simply not possible in most cases. One positive result of the combination of low water and cold weather in east Texas was the reduction of floating invasive vegetation like giant salvinia and water hyacinth. Plants left above the waterline as the water recedes either die for lack of water or simply freeze. Spring 2011 surveys of both Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend have revealed isolated populations of salvinia in the backs Coleman, Pophers, and Bear creeks on Sam Rayburn and isolated populations of salvinia and water hyacinth in Bayou Siepe, Housen Bayou, and the North Toledo Bend WMA on Toledo Bend. While reductions in both species were dramatic, one must keep in mind both salvinia and hyacinth regenerate quickly. Giant salvinia populations can rebound from a solitary plant while water hyacinth seed, deposited even years earlier, can germinate and create mats, seemingly overnight. Control efforts during periods of reduction offer the best opportunity to prevent expansion of salvinia and hyacinth on Toledo Bend and Sam Rayburn and could save thousands in future control costs. Contract applicators will be used to treat salvinia and water hyacinth found on Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend in 2011 in an effort to further reduce existing infestations and prevent significant expansion. Efforts will begin in early May and continue through August. All boaters and anglers can help by cleaning their boat trailers and equipment before they leave the launch areas and reporting any suspicious vegetation they may encounter.

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Harold Allen & Glen Freeman win with 19.64 lbs at the V&M/Cyclone Toledo 6-4-11 Tournament
PLACE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 TEAM HAROLD ALLEN-GLEN FREEMAN ANDREW GOLDEN-CODY JORDAN L.T. FRAZIER-BUBBA PRICE TOMMY RASCOE-ALTON POWELL LEE SLAYDON-ANGELA SLAYDENÇ RANDY TURNER-CHAD YORK JOHN LEMAIRECHRIS HUEBEL-ELIZABETH HUEBEL SELVIN CARTURIGHT-TOMMY LAND DEREK MONG-DAVID MONG RANDY CASSELLCARY TALBOT-JAMES TALBOT KRAIG WELBORN-JEREMY BURGE PURDELL SIGLER-TONY CARTWRIGHT FISH 5/5 5/4 5/3 5/5 5/4 5/5 5/5 5/5 5/4 5/5 5/5 5/4 4/3 4/4 WEIGHT 19.64 17.58 14.84 13.56 13.53 12.92 12.54 12.53 11.82 11.55 11.36 11.17 8.64 6.49 PENALTY BONUS B/F 5.67 6.95 * 7.15 0.25 0.50 0.25 TOTAL WEIGHT 19.64 17.33 14.34 13.56 13.28 12.92 12.54 12.53 11.57 11.55 11.36 10.92 8.39 6.49 POINTS 219.64 216.33 212.34 210.56 209.28 207.92 206.54 205.53 203.57 202.55 201.36 199.92 196.39 193.49

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 1st Place was captured by Anglers Glen Freeman and Harold Allen with their nice Sack of Fish that weighed 19.64 Lbs.

 Andrew Golden & Cody Jordan won 2nd place with their Sack of Fish that weighed 17.33 Lbs.

 L.T. Frazier & Bubba Price won 3rd place with their Bag of Fish that weighed 14.34 Lbs.

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 Lee Slaydon-Angela Slayden won 5th place with 13.28 Lbs.

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Jasper Youth participate in Archery tournament
By Michelle Webb

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These young archers learn a skill, as well as leadership and responsibility in the 4-H program

Even with the rising temperatures, you could still feel the excitement! Nine members of the Jasper 4-H Gun and Bow club traveled to Clifton, Texas recently to participate in their first 3D archery tournament. A total of 85 4-H youth traveled from different counties across Texas to participate in the event. After arriving at the Clifton Archery Club at 8 a.m. Saturday morning and checking in, the 4-H members went and warmed up on the archery range. At 10 a.m. everyone was called up and given their respective shooting groups. The youth were placed in groups of 5 with a group leader. Parents and visitors were welcome to walk the mile and a half course with the shooters to take pictures and observe. After the groups arrived at their designated starting target, the signal was given to start shooting. Each shooter shot from a designated colored stake according to their age and equipment and at unmarked distances. The course was set up with 30 targets of various 3D animals with marked scoring rings. This was a great opportunity for the youth to experience a different aspect of archery and to meet many other youth with the same interests. After completing their 30 targets, the youth returned to the clubhouse and turned their scorecards in. While they waited for the other shooters to complete the course, the hosting club fed everyone and provided the opportunity to socialize with other clubs. Just as things were settling down, it was time for the awards presentation. Trophies were given for the first four places in each shooting class. All nine of our Jasper Gun and Bow shooters placed in their respective division, receiving a medal for their efforts. We had three shooters receive trophies; first, third, and fourth place. We are very proud of our Jasper youth. They not only impressed their coaches and parents with their shooting skills they developed through the shooting sports program and at home, but with their great leadership skills and sportsmanship during the tournament. These were just a few of the awesome kids that participate in the Jasper 4-H Gun and Bow club. If anyone is interested in joining our program please contact the Jasper County Extension office for information at 409-384-3721.

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Steve Rhea was overall winner of the BL Big Bass ournament
The Bud Light Premier Tournament trail held its first ever Big Bass tournament on Sam Rayburn June 4, 2011. Big Bass tournaments are popular on Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend, and the participants enjoyed the hourly paybacks. It was a scorching hot day in East Texas with temps over 100 degrees. The anglers weren’t the only ones trying to beat the heat, the bass were hiding from it too. Nevertheless, nice chunks were caught and brought to the scales at Cassels Boykin Park.

8 AM

 Steve Rhea with his 6.87 lb bass that earned him $2300 in cash and prizes.

9 AM 10 AM

DAY 1
8 AM 9 AM 10 AM 1ST 1ST 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH 5TH 6TH 7TH 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH 5TH 6TH 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH 5TH 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH 5TH 5TH 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH 5TH 6TH 7TH 8TH 9TH 10TH STEVE EVANS WILLIAM WALKER JAREL DEAN STEVE RHEA KEVIN THOMAS STEVEN ROBERTSON CHRIS CLEMENS JACOB PORTER RICK WILEY SHANE WILLIAMS CHRIS CLEMENS MARK CLARK JEFF PORTER SHANE WILLIAMS DONALD LITTLETON STEVE EVANS STEVE EVANS JACOB PORTER ANTHONY CLEMENS ORVEL VANWINKLE CHRIS CLEMENS JEFF PORTER CHRIS CLEMENS DENNIS OATES ANTHONY CLEMENS JAY BENNETT JASON DEVILLIER STEVEN ROBERTSON ANTHONY CLEMENS MITCHELL CREWS CHRIS CLEMENS BRAD HANEY RIVER LEE KEVIN THOMAS MIKE HANEY RICK WILEY WILLIAM WALKER 4.71 LBER 2.86 LBER 1.83 LBER 6.87 LBER (OVERALL WINNER) 3.81 LBER 3.70 LBER 3.00 LBER 2.30 LBER 2.24 LBER 1.39 LBER 4.69 LBER 4.07 LBER 3.95 LBER 2.92 LBER 1.82 LBER 1.78 LBER 4.93 LBER 4.08 LBER 3.24 LBER 2.60 LBER 2.47 LBER 6.35 LBER 5.03 LBER 3.68 LBER 3.41 LBER 2.12 LBER 2.12 LBER 3.38 LBER 2.91 LBER 2.77 LBER 2.74 LBER 2.46 LBER 2.30 LBER 2.29 LBER 2.10 LBER 1.88 LBER 1.68 LBER

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DAY 2

SHANE WILLIAMS MIKE HANEY WILLIAM WALKER CHARLES MACLIN LOUIS MATHERNE CHRIS CLEMENS BRANDON CLEMENS LOUIS MATHERNE BRIAN KANKE RICK WILEY BRAD HANEY CHRIS CLEMENS LAMAR JONES BRANDON CLEMENS WILLIAM WALKER JAY BENNETT SHANE WILLIAMS CHRIS CLEMENS JACOB PORTER BRIAN KANKE JEFF PORTER BRANDON CLEMENS DENNIS OATES ANTHONY CLEMENS BRIAN KANKE RYAN REYNOLDS CHARLES MACLIN JAY BENNETT BRIAN KANKE JEFF PORTER ANTHONY CLEMENS ORVEL VANWINKLE WILLIAM WALKER JACOB PORTER LAMAR JONES DENNIS OATES ANTHONY CLEMENS BRIAN KANKE RYAN REYNOLDS CHARLES MACLIN JAY BENNETT

