Monthly Archives: May 2015

Recreational Red Snapper Fishing in the Gulf

The management of the recreational fishing sector in the Gulf of Mexico is a mess. It has failed recreational anglers according to reports from the Coastal Conservation Association. There will 11147872_776923422422171_2598015672416380364_nbe more Red Snapper available in 2015 than at any other time in our history because of new regulations. However, individual anglers will not be allowed to share in this success. The Fishery Management Council for the Gulf of Mexico has approved “Amendment 40” which is a scheme calling for Sector Separation by the Secretary of Commerce.  It proposes to take 1/2 of the recreational quota for Red Snapper and reserve it solely for the commercial charter boat industry to use. It is the first in a several step process to enact a catch share program for the charter and for-hire industry. It is similar to the commercial Red Snapper sector where fewer than 400 individuals own 51% of the entire fishery.

This has been an extremely divisive measure by the Gulf Council and filled with controversy. The CCA has opposed the measure particularly because of that. They also11350606_776901669091013_6003887394870285693_n issued scathing report on why it is unacceptable. The public comment coming in so far is overwhelmingly against the scheme. The Council and NOAA all but ignored the publics concerns. Now is the time to take action says CCA and stop the privatization of public marine resources.  You can go to www.joincca.org/notoamendment40 and tell the Secretary of State we need a comprehensive fix for the entire recreational sector not just a few select persons.

Southeast Texas Artist: Ernest Bost

1452533_682108688487152_2122262884_n (Mobile)Southeast Texas Artist: Ernest Bost is quite successful these days and has been painting and drawing for decades now. He has had commissions for his work from as far away as Virginia and North Carolina. He graduated from Lamar University with a degree in commercial art in 1964. Afterwards, he began freelancing his art while working in the accounting department at Texaco.

As the years flew by, he continued painting at leisure while working. He was eventually able to take an early retirement from Texaco. He then moved back to S.E. Texas returning to his first love-art! He then began to get commissions from all over the U.S. In the last few years he started painting houses for local Realtors, to give as closing gifts. This became quite popular and he is still doing that very successfully today.

drawingErnest also paints portrait art exceptionally well, a notoriously hard subject to paint. His portrait art is so good that it is often hard to determine if it is a photograph or a painting. He just finished a six-foot mural of Jesus and Martha for the McCabe Roberts Avenue Methodist church in Beaumont. He also enjoys painting biblical scenes for church baptisteries. He recently painted a series of paintings for Coburn Supply and one for Vins Paint and Body, local businesses.

Our favorite is his beautiful landscapes. He is an exceptional outdoor artist also. He can workOurdoor Art I with all media-oils, watercolors, acrylics, charcoal and more. His favorites are pastels and inks. When he paints he describes what professional athletes call “getting in the zone,” he paints all night. He has no concept of time when he is painting and by daybreak many times has a beautiful work of art. If you have never see his work or would like to commission this artist to do a piece for you check out his Facebook Page………..Click Here.

Texas & Louisiana Shipwreck Series

ee4d30f09b64cb34e47ddeb3e7b8afb8This “Texas & Louisiana Shipwreck Series” will address many of the locations and historical facts on known shipwrecks, near the Texas and Louisiana coast. This is the first of a series on this subject. Below is a general list to quickly summarize what this blog will be about in future postings. Stay tuned….

TEXAS SHIPWRECKS

Anona
A steam yacht sunk in the Viosca Knoll area.

La Belle
1686-A barque longue of French explorer “La Salle expedition,” that ran aground in Matagorda Bay.

City of Waco
9 November 1875-The Mallory Line (New York) Steamer sunk after a fire aboard off Galveston. 56 lives were lost.

USS Elizabeth
15 November 1918-A patrol vessel that was wrecked at the mouth of the Brazos River.

SS Grandcamp
16 April 1947-Accidental detonation of 2,300 tons of Ammonium Nitrate aboard this French-registered vessel killed 581 people in the Texas City disaster.

Gulfpenn
13 May 1942-A fuel tanker torpedoed by U-boat U-506. 72f0ca9fc6bf5c52ba493482d37e5f05

Hannah Elizabeth
19 November 1835-Two-masted schooner sunk near Pass Cavallo.

USS Hatteras
11 January 1863-A US Navy gunboat sunk by CSS Alabama off Galveston during the American Civil War.

