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 Fly

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


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.  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

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  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  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

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,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 to see video of this tremendous fish.

Thanks again to Jennifer for use of the photo of her fish.  Jennifer is the owner of, 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 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

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  If you are ever in Australia and looking for adventure Clearwater Island Lodge is a great choice.