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Family, Fun and Friendships One Hundred Years of Commitment to the Sea with Jonathon Davis of The Yacht Sales Company

Inshore & offshore fishing tactics for Galveston Red snapper recipes

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100 years of sailing on Galveston Bay


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hroughout history sailing has been instrumental in the development of civilization, affording humanity greater mobility than travel over land, whether for trade transport or warfare, and the capacity for fishing. Sailing for pleasure can involve short trips across a bay, day sailing, coastal cruising, and more extended offshore or ‘blue-water’ cruising. These trips can be singlehanded or the vessel may be crewed by families or groups of friends.

For the last 100 years the Mecca of sailing in the United States is the Gulf Coast of Texas, more specifically Galveston Bay, the third largest boating community in the United States. Galveston Bay has a prolific sailing and water lifestyle that embodies beautiful traditions for family, fun, and friendships. Jonathon Davis, owner and founder of The Yacht Sales Company located in Kemah, has a family with this type of lifestyle. Jonathon and his lovely wife, Kim, have more than 150,000 sea miles between the two of them. Jonathon actually proposed to Kim on a dive on one of their trips at sea. Jonathon feels that family always comes first and has his 4 year old son, Cole, and new baby girl, Camille, go sailing as much as possible. Fun is always a factor with this family. When Jonathon was creating The Yacht Sales Company he understood what it meant to have a rich history of sailing with the vendors he was choosing to represent and promote at his dealership. He specifically sought out Groupe Beneteau, who has the richest yachting tradition in the industry being privately owned for 130 years. This is reflected deeper in their purchase of CNB and Lagoon, who TYSC is the dealer for as well. With the dealership being located in Kemah, bordering Galveston Bay, he has much to say about family, fun, and friendships on the water.

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Beneteau boatyard, headquartered in France with manufacturing facilities located in South Carolina, was created in 1884 by Benjamin Beneteau. He was a very determined young man and at the early age of 12 he became a ship’s boy on the lugger, Eliza. His dream of building boats would begin on the boatyard of his friend’s father. His determination would convince his uncle, and he entered Rochefort Maritime towards the end of 1879 for his military service. Once out, he decided to create his boatyard near a bridge called, Quai des Greniers, and called his place “Beneteau.” Today, Beneteau is the largest sailboat manufacturer in the world. The growth of Beneteau has been nothing but extraordinary, and it has acquired and incorporated Prestige, CNB, Lagoon, O’Hara, I.R.M., BH, Four Winns, Glastron, Wellcraft, Scarab and Monte Carlo Yacht. Annette BeneteauRoux has been in command and control of Beneteau for the last 40 years and gives credit to their success to her family, executives, loyal and talented employees, as well as dealers and customers throughout the world, all of whom have become friends. “I believe we are one of the oldest boat building yards in the world to be run by the family as a majority,” said Annette BeneteauRoux. Another amazing line within this sailboat dynasty, that holds great family traditions, is Lagoon, which is in association with CNB Yacht Builders. The Lagoon model was established in 1984 and was originally a shipyard building monohull and multihull offshore racing boats. The first generation of cruising catamarans was launched from 1987 to 1996. They are celebrating their 30th year and today the company distributes its yachts in 53 countries. Davis said that the Lagoon is one of the dealerships best sellers! Recently, Jonathon Davis and team, won the Harvest Moon Regatta with owner John Sherer on Sherer’s Lagoon 42 against eight other boats.

Top: Davis with Jean Morrison and his wife Kim Davis. Left: The sailboat “Krisujen” Right: Davis and his mentor Roy Newberry. Bottom right: The sailboat “Escapade”

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When speaking with Davis, he noted that one of the oldest brands of sailing vessels in the United States was Alden. He, and wife Kim, co-captained one of their vessels, the “Krisujen,” designed by Alden.

childlike enthusiasm, “Jonathon, when you get as old as I am and you find something you love, you damned well better enjoy it!” He has never forgotten those words and makes it a motto for the way he views life.

Alden began his design career as an apprentice in 1902 and started his own design firm in 1909. He had modest success until he won his first Bermuda Race and experienced great success. His race victories were with Malabar VII and Malabar X in 1932 and continued until the long-lived design business finally closed in 2008. Today, the extensive Alden design archive has been gifted to the Hart Nautical Collections of MIT Museum. Jonathon commented that the Krisujen was a dynamic sailing experience and many wonderful memories were established while captaining this vessel.

To bring this story full circle, “friends” would be a good place to end. One of Jonathon Davis dearest friends and closest confidants was Roy Newberry, Sr. Roy had a vivacious life on the water and Davis states, “Everything I know about the water I owe to Roy Newberry.” Sailing brought these two together and the life long friendship never faltered. They sailed together, raced together, and actually won Jonathon’s first Harvest Moon Regatta dating back to 1992 on the sailboat, Alessandra. Jonathon admired everything about this sailor and loved his family. The stories that were shared between them are those of legends.

The sailing vessel, “Escapade,” built in 1938, holding an impressive amount of racing titles, and becoming known as Queen of the Great Lakes, holds deep inspiration for Jonathon Davis because of one special woman named Jean Morrison. While he was telling the tales of Jean and her exuberance for life, you can hear the admiration and excitement he had for this very special lady. With sailing stories ranging from stateside to international waters the one of the Escapade is one of his favorites. Jean’s husband was not much of a sailor but he appreciated the love that his wife had for sailing. He offered her something she couldn’t refuse. He said, “If you could have any sailboat you wanted what would it be?” Without hesitation she said, “Well, I would want the Escapade!” The vessel held a special place in her heart because she remembers cleaning it as a young girl. The request was granted and it launched an exciting time of sailing worldwide with a crew including her pet monkey. She told Jonathon once, with her

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Jonathon so greatly respected Roy’s life in the local community and to sailing that he did a Cannon Dedication and race in appreciation of his devoted service to both humanity and the sport of sailing before his passing in 2016. Roy always told his kids, “See that crumby little boat over there; realize you can go wherever you want in the world in that!” In the world of sailing heartstrings are pulled, passion is flared, and history is always made. Jonathon Davis and his family have enjoyed this “sailing life” for a quarter of a century and looks forward to many more years to come. Nothing is more exciting than establishing lifelong memories that are made with family, fun, and friendships due to a commitment to the sea and all that goes with it. For more information on The Yacht Sales Company please visit www.theyachtsalescompany. com.


