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2016 HARVEST MOON REGATTA | FISH CHOWDER RECIPE | LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHY & SURFING | INSHORE FISHING

September/October 2016 | gulfcoastmariner.com

TEXAS FISHING

TOURNAMENT

WRAP UP LADIES CASTING FOR CONSERVATION TEXAS BILLFISH CLASSIC POCO BUENO & MORE!


[Letter from the Publisher]

Admiral (Publisher) Charles Milby Vice Admiral (President) Rick Clapp Rear Admiral (Editor) Mary Alys Cherry Captain (Creative Director) Brandon Rowan Commodore (Graphic Designer) Kelly Groce Sales Commodore (Director of Sales) Patty Kane Sales Crew (Advertising Executives) Judy Gaines Debbie Salisbury

Fine Fall Events on the Water

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s the summer winds down

and we finally get a break from the heat, I’m looking forward to cooler temperatures and some exciting events planned for the fall. The first event you should put on your calendar is the Southwest International Boat Show. This three day event will be held at the South Shore Harbour Marina on Sept. 23-25. It’s great fun for the whole family. Lots of boats and lots of cool stuff to see. The next two events are sponsored by Lakewood Yacht Club. The Harvest Moon Regatta on Oct. 13 is a sailboat race from Galveston to Port Aransas. This annual event has been going on for 29 years. I still remember the first one. If you can’t make the race, drive down for

the parties and help bring a boat back. A full moon sail is always a wonderful time to be on a boat in Texas. Then later in October it’s the J/Fest Southwest Regatta. This will be held at Lakewood Yacht Club on Oct. 29-30. This regatta is open to all J/Boat owners and usually attracts competitive talent from all over the state. They have great parties and great prizes. These three big events should keep you and your family busy this fall. Gulf Coast Mariner Magazine plans to be there every step of the way, so check us out online at gulfcoastmariner.com and on Facebook and Instagram for any up and coming details and results. We hope you enjoy this issue and we hope you get to spend some time on the water.

Charles Milby, Publisher

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September/October 2016

Editorial Capt. David Dillman Kelly Groce Capt. Joe Kent Betha Merit Charles Milby Brandon Rowan Capt. Steve Soule Janice Van Dyke Walden Photography Colie Blumenshine Kelly Groce Patty Kane Charles Milby Brandon Rowan David Shutts Capt. Steve Soule Adam Valadez Distribution Timothy Shinkle Company Gulf Coast Mariner Magazine P.O. Box 1032 Seabrook, TX 77586

For information on advertising: Phone: 281.474.5875 art@baygroupmedia.com www.GulfCoastMariner.com


| September/October 2016 8|Snapshots

YOUR fishing and surfing photos emailed in to GCM. Submit photos for next issue to art@baygroupmedia.com

10|Galveston Bay Report Card

The Galveston Bay Foundation and the Houston Advanced Research Center have released their 2016 report card on the health of the bay.

12|Crevalle Jack

Once you hook a jack you will not forget it. These ‘jackfish’ can be found all along the Texas coast and are an underrated sport fish By Capt. Joe Kent

13|Transition Time

In September, speckled trout and redfish scatter as they begin their movement to the back of the bays. By Capt. David Dillman

14|Back to School Got Cooler

28|Orion: Sabre 38

A look at David Popken’s refinished 1987 Sabre 38. Photography and interview. By Charles Milby

30|Pilot’s View of Galveston Bay

Houston Pilots have one of the toughest jobs in the area and are committed to the preservation of life and protection of the environment. Photography by Charles Milby

32|Oysters in Peril

It’s just after peak growing season for Eastern oysters but after a TPW random dredge sampling, the results are anything but normal. By Janice Van Dyke Walden

34|The Galley

Cooler weather demands heartier fare. Enjoy this recipe for fall fish chowder and green chile pulled pork. By Betha Merit

September is a great month for tailing redfish and finding large trout shallow. By Capt. Steve Soule

26|ORC Coming to the Gulf Coast

Sailors in this year’s Harvest Moon Regatta will have the opportunity to use the world’s most popular sciencebased handicap system: ORC.

Contents Nautical Trivia ________________p. 10 Sea Scout Base Regattas ________________p. 11 Nautical Numbers ________________p. 11 2016 J/Fest ________________p. 31 U.S. Sailor wins bronze ________________p. 31

16|Texas Tournament Wrap Up

Photography and results from fishing tournaments up and down the coast, including Poco Bueno, Bastante, Lone Star Shootout, Deep Sea Roundup, Texas Billfish Classic and Ladies Casting for Conservation.

REHAB at dock during the Texas Billfish Classic. Photo by Brandon Rowan

ON THE COVER Kelly Groce with a 5.9 lb. East Bay trout. Photo by Colie Blumenshine.

STORM’s new court date ________________p. 33 Boats for sale: fishing, leisure and sail ________________p. 38 Galveston Bay Tides ________________p. 42 GulfCoastMariner.com

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Lynn Yates, Surfside local and surfboard shaper. Owner of Daddio Longboards. Photo by Adam Valadez.

Send your photos to art@baygroupmedia.com

Ian Ringer of Friendswood caught this red in Rockport fishing with his Grandpa.

San Luis Pass at sunset. Photo by Asheigh Davis

The three amigos. Photo by Kelly Groce.

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Captain Taylor Borel landed and released a very nice 8-foot sailfish with Wave Dancer Charters.

Brenda Lightfoot with a marsh redfish caught on a gold spoon. Chris Bryars, Surfside, TX. Photo by Adam Valadez.

Capt. Bob “Mangus” Drisgill with a big trout.

Tom Lightfoot with a fat trout caught on a Slammin’ Chicken Bass Assassin Sea Shad.

Tanker surfing selfie by Carson Einkauf.


How healthy is Galveston Bay? he Galveston Bay Foundation and the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) released the 2016 Galveston Bay Report Card last month. This is the second year researchers have graded the Bay’s overall health. Some categories have showed improvement, although some became worse. The entire Galveston Bay Report Card can be read online at www.galvbaygrade.org. The report card will be updated annually.

Water Quality The overall water quality of Galveston Bay is excellent and was assessed using information describing nutrient and dissolved oxygen levels. This year’s grade is even better than last year’s B. The improvement is consistent with long-term trends of improving water quality as a result of Clean Water Act implementation and ongoing implementation of Watershed Protection Plans in our region.