4.93 LBER 3.48 LBER 3.17 LBER 2.24 LBER 2.23 LBER 2.28 LBER 1.73 LBER 1.14 LBER 2.92 LBER 2.15 LBER 2.05 LBER 1.73 LBE 1.71 LBER 1.60 LBER 1.30 LBER 4.21 LBER 2.90 LBER 2.82 LBER 2.07 LBER 1.93 LBER 1.73 LBER 1.67 LBER 4.04 LBER 2.16 LBER 1.99 LBER 1.89 LBER 1.81 LBER 1.78 LBER 3.43 LBER 2.52 LBER 2.26 LBER 1.80 LBER 1.73 LBER 1.59 LBER 1.47 LBER 4.04 LBER 2.16 LBER 1.99 LBER 1.89 LBER 1.81 LBER 1.78 LBER

The overall winner of our tournament was Steve Rhea who weighed in a 6.87 pounder on Day 1 during the 10 am hour. This one fish won him $2,300 in cash and prizes. “We really appreciate everyone that fished with us and in listening to our anglers, we are already making plans to make next year even better” stated tournament director, Bryan Davis. For more information on our tournament schedules please go to www.budlighttrail.com

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JULY 2011 • LAKECASTER • 24

Heat vs Health
Many of us will be heading outside to have some fun this summer, or have to work on outside activities. It is important to take steps to avoid several heat related health issues. Most of the health issues caused by heat can be avoided by first focusing on avoiding dehydration. Dehydration is when your body is losing more fluids than it is taking in. It is a common problem, especially among young children. The most common signs of dehydration are: Thirst, cracked lips, dizziness or lightheadedness, dry sticky mouth, extreme headache, nausea, producing less or darker urine, fatigue, and loss of appetite. Most of us really enjoy a nice tall glass of iced tea or our favorite soft drink. Surprisingly, these will only add to dehydration right along with alcoholic beverages. Try to get into a habit of drinking a large glass of water before heading outside or just being in the heat. Don’t wait until your body says you’re thirsty. By then dehydration has already begun. Continue drinking every 15 minutes or so. Sports drinks (such as Gatorade) will help replenish sodium, electrolytes and potassium that is lost when you sweat. Fruit drinks can contain too much sugar and upset your stomach, especially if you are hot when you drink them. Diluting fruit drinks with water will help prevent stomach irritation. Wear light clothing. People in the desert often wear layers of cotton clothing covering their body. This actually helps keep them cool by protecting their skin from the direct sun, and absorbing sweat. As the air hits the moist clothing, it cools the skin underneath.

Signs & symptoms of heat related illnesses
Dehydration can lead to kidney failure if not treated, so pay attention to your fluid intake! Dehydration is not the only thing that can happen when exposed to heat for extended periods of time. Heat exhaustion – Although not the most serious problem, heat exhaustion is the most common heat-related ailment. Heat exhaustion happens when a person sweats a lot and does not drink enough fluids or take in enough salt, or both. Signs & symptoms: Sweaty, weak or tired, possibly giddy, nausea, pale clammy skin What to do: Rest in a cool place. Drink a sports drink to replace electrolytes. Avoid caffeinated beverages. If the person is vomiting or fainting, get medical attention. Heat stroke – Heat stroke is the most serious health problem for people out in the heat, but is not very common. It is caused by the body’s failure to regulate its core temperature. Sweating stops and the body cannot get rid of excess heat. Victims will die unless they receive proper treatment quickly. Signs & symptoms: Mental confusion, delirium, fainting, seizures, high body temperature, dry skin, possibly red or bluish in color. What to do: Call 9-1-1 immediately and ask for an ambulance. Move victim to a cool area. Soak the victim with cool water. Fan the victim to increase cooling. **WARNING** If you stop sweating, you are in DANGER – Go drink water and cool off IMMEDIATELY! Heat cramps – Heat cramps are muscle spasms and can be very painful. It happens when a person drinks a lot of water, but does not replace salts lost from sweating. It will usually happen in muscles you have been using and are tired. Signs & symptoms: Muscle spasms or cramps What to do: Drink a sports drink with electrolytes. Fainting – Fainting usually happens to someone who is not used to being in the hot environment and is not moving around much. You need to move around and not stand still to reduce the chances of fainting. Signs & symptoms: Brief loss of consciousness, sweaty skin What to do: Lie down in a cool place. If the victim does not recover fairly quickly, seek medical attention Heat rash – Heat rash is also sometimes called ‘prickly heat’. It can occur in hot and humid environments where sweat cannot evaporate easily. When the area covered by the rash is large or if it becomes infected, it may become extremely uncomfortable. It can be prevented by resting in a cool place and allowing the skin to dry. Signs & symptoms: A rash, consisting of small pink or red bumps. Itching. What to do: Keep skin clean and dry, wear loose cotton clothing. Air conditioning and cool baths may help. If needed, apply an over the counter lotion to help with pain and itching. Let’s all have a safe and happy summer. • Drink plenty of fluids • Use a sun block lotion • Wear a hat and sunglasses

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Anglers Quest Rayburn Individual 2nd Series # 1

Rick Barns Win!!
Rick got the win and made himself $700.00 for his day on the water. Tommy Hill from Kountze, TX ran his Bullitt/ Mercury bass rig to south lake areas over grass & lily pads to catch his bass using his rods & reels tipped with frogs & buzz baits in 1-4 ft of water. Tommy managed to cull several keepers to finish in 2nd place with his best 5 at 17.56 lbs and made him $300.00 for his day on the water. Ricky Guy from Humble, TX ran his Bowden Marine prepared BassCat/Evinrude Tiremax wrapped bass rig to Easley Flats areas on the south end of the lake. He finished his day in 3rd place with 5 bass at 17.19 lbs. Ricky had the Big Bass of the day with his 5.17 lber. Keith White from Grapevine, TX finished in 4th with 5 bass weighing 13.24 lbs. The entire results from this and all A/Q events put on by Anglers Quest can be viewed at 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, T/A Lure Xtractor, Lock-N-Haul Transom Saver, and PAA membership bonus. Please read the qualifications for these great incentives on our Anglers Quest website. Anglers Quest will be at Lake Houston Marina on Lake Houston on June 7th for the 11th of 23 Tuesday night events. Anglers Quest will be at El Dorado Jack’s on Lake Conroe on June 11th for the 1st event of the 2nd series of the Saturday Series. On June 14th A/Q will be on Lake Houston for the 12th of 23 Tuesday night events. Then on

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Anglers Quest 2011 Sam Rayburn Individual 2nd Series # 1 on June 5th was out of The Umphrey Pavilion in Sam Rayburn, TX. This event had 12 anglers showing up to fish for the $1150.00 purse. All 3 of the 2nd series events will be started as trailoring events. On this event the anglers were allowed to trailor to a PUBLIC ramp of their choice and leave at 5:50 am. The weigh in time was conducted by 3:15 pm. Any Individuals finishing in the top 10 in points of the 2nd series will qualify for the 2 day Rayburn Individual Championship. The Top Individual in points in the 1st series was Ricky Guy and he was declared the “Angler of the Year” and will be awarded free entries to all 2012 Rayburn Individual Series events. The Individuals entering 7 Rayburn Individual 1st & 2nd series events will automatically qualify for all 3 of the Lake Series Individual 2-day Championships. Any Individual qualifying for any A/Q Championship will be allowed to enter the “Tournament of Champions” on November 19-20 at Lake Palestine. Sam Rayburn water was in good shape and about 8.46 feet below normal pool level with water temps running 76-80 degrees. The weather at takeoff was a calm 74 degrees with a warming to 97 degrees by weigh in time. The fish catching continues to be very good on Big Sam as there were 5 limits brought to the scales, for a total of 32 bass at 92.80 lbs making the average bass brought to the scales today weigh 2.90 lbs. Rick Barns from Broaddus, TX ran his Ranger/ Yamaha bass rig to the Veach Basin areas over grass to catch his bass with his rods & reels tipped with swim baits in 4-5 ft of water. Rick managed to cull several times during his day to finish in 1st place with 18.92 lbs.

 Rick Barns won 1st place with his bag of fish that weighed 18.92 lbs. This earned him $700 for his day on the water.

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 Ricky Guy won Big Bass honors for his nice 5.17 lber.

