Via Jeff Wolda and Jennifer Merchant
Air Temp: 70 degrees
Water Temp: 66 degrees
Wind: 5-10 mph out of the West, shifting Southeast at noon
Water: 2-3 ft. swells, dirty until about the 50 mile marker and clearing a bit the last 10 miles. Front tonight should mess that up and dirty the water even more.
Driving: 2wd with the exception of high tide. 4wd in the high banks. Water should go to dunes tonight with the front. There was a couple of washouts especially at the 55 mile marker.
A few stray winter trout, bluefish (which is uncommon this early), stingray, whiting, pompano, and bonnetheads were all being caught.
On our way off the beach there was a huge grass fire on the north part of Padre Island National Seashore. Traffic from the guard shack was backed up while firefighters worked hard to get the fire under control.
Birds seen: Forester Tern, Royal Tern, Caspian Tern, Double Crested Cormorants, Laughing Gull, Herring Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Sanderlings, Turkey Vulture, Brown Pelican, White Pelican, Rudy Turnstone, Curlew, Willet, Blue Heron, Eared Grebe