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.

Monday, July 20, 2015

PICTURES AND ACTIVITIES ON AND AROUND SOUTH PADRE ISLAND/PORT ISABEL TEXAS. FANTASTIC SPOT TO VACATION.

 The Holiday Inn Express with view of the Gulf of
Mexico in the background. Accommodations are the
cleanest on the Island and only a short walk to the beach.
Hotel staff is excellent
Reservations 956-761-8844 or 800-465-4329
 
Looking back from the beach and south.
Above picture looks at the Laguna Madre Bay.
The Port Isabel Lighthouse day/night views.
Aerial photo's courtesy of Philip A. Dodson
Below a view of the finger lakes area in Port Isabel,
Below is a view of the Bridge from Port Isabel to South Padre Island.
The Longest Causeway 3 mile Run and Fitness Walk is held the second Saturday in January every year sponsored by the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce.
www.portisabel.org
956-943-2262
Entering South Padre Island.
Daytime entrance view
Aerial views looking back at the Bridge.
Aerial photos courtesy of Philip A. Dodson

A look at the Jetti above and the twin towers below.
View of ship (USS FORREST AL) being towed through the channel below headed to the Port of Brownsville.
Yours truly pictured below enjoying a fun time with friends on the SOUTHERN WAVE sunset dinner cruise. The food was out of this world and fantastic entertainment. Highly recommended.
Southern Wave reservations call 956-772-7245


Below yours truly enjoying the best Dolphin Watch ever.


Don't miss this one!!! Call Scarlet Colley 956-299-1957 for reservations or stop at the Sea Life Center next to Pirates Landing in Port Isabel for more information.

Pirates Landing pictured below from the air.
Pirates Landing has it all!!!!!!!!   the Black Dragon Pirate Ship, Thriller boat ride, deep sea, and Bay fishing


Spectacular view!!!!
Any activity highly recommended. Check it out at www.ospreycruises.com or call 956-761-6655 or 
 888-867-7739.  FUN! FUN! FUN! 
Yours truly above and below displaying my catch!!! Red Snappers and Whiting. Highly recommended!!
The crew was great!!!!!!
Fun! Fun! Fun! Fun!

Parasailing below with Breakaway!

WOW!! WHAT A VIEW!!

Breakaway has Parasailing, Dolphin watch & Eco tours, Port tours, and dinner sunset cruises. as well as both deep sea and bay fishing trips.
Yours truly with a large Red Snapper I caught on a Breakaway Deep Sea Fishing Cruise charter.
www.breakawaycruises.com
reservations call 956-761-2212 .

Below is an aerial picture of the municipal center on South Padre Island

Island aerial views from a drone courtesy of Philip A. Dodson.
Below is a collage of some of the sunsets you can see around South Padre Island. Spectacular!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Above picking up shells on the beach.

Below a great time shore fishing.



I went Bay fishing with Captain Murphys and had great success!!!!! Caught both Whiting and Sand Trout. (5 star rating from me!!!!)
Call 956-761-2764 for reservations
www.captainmurphys.com
EMAIL  info@captainmurphys.com

Yours truly riding horses on the beach. This is a really fun time.
call 956-761-4677 for reservations
Great view of the beach!!

Some of the spectacular wildlife sightings I have experienced around South Padre Island.
Birds and Dolphins everywhere!!

Yes, even baby alligators at the Birding and Nature center

A real tug of war above as Sea Gulls fight over fish scraps..

Below a Heron having lunch.
Even found a lizard on the beach.


Pictured below yours truly picking Grapefruit fresh off the tree!!
Check out the size of those grapefruit below!!
Fresh tree ripened Ruby Red Grapefruit make excellent pies.
 

Below yours truly and friends enjoying the Red Snappers we caught cooked by Blackbeards. Cooked to perfection!!!!!!
NOBODY COOKS FISH BETTER THAN BLACKBEARDS
Lacated at 103 E Saturn
South Padre Island, Texas
Phone 956-761-2962
If you go, be sure to tell them the Roadrunner sent you!!!!
They fixed my fish 4 different ways and all were excellent.. It just doesn't get any better than this.

The aerial pictures used in my blog were the courtesy of Philip A. Dodson. He has a website with information on the drone he uses as pictured above. Thank you to Philip for allowing me to use the pictures incorporated in this post. Philip is available to do Aerial Photography and Aerial video for almost any occasion.
website www.Dronenology4u.com for information
email tarpon2000@gmail.com
phone 956-280-0645
 Above, yours truly waving to the drone being flown over my head.
 
Check out the video's below by Philip A. Dodson
on the Jetti's, Dunes and Isa Blanca RV Park.
 
 
 
 https://youtu.be/KQk515_GjvU  Isa Blanca RV Park video