bob_G

Man, I'm not liking all these seals

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I can't recall ever seeing so many, so early. Greys and harbor.  The harbor seals are solitary. Several times Ive seen the greys in 2s and 3s.

I can only imagine their numbers increasing once the bass arrive.   This could be an interesting season. 

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1 min ago, Pescador710 said:

I took an early April cod kayak trip on the north shore. My first 3 spots were inhabited by big territorial grey seals.

Question.

Do those greys take your cod like they do the stripers?

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Do grey seals ever act aggressively towards kayaks?

 

Whether they do or don't, I like the idea of a white shark hatchery program.

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You can basically forget fishing out front.

They are all going to learn that a human with a big stick means a free lunch.

 

They will destroy what little is left of the fishery.

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9 mins ago, Gotcow? said:

You can basically forget fishing out front.

They are all going to learn that a human with a big stick means a free lunch.

 

They will destroy what little is left of the fishery.

Theyve already learned it with inshore boats, whenever and wherever the bigger migrant bass congregate during the season. 

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11 mins ago, Gotcow? said:

You can basically forget fishing out front.

They are all going to learn that a human with a big stick means a free lunch.

 

They will destroy what little is left of the fishery.

Sort of like a saltwater Pavlovian response. :laugh:

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22 mins ago, BrianBM said:

Do grey seals ever act aggressively towards kayaks?

 

Whether they do or don't, I like the idea of a white shark hatchery program.

I just put a sinker on my line and bomb it at them when they surface. They usually **** *** pretty quickly.

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Just now, bob_G said:

Sort of like a saltwater Pavlovian response. :laugh:

Yup, might have to retire the salt stuff and fish fresh exclusive.

 

Beachfront fishing is effectively over with these numbers of saltwater pigs.

 

On the plus side you will now have a new spectator sport for down at the Bell.

 

Watching the diminishing numbers of fishermen lose it over losing fish to the salt pigs.

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54 mins ago, bob_G said:

Question.

Do those greys take your cod like they do the stripers?

I am sure they do. We struggled with a small group of 3 harbor seals while duck hunting all January. They were taking ducks we shot before we could retrieve them. This was a first for me, but I guess it is becoming more common. They became so conditioned to us they follow us up a tidal creek and literally just hang in the decoys waiting, not remotely concerned with gun fire. 

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2 hours ago, Lakertaker said:

I am sure they do. We struggled with a small group of 3 harbor seals while duck hunting all January. They were taking ducks we shot before we could retrieve them. This was a first for me, but I guess it is becoming more common. They became so conditioned to us they follow us up a tidal creek and literally just hang in the decoys waiting, not remotely concerned with gun fire. 

you had the gun there,  why not just take 'em out?

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3 hours ago, bob_G said:

Question.

Do those greys take your cod like they do the stripers?

Wish I had the chance to find out. Struck out on cod on my only outing. But something tells me if I ever brought one up from 70+ ft with a seal around, it’s probably not making it to the boat

 

 

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3 hours ago, BrianBM said:

Do grey seals ever act aggressively towards kayaks?

 

Whether they do or don't, I like the idea of a white shark hatchery program.

Usually in open water, they might check you out but won’t bother you. 
 

However, near rocky points or little shallow sandy patches around islands, I’ve had them ask me to leave. They’ll make a big splash, sometimes alarming close. Once I was hoping to have lunch on nice little patch of sand until a big grey let me know it was his beach. He escorted me all the way out of his little cove.

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