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.

Beavers, Pennsylvania and the Funniest Dam Letter

Posted in 1 on April 5, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

I have been sent this same email a couple of times.  I don’t know if it is true and for those of you who do care, please understand that I do not.  Either way it is a good read, even if entirely fictional.   I most recently came across one version of the story on http://boulderflycasters.wordpress.com/

Here it is in its entirety:

THIS IS AN ACTUAL LETTER SENT TO A MAN NAMED RYAN DEVRIES REGARDING A POND ON HIS PROPERTY. IT WAS SENT BY THE PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY, STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA .. THIS GUY’S RESPONSE IS HILARIOUS, BUT READ THE STATE’S LETTER BEFORE YOU GET TO THE RESPONSE.

SUBJECT: DEQ FILE NO.97-59-0023; T11N; R10W, SEC. 20; LYCOMING COUNTY

DEAR MR. DEVRIES:

IT HAS COME TO THE ATTENTION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY THAT THERE HAS BEEN RECENT UNAUTHORIZED ACTIVITY ON THE ABOVE REFERENCED PARCEL OF PROPERTY. YOU HAVE BEEN CERTIFIED AS THE LEGAL LANDOWNER AND/OR CONTRACTOR WHO DID THE FOLLOWING UNAUTHORIZED ACTIVITY:

CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE OF TWO WOOD DEBRIS DAMS ACROSS THE OUTLET STREAM OF SPRING POND.

A PERMIT MUST BE ISSUED PRIOR TO THE START OF THIS TYPE OF ACTIVITY A REVIEW OF THE DEPARTMENT’S FILES SHOWS THAT NO PERMITS HAVE BEEN ISSUED. THEREFORE, THE DEPARTMENT HAS DETERMINED THAT THIS ACTIVITY IS IN VIOLATION OF PART 301, INLAND LAKES AND STREAMS, OF THE NATURAL RESOURCE AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ACT, ACT 451 OF THE PUBLIC ACTS OF 1994, BEING SECTIONS 324.30101 TO 324.30113 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA COMPILED LAWS, ANNOTATED.

THE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN INFORMED THAT ONE OR BOTH OF THE DAMS PARTIALLY FAILED DURING A RECENT RAIN EVENT, CAUSING DEBRIS AND FLOODING AT DOWNSTREAM LOCATIONS. WE FIND THAT DAMS OF THIS NATURE ARE INHERENTLY HAZARDOUS AND CANNOT BE PERMITTED. THE DEPARTMENT THEREFORE ORDERS YOU TO CEASE AND DESIST ALL ACTIVITIES AT THIS LOCATION, AND TO RESTORE THE STREAM TO A FREE-FLOW CONDITION BY REMOVING ALL WOOD AND BRUSH FORMING THE DAMS FROM THE STREAM CHANNEL. ALL RESTORATION WORK SHALL BE COMPLETED NO LATER THAN JANUARY 31, 2009 .

PLEASE NOTIFY THIS OFFICE WHEN THE RESTORATION HAS BEEN COMPLETED SO THAT A FOLLOW-UP SITE INSPECTION MAY BE SCHEDULED BY OUR STAFF. FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THIS REQUEST OR ANY FURTHER UNAUTHORIZED ACTIVITY ON THE SITE MAY RESULT IN THIS CASE BEING REFERRED FOR ELEVATED ENFORCEMENT ACTION. WE ANTICIPATE AND WOULD APPRECIATE YOUR FULL COOPERATION IN THIS MATTER. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME AT THIS OFFICE IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.

SINCERELY,
DAVID L. PRICE
DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE AND WATER MANAGEMENT DIVISION.

HERE IS THE ACTUAL RESPONSE SENT BACK BY MR. DEVRIES:

RE: DEQ FILE NO. 97-59-0023; T11N; R10W, SEC. 20; LYCOMING COUNTY

DEAR MR. PRICE,

YOUR CERTIFIED LETTER DATED 12/17/07 HAS BEEN HANDED TO ME TO RESPOND TO. I AM THE LEGAL LANDOWNER BUT NOT THE CONTRACTOR AT 2088 DAGGET LANE , TROUT RUN, PENNSYLVANIA .

