31 posts categorized "Fish Tales"

October 30, 2008

Kayak Angler Towed 11 Miles by Marlin


The Baja version of a Nantucket Sleighride.

During the shooting of the latest segment ExOfficio presents Kayak Fishing: Game On Howard McKim's hooked up with a 300-pound blue marlin and was taken for the ride of his life.

See the whole story and links to photos and video after the jump.


September 30, 2008

The Passing of Stabby the Sailfish


A LOL post about ending a relationship with a sailfish mount that was found in an alley.

I like to imagine Ernest Hemingway and baseball great Ted Williams sitting on a boat together, taking turns on the rod, struggling for hours to land the creature. When the fight is finished, the men bring their prize ashore, and retire to the fishing club to do some shots of Pisco with John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart. They would eat Dorado and share stories of love, life, and women. And one day, the symbol of their greatness would find its way into my life, and perhaps onto my wall.

Whatever. Anyway, time to throw this dirty fuckin’ thing into the dumpster.

Via: Middle Coast: LINK

July 03, 2008

Super Friends


June 27, 2008

Not Bad for an Octogenarian


In 2005 Mom caught a 90 pound Halibut, a 55 pound King salmon and a 50 pound King salmon.

Mom was 85 years old in 2005. 

Via: Grow A Brain LINK

December 27, 2007

The Domesday Book of Giant Salmon


Fred Buller, has collected the dates, weights, and documented stories of every known Atlantic salmon over 50lb caught on the fly, and all salmon over 60lbs caught with prawns, nets, or other means. LINK

Zombie Fishing Trip


by Brian Rosenberger -

No bites in the morning save for bugs

drowning in ocular fluid

rubbing and rubbing

out plopped his eye

Via: Tales of the Zombie War LINK

Previously on M.C. LINK

November 10, 2007

Do Not Hike Down the Snaring


We had three choices, take the 4 pass route that I had heard was difficult up and down but out of the trees, back the way we had come or hike down the Snaring River which was the shortest route by 10 km but we had been warned not to go this route due to the terrain.  VIA Chum reader - Pacres LINK

July 31, 2007

Catch of the Day


Jim Hodges has never made a catch quite like the one he pulled from White River north of Broad Ripple a few days ago.The 62-year-old Indianapolis man lifted a 145-year-old gravestone into his bass boat.

Via: The Courier Journal LINK

July 05, 2007

Reel Pure Day

(updated below)

Yesterday E and I took a flyer and hit one of Washington's lesser known steelhead venues. As we headed out our expectations were modest, a relaxing day on the river, a rack of Ranier between friends, and if we were really lucky, some summer steel. We hit it on all accounts except that E drank most of the Ranier.

E spotted three chrome bright fish in the bridge hole, you can see two of them in the shot below, they are big fish!


I stayed up on the bridge to call the drift while E geared up.


After a couple of dozen drifts, a few fly changes, and some near misses, I watched the downriver fish in the first picture chase E's latest offering and inhale it. E set up perfectly on the fish and I screamed some shit like, you are the man and that was f*%king incredible!

Unfortunately the fish got off when E stepped back into this hole and fell on his back.


The aftermath.


Later in the day we circled back to the bridge run and E called the drift for me and incredibly I hooked and immediately lost the exact same fish.

We're not sure who dug that dam hole but we have a photo of the suspect.


It was a Reel Pure day!



5 days, $60 bones in gas, and another rack of Raindog later, Rathbun returned to the scene of the crime.  And found that revenge is a dish best served on a steel platter.




May 29, 2007

Biggest Cat Caught in Pyramid Lake


Via: Crosby Lodge Pyramid Lake News  LINK

March 15, 2007

This will convince your kids not to fish with bait


January 23, 2007

Suckers And The Writing Life


A pleasant variation on the,"how fishing intertwines with life" genre.

VIA Skunkfeathers LINK

January 07, 2007

Bird On!


Mitch Young’s hooked one. Robert Beausoleil’s hooked several. Neither fisherman wanted to catch one, but reeling in brown pelicans is part of fishing at Naples Pier.  VIA Naples New LINK

December 28, 2006

Another rod goes for swim

Wildlife artist Milt Franson of Liverpool felt a strong sense of empathy when he read J. Michael Kelly's column about losing a fishing rod in Skaneateles Lake and then recovering it with a big trout still attached.

