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contents J U N E - J U LY 2 0 1 9
10 Take it outside: The best local outdoor patios by Grace Mathis
30 Camping the coast
The simplest way to explore more Texas beaches this summer by Jill Ellis-Worthington
42 JetSurf: A whole new way to ride the water by Destiny Martin
08 Editor’s Note 18 Ellie & Argyle
Posh designer bandanas for pups and babies by Destiny Martin
24 Summer Style Guide
The season’s hottest fashion trends
37 Critters of the Coast
What’s really lurking out there that you should be aware of by Dave Roberts
40 Speckled Trout Recon
Keys to more effective fishing by Scott Ray
49 Local Events 52 Directory 53 Sea & Be Seen
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While we’re on the subject of spending time outside, be sure to check out our list of best outdoor patios on page 10. Whether you’re planning a romantic date night, or just looking for a cool place to hang with friends on the weekend, these SOME OF THE MOST memorable
local venues have something for
days of my childhood took place
at the beach. Playing in the sand,
And in our opinion, no summer
swimming in the ocean, and getting
would be complete without time
kissed by the sweet summer sun,
spent on the water. If you enjoy the
our family didn’t have to travel far
thrill of surfing, wake boarding, or
or make elaborate plans for it to feel
even motocross racing, you have
like a great adventure. To us, the
to check out the next big thing in
simpler things were, the better. We
water sports: the JetSurf. Turn to
brought the bare necessities, and
page 42 to see how an Army vet
when the day was over, we washed
from Clear Lake is introducing
off in the saltwater, threw on our
this exciting new product to water
flip flops, and made our way to the
sport enthusiasts across Southeast
nearest restaurant for dinner.
I guess that’s a lot of the appeal
Wherever the summer brings
of camping, too—a fuss-free way to
you, we hope your days are filled
explore more of the world around
with the happiness and sunshine.
us. Along the Texas Gulf, there
Until next time, keep it local.
are boundless opportunities for
camping on the coast. From the
sandy shores of Port Aransas to the bird-rich wetlands of Sea Rim State Park, learn about several worthy destinations for camping in our feature on page 30.
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COURTESY OF THE TREMONT HOUSE, A WYNDAM HOTEL, OPPOSITE: COURTESY OF THE NECHES WHEELHOUSE
The Rooftop Bar at The Tremont House, Galveston
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LOCAL out & about
outside In our opinion, you can never have too much fresh air. So make plans this summer to enjoy some food and drink with friends at any one of these local venues with fantastic outdoor patios. story by GRACE MATHIS
LOCAL out & about
The Rooftop Bar at The Tremont House
THE ROOFTOP BAR AT THE TREMONT HOUSE If you want to experience the ultimate in beach sophistication, look no farther than The Rooftop Bar. You will have a Galveston’s Historic Downtown. The drink selection has impressive options for all tastes, from wine to signature cocktails, scotch to craft beer. This is a must for a romantic date night. BEAUMONT
THE GRILL BY ARFEEN, SMITH & PAYNE Lounge comfortably on the outdoor sofas or dine at the cocktail tables on this gorgeous patio with cabana. Bright white lights and abundant greenery provide a magical atmosphere. The Grill offers a respectable wine and liquor list, as well as some of the best seasonal craft The Grill by Arfeen, Smith & Payne
cocktails in the area. Live music and wine tastings are popular. Don’t miss the phenomenal tuna tower.
CRAZY CAJUN This is always an energetic, fun-filled patio with plenty of covered seating and an open, grassy area in the back. Karaoke and live music are constantly on rotation, so be ready to tap your toes and sing along. The beer is cold and the Cajun food is flavorful. This is a destination for crawfish during season, so take note.
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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: COURTESY OF THE TREMONT HOUSE, A WYNDAM HOTEL, THE SPOT PHOTOGRAPHED BY LUKE MAULDIN, THE GRILL COURTESY OF THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE
breathtaking view of the harbor and
THE SPOT For folks looking for some fun, The Spot is the place for beachfront outdoor dining in Galveston. It’s five venues in one, all with patio seating, and each with different personalities. The most popular destination is the Rum Shack on the third level. This open air palapa bar offers 1,500 square feet of beach views and breezes where you can enjoy fresh fruit mojitos in 20 ounce glasses. If you’re out with friends, order the Spot Sampler—it has something for everyone. CRYSTAL BEACH
DOWN UNDER AT STINGAREE RESTAURANT This sea-level, open-air patio bar is as laid-back as they get. Live music happens every weekend, so check their online calendar. Feel like you’re on a tropical vacation while you enjoy a burger or po’boy. Their signature Muggarita is the perfect summer beverage choice.
