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USA Fishing : USA: Shaver Lake pumping out monster trout

on 2014/1/29 13:19:37 (1698 reads)

Two years after being sucked nearly dry for dam maintenance, Shaver Lake has become a prime destination for anglers — some who recently nabbed the largest rainbow trouts on record.

Scott McAvoy of Madera caught a 16.2-pound rainbow Friday and on Monday Robert Martin of Clovis landed a 15-pound, 13-ounce trophy that measured 31.5 inches and took him nearly 30 minutes to reel in.

"When it hits, normally you get a little jerk to set your hook," said Martin, 71. "This one took it, and I knew immediately it was a big one. The pole bent over the boat and the line just started reeling out."

While species state records are monitored by the Department of Fish and Wildlife (the largest rainbow recorded in California was 27 pounds, 37.5 inches caught in Sacramento's Lake Natomas in October 2005 by Frank Palmer of Orangevale), lake records are mostly unofficial recordings maintained by locals.

At Shaver, the two recent catches are unofficial records although there is a strong chance they might be the largest. The former unofficial record was a 15-pound, 11-ounce rainbow caught by Torcia Lee of Clovis in July 2012.

The record-sized rainbows are a by-product of the Shaver Lake Trophy Trout Project — a group of families and businesses that raised $40,000 to pay for big fish to be planted into the lake after it was drained in 2011 and 2012 for the dam retrofit project.

Together, along with the Department of Fish and Wildlife and Southern California Edison, there have been about 12,000 or more trophy rainbows planted over the past three years at Shaver Lake.

The rainbows range from 2 pounds to almost 10 when dumped into the lake (depending on the batch, of course) but have grown to gargantuan size compared to what usually is seen in the lake.

"I knew it was bigger than what I usually catch, but I had no idea he was that size until he surfaced," Martin said. "We dropped our jaws at the size of it. I knew they had trophy trout in the lake, but I had no idea they were that big."

Dick Nichols, who runs Dick's Fishing Charters at Shaver Lake with wife Diane, has seen a rising trend in anglers searching for trophy-sized trout. His charter business doesn't operate in the winter, but he said he has gotten numerous requests now that more trophies are being caught and sought.

Why are they biting now? One theory is that with the warmer weather, the fish got hungry during a normal dormant period — but with no snow or extreme cold, they started eating more and plumping themselves up to 15-16 pounds.

Martin, a physical therapy instructor at Fresno State, usually fishes Pine Flat Lake in the winter but decided to try Shaver on Monday in part due to an invitation from his friend John Duran.

And he made the right choice.

"It was better than any day in the summertime," Martin said. "It was like glass; no wind, about 68 degrees out, clear skies and just a beautiful day. It was a fun day to be out there."

http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/01/22/3 ... ng-out-monster-trout.html

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USA Fishing : USA: New Nearshore Saltwater Fly Fishing World Records

on 2013/10/14 16:03:24 (1790 reads)

A handful of catches have been added to the International Game Fish Association world record book this fall.
Among those catches were a handful of popular saltwater fish from the coast of California.
Two kelp bass were added to the record book: a 3 pound, 9 ounce calico caught by Christian Anderson on May 24, 2013, took over the record in the 8-pound tippet class. He was guided by Jeff Stock out of San Diego.
In Santa Monica Bay, Lori Batiuk caught a new 16-pound tippet record, a 3 pound, 5 ounce calico. She was guided by Bill Matthews on March 31, 2013.
Next to calico, the corbina is probably the most popular catch among nearshore fishermen in Southern California.
Out of Long Beach, Kesley Gallagher caught a 3 pound, 12 ounce corbina that is the new record for 12-pound tippet. He caught the fish on March 13, 2013.

New Freshwater Bass Fly Fishing World Records
A handful of catches have been added to the International Game Fish Association world record book this fall.
Among those catches was a pair of popular freshwater bass species.
Anthony West caught a 3 pound, 14 ounce spotted bass on the Etowah River in Rome, Georgia, on April 11, 2013. The bass is the new record for the 2-pound tippet class.
Another 2-pound tippet record was landed on April 1, 2013, when Michael Kyle caught a 2 pound, 13 ounce white bass on the James River in Table Rock, Miss.
Read more about catching white bass and spotted bass.

