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This historic newspaper clipping shows a float*, built by Port Aransans to represent the town in various festivals, as it paraded through Port Aransas.


Port Aransas, Texas * July 8th – 11th, 2010

In July, 2010, the PAB will hold the 75th annual Deep Sea Roundup. The Deep Sea Roundup is the oldest fishing tournament on the Gulf Coast and has evolved from its roots as the Tarpon Rodeo, which exclusively was for offshore anglers, into an all-inclusive fishing contest.  The proceeds from the Deep Sea Roundup are the primary source of funds for the PAB’s scholarship fund.  Over 800 anglers are expected for this year’s event.

Where: Port Aransas, TX
When: July 8th – 11th, 2010
How: Sign up here asap http://www.deepsearoundup.com/

*The float was later entered in the San Antonio Battle of Flowers and the Buc Days parade. Mermaids on the float are Marie Ousley (Stiewig), Donna Mae Farley, Billy Jo Sims and Betty Lee Brown. Bathing Beauties are Harolene Lister, Iva Jean Hicks, Genevieve Curry, Charlotte Ann Bujan and Nona Moore.


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Fishing Yesterday’s Coast

Reading a great book called “Fishing Yesterday’s Coast” by Legendary Guide Barney Farley. Wonderful insight on the need for conservation.

From Amazon:

Renowned fishing guide Barney Fariey worked the Texas coastal waters out of Port Aransas for more than half a century. In these stories and reflections, Farley imparts a lifetime of knowledge about fish_silver trout, sand trout, speckled trout, redfish, ling, catfish, jack, kingfish, you name it_and gives advice about how to fish, where to fish, and when to fish. Perhaps no one could chronicle the changes in sport and commercial fishing along the Central Texas Coast more ably and more passionately than Farley. When he came to Texas in 1910, he reported that he could get in a rowboat and using only a push pole, make his way “to the fishing grounds and catch a hundred pounds or more of trout and redfish” in a few hours. A couple of years later, the shrimp trawlers arrived. As they plied the Gulf in increasing numbers, they depleted the shrimp populations in the bays, and Farley watched the fish move farther and farther offshore, following their ever more elusive food source. From his perspective in the mid-1960s, Farley was not satisfied simply to lament the disappearance of once-abundant species. He also strongly voiced his views on the need for conservation. Many of the problems he identified are still with us, and some of the solutions he prescribed have since been adopted. This book is both an appealing reminiscence and a cautionary tale. Anyone who cares about fishing and the health of the Gulf’s waters will find an authoritative and completely engaging voice in Barney Farley.

Here’s a cool pic with him and FDR

President Roosevelt catching a tarpon in Port Aransas, 1937. Barney Farley is holding the tarpon.

President Roosevelt catching a tarpon in Port Aransas, 1937. Barney Farley is holding the tarpon

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