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Re: Snakes

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I'd hate to say it, but you guys sound like a bunch of girls!!

Well... I should say that I used to worry about the copperheads and timbers until I was stationed in the south... The Mocassins and alligators are a little more formidable.

I've had two close calls with Mocassins while fishing in GA... The first was fishing a nearby slough for bass when I nearly stepped on one that was apparently standing his ground. The second was this past August... I was floating a river in a Sit on top style kayak when I nearly floated under a moccasin hanging in a low branch over the river. Apparently they like to board watercraft on occasion... needless to say the fisherman rarely stay in the boat with them.

The alligators... well I've grown very accustomed to seeing them. I only ever worry when I know theres a possibility for one to sneak up on me and I'm alone... The biggest I've seen while fishing was only about 8 ft long.

Posted on: 2007/2/13 14:13


Re: Snakes

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WOOOOO HOOOOO they just shut my office. Funny since I never made it into the office.

This should freak ya out a little this summer. I used to spend all of my spare time rock climbing. One day while I was climbing at Kralick near Dunbar Creek a guy came down from the parking area and asked if I was driving the red car. I said yes and he told me to watch out for the rattle snake under the car. Knowing snakes need to regulate their temp and having seen coperheads and rattle snakes in the area before I was a little freaked walking back to the car. There was no snake, but to this day I still sneak a peak now and again

Posted on: 2007/2/13 14:32


Re: Snakes

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When my brother and I were younger and HAD to go to the cabin in Potter County, we used to catch tons of snakes becuase there was nothing better to do. I wasn't as much of a fisherman then and there was no tv, no video games and you can only throw the football around so long. I would guess we caught 150-200 snakes in the few years we hunted them and only ever came across 3 or 4 that we didn't mess with. I've always been fascinated by them and learned about them at a young age so we knew which ones were most likely poisionous. I've been bitten twice, once by a black rat snake and the other was garder. Both times due to my stupidity. From what I can remember, it didn't hurt that much but scared the sweet bejesus out of me.
Last summer while fishing the Skippack, on the opposite bank I saw something white then I didn't then I did and so on. I made my way to the other side and discovered a water snake trying to swallow a catfish. Tail first. The catfish was still alive and was struggeling to get loose causing the snake to roll. I was seeing the white belly of the catfish during the snake's roll. The snake was only about 16" long and was trying to eat a 6"-8" catfish.
Not a close call but still a snake while fishing.

Posted on: 2007/2/13 15:47


Re: Snakes

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I fish a couple of creeks that others told me had rattlers and cooperheads. Never seen any. Only snakes that I see are common water snakes. Seems like alot of people think that if there is a snake in the water it is a cottonmouth. Had alot of reports of those as well.

Posted on: 2007/2/13 19:21
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Re: Snakes

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I was in the woods going fishing and ther it was about a 4ft long rattle snake i dident get a good look at it but it was pritty big...I hate snakes

Posted on: 2007/2/13 19:42
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Re: Snakes

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I have only ever seen one rattlesnake while fishing but have been bitten by fair number of non-venomous ones, like flyflinger it was almost always due to my curiosity or stupidity, call it what you will. But if you leave them alone they will leave you alone, usually. An interesting thing concerning the fact that every snake someone sees in the water is instantly labled a water mocasin is that every snake can swim, even if were a rattlesnake from the desert that had never seen any more water then a puddle.

Posted on: 2007/2/13 20:39


Re: Snakes

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Snakes... Bah!

I spent a lot of years tramping a lot of PA snake country and if anyone should have been bitten, it's me. I'm about 70% deaf and have a nasty balance problem (inner ear stuff) that means I'm always falling over into bushes and rocks and stuff. If snakes were a problem in PA, I should be dead 25 times or at least be down under 100 lb. from snakebite-induced tissue necrosis.

I think I *may* have seen the southbound end of a northbound rattler on Young Womans. Once.

And that's it.

On the other hand, in a single autumn fishing in the Pisgah NF in western NC, I saw at least a dozen copperheads. They were everywhere and you really did have to watch your Ps and Q's.

