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Re: [TubeDude] "Bycatch" In reply to
Here is a picture of my best catch off of Oceanside Pier in 2017. I was fly lining a live mackerel and it found some kelp to tangle up in. It is quite the process pulling up the kelp up to the pier to get all of my gear back. As we were sifting through all of the kelp I found another fishing pole tangled up in the whole mess. I have since cleaned up the rod and reel and this is now my heavy duty trolling rod. Just this past year I was able to catch a Lake trout at Fish Lake with this great Rod and Reel. I even have the original braid line. Works great!
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Re: [fryman1] "Bycatch" In reply to
I'm guessing his "rock fish" would be tough to fillet. And I doubt it would be nearly as good as the real rockfish.


Having lived, worked and fished in SoCal for a large part of my younger years I have caught lots of the bottom dwellers collectively called "rockfish". Amazing how many species there are...and how differently they are colored. Boccaccio, chili peppers, treefish, chuckleheads, cow cod, ling cod, sculpins, cabezone, sheepshead, whitefish and a host of others all contributed to a full sack...and some tasty meals. I really miss them at times.

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Re: [TubeDude] "Bycatch" In reply to
I've seen a lot of chuckleheads zooming around Willard, but never knew they were good to eat...



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Re: [RockyRaab] "Bycatch" In reply to
Willard chuckleheads are an entirely different genus and species...powersquadronus dorkii. I doubt they would be considered any kind of delicacy...infused as they are with gasoline, alcohol and sunscreen.

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The craziest and most unexpected thing I've ever hooked into was a snakehead out of a small farm pond in Kentucky. I had fished this pond numerous times in the past, and always caught tons of LMs and big Crappies...but one day I hooked into something and as it grew near, I could tell it was something different. I remember dragging it up onto the bank of grass and wonder "what the hell"? LOL. The fish had come loose as I dragged it up, and it just sat there looking at me. I had no idea what snakeheads were at the time. I thought it was an eel of some kind. After looking at me for a sec, it started wiggling itself back toward the water and off it went. I went home and googled fish pics until I found it....definitely a snakehead. We did have some Asians around that area that probably had released some into that pond. It was bizarre. Haha!

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Re: [richyd4u] "Bycatch" In reply to
Oh man, snakeheads are bad news, but I bet a lot of fun to bring in.

I have a couple. Back in the early 90's, my buddies and I would go to a privately stocked lake owned by Boeing (my old man worked in one of their plants). One morning, we were killing the pet trout that were so coveted. My buddy set the hook on one, not noticing the line was wrapped around a nail on the dock. After some choice words, he rigs back up and we continue catching trout. About 30 minutes later, he's reeling his line in to change baits and brings in some fishing line. When he starts pulling it in, sure enough, it turned out to be his lost line with the fish still on it and it's not happy to be caught again. lol

The other time was also in the early 90's when I was fishing with this same friend in the creek by my house. I had a spot that always produced plenty of nice crawdads and we liked to catch them on rod & reel with a big ol' hook and a slice of cow liver. After catching them for a while, I lowered my line into the water not 12" from shore while I put yet another crawdad in the bucket. I go to lift the line and I'm snagged. So, after some choice words my mother would tan my hide over, I proceeded to try getting my hook back, as it was my only one. After a few minutes, the line starts to give and I'm thinking it's a sunken branch coming loose. As it gets closer to the surface, a snapping turtle 18" across comes up. At this point, I'd never had fried turtle before so my concern was in getting my only hook back.

In a flash of brilliance, I knew what I needed to do. I set the turtle on a rock and held it there with my foot. Then I pulled on the rod to fully stretch out the turtle's neck. Ha! Ha!, I'm so smart, methinks. When its neck is fully extended, I proceed to grab the hook with my hand and work at unhooking it... Did you know that no matter how far out you stretch a snapping turtle's neck, it will always have just enough neck in reserve to get you. lol

Critter damn near took off my finger, leaving me with a gash that ran from the end of my finger to the first joint. And I pulled away pretty quick too. That sucker just barely got me. Once I saw the blood pouring from my finger, I decided I didn't mind walking back to the house anymore to get another hook. It ended up breaking the line and getting away in the ensuing chaos.




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When I was going to Utah State. I wanted to fling a few flies to release a little stress. I didnít have much time so I just went to a little park at the mouth of the canyon. While I had my line out a duck landed in the water between myself and the fly. It ended up getting tangled in the floating line. I was attempting to quickly bring in the line and the fowl decided he didnít like what was going on and attempted to take off.