[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 Crew (Advertising Executives) Judy Gaines Amber Sample Robyn Weigelt Editorial Capt. David Dillman Kelly Groce Capt. Joe Kent Betha Merit Charles Milby Brandon Rowan Capt. Steve Soule Photography Kelly Groce Betha Merit Charles Milby Brandon Rowan Adam Valadez Distribution Timothy Shinkle Company Gulf Coast Mariner Magazine P.O. Box 1032 Seabrook, TX 77586

Celebrating Four Years of Coastal Life Coverage

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hanks for the memories.

Four years ago we started a boating magazine for Galveston Bay. My background was racing sailboats. I had done it all my life and I still enjoy doing it today. So, that’s what we did. We covered regattas, cruising out to Red Fish, and of course junior sailing. Early on our readers informed us that they also like to fish along with sailing. We got the message. Now we cover both; offshore fishing and bay fishing

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along with the yachting scene. It’s been a great four years and we’re looking forward to the next four. Make sure your boat is in good working order and stay safe. Hope to see you on the bay.

Charles Milby, Publisher

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| May/June 2017 2|The Yacht Sales Company

One hundred years of commitment to the sea.

8|Snapshots

YOUR fishing and water recreation photos. Submit photos for next issue to art@baygroupmedia.com

10|Calendar of Events

Upcoming regattas and billfish tournaments.

11|Beautify the Bucket

Local artists came together to paint 49 trash cans that will be placed on throughout the Galveston beach front.

12|100 Years of Sailing

A history of sailing clubs on Galveston Bay and the future of the sport. By Charles Milby

14|The Historic Houston Yacht Club

An interview with Sam Akkerman, author of the book From Buffalo Bayou to Galveston Bay: The Centennial History of the Houston Yacht Club, 1897 to 1997.

18|Memorial Day Weekend

The start of inshore and offshore fishing from Galveston. By Capt. Joe Kent

19|Texas Fish Regulations Chart Identification, habitat, lures/baits and regulations for Texas inshore, near shore and offshore game fish. By Brandon Rowan

24|Gear Guide

Gear and apparel for your coastal life. By Kelly Groce

26|The Galley: Red Snapper

Lime zest cilantro snapper and mom’s baked fish recipe. By Betha Merit

28|The Lone Star Shootout 2017

Port O’Connor welcomes this tournament back July 18-23.

30|Boat Show Wrap Up

Gulf Coast Mariner’s Best from the Southwest International In-Water Boat Show.

16|Fools Rush In

ON THE COVER

17|Gaining Knowledge

Owner of The Yacht Sales Company, Jonathon Davis with his wife Kim, son Cole, and daughter Camille. Photography by Ashley Henry with Hey Pretty Baby Photography, (heyprettybaby. pixieset.com). Shoot location at Sea Star Base Galveston.

Are you making these critical fish spooking mistakes? A stealthy and methodical approach is key to catching fish. By Capt. Steve Soule

True knowledge comes from experience. Add to your experience by finding and catching more speckled trout. By Capt. David Dillman

Contents Publisher’s Letter ________________p. 6 Trivia ________________p. 10 Name that Fish ________________p. 11 Nautical Numbers ________________p. 11 Next Generation USA ________________p. 13 2017 CCA Texas STAR Tournament ________________p. 32 Boats for sale ________________p. 34 Galveston Bay Tide Tables ________________p. 38

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Rob Sawyer, Surfside. Photo: Adam Valadez @adamisraelvaladez

Kayden Maffett with a Seabrook flounder.

Max Conner with a nice West Bay speck.

Kevin Knapp after battling a good trout. Justin Swift’s spotted redfish out of Freeport.


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UPCOMING REGATTAS

2017 BILLFISH TOURNAMENTS

HOUSTON YACHT CLUB May 13-14 HYC Offshore Regatta May 24-28 J-24 North American Regatta June 10-11 Women’s Sailing Regatta

CAJUN CANYONS BILLFISH CLASSIC

Bastante John Uhr Memorial TOURNAMENT

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST BILLFISH CLASSIC

TEXAS INTERNATIONAL FISHING TOURNAMENT

Deep Sea Roundup

Texas Legends

Poco Bueno

Texas Billfish Classic

Lone Star Shootout

TWAT

May 30 – June 5 Venice, LA ComeFishLA.com

July 26 – 30 Rockport, TX RockportTournament.com

June 24-25 Leukemia Cup Regatta July 4 Great American Cardboard Boat Race July 6-11 38th Annual Leiter Cup Regatta July 15 HYC Summer Series #1

June 5 – 11 Biloxi, MS mgcbc.com

Aug. 2 – 6 Port Isabel, TX tift.org

July 29 HYC Summer Series #2

LAKEWOOD YACHT CLUB May 20-21 Shoe Regatta

July 6 – 9 Port Aransas, TX DeepSeaRoundup.com

Aug. 9 – 13 Port Aransas, TX txlegends.com

June 4-10 Commodore’s Cruise

GALVESTON BAY CRUISING ASSOCIATION

July 12 – 15 Port O’Connor, TX Poco-Bueno.com

Aug. 16 – 19 Freeport, TX TexasBillfishClassic.com

June 3 Rum Race #1 June 10 GBCA Offshore #1 June 11 GBCA Offshore #2

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July 18 – 23 Port O’Connor, TX TheLoneStarShootout.com

Aug. 25 – 27 Port Aransas, TX GoFishTX.com


Beautify the Bucket

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alveston Artist Boat’s

Beautify the Bucket Competition is designed to allow citizens to take an active role in beautifying Galveston’s beaches in a way that also encourages better stewardship behaviors in others. Marine debris is a serious threat to organisms in our coastal and marine ecosystems. While the three “R’s” (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) will help prevent marine debris all throughout the watershed, proper use of trash receptacles can reduce debris directly from the beach. On Earth Day, April 22, 49 trash cans painted by local artists of all ages were on display at the Texas Adopt-a-Beach Beach Clean Up meeting location at Menard Park on the Galveston Seawall. Later that evening, the trash cans were moved to the Galveston Arts Center during Artwalk, where the public voted on which trash can they liked best for the People’s Choice Award.

