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Posted on July 26, 2013 by

Offshore Kayak Fishing Trip Takes a Dangerous Turn

I just had one of the most epic adventures of my entire life. The day before Independence Day I set out for a four-day kayak fishing excursion to the Texas coast. I would end up pushing my limits to the max, having a brush with death, and catching some amazing fish in the process. This was an experience that I will remember for the rest of my life. Here is my story…

I loaded up the kayak and all of my fishing and camping gear and began the long journey from Dallas to Corpus Christi, TX. I arrived after dark and drove along the beach to my campsite. Straight off shore on the horizon I could see the blinking lights of my destination: the Mayan Princess oil rigs. I pitched my tent near the water and climbed in, thinking of nothing but the adventure that lied ahead.

When I awoke the conditions were ideal: the surf was flat, the wind was calm, and the water looked like glass beyond the breakers. I was amazed at the beauty of this place; it was not at all what I think of when I hear “Texas coast”. The sand was white, the water green and clear, and hardly any seaweed in sight. At around 7:00 AM the guys I was meeting began to arrive so we loaded up our kayaks and set off into the surf.

The three mile journey to the oil rigs could only be described as pleasant and serene. I saw a piece of trash floating in the water so I pedaled over to grab it and throw it in my kayak. My hand stopped inches above the bag when I realized it was not a bag but a huge Man o’ War. I looked up and realized they were everywhere. Needless to say, I elected not to go for a swim that day.


I was trolling on the journey out, and as I approached the first rig, BOOM one of my reels starts screaming as the line peels off the reel. I grabbed the rod, tightened the drag, and held on for the ride. The water clarity this far out was simply incredible. A half hour into the fight, I looked down and could see a beautiful shade of yellow and gray over 20 feet below me.

Jack Crevalle Underwater

I had hooked into a gorgeous Jack Crevalle. This thing put up an incredible fight. I pulled it up into the boat and was grinning from ear to ear. I had landed my first deep-sea fish from the kayak, and it felt amazing.

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Posted on February 7, 2012 by

Hey Ladies, You Jelly?

Tell me ladies, do these jellyfish leggings from Black Milk appeal to you? If so, tell us why. WHY GOD WHY!?

I bet you would like to impress your friends with amazing facts about jellyfish at parties – but you just need something to get people talking about jellyfish. Enter: the Jellyfish Leggings.

If you like these jellyfish leggings I’ll bet you’ll love these high-tide heels!

Posted on March 20, 2010 by

Jellyfish Discover The Key To Immortality

The turritopsis nutricula species of jellyfish is the only known animal that can bypass death. This unique jellyfish is capable of cycling from its adult stage to its original polyp stage and back again, making its lifespan virtually never ending. These death-cheating jellies are slowly increasing in numbers are being found all around the world in what scientists are referring to as a “worldwide silent invasion.”

The only animal in the world to have discovered the fountain of youth.

“The key lies in a process called transdifferentiation, where one type of cell is transformed into another type of cell. Some animals can undergo limited transdifferentiation and regenerate organs, such as salamanders, which can regrow limbs. Turritopsi nutricula, on the other hand, can regenerate its entire body over and over again. Researchers are studying the jellyfish to discover how it is able to reverse its aging process.”

Photo by Peter Schuchert.


Posted on November 9, 2009 by

Japanese Boat Capsized By Huge Jellyfish

A Japanese fishing boat was overturned by giant Nomura’s jellyfish off the coat of Chibu after attempting to pull in nets filled with the giant Nomura’s jellyfish weighing up to 200kg each. If it wasn’t bad enough that those fishing for the beasts are in danger, scientists are apparently preparing for a “typhoon” of huge jellyfish to hit Japan.

Nomura's Jellyfish

Scientists fear weather and water conditions are perfect for a “typhoon” of the creatures, of which little is known.

“The arrival is inevitable,” Hiroshima University Professor Shinichi Ue said.

“A huge jellyfish typhoon will hit the country.”

A decline in predators of the jellyfish, such as sea turtles, is believed to be one reason there has been an increase of them in recent years.

Little is known about the jellyfish, primarily confusion about its random appearances off the coast of Japan. Last year there were almost no sightings but in 2007 there were more than 15,500 reports of damage to fishing equipment by the creatures.


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