The battle only lasted a few seconds and all was fine for the fowl. But there was some foul language that came from behind from the audience of young females walking along the area. I wasnít sure who was more upset the girls or the bird. What I know is neither understood what had happened and neither appreciated the humor it either.
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So I know I've told this tale before, but it's still my craziest bycatch... Was fly fishing on my irrigation pond one night and as I was casting the fly out a dragon fly zipped under the fly and went inverted and grabbed my fly in mid air as I reacted to the strike I pulled the fly away from it, so I guess I didn't catch it, but I still can't believe what I seen that day... Guess I really was fly fishing that night... Later J
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Re: [SkunkedAgain] "Bycatch" In reply to
I have never caught a dragonfly either, but I have had some chasing a fly around.


I have caught a bat...throwing small flies for bluegills right before dark. Nasty attitude on that little dude. Knowing they have the potential for rabies I just snipped off the fly and let him have it. Hope he enjoyed it.


Have also caught a lot of frogs on flies...and poppers...and even topwater hardbaits. Big ol' bullfrogs will eat anything that don't eat them first.

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Re: [TubeDude] "Bycatch" In reply to
I'd have to say a bat would freak me out almost as bad as your skunk.... wouldn't want to take either one off... That's also true for the seagull and grebe I've had on as well, I'm chicken and just cut the line out of pecking distance... Guess we do get some weird bycatches at times... Later J
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Re: [SkunkedAgain] "Bycatch" In reply to
Just try getting a multi-treble Mirrolure out of a pelican's thin throat pouch sometime...Can't cut the line or the pelican will die. The only way (after the bird has beat you nearly to death with its wings) is to get a towel over its head/eyes to calm it down, then have somebody hold the beak open while you get in there with pliers. It takes three people, actually.



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Re: [SkunkedAgain] "Bycatch" In reply to
It might seem surprising that we ever catch any fish at all...with all of the other critters that seem to wanna intercept our offerings.


I have caught a few grebes too. Nasty nasty. They go for your eyes if you get close to them.


Got to taking a trip down memory lane and thought of a couple more "bycatches" that still bring up a chortle or two.


1. A garter snake. As a kid fishing a small creek in Idaho I had left my rod sitting for a while in one of my favorite spots...baited with a piece of worm. When I reeled in to check it after while it felt funny. Not funny "ha ha"...but funny. Turned out I had caught a small bullhead (sculpin) on my hook and a garter snake had gulped down the sculpin.


2. While fishing on another stream in Idaho, in later years, I felt a tug and set the hook. But all I brought in was a set of gills and guts from a trout someone had cleaned beside the stream and had tossed back in the water. My fishing buddy hee-hawed me and suggested maybe I shouldn't set the hook so hard.

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Re: [RockyRaab] "Bycatch" In reply to
That would not be fun at all, and you probably had a crowd of on lookers not happy with you at the time... not fun... Glad you figured out how to do it though... Later J
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Re: [SkunkedAgain] "Bycatch" In reply to
Luckily - or not - I was one of the helpers on that pelican escapade. I got to straddle the bird's back on my knees, keeping its wings pegged while I held the towel in place. The two guys holding the beak and working the pliers got puked on with a stream of half-digested fish.

That stunk.

The angler said it wasn't the first time he'd had a pelican dive down on his lure. But he'd managed to jerk it away until this time.



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Re: [RockyRaab] "Bycatch" In reply to
Iíll have to be more careful around the pelicans, didnít think they would bother the fishing lures but I guess I better watch out. Thanks for the heads up. J
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Re: [TubeDude] "Bycatch" In reply to
Hey Pat I see my computer didnít get my reply entered on line. Too bad it was quite witty for me, but oh well guess weíll never know. I do think my wife put you up to this post talking about catching snakes and bats. Iím sure she figured that would get me to quit fishing so much. Nice try but Iím seeing what youíre trying to do so Iím onto it. Later J
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Re: [SkunkedAgain] "Bycatch" In reply to
Sorry. Didn't mean to create any additional negative fishing feelings in your "wife-support" system. So I guess I won't mention all the other encounters with reptiles, birds, javelinas, coyotes, foxes, bobcats, deer and other critters...while bank tangling or tubing.



But no critter encounter on the water is worse than being hassled by brainless human wackos in noisy and overpowered watercraft.

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No worries about them just snakes bats and mice running up my pant legs. Other stuff Iím ok with. Later J
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