This past weekend was a working vacation of sorts. KOUL FM out of Corpus Christi, TX is helping put on a series of shows at Mike Cotten's BBQ in Portland, TX. They invited me out to play, and I decided to take the entire weekend off (other than that show of course) to get in some quality fishing & beach time.
The wind was against us this weekend for fishing. But, I caught several small catfish & drum with some frozen shrimp & finger mullet cut up. I definitely need to do a full clean out & restock of my tackle box before I hit the coast again in a couple weeks for some more fishing. I'll make a "What's In My Tackle Box" post once I do that for sure.
Saturday, we briefly went through Port Aransas for a few hours before my show that night. Obviously, I wanted seafood cause we're at the beach. So, after some Yelp-ing on the ferry ride, I came across Iries Island Food. Tacos & seafood? Yes, please! Everyone in the reviews was raving about it, and honestly I've never seen a restaurant on Yelp before with this high of a number of 5 star reviews EVER. So, we get there, and the line is out the door....great sign right?! It moves quickly, and we get a Fish Po' Boy, & their 2 special tacos - Chicken Tandoori Taco & Moonfish Taco. I WILL DRIVE BACK 3 HOURS JUST TO EAT AT THIS PLACE AGAIN & DRIVE BACK!
The Po' Boy was good, but their wheelhouse is the tacos. I have never had tacos so good in my life. The Moonfish taco was hands down the best taco I've ever had, ever. They were good sized tacos, and very reasonably priced. Then, the homemade tortillas they put them on, and the sauces!! Drool...
One taco was plenty for me for a meal, and very filling. The flavors were out of this world, everything complementing everything else just perfectly, and nothing overpowering any other element. They have a huge array of sauces, one for anybody. I had the Red Dragon sauce, and it was great. None of them are overpowering like many sauces, just enough flavor to make it pop. We tried going back the next day, because they were THAT good. But, they were closed on Sundays :(
Saturday night, I played at Mike Cotten's BBQ in Portland, TX. It was a little slow because there were some big events going on locally and in nearby towns. However, I still had a blast and the people that were there were so nice.
Their BBQ was very good. I recommend the jalapeno sausage or the moist brisket. Some restaurants serve you up bread as a nibble item, and this place does crackers and some amazing spread that I can only guess is cheez wiz & butter. I don't care what it is, but it was damn good too! I can't wait to go back!
After we finished up at Fins, we drove down the beach until we found a nice open area (not too hard to find on a Sunday as all of the weekenders are packing up and heading out). We stopped and made some terrible attempts to fly a stunt kite I got on clearance at Walmart a couple years ago. Then, got to fishing. Something out there was taking massive chunks out of the finger mullet, but no matter how I hooked the bait, nothing would hook on! I summing it up to my old hooks & my desperate need to update my tackle box supplies. If you have any recommendations, let me know!
Anyway, after I'd about given up on fishing, I was just hanging out in the water. I see something large-ish & shadowy dart under a wave about 5 feet to my left. My instinct thought shark, so I froze waiting to see where it went after the wave cleared. The wave began to settle down and the thing was coming closer and closer. I was thinking..."Shark? Large fish? Weird log thing? TURTLE?! Why is there a turtle in the ocean?! Oh yeah! That's a thing!" This large dinner plate sized sea turtle just swam right up to me, within a foot, looking around. I'm sure he was too busy chomping on the jellyfish that were plentiful around there, and didn't realize I was there. We both had a moment of eye contact when we both realized each other were there & what we were, and I then...naturally & impulsively...shouted "OMG THERE'S A SEA TURTLE!!!!!!!!!". This, of course, naturally & impulsively, caused the sea turtle to flee and that made me sad. But, how many people can say they've had a sea turtle just swim up to them and hang out for a minute?
So, tacos & sea turtles. That makes up a great weekend to me! If you're in the Corpus Christi area, tune into KOUL FM for some great tunes, get some BBQ & moonfish tacos, and enjoy your time whether it is fishing or beachin' it!
This weekend will be a local weekend with a couple of graduation parties, and Sunday I will be playing a daytime show at TopGolf in Katy! It's going to be fun, so come out and do some golfy things & check out their new stage! Click here for the Facebook Event!
See y'all down the road!