Ladies Casting for Conservation is a women’s one-day fishing tournament held in Crystal Beach, Texas on Bolivar Peninsula. This unique event brings together fishing enthusiasts and helps protect Galveston Bay’s natural resources. Now in its fourth year, the tournament has drawn interest from anglers throughout the state. This tournament is for everyone, from those fishing for the first time to those that know how to reel in a big catch! It’s a day of fun and an opportunity to learn about Galveston Bay. Both guided teams and non-guided teams are eligible.
Participants enjoy a day of competitive fishing that benefits Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF) in its efforts to preserve and protect Galveston Bay. Founded in 1987, GBF is a non-profit conservation organization that works to preserve, protect, and enhance the natural resources of the Galveston Bay estuarine system through its programs in education, conservation, advocacy, and research.
2015 Ladies Casting for Conservation
The Galveston Bay Foundation (“GBF”) hosted its third annual “Ladies Casting for Conservation” Fishing Tournament on Saturday, July 25 at Stingaree Restaurant and Marina in Crystal Beach, TX. With 66 participants and more than 100 team sponsors, the one-day tournament promoted awareness about the importance of conserving and protecting Galveston Bay and the critical habitat the bay provides for fish and other wildlife.
Now in its third year, the tournament contributed nearly $40,000 to benefit habitat conservation efforts. The tournament provides a unique opportunity for the foundation to connect to lady anglers who fish Galveston Bay, while also promoting a better understanding of its importance and the need for protecting this valuable resource.
The pre-tournament activities kicked off on Friday night with a social and captains’ meeting followed by dinner at Steve’s Landing in Crystal Beach, TX. On Saturday, teams began pulling into Stingaree Marina around 1pm to weigh in their catches. Participants and families anxiously gathered around the marina as teams lined up to see who led in the multiple prize categories.
First Place Team, Guided: Triple Tails
Nancy Bouse, Carmen Comeaux, Blanca Rodriguez
Second Place Team, Guided: Reel Speck Tackler
Martha Hicks, Sharon Neusel, Melody Parsons
Third Place Team, Guided: Asleep at the Reel
Marilyn Bell, Karen Henry, Ellen Ohmstede
First Place Team, Non-Guided: Angler Management
Melissa Gallien, Debbie Ploeger, Cathy Scheck
Second Place Team, Non-Guided: Salt Water Gypsies
Shelley Chesser, Debby Ward, Carol Wheeler
Third Place Team, Non-Guided: Saltwater Cowboys Fishing Honies
Stephanie Hurst, Cindy Kersh, Sandra Williamson
First Place Team, Fundraiser: Hall’s Hookers ($5,490)
Cindy Derby, Sondra Fikes, Melissa Salazar
Second Place Team, Fundraiser: Pier Pressure Girls I ($3,251)
Janifer Carrens, Jaton Liner, Hillary Woest
Third Place Team, Fundraiser: Pier Pressure Girls II ($2,686)
Rhonda Anderson, Erika Kriger, Laura Wood
Heaviest Trout: Melissa Gallien
Heaviest Redfish: Rani Henderson
Heaviest Flounder: Cindy Kersh
2015 Tournament Sponsors: