Month: February 2016

“The Codfather” Arrested After Investigation

Things aren’t looking great for New Bedford fishing mogul “The Codfather,” who has been arrested after an undercover IRS investigation for submitting falsified reports and conspiracy. Carlos Rafael, 64, owner of Carlos Seafood, Inc. in New Bedford, Massachusetts – a top commercial fishery in New England – appeared in court along with his bookkeeper Debra …

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2016 Python Challenge Removes 106 Burmese Pythons

The 2016 Python Challenge has officially ended and announced the winners of the competition. Declared a success by the FWC, more than 1,000 hunters from 29 states participated, removing 106 snakes for their shot at some $16,000 awarded over various categories. 2016 Python Challenge from My FWC on Vimeo. Bill Booth and his team – including Duane Clark, …

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Fantastic Fishing Video Proves ‘You Should Get in the Boat and Go’!

My wife muttered “don’t go” as I crawled out of bed a 4:30 in the morning. And for good reason. She could hear the rain and wind. And knew that it was cold. But when you have a trip with Captain John Stark and have asked Dan Decibel to tag along canceling is not an option. So …

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Record Number of Manatees Counted in Florida Waters

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported a count of 6,260 manatees in the state’s coastal waters. Florida’s manatees were downlisted in January from endangered to threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Last year, 6,063 manatees were counted, according to FWC records. The highest number prior to 2015 was in 2010, when 5,077 …

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Screaming Goat Sounds Like Person in Danger, Tricks Police

If nature offers, it’s the unexpected. One of the most unexpected things to come from nature? Yelling goats – and no, they aren’t making the typical sounds you’d expect from a goat, these guys sound like screaming people: Sounds like they could really confuse someone to make them think people were in trouble. In late January, …

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Snake Whisperer Hunts Deadly Pythons in Florida

Tom Rahill has become something of a legend for capturing snakes with his team. He was hooked after he tracked and captured his first Burmese in 2008. During this basking season, Rahill hopes to capture as many Burmese as possible. The snakes aren’t venomous, but they pose a major threat to the ecosystem since they have …

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Gigantic Rarely Seen Creature Caught by Florida Fisherman

Mark Quartiano – better known as Mark the Shark – is famous for catching and helping clients catch thousands of sharks. Even with all of his experience, he’d never seen anything like the creature he caught that he described as looking “like some kind of dinosaur.” Thought to be a Dactylobatus clarkii at first, it was later …

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84-Year-Old Real Life Crocodile Dundee Lives with 18-Foot Croc

As far as roommates go, living with a giant crocodile isn’t high on anybody’s priority list – except for one. George Craig, from Green Island, Australia, has lived with an 18-foot-long crocodile named Cassius – after the boxer, Cassius Clay, more popularly known as Muhammad Ali – for the past 30 years after capturing him …

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