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Old 08-09-2012, 06:28 PM   #31
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Alaskan Halibet they dont call them "Barn Doors" for nothing. You dont want several hundred pounds thrashing around on the boat. Also same goes for very large Alligator Gar
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Longlined in the Gulf for 9 years. With yellowfin tuna I shot the 'lively ones" with hollowpoint 38 in the brain before pulling them over the rail. They could damage the meat by beating themselves on deck too much. This could result in a drop in grade which translates to a potential loss of $ 100. per fish or more.

This was not the end of it though. They would often start all over again after the head was sawn off. Piano wire or 900 # test mono was run down the center of the spinal cord to kill the nerves. Too bad I never had video back than. It was like riding a headless bucking bronco with blood everywhere until the nerves were killed. In cooler climates you could wait for the fish to lie on deck for a while before beheading, but the hot temps here would cook the meat, so we had to act quickly and get them in the ice hold asap. Rough weather made it all the more interesting!

Swordfish were not a problem as their meat is different. We did cut the bills of the big ones before bringing them aboard.
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Old 09-04-2012, 11:30 AM   #33
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In a small boat I do shoot large alligator gar. I am not playing with an 80 lb fish with a mouthfull of sharp teeth in a 14' skiff. In a more stable boat I just whack em with a fish billy.
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So what caliber of a pistol or rifle do you guys use?
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Apparently, this guy in Maryland had to go for the gun to put down some snakehead fish. Also, Maryland has a bounty on the fish now, $200 at Bass Pro.

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/maryland-offering-200-gift-cards-dead-snakehead-fish-163943568.html
I was watching River Monsters with Jeremy Wade, great show, and he was showing what damage the snakehead can do, and how quickly they kill every living thing in the indigenous population. Horrible fish.

You catch one, you kill it, money or no money or you are going to find yourself with fish to catch, along with a lot of other animals that venture too close to the water.

This is a snakehead....
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I was watching River Monsters with Jeremy Wade, great show, and he was showing what damage the snakehead can do, and how quickly they kill every living thing in the indigenous population. Horrible fish.

You catch one, you kill it, money or no money or you are going to find yourself with fish to catch, along with a lot of other animals that venture too close to the water.

This is a snakehead....
I opened the pic and it took a few seconds, it is completely dark.

I just about jumped out of my seat seeing that so suddenly in the dark :O
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