[Non-ceph] Monster sunfish

Phil

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We had a couple off Dover harbour a couple of months ago. I was surprised to learn that that these things must therefore have a global distribution, within certain parameters of temperature and salinity of course. NZ and the UK are practically opposite sides to each other on the Earths surface, yet we share some of the same fish. Fascinating.

A little too far to come to help out at the weekend though Steve. Sorry.
 

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I second the fiberglass-resin-- I just fixed my rusty car roof with boatbuilding fiberglass, and it was great! Just make sure you work fast if it's a hot day, 'cause it sets up faster than you think it will!

We get sunfish off California, but there aren't many that size around these days. I see a lot in old pictures from the 1920s or so; I think the big ones got fished out in this area in the mid 20th century.
 

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ANy ideas to whieght? That is a big one. I wonder how many guys it took to secure the fins so it would fit in the boxcar...?
 

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The weight worries me; I have a 3-ton weight restriction on the 2nd-floor carpark into which I'm taking it. The trucking company reckon to ~ 6 tons - I think not - the freezer fellow reckons 2 tons minimum, I reckon closer to 1.2 tons .... but I have no comparative experience. Perhaps we should weigh the 'bits', as I don't have big enough scales to put this puppy on!
 

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find a truck stop.... weigh the vehicle you'll use and any trailer, go pick up the fish and then go again.... (minus the pallet after you've moved the fish)

it may be just be a story, but back in the day (think 50s/60s) there was a story about weighing an american football lineman (suposedly the first 300#er) at a truck stop since they didnt have scales that went that high....

are mola any good for eating? the fact that it got sent to steve instead of market suggests no....
 

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WhiteKiboko;83267 said:
are mola any good for eating? the fact that it got sent to steve instead of market suggests no....
Exactly what are you saying, sweetums? Hmmmm. Anyone seen WK in the market recently?

I have heard that they make good eating, although cuttlegirl's earlier, re parasite loading, is cause for concern.
 

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ok good point.... i mustve spaced on that part of the thread.....

i didnt mean anything - unless theres a history of possibly unsafe seafood being sent you way...

what? :twisted: buy you a fugu dinner? :smile:
 
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WhiteKiboko;83267 said:
find a truck stop.... weigh the vehicle you'll use and any trailer, go pick up the fish and then go again.... (minus the pallet after you've moved the fish).

I have done this same thing (admittedly not with a giant sunfish) at the county dump. They have accurate vehicle scales, are generally interested in helping (if they are bored), and don't mind the smell. :biggrin2:
 

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