Meet The Staff

  • Rocky Brinker
    Rocky Brinker Camp Director

    Personal Information
    Happily retired at 59 after working since I was 14. I love to travel and have been to 15 countries. In the Air Force I was known as the “Fishin’ Technician” and spent many free days at various California lakes. In high school I tutored math where I first realized the satisfaction of helping others achieve their goals.

    Volunteer Experience
    Kids Workshop Coordinator – Home Depot Portland, ME. 2000-2006
    Adult leader and assistant scoutmaster – Boy Scouts Ingleside, TX. 2008-2017
    Wednesday CCE Director – Our Lady of the Assumption Ingleside, TX 2018-

    Professional Experience
    Lead technician and peer trainer – Home Depot Tool Rental 2000-2010
    Plant maintenance – Southwest Doors 1996-1999
    Plant maintenance – Doane’s Industries 1990-1994
    Communications and Navigations Specialist E6 USAF 1982-1990

  • Captain David Norris
    Captain David Norris Bay Charter Captain

    BIOGRAPHY:
    For as long as I can remember, I have always loved to fish. Inspired by my grandfather, I fell in love with bass fishing. My passion for fishing strengthened after attending a fishing summer camp during high school. I worked the summer camp for many years after and quickly moved up the ranks from being a camper to an instructor for the camp. During college, I naturally chose to study marine biology and gained valuable experience and knowledge working for the Sportfish Center. In 2015, I obtained my captain’s license and began guiding part time in order to share my passioin with others.

    EDUCATION:
    Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
    • B.S in Marine Biology, 2014

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
    D-FISH Guide Service
    Corpus Christi, Texas
    Fishing Guide June 2017 – Present

    Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation: Harte Research Institute
    Corpus Christi, Texas Fisheries Research Technician II
    November 2017 – Present

    Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation: Harte Research Institute
    Corpus Christi, Texas Fisheries Research Technician I
    January 2016 – October 2017

    Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation: Harte Research Institute
    Corpus Christi, Texas Research Assistant
    October 2014 – January 2016

    Outdoor Texas Camps Corpus Christi, Texas
    Fishing Instructor
    June 2009 – August 2017

    Roy’s Bait and Tackle Outfitters Corpus Christi, Texas
    Sales Associate
    September 2014 – February 2015

    Texas Parks and Wildlife- Coastal Fisheries Corpus Christi, Texas
    Coastal Fisheries Summer Intern
    May 2014 – August 2014

    Coastal Conservation Association Rockport, Texas
    TPWD- Coastal Fisheries- Summer Intern
    May 2013 – August 2013

    VOLUNTEER/ RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES:
    Coastal Conservation Association – Corpus Christi Chapter Corpus Christi, Texas
    Board Member
    January 2013 – Present

    Heroes on the Water- Corpus Christi Chapter – Corpus Christi, Texas
    Kayak Fishing Guide
    October 2015 – Present

    Islander Anglers- Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi Corpus Christi, Texas
    President
    May 2011 – May 2014

    PUBLICATIONS:

    Writing Publications
    • Norris, David. “Inshore Fishing/Marine Science.” Saltwater Angler Magazine. p. . January 2018 -February 2019
    • Norris, David. 2012 – 2013. South Texas Fishing Guidelines (Fishing Report). Corpus Christi Caller Times Newspaper (Sports Section – Outdoors).
    • Norris, David. October 2015. Drumming Up Some Fun. Texas Saltwater Fishing Magazine.

    Published Appearances
    • Multiple appearances in the Texas Saltwater Magazine, Saltwater Angler Magazine, and Corpus Christi Caller Times Newspaper
    • Made the cover of the January 2017 edition of the Saltwater Angler
    • Appeared in the 2016-2017 Texas Parks and Wildlife Outdoor Annual

    SPEAKING EVENTS:
    • Norris, David. 2017. Fly Fishing 101. Cross Trail Outfitters, Calallen, Tx
    • Norris, David and Austin Orr. 2017. The Art of Fly Fishing. Harte Research Institute, Corpus Christi, Tx.

    TOURNAMENT EXPERIENCE:
    IFA Kayak Tour: Texas Division
    Texas Divisional Angler of the Year
    2016 Tournament Season

    2nd Place & Big Redfish- Aransas Pass, Texas
    August 14, 2016

    3rd Place- Port Aransas, Texas
    April 3, 2016

    2nd Place & Big Redfish- Corpus Christi, Texas
    June 7, 2015

    2nd Place & Big Trout- Aransas Pass, Texas
    September 8, 2013

    Big Redfish- Port Aransas, Texas
    2012

    Lydia Ann Fly Masters Tournament
    3rd Place Redfish- Boat Division
    2015

    Rockport Yak Attack
    2nd Place Trout
    2013

    3rd Place Trout/Redfish Combo & Speckled Redfish
    2011

  • Captain Filip Spencer
    Captain Filip Spencer Kayaking Instructor

    My name is Captain Filip Spencer. People call me Fishman. I’m a Local fishing guide here in Corpus Christi, Texas. I have been kayaking and fishing for over thirty-five years in south Texas and have won many tournaments over the years. In 2005 I was on the Extreme Edge Shimano Pro fishing tour it runs from Texas to Florida. I’m the Texas Kayak Angler of the Year and the National Kayak Angler of the Year for 2005.

