New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, February 19, 1987, Page 10

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February 19, 1987

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 19, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Outdoors Page 10 New Texas February Bass big fish and a final deer story By CHARLIE PARSONS Outdoors Writer Late winter is the time of year when white bass begin their annual spawning runs up rivers above area This years mild temperatures have got the whites or sandies thinking a little bit ahead of their normal The actual spawn may not begin or some time after the migration since the ideal water temperature for spawning is from 58 to 64 Area lakes especially known for their white bass runs include Choke Corpus Falcon and One day last Jerry Moore caught 130 whites at Canyon using Bomber slabs and Mannolures jigging vertically in 25to 40feet of water in the upper end of the lake near the mouth of the Guadalupe owner of Canyon Lake Tackle and Fishing Guide has a super deal of four hours fishing for up to four people for or eight hours of fishing for He specializes in largemouth and smallmouth walleye and and all you need to bring is your body and food and drinks as All bait and boat is And since his boat has as much equipment as the inside of a jet if they are there he can generally get some fish for women and children are as welcome as the seasoned Give Moore a call at Canyon 8997309 or Ethyl is a decade old the state record largemouth bass now living at the states Tyler Fish is 10 years old and was one of the original group of brood fish stocked in Lake Fork in Allen largemouth bass program leader for the Texas Parks and Wildlife said an alalysis of scales removed from the fish revealed the age and also her length each year during the 10year Rings on the scale showed a consistent growth pat Forshage An examination of sclaes taken from a 13pounder also caught from Lake Fork show the two fish grew in length at an almost identical The two big fish were the initial entries in the Opera tion Share a Lone Star Lunker program sponsored by the department and three Two other bass exceeding 13 pounds have been added to the program in recent giving Texas the worlds most outstanding collection of live trophysized Forshage said the scale analysis indicates Ethyl was inches long when a year inches by year inches at age seven and now measures Lunker as the second fish is was inches at age inches at age four and inches at her current age of These data support the philosophy of catch and in that the Florida strain fish have shown they grow quickly and consistently to a quality given the Forshage Lake Fork provides bass excellent habitat for growtn and with ample vegetation and other the shot limit in effect on the lake protects bass between 14 and 18 inches in lenght from Even with fishing and natural mortality of the original fish stocked in Lake it is very likely that there are other bass as large as Ethyl in the For shage Lunker 2 was either spawned from the original brood of fish or was one of the Florida fingerlings stocked in Even if only l percent of that group sur vived to the there would be about bass over 13 pounds in the Forshage Sponsors of the lunker program are Lone Star Cajun Boats and Jungle The department uses the big fish as brooders in the hat chery system in hopes their genetic potential for growth will be passed along to fish stocked in the One last deer story Remember that new deer call I told you about several months ago it apparently can pro duce some true monster Johnny Mietzen of Eagle Lake took the pictured trophy in Mexico in late Mietzen wouldnt guarantee the call was the only reason he shot the but he told me he is personally convinced of its effectiveness in stop ping or bringing in bucks when used in conjunction with horn as is recbmmended by the Haydels Game of Bosier The big buck had 12 weighed 178 pounds dress a 25inch a base and scored 168 Boone and Crockett making it the largest deer Ive heard of from the 198687 I just received Haydels new turkey caller and with its simplicity it sure beats the mouth diaphram which I always gagged and the old cedar box which is always hard to spring turkey season is less than two mon ths so it might be well worthwhile to get one for Ill report further on it when the season Mietzens unusually large trophy For Ive been practicing the call a lot and every time I leave the the neighbors give me the strangest looks for some reason or Exgolfer overcomes fear by hunting snakes IBRENHAM AP Randy Smith wraps his hands in a golfers grip around a 3wood converted for snake catching and says I used to play a lot of but thats boring I only broke 100 a couple of times in two and that wasnt any So I took up something I could win he Smith has forsaken the manicured green of the golf course to step out in the brush in search of His altered 3wood now has a 4inch piece of steel bar bent at a 90degree angle from the shaft where the club head once Its a handy says for handling Fishing Report 1 get more fun out of this now than when it was a golf he a local manager of Bealls Depart ment says he became involved in handling and hunting snakes on a dare from a real pro Don Snake I met him a couple of years ago through the Elks He asked me if I wanted to go on a snake It was a He didnt think Id He just wanted to use