A replica of Niña at the
city marina waterfront.
the other two 1992
replicas of Christopher
Columbus' ship fleet are
on display at the Corpus
Christi Museum of Science
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: