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2014-05-14 12:29:35

International Cap Cana Billfish Shootout returns to Dominican Republic DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, May 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism is thrilled to announce that it is the title sponsor of the acclaimed International Cap Cana Billfish Shootout. Taking place June 4-11 at the luxe Cap Cana Marina, this year marks the 20(th) anniversary for the "grand prix" of billfish tournaments. In addition to world-class fishing, a full-week of accompanying...

2012-03-29 00:14:54

Anglers are required to use circle hooks in some fishing tournaments because they are less likely to cause lethal injuries in billfish, such as marlin. However, research from North Carolina State University shows that broadening circle hook requirements could adversely impact charter and recreational fishing, since they make it more difficult to catch non-billfish. “We wanted to know whether circle hooks are effective as conventional J hooks when angling for non-billfish — such...

2011-12-14 19:47:11

Study focuses on oxygen minimum zones in NE Atlantic and effects on pelagic species The science behind counting fish in the ocean to measure their abundance has never been simple. A new scientific paper in Nature Climate Change shows that expanding 'ocean dead zones' (areas of low oxygen) driven in part by climate change makes that science even more complex. Blue marlin, other billfish and tropical tuna are high energy fish that need large amounts of dissolved oxygen. Scientists from...

2011-07-25 20:40:19

An international team of scientists assessed the population status of several fish species A new study by top global fisheries experts presents an alarming assessment of several economically important fish populations. The analysis of 61 species of "scombrids," which include tunas, bonitos, mackerels and Spanish mackerels, and billfishes, which include swordfish and marlins, classified seven as threatened with extinction and four as "near threatened" for the IUCN Red List of Threatened...

2011-06-02 17:58:00

NEW YORK, June 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Blue marlin beware. The British Virgin Islands Tourist Board is pleased to announce the return of the BVI Billfish Tournament at the Bitter End Yacht Club from July 17-20, 2011. Whether in your own boat or a locally chartered one, competitors will enjoy fishing all day in the crystal clear water and relaxing in the evening with unforgettable social events. This catch and release contest will take place at the North Drop, in an area ranging just 13...

2008-08-24 09:00:22

Virginia's deep-water bottom-fishing scene seems to get increasingly interesting every year. The fishery already has produced world records for blackbelly rosefish, snowy grouper and tilefish. But it also produces pretty strange fish, some of which anglers struggle to identify. Trips in the past few weeks have produced such a fish. And two catches are under consideration as world records. The species is a Darwin's Slimehead. It looks like a giant goldfish and is sometimes referred to as...

2008-07-13 09:00:19

By LEE TOLLIVER By Lee Tolliver The Virginian-Pilot Bryan Whitehorne's first offshore fishing adventure provided a lot of experiences. Whitehorne, 18, of Virginia Beach , caught his first billfish on a recent trip out of Oregon Inlet. "It was awesome," the Tidewater Community College sophomore said of catching a white marlin. "A once-in-a-lifetime experience." But it wasn't all sunshine and happiness. Whitehorne's second time in the fighting chair provided a harsh lesson about...


Word of the Day
barghest
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).
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