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'Shark Men' premieres Sunday on National Geographic Channel

Expedition leader Chris Fischer, marine biologist Michael Domeier and crew are back for another season of "Shark Men," premiering Sunday at 9 p.m. on National Geographic Channel with two hourlong episodes. Additional episodes will follow, airing at 10 p.m. on Sunday nights through June 12.

Though the name of the series has changed (it was “Expedition Great White” last year) the focus is still the same -- attempting to learn more about the mysterious great white shark and its life cycle -- where the sharks are born, where they migrate, how they mate, and where they congregate.

Using a specially designed, 126-foot-long mothership that includes a 37-ton hydraulic platform for hoisting a living shark out of the ocean, the crew returns to Mexico's Guadalupe Island, 160 miles west of Baja California, in the hopes of landing, tagging and releasing sharks -- specifically females -- alive. This season, they also secure a permit to hook a white shark at Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, off the coast of San Francisco, and also travel to just off the shores of Malibu, hoping to catch juvenile great white sharks in an effort to learn more about the younger years of the apex predator's life cycle. 

"Shark Men" episode descriptions through April are after the jump (the rest of the descriptions are still pending):

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New yellowfin tuna all-tackle world record confirmed

Mike Livingston stands next to the 405-pound yellowfin tuna he caught, a new all-tackle world record. The International Game Fish Assn. has confirmed a 405-pound yellowfin tuna caught by angler Mike Livingston last November as the new species all-tackle world record.

Landed during a 10-day fishing expedition aboard the Point Loma Sportfishing vessel Vagabond, the catch replaces a record held since April, 1977, by Curt Wiesenhutter, who caught a 388-pound, 12-ounce specimen off Mexico's Revillagigedo Islands.

"When the scale hit that number it was like the Super Bowl here," Livingston, 63, a retired school administrator from Sunland, Calif., told Pete Thomas Outdoors in reference to cheers from a crowd of nearly 200 that gathered to witness last year's weigh-in at the San Diego-based landing.

Livingston's fish, which measured 85.75 inches from nose to tail and had a girth of 61.5 inches, took almost three hours to land and was caught west of Magdalena Bay on the southern Baja California peninsula.

-- Kelly Burgess
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Photo: Mike Livingston stands next to the 405-pound yellowfin tuna he caught, a new all-tackle world record. Credit: Bill Roecker / Fishingvideos.com


Angler lands 405.2-pound yellowfin tuna, likely new world record

Mike Livingston stands next to the 405.2-pound yellowfin tuna he caught, likely a new all-tackle world record. Two-hundred-pound tuna have long been referred to as "cows," and 300-pounders are "supercows." Now there may be the need for a new category created, after angler Mike Livingston boated a yellowfin tuna weighing in at 405.2 pounds, likely a new all-tackle world record.

"When the scale hit that number it was like the Super Bowl here," Livingston, 63, a retired school administrator from Sunland, Calif., told Pete Thomas Outdoors in reference to cheers from a crowd of nearly 200 which gathered to witness the weigh-in.

The 80-foot sportfishing vessel Vagabond returned to Point Loma Sportfishing on Monday after a 10-day expedition in search of huge tuna. Livingston's catch was made Tuesday west of Magdalena Bay on the southern Baja California peninsula.

The fish, which measured 85 3/4 inches from nose to tail and had a girth of 61 1/2 inches, took almost 3 hours to land. It will be submitted to the International Game Fish Assn. for approval as an all-tackle world record.

Vagabond Capt. Mike Lackey said IGFA rules were followed so the catch likely will replace the current record, a 388-pound, 12-ounce specimen, caught by Curt Wiesenhutter in April, 1977.

-- Kelly Burgess
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Photo: Mike Livingston stands next to the 405.2-pound yellowfin tuna he caught, likely a new all-tackle world record. Credit: Bill Roecker / Fishingvideos.com

Veteran angler Steve Carson hosting free fishing seminar Nov. 29 and 30 at Sport Chalet

Carson big yellow vertical Veteran angler Steve Carson, whose Irvine Lake fishing reports appear weekly in Outposts, will be hosting a sport fishing seminar from 6 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 29 at Sport Chalet in Marina del Rey and Nov. 30 at the Torrance Sport Chalet.

