Monthly Archives: November 2014

Texas Lakes: Fishing Tournaments (Updated)

Rayburn/Toledo Tournaments via LakeCaster

Upcoming Freshwater Tournament Schedules

Bass Tourny FishBelow is a list to future freshwater tournaments in our area. We would love to include any others you know of. Please feel free to email us at d_chance@texasmarine.com, if you would like to submit a tournament. Be sure to include verification information in the email, so that we may call the tournament sponsors and verify the event. We will be publishing the tournaments blogs at regular intervals for your convenience, so stayed tuned. Each time a tournament blog is published it will include all the updated tournaments in the new post. Enjoy and go check out some of these “Texas Lakes: Fishing Tournaments (Updated).” They are great fun for the  whole family.

♦ Lake Rayburn
♦ Lake Houston
♦ Toledo Bend Reservoir
♦ Lake Livingston
♦ Lake Conroe

DECEMBER

6          SETX High School Fishing @ Umphrey Pavilion, Lake Rayburn
6          Army Rec Site Open Tournament @ Military Rec, Toledo Bend Reservoir
6          Up & Coming Outdoors @ Big Bass Marina, Toledo Bend Reservoir
6-7       Platinum Team Trail @ Cassels Boykin, Lake Rayburn
13        Patriot’s Challenge @ Jackson Hill, Lake Rayburn
20        DETX High School Fishing @ Jackson Hill, Lake Rayburn

JANUARY

10         Weekend Bass Series @ Umphrey Pavilion, Lake Rayburn
10         DETX High School Fishing @ Fin & Feather, Toledo Bend Reservoir
10         Angler Quest-Team #1 @ Lake Houston Marina, Lake Houston
10-11   American Bass Anglers @ Onalaska (TBD), Lake Livingston
11         Anglers Quest-Team #1 @ Umphrey Pavilion, Lake Rayburn
17         Bass Champs (Eastern Division) @ Umphrey Pavilion, Lake Rayburn
17         DETX High School Fishing @ Jackson Hill, Lake Rayburn
17         Angler Quest-Team # 1 @ Kickapoo Bait, Lake Livingston
18         Anglers Quest-Individual #1 @ Umphrey Pavilion, Lake Rayburn
24         FLW College Tournament @ Umphrey Pavilion, Lake Rayburn
24         BNB Spring Division @ Fin & Feather, Toledo Bend Reservoir
24         C.A.S.T. @ Fin & Feather, Toledo Bend Reservoir
25         Rattle Trap Tournament @ Umphrey Pavilion, Lake Rayburn
31         Texas Team Trail @ Umphrey Pavilion, Lake Rayburn
31         Fisher of Men @ Fin & Feather, Toledo Bend Reservoir

FEBRUARY

7          DETX High School Fishing @ Fin & Feather, Toledo Bend Reservoir
7          SETX High School Fishing @ Umphrey Pavilion, Lake Rayburn
8          BLT Spring Division @ Cassels Boykin, Lake Rayburn
14         Weekend Bass Series @ Umphrey Pavilion, Lake Rayburn
14         Bass Champs @ Cypress Bend, Toledo Bend Reservoir
15         Anglers Quest Team #2 @ Umphrey Pavilion, Lake Rayburn
21         C.A.S.T. @ Cassels Boykin, Lake Rayburn
21         Texas Team Trail @ Cypress Bend, Toledo Bend Reservoir
21         South East Region Bass @ Jackson Hill, Lake Rayburn
21         Fishers of Men @ Fin & Feather, Toledo Bend Reservoir
22         Anglers Quest Individual #2 @ Umphrey Pavilion. Lake Rayburn
28         BFL-Cowboy Division #1 @ Umphrey Pavilion. Lake Rayburn
28         BNB Spring Division @ Fin & Feather, Toledo Bend Reservoir
28         DETX High School Fishing @ Jackson Hill, Lake Rayburn
28         Anacoco Lions Club @ Cypress Bend, Toledo Bend Reservoir

MARCH

1          Rattle Trap Tournament @ Cypress Bend, Toledo Bend Reservoir
6-7       Haynesville Shale Oilfield @ Cypress Bend, Toledo Bend Reservoir
7          DETX High School Fishing @ Fin & Feather, Toledo Bend Reservoir
7          Bass Champs-East Division #3 @ Umphrey Pavilion, Lake Rayburn
7          Fishers of Men @ Fin & Feather, Toledo Bend Reservoir
8          BLT Spring Division @ Cassels Boykin, Lake Rayburn
14        Weekend Bass Series @ Umphrey Pavilion, Lake Rayburn
15        Anglers Quest Team #3 @ Umphrey Pavilion, Lake Rayburn
20        TOBI @ Cypress Bend, Toledo Bend Reservoir
21        SETX High School Fishing @ Umphrey Pavilion, Lake Rayburn
27-28   LOBI @ Cypress Bend, Toledo Bend Reservoir
27-28   PALS Tournament @ April Plaza Marina, Lake Conroe
28         DETX High School Fishing @ Jackson Hill, Lake Rayburn
28         BNB Spring Division @ Fin & Feather, Toledo Bend Reservoir
29         Anglers Quest Individual #3 @ Umphrey Pavilion, Lake Rayburn

