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Texas Fish & Game February 2018

January 25, 2018

ISSUE COVER – February 2018

In This Issue: Little Lakes… Big Bass; Winter Surf Options; Bass Hot Streaks; The Diet of Winter Trout; Thinking Snow Geese; Swimbaits for Specks & Reds; Harbingers of Monster Trout
January 25, 2018

INSIDE COVER: Yamaha

January 25, 2018

BACK COVER: TALO Distributors

January 25, 2018

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, 2018

INSIDE FISH & GAME by Roy and Ardia Neves

Writer’s Block HORTLY AFTER HE TOOK the reins as editor-in-chief, Chester Moore suggested we start writing this monthly column. His idea was to give readers a peek behind the curtain, to help them know a little more […]
January 25, 2018

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Neck Shots Kendal Hemphill, I was overjoyed when you talked about neck shots and small caliber rifles. Being a small woman, I have hunted deer with a .243 for 50 years and have used a .222 […]
January 25, 2018

EDITOR’S NOTES by Chester Moore

The Most Dangerous Thing in the Woods T WAS THE PERFECT SETUP for the mission. That mission was to try out our new night vision goggles and to record night wildlife sounds in the stunningly beautiful […]
January 25, 2018

PIKE ON THE EDGE by Doug Pike

Go For It O PEE OR NOT TO PEE. That is the question. It’s actually not a question, but that thought certainly was on the minds of countless foot-tapping deer hunters this past season. On that […]
January 25, 2018

COMMENTARY by Kendal Hemphill

RIP, BSA ACK IN THE EARLY 1970s when I was a kid, I was one of the 6.5 million American boys who belonged to the Boy Scouts of America. Actually, I never made Boy Scout. I was […]
January 25, 2018
Little Lakes, big bass

LITTLE LAKES… BIG BASS

Big Bass Not Limited to Big Water There are a number of hard and fast rules to keep in mind if you want to boost the odds of catching a big bass in Texas. Choosing to […]
January 25, 2018

THE WINTER DIET OF SPECKLED TROUT

In Winter, What DO Trout Eat, and What WILL They Eat? CATCHING BIG SPECKLED TROUT on local waters requires an entirely different approach than most of us are used to applying to our fishing. Big trout […]
January 25, 2018

TEXAS BOATING by Lenny Rudow

Man Overboard! OSING A PASSENGER over the side of your boat is one of those things we think will never happen to us. But if you run a boat long enough, you’ll see it happen. I’ve […]
January 25, 2018

STRANGE OPTIONS FOR SURF FISHING

Strange Options for Surf Fishing Surf fishing might seem like a strictly summer option but the fact is late winter and early spring provide some excellent fishing for some unusual species. In fact the fishing for […]
January 25, 2018

THINK SNOW

Outsmarting Snow Geese is Easier Said than Done I learned a huge lesson about snow geese while hunting with Will Beatty of Central Flyway Outfitters near Winnie in 1999. It was on the very first day the […]
January 25, 2018

TEXAS TACTICAL by Dustin Ellermann

The Overpopular Glock 19 ITHOUT A DOUBT, the Glock 19 is one of the most popular handguns for concealed carry and even duty use.  And after hearing countless trainers and gun shop owners say “just get a […]
January 25, 2018

BARE BONES HUNTING by Lou Marullo

Smart Use Of A Smart Phone ith Texas’s Main Hunting  seasons winding down it is time to review what works and what doesn’t. This past season a friend of mine found a unique way to integrate […]
January 25, 2018

SWIMMING WITH THE SPECKS

Swimsuits And Eel Imitations For Specks (&Reds) A great way to cover water and mimic what big trout are eating this time of year is is to use swimbaits. Swimbaits are essentially soft plastic crankbaits that […]
January 25, 2018

PLAY HOT STREAKS FOR BIG BASS

Unlike many states with only a few top-notch waterways to find trophy largemouth in abundance, Texas has lots of them—a whole lot of them in fact. The Toyota Sharelunker program, which seeks donations of live largemouths […]
January 25, 2018

HARBINGERS OF BIG TROUT

Big speckled trout are truly elusive fish. Although the Texas coast has a huge trout population and a healthy number of large fish, the habits of truly large trout are still mysterious in many ways. However, […]
January 25, 2018

INTO THE COLD BLUE WINTER

Winter Offshore Fishing Brings Hot Results FOR MANY TEXANS, their annual offshore fishing experience begins and ends with the brief federal red snapper season in the summer. However, with frosty conditions looming and many sportsmen hunting […]
January 25, 2018

THE TF&G REPORT

Richland Creek WMA Gets a Hand from DU ucks Unlimited and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) are working to improve wetland habitat on Richland Creek Wildlife Management Area’s South Unit. The first phase of the […]
January 25, 2018

TEXAS HOT SHOTS

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January 25, 2018

COASTAL FORECAST: Sabine

Figuring Out February Fish oastal fishing in the month of February is written off by lots of anglers for several reasons. The obvious one being that it has notoriously earned the reputation as the coldest month of […]
January 25, 2018

COASTAL FORECAST: Galveston

Here We Go, Again! n 1979, I lived through the record rainfall and flooding caused by Tropical Storm Claudette on Chocolate Bayou, below Alvin. In those days I didn’t have as much to lose as I do today, […]
January 25, 2018

COASTAL FORECAST: Matagorda

Avoid West Winds t Was Super Bowl Sunday, the Patriots were playing the Falcons, but Jeff Wiley and I decided to have our own Super Bowl in West Matagorda Bay. We went fishing on a beautiful day […]
January 25, 2018

COASTAL FOCUS: Upper Mid Coast

February’s Mid-Coast Specifics any enthusiasts of artificials elect to specifically target big trout in February, and they will throw anything and everything they have at the fish. Many of those guys will opt to toss suspending lures […]
January 25, 2018

COASTAL FORECAST: Rockport

Getting Re-Acquainted With Rockport hen You Visit Rockport, it’s not hard to see that the area has gone through a major event. The words most uttered after seeing our area are: “I knew you had a bad […]
January 25, 2018

COASTAL FORECAST: Aransas to Corpus

Fish the Flats in February he Flats, from Carlos Bay all the way to the Laguna Madre, should be holding redfish in February,” says Capt. Jack McPartland, a guide who fishes the Texas mid-coast area. Some of the […]
January 25, 2018

COASTAL FORECAST: Baffin Bay

Trophy Trout! he Hunt For The Trophy Trout is in full swing on Baffin Bay and the results here speak for themselves. Big trout up to 11 pounds have already been landed by the guides and anglers at […]
January 25, 2018

INDUSTRY INSIDER

Investing in Texas There’s something special about having a piece of the Texas countryside to call your own. At Capital Farm Credit, they understand that purchasing land is more than just buying acreage — it’s an […]
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