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6TexasCoastalBendWinter2013-14welcomeBillCosbyFarFromFinishedTourFridayJanuary102014-800p.m.AmericanBankCenterSelenaAuditoriumwww.americanbankcenter.comBillCosbyisanAmericanTreasure.Inthe1960shewastherstArican-Americanco-starinadramaticTVseriesISpyandwontheEmmyorBestActorthreeyearsinarow.Inthe1970sCosbyturnedhisattentiontoachildrensaudi-encespendingtwoyearsonTheElectricCom-panyanddevelopedtheanimatedhitFatAlbertTheCosbyKids.Inthe1980sTheCosbyShowbrokeallratingsrecordsoraTVsitcom.Throughouthislongca-reerCosbyhasservedasastrongvoiceinsup-portoeducationandsocialcivility.Atage76BillCosbyisFarfromFinishedwithhisrstnationally-televisedconcertairingNo-vember24onComedyCentralandanationalconcerttour.CoastalBendaudiencesgetauniquechancetoseethisAmericanlegendliveonstageattheAmericanBankCenter.32ndAnnualHarborLightsFestivalCorpusChristiBayfrontSaturdayDecember7CorpusChristisocialkick-ototheholidayseasontheHarborLightsFestivalonthebeautiuldowntownbay-ronteaturesthelightingothecitysocialtreeayouthparadeandocourseSantaClauswww.harborlightsfestival.orgWinterBirdingintheCoastalBendClassesSouthTexasBotanicalGardensBirdwatchersromacrosstheworldfocktotheCoastalBendeachwinterandSouthTexasBotanicalGardensandNatureCenteroersbirdingclasseseldtripsandanad-vancedIDclassbybirdinglegendGeneBlacklock.www.stxbot.orgCorpusChristiSymphonyOrchestraDecember714January9February8CorpusChristiisortunatetobehometooneothemostdistinguishedsymphonyorchestrasinTexas.YouthOr-chestraperorms127HolidayConcert1214MusicoftheEagles19andEveningFantastique28.www.ccsymphony.orgInglesideRenaissanceFaireLiveOakParkDecember14-15ThequaintbaysidetownoInglesidecomesalivewiththelegendoCamelotwhenitsannualRenaissanceFairecomestoLikeOakParkeachDecember.Enjoyjoustersal-conerdemosmagicshowsgreatoodandmore.www.inglesidetxchamber.com TexasCoastalBendWinter2013-147welcomeCorpusChristiwww.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 8TexasCoastalBendWinter2013-14Knowingyourwayaround...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 TexasCoastalBendWinter2013-149dtownccdowntownnorthbeachattractionsTheTexASSTATeAqUARIUMisoneotheCoastalBendstopvisitorattractionbecauseitdeliverstheultimateGuloMexicoexperiencebringingtheunder-seaworldtoyouupcloseandinpersonThearticialreeexhibitinthe125000gallonmaintankishometodozensospeciesoshincludingraysandsharksaswellascountlessshellshandotherin-vertebrates.2710N.ShrlinBlvd.nNrthBach800477-GULFtasstatauarium.rTheLadyLexsetmorecombatrecordsthananycarrierinU.S.NavalhistoryandtodayrestsinCorpusChristiBayastheU.S.S.LexINgToNMUSeUMoNTHeBAyatributeandmemorialtothosewhoserveddeendingAmerica.Thesightsandsoundsaresorealandsointenseyoube-comeapartothestorythesecondyoustepootaboardthisWorldWarIIeraair-cratcarrier.2914N.ShrlinBlvd.nNrthBach361888-4873www.usslintn.cmTheARTMUSeUMoFSoUTHTexAShasorover40yearsbeenconsideredoneotheleadingmuseumsoneartinthestateoTexasandinsomerespectstheentireU.S.PermanentexhibitsincludeworkromSouthTexasSouthwesternandLatinAmericanartistsinnearlyallmediaandtravelingexhibitsrotateregularlyliketheContemporaryStudioGlasscollectiononloanromtheMobileMuseumoArt.1902N.ShrlinBlvd.Dwntwn361825-3500artmusumsuthtas.rTheMUSeUMoFSCIeNCeANDHIS-ToRychroniclesover500yearsoSouthTexashistoryaswellasthearcheologicalandgeologicalproleothearea.Themu-seumisperhapsbestknownasthehomeothelie-sizedreplicasotheColumbusFleetwhichwerechristenedin1992bytheSpanishgovernmenttocommemo-ratethe500thanniversaryoChristopherColumbusdiscoveryoAmerica.1900N.ShrlinBlvd.Dwntwn361826-4650www.ccmuseum.comcorpuschristifunnottomissHolidayEventsinCorpusChristi4thAnnualChristmasAroundtheWorldArtMuseumofSouthTexasNowDec181902N.ShorelineBlvd.artmuseumofsouthtexas.orgSchoolgroupsromacrosstheCoastalBenddecorate30Christmastreesrepresentingcountriesacrosstheworld.Grouptoursavailable.AChristmasCarolLiveonStageHarborPlayhouseFri-SunDec6-813-151BayfrontParkharborplayhouse.comThisavoriteChristmasplayperormedbythelivecom-munitytheatercompanyattheHarborPlayhouse.EightperormancesovertwoweekendsinDecember.32ndAnnualHarborLightsFestivalArtMuseumofSouthTexasSatDec7CorpusChristiBayfrontharborlightsfestival.orgYouthparadelightingothecitysofcialChristmastreeandocourseSantaClausTheNutcrackerpresentedbyCorpusChristiBalletFri-SatDec7-814-15presentedbyCorpusChristiConcertBalletFri-SatDec21-22AmricanBankCntrSlnaAuditriumwww.amricanbankcntr.cmEverychildshouldexperiencethemagicalstoryinsonganddanceotheNutcrackerballet.PresentedoverthreeweekendsthisDecemberbytwolocalballetcompanies.NewYearsEveKidsOvernightPartyCrpusChristiMusumMonDec31ccmuseum.comTheperectsolutionorparentswantingtostepoutorNewYearsandtheirkidslookingorauntimeotheirownagiantslumberpartyinsidetheascinatingCorpusChristiMuseumFunactivitiesunderadultsupervisionincludingpizzapartygroupgamesscienceexperimentsMidnightBallDropandbreakastNewYearsmorning.Limitedspace.LiveWinterSportsTexasAMUniversityIslandersBasketballDivisionINCAAMensWomensBasketballteamscom-peteagainstthetopteamsinthenation.islandrs.cmCorpusChristiIceraysHockey17thseasonoorourhometownminorproessionalhockeyteam.icras.cmJuniorRodeoNuecesCountyJuniorLivestockShowRodeoJan1018RichardM.BrchardFairrundsinRbstwnwstC.C.Oneotheyearsmostantici-patedAGeventsbringstogetherhundredsokidsrepresenting4-HFCCLAandFFAclubsromthroughoutSouthTexascompet-inginlivestockindustrialandhomemakingdivisions.Paradepageantandmore.ncjls.rCorpusChristiFirstDowntownbustleswithactivitytherstweekoeachmonthwithaseriesocommunityevents.MarinaMarktDasFirstSaturdayvendorsmarketontheLawrenceStreetT-Head.FarmrsMarktNoweveryWednesdayothemonthintheTangoTeaRoomcourtyardstartingat430p.m.FamilArtoutinFirstWednesdaysattheCor-pusChristiArtCenteronShorelineBlvd.crpuschristifrst.cm 10TexasCoastalBendWinter2013-14DelMarCollegeRichardsonAudito-riumCommunitycollegevenuehostsavarietyomusicandtheatricalevents.AnastasiaJan4MusicaltheaterinterpretationothelieoAnas-tasiaRomanovdaughterothelastCzaroRus-sia.CmdianSamulCmrJan15Upandcomingcomicre-centlyappearedontheConanOBrienShowmakeslightolivingwithTouretteSyndromeandtopicsoracollege-agedaudience.DlMarClleastCampus101BaldwinAve.Ayersdelmar.eduBrewsterStreetIceHouseBarrestaurantandconcertvenuewithamily-riendlykidszone.Livemusic3-4nightsaweekincluding40oz.tFrdmDc11KvinFwlrDc21RbrtearlKnDc26NwyarsevwiththSpazmaticsDc31.1724N.Tancahua361884-2739brwstrstrt.ntHouseofRockFull-feggedRockReggaeandspecialeventsvenueeatureslegendaryThrashRockbandSuicidalTndncisDc14SanAnto-niosThHrinDc28andmore.511StarrSt.tashusrck.cmcorpuschristiPlicanLun14330SPIDN.PadreIsland361949-8222Scuttlbutts14254SPIDNorthPadreIsland361949-6769NightclubsHipHopPopDanceAriaLtTrrac326N.ChaparralSt.DowntownC.C.361882-8801www.ariacc.comBurbnStrtBargrill313N.ChaparralSt.DowntownC.C.361882-2082xSUltraLunCC4244SPIDSouthSide361852-2977ClubTic5820S.StaplesSt.SouthSide361991-1555couNtryWesterNtejaNoWhiskRivr5702S.StaplesSt.SouthSide361992-4445Rprs4653EverhartRd.SouthSide361855-6462ThTan3625S.StaplesSt.Midtown361854-1571ClubCil3102BaldwinBlvd.WestSide361904-0334TjanVill5820S.StaplesSt.SouthSide361991-1555elDradNihtclub4424SPIDSouthSide361442-2622sportsbarsbilliardsParadisBilliards5141OakhurstDr.oSPIDSouthSide361992-4445www.clicksparadise.comIzzsBarPati4535SPIDSouthSide361334-5030corpuschristinightlifeliveMusicpubstaverNsRockReggaeBluesDr.RckitsBlusBar1709N.ChaparralSt.DowntownC.C.361884-7634www.drrockitsbluesbar.comHusRck511StarrSt.MesquiteDowntownC.C.361882-7625www.texashouseofrock.comThecutivSurClub309N.WaterSt.DowntownC.C.361884-7873www.executivesurfclub.com.comBrwstrStrtIcHus1724N.TancahuaSt.Down-townC.C.361884-2739www.brewsterstreet.netCassidsIrishPub601N.WaterSt.361879-0534MulliansPub621N.ChaparralSt.361884-8190Vrnns10303rdSt.Uptown361882-0030gatrs4610SPIDSouthSide361225-4300KRm4739S.AlamedaSt.361992-5966RcssBargrill5710S.Alameda361452-0223MacawsPub6410WeberRd.SouthSide361854-4434Murdcks2033AirlineRd.SouthSide361991-9606DwsBrgardn2302RoddFieldRd.361334-5747BartnSt.Pub10618SPIDFlourBlu361937-3167Farahs14305SPIDNorthPadreIsland361949-0127BualWildWins2001SPIDGreenwood361814-9464Htrs4551SPIDSouthSide361854-9464ThsBilliards5815WeberRd.SouthSide361334-6135Rascals5959WilliamsDr.SouthSide361991-1414louNgespiaNoMartiNibarsRpublicTas900N.ShorelineBlvd