Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Fishing video shows inside the feeding frenzy of a tuna school

Fishermen rarely get to see the inside of a feeding frenzy of a tuna school, so cameraman Rick Westphal jumped into the middle of the feeding fish to capture the wildness. We don't know much about this scene or locale, unfortunately. We do know it appears Westphal eventually becomes a refuge for smaller fish, much like a kelp paddy does. The video is right this way...




Westphal Productions posted the video on YouTube. We thank Moldy Chum for the tip!


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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Largest swordfish caught in daytime hours taken off Florida Keys


Most swordfish action off the Florida Keys comes during the night, so it was big news when a 683-pound swordfish was caught off the Keys during daytime hours earlier this month.

It was believed to be the biggest swordfish ever taken in waters off the Florida Keys during daytime hours, according to keysnet.com.

Fishing 30 miles south of Marathon, Fla., fisherman Mike Driskell took about two hours to land the behemoth, hooked on a five-pound bonito.

The fish was much larger than the state record 612.75-pound broadbill caught off Key Largo at night on May 7, 1978.

However, since Driskell used an electric reel, his fish will not be recognized as a state record.

For perspective, the IGFA world-record swordfish is 1,182 pounds caught off Chile in May 1953. Near as we can tell, they didn’t have electric reels back then.


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