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A/Q Sam Rayburn Individual Series 2012 Championship

Clayton Boulware Won


By Bill & Barbara Long

Anglers Quest 2012 Sam Rayburn Individual Series Championship is now in the books, and the Individual Series for Sam Rayburn is complete for 2012. The event began on Friday evening with dinner & drinks at The Stump and the presentation of the special Anglers Quest Goal Post to the 2012 Angler of the Year, Clayton Boulware. Clayton will receive free paid entries to all A/Q Sam Rayburn Individual Series Events in 2013. The Side Pot Auction followed with all but one Individual buying into the side pot and raised $975.00 to add to the anglers pot. The weather was clear and sunny on Saturday & Sunday September 1-2 with low 70s at daybreak to mid 90s during the day. As the event got underway, the 7 qualified individuals took off into the dim morning light from their choice of launch ramps around the lake at 6:30 am. The anglers were all going for the $3000.00 purse that was being paid back by Anglers Quest at this Championship event. The water at Big Sam was in good condition. At the end of the 2 days the 7 teams brought in 7 limits of bass during the 2-days 50 fish that totaled 123.58 lbs with a 2.47 avg. Ricky Guy from Humble, Tx finished in 3rd with 9 bass that tipped the scales at 18.02 lbs and collected a total of $275.00 for his days on the water. Ricky did catch the 2nd Big Bass of the event at 4.38 lbs and received a check for $100.00 for that 1 bite. Jeff Wise from Lufkin, Tx fished this event and brought in 10 bass at 25.49 lbs to claim 2nd place and $800.00. Jeff did get in the side pot on Friday night for $300.00. Clayton Boulware from Zavalla, Tx ran his Z8 Nitro/Mercury to north lake areas around the 147 bridge to catch his 10 bass using his Falcon special H&H rods with Bass Pro Shops pro qualifiers carbon lite reels spooled with bass pro fluorocarbon and braided line. These rods

were tipped with pop rs, Pradco football head jigs and Texas rigged Yum Wooly Bullys. Clayton came to the scales with 5 bass at 19.12 lbs on day 1 and 5 more on day 2 at 21.57 lbs to give him the 1st place finish at 40.69 lb. One of Claytons Bass was the 1st Big Bass of the event at 7.92 lbs and he collected $250.00 for that one bite. Clayton did buy in the side pot for $150.00. Clayton collected a total of $1925.00 for his day on the water.Good Job!!. Anglers Quest 2013 Schedules are now available online at www.anglers-quest.com. The 1st events for the 2013 season will be the Saturday Series Team event on Sam Rayburn, January 5, & the Individual event on January 6, 2013. Entry and sign up can be done by mail or phone by credit card or at the Anglers Quest bus the morning of the event at The Umphrey Pavilion. For any info contact Mr Bill at 281-852-8842. Anglers Quest wants to thank all the Anglers that have participated in any A/Q events and also Thanks to all the A/Q Staff & Sponsors. All A/Q events in 2013 will be Trailering events and will be conducted on Lake Houston, Lake Livingston and Sam Rayburn. Anglers Quest suggest the use of products & services from these sponsors: Automated Mailing Solutions, Bowden Marine Sales & Service, Buster McNuttys, Check-It Stik, City of Jasper, Tx-Chamber, Custom Built Awards, D&S Mobil RV Repair, Executive Security Integrators, Experience Lake Livingston, FishingWorld, Foster Fence Ltd, Humble Sign Co, Jasper Economic Development District # 1, J&C Carts, Kickapoo Bait & Tackle, Lake Houston Marina, Lone Star Buffet, Martels Welding Works, Power Pole, Rayburn Country Resort, Royal Purple Synthetic Oil, Santone Lures, Solar Bat Sunglasses, Superior Paint Works Inc., The Stump Restaurant & Club, Tiremax Fishing, Tri County Construction Co., Vincent Turf Farms, Zapata Chamber of Commerce

Clayton Boulware came right out of the chute on day 1 with nearly a seven pound lead over the rest of the pack with 19.12 lbs. He never let off the gas, bringing in another 21.57 lbs the final day for a dominating win. His consistency throughout the season also earned Angler of the Year status for 2012 Anglers Quest Individual Series. God Bless & Good Fishing to All Anglers Quest, Mr Bill & Barbara Long

Jeff Wise brought in 11.07 lbs in his first day limit putting him in 3rd place going into day 2. Bettering his overall weight with a 14.92 lb sack, Jeff won 2nd place in the championship with a total of 25.49 lbs

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Warrior hunt at B.A. Steinhagen Lake nets monster gator for recovering Soldiers, veterans
Story and photos by Edward Rivera

Fort Worth District Public Affairs Office It was a cool Sunday morning on B. A. Steinhagen Lake as the air boat drew closer to the where the hunters set their bait the day before. The bait was gone, but, about 20 feet away floated an ominous looking patch of greenery. As the Town Bluff Lake Manager and air boat pilot Floyd Boyett maneuvered the boat closer to the patch, one of the hunters onboard grabbed the line coming from the patch and pulled on it. Theres something heavy down there, exclaimed U. S. Army Sgt. Sam Boorse. Quickly, a second hunter, Sgt. 1st Class William R. Poe went over and both pulled upward on the line. Their eyes widened as a massive alligator head emerged from beneath the floating grass with its mouth wide open and a bad attitude. After 30 minutes of battle with their catch both Soldiers assigned to the Warrior Transition Battalion at the San Antonio Military Medical Center claimed victory over the 12-foot, 2-inch,

and 455-pound alligator. Poe and Boorse, along with Staff Sgt. (ret.) William Bighouse and former U.S. Marine Cpl. Cody E. Hammer, took part in a wounded warrior alligator hunt hosted by Texas Parks and Wildlife Departments Pineywoods Ecosystem Project and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth Districts Town Bluff Project Office. I think these hunts are great, the entire program is awesome, said Bighouse, a veteran of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Wounded Warrior programs not only offer help to those who are wounded, but gives peace of mind, there are people looking out for them. The weekend hunt kicked off September 15 with a safety brief and lunch before the four were taken out on the lake to find their lucky spots. Each hunter, with help from one another and volunteers from the Sam Rayburn and Town Bluff Project Offices, set their lines and put out their bait in the hopes of snagging one of the elusive reptiles. They wouldnt have to wait too long, by the

time all the traps were set, Bighouse and Boorse would discover that their bait had already been taken. Boorse returned with a 7-foot, 2-inch, 48-pound gator and Bighouse wrangled a 6-foot, 42-pounder. WARRIOR HUNT The evening was closed out with an alligator and catfish fry with all the fixings and plenty of hunting stories to go around. But the hunting was just one part of the event. The bigger aspect was the fact that these men werent just four guys out on a routine hunt. These were warriors that were still on the mend, and not only for their physical wounds. Kevin Burgin, Fort Worth District wounded warrior liaison and wounded warrior himself said these hunts help injured military members on their healing journey whether recovering from cognitive or mobility or both types of injuries. I enjoyed the feeling of being around guys who have been

The four warriors attending the hunt are from left to right, Cody E. Hammer, former corporal, USMC, Army Sgt. Sam Boorse, Army Sgt. 1st Class William R. Poe and Army Staff Sgt. (ret.) William Bighouse. The four posed with Poes catch, a 12-foor 2-inch, 450-pound alligator caught on B. A. Steinhagen Lake.

Sgt. 1st Class William R. Poe (right) and Sgt. Sam Boorse work on getting their catch into the boat on B.A. Steinhagen Lake in East Texas. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Fort Worth Districts Sam Rayburn Project Office sponsored the hunt for wounded warriors. Boorse caught a 7-foot, 48-pound Alligator and Poe with the help of Boorse managed to bring in a 12-foot, 450-pound monster.

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where I have, and have experienced the things that I have, said Hammer, wounded by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. I also liked being able to show that recovery will happen, and our lives will go on and progress if we continue to push. According to Bighouse, this is therapy you cant get anywhere else. When you are wounded, your mind is million miles from where it really should be. This program allows Vets some time to really get closure, and peace of mind, for it not only challenges, it also rewards in many ways, both seen and unseen. The hunt ended noon September 26 with a monster catch and smiles from ear to ear from not only the hunters but from all the support staff, volunteers and sponsors who made the event possible. TPWD provided access to campsites and a dining hall both evenings at Martin Dies Jr. State Park along with volunteers to help with most aspects of the hunt. TPWD was invaluable to the success of this event, said Boyett. They allowed us to focus on the Soldiers and the hunt, without having to fret over park logistics. Several local sponsors contributed with donations and volunteers from help with meals to bringing a Rock Crawler an all terrain vehicle built and designed to honor veterans. These events are one of the greatest tributes that you could give a Soldier, said Bighouse. Its not just one person giving; its a whole lot of people, both in front of the scenes, and behind the scenes. Although the big catch would go home with Poe, the four brothers in arms stood alongside that slain monster and one could get the feeling that the 12-foot reptile was more than a trophy that would go up on Poes wall. The sense all around was that they all came one-step closer to claiming victory over their personal traumas and their recovery was well in hand. WARRIOR HUNT Wounded warrior hunts like this one provide the opportunity for our heroes to not only heal and bond with one another, but with grateful Americans who want nothing more but to show their support for the sacrifices made my our brave military members, said Col. Charles H. Klinge, Jr., commander, Fort Worth District.

