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A couple of weeks ago I got my pocket picked while whacky worming. Two cast later I caught a smallie w/ two worms in its mouth. That I thought was pretty cool. Tonight, I had another strange brush with nature. I was out in the overcast evening casting my horny toad or some other soft plastic surface frog. All of a sudden, a seagull circled overhead and cruised down and picked up my lure. It flew away until it felt the tension on the line and dropped it. I casted out again, and another sea gull came by and picked it up and flew around again. After it flew around the boat, I set the hook, and came up empty handed. I usually only bat about .500 with bass strikes, but I was 0 for 2 against the sea gulls. Anyone else have a similar run-in. Go Twins!! Sam

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Never had an issue with seagulls but have had ducks chase my topwaters. Also my brother in law had a loon smash his skitter pop. They are harder to unhook then any fish. Boy was this one MAD. Anyway he got the hook out and the loon was released.

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Hiya -

Haha... Dang gulls are dumb. I've had 3 gulls and a loon in my boat. One gull on a jerkbait fishing muskies, 1 on a shad rap fishing smallies, and one that grabbed a jig and minnow out of the air. The gulls weren't too bad to unhook. The loon? Good Lord. It hit a small bucktail, and it took two of us to unhook it. The fact that both of us had a full set of eyes by the time the thing was gone is a miracle. That was one unhappy bird. And loons are bigger than a guy thinks... shocked

Cheers,

Rob Kimm

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My brother-in-law hooked a pelican while surf fishing along the east coast while I was with him and that was an adventure. Calmed down once we figured out to cover its eyes.

Had a loon chase us out of Rush Lake on the Whitefish Chain during a tournament because it would not leave our baits alone - kept passing under the boat chasing our offerings.

You know how smallies in particular will throw up whatever they have eaten either right at the boat, in your boat, or for some reason in your livewell if they get put in there? This weekend I caught a smallie that did not throw up the usual crawfish or minnow - it threw up a complete 4" tube!

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Prefishing a tournament on Rainy last year, a young eagle picked up my partners topwater and flew off with it. He pulled the lure away cleanly from the bird, but the bird circled back for another attempt. We decided to leave before we had any federal investigation on our docket.

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But Ray, wouldn't that be a cool story to tell in the slammer? I have caught a duck before. Any time you catch anything other than a fish, unhooking becomes a lot more difficult.

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A couple of years ago during a tourney, throwing a Senko along some rushes, had a huge strike, foughtit for a short time till it came up. A muskrat picked up the bait and was not very happy. Needless to say, the line was cut and I moved on quickly.

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I hooked a deer that bolted across the river once... she fought good til the line broke smile

Also caught ducks fly fishing, seagulls as well. Never caught a loon though, hope I never do!

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I snagged a snapping turtle in the back leg once.

Had to help a loon out of my bait bucket a few years ago as his head got stuck in the door.

And I hooked a bat at night with a husky jerk mid air too.

If dogs count, I hooked a black lab that liked my 4" zara spook. Came right off the bank from behind some bushes after it. Didnt even see the dog until it was it the water. I had to go ashore and find the owner so he could remove the hooks. Not fun there.

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I had a bald eagle scream down on a zara spook man he was really flying fast, luckily I was able to jerk the bait away quickly, not sure what I would've been able to do if he got hooked. I also had a blue herron land in the water (floating) and try to grab a chug bug, again that would've been bad.

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    • I didn’t know grackles fished either.  Interesting. 
    • Was checking back to see you with a bird pic @Borch
    • So this is not a new thing!  Interesting.  I keep finding more and more complex behavior in so many of these "dumb" animals!  So many of them are anything but dumb.
    • When I was a kid, we used to have a pond in our yard. We would keep fish and minnows in there. The grackles would clean in out! We had to resort to putting a cover over it.
    • Last Thursday on a visit to my sister in Rock Rapids IA, we made a circuit through the Island Park there.  At the low dam just past the former railroad bridge which is now a walking path we saw a group of grackles fishing at the edge of the white water where it ran against the rocks at the shore line.  There probably were a dozen or so all told moving back and forth and some on the rocks at the other shore line.  In something like half an hour or less we saw various of the birds bring out minnows and eat them on the shore to a total of at least 8.  They also contested for the better fishing spots and tried to horn in on other birds' catches;   they would fly out to quite a bit up on shore with a catch to eat it there. I never expected to see grackles fishing.  I never heard of that before, but then it wouldn't be the first time I didn't know about something relatively common.
    • I've seen deer there, too.  I go by there on my way to work about 3:30 am S S & M.
    • Now they're gobbling...  seem to be getting a little closer.
    • Very quiet so far.  Maybe one distant gobble on the roost but couldn't tell for sure. At least the mosquitos seem to have calmed down in the last 10 minutes some. 
    • Brotha’ you got that right.   Actually I’m cooking hobos over the campfire in Ely right now.  Not a bad second fiddle.   I won’t be a cooking hobo in a blind this weekend.