Alienated from the clique society, A lonely boy finds peace in fishing.
February 25, 2009 10:27 PM   Subscribe

Surf Fishing for Great Whites

Via the always interesting blog of MeFi's own cbuddha
posted by KokuRyu (37 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

 
That's so cool.
posted by Xoebe at 10:35 PM on February 25, 2009


"Great White Hunters" Eponysterical!

What an outrageous film KokuRyu...thanks for the link.
posted by salishsea at 11:02 PM on February 25, 2009


Madness. Stay out of the water!
posted by Ramo at 11:16 PM on February 25, 2009


"it's a game of concentration, just you and the shark" and a giant truck you're hauling it down the beach with. Not fair! Stay on the surfboard and catch it - then I'll be impressed.
posted by freebird at 11:32 PM on February 25, 2009


Fucking manly as shit dude
posted by dhammond at 12:02 AM on February 26, 2009


That's fucking great. Especially the end 'card'.
posted by From Bklyn at 12:20 AM on February 26, 2009


Bait-boy's gonna himself get eaten. Then I will laugh and laugh.
posted by Optamystic at 12:22 AM on February 26, 2009


get himself eaten, duh.
posted by Optamystic at 12:22 AM on February 26, 2009


Here you go, freebird.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 12:27 AM on February 26, 2009


Even though there's no shortage of great whites in australia, I was still relieved that this is a catch-and-release deal (though having a hook in one's mouth can't be pleasant).

I've got no qualms about eating fish, but something about hunting sharks makes me a little uncomfortable. Perhaps having seen sharks as co-stars in movies--okay, Merciless Killing Machines Who Want Only to Kill You and Only You-- kinda makes it easy to anthropomorphize and sentimentalize them.

>Bait-boy's gonna himself get eaten. Then I will laugh and laugh.

Maybe it's just me, but from a certain angle, doesn't he look like a nice, juicy seal?
posted by darth_tedious at 12:33 AM on February 26, 2009


I'm for this, but only if the shark botherers first take turns pulling each other around the beach by nice big fish hooks through their lips.
posted by pracowity at 12:57 AM on February 26, 2009 [2 favorites]


Maybe it's just me, but from a certain angle, doesn't he look like a nice, juicy seal?

Precisely darth_tedious. To a shark, a surfer looks exactly like a big seal. This is why surfers with all their appendages don't go into the water when they know that sharks are about. Never mind covered with the bloody gore of the shark's natural food which they can detect in fairly minute concentration.

I like the guys simplistic philosophy. "Well its's only a few minutes in the water", he rationalizes. Right Sherlock. Like it takes hours for the ravenous jaws of a killing machine equipped with electro-reception capabilities straight from the Lower Cretaceous to inflict any appreciable damage.

These guys aren't exactly the freshest bait in the tank.

Ballsy, but incredibly dumb.
posted by PareidoliaticBoy at 12:58 AM on February 26, 2009 [2 favorites]


>Precisely darth_tedious. To a shark, a surfer looks exactly like a big seal. This is why surfers with all their appendages don't go into the water when they know that sharks are about. Never mind covered with the bloody gore of the shark's natural food which they can detect in fairly minute concentration.

Yeah, I know. It's like, "Hey, you're forgetting the underwater acoustic Eat Me Now shark-greeting bullhorn! Don't forget the special shark bullhorn! Or the bullseye, for the bottom of your board. Leave nothing to chance!"
posted by darth_tedious at 1:08 AM on February 26, 2009


Bait boy: "Sorta had to clench me bum cheeks for a few seconds"
posted by zippy at 1:23 AM on February 26, 2009


Bait-boy's gonna himself get eaten. Then I will laugh and laugh.

That's very Optamystic of you.
posted by gman at 4:07 AM on February 26, 2009


The shark showed up for a one-on-one fight and this bunch of hootin' goofballs tricked him with their sneaky fishing gear, hauling him up on the beach to be humiliated. These guys are dicks.
posted by orme at 4:40 AM on February 26, 2009



There's a reason they don't catch the same shark twice, "catch and release" with that kind of hook is really "catch, throw it back, wait for it to die"....
posted by HuronBob at 5:12 AM on February 26, 2009 [1 favorite]


"Gotta have a stubby holder." This is real boy shit. I'd love to fish with these guys.
posted by VicNebulous at 6:14 AM on February 26, 2009


No, unless they gut-hook the fish (where it swallows the hook so it snags in the stomach), it will survive. They look like they did a good job of getting the sharks back into the water quickly.

And yes, surf-fishermen are, as a breed, insane. No fish-finders, no umbrella rigs with dozens of hooks in the water at once, no $500/day "guides", just your pole and your experience and your luck. It don't count if you caught it on a boat. The more it storms and the darker it gets, the better the fishing is. They tend to be more ecological-minded, conscious of the need to release even the biggest trophies unharmed after a snapshot.