110 Olivia Hopkin’s winning bucket design.

All 49 trash cans will be placed on the beach along the seawall for the public to utilize and enjoy. The next Beautify the Bucket competition will be held Sept. 23, 2017. Visit www.artistboat.org for more information.

Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles are endangered turtles that can be found nesting on Texas beaches from Galveston to Padre from April through August. Females nest two or three times during a season. On average, they lay around 110 eggs.

W inners Adult 1st Place: Olivia Hopkins 2nd Place: Unbleached Designs (Anabel and Daniel Orta) 3rd Place: Charli and Jim Rohack Adult Groups 1st Place: Beauties and the Bucket 2nd Place: The Williams Family and Friends 3rd Place: Galveston Cancer Crushers Youth/Family 1st Place: The Morris Family 2nd Place: Brookside Intermediate Art Club 3rd Place: Cub Scouts Den 3 Pack 615

3 Spanish mackerel have approximately 3-4 rows of large dark elliptical brown and brassy spots along the sides of their body. The number of spots multiplies with the increasing fork length of the mackerel.

GCM’s Kelly Groce with her bucket design.

Name that fish B. Gulf Hake C. Rainbow Runner D. Spanish Hogfish

ANSWER: A, Golden Tilefish, these tasty fish can be caught in the Gulf of Mexico by ‘deep dropping’ baits down to depths between 800 - 1,200 feet of water. Golden tilefish is low in fat and has a delicate, sweet flavor similar to lobster or crab. However, these fish can be high in mercury. There is no minimum length for these fish in the Gulf but the bag limit is 20 fish within your 20 reef fish total. Visit GulfCouncil.org for the full list of regulations.

A. Golden Tilefish

165 The Portuguese man-of-war is a siphonophore, an animal made up of a colony of organisms working together. They capture prey with their tentacles that can reach as long as 165 feet long.

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The Corinthian sailboat.

1851 First America’s Cup.

1898 Spanish American War begins and ends.

1900 Sailing becomes an Olympic sport in Paris.

Houston Yacht Club La Porte Organized in 1897, the club was located on Buffalo Bayou in Houston. It was known as the Houston Yacht and Power Boat Club from 1905-1906, and the Houston Launch Club from 1906-1926. In 1927 the club went back to the original name Houston Yacht Club. Always more than simply a social or boating organization, during the early years it was identified with some of the most fundamental developments in Houston’s growth. The present day club house was built in 1927 in La Porte. Hurricanes and fires have left their mark on the original building but she still stands today. A charter member of the Gulf Yachting Association, the club is now over a hundred and twenty years old.

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Commodore Howard Lee’s wife joined visiting ladies from TCYC, 1947.

1908 Ford Model T appears on the market.

1914 Panama Canal and Port of Houston completed.

1920 Prohibition begins and ends in 1933.

Seabrook Sailing Club Seabrook The club was founded in 1934 as a means to enjoy sailing with friends in Galveston Bay. That philosophy continues today. The original club was located along the Kemah waterfront. In 1950 the club purchased the property at 1020 Todville Rd. in Seabrook. Hurricane Ike destroyed the club house in 2008. The new club house was rebuilt and completed through dedicated club members. Early Members: Earl Gerloff and Martin Bludworth

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1939 World War II begins and ends in 1945.

1949 The Optimist dinghy is introduced by Clark Mills.

1952 Finn dinghy makes first Olympic appearance.

1976 The 470 dinghy makes first Olympic appearance.

1988 First Olympic games for Women’s 470 dinghy class.

Texas Corinthian Yacht Club

Galveston Bay Cruising Association

Kemah

Clear Lake Shores

Founded in 1938 to educate its members and their families in the art of sailing, seamanship and boat handling. The original clubhouse completed in 1938 was destroyed by Hurricane Ike in September 2008. The new club house and rebuilt grounds were dedicated Jan. 1, 2010. Founding Members: Albert Bel Fay, Ernest Bel Fay, Jack Garrett, William Stamps Farish, and William McIver Streetman

GBCA traces its origin back to 1947 when a small group of sailboat racing enthusiasts informally organized the club. The club existed and prospered as a letter head organization, without elected officers, bylaws, dues, or a home. The Club was formally organized in 1954 with elected officials, bylaws and handicap races. The Friday night Rum Races are some of the most popular races run on Galveston Bay. Early member: Rufus Bud Smith

1991 The internet becomes available to the public.

2008 First Olympic games for RS:X sailboard.

Lakewood Yacht Club Seabrook Founded in 1955 the club sits on 38 acres with water frontage on Clear Lake. It has four covered sheds and numerous docks. The original club just catered to power boats, but over the years sailboats kept showing up and the club kept growing. Lakewood Yacht Club will host the J-105 North Americans this fall. Founding Members: Sterling Hogan Sr., Captain WR Parker and JD Kirkpatrick.


Photos: HYC Archives

Preceding the Elissa Regatta during the Centennial year, the various fleets of HYC passed in review before the flag officers of the Club on the bow of the Elissa Photographer May, Jean.

Etchells at the starting line during the 1995 National Offshore One Design Regatta on Galveston Bay.

Houston Yacht Club members Billy Moody at the helm, Bill Lubbock to his left, Dan Ryan up the mast.

2017 AND BEYOND: THE FUTURE OF SAILING Learning to Fly with Next Generation USA

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a seasoned sailor or just getting your feet wet, you can’t help but look in awe at the America’s Cup boats - fast, foiling multihulls with a wing instead of a sail. The United States, represented by team Next Generation USA, is one of 12 countries entered in the Red Bull Youth America’s

Cup. Each team is allowed seven days of practice on the AC45F prior to the event in June. That’s it, just seven days on a boat unfamiliar to anyone outside a small circle of America’s Cup Teams.

