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Admiral (President) Rick Clapp Rear Admiral (Editor) Mary Alys Cherry Captain (Creative Director/Partner) Brandon Rowan Commodore (Graphic Designer/Partner) Kelly Groce Sales Crew (Advertising Executives) Judy Gaines Dana McDonald Debbie Salisbury Amber Sample Matthew Sweatt Robyn Weigelt Editorial Capt. David Dillman Kelly Groce



here’s nothing quite like the healing powers of getting out on the water. Whether it be fishing or surfing, I like to refer to this time as “church.” It’s a time to connect with and be a part of nature, as well as clear your head from life’s day-to-day challenges. When I get to take my kayak out and catch a fish or score some good waves, I feel alive. And that’s what it’s all about. The harsh winter we have experienced this year, has really tested us Texans and I think we can all use some “church” time on the water. With air and water temperatures starting to warm up, this is the perfect time to start preparing for spring fishing and surfing. Change out your cold water


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wax, break out your spring suit, prep your vessel and get your favorite lures together because spring is almost here. We at Gulf Coast Mariner Magazine are excited to bring you another informative issue. Sit back, take a break and enjoy the photos and articles brought to you by experienced watermen and women from the area. We hope this issue teaches you something new and inspires you to get out on the water and do what makes you feel alive.

Capt. Joe Kent Betha Merit Brandon Rowan Steve Soule Janice Van Dyke Walden Photography Kelly Groce Betha Merit Brandon Rowan 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

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| March/April 2018 8|Calling All Women Sailors!

Houston Yacht Club plans sailing camp for women


YOUR fishing and water recreation photos. Submit photos for next issue to

12|Fishing Gear for Spring

Gear up for spring with tackle, gear and apparel from Columbia, Yo-Zuri, Salty Crew, 13 Fishing, FishStix and more. By Brandon Rowan

14|Marsh Fishing: Springtime Thoughts

Spring can be a tough time for those who fish marshes and skinny water. Pay attention to the details for success. By Capt. Steve Soule

22|Haynie Bay Boats

From the chop on Galveston Bay to the flats of Rockport, you won’t find a more superior ride than the 25’ Magnum. By Kelly Groce

24|The Galley: Crawfish for the Win! Tis the season for mudbugs! Enjoy these fine recipes. By Betha Merit

26|Lethal Crab Traps Collected in Christmas Bay

Volunteers cleared the bay of abandoned crab traps, which are a death sentence for crabs, turtles, fish and other marine life. By Janice Van Dyke Walden

29|HYC Commodore’s Ball

Photography from Houston Yacht Club’s 2018 ball.

16|Fishing After a Cold Winter

What will the effects of an icy winter have on Galveston fishing? By Capt. Joe Kent

17|Come on Spring

With winter behind us, look to these Galveston Bay locations for drum, sheepshead, redfish and speckled trout. By Capt. David Dillman

18|Galati Yacht Sales

A trusted named in the marine industry since 1970.

20|2018 Boston Whaler 230 Outrage The new 230 Outrage delivers huge fishing capability and comfort to match.

Contents Letter from GCM _________________p. 6 Lakewood Yacht Club Commodore’s Ball _________________p. 9 Name that Fish _________________p. 9


Nautical Numbers _________________p. 9

The boat brokerage professionals of Galati Yacht Sales’ Houston location.

Pelican Insurance Agency _________________p. 30

EuroSport Marine _________________p. 23 Keels & Wheels _________________p. 28

Bay Oil Company _________________p. 31 Boats for Sale _________________p. 32 Galveston Bay Tides _________________p. 34


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beginner knowledge, students will also be introduced to detailed lessons on wind and waves and how they relate to your boat. Intermediate sailing is taught with a greater emphasis on the sailor’s selfreliance; once the course is completed, the sailor should be able to rig, launch, sail out and back, without assistance and with confidence and efficiency. Nautigirls (Advanced): Experienced sailors will learn to sharpen their sailing skills. Lesson will be given on fine tuning a boat for speed, skippering, spinnakers, and racing. This group of sailors will perform drills that will enhance their understanding of boat speed and small boat racing.

Calling all women sailors! Houston Yacht Club plans sailing camp for women


he Houston Yacht Club’s Women’s Sailing Association is now accepting applications for its 2018 Windward Bound Sailing Camp for Women, which will be held June 6-9 at the Houston Yacht Club. The overnight camp is open to all women who are 21 years or older. Windward Bound Sailing Camp, which is celebrating its 31st year, is a great opportunity to learn, expand, or enhance your knowledge and skills in sailing. This camp is the only program of its kind on the bay. It is all about women teaching women how to sail in a fun, friendly, and safe environment. The camp will help women gain new confidence, new skills, and new friends; and is for those new to sailing, those who are familiar with the sport but want to expand their knowledge and skills, and for the experienced sailor who wants to race competitively.

