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Stingaree Saltwater Slam Tournament

By: Donna Chance, Texas Marine Writer / Blogger

April 28th-29th


Bolivar Peninsula, Stingaree’s Restaurant & Marina, Holtzclaw Memorial
Foundation. Proceeds go to the Bolivar Peninsula Lions Club Youth Scholarship.

TIME: Saturday, April 30, 2016, 6:00am to 3:00 pm

Kids start at 8:00 am – Weigh in between 9:00-10:00 am. Awards at 10:30 a.m.

LOCATION: Stingaree’s Restaurant & Marina, Crystal Beach, Tx

Friday April 28th

6:00 pm                                 Check In/Registration

7:00 pm                                 Calcutta

Saturday April 29th

12:00 pm – 3:00 pm            Lunch @ Stingaree’s

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm              Official Weigh In by Lions Club

4:00 pm                                 Awards Ceremony and Door Prizes

8:00 pm                                 Live music

Fishing Rules

Registration & Entry Fees Team Tournament – maximum of 4 fishermen to a team. Multiple boats and kayaks can be used. Fees:

Team fee (4) – $350.00 Individual entries $100.00.

*Early entry fee discount (received by April 21): Individual $75.00 Team of 4 $300.00


All entry fees must be paid by Friday, April 28th 6pm. Entry fee includes all meals, awards, and goodie bags. Souvenir shirts and caps can be purchased.

Registration will take place at Stingaree’s Down Under at 6:00 pm Friday April 28, prior to the Calcutta, but is not required.


Fishing Rules All anglers must have a valid Texas Fishing License and Saltwater Stamp. All Texas Parks and Wildlife rules must be observed. Boats may leave the dock 6:00 am on April 29th. Natural or artificial bait may be used.


3 Trout (limit of one trout over 25” per team), 2 slot redfish and 1 flounder will we weighed per team. Winners will be determined by total weight of the catch (maximum of 6 fish). Ties will be broken by check-in times.


Winners may be subject to polygraph. Cash prizes may not be awarded until authenticity is determined.


Tournament boundaries are the surf from High Island @ HWY 124 West to San Luis and

Galveston bay complex. Entries can begin from their preferred launch or beach access.

Tournament will begin at daylight April 29th.

Weighing Official weigh in will take place from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm at Stingaree’s Restaurant & Marina and will be administered by the Lions Club. NO EXCEPTIONS!

Prizes and Payouts

Heaviest Stringer: 3 Speckled Trout, 2 Redfish, 1 Flounder

  • 1st place – $2000.
  • 2nd place – $1000.
  • 3rd place – $500

Kids Hardhead Haul-in 12yrs old and under presented by Holtzclaw Memorial Foundation.

Heaviest Hardhead wins a $500.00 scholarship

Kids can start fishing at 8:00am. Weigh-in will be between 9:00am-10:00am. Awards

ceremony for kids will be @10:30am. Hot dogs and drinks will be served.

Checks payable to BPLCYSF. Mail to PO Box 2125 Crystal Beach, TX 77650. For questions contact Brenda 409-291-9092. Email: remaxonthewater@att.net


By: Donna Chance, Texas Marine Writer / Blogger

Spring Saltwater Invitational Fishing Tournament

When: April 6th-7th

Time: April 6th @ 6pm
April 7 @ 6am-Breakfast
6:30-All Boats Leave
12 Noon-Weigh In

Where: Oak Island Lodge on Trinity Bay
Oak Island, Tx

What: April 6th – Dinner and Calcutta Auction
April 7th – Fishing Tournament

OPTIONAL: April 6th @ 10am Brunch & Drinks
Oak Island Lodge on Trinity Bay
$50 per person

Tournament will be held in Trinity and Galveston Bay complex. This is a TEAM Tournament. with 3 man teams. They will go out with professional fishing guides. Team stringers will consist of no more than 5 fish, speckled trout only. The Calcutta winners will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams with tournament prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Winners.

For More Information Contact:

Jimmy Sylvia @ 409-267-5297 or

Tag Anderson @ 281-838-4216



Bigfoot Finds His Way To Crystal Beach!

By: Donna Chance, Texas Marine Writer / Blogger

Do you believe?

Bigfoot makes his way to Crystal Beach
By Cody & Destiny Martin


Local resident claims he recently spotted a dark figure resembling Bigfoot on Goat Island.

Commercial fisherman Delino Comeaux says he was out checking his crab traps on the foggy morning of February 10 when he witnessed what appeared to be a hairy, upright-standing figure near the water’s edge of Elmgrove Point.

