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TPWD measuring oysters - Rockport, TX

Down here in Rockport-Fulton, Oysterfest is upon us again, and this year may be the best yet. Check out this well-composed Houston Chronicle article by Greg Morago for details on the history of the Texas oyster and the support needed to keep the delicacy on our plates in the future.

Hurry up and get your Pepper Groves and Dollar Points while you can!

(Or how about a Matagoyster? hmmm…)

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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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Matagorda Bay, TX, oyster house of P.E. Bell, 1905.

The Fulton Volunteer Fire Department presents the 31st Annual Oysterfest, a salute to the tasty bi-valve found in our local waters. Oysterfest officials have been working with seafood sources along the Texas Gulf Coast to locate the freshest oysters and other seafood for the event. Oysterfest proceeds are the major source of funding for life-saving and fire fighting equipment in the community and funds raised this year will be used to pay for a new Tanker Truck.

The 2010 festival is scheduled for Thursday, March 4th – Sunday, March 7th, and features carnival rides, games, food, an oyster eating contest, and live music. With over 35,000 visitors in 2009, even more are expected for this year’s Fulton Oysterfest festival.

Thursday  $1 Gate Admission.  Fri-Sat-Sun – $3 Per Person (12 yrs and up).  Carnival Open Thurs, Fri & Sat   ’til ?  Sunday closes at 6:00 p.m. Free Bus pickup to festival grounds and trolleys will run the streets of Fulton.

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South Texas Botanical Gardens in Corpus Christi, TX

South Texas Botanical Gardens in Corpus Christi, TX

The South Texas Wine & Herb Festival will be held this year at the South Texas Botanical Gardens on Saturday, October 16, from 9am – 5pm.
There will be a variety of seminars and demonstrations under the Rose Pavilion on the half hour by members of the Rockport Rose and Herb Study Group and other wine and herb enthusiasts.   Partnering with the Texas Department of Agriculture’s ‘Go Texan’ program, there will be wine tastings in the afternoon and cooking demos using Texas seafood. Vendors will be on site with potted herbs and other herb or wine-related merchandise.  Home Grown editor Judy Barrett will present her new book, “What Can I do with my Herbs?”.

South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center
8545 S. Staples St.
Corpus Christi, TX
Telephone #: 361/852-2100
Web Page: www.stxbot.org

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Port Isabel 1920

Head on down to Port Isabel in November for the World Championship Shrimp Cook-off. This annual event draws up to 9,000 visitors eager to taste the recipes of top amateur and professional chefs. Along with plenty of great shrimp, the event features the Annual Folk Arts Festival, a small carnival, and live entertainment for the whole family.

While you’re there, check out the Port Isabel Lighthouse. It’s the only lighthouse open to the public on the Texas Gulf Coast. A stroll to the top rewards the hearty with a 16-mile view.

17th Annual World’s Championship Shrimp Cook-Off
Nov 7, 2010
Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center
421 Queen Isabella Blvd. next to the Lighthouse
Telephone #: 800/527-6102
Web Page: http://portisabel.org/chamber/?page_id=53

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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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Fishin’ at Reef

I am trying to build up my fish knowledge and so I headed to Houston last weekend to ‘stage’ at Reef, an amazing restaurant run by Bryan Caswell. My high school friend is married to Bryan, hence my foot in the door. Reef uses Gulf seafood and incorporates the local cooking styles of Houston, which include Filipino, Indian, Vietnamese and Thai cuisines. I cleaned a few different types of fish including Grouper, Tripletail (caught in Rockport!) and Snapper. They also let me hang behind the line once service started and the restaurant was packed like sardines at 530pm. Incredible.

Heartfelt thanks to Brandy, Heather, Lance, Josh, Morgan and especially Juan for putting up with me. I hope to be back soon!

2600 Travis @ McGowen
Houston, Texas 77006
Tel: 713 526 8282

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