.inOmniHotelDowntown361880-6738www.omnihotels.comHavanaClub500N.WaterSt.Downtown361882-5552Katz21StakSpirits5702SpohnDr.SouthSide361884-1221www.katz21.comDLun6418S.StaplesSt.SouthSide361986-8783ofcLun26646S.StaplesSt.361906-2249glbtThHiddnDrThLt802S.StaplesSt.Uptown361882-5002www.thehiddendoorcc.comCirquC.C.5831WeberRd.SouthSide361356-6107geNtleMeNseNtertaiNMeNtThPalacMnsClub5850EverhartRd.SouthSide361985-1100www.thepalacemensclub.comClubChtah6425SPIDSouthSide361985-8822DowntownVenuesLiveMusicincorpuschristiDr.RockitsBluesBarPopularBluesbareatureslocalandnationallytouringactsatleastournightsaweek.709N.ChaparralSt.361884-7634drrckitsblusbar.cmExecutiveSurfClubCasualsur-themedrestaurantandbarhasbeenalo-calavoriteorover20years.NickgaitanUmbrllaManDc7AlhaDavDc13BushbullitDc20WedOpenMic.309N.WatrSt.inWatrStrtMarkt361884-7873executivesurfclub.comCollegeVenuesTexasAMCorpusChristiPerformingArtsCenterOneothemostspectacu-larandacoustically-perectcollegeaudi-toriumsinthenationthePACisstageorawidevarietyomusicalperormances.MusicDpartmntHlidagalaCn-crtDc6MichalMartinMurphsCwbChristmasCncrtDc8CrpusChristiSmphnorchstraprsntsHmrthHlidasDc14.TAMUCCCampustamucc.eduClassicalCompetition22ndAnnualInternationalChopinPianoCompeti-tionJan11Pianistsaged17to34romaroundtheworldcompeteisthisacclaimedcompetition.St.PiusXCatholicChurch5620glliharRd.rdrkchpinscittas.r 12TexasCoastalBendWinter2013-14RocksXtremeMMA5LocalamateurMixedMartialArtscompetition.ConventionCenterExhibitHallSaturdayDec7700p.m.TheNutcrackerpresentedbyCorpusChristiBalletSelenaAuditoriumWithLiveOrchestraDec7730p.m.Dec8300p.m.FamilyWeekendDec14730p.m.Dec15300p.m.TheNutcrackerpresentedbyCorpusChristiConcertBalletSelenaAuditoriumSatDec21730p.m.andSunDec22200p.m.CorpusChristiSymphonyOrchestrapresentsTheMusicoftheEaglesSelenaAuditoriumThursJan9730p.m.BillCosbyFarfromFinishedTour50yearsomakingyoulaughsmileandeelgood.SelenaAudito-riumFriJan10800p.m.HarlemGlobetrot-ters2014FansRuleWorldTourLegend-aryamilyunwiththemostentertainingbasketballteamonEarth.AmericanBankCenterArenaWedJan29700p.m.BillMaherLiveinCon-certThecontroversialcomedianwriterflm-makerandtelevisionhostholdstherecordormostEmmynomina-tions26withoutawinromhisworkonABCsPoliticallyIncorrectandHBOsRealTimewithBillMaher.SelenaAuditoriumSunFeb9700p.m.ForInformationandTicketswww.americanbankcenter.comAmericanBankCenter TexasCoastalBendWinter2013-1413TheCityoInglesidewasincorporatedin1951andin1954theArmyCorpsoEngineersdredgedtheLaquintaChannelthroughInglesidePointcreatedtheareaknownasInleside-n-the-Bayonthesouthernendothecove.ThechemicalindustrycametoIngle-sidein1973withtheopeningotheDuPntplantol-lowedbyoxyChemandheavymarineconstructionar-rivedsubsequentlywithKiewitofshreServicesandgulMarineFabricatrs.AteralmostadecadeopoliticalmaneuveringledbylotydreamsoanaircratcarrierbattlegroupNavalStatinInlesidewasawardedtoInglesidein1987asaminesweeperbaseandbecameopera-tionalin1992.WiththeNavycameaconstructionboomohundredsohomesandmulti-plelargeapartmentcomplexestoac-commodateseveralthousandpersonnelandtheirami-lies.Howeverin2005theederalBaseRealignmentandClosureCommissionBRACvotedtocloseNSInglesidewiththelastmilitaryamilydepartingin2010.WhatwasconsideredadevastatingblowtothecommunityhasbeguntoturnaroundsparkedbythesuccessulefortothePrtCrpusChristitoselltheormernavalsta-tiontonewdevelopersnamelyoccidentalPetrleumCrp.andFlintHillsResurcesandbythecontinuedboomintheSouthTexasoilandgasindustry.Inglesidesreputationasariendlysmallcoastaltownisattractingnewamiliesandbusinesseswhodiscovercleanstreetsandneighborhoodswonderulparksandpublicacilitiesandgoodschoolswherestu-dentsandamiliesaretoppriorities.northbayBigindustryandsmalltowncharminInglesideDespitethe2010clsinNavalStatinInlesidethecityisexperiencinaresurencerwthueledbyexpandinlcaleneryandchemicalindustriesandamilieslkinrdschls.infoonlineInglesideChamberofCommercewww.inglesidetxchamber.r 14TexasCoastalBendWinter2013-14southccCorpusChrissSouthSideSouthPadreIslandDriveSPIDAboveLagunaMadreFlourBluftoNileDr.BelowNileDr.toCrosstownExpressway 16TexasCoastalBendWinter2013-14PadreIslandisthelongestbarrierislandintheworldandthesecondlarg-estislandintheUStoLongIslandNY.PadreIslesisthelargestwaterrontde-velopmentintheUSoutsidethestateoFloridawithsome4000singleandmulti-amilyhomeslocatedonthecommunitysextensivenetworkonavigablecanals.AlthoughthevastmajorityohomesinPadreIslesincludeboatdocksandorlitsandmanyresidentsownocean-worthyrec-reationalvesselsuntil2006theclosestpas-sageintotheGuloMexicowasthroughthePortAransasShipChannelmorethan20milesandoveranhournorth.DrivingontheBeachwithdignityDOStopbeforeenteringsofthighsandandplanyourrouteUsealowgearProceedatabrisksteadyspeedUseatboardsorevenseaweedunderyourtiresfortractionifyougetstuckRockyourvehicleoutofsandifyougetstuckDONTAssumeyourallwheeldrivevehicleperformslikea4-wheeldriveStopinhighsandlikeyouwouldinsnowGunyouracceleratorinanangryattempttogetunstuckCussCryMorebeachesgreaterbeachaccessthananydesnaonontheEntreU.S.GulfCoastCOLLEGEYOUNGADULTZONEFAMILY-FRIENDLYBEACHZONETheocialopeningoPackeryChannelinOctober2006wastheculmi-nationodecadesoefortbyhundredsoTexansatalllevelsogovernment.Notonlydoesthechannelprovidedirectac-cesstothegulinlessthanvenauticalmilesomosthomesbutcontrarytoen-vironmentalistswarningsaboutnegativeecologicalconsequenceswaterqualityinLagunaMadreandinNorthPadrescanalsystemwassignicantlyimprovedaswastheshingwiththeopeningoPackeryChannel.TheresnoquestionthattheCoastalBendsgulfbeachesarethenumberoneattractionforvisitorsanytimeofyearandwhocanblameemAsspringmakesitswayintosummerweatherintheCoastalBendislesspredictablethannormalandthatainttoopredictablejustaskourlocalTVweathermen.Humidhotandcloudywith20mphwindsoutothesouthcanturnintodry60degreesandnortherlygustsinanhourinAprilorMaybutthenetresultisthatweenjoyalatespringtimeclimatethatisgenerallyhospitabletomostoutdooractivitiesromshingtoadayatthecarnivaltoanaternoonamilypartyonthebeach.ThathotsummerSouthTexassuniswaitinginthewingssomakethemostocoolerweatherwhileitlasts.AndthisAprilandMaytheCoastalBendofersmorethaneverislands 18TexasCoastalBendWinter2013-14islandsMUSTANGISLANDSTATEPARKencompassesalmost4000acresthatstretchacrossMustangIslandbetweenNorthPadreIslandandPortAransasandincludesshorelineonboththeGuloMexicoandCorpusChristiBay.TheacilitiesareaotheparklocatedwithinthemaingateincludesRVspacesandcampsitesrestroomsandrangerstation.Parkbeachestendtobelesscrowdedwithewervehiclesandtworockjettiesextendintothegul.Onthebacksideotheis-landanetworkofatsandmarshzonesprovidesantasticshingandbirdwatchingalongwithanextensivepaddlingtrail.GoogleMustangIslandStateParkPADREISLANDNATIONALSEASHOREisthenativeislandexperienceinitsrawestormin-cludingthebestshoreshinginthecountryaboldstatementtobesurebutconsiderthatoneotheworldsstrongestoceancurrentsthegulfofMexicoLoopCurrententersthegulatMexicosYucatanPeninsulaandexitsattheFloridaStraitsandmakesitssharpestturnalongtheNationalSeashore.Theresultisthatthegutordrop-obetweensandbarscanbeupto15eetdeepbetweentheshorelineandrstsandbaramongthedeepestintheworld.Inthosedeepestnear-shoregutsbigshareedonbyevenbiggershwhichmakesBiShellandLittleShellexceed-inglypopularwithsharkhuntersandotherbiggameshermen.Theparkboaststhatsome380speciesobirdshaloallthoseidentiedintheUnitedStateshavebeenspottedattheNation-alSeashore.TheKempsRidleySeaTurtlehasmadeanamazingcomebackatPINSamajorU.S.nestinggroundthankstotheeortsoparkstaandvolunteers.nps.govpais361949-8068nationalseashorestateparkPadreIslandistheworldslongestbarrierislandstretching113milesalongthecoastoSouthTexasromCorpusChristitothecityoSouthPadreIslandneartheMexicanborder.ThetermCoastalBendreerstothesouth-to-northeasterlycurvethattheTexascoastlinetakescreat-ingthenorthwesterncornerotheGuloMexico.Thesharpestcor-nerotheTexasCoastalBendissituatedalongPadreIslandwherethecomplexecosystemisinfuencedbystronggulcurrentsandsouth-easterlywindsandtheinteractionbetweengulmarinelieandthatotheLagunaMadreamongmanyactors.BeachParksoerfrst-handeducationonmarinelieandcoastalecosystems 