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 Posted: Fri Jul 5th, 2013 08:44 pm
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CanadianHorseman wrote: “Maybe the fish had enough and knew what he was doing,” Liebman said.

Yeah, he's assisting in suicides of elderly fish who are throwing themselves at his line because they've made the conscious decision that they don't want to go on any longer.  My God, this guy really is a douche.   



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 Posted: Fri Jul 5th, 2013 09:03 pm
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CanadianHorseman wrote: Angler Defends Catch


from thestar.com:

For the last 200 years, a rockfish that swam in the deep waters off the coast of Alaska seemingly had a good life.

It ate pretty well, bulking up to almost 18 kilograms.

In those two centuries of life, it would have seen a lot of other fish come and go, and, yet, against almost impossible odds, it cheated death by hook or by crook.

That was until June 21, 2013.

There was something so irresistible about what was on Henry Liebman’s line.

That bite cost the fish its life.

It was perhaps in the cards that its life would end this way.

The Seattle sports angler was a determined hunter. He had been targeting the species all his life.

Shortracker rockfish are elusive because they typically dwell in the deep ocean, but Liebman had a plan.

He dropped a bunch of halibut bait down around 270 metres and waited.

The rockfish was soon hooked, and Liebman hauled it up to find that he had a state record catch of 18 kg.

Even more shocking was that he found out the shortracker rockfish could be more than 200 years old.

Researchers can determine the age by the number of growth rings along its ear bone.

The catch did not win him universal praise. Some have been outraged, posting complaints that Liebman should not have ended the life of one of the world’s longest-living species.

One posted comment called him a “pig.”

“Why is this being celebrated?” the commenter wanted to know.

Others came to his defence.

The real-estate developer himself rejects the criticism.

In an email from Alaska, where he continues to fish, he told the Star one problem with that theory is that he had no idea how old the fish was.

“They don’t tell you when they bite,” he said.

The other argument is that the fish are “dead on arrival” due to the difference in pressure from about 270-m deep to sea level.

“There are techniques to revive rockfish, but they don’t work from that depth.”

Liebman said the catch has left him pondering larger questions about life and death.

“Who is to say how much life is enough? We all come to an end and no ending is fair.”

Who knows what was in the mind of the fish either?

“Maybe the fish had enough and knew what he was doing,” Liebman said. “Where do we draw the line?”

Some critics may take solace in the fact that fish will not be eaten.

It will be immortalized in Liebman’s real estate office in Seattle.

He intends to mount it and put on the conference room table as an “ice breaker” in lease negotiations.

Meanwhile, Liebman’s good luck continued this week.

On Wednesday, he caught a 10-kg king salmon.

ok THIS was what I was referring to; knowing you're going after the biggest, oldest, rareist thing ever... for sport.  BS



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Unless its illegal to catch rockfish in Alaska its up to him to decide what to do. Sport, food, science or catch & release

I'm going shark fishing for sport in few weeks. If I catch a legal limit shark I'm going to bring it back to the docks, hang it by its tail with a rope & take photos. Then I'm going to chop it up & drop it off at a prearranged homeless shelter

Its the anglers choice

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This made me think of the Onion-


Liebman said the catch has left him pondering larger questions about life and death.

“Who is to say how much life is enough? We all come to an end and no ending is fair.”

Who knows what was in the mind of the fish either?

“Maybe the fish had enough and knew what he was doing,” Liebman said. “Where do we draw the line?”



Last edited on Tue Jul 9th, 2013 01:15 am by sportatorium roach

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