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24 Texas Coastal Bend Late Spring 2015 North Padre Mustang Islands For lucky Coastal Bend residents its easy to take for granted the fact that we are surrounded quite literally by saltwater. Aside from the Gulf of Mexico our bays and estuaries provide some very fertile fishing waters some of the best in the state of Texas which are virtually all accessible to the public. Some of the best Fall fishing spots are located on and on the way to North Padre and Mustang Islands. For easy reference see Upper Laguna Madre Fishing Map on page 72. JFK CausewayThis is the over water highway from mainland Corpus Christi Flour Bluff to North Padre Island. Take thelow roadexit before the curve at Humble Channel which is straddled by Cos-Way and Red Dot bait stands both with fishing piers that run along the channel a major migration route for Redfish Speckled Trout and Flounder. Continue on the low side of the causeway toward the island for easy wade fishing access to Laguna Madre. Packery ChannelFrom Padre Island turn north on Highway 361 toward Port Aransas. You will see the Packery Channel Bridge and easy parking areas on both sides of the bridge that provide direct ac- cess to this very busy route for migrating fish between the Gulf of Mexico Laguna Madre and Corpus Christi Bay. Mustang Island State ParkFarther north on High- way 361 you will see state park structures on the ocean side but you will also see unpaved access roads on the west side of the highway which lead you to productive wade fishing along the back side of the island in Corpus Christi Bay. Just pull over and start fishin Driving on the Beach with dignity DO Stop before entering soft high sand and plan your route Use a low gear Proceed at a brisk steady speed Use flat boards or even seaweed under your tires for traction if you get stuck Rock your vehicle out of sand if you get stuck DONT Assume yourall wheel drivevehicle performs like a 4-wheel drive Stop in high sand like you would in snow Gun your accelerator in an angry attempt to get unstuck CussCry