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Dyer and Darison reel in biggest stringer in Up and Coming Outdoors’ fourth night tournament of the series
By: Travis Merritt

Up and Coming Outdoors held its fourth night tournament of the 2011 Summer Series on Toledo Bend this past Saturday night at Cypress Bend. Despite all the rumors, the boat ramps at Cypress Bend were operational and performed well for the 49 boats that fished the Bend. The weather was perfect for the new moon event with winds around 5 MPH and clear skies. Big stringers were elusive but big fish were not. After the dust settled there were six fish over seven pounds weighed in with three tipping the scales at over eight pounds. The team of Levy Dyer and Randy Darison brought the heaviest five fish stringer to the scales to take 1st place and $2,000.00 cash. Dyer and Darison reported catching their 21.22 lbs bag on 1/2 ounce black and blue jig in 15 to 20 feet of water; Dyer commented that the team only caught five keepers all night. Dyer and Darison fished the south end of the lake from their Mercury powered Bass Cat using Shimano rods and reels. The Busch Beer Big Bass of the tournament was brought to the scales by the team of Tony Coburn and Ron Vandersypen. The 8.81 monster netted the team $245.00 cash plus the $200.00 Busch Beer Bonus and a Busch Beer KVD wall mirror. Coburn caught the big fish on a Sasquatch Lures flipping jig in 10 feet of water on a grass line; he let it slip out that he was fishing the jig without a trailer. The second place team of Martin Mayo and Donald Jeane culled through 11 keepers to amass their 21.15 lbs five fish stringer. Mayo and Jeane fished out of a Yamaha powered Ranger on the South end of Toledo „ Robert Newlan presents Tony Coburn with the $200.00 Busch Bonus Bucks and a KVD Mirror

„ Winners Levy Dyer and Randy Darison (21.22 lbs)

Bend. The team reported catching their fish on Texas rigged Ole Monster worms in Blueberry and Red bug in 15 to 20 feet of water. Martin and Donald would like to thank Jeane’s Tackle in Evans, Louisiana. Randy O’Banion and Chris Ferguson stayed in the mid-lake area of Toledo Bend to catch their 20.24 lbs bag of bass. Randy and Chris fished from a Ranger 521 with a Yamaha 250 in 10 to 15 feet of water using big worms in plum and black neon. The team fished with Shimano rods and Abu reels around brush piles on points. Tony Taylor and David Gordan finished 4th with 17.11, Aaron Wilson and Joe Paddy finished 5th with 16.06, Jered King and Robert Bell finished 6th with 15.75, Jonathan Simon (owner of Simon Outfitters in Kirbyville, TX) and A.P. Castino finished 7th with 15.65. The points race for the Team of the Year is winding down with only one tournament remaining in the 2011 Summer Series. The team of Frank Little and Trent Airhart have a 15 point lead over Dustin Robison and William Dowden. The last event will be held on Saturday August 13 on Toledo Bend at Cypress Bend. Up and Coming Outdoors would like to thank all the teams who have fished with us this year and our sponsors, Busch Beer, Real Tree Energy Drinks, American Rodsmiths, Fontenot and Fontenot Law Firm, V&M Lures, Cyclone Baits, Power Pole Shallow Water Anchor and Proscreen. Special thanks to Robert Newlan and the all good folks at Southwest Beverage

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National Wild Turkey Federation 2011 Banquet & Auction
By Gay Norton

A couple of the items that were auctioned off by auctioneer, Kevin McDonald.

Shawn Roberts encouraging the crowd to check out the silent auction items.

Enjoying the evening meal and anticipating the auction.

Once again it was time for the NWTF to have their Deep East Texas Chapter’s annual banquet at the Event Center in Jasper, TX on Saturday night, August 13th. This is always a good time for everyone. A time to enjoy a great meal, games, raffles and silent auctions but most of all to come together to raise funds to benefit the wild turkey population in our area. The NWTF is dedicated to the conservation of the wild turkey and the preservation of the hunting traditions. Since 1973, the NWTF has helped the turkey population in North America increase from 1.3 million to more than 7 million birds. Now more than 285,000 members strong, the NWTF continues to help turkey populations expand, is improving habitat for all wildlife and is providing outdoor opportunities for men, women, children and the disabled. Since 1985 more than $5,680,901 has been raised by Texas Chapters and spent on projects within the state. Here are just a few: $530,617 on habitat improvement, $496,773 for educational programs, $217,593 on JAKES, Women In The Outdoors and Wheelin’ Sportsmen’s events. Your support goes a long way in helping the wild turkey and habitat restoration in Texas. Our goal in Texas is more turkeys and the ability to hunt them for generations! Shawn Roberts, who is the Texas/Oklahoma Regional Field Supervisor, was heard throughout the room. He was encouraging everyone to take a nice long look at all of the items that were available for the silent auction and the

live auction. There was quite an array of items - home decorations, pictures, jewelry, beauty needs, hunting equipment & supplies, cooking equipment, guns, and knives just to name a few. This event would not be possible without the hard work of the committee members and the donations of this year’s sponsors, underwriters & donors. Sponsors Dick and Son’s Diving First Bank and Trust Joe Coud Kenneth Smith LaMarCo Alarm Company Underwriters Sabine County Landowner Association

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While you were deciding what to bid on, there was an ample supply of fish, chicken strips, fries, coleslaw, banana pudding and plenty of drinks available during the night. The Jasper Gun and Bow 4-H youth were on hand and available to help anyone during the night. Their participation in this activity was really appreciated by everyone and this earned each of them community service credits. It is such a great thing to see our youth involved and they are so eager to learn. Kevin McDonald was the auctioneer for the live auction but Shawn is right there to help throughout the process and enjoying every minute of it! This is never a boring time for anyone. There were some unique items including some limited edition items that were auctioned off.

A grill with the NWTF logo on it that was auctioned off.

Just some of the guns that were part of the night.

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2010 Hunting Heritage Fund Expenditures Scholarships/Education $3,500 Jakes Events $3,952 Jakes Equipment $2,600 4-H / 4-H Shooting $3,200 WITO Events $2,250 Wheelin Sportsmen Events $2,250 NWTF - Conserve. Hunt. Share. Dedicated to conserving wild turkeys and preserving our hunting heritage. www.nwtf.org 1-800-THE-NWTF The night was a success with everyone’s help! Anyone that is interested in being on the committee for the 2012 banquet planning, please contact Shawn Roberts at sroberts@nwtf.net or 903-573-4570.

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Drought puts the heat on poorly constructed ponds
By Robert Burns rd-burns@tamu.edu 903-834-6191

If you think it’s dry, try being a fish during the drought, said a Texas AgriLife Extension Service expert. “You know it’s dry when your fish have ticks,” joked Dr. Billy Higginbotham, AgriLife Extension wildlife and fisheries specialist. Jokes aside, it’s a serious matter as water levels drop for the owners of the more than a million private water impoundments in Texas, Higginbotham said. Channel catfish, bluegill and largemouth bass must survive both a shrinking habitat and dropping wateroxygen levels. Dropping oxygen levels can be a problem during a hot Texas summer even when there’s normal rainfall. But there’s nothing like a drought to highlight a poorly constructed pond and magnify the potential for fish kills, he said. “It’s hot and dry even by Texas standards, but the ponds that show the problem first and foremost are those that have either very small watersheds or those ponds that were built on marginal soil,” he said. A small watershed means there is not a large enough area surrounding the pond for sufficient runoff to maintain water levels, even during years with average rainfall, Higginbotham explained. To hold that runoff, the soil the pond is situated in should contain enough clay. “These are important construction concepts for landowners to remember whether they are watering livestock or if fish are an important recreation use of that pond,” he said. “Fish remain a primary concern to

many owners of small ponds, and there are more than a million private impoundments found statewide.” Obviously, Higgibotham said, when ponds are not much more than mud wallows, there’s little that can be done about saving fish. “Certainly, when pond levels reach this point, I hope they have done something about fish populations already, hopefully harvested them,” he said. But even if a pond is well-constructed and its water level has only dropped a foot or two, it still behooves pond owners to pay attention to fish management and water oxygen levels, Higginbotham said. “In any case, we want to avoid trying to carry more than a thousand pounds of fish per surface acre during the warm months,” he said. A thousand pounds of fish per surface acre of water is a good rule of thumb for a number of reasons. “As water temperatures increase, the ability of that water to hold oxygen decreases, so typically, the hot summer months are when oxygen depletions are most likely to occur,” Higginbotham said. Also, as water temperature rises, the metabolic rate of fish, being cold-blooded animals, will increase, and with that increase comes a need for more oxygen. But under sunny conditions and moderate temperatures, aquatic plants -- mostly single-celled algae -- will produce enough oxygen to somewhat offset the low oxygen concentration levels of warm water. Cloudy days have been rare during the 2011

drought, Higginbotham noted, but when skies are overcast, photosynthesis is decreased and oxygen levels drop further. “If the pond is too heavily stocked, fish can run into an oxygen debt,” he said. “Hot weather can even bring about oxygen debt in moderately stocked ponds. “Furthermore, small ponds that are intensively managed for high-standing crops of catfish at or above 1,000 pounds per surface acre are going to be among the first ponds to experience oxygen shortages as water levels drop.” Higginbotham said he has found that many pond owners over-estimate the surface acreage of their ponds by a factor of two or three. There are simple methods to determine the size of a pond, he said. If the pond is more or less rectangular, the simplest way to determine its size is to measure the length and width in feet, then multiply one measurement by the other to get surface area in square feet. Divide this number by 44,000 to get the approximate area in acres. As an example, a relatively square pond measuring about 200 feet on each side will have 40,000 square feet of surface area, or about one acre. Calculating a round pond’s size is a little more complicated. Divide the distance across the pond by two, square the result, then multiply that number by 3.14. Once the approximate surface area is determined,

the next step is to determine the pounds of fish in the pond, Higgibotham said. “Usually, the pond owner knows how many catfish were originally stocked in the pond and has a pretty good idea how many have been removed since stocking,” he said. “By catching a few fish and weighing them, an owner can estimate the total pounds of fish in the pond.” Pond owners who suspect low oxygen concentrations should monitor their ponds closely, even if their stocking levels are 1,000 pounds per acre or less, Higginbotham said. “Visit the pond shortly after daybreak,” he said. “If fish are crowded up at the surface at first light, that¹s a pretty good indication that you¹ve got low-oxygen levels.” If this is the case, pond owners should either immediately harvest fish to reduce the stocking level or aerate that water, Higginbotham said. “Aerate with a pump or boat motor just to get over the hump and through the immediate emergency in order to raise the oxygen levels, so you don’t lose an entire pond of fish.”

