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Texas Fish & Game February 2017

January 25, 2017

TEXAS FISH & GAME Staff

Published by Texas Fish & Game Publishing Co., LLC. TEXAS FISH & GAME is the largest independent, family-owned regional outdoor publication in America. Owned by Ron & Stephanie Ward and Roy & Ardia Neves. PUBLISHER Roy Neves […]
January 25, 2017

INSIDE FISH & GAME by Roy and Ardia Neves

A Word for Our Sponsors ncome from sponsors has been the lifeblood the media business since the earliest newspapers. A penny a copy turned a tidy profit in the 1800s, but much greater riches were there to […]
January 25, 2017

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Love for ‘The Drive’ I am writing this in response to your page-9 article entitled “The Drive” in the December 2016 issue of TF&G. Your article resonated with me due a couple of factors. One is […]
January 25, 2017

EDITOR’S NOTES by Chester Moore

Feeding the Need have always craved any connection to the outdoors. Without hesitation as a little boy, I would ask my mom to take me in to Wingate’s Meat Market in Orange every single time we passed […]
January 25, 2017

DOGGETT AT LARGE by Joe Doggett

The Phases of Angling t’s been said that a serious angler goes through four phases during a fishing career. As time passes, I’m inclined to support this evolutionary theory. During the first stage, the young beginner just […]
January 25, 2017

PIKE on the Edge

Breaking the Bass (and Buck and Speck…) Ceiling ebruary, since it’s the month of Valentine’s Day, seems an appropriate time to churn some fresh discussion of women in the outdoors. Groundwork for this topic was laid a […]
January 25, 2017

COMMENTARY by Kendal Hemphill

Cafe Ingratitude rowing up in a central Texas family that ate meat at almost every meal, a large percentage of it wild, I was entirely unaware of vegetarians. Until I left home for college I believed everyone […]
January 25, 2017

NUGENT IN THE WILD by Ted Nugent

Ethics…When No One is Watching he glorious Michigan bowseason had been blazing along ferociously for just 20 days. Well, maybe not actually blazing everyday, and I guess not really all that ferocious most of the time either. […]
January 25, 2017

THE FLORIDA TEXAS STOCK EXCHANGE by Matt Williams

—story by Matt Williams I’m not sure when I caught my first Florida-strain largemouth bass, or one with traces of the fast-growing gene in its DNA. If I had to guess, it was probably way back […]
January 25, 2017

TEXAS FRESHWATER by Matt Williams

Reeling in Some Sense in a Fishing Report f you’re an avid reader of this magazine and others like it, chances are you’re a sponge for information that might provide some sort of edge next time you head […]
January 25, 2017

FRESH WATER TIDES by Steve Schaffer

How Coastal Floods Affect Saltwater Fishing The Texas coast is prone to experiencing freshwater deluge every few years. Last year represented some of the most epic flooding in the history of Texas with the Sabine, Neches […]
January 25, 2017

TEXAS SALTWATER by Calixto Gonzales

A Chance to Heal y wife thought I was nuts.  You’re going fishing? NOW?” “Yes,” I said as I grabbed a rod and stuffed lures into a bag (I didn’t bother looking at what they were).  “I […]
January 25, 2017

TEXAS BLUE DEVILS by Chester Moore

The Lone Star State’s Mysterious Exotic El Diablo!” “El Diablo!” A man came screaming through a South Texas work camp at night frantic and pointing toward the brush. One of the workers grabbed a big Q-Beam […]
January 25, 2017

10 THINGS YOU DID NOT KNOW ABOUT TEXAS SALTWATER FISHING AND THE GULF COAST by Chester Moore

Flounder are moving into bays along the Gulf Coast right now. In a super slow fashion, they are coming through the jetties and filtering into the inland ecosystems after spawning in the Gulf of Mexico. I […]
January 25, 2017

OCELOTS OF SOUTH TEXAS by Chester Moore

Pint-Sized Leopards Appear to Be Returning to Texas Wildlife biologists in December trapped an ocelot kitten at Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, just east of Rio Hondo according to officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife […]
January 25, 2017

BARE BONES HUNTING by Lou Marullo

Memories of a Hunt t was opening day of bow season and dawn found me perched in my tree stand as I waited for another beautiful sunrise. It was unusual to have the wind come from the […]
January 25, 2017

THE CAT FILES

Profiles of Texas Catfish Recently the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) has taken a renewed interest in catfish. A big part of their strategy for growing fishing interest in urban and suburban areas is the […]
January 25, 2017

THE TF&G REPORT

Mulefoots and Other Strange Hogs of Texas For all practical purposes the hogs we hunt are sus scrofa but there are a number of regional variations that some people are adamant are a different species entirely. […]
January 25, 2017

THE DEPT. OF DEFENSE

More on Night Vision ew night vision products are being introduced at an ever-faster pace, which is good news. Even better news is that prices are steadily easing downward. A good example is the new Echo1 thermal […]
January 25, 2017

TEXAS HOT SHOTS

Whitetail San Saba Whitetail Glasscock County Hybrid Lake LBJ Post your own Action Photos and Check Out the TEXAS HOT SHOTS Photo Contest
January 25, 2017

THE DEPT. OF CONSERVATION

WMA Whitetail Research eer hunting operations making use of the Managed Lands Deer Permit system will be able to continue hunting through February, while most average deer hunters have already stowed their gear weeks ago. Although you […]
January 25, 2017

COASTAL FORECAST: Sabine

Fish Deeper, Warmer Water in February ebruary has found us and there are lots of folks who are waiting as patiently as possible for the consistent warm temperatures that will begin to prevail in the not […]
January 25, 2017

COASTAL FORECAST: Galveston

February Is A Month To Pause And Consider very indication as I write this is that 2017 will begin a “brave new world” for citizens of the United States of America – in one way or another. Because […]
January 25, 2017

COASTAL FORECAST: Matagorda

Conditions for a Good Day in Three Locations t was mid-February and the water temperature was 59°F. Jeff Wiley and I waited until late afternoon to launch our kayaks in the Old Colorado River to give the sun […]
January 25, 2017

COASTAL FOCUS: Upper Mid Coast

February’s Trophy Trout lot of Coastal Anglers who are fortunate enough to be able to fish on a regular basis often manage impressive catches of trout that measure anywhere between 15, and 22 to 23 inches in […]
January 25, 2017

COASTAL FORECAST: Rockport

Cold Meanderigs ow do you get up and motivate yourself to fish in the cold?” I was asked one VERY cold February morning? I have to admit that the friend who asked me had his body pretty […]
January 25, 2017

COASTAL FORECAST: Lower Coast

Depth Charges ne of my favorite ways to antagonize my Michigan in-laws is to send a picture of me and Sandie fishing in the middle of winter with a caption that says, “Enjoying a balmy day in […]
January 25, 2017

TEXAS BOATING by Lenny Rudow

Rigged for the Hunt ome of us have a dedicated boat (or boats) both for fishing and hunting, but not everyone is fortunate enough to own multiple boats. Many of us have only one boat, and […]
January 25, 2017

THE PRACTICAL ANGLER by Greg Berlocher

Speed Perch t has been said that Caesar Augustus disliked the month of February so much that he shortened it to 28 days, just so that it would be over sooner. Although scholars might take issue with the […]
January 25, 2017

TEXAS GUNS by Steve LaMascus

The Ruger Hawkeye in 6.5 Creedmoor recently wrote an article on the 6.5 caliber cartridges. In it I mentioned the 6.5 Creedmoor. I have since had an opportunity to use it more and I think it’s time […]
January 25, 2017

INDUSTRY INSIDER

Fisherman’s Lodge on the White River Texas anglers wanting to try their luck at catching rainbow, brown, brook and cutthroat trout need only to make a short trip into Arkansas and fish on the famous White […]
January 25, 2017

FISH & GAME GEAR

End-to-End Storytelling with Cloud-Connected HERO5 Cameras GoPro, Inc. unveiled new products and services that dramatically simplify the process of capturing, editing and sharing engaging content, establishing GoPro as an end-to-end storytelling solution.  In addition to significant […]
January 25, 2017

TEXAS TESTED

Go Deeper with Sonar I am a bank fisherman. I spent years fishing out of a boat but began from the bank and after getting rid of my boat to reduce expenses around the household, I […]
January 25, 2017

TEXAS TASTED

Boudin Chops This recipe is great for entertaining and tastes just as great as it appears on the plate, I use Venison Boudin, but regular Boudin will work just fine 4—At least 1 inch thick pork […]
January 25, 2017

OUTDOOR DIRECTORY

TEXAS FRESHWATER Lake Amistad Lake Texoma DFW Metroplex   TEXAS SALTWATER Upper Texas Coast Mid Texas Coast Lower Texas Coast Louisiana HUNTING South Texas  
January 25, 2017

SPECIAL SECTION

Tips from the PROs  
January 25, 2017

THE BASS UNIVERSITY by Pete Robbins

Pitching for Bass in February resh out of high school, Gary Klein moved from California to Texas to begin his bass fishing career, largely because the Lone Star State is blessed with so many great man-made reservoirs. […]
January 25, 2017

OPEN SEASON by Reavis Z. Wortham

Candles elbert P. Axelrod, better known as Stinkfoot, came struggling through the doors of Doreen’s 24 HR Eat Gas Now Cafe with his arms around a large cardboard box. None of the Hunting Club members moved a […]
January 25, 2017

FISH & GAME PHOTOS

Speckled Trout East Galveston Bay   Whitetail Foard County   Speckled Trout Chocolate Bayou   Redfish Coleman County   Redfish Galveston   Redfish Galveston   Bass Wood County   Hybrid- Striped Bass Ballinger Lake   Catfish […]
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