, Port Arthur, Texas


November 16, 2013

Chester Moore column: Random outdoors thoughts that are perplexing

PORT ARTHUR —   Do you ever have super random thoughts enter your head while cruising the lake or sitting on the deer stand?

   Admit it. You do and so do I, so this week I will ponder some of these thoughts, some of which are quite perplexing.

    #1-Why do fishing lures go out of style? With bass on heavily pressured lakes I realize they sort of build up a resistance to certain lures after they have seen them thousands of times but why would a Slug-Go not work today as well as it did in the early 1990s? Think about it.

    #2-Does anyone really think we will ever get feral hog numbers under control? You read a lot about the idea of controlling them but in reality, there is no way to stop the advance of hogs other than some sort of natural “cure” such as a major disease outbreak.

    #3-Since hogs have been on my mind much lately here is another one. Are hogs really as damaging to other forms of wildlife as we hear? I can understand the damage to ground nesting birds due to their rooting but hog numbers are at record levels and deer numbers throughout virtually all of their range are high. Ditto for turkeys. Have hogs really had a negative impact on them?

    #4-At some point trophy hunting of deer may become completely irrelevant. I can see the day where people with the financial resources simply pay shed antlers of raised bucks and claim as a trophy. In reality, we are not far from that right now.

    #5-Crossbows have been legal for use in the archery-only whitetail season for several years now and amazingly (sarcasm mode turned off) bow hunters have not lost opportunities, there haven’t been a plethora of crossbow-related incidents and deer numbers have remained steady.

    In my 20 plus year career of covering the outdoors, I have never seen anything as lame, unnecessary and downright childish as the opposition of crossbows by a vocal minority of the archery industry.

    I will never forget being in a room with numerous Texas bow shop owners, representatives from archery companies, landowners and state wildlife officials and having a leader of an organization tell me they even oppose crossbows for the handicapped.

    Thankfully, these people did not get their way.

    #6-The most challenging animal to hunt in Texas is the aoudad. If you purposefully seek a mature aoudad on open range or on a large high fence facility, you are up for an extreme challenge. Amazing creatures.

    #7-Does anyone care about red snapper any more? Sure, we all love to eat them but has the federal red tape nightmare surrounding the fishery killed your interest for pursuing them. That along with fuel prices has pretty much done it for me although I am not opposed to catch them.

  (To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at . You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at . You can watch him on “God’s Outdoors with Chester Moore” on GETV Saturdays at 11 a.m.)



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     Summer is one of the best times to seek catfish in Southeast Texas and thankfully, for local anglers without a boat, there are catfish in just about every canal, drainage ditch and bayou in the area.
      Fishing from the bank has its disadvantages but there is a way around it. This involves making the fish come to you.
      European catfish and carp anglers who typically fish exclusively from the bank use a system called “ground baiting,” which involves putting chum out with the bait. They attach a small cylindrical device above their swivel, which holds chum and dispenses it as the water rushes by. The problem is these rigs are not readily available in our marketplace.
      However, with a little ingenuity, taking a 35-millimeter film canister, punching a hole in the bottom and on the lid and then punching more holes along the side can make a similar device. This acts as a perfect chumming device and is very inexpensive.
      Not everyone has film canisters these days so the softer plastic aspirin bottles will also get the job done.
      Rig this above your swivel and weight, and then fill it with your favorite chum. Now you will not only be chumming the area you fish in but also bringing fish directly to your bait.
      Any kind of chum will work, but a mixture I have had some success with was menhaden oil (available through many mail order offshore supply catalogs) mixed with soured milo. The oil creates a huge chum slick and when it mixes with the milo, the smell is almost unbearable, which means catfish love it. The best part is that a little bit goes a long way.
     Something else to consider is using jack mackerel as bait.
     This oily fish is available in larger supermarkets in a can for less than $1, and I can attest it will bring in fish. While fishing in the Gulf of Mexico and tagging sharks for the Mote Marine Laboratory, my partners and I were able to chum in and catch nearly 40 sharks while using less than two cans of the stuff. It is oily and stinks to high heaven, so catfish should love it.
      For anglers interested in using film canisters to chum their bait, something else to consider is the use of a popping cork. Even if your bait is on the bottom, you can rig a popping cork above it and attach a baited film canister below. This will allow you to do some extra chumming and use the cork to “pop” the chum out whenever you want to release more.
     Another great tip for land bound anglers is to use braided line. In talking with several anglers who pursue brackish blues from the bank, I have learned that loosing striking fish can be a problem.
      I am not sure as to the reason but a definitely solution is using a braided line because they have no stretch. When making long casts with monofilament from the bank you have the potential for lots of line stretch when can make a poor hookset.
     Sixty yards of line might have five or six feet of stretch and that is plenty for a big blue to undo. When using a braid like Fireline, Gorilla Braid or Spiderwire you can forego these problems and greatly enhance your chances of putting some catfish in the frying pan.
     (To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at You can hear him on the radio Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on “Moore Outdoors” on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at and watch him Saturdays on on “God’s Outdoors with Chester Moore”.)

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