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Old 12-26-2012, 11:52 AM
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In about 1986 were returning to Richland, Washington on the Columbia River after a trip up river for an evening picnic on a sand bar. The moon was full and we had planned to return in the moonlight. This was before GPS and we were navigating by intensive chart reading and following the depth contours. My wife read the chart and my 8-year old daughter looked over my shoulder to read the the flasher depth sounder. I am focused on watching the water ahead as we navigated between islands in the river. Ahead of me is a strange swirl of water; at first it looked like a fish had jumped. Then another and another. Then I see a white wake of a boat somewhere ahead. I seem to be gaining on the wake quite rapidly but see no navigation lights on the boat. All of a sudden I see a second and larger wake in front of me and it all makes sense (sort of). I am going 30 mph directly behind a water skier that is being pulled by a boat with no lights on. We safely passed them but I never expected to pass an unlighted skier and unlighted boat at 10:00 pm on a night run. Of course their actions were clearly illegal and massively stupid. The experience made me a much better boater.
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Old 12-26-2012, 12:11 PM
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christmas eve a whale surfaced right in front of my boat, i had to come off plane to avoid him. i slowed just in time to see him swim slowly about 10ft under the boat... then about 1/4 mile from the jetty we saw a big ray jump three times.... a couple months ago we threw our jug on some bottom. As we were circling to anchor we noticed a HUGE object nosed up to it. it was a big sunfish just hovering at the jug..... It seems that every time we go out we have some sort of cool experience. That itself is worth the trip most of the time.
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Old 12-26-2012, 12:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Fubar512 View Post
That's one of several species of Warbler that migrate from the Maritimes to the Carribean, Central, and South America, every Autumn. They travel most of the way over water, sometimes flying for three days straight without stopping!

I've had them land on my boat while out at the canyons, and spend the night, taking off at first light. I usually pour fresh water into a bottle cap, and they scarf it down immediately when I offer it to them. Poor little guys are so exhausted, that when they alight onto a boat, they act tame, often allowing one to handle them.
Fubar- you're right! Those little guys would land anywhere- on top of my hat, in one of our tackle drawers. Now it makes sense- they are beat. Nice idea on the bottle cap.

Crazy thing I've seen was three guys clinging to a sinking bay boat 20 or so miles off shore. We rescued them- their boat sank. It was brand new
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Old 12-26-2012, 12:29 PM
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Back in 1988, we were coming out of Cuttyhunk Island on a nice calm day with seas of glass when all-of-a-sudden, this giant 25 foot wave came looming over our port side. I thought we were going to be swimming for sure. I quickly turned towards it and powered through. On the other side, the sea was like glass again. Weird.
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Old 12-26-2012, 12:31 PM
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I fish light tackle spinning gear for salmon.
One day, while trolling alone something hit the lure and took off away from the boat.
I ran out of line and got spooled...gone.

About half hour later, after resetting the downriggers, I spotted something white on the surface a few hundred yards off.

I trolled over and damned if it wasn't a coho belly up on the surface!
Got the net and began manuvering over to net him, but he woke up, rolled over and swam down and out of sight.

While storing the net, I noticed some mono in the water laying against the rigger cable...took hold of it and began winding it in hand over hand.

150 yards of mono later, up came the tuckered coho and I netted him.
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Old 12-26-2012, 01:14 PM
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The way it's been going lately, the strangest thing that will happen on my boat is that I'll catch a fish.
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Old 12-26-2012, 01:43 PM
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Strangest thing that happened to me on the water.= Linda Cameron
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Old 12-26-2012, 01:55 PM
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Originally Posted by fishes4fish View Post
My Dad and I were riding in a creek on a 17' Mckee Craft. All of a sudden the engine warning light/horn starts screaming and the motor shuts down. Almost simultaneously a dolphin surfaces right in front of the boat and as we are coming down off plane you could feel the boat bump into him. We would have absolutely run that guy over had the engine not shut down. As far as we know he wasnt injured since we saw him surface a few more times and was swimming away just fine. Dad owned that boat for another 10 years and the engine never did that again.
That is pretty cool my friend.
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Old 12-26-2012, 02:04 PM
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had a whale shark bring in tuna on an overnight chunking trip. Whale shark would not leave, we eventually hours later started the boat to run home. Had a awesome night with yellowfin tuna
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Old 12-26-2012, 02:39 PM
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I've had some strange things happen on Lake Erie.

I was perch fishing late in the fall about 10 miles offshore by West Sister Island. It was dead calm, the anchor line was slack because there was no wind at all.

I was fishing about 1 mile south of the island when the tree's on the island started blowing around like crazy and leaves were flying up into the air, I had no idea what was going on but it scared the crap out of me. About 2 minutes later a waterspout dropped down between me and the island. It moved west and I wanted to get close to it so I pulled up anchor. An absolutely amazing sight up close.

Out walleye fishing (trolling)with my buddy and his dad around South Bass Island. One of the lines went down and I grabbed it and started reeling. It just felt like a weight on the line no run or pull like a fish would do. I get it up to the boat and there is something on the hook lift it into the boat and it's an huge eyeball about the size of a cue ball. My buddies dad was yelling me to get rid of it because it was really stinky and was making him sick. I slapped it down in water and it fell off of the hook. Afterwards I thought I should have kept it because none of us could figure out what animal would be big enough to have an eyeball so huge.

Have had this happen a few times where we were fishing and the lake was calm and all of a sudden a really large wave hit the boat. Usually you could hear and see it coming from a distance. I don't understand the dynamics of how it happens but it's certainly strange when it happens.

