Cody Shry of Pinehurst ( photo)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Sixty-four outstanding high school anglers from across the country have been named to the 2018 Bassmaster High School All-State Fishing Team presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods.

The students were selected for the honor based on their success in bass tournament competition, academic achievement and leadership in conservation and community service.

In Texas Thomas Martin of Jewett and Cody Shry of Pinehurst were selected, with Derek Pietsch of Montgomery and Gabriel Talley of Willis named honorable mention.

Angler Austin Terry of San Angelo caught ShareLunker 574.

For the first time in more than 28 years, Twin Buttes Reservoir near San Angelo has produced a Toyota ShareLunker largemouth bass exceeding 13 pounds. Angler Austin Terry of San Angelo caught the 13.40 pound, 25 and 3/4 inch Legacy Class lunker on a Santone 1/2-ounce Red River Special spinnerbait in less than 4 feet of water at the lake March 14.


Being a Texas game warden is not all that easy and at times it can be downright grizzly with lives on the line. It involves extensive night work and dealing with scum of the earth that are most often carrying guns, liquored up and downright mean. I’ve rounded up some of the trials and tribulations that Texas wardens run into on a daily basis. Some are comical, while others are downright crazy.

Sam Rayburn Jet Ski without a driver


The Richard Industrial Group (RIG) Foundation donated a total of $10,000 to two local nonprofits in separate check presentations held Thursday, June 1, and Monday, June 5. The foundation donated $2,000 to the 100 Club of Southeast Texas on Thursday and $8,000 to Adaptive Sports for Kids (ASK) on Monday. The funds were raised by the company’s 12th annual bass tournament, which was held Saturday, April 8, at Toledo Bend.


The short-lived recreational red snapper season has come and gone, but the boats that managed to get out and fish in federal waters, out past 9 nautical miles, didn’t seem to have any problem finding and catching the prized and tasty snapper.

Dan Gamble and some friends made the run out of Galveston on the second day of the season and found plenty of snapper, along with a few king mackerel and one ling.

Fishing along the coast is rapidly improving as water temperatures warm.

We are finally settling into a summer fishing pattern on the lakes and along the coast. Water temperatures are in the lower 70s on the lakes, and along the coast from the Sabine jetties to Galveston, water temperatures are in the upper 70s.

Fishing along the coast is good and getting better. Good catches of trout, reds and even Spanish mackerel are coming from the Sabine jetties. Offshore reports are excellent with big kings, ling and dorado being caught along weed lines and around the rigs.

Christian Frillou of Orangefield caught this largemouth bass weighing 11.1 lbs o

Keith Lake fish pass was loaded with fishermen on Good Friday. Some were on the bank, but most were in boats and fishing with anything from live shrimp to fresh-caught mullet. The only problem was a lack of fish. After Rocky Chase had caught a couple of undersized reds, we made the decision to crank up and head across Keith Lake to the south shoreline and fish protected water with jigs, topwater plugs and Wakers. That’s where we found a limit of reds.

Ryder Wicker caught this lake record 13.07-pound bass

Bass fishing on Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend continues to be good, with some pretty solid fish being caught on a variety of lures, from jigs to deep diving cranks. This past weekend, the Texas Team Trail held a tourney on Toledo Bend, and the first-place team weighed in five bass at 30.09 pounds. During the tourney, five bass weighing over 9 pounds were caught, with the heaviest going 10.58.

Alton Jones Jr. won the Central Open on the Red River back in September

I first began fishing with BASS pro Alton Jones over 30 years ago. At that time, he was just out of Baylor and working as a fishing guide on lakes in Central Texas. He was very good at catching both largemouth and smallmouth bass.

While going to Baylor, he met and married Jimmye Sue. After college, she got a job as a nurse, while Alton had thoughts of becoming a professional bass fishing pro.

The Central Zone dove opener was excellent.

The Sept. 1 Central Zone dove season opener was about as good as it gets on fields west of Beaumont, according to guide Jim West.