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    O.K. so here goes.

    I have many strange things that happen while fishing. Share some of your experiences.

    The King salmon that I had mounted in 1997 is in no way my biggest and I have caught a couple dozen that size before. Thing is I have not landed one bigger than 32 pounds since I had that one mounted. I think that is crazy strange. Hoping to stop the "curse" this summer.



    Another thing is that many times when I am trout fishing if I actually see a fish while out on the water I suddenly start get tangles like mad. All of a sudden its like all my line can do is get tangled on everything. This happened to me two days ago. My daughters lure was floating in the water and a trout came up to look at it. In the next two minutes I had every rod in the trees at least once and put the hooks from two different lures into my hat. Along with every snippet of line that I was saving in the bottom of the raft getting tangled up all over me too.

    So what do you have to put up with while trying to fish?

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    Never mind our problems, we want to see a video of your fishing trip!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bullbuster View Post
    Never mind our problems, we want to see a video of your fishing trip!

    OH yeah. I also dropped my camera in the only bit of water in the raft and it did not work for two days!
    "You have given out too much reputation in the last 24 hours, try again later".

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    When my brother Phil and I used to use for stripers on the East coast, it was often hours and hours of casting without any hook ups.

    One day, for some odd reason only known to Philip, he started dancing what he called the 'raining fish dance'. He then stood back to the ocean, and cast backwards into the water and starter retrieving, still back to the water...

    So now, he's facing me, back to the water, dancing, singing this silly song, and retrieving his lure....BAM!!! Hook up!!

    We danced for the next 2 hours...

    Looked like idiots, no more hook ups, but we sure did have fun.

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    Question The Banana Curse Is Real......

    ........And it's an old, worldwide curse........:

    http://books.google.com/books?id=a-w...Y1aJ5avc&hl=en

    http://www.ausfish.com.au/vforum/showthread.php?t=62691

    http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/latimes/...F&pqatl=google

    I even had an ice fishing trip this winter ruined by a friend who brought a banana.

    IT IS THE FORBIDDEN FRUIT FOR FISHERMEN. DON'T BRING THEM..............

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    Might as well leave port on a Friday!

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    Stack cans UPRIGHT in the galley cupboards. If you don't, the boat will try to right the can. Not good.

    I know a highline Bering Sea crabber who once threw a $100 canned ham into English Bay (St Paul) because it was upside down when he saw it. He slung it like it was a bomb about to explode, and almost fired the greenie deckhand who set it on the counter like that.

    As it was, the poor kid got every snotsoaked job on the boat, and spent the rest of the season with the name, "Cabin Boy"....
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    As for bananas on the boat: Try being seasick for a couple or three days straight.
    Nothing holds a body together in an overheated stateroom in a 940Mb low like bananas and gatorade - they taste just as good coming back up as they did going down; and the potassium helps fight cramps from dehydration.

    Ask me how I know.

    BTW, we were Westward's #1 opie boat the year I discovered that little fact of human physiology.
    Apparently, the "Bananas on the boat" thing primarily applies to pleasure boatin' and day sailin'; not steel boats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RMiller View Post
    So what do you have to put up with while trying to fish?
    That is freakin' hilarious!

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    Well, back when he was alive, my dad had to put up with me. Once, bass fishing on a lake in San Diego County, it was the hot part of the day and we were anchored casting crawdads. My dad had taken off his shoes and was pretty much kicking back, slowly working his bait along the bottom. I surreptitiously pulled out the biggest, meanest, largest-clawed crawdad in the bait bucket, while sliding one of his shoes over towards me. Without his seeing me, I tucked that crawdad into the toe of his shoe, with it's claws facing outwards. Then I suggested we move to a new spot. He agreed, reached for his shoes, and as I tried with great difficulty to stifle my laughter, he started to catch on to the fact that something was up just as he put his foot into the shoe. I don't think the thing actually clamped on, but he sure felt it. The shoe went one way, the crawdad flipped happily over the side into the lake, and I nearly joined it, double up in fits of laughter as I was. Fortunately, my dad had a good sense of humor, and appreciated the "most excellent fooling," despite being the brunt of the joke.
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    If you whistle on a boat the wind (and seas) come up. It's called "Whistlin' up the wind".

    If you want to put the hex on somebody, put a seahorse on the gunwale of his boat. If he steps across it, he's toast.

