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Hogs are Scary!


Should have gone hunting!shoulda-gone-hunting

WHAT’S THIS?!elephantFishAn Elephant fish- native of southwestern Pacific Ocean near the coasts of Australia and New Zealand

Screen Shot 2016-03-01 at 8.32.26 PMPanama City Beach man caught a 600 lb 10ft Mako from the beach!? Matt Pemberton of, Off The Beach Shark Fishing, “We try to stay on the east end where there aren’t any swimmers and we try to catch some big sharks.” hmmm, I wonder if shark attacks are up in the area? read more





How To Torment A Cat



 I Caught A Dog?!



A Good Day Fishing

A trip that won’t soon be forgotten…
This particular trip bluntly reminded me that there is however one absolute certainty in fishing. You and I both will never know everything there is to know about fishing. For me anyhow, and I imagine you as well, that is what always keeps me coming back to the water. “Never know if you don’t go!”


Got A Nose For Fishing?

The fish he had on the line spat out the hook and the slingshoted the hook smack into his right nostril.
One more reason anglers should always wear protective eyeglasses. Read More



Catching reds isn’t about blind casting; it’s about targeting specific fish. The idea is to pole a flats skiff, gondola-style, or wade on foot in a promising area, spot a fish or a group of them, then cast, retrieve or “strip,” your fly, and, if you get a strike, set the hook. On a typical day, an angler might have shots at 20 fish, and land five or six of them. The biggest redfish caught in Texas — 15 pounds, 37 inches — was taken in the Laguna Madre, and anglers routinely catch reds measuring 25 inches and weighing up to 10 pounds here. On the other hand, saltwater fly-fishing is a game of myriad variables, many of them beyond an angler’s control, so shutouts happen, too. more


American angler  caught and released a Great White shark estimated at a 4,600lb,16ft 7ins long .Biggest-shark-in-history
His catch included three sharks in excess of 4,000lb, the biggest being a 16ft 7ins long female, and it is the first time that fish of this size have been examined and tagged alive Chris and his team invented a unique system to carry out the operation aroud Guadalupe Island with a rig involving the largest circle hook ever produed, a custom-made Mustad 27/0 version connected to a steel chain, four strands of 1,000lb cable wire as a trace and a long length of tow rope. more
The biggest Great Whites in history

– The official rod-caught record Great White shark, according to the International Game Fish Association (IGFA), weighed 2,664lb and was taken in Southern Australia in 1959 by Alfred Dean. Bigger sharks have been acknowledged by the IGFA, but were later disallowed for rule violations.

– One of the biggest Great White shark captures of all time was a 3,427lb fish caught on rod and line by shark-fishing pioneer Frank Mundus in 1986, the man who was the inspiration for the character Quint in Jaws. Mundus had harpooned an even bigger 4,500lb specimen 22 years earlier.

– A 23ft long 5,500lb fish was reportedly caught in a set net off the coast of Hualien County in Taiwan on May 14, 1997.


Biggest Fish Ever Hooked and Landed

Another giant catch was described in Fishes and Fishing in Louisiana by James Gowanloch. In 1933, Captain Jay Gould of Hollywood, Florida captured a manta ray that measured 19 feet, 9 inches from wing-tip to wing-tip. The ray was hooked on a large shark hook on 1,200 feet of 1/2-inch rope, and when it had been subdued and towed back to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, the city’s 20-ton crane had to be used to lift the fish from the water, after the chain hoists on three smaller cranes were stripped while trying to bring it up. The manta ray’s weight was estimated at 5,500 pounds.

  Zero to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds!

Sailfish Flip

It’s difficult to determine how fast some fish can swim, but some anglers at Florida’s Long Key Fishing Camp came up with a simple method for accurately measuring a fish’s swimming speed. A fish is hooked. It makes a run. You measure how much line the fish took off the spool in a certain number of seconds, and you can calculate the fish’s speed. The fastest fish in these speed trials, perhaps the fastest fish in the world, was a sailfish that took out 300 feet of line in three seconds, a velocity of 68 mph. That’s zero to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds!

The Oldest Fish Ever Caught

alaska-rockfishThis Alaskan Rockfish believed to be one of the biggest and oldest ever. At  39.08-lbs  and an estimated 200+ years old! more

1,100lb White Sturgeon


Retired couple catches century-old, 1,100-pound white sturgeon in B.C. more


World Record Blue Catfish

Landed by 47-year-old Missouri resident Greg Bernal at 1:30 A.M. on July 21, 2010, caught with rod and reel in the Missouri River. At 57 inches long, 45 inches in girth, and a130 pounds!

