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Galveston Daily News (Newspaper) - November 21, 1986, Galveston, Texas Texas Outdoors OUTDOOR NEWS WITH BECKER JR By A JR News Outdoor Editor KEEP WHAT you and your friends can utilize but return the rest to the water as soon as thev are caught J The fish that this column is about is under neither a bag limit nor size restrictions This fish is in good supply The fish of discussion is the sand trout and this current ly is the time of the year when this fish a cousin of the larger and more regal speckled trout can be found almost anywhere one casts a baited hook If the species is not under regulations and the population isnt in danger why bother with keeping only what can be utilized Why not just pop the others into the freezer for use at some future time Youve heard about separating the men from the boys Freezer storage is what separates sand trout from speckled trout You can freeze sand trout thaw them and cook them but be prepared for meat with the consistency of mashed potatoes The sand trout just doesn t freeze worth a hoot For that matter speckled trout ThjLOutdoor s man Sand trout small fish but are sporty to catch Friday Morning November OJfje SalurBton BaiiD 3euiB 5R arent the best of fish to store in a freezer The meat is tender to start off with and prolonged storage of frozen speckled trout isnt recommended because it tends to break down the texture of the meat and it will soften consid erable when it thaws It wont become mushy as is the case with sand trout but it wont be nearly so tasty as freshcaught fish This doesnt mean you have to eat sand trout the same day you catch it The fish can be kept fresh several days if properly cleanedand then placed on ice Its because sand trout cant be kept frozen that so many of these fish are wasted Hence fishermen ought to return to the water fish they cant utilize within say the space ofseveral days A LOT OF FISHERMEN look down their noses at sand trout True it doesnt grow as big as speckled trout and it is less desireable as tablefare It is nevertheless a fish that can pro videsport on light tackle The fish readily takes artificial lures and during the cold months of the year it is often the only fish available in considerable numbers The sand trout has a lot of the traits of speckled trout the most commendable being the fact that sandies are often caught under the birds They may be cursed when theyre mixed in with schools of speckled trout but there are numerous occasions this time of the year when the only fish work ing under birds are sand trout Sandies readily strike the same artificial lures that speckled trout take Sand trout hit hard often hard enough to set the hooks themselves but they dont have the stamina of speckled trout Hence the overall fight of a sand trout is considerably less than that of a similar size speckled trout When it comes to catching san dies on natural bait they are less expensive to fish for than speckled trout When it comes to natural bait live shrimp are a must for speckled trout You can do equally well catching sand trout by using fresh dead shrimp When the sandies are schooled up it is not uncommon to catch two at the same time when fish ermen use double drop hook stag ings Sandies are a lot of fun to catch but there is no point in keeping more than you can use in the space of a couple of days Staff photo by Jim Cruz Winter visitors Great numbers of migratory birds pass through the Galveston area every fall Above white pelicans gather on BigReef the large sand flat on the channel side of the South Jetty A riot of readers respond WAS HI MUTANT r WASHINGTON Everyone knows about a pride of lions But what about a pinch of crabs a FISHING SURVEY FRIDAY TIDESHigh al 10 39 am low at FRIDAY SUN set FRIDAY MOON Rise at pm set at 11 14 am SATURDAY TIDES High at pm Jowar SATURDAY SUN Riseat6 45am set atsHpm SATURDAY MOON Rise at pm set at am Good speckled trout and sand trout fishing under the birds con SPORTSMANS IDENTIFYING BUCK DEERS TRACKS Hefty speckled trout Dr Pat Alessandra has a twohanded grip on this heftv speckled trout he caught from West Bay on a recent trip guide Cookie Pepper The fish weighed 6 4 pounds BUCK POE Sfl2f OME AjTHORrnES CANT DETERMINE SEX OP DEER 8V THE CLAIM you CAN A YOUNG SUCKS TWVCKS ABE SWIMR 70 A DOeS IN SHAPE SIZE AND STRIPE BUT A BIS BUCKS TRACK IS LARGER MAY rtVE BLUNTED TRACK PAlVTNa HASD SROUND THE BIG 8UCK13 STKlDe DOES NOT OVERLAP ms BUCK A4D DOE