I love a great fishing story, well actually, a shark story!  This picture was posted to social media by Christopher Cls Smith and it shows a group of anglers reeling in a shark to the Keepers Port Aransas Fishing Pier. . Chris refers to this as "the craziest thing I've ever seen on a fishing pier,"

As reported by mysanantonio.com, Smith was concerned about how the anglers would conduct a safe release of the shark, which he believed was a bull or tiger shark. However, the shark was not thrown back. It was harvested and the meat was shared among the people who watched and helped bring the shark up. Smith is a Texas fisherman who posts his catches to his Youtube channel, AdVenture Bro Fishing.

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WHAT KIND OF SHARKS ARE IN THE GULF OF MEXICO?

The most common sharks in the Gulf of Mexico are Atlantic sharpnose sharks, Blacktip sharks, Bonnethead sharks, bull sharks,s and spinner sharks. In Texas, you can catch one shark per day according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

THE MOST CONTAMINATED BEACHES IN TEXAS:

In the report, 220 out of 268 beaches in the Gulf Coast area tested potentially unsafe for at least one day in 2020. That's 82%! To break down that stat a little more. In the state of Texas, A total of 61 beaches were tested and 55 of those registered potentially unsafe conditions for swimming on at least one day that year, and quite a few of them were right in our backyard. See the list below, do you visit any of these beaches? The next report comes out in July of this year!

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#1. COLE PARK IN CORPUS CHRISTI

Cole Park beach was tested 68 times in 2020 and 62 times, which is 91%, the results came back with unsafe water.

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2. ROPES PARK, CORPUS CHRISTI(NOW CLOSED)

Ropes Park beach was tested 54 times in 2020 and 40 times, which is 74%, the results came back with unsafe water.

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#6 CORPUS CHRISTI MARINA

The Corpus Christi Marina was tested 40 times in 2020 and 23 times, which is 57%, the results came back with unsafe water.

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#8 SARGENT BEACH IN BAY CITY

Sargent beach was tested 40 times in 2020 and 20 times, which is 50%, the results came back with unsafe water.

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You can see the full Safe for Swimming report by clicking here.

According to a recent report by environemttexas.org, if you're heading to a Texas beach this weekend, there's a chance that you might be swimming in #2. Fecal contamination makes beaches unsafe for swimming. Possible side effects from swimming in fecally contaminated water can be gastrointestinal illness as well as respiratory disease, ear, and eye infections, and skin rash. Every year in the U.S., people contract an estimated 57 million cases of recreational waterborne illness from swimming in oceans, lakes, rivers, and ponds

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