Biggest Striped Marlin Caught on a Fly

A handful of catches have been added to the International Game Fish Association world record book this fall.
The most impressive of which has to be the 240-pound striped marlin caught by Thomas Evans, Jr., in Whangaroa, New Zealand, on March 19, 2013.
Guided by Darren Hayden, Evans landed the new men's 20-pound tippet world record after a 45-minute fight. The catch was the heaviest striped marlin ever recorded on a fly rod.

http://flyfishing.about.com/b/2013/10 ... fishing-world-records.htm

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USA Fishing : Illinoise Region IV: Boater Fell Asleep and various other news stories from the area

on 2013/9/13 5:00:00 (2309 reads)

A CPO responded to a boat accident in the Bath chute. The operator fell asleep and collided with debris in the water. Both subjects were ejected and suffered only minor injuries. The operator was cited for careless operation of a watercraft.
A CPO responded to a Target Illinois Poachers (TIPS) complaint in Morgan County. The TIPS complaint advised that an illegal commercial net was catching migratory waterfowl, turtles, etc. The CPO located the net, and after an investigation, found the owner of the net. The commercial fisherman was issued citations.
CPOs responded to the Sangamon River near Petersburg for emergency assistance. A boat operator along with his children were missing and had not returned home. The operator and children were located and in safe condition. The operator spun his prop off and was unable to return home.
While conducting boat patrol on the Illinois River, District 9 and 10 CPOs conducted a boat stop. It was discovered that two occupants were wanted on a warrant. Both subjects were arrested and transported to Mason County jail.
While conducting boat patrol on Lake Springfield, CPOs checked a fisherman for a sport fishing license. The fisherman did not possess a fishing license and was also wanted on a warrant for failure to appear on an aggravated DUI. Subject was taken into custody and transported to the Sangamon County jail.
District 10 CPOs were assigned to Sanganois and Sandridge State Forest blind drawings. CPOs answered numerous questions and assisted park staff with the performance of their duties. The blind drawings occurred with no incidents.
District 10 CPOs with, the assistance of District 9 and Region 1, conducted another detail during the annual Redneck fishing tournament. During the course of the two- day detail, approximately 100 boats were inspected. Numerous written warning and citations were issued for boating violations.

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USA Fishing : USA: New Jersey Teen Bitten by Shark While Fishing on Vacation in Florida

on 2013/8/14 11:52:49 (1833 reads)

A New Jersey teenager is recovering after he was attacked by what he believes was a shark while he was fishing in Florida.

Christian Mercurio, a rising high school senior in Randolph, N.J., was fishing in waist-high water off the coast in Sanibel, Fla., a week ago when his legs and feet were suddenly seized underwater.



"It felt like my feet were crushed by cement," he told NBC 4 New York.

He began screaming for help, and his mother, thinking he was joking around, told him to stop.

"My mom was like, 'Don't yell 'shark.' You will cause a panic,'" Mercurio said.

But his mother, Lisa Mercurio, flew into action when she realized what was happening to her son.

"We sat him down, elevated his legs," said his mother, who is a registered nurse "Luckily, people started throwing us beach towels."

Florida investigators think it was a 6- to 8-foot-long bull shark that went after Christian. The teeth missed major arteries, but they pierced his leg and left a wound on his foot.

Christian thinks the shark became more aggressive as he tried to escape.

The Mercurios say they will go back in the water despite the ordeal, and all of them are grateful the run-in with the shark was a survivor story.

"It's still surreal," said Lisa Mercurio. "Definitely still shocked. He spent the week watching 'Shark Week.' I spent the week with nightmares."

http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/ ... s-Leg-Feet-219346271.html

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USA Fishing : USA: Frankenfish Record: Virginia Man Catches 17-Plus Pound Snakehead Fish

on 2013/8/12 15:40:08 (2069 reads)

A Frankenfish record has been set. Caleb Newton, caught a snakehead weighing more than 17 pounds, which is a new world record.

