Saturday, June 27, 2009

Abomination 3.1.


Remember the drunken morons of the South Florida Shark Club.

They just killed this big beautiful female Bull Shark - likely once again a pregnant mother as Bull Sharks migrate to their nursing areas in Summer which in the Northern Hemisphere is in May to June.

Sad "story" here.
Let's hope "somebody" puts them out of their unholy business very soon indeed!

7 comments:

Shark Diver said...

Time and some good will. That's the combo for now. Realistically we're looking at 2011 2012 for lasting conservation change in Florida.

sharksweetie said...

I REFUSE to dive in Florida until the shark killing is outlawed!

South florida shark fisherman and conservationalist said...

I am personally offended by your continuos battering of shark-fishing for their are those who practice it responsibly. For your information, the shark you have just posted as "another fish slaughter by these drunken morons" was not even caught by a member of the south florida shark club. if you read the website were you found this picture this fish WAS NOT CAUGHT BY A MEMBER OF THE SOUTH FLORIDA SHARK CLUB and was merely heard about through the grape vine and admired for its unheard of size. I AND MANY MEMBERS of the sharkfishing SHARKFISHERMAN DO NOT CONDONE THE KILLING OF SHARKS. It is up to people like you and me who care about conservation to teach people the importance of catch and release, not send messages of hatred using slander in order to get your point across. You respect sharks so much and condemn things like discovery channel for turning them into these beasts I've seen you guys in the city hall of delray beach, some of you doing the very same thing you speak against. In the verdict had not one word about conservation mentioned instead it was about a city who didnt have to worry about bad press. In my opinion both sides lost in this situation, the fickle politician tried to save face. I'm a conservationalist, I am dedicating my life to this, going to school to become a marine scientist and im a sharkfisherman. Believe it or not the two can come hand in hand. Some fish die when they are caught in any catch and release fishery, tarpon, bonefish, sharks and bass included. This is a misfortune but it is a lot better than fish slaughtered for no good reason. Educate people, become friends with the fisherman. I think you might realize they are more than the monsters you make them out to be. Teach them why some fisheries may be unsustainable. Dont tell me that there arent some divers out there that are stupid and run aground places, or take corals. Theres always a group like that and that will never change. The very man that you guys condemned for killing that hammerhead, some months later watched the movie sharkwater and was almost in tears. He himself vowed never to kill another shark and offered to buy copies of the documentary for the 50 other members. The point is talk to these anglers and I bet you they could be one of your best allies in taking down industries such as shark finning, or the longlining industy for blue fin tuna. Did you guys know that they're reopening the some permits for swordfish longliners along the florida coast? Now thats something we need to start to working on getting rid of. Oh and they are trying to stop all fishing period in biscayne bay, yet the park service has openly admitted that they will not increase personel for enforcement. They say its because they dont have money, i think its because of laziness, but if this whole money thing isn't working than lets get them some money THERE SHOULD BE AN OFFICER AT EVERY MARINA CHECKING TO SEE IF BAG/SIZE LIMITS HAVE BEEN COMPLIED WITH. heck I'll even volunteer. These regulations have been made for a reason. For example slots for snook are made because the amount of offspring a they can produce increases exponetially with size . (one ten pound snook produces the same amount of offspring that four 4 lbs snook would).. im getting carried away here but basicallly what I came here to say is AS A SHARKFISHERMAN AND CONSERVATIONALIST, I EXTEND MY HANDS TO YOU GUYS, I just hope that we can find a way to work together.

South florida shark fisherman and conservationalist said...