The AC45F is sailed with six crew members and each one has a critical job. The wing controls the overall power of the boat, so it is in constant motion.  In order to get foiling, the boat needs to

be going at least 16 knots and all of the crew must be on the windward side. Getting up to speed is like taking off in an airplane. The adrenaline is pumping but no one seems concerned that they are screaming downwind, six feet above the water on a 45ft carbon rocket. Next Generation USA is more than just a group of young sailors. These guys are the face of our country and they will be representing the USA at the highest level of sailing.

Members of Next Generation USA • • • • • • •

Carson Crain Skipper/Helmsman Matthew Whitehead Wing Trimmer Scott Ewing Soft Sail Trimmer Preston Farrow Grinder Ian Storck Grinder (spare) Markus Edegran Bowman Reed Baldridge Tactician

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Invitation to the Centennial Celebration of the Houston Yacht Club, 1997. Artwork by Al Barnes

Sam Akkerman Author of the historical book From Buffalo Bayou to Galveston Bay: The centennial history of the Houston Yacht Club, 1897 to 1997 How did you get started on this project of writing the book? I became involved in researching and writing about the history of HYC around 1995, two years before the club’s 100 year anniversary celebration. I was invited to attend one of the Centennial Committee meetings where Fleet Historian Tynes Sparks spoke and explained that one of the committee’s goals was to publish a book on the Club’s history and he needed help. He had boxes of old photographs, clippings, and collections of stories he had been putting together for years. Few early records still existed, but Tynes knew the Club’s legendary history was worth telling and that documentation existed at the Houston Metropolitan

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Research Center (HMRC). As an English major who had always enjoyed research and writing, I was intrigued. Tynes and I scheduled a visit to the HMRC. On that initial visit we found a Houston Post article describing the first formal meeting of the Club, February 2, 1898 at the Binz Building, Houston’s first skyscraper. It was a thrilling find and I quickly became fascinated by the Club’s history stashed away in that building.

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Houston Yacht Club harbor, aerial view 1982.

Because the Club’s founders were prominent Houstonians, I read everything I could find on the city’s history and the early 20th century development of the Galveston Bay area as a summer destination for Houston residents. I located and interviewed many children and grandchildren of the founders and early members. They were all aware of their families’ connections to HYC and generously shared photos and stories. What surprised you the most as you gathered information about the history of the club? Many discoveries were made along the way. When I started, we knew that the Club originally met and kept their boats near the foot of Main Street in downtown Houston. Research enabled us to document specific locations: for a while a wharf was leased at the foot of Travis Street and meetings were held in a ‘tin shack’ near today’s Spaghetti Warehouse. Another important ‘discovery’ was realizing the true significance of our early membership in the Gulf Yachting Association (GYA). In 1920 we became a founding member of the venerable

southern boating organization that promoted inter-club competition in affordable one design boats from Florida to Texas. A bay home was needed for the boats, practices, and competition required by the amateur, family friendly, GYA program which the Club embraced wholeheartedly. I believe the mission HYC fulfills today was shaped by that program. And I must mention the oft forgotten role the Club played in the early development of the Houston Ship Channel. The members were not only vocal in their support but their yachts were used to tour dignitaries and visitors who had the power to influence the legislation to dredge the Bayou and Bay into a waterway that would accommodate ocean going vessels. This focus of the Club continued until World War I. By then the Port was well on its way to becoming the giant we know it as today. Is there a favorite story about some of the members that made you laugh out loud when you were doing research? Humor reigned throughout the years. Choosing one incident is impossible. Theme parties with elaborate


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Madlin Stevenson and friends on an R-boat in the Houston Yacht Club harbor in 1929.

costumes were the norm after World War II. Props might include a live donkey in the Porthole bar or an old footed bathtub for serving “bootleg gin.” Beginning in 1936 the Dumbbell Award was presented periodically to recognize boating mishaps. Recipients and their ‘dumb’ mistakes were carefully recorded in a small gold stamped binder. Helmsmen, not crew, falling overboard seem to have been quite common. Where did you grow up and when did you become a member of the Houston Yacht Club? I was born in Louisiana but grew up in Texas. My family moved to Houston when I was 12. In 1989, my husband bought a catamaran and we were sailing it one weekend when we saw a long line of Sunfish being towed behind a motor boat. Each boat had a young skipper on board, relaxing as they cruised along under tow. We learned they were HYC Ragnots (as the Club’s youth are called) and they were on their way across the Bay to an inter-club regatta. My daughters were 9 and 12, a perfect age to become Ragnots and the next summer I was one of the moms in the motor

View overlooking lawn, wading pool, signal mast and harbor of the Houston Yacht Club during the Annual Regatta of 1954.

“They were prominent businessmen who worked tirelessly to promote the city and ship channel.” boats towing kids across the Bay. Is there a favorite time period in the club’s history that really stands out in your mind? The early years of the Club are among my favorites to study. Members had a fleet of amazing long, sleek luxury yachts which would rival any port in the south. They were prominent businessmen who worked tirelessly to promote the city and ship channel. Yet they commissioned a fleet of small one design sailboats for fair competition. Their younger members formed the Launch Club Canoe Division and explored islands in the Bayou that have long since disappeared. Their cruises were intended for family members and their regattas were events designed to be enjoyed by all ages, boaters and ‘landlubbers’ alike. Are you currently working on any other projects? We are proud to have a very well documented article on HYC’s history accepted and included in the recently

launched Handbook of Houston, a publication of the Handbook of Texas Online, the most highly respected resource of state history. Another months long project completed this spring is a permanent exhibit at the Club that honors HYC’s nationally recognized reputation for excellence in race management. Our research documented the national, international, and world regattas that HYC has hosted in the last 120 years. This information was then incorporated into a striking professionally designed display in the Club’s lobby. The project commemorates our 90/120 Celebration - this year the clubhouse is 90 years old and the organization is 120 years old. Tell me a little bit about your relationship with Rice University. In 2010 a large portion of our archives was digitized as part of an online exhibit that includes materials from Rice University and the Houston Area Digital Archives at the Houston Public Library. The

