Steve Wozniak’s long hunt for fish species
ST. PETE BEACH, Fla .– Of course, there are plenty of fish stories about who escaped. But this one concerns the thousands who did not escape.
“I’ve had 1,999 in Mexico,” angler Steve Wozniak (not Apple co-founder) told ABC Action New sports anchor Kyle Burger.
Wozniak is on a worldwide quest to land the greatest number of species of fish.
“I had my 100th species in August 1999,” he said. “I had my 1,000th in July 2010.”
He fished in 94 countries, picking up big, small, red and blue. He started following with a boyfriend in 1998.
“We got a legal stamp from the waitress and we have both listed our species.” I had more, ”recalls Wozniak. “I was about 75 at the time and said that was pretty cool.”
According to Fish base, there are about 34,600 different species. On a recent fishing trip to Tampa Bay, Wozniak caught his 2,000th species, a record.
“We got the sea leopard, which is good because my nephew caught a sea leopard and I didn’t,” Wozniak said. “I’ve been angry about this for about seven years.”
The leopard sea flight was found near Pass-a-Grille. But to get to 2,000, it sometimes has to go beyond friendly Florida waters.
“Especially when you’re looking for these weird things, there’s all kinds of nonsense going on, whether it’s walking through a swamp or sneaking into a hotel fountain, which has been done.”
Along the way, he also set 211 world records from the International Sport Fishing Association.
“My rules are you have to have a photo of the fish in hand that it can be clearly identified from, and then a photo with me and the fish, which are a lot of selfies,” he said.
Destinations on his list where he would like to fish next include the central Amazon, Indian Ocean, northern New Zealand and the South Pole.