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Funny Fishing Stories

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HAPPY

A good friend of mine brought his family to visit this weekend and we were telling old stories.  He shared the two experiences below that had me laughing so hard they brought tears to my eyes -- figured I would share them and start a thread inviting you to share your own funny fishing stories (or those you have heard others tell).

My friend and his family moved to the Beaumont area when he was a teenager.  He and his only brother began to explore the bayous like most adventurous teens would -- they had these two experiences, both taking place during that first summer:

While fishing for catfish with chicken livers, they had some success.  They were tossing the fish into the boat and letting them flop around since they could not wait to bait the hook and catch the next one.  When they drifted by an embankment, they paid no attention to the ground just above them.  Suddenly, a nutria rat, enticed by the boat's cargo, leapt from the embankment above right into the boat.  Neither my friend nor his brother had previously seen a nutria rat.  My friend says that he had an entirely instinctive reaction, one in which his nervous system shouted to his brain, "Monster in boat!" and forced him to jump involuntarily overboard.  His brother had the same reaction.  Then as the nutria snagged a catfish, it left the boat and reversed the process, sending my friend and his sibling scrambling back into the boat at maximum speed.

Later that summer, while roaming through those bayous in a boat, they came across a giant loggerhead turtle shell afloat in the swamp.  As they approached the massive shell, they saw it was dead and decided that it would be a fantastic find if they could bring the shell home.  While his brother steadied the boat, my friend reached over the side and lifted up the front of the shell.  As he did so, gravity had its predictable effect and tore the rotting carcass away from the shell's inner roof.  This breach permitted the gases (that had built up in the summer heat and kept the shell afloat) to escape, and they did so directly into my friend's face.  He said that although he cannot purge his memory of the vile odor, no words can describe how rancid it smelled.  The shock of this dead turtle "belch" caused him to lose his grip on the shell rim.  Once it slipped from his hand, the shell filled with water and promptly sank to an unrecoverable depth, leaving my friend both empty handed and nauseated.

I am sure that my telling of them is less complete and that reading these experiences is far less funny than hearing them told directly, but I thought I would give it a shot.  Maybe you had to be there . . .

"Life's too short to hunt with a beardless dog . . ."

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Travis county

just a very short story (in the subject) but a very long day

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Matt, that is a funny story.  

That reminds me of a time when  Jerry my hunting partner since grade school and I were catching turtles behind Clyde Lake dam when we were about 17 years old.  We were using broken fishing rods with 100# braided nylon cord tied to the rod handle and tied to the end with a treble hook with pieces of beef for bait.  We had already caught about 20+ regular turtles and a few softshells when  Jerry caught a loggerhead about the size of a 5 gallon lid, got it to the edge of the bank and it came off.  The turtles head and neck were the size of Jerry's fist and forearm, but he immediately stuck his arm under the dark murky water up to his shoulder and grabbed the turtle and pulled it out.  I have always been amazed at his fearless actions.

"A country boy will survive"

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Good story, Don.  Sounds like Jerry'd be glad to go noodlin' anytime -- I'm just not that brave!

"Life's too short to hunt with a beardless dog . . ."

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Great story Don.

Take a child hunting or fishing!!!!!!!!

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I don't care who you are thats funny right there!

"It takes 32 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, but only 3 for a proper trigger pull."

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The date was 1959. A young friend invited me to go with him to run his trotline in the Trinity river above fort Worth. We were 20 years old and he was the youngest meat inspector for USDA.  He had blood bait made up. We needed to catch some striped frogs. Upon arriving at the spot, he stripped  and went in to run the line. Then we went down the river to gig frogs and when we had were coming back I saw a frog near a fallen tree and went around to get it and there it was, a huge alligator track and the end of  a raccoon trail.  I got concerned right away about my friend being out in the river and he got downright scared and didn't think it was an alligator.  He thought it was a go-riller or somthin'. We left right away trying to see the best we could with the coaloil lantern and the more he talked about go-rillers the more his fear spread over to me. We were moving pretty fast when we reached the car. Three weeks later a large alligator was killed nearby and made the papers.

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Great story, Bill!

"Life's too short to hunt with a beardless dog . . ."

