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The Accidental Tree Rat...
« on: August 01, 2020, 05:42:53 PM »
I was testing some pellet in my new 380mm .25 Crown Continuum barrel earlier today. I was testing different ranges using the 26 grain JSB Hades and decided to take a shot at the spinner that’s set up out where I shoot rats, which would be about 52 yards from where I was set up in my office. I’m shooting through the fence and between two trees, so my sight picture was basically just the orange painted spinner. I aim just a tad high at the top of the spinner disc to compensate for distance and squeeze off a shot. Just as the trigger hits that point of no return where the hammer is released and starts it’s journey toward the valve poppet, I see something darken that orange spinner. Dang tree rat stepped right in front of it!  The Hades entered just behind his front leg and exited the other side just before his hind leg. It took a good amount of his innards with it. He did a couple gymnastic flips and landed right behind the spinner, which ironically, was still spinning!!!  Of all the times I wasn’t recording a shot!  That one would have been for the record books!  What are the odds of that ever happening again?


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Re: The Accidental Tree Rat...
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2020, 07:36:25 PM »
Sweet!!
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Re: The Accidental Tree Rat...
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2020, 04:53:23 AM »
Not if you tried!

I call these odd shots. I suspect anyone who shoots a lot, can relate similar stories. It is sort of like getting a double, and when you go and look, it was really a triple! I just love it when it happens.
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Re: The Accidental Tree Rat...
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2020, 05:57:18 AM »
Sometimes things happen at the oddest times and make you question reality.

About ten years ago I lost a fishing rod to a thresher shark while drifting for halibut. Threshers are insanely fast, halibut are fairly slow. I had never caught a thresher up until that moment so I was not expecting it. I had set my rod down leaned up against the inside of the boat at my feet for quick access. In a split second my rod was cartwheeling through the air and landed about 10' from the boat. The shark proceeded to fly out of the water about a dozen times (a thresher trait) dragging my rod around and I never recovered it.

Fast forward five years and I was out in the same area with a group of guys on a buddy's bigger boat. They were inexperienced and I was 'guiding', so I had them all use the four available rod holders while drifting. I once again leaned mine up against the gunnel. As we were drifting, I said 'You know, I was doing exactly this about five years ago...' and told them what happened. I shit you not, within 10 seconds of retelling that scenario my rod flew out of the boat shortly followed by a manically leaping thresher shark. We chased it around trying to cast over where we thought the rod would be but it quit jumping and once again $400.00 worth of tackle was resting on the bottom of Tomales Bay. When the shock wore off one of the guys said, 'Didn't you just say that's what could happen?' I now never have a baited rig in the water without a rod being secured.

Every fisherman (especially around saltwater) has lost a rod to a fish, but the timing is truly one in a million. The squirrel shot, the unintended triple, the shark...the odds are so insane it can't be comprehended. At least yours was cheap...mine is a cool story but with an $800.00 price tag to complete it.
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Re: The Accidental Tree Rat...
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2020, 09:11:35 AM »
Awesome thread!

Next time I'm in Tomales Bay, I think all my gear will have a safety line attached. :)
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Re: The Accidental Tree Rat...
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2020, 02:27:30 PM »
I'd be trolling for fishing gear!  LOL! Yea, all I lost was a neighborhood tree rat, and there are plenty more where that one came from!
Awesome thread!

Next time I'm in Tomales Bay, I think all my gear will have a safety line attached. :)

I'd be trolling for fishing gear!  LOL! Yea, all I lost was a neighborhood tree rat, and there are plenty more where that one came from!
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Re: The Accidental Tree Rat...
« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2020, 04:08:01 PM »
Hey Steve...don't do that either (the safety line)  A fishing buddy went through a devastating two or three trips to Berkeley Flats where he either broke or lost a rod. I know for sure that two got ripped out just like mine. He went with the safety line but every time he hooked a fish it would tangle in the reel (he'd forget it and just start cranking) and he'd bend the handle or just plain lose the fish. Absolutely hysterical to watch...especially when it's a guy who gets pissed easily. 20 years later and still when someone drags up a old fishing rod from the bottom we call it a 'Sean'.

When I say I never leave a baited rod in the water, I literally mean in the water. I 'almost' lost a Lamiglas mooching rod when a buddy hooked up. While he was fighting his salmon I cranked my rod up from a 100' down until the sinker was at the tip. I left the anchovy hanging in the water to keep it out of the way and proceeded to get into position to net my friend's salmon. Suddenly I felt like I was being viscously violated in a place that being a straight man I'd never experienced. My impulse reaction was to tighten up and I literally pinched down on the butt (no pun intended) of the rod with my ass cheeks as it tried to make it's way up and over the gunnel. A salmon had chased my bait up from the depths and snatched the anchovy from the side of the boat and with no line in the water the rod just become a teeter totter, with my sphincter being the only thing between a salmon in the ice box and another $400.00 to the briny deep.

Landed both fish. Revenge is sweet. Sat sideways on the boat ride home though.
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