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Old 12-26-2012, 02:42 PM
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Originally Posted by auntiepaula View Post
Back in 1988, we were coming out of Cuttyhunk Island on a nice calm day with seas of glass when all-of-a-sudden, this giant 25 foot wave came looming over our port side. I thought we were going to be swimming for sure. I quickly turned towards it and powered through. On the other side, the sea was like glass again. Weird.
Were you on a battleship?
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Originally Posted by RussH View Post
I've had some strange things happen on Lake Erie.

I was perch fishing late in the fall about 10 miles offshore by West Sister Island. It was dead calm, the anchor line was slack because there was no wind at all.

I was fishing about 1 mile south of the island when the tree's on the island started blowing around like crazy and leaves were flying up into the air, I had no idea what was going on but it scared the crap out of me. About 2 minutes later a waterspout dropped down between me and the island. It moved west and I wanted to get close to it so I pulled up anchor. An absolutely amazing sight up close.

Out walleye fishing (trolling)with my buddy and his dad around South Bass Island. One of the lines went down and I grabbed it and started reeling. It just felt like a weight on the line no run or pull like a fish would do. I get it up to the boat and there is something on the hook lift it into the boat and it's an huge eyeball about the size of a cue ball. My buddies dad was yelling me to get rid of it because it was really stinky and was making him sick. I slapped it down in water and it fell off of the hook. Afterwards I thought I should have kept it because none of us could figure out what animal would be big enough to have an eyeball so huge.

Have had this happen a few times where we were fishing and the lake was calm and all of a sudden a really large wave hit the boat. Usually you could hear and see it coming from a distance. I don't understand the dynamics of how it happens but it's certainly strange when it happens.

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You threw nessie's eyeball back in the water?
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Old 12-26-2012, 02:45 PM
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Were you on a battleship?
haha, what i was thinking
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Old 12-26-2012, 03:07 PM
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Out fishing with some buddies from work when a French sub surfaces within 50 yards from us, that was very strange!
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Originally Posted by auntiepaula View Post
Back in 1988, we were coming out of Cuttyhunk Island on a nice calm day with seas of glass when all-of-a-sudden, this giant 25 foot wave came looming over our port side. I thought we were going to be swimming for sure. I quickly turned towards it and powered through. On the other side, the sea was like glass again. Weird.
There was an underwater landslide near Block Island. I remember that event because the Super Squirrel III Headboat hit the same wave and was lucky to make it through it.

I was on a new to me 46' Navigator PHMY going from Lauderdale to Stuart when we hit something in 120' of water and she came off plane, then went back on plane. I had a professional captain at the helm since I was unfamiliar with the boat & area, and had him circle back to see what we hit. He said he didn't see anything prior to hitting it. I saw a bunch of blood and chunks of white meat and it smelled really fishy. I think we either hit a nurse shark or a big sunfish. Had to be big to stop a 30,000 # boat.
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Originally Posted by Ridefreemc View Post
Happened to me in 1986 (and in the early 70s, but that wasn't on a boat).

Not "On the water", but add to post above about stopping the winch, but this was a bit different. My boat was coming off the back and I did not have the lock on. Slack was taken out and spun the handle right into my mouth - broke a tooth off.
Thats pretty dang funny dude. I forgot to add that my wife came up to me and said "Should that handle be spinning like that Honey". My reply was "I got this under control". LOL
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Originally Posted by RussH View Post
I've had some strange things happen on Lake Erie.

I was perch fishing late in the fall about 10 miles offshore by West Sister Island. It was dead calm, the anchor line was slack because there was no wind at all.

I was fishing about 1 mile south of the island when the tree's on the island started blowing around like crazy and leaves were flying up into the air, I had no idea what was going on but it scared the crap out of me. About 2 minutes later a waterspout dropped down between me and the island. It moved west and I wanted to get close to it so I pulled up anchor. An absolutely amazing sight up close.

Out walleye fishing (trolling)with my buddy and his dad around South Bass Island. One of the lines went down and I grabbed it and started reeling. It just felt like a weight on the line no run or pull like a fish would do. I get it up to the boat and there is something on the hook lift it into the boat and it's an huge eyeball about the size of a cue ball. My buddies dad was yelling me to get rid of it because it was really stinky and was making him sick. I slapped it down in water and it fell off of the hook. Afterwards I thought I should have kept it because none of us could figure out what animal would be big enough to have an eyeball so huge.

Have had this happen a few times where we were fishing and the lake was calm and all of a sudden a really large wave hit the boat. Usually you could hear and see it coming from a distance. I don't understand the dynamics of how it happens but it's certainly strange when it happens.

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I ran charters on Lake Erie for decades before moving south and had many strange things happen. Waves like you described happened more than a few times. Once on a 1' day trolling toward shore about 23 miles off a wave of at least 8' came. More like on the Atlantic-- no cap just a huge roller but makes you wonder. Another time while drifting eastwardly the 24' boat started moving westward. Not another boat in sight. Set the hook on a ????? and did not get a fight but a steady pull for about an hour. We moved against the wind for over a mile. Best guess a sturgeon but never saw what took us for a ride.
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Originally Posted by nausetlight View Post
Out fishing with some buddies from work when a French sub surfaces within 50 yards from us, that was very strange!
I would have sh*t a brick lol.
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I would have sh*t a brick lol.
I would have asked them to surrender
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Originally Posted by Gary999 View Post
Were you on a battleship?

Haha I almost typed something very similar.
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