The format of the camp is residential, concentrated, and objective-oriented and features small group instruction with individualized attention. The counselors are accomplished women sailors with years of experience in cruising, racing and teaching other women to sail. The camp is broken down into four categories to include: Waves (Beginners): Great for first-time sailors or those who need a refresher on the basics! The focus is on terminology, rigging, boat handling skills, sailing theory, and becoming comfortable and confident on the water. The enthusiastic instructors guide sailors through hands-on lessons and adventures making time on the water enjoyable and safe. Flamingos (Intermediate): After mastering the basics of sailing, the Flamingo group will continue to sharpen their rigging, boat handling and terminology skills. In addition to becoming more comfortable with


Performance Cup March 10 – 11 GBCA Clear Lake Shores, TX


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J/22 Mid-Winter Championship March 16 – 18 Houston Yacht Club Shoreacres, TX March/April 2018



J-105 Invitational March 17 – 18 Lakewood Yacht Club Seabrook , TX

Mermaids (Big Boat): Sailors in this group will discover all things related to big boats. Students will be taught the basics of sailing but will also cover details of crewing on or owning a large boat (30+ feet) -- everything from working the head to steering with a wheel versus a tiller and maneuvering in and out of the dock. All skill levels are welcome. Camp Registration Open to HYC members and nonmembers, but numbers are limited. Registration deadline is May 1, 2018. Camp Costs: The cost for camp is $500 for HYC members and $650 for non-HYC members. Camp costs cover room and board, camp shirt, instruction, boat usage and banquet. For information: Experience the freedom and camaraderie of women’s sailing. For more information, contact one of HYC co-directors: Joanne Humphries, or Martha Gillett at You may also contact the HYC office at 281-4711255. To download the Windward Bound Camp application visit houstonyachtclub. com/Portals/0/News/wwb_app_18.pdf.


HYC Reggae Regatta April 7 Houston Yacht Club Shoreacres, TX

Mermaid Regatta April 14 Houston Yacht Club Shoreacres, TX

Lakewood Yacht Club Commodore’s Ball Lakewood’s 2018 flag officers and their wives sit for a portrait as the Commodore’s Ball gets underway. They are, from left, Rear Commodore Rex Bettis with his wife, Kim; Vice Commodore Tom Frankum with his wife, Bonnie; Commodore Ash Walker and First Lady Stephanie Walker; and Fleet Capt. Mike Downs and his wife, Jane. Photo by J. Pamela Photography.


2 The Gulf of Mexico is home to two species of cowfish, the scrawled cowfish and the honeycomb cowfish (pictured above). Both like to stay in fairly shallow waters near reefs. The honeycomb cowfish is a uncommon find being that they are shy and rare.

3,000 The whale shark is the largest fish on the planet and can be found in the Gulf of Mexico, especially down by South Padre. They have 3,000 tiny teeth, but don’t use them to eat since they are filter feeders. Jessica and Greg Walker arrive at the club for the 2018 Commodore’s Ball.

Treasurer Garrow Wessendorff with wife Jensen have fun at Commodore’s Ball.

Janine Sutter and Janelle Leistad chat as they await dessert.

Name that fish


A. Bar Jack C. Almaco Jack D. Bluefish

ANSWER: D, Bluefish. The bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix) is the only extant species of the family Pomatomidae. It is found worldwide in temperate and subtropical waters. Juveniles are caught on Texas beaches and larger specimens are common near platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.

B. Blue Runner

Goliath grouper can have a lifespan of up to 37 years. Their age can be estimated using annual growth rings in its dorsal fin rays, much like those found within tree trunks.


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Bob Nimmo’s grouper.

Bob and Karen Nimmo with a Costa Rica sailfish.

Ball High junior Max Conner with a West Bay red.

Karen Nimmo with a big mangrove snapper.

Travis Eifert, grouper.

Surfer: William Read @wettwillly Photographer: Adam Valadez @adamisraelvaladez

[ G E A R ]

GEAR UP FOR SPRING R1308: 2-3/4”, 1/4 oz Real Glass Minnow



3DR Minnow

3D Inshore Twitchbait This slow sinking lipless hard bait by Yo-Zuri exhibits an erratic darting action during a twitch and pause retrieve. Use the smaller 2 3/4” size in Ghost Shad to imitate an injured glass minnow when fishing the lights at night this spring.

R1207: 2-3/4”, 1/4 oz Ghost Shad

Small Yo-Zuri jerkbaits have long been a secret weapon for targeting redfish and trout around nighttime light sources. New for 2018, the 2 3/4 3DR Minnow in Real Glass Minnow is a perfect forage imitation to use around causeway or canal lights.

SALTY CREW Mahi Trucker Hat

Choose to keep it salty with this Salty Crew trucker hat. Features a mesh back and nylon ‘dorado’ patch sewn to the front. Color: Black Neon Chartreuse. 1/8 & 1/4 oz sizes



Spring means high winds, high tides and murky water in the marsh. Search out hungry redfish with the extra vibration and flash from this proven Strike King spinnerbait.

13 Fishing is exploring the future of fishing reels with the first high performance baitcasting reel that uses zero ball bearings. The result is a quiet and far-reaching cast that won’t suffer performance loss from debris, corrosion or environmental wear. A ridiculous 22 pounds of max drag keeps even the biggest fish in check.

Redfish Magic Spinnerbait


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Concept Z Baitcasting Reel

Weight: 6.4 oz., Line Capacity: 12/135, Ratio: 6.6:1, 7.3:1 or 8.1:1


Men’s Dorado CVO PFG Shoe

Color: Zour/ Emerald Sea

This versatile shoe combines a comfortable wear-anywhere design and high-performance pedigree. Super-plush and quick-drying, the Dorado CVO PFG is built for the life aquatic with a breathable mesh upper, superior midsole cushioning, and wet grip traction. Plus, advanced water and stain repellency helps ensure a clean look whether you’re dockside or downtown.


