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Rat Fish !

Not sure it it belongs here but there’s but there’s a no Fishing ban in the Anglers Lounge.

A Norwegian fisherman recently lured a catch fit for a horror movie.
Oscar Lundahl works as a guide with a sports fishing tour company. He recently went out to fish for blue halibut off the coast of the island of Andoya in Norway. While on the hunt for the rare species, he caught something that nearly caused him to jump out of the boat.
"We were looking for blue halibut which is a rare species about five miles offshore,” he told The Sun. “I had four hooks on one line and felt something quite big on the end of it. It took me about 30 minutes to reel it in because it was over 2,600 feet deep."
What he reeled in was a catch that is sure to inspire bad dreams: a fish with gigantic eyes, a slimy mouth and a snake-like tail. To some, it resembles a prehistoric creature.

Oscar Lundahl caught this ratfish while working as a fishing guide for Nordic Sea Angling. (Facebook)

The frightening specimen is called a ratfish, a relative of the shark, which dates back 300 million years. Its Latin name, Chimaeras Monstrosa Linnaeus, stems from the mythical Greek creature that had a head of a lion and a tail of a dragon. It feeds on crustaceans like crabs and is considered non-threatening to humans – despite its ability to induce nightmares.
Since the fish was already dead when it was caught, Lundahl took it home and fried it up. Surprisingly, the creepy catch didn’t taste as bad as it looks.
"Despite its ugly appearance, it was really tasty,” Lundalh told the paper. “It is a bit like cod but tastier.”

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My Joyce Montauk Fishing

My Joyce III
Montauk, NY
We had a group from back west yesterday- John, John, John, Vinny, Pete and Jimmy! They plugged at it all day long and put a decent catch together of flatties to 8lbs and a few sea bass in the mix. Great job in not such favorable conditions with lots laughs and ripping today. FYI- sorry about the list doormat John! The My Joyce has a few weekdays open in September are are booking fast! Call us today at 516-641-2138 or go online to
We are also now booking for November Block Island Sea Bass, Cod and Blackfish trips!


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New IT&T Board Feature – Hands-on Tackle Reviews

Hi all, so as I mentioned on the "Reels" board earlier today, we are gonna be starting up a tackle review feature on this forum. George and I think this has the potential to help a lot of guys with their rod/reel and tackle selection – what works well together and what doesn’t.

What we are probably NOT going to do is get into $500 rods and $400 reels. That is not what the majority of our members buy and fish and so we will aim for more affordable tackle that will still get it done. I know many believe that all my stuff is $500 CTS custom sticks, with uber-modded matching reels, but this just isn’t true. In fact I’m sailing tomorrow to hunt the still rare and quite elusive mid-South Shore ocean fluke – and wonder of wonders, of the five setups I’m bringing, four are pretty much dead-stock, off the shelf tackle. Heck, that surprised even me. 

Anyway, First outfit up for review is a Daiwa Harrier Slow Pitch spinning rod, carrying the brand-new Tsunami Evict 2000. Nice outfit for right around $250, give or take. My original plan was to go with a Daiwa Black Gold BG2500 reel, but John over at Trophy Tackle recommended this new reel, as it is specifically built for light/medium inshore jiggging. This is so because it employs a full stainless steel drive train, meaning the main and pinion gears and the drive shaft are all machined from super tough Stainless Steel, vs the weaker cast zinc gears of the Daiwa BG series. John is a warranty shop for Daiwa and sees a ton of reels come in over the course of a season – if he says to try something else, who am I to argue, its got to be for good reason. The man knows his business.

So far I can say for sure that right out of the box this is the smoothest turning steel-geared reel I’ve ever held. Amazingly fluid. Not in a free-wheeling Daiwa manner, rather in a slightly tighter, more connected fashion. You have to turn the handle to experience it – so nice! Here’s a few initial shots from this afternoon:




Cool looking, right? I love the aluminum ball knob handle and the fact that Tsunami included an over sized EVA flat knob, for those that do not care for the machined aluminum ball, or who might want to use this reel in colder weather. Its a 1-minute conversion, from one to the other, so its nice to have the option.



Both John’s knowledgeable advice and my further research today have indicated that Tsunami brought this reel to market for just the type of fishing we do off our boats – fluke jigging with any sort of practical weight jig, and even tog jigging, which explains the beefed-up stainless steel drive train.

This is NOT a super light weight graphite (Ci4+ or Zaion) reel. Its carries that heavy SS gear train and a full aluminum body, hence at 10.8 ounces it weights a little bit more than reels like the Stradic or BG/Back Bay – for instance, from the big two players . But on a properly balanced stick – like the one we picked, it feels terrific. I mean REALLY nice!

