Corpus Christi is a major destination for fishermen, and there are plenty of locations and services to accommodate them. You’ll find anglers with poles anchored in the sand at several city beaches, including Corpus Christi Beach, where fishermen often gather at the Nueces Bay Pier at the end of Hull Street. Lines are also cast along the bay on the massive concrete downtown piers (known locally as T-heads), several spots along the seawall, and at lighted breakwater jetties.
Another popular spot is Bob Hall Pier at Padre Balli Park on North Padre Island. Its prime location and abundance of fish species (tarpon, mackerel, redfish, and even shark) have drawn anglers to this venerable and productive location since the 1950s. Bait and tackle are available at nearby shops.
If you’d rather get out to sea for some big-game fishing, contact a charter or rental company to set you up with all the gear, guides, and good advice you’d ever want. Deep-sea boats are available for those who want to troll for Gulf of Mexico species such as marlin, sailfish, tuna, and kingfish.
Reputable companies include C&T Bay Charters (4034 Barnes St., 888/227-9172, www.ctbaycharters.com) and Port Aransas–based Deep Sea Headquarters (416 W. Cotter Ave., 361/749-5597, www.deepseaheadquarters.com), providing private excursions to anglers of all ages and skill levels.
© Andy Rhodes from Moon Texas, 6th Edition