New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 19, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Zeitung. New Braunfels, Texas
Thursday, February 19.1987Bass runs, big fish and a final deer story
By CHARLIE PARSONS Outdoors Writer
Late winter la the time of year when white besa begin
their annual spawning runs up rivers above area lakes.
This year’s mild temperatures have got the whites (or sandies) thinking a little bit ahead of their normal schedule.
The actual spawn may not begin for some time after the migration begins, since the ideal water temperature for spawning is from 58 to 64 degrees.
Area lakes especially known for their white bass runs include Canyon, Choke Canyon, Corpus Christi, Falcon and Medina.
One day last week, Jerry Moore caught 190 whites at Canyon using Bomber slabs and Mann-o-lures jigging vertically in 25- to 40-feet of water in the upper end of the lake near the mouth of the Guadalupe River.
Moore, owner of Canyon Lake Tackle and Fishing Guide Service, has a super deal of four hours fishing for up to four people for HOO or eight hours of fishing for $175.
He specializes in stripers, whites, largemouth and smallmouth bass, catfish, walleye and crappie, and all you need to bring is your body and food and drinks as desired. All equipment, bait and boat is included. And since his boat has as much equipment as the inside of a jet bomber, if they are there he can generally get some fish for you.
Novices, women and children are as welcome as the seasoned veterans. Give Moore a call at Canyon Lake, 899-7309 or 899-3297.'Ethyl' is a decade old
“Ethyl,” the m4-pound state record largemouth bass
now living at the state’s Tyler Fish Hatchery, is IO years old and was one of the original group of brood fish stocked In Lake Fork in 1978.
Allen Forshage, largemouth bass program leader for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, said an alalysis of scales removed from the fish revealed the age and also her length each year during the 10-year period.
“Rings on the scale showed a consistent growth pattern,” Forshage said. “An examination of sclaes taken from a 13-pounder also caught from Lake Fork show the two fish grew in length at an almost identical rate.”
The two big fish were the initial entries in the “Operation Share a Lone Star Lunker" program sponsored by the department and three corporations. Two other bass exceeding 13 pounds have been added to the program in recent weeks, giving Texas the world’s most outstanding collection of live trophy-sized bass.
Forshage said the scale analysis indicates Ethyl was 9.9 inches long when a year old, 19.5 inches by year four, 24.2 inches at age seven and now measures 27.5 inches. Lunker No. 2, as the second fish is called, was 10.6 inches at age one, 21.5 inches at age four and 24.5 inches at her current age of seven.
“These data support the philosophy of catch and release, in that the Florida strain fish have shown they grow quickly and consistently to a quality size, given the chance,” Forshage said.
Lake Fork provides bass excellent habitat tor growtn and survival, with ample vegetation and other cover. Also, the “shot” limit in effect on the lake protects bass between 14 and 18 inches in lenght from harvest.
“Even with fishing and natural mortality of the original fish stocked in Lake Fork, it is very likely that there are other bass as large as Ethyl in the lake,” Forshage said.
Lunker No. 2 was either spawned from the original brood of fish or was one of the 331,000 Florida fingerlings
stocked in 1980. “Even if only I percent of that group survived to the present, there would be about 3,000 bass over 13 pounds in the lake,” Forshage said.
sponsors of the lunker program are Lone Star Brewery, Cajun Boats and Jungle Labs, Inc.
The department uses the big fish as brooders in the hatchery system in hopes their genetic potential for growth will be passed along to fish stocked in the future.One last deer story
Remember that new deer grunt/distress call I told you about several months ago? Well, it apparently can produce some true monster whitetails.
Johnny Mietzen of Eagle Lake took the pictured trophy in Mexico in late December. Mietzen wouldn’t guarantee the call was the only reason he shot the buck, but he told me he is personally convinced of its effectiveness in stopping or bringing in bucks when used in conjunction with horn rattling, as is recommended by the manufacturer, Haydel’s Game Calls, Inc. of Bosier City, Louisiana.
The big buck had 12 points, weighed 178 pounds dressed, a 25-inch spread, a 5'*-inch base and scored 168 Boone and Crockett points, making it the largest deer I’ve heard of from the 1986-87 season.