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Bailey & Carter wins final Bass N Bucks Summer Series event of the season
By Patty Lenderman

Sunburns, sweat and thousands of dollars won as the Bass N Bucks Summer Series 2011 wrapped up on Sam Rayburn August 6, 2011. Scott Bailey & Russ Carter topped the line-up winning 1st place well ahead of the pack. Anglers of the Year were determined as well as Championship qualifiers. The series wrapped up the season amidst record setting drought and heat. Triple digit temperatures have become a daily phenomenon while everyone continues to pray for rain in our region. Many stumps, humps and old structures are now seeing the light of day all around the lake that have not been seen since the lake first filled. This series only allows a three fish limit per team, but the contender’s weights were still quite high. Dwain Burns and James Bass were the first to weigh in, bringing their creel hours early. “We had caught our initial limit on topwater baits early, by around 7:15am,” the team explained. “Once we had those secured, we switched to Texas rigs.” Fishing a point in 2 ½ feet of water, Dwain landed their big one. “It was around 7:30 when she hit.” Culling a smaller fish and adding several pounds to their limit, they continued fishing. “It wasn’t until 11:30 when we made another cull with a 4 ½ pounder. We went to put it in the livewell and saw that one was dead.” Dead fish cannot be culled, and there is a penalty on the weight for a dead fish. “We were just getting to our really good spots. It was a tough decision, but we decided to come on in to make sure we didn’t lose any more.” Their big bass tipped the scales at 8.22 lbs, and held for Big Bass of the tournament winning $500. Putting their other two on the scales and deducting a half pound penalty, their official tally went to 14.66 lbs. While initially establishing the leaderboard with their weight, it would be beat three times before days end giving them a 4th place overall finish and another check for $800. Scott Bailey & Russ Carter won the tournament with their three fish limit weighing 18.07 lbs. They targeted a single spot and stayed in it all day. “We fished a drain in 5’-12’ of water, and caught fish all day!” They used Old Monster worms in a redbug color for most of their creel, although they did catch one on a Zara Spook. Scott caught their kicker (7.28 lbs) around 9am, then Russ caught one that was nearly its twin at noon. “It was slow fishing. We just had to keep going back over all of the spots in that area until they hit. We knew they were there.” The team won $3,000 for their 1st place finish. Danny Iles & Stephen Johnston won 2nd place with 15.71 lbs. “The bite was slow for us, we didn’t land that many fish,” Danny stated. “We just junk fished. Went to some shallow water, some deep. Caught a few on top and the rest on V&M worms Texas rigged and wacky wormed.” Targeting grass in main lake areas, the team had their limit put together around 9am. “We only had eight or nine keepers all day. Around noon, we were able to cull two of them.” Bass N Bucks presented them with $1,200 for their 2nd place finish then

„ Scott Bailey & Russ Carter won 1st place on 3 fish weighing 18.07 lbs

Cabela’s added another $250 to that for being the highest finisher signed up for that bonus. The team would like to thank Ranger, Mercury, Power Tackle, Carlson’s Marine, Foster Fence, HumminBird, MinnKota, V&M / Cyclone Baits, Needmore Tackle, Costa Del Mar and Navionics for their support. 3rd place winners Phil Addison and Bobby Smith had one tactic, one bait and three spots. “We went to lily pads using a Strike King KVD frog and caught fish all day long.” They caught an early limit, then culled all of those. “Our last cull was at 12:00, fishing really shallow. We just kept at it all day long.” Their limit weighed 15.24 lbs garnering a $1,000 check. The team would like to acknowledge Titeline Rods, P Line

„ Phil Addison and Bobby White teamed up to catch these nice chunks, winning 3rd place with 15.24 lbs

„ Stephen Johnston & Danny Iles caught the 2nd place stringer of the day weighing 15.71 lbs

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Braid, Bass Cat, Mercury, Motor Guide, Power Pole, Strike King and Quantum Reels. The first team out of the money line received a Show Times Signs gift certificate valued at $500. That bonus went to Norman and Walter Land. The Bass N Bucks Summer Series Anglers of the Year race has now run its course and the winners determined. Congratulations to Jason Wells and Vic Cooper for winning this prestigious title. Their consistency in each event tallied top points in the race, and they will receive free entries into the 2012 Summer Series. “We would like to thank everyone who has fished each of our circuits this year,” stated Tournament Director Dave Concienne. “As one of the oldest running team circuits on Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend, we’ve been honored to make many friends through the trail and watch many participants grow up throughout the years. Tricia and I thank you very much for fishing Bass N Bucks and look forward to seeing you again for our 2012 season. Good luck to all of our Championship qualifiers, we’ll see you in September!”” Now that all of the regular season tournaments are now complete, the Championship qualifiers have been determined. For a complete listing of qualifiers and Championship information visit www. BassNBucks.com. The qualifiers from the Summer Series will participate in the Sam Rayburn Championship September 17 & 18 at the Umphrey Family Pavilion. The winner will receive a Ranger Z120 powered by Yamaha 225 VMAX hpdi.

„ Dwain Burns caught the Big Bass of the tournament weighing 8.22 lbs, fishing with partner James Bass. The team won 4th place overall with a 14.66 lb official weight.

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1st $3,000 18.07 lbs Scott Bailey & Russ Carter 2nd $1,200+ 15.71 lbs Danny Iles & Stephen Johnston 3rd $1,000 15.24 lbs Phil Addison & Bobby Smith 4th $800+ 14.66 lbs James Bass & Dwain Burns 5th $700 13.41 lbs Todd Castledine & Jason Bond

6th $600 13.02 lbs Landon Ware & Keith Combs 7th $500 12.75 lbs Jason Wells & Vic Cooper 8th $500 12.29 lbs Darren Roberts & Bradley Stringer Big Bass $500 8.22 lbs James Bass & Dwain Burns Cabela’s Bonus $250 Danny Iles

The Toledo Bend Championship will be September 24 & 25. Stay tuned to the Bass N Bucks website as some changes may be made to the coordination of the event due to extreme low water on Toledo Bend. Please call 409-727-8941 for more information. Special thanks to Bass N Bucks 2011 sponsors: Ranger – Yamaha – Cabela’s – Rat-L-Trap – V&M/Cyclone Baits – Vicious Fishing – Wulf Outdoors – Lowrance – Jasper Chamber of Commerce – ProRule – Snagproof – Fishingworld – The Stump Restaurant – Needmore Tackle – Ann’s Tackle – Toledo Town & Tackle – Fin & Feather Resort – R1 Bass – Holiday Inn Express

„ Danny Iles was the top contender signed up for the Cabela’s bonus to win an additional $250 „ Congratulations to the top winners: (1st) Dwain Burns & James Bass; (2nd) Danny Iles & Stephen Johnston; (3rd) Phil Addison & Bobby Smith; (4th & BB) Dwain Burns & James Bass

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Sunfish
By Dan Ashe, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Technically speaking most of the game fish in our area lakes are known as sunfish and they include black basses, crappie, and bream (perch). There are 27 species of sunfish and they all come from North America. Sunfish live in freshwater and are characterized by having at least 3 anal fin spines (the fin on the fish’s underside behind its vent) and 5-13 dorsal fin spines (fin on the fish’s back). My working definition of sunfish however is what most folks call bream or perch. On Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend we typically see 8 different species of sunfish and they are bluegill, redear (shellcracker, chinquapin), warmouth (goggleye), redbreast, longear, spotted sunfish, green sunfish, and bantam sunfish. These fish don’t often get the credit they deserve, although they play an important role in our lakes providing forage to our larger fish such as black basses, crappie, blue catfish, drum, and gar. So how do you tell them apart? Bluegill often have vertical bars and a dark spot at the base of the dorsal fin. Redear derive their name for a reason, with a red to orange edge on its gill cover. Warmouth also have a red edge on the gill cover like a redear, however they have large mouths (hence the name), dark bodies with yellow markings, and 4-5 dark lines radiating from their snout to their eyes. Redbreasts have yellow to orange bellies and long narrow protrusions from their gill cover. Longear, like redbreast, have a yellow to orange underside. The most noticeable characteristic is a long protrusion from the gill cover with a white edge. Spotted sunfish have light green or olive colored sides with small black spots and have orange colored fins. Green sunfish have

large mouths, are blue-green in color with yellow specked scales, have dark spots on the base of their dorsal and anal fins, and a dark spot on their gill cover. Bantam sunfish have red eye iris’s, reddish orange pigment on their dorsal and anal fins, dark green backs with brown spots, and a dark spot at the base of the dorsal fin. Sunfish are prolific breeders and generally are sexually mature at one year of age. As with most fish, size mainly determines the number of eggs a female can lay. For example, a large female bluegill can lay up to 100,000 eggs whereas a smaller fish will only lay a few thousand eggs. Most of the landowners we work with have stunted populations of sunfish and this is due to what biologists refer to as density dependent growth – basically meaning that too many fish equates to stunted growth. The way to counter act this problem is to try and find a balance between having an adequate number of predator fish such as bass that will forage on the sunfish but not have so many that they eat themselves out of house and home and become stunted themselves. When stocking ponds we always recommend stocking sunfish (bluegill / redear) in the fall to let them get established and spawn in the spring and then stocking bass behind them in the early summer. This reduces the chance of the bass eating all the sunfish before they have a chance to spawn. We usually advise a stocking ratio of 10 sunfish for every bass stocked at a rate of 50 bass (2-4”) and 500 sunfish (1-3”) per acre in newly renovated ponds. We also advise not to harvest any bass for at least the first two to three years after stocking as this would reduce the overall number of bass before they have spawned

and reproduced. Low bass abundance would allow the sunfish population to explode, resulting in stunted growth and small fish. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department assesses sunfish abundance by electrofishing in the fall. Although there is some very limited directed fishing effort for sunfish, our main concern for assessing overall sunfish abundance is to ensure there is an adequate forage base for larger game fish such as black bass, crappie, and blue catfish. When electrofishing, we express our catch as the number of fish we catch per hour and the average sunfish catch for Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend is 510 and 646 sunfish / hr respectively, which is considered a good catch rate. Most are less than 4” in length which is ideal size as forage. Approximately 20% of the sunfish we catch are 5-9” in length which are big enough for an angler to consider taking home to cook. With our high catch rates it shouldn’t take long to have a stringer full of sunfish. There is no minimum length or bag limits in Texas for sunfish. Redear and redbreast tend to run larger than bluegill. However, bluegill are more abundant. From previous research on Toledo Bend we have determined that larger bluegill are found in grassy areas with timber present. Redear and bluegill share similar habitat. Redbreasts are often found around clay banks without much vegetation present. As always, if you should have any questions concerning this article or have any other fishery questions please don’t hesitate to contact me at dan.ashe@tpwd.state.tx.us or call me at 409-384-9572. Good Luck and Good Fishing!

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Anglers Quest Rayburn Saturday 2nd Series # 3

Wayne Trianna, Jr. & Wayne Thomas WON!!
By Bill & Barbara Long

Anglers Quest 2011 Sam Rayburn Saturday 2nd Series # 3 out of The Umphrey Pavilion in Sam Rayburn, TX began this event on August 13th with 50 teamed anglers showing up to fish for the $3370.00 purse. Any team that finished in the top 10 in points qualified 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 that entered 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 trailering event at 6:15 am. Sam Rayburn water was in good shape and 10.77 feet below normal pool level with water temps running 89-90 degrees. The weather at takeoff was a calm 81 degrees with a warming to 87 degrees by weigh in time. The fish catching was very good on Big Sam today as there were 19 limits brought to the scales, for a total of 105 bass at 308.29 lbs making the average bass brought to the scales today weigh 2.93 lbs. The team of Wayne Trianna, Jr. from Nacogdoches, TX & Wayne Thomas from Lumberton, TX ran Wayne’s Skeeter/Yamaha bass rig to the north lake points in 12-18 ft of water to catch their bass with their Custom Angle rods & Shimano reels tipped with football head jigs with Rage craw trailers. They finished in 1st with their best 5 bass that tipped the scales at 17.34 lbs. The Wayne’s also had a kicker that weighed 8.65 lbs. Their day on the lake paid back $1400.00 for their efforts. The team wanted to thank their sponsor Dave Settle from Custom Angle Rods for the help that they receive. The team of Phillip Crelia & Blaine Abshire from Center, TX ran their bass rig to various main lake areas to catch their bass throwing frogs & Texas rigged worms in and around grass & lily pads to finish in 2nd with their best 5 bass that tipped the scales at 17.28 lbs. They had a limit in the boat early and then culled several more times throughout the day. Their day on the lake paid back $750.00 for their efforts. The team of Ron Risenhoover from Lufkin, TX & Charles Ford from Sam Rayburn, TX ran their Champion/ Honda bass rig to the mouth of Veach Basin to fish main lake point drops in 30-35 ft of water to catch their bass with their Castaway rods & Academy reels tipped with Texas rigged Bass Kandi Red Bug wacky worms. They finished in 3rd with their best 5 bass that tipped the scales at 17.22 lbs. Ron & Charles also had the Big Bass of the event in their bag that weighed 8.70 lbs. Their day on the lake paid back $625.00 for their efforts.

