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TexasCoastalBend2013.02LateSpring11welcomeCorpusChristiwww.visitcorpuschristitx.orgwww.caller.comPortAransaswww.portaransas.orgwww.portasouthjetty.comRockport-Fultonwww.rockport-fulton.orgwww.rockportpilot.comwww.portlandtx.orgwww.aransaspass.orgwww.inglesidetxchamber.orgCorpusChristiwithapopula-tionoabout300000isthemetropolitancenterotheCoastalBendandishometotheth-busiestportintheU.S.aprosperousandgrow-ingpetrochemicalindustryNavalAirSta-tionC.C.andtheC.C.ArmyDepotandtheever-expandingTexasAMUniversityC.C.DowntownCorpusChristiislocatedinthenortheastendothecityalongCorpusChristiBayandiswhereyoullndnumer-oushotelstheseawalltheAmericanBankCenterarenaandconventioncenterandthecitysmuseumsincludingScienceandHistoryAsianCulturesandtheArtMuse-umoSouthTexas.TheHarborBridgeextendsoverthePortoCorpusChristitoNorthBeachandontoPortlandandtheNorthBayArea.NorthBeachiswhereyoundtheU.S.S.LexingtonaircratcarrierMuseumandtheTexasStateAquariumalongwithaull-ser-vicehotelandnumerousmotelsandcondo-miniumsplusamile-longstretchopedes-trianriendlybeachonCorpusChristiBay.OnthesouthernendoCorpusChristitheSouthPadreIslandDriveSPIDree-waytakesyoutoNorthPadreIslandTheIslandandtoourGuloMexicobeaches.TheLagunaMadreisthelonglargebodyowaterthatrunsbetweenPadreIslandandthemainlandFlourBlu.BafnBayislocatedarthersouthalongLagunaMadreandisaccessiblebylandatRivieraBeachaewmilessouthoKingsville.PadreIslesonNorthPadreIslandisthelargestwaterrontcommunityoutsidethestateoFloridaandTheIslandoersmilesobeautiulbeachesrestaurantsshoppingandthePadreIslandNationalSeashore.PackeryChannelseparatesNorthPadreandMustangIslandsandprovidesdirectboatingaccesstotheGuloMexico.MustangIslandishometonumerousbeachrontcondominiumsandprivatehomesandleadsnorthwardtoPortAransasPortAaastgrowingshingvillagethatattractsafuentvacationersandsecondhomeownerssportshingandnatureenthu-siastsgolersandbeachgoersromacrossTexasandtheUS.AransasPassandConnBrownHarborarenorthoPortAacrosstheshipchan-nelviaa24-hourvehicleerryandishometoarevitalizeddowntownareaandex-cellentmarinaacilities.NorthwardisRockportknownoritsantasticbayshingartsydowntownareagreatschoolsandtheveryupscaleKeyAllegroresidentialandmarinadevelopment.Just212hourssouthofSanAntonioandeastofLaredo312hourssouthofAustinandHoustonandaboutadaysouthofDFWbycar.KnowingyourwayaroundtheCoastalBendSanPatricioCountywww.sanpatricioedc.comwww.sintontexas.org 12TexasCoastalBend2013.02LateSpringLukeTorresCarlosOscarJerryGarciaandDillonGarciaheadlinetheLatinComedyJamtotheAmericanBankCenterSelenaAuditoriumonFridayMay10.TheactisthebrainchildomusicandlmveteransMikeGotti-AcquistoandLarryTankJonesandblendssituationalandtopicalcomedydeliveredbythecountrysmostpopularLatinocomedians.www.americanbankcenter.comwelcomeEveryonesFavoriteCrustaceantheGuestoHonor65thAnnualShrimporeeAransasPassFridayJune14throughSundayJune16www.aransaspass.orgAransasPassishometothelargestshrimpestivalinTexasandmaybetheentireUnitedStatesthe65thAnnualShrimporeetobeheldatJohnsonCommunityParkFridayJune14throughSundayJune16.Over60000unlovingmusiclov-ingandshrimplovingSouthTexanswilldescenduponthiswonderulsettingonRedshBaytoenjoythisincreasinglypopularcommunityestival.TheShrimporeecarnivalispopularwithkidsoallagesandliveentertainmentanddancingwillrunthroughtheentireweekend.ThisyearseaturedentertainmentincludesTheJohnCortezBandJasonSuthernandKyleParkonFridaySamanthaAikenReverandsDaughterSethCandanBartCrowJayPerezandLaMafaonSaturdayandthePacifcIslandersLyricalByngeandTheSpazmaticsonSunday.AseriesoeventsisalsoscheduledorthebigestivalsuchastheOuthouseRaceMensandWomensSexyLegsContesttheShrimporeeParadepostercontestshrimpeatingcontestandocoursetheMissShrimporeePageant.AllAroundtheCoastalBendSchlitterbahnResortcomingtoNorthPadreThenewSchlitterbahnResortbrokegroundthisspringonPadreIslandandisscheduledtoopeninSpring2014.AttractionswillincludetheTorrentTidalWaveRiverariversystemthatallowsgueststofoatalongawave-lledriverswim-upbarsbeachesandocourseaBoogieBahntheworldsbestinlandsurngrideaswellason-sitelodging.NationalComedyTourmakesstopinCorpusChristiLegendaryActstoPlayConcreteStreetAmphitheaterTheSmashingPumpkinsMondayMay13thAlternativerocklegendBillyCorganhasreassembledoneothetopmusicgroupsothe1990swiththereleaseoanewalbumOceanaandaworldtourthatcometoCorpusChristiMay13.TheGipsyKingsThursdayApril25thWorldrenownedortheiruniquefa-mencostylemusictheGipsyKingsarethebiggestsellingFrench-acteverEvenMoreinAprilandMayDanzigTuesdayApril23SevendustCoalChamberSat.April27ThreeDaysGraceTuesdayMay7BashattheBeacheaturingJoshAbbottBandKyleParkandmoreSun.May26www.concretestreet.netCoastalBendFishingamongveryBestintheU.S.Enjoyunlimitedaccesstogreatsaltwatershingonandof-shoreWhatmakestheCoastalBendaavoritedestinationoranglersoalllevelsromonce-in-a-blue-moonerstotheproessionalsistheboundlessselectionogreatshingspots.BoatersshourmanybaysestuariesandtheLagunaMadrealongsidekayakersreeandlow-costpublicboatlaunchesareaplentyandtwomajorchannelsprovidedirectaccesstotheGuloMexico.BobHallandHoraceCaldwellPiersandthePortAransasSouthJettyoergreatgulshingandoveradozenpublicpiersaresituatedalongourbaysandtheLagunaMadre.AmericasLargestRelayMarathonSat.May18thSome16000runnersromallovertheU.S.andacrosstheworldwillruntheannualBeachtoBayRelayMarathonwhichstartsonNorthPadreIslandandnishedontheCorpusChristiBayront.www.beachtobayrelay.com TexasCoastalBend2013.02LateSpring13ProBaseballontheBayfrontTheCorpusChristiHooksopenedtheir2013seasonatWhataburgerFieldwithawinonApril4thinwhathasbecomeaCoastalBendtradition.TheHooksaretheAAafliateotheHoustonAstrosplayingintheTexasLeague.TheteamhasintroducedanumberoMajorLeaguestarstoproes-sionalbaseballlikeHunterPenceoutelderortheworldchampionSanFranciscoGiantsandhasthrilledCorpusChristicrowdswithcelebritymomentsincludinganoutingbypitcherRogerClemensandmovieshootthateaturedJustinTimberlakeplayingortheHooks.www.cchooks.comOnlytheverybestatRockportFestivalofWineFoodMaritimeMuseumfundraiserhasbecomepopularregionaleventTheTexasMaritimeMuseumonRockportHarboristhesiteotheincreasinglypopu-larRockportFestivaloWineFoodwhereover100winesromacrosstheglobewillbeavailableortastingandpurchase.FoodrompopularlocalrestaurantsplusaNewOrleansarealivemusicvendorsmarketandcookingdemonstrationsmakeorawon-derulMemorialDayWeekendestival.May25-26www.texasestivalowines.comCorpusChristiFirstDowntownCorpusChristibustleswithactivitytherstweekendoeachmonthwithaseriesoCorpusChristiFirstevents.MarinaMarketDaystakesplaceSat.ontheLawrenceSt.T-HeadtheFarm-ersMarketcongregatesWed.inthecourt-yardattheTangoTeaRoomonWaterSt.andtheFamilyArtOutingisheldattheArtCenter.www.corpuschristfrst.com 14TexasCoastalBend2013.02LateSpringKnowingyourwayaround...DowntownCorpusChrisandNorthBeachformerlyCorpusChrisBeachinfoonlinewww.visitcorpuschristitx.orgwww.usslexington.comwww.texasstateaquarium.comwww.ccmuseum.comwww.artmuseumofsouthtexas.orgwww.americanbankcenter.comwww.cchooks.comwww.concretestreet.netwww.artcentercc.orgwww.hurricanealleycc.comwww.cctexas.comwww.ortizcenter.comdtowncc TexasCoastalBend2013.02LateSpring15AMeRiCANBANkCeNTeRistheCoastalBendslargestullserviceeventsvenueandincludestheABCArenaConventionCenterandSelenaAuditorium.FridaMa10thTheLatinComedJameaturesthecountrysmostpopularLa-tinocomics.TuesdaMa28thBlueManGrouphasbeenoneothemostpopularLasVegasshowseverandstopsinCor-pusChristionitsrsteverlivetheatricaltour.ThursdaMa30thLleLovettRobertEarlKeentwooTexaslegendarysing-er-songwriters.SaturdaJune15thGabrielIglesiasoneothecountryshottestnewLatincomics.FridaJune21stTimMcGraw2LanesoFreedomTourisamongCountryMu-sicsbiggeststarswith33number1Hitsand40millionrecordssoldliveonstage.1901N.ShorelineBlvd.www.americanbankcenter.comdtownccdowntownnorthbeachattractionsTheTExASSTATEAqUARIUMisoneotheCoastalBendstopvisitorattractionbecauseitdeliverstheultimateGuloMexicoexperiencebringingtheunder-seaworldtoyouupcloseandinpersonThearticialreeexhibitinthe125000gallonmaintankishometodozensospeciesoshincludingraysandsharksaswellascountlessshellshandotherin-vertebrates.2710N.ShorelineBlvd.onNorthBeach800477-GULFteasstateauarium.orgTheLadyLexsetmorecombatrecordsthananycarrierinU.S.NavalhistoryandtodayrestsinCorpusChristiBayastheU.S.S.LExINGTONMUSEUMONTHEBAyatributeandmemorialtothosewhoserveddeendingAmerica.Thesightsandsoundsaresorealandsointenseyoube-comeapartothestorythesecondyoustepootaboardthisWorldWarIIeraair-cratcarrier.2914N.ShorelineBlvd.onNorthBeach361888-4873www.ussleington.comTheARTMUSEUMOFSOUTHTExAShasorover40yearsbeenconsideredoneotheleadingmuseumsoneartinthestateoTexasandinsomerespectstheentireU.S.PermanentexhibitsincludeworkromSouthTexasSouthwesternandLatinAmericanartistsinnearlyallmediaandtravelingexhibitsrotateregularlyliketheContemporaryStudioGlasscollectiononloanromtheMobileMuseumoArt.1902N.ShorelineBlvd.Downtown361825-3500artmuseumosouthteas.orgTheMUSEUMOFSCIENCEANDHIS-TORychroniclesover500yearsoSouthTexashistoryaswellasthearcheologicalandgeologicalproleothearea.Themu-seumisperhapsbestknownasthehomeothelie-sizedreplicasotheColumbusFleetwhichwerechristenedin1992bytheSpanishgovernmenttocommemo-ratethe500thanniversaryoChristopherColumbusdiscoveryoAmerica.1900N.ShorelineBlvd.Downtown361826-4650www.ccmuseum.comdowntownfunnottomissHURRiCANeALLeYWATeRPARkkicksofitssecondseasonastheCoastalBendsnewestoutdoorattraction.Theparkea-turesvewaterslidesincludingtheepicCat5whichtowers65eetabovethecomplexandspiralstwo-persontubesthroughathrillingseriesoturns.Theswim-upbarisabighitwithgrown-ups.HurricaneAlleyisdirectlyadjacenttoWhataburgerFieldwheretheCorpusChristiHooksplayoferingtheperectaternoonpackageowaterparkunplusaprobaseballgameinoneothemostbeautiulsettingsinTexas.702E.PortAve.nettoWhataburgerField361883-WAVEhurricanealleycc.comARTMUSeUMoFSoUTHTexASwelcomesaspecialexhibitionthemedtohunt-ingandgameromtheCollectionotheSarahCampbellBlaferFoundationincludingworksbyAleandreFranoisDesportesthe18thCenturyFrenchmasterwhoseworksincludecommissionedportraitsorFrenchKingsLouisXIVandXVtheworkoJanFt17thCenturyBelgianmasterwildliepainterandGeorgeStubbsEnglishpainteroroyalhorses.1902N.ShorelineBlvd.artmuseumosouthteas.orgCoRPUSCHRiSTiFURYisourlocalUltimateIndoorFootballLeagueUIFLsemi-proootballteamplay-ingintheAmericanBankCenterArena.TheleagueiscomprisedoseventeamsourbasedinFloridaandoneeachinGeorgiaMissouriandTexasrepresentedbytheFurywhowillplayorgamesinMaSat.the11thandSun.the19thand26th.www.ccur.com 16TexasCoastalBend2013.02LateSpringPelicanLounge14330SPIDN.PadreIsland361949-8222Scuttlebutts14254SPIDNorthPadreIsland361949-6769NightclubsHipHopPopDanceAriaLotTerrace326N.ChaparralSt.DowntownC.C.361882-8801www.ariacc.comBourbonStreetBarGrill313N.ChaparralSt.DowntownC.C.361882-2082xSUltraLoungeCC4244SPIDSouthSide361852-2977ClubToic5820S.StaplesSt.SouthSide361991-1555couNtryWesterNtejaNoWhiskeyRiver5702S.StaplesSt.SouthSide361992-4445Ropers4653EverhartRd.SouthSide361855-6462TheTean3625S.StaplesSt.Midtown361854-1571ClubCielo3102BaldwinBlvd.WestSide361904-0334TejanoVille5820S.StaplesSt.SouthSide361991-1555ElDoradoNightclub4424SPIDSouthSide361442-2622sportsbarsbilliardsParadiseBilliards5141OakhurstDr.ofSPIDSouthSide361992-4445www.clicksparadise.comIzzysBarPatio4535SPIDSouthSide361334-5030corpuschristiCoRPUSCHRiSTiNigHTLiFeliveMusicpubstaverNsRockReggaeBluesDr.RockitsBluesBar1709N.ChaparralSt.DowntownC.C.361884-7634www.drrockitsbluesbar.comHouseoRock511StarrSt.MesquiteDowntownC.C.361882-7625www.texashouseofrock.comTheEecutiveSurClub309N.WaterSt.DowntownC.C.361884-7873www.executivesurfclub.com.comBrewsterStreetIceHouse1724N.TancahuaSt.Down-townC.C.361884-2739www.brewsterstreet.netCassidysIrishPub601N.WaterSt.361879-0534MulligansPub621N.ChaparralSt.361884-8190Vernons10303rdSt.Uptown361882-0030Gators4610SPIDSouthSide361225-4300KegRoom4739S.AlamedaSt.361992-5966RecessBarGrill5710S.Alameda361452-0223MacawsPub6410WeberRd.SouthSide361854-4434Murdocks2033AirlineRd.SouthSide361991-9606DeweysBeerGarden2302RoddFieldRd.361334-5747BartonSt.Pub10618SPIDFlourBlu361937-3167Farahs14305SPIDNorthPadreIsland361949-0127BualoWildWings2001SPIDGreenwood361814-9464Hooters4551SPIDSouthSide361854-9464TheosBilliards5815WeberRd.SouthSide361334-6135Rascals5959WilliamsDr.SouthSide361991-1414louNgespiaNoMartiNibarsRepublicoTeas900N.ShorelineBlvd.inOmniHotelDowntown361880-6738www.omnihotels.comHavanaClub500N.WaterSt.Downtown361882-5552Katz21SteakSpirits5702SpohnDr.SouthSide361884-1221www.katz21.comDLounge6418S.StaplesSt.SouthSide361986-8783OfceLounge26646S.StaplesSt.361906-2249glbtTheHiddenDoorTheLot802S.StaplesSt.Uptown361882-5002www.thehiddendoorcc.comClub7512S.StaplesSt.UptownvisitonFacebookgeNtleMeNseNtertaiNMeNtThePalaceMensClub5850EverhartRd.SouthSide361985-1100www.thepalacemensclub.comClubCheetah6425SPIDSouthSide361985-8822 18TexasCoastalBend2013.02LateSpringcorpuschristiTexasStateAquariumTheAquariumoersanimpressivelywidearrayosummerprogramsorkidsoallagesPre-KthroughhighschoolthatcoverallaspectsomarinelieontheTexasCoast.TheSeaLabEducationCenteroerssessionsontopicsrangingrombuoyancyprinciplestotheforaandaunaowetlands.IndepthovernightcampprogramsincludeZZZsUndertheSeawhichoersbehindthescenestoursgamesandevenalivediveshowScoutingUndertheSeaisdesignedorCubScoutswhowanttoearntheirWildlifeConservationBeltLoopandAcademicPin.TheOceanographycampisanextendedsessiongearedtowardsecondarysciencestudentsandBoyScoutswantingtoearntheirOceanographyMeritBadge.Thegranddaddyocampsatthe2013SummerSeaCampwhichincludestoursprogramsanimalencountersshingandwateractivities.YoungerchildrenwillenjoyartscratsandstorytimeswhileolderchildrenwillengageineldexperiencesgobehindthesceneswithanimalcarestaandenjoyoneovernightstayeitherattheAquariumoralocalwildlieconservationcenter.www.texasstateaquarium.org361881-1200U.S.S.LexingtonMuseumontheBayOver200000kidshavecampedovernightonboardthestoriedBlueGhostthemostdecoratedwarshipinAmericanhistory.TheovernightstayincludestoursotheshipamovieintheMegaTheatertwotripsthroughthechowlinebunkingintheoriginalcrewsquartersanunorgettablefagceremonyandmuchmoreCamperscomeawaywithanunequallededuca-tionalexperienceonWorldWarIIspecicallythewarinthePacicandagenuineappreciationotheser-viceandsacricemadebysomanybraveAmericans.www.usslexington.com361888-4873x321SouthTexasBotanicalGardensNatureCenterTheKidsSummerNatureStudiessessionsattheBotanicalGardensprovidechildrenwithanun-derstandingoournaturalresourcesandpositiveeducationonenvironmentalconservationbypro-vidinganin-depthlookatthediverseSouthTexaseco-system.AbouthalodailysessionsareheldoutsideandhalinthenewlyconstructedEducationStation.www.stxbot.org361852-2100ArtMuseumofSouthTexasSummerArtCampsessionsorK512yearoldchildrenareoeredrom9a.m.to330p.m.overasixtosevenweekperiodinJuneJulyandAugust.Campersarein-structedinavarietyovisualandperormingartsac-tivitiessuchasdrawingpaintingprintmakingceramicspantomimeimprovisationandmusicaltheater.Onthenaldayoeachcampanexhibitionoworkproducedandapublicperormanceisheldoramiliesandriends.Beoreandatercareisavailableorparentsneedingextendedhours.Campsllupquicklyandearlyregistra-tionisadvised.Membersreceiveadvancenoticationandadiscountonregistrationees.ChildrenmusthavecompletedKindergartenbeorecampbeginstoattend.www.artmuseumofsouthtexas.org361825-3500FuneducatonalSummrCampsnCorpusChrstSummrSurfCampsoffrdonthislandsTexasSurfCampsoperatesapopularandsuccessuljuniorsurnginstructioncampeachsummeronPortAransasBeachandonNorthPadreIsland.Summersurcampsareopentokidsageveandupandal-thoughmostcampersare18andunderadultsintheir20s30sandevenmomsanddadshavebeenknownandarewelcometosignupandlearnalongsidetheyoungsters.361749-6956texassurfcamps.comLaPalmera-SouthSideLamarParkCenter-MidtownExcitingadditionscomingthisyearConstructionhasstartedonaPINKstorenewtoLaPalmeraaswellasanewVictoriasSecret.ThetwostoreswillbelocatedadjacenttoBenjaminsnearCenterCourt.PlanscallorVictoriasSecrettomoveromitscurrentlocationintothespaceadjacenttoPINKcreatinga12677square-ootdividedretailareawithseparateentrancesorthetwostores.Oeringunderwearloungeandsleepwearbeautyproductsandaccessoriespopularwiththecol-lege-agecrowdPINKandthenewVictoriasSecretarescheduledtoopeninJune.ConstructionisalsounderwayonLongHornSteak-houselocatedattherontoLaPalmerabetweenUltaandtheoodcourtentrance.AnnouncedinNovember2012andscheduledtoopenthisallthe6500-square-ootrestaurantistherstCoastalBendlocationorLongHornthepopularsteakhouseknownoritsreshandexpertlypreparedsteakschickenandseaoodwilleaturepatiodining.S.PadreIslandDr.betweenS.StaplesSt.EverhartRd.www.lapalmera.comLamarParkCenterhasbeenaprimedestinationontheCorpusChristi-areashoppingmapsince1955.InactovertheyearsthecenterhasbecomeknownthroughoutSouthTexasastheregionsbestad-dressorqualityclothingjewelryurnishingsgitsandmid-daydining.3850S.AlamedaSt.atDoddridgeDr.www.lamarpark.comC.C.ArtConnectionShoppngnHghStylnCorpusChrst 