Copperas Cove Leader-Press (Copperas Cove, Tex.), Vol. 119, No. 19, Ed. 1 Friday, December 6, 2013 Page: 21 of 24
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Find out where the best
hunting and fishing
action in the state is
Fridays in the
Page ID ♦ Copperas Cove Leader-Press ♦ Dec. 6, 2013 ♦ 254-547-4207
Cove veteran reaching out to fellow wounded warriors
Wounded warriors and their families enjoy a dolphin watch during an
expedition with Patriot Outdoor Adventures.
By LYNETTE SOWELL_
When James Taylor was medically
discharged from the military in 2010, one
thing he discovered was that he missed
helping his fellow soldiers.
“As a senior
NCO, I loved being
able to take care of
said. Then this
year, he learned of
that would allow
him to do that, as
well as enjoy two
hunting and fish-
Taylor joined Patriot Outdoor
Adventures, a volunteer organization
that reaches out to retired and wounded
warriors, taking them on weekend hunt-
ing and fishing trips. He is now their
“I learned about it through Albert
Gonzalez, from San Antonio,” said Tay-
lor. Gonzalez is the vice chainnan of the
organization, which is active in four
states, including Texas, Colorado,
Kansas and Oklahoma. The two met via
the Wounded Warrior Project.
The group's chairman, Mark
Spencer, hails from Little River, Kansas
and is a veteran himself.
The group's mission is simple,
according to its web site. “Patriot Out-
doors Adventures is an organization ded-
icated to taking wounded warriors on
hunting and fishing trips as well as other
outings to not only fulfill a trip of a life-
time, but to assist in the healing process
through the great outdoors as well as cre-
ating a peer group for mutual assistance.
Several of our injured soldiers are
dealing with emotions of not being able
to live life the way they did prior to their
injury. They feel they can't do this or they
won't ever be able to do that ever again.
However, by taking them back out on
these outings they start realizing they are
still able to do anything they want,
maybe with a little modification, but they
can still do whatever they did before their
Recently in early November, Taylor,
along with his wife Azeita and family,
took seven families for a weekend in Port
Aransas, where the Beachgate Condo-
miniums donated lodging and the Port
Aransas Chamber of Commerce provid-
ed a dolphin watch for the families.
“We also had a deep sea fishing trip,
provided by Glen's Fish Camp,” said
Taylor. “We paid for all the meals.”
Taylor said Patriot Outdoor Adven-
tures seeks funds from business sponsors
to help pay for expenses involved in the
trips, whether hunting or fishing.
“We use the money for food, for gas
to help people get to the event. We paid
for our banner.” He credits Bill's Muffler
and Hank's for being sponsors, as well as
Dave's Sports Bar.
“Dave's is having something once a
month for us,” said Taylor. During 2014,
Dave's is doing what Taylor calls a
“camo Solo cup.”
“We're selling the cups for $5 and
(Dave's) sells drafts for 50 cents per
cup,” Taylor said.
A combat veteran himself as well as
disabled, Taylor is sensitive to what other
soldiers might be going through. On
these trips, sometimes the soldiers open
up about the issues they face.
“On our hunting trips, I don't take
more than three or four at a time,” he
said, noting the small groups provide bet-
ter opportunities to talk one on one.
Some soldiers are afraid to talk,
Taylor added, and that some think there
is no one to listen. Taylor understands.
“I've been where they are,” he said.
Taylor has worked in the warrior transi-
tion unit on Fort Hood from 2009 until
2011, and has had several surgeries due
to combat-related injuries.
As far as how Taylor and POA find
soldiers to take on trip, it's mostly by
word of mouth. The group has a website
as well as a Facebook page, and soldiers
contact them by email or phone.
Besides taking just wounded war-
riors on trips, Taylor along with his wife
have a vision to include families in the
“The majority of organizations are
soldiers only,” Taylor said. “We want to
make this family oriented also.”
Taylor envisions father-son hunting
trips as well as father-daughter hunting
“Some of them have never been
However, the biggest need Taylor
said the group is looking to fill, is some-
one to sponsor a deer hunt. The group is
taking soldiers on hog hunts during the
next several months.
“Everyone's been asking, when
we're going to have a deer hunt. I'm try-
ing to find someone locally, someone
with a ranch, that would let us come out
for the weekend and hunt.” Taylor so far
hasn't been able to find anyone that
would welcome him along with three or
four soldiers for a weekend hunting trip.
To find out more about Patriot Out-
door Adventures, contact James at jtay-
lor@patriotoutdooradventures. org or
Revitalize fishing at Inks Lake a hill country gem
Texas Parks & Wildlife
ATHENS - Texas Parks
and Wildlife Department
(TPWD) Inland Fisheries and
State Parks divisions have
partnered with other private
groups to develop habitat
enhancement projects to
improve fishing opportunities
at Inks Lake the past three
years. Selected sites have
been refurbished with brush,
gravel and light structures
designed to attract fish to
areas accessible by boat and
Four open-water brush
attractors were installed in
September 2013; three under-
water green lights were
installed at the state park’s
south pier in August, 2013;
and a brush and gravel bed
complex was installed at the
state park’s north pier in Feb-
Brushpiles attract cover-
seeking species like black
basses, crappies, sunfishes
and catfishes; gravel beds
attract spawning sunfishes;
and underwater green lights
attract pelagic species like
white bass, striped bass and
hybrid striped bass. These
structures provide habitat for
the entire food chain, topped
off by the large predator
species anglers seek. When
combined, these attractors can
be very productive.
TPWD District Fisheries
Supervisor Marcos De Jesus
said, “These types of projects
can be costly and labor-inten-
sive; however, they become
possible due to partnerships
with groups committed to
conservation.” Eagle Scout
candidate William Patterson,
along with Troop 5 of the Boy
Scouts of America, led the
joint efforts behind the open-
water brushpile attractors.