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Pollution There were no major oil spills in 2015, but the number of spills has remained the same. A long history of industrial contamination has polluted Galveston Bay sediment. Some contaminants are known to persist in the environment for many years. These are monitored in areas of Galveston Bay and the Houston Ship Channel. Also, trash in the Bay is inadequately monitored.

Wildlife Overall, finfish and bird populations are considered adequate and maintaining. Gafftopsail catfish have increased in Upper and Lower Galveston Bay and Trinity Bay, while spotted seatrout have decreased in Trinity Bay. Some shellfish populations, like blue crab and pink shrimp, are deteriorating and require action. Blue crab are an important species ecologically and commercially.

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Habitat

Human Health Risks

Galveston Bay and its watershed contain four key coastal habitats, three which are under stress. Saltwater wetlands are maintaining but freshwater wetlands are deteriorating. These are important as they prevent flooding, filter water and provide wildlife habitat. Underwater grasses, although restored in some parts of the bay, are largely absent. Current data on oyster reefs is incomplete and but there has been decline since Ike.

Many types of Galveston Bay seafood are safe to eat, however toxic contamination in the Bay has led to seafood consumption advisories for some species in certain areas. Streams and bayous that flow into the Bay frequently have high levels of bacteria that indicate the presence of microorganisms that can make humans sick via consumption of oysters or contact with water.

Coastal Change Coastal change and resilience of coastal communities to hazards such as storms and rising sea levels have become a global priority. Although plants and animals are able to adapt to their everchanging physical environment, they may not be able to adapt to rapid changes associated with rising sea levels, increasing temperatures, acidification of waters, and declining amounts of freshwater.


Sea Scout Base Galveston Shortcourse Fleet Racing Regattas Notice of Regattas 2016 • • •

September 17-18 October 22-23 November 12-13

The Texas OPEN Short-Course Fleet Racing Regattas will be hosted by Sea Scout Base Galveston at Sea Base Galveston, 7509 Broadway, Galveston Texas 77554. Format The regatta will be OPEN short-course fleet racing (10-15 minutes per race), available to high school, college and seasoned dinghy sailors. If more than 18 teams (i.e., skipper and crew) register, two fleets may be designated. Boats will be assigned to competitors, and there will be no rotation of boats. The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in the Racing Rules of Sailing 20132016. Everyone is encouraged to bring a refillable water bottle. Housing Housing will be available at Sea Scout Base Galveston, the site of the regatta. Reservations should be made directly with Eva LaFour (409-572-2560 x1002). Sea Base is offering accommodations for

$50/night/person. These are apartment suites with shared bathroom; rooms can accommodate males and females). Housing reservations with Sea Base should be arranged at least one week in advance. Berths and Entries Berths will be available to the first 18 teams registered (see below). Additional teams will be added if a second division is created. Below is the link for the regatta network form. Entry requires $60 fee and $100 damage deposit (damage deposit to “Sea Scout Base Galveston.”) For Registration: Von Steuben Day Regatta (September) www.regattanetwork.com/clubmgmt/ applet_registration_form.php?regatta_ id=11577

NAUTICAL NUMBERS

33.50 The Texas state record for largest tripletail is 33.50 pounds, 34 inches long. Edie Pruitt caught the tripletail in Matagorda Bay in June of 1984.

Boo Bowl Regatta (October) https://www.regattanetwork.com/ clubmgmt/applet_registration_form. php?regatta_id=11578 Chili Bowl Regatta (November) https://www.regattanetwork.com/ clubmgmt/applet_registration_form. php?regatta_id=11579

68 Sailfish are the fastest fish in the sea. They have been clocked swimming at speeds up to 68 miles per hour.

7 Adult menhaden filter 7 gallons of water per minute. Gulf menhaden are filter feeders that eat phytoplankton for the first year of their lives, then as they grow older begin to feed on zooplankton.

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Jacks are no stranger to coastal jetties.

One of the most underrated fish on the Texas Gulf Coast By Capt. Joe Kent

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efore we talk about crevalle jack, or jacks as they are more commonly called, let’s get an insight into tarpon, or silver kings as they are also known. Tarpon are very popular game fish and we will be comparing them to crevalle jack. The tarpon’s fight is among the best of any fish anywhere and anglers will spend hours trying to get a hook-up with a fish that many say resembles a shot in the dark to catch. From Memorial Day until mid-October, tarpon roam the coastal waters not too far from the beach. August and September are prime

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months for getting a hook-up; however, the odds are not great unless you are using an experienced tarpon guide. While the odds improve considerably with a guide even then the chances are on the tarpon’s side not to get caught. Perfect water conditions and select baits are a must and once you land one of the big fish it has to be quickly released as they are under the catch and release rules. Unless it is one of the scales you are after or a 100-pound plus fish for the resume, then try fishing for crevalle jack. Crevalle jack are caught in all sizes along the coastal waters and have many of the same traits as tarpon. Both fish offer poor table fare; however, while tarpon (except for one over 85 inches) must be released, jacks can be retained with no bag or size limits. The tarpon exception is to allow

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for a new state record tarpon to be set. Jacks are found in a much wider area than tarpon, as the larger of the silver kings confine themselves to the Gulf waters. Jacks can be found in the inland bays as well. Fighting ability is an understatement for both fish, as both are known as ferocious fighters. Just ask any surf fisherman who had his reel stripped of line by a fast attacking jack. Tarpon require clear or green water with light winds and slight seas for increasing the odds of a hook-up. Jacks on the other hand are not as particular and are caught in lesser quality water under almost all conditions, especially favoring the same type of water in which reds and specks thrive. Tarpon fishermen frequently hook up with jacks while drifting their baits for the

prized silver kings. While the jack may present a comparable fight, it is usually disappointing to the tarpon angler when he see what is on the other end of the line. Certain select baits are required for a good chance at enticing a tarpon while a variety of baits from live to natural to cut baits work on jacks. Jacks, like tarpon, are most likely going to be caught near the surface so for that reason drift lines tend to work best. The best baits are those used for any pelagic fish offshore. Sardines, ribbonfish, shad and strips of bonito are among the best baits. During periods of nice conditions in the surf, meaning light winds and seas, beachgoers and surf fishermen will see schools of jacks attack pods of mullet in the surf. If this article stimulates your interest in catching a jack, here are a few tips that will enhance your chances. The jetties, especially out from the rocks rather than in close, are where they are likely to roam. All along the beachfront, from near shore to eight miles or so out, also offers good opportunities. One of my favorite spots to find jacks is near anchored and working shrimp boats within 8 to 10 miles from shore. Once you hook a jack you will not forget it and any angler that has caught a few can tell right away when one is on the line as soon as it strikes. When the strike occurs, the reel starts spinning and newcomers learn quickly not to put their thumb on the spooling line. If big time action is what you are after, go for the jacks.


