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Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame Nominations

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame inductee, Buddy Bradley, photo © Buddy Bradley

Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame inductee, Buddy Bradley, photo © Buddy Bradley



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Induction into the Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame doesn’t involve reeling in big fish.

07—Correct. It is a way to honor people who have given back to the sport of freshwater fishing.

Center spokesperson, Larry Hodge, says achievement in conservation, charity work and innovation makes judges take notice of worthy nominees.

15— Those folks don’t always get a lot of recognition. So, it was felt that establishing a freshwater fishing hall of fame would be a way to recognize deserving individuals who have made a contribution to freshwater fishing in Texas.

Any Texas-based individual or organization is eligible for nomination. Find criteria and forms on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Website. Hodge adds the more detailed nominators are, the better their candidate’s chances.

19—The committee of 12 that goes through the nominations and actually selects the person or organization for induction, may not
know anything about that particular nominee. So, we encourage people to do some research, provide as much information as they can,
and tell us that person’s story.

Submit nominations through November 1, 2014. There’s additional information about the Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, and what the inductee receives, on the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.

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For Texas Parks and Wildlife, I’m Cecilia Nasti.

Fishing: Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
David Campbell,  Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame inductee with Angler Faron McCain bringing in ShareLunker 523.

David Campbell, Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame inductee with Angler Faron McCain bringing in ShareLunker 523.


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The Texas Freshwater Fishing Center in Athens, Texas opened its doors in 1996; at the same time, it established the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame.

07— And has inducted an individual or an organization almost every year since then.

Larry Hodge is the center’s spokesperson. He says they’ll accept nominations for new inductees through November 1, 2014.

22— The criteria basically are that it has to be a human being – and deceased individuals are eligible for nomination, or an organization. In both cases, they must be Texas based. Either a Texas resident if it’s a person, or a Texas based company or other organization if it’s an angling group or something like that.

Find nomination forms on the Texas Parks and Wildlife website. The hall of fame isn’t about honoring people who caught the biggest or most unusual fish.

07—Correct. It is a way to honor people who have given back to the sport of freshwater fishing.

Such as through conservation, or charitable work, or ways that making freshwater fishing better for all…

Learn more about the nomination process tomorrow.

The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program supports our series… and receives funds from your purchase of fishing and hunting equipment and motor boat fuel.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife, I’m Cecilia Nasti.

Hunting|Tech: Using the Outdoor Annual App

Thursday, August 7th, 2014
Outdoor Annual goes Mobile

Outdoor Annual goes Mobile

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The Texas Outdoor Annual is a handy printed and online guide filled with valuable information for hunters and anglers. And it just got better because now it’s an app.

08— Smart phones and tablets have become more popular among the general population, and our hunters and anglers are also using those devices.

Tim Peterson–director of creative and interactive services at Texas Parks and Wildlife–says the new app takes the guesswork out of which regulations apply to your location.

28—If an angler’s sitting in a particular water body or lake, or near or water body or lake, they can use the GPS function in the APP, locate the lake that they’re at or near, and they can see bag limits and exceptions for that particular lake. In addition, same goes for hunting. Same goes for hunting. If a hunter is in a blind, they can pull out the APP, and using the GPS functionality of their device, they could see which county they were in, and they would see the bag limits and season dates for that particular county.

The app is free and available for download now for apple and android devices. The Outdoor Annual app will improve over time providing hunters and anglers up-to-the minute information for a successful experience

08—The first version will include fishing reports. So, you will be able to see what’s biting at a particular lake at a particular time.

Find information on where to download the app for free on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Website.

The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program supports our series, and is funded by your purchase of fishing and hunting equipment and motorboat fuel.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife, I’m Cecilia Nasti.

Boat | Fish: New Regulation — Drain That Boat

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Places where invasive zebra mussels hitch a ride.

Places where invasive zebra mussels hitch a ride.



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By now you’re aware of the zebra mussel; it’s an invasive freshwater species first detected in North America more than 25 years ago in the Great Lakes. By 2009 the species made its way to Texas Lakes.

08—Texoma was first, and now we’ve got them in five other reservoirs around the state. And now we’re trying to slow or prevent the zebra mussels from getting into the other public water bodies.

Ken Kurzawski oversees regulations for inland fisheries. Zebra mussels reproduce quickly and outcompete native freshwater species – like sport fish – for food.

12— And on top of that, they have a way to attach to structures—boats and things—that cause billions of dollars of damage in other parts of the country where they get into [municipal] water pipes and on structures where they have to be cleaned off.

Those are the kinds of outcomes Texas Parks and Wildlife and its partners want to avoid in Texas. On July 1 (2014) a new regulation went into effect mandating all boaters drain their boats before leaving public waters.

10—Any water that you uptake in your bilges, live wells, has to be drained from your vessel when you’re leaving those waters, or approaching another public water. And that’s statewide in all fresh waters.

Find additional information about this regulation, including how it pertains to transporting live fish while angling, and how to correctly clean, drain and dry your boat at texasinvasives.org.

The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program supports our series… and receives funds from your purchase of fishing and hunting equipment and motor boat fuel.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife, I’m Cecilia Nasti.

Angling: Red Snapper Survey

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Red Snapper

Red Snapper



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Sometime this summer saltwater anglers will have red snapper on the half shell sizzling on the grill.

03— It’s certainly one of the most highly sought after [fish] in the gulf – both here in Texas and in other states.

And TPW wants to know more about your catch. Jeremy Leitz [LEETZ] works in coastal fisheries at Parks and Wildlife. He says the division started a one-year pilot program in May 2014 to collect information about red snapper harvests from recreational anglers.

11—We’re going to use that information we collect directly from anglers alongside our routine creel surveys to get a better estimate of the number of red snapper that are being caught by recreational anglers. One will validate the other one.

Leitz says one person in the angling party can fill out the online survey for everyone involved.

08—It’s a quick, short, three-four question survey: date of the trip, how many fish were caught, how many people in the angling party. It will take just a few seconds to fill out.

Filling out the survey is voluntary; find it on the TPW website.

12—Our routine creel surveys typically last from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. A lot of these folks may not come in until later in the day. So, this reporting website will catch some of those later anglers, and so we’ll see if we’re still matching up with our creel surveys.

Data from the survey will help biologists better manage the species, and improve fishing for all. The WSFR program supports our series; its funded by your purchase of fishing and hunting equipment and motorboat fuel.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife, I’m Cecilia Nasti.