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Additional Sportfishing Information

Longest Lasting Fishing Record

Compared to 5,500 lbs, the 22 lbs 4 oz. Largemouth bass caught in Georgia’s Montgomery Lake may sound insignificant. But in the realm of sportfishing records come in all weights and sizes. George Perry caught his largemouth bass on June 2nd, 1932. If you ever visit Costa Rica, we highly recommend – fishing packages if you take a sport fishing trip.

It wasn’t until July 2, 2009 that an equally large largemouth bass was pulled from Lake Biwa in Japan. That is a longstanding record without a doubt, but the longest standing record is held by Dr. CC Abbott, who caught an 4 lb, 3 oz. Yellow Perch in New Jersey in 1865 — almost a century and a half ago and this record is still unbroken according to IDFA record holders.

Fastest-Traveling Fish

Fish have been known to make some pretty impressive oceanic voyages, but thanks to modern marine biologists and their sophisticated equipment we can now see how far these voyages reach and how quickly they are completed.

The fastest oceanic voyager is a great white shark that was tagged by scientists, that is fitted with a transmitter. The tagged shark was released in November 2003 off the coast of South Africa and was observed to make the trip to Australia and back again in under 1 year.

It took the shark four months to reach Australia from S. Africa. After which the data transmitter that had been fixed to her dorsal fin dislodged itself and floated to the surface where it was collected by scientists.

Then in August 2004, she was spotted by the project scientists, who recognized her by certain identifiable patterns on her dorsal fin, off the coast of S. Africa once again. She had completed her round trip voyage, covering over 12,500 miles in nine months. If you are sportfishing Costa Rica then this could work well for you.

Most Consecutive Casts

Have you ever considered how many times you cast a line on an average fishing trip? There are records for this too, Brent Olgers set one in July 1999 for casting the most lines in a given time. With his Zebco 33 Classic Reel, Brent was able to make 6,501 casts of no less than 45 ft in 24 hours. That’s 270 each hour — an Impressive Number.

Expensive Tackle

The average angler may be get pretty upset when they snag their $10 lure and lose it, more than likely they have a replacement on hand. But their are some lures that would be a genuine tragedy to lose on a fishing trip.

The manufacturers at MacDaddy fishing Lures have produced the Million Dollar Lure. This pricey little number was designed for trolling for Marlins, that is if marlins are interested in the over 100 carats of diamonds, 3 pounds of platinum and rose-gold work and over 4,000 precious stones including rubies and sapphires that bedazzle this trinket. As its name implies, the lure is worth exactly a million bucks.

The story continues, the Million Dollar lure was insured by none other than Lloyds of London before being tested of the coast of Cabo. It was snuggly attached to a 130 lb fishing line. Surprisingly enough, no bite!

Classic Equipment

Anglers can be very particular about the equipment they use when casting their line. This is very evident in the skill and tenacity they apply into developing their casting techniques as well as their selection of the perfect rod.

The classic bamboo fly rod is a precision instrument made from highly select materials at exact ratios and crafted by a master crafter. Some of these rods are well over a century old and highly esteemed by world class anglers for their flawless casting and smooth backcasting.

Biggest Set of Fishing Equipment

Speaking of the reel, rod and line type fishing, there is a Port in Texas that has the world’s largest fly fishing rod and reel. If you are going on a fishing trip, you may want to consider it.  Tiney Mitchell of Port Isabel, finished construction on his mammoth fishing rod in June of 1999. The rod itself is a full four feet in diameter and over 70 feet long.

Fun Fishing Facts

Biggest Recorded Fish

So you think that marlin your Uncle had mounted in the Den is big, well it’s probably big for its type. Nevertheless, it is probably only a fraction of the weight some of the larger catches have carried. Big-Game Fishermen like Alfred Dean from Irymple, Victoria have set the bar high and only those who are fully prepared for opportunity will have a chance to break his records.

In April, 1959, Alf Dean caught a massive great white shark that weighed exactly 2,664 pounds. According to the story told, Alf selected the sleek fish from a group of sharks. He cast his line and the largest shark took the bait and ran while he was fishing.

The struggle began, but the great fish was no match for the cool fisherman who pulled the great white in less than an hour and on a 130-pound line — that’s skill. Alf Dean is his own runner up catching other sharks at 2,500 and 2,300 lbs.