20TexasCoastalBendWinter2013-14Themulti-yearprocessohopedebatenegotiationmorehopeandnallyrealityhascomeullcircleasvisitorstoandresidentsoNorthPadreIslandhavewatchedtheonce-so-amiliarPadreIslesCountryClubrebuiltintoarec-reationalparadisethatwillattractamiliesyettondCorpusChristionamap.Alongwiththeno-going-backphysicaltransormationotheislandwhichstartsnowwithSchlitterbahnWaterparkResortbutwillinaewyearsculminateinthenewestislandresortdestinationintheUnitedStatestheentiretourismindustryotheTexasCoastalBendissoontoexperienceanequallyradicaltransormation.TwoandthreehoursnorthoCorpusChristisetthetwoastestgrowingmetro-politanareasintheUnitedStatesSanAntonioandAustin.ThosewhotraveltoandbetweenthesetwocitiesnoticethatdevelopmentisnowcontinuousalongtheI-35Corridorin1990thesecitiescombinedpopulationwasabout1700000in2010itwas263000andwillexceed3millionby2020.TheCoastalBendisthebeachdestinationortheSanAntonio-AustinCorridor.GalvestonisoverrunbyHoustonvisitorsandoersarlessdesirablewaterrontac-cessSouthPadreIslandrequirestraveltothenow-notoriousborderregionandisagainoverrunwithregionalvisitorsbothplacesaretwohoursartherbycarthantheCoastalBend.WhiletheCoastalBendhasnotembracedaregionalmarketingeorttheeectsoSchlitter-bahnwillstretcharbeyondNorthPadreIsland.Thein-seasonlodgingshortageinCorpusChristiwillstrainurtherasthenewwaterparkresortwilloeraccommodationsorasmallractionoits10000orsosummervisitorsperday.Increasedratesandsold-outspacewillpusholdervisitorstoRockportandamiliestoPortAransasalsosold-outeverydaythispastseason.Whiletheprolicconstructionosmall-boxmid-levelbrandscontinuesHolidayInnExpressHamptonInnetc.weareyettoseea500roompropertyhere.WeareyettoseeafagshippropertybySheratonHyattMarriottWestinoranyothetopnationalhoteliers.ThepositivesignicanceoSchlitterbahnwillbeeltlikeanatombombnextsummerthegoodkindthatisashotelscondosrestaurantsretailersandtheentirecommunityseethou-sandsmorevisitorsdescendupontheCoastalBend.Hopeullythebigdeveloperswillseewhatweseeandinvestheavilyinourcommunitysu-tureandintheirown.UpperCorkscrewwaterpropulsionsystemsimilartowhatisbeingbuiltinCorpusChristiLowerFrameworkbeinginstalledforriverfeature. TexasCoastalBendWinter2013-1423Throughunc-tionsoge-ographyandclimateTexasisthewinterhometomorebirdspeciesthananyotherstateandourcoastalregioninparticu-laristhenalmigratorydestinationorthousandsofockstakingtheCentralandMississippiFlywayssouthromCanadaandnorthernMidweststates.A1991AmericanBirdinAssociationABAstudybyRolandWauershowedthatTexaswasthetopbirdwatchingdestinationintheUnitedStatesoritsmembers.In1993TexasParksandWildlieundertookarstoitskindprojectanywhereinthecountryasystemotrailsbirdsanctuariesandnaturepreservesdesignedtoprovidebetterpublicaccesstothecoastsunequalledbirdwatch-ingopportunities.AyearlaterthegreatTexasCoastalBirdinTrailwasinauguratedwiththeopeningoitsrstsectiontheCentralCoastRegionakatheTexasCoastalBend.TheplanandtheconceptwerelargelydevelopedbyTedEubanksandMadgeLindsay.Siteimprovementsincludedtrailmarkerstraildevelopmentboardwalksob-servationstationsandmanyothers.Thegoalwasbothtoencourageenvironmentalprotectionandtoestablishatourismnetworkthatwouldbenetbusinessesthrough-outtheTexasGulCoastregioncateringtoecotourists.TheBirdinCapitalofTexasisatitlethatcanright-ullybeexpandedtocovertheentireUnitedStatesandorgoodcause.TheAransasNationalWildlifeRefuenorthoRockportishometotheonlywildfockoWhoopinCranesintheworldwhichatonepointnumberedonly21andtodayincludesabout400birds.CorpusChristiandNuecesCountyconsistentlyearnthetitlesBirdi-estCityandcoastalcountyrespectivelybytheNationalAudubonSociety.AndocoursetheCoastalBendiswheretheGreatTexasCoastalBirdingTrailwasstarted.ThePadreIslandNationalSeashoreisregardedworldwideasoneothemostimportantbirdsanctuar-iesservingastheseasonalhometosome380speciesroughlyhaloallbirdspeciesidentiedintheUnitedStatesincluding13ontheederalendangeredlist.PortAransasandMustanIslandboastveviewingsitesthatarepartotheGreatTexasCoastalBirdingTrailincludingrecentlyconstructedboardwalksandobserva-tiondecksthattakebirdwatchersintothemarshyhabitatsosomanyrarelocalandmigratingspecies.Inadditiontothesel-guidedbirdwatchingtourspro-videdbytheBirdingTrailsystemguidedtoursareavail-ablebyprivatevesselaswellasonpartyboatswhichdepartromFultonHarbornorthoRockportandPortAransasduringthewintermonths.InadditiontotheGreatTexasCoastalBirdingTrailandnationalreugesboththegooseIslandandMustanIs-landStateParksoeruniquegeographiccharacteristicsandhavetheirownsetsoeesandrulesorvisitors.LikeshingandotherrecreationalactivitiesbirdingopportunitiesarebothuniqueandplentiulinallareasotheCoastalBendnorthtosouthandevolveandgrowasthewinterprogresses.SothisyearvisitotentoseeitallinTheBirdingCapitalofTexasbirding 24TexasCoastalBendWinter2013-14TheGreatTexasBirdingTrailisanetworkoffacilitiesandothersitesthatattractvaryingspeciesofmigratorybirdsandthatprovidenon-intrusiveaccessforbirders.Somesitesaresmallparksandpondsandothersaremajorinstallationssuchasstateparksandnationalwildliferefuges.MapsdepictmarinesitesintheCentralCoastalRegion.AransasNationalWildlifeRefugeAmongNorthAmericasmostamedandvisitedbirdingdestinationsAransasNWRisthewinterhometotheonlywildfockoWhoopingCraneswhichmigrateromCanadasNorthwesternTerritoryeachall.Preservationeortshavehelpedsavethefockwhichnumbersabout400birdstodaybutelltojust21inthe1930s.InadditiontotheWhoopersthereugehostsdozensorarebirdspecieseachseasonandoerskayakingshingandhuntingopportunities.1WildlifeCircleAustwellTexas77950361286-3559www.fws.govsouthwestrefugestexasaransasGooseIslandStateParkAewmilessouthoANWR37ontheLamarPeninsulathispopularstateparkishometothe2000-year-oldLiveOaktreeknowsimplyasBigTreetheoldestintheU.S.Springcoldrontsbringlegendaryalloutsomigrantlandbirdswhichcongregateinthetreesleadingintothepark.St.CharlesBayisthewinterdestinationorlargewaterowlpopulationsincludingloonsgrebesCommonGoldeneyeRed-breastedMerganserRedhead.RailsgallinulesCommonYellowthroatandMarshWrenhavebeenidentiedinmarshlands.Campingacilitiesavailable.202S.PalmettoSt.RockportTexas78382361729-2858httpwww.tpwd.state.tx.usstate-parksgoose-island3748birding TexasCoastalBendWinter2013-1425CopanoBayStateFishingPierThisuniquepublicshingpierisactuallytheoldbridgethatspannedCopanoBayromthetipotheLamarPeninsulasouthwardtoFulton.ScanthebayorloonsgrebesanddivingducksandAmericanOystercatchercanbeoundonshellspoilislands.Nominalee.99200TXHwy35RockportTX78382www.copanopiers.justgoshin.comRockportDemoGardenWetlandsPondTensothousandsohummingbirdsmostlyRuby-throatedpassthroughRockportearlyeachSeptemberandareattractedtothemanyvarietiesonativeplantsincludingtheTrumpetCreeper.Thisisalsoagreatsiteormigratorylandbirdsthroughoutthewintermonths.Boardwalkwetlanddemonstrationpond.0.9milesouthofTX-35FM3036TXDOTRestStopConnieHagarCottageSanctuaryAsmallbutveryactivesitethesanctuaryisrequentedbyvireoswarblersgrosbeaksfycatchersandthrusheswiththeborderinggrassyeldsotenpackedwithDickcisselsavarietyosparrowsandbuntingsincludingthePainted.Adailybirdlistispostedatthekioskandmigrationisdynamicandcanchangedaily.EastFirstandSouthChurchStreetsinRockportNewburyParkHummingbirdGardenThisgardenarealocatedwithinanAransasPasscityparkwasspecicallydesignedasahummingbirdsanctuaryshroudedbyancientcoastalliveoaktrees.Springcoldrontbringawidevarietyomigratinglandbirds.S.LamontSt.W.WheelerAve.AransasPassRansomRoadNavigationDistrictParkLocatedontheIntracoastalWaterwaychannelacilitiesincludemulti-tieredobservationdeckandpicnictables.Loonsgrebespelicansanddivingduckstravelandshinthechannelwithrailsandshorebirdsinwetlands.TXHwy361toendofRansomRd.AransasPassAransasPassCommunityParkRecentlydevelopedthisparkoersaviewoRedshBayromanobservationplatorm.Aboardwalkisbeingplannedsokeepaneyeonthissite.TXHwy361toJohnsonAvenueAransasPassLiveOakParkLealittercarpetingtheorestfoorisparticularlyattractivetothrushesthrashersandground-dwellingwarblerssuchasWorm-eatingOvenbirdHoodedandSwainsonsrare.TXHwy361southonMainAve.FM1069Ingleside51495052535455birding 