Would you give up a potential world-record fish on a matter of principal? Michael Roth did it without hesitation and I admire him for doing so.
Roth landed a huge blacktip shark during a fishing trip to the Turks and Caicos this past January. Many believe the shark would have weighed more than 120 pounds. But as weighing the animal — which is required by International Game Fishing Association in order to qualify for a world record — would have meant the death of the beast, Roth released the fish unharmed.
New Zealand angler Donna Pascoe landed a Pacific bluefin tuna Thursday morning that could shatter the current world record.
The Auckland native was fishing with a team aboard the charter boat Gladiator off the northern tip of New Zealand near Houhora, reports the New Zealand Herald. Pascoe used a 130-pound line to reel in the monster bluefin, which took more than four hours.
A 16-pound black grouper will likely earn Brielle Bennett a new IGFA female Junior record.
Bennett caught the 16-pound fish off Key West on Nov. 24, 2013 while on vacation with her family. The New Jersey native was fishing with a live grunt when the grouper took her bait and headed for the depths.
She quickly put the screws to the reel and landed the monster in double-quick time.
The fish was weighed and documented before being let loose — none the worse for wear.
A spearfisherman was killed by a great white shark over the weekend off the Australian coast as his friends watched on in horror.
Sam Kellet, 28, was spearfishing with friends off Goldsmith Beach when the attack occurred, the Daily Mail reports. Eyewitnesses say they saw the victim thrashing violently in the water just after the shark approached him. It is unclear if the victim's body has been recovered.
Kiwi angler Kevin Baker caught the potential IGFA All-Tackle record Pacific bluefin tuna in the last hours of his fishing trip.
Baker was fishing aboard the Cova Rose off the coast of Greymouth, New Zealand on Sept. 14, 2013 when he dropped a fresh hoki and hooked into something big. Very big.
Baker's multiple day trip was coming to an end when he hooked up with the fish. So Baker was forced to battle the fish as quickly as he could. At one point during the 30-minute fight, Baker even cranked the drag on his Shimano 130W up to 80 pounds in an effort to land the monster.
Beachcombers in Tasmania came across a thing that prompted many to ask just that...
The unidentified object from the sea was 5 feet in diameter and gooey like a jellyfish, according to Petethomasoutdoors.com. Josie Lim and her family were the first to discover the thing and their pictures of it soon caught the attention of Dr. Lisa-ann Gershwin, of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization. Dr. Gershwin was able to identify the creature as one of three new species in the lion’s mane group of sea jellies found off Tasmania. Dr. Gershwin explained to the BBC: “We’re very eager to know more about it.”
These spearfishermen got a little more excitement than they bargained for when a tiger shark began to stalk them on one of their dives. They were fishing in the Coral Sea of Australia, according to the YouTube video, which was posted last month. These guys definitely kept their cool, except for the one high-pitched scream in the middle of the video.
Luckily, both the divers and the shark escaped the encounter unscathed.
Melt some butter and pop some beers. We’re feasting on king crab tonight … What the heck! I ain’t eating no purple crab. It looks like Barney the dinosaur with pinchers. Or maybe a bug that swam in a neon grape Slurpee...
Employees at Marusan Mikami in Hokkaido, Japan were shocked to find a purple crab among their shipment of Red king crabs from Russia’s Bering Sea.
Marusan Mikami President Kenetsu Mikami Told the Hokkaido Doshin, “I’ve been dealing with crabs for 25 years, but this is the first time to see that color. It could be a good omen.”
A New Zealand man spearfishing with friends near Colac Bay off South Island was attacked by a shark Saturday. James Grant, 24, fended off the shark with his knife, sewed up the wounds himself, and visited the bar before seeking medical attention at a hospital.
Grant was in only six feet of water when the attack occurred. Given the murkiness of the sea, he initially thought his friends were screwing with him. It wasn't.
"I looked behind to see who it was and got a bit of a shock," Grant told Radio New Zealand.
Because of the water clarity, Grant said he had no idea how large the shark truly was. He believed it was a sevengill shark that was about 8 inches across at the jaw. And while seeing even a small shark go to town on my leg would scare the bejesus out of me and most mere mortals, Grant was merely annoyed.
A 172-pound, potential record cobia was taken by a spearfisherman off the coast of Brazil recently.
Spearfishers Marcelo Mello Lobato, Cyrus Bravin and Gabriel Santana ventured 50 miles off the coast of Marataizes (about 200 miles northeast of Rio de Janeiro). They were heading toward an 85-foot deep area well known to spearfishers as the home of big cobia—the locals call them "bijupira," which means tasty fish.
Bravin was the first to pull a fish. His 54-pound cobia was revered by all on board as a true monster. Little did the crew know, however, that 54 pounds was chump change compared to what lurked below.