“I had just got done pulling my last trap into the boat, and I spotted some movement out of the corner of my eye. At first glance, it looked like a big hog, but then it stood up on two legs.” Comeaux says at that point the creature retreated back into the overgrown vegetation of the island.

Other Nearby Sightings

Late last year, a photographer from Galveston, who wishes to remain anonymous, reported seeing a similar being near the Point Bolivar Lighthouse. “I came to capture some of Bolivar’s beauty at dusk and saw what I thought to be a large, ape-like animal through the lens of my camera. When I looked with my naked eye, it was gone. Just like that!”

Sightings of Sasquatch, as he is known in the South, are a fairly common occurrence, though there have never been reports of the unproven creature being seen on the Bolivar Peninsula until now, according to the Texas Bigfoot Research Conservancy.

Why Here

Resident believers have theorized that the misunderstood monster may have been seeking warmer climates due to global cooling and receding ocean levels, and found himself in the vicinity of the timbered area of Anahuac during the time of Hurricane Ike in 2008. Following the storm, he was most likely caught on a raft of pine trees that became lodged on Goat Island, and as a result has been living there ever since. It is also purported that the primate survives on crabs, oysters, and shrimp. Assumedly, he may be a pescetarian.

But after years in hiding, Bigfoot is ready to embrace the boundless experiences Bolivar Peninsula has to offer. From Spring Break to Labor Day, and every weekend in between, catch him enjoying the sights, sounds, and local events that make Crystal Beach so unique. Photo ops will be available every Saturday through the summer at the Big Store. Follow their Facebook page @TheBigStore for more details.

To read more here is a link to the current issue:

Fried Flounder with Mango Avocado Salsa

By: Donna Chance, Texas Marine Writer / Blogger


Smear yogurt on each side of your Flounder. Season cornmeal with Tony Chachere seasoning to your taste. Dredge the Flounder through the cornmeal on both sides. Heat oil in a skillet and fry about 3-4 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towel.

 Mango Salsa:

Chop in squares 1 Mango

Chop in squares 1 Avocado

Add Cilantro to taste (about 1 Tbsp.)

Add 1 Tbsp. Lime juice

Chop 1 Tbsp. Purple Onion in small pieces

Chop in tiny pieces 1/2 jalapeno without seeds or insides.

Mix in bowl thoroughly and place Salsa on top of Fried Flounder.

Serve with Mango Salsa on top and enjoy the crispy rich flavor perfectly blended for an mouth-watering taste! This Fried Flounder with Mango Avocado Salsa will quickly become one of your favorite recipes.

Are Your Boats Ready For Spring

via Boating Industry

Those of you in snowy states are probably cheering the recent temperature increases as much as I am. I don’t know about you, but I am definitely ready to go boating again. But what about your customers who bought their first boat this past year? Are they ready?

One of the most intimidating aspects of boat ownership is the maintenance, especially for new boaters, and the cost of maintenance is the number one reason boaters give up the recreation.

As the temperatures are finally starting to warm up in the seasonal regions, those new boaters are getting as anxious as we are to get on the water again. They followed all of the necessary steps to winterize their boat, but that was some time ago. What needs to be done to get the boat ready for spring?

Dealers should be active in working with customers to make sure they are comfortable performing the necessary maintenance, not only to keep those boaters in the sport but also to further establish loyalty to the dealership.

Send an email reminder to customers to get their boats ready for spring, but make it a little more special. Add a checklist that helps them remember all the little things they may forget when prepping their boats.

Discover Boating created an easy-to-print checklist for spring start-up that you can provide your customers, which asks customers to refer to their owner’s manual for any manufacturer-specific recommendations. What if they didn’t have to dig through their manual? Your customers would be wowed if you provided tips for prepping their specific brands for spring. And of course, be sure to extend an offer to visit your service department if they have any questions.

The time invested in building trust is never time wasted. This personal reminder demonstrates to the customer just how much you value their safety and want their boating experience to be hassle-free. When they need service done on their boat and want to give the job to someone they know will take care of them, no one else but you will come to mind. And if you don’t have time to provide excellent service to your customers, what do you have time for?

