You may suspect from the last several entries that fishing is a significant interest of mine.
Yes and no.
Yes because I love to go fishing. No because I do it so rarely. [click to continue…]
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water…
Besides the previous story regarding eagle talons, here’s my second Alaska fishing story, this time about halibut. If you’ve ever seen a halibut, you know they are flat, like a football run over by a steamroller (see the drawing at right). They can also get extremely large, some growing to over four hundred pounds (let’s see an eagle tackle one of those!). And because of their body configuration and the daily workouts they get floundering (sorry, a little fish humor here) and undulating on the seabed, they can be extremely strong.
Apparently, on more than one occasion, fishermen have ventured out on their own in the cold Alaska waters. They would then hook into one of these large halibut and somehow manage to wrestle the massive fish into their small boats. But because of their size, strength and shape, the halibut would flip around on the deck and have been known to actually knock out, break the bones of or even kill the fishermen by smashing them into the side of the boat. [click to continue…]
My last entry regarding my friend’s trip to Alaska and the power of treating our trips as an act of faith reminds me of two stories I heard when I was in Alaska several years ago. I’ll tell you the first one here and save the other for my next entry.
The first deals with salmon and eagles, not necessarily in that order. Apparently – this was a story I heard, mind you – when a bald eagle swoops down over a body of water and latches onto an unsuspecting fish, the eagle’s talons lock into a grip on their prey that cannot be released until there is some countervailing pressure on the item they’re carrying or on the talon itself. This usually occurs when the bird lands and then relaxes as it eats its catch. But if it can’t offset the pressure that causes the talon to grip tight, the eagle cannot let go. [click to continue…]