Coastal Advocacy Adventures Podcast



Podcast by Shane Bonnot


  • Episode 43: Freeze Discussion With Pat Murray

    24/03/2021 Duración: 41min

    Pat and Shane discuss the impacts of the February 14-19, 2021 freeze event on Texas coastal fisheries, conservation ethics and the responsibility we have as individuals to participate in the recovery of spotted seatrout populations. Pat also provides some historical perspective from his experiences working as a fishing as a guide through freeze events in the 1980's. Tune in to the very end to hear the latest news from Texas Parks and Wildlife regarding emergency rule changes. photo credit: John Blaha

  • Episode 42: Troy Rabago - A beached dream

    08/03/2021 Duración: 01h14min

    Troy recently took a trip to Mexico to retrieve a sail boat that he purchased to begin his life long dream of sailing. He went from sailing calm, beautiful seas to being in a fight for survival against an angry sea as a result from a strong front. He battled massive waves for eight hours, tied himself down to the wheel and did everything in his power to stay alive during the worst 8 hours of his life. Tune into this episode to learn more about his ordeal and how you can help Troy to get his boat off the Padre Island National Seashore. To help Troy, please consider going to his GoFundMe page and donating a few bucks -

  • Episode 41: Sabine Skiffs with Brian Little

    22/02/2021 Duración: 01h12min

    Brian Little - owner/operator of Sabine Skiffs discusses conservation, fishing, philosophy of life and designing/building some of the hottest poling skiffs on the market today. It was a pleasure to spend time with a kindred spirit and record this episode. Thank you Brian Little!

  • Episode 40: Dagger Island featuring Paul Silva

    06/08/2020 Duración: 56min

    Dagger Island is an island in Nueces County, Texas and part of Aransas Pass, Texas. At one point in time, Dagger Island was a nearly continuous, solid island separating Corpus Christi Bay and Redfish Bay. Erosion, primarily from increased ship traffic to the Port of Corpus Christi, has decreased the size of the island and broken it into a chain of smaller islands. This decline altered the function and values provided to the Redfish Bay system, including protection of large stands of seagrasses, which are important for water quality in the bay. Shane and John Blaha talk to Paul Silva of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the lead biologist for the Dagger Island and Ransom Island Restoration Project. For more information - go to

  • Episode 39: Flatsworthy

    23/07/2020 Duración: 01h07min

    Shane, David Sikes, Dr. David McKee and Captain Chuck Naiser discuss Flatsworthy - Diverse Anglers, Mutual Respect. FlatsWorthy, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit organization, is a coalition of diverse anglers practicing mutual respect while sharing the same resource. They accomplish their mission through public awareness and education, participation in habitat restoration, and involvement with state and federal agencies in resource protection. Flatsworthy is a movement, a worthy cause and is leading change by example.

  • Episode 38: Patrick D. Murray

    26/05/2020 Duración: 45min

    Patrick D. "Pat" Murray, President of Coastal Conservation Association, sits down with Shane to discuss conservation, angler science, and the "art of fishing". Pat has served in a variety of positions within the organization in his 20-year tenure, including leadership roles in state and national operations, state and federal advocacy, development fundraising and grassroots membership cultivation. Prior to joining CCA, he owned and operated a light-tackle fishing guide service along the upper Texas coast. Throughout his career, Pat has won numerous awards for his magazine writing and is the author of Texas Fish and Game Publishing’s best-selling book “Pat Murray’s No-Nonsense Guide to Coastal Fishing.” Check out his website to see some remarkable photography, publications, and much much more free content.

  • Episode 37: Decline Of The Southern Flounder

    02/12/2019 Duración: 44min

    Listen in to the 3rd annual flounder discussion with Kevin Burns and Wayne Pedigo. Shane and the guys talk about the continued decline of southern flounder stocks and some potential options to help recover the fishery to historical numbers. Disclaimer - at the time of recording this podcast none of the thoughts shared are official proposals for management changes.

  • Friends Of RGV Reef

    13/11/2019 Duración: 01h12s

    Shane sits down with Gary Glick from Friends of RGV Reef. RGV reef is a 1650-acre artificial reef 12 miles from South Padre Island. Have a listen to this episode and then go on over to and like their Facebook Page - Friends of RGV Reef.

