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New for 2015 Texas Coastal Fisheries

TPWD New Regulations

  • 5 spotted Seatrout bag limit extended from Lower Laguna Madre northward through Coastal Bend
  • Oyster harvest is prohibited for 2 years on restoration sites such as Matagorda Bay and Galveston Bay
  • 2 Flounder bag limit in November extended through the first 2 weeks of December and harvest is allowed by any legal means.

The TPWD allowed public comment on these regulations before they enacted them. They had 1700 comments, 700 of which were against it. The reasons against the regulation were plenty. The top comments included an alternative, such as a 7 trout limit. Seatrout are a popular fish in Texas waters; most Anglers do not see the point in a 5 bag limit. Other arguments were totally against the bag limit, while others decided if they had to abide by the new regulations —why not spread the joy to the entire Texas coastline.

For those fishing more than 9 miles off the coast of Texas, your in Federal waters and may be subject to different regulations. TPWD days begin at midnight and end at midnight.

Best Winter Bass Fishing Lures

Winter fishing can give even the best anglers the doldrums. Bass have slow metabolisms so they don’t have to eat regularly. The trick is to taunt them into instinctively grabbing an easy meal with these winter lures. To spice up your success rate in the winter try some of these bass fishing winter favorites:

shad deep divingJerkbaits

The top winter Jerkbaits dive deep and suspend, while jerking and fluttering, to mimic dying shad. They trick lethargic bass out of their deep hiding places to grab what they perceive as an easy meal. If you can add weight to the lure to make it sink slowly, as you maneuver it through the deep water, the results will be well worth it.

Blade BaitBlades

Blades are fun to fish. They lure their prey out of hiding by anglers slowly reeling in the lure using subtle short lifts, while holding your rod about 3:00. Let it hit the bottom, while giving it a few tiny short hops, similar to using a jig. These baits shine when the weather is 40 degrees or below. You can fish them down sharp angled banks or even along sandy bottom areas in weedy shallow water.

 Spoons

Spoons are amazing productive lures. While not being much for looks, their lightening fast speeds get them into the bass strike zone quickly and the most novice angler can work these baits effectively. Just a quick gentle snap of the line, let the bait fall slack again then repeat. The main thing with these lures is to keep your eye on the prize. You have to watch the line.

Spoon (Medium) (Custom)Tail Spinners

A flashy bait, the tail spinner is a hot ticket in Texas winter waters! Anglers there appreciate its versatility when it comes to working this bait. Tail Spinners allow anglers to quickly adjust to changing conditions on the water. The Tail Spinner can draw out even the laziest fish from their lair.

 

The All New Chaparral Vortex

 

The all new Chaparral Vortex is a sporty high tech, high quality boat that definitely has the “WOW-FACTOR” going~

The matted swim platform is beautifully integrated into the overall design with a telescopic stowaway ladder, twin seats and storage for watersports gear within arms reach. Also, positioned right where you need it is a stereo with recessed water resistant speakers, stainless drink holdersVortex II and color coordinated canvas top for folding arch tower. Feature list on this one could go on all day! Here are just a few options and features so come on by and check it out:

  • Color Coordinated Canvas Top For Folding Arch Tower
  • Raptor-Coated Black Folding Arch Tower with Go Pro Mount
  • All Panels with Dual Illuminated LED Switches and Water Resistant DC Breakers
  • Custom Molded Fiberglass Dash with Hand Stitched and Wrapped Upholstery
  • DC Power Plug -12v (Helm)
  • Digital Depth Gauge
  • Digital Helm Package with Four Control Settings: Cruise Mode, Ski Mode, Eco Mode, Docking Mode
  • Digital Hour Meter
  • Digital Instrumentation with Chrome Bezels
  • Helm Stereo Remote
  • Steering Wheel – Black
  • Tilt Steering Wheel
  • Enclosed Storage Compartment with Lockable Door
  • Fiberglass Floor Liner
  • Hanging Rod
  • Lighting in Head
  • Aft Hinged Transom Seats with Center Walk-Thru and Storage Underneath
  • Bow Cushions – Hinged with Storage Compartment Underneath
  • Bow rider Filler Cushion with Dedicated Storage
  • Bow Walk Thru Door
  • Cockpit and Transom Grab Handles-Stainless Steel
  • Cockpit Drainage System (CDS)
  • Cockpit Table with Bases in Cockpit and on Swim platform
  • Custom Designed Ultra Comfort Helm Seat with Flip-Up Bolster
  • Full Size Wraparound Walk-Thru Windshield with Custom Stainless Steel Supports
  • Lighting – Cockpit Courtesy Lights (4 – LED)
  • Molded Glove Box Storage with Foam Protectant Pad
  • Molded-In Footrest – Port and Starboard
  • Premium Expandable and Stain Resistant Cockpit Upholstery Vinyl with Nano-Block Technology and Color Accent Stitching
  • Premium Sound System: AM/FM with MP3 Jack, USB Port, Bluetooth capabilities, and Sirus Satellite Ready
  • Removable Cooler (25-Quart) Under Port Bench Seat
  • Side Panels with Coaming Storage
  • Ski Storage in Floor with Large Hinged Fiberglass Hatch and Rubber Mat
  • Stainless Steel Drink holders (10)
  • Starlite Seat Cushions with Water Drainage System
  • Storage Underneath Starboard and Port Dash
  • Swim Platform Mat
  • Water Resistant Speakers (6)
  • Battery Trays
  • Bilge Pump – Automatic and Blowers
  • Dedicated Anchor Locker Molded Into Forward Deck with Stainless Steel Four Step Boarding Ladder Concealed Under Fiberglass Lid
  • Dual Battery Setup with Parallel Switch
  • Electric Horn
  • Integrated Swim Platform
  • Kevlar Reinforced Hull
  • Navigational Lights
  • Pressure Water System with Stainless Steel Transom Shower
  • Ski Mirror
  • Stainless Steel Bow Rails
  • Stainless Steel Hardware, Including Bow and Stern Eyes, Ski Eye, and Pull-Up Cleats (6)
  • Stainless Steel, Three-Step Boarding Ladder with Integrated Handle Concealed

 

 

 

 

 

Southeast Texas Wildlife Artists, Lowell Mower

Lowell Mower is a wildlife and nature artist based in Houston, Texas. His love of the outdoors, as well as his passion for hunting and fishing, have influenced his artwork. It has also made him a favorite artist amongst conservationists and outdoor sportsmen.

Lowell says “Having spent all my life in Texas, I am biased towards the raw beauty and strength of the land. I believe many of the stories held in its hills, plains and wetlands have yet to be depicted in painting. If 100 artists spent their entire careers doing works based in Texas, they would not be able to capture all that it has to offer.”

Lowell 5Lowell’s artistic training began as a boy taking art lessons at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, where he learned to sculpt lead birds and combine the use of basic shapes to draw. He also spent a quantity of time in the company of prominent local artists such as Frank Davis, Forest Moses and Bill Anzalone. His father, a respected architect in his own right, played a major role in helping Lowell develop his drawing skills early on. “I remember sitting at the drafting desk working out sketches on tracing paper and using electronic erasers. I thought I was the luckiest kid in the world.”

Indeed, Lowell was very lucky. Growing up, his family traveled extensively throughout Europe. His mother, who worked for the airlines, was instrumental in exposing him to a wide variety of art from all over the world. Visits to the Vatican, the Louvre, and the Cistine Chapel heightened Lowell’s appreciation for art. However, Lowell’s inspiration for his own art was deeply rooted in a place far away from those masterpieces – Texas.

Lowell’s passion for nature and the outdoors is apparent in his art. A devout fisherman and amateur scuba diver, Lowell’s ‘paintings often depict marine life. As a boy, Lowell was fascinated with the beauty and mystery of the ocean. While other kids went to Disneyworld for a few days, 20150111_164212Lowell was face down snorkeling on a coral reef in Tahiti, Jamaica, or Cancun. “I’ll never forget the first time I went to Laguna Madre. My dad was working on the Pan American University there and we stayed at a hotel directly on the water. I looked down into the water at seemingly infinite grass beds and reefs teaming with oysters and scallops. It was something I had never seen in Galveston. Then as soon as the sun went down, everyone turned on their lights and made a mad scramble to grab fishing rods and fish the massive black shadow of trout that covered the bay like a curtain. It took thirty minutes for the trout to pass through. Needless to say, I was hooked”.

Lowell’s first exposure to hunting came during visits to a 500 acre ranch outside of Wimberly, Texas. “At first light there were hundreds of turkey dropping out of the cypress trees along the Lowells PictureComal River,” Mower recalls, “but even more impressive were the occasional heart stopping coveys of quails the dogs rushed out near gravel bars and low-lying brush. “Lowell tries to hunt dove and quail at least a couple of times a year. “the quality of my work would suffer greatly without spending time in the outdoors.” As a father of two young boys, Lowell understands the importance of teaching his boys about hunting and fishing the great outdoors. at passion and love for the outdoors is transcended in his paintings and conveys the unwritten beauty of the outdoor world for all to enjoy.