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    I will keep a eye out for seahorses!
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    Bananas are bad luck and sometimes deet with salmon.

    Here are a few from online

    A cloudy day is a good time for fishing.

    A fisherman always throws the first fish he catches back in the water for luck.

    A good time to go fishing is when you see a chicken oiling its feathers.

    A rabbit crossing your path when you are going fishing is a sign of bad luck that day.

    After you have put a worm on the hook, spit on it for good luck.

    Always fish against the wind for luck.

    Carry a fishing pole into the house before you start on a fishing trip and you will not catch any fish.

    Catfish bite well when it thunders.

    Chew anise and spit on your fishing hook for good luck.

    Do not fish when the wind is in the west; the fish will not bite.

    Fish become excited and bite well when it is raining.

    Fish bite best (in daytime) during the dark of the moon because they cannot see in the dark of the moon and are hungrier.

    Fish bite best (at night) on the increase of the moon.

    Fish bite best at night during full moon.

    Fish bite best at night, and if you play a fiddle or guitar, the fish just can't stay in the water but will come to the top because they love the music of a fiddle or guitar.

    Fish bite best when there is a good soft wind from the south or southeast.

    Fish bite well when it is thundering.

    Fish can see upward, but cannot see downward.

    Fish do not bite when the wind is in the south.

    Fish for the first time in the season on Good Friday and you will be lucky at fishing all year.

    Fish on the west side of the bank, if the wind is in the west.

    Fish when the sign is in the "feet' for luck.

    Fish will not bite if it thunders.

    Fish will not bite if you use a bright cork on your line.

    Fish with three or five lines, never with one line, to catch the most fish.

    Fishing on Friday is unlucky.

    Fishing with crossed lines is unlucky.

    Go fishing just after a hard rain.

    Good days to fish are the 17th and 18th of the month.

    If a dragon fly lights on the cork quit fishing for you will catch nothing.

    If a fisherman goes out to fish, he should always pray/ For perpetual sunshine that will not fade away/ And he will have good luck all day.

    If a person goes fishing every Sunday, someday he will catch the devil on his hook and be snatched off the bank into the water and may drown.

    If a rain comes slowly and falls gently, fish will continue to bite.

    If fish flop out of the water, fishing is no good, because they are not hungry and will not bite.

    If fish in a globe are still and inactive, fishing is no good; if fish in a globe are lively, fishing is good.

    If fish in a tank are at the top, it is a good day for fishing; if your fish stay at the bottom, don't go fishing, for it is a poor fishing day.

    If it rains, catfish will bite.

    If on your way to fish, you see a pin, pick it up for luck; failing to pick it up will bring you bad luck.

    If the end of your pole touches the water, you will not be successful at fishing.

    If the wind is in the south and it is cloudy, you can pull out fish as fast as you put your line in the water.

    If you drop your line when going to put it on the pole, throw the line away and attach a new line for you will not get fish on the line you dropped.

    If you go fishing and see a big fish jump up, it will be bad luck for you all day.

    If you go fishing and play a French harp (harmonicon), all the snakes around will come.

    If you go on a fishing party, the first person to catch a fish will have good luck.

    If you go to a pond and make the water real muddy, the fish will all come to the top.

    If you talk while fishing, the fish will hear you and not bite.

    If you want to catch a two or three pound fish, always use a grasshopper for bait.

    If you want to fish for rough fish - cat, buffalo, sturgeon or carp - fish with your bait deep.

    If you want to fish for game fish, fish with your bait shallow.

    If your bait runs out, dip your hook in motor oil; which is very good for catfish.

    It is unlucky to take a dog on a fishing trip.

    It is unlucky to bait your hook with a worm by using your left hand.

    Let your shadow fall on the water while you are fishing and you will scare the fish away.

    Never fish with a seine on a clear night; you will have any luck until you fish on a cloudy night.

    Never let anyone step over your line; it will cause you bad luck.

    Never tell anyone how many fish you have, while you are fishing, or you will be unlucky.

    Put a cigarette paper on your hook, put it in the water and keep walking back and forth with the line to catch bass.

    Put safetida on the bait and fish will bite.

    Saving the first fish caught brings better luck, but throwing it away is like throwing your luck away.

    Spitting on your bait will give you luck.

    The best time to gig fish is when they begin to roll following the first three warm days of spring; and they will roll for three days.

