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Stephen Geri on Sergio Garcia

Sergio Garcia After the Masters and onto the US Open Golf

It’s no understatement to say that Sergio Garcia inspired golf players all over the world both professionally and lovers of the sport when he became champion of this year’s golf Masters. For more than 18 years in his professional career, Garcia has seen many ups and downs on his journey to 2017 where he would take the victory at the Masters. Now after the Masters, Garcia is chasing more glory as he goes into the U.S. Open on June 15th.

The Erin Hill’s layout will be his biggest challenge since the Masters. Garcia states that this year is his year and he hopes to continue his drive and motivation. Reeling in his focus now more than ever, Sergio Garcia hopes to become one of the few to win back to back titles at both the Masters and the U.S. Open.

At 37 years old, Sergio has had a pretty decent year. Early in 2017, he announced on his Twitter that he would marry former college golfer, Angela Akins. Although this Spaniard golfer hasn’t always had the best relationship with those who pay to watch him golf in the United States, he overcame his reputation of being “moody” and listening too intently to the crowd. At Augusta National, Garcia quickly became the fan favorite, gaining his first major title from competitor Justin Rose.

On the green in Wisconsin, Erin Hill’s will hold 2017’s U.S. Open. Before the Masters, Sportsline predicted the outcome with incredible accuracy. For the U.S. Open, the week of the tournament will tell how well their predictions will stand. Unlike Garcia’s confidence, Sportsline believes Garcia will take top 6, but no victory.

With skeptics not on his side, Sergio Garcia is determined to prove them wrong at this year’s U.S. Open, striving for another victory. This is not at all impossible, but is extremely rare. Within the last 44 years, the only men to ever receive victory titles at both the Masters and the U.S. Open consecutively are Tiger Woods (2002) and Jordan Spieth (2015).

Perhaps it’s an 18 year long professional career that’s loomed over Garcia’s shoulder, as he was long a professional player without a major. In the upcoming U.S. Open, Garcia feels he has much to prove.

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Best Lures for Texas Lake Fishing

Everyone knows the saying “everything’s bigger in Texas”, but are the fish? Whether you consider yourself an angler or just have a love for the sport and being out on the water, here are a few great lures you should keep stocked in your tackle box.

Jigs

Jigging is a type of fishing with a lure called a “jig”. As the jig goes through the water, it creates a jagged, vertical motion. Many fishermen would argue that jigs are the most versatile lure to use, making them widely popular. Jigs are fairly productive and light bait.

Many jigs can be made from lead or tungsten, giving the lure it’s weight. They come in many colors such as metallic or natural for example. The color choice for jigs and all lures in general will depend on the type of water and fishing conditions.

Crankbaits

Crankbaits are great for bass fishing because they are made for various depths of the water. The three water level crankbaits are specifically designed for are shallow, medium and deep water. Although you can use this type of lure year round, your best chances of catching bass with a crankbait are late spring, summer and early fall.

Spinnerbait

As many fishermen believe jigs to be the most versatile, others will argue spinners are the best because they can be used in any season and almost any water condition. Spinnerbait glides through the water in a horizontal motion. The metal on the spinner mimics the motion of small fish bait and attracts the larger fish, mostly bass in this case.  

Deep Diving Crank

As mentioned before, crankbaits are made for various water depths. Deep diving crankbaits get down to where the fish are and work well for easy bites. Deep cranking technique is different than shallow cranking which most fishermen are used to. The longer the cast using deep crankbait, the more time it has to dive. Another tip when using deep diving crankbait is to change the hooks every now and then to ensure they’re not dull.

Finesse Worm

There is much debate on whether or not “real” fishermen should use the finesse worm because it’s a fake worm, but many fish with this bait regularly. Some fishing techniques use a finesse worm as bait on top of other lures. For example, you can use a finesse worm and a jig. The old styles that always do the trick with finesse worms are the Texas rig worms and the “wacky rig”.

