About Larry Bozka
Larry Bozka bio info:
A fifth-generation Texan, Larry Bozka has been a professional outdoor writer, editor, photographer, broadcaster, video producer, marketing consultant and public speaker for over 30 years. He graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism in August of 1979.
As the first full-time editor of the Coastal Conservation Association’s TIDE magazine, Bozka was heavily involved in legislative efforts to protect Texas redfish and speckled trout in the late 70s. He has over 130 state and national awards to his credit and specializes in covering the Texas Coast, partly through his website and blog, CoastalAnglers.com. At the 50th annual conference of the Texas Outdoor Writers Association in College Station, Bozka was honored with the L.A. Wilke Lifetime Achievement award, TOWA’s highest honor. He was presented the award by the previous recipient, longtime outdoor writer and broadcaster Doug Pike.Through the TOWA’s Excellence in Crafts competition, Bozka landed First-Place honors in the Website category for the second year in a row with CoastalAnglers.com. He also took First-Place in the Radio category with a segment that aired on Great American Outdoor Trails Radio Magazine. The winning podcast covered a 2007 expedition through Alaska’s Northwest Passage and featured a total of 77 photos.
He authored “Larry Bozka’s Saltwater Strategies: How, When & Where to Fish the Western Gulf Coast” in summer of 1998. The book is now sold out, and Bozka is currently in the process of writing a brand-new title … “Larry Bozka’s Texas Saltwater Fishing Guide: Coastal Angling Strategies & Techniques.”
He is a past host of the SportsRadio 610 Outdoor Show. Bozka is past editor of, among other publications, Texas Fish & Game and Texas Fisherman magazines. He produced and hosted the Texas Fisherman television show on Home Sports Entertainment in the early 1990s, and is now working on a comprehensive series of instructional saltwater fishing videos. The CAST (“Coastal Angling Strategies & Techniques”) videotape series will profile a wide variety of saltwater-related topics, from bank-fishing the surf for autumn-run “bull” redfish to wade fishing and kayaking the shallow flats of bay systems from Sabine Lake to South Padre Island.
Bozka is Contributing Editor for Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine and also serves as Saltwater Editor for Texas Sporting Journal. He is a regular contributor to the CCA TIDE, Salt Water Sportsman magazine and other well-known outdoor publications. Bozka works as Saltwater Advisor to TexasFishingForum.com, a prominent and well-respected online forum regularly visited by tens of thousands of avid Texas anglers for which Bozka now writes a regular column.
He has, since 1990, also been a member of the Wrangler Pro Gear Advisory Group, though which he advises the company on the development of its highly popular Pro Gear line of outdoor apparel.
On the national radio front, Bozka works as Gulf Coast Contributing Editor for Great American Outdoor Trails Radio Magazine, hosted by award-winning broadcaster Jim Ferguson. Ferguson and Bozka collaborate on a regular basis to create lavishly-illustrated podcasts profiling Bozka’s travels and insights. Larry Bozka is an active member and past president and board member of the Texas Outdoor Writers Association, and is also an active member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, Southeastern Outdoor Press Association and Florida Outdoor Writers Association.
Bozka is also Director of Marketing and Public Relations for I.F. Anderson Farms, producer of the pond-raised Black Salty baitfish (www.blacksalty.com). The eco-friendly Black Salty is available at many bait camps and marinas throughout the Gulf Coast and Eastern Seaboard, and has been successfully field-tested on a vast assortment of gamefish species in waters fresh and salt, both inshore and offshore. The Black Salty is especially unique in that it is the only live baitfish in the country that can be ordered direct via Federal Express overnight shipping. Bozka also works with I.F. Anderson Farms to promote the longtime hatchery’s seasonal (April and May) “Forage Fish Fry” program, through which pond and lake managers are able to procure golden shiner fry via Federal Express overnight shipping at the remarkably low price of $250 for 250,000 fish … a quarter-million fry, ready-to-stock, for a mere buck a thousand.
Aside from writing and shooting photos for Texas Parks & Wildlife, Texas Sporting Journal, TIDE, Salt Water Sportsman, Sport Fishing, Cabela’s Outfitter Journal, Pond Boss and other publications, Bozka frequently collaborates with his longtime friend, artist Mark Mantell of Friendswood, Texas, to create both commissioned original and limited-edition sporting art (www.markmantell.com). The duo teamed up to produce the popular limited-edition series prints “Homecoming” and “Reflections,” and new Mantell paintings based on Bozka’s field photos are currently in the works.
Bozka stays in constant contact with the saltwater fishing community through his award-winning blog on CoastalAnglers.com and contributions to TexasFishingForum.com and FloridaFishingForum.net. He also spends as many days as possible out on the water, carrying both rods and reels and a complete array of Nikon bodies and lenses and air-quality Canon video equipment. Gear stowed aboard his specially-rigged 21-foot Kenner Vision (complete with the Texas flag emblazoned from stem to stern) Larry Bozka works hard to document and pass on the experiences and adventures he regularly enjoys as part of his job.
He spends a good deal of his time conducting public speaking engagements throughout the state, entertaining audiences with a unique mix of knowledge based on well over three decades of experience and an ever-present sense of humor.
Larry Bozka lives near the shoreline of Galveston Bay in Seabrook, Texas, with his wife, Liz, a Marketing Education instructor and DECA Advisor at Pasadena High School. He can be reached via e-mail at both firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.