If you have not checked out this artists work, do so. You will certainly want some of his paintings in your own home.  Here is his website for your viewing pleasure…..Lowell Mower Website

Hottest New Fishing & Hunting Apps

Everyone claims to have the “Hottest New Fishing & Hunting Apps” on the market, especially when it comes to technology. From the old flashing fish finders to the new HD imaging, 360-view sonars, trail cams and even drones, technology is changing the way we do things.

Sportsmen have evolved from keeping logbooks and processing 35mm film to posting a picture of that monster buck or lunker bass on one of the many social media outlets within minutes of the catch or kill. We are now sharing info on the hot bite or a sighting of a monster buck instantly, all due to the advancement of technology.

As sportsmen, it is a love/hate relationship. The need to unplug has never been more relevant as is the need for instant information. If you are anything like me, you want to maximize your time spent outdoors efficiently and as effectively as possible, and I have found the next best thing to help me do just that.

ScoutLook

ScoutLook has hit the ground running and is gaining great momentum as a really useful sportsman tool. Scoutlook is adjusting to the times, as well as staying innovative with updates, to make their app better and more user friendly.

Cy Weichert and Bill Little created ScoutLook just a few years ago from an investment out of their own pockets, as they too wanted to make their valuable time in the outdoors as productive as possible. This app, accompanied by the website, has all the tools a hunter or angler needs to keep a very accurate log of their catches on the water or their adventures in the woods.

As a tournament angler, keeping a log of what I have caught while pre-fishing is paramount and this app’s quick log feature helps me do it with ease. With a quick photo of the fish on the ruler, I now have documentation of the length of the fish as well as GPS coordinates and weather conditions that will automatically log into my folder (no typing required).

I can enter all the other pertinent information at that moment or at a later time, such as lure, water clarity and boat speed, so it can be dissected that evening to help me determine a pattern. The same goes for when I am hunting. If I spot a nice buck during bow season, but can’t get him to come into range, I can log that buck’s activity directly from my phone and begin to create a log of patterns for this particular area that I hunt each year. That in turn will hopefully allow me to get on that same buck come rifle season.

Depending on how much time you spend in the field, this feature can soon help you determine what stand you should be hunting from and when, based on weather conditions and patterns from previous hunts that you have documented. All this can be managed from the website and exported to and spreadsheet for further sorting and management methods.

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2015 Texas Rainbow Trout Stocking Schedule

So admit it, you read this blog headline and thought “What? Rainbow Trout in Texas?” 29933_401555468446_5417849_n (Mobile)Yes, there are Rainbow and Brown Trout in Texas. The “2015 Texas Rainbow Trout Stocking Schedule” is out!!! Most people outside the state have no ideal. It is one of the best kept secrets in Texas. TPWD did a study before starting the program back in the 80’s. They wanted to know if these feisty little fish might survive somewhere in Texas. The answer came back, yes! The places were McKittrick Canyon and the Guadalupe River (Canyon Tailrace Section). The Guadalupe was right outside New Braunfels, a favorite hotspot for native Texans. Texans were excited, yet understandably skeptical about this new program. All except for a few ardent fly-fisherman had their doubts. The supporters felt that the fish would eventually adapt. They seem to have done just that. Although the trout still need their cold temperatures; the minimal holdover survivors find suitable habitat while continuing to grow their numbers, year after year.

Gruene Tx (Mobile) (Mobile)Near Gruene, Texas everyone enjoys tubing down the Guadalupe River and visiting New Braunfel’s Schlitterbahn (Travel Channel’s #1 Waterpark in the World). They also love to meander there way through the famous little town of Gruene shops, restaurants and Hall (“Michael” and “Hope Floats” filmed there). Hollywood actors to Country Music superstars frequent the place. Well, it just so happens that the Rainbow Trout like it too! The longest surviving Rainbow Trout population resides there. According to TPWD ” In Texas, high temperatures prevent reproduction or even over-summer survival in most areas, though they survive in tailrace areas below large dams such as Canyon Reservoir.”