 

Fishing in Unfavorable Weather: Part 2

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In part 1 of this blog, I spoke about unfavorable weather conditions that you may face during your outing. To follow up with weather conditions, you need to make sure you’re prepared gear wise. You can one-up your fishing friends on your next outing with these tips and tricks.

Water Temperatures:

Most species of fish you’re going to catch are cold-blooded which simply means that they can’t control their inner body warmth. Thus, the temperature of the water has a lot to do with how the fish will bite.

Take a look at this fishing chart to see the optimal water temperature for certain fish. Note the largemouth Bass, with a range between 60-77 degrees. Near Houston, Lake Conroe is one of the best spots you’ll catch largemouth Bass, and is also known to have the biggest largemouth bass ever recorded to be caught in Texas Parks. In this water temperature, bass can be found in shallow beds.

Fishing Gear:

Some of the best baits to use in unfavorable weather are

  • Crankbaits
  • Jerkbaits
  • Spinnerbaits
  • Swimbaits


These lures can help you determine where the fish are in a general location, which then will allow you to switch baits. If you are fishing with a friend, be sure to use two different baits. This will allow for a better chance of finding the fish.

Wearable Gear:

When it rains, you have to make the best of it. With the right clothing, it’ll make your life a lot less miserable in the rain. Frogg Toggs is great waterproof gear, but some fishermen complain that they still get wet. Another option would be to buy from Cabela’s when there’s a good sale or gear goes on clearance. Waterproof gear is essential to fishing on a rainy day.

In hot weather and sunny conditions, wear a hat or visor, as well as sunglasses to protect you from the sun. Don’t forget sunscreen as the rays reflect off of the water and shine right on your skin.

No matter what weather condition you’re in, keep a plan of action. Break down your strategy if you don’t want a lousy day on the water. Always make sure you’ve got your gear too. A tacklebox, the right clothing and strategically picking your location could give you a great day of fishing.

 

 

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Safe Fishing is Smart Fishing

San Antonio, Texas is home to a myriad of lakes and rivers, abundantly stocked as a fisherman dreams. Some of the best fishing spots in Texas are settled in the suburbs of San Antonio. You won’t have a hard time finding a place to fish. Fishing can be enjoyable and relaxing, but you always want to be cautious and follow standard safety tips.

Basic Boat Safety:

Never get your boat in the water without a first-aid kit. You never know if an unfortunate event would happen, and it’s best to be prepared. Fishing hooks as well as other tools are dangerously sharp. It’s not uncommon that fishermen get hooks stuck in their body. With a stocked first-aid kit, you can prepare to handle an emergency if anything happens while you fish.

Weather Watch:

In a recent blog of mine, I wrote about how to fish in unfavorable weather conditions. Mother nature can be cruel to fisherman, both on land and out at sea. Use standard fishing safety rules and don’t fish in harsh weather. For example, your fishing rod is made of metal. No one should be fishing in a thunderstorm. Plus, if you’re in a boat on a lake, river or on the sea, you’re in danger. Always play it safe when fishing and keep track of the forecast.

Gators in Guadalupe:

Alligators are no strangers to Texas, in fact, it’s not uncommon to spot on in this state. The American Alligator population in Texas has grown since being removed from the endangered species list in 1987, to a conservative estimate of 500,000.

This time last year, in May of 2016, an alligator was spotted by kayakers in the Guadalupe River, just outside of San Antonio. Although gators are not common in the surrounding San Antonio area, if your fishing outings stray closer to the coast, be cautious of the alligators that are much more common to those areas. If you do spot a gator, keep your distance. Whether you’re on land or in a boat, you don’t want to scare the alligator, which could cause an uproar. 

Safe fishing is smart fishing. No matter if you fish for the sport or fish for pure passion of the hobby, be smart in your actions and you’ll ensure yourself a safe fishing trip.