The Virginia man will soon have a certificate from the International Game Fish Association, confirming that the monster northern snakehead fish that he caught in Aquia Creek on June 1 weighs 17 pounds, 6 ounces, which is a new world record, Fredericksburg.com reports.

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The northern snakehead is also known as a "Frankenfish." It got its name for its appearance and adaptability. The species is able to breathe air and can live in shallow waters or mud.

The former record, set in 2004, was a 17 pound, 4 ounce snakehead caught in Miki Kagawa, Japan

"His record has been approved and we'll be sending the certificate later this week, or early next week," Jack Vitek, world-record coordinator for the Florida-based IGFA, told Fredericksburg.com

The 27-year-old fisherman was finishing with a friend in a tournament with 15 other boats on June 1. The brown, snakelike patterned fish ignored Newton's rubber bait at first, but when he used a plastic lure with multiple hooks that looks like a fish, the snakehead latched on.

"It took me about a minute to get it in the boat," Newton said. The fish was three-feet long and Newton could barely fit it in his cooler. When he got back to land, he took the catch to Green Top sporting goods store to have the fish weighed with official scales and to John Odenkirk, fisheries biologist with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to identify the species.

Newton will have not one, but two records including the all-tackle record for the northern snakehead and the record for the 20-pound line class. There are IFGA world records for more than 1,000 fish species.

"It's signed by our president and an executive committee member, and gives basic details about the species caught, the weight and date of the catch," Vitek said.

Newton was ecstatic to learn about the honors.

"What they're sending me, I don't even know," the plumber and avid fisherman said. "I'm just along for the ride."

Newton also hopes to hear from Berkley Fishing. They made the line and fishing rod that Newton used to make the giant catch.

"I'm hoping they will send me some gear and apparel. I fish in tournaments and people know my name now. I'd like to wear a Berkley jacket," he said.

Virginia doesn't have a snakehead category for record fish. The snakehead was imported from Asia and first found in a pond in Maryland in 2002.

Newton is familiar with the snakehead and had been catching them around Aquia Creek for many years. He has made some big catches before of 12 to 14 pounds.

"I caught one 13 pounds on Saturday, and that one fought harder" than the 17 pounder Newton said.

Newton is going to enjoy being a record holder while he can. "How long it will hold up, I have no idea."

http://www.travelerstoday.com/article ... -pound-snakehead-fish.htm

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USA Fishing : Hawaii: Fisherman Gets Giant Tuna Despite Capsized Boat

on 2013/8/7 3:35:24 (1798 reads)

LIHUE, Hawaii — A 54-year-old fisherman is safe after his 14-foot boat capsized as he was landing a 230-pound tuna in the ocean off Hawaii.
The U.S. Coast Guard rescued Anthony Wichman on Friday after receiving a distress call from his wife.
Wichman was fishing about 10 miles southwest of Port Allen on the island of Kauai (kuh-WEYE') Friday morning when he hooked the Ahi tuna. Coast Guard Lt. Jessica Mickelson tells Hawaii News Now that Wichman was able to use his cellphone to call his wife for help.
The Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter to rescue Wichman. Friends arrived on another boat and were able to right Wichman's boat. They towed it — and the giant fish, which was still hooked on the fishing line attached to the vessel — back to port.
"This rescue is a perfect example of why mariners must be sure they have good safety equipment and reliable communications before heading out on the water," said Mickelson, according to a Hawaii News Now report. ""At the end of the day, we couldn't have asked for a better rescue. Mr. Wichman was delivered safely to shore with minimal injuries and he and his friends will have quite the indisputable fish tale to tell."
The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) record for this species stands at 388 pounds (176 kg) for a fish caught in 1977 near San Benedicto Island in the Pacific waters of Mexico.
http://www.marlinmag.com/news/fisherm ... una-despite-capsized-boat

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USA Fishing : USA: Changes ahead for bass fishing?

on 2013/7/30 11:05:11 (1982 reads)

Lapeer, Michigan. — Bassmaster Magazine recently published its list of the top 100 bass-fishing waters for 2013, and five Michigan lakes, including the No. 1-ranked Lake St. Clair, were on it, further evidence of Michigan’s standing as a premier bass-fishing destination.
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This makes Michigan’s seasonal closures during one of the best bites of the year – early spring – all the more frustrating for both local and out-of-state anglers.