    The person who swears while fishing will not catch a fish.

    The sign of the "fish" is the good time for fishing.

    Throwing a pebble into the water excites the fish and makes them bite.

    To catch sunfish or perch, use salty pork for bait.

    To change poles while fishing will bring you bad luck.

    Turn your pocket inside out and you will catch catfish.

    Use an even number of hooks on your line for luck, as fish will not bite if the number is odd.

    Use cake for bait and you will catch a lot of fish.

    Use dough balls to catch carp.

    When a rain comes rapidly and falls heavily, fish will stop biting.

    When a small minnow jumps out of the water,it will be a great and successful day for you, and you will have good luck all day and come home with lots of fish.

    When owls hoot during the day is a good time for catching catfish.

    When the wind is in the east, fish on the east side of the bank.

    When the wind is in the southwest/ The fish bite the best.

    When you go fishing, if you will take an old looking-glass and hold it so the sun can hit it, it will blind the fish so you can catch them with your hands.

    When you go fishing, spit on the line and you will get fish by the peck.

    When you lose your hook, tie bait on the line and continue fishing.

    Wind from the south, hook in the mouth/ Wind from the east, bite the least/ Wind from the north, further off/ Wind from the west, bite the best.

    You will not catch any fish, if you see fish humping on a rainy day.

    You will not catch any more fish if you are struck by a fish's fin.

    You will not have any luck, if you fish when the sign is in the "head."

    Your will have bad luck, if you fish on Sunday.

    from: http://tribes.tribe.net/b9b544af-89e...a-9b1f3c71a3e2

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    Quote Originally Posted by RMiller View Post
    O.K. so here goes.

    I have many strange things that happen while fishing. Share some of your experiences.

    The King salmon that I had mounted in 1997 is in no way my biggest and I have caught a couple dozen that size before. Thing is I have not landed one bigger than 32 pounds since I had that one mounted. I think that is crazy strange. Hoping to stop the "curse" this summer.



    Another thing is that many times when I am trout fishing if I actually see a fish while out on the water I suddenly start get tangles like mad. All of a sudden its like all my line can do is get tangled on everything. This happened to me two days ago. My daughters lure was floating in the water and a trout came up to look at it. In the next two minutes I had every rod in the trees at least once and put the hooks from two different lures into my hat. Along with every snippet of line that I was saving in the bottom of the raft getting tangled up all over me too.

    So what do you have to put up with while trying to fish?

    You're about stinkin' funny! You could give Pat McManus a run for his money. - it sounds to me like a little more focus and less panic would do you some good; I get excited too when I see fish (especially when I see silvers eat whatever fly I throw), but loosing your cool when a fish shows up is the perfect way to loose your fish and possibly some tackle.


    focus grasshopper... focus..... OH LOOKIT, THERE'S A FISH!!!!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ishmael View Post
    .......As for bananas on the boat: Try being seasick for a couple or three days straight.
    Nothing holds a body together in an overheated stateroom in a 940Mb low like bananas and gatorade - they taste just as good coming back up as they did going down; and the potassium helps fight cramps from dehydration.

    Ask me how I know. ....
    Ummm...............I'll just believe you..........

    ....BTW, we were Westward's #1 opie boat the year I discovered that little fact of human physiology.
    Apparently, the "Bananas on the boat" thing primarily applies to pleasure boatin' and day sailin'; not steel boats
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    That may well be true. I know bananas can be found on naval warships.

    I know I'll never allow them on any ice fishing trip I participate in anymore........

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    Quote Originally Posted by RMiller View Post
    O.K. so here goes.

    I have many strange things that happen while fishing. Share some of your experiences.

    The King salmon that I had mounted in 1997 is in no way my biggest and I have caught a couple dozen that size before. Thing is I have not landed one bigger than 32 pounds since I had that one mounted. I think that is crazy strange. Hoping to stop the "curse" this summer.



    Another thing is that many times when I am trout fishing if I actually see a fish while out on the water I suddenly start get tangles like mad. All of a sudden its like all my line can do is get tangled on everything. This happened to me two days ago. My daughters lure was floating in the water and a trout came up to look at it. In the next two minutes I had every rod in the trees at least once and put the hooks from two different lures into my hat. Along with every snippet of line that I was saving in the bottom of the raft getting tangled up all over me too.