PFG Offshore Camo Fade Boardshort

Color: Mango

Combining good looks and high-performance, these Columbia boardshorts cover all the bases. The Omni-Wick and Omni-Shade UPF 50 fabric protects from the sun and dries quickly. Stash your keys or extra tackle in a zippered cargo pocket. These boardshorts even have a bottle opener for those celebrations on the dock or beach. Available in five digital fade colors.


Color: Cedar Redfish Digi Fade Print

What you can see is what you catch when sight fishing for marsh redfish. This time-tested Wilderness Systems yak is stable enough for any angler to stand up in and gain a better vantage point. The 13”6’ length will keep you paddling happy vs. shorter kayaks.


“Kitchen Sink”

“Kitchen Sink” Length/Action: 7’ Medium Line: 10 - 20 LBS Lure: 3/8 -1 Oz. Micro guides Fuji SK2 Split Reel Seat

The FishStix “Kitchen Sink,” 7’ Medium bait cast rod is built for throwing a little bit of everything. It has enough backbone and power to throw heavier baits such as topwaters, popping corks, live bait and crankbaits but still has a fast enough tip to be able to throw tails. It’s the perfect rod for beginners, everyday anglers, and guides because of its great versatility and dependability.


Springtime Thoughts

Marcos Enriquez with a nice shallow water redfish. Captain Clay Sheward hooked up to a redfish deep in the marsh.

By Capt. Steve Soule


pring may be the toughest season of all to figure out on the upper Texas Coast. It’s the first of our two annual transitional periods, and in my opinion, definitely the harder of the two to get a solid grasp on when it comes to patterning. With so many factors at play, March and April can wreck even the best made plans. To gain a better understanding, we need to think first about where we are transitioning from. In a winter season like we’ve just had, the coldest in nearly 10 years, we truly put fish into a winter pattern. This is a pattern that can be predictable and reasonable easy to describe and understand. Fish tend to move slightly deeper and hold over certain types of structure or bay substrate. Food sources,

though limited have become reliable and are somewhat easy to locate as they are larger and more visible than at other times of the year.


At the first signs of spring, anglers can often do very well. Predatory fish move from deeper to shallower water as the air and water temperatures warm. The initial warming creates added temperature to the cold blooded fish as well as their prey. This change typically makes both more active and sends predators out in search of food. But this isn’t always the easiest thing for hungry predators to accomplish. Everything is transient in spring; both predator and prey. Temperature and barometric pressure swings wildly during this period. Weather varies from mild to violent

and boating and fishing pressure is steadily increasing. Wind, tide, temperature and timing; all of these factors play a major role in spring fishing. But the prevalence and types of available food for predators is still limited.

Spring Prey

Winter forage, like mullet and finfish are still present but the return, or emergence of other various food sources happens at a much slower pace than their departure during fall. Wintering crabs and shrimp that have buried in mud through the cooler months will be some of the earliest additions to the menu, followed by a slow trickle of various other small baitfish species. Keep in mind that this is a slow process that is triggered more so by the “photo period” or length of daylight versus darkness than it is by temperature. Many food sources don’t truly return in force until later in spring.


Wind is always a factor in spring, especially during the first half of the season. Light wind days are few and far between, and late season cold fronts can often push us well into the small craft advisory range. This doesn’t lend itself well to great fishing days and certainly doesn’t


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make spring inviting for anglers. With high winds come several other factors that influence fishing. High tides and rapid barometric pressure come to mind at the top of the list.

High Tides

Discussions on high tides seem to happen repeatedly during spring. For those who fish open and deeper water areas, the significance is reduced dramatically. For those who fish relatively shallow waters, the impact is quite substantial. Big rising tides push small prey animals deeper into marshes and other areas where they can find cover from predation. The host of predators, like redfish, trout and flounder, will follow. Often, this puts predator and prey out of reach of most boaters and increases the overall size of the area we have to search. Fish become like needles in a haystack. It often seems like redfish enjoy exploring new territory, and high tides are the open invitation for them to take off wandering.


The large swings in barometric pressure during spring can provide both good and bad fishing. Changes in pressure seem to create short windows of increased feeding activity, especially when they happen in conjunction with moving tides or a moon position that would already cause fish to hunt for food. We can’t fish purely around pressure changes, not predictably anyway. You can shoot for catching the big changes as fronts approach and pass the coastline, but safety and comfort are often compromised. More often than not, most of us as anglers are stuck with the days that we can get on the water. It’s interesting to note, that even small changes in the direction of barometric pressure movement can

effect fish feeding behaviors. Steady pressure, or pressure that is steadily on the rise or fall, often yields stagnant fish feeding


Timing, as I mentioned earlier, can have a huge impact on our success rates in fishing. Knowing seasonal patterns is very helpful in understanding when fish tend to feed in certain areas. If you don’t have years of fishing log information, then you can only go and hope for the best in finding actively feeding fish or rely on local information. Often, springtime doesn’t follow the typical feeding periods normally associated with summer. Don’t be one of the anglers that hunt out a summer feeding pattern this early in the year. Bottom line, springtime fishing requires more thought on average than any other season along the coast. Careful planning, understanding the conditions, researching or having years of experience can help greatly. Knowing the available food sources, and making appropriate adjustments in your lure arsenal can pay off with big dividends. Most of the new arrivals of prey animals are quite small, which often leads to day where even larger predatory species are focused on eating small but numerous meals. With careful planning, and an educated approach, spring can pay big dividends of big trout. But, if you think that you’re going to find a summer pattern just because of the rapid warm up, you will be in for quite the surprise. Get out and enjoy the warmer weather, and don’t be discouraged by the difficulties. Instead, use the time wisely to cover more water and seek out the patterns hidden within the season.


