Famous artist, Guy Harvey, could easily be described as the leading marine artist in the world. Since the eighties, he has been cranking out murals on buildings, oil paintings, underwater photography, clothing lines and other artistic endeavors. He was raised in Jamaica where marine life is such an abundant and integral part of the island culture. He then went off to boarding school where he fell in love with Hemingway’s “Old Man In The Sea.” He began sketching scenes from the book to help him with his homesickness. They were so good and drew so much interest he had his first art showing in which he was the only artist. It was a sensation and he met a Ft. Lauderdale fan there who ended up taking him to America. That is where his first real business venture with a Florida clothing company was born. It became a wildly successful historical partnership. They started with the Guy Harvey T-shirts with his marine art plastered on the back. They are still sold all over the world; you can get one locally at Academy. He went on to produce murals on buildings and then on bridges in Florida. Afterwards, he opened art galleries in strategic malls and his art was everywhere. His name has become synonymous with quality and talent. He modestly calls himself just a fisherman who paints, rather than the professional art genius he is. He has become a very successful conservationist also. He utilizes his marine biology degree, his knowledge from fishing, diving and growing up around marine life to produce what is unarguably the most realistic marine art in the world. The world renown marine artist Guy Harvey was in Southeast Texas this last week. Guy has a way with the public and it was very evident as he popped up at the local Academy Store in Beaumont, Texas. The news media there and just as enamored as they public as they interviewed him. He was signing autographs and posing for pictures with surprised fans. Nobody seem to want to leave and enjoyed listening to him talk while signing autographs. “He is so interesting” said one young fan while waiting in line for his T-shirt to be signed. Facebook posts were popping up everywhere with local fans and his picture in them. The guys is a rock star in the art world and has tons of fans, both young and old. Surprisingly, there were more young people waiting for his autograph than his older original fan base. His art is one of a kinds and spans the generations. Here is more on this artist on his website….Guy Harvey TV
Boating saves lives for Wounded Warriors, veterans, who have been disabled or have PTSD according to the new Project Odyssey program. Project Odyssey is a “Wounded Warrior” project program to help veterans with PTSD overcome the stress they experienced in combat by connecting with nature, peers and trained professionals. PTSD can effect every area of a veterans life. Many retreat to the safety of their home unwilling to see friends, family or venture out. They usually suffer insomnia are unable to process the emotions they have had to keep bottled up inside for so long. Basically, they struggle to cope. Some even retreat to drinking heavily to try and forget their traumatic experiences.
Project Odyssey asks its veterans to find something they love. One such veteran, Loyd Sawyer, recalls choosing boating as his passion. As he began to restore an old skiff he began meeting people in the community, neighbors and also engaging other boating fanatics. He even named his first boat “Therapy” for its maiden voyage. Loyd soon met Otis, an old Korean War vet, who recognized the boat hull from his youth spent on the same island where Lloyd was. So, Lloyd invited the old vet on a fishing trip after he completed the restoration of the boat. From that simple trip the ideal for Challenge Outdoors was created. This was to be Loyd’s first charity and it was for other vets . He wanted Challenge Outdoors to engage veterans and the disabled in boating and pontooning.
He started the charity by inviting other vets to go out in “Therapy” on the open water, as a way to engage them. He remembers how hard it was for him to join the “Wounded Warrior” program. The most difficult part of getting someone started in healing is breaking through their personal walls to get to them. The serenity and peace boating offers made that breakthrough easier for Loyd and he now offers that to others. There were many obstacles to overcome such as wheelchair and fully disabled vets onto “Therapy” but he realized how important it was. He knew he would have to upgrade the boat or scale back the charity. Loyd decided he needed a pontoon boat for them. Over the course of the next two years he was able to secure one with the handicap features necessary.
Now Lloyd is helping other veterans and enjoys watching their resilience. He speaks often about his PTSD and how he overcame through boating, as well as helping others. Loyd says he wants others to know you don’t have to live with PTSD and that they are not alone. Loyd hopes everyone can enjoy the therapeutic nature and boating and being outdoors.