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Oilmens Bass Classic donates $15k to Shriners in 29th year


By Jodie Warner

The 29th Annual Oilmens Bass Classic was able to donate an estimated $15,000 to Shriners Childrens Hospital after taking a hiatus last year due to low water levels on Toledo Bend. About 250 teams competed during the two-day event that paid out 50 places each day, a top overall 50 places for both days combined, and three big bass on each day. The board of directors claim they were able to pay back an estimated $34,500

to participants and also said that entry into the tournament was up from previous years as just two years ago they donated $10,000. The tournament is a two day event and is the oldest oil and gas industry bass tournament, and they realize that without the help of volunteer workers and the cooperation from the Sabine River Authority and Cypress Bend Resort personnel that [the] tournament would

not be what it is today. Charlotte Comeaux, the Coordinator for the event, said that all the money was given to Shriners Childrens Hospital. Jed Angelle said, [Participation] is actually up a little bit, we are really at a comeback, we got down as low as 150, I think and were back up to 250 [and] its growing every year, we do gun and all kinds of raffles. There are several different attempts to raise additional funds for the Shriners

kids going on during the course of the three days (including registration day Thursday.) Angelle also said, see we didnt have the tournament last year because of low water, and this year we came back, two years ago we gave $10,000 to the Shriners Hospital for Children and this year we upped it to $15,000. As far as participation, Angelle said that the majority of your income has to come from the oilfield industry, we also do a mail out and we have a website [http://www.oilmensbassclassic. com/] if they want to participate, they can get an entry form off the website. The Florien High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) provided all the running work taking fish from the scales back out to a pontoon boat that would go out and release the fish back into the water for another angler, another day. The president of the FBLA, known as Katelyn, is a former Shriners patient and has since gained a new release on life and not only was she helping release the fish back into Toledo Bend, she has also played sports and run for a district position in FBLA since her last procedure. Thursday night food was provided by ProT Company, Royal Service Professional Pumping Services, and Lee Specialties. Friday night food was provided by Phoenix Offshore Solutions, and Saturday night food was provided by American Fire and Safety. Sponsors for the 2012 Oilmens Bass Classic are: Acadian Contractors, The Fishermans Galley, Crain Brothers, Nolans Lawnmower Sales and Service, Creative T-Shirts, The Best Stop Super Market, Freedom Well Services, Variable Bore Rams, Integrity Directional Services, B.O.P. Controls, Green Field Energy, Trinity Tool Rentals, Davis-Lynch, Warrior Energy Services, Acid and Cementing Service, The Mud Masters Group, Innovative Service Company, Baker Petrolite, Tri-City Services, Spearhead Services, B.O.P. Ram Rantels, TK Stanley, Central Boat Rentals, Sub Surface Tools, Furgo Chance, Stabil Drill, HB Rentals, Weatherford, Toledo Town and Tackle, Block T. Petroleum, Iron Horse Ranch, Guidrys Catfish, Rusty Clark Curvey, S.O. International, Knight Oil Tools, Quality Rental

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Revisiting the Alabama Rig (Umbrella Rig)


By Jim Binns

Its been awhile since Paul Elias, the 60year old veteran pro from Mississippi, won $100,000 and set the fishing world on fire with his runaway victory at the October 2011 Lake Guntersville FLW Tour Open. The bait that Elias used was the original Alabama Rig, and since that time just about every fisherman has jumped on-board hoping that this system will provide the magic needed to score big for them. This type of rig has actually been used for a number of years and is known to many as the umbrella or parachute rig. The set-up is still used by many veteran fresh and saltwater guides when trolling, especially for striped bass. Andy Poss, a union pipe welder by trade, is the guy that came up with the idea of developing a scaled down version of the rig that was lighter in weight and could be cast instead of trolled. Poss called his original version the Alabama Rig (many now refer to it as the A-rig) after his home state. The A-rig is a somewhat simple gizmo that has a heavy central jig head with a number of wire arms that fan out to form the umbrella look. Snap swivels are connected to the end of each arm and to these the angler can attach

a vast array of baits. When pulled through the water, the multiple lures look like a school of baitfish, and its not uncommon for more than one fish to be caught on a single cast. When Elias won the Lake Guntersville tournament the fishing world went into a marketing frenzy. The original rig sold on EBay for $200+ and the demand far exceeded the supply so it was inevitable that knock-offs hit the market fast. In recent times Manns Bait Company has worked a deal with Poss and they are the authorized manufacturer with exclusive rights to produce the original Manns Slick Lures - Alabama Rig. Elias had various rigs on the deck of his boat with different size jig-heads and baits. Once he found the bass to be higher up in the water column suspended around bridge pilings, he would zero-in with a 3/8-ounce jig-head with 4-inch swimbait bodies. When the bass were a bit deeper he used a -oz.and even -oz. jig-head with 5 -inch swimbaits. Elias started with the Manns Hardnose Swimshads but when his supply ran out he used any 5 or 6-inch swimbait body that he could get his hands on. After seeing baitfish and bass on his depth finder, Elias would cast the rig out, let it sink down to the depth that the fish were suspended and then make his retrieve. To make a very long story short, Elias weighed in 102.08 pounds of bass and second place had 85.05 in a tournament that most pros expected 55 pounds to win. Those other pros fishing the A-rig finished in the top 10, and those without the A-rig fell out of contention. As you might imagine, there are those that love the A-rig and those that believe it should be banned from tournament competition. Several states already have laws prohibiting the use of multiple lures while some say that it is ok as long as the hooks are a certain size. The A-rig has caused many states to take a hard look at their rules and clarify the use (or non-use) of the device. The B.A.S.S. organization

announced that anglers fishing in its Bassmaster Classic and Bassmaster Elite Series will be restricted to the use of a single lure during practice and competition. I visited with Trip Weldon, B.A.S.S. tournament director, and he stated - Personally, I have enjoyed catching bass on umbrella rigs and found them to be very effective in some situations. I have witnessed firsthand the excitement this technique has generated in our sport. However, the Elite Series Rules Committee members unanimously asked to be held to a higher standard, he added. We have decided to honor their recommendation. Some fishermen believe that one rod and one lure is the only true sportsman-like way to fish; while others believe that if its legal and if it can get fish in the boat, then you should be able to use it. It looks like this discussion will go on for quite some time. The market for the umbrella-type rigs has grown uncontrollably, and at times the product was sold before it could even be boxed up and shipped to customers. Today it seems that every company has their variety of the rig. There are no magic lures however this method of presenting multiple lures caused a bonanza of sales. Here are some of my comments regarding fishing the A-rig (Umbrella-rig) Load your reel with 60+ pound braided line or 20+ pound fluorocarbon Use a heavy duty 7-foot plus rod to handle the weight of the rig and to get longer casts The rig casts like a heavy spinnerbait but your muscles may think you have been casting a brick at the end of the day. Lob casts work best. Some anglers use a jig-head with a 5/0 or 6/0 strong wide-gap hook while others prefer a wire hook that will bend out in case the A-rig gets hung up. Actively chasing and feeding bass are the key Look for schools of shad.

The rig can be great when bass are suspending in deeper water around trees and river channels. You will need a plug-retriever to hopefully retrieve the $20+ rig when it gets hung-up. At times a large grub body with a curly tail is more effective than the swim-bait body. Spread the rig out horizontally for use in shallow water. The rig usually has five open hooks so use a net that the baits will come out of easily. I have used a variety of baits but the most popular seem to be the Yum Money Minnow, Strike Kings Shadalicious, Netbaits BK Swimbait and the Basstrix Spintrix. For a smaller profile try the Crme Spoiler Shad, Berkleys Swim Shad and Kalins Lunker Grubs. Keep it simple Use lures of the same size and design to better mimic the school fish, however always experiment with new ways to fish the rig. As I mentioned before, this rig is not magic, but under certain conditions it sure can tip the scales in your favor. If you havent used one of these rigs I suggest that you give it a try. And look on the bright side. Years from now you will be able to sit down with all of your grandkids and tell them that you were a part of the Alabama Rig craze that swept across our nation. Good Fishing -- JB

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Fight to the finish at Bass Champs Championship on oledo Bend Blassingame & Burdine take home top honors with 42.37 lbs
By Patty Lenderman

Skeeter Bass Champs Texas Tournament Trail held its first of four region championships September 8-9, 2012 on Toledo Bend. A Skeeter ZX20 powered by a Yamaha 225SHO was on the line as the top prize for the champions. More than one double digit bass was brought to the scales over the course of two days, one of which anchored a win for Shonn Blassingame and Cody Burdine. Drastic weather changes from practice to tournament days had the championship qualifiers scrambling, many not able to fish targeted areas due to the high winds that came with a cold front Saturday morning. The first significant cold front of the season sent temperatures down into the 50s overnight only warming to the mid 80s each day. Teams were allowed to trailer to boat launches closer to their fishing areas both days of the tournament, with the weigh in hosted at Paradise Point Marina. The scales were christened by Steven Singleton and Bo Fea having one shy of a limit with 11.38 lbs. After a few more teams came in with similar weights, Gerald Granger and Jimmy Sorter broke the twenty pound barrier with their 23.77 lb limit, anchored by an initial big bass leader at 7.85 lbs. Participants had until 4:45 pm to bring their catch to the scales, and more solid kickers were registered in the 7 pound range vying for Big Bass honors. Lee Yowell and Brian Schott raised the Big Bass bar with an 8.02 lbr that helped secure their day one 3rd place position with 19.78 lbs. East Texas Region Anglers of the Year Rusty Clark and Cory Rambo brought in a light limit at 12.07 lbs, but had an experience on the water that impacted their day. We were fishing a somewhat protected shoreline on the south end, and saw a small 12 boat out by the island with four people in it, including a six year old. It was around 8am when the front came through, bringing with it high winds causing big waves on the lake. We kept a pretty close eye on them, there was more people than boat. We knew something bad was about to happen. The boat they were watching tried to make a move from the side of the island protected from the wind to cross a cut. As soon as they did, they took a wave over the side of the boat that capsized them. Rusty and Cory immediately went to help, as did another team of competitors that were nearby. We each put two passengers in our boats and took them to the shore. That took about 45 minutes out of our day. No one had life jackets, not even the kid. Thank goodness no one was hurt or injured and they were close enough to see what happened to lend aid. Shonn Blassingame and Cody Burdine challenged the leaders having a 23.16 lb limit anchored by a 10.52 lb Big Bass, putting them in a strong 2nd place position going into the final day. At daybreak the final morning, temperatures had dipped to 58 degrees, only to be followed by high pressure bluebird skies, warming to the mid 80s. The wind was a lot calmer, allowing anglers to get to the open water spots they couldnt stay on the day prior.