That soon may change if a proposal being considered by the DNR is adopted.

The proposal, submitted by the Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation on behalf of Michigan’s Bass Anglers Sportsmen Society clubs and members, contains two provisions.

The first would extend the catch-and-release bass season (outside the possession season) on all Michigan waters to year-round. Currently, catch and release is legal from the last Saturday in April through the start of the possession season on the Saturday before Memorial Day in the Lower Peninsula, and from May 15 to the possession season opener in the U.P. From Jan. 1 through the start of the catch-and-release seasons, it’s illegal to catch or attempt to catch bass.

The second provision would move the opening of the possession season on Lake St. Clair from the third Saturday in June to the Saturday before Memorial Day – in line with the rest of the state.

Michigan’s current bass seasons were primarily designed to protect spawning fish, but considering the wide variance in the timing of the bass spawn in Michigan and the fact that the majority of bass anglers already release the bass they catch, earlier catch-and-release bass fishing would seem to have little impact, supporters say.

Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation conservation director Dan Kimmel, who crafted the proposal, points out that Michigan’s additional early spring bass-fishing opportunities would attract more out-of-state anglers and generate additional revenue in the form of nonresident fishing licenses, food, lodging, and fishing tackle.

Jim Sprague, owner of Michigan-based K & E Tackle, agrees. “I think the impact on the fishing and travel industries would be fantastic,” he said. “Overall, there would definitely be an increase in tackle and boat sales. Anglers would have a longer season to use products and that will lead to more sales.”

Mark Zona, host of ESPN’s The Bassmasters and the Outdoor Channel’s Zona’s Awesome Fishing Show moved to Michigan in 1991 primarily because of the phenomenal bass fishing. He said he supports efforts to preserve and protect Michigan’s bass fisheries, and the proposal to open catch-and-release fishing year-round.

“It’s a shame that the best fishing in the country is closed during one of the best times of the year,” Zona told Michigan Outdoor News.

The second provision – the proposed change to the possession season on Lake St. Clair – is drawing considerably more scrutiny, with most of the criticism focused on concern about the potential impact of three additional weeks of tournament fishing. Since tournaments can only be held during the possession season, the earlier start could mean many Lake St. Clair bass would still be spawning. Specifically, those who object to tournament angling during the spawning season view it as a threat to recruitment success when bedding bass are caught and then released far from their spawning site. Kimmel counters by pointing out that many locations in northern Michigan already receive considerable tournament fishing pressure during the spawning season, with no adverse effects on the fishery.

The proposal is in the hands of the DNR Warmwater Resources Steering Committee, which will consult with fisheries biologists to assess the potential impact on the fishery.

Todd Grischke, Lake Huron basin coordinator for the DNR Fisheries Division, is the committee’s sponsor. He estimated that the earliest anglers could see any regulatory changes related to the proposal is the 2015 season.

http://www.outdoornews.com/July-2013- ... s-ahead-for-bass-fishing/

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USA Fishing : USA: 13-year-old's fishing grand slam won't enter record book

on 2013/7/7 16:23:35 (2149 reads)

Will Kilpatrick caught a blue marlin, a white marlin and a sailfish in the same day, but his accomplishment won’t be approved by the International Game Fish Association for inclusion in its all-time list of billfish grand slams.

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Kilpatrick’s catch would have been the third official North Carolina billfish grand slam. Catches must adhere to IGFA rules to be recognized and Kilpatrick, who was making his first deep sea fishing trip, violated one of most basic requirements when he received assistance with his blue marlin catch.

A grand slam consists of catching three different species of billfish on the same day. The 13-year-old eighth grader at Apex Middle School caught a blue marlin that was estimated to weigh between 200 and 250 pounds, a white marlin estimated at 60 to 80 pounds and a sailfish that weighed an estimated 40-60 pounds. All of the fish were released.

