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This is just a psa, to warn others not to be as dumb as I was.  Went fishing Tuesday after work, caught a couple on a baby minus one.  Got home and forgot to take the lure off and store it away.  I keep my fishing stuff in a remote corner of the basement.  It’s just too wet and moldy in the garage this time of year.  Anyhow, my daughter’s 6 month old kitten found the lure (smell of fish I guess) and got the trebel hook in its paw.  A terrible situation! It ended costing me $383 at the emergency vet yesterday evening.  A lot more than I ever planned to spend on a stray kitten rescue but oh well.

 

Just posting this as a warning to beware and keep your hooks away from animals.  Not good for the conscience, the wallet or the animal!

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No not at all. I was lucky and caught my dog sniffing a lipless crank one day. I was able to get her away for it. My daughter would have flipped (her dog) if something happened.

 

Sorry to hear of your misfortunes, but thanks for the fair warning.

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That was an unfortunate - and costly - situation.

 

Personally, I never leave a hook or lure on my rods. A lot of that is because I drive a small coupe and have to fold down the back seat to get my rods in and I don't want the hooks to stick anyone or the interior of my car. I either tie off or put on a snap and clip up the line.

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I always remove every lure from my rods before I load them back in the truck.  No cats at my house but hooks tend to act as magnets for anything they can catch on.  It's easier and less time consuming to just remove them before they snag everything under the sun.  

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Pricy mistake...

Im gonna start removing my lures from my rods when I get home, just in case.

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The only baits I leave on are soft plastics.Everything else gets cut off and put away. All those hooks don't work well with the rod covers I use.

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Spinnerbaits are just as good at catching cats attention as they are bass. 

 

Another point is be careful if you bank fish with multiple rods,  dogs off leashes can be on a bait before you can react.  I have a bad habit of not securing the hooks after switching rods and panic every time a dog comes running (even though they are supposed to be leashed).

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Thanks for the heads up.

 

I only leave lures tied on if I plan on going out the next day. I also wrap my lures with the Rapala lure wraps so the hooks are not exposed.

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I bet that cat won’t go near a fishing pole for several years 

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Cut off everything tied to the end of your line and re tie fresh knots the next outing. Knots weaken over a 24 hour time under pressure (cold flow) significantly. Plus it’s a lot safer.

 

Tom

 

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1 hour ago, NYWayfarer said:

 I also wrap my lures with the Rapala lure wraps so the hooks are not exposed.

I had never heard of those before and had to look it up. Interesting...

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2 hours ago, mheichelbech said:

...Anyhow, my daughter’s 6 month old kitten found the lure (smell of fish I guess) and got the trebel hook in its paw...

As a pre-teen, my sister & I used to fish out of a canoe.  One day, she brought my moms cat along on the trip and oddly enough, the cat loved it.  She was interested in every catch and if a bluegill was brought aboard, she got breakfast.  Every time we hooked up, she would run to the front or back tip of the canoe, peering in the water as to what would be coming out.  She even fell in the water once, kind of chaotic to get her back in the canoe.  However, in all of those trips, she never came close to getting a hook in her.

 

However, one evening, I tied on the lures for the next days outing and stored the rods in a corner.  Around 2 am, we heard a crash and a horrible howling.  The cat had actually bit one of the treble hooks, hooked herself and was dragging the rod around.  Our neighbor was a fireman/paramedic, so my mom went next door & woke him up.  We had to wrap the cat in a towel and have 2 people hold her to stop the poor thing from scratching us.  Our neighbor snipped the hooks and backed them out to get the cat unhooked and she bolted under a bed for a few hours.  The next morning as we were getting in the canoe to go fishing, she jumped right in the boat, ready to go.

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4 hours ago, TnRiver46 said:

I bet that cat won’t go near a fishing pole for several years 

 

How about to train a dog not to mess with lures you take an old big lure, remove the hooks, add a 9-volt battery with a couple wires on it. Lay it on deck by your gear. Dog sniffs or grabs lure and get's a mild shock. Once, maybe twice is all it would take I'll bet, depending on the intelligence of the dog. Reinforce it with commands.

 

I'm actually half-serious and I don't think it's cruel at all. I am a big-time dog lover (except yappers) You can lick a 9-volt and it doesn't hurt. I wanna take a dog fishing and she learns very fast. Been thinking about this issue.

 

The other issue is that (so I hear) she will chase casts into the water haha. But I can train her not to do that.

 

She's very smart and may not need such training, but I would want to be certain that she won't grab one, as much as I can be.