Shonn Blassingame & Cody Burdine hold up the best of their final catch that clenched the win at the 2012 Bass Champs Toledo Championship Joe Joslin and David Brown brought in their catch hours early. Among their creel was the Big Bass of the weekend weighing in at 10.98 pounds. We could tell she was stressed, and we wanted to get her weighed in and taken care of as quickly as we could. The team had been fishing the south end of Toledo with Texas rigged soft plastics along deep ridges, about 20 in depth. David, a General Surgeon by trade, got the big bite around 9am. It was just a strong pull when she got it. Once I set the hook, the fight was on! Joe, a professional angler by trade, put his rod down to get ready to net the catch. At one point she came straight up out of the water, and we got a real good look at her. She was not going to give up easily, and made a run around a stump. I just kept hold of her and worked her back around it to the boat. Joe netted her right in. After fishing just a little while longer, they made the decision to bring their catch on in, adding a total of 16.30 lbs to their two day total of 27.56 lbs, bringing them up from 29th place on day one to a 16th place finish. The fish were more aggressive Saturday, so we used bigger baits and caught some on Stanley Jigs. (Sunday) we had to downsize our lures and were able to put together a better sack. Since the Big Bass was caught using a Revo reel, the team received the Revo bonus of two more reels. They were also wearing Costa Del Mar sunglasses, adding that bonus to their winnings. For the big catch itself, the team received $500. They would like to thank Revo reels, Costa Del Mar, Skeeter, Yamaha, Red River Marine, Lake Charles Toyota, Berkley, Stanley Jigs and Jeanes Tackle. Bass Champs TV Show host John McCalmont interviews the winners of the Championship, with a full recap of the Toledo tournament to show on the WFN Network in April

Shonn Blassingame and Cody Burdine were awarded the Skeeter ZX20 powered by a Yamaha 225SHO for earning the Championship title on Toledo Bend

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Top 5 leaderBoard day 1:

23.77 lbs 23.16 lbs 19.78 lbs 19.69 lbs 18.42 lbs

Jimmy Sorter & Gerald Granger Shonn Blassingame & Cody Burdine Lee Yowell & Brian Schott Glenn Freeman & Jeff Rice Greg & Gary McDonald

The husband and wife team of Tim and Judy Reneau brought in a hefty 23.44 lb sack on the final day, and were the first to exceed the 40 pound mark in the tournament. While Tim has fished Toledo Bend before, this was Judys first experience with the lake. We got out here, and the first thing I thought was that it is the prettiest lake Ive ever seen! We fish Amistad, and I had always thought it was the prettiest. These South Region anglers are no strangers to big sacks of fish, having their fair share of tournament wins in the Bass Champs trail. Owners of Power Tackle fishing equipment, they spend a lot of time on the water. We fished grass in 12 20 all weekend. At one point, when the bite was getting slow, I wanted to try something else but Tim is a die hard deep grass fisherman, Judy explained. They were using a Power Tackle 1 oz Lateral Perch for some of their catch, and a jig tipped with a Strike King Rage Craw trailer for others on PG104.5 Power Tackle Rods spooled with Gamma Line. From practice to tournament we went from hot weather to blustery North winds. We had practiced on the North banks in anticipation of the front that was forecasted. They were consistent both days, catching around 20 keepers each day. We had our limit by around 9am each day. (The fish) would bite well until 10am, then quit until about 1pm and pick up again. On the final day they hit two spots that they were not able to fish due to the wind the first day. Their two day total weight was 40.35 lbs, setting the mark to beat. They would like to thank Power Tackle, Strike King, Ranger boats, Yamaha, Gamma Line, and Amstead Marine in Del Rio, TX. Our lower unit went out just before this tournament and they loaned us one to keep us on the water. Ultimately the Reneaus won 2nd place, coming up from 7th on day 1, and was awarded a check for $2,000. Anticipation was still high as spectators continued to watch for the Jeff Rice and Glen Freeman held a strong position both days of the event, winning 3rd place overall with 39.60 lbs

Tim and Judy Reneau made a great run for the win, bringing over 23 more pounds to their weight on the final day. They won 2nd place overall garnering a $2,000 check Day 1 top teams to weigh in. Camera boats were with the top two teams to catch all of the action, which will be aired on the Bass Champs TV show on the WFN Network in April. Shonn Blassingame and Cody Burdine, second place leaders from day 1, came in with their catch. The Reneaus along with many others gathered near their boat as they began to take their fish from the livewell. Their strong sack was evident, but no one would know for sure if they had enough to take the win until they were put on the scales. They needed 17.19 lbs to take the lead, and when the scales locked in they had 19.21 lbs to win the tournament with a two day total of 42.37 lbs. These oil field anglers hit em hard with crank baits over the course of both days. Saturday we had about a 15 pound limit within the first hour. After the front hit, the bite slowed way down, and we didnt cull until the last hour. They made three culls upgrading their weight during that last hour of day, one which was their 10.52 lb kicker. We stayed out on windy points and were catching four and five foot swells coming into the boat. They knew the fish were there, so they tied off David Brown caught the biggest bass in the Toledo Bass Champs Championship weighing 10.98 lbs, with partner Joe Joslin and kept swinging. The second day we had the camera guys with us and it was a slow bite. They didnt have a single keeper in the boat until 10:45. We were getting a little worried there for a while, but had our limit by 12:30. They were only able to cull one time before packing it in, but every ounce counts. They were crowned champions of the Toledo Bend Championship and awarded the Skeeter ZX20 powered by a Yamaha 225SHO. They also recently purchased a Dodge Ram truck, giving them the Ram Bonus worth a free entry into any Bass Champs tournament in the next 12 months. For using Sure Life in their livewell, they received that bonus as well. I would really like to thank my wife Karmon for all of her support. The team would also like to acknowledge Triton and Mercury. The Day 1 leaders Jimmy Sorter and Gerald Granger came in with their final sack of fish, only adding 7.85 lbs to their final weight. They finished 11th place overall for a $700 payday. Glen Freeman and Jeff Rice brought in a 20.91 lb sack on day two landing them in 3rd place overall with 39.60 lbs. We fished out in

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Final Top 10 Championship TournamenT Winners:

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tournament. They would like to thank Ranger, Yamaha, Nichols Marine, Lews Reels, 13 Rods, Seaguar and Lowrance. Lee Yowell and Brian Schott doubled their winnings to a $2,500 payday being the highest finishers in a qualified Skeeter boat. Everyone at Bass Champs would like to thank each and every one of you who came out and fished with us this year, stated Chad Potts, President of Bass Champs. We are proud to have paid out well over 2 million dollars to our participants in 2012, and it just keeps getting better. There are some exciting changes coming for you in the 2013 season that will be announced at the conclusion of all four championships. We would like to say good luck to all of the championship qualifiers heading to the remainder of the 2012 championship events! A full 2013 Bass Champs schedule is now available online at www.basschamps.com All pictures taken at this event are available online at www.thelakecaster.com
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Changes in Fishing Regulations effective September 1, 2012


Texas Parks & Wildlife has made a few adjustments to fishing regulations for the 2012-2013 season, running September 1, 2012 thru August 31, 2013. Trotliners: There is still a 100 hook limit per person. That can be all on one trotline or split between several, but no more than 100 hooks per angler. Each trotline must be properly tagged and dated. Previous regulations stated that tags were good for 30 days. This has now changed, and tags are now only valid for 10 day periods. Throw lines and freshwater minnow traps will be added to the list of devices that require gear tags. Throw lines, Noodles and Jug lines all have to be properly tagged and dated. Again, tags are only valid for 10 day periods. How to properly tag devices: A Gear Tag is a tag constructed of material as durable as the device to which it is attached. The gear tag must be legible, contain the name and address of the person using the device and the date the device was set out. For juglines and freshwater trotlines, properly marked buoys or floats qualify as valid gear tags. For persons fishing from a dock, pier, jetty or other man-made structure in a state park, the only allowable fishing method is pole and line. On these structures, a person may use no more than two poles at once. Previous to September 1, there was no limit to the number of poles a person could use at once. Texas Parks & Wildlife encourages everyone to go out and enjoy all that the outdoors has to offer. Continuous efforts are being made to make every fishing, hunting, or any other outdoor experience fun and memorable for everyone. For more information pick up a hunting & fishing manual, provided free at many outlets from TP&W or visit their website www.tpwd.state.tx.us

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Fall Fish Sampling Upcoming on Area Lakes


By Todd Driscoll (Texas Parks and Wildlife)

The Inland Fisheries Division of Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD) in Brookeland is responsible for managing the fish populations of approximately 30 public waterbodies in a 15 county area. These lakes are diverse and range from 1-acre city ponds to 185,000 acre Toledo Bend Reservoir. Most of these lakes are sampled at least once every 4 years and the majority of those greater than 500 acres are sampled every year. Fish population assessment techniques utilized by TPWD include electrofishing, trap netting, gill netting, and angler creel surveys. Gill netting is conducted during the winter and spring, while creel surveys are a year-round activity. As fall arrives, a majority of TPW time is allocated towards electrofishing and trap netting. Both electrofishing and trap netting take advantage of the cooler water temperatures associated with the fall season when fish frequent shallow water areas and are active for greater periods during the day. I am sure many anglers can relate to this, as the fall fishing season provides some of the best shallow water action of the year. Increased accessibility in shallow water enable biologists to maximize the amount of information obtained about the fishery, as many fish are collected in a short amount of time.

In addition, cooler water temperatures reduce the handling stress associated with sampling. Biologists use electrofishing to collect fish that occupy shallow water during the fall, such as largemouth bass, sunfish, and baitfish (primarily gizzard and threadfin shad). Electrofishing is conducted with a boat-mounted generator and pulsator (shock box). The shock box allows the biologist to control the amount of volts and amperes of electricity produced. The electricity is transferred to the water by fiberglass booms that extend 7-8 feet ahead of the boat. The area actually sampled with electricity varies from lake to lake due to changing water conductivity, but is relatively small (approximately 10 feet wide and 5 feet deep). Two people on the front deck dipnet stunned fish and place them in a livewell. A widely believed misconception is that electrofishing kills fish, injures them, or prevents them from reproducing. However, if used wisely and properly (i.e., appropriate volt-amperage range), scientific studies have shown that electrofishing is a safe, effective way to collect fish and their health is not affected. Trap netting targets cover-oriented fish (in our area, primarily crappie). Trap nets are placed close to shore. Each net consists of

a 4-ft by 60-ft leader attached to a 3-ft by 5-ft frame. Fish mistake the trap net for cover. Fish come in contact with the leader, follow it to the frame, enter the frame through a throat or slit, and become entrapped. These nets are set in the evening and are retrieved the following morning. From both electrofishing and trap netting, required information (e.g., lengths, weights, tissue samples) is obtained and most fish are released. In order to estimate growth, a few fish are sacrificed and otoliths (ear bones) are extracted. Biologists use this information to assess reproduction, relative abundance, genetic composition, recruitment, growth, and survival rates of targeted species; this knowledge is compared with data from previous years. Detailed reports are written and current fish stockings and regulations (length limits and bag limits) are evaluated. If necessary, changes are made to improve the quality of the fishery resource. Contact us with questions or concerns about area fisheries by phone (409-698-9114) or email (todd.driscoll@tpwd.state.tx.us). Good luck and good fishing!

