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Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Brat7748, Jan 16, 2006.

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  1. Brat7748

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    The grounds of the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum in Hayward, Wis. Twenty people can stand in the observation platform in the mouth of the fiberglass muskie, according to the museum. (Image courtesy Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame http://www.freshwater-fishing.org/museum.html

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    HAYWARD, WIS. - The National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame's board of directors today upheld angler Louie Spray's claim to the world record muskie, a 69-pound, 11-ounce specimen he landed on Oct. 20, 1949.
    Spray's record had been challenged by an Illinois fishing group. Spray's catch had unseated the previous record-holder, a 69 1/2-pound fish caught by Cal Johnson of Minneapolis. Had Spray's record been invalidated today, the honor would have reverted to Johnson, unifying the title between the Hayward hall and the International Game Fish Association.

    The IGFA has refused to recognize Spray as record holder, despite having landed the larger fish, since he shot it with a pistol before pulling it into the boat. The Hayward hall of fame recognizes that shooting fish to land them was legal at the time, a hall of fame spokesman told the Star Tribune in 2003.
     
  2. SASS#23149

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    Well,heck fire

    ya sure woulen't want to shoot it AFTER it's in the boat!

    blub,blub,blub,blub:what:
     
  3. joebogey

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    I don't fish for muskie. But if I did, I'd shoot'em too.
    Way too many teeth for my liking. And as stated before me, I wouldn't wait till he was in the boat.
     
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    When I was a kid it seemed like every old man I knew took a .22 pistol of some sort with them fishing and checking trot lines. "It's fer snappers".
     
  5. carebear

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    A big fish can make a mess of a boat and whacking them on the head can knock the hook out.

    I've seen big halibut and sharks shot, never a freshwater fish though.
     
  6. Tigerseye

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    Kind of reminds me of the scene in the movie "Second Hand Lions" where Michael Caine and Charles Duvall are "fishing" with shotguns. ;-)

    Tigerseye
     
  7. springmom

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    HOLY COW~~~~~~~~

    If I landed a 67 pound fish I'd wanna shoot it too, before it ate me! :what:

    Springmom
     
  8. gezzer

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    Normal spring fishing in VT is with a 30/06, from a tree stand no less!:what:
     
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    Using a gun is still routine when halibut fishing.
     
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    I like where one yells to the other, "Cover me while I reload."
     
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    Wow, the weights were close. He probably lost a few oz. at least from the .45 hole in the fish and the liquid loss.
     
  12. 1911 guy

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    I carried a .22 revolver in my tackle box.

    I lived in Virginia Beach for a few years and fished a lot in the river and Back Bay. Thar be bowfin in them thar waters. Big teeth and I want my bait/lure back. Shoot them and recast.
     
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    Would a .357 or a .45 be adequate for

    the Vermont pike?
     
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    I beat a 14lb muskie with a steel coffe thermos until it stoped trying to run me out of the boat. If I caught a 60lb muskie I'd shoot it too.

    Fishing off of Andros Island a guy showed me a good trick for taking care of fish as you land them. He would keep a spray bottle of rum in the boat and spray it directly on the gills, lights out.
     
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    I've caught a few small pickerel but never a muskie. I can't imagine getting bit with the kind of choppers they have! I'd would have shot 'em too!
     
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    Dad would carry a .22 revolver with shotshells in case snakes dropped in the boat from low hanging branches. Wouldn't work very well on catfish, though.

    jmm
     
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    at the very least, a samurai sword would be in my tackle box... along some soy sauce and wasabi...

    *ahem* That's A Huge FISH!
     
  18. EddieCoyle

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    You're better off with a pointed FMJ bullet from a rifle.
     
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    a few weeks ago i pulled a 18lb channel cat that i would have liked to have shot before landing, it put up a hell of a fight.
     
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    Mr. Coyle

    So the SKS or the AK?
    Thanks.
     
  21. EddieCoyle

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    Either should be fine. Pick the one that floats better. Make sure you're using solid core 7.62X39 ammo though. The hollow points are no good in the water.

    Seriously though, I did this once with some friends that were attending UVM in the early 80's. I'm an avid bass fisherman and always catch and release. It's pretty hard to release a pike with a hole in it though. For the record, I got a couple with my M1 Carbine. I believe it is still legal.
     
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    When I was in college, a friend and I went "hunting" with a Ruger MK II near his house. The pike were spawning in a backwater of a river in about 2-3 feet of water. We shot probably about 35 or 40 in 2 days. His mother deep fried the fillets and we ate like kings. The smallest was prob. 18" and the largest was 34" long. No, it wasn't legal (NYS) and it was kinda tough carrying them thru the woods to his car while watching for the ENCON officer that frequented the area (I wonder why). We didn't get caught. :D
     
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    Do you need armor-piercing rounds for steelheads?

    And I thing you're not supposed to use dynamite for fishing, but can you use it just to punch a hole through the ice? Those augers are a lot of work!

    Regards.
     
  24. EddieCoyle

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    You gotta aim low.
     
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