TABC Accomplishments

The following TABC Accomplishments are just some of the ways that TABC has stayed to true to its mission.

Mission

TABC is dedicated to the preservation, conservation and enhancement thereof; with youth involvement for the future of fishing in Texas.

TABC Accomplishments

  • T.A.B.C fought and won against the Walking Catfish Bill
  • T.A.B.C fought and won against the Spear Fishing Bill
  • T.A.B.C fought against the legal introduction of grass carp in 1978 beginning with the stocking of carp on Lake Conroe. This was a costly legal battle against Texas Parks & Wildlife, Lake Conroe home owners Association and the Texas A & M University. We have since then fought against grass carp many times.
  • T.A.B.C built a one-of-a-kind all access fishing pier in the early 80’s on Lake Nacogdoches.
  • T.A.B.C Built another all access fishing pier on lake Granite Shoals
  • T.A.B.C supports legislation that promotes clean air and clean water.
  • T.A.B.C stopped the proposed total clearing of all surface materials prior to the impoundment of Choke Canyon Reservoir.
  • In 1975-76 TABC encouraged Texas Parks & Wildlife Department to reduce the liberal fish limit from 15 to 10 fish. Later in 1996, we worked with Inland Fisheries Chief Bob Kemp and the limits were lowered to 10 fish with 10-inch limits. Later in 1986 we worked with Inland Fisheries Chief Phil Durocher to further reduce the limits to 5 fish 14-inch length
  • T.A.B.C members worked diligently with and supported then State Representative Dan Ellis who introduced to the Texas Legislative the bill and the legislative bill provided for a $5.00 Fish Stamp to help fund fish hatcheries statewide. This $5.00 stamp has raised over $60 million. Part of those funds went to build a new hatchery near Jasper Texas and refurbish other hatcheries. And stock fish throughout Texas.
  • TA.B.C. has hosted Youth Tournaments around the state and provides college scholarships for many young adults.
  • T.A.B.C supports our Brave American Soldiers with several fishing activities.
  • T.A.B.C. has hosted a State Championship Tournaments every year. In the beginning it was called the TOP 6. It is now known as the Texas Association of Bass Clubs State Championship.
  • T.A.B.C. was successful in stopping the discharge of harmful chemicals into the Angelina River system.
  • T.A.B.C. is honored to have two inductees in the Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. Edward Parten 2012 and Randi Wayland 2016.
  • In 2003 T.A.B.C helped state representative Dan Ellis to introduce a bill to help Texas Parks and Wildlife to control noxious aquatic plants such as giant salvinia and water hyacinth. T.A.B.C and Texas Black Bass Unlimited (TBBU) still work on this project.
  • T.A.B.C was responsible for marking the river channel on Lake Livingston.
  • T.A.B.C along with Lake Livingston Friends of reservoirs (LLFor) has planted native water willow in Lake Livingston