March 3, 2018 – Australia – Marlin big as a horse: WA spearfisherman Jeremy Telfer sets unofficial Australian and world record
A WA spearfisherman has set an unofficial Australian and world record after shooting a massive black marlin estimated at 250kg to 300kg off Christmas Island to WA’s north.
Perth electrical engineer and ocean lover Jeremy Telfer, 28, speared the behemoth — which towed him for almost 2km before he could land the fish — last Sunday during a trip with mates to the tropical island.
And it didn’t go to waste. Mr Telfer used a rope tied to a car to hoist the monster fish from a tree branch, where he and his friends cut fillets to feed themselves and many island locals.
The marlin had a girth of 1.7m and a “short length” — the measurement from the inside fork of the tail to the bottom jaw, excluding the bill — of 2.9m. That puts its estimated weight at a minimum 250kg, 40kg above the black marlin spearfishing world record and 60kg above the Australian record.
But Mr Telfer will never hold the world record because the fish wasn’t officially weighed.
“We would have liked to weigh it, we knew it was a world record fish,” he said.
“But it was such a hot day and everything was closed for Chinese New Year, so we didn’t want to wait to weigh it because the fish would have been stuffed and gone to waste.
“I was more concerned about the fish being wasted rather than the record. I only shot it because I knew it was going to get used. There is a large community on the island, we’ve done a lot of trips there and every trip we’ve given so much fish away.
“We had to string it up to a tree using a rope and then reverse the car, just so we could fillet it. Then we had to stand on an esky with two people holding each fillet as it was coming down.
“There was so much fish. We had to call a heap of people on the island to pick it up and take some home.”
(As part of the standard practice within the global news blackout on this subject, the article provides the numbers, but carefully avoids providing information on when the previous records were set, or the specific difference between the records. So I had to do the math.
“That puts its estimated weight at a minimum 250kg, 40kg above the black marlin spearfishing world record and 60kg above the Australian record.”
At 250kg, that would be 19% above the black marlin spearfishing world record, and 32% above the Australian record. At 300kg, that would be 43% above the black marlin spearfishing world record and 59% above the Australian record. Such records are usually broken by tiny margins. I’d add further that they didn’t provide the numbers for the records, but rather went with “40 kg above” and “60 kg above”, so the reader/researcher would have to do yet another mathematics step – deliberate layers of hedging and obfuscation of what is obviously a stunning, unprecedented phenomenon. – ed)
March 6, 2108 – Record-breaking bass caught at City Park ahead of annual fishing rodeo
Monday was a really good fishing day for Broc Corcoran.
Corcoran caught a bass weighing 9 pounds and 3 ounces — the biggest bass ever caught at New Orleans City Park.
(As part of the standard practice within the global news blackout on this subject, the article contains no information whatsoever on the previous record. – ed)
March 7, 2018 – Michigan DNR’s Master Angler program nets two new record fish
Master Anglers hauled in a record number of fish last year, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
The Master Angler program, in place since 1973, recognizes large fish caught by recreational anglers and has more than doubled since 2014.
Last year’s haul included two new state records: a 27-pound bigmouth buffalo caught on the River Raisin in Monroe County by Roy Beasley of Madison Heights and a 6.36-pound cisco (formerly known as lake herring) caught in Lake Ottawa in Iron Countyby Michael Lemanski of Florence, Wis.
(As part of the standard practice within the global news blackout on this subject, the article contains no information on the previous records (when they were set, what they were, and the difference between the old records and the new.
The sentence “The Master Angler program, in place since 1973, recognizes large fish caught by recreational anglers and has more than doubled since 2014” is deviously-worded. Has the program doubled in size, in terms of participants? I’m guessing that’s the inference, to try to implement a variation of the “increased awareness” canard – lots more people fishing is what’s leading to all the records. – ed)
March 9, 2018 – Colorado – New state record fish caught in Windsor
After 27 years, the state record for black crappie has been broken!
Fesstus Stalder of Greeley caught the fish, which weighed in at a record-breaking 3 pounds, 7.84 ounces, and 17.472 inches in length, at the Frank Easement West Pond, in the Frank State Wildlife Area.
(As part of the standard practice within the global news blackout on this subject, the article contains no information on the previous record beyond that it was set 27 years ago, when Poor Mother Gaia was purportedly doing much, much better than she’s doing now. – ed)