Speaking of Controversy

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  1. GAT

    GAT Dumbfounded

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    What's the deal with no bananas allowed on fishing boats?

    Who came up with that one? I've heard some fishing guides are positive that bananas will keep you from catching fish.

    Is there some merit to this weird-o opinion? Can fish actually sense the presence of a banana and scatter to the netherworlds to avoid the fruit?

    Perhaps a purely non-scientific test is in order...
     
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  2. Dan Nelson

    Dan Nelson Hiker, Fisher, Writer, Bum

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    Does that hold true for seaplanes that ferry fishermen, too?

    Snopes.com doesn't say, but it does report that some charter operators even ban the use of the word Banana and a few radicals prevent even images of bananas on their boats—going so far as to ban Fruit of the Loom underwear (and, I would assume, Speedo swimwear, a.k.a "banana hammocks") Who knew going commando was an aid to catching fish from a boat?
     
  3. GAT

    GAT Dumbfounded

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    Yes
     
  4. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    Trying to start something, Gene.
     
  5. fredaevans

    fredaevans Active Member

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    My fav. Banana (apparently true) was from the 1940 when some famous actress asked a young stage hand: "Is that a Banana in your pocket or are you just glad to see me?"
     
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    Old Man Just an Old Man

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  7. GAT

    GAT Dumbfounded

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    Seems to me that Mae West had a line in a movie something like "is that a pistol in your pocket or are you just glad to see me?"

    I don't think banana were mentioned.

    Yes, Jim, I'm trying to start something... a thread :)
     
  8. plaegreid

    plaegreid Saved by the buoyancy of citrus

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    I just bought an inflatable kayak for the wife and me to cruise around in. She has dubbed it the banana boat:
    [​IMG]

    That said, I have nicknamed her "Ghillie", as she makes a pretty good trolling motor for when I'm casting. First outing on it I got a few bass, so warmwater species must be exempt.
     
  9. Mark Yoshida

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    I never eat tuna fish sandwich for lunch.
     
  10. TonyZ

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    Would Plantains have the same effect in general? Or are ALL banana subspecies grouped together?
     
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    Gene...you're on a "slippery slope".... (whooooops!!) :p
     
  12. jeff bandy

    jeff bandy Make my day

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    Bananas are very unlucky if you brought them, caught fish and someone else in the boat got skunked.
     
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  13. freestoneangler

    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    I think you mean oranges... bananas OK, oranges not OK.
     
  14. Chris Bellows

    Chris Bellows Your Preferred WFF Poster

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    superstitions are interesting things and can often be contagious. i don't buy into the banana deal due to a neah bay chinook high liner that always had bananas on the boat but one never knows.

    as for being contagious, when the fishing is hot and heavy the thought of the banana you had for breakfast or in the boat never crosses your mind. when the fishing gets slow your mind starts grinding thinking of every possible reason the fishing is slow. this happened to me last week at neah bay. it was never just that the fish were not there. did i get sunscreen on my fly? do i still have banana breath from breakfast? did i use the wrong dryer sheet when i did laundry? you start thinking like a boxer during training camp and abstain from almost everything. anything for another grab or for the fish to show up like they should be.

    i think the fish just weren't there... but it might have been the bananas i ate for breakfast or my fruit of the loom underwear.

    chris
     
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    Eyejuggler Beech Nut

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    Perhaps if you cover the Banana with a protector of a different (non-banana) color it might negate the bad luck.

    [​IMG]

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    Is that the hand of a man or a woman? I've never needed a "holder" to eat a banana and I've never fished with one. I don't think fish care what you had for breakfast.
     
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    Danielocean Steelhead Virgin

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    Jesus those things should be kept in a chicks lingerie dresser.
     
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    Well $hit, I eat a banana every morning on the way to the beach!
     
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    The first time I went to Alaska I was on a trip with my Dad. It was an awesome week, some gear fishing for salmon and also my first time fly fishing.

    I showed up at the boat launch to meet our guide for the day on the second morning, and I think someone had tipped him off about what I had packed for lunch. He asked if anyone had bananas. Not knowing anything about the superstition (or much of anything else), I told him I did. He told me to get rid of it before getting in his boat. I asked if I could eat it, and he said yes, but don't bring it in the boat.

    We caught a lot of fish that day and that week. It's one of the best memories that I have of spending time with my Dad.

    I have questioned a lot of things people have told me in my life but I have never brought a banana with me on a fishing trip in the 14 years since then.
     

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