Archive for the Fish Category

Costa Rican Rooster Fish

Posted in Fish, Saltwater on March 25, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

Rooster fish are one of the amazing and beautiful sportsfishing adventures in my humble opinion.  The Dorsal fins of these beautiful fish resemble the plumage of their name sake.   Growing to substantial proportions, these big dudes can even be fly fished with just the right set-up.

This 60 lb Rooster was caught in Panama.

This Monster Rooster was caught on a mullet fly in the Sea of Cortez, Baja California Sur.

Here is a link to a great site on World Record Rooster Fish and catching Rooster’s on the Flyhttp://www.southfishing.com/pages/articles/roosterfishlossuenos.html

I loved this quote, “Roosterfish are probably the most exciting gamefish to hook and fight,” explains Earl Warren, Senior Vice-President of Los Sueños Resort and an avid inshore angler. “You can see them actually come up on the bait with their black comb raised out of the water.”

This one too,”I spent five years fishing out of Cabo San Lucas in Mexico and never saw any roosters over 75 pounds my whole time there,” says Keene . “In the last five years fishing the Los Sueños area, I’ve seen at least 15 roosters in the 80 to 105 pound class. There’s definitely an all-tackle world record to be had in Costa Rica , and I truly believe that there are roosters up to 120 pounds in these waters.”

Here is another website with some great info on Costa Rica’s best locations for Roosterfish http://www.ticotravel.com/fishing/fishroost.htm

Steelhead-British Columbia

Posted in Fish, Freshwater, guides and outfitters, World's Best on March 13, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

I love an amazing trophy as much as the next guy.  If you visit the greatwhitehunter blog regularly, you will see scores of giant big game and fishing trophies.  But for me, when I am in the wild, most of the time, the scenery, adventure, people and…well, just the overall experience is what makes it the great outdoors.  Add a great fish or big game animal to the equation, and you have memories that will last a lifetime.

Today, I came across the website for Noel Gyer Guided Fishing Adventures in British Columbia, Canada. http://noelgyger.ca/  I could immediately see myself lofting a fly over a lazy river in a deep forested gorge.  Hooking up on an old lunker.  Feeling the adrenaline surge as the battle to move the Steelhead or Chinook to shore replaced the concerns of daily life even if just for an hour.  I got a chuckle at the photo above and the guide with a cigar hanging out of his mouth.

The site, while not overly glossy, has one page that is full of photography and fish that will make any fisherman long for a day on the river http://www.noelgyger.ca/photos-of-the-week.htm

This fish is particularly special.  The fisherman, Annti, from Finland, caught what may be a new fly caught world record Steelhead.  He was fishing with Steelhead Heaven on the Skeena River Tributary. 

I loved this quote, “When he hooked this monster it flew out of the water four times and across the raging river, he then put the brakes on this hog with his single hander 9wt and brought it to the slow edge of the downstream side of the pool, when the guide landed it he could not believe the size of this guy and was shaking as it came to the net hoping it would be landed.”

Annti, had an entire film crew that captured the moment in HD.  His personal previous record was a Steelhead weighing in at 20 pounds.  This monster was just one of seven Steelhead Annti landed that day.  This impressive world record Steelhead weighed in at an unfathomable 30 pounds.

World Record Hammerhead-Big Fish, Little Boat

Posted in Fish, Saltwater, Trophies, World's Best on March 5, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

This 14.5 foot, 1262 pound hammerhead dwarfs the fishing boat.  After 5 hours of battle, this monster had towed fisherman Bucky Dennis and his boat 12 miles from its original location in Boca Grande pass in Florida.

This is a smaller 1,000 pound hammerhead caught by Bucky later in the same season.

These harvests have generated plenty of their own controversy.   To Bucky’s credit he donated the shark to scientific research.  Hammerheads are plentiful in Boca Grande and not really targeted by fisherman.  Both sharks were pregnant females.  Hammerheads in Boca Grande don’t appear to have put much of a dent in Tarpon populations.  Finally, there is some concerns about the resiliency of shark populations like hammerheads which give live birth.  Here is one opinion piece from Field and Stream http://www.fieldandstream.com/blogs/fishing/2009/05/cermele-dropping-hammer-again  Either way you cut it, this is one enormous hammerhead shark and a display of stamina for a fisherman who reeled in the monster over 5 hours.

Florida Tarpon Dreaming

Posted in Fish, Saltwater on March 4, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

Man, it has been a long winter.  The gray sky and lifeless landscape lead me to dream of sunny days on blue water.  I came across these photos on Twitter.  Tarpon in Boca Grand pass on a warm sunny day. Warm breeze, sun and the battle of a lifetime with monster Tarpon.

Special thanks to Captain Goodwin for use of the photos http://www.gofloridafishing.com/gallery.html.  If you are dreaming of monster Tarpon, you can contact Captain Goodwin at (727)781-5339; on his mobile (727) 639-7715; or by email at tarpon777@aol.com.

Fugu-Dinner of Death?

Posted in Fish, Other cool stuff, Saltwater on February 23, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

1200 times more toxic than cyanide.  1 fish can kill 30 people.  A fatal does is smaller than the head of a pin.