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5th Annual oledo Bend Oilmen tournament a great success for everyone
By Patty Lenderman

Constistency kept James Benedict & Bart Blakelock on top of the pack both days of the tournament, bringing in back to back 17 pound stringers to win with 35.22 lbs The Toledo Bend Oilmen hit Cypress Bend September 21-22 finding big fish, giant sacks, great fellowship and all for a great cause. Each of the Oilmen organizations give to a particular group in need, and the Toledo Bend Oilmen help out the Deep East Texas Boys and Girls Club. It is an annual event where men and women in the oilfield industry is welcome to fish whether they are retired or still actively working. While there are other Oilmen tournaments, the Toledo Bend Oilmen have been running for the past five years. The Boys and Girls Club is not the only beneficiary. We enjoy showing our community support in every way we can, explained Director Mike Roper. Every year we ask members of one of the area high schools to come help run fish from the weigh in scales to the release barge, and in exchange we make a donation to their school. This year the girls cross country team from Converse High School were on deck to help get the fish released back into Toledo Bend. We have a lot of wonderful sponsors that helped with every aspect of putting on this event. Food, stages, computers, tables, chairs, prizes everyone pitches in. Without them and the fishermen that come to compete and have some fun, this organization would not exist. We appreciate each and every one of them. 150 two man teams trailered to various boat launches on Toledo Bend in the hunt for their prey. On day 1 several nice limits of bass

This is what a stringer weighing just shy of 30 pounds looks like! Howard Hartley and Ryan Robichaux hit pay dirt when time was almost out on day two. They caught the biggest one day stringer of the tournament launching them through the standings to a 2nd place overall finish! were brought in, one of them anchored by a 10.13 lb kicker. Just over a pound separated the top five leaders. Day 1 Top five leaders: 17.72 lbs James Benedict, Torvert LA Steve Kent Trucking Bart Blakelock, Lake Charles LA Steve Kent Trucking 17.64 lbs Brian Carpenter, Orange TX - Sunoco Logistics Charles Green, Vidor TX Sunoco Logistics 16.55 lbs Chuck Briley, Lafayette LA Dufrene Pipe Bill Daigle, Lafayette LA Magnolia Energy 16.51 lbs Jarrod Primeaux, Caplan LA Apache Kenneth Primeaux, Abbeville LA Apache 16.40 lbs Terry Andrews, Jena LA Marathon Oil Co. Richard Andrews, Olla LA Apache Big Bass 10.13 lbs Brian Carpenter, Orange TX Sunoco Logistics Final day a huge sack was heaved to the scales tallying 29.14 lbs, caught by the team of Howard Hartley and Ryan Robichaux. This surged them into the lead with a two day total of 34.40 lbs. It was tough the first day. We just couldnt find them. They had only 6.49 lbs on day 1. We switched up and tried all new areas

Brian Carpenter caught the biggest bass of the tournament on day one, weighing in at 10.13 lbs fishing with partner Charles Green. (the last day). In the mornings, we fished shallow water, but never could find the right bite. The clock was ticking on them, and they knew they would have to find something quick. At noon they only had one fish in the livewell. We headed north, and knew we were going to have to hit a home run. They were banking on a ridge to have their fish. This ridge dropped from 17 to 30. We used football jigs at the top of the ridge. Thats when they got into the fish they were looking for. Between 12:30-1:30 they loaded up with a sack weighing nearly 30 pounds, anchored by a 6.49 lb kicker. The leaders from day one, James Benedict and Bart Blakelock, arrived with their final catch weighing 17 lbs even. The first day we started out in a little drain, using rattle traps, square billed crank baits and jerk baits. Later in the day we moved out to deep ledges with football head jigs and Texas rigs. That plan put them in the lead on day one so they stuck with their pattern. So many times, consistency is key Blakelock stated. The fish werent biting as well the second day. At 12:30 we only had three keepers in the boat. They decided to go to a deep ledge. We got five bites in that spot and caught two of them. Their two day total was 35.22 lbs, just enough to nose ahead in the standings to win the tournament. The top 30 teams for each days standings received checks, as well as the top 30 overall. Five big bass places were paid each day and overall as well, all totaling $28,800.

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The 10.13 lb bass Brian Carpenter caught on the first day held as the biggest bass of the tournament. It was tough! The first day (Charles Green) and I started out on humps and ridges. Having nothing at 9am, they made a move. When the sun got up it warmed the grass, and the fish went tight to it. Using jigs and hawg craws, they wrapped up a limit by 10:30. I caught the big one at 1:00. They had 17.64 lbs the first day, nipping at the heels of the leaders. They went back to the same area the final day but only put 11.54 lbs in the boat to add to their final weight. We had a few on that just came unbuttoned. They sure wouldve helped! There was plenty of food cooked up fresh for everyone to enjoy, and many teams won nice door prizes before the final checks were handed out. The most important part though was the gift to the Deep East Texas Boys & Girls Club. The Toledo Bend Oilmen were proud to give a $5,000 check to the Boys and Girls Club. These funds greatly help the organization continue to help kids in need in the community.

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Fishing Forecast
October 2012 has arrived with some cooler weather. For some folks its hunting season and less folks fishing. To others its fall fishing, or a chance to enjoy the cooler days on the lake. Autumn will be starting its show around the area and the trees will begin dressing in beautiful colors. Lynn Atkinson Dont let this time of year slip by, get cell 979-220-0251 out and do some fishing. This is the Reel Um N Guide time of year that the beauty of Sam Service, Rayburn is magnified by the cool www.rayburncountry.com crisp air. Spend a day in the shadow of an eagles nest or watch one soar overhead. Fish alongside mallards, cormorants, coots, pelicans and other migratory birds that call Rayburn home during the fall & winter. The lake is in great shape going into fall. You should find the water level around 4 ft low if we continue to get a little rain. The Hydrilla has made a comeback in the pockets and everything is looking great for awesome fishing this fall. We found some grass that was sitting in 12 ft of water and that is a good sign for big fish. The top water bite had just started getting a little action. The first front came through in September and things should get better as it cools down even more. Top water offers terrific action and can be nerve shattering as the bait is exploded on and the fight begins. The Stanley Ribbit Frogs pulled over the top of the grass and pads can end up with a big Bass trying to take the bait away from you. Look for these fish to move up into the pockets to fatten up for the winter. The main prey will be shad and perch so look for those colors in your baits. Covering a lot of water this time of year can be done with Stanley Spinner baits or a Crankbait. The ledges and creek channels will be holding some fish and working them with the Carolina and Texas rigs will catch a few. There will be some big fish caught thru the fall and into the spring. Remember fishing never comes to a stop here on Big Sam. Its just time to look for a Trophy Bass. Whats the Sharelunker Program? Well its a program that has been in operation since 1986 and there have been more than 450 lunker bass donated. All of this is to improve the quality of the fish thru superior genetics from the Sharelunker bass that are donated. The hope is that Texas will produce the next world record largemouth bass. Entries are accepted October 1 through April 30. The program is limited to largemouth bass weighing 13 pounds or more and they have to be caught here in Texas. The TPWD toll-free, 24-hour pager is 1-888-784-0600 or (903) 681-0550. Check the website for all the benefits of donating your lunker to the program. Sam Rayburn Reservoir Official Weigh and Holding Station for the program is: Jackson Hill Park Marina 1705 FM 2851 Broaddus, Texas 75929 (936) 872-9266 The Crappie will be holding to the brush piles before moving to the bridges and then up the river for the winter. Well be following their movement up the river in hopes of filling the ice chest. We have room for 8 anglers on the pontoon and will be glad to help you catch some of the tasty little critters. Just a few words about tackle stores in the area that have new locations. Tri Lakes Tackle has moved a little farther south to 4106 S. Hwy 69. Bass Strike Tackle has moved to downtown Zavalla on Main Street in their New Building. Both of these stores would be glad to help you anyway they can. I know they have supported my fishing habit for some time. I thank you. Well I hope this helps you out some. Good Luck. God Bless

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Fall is here and we have had a few cool fronts. The lake is not as crowded with the hunters now in the wood. Its a good time to fish. Bass: If you have not noticed the bass fishing is getting better. The water is getting cooler and the baitfish are moving in shallow. This is the time of year it dose not matter how you fish. Bass are being caught early on top. Some lures that are working are yellow magic, spooks, buzzbaits and flukes. For the power fisherman fish are being caught on lipless crankbaits and regular crankbaits in the 4-8 ft. of water. For the fisherman who wants to fish a littler slower, the wacky worm and Texas rig worms are working well. You can fish these worms of secondary points where you can find some grass. Crappie: Are doing well on brush using minnows and jigs. The cooler weather has brought them back to life also. Catfish: Have been doing well on noodles fished with live perch. Also trotlines are producing well. Mike and I hope everyone enjoys the outdoors. If we can help you with any of your outdoor needs from hunting to fishing let us know.

