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24 Fishermen Rescued From Half-Submerged Ship

Ship was rocking in rough seas off Japanese island

(Newser) - A Japanese coast guard helicopter rescued 24 fishermen as they desperately clung to the deck of a tilting, half-submerged ship being pounded by high waves Monday morning off an island chain southwest of Tokyo. One crewmember thrown from the rocking ship into the rough seas before the arrival of the...

Record-Setting Fish Was Carrying Something Extra
Fish Was Carrying
Something Extra

Record-Setting Fish Was Carrying Something Extra

Steel ball bearings were found inside crappie caught in Kansas; angler insists he didn't cheat

(Newser) - A Kansas angler broke a record last year for catching a 4.07-pound white crappie, the heaviest such specimen in the state in six decades. Now, an investigation has revealed that Bobby Parkhurst seemingly cheated to achieve that feat, though he continues to deny it. Outdoor Life reports that Parkhurst...

Country Fans Will Recognize New Owners of Field & Stream
Country Stars Buy Field & Stream

Country Stars Buy Field & Stream

Eric Church, Morgan Wallen relaunching legacy mag, complete with website, merch, music festival

(Newser) - "Welcome to the all-new Field & Stream: Established in 1871. Revived in 2024." That was the message released last week by the magazine's new owners, names that should be familiar to country music fans: singer-songwriters Eric Church and Morgan Wallen, who are relaunching the outdoors lifestyle publication...

Another Scourge in Our Seas: Blast Fishing

The practice of dropping explosives to kill fish quickly is prevalent globally, despite being illegal

(Newser) - Despite being illegal virtually everywhere, blast fishing has continued to harm local fishing industries and marine ecosystems across the globe. The Guardian details how the practice—which uses explosives like dynamite to kill a mass number of fish for quick returns—is "thriving" in Sri Lanka while simultaneously wreaking...

That Was No Bass a Boy Caught in an Oklahoma Pond
That Was No Bass a Boy
Caught in an Oklahoma Pond
in case you missed it

That Was No Bass a Boy Caught in an Oklahoma Pond

11-year-old tries to catch invasive pacu, a piranha cousin, again after releasing it

(Newser) - "We're used to just catching a few bass or catfish" in the pond behind her family's house, Janna Clinton said. "I mean, nothing with human-like teeth." But her son Charlie's screaming when fishing over the weekend indicated that something was up, though she thought...

They Thought They'd Won $3.5M Prize. Then Judges Spotted the Bite

Massive 619.4-lb. marlin was disqualified at NC tournament

(Newser) - For the crew of the Sensation, it will be remembered as the prize that got away. They spent six hours reeling in a massive blue marlin at the 65th Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament and were poised to win a $3.5 million prize until judges noticed a problem with...

Fishermen in Cheating Scandal Get Jail Time

10 days, plus probation and fines

(Newser) - The two men who pleaded guilty to cheating at an Ohio fishing tournament last year were sentenced Thursday to 10 days behind bars, WBAY reports. Jacob Runyan, 43, and Chase Cominsky, 36, also received a year and a half each of probation, USA Today reports, and they will each pay...

Fishermen in Cheating Scandal Plead Not Guilty
Fishermen in
Cheating Scandal
Do a 180

Fishermen in Cheating Scandal Do a 180

They switched their pleas to guilty

(Newser) - The fishermen accused of cheating during an Ohio tournament in September of last year have accepted a plea deal. Jacob Runyan and Chase Cominsky will have to give up their fishing licenses for three years, Field and Stream reports. Cominsky must also forfeit a bass boat worth $100,000 as...

Study May Turn You Off Fish Caught in US Lakes, Rivers

Eating one freshwater fish is like drinking contaminated water for a month, study says

(Newser) - Scientists seeking to limit human exposure to "forever chemicals"—which don't break down easily in the environment—have found alarming levels of contamination in fish caught in America's lakes and rivers. According to a study published in the journal Environmental Research, eating a single freshwater fish...

The Queen of Goldfish Is Caught
The Queen
of Goldfish
Is Caught

The Queen of Goldfish Is Caught

Andy Hackett brings 67-pound Carrot to the surface in France

(Newser) - If you were wowed by headlines about a 9-pound goldfish caught in South Carolina, you'll be stunned by what's come out of a lake in France. Andy Hackett was on a fishing trip with friends when he pulled up a massive goldfish weighing 67 pounds, or as much...

