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Post #498 by Rajesh Kumar on April 19th 2016, 1:40 PM (in topic “New Zealand: Annual hunting and fishing competition”)


New Zealand: Annual hunting and fishing competition

The Grand Tavern Hunting & Fishing Club will be holding its annual open hunting and fishing competition for the 31st year in a row.

The three-day competition, which draws hunters and anglers from all over the North Island, will be held on May 12-14.

Secretary Elaine Hamilton said the club was formed in 1985 as the Grand Tavern Hunting Club and renamed in 1993.

The open section includes heaviest snapper, trout, boar and deer. The junior section, for those under 16 and still at school, has the option of hares, rabbits, possums or eels.

Due to the declining number of eels, all live eels brought in would be released, she said.

There will be family entertainment, including a pig-carrying competition, spot prizes, food and refreshments.

Prizes include tyres to the value of $1000, chainsaws, a rifle, dog boxes, GPS, Iceytec bins, and a Kayak and life jacket.

All juniors registering on May 14 will receive a free t-shirt.

Hunting and fishing can start from 1am May 12 but competitors must be back at the Grand Tavern between 1pm and 4pm on May 14 for weigh in.

All excess funds from this competition are given back to the community.

Last year the club donated money to the Te Aroha Community Hospital, BMX Club and Air Ambulance. 

Entry forms are available from the Grand Tavern Te Aroha.

More information: 027 207 7898 or email:


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Post #497 by Rajesh Kumar on April 19th 2016, 1:30 PM (in topic “Trout season opener still big despite abundance of winter fishing”)


Trout season opener still big despite abundance of winter fishing

In years past the lowland lake opener was a date that was revered by anxious anglers eager to wet a line and shake loose from winter's paralyzing spell.

These days, thanks to many lakes that have been opened up year round, the spring opener doesn't pack the punch that it once did. The traditional startup weekend, which this year kicks off Saturday, is still a good reminder for out-of-practice anglers that the season is upon us.

Over at Peninsula Outfitters in Poulsbo, Ted Teather said that the spring rush is on as anglers both young and old have been wandering into the store in order to get outfitted in the name of successful fishing.

"We've got lots of people coming in to do that," Teather said. "But most of the lakes around here are open year round so there's nothing special about the opener."

Habit is a hard thing to break and even though many of the state's lakes are open to fishing year round, not everyone knows that nor do the hordes typically choose to troll the lake during the depths of winter's scourge. As a result, the traditional spring opener for lowland lakes still has a special way of rousing the inner fisher in folks still rousing from the sandman-induced sloth of the cold and wet months. That opening day will see hundreds of lakes open across the state with millions of recently planted fish lurking in the muffled depths of those placid waters, including 3.8 million "catchable size" trout, almost 370,000 larger "one-pounders."

This year also marks the first year that the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is sponsoring a lowland lake fishing derby which will run through Sept. 6.

"Although many lakes are open year-round, the fourth Saturday in April marks the traditional start of the lowland lakes fishing season, and hundreds of thousands of anglers are expected to turn out for the big day," said Larry Phillips, WDFW inland fish program manager, in a news release.

Of the 15 million trout and kokanee that were stocked statewide, more than 700 have been tagged as derby fish. Anglers that land a tagged fish will be eligible to claim prizes from licensed dealers located around the state. A complete list of lakes containing prize derby fish can be accessed on the WDFW website at

"Opening weekend is an excellent time to get out there and enjoy Washington's lakes," Phillips added. "Once again we planted some larger fish this year, and now and again, lucky lowland lake anglers will hook into a prize fish."

Lakes on the Olympic Peninsula that have been stocked with derby fish include Island, Kitsap and Wildcat lakes in Kitsap County, Leland, Gibbs and Sandy Shore Lake in Jefferson County, and Island, Lost, Spencer, Benson and Phillips lakes in Mason County.