Transition Time in Galveston Bay By Capt. David Dillman Spec-tacular Trout Adventures 832-228-8012

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ummer is close to being just a memory. It sure did fly by fast! Now we await the arrival of Fall. September is the month of transition and October is the first month of fall. Lots of folks put the boats and rods up in favor of guns and hunting, but not me. I just get ready for some of the best fishing of the year in Galveston Bay. In September, speckled trout and redfish scatter as they begin their movement to the back reaches of the bay. Black drum, sand trout and croaker start to show up in abundance. These fish can be caught along the deeper reefs, passes and the jetties. Fresh dead shrimp fished on the bottom is the top bait when fishing for these “panfish.” They make for excellent table fare and provide lots of fun for anglers of any age. There is no size or number limit on croakers or sand trout, but the limit on black drum is five fish per day, between 14-30 inches. One fish may be retained that is over 52 inches and it counts toward the daily bag limit.  Those anglers in search of specks and reds during this time of year will see a different pattern from summer. In my experience, is it fairly difficult to catch good numbers in any one place during the first few weeks of September. But the fish will settle into a fall pattern by the end of the month.

Usually by this time, we should see the arrival of our first cool/cold fronts. Fish will congregate towards the northern ends of our bays where baitfish will depart the marsh. Falling water temperature and tide levels flush bait out of the marsh, where they are intercepted by waiting schools of hungry trout and redfish. We will see our first bird action, where seagulls and terns will pinpoint the schools of fish.  Every angler, no matter if they are using live bait or lures, should see plenty of action. Live croaker will take a backseat seat, as live shrimp fished under a popping cork will draw more action for live baiters. Any type of soft plastic will be a top lure for artificial anglers. Weather this time of year is nearly perfect with cool mornings and highs in the mid 80’s. Eagle Point Fishing Camp will stock up on live shrimp this time of year for the angler. Get out on the water and enjoy the fishing and weather. Tight Lines!!

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Back to school just got cooler By Capt. Steve Soule theshallowist.com

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eptember probably

isn’t the first month that comes to mind for most people when it comes to great inshore fishing on the upper Texas Coast. Most of us have other things on our minds, like avoiding the heat, or getting back in the swing of things with the kids back to school. Given these distractions, fishing doesn’t usually come first. Yes, the heat can still be oppressive in September, but unbeknown to many, the fishing can be every bit as hot. Most years just surviving July and August is enough to slow down the average angler around the bay, with high

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temperatures and light winds. These dog days of summer can be very tough, if you’re a drift fisher; there is not much to move the boat, or if you pole a boat in shallow water it’s just downright hot. If you like to wade fish, you might find an advantage of at least being a little cooler. The hot and dry temperatures of July and August can truly make anglers work for their catch. There are some definite differences in where the redfish and trout will be when we hit drought conditions. It’s quite frequent that the fish will move from open bay shorelines, where salinities sky rocket, to marshes, creeks and rivers where salt levels in the water are more comfortable and food

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Torrey Hawkins, owner of Bayou City Angler, with a nice sunrise red.

is more abundant. The extreme hot and dry conditions common in July and August help set up the subtle changes that September brings. Even though we may see some high temperature days, there are some notable differences that seem to bring fish back to open water flats and create even better

conditions for fish to feed consistently. September tends to be a month when we see a good bit more Gulf moisture coming onshore. This rain helps a great deal in not only bringing down the salt levels across the bay, but also by cooling the water several degrees during the peak heating hours of the day.


These late summer rains do a great job of lowering salinity without the harm of runoff, which carries dirty water to the bay that is often contaminated with everything from our streets, lawns and anything else that is upstream. This also differs greatly from spring rains where we often see huge amounts of river and creek run off which can have an adverse effect on the bay. The major difference with summer rains is that they fall directly on the bay, causing an immediate temperature and salinity drop that seems to excite shrimp and small baitfish activity and in turn, accelerates predator feeding. So, we’ve managed to cool off the bay temperatures during the highest heat of the year, we’ve also lowered the salinity, just after peak salinities. Those two changes alone would help kick up feeding activity a good bit. We also see the peak of baitfish and crustacean growth and activity. Shrimp crops have

grown, crabs come out of the marsh, numerous small species of fish are reaching sizes where they migrate out into open water and this all adds up to some great fishing. Pick your species and pick your poison There aren’t many techniques that aren’t effective in September, whether you choose to fish with live bait, artificial, or even fly, the bays are alive both shallow and deep. I don’t really spend much time out in open or deep water, but the change in the shallows is nothing short of exceptional. Early September is almost always a great month for finding tailing redfish, not just single fish, but schools that are often bigger than other months of the year. September is also one of the peak months for me to find larger trout in shallow water. My approach changes little throughout the year, but for those who aren’t as familiar with shallow water, take your

time in your search. Don’t run your boat directly up onto the area that you intend to fish. Come off plane early and use a troll motor, push pole or wade into the area. When looking for signs of activity, shore birds are a great sign, with active mullet being equally important. Often times these fish will slick, and redfish will stir up mud. When you

territory that isn’t available to many people. Keep in mind that fish are shallow for several reasons; availability of food sources, protection from larger predators and possibly at the top of the list is shelter from the noise and danger of all the boats that run in open water. So, if you choose to operate your boat in shallow water at speed when looking

“When looking for signs of activity, shore birds are a great sign, with active mullet being equally important.” get into the area you want to fish, continue to take your time and cover the water thoroughly. There are a lot of days when schools of feeding fish just don’t make a big commotion. If you’re looking for tailing reds, keep in mind that they don’t usually make much noise and the surface disturbance is minimal. One last thought, having a shallow water boat is a great thing and opens up lots of new

for fish, remember that even though you may gain some short term satisfaction, in the long run you are doing more harm than good to both the fish and the habitat. Fish tend to operate mostly on instinct, but they do get conditioned to their environment and repeatedly getting run off of their shallow feeding grounds only moves them to areas that afford greater safety.

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Photography by David Shutts | www.davidshuttsphotography.com

2016 Poco Bueno results

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eel Bounty celebrates their big win with their two blue marlin, weighing in at 547 pounds and 406 pounds. Congratulations!