“When the blue marlin hit, Will went to the fighting chair and the first mate handed him the rod. That is a violation of the IGFA rules,” said Will Kirkpatrick’s father, Mike Kirkpatrick, who learned of the rule while filling out the record application forms. He confirmed the interpretation of the rules with IGFA rules administrator Jack Vitek on Tuesday.

“No one else can touch the rod, reel or line once the fish bites. We didn’t know. They were just out fishing. We knew it was a grand slam, but we didn’t know there were so many rules.”

The IGFA rule is clear that the mate handing the rod to the Kilpatrick was a violation.

Catches are disqualified by, “The act of persons other than the angler in touching any part of the rod, reel, or line either bodily or with any device, from the time a fish strikes or takes the bait or lure, until the fish is either landed or released...”

Kilpatrick was making his first deep sea fishing trip with George Powell of Virginia Beach, Va. Not receiving the official recognition doesn’t take away any of his joy, Will Kilpatrick said.

“Not one bit,” he said. “I understand the rule now. He didn’t have the rod but two seconds, but he set the hook. But it doesn’t matter to me if it is a record or not.”

Mike Kilpatrick said the error was due to a lack of fishing experience.

“I wasn’t there and I’ve never been deep sea fishing. It was Will’s first trip,” Mike Kilpatrick said. “We didn’t mean to deceive anyone or do anything wrong. We just don’t know a lot about fishing.”

http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/07/0 ... s-fishing-grand-slam.html

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USA Fishing : USA: Michigan man nets 52-pound catfish, a new state record

on 2014/1/29 13:18:39 (1725 reads)

Dale Blakley’s second ice-fishing trip was one for the record books.

On Sunday, the Niles man caught a 52-pound flathead catfish on Barron Lake in Cass County. It beat the previous state record for the largest fish of that species by more than 2 pounds and gave Blakley a lifetime of bragging rights.

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“It’s incredible. I’m overwhelmed right now,” the 45-year-old construction worker said today. “It was a great experience.”

Blakley and three friends were searching for bluegill and crappie when he dropped a glow-in-the-dark crappie jig hook with a wax worm through a hole in the ice.

“It wasn’t down there 45 seconds after I had done that when the fish hit,” he said.

Blakley said it took about an hour to get the fish out of the water.

“It was a big fish on a 2-foot fishing pole. It was really mad,” he said.

Blakley enjoys fishing and said he always throws his catches back. But to have this fish verified as a record, he needed to take it to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources office in Plainwell.

Because the office was closed, he kept the fish overnight in his bathtub, which he equipped with an aquarium pump. By the time he drove it to the DNR the next day, it was barely alive.

“I tried to keep the fish alive, because I was going to set the fish free,”Blakley said. “It broke my heart that the fish had to die for me to break the record.”

The DNR said in a news release that flathead catfish typically live in large river systems, like the nearby St. Joseph River.

“Based on the size of this fish, it mysteriously found its way to Barron Lake several years ago, perhaps through illegal stocking as there are no direct connections to a large river system,” the release said.

“Anglers are reminded that transferring fish from one water body to another is prohibited because such transfers can disrupt the fish community in the receiving water through predation, competition with native species, or introduction of new disease-causing organisms.”

Blakley’s fish measured 46.02 inches. His fishing buddies were stunned.

“I couldn’t even believe to see that come out of the lake,” said 22-year-old Justin Wagner of Niles, who shot video and photos.

The previous state record was set by Rodney Akey of Niles, according to the DNR. On May 22, 2012, he caught a flathead catfish on the St. Joseph River in Berrien County that weighed 49.8 pounds and was 45.7 inches long. Records are determined by weight.

Before 2012, the record hadn’t been broken since 1943.

After Blakley gets the fish back from the DNR, he hopes to have a replica made so he can mount it on his living room wall.

He’s also planning a feast.

“We’re going to have a big 52-pound fish fry,” he said.

http://www.freep.com/article/20140117 ... 0105/giant-catfish-record

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USA Fishing : USA: Columbia River fall chinook records being shattered this season

on 2013/10/6 6:47:32 (1737 reads)

Based on The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) in-season forecasts for upriver stocks and the preseason forecasts for the lower river stocks, the Columbia River return is projected to reach nearly 1,200,000 adult fall Chinook in 2013.

