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May 02, 2020

The Occasional Fishing Thread, Mysteries of Life Edition [Bandersnatch]

Welcome Piscators and Piscatrixes, Nimrods and Nimrettes, and Rough Riders of all genders to the current installment of the occasional fishing and hunting and other wholesome outdoorsness thread, What the Actual Edition.

One of the things that draws us to nature is the chance of encountering unexpected things. You can see a Bald Eagle where none was expected. There are two ospreys on my lake now, I thought they were seaside birds.


I am going to tell one story as an invitation for you to tell your stories. I was fishing in the surf at Nauset, Cape Cod. That’s an east-facing place, so in the morning the waves are backlit by the sun. Striped bass (the world’s finest fish) swim in the surf. On this particular morning you could see them suspended in the waves. I mean there was a decent surf up and the fish seemed to be hanging in the air because they were in the waves not below them.

And I cast to a fish and I felt the solid take and then I saw it eat the fly. I know that I felt it before it happened. Or the visual processing part was working slower than the physical part because I felt it then saw it. This kind of thing draws me back. The wonder of it all.

What have you seen that was wonderful, unexpected, or paranormal?

Reader Jeyi sends this in response to the canoe thread:

Here’s my conversion of a standard mid-1970s Ouachita aluminum canoe into sailing canoe: everything’s my own design and fabrication except for the sail itself, which is an officially endorsed product (once removed) from the American Canoe Association (ACA). The homemade rig, including the glued-up hollow spars (!), is consistent with ACA one-design class rules. I’ve never had it an an ACA-sanctioned race/regatta, but here on Shabbona Lake (c. 100 km w. of the Chicago loop) i was amazed and delighted to see that I could easily keep up with, and point as high as, a modern plastic racing cat-rigged sloop; maybe it was a Laser or something of that ilk.,


KenR also had a fine response to the canoe thread:

I've had this pic in my folder, used it a couple or 3 times when a friend says the right thing!


Jeyi and KenR sent me content. You didn’t. Be like Jeyi and KenR.

And with that we move on to the raison d’etre of this here HQ, the comments section. Brickbats, praise, and fish brag pics are welcome at aoshqfish at sign gmail thing

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