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept. stocks about 136+ state and city parks, lakes, rivers, ponds, canals and creeks with 280,000 Rainbow Trout (around 12” in length) from November through March every year. However, the only ones to thrive are New Braunfel’s Guadalupe River trout in the Canyon Tailrace, near the dam. There are now spawning native Texas Rainbow and Browns OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAthere, since the program began 30 years ago. It is not just the TPWD that are stocking these waters, either. the Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited organization also stocks theses waters with trophy trout only. This river produces some of the best quality large girth trout you can find just about anywhere. The GRTU release section of the Canyon Tailrace is a well-kept secret. But, if you talk to some of the local fisherman they can point you in the right direction. You need a kayak for that golden stretch of river. They regularly pull up 3-8 lb. trout there. These waters produced the state record back in the 90’s, when a 10 lb, 28” long Rainbow trout was caught. For more information go to the website of these dedicated anglers: grtu.org or check out their video below:

Trout fishing the Canyon Tailrace Video………………………Click Here

TPWD Rainbow Trout Restocking Video………………………Click Here

Salmon Eggs (2)How do you fish for these tasty little morsels, you ask? By far, the simplest and fastest way to fish for these little guys are with red Salmon eggs. They love Salmon eggs; like kids love candy. You can use a fly-fishing rod setup, just to give it a whirl, but you don’t have to. When the TPWD stocks these fish it is usually in small water bodies, such as city parks. Therefore, you can even use a bobber to help children enjoy a successful fishing experience. Bait two eggs on the end of a small hook and go for it. Also, don’t be intimidated because it is a new experience, try your hand at fly-fishing. This is one of the most popular ways to fish, in the rest of the nation, for a reason.Guadmap51

Local Winter Trout Release Areas:

#1 TOP SPOT
Canyon Tailrace, Guadalupe River, New Braunfels:
17,750 Trout Released

 

Beaumont Area
Nederland-Doornbos Park: 500 Trout Released
Vidor-Claiborne West Park (Beaumont Area): 1000 Trout Released
Beaumont-LNVA Barrier Pond: 3845 Trout Released
Jasper-Jasper City Park Pond: 1800 Trout Released
Woodville-Magnolia Ridge Pond: 1800 Trout Released

Conroe Area
Conroe Area Conroe-Burroughs Park: 2600 Trout Released
Conroe-Carl Barton Jr. Park Pond: 2400 Trout Released

Seabrook/League City Area
Houston-Sheldon State Park Children’s #1: 1028 Trout Released
Houston-Tom Bass I & II: 5500 Trout Released
Houston-Bane Park Lake: 2200 Trout Released
Houston-Eisenhower Park Pond: 3300 Trout Released
Houston-Mary Jo Peckham Park: 3160 Trout Released
Pasadena-Burke-Crenshaw Lake: 1000 Trout Released
Sugarland-Eldridge Park Pond: 750 Trout Released

Other Popular Areas
Austin-Bullfrog Pond: 896 Trout Released
Austin-Camp Mabry: 1400 Trout Released
Austin-Mueller Lake Park: 2000 Trout Released
Bandera-Bandera City Park Lake: 978 Trout Released
El Paso-Ascarate: 6000 Trout Released
Georgetown-San Gabriel Park: 1250 Trout Released
Georgetown-Blue Hole Park Lake: 1250 Trout Released
Mathis- Lake Corpus Christi: 1700 Trout Released
Midland-Beal Park Lake: 1500 Trout Released
Mt. Pleasant-Bob Sandlin State Park: 2750 Trout Released
Round Rock-Shirley McDonald Park Pond: 300 Trout Released
San Antonio- Miller’s Pond: 3792 Trout Released
San Antonio- Live Oak City: 750 Trout Released
San Antonio- Southside Lions Park: 4740 Trout Released
Tyler-Faulkner Park Lake: 2100 Trout Released
Tyler-Tyler Nature Center: 2000 Trout Released
Tyler-Tyler State Park: 4030 Trout Released
Waco-Buena Vista Park Lake: 1896 Trout Released
Waco-Nora Pond: 500 Trout Released

Stocking Occurs November-March

For More Locations See Link Below: http://tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/fish/management/stocking/trout_stocking.phtml

Fishing on the Dock of the Bay

So, for all you music fans out there here is an oldie but goodie to listen to, while you contemplate this “Fishing on the Dock of the Bay” blog on how to fish a bay!  Sitting on the Dock of the Bay Music Video

Locating a great fishing spot inside a bay takes some skill but with a GPS, or Fishfinders, it can  be a lot less tedious than you imagine. When searching for a spot try to locate reefs, hills, humps, channels, holes, shallow shoals or convergence zones, just about any kind of terrain variation could turn into a hotspot for any angler.

