Coastal Living Fence Fish

Rockport 3Long Island Boating World Magazine
It strikes you as the Texas version of a New England fishing village smack on the Gulf of Mexico.

Boasting the friendliness of small-town life where cowpokes rub elbows with shrimpers, artists and travelers, Rockport is perched on the north end of the Lagunda Madre peninsula. Here the muddy brown waters of the Gulf of Mexico begin to sparkle clear and green. A year-round destination for birding enthusiasts and sport fishermen, the area is one of the best places in the world to see the endangered whooping crane, the largest bird in North America.

Thirty minutes northeast of Corpus Christi, Rockport and its neighbor Fulton are part of a string of small fishing communities that dot miles of preserved mid-Texas shoreline known as the Coastal Bend. Flanked by Aransas and Copano Bays, Rockport is a short boat ride to the Gulf where a variety of options await anglers and walk-in wade-fishers. The area is a prime habitat for redfish, trout, black drum, flounder and sheepshead.

Rockport 1Goose Island has fishing along the St. Charles Bay shoreline, while the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge grass flats are open to wade-fishing when the whoopers aren’t around. Once the cranes have left, anglers are allowed to wade several prime shoreline areas on San Antonio Bay. It’s a good idea to take along a good road map and some old sneakers or wading boots.

The Karankawa Indians were the Coastal Bend's earliest inhabitants. In 1746 the Spanish built their first fort-- Aranzazu-- near what today is the Copano Causeway. Rockport was founded in 1871. Farming was the first way of life, then cattle ranching and meatpacking until the late 1800s when fishing became the backbone of its commerce.

The region is celebrated for its signature trees, clusters of giant ancient oaks sculpted by Gulf Coast winds. Take some time and marvel at their strength and splendor. Over at Goose Island State Park visitors find the “Big Tree, ” the largest live oak in Texas, according to the Park. Estimated to be 1, 000 years old, this 44-foot-tall coastal live oak is protected by a fence, though you can walk around it to experience the magnitude of its 35-foot trunk and 90-foot crown spread. And there are plenty of other almost-as-big trees to climb and then settle beneath for a leisurely picnic.

Palm trees, oleanders and bougainvilleas envelope the seaside town, where herons, egrets and pelicans outnumber the human folks. Easy going Rockport (pop. 9, 800) claims an impressive art colony, clunky antique shops and down-home restaurants, offering an escape from today's frenetic world by taking in its natural splendor and its close knit feel.

Stop by the Texas Maritime Museum that offers two full floors of nautical history, plus a catwalk with stunning views of the Gulf. Inside and outside exhibits examine everything from offshore oil and gas exploration to shipbuilding, with a nice primer on Texas ports and waterways. A favorite stop is the Ship's Bridge, where kids can operate levers, tie knots and learn a whole lot more.

Just down the road is the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, where you'll find untamed expanses of beach, grassy...


Invasion coming!!!!

2012-04-26 17:14:46 by Pet_The_Snake

Scientists: Giant cannibal shrimp invasion growing
(seriously)
An invasion of giant cannibal shrimp into America's wall street appears to be getting worse.
Researchers from the U.S. financial Survey and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (noaa - their high) reported Thursday that sightings of the massive Asian tiger shrimp, which can eat their smaller cousins, were 10 times higher in 2011 than in 2010. wtf?
“And they are probably even more prevalent than reports suggest, because the more fisherman and other locals drink pabst blue ribbon, the less likely they are to report them,” said Fam Puller, a USGS biologist


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