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Captain Clark's Phase II Express
Corpus Christi, Texas
Phase II Express
Memorable Corpus Fishing Trip
by Carl Burnham
Everyone overboard, it's a shark!
The Phase II Express is a new fiberglass 44 foot headboat, owned and navigated by Captain C.L. Clark, II. Captain Clark knows how to find the best fishing spots from his many years out on the local waters, and also has the latest in navigational fish finding equipment if they are being especially shy. If your particular catch is not large enough for Texas fishing regulations, it will be thrown back. "The Rock" was one of the spots that we stopped at that was especially productive.
Large Gafftop, weighing 6 pounds & 24 inches long
The largest fish caught on our trip was a gafftop, also referred to as a gafftopsail catfish. The gafftop gets its name from the tall dorsal fin that rises from their back. Be careful, as underneath the fin are sharp spines that support it that have a toxic slime coating. After you reel in your catch, a crew member will unhook your fish for your safety, identify, and measure. The Texas coastal waters around Corpus Christi have a great variety of fish, so you never know what interesting fish will grab onto your hook. Other saltwater fish caught during our trip included black drum, a few small sharks, seatrout and redfish.
Cleaning for guests
Before your trip, be sure to sign up online for the Coastal Conservation Association State of Texas Angler's Rodeo, a large annual fishing competition with $1 million in prizes awarded in 12 divisions. Some of the awards are rather substantial, include 20 boats, 5 trucks, and scholarships.
Ready for another fishing trip
The downtown marina where Phase II Express is docked offers free parking and is an easy walk from major hotels such as the Omni Bayfront (read about in our feature) seen in the distance in the photo above. While on the marina, there are also restaurants to dine at, and you can also find fresh shrimp to buy right off the shrimp boats.
Fishing Trips are available
7 days a week daily from:
8:00 am - 11:30 am
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm (except Sunday)
Rates are affordably priced at $30.00 (per adult) and $25 (per child age 11 and under), which includes bait and tackle.
Gift certificates and special private charters are available for groups.
We would like to thank Captain Clark's Phase II Express for assisting with our feature.
Map to Captain Clark's Phase II Express
Captain Clark's Phase II Express
Corpus Christi Marina (left hand side)
at Peoples Street T-Head
Office 361-855-7089 | Boat 361-884-4369
(tell them Southpoint.com sent you)
Captain C.L. Clark, IIA licensed U.S. Merchant Marine Officer, Captain Clark carries on a rich Corpus Christi fishing tradition. He first joined the original Captain Clark's Fishing Fleet back in 1977 where he navigated the fishing boat called the Sally-D.
Sally-DAs I visited with Captain Clark while he navigated, he proudly showed me an old 1960s era brochure of the original Captain Clark's Fleet. The fleet included five fishing boats and the Showboat (used for tours) which was designed as a replica of the old Mississippi sternwheelers. Built in Dubuque, Iowa, the Showboat is still in operation today as the Spirit of Sacramento in Old Sacramento, California on the Sacramento River. The five fishing boats, Buccaneer, Ruth Anna, Sportsman, Sally-D, and Capt. Clark, were all built in Biloxi, Mississippi using mahagoney wood. The last of the original boats, the Capt. Clark, was sold recently to Alex Mata, owner of New Orleans's carriage tours, who restored the 65 foot long boat using yellow pine for a new life in the Big Easy.