Incidently, I just received Haydel’s new turkey caller and with its simplicity it sure beats the mouth diaphram caller, which I always gagged on, and the old cedar box yelper, which is always hard to master.
Remember, spring turkey season is less than two months away, so it might be well worthwhile to get one for yourself. I’ll report further on it when the season arrives.
AAietzen's unusually large trophy
For now, I’ve been practicing the call a lot and every time I leave the house, the neighbors give me the strangest looks for some reason or anotherEx-golfer overcomes fear by hunting snakes
BRENHAM (AP) — Randy Smith wraps his hands in a golfer s grip around a 3-wood converted for snake catching and says: “I used to play a lot of golf, but that’s boring now.
“I only broke IOO a couple of times in two years, and that wasn’t any fun. So I took up something I could win at,” he says.
Smith has forsaken the manicured green of the golf course to step out in the brush in search of rattlesnakes.
His altered 3-wood now has a 4-inch piece of steel bar bent at a 90-degree angle from the shaft where the club head once was. It’s a handy tool, says Smith, for handling snakes.Fishing Report
“I get more fun out of this now than when it was a golf club," he says.
Smith, a local manager of Beau’s Department Store, says he became involved in handling and hunting snakes on a “dare from a real pro — Don ‘Snake’ Stelter. I met him a couple of years ago through the Elks Lodge.
“He asked me if I wanted to go on a snake hunt. It was a dare. He didn’t think I’d go. He just wanted to use my camper,” Smith says.
“If you’d asked me a year ago, I’d thought you were crazy. Man, I shoot garden snakes. He really did get me on a dare. I’m terrified of snakes,” he says.
He recalls his first hunt with Stelter. “I
went a couple of days without catching any snakes. We were camped out, and all I did was have nightmares. I was afraid we’d catch one.”
Although he was a novice to reptile hunting, Smith knew that when a snake wags its tail it doesn’t necessarily want to be petted.
“We were at Throckmorton, out in the middle of nowhere, last March. It was my first and biggest (hunt) I’ve been to. The first day we covered the whole area and caught only one. The second day we got 137 to wind up with 138 rattlers.
“The first snake I held, I got scared and dropped it when they weren’t looking. But
once I finally caught one of my own I stopped having the nightmares, ” said Smith.
Mild-mannered and jovial, Smith is a stout man who in appears capable of wrestling an alligator. He emphasizes, however, that he continues to “have a terrible terror of snakes.”
Smith fought in Vietnam in 1968 and 1969. “Over there, in Vietnam, I first realized that I was scared of snakes and bugs that crawl. I took a healthy fear of everything,” he says.
Smith served in the Mekong Delta area, running convoys and doing duty as a tau gunner. He says he enlisted because “they were
drafting Marines, and I didn’t want to be a Marine.”
Smith admits to being apprehensive of his hobby, but contends it “puts a little spice to life. If you screw up, it s got you. But a couple of times a year, it makes things a little more interesting.”
Also, he said. “It’s fun. And one fun thing about it is that when you tell people you’re a snake hunter, they'll believe anything.
“I tell them that I put Velcro on my legs and walk through an area, and the snake will strike and stick to the Velcro They believe
AUSTIN (AP) — Here is the weekly fishing report as compiled by Parks and Wildlife for Feb 19.1987 CENTRAL
BASTROP: Water clear. 72 degrees, normal level, black bass good to five pounds on jigs and Rat L Traps, hybrid striper slow, crappie fair to IS fish per string on minnows, catfish fair on juglines to eight pounds on stinkbait and live perch
BELTON: Water clear. SO degrees, normal 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 minnows white bass very slow on slabs or minnows. catfish slow to five pounds with stinkbait
BROWNWOOD Water fairly clear, one inch over spillway. black bass fair to 3' > pounds on Hotspots and Rat-L-Traps in shallow water, striper slow, crappie fair to 11« pounds to 25 fish per string on minnows and jigs. white bass slow, catfish good to four pounds on shrimp and worms
BUCHANAN: Water clear. 53 degrees, lake full, black bass good to six pounds on brown and orange jigs in 8-10 feet of water, striper good to eight pounds on white grubs in 3(M5 feet of water; white bass good to 55 fish per string on white slabs. crappie and catfish are slow
CAN VON: Water clear. $7 degrees, normal level, Mack bass lair ta «' * pounds en metered worms; striper slew; crappie geed to SS bsh per siring en minnows; white bass geed ta se fish per string en
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FAYETTE: Water clear. 59 damn, normal level. black bass fairly good to IO pounds. 4 ounces on black lizards; crappie Rood to 15 fish per string on minnows; catfish real good to 30 pounds with live bait on juglines.
