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Outdoors

August 30, 2012

MOORE FISHING REPORT: New wardens hitting the field

PORT ARTHUR — Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) officials report that 40 new state game wardens will be taking to the field following their completion of seven months of training.

    “Members of the 57th Game Warden class graduated in ceremonies at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the House of Representatives chamber at the Capitol in Austin. Featured speaker at the event was Amando Fernandez, FBI special agent in charge of the San Antonio division.”

    Fernandez told the class that he keeps on the wall of his office in San Antonio a framed copy of a line from Irish philosopher Edmund Burke: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing” and urged the new state law enforcement officers to always keep those words in mind as they proceed with their career.

   TPWD reported the new game wardens will be reporting for duty at stations spanning the state from East Texas to El Paso.

     “While the primary duty of state game wardens is to enforce hunting and fishing laws and water safety regulations, they are fully commissioned peace officers who also respond to natural disasters, assist other local and state law enforcement agencies as well as conducting public outreach on a variety of conservation-related topics.”

    “State game wardens are the primary law enforcement off the pavement in Texas,” said Major Danny Shaw, director of training at the academy.

    “We do a lot more for the people of Texas than enforcing game and fish laws.”

    Now onto the report…

    North Sabine---Very few reports at midweek. Winds and rain kept most anglers off the lake.

    South Sabine---A few anglers ventured out in the wind and rain and caught flounder along the south shoreline on jigs tipped with shrimp. Very few reports otherwise.

    Sabine Pass---Very few reports due to wind.

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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.
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      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.
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     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.
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      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 cmooreoutdoors@gmail.com. You can hear him on the radio Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on “Moore Outdoors” on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at www.klvi.com and watch him Saturdays on GETV.org on “God’s Outdoors with Chester Moore”.)
     

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