SNEAKY PETE’S This hidden gem in Groves is a little piece of paradise. It’s a favorite among the local biker scene, but all are welcome to relax in their outdoor-only open air backyard seating. It’s BYOB, which is made easy with a liquor store right next door. Bring your dogs and your appetite for the famous Sneaky Burger—a burger with sliced beef, bacon, and grilled onions.
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THE NECHES WHEELHOUSE Appreciate the Neches River in all its glory at The Neches Wheelhouse. An upstairs balcony, downstairs patio seating, and a tiki bar provide ample opportunity to witness passing barges and beautiful sunsets. This familyfriendly venue offers plenty of green space where the kids can run around, plus a selection of delicious adult beverages and brunch on weekends. Enjoy flavorful seafood fare whilst relaxing to live music, which occurs regularly. Home of the $3 Ship Shot and Frozen Mimosa.
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THIS PAGE: BY DESTINY MARTIN, OPPOSITE: LUKEâ€™S ICE HOUSE COURTESY OF THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE
LOCAL out & about
LUKE’S ICE HOUSE Located in the charming Oaks Historic District, Luke’s is the perfect meet-up spot for groups of humans and their canine friends. It’s a little rustic, with picnic tables and some beautifully shaded areas. Giant Jenga and other games guarantee entertainment, and live music is often on
Luke’s Ice House
the calendar. There is typically a worthy craft beer selection, and the burgers are
break from enjoying live music with
the atmosphere will inspire you to
your friends, this patio is a charming
unwind. The bartenders get creative
and laid-back retreat.
with seasonal cocktails and whether
dining from the bar menu or the full BEAUMONT
During spring and early summer, the
intoxicating smell of jasmine greets you
With lush greenery, an elegant
when you enter the back deck of the Logon
water feature, and a beautiful view
Cafe, and the greenery perfectly tones down
of the downtown skyline, the patio
the drone of traffic on neighboring Phelan
at Suga’s is one of the classiest in
Boulevard. Whether you are sitting solo at
Southeast Texas. Whether on a date
sunset with a Happy Hour beer or taking a
or out for cocktails with friends,
menu, your taste buds will thank you. TL
Grace Mathis is a freelance writer based in Beaumont, Texas. She enjoys eating all kinds of food (especially Mexican), drinking (craft beer is tops), dancing (to anything), and participating in the local arts scene. Her passion for supporting the rich culture of Southeast Texas motivates her writing.
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LOCAL health + beauty
Try to limit time in the sun (especially for little ones) between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun’s rays are most intense
Wear protective clothing to cover skin exposed to the sun, such as longsleeved shirts, pants, sunglasses, and wide brimmed hats.
Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to commonly forgotten areas like ears, nose, lips, neck, hands, tops of feet and along your hairline.
Look for the words “Broad Spectrum” on the label. This provides protection from sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays.
Be aware that no sunscreen is “waterproof.” If you’re in and out of the water, be sure to reapply more often.
Check the expiration date.
Under the Summer Sun Not all sunscreens are created equal. According to the FDA, sunscreen products are required to pass certain tests before they can be sold in stores, and knowing how to shop for the right sunscreen can go along way when protecting yourself and your family from the sun. So, does that old bottle stashed under your bathroom sink from last year really pass the test? Here are a few helpful tips to make sure you don’t get burned this summer. by DESTINY MARTIN
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My biggest take-away... Don’t make art for others, make it for yourself and if others appreciate it, that’s just the icing on the cake.
Stephanie Gordon and her husband Andrew with their dog Mamie
Ellie & Argyle Meet Stephanie Gordon, founder of Ellie & Argyle and former Beaumont-native whose business is making babes and pups look even more adorable interview by DESTINY MARTIN photos courtesy of ELLIE & ARGYLE
Tell me a little bit about Ellie & Argyle.