20TexasCoastalBend2013.02LateSpringPadreIslandisthelongestbarrierislandintheworldandthesecondlarg-estislandintheUStoLongIslandNY.PadreIslesisthelargestwaterrontde-velopmentintheUSoutsidethestateoFloridawithsome4000singleandmulti-amilyhomeslocatedonthecommunitysextensivenetworkonavigablecanals.AlthoughthevastmajorityohomesinPadreIslesincludeboatdocksandorlitsandmanyresidentsownocean-worthyrec-reationalvesselsuntil2006theclosestpas-sageintotheGuloMexicowasthroughthePortAransasShipChannelmorethan20milesandoveranhournorth.DrivingontheBeachwithdignityDOStopbeforeenteringsofthighsandandplanyourrouteUsealowgearProceedatabrisksteadyspeedUseatboardsorevenseaweedunderyourtiresfortractionifyougetstuckRockyourvehicleoutofsandifyougetstuckDONTAssumeyourallwheeldrivevehicleperformslikea4-wheeldriveStopinhighsandlikeyouwouldinsnowGunyouracceleratorinanangryattempttogetunstuckCussCryMorebeachesgreaterbeachaccessthananydesnaonontheEntreU.S.GulfCoastCOLLEGEYOUNGADULTZONEFAMILY-FRIENDLYBEACHZONETheofcialopeningoPackeryChannelinOctober2006wastheculmi-nationodecadesoeortbyhundredsoTexansatalllevelsogovernment.Notonlydoesthechannelprovidedirectac-cesstothegulinlessthanvenauticalmilesomosthomesbutcontrarytoen-vironmentalistswarningsaboutnegativeecologicalconsequenceswaterqualityinLagunaMadreandinNorthPadrescanalsystemwassignicantlyimprovedaswastheshingwiththeopeningoPackeryChannel.TheresnoquestionthattheCoastalBendsgulfbeachesarethenumberoneattractionforvisitorsanytimeofyearandwhocanblameemAsspringmakesitswayintosummerweatherintheCoastalBendislesspredictablethannormalandthatainttoopredictablejustaskourlocalTVweathermen.Humidhotandcloudywith20mphwindsoutothesouthcanturnintodry60degreesandnortherlygustsinanhourinAprilorMaybutthenetresultisthatweenjoyalatespringtimeclimatethatisgenerallyhospitabletomostoutdooractivitiesromshingtoadayatthecarnivaltoanaternoonamilypartyonthebeach.ThathotsummerSouthTexassuniswaitinginthewingssomakethemostocoolerweatherwhileitlasts.AndthisAprilandMaytheCoastalBendoersmorethaneverislands 22TexasCoastalBend2013.02LateSpringSHoReFiSHiNgonourislandsisplentiulandaccessibleromdozensolocations.BobHallPierislocatedattheNuecesCountyPadreBalliParksouthothehotelsandcondosandisthesiteoseveralrecordcatches.ThePackeryChannelJettiesoferreedirectaccesstoahotzoneoshmi-grationbetweentheGuloMexicoandLagunaMadre.islandsislandfunnottomissthisspringADAYATTHeBeACHonPadreandMustangIslandsisalarge-lyuniqueexperienceasourislandso-erthemostbeachaccessorvehicles.Parkingisallowedpermitrequiredinmostareaswithin50eetothewa-tersedgeandsmartbeachgoersonSpringBreakwillarriveearlyandpre-pared.Ashadecanopyisagoodideaasareabonreandbarbecuepit.Workwiththewindandnotagainstit.GlasscontainersanddrivinginthedunesareprohibitedandallroadrulesapplytobeachdrivingincludingseatbeltandDWIlaws.PetsmustbetetheredoronaleashandaboveallwatchyourkidsHoRSeSoNTHeBeACHbringsvisi-torsamostmemorableandexcitingex-periencehorsebackridingonthebeachwww.horsesonthebeachcorpus.comCHooSiNgTHeRigHTBeACHoryouruninthesuncanbethebiggestdecisionyoumakeoryourSpringBreakintheCoastalBend.J.PLubySurfParkjustnorthoPackeryChannelbetweenZahnRd.andNewportPassRd.iswhereyoullndthepartypeoplecollegeyoungadultcrowd.OnthesouthsideoPackeryChannelalongtheMichaelJ.EllisSeawallandsouthtothePadreBalliParkandBobHallPierareaamilieswithyoungkidsndthemosthospitablebeachsetting.FarthersouthonPadreIslandyouwillndtheleastregulatedandmaintainedareaothebeachwhichextends12milessouthtothenorthernedgeothePadreIslandNationalSeashore.IyouaretakingalargegroupthatpreersgreaterprivacythismaythebeachzoneoryoubutweadvisetravelingintrucksSUVspreerablywith4-wheeldrivebutde-nitelywithhighergroundclearanceandtakingallthesuppliesyoullneedortheday.PadreIslandsMichaelJ.EllisSeawallisthesiteothemonthlyiSLANDMooNMARkeTwhichbringsdozensoarti-sansanduniquevendorstogetherwithislandresidentsandvisitorsorwhathasbecomeahighlypraisedvendormarket.4thSaturdayofthemonthFeb.throughDec.www.islandmoonmarket.com TexasCoastalBend2013.02LateSpring23PADReiSLANDNATioNALSeA-SHoReisthenativeislandexperienceinitsrawestormincludingthebestshoreshinginthecountryaboldstatementtobesurebutconsiderthatoneotheworldsstrongestoceancurrentstheGulfofMexicoLoopCurrententersthegulatMexicosYucatanPeninsulaandexitsattheFloridaStraitsandmakesitssharpestturnalongtheNationalSeashore.There-sultisthatthegutordrop-obetweensandbarscanbeupto15eetdeepbe-tweentheshorelineandrstsandbaramongthedeepestintheworld.Inthosedeepestnear-shoregutsbigshareedonbyevenbiggershwhichmakesBigShellandLittleShellexceedinglypopularwithsharkhuntersandotherbiggameshermen.Theparkboaststhatsome380speciesobirdshaloallthoseidentiedintheUnitedStateshavebeenspottedattheNationalSeashore.TheKempsRidleySeaTurtlehasmadeanamazingcomebackatPINSamajorU.S.nestinggroundthankstotheeortsoparkstaandvolunteers.www.nps.govpais361949-8068nationalseashorestateparkislandBachParsffrfrst-handmarnlfandcastalcsystmsducatnPadreIslandistheworldslongestbarrierislandstretching113milesalongthecoastoSouthTexasromCorpusChristitothecityoSouthPadreIslandneartheMexicanborder.ThetermCoastalBendreerstothesouth-to-northeasterlycurvethattheTex-ascoastlinetakescreatingthenorthwesterncornerotheGuloMexico.ThesharpestcornerotheTexasCoastalBendissituatedalongPadreIslandwherethecomplexecosystemisinfuencedbystronggulcurrentsandsoutheasterlywindsandthein-teractionbetweengulmarinelieandthatotheLagunaMadreamongmanyactors.MUSTANgiSLANDSTATePARken-compassesalmost4000acresthatstretchacrossMustangIslandbetweenNorthPa-dreIslandandPortAransasandincludesshorelineonboththeGuloMexicoandCorpusChristiBay.TheacilitiesareaotheparklocatedwithinthemaingateincludesRVspacesandcampsitesrest-roomsandrangerstation.Parkbeachestendtobelesscrowdedwithewervehi-clesandtworockjettiesextendintothegul.Onthebacksideotheislandanet-workofatsandmarshzonesprovidesantasticshingandbirdwatchingalongwithanextensivepaddlingtrail.GoogleMustangIslandStatePark 24TexasCoastalBend2013.02LateSpringinfoonlinewww.portaransas.orgwww.portasouthjetty.comwww.utmsi.utexas.eduwww.portaransasmuseum.orgportaransasPortAatopdesnaonforgreatshingandfunItseemsthatwhenyoumeetsomeonewhohasspenttimeinPortAransasPortAtothelocalstheyalwaysspeakothischarmingislandvillageastheiravoritedestinationontheTexasGulCoast.AmongthemanycharacteristicsthatmakePortAuniqueisthere-spiteitofersromtheoverlytouristytownsoGalvestonandSouthPadreIsland.WhilePortAishometoseverallargecondominiumcomplexesyouwillndjustasmanybungalowsandbeachhousesorrentandsale.ThebeachesnorthoPortAontheTexasCoastsimplydonotcompareintermsocleanlinessaccessandabundance.AtthesametimetravelerswhooncemadethelongtrekotenbyairtoSouthPadreIslandwhichislocatedaewshortmilesromtheMexicanborderhaveoundthestraight-shotsouthdownI-37orUS-59iseasierlessexpensiveandbestoallshorter.LesstimeontheroadmeansmoretimeoruninthesunWhatnootherTexascoastaldestinationofersisthevillagecharmandeasyboatingaccessthatyoundinPortAacommunitythatislong-estab-lishedasoneothebestshingdesti-nationsintheU.S.ManyothenestrestaurantsintheCoastalBendarelo-catedinPortAransasandrangeromtheobviousGulseaoodtosteakshamburgersandbarbecuebutalsoin-cludeantasticItalianandeclecticcui-sineandevensomeothebestsushiontheGulCoast.LatespringinPortAbringsthecountrysbiggestsandsculptingcompetitionseveralshingtournamentsnumerousarteventsachilicook-ofandocourseMemorialDayWeekendkick-oftosummer 