„ Wayne Trianna, Jr. & Wayne Thomas finished in 1st with their best 5 bass that tipped the scales at 17.34 lbs. which included a kicker that weighed 8.65 lbs.

The team wanted to thank all of their sponsors for the help that they receive from…Pepsi Cola, Bass Kandi, Performance Marine Propellers, Interstate Batteries, Daiichi Hooks, Castaway, Stanley jigs and Ouzo Baits. The team of Rick Barns from Broaddus, TX & Ronnie Bickham from Brookeland, TX finished in 4th with 17.12 lbs. They took home a check for $300.00. The team of Bill Rogers & Ray Livingston from Jasper, TX finished in 5th with 16.90 lbs. They took home a check for $170.00.

„ Phillip Crelia & Blaine Abshire finished in 2nd with their best 5 bass that tipped the scales at 17.28 lbs.

„ Ron Risenhoover & Charles Ford finished in 3rd with their best 5 bass that tipped the scales at 17.22 lbs. Ron & Charles also had the Big Bass of the event in their bag which was a nice 8.70 lber.

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The entire results from this and all A/Q events put on by Anglers Quest can be viewed online 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 August 16th for the 21st of 23 Tuesday night events. On August 20th & 21st A/Q will be at Kickapoo Bait & Tackle on Lake Livingston for the 3rd & final events of the 2nd Series Saturday & Individual events. On August 23rd A/Q will be back on Lake Houston for the 22nd of 23 Tuesday night events. On August 27th & 28th A/Q will be back on Lake Houston for the 3rd & final events of the 2nd Series Saturday & Individual events. Then on August 30th A/Q will be on Lake Houston for the 23rd & final Tuesday event. 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, Antex Roofing, Automated Mailing Solutions, Bill Lewis Lures, Bowden Marine Sales & Service, Buster McNuttys, City of Coffee City Economic Development Corporation, Custom Built Awards, Check-It Stik, City of Jasper, Tx-Chamber, El Dorado Jacks, Executive Security Integrators, Experience Lake Livingston, FishingWorld, Jasper Economic Development District # 1, Kickapoo Bait & Tackle, Lake Houston Marina, Lone Star Buffet, Power Pole, Rayburn Country Resort, Royal Purple Synthetic Oil, Santone Lures, Sign Designs Now, Super 8 Motels, Superior Paint Works Inc., T/A Lure Extractor, The Stump Restaurant & Club, Tri County Construction Co., Vincent Turf Farms. God Bless & Good Fishing to All……

„ Rick Barns & Ronnie Bickham finished in 4th with 17.12 lbs.

„ Ron Risenhoover & Charles Ford had the Big Bass of the event which was a nice 8.70 lber.

„ Top 5 places of the tournament.

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KEEPING ANGLERS INFORMED. SEPTEMBER ON TOLEDO.....LOTS OF FISH.... NOT MUCH WATER!
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Hello Anglers. In my opinion the biggest challenge for me this month on my favorite fishing hole will not be catching fish but will be navigation. The fishing this fall will be off the charts as fish start to migrate up large drains and feeder creeks. Another thing that is different this fall, besides the lack of water, is the abundance of submerged as well as visible grass including milfoil, peppergrass as well as hydrilla. In my neck of the woods, which normally is from Housen/Indian Mounds south to the dam, the increase of hydrilla is by far the biggest news as far as aquatic vegetation. In August we targeted numerous long points, humps and ridges which had scattered-to-heavy hydrilla and many of those had never had any kind of grass on them much less hydrilla. The neat thing about those structures was (is) as that they held fish and oftentimes really nice fish. Another strong factor that will impact fishing this month on Toledo will be the lack of boat traffic. In September we always see a decrease in boat traffic because of the various hunting seasons that will open plus many deer hunters spend lots of time this month working on camps, blinds, leases and food plots and never put their boat in the water following Labor Day. Teal and Dove season also gets underway. Another specific factor which will impact boat traffic this month in particular on Toledo involves the moving of the East Texas Division of Bass Champs 2011 Championship off Toledo because of the low water level on The Bend. The tournament was scheduled to be held at Fin and Feather Resort in Toledo’s Housen Bay which has been newly restored and is a really nice facility. However, after weeks of struggling with what to do about safety issues for tournament competitors, Bass Champ tournament officials on August 16 sent out a mass mailing informing anglers and media that the championship will be moved to Sam Rayburn with headquarters at Umphrey Pavilion. A frequent question is that Rayburn is also extremely low so why move the tournament? Actually Rayburn may be slightly lower than Toledo but the lakes are greatly different when it comes to navigation. On The Bend you have to run boat lanes most of the time while on Rayburn that is not the case. On Rayburn one of the main concerns is running up on a sand bar which now finds many of these shallow areas great distances offshore. The main issue on Toledo is the thousands of stumps which are now just at the surface or just under the surface. These stumps are basically all petrified wood and are almost like concrete. If you hit one, something’s going to give and it will not be the stump. I am disappointed the tournament had to be moved because the businesses around the lake really needed the influx of cash that 400 anglers would bring to the area for the three days of the event plus multiple days of prefishing for the tournament. However, with the circumstances given Bass Champ officials, they felt they had no other option. Besides, to move a major event like this involves a mega amount of work and last minute planning. There was even a wedding scheduled at Umphrey Pavilion the weekend of the Championship and that was moved to the Rayburn Country facility. I would have loved to have heard the conversation when the prospective bride was asked to move her wedding location.....”you want me to do what?” She must be an avid bass angler. However, things worked out and the bride-to-be is apparently happy so ‘Rayburn It Is’ for

Lamar Univ. angler, Hunter Gothia, with a big Toledo bass that hit a shad/chartreuse Norman DD22 in Six Mile Creek.

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Skeeter Bass Champs Championship 2011 October 1 and 2! I plan to fish south Toledo numerous days this month (September) and look for fishing to be excellent-to outstanding as so much of the structure will be defined plus very low boat traffic and plenty of grass. I am very familiar with the area and while we may not run the lake as much as normal due to lake hazards, we will still be able to get to numerous bass-filled locations. The biggest challenge will be finding a boat ramp where I can launch my outstanding Skeeter 21 FX which is my ‘all-time’ favorite boat and I have owned over 20 boats in my lifetime of fishing. Be safe, good fishing, pray for rain and God Bless the USA!! 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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Anglers Quest Rayburn Individual 2nd Series # 3

Danny Denmon WON!!
By Bill & Barbara Long

Anglers Quest 2011 Sam Rayburn Individual 2nd Series # 3 out of The Umphrey Pavilion in Sam Rayburn, Tx began this event on August 14th with 14 anglers showing up to fish for the $1340.00 purse. On this event the anglers were allowed to trailer to any Public ramp of their choice and leave at 6:15 am. The weigh in time was conducted by 3:15 pm. All Individuals finishing in the top 10 in points of the 2nd series qualified 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 that entered 7 Rayburn Individual 1st & 2nd series events automatically qualified 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 10.77 feet below normal pool level with water temps running 89-90 degrees. The weather at takeoff was a calm 78 degrees with a warming to 88 degrees by weigh in time. The fish catching continues to be good on Big Sam as there were 8 limits brought to the scales, for a total of 44 bass at 103.57 lbs making the average bass brought to the scales today weigh 2.35 lbs. Danny Denmon from Kirbyville, TX ran his bass rig to south main lake areas over grass to catch his bass with his rods & reels tipped with frogs & Texas rigged worms in 4-5 ft of water. Danny managed to cull several times during his day to finish in 1st place with 14.67 lbs and also have the Big Bass at 5.52 lbs. Danny got the win and BB to make himself $775.00 for his day on the water. Richard Wagnon from Call, TX ran his bass rig to south lake areas over grass & lily pads to catch his bass using his rods & reels tipped with Texas rigged worms & frogs in 1-4 ft of water. Richard culled several keepers to finish in 2nd place with his best 5 at 14.01 lbs and make him $300.00 for his day on the water. Ricky Guy from Humble, TX ran his Tiremax wrapped BassCat/Evinrude bass rig to main lake areas on the south end of the lake and finished his day in 3rd with 5 bass at 12.99 lbs. caught on Zara Spooks. Rick Barns finished in 4th with 5 bass at 12.16 lbs caught on Texas rigged worms in 16-30 ft of water. „ Richard Wagnon finished in 2nd place with his best 5 that weighed 14.01 lbs.

„ Danny Denmon finished in 1st place with 14.67 lbs and also won the Big Bass honors with his 5.52 pounder.

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 August 16th for the 21st of 23

„ Ricky Guy placed 3rd with 5 bass that weighed 12.99 lbs.

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Tuesday night events. On August 20th & 21st A/Q will be at Kickapoo Bait & Tackle on Lake Livingston for the 3rd & final events of the 2nd Series Saturday & Individual events. On August 23rd A/Q will be back on Lake Houston for the 22nd of 23 Tuesday night events. On August 27th & 28th A/Q will be back on Lake Houston for the 3rd & final events of the 2nd Series Saturday & Individual events. Then on August 30th A/Q will be on Lake Houston for the 23rd & final Tuesday event. 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, Antex Roofing, Automated Mailing Solutions, Bill Lewis Lures, Bowden Marine Sales & Service, Buster McNuttys, City of Coffee City Economic Development Corporation, Custom Built Awards, Check-It Stik, City of Jasper, Tx-Chamber, El Dorado Jacks, Executive Security Integrators, Experience Lake Livingston, FishingWorld, Jasper Economic Development District # 1, Kickapoo Bait & Tackle, Lake Houston Marina, Lone Star Buffet, Power Pole, Rayburn Country Resort, Royal Purple Synthetic Oil, Santone Lures, Sign Designs Now, Super 8 Motels, Superior Paint Works Inc., T/A Lure Extractor, The Stump Restaurant & Club, Tri County Construction Co., Vincent Turf Farms. God Bless & Good Fishing to All……

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Trinity District Boy Scout Troop 883 spent a week of free camping at Jackson Hill Park and Marina as part of their quest for eight merit badges. The scouts had a full schedule of activities under the direction of Scout Master Ray Neher and his staff that included Cooking Merit Badge Instructor Jacquelyn Neher, Camping and Pioneering instructor James Land, Swimming and Orienteering instructor Mike Quintin, Archery instructor Steve Huff along with Scout Master Neher teaching Gun Safety and Basketry. The trip also included Game Wardens Johnny Jones and Jeff Cox teaching the Scouts water safety and providing a ride in their patrol boat. The Scouts were also excited to be included in mapping out the new trail system for Jackson Hill Park. Aaron Friar Trails Coordinator for the City of Lufkin and a former Eagle Scout was more than happy to include the scouts by teaching them how his sophisticated GPS tracking and Trail Software worked. “This was a great opportunity for our Scouts to learn the basics of Compass and Map Orienteering and how GPS technology is used to develop a new trail system.” Said Scout Master Neher. The extra special treatment also included a history lesson about San Augustine by Tracy Cox the Executive Director of San Augustine’s Chamber of Commerce at the Scouts Mexican Fiesta on Wednesday evening. “We really learned what a great role San Augustine played in early Texas history” Neher added.” This is what the Outdoor Freedom Network is really about” said Terry Sympson of Jackson Hill “by making the outdoors more accessible and using our network resources to help educate and excite kids about using and protecting our natural resources we can have a positive lifetime effect on them”. “We are very grateful for the participation of everyone who was willing to give their precious time to help make the week one the Scouts will not soon forget” Sympson added. A special thanks goes out to Tara Watkins and Aaron Friar from the Lufkin Visitors and Convention Bureau for helping us with our trail project and time spent with us. For more information about Outdoor Freedom Projects and how you can help contact Terry Sympson at Jackson Hill Marina 936-872-9266 or terry@jacksonhill.us.