The nastiest snake I ever ran into was a water snake on LeBoeuf Creek in Erie County. I used to fish all the medium sized creeks in the area for smallmouth. They were (and probably still are) loaded with bass and some nice ones too, up to 19" on occasion. This snake was crossing the creek in front of me as I waded upstream. When I saw him, I kind of reverted to my childhood and decided to thwack him with my rod tip. That was a mistake. He swam right for me and struck my hip boot a half dozen times in rapid succession. Drove me right out of the creek, it was so creepy. Water snakes are mean..

Oddly, I finally saw my first positively identified rattlesnake about 3 years ago. In SW Wisconsin, no less. This was about the equiv. of seeing a woodland Caribou along Wykoff Run...:) Well, not quite. But, as I understand it, there are far fewer rattlesnakes in WI than in PA. This one was laying out on a blacktop road. I had to back up twice to be sure what I was seeing. But that's what it was, bigger than life.

I don't even think about snakes unless I am out west (Oregon high desert east of Bend) or down south in the warm season. I think the chances of a venomous snake encounter on the water in PA are probably better than meeting a woodland caribou, but not by much...:)

Posted on: 2007/2/13 21:23


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Well, here's my bit on snakes....I've seen a few, only one rattler and I can't tell you if it had a triangular shaped head because my friends dad shot its head off with a 357 magnum. It had exactly one fang left and 12 rattles. He shot it the day we were leaving camp in Tionesta when the neighbor who hadn't been to his trailer in years uncovered it. We took it home in the back of the F150 in a sand pail with a bag over it. that was the creepiest 2.5 hour dive I had ever experienced. We were riding home in the bed with the snake. Every now and then it would rattle I guess because of the nervous system.

Another encounter was at the Jam about 5 years ago in on the Frankstown Branch. I had my son with me and Pad and Paul were there too. We entered the river in mid June to fish for trout...it was 92 degrees and the water was about 74. But we were told how good it would be for trout. Unfortunately..Wainzoid never told the trout. Anyway, I thought with the tepid water the best shot at trout would be in the riffles so I told my 10 year old son to stay put on a gravel bar and cast into the pool with a spinner while I worked upstream. After fooling numerous chubs on my light cahill I soon heard him screaming bloody murder... There he was up to the top of his hip boots near the shore 50 yds from where I left him. Pad was between us and went to his rescue. By the itme I had worked downstream to see what was the matter He was worked into a froth over a stick he had been standing on and every time he moved, so did the stick under water. It would bob out of the water and he thought he was being attacked. Pad saved him though...It takes a village.

Third was on another Jam at Penns Creek below the Tunnel at Poe Paddy. It was Sunday and I was with Dave Kile and we crossed the creek. Paul G was downstream about 300 yards fishing the pool. While Dave and I chatted on the bank I looked over the 3 ft ledge and saw two northern watersnakes on a rock. Thinking we were safe and being the imp that I am, I needled the critters and the big one drifted into the water. Dave and I laughed as it traveled in a perfect Bee-line toward Paul. Did I tell you Paul Hates Snakes? I said to Dave when the snake was about half way to Paul..."when do you think we should tell Paul its coming?" He hates snakes..we chuckled and then I shouted, "Hey Paul here comes a snake...." What? "Here comes a snake!" When he saw it he high stepped outta the crik like he was walking on hot coals.

When he got up to us on the bank he said..."Skippy will be a bullfrog before I ever come back here!" And that is the origination of the name Skippy for the rattlesnake Tim B took a picture of.

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BTW, this is not the snake...This is a yellow phase Rattler that Tim B took a pic of downstream about a 1/4 mile.

Posted on: 2007/2/13 23:57
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Re: Snakes

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After reading these stories, I had to chime in. I used to live in Tennessee and went on a hike with the cub scouts. As we were walking down a trail, a copperhead struck at one of the kids. He had about three pairs of socks on so all the snake did was get its fangs hung up in the kids socks. The kid was petrified and just took off running. The hardest part was chasing the kid down as the snake was flopping around. The kid was screaming as the leaders worked to free the snake. It is a picture I'll never forget.

