Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
|What are fish categorized in when they are together?||Fishing
schools. Everyone who fishes should know this.
|You are in a small motor boat. You arrive at a popular coastal fishing spot. A nearby boat has a child's balloon 20 or so metres behind it. What would you do?||Fishing Basics
Stay clear, they are probably live bait fishing for Kingfish. A balloon attached to a live bait trace with a clothes peg is a common method of fishing for kingfish. Kingfish are inquisitive and sometimes come to inspect the balloon gently bouncing on the water.
|M.A.F. is a regulatory body who specifically enforces fishing laws and regulations in New Zealand. What do the initials M.A.F. stand for?||Fishing Basics
Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. M.A.F. works closely with the police, but has far reaching powers of its own including the power of arrest, seizure of ships & boats, confiscation of fish, and prosecution of offenders.
|In the Bay of Islands on the northeast coast of New Zealand, warm tropical currents bring a number of tropical species to visit. One such visitor is a slow moving fish of up to 3m long, 3m tall yet only 40cm wide. It has a large dorsal finn a small mouth and cute eyes. Can you name this fish?||Fishing Basics
Ocean Sunfish. The Ocean Sunfish or Mola Mola may exceed 1300kgs in weight. It eats jelly fish, etc., and is harmless. Angel Fish are small and are more likely to be found in home aquariums around New Zealand. Garfish or piper, are a small fish related to the mackerel. Orcas or killer whales are not fish, but they are seen frequently on the New Zealand Coast.
|With an appropriate licence, trout may be taken from the Waikato and the Waikato Lakes using a baited hook and sinker?||Fishing Basics
t. Exact restrictions and local regulations are issued with each licence. Annual licences run from 1st October. Day, week, and winter licences are also available. Ask at any tackle shop.
spoon. A spoon is a lure that resembles a real spoon. It flutters in the water thus attracting fish.
downrigger. A downrigger is used for trolling. A tough technique to do while ice fishing.
No. Walleye have teeth. Lipping it would hurt!
flare. A whistle is used to alert other you have fallen through the ice.
A rope is used to pull someone out if they have fallen in.
Picks are worn around your neck. If you fall through, they pull apart and you use them to help pull yourself out of the water.
cleats. Cleats go over your shoes/boots to give your traction on the ice. Many people end up getting hurt from falling on the ice.
skimmer. The skimmer is made to scoop the slush out of the hole. Some skimmers have rulers stamped into them. Some people drop their skimmer through the hole and have to buy a new one. Hold on tight.
Cutter. Cutter makes bug spray. As far as I know they don't make augers.
Yes. If the ice is too thin, you will fall in.
|Well, we're almost done. Its been a long day, we've been to many places, and we've caught some great fish. We're both very tired and lazy at this point, so for the last leg of our fishing trip, we sneak into my neighbor's yard, who has a pond. Our next catch is a distant cousin of the goldfish and called Nishikigoi by the Japanese. What kind of fish is this?||I'd Rather Be Fishing
Koi Carp. Just kidding, I would never fish for someone's pet. Unless of course their pet was a 12 pound Largemouth bass.
|After that harrowing experience, We sail back what's left of our boat to shore. For the last two spots, let's stick to inland fishing, where its safe. Next we're headed to the Pine Barrens of New Jersey and Batsto lake. Let's hope the Jersey Devil doesn't interfere with our next catch. New Jersey is considered one of the best places to catch this next fish, a member of the pike family. The word chain is often used in front of this fish's name, referring to the chain-like links down the side of body. What kind of fish is this?||I'd Rather Be Fishing
Pickerel. Pickerel are a smaller form of the pike, and usually average between 2-5 pounds in weight, however they've been known to get as big as nine pounds.
|We head out a little deeper. The seas are getting rougher now, and I'm beginning to wish I remembered to bring Dramamine with me. Suddenly, you hook into something big. Real big. When it breaks the surface of the water, I turn to you and say, "We're going to need a bigger boat". What kind of man eater did you just have to go and hook?||I'd Rather Be Fishing
Great White Shark. "We're going to need a bigger boat" is a reference to the 1975 movie Jaws. In that movie, the town of Amity Island somewhere in New England. A great movie to watch, but not recommended if you're planning a beach trip.
|We head out a little deeper to sea and the fish finder picks up a school of fish. Excited, we drop our lines in the water, however, we are pretty disappointed to what we find. This fish has a flattened body and its skeleton is entirely cartilage. They have small spines on the tail and on the underside of the body. What kind of fish is this?||I'd Rather Be Fishing
Skate. This unfortunately has happened. On a fishing charter and having bad luck with the Sea bass and Flounder, the boat was put right over a school of skates, and for the last half hour that's all anyone caught. This is a hideous fish that looks like the Alien egg spawn.
