Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Back Porch Bar in Port Aransas

Its almost that time again for the crazy spring break that goes on in Port Aransas. The back porch bar has remained closed for a long time but in March 2011, it will reopen! This is a great hang out spot, and has a great view to watch while you get really messed up. This is one of my favorite spots to go to. They have great food, and even better drinks. You won't be disappointed this year, they are opening at the right time, and i'm sure its going to get crazy. The beach during spring break has huge lights, and people listening to Tupac and Biggie Smalls. So if that gets old for you, and you don't feel in that kind of mood be sure to head to the back porch. I can't promise that they won't play Lady Gaga, but it sure as hell won't be South Park Mexican. This is going to be great fun!

Here is there contact information:
132 W Cotter Ave
Port Aransas, TX 78373
(361) 749-2800

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

What is The Best Metal Detector For the Beach

The truth is there are many different types of metal detectors and they range from $100 - $1000 dollars. You want to find the best detector that feels comfortable to you. Don't worry about spending a lot of money on one of the higher end metal detectors. Some of these aren't worth the money anyways. I would start off by spending no more than 300$ and seeing if metal detecting is something you are truly interested in. Another great thing to remember is before you go out and start waiving your metal detector on the sand, do some home tests to make sure that its detecting various types of metal. Try testing it by burying some coins, or a ring, and seeing what it looks like to get a signal. This is also good for adjusting your settings and making sure you understand the ins and outs of the metal detector that you have just purchased. There is nothing worse then going out to the beach and being ready to find some serious booty, and you don't even know what a real signal looks like. Be ready, and make sure you know what to look for. Another great tip before you hit the beach is to make sure that the metal detector you are using has a headphone jack. Some people get weak signals because some of the metal is further beneath the surface, and they simply can't hear the beeping of their metal detector because of the waves, music, or other noises that come with being on the beach. It is best to have headphones so not only can you hear the signal, but you can also, not bother other people that are around you. Another great tool to have is a "bailer" a bailer is a scoop that people with boats use, so that they can bail water out of a leaking boat to keep it afloat. I would recommend obtaining a bailer, and then drilling holes in it so that you can scoop sand up and waive it in front of the detector to see if you have scooped up your find. The holes help the sand filter through and leave the metal object in the bucket. Be careful not to drill your holes to large, but at the same time not drilling them too small, so that wet sand can get through easily. They sell scooping buckets with holes already in them, but they can cost as much as $50 dollars! If i were you I would get a bailer from a boating shop, and drill the holes yourself. This way it costs you only $5! This is a great tip that I wish I knew when I first started detecting. The last tip is to be patient. You don't want to do things in a hurry, because you will skip over many things that  you wish you would have picked up. Make fun out of it, bring some beers, or water, and stay out there a while. I guarantee your patience will pay off. I hope my tips have helped you! Happy Metal Detecting! Here is a video I would like to share with you of a guy detecting on the beach...

Friday, February 11, 2011

List of Shark Attacks in Texas

It is very rare that shark attacks happen in Texas. They do happen however, and when they do it can become pretty bad really quickly. Many people that live in the Port Aransas, and South Padre Island areas of the Gulf of Mexico, say that there has been no deaths from a shark ever. They are clearly wrong. I will go through a list of people that have died from sharks. This wasn't made to freak you out, as you can see from this list it doesn't happen often, but take note of the location, and don't be caught unprepared to see a shark when your fishing, or riding wakes with your surf board.
  •  In August 19th 1962, Hans Fix (40 years old) was fishing in waist deep water in Andy Bowie Park, in the South Padre Island, Port Isabel area when he was attacked. He died from this attack, and it was confirmed that it was a bull shark.
  • In June 16th, 1937, A. Thompson Jr. (16 years old) was swimming in 4 feet of water in Galveston, Texas when his right arm was torn off by an unknown shark. The shark also mangled his right leg. He survived the incident but was made a cripple because of his encounter. This was probably also a bull shark that attacked him.
  • In September 23rd 19ll, John Bloomquist was killed and eaten by a shark in the Galveston ship channel, after jumping overboard to save a companion. This is a sad story, and although the shark has also been unconfirmed, I would say it was also a bullshark, they are common in the area.
So there you have it 3 unprovoked cases that have happened in the Gulf of Mexico here in Texas. Remember that these attacks were all unprovoked, and it just goes to show that it can happen, always be prepared, and never go to far out in the water alone, just because you haven't heard of Shark attacks in Texas, doesn't mean that they don't happen. That is why I have assembled this list. To generate awareness of things that could happen. Always travel with someone and if you are fishing always have your pocket knife handy in case you have to stab one in the belly so that he lets go of your arm or leg.