Rattlesnakes will do whatever thay can to stay out of your way. Copperheads , on the other hand, are mean. I remember a ranger in Tennessee saying there are no cottonmouths in Tennessee - they are all in the more southern states. There are lots of rattlesnakes and copperheads at the Pulpit and Pinnacle up by Hamburg. It's a heavily used trail so you won't usually see them on weekends. But if you hike up there during the week, you will see them sunning themselves on the rocks.

Posted on: 2007/2/14 7:51


Re: Snakes

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Yes, I am very scared of snakes, don't know why but I am. The thing that gets me is Im the guy who always see's them, I don't stick around long enough to see what kind, have seen two rattlers over the years. One on Clarks creek and one on Fishing creek, I seen seven snakes on Fishing creek in one day!

I use a wading stick that I call my, wading stick/snake wacker, which I keep in front of me at all times when Im walking along the stream.

Never kiled a snake but sure don't like them!

PaulG

Posted on: 2007/2/14 7:56


Re: Snakes

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I don't like snakes AT ALL. Aside from harmelss, though creepy, water snakes I've run across, I did encounter a rattler on a creek in Potter county. It was sunning itself and I wasn't paying attention until almost on top of it. I finally saw it about five feet ahead of me just as it saw me. No big whoop on the snake's part; it just slithered off into the high grass. As for me, I spent the rest of the trip jumping at every twig and talking loudly to myself when crossing through grassy areas.
Coughlin

Posted on: 2007/2/14 8:54


Re: Snakes

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I don't mind snakes that much since I kinda like them although not on me or biting me. I have seen rattlers and copperheads both in Schuylkill County. All of the places I have been warned about them: Slate, Stony and others I haven't seen one.

On the candy a$$ scale I rate a 100 for bats. Those critters freak me out when they fly around my head at night. I'll take a 100 snakes over a bat any day!

But here's a great story for all of you he-men that are afraid of snakes:

I was fishing the Monocasy Creek in Bethlehem this summer when I saw a young woman, (which naturally attracted my attention); walking along the stream with headphones holding an antenna. I figured she was from the PFBC tracking stocked trout since I was in the AT section. When I asked what she was tracking she told me she was a Lehigh grad student tracking water snakes as a project.

When I asked how she caught them, figuring a GIRL would use a net or snare she said, “oh I just jump in and grab them”. I cracked up since I know I wouldn’t do it in a million years!

Posted on: 2007/2/14 10:07


Re: Snakes

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>>On the candy a$$ scale I rate a 100 for bats. Those critters freak me out when they fly around my head at night. I'll take a 100 snakes over a bat any day!>>

When I was a kid, my brother and I used to have fun with the bats on Lake LeBoeuf. We'd be up there plugging for bass with our dad until almost stone dark. Once we quit fishing and the bats were out, we'd tie the biggest bell sinker we could find in the tackle box onto our lines and then stand in the boat, let 3 or 4 feet of line out and twirl it around in the air. It made the bats go nuts because it screwed up their radar. We had them crashing into the lily pads and doing mid-air barrel rolls and even run into the side of the boat on occasion.

Posted on: 2007/2/14 18:38


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Quote:

RLeeP wrote:
When I was a kid, my brother and I used to have fun with the bats ....


An old friend of my dad was a local legend with his shotgun skills, but shooting bats on the wing, in the dark, seemed a bit of a stretch. He had a bunch of flood lights on the front of his farm house pointed up at odd angles in the air. To the uninformed, it looked crazy and they would often make jokes about it, like “you expecting an air attack?” But he’d turn the lights on at dusk and by dark there’d be all kinds of bugs flying around, and bats. Sure enough, when a bat came swooping in he could hit it with a .410 shotgun. I bird-dogged for him one night when I was a little kid and he did kill a few bats. Wounded some and just stunned a bunch. It was fun chasing them though.

Opinion was divided whether he was feeding or killing bats.

Posted on: 2007/2/14 21:54


Re: Snakes

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Maybe we should start a bat thread.

I once hooked a bat on my backcast with a dry fly as a teenager casting for bluegills near dusk on a little pond.

We used to shoot at the bats at my cousin's house with our BB guns. It wasn't as hard as it might seem to hit them, we always thought they were homing in on the BB.

Posted on: 2007/2/14 23:34
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