|Now that was some good fun. Don't get tired on me now, we still have five more spots to hit. Next on the agenda, we're hitting the ocean. We catch a Deep Sea charter out of Margate, NJ. This next fish is a flatfish, the bigger ones are often called doormats. Their name also means to move in a clumsily manner, though it doesn't necessarily translate to this fish. What are we trying to catch now?||I'd Rather Be Fishing
Flounder. You can find out the age of the flounder by counting growth rings on their scale or ear bones.
|Whew, after some good fishing and even better lunch, its off to the Florida Keys. The sun, the sand, the crystal blue waters, some of the best sportfishing in the world can be found right here. This next fish we're going after is one of most sought after in the area, a tremendous fighter with a silver side and known for make spectacular leaps out of the water. This fish usually weighs an average of 80-100 pounds. What is the name of this six lettered sportfish?||I'd Rather Be Fishing
Tarpon. The life span of a tarpon can be in excess of 50 years. One of the oldest tarpon in captivity lived to be 63 years old.
|With the tackle box almost empty, we stop at the bait shop and restock. Now its off to Minaki, Ontario, for some good quality fishing on the English river. This next fish we are going after is considered to be one of the best eating freshwater fish in the world. It is a member of the perch family and it gets its name from the fact their eyes, not unlike cats, reflect light in a unique fashion. What kind of fish are we trying to catch now?||I'd Rather Be Fishing
Walleye. The Walleye is the state fish of Minnesota.
|Ok, we stopped by the bait shop and got a new pole. Its off to Oklahoma, just outside Pauls Valley to Longmire Lake. There's plenty of standing timber here so be careful of your casts, or we could run out of tackle fast! This lake is renowned for the type of fish we are going after today. They come in the white and black varieties and are affectionately known as Papermouths to those who seek them. What kind of fish are we going after now?||I'd Rather Be Fishing
Crappie. It can sometimes be tricky to identify a black crappie from a white one. The mottled spots on the back and fins are not always the telltale sign. The best way to identify the species is to count the number of spines in the dorsal fin. White crappie have five or six spines and black crappie have seven or eight spines.
|We head next to the Santee Cooper lakes in South Carolina. Break out your big tackle because this next fish can break a rod, whether its a Channel, Blue, or Flathead variety. What kind of fish are we going to be catching?||I'd Rather Be Fishing
Catfish. The largest North American catfish is the blue catfish, which can grow to over 100 pounds. Trophy size blue cats are obese specimens with enormous bellies.
|No sleeping in, It's 6am and the sun has just broke over the horizon. We get to our first destination, a beautiful 2,700 acre lake named Casitas. We launch our boat from the Santa Ana ramp and head out. You hook up your line with a lure, a long AC plug, and cast it into the water. After about 10 feet of retrieving, BAM, you got one! As you get it near the boar, a huge lunker leaps out of the water, and you guess it to be about 14 pounds. This sporty fish is the most sought after freshwater fish in North America, its cavernous maw lending to its name. What did you just Catch?||I'd Rather Be Fishing
Largemouth Bass. A record bass was caught near Jacksonville, Georgia on June 2, 1932, by George Perry. It weighed 22 pounds 4 ounces and was caught from an oxbow lake off the Ocmulgee River called Montgomery Lake.
400 Pounds. Some lines have as many as 3500 traces on them.
|When caught by longlines, the fish are placed carefully on the deck and on to a foam mattress. Why?||Longline Fishing
So as not to bruise the flesh. Bruising the flesh could decrease the value of the fish by half.
|An Australian record sized Southern Bluefin Tuna weighed how much?||Longline Fishing
378 kgs. This was without its gills and guts.
False. Southern Bluefin Tuna is by far the most valuable.
|Much of the tuna caught by longlines in Australia are exported fresh to which Asian country?||Longline Fishing
Japan. They sure do love their sashimi.
20 to 30 metres. Although they can be as short as 10 metres, and as long as 40 metres, they are generally between 20 to 30 metres.
|What is the common term used for a caught species that is not targeted?||Longline Fishing
Bi-Catch. Bi-Catch may include mahi mahi, sharks, and marlin.
|Given longlines, fish come close to the surface, and they need to be held up by something. What is the common term used by fisherman?||Longline Fishing
Floats. There are between 4 and 20 traces between each float.