Anybody have any truly "weird" things happen to them on the water?
I've got one..
This year on a very windy day, I anchored up with my clients in some inside waters, to escape the 9ft swell we were escaping on outside waters. We had already secured 30 cohos for their coho limit, and now it was time to scrape up a limit of halibut, without getting everyone sick..
We tossed out anchor, and pulled out the lunches. About 30 minutes into our soak, and two solid keepers later, we were lounging on the back deck, telling stories, waiting for the next batch of halibut to show up. Tunes were cranked, and we were having a good time.
Wham!! Something shook the entire boat, and a loud slam originated from the front of the boat. I looked up front and realized that one of the rods had been pulled overboard! The rod holder was bent completely over, and it was very very hard to bend that rod holder! Dang it! I couldn't believe it.. I've caught some big halibut, but I've never had that happen before! Sealion, shark?
Scratching my head, I went to grab another rod to get my client down fishing.. One of the rods in the back of the boat bent completely over, almost touching the water.. Client got on the reel and started cranking.. and cranking.
20 minutes later, he finally got the fish to budge off the bottom.. Line was going straight down.
15 minutes after that we come up to a big tangle.. at the bottom of the tangle my missing rod was dangling.. no way! A stroke of luck.. my front rod tangled in my back rod. I was stoked to get my rod back, but was more curious how big the fish was that could pull the rod over!
After 20 minutes of careful untangeling, cutting, and tying lines, I had the original rod/angler slowing lifting the very heavy fish towards the surface. Line pointed straight down. Needless to say, the boat was excited! I've had some big sea lions eat my halibut before (as big as 100lb halibut), but they always run straight out!
Then as suddenly as quickly as the rod was pulled overboard, the line gets much lighter. Heartbreak.. The angler reeled up his gear. I feared that the 200# leader had broke, which I felt sick about.
As he gets his gear to the top, a 30lb halibut was on his hook. What?!!
Upon inspecting the halibut, a huge bite mark was obvious on the tail side of the fish, extending up to about 1/3 of the halibut. Crazy.. it was a HUGE mouth, that grabbed onto that 30lb halibut, that must have been biting the hook right when something grabbed onto him. Clear "mouth" mark on the halibut, but no teeth punctured the flesh of the halibut.
We finished out our limit, but everyone had that giant "something" on our minds, that almost took one of my good seeker rods...
It was weird, I'll tell you that!