Wednesday, January 5, 2011
This hedonistic slaughter is insanity. There are but a few of these monsters left in the ocean and the numbers are dwindling. Certainly, it is not necessary for a fish like this to be targeted for profit. The fish was sold for $396,000.00 and purchased for consumption in Japan and China. Japan now accounts for 80% of the worlds catch. A single piece of Sushi smaller than the size of your thumb will sell for $24.00.
I'm trying to make sense of it all. Reductions in catch limits have been put in place but I just don't see how the Giant Tuna's demise can be averted. It seems to be a case of supply and demand in hyper mode.
Sunday, January 2, 2011
Hours went by without so much as a showing fish. We were about to give it up when my buddy started to throw a few casts into the rapids below the pool. He has done this year after year without result. Like I said this was not a typical year. One, two and three came quickly to hand falling for his Smelt pattern. The largest was a beautiful 21" bow. The forth came a bit later and took a black leech.
My day ended with two fish hooked and none landed. Not exactly what was imagined. Even so, I love January first because it is a beginning of a New Year as well as the start of my twelve month fishing cycle. I can also reflect on 2010 with great fondness as many of my days were used in the pursuit of the catch. Much was learned in a sport where the knowledge is never ending.