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Sure this has happened to others but was a first for me.

Couple of evenings ago was out throwing a big Sammy.  The dragon flies were out, some big whopper flies at that, buzzing around as usual  but not getting too close or being a nuisance.  I go to side arm a long cast, and at about 20 feet out - BAM - mid-air collision with a huge dragon fly.  The Sammy slows down but continues on course.  The dragon fly drops like a rock.

It laid on top of the water and didn't move.  After a min or two started twitching and making a little racket - this was a big one.  Figured it might call some up so I let it twitch a while and then started casting out past and walking the Sammy back.  A few attempted to hit the fly but never got it.  After several casts finally got a hit on a pretty nice 2 lb'r.

Just wish I had called it  :D

Got me thinking.  Anyone else want to share what they've knocked out of the air?  

Eddie

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i casted onto some lily pads and as my line was laying onto the water immediately after the cast, it got somehow tangled up with a dragonfly.

so i have my trick stick resting on a lily pad, then about 1-2 ft. away from the trick stick, this dragonfly is flying, and taking my line in the air with it lol.

i twitched the bait and it killed the dragonfly.

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I've had contact with bats at night  - although I couldn't tell you if they dinged the bait or the line

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typically, if the fishing os slow, I'll aim at bird, either resting in the water/on pads, or flying, i occasionally hit them, more often when stationalry, but i've gotten a few in the air too. i figure it helps with my accuracy. when the fishing is slow, gotta still work on my game somehow!

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Can't say that I remember ever hitting anything alive in the air while casting.  

However one time my fishing bud was casting straight out the back of the boat while I was casting straight out the front of the boat & our DD22's locked treble hooks behind our heads right before letting it rip.  Need less to say we both got such bad backlashes that we both had to cut & respool.  

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typically, if the fishing os slow, I'll aim at bird, either resting in the water/on pads, or flying, i occasionally hit them, more often when stationalry, but i've gotten a few in the air too

Don't you think a shotgun would work better?

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I hooked a bat in the wing (getting him off was an experience) and I had a Seagull grab my weedless frog out of midair once (I didn't want to set the hook into his talons, so I let him fly with it until he felt the resistance of the line and then he let it go).

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I didnt really knock anything out of the air but.....

I was tossing a Chatterbait around some docks a couple years back and there were some ducks up on this one dock. Well, one of the ducks had walked to the front corner and my line happened to fall across his back on a cast. Once my bait hit the water and he felt the line on him, he took off flying. I wasnt sure whether the Chatterbait had hooked him or not but he was flying away from me high and fast.

My drag was screamin' and my spool was getting low on line. He made a turn to the right so I stopped the spool with my thumb and gave it a quick jerk....my chatterbait (with a few feathers attached) fell from the sky and plopped right into the lake. He kept flying and squawking but I dont think he was hurt. His thick feathers must have stopped the hook before it got him. I was very relieved when he and my Chatterbait went their separate ways.

Weird experience without a doubt and I dont cast that close to ducks or geese anymore.

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When I was younger like 10 years ago i def casted out a beetle spin (one of those tiny spinner baits with the clip that attaches to a jig) and accidently hooked a canadian goose in the wing. Needless to say he took off like a bat out of hell straight across the lake and ended up spooling me in like 5-6 seconds. I felt bad for the bird but felt bad for me too because my fishing trip was over. ::)

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I didnt really knock anything out of the air but.....

I was tossing a Chatterbait around some docks a couple years back and there were some ducks up on this one dock. Well, one of the ducks had walked to the front corner and my line happened to fall across his back on a cast. Once my bait hit the water and he felt the line on him, he took off flying. I wasnt sure whether the Chatterbait had hooked him or not but he was flying away from me high and fast.

My drag was screamin' and my spool was getting low on line. He made a turn to the right so I stopped the spool with my thumb and gave it a quick jerk....my chatterbait (with a few feathers attached) fell from the sky and plopped right into the lake. He kept flying and squawking but I dont think he was hurt. His thick feathers must have stopped the hook before it got him. I was very relieved when he and my Chatterbait went their separate ways.

Weird experience without a doubt and I dont cast that close to ducks or geese anymore.

I got a goose when I was about 8 years old fishing for carp with bread... not a fun experience.

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This was not in the air, but on the water.

My wife, daughter and myself were fishing topwater lures in Lake Huron for northern pike.

There were herring gulls in the area, so I warned my boat mates that we might get an aerial attack.

Sure enough, my daughter who was very young at the time, didn't take the plug away from a diving gull.

It was hooked and trying to escape, but never got more than about 6 feet above the water.

I told her to reel in the gull, and daddy of course was elected to remove the lure from the flapping monster.

I won't forget that 5-inch bill poking at my hands, before I was finally able to free the poor bird.

Not wanting to repeat that ordeal. I tied a diving plug on Dawn's line 8-)

Roger

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If you hook a bird, which we do from Cormorants to Osprey, simply put a towel over their head when you get them to the boat and hook removal will go rather quietly.

I've had to remove: Pelicans, Cormorants, Hawks, Ospreys, a variety of Gulls, Terns, Blue Herons, American Herons, oh, and them low flying "gator" birds.

Scott and grandson Christian with one of those pesky "gator" birds.

scott.jpg

This one tried to take my Chug Bug, but we weren't letting it happen.

Scott-Gator3.jpg

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If you hook a bird, which we do from Cormorants to Osprey, simply put a towel over their head when you get them to the boat and hook removal will go rather quietly.

I've had to remove: Pelicans, Cormorants, Hawks, Ospreys, a variety of Gulls, Terns, Blue Herons, American Herons, oh, and them low flying "gator" birds.

Scott and grandson Christian with one of those pesky "gator" birds.

scott.jpg

This one tried to take my Chug Bug, but we weren't letting it happen.

Scott-Gator3.jpg

I love and hate how aggressive those little gators can be, they are fun to mess around with when bored, but when you're on a  good spook bite and they won't leave you alone, it kinda sucks.

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About a month ago i hit a heron in mid air! He set the hook into his wing and slammed into the water. I trolled over to it and had my bro hold his neck and body while i removed it. It made no commotion at all and flew away right after.

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