Texas Marine Brokerage Employees Fishing Retreat

When Texas Marine staff decided that they needed a little fishing retreat, they knew right where to go! So, last month the team packed up and headed over to Lake Calcasieu to enjoy a few days of fishing together. A good customer, Captain Anthony Busceme, had told them about the fisherman’s paradise that awaited anglers at Hackberry, ever since he bought his 2008 NauticStar 2400 at Texas Marine . His business the “Blackdog Fishing & Guide Service” is an extremely successful operation. Captain Busceme is now in such demand that he has to have a team of Coast Guard licensed Captains to handle the overage. The Captains are all exceptional when it comes to their expertise of the Calcasieu Lake area’s recreational fishing. Lake Calcasieu has the largest speckled trout population on the Louisiana Gulf Coast.

This area has been a popular fishing destination in S.E Texas and S.W. Louisiana for decades. The Texas Marine team headed out on the guided trip at daybreak to fish the 80 square miles of saltwater heaven. The lake is also known to locals as “Big Lake,” but in all reality it is a humongous estuary. There is so much marsh and backwater that anglers can get lost in there, which is why many choose the guided route. There are areas of the Lake you can actually fish salt and freshwater for an extremely rare opportunity. This massive body of saltwater in flows through such a small bottlenecked shipping channel that its unprecedented, anywhere else in America. Calcasieu Lake’s inhabitants include such species as Speckled Trout, Flounder and Reds, the Big 3 as they are affectionately called here. The Redfish in this area are famous for their fight. The group scored the day they went out. They managed to catch 300 Speckled Trout with 100 of them being keepers.

The trip included all their bait, rods and a highly unusual fish cleaning service. The Blackdog team has a way of filleting fish that most anglers have never seen before. It was intriguing to say the least. Texas Marine will be doing a blog on this in the future, so stay tuned. Artful anecdote’s, expert advice and fishing tutelage is only part of the trips many highlights that the team was able to enjoy on their retreat.


Saltwater S.L.A.M Fishing Tournament Port Bolivar


slam-tourney-2Stingaree’s Saltwater Slam Fishing Tournament

The Bolivar Peninsula held is annual S.L.A.M. tournament for 2016 on April 29-30th at Stingaree’s Restaurant and Marine. It was a slamming success with huge payouts, crowds and fun! The entertainment was in the Tiki Beach Bar and Grill for the event starring the band “Calcutta.” The whole event was quite a success and left everyone excited to return next year. The tournament was presented by Texas Marine, Bolivar Peninsula Lions Club, Stingaree Restaurant & Marina and the Holtzclaw Memorial Foundation.slam-tourney-1slam-tourney-5

The payouts this year were huge. The heaviest Stringer for 1st was $2000, 2nd place was $1000 and 3rd place was $500. There was guaranteed cash prizes, children’s haul in tournament for individuals or teams. The tournament began at Stingarees on Saturday, September 17th at 6 am. The official weigh-in began at 3 pm.

All of the proceeds went to the Bolivar Peninsula Lions Club Youth Scholarship Fund!!!


Boys Haven BBQ Fundraiser

Texas Marine’s Boys Haven Benefit

47Texas Marine was honored to be able to put on a BBQ benefit for Boys Haven’s Capital Investment campaign in Southeast Texas. They are growing and need to build more cottages for the boys that are coming to live there. We love what the folks at Boys Haven do, decade after decade, to invest into the lives of their residents.

3Life is already tough for most of the boys living there. We2 wanted to do something to give back to the organization that puts it on the line every day to help these young men, for over 70 years. Many of these boys are growing up there and it needs to feel like a home to them. Anything the community can do to help is always greatly appreciated by the wonderful group of dedicated staff and volunteers at Boys Haven.

Texas Marine, as a8 proud sponsor, decide to donate funds on every boat 6sold the day of the BBQ Fundraiser we put on last month. We, along with our team, managed to make hundreds of dollars for this well deserving organization. We are looking forward too many more years of fundraising events in the future. You can read about them or help with a donation at:


August Newsletter


The American Dream Onboard a Pontoon Boat!

Tucked away in one of the numerous articles this last month is a heroic look at someone who sacrificed so much for the United States getting to live out his American Dream. It just so happens for Bronze Star recipient, Staff Sergeant Travis Mills, that dream included a pontoon boat. He said he remembered waking up in the hospital after an IED had exploded during his 3rd tour in Afghanistan, with no arms or legs. The exact words out of his mouth were “I want double stuffed Oreos, pineapple juice and I’m going to buy a double-decker pontoon boat to pull us all around Higgins Lake on a tube.” He had never even owned a boat before but suddenly that is what he knew he wanted. He used that as one of his motivators for almost 2 years of rehab.