A bay reef is really any solid form of structure under the water. Look for rocks shooting out from the shoreline, an oyster bed or even coral reef. There is also such a thing as artificial reefs like a boat wreck, bridges, jetties or that type of thing. They are also very good fishing locations. When fishing these areas keep in mind what type fish are inhabiting this territory and target them. Predator fish will usually circle the outside perimeter of the structure, while the baitfish remain close for safety reasons. Drop you bait near the structure and work it outward to the perimeter to catch the big fish, just like the reefs smaller residents do. If the reef is beg and deep enough it can have large species that live deep within the recesses of the reef, such as grouper. To catch these fish navigate your fish over the reef and drop a line with bait down deep to the fish which are lying in wait. You must keep steady pressure on the line when reeling in a fish that is near the reef so that it cant swim back inside the reef and cut or snag the line.

When fishing a hump or hill on the bottom you need to remember to drift while you are dragging baits across the bottom of this area. You can also swim live bait at different depths over the area to attract your prey.  Trolling the area with lure is another popular method for these type situations. When you hook a fish this way, know that other fish will be there also. Be sure and mark the spot on your GPS if you have one and continue to go back over the same location in the same fashion for even better results.

When you find a depression on the bottom of a bay it will either be a hole or a channel. Fish love to hide in these places. They offer some relief for intolerable conditions elsewhere in the bay, such as harsh temperatures, high salinity, fresher cleaner water. When attempting to fish a channel hole try to drift bait using a two-hook bottom rig. Keep your bait on the bottom. Don’t be shy about trying different directions because fish will move with food sources and current.

If you happen upon a shallow shoal know there is an abundance of bait fish in that area. Look for a variation of terrain in that shoal. These are great night fishing spots. The fish move into these areas at night because they are hidden from the sight of predatory birds, by the darkness. You can easily troll, drift or anchor as an effective technique for fishing a shallow shoal. Many anglers love to actually get out and wade or pole their boat in these areas, but be careful not to run aground.

Most anglers know about convergence zones because they are such a great spot to locate fish. They work the same everywhere, fresh or salt water. You find an area where two bodies of water convergence and fish that area. In a bay convergence zone you will find that the variation of water salinity levels will also be an added benefit to fisherman. It attracts saltwater fish for feeding and breeding. The border of these two bodies of convergence may only be noticeable by some ripples or a change of water color it acts like a structure or wall to the fish. They become feeding stations where they can locate and round up baitfish.  Always explore both sides of the convergence zone when picking a spot. Trolling is a great way to cover a lot of ground in these locations. You could also drift bait or at it towards the breaks.

Bay fishing is fun, challenging and can be the best of both fresh and saltwater worlds. You are close enough to shore to enjoy the land, birds, nature and convenience of a freshwater experience, while still being able to nail some pretty large tasty predator fish and relax to the sound of waves crashing the shoreline. If you have never experienced the amazing surroundings of bay or estuary fishing you don’t know what you are missing. Give it a try and you will be the richer for it.

Surf Fishing

Surf Fishing is one of the most enjoyable forms of fishing you will ever experience. The wind is blowing in your hair, the surf is rolling in, your toes are buried in the sand while the birds circle above as curious bystanders cheering you on. Back your truck onto the beach, near the surf, so your music and cooler are nearby then wade on in.

10530800_10203749135865041_6084024935954478195_nThe easiest way to pick a spot is to watch the locals and go where they go. Look for clusters of rods stuck in the sand spikes. If your at Port Bolivar in Texas, there is no place better than near Rollover Pass, but near any jetty or pier can be a wonderful spot for beginners. The most important thing you can learn about Surf Fishing is to be extremely careful for Rip Tides. They can be deadly and many unsuspecting swimmer has drowned from falling prey to one. They are usually formed somewhere between where a second and third deeper sandbar is located. Look for where the water washes back out to sea. While dangerous to be caught in one of these guys, its a great place to locate your bait. Its current draws natural food back out to the waiting fish. Also , watch the birds. If you see birds diving into the water they have found schooling fish, which means larger fish are lurking nearby.458392_2851363063072_1585239577_o

Early morning is a great time to Surf Fish; Gamefish are on the prowl close to the beaches. You will need a long heavy duty rod, usually between 12′-15′ long, spinning reel and 25 lb. line. To be successful you have to get your bait as far out as possible. Some use canoes, surfboards or even swim their bait as far offshore as they can. Fresh Mullet, shrimp, squid or cut bait often work extremely well when Surf Fishing. If your an artificial bait angler then try spoons, topwater plugs or mullet imitation lures. Once you get your bait offshore, in the right location, use a sand spike or 4′ long pvc pipe sharpened at one end to secure your rod onto the beach. Be careful to stay nearby, keeping your eye on the line, because the fish hit quickly and you have to react fast in order to set the hook. In Texas a 6 oz. pyramid sinker is mandatory, designed for this type fishing, because they dig deep into the sand to hold the line. In a seriously strong Texas current these type weights become invaluable.