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Last cull made the call for Sobczak & Garrie at BL /BnB Championship on Rayburn
By Patty Lenderman

Championship qualifiers for both the Bass N Bucks and Bud Light Trail hit Sam Rayburn September 15-16, 2012 in a combined championship vying for a loaded Legend Alpha 191 bass boat powered by a 200 HP Mercury Optimax motor. Cumulative weights over the course of two days would determine the overall winners. While there were a lot of shifts in the final standings, Casey Sobczak and Jonathan Garrie stayed on top of the pack both days to win with a combined weight of 40.08 lbs. Parker Lumber of Jasper, TX kicked off the championship weekend Friday night at the Umphrey Family Pavilion. They cooked up a great complimentary championship dinner on the BBQ pit for all in attendance. Announcements were made, rules were reviewed, and everyone was ready to head out the next morning to their chosen launch sites and bring their catch back to the Umphrey Family Pavilion to be tallied. Coming in a little early the first day were Casey Sobczak and Jonathan Garrie. Their creel weighed in at 26.31 lbs that included a solid 8.74 lb kicker. We had a steady bite all day, Casey explained. We would catch about one fish every hour or so. The ones they caught were quality fish, so they decided to hold with what they had and save some for the next day. The top five teams all had weights over 20 pounds, but Sobczak

26.31 lbs 24.38 lbs 21.77 lbs 20.98 lbs 20.03 lbs

Top Five Teams day 1: Casey Sobczak & Jonathan Garrie Don Whisenhunt & Bruce Taylor Mark Price & Martin Elshout Jason Bonds & Todd Castledine Michael & Lance Lowery

and Garries weight held as top weight at the end of day one. Their kicker however was bested for the Big Bass category by Corbett Ross and Malcolm Williams with their 9.45 lb kicker. The Tackle Monkey brought to the championship an offer for every single team that weighed in the first day. Whatever their weight was they could get that same percentage discount off of their purchase at the Tackle Monkey. The day one weigh in was just wrapping up as thunder loomed in the distance. Hometown Tackle and Marine from Center, Texas brought the grand prize Legend boat to the pavilion for the participants and spectators to see, and for the winners to be awarded. Patrick Cascio & Ray Lassiegne were the first to take the overall lead on day two, bringing in 16.61 lbs to add to their first day weight of 13.39 lbs. That gave them an even 30 pounds for a two day total but that weight was destined to be beaten by fifteen other teams. Mark Price and Martin Elshout tickled the 40 pound mark bringing in a 17.94 lb sack for a total weight of 39.71 lbs. They were sitting in third place coming into day two, and had surged into the lead. It was short lived as the day one leaders brought in their final catch. Casey Sobczak and Jonathan Garrie brought in a mere 14.49 lbs to finish their two day total weight at 40.80 lbs and won the tournament. We used 6th Sense 300DD crank baits in both main lake areas and in creeks, the team explained. The trick was downsizing the line. They didnt get near as many bites the second day. We only caught six keepers all day. It was tough. We hit a lot of stumps, structure and brush. We thought we had lost it. It was their sixth keeper, that one cull, that pulled out a win for them. We exchanged a 1 pounder for one over 5. It all came together for Jason Wells and Vic Cooper came up from 8th place on day one to win 3rd place overall. They also won Anglers of the Year in the Bass N Bucks Rayburn Summer Series - for the second year in a row!

Jonathan Garrie and Casey Sobczak hold up the best of their final limit that kept them in 1st place to win the Championship them to win the Legend Alpha 191 powered by a 200 HP Mercury Optimax, equipped with two Lowrance depth finders, Motorguide trolling motor, all situated on a Tandem Axle EZLoader Trailer. Their day one kicker also held for 2nd place Big Bass and they were presented with a $100 gift card from V&M baits. We would like to give a big thanks to Hometown Tackle & Marine. We had some boat issues and they worked extremely hard to make sure we were able to get our boat for the tournament. They would also like to thank 6th Sense Lures, Costa Del Mar and Custom Angle Rods. Martin Elshout and Mark Price described their weekend on the Corbett Ross caught the biggest bass over the course of two days, bringing this 9.45 pounder in on day one of the tournament and winning Big Bass.

Mark Price and Martin Elshout had a nearly perfect weekend, taking 2nd place overall with a two day total of 39.71 lbs

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lake as almost perfect. They started out Saturday using Yellow Magic topwater baits. We had 21 pounds in the boat that first hour. When that bite quit, we switched to Texas rigs and culled by ounces three times. The second day they went right back to the same spot. We probably caught about 20 keepers, but nothing over two pounds. They decided to make a move to a shallow, grassy area with willow trees. We started throwing the Yellow Magics again, and caught two big ones in three or four casts. They got another good bite, but that is where the almost comes into play. We had a big one on. She just jumped and came un-buttoned. In spite of that, they won 2nd place overall with a two day total of 39.71 lbs and was awarded $2,400. They would like to thank Ranger, Mercury, Motor Guide, Kistler rods and Ludwig Brothers Marine. Jason Wells and Vic Cooper made a big move from their 8th place standings on day one to win 3rd place overall. They brought in a strong 18.50 lb sack the first day, then topped it off with a 20.28 lb limit on Sunday for a 38.78 lb total. We got a pretty quick limit Saturday, had about 15 pounds in the boat by 7:30. They were fishing main lake ridges 8-12 deep with Bomber Fat Free Shad crank baits. Once the bite quit in that spot, we moved several times throughout the day to similar areas and were able to cull several times. On Sunday, they went to all new areas. The bite was really slow. It took until 10am to get five fish in the livewell. We kept looking for areas similar to the ones we had fished Saturday, then discovered they had backed out into a little deeper water, 9-15 deep. Once they made that change, their quality bites were on the end of their lines. They won $1,400 for their 3rd place finish and would like to thank Shelby Savings Bank, AFI Unlimited, Town & Country Marine and Lews. The 9.45 lbr that Corbett Ross and Malcolm Williams brought in on day one held for Big Bass honors. Corbett says he caught that fish at a creek bend with a crank bait in about 15 of water in the morning. She made a jump, and we got real nervous we were going to lose her! For that catch he was awarded a check for $1,000 and would like to thank Pro Gator Boats and Evinrude. The top 18 teams received checks and 19th 21st places were awarded sponsor products. Bass N Bucks Anglers of the Year were presented their plaques for their accomplishments to achieve this honor during the 2012 season. Spring Rayburn Series Shelby Shaw and Lance Hughes Spring Toledo Series Scooter Clark & Ryan Pinkston Summer Rayburn Series Jason Wells & Vic Cooper Summer Toledo Series Scooter Clark & Ryan Pinkston Part of the reward for their achievements is waiver of entry fees for the series they won the honor in. Congratulations to them! There are THREE more championship events that Bass N Bucks anglers can participate in for BIG money and a Legend boat!

(L-R) Phillip Crelia of Hometown Tackle and Marine along with Bryan Davis (far right) present the Legend Alpha 191 grand prize to the championship winners Jonathan Garrie and Casey Sobczak

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Casey Sobczak & Jonathan Garrie Mark Price & Martin Elshout Jason Wells & Vic Cooper Jason Bonds & Todd Castledine Jeff & Tyler Fisher Ronald Risenhoover & Charles Ford Clayton Boulware & Chris McCall Michael & Lance Lowery Lou Caycedo & Billy Smith Don Whisenhunt & Bruce Taylor

Those who finish in the top 50% in any of the five region championships is eligible to fish the Grand Championship on Lake Texoma November 10-11. There will be TWO Legend boats as top prizes in this big championship event. To see a list of qualifiers and final tournament results, visit www.BassNBucks.com or www.budlighttrail.com. The staff and crew for the Bud Light and Bass N Bucks Trails would like to thank everyone who came out and fished in their circuits this year. We are continuing to strive to make this a fun, rewarding circuit for everyone. We would also like to thank everyone who gave us your input letting us know what youd like to see in a bass circuit so we can continue to make this your circuit to fish. We have some exciting announcements to make for the 2013 season that will include expansion to another region to include Lake Fork! We will post it all on our websites and encourage you to sign up for our free newsletter so we can keep you up to date on everything. Our 2013 schedules are available online and if you have any questions wed love to hear from you. We would like to thank all of our great sponsors and encourage you to support them, as they provide cash and prizes at every tournament for our participants. They continue to provide top notch products that help with your success on the water. All pictures taken at this event are available online at www.thelakecaster.com

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By Jasper Master Gardeners

Any way you slice em, 1015 (ten-fifteen) onions are sweet money for Texas farmers, and East Texas boasts some of the best soil for growing them. Onions are Texas leading vegetable crop, a $100 million dollar industry. The 1015 onion was developed by Dr. Leonard Pike, a horticulture professor at Texas A & M and is named for the optimum planting date: October 15. All of the famous sweet onionsVidalia, Maui, Walla Walla and Noondayare hybrids descended from yellow granex onions brought to Texas from Bermuda in 1898. Over the years, scientists have crossbred varieties to produce larger, sweeter onions that mature earlier and are more pest resistant. You can plant onions from seeds or sets (seedlings sold in bundles) now through November 15. In the garden, onions should be raised in rows raked at least 4 inches high for good drainage, and up to 20 inches wide. Beth Pickle says remember onions are heavy feeders and need a high nitrogen fertilizer such as 16-6-12 or ammonium sulfate. Fertilizer should be applied at one cup per 20 feet of row every two to three weeks.

Every blade of top growth is a ring in your onion, so you want to promote a lot of top growth to start with, Pickle says. Hugh Pickle says keep in mind that the fertilizer advice is based on whether its raining or you are watering. If you applied fertilizer two weeks ago and the rows havent had a good soaking, that fertilizer is still just sitting on top and you can burn young plants by applying too much fertilizer. Continue to fertilize until the onion bulb begins to swell in March and then switch to triple 13 fertilizer. Hugh Pickle says its a myth that you have to pull dirt away from the swelling onion bulb. What triggers an onion to swell is when days start to get longer; with onions, its not about temperature or soil cover, its about hours of daylight. The onions are edible at any stage of development. Ideally, you will thin the onions to at least 3 inches apart in February, but the onions you pull can be added as green onions (tops and all) to salads or used for cooking. The closer to harvest (usually May) the more water the onion will require. Onions are ready to harvest when the tops fall over. Pull them, trim the

roots and top, and store them in a cool dry place with good air circulation. Hugh Pickle says he stored his onions on a screen rack he built on the shady north side of his carport. Dont have them touching and only one layer thick, he advises. The high sugar content and amount of water make 1015s especially susceptible to rot. Beth says the fatter the stem end, the shorter time you can store the onion, so use those with thickest stems first because they wont keep as long. Marvin Guidry says he grows his Noonday onions in containers with pure compost. Strictly speaking, you cant call it a Noonday onion unless it is grown within 10 miles of the town of Noonday, Texas. Like Vidalia, Georgia, they claim their soil imparts that special sweetness to the onion. Guidry starts with containers made from 55-gal. drums cut in half, several holes drilled in the bottom for drainage. He fills them with compost from the place in Pineland. Marvin plants sets, 15 onions per container. Because hes starting with rich compost, he

recommends triple 13 fertilizer, 1/4 cup per container, and he only fertilizes twice during the growing season. The Vidalia onion, famous worldwide, claims the soil and temperature in South Georgia makes theirs the sweetest onions. Like Noonday they first claimed the onions must be grown within a 10 mile radius of Vidalia. When they could not keep up with demand, they expanded it to anywhere in Toombs County, and then to any county that bordered Toombs County, and now the Georgia Dept. of Agriculture allows 20 counties in Georgia to claim they grow Vidalia onions. Most of the sets, however, get their start in Texas and are transplanted to Georgia fields. During Vidalias Onion Fest, local growers share their recipe for the only official version Vidalia Onion Rings: 1 cup flour, 1 cup beer, stir well and allow to set 3 to 5 hours. Cut onion slices 1/2 inch thick, pop out rings, dip and deep fat fry until golden crisp. pictures: onion rings from The Stump Restaurant at Lake Sam Rayburn Container grown onions from Marvin Guidry. Thick stems mean these onions should be used soonest.

