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Battling Giant Tuna

Posted in 1 on April 25, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

Look at the size of this tuna.  What a monster.  The gaff in the eye is a bit startling.  But, this is one of those photos that really captured the beauty and color of this fish.

Visit http://www.sportfishermen.com/2008/05/battling-trophy-fish/ to read a great article by John Unkart on battling trophy fish.  Congrats on a great photo and a great article.

Really Big Catfish

Posted in 1 on April 23, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

This Mekong catfish of Thailand weighs in at 646 pounds.

Here is the story I was able to find:

Washington: Fishermen in northern Thailand have caught the biggest catfish on record – a 293-kilogram giant the size of a grizzly bear – and eaten it.

The giant catfish, believed to be the largest freshwater fish ever found, was caught in the Mekong River, home to more species of massive fish than any other river, on May 1, the World Wildlife Fund and the National Geographic Society reported.

“We’ve now confirmed that this catfish is the current record holder, an astonishing find,” Zeb Hogan, a WWF Conservation Science Fellow, said on Wednesday.

Local environmentalists and government officials tried to negotiate the release of the fish so it could continue its spawning migration in the far north of Thailand but the adult male died and was eaten in a remote village, the joint statement from both groups said.

The Mekong giant catfish is South-East Asia’s largest and rarest fish and the focus of a WWF-National Geographic project headed by Dr Hogan to study freshwater fish greater than two metres or 100 kilograms.

Dr Hogan, who expects to find even bigger fish, said the Mekong is a good habitat for such large creatures because it is one of the world’s deepest rivers, reaching depths of more than 60 metres.

Here was another photo.  I’m not sure if this is the same fish.

Tumbler Ridge Giant Bear

Posted in 1 on April 20, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

It is easy to forget how big a brown bear can be.  This bear looks to be the size of a Brahma bull if you ask me.  Brick, thanks for the forward.  The email indicates the bear was killed in Tumbler Ridge B.C.

A little research online called into question whether this was in fact out of Tumbler ridge.  Clearly looks like an old brown bear, but Tumbler Ridge appears to be more of an inland grizzly area.  Either way, these bears are truly to be respected.

Update on Penny’s recovery-Hound attacked by Wolves

Posted in 1 on April 17, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

My buddy Wade just sent me an update on Penny, the cute little dog who was ripped up by a pack of wolves.   She is not out of the woods, but she is out of the hospital.  Take a minute and sign the petition against uncontrolled wolf expansion http://biggameforever.org/Here is the original post on the wolf attack on penny https://thegreatwhitehunter.wordpress.com/2010/04/07/penny-a-wolf-attack-story/ Wolves are out of balance and unafraid due to animal rights extremists litigation blocking effective wolf management efforts.  Republicans and Democrats, including the Obama administration support wolf management. http://biggameforever.org/

Mike and Penny, keep up the fight.  We are thinking of you.

The Great White Hunter

Randy Walk, wolf overpopulation, delicate herds-Sign the Petition

Posted in 1 on April 16, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

Take a minute and Sign the Petition against uncontrolled wolf expansion http://biggameforever.org/

The Western States make up one of the most beautiful and diverse places in the United States with an incredible variety of Wildlife such as Rocky Mountain Elk, Moose, Mule Deer, Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goats, Whitetail Deer, Antelope, American Bison, and Wild Turkeys. Over the past 100 years conservationist and sportsmen have worked together to improve and increase Wildlife diversity in the West with outstanding success. Recently the poor management of wolves in the west and the political limitations imposed that specifically restrict our western state governments ability to manage wildlife is a serious threat that will destroy the vast majority of our past efforts. Anti-hunting efforts remains a strong concern for all wildlife and conservationists, but far more devastating is the un-managed imported Canadian Grey Wolf. Un-managed wolves increase in populations exponentially and destroy other wildlife at an even faster pace. It is vitally important to our western heritage to manage wolves and protect western wildlife diversity and abundance. Please join Big Game Forever and help protect the west from the devastating impact of un-managed Canadian Grey Wolves.”

—Randy Walk
President
Hoyt Archery, Inc.
Utah

Take a minute and Sign the Petition against uncontrolled wolf expansion http://biggameforever.org/

More World Record Burbot Pictures-Fishing Geeks

Posted in 1 on April 14, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

Okay, so this is a rare double post, but here are some photos that do Adam’s world record some justice.  Fishing Geeks, thanks for the new photos.  Crazy huge fish.

