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Chris Bird

Assistant Director
Taylor Rieck

CURRENTS – August/September 2019

Once again “Sold Out” signs were once again pulled out and taped to the front doors of the El Campo Civic Center for our 34th Annual Matagorda Bays Chapter Banquet. This is the 11th year in a row that the banquet has sold out. All of this could not be possible without the continued support from the generous donors and members of our chapter. Banquet guests enjoyed a fun filled evening with chances to win on the pick of the litter cap raffle sponsored by Prasek’s Hillje Smokehouse, Prosperity Bank and Polasek Construction. A koozie raffle sponsored by First State Bank and Quality Hot Mix and a tumbler raffle sponsored by Weise Crop Insurance and Energy Construction Inc. Another great ribeye steak meal with all the trimmings was prepared served by board member Slade Stary and his top notch cooking crew. The live auction sponsored by Full Auto Firearms, Rod Insurance Group and Gulf Coast Lease Service was full of great items that ranged from fishing and hunting trips from around the world, to guided fishing trips right here on the Texas coast. The Jim Ehman Memorial Guides Cup trips where once again a big hit among buyers. This tournament sponsored by Duckett Bouligny & Collins, LLP, Harbor Bait and Tackle and Multi Fab Metals is held every year in September in Matagorda and can only be entered by purchasing a trip in our live auction.

The fully digital silent auction was again a great hit this year allowing bidders to use their smart phones to place bids from their tables. The highlight at the end of a long of evening was the drawing for the fully loaded 25’ Haynie Magnum rigged out by Haynie Boats and Chris’s Marine. The boat was sponsored Polasek Construction and Sutton Wealth Management. A big thanks goes out to these guys for their continued support. This year’s lucky winner was 18-month old Bennett Green from Kyle, Texas.  As always I wish I could list everyone who donates and contributes to our chapter, but here is a few who are there year after year: Cedar Creek Woodshop, Multi Fab Metals, Eichorn Gonzales & Miller Jewelers,  Coastal Que, Capt Kenny Hauff Jr. and Salt Grass Lodge, Del Papa Distributing, Hartman Distributing, Texas Coast Limo Services and Full Auto Firearms.

Once again thanks to all the members of our great chapter, and I look forward to seeing all the guides cup buyers in Matagorda September 23 and 24.

On a side note, we elected new officers at our last meeting. Taking the wheel as chapter President will be Chris Bird with his Vice President being Jason Beery. I would like to personally thank all the donors and supporters of our chapter. Without the continued support our chapter would not be where it is today. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the chapter.

(2019 Matagorda Bays Boat Raffle Winner: 18-month old Bennett Green)


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.

Boat Raffle

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.