Oysterfest 2019

Oysterfest is one of Rockport/Fulton’s biggest festivals of the year! Featuring a full carnival, live music, awesome food, a parade, vendor booths, and of course an oyster eating contest, this is an event you do not want to miss. The festival starts on Thursday, March 7th and concludes Sunday, March 10th. Admission is only 2 dollars on Thursday and 5 dollars for 12 and up Friday-Sunday.

Multiple oyster contests are held including men’s and women’s raw oyster eating contest, oyster shucking contest, and the oyster decorating contest. Cash prizes are offered for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. For more information about Oysterfest go to http://fultonoysterfest.org/.

Miss Kitty’s has several homes in Fulton that are only minutes away from Oysterfest including:

Sailhouse homes: We have multiple properties in the Sailhouse community that have access to a 650 foot lighted fishing pier, swimming pool, and private beach front area for all guests. For a list of all our Sailhouse homes go here.

Rockport Racquet and Yacht Club condos: Miss Kitty’s has several condos in the Racquet and Yacht Club where guests can enjoy a communal swimming pool and breathtaking water views right across the street. To view all the condos click here.

 

Whooping Crane Festival

Come celebrate one of the most endangered bird species in the world February 21-24 at the Whooping Crane Festival in Port Aransas. This festival is perfect for birders, photographers, families, and anyone who loves nature. This is the only flock of cranes that returns every fall to their wintering habitat in the Aransas National Wildlife.

Experience all the greatness of the whooping crane with boat tours, guest speakers, photography field trips, photography workshops, trade shows, and more! Port Aransas is also a winter home to other bird species that you might see at the festival such as the black skimmer, marsh wren, American white pelican, and the white-tailed hawk. For a full list go here. Registration is open, so don’t miss your chance to go on vacation during this awesome event. For more information about the Whooping Crane Festival click here.

You can also view the whooping cranes from a tour in Rockport! Rockport Adventures offers Whooping Crane and Coastal Birding tours on their boat called the Skimmer. They guarantee the spotting of a whooping crane on these tours and will point out over 30 to 60 different bird species over the 3 hour tour. For more information go here.

Check out some of Miss Kitty’s properties that are in or near Port Aransas:

Smooth Sailing: This home has a private swimming pool, is located in Port Aransas, and sleeps up to 8 people with 3 beds and 2 baths. Nestled in a picturesque beach town this home is just minutes from shopping, restaurants, and the beach.

Coastal Soul: Located in Aransas Pass this cute off water home is only a short drive from the ferry leading to Port Aransas. This house has 3 beds and 2 baths and sleep up to 6 people. There is a nice fenced in back yard that is perfect for those traveling with pets.

 

Pet Friendly Rockport

Rockport is a great place to bring the whole family – including your furry friend! Your dog will have a blast playing on the beach, running in the dog park, and even sitting outside with you at a delicious restaurant. The Rockport beach has a small section that allows dogs right before the paid area of the beach. Here you can swim with your dog and go fishing from the public fishing pier. The Port Aransas beach is also pet friendly and only a 20 minute drive and ferry ride away.

Another great place to bring your dog is the Rockport Dog Park. Located inside Memorial park, the off leash dog park has separate sections for big dogs and small dogs. There are also great hiking trails that you and your dog can enjoy together.

A few restaurants in Rockport allow dogs on their patio. Paradise Key is a great seafood restaurant that serves delicious fish, shrimp, and cocktails. They have a nice pet friendly patio on the water with an outside bar and live music. Moon dogs also allows pets on their patio. Enjoy fresh fish tacos, burger, beer, and more!

Check out some of our pet friendly homes:

Reel Dreams: This gorgeous home is located on a deep canal near Estes Flats and sleeps up to 10 people. There’s a 70 foot boat dock with underwater green lights and breathtaking views.

Canal Front Cottage: Sleeping up to 6 guests, this 2 bed/1 bath house has a fenced in yard (except on the water side) that is perfect for you and your pet. There is great fishing from the private fishing/boat dock and guests also have access to the small boat launch.

Frisco Flats:  Frisco Flats is a beautiful home overlooking Copano Bay with a 50 foot private fishing pier equipped with two sports fishing lights. This home sleeps up to 8 people with 3 beds and 3 baths. There is plenty of room in this house for the whole family, including your furry friend.

K’s Coast Condo: This cute condo sleeps up to 6 people and is located in the Rockport Racquet and Yacht Club. Guests can enjoy the communal swimming pool or take a relaxing stroll under the old live oak trees.

