Monthly Archives: October 2014

Recipe Series: Great Camping Recipes

  • Chili
    A hunting camp classic that is as good today as when your great-granddaddy was the camp cook. It tastes good, is easy to prepare and is perfect for putting in a thermos and taking to the stand or blind.
    Put it in the crock-pot in the morning and go hunting. Cook up some cornbread for dipping, sprinkle with some shredded cheese, add a dollop of sour cream and dig in to one of the best meals for hunting camp (or home for that matter.)
  • Eggs, Hashbrowns and Deer Sausage
    Didn’t your mother ever tell you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? Fill your belly with a good breakfast and avoid running back to camp to feed those mid-morning munchies. Wake up early and cook and you’ll enjoy rock star status with fellow campmates.
  • Bacon
    Okay, maybe bacon could have been included in the breakfast section, but when preparing meals for hunting camp, bacon is so much more than a breakfast food. Eat it straight, make a BLT for lunch, or wrap blue cheese stuffed backstrap in it. However you choose to use it, make sure you take plenty of bacon to hunting camp.
  • Deer Jerky, Peanut Butter Crackers, and Candy Bars
    A hunter’s lunch of champions…
    If you’ve eaten a proper hunting camp breakfast, you should be full until at least 2:00 P.M. If you are trying to eat healthy or think you are developing scurvy from your hunting camp diet, substitute an apple for the candy bars. A light lunch like this will ensure that you are starving when it comes time for dinner, the main event.
  • Grilled Backstrap and Potatoes
    This simple meal is the sign that you, or someone in your hunting camp, has had a successful hunt. Grill the backstrap to medium-rare with your favorite seasoning, bake or fry the potatoes, and enjoy the culinary spoils of the hunt.
  • Sloppy Joes
    “I made ‘em extra sloppy for ya. I know how you hunters like ‘em sloppy.”
    Sloppy Joes are delicious and easy to prepare. They are also a good place to use up some of your ground venison. Whip up a batch at your hunting camp and watch them disappear.
  • Wild Game Stew
    Fill a crockpot with whatever wild game meat you have on hand, potatoes, onions, celery, corn, tomatoes, a can of beer, a little water, salt, pepper, and whatever else is in the refrigerator or spice rack and turn it on low. When you return from hunting you will have a delicious stew to eat before processing whatever you just killed.
  • Kabobs
    Cut up venison (or other meat) and vegetables, skewer with a stick, and apply heat. It’s so easy a cave man could do it.
  • Gobbler Hot Wings
    Not all hunting camps are deer hunting camps. To make gobbler hot wings, roll chunks of gobbler breast meat in breading and fry until breading stays on. Place the breaded pieces on a cookie sheet and drizzle with wing sauce.
    Bake the “wings” at 350 until they are cooked through, then give the pieces another coating of wing sauce and enjoy. Don’t be surprised if this one becomes a turkey camp tradition.
  • Pulled Pork Sandwiches
    There comes a time when it happens to every hunting camp — the dreaded skunking. Camp members are left sitting around with bruised egos, wildly exaggerated excuses, and growling bellies. It pays to prepare for the day when no one brings home the meat and bring some from the store.  Pulled pork sandwiches are tasty enough to get even the most dejected hunter’s spirits back up.         

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2014 Nations Best Fishing Lakes

Every year Bassmasters ranks the “Top 100 Best Fishing Lakes” in the nation. Southeast Texas and SW Louisiana are very fortunate to have many of these stunning lakes close by. 

#15-Toledo Bend Reservoir (#10 in 2013)

#24-Lake Sam Rayburn (#2 in 2013)

#72-Lake Conroe

#74-Mississippi River Delta

#10 -Lake Fork

#83-Lake Bastrop

#08-Lake Austin

#36-Ray Roberts Lake

#45-Fayette County Reservoir

#25-Red River

JST_hydrilla_coveGet on out there and try your hand at the huge trophy size fish that reside in these gargantuan sapphire lakes and find out why they were ranked the 2014 Nations Best Fishing Lakes. There is nothing like a little outdoor time fishing to set everything right again.

Read Here: Nations Top 100 Fishing Lakes

Bay Boat Heaven: Nautic Star 244STX

Bay Boat Heaven: Nautic Star 244STX

Nautic Star reached its pinnacle on maximum performance and pleasure with this tournament ready model. The Nautic Star 244STX is the Bay Boat you have been waiting for. It’s unique craftsmanship knows no bounds, as far as its universal appeal. Bay boats are becoming a bestseller at boat shows all over the world for a reason. They are the stars of the show and tend to be game changers for many attendees. Prospective owners get caught up in all that these boats have to offer. It seems as though there is a surprise around every corner as they peruse the boats roomy interiors. This boat is a one of kind.

