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Ratfish caught in 2,600 FOW

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Ratfish caught in 2,600 FOW

Saw this on the news this morning, can't say I've even seen a fish like it.
https://ca.news.yahoo.com/...orway-182619608.html


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(This post was edited by wiperhunter2 on Sep 17, 2019, 6:26 AM)
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Re: [wiperhunter2] Ratfish caught in 2,600 FOW In reply to
That is impressive. The ugliest fish I ever caught was a devil fish. I can't imagine how heavy a reel it would take to hold over 2,600 feet of line.


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Re: [kentofnsl] Ratfish caught in 2,600 FOW In reply to
kentofnsl wrote:
I can't imagine how heavy a reel it would take to hold over 2,600 feet of line.
Exactly. What kind of reel would hold that much line? Looking at some of the Penn reels, I see that some of them can hold 3,600 YARDS (10,800 FEET) of line. WOW!

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Re: [kentofnsl] Ratfish caught in 2,600 FOW In reply to
With the availability of electric power reels...with huge capacity spools...more and more anglers are fishing deep. Swordfish are a common target off Florida...in over 1500 feet of water. And there are quite a few highly desirable deep water rockfish that can be caught at those great depths.


In addition to reels with built-in electric winch motors you can also find add-on kits to "upgrade" many standard reels to optional electric power.


Seems like that would take a lot of the fun out of it. But, then again, reeling up over 2000 feet of line with a heavy sinker and a big fish doesn't really sound like much fun either.

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Re: [TubeDude] Ratfish caught in 2,600 FOW In reply to
And don't forget that it takes more than 2,600 feet of line to get down to that depth, because the currents put a lot of bow in the line. Figure at least 3,000 feet of heavy line out. And that much line weighs several pounds on its own.

Decades ago, I went on an overnight Gulf snapper boat. Fishing in 300+ feet of water. They had electric reels and after one or two reel ins, I was damn glad of it.



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"They had electric reels and after one or two reel ins, I was damn glad of it."

I know you meant to say "reely" glad.
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Re: [dubob] Ratfish caught in 2,600 FOW In reply to
They usually are using very large electric reels when fishing very deep like that for species like black cod or swordfish.


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A few years ago I was with a team from Hill that went down to Kelly AFB in Texas to assist in the work load transition to Hill. One weekend we went down to Port Aransas and chartered a night fishing trip out in the Gulf, 4 hr. ride out 4 hrs fishing and then 4 hr. return trip. We were fishing for bottom fish and they were using electric reels, the water wasn't very deep and the fish weren't that big, I thought it was pretty boring, but it was something different that we had never done before.


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