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Nationally Recognized S.E. Texas Artist-David Cargill

Tucked away in a quiet little “Ole Town” Beaumont neighborhood is a whimsical little piece of property all its own, an island of artistic passion loaded with an eclectic array of sculptures, paintings andCargil 5 stained glass pieces. Who knew that “Nationally Recognized S.E. Texas Artist-David Cargill” was endeavoring to produce such a magnificent repository of his life’s work behind the those architecturally  interesting gates to the entrance of his home.


As you step inside the gates, a sudden otherworldly sense of charm begins to permeate the place and you feel as though you’ve entered a foreign land, somewhere in Europe perhaps.  Meandering through the various nooks and crannies of the perfectly staged vignettes, that have been so painstakingly developed over the years, one feels truly blessed to be wandering in such a magical place. Everywhere the eye catches is a secret waiting to be discovered. There were things such as a small child peaking out from behind a bush and a Jesus statue gloriously raising His exceptionally large hands to the sky with a joyous passion that can not help but permeate the soul of its admirers. This place is filled with artistic pieces of every size, shape and caliber, with no one particular theme dominating over another.

One would expect to find mainly large pieces of Bronze statues at the home, similar to his well-known commissioned pieces, such as the Mirabeau B. Lamar head in the quadrangle at Lamar University. To the pathfinders delight there is everything from marble sculptures (like those of Michelangelo) to bronze children playing in the yard with gorgeous green patinas covering their aging bodies. There is even a clay terracotta piece stretched out lazily in a small venue near the house. Also, the artist has included everything from serious pieces like the image of Jesus dying on the cross with the details of that moment piercing through this facial expressions to a large funny camel in the side-yard with Eve standing on it’s back picking the apple. During the entire outdoor adventure the viewers eyes are continually drawn towards a massive plate glass window to catch a glimpse of towering overstuffed bookshelves, just waiting to be discovered inside the artists home.

Cargil 7Once inside the real joy begins as this artist studio and workshop reveals its most prized possessions. A favorite of many is the tall thick tree whose entire trunk is carved with intricate detail to tell a story and was titled “The Garden of Eden.” The artist wife was an amazing painter and artist all her own. The paintings adorn nearly every wall in the home adding a whole other dimension to the experience. One feels as though they have entered a museum. The perusing of the numerous old books, including a ancient hymnal from an old Church or monastery in Spain and an 1829 “Pilgrims Progress” was a great finish to this unexpected, yet momentous occasion.

“Heroes on the Water” Veterans Fishing Nonprofit

Heroes on the Water helps our Nation’s vets, from all military branches, unwind using the therapeutic qualities of fishing from a kayak. What looks like a day trip of paddling and fishing is in fact something much deeper and long-lasting.

This unique fishing program allows the participants a chance to decompress from the stresses associated with combat and the physical rigors of rehabilitation. Warriors enjoy these benefits while on guided fishing trips held in local communities around the country.

Participants receive basic kayak fishing and paddling instruction, angling clinics and paddling classes for participants with skill sets ranging from beginners to the most experienced paddlers.

The program also assists these personnel in adapting these newly developed skills to their new abilities. Adaptive kayaks, kayaking accessories and angling equipment is offered on an as needed basis to accommodate a soldier’s particular needs.

The program is unique in that it is a long-term activity, not a one-time event. We believe that the effectiveness of the program is a direct result of engaging the wounded military personnel for the long-term.

One soldier, at the Center for the Intrepid, called what we do “Triple Therapy” or “all at once therapy.” On post he has to go to the gym for physical therapy, then go upstairs for his occupational therapy, and then go to the psychologist for mental therapy. With kayak fishing he gets it all at once – physical therapy from paddling and fishing, occupational therapy learning a lifetime sport/activity, and mental therapy from relaxing in nature with no distractions or expectations of performance. The organization has been featured in many articles and stories.


Here is the organization website for those who may be interested………Click Here

Chaparral 203 Vortex VRX

The Chaparral 203 Vortex VRX is an innovative new design that is very well thought out.  It is a jet-drive sporty boat that is built with some of the most cutting edge material on the market today, such as its Kevlar reinforcement. The new model brings many new features to the table. After experiencing the Vortex for yourself the boat lover will see that their is no other viable option to contemplate for a jet powered sportboat.

Key Features

  • Powered by jet-drive
  • U-shaped cockpit seating with crossover switch helm bucket seat
  • Exterior color packages available in Stealth Grey, Blue, Aqua, Lime, Red, and Yellow
  • 4 LED cockpit courtesy lights
  • Removable 25 quart cooler under bench seat
  • Premium Sound System
  • Snap-in cockpit carpet
  • 4 water resistant speakers

Recipe Series: Stone Ledge Ranch Backstrap Delight

The well-known Stone Ledge Hunting Ranch gave us its most popular recipe at the dinner table year after year. Its their Backstrap Delight appetizer.

Backstrap Delight

  • Clean 1 lb Backstrap and remove all white tissue. Slicer very thinly and rinse.
  • Pat dry. Flatten slices to resemble a pancake. (Do not skip this step)
  • Dip in flour then slightly beaten eggs.
  • Prepare a mixture of 8 ozs. Italian Bread Crumbs, 4 ozs. Parmesan Cheese, 2 tblspns. Salt, 1 tblspn. Garlic Powder, 1tsp. Black Pepper and 1 tsp. Oregano
  • Roll the Venison Backstap slices in the mixture.
  • Drop slices in hot oil for about 45 seconds to 1 minute. Do not overcook.

Garnish for Backstrap

Combine: 4 Tomatoes, 1 Red Onion & 2 Garlic Cloves (sliced and diced). Also add 1 oz. White Vinegar, 2 tblspns. Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 1 tblspn. Basil, Salt, Parsley, Pepper and 1tsp. Oregano. Then add a dash of crushed Red Pepper and the juice from 2 Limes.


Gulf of Mexico Wildlife Series: Pufferfish

Many people around the country have no ideal about the rich diversity of wildlife inhabiting the Gulf of Mexico waters. The Gulf Basin is so large that it is like an ocean, which explains its unexpected variety of species. Its is the ninth largest body of water on planet earth at 617,800 sq miles and up to 14,383 feet deep. This “Gulf of Mexico Wildlife Series: Pufferfish” will be covering the Puffer and many other species, along with their locations to Gulf coastal communities.

The first in the series of unusual inhabitants is the distinguished Pufferfish. Most do not realize the species even resides in the Gulf waters. Its unusual looks come from its ability to inflate itself when it feels threatened. It literally blows itself up like a balloon. It is located mainly in the South and Eastern Gulf of Mexico. It can be found in coastal shallow waters, such as bays and estuaries, near bridges, pilings and piers. Some may be found at depths up to 60 feet, in offshore waters. Its broad blunt head with oversize eyes tapers down toward the tail and it has prickly spikes on its brown skin with  black to grey spots. The male Puffer’s are usually covered in reddish-orange spots during spawning season. These fish tend to be solitary creatures but will hangout together, on occasion, at favorite hotspots, such as a good cover of pilings or a bridge.

Don’t ever try to feed on onePuffer fish in Gulf of these little guys. According to Wikipedia “Pufferfish are generally believed to be the second-most poisonous vertebrate in the world, just after the golden poison frog. Certain internal organs, such as liver, and sometimes the skin, contain tetrodotoxin and are highly toxic to most animals when eaten; nevertheless, the meat of some species is considered a delicacy in places like Japan when prepared by specially trained chefs, who know which part is safe to eat and in what quantity. This fish is just one of the many fascinating creatures out in the Gulf of Mexico making Saltwater fishing an adventure, to say the least.

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.