FISHING AFTER A COLD WINTER patterns should return. In the good news department, it appears that there were no major fish kills during the multiple freeze events that took place. While fish kills were reported, most of the finfish were forage fish, mainly mullet, menhaden and small fish of all species that were not large enough to tolerate water in the 40 degree range very long. One of the reasons the stocks of gamefish survived well is that they had time to

get acclimated to the cold and had moved into areas offering deep, protected waters. Last January, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department exercised its right to close certain bodies of water when freeze events took place. This is the first time the TPWD has exercised that option and the areas around the Galveston Bay Complex that were affected were Moses Lake in the vicinity of the flood gates and most of Offatts Bayou.

“Overall, I expect 2018 to be a good year for fishing.�

What will the effects of our icy winter have on fishing? By Capt. Joe Kent


eginning in mid-December, the Galveston Bay Complex experienced one of its coldest winters in years. Many of the anglers have not been through a severe winter from an historical perspective. You have to go back into the 1990s to find when we had subfreezing temperatures


along the Texas Coast that lasted more than a short time. Severe cold is not anything new to the Galveston Bay Complex; however, the number of days of subfreezing conditions has progressively dropped over the last decade. A frequently asked question by readers of the Galveston County Daily News is how will all of the bitter cold weather affect fishing during 2018? The answer is that it is hard to pinpoint; however, there are several indicators that tell us that when the weather warms, normal fishing

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Both areas are known to hold large concentrations of trout and other fish when the water temperatures fall into the low 40s or lower. In those pockets of deep water, fish are sluggish and easy prey for anglers. Shortly after one of the freeze events in the early 1960s, I fished with a friend at the Blue Hole in Offatts Bayou and recall catching close to 50 trout (there were no size nor bag limits back then) with many of the fish being snagged by the treble hooks on my Bingo Lure. In the bad news department, the freeze took its toll on aquatic vegetation. There is little doubt that the plants will rebound; however, it could take a while after this long winter. Like with all other vegetation, warm weather is the key to rebounding and growth. The effect of the loss of aquatic plants is in the loss of cover for fish, mainly young fin fish, crustaceans and shell fish. Over the past 10 to 20 years when mild winters were the norm, we started the spring season with a good crop of bait in the marshes and wetlands. It remains to be seen just how badly the freezes affected that part of the marine life cycle. Overall, I expect 2018 to be a good year for fishing, barring any catastrophic events such as major floods or droughts. While not on the topic of fishing directly, one of the big effects of a long cold winter is on boats, especially engines and mechanical equipment. A large number of boats have not been run for many weeks and problems likely are going to be widespread, with contaminated fuel, frozen water lines and other parts that are vulnerable to freezing weather or sitting up very long. Before using your boat for the first time this year, check it out. For the first trip away from the dock, make it an abbreviated one and do not venture too far.

Phoung Nguyen with a nice sheepshead.

Come On Spring By Capt. David C. Dillman Spec-tacular Trout Adventures 832-228-8012


always wonder how the folks up “North” survive the winter. After these cold, cold months all I can say is “I have had enough!” This is the first real winter in many years for “us” on the Upper Coast of Texas. The wintery mix of snow and ice was a novelty, but worrisome for those of us that enjoy the fishery of Galveston Bay. We dodged a major fish kill disaster from a devastating freeze. I think we are all ready for some sunshine and warmer temperatures. Come on spring! This coming March and April we should experience a traditional spring fishing pattern in the Galveston Bay Complex. The traditional “drum run” will be in full swing along the Galveston Jetties. Also plenty of sheepshead, along with redfish and speckled trout will prowl the rocks. Depending on how fast the water temperature rises, these fish should make their way into lower Galveston Bay, at the end of the month.

In April, while the “drum run” is still happening, many anglers will set their “radar” on speckled trout. This winter, trout fishing was decent. It will improve significantly this month! Late season cold fronts this month can bring moderate to strong winds prior to their arrival. These winds are usually from the south-southeast. East Galveston Bay and the waters north of the Texas City Dike offer protection from the winds. Every incoming tide will push trout into these areas this month. In East Bay, Sievers Cut to Stingaree Cut and the adjacent reefs are the “go to” places. On the West side, Mosquito Island to Dollar Point offers plenty of protection and areas to fish under strong south winds. The shoreline in front of the floodgate at Moses Lake, is a good springtime spot to catch speckled trout. Live shrimp supplies should be good, but I would call a bait camp ahead of your planned trip. In the Clear Lake - Kemah area, check with Eagle Point Fishing Camp at 281-339-1131. Eagle Point offers quick access to the above mentioned areas and is a full service marina with a boat launch. Enjoy this upcoming Spring weather. See ya on the water!