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Offshore Division Winner Place

Boat

Entrant

Captain

Points

1st

Reel Bounty

Tony Annan

Kirk Elliott

953

2nd

Smooth Move

Porter Trimble

Brian Phillips

348

Place

Boat

Tag & Release

Points

1st

Cajun Queen

3 Blues, 3 Sails

1,800

2nd

Doc Holliday

2 Blues, 1 White

1,200

3rd

No Sabe

1 Blue, 2 Whites, 1 Sail

1,000

3rd

High Cotton

2 Blues

1,000

Species

Boat

Angler

Weight

Blue Marlin

Reel Bounty

Andy Hollen

547

Tuna

Mono Chongo

Robert Brown

176.5

Dorado

Over the Limit

Derek Elzner

26.5

Wahoo

Notorious

Marsh Miller

63

Tag & Release

Largest Fish

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2016 BASTANTE John Uhr Memorial Billfish TournamenT www . johnnybastante . com

1st Place Overall went to “Mucho Mas” releasing 1 blue marlin and 5 sailfish giving them a total of 1000 points.

“Game Hog” released 1 white marlin and a sailfish for a total of 250 points. They took home 1st Place dolphin and tuna awards.

2nd Place Overall went to “Uno Mas” releasing 1 blue marlin and 2 sailfish giving them a total of 700 points. 1st Place wahoo award went to “Paradise Ranch”

3rd Place Overall went to “High Noon” releasing 1 blue marlin and 1 white marlin giving them a total of 650 points.

“Buckshot” took home the 2nd Place wahoo award. GulfCoastMariner.com

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2016 LONE STAR SHOOTOUT RESULTS

Photos: Houston Big Game Fishing Club

www . thelonestarshootout . com

Tournament Champions

Boat

Owner/Member

Captain

Points

1st Place

Backlash

Travis & Jackie Hunter

Travis Hunter

3,300

2nd Place

Buckshott

Marty Strakos

Marty Strakos

2,250

3rd Place

Amigo

David Denbow

Brad Schoenfield

2,250

Blue Marlin

Boat

Owner/Member

Angler Weight

1st Place

Slight Edge

Perry Forrester

Perry Forrester

442.5

2nd Place

Over The Limit

Derek Elzner

Derek Elzner

432.5

Tuna

Boat

Owner/Member

Angler Weight

1st Place

Down Time

Bobby Walters

Jeff Pachaceh

162.5

2nd Place

Backlash

Travis & Jackie Hunter

Michael Oglesby

126

3rd Place

Vamonos

Martin Clement

Richard Wright

99.5

Dolphin

Boat

Owner/Member

Angler Weight

1st Place

Relentless Pursuit

Dennis Pasentine

Devin Rocky Porter

Wahoo

Boat

Owner/Member

Angler Weight

1st Place

Backlash

Travis & Jackie Hunter

Hunter Ogelsby

54.5

2nd Place

Relentless Pursuit

Dennis Pasentine

Chip Stiebing

46

3rd Place

Leveled Up

Wade Miller

Kade Miller

46

2016

deep

sea

roundup

31.5

R E S U LTS

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W I N N E R S :

Species

Angler

Boat

BARRACUDA:

Adriane Reese

Fish Trips.com

BLACKFIN TUNA:

James Thuleen

Backlash

BLUE MARLIN:

David Badalich

Dock Holiday

BONITO:

Mike Hagee

Scat Cat

DOLPHIN:

Reed Ruschhaupt

Right Rigger

JACKFISH:

Tom Furlow

Ambush

KINGFISH:

David George

Dirty Money

LING:

Tommy Temple

Dirty Deeds

MACKEREL:

Herbert Snowden

Full Cooler

SAILFISH:

Martin Clement III

Vamonos

SHARK:

Buddy Mills

Day Pay

WAHOO:

Emily Bryant

Fishy Business

WHITE MARLIN:

Jenny Price

Got ‘M On

YELLOWFIN TUNA:

Ed Crocker

Doc Holiday


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nother year of the Texas Billfish Classic is on the books! Tournament Director Jasen Gast came together with all tourney staff, teams and volunteers to put on a hell of an event at Surfside Marina in Freeport. Good conditions offshore allowed great fish to hit the scales, including a 118.9-pound tuna from $ea Dollar$ and a 410-pound blue marlin brought in from Over-Ride. Congratulations to overall tournament champion Over-Ride, owned by Marty Griffith and captained by Ryan Doxey.

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Blue Marlin

Boat

1st Place

Over-Ride

2nd Place

Smoker II

3rd Place

Doctor’s Note

Billfish Release

Boat

1st Place

Bottom Dollar

2nd Place

Smoker II

3rd Place

Easy Rider

Tuna

Boat Weight

1st Place

$ea Dollar$

118.9

2nd Place

$ea Dollar$

53.3

3rd Place

Smoker II

51.4

Wahoo

Boat Weight

1st Place

REHAB

32.4

2nd Place

Buckshott

23.6


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Colie Blumenshine and Capt. Bob “Mangus� Drisgill with a solid Galveston Bay trout.

Fishing everyday is a hard job, but somebody has to do it.

Mustard mouth mugshot. Photo by Kelly Groce.


Stingaree Restaurant and Marina.

Galveston Bay Foundation’s Ladies Casting for Conservation Tournament

Kelly Groce with a 5.9 lb. East Bay trout. Photo by Colie Blumenshine.

Team Gulf Coast Mariner with the 1st Place Heaviest Stringer.

