I had to strap myself into the chair with a belt to watch this video the entire way through because my adrenaline had me shaking beyond control. This footage of Captain Jamie Bruce on the Tuna Clipper out of Prince Edward Island hand feeding giant bluefin tuna is absolutely insane. It’s some of the most heart-pumping video ever taken of monstrous 300- to 950-pound bluefin tuna coming up to the surface to suck down what appears to be sardine and herring baits as they are tossed into the water at boatside.
Life experiences tend to prepare us for future challenges, but Alabama angler Deb Hebert had to summon the collective power of her professional and personal accomplishments to prevail in the greatest challenge of her fishing career: landing a 843.7-pound blue marlin that earned top honors in the recent Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic out of Point Cadet Marina.
Hebert, an emergency room doctor, a lieutenant colonel who has flown with the Keesler Air Force Base’s Hurricane Hunters, and a fitness buff who completed 13 marathons, is used to managing stressful scenarios. But she said the fish posed a new set of challenges.
“My arms are so sore, I can hardly straighten them out,” said Hebert, who fought the massive marlin for three-plus-hours aboard the 68-foot Hatteras, Iona Louise. “I’ve got bruises that I didn’t even know I was getting when I was fighting the fish.”
You know you’re screwed when someone designs an app for the sole purpose of hastening your demise. Tough shake, lionfish, but you’re just causing way too much trouble on Florida’s reefs.
Lionfish first showed up in South Florida waters in 1985 and Florida’s prized reefs have suffered greatly from the species’ voracious appetite for native forage – a serious threat to indigenous gamefish like grouper and snapper.
When it’s meant to be... Well, apparently that was the case for Eric Lester, who caught New York’s largest inland striped bass in early May. The New York Department of Environmental Conservation confirmed that the 60-pounder was also the state’s second heaviest freshwater fish caught since 1957 (behind a 69-pound muskie).
The big striper, estimated by state biologists to be more than 20 years old, measured 53.4 inches long and had a 33-inch girth. Fishing near the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge, Lester tempted the bass with a bloodworm.
Capt. Dave Mistretta of the Jaws Too led Diane Marteliz to a 66.8-pound kingfish for her birthday. Photo courtesy of Jawstoo.com
Tampa angler Diane Marteliz wanted to go on a fishing trip for her recent birthday. Her husband booked a trip aboard Jaws Too with Capt. Dave Mistretta, a bonafide blue chip kingfish pro, and she ended up with 66.8 pounds of horn-tootin’, birthday wishin’ king mackerel.
“She wanted a king since she never got one before,” said Mistretta. “Boy, did she get one.”
A shark so rare that it's only been spotted 58 times since its discovery in 1976 was caught in Japanese waters last month.
Commercial fishermen netting in 2,600 feet of water near the fishing port of Yui Shimizu, Shizuoka City caught an elusive megamouth shark on April 14, according to WPTV. This marks only the 17th sighting of the fish in Japanese waters. The shark measures more than 14 feet in length and carries over 50 rows of extremely small, hooked teeth in its namesake “mega mouth.”
Attempting to net a fishing buddy’s catch can be a pressure-packed affair—bottom of the ninth, bases loaded sort of pressure. Do it correctly and you go home the hero. Mess it up and you’ll be wearing the goat horns. But it doesn’t have to be that way. As is the case with most fishing-related exploits, a bit of practical advice followed by some practice can have you bailing fish over the rail in no time.
The Southern Kingfish Association, the sanctioning body for king mackerel tournaments from North Carolina to Texas that changed the face of king mackerel fishing, is up and running again. And that is a good thing for fans of the sport and competitive saltwater fishing.
There were many long faces – mine included – when SKA CEO Jack Holmes announced in late March that the organization was shutting down due to economic challenges and declining participation. Rumors of a new organization quickly circulated, but fans got something even better – new ownership of the same organization. On April 16, National Boat Owners Association, the marine insurance agency and boating membership club based in Sarasota, Fla. announces its acquisition of the SKA.