Friday, September 16, 2011

A fishing technique unlike any other: See incredible video

Call him the Fish Whisperer.

Zach King displays a unique fishing technique never seen before. He's like a fish magnet, and he has fish jumping into his hands. Who needs a rod and reel when you have this fishing technique perfected, like Zach?

Today, Zach gives a quick how-to overview on his fishing technique in this incredible fishing video called Extreme Fishing Alaska:





OK, so Zach King is actually the Final Cut King and is an expert in the video version of Photoshop.

But even while King offers a perfect reason why everything posted on the Internet these days must be scrutinized carefully, he gets high grades from Outdoors 720. We give it five stars for ingenuity and entertainment value.

Now, if you want real, check out the link below for the fishing hotspot where hundreds of carp will jump into your boat. Literally. No kidding. Reel-ly .


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Monday, September 12, 2011

Guinness: World’s largest fishing lure weighs 355 pounds


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It takes five guys to hold the world's largest fishing lure.

For this fishing lure, you’re going to need a bigger tackle box.

You’ll need a bigger rod and reel, and a bigger boat, too. And heaven help you if you are able to troll this lure and actually hook a fish big enough to bite it.

How big would a fish have to be to bite it? Big. Really big. Because the lure weighs 355.2 pounds and measures 10 feet, 10 inches. In fact, the lure is so big, it just became the world’s largest fishing lure officially on record.  

The Guinness World Records confirmed the record recently at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Sandestin, Fla.

Local fisherman/businessman David Partridge of Flat-Liner Lures designed the lure, which was constructed by employees and friends of S.S. Spitfire Mercantile.

The world's largest fishing
lure weighs 355.2 pounds and
measures 10 feet, 10 inches.

Amanda Mochan of Guinness World Records explains:
The reasons behind creating a large fishing lure were many. Firstly, it was a natural fit for the area. The Destin area is known as the 'world's luckiest fishing village' due to the quality and variety of the fish found in this section of the Gulf of Mexico. As such, it only makes sense that the world's luckiest fishing village would create the world's largest fishing lure.
The International Game Fish Association keeps track of fishing world records, and now, Guinness Book of World Records keeps records for the world’s largest fishing lure.

Since it was a new category, Guinness established a minimum requirement of 10 times the size of a standard lure.

“The Sandestin lure was 24 times the size of a regular lure, so the only remaining detail was to take the exact measurements, as this is the yardstick by which future records will be measured,” Mochan wrote.

After taking the measurements, Mochan declared the lure a world record.

Alas, no fisherman will ever use the lure. It’ll be on permanent display at the S.S. Spitfire Mercantile, a fishing/souvenir shop at the marina of the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Assuming there’s room.

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Fishing played role in helping fishermen recover from 9/11


A day after the 9/11 atrocities, a group of fishermen, fishing rods and tackle boxes in hand, boarded a half-day sportfishing boat at Davey’s Locker in Newport Beach, Calif.

Their message was simple: Life goes on. With the pain still fresh, they urged others to continue on with their lives as normally as possible. Don’t let the terrorists win, they all said.

A day later, Chuck Robinson, another fisherman, dealt with the despair many Americans were facing with a novel idea. He established a volunteer organization called Fish4America. From his website:

On September 13th Chuck Robinson, an avid Southern California recreational angler, was suffering from the same despondent helplessness that overcame most Americans after the attack. While listening to his car radio, he heard a report that the Hard Rock Café in Manhattan was feeding the rescue workers and surviving victims of the attack, but had run out of food. The thought occurred to him that many hundreds of pounds of prime sport caught fish were sitting in the collective freezers of his fishing buddies. What if there was some way to rally his fellow anglers, and get this valuable food to New York? His first call was to good friend, and fellow angler, Earl Durham. Earl's enthusiasm helped fortify Chuck's resolve to take his campaign to the next level.
The simple idea grew beyond Robinson’s expectations. More from the website:

Within only 48 hours, 2500 lbs. of recreationally caught albacore, yellowfin tuna, bluefin tuna, wahoo, shark and mahi-mahi were sitting in freezer storage at New Fishall Bait company in Gardena, CA and 1000 lbs. were packaged for shipment. Golden State Container Co. donated the packaging supplies and members of the InternetFishing.com message board supplied the fish and labor to make this happen. On September 17th, the first 1000 lbs. were shipped, courtesy of the employees of the Irvine, CA FedEx station. The next day, another InternetFishing.com member, Triet Le, met the fish, hailed a NY cab and hand delivered the fish to The Hard Rock Café. They started feeding the rescue workers with it the same day. Just one week after the tragedy, our fish was being used to feed the people working in "The Pit". FISH4AMERICA was born.
Not long after that, Fish4America contributed another 4,000 pounds of fish and spurred a fundraising event at the Hard Rock Café in Newport Beach, Calif., that raised more than $13,000 for future shipping costs of fish. Leftover funds went to the N.Y. City Firefighter’s Association Widows and Orphans Fund.