The World Record 97lb Giant Tigerfish

biggest-giant-tigerfish-ever-caught-world-recordThe giant tigerfish (Hydrocynus goliath), found in rivers throughout central Africa, is famous (and almost certainly named) for its giant teeth. These teeth can take a chunk out of just about anything, including human limbs, so fishing for these things can be quite hazardous to one’s health. The world record giant tigerfish, caught on rod and real and pictured here, was landed on July 9, 1988 by Raymond Houtmans. It weighed a whopping 97 pounds.

Alligator Gar measured 8’3” and weighed 230 pounds


The absolutely terrifying Alligator Gar (Atractosteus spatula) is typically found in the Southeastern portion of the United States, but they have been seen as far north as Illinois and as far south as Veracruz, Mexico. Historically despised because they feed on prized game fish like largemouth bass—and because they are scary as hell—recently there has been a surge in “Gar hunting.” The one pictured here, for example, may be the world record for Alligator Gar killed by bow and arrow. It was shot in Texas by John Paul Morris, the son of Bass Pro Shops CEO Johnny Morris. The beast measured 8’3” and weighed 230 pounds!

22 lb. 4 oz. bass on July 2, 2009

biggest-largemouth-bass-world-record-Manabu-Kurita-e1311868853544In North America, the largemouth bass (Micropterus salmonides) record is considered the “holy grail” of freshwater fishing records. This is primarily due to two factors. First, largemouth bass are among the most sought-after game fish, and bass fishing is a billion dollar industry. Second, the world record for largemouth bass is one of the oldest and most revered in the world, having stood for an incredible 77 years. And while this hallowed record has not yet fallen, it has been tied. Manabu Kurita of Aichi, Japan caught a 22 lb. 4 oz. bass on July 2, 2009 in Lake Biwa near Kyoto, tying the record set by George Perry of Jacksonville, Georgia on June 2, 1932. There was much debate and quite a bit of controversy surrounding this record-setting catch, given the sanctity of the record involved, but the International Game Fish Association went to great lengths to verify the record—even subjecting Mr. Kurita to a polygraph test, which he passed. So, the record is officially tied.

9 feet, 646lbs, Mekong Giant Catfish

biggest-catfish-ever-caughtOn May 1, 2005 Fishermen in northern Thailand netted what scientists believe is the largest freshwater fish ever recorded, let alone caught. At 9 feet long and 646 pounds, the Mekong giant catfish (Pangasianodon gigas) was the size of an adult grizzly bear. Since this species of fish is considered critically endangered, the fishermen tried their best to keep the brute alive, but were unsuccessful. It was later eaten by local villagers.

World Record Swordfish 179.25″ –  1,182lbs



The swordfish (Xiphias gladius) world record was set all the way back on May 7, 1953 off the coast of Iquique, Chile, by Lou Marron. The fish Marron landed after a grueling 2-hour fight was 179.25 inches long and weighed 1,182 pounds. It was one of the heaviest fish ever caught on rod and reel. Today, the restored mount of the fish is on display at the International Game Fish Association Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Miami, FL.

1,402lb Atlantic Blue Marlin World Record


The record for Atlantic Blue Marlin (Makaira nigricans) has the distinction of being set on a Leap Day. On Feburary 29, 1992, after an 80 minute battle, Paulo Amorim landed a whopper off the coast of Vitória, Brazil that weighed in at 1,402 pounds. This beat the old record by an impressive 120 pounds.

Bluefin Tuna 1,496lbs

biggest-bluefin-tuna-ever-caught-world-record-ken-fraser-e1311868985407Ken Fraser caught the world’s biggest Atlantic Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus thynnus)

in Aulds Cove, Nova Scotia back on October 26, 1979. He landed the 1,496 pound fish in an impressive 45 minutes, and has been basking in the glory ever since. These days, Ken Fraser has a slick website which he uses to peddle the book he wrote about his catch, Possessed. (Perhaps the book would be more appropriately titled Obsessed?)

to operate this fly rod, it would require 2 dozen men!


The record for the worlds largest Fly rod and reel was set in 1999. The functional fiberglass rod is over 70 ft long. The functional reel is 4 ft in diameter and made out of aviation grade aluminum.