I love this quote from the fishing geeks website “Do we compete with each other?  yes, we’re human.  But, it’s a healthy competition and it keeps us on our toes.”  http://www.fishinggeeks.net/

If you look carefully, you can see the fishing line coming out of the fish’s mouth.  I love high def digital photography.

Check out the ESPN article http://sports.espn.go.com/outdoors/fishing/news/story?id=4284677

Look at this photo below of a typical “trophy” burbot.  Now you can see what a giant Sean’s fish is.

To catch a monster rainbow, or just spend some time with the best freshwater fishermen in the world give fishing geeks a call.  They also guide and are booking for 2011. Visit them at http://www.fishinggeeks.net/contact_us

Adam’s world record rainbow (if these guys look familiar, remember they are twins.)

Fishing Geeks Strike Again-Another World Record Fish

Posted in 1 on April 13, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

Adam and Sean are two twin brothers who have named themselves the fishing geeks.  But a quick review of the fishing world record books quickly reveal that these guys know what they are doing.  Last year I did a post on their monstrous world record rainbow trout (see link to rainbow trout post https://thegreatwhitehunter.wordpress.com/2009/10/05/world-record-rainbow/).  Of course, it was Sean outdoing his brother’s monstrous 44 lb rainbow from two years before.  Last year they landed two world record Burbot in one of their favorite fishing spots in Canada.  The first a 19 pound giant broke the recorded world record.  But having found a story on a larger fish caught years earlier, they set out to break the record with hopes of a 22 lb all-time and unchallenged record.  It happened March 27, 2010 at 9am in the morning.  They didn’t just break the record, once again they surpassed it by several pounds.  Read Sean’s own account of the story below.

Visit http://www.fishinggeeks.net/ for an even better photo of this giant, if not unusual fish.

Here is the story on the new world record directly from the Horses mouth (thanks Sean for the inside scoop.)

length 41inch

girth 24 inch

weight 25.2lbs

Shimano Claurus rod

Abu Garcia cardinal 104 reel

30lb spiderline

single j hook, tipped with a whole 6 inch herring threw the lips.

Caught Saturday March 27th at 9am in the morning.

Diefenbaker has always held burbot in the system, I remember when we were very small, going on those all day ice fishing trips with our father when we were young.  I remember especially the burbot ice fishing Derbys which lake diefenbaker always held, and the late night fishing we would do in these fishing trips.  Which was our first experience with night fishing.

These fish were always thought of as being a nusaince fish and always disgarded when caught.  Now With people knowing how to cook and to clean these fish, its become one of my tastiest fish, and also to others around.

After adam and i caught our first line class world record rainbow, we did some research on burbot records and found to be only 18.2 lbs in the igfa book. Catching up to 15lb fish we knew we had a chance. Well in march 22, 2008 we landed a 19.1 lb fish to capture that all tackle record and also the 16lb line class record, with that same fish.  Looking into it a bit more, found the freshwater hall of fame record to be 22.8lbs caught in 1994 in lake athapapuskow manitoba.  So we didn’t really concider ours to be a true world record.  So our search still continued.   Burbot fishing really picks up in feb march, and with the burbot in spawning mode, were full of eggs and are packing on a coulple extra pounds.  we knew this would be the time of year to catch that monster.

The weekend of March 27th came, I took off work early from work in edmonton to drive 6 hrs to diefenbaker.  Meeting my brother who was already out there with a friend, we fished all night long.  We managed catching 3 burbot in the 10lb range and  called it quits at 3am Sat morning.  Sleeping in our trucks to get some rest for the next day, we woke up at 7am and picked up where we left off. It didn’t take long to hook into our first fish, I felt the bite and tightened my drag, and set the hook,  Adam and i always joked about setting the hook on a fish that felt like bottom, well this fish came close to that.  The first 10-20 seconds felt like i was snagged, the fish came up a couple of inches and then back down.  Then really started to pull line.  The fish swam to one side of the boat and to the other.  When it passed underneath i got a glimps of it, and new i was into another big burbot.  But when the fish finally tired and we managed to land the beast we knew by the girth of this fish we had a chance for the 22lb mark, and when we got that fish on the scale i knew we had it, punching out just over 25lbs (25.2).  Another All Tackle World Record, 2 in less that a year.

