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Stopped off at the little fishin' hole right off tombigbee river, it was cold and very windy yesterday. But, that's ok, figured a few casts, and make my way home.

Throwing a purple charlie's worm, a few small bites, and about 50 yards out, I thought I saw a beaver, so I stand there and watch, two river otters playing and having a good ole time. I watched for what seems like 15 minutes. Then I got back to fishin'...Got a good strike, lost it, and my worm...

So, rigging up a cutr worm, and see something flash in the water to my left by the drain and a pile of branches and junk the wind has blown in...then a head out of the branches, haha one of those little otters came over to check me out. He swam around the drain pipe for 5 or 10 minutes just checking me out. Then the other comes, he's out about 20' in front of me just going back and forth with his head up on a swivel, checking me out. I have never seen an otter in the wild before.

They swam around, one of them was fishin' too he came up with a fish in his mouth. I ended up losing the cutr and put on a small craw, and landed a nice sized bowfin, I catch a lot of bowfin there, but occasionally when the water is higher and the weeds are alive I will catch a bass. Weeds are gone and water was REALLY low, after that, I headed home. Wish I had kept my phone in my pocket, fun story to tell the kids when I got home last night.

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Otters are pretty cool. I had one swim up and look at me while I was crappie fishing last year in February. 

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otters are very cool indeed.  i have a weird relationship with the beavers as i tend to see one about every other fishing trip.  when i'm on the water before or after dark and come too close to one, triggering the epic tail splash, it usually scares the absolute **** out of me.  on another note, this lake my buddy and i frequent has a beaver dam we found near a gas pipe that holds a lot of fish.  if they aren't on that pipe, they are at the beaver dam 100% money back guarantee.  have caught quite a few bass off of beaver dams after learning how many baitfish they hold.

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Youre a real fisherman. You have a good time when you dont catch anything .

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Youre a real fisherman. You have a good time when you dont catch anything .

Person: "Well, it's fun even if you don't catch anything right?"

Me: "No."

 

:grin:  :grin:  :grin:

 

I absolutely love experiencing the outdoors but I don't remember any enjoyable fishless days. I'm thinking my age has something to do with it.

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Person: "Well, it's fun even if you don't catch anything right?"

Me: "No."

 

:grin:  :grin:  :grin:

 

I absolutely love experiencing the outdoors but I don't remember any enjoyable fishless days. I'm thinking my age has something to do with it.

ha, yes, the older you get, it really does not matter. But it does make for better stories when you catch something.

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Person: "Well, it's fun even if you don't catch anything right?"

Me: "No."

 

:grin:  :grin:  :grin:

 

I absolutely love experiencing the outdoors but I don't remember any enjoyable fishless days. I'm thinking my age has something to do with it.

There's always something to learn on a fishless day.  And I'm betting you would rather have a great day outside fishing although not catching then sitting at work for 8hrs watching the clock and waiting for it to be time to go home.  Every day on the water is a blessing and some days you catch them, some days you don't.  Some days you don't have the right tackle for what the fish are wanting or keying in on.  And although going fishless that day, coming back the next and putting the hurt on them with what you observed the day before I would count as an enjoyable valued fishless day that yielded information to the observant angler willing to pay attention.

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