exhibit, Business and Pleasure on Houston Waterways, explores the relationship Houston has with Buffalo Bayou and Galveston Bay. It was an honor for us to be included in this project and it also provided us with a unique opportunity to preserve our archival materials - the scanned images are safe - permanently stored and accessible online. As well, it provides another method of sharing our history. The Houston Yacht Club has a long tradition of bringing families together who love boating on Galveston Bay. In your opinion, is this still the best way to describe the mission of the club today? Yes. Bringing together families who love the bay does describe what HYC is all about. As the older Ragnots leave for college, a new generation sails out to claim their own place in the cluster of Optis at the start line. Experienced sailors teach the sport and share their boats with novices. New volunteers join the long time volunteers who organize the programs and events for all ages and the well run regattas that make Galveston Bay a nationally known recreational boating center. GulfCoastMariner.com

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By Capt. Steve Soule www.ultimatedetailingllc.com

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t isn’t always a question of right or wrong. Sometimes it becomes more a matter of better or worse. Everyone has their own idea of how to approach each fishing situation, some well thought out, others are much more haphazard. The “approach,” the level of stealth, and knowledge of the area you are fishing can have a huge impact on success or failure when it comes to catching fish. As anglers, most of us start each day with some form of a plan on what we want to catch and where we plan to try to catch it. With experience, these plans get better and more detailed. The bottom line is that we all benefit from having a goal in mind to accomplish each day on the water. If we give more thought to what that goal is, and how we might be able to tilt the scales in our favor when it comes to achieving that goal, we all stand to catch more fish, or at the very least, gain more knowledge that will lead to more fish in the future. I feel certain that most experienced anglers have a plan of attack for each day that they fish. A location picked based on experience, knowledge of an area, or information about an area.

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Novices, or anglers newer to an area, the plan is likely not so well thought out. This isn’t to say that a novice angler can’t or won’t catch as many fish, just that they don’t possess that level of experience to know exactly where to go or when to go to certain areas. As an experienced angler, your goal should be to refine your knowledge and hone your fishing skills. As a novice or less experienced angler, your goal should be learn areas and develop an understanding of the structure, tides, and other factors that will influence the location and movements of the fish. As many times as I’ve talked about structure over there years, I realize that there is still a lot of confusion surrounding the topic. Structure goes well beyond just what we can see above the water; sometimes its obvious and sometimes its very subtle. Some of the many things that I consider structure can often be hard to detect. There is obvious structure like shorelines, reefs, rocks but sometimes the little things like grass, guts, humps and very subtle depressions are the keys to finding fish holding points and movement pathways. Finding these in shallow clear water is much easier than in open water. Wading and having actual

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contact with the bay floor can be a big help, and for those fishing deeper waters from a boat, learning to read a depth machine can be crucial. Something interesting to remember, is that it isn’t just the contours of the bay floor, but also what’s on the bay floor that will impact when and where fish will be. Mud, grass, shell, clay, sand and many other things determine what type of prey will be in an area during different seasons and their predators. Don’t just show up to an area and rush through it. So often I watch people on the water rush into an area, only to turn around and leave 15 minutes later. There is very little that can be gained in this approach. Unfortunately, in most cases the fish aren’t just waiting for us to arrive and throw things at them. In fact, most of the time we scare fish as we arrive and often shut down feeding behavior with our rapid and noisy arrival. This will spook fish in an area, slowing or stopping the bite temporarily. Take your time, use stealth when arriving and working the area you intend to fish. Though it has become increasingly popular to run boats shallow and look for fish, this approach has significant short and long term impact on the environment and the fish. Starting with the obvious, sea

grass and boat propellers do not mix! Some grasses recover relatively fast while others can take long periods to regrow. Prior to Hurricane Ike, there was very little natural grass growth in Galveston’s West Bay. Through man’s intervention, grasses returned and had a positive impact on bay habitat and water clarity. Fishing the same areas without the grass, was a world of difference. If just enjoying and appreciating the grass habitat isn’t enough, there is a Texas law in place that prohibits destruction of sea grasses. Beyond the habitat impact, there is a huge short and long term impact on the fish. The sound of an outboard motor can not only be heard, but also felt by fish at a great distance. Knowing that fish are sensitive to vibration and sound should make us all aware that a hasty approach, using the big motor, doesn’t usually result in great catches. Lets take this a step further. I know all too well how cool it is to see fish moving and feeding in shallow water, having spent over 35 years fishing shallow water from poling skiffs and other shallow water boats. I’ve seen a lot and learned a ton about fish behavior and their reaction to different things that enter their environment. Moving too fast in a poling skiff, a slight stumble when wading, and many other subtle sounds can alert fish. The practice of “burning shorelines” has way more negative impact on fish. A slow, and methodical approach will lead to much more productive fishing. Take your time, use stealth in your approach, use the day as an opportunity to study, not just fish, and you may just learn how many things are missed by so many fishing around you. Fishing from a more methodical perspective will help you shorten the learning curve and improve your fishing not just today, but in the future as well.


Gaining Knowledge By Capt. David C Dillman Spec-tacular Trout Adventures 409-632-0924

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lbert Einstein stated that “The only source of knowledge is experience.” When it comes to fishing, I firmly believe this quote holds true. There are many written books, articles and even videos on how to catch speckled trout. Lots of that information is excellent and a great resource for gaining some knowledge about the sport. But true knowledge of how and where to catch speckled trout comes from years of experience pursuing these fish. In my 30 years of experience guiding fishing trips, I am always asked “When is the best time to catch trout?” For the majority of people that fish, it all starts with the month of May. During the first week of May, there will be a movement of speckled trout into our bay system through the Galveston Jetties. They come from the beachfront and these fish are commonly known as “tide runners.” Do they all come at once? No, but the majority of “tide runners” come May

Wayne and Dena Davis caught some nice trout with Capt. Dillman despite high winds that day.

and June. As they make their way up the Houston Ship channel, these fish split into three different directions. Some move east, others west, and some head straight up the channel depending upon the salinity of the water. That is why you will read about the increase of catches in areas like Hanna’s Reef in East Bay, and the Dollar Point area on the Western side of Galveston Bay.