Carson will be sharing tips on how to catch more and bigger fish -- and have more fun doing it -- in Southern California, Alaska, Mexico and elsewhere, covering freshwater and saltwater fish with emphasis on the current hot local trout bite at Irvine Lake and other urban trout destinations. Carson will also discuss teaching kids to fish, and how to hopefully keep their interest up while fishing.

Carson, Penn Fishing University program director, has an impressive resume. He's ranked in the top 10 in the world among International Game Fish Assn. membership for the most different species of fish (235) caught on rod and reel; he was named one of the "Top 30 anglers in the West" by Western Outdoors magazine in 2006 and was inducted into the California Outdoors Hall of Fame in 2010. Carson is also a radio personality; outdoors writer; pro staffer for Penn, Rapala, Luhr Jensen, Berkley and Flambeau (to name a few); and tournament director for the Berkley Alaska Grand Slam, Lake Oroville Open Bass tournament and Penn International Baja Grand Slam tournament.

There will also be a prize drawing, with the chance to win a pair of admission passes and boat rental at Irvine Lake as well as additional prizes from Rapala, Berkley and others.

Admission to both seminars is free, but attendees are advised to arrive early as seating is limited. The Marina del Rey Sport Chalet is in the Via Marina Marketplace, 13455 Maxella Ave.; the Torrance store is located at 21305 Hawthorne Blvd.

-- Kelly Burgess
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Photo: Angler Steve Carson will be hosting free sport fishing seminars at Sport Chalet locations in Marina del Rey and Torrance. Credit: Steve Carson

Cabo San Lucas Picante sportfishing reports more fish spotted than fishermen to catch them

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Outposts will attempt to post the Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, saltwater sportfishing report, courtesy of Team Picante from Picante Sportfishing, each week:

With lots of fish being spotted by the boats, it's a shame that there aren't more fishermen out there. Crowds picked up a little this weekend, but there is still some good fishing being missed. The westerly winds have been blowing and pushing the fishing to the Gordo and Imen Banks. It was a little bumpy on the Pacific, but those that endured were catching fish.

Some of the highlights for the fleet included the Killion party, from Texas, who chartered the 35-foot Picante Dream and had some big times around the peninsula, catching two striped marlin (which they released), and boating a dorado as well as five big red snapper.

Michael Soper also made his second visit in a month, bringing friends and clients to chase marlin. The group chartered the Picante 29 and caught and released two striped marlin, then caught three dorado, which they kept for their dining pleasure.

Aboard the 35-foot Sportfisher, Cisco, the Ellis group was rewarded for their time with a fun day of fishing, bringing in a total catch of three marlin, five yellowfin tuna and five dorado.

The Antis party had a great day fishing on July 4 aboard the Salsa. They boated three yellowfin and two dorado, plus two striped marlin, caught and released.

Total Picante Sportfishing fleet total, June 28 through July 4: 10 striped marlin,10 yellowfin tuna, 11 dorado, five red snapper and two amberjacks.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: An angler from the Ellis party shows off the dorado she caught. Credit: Team Picante

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Veteran angler Steve Carson hosting free fishing seminar Monday at Sport Chalet, Marina del Rey

Carson_tuna Veteran angler Steve Carson, whose Irvine Lake fishing reports appear weekly in Outposts, will be hosting a sport fishing seminar Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Sport Chalet in Marina del Rey.

Carson will be sharing tips on how to catch more and bigger fish -- and have more fun doing it -- in Southern California, Alaska, Mexico and elsewhere, and covering fish including  albacore, yellowtail, trout and tuna. He'll also discuss teaching kids to fish, and how to hopefully keep their interest up while fishing.

Carson, Penn Fishing University program director, has an impressive resume. He's ranked No. 3 in the world among International Game Fish Assn. membership for the most different species of fish (235) caught on rod and reel; named one of the "Top 30 anglers in the West" by Western Outdoors magazine in 2006; and inducted into the California Outdoors Hall of Fame in 2010. Carson is also a radio personality, outdoors writer, pro staffer for Penn, Rapala, Luhr Jensen, Berkley and Flambeau (to name a few), and tournament director for the Berkley Alaska Grand Slam, Lake Oroville Open Bass tournament and Penn International Baja Grand Slam tournament.

