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Brent Mccoy
• Saturday, 31 October, 2020
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Fishing Rod Big Catch Kayak Video! Tap to view if on News app. Fisherman Jon Black of Cape Coral, Fla. Squealed in both delight and fear as he caught the Atlantic goliathgrouper while fishing from a kayak in Daniel on May 26.

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Asked the captain as I started to push my kayak off from his 23-foot Hanson sport fisher 6 miles off St. Petersburg, Fla., in the Gulf of Mexico. I was just about to drop a dead bonito on a hand-line to a giant grouper when some interesting thoughts came to mind.

Game & Fish gear editor John Geiger fights a hand-lined goliathgrouper in the Gulf of Mexico, July 2017 (GDF video screenshot) I wished I did have my knife with me, just in case something went wrong, like the 1/2-inch rope wrapping around my foot while an 800-pound fish dives with me in tow.

Or I catch one of those nasty, toothy bull sharks or hammerheads that we all know live among the Gulf wrecks. Somehow I shrugged off the start of fear and pushed off from the boat toward the blue water and the wreck.

I dropped the bloody bonito into the Gulf, and it spiraled down into the dark water. It's legal to catch a Goliath grouper as long as you use a lure or non-game fish as bait, and you don't take the large ones from the water.

Chavez grabbed my kayak and leaned opposite to counter the violence. They laughed and whooped as they watched a bit of a Nantucket sleigh ride.

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It's also called barotrauma, and it can expand and damage their swim bladder and other organs effectively killing it unless vented. But this Goliath rolled and swung its huge caudal drenching us and pushing off toward the bottom.

They exist in the eastern Atlantic off Africa from Congo to Senegal in the Indian Ocean. Currently, all Goliath's must be released after being caught, and only small ones can be taken out of the water in order to quickly remove a hook.

“We can't get our bait to other fish, like gag grouper and snapper, because there are so many Goliath's.” But it's memorable and sure levels the playing field by putting the anglers at the edge of the water and creating a serious offshore tug of war.

A Florida fisherman caught a whopping 552-pound goliathgrouper from a kayak and a video of the catch has drawn more than a million views on YouTube. Jon Black, from Cape Coral's Crazy Lure Bait & Tackle Shop, according to the YouTube caption, fought to stay in his kayak and the fishing pole dipped into the water as he tried to pull in the big fish near Daniel. “After the fishing rod broke, Black still managed to get the goliathgrouper to the boat and eventually led it to shore where it was measured and then released, as is required by law since they are protected,” wrote David Stage of Grind TV.

“Only unofficial world records exist for kayak fishing, and there are two sites that we're familiar with that keep them,” said Stage. “But to give an idea about the size of this goliathgrouper, the all-tackle world record is 680 pounds caught off Florida in May 1961, before they became protected in 1990.

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Tap to view if on News app. Fisherman Jon Black of Cape Coral, Fla. Squealed in both delight and fear as he caught the Atlantic goliathgrouper while fishing from a kayak in Daniel on May 26. The grouper easily broke the rod under its tremendous girth, robbing Black of what would have been a prized trophy.

In the video's description, it says the man, Jon Black, caught what is described as “the largest bottom fish ever from a kayak off Daniel Island. The video also says Black is the owner of Crazy Lure Bait and Tackle Shop, in Cape Coral, Florida.

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Snapper... That's the funniest sh×t I've ever seen a little keyboard pussy post!! You must have taken a lot of typing classes in Sh×t talking bitch school....

The six-pack vessel “Samantha” drifted over top of me one day when there was little current. Interestingly the Goliath only ate two undersized mutton snappers off their lines and was not interested in the Rudder fish which they were also hooking in greater numbers.

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Not specifically referring to the content of the scientific studies discussed herein, the use of such terms as, science or scientific, do not, in themselves denote truth or validity. There some things that seem plainly evident that I have not seen covered---and they are irrefutable: In fact, I never saw a Of until I visited the Dry Tortugas in 2000.

So the point of this timeline is that between ~2005 and 2008 the gross biomass of Of in Florida seems to have jumped enormously. To simply state they ADD biodiversity may not be entirely fair.

#2) The assertion that Of are cold-blooded and low metabolism animals that require little food to sustain themselves makes sense. What I did not see discussed is that there is a big difference between sustaining and growing.

In fact, I never saw a Of until I visited the Dry Tortugas in 2000. So the point of this timeline is that between ~2005 and 2008 the gross biomass of Of in Florida seems to have jumped enormously.

To deny that would undermine the science being put forth as truth. #2) The assertion that Of are cold-blooded and low metabolism animals that require little food to sustain themselves makes sense.

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What I did not see discussed is that there is a big difference between sustaining and growing. To deny that would undermine the science being put forth as truth.

It seems only fish that have an authoritative study to say how many there are and how much can be sustainably harvested. Every dive there is one person using a laser to determine size of fish on the location. Also in that specific case we processed that Goliath and retrieved the stomach contents.