After rehab, he was in a position to boat shop. He started going to local boat shows to learn what he wanted. The double-decker Avalon seemed to be the perfect fit. When he finally settled on it and went to get it at the local dealer he missed it by only a few minutes. Someone else had decided they just couldn’t live without it. In the long run, it worked out much better because he got to purchase an Avalon LSZ 2685 Cruise model which had most of the exact amazing features including the layout. It had the Art-Deco design, the only thing it lacked was the top deck. Its Retro looks of the Cadet drivers stand hearkens back to the muscle car days and provides a fun driving experience. It also has a powerful Millenia Bluetooth stereo, & speakers, tilt steering, soft Pillow top drivers chair and comfortable lounge seating with flip up storage compartments. Staff Sergeant Mills doesn’t regret his time in the army and would actually prefer to still be serving, rather than retired due to the IED. But to put a positive spin on it, at least he can be on the water more than most other boat owners.

Staff Sergeant Mills has become a motivational speaker these days. So many are eager to hear his story which is truly inspirational. He grew up in Michigan and admits to the fact that Avalon boats are built in his Hometown state, which somewhat factored into his decision to buy one. However, it was only part of what he considered. Sergeant Mills took plenty of time to do his research and for him the priority was quality. He purchased the Avalon from his local dealer and has gotten to be friends with many of the staff there. He only had to have a few modifications made in order to accommodate his disability. He needed an elevated stand next to the helm with the digital throttle controls raised to be able to reach them. The first summer he had the boat he had to stay on board and cook because it was to hard to get back in the boat once he learned to swim in the water without his arms and legs. Thanks to his local dealer a hoist was installed thanks to the dealers ingenuity.

Although Sergeant Mills has plenty of obstacles to overcome, regularly, he now has a hobby he and his family can do together, thanks to his new Avalon LSZ Cruise pontoon boat. There are plenty of things he cannot do with them, but now he can go tubing, boating and fishing with them. His boating experience actually motivated him to start a non-profit organization in order  to help other disabled veterans realize there is still plenty of life worth living, despite their handicaps. He brings veterans and their families to Maine where he shows them first hand how life can still be lived to its fullest. The boat helps with giving them confidence and independence. For the ones that bring kids, it gives them a way to have fun and play together. If you would like to contribute to helping his non-profit it is called “The Travis Mills Foundation” and has raised 2.7 million dollars so far to help wounded veterans start living life again.

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Speckled Trout with Sauce

Speckled Trout with Sauce

Ingredients List:

Fresh Parsley
2 Lemons
Milk 1/2c
Buttermilk 1/4c
Vegatable or Peanut Oil
Speckled Trout (6 fillets)
Meuniere Sauce

Ingredients for Sauce

Dark Roux 3 tblspn
Butter 2 tblspn
Celery 1/2 stalk finely chopped
Onion 1/2 finely chopped
Green Bellpepper 1/4c finely chopped
Parsley 1/4c finely chopped
Pepper 1/4 tspn
Lemon Juice 1/2 lemon
Beef Stock 1 1/2
Worchestershire Sauce 1 tspn

Sauce Recipe

Prepare dark roux or purchase it like you would normally do. in a microwave melt the butter. In a saucepan over high heat add butter, celery, onion, green pepper, parsley, pepper and small bundle of tied together fresh herbs of your choosing, such as rosemary. Saute it all together for several minutes, stirring. Then you can add the veal stock and lemon juice and boil for a couple of minutes. Lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Add 1 tblspn of the dark roux and simmer another 3 minutes until mixture is thick. Then keep adding the roux on tblsnm at a time until the sauce gently coats the spoon. Season it all to your taste wtih salt and pepper.  Strain the sauce carefully into a bowl.

Frying Method:

In a deep heavy saucepan fill halfway with oil. Heat to 350 degrees. Place the flour on a plate and season it with salt/pepper.

In a separate bowl add the buttermilk and milk. Place in large, shallow bowl mix the milk and buttermilk. Dredge your fish fillets through the flour, then dip in buttermilk, coat both sides the same. Dredge back through the flour a second time and gently shake excess off. Lower the fillets into the heated oil. Fry for 5 minutes until a golden crispy brown.
Dredge two of the trout fillets in the seasoned flour, then dip in the buttermilk mixture, coating both sides evenly. Dredge again in the seasoned flour and gently shake off the excess. Gently lower the two fillets into the oil. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes, until golden brown, nudging occasionally. Retrieve the fillets gently with a skimmer and transfer onto paper towels on a plate to drain.

