Monthly Archives: April 2015

Fishing Book Series: Standing in a River

This Fishing Book Series: Standing in a River Waving a Stick by John Gierach. The stories in this particular book are so rich and intriguing that you will not be able to put it down. This author writes in a such a way that you feel you’re sitting beside him on the bank, as the story develops.

These are great campfire stories to sink into at night, when you are enjoying a weekend fishing trip. This is one of the most popular books by John Gierach for a very good reason. You will learn so much about fishing and it may just teach you a little bit about life too, as you turn the pages of this endearing little book.

Amazon Summary on the Book:

Brilliant, witty, perceptive essays about fishing, the natural world, and life in general by the acknowledged master of fishing writers.

With his inimitable combination of wit and wisdom, John Gierach once again celebrates the fishing life in this book notating its benefits as a sport, philosophical pursuit, even therapy: “The solution to any problem—work, love, money, whatever—is to go fishing, and the worse the problem, the longer the trip should be.” After all, fishing teaches important life lessons—about solitude, patience, perspective, humor, and the sublime coffee break.

Reflecting on a lifetime of lessons learned at the end of a rod, Gierach concludes, “The one inscription you don’t want carved on your tombstone is  that the poor guy didn’t fish enough.’ Fortunately for Gierach fans, this is not likely to happen.

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Yamaha 190 Fishing Jet Boat

Yamaha has now introducted its latest model, the “Yamaha 190 Fishing Jet Boat.” It is a jet-powered fishing boat with a center console. She is 19 feet long overall and powered by the proven 1812CC high-output Yamaha marine engines. She has all the fishing features expected in a dedicated fishing rig with only a draft. She also has the Yamaha articulating keel, giving excellent control and handling. Below is a list of its key features, which you will find helpful.

Key Features:

Tow hook
8 person capacity
Jet drive propulsion
Bring-aboard cooler
18 gallon aerated livewell
Fore and aft casting decks
High power washdown system
Trolling motor wire channeling
5 flush mount cleats and 4 gunwale rod holders
2 flip-up jump seats with storage below
Jensen marine stereo with Bluetooth, USB and AUX port
Integrated swim platform with ladder

Come by Texas Marine today and check out this new fully accommodating fishing boat. You will love it!

Bass Cash Bash Tournament

This “Bass Cash Bash Tournament” is designed to help raise money for 3 charity organizations and gives you a summer long tournament entry into the BassCashBash.com event.

$50 Entry Fees & Official Registration @ BassCashBash.com
(anyone registering before April 25th will be eligible for “Early Bird” prize drawing for all of the gear that the sponsors will be donating.

Up to $250,000 All Summer Long

10lbs + Category any Toledo Bend Largemouth Bass weighting 10lbs or more

LARGEST FISH: $5000
2ND LARGEST FISH: $2000
3RD LARGEST FISH: $1000
4TH LARGEST FISH: $1000

Tagged Category 100 Tagged Fish will be safely released into Toledo Bend

1ST TAGGED FISH RECIEVED: $5000
2ND TAGGED FISH RECIEVED: $2000
3RD TAGGED FISH RECIEVED: $1000
4TH TAGGED FISH RECIEVED: $1009

Toledo Bend Official Weigh In Station:
Toledo Town and Tackle. Located at the crossroads of Toledo Bend on the Louisiana side at Highway 6 and Highway 191. Curt and the Crew are excited to be a part of our first event and can’t wait to put that 10 lbs. or Larger Bass on the scales For you or check in your Tagged Bass.

For More Info Contact: BassCashBash.com

639 Vinson Rd.
Leesville, LA 71446
(337)353-3381
www.BassCashBash.com

Will Congress Get it Right on Recreational Fishing?

Since the 1976 Fishery Conservation and Management Act the U.S. has been firmly in control of the fish in our waters, sending foreign fishing fleets packing. Until that point foreigners had been raking in the fish from our waters and sending them back home or even exporting them back to us. NOAA is now in charge of managing all the fish and shellfish within 200 miles of our coast to protect U.S. commercial fishing, sportfishing and domestic seafood industries. Its now time for a new Congressional reauthorization in 2015.

The founder of Bass Pro Shops help to chair a saltwater alliance called “Commission on Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Management that helped make recommendations to Congress this go around. They are stating that ” The country needs to manage all its saltwater fishery resources in ways that maximize the economic  benefit of recreational fishing.”  Since the 1976 act, even with updated provisions, overfishing by U.S. fisherman has been occurring year after year.So in 2006 the act turned to from focusing on economic development to conservation of the fish. The act was renamed the “Magnuson-Stevens” act because Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska championed its new revisions. It mandated ending overfishing and called for rebuilding stocks with strict timelines. Also in the act, certain species were relegated off limits for commercial fishing, leaving the sportsfishing sector virtually untouched a huge boon for them. Since that time overfishing has been in decline. The revisions were considered a success.

