2012 Striper Challenge

June 14, 2012 · Posted in Events, Fisherman · Comment 

Old Harbor Outfitters & Southport Brewing Company are presenting the annual 2012 Striper Challenge in Milford, Connecticut. The largest weigh-in striper angler will receive a $10,000 cash prize and trophy. Prizes including travel and angler gear are reserved for second and third place winners. The tournament will run Friday June 29th to Sunday July 1st and anglers can fish from either boat or shore. This is a great opportunity to get out on the water with your friends and family for the chance to win while doing what we all love – fishing.
2012 Striper Challenge

Sea Rogue Fishing Charters – Freeport, Long Island

May 29, 2012 · Posted in Events, Fisherman · Comment 
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Sea Rogue Fishing Charters

Personalized Freeport, Long Island Fishing Adventures

Sea Rogue Fishing Charters of Freeport, Long Island is one of the leading providers of high quality fishing adventurers for small groups of anglers. Sea Rogue Charters limit the number of anglers they take out to 3 so everyone can have the full attention of the crew.

The folks at Sea Rogue Fishing Charters know that fishing is supposed to be fun and have tours available along Long Island’s south shore for any anglers taste. Whether you are a hardcore fisherman or just want to enjoy an afternoon with your family your crew will know exactly where to take you to get the most out of your fishing excursion.

Monster Florida Keys Swordfish – 683 Pounds!

April 5, 2012 · Posted in Fisherman · Comment 

April 3, 2012 – A monster swordfish weighing in close to the 700 pound mark was snagged this previous Tuesday off the Florida Keys. The fish was reported as being 107 inches long with a girth of 70 inches.

The fish was caught by Mike Driskell, the Mystique’s boat mate, who lives in Little Torch Key on a electric Shimano Tiagra reel. The fish striked a 5 pound bonito fish on an 80-pound braid about 30 miles to south of Marathon, Florida Tuesday afternoon.

700 pound swordfish

The crew weighed the fish on a certified International Game Fish Association scale at Key Colony Beach Marina. This was the second swordfish weighing in excess of 500 pounds caught within the last 10 days and is believed to be the biggest swordfish ever caught off the Florida Keys during daytime hours.

Unfortunately, because the fish was caught on an electric reel it will not qualify for a state or an IGFA record. A 612.75-pound broadbill caught off Key Largo at night on May 7, 1978, will continue to reign as the biggest swordfish ever caught in the Florida Keys without an electric reel.

Daytime swordfishing techniques were only recently pioneered in the last decade and the professionals only continue to get better at it. “I tip my hat to all the guys who have pioneered this thing,” Rabito said. “It has paved the path for the younger guys and gives you great respect for those that went out there, spent a lot of time and experimented.”

Spectators at the weigh in were treated to complimentary swordfish steaks after all the measurements had been completed. One thing is sure – there are still some monster fish out there waiting to give a fight to a good angler.

Opening Day – Flounder Fishing

April 2, 2012 · Posted in Fisherman · Comment 

Captain Dave of http://www.captdaveonline.com located in New York –> New York Bight has reported that he and his guests had some great flounder fishing on opening day April 1, 2012. Captain Dave said “with the nice weather we had the fish never went into the mud.” Captain Dave sails daily for flounder fishing at 9 A.M. By the end of the day they had caught well over 50 fish and the biggest weighed in around 2.5 lbs. Captain Dave gave credit to their chumboy, Little Buffalo for his hard work and help landing all these fish and making it a successful day.

Captain Dave has years of salt water fishing experience and has tours that can fit anyone’s schedule.

Zeldin Pushes to Repeal NY State SW License

March 1, 2011 · Posted in Fisherman · Comment 

State Sen. Lee Zeldin announced at a news conference yesterday that he would introduce legislation tomorrow to repeal the state’s controversial saltwater fishing license fee.
Zeldin (R-Shirley), speaking to some 50 supporters and fishermen at the Suffolk County Boat & Sport Fishing Show at Suffolk Community College, said he wanted to replace the tax with a free online registration compliant with federal regulations. “We shouldn’t have to pay for an activity that generations have always enjoyed for free,” said Zeldin, who spent summers as a youth fishing on his father’s boat in the Great South Bay.

See the Newsday article and 27East.com for full coverage

New IGFA Record Tilapia for Stuart FL Woman

February 23, 2011 · Posted in Fisherman · Comment 

Pamela Henry has herself a new world and state record for Blue Tilapia. Henry was fishing off her dock last August in the south fork of the St. Lucie River in Martin County when she caught the big fish. She was using a bread ball and was fishing at night.
“I’ve been fishing my whole life, so it was always my mission to catch a record blue tilapia,” said Henry. “I had researched the minimum weight, so I knew what I was looking for.”
Read the whole story here

405.2 lb Yellowfin Tuna May Be A Record?

February 23, 2011 · Posted in Fisherman · Comment 

Photo by Peggy Peattie Mike Livingston stands beside the 405.2-pound yellowfin tuna he caught aboard captain Mike Lackey's Vagabond.

A pending yellowfin tuna record that is being considered by the International Game Fish Association. Though angler Mike Livingston of Sunland caught the 405.2-pound yellowfin on Nov. 30 aboard Capt. Mike Lackey’s Vagabond, the record wasn’t submitted until late December, according to Mike’s wife, Dawn. It likely will be a bit longer before the IGFA approves or disapproves the record, but in the meantime, Southern Californians will get to see a life-size mount of this tremendous tuna in the next couple of months.
Read more here

Big Water Challenge

February 16, 2011 · Posted in Fisherman · Comment 

QUESTION? What does it take to turn a Great Lakes vessel into an offshore fishing boat?

Everyone is talking about The Capt. Bob Lewis Big Water Billfish Challenge – even the MasterTV’s Pleasure Boat show!

Airing on Fox Sports in April, Pleasure Boater will be giving you a behind-the-scenes look at our groundbreaking behind-the-scenes look at Florida’s competitive tournament fishing. Check it out now!

Exempt Alabama Anglers Still on the Hook

February 14, 2011 · Posted in Fisherman · Comment 

Fishermen who are not required to buy an annual Alabama saltwater license are being asked to voluntarily submit information to the new National Saltwater Angler Registry.
NOAA recently announced that the fee for registering for what amounts to a federal saltwater fishing license is $15. Alabama and Mississippi anglers are exempt from buying the federal license as long as each state can show it is complying with efforts to register everyone who fishes in saltwater off their coasts. Read more. . .

Now THAT’S What We Call A Trout!

February 11, 2011 · Posted in Fisherman · Comment 

National Geographic once referred to the taimen as the Mongolian Terror Trout. No wonder why, we suppose.

Angler Maxim Sazonov, of Moscowskaya, Russia caught and released this potential 130-pound line class record taimen while fishing the Shevly River, Russia, with guide Skorkhodov Maxim. Sazonoz was using a Blue Fox Salmon Bait, and needed 28 minutes to land this 77-pound 2-ounce beast. The current IGFA record is 24 pounds 4 ounces.

Mongolian legend tells of a giant taimen trapped in river ice. Starving herders were able to survive the winter by hacking off pieces of its flesh. In the spring the ice melted and the giant taimen swam away.

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