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Fly Fishing

One searun cutthroat, three bullheads, and a gray seagull

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Well, that’s a first. I was out at one of my favorite Puget Sound beaches on Thursday evening, enjoying the searun cutthroat, and coho that were actively feeding on baitfish in the tidal rip when I had another first experience while fishing.

It wasn’t catching a nice searun cutthroat.

It wasn’t hooking, and losing long distance releasing a few nice Coho.

It wasn’t catching a few bullheads.

It was catching and releasing a full grown gray Seagull. Let me preface this by saying that the bird was completely unharmed, aside from being a little stressed out by being reeled in to the shore. After reeling the unlucky bird in, to my relief I discovered that my line had simply tangled around its body and leg, leaving the hook free of the bird completely.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. I’ve been fishing around birds my entire life, and have never hooked, or caught one before. Maybe that’s surprising considering that oftentimes the areas I’m fishing are heavily infested with fowl of one sort or another.

After casting out into the nervous water, where bait was being actively consumed by aggressive searun cutthroat and coho, my line floated down over the back of an unsuspecting seagull, and quickly became tangled around it’s body. Much to my surprise when I set the hook, instead of feeling the tug of a healthy fish, I heard a loud squawk and saw the bird flapping it’s wings wildly on the surface of the water.

I didn’t get a photo of the bird. I was much too concerned for it’s health to mess around with the camera, so once I had it to hand I quickly grabbed my lure, cut the line, and the bird flew away to safety (his and mine! Those birds have surprising stretchy necks and pretty large beaks).

Anyways, here are some photos of a nice little searun cutthroat I caught and released.

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