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Fishing Forecast
September brings the promise of cooler weather. Fall is in the air and “Big Sam” will start to come out of the grip of another hot summer. The nights will be getting longer and things will start to cool down. What we need is some rain, and lots Lynn Atkinson of it, to bring the lake back up. In mid cell 979-220-0251 August the lake was more than 10 ft Reel Um N Guide low and still dropping. Some water was Service, lost to evaporation and more due to the www.rayburncountry.com release of water. Even with all that we still had lots of days on the lake fishing and catching quite a few Bass and Crappie. We have gotten to see things that you don’t get to see very often. A lot of sand bars, humps and stump fields. This is a chance to explorer the creeks and many points that bass call home much of the time. It has been an opportunity to take pictures of some beautiful old stumps and seldom seen landscape. “Big Sam” is the biggest lake that is solely in Texas with miles of shoreline to fish, most of it undeveloped. There aren’t a lot of boat docks and piers here, just good old fishing. Hear the sounds of nature. If you listen closely you may hear the bald eagles talk to each other. If you are lucky you might see them soaring in the air or fish along side of you. This is the place to get away and enjoy being outdoors. The shad will start bunching up on the points and then move back into the pockets. The game fish will be right behind them feeding and fattening up for winter. This is when the top water bite starts to kick in. A lot of different baits come to mind as the grass will be on the surface in a lot of places. This will make for some exciting frog action over the grass. Have a good rod and heavy line on to pull them out of the thick cover. I like to use an American Rodsmiths 7 to 7’6”ft medium heavy rod to set the hook and yank them out of there. A Stanley Ribbit frog is one of my favorites to throw over the grass then burn it back to the boat for some great action. Here are a few more baits for topwater - the Buzz Bait, Spook, Yellow Magic and PopRs. There will be a lot of fish sitting on the outside edge of the grass lines. Working the outer edges with a Stanley spinnerbait or crankbait can really shake things up. On the deeper edges the fish will be holding on points and creek channels as they move back to the pockets. Here’s where a Carolina or Texas rig comes into play working the deeper edge. If you can find some deep grass the Stanley grass jig has put some nice fish into our boat on days when we couldn’t get anything going. It’s a lot of work and the bite feel’s a lot different. With practice you learn how the baits work and that’s what makes the difference in catching fish. The Crappie will start to get more active around the brush piles as fall gets here. They should start to get into the fall pattern before moving up the river and creeks as they do each year. Don’t sit at home and miss out on the fun. We have seen some fall trips fill the ice chest as the fish start to bunch up. Everyone has loved the pontoon with the shade and the changing room with the port-o-potty. We even have a fan that can help if you get to hot out there. It makes the trip a lot nicer for everyone. Get your fall trip booked. We can handle up to 8 anglers.

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September! The ninth month of the year and we still have no rain. Folks this is getting serious. I really don’t know what to say, except we need water. Please watch for any type of fire, it doesn’t take but a minute for one of these small fires to get really big. We Bill Fondren, would like to say thanks to all the fire Tejas Guide Service/ fighters in these parts. You all should 3-S Texas Outdoors billjfondren@yahoo.com, tell them how much we appreciate cell (409) 381-1397 them. They are all volunteers and do a great job. School has started and things will Professional Guide slow down a little here on the south — Licensed and Insured end of the lake. We have some large championship tournaments about to start. We wish all the anglers well and ask that you all be careful and remember to take good care of our fish. Thanks to all our tournament producers for choosing us for your tournament headquarters. Thanks to Bass Champs for moving your championship here to the Umphrey Pavilion. It will sure bring our merchants a shot in the arm. I would also like to thank the board members and Bryan at the Umphrey Pavilion for jumping in to help to make this happen. NOW LET’S FISH !!!!!!!! The Bass are shallow AND deep. I know that sounds dumb but with the water in the shape it is, there is no telling where you’ll catch a fish. Some guys are fishing out deep and some are still throwing frogs and top water up shallow. There are some pretty good schools out along the river with a lot of whites as well as hybrids mixed in. This is fun early as well as late in the afternoon. The Crappie are slow with the water falling off the brush and being 92 to 98 degrees for the water temperature. You can’t expect much more. You can take a Jigging Spoon out along the deep creeks as well as the river, use your electronics and find the fish, throw a buoy and start jigging. You will catch some Crappie, Yellow Bass as well as Whites and Hybrids. Many Cat-fishing friends say it’s too hot!!! I really can’ blame them. Well that’s about it for now. If you get out on the lake please be careful. There are shallow spots all over the lake. Remember our local merchants and if we can be a help just call.

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21.26 lbs takes the win at BL on Sam Rayburn
By Patty Lenderman

The Bud Light Trail held it’s second in a series of five Fall Series events on Sam Rayburn August 20, 2011. With weights climbing right along with the heat index, several heavy sacks were seen with two of them over 20 pounds. Kevin Borowski and Justin Lackey won the tournament with the heaviest sack by less than a one pound margin. It was another hot summer day for contenders out on Sam Rayburn. Mother Nature has not slacked off one bit as new records are being set for number of consecutive days over 100 degrees. As the lake continues to lower, most anglers are narrowing their search for big bass to areas with deep water access. Such was the case for winners Kevin Borowski & Justin Lackey. “We had lots of fun, but boy it was hot!” Their plan was to catch ‘em early, hopefully by 9am. “Everything went just as we planned.” They targeted grass lines near deep water with crank baits. “We ran our baits parallel with the grass lines. The second bass we caught was our biggest of the day.” Their kicker weighed in at 7.05 lbs, narrowly missing Big Bass of the tournament previously weighed in. “The bass bit early, and when it quit it was done. We made one cull at 10:00, but after that we didn’t catch anything bigger than two pounders.” The team, compiled of a golf course superintendant and a proprietor of a stump grinding business from Houston, bested the pack with a total of 21.26 lbs. “We’re open for sponsors!” Russell Lee and Landon Ware are a strong summertime fishing team. Their tactic for success was to exclusively fish brush piles at the mouths of creeks in 12’ to 15’ of water. No more, no less, according to Landon. Using Carolina rigged brush hogs, they reported an all day bite. “The last two hours were really rough on us, but I estimate boating at least 20 keepers today” Landon said. Their biggest bass weighed in at 6.57 lbs. Putting the remainder of their limit on the scales, their weight totaled 20.54 lbs to win 2nd place. They would like to thank their sponsors: Power Tackle, Bass Assault Lures, Legend Boats (Russell), and Ranger Boats (Landon). 3rd place was won by Billy Guinn and Scott Dodson. “Our day started out really good. We started catching fish right away, and made our first cull at 7:15am.” The team elected to head to the North end of the lake, fishing shallow grassy flats. “All of our fish were caught on topwater lures. Our first five fish probably weighed 12 pounds all together. We hit about 4 or 5 spots, and culled all but one of our initial limit. It was a great day for us.” By days end, they had upgraded their creel to an official weight of 18.61 lbs to win 3rd place overall. They would like to thank Pro Gator Boats, Evinrude, Karu Lures, Stanley

„ Those fish were still lively as 1st place team Kevin Borowski & Justin Lackey hold them up for a quick picture after winning the tournament with 21.26 lbs Baits, the Bud Light Trail for having these events, and Umphrey Pavilion Manager Brian Branum. The Big Bass of the tournament was registered early on in the weigh in by Robert Waltermyer and James Thompson. When they brought their sack to the scales, they established the initial overall lead and Big Bass with their 7.27 lb kicker. As the rest of the pack came in, their overall standings landed on an 8th place win, but their kicker won Big Bass of the tournament. Entry fee for the Bud Light Tour Fall Series is only $160 per team. The weigh in site for the remaining three events in the series is at the Umphrey Family Pavilion on Sam Rayburn. Even if you have never „ Billy Guinn and Scott Dodson had several hefty fish in their sack for a total weight of 18.61 lbs and a 3rd place finish

„ Having won a previous event, Landon Ware and Russell Lee took a close 2nd place finish with 20.54 lbs

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fished a BLT before, every event is open to anyone who would like to fish. Dates for the final three are: September 10, November 5 and December 10. For more information please visit their website at www.BudLightTrail.com or call Tournament Director Bryan Davis at 469-955-7808.

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Deer Permits – the long and short of it
By Robert Baker, TPWD

Many folks want to know how they can harvest more does or get rid of some of the “cull bucks” on their place. This is sometimes an easy quick answer and other times it takes a little while. The quick answer is deer permits, and the long answer is it depends on what kind of permit. There are 2 main types of permits and I will go over them in this article. Landowner Assisted Management Permitting System (LAMPS) is a computer driven permitting system that allows for the harvest of antlerless (one antlerless deer per permit) deer during the entire general season. The number of permits is derived from the type and amount of habitat types on the property. This is done by filling out an application and turning in a map of the property. The computer then weighs each habitat type based on what degree of use it gets from deer. For instance a coastal bermuda grass pasture is going to be of almost no use to a deer while a new clear cut with lots of shrub growth will be of high use to deer. Then issues permits based on this weighted scale and deer density for the county (based on surveys conducted by the state). The process to get LAMPS permits is fairly simple turn in your application (can be downloaded off of www.tpwd.state.tx.us or call (409) 489-0823) before September 1st for a guaranteed response before the season or by October 1st for any response. Then harvest data (consisting of how many deer were killed on the property) must be turned in by February 15th. LAMPS is one of the programs offered. It is a good starting point for those interested in managing their deer herd. It is a basic

program that encourages the harvest of antlerless deer and good record keeping as part of any management plan. Managed Lands Deer Permits (MLDP) is a habitat driven program based on a written wildlife management plan. This plan is written by a biologist (if a private biologist is used the plan must be approved by TPWD) and includes what is needed to get the habitat to a point where it needs to be and how to keep it there once it reaches that point. There are 3 levels to this program. The start is level 1 in which antlerless permits are issued, and level 3 is the top in which a property is issued buck and antlerless permits and can use them from the beginning of archery season until the

end of February. Antler restriction laws do not apply for properties participating in Level 2 or 3 MLDP. MLDP permits are harder to obtain than LAMPS because more work is required on the part of the leaseholder or landowner. The data that must be collected by the hunters include hunter observations, density data, harvest data, and management practices accomplished. The data must be turned in by deadlines setup by the biologist issuing the management plan. Movement up through the program is dependent on accomplishing good habitat work and data collection. The MLDP program is for properties that are serious about managing the deer herd and associated habitat. Work is required by the manager and must be completed for continued participation in the program. Tagging requirements change based on the program (and level for MLDP) please read all material sent out with permits. This will ensure that license tags are not used needlessly, the harvest log is not filled out when it doesn’t have to be, and hunters can stay “legal”. Permits can also serve as “proof of sex” in certain situations so unskinned heads don’t have to be transported. Permits can be used to harvest a few more antlerless deer or can be used to intensively manage a piece of property. Either program mentioned is free of charge and both programs promote “wise use” and stewardship of the resource. For more information on any of these programs or others checkout www.tpwd.state.tx.us or talk to your local biologist.

