Thursday, July 28, 2011

Reminder - Don't Fish in Thunderstorms!

Lightening struck fishing rod
Recent media reports from the USA about two fishermen struck by lightening is a timely reminder to keep those rods down when thunder and lightening are about!

Montana fishermen, Gabe and Christian Neil were out fishing on Lake Harrisonville when lightening struck hiting Christian's custom graphite rod stopping his heart and setting his hair on fire and sending Gabe in to the water paralyzed.

Luckily for the father and sone team, a nearby fisherman heard the sound and came to their rescue. According to media reports they are now stable and are expected to make a full recovery.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Brisbane Boat Show Ticket Giveaway

Queensland fishermen and boaties are excitedly looking forward to this year's Brisbane Boat Show 2011, starting on August 25.

Since 1961 the Brisbane Boat Show has been showcasing and promoting the benefits of a marine based lifestyle to the people of Queensland.

Returning to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, and running from Thursday 25 August to Sunday 28 August,  the 2011 Brisbane Boat Show is the perfect place to search for, compare and choose your new fishing boat, personal watercraft or boat motor.

To celebrate the 51st anniversary of this Brisbane fishing and boating institution, we've got two adult passes to give away (and children under 15 are free, so why not take the whole family!). Simply give us your name and email address using the below form before Midnight, Friday 12 August 2011 for your chance to be a winner. The winner will be drawn at random and contacted by email.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Funny Fishing Blooper Vid - Backing the Boat Trailer

For this guy, when backing the boat trailer in to the water, what can go wrong, will go wrong! He even tries a hilarious boat trailer invention to make it easier, but even that goes wrong!

Great Fishing Blooper Video. Seen a funny fishing video lately? Send it in and we'll share it with our fishing friends!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

New Meaning to Fly Fishing!

English Man Fishes from Balloon!
Dave Newman, a British pub owner from Wilton near the River Wy has given new meaning to the term "fly fishing".

Mr Newman, thought he could improve his usual fly fishing routine by doing casting his line from a hot air balloon!

The Hereford Times reports that the balloon was initially designed for the use of TV reporters and cameramen looking to get some areal shots, but Mr Newman thought it would give him the best fishing position on the river.

Don't get too excited though, the newspaper also reported that Newman didn't catch a thing from his areal vantage point!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Love It or Hate It?

We see some amazing things coming out of the good old US of A, land of the brave, home of the fisherman. They sure love their fishing in America but as regular FMX readers know, they can get a bit far out when it comes to some of their ads for fishing equipment.

Here's a clip we received today promoting the Shore Shot Bait Caster,  featuring the Far Out Fishin Girls and an original tune by Dan Triano, president of Far Out Fishin. The Shore Shot Bait Caster costs $800 and the manufacturer claims it can fire line and bait up to 300m off shore.

To be honest, we're not sure if we love it or hate it? What do you think?

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Honda Over the Top Boat Ready to Go

Can two Aussie's really take a RIB "over the top"  to raise $200,000 for Cancer Council Australia for research into effective prostate cancer detection and treatment? Skipper Peter Jenkins and his brother Phillip certainly think so.

The pair this week announced that the Honda-powered rigid inflatable boat (RIB) two brothers will call home for 10 weeks as they go ‘over the top' to raise funds and awareness of prostate cancer is ready for action.

After extensive sea trialling off the West Australian coast, the custom 8.6m Gemini Pro RIB has been refined to a point where both men are confident they will succeed in their Australian-first attempt to travel more than 9500km around Australia's coastline in a ‘rubber ducky'.

Honda Over The Top Expedition leader Peter Jenkins said he was looking forward to the event launch in just under two weeks' time.

"The boat has really been put through its paces in wild seas out to Rottnest Island, calm conditions on the Swan River and everything in between," Mr Jenkins said.

"Although the boat proved itself to handle rough conditions with ease, maintaining a speed of 23kt in some very poor weather, we've had a taste of just how exhausting the expedition will be... it certainly won't be a holiday!