 Pictured left to right: Rick Barns won the tournament with an impressive sack of fish that weighed 18.92 lbs., Ricky Guy placed 3rd with 17.19 lbs which included Big Bass honors for his 5.17 pounder, Tommy Hill placed 2nd with his bag of fish that weighed 17.56 lbs.

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and giving the Bass some cover to hide in. There are three types of structure to look for here, Pepper Grass, Hydrilla and Lily Pads. All of these are Bass magnets this time of year. Now that we’ve covered the topwater, let’s look at getting in there with Stanley Spinner baits. Chunking into the pockets around the grass and lily pads can get some fish to come out and play. Or try pulling a few crankbaits in the same area. If you can fish slowly, throwing Senko’s, or wacky worms in there can get some nice action. Now for the guys that want to get down and dirty. If the grass mats over anywhere, break out the Stanley grass jigs and get to work. This isn’t for everyone and can be a lot of work pitching miles of grass edges till you run across a small group of fish. Some guys go out there looking for 5 bites a day but they are looking for big fish. Remember jigs catch big fish, and that’s what a lot of folks are looking for. OK now for the deep plastic baits, big worms and creature baits on a Carolina or Texas rig off long points and humps. Working water depths from 10 to 25 feet off the edges is a lot of work. Finding bait or some cover the bass are using to hide is the first thing to look for. Now you get to work and see if the fish are at home and in the mood to play. Crappie fishing on Sam Rayburn can be a lot of fun with some slabs going as much as 2 lbs. Crappie fishing is for anglers of all ages and skill levels. These little critters are about the best tasting fish you can get. Fishing around the bridges under the shade can put a few fish in the box. The other way is to fish the stumps on the lake. Even better, put out a few brush tops around some of these stumps. Yahoo! You’ve created a brand new fishin’

spot. Brush piles are very important to fishing for Crappie at this time of year and learning how to build them and getting them to work is tricky.Ifyoubuildthemclosetotreesorstumps you can just tie up and fish. If you’re building them in open water you have to use your trolling motor to hold you in position. Now, for the guys that don’t have a trolling motor you have to be very careful because getting the anchor hooked into the brush pile is bad business. Not only will it mess up the fishing, when you start to haul up your anchor, you tear up the pile and make it useless. What you want to do is anchor up wind, say about 50 ft. or more, make sure the anchor is holding and you’re not dragging it into the pile. Then drift back to the pile. If you swing around a lot you can get one of the mushroom anchors and let it out straight down to help slow the drifting. It won’t tear things up like the ones with the blades and will usually help slow the swinging around. I have put two of them down with one on each side to help hold the boat still. Remember it isn’t any fun to build a good brush pile and then tear it up the first time you use it - I know! For those that don’t have a boat and would like to do a little Crappie fishing I have a new Pontoon boat that can handle up to 8 anglers. It has a changing room and port-opotty. Grab the kids, your friends, and come out and have some fun. I’ve been fishing a young couple for a few years now. With the new pontoon they brought another couple with them, split the price and saved a chuck of money. We have plenty of shade to get out of the sun so get your trips booked. Come on and get in on the fun.

July is usually the hottest month that we have however, if it’s much hotter than June we may all melt! No rain and high winds have really brought the temperatures up and the fire level to an all time high. Let me take a minute right now to say thanks to all of the Fireman and other volunteers that work so hard to keep us safe. Any time that Bill Fondren, we get a chance, we should do anything we Tejas Guide Service/ can to support these neighborhood heroes. 3-S Texas Outdoors The fire that was over behind the dam billjfondren@yahoo.com, cell (409) 381-1397 the other day got real close to being real nasty, but thanks to these Fireman the fish hatchery was safe as well as all of us here in Professional Guide Rayburn Country. — Licensed and Insured Speaking of Rayburn Country, if you all haven’t come out and seen the New Country Club and Golf Course we think you are really missing out. The building is really something to see as well as the Golf

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Course. Seems everyone that plays wants to come back. Folks, the lake is very low - this is as low as it’s been since 1996 and it’s going to take a lot of water to fill her up. Please be careful, you can really get hurt out here right now. On the same note, Toledo Bend ain’t much better, it’s in pretty bad shape also. Having said that let me say that the fishing on both lakes is still pretty good – with 3 fish weighing 17 lbs at the Bass N Bucks tournament last month here on big Sam. That’s not too bad! Now Let’s Fish !!!!!!!! The Bass are anywhere from shallow to as deep as you can go. The best is 8’ to 10’ on cranks and Carolina rigs. For us shallow anglers, the Stanley Ribbitt and Yellow Magic or any of your favorite top water baits will do well. Please don’t forget to take care of the Bass.

Those that you put back in the water please don’t handle them too much and those you bring in to the weigh-in please keep them cool and aerated. The Crappie fishing is doing well. Be patient and they will show up. Minnows as well as some jigs are doing well. We use jigs a lot and we are doing well on the Stanley Wedge Tail as well as the Mr. Crappie Slab Daddy. I can’t put a name on one of my favorite jigs, it’s hand made and one of my friends gave me some of them and they are bad news. The Bream and Catfish are about everywhere, crickets and worms are the best. That’s about it from here for now. Please be careful on the water and don’t forget our local merchants around the lake. If we can be a help, just call.

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Team LeBlue won the 2011 Up & Coming Outdoors 1st Night Tournament!
By Travis Merritt

Up and Coming Outdoors hosted its first night tournament of the 2011 Summer Series on Toledo Bend Saturday June 6. Cypress Bend Resort was the host ramp for the tournament and the new pavilion at Cypress Bend made for a great stage. The weather was perfect, with low winds and clear skies exposing an almost full moon as the 49 teams battled it out on Toledo Bend. Eric and Mitch LeBleu of Lake Charles, LA were one of the first teams to weigh in at Cypress Bend and take the early lead in the tournament. The team patiently waited as all the teams brought their bags to the scales. After all the bags were weighed and polygraphs were complete, Eric and Mitch walked away with the first place plaques and $2,000.00 cash for their 5 bass weighing 19.56 pounds. Team LeBleu fished the south end of the lake in their Mercury powered Nitro bass boat to catch the winning stringer. Eric reported catching 9 keepers on Shimano rods and reels using a black and blue 10 inch worm around brush piles in 15 to 20 feet of water. Eric and Mitch are now in the drivers seat for the 2011 Team of the Year race. Tommy Rascoe and Alton Powell of Converse and Marthaville, LA won the Busch Beer Big Bass of the tournament award. The son in law and father in law team won $245.00 plus $200.00 cash from Busch Beer for their big bass weighing 6.72 lbs. In addition to the $445.00 cash, Rascoe and Powell were awarded a huge Busch Beer KVD wall mirror. The team reported catching the big bass on a black 10” worm in 12 to 15 feet of water around brush piles. Second place honors went to the team of Thomas and Robert Jordan of Leesville and Deridder, LA who brought 5 fish to the scales that weighed 17.47 pounds. Team Jordan reported catching 16 keepers from their Mercury powered Legend bass boat. The team fished texas rigged worms in fire and ice and plum around drop offs in 25 to 30 feet of water on the south of the lake. Walter Seasock and Rick Seasock took home third place and $500.00 for their 15.47 pounds of Toledo bass. Seasock and Seasock fished from their Mercury powered Nitro on the south end of Toledo Bend. Walter said the team caught over 20 keepers on a black texas rigged worms along drop offs in 20 feet of water. Fourth place went to Chris Ferguson and Randy Obanion with 15.10; Fifth place went to Bobby Feazel and Gary Glende with 14.98. Up and Coming Outdoors will host 4 more night tournaments on Toledo Bend. June 18, July 16,  Winners Eric and Mitch LeBleu

 Robert Newlan presenting Tommy Rascoe with Busch Mirror and $200.00 Busch Bonus cash for Busch Beer Big Bass of the Tournament.