I am personally offended by your continuos battering of shark-fishing for their are those who practice it responsibly. For your information, the shark you have just posted as "another fish slaughter by these drunken morons" was not even caught by a member of the south florida shark club. if you read the website were you found this picture this fish WAS NOT CAUGHT BY A MEMBER OF THE SOUTH FLORIDA SHARK CLUB and was merely heard about through the grape vine and admired for its unheard of size. I AND MANY MEMBERS of the sharkfishing SHARKFISHERMAN DO NOT CONDONE THE KILLING OF SHARKS. It is up to people like you and me who care about conservation to teach people the importance of catch and release, not send messages of hatred using slander in order to get your point across. You respect sharks so much and condemn things like discovery channel for turning them into these beasts I've seen you guys in the city hall of delray beach, some of you doing the very same thing you speak against. In the verdict had not one word about conservation mentioned instead it was about a city who didnt have to worry about bad press. In my opinion both sides lost in this situation, the fickle politician tried to save face. I'm a conservationalist, I am dedicating my life to this, going to school to become a marine scientist and im a sharkfisherman. Believe it or not the two can come hand in hand. Some fish die when they are caught in any catch and release fishery, tarpon, bonefish, sharks and bass included. This is a misfortune but it is a lot better than fish slaughtered for no good reason. Educate people, become friends with the fisherman. I think you might realize they are more than the monsters you make them out to be. Teach them why some fisheries may be unsustainable. Dont tell me that there arent some divers out there that are stupid and run aground places, or take corals. Theres always a group like that and that will never change. The very man that you guys condemned for killing that hammerhead, some months later watched the movie sharkwater and was almost in tears. He himself vowed never to kill another shark and offered to buy copies of the documentary for the 50 other members. The point is talk to these anglers and I bet you they could be one of your best allies in taking down industries such as shark finning, or the longlining industy for blue fin tuna. Did you guys know that they're reopening the some permits for swordfish longliners along the florida coast? Now thats something we need to start to working on getting rid of. Oh and they are trying to stop all fishing period in biscayne bay, yet the park service has openly admitted that they will not increase personel for enforcement. They say its because they dont have money, i think its because of laziness, but if this whole money thing isn't working than lets get them some money THERE SHOULD BE AN OFFICER AT EVERY MARINA CHECKING TO SEE IF BAG/SIZE LIMITS HAVE BEEN COMPLIED WITH. heck I'll even volunteer. These regulations have been made for a reason. For example slots for snook are made because the amount of offspring a they can produce increases exponetially with size . (one ten pound snook produces the same amount of offspring that four 4 lbs snook would).. im getting carried away here but basicallly what I came here to say is AS A SHARKFISHERMAN AND CONSERVATIONALIST, I EXTEND MY HANDS TO YOU GUYS, I just hope that we can find a way to work together.

DaShark said...

Thank you for your comment.

I fish myself.
I troll for Tuna, Wahoo and Mahi Mahi which I eat. When I accidentally hook a Billfish, I drive towards it in order to reel it in as fast as possible and release it.

Game fishing for Sharks is not about catching food (the more as big Sharks are poisonous), it's quite obviously about wrestling with big "dangerous" fish.

Contrary to boat-based fishing, land -based fishing always requires that you subdue the animal, meaning that you fight it until it is exhausted and can be dragged in.
Contrary to trolling, many of the baits get ingested resulting in stomach hooking.

I think that's just not cool, the more as it is merely done for the "thrill" of it.

I agree that releasing them is better than killing them - but where I come from, not fishing for them is really the only way to go.

South florida shark fisherman and conservationalist said...

It would be ideal for all people to be able to fish from a boat, mabye not for greenhouse gas emissions, but I know that many land-based fisherman would be more than pleased to be able to do their fishing from a boat. The fact is that not everyone in the world may be able to afford that $20,000-$200,000 boat required to get offshore. Many fish caught from a boat do not make it because they are so exhausted. The practice of light tackle fishing from boats tends to tire fish more than many others. The simple fact that the fish has to continuosly swim can do more damage to a fish than you would think. Most land-based sharkfisherman used the largest tackle available I'm talking 16/0's, 14/0's, and 12/0's. With these reels, most sharks, I'm talking about 6 and 7 foot sharks that dont take out more than 20 yards of drag this may seem unsportly but the fisherman need these reels for fish that will make them these sizeable reels look like toys. The good thing about this is that many sharks come up a lot livlier than you'd expect and are quick to swim away when released. If they are not, I know many of us are willing to spend as much time that is needed in order to revive a fish.

As far as gut hooking, Ive personally never had a shark that is gut hooked. Whether using circle hooks or J hooks my hook set is usually in the corner in the jaw and most of the times easily removed from the mouth for a quick release. We use hooks that are not stainless and after a few trips, these hooks need to be replaced because of corrosion. Once again I feel that the way you will make the most headway is by education and enforcement and not by all out banning.

south florida shark fisherman and conservationalist said...

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