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Post by merry Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:33 pm

It's driving me crazy, people walking around in the water on the south shore, slapping the water with a stick over and over and over!

What the hell are they doing? I mean, they are really intense and serious about this, like it's hard work. They do it for like half an hour or more, one or two at a time. Wade and whack. Wade and whack.

I'm just at a loss about what they are doing. I've never seen anything like it!

Are they trying to catch fish? Please, someone, help me out here.

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Post by viajero Tue Feb 26, 2013 12:03 pm

Why don't you just ask them what they're doing?

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Post by Jim W Tue Feb 26, 2013 1:48 pm

viajero wrote:Why don't you just ask them what they're doing?


I've heard of "Bitch Slappin", but never fish slappin! Blackeye
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Post by viajero Tue Feb 26, 2013 1:53 pm

Carp herding?

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Post by hockables Tue Feb 26, 2013 2:32 pm

Probably trying to annoy ole ladies spying on them thru their windows!!
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Post by merry Tue Feb 26, 2013 4:49 pm

They're a ways out in the water, I'd have to really shout to be heard, and even then they are busy slapping and it makes a lot of racket and I don't know that they could hear me.

It just drives my dogs nuts and they bark non-stop during the slap-fests.

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Post by CanuckBob Tue Feb 26, 2013 5:15 pm

They are scaring the fish into the nets.
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Post by merry Tue Feb 26, 2013 5:32 pm

Huh. You'd think it would just scare the fish away... that's what my grampa would have said.

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Post by RoofBob Tue Feb 26, 2013 5:34 pm

It seems to me that if those buckaroos have to go to all that work to try and scare the fish into the nets, and I'm sure that's what they are doing, it must be hard times.
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Post by merry Tue Feb 26, 2013 5:46 pm

Dang yeah, they are working really hard at it. I just don't recall seeing it until a few months ago.

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Post by RoofBob Tue Feb 26, 2013 5:55 pm

The water is warming up and the fish are becoming more active.
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Post by Jim W Tue Feb 26, 2013 6:02 pm

CanuckBob wrote:They are scaring the fish into the nets.


Right on CB....you win the prize....to be disclosed @ a later date. Seriously, when fish are inactive the native fisherman will do most anything to get the fish moving. On a recent trip to AguaMilpa the native fishermen filled their canoes with rocks, and drifted out throwing rocks toward their nets in an effort to get the fish moving. flag waver
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Post by merry Tue Feb 26, 2013 6:09 pm

Jim W wrote:
CanuckBob wrote:They are scaring the fish into the nets.


Right on CB....you win the prize....to be disclosed @ a later date. Seriously, when fish are inactive the native fisherman will do most anything to get the fish moving. On a recent trip to AguaMilpa the native fishermen filled their canoes with rocks, and drifted out throwing rocks toward their nets in an effort to get the fish moving. flag waver

OMG Jim, thanks for that info! What makes the fish inactive? Is it certain times of year, or still waters, just plain laziness or what?

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Post by Jim W Tue Feb 26, 2013 6:48 pm

Merry, It might be species related, however some are lethargic in cool water, (most are in cold water), however the lethargy changes by species at varying water temps.
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Post by CheenaGringo Tue Feb 26, 2013 6:54 pm

Woosie fish like bass and other warm water fish tend to slow down in cold water, whereas true sport fish like trout become more active and prefer colder waters!

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Post by slainte39 Wed Feb 27, 2013 2:15 am

Dynamite works better.

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