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TOLEDO BEND LAKE FISHING REPORT


Lake level information updated daily at www.TheLakecaster.com Lake Level as of 9/26/12 (168.41) Normal pool level (172.00') For lake level updates and generation schedules, call 318-256-4114.

Greg Crafts, Toledo Bend Guide Service & Lake Cottages www.toledobendguide.com gregcrafts@yahoo.com 936.368.7151 Note: If you plan temperature is starting to fall, and the fish know crank bait, Rattle Trap and top water plug handy if on storing your boat its time to start bulking up in preparation for the the bass start schooling. On the north end of the lake, October is when for the winter season, coming of winter. October is a great time to be make sure you top off fishing on the Bend. The weather is usually very the Crappie start moving to the ledges of the old river channel. Shiners and jigs fished from 15 to your gas tank, add fuel pleasant and the vista of the lake is magnificent. The bass will be following the bait- fish and 30ft of water over planted brush tops are the key stabilizer and ethanol treatment. Otherwise, the bait-fish will be migrating to the backs of the to catching a boat- load of Crappie. As the water you may be in for some coves and shallow flats. Top water plugs, buzz temperature continues to drop, the Crappie will costly repairs come Spring. The ethanol being put in baits, shallow diving cranks, Rat-L- Traps, blades, move into deeper water, 25 to 50ft, and jigs usually our gasoline is playing havoc on our outboards from soft plastics, jigs, deep diving cranks, tail spinners, will be more productive. The White Bass will be migrating to the northclogged gas lines to replacing expensive fuel pumps. spoons and even grubs will be effective this time of Were heading into my favorite fishing season of the year. Locate the bait- fish and you will locate the end of the lake and holding on the river channel year and being able to fish almost every day on one of bass. Shallow flats close to deep water off the river sand bars in 15 to 25ft of water. Slab spoons and tail the finest fishing impoundments in the world, makes channel are also good areas to catch schooling spinners are the ticket. Keep a shallow diving crank me one of the luckiest fishermen around. As they say, bass. Work the ledges and drops of the old river bait, trap and top water plug handy when schooling. channel and creeks with jigs, plastics, crank baits, its a tough job but somebody has to do it! The days are getting shorter, the water tail spinners and spoons and keep a shallow diving

Toledo Bend North End Forecast

Mid Lake and South End


Darrell Lyons DWs Guide Service for Rayburn & Toledo 409-787-3664 dwlguide@yahoo.com www.toledo-bend.net/guide Bass ~ Good. Start a Strike King 5XD series crankbait in sexy shad or fluoro carbon. For the Alabama rig guys TFO has a 7 early with a Strike chartreuse sexy shad color or a 5/8 oz. football head 11 extra heavy. Crappie ~ Excellent. On minnows over brush, also King black buzz bait jig rigged with a green pumpkin twin tail grub. Night fished around grass fishing is still excellent on Texas rigged Old Monster will hit jigs in Texas avocado color. Catfish ~ Excellent! Over baited holes along river or lily pads in 3 - 8 worms in blue bruzer color. For best results fish your ft. of water. As the day buzzbait on a 7 3 medium TFO rod with 40# Fins in 20 - 32 ft. of water on Catfish Charlie and CJS warms up, move into windtamer braid. For jigs go to the TFO 7 3 heavy punch bait in crawfish. creek channels with 16 - 28 ft. of water and throw action Tactical Series paired with a 20 lb. Hi-Seas

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By Pro Guide Joe Joslin, 30 Years Experience on Toledo Bend Joejoslinoutdoors@yahoo.com 337-463-3838 409-565-1288 Hello, anglers. The fall season is here and I could not be happier. The early mornings have been so very pleasant as cool fronts just make things better. How are cooler temps impacted fishing? Check out our comments in Bass Report below. Lake level has been stable for the past 2-3 months and without a tropical storm or stalled cold front water conditions should remain such. South Toledo is very clear with visibility 6 to 10 feet with the exceptions in the back 1/3 of creeks and water temps continue to slide to mid 70s and into mid 60s by late Oct. BASS REPORT: We had some great days last month with some days catching 30-50 fish. The biggest change in bass patterns since September has been more bass in less water as a good number of bass are moving shallow. Also, bass are really relating to points both on the main lake as well as in major and minor drains(creeks). In addition, large numbers of shad(baitfish) are moving up creeks and ditches and the bass are tagging along for a free meal. The bass on Toledo are so very healthy and well-fed as there is no shortage of food for them. Spinnerbaits (Stanleys and 3/8 oz. Vibra-Wedge) with double willow blades w/skirts in white/white/ chartreuse are getting it done. Also, one of the new colors, LSU some days is awesome. Spinnerbaits have been productive on windy points with grass as well as in creeks/drains where grass grows close to the deeper water. Work the spinnerbait along the edge of the grass while keeping boat in deep water. Other bass-catching patterns have been working a Texas rig on the outside edge of the grass on points as well as along creeks. Texas-rigged soft plastics for us this week have included Berkley Havocs Bottom Hopper and Rocket Craw (new), Berkley Power Worms and Trick Worms. Best colors for us in Havoc series are Shady Watermelon Candy and watermelon. Other producing soft plastic colors are w.m. purple flake, red bug and candy bug. Topwater patterns are also good with Yellow Magic, Pro Pop (Norman) Pop R and Chug all catching bass with shad-colored baits best. We are working topwater baits mainly early morning on outside edge of the grass. The deeper the water close to the grass, the bigger the bass. Schooling activity has been good recently as well as topwater lures, weightless soft plastics and small spoons all catching schoolies. Drop shot patterns also continue to catch bass. CRAPPIE/YELLOW BASS/WHITE BASS: Crappie moved somewhat more shallow with reports fishing in 12 to 18 ft. on brushed docks and under bridges. Live shiners and black-firetail jigs early and bluewhite tail later in the day. Yellow bass are in the back 1/3 of major creeks as are white bass and are hitting Bill Lewis Rat-L-Traps, small crankbaits and spoons. AUTHOR INFO: Joe Joslin is a syndicated outdoor columnist, tournament angler and pro guide on Toledo and Sam Rayburn. Contact him at 337-463-3848 or joejoslinoutdoors@yahoo.com. and WEBSITE www.joejoslinoutdoors.com

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Millender and Burch take home Bassmaster Weekend Series-Southeast exas Championship titles with big catches
By JODIE WARNER

Randy Millender took first place with a total of 39.18 lbs over the two days, but really wowed the crowd on day one with a big bass weighing in at 8.61 lbs! Co-Angler Michael Burch had a tough second day, but his first day finished out with over 11 pounds and the little over four pounds he brought in on day two secured the win in his division. He also had the biggest fish in the co-angler division with 6.97 lbs. and a Texas rig and then today [Day Two] I got on some fish about 25 feet deep in timbers. Thats kind of what I stayed with most of the day. Today [Day Two], I went right back to that same spot where I caught a big one yesterday and caught three more nice ones at about 8 a.m. Millender hints, The main thing is youre using a lighter line[like a] bi-carbon line, [since] the biting is kind of tough, theyre just not wanting to eat. He is sponsored by Falcon Rods and Ranger Boats. Coming in second in the boater division is Ron Risenhoover, of Lufkin, with a total weight of 27.80 lbs. On the first day he weighed in 12.29 lbs and on day two brought 14.51 lbs to the scales which landed him a solid second, $2,353, and a sixth place finish in points. Risenhoover comments, I fished up north with

Chris Nequent accepts his plaque and check of $1,173 for his second place finish on the Co-Angler side Texas rigged Bass Kandi 7.5 Sweet Stick straight tailed worms in a redbug color. He also found some of his catch on a Bass Kandi prototype 6 swimbait. Yesterday was a little bit better, today I lost two big ones, they just werent hardly biting and I only had four fish. The fishing was really slow today. Yesterday was easier, I think I culled two or three times. He is sponsored by Bass Kandi, Daichi Hooks, Tackle Monkey, Castaway Rods, Interstate Batteries and Toyota Trucks. Third place in the boater division went to Michael Dorcz of Humble, TX with 26.50 lbs for a two day total, a big comeback after landing in only fifteenth place at the end of day one with a limit of 10.59 lbs. On day two though, he brought the weight to the scales with another five fish limit of 15.91 lbs and scored a $1,867 payday. He also brought in the second biggest fish of the tournament, weighing 7.46 lbs. Dorcz said, I fished shallow water, at shallow points, and I caught a big bass out of there today [Day

Randy Millender (of Teague, TX) took home the top boater prize at the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Southeast Texas Division 10 Championship, held Sept 22-23, 2012, on Lake Sam Rayburn. Michael Burch of Broaddus, TX took home the honors of top Co-Angler, and each brought home awards for big fish as well. Millender with a 8.61 lbs big fish and Burch with a 6.97 lbs big bass, each caught on day one. Millender had a little over a five pound lead at the end of day one in the boater division with 22.81 lbs and then weighed in another 16.37 lbs on day two for a total of 39.18 lbs and a win of $5,005. He also claimed the big fish title and finished second in points for the year. Millender said, [I] didnt catch a lot of fish, [we] ran around and hit a lot of spots. We havent been over here to practice much and Saturday [Day One] I ran around and hit a lot of holes. I fished deep all the time [with] DD22, 6XT, Crankbait,

Michael Dorcz weighed in an overall 26.50 lbs and secured himself third place on the Boater side

Travis White won 3rd place in the Co-Angler division with a two day total of 14.05 lbs

Dorcz, who won third in the boater division also scored the second biggest big bass of the day weighing in at 7.46 lbs

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Two]. Other than that its been a bunch of small ones, but today I got fortunate and caught a big one and a couple of nice keepers to go with it. I caught them on a Texas rig, Flukes, Senkos, whatever you want to throw, and frogs. Yesterday was pretty slow. I probably culled a couple of pounds, but today I had a lot of small ones.