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Great story, Bill!

"Life's too short to hunt with a beardless dog . . ."

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My dad and I were fishing Town Lake in Austin, TX this past summer in my 14 foot alumacraft near the IH 35 bridge. Motors are prohibited on the lake so all we had was a trolling motor. The wind was blowing down the middle of the lake and having its way with the light boat. We tried to stay in control of the direction of the boat for about an hour but our struggle was futile. So we agreed to troll back to the ramp and go grab some mexican food. On the way back we passed a creek mouth that emptied into the lake. My dad wanted to stop and fish it so against my will I cut the trolling moter and dropped the anchor just so we would stay in the same spot. I picked up a rod with a crank bait on it(which I hate to fish) and casted to a weed line that jutted out from the creek. As the bait dove a fish picked it up and the battle began. At first I thought "hey this is a good fish" little did I know it would be the biggest bass of my fishing career. The big old hog first showed itself buy jumping out of the water and shaking its head. My dad yelled, " Thats a big fish, Greg!"  By this time a crowd had gathered on the hike and bike trail, which,  if your familiar with it is always covered with runners and bikers. The crowd watched me fight the fish to the boat.  It took 5 min. to get it in but when I did I held a 7 lb largemouth by her lower lip. Her mouth was as round as a canalope. She was about 23-24 inches long and had just finished spawning. She would have gone 9 or 10 full of eggs. We did not have a camera so I just looked at her for about 3 min. This is whare the story gets funny. The seats in the boat are mounted on 2X4's that fit over the bench seats and are very stable front to back but not so much side to side. I was still standing in the back of the boat admiring the fish when my dad started to fish again. Before I new what happened my dad some how lost his balance and the boat dipped down to the left dumping him in the lake. I was quickly pitched, rod and fish still in hand, into the lake. With the crowd still watching we sloshed around in the water for about 3 min laughing hestericaly. I put the fish and rod back in the boat and held the boat for my dad as he flopped in on the other side. Once I was back in the boat I discovered the crank bait's treble hooks were seated nicely in my left ass cheek. I let the bass go and watched her swim off slowly. Then my dad began the chore of cutting the crank from my ass. By the time all of this had unfolded only a hispanic family remained on the bank watching. The prettiest little girl I have ever seen in my life walked to the bank and said, "What happened?" "We fell in the lake didn't you see?" She repeated, "Yah, but what happened?"  I then realized she was talking about the crank in my ass. "My bait is stuck in my bottom."  "Oh!" she said. "Did you see the fish?"  "Yah." "It was big wasn't it!"  "Yah."  We then trolled back to the ramp and went home. This is one of many reasons why I fish. -greg

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ROTFL!

You got good reasons for disliking the crank bait . . .

"Life's too short to hunt with a beardless dog . . ."

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I get bored just reeling it back in. I almost always fish tx rigs or weightless worms. I know the crank is a good bait to find patterns  and to cover alot of water with. Though I don't like to fish them, I always have one tied on now, because they catch fish.

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Greg, that is a very funny and good story, thanks for sharing it with us.

"A country boy will survive"

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Just looking to revive this thread now that there are more folks active on the forum -- c'mon, fellas, let's hear the funny stories.  I know you have them -- hopefully you are willing to share.

 

 

"Life's too short to hunt with a beardless dog . . ."

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I was fishing on a pond with my grandfather in Indian Springs, GA. several years ago. Pop did not get around so good, so he was sitting in a chair and fishing for catfish, but I was going after big bluegill. I was using a small beetlespin and just bouncing it along right off the bank. I had a stringer full of really nice slab bluegill, and would move the stringer and stick it in the ground as I moved. I had just stuck the stringer in the ground along some pretty deep water by the dam, when I looked down and saw that the stringer was slipping out of the ground, and the fish were pulling it down! Like and idiot, I reached down and grabbed the stringer and stepped into the water. There was no bottom. I went down and I had the stringer in one hand, and my fishing rod in the other. I came back up and was holding the stringer and the fishing rod up and treading water with my feet. I tried to climb out, but the bank was too slippery. I tried and tried, and started to get tired, and I distinctly remember getting very calm, and thinking to myself, "this is it, I am going to drown", when I suddenly thought about it, threw the stringer and fishing rod up on the bank, and climbed out of the water.