26TexasCoastalBendWinter2013-14AransasPassWetlandsSearchthewatershereorloonsgrebesdivingducksandpelicans.CausewayroadTX-361towarderrylandingisstraddledbyRedshBayandwetlandsonbothsideandisvisitedbyacornucopiaowaterbird.TX-361CausewayRoadbetweenAransasPassFerrytoPortAransasLeonabelleTurnbullBirdingCenterTheboardwalkextendsintoareshwatermarshassociatedwiththeadjoiningwastewatertreatmentplant.LittlereshwaterisavailableormuchotheyearonbarrierislandssuchasMustangandthepondshereoeraconsistentsupplyowaterorawidevarietyowetlandspecies.CutORoadpastCommunityParkPortAransasPortAransasSouthJettyThejettyextendsorseveralhundredyardsintotheGulandurnishesanexcellentvantagepointromwhichtolookoravarietyoopenwaterspecies.Gullsandternsotenroostatthebaseothejettyandshorebirdsmaybeseeneedingalongthebeach.NorthernmostendofPortAransasBeachonshipchannelPortAransasWetlandParkTheobservationplatormoverlooksareshwaterbasinthatmaybethickwithavarietyowaterowlandshorebirdsduringwetperiods.Theparkhasbeenlandscapedtoestablishanativedunecommunityandduringmigrationthescrubbyvegetationandgrassesmayattractanumberomigrantlandbirds.TX-361acrossfromPostOceMustangIslandStateParkThestateparksubsumesanentirebarrierislandecosystemencompassingdunescoastalgrasslandsmarshesandbaysidetidalfatsandsloughs.ThebeachmaybeparticularlyrewardinginwinterorgullsternsandshorebirdsscantheGulorseabirdsandawalkinthecoastalgrasslandsshoulduncoverSedgeWrenandperhapsLeContesSparrow.TX-361midwaybetweenNorthPadreIslandandPortAransasCorpusChristiPassCorpusChristiPassslicesacrosstheislandsouthoMustangIslandStateParkandthebaysidefatsherearethewinteringhauntsosuchspeciesasPipingPloverandLong-billedCurlew.SearchtheinletwatersorwaterowlsuchasHoodedMerganserandlookornestingSnowyPloverinlatespring.BaysideofMustangIslandoTX-361acrossfromBeachAccessRd.3PackeryChannelThebaysidefatsatPackeryChannelmayretainthousandsoshorebirdsatlowtideandsearchthefocksorMarbledGodwitAmericanOystercatcherandLong-billedCurlew.RuddyTurnstoneBlack-belliedPloverandSnowyPloverotenscurryalongtheedgesothepassandwatchordivingducksloonsandgrebesintheclearwatersothechannel.TX-361wherePadreIslandbecomesMustangIslandZahnRd.PackeryChannelParkThiscountyparkoersanotherviewoPackeryChannelandbirdsnormallyassociatedwiththebocasarepresenthere.Asyouentertheparkhowevernoticetheoakmottestoyourrightamongtheprivatehouses.ThesewoodsattractlandbirdsinmigrationandbirdersromCorpusChristiconsiderthistobeoneotheirmostruitulspotsinspring.AnumberoraritieshavebeendiscoveredhereinthepastincludingSulphur-belliedFlycatcherGrayKingbirdandBlack-whiskeredVireo.ParkRoad22SPIDapx.12milesouthofJFKCausewayJFKCausewayWetlandsThefatsalongthecausewaymaybeawashwithheronsegretslookorReddishpelicansandshorebirdsincludingmigratingSkimmer.JFKCausewayspansLagunaMadrefromFlourBlutowardPadreIslandtakeexittoaccessatsRedheadPondWildlifeManagementAreaDucksgrebesblack-crownednightheroncommongoldeneyeandhoodedmerganser.LagunaShoresRd.atGlenoakRd.inFlourBluSouthTexasBotanicalGardensImpressiveassortmentohabitatsincludingwildfowereldsvirginmesquitetrailsanherb-linedbirdandbutterfytrailandmore.8545S.StaplesSt.inCorpusChristiOsoBayParkShallowestuaryprovidesampleeedinggroundsespeciallyduringlowtide.Waterowlandshorebirdsomanyvarieties.EnnisJoslinRd.12milenorthofSPIDFreewayHansPatSuterWildlifeRefugeWaterowlonthisOsoBaysiteiscanbestaggeringinnumbersmodernbirdersboardwalkandmanynaturaltrailsalongthebay.EnnisJoslinRd.NileDr.56birding575859606162over380speciesfbirdsmayinhabitPadreIslandNatinalSea-shreduringeachyear.ThisisnearlyhaloallbirdspeciesthathavebeendocumentedinNorthAmericaTheNationalSeashoreisaabulousplaceorbirdsandbird-loversbecauseitislocatedontheCentralFlywayamajormigrationrouteonwhichbirdstravelduringtheirmigrationtoandromNorthCentralandSouthAmerica.ItsrangeohabitatsmakesPadreIslandanes-sentialstop-overpointormigratingandresidentbirdsthatareseekingoutgroundsorrestoodnestingandbreeding.AssuchtheislandhasbeendesignatedasaglballyImprtantBirdAreabytheAmericanBirdCnservancyandaSitefInter-natinalImprtancebytheWesternHemisphereShrebirdReserveNetwrk.Occurringwithintheparkthereare13threat-enedandendangeredbirdspeciesmakingPadreIslandNationalSeashoreanevenmoreimportantlocationtothesecreaturesragileexistence.BasedontheTexasClnialWaterbirdSurveybirdcountsshowdecreasingnumbersowaterbirdspe-ciesonthespoilislandswithintheparksboundar-iesbutparticipantsinthewaterbirdsurveyprovidevariedexplanationstosuggestwhythedecreaseisoccurring.Explanationsincludehabitatlossdisap-pearanceonestinggroundsmarinedebrisdeple-tionooodsourceswindmillsimpedingfightandlightpollutionaectingmigratorypatterns.63646566676869 TexasCoastalBendWinter2013-1427TAMUCCNatureTrailUniversityallowsbirdersaccesstonorthshorelineoOsoBaypipingandsnowyploversroseatespoonbillsandmanyshorebirds.OceanDr.southofEnnisJoslinRd.BlucherParkThisdenselywoodedparkwithasmallcreekfowingthroughitscenterattractsmigratinglandbirds.Strollthroughtheparkandcheckeverynookandcrannyorfycatchersthrushesvireosandwarblers.TheAudubonOutdoorClubconductsbirdwalkseverySaturdayandSundayinAprilat730a.m.N.TancahuaSt.BlucherDr.neardowntownenterCentralLibraryNuecesRiverParkTheriparianwoodlandsalongtheriverhereattractmigrantlandbirdsinspringandkingshersBeltedotenperchonlow-slungbranchesoverthewater.IH-37justsouthofUS-77NorthinterchangeHilltopCommunityCenterThenaturetrailheretraversesnativebrushhabitatsosearchormigrantsaswellasorresidentsGroove-billedAniPyrrhuloxiaOliveSparrow.WalkalongthecreekandlookoravarietyosparrowsinwinterSwampLincolnsandlisteninlatespringortheincessantchickthreebeerssongotheWhite-eyedVireo.11425LeopardSt.northofVioletRd.PollywogPondUsedbythewaterdepartmentassettlementpondsthiscollectionolakesandpoolsprovideshabitatorarichassortmentowaterowlBlack-belliedWhistling-Duck.LookorLeastGrebehereaswellasLeastBitternsinthesummer.ThewillowsthatlinethepondsattractmigrantsaswellasWhite-wingedDovesandGreatKiskadeeandGroove-billedAniisotenseenhereinthelowscrub.TuleLakeothe7200blockoUpRiverRd.isotenworthcheckingorwaterbirdsaswell.UpRiverRd.oIH-372milesnorthofVioletRd.HazelBazemoreCountyParkTensothousandsattimesperhapshundredsothousandsoBroad-wingedHawksSwainsonsHawksMississippiKitesandaccipiterspassalongtheNuecesRiverandthroughtheparkeachyearandbirdersromaroundtheworldtravelheretowitnessthedisplay.HawkswillmigrateontherstcoldrontsotheallarrivingthisarsouthinlateSeptemberandearlyOctobersowatchtheweatherreports.ThenaturetrailhereisalsoworthcheckingorOliveSparrowGroove-billedAniandLong-billedThrasherandsearchthepondsorrailsandwaterowl.4343CountyRoad69oNorthwestBlvd.westofUS-77inCalallenwww.tpwd.state.tx.us707172737475 28TexasCoastalBendWinter2013-14infoonlinewww.portaransas.orgwww.portasouthjetty.comwww.utmsi.utexas.eduwww.portaransasmuseum.orgportaransasWhileeverycategoryovisitortoPortAransascontinuestoex-periencedouble-digitgrowtheco-touristsandspecicallybirdersareamongtheastest-growing.ThetownsplaceonthenorthernedgeoMustangIslandisacrossroadsandcross-windslocationorhundredsospeciesobirdsshandmam-mals.TheUTMarineScienceInstituteisnotwhereitisbyaccidentandPortAsmostamousresidentoceanographerTonyAmoswasattractedtotheislandoritsdiverseandvastovarianpopulation.BirdersromacrosstheUnitedStatesandinactaroundtheworlddescenduponthisseasidevillageeachwintertomakeuseoitsmodernwell-main-tainedbirdingacilitiesaswellasthemanynaturalbirdingvantagepoints.TheLeonabelleTurnbullBirdingCenteratthePortAransasCommunityParkprovidesaboardwalkthatextendsintoareshwatermarshthatisrequentedbyawidevarietyowetlandspecies.MustangIslandoersewstandingresh-waterreservesmakingthisspotoparticularimportance.TheCommunityParkislocatedoCutORoadtheentranceatthebendintheroad.YouwillndanobservationplatormoverlookingasecondreshwaterbasinatthePortAransasWetlandParklocatedothemainhighwayTX-361acrossromtheU.S.PostOce.Anativeduneenvironmenthasbeenlandscapedintotheparkandattractsmanyspeciesomigratingbirdsduringthewinterandspringseasons.PortAransasisamouslyknownoritsmanynaturalbirdingsitesincludingthePortAransasSouthJettywhichextendsmorethanamileintotheGuloMexicocreatingthesouthernbankotheshipchannel.AcrossthechannelistheuninhabitedSt.JosephsIslandthatisaccessiblebytakingtheJettyBoatromFishermansWhar.AcrosstheerryyouwillndtheveryactivefatszoneoRedshBayknownastheAransasPassWetlandswhichishometoavastarrayowaterbirds.SouthoPortAisMustangIslandStateParkwhichstretchesthewidthotheislandincludingbothgulandbayrontzones.WithintheparkCorpusChristiPassextendsintobaysidefatswinterhometosuchspeciesasthePipingPloverandLong-billedCurlew.ManywintervisitorsarediscoveringtheentireCoastalBendwhileontheirbirdingtrektotheregionandPortAoerssomanyreasonstoreturnthrough-outtheyear.SomehaveevendecidedtostayTheyreAllinPortA 