Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Barracuda jumps into boat (video), acts as a ballistic missile

The old joke about fishing being so good, the fish were jumping into the boat might be a tired cliche, but in this case, it was no joke.

A 40-pound barracuda launched from out of the depths, like a ballistic missile from a submarine, and landed in the boat where a fishing TV crew was filming a segment off St. Augustine, Fla.

Boy, did they get some footage:



On May 6, Kevin Faver and Brad Deckard were fishing and being filmed for an episode of the fishing show "Tails From The Outdoors Show."

They were bottom fishing when Faver hooked into something large. Suddenly his line went slack and the fishy ballistic missile came flying over his right shoulder and into the boat, causing all sorts of chaos, as you can see in the fishing video.

If you'd like to see the full, five-minute version, which includes the two fishermen talking about a fish story of a lifetime, click here.

Barracuda, wahoo and Asian Carp are all known to jump into boats on occasion. Barracuda and wahoo, with their sharp teeth, have even managed to bite some anglers.

These anglers were lucky. No question their TV fishing episode could've been quite horrifying. As it was, it definitely got their hearts pumping.


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Thursday, May 10, 2012

A Ted Williams baseball bat fishing rod sold at Hunt Auctions for $1,600



An auction of Ted Williams memorablia recently fetched $1,600 for an autographed baseball with a ".406" inscription on it.

An original game bat Ted Williams gave to Boston Red Sox teammate Bobby Doerr commanded an amazing final bid of $46,000.

But the most amazing item among the plagues, baseballs, bats, photos, lithographs, letters, jackets et al. in the Hunt Auction, which raised money to benefit The Jimmy Fund, was an odd-looking baseball bat fishing rod.

The "Unique Ted Williams Louisville Slugger Bonefish Special baseball bat fishing rod" came with a black-and-white photo of Ted Williams the fisherman standing in front of seven bonefish he caught, though probably not with that baseball bat fishing rod.

Here's a description of Lot 501 from Hunt Auctions:
Unique Ted Williams Louisville Slugger "Bonefish Special" baseball bat fishing rod. Full size Louisville Slugger Ted Williams 125 model bat which was custom fashioned for Williams to be a fishing rod with "BONEFISH SPECIAL" titling. The body of the bat features red taped 'rings" which also hold the line eyelets in place with a fly fishing reel at the handle area. Includes a vintage black and white 5"x7" image of Williams posing with a group of bonefish: EX
Estimated Price Range: ($500-$750)
Sold for Price: $1,600.00
The "Bonefish Special" sold for $1,600? How are you even supposed to cast with that thing?

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

World record for largest wave ever surfed is confirmed by Guinness World Records

It’s official. The largest wave ever surfed was the mammoth 78-foot wave Garrett McNamara caught in November 2011 at Nazare, Portugal.

Guinness World Records confirmed it today, May 9, 2012.

Video of that monster wave with McNamara surfing it has been around for awhile, but not until today could it be called a world record for largest wave surfed. Cue the video:






McNamara, 44, is a professional big-wave surfer who is part of the Body Glove International team that travels the world chasing storms and seeking the largest waves to surf.

He’s surfed the big breaks of Waimea in Oahu, Mavericks in Northern California and Todos Santos in Mexico.

For more about the world record, we turn to the Guinness World Records announcement:
His epic ride, which required him to be towed into the wave from a jetski, beats a record set by Mike Parsons at Cortes Bank in southern California, in 2008 by over a foot. [...]

Describing the record breaking wave ride, Garrett said: "It's the most challenging, dangerous wave I've ever surfed - it's the only place in the world in which a giant canyon reaches all the way to the beach".

Among those to congratulate Garrett on his achievement was Jorge Barroso, mayor of the town of Nazaré, who commended the daredevil surfer with a tribute at last week's 2012 Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Award awards ceremony in Anaheim, California.

The mayor said: "It is an honour to bring this title to our waters.. For the strength, bravery and the constant will to improve. Nazaré is a bit like your second home and our population admires you."

The record for largest wave surfed (paddle-in) remains held by Shane Dorian, who managed  to successfully ride a wave measured at measured 57ft (17.4 m) in height without a tow at a break known as 'Jaws' off the coast of Maui, Hawaii, USA in March last year.
An incredible, big-wave surfing feat, no doubt. Congrats, Garrett McNamara. Now, what's next?

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Hunting Bigfoot in Texas is OK; Sasquatch is not happy

Bigfoot was not very happy to hear Texas hunters can hunt him.

They hunt deer in Texas. They hunt pheasant, turkey, dove and quail, too. They even hunt alligators.

Now you can add Bigfoot to the hunting mix.

No, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department hasn't added Bigfoot to its hunting regulations. But, as it turns out, Bigfoot is indirectly listed as "nongame" wildlife and would be legal to shoot. Seriously.

What started the "hunting Bigfoot" talk was John Lloyd Scharf, a Sasquatch enthusiast from Oregon who posed a question to the TPWD about hunting unknown creatures in Texas.

TPWD chief of staff Lt. David Sinclair told FoxNews.com he responded with a description of the law, though he claims to have been taken "wildly out of context."

Nevertheless, Texas hunting regulations seem to indicate shooting Bigfoot would be perfectly legal.

From FoxNews.com:
[...The] rules Sinclair cites are clear: It would be legal to shoot Sasquatch.

"Nongame" means wildlife indigenous to Texas that aren't deer, sheep, geese, alligators, or any other animal hunted for food. If the Commission doesn’t specifically list a beast -- and needless to say, Bigfoot doesn’t make the list -- it isn’t protected.

So Bigfoot a Longhorn? Absolutely, said Brian Brown, media coordinator for the Texas Bigfoot Research Conservancy.

"We've got hundreds of sightings going back decades. I don't think we'd have any problem proving it's indigenous. We think they're all over the region," Brown told FoxNews.com.

Oregon resident Scharf worried that the policy could be interpreted as "kill it first, ID it after." He thinks it could even lead to premature extinction of the Bigfoot species. [...]  
The real Bigfoot, allegedly.
.Brown argued that killing a Bigfoot is a necessary way to prove its existence.

"Our primary mission is to conserve these animals. They cannot be conserved until they are accepted as fact. They will not be accepted as fact until a type specimen is produced. It's as simple as that," he wrote on the group's website, texasbigfoot.com.
According to the report, Texas has one of the nation's highest incidents of Bigfoot sightings, following Washington, California, Oregon, Ohio and Florida.

Our guess is that Texas hunters will stick to hunting deer and other species they know to exist. After all, who could shoot an animal with a face like that in the above photo?

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Lion in zoo tries to attack toddler dressed as baby zebra (funny video)

 In the wilds of Africa, a zebra makes for a pretty good meal for a lion. So it wasn't surprising to see this bit of animal nature unfold recently at the Oregon Zoo in Portland, though it has a distinct twist.

This caged lion went after a baby zebra lookalike -- a 13-month-old toddler dressed in a black-and-white striped hoodie.

Luckily, there was a thick glass partition between the lion and the toddler/zebra lookalike. Check it out:



As you can see, the lion -- actually a lioness named Kya -- wanted very much to munch the "baby zebra," yet neither the mother, Heather Baltzor, nor her son, Jack, were afraid.

"He [Jack] loves kitties, so he was waving and saying, 'Hi kitty kitty…,'" Baltzor told ABC News. "We weren’t scared at all."

Baltzor explained how it unfolded:

"The lions were just laying far away on their hill and there were other kids up there but when we put Jack up there she immediately got interested and very curious and came over. I think it was definitely the hoodie...

"She must have thought he looked very tasty."

No doubt.

This reminds us of another frustrated lion which couldn't get at its prey. Remember this video that shows a little girl staring down the lion? Great stuff.  

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

A 2,000-pound great white shark caught in fishing net


Everybody likes a good great white shark story, as evidenced by the number of Internet searches for the terms "world-record great white shark" and "great white shark."

So for your great white shark enjoyment, here's a story that doesn't quite have the intimidation factor of a Jaws-type encounter but does feature a photo (above) that begs the question, "What if that thing had been swimming around where I had been in the water?"

What if, indeed.

There isn't much drama here; it's more about the size of the dead shark.

According to the Pisces Fleet Sportfishing Blog, this great white shark was caught a couple weeks ago in the fishing net of two commercial fishermen off the coast of Sonora, Mexico. They couldn't get the dead shark into their 22-foot skiff so they towed it to shore.

There, about 50 people helped drag the shark up onto the sand.

The great white shark measured 20-feet long and was an estimated 2,000 pounds, though we believe it could have been much heavier.

Why? Because of the story of the world-record great white shark being captured alive by the National Geographic Channel's "Shark Men."

That shark was 17 feet, 9 inches and weighed an incredible 4,225 pounds. You can see the video here.

That shark was let go, allowing it to be free to continue intimidating divers, surfers, swimmers and sea lions. The shark above?

According to the Pisces Fleet Sportfishing Blog, "not one scrap went to waste; it fed the whole town."

BTW: The IGFA world-record great white shark caught by rod and reel was 2,664 pounds, taken off South Australia in 1959, when it wasn't illegal to catch great white sharks. 

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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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