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Toledo Bend North End Forecast
Greg Crafts, Toledo Bend Guide Service & Lake Cottages www.toledobendguide.com • gregcrafts@yahoo.com • 936.368.7151 We’ve all been complaining about the problems associated with the record low lake level. Very few boat launches are available, and to say the least, you better be very careful running the lake. However, the good news is the fishing is getting better everyday. The days are getting shorter and temperatures will be falling as we start heading into fall. You’ve heard the old adage that 90% of the fish are located in 10% of the lake. Well, our 10% has grown to around 20% when you factor in the low lake conditions. I’m predicting the fishing this fall will be some of the best we’ve ever had. Fishing Forecast: The fishing pattern for the first part of September is pretty much the same as it has been for July and August- a typical summer pattern. As we head into the latter part of September, watch for more top water activity and schooling action. We need to key in on the early morning and late evening bite when the bass are the most active. Throw top water plugs, buzz baits, frogs, jerk baits, shallow diving crank baits and soft plastics over and in the grass that’s close to deep water. Once the sun gets overhead, back out to the deeper water drops and ledges with deep diving crank baits and large soft plastics in 15 to 25 ft of water. Mid day look for schooling fish off the main lake points, timber lines, boat lanes and flats close to deep water drops. A top water plug, shallow diving crank bait, trap or Texas rigged soft plastics will all be productive. Many times your bigger fish will be caught on the bottom underneath the schooling fish. The White bass will be following the shad and will be moving around the lake. Typically, unless we have a weather change, the Whites will school in the same areas and around the same times each day. Rattle Traps, tail spinners, shallow diving crank baits and top water plugs can all be productive when fish are schooling. Also, check out the main lake river channel sand bars with slab spoons and tail spinners in 18 to 25ft of water. The Crappie fishing is best at night with live bait or jigs tipped with live bait over planted brush in 15 plus feet of water.

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Mid Lake and South End
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 on points in 12ft to 18ft using a Strike King XD6 in root beer or sexy shad. On slow days drop out to 19ft to 30ft and throw a Carolina rigged Zoom finesse worm in smokin’ green or a 5/8oz football head jig with a watermelon/gold flake Yamamoto twin tail grub. Excellent at night on black Texas rigged worms and football head jigs rigged with a black emerald brush hog. As the weather starts to cool towards the end of the month, try a black buzz bait early and late for some great top water action. If you haven’t fished the Temple Fork Outfitters [TFO] rods designed by Gary Loomis you are missing out on some of the best rods on the market. BREAM ~ Slow. Over brush in 22’ - 28’ of water on crickets and Berkley power maggots. CRAPPIE ~ Good. Being caught in 23’- 28’ of water over brush on red/chartreuse tubes rigged on a 1/16 oz. jig head and shiners tight lined (best at night). As we get more toward the end of the month, the daytime fishing will pick back up. CATFISH ~ Excellent. In 22’ to 38’ of water on baited holes on live carp and Catfish Charlie blood bait. WHITE BASS ~ Excellent. Being caught on humdingers and slab spoons in chrome or gold on sandy points in 18ft to 22ft. Schooling fish are showing up in the late evening on flats and old road beds making for some fast action.

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

LAKE CONDITIONS: As the lake drops to “never before seen levels” which is where we are at the first of September, for the first time I find myself in new territory. I felt confident to navigate the southern 1/3 of the lake with levels down to 162.2 which is where the levels dropped in 2006 and we had no problems running the lake. However, the lake level currently is 161.60’ and continues to fall. The safest place to run now is in the old Sabine River bed which is easy to locate using any modern day electronics/ mapping and once you find the river it is easy to navigate using visual only as the opening through the timber is easy to see. Generating at the dam continues at the same pace it has been for months with one unit running 2.5 hrs three-four times per week. Water clarity all over the lake is clear to very clear. On our website www.joejoslinoutdoors.com we are working hard to keep posted an up to date

listing of open boat ramps and we are updating sometimes several times each week. FISHING REPORT/BASS: September will feature several bass catching patterns and the shallow grass bite will be one of the best. We are working the shallow grass early using topwater poppers and the best ‘up top’ bait last month was a Pro Pop by Bill Norman. The Pro Pop is a 3/8 oz bait that throws like a rock. I am using it on 15 lb test Berkley Big Game with top colors for us being Tennessee Ghost and black/chrome. This lure has super hooks as well as a very enticing and highly visible fabric tail that really gives a great profile in the water. Bass will kill it. From daylight until late morning a light weighted Texas rig as well as a light-weighted Carolina rig worked over scattered grass in 6 to 15 ft will be excellent. On our Texas rigs we are using Berkley’s new Havoc Series Bottom Hopper in watermelon red, watermelon smoke candy and watermelon. On our light Carolina rigs (1/8 to 1/4 oz) we are using Stanley’s Itza Bug and Wedge Hog

as well as Berkley’s Bottom Hopper. On our deeper TX rigs and Carolina rigs (12 to 25 ft) we are using 1/2 and 3/4 oz weights with Berkley Power Worms in red bug, plum and watermelon candy. On all of our TX and C. rigs we are using Berkley 100% Fluorocarbon (clear) line in 15 and 17 lb test with 3/0, 4/0 and 5/0 Daiichi and XPoint offset worm hooks. Also, Sept is one of my favorite months for crankbaits with Norman’s DLN and DD22 crankbaits hitting ridges and points in 8 to 25 ft. . Shad patterns are our best producers on crankbaits. Schooling bass will be great this month and we will work them with jigging spoons, weightless Berkley Jerk Shad and Flukes and Pro Pops. I like main feeder creeks for schoolies. 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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Hot Nights and Big Bass Hot Nights and Big Bass
By Jim Binns

In our part of the world night-fishing has become an almost standard summertime procedure. Most anglers that sweat it out during these daytime thermometer busting conditions will return home tired and have few fish in the livewell. Savvy anglers will tell you that bass just feel more secure under the cover of darkness and feed more freely at night. To that end I would like to offer a few tips for those of you that may want to do a bit of bassin’ by the light of the moon. • The Basics – Safety is the key issue when planning a nightfishing trip, especially with most of our Texas/Louisiana lakes so low. Put that life jacket on and keep it on. You never know when strange things might happen. Check that kill switch and make sure it works properly. Those running lights need to be operating and be sure your boat batteries are all charged and ready to go. A good flashlight will be invaluable and I also recommend one of those small lights that you can wear on your fishing cap. Insect repellant is a given and don’t forget a few snacks and drinks. I also keep a weather radio handy so that I can keep track of sudden weather changes.

• Where To Fish – Many fish will move shallow at night, but the word shallow has different meanings. Some bass will be in shallow coves and flats however, there will also be a number of bass that move from deeper water to shallow water humps, ridges and long points in 6-to 12-feet of water. Bass tend to relate to the edges of vegetation, timber and sharp drops – so keep that in mind as you select your fishing locations. Submerged roadbeds are always a good place to fish since bass use these man-made structures as “highways” when moving from deep to shallow water (and vice versa). Bass often suspend on channel ledges by day and slide up onto the ledge at night to feed. • What to Fish – Many of the baits you fish during daylight hours will be effective at night but you may have to make some subtle changes in both color and fishing technique. I remember John Hopes research involving trophy bass and if you are a dedicated lunker hunter you should heed his words. Hope surgically implanted big bass weighing 7-to 16 pounds with transmitters and then used a radio receiver to track their daily movements. He found that most all of the largest bass feed by

night – regardless of the time of year. Along with that he found that the fish swam briskly along a deliberate path and “flushed” their prey. I suggest that you use a bit larger bait when night-fishing. Select baits that displace lots of water, make noise, and send out tantalizing vibrations. If you are a jig fisherman select a quality jig with a good hook and add something like a Yamamoto Flappin’ Hog or Strike Kings Rage Craw as a trailer. Those large craws will give off lots of vibration, and that will get a big bass’ attention. The same is true for using a Texas or Carolina rig. Having a larger slip sinker on the Texas-rig will create a commotion on the bottom as it moves though brush and other cover. Adding a “ticker” to the C-rig will amplify the noise made by the glass bead and sinker. A buzzbait will allow you to cover lots of water and is known for attracting BIG bass. Just reel the bait fast enough to keep it on the surface and try to keep it “bumping” into stumps and other “stuff” as it is retrieved back to the boat. Contrasting darker colors seem to work best at night. Use the black and purples, green pumpkin and browns. And be sure you don’t take a knife to the gun fight when selecting your fishing equipment. Use a heavy action 7-foot rod with at least 20-pound test line and a quality 4/0 or 5/0 hook for the plastics. Don’t stay on a fishing spot too long if it is not producing. If you make a “milk-run” on a few good spots during the night chances are that one or more of them will have bass move in to feed. I usually anchor if the wind is a problem or if the fishing area is very small or has a specific sharp break that I want to fish very carefully. Staying on the water longer and fishing a number of different spots during the evening can go a long way in improving your overall catch. I remember hearing one grizzled old-timer fisherman state that, “Night fishing ain’t been the same since them astronaut fellers walked on the moon”. Well I am not sure about that because if you are in the right spot at the right time - the fishing action can be red hot. I enjoy night fishing because summertime evenings are cooler, the wind usually lays and most of the boaters and skiers are back at their home site getting ready for the next days activities. There is always something magic about casting a bait out into the darkness and having high expectations that it may well be the cast that produces the bass of a lifetime. Fishing at night can be a relaxing and rewarding experience, and what a great time to enjoy God’s handiwork. Give nightfishing a try – I think you will like it. Good Fishing - JB