June arrives and so begins our summer fishing pattern in Galveston Bay. The trout begin to seek shelter of the deeper water shell pads located in our bay system. A majority of these “tide runners” can be found near the shell pads adjacent to the Houston ship channel from Markers 52-72. They will also filter towards the numerous gas well scattered in close proximity of the channel. With every incoming tide more fish will be pushed into this area. In my years of fishing the channel and observation, speckled trout use this area to stage and spawn. During this time of year, trout can be caught on a variety of artificial lures, but live baits seem to produce the better results. Live shrimp and croakers are the top two natural baits. Shrimp can be fished on the bottom or under a popping cork. Croakers should be fished utilizing a carolina rig or Texas rig. Eagle Point Fishing Camp always has a great supply of both and has easy access to the above prime locations! If you want to gain further “knowledge” of these areas, I offer guided trips out of Eagle Point. Also orientation trips can be arranged where I go in your boat. Get out and experience the great trout fishing Galveston Bay has and as always, be careful on the water.

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activity and other fish join the prized specks in feeding up and down the rocks. May through August is prime time around the collection of granite rocks known as the North and South Jetties and many locals add still another designation, that being the Bolivar Jetties for the North and the Galveston Jetties for the South. Regardless of which designation you use, Memorial Day Weekend is a great time to fish them. Bird action in both East and West Bays will continue until the waters warm to the point that the fish go deeper. Normally that does not take place until late June or early July. Memorial Day Weekend is a Holiday Weekend that I always have looked to as the time to head offshore, conditions permitting. My first Memorial Day trip was in 1972 and what a trip it was. King mackerel were thick beginning about 10 miles south of the Galveston or

48 pounds on the unofficial scales at Wilson’s South Jetty Bait Camp. Wayne Tucker, operator of the bait camp, said the king was one of the largest he had seen. For years thereafter Memorial Day Weekend was set aside for offshore fishing and the percentage of times we were able to make it beyond the jetties was higher than normal for offshore trips. Some of the largest pelagic fish which include kings, ling, sharks and Dorado make it to the shallower offshore waters during May and early June, with Memorial Day right in the middle of that timeframe. Besides good fishing and statistically good weather, the Memorial Day Weekend does not normally have the intense heat we experience later in the summer. One advantage of fishing offshore during this time is that the crowds are much lighter than for inshore fishing. While inshore fishing is in its prime, the weekend

“Bird action in both East and West Bays will continue until the waters warm to the point that the fish go deeper.”

is one of the busiest on the water. Normally, that does not bode well for fishing and one way to escape the heavy concentrations of boats is to head out from the jetties and enjoy the offshore. Don’t forget the sunscreen, as the sun is intense, and that warmth of the season along with good fishing and crabbing, make Memorial Day Weekend a very special time of year.

The start of our summertime coastal fishing By Capt. Joe Kent

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hile not the official start of our summertime fishing season, Memorial Day Weekend often offers excellent conditions for both inshore and offshore fishing. For many anglers it is their first run of the year to offshore waters. Others focus on the jetties and bays, with all areas capable of producing some nice fish. Most years, the water temperature has reached the 80-degree mark and, while not as warm as in the mid-summer range of July through mid-September, it is at the point when all of our summertime fish are around. The bay waters are not so

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warm as to keep trout and other fish that are sensitive to dissolved oxygen levels, in deep water. This means that wade fishing the shorelines continues to be a viable option for catching trout, reds and other fish. During May, the jetties begin turning on with trout

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South Jetty. Before that I had made an offshore trip in my boat only four or five times over the previous years. A learning experience it was. One of the largest kings I have ever caught was landed that day. It was a real “smoker” that weighed


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BAITS/LURES

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Red Drum (Sciaenops ocellatus) also known as redfish, are found in saltwater marshes, tidal creeks, bays, near oyster reefs, coastal jetties and in the surf zone. These hardy fish are even tolerant of freshwater and can be found in a few Texas reservoirs.

Live shrimp, piggie perch, croaker and mullet. Dead shrimp, squid, mullet and crab. Topwaters, soft plastics, crankbaits, gold spoon, mirrOlures, etc.

Texas daily bag is 3 fish between 20-28 inches. One fish over 28” may be retained with redfish tag per year.

Spotted Seatrout (Cynoscion nebulosus) also known as speckled trout, are found in saltwater marshes, coastal rivers, bays, grass flats, near oyster reefs, coastal jetties and in the surf zone. Speckled trout are renowned for their jumping fights and fine white flesh.

Live shrimp, piggie perch, croaker and mullet. Topwaters, mirrOlures, soft plastics, silver spoons and glass minnow imitations at night.

Texas daily bag is 10 fish between 15-25 inches. One fish over 25” may be retained per day.

Southern Flounder (Paralichthys lethostigma) are bottom dwelling fish that lie in wait to ambush prey, usually during tidal movement. They are found in marshes, channels, bays, near oyster reefs, jetties and in the surf. They migrate offshore during the winter.

Live shrimp, mullet and mud minnows. Soft plastics with grub or paddle tails tipped with shrimp or scent. Berkley Gulp!® baits work well.

Texas daily bag is 5 fish with a minimum length of 14 inches. Bag is 2 fish in November and the first 2 weeks of December. Gigging is outlawed in November.

Sheepshead (Archosargus probatocephalus) have thick scales, stout spines and humanlike teeth. Juveniles live in shallow, grassy areas while mature sheepshead are often found near pilings, rock piles and reefs. Tricky to clean, but absolutely superb for the table.

Live and dead shrimp, fiddler crabs or sand fleas. Natural baits work best for these fish. Cast tight to jetties or barnacle crusted pilings.