26TexasCoastalBend2013.02LateSpringportaransasaroundportamustangislandTerrfcshorefshngnPortAWhilePortAisknownacrossthecountryoritsbountiuloshoregameshingonshoreshingisamongthebestontheTexascoastaswell.Surshingisocourseaccessibleromalmostany-whereonthebeachbutismorepracticalintheearlymorningsbeorethebeachcrowdsarriveduringabusyperiodlikeSpringBreak.HoraceCaldwellPierislocatedonthePortAransasbeachattheI.B.MageeNuecesCountyParkandextends1200eetintogulwaters.Thepieracilityincludesacaeandbaitshopandisaspopularwithsurersasitiswithshermenwhopullinredshdrumsharkandavarietyoothernativespecies.ThePortAransasJettiesormtheunderwaterstructurethatcreatestheshipchannelwhichrunsbe-tweenthem.Thesouthjettyislo-catedinPortAatthenorthendothebeach.Thenorthjettyislocat-edonSt.JosephIslandSt.Joswhichisaccessibleviatheprivate-ly-runJettyBoatoperatingromFishermansWharf.Bothjettieso-erreeaccesstotheuniquerockyunderwaterhabitatthatishometoauniquevarietyosh.TheUnverstyofTexasMarneScenceinsttuteUTMSIistheoldestandmostsignicantmarineresearchacilityontheGulCoastestablishedinabeachsidecabinin1941.Theacilityhasexcelledovertheyearsincountlessma-rineresearchprojectsthathaveimpactedindustriesincludingoilandgasexplorationshippingandmaricultureandhaveinfuencedU.S.andinternationalmarinepollu-tionandconservationlaws.UTMSIwelcomesvisitorsdailywhereselguidedtoursandeducationalmoviesareamongtheattractionsoeredinthevisitorscenter.SevenaquaticdisplaysdepictTexascoastalhabitatsandtheorganismsthatliveinthemincludingSpartinablackmangrovemarshoysterreeopenbaybottomrockjettyandoshorearti-cialrees.Otherdisplaysinthemainbuildinghighlightcurrentandpastresearchprojectsandeaturerepresentativespecimensorpho-tographsolocalplantsandanimals.630E.CotterAve.www.utmsi.utexas.edu 28TexasCoastalBend2013.02LateSpringAverycoolridebutonetoavoidSadlyeveryyearintheCoastalBendapreciousewoourmillionsobeachgoingvisitorsallvictimtotheverynaturalelementsthatgiveusthewonderulbeautyandenjoymentwefndonourgulbeaches.ButwhileHollywoodflmsandsuburbanlegendswouldleadonetobelievethatthegreatestdangersyoumightencounteratthebeacharesharksocoursestingraysjellyfsherrantsurboardsbirdsopreyoranynumberoperilousunknownsotheseaitisinacttheripcurrentthatpresentsthegreatestdangertobathersandsurersoallagessizesandathleticprowess.Pleasetakeaewminutestounderstandthedangeroripcurrentshowtoidentiythemandhowtoavoidandescapethem.CourtesyoTheWeatherChannelandwww.weather.com.Aripcurrentisanarrowzonetypically3to20yardswideoast-owingwater1-3mphsometimesastermovingromshoretojustbeyondthebreaker-zone.Ripcurrentsarealwayspresentwhenwavesbreakonabeach.Waveheightwaveperiodthetimeintervalbetweensuc-cessivewavesbreakerangletothebeachman-madeob-staclespiersandjettiesandlocaldeeperchannelsinthesurzoneallcontributetoripcurrents.Ripcurrentsarestrongerandextendtodeeperwaterasbreakingwaveheightsincrease.Butorweakswim-mersorthosewhocannotswimwaveshighenoughtobreakinwaterovertheirheadsapproximately6eetordeeperaresucienttocauseaperson6eetorshortertodrown.Thatwaveheightcanbeaslowas4eetRipcurrentsbeginatthesand-waterlineandextendthroughthesurzonetheycancapturepeopleinveryshal-lowwateranddragthemtodeeperwater.Fortunatelymostpeopleareabletowalkoutoaripcurrentwhenwateriskneedeeporshallower.Butwaistdeeporhigherwatercanpreventapersonromwalkingaway.IfyougetcaughtinaripcurrentRemaincalmtoconserveenergyandthinkclearly.Neverghtthecurrent.Thinkoitlikeatreadmillthatcannotbeturnedofowhichyouneedtosteptotheside.Swimoutothecurrentinadirec-tionollowingtheshoreline.Whenoutothecurrentswimatanangleawayromthecurrenttowardshore.Iyouareunabletoswimoutotheripcurrentoatorcalmlytreadwater.Whenoutothecurrentswimtowardsshore.Iyouarestillunabletoreachshoredrawattentiontoyourselbywavingyourarmandyellingorhelp. TexasCoastalBend2013.02LateSpring29portaransasaroundportamustangislandgolfcartsthebithininPortAThepopularityogolcartsinPortAledtotheofciallegalizationothemoncitystreets.Butorthe50peryearregistrationeeyoucanownanddriveoneotheseunopenairlittlevehi-clesalthoughyouaremorelikelytorentoneromoneothemanygolcartbusi-nessesintown.AllroadrulesapplytotheoperationogolcartsinPortAincludingDWIandopencontainerlaws.Theymaybedrivenonthebeachandoncitystreetswithspeedlimitsunder35mphwhichprettymuchcoverstheentiretown.CartsmaynotbedrivenonSouthAlisterTX-361southoAvenueGanddriversmustpulltothesidewhensaetoallowastervehiclestopass.InallthecartsareagreatwaytoenjoyPortANaturalbeautyandstroneconomymeanbusinessboominPortAPortAransashasbeensomethingoahiddengemorsportshermenandbeachgoerssincethe1930swhenPresidentFranklinD.Rooseveltmadenationalnewsbysailingthepresidentialyachtheretoshortarpon.InthedecadessincebeachhomesandcondominiumshavebeenconstructedandoccupiedinthetownaswellasalongMustangIslands20-milebeachront.TodayPortAisyear-roundhometoabout4000residentsplushundredsoolkswhocalltheislandhomeseveralmonthsoutotheyear.PortAandMustangIslandspopulationsoarstotensothou-sandsduringthespringandsummerseasons.PortAhasseensomethingoaboomincommercialgrowthinparticularinthelastyearwithnumerousnewbusinessesopeningtoservetheincreasedvolumeotouristscomingromSanAntonioandAustin.SalesoexistinghomeshasbumpedupashasnewresidentialcontructiongoodsignsforPortAPortApubsandtavernshoppinyear-roundItsbeensaidbeorebylocalsandregu-lartouriststhatPortAransasisadrink-ingtownwithashinghabit.SpringBreaklikesomanyreveredweeksotheyearisreasontocelebrateinPortAandthetownswateringholeswillbeullyimmersedintheestivities.Sharkeys2600StateHwy361PortACoastClub1007StateHwy361BerniesBeachHouse730TroutSt.BackPorchBar132W.CotterTheGaf323BeachSt. 30TexasCoastalBend2013.02LateSpringTheArtCenterofPortAransaswasofciallyormedin1996byagroupoenthusiastsandartistswhorecog-nizedthatMustangIslandoersendlessartisticinspira-tionandthathundredsoverytalentedolksndthem-selvesso-inspired.InwhathasbecomeaMaytraditionthreewonderulartandmusiceventsconvergeonthethirdweekendothemonth.6thAnnualFiestadeMayoFridayMay17atPortAransasCivicCenter710W.Av-enueAthisannualdinnerandundraiserincludesliveQuick-DrawArtistsliveandsilentauctionslivemusicandopenbar.ThisyearsdinnerwilleatureaMexicanoodmenuandkickoaweekendoArtCenterevents.8thAnnualPortAransasArtFestSaturday-SundayMay18-19atRobertsPointParkontheshipchanneltheArtFestwilleaturedozensolocalartistsandartisansandtheirworkreadyandavailableforsaletothepublic.30thAnnualSongwritersShowcaseSundayMay19th700p.m.atRobertsPointParkoneothemostbeautiulandrelaxingsettingsontheTexasCoastandtheperectspotoraneveningmusicestivalthatbringstogetherlocalartistsresidentsandvisitors.LastyearsperormersincludedMarkWilksGuyLeRouxTylerMcCumberCarolElliottDavidBottleheadMillerPerryWingMelissaBrookesandothers.ArtFiestaWeekendtofeaturethreepopularevents TexasCoastalBend2013.02LateSpring31NovacationtotheCoastalBendiscompletewithoutget-tingyourtimeonthewateranduniqueadventuresareaboundincludepiratesdolphinsjetskisandevensail-ingyachts.WoodysSportsCenterlocatedonthePortAransasMarinaishometoavarietyowaterborneadventuresinadditiontoshingthemostpopularowhichareitsDolphinWatchNatureTours.ThewatersotheCoastalBendarehometothousandsobottlenosedolphinsthatseemtondgreatuntravelinginthewakesoboatsandships.DolphinWatchtakesyouupclosetothesemagnicentanimalsintheirnaturalenvironment.136W.CotterAve.361749-5252www.woodysonline.com.Especiallyduringthespringandsummermonthsdolphinexcursionshavebeenknowntocomeundermockattackbywatergun-wieldingpiratesaboardasec-portaransasaroundportamustangislandAfunadventureonthewaterwillmakeyourvisittoPortAonetorememberondboat.Luckilythesearetraditionaltheatricalpiratesandnotthosethathavemadesomuchnewsinrecentyears.Thissuper-unadventureisidealorgroupsoallagesParadiseJetSkiRentalsoperatesduringthespringandsummermonthsatWoodyssevendaysaweekrom900a.m.toduskandofersthree-seater1200hpYa-mahaJetSkis.361749-6904.StrayCatSailingAdventuresofersbayandgulyacht-ingexcursionsonthe32StrayCatsailingcatamaran.Petriendly.361416-0054straycatsailingadventures.comOneothemostpopularsaltwateradventuresportsisavailableduringthespringandsummerinPortAransasPortAParasail361749-4600www.portaparasail.com 32TexasCoastalBend2013.02LateSpringportaransasVIPsFlockingtoPortAransasFlyFishandgolfinhihstyleinoneconvenientlocationMustangBeachAirportwasconstructeddecadesagoonwhatwasthentheout-skirtsoPortAransasbutwhichnowisatthecenteroactivityandhigh-enddevel-opment.Thegeneralaviationacilityeaturesa3500lightedrunwayandnumerousrecentimprovementsincludinganewservicepavilion.Runway1230phone361749-7008or361749-4111IdentiferKRASFrequency122.9.IslandMooringsMarinaisconsideredthemostprestigiousullservicemarinaontheSouthTexasgulcoastwithprotectedfoatingdocksnewlyconstructedjettiestotheICWandjustminutesoshoreplusamenitieslikeaswimmingpoolsundeckandclubhousealongwithLaBaratariaoneothenestrestaurantsinPortAransas.NewportDunesArnoldPalmerSignatureGolCourseislocatedjustacrossthehighwayromIslandMooringsandeaturesanauthenticlinkscoursedesignposi-tionedalongthebeautiulgulshoreline.Withinminutesotheairportgolcourseandmarinaarenumeroushigh-endresi-dentialdevelopmentsincludingtheMooringsatMustangIslandwaterronttown-homesCinnamonShoreluxuryoceanrontvillagenowhometothepopularPortAbistroLisabellasandsoontocomeLaPalmillaluxurycondominiumsnearbyIslandMooringsMarina.aroundportamustangisland