A NAME YOU CAN TRUST Galati Yacht Sales Texas Manager Jay Dee Jackson continues a familyowned tradition of excellence.


a l a t i Y a c h t S AL E S , a once storm ravaged Florida marina, is now a No. 1 dealership with locations in the USA, Mexico and Costa Rica. The company’s humble beginnings start with Jay Dee Jackson’s grandfather, Michael Galati Sr. in 1970. He moved his family of seven from New York down to Anna Maria Island, Florida. “He felt drawn to Anna Maria, as this is the name of my grandmother. He saw this as a sign and decided to purchase a marina there that had just been devastated by a storm,” said Jay Dee. “From there, he and his wife, Anna Maria, and their five children worked to rebuild the marina and grew the company to what is now Galati Yacht Sales.” Galati now has ten locations in three countries and carries some of the world’s finest yachts, including Maritimo, Viking, Prestige, Princess and Cruisers Yachts. They offer new, pre-owned and brokerage yacht sales with the ability to accept trade-ins on new or pre-owned


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purchases. Their Texas location is just off 45 south on Offatt’s Bayou in Galveston. Join the Family Galati Yacht Sales differentiates itself from the competition with a business philosophy that this family-owned company has lived by since inception. The third generation now leads the company and the principle remains the same; a passion and love for the industry in everything they do. Their mission statement “Consistently Exceeding The Expectations Of Our Customers,” means clients are treated like family. Michael Galati Sr. was known to say that “Our customers are always there for us, so in turn, we will always be there for our customers. We must stick together as a family, work hard and earn our customers business.” This work ethic has not gone unnoticed. Galati has been recognized in the boating industry in more ways than one. They recently earned No.1 dealer in Boating Industry’s Top 100 Dealers Award. They have won multiple times since 2007 and have now been entered into the Boating Industry Hall of Fame.

Every Step of the Way Galati is there for its customers and can assist for every step of a yacht purchase — an exciting process than can be a little stressful for some. Years of experience and in-house financing makes for a one-stop yacht shop. Whether you are a new boater, or an old salt, Team Galati strives to make your experience one to remember and enjoy for years. The relationship with the Galati family does not end after your new vessel is purchased, that is just the beginning. They are always available to customers for anything they need along their boating journey. From hosting boating trips to our endless service technician support, they are happy to put

“Galati now has ten locations in three countries and carries some of the world’s finest yachts.” in the work to help you have a more enjoyable experience on the water. For whatever your needs may be, Galati is a name you can trust. A Team Like No Other “Apart from our family, we have been extremely fortunate to build an incredible team over the years. Our Galveston location staff members and brokers are there to support our customers in every aspect and have led us to only build upon the values that we laid our foundation on,” said Jay Dee Jackson. Jay Dee is the manager of the Galati Yacht Sales Texas location. “My wife, Alyssa and I moved to the area recently from Sarasota, Florida and I am a graduate of The University of Mississippi with a degree in Business Management,” said Jackson. Larry Smith joined Team Galati 13 years ago and boasts 46 years of experience in the marine

industry. “It is a pleasure being associated with a company that puts customer service at the top of their priorities!” said Smith. David Hunt is a native of Seabrook and continues his life-long love of the water and a passion for boats. He is a third generation member of Lakewood Yacht Club and a past president of the Gulf Coast Yacht Brokers Association. “I pride myself on my honesty, attention to detail, and desire to always act in my client’s best interest. Our marketing can make sure that your yacht is exposed to buyers throughout the world,” said Hunt. Cory Webster is a native Texan and has spent the past 17 years developing his expertise in the boating business. Over the years, Cory has been fortunate to represent some of the best boating and yachting brands. “Working side by side with the best of the best in manufacturing, dealers and salespeople in this industry gets me excited. Seeing their values, passion and innovation keeps our business going strong!” said Webster. Jordan Butler was born and raised in Galveston. The son of a well-respected captain, he was exposed to both the sportfishing and boating scenes at an early age. “Boating and fishing has always been a huge part of my life. I will always have a lifelong passion for going offshore and being on the water,” said Butler. Randy Bright is a native Texan and has held every position in the competitive marlin fishing world as an owner, captain, angler and cockpit/wire man. “I stay very involved with many of my clients through the Houston Big Game Fishing Club events and several Gulf Coast and international fishing tournaments. I enjoy the friendships that I develop before and after the sale and spend time fishing, boating and traveling with clients particularly to the Bahamas and Costa Rica,” said Bright. Start Your Adventure Now The boating season is just around the corner. Get in touch with Galati and they’ll get you on course to owning the boat or yacht of your dreams. Visit them in person at 7819 Broadway St., Suite #100 Galveston, Texas 77554. Call them at (409) 741-8716 or view inventory online at Find them on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @ galatiyachtsales


2018 Boston Whaler 230 OUTRAGE


his year, Boston Whaler celebrates 60 years as the “Unsinkable Legend” in the marine industry. For 2018 they continue to craft peerless designs that meet boaters’ diverse and changing needs, ensuring safety, comfort, ease of use and enjoyment of use. The new 230 Outrage delivers huge fishing capability and comfort to match. The spacious bow area features ample seating and convenient in-floor and under-seat storage. Meanwhile, the roomy cockpit features the new Converting Leaning Post,

which conceals a handy work station and extra aft-facing seating. The new Outrage is amply powered by a standard 225-hp Mercury® FourStroke Verado® engine or optional twin-engine option with 115-hp Mercury FourStrokes. The optional Fishing Package includes fishbox pump-out, fishing station, raw-water washdown and transom-mounted rod holders. Be it entertaining family and friends, or a full day of hard fishing, the 230 Outrage rises to the occasion.