July 30, and August 13. Plus, 4 night tournaments on San Rayburn June 17, July 15, July 29, and August 12. Up and Coming Outdoors would like to thank all the anglers who participated Saturday night. Very special thanks to Busch Beer, Southwest Beverage Company, American Rodsmiths, Powerpole shallow water anchors, V&M Lures, Cyclone Baits, Fontenot and Fontenot Law Firm, Gary Yamamoto Custom Lures, and Proscreen.  Tommy Rascoe with the Busch Beer Big Bass of the Tournament

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The Gift of Fishing........Stretching Gas Dollars.... PLUS........EAGLES AND ETHANOL
by Pro Guide, Joe Joslin
Hello, outdoor lovers. I often receive e-mails from readers who read our columns and never fish. This is good to know and something that I find to be meaningful and try to be aware of when I do my columns. I also know a number such readers are those who would fish if given the opportunity plus there are others who are physically limited and cannot fish but would love to if their situation was different. Sometimes....oftentimes, we who are healthy take for granted the ability to get in a boat and fish all day. A day on the water is a gift and should be viewed that way. The longer I fish the more I realize this to be true as I just got off the water having fished with one of my best friends and we caught so many fish but that was not the best part. The best part was just being outside and being in the company of a good friend who enjoys similar experiences. Times like these will not always be possible and many of us may need to be reminded of such. TOLEDO EAGLE UPDATE We see bald eagles almost every day on the south end of Toledo and have added sight seeing/photo tours to our guideservices. Check our our website www.joejoslinoutdoors.com for details. STRETCHING DOLLARS WHILE FISHING/BOATING How are fishermen and boaters dealing with tighter budgets and high gas prices? Some are cutting back the number of trips to the lake while others are not running as far to fishing holes as well as cutting back on skiing hours. The last few weeks we have seen a little relief at the gas pumps as prices have retreated from the $4.00 per gallon that has been in place since early spring. BoatUS.com, one of my favorite sources in the boating industry, has some very practical but often forgotten suggestions to improve towing/boating expenses. The first is to take all unnecessary items out of the boat to lighten the rig as much as possible. Another is if you are traveling/towing the boat a long way to your vacation or fishing destination, consider waiting until you get almost there before filling up the boat with gas. Many of our boats today, such as my 21’ Skeeter FX, holds 50 gallons of gas which is basically 400 pounds of fuel. There is no need to tow that much extra and unnecessary weight. Another reminder is to drain your baitwells/livewells when leaving the lake as these too can hold several hundred pounds of water. I have often been guilty of this. Another plus to drain out fishy, livewell water is so on Monday morning you won’t start detecting a funky smell in your garage when you head out to work. Does that sound (smell) familiar???? Another suggestion from BoatUS.com is to not use your cruise control when towing a boat, especially when you are in hilly terrain. The most efficient manner in which to tow is to try to keep your speed consistent which means to be very alert and observe everything that is happening in front of you so you can prevent unnecessary use of the brakes and having to speed back up. ETHANOL UPDATE/MORE GOOD NEWS! If you have been a frequent reader of this column you may remember our article a couple of months ago on the ethanol issues. Almost every boater I know gets upset at the very mention of the word Ethanol......which is basically fuel made from grain. Ethanol has for several years been used as an additive to fossil fuels and has proven to be a huge

A golden eagle, caught on camera on south Toledo. We see bald eagles everyday on south Toledo but this is the only golden eagle I have seen.

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headache and many times causing costly problems for boat engines. We will not repeat the earlier article but will mention part concerning the EPA’s attempt to move from 10% added ethanol to 15%. As I mentioned in the earlier article, thankfully, the new House of Rep leadership in Washington voted not to fund that mandate of EPA. YES!! What a relief. The even later news is that there is a strong move to no longer fund any more government subsidies for ethanol which would save our debt ridden nation several billion dollars plus start the trend away from ethanol. Ethanol has been a disaster for outboard engines. This would also help to stabilize the costs of grains and would help with the high cost of food. 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 joejoslinoutdoors@yahoo.com . and WEBSITE www.joejoslinoutdoors.com
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Greg Crafts, Toledo Bend Guide Service & Lake Cottages www.toledobendguide.com • gcrafts@bigfoot.com • 936.368.7151 The lake level is getting close to its all time low of 162ft msl and unless we get some substantial rain it looks like we’ll break that record this month. Caution should be used in running areas other than the river proper. Most boat launches are high and dry. However, Huxley Bay Marina, my base of operations, still has ramp access to the lake. Most fish caught this time of year will be caught in deep water other than early morning and late evening. To be successful in catching these deep- water fish a good understanding of the “Thermocline” is helpful. The thermocline is a thin layer of water in a lake that is sandwiched between the upper layer of water (the epilimnion) and the lower, colder layer of water (hypolimnion). Between these two layers you have a thin layer in which the water temperature drops substantially. This is known as the thermocline. Below this layer the water has very little concentrations of oxygen. Fish will suspend just above the thermocline where the water is the coolest and has plenty of oxygen. Wind speeds and ambient temperature readings have a large effect at what depth the thermocline is located. A deep diving crank bait that runs along the thermocline can be the key to catching bass this time of year. Early morning, late evening and on cloudy days work the edges of the pepper grass, duckweed, and lily pads growing close to deep water with top water plugs, buzz baits, spinner baits, frogs, shallow diving crank baits, traps, soft plastics and finesse plastics. When the sun

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gets overhead and the shallow bit slows down, back out to deeper water and work deep diving crank baits, slab spoons, tail spinners and Texas or CR rigged plastics. Nighttime is the right time to catch numbers and size as the bass feed more at night and the water cools down. Large noisy top water plugs, buzz baits, spinner baits and large dark plastics work well. The White Bass will be moving all over the lake this time of year chasing shad. Watch for schooling fish along boat lanes, timber- lines, main lake points and flats close to the river channel. Keep a trap, shallow diving crank bait or top water plug handy when they start schooling. When they go down, throw a slab spoon or tail spinner. The Crappie are holding in 12 to 25 ft of water over and in brush tops and main lake humps.

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Darrell Lyons• DW’s Guide Service for Rayburn & Toledo 409-787-3664 • dwlguide@yahoo.com • www.toledo-bend.net/guide BASS ~ Good. Most fish are coming early on grass lines or around shoreline vegetation in 4ft to 8ft. Use a super Pop R in clear/blue back or a RIBBIT in watermelon red/pearl belly. As the day warms drop out to 12ft to 20ft and throw a Carolina rigged Yamamoto 7” cut tail in watermelon pepper green flake or a 5/8oz shad colored Fat Free Shad. Watch for schooling fish and throw a Slab Baby Spoon. For best results remember to use your Kick-n-Bass BREAM ~ Good. Being caught along the grass in 8’- 10’ of water on crickets and Berkley power maggots. CRAPPIE ~ Good. Being caught in 18’- 28’ of water over brush on white tubes rigged on a 1/16 oz. jig head and chartreuse tubes rigged on 1/32 oz jig heads. On

Mid Lake and South End
slow days use minnows. CATFISH ~ Excellent. Being caught in 20’ to 38’ of water over baited holes using cut liver and live carp . WHITE BASS ~ Excellent! Being caught on humdinger tail spinners in silver and on 1/4 oz RABBIT TAIL FLASH jig in purple/brown on sandy points in 12ft to 22ft . Watch for schooling fish on main lake.

South Toledo Fishing
By Pro Guide Joe Joslin, 30 Years Experience on Toledo Bend Joejoslinoutdoors@yahoo.com • Pg 337-463-3838 • 409-565-1288

In July you can catch bass on south Toledo in depths from 1 to 30 feet. In the 1 to 6’ and there is plenty of shoreline grass on my favorite part of Toledo which is the southern one-third of the lake. Most all of the major vegetation/grasses are all growing like nuts with the water temps so warm and the lake so clear. This is providing plenty of cover for the bass to hold in those shallow areas. Top water patterns have been excellent this spring/early summer with Pro Pops, Yellow Magic, Chug Bugs, and Spooks all being excellent choices with shad colors the best colors. We are working these along the edge of the grass and have been targeting points and shallow ridges with grass. The frog is also doing really well with Stanley’s Ribbit catching bass even in the middle of the day with full sunlight. I like a pumpkin pearl and solid

white and I am rigging these with Stanley’s new Double Take hook. Other frogs such as Spro models are also catching bass really well which has a totally different action from the Ribbit. In the 6 to 12 ft depths, we are working a light weighted TX rigged Berkley’s New 6.5 inch Havoc Bottom Hopper, wacky rigged Senkos and mid diving crankbaits with a DLN(Norman’s Deep Little N). When the action slows in the shallow and mid depths we have been moving a little deeper from 12 to 18 feet with TX rigged 7 and 10 inch Power Worms and Ole Monster. We also have been catching a lot of bass on Stanley’s Wedge Hog on Carolina rigs in 12 to 18 feet. In addition, we have been working a large crankbait with DD22 my personal favorite. Fat Free Shad is also an excellent choice in deep diving crankbaits. We are using the shad patterns such as shad/with purple, shad/green, blue chartreuse and sexy shad all fish-catching colors. We are also fishing 18 to 30 ft depths with TX

rigged Power Worms, Carolina rigged Berkley Havoc new Grass Pig which is basically a swim bait. Drop shot patterns are catching bass with good numbers of bass in the 16 to 30 ft depths. For drop shot we are using Berkley’s Wacky Crawler(5 inch) and new Havoc Botttom Hopper Jr (4.5 inch) as well as a 5 inch Finesse Worm. WHITE/YELLOW BASS: We have had some great trips lately catching white and yellow bass with some of the whites going close to three pounds. We are finding these in depths of 15 to 40 feet and catching them on top water, crankbaits, tailspinners and spoons. 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 joejoslinoutdoors@yahoo.com. and WEBSITE www.joejoslinoutdoors.com