Here is a link for further information on the program: Project Odyssey
One of the best parts about boating is that its a family affair. There is nothing better than watching your kids have fun with you out on the lake or ocean. Fishing can be a huge part of providing those intimate moments for parents to bond with their children, no matter their age. But, watersports provide families with invaluable moments of comradery, laughter and just plain fun together. Kids can learn so much during these experiences like the importance of stepping out of ones comfort zone and the tenacity it takes to do it. Also, how to overcome fear and the value of family support during those times. These are priceless lessons families get to share from the convenience of a safe parent controlled environment, like a boat. Teaching your children to ski can be one of those memorable moments. There is a slow easy method that will get children out on the water without it becoming a wrestling match or a begging session.
Quick Easy Steps To “Teaching Your Children How To Ski”
- Let them watch other children having fun skiing first.
- Tie a ski handle to a tree near the water’s edge and let them play with it to get used to it.
- Introduce the ski’s onshore and let them get used to standing in them, feel comfortable in them and understand how to get in and out of them.
- Put them in a trainer, push them out on the water a little, then gradually further out as you pull them by hand along the shore. When they aren’t wobbly and seem confidentially stable then they are ready for the next step.
- Progress to children’s training ski’s doing the same thing on the shore pulling them by hand. Until they are really comfortable with it.
- You will know then they have the confidence they need to progress to the boat moving slowly.
Also, some people like to add another step at this point by allowing them to ski while holding onto a ski bar, professionally installed, on the side of the boat. This allows you to hold on to them. However you end up, by this time they should be enjoying themselves immensely. So, take your time with all the steps, every kid is different. What’s the rush, after all its really all about spending time with your child.
Here is a great video to watch on exactly how it is done………………Click Here
NOAA Seeks Public Input on Recreational Saltwater Fisheries! Understanding the policies used to manage our natural resources is one of the core attributes of a responsible outdoor activities enthusiast. Management, at both the federal and state level, provides valuable guidance and data used to ensure that generations to come can continue to enjoy the same opportunities to hunt, fish, hike, camp, canoe, and generally experience the great outdoors that we’ve had.
Part of respecting the outdoors is protecting it, engaging it not only as individuals but as equal partners with the rest of the citizenry that have an interest in careful stewardship.
Fisheries management represents one of the more challenging areas of oversight, since access to the field sites is necessarily limited by the environment. Collecting population data on deer or wolves, while no small feat, pales in comparison to gauging accurate numbers of grouper or marlin, for instance, sequestered as they are in the depths.
Additionally, the biology and ecology of marine organisms is often considerably less understood than terrestrial systems. Finally, the smooth, unbroken surface of the sea hides the seascape from sight, depriving us of the easy and informative synopic view available with a simple cursory glance on land. It is easy to recognize emerald ash borers, for instance, and the damage they do to midwestern and eastern forests; but similar habitat destruction on the sea floor is not so easily or immediately accessible.
Because of these difficulties, some of the data for fisheries come from the people engaged in both commercial and recreational fishing themselves. The statistics of catch numbers, sizes, weights, and more provide primary data that allow the agencies involved to assess and analyze the health of our fisheries.
Communication between management entities and fishermen is key to responsible management, which is why the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is currently seeking input from saltwater anglers in order to assemble a new saltwater fisheries policy.
NOAA, the primary federal agency tasked with fisheries management, is interested in developing and implementing an agency-wide saltwater recreational policy that would institutionalize the tenets of recreational fishing. These core principles would be used to guide future management decisions and policy actions, and the opportunity to be a part of this conversation is a good chance for anglers to have their voices heard.
The first and best way to interact with NOAA is to attend one of their town halls, held across the country, over the summer. A complete list of these town halls shows a pretty good coverage in many of the key recreational “hubs” along our coastlines. At these meetings, recreational anglers will be able to listen to and talk with fisheries managers and biologists about their vision of recreational fishing.
For those unable to attend in person, a series of online live webinars will be taking place, allowing interested people the opportunity to call in and have a discussion with NOAA officials. Finally, an online message board will be available until September 2014, where you can leave comments and thoughts to add to the discussion.