DEER CQlWOcJ ly OVERSTEP THEIR PRINTS A Bio BUCKS PRINT IS DEEPER AND HE TOES CXJTIN VVALKINS BUCKS SEPARATE PRINTS No 2 Doe PRINTS FREQUENTLY MAKE PpjmS tinued in West Bay Thursday but that kind of action may change because of increased northerly winds The report from Rehms Fishing Camp noted that just about everyone who went out got fish and a number of people came back with limits of speckled trout The fish were caught under birds and by driftfishing Pat and Camille Kelley fishing with guide Cookie Pepper caught 15 speckled trout to 6 pounds and one redfish drifting around Carancahua Reef The fish were caught on root beercolored Kellev Wigglers The report from Shirleys Blue Beacon Bait Camp at the Bolivar Yacht Basin listed scattered cat ches of speckled trout redfish and flounders Speckled trout were caught at Hanna Shirley Barrow re ported and some nice redfish were caught out of Elm Grove Bayou Most of the flounders were caught around the barges at Bolivar and the North Jettv Boat Juanita Martin at the Galveston Yacht Basin Bait Camp reported good size flounders were caught at the North Jetty Boat Cut and a number of redfish were taken at the south jetties One boat came in from offshore with about 400 pounds of red she add ed synod of cardinals and a dash of cheetahs These are suggestions that the editors of International Wildlife magazine received after they an nounced a contest last summer for naming groups of animals Readers responded with hundreds of inventive new names to the magazine that is published bimon thly by the National Wildlife Fed eration The custom of naming groups of animals began in the 15th Cen tury when noblemen needed a special nomenclature for the wildlife they hunted Many readers sent in sugges tions reflecting their attitudes toward a particular species Thus a group of cockroaches became variously an embarrassment an eternityand a repugnance Some readers specialized in certain kinds of wildlife A Con necticut man restricted himself to birds as follows An outfield of flycatchers fleet offriga tebirds A choir of hunningbirds An addition ofjuncos A bosom of titmice One of the more original collec tions was sent in by Jean M Auel author of the bestselling novel The Clan of the Cave Bear Al though she is famous for her knowledge of prehistoric animals her suggestions were strictly modern A stretch of mussels Aduelofswordfish A clip of hedgehogs In their enthusiasm for the corf test some readers reached beyond wildlife and suggested names for groups of people A pride of egotists A lot of realtors An order of waiters A cell of biologists A dose of pharmacists Among the other names submit ted here are a few of the editors favorites A union of carpenter bees A syndica te ofkWer whalkes A ba ttery of electric eels A masquer a de ofra ccoons A congrega tion of church mice f A snifter of bloodhounds A beaker of toucans A Bank ofspern whales j A referee of zebras Keep Your Boot Looking New YACHT AND SMALL BOAT DETAILING FIBERGLASS COMPOUNDING AND WAXING TEAK RECONDITIONING AND VARNISH WORK M on y Other Marine Services CRAFT BOX 2566 GALVESTON TEXAS 77353 FREE ESTIMATES 4097630057 STA TE FISHING ROUNDUP AUSTIN lap Here 5 weekly fishing report as compiled SvPas ana WATEROALSEPORT Gocw sec diics soem to qxc access sa djraid igV geese plenty e upper ceas Jno the mid coast coast haters rate getting limits of cak ctese but ai are m short supply Tre west c Mouson have 5000 populations ol geese but have not come down yet Mid coast goose fuses have been bringing m a greater Canoca jeese weighting ahcve 0 pounds Duck pep far good but will improve with net dow rattiii 0ther Weather still a too mid but hunters should get limits it tne present weather holds COASTAL SABINE ReCiSh fairly sood to 6 a cf m Bessie Hearts Sa VsUtiiitits Canal aso south of an ea 50013 uniertirss between been helpful n i pcunj5 m sarre areas as rexjf ish on VdTjri ani Gu hrce nter coed rrp on crab Oundcr cood 1 along he roads croaxers and POST 0 COSWS Redfish ood m baa averaging j to pounds trout vsitn limits to pourds aiso m back bays and aong seatrcu snapper and a griper offshore live avan able at 50 to S9 50 range some 09 early weather pretty otherwise winds around 5 knots parKy cloudy PALACIOS Redtisfi good to 30 inches in Vaagor da BAV Tres Paacios Bay and River Carancahua Rivt trny SCrCVS aTrCj icBuy aCn9 ihore lnci and from boats many limits to 4 pounds en artificials and shrimp a few flounder live shrimp at S3 per quar Good