Monthly Archives: July 2015

3rd Annual Casting for Conservation Ladies Tournament

Galveston Bay Foundation Event

The very popular saltwater fishing tournament is held at Crystal Beach on the Bolivar Peninsula each year. This tournament is for the ladies only and brings anglers and enthusiasts from all over Texas. The funds go to help protect Galveston Bay’s natural resources. Women Tourney 2This tournament is for the novice to the advanced anglers, everyone has a winning shot at the prizes. It is a whole day of fun and you learn a whole lot about Galveston Bay while you’re at it. You can have a guided team or an non-guided team, both are eligible. The tournament participants enjoy an entire day of competitive fishing while at the same time helping the Galveston Bay foundation.

Women Tourney 3The organization was founded in 1987 and is a non-profit organization that works to preserve, protect and enhance the natural resources of the Galveston Bay estuarine system through its programs in education, conservation and research.

Womens Tourney 4This year “Casing for Conservation” tournament was held last Saturday on July 25, 2015. There were numerous attendees and everyone had a blast. The tournament check in was Friday Night at “Steve’s Landing” restaurant and the weigh-in was at “Stingaree Restaurant and Marina” on Saturday at 1pm. Texas Marine is one of the many proud sponsors of this annual event!


Saltwater Fishing

Fishing in saltwater require a whole new approach from freshwater fishing. This includes much of your gear also, which will need to be overhauled. You need saltwater rods, a gaff, needle-nose pliers, saltwater reels, different clothing, electronics and other equipment that will make your saltwater adventures fun, safe and much easier.

If you decide to surf fish, you need a couple of rods, a couple of rigs and some pvc pipe to stick in the ground for rod holders. If you decide to try your hand offshore then your trip will be only as successful as the gear you bring along. Offshore requires a whole lot more equipment and tackle. This environment, along with the fish that reside in it, can be tough on your gear. The good news is that today’s saltwater fishing markets have made gear that will withstand the wear and tear, some lasting for years. Cheaper is not always better in this environment. Look for non-corrosive, UV-resistant materials of high quality. If you take care of your gear by cleaning it off with fresh water after you are done and lubricate the metal parts you should be able to enjoy it for years to come.

Saltwater fishing is a blast and sadly many never venture in to this world. If you have the right gear it should be every bit as enjoyable as your freshwater fishing trips, if not more rewarding. Come by Texas Marine today and let us help you get prepared for your next saltwater fishing trip. Any of our knowledgeable staff would be happy to discuss it with you.


2015 Top Family Friendly Places to Fish

Click on the link to find a spot or read the entire article………………………………………….CLICK HERE

Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation partnered with Take Me Fishing campaign to rank the 2015 Top Family Friendly Places to Fish in America. Here is a list of great spots they came up with.

As part of a sweepstakes, anglers and boaters cast more than 91,000 votes online to help develop the 2015 list of Top 100 Family-Friendly Places to Fish and Boat. The criteria for the Top 100 included having a public body of water within an hour of a major city, good fishing opportunities, and family-friendly amenities.

Who Reeled In The Top 10 Spots:

  1. Everglades National Park, FL
  2. Bahia Honda State Park, Big Pine Key, FL
  3. Blue Springs State Park, Orange City, FL
  4. Kissimmee State Park, Lake Wales, FL
  5. Keystone State Park, Derry, PA
  6. Clear Lake State Park, Kelseyville, CA
  7. Skyway Fishing Pier State Park, St Petersburg, FL
  8. Galveston Island State Park, Galveston, TX
  9. Presque Isle State Park, Erie, PA
  10. Lackawanna State Park, North Abington, PA

This is a great guide for bringing your family out to enjoy the outdoors and memory making adventures that a successful fishing experience can provide!

How to Clean Zebra Mussels off your Boat

Its the law in Texas, you must deal with this pesky little species on your boat. Below is a diagram of where they often hide. Here is how to clean Zebra Mussels off your boat!







Clean your boat, trailer and gear by removing all plants, animals and foreign objects.


Drain all water from the boat, including the motor, bilge, live wells and bait buckets, before leaving the lake.


Dry the boat and trailer for a week or more before entering another water body. If unable to let it dry for at least a week, wash it with a high-pressure washer and hot (at least 140-degree), soapy water.

Bank Fishing in S.E. Texas

Great places to fish in Southeast Texas know mainly to locals. To find the spots below ……… Click Here


LNVA Salt Water Barrier
-Brackish water, stocked ponds before you get to barrier, restrooms,
-Ponds w/trout, river for redfish/drum and cats

Hillebrandt Bayou
-Produces very nice cats! ive caught plenty here on live shad.
-Traffic is a minimum, and can cast for shad right off the bridge. Throw near bridge columns    with shiners or black/yellow beetle spins for crappie.


 Old Ferry Road (aka: Baileys)

-Saltwater,Piers for crabbing (great saltwater bait!), Fish where waterway meets Old River Cove,

-Popping cork for small reds and good sized trout

 -Follow curve to bridge. Bridge is usually crowded but yields good sized reds


 Cooks Lake Rd.
-Can fish all along the bank and under bridge, near the park. on North side of bridge becomes
  back water.
-Lots of crappie, sunnies and cats, some bass.
Village Creek Bridge
-Free Boat Ramp
-Park at bridge and fish near boat ramp or walk along trails in woods to fish
-Lots of crappie, sunnies and cats, some bass.



Sabine Pass Jetty Rd

-Lots of places to fish along road once you pass Coast Guard Station
-Need truck to access far end of road (best fishing)
-All saltwater species, Mostly redfish
-End of road is very shallow, popping cork/topwaters

McFaddin Nat’l Wildlife Refuge
Clam Lake
-Piers for crabbing-BAIT
-Fish at first bridge (either side), large Redfish, Drum, Spec. Popping cork with live shrimp, Gulp!  artificial (shrimp, 3-4 in. any color)
-Road is rough and rocky
-Part of McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge
-Can not enter after dark (DO NOT TRY/SPIKE STRIP)


North Shore Park
– Lake Woodlands
-Free boat ramp.
-People also cast net at the docks for bait.
-Lake is good for cats, crappie, bass, bream.


Rollover Pass 
-Gilchrist Beach or Bay side
-Saltwater species such as Flounder
Bayshore Park
-Boat Launch
-Saltwater species
Challenger 7 Memorial Park
-Carp, buffalo, grass carp, blue catfish, channel catfish

Happy Independence Day

Texas Marine is grateful for  such a wonderful dedicated team, to serve your boating needs. Therefore, we will be closed all day on July 4th and 5th, in order to give our team members some much deserved time off to celebrate with friends and family .

These days, July 4th is loaded with BBQ, parades, family, fireworks, boating, camping and just plain fun. We are so blessed to live in America, so get out and celebrate it! 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, which was revolutionary at that time. This is a celebration over the hard fought victory of becoming America and what it costs the “Founding Generation” to bring that about. Its remembering why we did it, what we stand for and passing those same values down to our children, 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  of our 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!

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!

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