APRIL

3-4       Basscat Owners Tournament @ Umphrey Pavilion, Lake Rayburn
9-11     Rayovac Tournament @ Umphrey Pavilion, Lake Rayburn (11th Walmart Weigh in)
11        SETX High School Fishing @ Umphrey Pavilion, Lake Rayburn
11        Fishers of Men Tournament @ Jackson Hill, Lake Rayburn
11        Southeast Region Tx Bass Nation @ Cypress Bend, Toledo Bend Reservoir
11-12   American Bass Anglers @ Onalaska (TBD), Lake Livingston
12        Anglers Quest Team # 4 @ Umphrey Pavilion, Lake Rayburn
12        BLT Spring Division @ Cassels Boykin, Lake Rayburn
17-19    Big Bass Splash-Sealy Outdoors @ Umphrey Pavilion, Lake Rayburn
18        DETX High School Fishing @ Fin & Feather, Toledo Bend Reservoir
24-25 Toledo Bend Oilman’s Tournament @ Cypress Bend, Lake Toledo Bend
25 BNB Spring Division @ Fin & Feather, Toledo Bend Reservoir
26        Anglers Quest Individual #4 @ Umphrey Pavilion, Lake Rayburn

MAY

1-2 ALBC Best Six @ Cypress Bend, Toledo Bend Reservoir
3            Anglers Quest Team #5 @ Umphrey Pavilion, Lake Rayburn
8 Bass Champs @ Cypress Bend, Toledo Bend Reservoir
9            BFL-Cowboy Division #2 @ Umphrey Pavilion, Lake Rayburn
9            DETX High School Fishing @ To Be Announced, Lake Rayburn
10          DETX High School Fishing @ To Be Announced, Toledo Bend Reservoir
15-17    McDonalds BIG BASS SPLASH @ Cypress Bend, Toledo Bend Reservoir
30 Lineman Rodeo @ San Miguel, Toledo Bend Reservoir

June

6 TBLA/Sabine SWCD Fish Fest Children’s Tournament @ Cypress Bend, Toledo Bend Reservoir
6 BNB Summer Division @ Fin & Feather, Toledo Bend Reservoir
12-13 Oilman’s Classic @ Cypress Bend, Toledo Bend Reservoir
20 FLW Cowboy Division @ Cypress Bend, Toledo Bend Reservoir
20 C.A.S.T. @ Fin & Feather, Toledo Bend Reservoir

How Temperature Effects Fish

How temperature effects fish? Temperature plays an strategic role in the life of a fish. It affects everything from their performance, health and behavior, to the population of the coming year’s class, on a particular body of water. All fish have temperature preferences, warm, cool or cold. S.E. Texas fish tend to be warm water fish, except for crappie. The temperature determines their survival rate, swimming performance, feeding and digestion, spawning and ability to fight off disease. For example, a harsh winter undermines the survival rate of the upcoming years various spawn, whereas a mild winter has just the opposite effect. The body temperature of a fish is directly related to the surrounding environment it finds itself in.

Biologist have studied different species in various water temperatures. One study done on Bass revealed that when they were in 50-86 degrees their critical swimming speed increased. However, when placed in 95-degree water it rapidly declined. Swimming speed has to do with a fish’s ability to feed, forage or run from predators. Smaller fry have a much tougher time surviving the winter and are more likely to starve. A fish that does not have to expend a lot of energy to eat (due to efficient swimming speed) will not need to eat as often, giving them a much better chance for survival.

Temperature also can cripple the outcome of a successful fishing trip. When temperatures are extremely high or low fish are far less aggressive. Fishermen will have to work twice as hard to catch fish because very few of them will be actively feeding. Also, fish that like warmer water need the higher oxygen found in it, so they are usually top feeding in summer. Extreme temperatures can send them fleeing in the opposite direction, making it even harder to determine their location. However, for the knowledgeable angler who understands preferred water temperature, for his species of choice, it is a powerful tool in their arsenal. Armed with the right information anglers can have successful fishing adventures, all year long. it could also be the edge you need to win your next tournament. So learn it, apply it and have fun experimenting.

Article By: Donna Chance

Great Sunshades For Fishing

Great sunshades for fishing can be a important asset for anglers at any level of expertise. When sight fishing they help you see much more clearly. A high quality lens gives you a much better contrast. When you are trying to align the position of a fish it is the most valuable tool you will have. A high-end pair of these glasses will be well worth the extra money in the years of satisfaction you will get out of them. Glare, bottom differences, surface waves and wind can all be challenging for anglers while fishing in these less than perfect conditions. Any edge you can get will bump up your shot at reeling in that big one!

