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Saltwater’s Top 10 Offshore Gamefish

The oceans vastness alone, makes Saltwater fishing the #1 spot for recreational fishing in the world.  The saltwater fisherman usually loves this type of fishing because the fish are so much larger, making them tough fighters. Below is a list of Saltwater’s Top 10 Offshore Gamefish sought after by anglers worldwide…

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The fish on this list are dogged fighters that make for a thrilling angling experience when hooked. But it’s not just the thrill of catching these fish that make them so coveted; Many of them have tasty and valuable meat. Whether it’s for their culinary value or the challenge of catching them, these are some of the most sought after fish in the seas.

#1 BLUE MARLIN

Blue marlin have long been the favorite saltwater game fish for offshore anglers. Marlin represent the pinnacle of an offshore catch: powerful, cunning, fast and big. North American sport fishermen discovered them in the 1920′s around the Bahamas. Since then, sport marlin fishing has become a multi-million dollar industry. Marlin are prized fish among commercial anglers too – their meat is often sold for sashimi.

#2 Sailfish

Sailfish are powerful apex predators that are considered to be one of the fastest fish in the sea. Their incredible swimming speed can reach up to 68 mph. Sailfish are also known for their jumping power, which makes them a thrilling fish to catch. Their range extends throughout both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.

#3 Bluefin Tuna

Looking for a battle of strength and wills? Try fishing for Bluefin tuna. These monster fish are some of the most difficult bony fish to catch in the world. Bluefin have incredible stamina and often reach monster sizes – the world record for bluefin tuna was 1,496 pounds. Bluefin are considered apex predators, but their numbers are beginning to dwindle from over commercial fishing. Their tasty meat is very valuable to the international fish trade, especially in Japanese fish markets.

#4 Yellowfin Tuna

Yellowfin

Yellowfin have a reputation for being one of the fastest and strongest fish in the sea. They’re considered one of the largest tuna species, but not quite as large as their Bluefin cousins. US anglers typically catch Yellowfin along the eastern seaboard, gulf coast and eastern Pacific near San Diego. Yellowfin are valuable catches for commercial fishermen

#5 Roosterfish

Roosterfish are powerful and fast game fish that live in the warm coastal regions of the Eastern Pacific. Their most distinctive feature is their comb-like dorsal fin. While they are not good to eat, anglers love to catch them because of their stubborn power, speed and ability to jump high when hooked. Roosterfish can weigh more than 110 pounds. The largest one ever caught was 114 pounds

#6 Dolphin Fish

Dolphin Fish

Dorado, also known as mahi mahi or dolphin fish, are prized for their brilliant colors, incredible speed, and ability to jump high when hooked. They are also fairly accessible to most sport fishermen. Dorado are found throughout the world and can be caught by sight casting using light or medium tackle. Dorardo is among the tastiest fish in the sea. It’s meat bursts with flavor. Dorado is usually marketed as mahi mahi, and is commonly used in fish taco recipes.

#7 Tarpon

Fast and large, this large chrome-plated hot rod fish is a favorite of offshore anglers. Tarpon range in size from 4-8 feet in length and weigh around 60-280. They are bony fish that are not good to eat, but they are fun as all heck to fish for, especially because they jump high when hooked. Tarpon are found throughout the Atlantic, but have have recently migrated into the Pacific Ocean through the Panama Canal.

#8 Giant Trevally

Giant Trevally

The ancient Hawaiians likened the Giant Trevally to a warrior of the sea. If you’ve ever fished for one, you’ll understand why. They are large, fast and powerful game fish that put up a strong fight once hooked. Today, they are one of the most sought after game fish in the Indo-Pacific region. Anglers can catch them with a wide variety of baits and lures.

#9 Bonefish

Bonefish are surprisingly fast and strong for their size. These quick fish turn into super-charged torpedos when hooked. They are common in the flats of coastal Caribbean regions like the Florida Keys, which is one of the best bonefish destinations in the world. Each year, thousands of anglers fish for bonefish in the flats of Key Biscayne National Park.

#10 Wahoo

Wahoo are also considered to be one of the fast fish in the sea. Their narrow, torpedo-shaped bodies allow them to swim at incredible speeds. Some fishermen have reportedly caught wahoo trolling at speeds of 15 knots. They are also prized for their tasty white flesh. Their meat tastes similar to mackerel.

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Texas Marine Team

Joseph Bishop, AKA: Joey
Parts Department Aficionado of Clear Lake

Joey Bishop is a big part of the Texas Marine Team. He is a native Texan. He was born in Houston. However, he was raised in Galveston having moved there in 1985. For that reason, he considers himself a “Salt Water Soul.” Joey, as his friends call him, graduated from Galveston Ball High School in 1994.