VIA The Post Standard LINK

October 26, 2006

Babes in Boyland


Maria and I try to break into the very closed world of fishermen. What we lack in skill, we make up for in womanly grit.  LINK

June 28, 2006

Now I've Seen Everything


Duuude you're poaching my hole.

VIA Washington Fly Fishing  LINK

June 14, 2006

Firehouse Fish Fry Fundraiser Causes Fire


New fish fry planned to raise funds to repair damges. LINK

N.H. family reunited with fish after flood


Cats and dogs who wander from home get reunited with their owners all the time. But fish?  LINK

May 15, 2006

Steelhead Attempt Great Escape


Hold on to yourself, Bartlett. You're twenty feet short.

About 60 adult steelhead escaped last week from a hatchery pen into the bowels of the hatchery’s water system. The fish slipped through a loose stop-log at the pen, then up through a series of pipes and even a partially closed valve. LINK

May 12, 2006

Strange sagas earn anglers awards in fish tale contest


It's time for the first Weird Angling Awards, and a lot of folks shared stories that would have given Rod Serling chills -- or laughs.
  VIA The Olympian  LINK

May 07, 2006

Missing Woman Case Turns Into "Fish Tale"


A local police chief is relieved after what looked like a murder mystery, but with the help of Local 12, turns out to be an unforgettable fish story.

It all unfolded Wednesday evening in Augusta. That's where a man caught a fish, and that fish spit out a Columbus woman's high school class ring from 1984.   LINK

April 13, 2006

Bait the hook well: this fish will bite.


We were turned on to this classic Patrick O'Grady rant via our friends at The Trout Underground. As a former bike racer and industry rep I've been an O'Grady fan for years and fly fishing replaced riding my bike as my favorite pastime. If you missed last Sunday's OLN coverage of the Paris/Roubaix bike race you missed one of sports greatest annual spectacles.

Frankly, if you like fishing enough to watch it on TV, you should probably be outside doing it instead of sprawling on the couch, with your ass inflating like a hot-air balloon. This would free up some space on the airwaves for actual sports, like bicycle racing. 

January 13, 2006

Floating the Beaverhead


On a wooden tub - By Michelle Murray

The third in our series of post's from the pages of Mountain Gazette.

Tony lives in Ramsey, Montana, outside Butte, as do a bunch of other big guys. Years ago, he introduced us to the Beaverhead Fork of the Jefferson River by floating us merrily-life-is-but-a-dream-style in a smelly old rubber raft. Since then, he’s bought an even older hand-hewn wooden dory, the “Rub-a-Dub-Tub.”


January 03, 2006

A Fish Called Wanda


The fish is now called Wanda — because it’s a wonder it survived.


December 23, 2005

T'was the Night Before Caddis


Twas the night before Christmas when down by the stream
The full moon looked out on a chill winter scene.
A lone trout was sipping a midge in his brook,
Untroubled by worries of fishers with hooks.


December 19, 2005

Harold and Kumar go to the Pet Store


G P Vijaya Kumar swallowed 509 small fish through his mouth and blew them out of his nose within one hour, reports The Asian Age.

Mr Kumar, of Gunduppalavadi in Tamil Nadu, started experimenting with live fish after successfully ejecting peas and corn through his nose.



March 09, 2005

Carp Fishin the USA

Narda and Frank Walters' ambitious quest - Catch a carp in all 50 States and the District of Columbia

Only the "Alaska Carp" remains uncaught. It is rumored that there are "NO CARP IN ALASKA". The Walters will journey to Alaska in late August, 2003. They vow to net and photograph whichever species comes closest to qualifying as the" ALASKA CARP".

Includes a record of every state, date caught, weight and body of water. Frank's personal best was caught in Washington and weighed in at 28 pounds.

The details of the quest are part of the Carp Anglers Group web site whose motto is, "World's Greatest Sportfish". Doughball recipes also available.


March 05, 2005

Horse power to reel in eel


There is a 4 meter, 60 plus pound eel terrorizing a trout farm in Australia. If they manage to hook it they're going to to tie the line to a saddle and use a horse to haul the beast out.


March 04, 2005

Secrets of the Sea


These are reportedly deep sea creatures which were found scattered throughout the tsunami wreckage during the ongoing clean up effort.

Toothy Tsunami_4 Tsunami_2 Tsunami_3

Al Frankenfish


Welcome to the bottom of the food chain.


Striking fear into the hearts of marine biologists!


February 28, 2005

A Big Fish Story

An amazing photo journal by Dave Lewis of Performance Fly Rods involving a 14 inch Westslope and a LARGE Bull Trout.



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