    So what do you have to put up with while trying to fish?
    Its all about self control. My dad, a very strong, physical kind of guy, used to say "if it doesnt fit, force it, and if it breaks it needed replacing anyway." Well he was fly fishing, saw moby trout coming for the fly, the trout sipped up the fly and dad struck so hard that the trout was vaulted skyward and landed on the other side of the boat. I don't remember if the trout was actually landed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Back Country Robb View Post


    focus grasshopper... focus..... OH LOOKIT, THERE'S A FISH!!!!!!!!
    Exactly!!



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    I remember once in Montana I was walking a little creek and came across a big brown waiting under a cut bank. I was using a wooly worm which I did manage to catch a 17" Rainbow on a few minutes before. The Brown though was a 2 footer. I got all excited and cast the wooly worm too far and it tangled in the bushes on the cut bank. In the commotion the Brown took off and my wooly worm became unravelled looking like an unwound mummy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RMiller View Post
    O.K. so here goes.

    I have many strange things that happen while fishing. Share some of your experiences.

    The King salmon that I had mounted in 1997 is in no way my biggest and I have caught a couple dozen that size before. Thing is I have not landed one bigger than 32 pounds since I had that one mounted. I think that is crazy strange. Hoping to stop the "curse" this summer.


    sounds like that mount is cursing you. ill tell you what, ill take that mount off your hands and accept the curse that comes with it and wont charge you a penny for my services. here to help in any way i can

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark View Post
    ........And it's an old, worldwide curse........:

    http://books.google.com/books?id=a-w...Y1aJ5avc&hl=en

    http://www.ausfish.com.au/vforum/showthread.php?t=62691

    http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/latimes/...F&pqatl=google

    I even had an ice fishing trip this winter ruined by a friend who brought a banana.

    IT IS THE FORBIDDEN FRUIT FOR FISHERMEN. DON'T BRING THEM..............
    normally I would say that is true, but yesterday I caught a 43 lb king while my father-in-law was eating a banana. Got me 3rd place in the Petersburg salmon derby. I guess this banana was just bad luck for the other boats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKBoater View Post
    Originally Posted by Mark
    ........And it's an old, worldwide curse........:

    I even had an ice fishing trip this winter ruined by a friend who brought a banana.

    IT IS THE FORBIDDEN FRUIT FOR FISHERMEN. DON'T BRING THEM..............
    normally I would say that is true, but yesterday I caught a 43 lb king while my father-in-law was eating a banana. Got me 3rd place in the Petersburg salmon derby. I guess this banana was just bad luck for the other boats.
    Naw; the bad-luck-banana was overwhelmed by your good-luck-father-in-law.

    Bring him on all your fishing trips, banana or not.........

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    Once when fishing with my father on a large lake in northern canada for trophy brook trout lake trout and salmon, I witnessed what I have since then called the Canadian fire drill. My father and I were trolling in a small 16 foot boat with an outboard. My dad was running the tiller and we both were fishing sinking fly line loaded rods with streamer fly's. it was sunny and nice and we were both relaxing enjoing the day, when my dads reel started to let out line. It was a slow steady pull, not bottom but a pretty soft hit. I watched half asleep as my father lifted his rod, looked at his reel, then stood up and dived over the stern of the boat fully clothed and fly rod in hand. The water wasn't more than 45 degrees, and we were in the middle of the lake. I was so stunned I just sat there staring while the boat continued to slowly troll away from him. After a minute or so I realized I should probably get up and turn the boat around. When i got to him, I helped him back into the boat, he changed his shirt and sat down to fish again. About 1 minute later the fishing became intense, and for the next hour or two we couldn't keep a line in the water. When we got back to our camp later that day and met our fishing partners, as we sat chatting around the fire I asked him why he had decided to take a swim. My father said when the fish had taken out his line he had watched his line break on the spool between the main line and the backing. As his line went through the last few eyes of his rod he had attempted to jump and grab it, thus ending up in the lake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akfishfool View Post
    ......it was sunny and nice and we were both relaxing enjoing the day, when my dads reel started to let out line. It was a slow steady pull, not bottom but a pretty soft hit. I watched half asleep as my father lifted his rod, looked at his reel, then stood up and dived over the stern of the boat fully clothed and fly rod in hand.......


    Sounds like something out of a Mel Brooks movie!

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