Nautic Star 244STX Highlights

It has numerous fishing and comfort features, as well as, the companies Star Performance system. The 244XTS features include:

  • The Nautic Star 244 XTS comes complete with the 30 gallon bow fish box and 80 gallon fuel capacity.
  • Shallow water draft for skinny water
  • Tournament ready with 2 tournament livewells and rod storage for up to 28 rods.
  • Acceleration due to the planing pods and air assist chine.
  • Ride utilizing the sharp entry Vee hull forward

As Bay Boats continue to thrive on estuaries, bays and coastal waters, the oceans are beginning to feel their presence dominate the horizon. Many will soon discover Bay Boats are great family and fishing vessels. So, come check out the many Bay Boats at Texas Marine today.

The World’s Waters: Marine Species Diversity

The World’s Waters: Marine Species Diversity

Source: United Nations Environmental Programs Report 

Limited information is available on species diversity and the condition of coastal and marine ecosystems. There is growing evidence that many marine species are less widely distributed, and therefore more vulnerable to extinction, than previously thought. The protection and sustainable use of marine resources and biodiversity are governed by several international conventions, including the Convention on Biological Diversity. In this framework, sustainable use is defined as “the use of components of biological diversity in a way and at a rate that does not lead to the long-term decline of biological diversity, thereby maintaining its potential to meet the needs and aspirations of present and future generations.”

Here are some interesting graphs on exactly what is thriving and where. Diversity

5 Best Surfcasting Reels

5 Best Surfcasting Reels

via: Wide Open Spaces

The tools of both long distance casting and surfcasting are essentially a highly tuned reel and a long fishing pole. However, don’t be fooled by its apparent simplicity—the types of rods are vast, and the reels can be extremely complex. These are two sports that are not for the fainthearted. But, those willing to take the time to master the Hatteras and Pendulum casts are well rewarded; especially the surfcasters. We’ve compiled a list and some videos of the very best surfcasting reels. There are two things you will find in common with all five of our selected reels. First, they each have a CT frame. In other words, they have an open cage and no level wind system. The line must be manually guided when reeling the line in. Second, a magnetic braking system is a must for a distance casting reel. Magnets provide smoother and more controlled braking than the traditional centrifugal brakes. Bottom line is, if you love surf fishing, but haven’t learned how to throw a conventional reel yet, then now is the time. Click through the slideshow to check out our top five distance casting reels.

If you’re looking to increase your casting distance, then you need to check out these five best fishing reels for long distance surfcasting.

The Daiwa Millionaire is our number one pick for good reason—this model was used by Danny Moeskops when he set the current world record. Daiwa-Millionaire-7HT-Mag





Akios666-MM3-Tourno The Akios reels are some of the best crafted conventional reels out there. Akios-666-MM3-Tourno (3)The Akios tournament series are their premier line, and are ready right out the box to cast into the horizon. Akios-666-MM3-Tourno (3)






Abu Garcia 6500 CT Mag Series is Basstastic. Abu Garcia has been making reels since the 50s. They are tried and true and will last a lifetime, if taken care of. The Abu pictured here is a Mag series. They are difficult to find in the U.S., so many people purchase level wind 6500s and upgrade them. The upgrades usually include new ceramic bearings, the removal of the level wind, and the addition of a magnetic brake. Many upgraded Abu 6500s have been used to set distance casting records. Abu-Garcia-6500-CT-Mag-Series





Avet MC Lever Drag Series Avets are typically used by offshore anglers. But, in the right hands, they are a dynamite surfcasting reel. Avet-MC-Series





PENN 525 Mag The Penn 525 Mag is a very common surfcasting reel in the U.S. You can’t go wrong with a Penn reel. Of the five reels that we have listed, the Penn 525 is the easiest on the wallet. This makes it a great reel for individuals just getting into the sport. PENN-525-Mag

Annual “Texas Slam” Saltwater Fishing Tournament

Annual “Texas Slam” Saltwater Fishing Tournament

AM Club 4The local Texas A&M Club has been putting on its annual fishing tournament for 17 years now, watching it grow into the large event it is today. The event is a fundraiser of the local Texas A&M Club. According to Tom Natho , the founder and organizer, this year’s tournament had over 55 teams. The Texas Slam Tournament and was founded to generate scholarships for A&M students.  IMG_0154 (2) (Small)The annual event garners a lot of enthusiasm because it is large enough to be relevant for amateurs, yet small enough not to attract the pros. The winners of the Texas Slam this year for the $350 prize was Michael Sommers and Mike Feso with a total of 12.38 lbs. of Trout, Redfish and Flounder. The biggest Redfish at 7.22 lbs. for the $250 prize went to Steven Leverett. The biggest Speckled Trout at 5.73 lbs. for a $250 prize went to Bubba Daniels. Last but not least, the biggest Flounder at 2.70 lbs. for the $250 prize was John Darling. The rest of the winning anglers can be seen at the end of this blog.

The tournament is held at the Pleasure Island S.A.L.T. Clubhouse. The contest is made up of 2 person teams, with a registration cost of $50 a person. There are also plenty of cash prizes given by sponsors for the largest trout, largest redfish and largest flounder. No offshore fish is allowed in the tournament. Anglers weigh in AM Club Prizes (Small)between 12:30-2:30, at the clubhouse. There are also rewards for catching a tagged fish. A new prize this year, honoring the traditional Aggies 12th man, was available for the angler who catches a redfish with exactly 12 spots on it. Neck Prewitt actually won the $150 prize for catching the Redfish with the most spots on it this year.

This tournaments successful proceeds are combined with the club’s golf tournament toAM Club 5 (Small) pave the way for aspiring Texas A&M students. The whole community is invited to help, whether an A&M alum or not. This last spring the club was able to contribute $30,000 towards scholarships. They are very proud to now be able to offer annual $2500 scholarships for 4-year students. Next year’s tournament will be the 3rd Saturday in August so mark it on your calendars.

AM Club 3 (Small) The Team Trophies went to Steven Leverett and Dwayne Leverett for 27.40 lbs. of Redfish. Also, Michael Feso and Mike Sommers for 58.73 lbs. of Speckled Trout and Justin Frederick and Wayne Chadwick for 11.06 lbs. of Flounder. The winner of the Ladies team was Rose Barrnet and Phillis Sommers with 58.15 lbs. The winner of the most Crabs with 5.60 lbs. was Whitney Radley and Hannah Radley.

Texas Marine Parts: Yeti Products

Texas Marine parts department carries a wide range of brands and products. One of their best sellers every year are the Yeti products. Their coolers are some of the best on the market. They are built Texas tough and specifically designed for the wild. They can hold up under the toughest of environments.

Each are built with the latest technology like Roto-Molded construction, T-Rex latches, Neverfail hinge system, Permafrost insulation, Coldlock gaskets, Fatwall design, Lipgrip Handles, Anchorpoint tie-down slots and more. Its is built with one-piece solid construction. They are built similar to Kayaks, which are capable of taking extreme abuse. So stand on it, kick it, drop it, you wont hurt it, but don’t hurt yourself in the process.

Yeti products also have drinkware as tough as their coolers. They have tumblers, openers, Neoprene drink jackets, beverage holders, bottle keys and more. They carry hats, shirts, decals and various other gear. Come by Texas Marine Parts Dept. and check out our Yeti products today.

Texas Marine Wins Big In Florida Fishing Tournament

Mark Fishing PictureTexas Marine Wins Big In Florida Fishing Tournament

Chaparral Boats founder, Buck Pegg, was the host of the Florida Keys fishing tournament this month at the Ocean Reef Hotel. There were 11 fishing boats and over 60 participants, which headed out early Sunday in hopes of landing the winning fish.

The Texas Marine fishing team won big by scoring the win, caught by Mike Hebert. Jonathan Fishing PictureIt was a 30.61 lb Dolphin fish. Also, Mark Kuchera from Texas Marine took 2nd place with a 10.41 lb Dolphin fish and Jonathan Whitmire of Texas Marine placed 2nd for biggest fish on the boat
Other fisherman who placed was Brian Harden for the “Biggest Tuna” and Sean Reilly for the “Biggest Wahoo”.

Chaparral Fishing Tournament PicturesTo add to the events festivities there was a Grand Finale Beach Party on Buccaneer Island for which the Chefs of Ocean Reef Hotel prepared the winning fish. Throughout the evening the crowd enjoyed a lovely dinner, thanks to all the winning fisherman. Congratulations to all the winners in this year’s tournament. All in All, it was a highly successful event for all those in attendance.