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Old 07-11-2008, 02:20 PM
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Dave Hochman and his new world record shot in Block Island Sound
Dave Hochman set a new world spear-fishing record on Independence Day when he shot a 68.4-pound striped bass on a reef in Block Island Sound. The fish was 55 inches long with a 32.5-inch girth. The diver was in 54 feet of water.
Hochman has been diving on that reef for years, he said, because it holds big bass. Often, the fish cannot be detected on sonar from the surface. "I know the bottom there better than the charts know the bottom," he says.
Hochman is a chiropractor who lives in Oxford, Conn. He has shot several bass weighing 58 pounds, his previous personal record.
His record bass weighed 3.3 pounds more than the previous record, a 65.1-pound fish, shot last year by Dan O'Neil of East Providence.
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Old 07-11-2008, 02:35 PM
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Thats one heck of a fish.
I guess the old girl would have died soon enough anyway.

Conrats to the angler - most guys including myself wouldnt have a clue what its like in the dark 54 feet down.
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Old 07-14-2008, 09:17 AM
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Shot a bass........
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Old 07-14-2008, 10:13 AM
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Hmmmmmm... I wonder what their percentage of caught vs. released is...



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Old 07-14-2008, 05:42 PM
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The thing that get's my hackles stiff, is that these kill'em all as big as you can, free divers are having their world championships in Newport at the end of the month. What do you think a couple hundred of these guy's are going to do to the population of large fish present right now? Aint no catch and release with these guy's.
I'm planning something right now, just not sure if I can get a protest and boycott off the ground fast enough.
Seems a well known tackle shop manager is taking a bunch of them around for a few days before the "Tournament" for some scouting dives. If I find out that he has done that, I will make sure the sportfishing community knows about it, and will call for an all out boycott of the shop.

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Old 07-14-2008, 06:06 PM
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I joined the 40 lb club in early June in the Northeastern US. I don't want to give out the name of the place where I was fishing. The big sow measured a whopping 46.5 inches. She swam away unharmed.
I am from Canada and I make several trips to the eastern seaboard for striper fishing every year. It is kind of scary to think that a couple hundred of these guys are going to be fishing there soon.
Good work boycotting the gentleman's store who was going to show these guys where the big fish are. Hopefully there are a few sharks mixed in with the stripers. Those big stripers are your breeding fish.

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Old 07-14-2008, 06:12 PM
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not right i tell you....and they wonder why they say the numbers are low
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What do you think a couple hundred of these guy's are going to do to the population of large fish present right now? Aint no catch and release with these guy's.
I'm planning something right now, just not sure if I can get a protest and boycott off the ground fast enough.
I'm with you 100% on this Ed. PM me the tackleshop's phone number and the guy's name when you get a chance. I'd like to give em a call.
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Old 07-14-2008, 06:15 PM
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that bait shop owner better
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Old 07-14-2008, 06:31 PM
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I'll go one better Jake, I'm going to put it out through the loop and the groups.
Gentlemen watch your email box.
When you get the info, pass it on to freinds and family. Ask them to call also.
I am also going to find out where and who the official weigh stations are as well. Maybe a little heat going that way may pursuade some of them to rethink the decision to support this fiasco.
Man my blood is friggin boiling!
I know there are some very large Cows here right now, and I know where they are, I can only hope that they don't.
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Old 07-14-2008, 07:01 PM
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any body feel like going blind snatching lol the divers aint catch and release are they ....urrrrrrrrrrr people that do this piss me off ...WHy a spear ...are they to much of a sissy for a fishing pole
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Old 07-14-2008, 07:24 PM
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rod and reel no problem... but if some one is using a harpoon or a spear I lose respect for that person ..just my .02
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This would explain why anglers all along the coast of Maine are calling this the slowest season in a LONG time for stripers. Let me know if there's anything I can do up in my neck of the woods Gunny 'cause if this doesn't stop, and I mean soon, striper fishing as we know it will be non-existent!!!! How far off shore are these chumps gonna be anyway??? Anyone else up for throwing some bait (and by bait, I really just mean 10 oz. weights) off shore/from a boat this weekend????
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Old 07-15-2008, 10:57 AM
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The point of fact is that if i caught a 50 I might not release it either. I might be too excited to. but By rod and reel it would still stand a chance. Spearfishing is difficult, its not like fishing in a barrel but these tournaments are guaranteeing the slaughter of fish over 40 inches and by the hundreds. Most of the participants are very skilled.
I dont have a problem with spear fishing in itself. It's the freekin tournaments I hate.
Including all $$$ non catch and release tournaments but thats a different topic.
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I agree with you Striperjim. I'm even somewhat against regular rod and reel tournaments. As far as spearfishing goes.......it's pretty much cheating. It should be called "spearkilling" not spearfishing.
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