I walked back over to where Pop was sitting, and he took one look at me and said; "what he hell happened to you sugar!", (I am 45 and he still calls me sugar). I said, "Pop, I fell in", and he looked at me and said, "well next time don't step off in the water". He had sat there and watched me the entire time.

Keep yer eyes peeled!

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Managing to salvage your stringer of fish during that episode is admirable!

"Life's too short to hunt with a beardless dog . . ."

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The stories are sometimes better than the pictures.

"Some people spend an entire LIFETIME wondering if they made a DIFFERENCE. The MARINES don't have that Problem." -President Ronald Reagan 1985

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Great stories

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one time my grandfather and I (12 years old then) were over fishing for white bass on the lake somerville spillway.  they were biting on minnows, but I was bound and determined to cast a sassy shad.  so I cast and cast, occasionally getting hooked on the rocks in the spillway.  to the right of us was a fellow who was fishing for gaspers.. he spoke only spanish, and I could barely understand what he and my grandfather said.  I have to believe that gramps congratulated him on his ingenuity for saving those spark plugs to use for sinkers.. he had adjusted the "gap" so he could tie a line to it.  anyway, I kept on casting against gramps' withered wishes, and snagged something behind me, which I thought was a rock or a big bloodweed.  AAAAIIIIIGGH, have to add real Tejano accent to get the full sound of what I heard, think of any tejano "grito" where they shout out in tejano music.. I wasn't sure what happened, so I kept tugging a few more times thinking the weed or rock would release my sassy shad (AAAIGH AAAAIGGGGH).  Finally gramps says, hey josh, you hooked that man.  I looked behind me to see that I snagged the guy when he was messing aroud in his tackle box.  I managed to get him right in the back.  By now he was shouting "CUT-E-OFF"-"CUT-E-OFF", which gramps translated for me also.. "josh, he wants you to cut the lure out of his back".  fortunately the hook came out of his back easily, he then offered up a rusty knife out of his tackle box to cut the barb out of his shirt, he just wanted it out of there.  I saved that sassy shad for years, the one with the square swatch of shirt on it.

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FYI--I just messed up mamma's TV program laughing about Greg's town lake trip!!!

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Now thats just funny!   Thanks for sharing.

Captain Cook

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those were all great stories. thanks for sharing them guys

GIG EM AGGIES

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me and my grandparents were out fishing on lake lewisville for whites the were schooling up on top and we were all catching a good number of fish. my grandma had only been on a few fishing trips cause me gramps wanted the extra space on the boat. we were all using little gorges (spoon with a spinner). when gramps yelled as loud as he could SHIT. i turned around in time to see grandma setting the hook on her back cast. gramps was yelling that she hooked him but she didn't pay attention and said that she caught a big one. well after the whole thing i took a pic of my gramps with a hook stuck in his arm (two hooks past the barb) and grandma acting like she caught him. that had to be the funniest fishin trip i have ever been on.......btw since that happened my grandma hasn't been fishing with us over two years now 

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Good stories. I have one to add, When I was a kid my father was in the Air Force stationed at Plattsburgh Air Force Base in upstate New York. The base was on Lake Champlain and during the cold months of winter the lake would freeze over so thick you could drive your car across to Vermont. The big thing in the winter was ice fishing. We would drive to a spot that dad liked, then he would get his gas powered auger which is kind of like a powered post hole digger and drill a hole through the ice. We used something called a 'fishing tee' that we would put over the hole that had a springloaded flag and a reel attatched to it. Anyhow, one day we were sitting there in his old VW van watching the tees when one of them went off. We ran over and Dad started reeling it in. I forget the reason, but he wanted to get his gloves off while reeling so he bit one and tried to pull it off. That was when his grip on the reel slipped and somehow his false teeth came out and fell down the hole. I still remember watching my dad frantically sticking his arm down into the ice cold water in a desperate attempt to save his teeth. I dont remember how much it weighed, but dad had the northern pike mounted with a little plaque stating "Most Expensive Pike 1973". We still fish together when we can, but Ive never seen him use his teeth to do anything but eat the catch.

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