Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
Fishing isn't always about chasing fish around lakes, rivers, and seas with your line in the water. Sometimes, it's about waiting for the fish to come to you. Lets Go Fishing CC TX's guides specialize in surf and pier fishing, and they know the right times to hit the shoreline in order to hook the best haul. They lead four-hour excursions during daylight hours, providing rods and bait and unhooking fish from the line when a customer makes a catch. They also conduct a few more specialized sessions, such as midnight pier-fishing excursions to catch sharks or trips from the shore in kayaks to hunt alligator gar, an unusual fish whose long, toothy mouth resembles an alligator's maw and whose tenor resembles Art Garfunkel's.
Perched on the shores of the Laguna Madre on the coast of south Texas, Bluff's Landing Marina and Lodge is a modern fishing and hunting lodge with a full-service marina. You’ll be within walking distance of the marina when you stay in a king or two-doubles room, decorated with rustic lodge items such as mounted deer heads and plaid-upholstered chairs, and you’ll have great views of the nearby ocean. Next door to the marina is Laguna Reef Restaurant, where the house chefs will cook up your day’s catch, or you can nosh on coconut shrimp and fried oysters while looking out over Laguna Madre. There’s free parking, a live bait and tackle shop onsite, and a free boat launch for the naval battleship you’ve been hauling around.
As an avid lover of the outdoors, Marcus Haralson?owner and proprietor of Doc's Fishing Clinic & Guide Service?aims to share his knowledge and passion with each of his clients. Venturing off from one of the many local marinas (depending on wind and weather), Haralson guides fishermen and hunters of all ages through the terrain and waterways of South Texas. With all the provided gear, snacks, and drinks piled into 18-foot poling skiff alongside his clients, Doc's fishing expeditions instill both an appreciation for the local ecosystem as well as knowledge of bait and tackle.
Fennessey Ranch’s ornithological guides, Nan, Lyndon, and “Famous Shoes” Crofutt, introduce bird watchers to scores of migrating avian species along a 4,000-acre Coastal Bend property. During treks through expansive wetlands, woods, and lakes, up to 40 birders gaze skyward as continuous kettles of hawks and swallow-tailed kites rocket from the Mission River as part of Mother Nature’s routine jet-pack tests. In addition to winged critters, sightseers often encounter deer, alligators, coyotes, and bobcats as they traverse the brush lands and nearby McGuill Lake. Lunch is provided, and guests are encouraged to bring comfortable attire, binoculars, bug repellant, and a sack of beefy worms to snack on.
Part of the fun of fishing is the element of surprise: what's going to be on the end of the line? Will you accidentally stumble upon a fish flash mob? That's also part of the fun of Mystery Tackle Box, although the end goal is always to make your fishing trips more reliably successful. In the middle of every month, subscribers open up the mailbox to find a surprise assortment of four or five cool new baits, lures, and tackle. It's all tailored to their favorite type of fishing, such as bass, inshore saltwater, ice, or public pool. If they discover a product that really reels them in, there's also an online shop to order more.
The Texas Zoo brings guests up close to animals such as ocelots, coati, alligators, and owls. Visitors can wander the zoo path in search of their favorite big cats or the monkey enclosure, or attend one of the zoo?s many feeding and training programs to see otters, lions, and gators in action. In addition to self-guided tours, the zoo runs educational summer camps including the reptile weekend, conservation rangers, and Drawn to Animals art camp.