supply o Canada snow speck and bue seese cood numbers of big duks Some greater Canada geese to 10 pounds pus lesser Canadas plentiful ROCKPORT Good numbers of redfish showing up m to 30 inches on spoons mullet red worms Keiiey Wiggiers redfish aiso good to J5 inch fish in good numbers in St Charles 3ay on livebait worms and spoons redfish o 7 pounds m Eses Flats on live bait lures trout good in Aransas Bay on Sar Jose shoreline as wen as Copano at Lap Reef Italian Bend on live shrimp live bait at 57 5VJ per quart PORT ARASSAS Redfish good in 7 inch range on live bait in Conn Brown Harbor in Redfish Say flats California Hole trou good with limits in Cor pus Chnsti Bay around the wells good sized flounder iii the channels behind the Coasl Guard sta tion around ferry landing on Island side live bait shrimp plentiful af S per quart Bob Hall pier pro ducing good whiting and pompano trout to pounds at night on live shrimp some shark to feet a end of Per Intracoastal CORPUS CHSISTI moving onto fiats to pounds a good number o smaller fisc strings gen erjiiy to t on trout good at Boatnole channels and Landcut m 17 inch sie mcsiy on srirrp few trout on flats flounder good to 3 pojncs with gig as well as rod and reel in flats and m chan rnosiy sn red worms and fug shrimp weather warm nowinds iive bait shrimp plentiful at 5 cents each Oso Pier producing a few reds some over jo inches some m 5 10 pound range on live bait cutbaii dead wacers good numbers of frout m 16 J2 inch range Oso Brioge just below pier s hot spot POST ISABEL Fog and fhe front cleared out last Sunday late fishermen since have been catching trout fo W pounds m channels in and out of Port Isabel with iots of limits on live shrimp redfish from 15 X inches n surf a Sxa Chica beach on cut or troren bait flounder stiii running Oft Queen Isabella Per on live bait TO t average about J pounds party boats catching good sandfrout and offshore sew good numbers of redheads spotted a over area generally flying south of specie beliy and Canada geese around Laguna Atasccsa not many light geese CENTRAL BASTROP water ciear 75 degrees normal level black bass fair to t pounds on white Getsit hybrid striper slow crappie fairly slow at night on mm nows catfish fair to i pounds on with iive perch CANYON Water clear 71 degrees one foot hign black bass fair to about 14 inches on J inch black worms striper fairly slow and small crappie fair at night with minnows white bass good to 100 fish per string on Lil George arx Critter Gitfers catfish good to pounds on troth re with live bait FAYETTE Water clear 70 degrees normal level black bass spotty to t pounds on black wwms crap pre scarce hard to catfish excellent to 50 pounds or jugline ever vvwkend J pounds shy of lake record in so feet of water SOVERVILLE Water clear one foot highblacV bass stew striper slew crappie fairly slow but good sijed to j pounds oy minnows and oass slow catfish fairly good fo 2 pounds on shrimp and stmkbait STILLHOUSE Water clear 47 degrees normal level black bass slow hybrid striper slow crappie very good to 1i pounds to JS fish per string on min nows and jigs all over lake at night under lights cal fish and white bass slow TRAVIS Wafer clear 67 degrees one foot high black bass fair to 3 pounds on plasfic grubs eighth ounce hair jigs in black and brown 4inch smoke worms and live minnows striper slow crappie fair under boat docks white bass slow but show signs of movement catfish slow NORTHEAST ATHENS Water clear M oegrees normal leve fci black bass slow a fair number of bass to t pounds on chartreuse and black jig and ee in IS feet of water on the bottom white bass good to V pounds to 30 fish per person on silver and chromebaits ir u 15 fee of water along creek banks crappie very good fo 15 per string from 7 to I1 pounds on minnows some slow CAODO Water clear norma level black bass fair to pounds en purple worms crappie good fo pounds on minnows in riverbed white bass slow striper slow catfish picking up alitte LAKE O THE PINES Water clear 43 degrees 7 inches high black bas fair to good to 5 pounds on and frogs crappie fairly good in 10 15 feet of water on minnows with limits of 25 fish hybrid striper and white bass fairly good to 35 fish per string on cranks catfish fairly good to 5 pounds on trotline wifft Gordons Second session o duck season looks fair w ith teal andoactwalis WONTICELLO Water clear 75 degrees normal leve black bass good to 7 pounds on black worms crappie slow catfish good in 5 4 