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Do You Smell Bad?
By Jim Binns

Have you ever been fishing with someone and even though you are both chunkin’ the same bait, color, etc., your partner catches most if not all of the fish? Well allow me to let you in on a little secret – It could be because you don’t smell right. No I am not talking about that shower that you take once a week regardless of whether you need it or not, what I am referring to is how you and your bait may smell to a bass. For many years scientists have known that bass rely on vision, smell and hearing for survival. In recent times focus has increased on baits that have wild colors and “clicking” noises, but some anglers feel that odor can be the major factor in determining whether or not a bass will strike your bait. Fish attractants are not new. Some in the past have been advertised to be so good that they are guaranteed to make a bass “bite like crazy”. Some concoctions have mineral oil and a variety of other “secret” ingredients, and there are certainly a few homemade brews with ingredients that anglers are still keeping secret. For years I have used vanilla extract because I like the smell and I also think it helps mask offensive odors that could “turn a bass off”. One of the most popular ingredients in most attractants is anise, which is an herb that has been around for centuries. Anise is sweet and very aromatic, distinguished by its licorice-like flavor. Throughout the ages anise has been used as an early form of antiseptic, a cure for sleeplessness, and was a key ingredient in early herbal medicines. Why a bass would want something that smells like licorice is beyond my understanding - but they do. In the early ‘80s Tennessee pharmacist David Bethshears created Fish Formula and it attracted both bass and bass fishermen. The story goes that Bethshears was night fishing with a friend and they were catching quite a few bass on salamanders (spring lizards). His partner had killed the bait before placing it on the hook, so Bethshears concluded that it wasn’t the wiggling action of the bait that was causing the strike but the scent of the lizard. To prove this, Bethshears ground up some of the baits, added oil and used the mixture on plastic worms. He wound up catching bass when other anglers couldn’t even get a touch. On days when the bass were active the mixture didn’t seem to matter, however, when the fishing got tough the scent would put fish in the boat. Fish Formula sold a million and a half bottles the first year it was placed on the market. Today there are many other companies that market a fish attractant such as Gulp, Yum, B.A.N.G. and Kick’n Bass, just to name a few. Some have formulas that include crawfish, shad, garlic, night crawlers or a combination of these ingredients. Do they really work or is this just another marketing gimmick? Well let’s investigate.

The use of odor attractants was primarily directed toward use on jigs, worms and other soft baits that are fished slowly. In recent years companies have developed these attractants in spray bottles or aerosol cans that could be sprayed on basically any lure you are using. Some companies have even incorporated a diluted mixture in their sales while others have heavy concentrates that are advertised as tournament-grade strength. I can tell you that the attractants are not magic and won’t work all of the time. However, if scented bait will help you catch one or two more bass during a tournament then it is a good thing to use. Keep in mind that the real reason for using the scent may well be to mask human scent. The amino acid contained in human perspiration when rubbed on baits could be a huge turn-off for a bass. I personally think that when I am using an attractant it will make the bass hold onto the bait a bit longer, so then I have a better chance to detect the strike. I read somewhere that most anglers get five times more strikes than they actually feel. If that is true I definitely want an attractant to help my odds. There is another argument for using attractants and that is that

the older a bass gets the larger its olfactory lobe becomes, thus the better its odor detection. In the lifetime of a bass I am sure that they have built up a great deal of experience in dealing with good and bad odors. There are three main moods of a bass; active, inactive and dormant. If the bass is active it will probably hit anything you toss at it. When the bass is dormant (we use the term “having lockjaw”) they probably won’t hit much of anything. So the advantage of using the attractant is that you just might entice that inactive or dormant fish to take a shot at your bait. At worse case the attractants provide a psychological confidence to an angler because he knows that he is masking that human smell that could be transferred by his hands. Many really good fishermen use these fish attractants and they enthusiastically claim they work. I personally think there are many more reasons to use an attractant than to not use one, so my suggestion is for you to give them a try and decide for yourself. And remember -- Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught – Good Fishing - JB

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Bass N Bucks kicks off their Summer Series on Sam Rayburn – Ware & Keith bring in over 17 pounds with three fish!
By Patty Lenderman / Lakecaster

New tournament formats and hot weather didn’t hamper big weights coming into the Bass N Bucks Summer Series kick-off on Sam Rayburn June 11, 2011. Landon Ware & Keith Combs won the first of three events, topping it off with a 9 pound kicker! Bass N Bucks has always been known for taking great care of the fish put into their possession. Keeping that in mind, they have designed a new format for their Summer Series, advantageous for both the fish and the anglers. In addition to an earlier weigh-in (2:15 instead of 3:00) each team is allowed only THREE fish. During the hot summer months, this gives fish care an extra boost and makes the playing field a little more interesting. Winners Landon Ware & Keith Combs jump started their day catching their 9.02 lb kicker on their second cast. “We were fishing pretty deep, around 18’-20’ near ledges and brush piles” Landon explained. They were using Carolina rigged watermelon colored lizards exclusively all day. Their takeoff time was just after 6am, and by 6:30 they had 15 pounds in the boat on three fish! “It was just one of those days when it all went right.” Continuing to catch fish and increase their weight, by days end they had 17.61 lbs to win the tournament. Bass N Bucks presented them with a check for $4,000 plus Landon was using his qualified Ranger Boat to win the Ranger Cup for an additional $500. Their Big Bass garnered another check for $700. The team would like to thank Ranger Boats, Bass Assault and Power Tackle for their support. Another nice sack with more than a five pound average per fish went to the team of Gerald Granger & Jimmy Sorter who won 2nd place with 16.59 lbs. They used a variety of baits, and caught a variety of fish! “Our main areas were main lake points in 15’ of water,” the team explained. They were throwing Carolina rigged flukes in watermelon red and pro blue colors. “We caught our biggest, just over 6 pounds, within the first 30 minutes. After that we caught a striper around 12 pounds - but he was the wrong flavor!” They moved to shallower water with grass, using a frog and a jig and picked up

 Landon Ware caught this nice 9.02 lb bass on the 2nd cast of the day, winning Big Bass honors and anchoring the 1st place win for he and partner Keith Combs.

 2nd place was won by Jimmy Sorter and Gerald Granger with their three fish limit weighing 16.59 lbs

 Brian Kanke & Andrew Upshaw won 3rd place with their 15.19 lb three fish limit that included a 7.46 lb kicker.

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another good keeper. “We were catching several fish, but they were small. We went back out to a point with a brush pile on it. There was another boat on the point when we got there, so we started out in deeper water and worked our way toward the point. Soon after we got there, the other boat left. It was the last hour to fish, and that’s when we started catching the bigger ones again.” The team won $2,000 for their 2nd place finish and would like to thank Mr. Blitz baits for his support. The top weights continued to stair-step, and Brian Kanke & Andrew Upshaw won 3rd place with 15.19 lbs. They caught their biggest one first, weighing 7.46 lbs. “We caught that one on a Talon football head jig. After that, we alternated all day between the jig and soft plastics. The colors didn’t seem to matter.” They stayed on deep ledges 15’-24’ and caught fish all day. Bass N Bucks presented them with $1,500 for their win. Their sponsors include Legend boats, Mercury, Talon Lures, Tour One, Rat-L-Trap, Power Pole, Motor Guide and Tri Lakes Tackle.