"All onboard systems are working perfectly and the boat is propped to deliver maximum performance and efficiency.

"With the twin Honda BF225 engines linked in to the Furuno electronics we're able to accurately monitor our fuel consumption, which is less than two litres per nautical mile at speeds in excess of 23kt... very impressive."

Leaving from the Sydney International Boat Show on 1 August and finishing nearly two months later in Perth, the Honda Over The Top Expedition has a number of planned stopovers at locations along the east coast and right across the top.

The Honda Over The Top Expedition has attracted significant support from the boating and marine community including and aims to raise $200,000 for Cancer Council Australia to help fund research into effective prostate cancer detection and treatment.

Keep an eye out for news of fundraising events in your local area, or donate online at

Dogs Swimming with Sharks Updated

In an update of our dogs herding sharks story we ran a couple of days ago, we've now spoken to Russell Hood-Penn, who took the video and have a few more details about this great clip.

Russell who is on a 4 month adventure with his wife, filmed the clip at the One Arm Point Community about 200km north of Broome, WA. Russell and his wife obtained the necessary permits and visited the community , who are members of the Bardi tribe and who have lived in the area for tens of thousands of years. The dogs are community dogs and swim with the sharks regularly. To see the clip again, here it is:

Russell also confirmed that the dugong you see in the clip was taken by the local Bardi people, and as far as he is aware, within appropriate guidelines.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Dog Bites Shark!

Check out this video of a couple of dogs herding what looks like leopard sharks!

Details are scanty but it looks like this is taken in Australia  probably near Broome, WA. We're also making inquiries about the dugong seen on the beach and referred to by the filmer as "speared" but it does appear that is was taken  by local indigenous people presumably within appropriate guidelines.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Great Trout Fly Fishing Video

A bit stressed at work? Take 5 to watch this Fly Fishing Video from Todd Moen. See the trout move through the water, the fly and the prefect day. Hard to believe all this great Trout Fly Fishing video is shot by Todd himself. Now that is what it's all about!

heads or tails from Todd Moen Creative on Vimeo.

American Todd Moen is the Video Editor and Producer of Catch Magazine, known as The Official Journal of Fly Fishing Photography and Film. Moen began his career combining fly fishing and film at and early age. He then sharpened his skills by traveling the globe to film for ESPN, CBS and OLN. Now he focuses his talents on Catch, in its third successful season. Moen's signature video style is his pursuit for the unique natural shots on the water, crafted with an original twist he's learned via his passion for art and music. According to Catch subscribers, Moen has the seamless ability to create, simply put, "eye and ear candy." Turn up the volume, turn down the lights- each one is a phenomenal visual and audible experience. When Moen isn't in the studio or on the river with a camera in hand, he enjoys the bounty of his Central Oregon backyard- the blue ribbon trout streams and bass-filled alpine lakes near his home.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Coke Can Lure Scores Mako for NZ Boy

Coke Can Lure Cathes NZ Mako
We occasionally hear about home made coca-cola can fishing lures, and while many have claimed great success with these home made lures fashioned from soft drink cans, photographic proof is not always easy to come by.

However one of our regular readers sent us these pics of NZ teenager, Sam March, who, disappointed with the lack of success his shop bought lures were producing, set to with an empty Coca-Cola can, a couple of spare skirts and a wire hook rig, to product what Sam called the ‘pusher from hell’.

Sam's self made lure did the trick, with a Mako duly hooked up by fellow angler, Davis Lowes. The home made coke can lure was retrieved relatively unscathed. Sam has said that he will definitely be taking his home made coke can lure out again for sure.

