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Episode 25: Building Conservation Trust and Bay Flats Lodge: Building the Future for Marine Habitat

Coastal Conservation Association National Habitat Program, Building Conservation Trust (BCT), was created to provide vital funding for grassroots driven habitat projects. BCT strives to be the largest marine habitat restoration, enhancement and creation entity in the United States. BCT and CCA Texas have a strong partnership that has resulted in several successful marine habitat project throughout the years. That relationship is now expanding through a partnership with Bay Flats Lodge...


Episode 24: So You want to be a fishing guide...

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 life as coastal guide.


Episode 23: Tarpon Tales with Scott Alford and Bryan Treadway

So much to 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 is going to be it's own mini-series as we begin to talk about life history, fishing and...


Episode 22: Status Of The Fishery With Dr. Mark Fisher

Dr. Mark Fisher gives us a brief overview of our coastal fisheries, Hurricane Harvey and the winter of 2018. Lots of excellent information is shared in this quick episode!


Episode 21: Cedar Bayou

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.


Episode 20: Fishing and Reflections - An Afternoon with Kacee Bones

In this episode, Kacee Bones and her husband Stephen open up their home to discuss, Hurricane Harvey, sight cast fishing on the middle coast, destination fly fishing trips, and recent on-goings at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge.


Episode 19: The Status of Galveston Trout With Captain Steve Hillman

Captain Steve Hillman joins the podcast to talk about fishing in Galveston Bay, habitat loss, effects of flooding and droughts, speckled trout management, and a variety of other topics. Trout juvenile recruitment numbers in the upper coast have been fairly consistent but what effects do historic natural events and increased fishing pressure have on the populations? Shane and Steve talk in depth about his subject.


San Luis Park and Saltwater Recon

Shane, Kevin, and Urs sit down to talk about recent drownings at San Luis Park and actions Brazoria County may take in light of recent events. We also discuss Saltwater Recon, Sea Center Texas, Kevin's Cooking, and some oyster regulations.


Episode 17: Steve's Lures

In this episode we meet up with Matagorda Matt, Steve Brown, and Shawn Porche at K6 Island Sports in Jamaica Beach to talk about the art of making quality lures, the Brown Family tradition, fishing tournaments, and a variety of other topics. Enjoy!


Public Oyster Reefs

Wonder what Texas is proposing to protect our public oyster reefs? Have a listen to this episode to find out! Shane is a guest on the Moore Outdoors Radio Show (KLVI AM 560) and talks with Chester about efforts to protect our public oyster reefs. Chester Moore hosts his radio show on Friday evenings at 6 p.m. so be sure to check him out on iheartradio.


Episode 15: Gulf Coast Outdoors feat. Ms. Kitty

Paul Thorburn and Andrew Bruhl of Gulf Coast Outdoors sit down with Shane at Kitty's Purple Cow in Surfside Beach to discuss Gulf Coast Outdoors, surf fishing, the power of social media, the topwater bite, school interfering with fishing, kayaking and the Gulf Coast fishing culture. Ms. Kitty even joins in the fun to tell us about her awesome establishment.


Episode 14: The Legendary Chickenboy and chickenboylures

Joe Moughon, creator and mastermind behind chickenboylures, takes a break from the Houston Fishing Show to talk with us about the art of catching flounder, what makes his lures so special, his inspiration for naming lures, and as he states on his website (, to share some of his "pearls of fishing wisdom."


Episode 13: Dr. Greg Stuntz and the Center for Sportsfish Research and Conservation

Listen and learn as Dr. Greg Stuntz and Shane talk about fishing and fisheries research at the Center for Sportsfish Science and Conservation. Topics include catch and release survival of speckled trout and red snapper, red drum migration, Cedar Bayou, predator research and shark tagging, nearshore reefing projects and the isnapper app for your smart phone.


Episode 11: McKee And Sandifer - Salt Of The Earth

Captain Billy Sandifer and Dr. David McKee reminisce days gone by, growing up in the 1950-1960's, fishing adventures and conservation efforts. Billy shares with us the origins of the Big Shell Cleanup, ongoing efforts and the Friends of Padre group.


Episode 8: Fishing East Matagorda with Capts. Jerry West And Matagordamatt

In this episode we sit down with Captains Jerry West ( and Matagordamatt David ( to talk about fishing in East Matagorda Bay, 5-fish bag limits on speckled trout, what it takes to become a fishing guide, competition in the guide business, boater etiquette, serve outdoors ( and much more.


The Lakers

Shane Bonnot and Orange County CCA President, Scott Bandy, sit down with Texas Parks and Wildlife's Kirk Blood and Carey Gelpi. Kirk and Carey are two members of the Coastal Fisheries team affectionately known of as "The Lakers." The Lakers are responsible for collecting fisheries data, conducting research, and interacting with the public in and around the Sabine Lake Ecosystem. In this episode, we get to talk life in the fisheries field, flounder, crabs, oysters, and fishing in Sabine Lake.


Episode 5: A Conversation with Chester Moore

Shane and Chester discuss Chester's career, flounder fishing, Texas Fish and Game, Kingdom Zoo, God's Outdoor TV, the fishing industry, and life in the upper Texas Coast.


Episode 3 - An evening with Jay Watkins and John Blaha - Part 1

Shane and John Blaha sit down with mid-coast fishing guide Jay Watkins to discuss the guide business, fishing friendships, regulations and to share some personal stories. Part 1 of 2.


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