Author: Team Fury

Posted on April 2, 2012 by

Asian Carp From Hazard to Hot Dog?

We hear about the dangers of Asian Carp on an almost regular basis, but it’s pretty rare to hear about a success story surrounding the species threatening our great lakes let alone a possibly profitable and appetizing one. Yet, that’s exactly what I have to share with you today, and that’s no fish baloney! Except when it is fish baloney…

“Without them, I think we’d be a dying breed,” said Ron Brown, 64, a commercial fisherman who has worked the waterways of Illinois for decades. Behind him, in a flat-bottom fishing boat, lay his day’s catch — a gooey, 5,000-pound heap of invasive Asian carp.

These omnipresent fish rank among the worst environmental threats facing the Midwest, but along the front lines of their invasion, they are sparking an economic mini-boom. The federal government is throwing $50 million at the problem this year, including generous bounties for the fishing industry. Meanwhile, entrepreneurial processors are cashing in on high demand for the fish abroad and placing bets on a burgeoning domestic market.

“We basically took a bad fish and turned it into a good fish,” said Lisa McKee, CEO of Big River Fish Corp., a Pearl, Ill., fish processing plant that now owes 80 percent of its business to aquatic invaders infesting long stretches of the Ohio, Illinois and Missouri rivers.

Another processor, Schafer Fisheries in Thompson, Ill., sold 30 million pounds of carp last year, much of it ground for fertilizer or sliced into fillets. Although unpopular with Americans, bighead and silver carp are some of the most-consumed meats in China. The plant owner, Michael Schafer, 56, said he hopes to boost his profits by selling foreign buyers on his just-perfected formula for carp baloney and, of all things, carp hot dogs.

via The Daily

Posted on October 9, 2007 by

I’d Rather Be Fishing… Con Cerveza

I was just checking the website of our good friend David Jones and my attention was immediately caught by the following post!

Mullet Snapper World Record

WORLD RECORD SNAPPER APPROVED

Think back to June, and remember that one Roula Cornell captured a monstrous mullet snapper. You will of course also remember that it weighed in (on official certified scales) at 45.6 pounds, apparently eclipsing the current record of 36 pounds by a metric shit load. Well, as of September 6, 2007, our sources at the IGFA in Florida tell us that his record has been approved. Cornell, who has been saddled with the term “pending” ever sense has been released from this nether world and is now official, unique, and certifiable in his position atop all of the mullet snapper fishermen in the world. Although his life has been a world wind of paparazzi, nubile pursuers, and sycophantic followers since that fateful day, he has maintained his humble “everyman” approach to life and fishing. Here’s hoping that his hat size remains static, and that his world record stands for a long, long time. Congrats R.C.,

David

That’s just another notch on the belt for the best guide services in all of Baja California Sur!

You should also check out some of the older posts from our time living in Mexico and our fishing trips with Fishermen’s Fleet.

Posted on June 22, 2007 by

The Full Report – Little Vermilion Lake 2007

I’m sure that everyone has been patiently awaiting the second half of our report from Sportsmans Lodge on Little Vermilion Lake, but you aren’t going to get it today… Instead, we’ve rewritten the entire thing, added some more of our story, more photos, and fixed some of the photos that we posted were for the wrong days (camera’s internal date was a day off). So with all those fixes, and more Little Vermilion content on it’s way, you are now free to read the entire Little Vermilion Lake 2007 Fishing Fury report.

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