Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Michigan Fisherman Hooks 3-Pound, 15-Inch Long Goldfish (PHOTO)
NYDN ^ | Saturday, January 19 | Michael Walsh

Posted on 01/20/2013 10:30:39 AM PST by DogByte6RER

Photobucket

Michigan fisherman hooks 3-pound, 15-inch long goldfish

Mike Martin caught the large goldfish while ice fishing at Lake St. Clair in Michigan. He says he plans to eventually mount the catch, which has become an international sensation.

Mike Martin, 25, set out onto the icy surface of Lake St. Clair, a freshwater lake between Michigan and Ontario, on Jan. 11. The temperature was beginning to rise and there was a feeling in the air that it might be his last ice fishing opportunity for a while.

He cut a circle in the ice and dropped his line into the familiar chilly waters as he had countless times before. He felt the line get tighter. He had a bite.

Martin had been fishing in this area since he was 5, but when he reeled this particular fish up, he discovered that he had just caught something he never anticipated: a 3-pound, 15-inch goldfish.

“It was kind of a shock,” he told the Daily News. “I pulled it up and just kind of stared at it for a minute. I really didn’t know what to do with it.”

Most people have only seen tiny goldfish in clear bowls or plastic bags at carnivals. Few have seen one in the wild and even fewer have seen such a large goldfish anywhere.

“They keep growing and growing,” Martin said. “They get bigger and bigger and they eat everything in their path … Basically, it’s an invasive species — simple as that. Goldfish have been known to decimate any ecosystem they’ve been in.”

Martin brought the carp home and placed it in his freezer. He plans to mount it eventually, especially now that the catch has made the news.

(Excerpt) Read more at nydailynews.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Hobbies; Local News; Outdoors; Pets/Animals; Sports; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: bigfish; carp; catchoftheday; fishing; goldfish; gonefishing; michigan

For eating ... I'll stick with these goldfish.

1 posted on 01/20/2013 10:30:51 AM PST by DogByte6RER
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: DogByte6RER

I bet you some Japanese businessman with too much money and not enough sense would have paid thousands for one of these live.


2 posted on 01/20/2013 10:31:57 AM PST by Gaffer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DogByte6RER

When I was a kid there was a creek near my house that we all went crawfishing in. One winter about a thousand foot-long goldfish miraculously appeared. I guess somebody must have cleaned out their Koi pond.


3 posted on 01/20/2013 10:33:23 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (TYRANNY: When the people fear the politicians. LIBERTY: When the politicians fear the people.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DogByte6RER

How is that different from the thousands I’ve seen in koi ponds?


4 posted on 01/20/2013 10:38:47 AM PST by pgkdan ( "Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not." ~Thomas Jefferson)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: E. Pluribus Unum
Several marinas on lake St. Clair along Jefferson Ave. have large Koi swimming around that people have released......

Personally, if I were that guy I would have released the fish. I certainly wouldn't want a big goldfish hanging on the wall for my buddies to laugh at.

If he wants a mounted fish, then go after the muskies which are getting in the neighborhood of 55" and 50+ lbs in the lake......

5 posted on 01/20/2013 10:42:01 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon or just throw her from the train......)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Gaffer

“I bet you some Japanese businessman with too much money and not enough sense would have paid thousands for one of these live.”

I bet you some Kenyan Emporer with not enough sense may issue an executive order, confiscate it, put his seal on it and proclaim that it is worth a trillion dollars.


6 posted on 01/20/2013 10:45:03 AM PST by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Stormdog

Touche’, dude!


7 posted on 01/20/2013 10:50:31 AM PST by Gaffer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: DogByte6RER

CARP


8 posted on 01/20/2013 10:54:01 AM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DogByte6RER

I tried to catch one of these with my bare hands at the edge of a lake.. No luck! Quicker than they look! I HAVE caught golden carp in the Yakima river 4 times this size.. Dragged my entire rod and reel into the river and caught it all back WITH the fish about two hours later!!!


9 posted on 01/20/2013 10:54:36 AM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (IMPEACH OBAMA)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: pgkdan

Same type of fish really. There are several colors and various shapes but I believe they are all a type of carp.


10 posted on 01/20/2013 10:55:24 AM PST by visualops (artlife.us)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: pgkdan

“How is that different from the thousands I’ve seen in koi ponds?”

Around here we refer to them as....carp. They are pests.