  • Episode 35: Oyster Mariculture

    24/04/2019 Duración: 59min

    Shane discusses Oyster Mariculture in Texas with Dr. Joe Fox and Brad Lomax. Dr. Fox is Chair for Marine Resource Development at Harte Research Institute and Brad is the president and founder of Water Street Restaurants. Both of these dudes are passionate about oysters and are working with numerous partners (including CCA) to bring a new industry to the Texas Coast. Have a listen to learn more.

  • Episode 34: Legendary James Fox

    14/02/2019 Duración: 01h12min

    Shane and John share an afternoon with James Fox and his wife, Laura, to discuss guiding on the mid-Texas coast. This legend and pony-tail rocking icon of the Texas Coast has plenty to share about the redfish wars, conservation issues, guide life, and surviving Vibrio.

  • Episode 33: The Speckled Truth

    17/01/2019 Duración: 59min

    Shane Bonnot and John Blaha talk with Chris Bush, the mastermind behind The Speckled Truth ( The Speckled Truth is your one stop shop for tips, tactics, insights, and conservation-minded content for catching (and releasing) big trout. Subjects discussed: Trout conservation, collecting catch data on large trout, lunar phases, finding fishing spots, arty vs live bait mentality, and trout behavior.

  • Episode 32: Perspectives on Flounder Stocks

    03/12/2018 Duración: 45min

    Wayne Pedigo, Captain Mark, Captain Reagan, Kevin Burns and Shane share their thoughts on flounder stocks in Texas and ruminate on various other fishing related topics.

  • Episode 31: TAMU - ARTF

    15/11/2018 Duración: 55min

    Dr. Todd Sink, Dr. Delbert Gatlin and Brian Ray discuss aquaculture research and its relevance to marine fisheries conservation. If you'd like to learn more about their work or stop by for a visit, check them out at

  • Episode 30: Yeti Fishing with Evan Russell

    27/09/2018 Duración: 50min

    Yeti's own Evan Russell discusses his role as fishing marketing manager for Yeti and shares his thoughts on various topics relevant to the fishing industry.

  • Episode 29: The Modern Fish Act

    09/08/2018 Duración: 01h04min

    Jeff Angers, President of the Center for Sportfishing Policy, discusses the Modern Fish Act and its importance to federal fisheries management.

  • Episode 28: CCA Texas STAR Tournament

    16/04/2018 Duración: 01h01min

    Shane sits down with the CCA Texas STAR staff to discuss the 2018 State of Texas Anglers Rodeo. Bill and Dylan share some stories from previous years and explain the new guide's division for 2018.

  • Episode 27: Slow Ride Guide Services with Dean Thomas and Carrie Scruggs

    09/04/2018 Duración: 55min

    Dean Thomas and Carrie Scruggs join us on this episode to talk about guiding on the flats of the Coastal Bend, Hurricane Harvey, dangers of kayak fishing and much more.

  • Episode 26: Half Moon Reef

    27/03/2018 Duración: 01h21min

    Mark Dumesnil, Dr. Jennifer Pollack, Bill Balboa, Dave Buzan and Captain Bink Grimes sit down to talk about Half Moon Reef, 54-acres of restored oyster habitat in Matagorda Bay. In 2013, the Nature Conservancy partnered with the Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Texas General Land Office, Texas A&M University, and private foundations on a multi-year project to restore Half Moon Reef. Today, it stands as one of the largest oyster restoration projects in the country.

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

    14/03/2018 Duración: 47min

    Coastal Conservation Association's 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 (BFL). Together, these three groups strive to enhance marine life from Matagorda Bay to Rockport. We are excited to have both BCT and BFL on this episode to speak about their operations and announce this exciting cooperative with CCA Texas, BCT and BFL. Guest on this episode include Sean Stone - Executive Director of BCT, Chris Martin - Owner of BFL, TJ Christensen - BFL Operations Manager, Randy Brown - BFL Assistant Manager, Kevin Matula - BFL fishing guide and John Blaha - CCA Texas Habitat Director.

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

    08/03/2018 Duración: 50min

    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.

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