Fishing companions?

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Wisfisher
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Fishing companions?
<p>OK, who has had uninvited companions while fishing? This not so little guy, (the length of my hand), was content sitting there only 3 feet from my spot. It never bothered me so I never bothered it.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;<img alt="" height="312" src="http://www.roughfish.com/~roughfis/sites/default/files/styles/galleryformatter_slide/public/spider2.jpg" title="Wisfisher shots" typeof="foaf:Image" width="500" /></p>
Jknuth
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I had a skunk come out of the

I had a skunk come out of the rocks and start eating my shad I had in a bag. 
I let him do whatever he wanted to do. Grabbed about 10 of them before he wandered off. 
That was a tense half hour.

D.T.
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Mink, mice coon, oh my!

They all love gettin into my stuff. The mice and coon seem really brave but the dirty rotten cut bait stealin mink are quick. Oh, and I had bats buzzin my tower tonight catfishin. Awefull dang close to the dome.

SK Justin
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Creepy...

I'm more comfortable fishing with bears than I would be with that spider 3 feet away.

Jknuth
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Oh! forgot bats. A bat flew

Oh! forgot bats.
A bat flew into my face below the dam in lake of the ozarks. hit me right square in the forhead and busted my headlamp. 
Man that was a crappy night. 

the pyromaniac
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I fish a lot of out of the wa

I fish a lot of out of the way areas in the Appalachian highlands, where you're likely to paddle faster because you hear banjos, so I see the usual assortment of mice, snakes, skunks, spiders, and other local fauna I want nothing to do with.  Worse yet are the southwest Virgina & eastern Kentucky toothless inbred rednecks and the wanna-be Orvis disciples whipping $600 flyrods at 8-inch stocker rainbows.  I see plenty of both of those on a regular basis too, but they usually keep their distance when they see that I brought a 300 pound Mexican with a gun & machete.  I'd highly recommend that everybody get one of those to take fishing, they're quite useful to have around.

 

 

 

Let there be fire!

Wisfisher
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The spider was my favorite, b

The spider was my favorite, but I also have a little buddy visit me in the spring at my walleye fishing spot. The past 2springs I have had a ,mink/ferret thing come up to me and help him/herself to my fathead minnows I use for bait. The thing is never greedy though, 2 or 3 and he leaves by slinking away among the rip rap just like when he arrives.

Any fish species is worth catching.

Eli
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So...if the Mexican wasn't ar

So, Pyro...if the Mexican wasn't around, would one or more of said rednecks be likely to kindly request that you 'squeal like a pig'?

 

I've made some vids of critters we've encountered while fishing. 

 

The coon really liked eating out of our chum buckets...rancid maize and breadcrumb mixed with godknowswhat.

http://s1211.photobucket.com/user/IliaFridland/media/MVI_2019_zps781799bb.mp4.html

 

The baby porquipine was thoroughly adorable. I think I was the first human he'd seen as he didn't seem to know what to make of me. Usually the ones on the ground will head for the nearest tree but this guy just woddled around and let me get within 3 feet.

http://s1211.photobucket.com/user/IliaFridland/media/MVI_2131_zps37988839.mp4.html

 

Eli

 

 

the pyromaniac
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@Eli, a lot of the places we

@Eli, a lot of the places we go, I wouldn't feel safe going without Tono, even though I know the area and he doesn't.  You got exactly where I was going with that.......  This is the area where all the stereotypes of the Appalachian hillibillies were born (and are about 80% factual, from my observations).

 

 

 

Let there be fire!

Jason E.
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When I was in Massachusetts,

When I was in Massachusetts, there were some duck-like birds (don't know exactly what species, but they were ugly as sin) that got VERY close.  People must have fed them, and when I opened up a sandwhich, they practically demanded part of it.  I swear one of them was about to hop into my lap.

While fishing in Boston, near Boston University, I was sitting on shore, looking at my two poles, when a pair of red eyes glared back at me.  That's a mean looking dog, I thought, until I shined my light on it and I discovered it was a HUGE rat.  I let it walk along shore without bothering it.

Of course, we all have also encountered the drunken angler/moochers out there, who want bait, cigarettes, booze, food, or your fishing spot.  The phrase "all I have is my allowance" usually convinces them to leave.