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Rhod Lloyd
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PostSubject: Bombed   Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:01 am

I was quietly winding in to rebait on my favourite rock spot when there was a big "THUD" behind me, I thought part of the cliff at the back had fallen. I looked around and all was as it should be, then I looked down just behind me, an angler had just cast and a gannet had tangled itself in the line as it swept across the rock on it's way to the colony, and hit the rock killing itself. We often get them with a half hitch around the end of a wing on their way out to sea, and they just fall into the sea.
If you let your line go slack and there is some slack to the sinker they will mostly fly out of it, otherwise they have to be pulled in and released. this involves grabbing their neck with a dummy hand infront of them then untangling them, their beaks are like a saw with backward pointing teeth and can do a heap of damage as they lunge at you. If one drops in the sea, all the other gannets wheel around in a big spiral over it, making casting very risky untill the caught one is released.
They are quite heavy birds, they must be about 3kg and I would not like to be hit at the speed they glide past.
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PostSubject: Re: Bombed   Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:01 am

Sounds like a war zone where you fish Rhod. Worm rage I had a Gull fly into my line and got itself tangled had to hand line it in and untangle it not easy when it's fighting to get free I got scared a few times. Violin
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PostSubject: Re: Bombed   Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:59 pm

Seen Seagulls doing it as Jim said but thankfully never caught one myself bom
Certainly wouldn't want to be hit by one never mind a Gannet affraid
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PostSubject: Re: Bombed   Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:02 pm

Here's a strange one off.I was fishing a local canal close to the opposite bank
My float etc landed on the bank,I reeled in slowly to let the float drop back into the canal.
I heard a plop as the float dropped into the canal,then the float took off along the surface.
I reeled in slowly to find I had caught a frog off the opposite bank.
It must have fancied the maggot. scratch fishing
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PostSubject: Re: Bombed   Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:32 pm

Had a gull fly into and get wrapped in my line while fishing the outside of Holyhead Breakwater once.

Its mates mobbed it as i was bringing it in, then mobbed me as i tried to untangle it.

A teatowel over its head shut it up but the feathers were greasey and stank. It flew off hapily enough once untangled.

Had one at Prestatyn once too but it managed to free itself before i got it in.
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PostSubject: Valvebounce   Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:42 am

Sorry mate, frogs aren't in the species hunt, mind you, I used to fish a pond at Rhosesmor, for tiny rudd and crucian carp, and would catch the odd newt.
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