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[ Media Contact: Tom Harvey, 512-389-4453, tom.harvey@tpwd.texas.gov ] [TH]
July 11, 2005
Lubbock-Area 11-Year-Old Lands Junior Record Largemouth
LUBBOCK, Texas -- A largemouth bass landed June 10 on Lake Alan Henry by Kenny Schuette, 11, of Slaton, southwest of Lubbock has been verified as a new junior state record by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Kenny's bass weighed in at 13 pounds, 25.75 inches. He caught it on a rod and reel using live perch as bait, and after weighing it in, released it live, demonstrating the catch and release fishing ethic that has helped make Texas fishing some of the best in the nation.
The fish earns Kenny a Big Fish Award, Catch and Release Award, Junior State Record for Public Water for largemouth bass and a Junior Water Body Record for Lake Alan Henry from the department.
Lake Alan Henry is a 2,880-acre reservoir located 45 miles south of Lubbock and four miles east of Justiceburg on the Double Mountain Fork of the Brazos River.
The state agency recognizes fishing achievements through its Angler Recognition Program. The program keeps official state and water body records and issues certificates in recognition of other outstanding angler achievements. Reporting guidelines and the rules for each award category are on the TPWD Web site.
If an angler is younger than 17 years of age, the catch will automatically be entered in TPWD's Junior Angler Recognition Program, where youngsters compete with their peers. If a junior angler's catch beats an all-ages State or Water Body Record, the young angler will receive recognition in both categories.
Editors: photos of the fish are available by contacting Harvey at the above number.
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[ Media Contact: Kristen Everett, 512-389-8046, tpwd.news@tpwd.texas.gov ] [KE]
July 11, 2005
Experts Dispel Drowning Myths, Stress Safety Tips
Extra! Read All Aboat It!
AUSTIN, Texas - Contrary to what's portrayed in movies, drowning victims usually don't scream and splash when in distress - they just go underwater.
"When we encourage people to watch over your family near the water, we're encompassing several messages, including never swim alone, keep a close watch on friends and family in the water, and keep a constant eye on children," said Steve Hall, education director for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Hall recommends that groups or families assign one person to keep a constant watch on both adults and children in and near the water.
"It's especially important to be aware of hazards when you're on an open water body like a lake, river or bay," added Hall. "Someone who is a weak swimmer may be in the water at waist level and their next step could be a 10-foot drop-off."
Practical advice from water rescue experts includes the steps, "reach, throw, then row."
The first step is to use a rope, tree branch or other object to try to reach the swimmer from shore. The next step is to throw something buoyant such a life jacket, inner tube or a plastic foam ice chest. If the first two steps fail, put on a life jacket and row out to the swimmer with a boat or a raft.
"Unfortunately, we see many multiple drowning cases where folks go into the water to rescue a friend or a loved one who is drowning and they end up becoming a drowning victim as well," said Alfonso Campos, chief of marine enforcement at TPWD.
"It's essential that you first try to help the swimmer using the reach, throw, and row method. If those steps don't work and you must go into the water because there is no other option, it's essential that you wear a life jacket, take a flotation device for the swimmer, and call for help or alert someone before you head into the water," he said.
TPWD is responsible for enforcing the Texas Water Safety Act on all public waters, certifying boater education students and instructors, and maintaining statistics about boating-related fatalities in Texas. TPWD also offers boating safety classes.
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July 11, 2005
TPWD Game Warden Field Notes
The following are excerpts from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports.
Riverbed Reminder -- A Montgomery County Game Warden recently headed up an ATV patrol operation targeting motorized vehicles in freshwater stream bed violations on Spring Creek, which is located on the Montgomery -- Harris County line. As with past patrols, there were abundant ATV and off-road vehicle activities in and along the creek. The patrol lasted throughout the night and into the early morning hours. When all was said and done, 44 cases had been filed: 33 motorized vehicles in stream bed, three DWIs, two public intoxication cases, two minor in possession cases, one possession of stolen property (ATV) case, one failure to obey a lawful order, and two other violations. Also, four subjects were arrested and transported to the Montgomery County Jail, three trucks were towed, and two ATVs were seized.