July 23, 2016 at Stingaree Marina, Crystal Beach, Texas By Kelly Groce

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hen the Gulf Coast Mariners Team – Debbie Salisbury, Colie Blumenshine, and myself, Kelly Groce – hit the water early that July morning on a mission to find and catch big trout, little did we know what lay ahead in the Galveston Bay Foundation Tournament. Our guide, Capt. Bob “Mangus” Drisgill of Mangus II Charters, took us to our first spot over a reef. After a few minutes, I hooked on to what felt like a decent trout. The fish was pulling drag and giving a fun fight. We got it to the boat and it was a nice 23-inch trout. A few more 18-20 inch trout were caught at a variety of other locations. The weather was beautiful and there was barely any wind. We went to our last spot of the day and immediately hooked on. Captain Bob got on a nice

drift over reef, which produced great for us. I ended up reeling in my personal best trout, which was 25 inches and 5.9 pounds! Our ice chest looked like it was in good shape, so it was time to hit the weigh in. Once we arrived at Stingaree Marina, we weighed in our three best trout, which totaled 16.20 pounds. Thanks to Captain Bob and the fish gods, the Gulf Coast Mariners won 1st place Guided Heaviest Stringer. You couldn’t wipe the smiles off of our team’s faces after a fun filled day of Captain Bob’s jokes, catching beautiful Galveston Bay speckled trout, and winning 1st place in the tournament. Thanks to the 60 participants and 22 teams, this year’s Ladies Casting for Conservation Tournament raised over $35,000. The proceeds will support the Galveston Bay Foundation and help preserve and protect Galveston Bay. Thanks to the Galveston Bay Foundation for putting on such an awesome tournament and for the beautiful plaque. This tournament was a blast and we can’t wait to participate next year. Tight lines! GulfCoastMariner.com

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ORC coming to the Gulf Coast

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akewood Yacht Clubs’s Harvest Moon Regatta held over October 13-15 will offer an opportunity for sailors interested in competing for the coveted Bacardi Cup to use the world’s most popular science-based handicap rating system: ORC. Used in over 40 countries around the world and just this year re-introduced for use in the US, ORC not only issues over 10,000 rating certificates annually, but also hosts a World Championship sanctioned by World Sailing as the only one of its kind for dual-purpose cruiser/racers and racers between 30 and 60 feet. With nearly 50 years in the handicapping business – ORC managed the IOR and IMS rating rule systems in previous decades – the ORC’s current rating system produces the most fair and accurate ratings of any measurementbased system in the world today. Often races in ORC championships are won and lost by mere seconds in

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corrected time, and even tied, despite boats being of different sizes and types racing on the same course. The basis for the ratings in ORC come from measurements of the boat’s size, weight, underwater profile, crew weight, mast and sail dimensions, and where direct measurements are

not only to develop a polar performance profile of the boat, but then when used with specific course models, such as inshore windward/leeward or offshore Triple Number, the ratings and time allowances can then be calculated between boats and used for scoring. The VPP is annually updated with the latest in the science of

“ORC and US Sailing are helping PHRF-GB conduct the first measurement session for Galveston Bay boats to be held over Sept. 24-25” not available then data from other similar measured boats can be used. An important principle in the system is that while not required, the more measurements are made of the boat, the more accurate the rating will be for that boat because unmeasured default values are not used. This measurement data is then fed into the ORC’s Velocity Prediction Program (VPP), which is able to then calculate the speed of the boat at various wind angles and wind speeds from 6 to 20 knots. This can be used

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aero and hydro-dynamics with help from a panel of research experts as well as renowned naval architects from firms like Farr, Judel/Vrojlik, Ker Design, Carkeek Partners, and more. All the principles, formulations, rules and policies of ORC are published at www.orc.org, making this system unique in being completely open and transparent: there are no secrets to how measurements are done nor how ratings are devised, and all certificates issued are available online.

These features - open architecture, science-based objective ratings, diversity in scoring options – have all contributed to a recent strong interest in use of ORC as a replacement for existing systems that lack these attributes. Numerous local and regional fleets and clubs in the US have started to adopt use of ORC – these include the Storm Trysail Club at Quantum Key West Race Week, the Biscayne Bay Yacht Racing Association, the Chesapeake Racer Cruiser Association, New York Yacht Club, and more. “We are very interested in using ORC because it fills an important niche for us,” said Ken Humphries of the Galveston Bay PHRF Committee. “We have a very wide range of boat types locally – old boats, new boats, racers and cruisers – and relying on declared dimensions in PHRF certificates is just not accurate. Within the same boat type, it turns out that there can be huge differences in weight, so we want to use a measurement-based system to get the most accurate and most fair ratings possible.” Accordingly, ORC and US Sailing are helping PHRF-GB conduct the first measurement session for Galveston Bay boats to be held over Sept. 24-25 in preparation for certificates to be issued for use in the Harvest Moon Regatta… but also beyond. Anyone with an ORC certificate can use it in any other race or regatta within the US where ORC is offered, such as in Key West or other races and regattas in the upcoming winter season. “We’re excited to lead this initiative on the Gulf Coast,” said Humphries. “We think this will be a tremendous improvement and value to make more fair racing not only in the Harvest Moon, but in other races as well.” For more information, visit www.orc.org or check out the ORC Guidebook at www.orc. org/guidebook.


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To turn the boat into a true long distance cruiser, various equipment additions and upgrades would also be necessary. There was also one “Achilles Heel” with Sabres, something lovingly called “Sabre Rot”, where the mast base collected water and allowed it to migrate into the surrounding cabin sole and underlayment, rotting out the sole in the process. The limber hole in the mast base was inadequate for the task and the root cause of the problem. Fortunately, the factory was aware of the problem and had produced a “fix.” Our

Interview by Charles Milby What factors influenced your decision to purchase a Sabre Yacht? When researching boats prior to our purchase, I had several criteria that would ultimately put the Sabre 38 Centerboard Sloop at the top of the list. Primarily, I felt that a boat in the 38-foot range would give me and my wife Kris a comfortable, affordable, solid platform for mid to long distance cruising. As boats get longer, they get exponentially more expensive to maintain, not to mention more cumbersome and physically demanding for a husband and wife to handle together. One of our other considerations, was the ability to go shallow, since many parts of Florida, the Keys, the Bahamas and the Caribbean have skinny water. And, we wanted a solidly built boat, one that could handle a bluewater passage without reservations with regard to safety, seaworthiness and robust components. The Sabre 38 centerboarder met all of those criteria. Sabre Yachts is still in business in Casco, Maine and that also heavily influenced our decision. They have our boat, hull #99 in their database and have stepped up numerous times to assist in the refit, with vendor phone numbers, design details not found in the Owner’s Manual and fixes for recurring problems.

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rod rigging, a great option for both strength and performance, but also more expensive to replace than wire. You may be familiar with a term called “scope creep”, where an ongoing project creates opportunities to make improvements to corollary systems. In the case of the standing rigging, we had to pull the mast, so while it was horizontal in the yard, it was a no-brainer to go ahead with a complete re-wire, including LED lighting for anchor, tricolor, steaming and spreader lights, new VHF antenna and coaxial cable, new halyard

“She’s very stable, not tender, points well and is easy to balance on nearly every point of sail.” Once you made the purchase, what were your expectations regarding time and money needed to refit the boat? Orion is a 1987 build, and was a lovingly maintained one owner boat prior to our purchase. But, the reality is she was 25 years old, which is relatively ancient for a plastic boat. The electronics were all outdated, the standing rigging was original, the running rigging and sails were serviceable, but in need of replacing, there were the usual bits of other hardware that had seen better days, as well as numerous water entry points that needed to be addressed.