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Congratulations to all of the Anglers Quest Teams & Individuals that have qualified for the 2011 Championships presented by Anglers Quest & their Sponsors
2011 Championship Information All Championships have a 4 day off-limits period, The MondayThursday the week of the event with the exception of the Livingston Team Championship which has a Tues-Thursday off-limits period. Anglers may practice on Labor Day September 5th, 2011. Each Championship will have one official practice day, the Friday before the event. Anglers may not be on tournament waters past 5:00 pm on the official practice day. There will be a mandatory meeting at 7:00 pm Friday evening before all Championships. Registration for the Championships will be a designated tournament location from 6:00 pm-7:00 pm Friday evening all teams must register during this time. $160 Entry & Big Bass pot for Rayburn Individual Championship pay by 9/1/11. $205 Entry & Big Bass pot for Livingston Team Championship pay by 9/5/11. $205 Entry & Big Bass pot for Houston Team Championship pay by 9/12/11. $160 Entry & Big Bass pot for Livingston Individual Championship pay by 9/19/11. $205 Entry & Big Bass pot for Conroe Team Championship pay by 10/3/11. $160 Entry & Big Bass pot for Houston Individual Championship pay by 10/10/11. $140 Entry & Big Bass pot for Houston Tuesday Championship pay by 10/17/11. $205 Entry & Big Bass pot for Rayburn Team Championship pay by 10/24/11. $270 Entry & Big Bass pot for “Tournament of Champions” pay by 11/1/11. All Championships consist of two official competition days, Saturday and Sunday. The Tournament of Champions has 2 official practice days Nov 17th-18th with Mon-Tues-Wed the week of event being off limits. Anglers will leave in order of the AOY points for each series. Any team or individual attending the event from another series will be assigned a boat number greater than the last place team in the specific series. Take-off for day 2 will be from order of finish on day 1. Tournament of Champions entrants will receive a take-off number for day 1 in numerical order of paying entry fee. Non-Competitors may NOT be in a contestant’s boat during the official practice day or official tournament days. No fishing information may be obtained from anyone who entered tournament waters during the official off-limits period. Only information that is public domain may be utilized during the off-limits period or official practice day. This information must be reasonably accessible by all qualified contestants for each specific championship. Qualified contestants may share information at their personal discretion. Mr Bill Long ANGLERS QUEST, Tournament Director 18923 Keyturn Ln, Humble, TX 77346 Office-281-852-8842 • Fax-281-852-8662 www.Anglers-Quest.com

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Bait Buttons is a new product just introduced into the fishing industry this year. It is a quick and easy to use solution, to keep plastic baits, trailer hooks, live baits and more in place on your hook. For years I, along with most fishermen, have struggled with my bait sliding down the hook after casting multiple times or as the plastic begins to tear. Well, the fact is, I am a dentist, and one day as I was performing a root canal I asked my assistant to place a stopper on my root canal file. As she did the light went on in my head and I thought “why wouldn’t that work on a hook and keep my bait in place?” I could hardly wait to get home and try it. With a few modifications for fishing applications I started having my fishing buddy’s use them and they worked very well for many types of fishing. But they all told me, “They are too hard to put on the hook. Once they are on, they work great - but unless they are easier to put on no one will use them.” After much thought, time, and money we came up with a patented, easy to use dispenser that makes putting the Bait Buttons on your hook a cinch. It literally takes about 2 seconds. What we are finding is that fishermen are using it for just about anything you can think of to hold baits in place and they work on hooks up to 4/0. Whether it is steelhead or salmon, bass or walleye, or other fresh water or salt water species game fish there are countless ways to use Bait Buttons to improve your fishing. “BECAUSE PRESENTATION MATTERS.” Bait Buttons keep your bait working longer and looking natural they way you put it on your hook. Less messing with your bait and more time fishing, which means “more hook-ups”. Check out the Bait Buttons demo DVD on YOUTUBE or go to baitbuttons.com and see some of the different fishing applications. GOOD LUCK and GOOD FISHING! BILL SCHMUNK BAIT BUTTONS

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Area Club Updates
Many Bass Club
Fishing in the brutal heat of August, William Sims won the Many Bass Club’s August 2011 tournament with a five fish limit weighing 11.40 lbs. Sim’s fish came from the Housen Bay area of Toledo Bend Reservoir using top water baits and soft plastic. Clay Ivey claimed second place with a five fish limit weighing 11.32 lbs & Scott Sanders was the third place winner with a five fish limit weighing 10.54 lbs. Neil Bridges was the Big Bass winner with a 6.31 lb lunker. A total of 56 fish were caught weighing 105 lbs for an average fish weight of 1.90 lbs. Boater safety is always of the utmost importance. The water level of Toledo Bend Reservoir is dangerously low. Proceed with caution and don’t assume that any boat lane is clear of stumps. Please be safe!

Sportsman’s Bass Club
92.71 87.29 84.71 81.29 79.80 78.42 78.40 77.81 72.87 72.73 The Sportsman’s Bass Club of Southwest Louisiana held their seventh tournament of the year at Toledo Bend on August 6th. Roy Goodeaux and Scot Smith won the tournament with a bag of fish that weighed 13.26 pounds. Chris Benoit won 2nd place with his bag that weighed 11.23 pounds. Derek Edwards came in 3rd with 10.18 pounds. Scott Smith caught the big bass of the tournament which was a nice 6.07 pounder in the final minutes of the tournament. The next tournament is scheduled for September 3rd at Sam Rayburn Reservoir. If you would like to join the Sportsman’s Bass Club, visit their website at www.sportsman-bassclub.com for more information.

Many Bass Clubs Top Ten 2011 Standing
Jimmy Campbell Harvey Coward Mike Smith Boyd Sanders Bobby Munlin Frank Davis Bill Ligon Jim Campbell Mike Price Richard Pesson

Top winners in the Sportsman’s Bass Club tournament.

Scott Smith won the Big Bass honors with his 6.07 pounder that he caught in the final minutes of the tournament.

409 Bass Club
William Sims won the Many Bass Club’s August 2011 tournament with a five fish limit weighing 11.40 lbs. Clay Ivey claimed second place with a five fish limit weighing 11.32 lbs.

Scott Sanders was the third place winner with a five fish limit weighing 10.54 lbs.

Neil Bridges won the Big Bass honors with a 6.31 lb lunker.

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The 409 Bass Club held their 7th event of the 2011 season on Toledo Bend out of Six Mile on Wednesday August 10th and Saturday August 13th. We had 29 anglers fish the 13 hour long night tournament. Toledo Bend is 10ft below normal pool and falling, making navigation a dangerous challenge. Anglers that launched at Six Mile had to idle for 30 minutes before they could get up on plane. Anglers that fished Wednesday faced clear skies with light winds, with water temps running in the mid to upper 80s. The same conditions were faced on Saturday with the exception of a thunderstorm that moved thru about 11pm. The fishing was pretty good with some anglers reporting catching fish all night. There were 41 fish brought to the scales weighing 100 lbs, yielding a 2.44 lb average. Most anglers reported the best pattern to be dark colored soft plastics fished Texas and Carolina style in depths ranging from 10-14ft. The husband and wife team of Buddy and Sharon Ellis heaved a nice limit to the scales weighing 11.63lbs to take home first place. Their sack was anchored by Buddy’s 7.09lb lunker that took home top big bass honors. 2nd place went to the father and son team, George and Hunter Aucoin, they weighed in 3 chunks for 10.32lbs. 10.04lbs was enough to give brothers Eric and Marcus Van Horn a third place finish. Their sack was anchored by a 5.56lb kicker caught by Marcus. The 409 Bass Club will fish next month on Sam Rayburn out of San Augustine on September 21st and 24th. The 409 Bass Club would like to thank Daley’s Hunt and Fish, Filter Resources, Bass Kandi, R1- Bass, Ace Image Wear, and Simon Outfitters for their continuing support.

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Buddy and Sharon Ellis won 1st place with a nice limit that weighed 11.63 lbs. Their bag included Buddy’s 7.09 lb lunker which also won them Big Bass honors.

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A buddy out of Longview said he’d killed a mosquito that was carrying a canteen. A man in Dime Box said the chicken farmers were giving the chickens crushed ice to keep them from laying hard-boiled eggs. In Lake Palestine, they caught a 20 lb catfish that had ticks on it! But just this week, in Bryan, a fire hydrant was seen bribing a dog. It’s so dry in Texas that the Baptists are starting to baptize by sprinkling, the Methodists are using wet-wipes, the Presbyterians are giving out rain-checks, and the Catholics are praying for the wine to turn back into water.

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BC Championship Announcements
New Championship Announcements Due to extremely low lake levels at Toledo Bend, the 2011 East Region Championship on October 1st & 2nd has been moved to Lake Sam Rayburn. • All activities will be held at the Umphrey Family Pavilion • Updated Schedule of Events for all Championships • There will be no mandatory meetings on Friday night for any of the Championships. (dinner and angler auction will be on Saturdaysee below) • Registration for all Championships will be held on Friday from 3-6 PM • On Saturday of each Championship there will be an Anglers Auction (Calcutta format) and dinner immediately following the weigh-in. Details of the angler’s auction are as follows. • Only the top 25 teams after day one will be for up auction • The auction purse will be paid for the team’s performance on day 2 of the event only • 4 places will be paid • 10% of the purse will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Foundation • The remaining 90% will be paid out in the 4 places • Dinner and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided - BYOB • Auction will begin one hour after the scales close on day one Special Thanks! Moving the location of the East Championship required a great deal of effort and financial assistance. We would not have had the option to move this event without the significant help of many individuals and local businesses. Please take the time to thank and support the following people and companies as often as you can. Sam Rayburn Marina Resort (preferred lodging choice) 409-698-2696 The Stump Restaurant Tackle Monkey Needmore Tackle Cowboy BBQ Dam Liquor Store Jasper Chamber of Commerce Jasper County Development District #1 Rayburn Country Resort On a personal note, I don’t know how John Salamone & Brian Branum did it, but they somehow managed to convince a young lady to change her wedding location from the Pavilion to Rayburn Country so we could move the tournament there. Brian and John went door to door to the companies listed above to raise enough money to make sure the young bride was happy with moving her wedding festivities to a different location. Thank you, Chad Potts, President Bass Champs Inc. 2011 Championship Information • All Championships have a 4 day off-limits period, The Monday-Thursday preceding the event with the exception of the Central Championship which has a Tues-Thursday offlimits period, anglers may practice on Labor Day September 5th, 2011. • Each Championship will have One official practice day, the Friday before the event • Anglers may not be on tournament waters past 5pm on the official practice day for the purpose of fishing • Registration for the championships will be a designated tournament location from 3-6pm Friday evening, all teams must register during this time • Entry fee for all teams for the 2011 Championship is $280 except for any team finishing in the top 5 in points in the AOY race • All Championships consist of two official competition days, Saturday and Sunday • Anglers will leave in order of the AOY points for that region, any team attending the event from another region will be assigned a boat number greater than the last place team in the specific region. Take-off will be reversed on day two, Sunday, for each championship. • Non-Competitors may NOT be in a contestant’s boat during the official practice day or official tournament days. • No fishing information may be obtained from anyone who entered tournament waters during the official off-limits period. Only information that is public domain may be utilized during the off-limits period or official practice day. This information must be reasonably accessible by all qualified contestants for each specific championship. Qualified contestants may share information at their personal discretion. **All other normal Bass Champs team Rules apply Also, set your calendar for the 6th annual Berkley Big Bass on Fork New ways to win and boats have recently been upgraded to ZX models! 2011 Bass Champs Sponsors Yamaha Outboards, Skeeter Boats, Ram Trucks, The World Fishing Network, Berkley, Academy Sports and Outdoors, Minn Kota Trolling Motors, Abu Garcia Reels, Allen Samuels Auto Group, Costa Del Mar Sunglasses, Humminbird Electronics, Please Release Me Fish Formula, Billy Bobs Texas, Continental Batteries, Navionics, Progressive Insurance, Line-X Bedliners, All-Star Rods, HB Hunting Products, Del Rio Chamber, Jasper Chamber, Zapata Chamber, Wood County Industrial, Sabine County Chamber Bass Champs, Inc P.O. Box 89, Haslet, TX 76052 817- 439- 3274 bcinfo@basschamps.com http://www.basschamps.com