TPWD and other volunteers
have committed to each of
these projects, improving fish-
eries habitat at Inks Lake.
Inks Lake (768 acres) is
easy to overlook, lying
between area fishing giants
Lake Buchanan and Lake LBJ.
Like other rocky Hill Country
lakes, this lake can be chal-
lenging for anglers, giving it
See INKS, Page 4D
Inks Lake Fishing Locations
■ Inks Piers
G Fish Attractor Sites
Inks Lake State Park
Belton Fishing Report
Water stained; 64-68
degrees; 10.07' low. Black
bass are good on dark soft
plastics on the bottom.
Hybrid striper are good on
silver slabs. White bass
are good on silver slabs.
Crappie are good on min-
nows under lights at night
in 30 feet. Channel and
blue catfish are good on
hot dogs and doughbait.
Yellow catfish are good on
trotlines baited with perch.
Water clear; 51-54 degrees; 7.07'
low. Black bass are good on medium
crankbaits and suspending jerkbaits.
Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs.
White bass are good on slabs and min-
nows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs.
Catfish are good on trotlines and cut
Water clear; 51-55 degrees; 7.62'
low. Black bass are good on shallow
crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Weightless
soft plastics near submerged grass are
effective as well. Crappie are good on
minnows and jigs. White bass are good
on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good
on cut shad.
Game Warden Field Notes
Water stained; 52-55 degrees; 9.12'
low. Black bass are good on bladed jigs
and flipping jigs. Crappie are good on
minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on
slabs. Striped bass and hybrid striper are
good on slabs. Catfish are slow on trot-
lines and cut shad.
Water clear; 50-54 degrees; 5IT
low. Black bass are fair on black/biue flip-
ping jigs. Creek channel swings near
deeper water are best. Flutter spoon bite
is good later in the day. Yellow bass and
white bass are good on minnows. Crap-
pie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair
on trotlines and prepared bait.
Water murky; 66-70 degrees; 3.66'
low. Black bass are fair on watermelon
soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and
Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow.
White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie
are fair on minnows over brush piles.
Bream are fair on worms. Channel and
blue catfish are good on liver, shrimp,
and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
Water stained; 64-68 degrees;
31.71' low. Black bass are good on
watermelon red JDC curl tail grubs on jig-
heads, Texas rigged blue flake Scoundrel
worms, and suspending blue back Fat
Free Shads along ledges and points in
10-20 feet. Striped bass are good drifting
live shad, and jigging Spoiler Shad swim
baits and Pirk Minnows in 25-40 feet.
White bass are fair jigging Tiny Traps,
Curb's crappie jigs, and blade baits along
main lake points. Crappie are slow.
Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue
catfish are slow.
Water murky; 67-71 degrees; 7.40'
low. Black bass are fair on watermelon
red Brush Hogs, Texas rigged Red Shad
JDC drop shot worms, and tubes on jig-
heads along bluffs. Striped bass are fair
jigging Pirk Minnows and trolling Shad
Raps on down riggers in the lower end of
the lake. White bass are fair on blade
baits along main lake bluffs. Smallmouth
bass are good on tomato red JDC grubs,
smoke/red flake tubes on jigheads, and
smoke drop shot worms along main lake
points. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish
are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are
Water stained; 65-69
degrees; 9.94' low. Black
bass are slow. White bass
are fair on minnows and
slabs. Crappie are slow.
Channel and blue catfish
are slow. Yellow catfish are
Zebra mussels have been
found in these reservoirs.
Anglers will need to drain
all water from their boats
before leaving the lake.
The following items are
compiled from recent Texas
Parks and Wildlife Department
law enforcement reports.
A Costly Dove Hunt
A Webb County game
warden on patrol heard shots
coming from a ranch. After
locating the hunter, the war-
den noticed a line of cracked
corn and milo around a tank
where four individuals were
dove hunting. After checking
the first two hunters, the war-
den made his way to the last
two hunters who had left the
spot where they were hunting.
These two hunters told the
warden they had their limit
and were through hunting.
After inspecting further, the
warden found an additional 15
doves hidden in the brush. All
hunters were cited for hunting
for hunting dove over bait, and
two individuals were cited for
hunting over the daily bag
limit. A total of 73 doves were
seized from the hunters. The
following week, the hunters
paid a total of $1,590 in fines
to the court.
Fishing for Trouble
Two Willacy County game
wardens were patrolling in the
Port Mansfield area and
inspected a local fishing tour-
nament. Wardens found that
approximately 25 percent of
the fish guides in this tourna-
ment did not possess their all-
water fish guide license. After
further investigation, and with
the assistance of two
Cameron County wardens,
they found that most of the
fish guides also did not pos-
sess their current Coast
Guard license and require-
ments. Fish guides were cited
for no fish guide license. The
wardens continued to follow
up on license status on guides
still guiding in the Port Mans-
field area and found violations
still occurring. Citations were
again issued and turned over
Barking up the Wrong Tree
A Briscoe County game
warden was contacted by a
local landowner concerning
people trespassing on his
property. A few minutes later,
the landowner called again
and said the subjects were
speeding away in their vehi-
cle. The rancher followed the
vehicle long enough to tell the
warden which direction they
were headed. Luckily for the
warden, the subjects were
headed down the highway
toward his position. After stop-
ping the vehicle, the warden
found five individuals from
New Mexico with large knives
and a truck bed full of dogs.
The rancher arrived soon after
the stop, and once the sher-
iff’s department got there, the
warden gained the facts from
the landowner. The five were
hunting hogs with dogs on the
landowner’s property without
permission. Cases pending.
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