Monthly Archives: October 2015

The Fish That Changed America

If you have wondered how Bass fishing evolved from a quiet little pastime to a $100 billion dollar industry, The Fish That Changed America is the book for you. This is the history of the sport of Bass fishing told by those who actually engineered the change. Reader’s ranging from the occasional weekend warrior to the professional angler will love the stories that are so masterfully told in this book.

The topics and stories in the book cover lures, boats, lakes and even the business side of Bass fishing. They are told by men like Trig Lund (last surviving staff member of Heddon Co.), Bill Lewis (designer of the famous Rat-L-Trap), Jack Windgate (early Fish Camp owner on Lake Seminole), Paul Allison (who cupped the 1st outboard propeller), Virgil Ward, Dee Thomas, Forrest Wood, Tom Mann and the iconic Bill Dance.

The topics they cover in this interesting collection of stories include a complete background on their topics. One fascinating story was how the Corps of Engineers began constructing the dams that form today’s best bass lakes and how Johnny Morris created the first superstore of bass fishing Bass Pro Shops.  This book is not about tournament fishing its about the entire sport. You will learn how many different facets of the sport came together at the right time to form the booming industry it is today.

You will love owning this book and it is the perfect read for you down time while at the lake or even the seashore. Bring this one home today for your collection.

The Fish That Changed America - By Steve PriceReviews on this Book:

Price, a Hall of Fame journalist, is the perfect author for this book; he’s witnessed much of the evolution as a Bassmaster Senior Writer and topnotch bass writer for decades.”   — South Bend (Indiana) Tribune

“A compelling read. It brings history to life through the unique firsthand accounts of the men who shaped the amazing growth of a great American sport. I couldn’t put it down, and neither will you.”   Ray Scott, founder of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society

“An incredible collection of stories from the people who were instrumental in building the sport of bass fishing. I absolutely loved it!”   —Shaw Grigsby, professional angler

Boat Maintenance Checklist for Off-Season Storage

Texas Marine Off-Season Maintenance Special

There are so many reasons to carefully and thoroughly tuck in your boat for the off-season that a traditional annual ritual will payoff in spades. It can ward off rust, mildew and the eventual break down of your boat, resulting in shortening its usefulness. There just isn’t enough that can be said on the benefits, both monetarily and practically, for learning this process and developing your own yearly checklist. Use the below” Boat Maintenance Checklist for Off-Season Storage” to help you build your own personal regime.

Where & When

  1. Where-You need to put a little thought into where your boat will be stored in the off-season and when it is to be tucked in. A climate-controlled storage would naturally be optimal, but many boat owners do not have that kind of access. So the next best thing is a nicely-fit cover for your boat, as it sits outside. You want to check all the sharp edges on your boat that will come into contact with your cover so it does not get ripped during the harsher weather that is inevitable. Remember if necessary an old rag and some duct tape can take care of wrapping a threatening sharp edge on any boat.
  2. When to tuck in your boat is always a challenge. The best thing to remember is you want it in before the first hard freeze. It only takes once for your boat to sustain potential damage due to freezing weather which it was not prepared for. It pays tremendously to get this step right.

Prep Work before Covering

  1. To cut down on mildew you can clean, wash and wax your fiberglass or gel coated surfaces with a mild marine wash and dual-action polisher. Take care to thoroughly dry with cotton towel. Do not forget to address any oxidation or stains with a dual-action polisher before you wax.
  2. Then for the painted or metal surfaces you need to use a protective application of wash and wax to deal with any impurities on them before storing.
  3. Thoroughly clean all crumbs and dirt from floors, seats and storage bins. You can use a vacuum from the local car wash to quickly accomplish the task.
  4. For you vinyl surfaces, such as furniture, coat it with a protective vinyl cleaner or conditioner. It will ensure your upholstery is protected against the UV rays of the sun once you begin your boating season again the following year. Also, it will help you locate any tears in your vinyl that would allow moisture into your padding and deteriorate it, as you are forced to inspect it while applying the conditioner.
  5. Be sure to detail and protect your clear plastic surfaces as well with a Plastic wax (don’t use glass cleaner on your plastic).
  6. Engine prep work is the most time consuming, yet has the greatest potential for saving you money in the long run. Drain all the water from your outboards. Drain the coolant and replace it with antifreeze that is propylene glycol-based. Be sure you take the time to change your oil and filter also. Then fill your tank 3/4’s of the way full and add a stabilizer to protect the integrity of your fuel during the long storage season. Remove the battery and store in your garage or at least disconnect it.
  7. Check out your owners manual to make sure you have not forgotten any other mechanical to do for your particular boat model. Do not forget to take out all valuables either.

