CCA scales up cash support for two bay project

By Trishna Buch

ONE OF fishing’s most dedicated support organizations is about to spend almost a quarter-million dollars on conservation at two key angling sites in Galveston Bay.
The Texas branch of Coastal Conservation Association and its national habitat program, Building Conservation Trust, have linked arms to help Galveston Bay Foundation battle shoreline erosion in Texas City’s Moses Lake and plant grass in the marshes around Bird Island Cove in West Bay.
CCA, which runs the Gulf Coast’s immensely popular and prize-studded STAR angling tournament each year, and BCT have combined to offer the foundation $150,000 for the Moses Lake project and $85,000 for the marsh restoration.
A statement from CCA said the former will undertake erosion protection for 1.3 miles of shoreline and restore up to 10 acres of intertidal marshland in Moses Lake, while the Bird Island Cove project will benefit about 114 acres of wetlands.
The projects are just two of more than 37 that BCT and CCA are aiming to support throughout the nation.
According to the statement, BCT has gathered more than $9 million towards the projects. In 2016, CCA provided $1.8 million to the trust, which hopes to invest more than $3.5 million in Texas marine habitat projects by 2021.
The two organizations have committed to investing $530,000 in Texas coast marine habitat work this year in partnerships that will together invest $4.28 million in coastal habitat.
John Blaha, director of CCA Texas’ habitat program Habitat Today For Fish Tomorrow, said the investment is good news for the area’s leisure fishermen.
He said: “It has been exciting to watch the natural partnership between the CCA Texas and BCT grow. We are accomplishing so much in 2017 by working together and this relationship will continue to produce great work.”
BCT executive director Sean Stone echoed Blaha’s sentiments, saying the projects “cover a diversity of marine conservation goals and will restore degraded habitats, create new habitats, advance the science of habitat restoration and conservation,and educate coastal communities on the value of conservation”.

Our weekly guide to action at favored angling spots

THE EXTRA hour of evening light from today, Sunday, offers anglers ample opportunity to continue thriving on the continued run of trout throughout most of the area. Redfish are abundant in Texas City, while West Galveston Bay is a good place to reel in sheepshead and black drum.

North Sabine: Trout are fair to good on the Louisiana shoreline on topwaters and Corkies and in the river on shad. Flounder are fair on jigs tipped with shrimp around marsh drains.

South Sabine: Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Trout are fair to good around Lighthouse Cove on topwaters. Redfish are good around pods of shad.

Bolivar: Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on soft plastics and plugs. Black drum and redfish are good at Rollover Pass.

Trinity Bay: Trout are fair for drifters working pods of shad and mullet on MirrOlures and Corkies. Waders have taken better trout on the shell along the east shoreline. Redfish are fair to good on shad at the spillway.

East Galveston Bay: Trout are good on the south shoreline on MirrOlures and She Dogs. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp. Black drum are fair to good in the ship channel on crabs.

West Galveston Bay: Trout are fair to good for drifters working shell on live shrimp. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs.

Texas City: Trout are fair on reefs on live bait. Redfish are good in Moses Lake on shrimp and crabs. Black drum are good in the channel on crabs.

Freeport: Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs. Black drum are good at the jetties on cracked blue crabs.

East Matagorda Bay: Trout are fair for drifters on live shrimp over humps and scattered shell. Redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal on crabs and mullet.

West Matagorda Bay: Redfish are fair to good on the edge of Oyster Lake on shrimp and crabs. Trout are fair on shell and in grass on soft plastics and live shrimp. Black drum are fair to good at the jetty on crabs.


