Tag Archive: Fishing

Snook Foundation holds meeting in Port Isabel

A group of like minded, focused anglers and board members of the Snook Foundation and the Port Isabel Chamber met at White Sands \” alt=\”\” width=\”420\” height=\”279\” />Restaurant on Friday, Marcy 6, for a meeting where Snook took presidence. Also in attendence were Danno Wise, local guide, writer and Snook Foundation Lower Laguna Madre Regional Director and Port Isabel Chamber Marketing Committee member; Calvin Byrd, Port Isabel Chamber Board Treasurer; Valerie Bates, Port Isabel Marketing Director and Betty Wells, Chamber Executive Director.  Aaron Reed, Snook Foundation Texas State Director led the discussion which included a variety of topics such as considerations for an October tournament focusing on Snook which will include species research. Board members of the Snook Foundation also attending included Rick Roberts, Executive Director and Kendal Larson, Director.

Other topics up for discussion were paddling trail projects in the Laguna Madre and Bahia Grande area and partnerships between the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and the Snook Foundation and other groups interested in promoting the local Snook fishery and activities related to the Laguna Madre and the Bahia Grande.

The Snook Foundation Board is to be in communication with the Port Isabel Isabel Chamber of Commerce to finalize the planning of October Snook Tournament and will continue working together to identify and maximize the opportunities that the Snook species brings to the Laguna Madre area.

David Sikes, Corpus Christi Caller-Times Outdoor Writer, was also in attendance during Port Isabel March 6th Snook weekend events. Sikes publishes an article Thursday and Sundays and has posted Snook Foundation hopes to increase fish in Texas waters this weekend, see full story here: http://www.caller.com/news/2010/mar/20/snook-foundation-hopes-to-increase-fish-in-texas/.

For more information on the Snook Foundation, visit their website at www.snookfoundation.org.

Snook Foundation Meet-and-Greet ~ March 6th

\” alt=\”\” width=\”451\” height=\”585\” />Snook Foundation Meet – and – Greet
Saturday, March 6 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
White Sands Restaurant in Port Isabel
NO admission charge. Public welcome.

Learn about snook in Texas!
Discover what the Snook Foundation is doing to collect data about Texas snook; promote the south Texas snook fishery; increase angler access and opportunity and conserve snook habitat.

Education – Conservation – Research
For more information, contact: Aaron Reed at aaron@snookfoundation.org or Danno Wise at danno@snookfoundation.org

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, info@portisabel-texas.com. For more information, call the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce at 956/943-2262 or 1-800-527-6102.

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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.