Mamie McFaddin. My husband, Andrew and I adopted Mamie in 2014. I went looking at local shops in Denver and online for a
We like to keep things simple at Ellie and Argyle. Our vision
bandana that would fit Mamie’s personality, but all I could find
is to make great bandanas that represent and share your own
were the basic dog groomer bandanas and the patterns did not
individual style with your dog and/or baby.
fit her personality or my style. So, I purchased some Navajostyle fabric, dusted off my sewing machine, and made the first
What inspired the concept for your designer dog and baby bib bandanas?
bandana. After taking Mamie to dog parks, breweries, and just walking in our neighborhood, I was getting positive feedback from strangers and friends who were asking where they could
Ellie and Argyle was inspired by our pup, Mamie Leigh who
get their dog a cute bandana like Mamie’s. It was an easy
is red golden retriever and is named after the Beaumont icon,
decision to start the business because who wouldn’t want to
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Mamie models the Santa Fe Navajo bandana available at ellieandargyle.com
get pups styling and looking their best?
work, to building my custom displays,
Four years later, I’ve had many friends
to the bookkeeping—I couldn’t do it
who were having babies and asked if I
could make them a baby bib bandana to match their pup. I expanded my line in 2018 to include babies, and we
How can people shop Ellie & Argyle?
now feature matching dog and baby bandanas.
We are based out of Denver, Colorado so those not in the area are able to shop
You grew up in Beaumont. How would you say your past has helped shape your business? I am a proud Lamar University
online at www.ellieandargyle.com,
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and we’ll ship it straight to your door.
How do I know which size bandana will best fit my dog?
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graduate and studied Studio Art. My biggest take-away from all the art
From the very small to the very large,
classes was do what makes you happy
Ellie and Argyle has the perfect fit
and brings you joy. Don’t make art
for your dog. Our dog bandanas are
for others, make it for yourself and
high quality, handcrafted original
if other’s appreciate and value your
designs meant to showcase your
art, that’s just icing on the cake. I see
dog’s personality and your style.
these bandanas as my art and I am so
The easiest way is to measure your
happy to have people who truly love
dog’s neck is with a tape measure
my products. My husband Andrew,
then visit the “About” page on our
who is also from Beaumont, has been
website for suggestions on sizing. If
instrumental in helping me grow Ellie
the measurements are in the middle of
and Argyle. From creating my bandana
two sizes, or you’re just not to sure, we
patterns by putting trigonometry to
recommend choosing the larger size.
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LOCAL what’s cooking
Ask any grill master how to cook a steak and you’re certain to get a multitude of different answers. Gas and fast, low and slow, sear and roast…the list goes on. One method that you may not have heard about or tried is the reverse sear method. With the gaining popularity of ceramic smokers, this method has proven itself to churn out consistent, quality steaks time and time again. TO START, marinate or season your steak to your preference. If you want to get fancy like I do, lightly coat your steak with olive oil and then hit it with a coating of sea salt and coarse cracked pepper. You want your steaks at room temperature when they go on the pit, so plan accordingly here. BRING YOUR SMOKER to a surface temperature of around 225-250°F using indirect cooking. In other words, you don’t want the steak directly exposed to the coals or fire. To produce the best results, use a temperature probe to monitor the meat temperature as it cooks. Once the internal temperature of your steak reaches your target zone, pull the steaks and let them rest while you crank up the fire. I like to pull my steaks at 120°F, and while they’re resting, the internal temp should creep up to between 125-130°F. WHILE YOUR STEAKS ARE RESTING, crank PRO TIP: Before grilling, allow steaks to come down to room temperature
The Reverse Sear The key to grilling the perfect steak on your pit every time
up the pit temperature. On my BGE, I remove the indirect ceramic shield, and get the fire to about 550-600°F. Once that temperature is reached, back on the pit with the meat. Cook 1 minute. Flip. Cook 1 minute. Flip. Cook 1 minute. Flip. Cook 1 minute. This will allow you to achieve the coveted cross-hatch and when you pull the steaks from the fire, they should be perfectly in the medium rare zone of around 130°F. Adjust your times down slightly if you prefer your steaks less than medium rare. If you choose to cook your steaks any longer than suggested, the reader hereby indemnifies the contributor as to any results achieved and pain experienced
by CODY MARTIN
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photos by LUKE MAULDIN location BROUSSARD FARM
Trending this summer
animal prints neon green fringe & tassels lavender menâ€™s wearinspired tops
Opposite page: Kirty wears a tropical print top from H&M in Beaumont, and white denim ankle-length jeans from Old Navy. Dream catcher earrings by Reb-L Creative available at Bungalow Boutique in Beaumont. Neon green bralet available at One24 in Winnie. Lavender belt available at Simply Chic in Nederland. Fringe slides from The Purple Door. Cory wears a cropped twist-front top from Bungalow Boutique in Beaumont and leopard pallazo paints from Forever 21. Tassel earrings and stacked bracelets from Bungalow Boutique, Beaumont. Panama hat available at H&M, Beaumont. This page: Kirty models a structured animal print blouse, available at Simply Chic in Nederland, and distressed denim shorts available at The Cedar Chest in Fannett. Sunglasses and necklace from H&M.