Heredia
1943-A United Fruit Company freighter torpedoed by a submarine.

Mary
A steamship that ran aground at Aransas Pass.

SS Nicaragua
16 October 1912-Ran aground on Padre Island for this location.

Oaxaca
26 July 1942-A Mexican freighter torpedoed by U-171 near Port O’Connor.

OMI Charger
9 October 1993-An oil tanker that exploded near Galveston. Scheherazade An oil tanker sunk by a torpedo.

Monterrey Shipwrecks
200 years old (apprx. 1800)-3 Privateer ships in a convoy off the coast of Galveston discovered by a Shell Oil exploration crew and excavated by Texas A&M and NOAA on the Nautilus in 2011

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LOUISIANA SHIPWRECKS

CSS Arkansas
6 August 1862-An ironclad warship scuttled in the Battle of Baton Rouge.

USS Carolina
27 December 1814-A schooner sunk by British forces near New Orleans.

El Cazador
1784-A Spanish Brig carrying silver currency, sank 50 miles (80 km) south of New Orleans, discovered by a fishing trawler in 1993.

USS Covington (1863)
5 May 1864-A Gunboat that was scuttled to prevent capture off Alexandria, Louisiana”

CSS Governor Moore
24 April 1862-A Gunboat that took heavy damage in the Battle of Forts Jackson and St. Philip and was scuttled to prevent capture.

USS Lancaster
25 March 1863-A Steamboat that was sunk by Confederate forces off Port Hudson, Louisiana.

CSS Louisiana
28 April 1862-An Ironclad that burned, exploded, and sunk near Fort St. Phillip on the Mississippi River.

CSS Manassas
24 April 1862-An Ironclad Warship that was run aground by USS Mississippi in the Battle of Forts Jackson and St. Phillip.

CSS McRae
28 April 1862-A Gunboat that took heavy damage in a battle with USS Iroquois and was scuttled off Algiers, NY sunk in a hurricane off the coast.

SS Robert E. Lee
30 July 1942-A passenger freighter torpedoed by U-166.

USS Signal
April 1864-A Gunboat that was scuttled to prevent capture off Alexandria, Louisiana.

U-166
30 July 1942-A German U-boat sunk by a depth charge from a US Navy patrol boat.

USS Varuna
24 April 1862-A steamship that sank in the Battle of Forts Jackson and St. Phillip.

SCGC White Alder
7 December 1968-A coastal buoy tender sunk in the Mississippi River near White Castle following a collision.

Pelican Island Bay Galveston

Pelican Island Bay Galveston is a great little fishing area. However, it is so much more than that. The Island itself has a rich and historical past. Pelican Spit was merged with Pelican Island to form what visitors see today. This was the location of Fort Jackson and a famous battle during the Civil War. Today it houses Texas A&M @ Galveston, Seawolf Park and a USCG facility. For the most part it has remained a Pelican and Bird unofficial habitat. This island has also been a unregulated portPelican Island of entry for many immigrants beginning in the 1830s, leading to several outbreaks of yellow fever. The young city instituted quarantine measures in 1839 and the site officially become a quarantine facility. The quarantine facility was destroyed in hurricanes and rebuilt many times. It remained a quarantine facility off and on until the 1950s.

As you come near Pelican Island Bay area you will see the SS Selma partially submerged near Seawolf Park. Steel shortages during World War I led the U.S to build experimental c\oncrete ships, the largest of which was the SS Selma. It has long been the object of failed plans to convert it into an oyster farm, fishing pier, Pelican Island Ipleasure resort and more. Scientists still continue to study the ship because of its unique concrete construction.

Also, 150 years ago next month the Battle of Galveston took place in the bay area there, as well as, the entire island. By the end of the battle, 26 Confederates had been killed and 117 wounded. About twice that many U.S. Federal forces died in the conflict. The Union’s showcase vessel and nearly 400 men were captured. More importantly for the Texans, however, was that their victory restored control of Galveston to the Confederacy, where it would remain for the balance of the war. Next time you take a trip to Galveston, do not forget to make a stop at this fascinating little piece of Southeast Texas history. It will make a great side excursions to your day.

