Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Fisherman beats up bear to steal its salmon in funny video

In Alaska, fishermen often encounter hungry bears, especially when the salmon are running. Hook a salmon and the angler faces a test of survival, which usually ends with the bear stealing the fisherman's catch.

The tables are turned in this comical video, in which a man beats up a bear for the salmon the bear just caught. You are guaranteed to laugh:






It's a John West Salmon commercial from several years ago, but the entertainment value is timeless.

Love the "Oh, look, an eagle" deke.

Thanks Fishing World!

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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Mississippi River floods provide 'great' fishing for locals




The flooding of the Mississippi River has caused heartache and hardship. A reported 3 million acres across the South have been swamped.

Unimaginable. Tragic. Sad.

But through the gloom and doom emerged this story from the community of Rosedale, Miss., where folks are making the most of the tragedy...

By going fishing.

The Wall Street Journal chronicled the story Friday about how, because of the flooding, new fishing holes were created, and fishermen emerged with worms and other bait to catch a variety of fish where a dry ditch used to be.

From the WSJ:

The fish are teeming—and biting—in what is usually a dry, forested area along the road leading to the Port of Rosedale, which has been closed by the flooding. The shallow inlet formed by the rising water is open for business, though, and most of Rosedale seems to know about the fishing hole.

At least 60 people parked their cars on the side of the road in the humid afternoon Wednesday and headed to the water’s edge to throw in their lines. They brought coolers, buckets and bug spray. Within minutes of putting worm to hook, locals were hauling out a freshwater bounty of catfish, drum, bream and carp.

Fishermen grew excited as the water started to rise a few weeks ago, because they knew it meant easy catching, said Brooks Jones, sitting on a cooler by the water with two poles, and earthworms in a spaghetti sauce can. They weren’t worried about their homes, which haven’t flooded. Rosedale—a town of about 2,200 roughly halfway between Vicksburg, Miss., and Memphis, Tenn.—is protected by levees.
Bluegill and bass have also been caught in what the WSJ reported as great fishing. For some of the poorer people of the area, the fishing has been a real boon.

“People come out here, catch fish, then head on home to fry them up for dinner,” Jones told the WSJ.

Jones caught enough bream Wednesday to feed his family of three for the second straight night.

“If the river does flood us out,” Jones joked, “at least we got something out of the deal.”



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Friday, May 13, 2011

A fishing practical joke involving anglers and an airplane

In fishing, practical jokes are as common as nightcrawlers and Power Bait.

A tug at the fishing line of a friend when they’re not looking, making them think in that instant they’ve got a bite.

Setting the hook on a fictitious bite to get a rise out of your fishing buddy.

Surreptitiously hooking an empty can to the end of your friend’s fishing line. That’s a popular one on ocean charters. The can fills with water and with the current, your friend thinks he’s hooked a jackpot fish.

But none of those can top this practical joke by a very skilled pilot on two unsuspecting anglers sitting in a boat in the middle of a huge lake several years ago.

It’s priceless, and the ending will surprise you:




And unlike those Bill Dance fishing bloopers -- you know, the ones where Bill Dance purposely falls out of the boat and into the water so they can make and sell blooper videos -- this one was definitely NOT fake.

Oh yeah, it’s the real deal. And fantastically funny.

Quite a stunt, no?
 
Thanks to e-fishingnews.com!

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

World-record great white shark caught and released by 'Shark Men'

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The largest great white shark ever captured isn’t this one allegedly caught on film off Ireland. As much as we’d like to think there was a 50-footer swimming out there, well, uh, no, there wasn’t.

However, we no longer have to guess over how big the biggest great white shark ever to be caught and released alive. Thanks to “Shark Men,” we have that answer.

The crew of National Geographic Channel’s hit series “Shark Men” announced a few days ago that it captured and released a world-record 17-foot, 9-inch great white shark that weighed 4,225 pounds. The old record was no slouch at 16 feet, 8 inches.

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The shark, named Apache, was caught off Guadalupe Island in Baja Mexico, a popular hangout for great whites.

So what do they do when they catch a great white shark?

They reel it alongside the research vessel and over a small platform that raises up, lifting the shark out of water. Then the pit crew goes to work collecting data and samples. They’re not quite as fast as a NASCAR pit crew, but they aren’t just changing tires, either.

Check out how the “Shark Men” spring into action in this video of a previous catch-and-release operation:



Here’s more info about the record great white from the press release:

Apache's enormous stature was surprising to the scientists onboard, who noted that sharks that size are usually female. In fact, this was the largest great white shark the crew has seen in three years of expeditions all over the Pacific, including more than 20 sharks tagged and released.

Also surprising was the fact that Apache had never before been spotted by the cage divers and photographers who frequent Guadalupe Island, a rare hot spot for shark sightings. Somehow, this giant eluded all of those cameras for years!

Explorer and Shark Men expedition leader Chris Fischer acknowledges his crew's new record, but does not lose sight of the work at hand. "I am incredibly proud of my crew for hauling in a record-breaking white shark like Apache," he says. "But I am more proud of the data we have collected from him and other white sharks to help ensure the well-being of this endangered species as a whole."
All very cool stuff. As long as you're not in the water with Apache swimming around.  

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Whitewater rafting on the Kern River to be epic this year

The upside to record snowfall in the Sierra Nevada this last winter is obvious and not-so obvious.

The obvious? A great and long snowboarding and skiing season. A for instance is Mammoth Mountain. It recorded a record 640.5 inches of snow, smashing the old mark of 578.54 in 2005-06. Consequently, the popular California ski resort will be open daily through July 4.

The not-so obvious? A great and long whitewater rafting season. A for instance is the Kern River, where the feeding snowpack is nearly 190 percent of normal this year.

See what Luther Stephens of Kern River Outfitters says about the 2011 whitewater rafting season on the Kern:

"We're expecting a VERY long season with great water flows. The period around the peak (probably the first two weeks of June), will be a little tricky, but it will all be worth the long balance of great water as the peak subsides.

"We've put off our Forks trips until June 20th, but other than that, we should be able to run the Upper Kern through the first two weeks of August and the Lower Kern through the month of September."
How sweet is that?

Having enjoyed trips down the Kern with Kern River Outfitters, I can personally attest to the great time you’ll experience. And if you’re a fisherman, take a fishing rod. The trout action ain’t bad on the Kern, either.



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