Watch how the fish swims away at the end of the video. This is also the first time I’ve witness this peculiar swimming style.
Influencing a Beginner Friend to Catch and Release
In 2008/9, a few of us frequent a nearby hole that consistently produces good quantity and sometimes quality striped snakeheads, a highly sought after food fish in Asia.
So proud of the boss. He’s new to fishing but is already practicing catch and release. His antics is also a blast to watch… :)
First off, the weather forecast was spot on. Richard, Ervin & myself were drenched as early as 7ish am.
Good thing there were some trees we could hide under on the way to the Lost World.
By the time the rain stopped and when we arrived, Ed, YTL and the Tourist was already furiously casting at the Lost World. Curiously, Richard walked off to another spot in the horizon. Hmmmm…
Ed was the first onto a decent fish within the first hour of casting. Ervin followed a short while later with a huge splash at the end of the line but the fish managed to get itself unhooked. Everyone then took their turn to explore the other spots shortly after when the bites seemed to have slowed down.
It was a dark-day for sport fishing
The rain earlier on surely must have brought down the water temperature that might have affected the bite rates but it was the right time to fish nonetheless. This is the first time most of us have fish this location. It was a nice place fringing a secondary jungle. The water is filled mostly with weeds and we could see tons of life in it. Dragon flies are quite abundant and I also spotted a few birds that I could not identify. Big fishes obviously lurk at this place but will not be easy to locate due to the thick cover everywhere and the abundance of food. There are many minnows in the waters as can be observed when one stops casting and look for them darting in-out of the clear gaps between the weeds. We could also see huge splashes every now and then all around us.
I have a good feeling this place will be perfect when the water level rises a few more inches.
So who is the inaugural champion then? Why who else but the boss himself! His second catch is a nice 45 cm fish close to 2 lbs. caught with a swimbait. Well done!
You can call me the boss
There’s been a lot of buzz about this monstrous potential world record largemouth bass the last couple of days. It may beat the last world record by, get this, just one ounce! That is like you-better-not-loose-even-one-single-fish-scale-dude one ounce! And the last world record has stood since 1932. That is a long time ago. To be fair there was two other supposedly bigger largemouth caught but was never authenticated by IGFA.
Well done Kurita san! I hope it is a new world record.
UPDATE: According to Tackletog.com – “The unofficial WRB was caught on a live Japanese Koi (also known as carp) in the southern area of Lake Biwa called Nanko. The fish was caught and landed on a Deps Sidewinder The Dom Driver F/E Rod and TORAY Super Hard Strong 25lb line. After trying to keep the fish alive in a live well the fish unfortunately passed away and is now frozen awaiting certification.”
So guys, practice Catch & Release often and we might have the chance to land a 10kg Haruan. Think about that.
BIG HEAD AND SILVER CARPS are giving the state authorities a big headache in the Illinois river that connects the Mississippi to Lake Michigan in the USA.
Dozens of videos showing these high-flying carps literally jumping into boats can be found on YouTube.
The two asian carp species were introduced by catfish farmers in the 1970’s to remove algae and suspending matter out of their ponds but many escaped escaped into the rivers during large floods in the early 1990s.
The carps have now become the most abundant species in the river system threatening the local ecology and potential disaster if they start to inhabit the great lakes. To prevent that, the US Army Corps of Engineers, US EPA, the State of Illinois, the International Joint Commission, the Great Lakes Fishery Commission and the US Fish and Wildlife Service are working together to install a permanent electric barrier between the fish and Lake Michigan.
These carps are extremely prolific and consume large amount of food. The can grow up to 100 pounds and a length of four feet and is a common food fish in Asia.
More references US EPA