After high school he went directly into the automotive field. Joey was in the automotive parts business for over 20 years, when he decided to make a change. He came to the Texas Marine Team in 2012. Joey has been married for 15 years and has a beautiful daughter who has changed his life!

DIY: Adding Weight To Your Artificial Worm

Here is a really cool way to add some weight to your artificial worm, changing its presentation to the fish. You will love how easy and quick it is. Anyone can do it and it should bump up your yield exponentially while worm fishing.  Check out the article link below. It explains step by step how this simple DIY project can be accomplished.

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Catfishing Techniques for Spring & Early Summer

by: Donna Chance

 As the water begins to warm up in the spring, catfish become the southern anglers “go to” fish. When all the others are nowhere to be found, these faithful fish abound. ThCatfish Friedeir fun to catch, abundant and delicious! Their size ranges anywhere from 0-260 lbs. (recently caught in Italy) or more. Catfish are so popular for a good reason; they are one of the best tasting fish out there. There is something quite scrumptious about the taste of a mouthful of crispy catfish fillets, fried up in peanut oil, accompanied by pickles and onions. Rarely can you attend a traditional fish fry on the Gulf Coast without this mouth-watering indulgence being somewhere on the menu. Its definitely a  southern comfort food. Here are some practical “Catfishing Techniques for Spring & Early Summer.”

With all the dead bait fish floating around, from winter, the catfish begin to aggressively gorge. This is what makes them the perfect choice for fisherman in the spring. The same thing you use to catch them with all year long will work in the spring too. A smelly cut bait or a dead baitfish is the perfect choice for early spring. Pumkin seed wormIn late spring, early summer, switch your bait. Try using worms, crawfish, insects, artificial stinkbait or live baitfish. Catfish are spawning in spring, so you will find them in shallow waters. This behavior increases your ability to locate and catch them. Look for warm shallow flats and windy days, especially after a spring rain. Choose the downwind side of the body of water you are fishing in. That is where the water’s surface current, from the wind, will have deposited the dead baitfish. If you’re in a smaller body of water, such as a tributary, look for the conflux of where its nutrient rich deposits are flowing into the main river.

catfish-pursuit-eatersThere are several strategies to use when fishing for these big guys. The easiest one is to kick back on the bank, or in a boat, while enjoying a gorgeous day waiting for one to bite your line. If you’re preparing for a slew of hungry mouths to feed, then a more productive approach is in order. Keep moving around, giving each stop about a 30-minute window. Catfish in spring should be biting by that time, if they are nearby. If you find a good spot you will probably only catch a few there. You will then need to move on once it tapers off. These few techniques will increase your yield tremendously, as compared to staying in one place. Another fairly laid back, approach is cruising in the luxury of a pontoon boat while trolling with a Carolina rig. You simply relax and wait for the tug on the pole. This method is a popular because it requires little effort, with satisfactory results for everyone.

You can see how it’s done on this video…watch here.

Regardless of how you choose to catch them, catfishing is popular all over the south. They can be found just about anywhere and the taste is delightful. Don’t let spring pass you by, without trying your hand at obtaining one of the best fish you will ever pursue.

Where To Fish & What You Will Catch In Texas

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If you aren’t sure where to fish in Texas, here’s a guide.

If you’re going to fish in the vast amounts of freshwater in Texas, odds are good that you’ll be fishing for catfish, largemouth bass, perch or crappie. While Texas’s many rivers, reservoirs, and lakes all offer something wonderful, a serious angler is going to want to take advantage of the best the state has to choose from.

In a state as big as Texas, there are more than a few choice spots to choose from. Here are some favorite spots the state has to offer:

Bass
•Toledo Bend Lake in Toledo Bend
•Caddo Lake near Marshall
•Amistad Lake in Del Rio
•Fork Lake near Dallas
•Choke Canyon Lake in Beeville
•O.H. Ivie Lake near Paint Rock
•Meredith Lake near Amarillo
•Lake Livingston in Livingston
•Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Jasper
•Richland-Chambers Reservoir in Dallas

Catfish
•Lake Texoma near Denison
•Lake Tawakomi near Dallas
•Falcon Reservoir near Laredo
•Possum Kingdom Lake near Fort Worth
•Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Jasper
•Richland-Chambers Reservoir in Dallas
•Millers Creek Reservoir in Knox City
•Lake Livingston in Livingston