Reaching Out -- Game Wardens teamed up with a wildlife biologist to teach a hunter education camp recently. The camp was held on the McPherson Ranch in Sutton County. The 20 young participants received instruction in wildlife identification, wildlife habitat, firearms and archery. This camp has been held for the last seven years and has a waiting list. The camp was organized by a retired Sutton County Game Warden. A great time was had by all, and all students passed their hunter safety test.
More Reaching Out -- Game Wardens from Bosque, Erath, Hamilton, Hill, and McLennan counties participated in the 10th Annual Waco Kidfish. Approximately 3,000 kids and adults attended the event. The event was filmed and shown on a local fishing show. The event was started 10 years ago with the assistance of Waco District Game Wardens who supplied the fishing rods for the event. The fishing rods were purchased by the Texas Game Warden Association, using money raised at the Waco Game Warden Association fundraiser. Food and drinks were supplied by local businesses.
Lying Gets You Nowhere -- Using information gathered from the clerks at the Fort Worth office, a TPWD Marine Unit Investigator filed charges against a Flower Mound man for failure to pay state sales tax. The individual registered a 35-foot Fountain speedboat and stated he paid $10,000 for it. After a conversation about falsification of government documents, the individual went quickly to the Fort Worth office and corrected the paperwork to the actual price of $126,000. He paid the remaining tax of $7,287.50. He tried to blame the clerks for writing the wrong price on the forms.
Tragedy -- A Bosque County Warden worked on a boating accident on Lake Whitney involving two PWCs. An investigation revealed that the two PWCs had collided with each other while crossing from opposite directions behind the path of a boat towing a tube. The occupants of the PWCs and the boat were family and friends who were vacationing on Lake Whitney for a few days. One male subject suffered no apparent injuries and refused medical treatment. The other male subject suffered internal injuries and was care-flighted from the scene to Hillcrest Hospital in Waco where he later died.

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July 11, 2005
TPWD Calendar
The following meetings may be of interest to the public. Check the master calendar for all TPWD events.
Operation Game Thief Advisory Committee, July 14, starting at 10:30 am at the Texas Disposal Systems Pavilion, 11508 Carl Road, Creedmoor.

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[ General Media Contact: Business Hours, 512-389-4406 ] [KE]
July 11, 2005
Stay Tuned
Information from Texas Parks and Wildlife is available on radio and television, as well as the newsstand.
Passport to Texas, TPWD's radio series of weekday, 90-second stories, is broadcast on more than 100 Texas stations. Airing July 11-15, they say everything is bigger in Texas, but not so at Acton State Historic Park. Park Manager Bill Grubbs tells us there's only room for three people at the smallest state park in Texas--and they aren't leaving anytime soon. Plus, we'll head out to Eisenhower State Park where Interpretive Specialist, Roger Siems has a fish story (or two) to tell with a slide show and presentation about the many species found in Lake Texoma.
For more information, visit the Web.
Video News
TPWD provides video news reports that run in newscasts on numerous Texas stations, as well as on cable and satellite outlets around the nation.
For more information, go to the Web.
"Texas Parks & Wildlife" is a weekly half-hour television series seen on PBS affiliates around the state. Airing July 10-17, more than 150 years ago the Landmark Inn in Castroville served as a general store and rest stop for travelers. Today it's a bed and breakfast and a State Historic Site. Park manger Ken Conway shows us how to experience frontier Texas with all the modern conveniences. Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame inductee Shorty Powers hasn't let physical challenges slow him down. In fact, it's made him more determined to help others enjoy the outdoors. Ann Miller introduces us to some of the wild symbols of the state. Marine education goes from the ocean to the classroom as a group of teachers from the Houston area go underwater to explore the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. On this week's 'postcard' take an airboat ride at the J.D. Murphree Wildlife Management Area.
For more information about this week's programs and where they can be viewed, visit the Web.
Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine is always available on newsstands throughout the state and by subscription for $19.95 a year. To subscribe, call (800) 937-9393 or order online.
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Passport to Texas: http://www.passporttotexas.org/
TPWD Video News: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/news/tv/vnr/thismonth/
TPWD on PBS: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/tv
TPW Magazine: http://www.tpwmagazine.com/