Odd catch

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  1. Saltman

    Saltman "Just Fish!"

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    On a recent trip to Baja, among the "normal" gamefish I caught I landed a beautiful pufferfish. It made me think about other fly fishers, and what strange species others have encounters in the salt....

    The PNW grand slam for me was Coastal Cutthroat, Silver and Blackmouth. I have heard about Herring, Bullhead and Flounder. Any other thoughts????
     
  2. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    I fished the beaches around Pensacola Beach for many years while stationed there. One day running my usual haunts I caught a sheepshead around some pilings of a decrepid dock on a little crab(its mouth was full of molar like teeth on it cheeks, tongue and roof of the mouth), and a pompano on a sand flea. I then headed home and hit an estuary where I caught a speckled trout and a spanish mackerel. I was not a fly fisherman then, but pretty good gear fisherman. The only thing that I would consider odd was that sheepshead and all those molars in its mouth. Freaky fish in those warmer saltwater locations. I only wish I was a fly fisherman, how exciting all the fish I caught there would have been on a fly rod. (I was single, had a cush job, fished before work and after work almost every day and took lots of days off to fish the whole day in multiple spots).

    Great question Saltman, now I'm going to be useless at work as I nostalgically recall trips involving barracuda, cobia, king mackerel, bonita and wahoo all caught within easy reach of my humble Pensacola house. I should have never sold that house, I could certainly use it as an escape from the PNW every now and then. I'll have to look up a few friends down there to see if they have a spot for a fly fisher to crash. I'd like to give that a shot with a fly rod.
     
  3. Don Freeman

    Don Freeman Free Man

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    My grand slam was mud shark, rat fish, 3 eyed flounder and a sculpin. But that's Commencement Bay.
     
  4. SpeySpaz

    SpeySpaz still an authority on nothing

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    :rofl::rofl::rofl:
     
  5. Rich Schager

    Rich Schager You should have been here yesterday...

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    My odd catch "grand slam" was catching a condom off Bainbridge Island. Didn't fight very much...
     
  6. Connor H

    Connor H Bobbers n Beadz

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    O MY GOD!!! That is the greatest catch EVER!!! My dad snagged a bikini top at the yakima last year though!
     
  7. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    Personally, I think the condom and the bikini is a good catch, but would have been better if either of the following would have been happening:
    1) Dude was still wearing the condom and you snatched it off him like the pebble from my hand grasshopper.
    2) Filly was taunting and teasing your dad and he showed her one...and she showed both of you a pair.

    Rich, how'd you get that body bag off your fly?
     
  8. Rich Schager

    Rich Schager You should have been here yesterday...

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    'Rich, how'd you get that body bag off your fly?'

    I was trashing the water to a froth trying to shake it off & the leader snapped. Which was fine with me, because at that point I really didn't care all that much about the fly...
     
  9. ak_powder_monkey

    ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

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    I once caught a huge sea cucumber once, it was discusting, we cut the line
     
  10. tonemike

    tonemike fish'n glass

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    hey mumbles,
    you're certainly right about florida. i grew up on cape cape canaveral and we used to fish the brackish water (indian river, mosquito lagoon, and hallover canal) all the time with my buddy's dad who was an old florida cracker and top notch commercial fisherman. though we'd usually target something specific, you never knew what you'd catch. i remember one still saturday (the three of us) catching reds (not communists), black drum, speckled trout (which are also drum), snook, and one little sailors choice. it was pretty amazing. as my dad never took me fishing, it really was great that my buddy and his dad would drag me all over the place to fish. we used their gear mostly and fished a lot with bait and lures, but we used his version of seducers and mullet patterns too on heavy fiberglass fly rods. good times.

    oh ya, a few months back we were bottom fishing in the sound and my son caught a red irish lord. those sure are weird looking suckers.

    -mike

     
  11. Jim Speaker

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    Sea cucumbers and sponges... thank for dredging up those memories for me. I'd forgotten about the nastier side of fishing the Sound. Yuckkkkkk!
     
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    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    I once caught a 27 lb white king off Camano Island.
     
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    I caught a 19-lb cabezon off of Port Angeles drift-fishing for blackmouth.
     
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    ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

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    holy crap that is weird, a salmon in washington? :thumb::rofl:
     
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    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    It was for Washington as these fish usually end up, up in Canada.
     
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    i guess i'll add more to the "florida" category. on one trip i managed: a shovelhead shark, sting ray, baby goliath grouper, and a catfish along with the normal sea trout, sheepshead, and ladyfish.
     
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    Hooker Banned or Parked

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    what was more amazing is that OMJ was actually out fishing and caught something.


    one time up in AK we were fishing halibut and I reeled up and old bicycle. funny thing is, it was just like reeling up a little hali. Same day i did hook a big one, well over 200 that we cut the line on because we didnt want to have to deal with it in the small boat.
     
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    caught this bad boy in october
     

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    SpeySpaz still an authority on nothing

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    Commercials make weird catches too-
    we caught parts of a whale skeleton in the trawl once in the Bering Sea, a great white shark, and an 80 lb King. not on the same day...
    The whale vertebrae were the size of ottomans, man. two foot around and probably 18" high.
    Ribs were 18' long. Man that thing stank.
    Lots of weird stuff on the bottom of the ocean.
     
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    Fishing with baited jigs in in southern Japan, I pulled up a sea snake. We cut the line on that one...

    Caught all kinds of crazy stuff over there, most of which got eaten. If it was too weird to serve as a dish on it's own, it was invariably chopped into pieces and put into soup, eyeballs and all...
     

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