Friday, August 9, 2019

Old School Tuna Fishing, Revisited

I've shared this here before, but never discussed the methods used. Enjoy a blast from the past, with a little insight into how it all happened

 Off of California, probably 1950's or so. Albacore is still fished this way today, as far as I know. How cool is that? Very!
The Narration is absolutely fantastic. Take note YouTubers, and probably hit those Juul's a little harder once you start drinking whiskey
These guys are chumming heavily by tossing small sardines almost continuously once the ship slows and through the end.
A little about the method: super heavy line to a hair jig on a barbless 4/0 hook (or thereabouts ), bigger fish had 2-3 rods/lines tied to the same hook. They use the barbless hooks so that they can snatch the fish onto the boat and into a storage area where they land and almost instantly come unhooked with no effort from crew. Efficiency!
I won't mention the shark, as the video speaks for itself, but it seems more humane than the untold numbers that suffocate in nets today. I know which I would prefer.l
Past that, the fishing speaks for itself. Phenomenal. Unimaginable , probably out of reach of anyone who wasn't alive during the Golden age of Fishing....c'est la vié. Anyone could have caught fish there, except for my good old buddy Larry.
The engineer kept track of tonnage to avoid overloading the ship for sure, and hopefully to stay within game regs, but those were the wild west days in fisheries management, so I don't know. I can only hope those guys did indeed get the big Christmas tree, and all the trimmings of a great Christmas for their families after such back breaking work.
This is the fishing I dream about, but with stripers, smallmouth, catfish and walleye, all going down a small waterslide and back into the drink.

Tight lines, and following seas, my friends! Have a great weekend!


Thursday, August 8, 2019

My New (OLD) Auto Reply for the Other Site

First , this is an automated reply intended to let users know that I did in fact receive your email. 

Please do not reply to this email.

Responses to this email causes my proprietary system to print an edible , yet indigestible , paper copy which is shredded , mixed with crumbled potato chips (or crisps) and then fed to huge flocks of seagulls who proceed to fly far offshore and air drop their cargo at leisure as they circle trash barges , scattering it to the ends of the Earth so that we may protect your email address from scammers and spammers with nefarious intentions. 

Once their droppings settle deep into the ocean , and onto the ocean floor , I rely on a crackpot team of electronically tagged and trained Anglerfish to diligently search the bottom of the sea using their bioluminescent lantern thingies to find and eat all of the teeny tiny fish dumb enough to eat soaking wet seagull shit with wads of soggy paper in it.

Commercial anglers take over from here to catch and turn the tagged Anglerfish in at our secure facility, where a small herd of marine biologists in biohazard suits dissect only the Anglerfish having miniature paper streamers hanging out of their anal vents and advanced cases of sepsis from ruptured intestines secondary to spitball induced bowel blockage , retrieving all printed email fragments in the process. 

Immediately thereafter my fiercely dedicated employee Larry wades waist deep into a sludge of fish scat marbled with finely chewed industrial strength blotter paper and begins painstakingly reassembling the messages piecemeal , so that I may reply in a timely matter. He's almost halfway finished with the test email we sent out in 2011......but only because commercial trawlers are maddeningly slow when it comes to catching fish...when compared to Larry and I , at least....

Seriously , don't reply to this email , because I'll very likely never see it , and deep down , regardless of olfactory considerations at the end of his shift , Larry is one heck of a good guy.

Second , thank you for contacting the staff (Josh & poor , exhausted ,overworked and fish shit covered Larry) at SURF-FISH.COM . While we try to r
ALL inquiries as soon as possible , please note that it may take 1-5 business days for us to process your request and get back to you with some seriously helpful information , but only due to high seasonal volume on the website , and our busy schedules...Hey , we LOVE to fish! Check your SPAM folder if a reply doesn't show up in a timely fashion.

Tight Lines , Following Seas, Pro Staff Member Josh Mann, and proud member of the Slow Blogger Society, pictured above, sunning on a log, at a good fishing spot. Hmmm...