TexasCoastalBend2013.02LateSpring33THePoRTARANSASMUSeUMisaworthytes-tamenttooneothemosthistoricallysignicantcom-munitiesontheTexasGulCoastwhichwasestablishedasacattleandsheepranch-ingsettlementinthe1850s.Duringthesameperiodsteamshipservicewascom-missionedbetweenSandPointasthetownwasthencalledandNewOrleansne-cessitatingtheconstructionotheAransasPassLight-houseonSt.JosephsIsland.TheTarponInnopeneditsdoorsinthe1880sandbecamethecenterolo-calsportshingactivity.TheInnandPortAwelcomeditsmostamousanglerin1937whenPresidentFrank-linD.RooseveltcaughttarponromaFarleyboatpicturedabovealthoughitissaidheactuallystayedonthepresidentialyachtandnotattheTarponInn.Themuseumishometolo-calartiactsandover12000historicalphotostellingtherichhistoryoPortAransas.361749-3800N.AlisterBrundrettSt.portaransasmuseum.orgportaransasattractionsNeWPoRTDUNeSgoLFCoURSeisamongtheveryewtrulyauthenticScottish-stylelinkscoursesintheUnitedStates.Thenaturalcoastalterrainwhichea-turesanoceanbeachandsanddunesollowedbynativeislandvegetationonwhichthecourseisbuiltarerequiredeaturesothelinkscourseandarealloundonMus-tangIsland.TheArnoldPalmerSignatureDesigncourseisthegolnglegendsveryrstocean-sidedesignandoneinwhichPalmerplacedspecialattentionandover-sight.Theresultisachallengingchampionshipexperiencetherequiresplayerstone-gotiatenarrowrollingairwaysimposinggreensandstackedsetsobunkersinthelinkstradition.Fivesetsoteesareoeredoravarietyoskilllevels.361749-4653265PalmIslandDr.www.newportdunesgolf.comFirstClassBirdinFacilitisinPrtAThePortAransasNaturePreserveencompasses1217acresoundevelopedlandinanareaormerlyknownasCharliesPasture.Locatedbetweentheshipchan-nelthecommunityparkStateHighway361andPiperChannel.ThePortAransasWetlandParklocatedonSH361acrossromthepostofceisajointprojectotheCityoPortAransasTXDOTandTPWD.Theboardwalkandobservationplatormoverlooksawetlandbasinthatmaybethickwithavarietyowaterowlandshore-birdsduringrainyperiods.ThemostpopularplacetoviewwadersandshorebirdsisattheSouthJettylo-catedatthenortherntipoI.B.MageeBeachPark.ThejettyextendsseveralhundredyardsintotheGulandurnishesanexcellentvantagepointromwhichtolookoravarietyoopenwaterspecies. 34TexasCoastalBend2013.02LateSpringnorthbayWelcometoSaltwaterHeavenAransasPassissituatedatthecenterogreatshingsailingkayakingandjustabouteverykindopopularsaltwateractivityintheCoastalBend.Tra-ditionallyanduntilrecentlythecityhadremainedashrimpingandshingcommunitythatwasyettobewidelydiscoveredoritsaordablecoastalliestylelowcrimerateandbustlingandgrowingbusinesscommunity.AransasPassoccupiesapivi-tollocationorrecreationalboatersandisher-mendirectlyonRedshBayjustsouthoAransasBayandadirectshotviatwoavailablechannelstotheGuloMexico.Thesuccessuldevelopmentothehigh-endBaHarborandPelicanCovewaterrontsubdivisionsprovedtoanyremainingdoubtersthatAransasPasscouldinactattractandkeepanauentaudienceosaltwaterenthusiasts.Nowthatclosebymaritimeandindustrialacilitesareexpandingnewamiliesaredis-coveringthecityseasygoingwayolie.ConnBrownHarboristhecenteromarineactiv-ityinAransasPassandwasoncethehomeporttothelargestshrimpingfeetintheUSItswelldevelopedandmaintainedinrastructurealongwithitslocationhasmadetheharboranattractivedevelopmentsiteorrecreationalboatingacilities.AspartotheredevelopmentoConnBrownHarbornewboatlaunchesarecur-rentlyintheworksbutcityplannersandbusi-nessownersarethinkingmuchmuchbiggerandintermsobecomingagenuinestatewidedestination.LOCATEDINTHECENTEROFTHETExASCOASTALBENDSFISHINGANDBOATINGACTIVITyARANSASPASSOFFERSANAFFORDABLECOASTALLIFESTyLEANDACOMMUNITyOFFRIENDLyEASy-GOINGNEIGHBORS.FeSTivALSeveNTSinfoonlineAransasPassChamberofCommercewww.aransaspass.org130W.Goodnight361758-275065thAnnualShrmporAransasPassishometothelargestshrimpestivalinTexasandmaybetheentireUnitedStatesthe65thAnnualShrimporeetobeheldatJohnsonCommunitParkFridaJune14throughSundaJune16.Over50000unlovingmusiclovingandshrimplovingSouthTexanswilldescenduponthiswonder-ulsettingonRedshBaytoenjoythisincreasinglypopularcommunityestival.TheShrimporeecarnivalispopularwithkidsoallagesandliveentertainmentanddancingwillrunthroughtheentireweekend.ThisyearseaturedentertainmentincludesTheJohnCortezBandJasonSuthernandKleParkonFridaySamanthaAikenReverandsDaughterSethCandanBartCrowJaPerezandLaMafaonSaturdayandthePacifcIslandersLricalBngeandTheSpazmaticsonSunday.AseriesoeventsisalsoscheduledorthebigestivalsuchastheOuthouseRaceMensandWomensSexyLegsCon-testtheShrimporeePa-radepostercontestshrimpeatingcon-testandocoursetheMissShrimporeePageant.Forinfowww.aransaspass.orgSanPatrcoCo.RlocatongudnowwdlyaalablThe2013SanPatricioCountyDestinationReloca-tionGuideisthenewlypublishedcomprehensiveresourceolivinganddoingbusinessinoneotheCoastalBendsastest-growingcommunities.AvailableatchambersocommerceandotherlocationsinPortlandGregorAransasPassInglesideTatSintonOdemandMathisorreadonlinethecoastalbend.comorcallSanPatricioEDC3617772368 TexasCoastalBend2013.02LateSpring35infoonlineInglesideChamberofCommercewww.inglesidetxchamber.orgCoASTALCoMMUNiTieSInglesidesspecialplaceonthecoastInglesideTexaswithayear-roundpopulationofjustover9000restsinauniquepositionnearthegeographiccenteroftheCoastalBendbutisabedroomcommunityoftheCorpusChristimetropolitanareajust30min-utesfromdowntown.InglesidesetsonthenorthernsideofCorpusChristiBayalongtheshipchannelthatrunsfromPortAransastothePortoCor-pusChristi.ThisproximitytothechannelisessentialtomajorlocalemployerslikeKiewitOfshoreServic-esbuildersoftheworldslargestdeepwaterdrillingplatformsandindustrialplantsoperatedbyOxyChemandSherwinAlumina.Until2010NavalStationInglesidewashome-porttoaU.S.Navyminesweepertrainingbasewhichwasinoperationforjust15yearsbeforebeingclosedbythefederalBaseRealignmentandClosureBRACCommission.Thestate-of-the-artdockingfacilitywasrecentlypurchasedbyOxyChemfor82million.Apartfromcommercialandindustrialdevelop-mentitsnaturalbeautyandimmediateproximitytocoastalbaysandtheGulfofMexicothataremakingInglesideanincreasinglypopularretirementdestina-tion.InfactInglesidewasranked4inTomCorleysnewlypublishedbookTop100CheapestPlacestoRetireintheU.S.in2012whichsitesthecommunitysproximitytocoastlinesmedicalfacilitieslowtaxratesandlowhousingcosts.AboveallwhatvisitorstakeawayfromtheirtimeinInglesideisthewonderfulexperienceoffeelingwel-comedandathomeinthismostfriendlyTexasCoastalBendcommunity. 36TexasCoastalBend2013.02LateSpring TexasCoastalBend2013.02LateSpring37LandrysSeafoodThisfoatingbargerestaurantoerstheupscalechainsdiversemenuoseaoodandsteaksinaperectsettingmooredtothePeoplesStreetT-HeadintheCorpusChristiMarina.Therestaurantseleganttwo-leveldiningroomandnauticalthemedbareaturewrap-aroundwindowsthatprovideawonderulviewothebayandcityskylineromeveryseatinthehouse.Landryslargeoutdoordeckandbarprovidealessormalsettingandtheperectvenueorpartiesandothergroupevents.Enjoyeverythingromcrawshandshrimptosalmonandmahimahiallpreparedtoyourliking.600NShorelineBlvd.PeoplesStreetT-Head361882-6666www.landrysseafood.comFajitavilleThisbrightandcolorulthree-storydin-ingandentertainmentcomplexonCorpusChristiBeachisthenewestandgrandestad-ditiontotheCoastalBenddiningsceneandatestamenttowhatcanbedonebythosedeterminedtoulllavision.Fajitavilleasonewouldinerisallaboutthosealready-legendaryajitasespeciallytheAkaushibeeajitasthatcomeromacovetedherdoJapanesecattlethatareraisedonaranchnearHarwoodTexasjusteastoLuling.OnegoodlookatFajitavillesunbelievablemenuhowevercouldmakeyoudarestrayromtheajitasonyourrstvisitorbetteryetwillhavingyouplanyournextvisitveryverysoonliketomorrow.SavoryoeringsrangeromcevicheandshtacostogrilledAhitunaandlobsterandPortabellaenchiladastoa12oz.ribeyeandCaribbeanjerkchicken.221S.HotelPlaceNorthBeach361888-5554www.fajitaville.comJoesLighthouseAeaturedrestaurantintheJoesCrabshackchainJoesLighthouseontheLawrenceStreetT-HeadisaCorpusChristiiconthatoersindoorandbalconydiningwiththeverybestviewsintownbarnone.DinersgazeatsailboatsmakingtheirwayinandoutothemarinaolksenjoyingtheseawallandparksonShorelineBlvd.aswellasthedowntownsitesliketheilluminatedHarborBridge.Joespopularmenuoreshcrabwholelobstershrimpandcoldbeergivesgreattastetoagreatview.444N.ShorelineBlvd.LawrenceSt.T-Head361904-0227www.joescrabshack.comAkaJapaneseRestaurantFormanyatraveledoodsnobtherstactorandperhapsonlyactorinchoosingasushibaristhepresenceorealAsianspreerablyspeakinginaoreigntonguewithwhichyouarenotamiliar.IndowntownCorpusChristithatchoiceisAkaSushiwhosenativeKoreanproprietorhasaknackorndingsomeothebestsushiandAsianchesinthecountrywhoexpertlypreparepopularanduniquecreationsinsheelshrimpandcrab.Thissmallestablishmentllsupquicklyonweekendssobepatientasthewaitwillbeworthit.ChatwithMrs.KimandperusetheextensiveselectionosushisashimistirrytempuraandmanyotherAsianspecialties.415N.WaterSt.361882-8885corpuschristiShrimpQuesadillasasgoodasitsoundsatRailroadSeafoodStationTypicalmealwbeverageunder1010-2020-3030coastalfood 