Archive for the Saltwater 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

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

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.

Giant Trevally-Australian Saltwater Trophy

Posted in Fish, Saltwater on October 30, 2009 by thegreatwhitehunter

Thanks to Kerri from Clear Water Island Lodge in Australia for use of the photo of this terrific Giant Trevally.  Check out the website for more photos http://www.clearwaterislandlodge.com.au/

Giant Austrlian Barramundi

The photo below shows a typical Giant Trevally-see the size difference.

Regular Barramundi

The Free Diver and the Shark

Posted in Fish, Other cool stuff, Saltwater on October 14, 2009 by thegreatwhitehunter

These pictures are simply so interesting they leave you wanting to know more. Beautiful photography, even more captivating when you consider these guys do all this stuff while holding thier breath.

Craig Clausen-Self Defense

While the photos have created quite the Internet buzz, the whole story is simply more fascinating than one could imagine.  After a 2 hour showdown, the shark was killed in self-defense.  Free diver Craig Clasen insightful comment, “I want to be very clear…That was not a proud kill for me, but I didn’t have a choice.  She was just being a shark.”

D.J. Strunk-Barcroft MediaPhotography by D. J. Struntz

For the full story follow the link to outside magazine http://outside.away.com/outside/culture/200903/spearfishermen-gulf-of-mexico-oil-rigs-1.html

Giant Wahoo-Fiji Record

Posted in Fish, Saltwater on October 8, 2009 by thegreatwhitehunter

Thanks to Bite ME Gamefishing Charters, Fiji for the Photo of this Fabulous Wahoo.  For Saltwater junkies, the wahoo is a great catch. This monster is hard to fathom.  Click on the photo to see how this bad boy compares to a typical Wahoo catch.

Wahoo-Bite Me Fiji

 

The photo of this Giant Wahoo is posted on http://twitter.com/BiteMeFiji

Visit their site at http://gamefishingfiji.com/

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