 

Fall/Winter Flounder Fishing

The fall and winter months are a great time for fishing on the Texas coast, especially for flounder. Because of the flounder migration from the bays to the Gulf of Mexico, November and December are the perfect months to catch them. Flounders like to hide in the sandy bottoms of shallow water and are delicious to eat. They can also be caught from the piers of many of our homes!  Here’s some tips from Julie Hagan from her article “Fall Flounder Fishing on the Texas Coast”:

  • Jigs are the best way to catch flounder
  • Adding a spray on liquid scent to the jig or tipping the jig with a piece of shrimp is a great tactic
  • It is important that if you top the jig with shrimp that the shrimp is fresh. Take a section of the fresh shrimp tail and peel it before putting it over the hook. Make sure to switch it out when it becomes soggy.
  • There are multiple different types of jigs you could use. A curly tail jig is a great choice because it vibrates similar to a spinner bait
  • While jigs are the best lures to use, flounder can also be caught with live bait such as shrimp, mud minnows,  and finger mullet

Flounder bag and length limits from Texas Parks and Wildlife:

  • Length in Inches: 14 min – No limit
  • Daily bag is 5 fish except from Nov. 1-30, when the daily bag limit is 2 fish and flounder may be taken only by pole-and-line; and from December 1-14, when the daily bag limit is 2 fish and flounder may be taken by any legal means, including gigging. Possession limit is equal to the daily bag

Tropical Christmas

Come enjoy an early Christmas at the coast this year on December 1st at the 14th annual Tropical Christmas Festival. This fun filled event takes place at the Rockport Festival Grounds and will have music, children’s activities, pictures with Santa, shopping, and delicious food! The city’s trolley will be running between the festival grounds and multiple locations on Austin street. The day will end with a light parade along the Rockport Beach Park, fireworks, a free concert from the Scott Taylor Band, and of course the lighting of the giant community Christmas tree.

There will be a tree decorating contest where awards will be given for “Best in Show,” “Honorable Mention,” “Most Creative,” and “Best Christmas Theme.” For more information and how to register click here.

Host at the Coast

Why host the holidays at your house when you could host at the coast! Get the whole family together this holiday season for a trip you won’t forget. Check out a few of our houses that will be sure to meet all of your celebratory needs.

Pelican Roost: This gorgeous home in Bahia Bay sleeps up to 16 people with 5 bedrooms and 4 1/2 bathrooms. The open concept kitchen and living room will make sure you and your guests have plenty of room. This house also has a game room where you can battle it out on shuffle board or play on the old style arcade machine. There is also a drink fridge and flat screen TV making it the perfect place to hang out and watch the game. The fun continues on the downstairs patio where you can play corn hole and darts. There’s also a charcoal BBQ grill, comfy seating, and of course great fishing!

Lucky Strike: You won’t run out of seating in this house! Sleeping up to 12 people, this bay front home has 5 bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms. Cook up your holiday meals in the spacious, fully equipped kitchen with a large island for extra counter space. The dining room table seats up to 12 people, so the whole family can sit together and enjoy a meal with breathtaking views of Copano Bay. The breakfast nook seats another 6 people and there is also some seating at the bar. If you feel like enjoying the weather there is a table outside that seats up to 6 along with a BBQ grill and comfy couches. The kids will love sleeping in the themed bunk rooms and everyone will love relaxing in the pool while viewing the sunset over Copano Bay.

George’s Landing: This beautiful home in Key Allegro is on a canal and sleeps up to 14 people. There are 4 beds and 3 baths, including a bunk room that is perfect for the kids. The dining area is perfect for a family dinner with a large dining room table and a bar that seats eight. There’s even more seating outside on the deck that overlooks the canal and the downstairs patio area with lounge chairs and a BBQ grill. The whole family will love fishing from the lighted boat dock and the relaxing coastal breezes. You can even bring your own boat down and have access to great fishing in Little Bay and Aransas Bay.

 

 

 

Rockport Film Festival

The Rockport Film Festival is an event you won’t want to miss! Enjoy three days of feature films in categories like Documentary, Fiction, Animation, and Student that are showcased from around the world. This event will be held November 1st-3rd at the Aransas County Airport and is filled with exciting screenings and parties. Each day will be a full experience with food trucks serving BBQ, Argentina food, and popcorn of course! Tickets are $5 a screening or $100 for a VIP full weekend pass. Since we lost the Rockport Cinema in the hurricane, there has been little opportunity in Rockport for film. This weekend gives us a chance to bring quality movies that you cannot see anywhere else to our coastal town!

The first day kicks off with the red carpet party that starts at 5:30 P.M. and the premier of the full length film “The Sand Dune” a romance about finding that one person who changes your life forever.  Friday starts at noon with the first feature film of the day entitled “The Providers” and leads into the short film block at 2 P.M. – “Every Story is Unique”. The film and art reception takes place from 4 P.M. to 6 P.M. at the Wind Way Gallery located in downtown Rockport. The showing of “Daughters of the Sexual Revolution: The Untold Story of the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders” at 6:30 P.M. is the never told before story of Suzanne Mitchell and how football was changed forever. The day is fished off with an evening feature at 8:30 P.M called “Something”.

Saturday the 3rd begins at 10 A.M. with the feature film “For the Birds” before going into the noon short blocks entitled “Poetry in Pictures”. The second feature film is at 2 P.M. called “E.M.P. 333 Days” and tells the story of an 11 year old girl forced to live in pre-industrial conditions after the deployment of an Electro Magnetic Pulse weapon. The rotary reception begins at 4 P.M, and at 6:30 P.M. the exciting documentary about a man’s unusual personal quest in “The World Before Your Feet”. The day ends with the late night shorts entitled “A Little Bit Strange” beginning at 8:30 P.M.

