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14 Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Fall 2015 Fall Fishing the Very Best of the Year Along with the very best weather of the year Fall in the Coastal Bend also brings the very best fishing as dozens of game species migrate from the Gulf of Mexico back to the warmer waters of our bays and estuaries. Mature plump and on the move Redfish Speckled Trout and Flounder are at their healthiest in the Fall and relatively easy to find as they make their journey through a limited number of passages and channels into Redfish Bay Corpus Christi Bay and Upper Laguna Madre. Offshore fishing takes the turn from drifting to bottom fish- ing in the Fall and Red Snapper is without a doubt the prized catchbut only in Texas state waters within nine nautical miles of shore as the federal Red Snapper season lasts just a few weeks starting in June. What is particularly great about the Coastal Bend for recreational fishing families is the ample easy and free ac- cess to great onshore fishing. Especially on North Padre and Mustang Islands channels and passages teeming with migrating game fish can be reached from the shoreline jetties and from strategically placed public piers see detailed Fishing Maps pages 72 74. For those with a bigger budget Port Aransas is home to the largest private charter fleet on the Texas Coast and private guides can be easily found online. CorpusChristi Casino Ship Now Sailing from Aransas Pass The Aransas Queen Casino Ship started daily trips to the Gulf of Mexico earlier this year where full cash-prize gambling is allowed outside state waters nine nautical miles offshore. Gamers can play over 200 certified Vegas-style slot machines from a penny to 25 per pull roulette craps and Blackjack. The Aransas Queen is oper- ated by a Las Vegas-based gaming and hospitality company and offers a clean professionally run ship. Football fans need not miss their favorite team with all games shown live on satellite TV. Light buffet and free drink service for gamblers. Cruises run at 11am everyday with a second 7pm cruise many days. 55th Annual Texas Jazz Festival Friday-Sunday October 16-18 This popular music festival brings together dozens of the states most popular jazz acts and ensembles with over 20000 music lovers for one of the regions most anticipated annual events. October tends to bring the best weather of the year and Heritage Park in Downtown Corpus Christi is the perfect venue for the three-day festival which also fea- tures local art crafts and food vendors. Over 50 jazz bands will take the stage and past yearsperformers include the U.S. Air Force Band of the West Clarissa Serna Claudia Melton from Dallas and Kyle Turner from Houston. Free to the public. texasjazz-fest.org