    Certifications:
    Master Capt. with the U.S Coast Guard.
    Texas Parks and Wildlife Certification.
    U.S Coast Guard Certification.
    First Aid Certification.
    American Canoe Association Kayak Instructor Certification.

    Tournaments and Results:
    2005 Extreme Edge Shimano Kayak Fishing Tournament Port O’Conner 1st Place Flounder.
    2005 Extreme Edge Shimano Kayak Fishing Tournament Galveston 1st Place Stringer over all.
    2005 Extreme Edge Shimano Kayak Fishing Tournament Port Aransas 1st Place Trout.
    2005 Extreme Edge Shimano Texas Kayak Team of the Year.
    2005 Extreme Edge Shimano National Kayak Team of the Year.
    2005 Extreme Edge Shimano Texas Kayak Angler of the Year.
    2005 Extreme Edge Shimano National Kayak Angler of the Year.
    2005 Stars and Stripes Saltwater Kayak Series 2ed Place Stringer.
    2005 Stars and Stripes Saltwater Kayak Series 2ed Place Team.
    2006 Arabia Shrine Sportsman Tournament 1st Place Trout.
    2006 Arabia Shrine Sportsman Tournament 2ed Place Red.
    2006 Arabia Shrine Sportsman Tournament 1st Place Stringer.
    2006 Arabia Shrine Sportsman Tournament 1st Place Team Stringer.
    2006 Kayak Masters Lake Conroe 4th Place.
    2006 KayakMasters Series Angler of the Year 8th Place finish.
    2006 KayakMasters Galveston 1st Place Team.
    2006 KayakMasters Series Team of the year.
    2006 Specktacular Galveston 3rd Place Red
    2006 Specktacular Galveston 2ed Place Trout.
    2006 Specktacular Galveston 3rd Place Team of the year.
    2006 Specktacular Kayak Fishing Series Angler of the Year 3rd Place over all.
    2006 North American Kayak Angler Tournament 1st Place Flounder.
    2006 North American Kayak Angler Tournament 3rd Place Team.
    2005 CCA Babes on the bay Tournament 17th place over all out of 189 teams
    2006 CCA Babes on the bay Tournament 3ed place over all out of 197 teams.
    2007 Texas Redfish Series 6th Place Port O Conner.
    2007 Texas Redfish Series 4th Place Rock Port.
    2007 Texas Redfish Series 2nd Place Overall.
    2007 Stars and Stripes Rockport 1st Place Slam.

    Awards:
    Texas Parks and Wildlife Elite Angler Recognition Award.
    18 Texas Parks and Wildlife State Record.
    25 Angler Recognition Awards from the Texas Parks and Wildlife.
    Texas State Saltwater Catch and Release Record: Drum, Black.
    Texas State Saltwater Catch and Release Record: Flounder, Southern.
    Texas State Saltwater Catch and Release Record: Seatrout, Sand
    Texas State Saltwater Catch and Release Record: Seatrout, Spotted
    Texas State Saltwater Catch and Release Record: Sheepshead
    Texas State Saltwater Fly Fishing Catch and Release Record: Seatrout, Spotted.
    Texas State Saltwater Fly Fishing Catch and Release Record: Seatrout, Sand.
    Texas State Water Body Record for Aransas Bay: Snook, Common
    Texas State Water Body Record for Aransas Bay Flounder, Southern.
    Texas State Water Body Record for Aransas Bay Seatrout, Spotted.
    Texas State Water Body Record for Corpus Christi Bay: Drum, Red
    Texas State Water Body Record for Corpus Christi Bay: Drum, Black.
    Texas State Water Body Record for Corpus Christi Bay: Flounder, Southern.
    Texas State Water Body Record for Corpus Christi Bay: Seatrout, Sand.
    Texas State Water Body Record for Corpus Christi Bay: Seatrout, Spotted.
    Texas State Water Body Fly Fishing Record for Corpus Christi Bay: Seatrout, Sand.
    Texas State Water Body Fly Fishing Record for Corpus Christi Bay: Seatrout, Spotted.
    Texas State Water Body Record for Redfish Bay: Seatrout, Spotted.