The new acts revisions will seek to manage the last sectors, the recreational fishing side of the equation. Recreational fishing has become a 70 billion dollar a year industry, with 455,000 jobs. NOAA feels that it has reached the size it requires management, just like the commercial side once did. The agency has now taken the first steps with accepting six primary recommendations from the commission. The commission, which includes the CCA, is also trying to get the Feds to use seasons and quotas to manage recreational saltwater fishing. This is what states do to manage their fish and it has been successful for years. The Feds normally use poundage to manage the fish within their care, for commercial fisherman. However, commercial fishing harvests 98% of their catch for food. Recreational fisherman only 3%, so the same methods won’t work. Recreational fisherman do not even fish for the same reasons. So to accomplish their goals the Commission on Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Management assembled a expert team of state, federal and private sector administrators, researchers, industry representatives, economists and various other experts to create a “Proactive Vision for Saltwater Fisheries Report.” It differentiates the needs of recreational fishing from those of commercial fishing and put forth six recommendations, which have now been accepted.

The big question still looms over Congress whether it is feasible to manage recreational fishing under a totally different scheme? The commission feels it is and it is well worth the added effort. The new policy would represent an outstanding opportunity to put recreation fishing on equal footing they feel. This new approach could benefit the recreational fishery and enshrine those benefits into federal law. This would ensure that future recreational fisherman will be able to enjoy the industry, just as anglers today do.

 

 

Launching Your Boat

Have you ever tried watching one of those youtube videos on “Launching Your Boat?” Try it sometime, you will start feeling a whole lot better about your launch mishaps. You suddenly become fully aware that there are those out there who are doing it a lot worse than you. Here are some quick tips to help you become proficient at launching  a boat correctly everytime.

Check, Check and Recheck

Do not get sloppy when preparing to launch your vessel. Run through a pre-launch checklist covering all the basics, such as the drain plug being in for deck boats. Check for the simplest things, which could really save you out on the water. Don’t forget to look the trailer over either. Most importantly check the parking brakes on your towing vehicle. Also, get out and check the launch lane, before beginning your launch for obstructions or interference. Always check to see that you have packed the right tools to assist you should the towing vehicle end up in the water, like a winch.

Practice, Practice and Practice

New boaters can’t practice launching enough. Find an empty parking lot to practice backing up with a boat in tow. Its trickier than one would think. It can take quiet awhile to perfect the method. Practice speeds up this skill tremendously. When your at the launch ramp make friends with everyone. Don’t hesitate to ask them for help if you need it. Remember to return the favor if you ever see someone struggling also. There is such a thing as etiquette at the dock. Familiarize yourself with what others expect out of fellow boaters for a much more pleasant experience out of your launch. If someone appears to be in a huge hurry its always best to let them go on ahead. Be prepared fully by the time you are at the launch. Nothing is more irritating to fellow boaters than having to wait for an unprepared boater to launch.

At Day’s End

Common courtesy is most important here. Everyone is usually tired and ready to get home, be patient. When it comes your time, be prepared to move quickly and efficiently. Have your gear ready to take off the boat. Have get the boat ready to go on the trailer, while your waiting in line. Let someone out to go get the trailer as soon as you have the option.

Once the trailer arrives, slowly back it into the water using the boat’s bow and stern lines to line the boat up. After that guide the boat onto the trailer instead of driving it for optimum safety. Watch for individuals being in the direct line of the winch cable in case it breaks. Once you are back up in the parking lot, make sure all loose gear is stowed away securely, drain all water from the boat and check that your lights are hooked up to the vehicle before you drive off. Last but not least do the environment a favor and always make sure your boat is cleaned and free of invasive critters before you go to launch it again.

What Is That?

May be a little late in the year to make one of these a gift for your beloved angler, but what is it anyways? You ask “What Is That?” This is called a Coracle, a very tiny Welsh boat used to fish. Its actually been around since 7th Century Wales and is still around the world today. The vessels are mainly used on the River Towy, in S.W. Wales. Welsh Boat

 

 

 

 

 

 

These boats have a waist because of the fast flowing Welsh rivers. Its pear shape is much more stable. They are superlight with a just painted canvas over wooden stips and a leather carry strap. This enables the boats to be carried by anglers for an easy pick up and walk home. They can carry the boat with one arm and their fish with the other!

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Neches River Primitive Camping and Paddling

The lower Neches is designated a “Wild & Scenic” River. It winds gently through the “Big Thicket National Preserve” region of S.E. Texas.  The river’s watershed drains thousands of acres of floodplain for hundreds of miles north of  Beaumont area. There is no better area for “Neches River Primitive Camping and Paddling.”

