Christmas Lighted Boat Parade {Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce}

Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce To Host
Saturday, December 5, 2009 ~ 6-8 p.m.

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–For Immediate Release–
The 23rd Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade is scheduled for Saturday, December 5 at 6:00 p.m. and promises to be the biggest and best yet.

The Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce invites boat owners, personal watercraft owners and kayakers or anything that floats to be a part of this special event. The parade will begin at the Port Isabel City Docks and vessels will be judged beginning at 6:00 p.m. The judging criteria will include: first impression; theme; and special effects. Winners will receive a variety of prizes donated by area merchants, including gift certificates, marine items, and much more. There is no charge to enter the parade.

Boats will be competing in six overall divisions: commercial; large power boats 23 feet and over; medium power boats 18 – 22 feet and under; small power boats 17 feet and under; large sailboats 26 feet and over; and small sailboats 25 feet and under. The U.S. Coast Guard will serve as lead vessel with Towboat U.S. bringing up the rear. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony scheduled to be held Saturday, December 5.

The parade will begin immediately following judging at the White Sands Marina. It will continue to Anchor Marina and around to Pirate’s Landing and then circling to Sea Ranch II at Southpoint and Long Island Village. Weather permitting, the parade will continue to South Padre Island with optimum viewing at locations that include Louie’s, Amberjack’s, Wahoo and Fisherman’s Wharf. Ten bonus points will be awarded to vessels completing the route to Louie Backyard on South Padre Island.

Boat captains or their designated representatives are required to attend a meeting at the White Sands Restaurant at 4:00 pm on the day of the event. Boat numbers and last minute instructions will be given at that time. Boats will then rendezvous at the Port Isabel City Docks and surrounding areas by 5:30 p.m.

More information regarding the 23rd Annual Lighted Christmas Boat Parade may be obtained by contacting the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce at 943-2262. The event is sponsored by the Chamber and the Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation, Port Isabel / South Padre Press & Parade, White Sands Motel, Restaurant and Marina.

Port Isabel Chamber- Fishing the Laguna Madre Brochure

The Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce produces a fishing brochure! See it online here first! To reserve your copy, For more information, call the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce at 956/943-2262 or 1-800-527-6102.

LOCATED at the southern end of Texas’ famed Lower Laguna Madre Bay, scant miles above the U.S./Mexico border, Port Isabel has beckoned to generations of saltwater fishermen. Anglers fishing these clear, shallow waters today can easily see why fishermen have flocked here for nearly a century. The diversity of game fish species swimming in the waters surrounding Port Isabel is unlike that found anywhere else along the Texas Gulf Coast. And, with miles of shallow grass flats teeming with fish, anglers have plenty of room to roam and can easily find a secluded spot to fish – a luxury not often afforded on other crowded coastal waters. The combination of moderate year-around weather, dozens of available species and the clearest water on the Texas Gulf Coast make Port Isabel the perfect destination for an angling vacation.

AS IS THE CASE ALONG THE ENTIRE Gulf Coast, redfish are a top draw for anglers in the Lower Laguna Madre. With miles of shallow, clear grass flats, the Lower Laguna is an ideal playground for anyone hoping to tangle with big redfish.

PERHAPS THE MOST OVERLOOKED TARPON fishery in the entire country lies just a few miles from Port Isabel Small Boat Channel. The Brazos Santiago Pass, which connects the Lower Laguna Madre to the Gulf of Mexico is the seasonal home to Silver Kings from April through November. Fish ranging from 20 to 200 pounds can be encountered during the prime tarpon months, which run July through October.

BOASTING THE ONLY fishable snook population in the continental United States outside south Florida, the Lower Laguna Madre is home to lunker linesiders throughout the year. During the summer and fall, snook can consistently be found over the shallow flats of the Lower Laguna. During the winter and spring, they are typically found in the port areas.

THE LOWER LAGUNA MADRE has long been famous for producing high quantities of quality speckled trout. In fact, the current Texas state record and numerous IGFA line class world records have come from these waters.

MORE THAN ANYTHING, anglers can expect a diverse catch when they visit the Lower Laguna Madre. In addition to species such as redfish, speckled trout, snook and tarpon, fishermen routinely encounter flounder, Spanish mackerel, kingfish, mangrove snapper, barracudas, jack crevalle, black drum, sheepshead, shark, ladyfish, lookdowns, grouper and many other types of saltwater fish – many of which aren’t found elsewhere on the Texas coast.
Photos & text credit: Danno Wise.

PICC World Championship Shrimp Cook-Off Event Wrap Up!~

Chamber of Commerce weather and perfectly prepared fresh Gulf shrimp kept thousands happily sated. Sunday World Championship Shrimp Cook-Off featured over two dozen contestants in both professional and amateur categories offering a wide variety of shrimp dishes from fried to Orange Citrus Shrimp. But the order of the day was boiled shrimp for the eating contest held at 3p.m. won by Mark Buchan of Scotland.

Event photos:

Palm St. Pier, South Padre Island

3rd place: Cuevas Trawlers
2nd place: Beatriz Zapata
1st place: Re/Max First Choice

3rd place: Cap\’N Roys, South Padre Island
2nd place: Parrot Eyes, South Padre Island
1st place: Las Olas, South Padre Island

For more information, contact the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce, 956/943-2262 or email