meet our ranch manager and Boat captain below:
The High Cotton Captain
Captain Allan Legge is a native of Galveston, Texas where his love of boats began at the age of 7. He became a boat captain at the age of 18 and later received his USCG Master 100 ton license. Allan has captained several boats over the past 30 years, most recently at the helm of the High Cotton, a 68’ Viking sportfishing yacht. Being an avid sportsman, Allan has participated in tournament fishing for much of his career both inshore and offshore. His IGFA tournament lineup includes the Bahama Billfish Classic, Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic, Poco Bueno, Texas Women Anglers Tournament, Texas International Fishing Tournament, Lone Star Shoot Out and Texas Legends Billfish Tournament where team High Cotton received the award for “Largest Fish Weighed” in 2016 with their 111.9lb yellowfin tuna. Captain Allan has operated the “High Cotton” for the last 9 years, traveling extensively throughout the waters around Florida, the Bahamas, the Mexico Yucatan Peninsula and the Gulf of Mexico. Aside from his marine responsibilities, Captain Allan also co-manages the High Cotton at the Myane Ranch, the company’s 5,000 acre game ranch in South Texas.
Matt Thompson was born and raised in the piney woods around Huntsville, Texas where his love of the outdoors began as soon as he was able to follow his father into the field. While other kids were playing sports and participating in extra-curricular activities at school, he could always be found at the deer lease or chasing some species of fish or fowl on the nearby Trinity River. Matt graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ag Business. Unsure what he wanted to do next, an opportunity presented itself to work on a hunting ranch in Maverick County along the South Texas border. This is where he discovered his true passion in life – guiding and managing a whitetail deer herd in the brush country of South Texas. Matt witnessed the vast improvements in the quality of deer as a result of intense management practices as well as sharing in the excitement of the successful hunters he guided. Matt’s 8 years of experience in his previous ranch management role makes him a great asset to the daily High Cotton ranch operations. His knowledge of wildlife and passion for the outdoors will greatly enhance the experience of the clients who visit and hunt the ranch.