Monthly Archives: September 2015

CCA StarKids Tournament Yields $50,000 Local Winner

The Coastal Conversation Association has been around since 1978 with many accomplishments under it’s belt. The mission ocall Leticia at 12812502455f this organization is to educate the public and to advise on conservation that involves marine type resources. They strive to conserve and to enhance the availability of these coastal resources for future generations, as well as the current one, to enjoy. They sponsor many activities during the year but one of the most popular is the CCA StarKids Tournament.

The CCA Star Tournament was held over the summer of 2015. This CCA StarKids Tournament Yields “BIG WIN” For Local Girl of only 8 years old. The CCA puts on a StarKids tournament yearly and this year little Maritza Martinez from Southeast Texas won 2015WeighStationMap-646x1024 (Small)a $50,000 dollar scholarship for her catch. She fished regularly this summer as part of the tournament but never caught a fish big enough to place her the statewide tournament’s winners circle. That all changed for her on Labor Day, while fishing in the Trinity Bay.

She was enjoying another fishing trip with her family when she suddenly hooked the 23 5Girl 1 (Small)/8’s inch Sheepshead Division winner.  The Sheepshead weighed 11 pounds even. Her father never expected the fish that was on the other end of that line when she yelled “Dad I got a really big fish.” He thought it might be a stingray! He was astonished as she reeled the monster fish in all by herself. They decided it might be a winner and brought it in to be weighed. Next thing you know Maritza had won the grand prize $50,000 college scholarship for her efforts. Congratulations Maritza Martinez on this wonderful win!

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StarKids Sheepshead Division (ages 6 – 10)

One $50,000 college scholarship will be awarded for catching the largest Sheepshead in this division.

NauticStar’s All New 211 Coastal Angler

NauticStar Boats continues to innovate and expand its boat lines with the all-new 211 Coastal and Angler. This uniquely styled boat series merges family pleasure boating with serious salt and freshwater fishing. The 211’s design models itself after the phenomenally successful 231 Coastal/Angler that NauticStar launched last year except in a smaller, less horsepower package. As a second-generation boat, it replaces the 210 Coastal/Angler that has been a staple in NauticStar’s boat line for many years.

“The 210 has been such a great boat for us, it seems crazy to replace it, “said NauticStar president, Phil Faulkner. “But, we are very excited about the improvements and features that this new boat offers. The hull is engineered just like our 231, which means you get all the benefits of our STAR Performance System—with the planing pods and air assist chine and Vee Hull–it’s going to be a great performer.”

The 211 is 20’ 9” LOA, with a beam of 102” and is rated for up to 150 horsepower. Fuel Capacity is 66 gallons. Passenger capacity is 10 persons. Deadrise at bow entry is 37 degrees with the aft deadrise being 14 degrees.

The 211 Coastal is loaded with features for exceptional fishability while the 211 Angler has additional features for pleasure boating such as a newly designed acrylic swim platform, Sunbrella® Bimini top with ball and socket hardware, and an Infinity® stereo system with Bluetooth® preset capability and 2 speakers.

Professional and sport fishermen will appreciate the bow to stern standard features of the 211 as well as a long list of options for individual customization. There is a 27-gallon rear livewell and a 13-gallon livewell/baitwell located in the console. There are a total of 12-rod holders: 6 vertical in the console, 2 for trolling flush in the aft, 2 port and 2 starboard in the gunnels.

Below the bow deck seats there are 2 insulated fish boxes with overboard drains. A 15-gallon bow cooler is insulated and has a lid with a tight seal to keep your ice “ice” during those hot summer days.

The unique aft deck doubles as a rear casting/fishing deck and 3-across seating by flipping up the 3 jump seats. When it is time to fish again, the seats quickly convert back to the fishing deck by simply folding down the jump seats. Space under the jump seats is utilized including battery storage under the starboard jump seat, cast net storage under the portside jump seat and a 27-gallon aerated release well under the center jump seat.

The front casting platform has a lot of space and can also receive an optional foot or hand control Minn Kota® electric trolling motor.

When stowed in the lower position, an optional bow table makes a large casting deck or sun lounge when the optional bow filler cushion is added. In the raised position the table makes a comfortable place to have your lunch and a cold drink.

Also available is an optional bow-casting chair with a removable pedestal and flush mount stainless steel base with a brass insert that allows the pedestal to be screwed in by hand for safety. The anchor, line and chain are stowed in a flush mounted anchor locker tooled into the bow’s deck for an attractive and secure storage.

