Open for business. Modern Outfitters opened their new store a

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Jun 292016
 

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Pending water body record blue catfish

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Jun 292016
 

Story by Inland Fisheries Abilene District

Photo by Armando Flores

Heads up, catfish anglers! We have a pending new water body record blue catfish from Kirby Reservoir. Congratulations to Armando Flores for landing this beautiful 40.5-in blue catfish that weighed 36.62 lbs yesterday evening! This fish was caught by rod-and-reel baited with a live sunfish. Mr. Flores released this fish back to the reservoir this morning.

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Texas Fishing Report: Surf continues to produce

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Jun 282016
 

Edited by Craig Nyhus, Lone Star Outdoor News

Photo by Nathan Beabout

An influx of fresh water into San Antonio Bay has guides turning their attention to the surf.

“With much of San Antonio Bay reefs being blanketed with fresh water, a few areas of the south shoreline and all the back marsh are holding fish,” said Capt. Nathan Beabout with N&M Sportsman’s Adventures. “A handful of reefs in 5- to 6-feet of water are still producing trout, because the fresh water is only on the surface.”

Photo by Nathan Beabout

Photo by Nathan Beabout

Beabout said the calmer winds have him changing tactics.

“With the calmer winds we have had, and the winds projected for next week’s forecast, I will be turning my attention to the surf,” he said. “Over the past couple of days, the surf has been just clean enough to pull good numbers of specks and reds.  Most of these fish have been hanging in the first gut.”

Photo by Nathan Beabout

Photo by Nathan Beabout

Beabout said the redfish have been caught on gold spoons and soft plastics, while the trout have come on mainly dark-colored soft plastics but a few have been tricked with big top-waters.”

To contact Capt. Nathan Beabout, call (210) 452-9680

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Short rain delays. Fun day on the range at SAAM

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Jun 252016
 

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Short rain delays. Fun day on the range at SAAM shooing school. Being trained by a marine sniper is very cool. #lonestaroutdoornews #ftwranch #rifle #ruger #6.5creedmoor

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Slow mo trout fight. Until next time.

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Jun 242016
 

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Cool sunrise rain on the bay.

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Family and Lewisville Lake sandies

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Jun 232016
 

Story by Craig Nyhus, Lone Star Outdoor News

Photo by Conor Harrison

Former Lone Star Outdoor News’ managing editor Conor Harrison took his daughter, Marley and his mother to Lewisville Lake for a late-afternoon white bass and hybrid striped bass excursion with guide Steve Schiele.

“We started about 4:30 p.m., it was very hot with a 10 mph southeast wind,” Harrison, who now works with 7-Eleven, Inc., said.

The three-generation group fished the west side of the lake where the bait had gathered.

Photo by Conor Harrison

Photo by Conor Harrison

“The current was flowing through cuts behind points,” Harrison said. We caught a few small white bass early and then checked main lake humps with not much luck.”

At about 6 p.m., the bite picked up.

Photo by Conor Harrison

Photo by Conor Harrison

“We were using chartreuse slabs and started catching good numbers of big white bass,” Harrison said. “Later, the hybrid bite turned on.”

As it began to get dark, the white bass began schooling in the coves and the group chased them with the trolling motor.

“At that point, it was throwing the slabs at the school and reeling back in,” Harrison said. ‘It was big fun on my ultralight spinning tackle and 6-pound test line.”

The action was fast and furious for the last hour before dark.

“We had a fish on every cast,” Harrison said.

The group kept 20 of the bigger white bass and a few hybrids, along with one catfish, for a fish fry.

“Schiele said the fish have been a little more active in the mornings before it gets hot,” Harrison said. “It was a great trip.”

To contact Steve Schiele, call (214) 629-1628.

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A perfect get-a-way

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Jun 172016
 

Written by David J. Sams

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Need to get out of town and do a little fishing?

We sure did, and we drove down to Get-A-Way Adventures Lodge this week to shuffle across the bay floor, and ended up catching a good mess of trout and reds.

1 fish

 

The best lures? Pink top-waters for some and plastics with chartreuse tails for others worked best in thigh- to waist-deep waters.

Drifting the Land Cut produced for Capt. Steve Ellis, as he reported a nearly 100-fish day.  Capt. Mitch Richmond broke in his new Dargel Kat and we were along for the ride, so look for that review soon in the paper.

The home-cooked meals outdid themselves again with Sandra Garza at the helm.

Lodge owner Mike Sutton has whipped the lodge into great shape over the last few years. He reported that his early white-winged dove hunts are all booked — so look at later dates if you want a combo dove hunt/fishing trip this fall.

It was hard to leave good fishing, but we still need to bring you the news — so we are back in the office staring at our computers —again.

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Top-water red landing with Capt. Mitch Richmond out of Get-Away-Adventures

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Jun 162016
 

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First tagged redfish caught in CCA STAR

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Jun 162016
 

Story by CCA STAR

Photo by Jeff Myers

When the alarm went off at 4:15 a.m. on June 10, Jeff Myers of Houston was almost too tired to go fishing, but he knew his girlfriend, Karin, would be very disappointed if they didn’t go. After picking up a quart of shrimp, the couple headed to the Texas City Dike to launch the boat. When they got to the fishing spot, he noticed the quart of shrimp just purchased only had a few that were big enough to fish with.

His morning improved when he saw his first fish of the morning.

Photo by Jeff Myers

Photo by Jeff Myers

As Myers reeled in the redfish, he could see a tag protruding from the fish. After it was landed, he wondered if the tag was from last year. Trying to read the tiny letters on the tag, he was able to see it was a 2016 CCA Texas STAR Tag.

The pair rushed to Pelican Rest Marina to weigh in the fish with Tag #TA816.

“It’s hard to comprehend that you would catch one of those fish out of so many,” Myers said.  “I have entered the tournament for 8 to 10 years and have never caught one to even enter for size or weight.”

Myers is the first winner of a 2016 loaded Ford F-150 “Texas Edition” XLT SuperCab, pulling a brand new 23-foot Haynie BigFoot boat rigged with a Mercury 150L Pro XS OptiMax motor and Coastline trailer prize package, which will be awarded to him at the STAR Awards Ceremony in October.

There are 59 tagged redfish still out there swimming and four truck/boat/motor/trailer prize packages, plus five boat/motor/trailer prize packages still available to win in the Texas Ford Dealers Redfish Division and STAR Tournament. The tournament runs through Labor Day (September 5).

Last year, 10 tagged redfish were caught, but only five anglers claimed prizes. The others were not registered for the CCA Texas STAR.

 Visit www.ccamembership.org to sign up.

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