CURRENTS – Dec/Jan 2019
The Lower Colorado Chapter had a busy October. A quickly called general meeting for Oct. 8th gathered a room full of members at 9’ers Grill in Bay City to hear about a proposed research project that would help determine the value of recreational fishing in our area and be able to provide a more accurate level of economic impact data to such entities as fisheries management agencies. Richard Woodward, Ph.D. Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Gerard Kyle, Ph.D. Professor in the Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism Science from Texas A&M presented their proposed project and sought input from all the anglers present. They propose having anglers use a smart phone app to measure, ID and spot location of fish caught. President of Fish Verify, Jason Randall, joined the meeting by phone conference regarding his app. (https://fishveryify.com/). A lot of input was given by the crowd. Especially concerns about keeping the location of where fish were caught private and how to use an app while wade fishing, offshore fishing and while trying to quickly release a fish. The members of our chapter showed a great interest in helping with the project and work with the app if it will provide better information to support the goals of CCA.
At the October 8th meeting, Chapter President Stephen Zapalac reported on another economic matter, the final calculations of income, expenses and contributions from the 10th annual banquet and auction had been completed and our chapter had elevated itself to a top tier position in the state ahead of about 90% of all other chapters. It was agreed by the membership present to do even better next year.
The next week found the Lower Colorado Chapter gathering with our 17 Guides Cup Team Captains and the teams of anglers who won the Guides Cup Tournament fishing trips during the August banquet auction. A dinner the evening before the tournament was hosted by Poco Playa in Matagorda. Coolers with lunches were handed to Captains, though with the weather turning brisk with the first big Norther, the coolers weren’t really necessary. Tuesday morning, Oct. 16 found the temperature in the 50’s and still windy. But all the teams were eager to get on the water and start fishing when Pres. Stephen Zapalac waved his starting hat at 7 a.m. at Matagorda Harbor. All the Captains and teams returned between 2 and 3 p.m. for weigh-in. Though the tournament rules regarding heaviest stringer allowed 1 redfish, up to 3 speckled trout and a flounder, the winning team only needed 1 red and 2 trout. Yes, these were all within slot and the oldest team member bragged he caught them all on a silver spoon. Well, whatever works…Congratulations go out to Capt. Stan Sloan and the winning team of Donnie Tran, T.V. Tran and Michael Kubecka who took 1st place this year. Capt. Caleb Rush and team came in 2nd and Capt. Nick Stillwell and team took 3rd. The Lower Colorado Chapter representing all of Matagorda County wishes to thank all the teams and their captains including Scott Sparks, Jerry West, Nick Mosely, Ken Marshall, Kenny Hauff, Jr., Tommy Countz, Charlie Paradoski, Matt David, Lee Warmke, Don Wood, Trey Prye, Kenny Hauff, III, and Glenn Ging.
Continue watching this space for more news of happenings in the Lower Colorado Chapter that represents all of Matagorda County fishing. – Dr. Maury Guzick
President: Stephen Zapalac 979.244.6633
Vice President: Melinda Moudy 979.323.4168
Treasurer: Clint Hewitt 281.467.5121
Reporter: DeWayne Littleton 979.245.6537
The 2019 Lower Colorado Chapter Annual Banquet will be held in August. Stay tuned for details.
Kid Fishing Tournament
TBD – Please check back for updates.