Finish off an exciting weekend on Sunday at 11 A.M. at the Rockport Film Showcase and the premier of “Dance Hall Days”. The award ceremony will wrap up the final day after the last film.

Keeping Rockport involved in the art community is important to us, and we hope to see you there! To buy tickets now click here.

Halloween!

Halloween in Rockport is filled with great weather, awesome fishing, and of course spooky festivities. The City of Rockport Parks Department is hosting a Halloween Bash in Memorial Park on Saturday, October 27th. From 5 P.M. to 9 P.M. there will be “Trunk”-Or-Treat, Hay Rides, and Movie in the Park. The movie will start at 7 P.M. and will be “Ghostbusters Answer the Call”. This is the perfect event for the whole family and it is free! For more information click here.

Port Aransas is also a great place to go for the day to celebrate Halloween! Only a thirty minute drive away from Rockport, Port A is a great place for a day trip. They are having their annual Beach Pumpkin Hustle 5K on Saturday, October 27th. Spend the morning running and the evening at the Port A Brew N’ Que! Sample delicious BBQ and try great local Texas beers during their first annual beer festival and BBQ competition. For more information on October Port A events click here.

Halloween is also a great time for fishing! The weather is cooler and the humidity is down making it a great time of year to be outside. Red fish and trout are plentiful and it is the start of flounder run. We offer a variety of houses on Aransas Bay, Copano Bay, Estes Flats and Redfish Bay, and St. Charles Bay. Most of our homes have private fishing piers and boat docks with lighting for night fishing. To find your perfect vacation home click here.

Top Fishing Spots

1. Aransas Bay

At the northern end of the Texas Coastal Bend, Aransas Bay is about 16 miles long and 6 miles wide. This popular Rockport, TX, fishing location features a variety of oyster reefs throughout the bay, with a large amount gathered in the northern areas that lead into St. Charles, Copano, and Carlos Bays. Aransas Bay is an ideal location to go wade fishing for speckled trout as well as drift fishing and flats fishing. The eastern shoreline of the bay offers scenic grass flats and tidal lakes. With over 100 pro level fishing spots on the Texas Fishing Map for Aransas Bay, there are plenty of locations to cast your line for a premier catch!

2. Redfish Bay

Enjoy your Rockport, TX, fishing outing in Redfish Bay, a triangle-shaped location between Aransas Pass and Port Aransas. Unlike a large open water area, Redfish Bay is a cluster of islands, channels, and grass flats. Its only deep water is on the southern edge near the Corpus Christi Ship Channel. The grass flats generate nutrients for a series of bay area ecosystems, making its protection vital to the local fishing economy. As long as you do not disturb the grass in the area, boats are allowed to pass through. To make sure of this, the best way to experience Rockport, TX, fishing in Redfish Bay is to drift, use a push pole, or use an electric trolling motor.

3. Estes Flats

The deep water access of Estes Flats makes it a favorite for Rockport, TX, fishing. The landscape features drop offs, grass beds, mud, and sand pot holes. The shallow grass beds and sand pot holes are especially ideal for holding redfish and trout throughout the entire year. Kayak fishing is another popular way to go about things in Estes Flats if you opt to go no-motor.

4. St. Charles Bay

St. Charles Bay is a favorite local Rockport, TX, fishing location on the northernmost end of the Texas Coastal Bend for catching redfish. With the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge to the west and the Lamar Peninsula to the east, St. Charles Bay not only has incredible coastal views but also extended shorelines with slews, cuts, and creeks ideal for redfish. Small boats and kayaks can launch in Cavasso’s Creek, while boat ramps in Lamar and the Pelican Island State Park are built for larger crafts.

5. Copano Bay

Copano Bay is an ideal Rockport, TX, fishing area with many shallow oyster reefs and a lush marine habitat. The supporting estuaries of Mission and Port Bays are popular for anglers looking to catch redfish and trout, while the reef system among open water as well as inflow of rivers and creeks supply nutrients and deep cuts for fish to camp out during cold snaps.

Seafair Festival

The 44th annual Seafair festival is happening October 11-14th. With a huge parade, live music, carnival, food, shopping, and contests, this is one of our favorite festivals of the year! Tickets are ten dollars a day or twenty dollars for a weekend pass. Children 6 and under get in free.

Thursday October 11, opening night, is “Tejano Night”. Experience the opening ribbon cutting ceremony, live music, and the first night of the carnival. Friday is when the Seafair gates officially open. The kids can enjoy arts and crafts while parents can grab a drink and shop at all the market vendors. The theme is “Country Legend Night”, and the featured act is Ray Benson & Asleep at the Wheel. Saturday is “Live Music All Day!” The Seafair parade will start at 10 A.M. at City Hall and end in downtown Rockport. The cardboard boat competition is also held this day along with the Gumbo cook off and Chili cook off. The night ends with the performance of the Spazmatics. Sunday is “Aransas County Resident Appreciation Day” with a salsa contest, dessert baking contest, and crab races, this will be an epic end to a great weekend.

To learn more about this exciting festival visit the Rockport Seafair page here.