my Smith If youd asked me a year Id thought you were I shoot garden He really did get me on a Im terrified of he He recalls his first hunt with I went a couple of days without catching any We were camped and all I did was have I was afraid wed catch Although he was a novice to reptile hun Smith knew that when a snake wags its tail it doesnt necessarily want to be We were at out in the mid dle of last It was my first and biggest hunt Ive been The first day we covered the whole area and caught only The second day we got 137 to wind up with 138 The first snake I I got scared and dropped it when they werent But once I finally caught one of my own I stopped having the said Mildmannered and Smith is a stout man who in appears capable of wrestling an He that he continues to have a terrible terror of Smith fought in Vietnam in 1968 and Over in I first realized that I was scared of snakes and bugs that I took a healthy fear of he Smith served in the Mekong Delta running convoys and doing duty as a tail gun He says he enlisted because they were drafting and I didnt want to be a Smith admits to being apprehensive of his but contends it puts a little spice to If you screw its got But a couple of times a it makes things a little more he Its And one fun thing about it is that when you tell people youre a snake theyll believe 1 tell them that I put Velcro on my legs and walk through an and the snake will strike and stick to the They believe AUSTIN AP Here is the weekly fishing report as compiled by Parks and Wildlife for CENTRAL BASTROP Water 72 normal level black bass good to five pounds on jigs and RatLTraps hybrid striper slow crappie fair to 15 fish per string on minnows catfish fair on juglines to eight pounds on stinkball and live BELTON Water 50 nor mal level black bass fair to 18 inches maximum on cranks striper fair to five pounds in shallow water on nightcrawlers crappie good at night to 15 fish per string to one pound each on min nows white bass very slow on slabs or minnows catfish slow to five pounds with BROWN WOOD Water fairly one inch over spillway black bass fair to pounds on Hotspots and RatLTraps in shallow water striper slow crappie fair to I14 pounds to 25 fish per string on min nows and jigs white bass catfish good to four pounds on shrimp and BUCHANAN Water 53 lake full black bass good to six pounds on brown and orange jigs in 810 feet of water striper good to eight pounds on white grubs in 3045 feet of water white bass good to 55 fish per string on white stabs crappie and catfish are CANYON nor mal level black bass fair to 4V pounds on motoroil worms striper slow crappie good to 25 fish per string on minnows white bass good to 40 fish per string on slabs in Bomber Model A and HotN Tot in river catfish fair to our pounds on FAYETTE Water 58 normal level black bass fairly good to 10 4 ounces on black lizards crap pie good to 15 fish per string on minnows catfish real good to 30 pounds with live bait on GIBBONS CREEK Water fairly 62 normal level good numbers of black bass within the there were a few keepersize fish caught but none were kept on pig and OB3 crappie fair catfish fair traffic on lake increas reservations are not necessary but fishermen are urged to come LBJ Water clear to 54 lake full black bass fair to five pounds on black jig and pork rind in 812 feet of water striper fair to six pounds on white grubs around powerpiant crappie slow white bass good with strings to 50 fish on silver cranks catfish fair to three pounds on shad and White bass and Striper good behind dam while generating LIMESTONE Water normal level high winds have kept most fishermen S0MERVIUUB Water normal level black bass slow sjrTper airly slow over weekend crappie fair and good sized on minnows and jigs white bass slow catfish fairly good to two pounds on rod and reel baited with Stinkball and STILLHOUSE Water clear50 normal level black bass good to throe before stow after on dart worms griper slow good around and by the on roinnpwi and to and morning best white base stow cajtfitb good op trotUne to tour futfoOT and nhrirnp TRAVIS Water 54 18 in ches low black bass good through Sun day when the front came trough to three pounds on four inch plastic brown jig and pig and live minnows striper some at night crappie good around docks and in brush in 20 feet of water on chartreuse crappie jigs and minnows white bass good at times up the Pedernales River trolling chrome HotN Tots catfish WHITNEY Water 50 normal level black bass fairly good to pounds on spinners in McKown Valley striper fairly good to 16 pounds on live sassy shad crappie fair to two pounds on jigs and minnows white bass good to 2 4 pounds to 101 fish per string on slabs at Bee Bluff and in the river above Katy Bridge catfish fairly good to 29 pounds on live bait at Bee blue cat fish biting in the creeks on ghost minnows and SOUTHEAST CONROE Water 60 nor mal level black bass good bfore the front in shallow and deep cold spell pushed fish back into deep a pound bass landed this week on DB3 off point in eight feet of water striper slow to nine pounds on chrome RatLTrap with black top crappie scattered and slow white bass fairly some moving upstream on chrome RatLTraps on up per end of fish to three pounds and full of eggs catfish excellent to two pounds with limits trot liners picking up a few blues on ratlines baited with nightcrawlers and frozen LIVINGSTON Water