Fall Chinook passage at Bonneville Dam since August 1 totals nearly 717,500 adults. Counts remain strong, and cumulative passage has reached a record high. The run is typically around 80% complete by now.
The total upriver fall Chinook run is a record run with 1,055,800 upriver origin fall Chinook expected to enter the Columbia River. TAC expects over 950,000 upriver origin fall Chinook to pass Bonneville Dam.
The adult fall Chinook count at McNary Dam is 169,207. The 60,000 fish escapement goal was met on September 7.
The adult fall Chinook count at Lower Granite Dam is 19,384 through September 17. The cumulative adult fall Chinook counts at Lower Granite, Little Goose and Lower Monumental Dams are all record high counts to date since the construction of the four lower Snake River Dams between 1961 and 1975.


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USA Fishing : Mississippi River: Elsah man’s catch challenges catfish world record

on 2013/8/19 13:10:00 (2219 reads)

Click to see original Image in a new windowAlton, Ill. — As it turns out, hooking and hoisting a catfish that challenges the 124-pound world record is actually the easy part.

Just ask Anthony Maggart, who pulled a 114-pound blue cat out of the Mississippi River last month. Once the monster fish was yanked into the boat and delivered to shore, the 33-year-old Elsah man and his brother-in-law took turns standing up to their chest in the river, securing the fish in an attempt to keep it alive until someone with an official scale and a camera showed up.

It was 3 a.m. They stood in the water for more than three hours.

“My boat’s livewell, you know, wasn’t quite big enough,” Maggart, who had been drift fishing just below the Melvin Price Locks and Dam 26 early the morning of July 21. The big catch came at about 2 a.m. and included a half-hour struggle.

Brother-in-law Brandon Roady, of Wood River, were using herring as bait out of Maggart’s 22-foot SeaArk. He was drifting a 100-pound braided line connected to an 80-pound leader. The duo, which fishes quite frequently along the stretch of river, was just about to give up for the night. Maggart suggested one more pass, which resulted in hooking the giant blue cat.

“I’ve caught a lot of 40 and 50 pounders and even some in the 80s, my personal biggest was 89 pounds, so I knew when I hooked this one it was a serious fish,” he said. Once the fish was hauled to shore, reality set in for Maggart. He knew the fish was close to the state record – also the world record – 124-pound blue cat caught in the same stretch of river by Tim Pruitt, of Godfrey, back in 2005.

“It might be a record, and it was 3 a.m. on a Sunday, so how was I going to get the thing weighed and photographed and all that?” he recalls thinking. “I made a bunch of calls and woke up a bunch of people, including my wife.”

After hours of Maggart and Roady taking turns holding the fish in the water, cameras and scales did finally arrive. Maggart’s fish weighed in at 114.4 pounds, about 10 pounds short of the record. He released the fish back into the Mississippi.

Maggart, who has been fishing since he was a small boy – he spent many hours on the water with his late father, Basil – does plan to have a replica of the giant blue cat made. Where will he place the replica in his home?

“Seeing that I woke my wife up at 3 a.m. to photograph it, I might let her decide that,” he said.

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USA Fishing : USA: Rednecks Pull No Punches Battling Invader Fish

on 2013/8/14 11:50:16 (2607 reads)

The first silver carp I bagged at the 13th annual Redneck Fishing Tournament literally jumped in the boat…and whacked me in the shoulder. The slimy marauder sucker punched me while my back was turned.

A similar experience inspired Betty DeFord to start the Redneck Fishing Tournament in 2005. A silver carp had smacked one of her grandchildren while they were frolicking with their family on the river near Bath, Illinois. DeFord decided to take back the river, redneck-style.

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There would be no elegantly tied lures, no radar fish finders or even rods and reels. DeFord’s vengeance on the carp would be wrought with revving motors, nets and occasional free hand grabs. The tournament occurs the first weekend of August every year.

Silver carp invaded U.S. waterways after escaping from ponds in the 1970s. The fish spread into waterways from North Dakota to Louisiana, as far east as Ohio. The voracious fish devour plankton, which form the base of river food webs. Silver carp dominate river ecosystems and ruin the fishing for anglers.