 (1st & Big Bass) Landon Ware; (2nd) Jimmy Sorter & Gerald Granger; (3rd) Andrew Upshaw

 In addition to his 1st place and Big Bass winnings, Landon Ware also won $500 from Ranger Cup

 Clarence Sanderson enjoyed an additional $250 from the Cabela’s bonus program to add to his 6th place win

TOP TEAMS:

1st - $4,000 + 17.61 lbs 6th - $ 800 + 14.20 lbs Landon Ware & Keith Combs Clarence Sanderson & Bobby Addison 2nd - $2,000 - 16.59 lbs 7th - $800 - 13.79 lbs Gerald Granger & Jimmy Sorter Russ Carter & Scott Bailey 3rd - $1,500 - 15.19 lbs 8th - $600 - 13.53 lbs Brian Kanke & Andrew Upshaw Jason Wells & Vic Cooper 4th - $1,000 - 14.89 lbs 9th - $600 - 12.67lbs David Truax & Mark Franks Darren Roberts & Bradley Stringer 5th - $900 - 14.66 lbs 10th - $600 - 12.48 lbs Eric Hunt & James Shaw Norman Land & Walter Land ….and last in the money…. 15th - $ 500 - 11.79 lbs David Burns & Joey Martin Big Bass - $700 - 9.02 lbs Landon Ware & Keith Combs

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Fish Tales

James Upchurch and his sons Jim and Mark had a great morning with local guide Joey Holloway. Jim added this nice 6.79 lb. largemouth to their limit of crappie out of Jackson Hill Marina. Jenna & Joanie Olsos from Appling, Georgia, nieces of Michelle & Todd Driscoll with some excellent crappie caught at Sam Rayburn with Great Uncle Mike & Great Aunt Connie

Blake Terry, 12 years old from  monster while bass fishing withOdessa caught this 52lb a jigging spoon near Jackson

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Area Club Updates
Mike Smith won the Many Bass Club’s June 2011 tournament with a five fish limit weighing The 409 Bass Club held their 4th event of the 2011 season on Lake Sam Rayburn on May 18th 14.94 lbs. Fishing the Indian Mounds area of Toledo Bend Reservoir, Smith caught his fish using and 21st. Thirty seven anglers caught 86 fish weighing 164.5lbs, yielding a 1.90 lb average. The anglers that fished Wednesday faced sunny skies with strong south winds blowing 20 mph. Anglers soft plastic in 15 – 20 feet of water. Mike Price claimed second place with a five fish limit weighing 12.75 lbs along with big bass honors with a 7.25 lb lunker. Jimmy Campbell was the third place that fished Saturday had a 2 hour rain delay and sat thru two hail storms and 6 inches of rain. winner with a five fish limit weighing 12.17 lbs. When the weather finally cleared the winds picked up and were blowing in excess of 20 mph out A total of 73 fish were caught weighing 152 lbs for an average fish weight of 1.50 lbs. of the southeast. Needless to say the fish catching was very tough on Saturday. Two teams from Hot weather makes it difficult to keep tournament fish alive. A helpful hint to maintaining Wednesday and 1 team from Saturday took home the all cash purse. Most of the quality bass came adequate oxygen level in your live well is to fill 1/3 of your live well with ice at the start of your out of deeper water with Carolina rigs, jigs, and crankbaits with mostly smaller fish up shallow. First fishing trip, fill the live well full with lake water and add a live well treatment additive. Then, every place went to the father and son team of Jeff and Doug Smith with a nice 16.77 lb sack that was two hours add a “ball cap” full of ice while anchored by a nice 5.32 lb kicker which landed them top big bass honors as well. Second place running the oxygenator system and recirculation went to Hunter Gothia and Blake Hanson with 12.47 lbs and 11.88 lbs was enough to give Mike and Many Bass Clubs pump full time. Chad Trahan a 3rd place finish. Congratulations to the winners ya’ll fished very well in a tough month. The 5th event of the 2011 season for the 409 Bass Club held their on June 8th and 11th on Toledo Bend out of Six Mile public ramp. To beat the heat the weigh in was moved to 2pm, and to help out with fish mortality a 3 fish limit was implemented. Folks I believe that summer is in full swing with temperatures on tournament day reaching the mid to upper 90s combine that with light winds, and you have very hot conditions. 36 anglers braved the heat and were able to bring 58 fish to the scales weighing 146lbs, yielding a 2.5lb average per fish. Most anglers reported soft plastics and jigs fished in the grass in depths ranging 2-8ft being the best pattern. Allie Smith and Marlin Kotz heaved 3 fish to the scales that weighed an impressive 15.65lbs giving them a first place finish. Their sack was anchored by Allies 6.44lb lunker that took home big bass honors. It is hard to put 5 bass in the boat that weigh 15.65lbs much less 3 fish; great job. The father and son team consisting of Doug and Jeff Smith weighed in another nice sack of fish weighing 13.78lbs to give them a 2nd place finish. Their creel was anchored by a 6.31lb kicker caught by Jeff. There was a tie for 3rd place with a weight of 8.88lbs caught by George and Hunter Aucoin and Chad and Mike Trahan. Congratulations to our winners, ya’ll had a great day on the water. The 409 Bass Club would like to thank Filter Resources, Bass Kandi, R1 Bass, and Ace Image Wear for their continuing support. Harvey Coward Jimmy Campbell Mike Smith Bobby Munlin Boyd Sanders Frank Davis Mike Price Bob Self Paul Hammontree Tim Oxley

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Top Ten 2011 Standings

70.25 66.21 65.13 63.41 62.09 61.90 60.67 57.08 56.18 55.32

Mike Smith won 1st place with a five fish limit weighing 14.94 lbs.

Doug Smith Eric Van Horn Allie Smith Steven Desormeaux Marcus Van Horn Michael Trahan

Top Six Anglers

40.39 37.97 37.48 35.12 34.10 33.67

Mike Price claimed second place with a five fish limit weighing 12.75 lbs along with big bass honors with a 7.25 lb lunker.

Jimmy Campbell won third place with a five fish limit weighing 12.17 lbs.

Congratulations to Allie Smith and Marlin Kotz for winning 1st place in the June event and capturing Big Bass honors

Sportsman’s Bass Club
The Sportsman’s Bass Club of Southwest Louisiana held their 5th tournament of the year on June 11 at Toledo Bend. Brad Lewing caught the big bass of the tournament weighing in at 7.86 pounds. The bass club will hold their annual open team night tournament on Toledo Bend on July 9 out of Cypress Bend. Everyone is invited to fish the open team night tournament. For more information about the tournament, visit the website at www.sportsman-bassclub.com.
1st place team Danny Hicks & Brad Lewing 19.37 pounds 2nd place Geoffrey McGregor 14.77 pounds 3rd place Chris Benoit 14.70 pounds

Beaumont Bass Anglers
Our June 4th tournament was out of Six Mile on Toledo Bend. Danny Golden came in 1st place with his limit of Toledo bass that weighed 11.30 lbs. Sam Hudgins placed 2nd with his bag that weighed 10.80, Nathan Wolfgang had 9.75 which earned him 3rd place. Leon Thompson came in 4th place with 9.35 lbs and Dean Morgan won 5th place with 8.85 lbs. Our next club meeting will be July 5th at Gander Mountain and our next tournament will be July 9th out of the public boat ramp on Sam Rayburn.

James Moore Nathan Wolfgang Leon Thompson Sam Hudgins Danny Golden Dean Morgan

Top 6 Standings

59.96 57.72 46.55 46.23 45.96 38.71

Sportsman’s Bass Club June Winners L-R (1st) Danny Hicks & Brad Lewing; (2nd) Geoffrey McGregor, (3rd) Chris Benoit

Brad Lewing caught the Big Bass for the Sportsman’s Bass Club in June weighing 7.86 lbs

Port Arthur Refinery Bass Club
The June tournament days were hot, muggy, had no wind, and sunny! In spite of all of that, for the first time this year, every team that fished caught a limit! Not all weighed theirs in, but, every team had 5 fish that they could have weighed in, that’s a pretty good showing. There were 93 bass caught, 191.84 lbs total with a 2.06 lb average. Our first place team, Troy and Leslie Woodall, put together a 19.10# sack, including two solid fish... Leslie had a 4.75# bass, and Troy had the 1st place Big Bass, 5.96#. Second place went to another father/son team, Brian and Blaine Morrow, with a 15.96# sack. I hear that Brian has been out of the country for a while (meaning he hasn’t been fishing much), just got back in recently, and he comes to the lake and pulls off 2nd place with his son, along with 2nd place Big Bass, 5.16#. Nice! Jimmy Evans fished solo and came up with 13.26# for third place. Stephen Ensign and Chester Sams wound up in the first place out of the money, with 12.71#. The lures that produced fish were top water baits in the morning (poppers, frogs) and soft plastics fished slow during the day. I also heard mention of crankbaits and spinnerbaits catching some of the fish. Our Top Six standings only had one minor change, that being Leslie Woodall and James Carlton trading places, #4 and #6. Stephen Ensign felt the pressure and produced a nice 11.05# sack this tournament to hold on to his AOY spot (47.62#), David Burke decided to let the suspense build a little longer and stayed at #2 (44.80#), Chester Sams closed the gap but stayed at #3 (44.42#), Leslie Woodall moved up to #4 (43.89#), Huey Martin maintained #5 with a perfect 42.00#, and James Carlton dropped down to #6 (41.25#). There is a 7.69# gap between 6th place and 7th place, so, these guys will probably be battling it out the rest of the year, unless they start missing tournaments, or the rest of the club has some phenomenal trips! Stephen Ensign David Burke Chester Sams Leslie Woodall Huey Martin James Carlton