Texas daily bag is 5 fish with a minimum length of 15 inches.

Black Drum (Pogonias cromis) are found in the bays, flats, near oyster reefs, jetties and in the surf zone. These fish run in the spring and drum between 20 - 40 pounds are regularly caught and released. Smaller fish are known as puppy drum and can be kept.

Dead natural baits like squid, shrimp and crab fished on the bottom work best. They occasionally take artificial lures.

Texas daily bag is 5 fish between 14-30 inches.

Spanish Mackerel (Scomberomorus maculatus) are a speedy, migratory fish that are most often caught in the surf from piers or jetties during the spring and summer months. However, they are no stranger to the bays. Sharp teeth require wire leaders.

Live shrimp or mullet but shiny artificials retrieved quickly are best. Silver spoons, GOT-CHA® lures, or flashy sub-surface plugs. Use wire leaders.

Texas daily bag is 15 fish with a minimum length of 14 inches.

Tarpon (Megalops atlanticus) also known as silver kings, are a prized sport fish that grow to great size and display spectacular leaping abilities. Juveniles can be found inshore but most serious tarpon fishing takes place 1-3 miles off the beach front.

Large plugs like Rapala or MirrOlures, Coon Pops and large soft plastics. Live and dead baits like large shad, mullet, ladyfish or sardines.

Texas daily bag is 1 fish with a minimum length of 85 inches. However, most tarpon are generally released.

King Mackerel (Scomberomorus cavalla) also known as kingfish, feed near the surface around coastal jetties and piers, but are more common offshore near platforms and other structure. Most fish caught are between 2040 inches but the Texas record is 79 pounds.

Ribbonfish, cigar minnows or Spanish sardines on the surface. Flashy trolling lures, plugs or spoons. Known thief of speed jigs.

Texas daily bag is 2 fish with a minimum length of 27 inches. The federal bag is the same but with a minimum of 24 inches.

Mangrove Snapper (Lutjanus griseus) juveniles can be found near jetties and further inshore but larger specimens are usually caught offshore near platforms and other structure. These snapper are wary and have excellent eyesight.

Live and dead shrimp work well near jetties or pilings. Larger fish on platforms will take freelined natural baits like cut shad.

There is no limit or minimum length in Texas state waters. Federal bag limit is 10 fish within snapper aggregate, minimum of 12 inches.

Red Snapper (Lutjanus campechanus) are found in water depths of 60-200 feet near reefs, platforms, rock piles and wrecks. State water snapper are more common on the mid and lower coast. They are usually caught 30+ miles offshore on the upper coast.

Dead squid, cigar minnows and spanish sardines fished on the bottom. Live pinfish for bigger fish. Metal and hair jigs also effective.

Texas state water bag is 4 fish with a minimum length of 15 inches. Federal season opens June 1 with a limit of 2 fish, minimum 16 inches.


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BAITS/LURES

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Cobia (Rachycentron canadum) also known as ling, are curious fish and can be found around platforms, weedlines, shrimp boats and are sometimes caught from jetties or piers. They dwell near the surface.

Natural baits include cigar minnows/Spanish sardines, large shrimp, crab, squid and live finfish. Bucktail jigs, eel imitations and grubs.

Texas daily bag is 2 fish with a minimum length of 37 inches. The federal bag is 2 fish with a minimum fork length of 33 inches.

Dolphinfish (Coryphaena hippurus) also known as dorado or mahi-mahi, are fast growing, voracious fish that are common around weedlines, color changes and surface debris like pallets, logs, buckets or buoys.

Bright trolling lures (green, orange, pink) and blue/white Ilander/ ballyhoo combo. Small dorado take numerous natural/artificial baits.

There is no bag limit or minimum length in Texas state or federal waters.

Little Tunny (Euthynnus alletteratus) also known as bonito or false albacore, often school near offshore shrimp boats and can also found near weedlines. These fish aren’t generally consumed but are esteemed as high quality bait and chum.

Small trolling lures, feathers and spoons. They will take natural baits, live or dead, fished behind shrimp boats.

There is no bag limit or minimum length in Texas state or federal waters.

Scamp Grouper (Mycteroperca phenax) are found near wrecks, reefs, platforms and other bottom structure primarily between 150 - 300 feet of water on the upper coast. Scamp is an excellent food fish and prized by commercial and recreational fishermen.

Live pinfish or blue runners are the best bait. Diamond, speed and oversized bucktail jigs will also take grouper.

The federal bag limit is 4 fish, with total grouper aggregate at a minimum length of 16 inches.

Vermilion Snapper (Rhomboplites aurorubens) also known as beeliner snapper, are most commonly found in water depths between 140-200 feet. These fish school amongst red snapper but are usually found a little bit higher in the water column.

Pieces of squid on rigs with multiple small circle hooks. Best fished with a heavy weight just above the bottom.

The federal bag limit is 10 fish within the 20 reef fish total at a minimum length of 10 inches.

Blackfin Tuna (Thunnus atlanticus) are the smallest species in the thunnus genus but can grow to 40-50 pounds. These tuna can be found behind shrimp boats in waters over 150 feet deep or near many of the semi-submersible rigs off the Texas coast.

Trolling lures during the day and poppers, diamond and speed jigs at night. Chunking at the floaters or bycatch behind shrimp boats.

There is no federal bag limit or minimum length for these fish.

Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) also known as Ahi tuna, are epipelagic fish that spent most of their life in the top 300 feet of water. Most Texas yellowfin tuna fishing takes place near drill ships and semisubmersible rigs over deep water.

Trolling lures during the day. Poppers and drifting blackfin chunks at night. Occasionally taken on metal jigs and swimbaits.

The federal bag limit is 3 fish with a minimum length of 27 inches (fork length).

Wahoo (Acanthocybium solandri) are prized game fish with incredible speed and high quality food value. They can be found on weedlines in over 150 feet of water. Winter is wahoo time on the Texas coast with many fish caught from the Flower Garden Banks.

Bonitas or Marauders, Ilander/Ballyhoo and heavy jets or bullets trolled at higher speeds. Black/purple, orange and red are effective colors.

