“From around 1987 until about 1992, Tom Carroll was one of the guys at Pipeline who was so good, other people would get out to watch. That caliber of surfing is rare. Gerry Lopez had that effect. Kelly Slater had it for a long time. John John Florence has it now.
Tom just surfed so much harder than anyone else. He’s a little guy, but he’s built like a tree stump. Tom’s a powerhouse, obviously, but he separated himself with his grace under pressure, especially in Hawaiian surf.
His peak was in the ’91 Pipe Masters. The wave everyone remembers was “the snap”, but that was in the semi-finals. Tom was even better in the final. I was sitting on the picnic benches at Ehukai, and saw Tom haul into a 12-foot, macking, stinking tube. An obvious 10.
The other guys in the heat were Derek Ho, Gary Elkerton, and Barton Lynch. All heavies at Pipe, and they could have just paddled in after that. Tom had unbelievable rail control. It was stunning.”
Pat Rawson, from “The Best I Ever Saw“, Surfer’s Journal, 27.2
March 10, 2018 – Vermont – In May, Burlington angler Mike Elwood landed a Vermont record redhorse sucker while fishing on the Winooski River in Colchester. The sucker, landed on a live worm, weighed 9.9 pounds and measured 29 inches long with an 18-inch girth, and it exceeded the previous record caught in 2015 by nearly a pound.
(I had to go to a separate story to learn: “the previous record redhorse sucker weighed 9 pounds and measured 27.5 inches.”
Following standard protocol within the global news blackout surrounding this subject, the story omits any specific information on the old record, but running rather with the general “by nearly a pound.” So I not only had to look up a second story, but also do the math. It’s 10% above the previous record. Such records are usually broken by tiny margins. As you may recall, generality is a hallmark of propaganda. – ed)
March 16, 2018 – It really is a big one: 11-year-old Missouri boy catches apparent world record fish
An 11-year-old Dixon boy broke the Missouri record — and, it appears, the world record — for a river redhorse fish, hooking the 10-pound, 3-ounce giant with worms on March 4.
Maverick Yoakum was using a rod and reel when he hooked the big redhorse on Tavern Creek.
According to a Missouri Department of Conservation news release, Yoakum’s fish beats the current Missouri and world record river redhorse, a 9-pound-13-ounce fish caught by pole and line in the same creek in 2016.
(Following standard protocol within the global news blackout surrounding this subject, the story provides the data on the old and new records, but carefully withholds the percentage increase between them, as providing it would go badly off message re: Poor Mother Gaia dying, and all. So I had to do the math. It’s 4% above the previous record, which was set just two years ago. Such records are usually broken by tiny margins. If, as scientists, we stepped back to that record, that’s where we’d probably find the gargantuan, double-digit increase.
Just a review of fish records, from the recorded history of fish records, would easily prove my thesis, re: the Death energy level in the larger environment and its impact on life. I proved it in a series of posts in this thread on the old forum with salmon in the Pacific, where salmon population numbers dropped precipitously during Wartime, where “Death energy in the environment” was the driver, vs. “Naval battles killing salmon.” – ed)