30TexasCoastalBendWinter2013-14portaransasThePortAransasNaturePreserveencompasses1217acresoundevelopedlandinanareaor-merlyknownasCharliesPasture.LocatedbetweentheshipchannelthecommunityparkStateHighway361andPiperChannel.ThePortAransasWetlandParklocatedonSH361acrossromthepostofceisajointprojectotheCityoPortAransasTXDOTandTPWD.Theboardwalkandobservationplatormoverlooksawetlandbasinthatmaybethickwithavarietyowaterowlandshorebirdsduringrainyperiods.ThemostpopularplacetoviewwadersandshorebirdsisattheSouthJettylocatedatthenortherntipofI.B.MageeBeachPark.ThejettyextendsseveralhundredyardsintotheGulandurnishesanexcellentvantagepointromwhichtolookoravarietyoopenwaterspecies.PortABirdingTipsPhotosCourtesyWhoopingCraneFestival 32TexasCoastalBendWinter2013-14aroundportamustangislandTHEPORTARANSASMUSEUMisaworthytestamenttooneothemosthistoricallysignicantcommunitiesontheTexasGulCoastwhichwasestablishedasacattleandsheepranchingsettlementinthe1850s.DuringthesameperiodsteamshipservicewascommissionedbetweenSandPointasthetownwasthencalledandNewOrleansnecessitatingtheconstructionotheAransasPassLight-houseonSt.JosephsIsland.TheTarponInnopeneditsdoorsinthe1880sandbecamethecenterolocalsportshingactivity.TheInnandPortAwelcomeditsmostamousanglerin1937whenPresidentFranklinD.Rooseveltcaughttar-ponromaFarleyboatpicturedabovealthoughitissaidheactuallystayedonthepresidentialyachtandnotattheTarponInn.Themuseumishometolocalartiactsandover12000historicalphotostellingtherichhistoryoPortAransas.361749-3800N.AlisterBrundrettSt.portaransasmuseum.orgNEWPORTDUNESGOLFCOURSEisamongtheveryewtrulyauthenticScottish-stylelinkscoursesintheUnitedStates.ThenaturalcoastalterrainwhicheaturesanoceanbeachandsanddunesollowedbynativeislandvegetationonwhichthecourseisbuiltarerequiredeaturesothelinkscourseandarealloundonMustangIsland.TheArnoldPalmerSignatureDesigncourseisthegolngleg-endsveryrstocean-sidedesignandoneinwhichPalmerplacedspecialattentionandoversight.Theresultisachallengingchampionshipexperiencetherequiresplayerstonegotiatenarrowrollingairwaysimposinggreensandstackedsetsobunkersinthelinkstradition.Fivesetsoteesareoferedoravarietyoskilllevels.361749-4653265PalmIslandDr.www.newportdunesgolf.com 34TexasCoastalBendWinter2013-14TerriconshoreshinginPortAransasWhilePortAisknownacrossthecountryoritsbountiulofshoregameshingonshoreshingisamongthebestontheTexascoastaswell.Surshingisocourseac-cessibleromalmostanywhereonthebeachbutismorepracticalintheearlymorningsbeorethebeachcrowdsarriveduringabusyperiodlikeSpringBreak.HoraceCaldwellPierislocatedonthePortAransasbeachattheI.B.MageeNuecesCountyParkandextends1200eetintogulwaters.Thepieracilityincludesacaeandbaitshopandisaspopularwithsurersasitiswithshermenwhopullinredshdrumsharkandavari-etyoothernativespecies.ThePortAransasJettiesormtheunderwaterstructurethatcreatestheshipchannelwhichrunsbetweenthem.ThesouthjettyislocatedinPortAatthenorthendothebeach.ThenorthjettyislocatedonSt.JosephIslandSt.Joswhichisaccessibleviatheprivately-runJettyBoatoperatingromFisher-mansWharf.Bothjettiesoferreeaccesstotheuniquerockyunderwaterhabitatthatishometoauniquevari-etyosh.GolfcartsthebigthinginPortAThepopularityogolcartsinPortAledtotheociallegalizationothemoncitystreets.Butorthe50peryearregistrationeeyoucanownanddriveoneotheseunopenairlittlevehiclesalthoughyouaremorelikelytorentoneromoneothemanygolcartbusinessesintown.AllroadrulesapplytotheoperationogolcartsinPortAincludingDWIandopencontainerlaws.Theymaybedrivenonthebeachandoncitystreetswithspeedlimitsunder35mphwhichprettymuchcoverstheen-tiretown.CartsmaynotbedrivenonSouthAlisterTX-361southoAvenueGanddriversmustpulltothesidewhensaetoallowastervehiclestopass.InallthecartsareagreatwaytoenjoyPortA TexasCoastalBendWinter2013-1435CheckouttheseuniqueretailerstofndtheperectitemoryournewvacationdigsoramementooyourtimeinourLittleSliceoParadise.AManoisatrulyamazingndthatwouldstandoutinanymajorcityinthecountryoritsabundanceandhigh-qualityoartandurnitureimportsromMexico.ThestoresownertravelstoMexicoregularlyseekingthemostuniqueandwell-madeitemscreatedbylocalcratsmenandartisansandbringsthemtoPortAorherluckycustomers.1726StateHwy361361749-1828.CitaResortInteriorsisPortAshomeordesignerislandurnitureandaccessoriesandofershundredsoitemsinallpricerangesthatwillmakeyourislandhaventhatmuchmoretropical.129N.AlisterSt.361749-2711.FireItCeramicsofersatrulyhands-onexperiencethatsgreatunorthewholeamily.Hereyougettochooseaceramicsprojectshapeittoormpaintitandreitinthekilnadayortwolateryoupickupyourpiecewhichcanrangeromsimpletablewaretoelaboratesculptures.Perectorpartiesandgroups210N.AlisterSt.361749-7976www.freitceramics.com.PortAglassStudioArtgalleryhasbroughtthismostpopularcoastalartormtotheislandthankstoartistSheriHargrovewhomovedtoPortAromMin-nesotaveyearsago.Sheripersonallycreatesglassartinthestudioandofersinstructiontoaspiringartists.403BeachSt.361749-6358www.portalass.com.WintonsIslandCandiesisamust-stoporanyvisittotheislandandregardlessotheagesoanykidsinyourparty.Thisisatruecandymuseumwithwidese-lectionsojustabouteverytreatyourheartandsweettoothcravesromhandmadecaramelschocolatesandudgecookeddailyintheirkitchentogourmetlicoriceromvecountriesShippingtoyourdoorandsugar-reecandyareavailable.600AlisterSt.361749-4773www.wintonscandies.com.PortAhometouniqueshopsandgalleriesAManoMexicanImports 36TexasCoastalBendWinter2013-14corpuschristiTypicalmealwbeverageunder1010-2020-3030AkaJapaneseRestaurantFormanyatraveledoodsnobtherstactorandperhapsonlyactorinchoosingasushibaristhepresenceorealAsianspreerablyspeakinginaoreigntonguewithwhichyouarenotamiliar.IndowntownCorpusChristithatchoiceisAkaSushiwhosenativeKoreanproprietorhasaknackorndingsomeothebestsushiandAsianchesinthecountrywhoexpertlypreparepopularanduniquecreationsinsheelshrimpandcrab.Thissmallestablishmentllsupquicklyonweekendssobepatientasthewaitwillbeworthit.ChatwithMrs.KimandperusetheextensiveselectionosushisashimistirrytempuraandmanyotherAsianspecialties.415N.WaterSt.361882-8885HarrisonsLandingThecasualatmospherethatcomeswithlieonthewateriswhatyoullndatHarrisonsLandingwhichisactu-allyayachtingcenterandmarinaboutiqueandbarandrestaurantallinoneEnjoycoldgulshrimpandarostymargaritawhiletakinginthebreathtakingsunsetoverCorpusChristismarinaandBayrontallwhiletoe-tap-pingtothesoundsoapopularlocalbeachband.Harri-sonsofersadelicacyorjustaboutanytasteshtacoswithavocadoandcilantrotoppedwithaspecialMexicansaucemakesoraperectlunchcolossalshrimpservedgrilledorriedinavarietyospecialbattersorenjoyaperectlygrilledreshshlet.YoumightloveHarrisonsLandingsomuchthatyoullndyourselbackthenexteveningorayachtrideorsunsetcruise.IndoordininginthebeautiulMarinaRoomnowopen.DontmissSun-dayBrunch108PeoplesStreetT-Head361881-8503harrisonslanding.netGeorgesSeafoodCompanySouthTexasrestaurateurGeorgeEdwardsisalegendinthebusinesshavingconceivedlong-standingandhighlysuccessuloodestablishmentsacrosstheregion.AteryearsawayGeorgereturnedtohisoldlocationonEverhartRoadinCorpusChristibringingwithhimhisormulaorgenuineSouthTexasSeaoodthatisolegendacrosstheUnitedStates.AlmosteveryseaoodloversrstrequestisjumboriedshrimpandGeorgesisarecipethatwillredeneyourideaohowgoodshrimpcanbe.Theoneoakindseaoodsauceamustwithev-erybiteotheseshrimpisasuniqueanddeliciousastheooditsel--olkswalkindailyjustortheseaoodsauce.Georgesavocadosaladisoverwhelminglypopularandamust-orderitemeachvisit.EnjoyBaltimorestylecrabcakesandawidevarietyoshplatesincludingcedarplanksalmonsnapperPontchartrainpecancrustedsnapperdrumandcatsh.WhateveryourmoodyouwontgowrongwithanyselectionromGeorgessea-oodmenu.5884EverhartRd.361334-4378georgesseafoodcompany.comcoastalfood 