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Top: Kirtyâ€™s dream catcher earrings and bracelet available at Bungalow Boutique in Beaumont. Neon green bralet from One24 in Winnie. Tropical print top from H&M, Beaumont. Right: Gold hoop earrings on Kirty are from The Purple Door. Animal print blouse and black wedge sandals available at Simply Chic, Nederland. Distressed denim shorts available at The Cedar Chest, Fannett. Cory models a mustard pallazo romper and Reb-L Creative earrings from Bungalow Boutique in Beaumont. Sunglasses from H&M, Beaumont.
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Camping the Coast story by JILL ELLIS-WORTHINGTON
exas is blessed with a long expanse of Gulf coast, with its drive-on beaches, bird-rich wetlands, rolling dunes, and
For a special tent camping experience,
There’s also a cabin that sleeps six for
wooded hillocks. Camping is
try the floating campsite but book
$95 per night.
one of the best ways to explore
it early as this one is popular. It’s
At Galveston Island State Park, 33
and enjoy this fertile area. Whether
advisable to reserve any of the serviced
serviced sites, of the total 63, will be
you’re a take-your-shower with you
sites, especially for weekends, but
open this summer. Those adjacent to
type and love to RV or more of a back-
beach sites are usually available,
the dunes will be closed for renovation
to-the basics tent camper, there are
according to Nathan Loudenberg, park
starting July 15 for repairs necessitated
plenty of opportunities to camp the
by Hurricane Ike.
coast in Southeast Texas. State-run parks offer some of the best values, with inexpensive rates to camp for a few days or the season. With five miles of beach front and
Mustang Island State Park is open for Primitive floating campsite at Sea Rim State Park
day use and camping is expected to be available later this summer. Repairs due to Hurricane Harvey have taken longer than expected. When finished, there will
10 miles of paddling trails through the
be 46 campsites with power and water
marsh, Sea Rim State Park, south of Port
that are a short walk from the beach. A
Arthur, offers 15 serviced sites (water
new bathhouse is also being built. There
and power) and camping for up to 75
will be 50 unserviced campsites on the
units (eight people maximum) on un-
beach, as well.
serviced beach sites. Serviced sites are
A drive along the Bolivar Peninsula
$20 per day and offer nearby bathrooms
reveals a plethora of choices on the
with showers. Beach sites are $10 per
beach and bay sides of this split of land.
day with cold-water open-air rinse-off
RV parks vary from those with pools,
showers. For both types, campers must
concrete pads and full services to those
pay the daily park entrance fee of $3 for
that are a bit more rustic with grassy
each person 13 and over.
sites. Camping is allowed on the 27 miles
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Bolivar RV Resort offers breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico and Intracoastal Waterway
If your beach wanderings take you to the picturesque village of Port Aransas, the Port A RV Resort has two heated pools, a hot tub, a small gym and clubhouse. Its added feature is the Birdwatching on the boardwalk at Sea Rim State Park
best Wi-Fi available while camping. Good strong signal and not just at the clubhouse. Co-owner Ryan Levene says, “It just make sense to have good Wi-Fi and people really appreciate it. They can get some work done or stream a movie.” The 11.5 acre park with 184 spots is just a five minute drive from the beautiful Port Aransas beaches. One of the best things about camping this part of America’s third coast is doing it for free. Boondocking on the
CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: GETTY IMAGES, LUKE MAULDIN, DESTINY MARTIN, COURTESY OF SEA RIM STATE PARK, COURTESY OF STELLA MARE RV RESORT, COURTESY OF SEA RIM STATE PARK
beach is a special treat and the wide flat sands around Port Aransas make it especially good. There are no pools or hot tubs but how can you beat making Stella Mare RV Resort, Galveston
a fire right in the sand or watching the sun come up from under your awning? You’ll need to buy a beach permit for $12 but it’s good for a year. Tent campers:
of beach along the peninsula but you
road. With 195 fully serviced sites it
there are porta potties and garbage cans
must have a parking permit to do so.
has a resort style pool, hot tub, tiki bar
spaced at regular intervals.
When you get on the ferry to head over
adjacent to the pond and a club house
Surf’s up, so head to the beach and
to Galveston Island, be sure to look for
with activities for adults and children.
camp the coast.
dolphins. This free ride takes you to the
Lots of socializing opportunities here.
east end of the island. Here again are lots
Across the road from Stella Mare is
of choices for camping. The Sandpiper
Sunny Beach entrance, which is ideal for
RV Resort is the first park you’ll come
sharing a toast of ‘bubbles on the beach’
to and is one of the closest to the beach.
