Mission, History and Goals

To increase the level of awareness, communication, and support for common purposes within our respective fields and serve as a positive catalyst for change.

  • To become familiar with environmental issues, especially those of which have an impact on our livelihood.

  • 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.

  • To provide resources, information, services, and support for the membership as a whole.

About the Coastal Bend Guides Association

Our Mission Statement:

The Coastal Bend Guides Association's mission is to maintain a regional organization that promotes a high standard of professionalism; encourage and increase business for the license professional guides of the Texas coast; enhance public respect and appreciation for the profession; influence legislation and bureaucratic decisions by the State of Texas and federal government that affect the sport fishing industry and guide fishing profession; and, strive for conservation of our valued coastal marine resource.

2019 CBGA Board



Monte Graham

Vice President:

Doug Stanford


Greg Banker

Director at Large:

Doug Stanford


Ingleside/Aransas Pass:

Mike Socha

Rockport/Fulton North:

Billie Kocian

Rockport/Fulton South: 

Doug  Rives

Port Aransas:

Jackie Romeyn


Grant Coppin

Corpus Christi: 

Lee Wehring

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Texas Coastal Bend

Our Guides come from:

Corpus Christi, Fulton, Rockport, Aransas Pass, Ingleside, Port Aransas, Portland and surrounding areas.


Our guides know the area and fish many popular bays:

  • Aransas Bay

  • Copano Bay

  • Corpus Christi Bay

  • Laguna Madre

  • Baffin Bay

  • and everything in between


South Texas hunting locations as well as birding, nature

and aquatic tour locations will vary.

History of 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.


Through the combined effort of the CBGA and TPWD, the result is a solid working partnership.

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 and theSouth Texas Children's Home Ministries, the Coastal Bend Guides Association also extends a hand to those member families who have suffered a loss, or are in need of assistance.

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