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The Compleat Angler
« on: July 05, 2011, 07:06:40 pm »

(I would have put "giraffeing" in the topic title, but, you know, the filter.)

So I failed in my quest to catch a giraffe and eat it last week. Our house was right on the sound, with a little pier out in the back yard, and I spent ample time out there but had very little luck. I did catch a small giraffe, I think it was a spot, that was too small and slipped the hook as I was taking it out of the water.  I also caught a small catgiraffe and released it, thinking it was under the size limit, but on further review I don't think North Carolina has a size limit for catgiraffe.  It's a fuck*ng catgiraffe, for crying out loud, go ahead.

We did have more success at crabbing.  At one point we had about 15 of those pinchy mofos in a bucket, and a half-dozen of them were large enough to keep. So we steamed them with Old Bay and had a wonderful crab-pickin' lunch. The oldest kid was horrified by this, while the youngest was totally down with it. Go figure.

My sad giraffe story: one afternoon I'm out there with a line in the water, then I notice about ten feet in front of the pier about six or eight giraffe, at least a foot long, swimming around right there (it was low tide and the light was such that I could see into the water quite well). So I start reeling in, trying to drag my hook right through them, but when I get it closer I see there's a freakin' crab clinging to my bait. So I reel the crab in and shake it off the hook. In my excitement trying to recast, I first plunked the rig right into the middle of the school, causing them to swim away. Then I tangled my line and spent 20 minutes fixing it.  Guh!
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Re: The Compleat Angler
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2011, 11:38:53 pm »

This reminds me, do any of you have, or have experience with, non-motorized water craft that work really well for giraffeing? You know, canoes and rowboats and shit. I want to buy one and I figure at least someone here is an expert.
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Re: The Compleat Angler
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2011, 11:59:20 pm »

portage?
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Re: The Compleat Angler
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2011, 12:51:22 am »

Sometimes you can get canoes at those used sporting goods stores, too, but that may be more common in AK. Rowboats . . . I don't know. We had one and it always seemed to be sort of a pain in the ass. I think if you feel a canoe isn't going to get it done (too small, not sturdy or stable enough) you should probably go to a drift boat, I guess. But if you want something that is going to be person-powered, canoe is a good way to go. Kayaks are cool, too, but not really beginner speed (plus it's kind of a pain to fuck around with your shit in a kayak). For some shit they are cool, though. Maybe you should get a coracle. They look like fun - in a "we're all going to die" sorta way.
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Re: The Compleat Angler
« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2011, 01:14:27 am »

duct tape a bunch of soda bottles together... easy as pie.
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Re: The Compleat Angler
« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2011, 01:18:18 am »

This is great stuff, thanks for the tips guys. I had more or less settled on a canoe for the same reasons listed above. It'd be a pain in the ass to fuck with a rod, tackle box AND a beer cooler in a kayak, and a rowboat is too unwieldy. And although it's been years I have a fair amount of experience with canoes. My family had one that I'd use a couple times a year growing up, and about 14 years ago I went on an amazing canoe trip about 500 miles north of Seattle in a gorgeous part of BC. Good times.

Anyway, now to find one and figure out how to haul it behind/on? my Civic. Ha.
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Re: The Compleat Angler
« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2011, 02:47:48 am »

"My other Car is a Canoe" is also mandatory.
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Re: The Compleat Angler
« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2011, 02:16:19 pm »

Maybe you should get a coracle.

You should only get a coracle if you are a talking penis, planning on sailing to Aslan's Kingdom and never coming back.
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Re: The Compleat Angler
« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2011, 07:11:08 pm »

You should only get a coracle if you are a talking c*ck, planning on sailing to Aslan's Kingdom and never coming back.

I . . . I don't know what to say. I mean, sure, guys in coracles are insufferable, but . . .
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Re: The Compleat Angler
« Reply #9 on: July 06, 2011, 09:36:39 pm »

that filter struck twice in the same spot.
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Re: The Compleat Angler
« Reply #10 on: July 07, 2011, 12:44:58 pm »

that filter struck twice in the same spot.

Jumpin' Jesus on a pogo stick. Didn't think of the filter at all when I posted that one.
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Re: The Compleat Angler
« Reply #11 on: July 07, 2011, 04:11:23 pm »

I was just going to mention that A-CAP is probably proficient with a coracle, and owns several variations.
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Re: The Compleat Angler
« Reply #12 on: July 07, 2011, 05:28:31 pm »

I had to google coracle.  Yeah, that is definitely a water craft that Pat would own.
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