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2 Of Us Southeast Region Final Tournament
By Linda Wick

We had a total of 27 couples that fished our final tournament on June 12th for our 2011 season. It was HOT and just got hotter as the day went on. We were welcomed by Lowe’s Creek Marina. There were a total of 75 fish caught for a total of 327 lbs. Larry & Joyce Coleman won first place with a total of 15.46 lbs, Shannon Thibodeaux & Janie Bennet won second place with a total of 15.01 lbs, Michael & Linda Greer Sr. came in third place with 13.34 lbs, Johnni & Crystal Fountain had fourth place with a total of 12.50 lbs and Bob & Yoland Narron had fifth place with a total of 12.49 lbs. Men’s big bass was caught by Shannon Thibodeaux with a weight of 5.39 lbs. Ladies big bass was caught by Crystal Fountain with a nice Toledo beauty that weighed 7.55 lbs. Congratulations to our Anglers of the Year David and Tina Bozarth for a great year. All of our couples had a great season Kenny & I would like to say how much we appreciate everything that our couples shared with us during this season and would also like to thank all of our sponsors for everything that they do for us. Our thoughts and prayers are with all our fisherman and soldiers in need. Welcome to our new members and we look forward to seeing everyone in October for our championship. Congratulations to our 300 + couples that qualified, including our wild card winners, John & Naina McDaniel, W.R & Rose Smith and Gilbert & Denice Johnston.

Total weight standings as follows: 1. Larry & Joyce Coleman 15.21 lbs 100 points 2. Shannon Thibodeaux & 15.01 99 Janie Bennet 3. Michael & Linda Greer Sr. 13.34 98 4. Johnie & Crystal Fountain 12.50 97 5. Bob & Yoli Narron 12.49 96 6. Mark & Gay Norton 11.08 95 7. David & Tina Bozarth 10.74 94 8. George Thompson & Carol 10.53 93 Holmes 10. Shawn & Christina 8.73 91 Malone 11. Kenneth Scott & Amy Hart 8.16 90 12. Mark & Theresa Franks 7.33 89 13. Johnny & Opal Ellender 7.19 88

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Garrie & Morris win the $20,000 purse with over 25 pounds
By Patty Lenderman

Bass Champs wraps up 2011 season on Sam Rayburn

There was a lot on the line for anglers as Bass Champs wrapped up the East Region tour on June 18 at Umphrey Family Pavilion on Sam Rayburn. Over $47,000 in paybacks to anglers, final points standings for the winners of the Anglers of the Year race, and qualifying to not one, but four championships later this fall. Nine sacks over the 20 lb mark were caught, but the guaranteed 1st place purse went to Jonathan Garrie and Keith Morris with more than 25 pounds. Summer is definitely here. Triple digit temperatures are becoming regular, and while there are breezes, they are hot too. Add that to the continuing drought, and you’ve got a lot of hot anglers on increasingly skinny water. Anglers were allowed to trailor their boats to closer ramps where they intended to fish. Jonathan Garrie & Keith Morris brought in the heaviest sack of the day, winning the $20,000 1st place prize with 25.63 lbs. “We had a milk run set up of about 15 or more spots, and just kept on the move hitting each one about three times all day.” They fished in a variety of places, ranging from 10’ to 20’ deep. “We used crank baits and flutter spoons, and the bite was consistent all day. There were two different times when we caught two fish on the same cast!” While they did not bring in a kicker fish, they had one on at one point. “It was probably an 11 pounder. Glad we didn’t need it!” Their tenacity paid off, winning the tournament by more than two pounds. “We’d like to thank 6th Sense Lures, Custom Angle Rods and Hale Tackle for their support.” Keith Caka and Charles Bebber won 2nd place with their 23.02 lb limit. “The key to our success is prayers,” Bebber explained. “God gets all the credit.” They had done a little pre-fishing prior to the tournament, but hadn’t found anything. “We ended up going to water we haven’t been to in a good while.” Targeting creeks and river bends in 15’ to 25’ depths, they used football head jigs and swim baits. “We caught our three best fish in our first spot within the first 45 minutes of fishing.” Also catching several small ones there, at 10:00 their attention shifted. “Our trolling motor went out. We spent a lot of time trying to get it working again.” While that may have slowed them down, they continued catching one here, one there to their final limit. Bass Champs presented them with a $3,000 check. “First we want to thank the Lord for watching over

 Jonathan Garrie & Keith Morris won 1st place & $20,000 with their 25.63 lb limit

us. We would also like to thank Straight Shot Trucking, Tiremax, Seaguar, Big Bite Baits and Costa Del Mar for their support.” Daniel Chambers & Todd Littleton secured 3rd place with their 21.66 lb limit. “It was an all day bite for us. We caught little ones the first part of the day, then around noon the bigger ones

 Keith Caka & Charles Bebber brought in the 2nd place winning limit of 23.02 lbs, consisting of all chunks

 Jonathan Garrie & Keith Morris won 1st place & $20,000 with their 25.63 lb limit

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started biting.” They were using spinnerbaits, crank baits and chatter baits off the edge of the grass. “We had a small limit by 9am, then around 11:00 we switched to a jig and started catching the bigger ones. We culled all five of our initial limit and only lost one fish today.” The team would like to thank Kistler Rods and H & W Marine. “Most of all we would like to thank our lovely wives for all of their support.” The Big Bass of the day was caught by Clarence & Daniel Denby weighing 7.42 lbs. They received a check for $1,000 in addition to their 23rd place winnings. Because they use Abu Garcia Revo reels, they also won that incentive bonus giving them two additional Revo reels! Skeeter Bass Champs and their sponsors offer so many ways  Top Teams: (L-R) 1st-Jonathan Garrie & Keith Morris; 2nd-Keith Caka & Charles Bebber; 3rd-Daniel to win even more! It is very important to read all of the sponsor Chambers & Todd Littleton; 4th & Anglers of the Year-Ben Vaughan & Michael Latham incentives so you don’t miss out on any. The Dodge Ram Truck Bonus went to Bret Bellard & Nick Simon. This bonus program gives the team free entries into any Bass Champs tournament for the next 12 months. TOP 10 TEAMS: Keith White & Brian Branum won the Skeeter Bonus, doubling their $800 winnings to a $1,600 day. The Anglers of the Year have been determined for the East Region. It has been a tough race, with 6th $1,050 - 20.99 lbs 1st $20,000 - 25.63 lbs teams shuffling in the points standings after every event. Ben Vaughan and Michael Latham won the Jody Goodrum & Jake Goodrum Jonathan Garrie & Keith Morris title with 966 points, closely followed by Ricky Newman and Shannon Hale with 962 points. Vaughan 7th $1,040 - 20.46 lbs 2nd $3,000 - 23.02 lbs and Latham will receive free entries into the 2012 Bass Champs East Region tournaments. Eddie Ellisor & Todd Castledine Charles Bebber & Keith Caka There are still a few opportunities to win some BIG money! 8th $1,030+ - 20.25 lbs 3rd $2,000 - 21.66 lbs North Region #4 – June 25 on Lake Ray Roberts North Region #5 – July 23 on Lake Cedar Creek Bret Bellard & Nick Simon Daniel Chambers & Todd Littleton Anyone who has fished all five tournaments in any division automatically qualifies to fish ALL 9th $1,020 - 20.08 lbs 4th $1,200 - 21.58 lbs FOUR Championships! A brand new Skeeter ZX 225 powered by a Yamaha 225 SHO will go to the Ray Kubiak & Sean Kubiak Ben Vaughan & Michael Latham winners in each championship. 10th $1,010 - 19.50 lbs 5th $1,100 - 21.02 lbs North Region Championship - September 17-18 on Lake Cedar Creek Jeffery Wise & Daniel Blanton Phillip Crelia & Blain Abshire South Region Championship – October 8-9 on Lake Falcon Central Region Championship – September 10-11 on Lake Belton ……and last in the money….. East Region Championship – October 1-2 on Sam Rayburn 23rd $ 500 + - 16.31 lbs For more information click to www.BassChamps.com or call 817-439-3274

Clarence Denby & Daniel Denby

 Clarence Denby holds the Big Bass plaque, registering a 7.42 lb’r as the biggest of the tournament. He fished with partner Daniel Denby.

