Fishing under Ice (Video)

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Some crazy Finnish guys diving under the ice of lake Saarijärvi in Vaala, Finland, and putting a different perspective on underwater fishing…

Fishing under ice from Juuso Mettälä on Vimeo.

via Nerdcore

‘Don’t get saltwater on my mink!’ Johnny Weir’s fishing trip was epic [pics, video]!/uptonbell/status/433757996426883072

You know that saying, “go big or go home”? Figure skater Johnny Weir chose to go big — very big:!/JohnnyGWeir/status/433697808026464257

This we’ve gotta see.!/TheVinnyJoseph/status/433996326162804737!/FashionFixMN/status/433977389719105536!/dawn9476/status/433754249504108545!/mattsheepherd/status/433985360503533568!/BrianPHickey/status/433758028211687425

Let’s go to the videotape!

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How do you say “utterly fabulous” in Russian? Because that’s exactly what that was.!/KathrynHallPR/status/433804217359159296

Oh yes. We loved it.!/SassySouthSays/status/433978993545846784!/cjane87/status/433979542198185986!/misszoot/status/433976605497507840!/DrakeRattleRoll/status/433987778594885632!/tesBrown/status/433975469931646977

And who knows? Maybe Weir has a future career in international diplomacy. He’s certainly off to a great start!!/ZelMcCarthy/status/433810938156695553

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Dangerous Commercial Fishing Practices Are Declining

“The Deadliest Catch” might be about to get a little less deadly. Battling the high seas and fighting the treacherous conditions in order to land a haul and make it all worthwhile, the daring exploits of fishermen make it one of the most dangerous jobs to do. But a new study has found that such risky behavior by fishermen hunting in the North Pacific for the sablefish, also known as black cod, has steeply declined. It seems that by altering how the fish stocks are managed, the trade-off between catch size and safety has been reduced.

Normally, the researchers found that traditional management of fisheries promoted risky behavior by the fishermen. By limiting the vessels to a certain number of days they are allowed to fish, it encouraged the boats to be launched around-the-clock regardless of weather conditions, as multiple vessels chased the same schools of fish. These rules also promoted behavior in which fishermen were more likely to overload their boats and ignore maintenance problems in a bid to boost their catch and its value.

This competitive style of fishing, in which crews would in effect race each other to the most productive regions, encourages the boats to launch in terrible weather conditions, which in turn obviously increases the chance of accidents. In fact, from 2000 to 2009, severe weather contributed to four out of five fatal fishing accidents that occurred on the West Coast. It is also part of the reason why commercial fishing has an average fatality rate 30 times that of the U.S. average.

But the researchersfrom the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA)looked at how the fisherman acted once the sablefish fishery had adopted a catch shares management system. This method changed the incentives for the fishermen, giving each vessel rights to a specific share of the allowable catch within the fishery. This meant that the boats could choose when and where to fish their share, meaning that fewer of them chose to leave port during the most stormy of days. The researchers found that the number of fishing trips taken on the highest wind days dropped by an impressive 79 percent, and this corresponded to a reduction of safety incidents by a massive 87 percent.

When fishermen have to compete for fish they can’t make a rational trade-off in terms of safety, explainedLisa Pfeiffer, who coauthored the study looking into the change in fisheries management published in PNAS. Any delay, whether it’s because of the weather or any other reason, results in the fish being taken by someone else. Catch shares provides the flexibility for the fishermen to make a rational trade-off in terms of risk and reward, instead of being compelled to fish whatever the conditions.

The NOAA hopes that by adopting the same management technique in other fisheries, they will be able to solve many of the problems associated with the competitive system currently in place and as such reduce the number of injuries, pollution events, vessel losses, search and rescue missions, and deaths caused by dangerous fishing.

Main image: Discovery/YouTube

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Fishers Freak Out When Shark Eats Another Shark

While fishing, a bunch of buddies think they caught something big. Then, all of a sudden, a shark fin appears and starts messing with the boys. They all have a complete break down and freak. OMG, OMG!! Then the shark eats a smaller shark, the guys freak out more, if that was even possible.


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Fishing Under Ice In Finland

This amazing video of fishermen literally fishing under a thick layer of ice just went viral on Reddit. The scuba divers seem to walk around like they are on the moon. The video is featured on HuffingtonPostUK and YouTubeTrends


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Bravest Guy Ever Fishes A Shark Out Of The Ocean With His Bare Hands (Video)

I truly do not and will never understand the appeal of fishing. What is so fun about sitting in a boat or on a dock, holding a pole with some string attached to it and waiting for fish to bite?

There are about a million other things I could be doing in my downtime, and waiting for fish to commit suicide in my hands is pretty far down on that list in terms of “fun.”

The guy in this video seems to share that sentiment, but instead of giving up on the sport altogether, he developed a more hands-on approach to fishing — literally using his bare hands.

Oh, and he’s not just fishing for flounder or carp. No, this guy is fishing for sharks. Big ones.

Watch as he jumps in the water and follows a fishing line to a massive blacktip reef shark and plucks it out of the ocean with his bare hands.

He holds the wriggling shark up for beachgoers to see, and it’s pretty incredible; the creature is at least half the size of the fisherman’s body.

The video was supposedly filmed in Jupiter Beach, Florida, where this species of shark is rampant. In an even ballsier move, the shark-catcher released the animal after catching it, risking an attack but, thankfully, saving the creature’s life.

Check out the least boring iteration of fishing ever up top.

H/T: BroBible

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Bald-headed Eagle Steals Fish Off Fishing Line

Norman Dreger was taking a nice day on the lake when he caught a beautiful Dolly Varden Char. He quickly grabbed his camera to record his triumphant catch, but then something incredible happened.

An American Bald Eagle swooped down and stole the char right off his fishing line. Norman posted the short yet amazing video over last weekend, and now it has garnered over one million views.


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California Man Bitten By Great White Shark That Was Trying To Escape A Fisherman

The shark bit the man on his upper right side as he passed by with a group of long-distance swimmers.

1. A long-distance swimmer was bitten by a 7-foot great white shark Saturday at Manhattan Beach in Los Angeles County, reported the Associated Press.

Ned Gill @TheRealNedGill

Jaws in MB… swimmer south of the Manhattan Beach Pier was the victim of a shark attack.

7. After the shark bit the swimmer, the fisherman cut the line. Lifeguards and a surfer then took the swimmer to the shore, where paramedics picked him up.

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