"Pluggers," or surf fishermen who only use lures, often hand-made, are more insane still. (Pt. Judith tins and Kastmasters FTW!)
posted by Slap*Happy at 6:17 AM on February 26, 2009 [4 favorites]


No, unless they gut-hook the fish (where it swallows the hook so it snags in the stomach), it will survive. They look like they did a good job of getting the sharks back into the water quickly

Great. So instead of just killing the sharks, they're teaching them to hate humans and then releasing them back into the wild.

Ballsy, but incredibly dumb.

Amen.
posted by AdamCSnider at 7:14 AM on February 26, 2009


I couldn't quite believe they:

a) removed the hook from the shark's mouth by hand
b) actually picked up a white shark and threw it back in the water

Seems like a sure-fire way to get chomped.
posted by KokuRyu at 8:06 AM on February 26, 2009


I only made it 25 seconds in, just long enough to hear Darwin Award Winner No. 2 say this:

"When you grow up watchin' movies like Jaws and you see the great whites, you think, 'I'd love to catch one of them.'"

The thing that undid me was the deadpan delivery, the what-else-could-you-possibly-conclude? tone of it. Because, you know, that's a borderline insane lesson to draw from Jaws. Try it with other touchstones of the age:

"When you grow up watchin' movies like Towering Inferno and you see those roaring fires, you think, 'I'd love to work in one of them.'"

"When you grow up watchin' movies like Aliens and you see those slimy monsters, you think, 'I'd love to chase one of them down an air duct on a remote planet's mining station.'"

"When you grow up watchin' movies like Friday the 13th and you see Jason in his hockey mask with the big machete in his hand, you think, 'I'd love to attend that kind of summer camp.'"
posted by gompa at 9:01 AM on February 26, 2009 [7 favorites]


The part that really blew me away was the, "Oh, well, we couldn't figure out another way to get the baited hook past the surf line, so we take turns paddling it out on a surf board and dropping it by hand."

Seems like this might be an excellent time to build a trebuchet or some other simple catapult, and just launch the damn baited hook past the surf line. Although, admittedly, having Mr. Seal Suit dangling appendages and splashing about in the water does sort of level the playing field, if only for a few bum cheek clenching minutes.
posted by mosk at 9:17 AM on February 26, 2009 [1 favorite]


This makes me want to move to Australia even more.
posted by schyler523 at 9:45 AM on February 26, 2009


Why, schyler523, for the fishing widows?
posted by IAmBroom at 10:03 AM on February 26, 2009


stupid unclosed tags...
posted by IAmBroom at 10:04 AM on February 26, 2009


Great. So instead of just killing the sharks, they're teaching them to hate humans and then releasing them back into the wild.


You're giving sharks way too much credit. Dolphins they ain't.
posted by VicNebulous at 10:18 AM on February 26, 2009 [1 favorite]


Here you go, freebird.

Holy cow . . . this has to be fake. Right??
posted by donovan at 11:10 AM on February 26, 2009


Nope, I just like doing crazy things, and that shit is crazy!
posted by schyler523 at 11:17 AM on February 26, 2009


Donovan: Consider the swimming speeds of sharks. Consider the impairment of having a hook thrust through it. Consider the added weight of a surfboard and surfer. Consider the speed needed to surf. Consider that the 'shark' doesn't turn or buck against the line in any way, but instead maintains a constant and steady forward motion, like a jet ski or boat.

That said. It's totally real.
posted by leotrotsky at 12:05 PM on February 26, 2009


“Great. So instead of just killing the sharks, they're teaching them to hate humans and then releasing them back into the wild.”

Aliens do this to us all the time. Why do you think every abduction story ends with “so after they the stuck a probe up my ass they left me out in the middle of nowhere.”

(They call him John the...sharks are fish, yeah?)
posted by Smedleyman at 12:26 PM on February 26, 2009


The surfboard/shark thing is a viral video, but for the Internet equivalent of a cold sore.
posted by KokuRyu at 1:50 PM on February 26, 2009


You know, instead of paddling the bait out, why not just shoot it out, like with a model rocket, a big-ass slingshot or a homebrew catapult or something?
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 3:28 PM on February 26, 2009


Amen mosk...when I saw the hack saw they used to cut the bait I thought it was a small bow and they were going to fire the bait out there. I said to myself "that seems sensible" and then they gave the fish head to a surfer.

At that point I had to clench me bum cheeks for a few seconds.
posted by salishsea at 4:09 PM on February 26, 2009


I think "clench me bum cheeks" would make a nice tag for this post.
posted by jason's_planet at 5:53 PM on February 26, 2009


How un-heroic. Leave the fish alone you idiots. Sorry about your sleepy town, but please go find something else to do.

Great Whites are pretty cool. Those fishermen are not.
posted by Lukenlogs at 6:49 PM on February 26, 2009 [1 favorite]


Wow, I think I would avoid the great white sharks all together. I will stick with trout and sand bass fishing. You know the most dangerous fishing we do in Texas is catfish arm fishing known as noodling. It's not legal but I would rather do that then trying to catch a shark.
posted by samueljwash at 1:56 PM on March 11, 2009


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