Redfish remain a bright spot on the Texas coast

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Feb 252017

By Darlene McCormick Sanchez

Lone Star Outdoor News

Photo from Capt. Nathan Beabout

Redfish remain consistent when fishing on the middle Texas coast, but the trout have been hit and miss depending on the weather. 

“If the water is up, the trout bite is on in almost every part of the bay,” said Capt. Nathan Beabout. But when the fronts roll in, landing trout is hit and miss.

“The redfish remain constant in these areas, but the trout scatter,” he said. Redfish can be caught in shin to knee-deep water. Trout are biting best in lakes currently, and there’s not much of a crowd in the back marsh except for weekends when the weather is beautiful.

“Our arsenal has been topwaters in the middle of warm days,” Beabout said. He has been successful with Corky Fatboys/Sofdines, and soft plastics. The soft plastics have been in light colors with a lot of flash or glitter in them. 

“Most of the knee-deep water we have been walking shows good visibility of 6-10 inches,” he said, adding that he expects this pattern to continue as long as the weak fronts roll through.

Beabout plans to visit Port Mansfield for a week of fishing in the near future. 

“I will report to all on the goings on down there, hopefully posting pictures of some healthy trout.  Keep in mind this time of year to stay in the bait fish, watch for glass minnows and be respectful of others,” he said.


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Feb 232017

By Darlene McCormick Sanchez

Lone Star Outdoor News

Those wishing to comment on TPWD’s proposed migratory game bird changes have until March 23 to be heard.

One change includes expansion of the Special White-winged Dove Area to include the entire South Dove Zone. If approved, the change would allow 4 days of early hunting everywhere in the South Zone.

Another involves open seasons and bag and possession limits.  Dates for Early Season migratory game birds would be adjusted to allow for a calendar shift to ensure that seasons open on the desired day of the week. It would also adjust the days of the Special White-winged Dove Area and clarify the bag limit for white-fronted dove where needed.

The amendment would implement a 16-day statewide teal season and a 16-day early Canada goose season in the Eastern Zone, both running Sept. 9-24, 2017. The bag limit for pintails would be reduced from two to one, to comply with the federal frameworks. The youth waterfowl season age requirement is proposed to be changed from 15 to 16 years old and younger.

Changes for turkey hunting include a proposal to reduce the days in the Youth Spring Turkey Season dates in the North Zone.

Comments may be mailed to Robert Macdonald, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, Texas, 78744, or by calling  (512) 389-4775 or 1-800-792-1112. He can be emailed at

People may also comment via a form at Comments will be taken until 9 a.m. March 23.


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Bass Champs’ Cedar Creek winner takes home $20,000

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Feb 212017

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Bass Champs teams are on a roll, kicking off the North Region’s 2017 season on Cedar Creek with 252 teams participating in a $71,880 payback tournament.

Charles Buck and his son, Mitch, reeled in 23.49 pounds to clinch first place, winning $20,000.

“I’m just glad my son and I get to fish together every now and then. He just got laid off last week, so this will really help,” said Charles.

It was close, but the team of Craig Dowis and Michael Vasquez took 2nd place with 22.82 pounds for a $5,500 check.

“We were focusing on secondary points, looking for bass staging for the spawn,” Dowis said. “On our last cast, a fish broke off on us. We didn’t get to see it, but who knows? That could have been the one to put us over the top.”

Third place winners Melvin Yezak and John Yezak brought home $4,200 with 20.69 pounds.

The 9th Annual Mega Bass event on Lake Fork is coming up March 19, with $20,000 given away every single hour of the tournament. Two Skeeter boats will also be given away at the end of the day for the anglers catching the biggest bass over the slot and the biggest bass under the slot!



Feb. 25        South Region – Amistad

March 4      Central Region – LBJ

March 11    East Region – Sam Rayburn

March 19    Mega Bass – Lake Fork

March 25    South Region – Falcon

April 1         North Region – Ray Roberts

April 8         Central Region – Belton

April 22       South Region – Amistad

April 29       North Region – Lake Fork

May 13        East Region – Toledo Bend

May 20      Central Region – LBJ

June 3       North Region – Tawakoni

June 9-11    Skeeter Owner’s Tournament – Fork

June 25      Techron TX Shootout – Sam Rayburn

Oct 14-15   2017   Team Championship – TBA

Oct 21-22    12th  Annual Berkley Big Bass – Fork

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Four colors for all four seasons

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Feb 202017

Keep bass fishing simple with four basic colors

By Darlene McCormick Sanchez

Photo from James Niggemeyer

There’s room for debate, but most anglers would agree that when it comes to fishing lure color there are some basics.

