I saw a comment from emu about this on another thread, so I am sure I am not the only one that has experienced this. We were outside the Whittier harbor fishing herring, and there was the usual collection on the rocks casting out. I was on a friends boat, and it was blowing pretty good (20-30kts). In the past we usually fish out past where the bank fishers can cast to, but on occasion one will get close to us so we move out a bit more. We were out quite a ways, and moved into where the birds were at and starting getting herring. All of a sudden we heard a big bang in the cockpit. It took a few seconds to realize what had happened, but what seemed like a 5+ oz weight and a subiki hook setup. About the time we were understanding what just happened, another one came in, this time hitting the wife of my friend on the arm (later turning into a baseball sized bruise). Another one hit on the roof and tangled in his poles. This was all within a minute or less. We took a knife and cut off the gear and quickly motored out of the area. I am betting we were 200+ yards offshore.
Not really sure what to say about it, or who was at fault, but I thought others should be aware of this. If one of those hit us in the head it could have been serious.