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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 1:52 pm 
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goliath grouper from a Hobie PA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKneRv_NtMQ

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 20, 2013 4:08 am 
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Congrats to him...that looked like fun!

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 20, 2013 5:46 am 
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Not to knock his experience but looks fairly easy if you are strong enough to pull in the rope. The kayak was tethered to the boat and kept the kayak in position. With the heavy rope there wasn't much skill required in landing the big fish. However, must say rather exciting to watch :D


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 8:34 am 
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just thought I'd chime in. That one in that video wasn't too dificult. He weighed in right around 100lbs. The second one was 3x the size at around 300lbs. He worked me. That video will be out soon.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 5:28 pm 
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Most people wouldn't be caught dead trying to call that fishing. Those fish don't have a chance. There's no sport in that, especially using heavy rope and having a power boat drag you away from the cover. If you want to do something worth bragging about, get yourself a rod and reel and your kayak and catch one without assistance. What you are doing is getting real close to being against Florida statutes. Goliath grouper are a protected species and it's clear that you are clearly targeting them. Think about it. Video tapes make great evidence. :wink:


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 6:40 pm 
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Herk wrote:
Most people wouldn't be caught dead trying to call that fishing. Those fish don't have a chance. There's no sport in that, especially using heavy rope and having a power boat drag you away from the cover. If you want to do something worth bragging about, get yourself a rod and reel and your kayak and catch one without assistance. What you are doing is getting real close to being against Florida statutes. Goliath grouper are a protected species and it's clear that you are clearly targeting them. Think about it. Video tapes make great evidence. :wink:


Normally I don't get on here and defend myself when it comes to my videos, because at the end of the day I'm out there to have a good time, which needs no defending, however when it has to do with accusing me of violating a Florida protected species regulation I will absolutely set the record straight. You are correct that it is illegal to harvest, possess or land a Goliath Grouper per FL Statutes. However there is an exception to the rule, for state research purposes. Before you accuse you may want to skip to the end of the video where the fish was tagged with a state issued research tag. All fish caught that day were tagged and released with tags issued by the State of Florida. That was the mission for the day, to tag and release Goliath Grouper. Hand lining is the fastest way to get them up, tagged and released. We could've used a rod and reel which would've taken 10x the amount of time and put way too much unnecessary stress on the fish, but thanks for your concern.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 10:09 am 
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jvanpelt89 wrote:
Herk wrote:
Most people wouldn't be caught dead trying to call that fishing. Those fish don't have a chance. There's no sport in that, especially using heavy rope and having a power boat drag you away from the cover. If you want to do something worth bragging about, get yourself a rod and reel and your kayak and catch one without assistance. What you are doing is getting real close to being against Florida statutes. Goliath grouper are a protected species and it's clear that you are clearly targeting them. Think about it. Video tapes make great evidence. :wink:


Normally I don't get on here and defend myself when it comes to my videos, because at the end of the day I'm out there to have a good time, which needs no defending, however when it has to do with accusing me of violating a Florida protected species regulation I will absolutely set the record straight. You are correct that it is illegal to harvest, possess or land a Goliath Grouper per FL Statutes. However there is an exception to the rule, for state research purposes. Before you accuse you may want to skip to the end of the video where the fish was tagged with a state issued research tag. All fish caught that day were tagged and released with tags issued by the State of Florida. That was the mission for the day, to tag and release Goliath Grouper. Hand lining is the fastest way to get them up, tagged and released. We could've used a rod and reel which would've taken 10x the amount of time and put way too much unnecessary stress on the fish, but thanks for your concern.

Good explaination but you should have gone into detail in your orginal post. Kudo's to those who recognized the possibility of being outside the rules.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 3:38 pm 
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I didn't post the video up in the forum...

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 10:51 am 
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I did not watch the video to the end because it made me mad. What I saw initially was enough to question the method you used as being legal under Florida fish and game laws. I apologize for indicating what you were doing might be against the law, but without knowing about the tags and permission of the state, I think you'll agree that I made an honest mistake. Sorry. No hard feelings!


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