SPRING BREAK offers a host of afternoon sporting events, yet the week begins with a mammoth collision of basketball heavyweights at Toyota Center in what could be a preview of bigger things come this June.
Today, Sunday:
LeBron James and world champions the Cleveland Cavaliers visit Toyota Center for an 8:00pm tip against the Rockets in a matchup that some pundits feel is a sneak peak of the NBA finals.
The two teams met earlier in the season, with the Cavaliers surviving a 41-point, 15-assist night from James Harden to escape with a 128-120 home win on November 1. Tonight’s game will be televised nationally on ESPN.
Tomorrow, Monday:
High-school boys’ soccer action begins early, with Texas City hosting Fort Bend Marshall at noon. Manvel will be at Santa Fe and Fort Bend Elkins at Galveston Ball, with both games starting at 7:00pm. Two girls’ matches, Galveston Ball at Fort Bend Elkins and Santa Fe at Manvel, also start
at 7:00pm.
One baseball game is on tap, with first pitch slated for noon in Houston Washington’s visit to La Marque.
There are three district 24-6a softball games on the docket, with Friendswood at Clear Creek beginning at 5:00pm and Clear Falls at Clear Springs and Dickinson at Alvin each beginning at 6:30pm.
Opening night of district 24-6a baseball season will have Clear Brook at Clear Falls, Clear Springs at Clear Creek and Friendswood at Dickinson each starting at 7:00pm. But it’s Texas City who will start the day on the diamond with a trip to Galena Park at 1:30pm.
In softball, Danbury will be at La Marque beginning at 11:00am, while Fort Bend Willowridge at Texas City and Galena Park at Santa Fe both start at 1:30pm.
East Bernard will visit Hitchcock for the district 24-3a opener and Shadow Creek will visit Galveston Ball. Both games begin at 6:30pm.


Could former Coog Allen become a Saint?

LA MARQUE native Brian Allen delivered a strong showing during Monday’s NFL rookie combine for defensive backs as the University Of Utah standout raised his stock leading into next month’s draft in Philadelphia.
Allen, who checked in at an impressive 6ft 3in and 215lb, ran the 40-yard dash in a time of 4.48 seconds while also adding a 34.5in vertical jump and a 117in broad jump.
The PAC-12’s co-leader in interceptions last season arrived in Indianapolis projected as a priority free agent but his athleticism pushed him in range of being a late-round draft selection.’s Dion Caputi was among the watching draft writers who left with a positive impression of Allen, who helped lead La Marque to the program’s last trip to the state championship
in 2010 before earning all-district honors as a receiver in 2011.
“For a former wide receiver, he looks pretty smooth”, Caputi said.
While draft analyst Lance Zierlein feels that Allen is a work in progress, he also believes the Cougar alum’s size and upside will be attractive to a team willing to be patient and let him develop.
Zierlein said: “His elite size, speed and length are sure to garner attention and he does flash some potential as a bump-and-run corner. He could be a late-round pick who is stashed on a practice squad while a team tries to improve his technique.”
At least one team has reported already shown interest. New Orleans Times-Picayune football reporter Herbie Teope tweeted on Monday that the Saints informally met with Allen shortly after he completed his workouts.
He will have another opportunity to further impress scouts and general managers when he participates in Utah’s pro day on March 23.


Coach leads Chargers to district glory

IN THE SAME manner in which Clear Springs dominated district 24-6a this season, coach Pamela Crawford’s girls team was just as imposing with accolades rained upon them
by district coaches.
Crawford was named district coach of the year after leading the Chargers to a 32-4 overall record and a trip to the class 6a, region III final, when they fell to eventual state runners-up Cy Ranch.
Crawford’s leadership was such that the team won an eighth straight district championship while recording the program’s sixth 30-win campaign in seven seasons.
Junior guard Dymond Gladney was named the 24-6a player of the season as she led the Chargers with 13.6 points per game along with 3.3 steals and 3.1 assists per contest. Gladney, who played in all but one Clear Springs contest this season, will have a host of colleges in pursuit of her services before returning to the Chargers for her senior year.
Senior forward Tasharian Robinson was named district defensive player of the year after guiding a Chargers defense that held opponents to less than 50 points in 32 of their games. She also added four assists per game to go along with 2.6 steals and 8.7 points per contest.
Senior forward Sierra Cheatham was offensive player of the year via her 13.9 points per game while shooting 54 per cent from the field.
Gladney, Robinson and Cheatham were joined on the 24-6a first team by teammate JaNay Redic, while Taylor Singleton and Audrey Wandji received second-team honors.
Annalise Brisco, Cortishas Elias, Hannah Falls and Maddi Nicholas of Clear Falls were each all-district first teamers after helping guide the Knights to a 27-win season and a trip to the region III quarterfinal round, when they fell to district rivals the Wildcats of Clear Creek. Fellow Knights Madison Lusser, Lauren Small and Ariel Wolfe each earned spots on the second team.
The Wildcats, who advanced to the regional semifinals before they too fell to Cy Ranch, were represented on the first team by Keondra White and Hannah Zajac, while teammate Hannah Froeschl was tabbed for second-team honors.
Clear Brook’s Nakayla Bell and Shakiaya Strong were also named to the second team, along with Friendswood’s Megan Stokes.