After 10 years of competing on the BASS Elite Series tournament trail, James Niggemeyer, who is also a Lake Fork guide, put out a YouTube video sharing some inside information on what colors largemouth bass like regardless of season or location anywhere in the country.

“The video was done because all anglers can get carried away with color,” Niggemeyer said. “You can just sit there and stare at your tackle forever.”

So what are his go-to colors? Black-blue, junebug, green-pumpkin, watermelon-red.

Niggemeyer said that for many anglers, and especially those just getting started, sifting through a myriad of colors can be a daunting task. In his video, Niggemeyer explained that having those four basic colors on a boat would prepare anglers for anything.

Black-blue, for example, is great for overcast days or even muddy water because it shows up as a silhouette. Junebug’s purplish hue is another favorite when anglers with a little more color but still need a dark lure. Green pumpkin works across the board and can be used for anything from stained water to clear water. Watermelon red is great for clear water.

So why are there so many colors on the market? Niggemeyer said that 90 percent of them will work in a particular fishing situation, but narrowing down the lures allows him to keep it simple.

Angler Dan Phifer, of Grapevine, who regularly fishes tournaments such as Bass Champs, agreed with Niggemeyer.

“I think that’s a good place to start,” he said. “We get a little carried away with our soft plastic buying.”

Phifer said his favorites are green pumpkin, black-blue and watermelon. But he’s really a fan of green pumpkin and watermelon laminated together.

Mike Casanova, of Frisco, who frequently fishes club tournaments, pretty much agreed with the basic four Niggemeyer suggested.

“If you want to keep it basic, I can’t argue with that,” he said. “They pile up. We make it a lot more complex.”

Casanova’s favorites are watermelon and green pumpkin. But he’s not a fan of the flashy colors.

“I do believe a lot of those catch fishermen more than fish,” he said.


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Feb 192017

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Should be a nice night for one of these. Enjoy. #lonestaroutdoornews #deerhunting #bonfire #campfire #sickforit

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Feb 172017

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Take the stress out with Deer Lease Moving

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Feb 162017

Story by Deer Lease Moving

Photo by Deer Lease Moving

Every year, the end of deer season can bring about a lot of mixed emotions. Satisfaction, triumph and contentment that your goal was accomplished during the season. Frustration that the Muy Grande escaped you once again. Sadness that another season has come and gone and the pure enjoyment of sitting around a campfire with friends and family is now on hold; or stress — the stress of “How in the heck am I going to find the time and the manpower to move all of this stuff off of this lease to the new one?”

Welcome to Deer Lease Moving, where we aim to take the STRESS out of hunting. It has been said that a hunter moves ranches on average every four years. There are many reasons why a person would change a deer lease, but no matter the reason the work that needs to be done is still the same. It takes hours/days to accomplish, it takes a lot of hard work and it can be dangerous. Sometimes, if the move is not on your own terms, the timeline can be downright unforgiving when a landowner is moving you off quickly.

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Deer Lease Moving is here to take all of that off your plate. We can go to your old lease, take down all of your equipment, load it, haul it and even set it back up on your new place. Like many hunters, you might be in between leases. No worries, we can store all of your equipment for you as well until you are ready to have it set up. If you are like some hunters, you might have equipment that you no longer want which is where our buy/sell and consignment options come in handy. We can take unwanted equipment off your hands and get you something in return for it.

We can also administer or coordinate helicopter game counts for you. There is no better way to know what kind of a ranch you are about to lease than to see it from the air! Even on your current lease, we can game count as well.

Our goal is to provide the type of service that eliminates the stress in leasing out hunting property. It’s a seamless process for you, putting all the burden on us, which is the way we like it. Let us do the heavy lifting and worry about how and when to get it done. All that is left for you to do is sit back and reminisce about the campfires, friends and big deer, knowing that next year will get here sooner than later. And this time, a lot easier.

Deer Lease Moving
(512) 200-8774

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BLACK riflescopes handle AR-shooters’ needs

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Feb 162017

Written by Craig Nyhus, Lone Star Outdoor News
Photo by Nikon Sport Optics

AR enthusiasts do it all in Texas — from precision rifle shooting and hunting to fast, rapid shooting. Nikon’s new BLACK riflescope series is designed for what Texas shooters like to do. The new category of dedicated optics includes models specifically engineered for both precision long-range rifle and action-shooting AR enthusiasts.

