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March 30, 2015

VIDEO: piranhas incredible feeding frenzy

This video come from deep Amazon Brazilian jungle and is wild evidence of just how quickly a group of hungry piranha can attack and eat anything fall out in the water...

VIDEO: flat fly fishing for marlin? YES

You read that correctly! All this can happen in Fraser Island in Australia. Yes you can fly fishing fro juvenile black marlin on the flats.

Who would have guessed this is where juvenile black marlin stage up when they are just mini versions of their monster, grander parents?

March 27, 2015

MEXICO: caught supercow size yellowfin tuna

This report come from "Royal Polaris" long-range boat and was posted March 25.

Young angler Ali Chahine not only did Ali get his first yellowfin over 200-pounds, but he also caught his supercow yellowfin over 300-pounds, in one day while fishing off Mexico

So his fishes were respectively a 221 and a 364-pound.

On the same day other fishermen caught yellowfin tunas in the 170 to 190-pound range, just a few fish were under the 150 mark.

WORLD RECORDS: hot catches March 2015

Louis J. Varela caught and released this impressive 82 cm cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarki) on March 12th while fishing the famed Pyramid Lake, located in Nevada, USA. Varela’s potential All-Tackle Length cutthroat crushed a black jig that he was casting, and put up a tough five minute fight. Once landed, the fish was quickly measured, photographed and released alive. The current IGFA record is 77 cm.

Fly angler Richard Hart braved the rugged jungles of Suriname to hunt the notorious trahira (Hoplias spp.), appropriately nicknamed wolfish due to their intimidating dentition. On March 12th, while fishing the Kabalebo River with a local guide, Hart caught and released this 8.62 kg (19 lb) trahira that could earn him the new men’s 6 kg (12 lb) tippet class record. Hart was casting an Enrico Puglisi baitfish pattern fly, and needed 10 minutes to subdue the fish. The current record stands at 6.35 kg (14 lb).

Angler Matthew T. Allen caught this impressive 7.63 kg (16 lb 13 oz) channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) on January 25th, while casting a Bladerunner spoon in Clearlake, California, USA. Allen needed only 2 minutes to subdue the big channel cat, which he quickly weighed and documented on shore, before releasing the fish alive. If approved, the catch will earn Allen the new men’s 15 kg (30 lb) line class record, which currently stands at 2.92 kg (6 lb 7 oz). 

GUYANA: caught world record 416 lb arapaima on fly

During a recent fishing trip in Guyana, South America, top fly fishing angler Richard Hart has caught a giant 416 pound - 188.4 kilos arapaiama on fly tackle!

Richard Hart traveled for the first time to British guyana's in 2014. There he went to the Esequibo river to chase new IGFA world records for the “wolf fish” aka trahira. During that previous expedition, he gave a shot as well as trying to capture an arapaimai on the fly. Though he did not have the right flies, he succeeded by hooking into two of them, weighing respectively 70lb for the smallest, and 300lb for the biggest.

What he learned and experienced from that brief encounter with arapaima made him wanting to return to Guyana, so he could challenge himself trying to achieve the near impossible task of hooking up, landing, and breaking the current 339 lb IGFA All Tackle world record for that fish, currently held by TV host Jakub Vagner.

So last February, at low water level time, Hart with set off deep into the mountain jungles of Guyana. It was the perfect time of the year as the rainy season has ended so the ponds left behind along the river hold the arapaima gigas. A fish legally protected against hunting and harvesting by the government of Guyana, the local Rewa Amerindian tribe, and operators.

As they come up to breathe air, an accurate cast would have to be made in the direction they are travelling. Richard was well prepared to make a lot of casts, for days if necessary, in a very hot humid jungle, in order to hook up with these fish. He had been training for years, in the same kind of hot and tough conditions, in the wilderness of the jungles of Thailand, while fly fishing close to the Burmese border for the giant snakehead (channa micropeltes), with his close friend and jungle fishing ace, Capt. Jean-Francois Helias (    

This time, Hart was going to fly fish the Rewa river, and up to and beyond Corona falls. A place so wild that scientific groups are regularly going up and discovering new species of insect, amphibians, and other animal life.