There are different personalities with in the complex of fish, sort of like a pack of dogs. If they stay where we fish it is an all-you-can-eat buffet of anything fishermen try to pull up.

The “tackle boxes” as one referred to probably represent the largest and most aggressive. If I wanted to find a giant Jewish, the known wrecks are where they are at....... And obviously where most of the whiners hunt. As far as the reduction in numbers of blacks..... That is no mystery.

Read the post from Tailwind: Found his observations interesting. I have found that at least on my vessel when it comes to spear fishermen with strong opinions they are typical younger divers. Their observations are made, a conclusion is reach and opinion voiced.

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I can explain to them what I have come to understand but it falls away in the current of their life experiences which are stronger. There are many other parameters effecting populations of fish on particular structures or geographical area other than the coexistence of a large shallow water grouper.

“Young diver” refers to age and or experience level. In short: GoliathGrouper existed for thousands of years on our reefs.

Yes I do get challenged for my prey some times, that just makes it more fun. I shoot bait fish to catch Goliath (Judas and jacks) on GG aggregations that number in the hundreds on some days (scientists count the fish while I spear bait).

My son who is 16 free dives with me, and he gets hammered, his quarry stolen regularly. So for all you crying Twinkies where JEW FISH eat all you catch.

Pay your dues and learn how to shoot a fish and kill it. In short: GoliathGrouper existed for thousands of years on our reefs.

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I shoot bait fish to catch Goliath (Judas and jacks) on GG aggregations that number in the hundreds on some days (scientists count the fish while I spear bait). My son who is 16 free dives with me, and he gets hammered, his quarry stolen regularly.

So for all you crying Twinkies where JEW FISH eat all you catch. Pay your dues and learn how to shoot a fish and kill it.

Now you're stepping in your own bull×rap. I'll take you and Moose to a private wreck I have. 5 years ago there were maybe 4 or 5 medium-sized Of.

I mainly Free dive this wreck in 90 feet to shoot pelagic for tourneys. 5 years ago it was covered on mangrove and red snapper.

And on Free dive trips, these brazen Of will come up near the surface and try to eat mangroves/As/Permit and usually succeed. One hauls his line up fast, the other swims down to poke away the Of.

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Anytime you Dyke want to test your trickiness, give me a ring. Now you're stepping in your own bull×rap. I'll take you and Moose to a private wreck I have.

5 years ago there were maybe 4 or 5 medium-sized Of. I mainly Free dive this wreck in 90 feet to shoot pelagic for tourneys.

5 years ago it was covered on mangrove and red snapper. And on Free dive trips, these brazen Of will come up near the surface and try to eat mangroves/As/Permit and usually succeed.

One hauls his line up fast, the other swims down to poke away the Of. Anytime you Dyke want to test your trickiness, give me a ring.

My dive partner on that same dive almost had his stringer with 2 Arses on it ripped off his arm by Of and cut his bald head on the wreck in the fight. The best device I know of is the tip of my spear to poke them away, which works Free diving.

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That's Twinkly”, Loaf they are steeling your fish all the time change your methods. That must be nice: “This wreck has no fishing line on it, and I've never seen a boat on it, ever.

Most likely the high price of fuel keeping the masses off your bottom. I only shoot Grey Snapper with a pole spear and paralyzed tip.

Do you understand it take more skill to shoot a power head than to shaft with a tip? Shoot a power correctly and you will seldom have a bad shell.

The last fish I had stolen years ago was a power headed Gag. Damn Jew slip in on my blind side and ate it while I was shooting another.

15 or so GG's on a smaller wreck is a high number associated with transit fish to aggregation sight most likely. GG's do pound on free dives more so than Scuba as you lack the o2 to give them attitude/challenge them for the bait.

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That's Twinkly”, Loaf they are steeling your fish all the time change your methods. That must be nice: “This wreck has no fishing line on it, and I've never seen a boat on it, ever.

Most likely the high price of fuel keeping the masses off your bottom. I only shoot Grey Snapper with a pole spear and paralyzed tip.

Do you understand it take more skill to shoot a power head than to shaft with a tip? Shoot a power correctly and you will seldom have a bad shell.

The last fish I had stolen years ago was a power headed Gag. Damn Jew slip in on my blind side and ate it while I was shooting another.

15 or so GG's on a smaller wreck is a high number associated with transit fish to aggregation sight most likely. GG's do pound on free dives more so than Scuba as you lack the o2 to give them attitude/challenge them for the bait.

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Please bring your pole spear over and I'll take you out for a free trip. Why would I take a long car ride, then go forty miles in a boat to see what I have in my backyard.

All the same, Similar wrecks just colder or dirtier waters with different distances for the boat rides. What would go viral? Nobody gives a shit about videos people shot except the close circle that shoots it.

I had one guy while moving a FAD with me (we were not spearfishing) get rammed then grabbed the by a Goliath. Destroyed his wet suit and messed up his arm a bit.

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