Since the final day of March, Wildcat, Kitsap, Buck, Panther and Koeneman lakes in Kitsap County have all received fresh stocks of trout. On March 31, Panther Lake review 172 medium-sized rainbows, while Koeneman Lake was planted with 50 fat rainbows on April 6. On April 12, Kitsap Lake took on 390 medium-sized rainbows while Buck Lake was planted with 20 big rainbows, 33 medium sized rainbows, and 1,400 smaller rainbow trout. Lastly, Wildcat Lake was planted with 75 big rainbows and 3,530 smaller rainbow trout on April 13.

According to Teather at Peninsula Outfitters, Buck Lake in Hansville is a popular opening-day lake. He noted that Teal Lake in Port Ludlow is another popular destination, but that lake is open and well stocked all year long.

"We are strictly a fly fishing shop," said Teather, so for those that prefer to fish with bait he suggests trying the Sportsman's Warehouse or Big 5 for gear setups. "I really recommend a rig where you have a marshmallow and an egg," said Teather of his preferred bait setup. He added that anglers should use a slip weight and a swivel along with a leader to keep the bait up and out of the mud for better presentation and better odds for a bite. He said that brightly colored and stinky power bait also helps a ton.

When it comes to regulations though Teather doesn't pay much attention and certainly doesn't like to give out advice that might wind up being incorrect and possibly resulting in a ticket. "The regulations are really diverse," said Teather. "What I like to tell people is to go to the WDFW website and check the regs before you go."

"It's a busy day and the fish checkers are out in force," Teather added. "So it's a bad day to mess around."

Anglers wanting to try their luck on the lake this spring will need a valid freshwater or combination fishing license. Up to date angling regulations can be found on the WDFW website at


Trout opener

Kids Fishing Party: The annual event hosted by the Kitsap Poggie Club encouraging elementary students and their families to get outdoors and learn about the sport of fishing. Free and open to the public.

Where: Otto Jarstad Park, Gorst

When: Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.


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Post #496 by Rajesh Kumar on April 19th 2016, 1:15 PM (in topic “Californian man hooks massive shark on a fishing trip”)


Californian man hooks massive shark on a fishing trip

Its face might resemble a tuna fish, but it's actually a massive thresher shark one man caught off the coast of Southern California.

The 250-kilogram shark was the catch of the day and possibly a lifetime for one Oceanside fisherman over the weekend.

It was a giant thresher shark. Source: Facebook/John Lish

The six-metre fish was wrangled by John Lish who, like everyone else, could not believe giant catch and the mammoth fight he had to put in to get in the boat.

"Everybody was like, 'Is that real?'" he told local Fox 5. "I was like, 'Yeah, it's real.' I couldn’t believe it.

The shark measure about 6m. Source: Facebook/John Lish

And it weighed about 550kg. Source: Facebook/John Lish

"I haven't really caught a shark that big, but, it's a long, long fight, especially the way they hooked it."

Fellow angler Ryan Cicero was equally astounded by the whopping fish after pulling the shark in for the catch.

Threshers are not known to be aggressive toward humans. Source: Facebook/John Lish


"They're thinking it's a giant giant just coming through… It's something you'd never experience."

The mighty catch has been the talk the town – and with a tail measuring close to three metres, it's a tale that will likely be told many times over.

John Lish will have the tale to tell for many years to come. Source: Facebook/John Lish

Lish's fish was on the larger end of the thresher shark scale.

And while they can be powerful and often have caudal fins that grow as almost as long as the fish itself, threshers are not known to be threatening to humans.

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Post #494 by Rajesh Kumar on April 18th 2016, 12:30 PM (in topic “World-Record Catches by Junior Anglers”)


World-Record Catches by Junior Anglers:


Angler: Tim Lucason, Ninilchick, Alaska
Age: 13
Location: Kodiak Island, Alaska
Date: July 2004
Reel: Penn Formula 15KG
Method: Jigging a lead-head with plastic tail
Fight time: 9 minutes
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