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Old 08-31-2015, 03:29 PM
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We were down around savannah chasing a lousy inshore bite on Saturday. Had mud minnows in one live well and netted some shrimp that went in another live well. Back at the boat ramp I had several shrimp still so I pulled the plug and they all darted down the drain. Thought wow that was easy and quick. NOPE. Got home Saturday night about midnight and washed the boat down. Walked out the door for work this morning and caught a WHIF.... Oof, what in the hell is that? Get home this evening and DAAMN! Shrimp! Mixed up a bucket of soapy water and tossed in the one that had swimps. Watched the drain port on the side of the hull. Out comes a shrimp head. Could see several more up in there. So I found a "stick" and jigged out more. 12 more! Guess they couldnt see the light at the end of the tunnel. I will now be netting every single bait out of the tank from now on. Geeze! My whole yard stinks to hell and back! Won't do that again.
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I had frozen herring in the livewell to thaw out. Used about half for fishing that day, then forgot they were in there.


For a week.


In 90 degree heat.


They turned to liquid.
Old 08-31-2015, 03:49 PM
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Winged a pinfish in my buddies go fast boat about 10 yrs ago, landed under the gunnel behind some sort of panel, i didnt say a word. He still to this day talks about the smell in his boat that would never go away.
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I can imagine that smell would blister a Bulldogs ass. Shrimp for two days was bad enough.
Old 08-31-2015, 10:14 PM
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I left a cardboard box with a bag of oysters in my car trunk. This was when I lived in Myrtle Beach in the very early fall with still hot summer like days. The smell knocked me over when I lifted the trunk lid. Took a while to get rid of the smell no doubt.
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Last year a few days after returning from Murrell's Inlet I found these mud minnows in my bilge sump where there was about 1/2 inch of soapy water..
I vacuumed 4 out of there.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6W96JPzUSJo
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have had them in the drain of livewell as well as between the gunnell compartment and deck of the boat. they were so hard to get out because they were like mush. yes, that smell will hang around for quite awhile, especially a garage kept boat. i need a screen cover for my livewell drain since their not responsible enough to just let the thing drain on its own without one getting trapped.
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Mine was 3 or 4 day old ballyhoo left in the fish box and forgotten about in August. God, I can still remember the stench. I thing I was gagging for 30 minutes after I got rid of them.
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I had a bait freezer fulla chum, frozen herring, squid, shrimp , etc in an outdoor un-airconditoined enclosure. must have been 100+ of pounds of it all

Contractor came over, unplugged it, did his work, then forgot to re-plug.

4 weeks in the july heat the black broth brewed.

Until, on my birthday, I decided it was time to go fishing and opened the freezer and reached in....

Never, have I ever, smelled anything like that.

I threw that freezer away same day.
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A few weeks back my buddy left a box of squid and a few bunker in my livewell. I was away for a week and when I came back I could smell it from the ramp to my dock. It's the worst thing I've ever smelled. Thank god for bleach.
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Never leave squid in a cooler in the sun for four days. I did that once.

It's a toss-up, literally!! whether rotten shrimp or rotten squid smell worse.

Oh and that big sportfish where the bait freezer died... That was epic.
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I once had a 1 gallon jug of milk split open on the floor of my car. After an hour of wet/dry vacuuming I thought I'd cleaned it properly. A week later it was so vile that it wasn't possible to get in the car without gagging. I ended up removing the entire interior. What I found was that under the carpet there were little troughs in the floor pan that were full of what had essentially turned into yogurt. My stomach is turning now as I'm recalling that cleanup job.
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There was this trashy sorority girl I met in college.....
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I forgot to remove two sardines from my live well. After a week of them cooking in the Florida sun, they turned to liquid. They smelled so bad, even after the live well was filled with water, you could still smell them. All that was left was their silhouette.
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Forgot, had a breaker trip and my garage freezer loaded with bait and fish to eat went bad after I finally noticed the smell coming in the house. I liked to have thrown up trying to get that thing cleaned out. Was really close to just trashing it.
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Sooooo... What are y'all doing for lunch???
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Anchovies for lunch?
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I've got 2 stories...

We had a neighbor as kids we were friends with, everybody including parents and kids were friends with my parents and my brother and I, so we goofed on eachother all the time. As a prank I hid a crab in each of their big flower pots by their front door one mid-summer day. About 3 days later the wife comes over, mind you I'm probably 13 and she's in her 30's or 40's or whatever, and is super pissed that she thinks this lady from up the street did something to her house b/c it smelled so bad. It was horrible. Worst part is that I was so scared that I never told them or anybody and they never found the crabs. It smelled for like 2 months. Kind of funny now, but I felt horrible back then.

My other story was a total accident. I had gone fishing with my buddy and he had an old Nissan 240SX. We were in high school and I'm sure while we were out fishing we lost sobriety in some way. Either way, I had put a box of squid in his trunk area, that was open to the backseat area, and it was a super hot weekend and he didn't get in his car for the next few days. I was hanging around the house and got a call from him and he was flipping out. The squid had turned to basically liquid and gotten down in his spare tire compartment and all in the frame area down there. His car was rank, like really bad! We cleaned that thing for hours with bleach and it still stunk for weeks to come. I still feel bad about that, but of course after this much time it's a great story we brink up from time to time.
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Been there, done that. Now I try to always remember to flush both live well drains after I've used them.
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Never fails that a carne or egg burrito gets left in the fridge, or worse, the cabin. The boat sits in the Mexican sun for a month or two and bakes and the burritos ferment to a fine degree of ripeness. When you open that cabin or the fridge, the smell nearly knocks you down on the deck. A large bottle of Fabreeze stays in the cabin for that very reason. It's the only way to fight off the smell long enough to find that offending tortilla-wrapped delight and remove it with hazmat gear on.

As we were coming back into the harbor, I asked my son to net all the bait fish out of the tank and toss them over the side. So, in his infinite wisdom, he figures he'll just pull the drain pipe to make them easier to catch as I scream "Noooooooo!!!" Too late. The small sand bass we use for grouper bait immediately slide on down the plumbing and get stuck there. An hour later, we're putting all the plumbing back together again. At least I saw it happen and didn't find out a month later!

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