Equipment Necessities When Fishing in Texas

Fishing in Texas is a lot of fun, but you’re only going to get the most out of it if you have the right equipment. The fishing environment in Texas requires you to use specific types of gear, so you need to pack the right stuff before your next fishing adventure. Here are some tips.

How to Choose a Fishing Rod

The best fishing rods state the lure weight rating, length, line recommendation and action listing, giving you an idea of how to use it. Those for saltwater fishing rods are classified as medium heavy, medium or medium light. For most Texas fishing, any of the three medium types will help you catch trout, redfish and other fish.

Baitcast Gear

Baitcast reels are very effective for Texas fishing, in particular, catching bass. These are also suitable for aggressive fish and notable for their accuracy. One drawback with these reels is the backlash, so practice first before tackling any large fish.

Spinning Reels and Rods

These are also widely used by freshwater and saltwater anglers in Texas. These are ideal for beginners because they can handle different lure weights. There is no backlash with spinning rods, and the learning curve is short. Some anglers prefer baitcast over spinning cast while others like it the other way, it’s up to you.

Lures and Baits

If you want to go with live baits, worms are your best option. They’re easy to get and attract a lot of different fish. You can also try shrimp, crabs and other crustaceans to lure the bigger fish. If you’re going after large fish, any small fish will also serve as good bait. This is probably the easiest option and one that’s tried and tested by anglers everywhere.

As for artificial lures, these are the best options:

  • Plastics: they come in various shapes, sizes, and colors and simulate stuff fish consume.
  • Plugs: they’re known to attract fish along the Texas coast.
  • Top waters: you should bring a few of these to catch flounder, reds, and trout.

Other artificial lures that you may want to try are tied jigs, buck tail jigs, swimbaits, corky lures, crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crankbaits are particularly effective when it comes to luring bass.

Extra Lines

Sooner or later your fishing line is going to break, so bring along a few extra lines. When it comes to fishing lines, get the most durable you can afford.


Stack up on hooks of different sizes and shapes. The J-hook is the most common, but there are others available. Hook sizes range from 32 (the smallest) to 19/0. Make sure you use the right hook size for the fish you’re going after. You’ll also want to have a few bobbers, sinkers and needle nose pliers to remove the hooks.


Last but not the least, don’t forget to bring a first aid kit. It’s unlikely you’re going to suffer any serious injury, but it’s better to be safe. And if you’re having trouble finding a good spot, don’t hesitate to ask the locals as they’ll be happy to help.

New on Ebola in Dallas

I heard this on the news this morning asap I turned on the t.v. Great news for everyone here in North Texas. Watching constant monitoring of this deadly disease scares people to their core. But hearing things like this is a change. Hopefully they are sending out the correct information with no relapse. I am praying too that those two nurses who contracted Ebola from taking care of Duncun will get healed from this illness and Ebola will vanish in this country.

Scary it is because I don’t want to die with this kind of disease without fighting. I’d rather be fighting with zombies and get bitten rather than contracting Ebola.

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Share Your Awesome Clicks With Snapfish

Photography is my hobby & passion. My dad has gifted me a Canon DLSR camera on my 15th birthday & I was very excited. I was stuck to my camera in my leisure time & have huge collection of photos that were clicked on several occasions. I wanted to save these photographs somewhere so that I never lose my sweet memories. My friend suggested checking; I have read & heard positive reviews about its online photo service. I signed up on the site & was quite overwhelmed with its photo sharing & storage facilities, photo editing tools, customization technique, wide range of creative products & its quality.

It offers photo albums, cards, calendars, prints, photo gifts like mugs, key chain, posters, photo canvas, collage, cases & covers, stationery & many more. It also has photo gifts based on various themes; I have ordered Disney Princess photo books for my daughter Sarah by using a discount coupon from Checkout Frugaa for more offers & deals.

I upload photos captured by me, and share it on Snapfish, where innumerous people visit everyday, including famous journalists and photographers. They go through my photos and leave various comments, opinions and views on them, allowing me to learn everyday about my progress and my drawbacks on photography. I also grab the opportunity to share my photos on famous social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, My Space or even Blogger, with the help of Snapfish. And since Snapfish does not have any limits on the number of photos you upload or store, I personally have uncountable number of photos in my profile.

The best part about Snapfish is that whatever number of photos you want to upload, everything is free of charge. Probably that gives me another reason to install it in my android phone. Now I keep searching for the best photograph on the website and try to learn the various techniques of photography.

One thing is for sure, Snapfish has personally helped me in developing my skills in photography and has encouraged me to show my photographs to the world. I, therefore, personally want to thank Snapfish for the help and encouragement.

Hand Crank Radios – A Must-Have for Disasters

With all the latest gadgets we own nowadays, only very few people think of owning a battery-operated AM radio for they don’t see the need or the use of it. However, an AM radio will be the primary source for local news, weather and relief instructions during civil unrest or a fast-moving fire, flood, hurricane, snow storm, power outage, tornado, earthquake, chemical spill, dam break, or other disaster which can strike anyone without warning. In an emergency, having access to information, light and alternate power sources can save your life.