38TexasCoastalBend2013.02LateSpringHarrisonsLandingThecasualatmospherethatcomeswithlieonthewateriswhatyoullndatHarrisonsLandingwhichisactuallyayachtingcen-terandmarinaboutiqueandbarandres-taurantallinoneEnjoycoldgulshrimpandarostymargaritawhiletakinginthebreath-takingsunsetoverCorpusChristismarinaandBayrontallwhiletoe-tappingtothesoundsoapopularlocalbeachband.Harrisonsoersadelicacyorjustaboutanytasteshtacoswithavocadoandcilantrotoppedwithaspe-cialMexicansaucemakesoraperectlunchcolossalshrimpservedgrilledorriedinavarietyospecialbattersorenjoyaperectlygrilledreshshlet.YoumightloveHarrisonsLandingsomuchthatyoullndyourselbackthenexteve-ningorayachtrideorsunsetcruise.108PeoplesStreetT-Head361881-8503www.harrisonslanding.netWaterStreetMarketForalmostthreedecadesWaterStreetMarkethasbeenhometothreeothecitysavoriterestaurants.TheWaterStreetOysterBarandWaterStreetSeaoodCompanyeatureawideselectionoreshGulseaoodpreparedgrilledblackenedorriedincludinganumberorecipesthatcarryaclearCajuninuence.TrulyoriginalitemsincludetheShrimpHarpoonsmesquitegrilledskewerswithAndouillesausagetheShrimpEnchiladasandtheever-popularCrawshStuedChicken.TheOysterBaropenedasushibarinrecentyearsthathasbecomeverypopularamongdowntownvisitorsespeciallyduringhappyhour.TheExecutiveSurClubisknownoritsvastbeerselectionunoutdoorlivemusicvenueanditsterricmenuogourmethamburgerschickenburgersquesadillasandmore.309N.WaterSt.361881-9448361882-8683www.waterstreetrestaurants.com361884-SURFwww.executivesurfclub.comLagunaReefLocalsdiscoveredthisFlourBluseaoodhouseshortlyateritopenedaewyearsagobutitsremotelocationhaskeptitsomethingoahiddengemormostvisitorstotheCoastalBendexceptorshermenheadingintothewatersoUpperLagunaMadreandBafnBay.LagunaReeislocatedatBlusLandingMarinaonthearsouthernendoLagunaShoresRoadandhasearnedareputationasahomeoculinarycreativityandskillwiththetenderbountyothesea.Forthisoodsnobcrabcakesarearealtestorseaoodcookingbecausethecheisdealingwithaproductthatullytakesonthespicesandavorstowhichitisexposednottomentionthecomplexcleaningandpreparationworkinvolvedwithcrab.LagunaReeservesgreatcrabcakesandtheirhighqualitypermeatestotheotherrecipesonthemenuwhichincludesjustabouteveryimaginableincarnationogrilledbroiledandriedseaoodmanywithaCajuntouch.EnjoythebreathtakingsunsetoverLagunaMadreonthediningdeckullbarLagunaReewillcookyourreshlycaughtandcleanedshlets.4242LagunaShoresRd.inFlourBlu361937-2600P.F.ChangsThepurchaserenovationandupgradestoLaPalmeraMallinrecentyearsalongwithathrivinglocaleconomyhaveledtotheintroductiononumeroushigh-endbrandstoCorpusChristiamongthemandinthediningcategoryratherthanretailisP.F.ChangsthecountrysmostsuccessulchainogourmetAsianrestaurants.TheoriginalP.F.ChangsopenedinScottsdaleArizonain1993andwasbasedonaMan-coastalfood 40TexasCoastalBend2013.02LateSpringcoastalfooddarinChinesethemethatexploresallreachesothetrueAsiandiet.Iyouarelookingortheeed-ingtroughomostlyriedandgreasyChineseoodthatyoundatabufetcompletewiththecharmingbonusopizzaandicecreamthenthisisnottheplaceoryou.IyourexplorationintotheworldoChinesecuisineislimitedtothosebu-etsthenP.F.Changsistheperectplacetodis-coverthebroaderworldooodromtheworldsmostancientcivilization.Goinhungryandex-pressyourlibertytoexploresomethingnewanddelicious.ForthosewhoenjoythiscelebratedchaininyourownhometownyoumayindulgeinyourP.F.ChangsavoritesrightinthecenteroCorpusChristi.LaPalmeraMallS.PadreIslandDr.atS.StaplesSt.361991-0078www.pfchangs.comSnoopysPierFewestablishmentscanclaimtruelegendstatusbutintheworldoTexascoastalseaoodSnoopysistherealdeal.StoriesoSteveMartinLauraBushandothercelebritiesstoppingingiveswaytotheactthatyearateryeartheverybestshoystersshrimpandocoursehushpuppiesareservedupinthiswaterrontshhousewhichofersoneothebestviewsinTexasthatothebeautiulLagunaMadre.WhileriedseaoodmadeSnoopysamousovertheyearstheirmenuhasexpandedtoincludedeviledcrabshtacosandtheever-popularSnoopyburger.LocatedontheIntracoastalWaterwayintheshadowotheJFKCausewaySnoopysofersreeboatdockingorcustomersandwhateveryoudodontorgettohitScoopysnextdoortheon-sitedessertandicecreamshop.13113S.PadreIslandDr.NorthPadreIslanddirectlysouthofJFKCauseway361949-8815www.snoopyspier.comIslandItalianPadreIslandnativesharborasotplaceintheirheartsorthisbelovedlocalinstitution.TherestaurantslateounderTagTagliaerrowasoryearsoneotheislandsmostnotableandpopularbusinessownersandwhetheryoustoppedinoryourweeklylasagnaoryouorderedvepizzasatatimeorthekidspoolpartyIslandItalianwasalwaysthego-toplaceorgreatoodservedhotandresh.ThesedaysTagssonTonycarriesonthetraditionotreatingcustomersasamilyandservingupwonderullypreparedItalianstandardsromraviolitomostaccioliarangeodeliciouscreationsinchickenshrimpscallopsandclamssteaksandvealandstoned-bakedpizzasthatareoislandlegend.PizzadeliverieslimitedtoNorthPadreIsland15370S.PadreIslandDr.ParkRd.22NorthPadreIslandpastWhitecaponbeachsideofhighway361949-7737www.islanditalian.comPadreIslandBurgerCompanyCheJasonJohnsontookthecompletetourothehigh-endhospitalityindustrybeoreulllinghisambitiontobringgourmetcookingtohishometown.JohnsonsburgercreationstakeingredientsonceunconsideredonaburgerandsynchronizestheminculinaryharmonytheRockeelleristoppedwithspinachartichokebaconandparmesancheesetheCorpusColdFrontcombinescreamcheeseroastedredpepperstomatoandcucumberandthiseditorsavoritetheMr.BeckhambringstogetherbaconwildmushroomscaramelizedonionsavocadoandAmericancheese.14414StateHwy361ParkRd.22SPID361949-3490www.padreislandburgercompany.compadreisland TexasCoastalBend2013.02LateSpring41coastalfoodGreatCookingwithEveryonesFavoriteShellfshWhiteBeanandKaleSoupwithShrimpThisrecipeisanamalgamoseveraldi-erentrecipes.Ihavebeentryingtocutwaydownonmymeatintakesincethebeginningotheyear.Notull-onvegetarianbutImtryingtolimitthenumberoservingsIeatperweek.Thisrecipeusessomeomyavoritethingsreshherbstheslowcookerkaleandshrimp.Theshrimpismadeattheendothecookingtimeonthestovesoyoucanchoosetonotincorporateitintoanyletoversanduseanotherprotein.OnNightTwowebrownedupsomeAndouillesausageandreheatedthesoupmoreoastewateradayintheridgeontop.Itwasgreatanditeltlikewewerehavingadiferentmealinsteadoletovers.ChefMichellineWhatYouWillNeed2tbspExtraVirginOliveOil1Carrotnelydiced1stalkCelerynelydiced12largeOnionnelychopped2clovesGarlicnelychopped1tbspTomatoPaste12tspCuminSeveralsprigsofyourfavoritefreshHerbsRosemaryThymeandorSageBayLeaf1canwholeFireRoastedTomatoes12lbdryWhiteBeans4cupsWaterandonecupChickenBroth1bunchKalestemmedcoarselychopped1lbFreshGulfJumboShrimp2tbspButterSeasoningandBalsamicVinegartotasteWhattoDoRinsebeansandaddtoSlowCookeronlowwithherbswaterandorbrothandcanoftomatoeswithjuices.HeatoliveoilinaDutchOvenandaddtomatopasteandcuminstirringuntilslightlydarkandcaramelized.Addcarrotceleryonionandgarlicandsautuntilsoftandslightlybrowned.Addvegetablestoslowcookerandallowtocook6-8hoursuntilbeansaresoft.Stiroccasionally.Removeherbstemsandbayleaf.Addkaleontopandallowtosteamforabout10minutesthenstirinandallowtocookforanother5.YoumightwanttoturntheheattoHightohelpitwilt.Whenfullycookedseasonbrothwithsaltandpeppertotasteanddrizzleinaboutateaspoonofbalsamicvinegarortotaste.SeasonshrimptoyourlikingIjustcoatthemlightlyinEmerilSpiceandmeltbutterinalargesautpan.Cookuntilshrimparepinkandlightlygoldenonbothsidesturningafter2-3minutes.Serveontopofyourstew.Keepthestewforleftoversbutfreshlycookshrimpbeforeeachserving.BBQShrimpTexas-StyleWhatYouWillNeed2largeShallotspeeledandchopped12-inchpiecefreshGingerpeeledandchopped4clovesGarlicsmashed34cupSoySauce12cupfreshLimejuice2tablespoonsSugar14cupchoppedGreenOnions14cupPeanutOil14teaspooncoarselygroundBlackPepper2poundsJumboTexasGulfShrimpshellsandtailsonWhattoDoPlaceshallotsgingergarlicsoylimejuiceandsugarinablenderandblenduntilsmooth.Addthegreenonionandoilandblenduntilcombined.Seasonwithblackpeppertotaste.Placeshrimpinalargebowlpourthemarinadeoverandletmarinateatroomtempfor20min.PreheatgrilltoHigh.Removeshrimpfrommarinadeassembleonskewersandgrillfor2minperside.ServeonriceintacosinasaladorcreateKabobswithpepperspineappleandonions. 