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Old 07-15-2008, 06:07 PM
sadlsorz sadlsorz is offline
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Default Re: New spear world record striper: 68.4 pounds

My problem is there are many skilled rod and reel guys out there that do not have a 68, let alone a 30 pounder to their names. Maybe we/they are on the wrong schools, maybe those fish are there, they just aren't eating at that instant. Who knows why? We never will because we can never physically see the fish.

If you can dive down find some fish, pick out the biggest one and shoot it, I'm sorry that isn't a skill. I'll agree that diving is a skill and free diving is an art.

The only thing that happened here was that big girl was in the wrong place at the wrong time and caught a spear for it. She wasn't fooled into taking somebodies perfectly presented eel(Roccus). She wasn't fooled into taking somebodies freshly carved plug.

Not impressed.
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Old 07-15-2008, 07:10 PM
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I am not impressed by the recent front cover of a magazine showing a 70 pound fish killed on a charter boat. I would have been impressed if the fish was weighed photographed and released to make the spawning bed again next year. The prevailing attitude of kill it and get a picture at the scale, has been subsiding somewhat. I have released many Bass that many still seek. My attitude was a learned one, I grew up in the kill'em all catagory, money fish. I watched the crash, and did what I could to help the stocks rebuild. I am a releaser, as many of the other guy's here. Could you imagine if Roc killed half the cows he hooks? We should all thank God he is no longer a commercial fisherman. The fact is that we have lived and learned, and now respect the large fish, to let them go after we meet them, and admire the beauty and power they have shown us.
The speargunners are all about prowess, how deep, how long, and how big.
They do NOT CARE ABOUT THE ACTUAL FISH, as long as they can get a picture at a scale for the local paper, Look at me, I can hold my breath and kill a big fish.
I am a scuba diver, I have gunned fish in the past. There are three fish that are the easiest to shoot. Top of the list is Grouper, find a wreck or deep reef. 2nd is tautog, you litterally have to move them with your hand sometimes to present a good side profile shot. 3rd is the Striped Bass, they are naturally curious and I have had them all around me as I dug Hogs in the bay. Take a picec of steel and a brass hammer to the bottom. Slowly tink the hammer to the steel, the clinking will bring the Bass running to you. Yup, they can be called in!
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Old 07-15-2008, 11:14 PM
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Default 70-pounder joins monster bass club

More monster bass have moved onto the reefs, reports Pat Abate of Rivers End Tackle at the mouth of the Connecticut.
"We weighed in a 55-pound bass on Monday, another shop weighed a 51, a slightly over 70 was taken on a chunk in the Sluiceway and two over 60 were taken, one on bait and another speared in RI," he writes.
"All these reports are not a sign that we are overrun with these big cows. It's just the end of a year class of 20-year-old plus bass. There's nothing wrong with keeping a lifetime trophy. My concern is the number of 20, 30 and 40-pound bass that are taken out of the brood stock on a daily basis. Its my belief that these bass are the fish that will spend the summer in our waters and might be next summer's population. I'm sure that there are hundreds if not thousands of these sized bass in our local waters but if a couple of dozen are taken out of the pool every day it doesn't take long to whittle down the population.
"Encourage your friends to let the cows go.
"I'm off the soapbox now."

Figured you guys would like this story and learn from it!!
"My biggest worry is that my wife (when I'm dead) will sell my fishing gear for what I said I paid for it."
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