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Texas Fish & Game December 2018

November 24, 2018

ISSUE COVER – December 2018

In This Issue: The Majesty & Mystery of the Whitetail • Gifts for Tech Savvy Fishermen • Texas Dove Virus? • Time for Duck Giving • Joe Dogged Remembers: The Red Reel • Have a Blue Catfish […]
November 24, 2018

BACK COVER: Sig Sauer

November 24, 2018

INSIDE COVER: Chevron Techron

November 24, 2018

TEXAS FISH & GAME Staff – December 2018

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 […]
November 24, 2018

INSIDE FISH & GAME by Roy and Ardia Neves – December 2018

Digital Evolution THE PUBLISHING BUSINESS has kept evolving, despite the fact that it still relies on a primitive innovation from the fifteenth century to manufacture its main product by pressing an oil-like substance onto sheets of […]
November 24, 2018

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR – December 2018

Conservation Kudos THANK YOU FOR your conservation awareness that you post publicly! Many people think I’m liberal because I’m green. I always ask why don’t conservatives believe in conservation anymore? I believe 100 percent in the […]
November 24, 2018

EDITOR’S NOTES by Chester Moore – December 2018

Thoughts From the Blind I RECENTLY CAME ACROSS some notes I took on one of the last trips I took with my father in early December 2014. We spent a couple of days with my buddy […]
November 24, 2018

PIKE ON THE EDGE by Doug Pike – December 2018

In the Bag WHETHER THE DAILY BAG LIMIT on speckled trout needs an overhaul depends on who you ask and what they know. Change or no change, count on half of Texas’ coastal anglers getting their […]
November 24, 2018

THE GIFT OF DUCKS

IN 2013, WATERFOWL HUNTERS on the prairies of the Middle Coast suffered the first real casualty of drought in many years among Texas’s hunting community. For a time, the Lower Colorado River Authority prohibited “duck water” […]
November 24, 2018

HAVE A BLUE CHRISTMAS!

TEXAS HAS A DISTINGUISHED reputation for doing things up big, and we’re not just talking about the obvious stuff like cowboy hats, wide-open spaces and oil fields, either. Blue cats have a way ringing the bell around […]
November 24, 2018

THE RED REEL

THE RED REEL was the most beautiful casting reel I had ever seen. It was on display in a glass counter in the old Oshman’s Sporting Goods in Palms Center in Houston. I was 11 years […]
November 24, 2018

TEXAS BOATING by Lenny Rudow

Outboards: Are Two Props Better than One? THE SUZUKI DF350A MADE big headlines when it was introduced, not only because this V6 powerhouse is the biggest Suzuki outboard ever built, but also because it has not […]
November 24, 2018

THE BASS UNIVERSITY by Pete Robbins

Elam Not Surprised by Suspenders WHILE HE WAS STILL COMPETING for Oklahoma State University, Elite Series pro James Elam and his partner Brandon Pedigo found success during the fall at Lake Lewisville, north of Dallas. In an […]
November 24, 2018

THE MAJESTY & MYSTERY OF THE WHITETAIL

IT WAS THE BIGGEST WHITETAIL buck I had ever seen. Crossing the road with its head held high, the buck’s antlers towered over it as it slipped into the woods and disappeared into the night. I […]
November 24, 2018

TEXAS TACTICAL by Dustin Ellermann

Light it up! IDENTIFYING YOUR TARGET is paramount for defensive shooting. Furthermore, being able to see the threat in the first place can make the difference between life or death. Statistics show that the vast majority […]
November 24, 2018

BARE BONES HUNTING by Lou Marullo

Once in a Lifetime LET ME START THIS month’s column by wishing you Happy Holidays. This is the time of year when hunters and non -hunters alike strive to make this world a better place to […]
November 24, 2018

GIFT IDEAS FOR TECH-SAVVY ANGLERS

THE AMAZING AND INNOVATIVE technology that has helped anglers catch more fish and have more fun out on the water continues to evolve. We have witnessed these developments progress over time. Some of the coolest things […]
November 24, 2018

TEXAS DOVE VIRUS?

Outbreaks Recorded in West Texas RECENTLY A NUMBER OF Eurasian collared doves near El Paso have tested positive for avian paramyxovirus, specifically Pigeon Paramyxovirus-1, or PPMV-1. Dead doves have also been reported in Alpine. Past outbreaks […]
November 24, 2018

THE TF&G REPORT – December 2018

Lake Austin Gets Fish Habitat Enhancement LAKE AUSTIN WAS ONCE considered to be one of the top trophy bass fishing destinations in the nation. Unfortunately, it has undergone a decline in natural fish habitat in recent […]
November 24, 2018

TEXAS HOT SHOTS – December 2018

Speckled Trout Corpus Christi Bay Alligator Gar Carancahua Bay   Post your own Action Photos and Check Out the TEXAS HOT SHOTS Photo Contest    
November 24, 2018

