CURRENTS – October/November 2019
A United States President once spoke passionately about conservation and stated, “Conservation means development as much as it does protection. I recognize the right and duty of this generation to develop and use the natural resources of our land; but I do not recognize the right to waste them, or to rob, by wasteful use, the generations that come after us”. President Theodore Roosevelt was one of the most influential conservationists this country has ever been privileged to know and our past Matagorda Bays Chapter Presidents are amongst those who also believe that conservation is a vital part of sustaining our natural resources. Without each of their service over the past 30 years, the Matagorda Bay complex would not be what it is today. We would like to recognize our past chapter presidents for their hard work and dedication to the CCA and conservation for future Texans. Your past Matagorda Bay Chapter Presidents; Mike Allison (3yrs.), Wesley Smolik (15yrs.), Mike Prasek Jr. (8yrs.), Linc Lutrick (4yrs.), and Chad Hensley (4yrs.)
I would also like to take the time to introduce to you your new Matagorda Bays Chapter Vice President, Jason Beery. Jason is 32 years old being born and raised in El Campo, Texas. He is currently employed as a Measurement Technician at the Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, where he has worked for over 8 years. Fishing is a true passion for Jason more than a hobby and he has stepped up to the VP position viewing it as an opportunity to give back to the sport that he truly loves. From working the Lil’ Salties for the kids, our annual chapter banquet, and the guides cup, Jason understands the big picture of how our chapter provides outreach and fundraising for Texas conservation and is a true conservationist and outdoorsman that our chapter is lucky to have on board.
For myself, Chris Bird, your new Matagorda Bays Chapter President, I am 34 years old and have called many places home. I graduated from Texas A&M University in 2006 with a degree in Ocean and Coastal Resources and shortly after attended the 52nd Texas Game Warden Academy. I was stationed in Wharton County in 2007 where I have since remained. I also serve as a member of the Texas Game Warden Special Operations Group and was named Game Warden of the Year in 2011 and 2015. I have a true passion for the outdoors and fishing, where becoming a member of the Matagorda Bays Chapter two years ago was another opportunity for me to contribute back to the natural resources, I have received so much enjoyment from. I look forward to all the hard work and memories that lie ahead as our Team of board members step into our next year for the Matagorda Bays Chapter!
Our final chapter event for 2019 is approaching fast and our guides have prepared all summer to compete for the Jim Ehman Memorial Guides Cup. The Guides Cup will be held at the beautiful Matagorda Harbor on September 23 & 24 of 2019. There will be a social gathering and meal on Monday evening with the Guides Cup on Tuesday followed by a meal and the prestigious awards ceremony. Our Guides Cup sponsors for 2019 are; Duckett, Bouligny and Collins LLP., Harbor Bait and Tackle, and El Campo Sheet Metal. If you are interested in participating in the 2020 Guides Cup, the live auction event will be held at our next annual banquet, date pending. Be sure to look up and like our Facebook page for the Jim Ehman Memorial Guides Cup results after September 24th.
The Matagorda Bays Chapter wishes to thank each of our Matagorda Guides for their part in fundraising for conservation and participating in the Jim Ehman Memorial Guides Cup: Capt. Rob Cummings, Capt. Caleb Rush, Capt. Charlie Paradoski, Capt. Cody Vacek, Capt. Floyd Ciruti, Capt. Glenn Ging, Capt. Jimmy Riddle, Capt. Kendall Kersh, Capt. Kenny Hauff Jr, Capt. Kenny Hauff III, Capt. Kevin Kosik, Capt. Kit Caston, Capt. Lee Warmke, Capt. Matt David, Capt. Jason Finley, Capt. Mike Kubecka, Capt. Nick Mosley, Capt. Ozzie Arnold, Capt. Stan Sloan and Capt. Tommy Alexander.
To all our chapter members, donors, and board members… Thank you for all your outstanding contributions in making this another great year for the Matagorda Bays! If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us at any time.
President: Chris Bird
Vice President: Jason Beery
Secretary: JP Appling
Treasurer: Blake Barger
Banquet Chairman: JP Pope
The 2019 Matagorda Bays Chapter Annual Banquet was held June 27. Stay tuned for 2020 details.
The 2019 Boat Raffle winner is Blake Green. Congrats Blake!
Our 2019 Annual Lil’ Salties Fishing Blowout was held 11. Please stay tuned for 2020 details.