Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Asian Eyes' USA, Texas Corpus Christi

            Oct/13/2102: We checked into Residence Inn Corpus Christi at 2.30 pm. It is a nice 1 room apartment with a king bed and a pull out sofabed. Stephen took to the sofabed after his shower, immediately went to dreamland soon after. Terence and I talked for a while and soon dozed off as well. By 6 pm, we were up again and gung-ho to go fishing yet again. The entrance ticket to Bob Hall Pier will still be valid until 5 am the next morning. After some deliberation we decided to have dinner first. Since we were not familiar with this city, we had to rely on our GPS for where to get our dinner. Corpus Christi is a coastal city in the South Texas region of the U.S. state of Texas. The metropolitan area population was close to half million, making it the eighth most populous city in Texas. The translation from Latin of the city's name is Body of Christ, given to the settlement by the Spanish, in honour of the Blessed Sacrament. The city has been nicknamed the "Sparkling City by the Sea", particularly in literature promoting tourism. Among the famous landmarks in Corpus Christi are Texas A&M University Corpus Christi campus, a replica of Nina at city Marina waterfront, USS Lexington floating museum, Texas State Aquarium and Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History where the other two Christopher Columbus' ship - Santa Maria and Pinta, are on display. Corpus Christi also housed Whataburger Field, home of the Corpus Christi Hooks, a minor league baseball team in Texas league that called Corpus Christi home. 
A replica of Niña at the 
city marina waterfront. 
the other two 1992 
replicas of Christopher 
Columbusship fleet are 
on display at the Corpus 
Christi Museum of Science 
nd History.
        We tried a couple of restaurant selections from our GPS, and finally decided on a Thai restaurant - Green Papaya. I had no
t had rice for the last 2 weeks and would like to have a mouthful. However Green Papaya's menu was not to our liking, so we headed to the next one on the list - Thai Cottage. The decoration in the restaurant is definitely Thai's and the white waitress serving us, was quite knowledgeable with the South East Asian countries, rambling on about durian and rambutan. Terence ordered Pad Thai while I had green beef curry with rice, and Stephen with chicken curry with rice. The food arrived some 10 minutes later. They were nice but lacked the kick to the real thing from the land of elephant. The restaurant was quite full. We ate our meal quickly without much conversation, maybe each deep in thought on getting to feel of big fish pulling. Terence did remarked that he can cooked a better taste Pad Thai. I did not fancy my green curry beef as they tasted too sweet for me. After having our full, we continue on to Bob Hall pier for the second episode of our fishing trip.
        We arrived back at Bob Hall pier for our round 2, but alas, the wind had picked up, and many anglers were leaving. One of them mentioned that heavy wind make it hardly any fish around. Nevertheless we pressed on. Again we chosen the same spot we fished early in the day and started to drop our baits in the water but there was hardly any bite. Again, I had the first fish but it was the ever hateful catfish. I was crowned the unofficial champion of catfish which I managed to land some 5 to 6 of them which I threw back. Terence continued with his jigging but could not catch anything as the wind and current was too strong. We only caught some 3-4 small jacks and shad before decided to call it a night. We went back to our hotel at 10 pm and vowed to come back to the jetty at 5 am next morning for third and final round.           
         I was soundly asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow. Right at 4.30 am the next day I woke up the rest and get ready for our third session. However we can plan all we want but nature had other plan for us. It was still windy and the current still as strong as the previous night. I got a couple of catfishes, again, and a shad. Terence had a couple of small jacks and shad while Stephen only landed a catfish. Other anglers also fared the same - they caught mostly catfish. The surf boarders were back in action and I guessed they fared better than us in a windy day. The competition was still ongoing for the second day. We missed the same action from the previous day where we had fishes on Apollo hooks, but none was to be seen today. It was 8.30 am when we decided to call it quit and ended our fishing expedition. We went back to our hotel for breakfast and later checked out to go back to Round Rock. The journey back was uneventful. We stopped by Rudy's for their famed barbecue meat before finally went back to Terence's house. I  took a shower and then driven off to the airport. I flew back that night back to Penang via Los Angeles and Hong Kong.
          The second and third session ended with no big fish pulling actions that I dreamed off - no Redfish, no Sheepshead, no Black Drum nor Speckled trout. All in with 2 days fishing we have to just make do with some small fishes - shad, small jack, Spanish Mackerel, Ladyfish, manhaden and catfish plus a nasty souvenir - a sting from a small catfish! Despite all, I achieved a personal satisfaction of fishing in Gulf of Mexico after 20 years. I told Stephen and Terence to plan for the next trip again the next time I come visiting. 
            Here are some pictures I took at Corpus Christi:
Our stay in Corpus Christi, Residence Inn by Marriot. It had a kitchen, a living area, a nice 1 king bed and a pull out sofabed, plus 3 breakfasts thrown in.
Whataburger Field, home of the Corpus Christi Hook, a minor league baseball team of the Texas League.

My meal in Whataburger which sponsored Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi.

USS Lexington that housed a floating museum, anchored at Corpus Christi Bay.
Stephen walking into Green Papaya. Advertised as an Asian restaurant, but Green Papaya restaurant in Corpus Christi had mostly Vietnamese fare. We decided to skip it for the next restaurant.
Thai Cottage restaurant in Corpus Christi where we had our dinner. They served Thai food with knowledgeable waitress to boot. 
Terence's Pad Thai. He claimed he can cook it better himself.
My curry green beef with rice. The curry were white and the reddish topping were chilies  While it was creamy, it was sweet, not really to my liking.
Stephen's chicken curry with rice. He did not mentioned whether he liked or disliked it.

Arriving at 8 pm on second session fishing, Terence preparing his rod. However all we caught was a couple of catfish, shad and bait fish.
Terence trotted gingerly to unhook a catfish before decided to quit for the day.  

Night view of Corpus Christi

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