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#3224873 - 04/17/13 08:29 PM Fishing today! What a day! PIC HEAVY
Outdoor life
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Woke up today thinking, it's warm and it supposed to storm tomorrow so I'm gonna go fishing. Packed everything and headed out. Got on the bank at Roaring River here in Jackson County, and started fishing under the bridge, and it's a good thing, cause for an hour straight it was lightning, very windy, and raining hard but I stuck it out. Great day, and strange day (view the pics to find out why lol).

First off, when I got there, by the river was I guess a "tree of death"...covered in vultures.



Well, after catching a few yellow bass I finally kept one, and then I caught a drum, so I wanted to keep one to finally see what they taste like. All of a sudden my stringer went crazy so I went to investigate, and this is what I found...crazy right?!



Well I knew it was just a water snake so I decided to catch it and take a few pics...got too close once I guess lol.





PREPARE YOURSELVES!!!



After the snake incident I ended up catching many yellow bass, little 10" largemouth bass, rock bass, another drum (still gonna see what they taste like, and I keep the otoliths from them), and I did catch a catfish (to me close enough to the perfect eating size, so it came home with me too).



All in all great/different day lol. Sorry for the long post.
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#3224876 - 04/17/13 08:33 PM Re: Fishing today! What a day! PIC HEAVY [Re: Outdoor life]
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Eventful day. Congrats
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#3224882 - 04/17/13 08:38 PM Re: Fishing today! What a day! PIC HEAVY [Re: SilverFox]
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Very cool dude.
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#3224905 - 04/17/13 08:54 PM Re: Fishing today! What a day! PIC HEAVY [Re: RUGER]
SALTMAN
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Dang. Don't look like a water snake to me ! He would have been a dead one ! Nothing personal but you lost your mind ?
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#3224920 - 04/17/13 09:03 PM Re: Fishing today! What a day! PIC HEAVY [Re: SALTMAN]
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 Originally Posted By: SALTMAN
Dang. Don't look like a water snake to me ! He would have been a dead one ! Nothing personal but you lost your mind ?


Haha. I knew it was safe to pick up from the start. When in doubt, look at the eyes, if cat like here in TN, then it's venomous, but if the eyes are like a person's (round pupil like this one) then you are safe. The exception to this rule in America is the Coral Snake, but it sticks out like a sore thumb. If you're not sure, I tell people all the time then don't pick it up. See this guy bit be, but I've caught snakes my whole life and took Herpetology at TTU (study of reptiles and amphibians) for fun so I'm used to them lol.
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#3224934 - 04/17/13 09:10 PM Re: Fishing today! What a day! PIC HEAVY [Re: SALTMAN]
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 Originally Posted By: SALTMAN
Dang. Don't look like a water snake to me ! He would have been a dead one ! Nothing personal but you lost your mind ?


X2

Herpetology class or not!!!!

Fishing part looks fun....
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#3224946 - 04/17/13 09:15 PM Re: Fishing today! What a day! PIC HEAVY [Re: leader]
in the dog house!
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One of the most mistaken snakes around. Caught many as a kid. Always freaked my Mom out when we brought em home and put em in the fish tank......... but not as much as it did when they came up missing \:D
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#3224957 - 04/17/13 09:19 PM Re: Fishing today! What a day! PIC HEAVY [Re: in the dog house!]
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Cool
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#3224972 - 04/17/13 09:25 PM Re: Fishing today! What a day! PIC HEAVY [Re: leader]
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I've messed with snakes my whole life, so I guess I'm just used to them and I can id them (well those around here in TN) from a distance. I only pick up species I know, like this Water Snake, and he did bite me, but NEVER pick up one you don't know what it is. Maybe I am a little different \:D haha

The fishing today was great. Every time the bait got wet, it seemed to be reeled in with a fish.
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#3224975 - 04/17/13 09:27 PM Re: Fishing today! What a day! PIC HEAVY [Re: in the dog house!]
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 Originally Posted By: in the dog house!
One of the most mistaken snakes around. Caught many as a kid. Always freaked my Mom out when we brought em home and put em in the fish tank......... but not as much as it did when they came up missing \:D


HAHAHA! That's great! I once brought in a kingsnake in the house as a kid, but when I opened the door, my mom was right there. That door came back towards my face as fast as it's ever been slammed lol
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