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What's The Wildest Thing You've Seen While Fishing Or Hunting?

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Y'all can probably top this but mine is, I was out on my boat fishing two years ago on Lake Gaston NC . I was in a cove flipping. I was about 150 ft from the end., at the end of the cove I saw a mama duck and 5 ducklings get in the water. A minute or so later, In the corner of my eye. I seen a huge splash and saw ducks scrambling everywhere. It was a large mouth that blew the surface, I could tell that much. I continued to look on at the frantic little ducks...and then it dawned on me..there were only 4 baby ducks remaining.

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I was fishing a small reservoir in Virginia, water supply for a county...when a small plane passed overhead. Didn't pay much attention,small airports nearby, concentrating on an old lowrance graph unit and ditches on a sunken roadbed....next thing I know this guy is landing a pontoon plane in the middle of this very small lake...ended up about fifty feet from me...

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• People having sex on their pontoon.

• A snapping turtle with a shell that had a 3.5' diameter.

• Goose hunters firing buckshot into the air over a lake with boaters on it.  One if the geese landed in the water with a giant splash; the other crashed into the trees. Perfectly legal, BTW.

• A jetskier lose control of his machine and almost hit a dock at about 30 mph.

• A Golden Retriever willingly swimming in the middle of the lake for no less than 2 straight hours, with the exception of two minutes when it went and stood in the shallows, panting.  95 degrees, mid-day.

• Deer swimming across the Mississippi River, including tiny spotted fawns.

• An abandoned, emaciated, and poorly-socialized Rottweiler that was living down by the river, not far from some busy walking trails.  I used to wade down there and fish, and it surprised the hell out of me one day by sneaking up and me and growling.  I actually wading out into the deep part of the river and let the current take me a few hundred yards downstream so I could get out of there. I heard that the dogcatchers went hunting for him. I presume he ending up feeling the business end of a needle.

• Some teenage girls absolutely freaking out while swimming because one of them pooped in the water and it floated up next to them.  I was about 100 yards away, flipping jigs along a weedline. (My personal favorite)

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the teenage girls pooping underwater is the winner, no need for more replies.

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A ten foot alligator lunging after my partners lure while he was retrieving it.  We both thought that gator was coming into the boat.  Scared the shilt out of us.

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Long Mike, I think I would have needed to change underwear. I was waiting for some of you seasoned veterans to comment, I know y'all got some good stories.

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It's all relative. What is normal in one area may be "wild" in another. Where I'm from, fishing with homeless people, naked people, naked homeless people, gay pride boats, gangbangers shooting at boats, crackheads, dead bodies, and bucketheads is not as exciting, for me, as fishing with gators (on Santee Cooper and Toho), moose and bears in Canada, bald eagles (locally, Table Rock, KY Lake, Canada) and raw nature in general

 

Disclaimer: The local stuff is not an everyday occurence, and I have not found a dead body yet, although local fishermen find "floaters" every year.

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Slonezp totally understand you, I'm am ex cop who now makes his living on a boat so alot of the stuff that you and bass thumb mentioned is kinda stuff that I'm used to seein or have seen once or twice thru one job or the other, I kinda meant this post towards raw nature is general. But Other stuff is funny too.

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An older guy that I work with told me a pretty good one. He said about 20 years ago, he was bed fishing and had caught a couple bass already and was moving along a bank and seen a fish that he estimated to be 6 or 7 lbs. He said he was using the trolling motor to get a little closer to flip on the bed and about when he picked up his rod, an osprey came down grabbed the fish and was gone. He said the osprey could barely carry the fish and that as the bird continued to fly it was only a few feet from the water.

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It's all relative. What is normal in one area may be "wild" in another. Where I'm from, fishing with homeless people, naked people, naked homeless people, gay pride boats, gangbangers shooting at boats, crackheads, dead bodies, and bucketheads is not as exciting, for me, as fishing with gators (on Santee Cooper and Toho), moose and bears in Canada, bald eagles (locally, Table Rock, KY Lake, Canada) and raw nature in general

 

Disclaimer: The local stuff is not an everyday occurence, and I have not found a dead body yet, although local fishermen find "floaters" every year.

 

I'm one up on you then.  I happened upon a body fishing the Lower Niagara River about 6 or 8 years ago.   Funny thing is, I was the third in my club to have this happen to them, on the same body of water at different times.  Big, bloated, bleached out and no clothes.  I hung around until the Coast Guard arrived to point it out to them, then kept my distance while they went about the recovery.

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An older guy that I work with told me a pretty good one. He said about 20 years ago, he was bed fishing and had caught a couple bass already and was moving along a bank and seen a fish that he estimated to be 6 or 7 lbs. He said he was using the trolling motor to get a little closer to flip on the bed and about when he picked up his rod, an osprey came down grabbed the fish and was gone. He said the osprey could barely carry the fish and that as the bird continued to fly it was only a few feet from the water.

A couple years ago I watched a blue heron snag a 3-4lbr out of the water seconds before I pitched a jig to the spot the fish was at during a tourney. Boy was I pi$$ed.

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Well I've told it several times but here we go again.