This amazing river is attractive to native paddlers and campers because of its unbelievable scenery. It has a jungle like appearance at certain times of the day. It is filled with Cypress sloughs, tall bluffs, plenty of Oxbow lakes and a mix of hearty loblolly pine and hardwood forest. There are gorgeous pearl white sandbars for day use and swimming. They Village Creek area of the main tributary is a great little oasis for primitive camping also.

The river’s path is very pristine within the perimeters of the watershed itself and is generally free of very many humans. The local wildlife isn’t that dangerous either, other than your typical snakes, gators, a lost honey bear, a few scattered wolves and an officially reported “Bigfoot” sighting.  This “Wild & Scenic” designated River offers its visitors tons of adventures, not to mention photographic vistas to die for. The uniquely Texan pioneer culture that still resides abundantly in the backwoods towns surrounding the area has thrived for over a century; tourists will enjoy experiencing it.

With a quick google search of “Canoe Rentals in Lumberton, Texas” or “Village Creek State Park” you will have all the information you need to begin planning your canoe or camping trip.

TPWD Wildscapes Program

Texas is one of the largest states in the U.S and has over 800 habitat types for native animal and plant species, within its borders. It has bottomlands, hardwood forests, canyonlands, blackland praries and many more which fill the state with beautiful landscapes. The animals and plant life that occur in Texas alone (nowhere else in the world) number in the tens of thousands.

To read more on the Wildscapes Program…………………Click Here

This TPWD wildlife program endeavors to preserve this fabric for future and present generatons of Texans. There is a team of botanist, ornithologist, herpetologist and invertebrate biologist that provide leadership on the preservation of rare species and areas with high conservation values in Texas. They are also a local resource for landowners and leadership in local initiatives. Biologist who specialize in Urban communities are also available because this is our fastest growing habitat in our very popular growing state. Through there guidance these esperts maintain a clearinghouse of research and information for the state’s rarest species.

To read the latest info at the Texas Natural Diversity Database…………….Click Here

The database can be a valuable source for researchers and conservationists working in Texas. It is frequently used by private industry to evaluate potential impacts on habitat involving their projects. There is a  Wildlife Habitat Assessment Program  that can also be used with tons of resources to help project developers determine potential impacts to natural resources of conservation concerns in Texas.

TPWD has numerous programs to help Texas habitat thrive for generations to come.  The Wildscapes certification is just one of many, albeit a popular one these days.

 

To read more on the TPWD Wildscapes Program………………..Click Here

Sunny Day Spawns “BIG BASS” Sharelunkers

Above Picture Features: 14.37 lb. Big Bass Sharelunker #562 caught at Lake Sam Rayburn.

Lately, it has been raining and raining and raining. For fishermen, this leads to a lot of pent up frustration. In the first sunny day of spring, March 9th, every fishing boat in Texas must have been out on the water. All the fuss ended up producing 3 new Sharelunkers, for the highly successful Texas Parks and Wildlife Department program. This sunny day spawns “BIG BASS” Sharelunkers, for Spring break fishing trips.

Nearby Lake Sam Rayburn actually produced 2 of the 3 Sharelunkers that came in that day. Lake Sam Rayburn is now tied for 2nd as the Lake that has produced the most Sharelunkers, in the entire state. It is only beaten by Lake Fork, who holds the “Numero Uno” spot!

Darrell Tompkins from Huffman, caught TPWD ShareLunker #562 at 6:00 p.m that day. He was utilizing a spinnerbait in shallow water, when the 14.32-pound bass latched on. The gargantuan Bass was 26.25 inches long and 22.25 inches around the girth.TPWD picked it up at Jackson Hill Marina, an official ShareLunker weigh and holding station.

The other Bass from Lake Rayuburn accepted into the Sharelunker program by TPWD was #561, which was caught at the Bass Champs tournament. This monster fish weighed in at 13.05 lbs. and was 25.5 inches long, with a 21″ girth. They fish was caught by Triana Wayman of Nachogdoches in 15′ of water with a crankbait at 1:30 pm that day.

Per the TPWD Website: ShareLunker catches can be reported 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the season, by calling (903) 681-0550. If poor cellphone service prevents use of the voice number, anglers can leave a phone number (including area code) at (888) 784-0600. That number is also monitored 24/7 during the season.

For complete information and rules of the ShareLunker program, tips on caring for big bass and a recap of last year’s season, see www.tpwd.texas.gov/sharelunker. The site also includes a searchable database of all fish entered into the program along with pictures where available, and a list of official Toyota ShareLunker weigh and holding stations equipped with certified scales.