COASTAL FORECAST: Sabine – December 2018

Keep Plugging in December DECEMBER IS TYPICALLY the month when a lot of fishermen decide to winterize their boats and tuck them away nicely in storage so they can hibernate peacefully for a few months. With the […]
November 24, 2018

COASTAL FORECAST: Galveston – December 2018

What Will Santa Bring US This Year? DECEMBER ON THE UPPER TEXAS coast can be a changing situation for fishermen. Mostly, the temperatures will be fairly mild and probably more comfortable than deep summer. This allows […]
November 24, 2018

COASTAL FORECAST: Matagorda – December 2018

When the North Wind Blows THERE IS NOTHING SUBTLE about redfish feeding. They corner baitfish and shrimp, and then smash into them with gusto, tossing water everywhere. I paddled my kayak down a bayou in middle […]
November 24, 2018

COASTAL FOCUS: Upper Mid Coast – December 2018

Big Baits Equal Big Trout IF YOU HAVE BEEN FISHING the estuaries and bays along the coastal regions of the Gulf of Mexico for any period of time, you may have had someone mention to you […]
November 24, 2018

COASTAL FORECAST: Rockport – December 2018

Run for Your Lives! THERE IS A MENACE THAT LURKS among us. It is dreaded by all, feared by most and downright disgusting to those who have been attacked. As of this writing you won’t see […]
November 24, 2018

COASTAL FORECAST: Aransas to Corpus – December 2018

Angler’s Choice WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE soft plastic bait and color for the Texas coast? —a good question for the “colder” months of the year. Live bait can be hard to find. The choices are numerous. Down […]
November 24, 2018

COASTAL FORECAST: Baffin Bay – December 2018

Time Flies When the Fish Bite THE YEAR HAS BEEN A BLUR here at Baffin Bay Rod and Gun as we’ve been blessed to host lots of guests here to share the cycle of life on […]
November 24, 2018

COASTAL FORECAST: Lower Coast – December 2018

The Other White Meat THE VAST MAJORITY OF WINTER visitors who come to South Texas during the cold months of the year cannot afford a boat. It simply is not in the budget of a retiree. […]
November 24, 2018

HOTSPOTS: Saltwater – December 2018

UPPER TEXAS COAST LOCATION: Galveston West Bay HOTSPOT: Jones Bay Shoreline GPS: N 29 18.684, W 94 55.555 (29.3114, -94.9259) SPECIES: Speckled Trout BEST BAITS: Bass Assassin Sea Shad CONTACT: Capt. Ralph Frazier 281-337-0321 www.fraziersguideservice.com TIPS: “I will […]
November 24, 2018

HOTSPOTS: Freshwater – December 2018

PINEY WOODS LOCATION: Lake Toledo Bend HOTSPOT: “Fisherman’s Wharf” River Ledge/Bar GPS: N 31 46.644, W 93 49.602 (31.7774, -93.8267) SPECIES: White Bass & Crappie BEST BAITS: Slab spoons & Rat-L-Traps for the sandies and shiners […]
November 24, 2018

SPORTSMAN’S DAYBOOK-Tides & Prime Times – December 2018

The following pages contain TIDE and SOLUNAR predictions for Galveston Channel (N 29.3166°, W 94.88°). TIDE PREDICTIONS are located in the WHITE SPACE above the TIDE GRAPHS on the Calendars. Use the Correction Table in the […]
November 24, 2018

INDUSTRY INSIDER – December 2018

What Boat or RV is Best for You? CAN’T DECIDE WHICH boat or RV to buy? It all depends on your tastes, your budget and your needs. With trends changing, more features are added to boats […]
November 24, 2018

CHRISTMAS IN THE TEXAS OUTDOORS

Christmas in the Texas Outdoors CHRISTMAS IS VERY MUCH a special time of year. No matter how much certain interests have tried to strip the first five letters from the word, the intent of the holiday […]
November 24, 2018

FISH & GAME GEAR – December 2018

Textron Prowler Procrew THE NEW, SIX-PASSENGER Prowler Pro Crew XT brings quiet power and performance to the multi-passenger market with seating for six people.   The vehicle is powered by a whisper-quiet, 50-horsepower, 812cc EFI engine offering […]
November 24, 2018

OPEN SEASON by Reavis Z. Wortham

House Call THE HUNTING CLUB membership was gathered one morning around the large corner booth in Doreen’s 24 HR Eat Gas Now Cafe when Henry Winstead reached the glass doors with what appeared to be a […]
November 24, 2018

OUTDOOR DIRECTORY – December 2018

TEXAS FRESHWATER Lake Texoma DFW Metroplex Lake Livingston TEXAS SALTWATER Upper Texas Coast Mid Texas Coast Lower Texas Coast HUNTING South Texas    
November 23, 2018

FISH & GAME PHOTOS – December 2018

Redfish Aransas Bay   Blackbuck Antelope Real County   Sheepshead Galveston   Catfish Lake Tawakoni   Bass Lake Nacogdoches   Redfish Matagorda   Bass Athens   Axis Real County   Catfish Toledo Bend   Shark Galveston […]
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