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boat had a relatively minor case, but it still needed to be addressed. I wish I could honestly say that I anticipated every one of the repairs and upgrades, but that would be a total fabrication! I will say that once complete, the purchase price and the cost of the refit will be about a quarter of the cost of a new boat of similar dimensions and quality. There is no question that finding a sound used boat is the most cost conscious route to take. What was the single largest upgrade cost-wise? Without question, it was the standing rigging. Sabres came from the factory with

sheaves and halyards. The mast and boom were repainted with Awl Grip. The chainplates were cleaned, inspected and re-bedded, prior to the mast being re-stepped. This of course, was not the only area where scope creep has come into play. When deciding to redo the entire plumbing system, it made sense to replace the galley sink, pressure water pump and water filter, while also adding a cockpit shower where an old LORAN unit had been cut into the cockpit bulkhead. And once the “Sabre Rot” was repaired, I went ahead and stripped the entire cabin sole of varnish,


then sanded and refinished it. I am fortunate that my career path involves home repairs and woodworking, I’m a general contractor, so I have the confidence to do many things myself. You sailed the boat from New Jersey back to Texas. What are your thoughts regarding Orion’s sailing qualities? It’s hard not to get overly effusive about this boat’s performance on the water. Despite being a centerboard boat, she sails very well with the board up and when needed, even better with the board down. She’s very stable, not tender, points well and is easy to balance on nearly every point of sail. On our crossing from Clearwater to Pensacola, FL, we were close reaching and there was a period of nearly 3 hours where she maintained course without so much as a touch of the helm. It was like she was on a rail. And surprisingly fast for a cruiser. I could go on and

on, sea kindly, comfortable cockpit, generous side decks, ample foredeck and gorgeous classic lines to boot. I feel blessed to own and to sail this boat. You’ve worked hard getting the boat ready to cruise. Do you have any definitive plans going forward? Yes, my wife Kris is retiring in October. I will have most of my work obligations wrapped up shortly thereafter. Our loose plan is to sail back to SW Florida and find a semipermanent slip, most likely in the Ft. Myers area, which gives us the opportunity to sail south to the Keys, Cuba and the Caribbean, or head east through Lake Okeechobee to the Atlantic and either the Bahamas or up the Eastern Seaboard, depending upon the season. Before we leave the western Gulf though, we plan a stopover in New Orleans to enjoy that great city for a while. From there, we want to explore the barrier islands in Mississippi Sound

and then spend some time in the Apalachicola area before turning towards Ft. Myers. What advice would you give to someone looking to buy a sailboat for cruising? To borrow and modify a phrase from Lance Armstrong, it’s not about the boat. Too many people get hung up on trying to find and prepare the perfect boat for their perceived needs and lose sight of the prize. The list of boats that have successfully crossed oceans is long and runs the gamut in size and price from humble skiffs to 100 ft maxis. If cruising is truly your dream, don’t wait until you can afford the perfect boat. Mark Twain puts it so well: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

David Popken was born in Grants Pass, OR in 1948. After high school and the US Army, where he served in the Vietnam War, he graduated from Washington State University and pursued a short career in cinematography and film. Changing careers, he moved to Houston in 1980 to work in real estate. He started his own residential building/remodeling company in 1983 and is still in business, but is planning to retire soon to go out and experience the cruising lifestyle. David and his wife Kris bought their first sailboat, a 1978 Hunter 30 in 2002. They have been avid sailors ever since, daysailing, racing and cruising whenever possible. David has recently turned his attention towards writing about sailing and sailboat maintenance. His stories have been published in Sail Magazine, Telltales and GCM.

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Pilot’s eye view of Galveston Bay By Capt. Ranger Porter

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ext time you pass a ship in Galveston Bay, feel certain it is being piloted by a man or woman, who has your better interest at heart and years of training to back it up. We are committed to preservation of life, and protection of the environment. Houston Pilots are the first line of defense for the people of Harris and Galveston counties for environmental protection. On any given day you may have 20 different nationalities entering the port on numerous vessels, carrying different cargoes, some extremely dangerous, speaking different languages and obeying different sets of rules of the road. Safety is our number one goal. Believe me, we carry this responsibility with us every day

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and when something happens, we answer to a much higher power, the United States Government and the State of Texas. We as pilots have upper level Marine Licenses that takes years to obtain, after which we sail on the licenses for many years before being chosen as a pilot. The testing and the apprentice takes over three years before you are considered a pilot. No one does more for the Houston economy that the Houston Pilots and we do it all year long.


J/Fest 2016 is Oct. 28-30

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he Notice of Race for the 7th annual J/ Fest Southwest, hosted by Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook has been posted; early entries include everything from J/22’s (22 ft) to J/122’s (40 ft.). The popular regatta will be sailed on Galveston Bay the weekend of Oct 2830th. J/Fest Southwest is a celebration of all things related to J/ Boats and sailboat racing and attracts a serious group of racers. The October weather in Southeast Texas is simply wonderful with short-sleeve temperatures and favorable wind conditions, especially if one of the early cold fronts blows through. J/ Fest Southwest features multiple Windward / Leeward race courses and is known for top quality race management and intense racing that attracts top competition both locally and from out of state. The regatta organizers are looking forward to a large

turnout of J/ Boats, including the J22, J24, J70, J80, J105, J/ PHRF classes. Cranes and storage for out of town boats are available, and there are numerous hotels located near Lakewood Yacht Club. Those who want to watch the action can sign up to enjoy the on-the-water action from the deck of the Liberty Bell, a 60-foot motor yacht. J/Fest Southwest 2016 will feature the well-known LC Roots Band for Saturday night entertainment and dancing as well as the traditional “Frogmore Stew” ( shrimp boil) dinner. Visit the new J/ Fest Southwest website (www. jfestsouthwest.com), which is regularly updated with new information, including a list of hotels for out of town skippers and their crews. Seabrook is located half-way between Houston and Galveston, and there are numerous opportunities for family fun in the area, so come on down!

