Yeah, I suppose a little care is needed what with talons and all. I have had ducks swim at my fly and various aquatic mammals get curious, but no hooks. I'm assuming it was a succesful release - how does one go about releasing such a fish?
That would be the ellusive Osprey fish. :toofunny: haha we put a wet towell over its tallons and it grabbed onto the towel then we put the rest of the towel oover its head to calm it down then took our time cutting the line and making sure that ther was none left. After we took the towell off its head we just backed up and eventually once he calmed down he let go of the towell with his tallons sat on the boat long enough to snap a few more pictures then he took off.
Oh and it never actually got hooked I was fishing usiung a shinner and the thing picked it right out of the water with its feet and by the time i noticed he was flying away with it so i pulled on the line and the bird didnt let go he fell towards me and got all tangled in the line.
Last spring I casted out and spooked two mallards. They got up and the hen hit my line and pulled my jig out of the water and hooked her in the wing. When the line got taunt it snapped and she dropped from about 10 feet onto the water. We tried to catch her for a while but couldn't get close enough and had to let her go. If she made it until the fall some hunter got a real suprise when he found my pink jig hanging out of his bird
One of my buddies caught a loon while fishing last winter. It dove down and picked his live minnow up off the bottom and got hooked in the beak. Pretty fun gettin it unhooked but we managed to get it out without causing the bird too much harm. Buddy thought he had a fish on and set the hook hard and then the bird poped up with the hook and line hanging off it's beak. Hook went all the way through the beak so we just cut the barb off with some wire snips and pulled the hook out.
I have caught a pelican or two on top water lures....stupid things! they really swallow too! With two treb hooks burried in the throat there is nothing you can do but cut the line and hope for the best
skyblastin is for wussies! Wait till you can look em in the eye!
About ten years ago I was trolling on Lake Michigan with my Dad for spring Coho's. Our long flat line "the tailgunner" went off. I noticed a seagull off in the distance, every time I pumped the rod the bird flapped its wings. Sure enogh we were hooked up. We stopped the boat pulled all the rods and backed towards it. Finally we got close enough to net the bird.I flipped the bird upside down it remained calm. To my suprise I was ablle to use my leatherman to take out my lure a jointed Rapala as well as some one elses lure a Lindy Shadling. Here is a picture of the Lindy
i was pitching frogs and one landed on a lilly pad just as i was about to start the retrieve a green heron landed on a lilly pad and picked it up. i was so stunned i just watched him. it wasn't a very far cast either. the bird just shook it's head a few times, dropped it and flew away.
Fishing for channel cat near a fishfeeder I had a bunch of Canada geese get tangled in my line. One of them was wearing my bobber round his neck like a rock star. Game warden saw the whole thing and said it happens fairly frequently.
whistlin_wings wrote:I grew up in a neighborhood with only 3 pools and a public golf course. Thug life is all I know.
Just yesterday the girlfriend and I took a drive and ended up at the lock and dam watching the snaggers. Pelicans were everywhere and sure enough someone layed his line right over ones back. Him and his buddies decided to slowly reel it in and then they would simply unwrap the bird and he would fly off. A simple plan that I was definately wanting to see put into action! Unfortunately for me and fortunately for the hillbillies an old man down the line that had seen it before ran up and told them not to go near the bird and that he had called a CO. We didn't stick around to see what ended up happening, but I gotta tell ya I was really kinda wanting to see that bird flog the crap out of 4 hillbillies!