Imagine going out on an afternoon charter cruise and seeing this!

Some lucky tourists were able to see “nature” up and close during this recent excursion in western Australia.

Here are the notes from the charter company Eco Abrolhos:

Passengers on our 14-day Geraldton to Broome and everywhere in between were treated to an unexpected phenomena whilst cruising inside Dirk Hartog Island. Something to show and tell the Grandchildren.

Check out how many tiger sharks showed up for dinner.

What’s really cool is to see how far that blood trails in the water. No wonder these sharks can smell blood from a mile away.

They even dip the GoPro underwater towards the end.

Enjoy.

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This one was tough to watch, while at the same time I couldn’t stop watching…

YouTube user “Fishing Infinite” was attempting to catch his first redfish on a fly rod at his grandparent’s house in Charleston, and he learned a valuable lesson about jumping in a marsh (and handling redfish).

We post this video not to make fun of this guy, but to save anyone else from making the same mistake.

I know from personal experience that it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of landing a fish, but it’s also important to think through your approach (especially if you are fishing by yourself).

The guy is lucky he escaped with just a few oyster infections and some ruined shoes… it could have been a whole lot worse.

As for the redfish, he claims it swam off happily.

Maybe I’m mistaken, but it looks like it could be a slot redfish. Not sure why you wouldn’t just eat him for dinner after all of that?

However, it did look more like a muddy catfish after the fight so I guess I can’t blame him…

Either way, I hope everyone can learn something from this. I’m sure this guy did.

Enjoy.

Thanks to Curry Belk for sending this over.

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Ever caught a leopard redfish before?

Chances are good that most us of haven’t.

Well, this week Capt. Eddie Berthelot Jr. of Golden Meadow, Louisiana had the catch of his life!

A very rare “Leopard Redfish.”

As you can imagine, an inshore fishing captain in Louisiana like Capt. Eddie has caught a ton of redfish in his life.

But never anything like this.

In fact, he had this to say in his recent interview to the Louisiana Sportsman:

“When I set the hook on him, he jumped about halfway out the water and I almost threw up because I was so excited,” said Berthelot, who operates Spots and Specks Charters. “I’ve been waiting for a good redfish mount forever, and when I set the hook I knew it was a mount — that’s how much of his body came out the water.”

After landing the leopard red and taking it in for taxidermy, they took the time to count all of the spots.

  • 342 on one side
  • 328 on the other side
  • For a combined spot count of 670 redfish spots!

Enough to win any redfish spot tournament in the country!

Awesome catch!

Notes from the captain:

  1. The fish was caught using live cocahoe minnow on a Kahle hook under a popping cork.
  2. He was fishing in less than 3 feet of water
  3. The temp was around 40 degrees
  4. The leopard red came in at 28.5 inches long
  5. Estimated 9 pounds

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Those Aussies have just about everything…

Kangaroos, The Great Barrier Reef, the Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach, Foster’s beer, and Outback Restaurants on every corner… haha

Just kidding about the last two.

But Australia is a pretty amazing place (I lived there for a couple of months and I’m dying to get back).

Anywho, I came across this awesome spearfishing compilation from a group called Diving Hero in Australia and had to share.

Check it out and let me know what you think.

Enjoy.

Related Video: “This Is How You Spearfish Cobia Off The Back Of Bull Sharks!” (watch it here now)

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Algae blooms.

Everglades.

Big Sugar.

Okeechobee.

Estuaries.

There has been a lot of talk (and even more opinions) about the water qualities in Florida recently.

In particular, the amount of “polluted freshwater” that is being dumped into two of Florida’s critical estuaries.

There has also been a TON of misinformation regarding the real issues along with legitimate solutions if you read many of the comments in the fishing forums and online fishing groups.

What I really like about this latest video from the Captains For Clean Water is that instead of doing a video entirely about blaming the guilty parties (which doesn’t solve any problems), they came up with a legit solution that we can (and should) get behind.

They also did a great job of spelling out exactly what the real issue is in an easy to understand way.

So what’s the solution?

To create a manmade water filtration system that moves the water from south Lake Okeechobee down to the top of the Everglades (instead of pushing it out of the St. Lucia Canal and Caloosahatchee River into our beloved estuaries).

According to the video, the state has the funds to make it happen.

Now they just need our undying support.

If you want to make sure your kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids have the same fishing experiences that we did here in Florida, I urge you to join the Captains For Clean Water campaign and become a member or donate anything you can.

This is the time.

Don’t wait until it’s too late.

Click here to become a member of the Captains for Clean Water and learn more.

Related Post: “Find Out How These Famous 15 Fishing Guides Are Fighting To Keep Florida Water’s Clean” (see it here now)

 

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It’s Barbie rod time!

In particular, a Barbie snook catching compilation from good ol’ Team Googan.

We hadn’t seen much from Team Googan after he made multiple appearances on Salt Strong last year with videos such as:

  • “Watch This Kayak Angler Fight A Tarpon On A Spiderman Rod!” (see it here)
  • “Angler Throws One-Handed Cast Net Pancake While Talking On The Phone” (see it here)

But he’s back, and this time with some great snook footage all while using kid’s fishing rods.

He even has one rod snap in half!

Enjoy.

Note: If you do attempt to catch snook on Barbie rods, do not use the line that comes standard with the reel (it will most likely end up as trash in the water). You will need to re-spool with heavier test line.

Related Post: “5 Shortcuts To Catching Snook In Florida” (see it here now)

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The Red Hot Chili Peppers had Flea.

Well, Mexican fishing has Sandflea.

Never heard of Sandflea before?

He is a legendary fishing guide on the island of Holbox (it’s in Mexico where the Gulf of Mexico meets the Caribbean), and the locals know him as the man with tarpon tattoo on his back.

And anyone who has fished down there knows him to be one of the best guides to get you on tarpon.

Tons of tarpon.

Anglers from all over the world come to fish with Sandflea.

Check out this trailer the Fly Fishing Film Tour did.

Amazing job. Hope to get to meet this guy someday.

Related Video: “Kayaker Experiences One Of The Wildest Tarpon Fights Ever!” (see it here now)

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Talk about every spearfisherman’s worst nightmare…

An unprovoked bull shark cruising right at you with open jaws!

You have mere split seconds to react… what do you do?

It’s tough to say what any of us would have done in this situation, but here is how it played out for Danny Hendricks of Liquid Vision.

Some people were angry he pulled the trigger, while others say he had no choice as the aggressive bull shark was not backing down even after a spear gun was down his throat.

Looking through the somewhat controversial comments on this new YouTube video, here was one revealing another diver’s similar experience when he didn’t have a speargun:

“Yes, this exact scenario happened to me four years ago, the only difference is that I didn’t have a speargun so I was bitten in the calf area. I made it to the surface with only one fin. Today I can walk and dive almost normally again. Never underestimate sharks, they are unpredictable wild animals.”

What do you think?

Let us know in the comments.

Note: this shark encounter recently happened in northern Australia

Related Video: “13-ft Tiger Shark vs Diver [Scary Shark Encounter]” (see it here now)

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