GIBBONS CREEK: Water fairly dear, 82 degrees, normal level; good numbers of black baas within the slot, there were a few keeper-sise fish caught but none were kept on pig and jig. worms. DB-3; crappie fair; catfish fair; traffic on lake increasing. reservations are not necessary but fishermen are urged to come early
LBJ: Water clear to muddy. 54 degrees, lake full; Mack bass fair to five pounds on black jig and pork rind in 8-12 feet of water; striper fair to six pounds on white grubs around powerplant; crappie slow; white bass good with strings to SO fish on silver cranks; catfish fair to three pounds on shad and shrimp White bass and striper good behind dam while generating sisrtriflty
LIMESTONE: Water dear, normal level; high winds have kept moot fishermen away.
SOMERVILLE Water murky, Si degrees, normal level; Mack base slow; striper fairly slow over weekend; crappie fair and good died en minnows and jigs; while baas slow; catfish fairly good to two pounds on red and reel baited with
8TILLHOUSE: Water dear, 50 degrees, normal leual; Mack baas good la
TRAVIS: Water clear. 54 degrees. 18 inches low; Mack bass good through Sunday when the front came trough to three pounds on four inch plastic worms, brown jig and pig and live minnows; striper slow, some at night; crappie good around docks and in brush in 20 feet of water on chartreuse crappie jigs and minnows; white bass spotty, good at times up the Pedemales River trolling chrome Hot'N Tots, catfish slow WHITNEY: Water clear. 50 degrees, normal level; Mack bass fairly good to5‘a pounds on spinners in McKown Valley; striper fairly good to Ii pounds on cranks, live bait, sassy shad; crappie fair to two pounds on jigs and minnows; white bass good to 21« pounds to KH 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 Bae Bluff, Mue catfish biting in the creaks on ghost minnows and shrimp
SOUTHEAST CONROE: Water dear, 80 decrees, normal level; Mack baas good blore the front in shallow and deep water, cold spell pushed fish back into deep water, a ll 8 pound bass landed this week on DB-3 off point in eight feet of water; striper slow to nine pounds on chrome Rat-L-Trap with Mack top; crappie scattered and slow; white baas fairly slow, some moving upstream on chrome Rat- L-Traps on upper end of lake, fish to three pounds and full of eggs; catfish excellent to two pounds with limits; troublers picking up a few Mims on troubles baited with nightcrawlers and frozen shad.
LIVINGSTON: Water clear in lake, muddy in sloughs, ss degrees, normal level; Mack bass fairly good to eight pounds on spinners bi creeks, a 12 pound. 7 ounce baas landed bi small bay off Kickapoo Creek on Mack lizard, striper slow; crappie picking up and improving daily, to five fish per string on minnows; whits baas fairly good to 400 fish per boat up tee river, finis still gowning . best baits ars yellow and white jigs; Mue catfish good to 48 pounds on I rot! inc. yellow catfish good to TO pounds on troubles on daad shad; channel catfish good bi 3-8 pound rangoon Blad and stinkbait, mostly on troU ins TOLEDO BEND: Water dear, winds Mg midweek, normal level; Mack baas good to 44 pounds on jigs; striper slow; crappie slow; white bass slow; catfish slow.
BRAUN IG: Water murky, ii degrees. IS bichos high; Modi baas fairly good to IO pounds on plastic worms; striper good to five pounds on glad, crappie stew; catfish real good to sign pounds on chicken liver and shad; codfish fair on shad and cranks.
COLETO CREEK: Waler murky. 50 degress. normal tevei; Mack bose fairly good to six ptmMh but moat just above ii late on ginner in IO foot of water; griper fair on jigging apoono to seven pounds; crappie fair to IO fig* per string on minnows; white boos stew; cotftan good to 24 Bounds.