A COUPLE OF BEAVERS ARE IN THE (STATE UNAUTHORIZED) PROCESS OF CONSTRUCTING AND MAINTAINING TWO WOOD ‘DEBRIS’ DAMS ACROSS THE OUTLET STREAM OF MY SPRING POND. WHILE I DID NOT PAY FOR, AUTHORIZE, NOR SUPERVISE THEIR DAM PROJECT, I THINK THEY WOULD BE HIGHLY OFFENDED THAT YOU CALL THEIR SKILLFUL USE OF NATURES BUILDING MATERIALS DEBRIS.’

I WOULD LIKE TO CHALLENGE YOUR DEPARTMENT TO ATTEMPT TO EMULATE THEIR DAM PROJECT ANY TIME AND/OR ANY PLACE YOU CHOOSE. I BELIEVE I CAN SAFELY STATE THERE IS NO WAY YOU COULD EVER MATCH THEIR DAM SKILLS, THEIR DAM RESOURCEFULNESS, THEIR DAM INGENUITY, THEIR DAM PERSISTENCE, THEIR DAM DETERMINATION AND/OR THEIR DAM WORK ETHIC.

THESE ARE THE BEAVERS/CONTRACTORS YOU ARE SEEKING. AS TO YOUR REQUEST, I DO NOT THINK THE BEAVERS ARE AWARE THAT THEY MUST FIRST FILL OUT A DAM PERMIT PRIOR TO THE START OF THIS TYPE OF DAM ACTIVITY.

MY FIRST DAM QUESTION TO YOU IS:

(1) ARE YOU TRYING TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST MY SPRING POND BEAVERS, OR

(2) DO YOU REQUIRE ALL BEAVERS THROUGHOUT THIS STATE TO CONFORM TO SAID DAM REQUEST?

IF YOU ARE NOT DISCRIMINATING AGAINST THESE PARTICULAR BEAVERS, THROUGH THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT, I REQUEST COMPLETED COPIES OF ALL THOSE OTHER APPLICABLE BEAVER DAM PERMITS THAT HAVE BEEN ISSUED.

(PERHAPS WE WILL SEE IF THERE REALLY IS A DAM VIOLATION OF PART 301, INLAND LAKES AND STREAMS, OF THE NATURAL RESOURCE AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ACT, ACT 451 OF THE PUBLIC ACTS OF 1994, BEING SECTIONS 324.30101 TO 324.30113 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA COMPILED LAWS, ANNOTATED)

I HAVE SEVERAL CONCERNS. MY FIRST CONCERN IS, AREN’T THE BEAVERS ENTITLED TO LEGAL REPRESENTATION? THE SPRING POND BEAVERS ARE FINANCIALLY DESTITUTE AND ARE UNABLE TO PAY FOR SAID REPRESENTATION — SO THE STATE WILL HAVE TO PROVIDE THEM WITH A DAM LAWYER. THE DEPARTMENT’S DAM CONCERN THAT EITHER ONE OR BOTH OF THE DAMS FAILED DURING A RECENT RAIN EVENT, CAUSING FLOODING, IS PROOF THAT THIS IS A NATURAL OCCURRENCE, WHICH THE DEPARTMENT IS REQUIRED TO PROTECT. IN OTHER WORDS, WE SHOULD LEAVE THE SPRING POND BEAVERS ALONE RATHER THAN HARASSING THEM AND CALLING THEM DAM NAMES.

IF YOU WANT THE STREAM ‘RESTORED’ TO A DAM FREE-FLOW CONDITION PLEASE CONTACT THE BEAVERS — BUT IF YOU ARE GOING TO ARREST THEM, THEY OBVIOUSLY DID NOT PAY ANY ATTENTION TO YOUR DAM LETTER, THEY BEING UNABLE TO READ ENGLISH.

IN MY HUMBLE OPINION, THE SPRING POND BEAVERS HAVE A RIGHT TO BUILD THEIR UNAUTHORIZED DAMS AS LONG AS THE SKY IS BLUE, THE GRASS IS GREEN AND WATER FLOWS DOWNSTREAM. THEY HAVE MORE DAM RIGHTS THAN I DO TO LIVE AND ENJOY SPRING POND. IF THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION LIVES UP TO ITS NAME, IT SHOULD PROTECT THE NATURAL RESOURCES (BEAVERS) AND THE ENVIRONMENT (BEAVERS’ DAMS).