For instance, how do you define recreational fishing, and how would your personal definition impact anglers on a national scale? What are the best practices to reduce release mortality, and how can these be effectively communicated to all recreational anglers? What kind of habitant enhancement projects should be undertaken to help protect fish populations? These are complex questions that undoubtedly benefit from many perspectives, including yours as a recreational fisherman or woman.
Remember the old saying: if you don’t vote, you can’t complain. NOAA is giving you the chance to engage in the conversation, and I hope you take the opportunity offered and join in. Read more of the original article ………………………… Click Here
Try this homemade soap bait recipe, and you’ll wonder why you never tried it before.
My grandpa has been using soap as trotline bait longer than I have been alive and from the first time he told me about using it, I thought he was pulling my leg.
But one day when I was a little boy, I happened to walk into the laundry room where we was making it, so I figured he was being serious. However, I still did not fully believe it until one day when sitting in the boat watching him bait a trotline, I witnessed him opening up a coffee can and pulling out what looked like sugar cubes. It was in fact homemade soap. To my amazement, the next morning we caught a lot of fish.
From that day on, I not only believed what my grandpa told me, but I sought to learn more from the fisherman I call Pawpaw. So, here is your own DIY: Homemade Catfish Soap Bait recipe which he has been using for years (his exact recipe is of course a secret).
This works great on trot lines in small catfish ponds, but is pretty versatile.
•6 Quarts water
•3 Pounds beef fat
•½ Can lye (1 Cup)
Follow the precautions your specific lye manufacturer has set, and do not use metal containers or utensils.
Put the beef fat in a stove top safe container (at least 6 quarts). Allow the fat to melt.
Put the water in a separate bowl, and carefully mix in the lye, stirring to dissolve. Never add water to the lye, always add lye to the water. Once these two ingredients are combined, slowly add it to the fat on the stove. Bring to a boil. Then put on low heat. At this time you can add coloring or smells to your soap like anise or acidity.
When the mixture flakes out like jelly (I have also heard it described as a pudding consistency), pour it into a safe container until it sets up and hardens. You can then cut it with a knife or string into your preferable size. I have always seen my grandpa cutting it using fishing line.
There are many recipes out there for soap bait, some more complicated than others. If you don’t feel up to making your own, you can always go to your nearest retail store and pick up a bar of Ivory or Zote soap. To read the original article…………………………Click Here
If you have a bait recipe you would like to share, leave it in the comments below.
These days, July 4th is all about BBQ, parades, family, fireworks, boating, camping and just plain fun. Below are some area events where you can participate in just that. However, it is so much more than the things we do to celebrate. Its about celebrating who we are as a nation, our declaration to be a free self-governed people. Its a celebration over the hard fought victory of becoming America and what it costs the “Founding Generation” to bring it about. Its remembering why we did it, what we stand for and passing those same values down to our progeny, as their heritage.
The July 4th holiday was declared a national holiday to teach the upcoming generations how to protect and cherish the legacy their ancestors left for them. In short, it is the celebration of the “Declaration of Independence” but in reality it is so very much more. So as you are out celebrating this July 4th with your family please keep in mind what the holiday is really about and share it with the next generation! Texas Marine is blessed to have a wonderful dedicated team, to serve your boating needs. We will be closing Friday, July 4th – Sunday, July 6th to give our team some well deserved time to spend with family and friends and to celebrate.
Many of our Texas Marine boaters will be hitting the water this holiday. Please be careful and have a great time. Here are a few tips to think about before hitting the water:
- Bring sunscreen, fresh towels, snacks and extra clothes.
- Create a to do list and check it twice, so you wont be bothered when the fun begins.
Remember there’s an app for that, try the “2do app.” It allows you to have a standing checklist for your boat trips, which can be adjusted and tweaked according to the trip you are taking. Now get out to one of these great events and have a blast. Happy Independence Day everyone!
July 4th Area Events
Lafayette, Erath, Eunice, Kotz Springs, St Martinville