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TPWD News Release — Jan. 4, 2008

Flat Out Fishing Back for Fifth Year with Expert Tips for Anglers of All Levels

AUSTIN, Texas — For the fifth year, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will host two Flat Out Fishing seminars to help anglers start the new year with an edge. The first event, in Corpus Christi, kicks-off at 8 a.m., Sat., Feb. 2, at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The event will be held at Bay Hall, Room 103, at TAMU-CC’s Ward Island campus. The second event will be in Lake Jackson at the Lake Jackson Civic Center Feb. 9.

These day-long events include seminars and presentations from noted guides and experts covering a variety of bay, surf, kayak and fly fishing techniques

"Flat Out Fishing is full day of professional fishing seminars for beginning to experienced fishermen to learn how to become better anglers in a relaxed and friendly setting that offers plenty of opportunities for interaction with the presenters. The speakers are some of the most knowledgeable authorities in their field in Texas." said TPWD Coastal Fisheries Outreach Specialist Art Morris.

Flat Out Fishing — Corpus Christi, Feb. 2, features the following speakers and presentations:

Speakers at the Lake Jackson event, Feb. 9, include Larry Bozka of Bozka Outdoor Media and CoastalAnglers.com, Capt. Charles Foster of Blue Chip Charters and Guide Service, Bill Balboa, TPWD’s Galveston Bay Ecosystem Leader, Capt. "Lefty" Ray Chapa, Jeff Herman and others.

Participants will be eligible for door prizes and "goody bags."

The cost is $20 per person or $30 per couple, payable by cash, check or money order at the door. Registration fees are tax-deductible. Children under 17 may attend free with an adult.  Seating is limited so register early to ensure your participation.

To register for either event, contact Art Morris at 361-825-3356 or by e-mail at art.morris@tpwd.texas.gov.

For a map to Bay Hall at TAMU-CC, go to: http://www.tamucc.edu/campmap.html. The Lake Jackson Civic Center is located at 333 Hwy 332 East, Lake Jackson, Texas.

Flat Out Fishing is underwritten by Anheuser-Busch and sponsored by CCA Texas, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Shimano and others.

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