Archive for the 'Fishing' Category

TPW TV: Competitive Angling

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Award Winning Texas parks and Wildlife PBS TV Series

Award Winning Texas Parks and Wildlife PBS TV Series



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Size, strength and speed…important attributes for most high school athletes; unless, of course, the sport is fishing.

06— You don’t have to be the biggest kid or tallest kid or the most athletic kid to be a bass fisherman. It’s all about your knowledge.

Colt Anderson is half of a competitive high school fishing duo; Jonathan Gray is his teammate.

09— It’s kind of like playing golf a little bit to where you have different tools and you have to adapt to the conditions. You can never become perfect at fishing, and that’s a cool thing because you can always improve.

Another factor that makes competitive high school fishing a great sport is young women can also participate – like Marinna Collins and Mia Sartor – the only female team at a recent tournament at Lake LBJ.

10—It’s hard being the only girl team out there. We’re going to represent. This is my first year, so I am a little scared, but, you
just have to relax. Chill. Just go with it.

View a segment about competitive high school fishing teams the week of November 30 on the TPW PBS TV series. Check your local listings.

14—Ooh. I think that’s the furthest I’ve cast yet. [giggles] That felt good. It’s really cool being in this club because you get to
meet a lot of different people. And, we’re all like one big family – and that’s really good to have friends you can be really close
with.

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Angling: Near Shore Reefing of the Kinta

Thursday, November 13th, 2014
Reefing the Kinta off the coast of Corpus Christi

Reefing the Kinta off the coast of Corpus Christi


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The Gulf of Mexico bustles with marine life with no place to call home because the floor of the gulf is…

01—Mainly mud and sand.

Dale Shively, with the artificial reef program at Texas Parks and Wildlife, says using a variety of materials, the agency creates hard substrate, habitat, for these species.

10—By putting down concrete, or steel, or a ship – that gives these organisms a place to attach and to grow. And then from there, they create this reef environment…

The reef attracts fish, thus improving angling and diving opportunities. In Mid-September, Texas Parks and Wildlife sunk the freighter Kinta in 77 feet of water, 8 miles off the coast of Corpus Christi. Shively explains what makes a ship right for a location.

12—We want a ship that’s complex and that has a lot of interest to divers, and would be beneficial for marine life. [It needs to be] clean of environmental hazards, but of the right size to fit in particular reef sites.

The Kinta fit the bill, and has a new home on the gulf floor, where marine life has already discovered it.

20—Divers have gone down just a few hours after it was on the bottom and saw fish –so they found a home immediately. But as far as organisms actually growing and attaching to it, that will take a few months. But I would say in six months it will be pretty well covered, and within a year you have a pretty significant reef.

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

Fishing: Big Fish with Big Fight — Alligator Gar

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Alligator Gar in the Trinity River

Alligator Gar in the Trinity River



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Alligator gar, virtually unchanged from prehistoric times, is attracting an enthusiastic 21st Century following.

04—The species in recent years has become very popular amongst anglers and bow fishers.

David Buckmeier is a fisheries scientist for parks and wildlife. To fish for gar, you have to know where to find them.

21—Most alligator gar are found in coastal rivers along the eastern part of the state; rivers like the Trinity are very, very well-known for their alligator gar populations. They’re also found in our coastal bays. They’re an interesting species in that they can go back and forth—maybe not into full salt water like in the gulf—but definitely in the bay systems. And they can go back and forth into the river and into those upper parts of those bays.

The alligator gar is the largest freshwater fish in Texas and gives anglers a good fight.

16—Yes, they actually fight quite well. As you can imagine, any fish that weighs 150 or 200 pounds has a lot of power. So, they do fight; they actually jump quite a bit. They’ll completely clear the water. There’s some variations; some of them are more sluggish than others. But, they’re very entertaining and that’s the reason, I guess, for the popularity.

Anglers may keep one of these big fish per day. Learn more about freshwater fishing at the Texas parks and Wildlife website.

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

Angling: New Life for Old Catfish

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Fisheries biologists and channel catds

Fisheries biologists and channel catds



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What happens when fish hatchery brood stock are past their prime? If they’re channel catfish from the A.E. Wood Fish Hatchery in San Marcos, they find new homes in urban lakes.

08—What we’re trying to do is provide quality fishing opportunities close to home; it’s part of our urban fishing incentive here in Texas.

Fisheries biologist, Marcos De Jesus says Lake Kyle is catch and release only. You might wonder: If anglers are prohibited from taking fish home, and TPWD continues to stock fish in the lake – this includes sunfish and largemouth bass, all of which they call biomass – will the lake be able to support them over time?

26—The ecosystem is designed to sustain a high population. We’re doing intensive management on this system; Lake Kyle will eventually have a network of aeration systems and will also have a network of fish feeders. So, while we are adding a large biomass to this lake, we are also adding infrastructure to support the biomass. The whole objective is to create high numbers of quality size fish for anglers to catch fairly easily.

Find fishing opportunities near you when you log onto the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.

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

Angling: Retired Channel Catfish

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Channel Catfish

Channel Catfish



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Some seniors at the A.E. Wood Fish Hatchery in San Marcos are graduating. These seniors aren’t students, though – they’re mature channel catfish.

11—The fish have served to produce millions of channel catfish babies (fry) that we use to stock urban fisheries. After they serve their purpose, these fish have a chance to be stocked in a lake.

Fisheries biologist, Marcos De Jesus says the most recent graduates ended up in Lake Kyle, just outside of Austin.

14—Lake Kyle is a 12-acre impoundment that opened to the public about two years ago. So, we’re trying to establish a quality urban fishing experience in Central Texas – close to Austin – and these fish will serve that purpose.

Largemouth bass and sunfish also inhabit Lake Kyle. The channel cats average nine pounds each, and offer anglers a good fight. Take a picture, because you can’t keep them.

10—Lake Kyle has a brand new regulation that just started September first – where it’s really a catch and release environment. So, these fish will be protected under a catch and release regulation.

Find fishing regulations and tackle loaner programs near you when you log onto the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.

Our show’s receives support from the Wildlife and Sportfish Restoration Program, which provides funding for the Private Lands and Public Hunting Programs.

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