 Congratulations to Bass Champs East Region Anglers of the Year Ben Vaughan and Michael Latham

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River Otters: A very interesting animal
River otters are very interesting animals. They are the cause for thoughts that range from rage to joy, and wonder to disgust. They are one of the few furbearing animals that still bring a good price. They are secretive and inhabit many of the water bodies in the area. They can be mistaken for other animals. This article will attempt to shed some light on the life and biology of the river otter. The river otter is a member of the weasel family (Mustelidae). They are a long dark brown weasel looking animal. River otters have a thick tapering tail, webbed feet, and a large flattened head. Otters can measure about 46 inches when fully grown. They occur in the Eastern half of Texas (common on area lakes, creeks, and rivers), and eat primarily fish and crawfish, but can also eat other things including reptiles, amphibians, and other small mammals. They are fairly secretive in the wild, but are very playful when they are seen. They are often seen doing circles and swimming like they are playing often with other otters. River otters make slides into the water that are purely for recreation and are very playful. These habits make They will get into shallow ponds which do not allow fish the chance to escape and can wipe out brood stock. This is a major problem and can be avoided by fencing the property, trapping, and hunting. To trap and sell otter pelts a person must have a trapper’s license and for each pelt must have a cites (convention for international trade of endangered species) tag. People can sometimes confuse a river otter on land for a “black panther”. This can happen after dark or just before dark in certain situations where scale can be misjudged. A river otter normally moves on land with a kind of a loping movement that looks very cat like in nature. Then combine that with the dark color and long tail and people can confuse it with a “black panther”. River otters can be many things and are one of the animals that can be found in East Texas waterways. Next time you are in the outdoors take time to look at what is around you and you might just see a river otter or at least evidence of one. Life is more fun outdoors.

them crowd pleasers in zoos. They primarily eat fish and are very efficient predators. They often work in pairs driving fish into shallows and shoals to make them easier to catch. The normal prey for them is nongame fish, but they are not picky if they can get a hold of some game fish. Under normal circumstances they don’t harm the resource. River otters can become a problem for commercial fish producers.

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By Andrew Upshaw, Tri Lakes Tackle

Unwritten “rUles” of fishing

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I want to start by letting everyone know that I am not writing this article about any specific person or any specific situation that has ever involved me or another fisherman. Fisherman, are for the most part extremely competitive. This is such a great thing and it is one of the reasons that I really love to fish and fish tournaments. However, competition is also something that I think many tournament anglers, as well as your everyday angler, have allowed to “blind” their ethics on the water. I’ll start off by an example: You just ran from Twin Dikes all the way to Veach Basin. You have this one spot that you know there are big fish on and you know you could possibly win the tournament on. When you arrive, there is another competitor on the spot exactly where you want to fish. Well, your mind starts to wonder. Did that guy see you catch fish there? How did he find that specific spot? I just ran all this way, where am I going to fish now? To be honest, we have all been put in this situation one time or another. To me the WORST three things that you can do are; 1. Go up to the fisherman and tell them this is your fishing spot and that they should leave. 2. Cut 10 yards in front of them and start throwing to the same spot. 3. Go run circles around the guy and making obscene gestures. These are just some examples of things that you should NEVER do. This is

horrible ethics. Although you may be correct in thinking that the guy followed you there the tournament before and saw you catch all those fish, still two wrongs don’t make a right. That guy beat you there and you do not own the lake. I need

to repeat this, we as fisherman do not own the lake, nor do we own the brush piles that we drop into the lake. Although you put in the time and effort to build the brush pile, find the place to drop the pile, and then actually go through the process of dropping it, at the end of the day as soon as you drop it in the lake it is no longer yours. We all have put a lot of work into fishing. We all want to be competitive. We all want to win. At the end of the day, wouldn’t you like to leave the lake without regrets? Without thinking to yourself that you really messed up because you did one of those things? I’ll be the first to admit there have been times that I have left the lake knowing that I shouldn’t of cut a guy off, even if I was over 100 yards in front of them around a point. I’m working really hard to push ethics back into the sport of bass fishing and hopefully all of us come together and do the same. We all can do our part to make the industry successful and be seen as a sport with a lot of ethical people involved in it. Here is a way to successfully do your part if you are put in one of these situations: 1. Don’t let the situation wreck your day. 2. If the area is big enough, pull behind the fisherman but stay back at least 50 yards. 3. If it’s a brush pile, leave and go to another area, don’t pull up 50 yards on the other side of the pile and cast to it anyway. 4. Come back to the spot later. 5. Be courteous and polite.

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Steak Cook-off Slated for Sam Rayburn Amateur cooks encourage to compete July 23, 2011
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Grilling and Barbecuing, like the rest of life, has become much more complex. Proof of that can be seen at the American Bass Anglers Backyard Steak competition that will make its’ 1st stop on their 2011 tour in Jasper, TX. Whether it is an art or skill and no matter if you’ve ever cooked for anyone other than family, amateurs- called ‘backyarders’ in the BBQ competition world, are invited to compete at the event to be held on Lake Sam Rayburn at the Umphrey Family Pavilion and Park on Saturday, July 23rd, during the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series tournament. “I think the biggest surprise for first-timers is to find out that before the teams become ‘pros’ they all started out as ‘backyarders’”, said Debra Talley, National Marketing Director for American Bass Anglers. “If you’ve ever been complimented on your cooking skills, we invite you to come out and learn what it’s all about. And, the make-up of a team can be any group of people that enjoy cooking together. We’ve had work associates, families, childhood friends, folks that like to tailgate, sisters and brothers.

The winning team will take home $1,000 while the runners-up will each take home $650 and $350 consecutively. And, the rib-eye steaks are all provided by the event host, American Bass Anglers. Two rounds of competition will determine the winners with the final round being judged “live” on stage in front of the entire audience! It’s a wonderful family-type atmosphere for people that not only enjoy cooking but also enjoy eating as well!” continued Talley. But if steak’s not your cup of tea, festival goers are in for a real treat as they get to sample goodies from the “Sweet Treats Cookie Tour”! Whether you fancy yourself as a baker or a pastry chef, this contest is for you. Participants are invited to prepare their favorite cookie recipe and enter the competition. The People’s Choice winner will receive $500 and the title of “East Texas Cookie Champion”. Festival goers may purchase a $3 ticket to sample up to 6 different varieties of cookies. And, of course, after all that sampling, a bit of recreation is in order. Early Times Kentucky Whisky will have their “Man Dan” tent offering games of all types including the ET Cornhole competition. The games, which participants can enjoy free of charge are: 1. Trick Shot - Blind cornhole shot over plexiglass panel 2. ET Hike - Hike a 100ml ET bottle, football style, into an Early Times barrel filled with water 3. Say Yes To ET - Contestants wear a Man Games headband with pedometer attached by velcro and shake their head “yes” to get 100 clicks. The Man Games headband is a gift that contestants will keep. Then if a contestant completes each task (each within 60 seconds) they will win a Man Day t-shirt and are eligible for a drawing to be the “ET Man of the Day”. The “ET Man of the Day” wins a direct pass into the Cornhole World Championship (entry only, not travel and accommodations) to be held in Tunica, MS, January 4-8, 2012. Admission to the event is free and the public is invited to enjoy the festivities of the day and meet the cook teams and bass anglers. Vendors of all types will be showing their products - from outdoor furniture to arts and crafts -- and of course there will be food vendors. There will be local bands and a childrens’ area as well. The Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series weigh-in will be at 3 p.m. For more information and to enter the ABA Backyard Steak Cook-off or the “Sweet Treats Cookie Tour” or to become a vendor, call us at 1-888-203-6222 for an application. For more information about Jasper, TX, Lake Sam Rayburn and the surrounding area, and all of the events for the Cook-off and Toyota Tundra Bassmaster tournament, visit the Jasper Chamber of Commerce website at www.jaspercoc.org or call (409) 384-5716.

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