Biggest Fish Ever Hooked and Landed

Another noteworthy catch was recorded in a 1933 edition of “Fishes and Fishing”. A Captain Jay Gould was fishing off the coast of Hollywood, Florida, when he snagged a Manta Ray that hold the record for the biggest creature pulled from the water with a shark hook and a half inch fishing line.

When the beast was subdued Captain Gould was able to tow the ray to Fort Lauderdale. After repeated attempts to lift the Manta Ray — which measured 19 ft from one wing-tip to the other— with the cranes at work in the harbor, three chain hoists were wrecked and the 20-ton city crane was summoned to lift the monster from the water. I’ve seen this plenty of times with sport fishing.

The estimated weight of Captain Gould’s Ray is 5,500lbs.

Largest Bass to Survive the Recreational “Catch and Release” System …Twice

Dottie, as her anglers have affectionately called her, is a large mouth bass that lived in the 72-acre Dixon Lake in Escondido, California. Dottie had been caught at least twice by a anglers who recognized her by a large identifying black dot located under her right gill.

Jed Dickerson was the first to catch Dottie in 2003 and weighed the fish to find it was a healthy 21 lbs. Dottie was returned to the lake, as is the recreational custom, only to be caught again three years later. When Jed Dickerson’s friend, Mac Weakly, caught Dottie in 2006, she had gained some weight, 25 lbs according to Mac’s scale.

Mac Weakly also released the bass back to the lake, unfortunately, because Mac had foul-hooked Dottie, she was found dead 2 years later. Dottie hadn’t been caught again when she was recovered.

Fastest Fish

Clocking how fast a fish can swim is not easy, yet some anglers in Florida have come up with a fairly reliable method to measure the speed a fish can swim. When a fish is hooked it begins to make a run for it and pulling the line from its spool.

This gives them a good way to clock that speed. By dividing the amount of line the fish pulls from the spool by a given amount of time measured ,the fish swimming speed can be calculated with a solid degree of accuracy.

The fish that has demonstrated the greatest speed in these time trials is the Sailfish, arguably the fastest fish on the planet, who took out 300 ft, of line in only three seconds. Do the math and we find that this fish reached a speed of 68mph in under 2,5 seconds.

The Sport And Art Of Fishing

All About the Sport and Art of Fishing

Fishing is one of the oldest activities that humans have engaged in, as a matter of fact many historians agree that humans were not even humans until after they had learned the complex art of pulling the slippery silver wonders from the water and into a regular diet plan.

Since then, many of us humans have developed an instant affinity for the activity. There seems to be no end to the many fascinating innovations we have developed for this task. Furthermore, the relation between a fisher — or an angler as they are sometimes called— their choice of fish and the pleasant spot where they will meet one summer afternoon is nothing less than poetic., especially if you are in Costa Rica.

Commercial or Recreational Fishing

Fishing generally refers to the many different ways that fish can be removed from their watery habitat. Commercial fishing describes the process completed for profit, whether it is a single fisher with a net or the commercial fishing trawlers that supply many tons of seafood to the food industry.

Recreational fishing is rarely done for a profit and often the captured fish are returned to their homes to breed and replenish their numbers. This form of fishing is preferred by most people. Because of the overwhelming popularity of the sport many competitions and tournaments are held in which recreational fishers and anglers can demonstrate their prowess in Recreational Fishing.

Fisher or Angler

Would it be incorrect to call a fisher and angler? Or an angler a fisher? The difference is in the techniques applied to the task. The term fisher refers to anyone who has found a way of getting the fish out of the water.

This can be done with a net, a trap, a bow and arrow system, Hawaiian Sling, harpoon gun as well as many other more specific methods. An angler is a fisher who uses a rod and line as their preferred method of fishing.

Fishing with a rod and line naturally requires more finesse than fishing with a net or harpoon. An angler must develop their technique while, grinding down their expertise to a fine science. No fishing technique can match the grace and skill of a fly-fishing angler pulling river trout from a stream — an activity once reserved for the nobility and aristocracy. We cover this more in our fishing facts.

Angler Talk

What do anglers love to talk about? Besides the many hilarious quips about the “one that got away”, anglers love to discuss the breadth and depth of their beloved activity and the extreme aspects they have witnessed.

Mention the “biggest this” or the “most expensive that” to a group of anglers, and you will likely find yourself in a heated debate with plenty of gestures, light-hearted bantering and wagering. Eventually the internet will be consulted to settle that matter.

So that you can get a feel for the records set for the international world of Sportfishing, following are some tidbits that discuss the tallest tales you will find. The kind that set the boundaries all other anglers will hope to achieve someday.

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