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The Unwritten Rules of Golf

Golf is one of my favorite pastimes, but when I was first starting out I couldn’t wrap my head around the lack of a rulebook. You just show up, get a cart, and away you go. There are many nuances that go into a round of golf that an outsider may not pick up on. It’s not until you walk through someone’s putting line or hit your ball out of turn that you start to realize that there are a lot of unwritten golf rules. This guide will help decipher what you should and should not do the next time you’re on the links.

Silence

Golf is a game that takes great concentration, and staying silent while someone is approaching the ball will help them maintain concentration. There is nothing that is more annoying than someone who isn’t paying attention and is talking through your backswing. You may not notice that you are doing it, but once it happens to you, you will understand how distracting it can be.

Keep the Putting Line Clear

Walking through someone’s putting line could throw off their concentration, and you could also physically disrupt the ground between the ball and the hole. While most golf shoes are now being made without spikes, it is still a good practice to be aware of. This rule can also be applied to your shadow.

Tend the Flag

When someone has a longer putt, it may be difficult for them to see the hole. It is a good practice to keep the flag in the hole until they strike the ball. Once the ball is moving towards the hole, make sure to remove the flagstick so it does not aid or hinder the outcome of the shot. If it is windy, keep the flag from blowing and creating noise.

Rake the Bunker

You are going to find yourself in the bunker, and you’ll probably be revisiting more than you’d like. Once you hit your ball out of the sand, make sure you rake your tracks along with your divot. Keep the rake in the bunker so it does not influence any ball that comes close to approaching it. Also, remember that you cannot touch your club to the sand until you actually strike the ball.

Respect the Pace of Play

If you are playing a slower game, allow the group behind you to play through. The same goes for you if you are constantly on the heels of the group in front of you. Make sure you don’t spend a lot of time looking for lost balls or taking an obnoxious amount of practice swings as it will slow down everyone’s round.

Carts are not Toys

Golf Course maintenance is a science, and if there is a “cart path only” sign, it is a good idea to keep the cart on the path. You may be killing newly planted grass by driving on it, or the ground may be soft in the designated locations, which could result in you getting stuck in the cart. When you are driving on the fairway, be sure to drive from side to side and not up the middle of the fairway.

Once you understand these unwritten rules, you will have a much more enjoyable time on the golf course. Don’t be afraid to speak up if you see someone breaking these rules or they will never learn proper etiquette.

Catching Big Winter Bass

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Texas is home to some of the best bass fishing in the world, and just because the water is getting a little cooler doesn’t mean you should stop going after monster bass. The fish tend to be less active and are found in deeper waters, but that doesn’t mean they have stopped eating. Winter is one of my favorite times to fish because so many anglers are hanging up their rods for their rifles during hunting season. There are a few tactics that can go a long way in helping you land your biggest fish of the year this winter.

Use Bigger, Slower Lures

It is pretty standard knowledge that bass slow down and move far less when the water gets colder, which is why it is important to use a slower bait when fishing in the winter. What most anglers forget is that a bigger bait is also essential for landing winter bass. Since the fish do not want to move as much, they seize every opportunity they get to take down a large meal. Big spinners and crankbaits will attract the bigger bass that are in search of hunting one large meal instead of chasing small baitfish all day.

Find Warmer Water

It may seem like a no-brainer, but bass are attracted to warmer water during the winter. Look around for warm water sources like shallow areas, small creeks and rivers running into the lake, or power plant discharges. If you can’t seem to find any physical signs that there is a warm spot, keen your eyes peeled for baitfish on your fishfinder. Baitfish will flock to warm water areas despite the fact that they may become dinner for a predatory species.

Go Deep

If you can’t seem to find warmer water and are not having any success using big, slow lures, you may not be going deep enough. I always keep a deep-diving crankbait in my tackle box for when nothing else is working. Bass tend to go deeper when the water gets colder (except for when they find a hotspot) resulting in many anglers retrieving their baits right over top of the fish. A deeper diving crankbait may be the answer to your winter fishing woes.