The fly of choice for that ultimate challenge was a Rainy’s Chuck and Duck, good baitfish colors, and a strong enough hook to handle such a large fish. In order to not only get the large fly out there often at over 50 feet, but also sometimes quickly, Hart used a wt 16 Sage SALT model rod size rod. A fast action rod for big flies, strong tip, with excellent forgiveness in the line direction for all the many imperfect false casts made. Another good reason to choose this size of Sage SALT fly rod, designed to handle large tarpon, sailfish, and marlin, was to tire the fish quicker when hooked so it would be a lot less stressed, and have an excellent chance at a good recovery. These fish can die if not handled properly, or played too long on light or inadequate equipment.

A Tibor Billy Pate Tarpon reel was Hart’s reel choice, in order to have the drag capability, when applying pressure to the fish. It was loaded with RIO 100 lb. Dacron backing in case the fish went off on a long run. Arapaima often run direct for submerged trees and wood, so it is important to keep them out of these snags.

A RIO 500 Grain Floating line enabled the fly to move quickly and easily to the intended spot.

The two boatmen , one who steers at the front, and one to guide from the back, and the fisherman have to be extremely quiet. Complete silence is needed in the boat, as the Arapaima’s long bodies, hence their long sensory lines, will detect your presence, get stressed and agitated. When this occurs they will come up quicker for air, and turn back on themselves, before going back down. So in this situation a cast is needed in the opposite direction to how they broke the surface. When they are really stressed they will slap their tail hard on the water’s surface, as they turn back around and go back down. This warns the other fish of the angler presence. When on the opposite the Arapaima is relaxed and unaware of your presence, they come up for air, and go down in a straight line to the depths of the pond. It is then you got to make a well-timed and accurate cast.

After several hot and humid days of fishing in the Guyana jungle, after hundreds and hundreds of casts with flies so big they are called “chucking a chicken” or “chuck and duck”, no takes or hits had occurred. But Richard still had faith. What he needed to achieve greatness was only one cast, done at the very right time, at the very right place. One afternoon, he finally got his shot. A large specimen was on a feeding frenzy chasing baitfish and peacock bass. One cast a few feet ahead, and a few feet to the left of where the Arapaima had broken the surface, and the weight of a hungry mega size fish pulled the RIO line tighter than expected.

Fish on! To decrease the playing time, the Sage SALT rod was pointed low, and at angle of about 10 degrees from directly at the fish. This gave maximum pressure. After the arapaima jumped, and went to swim away, with the rod again pointed almost directly at the fish, Richard pulled down and back. This stopped the fish dead in its tracks and would turn it upside down. With the 100 lb. RIO monofilament saltwater Hard Alloy tippet, Hart definitely had the breaking strain capability. The fish would then be disoriented and try and jump right away again. The fish was tiring quicker with each jump. After the fourth aerial display, the Amerindians got into the water and caressed the Arapaima into a weighing sling. It took the angler only 20 minutes to land the fish.
The monster, weighed on Chatillon certified scales, was 416 lb, breaking by over 80 lb the Jakub Vagner’s 339 lb record. Richard Hart’s catch of a lifetime is currently pending homologation with the IGFA. A part of earning him (if homologated) the new IGFA All Tackle world record, the 416 lb arapaima qualifies for the largest freshwater fish ever caught to date on a fly rod.

March 23, 2015

AUSTRALIA: caught a 580 pound swordfish

Kyle Longmore 16-year-old Tasmanian angler was fishing during the annual Coles Bay Classic tournament when he hooked a monster size swordfish.

He landed a 580 pound - 262 kilos fish that probably is the largest swordfish ever caught by rod and reel in Australian waters.

Regardless, Kyle Longmore’s grueling feat was one he won’t soon forget. An epic battle that required his total concentration played out over six hours in the broiling sun, during the weekend’s Coles Bay Classic tournament.

Longmore fought the huge fish for more than 6hours in the sun while his fish jumped 23 times, and was so far in the distance after its initial run that the crew could not tell how large it was, until it was reeled closer to the boat.

The  IGFA (International Game Fish Association - lists as the all-tackle world record an 1,182 pound - 535 kilos swordfish caught off Chile in 1953.

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