(sparkling wine or cider) with your new
Drive through town and just as you leave
friends. It’s a busy highway so select
the city of Galveston, you’ll pass Stella
a designated driver as walking isn’t
Mare RV Resort on the north side of the
Jill Ellis-Worthington is a travel writer who conveys the essence of a locale, while uncovering hidden gems where others see the mundane. Having worked in the publishing industry for over 30 years, Jill has maintained her inquisitiveness and sense of wonder for travel. Contact her through writeoncommunicationservices.com.
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You’ve Arrived! When the gates of Crystal Dunes swing open it will remind you that you’ve arrived. This intimate seaside community in Crystal Beach on Bolivar Peninsula is your personal retreat and owning a home on one of its only nine lots attests to the success you’ve had in life. Featuring five beachfront properties and another four just a leisurely stroll down a private boardwalk to the ocean. See state-of-the-art beachfront construction now in process. • • • • • • • •
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EXPLORING THE TEXAS GULF COAST
T E T I RS R C OF THE COAST
It’s no secret that the Texas Coast draws all sorts of wildlife to it. Even though you may not see a vast majority of the animals that inhabit our area, it doesn’t mean they aren’t there... story by DAVE ROBERTS
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I immediately knew it was something different, so I quickly picked up my camera, and as I zoomed in, I caught the silhouette of a four-legged animal trotting across the sand. As it got closer, I realized it was a coyote coming towards me. I wasn’t worried much and just kept snapping pictures as she made her way closer. She never missed a step, nor paid much attention to me. She went around my truck and continued on; she was so close at one point that I was unable to focus my lens. Without a doubt, a rare but very unique experience that I won’t forget. Another animal that is no stranger to the Texas coast is the elusive alligator. Although very common in the south, seeing them on Bolivar Peninsula
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can be an oddity. Gators are freshwater animals that usually occupy lakes and ponds, but they can tolerate
salt water for a few hours and even days. Many years
ere on the Texas
ago, I saw one in the slough,
and I have also spotted one
and friends are
swimming in the ocean. At
beginning to gather at the water’s edge
It is no secret that the
to enjoy summer.
Texas coast draws all sorts
This time of year provides the
of wildlife. Even though you
perfect opportunity to head
may not see the vast majority
to the beach for relaxation
of animals that inhabit our
and time away. While sitting
area, it doesn’t mean they
in the sand, there is plenty of
aren’t there. I have witnessed
wildlife to take in—seagulls,
a multitude of species along
pelicans, and occasionally
the coast that are far from
a pod of porpoises can be
what you’d expect to see.
seen breaching the surf.
About this time last year, I
These are relatively common
was driving on the beach for
occurrences, but there are
some late afternoon fishing.
plenty of other critters out
While making my way down
there that make the beach
the shoreline, I spotted a
large animal in the distance.
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first sight, I thought it was
Watch your step As temps rise, be aware of snakes that blend in with the coastal environment, living under driftwood and in the sandy dunes
a floating log, but as I approached,
During the dead heat of summer and
I realized it was an 8-foot gator
when the surf gets calm, Frigate birds
swimming in between the first and
come closer inland to feed. These
second sandbar. Donâ€™t let that deter
amazing birds predominately stay out
you from getting in the water though;
at sea and have been recorded gliding
Iâ€™m sure that was a fluke!
in the wind for over 40 miles without
Otters are another species that
a single wing flap.
inhabit our wetlands. They survive
Pigs are another critter you will
on fish, crabs, shellfish, and other
find living along the coast, and they
marine life, so naturally, the beach
can create more of a nuisance. Our
is a prime place for an otter to live.
native species of wild hogs are much
I once came across a group of otters
different than the tame island pigs in
while kayaking. They all stood up out
the Bahamas, so donâ€™t try to feed one
the water and started barking at me,
if you see them trotting on the beach.
or one another, trying to figure out
As temperatures rise, another species to be aware of is rattlesnakes. Living underneath driftwood or in the sandy dunes, snakes blend in easily with the natural environment, so be sure to watch your step when walking near the dunes. Some of these animals may seem dangerous and can be, but I assure you they are just as intimidated by your presence as you are of theirs. If you happen to see anything odd, keep your distance and respect the native wildlife. The beach is a one-of-a-kind place that sustains a
if I was a threat. I was able to capture
variety of critters, so this summer,
that moment with my camera and still
keep your eyes peeled for something
wonder how lucky I was to have seen
them. Looking back at my pictures later, I discovered one of the otters must have just recently eaten a crab because he still had a pincher attached to his face.