Live Bait

When all else fails and you are at your wits end, try switching over to live bait. Although many anglers vow to never use live bait, there is nothing wrong with throwing a minnow or a nightcrawler onto a hook and seeing what happens. Make sure to keep your bait warm before you tie it on to ensure that you maximize its movement.

Winter bass fishing is something that many anglers seem to put off for any number of reasons. Once you hook into your first winter monster, you’ll understand why it is my favorite time of the year to fish. Keep these tips in mind when you head out for your first cold-weather trip.

Changing Lures for the Seasons

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Bass fishing has evolved over the years from tying a nightcrawler to a stick to a calculated science with thousands of variables and techniques. Trying to keep up with the trends is exhausting, but luckily there are some tactics that were established early and haven’t changed in years. One of those tactics is changing your lures depending on what season you are fishing in. Fish are very particular as to what they eat and when they eat it. Every angler has seen it time and time again: Bring a brown 8-inch plastic Carolina rigged worm to the nose of a bass and it doesn’t move. Swap that worm out for a speckled 6-inch crankbait and the bass hammers it. You can eliminate that guesswork from your day by understanding why fish strike certain lures depending on what time of the year it is.

Spring

Spring is probably the most interesting and complicated time for bass fishing because it is when the fish are spawning. The season is usually broken down into three sub-seasons: pre-spawn, spawn, and post-spawn. Pre-spawn and post-spawn are when the fish are hanging out between eight and 15 feet. While at this depth, they will be hitting on crankbaits, Texas rigs, jigs, and Carolina rigs. During the spawn the bass are usually lying on the beds, so jerkbaits, floating lizards and worms rigged without weights, spinnerbaits, shallow crankbaits and lipless crankbaits are all good choices. The best colors in the springtime are whites, reds, and browns.

Summer

During the summer, the bass will move closer to the top of the water and you’ll notice that they are much more active. Plastic worms in black/blue, green pumpkin, watermelon, or junebug are my go-to during this time of year along with other plastics like grubs and tubes. Topwater baits in chartreuse/pepper, chrome/blue, or shad colors will work well at dusk and dawn. Bass are schooling more in the summer than any other season so jigging a firetiger spoon through those schools is almost unfair.

Fall

Fall is when the water starts getting cooler and the bass start moving to deeper water. The bass are also starting to feed more often in anticipation of the winter. Spinnerbaits slow-rolled deep and medium- and deep-diving crankbaits in shad, white, chartreuse, or white/chartreuse are good along wooded structures. Jigs, as well as plastic worms, lizards and lipless crankbaits in red shad, watermelon, pumpkin, junebug, and chartreuse/pepper will all work as well.

Winter

Bass usually slow down in the winter and their metabolisms are almost nonexistent. Because of this, they are usually not interested in chasing schools of fish, or really chasing a meal at all. The best baits to use are big, slow moving baits to make the bass think it is getting a huge meal without exerting much effort. Any sort of jig with a plastic trailer in dark colors will give you your best odds of catching a lazy winter bass.

By understanding how bass think it becomes much easier to pick and choose what lures to use. Fishing is never easy, and even with the right equipment you may find yourself getting skunked on a beautiful day on the lake. No matter how many fish you catch, you can still rest assured that you’re having a better day than you would behind your desk.

5 of the Best Fishing Spots in Texas

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Celebrating Autumn in San Antonio: Fun for the Whole Family

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It’s officially Fall, which means that it’s time to start enjoying all of the fun family activities that are on offer here in San Antonio at this time of year. From visiting corn mazes to picking pumpkins to making art projects out of fallen leaves, there are countless ways to make lifelong family memories this season, especially in this region of the country, where orchards and crop fields abound. In honor of the transition from Summer to Fall, here is a list of some of the best places to take your children or grandchildren for some autumnal fun – Texas style.