11 posted on 01/20/2013 10:57:10 AM PST by Owl558 ("Those who remember George Satayana are doomed to repeat him")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America

>> Dragged my entire rod and reel into the river and caught it all back WITH the fish about two hours later!!!
<<

Given the photo I could picture one of those Daffy Duck fish that stomps out the water, breaks the rod and smacks it over your head...


12 posted on 01/20/2013 11:07:03 AM PST by freedumb2003 (lib "think": My bumper sticker didn't go into details about that!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Gaffer

I pulled one that big or more from Meramec State Park decades ago, fishing for trout.


13 posted on 01/20/2013 11:23:04 AM PST by steve8714 (We miss you, Stan.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: steve8714

I’d have tried to keep it alive and then went looking for a Holiday Inn Kareoke Bar with some Japanese bidnessmen in it!


14 posted on 01/20/2013 11:25:12 AM PST by Gaffer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: E. Pluribus Unum

Did you happen to lick a frog before you saw this fish?


15 posted on 01/20/2013 11:29:33 AM PST by DManA
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: DogByte6RER

Wow! What’s your secret?

mumble mumble mumble.

What? I can’t understand a word you said!

*spits something into hand* Ya gotta keep the worms warm!


16 posted on 01/20/2013 11:32:38 AM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable Tyranny)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America

I caught a fish like that with my bare hands one night.

The Japanese lady that owned the restaurant was not pleased.
Made me put it back.


17 posted on 01/20/2013 11:51:30 AM PST by fudimo
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Owl558

Online you’ll find a popular recipe for carp:

Pre-heat stove to 250 degrees.
Scale, gut and clean carpl
Nail fish to a pine board.
Slow cook for 12 hours.
Throw away the fish, eat the board.


18 posted on 01/20/2013 11:59:20 AM PST by DPMD
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: null and void; Salamander; Vendome; JoeProBono; Slings and Arrows

The guy in the photo is putting on a rather koi smile. Looks fishy to me.

But at least his wife won’t be carping at him. He’ll no longer have to give her some line when he want’s to hook up with the guys for fishin’.

She knows the reel truth now. No one will de-bait him on that.

I guess I’ll just tackle another thread now.


19 posted on 01/20/2013 12:56:04 PM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: DPMD

“Throw away the fish, eat the board.”

LOL!! Exactly!


20 posted on 01/20/2013 4:45:33 PM PST by Owl558 ("Those who remember George Satayana are doomed to repeat him")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: shibumi
She knows the reel truth now. No one will de-bait him on that.

OMG, you could have gone all day without that!

21 posted on 01/20/2013 7:39:39 PM PST by OldPossum
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: OldPossum; Salamander

I could go all day without doing most of the stuff I do, but.....

I’ll bet you a fin that somebody out there rated that pun up the scale, at least better than the tail end. Really.

I wouldn’t hand you a line.


22 posted on 01/20/2013 9:05:36 PM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: shibumi

I think you misunderstood me. I was complimenting you on a good pun. That’s a standard way of wording such a compliment.


23 posted on 01/21/2013 5:35:35 AM PST by OldPossum
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: OldPossum

I know - (sheesh!)

I was pretending offense so I could have an excuse to type out a couple more.

Guess I hooked you with that one, eh?


24 posted on 01/21/2013 6:46:47 AM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: shibumi

He’s a sucker for your puns.


25 posted on 01/21/2013 6:57:11 AM PST by Mr. Lucky
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: DogByte6RER

Oh my goodness that’s Flippy I flushed him down the toilet years ago.

More than likely someones bait that got off the hook and survived for awhile used to be most bait fish bought were a type of carp they were many different colors including gold..


26 posted on 01/21/2013 6:58:04 AM PST by Lees Swrd ("Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe and preserve order in the world as well")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DogByte6RER

I wanted to add I dumped some of our bait fish that we had left over into a Pond that had never had any fish last time I checked there were 100s of the things some of them had grown to 10 or 12 lbs.


27 posted on 01/21/2013 7:07:55 AM PST by Lees Swrd ("Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe and preserve order in the world as well")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DPMD

I know some black dudes who can show you how to can it. Then you pat it out like salmon patties and cook it I tried some and could not tell the difference!

I remember a time when everyone ate what they caught carp was just another fish people even ate suckers lol. I think next time we are fishing I will write down the process it would be good knowledge to have in these times.


28 posted on 01/21/2013 7:24:50 AM PST by Lees Swrd ("Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe and preserve order in the world as well")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: shibumi

Yep, I guess so. You are a clever fellow, in a very offensive way.

I think I’ll be going now. A little bit of you goes a long way.


29 posted on 01/21/2013 2:14:57 PM PST by OldPossum
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson