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Friends of Padre Loses Founder and Mentor

Billy Sandifer, legendary fishing guide and friend and mentor to many lost his battle with cancer March 30th, 2018. A Celebration of his life was held Sunday May 20th at the Briscoe King Pavilion at  Padre Balli Park. During the memorial a coyote was observed looking in on the ceremony from the top of a dune outside the rear entrance of the pavilion. Many in attendance thought it might be Billy checking in on things as he always considered the coyote his brother. (Photo Courtesy of David Sikes of the Caller Times.)

Rest in Peace my friend. Billy Sandifer 6/11/1947 - 3/30/2018.

"Life's A Hoot. Get You Some of It. Be Careful, Be Courteous, Be Kind", Capt. Billy L. Sandifer 


 If you would like to make a donation in memory of Billy, you can click on the Paypal "Donate" button below or send a check to PO Box 18108 Corpus Christi, TX 78418.

Thank You!


 The primary function of Friends of Padre is to fund and organize the annual Billy Sandifer Big Shell Beach Cleanup in perpetuity. Beginning in 1995, the Big Shell Beach Cleanup occurs once a year in the Big Shell portion of the Padre Island National Seashore (PINS). Each year, hundreds of volunteers dedicate a Saturday to removing trash from this 10-mile stretch of beach. Since its inception, over 8525 volunteers have removed 2,726,000 pounds of trash from this remote and wild stretch of 4 Wheel Drive Only beach.


Friends of Padre

Friends of Padre Beach Report 11/24/2018

Jay Gardner filed this report Driving on Friday Nov. 23rd was brutal.  Tides to the dunes, and multiple vehicles had issues.  Driving on Sunday, Nov. 25th was a 10.5 out of 10.  Pompano were caught the length of the beach, mostly on...

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Friends of Padre Beach Report for 10/29/2018

Filed by Cody Moravits Air Temp:        High - 80       Low - 62 Water Temp:   72 Waves: Flat calm building to 2 foot surf Monday afternoon Wind: Light SE winds all day on Sunday increasing to 10-15mph by Monday...

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Friends of Padre Beach Report for 10/02/2018

Air temp: High 84* Low 76*Water Temp: 83*Waves: 2-4 feetMullet were observed the length of the beach with the most bait being on the south end. Water clarity was nice and green with a few areas of browner water in...

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