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Fish storiesmickey-mac
Dec 11, 2001 3:44 PM
Has anyone out there caught a really big-ass fish like a marlin or shark or one of those huge halibut up in Alaska? I'm talking about the kind of fish they have to shoot in the head before they're brought on deck so they don't break someone's leg or knock someone overboard trashing around on the deck. Come on, anglers, let's hear your fish stories. I've done no better than some king salmon in Washington and tuna off the southern California coast.
Campy reels suck!!!!! Shimano rules!!!!! nmgtx
Dec 11, 2001 4:06 PM
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Yeah?mickey-mac
Dec 11, 2001 5:05 PM
Well, reels are the only things Shimano makes that don't fall apart in a week. ;-) I'm just waiting for the Mektronic real with push-button casting and auto-reel so I'll never have to put my beer down.
sounds like you need a Camelbak (nm)gtx
Dec 11, 2001 5:16 PM
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Sort of...RhodyRider
Dec 12, 2001 6:28 AM
September 2000, I was out tuna fishing on a charter with pals about 25 miles off the Rhode Island coast. We were slamming bonito using butterfish for bait, but no big bluefin or yellowfin, unfortunately. Then, a decent sized Blue shark decides to play with us for a while...literally. We worked this old boy for almost an hour before we got him alongside, and when the mate went to tag him, the shark finally shook his head and busted the leader. Look Out! Anyway, the fish was almost 8 feet long, estimated weight about 300 Lbs. Blue sharks are "skinny" compared to monster Makos & Great Whites; they appear more sleek and speedy. But they have a mouth full of teeth just the same. It was interesting to see this animal up close. Didn't feel much like diving in at that point! Oh by the way, we were using PENN reels, the BEST!
When I was a small wooden boy...mr_spin
Dec 12, 2001 4:39 PM
...my father was held captive in the belly of Monstro the Whale. My friend Jiminy and I had to build a fire to make the whale sneeze so we could free him. I was kind of pissed because this Blue Fairy had been riding my back to no end for days, but when I really needed her, she was no help at all. And don't even get me started on my nose. It was so long I almost cut it off with a saw. But we got the old man out, and made sure old Geppetto didn't take the boat out anymore. I became a real boy that day, let me tell you.
Now I'd like to hear from Ahab and Santiago (nm)mickey-mac
Dec 12, 2001 4:42 PM
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re: Fish storiesTig
Dec 13, 2001 7:19 AM
I had to give up fishing this last year thanks to arthritis in my hands and shoulders. I don't have any giant fish stories since I like to fish the bays and beaches, not offshore.

In Texas we like to wade fish. It allows you to walk into a fishy area without the noise of a boat. It also feels better when you are one with the water. I at least have had a few sharks eat trout off of my stringer while wading. Nothing huge, but little 2 and 3 foot bonnet head sharks. If wading the beach, you have to just let the shark take off with the whole stringer since there are bull sharks out there. It will scare the hell out of you at first, so you slowly work your way back to the boat or shore. Why slowly? Stingrays live on the bottom and you must shuffle your feet to avoid stepping on one and getting barbed. I've heard getting a barb the size of your finger jammed into your foot is as painful as it gets. The poison enzimes eat at your soft tissues.

I could go on, but don't want to bore anyone...
re: Fish storiesDINOSAUR
Dec 13, 2001 1:37 PM
Back in 1979 my younger brother took me fishing in the San Francisco Bay. We caught a good sized sturgeon, which is a fete in itself as some people fish for years before they hook onto one. Whenever I tell the story to anyone they are livid. Good eating also, smoked sturgeon, sort of tastes like chicken (just kidding) actually hard to tell apart from smoked shark. My brother died in 1996, I inherited all his fishing gear (tons of the stuff). I'm always too busy riding my bike and have never used it. Maybe someday..