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NWspearo
07-10-2014, 01:42 AM
Hey everyone, I just joined today as it took forever for them to validate my account.... I am a avid diver and spear fisher in puget sound, i got certified in 2001 for scuba and then met a diver over on whidbey island by the name of chad ruff.... chad was stationed in the Navy at oak Harbor and was a avid diver also... So i started making trips to whidbey for diving off his boat, and it wasnt long after that i witnessed a true killing machine... Chad still is one of the best spearos i have ever met , and the more we dove together , the more i wanted to spear... I purchased my first gun in 2006 a JBL 38 special , and still have it today... i learned how to shoot, how to hunt , and what to do all from my friend .... we hit spots on whidbey weekend after weekend ... Onamac Reef was a good and still is a great spot for fish... deception Pass.... we hunted Sars Head... deception Island, Possesion point fingers and the ferry... watmo Head... skyline... strawberry Island ... the places go on and on ..... It wasnt until 2008 He told me to come out to Neah bay for a weekend of camping and spearfishing and i was on the ferry gear packed and driving , it took 4.5 hours to get there and we stayed at Hoebucks resort.... I was in heaven ... Neah Bay is hands down the best diving i have ever done .... Tatoosh Island with its swim throughs and caverns... Dunkin Rock... sail rock... the jetty .... Night diving on the fingers ... and 3rd beach reef !!! the canyons there are incredible and amazing....
several weekends ago I met Tom kelokin, and we had a great time talking and laughing about diving over beer... i am usually now hunting up in sanjuan Islands with my friend Mathue, and we slaughter places like ewing Island, sucia, disney point, and many many others .... I was late in the game for lings this year due to work .... But i hope to get out to seiku this august for some fun at bachelor Rock and willipa Bay... and some of the mile marker spots along the road... I know Don B here also and hope to meet up with him also....
So im glad to be here , im excited to spear and share my trip reports with everyone....

NWspearo
07-10-2014, 02:17 AM
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North Star
07-10-2014, 02:24 AM
Welcome! That's a huge Cab in your avatar. Those lings are not to shabby either. Looking forward to your reports!

NWspearo
07-10-2014, 02:34 AM
That is the biggest Cabezon i have ever shot.... we call those cabbyzilla's ..:thumps: He was a Beast

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2921/14431611289_61eeddb87b_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/nZgMfi)cabbyzilla (https://flic.kr/p/nZgMfi) by sumthngsupnow (https://www.flickr.com/people//), on Flickr

North Star
07-10-2014, 03:07 AM
He was a monster - do you have a weight /length on him? The thing looks prehistoric!

NWspearo
07-10-2014, 03:13 AM
He was a monster - do you have a weight /length on him? The thing looks prehistoric!

i Know cabbyzilla was somewhere between 30 and 35 lbs, 28inches long , he put up one hell of a fight after i shot him, cabbies always put up a fight when you nail them , there more diff to get under control than a ling... with a ling i can rip out the gills and get them dead .... cabbies not such the case... my hardest cabby i shot at Neah Bay at 3rd beach reef, he was putting up a huge fight even though i had the spear and the fish stabbed into the sand to try and get him on my stringer... my dive buddy finally came over and helped me because i was getting stressed out big time by the fish not co operating...LOL and this was pretty new to me back then during the neah bay outing...

North Star
07-10-2014, 03:28 AM
This one was 29" and 16 lb - biggest one I ever shot. Cabs are amazing fish.


http://i1238.photobucket.com/albums/ff487/NorthStarSB/file-88.jpg

winklecl
07-10-2014, 12:25 PM
Nice cabs by all here. But I'm a monkey's uncle if that thing weighed in at 30-35lbs. Unless he was eating rocks of course. Which I wouldn't put past a cab ;). Amazing fish alright. But the current IFGA world record is roughly 10lbs less than what you describe. Got to call BS here.

I'll also say that I've never noticed cabs to be much for a fight. Strong fish for sure. But they are the one you should dam well stone because they lay there until you're 3' away. And then they scare the crap out of you because you can't see them til they move. :eek:

North Star
07-10-2014, 01:28 PM
But they are the one you should dam well stone because they lay there until you're 3' away. And then they scare the crap out of you because you can't see them til they move. :eek:

I have been scared silly by more than one cab exploding in my face when I didn't see him. Always have to laugh at myself when that happens, and then water gets in my mask. Wretched creatures!

NWspearo
07-10-2014, 02:04 PM
Nice cabs by all here. But I'm a monkey's uncle if that thing weighed in at 30-35lbs. Unless he was eating rocks of course. Which I wouldn't put past a cab ;). Amazing fish alright. But the current IFGA world record is roughly 10lbs less than what you describe. Got to call BS here.

