Stay Clear of Radioactive Fish

It is important to keep an eye on the health of fish all over the world, as it could affect the ones in your own backyard.

The next time you are about to swallow a mouthful of tuna, you might want to think again. Recently, researchers at Stanford University have released the results of a study regarding tuna found off the coast of California. They determined that 100% of the fish they tested had traces of Cesium in them. Cesium is a harmful radioactive toxin, and the fish were affected due to the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown across the ocean in Japan.

While Cesium won’t make you drop dead after one bite of tuna, it would be wise to stop consuming this type of fish and others caught in the Pacific Ocean. Currently it is unclear which, if any, other types of fish have been contaminated. The Japanese government has already banned the sale and exportation of fish caught off the coast of Fukushima, but it appears the problem reaches much farther than their borders.

The next time you plan a fishing trip, make sure you head to an area with clean and healthy fish. The last thing you want to do is expose yourself or your family to radiation poisoning when you’re just trying to catch dinner. At Matagorda Bay, you can always bet on finding healthy fish of all varieties. For more information about fishing trips in the area, contact Captain Charlie Paradoski today!

Captain Charlie

Source: http://www.tworiverstribune.com/2013/03/health-front-radioactive-fish-caught-off-california-coast/

Fishing history: why the Texas Gulf Coast is ideal

Matagorda Bay La Salle's ship

Theodore Gudin’s painting of La Salle’s entrance into Matagorda Bay

Unbeknownst to some people, the Texas Gulf Coast is one of the best fishing destinations not only throughout the country, but also in the entire world. The coast is hundreds of miles long, with every mile filled with amazing fishing opportunities. Not only that, but the area is brimming with American history. Heck, you can fish for interesting bits of history! Bring your son or daughter and experience Matagorda Bay’s watery textbook!

French explorer La Salle established Fort St. Louis. The bay was important in the development of Texas, especially with the port of Linnville, which was destroyed by the Comanches. Matagorda Bay played a vital role in the Civil War. Bays were strategic commodities and control of Matagorda shifted back and forth between the Union and the Confederacy throughout the war.

No matter what time of year it is, you will find an abundance of fish and history along the coast and in deeper waters around Texas. Just some of the fish you might encounter include Flounder, Croaker, Bull Reds, Redfish, and Whiting. You may even encounter Kingfish, Snappers, and Sharks once your fishing charter heads further offshore.

Because of the warm weather year round, there is never a bad time to go on a fishing charter trip and explore some history in the Texas area. The waters around Texas have one of the largest varieties of fish that you will ever find. From trout to hammerhead sharks, you will have the chance to catch it all in Texas.

If a Texas fishing charter trip sounds like it might be your thing, Captain Charlie Paradoski would love to be your guide. Come learn the ins and outs of fishing along the Texas Gulf Coast by signing up for an unforgettable fishing charter trip today!

Capt. Charlie

*Image reproduced in From a Watery Grave: The Discovery and Excavation of La Salle’s Shipwreck, ‘La Belle’, by James E. Bruseth and Toni S. Turner, Texas A&M University Press, 2005

3 Interesting Things About Matagorda Bay

You probably know Matagorda Bay as your favorite fishing location – a place to enjoy all of the excitment, adventure and even relaxation that fishing has to offer. So, here’s a few things that you may not know about Matagorda Bay:

1 – It’s an Estuary – Well, if you don’t know what this is, it”s basically a place where a fresh river meets a salt water source. This is the cusp where two ecosystems collide, where sediment and the ocean base meet and where life flourishes because of  abundant nutrients.

2 – Incredible Wildlife – As I just said, the great nutrients of this estuary allow for an abundance of wildlife, especially aquatic life. However, the aquatic life allows for more birds and land animals. In fact, at one point there were more bird species recorded in Matagorda Bay than anywhere else in America.

3 – Rich History – Matagorda Bay has a long and interesting history, dating back to the time before Europeans discovered the “New World.” This history makes for a distinct culture, that you won’t find anywhere else in the world, made up of diverse Native tribes and a plethora of European settlers.