S Padre Island TEXAS PELAGIC Sept 20, 2014 Trip Report:

Hi Pelagic Fanatics, Everything just seemed to come together to make the past Saturday’s September 20th S Padre Island Texas Pelagic one of the best in a very long time! The weather was cooperating the week prior to the trip with 2-3 ft seas all week long following the 7 foot seas experienced the previous weekend during the first “cold” front of the season. On Saturday as we gathered in the predawn at the docks there was no perceptible wind. Clearing the S Padre Island jetties we were greeted with calm seas of 2 ft or less. The seas would remain a pretty nice 2-3 feet throughout the day. On the long cruise to the shelf edge we had scattered showers all around us in the distance and cruised through one nice downpour, something I only recall rain 1 time before from all my Texas Pelagics. Following the rain the skies began clearing and nice high clouds remained for the morning keeping the heat down until the afternoon. There was very little bird activity over the shelf for the first 4 hours except for a distant Magnificent Frigatebird from the stern and few Royal Terns. The bright lights of shrimp boats were visible a couple miles to the north of our course but we decided to pass them by preferring to head straight for deep water. Dwight spotted at distant “large white seabird flying fast and high” away from us, he suspected it might be a tropicbird but it was just too far away to confirm the ID. We reached the shelf edge at about 10am in very good time by keeping to our planned due east heading. Soon after at 10:10 am that we had our first good seabird a cooperative Audubon’s Shearwater. Then things were slow for another hour until a lone Bridled Tern was seen right...