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Our Waters, Our Fishery

lodge-airview-txi_6129The Texas coast plays host to an extraordinary diversity of fish habitat. The Laguna Madre from Port Isabel to Mansfield is a clear, shallow turtle grass flat dotted with sand bars and potholes. The intracoastal waterway cuts through the Laguna and provides deep cover for fish to hide from extreme heat and cold, as well as moving tidal waters in and out of the Laguna. Further north, the unique geography of Baffin bay and its legendary “rocks” seems to be the ultimate stomping ground for Texas’ biggest speckled trout, as well as giant schools of reds and black drum. Corpus Christi Bay represents the first of the large, deepwater bays that is spotted with grass flats and oyster reefs alike. It is open to the Gulf of Mexico at both the Port Aransas and Packery jetties, introducing a diversity of offshore species into the bay system such as snapper, mackerel, and tarpon. The Nueces river, which also enters Corpus Christi Bay through Nueces Bay, provides lower salinity levels and nourishes the oyster reefs that become plentiful in the northern range of the Texas gulf coast. It is the first in a series of rivers including the Mission, Aransas, Guadalupe, Colorado, Trinity and Sabine which help to maintain the brackish nature of the bays and change the look of the Texas coast. (more…)

Orange Shrimp with Almond

chefs-txi_6270Ingredients

  • 6-8 servings
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 cup dry wine
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 12 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 30 uncooked peeled medium shrimp
  • 1 cup slivered almonds

Combine orange juice, wine, honey and ginger in a small bowl and set aside.

Heat butter with garlic in a large skillet until butter is bubbly. Add shrimp and saute briefly. Stir in almonds and continue cooking until almonds are golden and shrimp are cooked through. Remove shrimp and almonds to heated platter. Return skillet to the burner and heat briefly. Add orange juice mixture and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes. Return shrimp and almonds to skillet with the orange juice mixture and heat through.

Serve immediately!

Explore Your Own Backyard

boats-txi_6218Let’s face it, times are a little tough right now. The entertainment budget is stretched a little thin. Airlines are a hassle, security is a pain, and bad service has become the norm in most industries. Providing transportation, accommodations, and entertainment to clients and guests can be a fairly expensive endeavor. Lucky for so many of us who live in Texas, there are a huge number of things to do right here in our own backyards to help stretch those entertainment dollars. (more…)