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I once caught a fish that was this big....

Ok, pictures you guys or I won't believe you. The first pic I am going to post is of "Auto". He is a Jew Fish (Goliath Grouper). He is ENORMOUS and hangs around the Tortugas. This is my wife cleaning off the plates when he and his buddy come up to sniff. That is his head there, btw, and if you look closely, you can see an eye.



That guy is as large as my tender and weighs probably 8 times more. Picture don't do justice.

Neither does this fine catch. For those that do not know fish, the following catch is a 300 pound Yellow Fin Tuna. For those that do know fish, well, er-hmm, it was fun at least to catch him. It was my oldest's first hit.



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Hey, Brian!

Think you got your pics crossed -- that looks like a barracuda to me...

OK, I guess the joke's on me
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Hey, Brian!

Think you got your pics crossed -- that looks like a barracuda to me...

OK, I guess the joke's on me
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Many years ago I used to dive beneath 7-Mile Bridge during slack tide and spearfish for yellowtail snapper among the pilings. I quickly learned that it was also one of the favored haunts of jewfish, many tipping the scales at more than 500 pounds. Most of the time they avoided divers like the plague, but there were times when they were very aggressive. It was rumored that one swallowed a diver in that area, and a mounted jewfish with a manikin of a diver sticking out of its mouth was displayed on a local tackle shop's wall.

Nice cuda photo, and I hope you released it. They're fun to catch, but can be quite dangerous to eat due to ciguatera toxicity.

Some of the largest barracuda I've seen anywhere in the world can be found from January through March at the Marquesses Keys, located about 25-miles west of Key West. The fish tend to congregate in the flats of the north beach where they forage on needlefish and houndfish, which take refuge in the turtle grass. When the tide's low you'll find some monsters to 40 pounds about 5-miles south of the Marquesses Keys at Cosgrove Light. At times there will be hundreds of them at that location sitting motionless near the legs of the light tower. Somewhere in my photo archives I have a picture of one that tipped the scales at 51-pounds and took second place in the MET Tournament that year. It measured nearly 7-feet long and the teeth were enormous.

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Many years ago I used to dive beneath 7-Mile Bridge during slack tide and spearfish for yellowtail snapper among the pilings. I quickly learned that it was also one of the favored haunts of jewfish, many tipping the scales at more than 500 pounds. Most of the time they avoided divers like the plague, but there were times when they were very aggressive. It was rumored that one swallowed a diver in that area, and a mounted jewfish with a manikin of a diver sticking out of its mouth was displayed on a local tackle shop's wall.

Nice cuda photo, and I hope you released it. They're fun to catch, but can be quite dangerous to eat due to ciguatera toxicity. Ciguatera - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Some of the largest barracuda I've seen anywhere in the world can be found from January through March at the Marquesses Keys, located about 25-miles west of Key West. The fish tend to congregate in the flats of the north beach where they forage on needlefish and houndfish, which take refuge in the turtle grass. When the tide's low you'll find some monsters to 40 pounds about 5-miles south of the Marquesses Keys at Cosgrove Light. At times there will be hundreds of them at that location sitting motionless near the legs of the light tower. Somewhere in my photo archives I have a picture of one that tipped the scales at 51-pounds and took second place in the MET Tournament that year. It measured nearly 7-feet long and the teeth were enormous.

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Oh yeah, would never eat Barracuda. Heard a lot of Cubans do though. We released him.

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BTW, the park rangers told us that they thought Auto could suck in a small child. I suspect he could, but not sure that he would. Still eye-opening, isn't it? And the Marqueasas are not alone in their Giant Barracudas. I think a few make their way to the Tortugas too!!

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This is a shot of the Narwhal I was lucky enough to land a while ago. They are rare in these waters but occasionally we see them migrate northward right past Vancouver and on up my way toward the Arctic. Funny thing about Narwhal's...the unicorn like horn is hollow and very brittle so when you pull them in, it tends to break off as you can see in this photo. This is a baby Narwhal weighing in about 600 lbs. My camera seems to subtract about 570 lbs which can be frustrating when trying to share such great photos.



This is a Dogfish I got while jigging for Cod. Normally I don't keep dogfish but this was a perfect BBQ size so as you can see in this photo, I'm preparing this little puppy for the BBQ. No pun intended.

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This is a shot of the Narwhal I was lucky enough to land a while ago. They are rare in these waters but occasionally we see them migrate northward right past Vancouver and on up my way toward the Arctic. Funny thing about Narwhal's...the unicorn like horn is hollow and very brittle so when you pull them in, it tends to break off as you can see in this photo. This is a baby Narwhal weighing in about 600 lbs. My camera seems to subtract about 570 lbs which can be frustrating when trying to share such great photos.



This is a Dogfish I got while jigging for Cod. Normally I don't keep dogfish but this was a perfect BBQ size so as you can see in this photo, I'm preparing this little puppy for the BBQ. No pun intended.

Beautiful!! You must have the same camera I do!

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These are several years old, but I still do this once in a while.

How about a 90-pound yellowfin tuna taken on 20-pound test mono.



Caught this bluefin tuna at the Jack Spot off Ocean City, MD while fishing for bluefish with spinning tackle. Took about an hour to land.



My first white marlin, a 105-pounder caught offshore of Oyster, VA. Almost too big for this old man to handle, but back then I was younger and dumber.



No camera tricks with any of these! Loved the dogfish, though.

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No picture, but I caught a fish BEFORE my first cast this afternoon. I went to Walmart and bought a few new small lures. I tied one on, a 3" clear rubber swimbait, and with about a foot of line out I dragged it through the water to see how it looked. After I pulled it a foot or two I caught a little 8-9" baby barracuda!
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