What got me was all that time he spent pimping the T-Rex and 115 pounds at full, and when he actually tosses a bait to the fish, he's doing it with a much smaller graphite reel. Weren't no 100 pounds on that rig.
But I will say this, it was the most excitement I've had in a couple of months.
I think that rod butt squishing his nuts made his voice a little bit high!!! lol..
My thoughts exactly. I don't think he has any balls to begin the fight. He might be a castrated or they got pushed up years ago by holding that rod between his legs. If I put that rod between my legs I'd be sporting a pair grapefruits after ten minutes.
Why in the world would that guy use a 80# class long stick (if even that heavy) after seeing that big mother earlier in the video. He goes to the trouble to catch live bait and goes back after that sucker handicapped with undersized gear. It's not like that big grouper was going anywhere. He probably has been living in a big hole under that bulkhead for years.
One time as a very young boy, I was taking a dump in the bushes in a neighbors yard. (When you have to go, don't hesitate). A yellow jacket decided to stick his stinger in one of my nuts. I was afraid to to tell my mother because she would wash my mouth out with soap or make me pick a branch off a tree for a good old whipping for taking a field dump in her best friends yard.
My only option was to go the General's house. This retired Army General was always nice to me and kept a boat load of medic stuff in his garage. I could barely walk up to his front door as my left nut was growing beyond the limits of my young scrotum. When he answered the door I told him a wasp had bitten me in the balls while I was taking a dump. He laughed his arse off.
After looking at my problem, he recommended a real doctor. He was a great guy. He called up my mother and told her a wasp had crawled up my pants and found its way to my private parts. She took me to the emergency room and then for ice cream.
Back in the 'fifties, my grandfather delivered butane outside of San Antonio and came down with Ptomaine poisoning on the route. He had to pull over right in front of a house and drop trousers and he was streaming from both ends when the lady of the house drove up in her new Cadillac. She ran into the house, brought out some towels, and cleaned him up, then loaded what was left of him into the Cadillac and drove him to the hospital. Today, she would probably call Homeland Security and then go out and shoot him.
As to big grouper, I know there are no longer giants like that--or at least not many--in Texas waters. But there have to be some fairly large ones left, and it would be a hoot to do some catch and release on them--does anyone know if you can target them at any of the bay structure down there or on the jetties anywhere?
Also, for the legal species, what is the biggest specimen that is edible?
As to big grouper, I know there are no longer giants like that--or at least not many--in Texas waters. But there have to be some fairly large ones left, and it would be a hoot to do some catch and release on them--does anyone know if you can target them at any of the bay structure down there or on the jetties anywhere?Also, for the legal species, what is the biggest specimen that is edible?
My very first offshore trip was with a friend of my dads, who was an attorney in Corpus.. I was about 10yrs old.. We headed out of Port O'connor to spear some jewfish for the So Tx bar assoc bar b que... We pulled up to a rig, a couple of guys put on their scuba gear ,grabbed their spear guns and headed to the bottom.. about 20mins later they came up with a 6'3 approx 350lb jewfish.. It took all of us onboard to pull up to the rail, where they tied it off.. My dad picked me up and stuck me in that damn fishes mouth.. about up to my waist.. Needless to say I was not very happy at that point..
Anyway.. They fileted it up and served it to about 500 so tx lawyers.. I didnt get to eat any but was told it was pretty tasty..
I havent heard of any being caught recently.. There was a guy that was "attacked" by one in the surf in the late 80s, nothing recent..
I have talked to guys that have caught other species of really large grouper that told me they tasted like crap, compared to the smaller versions..
It's interesting how some fish (e.g. tuna) eat just as good at 1,000 pounds as they do at 20 pounds, and some (e.g. redfish), as they get big, taste like a bus tire. Nothing is better than a 30 - 36 inch (tagged) red on the half shell on a grill with Tony C. Spices and butter. But crank that up to 40 plus inches, and you might as well vulcanize it and use it on your SUV. Same goes for big black drum, if they were still legal. Back in 'fifties, we used catch huge ones, and my great grandmother would put them in a pressure cooker and we would eat them--by God, bones and all. I hear the Eskimos consider the contents of musk ox stomachs to be a delicacy. I don't know, but I'll guarandamntee you it would taste better than those big drum.
I got a call about ten days ago from a friend who is a charter captain in Florida. He asked if I was busy? I knew from the tone of his voice what the appropriate response was: "want me to bring a knife, or a knife AND lots of Zip-Loc bags?". Anyhow, they had done rather well on large dolphin offshore that day, most exceeding 35#s. I cleaned hundreds of pounds of dolphin that day and when asked how many bags I wanted for myself, I declined even one fillet. Any dolphin over about 20-25#s is just pretty much straight fat corpuscles and nasty. Granted, a knife will go through those fatty fish a whole lot easier than they will a nice lean fish. Big tuna: just fine. Big dolphin (mahi): y'all can have every last one of them.
Good to know, hatidua. That accounts for the $hitty tasting dolphin we caught last July out of Venice. I let one of the newbies on our boat borrow one of my super duper pooper scooper secret weapons (SDPSSW). (I could tell you but I only share this secret with close friends and I don't make friends easily-- ) Anyway, this guy had just cast the SDPSSW out to port when Captain Eddie told us not to fish any lures at that time that would interfere with live-baiting. No sooner were the words out of the Captain's mouth than my friend is standing there not even knowing what was going on and a huge bull dolphin was jumping repeatedly out to the side. He got it in and we all split our fish on our trips--and I thought it tasted a lot like those Black Drum Big Mother (that's what we called my great grandmother) used to cook in her pressure cooker. Nasty.
I let one of the newbies on our boat borrow one of my super duper pooper scooper secret weapons (SDPSSW).
I think the forum ought to feel overwhelmingly fortunate to even be let in on the existence of the SDPSSW, irrespective of it's actual specifications. I never realized the super-duper-pooper-scooper-secret-weapon even existed! It'd be a bit like being told in 1982 that there was something called the Stealth Fighter jet.
Around about 2012, I look forward to the full-color expose' of the SDPSSW in Saltwater Sportsman Granted, by then, current overfishing will have made the SDPSSW an absolute necessity to even catch pinfish, but we'll all just scale down our tackle and have pinfish tournaments where the first prize will be a charge-up for our electric boat engines
When do pre-orders become a possibility? Oh, and will the device (SDPSSW) come in spinning, or conventional with acid-wrapped guides? Sorry, my mistake, probably more info than can be divulged at this time.
Granted, by then, current overfishing will have made the SDPSSW an absolute necessity to even catch pinfish...
I don't blame you, hatidua. There is no way you could know that the unit itself is larger than any pinfish on earth. And the only reason I don't share it with the folks on this board is that I do not want Gunsmoke and MrBill to be able to avail themselves of it...after mutually screwing me out of owning the UMC and forcing me to build my own POSMC, there is no way I am going to let them in on the secret of the SDPSSW.