An emergency hand-crank radio is considered essential for an emergency preparedness kit. The “KA500 Voyager Solar & Dynamo Emergency Radio” comes with all the features you need in an emergency or disaster situation. The AM/FM emergency radio provide 6 ways to power the “KA500 Voyager ” including hand crank, solar panel, built in Ni-MH battery pack, AA batteries, USB port and AC adapter.

What it does is that, band weather radio provides precise, clear weather bands and the weather alert feature enables you to receive the alert signal when a disaster arrives. Included is a multi-functional LED light system which can be used as a flashlight, emergency flashing signal and reading lamp, which is ideal for camping. Designed to charge small electronic including an iPod or cellphone.

So after reading this, you think you will head out and buy one for you right away? You will never know when disaster strikes and when that happens and you bought a radio like this, you will be glad you did.

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Gia Allemand’s Apparent Suicide Death Shocked Many

Yahoo’s news for Gia Allemand’s apparent suicide that caused her death last night, August 14,2013 shocked a lot of people including me! I watched her on The Bachelor during Jake Pavelka’s season and the Bachelor Pad. She was a model, really sexy, gorgeous and if you saw her on t.v too, you could tell she was happy, always had that big smile on her face and according to people who know her in person and are closed to her, she had a kind and great heart. If the happy Gia you’ve seen on t.v didn’t fake her true feelings, why would she kill herself? She left everyone heart broken especially her family, boyfriend and friends.

I was one of her fans and always thought she was all perfect. She had everything that many women envy, sexy curvy waist, a glamorous life as a model, travels a lot and what happened to her, only she knew. She was probably so depressed inside, too popular that if she had to open up to someone or go sought for help from a therapist, she could be the center of media’s scrutiny and be embarrassed… so her only way to get of trap she was in is to end her life that God had given her… well, that is just my assumption.

There is no news yet as to why she committed suicide… but hopefully, her fans and the family will get answers why she did it to herself. Anyways, MAY YOU REST IN PEACE GIA. You will be remembered as the woman with A BIG SMILE ON YOUR FACE. She died at 29 years old. Photos below are snagged from Gia’s Instagram.

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… Gia and her boyfriend NBA basketball player Ryan Anderson in Las Vegas taken three weeks ago.
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… the vivacious Gia on her selfie..

Food: The Key Ingredient To Building Lean Mass

You can lift weights for ten hours a day, every day, and never see a single abdominal muscle or hair on your shoulders if you do not get proper nutrition. After all, a workout is nothing more than stretching out your muscles like an accordion. Since they must be re-filled with new muscle matter to get mass instead of deflating, new muscle cells must be created after every workout. Here are the best foods and supplements you can eat to build lean muscle and improve strength.


The building block of all animal tissue, whether it is a human brain or a slab of delicious barbecue pork, is protein. While a person who does not work their muscles may need only forty to fifty grams of protein per day (the equivalent of about a single can of tuna), anyone looking to increase muscle mass needs to get triple that amount. A good rule of thumb for protein intake is a single gram of protein per day for every pound that you weigh. Since the meat of chickens and turkeys has much less fat than red meat, poultry is one of the best sources for lean protein. Fish also supply valuable protein without adding much fat or excess calories. Vegetarians can consume Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, milk, and peanut butter whenever they are trying to increase their protein intake. Vegans may have difficulty getting enough protein, but can do it by eating lots of legumes, like lentils, and nuts, in addition to tofu as a substitute for meat. If you do not eat meats or vegetables getting enough protein can be next to impossible.

Complex Carbohydrates

The reaction to the word “carbohydrate” is negative since fad diets like Atkins have convinced people to ditch carbs to lose weight. To build muscle, however, you need a lot of carbs to fuel the conversion of protein into muscle cells. However, simple carbs like white bread will only end up as fat around your midsection. Get complex carbs instead of simple carbs by choosing whole grains, oatmeal, brown rice, quinoa, or corn meal. These take longer for the body to digest, meaning that energy is released over the longer duration instead of quickly; energy that is released quickly but not used ends up stored as fat.

Vitamins And Minerals

Professional body builders and athletes take supplements to increase testosterone and boost their performance. They also take basic multi-vitamins in order to help their body function better. While a multi-vitamin supplement can help, the foods that provide these vitamins are usually high in protein or a good source of complex carbs as well. Fruits like bananas and oranges provide you with Vitamin C as well as potassium, while green leafy vegetables like broccoli and spinach are good sources of iron and fiber. Though these vitamins are less important to building muscle mass than protein or carbs, they help you feel more positive about your workout so that you push harder on each rep. And isn’t that the point in the end?

Sample Daily Menu

  • Breakfast: shake with fruits, Greek yogurt, milk. Oatmeal with sliced fruit. Two hard-boiled eggs.
  • Morning snack: cottage cheese.
  • Lunch: chicken breast baked with lemon and garlic on bed of lentils, with avocado and carrot sticks.
  • Afternoon snack: apple slices with peanut butter.
  • Dinner: salmon sauteed with chickpeas, served with couscous and steamed broccoli.
  • Dessert: frozen yogurt.
About the author:

Matt Holt loves to work with professional teams and also coaches his daughter’s soccer team.