Perch, Crappie, Bluegill
•Granger Lake in Granger
•Lake Texana in Edna
•Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Jasper
•Lake O’ the Pines in Jefferson
•White Rock Lake in Dallas
•Ray Roberts Lake in Lewisville
•Lake Mineral Wells in Mineral Wells
•Coffee Mill Lake in Decatur
•Lake Arrowhead in Wichita Falls
•Stamford Reservoir in Stamford

Beware of Swamp Weed

Salvinia Molesta, also known as Giant Salvinia, is an invasive species of swamp weed that has ravaged Texas lakes, particularly Caddo Lake.Though steps have been taken by the Texas Parks and Wildlife service to battle this unwanted species, it remains a danger to your motor. If you see clumps of the weed, try to avoid it and spare yourself a gummed up engine. After fishing, rinse off your boat to minimize the risk of spreading the weed.

Beware of Wildlife

Of course, if the threat of underwater stumps and lake weed gumming up your motor is the worst threat you have to contend with, consider yourself fortunate. Texas lakes and rivers are teeming with all sorts of wildlife to watch out for, and not all of them are the sort of thing you want to catch.

Beware of Alligators

Perhaps the most infamous scourge of the gulf coast are, of course, the alligator. While placid when left alone, they can be a menace if you come to close, particularly if they sense you are either a threat or are carrying food. They often float near the surface of the water, easily mistaken for logs. If you are fishing in east Texas, where they are known to live, proceed with caution. And, if need be, bring a gun along for protection.

Beware of Snakes

Even more common in the state’s lakes, from East Texas to West, are snakes.
Learn to recognize a threat when it’s near. Some of the common venomous snakes you might encounter while freshwater fishing are:
•Cottonmouth/Water Moccasin
•Copperhead
•Rattlesnake
•Coral snake

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Texas Marine Team

Lisa Bohler
Nickname: Bent’s Sugar
Texas Marine Clerk/ Receptionist

The Texas Marine team includes Mrs. Lisa Bohler was born and raised in Grand Junction Colorado. She has 2 grown children, whom both still live in Colorado. She also has 3 stepchildren and 1 granddaughter. She worked as a receptionist and veterinarian tech assistant at a popular veterinary hospital before moving to Beaumont.

She moved to Beaumont in August of 2011, after her husband took a job he had been offered. Lisa has always enjoyed being in the outdoors. She was raised hunting and fishing; she seriously misses it. She hasn’t had the opportunity, quite yet, to enjoy any
of that here, but hopefully its in the very near future. She is enjoying working at Texas Marine with the wonderful team there.

Easily Clean a Catfish

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Let it be known, there is more than one way to skin a catfish. There are plenty of easy and some very difficult techniques to accomplish the goal. However, learning to clean a catfish quickly and effectively comes from one thing only: Plenty of Practice. Here is how to “Easily Clean a Catfish”

Watch this YouTube video from Mordecai Mike as a good place to start, but there’s no substitution for the real thing. Check out this video, then put the knowledge to good use. In other words, go catch some fish! Warning: Bloody and graphic footage in this video.

There are some pretty useful tips in that one, especially the idea of pulling the fish away as you make the second cut to get the skin off. That way, you’re not ripping through the skin or lifting the knife too high and wasting meat.

I’m hungry just watching this… Is that strange?

Featured image via YouTube/Mordecai Mike

Texas Marine Team

Ron Latil, Business Manger
Nickname: “Real Deal”

Ron Latil was born and raised in Sour Lake, Texas. After High School, he went to work for his father in the oilfields of Sour Lake. There he began understanding the meaning of hard work. It didn’t take long for him to realize that the oilfield was not what he wanted to do with the rest of his life.

He started looking for a new Path to carry him into the future. That is when he found Texas Marine, in 1999. He became a used boat salesman. A few short months later he met his amazing wife, which he married in 2000. His wife worked as a service cashier at a local automotive dealership. She called one day and said they were looking for a salesman. Ron applied and went to work selling Chevrolets. But, he always had it in the back of his mind that he wanted to return, one day, to Texas Marine. He got that chance in 2013 and took it.

Ron is now the Business Manager for Texas Marine Beaumont. In his own words, “He has an awesome job selling fun!” Ron loves spending time with his gorgeous wife and 12-year-old daughter, who is a cheerleader at a local competitive school. He also enjoys being with his 6 year old son. Ron is excited about going to watch him play T-Ball this spring. His family attends Liberty Baptist Church in Orangefield, where Ron lives. His favorite activities are being with family, attending church, fishing and hunting.