Discussion in 'Taking a Break From Flooring' started by lakebuilder, Jul 3, 2006.

  1. Bill Vincent

    Bill Vincent Charter Member

    No, but when I first got into bass fishing, I lived in Homestead, Florida, and the club I was in down there liked to do one "Glades" night tournament a year, and the first one I went on, I about had to change my shorts when we came up alongside a gator that was swimming along the canal, and he decided to dive real quick when we got up to him (we didn't see him till he dove). It was a small gator, only about 4 feet long, but that splash was about 5 feet from the boat, and about scared the crap outa me!! Speaking of which, there's a forum I go into on Charlie Moore's site, and one of the members in there is from down that way. He posted a pic a couple of weeks ago from a fishing trip to the Everglades that if it were me on the boat, it'd be my LAST trip to the Glades!! Here it is:

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  2. Bill Vincent

    Bill Vincent Charter Member

    Those are all gators in the middle of that canal.
  3. Danny Ferguson

    Danny Ferguson Abbey Carpet & Floor Charter Member

    You might tear up a lower unit running through those gators Bill.:D If you get your lure snagged up in the glades, you better just let it be eah.:eek:
  4. Bill Vincent

    Bill Vincent Charter Member

    Last time I snagged in the Glades, I went to pull it out of the snag-- I mean, I really yarded back on the rod.... and all of the sudden, the snag yarded BACK-- almost pulled the rod right out of my hands! 10 minutes later, I had my biggest bass to date-- 7 1/2 pounds. :D

    As for the lower unit, I DID have a scare like that during a tourney one time. The guy I was riding with loved his hotfoot, and was a bigtime adrenaline junkie. We're going down a canal no wider than the one in the pic above at about 60 mph, and at one point in the canal, there's a Seminole footbridge that goes across, with an 8 foot opening in the middle of it. Well, here we come, moving like a raped ape, and we got about 100 feet from that footbridge, and right in the middle of that opening was about a 12 foot alligator. This guy never let up off the throttle, and I saw that gator disapear under the gunnels of the boat, still on the surface. I thought for sure we were gonna go flyin, but he must have dove right at the last second. All I could think of is what that gator musta been thinkin as he saw us comin at him!!

    For anyone from down that way, If you've ever fished L-29 on the Tamiami Trail, you know where I'm talking about! :)
  5. selvalee

    selvalee No one special Senior Member

    well, when you head toward the mountains, we still have some browns,,, they have also for many, many years, stocked the streams,,, did an inspection once about twenty miles northwest of Asheville, the man had a small river in front of his house, you could see them swimming as you stand on the bank,,,,,,, fresh water sharks??? why, sure we do, they grow to about 19 to 22 feet, of course, they are another name but, I think, they are in the shark family????? or is this just another fish tale? check it out,,, and in the mountains, the deer grow to about 150 to 175, ,,, and, of course, at the Savannah rive plant site, there are the two headed deer and three legged bears,,, and in their run off ponds, bream are six pounds,,,,, you have to shot them with a shotgun,,

  6. Bill Vincent

    Bill Vincent Charter Member

    I'd be thinkin SURF ROD for 6 pound bream!! :D

    I know how 1/2 pound bream pull!! for a 6 pounder, I'd be thinkin you might wanna use a WINCH!! :D :D :D
  7. Maubi

    Maubi Charter Member

    Hello, this is an echo, hello

    I am glad to be here

    Wish everyone well.

  8. Bill Vincent

    Bill Vincent Charter Member

    Hey Maubi!! Welcome to the fray!!

    (do ya do any fishing? :D :D :D )
  9. selvalee

    selvalee No one special Senior Member

    hey , posted this once before, special guest for dinner at Hilton Head,SC

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  10. Danny Ferguson

    Danny Ferguson Abbey Carpet & Floor Charter Member

    Selvalee, we took a vacation to Harbor Island, SC a couple years ago. I didn't see any gators. We did charter a fishing trip, and I got to experience catching a shark first hand. We wanted to go to Hilton Head, but could never seem to get out of Charleston. They have one heck of an aquarium there.
  11. selvalee

    selvalee No one special Senior Member

    did you get over to Shim Creek in Mt. Pleasant across the river from Charleston? did you try the Trolley or the Wreak? At the Shim Creek Inn they have an outdoor bar, with lots of pertty young ladies,

    you know, when you go around down there, you see those ponds with the fountains squirting water up? that is because the gators will not live in fast moving water, serious, at Hilton Head there are special rules for gators near your ball, you get free drops... away from them of course,

    they love to eat those small barking punking dogs,they run up thinking they can beat up a six foot gator, and guess what, a few weeks in the gator hole rotting, they taste good to the gator,,,,,

    hey, when you were there in charleston, did they still have those old ricky dicky bridges that were so flimsly?
  12. Bill Vincent

    Bill Vincent Charter Member

    I don't remember any rickety bridges (all things being relative!!). The thing I remembered most was the smell of that paper mill during the summer time!! I'd get on 26 afterwork and head home to Ladson, and man, that smell was enough to choke a goat!! (this was back in 1979) As for the other areas you mentioned, I didn't get over that way very much. Matter of fact, the only time I ever got over to Mt Pleasant was once when my cousin came down to visit her college room mate, and I went to see her at her friend's house. Just so happened her father was a navy commander, and here I was, a lowly boatswains mate. :) Needless to say, I didn't stay very long. :)
  13. stullis

    stullis Charter Member Senior Member

    Early spring or winter bass aren't bad. The summer ones are way too mushy.

    Northern can be pretty tasty as well if you can get around the bones.

    Fresh walleyes, crappies and sunfish are my favorites too.
  14. Bill Vincent

    Bill Vincent Charter Member

    My favorite freshwater fish to eat (other than getting farm raised salmon fillets or trout from the store) is crappie. The first time I ever caught one, I remember being amazed at how mych meat came from a fish that was so skinny, and the lack of bones I found when I ate it. Good stuff!!

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