SFTV Conservation Minute: #Sailfish Handling At The Boat
How to handle your sailfish catch at the boat and safely release them back to the sea without harming them .
Meet Christina …
” Christina tapped the plentiful offshore waters of Marathon, Florida Keys, to haul in this dolphin. Even though Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon and Key West tend to be the most popular fishing destinations, don’t forget about the “Forgotten Keys“ in the lower Keys, including Big Pine Key. These less-pressured keys offer exceptional fishing both inshore and offshore. “
And this here is Catherine …
” Catherine, a University of Georgia gymnast, went fishing in Key West and landed this permit. Key West Harbor is one of the most dependable spots to catch permit, especially during the spring. This fishery is a great option for those who lack the time or patience to pursue these fish on the flats. “
Meet twenty three more ladies who love fishing at Sport Fishing magazine’s October edition of “Sport Fishing Girls“
” Photographer and pilot Wayne Davis shot these amazing aerial photos over the open ocean of giant tuna swimming in beautiful formations. Flip through all the images and you’ll even see the surprise shark and whale join them. You can view more images from Wayne Davis and contact him at his website:www.OceanAerials.com. “
Marlin Magazine has nearly two dozen more spectacular photos … see them here
” This is the age of the super-sized center console. Based on big, beamy hulls and boasting plenty of power – usually in the form of multiple V-6 or V-8 outboards – these offshore fishing machines are suitable for a wide range of angling pursuits – from sailfish to swordfish, kingfish to cobia, tuna to tarpon and more.
What defines a big center-console fishing boat? We think 30-something-plus feet LOA (length overall) serves as the benchmark, though today you’ll certainly find multiple boats over 40 feet in this genre. And there are some spectacular models – not just because of their size, but also because of their great designs, features and style.
We’ve scoured the market to find today’s top models, great center-console boats that have earned the respect of serious offshore anglers. So if you are looking for a new blue-water boat, start your search here with 25 Great Center-Console Boats Over 30 Feet. (Listed alphabetically by manufacturer.)
” The EdgeWater 318CC continues to be a favorite among saltwater anglers. This center-console boat’s 10-foot, 2-inch beam offers plenty of fishing space for you and your crew without feeling crowded. The unsinkable design of EdgeWater’s SPI (Single Piece Infusion) all-composite construction enables a safer, stronger and well-performing hull.
The outboard-powered 318CC features a 28-gallon livewell and two fish lockers – one forward and one aft that can double as a livewell. It also offers tackle storage in the leaning post and rod holders aplenty. Rated for 700 hp and boasting 300-gallon fuel capacity, the 318CC has the power and range to fish far offshore and return you safely.”
See the others including entries from Contender , Hydra-Sports , Everglades , Intrepid and much more …
” Yellowfin tuna are normally a deep-water, roaming fish found far offshore. The last time Alex Hare, a 22-year-old angler from Destin, Florida, caught a yellowfin tuna it was on rod and reel in the Gulf of Mexico near oil rigs — in 6,000 feet of water. His most recent yellowfin catch happened Sunday, August 3, when he free-gaffed an estimated 100-pound yellowfin tuna in the 8-foot deep boat basin of a Florida Keys resort.
Hare, who was staying with friends at Angler’s Reef, located near mile marker 84.5, spotted the fish swimming in the resort’s small harbor for about 20 minutes.
” At first, we saw a wake, and thought it was a tarpon,” Hare says. “We couldn’t believe that it was a yellowfin.”
” Jennifer landed this 120-pound yellowfin tuna off Panama in May 2014. She caught the tuna on a Black Hole Cape Cod special 250g jigging rod and Avet MXL Raptor reel with 65-pound Fins braid. Panama yellowfins can amass so thick around bait schools that it’s possible to motor right into the school and watch tunas fly through the air next to the boat.”
” Cynthia landed this nice little tunny on a recent trip. The little tunny is often confused with similar species, mostly because it has different nicknames in different regions and looks like other tunalike fish. Find out the difference between a tuna and a bonito.”
See the other 23 pictures at SportFishing Mag
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” A new record for blue marlin released in one year by a single boat has been established, according to Capt. Josh Temple, and within just five months.
Reporting from home port of Los Suenos, Costa Rica, Temple tells Sport Fishing that anglers aboard the 60-foot Carol Libby— a Spencer and American Custom Yachts hybrid — on June 26 released billfish number 430.
That breaks the record of 422 releases previously set by Capt. Bobby McGuinness on the Cazador out of Golfito in 2010. “
Enjoy this video of some of last year’s action aboard the Carol Libby …
” John Sims, a mate on the boat Reel Worthless out of Pensacola, Florida, tells Sport Fishing that they spend the summer traveling and fishing billfish tournaments. During the recent Orange Beach Billfish Classic, they had a double header on bluefin tunas in the Gulf of Mexico, while live-baiting for blue marlin.
After the first hour and half, they caught and released the first bluefin, which they estimated to be 700-pounds. Then after three and half hours, they released the second, which they estimated to be 900-pounds.”
‘ A group of south Florida fishermen reeled in a rare sawfish over the weekend, capturing the exciting feat on video.
It took Dustin Richter and pals more than two hours to wrangle the 11-foot long, 500-pound creature during a midnight fishing trip on Sunday morning, ABC’s West Palm Beach affiliate WPBF reported.
