Overhyping the Fear Factor Doesn’t Help Fishing

Kirk Deeter, of Field &Stream, wonders whether the fishers of tomorrow are getting the right message.  

“I gave another elementary school talk the other day, and was once again blown away by the enthusiasm 10-year-olds have for fishing. They asked many great questions, but there was a pattern that left me feeling concerned. funnyshark

"Have you ever been attacked by a shark?" (Nope… but I’ve watched them jump and thrash when I’ve fought them on a fly rod, and I’ve had them brush against me when I’m scuba diving.)

Have you ever been bit by a rattlesnake? (No… but I am afraid of them, so I try really hard not to step on them.)

What fish scares you the most? (The trout that’s rising, and I cannot figure out how to catch it… I think I’m losing my mind.)

Have you ever seen a big fish kill anyone? (No, not any people. I’ve seen big fish eat little fish, and birds, and that sort of stuff.)

Have you ever been attacked by a "river monster?" (Not yet.)

Look, I get what the show "River Monsters" is all about…”

Read the whole story.

Extreme fishing: from Vladimir Putin to Robson Green, sport at its most macho, or is it?

“Angling used to be about mystery and tranquillity. Now it’s about landing the biggest river monster you can battle from the depths, and it’s becoming a big global business, too.”

Very insightful article in the UK ‘Guardian’ about ‘stunt fishing’.(Link fixed)

The ‘UK Grip’ – A Trout Killer Too!

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Some people who read my recent article on ‘grip and kill’ when taking photos of trout have pointed out the style of grip shown above – I call it the ‘UK grip’ and it can be lethal.

Those who follow UK trout fishing magazines and websites may have noticed the prevalence of photos with the trout being held as seen in the photo above. I did a quick flick through a pile of recent top selling UK magazines and websites and as rough estimate well over 50% of fish are held by the UK grip.  I believe trout are held this way to show off the fact that the fish is a ‘full-finned’ or wild fish, not a stocked fish.

Many (most?) stocked fish have their tails and fines damaged by other fish and the concrete walls of the stock pens. So to show off the fact the fish is ‘full-finned and tailed’ you need a grip that does just that. That grip which I have called the ‘UK grip’ is great for showing fins and tails, but is it good for the trout? No.

The UK grip means that the tail of the fish is not firmly held by fingers encircling the base of the tail – to do so would ‘hide’ the tail. So the holder must squeeze the fish as shown above. If the fish thrashes about the grip around the heart area has to increase. All bad news for the heart and other organs.

This practice needs to stop, and fishing media can stamp it out almost immediately. Magazines and websites need to stop showing fish held in this way.

Fishing Simplified?

I usually try and ignore the mangled English that can sometimes be found flowing from the keyboard of people for whom English is a second language – but the following gem is from a US boat rental website, mostly in English…

“Popular Fishing Types: Choice your best.

Fly Fishing
Fly fishing is an very old and severe sort of fishing that has a unmatched way of fishing. Although this is severe in nature, but moreover a really relaxing sport. Flies are the many critical apparatus in fly fishing and flies are synthetic in nature, but shut to the originals. use of fly fishermen fishing techniques, fishing both uninformed and salt water, but of march not similar ways. Britain, Japan, North America and Australia are the places where people are going to be staunch to fly fishing.

Fishing Game
Game Fishing is popularly well known as the low sea competition fishing, competition fishing or offshore fishing offshore. This fishing is really renouned in Australia and New Zealand. In the fishing diversion fishing to grasp tuna and marlin go. The ships are about 18-21 feet are best for such adventures. In Hawaii, these boats are well known as the butterfly navy on the other palm are called “party boats in New Zealand.

River Fishing
River fishing is one thing that is really renouned amid the local race of places. This is similarly renouned and interesting as infectious fish in the sea. River fishing requires calm and a proper outline will make it even more enjoyable. If you’re on an exploit of this, then do not dont think about to project in to the place only. I will not give great results in minimal time.