Check On Your Boat

Check on your boat now and then on the off-season. Make sure to carefully inspect the cover for tears that may be compromising all your hard work to store and protect your boat. Make sure everything is continuing to look like it is doing its job protecting your boat.  By developing a simple yearly checklist, with all these simple steps on it, you can make sure when the season kicks into high gear you do not have a nasty little surprise waiting on youu, from a careless off-season storage regime.


If you are new to  boat ownership or simply do not have the time you can always get the help of professionals like Texas Marine in Beaumont, Conroe and Clear Lake to painstakingly do the job for you. Make sure whoever you hire though agrees everything that you need done ahead of time.

2015 Rendezvous: Learn the Art of Fresh/Saltwater Fly-Tying

  • At the 2015 Rendezvous: Learn the Art of Fresh/Saltwater Fly-Tying on Toledo Bend. Have you ever wanted to learn the art of tying a fly. There are clinics all over the state to learn thisFlytying 3 (Custom) fun and addictive hobby for the entire family. One of the most popular is the 2015 Rendezvous where even kids can learn the art of fly-tying their own bait to fishing in fresh or saltwater. Texas now has plenty of opportunity to try out this type of fishing in its coldest rivers, like the Guadalupe near Canyon Dam, but also in Saltwater at the coast. More and more Texans are enjoying fly-fishing in saltwater. Not even a decade ago you rarely heard of anglers in this state who were remotely interested, now it is really catching on.

FlyTying 1 (Small)The Toledo Bend 2015 Rendezvous is a great weekend loaded with fellow fly-tying aficionados to teach you the ins and outs of this intriguing hobby for the entire family. The grounds and accommodations are set up for families and singles to participate comfortably. For more information on this event…………………Click HereFlytying 4 (Custom)



If you are interested in learning to fly-fish the flats in saltwater or simply casting techniques that can be used in the river or at the beach try this popular Orvis video for instructions on all this and more………..Click Here to View.

Recipe Series: Ceviche

Here is one great fish recipe from what many feel is the best chef in the country, Emeril Lagasse from our Recipe Series: Ceviche.

You may seriously want to try this out soon.


  • 12 oz. of very fresh white fleshed saltwater fish-Sushi Grade (Grouper, Wahoo, Sea Bass, Snapper others)
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 3 tblspns fresh orange juice
  • 3 tblspns pineapple juice
  • 1 1/2 tblspns finely diced Serrano pepper
  • 2 tblspns finely diced yellow bellpepper
  • 2 tblspns finely diced red bellpepper
  • 1 1/2 tblspns minced red onion
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 2 tblspns chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tblspn extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 three inch plantain chips
  • Lime Wedges for garnishing

Cut the fish into 1/4 inch dices. Place in a glass bowl with the lime, orange, pineapple juices. Add peppers, onions and garlic then toss it all together to coat the meat. Cover and refrigerate 4 hrs while stirring occasionally.ceviche

Take out of refrigerator and cilantro, olive oil and salt. Fold gently to mix. Serve Ceviche in martini glasses and garnish with fried plantain chips and lime wedges.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Inactive Time: 4 hours
Serves: 4 Appetizers

2016 Yamaha 242X E-Series

Recently Yamaha boats has released its new 2016 jet boat line with brand new designs.  The launch was due to its entry into several new segments of the marketplace. The high-growth and highly energized performance wakesports category has one of it’s most exciting new entries. Its the Yamaha 242X E-Series model.

Some Top Features of this model include:

•Bimini top
•Aluminum folding wakeboard tower
•Colors available in Black or Space Blue
•Three position ”No Wake Mode” Control
•Polk marine stereo with Bluetooth capability
•Adjustable captain’s chair with flip-up bolster
•Capacity for 12 persons or 2,698 lbs. (1,224 kg)
•Swivel wakeboard racks and aluminum billet windshield mirror
•Removable dinette table with two pedestals (mounts at cockpit and stern)

Come by Texas Marine to see one of the 2016 Yamaha 242X E-Series. It is one of the coolest new boat designs currently on the market.