“ Catching a fish like that is like once in a lifetime,” Richter said.
Richter and his friends, from Boynton Beach, Fla., let the sawfish go after bringing it to shore and filming a video.
“ It’s just one of those prehistoric-looking animals,” he said. “If you see them you’re lucky to see them and if you catch them you’re even luckier.” “
” Fishing with dynamite is illegal in Lebanon. These guys posted their video on their Facebook page, and will be found soon after that video was shown in the news.
Blast fishing or dynamite fishing is the practice of using explosives to stun or kill schools of fish for easy collection. This often illegal practice can be extremely destructive to the surrounding ecosystem, as the explosion often destroys the underlying habitat (such as coral reefs) that supports marine life.”
” A 13-foot long female megamouth shark weighing nearly 1,500 pounds caught off the coast of Japan was dissected before thousands of onlookers at the Marine Science Museum in Shizuoka City Thursday. The creature was caught by fishermen from a depth of 2,600 feet.
The first specimen of a megamouth shark was caught off Oahu, Hawaii, in 1976, and megamouth sightings are extremely rare. According to the Japan Daily Press, this catch in Japan marks just the 58th occasion when a megamouth was actually seen by people.”
” First of all, I have to tip my hat to Don Wheeler of Laurel for his accomplishments that led to landing the monster amberjack that tipped the scales at an even 126 pounds. After the fish is officially certified next month by the Commission on Marine Resources, it will replace the old mark of 124.4 pounds.
Secondly, and more remarkable, the medical salesman landed the fish in 200 feet of water in 30 minutes. A few years ago, I caught a 70-pound amberjack that took 20 minutes to land and Wheeler’s fish was nearly doubled that in weight during the actually fight.
The trip to the state record began on March 22 when the Lovin’ Life captained by Chris Denton parted the Boardwalk Marina in Biloxi to do a little tuna fishing around the Ram Powell, a well-known rig located to the east off the mouth of the Mississippi River.
The fishing crew did catch a few blackfin tuna upon their arrival at the rig before deciding to grab a few hours of sleep in hopes of landing yellowfin tuna the next morning.
The morning bite produced a few more blackfin and two yellowfin tuna before Denton opted to move back north to the Horseshoes Rigs and the large salt dome that extends up from the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico to try their luck at amberjack.”
” We know you’re out there, and we want to put you in our informative girls-only galleries. We hope you’ll discover something that you may not have known about a fish, a boat or a fishing destination. Send us your fishing photos to email@example.com. Enjoy our latest edition presented by Pat Ford.
Amanda reeled in a permit off Bimini. Permit are widely considered the most elusive and wary trophy among flats anglers, permit range throughout tropical waters of the western Atlantic. Other species occur elsewhere, notably in tropical Australia.”
We can’t resist offering one more sample and positing the age old question; How do we get a job like this ?
” Jessica fishes out of Key West, Florida. Key West is known a wide variety of fish, inshore species include permit, bonefish and tarpon. Offshore species can include anything from dolphin to billfish.”
See two dozen more photos at Sportfishing Magazine
Image via ncrustic.com
” It’s a question that has been asked by many first-time anglers, and one that will be asked many more times in the future. Of course, different fishermen will have all sorts of different answers to this question, based on everything from personal preference to scientific study. Sunset is one of the most ideal times of day to fish. Here’s eight reasons why.”
TUNA BITE – A Simple Instructional Video
Published on Jan 24, 2014
” “How to Catch 143 Sailfish in 5 Days” A simple instructional video Starring Howard Lynch , The boys from the No Quarter and a few others. All shots were filmed onboard the Tuna Bite. Special thanks to Bill Pino at SQUIDNATION for the squids. Those savage sails stole one off the right side.”
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” This is why you should never be out on the water during a thunderstorm if you can avoid it. Paul Ragsdale uploaded this video to YouTube of professional angler Tucker Owings’ close encounter with lightning. According to Owings’ Facebook page, he was fishing on Lake Athens in Texas on Saturday when lightning struck directly in front of his boat.”
See these articles for more information on fishing/boating and lightning strikes . Contrary to popular belief golfers are not the most likely to be struck by lightning . Boaters and fishermen take that “honor” .
Published on Sep 27, 2013
” It’s DIY, its Kiwi as! Extreme Fisherman Matt Watson takes on a huge tuna, with only a hand line and an electric fence reel! The local fisherman on the boat think it can’t be done. Watch this clip to find out if one of these monster fish can be brought to the boat by hand! “
” Who would of thought you would live to see the “No Fishing” signs go up on the Everglades National Park or all of Biscayne National Park. You heard right, the Obama Administration has been spending extra money to make sure hard working men and women cannot go to their jobs. All of the guides who are licensed to be there and make a living taking clients into the open waters of the parks have been told the ocean is closed due to the lack of funding.
This has become a common story amongst sportsmen and outdoor adventurers as this same malicious “payback” behavior emerges from the administration during this closure. I’m not trying to get political, but facts are facts. Many of the outdoor professions are seasonal, and to miss any part of a prime season can break one’s outcome for the year. In a barely surviving economy, where guides and lodges are feeling the squeeze, this could become the last straw and all for nothing. “