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FEATURES

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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Photographer Luke Mauldin Models Chris and Chelsea Roach Location Galveston, Texas From the sandy shores of Port Aransas to the bird-rich wetlands of Sea Rim State Park, and many places in between, our feature on Camping the Coast (p. 30) will help you prepare for a great outdoor adventure this summer. Surf ’s up, so get out there! Special thanks to Broussard Farm for allowing us to shoot our Summer Style Guide at their beautiful venue.

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EDITOR’S note

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

everyone.

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.

Texas.

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

take it

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

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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.

BEAUMONT

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

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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.

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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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PORT NECHES

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: LUKE’S ICE HOUSE COURTESY OF THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE

LOCAL out & about


BEAUMONT

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

top-notch.

your friends, this patio is a charming

unwind. The bartenders get creative

and laid-back retreat.

with seasonal cocktails and whether

BEAUMONT

LOGON CAFE

dining from the bar menu or the full BEAUMONT

During spring and early summer, the

SUGA’S

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

Prime Time

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

without him!

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.

TL

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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

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from upset guests. Enjoy!

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Trending this summer

animal prints neon green fringe & tassels lavender men’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: Kirty’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


LOCAL feature

T

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

superintendent.

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

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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

recommended.

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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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Outdoors |

EXPLORING THE TEXAS GULF COAST

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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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LOCAL outdoors

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

PHOTO CO

URTESY OF DAVE ROBE RT

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can be an oddity. Gators are freshwater animals that usually occupy lakes and ponds, but they can tolerate

H

salt water for a few hours and even days. Many years

ere on the Texas

ago, I saw one in the slough,

coast, families

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

their home.

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. Don’t let that deter

amazing birds predominately stay out

you from getting in the water though;

at sea and have been recorded gliding

I’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 don’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

extraordinary.

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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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LOCAL outdoors

SPECKLED TROUT

Recon story by SCOTT RAY

W

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!

TL

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 scottray1320@yahoo.com

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JETSURF

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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

T

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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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

6678.

details.

info, visit discoverbeaumont.com.

On the Saturday of Father’s Day

This annual event offers a sensational

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LOCAL community + events

JUNE 1

Thomas Teague & The Runnin’ Buddies Neches Brewing Co.

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Bay Vue United Methodist Annual Fish Fry, Crystal Beach

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Boogie’s Fishing Tournament, Bolivar Peninsula

Facebook @NechesBrewingCompany bayvueumc.com Kona Kai

JULY 4

City of Beaumont 4th of July Celebration, Beaumont

6

Annual Fourth of July Washers Tournament, Crystal Beach

discoverbeaumont.com crystalbeachwashers.com

ON-GOING Jun 3 - Aug 6

Christus HWC Summer Kids Camp, Beaumont

May 25 - Sept 2

CCA STAR Tournament, Texas Gulf Coast

christushwc.org startournament.org

COMING UP Aug 3

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Bolivar Peninsula Lions Club Golf Cart Poker Run, Crystal Beach

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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 info@ashoreventure.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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LOCAL sea & be seen

You Are My Sunshine by Kim Huber

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