Thanks

Sean konrad

Fishing with Juan

Posted in 1 on April 12, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

I came across a photo of this giant marlin.  Little did I know that this was one of very funny website.

http://www.sofajockey.com/fishing/saltwater/index.htm

Every photo on the site is clearly photoshopped adding “Juan’s” head to some impressive catch.

A quote from the site, “Saltwater: home of the toughest creatures on earth. If a 36 inch striped bass were to adapt to live on land, it would be 25 times stronger for its size than a human being. This kind of physical ability, combined with a ferocious appetite for flesh, would lead to an eventual subjugation of the human race and an end to life on earth, as we know it. Imagine a world ruled by striped bass, or, for that matter, flounder. Gasoline prices would be through the roof, and just try and finding a Chinese takeout open past 7pm. Only one group of humans has heard the calling to prepare for the eventual battle with creatures from the land of Poseidon. These humans are called fisherman, or sometimes, fishers. Fisherman train on a daily basis for the eventual bloody confrontation with these “fish”. Fisherman capture these viscous beasts, confront them face-to-face and then consume their flesh in a ritual de-pants-ing that often involves hot oil and tartar sauce. Enjoy these pictures of me, with some of the nasty beasts that I captured and sometimes ate.”

World Record Stone Sheep

Posted in 1 on April 10, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

Stone sheep are one of four beautiful varieties of North American wild sheep.  With beautiful grey coats and beautiful amber horns, they are high on the wish list for wild sheep hunters.  At the bottom I will show you how you can win a free stone sheep hunt.

http://christinafalls.com/stsheep.php

Hunter Ricardo Longoria-booked with Mark Buehrer from Bowhunting Safari Consultants.

While Stone sheep do not sport the heavy horns of Rocky Mountain bighorns, their grey coats and beautiful curl make them one of the desirable varieties of North American Wild Sheep.   Below is the photograph of the world record Stone Sheep.

Harvested in 1936, this beautiful ram has a curl that far exceeds a typical North American Sheep.  With horn lengths of an amazing 51 inches (Right 50 1/8 – Left 51 5/8), this old boy is more reminiscent of a Marco Polo or other Asian Argali, hunter L.S. Chadwick must have caught his breath when he encountered this beautiful sheep.

Unfortunately, wolves and other predation has made a major dent in Stone Sheep populations.  With guided hunts now running into the $30,000 range, it has become clear that major steps are needed to restore abundant stone sheep herds.  Fortunately, dedicated outfitters and sportsmen groups are working to do just that.

Win A Stone Sheep Hunt

If a $30,000 guided hunt is out of the question-let’s be honest-that applies to most of us.  You might consider joining the full curl society http://www.fullcurl.org/index.html.  In February they gave away a 15 wild sheep hunts to their members and another 6 as part of the Western Hunting and Conservation expo, including a remarkable 5 stone sheep hunts.  There will be more drawings in the future.  Membership is $40.  According to my calculations, 1 in 80 members at the drawing won a hunt ($40 membership fee.)  Full curl society is truly returning wild sheep hunting to the common man.  You should have seen these winners-they were jumping up and down like they had just won the lottery.  To become a member visit http://www.fullcurl.org/index.html  To see these lucky winners visit http://www.fullcurl.org/drawings.html.


Penny-A wolf attack story

Posted in 1 on April 7, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

For those of you who have a dog, you know the bond that can exist between the animal and its owner.  Working dogs and their owners have this on a higher level due to hours spent together training and working together.  These photos of Penny and Mike show the highs and lows of one relationship.  Clearly, two great friends who have spent hours together.  An amazing, capable and loving animal and her devoted master.

Unfortunately, Penny was attacked by a pack of wolves last week.  Mike’s other hound had followed another cat, and Penny was caught alone.  Fortunately, Mike got to the attack site just a few minutes after the wolves and was able to prevent her from being killed.  Though not dead, she was just clinging to life.  Mike immediately rushed her to WSU medical center.  $6,000 dollars and hours of surgery later, she is still hanging on.

Before and After Photos

Penny and Mike after a successful Bobcat hunt

Great companions Mike and Penny

Penny Hard at Work

Penny and Mike after a successful Lion Hunt.  Great monster cat.

Photos after Wolf Attack-Warning Graphic Surgical Images

Penny’s Side and Abdomen after wolf attack

Penny’s lower leg after wolf attack

Penny’s leg after rows of stiches post wolf attack

Penny after hours of surgery post wolf attack

Mike,  keep us up to date on Penny’s progress.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Penny.