To see the full article by Brianna Liestman …………Click Here

Recipe Series: Duck Gumbo

Total Preparation: 3 hrs. and Serves 10

1 3/4 cups vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups flour
3 cups onions (chopped)
2 cups celery (chopped)
2 bell peppers (chopped)
2 bay leaves
4 cups water
4 large duck or chicken (cut into individual serving portions, boil then reserve broth)
6 cups reserved broth
1 1/2 tablespoon salt
2 teaspoons pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 1/2 lbs. Andouille sausage
1 tablespoon gumbo file’
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1 tablespoon onion powder

To cook your “Duck Gumbo” in a very large pot make a roux using the flour and oil over a medium heat. Stir this rough with wooden spoon constantly taking care not to let it burn. Make sure roux is a medium brown consistency, almost like peanut butter. Once your roux is ready (usually takes about 15 minutes), add onions (white and green), bell pepper, bay leaves and celery while stirring for around 5 minutes, until everything is tender. Then add the duck you have already boiled and stir. Then add the broth you reserved from boiling the duck (apprx. 6 cups) and add the water. Stir and then add the other seasonings. Cook on a low heat for 3 hours. At this point cut the sausage into small bite size pieces and add to the gumbo mixture. Cook this all for another hour. Spoon off any excess grease. Serve your gumbo hot over rice with a big batch of potato salad and you will be in gumbo heaven!

Places to Fish in a Bay

When looking for “Places to Fish in a Bay,” there are several things to consider. You really need to look at the topography using a GPS or Fishfinder.  When you do you will notice several types of terrain to choose from such as reefs, hills or humps, channels or holes, shallows or shoals and convergence zones.rollover pass (Custom)

Reefs offer great fishing and consist of any sold structure, natural or manmade. Look for oyster beds, rock outcrops, wrecks, bridges or jetties. When you are fishing these structures consider:

  • Habits of the fish you are trying to catch. Predatory fish circle the outskirts of structures, baitfish usually wander in and out of the structures.
  • For fish living deep in the structure fish with your boat over the structure, anchored. Drop the bait down to the fish. When you get a bite maintain a steady pressure on the fish to get it up so that it cannot swim back down into the structure to safety.,dsc_4758

Another great place to fish in bays is hills and humps. They are popular hiding places for prey and tend to redirect currents. When fishing a hill or hump consider:

  • Position your boat over the structure so that you can drift while dragging baits across the bottom or gently swimming it over varying depths. These are great spots to troll and use live baits also. You can even anchor here and drop the bait down near the bottom.
  • Once you catch a fish here, you will notice there are others in the same area here. Its good to mark a spot on your GPS and then drift back and forth over the hill or hump.

Depressions or Holes, along with Channels on the bottom of a bay attract fish. Fish can hide in these areas and they offer relief from conditions predator fish find intolerable, such as extreme temperatures.

  • Since saltwater is denser than fresh, deepwater holds cleaner water with higher salinity levels.  Predators prefer to patrol the edges of a channel or hole like this.

A well known popular area to fish in a bay is the shallows or shoals. They resemble fishing a hole, hill or channel. There is an abundance of bait in these areas.

  • Look for a variation in the bottom structure to find the fish. Its best to fish these areas at night when game fish move onto the flats so they will not become a victim of birds. Depends on the situation, trolling, anchoring or drifting can be effective techniques over the shoals.

Rainbow (Custom)Last but not least, Convergence Zones are great areas in a bay to catch fish. Look for where the freshwater and saltwater merge. This is called a convergence zone. They are great place to fish because the salinity levels  will attract saltwater fish for feeding and breeding. The border between the two bodies of water might only appear as a ripple or color change to an angler, but function almost like a concrete wall for fish.  Many times they are of different temperatures, currents, colors and salinity. Fish will use them as feeding stations to round up bait fish.

  • Always explore both sides of the break in a convergence zone before fishing
  • Trolling is a great way to cover this ground, but drifting baits towards the break works well too.

Regardless of where in the bay you decide to try your luck, the bay is one of the most successful fishing experiences you will ever experience. Its a great place to learn to saltwater fish and affords beginners plenty of room to utilize different techniques and terrains. Get out there and fish one of the man Texas and Louisiana bays today.

Vortex Wins 2015 Innovation Awards



Nashville, GA – Chaparral’s new Vortex Aerial Surf Platform (ASP) has been awarded the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Innovation Award. The award was announced February 12, 2015 at the Miami International Boat Show.

 243 Vortex“Our new Vortex jet boats are revolutionizing the jet boat world,” said Chaparral President Jim Lane. “Interest in wake surfing is increasing as a water sport. The ASP and this award verify that you can enjoy the sport of wake surfing with all the benefits of jet drive at a fraction of the cost of traditional surf boats.” According to Mike Fafard, VP of Engineering, “It was exciting to work on the ASP project with my design team.  We understood the challenge of pioneering a wake with jet power.  The results were best described by the professional riders who were amazed at the exceptional surf wake.” The new Aerial Surf Platform is an addition to the molded swim step, reshaping the wake and making it deeper and more conducive to the rapidly growing sport of wake surfing

“When it comes to overall performance and family fun it’s tough to beat a Vortex,” said Chaparral Founder Buck Pegg. “Our new wake shaping Aerial Surf Platform is truly breakthrough technology that will prove a game changer in watersports.” 