clear in muddy in 52 normal level black bass fairly good to eight pounds on spinners in creeks a 12 7 ounce bass landed in small bay off Kickapoo Creek on black lizard striper slow crappie picking up and improving to five fish per string on minnows white bass fairly good to 400 fish per boat up the fish still spawning best baits are yellow and white jigs blue cat fish good to 46 pounds on trotline yellow catfish good to 70 pounds on trotlines on dead shad channel catfish good in 36 pound range on shad and most ly on TOLEDO BEND Water winds high normal level black bass good to pounds on jigs striper slow crappie slow white bass slow catfish BRAUNIG Water 61 18 inches high black bass fairly good to 10 on plastic worms striper good to five pounds on shad crappie slow cat fish real good to eight pounds on chicken liver and shad redfish fair on shad and COLBTO CREEK Water 59 normal level black bass fairly good to sto pounds titut roost just above 16 webes OB spinner in W feet of water striper fair W jigging spoons to seven pounds crappie fall to 10 fish per string OB minnows white bass slow catfish good to F4LCOAT water 7v feet tow black bass fair despite high some hjJH to creeks on spinners and worms Uriper ajyrfy slow crappie stow white ban good up tbe in Arroyo Vejeno Solunar table Plan your days so you will be fishing or hunting in good territory during these Major periods last for hours and minor periods are somewhat Day Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday AM PM minor Major minor Major MEDJWA like striper How crappie food to V flab per string 00 mto nows on the lower lake with minnows in shallow water white bass slow catfish fairly good to four pounds on COASTAL SABINE LAKE Fishing slow due to good numbers of fishermen over the front came through Sunday winds kept most fishermen A few flounder and small redfish in the outfall canal no live bait GALVESTON Fair numbers of drum to 35 pounds at the end of the jetties on crabs smaller drum in the 610 pound range on shrimp at the bay end of jetties good numbers of big sheepshead at the jetties good numbers of sheep shead from the Gulf Coast Fishing since the first of the a total of 585 sheepshead to eight pounds each have been caught at the pier on live or dead shrimp a few keeper redfish between 26 29 inches at the jetties a lot of redfish in East Bay but all too small to keep scat tered specks in West Bay and on the Seabrook Flats to about two many throwbacks snapper good offshore when weather permits good gulf trout around short rigs live bait shrimp some available at per PORT OCONNOR A fair number of fishermen over the winds fairly high Sunday some good sized redfish around the jetties to around five pounds some trout around the jetties and the cedars some fishing activity in the back bays some live bait at per PALACIOS Fishing fairly slow since the front came though Sunday due to north low water and generally un comfortable fishing conditions before the speck catches were good at the turning basins on artificials and live shrimp when available live bait ROCKPORT Redfish good to 24 inches on purple Kelley Wigglers with hot tail near Mud Island California Hole produc ing a few trout around keeper size Copano Bays Italian Bend is producing reofish in fair no many throwbacks causeway fishing about the same for a few drum Port A jetties producing a few not much bragg ing some trout at night from docks around Key Allegro live bait shrimp not plentiful at per quart front came through Saturday night br inging colder Winds fairly calm SUD shMuDg PORT ARANSAS Bob Hall Pier pro ducing a few a few smaU drum about 30 shark including bigot fwe bonnet nose to feet Caldwell Pter about the same but catching more shark over the Some live bait shrimp CORPUS CHRISTI Trout to 17 inches all over Laguna many throwbacks on live shrimp and ar tificials a few flounder to three mostly small drum to 60 pounds in good numbers in the Landcut area on dead shrimp and blue crabs live bait shrimp available early in 812 cents Oso Pier produced small drum and trout on Saturday before the winds from east fishing for drum should be PORT ISABEL A few limits of specks and a few reds to 28 inches up around Stover Point on the west side and north of the Arroyo Colorado no great number of fishermen out over the weekend winds fairly calm Some live bait shrimp available at NORTHEAST ATHENS Water 50 one inch high black bass good to 8 4 pounds on black big bladed Rogues in shallow water until the front slow afterwards crappie good back in the coves under float set at two feet on yellow chartreuse and purple sometimes minnows white bass and hybrid striper good trolling at 10 feet in 2030 feet of water on Bagley chrome RatLTraps to 10 fish per boat to four pounds each average catfish BOB SANDLIN Water 52 normal level black bass good to 84 pounds until front hit then fishing slow crappie fair to is fish per string on minnows white bass fairly slow catfish CADDO Water 45 six inches high black bass fair to seven pounds on blue and white spinners with willow leaf dark worms with f iretail and topwaters striper slow crap pie very good on yoyo and rod and reel with minnows white bass slow catfish good to 10 pounds on minnows and stinkball pike good to four pounds grin die gopd to 15 7 ounces on spin CEDAR CHEER Water 51 nprmaj level black 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