Serves 6 with the Meuniere Sauce on the side.

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Texas Marine celebrates Dennis Hebert’s 30th Anniversary

2 cHere at Texas Marine, we function as a Team. We even call Blog Picourselves the Texas Marine Team. Our employees are part of what makes this company so successful, but even more than that, a great place to work. We value the relationship with our employees and admire their accomplishments. This is one of those rare times we get to celebrate an employee who has been with us almost from the beginning.

Dennis Hebert works in our Service Dept. and has been with Texas Marine for 30 years. The Team gathered together on his 30th anniversary last week to recognize a job well done! Dennis is that guy who is always there 5cwhen you need him and you can always count on him to go above and beyond what is required or asked of him. He is a true team player. Dennis will help anyone who asks for his assistance. Over the years he has helped train new techs. He has also contributed greatly in training parts and service staff members.

One of the funniest stories we like to tell about Dennis happened several years ago. Dennis was on the lot in the hottest part of 4cSummer. He opened one of the large boat engine hatches and got inside of the engine compartment to check it out. The engine cover somehow fell and he was trapped inside. Nobody was around and he was struggling to get out. After a long while, he came walking inside red-faced, hot, sweating and looking exhausted. He told us the story. At the time it wasn’t funny but later we all talked about it with him and got a good laugh.

Texas Marine recognized Dennis Hebert’s accomplishments with a “Big Green Egg” BBQ Grill and a check in celebration of his time with us. We all wanted him to know how very m6cuch this good man is appreciated and respected. So, congratulations Dennis Hebert on 30 years of outstanding service and a job well done!

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Breaking News: Gulf Coast Red Snapper Management

H.R. 3094 the “Gulf Coast Red Snapper Management Authority Act,” just left the House Natural Resource Committee with bi-partisan support. It is a bill to transfer management of Red Snapper, in the Gulf of Mexico, from the Feds to the appropriate States. It still needs the full approval of the House and Senate, along with the President’s signature to be become law, it wouldn’t hurt to call your Congressman and the President.

“Once it becomes law, the mechanism in the bill for the transfer of management authority is very simple: Once a States agree on their management plan, then the responsibility moves to that States,” the President of CCC (Center for Coastal Conservation) said to news organizations in June. The CCC is just one of many groups who have worked tirelessly to change the way Red Snapper is regulated for the recreational anglers. The Red Snapper season this year was only 9 days, causing these anglers to see red.

The House has really stepped up to the plate when it comes to challenging fisheries issues, the last couple of years. They passed a fix to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Act, which had grouped commercial and recreational fishing into one big pot, regulating everyone the same. The President of Congressional Sportsmen’s foundation said “The Feds model is clearly not working, and it’s time for a more balanced approach to the management of fisheries.” Red Snapper Inside

Remember the ole cliché’ “The government that governs best is the one closest to the people?” Well, the same could be said for fish management. The reason the Feds are having problems is because their data collection methods are not able to measure recreational angler’s harvest accurately. All of the Gulf States have been measuring this on their own quite effectively. The states management process will be combined with their already existing data collection procedures, for the red snapper population itself. This will put the states in the perfect position to assume all new management responsibilities from the Feds.

This new method of management should allow recreational anglers to have well over the current 9 day fishing season. They will have access to one of the most thriving Gulf of Mexico red snapper populations, in decades. Texas and Louisiana red snapper anglers deserve much more than the current system by the Feds is providing for them and states are the best way to make that happen. They have proven themselves in this area time and time again, providing the populations sustainability while giving anglers plenty of reasonable fishing opportunities. If this all sounds like something you would like you may want to call you Congressman and the President to pass and sign the bill into law.

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2016 Annual Texas Marine Crawfish Boil

The “2016 Annual Texas Marine Crawfish Boil” was held this month. The Texas Marine team celebrates with a company picnic together once a year. They put on a huge Crawfish Boil for employees from all 3 locations, who attend the event. The whole team, along with their families, met at Boomtown Waterpark Resort in Rose City, Texas. The best crawfish you’ve ever tasted were on the menu, as well as, great friends and lots of watersports fun! Here are just a few of the highlights from the annual event:

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