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Old 05-17-2012, 12:55 PM
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Default Heartstopping moments

After posting to jhammers thread about the gar
see : Gar attack and monster fish From the ones I posted to others like being chased back to the boat by a few blacktips while bonefishing, having a large dolphin breach right along side the boat off the jersey coast, Having a 10 lb bluefish trying to eat me when I was trying to release him in the surf Etc. I thought it would make an interesting thread.
Did you ever have any Heart stopping moments fishing ?????
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yeah the moment i thought I had forgotten to put the plug in the boat while running up river... luckily i had not =)

ps - it was my father in laws boat
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While fishing the Hiwasse river in TN I have encountered several water snakes and for me that was a heart stopping moment. I hate snakes, the give me the chills lol. Had a run in with one the other night, I guess I getting more used to them though!
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While fishing the Hiwasse river in TN I have encountered several water snakes and for me that was a heart stopping moment. I hate snakes, the give me the chills lol. Had a run in with one the other night, I guess I getting more used to them though!
Likewise about snakes! While I was stationed in the Florida panhandle back in the late 70's, we had gone out bass fishing in a friends jon boat when a water moccasin decides to take exception to our presence and swims directly at our boat, needless to say we hightailed in out of there.
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Old 05-17-2012, 04:25 PM
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Snakes!...hate 'em. I was fishing with a buddy on the Mississippi and a snake came across the water and then tried to get in the boat. I had reeled in my lure and then started whoppin it with my spinning rod. it finally gave up and swam away, crawled up on a log and watched me. gave me the willies! My buddy was laughin at me and asked what i would have done had it got in the boat. My reply was simple....wasnt room in the boat for both me and the snake! I look back and chuckle at it now, but it WAS a heartstopping moment...at the time anyway.
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I've had a lot of "moments" with seals
They have little fear of humans and consider seeing someone holding a fishing rod an open invitation to a free lunch.
Seal pups like to play as well and will "count coup" by getting as close to you as possible before slapping the water like a giant beaver and swimming off.
Most recently I was wading a channel at night when unbeknownst to me a striper decided to use me as cover like a basketball player utilizing a 'pick"
Fortunately the seal chasing the fish stopped short before taking me out because I would have crapped myself for sure. But that was enough for me.
The heart stopping crash in the water only a couple of feet away was enough to end the fun for the night
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Two as a matter of fact.


1) Like and idiot I was trying to fish runoff in a small mt stream. Flows were still on the high side at theback end of runoff. I was in thigh deep water wading upstream since the river was so brushy it would have been tough to get out where I was. I am trudging upstream and hear some heavy crashing through the brush. A young bull moose joined me in the river about 15 yards away. No problem until he reached the other side of the stream and couldnt get out due to brush. As he turned back around he sighted me and we had a little stare off for a few moments. Luckily he kept turning and went back from where he came.


2) Last year in runoff I was fishing a little corner of a river that was moving fast. I was on the inside of the corner and as I look to the water on my right the brush was thick and impassible. Only exit was left down stream. As I am fishing I see a 3pt bull elk across the stream...."oh how cute I say" Look to my left and another one...again "oh how cute" then big brother a full blown 6pt herd bull steps out probably 10 yards from me. The two little ones didnt mind me but the big one did. He was snorting and clawing the ground. He was in my only exit path. Had he charge my only option would have been to take a swim . Problem was water was fast, I in waders and around the next corner of the river is a real pretty section of plunge pools. No thanks on that, so I layed my rod down and belly crawled in waders in to the middle of the bushes until he walked off. I went back got my rod and as I hked towards the trail he came flying down the hill to withing about 20 yards of me. Back in the bushes I went and crawled around him until I was in a spot I could get clear quickly.
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Years ago (I was maybe 19 or 20), first time fishing the striper run, as they come up the Hudson River. We were night fishing with live bait (big minnows) just below the Federal Dam in Troy, when something took my bait and bent my rod in half! I was in for the hardest, longest, fresh-water fight that I had EVER had, but after better than 20 minutes, the fish started to tire, and I started to make headway in getting him boatside to net.

As, what I thought was the biggest stripper I had ever seen, broke the surface next to the boat, I was shocked, scared, amazed, and "heartstopped" all in the same moment, because instead of being my trophy stripper, it was the biggest, ugliest, snarly eel that I had ever seen. His head looked to be the size of a football!

I have NO idea how big he was, because with teeth like that (and my fishing buddy SWORE that the eel was "hissisng" at us), I just cut the line about 2' from the eel.

That's when we decided that we really needed to know a bit more about striper fishing before we ventured back out after them again!
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Years ago (I was maybe 19 or 20), first time fishing the stripper run........

That's when we decided that we really needed to know a bit more about stripper fishing before we ventured back out after them again!
I think your mistake was that not knowing that most people fish for strippers with dollar bills
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Bears....I live in Alaska. That's all I have to say about that!
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