In this episode we sit down with Harold Dworaczyk, Jason Wagenfehr and Setven Boldt to talk about what it takes to be a guide at Bay Flats Lodge in Sea Drift, Texas. These fishing dudes share a ton of great info and give us a glimpse of their lives as coastal guides.
So much to discuss…so little time. We naively went into this episode thinking we could cover several items but quickly realized that we’d barely have time to scratch the surface on a single topic. Scott Alford and Bryan Treadway (a.k.a “fish control my brain”) are two very knowledgeable recreational anglers and have a passion for conservation and research. It appears that podcasts with these guys will become a mini-series as we begin to talk about life history, fishing and fisheries science of the enigmatic silver king.
CCA Texas will facilitate the drop-off location at Jones Bay Boat Ramp – Fat Boys Bait and Tackle near Tiki Island on February 17th from 8am – 1pm. The Annual Texas Abandoned Crab Trap Removal will run from February 16-25 this year. To learn more about this state-wide crab trap removal program and other drop off locations along the Texas coast, click here. For those of you that like to frequent our neighbor’s waters on the east side of Sabine Lake, Louisiana’s removal efforts will be underway during the same time period. Check out this video below and last year’s April/May Currents Article featuring some of our own working hard during the annual event to protect and conserve our coastal resources!
Dr. Mark Fisher is the Director of the Science Group in the Texas Parks and Wildlife – Coastal Fisheries Division. Listen in as he gives us a quick overview of our coastal fisheries and shares some perspectives on both Hurricane Harvey and the recent cold snaps. Lots of excellent information is shared in this quick episode!
In an effort to make state regulations consistent with federal regulations, Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD) is proposing to increase the commercial and recreational daily bag limits for king mackerel from two fish per day to three fish per day. This move would provide additional angling opportunities for the public while simplifying compliance and enforcement of this specific fishery. State biologists do not foresee any negative impacts to the resource or adverse economic effects on participants in the fishery.
TPWD will accept public comments on the recommended change until 7:00 a.m. on January 25, 2018. Click here to be directed to the public comment portal and review the complete proposal.
House Natural Resources Committee Approves Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization Bill
Washington, D.C. – December 13, 2017 – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources approved H.R. 200, a bill sponsored by Congressman Don Young (R-Alaska) that amends the 1976 Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to provide flexibility for fishery managers and stability for fishermen. A coalition of organizations representing the saltwater recreational fishing and boating community endorsed H.R. 200 and highlighted the importance of incorporating saltwater recreational fishing management provisions into the nation’s primary law governing federal fisheries management.
Cedar Bayou is a natural pass connecting Mesquite Bay to the Gulf of Mexico. Throughout recorded history is has been opened and closed by both natural and man-made influences. It was last re-opened in 2014 and has been the topic of much discussion since. Aaron Horine, Quentin Hall, Captain Jay Watkins, John Blaha, and Shane sit down to talk about this historic and celebrated pass from an engineering, science, biology, and fishing contexts. Click here to learn more about CCA’s involvement with Cedar Bayou.
It doesn’t get much better than the fall season in Texas. By now, the trout should have transitioned to their fall patterns, red fish can be easily spotted in the flats, and the flounder are “running”. For me, there is nothing more thrilling than feeling “the thump” of a flounder bit and joy I feel when I get to bring that tasty meal home to the family.
Texas Parks and Wildlife closely monitors southern flounder populations and even has a stock enhancement program that releases young flounder back into our bay systems. You can learn more about this program by taking a visit to Sea Center Texas and requesting a hatchery tour. For now, this video will have to do!