38TexasCoastalBendWinter2013-14coastalfoodArasMidtownCafeCenturiesorenementtoagriculturebrewingermen-tationpreservationandcuringtechniquescoupledwithaveryhealthytraditionoculinarycompetitionbe-tweencultureshaveledtowhatEuropeistotheworldooodinthemodernage--theMotherland.AraBabosisastudentotheculinaryartsoEuropeaneducationthatstartedorherinthemostqualiedacademyhergrandmotherskitchen.TheTransylvanian-by-way-o-TorontoopenedArasMidtownCaeayearagowiththepurposeobringinggenuinehealthycuisineservedinacaesettingorweeklybreakastandlunch.InthemorningchooseromvevarietiesoEggsBenedictBelgianwafesantasticbagelandbiscuitsandwichesArassignatureorcustomomelettescowboybreakastsorlightruitandyogurt.LunchoeringsincludeaCre-ateYourOwnMasterpiecesandwichmenuwonderulsoupscreativesaladsandadeliciousarrayoItalianandtraditionalhotandcoldsandwichesromthetunamelttothePhillyCheeseSteak.ArasexcelsatprivateandcateredeventspartytraysaswellasscrumptiousEuropeanpastries.1332S.StaplesSt.northofSixPoints361452-8145arasmidtowncafe.comYOPhillyCheeseSteaksWhilePhiladelphiastwomostamouscheesesteakshopshaveoughtordecadesoverwhosbesttheresnoquestionswhatsoeverwhereyouwillndthebestmostauthenticPhillyCheeseSteaksandwichintheCoastalBendandthatisYOonNorthBeach.ThetruePhillysandwichstartswithaheapothincutsteaksautedwithonionsandmushroomsandtoppedwithmeltingProvolonecheese.YOisalsohometothemon-strousDiamondDave12LBburgeralongwithgreatsausagesandwichesrealItalianhoagiesandmore--madewithspecialtymeatsandcheesesromPhilly.YOalsoservesuphotdogsroastporkandbeeandterricpizzas.3314SurfsideBlvd.onNorthBeach361452-8750Pier99Someothebestseaoodsandwichesandhamburg-ersintheCoastalBendcanbeoundatPier99locatedonCorpusChristiBeachbetweentheU.S.S.Lexing-tonandTexasStateAquarium.Thisplaceisallaboutwaterrontdiningwiththebiggestdiningpatiobuiltoverwaterintheareaandtheuniqueviewsodown-townandthebayoeredromhistoricNorthBeach.Pier99eaturesahugediversemenuwithsomethingoreveryoneseaoodloverornotincludingawesomedessertslikeKeyLimepieandpeachcobbler.Livecountrymusicbeachrockandblueslivenupthescenemosteveningsandallweekendsoverthesummer.2822N.ShorelineBlvd.NorthBeach361887-0764pier99restaurant.comWaterStreetMarketForalmostthreedecadesWaterStreetMarkethasbeenhometothreeothecitysavoriterestaurants.corpuschristiGrilledSnapperPier99FlorentineSaladwHotBaconDressingAras 40TexasCoastalBendWinter2013-14TheWaterStreetOysterBarandWaterStreetSeaoodCompanyeatureawideselectionoreshGulseaoodpreparedgrilledblackenedorriedincludinganumberorecipesthatcarryaclearCajuninfuence.TrulyoriginalitemsincludetheShrimpHarpoonsmesquitegrilledskewerswithAndouillesausagetheShrimpEnchiladasandtheever-popularCrawshStuedChicken.TheOysterBaropenedasushibarinrecentyearsthathasbecomeverypopularamongdowntownvisitorsespeciallyduringhappyhour.TheExecutiveSurClubisknownoritsvastbeerselectionunoutdoorlivemusicvenueanditsterricmenuogourmethamburgerschickenburgersquesadillasandmore.309N.WaterSt.361881-9448361884-SURFexecutivesurfclub.comwaterstreetrestaurants.comLagunaReefLocalsdiscoveredthisFlourBluseaoodhouseshortlyateritopenedaewyearsagobutitsremotelocationhaskeptitsomethingoahiddengemormostvisitorstotheCoastalBendexceptorshermenheadingintothewatersoUpperLagunaMadreandBanBay.LagunaReeislocatedatBlusLandingMarinaonthearsouthernendoLagunaShoresRoadandhasearnedareputationasahomeoculinarycreativityandskillwiththetenderbountyothesea.Forthisoodsnobcrabcakesarearealtestorseaoodcookingbecausethecheisdealingwithaproductthatullytakesonthespicesandfavorstowhichitisexposednottomentionthecomplexcleaningandpreparationworkinvolvedwithcrab.LagunaReeservesgreatcrabcakesandtheirhighqualitypermeatestotheotherrecipesonthemenuwhichincludesjustabouteveryimaginableincarnationogrilledbroiledandriedseaoodmanywithaCajuntouch.EnjoythebreathtakingsunsetoverLagunaMadreonthediningdeckullbarLagunaReewillcookyourreshlycaughtandcleanedshlets.4242LagunaShoresRd.inFlourBluf361937-2600P.F.ChangsThepurchaserenovationandupgradestoLaPalmeraMallinrecentyearsalongwithathrivinglocaleconomyhaveledtotheintroductiononumeroushigh-endbrandstoCorpusChristiamongthemandinthediningcategoryratherthanretailisP.F.ChangsthecountrysmostsuccessulchainogourmetAsianrestaurants.TheoriginalP.F.ChangsopenedinScottsdaleArizonain1993andwasbasedonaMandarinChinesethemethatexploresallreachesothetrueAsiandiet.IyouarelookingortheeedingtroughomostlyriedandgreasyChineseoodthatyoundatabuetcompletewiththecharmingbonusopizzaandicecreamthenthisisnottheplaceoryou.IyourexplorationintotheworldoChinesecuisineislimitedtothosebuetsthenP.F.Changsistheper-ectplacetodiscoverthebroaderworldooodromtheworldsmostancientcivilization.Goinhungryandexpressyourlibertytoexploresomethingnewanddelicious.ForthosewhoenjoythiscelebratedchaininyourownhometownyoumayindulgeinyourP.F.ChangsavoritesrightinthecenteroCorpusChristi.LaPalmeraMallS.PadreIslandDr.atS.StaplesSt.361991-0078pfchangs.comGrilledYellowfnTunaLagunaRee 42TexasCoastalBendWinter2013-14 TexasCoastalBendWinter2013-1443corpuschristiWallbangers-TheBurgerPlaceThisCorpusChristiinstitutionwasthersttospecializeingourmethamburgersandhasbeendelightingdevot-edansyoungoldandin-betweenorsome30years.WallbangerscoineditsmethodocreatingtheperectburgerBurgerologywhichstartswithbunsmadereshdailywhiteandwheatvevarietiesothehighestqualitycheesesasaladandtoppingbarstockedwiththereshestvegetables--butogreatestimportanceisthebeeitsel.Youwillonlyndreshgroundchuckherenotgroundbeeandthereisahugediference.AtWallbangersyourburgerismaderomthesamepartothecowromwhichribeyesteaksandchuckroastarecutnottheunderbellywhereyougetgroundbee.Enjoyamasterpiecebaconcheddarormushroommoz-zarellaStufedBurgeraribeyesteaksandwichPhillycheesesteakturkeyburgermini-burgerthreechoic-esogrilledchickensandwichesortheginormousThree-PoundBangerBurgerwhicheedsuptosix.4102S.StaplesSt.361855-8007wallbangersburgers.comFilipinoCafeForthoseouslocalswhogrewupintheareaitmaybemorethanalittlesurprisingtoseeasmanynewbusinessesmakingagooitonNavalAirStationNASDriveinFlourBluftheverynestothembeingFilipinoCae.ForthosenotamiliarwiththecuisineothePhilippinesyouareinoratreat.YouwouldexpectanislandnationtoproducesomegreatseaoodandFilipinoCaedoesnotdisappoint.Enjoyhugejumboshrimpsautedintheirshellsorbatteredanddeepried.ThemilkshasignatureFilipinodishistendersavoryandhealthydelicious.YouwillalsonduniquedishedwithchickenbeeandporkanddessertsliketheHaloHalocannotbemissed622NASDr.inFlourBluf361288-3355lipino-cafe.comSnoopysPierFewestablishmentscanclaimtruelegendstatusbutintheworldoTexascoastalseaoodSnoopysistherealdeal.StoriesoSteveMartinLauraBushandothercelebritiesstoppingingiveswaytotheactthatyearateryeartheverybestshoystersshrimpandocoursehushpuppiesareservedupinthiswaterrontshhousewhichofersoneothebestviewsinTexasCheddarStufedBurgerWallbangers 44TexasCoastalBendWinter2013-14coastalfoodpadreislandcorpuschristithatothebeautiulLagunaMadre.WhileriedseaoodmadeSnoopysamousovertheyearstheirmenuhasexpandedtoincludedeviledcrabshtacosandtheever-popularSnoopyburger.LocatedontheIntracoastalWaterwayintheshadowoftheJFKCausewaySnoopysofersreeboatdockingorcustomersandwhateveryoudodontorgettohitScoopysnextdoortheon-sitedessertandicecreamshop.13113S.PadreIslandDr.NorthPadreIslanddirectlysouthoJFKCauseway361949-8815snoopyspier.comHowardsBBQDowntownoceworkershavelineduporyearsoroneothebestbarbecuelunchesinthecityatHow-ardsBBQonAntelopeStreetandthisallitshardwork-ingproprietorshavebroughttheirmasteryothepittograteuldinersonthecityscoastalsouthside.NowopeninFlourBlufthegatewaytotheislandsHowardsisdelightingcustomerswithtenderbrisketperectlysmokedbeeandporkribssucculentbarbecuedchick-ensmokedsausageandturkeyplusallthexins.ThepotatosaladandColeslawareexceedinglytastyandthesidebarhaseverythingyoudexpect.HowardsinFlourBlufofersalargeoutdoorpatioplusbeerandwineinacasualamilyatmosphere--romthedaythedoorsopenedthenewlocationhasbeencrowdedthroughouttheday.Callaheadorpartypackages.Downtown1002AntelopeSt.361882-1200FlourBluf10120S.PadreIslandDr.361937-1377IslandItalianPadreIslandnativesharborasotplaceintheirheartsorthisbelovedlocalinstitution.TherestaurantslateounderTagTagliaerrowasoryearsoneotheislandsmostnotableandpopularbusinessownersandwhetheryoustoppedinoryourweeklylasagnaoryouorderedvepizzasatatimeorthekidspoolpartyIslandItalianwasalwaysthego-toplaceorgreatoodservedhotandresh.ThesedaysTagssonTonycarriesonthetraditionotreatingcustomersasamilyandservingupwonderullypreparedItalianstandardsromraviolitomostaccioliarangeodeliciouscreationsinchickenshrimpscallopsandclamssteaksandvealandstoned-bakedpizzasthatareoislandlegend.PizzadeliverieslimitedtoNorthPadreIsland15370S.PadreIslandDr.ParkRd.22NorthPadreIslandpastWhitecaponbeachsideohighway361949-7737islanditalian.comBoatHouseBarGrillAterdecadesorotatingrestaurantsandbarsattheiconiclighthousebuildingonNorthPadreIslandnewownershipandnewliehascometothelocationintheormotheBoatHouseBarGrill.IthenewownersinvestmentinthepropertyisanyindicatortheBoatHouseisheretostayandthehighqualityotherestaurantsmenuisturningnewandreturningcustomersintoregulars.UniqueitemsincludetequilaandlimechickentacosbigmusselsoverriceBBQporkThree-meatBBQPlatterHowardsAuthenticCannoliIslandItalian