Too bad that particular media stunt-story didn't tell us HOW the gaff wound up in poor little Snuffy.
Channel 6 editor, "We better leave out the part about the gaff being lodged in the rocks prior to Snuffy swimming up and impaling himself on it."
On the other hand...this story would be a proud moment for Tokyo Rose and Bagdad Bob.
I don't think you are going to get many objections to your post, Bubba. The vast majority of fishermen (and hunters) are solid, decent human beings who have a great respect for and connection with all of the wild things we interact with. But there are some sick perverts in the world, and sometimes they deliberately cause harm to other living things. The neighborhood kid who tortures animals too often goes on to obscene acts against children and women. In your occupation you see that too often. When I wore a badge we had situations where pelican's pouches were slashed and seagulls were used for target practice. I've looked into flat, soulless eyes and thought "Oh, boy. Here's one to keep an eye on."
By the way, your brothers back East did a good job finding that killer!
I dunno. It could happen. I was gaffing, or trying to gaff a YF at the same time a hammer was trying to steal it. I wound up pinning the fish to the hammer for a bit until the hammer about ripped the gaff out of my hand. Ended up with neither.
Rut rohso how long of a gaff do you keep on your boat? i have a small boat and im low to the water so a 3' gaff would be fine but i keep a 6' stick in case i need to get a long shot in the kelp or something. i dont see many private boaters using a 10' bamboo gaff.
so how long of a gaff do you keep on your boat? i have a small boat and im low to the water so a 3' gaff would be fine but i keep a 6' stick in case i need to get a long shot in the kelp or something. i dont see many private boaters using a 10' bamboo gaff.
I'm not a tree hugger by any stretch of the imagination, I've done my share of killing with a rod and a gun but sticking a gaff in any animal and letting them die a long, painful death is wrong. If you're going to do illegal shit then go ahead and put a bullet in it's head and get it out of it's misery. I've lost just as many nice fish as the rest of us to seals but the one thing many of us forget is that we're going into their living room, they're not coming into ours. Flame away fags.