Congratulations to US Sailor Caleb Paine on bronze in the Finn Finn class medalists, Rio 2016. Vasilij Zbogar (Slovenia), Giles Scott (Great Britain), Caleb Paine (USA). Photo: Daniel Forster/US Sailing

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Oysters in Peril I By Janice Van Dyke Walden |Photography by Jim Olive

It’s just after peak growing season for Eastern oysters in Galveston Bay, but on this day you wouldn’t know it. When the field team and scientists with Texas Parks and Wildlife conduct a normal, random dredge sampling at dawn, the results are anything but normal.

n her orangegloved hands Coastal Fisheries Technician Claire Iseton holds three empty oyster shells. The few oysters that do come up in the basket are black and lifeless. Coming up empty within site of Kemah’s famous seafood boardwalk where oysters are on the menu from November through April 30 is not a good sign, but it’s a trend that’s been deepening since 2000, when oysters large enough for the market suddenly plummeted and have been on a steady decline since.

What it takes There’s no telling the age of the live and dead oysters dredged up this morning, but what the team does know is that it takes about two years for a spat to become a mature oyster. And, the bay’s once prolific oysters reefs just haven’t had enough time to recover before they are dealt another blow.

Cattle-crossing prolific Over 50 years ago, oyster reefs in Galveston and surrounding bays were so common that the coastal roads were paved with oyster shells. Over a century ago, before roads and railroads, a natural oyster reef linked both sides of Galveston Bay. So prominent was this reef that, given a stiff north wind and a low tide, cattle crossed the bay on this ridge.

TPWD Coastal Fisheries Field Technician Claire Iseton holds three empty oyster shells during a morning dredge sampling.

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Blow-by-blow, every two years now Galveston Bay used to account for 80% of Texas’ harvested oysters. Today, that number is more like 40%. Although


New court date set to save the bay waters from S.T.O.R.M. Claire Iseton inspects an oyster sampling on TPWD’s vessel, the Trinity Bay, at a reef within sight of the Kemah Boardwalk.

“Since 2009, reef restoration efforts have only restored about 1/10 of what’s been lost.” the counts have been in decline for over 20 years, it has stepped up in the last eight years with a major setback every two years. In September 2008, Hurricane Ike hit, covering nearly half the oyster beds of Galveston Bay with smothering silt. The situation in East Bay, behind Bolivar’s Peninsula, was worst: over 80% were silt-covered from the storm. Then in 2010, the lack of fresh water due to the drought sent salinity rates soaring, exceeding what oysters could live on. The next year, 2011, oysters were hit by the Red Tide, and then, back-to-back, last year and this year, excessive rains flooded the bay with freshwater, beyond the oysters’ capacity to survive. According to TPWD’s Fisheries Biologist Christine Jensen, the bay’s average salinity for this July was ”getting closer to normal, but still low at an average of 11.5 parts per thousand.”

Pressures all around Add to these natural pressures, there’s the human pressure: more people live in Texas than 50 years ago, and there’s more demand to enjoy oysters at the table. Fishermen are pressured to harvest the very material that might provide the future harvest. And, they can get a good price for it.

In 2014, a sack of oysters commanded $35, up $20 from 1993. Given current low harvest counts, this year’s price may well be that, or higher.

Recovery, Restoration, Intervention It’s unknown just how much of Galveston and the surrounding bays are covered with oyster reefs. The last complete mapping survey was done 21 years ago by Eric N. Powell who tapped the bottom of the bay with a pole to pinpoint reefs. His research on the Eastern oyster continues. Sophisticated technology like hydroacoustics and side scan imagery has been useful for mapping specific losses, like in the aftermath of Ike, but the application for the whole bay is considered time consuming. In the meantime, man’s efforts to recover the losses seem like a drop in the bucket. Since 2009, reef restoration efforts have only restored about 1/10 of what’s been lost, 1,300 acres of the bay. And, many of those restoration sites are off limits to fishing until they can flourish. On June 11, Galveston County Judge Mark A. Henry took the first step to help area oyster business owners get financial assistance by declaring a local disaster. In order to get funding, oysters farmers will need a disaster declaration from the State of Texas. The Judge is in the process of submitting a formal request to Governor Abbott for targeted legislation to address the issue.

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or more than two years, private oyster lease holders in Texas have been fighting to prove that any navigation district, and in this case, the Chambers-Liberty Counties Navigation District (C.L.C.N.D.) does not have the right to issue a lease to Sustainable Texas Oyster Resource Management (S.T.O.R.M.) that would give this company and their business control of a large portion of the oyster reefs in Galveston Bay. Last year the state filed a lawsuit against STORM on behalf of the Galveston Bay Oyster Fishermen that stated the navigation district commissioners didn’t have the right to issue the controversial lease in the first place. Since this lawsuit was filed, STORM / CLCND has lost every hearing: • • • •

The 1st Court of Appeals said, “No” to STORM The 56th District Court said, “No” to STORM on venue The Austin Court Said, “No” to STORM / CLCND The 3rd Court of Appeals said, “No” to STORM / CLCND and ruled the STORM lease invalid

STORM has so far failed to take the property rights of Oyster Fisherman as their own property and limit access to the Gulf waters of private citizens. This is a critical matter for the entire seafood industry, recreational fishermen, and private land owners. Help is on the way to stop this illegal takeover and save access to the Gulf waters in the form of a hearing which has been set to void the STORM lease in the 56th District Court of Judge Lonnie Cox on September 26, 2016 at 11 a.m., in Galveston County, Texas. The Galveston Bay oystermen and fishermen need your support and ask the public to join them in court, in body if possible, or if not, in thought and prayer for a verdict to end STORM’s unprecedented and unlawful attempt to take over Galveston Bay.

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Simple Slow Cooker Green Chile Pulled Pork Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds pork shoulder or tenderloin

1 large jar green chile salsa

3 teaspoons dried cilantro, oregano, or parsley

salt and pepper

water to cover

Optional: diced serrano or jalapeno peppers to taste

Avocados for serving options.

Fall fish chowder and make ahead pulled pork By Betha Merit

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s fall fish move about to their new homes, species such as drum, flounder and snapper are readily available for catch or purchase. And with the onset of cooler temps, our appetites are ready for heartier fare. Think soups, stews, and chowders. It is also convenient to have an easy make ahead main dish ingredient for a simple but filling meal preparation. Pulled pork is a flavorful food that can be served over rice, on baked potatoes or in tortillas. Just add avocado.

