With this talk of Mike Ashford on another thread , I thought I would start a new one concerning some of the weird,quirky and unique people we have fished with on our LR trips. All the personalities fishing on long range boats in tight quarters for long lengths of time makes for some unique moments. People on their meds, off their meds, snakebit, mentally unstable or just plain Kooks- we all have seen them. From Mike Ashford to Tom (2guns) there are all good stories to share. Some of them are good guys , some of them may have been "off" for whatever reason- So I will start it off: "Gadget"- On a 15 day Excel trip we had this unique dude who came on the boat fishing solo. Nothing unique about that but what was unique was that he brought and made every type of lure contraption that you ever seen. Put lights on lures,colored them, strange shit- all kinds of crazy stuff. He lined up a whole set of rods with some of the craziest assortment of lures that you will have ever seen. When we asked him WTF were those lures he just said he got all these ideas in his head and went into detail on how they came about. Soda pop was on the trip and named this Guy "Gadget" -a name which stuck. He was actually a really nice dude but something happened when we had to check in at Clarion. On the way to checkin- He started to pace a lot and became very uncomfortable. I started noticing that something was going down with him. When the Mex authorities finally came on board we practically had to hold him down. I thought he was going to go Rambo on us and take on these guys and take over the island. It was funny as all hell. He never did end of catching fish on those lures or taking over the Island but he was an interesting dude.