42TexasCoastalBend2013.02LateSpringDragonfyCuracaoBluesThisFrench-ownedandoperatedislandbistroishometothemostinternationalmenuintheCoastalBendwithullyauthenticdishesromEuropeandLatinAmerica.DragonfysWorldTourbyLandsideotheirmenuincludesFrench-styleletmignonintarragonsaucelambmeatloaandhealthyMediterraneanchickenplusawonderulItalianbeelasagna.TheWorldTourbySeasideoersdeliciousAmericancrabcakesaFrench-inspiredcrustedshandgrilledshrimpplateseaood-stuedcannelloniromItalyshtacosromHawaiiandasavorygrilledshrimpskewerwithcoconutsambalsaucealaMalaysia.CuracaoBluesnextdooristheislandsrsttapasbarwhichoersalaid-backplacetorelaxandenjoySpanish-styledelicaciesandwonderulwinesandcocktailsliketheirsignatureblackberrymojitohomemadewatermelonmartinisandisland-avoritesangria.14701SPID361949-2224www.dragonycuracao.comDocsSeaoodSteaksTheLagunaMadrewaterrontisthesettingorthispopularislandeaterybarandeventvenue.DocsmenuisinspiredbytheavoritesthatmakeCoastalBendseaoodamoustheworld-overincludingreshbayfounderservedblackenedFlorentinewithawhitewinesaucecrab-stuedandevensautedfounder.FreshGulshrimpareeaturedthroughouttheDocsmenuincludinggrilledwrappedinbaconandstuedonskewersinappetizersandsaladsandocoursebreadedandried--theavoriteokidsoallages.Beeeaterswillenjoythegrilled12oz.ribeyethesurandturandchickenriedsteak.DocsislocatedonNorthPadreIslandnexttotheJFKCausewayandoersoneotheareasmostpicturesquewaterrontdiningexperiencesincludingunbelievablesunsetsoverLagunaMadre.Outdooreventsacilityavailableorreunionsweddingsshingtournamentsandmore.Livemusiconweekendsandboaterscandockanddine.13309S.PadreIslandDr.361949-6744www.docsseafoodandsteaks.comBlackSheepBistroTheadditionoBlackSheepBistrototheNorthPadrediningscenehaspleasedlocalsandvacationersalikewithadiversemenuoverywell-preparedlargelyItalian-infuencedculinarycreations.Theshortbutsweetappetizermenuincludescrabnachossautedmusselsgrilledjumboshrimpandjumbolumpcrabcakes.Thebistroexcelswithbeeoeringsowhichincludea14oz.bone-inribeyea12oz.peppercornNewYorkstripatender8oz.lettoppedwithcaramelizedonionsandGorgonzolabutterandevenanultra-primeAkaushibeeburgertoppedwithmozzarella.HighoctanecreativityshowsthroughatBlackSheepBistrowithitsgrilledmahimahipairedwithablood-orangeburblancsauceJamaicanstylejerkshrimpplusavarietyouniquepastaselections.Werecommendaddingsautedlumpcrabdemiglacemushroomsauceoroneoavarietyosideitemstoyourentree.15201SPID361949-4819www.blacksheepbistro.com TexasCoastalBend2013.02LateSpring43portaransasMobyDicksOneothemostpopularandbusiestestablishmentsontheislandandorgoodrea-son.SomeothebestseaoodintownisagoodstartwhichincludesoystersservedrawMexicaliandRockeeller.ThecatchothedayispreppedhowyoulikeitandyoullndTexascutsteaksonthemenutraditionalseaoodservedgrilledriedandevenHawaiianstyleandwithoutadoubtlocalsknowMobyDicksisoneothebestbreakasthousesaround.517SouthAlisterSt.361749-9447www.mobydicksporta.comLaBaratariaCheownerLezlieKeeblerrecentlycelebratedhersecondyeardelightingguestswithanelegantusionoAmericancuisinewithFrenchandCajuninfuences.LaBaratariasContinentalmenuthatincludesescargotchopsandprimesteaksandavarietyoseaoodincludingmahimahisashimigradeAhitunaandim-peccablypreparedcrabcakesandequallydeliciouslobstercakes.Enjoyanex-tensivewinelist.ChampagneBrunchnowoeredSundaystartingatnoon.AndthebigbonusGreatservice.3500IslandMooringsPkwy.361749-2212www.labaratariarestaurantwinebar.comThePelicanClubTheormerBuelahshasbeentoutedasoneothenestrestaurantintheCoastalBendoeringtraditionalseaoodandprimesteaksplusthecreationsoamastersu-shiche.Startowithacoupleooystershootersandacupocornandcrabbisque.Seaoodmenusvarybyseasonandevendailybasedonlocalseaoodavailability.Gourmetdessertsarenottobemissedespeciallytherenchsilkpie.914TarponSt.361749-0580www.thepelicanclubporta.comPortAransasBrewingCompanyHavingearneditsspotonthegourmandslistortheirawesomehamburgersTexasMonthlyTop50ListPortABrewingCo.continuestobuilditsbaseoansogreathomemadeoodandmicrobrewedbeer.Trytheantasticwingsandendlessvariet-iesogourmetpizzawingsandshandshrimppoboys.429N.AlisterStreet361749-2739www.portabrewing.comLisabellasBistroJavaBarOneoPortAsmostpopulareateriesreopenedlastyearintheCinnamonShoresub-divisionsouthotownatervacatingtheiroriginallocationatCotterandStation.Lisa-bellasmadeitsmarkonthePortAdiningscenemorethanveyearsagobyintroduc-inganewstyleoeclecticcookingtotheisland.Wehopetheybringbackthesearedtunanachos5009Hwy361165SocialCircle361749-4222www.lisabellas.comVenetianHotPlateMustangIslandersandvisitorsalikefocktothisPortAinstitutionorthebestgourmetItaliancuisineincludingawidearrayoseaoodpastadishesantas-ticsteaksandterricsalads.TrythepannedsearedGulshrimportheantasticspinachstuedchickenbreast.Freshshandotherspecialtiesoerednightly.222BeachAve.361749-7617www.venetianhotplate.com 44TexasCoastalBend2013.02LateSpringfishingCoastalBendFishingTexasCoastalRed-FishingFromTexasParksWildlieDepartmentThebestnaturalbaitsorRedshakaRedDrumareliveshrimpsmallngermulletAtlanticcroak-erandsmalllivebluecrabs.Liveshrimpareshedunderapoppingcorkorreeshrimpedusingasmallweightandlettingtheshrimpswimreely.Livefsharebestonthebottomusingaslip-sinkertyperigwheretheshcanswimreely.Thebaitsharehookedthroughthelipsorthroughthetopothebackbehindthedorsaln.Smallbluecrabareshedonbottomandarehookedthroughoneotheswimminglegsattherearothecrab.StalkingtheshallowgrassatsorRedshistheultimatechallengeorthewadeanglers.Artifcialbaitssuchas12and14ounceshallow-runninggoldcopperorsilverspoonsareavorites.Aweedlessspoonisusedinareasoheavysubmergedorfoatingvegetation.Fish-shapedplugsbothfoatingandshallow-run-ningareeectiveoverthegrassfats.Shrimplikeplasticwormsandjigsaregoodandbothareshedundercorksorbouncedalongthebottom.Thesurprovidesexcellentreddrumshing.Thebestarticialbaitsaretheheavierspoonsandslowsinkingshshapedplugs.Plasticwormsarealsoeectivebouncedalongthebottom.SaltwateryfshingorRedshisincreasinginpopularity.Flysherssight-castsmallsuracepop-pingplugsbaitshtypestreamersorshrimpandcrabimitationfiestocruisingortailingRed-sh.Rodlengthsrangerom812to912eetcastingweightorwardfoatinglineromsixtonineweight.Leaderlengthscanberomsevento9eetwithatippetstrengthromeightto15pounds.OncehookedaRedshonfyshingtack-leisaworthyexcitingadversary.BullRedsarebestcaughtwithnaturalbait.Freshcutmulletlargerlivemullet6-8incheslongandbluecrabarethebestbaits.Bothsingleanddou-ble-dropbottomrigsaregood.Aheavygrabbingsinkerisneededtokeepbaitsstationaryonthesurbottom.Tacklevariesaccordingtoanglerpreerence.SurandpiershersorBullRedspreerrodsmorethan10eetinlengthandstienoughtohandleaheavyterminaltackle.Reelsshouldbelargeenoughtohandleseveralhundredyardso25-40poundtestlineandreelsshouldhaveagooddragsystem.Forsmallershlessthan10poundsthebestrodtouseshouldbe612to8eetlonghasamediumactionandhasatwo-handedgriptohelpthean-glersinlongdistancecasting.Reelsshouldbeabletoholdatleast100yardsoline.Anglersmustrememberthattherearebagandpossessionlimitsandminimum-maximumsizelimitsonRedsh.BesuretobeamiliarwiththeregulationseachyearwhenshingontheTexasGulCoast.NicecatchSubmitYourCatchPhotostoWinT-ShirtsGearBESTPHOTOSGETPUBLISHEDwww.TexasFishingTips.comAboveMikeBraendlew37in.Drumcaughtinfats.BelowDavidKurtzwTroutcaughtwCapt.FredCardona 46TexasCoastalBend2013.02LateSpringfishingAboveLetRileyFountainwmonsterBlackDrumAboveRightAnotherhugeDrumcaughtinLagunaMadreBelowBigOutingatBlufsLandingMarinaNicecatchSubmitYourCatchPhotosBESTPHOTOSGETPUBLISHEDwww.TexasFishingTips.com