Yamaha 242 Limited S

Yamaha brought numerous innovations to the market with its 2015 model of 240 Series jet boats, this 242 Limited S. One of the unique characteristics of this model is the way in which it drove and handled. An entirely new hull/deck design joined with an “Articulating Keel” to deliverer a crisp, responsive ride that completely changes the way a boater will look at jet boats. This boat has many exceptional features such as the Connext Helm Control System, Yamaha’s Quiet Cruise just to name a few.

Key Features

  • Bimini top
  • Integrated removable cooler
  • Removable dinette table with 2 pedestals
  • Available in Suede Gray, Black or Yacht Blue
  • Polk marine stereo with Bluetooth capability
  • Flush mounted tweeter speakers and LED lights in wakeboard tower Tandem axel painted trailer with swing-away tongue
  • Portside entertainment area with lockable glovebox Integrated swim platform and telescoping reboarding ladder”No Wake Mode” control

Come by Texas Marine in Beaumont, Clear Lake or Conroe to check out this new innovative Yamaha 242 Limited S model today!

Fishing is for the Birds

1347915133_1-7What do you mean “Fishing is for the Birds” you say angrily! Read this blog and you will learn to appreciate the benefits of that statement. Many a fisherman has seen the birds congregate over the bay as the sun was beginning to let go for the day and night was gently creeping in behind it. Have you ever wondered what all the ruckus was about, with those darn birds, when all the world is at peace? Well any seasoned fisherman knows using birds to locate fish has been around since the caveman days, before GPS and Fishfinders. Why not use those friendly little residents? Texas has over 500 species of birds migrating through our coastal areas. There are Sandpipers, Black-necked Stilts, Ducks, Egrets, Herons and Seagulls just to name a few. It only makes sense to local anglers to learn their behavior and use them to their benefit. The Ole Timers like to say “work with nature, not against it” for a very good reason.

The shrimp migration into the deeper area bay waters begin around June. As the shrimp start making their eefdf7999b6b566a275f7a3f634bf2c3way through the area, fish go into a feeding frenzy. If you have never seen one of these, it is a site to behold. In order to fish with the birds in Southeast Texas, you must first understand the behavior of shrimp. Its because all the ruckus and fuss centers around those tasty little tidbits. Post-larval shrimp come from about 300′ deep water out in the Gulf around February, into the shallow estuaries of the bays along the Texas coast. Once they enter the nursery here they assume a benthic existence. They concentrate in less than 3′ of water where there is attached vegetation or abundant detritus to hide and eat. They soon develop into juveniles and begin moving into the deeper bay from about June-August, as they continue to mature. Enter those crazy birds! Shrimp are about around 3″-4″ at this stage. The redfish as well as other species, such as birds, begin their gorging feasts. It seems everyone is out to get their chomper’s on these delicious little guys. The fish eat so much they often regurgitate some of it; the birds go nuts over the shrimp samplings freely floating everywhere, just for the taking.

All this fun lasts till late summer when the remaining shrimp have become sub-adults and begin their long journey out into the Gulf of Mexico, to have their own little baby larva. At this point the cycle repeats itself one again. You can set your seasonal watches by it anglers, its mother natures miraculous clockwork. The moral to this story is if you find the birds swarming  and squawking over the water they are feeding on shrimp; there you will most certainly find the fish. Its better than a Fishfinder!

Here is a video that will give you a quick glance at one of these feeding frenzies……….Click Here.

Destination Series: Gulf of Mexico

The Gulf of Mexico is the 9th largest body of water in the world. It is often referred to as the “Mediterranean of the Americas.” It covers about 600,000 square miles and is filled with over 215 species of fish. Some of the species to be found are sea bass, flounder, grouper, snapper, tuna, speckled trout, alligator gar and marlin. The Gulf of Mexico offers a variety of boating and fishing opportunities. For divers one of the most popular destinations in the gulf is “The Flower Gardens.” The Flower Gardens carry the seeds for coral reefs all over the world. It could likely be considered the world’s “Reef Nursery.” Visit the Flower Gardens Natl Park website

in this “Destination Series: Gulf of Mexico” there are plenty of great locations to fish the Gulf from the Bay and Ocean sides or deep water fishing. Here is a great website to help anglers with Tides and Currents in the Gulf of Mexico for Texas fishing locations…….Click Here

For State by State fishing regulations here is a great website………Click Here

For Federal Regulations here is a good place to start…………………..Click Here