Coastal Conservation Association's podcast to discuss marine conservation, habitat, fishing and variety of coastal topics. Check us out @cca_texas and @shanebonnot.
Episode 43: Recovering From the Texas Freeze - A Discussion With Pat Murray
Pat and Shane discuss the impacts of the February 14-19, 2021 freeze event on Texas coastal fisheries, conservation ethics and the responsibility we have as individuals to participate in the recovery of spotted seatrout populations. Pat also provides some historical perspective from his experiences working as a fishing as a guide through freeze events in the 1980's. Tune in to the very end to hear the latest news from Texas Parks and Wildlife regarding emergency rule changes. photo credit: John Blaha
Episode 42: Troy Rabago - A beached dream
Troy recently took a trip to Mexico to retrieve a sail boat that he purchased to begin his life long dream of sailing. He went from sailing calm, beautiful seas to being in a fight for survival against an angry sea as a result from a strong front. He battled massive waves for eight hours, tied himself down to the wheel and did everything in his power to stay alive during the worst 8 hours of his life. Tune into this episode to learn more about his ordeal and how you can help Troy to get his boat off the Padre Island National Seashore. To help Troy, please consider going to his GoFundMe page and donating a few bucks - https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-troy-sink-the-boat-and-stay-out-of-jail?qid=895172be3a57b024a049c7137499223a
Episode 41: Sabine Skiffs with Brian Little
Brian Little - owner/operator of Sabine Skiffs discusses conservation, fishing, philosophy of life and designing/building some of the hottest poling skiffs on the market today. It was a pleasure to spend time with a kindred spirit and record this episode. Thank you Brian Little!
Episode 40: Dagger Island featuring Paul Silva
Dagger Island is an island in Nueces County, Texas and part of Aransas Pass, Texas. At one point in time, Dagger Island was a nearly continuous, solid island separating Corpus Christi Bay and Redfish Bay. Erosion, primarily from increased ship traffic to the Port of Corpus Christi, has decreased the size of the island and broken it into a chain of smaller islands. This decline altered the function and values provided to the Redfish Bay system, including protection of large stands of seagrasses, which are important for water quality in the bay. Shane and John Blaha talk to Paul Silva of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the lead biologist for the Dagger Island and Ransom Island Restoration Project. For more information - go to https://ccatexas.org/cca-texas-supports-dagger-island-restoration-project-250000-gift-supports-ducks-unlimiteds-gulf-coast-initiative/
Episode 39: Flatsworthy
Shane, David Sikes, Dr. David McKee and Captain Chuck Naiser discuss Flatsworthy - Diverse Anglers, Mutual Respect. FlatsWorthy, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit organization, is a coalition of diverse anglers practicing mutual respect while sharing the same resource. They accomplish their mission through public awareness and education, participation in habitat restoration, and involvement with state and federal agencies in resource protection. Flatsworthy is a movement, a worthy cause and is leading change by example.
Episode 38: Patrick D. Murray
Patrick D. "Pat" Murray, President of Coastal Conservation Association, sits down with Shane to discuss conservation, angler science, and the "art of fishing". Pat has served in a variety of positions within the organization in his 20-year tenure, including leadership roles in state and national operations, state and federal advocacy, development fundraising and grassroots membership cultivation. Prior to joining CCA, he owned and operated a light-tackle fishing guide service along the upper Texas coast.
Throughout his career, Pat has won numerous awards for his magazine writing and is the author of Texas Fish and Game Publishing’s best-selling book “Pat Murray’s No-Nonsense Guide to Coastal Fishing.” Check out his website www.patrickdmurray.net to see some remarkable photography, publications, and much much more free content.
Hands down favorite podcast.
Holy smokes, this is a great podcast! Start at the beginning! You won’t regret it. You’ll probably wind up saving a number of them to your library like I did. If you enjoy our gulf coast, biology, marine science, stories from old salts, stories from young salts, or in depth discussions about the health of our fisheries and local environments then you won’t be able to put down this podcast. I’ve learned a great deal from this podcast about the fish I want to catch and the places I want to catch them. Fantastic job, Shane! Keep me coming, please!
More tales from the old salts please!
A friend of mine sent me the Billy Sandifer and Dr. McKee episode (undoubtedly the best episode) and I was immediately drawn into what you’re doing. Thanks for all of your preparation and hard work.
If I’m allowed to make one request, though, it would be that there are more episodes featuring the old salts. I love hearing old stories from the original pluggers. Something to the effect of Rudy Grigars book. That’s what really drew me in was hearing about Billy and Dr. McKee’s life on the Texas gulf coast.
Thanks and keep up the good work!
Shane, your show is awesome keep it up! Also Billy Sandifer passed away, I think that’s worth you mentioning on the show!