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SABINE LAKE: Fishing slow due to weather, good numbers of fishermen over the weekend, front came through Sunday; winds kept most fishermen away. A few flounder and small redfish in the outfall canal; no live bait shrimp
GALVESTON: Fair numbers of drum to 35 pounds at the end of the jetties on crabs, smaller drum in the 6-10 pound range on shrimp at the bay end of jetties, good numbers of big sheepshead at the jetties, good numbers of sheepshead from the Gulf Coast Fishing Pier, since the first of the year, 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 28-29 inches at the jetties; a lot of redfish in East Boy but all too small lo keep, scattered specks in West Bay and on the Seabrook Flats to about two pounds, many throwbacks; snapper good offshore when weather permits; good gulf troth around giort rigs; live bait shrimp scarce, some available at $8 SO per quart.
PORT OCONNOR: A fair number of fishermen over the weekend, 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 89.50per quart.
PALACIOS: Fishing fairly slow since the front came though Sunday due to north winds, low water and generally un-comfortaMe fishing conditions; before the front, speck catches were good at the turning basins on artificials and live shrimp when available, live bait scarce.
ROCKPORT: Redfish good to 24 inches on puiple Kelley Wigglers with hot UU near Mud Island; California Bote producing a few trout around keeper size; Copan© Boy’s Italian Bond Is producing rodflah in (air numbers, no limits, mony throwbacks; causeway fishing about tho same for trout, a few drum; Port A jetties producing a few rodftih, not much bragging; some trout at night from docks around Key Allegro; live bolt shrimp available, not plentiful at 87.50 par quart; front cum through Saturday digit bringing colder temperatures, winds fairly calm and sun shining mld-wook.
PORT ARANSAS: Bob Hail Pier producing a low whiting, a few small drum; stingays. about SI Burk Including bull. Mark lipped fine lotBted, bonnet nolo to 34 foot'Caldwell Pier about the some but catching more Blart over Bm weekend.
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CORPUS CHRISTI: Trout to 17 inches all over Laguna Madre, mony throwbacks on live shrimp and artificials, a few flounder to three pounds, mostly small ; drum to 80 pounds in good numbers in the Landcut area on dead shrimp and Mue crabs; live bolt shrimp available early in 8-12 cents each. Oso Pier produced small drum and trout on Saturday before the front, winds from east midweek, fishing for drum should be good.
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 midweek Some live bait sh rime available at 88.50 quart. NORTHEAST
ATHENS: Water door, SO rtsgsss, one inch tug*; Mack base good to 84 pounds on Mack lizards. Mg Maded sinners. Rogues in Bultow water until tho front hit, stew afterwords; crappie good bock in the coves under float aet at two foot on yellow chartreuse and purple jig. sometimes minnows; while bass and hybrid striper good trolling at IO feet in 20-30 foot of water on Begay Schmoo. spoons, chromo Rat-L-Traps to IO fish par boat to four pounds each averag; catfish stew.
BOB SANDLIN: Water clear. 52 degrees, normal level; Mock baas good to 84 pounds until front hit Saturday, than fishing stow; crappie fair to 15 fish per string on minnows; white boas fairly stew; catfish stew.
CADDO: Water door. 45 dsgoss, six inches higi; Mock boas fair to seven pwwu on Muo and white spinners with willow loaf spinner, dork worms with ftrotail and topwaters, striper slow; pts vary goo on yoyo and rod am with minnows; white baas stew; catfish good to to pounds on minnows and stinkbait; pike good to (our pounds; griddle good to is pounds. 7 ounces on gin*
CEDAR CREEK: Water door. 51 dagoes, normal level; block boos fair lo •oven pounds on gape meteifleke worms; hybrid striper alow; crappie fair and spotty with small string from dog water on minnows; white moo acorea, soma in 30-loot of irater on silver slobs; catfish good on north and of lobo to 72 pounds of) trrtHnt nritft FORK: WateriMgBlyolfooter, normal level; Mock bog gorttenf to IS, until tho front hit Monday and Hwnl ■towed; crappie vary god lo two |
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