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  • August 26, 2013

    2 Bull Sharks Caught in Potomac River

    By Ben Romans

    Commercial fisherman John “Willy” Dean was plying the Potomac near Chesapeake Bay with his son and crew on Aug. 20 when he caught not one, but two eight-foot long bull sharks—nearly three years after he landed the first bull shark caught in the Potomac River in 37 years.
     
    An article from the Washington Post says Dean caught the first of two sharks last Tuesday in a net near Maryland’s Point Lookout State Park, though because sharks need a constant flow of water to breathe, it died before he and his crew pulled it aboard—but the men still erred on the side of caution.
     
    “It was a good adrenaline rush, I would say,” Greg Dean said of the first shark. “It was a little scary, but then at the same time, it was very exciting. We really just don’t think at that point. We just keep pulling it in and try to see what it was.”

  • August 7, 2013

    Mass. Anglers Catch 920-Pound Bluefin Tuna

    By Ben Romans

    A few friends from Massachusetts had a hunch they would catch something big when they booked a charter with Captain Kevin Leonowert of the reality show "Wicked Tuna" on on July 31. They had no idea their catch would weigh nearly half a ton.
     
    Gregg Looney, Brian Keefe, and Michael St. Jean, of Dracut; Allan Gourley, of Chelmsford; and Brian Shaffer, of Lynnfield, were on board the Huntress when they hooked a 920-pound bluefin tuna. The fish proceeded to drag the boat for four-and-a-half miles over a three-hour period before surrendering, the Lowell Sun reports.
     
    Leonowert said it’s the biggest tuna to come into the state’s Gloucester Harbor this year.
     
    “I couldn't believe the power of this thing. It almost ripped my shoulder out,” said Looney. “It looked like a whale, just an absolute monster. But we did it.”
     

  • July 17, 2013

    Video: Angler, Diver Rescues Endangered Whale Caught in Fishing Lines

    By Ben Romans

    An experienced diver on a fishing trip near Virginia Beach recently freed an endangered North Atlantic right whale that was tangled in fishing lines.
     
    WVEC reported that Adrian Colaprete was fishing with his friend Pat Foster on July 12 when the pair found the whale caught in fishing lines and struggling to swim.
     
    "You could see the lines wrapped around his pectoral fins," Colaprete told WVEC. "It was actually dugged into his skin a little bit."

  • July 3, 2013

    North Carolina Boy Gets Billfish Grand Slam on First Deep-Sea Fishing Trip

    By Ben Romans

    UPDATE 7/5/13: Teen's Billfish Grand Slam Won't Be Recognized by IGFA, Was Handed Rod by First Mate For Blue Marlin Fight

    An eighth-grade student from North Carolina completed a billfish grand slam by catching and releasing three species of billfish in one day—a feat the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) says has only happened three times in the state since the agency began keeping records in 1964.

  • June 24, 2013

    Angler Going for World Record: Most Fish Caught in 24 Hours

    By Ben Romans

    Beginning at 7 a.m. on July 5, Johnny Wilkins of La Grange, Ill., will ply the waters of the Lake View Nature Center in Oak Brook Terrace in an attempt to break the world record for most fish caught by a single angler in a 24-hour period.
     
    According to a Chicago Tribune article, Wilkins, who founded the Chicago School of Fishing and has a list of angling accolades to his credit, says he will fish from shore, using outdated equipment to promote the sport of fishing and benefit two charities: the Ronald McDonald House and Wounded Warrior Project.

  • June 18, 2013

    Video: Florida Teen Rides Whale Shark

    By Ben Romans

    Chris Kreis, a 19-year-old from Florida, was on a boat in the Gulf of Mexico with his family when he jumped overboard and grab the dorsal fin of a 30-foot whale shark swimming past.
     
    “I decided, you know what, maybe I should go try and swim with him. I might not be able to do it ever again,” Kreis said.

  • June 17, 2013

    Florida Moves Forward With New Tarpon, Bonefish Regs

    By Ben Romans

    The Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission recently approved new angling regulations for tarpon and bonefish—citing their economic value as a recreational resource—and loosened regulations for lionfish and snook.

    Here are some of the rules, if they get formally approved in September, according to an article in the Key News:

  • June 11, 2013

    Video: Killer Whale Snatches Halibut from Alaskan Angler

    By Ben Romans

    A few anglers in Alaska recently had an up-close-and-personal encounter with a killer whale when it approached their boat and grabbed a halibut from the end of a fishing line.
     
    In a clip recently posted by The Alaska Life, you can hear the men behind the line talking, but they seem relatively calm considering what happened. This has led to some comments online alleging the men knew the whale was in the area and were purposely trying to entice it closer.

    Also, no additional details about the location of the encounter with the orca have been reported. Do you think it was a truly candid moment?
     

  • June 10, 2013

    300-Pound Mako Shark Leaps Into NJ Angler's Boat

    By Ben Romans

    While everyone was focused on the potential world record mako caught last week in California, another mako off the New Jersey coast also made headlines.

    On June 4, two Garden State anglers got more than they bargained for near the Manasquan Inlet when they hooked an 8-foot, 303-pound mako—and it leapt into their 31-foot boat.
     
    Clint Simek of Brielle, NJ and Tom Rostron Jr. of Wall, NJ described the incident in the Asbury Park Press, saying they were simply in the area on Rostron’s boat, TNT, scouting for potential areas to hold shark fishing tournaments later this month. By mid-afternoon, the men had caught and released 14 blue sharks, and as the wind calmed and conditions improved, they were eager to see what else they’d find. That’s when the big mako showed up.

  • May 30, 2013

    German Angler Lands 427-Pound Halibut in Norway

    By CJ Lotz

    A German angler fishing near Norway will go home to a happy spouse. Christian Johannsen's wife told him to come home with fish as he left for his trip. He responded by landing a 427-pound halibut this week.

    "Oh she'll get a big piece," he told the newspaper Die Welt.

    Johannsen needed the help of two friends in the four-hour figh to reel in the huge fish.

    “Every fisher dreams about this, it’s like winning the lottery,” Johannsen said.

    This is the second monster fish caught in Norway by a German angler in recent weeks. Remember that pending-world-record cod?