March 21, 2006

World-record bass boated in California : That is one BIG fish.

posted by dbt302 to other at 01:04 PM - 36 comments

Holy shit, that bugger is HUGE! As an avid bass fisher, I am drooling right now. I hope that everything works out for the guy. Any good fisherman knows that catch and release is the only way to go, so you can't fault him on not keeping the fish. Hopefully all of his documentation checks out, and his witnesses come through.

posted by wingnut4life at 02:28 PM on March 21, 2006

na-na-na-na-na fishing

posted by HATER 187 at 02:30 PM on March 21, 2006

How many people are fishing for that bass right now? I appreciate catch and release, but not a world record. I am afraid I'd have headed directly to the local Bass Pro Shop.

posted by tselson at 02:38 PM on March 21, 2006

How many people are fishing for that bass right now? I'm trying to talk my wife into letting me book a flight as I type this...

posted by wingnut4life at 02:49 PM on March 21, 2006

from the article: who used a white jig with a skirt and rattle on 15-pound line to boat the brute. Now I just need to know what the weather conditons were that day. /checks tackle box

posted by njsk8r20 at 02:52 PM on March 21, 2006

"We're gonna' need a bigger boat"

posted by THX-1138 at 02:52 PM on March 21, 2006

Ahhh, wingnut, a true fisherman doesn't ask his wife for permission to fish. It is a man's right to be gone all weekend fishing with the guys. Wait, I'm slowly coming to the realization that I haven't been fishing since 1994.

posted by tselson at 02:58 PM on March 21, 2006

sk8r, "As for the catch itself, Dickerson explained that it was raining and dark..." Can't talk now, I'm heading over to my other next door neighbor (Cabelas -- be envious of me foolish mortals!) to pick up a few things. I've already left explicit written instructions for whoever finds and untapes my wife from the dining room chair to not release her until my plane is in the air.

posted by wingnut4life at 03:13 PM on March 21, 2006 this lake anywhere near the Balco labs????

posted by Bury Bonds at 04:12 PM on March 21, 2006

So your wife is all alone and tied up. "Dear diary, JACKPOT!" giggidy giggidy GIG-ID-EE!

posted by njsk8r20 at 04:33 PM on March 21, 2006

The catch was bASS KICKING! Never in my wildest dreams did i think that i would see a bass that big !

posted by trrron at 05:06 PM on March 21, 2006 this lake anywhere near the Balco labs???? Or the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant?

posted by kirkaracha at 06:17 PM on March 21, 2006

I'm afraid that you're no match for my wife, sk8r. She is evil and she needs Jesus...

posted by wingnut4life at 06:39 PM on March 21, 2006

Mom, do you want this threesome to happen, or what? Giggidy giggidy, stay tuned.

posted by lilnemo at 06:51 PM on March 21, 2006

Giant fish must live. Kudos to the angler for having the heart to resist killing a truly awe-inspiring creature. May she live to breed again!

posted by weeklyguy at 07:02 PM on March 21, 2006

For as many years that I have been alive and fishing that is a monster of a fish and myself and the rest of the fisherman of the world sure glad she alive and well. Catch and release is the name of the game. Never in my wildest dream did I think I would see or hear of some one catching one that big!

posted by ace angler at 09:22 PM on March 21, 2006

Fish gonna fry in the kitchen

posted by doggstarr at 09:29 PM on March 21, 2006

I caught you a delicious bass. But then I let it go.

posted by chicobangs at 01:27 AM on March 22, 2006

Ok, I'm back. Some dumbass untied my old lady and she let bloodhounds out.
Now I'm on friggin' lockdown again. Great! So anyway, this bass just makes me go into
withdrawals because I want to go! Vote For Pedro

posted by wingnut4life at 07:37 AM on March 22, 2006

One of the great memories I have of my father is his snagging a 12-pound largemouth about 15 feet of shore in the twilight at Beaver Dam Lake in central Illinois. That big mamma filled up the bottom of a Coleman cooler and was supposed to get mounted ... but ended up the way all bass is supposed to end up -- in little fried nuggets perfect for dipping in BBQ sauce.

posted by wfrazerjr at 11:04 AM on March 22, 2006

You guys get impressed with almost anything around here. I have a Bass on my wall that talks and sings...NOW that's impressive!!