TexasCoastalBendWinter2013-1445padreislandshanksandseaoodpaella.YouwillalsondMahi-MahisalmonandseveralshrimpcreationsonthemenuandtheBoatHouseisoneotheewislandestablishmentsthatwillcookyourcatch15241LeewardDr.onNorthPadreIsland361589-9601boathousepadreisland.comJBsGermanBakeryCafeTheCoastalBendsrstandonlyauthenticGermanbakeryopenedtotheravesograteulPadreIslandersthreeyearsagoandJBspopularityandnotorietyhasspreadacrossSouthTexas.StoriesoSanAntoniansthree-hourspontaneousdaytripstothebeachthatalwaysincludealongstopatJBsforabigbagofbakedgoodstogohavegivenwaytomorerequenttestimonialsothosewhodrivehalanhourromintownfortheirtasteofthebestbakingintheregion.JBspastriesbreadscakespiesandyesthestrudelwilltakeyoubacktoEuropeiyouvebeenandwilltransportyourtastebudstoanewdelightulplaceiyouvenot.OwnersJuerginandBrigitteexhibittheirloveoffooddailythroughthehardworkandprecisionwithwhichtheydeliverculinaryblisstotheirluckycustomers.15137S.PadreIslandDr.onNorthPadreIsland361949-5474jbsgermanbakery.comCostaSurMonthsoanticipationcametoanendthisspringwhenCostaSuropenedonNorthPadreIsland.SmallbandsoansoislandcheNickMackrizzwhomadehisnamerunningthecoldoodcounteratIslandMail-n-MorehavefockedtoCostaSurtoseetheirmaninactionatthehelmoaully-equippedkitchen.CheNickhasbeenreedtofexhisculinarymuscleincreatingadiversemenuinspiredbyhisnativePeruthatincludesshtacosPeruvianstyleriedriceandlomeinsautedchickenbreastandtenderloinsearedorriedreshshothedayandocoursetheone-o-a-kindPeruvianCevichethatmadehimamousontheislandThiscevicheisanexperiencethatwillchangehowyouthinkaboutshandmaybehowyouthinkaboutyourentiredailydiet.Itsthatgoodandgoodoryou.15113S.PadreIslandDr.onNorthPadreIsland361945-1989BavarianCreamPieJBsGermanBakery 46TexasCoastalBendWinter2013-14padreislandDragonfyCuracaoBluesThisFrench-ownedandoperatedislandbistroishometothemostinternationalmenuintheCoastalBendwithullyauthenticdishesromEuropeandLatinAmerica.DragonfysWorldTourbyLandsideotheirmenuincludesFrench-styleletmignonintarragonsaucelambmeatloaandhealthyMediterraneanchickenplusawonderulItalianbeelasagna.TheWorldTourbySeasideoersdeliciousAmericancrabcakesaFrench-inspiredcrustedshandgrilledshrimpplateseaood-stuedcannelloniromItalyshtacosromHawaiiandasavorygrilledshrimpskewerwithcoconutsambalsaucealaMalaysia.CuracaoBluesnextdooristheislandsrsttapasbarwhichoersalaid-backplacetorelaxandenjoySpanish-styledelicaciesandwonderulwinesandcocktailsliketheirsignatureblackberrymojitohomemadewatermelonmartinisandisland-avoritesangria.14701S.PadreIslandDr.361949-2224dragonfycuracao.comTexasMesquiteBBQForalltheyearsolkshavebeenlivingonandvisitingNorthPadreIslandtheonlyclaimsobestbarbecuehavecomeoutobackyardpitsandnotinapublicestablishment.ThatwasuntilTexasMesquiteBBQopeneduptothedelightobothresidentsandvisitors.Likemostmomandpopsthisplaceisgoodbecausetheproprietorscareabouttheirproducttheirspaceandtheircustomers.Expectallthestaplebarbecueitemsincludingbrisketpulledporkchickenturkeysausageandbabybackribswhicharealldeliciousandcookedwithobviousskillatthepit.MeatsareavailablebythepoundandPartyPacksoeredatTexasMesquiteBBQwilleedahungrygroupatagreatprice.14457S.PadreIslandDr.onNorthPadreIsland361949-0065texasmesquitebbq.comPadreIslandBurgerCompanyChefJasonJohnsontookthecompletetourofthehigh-endhospitalityindustrybeoreulllinghisambitiontobringgourmetcookingtohishometown.JohnsonsburgercreationstakeingredientsonceunconsideredonaburgerandsynchronizestheminculinaryharmonytheRockeelleristoppedwithspinachartichokebaconandparmesancheesetheCorpusColdFrontcombinescreamcheeseroastedredpepperstomatoandcucumberandthiseditorsavoritetheMr.BeckhambringstogetherbaconwildmushroomscaramelizedonionsavocadoandAmericancheese.14414StateHwy361ParkRd.22SPID361949-3490padreislandburgercompany.com TexasCoastalBendWinter2013-1447padreislandcoastalfoodDocsSeafoodSteaksTheLagunaMadrewaterrontisthesettingorthispopularislandeaterybarandeventvenue.DocsmenuisinspiredbytheavoritesthatmakeCoastalBendseaoodamoustheworld-overincludingreshbayfounderservedblackenedFlorentinewithawhitewinesaucecrab-stuedandevensautedfounder.FreshGulshrimpareeaturedthroughouttheDocsmenuincludinggrilledwrappedinbaconandstuedonskewersinappetizersandsaladsandocoursebreadedandried--theavoriteokidsoallages.Beeeaterswillenjoythegrilled12oz.ribeyethesurandturandchickenriedsteak.DocsislocatedonNorthPadreIslandnexttotheJFKCausewayandoersoneotheareasmostpicturesquewaterrontdiningexperiencesincludingunbelievablesunsetsoverLagunaMadre.Outdooreventsacilityavailableorreunionsweddingsshingtournamentsandmore.Livemusiconweekendsandboaterscandockanddine.13309S.PadreIslandDr.361949-6744docsseafoodandsteaks.comBlackSheepBistroTheadditionoBlackSheepBistrototheNorthPadrediningscenehaspleasedlocalsandvacationersalikewithadiversemenuoverywell-preparedlargelyItalian-infuencedculinarycreations.Theshortbutsweetappetizermenuincludescrabnachossautedmusselsgrilledjumboshrimpandjumbolumpcrabcakes.Thebistroexcelswithbeeoeringsowhichincludea14oz.bone-inribeyea12oz.peppercornNewYorkstripatender8oz.lettoppedwithcaramelizedonionsandGorgonzolabutterandevenanultra-primeAkaushibeeburgertoppedwithmozzarella.HighoctanecreativityshowsthroughatBlackSheepBistrowithitsgrilledmahimahipairedwithablood-orangeburblancsauceJamaicanstylejerkshrimpplusavarietyofuniquepastaselections.Werecommendaddingsautedlumpcrabdemiglacemushroomsauceoroneoavarietyosideitemstoyourentree.15201SPID361949-4819blacksheepbistro.comThePelicanClubTheormerBuelahshasbeentoutedasoneothen-estrestaurantintheCoastalBendoeringtraditionalseaoodandprimesteaksplusthecreationsoamastersushiche.Startowithacoupleooystershootersandacupocornandcrabbisque.Seaoodmenusvarybyseasonandevendailybasedonlocalseaoodavailabil-ity.Gourmetdessertsarenottobemissedespeciallytherenchsilkpie.914TarponSt.361749-0580thepelicanclubporta.comPortAransasBrewingCompanyHavingearneditsspotonthegourmandslistortheirawesomehamburgersTexasMonthlyTop50ListPortABrewingCo.continuestobuilditsbaseoansogreathomemadeoodandmicrobrewedbeer.Trytheantas-ticwingsandendlessvarietiesogourmetpizzawingsandshandshrimppoboys.429N.AlisterStreet361749-2739portabrewing.comMobyDicksOneothemostpopularandbusiestestablishmentsontheislandandorgoodreason.SomeothebestseaoodintownisagoodstartwhichincludesoystersservedrawMexicaliandRockeeller.ThecatchothedayispreppedhowyoulikeitandyoullndTexascutsteaksonthemenutraditionalseaoodservedgrilledriedandevenHawaiianstyleandwithoutadoubtlocalsknowMobyDicksisoneothebestbreakasthousesaround.517SouthAlisterSt.361749-9447mobydicksporta.comportaransasCheddarStopherBurgerPortABrewingCo. 48TexasCoastalBendWinter2013-14VenetianHotPlateMustangIslandersandvisitorsalikefocktothisPortAinstitutionorthebestgourmetItaliancuisinein-cludingawidearrayoseaoodpastadishesantas-ticsteaksandterricsalads.TrythepannedsearedGulshrimportheantasticspinachstuedchickenbreast.Freshshandotherspecialtiesoerednightly.222BeachAve.361749-7617venetianhotplate.comLisabellasBistroJavaBarYeartoyearthisislandavoriteprovesthatonescon-ceptoculinarybrillianceisamovingtargetasseasonalvisitorsnoticehowLisabellasseemstogetbetterandbetter.Che-OwnerKrisAmundsendrawsourstarsperectlyusingcoastalwithcosmopolitan.OnarecentvisitwestartedwithaplateoEuropeancheeseswitholiveoilcristinisbeoreindulginginthelightlyfouredGulRedSnapperpansearedandgarnishedwithasweetbeurreblancandgooseberrypuree.Thesplendidmealwastoppedowithadelightulblueberryapplecrisp.5009Hwy361165SocialCircleinCinnamonShore361749-4222lisabellas.comTheCrazyCajunOeringupthatsouthernavoritetraditionalLouisianaseaoodboilservedamilystyleaswellasriedshrimpandoystersgumboandevenbabybackribs.AperectvacationamilydiningdestinationwithacasualothebeachatmospherethatshowsjusthowriendlyMustangIslanderscanbe303BeachatStationStreet361749-5069portaransas 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50TexasCoastalBendWinter2013-14coastalfood TexasCoastalBendWinter2013-1451 52TexasCoastalBendWinter2013-14fishingourfrstwintercldrnttheseasnhasarrivedwithdecreasinwatertemperaturesnrthwindsandraycludsmeansBIgTRoUT.Manyanlershavevacatedthebatrampswithhuntinseasninmind.Frmnwthruhtheendtheyearmsturwhiteshrimpandbaitfshwillhavemvedutthebaysandlurefsh-inrbitrutcanetveryprductive.Continued...Capt.FredCardona 