For the precision rifle shooter, Nikon’s BLACK X1000 is offered in a range of 4-16×50 and 6-24×50 models with X-MRAD or X-MOA tactical-style reticles synchronized to elevated windage and elevation turrets. Each of the new reticle designs present the shooter with a visually clean, yet highly functional and advanced tool for estimating range or maintaining holdovers.
Rapid-action shooters looking for rapid-action targeting capability with AR/MSR platforms can rely on the new BLACK FORCE1000 1-4×24 riflescope with capped turrets and SpeedForce reticle.  When the riflescope is dialed down to its true 1x magnification, the reticle’s illuminated double horseshoe center portion serves as quick reference for reaction-speed target acquisition and engagement, as well as for establishing moving target leads. The SpeedForce MOA reticle also integrates BDC circles and hash marks for precise intermediate-range target holdovers.
The new BLACK series reticles can be applied to virtually any shooting application, regardless of caliber or ballistic performance and can be further optimized for specific shooting situations utilizing Nikon’s Spot On Ballistic Match Technology.

BLACK series riflescopes all feature a 30mm main body tube built with aircraft-grade aluminum alloy and Type 3 hard anodizing, providing exceptional ruggedness and optimum strength-to-weight ratios. Each riflescope has an optical system built from Nikon’s lead- and arsenic-free glass Eco-Glass, which is optimized with the company’s full multilayer coating on all air-to-glass lens surfaces.  Spring-loaded instant zero-reset turrets provide precise, repeatable corrections on all BLACK riflescope models. And like all Nikon riflescopes, the new BLACK series is backed by the company’s No Fault policy for repair or replacement.

Nikon’s new BLACK riflescope series will be available this spring in these models:
BLACK FORCE1000 1-4.24 Matte IL SPEEDFORCE $399.95
BLACK X1000 4-16x50SF Matte X-MOA $499.95
BLACK X1000 4-16x50SF Matte IL X-MOA $599.95
BLACK X1000 4-16x50SF Matte IL X-MRAD $599.95
BLACK X1000 6-124x50SF Matte IL X-MRAD $649.95

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East Texas landowner revamps property for deer, ducks and bass

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Feb 152017

By Craig Nyhus
Lone Star Outdoor News

When Steve Favre bought what he named Riverview Farms in 2002, he had a vision. The vision is now reality.

“This was row crop land,” he said of the 1,450-acre, low-fenced property along the Sulphur River on the Delta/Lamar County border in Northeast Texas.

After buying the ranch, he got to work. For the deer, the work involve a lot of prescribed burning, developing food plots and getting rid of Johnson grass.

“We also to multiple disking, spraying and planted 11 native species,” Favre said. “And then there were the cedars — most of them were reduced by burning — it’s fun watching them explode into flames. Then we planted 220,000 hardwood trees, including oaks and persimmons.
Riverview Farms became part of the Managed Lands Deer Program, and the deer population and numbers were addressed.”

“There were fair numbers of deer when I bought the place,” Favre said. “But the quality of bucks was really bad — it was hard to find anything that would score 100 inches.” Favre quickly learned he had 10 does for every buck, and with help from biologists, permits were obtained, the doe population was reduced, and the quality of animals increased tenfold.

“We shot more than 20 does each year for four years, and no bucks,” he said. “Now, the ratio is 1.5 does for every buck, and the average buck ranges from the high 140s to 160. East Texas isn’t known for big bucks, but the genetics are here if you give them the right environment.”

The ranch isn’t a commercial operation, and the available hunts are reserved for family, friends and hunts donated to charities. Two years ago, the deer management effort paid off.

“I shot a 25-inch wide buck that scored 165,” Favre said. “The fact that I squeezed the trigger on this deer was the easiest part, it’s creating the environment where they can thrive and exist that was the most rewarding.”

Sharing his information with the neighbors also has paid off.

“The people all around are starting to do the same thing, so we are all on the same page,” Favre said. “Some contacted me and I contacted others.” Favre’s favorite hunting, though, involves ducks, and even though the Sulphur River was there, there was little duck habitat or food on the property.

“I needed water for ducks,” he said. “A series of levees stretching 4.5 miles was designed by Ducks Unlimited. They target a 16- to 18-inch average depth, and we pushed up some islands.” Dakota, the Lone Star Outdoor News’ newsroom dog, went on his first real duck hunt at Riverview Farms, where three hunters saw waves of green-winged teal, and good numbers of gadwall, wigeon and mallards. Dakota retrieved 16 of the 18 ducks brought in.
Favre didn’t ignore fishing opportunities, either, and created a fishing lake on the property.

“The largest bass caught was 9.5 pounds,” he said. “We have to do fish shocking to reduce the total number of bass each year.”

Favre’s efforts at Riverview Farms haven’t gone unrecognized. He received the Delta County Outstanding Wildlife Conservationist award from the Soil and Water Conservation District and the Region IV Texas Conservation award in 2015.
“I’m extremely proud of creating something from almost nothing,” Favre said, noting the efforts have been at considerable cost.

“All of the money is outgoing.”

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