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Old 15-06-2009, 16:54   #31
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Too funny!

I had a cat that hunted and like to bring me fish while I slept in my bunk, it was cute until he brought me a crab
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Old 16-06-2009, 09:28   #32
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I'll taken a flying fish over a crab in my bunk any day. Where's Kemah? I spent three years fly the Gulf out of Corpus Christi.
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Old 16-06-2009, 11:00   #33
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Kemah is up in Galveston bay (NW side), it Borders seabrook, and League City. Corpus has prettier water. In fact our water is pretty polluted, another incentive not to fall overboard
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Old 18-08-2009, 00:01   #34
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I think it was trimaran designer Jim Brown's son (Russ?) who got so fed up with flying fish he took to wearing a motorcycle helmet during night watches.
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A light in one of the sails is needed, then many of them will end up attracted to it. And there are no rules about using lights for fishing that far out at sea.
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Old 18-08-2009, 06:44   #36
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Jumping fish and other marine animals is no joke. My wife got hit by a spotted eagle ray while standing in the dinghy. We were doing about 20 knots. The ray which weighed about 80 pounds must have jumped at least six feet in the air and hit her in the head. She nearly lost an eye and had to have plastic surgery. So flying marine life is not that funny. Even a flying fish can cause a lot of damage if it hits you in the eye, on second thought it'll only be dangerous in a cat or a tri. Monos don't go that fast. Keep your heads down out there.
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Old 18-08-2009, 07:18   #37
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Yeah, but was you ever bitten by a dead bee?
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Yeah, but was you ever bitten by a dead bee?
Yes, sometimes, and by dead wasps,
But never, yet, at sea.
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So...did you bite 'em back?
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Must remember to carry dark chocolate to saute them in.
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Old 18-08-2009, 08:39   #41
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I think it was trimaran designer Jim Brown's son (Russ?) who got so fed up with flying fish he took to wearing a motorcycle helmet during night watches.
I guess that was before the days of skateboard helmets
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when our niece was 7 years old, we took her on our 22' swing keel boat for an overnight camping trip in the Florida Keys. We anchored in 4' of water, and as the sun was going down, we noticed she was hiding in the companionway, afraid to come out and look at the sunset.

"What's wrong?" we asked. She replied "I'm afraid a shark will get me!" I kindly told her that there has never been an instance of a shark attack inside a boat. She meekly and timidly came outside and set down in the cockpit.

As soon as she did that, a flying fish bounded out of the water and slid down the gunnel next to her, totally terrifying her and giving my advice a permanent bad reputation. I figure that is why she never listens to me even today.

Ha! When she was 12, the hubby took her out in the canoe in the canal behind our house in Florida. A few ducks floated by and she said "Hey! look at those floating chickens!"

We've never let her live down either of these two stories. She does roll her eyes when we remind her of these stories.
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While sailing alone from Waikiki to Pearl Harbor I was leaning back on the aft of the cockpit in my Catalina 22 relaxing and enjoying the light wind. Smack right on the back and a sploosh behind the boat. Apparently a fish of some sort jumped for my stern light and got me. The back of my t-shirt was damp. Had some fisherman friends tell my that needle fish jump for lights but it could have been any species.
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I have. Happened at night. Can't blame the fish. It was delicious anyway.

Other low flying creatures included: squids, one sick seagull, one happy booby. In the South Atlantic something hit and bent a part of our bowsprit too - the bent part is a 3mm thick SS plate ...

So, as long as it is just a flying fish, I do not mind.

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Ladyfish jump too

Ladyfish are famous for jumping right at you if you catch them on your fishing line. The spousal unit and I were fishing at midnight once on the Intercoastal at the north edge of Miami, FL. We were in a 17' Carolina skiff having a ball harrassing those poor defenseless fish with our hooks when we learned about ladyfish.

We usually caught barracuda when we fished during the day, unfortunately. Those nasty suckers have to be cut loose on board unless you want to donate your lure. It is terrible to have them - with their nasty teeth - on board. They don't go peacefully and they don't cooperate at all.

Well, it was dark, the pole bent down, a long skinny white fish jumped up out of the water and aimed right at me - hitting me on the chest - as though attacking me. Then it landed in the boat and came after me.

I yelled "Barracuda!!!" and started dancing backwards in double time - pretty quickly the ole fanny was hanging over the outside of the boat on the opposite side from where I was fishing - a choice - fall in backwards or fight the barracuda on the boat.

I chose the latter and discovered it was a ladyfish - we took the hook out and threw it back in. My husband about split his gut laughing.

I don't know if barracuda actually strike at night, now that I think about it.
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