It’s crazy how things happen sometimes. Just ask Grant Martinson of Grants Pass, Ore., who was supposed to be on a chukar hunt with a buddy on the morning of Monday, Oct. 21, but ended up making fishing history instead.
With lactic acid burning in her weary muscles, the salmon finally submitted to the force of the heavy graphite meatstick and 50-pound line.?? Unceremoniously, she was dragged into the shallows and then booted onto the gravel bank with a swift kick amidships.?? As she lay there on the bank stunned, gills gasping for breath, her captor took a set of pliers to the large treble hook that was buried in her tail.?? For leverage, he stepped on the fish’s head and pulled with all his strength. Eventually, the terrible hooks tore free, removing a large chunk of flesh as they went. The man then unsheathed a long, silver blade and split her belly lengthwise from vent to chin.
With a sun-chapped hand, he reached inside her quivering, eviscerated body cavity and served her one more graceless act.
If you spend enough time on the river, you’re going to see some strange things out there. Oh yes, I know of what I speak — you name it and I’ve run across it. It seems that rivers and their banks are magnets for interesting characters, bizarre situations and, sometimes, a person or event that inspires a new name for a particular part of the river. Now, here are some of the stories behind the names…
Every once in a while, everyone needs a heaping helping of good old fashioned (and utterly useless) fish factoids. Actually, I’m not sure why, but here it goes anyway:
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The “fastest fish in the sea” distinction goes to the cosmopolitan sailfish, which has been clocked at speeds of up to 68 miles an hour in short bursts. When they’re not in hot pursuit of a meal, however, the “cosmo” usually cruises at about 5 to 10 mph.
Humans consume around 97 million tons of seafood per year globally and more than 200 million people around the world depend on fisheries for vital nutrition – and their livelihoods. Seems like keeping our waters clean and in good condition kinda makes sense from that standpoint, eh?
You fishing with the right stick? If not, you’re going to catch fewer fish and you’ll probably have to work harder and longer for the ones you do catch. Sounds kinda strange because a rod is a rod, right? Well, not so fast…
Fishing rods are manufactured from many materials from good ol’ fiberglass to space age stuff like Nano-Titanium and they come in a dizzying array of lengths, weights and actions. There are rods for any type of fishing you can think of, but you have to be a bit of a code-breaker to figure out which one is best suited for your style.
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