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Unintended Catches

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Re: Unintended Catches

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Post by Paul Arden » Fri Apr 17, 2020 10:30 am

Not bad, Gary!! D :D Start at the top and work your way down!

I’ve also hooked a few crocodiles. I’ve thrown at two intentionally to see what the reaction would be, both ate, but of course I didn’t set the hook and they spat it. However at night with poppers there is no way to avoid them.

I remember fishing with Ronan at night in the Northern Territory. We kept losing flies. So we turned on our headlamps and everywhere we looked we could see crocodile eyes watching us. We took the boat back to camp shortly after this!

When I was about 13 I managed to land the fly in my mouth while false casting. It sat on my tongue and I was quite surprised by this. Fortunately it didn’t embed. :D For years after this I made sure I shut my mouth while casting.

Hooked a few sailing boats. That never ends well...

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Re: Unintended Catches

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Post by Michal Duzynski » Sun May 10, 2020 1:52 am

Ciao
Chatruse Clouser is eeally good for everything :D
Chasing Flathead yesterday on a mudy flats and there you go, nice Mud Crab.
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as my daughter loves all living creatures I had to drive back and let it go, otherwise it would be crying evening :p

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Re: Unintended Catches

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Post by askel » Mon Jun 08, 2020 9:14 pm

Besides usual targets like myself and other people and anything behind me a pelican and a stingray although I haven't landed either.

The pelican dived from above and when it got back to a surface it didn't feel the "fish" in its bill bag so it just flew away with my fly.

The stingray was not even trying to fight back and I thought I hooked a piece of sea-grass or something like that. I realized that the line is not coming straight towards me but rather kind of at 45 degree angle. Water was clear and just about 3 ft deep and I saw it. I guess it didn't feel much as it just swam away once it noticed me.

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Re: Unintended Catches

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Post by Paul Arden » Mon Jun 08, 2020 11:40 pm

I’ve never hooked a pelican :D Getting quite exotic now!

I’ve hooked a few stingrays in Australia. When I was playing one the rod tip came off. It was a four piece and of course it ran all the way down the line to the fly. That was a very complicated fight - I remember for a long time avoiding its tail while trying to reinsert the sections together - by attempting to poke the rod back into the tip section. Of course that didn’t work :D Fortunately in the end the fly worked loose and I got my rod tip back, otherwise I’d still be there now.

I have a mate who got stung by one of those. Quite painful according to his long description!

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Re: Unintended Catches

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Post by Viking Lars » Tue Jun 09, 2020 6:44 am

A bat.
A bull (that was bad).
A horse (that wasn't so bad until I told the farmer/owner).
An outboard propeller (that was bad too).
Several ducks (well, at least two :-).
Aaaand myself on a few occassions too... Never hooked a fishing mate, Paul!!!

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Re: Unintended Catches

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Post by petevicar » Tue Jun 09, 2020 10:00 am

I have hooked:
Pelicans (lots), Terns, Seagulls, Cormorants, Turtles, Sting Rays, Eagle rays, Manta rays, Cayman, Crocs, Alligators, Crabs, all sorts of fish that took my fly in front of the fish I was trying to catch.
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Re: Unintended Catches

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Post by askel » Wed Jun 10, 2020 1:51 am

Pelicans seem to be pretty common catch of the day in Caribbean. I only seduced one because it was probably the only time when I was lucky enough to cast to a school of bait fish that was targeted by many predators including pelicans

Local fishermen, including myself, believe or consider pelicans as souls of dead fishermen :worthy:

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