I'll also say that I've never noticed cabs to be much for a fight. Strong fish for sure. But they are the one you should dam well stone because they lay there until you're 3' away. And then they scare the crap out of you because you can't see them til they move. :eek:

there are very large cabbies here.. Edmonds underwater Park the fish sanctuary grows lings and cabbies the sizes most people dont see.. My cabbie was altleast 30lbs.... it was huge , I will try to find a picture of a cabbie my friend shot about 6 years ago, it makes mine in this picture small... Unless you have been to the honey holes here in the PNW , they do get huge , records or not.... Here is a video i shot at EUP.. the cabbie is at 5:00 mins... and that was a small One LOL :toast:

http://youtu.be/wpDL0j0BpD8

North Star
07-10-2014, 03:40 PM
That was a great video! Loved the music and editing! Someday I have to get up to Edmonds Underwater Park.

Don-B
07-10-2014, 11:07 PM
I see you made it over Chris.
Welcome to a spear friendly site.
We will have to make a Neah Bay trip before the weather gets bad.
I went up there 3 weeks ago but the vis was the worst I ever seen.
1-4ft vis anywhere from Sekui all the way out to Cape Alava.

NWspearo
07-10-2014, 11:50 PM
sounds good Don, id like to get at least 1 trip to Neah bay this year... Maybe a nice day in october , where the sun is out but the crisp bite is in the air ... no wind and no swells... i think august and now = summer the Krill really come in like a force

winklecl
07-14-2014, 05:15 PM
:rolleyes: I wouldn't normally do this but your insistence without having put the fish on a scale is amusing. I've dove EUP on multiple occasions and that vid shows it nicely. There are over-size fish there no doubt. But IF you're finding 30lb cabs outside the park you should let some fisheries biologists know the marine sanctuary is REALLY working :cool:

For those who like data, this study from the 1984-85 examined fish in EUP for their spawning potential (focusing on females which are the larger sex) and they found nothing near 30lbs. FYI the park opened in 1970 and cabezon reach maximum length and weight in about 12-14 years which means the fish living there had plenty of time to grow big.

http://fishbull.noaa.gov/871/lauth.pdf

And if you feel like pulling out your scientific calculator here's a nice study done on the central california coast that allows you to estimate length to weight ratios of your favorite rockfish species (including cabezon). Incidentally, your 28" fish should weigh in at about 14.65lbs according to their formula. To reach 30lbs would require a fish 7" longer. All assuming female of course.

http://content.cdlib.org/view?docId=kt4k4003mr;NAAN=13030&doc.view=frames&chunk.id=d0e1223&toc.depth=1&toc.id=d0e1223&brand=calisphere

I love a good fish tale as much as the next, but the data don't support your claim. Both Max and I have have shot fish longer than yours and weighed in at about half your claim. May be the scientist (or the ultra-competitive jerk) in me but I'd like to see a weight before I accept as lore. There, done nerding out for the day.

NWspearo
07-14-2014, 05:29 PM
Ok... well i agree to disagree .. my cabbie was from my chest to my knee cap , if not 30 lbs , then it was over 20lbs , a 15lb cabbie I could carry with 1 arm.. this cabezon took to arms to hold up.. I'm not here to debate about a fish... I'm here to share my pics and spear storys

winklecl
07-14-2014, 06:07 PM
I'm not here to debate about a fish... I'm here to share my pics and spear storys

That I can agree on. :thumps:. It is a nice fish. Keep them coming for us land-locked suckers.

North Star
07-14-2014, 09:02 PM
Clayton - thanks for those links.

North Star
07-15-2014, 01:49 AM
Here is a cabezon that my son Caleb shot. 30" and 18 lbs.

http://i1238.photobucket.com/albums/ff487/NorthStarSB/file-89.jpg

http://i1238.photobucket.com/albums/ff487/NorthStarSB/file-90.jpg

winklecl
07-15-2014, 11:21 AM
Monster! Nice work Caleb. How many crabs that thing have in its stomach?

North Star
07-15-2014, 09:08 PM
Monster! Nice work Caleb. How many crabs that thing have in its stomach?

That was a while back, and I really don't remember what was in it's stomach when they filleted it, or if they even checked. But from the looks of that belly, there must have been a meal for six stored in there.:)

Calvin
07-17-2014, 11:02 AM
...a 15lb cabbie I could carry with 1 arm.. this cabezon took to arms to hold up... Maybe your should start working out. Mike Pierce has a good gym that you should check out :thumps:

Or buy a scale...

No I'm Josh
07-17-2014, 01:13 PM
Amazing fish Caleb!!! That thing must have gone 50-55lbs as per the spearboard weigh scale. :D

NWspearo
07-23-2014, 12:30 AM
Maybe your should start working out. Mike Pierce has a good gym that you should check out :thumps:

Or buy a scale...

ha ha ha ha , i do work out ... but yes i will buy a scale for the next time so this tall tail has some validation