SO, AS FAR AS THE BEAVERS AND I ARE CONCERNED, THIS DAM CASE CAN BE REFERRED FOR MORE ELEVATED ENFORCEMENT ACTION RIGHT NOW. WHY WAIT UNTIL 1/31/2009? THE SPRING POND BEAVERS MAY BE UNDER THE DAM ICE THEN AND THERE WILL BE NO WAY FOR YOU OR YOUR DAM STAFF TO CONTACT/HARASS THEM.

IN CONCLUSION, I WOULD LIKE TO BRING TO YOUR ATTENTION TO A REAL ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY, HEALTH, PROBLEM IN THE AREA. IT IS THE BEARS! BEARS ARE ACTUALLY DEFECATING IN OUR WOODS. I DEFINITELY BELIEVE YOU SHOULD BE PERSECUTING THE DEFECATING BEARS AND LEAVE THE BEAVERS ALONE. IF YOU ARE GOING TO INVESTIGATE THE BEAVER DAM, WATCH YOUR STEP! THE BEARS ARE NOT CAREFUL WHERE THEY DUMP!

BEING UNABLE TO COMPLY WITH YOUR DAM REQUEST, AND BEING UNABLE TO CONTACT YOU ON YOUR DAM ANSWERING MACHINE, I AM SENDING THIS RESPONSE TO YOUR DAM OFFICE.

THANK YOU,

Montana Bighorn-An ugly story

Posted in 1 on April 5, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

The posts on this blog are typically feel good stories about big game abundance and the restoration of quality older trophy animals to the west and internationally.  But let’s be honest.  Sometimes the world is a complex and ugly place.  The following link is a story of rocky mounation bighorn sheep in Montana, an undercover sting operation and to the shock and dismay of so many people, the killing of a world record class bighorn by…this will shock you…the undercover agent himself.  What?  Below are the photos.  Here is the link to the full story http://www.newwest.net/city/article/big_horn_sheep_killing_a_betrayal_of_trust/C8/L8/

Larry Knowlton Bull Elk 419″

Posted in 1 on April 4, 2010 by thegreatwhitehunter

I just came across a few pictures of a massive bull elk.  In my mind, one of the things that makes this bull special is not the measurement. It is the great story of 5 months of hard hunting, a truly old bull and a huge main frame with monster thick antlers.  What a tremendous animal.

Here is the story from his friend Carey Sebring at High Lonesome Outfitters: Just thought you guys might like to see a few pics of the huge bull we shot in N.M. this past Saturday. Larry Knowlton, my long-time friend and frequent client, finally shot the bull of a lifetime after months of agonizing defeat. Larry acquired one of the N.M. enhancement tags for elk, and on Sept 1st we began a 5 month ordeal to shoot a 400″ plus bull. We started together on day 1, and finished together with 1 day to spare. Together we spent roughly 20 days in N.M. over the past 5 months hunting elk, but Larry himself spent 52 days since early September trying to find “the one”. I can’t tell you how many ghost stories, false leads and over-exaggerated elk we chased for the past 5 months, Larry in particular, but in the end I think it was all worth it! Carey’s outfit had originally located this bull in early November, and spent weeks of their time trying to get this bull for Larry. At 3:30pm on Saturday, after a 4.5 hr climb to get to this bull that lived in the worst place I have ever seen in my entire life. Mr. Knowlton shot a 419″ gross 7×8 with 64″ of mass, 54″ beams and a whole lotta tines. At 430 yards he shot just over him with the first one, but shots 2 & 3 were perfect and a few seconds later the bull was down. We actually had him figured at 403″ – 406″, but his mass was so big that we under judged that a bit, and because of the huge mass we though his beams were shorter than what they actually are. I had the beams figured at 51″, but the huge mass made the bull look shorter than what he actually is. The main frame is 388″, with 31″ of extras, for a total 419″ gross.