Along with the reel, we went with a Diawa Harrier Slow Pitch jigging stick, the HRJ64MS. At 6’4" its about perfect for use from a smaller boat’s cockpit. Although its the somewhat lighter "M" vs the heavier "MH," it appears to have plenty of power and will do well for the application that I have in mind.

And what is that, you ask? Well, there are times on the ocean fluke grounds that feature almost no wind or tide – having the boat move 10 yards in a half-hour is NOT conducive to proper fluke jig presentation – and I frequently grow tired of using one of my bait casting outfits to flip the jig rigs out around the boat. This outfit will address that set of circumstances.

Also, this outfit might just work out in times of the "Opposite" conditions – the drift being so fast that heaving a 4oz jig head/GULP combo up-tide might prove to be the winning ticket. I intend to find out this season.



Additionally, I have yet to give the new-ish blackfish jigging craze a fair shot – and this outfit looks to be a good contender for that type of fishing. We shall see. Hey, Tsunami says they designed this little reel for that purpose, so we’ll give it a go, in due course.

The reel is spooled with the also new Berkeley X9 braid in 20lb test. John was very high on this line as it underwent extensive proto-testing during last season’s Nantucket fluke run. They used 30lb up there, but because the 20lb actually test at a true 37lbs, I think I’m good to go on the line. I’ll say this, it SEEMS to be considerably thinner than the 20lb Sufix 832 that is loaded onto just about every other fluke reel I own. Testing begins this weekend.

I honestly do not yet know how long the testing will go on. I really want to give all three components a fair workout before passing judgement one way or the other. But what I will do is to post up any findings/commentary that might be relevant up to the point that I am ready to write out a full report.

One last thing – if you have not been to John’s Trophy Tackle shop in West Babylon, by all means do so as its well worth your time. Stocked to the gills, he has TONS of rods to wiggle, and all the reels and terminal tackle you could ever ask for. Its actually more of a fishing boutique than an old-style B&T – give it a walk-through and you will see what I mean. I took a long look at the new Centaur line of slow pitch-specific rods. Holy smokes, I don’t think I’ve ever picked up a lighter weight salt water-intended stick.

So stay tuned, this is gonna be interesting. And of course, if you have experience with anything being tested, or have any other on-point commentary, it is more than welcome. Lep

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hi nyanglers,, like some friends may know we are in fla ,,, after dinner tonite JBayRoyal and i fished the bridge down here,,,, maureen caught bass, talapia,, bluegill again fun for her,, im catching the same,, then i got a small sunfish to liveline, watch the video,,, im waiting and waiting,, then i put the pole down on the grass to put a nightclawer on my other pole, then it happened, the pole shot from the grass slow, before i could grab it the pole is shooting into the water , i jumped in to grab the pole and missed it,im soaking wet from head to toe,, wallet, phone, keys all wet,:(, , pole is gone intill maureen cast and must of got the line, the pole is bobbing straight up, she gets it to me and i grab the pole and the fish is still on i reeled this largemouth bass in 8-) ,, thanks to my sweetheart i get the pole back and the fish that didnt get away🐟,,,, what a mojoe adventure even on land😲,, all be good,, you cant made this chit up🤪,,,,,,,, mojoe out,,,,, &gt;&lt;))):&gt;

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What To Do With Calamari (other then frying them)

This comes out great……..

Cilantro-Lime Calamari with Pasta

1/4 c. extra-virgin olive oil
3 tbsp. lime juice
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 lb. calamari (diced/cut up)
3/4 lb. linguini
4 tbsp. butter, divided
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/4 c. low-sodium chicken broth
1/4 c. white wine
1/4 c. freshly chopped cilantro
Lime slices, for serving
¼ teaspoon anchovy paste


  • In a medium bowl, whisk together olive oil, lime juice, and cumin. Add calamari and toss to combine. Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes or up to 4 hours.
  • I’ve left it overnight in the fridge.
  • Before cooking calamari, boil pasta: In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Drain.
  • Cook calamari: In a large skillet over medium heat, heat 2 tablespoons butter. Add calamari &amp; cook for about 5 to 10 minutes until done. Remove calamari from skillet.
  • Add remaining 2 tablespoons butter to skillet. When melted, stir in garlic, and red pepper flakes. Anchovy Paste, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add chicken broth and white wine, and bring mixture to a simmer.
  • Add cooked pasta and return shrimp to skillet. Sprinkle lightly with cumin. Add 1 slice of lime – crush once in skillet. Add lemon juice. Toss everything together until evenly coated in sauce.

yum (y)

  • Serve warm with cilantro and lime slices &amp; shaved parmesan. Maybe some warm Italian Bread from "the Market Lady" &amp; a Glass of Red.