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Toledo bend reservoir – Drought advisory
Toledo Bend Division, Sabine River Authority of Texas 450 Spur 135, Burkeville, TX 75932 409/565-2273 August 19, 2011
ADVISORY #2 Persons having interests in Toledo Bend Reservoir are hereby advised that on Thursday, August 19, 2011, the General Manager of the Sabine River Authority of Texas (SRA-TX) initiated Stage 2 of the SRA-TX Water Conservation and Drought Contingency Plan for Toledo Bend Reservoir. Moderate Water Shortage Conditions (Stage 2) exist when the water surface elevation in Toledo Bend Reservoir falls to and remains at or below 162.2 feet mean sea level (m.s.l.) for fourteen consecutive days. During a moderate water storage condition, SRA encourages implementing reductions in nonessential outdoor water uses. Examples of non-essential outdoor water uses include lawn irrigation, vehicle washing, filling of swimming pools or routine maintenance of facilities. Each SRA-TX customer entity in turn will follow its individual measures for moderate water storage conditions. Any updates on drought conditions will be posted on the SRA-TX website, www.sratx.org as they occur. Toledo Bend Reservoir lake level information is posted each business day on the website at link: http://www.sratx.org/basin/lake_and_river_conditions.asp. Daily reservoir elevations may also be obtained from Toledo Bend Division during business hours at 409/565-2273. Interested persons can monitor near real-time Toledo Bend lake level data at the USGS website link: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/tx/nwis/uv/?site_no=08025350&PARAmeter_cd=00062,72020,00054. Safe access to the reservoir is very important. To assist recreational users with safe access, SRATX will provide a list of Toledo Bend Reservoir accessibility points on our website, www.sratx.org. The list displays all boat ramps on the Texas side of Toledo Bend Reservoir with the lowest known level that the boat ramps can still accommodate access to the reservoir. Please use caution when accessing the reservoir using this list since it is an approximation and successful access will depend on reservoir conditions and the type of watercraft being launched. The accessibility list on the website will be updated every other week. For daily updates, please call the Toledo Bend Division office at (409) 565-2273. SRA-TX also wants to advise everyone that the Antiquities Code of both Texas and Louisiana prohibit digging for or removal of any artifacts such as arrowheads, bones or pottery on public property. For more information on each State’s code, or to report any violators contact either: Texas Historical Commission (512) 463-6096 (www.thc.state.tx.us/rulesregs/rrstate.shtml) Louisiana Div. of Archeology (225) 342-8170 (www.crt.state.la.us/archaeology/legislation/chapter_13.aspx) For more information, contact the Toledo Bend Division at (409) 565-2273.

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By Andrew Upshaw, Tri Lakes Tackle
both yielded bites that I shook off. So I never revisited this spot until the tournament. The 3 days on the river were much to the same avail. Extremely tough and boiling hot. Anyone familiar with rivers knows when it’s super hot and there is zero current, fishing can be pretty tough. Well I was getting bites the first 2 days of practice, enough to have a limit each day but not much more than that. The last day I really found them. I started fishing deep river ledges and rock piles that I found on my Lowrance Side Scan, pretty much a last resort just to try and figure out where all these fish were. Immediately I caught 4 keepers, one of which was a 3 pounder. This was all in the last hour of practice, and I was the only person still practicing that day that I know of. The Tournament The first day of the tournament was on the Arkansas River. We drew the very last boat number out that day. It was the first time I had ever gotten that late of a number in a big event, but quite frankly I wasn’t worried about it. My bite, I presumed, would be late anyway so I told Ryan we would just go check some stuff I had found the first 2 days of practicing on the river then go to the good stuff. Well, needless to say, the first spot yielded a 3 pounder in the first 10 minutes. We had a limit by 9:00 off of a 6th Sense Prototype Deep Diver and a drop shot with a Robo Worm. I told Ryan by 10:00 we would go to our deep stuff and just see what happens. When we got there, fishing got stupid. We were catching them so fast, that Ryan or I were constantly culling fish. By 11:30 I told Ryan that we should go ahead and lock back down to the pool where we launched from so we wouldn’t be late. We got to the launch ramp by noon and were done for the day. We weighed in a little over 11 pounds and were sitting in third place. The second day was Lake Maumelle. Unlike the river, I didn’t really have a pattern here. Mainly what I was focusing on was main river bends with a drop shot and Talon Football Jig. Well I remembered that one spot that I mentioned earlier and told Ryan that since we had boat number 1 for the day that we might as well start there. We arrived at the spot and it was slow for the first 5 minutes or so and I finally caught our first keeper. That’s when fishing turned on and got awesome. We had a camera man and an observer on us and they estimated that we caught 60 fish with 45 of those fish being keepers before 9am. This is a lake where many people may only catch 10 fish all day, and 10 fish all day is a great day on this lake in the summer time. We exploited this underwater bridge to perfection. Constantly changing colors of worms and designs, alternating between that and a Talon Football Jig and Talon Big Dandy Spoon. The key to this bridge was a creek that bent right in front of the bridge, and the reason the bridge was there was a drain that connected to the creek and went under the bridge. I know that was a tongue twister, but this spot was truly remarkable. Probably one of the best deep water spots I have ever found. We weighed in 10 pounds that day, and moved into second place, which didn’t matter because after the 2nd day the weights got zeroed. Beaver Fork Lake was our first mystery lake of this tournament. Ryan and I got to ride around on the lake, but not fish. They gave us an hour to look, we were done in 50 minutes. We devised a plan to fish shallow until the fish wouldn’t bite anymore and then move deep at the end of the day. We searched the lake for scattered grass instead of hard edges because we figured it would be the best place and easiest place to find fish. We started way up the lake at a really awesome looking spot. Our bait of choice: Strike Pro Hunchback. This bait is truly remarkable and one of those baits I use everywhere I go as the ultimate search tool. First thing that morning I lost a fish that would go between 7 and 8, about 5 minutes later I caught a 3 pounder that made me feel better. Throughout the morning I actually missed and lost a few giant bass, but still was fortunate enough to catch 3 really good ones on the Strike Pro Hunchback. A little explaining is in order for this bait. This is a wake bait that has tremendous action in the water and can be reeled to any desired speed. Anyway we utilized this tool to perfection(minus missing and losing a few). We moved deep to a shell bed we found the day before and culled a couple of times. The last 10 minutes of the day as we were idling in, Ryan looks at me and says “Andrew if you have any clutch left in you now is the time to use it”. 5 minutes later I landed what seemed to be our winning fish of the tournament, which was a little over 3.5 pounds. We won the National Championship with 15 pounds, the closest finisher had 13 which was Auburn. This was something that Ryan and I had dreamed about for years, just winning the National Championship was huge for us. We had been close so many times and always seemed to come up short. Not this time though. But this wasn’t even the beginning. Next time I’ll talk about the last day. The day that was so miserable for me, the day that ended with me making the Bassmasters Classic for 2012. Just want to thank all my sponsors they are all so wonderful and have been extremely supportive of me over these few years. I wouldn’t be able to do it without y’all. A special thanks to Strike Pro, which isn’t one of my sponsors but for a terrific bait with the Hunchback.

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Have you ever gone through a situation in life and really not know what to say? Well I am at that complete stand still in time. Not knowing really where to start or really how to end this article. Well I guess I’ll start at the end briefly and then go back to the beginning. To start off, I was extremely blessed to have made the Bassmasters Classic for 2012. Now there are many ways to qualify for this prestigious tournament, I did it in a very unorthodox way. I qualified by winning the 2011 College Bass National Championship with my partner, Ryan Watkins. This is the first time in history a College Fisherman has ever made the Bassmasters Classic. It was a very grueling tournament for both Ryan and I, one to which is just a blur in our imagination now. Things happened so fast that there are still things I can’t remember. So now I’ll go into how we actually made this dream of ours a reality. Practice I had to go solo into all 5 days of practice; Ryan had previous engagements in a few saltwater tournaments back home in Rockport. So here I am, headed out to Lake Maumelle for the first 2 days of practice, which were extremely rough. I had devised a plan to start practice on Maumelle the first 2 days and then head to the Arkansas River the last 3 days. Maumelle was not easy but I found a specific spot in practice that I graphed and saw a lot of fish on. Immediately I spun the boat around and caught a 3 pounder, first drop with a drop shot. 2nd and 3rd drops

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David and Goliath Weevils vs. Giant Salvinia
By Patty Lenderman

A single weevil on a single leaf of Salvinia

While we all continue to pray for rain – and a lot of it – there is still a menacing foe ever increasing on our decreasing lakes. Yes, you’ve heard of it before. Salvinia molesta, commonly known as Giant Salvinia. We’re going to take a historical walk through how we obtained it, what it is doing, where it is and what is being done about it. First, where did it come from? The origins of the plant has been traced to Southeastern Brazil. That’s an awful long way from here, so why do we have it in our lakes? The most widely accepted theory is that it came from water plant retailers. In its own way, it is a beautiful, hearty plant. Possibly very alluring to people like me who have trouble growing any plant. It’s hard to kill. It multiplies quickly. It is not anchored to one spot, so moves and spreads with the wind. But then it takes over. Completely covering an area of water until it is impassable by any watercraft. Not only that, but it blocks out all sunlight, so the plants and plankton underneath dies. The water becomes as crystal clear as the Dead Sea. Nothing can live where it dominates. Native vegetation will

not grow, forcing all fish species to move to other areas. Ok, so working on the theory on how it got from Southeastern Brazil to the United States, how did it get to so many different water bodies from there? Boats. Fishermen, duck hunters, weekend warriors. All were unaware of that piece of vegetation stuck to their boat trailer or prop as they traveled from one lake or pond to the next. Or what it was capable of doing. There are actually two species of Salvinia present in Texas – “Giant” and “Common”. The Common Salvinia is much smaller than the Giant Salvinia, and while it also is an invasive species, it does not tend to take over, unlike its big brother. Salvinia is exclusive to fresh water. It cannot live in saltwater. It particularly likes acidic water. The kind you find in the Piney Woods areas, or the swamps and bayous of Louisiana. Giant Salvinia was first discovered on Toledo Bend in 1998. For the next several years, it was treated with various herbicides from an airboat by Texas Parks & Wildlife Aquatic Vegetation technicians. Louisiana

Howard Elder, Aquatic Habitat Biologist for Texas Parks & Wildlife, headquartered in Jasper

There are many places where the plant can reach and thrive that cannot be accessed or treated by boat

Here comes the Calvary!

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An airboat can get to many areas other boats can’t. Getting right on top of the thickest part of the Salvinia mat, tubs of Salvinia infected with the weevils are dumped.

The infected Salvinia is pushed down with the vibrant green patch to ensure introducing the weevils to their new feeding area.

later joined forces with them to help treat the invasive plant that was spreading faster than they could keep up. A more effective herbicide was developed, but this type of herbicide is very expensive, and can cost as much as $1,850 per gallon. While continuous efforts to destroy the plant were effective where it was implemented, the problem was that if a single leaf was missed, it would multiply to cover large areas within weeks. It can double in size every 7 – 10 days. The plant was spreading faster than it could be killed. And it was rarely in the same place twice, since it is not rooted in one spot. Howard Elder, Supervisor for the Aquatic Habitat Enhancement office out of Jasper, TX did not have a book of how-to guidelines to attack this problematic plant. After much research, a very small weevil was found with origins in Southeastern Brazil, right where the plant was from. The salvinia weevil, Cyrtobagous salviniae, was found to be a proven biocontrol agent for Salvinia molesta. In 2004, they found a source for the weevils in Mission, Texas. Texas Parks & Wildlife obtained over 60,000 weevils in their initial procurement. Then they secured a test area on Toledo Bend to watch their effect. These little critters, no more than 2mm in length, severely damaged the affected plants, causing them to sink and die. By the end of 2004, over 300,000 weevils had been applied to various infected areas on the lake. The war with the Salvinia began to take a turn for the good guys.