There will also be a prize drawing, with the chance to win an overnight trip from Fisherman's Landing, a pair of admission passes and boat rental at Irvine Lake plus additional prizes from Rapala, Berkley and others.

Admission to the seminar is free, but attendees are advised to arrive early as seating is limited. The Marina del Rey Sport Chalet is in the Via Marina Marketplace, 13455 Maxella Ave.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: Steve Carson with a nice tuna caught last fall out of San Diego. Credit: Steve Carson

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'Expedition Great White' premieres Sunday on National Geographic Channel

Crew members get a female great white shark into position on the hydraulic lift.

The great white shark has been on the planet for more than 10 million years, and yet still remains one of the world's most mysterious predators.

Now, a crew has set out in an attempt to document more information on white sharks, hoping to better understand their migratory patterns -- where they actually travel, and why.

"Expedition Great White" premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. on National Geographic Channel, with two hourlong episodes. Three additional episodes will follow, airing at 10 p.m. on Sunday nights through June 27.

Using a specially designed, 126-foot long mothership that includes a 37-ton hydraulic platform for hoisting a living shark out of the ocean, marine biologist Michael Domeier takes a crew to Mexico's Guadalupe Island, 160 miles west of Baja California, in the hopes of landing, tagging and releasing seven sharks alive.

Domeier has been studying white sharks at Guadalupe Island, one of the world's largest seasonal gathering places for adult great white sharks, for at least a decade. He has compiled a database which includes more than 100 sharks -- identified by gill slits, pectoral fins, tails and color patterns -- and can identify many by the names they've been given.

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Whale Watch Weekend and Intertidal Life Festival this weekend at Cabrillo National Monument

A statue of explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo looks out over the San Diego Bay.

Cabrillo National Monument is hosting their annual Whale Watch Weekend and Intertidal Life Festival this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The 23rd annual event is being held in celebration of the Pacific gray whales and their return to local waters during their southbound migration to Baja California.

The weekend will feature opportunities to watch for the leviathans as well as guided tidepool walks.

There will also be films, guest speakers sharing their expertise on a variety of marine-related subjects, and exhibitor booths filled with activities and information about whales, tidepools and local oceanic organizations.

All events are included with the regular park entrance fee of $5 per vehicle and $3 for motorcyclists, bicyclists and walk-ins.

Cabrillo National Monument is located at the tip of the Point Loma Peninsula, just west of the city of San Diego.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: A statue of explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo looks out over the San Diego Bay. Credit: New Thanyacheron / National Park Service

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'Tis the season for gray whale-watching excursions

A Pacific gray whale swims past fog-shrouded Santa Catalina Island on its southward migration to warm water breeding grounds in Baja California.

The annual south-bound migration of Pacific gray whales has begun.

Each winter, more than 20,000 of the leviathans pass near the Southern California coast as they travel from the waters of Alaska to Baja California, where the females give birth to calves.

Beginning Saturday and continuing through mid-April, daily whale-watching boats will depart from Redondo Beach and San Pedro landings to see these magnificent mammals.

All boats are staffed with a trained naturalist from Cabrillo Whalewatch, a joint effort of the American Cetacean Society Los Angeles Chapter and the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, to help spot whales as well as provide interesting facts and information about the species.

Trips depart from Redondo Beach Sportfishing, (310) 372-2111; Spirit Cruises, San Pedro, (310) 548-8080; and 22nd Street Landing, San Pedro, (310) 832-8304.

Prices and times vary for each tour operator, so call the landing or visit their website (links above) for information and reservations. Group reservations should be made by calling Cabrillo Whalewatch at (310) 548-8397.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: A Pacific gray whale swims past fog-shrouded Santa Catalina Island on its southward migration to warm water breeding grounds in Baja California. Credit: Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times

Holiday giving comes in all shapes and sizes

Todd Cameron poses with the 296.5-pound yellowfin he caught on H&M Landing's Red Rooster III. Long Beach resident Todd Cameron shows that the spirit of giving is alive this holiday season.