Convert the family style fishing boat to a serious fishing machine by unsnapping the bow cushions. This also makes cleanup easy after a full day on the water.

In the cockpit at the captain’s station there is a leaning post with a 94-quart Igloo® cooler nestled underneath. The newly styled console is tooled to receive the sculptured gauge panel. The instrument panel consists of a speedometer, tachometer and fuel gauge. The switch panel includes waterproof stainless steel switches with circuit breakers. The console is topped off with an attractive curved windshield and fold down grab rail. A stainless steel steering wheel with BayStar™ Pro Hydraulic Steering helm is also standard (on 150HP model). Forward in the console is a passenger seat with integrated port and starboard grab handles. Under that seat is a 13-gallon aerated livewell. With the larger head console option, boaters can enjoy the privacy of a dressing room with more storage that can also receive an optional portable toilet. This option also includes a compass, lighted drink holders and footrest. Come back Texas Marine today and check out one of these amazing new boats, you will be glad you did.

Crabbing with the Family

The 2015 crabbing season is shaping up to be a humdinger. Everywhere you go these days, the bay, the beach, the bayou and in some cases the ditch are blue crabs. 12003339_1081614018539928_2643377849907009202_nSoutheast Texas waters are known for their rich blue crab habitat. Families in the area have passed down their secret crabbing honey-holes for generations. That is because “Crabbing with the Family” is one of the most enjoyable inexpensive outdoor activities you can participate in together. Best of all it requires very little effort. All you need is some string, a few chicken necks and your kids.

The blue crab is a very popular edible crab along the Gulf Coast because they are so tasty, when cooked properly. A blue crab has two claws the same size and is colored in various shades of 12003266_1081580238543306_6561138315999357137_nblue. The back is a brackish brown and the under belly is white. The females have reddish orange claws. April through September is the best months for crabbing in Southeast Texas waters. However you can catch crabs all year long. The trick is to know where in the water to throw your chicken string. To do this one must think like a crab thinks. Crabs eat almost anything and places like public fish-cleaning stations, fishing piers, jetties and mud flats often have easy pickings for crabs. Once you locate a spot simply tie your string around a piece of chicken twisting it around 3 or 4 times and then tie it off with a knot. Toss the string out in the water near the spot you choose, allowing it to sink to the bottom. Then tie the loose end off to a stake near the shoreline.

Be sure to setcrabbing up several more lines to increase your yield. It is important to watch the line but not disturb it; the tiniest twitch on the line sends the crabs fleeing. Once the line is jerking pretty good then you know a crab is feeding on the chicken. At this point you should be able to ever so slowly inch by inch pull the line in. This is the part even the most experienced can mess up. Children sometime are much more adept at pulling in crabs because of their patient slow methodical movement. As you pull it in the visual of the crab eating the meat will begin to come into focus. Get someone nearby to have a net ready. Keep the net hidden until the last possible moment. At the point you feel sure you will not miss quickly scoop in behind the chicken and the crab and dump it into a bucket. You can then return the line into the water for the next unsuspecting victim.

Putting crabs in an ice chest filled with an ice water slurry makes them much slower and easier to handle. Below is a great video on how to clean crabs and another on cooking them. Good looks and have fun this is a great tradition to begin with your kids and even extended family members.


Cleaning Crabs……………………….Video

Cooking Crabs………………………..Video

Time to Renew Your Fishing & Hunting License Again

Seems like just yesterday, doesn’t it! However, last years hunting and fishing licenses expired on August 31, 2015. It is time to renew them once again. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department usually issues around 2 1/2 million licenses to avid sportsman across the Lone Star State. Don’t forget, if you were born before 1971 you must also successfully complete a hunter education training course or purchase a one time deferral good for one license year.

The good news is the people down at Texas Parks and Wildlife have made it a breeze to purchase yours. You may purchase your license at any 50 state parks, 25+ field offices or 1700+ retail stores, like Walmart. Now days you may even purchase your licenses online at the T.P.W.D website………………Click Here To Purchase.

If all those options are not easy enough for you then simply pick up the phone and dial 1-800-895-4248 and the call center will do the work for you. The new hunting and fishing regulations for the 2015-2016 season can be found online just………………….Click Here

If you would like to get the Texas Parks and Wildlife App simply ……………………..Click Here