South Padre Island Fishing

LOCATION:  South Padre Island, then back to Mission, Texas
WEATHER:  Very nice.  High 68. 

We got up early in order to catch our 8:00 bay fishing trip.  It was a little cool, so we were all bundled up.

Besides us, there was only one other group of 4 and a really nice crew. 

We didn’t have much luck fishing.  For four hours, we caught 3 small whiting plus some “garbage” catfish that we threw back.  Here is Pat with her catch

The crew said that they had a group of only 6 yesterday who caught 100 fish! 

At the end of the trip, they filleted the tiny fish we caught – we won’t starve tonight!

We returned to the dock at noon, then drove to one of our favorite beach cafes for lunch.  We shared a shrimp quesadilla which was really tasty

South Padre Island is about 1.5 hours from home.  We got back and introduced Pat to our community and house.  Then, off again – to our favorite bistro, Loretto’s, for Wine Wednesday (half-priced bottles).

We shared an order of yummy crab cakes as an appetizer

Back home, I made dinner with our whiting catch….

DINNER: Whiting in creamy pasta with artichoke hearts and smoked salmon

Whiting (or any other mild fish filet)
Cream cheese
Thin spaghetti
Artichoke hearts
Green Onions diced
Lemon or lime juice
White wine
Smoked salmon

Super easy – I sauteed the vegetables and added a little lime juice.  Meanwhile, I cooked the pasta.  Drain the pasta, and add it to the vegetables along with some cream cheese –  just enough to make a very light cheese sauce.  Right before serving, saute VERY briefly the whiting adding some panko.  Serve in layers – the pasta, vegetables, fish, smoked salmon slivers, and diced green onions. 

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