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Texas Fish & Game January 2018

December 25, 2017

ISSUE COVER – January 2018

In This Issue: Greetings from Florida—Pro’s & Cons of Importing Bass from the Sunshine State; Decoys for Hogs; Texas Oyster Wars; Kayak Tech Takes Off; Brackish Winter Blue Cats
December 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 […]
December 25, 2017

INSIDE FISH & GAME by Roy and Ardia Neves

Paper or Plastic? ur subscribers have more choices than ever in how they read otherwise consume the information that texas fish & game produces.  Most Popular is the magazine in its original form, printed on paper, folded, […]
December 25, 2017

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

For Doug Pike Mr. Pike,two recent articles of yours have really brought back Memories. I fished San Luis from the 60s to the late 70s. I can still feel the sand moving. Only had one scare, […]
December 25, 2017

EDITOR’S NOTES by Chester Moore

Reality Check: Bear Attacks n two days, two people were killed by separate black bear attacks in Alaska. Erin Johnson, 27, was killed while doing contract work with Ellen Trainor, 38, who was also attacked but survived […]
December 25, 2017

KAYAK TECH

Modern Kayak Design and Technology has Turned These Primitive Craft into Fishing Machines Kayak fishing is on the rise. Interest in these relatively affordable craft has increased dramatically over the last decade and seeing kayaks on […]
December 25, 2017

DOGGETT AT LARGE by Joe Doggett

The Duke! uring the summer of 1970 I was on active duty in the U.S. Navy. I was attached to Carrier Division 9 and stationed on Coronado Island in San Diego. My roommate, Ensign Gilbert, and I […]
December 25, 2017

THE PROS AND CONS OF FLORIDA BASS

It’s no secret that Texas is home to a passel of blue ribbon largemouth bass fisheries—more, perhaps, than any other state in the country. Texas’s Top 50 heaviest bass of all-time range in weight from 15.38 […]
December 25, 2017

NUGENT IN THE WILD by Ted Nugent

Hunt To the Hunt he conditions were just right for our bowhunting dreams. It was a wonderful, dark, dreary, overcast, cold, breezy, grey cloud October afternoon, and inspired by the hunter friendly weather, I headed into the wind […]
December 25, 2017

OYSTER WAR

Major Changes Hit The Texas Oyster Fishery This year’s oyster season opened with new rules adopted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Commission last August. The new rules affect both the recreational and commercial […]
December 25, 2017

TEXAS SALTWATER by Calixto Gonzales

Parental Guidance remember back when my good friend, Jimmy Brewster, bore witness to the birth of his second son. He was glowing when I talked to him the first time after the big event. “He’s absolutely gorgeous,” […]
December 25, 2017

TEXAS COUGARS

In 1987, I was in seventh grade. During the winter, my after-school hobby was to go rabbit hunting on the railroad tracks behind our house. Despite being surrounded by woods and rice fields, we were in […]
December 25, 2017

TEXAS WHITETAILS by Larry Weishuhn

Late Season he doe, only deer I had seen all afternoon, stared intently into the whitebrush. Her ears were fully attentive and erect. The hairs on her tail appeared to bristle reminding me of someone with a “bad […]
December 25, 2017

TEXAS GUNS by Steve LaMascus

The Magnificent .357 Magnum lthough it’s considered a modern cartridge, the .357 Magnum, was actually introduced in 1935. At that time it was a giant step up from the preceding .38 caliber cartridges such as the .38 […]
December 25, 2017

PIG PUPPETS

Decoys Can Aid Hog Hunters If there is one thing serious hog hunters know, it is that they have a lot stacked against them. Sure, you can ride in a helicopter and shoot a bunch if […]
December 25, 2017

WINTER BLUES

When the Water Get Frigid, Blue Catfish Get Salty Biologists with the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge have found through tagging efforts that blue catfish have a high tolerance for salinity. This validates what Upper Coast redfish […]
December 25, 2017

THE LATE RUT & CRAPPIE RUNS

Are the crappie running up on Toledo Bend?” “Have the bull redfish started running at the Port O’Connor Jetties?” People often use the term “run” in fishing to mean that the fish are biting. When someone […]
December 25, 2017

THE TF&G REPORT

Texas Playa Conservation Initiative onservation partners are focusing on playa restoration in the Texas Panhandle. Playas are the most important ecological feature in the southern Great Plains. These ephemeral, or temporary, wetlands are typically circular in […]
December 25, 2017

TEXAS HOT SHOTS

Red Snapper Port Aransas Bass Lake Falcon   Whitetail Fredericksburg   Post your own Action Photos and Check Out the TEXAS HOT SHOTS Photo Contest
December 25, 2017

COASTAL FORECAST: Sabine

Patience Is Key In January ou have to have patience when fishing. If I had a nickel for every time I heard my dad utter these words when I was a kid, I would be a wealthy […]
December 25, 2017

COASTAL FORECAST: Galveston

Beginning Another New Year We could begin 2018 by glancing back over 2017—so we shall. The “big” news in Gulf of Mexico Fisheries is that Federal regulations governing many offshore species are still confused, muddled, and […]
December 25, 2017

COASTAL FORECAST: Matagorda

Enthusiastic Fisherman friend of mine owned a  Volkswagen Beetle, and when I asked him how he liked his car he said, “I really like it, my car has enthusiasm!” People who love to fish are like my […]
December 25, 2017

COASTAL FOCUS: Upper Mid Coast –

January’s Approach to Winter Trout here are many, many different species of saltwater fish that are enjoyed year-round by people all along our Texas coastline, with one of the more desirable and sought-after inshore ones being the […]
December 25, 2017

COASTAL FORECAST: Rockport

The Eye Of Tears ur refuge would be  Spicewood, Texas; it’s our old home place and we had been trying to sell it for a while. Now I completely understood why I had turned down offers […]
December 25, 2017

COASTAL FORECAST: Aransas to Corpus

Big Trout Time anuary is big trout time along the Texas coast, no matter where you may wet a line, and wading is generally the way most of the trophies are caught. Capt. Nick Mosely says it’s […]
December 25, 2017

COASTAL FORECAST: Baffin Bay

A Magical Time on Baffin Bay he most incredible resource on the Texas Coast, Baffin Bay, has continued on its path to a tremendous transformation this year and just when you think it can’t get any better, […]
December 25, 2017

COASTAL FORECAST: Lower Coast

Freedom of Choice inter fishing has a special place in my heart. The misconception is that the typical weekend angler doesn’t have the time, ambition, or resources to be successful in January. Only the truly hardcore grinders […]
December 25, 2017

SPECIAL SECTION: State of the Outdoor Nation

Texas Outdoor Nation Welcome to the Texas Outdoor Nation. It’s a place with as many ecosystems as some countries and more wild game than most. Whether it’s hunting or fishing, Texas is tops. It almost goes […]
December 25, 2017

TEXAS FRESHWATER by Matt Williams

Bass Derby Skills ne of the really cool things about amateur league big bass derbies is you don’t need a degree in bassology or have VanDam-like skills on your side to win big. All it takes is […]
December 25, 2017

OUTDOOR DIRECTORY

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