1) South Texas Maize: The South Texas Maize has one of the best corn maizes in town, as well as pumpkin picking, lots of delicious food, and trick-or-treating every Saturday in October (costume optional). Stick around after trick-or-treating to see a beautiful fireworks show every Saturday at dusk, and make sure to bring your camera to document the festivities.

2) Love Creek Orchards: Visit Love Creek Orchards in October to pick your very own fresh persimmons, and be sure to visit their Patio Cafe, which has been listed among the Top 40 best Small Town Restaurants in Texas by Texas Monthly Magazine. Try one of their famous apple desserts (pie, cake, strudel and even ice cream) while you’re there, and go for a leisurely walk in the Lost Maples, a breathtaking cluster of maple trees that turn every shade of red and gold right around now, as a constitutional afterwards.

3) Devine Acres Farm: For the ultimate Fall family day trip, take a short drive to Devine Acres, which features not just a few, but 35 different fun activities to keep adults and children entertained all day. These include Tin Bucket Golf, a petting zoo, Gem Mining and a campfire. Devine also has a special watering hole just for Catch-n-Release Fishing, which is a great way to initiate the younger members of your family into a beloved American pastime. Visit on Saturdays to watch a trick roper named Cowboy Doug Whitaker entertain you with his lasso, and don’t forget to pick up a few pumpkins from their pumpkin patch on your way out.

This is just a short list of places to visit in the San Antonio area this Fall. For more ideas, check out this website – and have fun!

5 Ways Good Footwork Improves Your Tennis Game

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Tennis is a challenging sport to master. The are a number of skills necessary to be a good tennis player, and one of the most important is footwork. Far too many players overlook the importance of footwork and instead focus on perfecting one or two shots. But the key to making your shots effective is getting yourself in a good position to hit them. The majority of a tennis game involves movement, and your practice should reflect this. Here are five ways that practicing footwork helps improve your tennis game:

1) It gives you more shot options

When you improve your footwork, you gain more flexibility of shot choice because you get into position earlier and with more accuracy. As a result, you can decide which stance to use when you play the shot, whether it’s open stance, closed stance, neutral, or any other stance. You can also choose where to play the shot and what stroke to use. Without mastering footwork, you will have fewer choices available to you and may execute whichever shot you choose poorly.

2) You have greater shot power

Improving your footwork skills allows your shots to have much greater power. This is because getting to the ball and getting set in a good position gives you the chance to hit the ball using as many body parts as you can. If you don’t have good footwork and therefore don’t get into position early, you’ll most likely hit the ball off-balance or you’ll just use your arm.

3) You can stay in points longer

Your agility, your balance and your coordination will all get better when you improve your footwork. These aspects are all critical to being a better tennis player. You will increase your ability to get to the balls, and this will lead your opponent to play more shots than they expected to. This gives your opponent more chances to miss and increases your chances of winning.

4) You’ll make fewer errors

One of the biggest benefits of improving your footwork is reduced error. It has been stated that as much as 70 percent of unforced errors occur because of poor footwork. Improving your footwork could reduce your errors by 7 out of 10.

5) Improved court speed and fitness

Your tennis speed and fitness go hand-in-hand with your footwork. When you improve your footwork, your speed and fitness will improve as well. Many times, a player who is considered technically advanced will lose to a player who has better court speed, movement and fitness. This is mainly because if you have these qualities, you can force your opponent to play more shots. Not only will your opponent be more likely to make errors short term, but your opponent will lose stamina over the course of the game, thus leading to even more potential for errors.

It is clear that if you want to be a skilled tennis player, you should take a solid portion of your practice time to leave your racket in your bag and focus on footwork. To improve your footwork, you need to stop running so much on the court. Only run when you are far from the ball and you cannot get to the ball quickly in any other way. Otherwise, use side shuffles and crossover steps for the majority of your movement on the court.

If you start slow with simple footwork exercises and then gradually increase the difficulty level and the speed of execution, you will reach success in no time. Once you’ve got your footwork down, you’ll be a much better tennis player than when you started.

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