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My goal for '06

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Okay, here is my goal for '06. Except, I'm gonna land him on the sand.

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Are you moving to Hawaii?

Goals are great but a Tiger in the sand at AI?

Now THAT will be interesting.....

My goal is to land some decent stuff without any mishaps like hooks, bites, yaks on heads, etc....

But I'll start out simple, a goal of not spilling my coffee on me this morning..

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There are a few tigers around. Little known fact. The world record tiger was taken at Cherry Grove pier in south carolina by Walter Maxwell. It weighed 1,780 lbs. That was in the 60's caught on a live stingray. Most people would call this pothetic that I can just come up with this on the top of my head. If you look at north carolina state records lots of the records were caught on the piers and beaches. A friend of mine hooked a 400+ (according to him) thresher shark in december right outside of oregon inlet. They are there just waiting to be caught.

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maybe those skates could some in nady :jester:

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found the story on the net

Not every heavyweight record requires big bucks, or big boats. Walter Maxwell managed the tiger shark record without a boat, fighting chair, skipper or other help. He caught his fish off a Carolina pier. He remembers the one that got away best. "The big one nearly overlapped the pier's end," he said. "That's 20 feet long." "The little one I caught only went 13 1/2 feet and, after losing an estimated 10 percent of its body weight, weighed in at 1,780 pounds.

While this record may be broken, it won't be broken from a Carolina pier. After jaws, shore communities barred pier fishing for sharks on the theory it wouldn't help tourism.

Back in 1964, Maxwell, a very fit bricklayer, noted, "Shark fishing was big. We could see stripes on tiger sharks that cruised off the piers. I thought I knew why more fish weren't caught. Fishermen didn't have the right kind of gear."

Maxwell geared up with a 16/0 left-handed Penn Senator purchased at a bargain $135. With a custom rod, 1,300 yards of 130 pound test on the reel and a five pound skate bait on 14/0 Mustad hooks whipped onto a bit less than 30 feet of steel cable, he was ready.

After losing a huge shark on Saturday when it swam away with his pier gaff cutting a periscope wake, Maxwell changed his approach. A couple of 10 foot fish hit on other lines. Then, in the confusion, Maxwell missed his hit. When he looked up the rod tip was down. As he ran to the rail in the confusion of crossed lines and cursing fishermen his fish surged out of the water. As Maxwell remembers, "My tiger rolled again about 200 yards from the pier. It sounded like nothing I'd ever heard." A buddy later reported it looked and sounded like "someone had dumped two bathtubs into the ocean at once."

Maxwell's shark headed down the beach toward Florida. With over one half a mile of line out, Maxwell finally stopped the fish. Line built on the reel, then smoked off. The problem was leverage; Maxwell needed to get down on the beach. After four hours and a half, the big shark rolled under the pier. One hook was bitten off; the other barely held at the corner of the shark's mouth just off it's gnashing teeth.

The wire leader came into reach, but even Andre the Giant couldn't wire a shark from a 20 foot high pier. So Maxwell managed to place his gaff in the shark's mouth. The gaff handle tore free, but the inch-thick gaff line held. Maxwell jumped down to the soft sand, hauled his catch into the shore break and lassoed the shark's head and tail. It took nearly a dozen men on three ropes to strand the huge fish above the surf. The fish lost pounds in the long wait for the wrecker's truck arrival. It still beat the old record by 350 pounds. Fisheries experts agree that, if weighed when caught, it would have topped a ton.

HEAVYWEIGHT FISHING RECORDS

by Louis Bignami

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Great story. :mrgreen:

Left handed Penn 16/0. Thats a reel! :loveit:

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Wow. That is sweeeet. Can you guys imagine?

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That's about the price you pay for a 114 now. I wish they still made reels like that.

Closest thing I saw today were the gold series starting at $400., big ones over $1000.

But yeah, if ya want the huge huge huge monsters ya got to put out the bucks for good gear to hold it with.

Can you imagine trying to get that thing in with a Penn 113 or 114 and 40# line?

Yeah-right...

That's why I'll have 115 (9/0) as a minimum.

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Awsome 8)

With more people putting in the time for shark during the summer, it's bound that someone is going to get a hold of a monster,,,look at Sam's prehistoric looking monster he caught last year,,,there are big animals out there and bigger ones that we haven't got a hold of "YET",,,it's goping to happen, hopefully this summer.

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I have hooked big rays that I couldn't bring in with ANY reel. A big, strong 10' shark is gonna be fun.

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that Chit is just the reason why I don't go in the water at the beach anymore :lol:

pools are me 8)

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I would like to catch a 10 ft. spinner! around 300 lbs! that would be fun! They don't get that big but can you just imagine!

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that Chit is just the reason why I don't go in the water at the beach anymore :lol:

pools are me 8)

Yeah, after getting the yak turned 90 degrees with a thud one night last year, I decided even a full bathtub is too deep. Showers for me...

Yous guyz are scarring the B-Stuffings outta' me...

Us old guys scare easy, cuz' we got common sense now....

Kinda' funny though, I'll dive right in on a reef to see how big the Cuda really is....

I guess it's all just because they're really on our minds based on the hook size and bait we're using, that we think more about being IN the water with them. But ya know, they've always beer there and didn't bother us.

That prehistoric thing Sam caught is gonna' come back and slap him with that long tail.....

Ok, I'm scaring myself now.....hahahahaha

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Man, I'm pumped for some serious shark fishing this year. I've got my gear screamin in my dreams already. I'm gonna put AN ENOURMOUS amount of time and energy into landing a 10' shark this summer. It's gonna happen, folks. Sooner or later.

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I'll drink to it too, heck, I'll drink to anything!

Sure wish I lived closer, from home to having sand spikes in is 4 hours.

I would like to do once a week this year as opposed to every other week like last year.

Fuel costs are a killer too.

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my goals: To Fish More :!:

looks like my weekend auto racing is going to take a back-seat to more weekends Feeesshin' :lol:

main goal in OC: To Catch More (quality) Fish inside the inlet and @ the RT 50 bridge :wink:

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