Each month, Coast Monthly visits with some of the most charming people on the Texas Coast to chat about their style.
Because she’s always evolving, Kemah resident Dawn Messina calls herself a chameleon. Messina, who has enjoyed careers as a dental hygienist, financial consultant and business coach, likes to explore and learn new things, she said.
She recently opened her own eyebrow microblading business and is excited about being able to choose her own hours, giving her more time to devote to her fishing addiction, she said.
A serious angler who has participated in and won several tournaments, Messina is one of the original Redfish Rodeo women who compete yearly at Pelican Rest Marina in Galveston.
“The saltwater centers me; it opens my mind,” she said. “I’ve fished all over the world, but love the Galveston coast.”
She also competes in clay shooting events.
She characterizes her fashion style as sexy, but classy, and leans toward designers like Calvin Klein.
“I’m not a flowery, poofy kind of girl,” she said.
Here are a few of her favorite things:
1. Sea beans/sea hearts: I found most of these along San Luis Pass and 8 Mile beach. They’re various shapes and sizes, and are actual beans that float and wash up from all over the world.
2. Tackle box: It’s loaded with a variety of fishing gear and artificial bait. I prefer to fish with artificials, but I do fish with live bait when I’m doing catch and release.
3. Rod and reel: This is an American Rodsmiths rod and Pflueger reel. I can fish with
anything, but this is my go-to
rod and reel.
4. Magellan boots: When fishing conditions are low risk for jellyfish or stingrays, I wear a lighter weight boot like these, along with shorts and my bikini top.
5. Championship team shirt: The shirt my team wore when we fished and won the Redfish Rodeo Tournament in 2016. It’s special because there are normally four to a team, but one gal dropped out at the last minute, so there was just three of us and we won with a three-person team.
6. Fish grip: A must for controlling the fish and getting the hook out. I have a variety of hooks that I use, depending on what I’m fishing for.
7. Bikini: When we compete in tournaments, we wear our bikinis under our fishing attire. When we’re not catching fish, it’s time to catch some rays.
8. Costa sunglasses: I fish in these because they’re polarized and offer a lot of protection, plus helps with the glare off the water.
9. Sun visor: This is a Poco Bueno visor I was wearing when I caught a red fish that was so huge it bent my hook, so I put the hook on my hat to remind me of that day.