Friday, November 17, 2017

2017 Fishing and other info on South Padre Island Texas area

Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico and the Laguna Madre Bay at South Padre Island Texas is the best!!!!! One never knows what you will catch when you throw a line in the water. My most recent Bay Fishing experience on the Bay King at Pier 19 was the best ever. There were 15 of us on this 4 hour bay fishing trip. We caught Red Drum,(9  over 28 inches), Whiting, Sand trout, Flounder, Pompano, Spanish MackerelSheepshead, Mangrove Snappers, Red Snapper, Croaker and even an Octopus. 
 Yours truly with my 31 inch 22 pound Red Drum.

Below All Red Drum were over 28 inches
The largest was 39 inches and weighed 30 LBS.
A very large Sheepshead is on the far right. 
above is my Octapus!!!!
What a thrill to catch that one!!

  
 Above is Cyndi Venberg from Deluth,
Minnesota with her Croaker fish.
 Above is Cyndi Venberg with her
30 inch 20 LB Red Drum. She said
"It was so much fun, it fought so hard"
N0, we did not find a pot of Gold but we found a beautiful rainbow here in South Texas.

To add more to our Bay Fishing experience we were treated to dolphins playing all while we fished. There were 3 small baby dolphins that put on a fantastic show jumping 6 feet in the air several times. You usually do not see that on normal dolphin watch tours.
This was truly a very special experience.

If you want to go please call Osprey Fishing Cruises at
956 761 6655 or info@ospreycruises.com
Be sure to tell them the Roadrunner sent you.

HAPPY FISHING

NOVEMBER 21st another good day!!

Caught Sand Trout, Whiting and Croaker an absolutely
beautiful morning on the Bay
Yours truly with my catch

Sunset to Sunrise in South Texas

HAPPY FISHING!!!!!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

INFORMATIONAL VIDEO AND PICTURES AROUND SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, TEXAS

Below are some video's and a collection of pictures taken around South Padre Island.
Courtesy of Philip A Dodson








Red Snapper and Deep Sea Fishing from Port Mansfield, Texas

RED SNAPPER AND DEEP SEA FISHING
FROM PORT MANSFIELD, TEXAS
 
Above shows our outing on Feb. 15th.
The Osprey boat has an enclosed cabin,
clean restrooms, and fantastic crew.
Capt. Bobby knows where the fish are.. 
We limited out in less than 2 hours!!
There were also 9 Sharks caught and
1 very large Grouper pictured below..
Below shows our group with the
complete boat catch. 39 on boat
Fantastic action! FUN! FUN!
Below Al with his big Shark and Red Snapper.
 Me with my big one.
 Marie took the prize on this day.
The Red Snapper below was 15 LBS.
GREAT JOB!!!!!
 
 The OSPREY CREW
Fabian, Clay and Logan on Feb 7th trip.
 Dennis and his catch
 Yours truly with the boat catch

Below is a different trip on Feb 7th 2016
 MY BIG CATCH!!!
 Another of my big fish

Roe and his catch for the day

 
Below is a collage of our outing on Feb 7th!!
Picture perfect day!!!!!!
The marina dock here has been completely rebuilt with a brand new very large dock with picnic tables and all. First class all the way. The cost to go might be a tad higher but well worth the little extra. This is a must do outing if you are ever in this area and the OSPREY IS THE ABSOLUTE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
CALL 956 944 2331
IF YOU GO TELL THEM THE "ROADRUNNER" SENT YOU 
 
I have had the experience of doing the Deep Fishing trips on other boats and they do not measure up. The Queen Isabella from Breakaway is a catamaran type boat and has no enclosed cabin so you need to be sure you have good weather and no rain before choosing them. They also seem to have difficulty finding the good fishing spots so success is spotty at best. While the trip cost is cheaper than the others, success is hit and miss and if you do have good luck the cost of cleaning is much higher than the competition.
 
I did have some success with Breakaway on recent trips and friend Dennis managed to catch a white Grouper on this day but no Red Snappers. Below are some pictures of that adventure. The crew was very nice but  again seemed to lack the experience needed to find the good fishing spots.
 
 
 
This was the only fish caught on this day
 

 A White Grouper
 
Below is a little better day with Breakaway
 A collage of the dock area
and fish cleaning and open boat.
 Yours truly with my limit of Red Snappers
and one bonus Trigger fish.
 
Below was a much better day on the
Queen Isabella. The weather was perfect. The boat Captain
seemed to be more knowledgeable on good fishing spots this time and
took us to a new location. All fish caught ran between 8 and 12 pounds on this day and we limited out in less than 1 1/2 hours. 
The Queen Isabella from Breakaway is definitely worth a try
on a warm clear day. call 956-761-2212 for reservations.
Not recommended in cold or rainy weather.
If you go tell them the Roadrunner sent you!! 
 
The dock area and boarding area however are not nearly as nice as the Osprey docks.
 
On another note the Capt. Murphy boat also docks in the same area and they are not nearly as easy to work with. Some Winter Texans that bought fishing tickets prior to coming down that had an expiration date were told they were out of luck and Capt. Murphy would not honor those. They are the only charter to not honor an expired paid fishing charter ticket. Their boat is not as large as the Osprey and the dock area is not very nice. Very crowded on their boat and hard to fish and the day I was there I saw their boat arrive at the dock being the only charter that did not limit out on that day. 
 
 
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Thursday, October 15, 2015

THE SEA RANCH RESTUARANT IS THE PLACE TO BE TO HAVE YOUR FRESH CAUGHT FISH COOKED


VIDEO COMPLIMENTS OF PHILIP DODSON

 The Sea Ranch Restaurant Where we took
our Whiting and Red Snappers to have them cooked.
 They have a beautiful setting overlooking
the bay and marina. Our Whiting was cooked
to perfection!!! The presentation and food
was first class.
 Below is the plate with baked potato,
cole slaw and tarter sauce.
 Our waiter Joel was great!!!!!!!!


Our Whiting cooked 4 ways above
along with hush puppies. Delicious!!

Below are the fresh caught Whiting

 Another picture of our cooked Whiting
below. It doesn't get any better that this!
 We were at a table for 12 on the second
floor. My what a beautiful view and
casual dining.
 The Sea Ranch is first class!!!
 We will definitely be back!!!!!!
 The end of a perfect day. Fantastic
sunset from our table!!!
5 Star plus rating from me.
1 Padre Blvd.
South Padre Island, Texas 78597

HOME OF THE FRESH RED SNAPPER!!

Absolutely the best ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Our "Winter Texan" group enjoying
our Red Snappers!!
Phone 956-761-1314
Bar open every day at 4:30 PM
Restaurant open every day at 5 PM
If you go be sure to tell them
The Roadrunner sent you.
Ask for the Managers Bob or Sean!!
to stop by your table.