pound range on shnmpand Canadian crawlers PALESTINE Water clear 10 inches low black bass fairly good lo S pounds on worms and topwaer eariy and late striper crappie picking up number of keepers increasing some strings to 5 keepers on minnows white bass slow catfish fairiy good to Si pounds on IrotMnes and rod and reel with catalpa worms grasshoppers and stink bait Water clear 52 degrees norma level black bass scarce striper good to 4 pounds m good numbers on topwaters and spinners crappie stow around marina also slow in lake whife bass fairly good to 10 fish per string hybrid stnper fair fo 10 pounds on slabs and trolling channel catfish fair foVTpounds yellowcatfishsViw TEXOMA Water clear 61 decrees one foot high black bass good to 4i pounds on worms and cranks striper good in 24 pounds range on live bait crappie fair in deep water on jigs and minnows white bass fair to 5 pounds on spinners and slabs catfish slow SOUTHEAST CONROE Wafer cfear 2 feet low black bjss fair to 4 pounds on worms cranks spinners and iig and spoons in S 20 feet of wafer hybrid striper and bass slow crappie improved during the cold spell to 1J fish per string close fo brush and beginning to move mostly on minnows some on jigs in 2022 feel of water catfish good in baited holes with stinkbail and nightcrawlers on trottine deep in daytime shallow at night white amur fairly slow not many fishermen HOUSTON COUNTY Water clear 59 degrees normal level black bass good to 10 pounds 2 ounces on grape worms also an 815 a a 74 on shallow diving rogues black jig blue and blackworms striper slow crappie excellent all over lake with limits cf 25 easy on minnows while bass slow cat fSTiSlow LIVINGSTON Water clear 61 decrees normal level black bass fairly slew to 6 pounds on black and grape norms striper slow white bass fair but be ginning to get the urge to move upriver probably in 2 weeks crappie good with limits to jj pounds on minnows catfish picking up to 33 pounds on shad mostin 5 Spoundrangeonstinkbait RAYBURN Water discolored upriver lake clear 61 degrees 2 feet below pool black bass good to pounds on jig or Craw Worm sfriper some schooling in fairly shallow water to Upounds on spoons good in 25 feet of water generally on min nows jigs beginning to produce with limits by fishing all day catfish good in riverbed to in 35 pound range on worms and chicken livers and Catfish Charly Squirrels stiil good limits fairly easy but not many squirrel hunters Deer hunters dropping just a little due o warmer weather a Upoint with 21inch spread m Angelina National Forest No since last Saturday Ducks scattered TOLEDO SEND Water clear 62 degrees 4 feat low black bass good fo 6 pounds on light tackle with Marabou jigs with shorfworms trailers many 3s is in 15 20 feet ol water some bass on topwaters eariy and late striper fairly slow weather generally rough through Monday crappie reai good fo to 40 fish per parly on minnows and strolling little jigs caflish fairlyslow SOUTH AMISTAD Wafer clear 48 degrees S fee low bass slowing down and mostly small on jigs and spinners not many fishermen striper good but small larger fish slow on white jigs with white flip tail crappie slow white bass rea good all over lake catfish reai good in deep water on cheese bait and worms No ducks to speak of goodnumbers of dove 3RAUNIG Water ctear 73degrees normal level black bass slow only one keeper77 pounds striper very slow catfish good to pounds on liver tilapia and shrimp bream slow redfish slow to pounds on shad and shrimp Braunig lake to close on Nov 30 through January CALAVERAS Water murky 65 degrees normal level black bass good to a pounds on tilapia plastic worms and cranks striper good to 4 pound average on filapia and shrimp corvina fair to 7 pounds on shad and tilapia crappie poor catfish fair to 28 pounds on tilapia and shad redfish fair to 7 pounds on tilapia FALCON Wafer clear 16 feet lew black bass slow due fo rising water on worms and spinners striper slow crappie slow white bass good all over lake on Lil George Knockers and slabs catfish good up the river to 2 pounds some in3 Spound range Hey kids Its almost Christmas time again and to start packing my sleigh need Piease write TO me aoa include your Christmas wish list so Ill know what to put under your tree Send your letters no longer than one page please to my temporary address Box 628 Galveston TX 77553 between now and December 9th Hurry Your letter could be printed in the newspaper Yours truly Santa Ciaus iNGrlh Poie ;