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I went to a local pond last night (about 10:30 pm) and decided to do some fishing. There are a couple of lights on one side of the pond but it's pretty dark. I'm throwing a black war eagle buzz bait. I can't see it in the water but I can hear when it get's close. So I'm casting and listening for the plop, plop, my bait is getting close, so I anticipate picking it up out of the water when I hear something strange with my bait. It was close to what a hit from a bass feels like but I didn't feel it in the rod, just the sound. About a millisecond later I see what looks like a 747 directly in my face and realize that a hawk has swooped down and tried to get my buzz bait. It's flight path was directly at me, and he missed my head by what seemed like inches. I felt the wind coming off of him as he passed. Instant adrenaline spike. :)

Anyone else have any scared excrementless moments while night fishing?   

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If it was dark - it was probably an owl. 

My night time bass fishing nemesis is The Beaver. 

The sudden & always unexpected close aboard wicked loud tail slap & splash always leaves me weak in the knees

A-Jay

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That will get the heart pumping a little faster for sure!

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14 minutes ago, A-Jay said:

If it was dark - it was probably an owl. 

My night time bass fishing nemesis is The Beaver. 

The sudden & always unexpected close aboard wicked loud tail slap & slash always leaves me weak in the knees

A-Jay

Could have been an owl. I know there are some around there. This thing made a screaming, screeching, yelling, sound after it passed me and landed in a tree.

It sounded really close to this.

 

 

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I caught a Barred Owl on a jitterbug at night, not fun. 

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4 hours ago, Bluebasser86 said:

I caught a Barred Owl on a jitterbug at night, not fun. 

How did you free it from the hooks?

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12 minutes ago, Fun4Me said:

How did you free it from the hooks?

It crashed landed into a brier patch and the hooks pulled out thankfully. 

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    From experience I can tell you that not much will get your heart pumping a mile a minute other than, that still dark, first thing in the morning, waiting for sunrise, tossing a topwater, beavertail slap 4 feet from the boat.

   So many times I almost soiled myself, while closely having a mild heart attack, jump from the deck to a seat, shaking from fright, til I realized "Damned beaver!"

 Those who have experienced this know what I mean. And being a gigantic fan of early morning topwater fishing in Maine? I've been there, done that, got the t shirt and wore it out. But they still get me every once in a while, and it still has the same effect.

   Dive bombed by bats? eh,... thats kinda scary. Huge herons screeching (and its not softly done) 10 feet above your head as they flee the shoreline,... scared. Is something you'd rather go without.,. But that beavertail slap? is the worst by far.

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That bird was trying to tell you something!  Comeback in the daytime.:shocked2:

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Always worried about catching one of the bats that flew around at dusk when I was flyfishing.

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On 9/9/2016 at 9:19 PM, A-Jay said:

If it was dark - it was probably an owl. 

My night time bass fishing nemesis is The Beaver. 

The sudden & always unexpected close aboard wicked loud tail slap & slash always leaves me weak in the knees

A-Jay

At one lake I fished there was one beaver who would follow me around all night and slap its tail every few minutes.  Scared the crap out of me the first few times it happened.  I tried fishing the opposite side of the lake a few hundred yards from its home, but I guess it considered the entire lake its territory.  I got used to it after a while.

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Mid day I have had close calls with loons following my lure back to the boat.  They are the state bird here in Minnesota and usually spooky around people.  Seeing the large black bird with white spots tracking your lure up from the depths is quite startling.  You would not want to catch one.  Two years ago I yanked my tube to the side so he wouldn't eat it and wrapped the line around the trolling motor prop and snapped the tip off my sons pole. 

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On Friday, September 09, 2016 at 6:19 PM, A-Jay said:

My night time bass fishing nemesis is The Beaver...

Oddly enough, a beaver is usually what stops me from leaving the house at night in the first place...

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Just now, OCdockskipper said:

Oddly enough, a beaver is usually what stops me from leaving the house at night in the first place...

Rimshot :)

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On 9/10/2016 at 7:16 AM, Keith "Hamma" Hatch said:

    From experience I can tell you that not much will get your heart pumping a mile a minute other than, that still dark, first thing in the morning, waiting for sunrise, tossing a topwater, beavertail slap 4 feet from the boat.

 

I scarred a pack of Manatees about 5 feet away from me in Florida once while I was in my Kayak before first light came. My kayak was rocking from the waves they caused. Pretty sure I could hear my heart thumping against my chest. 

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Do any of you Florida/Louisiana kayakers/canoers have run-ins with gators ever? The thought alone would keep me off the water in my small watercraft. 

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On ‎9‎/‎9‎/‎2016 at 9:19 PM, A-Jay said:

If it was dark - it was probably an owl. 

My night time bass fishing nemesis is The Beaver. 

The sudden & always unexpected close aboard wicked loud tail slap & slash always leaves me weak in the knees

A-Jay

You need to stop hanging around the stripper pole...and save your $1 bills for your new boat payment.  (sorry, couldn't resist...)

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2 hours ago, Ohio Archer said:

You need to stop hanging around the stripper pole...and save your $1 bills for your new boat payment.  (sorry, couldn't resist...)

Trust me.  There are no stripper poles within a reasonable driving distance of A-Jay.  Making that a hobby WOULD be more expensive than fishing.

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I was casting a Siebert Dredge Brush jig out once from the bank and a goose flew right into the line. The lure "slid" up the contact point of the goose and hooked it in the wing. Fought that thing all the way in. Finally it figured out it wasn't going anywhere and calmed down. I grabbed its neck just below the head so it couldn't peck at me, and somewhere amidst the feathers flying and beating wings it dislodged itself. 

I wasn't necessarily scared, just worried it'd throw the jig and stick it somewhere in me

So all you goose hunters, hit up Mike for some Dredge Brush Jigs! Haha

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2 hours ago, lecisnith said:

Trust me.  There are no stripper poles within a reasonable driving distance of A-Jay.  Making that a hobby WOULD be more expensive than fishing.

You've got that right ~

No Poke whatever up here.jpg

There's plenty of room - just no demand.

:)

A-Jay

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3 hours ago, Preytorien said:

I was casting a Siebert Dredge Brush jig out once from the bank and a goose flew right into the line. The lure "slid" up the contact point of the goose and hooked it in the wing.

Had same thing happen to me throwing a spinnerbait at the city park. Slid up the line, but thankfully the hook didn't set when it made contact w/ him. Funny thing is though right after that, it changed it's flight path and came right at me, lol. I thought I was about to throw down with this goose; had my rig turned around ready to bata-bata-swing. It changed directions right before it got to me tho. :sweat:

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On 9/10/2016 at 9:30 PM, Reel Guy said:

Always worried about catching one of the bats that flew around at dusk when I was flyfishing.

I've been there when that has happened...it's no fun.

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I got buzzed overhead by a loone.  The swoosh from its wings.

Had a 48" long beaver come close and slap his tale in front of me often.

Had a b52 bomber buzz me while hunting on top of a mountain in vt. I could count the rivets. That's a big Bird. That's our nation's freedom.

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