The Innovation Awards, organized by the NMMA and judged by Boating Writer’s International (BWI), recognizes products that best meet the following criteria: innovative distinction fromInnovation Trophy other products currently being manufactured; benefit to the marine industry and/or consumer; practicality; cost-effectiveness; and availability to the consumer within 60 days of award receipt.

This marks Chaparral’s second NMMA Innovation Award, following on the heels of recognition for the 327 SSX as the world’s first bowrider full beam cuddy cabin. 

Available at No Haggle, Real Deal prices including a trailer, Chaparral’s Vortex jet boats include six offerings from 20- to 24-feet. The just introduced Aerial Surf Platform addition, along with a three tank ballast system, is available as optional equipment on Chaparral’s 223 and 243 VR and VRX Vortex jet boat models.

 About Chaparral Boats, Inc & Robalo Boats LLC. Chaparral Boats, Inc. and Robalo Boats LLC are leading manufacturers of fiberglass boats under two brand names: sterndrive, jet and outboard pleasure boats by Chaparral, including H2O Sport and Fish & Ski Boats, SSi and SSX Sportboats, Sunesta Sportdecks, Xtreme Towboats, Signature Cruisers and Vortex Jet Boats, SunCoast Outboard Sportdecks, and outboard sport fishing boats by Robalo.

 Chaparral Boats and Robalo Boats are subsidiaries of Marine Products Corporation (NYSE: MPX).  For more information about Marine Products Corporation, Chaparral, and Robalo visit our websites at www.marineproductscorp.com, www.chaparralboats.com, and www.robalo.com.

New for 2015 Texas Coastal Fisheries

TPWD New Regulations

  • 5 spotted Seatrout bag limit extended from Lower Laguna Madre northward through Coastal Bend
  • Oyster harvest is prohibited for 2 years on restoration sites such as Matagorda Bay and Galveston Bay
  • 2 Flounder bag limit in November extended through the first 2 weeks of December and harvest is allowed by any legal means.

The TPWD allowed public comment on these regulations before they enacted them. They had 1700 comments, 700 of which were against it. The reasons against the regulation were plenty. The top comments included an alternative, such as a 7 trout limit. Seatrout are a popular fish in Texas waters; most Anglers do not see the point in a 5 bag limit. Other arguments were totally against the bag limit, while others decided if they had to abide by the new regulations —why not spread the joy to the entire Texas coastline.

For those fishing more than 9 miles off the coast of Texas, your in Federal waters and may be subject to different regulations. TPWD days begin at midnight and end at midnight.

Best Winter Bass Fishing Lures

Winter fishing can give even the best anglers the doldrums. Bass have slow metabolisms so they don’t have to eat regularly. The trick is to taunt them into instinctively grabbing an easy meal with these winter lures. To spice up your success rate in the winter try some of these bass fishing winter favorites:

shad deep divingJerkbaits

The top winter Jerkbaits dive deep and suspend, while jerking and fluttering, to mimic dying shad. They trick lethargic bass out of their deep hiding places to grab what they perceive as an easy meal. If you can add weight to the lure to make it sink slowly, as you maneuver it through the deep water, the results will be well worth it.

Blade BaitBlades

Blades are fun to fish. They lure their prey out of hiding by anglers slowly reeling in the lure using subtle short lifts, while holding your rod about 3:00. Let it hit the bottom, while giving it a few tiny short hops, similar to using a jig. These baits shine when the weather is 40 degrees or below. You can fish them down sharp angled banks or even along sandy bottom areas in weedy shallow water.


Spoons are amazing productive lures. While not being much for looks, their lightening fast speeds get them into the bass strike zone quickly and the most novice angler can work these baits effectively. Just a quick gentle snap of the line, let the bait fall slack again then repeat. The main thing with these lures is to keep your eye on the prize. You have to watch the line.

Spoon (Medium) (Custom)Tail Spinners

A flashy bait, the tail spinner is a hot ticket in Texas winter waters! Anglers there appreciate its versatility when it comes to working this bait. Tail Spinners allow anglers to quickly adjust to changing conditions on the water. The Tail Spinner can draw out even the laziest fish from their lair.