Dave Roberts is an avid kayak fisherman, writer and photographer who travels the Texas Coast documenting his experiences along the way. For more info, visit his blog at texaskayakchronicles.com.
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Recon story by SCOTT RAY
hen targeting speckled
straight retrieve), and third, that it can
Mother Nature will allow. The stronger
trout, most of the time,
be cast a long way. My hard baits of
the wind, current, and agitation of
finding them is the
choice are a 52m Mirrolure or an Unfair
the water, the heavier the jig head you
main challenge. You’re
Arrowhead. I choose the Mirrolure
should use. For this, I like Down South
convinced big fish are out
for deep, rough or fast-moving water
Lures or Chickenboy Bubba Clucker.
there, but how do you go about learning
and high winds, such as when wading
Now that you’ve got the right lure,
their patterns and making them bite?
in the surf. Try the Unfair Arrowhead
what do you do with it? Next, we’ll
Well, I’ve got a few simple tips to share
on calmer days or in shallower water,
need to break down the water into
that will hopefully help you do just that:
conditions that are likely found in the
columns. Excluding the surface, each
find trout and put them in the boat.
bay or along the flats of the Bolivar
water column measures about 12-36”
Let’s start with lure selection. You’re
pocket. The Mirrolure is considered to
in depth depending on clarity. Two foot
going to need to use a very versatile lure
be a medium to fast sinking twitch bait,
per column is a good average, so if the
that you can work in multiple ways,
and the Unfair Arrowhead is slower to
water is four feet deep, you’re looking
such as a slow sinking suspension bait or
sink. The most popular option among
at around two water columns. If it is
a soft plastic, known in the fishing world
saltwater anglers, however, is soft
six foot deep, you have roughly three
as a search bait. There are three main
plastics. Make sure you choose a medium
columns, and so on. This can vary with
criteria when choosing a good search
body size plastic and that you come
water clarity; the more transparent
bait: First, it can be worked at any depth
prepared with multiple sizes of jig heads.
the water, the deeper the columns.
and trace any water column. Second,
I like to have 1/16, 1/8, 1/4, and 3/8 jigs
Extremely dark, chocolate milk colored
it can be manipulated in multiple
on-hand when fishing in the bay. A
water can sometimes measure 10 inches
ways (fast to slow; erratic twitching to
good rule of thumb is to go as light as
or less per column. Crystal clear water
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Water columns generally measure 12-36” in depth depending on clarity
could be up to four-foot per column. Now that we understand the columns, we need to work them systematically to ensure full coverage. The most basic method of tracing different columns of water is the countdown method. When your lure lands, start counting until it hits bottom, then begin your retrieve, tracing roughly 4 to 24 inches from the floor, or even bouncing it along the bottom. On your next cast, begin retrieving three seconds earlier, essentially placing your bait in the water column right above the bottom column. Next cast, three seconds earlier than that, so that now you’re in an even higher column. Continue this method until you’re immediately working the lure when it hits the water, tracing now the top column (4 to 24 inches under the water’s surface). Do this as you cast around and try different locations. Once you locate the depth the fish are at, then you can make adjustments, such as switching to lures that specialize in running that water column, or that are better at a specific action, etc. Remember that when wind, current, and waves make getting down to the bottom harder, don’t be afraid to use heavier jigs. Use lighter ones if the conditions are favorable. There are many methods to search for fish, but the countdown method is tried and true. Use it properly, and I assure you, you’ll be more successful on the water this summer. Unfortunately, I have trouble fishing in water deeper than about eight feet—heck, I can’t count past 10 when my shoes are on!
