BIG, Serious Looking FISH

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  1. brian eiland
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    Goliate Tigerfish

    When your name is Goliath, you'd better be one humongous, ferocious creature, and the Goliath tigerfish (Hydrocynus goliath) definitely lives up to its moniker. A native of the Congo River basin, the Lualaba River, Lake Upemba and Lake Tanganyika in Africa, it's the largest member of the tigerfish clan, a genus of fierce predators with protruding, daggerlike teeth. The biggest one on record was nearly 5 feet long and weighed 154 pounds, the equivalent of a super-welterweight prizefighter. And it outclasses other African game fish in speed and power.
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    Locals say it's the only fish that doesn't fear the crocodile and that it actually eats smaller ones. It's also been known to attack humans in rare instances. It's so lightning quick and forceful that not only will it snap an angler's line, but it will sometimes make off with his or her tackle. No wonder one fishing safari promoter requires clients read a cautionary treatise on the Goliath before agreeing to a fishing trip.
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    ...read more here http://animal.discovery.com/fish/fishing/goliath-tigerfish.htm



    Perhaps we need a special boat to go looking for these guys.
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    I haven't seen that picture of my ex-wife in a few decades. It was taken just after we got back from our honeymoon and she did have a bit of a hangover.
     
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    Wicked looking fish, and a WICKED paint scheme...
     
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    She wasn't so wicked looking in fish nets and heels, especially after a few beers.
     
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    It was a tough divorce, I guess?
     
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    The Goliath Tiger is any sport fisherman's dream. They grow to be 80kg plus and the okes that had the experience of getting hooked into them says it's like hooking onto the bumper of a passing train. We have the smaller models in SA and North of us, the record is probably around 15kg. Even small ones gives you a run for your money and they have a habbit of hitting the lure the moment you relax your concentration. Happens every time :D

    I doubt there's any fish in the sea that is so fast and so lively, and it jumps to throw the lure if it isn't set properly, the mouth is bony plates and those teeth are not to play with while they're on the fish (trust me). Landing rate is around 2 to 3 out of 10 strikes but if you get to be as good as we are you move up to around 4 to 5 ;)

    These fish are ferocious, they hit a lure at speed so your line still goes in the water at the back of the boat when the fish already jumps out in the front. It is a weird experience to see a fish jump elsewhere but your lure sits in it's mouth from where you're fighting it. The big ones are predominantly fish eaters and the Goliath models are known to attack swimmers. (probably the nekked swimmers presenting those small worms - me, they'd probably flee from :D)

    When you reel the lure in, if the water is clear, all you see is a flash in the water. You don't strike to get it hooked, they strike you ! You just have to make sure the rod stays in your hand.

    As for the boat, that looks more like the raggie (ragged tooth shark), they are however non aggressive and I doubt they ever attack man. The teeth are real though, they stick out everywhere and even if you brush against it the blood will flow, you gotta stay clear of the sharp end.
     
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    You know why girls in leather are so attractive to men ?
    It's because they smell like a new truck !
     
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    oh well this really made my day
    thanks for the laugh

    :D:D:D
     
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    Haha! It always seems that way....then BOOM she shows her teeth..
     
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    She bit my *** off in the divorce. Who'd have seen that coming . . .
     
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    That thing is scary!. I wont be kayaking in his territory.

    There is another big fish, found in Florida and elsewhere, who is called Goliath. He is just a big, but fairly docile, denizen of the bays. They used to be called Jew fish. The newer handle ,Goliath Grouper, is more acceptable even though he may not even be a legitimate member of the grouper family. They are huge, sometimes in the 250 pound class.
     
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    PAR

    ....never been to bed with an ugly woman, but have woken up with a few.....
     
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    So what does a Tiger fish taste like ? A wet tennis sock full of pins ?
     

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    This is precisely why I have a reattachment scar on my left arm . . .
     
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