Of course, this is not the first time we've heard of home made lures catching sharks. Over the years we've heard stories of lures made from everything from film canisters, jandals, cans, ballpoint pens, screwdriver heads and even banana skins.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Young Whale Shark Photographed Just Off Coast

Just a mile of a Florida beach, divers had a rare encounter, a 15 foot long Juvenile Whale Shark! See the amazing photos in this video clip.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Only In America! Felons Break Out to Go Fishing

We all know Americans love to fish. Well there are two American fishermen who love it so much, they broke out of jail to go fishing!

Last month  Curtis Clay Davis and fellow inmate John David Ott Jr. escaped from the Hamblen County Workhouse in Morristown, Tenn.. According to Chief Deputy Wayne Mize, the felons did the right thing though. They left a note apologizing and saying they had run out as they had a fishing job that they had to get to!

There is no news as to whether the two gents (both reportedly non-violent offenders) have yet been apprehended.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Holy Sh*t or Bull Sh*t - Video Fishing Rod

Last week we showed you a video clip claiming to be for a fishing rod with built in video camera. But is it real?

As we said, many US and Canadian ice fishermen use CCV video cameras to look under the ice at their catch, but this one seemed a bit too much. Well turns out it actually is real! We admit that this thing is little more than an expensive toy (US$100) but if you want, you can buy it! If you're interested its available at and a number of US retailers including Dick's Sporting Goods and Dunham Sports.

For more information, visit .

Don't forget, if you've seen a big fish photo, crazy fishing video, wierd fishing gear or tall fishing story that sounds too good to be true send 'em all in to and our team of reporters and experts will investigate and tell you whether they are truely "Holy Sh*t" or "Bull Sh*t"!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Ryn & Cordie Match Fish And Wine

Many fishers and their family & friends enjoy a glass of wine when cooking and eating their catch, but often it's a bit of a challenge to know which wine to drink. Everyone knows the "white wine with fish" rule, but where to from there? The good news is we now have some help from two sexy and sassy Brissie girls, Karyn MacDonald and Cordelia Smiley.

Ryn and Cordie, as they are known, have released a cookbook and wine matching guide which combines beautiful recipes (including lots of seafood recipes) with tips on how to select the best wine with that dish. A great help to those of us who are left stumped when faced with the wine fridge at the local bottlo.

Here's our favourite whole fish recipe from Ryn & Cordie's book "In Search of the Perfect Partner (the Food & Wine Matching Formula)".

WHOLE BAKED FISH with home made wedges & lemon butter sauce



500g Chat potatoes, cut into wedges
Extra virgin olive oil
1 lemon, sliced
1 lime, sliced
2-3kg white flesh fish, scaled, gutted
1 bunch of dill, chopped roughly
3 large red chillies, sliced
300g butter

Dipping Sauce

150ml white wine
3 lemons, juiced
1 bay leaf
300ml of cream
4 cloves of garlic, smashed with skin removed
Freshly cracked pepper


1. Preheat oven to 200°C.

2. On an oven tray lined with baking paper, spread chat wedges out and drizzle with oil and salt.

3. Make three diagonal cuts in the flesh along each side of the fish.

4. Take two 60cm pieces of foil and lay on bench. Place half the slices of lemon and lime down and lay fish on top. Stuff dill, chilli and garlic into the fish cavity with 50g of diced butter. Lay the rest of the slices of lemon and lime over the fish and season generously. Wrap tightly with foil and place on another oven tray.

5. Bake chats and fish for 45 minutes then check to see if the fish is cooked all the way through to the bone by gently looking at the cuts in the flesh.

6. While the fish is cooking, bring the white wine and lemon juice to a boil and reduce by half. Add the cream and reduce by half again. Start whisking in the remaining butter a little at a

time with the heat turned down. When all the butter is incorporated, season and set aside

until the fish and wedges are cooked.

To serve

Put your wedges in a large bowl and the sauce in a small jug. Place the fish, still in foil, on a large platter and serve.

MATCH! A lemony fish needs a lemony Riesling.