When spooked by loud noises, the fish leap into the air. Twenty pound silver carp sailing through the air can break noses, blacken eyes and cause concussions. I was luck to only end up with a slimy shoulder.

However, the silver carps’ leaping defense also make them fun to snag in mid-air. At the Redneck Fishing Tournament, the best strategy involved smaller boats trailing pontoon boats. As the motors of lumbering pontoon boats churned the waters, skiffs surfed their wakes and avid aerial anglers netted the silver carp that leapt from the waters.

The boat that landed the most silver carp won prize money. This year, Schafer Fisheries collected the thousands of silver carp caught in the tournament. Schafer processed the fish into a nitrogen rich fertilizer.

However, fertilizer isn’t the only use for the carp. Schafer Fisheries also processes silver carp from commercial fishermen into fish steaks and even salami, franks and gefilte fish.

NEWS: Invasive Species Cookbook

Schafer’s salami could make a low-fat replacement for cold cuts. I tried the salami and found it had only a hint of fish flavor. The fried silver carp I tried at Beasley’s Fish, a restaurant in Grafton, Ill., had a mild taste. Five silver carp that I gutted and took home from the Redneck Fishing Tournament wait in my freezer to be filleted.

Eating silver carp makes productive use of an invasive species that would otherwise just be an environmental menace. Like salmon, silver carp contains high levels of healthy fatty acids. However, since the carp feeds lower on the food chain, it doesn’t accumulate as many heavy metals as salmon.

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USA Fishing : USA: Conn. man snags striped bass records over and over

on 2013/8/12 15:38:42 (1807 reads)

NORTH BRANFORD, Conn. (AP) — When Greg Myerson heads out in his boat, some fishermen will follow him. The famous want to fish with him. He's the Warren Buffett of the fishing world, giving seminars in which he'll tell some but not all of his secrets.

The North Branford, Conn., man has achieved a rare feat: He consistently catches striped bass 50 pounds and much larger. Myerson set the world record two years ago by catching a striped bass that weighed 81.8 pounds. Last year he set the striped bass length record.

On the Water magazine owner Chris Megan says he doesn't know anyone who's caught so many large striped bass.

Myerson reached the pinnacle by methodically studying his prey and developing devices to lure the fish.

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USA Fishing : USA: Guy Harvey Raises Awareness During Shark Week 2013

on 2013/8/7 3:24:06 (2205 reads)

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, Aug. 1, 2013—While the public fascination with sharks is sure to pull huge interest and rating numbers during the annual Shark Week 2013 that begins Monday, marine scientists such as Dr. Guy Harvey are reminding the public that shark conservation is a 52-week obligation.
From seeding money to support a tag-and-release structure for shark tournaments, launching expeditions to study these apex predators in their environment and funding ongoing scientific research such as the national Guy Harvey Fisheries Symposium scheduled for September in Florida, Dr. Harvey and fellow conservationists are working hard to give sharks a fighting chance.
Shark populations around the world are continuing to spiral downward, the result of devastating commercial fishing techniques and an exotic taste for shark-fin soup — an expensive delicacy for which tens of millions of sharks are killed annually.
Late last month, The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation (GHOF) provided $10,000 in cash prizes to the top anglers in the revolutionary Shark’s Eye tournament held in Montauk, New York, a satellite tag-and-release tournament, with 64 total sharks caught over two days. All sharks were tagged and released and four received satellite tags so their movements can be tracked. For a tournament overview, go to http://vimeo.com/71385876.
More highlights from the Shark’s Eye tournament will be aired nationally on NBC’s The Today Show on Monday morning, August 5.
“The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation has been working with shark tournaments to encourage recreational anglers to release more sharks and, when possible, work with researchers to deploy satellite tags on the sharks they catch,” said Dr. Harvey. “We were extremely excited to bring this catch-tag-and-release format to Montauk, NY; the home of recreational shark fishing and shark kill tournaments.
The Guy Harvey team, which has in the past held its own catch-tag-and-release shark tournament in Punta Gorda, Florida, and funded catch-and-release divisions for long-standing tournaments, such as The Ocean City Shark Tournament, is taking its message online next week, with a fun-inspired site to inform and help those interested get involved through interactive games, prizes and merchandise all designed to help raise awareness and funds for shark research and awareness.
To visit the site and learn more, go to www.guyharvey.com/shark-week-guy-harvey.

