I went over to the west side of Padre Island so I could get a decent sunset picture. This body of water is called Laguna madre,Which is Spanish for "my shorts are full of sand."
Today dawned with clear skies and bright sunshine, it was such a relief. I certainly hope it stays this way for a while because it's certainly not much fun dealing with, dreary, windy, chilly weather.
I felt so good I drove into town today and visited Roy's Bait and Tackle shop,I had been told that this was the place to go if I wanted to see some serious saltwater tackle. Thanks Barney you were right.
It's a fairly big store but it's packed with so much fishing tackle that the aisles are barely big enough for two people to pass each other. And it is stuffed to the gills with both fresh and saltwater tackle. In fact it is so full of stuff that taking pictures is very difficult so I couldn't get a picture of anything but one aisle at a time.
Ever since I was a kid living in Florida I have loved saltwater fishing and saltwater tackle. Of course the saltwater tackle I would drool over was huge and very expensive.The big saltwater reels would put my poor little Mitchell 300 spinning reel to shame. But it was fun to go in the shops and look at all the big rods that looked like broomsticks and the giant reels that would be clamped to the rod with U bolts, and of course the humongous hooks that would weight a couple pounds, and then there were the lures that were the size of the fish I would normally catch.
Well that's the kind of stuff they had at Roy's, and it brought back some good memories for me. But just like back then I didn't have the need or the money for fishing tackle like that, thousand dollar fishing reels, and $25 fishhooks were out of my league in every measurable way back then, and still are today. But I walked down every aisle, and touched just about everything, just like I did when I was 14 years old.
Roy's bait and tackle Corpus Christi Texas
Just some of the fishing line, some of this stuff looks like Weed Eater cord
If these fish weren't rubber they would be big enough to eat.
It's hard to tell the size of these hooks from a picture, but the ones on the far right are over a foot long and cost $45 each.