History of the CBGA:
The Coastal Bend Guides Association
was founded in 1989. This non-profit association was originally organized
with the primary purpose of increasing awareness among guides and
outdoorsman regarding the affairs of Texas legislators, and other elements
of the Texas state government, that have a direct impact on the outdoor
sportsman industry as a whole.
During those early years,
Texas Parks & Wildlife had
little opposition when passing a bill into law. As the association
grew and gained more supporting members, the power of the association
became more apparent. Today, Texas Parks and Wildlife considers the
opinion of the Coastal Bend Guides Association's members prior to
submitting a bill for legislation - especially those bills that would
directly affect the outdoorsman, and related industries in general.
combined effort of the CBGA and TPWD, the result is a solid working
Since its inception, the Coastal Bend Guides Association has become a
leader in community interaction and helping those who are less fortunate.
As a vital provider for over ten years to such organizations as the
Driscoll Children's Hospital
South Texas Children's Home
Coastal Bend Guides Association also extends a hand to those member
families who have suffered a loss, or are in need of assistance.
To increase the
level of awareness, communication, and support for common purposes
within our respective fields and serve as a positive catalyst for
To become familiar
with environmental issues, especially those of which have an impact on
To maintain an
active role and professional image within the communities we serve.
To create and
cultivate national, state, and local partnerships.
To host forums and
meetings that foster communication and the sharing of ideas with regard
to issues that directly and/or indirectly affect our professions,
communities, or common welfare.
resources, information, services, and support for the membership as a
Our Area of the
Texas Coastal Bend Includes:
Fulton, Rockport, Aransas Pass,
Ingleside, Port Aransas and Portland. Our guides know the area and
fish many popular bays like Aransas, Copano, Corpus Christi,
Laguna Madre, Baffin Bay and everything in between. South
Texas hunting locations as well as birding, nature and aquatic
tour locations will vary.
The CBGA is a tax-exempt organization 501(c)(6) that actively seeks
& supports solutions to issues that impact the sporting community.
Fishing Guides & Charter Captains
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Code of Ethics:
All members of the
Coastal Bend Guides Association acknowledge their responsibility to
represent the guiding profession in a conscientious manner. We therefore
commit ourselves to high standards of ethical conduct and hereby state
the precepts that will guide us as we guide others.
Obey all game
management laws of the State of Texas and the United States Government.
regulations of the
United States Coast Guard.
Adhere to the
licensing requirements of the State of Texas and the United States Coast
Guard and conscientiously renew and maintain licenses as required.
professionalism in the execution of our duties as boat captains. We will
remain vigilant so as to never endanger our passengers. Their welfare
and safety will be of preeminent concern, making all other
consumption of alcohol of any kind while operating a vessel.
intolerant of unsafe, irresponsible, or illegal acts by anyone in our
vessel including fellow members of the Coastal Bend Guides Association.
Respect nature and
honestly, honorably, and with integrity when dealing with the public and
other members of the guiding fraternity.
Refuse to aid,
assist, or promote any individual who is unlicensed or unqualified in an
attempt to provide illegal guide services to the public.
Within the bounds
of safety, reason, and ethics endeavor to provide for our clients a
quality outdoor experience.
President: Lee Wehring
Vice-president: Michael "Moon" Shelton
Secretary: Pat Day
Treasurer: Doug Rives
Board of Directors:
Corpus Christi: Mike Kocian (2016)
Ingleside/Aransas Pass: Doug Stanford (2016)
Ingleside/Aransas Pass: Jay Nichols (2015)
Port Aransas: Dan Pike (2016)
Rockport: Dusty Stahl (2016)
Rockport: Curtis Bartek (2015)
Director at Large: Billie Kocian (2015)
Administrative Secretary: Hiedi Dodd
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Tournament Chair: Billie Kocian