Dangerous Fishing Videos

calm fishing day

A day’s fishing starts calmly enough…
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Fishing can be a dangerous and terrifying sport. It might not seem that way when you’re sat by the bank of a gentle river, sipping coffee from your heated flask. But while you’re quietly waiting for a nibble, spare a thought for anglers across the globe who regularly battle the elements and some truly terrifying denizens of the water.

We’ve trawled the Internet and found six videos which show just how dangerous fishing can be. Next time you’re out by (or in) the water, remember what some anglers have to go through in pursuit of their hobby.

It’s angry, it’s got teeth, and it’s flying right at you

Some might argue that the best place for a furious, razor-toothed barracuda is on the other end of a very long line. The 40lb fish Kevin Faver has hooked has other ideas, however.

Introducing the magical disappearing tuna

Leandro probably started packing a harpoon into his kayak after videoing this particular sea fishing trip. There’s a bite on his line and he’s seconds from pulling it aboard. He’s not the only one eyeing the prize, however, and anything can happen in a few seconds. Stay with this one; at 5:20 there’s another incident that surprises Leandro!

When the ocean tries to catch you

Rock fishing is officially one of Australia’s most dangerous sports. That’s impressive, considering the number of risky things you can do Down Under. This video perfectly illustrates just how extreme conditions can be. Would you risk it for a big catch?

Swimming for your life

If you had a carp on your line and it pulled you into the water, you’d be a little red-faced. If it was a great white shark, you’d be swimming for your life. Kayaker Ben Chancey isn’t deterred by his brush with this furious killer, however. Watch as he hops back into his kayak like nothing’s happened.


How strong is your stomach? You need to be pretty hardcore if you’re going to watch this video. Tim Wells is about to gut a piranha which he thinks is long-dead. Start from the beginning if you want to see a close-up of piranha teeth, or skip to 3.30 and listen out for the crunch to see exactly what those gnashers can do.

Remember: this clip is not for the fainthearted.

Spanish mackerel obliterated by shark

You have to hand it to these anglers – they don’t let anything faze them. They continue fishing despite multiple sharks circling their boat. The sharks aren’t going to let an easy meal get away, either.

Cover the kids’ ears if they’re close by while you watch this one…

Got a fisherman’s tale to tell?

Angling isn’t always the relaxing sport it’s made out to be. We’ve seen crazy weather and a lot of close encounters with big hungry fish. And we haven’t even begun to talk about the places a hook can get stuck.

Have you had a close call while out fishing? Head over to the Fishtec Facebook page and share your story with us.

How do fish see colour underwater?

the right coloured lure

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Learn to see like a fish and choose the right lure for the job

Every angler has his favourite lure. Entire fishing trips have been spent debating the merits of type, colour and material. So what are the qualities of a great lure? Can we settle the argument once and for all?

In order to find the perfect lure we first need to understand just what it looks like to a fish.
What looks good to us on land doesn’t necessarily look good underwater. It might explain why something that looks drab to us never fails to land a catch; a puzzle blogger Henry Gilbey has long been pondering:

‘It will never cease to amaze me how such a plain and perhaps even boring looking soft plastic lure can be so lethal, and especially when there are so many lovely looking shiny bits of hard and soft plastic out there that look far more appealing both on the shelf and in the water’.

We might think that brightly coloured or iridescent lures are the most attractive but, in truth, a fish may not even be able to see them.

This is because fish eyes have a different anatomy to our own, even though they contain the same basic types of cell: cones and rods. Cones are used during the day, and can perceive differences in colour, while rods only measure the intensity of light, and are responsible for night vision. Fish have almost spherical lenses (unlike our flattened ones), which let in more light, but limit the distance they can see. Many fish have extra cones, allowing them to see more of the total light spectrum than we can. Trout, for instance, can see bits of ultraviolet and infrared light.

This means they can see more ‘colours’ than we can. The extra cones in their eyes are able to detect frequencies of light we can’t. Light travels as a wave, and different wavelengths (the distances between two peaks in the wave) produce different colours. Visible light (the part of the spectrum we can see) is made of different wavelengths, and how objects absorb or reflect particular wavelengths determines their colour. For instance, a red fishing float appears that way because it absorbs all the visible light which hits it, apart from light in the red part of the spectrum. White reflects all light back, black reflects none.

It is easy to think of light as being immaterial, but that isn’t true. It can be affected by the environments it passes through, and this has a big impact upon whether or not your favourite lure is going to catch you any fish today.

