Murray Martin is no stranger to the Texas outdoors. His father saw to it that Murray was exposed to the world of duck and goose hunting, as well as to the fabulous sport of coastal saltwater fishing almost since the time Murray began to walk. Whether it was rice fields in Anahuac and Eagle Lake, or the seemingly endless marshes all along our Texas coast, Murray grew up being at home in a duck blind or on a rice levee on cold winter mornings.
Today, Murray’s true passion for the outdoors is fulfilled by his love and desire for coastal wade fishing with artificial lures. A native of Texas, Murray spent the first twenty years of his life living in Dickinson, a small town located almost directly between Houston and Galveston, where he and his Dad spent the majority of their time fishing the entire Galveston Bay complex, from Trinity Bay all the way down to San Luis Pass and Christmas Bay.
Murray attended what is now known as Texas State University (formerly Southwest Texas State University), where he later graduated and went on to open his own business building custom homes in the San Marcos and Austin area. Following the nationwide crash in the home building industry in 1986, Murray enlisted in the Texas Army National Guard where he became a helicopter mechanic and full-time flight crew chief. Upon exit from his military duties, Murray went on to work for more than twenty years in the high-tech industry as an Engineer for Texas Instruments, Solectron, and Dell.
He and his wife, Peggy, daughter Camryn, and daughter Tyler and her husband, John, now permanently reside in Austin, but still manage to spend an enormous amount of time fishing the Texas coast. Their family fishing retreat, situated on the shores of Carancahua Bay in the small fishing village of Port Alto, has allowed the family to explore and become quite familiar with the mid-coastal bays from East Matagorda Bay all the way down to Mesquite Bay since 1986, but the Port O’Connor and Seadrift areas remain their primary focus for family wade fishing fun year round.