You can buy a copy of this great recipe book "In Search of the Perfect Partner" by Ryn and Cordie at online for $29.95.  We've also got 3 copies of the "In Search of the Perfect Partner" cook book to give away. First 3 people to email us at with "In Search of the Perfect Partner" in the subject line will get them.
Recipe and pics by Ryn & Cordie. Reproduced with permission.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Terrific Fishing Photo

We just had to share this wonderful photo of a traditional fisherman on the island of Mare in New Caledonia.

New Caledonian Spear Fishing at its best!
This photo is just one of the finalists in the National Geographic 2011 Photo Contest in the "Spontaneous Moments" Catagory.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Holy Sh*t or Bull Sh*t: One Eyed Shark Caught

Is this One Eyed Shark Real or a Hoax?
 Snap wants to know if this photo of a one eyed shark currently doing the rounds on the internet is real or bull sh*t?

It has been claimed that the picture is  a shark fetus found inside an adult female shark caught by commercial shark fishermen in the Sea of Cortez off the coast of Mexico.Initial reports suggested this cyclops shark photo was a hoax, but it seems that there is a possibility that it is in fact real!

Certain American fishing media have now reported that a prominent Mexican scientist called Felipe Galvan has said that he had inspected the shark and had even written a scientific paper on the discovery. Apparently the paper is the subject of scientific review before it can be published.

As soon as we hear more, we'll let you know whether this one eyed shark story really is Holy Sh*t or Bull Sh*t.

If you've seen a big fish photo, crazy fishing video or tall fishing story that sounds too good to be true send 'em all in to and our team of reporters and experts will investigate and tell you whether they are truely "Holy Sh*t" or "Bull Sh*t"!

Monday, July 4, 2011

New Qld Snapper Fishing Regs

Only get to keep one of these beauties this size next time Rob!

Queensland Fisheries Minister Craig Wallace announces new snapper fishing regulations due to come into effect on the first of September. Key points are:-

  • A reduction in the bag limit from 5 fish to 4 fish.

  • The minimum size limit for snapper will remain at 35cm.

  • A maximum of one fish with a total length over 70cm allowed.

  • No proposed change for the size and bag limits for pearl perch and teraglin.

  • No further bans on snapper fishing.

The six-week ban earlier this year on catching snapper would not be repeated. The unpopular ban caused a great deal of anger in the recreational fishing community. While responsible fisho's fully support the need to manage the valuable resource which is our fish stocks, the ban appeared to be more political than scientific. Charter operators and tackle stores that I'd spoken to found business died during the recent ban.

Like 'em or hate the new regs, I'm at least thankful that the idea of a seasonal ban has now been discarded, at least for the time being. - Snap

UK Shark Fishermen Enjoy Warm Rewards!

British Fishermen Land Sharks Off Pemrokeshire Coast
From Old Blighty, we hear that British fishermen are getting to experience a bit of serious shark fishing not normally associated with colder northern waters. British scientists attribute the fact that UK fishermen are bringing in record breaking sharks to a warmer gulf stream influence this year.

British media have been reporting some serious shark catches of the British coast, including Wayne Little, 42, who hauled in an 8ft blue shark off the holiday beaches near Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, late last month.

The warmer waters of the Gulf Stream in the South-West have made the Pembrokeshire coast is one of the UK's best spots for shark fishing. According to shark experts, there are now 'hundreds' of blue and porbeagle sharks 20 miles off the South-West coast.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Holy Sh*t or Bull Sh*t? Video Fishing line

A reader sent us in this video clip and asked whether it was true or false? Is this fishing rod with built in camera for real?

The video does sound too corny to be true, but it is America after all, and we do know that some US and Canadian ice fishermen use video cameras to check out thier catch. So is this video fishing rod, Holy Sh*t or Bull Sh*t?

We've got our reporters working on it, and we'll let you know next week.

If you've seen a big fish photo, crazy fishing video or tall fishing story that sounds too good to be true send 'em all in to and our team of reporters and experts will investigate and tell you whether they are truely "Holy Sh*t" or "Bull Sh*t"!