54TexasCoastalBendWinter2013-14fishingWinterinUpperLagunaMadreLookortrouttobeeedingaroundthedeepergutsclosetosandpocketsgrassfatsandchannels.ThisisthetimeoyeartogetyourwadersonandwadeshtheKRSbetweenPitaIslandtosouthoBirdIslandoreedingtrout.Favoritelurestousethe5BassAssassinriggedwith116ozjigheadveryproductiveinndingshandtheFatBoyCorkyperectlureorhungrytrout.Thisbigmouthtroutareholdingonthedeepgutsduringthewinter.WhentargetingbigtroutdontruleouttheshallowfatsduringwarmingdaysusesmalltopwaterbaitsliketheZaraSpookJr.bonecolor.Wintershingyoucanalsoexpecttobeshingclosertohomeourlocalneighborhooddeepcanalswillholdfounderandredsshtheedgesandpointswith18oz.jigheadwithpaddletailplas-ticsorgulps.Ournativeredswillstaymostlyscatteredaroundourcanalsanddeeperchannelseedingoncrabsandpinperch.Withwatertemperaturesdroppingfoundersh-ingisatitsbestastheystarttheirspawningmigrationalongthePackerychannelouttothejetties.BestlivebaittouseisaCarolinarigwithmudminnowsormul-letinobaitagulpwhiteshrimpriggedwith18ozjigheadslowlydraggedonthebottomworkwellalso.AgaintheoutlookorwintershinglooksverypromisingenjoythesenexttwomonthsocoldweatheraswecloseanothergreatyearoshingourUpperLagunaMadre.MerryChristmasandHappyNewYearCapt.FredCardona469-867-5653www.captfredcardona.comCaughtwithCapt.FredDavidKurtzwith2nicetroutfshingtheLagunaMadreFlats TexasCoastalBendWinter2013-1455NiceCatchAboveDavidKurtzwithTroutLowerLetErichHaaswithTroutLowerRightLeoYbanezwithRedfshJulieMartinezwithnice28redcaughtwithCapt.Fred 56TexasCoastalBendWinter2013-14Thereisnodoubtthatoshoreshinginthedeadowinterisanad-ventureortheheartyandexperiencedandmustbecoordinatedtoworkwiththearrivalanddepartureocoldronts.Mostanglersdontmindthetemperatureitheshingsgoodbutseaconditionschangedrasticallythistimeoyearandpoorplanningcanbecomeamatterolieanddeath.InadditiontostateSnappershingwithinninemilesothecoastseeOnlyinTexasyellowfnTunaisthebigtreatyouwillndartheroshorearoundthedeeperdrillingplatorms.TomanytheYellownisaavoritegameshandpound-or-poundthetoughestandhardestghtingothegametuna.Theytravelinschoolsthatlookmorelikeherdssomultiplehitsareacommoneventrequiringquick-oot-edcoordinationonthepartomultipleanglersonagivenboat.AndalthoughGreen-peacelabelsYellownsheriesunsustainableitisamongthemostabundantshonearthoundineveryoceanatvirtuallyalllatitudesandwidelyenjoyedasaavoriteseaooddelicacy.SheepsheadtheAtlanticvarietythatinhabitourcoastalTexaswatersasop-posedtothelargerCaliorniavarietyareespeciallyabundantclosetoshoreduringthewintermonths.Becausethesesheedonbarnaclesoystersandothercrusta-ceanstheytendtosticknearjettiespiersreesandotherstructures.TheseConvictFishastheyresometimescalledinsaltiercirclesaredressedinwideblackstripesandareparticularlypopularamongspearshermenbecausetheymakeorawideeasy-to-spottarget.CatchingSheepsheadonrodandreelisabittrickierastheshtendtodetlystealbaitoyourhookusingtheirhilariouslybaby-lookingteethandtheyarenear-lyimpossibletohookthroughtherooothemouth.HoweveronceyougettheeelowhentosetyourhookatertheshhasstartedfirtingwithyourbaityoushouldenjoygreatresultsasSheepsheadtendtotravelandeedinschools.Andalthoughtheshisverybonythebonestendtobesmallandpliableandagoodcookcanbringoutthelightfakytastewiththerightpreparationmethod.SpeckledTroutakaSpottedSeaTroutinotherregionsareequaltoRedshinpopularityamongCoastalBendanglersandalthoughtheyrecaughtyear-roundFebruaryisconsideredthestartotheheavytroutseasoninjustabouteverybayandestuaryinthearea.InthecolderwaterspeckswillhangoutinareasoprotectioncomortzonesiyouwilllikechannelbottomsreestructuresandmangroveseagrassfatswhichareabundantinandaroundAransasBayandintheLydiaAnnChannelonthebacksideofSt.JosephsIsland.ThebigtroutwillhitbigbaitandareevenknowntoattacksmallershbeingreeledinWinterOfshoreFishing TexasCoastalBendWinter2013-1457fishingSanPatricioCountyishometosomeothemostabundantwatersontheGulCoastorredshfounderandspeckledtroutinourbaysandtarponmahimahiyellowntunaredsnapperanddozensootherspeciesintheGuloMexico.InadditionthenorthwestcornerothecountyishometoLakeCorpusChristialargereshwaterbodythatispopularwithshermenwaterskiersandjetskiers.NuecesBayissituatednorthoCorpusChristiBaydemarcatedbythePortlandCausewayHwy181andromtimetotimeinalmostanyseasoncanbepopu-latedbyrecord-sizedredshandspeckledtrout.Theseshtendtocongregateandeedalongshallowunderwaterreesandshoalormationswhichareabundantinthewesternendothebaynearthemouthotheriver.ThenortherncoastlineoNuecesBaycanbeaccessedbywadingkayakorfatsboatromsomeothecountyroadsthatrunalongFM1074westoPortlandandthesouthernedgeothebaycanbereachedromalongthecausewayrontageroad.ThesoutheasternbankothecountyromPortlandtoInglesiderunsalongCorpusChristiBay.IndianPointPierislocatedjustwestoPortlandalongtheeasterncause-wayrontageroadattheendoSunsetLakeParkwhichispositionedonapeninsulathatextendsintothebay.FishingromthepierisalwaysdecentbutduringthewintermonthslargeshtendtomigratetowardthewarmerwatersinthisnortheasterncorneroCorpusChristiBayandinespeciallywindyconditionsIndianPointisknownasagreatspottocatchblackdrum.AtIngleside-on-the-BayinthesoutheasterncornerothecountytwopublicboatlaunchesamarinaandseveralreepublicpiersoereasyshingandboatingaccesstoCorpusChristiBay.ExcellentFishingFriendlyFolksandConditionsfoundinCoastalBendsNorthBayAreaPortlandAransasPassInglesideandAransasPassoermilesandmilesocoastlineorwadersandpierfshermenamplepublicboatingacilitiesandpaddlerstrails. 58TexasCoastalBendWinter2013-14NiceCatchAsuccessulofshoreoutingwithahugeRedSnapperaboveandanevenbiggerMahiMahiOnegooddayoshinginAransasPassandyouwillunderstandwhyitiscalledSaltwaterParadisebylo-calsandvisitorsalike.RdfshBayasonemightinerisknownorterricgameshinginallseasonsotheyearandistheengineoactivityorthecityoAransasPass.WadeshinginthefatsothebayisaccessibleatdozensospotsalongthecityscoastlineandespeciallyalongtheAransasPassCausewayHwy361includingStedmanIslandtowardthePortAransaserrylanding.TheSanPatricioCountyNavigationDistrictoperatestheHarborWstandHarboreastacilitiesonRansomRoadinAransasPasswhichincludeaullmarinawithcoveredanduncoveredboatslipselectricandwaterserviceabaitanduelstandboatlaunchesandevenabirdwatchingpavilion.ThedistrictalsooperatesdocksandboatlaunchacilitiesatConnBrownHarborwheremostmaritimeactivityiscommercialthebiggestex-ceptionowhichisRdfshBayBoathoustherstclassdrystackboatstorageacilitythatalsooerstran-sientberthingorvesselsupto100eet. TexasCoastalBendWinter2013-1459Asarasgood-eatingshgotheydontgetanybetterthantheSouthernFlounderakaFlounderwhichareabundantinthebayschannelsandfatsotheCoastalBend.TotheunamiliareyetheFlounderappearsstrangeandsomewhatscaryinapre-historicorpost-steamrollerac-cidentkindoway.Inactitisoneothemostsuccessulshintheecosystemequippedwithadjustablecamou-fageandaviolentdeath-strikeorunsuspectingprey.FlounderarecaughtonrodandreelespeciallyusingliveshrimpandtheannualFlounderRunistheirmassallmigrationromthebaystothegulollowingtheseasonsrstmajorcoldront.Butitsgiggingknownasfounder-ingthatproducesthebiggestandbestcatches.GettingtoknowSouthernFlounder 60TexasCoastalBendWinter2013-14CoastaBendMostPopuarSpeciesRedSnapperFoundin30-200owateroshoreespeciallaroundnaturalandartifcialreeslikeshipwrecksandoildrillinplatormsReachesmaturitat2-5earsoaecanliveuptoae50andweihupto50lb.Texasstatewaterswithin9milesoshoreistheonlgulCoastjurisdictionwhereRedSnappercanbefshedoutsidethe48-daederalseasonSpeckledTroutakaSpottedSeaTroutLivesinshallowestuariesalontheWesternAtlanticcoastlinetotheguloMexicoromMassachusettstotheyucatanPeninsulainMexicoMostlarespecksareemalesupto9-10earsoldPreersshallowsearassandosterbedsinsprinandsummerandwillshelterromcoldwaterindeeperchannelsandreeormationsinwinterRedfshakaRedDrumFastrowinreachin22-24and6-8lb.in3earsPreersshallowwaters1-4alonedesobaswithsubmeredveetationandshorelinebreakssuchascovesjettiesandutsbetweensandbarsBlackspotontailoolspredatorsintoattackintailTexasrecordis59.5lb.US94lb.inNorthCarolinafishingKeepingitLegalTexasBagSizelimits-SatwaterfishImportantrulesanddetailsdenotedwithshouldbeconsultedforcompleteandaccurateinforma-tionthatappliestocertainspecies.ThiscanbefoundontheTPWDwebsitewww.tpwd.state.tx.usSourceTexasParksWildlifeDepartmentSpeciesDailyBagLengthinInchesMin-Max