TexasCoastalBend2013.02LateSpring47fishingSanPatricioCountyishometosomeothemostabundantwatersontheGulCoastorredshfounderandspeckledtroutinourbaysandtarponmahimahiyellow-ntunaredsnapperanddozensootherspeciesintheGuloMexico.InadditionthenorthwestcornerothecountyishometoLakeCorpusChristialargereshwaterbodythatispopularwithshermenwaterskiersandjetskiers.NuecesBayissituatednorthoCorpusChristiBaydemarcatedbythePortlandCause-wayHwy181andromtimetotimeinalmostanyseasoncanbepopulatedbyrecord-sizedredshandspeckledtrout.Theseshtendtocongregateandeedalongshallowunderwaterreesandshoalormationswhichareabundantinthewesternendothebaynearthemouthotheriver.ThenortherncoastlineoNuecesBaycanbeaccessedbywadingkayakorfatsboatromsomeothecountyroadsthatrunalongFM1074westoPortlandandthesouthernedgeothebaycanbereachedromalongthecausewayrontageroad.ThesoutheasternbankothecountyromPortlandtoInglesiderunsalongCorpusChristiBay.IndianPointPierislocatedjustwestoPortlandalongtheeasterncause-wayrontageroadattheendoSunsetLakeParkwhichispositionedonapeninsulathatextendsintothebay.Fishingromthepierisalwaysdecentbutduringthewintermonthslargeshtendtomigratetowardthewarmerwatersinthisnortheasterncor-neroCorpusChristiBayandinespeciallywindyconditionsIndianPointisknownasagreatspottocatchblackdrum.AtIngleside-on-the-BayinthesoutheasterncornerothecountytwopublicboatlaunchesamarinaandseveralreepublicpiersoereasyshingandboatingaccesstoCorpusChristiBay.OnegooddayoshinginAransasPassandyouwillunderstandwhyitiscalledSaltwaterParadisebylocalsandvisitorsalike.RedfshBayasonemightinerisknownorterricgameshinginallseasonsotheyearandistheengineoactivityorthecityoAransasPass.WadeshinginthefatsothebayisaccessibleatdozensospotsalongthecityscoastlineandespeciallyalongtheAransasPassCausewayHwy361includingStedmanIslandtowardthePortAransaserrylanding.TheSanPatricioCountyNavigationDistrictoperatestheHarborWestandHarborEastacili-tiesonRansomRoadinAransasPasswhichincludeaullmarinawithcoveredanduncoveredboatslipselectricandwaterserviceabaitanduelstandboatlaunchesandevenabirdwatchingpavilion.ThedistrictalsooperatesdocksandboatlaunchacilitiesatConnBrownHarborwheremostmaritimeactivityiscommercialthebiggestexceptionowhichisRedfshBayBoathousearecentlycompletedrstclassdrystackboatstorageacilitythatalsooerstransientberthingorvesselsupto100eet.ExcellentFishingFriendlyFolksandConditionsfoundinCoastalBendsNorthBayAreaPortlandAransasPassInglesideandAransasPassoermilesandmilesocoastlineorwadersandpierfshermenamplepublicboatingacilitiesandpaddlerstrails. 48TexasCoastalBend2013.02LateSpringAboveCollectionBigSpeckledTroutcaughtinLagunaMadreandBafnBayoutoBlusLandingMarinaBelowManuelUguesw36RedshwCapt.FredCardonaNicecatchSubmitYourCatchPhotosBESTPHOTOSGETPUBLISHEDwww.TexasFishingTips.com TexasCoastalBend2013.02LateSpring49WhileNOAAandtheGulCouncildidlittletomaintainthe2012RedSnapperseasoninederalwatersandgulstatesotherthanTexasbasicallysubscribingtotheederallimitTexasofshorewatersaretheonlyplacealongthegulcoastwhereyoucanshorthisverypopularbottomreedweller.TherealshameorCoastalBendersisthatourSouthTexasSnapperBankswhichbeginabout60milesdirectlyofshoreromPortAransasisoneothemostproductiveSnapperhabitatsinthegul.SadlyourreedomasTexanstoharvestre-sponsiblyislimitedtoninenauticalmilesofshore.ThegoodnewsisthatwecanshorRedSnappertwelvemonthsoutotheyearwithinournine-milestatewaterslimitwhichluckilyishometodozensooilandgasproductionplatormsaswellasseveralotherarticialreestructureslikesunkenshipswheretheseshcon-gregate.TheederalseasononRedSnapperwasjust40daysin2012withaperanglerlimitojusttwoshperdayoatleast16inchesthesamelawacceptedbyLouisi-anaAlabamaMississippiandFlorida.ThereistechnicallynoTexasRedSnappersea-sonasitsopenyearroundandthelimitisourshperdaywitha15inchminimum.FormostTexasofshoreshermenshingorSnapperwasalwayswhatyoudidinthewintertimemoresothaninthesummerwhichisaboutdritshingortarponandtheotherbigboysnearthesurace.PartyboatandchartercaptainskeepupwiththeoilplatormsandotherspotswithinTexaswatersthatareknowntoproduceRedSnapperandeachanglerlimitsouteverytripiyourguideknowswhathesdoing.Bestoallthisshhasapalatablelighttasteandiseasytoprepareormostamateurchesorevenbettermanylocalrestaurantswillprepareyourcatchjustaboutanywayyoulikeit 50TexasCoastalBend2013.02LateSpringNationalSafeBoatingWeekiscomingupandwillbecelebratedMa18-242013leadingintoMemorialDayweekendtheofcialkickootheboatingseasonormuchoAmerica.NationalSaeBoatingWeeksgoalistoraisepublicawarenessabouttheimportanceoollow-ingsaeboatingpracticeswhileonthewaterincludingliejacketuse.ThenonprotSeaTowFoundationorboatingsaetyandSeaTowServicesInternationalInc.oerboatersthese6tipsorNationalSaeBoatingWeek1.PFDsforyouandMeWhilechildrenundertheageo13arerequiredtowearliejacketswhileboatingev-eryoneisbetterprotectedwhenwearingone.Newop-tionssuchasinatablebeltpacksandlightweightvestsarecoolerandmorecomortablethanliejacketsothepast.LiejacketssavelivesbutonlyiyouwearthemsaysSeaTowFoundationExecutiveDirectorGailR.Kulp.2.WhatsyourFrequencAlthoughmanyboatersrelyoncellphonestodaycoveragecanbespottyornonex-istentonthewater.AVHFradioallowsboaterstobroad-castacallorhelptotheCoastGuardandanyoneelseintheareamonitoringChannel16.BeoretakingyourboatoutperormaradiochecktomakesureyourVHFisoperationalKulprecommended.InmanyboatingareasyoucandothisviathereeSeaTowAutomatedRadioCheckservice.Visitwww.seatow.comboating-saetyautomated-radio-checkstondtheAutomatedRadioCheckVHFrequencynearyoualongwitheasyinstructionsonhowtousetheservice.3.BeaClassAct.BoaterEducationclassesoersome-thingoreveryoneevenexperiencedboaters.Withboatingsaetyrequirementschangingrequentlythesecoursescanhelpensureyouareuptodate.Plusboat-erswhocompleteaboatingsaetyclassmaybeeligibleoradiscountontheirboatownersinsurance.Alistoapprovedboatingsaetycoursesoerednationwidecanbeoundatwww.nasbla.netcourseListing.php6SafetyTipsforBoatersInHonorofNatonalSafeBoatngWeek TexasCoastalBend2013.02LateSpring514.TimeforaCheckupTheU.S.CoastGuardAuxiliaryandtheU.S.PowerSquadronsoferreeVesselSaetyCheckstohelpgetboatersreadyortheseason.Theyprovideachecklistoeverythingyouneedtohaveonboardromananchortoareextinguishertobesaeandlegalonthewater.5.DesignateaSoberSkipperBoatoperatorsneedtobeclear-headedandabletomakequickdecisionswhenoperatingavessel.Drinkingalcoholortakingdrugsevensomeprescriptionandover-the-countermedi-cinesdecreasesreactiontimeandtheabilitytothinkclearly.BesmartandalwaysdesignateasoberskippersaidKulp.6.BeSmartandyellowRenewyourSeaTowMem-bershiporthecomingboatingseason.WithU.S.CoastGuard-licensedSeaTowCaptainsstandingatthereadyintheiryellowboats247365youwillhavethepeaceomindoknowingproessionalhelpisonthewayanytimeyoucalloraidonthewater.KulpalsoremindsboatersthatanumberospecialeventsareplannedduringandprecedingNationalSaeBoatingWeekinclud-ingWearyourLifeJackettoWorkDaonMay17andReadSetWearItonMay18.Formoreinorma-tionpleasevisittheNationalSaeBoatingCouncilweb-siteatwww.safeboatingcampaign.comAbouttheSeaTowFoundationIn2007SeaTowFounderandCEOCapt.JoeFrohnhoeercreatedtheSeaTowFoundationa501c3nonprotorganizationtopromotesaeboatingpractices.TheFoundationsgoalistoreduceaccidentsatalitiesandpropertydamagerelatedtorecreationalboating.Formoreinormationpleasevisitboatingsaety.com.AboutSeaTowNowcelebratingits30thanniversaryyearSeaTowSer-vicesInternationalInc.isthenationsleadingon-waterassistanceprovider.Establishedin1983byFounderCEOCapt.JoeFrohnhoeerSeaTownowservesmem-bersinmorethan100locationsthroughouttheUnitedStatesEuropeU.S.VirginIslandsandPuertoRico.ForaulllistomembershipbenetshowtobecomeaSeaTowmemberortoinquireaboutbecomingaSeaTowranchiseownerpleasevisitwww.seatow.comInadditiontoprovidingpeaceomindonthewater247toSeaTowmembersandotherboatersSeaTowalsoofersinnovativereeboatingsaetyandinorma-tionservicestothepublicincludingtheSeaTowApporsmartphonesSeaTowsAutomatedRadioCheckServiceandthenonprotSeaTowFoundationsLifeJacketLoanerStationprogram.Formoreinormationvisitwww.seatow.comandwww.boatingsafet.com CoastaBendMostPopuarSpeciesRedSnapperFoundin30-200owateroshoreespeciallaroundnaturalandartifcialreeslikeshipwrecksandoildrillingplatormsReachesmaturitat2-5earsoagecanliveuptoage50andweighupto50lb.Texasstatewaterswithin9milesoshoreistheonlGulCoastjurisdictionwhereRedSnappercanbefshedoutsidethe48-daederalseasonSpeckledTroutakaSpottedSeaTroutLivesinshallowestuariesalongtheWesternAtlanticcoastlinetotheGuloMexicoromMassachusettstotheyucatanPeninsulainMexicoMostlargespecksareemalesupto9-10earsoldPreersshallowseagrassandosterbedsinspringandsummerandwillshelterromcoldwaterindeeperchannelsandreeormationsinwinterRedfshakaRedDrumFastgrowingreaching22-24and6-8lb.in3earsPreersshallowwaters1-4alongedgesobaswithsubmergedvegetationandshorelinebreakssuchascovesjettiesandgutsbetweensandbarsBlackspotontailoolspredatorsintoattackingtailTexasrecordis59.5lb.US94lb.inNorthCarolinafishingKeepingitLegalTexasBagSizelimits-SatwaterfishImportantrulesanddetailsdenotedwithshouldbeconsultedforcompleteandaccurateinforma-tionthatappliestocertainspecies.ThiscanbefoundontheTPWDwebsitewww.tpwd.state.tx.usSourceTexasParksWildlifeDepartmentSpeciesDailyBagLengthinInchesMin-Max