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Old August 12th, 2019, 01:22 PM #31
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A pickup truck, 2 guys and a dog.

This was an indirect catch. My 3 kids, my FIL and I were fishing at the pond and spillway at Wye Mills. We had been standing on the little pier on the pond and decided to climb the bank and go to the other side. A few moments later, we heard a siren in the distance. A pickup came around the bend and veered into the parking lot. He was going too fast to make much maneuvering room out of the little space he had and hit the dirt embankment of the dam and launched into the air landing on the pier where we had just been standing.
2 guys and a pit bull were climbing out when a female MD State trooper slid her cruiser into the lot, jumped out and drew down on them. One guy had managed to jump over the damn into the spillway, injuring his leg in the process. The other got rolled and cuffed and a civilian deputized to sit on him. The dog ran off after the guy yelled at it. She was getting ready to shoot it it seemed.
There were enough other grown men there assisting that we thought discretion the better part of valor and got the 3 little girls safely up to a church parking lot nearby. Within minutes, there were more police plus fire and rescue to get the guy out of the pond.
This incident pretty much stopped any desire of the girls to do much fishing after that.
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Old August 12th, 2019, 01:25 PM #32
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I've never really hooked stuff you wouldn't expect to catch in the swamps.
I snagged a big nutria once. It fought like crazy. Caught several frogs, snakes, gators, and a few birds; including a pelican and a heron.
I did once hook into a 5' long alligator gar. It stripped every inch of line off the brand new baitcaster I was using and took half the reel with it along with every eyelet. I never even slowed it down.
Brought up some big softshelled turtles and a huge alligator snapping turtle that stand out in my memory.
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Old August 12th, 2019, 01:51 PM #33
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I've caught doubles a bunch of times. Usually running top water at dusk. Big catfish on torpedo's etc. I usually see stuff on the bottom and pick up the interesting stuff. Old '50's bait casting reel once and a nice little lightweight rig that I still have the rod from.

Couple years ago during a drought I walked to river and loaded the boat with trash. That was a good day.
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Old August 12th, 2019, 02:41 PM #34
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'72 Key West Fla. we were beach combing for abandoned lines with recoverable tackle. The ex found a line with something on it and went crazy trying to land it. She started wading out pulling on the line - when something large broke water she went into overdrive pulling it in. Just before she got close enough to grab it, I hit her high and my friend hit her low THERE WAS A LARGE MORAY EEL just inches from her hand!!!!
I immediately took her to the aquarium to show her WHAT was on the line so she would stop bitching about us 'not letting her land anything!"
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Old August 22nd, 2019, 07:55 PM #35
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When I was a charter captain on Lake Erie many moons ago a member of my crew accidentally threw one of our rental rods over the side while casting. A while later I had a hook up and based on the steady bumping on my line I assumed it was a sheephead (drum). After a long battle I pulled in the recently overboard spin-cast rig which I had hooked in the handle. The spool and off-center bail arm were spinning and letting out line, which caused the pulsing on the line.

We would occasionally pull in clams, which was always comical.

My dad caught a sea gull that swooped in on a cast lure midair. That was an interesting catch and release.
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My dad caught a sea gull that swooped in on a cast lure midair. That was an interesting catch and release.
I've caught (or witnessed) a number of seagulls, sea turtles, pelicans, etc over the years. It is never pleasant.

I caught a big shark on a baby shark once as well.
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I caught one of those cloth/canvas folding chairs. my line wouldnt snap and finally pulled it up to un hook my line...
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I caught a snapping turtle in a lake in PA when I was about 12 at summer camp. I was fishing with a simple worm on a hook with a bobber for bass when I suddenly got a HUGE bite and tug. I landed the turtle and boy was it mad...I had no good way to get him off the hook unfortunately. It was probably 12 inches across and weighed 5-10 lbs., with 3 of those pounds being its massive beak/mouth. I tried several times to get the hook out of him but he was definitely going to bite my finger off if I reached in his mouth at all. All I had on my was a little swiss army knife. I had to cut the line and hope he survived with his new nose ring. I didn't like that outcome and it still bothers me.
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I caught a snapping turtle in a small lake in Cape Cod. Fortunately, it was hooked in the neck and the lure was long so it came out without much trouble.
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Few years back a guy I worked with kept bugging me to take him out fishing.. So we set a date for a day following a tour at work. At 6:30 the next day I was launching the bass boat in at BAFB waiting for my co-worker to arrive. As I was setting up the rods we’d be using it came clear that my co-worker not fished (bass fished) before and talked about using 2 oz weight 30 pound line…

Before too long we were heading down river toward the WW bridge, figured we’d fish fox ferry and the spoils.. Few hours roll by and he had yet to get hooked up….Thought I’d increase his changes at catching something and setup a rig he should bottom fish with at Blue Plains..

Turn the boat around and made the short run to the discharge side of Blue Plains….Tied the boat up to the pier with the back facing the discharge area.. About 10 minutes roll by and a hear a big splash… without turning around I figured what I just heard was a catfish breaking the water.. As I turned around to see what my co-worker was hooked up with..I noticed he was NOT in the back of the boat… Seems that he and my fishing rod made a quick exit from the deck.

At the back of the boat I find my co-worker hanging onto the motor and trying to pull himself up into the boat… I finally got him back in the boat and being the good captain I was I asked…. Here’s my Rod???

He starts explaining to me what happened… The fish had hit so hard that is pulled the rod out his hand and he stood up to grab the rod that his feet caught a line coming of the motor and got launched off the back… needless to say… that ended our fishing trip..

This was not the strangest thing I never caught…. But it’s a time on the water I will never forget…And it made for a great story to share with co-workers (all shifts) and after that event they ended changing his station nic name to Bait Boy..
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