Scott Ray is an avid fisherman, survivalist, reel doctor, and all-around outdoor enthusiast who has spent his life studying nature and the beauty it has to offer. Scott is a local on Bolivar Peninsula and owner of “Supertunes,” a reel repair and cleaning service. For inquiries and more info, contact Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org
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A whole new way to ride the water story by DESTINY MARTIN | photos by LUKE MAULDIN
GET THERE JetSurf Houston 3101 NASA Parkway, Suite H Seabrook, Texas 77586 jetsurfhouston.com
he next generation of extreme water sports has arrived on the Texas coast, delivering an option for those looking to surf but unable to find any waves. Introducing
the JetSurf board, a lightweight, carbon fiber, motorized surfboard capable of reaching speeds up to 41 miles per hour. Think personal watercraft crossed with a wakeboard, a skateboard, add a hint of dirtslinging, engine-buzzing motorbike, then multiply it. JetSurf made its US debut in 2017, and Clear Lake City native Jordan Davlin knew he wanted to be a part of the movement. After watching a few YouTube videos, the Army vet purchased a couple of JetSurf boards for his recreational use then began racing competitively. After that, he was hooked. Jordan researched the Czech-based company and the progressive technology behind their products. “I got excited about the prospect of helping to grow the JetSurf brand,” he says. In April, Jordan opened JetSurf Houston, giving local water sport enthusiasts a chance to try and purchase the world’s fastest and lightest watercraft machine. “It appeals to anyone who loves water sports: surfers, wakeboarders, kite surfers, even those who are into motocross, everyone is immediately drawn to it,”
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Jordan tells me. Because the JetSurf doesn’t rely on a boat, wind, or a wave to propel it, enjoying a day on the open water has never been easier, or more affordable. If you own a boat, Jordan says the JetSurf is a must-have boat accessory, too, doubling as a dingy or raft. Weighing at just under 40 pounds and less than 6-feet in length, the board’s sleek profile makes it easy to transport almost anywhere; you can even bring it with you on a plane, and many MotoSurf racers around the world regularly travel with their JetSurf boards in tow.
"...EVERYONE IS IMMEDIATELY DRAWN TO IT." So, are you ready for a test drive? JetSurf Houston has you covered. Those interested in getting their feet wet with jet surfing can sign up for the JetSurf Academy available in the Clear Lake, Galveston, and Lake Conroe areas. During a one hour lesson, a certified instructor will walk you through everything you need to know to ensure you enjoy your first JetSurf experience. “The Academy is key,” Jordan adds. “Our company is about safety and education first.” Once you’ve attended the Academy, you can rent a JetSurf by the hour to extend the fun. For more information or to book your first lesson, visit JetSurfHouston.com.
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Jordan Davlin at the JetSurf Houston Showroom at Endeavor Marina
JETSURF ACADEMY Learn how to ride a JetSurf board with personalized instruction from a certified coach. The experience is guaranteed to be a thrill from the minute you climb on the board, and provides the training you need so that your first JetSurf experience is a fun and safe one. For more info about the JetSurf Academy, visit www.JetSurfHouston.com
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What will you find when you
redis c over Bolivar Peninsula
t his is b o l iva r
like you’ve ne ver s een. Those who know Bolivar know it’s no ordinary destination. Nestled just east of Galveston, Bolivar Peninsula is its own Texas treasure. A national refuge for coastal birds and fishing, the area has become a vacation destination for families and tourists across the state. With beautiful vacation homes, peaceful beaches and endless local fun—some say it’s Texas’ best kept secret.
Start exploring at discoverbolivar.com
T H E FA B R I C T H AT M A K E S U P S O U T H E A S T T E X A S
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SUMMER EV ENTS
What’s Happening Locally
Bay Vue UMC Fish Fry June 15 Crystal Beach
City of Beaumont 4th of July Celebration July 4, 5-10 pm Beaumont
weekend, Bay Vue United Methodist
Train Rides at the Galveston Railroad Museum Saturdays, 11 am - 1:30 pm Galveston
Church in Crystal Beach will be hosting
The Harborside Express is an open
salute to our nation’s past and takes
their 5th Annual Fish Fry from 11 a.m.
air caboose that travels one mile up
place at the Downtown Beaumont
to 2 p.m. Enjoy the day and a great
Harborside Drive, then returns to the
Event Centre Lake. Festivities include
meal with Dad. Mom, put away those
Galveston Railroad Museum. The train
live entertainment, food trucks, beer
pots and pans! Meals are $15 each and
rides are approximately 15 minutes
garden and a fireworks display.
come with a hearty serving of fried
long. Boarding for the Harborside
Gates open at 5 p.m. for food, live
fish, cole slaw, potato salad, hush
Express begins at 11:00 a.m., with the
music, and fun. Fireworks begin at
puppies, and a drink. For just $2 more,
last train ride ticket sold at 1:30 p.m.
9 p.m. Admission is free. Families
homemade peach and cherry cobbler
The train is a standing ride without
can enjoy the Rotary Centennial
will also be on sale. Eat-in or drive-
seats. Due to the caboose being
Playground and other kid activities.
thru, it’s sure to be an event you don’t
open-air, the rides will sometimes
Lawn chairs, blankets, and coolers are
want to miss. For more information,
be closed during inclement weather.
permitted, but are subject to search. No
contact Linda Elissalde at 409-684-
Visit galvestonrrmuseum.org for more
outside alcohol is permitted. For more
info, visit discoverbeaumont.com.