While “be the fish” might be a piece of advice too far, it is true that you need to picture the world from the fish’s point of view. Location, weather, water depth, and even season play a role in deciding how effective your lure will be. Wavelengths of light get absorbed by water at different depths – red and orange are the first to go, with violet being the last. So red might work near the surface, but if you’re going deep you’ll want something violet on the end of your line. Uli-Beyer.com have done some extensive research into the effect of water depth on colour reflection and fluorescence (in fresh and sea water), and have found that fluorescent lures can have a marked effect on your results. There are those, of course, who have questioned whether these lures are just a groovy gimmick.

Season and location play a role because they dictate which colours are being reflected into the water. Fish in a pond surrounded by trees with yellowing autumn leaves will be used to seeing yellow and orange in the water. Is it better to choose a lure that mimics those colours in order to fit into the environment, or to go for something out of the ordinary? It depends who you talk to.

coloured lure collection

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Match lures to the season, the weather, and your catch

Fish will be able to perceive colours better on bright days, where there is more light getting underwater to reflect off things, than on overcast ones.

So is there a perfect lure? Technically yes, but it depends upon where you are, what the weather is, what time of year it is, and what you are trying to catch. Equip yourself with a varied set of lures to give yourself plenty of options, and you should be able to use the information in this post to better match the lure you use to your fish of choice.

Why Fishing Is Better Than Yoga

Most people really don’t get fishing. “It’s just waiting”, they point out, as if that hadn’t occurred to us before.

We’re perfectly aware that we’ve been sitting for hours in the drizzle with a line slacker than a pair of clown’s trousers. We know it’s ironic that our net is the only thing that doesn’t come back wet. Doesn’t it occur to them that maybe that’s the point?

Yet take something like yoga, where sitting doing nothing is also a vital ingredient, and everyone views you as a healthy, well-adjusted individual. Fishing and yoga aren’t so different, but fishing is definitely better.

What’s yoga got to do with fishing?

Fishing blogger Danny gets back to nature

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Fishing blogger Danny gets back to nature

On the face of it fishing and yoga already have a lot in common: they both require specialist gear (fishing rod or yoga mat), they’re often done in solitude, and enthusiasts of either sport can be spotted a mile off thanks to their outfits. Consider the lone figure sitting, concentrating and quietly reflecting; are we talking about an angler or a yogi?

An important part of yoga is mindfulness, the action of paying attention to the moment; accepting and understanding your feelings and thoughts; and learning to separate yourself from negative experiences. For many of us, the chance to spend some time alone organising our thoughts is also one of fishing’s major appeals.

Just consider how important wildlife, scenery and generally being close to nature is to so many fishermen. Read fishing blogger Danny’s account of discovering a new place, full of beautiful scenery and wildlife, and then try to argue that yoga’s idea of ‘oneness’ is really so absurd.

Fishing can be a sport, but competing to land the biggest catch isn’t for everyone. Many anglers prefer the whole package that fishing can offer. As Mark at Fishing for Memories puts it:

“The wildlife alone is joy enough to behold and just being able to witness nature’s theatre is wonderful. Treated to the sights and sounds of kingfisher, buzzard, kestrel, kite, owl, deer, fox and badger, to name but a few, makes any fishing trip a joy on its own.”

The experience of fishing is just as important as landing a fish.

Don’t panic – you haven’t become a yogi!

We all need time to relax

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We all need time to relax

Calm down, we’re not trying to persuade you that you already like yoga. The point we’re making is simply that we all need time to relax, to get away from it all and be by ourselves.

Fishing ticks so many boxes for a mind overwhelmed by the pace of life. It gives us a chance to slow things down; it gives us one simple, single objective to focus on; it gives us the sense of achievement that comes from landing a catch or mastering a new skill. These are the proven benefits of angling.

And many men prefer outdoor to indoor spaces. In his blog post ‘The Power of Solitude: Why You Should Spend More Time Alone’, Mark Sisson reminds us that men are more likely to seek solitude outside. Sitting on a mat in a room full of candles while listening to a CD of wind chimes really doesn’t suit our mind set.

Fishing gets exciting at times

The moment of glory

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The moment of glory

Fishing and yoga have their similarities. They both allow you some peace and quiet, and the chance to get your brain in order and feel better. But people practising yoga are unlikely to get slapped in the face by a giant carp any time soon. And that’s why fishing is better.

The part of fishing that people understand – the frantic battle between man and beast, pitting your wits against those of the fish, the exhilarating tug of war – is just one part of fishing. Coarse fisherman Chris Moss sums this up brilliantly in The Telegraph:

“Coarse fishing isn’t merely a pastime. The ponds, flashes, rivers and canals of working-class Britain are filled with childhood memories and moments of glory – fighting a big carp, catching a mean pike, filling a landing net till it’s bursting – amid long periods of calm meditation.”

Fishing gives you all that fun and the relaxing benefits of a yoga class. In the battle of fishing versus yoga, fishing is the clear winner.