To select the right glasses the first thing you need to make sure of is that they are polarized with no light coming into your periphery vision. There are great polarized fishing brands out there everywhere, Costa, Smith, Spy Optics just to name a few. You can choose frams that have good eye coverage all over to frames that are comfortable throughout a long day of fishing. Lens tend to be a personal choice as everyone’s eyes are different. Choose a lens that gives great contrast most importantly. In shallow water you want amber; for deep water gray tends to be a better color choice. If you are in glare, soft light or a cloudy day then you will want light rose or amber lenses.

The key is to find what feels good and works good for you eyes. Don’t just get what your best buddy told you works for him. With the right combination you will be catching more fish than you ever dreamed possible.

Top Local Fishing Spots: Walter Umphrey Pier

Walter Umphrey State Park Fishing Pier

3897 T.B. Ellison Parkway, Port Arthur, TX (Pleasure Island) 1-337-802-4320

This massive pier is still somewhat unknown to the general public. But to anglers, it is one of the top local fishing spots in all of Southeast Texas, especially if you love Redfish. It is packed out on most weekends, with fishermen from all around, so get there early for night fishing. It has camping facilities, decent restrooms, baitshop across the street plenty of room, very good lighting and people up all night long fishing, what else could a person want. The stories you hear will rival anything late night TV has to offer with suspense, drama, embellishment and adventure everywhere. People are friendly and eager to swap them too.Water Ump

The tides here move out until about 11pm most nights, so the fishing stays active. Redfish are a predominant here. They even get Redfish runs pretty regularly. It is a fisherman’s paradise here, especially for speckled trout, redfish, and flounder.

The pier is located on Pleasure Island in Pt. Arthur. It is a place of beauty. Its has hills, bluffs, causeways, piers and great vistas overlooking Sabine Lake. Pleasure Island is where fishing fun begins in Port Arthur. The Island  is an 18.5 mile long piece of real estate, extending from the mouth of the Neches River on the northwest to the Sabine Causeway on the southeast. Its surrounded by Sabine Lake and the Sabine Neches Intracoastal Waterway.

The picture with the title Walter Umphrey State Park Fishing Pier was taken by the photographer Troy Herman on 31 July 2007 and published over Panoramio. Walter Umphrey State Park Fishing Pier is next to Mesquite Point and is located in Jefferson County, Texas, United States. You can see the original site of the image here.

picture of Walter Umphrey State Park Fishing Piercreator: Troy Herman

 

Holes

When fishing clear-water small streams and wading along the shore, anglers pay close attention to the location of riffles, pools, and especially, “holes” and how fish relate to these visible features. However when fishing in a boat on large, possibly murky water, it all looks the same. That’s why most anglers cast along the shoreline. This is a target they can see.

Electronic “fish-finders” help anglers locate features in a seemingly featureless body of water. I have a lot to learn about reading electronics but for my unit, unless the kids need something to watch between bites, I try not to be distracted by those pixilated fish taunting me by cruising across the screen; I’m looking for a quick change in depth. Not that there aren’t fish on wide, flat areas too but when the going gets rough, it is hard to beat a hole. Anglers

The definition of a “hole” varies regionally. In some places, it can mean a change of depth measured in inches. Mark Zone, co-host on the Bassmasters television program frequently illustrates that in Elite series tournaments with high pressure for a few days, locating a difference of depth of just a few more inches can mean landing big bass that others can’t. And Jeff Knapp, veteran smallmouth bass guide often seeks “scour holes”, which are midstream and measured only in inches.

Also, I think it was Elite Bassmaster angler Tommy Biffle who said, “A channel is just as good as a hole.” Many lakes are actually impoundments of watersheds. Those deepest channels are just long holes which can be fish highways such as when fish transition to or from spawning areas.


Building Your Own Livewell

Make Your Own Ice-Chest Livewell Video

Texas Marine has dozens of livewell pumps available for your needs. You can build just about any livewells using these pumps, or repair an old one. There are literally dozens of videos online on for “Do It Yourself” video instructional on the subject.

Livewells are invaluable when it comes to fishing so do not be without one. The above video is a very simple quick step by step tutorial on how to do this yourself. Come by Texas Marine today and pick up what you need from the parts department to get what you need to begin this fun unique project.

 

Recipe Series: Fantastic Fried Fish from Fishing Lodge

This was my Grandmothers Fried Fish Recipe from a very popular Fishing Lodge she used to cook for. Everyone who tastes it was amazed and the recipe went viral, before the days of the internet. Next thing you know it was popping up at all the local fish fries we were invited too, as kids. Try it out and you will understand why. We used it on Bass and Catfish, but you could try it on many other kinds of fish also.

Most Important Step

Bleed your fish before filleting them

Clean and Fillet Fish

Soak in Brine Water Overnight

Take out of Refrigerator and Dry

Season Fillet with Salt, Pepper, Favorite spices
(Remember Fish will be Salty already, from Brine)

Dip Dried Fillet in Seasoned Flour (Careful Not To Over Salt)

Dip Fillet in Seasoned Buttermilk

Dip Fillet in Finely Crushed Cracker Crumbs.

Fry Fillets in Peanut Oil

When finished try with some fried squash. You will be in heaven, as you taste these delightful extra crispy fillets combined with some onions and pickles. Nothing Better!