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Fishing for Cats...
Braved the heat last Friday afternoon to fish the Bear River. The good thing about fishing in the afternoon, there are No Mosquito's! Caught several smaller cats and one pretty good one. Had lots of help from a young, skinny pelican. Each time I brought a fish to the surface to net, the hungry bird would chase the fish around trying to eat them.
When I finally hooked the biggest one and was ready to net, the bird figured it had had enough of being being hungry and led a full out assault onto my fish. I had the head of the fish in my net and the bird was tugging on the tail.
I got the fish and fed the pelican the rest of my minnows. Had more fun watching and feeding the pelican than the fishing that day!
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Re: [BiggerBait] Fishing for Cats... In reply to
I would so love to see a video of that tug-o-war. You did not by chance shoot some footage?


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Glad to see you found a nice one. The river has been slow to give up cats of much size lately. Did you put a tape to it?
Looks like a big headed male cat. I've never played tug of war with a pelican myself. Thanks for posting.
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A pelican sat by the pier
was waiting for some fish
he searched afar, he searched anear
and made a secret wish.

He sat there one entire day
just hoping that his wishes
would be received without delay
so he could eat his fishes.

But fishermen came from the city
and cast their lines and nets
they caught so many, what a pity
to feed them to their pets.

And when the sun sank in the surf
and night was fast approaching
the pelican thought that on his turf
there ought to be no poaching.

So, with the speed of Pelicans
he ruffled all his feathers
and looked just like the Taliban
the king of Afghan weather.

Went over to the city slickers
and showed his giant beak
which did result in dirty knickers
and squawked 'It's fish I seek'.

Then shook his head in sudden rage
so everything went flying
and gobbled quickly, at this stage
the catch that he'd been eyeing.

When he was full he turned around
slipped quickly to the waves
and swam, then lifted off the ground
just thinking that the Braves

would always rule the world of food
and that a handsome Pelican
was always in a happy mood
when taking fish from man.

by Herbert Nehrlich
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Thanks for the post, crazy birds getting too friendly... Kind of like the seals or sea lions off the coast... hard to catch a fish with all that competition... Thanks for sharing the story... Later J
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That is a great story. I'm glad you got your fish and didn't lose any blood doing it. It would have worse if the pelican had gotten a hook in it. I've hooked a few gulls over the years (not in UT) and even had a grebe take a live shad in New Mexico. They all took a fair amount of line off the reel on their airborne runs. A pelican would spool you for sureWink

Thanks for sharing!
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Ah a wonderful bird is the pelican
His break can hold more than his belly can
I can't figure out how the hellie can
That wonderful bird the pelican...


That is a quote from my Dad.