Outdoors 720 commemorates the anniversary of 9/11 by remembering the role fishing played in helping fishermen (and others) recover from the atrocities against our nation.

May we never forget!

God bless the United States of America!

Read the stories about Fish4America here, here and here.


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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Fish heads, rainbow trout robbery mystery partly solved?

Not the fish heads in question.
About two weeks ago, a story appeared in the Fresno Bee about how a hatchery truck with 1,000 trophy-sized rainbow trout was stolen.

The truck and the trout were discovered missing at the San Joaquin State Fish Hatchery, about 12 miles north of Fresno, Calif. The fish, which sell for $7 a pound, were 3 pounds apiece.

"If anyone smells anything fishy, they should give us a call," California Department of Fish and Game spokesman Patrick Foy told the Bee.

Jaime Arnold, you might want to give the California Department of Fish and Game a call.

You see, on Tuesday evening, Arnold, a Washington State trooper, had the unenviable task of cleaning up piles of fish heads from northbound lanes on I-5 in Seattle, according to a report by the Seattle PI.

Hmmm. Could these be...

Back to the news report: First, Arnold swept the fish heads off to the side of the freeway, the traffic on which can get pretty ugly during rush hour even without fish heads getting squished in one of the lanes. The report also said Arnold dug a hole off to the side of the freeway and buried the fish heads, because they were causing quite a stink.

The full report by KOMO News is right here:



So, could these really be the missing rainbow trout from California? And if so, what happened to the bodies of the fish?

If you have any further information, please contact the proper authorities in California or Washington, pronto!

The guess here? They were salmon heads used for crabbing. Some crabber was transporting the fish heads home to freeze them for next year, since crabbing season in Washington ended at sunset on Labor Day. They accidentally spilled off the back of the crabber's truck.That's feasible.

Of course, it would make for a much better story if they were the missing rainbow trout.


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Monday, September 5, 2011

Tony Hawk, would you approve of an electric skateboard?


Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk is now 43 years old. So maybe he's ready to move from a self-propelled skateboard to an electric one, and the easier ride.

At a pricetag of $2,875, we're not sure how many other skateboarders could afford to make the jump to this RoamBoard Custom by LiquidRoam, but Tony Hawk certainly can, considering his estimated net worth.

After two years of testing, developing and refining, the RoamBoard, an electric skateboard, hit the marketplace a few weeks ago.

From the LiquidRoam website:
The wait is over... Roamboarding marries the feel of surfing and snowboarding, putting it to the street for the first time ever!"
The electric skateboard features a 12-mile range, a top speed of 15 mph, a six-foot turning radius, a hydraulic disc brake, an on-board charger and custom colors to make any skill-level skateboarder look cool.

So, Tony Hawk, what do you think?



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Friday, September 2, 2011

Surfing with a shark: Does this photo show a great white with surfers?


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Is it a shark or a surfer? Examine the evidence and you decide:

1.) A lifeguard who saw the photo said it looked like a surfer paddling through a wave, as when surfers duck under waves.

2.) The photographer, Gary Elliott, said it doesn't look like a surfer and that it isn't the silhouette of a surfboard. He called it a sea creature in the below video with KFMB-TV in San Diego, though it's apparent he believes it to be a shark, a great white according to the news report.

3.) A shark expert in the news report said it looks like the tail end of an animal 10-12-feet long heading out to the sea, though off-camera he apparently called it a great white shark.

4.) In the previous week, there had been reports of shark sightings along a two-mile stretch of the San Diego coastline. In fact, there were reports Thursday morning of a 12-inch fin being sighted within 200 yards off shore in the Point Loma-Ocean Beach area, though it wasn't confirmed.

So, what do you think? Is this photo taken at Swamis Beach in Encinitas, Calif., a surfer? Or a great white shark?

Here's a link to the news report from CBS 8 in San Diego.

Elliott captured the image on Wednesday at Swamis Beach. It wasn't until he returned home and studied the photo that he discovered the surfing shark. Or the surfer with strange feet.

UPDATE: One expert suggests it might have been a bottlenose dolphin surfing sideways. Check this story out at GrindTV Outdoor.

UDPATE II: Another post that disputes the authenticity of the great white shark in this photo comes from LukeTipple.com. This one comes with its own Photoshopping. Great stuff!


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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Surfers play with fire and water by surfing with flares

These surfers in the Mentawai Islands in Indonesia surf with flair. Or flare, as it were.

That's flare as in a flaming torch attached to the back of a surfboard, something members of the Red Bull Minor Threat surf team did recently to, what, gain publicity for Red Bull? Well, it worked.

At night, the glow emanating from the tubular waves is, well, quite illuminating. In the daytime, it looks like a guy surfing on a burning surfboard. It's one time where fire and water actually do mix.

Red Bull called it "flaring up" and it's worth a look:





Epic!

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