S P E C I F I C A T I O N S L.O.A.: 23’ 0” Beam: 8’ 6” Draft: 18.5” Weight (Dry): 3,800 LBS. Weight (with engines): 5,548 LBS. Max Weight Capacity: 3,100 LBS. Persons Capacity: 10 Max Horsepower: 350 HP


Minimum Horsepower: 225 HP Max Engine Weight: 910 LBS. Transom Height: 30” Deadrise at Transom: 21 Fuel Capacity: 110 GALLONS Water Capacity: 20 GALLONS Livewell Volume: 15 GALLONS/32 GALLONS (OPTIONAL)

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EuroSport Marine Your Yachting Lifestyle Company in Texas


t EuroSport Marine, they are all about supporting the yachting lifestyle. They import ZAR Formenti Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIB’s) from Italy. The ZAR Mini line is a

rugged aluminum boat that is lightweight and practical. Coach boats, fishing boats, lightweight tenders, and other uses make this a cost-effective solution for many. This boat is like the ‘standard’ RIB most people think about where the tubes are wrapped around the hull. There are many center console options and can be

easily customized to fit a broad range of uses. The ZAR ZF is the ZAR Formenti high end tender line that ranges in size from 10 ft to 15 ft in one-foot increments. The ZF series has all the features of the ZAR Sport Boat line, in a more compact package. It allows a yacht owner to dial in exactly the size of boat to fit a particular swim platform or davit. The ZAR Formenti Sport Boat line is the top of the line RIB made anywhere. Along

“Coach boats, fishing boats, lightweight tenders, and other uses make this a cost-effective solution for many.” with the ZF line, the sport boats are all hand made in a small village in Italy outside Milan. These stunning boats are unlike any other RIB on the market, and are a must see. See all these boats in EuroSport’s showroom located at 804 Anders Lane in Kemah. Give them a call at 1-832-308-0190 anytime or stop by and visit them.


Crawfish for the win


is the season for mudbugs! Crawfish are plentiful and besides heading out to your favorite fresh fish market for the little crawlers or restaurant for a well seasoned boil by the pound, you can enjoy recipes with your leftovers or buy bags of frozen pre-cooked crawfish meat. It’s all good. You can sometimes find more healthful versions of the following recipes. However, full disclosure here, these all include calorie happy ingredients, and the taste is worth the splurge.


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Jalapeño Crawfish Dip •

1/2 stick butter

2 cups of mixed and chopped onion, celery and green bell pepper

1/4 to 1/3 jalapeño, finely chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 cups of boiled crawfish tails

1 8 ounce package of cream cheese

1/2 Tablespoon Tony Chachere’s Creole seasoning

salt and pepper to taste.

Heat butter on medium heat in a medium pan. Add chopped veggies, jalapeño and cook until onions are translucent. Add minced garlic and continue to stir. Add crawfish tails and stir, until warm. Add cream cheese to the mixture and stir until melted. Add salt, pepper and Creole seasoning. May be served hot or cold on small baguette slices or bagel chips.

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TIP *Crawfish pairs well with white wines such as Riesling or Albariño.

1/2 stick of butter 10 cloves of garlic, minced 2 cups of sliced mushrooms 1 lb. cooked Louisiana crawfish tails 1 squeezed lemon 2 teaspoons Tony Chachere’s Creole seasoning 2 Tablespoons flour 1/2 pint heavy cream Cooked pasta for 4 servings.

Saute: butter, garlic and mushrooms. Add: crawfish, lemon, seasoning, and flour. Add cream last and cook till done. Serve over fettuccine or farfalle.

Debbie’s Crawfish Balls •

1 lb crawfish tails, chopped fine

1/2 teaspoon fresh cayenne pepper

1/4 cup chopped parsley

1/4 cup chopped green onions

1/4 cup chopped bell peppers

2 teaspoons salt

2 teaspoons red pepper flakes

1 egg, beaten

1/2 cup bread crumbs.

In bowl mix crawfish, pepper, parsley, onions, bell peppers, salt and red pepper. Add: egg and bread crumbs and mix. Form into balls (hint, coat hands with oil to make rolling easier). Place on lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 min. Makes 50 crawfish balls!


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Lethal Crab Traps Collected in Christmas Bay Abandoned traps are a death sentence for more than just crabs

By Janice Van Dyke Walden


he fisherman had been dead for quite a while, and now his crab traps were full. On the morning of Saturday, February 17, 2018, as the sun came out and the tide retreated, volunteers in airboats found the metal cage crab traps among the grasses in the backwaters of Christmas Bay. They were full of crabs. They also found 50 sheepshead trapped at another location, and, like the crabs and all other marine life they find in the traps, they released them. “Last year, we found a turtle in one of the traps,” says Jim Olive who organizes the effort every year. When he started the Christmas Bay Foundation years ago, Olive was working to save the sea grasses from shrimpers, and keep a pipeline of human waste from dumping in the shallow pan bay of Follet’s Island. Now, years later, the shrimpers have been banned, and the pipe re-directed into the Gulf. The sea grasses flourish, and Christmas Bay has become a popular place for recreational fisherman. The crab fishermen still place their cage traps out in the waters, but not all can be recovered by the third Friday of each February. That’s when the State of Texas calls a 10-day closure on crab trap fishing, allowing volunteers to


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collect what has gone adrift or been forgotten. “They are a pernicious, lethal killer,” says Olive of the traps. “When they are abandoned, the crabs die in the trap; the scent that they put out attracts more crabs to the trap. Those crabs die, and it’s just an ongoing cycle.” This year, Olive and 14 other volunteers from Boy Scouts, Brazoria County and Texas Parks and Wildlife manned 7 boats for 6 hours, fanning out into the lakes and bayous that eventually feed into Christmas Bay. They covered more area than in years past. “It was definitely our most extensive coverage,” says Olive. In all, the group collected over 60 crab traps. Bruce Bodson of the Lower Brazos Riverwatch was one of the volunteers. When he returned to shore, he stomped on the cages he’d collected so they couldn’t be used again. Since 2002 when the law took effect, over 33,820 abandoned crab traps have been retrieved from Texas coastal waters, from Sabine Lake to Brownsville, with volunteers in the Galveston Bay area and San Antonio Bay consistently collecting the most traps. To join the effort next year:

Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance Announces 2018 Featured Marques


he 23rd Annual Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance, benefiting Today’s Harbor for Children, formerly known as Boys & Girls Harbor, has announced the Featured Marques for the event slated for Saturday and Sunday, May 5-6, 2018. The Concours, presented by title sponsors Bay Area Regional Medical Center and the City of Seabrook, will feature the automobile Marques of Ferrari, Pierce-Arrow, and Super Cars. The event will also be honoring Vintage Wooden and Classic Glass boats. Owners of classic cars and antique wooden boats are encouraged to register for the judged competition. Judging takes place on Saturday, May 5. The classic boating side of the event is sanctioned by the Antique and Classic Boat Society, an international organization established to standardize the judging procedure. An incredible array of classic wooden boats and vintage fiberglass boats, both large and small, will be on display. The weekend-long, nationally acclaimed classic car and vintage wooden


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boat show takes place each spring at the Lakewood Yacht Club in beautiful Seabrook, TX and attracts more than 15,000 attendees. The car and boat exhibitors come from every part of the United States, contributing to the more than $1.7 million that the Concours has raised to date for local charities. Sixty car and 20 boat judges evaluate nearly 40 classes for cars and 20 classes for boats. In addition, Keels & Wheels welcomes celebrity and VIP judges to participate in honoring select vehicles and boats. Invitations and entry forms for the 2018 Keels & Wheels event are available online. Because only 200 automobiles and 100 boats will be selected, it is important for submissions to be made as early as possible. Potential exhibitors are asked to submit one photo of the car or boat, along with year, make, model, owner information and a brief history of the entry. Keels & Wheels does not typically consider any automobiles newer than 1972 for entry in the event. For more information about submitting

your classic automobile or antique boat, or to download an entry form, please visit or follow us on Facebook. About Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance: Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance is a weekend-long, nationally acclaimed classic car and vintage wooden boat show that takes place each spring at the Lakewood Yacht Club in beautiful Seabrook, Texas. Keels & Wheels welcomes approximately 200 cars and 100 boats, and has raised more than $1.7 million for local charities, while drawing thousands of participants and spectators from all over the U.S. and Europe. Proceeds from the 2018 event will again benefit Today’s Harbor for Children, whose mission is to provide a home and safe environment for abandoned and abused children and healthy, comprehensive care for children and families in crisis. For more information please visit or follow us on Facebook.

Houston Yacht Club Commodore’s Ball Photos by Ed Matuszak

Yachtsman of the Year Past Commodore Tom Deen holds up the trophy he was presented by Past Commodore Dave Haglund, left, and Past Commodore Tony Smythe and his wife, Lynda, at the Houston Yacht Club Commodore’s Ball.

Stony and Clare Maness enjoy the Houston Yacht Club Commodore’s Ball.

HYC Club Champion Lythia Metzmeier chats with Billy Richnow over a glass of wine during the Commodore’s Ball.

Commodore Jack Yoes and wife, Cissy; Vice Commodore John Cardenas and his wife, Debbie; and Rear Commodore Jim Orchid and wife, Allison.

Josh Mittelman and Brittany Bilski make their way through the crowd at the Houston Yacht Club Commodore’s Ball.


Debbie Roberts of Pelican Insurance Agency home, auto, recreation vehicle, watercraft, commercial and more.

How did the business get its start? I formed Pelican Insurance Agency in December of 2017. We are an independent insurance agency that brings better choices and competitive prices to the entire state of Texas. What coverage does Pelican Insurance offer? We offer a broad range of insurance products including


How are you different from your competition? With other agencies, you get one company that sells one brand of insurance, but with Pelican Insurance Agency LLC you get choices and that will allow you to find the best fit your individual or business needs at a competitive price. What is your mission statement and your business philosophy? Communication and followup is important to us. The goal at Pelican Insurance is to maintain strong, trusting and lasting relationships and to help our customers through all the phases of life. Whether you are moving into a new

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home, starting your own business, or retiring to spend all your free time on your watercraft, we will make sure you are properly protected. What certification or special recognition have you received? We are active members of the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas and affiliated with Trusted Choice. We enjoy an online market access system available exclusively to Big “I� members, and as Best’s Members we access rating content available from A.M. Best Rating Services, Inc. and/or its affiliates. Tell us about your community involvement. I am a standing member of the League City Chamber of Commerce. Where are you from and how did you get your start in insurance? I grew up in League City and graduated from Clear Creek High School in 1980.