And the Japanese eat 10,000 tons a year of this fish?  Read the interesting story in time magazine http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1967235_1967238_1967227,00.html

Lake Trout

Posted in Fish, Freshwater with tags on February 7, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

For freshwater fisherman, outside of the King Salmon, one of the most popular “big game” species of fish is the beautiful lake trout.  Where I come from these monster trout are often referred to as Mack or Mackinaw.  While Mackinaw are certainly one of the more popular varieties of Lake Trout, there are other species as well.  For a guy like me, either way it amounts to one big fish.

Thanks to Jennifer for sending the beautiful photo of her recent Lake Trout catch.  This 27 pound beauty was caught in the Northwest Territories of Canada on Great Bear Lake.  She was fishing with the guides of Trophy Lodge.  Caught in 60 feet of water on a Eppinger Husky with hammered copper and an orange stripe.  The world record Lake Trout is a 65 lb monster which hangs on the wall of a fishing lodge somewhere in  Canada.  Here is a photo of the brutish fish.

A possible new world record was caught and released recently with the whole thing being caught of film.  Reportedly weighing in at 70 lbs, visit http://bpspinners.com/morecoolfishingstuff.html to see video of this tremendous fish.

Thanks again to Jennifer for use of the photo of her fish.  Jennifer is the owner of www.allcanada.com, billed as the home of the world’s best hunting and fishing.  The All Canada show has shows throughout North America through January and February.  Visit http://www.allcanada.com/ for a show near you.

Threadfin Salmon-Everything is a bit different down under

Posted in Fish, Saltwater on January 31, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

Thanks again to Kerri-Ann for forwarding a fabulous photo of a fish I didn’t know existed.  This threadfin Salmon is nothing short of amazing.  These fish can be caught in Northern Australia.

The last Australian Fishing photo that Kerri-Ann sent me was of a giant Barramundi.  Click here for the post https://thegreatwhitehunter.wordpress.com/2009/11/09/barramundi-an-australian-original/

Thanks to Kerri from Clear Water Island Lodge in Australia for use of the photo of this terrific Thread Fin Salmon.  Check out the website for more photos http://www.clearwaterislandlodge.com.au/  If you are ever in Australia and looking for adventure Clearwater Island Lodge is a great choice.

3500 pounds of vintage saltwater giant

Posted in Fish, Saltwater with tags , on January 16, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

This sunfish apparently was caught out of Santa Catalina Island, California in 1910.  What a beast.  Thanks to Brian at Southern Maryland Fishing for use of the photo.  Visit their website at http://www.southernmarylandfishing.com/index.php

 I actually didn’t know anything about sunfish until I saw this post.  Here is what wikipedia has to say:

The ocean sunfish, Mola mola, or common mola, is the heaviest known bony fish in the world. It has an average adult weight of 1,000 kg (2,200 lb). The species is native to tropical and temperate waters around the globe. It resembles a fish head with a tail, and its main body is flattened laterally. Sunfish can be as tall as they are long when their dorsal and ventral fins are extended.

Sunfish live on a diet that consists mainly of jellyfish, but because this diet is nutritionally poor, they consume large amounts in order to develop and maintain their great bulk. Females of the species can produce more eggs than any other known vertebrate.[1] Sunfish fry resemble miniature pufferfish, with large pectoral fins, a tail fin and body spines uncharacteristic of adult sunfish.

Adult sunfish are vulnerable to few natural predators, but sea lions, orcas and sharks will consume them. Among humans, sunfish are considered a delicacy in some parts of the world, including Japan, the Korean peninsula and Taiwan, but sale of their flesh is banned in the European Union.[2]

Bluefin Tuna-Big Game of the Deep

Posted in Fish, Saltwater with tags on January 15, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

Not only are these incredible Blue Fin Tuna one of the great game fish, they also may be one of the most highly prized edible delicacies. In fact, fish lore tells us that one giant Blue Fin brought in a world record $83,500 at the famous Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo. The Blue Fin is highly prized by sushi crazed Japanese. 

The rod and reel world record for Blue Fin was caught by Ken Fraser off Nova Scotia in 1979.  This amazing fish weighed in at 1496 lbs.

Unfortunately, due to what many consider unsustainable commercial fishing practices, Blue Fin are becoming more and more difficult to find.  Hopefully, conservation and sustainable practices will allow these monsters to become more widely available for future generations.

European Trout Fishing-Slovenia

Posted in Fish, Freshwater, International with tags on January 12, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

The beautiful country of Slovenia in the former Yugoslavia is one of the unexpected jewels of trout fishing.  Located adjacent to Italy on the North Eastern Coast of the Adriatic Sea, this beautiful country boasts my parents favorite European City (Bled-I think I spelled that correctly).  It is also home to the beautiful Marble Trout.  Thanks to Beaver at www.frontierstravel.com for use of the fabulous pictures. 

If you are in southern Europe and have an extra couple of days, try out some of this beautiful Alpine fishing.

Contact Frontiers International Travel at www.frontierstravel.com for information and booking of one of the fabulous adventures.

Frontiers International Travel; PO Box 959; Wexford, PA  15090-0959-Telephone: 724-935-1577;  Toll-free U.S.:  800-245-1950