A thirty-minute fight with a monster cubera snapper off the coast of Alabama may result in a new state record.
Brett Rutledge and David Simms were trolling with live hardtail for mackerel in 170 feet of water about 40 miles off of Dauphin Island when something big hit one of the lines. Rutledge immediately grabbed the Shimano Speedmaster reel spooled with 30-pound-test monofilament line and commenced to fighting whatever was on the other end.
"At first I thought it was a big amberjack because I'd caught quite a few jacks earlier. But when it ran away from the wreck we were fishing, I immediately thought it was a shark," Rutledge told AL.com.
"Then I got a visual on it and told David, 'Get the gaff!'"
In the latest move to curtail wolf hunting across the country, Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio–one of the most vocal, influential, and persistent critics of Western wolf management–called for federal intervention to protect gray wolves that range beyond Yellowstone National Park.
DeFazio claims hunters who harvest wolves outside park boundaries are directly responsible for the recent decline in Yellowstone’s wolf population. To help solve this “problem," he penned a letter to the Department of the Interior requesting the agency coordinate among states to establish a “wolf safety zone” around Yellowstone National Park. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation responded to DeFazio with a letter of their own.
An enormous school of Northern anchovies made its way to the shores of La Jolla, Calif. on Tuesday, stopping passersby in their tracks. The nearby Scripps Insitution of Oceonography noted such a large-scale phenomenon hadn't occurred in the area for more than 30 years. Many onlookers initially mistook the dense school for an oil spill.
Governor Jay Nixon of Missouri vetoed two bills Tuesday designed to relabel captive deer as livestock and also transition management of these cervids to the Department of Agriculture.
Currently, captive deer are designated as wildlife and monitored by the Department of Conservation. The agency has called for tighter regulations on high-fence hunting preserves to reduce the spread of CWD. Nixon's move has temporarily stymied the heated debate between the Conservation Department and Missouri deer farmers, who allege they are struggling to stay in business.
Although an enormous Pacific halibut caught in the Alaskan panhandle port of Gustavus is one of the largest landed in the Pacific Ocean in a decade, it will not make the record books.
The 482-pound fish surpassed the previous 1996 record of 459 pounds, also caught in Alaska. But 77-year-old Jack McGuire lost his chance at the top spot in the IGFA record book when he asked for help during the half-hour fight and Captain Rye Phillips shot and harpooned the fish before hauling it in.
The IGFA will not qualify a catch if the angler receieved aid or used any tool besides a gaff or net.
"I think if [Capt. Rye Phillips] had known how big it was, he wouldn't have shot it," Deep Blue Charters manager Andy Martin told the Alaska Dispatch. Martin is Phillips' employer.
The only time I've ever used a claw machine at the arcade when I was a kid, and those stuffed animals always seemed to slip away. But this Wisconsin lumberjack is a pro. In this video logger Garrett Smith expertly manuevers his forwarder to pluck a milk jug off the head of a struggling black bear.
We recently raved about some of our favorite short axes and hatchets, but this new heavy-duty log splitter qualifies for the big leagues. The Vipukirves Leveraxe may be one of the coolest, most-applicable tools designed for campers and wood-stove users alike. Applying an offset center of gravity, the ax creates a lever mechanism upon striking the wood and allows the user to almost effortlessly split stumps into perfectly-sized logs for the fire.