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15.80 lbs 14.08 lbs 14.05 lbs 13.14 lbs 12.63 lbs

Michael Burch Chris Nequent Travis White Sammy Strong Jay Bennett

$2,493 $1,173 $782 $548 $470

The Co-Anglers are only allowed three fish as a limit per day. In the Co-Angler division Michael Burch, of Broaddus, TX brought home the win with a two day total of five fish and 15.80 lbs. Day one was good for Burch as he was able to bring in 11.07 lbs to the scales, and day two only allowed 4.27 lbs for the angler.

However, it was enough to secure the win and earn him $2,493 and also the Co-Angler Big Bass title with his 6.97 lunker. Burch said, I fished shallow water, up in the edges of grass and whats leftover and covered up from when the lake water came up. The most productive thing I had going was a Super Fluke in Watermelon Red Magic, then I caught some on the Senko and some on the Yellow Magic Flop Boy. The first day we went out, I had two fish in the boat by 8 a.m., two keepers [anyway.] Then it shut off on the top water bites and we started fishing deeper, trying to get something to come back on and bite at all. We didnt catch any keeper fish until 12 oclock. [Then] I caught a seven pounder. Right after that we figured out they were being productive on shallow water points on the windward side. A little breeze picked up, and we started hitting the different points with the breeze going across it. Every productive point we found, the wind was blowing across the top of the water. Burch said that the second day was tougher, because everything had changed, there wasnt any wind, and no top water bites. The fluke was still productive though. I ended up catching two keeper fish and that gave me enough to hold on to the lead.

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39.18 lbs 26.80 lbs 26.50 lbs 25.88 lbs 24.97 lbs

Randy Millender Ron Risenhoover Michael Dorcz Stephen Johnston Clayton Boulware

$5,005 $2,353 $1,867 $1,098 $941

Second place in the Co-Angler division went to Chris Nequent of Buna, TX with his total six bass two day limit of 14.08 lbs and earned him $1,173. In a close third was Travis White of Hurst, TX with a total of 14.05 lbs and he took home $782 for his effort. The boater of the year was Stephen Johnston and the co-angler of year was Sammy Strong, both will be granted free entry fees for the next year. For more information on this tournament, call Porter Trimble at (318) 201-3474 or ABA at (256) 232-0406. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.

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Toyota ShareLunker Season 27 Just Around the Corner


Tournament is the ShareLunker number. Anyone legally catching a 13-pound or bigger largemouth bass from Texas waters, public or private, between October 1 and April 30 may submit the fish to the Toyota ShareLunker program. Fish will be picked up by TPWD personnel within 12 hours. For complete information and rules of the ShareLunker program, tips on caring for big bass, a list of official Toyota ShareLunker weigh and holding stations and a recap of last years season, see www.tpwd.state.tx.us/sharelunker/. The site also includes a searchable database of all fish entered into the program along with pictures where available. Information on current catches, including short videos of interviews with anglers when available, is posted on www.facebook.com/sharelunkerprogram. To receive text message notifications of ShareLunker catches as soon as they are confirmed by TPWD, text follow ShareLunker to 40404 from your mobile device. You do not need to have a Twitter account. ShareLunker entries are used in a selective breeding program at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) in Athens. Some of the offspring from these fish are stocked back into the water body from which they were caught. Other ShareLunker offspring are stocked in public waters around the state in an attempt to increase the overall size and growth rate of largemouth bass in Texas.

Courtesy of TPWD The 27th season of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Toyota ShareLunker program will begin October 1. Title sponsor Toyota has agreed to fund the angler recognition program for another three years. Anglers entering fish into the Toyota ShareLunker program receive a free replica of their fish, a certificate and ShareLunker clothing and are recognized at a banquet at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens. The person who catches the seasons largest entry will be named Angler of the Year. If the Angler of the Year is a Texas resident, that person also receives a lifetime fishing license. Prizes and funding for the banquet are provided by Toyota, which also provides a Tundra pickup truck for use in picking up and returning the majority of lunkers and their offspring. Anglers calling in ShareLunker catches this season will be speaking to the new ShareLunker program manager, Juan Martinez. Martinez is a hatchery biologist based at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) in Athens, the home

of the ShareLunker program. He has been in charge of caring for the big bass during their stay at TFFC for the past seven seasons. The numbers to call to report a ShareLunker catch remain the same. The voice number, which is answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the season, is (903) 681-0550. If poor cell phone service prevents use of the voice number, anglers can leave a phone number (including area code) at (888) 784-0600. That number is also monitored 24/7 during the season. Martinez outlined several changes to pickup procedures that will be instituted during the upcoming season. We have divided the state into regions based on the locations of our freshwater hatcheries, he said. Fish will be picked up by personnel based at the hatchery located within that region. This will often reduce the amount of time it takes to retrieve a fish. In another move designed to reduce stress on the fish, each crew picking up a fish will have a database of the passive integrated transponder (PIT) tag numbers that have been injected into

ShareLunkers. Crews picking up a lunker will use an electronic scanner to determine if a fish has been tagged. If it has, the database will allow the crew to determine on the spot if the fish is a pure Florida or an intergrade. If the fish is an intergrade and therefore not eligible to be used in the selective breeding program, it will be returned to the lake immediately. The angler will still receive all the program prizes, but the fish will be spared the trip to Athens. Fish that have not been tagged will continue to be picked up and will be held pending the results of DNA testing. Pure Floridas will be held for spawning, while intergrades will be returned to the lake as soon as possible. A featured attraction of the upcoming Toyota ShareLunker season will be the ShareLunker Club Tournament on Lake Conroe, which offers a $100,000 prize to the participant catching the largest ShareLunker entry from the lake between October 1 and October 21. You must be registered in the tournament to win. Details are at www.toyotatexasbassclassic.com. The number to call in an entry into the ShareLunker Club

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Anglers, The 409 Bass Club held their second event of the 2012 Summer Series on Toledo Bend on August 29th and September 1st. 23 anglers showed up to fish for the all cash purse. This tournament was the final night tournament of the year. Anglers that fished Wednesday faced tropical storm conditions most of the night due to Hurricane Isaacs landfall in Louisiana. Anglers that fished on Saturday night faced much more tranquil conditions under the full moon light, these conditions allowed anglers to fish anywhere the fish were biting leading to some nice stringers brought to the scales. First place went to the father and son team of Leslie and Troy Woodall. They brought in a nice 3 fish stringer tipping the scales at 13.63lbs which was anchored by Leslies 7.89lb toad, which took home top big bass honors. So close to a progressive fish, bet there were a lot of worried people when they saw that fish put in the weigh basket. Marcus Van Horn and Doug Denman ran Marcuss newly purchased Cobra Bass boat to Main Lake Points with grass In the south lake area to catch their limit weighing 11.22lbs to take second place. Their 3 fish limit was anchored by 2 fish that weighed in over 4lbs caught by Doug on back to back casts. What a way to break in that new boat. Third Place went to the father and son team of Billy and Steven Desormeaux. They brought in a 10.14lb limit to edge out Buddy and Sharon Ellis to take home third place. Most anglers reported catching their fish around the edge of grass form 6-15ft deep throwing dark colored soft plastics with the best bite coming just after dark and before sunrise. The (409) Bass Club fished their 8th event of the 2012 season on Toledo Bend out of Six Mile on September 12th and 15th. 29 anglers showed up to fish for the all cash purse. Anglers that fished on Wednesday faced a stiff east wind blowing 15mph and temperatures in the upper 80s. Anglers that fished Saturday faced much more tranquil conditions, with calm winds and partly cloudy skies. Steven Desormeaux and John Turner ran Stevens Skeeter/Yamaha bass rig to the south end of the lake flipping deep grass with 1.5oz jigs and craw worms to take home first place with 14.66lbs. Their creel was anchored by Johns 9.54lb toad that took home top big bass honors and also the progressive big bass pot that has been building all year long. Congratulations guys yall set an all time record payout with the (409) Bass Club. Second place went to the father and son team of Dylan and Lynn Griffin they hauled in a nice 3 fish limit of 9.00lbs. They reported catching their fish on topwaters and finesse worms in shallow grass. 8.73lbs was enough to give Ryan Lohr and Bruce Chapman a third place finish anchored by Bruces 4.86lb fish. They reported catching their fish on finesse worms in the grass as well. Congratulations to all of our winners. The 409 Bass Club will be back on Sam Rayburn on October 3rd and 6th. The 409 Bass club would like to thank R1 Bass, Bass Kandi and Simon Outfitters for their continuing support.

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Hello Anglers! A new bass club is starting up for 2013. We will be holding a membership rally Tuesday, October 9 and Tuesday, October 16 from 6-8pm at the deli in Brookshire Brothers in Hemphill. Annual dues are $50, and tournaments will be held the second Saturday of each month at various sites on Toledo Bend, beginning January 12 @ Harborlight Marina. Our schedule is posted on the Toledo Tournament Schedule page of The Lakecaster. As a club we will be working toward affiliation with the Texas Association of Bass Clubs (TABC). We are looking forward to meeting new friends as this new bass club comes together. For more information contact Cody Jordan @ 936-596-7737, Chad Gay @ 936-635-2977, Justin Davis @ 409-594-8076 or Terance Corley @ 936-275-7922.

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Leslie Woodall caught the biggest bass of the tournament weighing in at 7.89 lbs, anchoring a 1st place win for this father & son team.