DUI vs. DWI: Prevent Both By Knowing The Truth

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When you get arrested for either a DUI or a DWI, you have a lot potential problems on your hands. In other cases, you have been arrested for operating a motor vehicle while being affected by a chemical which impairs certain functions. These cases do not often go well, as the law is stringent when it comes to driving while impaired in any way.

Fortunately, it is possible to under the differences between these two states and using these differences in your defense. Both are bad, but either one can be dealt with. If you work carefully, the severity of your crime may be reducible.


The acronym DUI stands for Driving Under the Influence. This tends to apply to drivers who are under the influence of alcohol, but it can apply just as much to a driver who is currently being influenced by any kind of drug. Typically, a DUI happens when a driver is below the legal limit of .08 percent blood alcohol content but is still not currently capable of driving safely in the eyes of a police officer.


The acronym DWI stands for Driving While Intoxicated. This is a fairly clear instance of a driver being unfit to be behind the wheel due to being drunk. A DWI generally applies only to being impaired through the ingestion of alcohol, and specifically means the driver’s blood alcohol content is above the legal limits of .08 percent. If one’s BAC is over the limit, being arrested and charged is a certainty.

The Difference

Many people ask what is the difference from a DUI vs DWI, and the answers can be somewhat ambiguous. For one thing, different jurisdictions can classify a person as being one but not the other based on a number of different potential circumstances. For one thing, a DUI is typically limited to a driver who is under the influence of alcohol. By contrast, a DWI may involve alcohol or any other kind of drug.

Another important difference between these two states is the severity of the legal violation they both represent. While a DUI is a crime, in many municipalities it is a misdemeanor, whereas a DWI offense is a felony far more often. While there is also the possibility of a drug possession charge when a DUI comes into play, most municipalities see a DWI as the more severe offense of the two.

If you are convicted of a DUI, you may be able to retain your driving privileges. But if a DWI hits your record, you may find yourself needing to get a ride or walk for as long as several years.

Home and Contents Insurance

I know a few friends living in the UK area. Some of them own their home and yes, just like in America getting a home and contents insurance is a must. We will never know when that really strong calamity strike and damage our home so whenever that happens, there is an insurance that will get us covered. As we all know, countries like the UK have harsh weather condition at times and who knows there will be hail or storm damage when it strikes to the area and probably one of the houses that gets damaged is yours.
So please act now, do what is right for your property or there will be regret in the end on your part for not taking action for your home, getting an insurance, that is! Remember it is winter time and it is the time of the year when the weather can get real nasty. What do you waiting for? Please check out the link above pertaining to home insurance.

A Great Alternative

I am so worried and not happy of the news that’s been circling the internet or on the news about some banks are going to charge their customers certain fees every time they use their debit cards next year. One specific bank they mention is the Bank Of America. We, as Bank Of America customers are saddened to hear this. We are trying to save our money and would only spend it to necessary things we need but then they are going to charge us when we use our cards? I don’t think that is fair.
In fact, some small business have already moved their business accounts to small banks in their towns to avoid the fees. I guess we have to do that as well when the fees start coming in or otherwise use a great alternative to this by using Green Dot’s visa debit card. It is actually a reloadable prepaid card wherein you can control your spending. You put money in this card and monitor how much is left there without being charged of overdraft fees when a substantial amount of spending being done to this card for it simply deny the transaction if it is almost out of balance. Great, isn’t it?
Just like a regular debit card, you can use it everywhere safely even on the internet. You can trust that it won’t reveal your banking information. Reloadable means you can add cash, paychecks or other funds to the card over and over again. Possessing a debit or bank card like this is awesome. You can put your mind at ease knowing that you cannot get into credit card debt. It is that simple!
The primary market for prepaid cards are unbanked people, an umbrella term used to describe diverse groups of individuals who do not use banks or credit unions for their financial transactions. More of the advantages of having a debit card like Green Dot’s are it makes people feel safer than carry cash, worldwide functionality due to Visa and MasterCard merchant acceptance, it offers the ability for anyone over the age of 18 to apply and be accepted without regard to credit quality and the ability to direct deposit paychecks and government benefits onto the card for free.
I really have to sit down and have a talk with my husband about getting a prepaid debit card, it is not only good for myself but for both of us who don’t have a lot of money to give out to the banks for free. He is just a regular working guy and I, a stay-at-home mom trying to help the husband save the money he earned every two weeks.


What is acetyl l carnitine? It is actually an amino acid (a building block for proteins) that is naturally produced in the body. It helps the body produce energy. It is important for heart and brain function, muscle movement, and many other body processes.
Acetyl-L-carnitine is used for a variety of mental disorders including Alzheimer’s disease, age-related memory loss, late-life depression, thinking problems related to alcoholism, and thinking problems related to Lyme disease. It is also used for Down syndrome, poor circulation in the brain, cataracts, nerve pain due to diabetes, nerve pain due to drugs used in the treatment of AIDS, and facial paralysis.