I have over 34 years of experience in the insurance industry. I began my insurance career in 1983 as a claims adjuster and worked as a claims professional, which included handling litigation prior to becoming a licensed agent. I am proficient in contract interpretation and can communicate directly with underwriters, inspectors, and claims adjusters to advocate on your behalf. What do you do with your free time? I enjoy family life, reading, swimming and soccer How can customers get in touch? We offer free insurance quotes, and a risk-free, no obligation coverage analysis to our potential customers. Our contact information is: 832-871-4448 201 Enterprise Avenue Suite 625 League City, TX Facebook: @ Pelicaninsuranceagencytexas

Bay Oil Company Keeps Galveston Bay Moving


ay Oil Company, a fourth generation, family-owned business, has been serving fuels and lubricants to Houston and the surrounding areas since 1921. We proudly introduce our new Marine Division, providing nonethanol fuel to vessels and

fleets of all types throughout the greater Galveston Bay system and Houston Ship Channel. United States Coast Guard approved for over-the-water transfers, we can deliver fuel to you, service dockside fueling, or you can bring your trailered boat to our on-site

bulk facility. On-demand service, 24/7 live dispatch, and customizable delivery schedules set us apart. Bay Oil Company’s Marine Division is committed to providing the highest quality fuels and services to our clients— keeping you fueled up and on time! In the Galveston Bay system, we are currently providing fuel to the following client types: tug boats and barges, racing and pleasure boats, fishing guides, cruise

lines, shipping companies, emergency and repair services, fishing fleets and luxury yachts. Our family lives right here in the Bay Area and we all own boats and love the water. It was only natural to expand our Bay Oil Company to provide products and services to our friends in the marine industry. For more information or to set up a delivery: Call: 833-BAY-FUEL


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2018 Albemarle 29 Express

2016 Sea Hunt 21 Ultra

$319,900 Texas Sportfishing Yacht Sales (Tommy Nolan) 281-535-BOAT(2628)

$46,500 Texas Sportfishing Yacht Sales (Tommy Nolan) 281-535-BOAT(2628)

2004 40’ Cabo Express Fish

2000 45’ Cabo Express Fish

2017 Re-Power - Cummins QSM11’s with 670hp each. Loaded with options and upgrades. Asking $399,000 - bring offers! Call Gary Hare 713-628-3080

Twin 800hp MAN Diesels, loaded with equipment and extremely clean. Asking $239,000, owner wants sold - bring offers! Call Gary Hare 713-628-3080

1998 Robin Smith 65 Convertible $998,000 Cory W. Webster 281-636-228


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2005 Hatteras 54 Hatteras $719,000 Larry Smith 850-259-8989

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2016 Formula 400 SS

1996 Blackfin 38 Express

$525,000 David Hunt 713-819-7426

$250,000 Jordan Butler 409-939-5524

2014 50’ Beneteau Sense 50

2015 46’ Jeanneau 469

$495,000 This Sense 50 has had extreme light usage and is being offered for sale only because the current owners are not finding enough time to enjoy sailing and staying aboard. Very well equipped and maintained. Doug Hughes 832-561-3344

$375,000 Owners decision to move out of the country provides a rare opourtunity to own a like new, very lightly used and extremely well equipped Jeanneau 469 Sun Odyssey at a much reduced price over that of a new order. Doug Hughes 832-561-3344

2014 Beneteau 41 Bow Thruster

1997 41’ Sea Ray 400 Sedan Bridge

$229,000 Looking for the BEST VALUE on a previously loved Beneteau Oceanis 41? Look no further! With all the right stuff and only 115 hours this one is as close to new that you will find. Doug Hughes 832-561-3344

$99,500 The 40 Sea Ray Sedan Bridge is one of the most popular Sea Ray models. A large interior make this design a very suitable live aboard and comfortable for coastal cruising or doing the loop. Gary Garnett 281-549-4724


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

MARCH Thu 3/1 12:22 AM 02:49 AM 12:45 PM 09:48 PM Fri 3/2 12:49 AM 04:56 AM 01:32 PM 09:30 PM

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Sun 3/4 02:19 AM 08:21 AM 03:00 PM 08:54 PM

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Mon 3/5 03:05 AM 0:09 AM 03:43 PM 08:27 PM

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Tue 3/6 03:51 AM 12:17 PM 04:32 PM 07:41 PM Wed 3/7 04:39 AM 03:31 PM Thu 3/8 05:31 AM 05:30 PM Fri 3/9 06:32 AM 06:23 PM Sat 3/10 07:40 AM 07:13 PM Sun 3/11 09:50 AM 09:01 PM Mon 3/12 10:54 AM 09:45 PM


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Sat 3/17 01:33 AM 06:44 AM 02:21 PM

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Sat 3/17 09:14 PM

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Wed 3/21 03:59 AM 01:31 PM 04:35 PM 06:46 PM

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Sun 4/1 02:11 AM 09:19 AM 03:12 PM 07:37 PM

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Mon 4/2 02:44 AM 10:44 AM 04:13 PM 06:58 PM

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Mon 4/9 08:57 AM 07:44 PM

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Wed 4/11 11:03 AM 07:59 PM

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Sat 4/14 12:48 AM 06:52 AM 01:21 PM 06:58 PM

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Tue 3/13 11:48 AM 10:18 PM

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Wed 3/14 12:33 PM 10:27 PM

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Tue 4/17 02:07 AM 10:59 AM

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Tue 4/24 09:08 AM 06:42 PM

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Wed 4/25 10:18 AM 06:36 PM

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Thu 4/26 12:40 AM 04:15 AM 11:22 AM 06:25 PM

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Fri 4/27 12:32 AM 06:25 AM 12:21 PM 06:11 PM

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Sat 4/28 12:50 AM 07:59 AM 01:21 PM 05:51 PM

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Galati Yacht Sales; a trusted name in the marine industry since 1970. In this issue: Haynie Magnum 25', crawfish recipes, Galveston Bay Spri...