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Dillon Harrell brings in 11.20 lbs for big sack at YFl Championship!
By Jim Brockman/Tournament Director

Cade Lipham won 1st place in the Little League division

Justin Manak won 2nd place in the Little League division

Dillon Harrell won 1st place in the Major division and also had big sack overall to win the tournament The Ignition Bass Youth Fishing League (YFL) Championship was held on Lake Sam Rayburn, Saturday, September 8th out of Sam Rayburn Marina Resort. There were 23 contestants in four Divisions competing for over $8400 in cash (Bonds) and prizes. First place in each Division received a $1000 U.S. Savings Bond, second place received a $500 Bond, and all other qualifiers received a $150 Academy Gift Card. Anglers of the Year (AOY) received a Berkley Veritas fishing rod. It was warm and very windy (15-20mph) most of the day. The wind made it very difficult for some of the anglers to hold their spots while fishing.

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Dylan Jebousek won 1st place in the Minor division

1st 3.59 lbs - $1,000 US Savings Bond Dylan Jebousek, Cypress TX 2nd 3.42 lbs - $500 US Savings Bond Cole Moore, Anacoco LA 3rd 1.98 lbs - $150 Academy Gift Card Jacob Compton, Magnolia TX 4th 1.76 lbs - $150 Academy Gift Card Hunter Martindale, Jasper TX 5th 0.00 lbs - $150 Academy Gift Card Hunter Nash, Leesville LA 6th 0.00 lbs - $150 Academy Gift Card Cauy Overton, Conroe TX
Mason Hoffpauir won 1st place in the All-Stars division

liTTle league (6-9)

1st - 1.67 lbs - $1,000 US Savings Bond -Cade Lipham, Conroe TX 2nd - 0.93 lbs - $500 US Savings Bond Justin Manak, Richmond TX 3rd 0.00 lbs - $150 Academy Gift Card Johnny Hudson, Conroe TX 4th 0.00 lbs - $150 Academy Gift Card Michael Cooke, Spring TX

Dustin Moreno won 2nd place in the All-Stars division

Cole Moore won 2nd place in the Minor division

Cole Jones won 2nd place in the Major division

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Dillon Harrell won Big Bass honors with his nice 5.54 pounder!

Cade Lipham won AOY in the Little League division

Cole Moore is AOY in the Minor division

Dillon Harrell won AOY in the Major division

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MINOR LEAGUE (10-12) NO. FISH 3 2 1 1 0 0

MAJOR LEAGUE (13-15) NO. FISH 4 5 5 3 1 2 2 2 2 0 ALL-STARS (16-18) NO. FISH 4 1 0

Mason Hoffpauir won AOY in the All-Stars division

Top anglers in the YFL 2012 Championship

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How to preserve your trophy


By Michelle Webb

By now youve probably bought a couple of the latest gadgets, filled feeders, planted food plots, hung stands, cleared shooting lanes, made sure all of your stuff was scent-free in anticipation of finally getting a chance at the big one. Youve gone over and over your lists and you are sure you have overlooked nothing before opening day, or have you? What happens when you finally do have all your hard work come to fruition? Youre so excited you want to show the world. You take tons of pictures to preserve the moment and drive all around town sharing your excitement. Usually the first question you are asked is, Are you going to have that mounted? In most instances the answer is yes or something really close to that. Although many of us are taught how to prepare our game when we learn to hunt, rarely are we taught how to first preserve our trophy for a taxidermist so that they can capture the memory of the hunt forever. It is a good idea to add checking into a taxidermist to your to-do list. You can either visit someones shop to see their work or ask someone you know for good references. You can also contact a taxidermist to come up with a plan ahead of time for when you do make your harvest. This way they can give you specifics on how you need to preserve it. The following are some pretty basic ways of prepping your deer or other large game animals for a shoulder mount. First wipe off all blood and other fluids off the hair or fur. Bacteria is NOT your friend and anything you can do ahead to preserve your animals hide is paramount. Next you want to make an incision around the belly (see picture). It is fine to go ahead and field dress your game, but do NOT cut up into the brisket area. You will make your incision all the way around the belly of the animal a couple of inches behind the front legs. Always cut from the inside of the skin side and not the hair side. Now cut the hide around both front elbows. You dont have to worry about cutting from the inside here, this is just to ensure that you have plenty of hide for your mount. Better to have too much than not enough! Next, cut from the underside of the elbow straight down to the belly incision. Carefully skin your specimen working the skin down around to the head. Try to be careful and not make any unnecessary holes.

Skin all the way up to the base of the skull and then cut the neck, leaving about 4 inches of the neck behind the skull. This allows for better measurements and making your animal true to what it was. Now for those of you who want to cape out your own game, there are some further instructions for you. Instead of stopping at the base of the skull, you will continue skinning until you are at the base of the ears. You want to cut the ear butts as close to the skull as possible. Sometimes it is necessary to flip the hide back over just to check where you are before making that cut. Once you have confirmed you are in the right place, cut the ear butts loose from the skull. With the ear butts now loose it will be easier for you to now make your Y-incision (see picture). Being very mindful of your fingers, use your knife to puncture the hide from the inside or skin side of the center of the back of the neck between the ears. Now that you have your cut started you can finish from the outside or hair side. Holding the hide taut and using your knife, cut the skin side down about 3-4 inches from your initial puncture. Now still with your knife cutting from the inside take your incision up to the middle of the back of each antler bur. Now comes the tricky part, cutting around the burs. Most people have a tendency to put their knife on the outside and just go to cutting. This results in loss of hair and a natural look to your mount. Take your knife and with it inside next to the bur, rock it gently cutting up towards the bur releasing the hide. This is thicker than just normal skin tissue. Just be careful and go slow. Once you have released one bur, move to the next in the same fashion. Once both burs have been released you can now finish skinning out the head. Skin the rest of the head out cutting as close to the skull as possible. Whether you skinned your animal up to the neck or decided to cape it out, when you are done fold the hide skin to skin, roll it up and place it in 2 sealed bags. This helps prevent freezer burn which can greatly damage a hide. If you chose to cape out your animal, next you will need to cut off the antlers (see picture). If you happen to want smaller game such as a bobcat, coyote, raccoon, etc. for a nice display piece then your care will be relatively the same. You will want to wipe any blood or fluids from the hair or fur. You will NOT make any incisions. These specimens will be kept whole and taken to your taxidermist. Cool the animal as soon as possible without getting it wet. Place your animal and tuck the legs and tail inside if you can. Double bag. If you happen to be a bird hunter, here are some tips for you. Again, wipe any blood or fluids from the feathers in the direction of the feathers. Next wrap your bird in some newspaper. After you have wrapped it in newspaper, stick it in an old stocking (pantyhose) with the end tied off head first. After you get it in, tie off the other end. Double bag. Finally for all the fishermen/women, whether you have caught a

fish of a lifetime or a youngun has caught their first and wants to preserve the moment, nothing is too big or too small. To prepare your fish you need to wet a towel and wrap your fish whole. Double bag. Of course an alternative for all you catch and release conservationists, there is the option of having your catch preserved in a different method. The new trend in conservation is having a fiberglass replica made to reflect your catch. If this is your preferred method then after the catch but before the release, you need to take a couple of pictures and get measurements. For your replica to be exact you will need a weight and you need to measure the length and the girth of the fish. This is the information that your taxidermist will need. Please do this quickly and try not to handle the fish too much to ensure that it will thrive once again after the release. Whatever your prize memory that you want preserved is, after double bagging, immediately put your game in your freezer or take it to your taxidermist. If along the way you accidentally made a cut where you shouldnt have, broke a tine off an antler or something just wasnt quite right, your taxidermist may be able to take care of it for you. A taxidermist once taught me that almost anything can be fixed. But the sportsman or woman needs to realize that their taxidermist is only as good as the sportsman who takes care of his game. Remember always make sure your games is legal and properly tagged. Taxidermy is much more than just an old deer head hanging on the wall. With all the latest methods mounts are becoming more and more realistic and you can even add a little habitat scene fitting for your surroundings or with your preferred game to make it even more realistic. Taxidermy has become quite an art form. Good luck this hunting season and go make some memories in the field.

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An Alligator Tale
by Devin Moorhead

It was a tumultuous wait for the Moorhead family (Joe, Devin, and Chance), as they gathered at the annual Dam B alligator hunt and hoped to be chosen for an alligator tag. Father, Joe, said I had put in a month and half ago or so for one permit, and we didnt get drawn. Texas only allows so many alligator tags to be released each year, and allow the public to apply for a public drawn hunt whereas a card is completed by an individual and sent in to TPWD Headquarters in Austin, and then names are drawn for the hunt randomly. According to TPWD, The Public Hunt Drawing System provides low-cost, high-quality public hunting opportunities throughout the state. Individuals are drawn for a Special Permit by random computer selection from a qualified pool of applicants. Current and former applicants can receive information on preference points, status of a submitted application, and drawing results by calling the automatic information system at (512)-389-8221. They didnt give up though, and came to the alligator hunt on the first day hoping to receive a standby tag, there were 12 parties there waiting for the drawing and only four extra tags to be given away, we didnt get drawn for that one, said Joe. He said that they still went to the next public hunt drawing on that Thursday morning, September 13 and that 13 people and they only drew for five tags; the Moorheads scored one single tag and were ecstatic to get it. They were able to go

out that afternoon and set their one hook around 4 p.m. and left an hour later, but when they returned in the morning they were in for a shock! The following is an account told by Devin, Joes daughter. After being on stand by, our name was drawn for the gator hunt, allowing one permit per boat. We hung our rotten chicken out Thursday afternoon and came back to a tight line Friday morning. At this point, we had no clue what was at the end of our line, but we saw a lot of bubbles, which meant something good. After moving stumps and retying lines, the guys began tugging at the rope. The first look we got was that of a massive head as it approached the top of the water, we knew it was a huge gator. There was no fighting back at this point, but Joe gave it no time to. As soon as his head topped the water, he took his first shot. After no blood, more bubbles and a gator swimming, we knew we didnt have him yet. (Although Chance and Devin had their cell phones ready to make calls.) Remember, we are still unsure of really how big this thing is. After gathering our composure, we were back on the hunt, knowing we had to kill him before he got caught up in the vegetation or broke the line. With hearts beating fast, Chance tugged and Joe shot once again this time blood went everywhere. We did it! The hardest part was getting the alligator in the flat bottom boat. Good thing we watch Swamp People. Devin held the head, and Joe and Chance grabbed the body-rolling him over the side, into the boat. After an hour and a half- we finally saw what Joe called a 14 ft gator. The catch was actually 12 ft 7 inches and weighed 467 lbs, only two inches shy of Dam Bs record.

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