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USA Fishing : USA: Three new state fish records set

on 2013/7/29 19:20:00 (2395 reads)

Madison — Two anglers and a bowfisherman set three new state fish records with one whopper Lake Michigan whitefish and a pair of bigmouth buffalo that went better than 70 pounds.
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Roy Stromsness, of Sioux Falls, S.D., has vacationed in Wisconsin before, but a July 8-9 two-day fishing trip to Sheboygan was his first experience in fishing Lake Michigan for trout and salmon.
And, apparently, whitefish.
After having a big day fishing for trout and salmon July 8, the second day of fishing for the Sioux Falls group started out a little more slowly, but the excitement climbed a bit when Stromsness brought a 30.9-inch, 12.4-pound whitefish to the boat. It had an 181⁄2-inch girth.
“It stayed down, took line, it acted like a big trout or salmon. When it came in, we were all looking at it, uncertain what we had until it hit the net. It was kind of strange because I’d never seen a big whitefish before,” Stromsness said. “I had eaten them before while on vacation. Then the captain. said it was a whitefish. The first mate said whitefish don’t get that big, but if it was a whitefish, it had to be a state record.”
Stromsness and four friends were fishing with Capt. Chuck Nelson and first mate Jake Rogers aboard the Dumper Dan I out of the Sheboygan harbor. Nelson had a digital scale on the boat.
The big whitefish pushed that scale to 12 1⁄2 pounds.
“That caused cell phones to go goofy as they tried to figure out what the state record was. After it was found out the record was 11 pounds, 11 ounces, that fish took on a little different meaning,” Stromsness said.
The previous record was set with a Lake Superior whitefish caught in 1977 off of Iron County by Joseph Jorgensen Jr., of Tomahawk.
“We fished maybe another hour and 45 minutes and went back to the harbor by a few minutes past 10 a.m.. We had it officially weighed on a certified scale at the Schwarz Fish Company in Sheboygan. They were very generous; what retail place would welcome someone with a big fish that was going to drip all over their scales? They did. They thought it was neat. They certified it at 12.40 pounds, then we went to the DNR office,” Stromsness said.
DNR fish biologist Travis Motl, of the Plymouth office, confirmed the catch as a lake whitefish, and verified that no weights had been placed in the fish’s body cavity. Stromsness filled out a form to apply for a state fish record. The DNR accepted the application the following week.
Capt. Dan Welsch, owner of Dumper Dan’s Sportfishing Charters in Sheboygan, said Nelson and Rogers had been fishing south of the Sheboygan harbor in 100 feet of water and about 30 feet down. They used a lead-core line on a board. The fish hit a Stinger Spoon at about 8:15 a.m.
Welsch said he and his captains usually catch 10 to 12 whitefish a season between Welsch’s six charter boats.
“We caught a 7-pound whitefish a couple of days later,” he said. “The commercial guys net them all summer long. They’re in the area.”
Stromsness was fishing with friends Steve Wicks, Ray Hanson, and Michael Hanson. Stromsness and another friend booked a two-day trip with Welsch during a Sioux Falls sport show this past winter.
“It was my first trip to Lake Michigan,” Stromsness said. “I’ve been in Wisconsin on a couple of other vacations. It just looked like it would be a lot of fun. The crew did a good job. They wanted to catch fish and they worked hard. We caught kings, cohos, a couple of lake trout, and a couple of rainbows. The first day was the best day of fishing. We were hoping for a brown trout, then we would have covered all of the (trout and salmon) species we could have caught, but we caught the whitefish the second day.
“I consider that a bonus. I came home with a fish story. I can’t catch a state record in South Dakota, but I can in Wisconsin. It’s a fun feeling. It’s kind of neat to say you caught the biggest fish in that particular area,” he said.
“We had a good time. I believe we will come back again.”
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