On the Saturday of Father’s Day
This annual event offers a sensational
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LOCAL community + events
Thomas Teague & The Runnin’ Buddies Neches Brewing Co.
Bay Vue United Methodist Annual Fish Fry, Crystal Beach
Boogie’s Fishing Tournament, Bolivar Peninsula
Facebook @NechesBrewingCompany bayvueumc.com Kona Kai
City of Beaumont 4th of July Celebration, Beaumont
Annual Fourth of July Washers Tournament, Crystal Beach
ON-GOING Jun 3 - Aug 6
Christus HWC Summer Kids Camp, Beaumont
May 25 - Sept 2
CCA STAR Tournament, Texas Gulf Coast
COMING UP Aug 3
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Bolivar Peninsula Lions Club Golf Cart Poker Run, Crystal Beach
Take your brand beyond.
GRAPHIC DESIGN • PRINT • PHOTOGRAPHY • BRAND MANAGEMENT
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Mary Ellen Smith, Broker 2290 Hwy 87 409-457-1070 Pelican Point 200 Hwy 87 409-767-4464 Swede’s Real Estate 2840 Hwy 87 409-684-3345
Local Directory ATTRACTIONS A Shore Venture Beach Toy Rentals & Adventures 409-926-2914 email@example.com Fun Spot Water Slide 2061 Hwy 87 409-684-2384 RESTAURANTS/VENUES Al-T's Restaurant, Winnie 244 Spur 5 Hwy 124 409-296-9818 Neches Brewing Company 1108 Port Neches Avenue 409-237-5700 Stingaree Restaurant & Marina 1295 N Stingaree Rd. 409-684-2731 Ship’s Wheel 1271 Hwy 87 409-684-4036 VACATION RENTALS 131 Dreams 2840 Hwy 87 409-684-3345
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Caesar’s Palace 2840 Hwy 87 409-684-3345 Fish Tale Flats 2840 Hwy 87 409-684-3345 Gone Coastal 2290 Hwy 87 409-684-3790 Purple Rain 2840 Hwy 87 409-684-3345 REAL ESTATE Crystal Beach Plaza 2275 Hwy 87 409-684-3345 Crystal Dunes Crystal Dunes Way 409-684-0843
HOMEBUILDERS Brint Construction 970 Surfside Dr. 409-767-4464 Cobb Homebuilders 2290 Hwy 87 409-651-6004 HOME DÉCOR/FURNITURE Bayside Chic Galveston 4002 Broadway 409-621-9540 Coburn’s Kitchen & Bath Showroom 2912 Eastex Fwy 409-899-9911 Galveston Furniture & Flooring 4214 Broadway 409-762-5244 The Blind Factory 7396 College St. 409-866-4055 Woven Inspiration 2228 Broadway 409-502-1940 BOATING/RV Texas Marine, Beaumont 1140 IH-10 N 888-620-8097
Cobb Real Estate 2290 Hwy 87 409-684-3790
SERVICES Bolivar Peninsula Chamber of Commerce 1750 Hwy 87 409-684-5940
J & J Hughes, Realtors 409-782-3746 (Jo Ann) 409-673-6650 (Jessica)
Christus HWC 3030 North Street 409-236-7777
Dan Priest Insurance 347 S Main St. Ste. 100 Lumberton 409-755-7600 Frontier Pest Control PO Box 277, Midway 866-400-7378 Gabourel Insurance 6454 Concord Rd. Beaumont 409-898-2693 Galveston College 4015 Avenue Q 409-944-4242 Giglio Distributing 155 S ML King Jr. Pkwy 409-838-1654 Southern Broadband 4298 Hwy 87 409-684-7021 GROCERY/SHOPPING The Big Store, Gulf Coast Market 2385 Hwy 87 409-684-2400 La-Tee-Da Boutique, Beaumont 4004 Dowlen Rd. 409-835-0202 BANKING Texas First Bank, Crystal Beach 2385 Hwy 87 409-684-3523 Texas First Bank, Galveston 2401 Broadway 409-762-7974 Texas First Bank, Galveston 6501 Stewart Rd. 409-744-6353 Texas First Bank, Galveston 13701 FM 3005 409-737-5400 Texas First Bank, Winnie 210 Hwy 124 409-296-2111
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You Are My Sunshine by Kim Huber
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