Directions:

Grease slow cooker container with oil or spray. Cut pork into several large pieces and pat with salt and pepper and place in slow cooker. Pour salsa over pork. Sprinkle with dried spices. Add optional green peppers. Add water if necessary to cover pork. Turn on high and cook for about 8 hours, or until pork is falling apart. To serve, use two forks to pull meat apart, while in cooker. Serve over rice, baked potatoes, or wrapped in tortillas. Garnish all with shredded cheese and avocado.

Fall Fish Chowder Ingredients:

2 pounds black drum (or redfish, sheepshead, flounder or other white fish) cut into bite sized cubes

10 slices bacon

6 unpeeled red skinned potatoes, cut in small bite sized chunks

3 diced carrots

one medium chopped yellow onion

1 cup sliced mushrooms

optional fall veggies, chopped, up to one cup

2 cups half and half

salt, pepper, Old Bay spice, fresh parsley.

Directions:

Fry bacon in pan until crispy, remove from pan for crumbling, and keep grease. Sear fish chunks in hot bacon grease for several minutes, then remove from pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper; set aside. Par boil the chopped potatoes for ten minutes, drain and place in large stew pot, adding the diced carrots. Crumble the cooked bacon on top, Sear the onions, mushrooms and any added veggies in bacon grease for several minutes with a dash of Old Bay, then pour the whole mixture into the stew pot. Sprinkle with more salt and pepper and 1-3 Tablespoon Old Bay. Add half and half (and water if needed) to just cover the mixture, and simmer for 20 minutes on medium heat. You may thicken with flour if you prefer a thicker broth. Add cooked, seared drum for last five minutes of cooking. Serve with warm crusty bread.

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2004 Amel Super Maramu 53

In Mast Furling, Radar/Chart Plotter, A/C & Generator, Full Electronics Package $198,000 | Doug@SeaLakeYachtsllc.com

1987 Tayana 42 Center Cockpit Extremely well-cared for and in excellent condition. Centerline queen aft, beautiful Taiwan teak interior. $139,900| Paul@HSHyachts.com

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Galveston Bay Tides EAGLE POINT, TX NOAA Station Id: 8771013

SEPTEMBER Thu 9/1 01:40 AM 09:59 AM 02:35 PM 06:20 PM

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Fri 9/16 01:05 AM 08:33 AM 01:37 PM 06:54 PM

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Sat 10/1 01:58 AM 07:34 AM 02:11 PM 09:18 PM

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Fri 9/2 02:18 AM 09:53 AM 02:57 PM 07:51 PM

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Sat 9/17 01:49 AM 08:16 AM 02:10 PM 08:36 PM

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Sun 10/2 02:35 AM 07:13 AM 02:35 PM 10:33 PM

1.2 L 1.3 H 0.8 L 1.4 H

Sat 9/3 02:53 AM 09:41 AM 03:24 PM 09:18 PM

0.7 L 1.1 H 0.8 L 1.1 H

Sun 9/18 02:32 AM 07:59 AM 02:51 PM 10:23 PM

1.0 L 1.2 H 0.7 L 1.3 H

Mon 10/3 03:10 AM 06:44 AM 03:01 PM

1.3 L 1.3 H 0.7 L

Tue 10/4 12:01 AM 03:41 AM 06:01 AM 03:32 PM

1.4 H 1.4 L 1.4 H 0.6 L

Sun 9/4 03:26 AM 09:23 AM 03:54 PM 10:53 PM Mon 9/5 03:55 AM 08:58 AM 04:27 PM Tue 9/6 12:50 AM 04:11 AM 08:22 AM 05:06 PM Wed 9/7 07:36 AM 05:51 PM Thu 9/8 07:07 AM 06:45 PM Fri 9/9 07:22 AM 07:45 PM Sat 9/10 07:51 AM 08:48 PM

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Mon 9/12 08:47 AM 10:43 PM

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Mon 9/19 03:12 AM 07:40 AM 03:37 PM Tue 9/20 12:32 AM 03:39 AM 07:17 AM 04:29 PM Wed 9/21 06:45 AM 05:26 PM Thu 9/22 06:31 AM 06:30 PM Fri 9/23 06:51 AM 07:39 PM Sat 9/24 07:18 AM 08:51 PM Sun 9/25 07:39 AM 09:59 PM Mon 9/26 07:52 AM 10:59 PM Tue 9/27 07:58 AM 11:52 PM Wed 9/28 07:59 AM 01:24 PM 05:10 PM Thu 9/29 12:39 AM 07:56 AM 01:32 PM 06:45 PM Fri 9/30 01:20 AM 07:48 AM 01:50 PM 08:04 PM

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Fri 10/7 05:46 AM 05:43 PM

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Sat 10/8 06:16 AM 06:44 PM

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Sun 10/9 06:41 AM 07:51 PM

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Mon 10/10 06:59 AM 08:56 PM

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Tue 10/11 07:06 AM 09:58 PM

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Wed 10/12 07:01 AM 10:54 PM

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Thu 10/13 06:49 AM 12:35 PM 04:55 PM 11:48 PM

1.4 H 1.2 L 1.3 H 0.9 L

Mon 10/17 02:21 AM 05:38 AM 02:22 PM 11:50 PM

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Tue 10/18 03:08 PM

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Wed 10/19 04:03 AM 04:00 PM

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Thu 10/20 04:42 AM 04:57 PM

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Fri 10/21 05:19 AM 06:01 PM

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Sat 10/22 05:46 AM 07:10 PM

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Sun 10/23 06:04 AM 08:21 PM

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Mon 10/24 06:12 AM 09:28 PM

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Tue 10/25 06:14 AM 10:29 PM

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Wed 10/26 06:12 AM 12:35 PM 05:09 PM 11:22 PM

1.3 H 1.0 L 1.1 H 0.8 L

Thu 10/27 06:06 AM 12:38 PM 06:47 PM

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Fri 10/28 12:11 AM 05:56 AM 12:54 PM 08:05 PM

1.0 L 1.2 H 0.7 L 1.2 H

Sat 10/29 12:56 AM 05:39 AM 01:14 PM 09:15 PM

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1.2 L 1.2 H 0.5 L 1.3 H

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Fri 10/14 06:34 AM 12:39 PM 06:47 PM

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Sun 10/30 01:40 AM 05:15 AM 01:36 PM 10:25 PM

Sat 10/15 12:40 AM 06:17 AM 01:05 PM 08:24 PM

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Mon 10/31 02:26 AM 04:38 AM 02:01 PM 11:47 PM

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