 

Just a thought. Any other ideas?

 

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I mentioned this to the dogs owner recently. She thought it was interesting. I thought she'd think it was bad but she said, "Oh like a shock collar"

 

Shock collars can be very mild and she's used one to reinforce her commands at the dog park when she first took her. It's so mild it feels like a finger touching your shoulder. My friend would NEVER hurt this dog. She loves her more than me. But the dog loves me almost as much as her so it's okay :)

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2 hours ago, schplurg said:

 

How about to train a dog not to mess with lures you take an old big lure, remove the hooks, add a 9-volt battery with a couple wires on it. Lay it on deck by your gear. Dog sniffs or grabs lure and get's a mild shock. Once, maybe twice is all it would take I'll bet, depending on the intelligence of the dog. Reinforce it with commands.

 

I'm actually half-serious and I don't think it's cruel at all. I am a big-time dog lover (except yappers) You can lick a 9-volt and it doesn't hurt. I wanna take a dog fishing and she learns very fast. Been thinking about this issue.

 

The other issue is that (so I hear) she will chase casts into the water haha. But I can train her not to do that.

 

She's very smart and may not need such training, but I would want to be certain that she won't grab one, as much as I can be.

 

Just a thought. Any other ideas?

 

ETA:

I mentioned this to the dogs owner recently. She thought it was interesting. I thought she'd think it was bad but she said, "Oh like a shock collar"

 

Shock collars can be very mild and she's used one to reinforce her commands at the dog park when she first took her. It's so mild it feels like a finger touching your shoulder. My friend would NEVER hurt this dog. She loves her more than me. But the dog loves me almost as much as her so it's okay :)

A dog doesn't need to be shocked to learn. The dog doesn't need to go fishing. You want the dog to go fishing. Key word being: you. If you feel you need to inflict pain, no matter how minimal it is, on the dog, the dog doesn't need to be there. My opinion only.

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My cat found a spro bucktail jig in the garage once and just carried it around for a while before I noticed and got it away from him. Somehow he didn't hook himself, fortunately.

 

This is him (on the far right) and his siblings watching TV 😂

 

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1 hour ago, Glaucus said:

 The dog doesn't need to go fishing. You want the dog to go fishing. 

Tell that to @Bluebasser86's dog.

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1 hour ago, The Bassman said:

Tell that to @Bluebasser86's dog.

Yep, both of mine LOVE being in the boat and going fishing. I'm getting a serious guilt trip and cold shoulder from both of them tonight for going fishing without them today. 

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Lure wraps... save so much trouble. 

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Sorry to hear :( Glad he's okay. 

My buddy use to tie flies and would have hundreds hanging over his desk. One of his parents farm cats got in his room and thought they were toys. He got a mouth full in the tongue and they had to put 'em down. 

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I have 2 cats that were kittens last fall. I had all my rods in a spare bedroom after putting the boat in storage. One day as I'm watching tv, one of the cats runs by me, batting something along on the floor. He had a rat-l-trap. I dont know how he didn't get hooked. He even laid on it when he realized I was going to take it from him. I went in the room where all my fishing stuff was yo find that the cats had chewed on the line on every pole. There were several lures on the floor. I picked up every thing I saw, but just last week I found a 4/0 ewg on the floor in the d**n hallway. I'm hoping that was the last of it. I'm more worried about a human getting hooked than a cat.

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Be careful rigging in the house as well. Last week I was tying on a Z-man Jackhammer I and next thing I know I have a sharp arse hook in my hand and my kitten is dragging my rod, and me, around the house. Luckily(or unluckily) the hook ended up in me and not her. Would have been a lot worse buy my kids thought it was the funniest thing  in the world. Hard to be angry with two toddlers cracking up on the couch.

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May cat does this to, whenever I try to respool in the house my cat starts swatting at the rod tip thinking it’s a play to toy. Sometimes they stare at lures when I’m about to leave. I tell them no! Bad kitty

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13 minutes ago, Ksam1234 said:

May cat does this to, whenever I try to respool in the house my cat starts swatting at the rod tip thinking it’s a play to toy. Sometimes they stare at lures when I’m about to leave. I tell them no! Bad kitty

I have to close them out of whatever room I'm respooling in because of this. 😄

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On 3/21/2019 at 10:51 AM, WRB said:

Knots weaken over a 24 hour time under pressure (cold flow) significantly.

What is this?- I do retie usually when I go back out but I always test the knot beforehand.  Why does this happen?

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