The general public began to absorb an understanding about the plant. What it looked like, its capabilities, and thanks to observations reported to Texas Parks & Wildlife, as soon as plants were introduced to Sam Rayburn they were removed manually by fine mesh nets. Caddo Lake was infected. Dam B, or Steinhagen, was not spared. In 2007, a large patch was discovered. The infestation on Dam B was contained with oil spill booms while efforts to control the infestation continued. Winter temperatures result in a decrease in weevil numbers. Sources to obtain the precious weevils were drying up. Something more permanent had to be put in place. New rearing facilities were needed to provide more weevils for increasing infestations. Plans to raise weevils onsite were made at both at Caddo Lake and the Jasper State Fish Hatchery. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service supplied the initial $10,000 to start the operation. Vats were constructed at both Caddo Lake and the Jasper facility. Now to make the weevils multiply. Since salvinia is the only thing that the weevils will eat, the vats were supplied with a layer of fresh, mature plant. The weevils burrow into the stem of the plant and deposit their eggs. The hungry hatchlings emerge and eat the budding leaves of the plant. Each female adult weevil will lay one egg every 2 to 3 days. It takes 16 days to grow into an adult. Each weevil has a lifespan of 240 days. It is the larvae that actually do the most damage to the plant itself. While it nearly takes a microscope to see these small creatures

individually, it is easy to tell where they are with the naked eye. The salvinia plants, normally vibrant, green, and very buoyant, will be brown, heavy, and thanks to the holes bored in them to lay eggs, take on water and begins to sink. The lack of new buds (because that is like chocolate for baby weevils) prevents the plant from multiplying. The weevils will not harm any other type of plant. When the salvinia is gone, the weevils will die. Weevils do have one known natural predator. Fire Ants. And they will only reproduce in temperatures above 60 degrees. They only feed in temperatures over 70 degrees. During the winter they are more or less dormant. Howard Elder has elected to take a well deserved retirement from TP&W at the end of August 2011. After helping pioneer the efforts and write the book on how to fight this terroristic menace on our water bodies, he has left his mark and wisdom for those that follow. Check your boats and trailers EVERY time you load up, and before you launch again to be sure you are not aiding in the spread of the plant. If you see any suspicious vegetation on any water body, call your local Parks & Wildlife department immediately.

Texas Parks & Wildlife Aquatic Vegetation Crew – Chris Moret, Carl Boatman and Shawn Malone

It is easy to see salvinia infected by weevils. The plant is dying, turning brown, and increasingly less buoyant. Signs of natural plants indigenous to the area begin to emerge.

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SPIDER BE GONE SYSTEMS OF TOLEDO BEND
Scorpions, Mosquitos, Dirt Daubers, Flies, Wasps, Gnats, Fleas, Ticks, Centipedes, Ants, Roaches, and other insects Highest quality components and service

All-tackle records for Sam Rayburn
Species Bass, Largemouth Bass, Palmetto Bass, Spotted Bass, White Bass, Yellow Bluegill Bowfin Buffalo, Bigmouth Buffalo, Smallmouth Bullhead, Black Bullhead, Yellow Carp, Common Carp, Grass Catfish, Blue Catfish, Channel Catfish, Flathead Crappie, Black Crappie, White Drum, Freshwater Gar, Alligator Gar, Longnose Pickerel, Redfin Shad, Gizzard Shiner, Blacktail Shiner, Golden Sunfish, Longear Sunfish, Orangespotted Sunfish, Other Hybrid Sunfish, Redbreast Sunfish, Redear Sunfish, Spotted Warmouth Species Bass, Largemouth Bass, Palmetto Bass, Spotted Bass, Striped Bass, White Bass, White x Yellow Bass, Yellow Bluegill Bowfin Buffalo, Bigmouth Buffalo, Smallmouth Bullhead, Yellow Carp, Common Carp, Grass Catfish, Blue Catfish, Channel Catfish, Flathead Crappie, Black Crappie, White Drum, Freshwater Gar, Alligator Gar, Spotted Pickerel, Redfin Sunfish, Longear Sunfish, Other Hybrid Sunfish, Redbreast Sunfish, Redear Warmouth Species Bass, Largemouth Bass, Palmetto Bass, Spotted Bass, White Bass, Yellow Bluegill Catfish, Channel Catfish, Flathead Crappie, Black Crappie, White Drum, Freshwater Gar, Alligator Sunfish, Longear Sunfish, Redbreast Warmouth Wt. 16.80 11.58 5.50 4.75 1.24 0.75 10.13 65.00 84.00 1.46 2.51 27.00 84.00 83.50 12.32 84.06 2.15 2.94 6.20 244.50 41.00 0.55 0.24 0.04 0.07 0.30 .01 0.34 0.57 0.60 0.06 0.40

Current Lake Records
Date 5-31-97 4-06-05 2-14-87 7-17-10 4-19-07 4-28-08 10-23-95 8-02-05 8-17-05 2-17-07 5-27-97 4-18-04 5-08-08 1-15-01 6-13-05 3-17-03 5-01-07 3-28-95 3-24-07 8-04-05 6-01-02 4-06-09 6-02-06 5-07-06 5-07-06 6-04-02 6-05-06 6-17-06 4-10-05 3-05-06 6-09-07 3-28-08 Date 7-03-00 5-25-87 2-07-09 2-08-80 6-19-10 5-17-01 6-24-09 4-30-07 1-03-75 8-07-85 9-09-06 3-16-11 3-04-11 8-02-06 4-13-07 4-25-09 5-24-91 12-05-02 2-21-11 3-03-95 7-27-09 4-11-04 2-10-09 6-05-02 7-05-10 6-04-10 9-05-08 4-14-95 Date 4-23-05 6-21-07 9-18-10 4-20-08 3-13-11 6-14-07 4-17-11 3-25-11 5-30-09 4-10-10 7-18-09 4-21-07 7-02-03 6-14-08 3-28-08 Angler Tommy Shelton John Olive Curt E. Smith Marc Shaw Randall Bradfield Robert Biskamp Sr. Lewis Byers Keith Riehn Kevin LaForge Randall Bradfield Willis Francis Jr. Jim Welborn Scott Henslee Michael Crochet Gary Ritnour Donald Latham Ricky Ethridge Paul Burleson Randall Bradfield Keith Riehn Robbie Woods Douglas Wright Randall Bradfield Randall Bradfield Randall Bradfield Kenneth Thyssen Randall Bradfield Randall Bradfield Randall Bradfield Randall Bradfield Randall Bradfield Blane Morrow Angler Eric Weems Johnny Pritchett Larry Upshaw James Kent Jr. Lisle Brook Billy Autery Carl Gantt Robert Kinberger George E. Lord Joe Walker Miles McDaniel Mark Balderas Justin Hunt Tontie Pennock Thomas Allcorn Clint Walker Otis L. Pleasant Hazel Bolton Claude Gilcrease, Jr Freddie Keel Michael Hughes Larry McDowell Jr. Bill Ritzell Kenneth Thyssen Gage Shepherd Gage Shepherd Robert Prejean William Tawney Angler Brandon Adams Nicholas Montano Tanner Moreno Hunter Muncrief Hunter Boren Tyler Hutchison Cord Copley Blake Terry Ross Brusenhan Jordan Stoyanov Hunter Muncrief Ariel Drewery Travis Ellington Hunter Muncrief Blane Morrow Method Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Pole & Line Rod & Reel Bow & Arrow Bow & Arrow Rod & Reel Trotline Rod & Reel Bow & Arrow Trotline Trotline Trotline Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Bow & Arrow Bow & Arrow Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Fly Rod Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Method Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Fly Rod Rod & Reel\ Rod & Reel Trotline Trotline Bow & Arrow Rod & Reel Bow & Arrow Rod & Reel Trotline Rod & Reel Trotline Cane Pole Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Bow & Arrow Float Line Rod & Reel Fly Rod Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Method Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel

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All-Tackle Records for Toledo Bend
Wt. 15.32 15.81 3.40 33.22 4.40 0.22 1.66 0.86 19.00 75.00 84.76 1.25 32.00 53.50 84.00 7.94 97.50 4.00 3.44 31.50 181.00 8.00 0.66 0.33 0.75 0.88 0.80 1.09 Wt. 11.57 2.95 4.10 2.18 0.98 0.71 3.16 52.00 2.12 1.58 0.89 192.00 0.10 0.45 0.40

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OPERATING OUT OF HUXLEY BAY
OVER 20 YEARS EXPERIENCE SPECIALIZING IN BLACK BASS,

WHITE BASS, CRAPPIE & BREAM LOCATED ON THE FISHIN' END OF LAKE TOLEDO BEND

Junior Angler Records for Sam Rayburn

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Jackson Hill Park Marina American Angler Powell Park Shirley Creek Sam Rayburn Marina Piney Point Store Tx Parks & Wildlife Brookeland/Sam Rayburn KOA Lowe’s Creek Park Mid Lake Kampground Holly Park Pendleton Harbor Marina Pleasure Bend Store Toledo Tackle Fin & Feather Resort Bass Haven Resort Pirates Cove Huxley Bay Marina Newell’s Fishing World Newell’s (night) SAM RAYBURN

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Junior Angler Records for Toledo Bend

Species Wt. Date Angler Method Bass, Largemouth 11.48 3-06-07 Dylan Lyons Rod & Reel Bass, Spotted 1.50 3-17-11 Gage Shepherd Rod & Reel Bass, White 2.24 5-12-08 Dylan Lyons Rod & Reel Bass, Yellow 0.82 11-25-07 Dylan Lyons Rod & Reel Bluegill 0.85 4-10-06 Kevin Johnson Rod & Reel Bowfin 8.75 3-17-11 Gage Shepherd Rod & Reel Buffalo, Smallmouth 49.84 7-14-09 Heather Taylor Bow & Arrow Bullhead, Yellow 1.25 3-16-11 Mark Balderas Rod & Reel Carp, Common 23.87 3-21-08 Ben Rumery Bow & Arrow Catfish, Blue 20.00 11-07-10 Caleb Anderson Rod & Reel Catfish, Channel 3.03 4-23-11 Jacob Bowman Rod & Reel Crappie, Black 2.54 2-19-11 Forrest Gothia Rod & Reel Crappie, White 2.75 3-18-11 Gage Shepherd Rod & Reel Sunfish, Other Hybrid 0.75 7-05-10 Gage Shepherd Rod & Reel Sunfish, Redbreast 0.88 7-04-10 Gage Shepherd Rod & Reel Sunfish, Redear 0.80 4-12-11 Carson Downey Rod & Reel Warmouth 0.68 5-21-10 Holly Berry Rod & Reel Records are kept and provided by Texas Parks & Wildlife in a newly formed cooperative relationship with Louisiana Parks & Wildlife. These records may change over the next several months as this cooperative effort evolves. The Lakecaster will strive to keep the most updated information available in each publication.

TOLEDO BEND

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DAWSON MARINE
BEAUMONT 4230 College St. 409-840-4111 JASPER 4200 N. Wheeler St. 409-383-1900

RONNIE’S MARINE
CORPUS CHRISTI 7601 SPID 361-994-0317 ARANSAS PASS 105 W. Moore Ave. 361-758-2140

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