I was camping at a little state lake with my buddy and his girlfriend. My friend and I were on a rock pier night fishing because the game warden had stopped by earlier and told us they'd shocked a near DD bass up out of the very spot we were camping. Of course I had high hopes with that news so I was flinging a big, black musky jitterbug just hoping for that one fish. After about half an hour of listening to that hypnotic "plop, plop, plop" I was about to nod off when I heard a slash like someone threw a brick in the water and the fight was on! The adrenaline dumped immediately and I was standing in the water with my rod buried in the water to try to keep her from jumping. There was a bright moon out but I couldn't see anything where my bait had been because of all the trees along that part of the shoreline. The fish was stripping drag and straining my rod when my rod suddenly broke! I kept trying to pull the fish towards me when I realized my line was heading up. I did what I could to keep her from jumping but my line continued up and up. About the time I realized that my line was well above the water was about the same time I saw a huge owl flying across the sky and my line seemed to be following it?! By this time my buddy had found a spotlight and lit up the sky and we discovered that I had indeed hooked an owl in the foot after it tried to pick up my Jitterbug. So I was holding onto my rod trying to figure out what we were going to do with this owl when it crash landed into some blackberry bushes along the shoreline. We were discussing what to do when it jumped back up out of the bushes and took off, leaving my bait tangled in the bushes with the hook that had been stuck in it's foot straightened. All of this happened in probably 30 seconds but it felt like it lasted 10 minutes. 

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A long time ago when I was in high school my uncle and I went fishing in Louisiana's Atchafalaya after a big rain storm had passed through the area on Friday.

The water mocassins were curled up on the bank. Some measured 18-inches or more as they were curled up, just looking at us as we passed by.

The ones in the water were hitting our aluminum skiff and you could easily hear the hits and see them swim around the boat. Lucky for us none tried to climb aboard with us.

They were everywhere. The heavy rains had moved them out of the grasses and trees and placed them along the banks and in the water.

We used our rod tips to knock them away from the boat.

I was not a happy camper and was glad to get out of there at the end of the day.

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Teal, one of the best things I have seen on the water was on the historic James River.

A mother bald eagle was teaching her two youngsters how to fly.

It was fantastic to watch her show the young birds what to do and then watch them try to emulate her.

She was not glad we were around and was screeching until we floated out of the area.

But that was something to see and enjoy.

And then there was the time on Lake Gaston when a big rain storm came upon us and we went under an empty boat house for cover.

A black water snake swam by us and a few minutes later he swam back with a bluegill in his mouth.

Other than seeing Wdy Crankbait actullay catch a bass those are the wildest things I have seen!!!

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Back when I was about 11 years old me and my best friend would ride our bikes across town to a small city owned lake to fish. We fished this lake about every day. There was only one bait shop near the lake (actually it was on the lake) to by bait from. The old man who owned it was an old disgruntled man. We would go in there and buy bait and after buying the bait he would tell us to get out of his store. Being it the only bait store around we just took the abuse.

 

One day I was on the dock in front of the bait store and was fishing with minnows on a bobber. There were several ducks around the dock something that was not out of the ordinary. While I was sitting there I watched two ducks a male and female coming towards my bobber. I didn't think much about it. The female then stopped by my bobber put her head under water and ate my minnow. I couldn't believe it at the time. I always thought that ducks ate grasses and bread that people threw at them.

 

So I begin to reel this duck in as it's trying to fly off, hoping that the hook will just fall out. I yell at my buddy and he comes over and sees the madness and starts laughing at me. Then out steps the old disgruntled bait store owner. He starts cussing me as he is walking to the dock. The old man takes my fishing pole and finishes reeling in the duck. He then grabbed the duck and pulled the hook from the ducks mouth setting it free, BUT as he was bent over removing the hook he had his keys in his top shirt pocket for some weird reason and Kaplunk into the drink they went. Long story short the old man really got mad. I grabbed all my fishing stuff and me and my buddy got on our bikes and didn't get bait from the bait shop for some time. To this day (20yrs later) my best friend Brain still gives me crap about catching the duck and anytime there is a duck in the area I cast in the other direction.

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Im sure it doesn't compare to the rest of you but I saw a pretty good size otter a couple months ago.  I was getting ready to call it a day and as I was walking to my car, I glanced down this little path along the edge of the lake.  The otter was about 30 yards away.  I actually thought it was a dog for a second.  This thing was rolling around in the grass like your dog would roll around on the floor with his favorite toy.  Tried to get a little closer so I could get a good pic with my phone but as soon as I got close it slid down the bank into the lake.  I didn't even think we had otters here in MD and I actually googled them when I got home to make sure I really saw what I thought I saw.  I'd say it was about 3.5-4 ft long head to tail.

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A long time ago when I was in high school my uncle and I went fishing in Louisiana's Atchafalaya after a big rain storm had passed through the area on Friday.

The water mocassins were curled up on the bank. Some measured 18-inches or more as they were curled up, just looking at us as we passed by.

The ones in the water were hitting our aluminum skiff and you could easily hear the hits and see them swim around the boat. Lucky for us none tried to climb aboard with us.

They were everywhere. The heavy rains had moved them out of the grasses and trees and placed them along the banks and in the water.

We used our rod tips to knock them away from the boat.

I was not a happy camper and was glad to get out of there at the end of the day.

 

Yikes. Just the thought of that makes me want to puke. You are a braver man than I.  Yuck, I hate snakes.

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I didn't really SEE them, at least not at first...but I sure heard them.

 

I like to fish at night, but I still "sneak" up to the water for my first cast, and I stand back from the bank and slowly work my way closer so that I may catch any bass close to shore before it sees me.

 

One time a blue heron was standing in the water about 10 feet from me, and as I inched closer, the bird let out an awful sasquatch sound that nearly scared the crap right out of me. I screamed a little bit....like a man, of course. :laugh5:

 

Second time, I was standing back from the shoreline a bit, resting and observing, and appreciating the coolness and calmness of the summer night. Upon my first cast, the beaver that had gone unnoticed in the dark smacked its' tail on water, again scaring the bejeezuz right out of me. :scared:

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