New Fly Fishing Records for Texas Waters 2009

| January 9, 2010

RECORDS ARE MADE TO BE BROKEN

I may have mentioned my conversations with the numbers crunchers at Texas Parks and Wildlife, and the ideas I had to generate more interest in their regular news releases. If you are a regular reader of the TPWD site, you know they do a pretty good job of crunching the numbers into the records section for the State Records and Water Body records. You may not even realize that the Water Body Records for Texas also includes saltwater bodies of water. Did you know that there are also records kept for rivers and streams? And there’s the catch-and-release category that doesn’t just apply to fly fishing.

As can be expected in a state like Texas, the fly fishing category of record keeping is much less full than records for conventional tackle catches. That’s the only thing that kept me going as I filtered through every listed record to find just the new records in the fly fishing category for the Sate of Texas registered in 2009. It would generate interest for regular TPWD readers if they would just do this on the TPWD site … imagine the readers who would want to see only the new conventional records across the state for 2009!

If you take the time, as I did, to really dig into the records for Texas you will see some names coming up repeatedly in certain regions – for fish that may not be trophies, but still count on the books. I challenge anyone reading this to register a record, or beat one in 2010, and tell us all about it. It doesn’t happen very often in North Texas, so we will keep our expectations low, very low.

Anyway, here are the new record fish caught by fly rod in Texas in 2009.

Possum Kingdom
Jake Schwarz | 2.06# | 16.0″ | White Bass | 1/16/2009 | Clouser
Lake Belton (Bell County)
Margaret Jacks | .13# | 4.25″ | Green Sunfish | 8/18/2009 | nymph
Lane Bolin | .25# | 6.13″ | Redbreast Sunfish | 8/19/2009 | nymph
Lane Bolin | .13# | 5.13″ | Bluegill | 8/19/2009 | nymph
Fairfield
Larry Hartley | 8.25# | 29.00″ | Red Drum | 8/7/2009 | snook fly
Granbury
Barry Osborn | .40# | 7.75″ | Bluegill | 3/21/2009 | elk hair ant
Barry Osborn | 3.80# | 21.50″ | Channel Catfish | 4/26/2009 | elk hair ant
Barry Osborn | .07# | 4.50″ | Longear Sunfish | 5/18/2009 | elk hair ant
Loy Lake
Clifford Hilbert | .69# | 9.25″ | Warmouth | 5/28/2009 | Hamon’s cap spider
Ray Roberts
Shannon Drawe | 5.13# | 21.00″ |Largemouth Bass | 4/17/2009 | Clouser minnow
Tawakoni
Celianiz Umstead | | 16.93# | 29.00″ |Buffalo, Smallmouth | Apr 20, 2009
Texoma
Jerry DeCroo | 3.96# | 20.25″ | Drum, Freshwater | Mar 1, 2009 | Clouser
Caddo
Henry Carter | 1.28# | 13.75″ | Largemouth Bass | Sep 4, 2009 | Miss Prissy
Henry Carter | 1.86# | 16.00″ | White Bass | Sep 5, 2009 | Clouser
Henry Carter | 1.30# | 14.50″ | Freshwater Drum | Sep 5, 2009 | Clouser
Henry Carter | 0.85# | 9.50″ | Redear Sunfish | Jul 11, 2009 | wooly bugger
Henry Carter | 0.64# | 9.25″ | Warmouth | Jul 11, 2009 |
Conroe
Martin Weir | 6.40# | 22.00″ | Largemouth Bass | Mar 19, 2009 | wooly buggar
Lake Fork
Tyler Jones | 8.45# | 27.00″ | Blue Catfish | Jun 23, 2009 | woolly bugger
Calaveras
Rudy Ruiz | 1.18# | 11.25″ | Bluegill | Feb 19, 2009 | popper
Granger
William Sanders | 0.89# | 13.63″ | White Bass | Mar 19, 2009 | Clouser
Travis
Victor Rangel | 0.95# | 14.2″ | Largemouth Bass | Apr 21, 2009| Alder Fly Wet
Victor Rangel | 0.40# | 8.13″ | Redbreast Sunfish | Apr 21, 2009 | Alder Fly Wet
Walter E. Long Reservoir
James Robinson | 2.20# | 16.88″ | Largemouth Bass | Jun 23, 2009 | popper

