Pass Lake eagle makes the news...

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  1. wapiti

    wapiti New Member

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    No. Not Tony. But I know him well.
     
  2. astrofisher

    astrofisher Clear Skies

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    Not the first to do it. Eagle got a meal, man got a laugh, fish got an experience of a lifetime. Mountain out of a mole hill - move on.
     
  3. Jim Speaker

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    Eh he was a shitty fisherman or he was baiting the eagle to give it a free meal and continue its behavior. Any body worth their friggin salt hears wing beats and lets the fish dive - you don't keep it up on the surface waiting for the eagle to take it. That's f'ing stupid. But if he was actually stupid enough to want to catch the eagle he'd have been using heavier line and a bigger hook. The thing he's guilty of is being a dumbshit with a YouTube based esteem.

    Your honor, he either sucks or is a baiter. Yes, a master of baiting. Or, he sucks. Either way your honor, throw the book at him!

    Lol. What a load of crud.

    And btw FU wapiti for joining within a day of this being posted and posting 3x only on this thread. Nice credentials.
     
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  4. nwtroutguy

    nwtroutguy The Tug Is The Drug

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    That is THEIR lake and we play by THEIR rules. This has been happening more over the last couple of years, but it is not that big of a deal as you just have to keep an eye on them. Any "eithical" hunter/fisherman would realize that there may be an Eagle or Osprey at a lake that gets fished here in the NW and act accordingly. We as society cannot just declassify animals/birds off the endangered list because they are reclaiming THEIR territory. Controls are put in place to ensure a balance for everybody's enjoyment.

    Try taking a pair of binoculars next time you are out and you may see and appreciate things in a different light.
     
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  5. Jim Darden

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    This is the dumbest charge I've ever heard of. What he should have done is shoot the eagle to allow him to retrieve his fish. I'd like to do that with the seals and loons, but the Feds don't like it! Besides, all the eagle fans say an eagle won't feed if people are present and will starve to death.....that's why we don't disturb the eagles by fishing the river while they are feeding. It is amazing how we can make a Federal Case out of something that happens in the wild because the folks pushing the agenda have never been out of their house. The guy may have been a jerk but this does not warrant Federal intervention.....
     
  6. Jim Speaker

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    You are right in that it doesn't warrant a fed investigation. Like I said if the guy intended to catch the bird he'd have used heavier line and a bigger hook. Oh wait then he wouldn't have likely hooked an easy bow. He was feeding the eagle and later his ego. He's a dick but won't be prosecuted as such. Don't waste my tax dollars going after him. Unfortunately there isn't a law against being an ass hat. His worst thing really is feeding a C&R fish to a bird. What an ass hat.
     
  7. Ron McNeal

    Ron McNeal Life's good!

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    Here's a good photo of a similar theft. Look closely (click to enlarge the shot) and you'll see the rod tip and a taunt leader leading down to the fish:

    eagle.jpg
     
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    Wow, great shot!!!!!
     
  9. Jim Speaker

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    Ya, that house sold! ;)
     
  10. Ron McNeal

    Ron McNeal Life's good!

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    That really is a great photo, but I sure didn't take it; I downloaded it from:

    Orvis.com/News Fly Fishing Blog.
     
  11. Salmo_g

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    Just shows that people who make videos of themselves and then post them on the internet may be a card or two short of a full deck.

    Sg
     
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    Nice photo
     
  13. 10incher

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    A lot of whooping it up about NOTHING! Even if the guy went to the market, bought a farm raised trout carcass and baited that eagle... So the "F" what!?! That eagle does this for a living. The guy doesn't want to catch the eagle. Just get it on film. I was recently dogged by two eagles at Ebey's landing on Whidbey. They had seen me catch a fish and one waited FIFTEEN FEET BEHIND ME!!! watching for me to pull another fish out. It was actually a little unnerving. I ended up tossing them the 18" lings I was catching so they would go away. Once I fed the one dogging me the other took it's place in line. Each got one fish. At face value that's illegal. Feeding those fish to the eagles is basically keeping them and misusing them. Not to mention the "harassing wildlife" charges proposed in that video. I'm planning on doing it again though. But I'll bring store fish. I think my wife would get a real kick out of it. The eagles were taking fish six feet from me! I could feel the wind from their wings! What a thing to share with your significant other and the eagles get a treat. Who get's hurt? What's the problem?