That Colorful Aquarium Masks a Sometimes Dark Trade

Experts say demand for fish is contributing to degradation of delicate coral ecosystems

(Newser) - Millions of saltwater fish of all shades and shapes are caught in Indonesia and other countries every year to fill ever more elaborate aquariums in living rooms, waiting rooms, and restaurants around the world. "It's just so much fun to just watch the antics between different varieties of...

2 Fishermen Charged in 'Disgusting' Cheating Scandal

They allegedly stuffed walleye with lead weights, fish fillets at Ohio tournament

(Newser) - In video from a Sept. 30 fishing tournament in Ohio, members of an angry crowd, some of them using NSFW language, shouted "Call the cops" and "You should go to jail" after apparent cheating was uncovered. Police were indeed called—and the alleged cheaters might go to jail....

Cheating Scandal in Ohio: 'We Got Weights in Fish!'
Suspiciously Heavy Fish
Lead to Chaos at Tournament

Suspiciously Heavy Fish Lead to Chaos at Tournament

Team disqualified in Ohio after their walleyes were found stuffed with weights, fillets

(Newser) - First the chess world was rocked by cheating allegations . Now, it's joined by the competitive fishing world. Video started making the rounds over the weekend promoting a "serious controversy" out of Ohio, in which a two-man team is now accused of stuffing their entries in a local tournament...

Dad Was Intoxicated When He and His Kids Drowned

Kyle Moorman and his 3 children set out to go night fishing

(Newser) - Update: The Indiana father and his three children who were found dead in a submerged car in an Indianapolis pond in July died accidentally. The deaths of Kyle Moorman, 27, and his children—1-year-old Kyran Holland, 2-year-old Kyannah Holland, and 5-year-old Kyle Moorman II—were the result of accidental freshwater...

Sailfish Sends Woman to the Hospital in Florida

70-year-old is stabbed by the bill of the fish as it was being reeled in

(Newser) - A 70-year-old woman was stabbed by the bill of a 100-pound sailfish that leapt out of the water as her companions were trying to reel it in on a boat near the Florida coast, authorities said. The sailfish stabbed the woman from Arnold, Maryland, in the groin area with its...

Massive Dump of Dead Fish Prompts Investigation

More than 100K came from huge fishing trawler off the coast of France

(Newser) - From the air, it looks for all the world like an ordinary streak of sea foam, notes France24 . It's only up close that it becomes clear the streak of white is actually a massive blob of dead fish—an estimated 100,000 or more of them off the coast...

Lawsuit: Red Lobster Made 'Deceptive' Claims About Its Lobsters

Some of its seafood isn't sustainable or responsible, suit argues

(Newser) - Red Lobster has been making some fishy claims about its product, according to a class- action lawsuit filed in California. According to court documents, the plaintiffs say the chain markets its lobster and shrimp as "sustainable" and "responsible" when the truth is very different, IntraFish reports. The lawsuit,...

Wildlife Official Reels In 7-Foot Fish in Detroit

240-pound sturgeon, which was released, could be 100 years old

(Newser) - It's quite a fish tale. A 240-pound sturgeon that could be more than 100 years old was caught last week in the Detroit River by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The "real life river monster" was nearly 7 feet long, the agency said Friday on Facebook , where...

Their 'Fish Story' Ended With Felony Convictions

2 pleaded guilty to tampering to influence a fishing contest

(Newser) - There's a reason a "fish story" has become synonymous with the unbelievable. Two fisherman have pleaded guilty to felony charges for lying about some impressive fish entered in a Utah fishing tournament. Robert Dennett, 45, and Kamron Wootton, 35, are the first people in the state's history...

'Dark Fishing Fleets' Blamed for Rise in Ghost Ships

Chinese vessels are forcing North Koreans to fish elsewhere, researchers say

(Newser) - "Ghost ships" carrying the bodies—or skeletons—of North Korean fishermen have been washing up in Japan for years, but there was a massive increase after 2017. A new study links the rise to "dark fishing fleets" of Chinese vessels in North Korean waters in violation of United...

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