Cameron returned recently from a 14-day Baja fishing trip aboard the Red Rooster III out of San Diego's H&M Landing, during which he boated a yellowfin tuna weighing in at almost 300 pounds.

Rather than keeping it, Cameron decided to share his good fortune by donating the fish to the Foodbank of Southern California, located in Long Beach.

The cow, weighing in at 296.5-pounds, was the largest yellowfin Cameron has caught and it gave him quite a fight.

"The fish almost spooled me -- 700 yards of line. I wasn't too excited about chasing the fish in a small skiff in shark-infested waters, but he stopped and I was able to get him back to the boat," Cameron told Outposts.

He also gave thanks to the ship's crew.

"This one took over an hour to land, and skipper Andy Cates and first mate Joe D'Acquisto helped me land this whopper," said Cameron. "I couldn't have landed this fish without Joe's guidance. The crew on the Red Rooster are true professionals."

This isn't the first time -- nor will it be the last -- that Cameron, a Southern California Edison employee, thought of others less fortunate.

"I donate part of my catch every year to the food bank," he said. "But this year a lot of families are in need, so I decided to donate my big fish."

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: Todd Cameron poses with the 296.5-pound yellowfin he caught on H&M Landing's Red Rooster III. Credit: H&M Landing

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Cabo San Lucas striped marlin bite drops off, now only fair

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So much for the wide-open marlin bite off Cabo San Lucas. Captain George Landrum of Fly Hooker Sportfishing, in a report issued today, referred to last week's bite as a "two-day wonder" and says fishing for billfish has tapered off. Here is Landrum's report (edited and abbreviated):

BILLFISH: I did not hear of any blue or black marlin being caught this week, even though the water temperature is fine for them. The striped marlin bite we had at the tail end of last week was a two-day wonder, lasting Sunday and Monday. Since then the better catches have been topping off at three fish per boat, but the average is probably less than one release per boat per trip. More have been seen on the Pacific side than on the Cortez side, and the ones that are being caught show a preference for artificial lures over Caballito, and for mackerel over artificial lures. There have been some very small fish in the releases, but the average seems to be staying around the 100- to 110-pound mark, with an occasional fish in the 160-pound range.

YELLOWFIN TUNA: Still a slow bite on yellowfin, with a few fish being found on the Golden Gate Bank every few days, as well as off Palmilla on the Cortez side. A few boats have been going as far out as 50 miles to the south and west with little luck, and the fish they have found have mostly been football-size.

DORADO: The water temperature across the area warmed back up and dorado have remained in the area, but the bite has been slower than it was last month. This week was a repeat of last week as boats were averaging four to eight fish per trip, with an occasional limit. The fish were averaging 12 pounds with a few large fish in the pick but no big numbers of them. Live bait seemed to do the trick this week, slow trolled in areas where frigate birds were seen to be working. The fish were spread across the area, but the best results seemed to be close to the shoreline and close to Cabo.

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Cabo San Lucas striped-marlin bite breaks wide-open

Rachfall marlin Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, the undisputed striped marlin capital of the world, is once again living up to that reputation.

The bite is a bit late this season, but with the recent cold snap the scrappy billfish seemed to flood into an area north of Cabo on the Pacific side of the Baja California peninsula.

"It was as if somebody flipped the switch to winter ... and the cooler water has bought mackerel, the bait of choice for striped marlin," said a post on the Pisces Sportfishing blog.

Pisces, which last November alone logged more than 2,000 striped marlin releases, is off to a good December start. Anglers on the vessel Cabolero on Sunday had 14 marlin releases, one sailfish release and two dorado, which presumably were kept for table fare. They were fishing close to Cabo off the Old Lighthouse less than two miles from shore.

Anglers on Rebecca released eight marlin, and a group aboard Tracy Ann released seven marlin and caught three dorado a bit farther up the coast at Pozo de Cota.

Strangely, all three charter groups were from New York.

-- Pete Thomas

Photo credit: Pisces Sportfishing

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