There is no federal bag limit or minimum length for these fish.

Sailfish (Istiophorus albicans) can be found near weedlines, rips and platforms in water depths of 150-300 feet. They are also found out near semi-submersible rigs but are occasionally caught close to shore within sight of Texas beaches.

Various trolling lures, Ilanders or naked ballyhoo. Popular colors include blue, pink and white. Sometimes caught on drifted natural bait.

There is no federal bag limit but a minimum length of 63 inches (fork length). Sailfish are generally catch and release fish.

Blue Marlin (Makaira nigricans) are the kings of Texas sport fish and only fall prey to man and sharks once mature. The Texas state record is 972 pounds. They are found most commonly near semi-submersible rigs and sometimes on weedlines and rips.

Various trolling lures including Moldcrafts, Black Barts, Illanders and more. Live tuna bridle rigged is also very effective.

There is no federal bag limit but a minimum length of 99 inches at lower jaw. Marlin are usually only retained during tournaments.

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T W O W AY S Red Snapper is in season and colorful, fresh recipes abound. A fun suggestion for foodies is to research several similar recipes and then add your own twist. In the South, that might be a dash of cayenne or tiny bit of minced jalapeño. Using juice from limes or clementines instead of the standard lemon is another change-up. Creative substitution is a great option with limited galley ingredients while on the water. Who knows, you might invent the seafood equivalent of the genius BLT or PBJ sandwich. Speaking of which, the world is always ready for another take on ceviche…

My Mom’s Baked Fish Recipe Serves 4 (cut ingredients in half to serve 2) Ingredients:

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4 (8-ounce) red snapper fillets, about 1/2-inch thick 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1 fresh onion cut in rings 2 bell peppers, cut in rings 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter 2 Tablespoons dried parsley flakes 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan 2-4 cups cooked rice. (white, brown, jasmine, wild…)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Season the fish with salt and pepper. Spread the onions and peppers in a 13 x 9-inch glass baking dish and place the fish on top. Dot the fish with butter. Sprinkle with a little Worcestershire sauce and parsley and cover with foil. Bake for 30 minutes then baste fish with pan juices. Sprinkle the fish with Parmesan; if desired, place under the broiler for about 2 minutes or until the cheese browns. Spoon the vegetables and pan juices over the fish. Serve with steamed rice.

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Lime Zest Cilantro Snapper Ingredients:

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6 (6 to 8-oz) red snapper fillets (with or without skin) 6 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon salt 3/4 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro 1 1/2 Tablespoons minced garlic Finely grated lime zest from two limes Juice from the two limes Dash or two of cayenne pepper

Directions:

Brush both sides of fish with 3 Tablespoons oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss together cilantro, garlic, zest half reserved lime juice, and cayenne in a small bowl. Pan sear snapper at medium high heat about 4 minutes on each side. Transfer fish, skin side up to a platter. Sprinkle with cilantro mixture and drizzle with remaining 3 Tablespoons oil. If desired, add remaining fresh lime juice. Side Dish Option: roasted fingerling potatoes cooked with rosemary, butter/olive oil, and garlic.


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The Lone Star Shootout 2017 Port O’Connor welcomes annual offshore fishing tournament July 18-23

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ow in its 13th year, The Lone Star Shootout is an Invitational Billfish tournament known for its great format, abundant, spirited festivities, large payouts to participants and, most importantly, for its contributions to numerous charitable causes. The Lone Star Shootout provides the opportunity to compete against some of the Gulf Coast’s most talented billfish teams in a format and location that is second to none! With a central Texas coast location in Port O’Connor, the tournament draws the top billfish tournament teams from South Texas to Florida to compete in the unique format that emphasizes billfish release, women and junior participation and a relaxed family friendly atmosphere. Often coined “the highlight of the event” (outside of catching the winning fish), the Shootout Champion’s Party is the culmination of nearly a week of preparations, long hours, hard fishing and FUN! Praised for the generous open bar, tasty catered food, live musical entertainment and “Saloon” atmosphere, this night is the true apex of the event. The revealing of the winners and the passing on of The Perpetual Champion’s Trophy also occurs on Saturday night. This magnificent trophy is the prized possession of each year’s champion and has become one of the most sought after trophies on the Gulf Coast tournament trail.

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Caracol Club has played host to the Tournament for the past 8 years and, along with the great bay city of Port O’Connor, will welcome the Tournament again this year. Known for its tranquility, laid-back fishing village atmosphere and easy access to the premier billfish spots in the gulf, the town of Port O’Connor is alive with action the entire week of The Lone Star Shootout. Numerous sponsors (and quite a few participants) are residents of or business owners in Port O’Connor and the tournament welcomes the community and visitors to come to the weigh in at Caracol Club on Saturday, July 22nd to see the beautiful boats and amazing fish being weighed in. Last year over 45 boats competed for the title and coveted Perpetual Trophy. Online entry is currently open on the Tournament website (www.thelonestarshootout. com), along with tournament rules, scoring and side pot information, prior year’s results, photos and much more!


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Don’t forget to register for this year’s CCA Texas STAR Tournament which begins May 27 and ends Sept. 4. Here is this year’s inshore prize lineup. www.startournament.org

TAGGED REDFISH PRIZE

The first five tagged redfish weighed in win a 2017 Ford F150 “Texas Edition” XLT Super Cab connected to a Haynie 23 Bigfoot with a Mercury 150 L Pro XS Optimax and Coastline Trailer The next five tagged redfish weighed in win a Haynie 23 Bigfoot with a Mercury 150 L Pro XS OptiMax and Coastline trailer. (Ages 16 and under receive a scholarship with boat in lieu of truck.)

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TROUT DIVISION

INSHORE DIVISION

Largest trout for Upper, Mid and Lower Coast will win a Mowdy 22’ V boat with a Suzuki DF150 motor and Coastline trailer.

Largest flounder, gafftop and sheepshead will win a Shoalwater 19’ Cat boat with a Mercury 115 ELPT 4S motor and McClain trailer.


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

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