posted by Grrrlacher at 11:43 AM on March 22, 2006

You now, wingnut's on (to) something. This fish has been caught by the same guy twice in a row. I'd say "Dumbass" is a good name for it.

posted by chicobangs at 12:11 PM on March 22, 2006

The Lake's in SoCal, right? Can't you just see tomorrow's picture of 10,000 rabid anglers floating on a 70 acre lake....with Pamela Anderson leading the PETA demonstrations on shore....Maybe even a Green Peace intervention? I love SoCal.

posted by True Blue at 12:46 PM on March 22, 2006

Pshaw. I've got six Bass in the refrigerator waiting for me when I get home.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 01:30 PM on March 22, 2006

"Show me the way to go home, I'm tired and I wanna go to bed, I had a little drink about an hour ago and it's gettin right to my head, where ever I may rome by land, by sea, by home you'll never hear me singing this song show me the way to go home."

posted by JohnSFO at 02:28 PM on March 22, 2006

That is one big fish. But what is foul-hooking (too lazy to google, apparently)? it said "the fish had been hooked in its side". huh? the hook didn't go in the mouth?

posted by gspm at 03:51 PM on March 22, 2006

From what I can tell from the article, another fish (there were three, two female, one male) was hitting the jig. When he tried to set the hook he caught this fish in the side. Lucky bastard. I've heard of people actually trying to foul hook (salmon I think) because they were laying at the bottom and not feeding. I think you can get fined by a game warden for doing that though.

posted by njsk8r20 at 04:02 PM on March 22, 2006

The only thing that I've ever foul-hooked while fishing in my whole life is my brother's neck. Foul-hooking was not a great experience for him. The game warden frowns on foul-hooking because the object of catch and release is to preserve the life of the fish. When you hook a fish in the mouth, you can remove the hook without risk of life. Even if the line snaps before you hawl that lunker in, chances are the fish will survive and that hook will eventually rust out or work its way out. Taken From California Dept. of Fish & Game PDF A fish hooked in the forward part of the mouth should not be difficult to release without harm, but one where the hook is deep in the gullet or the gills is another problem. Long-nose pliers, or a medical hemostat, are effective for removing deep hooks while preventing harm to the fish or angler. If you need to release a fish which is deeply hooked with a single bait hook, it is best to cut the line close to the hook and release the fish with the hook in place. Chances are, the fish will survive and the hook will rust or work its way out within a short time. That way the fish can go on and live a nice long life of producing more fish. The older the fish, the bigger and better catching experience. Foul-hooking can kill a fish, and the last thing you need is a dead fish floating in your fishin' hole.

posted by wingnut4life at 04:42 PM on March 22, 2006

a foul hook is anything that's not hooked in the mouth, like the gill plate, fin, tail, head, etc. like skater said, you can get in a lot of trouble for keeping a foul hooked fish. according to the story, the IGFA only disqualifies intentionally foul-hooked fish. but in jersey, you must release any foul-hooked fish, intentional or not. so i guess if you accidentally foul-hook a record fish here you're shit out of luck? edit: what wingnut said.

posted by goddam at 04:49 PM on March 22, 2006

who cares about fish anyway

posted by stevenrb100 at 12:43 AM on March 23, 2006

when I am home eating that fish I wouldn't care if I hooked her ass

posted by doggstarr at 12:46 AM on March 23, 2006

who cares about fish anyway Nice first comment, guy-who-joined-four-days-ago. If you're not interested, then don't read, and definitely don't comment, m'kay?

posted by The_Black_Hand at 04:44 AM on March 23, 2006

who cares about fish anyway Abe Vigoda's wife, you dick.

posted by wfrazerjr at 08:23 AM on March 23, 2006

posted by njsk8r20 at 09:21 AM on March 23, 2006

Here's an article about the difference between fair and foul hooked. From the article: First of all, a foul hooked fish is not a "legally caught fish". On all trout and salmon waters the only legal fish are fish caught in the mouth period. If you keep a foul hooked fish you may be subject to fine and arrest by DNR Conservation Officers. I guess since this guy was bass fishing (and not in NJ) he is ok.

posted by njsk8r20 at 10:47 AM on March 23, 2006

Reads like one BIG FISH story to me!

posted by livedawhile at 12:17 PM on March 23, 2006

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