RIVERS & Creeks
Big Cypress Creek
Don Fincher Jr | 1.57# | 14.38″ | Largemouth Bass | Jan 26, 2009 | clouser
Don Fincher Jr | 1.11# | 12.75″ | Spotted Bass | Jan 26, 2009 | clouser
Don Fincher Jr | 2.25# 16.63″ | White Bass | Jan 29, 2009 | clouser
Don Fincher Jr | 0.44# | 9.56″ | Yellow Bass | Jan 24, 2009 | clouser
Don Fincher Jr | 1.01# | 12.81″ | Crappie, White | Mar 1, 2009 |

Brazos River
Michael Day |0.54# 10.75″ | Rainbow Trout | Mar 17, 2009 | wooly bugger

Guadalupe River
Craig Sarubbi | 3.00# | 19.50″ | Gray Redhorse | Jan 4, 2009 | modified hare’s ear
Tom Ray | 0.38# | 7.75″ | Green Sunfish | Aug 7, 2009 | Miss Prissy
Mike Schlimgen | 0.21# | 6.00″ | Longear Sunfish | Jul 30, 2009 | killer bee
Mike Schlimgen | 0.70# | 10.25″ | Redbreast Sunfish | Nov 11, 2009 | wolly bugger
Mike Schlimgen | 0.17″ | 6.00″ Spotted Sunfish | Aug 2, 2009 | popper

SanMarcos
Jim Darnell | 1.67# | 15.25″ | Bass – Guadalupe X Smallmouth | May 29, 2009 | popper
Jim Darnell | 0.58# | 9.13″ | Bluegill | Jul 10, 2009
Jim Darnell | 1.20# | 10.25″ | Rio Grande Chiclid | Sep 14, 2009 | popper
Mike Schlimgen | 1.20# | 10.25″ | Gizzard Shad | Jul 28, 2009 | bead head nymph
Jim Darnell | 0.30# | 7.13″ | Green Sunfish | Aug 11, 2009 | popper
Mike Schlimgen | 0.18# | 6.25″ | Longear Sunfish | Jul 9, 2009 | Miss Prissy
Mike Schlimgen | 1.37# | 11.75″ | Redear Sunfish | Nov 6, 2009 | wolly bugger

Catch and Release

Kyle Kenter | Rainbow Trout | 24.50″ | Feb 4, 2009 | Guadalupe River | pheasant tail

Saltwater Records

Ronald Cruse | 30.00# | 40.00″ | Jack Crevalle | Sep 17, 2009 | Gulf of Mexico | Clouser

Water Body Records Coastal

Aransas Bay
Rob Burlingame | 18.90# | 38.75″ | Jack Crevalle | Jul 16, 2009 | bunny fly

Galveston Bay
Jon Parks | 3.30# | 24.25″ | Ladyfish | Sep 3, 2009 | foam fly

Matagorda Bay
Thomas Hellwig | 36.40# | 44.50″ | Red Drum | Aug 12, 2009

Upper Laguna Madre
Junior Angler

Justin Golla | 4.63# | 25.25″ | Spotted Seatrout | Aug 7, 2009 | Fly Rod | gurgler

Addendum –
Here is what I received from TPWD’s Jodey Gray:

TPWD Fishing Records 2009

A special thanks to everyone who helped get all this data together and organized.

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  1. tower 200 says:

    Do you have to employ a card to place the order?

  2. shannon says:

    I find ample doses of humor in these records – am still trying to figure out how to measure .54 pounds. I mean, do they carry around a postage scale? Really – how does that work? SD

  3. Rebecca says:

    I’ve never tried, or really thought about, breaking any fishing records. This entry has inspired me to check into the records here in Idaho, see what other people have achieved!