One last consideration, when Surf Fishing on the Gulf Coast be aware of our spiny little catfish friends. There spikes are so sharp they can flatten a tire or draw blood from an angler, who is simply trying to get them off their hook. Needlenose pliers and a medical kit are always advised when Surf Fishing in Texas and Louisiana.

Oh…don’t forget your tow line either.


How To Spot A Rip Current Video

The Basics of Boat Buying

The basics of boat buying is quite different than purchasing an automobile, basically a mandatory item, boats are usually the fulfillment of an owners dream. They are more than just a mode of transportation; they are a special form of recreation designed for sheer pleasure. When purchasing your first boat its good to keep in mind that it will be a part of your life and family for possibly a decade or more. This purchase does not need to be based on price alone. Sometimes, just looking for the cheapest deal will cost you a whole lot more in the end. Here are some great tips to help with the purchase of your first boat.

Type of Boat

First examine what you are imagining when thinking about owning a boat. If you are wanting to go on those early morning fishing excursions with buddies, then you will obviously gear your purchase toward a boat with amazing fishability features. If its entertaining and lots of guests, your going to want to look at a luxury model pontoon. Once you choose your type of boat there are still others issues to consider. Does your family need a swim platform, water skiing capabilities, grill, refrigerator, plenty of storage and restroom area or would rod holders, livewells, trolling motor and fishfinder be better utilized. 

New vs. Used

First determine your budget for purchasing a boat. As most boats are purchased with loans be sure to check into the loan terms and conditions. Then make sure that you can afford the payments trying to keep all debt below a comfortable 35% of income. At this point, keeping in mind all boats are negotiable, you should be able to purchase the vessel you want with some homework. If you decide to go the used boat route, to get a little bang for your buck, be sure and ask some questions. Here are a few good ones to get you started:

  1. How many owner’s has the boat had?
  2. When did the last owner purchase the boat?
  3. How many miles are on the engine?
  4. How often was it serviced and when was the last time?
  5. What problems has it had in the past?
  6. Why are they selling the boat?
  7. Do you trust whom you are buying the boat from?

 Size of Boat

 This is one of the most important aspects of boat buying. Nailing down the correct size boat for you and your family, more than any other item, will insure happiness with your purchase for years to come. A good rule of thumb is buying the biggest boat you can afford, especially with a growing family. Buy within your budget, but with that said, buying big is something you will never regret. Boats attract friends and entertainment is one of the highest functions of boating. Also, the more storage space the better. There are so many items you will find yourself wishing you had room for if you purchase to small.

In conclusion, when purchasing your first boat, figure out what you can comfortably afford first then purchase for type and size. After that, it is best to decide if you want new or used. With all those considerations out of the way, you will be in a better position to determine what you can afford when it comes to all the bells and whistles. Using this method you can’t go wrong and will enjoy your boat for years to come. Happy Boating!

The All New Chaparral Suncoast

This boat fills the need for a luxury outboard in your life. Chaparral has earned a reputation for luxury boat building and this new boat is an example of all of the reasons why. It is by far the widest bow entry in their 2015 fleet and it features a forward compartment with flush mount latches, easy-access ladder and anchor cradle. The deck gently tapers into a wide and roomy bow area, the largest you will find in the 25’ class, for easy entertaining. Stainless steel drink holders, enormous storage compartments and top-mounted rails highlight the bow with a side mount table also built in.

The cockpit also has a side mount table and digital gauges with accurate real-time stats on the boats systems and operating condition. There is a non-glare dash, full height windshield, padded armrest and angled footrest. Garmin electronic technology for a sophisticated navigational experience is also optional. This boat has state of the art water resistant circuit breakers. No more fumbling with fuses while trying to fish just reset the breaker and you are back in business. As if all that wasn’t enough the designers have also incorporated an enclosed head with lighting. A vanity cabinet can easily be obtained as an optional feature. This new boat design will not leave anything to the imagination; it’s all there ready for its new owners.

Here is a test run on the 250 SunCoast from the folks at BoatTest….……..Click Here For Video