Reef Fishing
The embankment refers to a shallow of rocks, coral or sand that rises nearby the aspect of a body of water. So fisherman can fish from the seaside of a sea, stream or lake. Before you go fishing on the reefs you must be have a great thought about the height of the H2O goes fishing. It is not a correct thing to fish in unknown waters, if you are out fishing on the reefs. It is appropriate to take a thick rod with you, since this sort of fishing requires a great treat of strength and infrequently the fishermen finish up violation their rods. Weather conditions and breeze citation are moreover a few special factors that you must be consider. When it comes to lures, live shrimp, crabs, mullet and a accumulation of other fish work well in this sort of fishing.”

There is more but my head hurts!

Great Whites Deep Divers

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Malcolm Francis, of the New Zealand National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), says, “We used to think great white sharks were shallow-water coastal species that lived in cold areas, where there were lots of seals to eat,” he said. “Now we have changed our impression of what they do.”

What changed his mind were three four-metre-plus great whites tagged off the Chatham Islands, east of New Zealand’s main islands, which arrived in Tonga, 3000km north, for a midwinter feast of humpback whale calves.

NIWA and the Department of Conservation in New Zealand  have been attaching satellite tags to great whites, to measure position, depth and water temperature. After several months, the tags pop off and float to the surface, where the data is transmitted to a satellite.

Dr Francis said that this year two Stewart Island whites had gone 4000 kilometres to Queensland’s Great Barrier. Surprisingly, they go in a straight line. “They seem to know where they are going,” he said, noting that they moved through the water at between 4kmh and 5kmh, or an impressive 120km a day.

Up to 70 per cent of the time they are near the surface but this winter one of the whites dived. “We’ve got what we think is a world record of 1000 metres for a white shark.” He believes it would have gone after a giant squid or phosphorescent fish. At that depth it would be pitch black and the white would have been guided in by the fish glow.

“They head off to the tropics, and we’re not quite sure what they are doing but we think they are showing interest in humpback whales,” Dr Francis said.

Tags were found in humpback whale calving areas. Evidence exists of whites feeding on dead whales and dead calves. Now NIWA thinks the whites follow the whales when seal numbers decline in colonies over winter.

Assorted Fishy Weirdness

Is there something in the water? Is there an outbreak of strangeness? Your guess is as good as mine.

Crotch lobster

Oh my. While some folks are hard at work designing new marine protected areas for southern California, others are shoving lobsters down their pants. Stealing lobsters isn’t particularly difficult — wardens say it’s one of the most common poaching …

Mysterious fish said to eat people in India

It’s called a goonch, and it’s a catfish that can get really big and is said to be eating people in India and Nepal. The story is strange. The goonch probably started down the path of eating people by scavenging bodies disposed in rivers in the area,…

Holy Lures!

One of the most amazing fishing tackle stories of all-time centers on a group of Franciscan nuns in Ohio who decided to go into the tackle business. Calling their lures “St. Peter’s Fishing Lures,” they manufactured and sold a line of 16 different …

Trouser Trout Marketing

The Levi’s “unleash your beast” campaign encourages web users to create and share with friends animated images of phallic creatures popping out of 501 jeans. The American Decency Association is calling for a boycott.

Weird Fish, Ugly Fish, Ferocious Fish, Huge Fish…

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A real passion of mine is exploring sites that reveal the world under our world’s water, and I am continually surprised by the new fish I find, fish that almost defy imagination.

If you share my interest and want to view some truly weird, some truly ugly, some truly ferocious, some truly huge, and some truly other-worldly, head to darkroastblend.com and enjoy.

Men and fish are attracted by visually stimulating lures

From FlyFish Magazine :

Women anglers are getting into fly fishing in great numbers. It seems that they are not only using their new found knowledge of the sport to catch trout or bass, they are using it to catch men! Behold Gail Ruben’s book “A Girl’s Pocket Guide to Trouser Trout.”

“The trout hunts by sight. Men and fish are attracted by visually stimulating lures. Look your best, and wear eye-catching accessories that start conversations, such as unique jewelry or outrageous cowboy boots.”

I call foul on this tactic! Any woman who would resort to trying to lure a man by wearing some sort of high heels or cowboy boots, or cheerleader costume…or leather …….. sorry, I just lost my train of thought completely.