Texas Has it All
Elliott Stark outlines many the upper coast of Texas’ many sources of outdoor recreation. From bluewater fishing around the rigs to chasing wild hogs in helicopters, Texas is a damned cool place to catch and shoot things. While you will have to wait for the June issue to read the whole article, here is the article’s beginning to peak your interest…..
For the uninitiated, the upper coast of Texas might offer a surprise or two. In truth, Texas is a land all its own. From the El Paso in the west to Orange in the east, Interstate 10 covers 880 miles as it traverses the Lone Star State. Its historical influences, as vast as its geographic expanse, have created a culture and outlook uniquely Texan. The opportunities for the outdoorsman are just as diverse, ranging from muy grande whitetail country to bruiser trout and bluewater fishing around oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.
The upper coast of Texas stretches roughly from Port Aransas to Sabine Pass. Port Aransas is about in the middle of Texas’ coastline, on the northern extent of Padre Island. In the 1950s Port Aransas was known as the tarpon capital of the world, home to a fishery robust enough to attract dignitaries and presidents. Port A, as it is known to locals, and neighboring Port O’Connor, are home to a thriving tournament scene each summer. Headlining the calendar are Poco Bueno, the Texas Legends, and the Lonestar Shootout.
Bluewater fishing out of Texas is not for the faint of heart. The combination of long runs and the ever present threat of the “gulf chop” have created a diehard culture among those who regularly target billfish out of Texas. As a consequence, Texas has produced quite a large number of professional captains and mates, who fish both domestically and abroad.