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Bald eagle drags a fishing rod into the drink

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I have been fishing for sea run striped bass in a river on the NH/Southern Maine border.

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There's a family of Bald Eagles living nearby - one adult and two juveniles.

Well somehow these overgrown parakeets clued into the fact that at one bridge (the one I fish) human beings are throwing out tons of fish, cut into yummy, bite-sized chunks.

It being late spring, the river is choked with bait herring run in fresh from the sea (10 miles downriver) to breed. The entire ocean follows these bastards in to eat em. That's why I am there. I want a nice fish like this:

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Anyway, today at the bridge a very big bald eagle - wings six or more feet across - kept lunging into the water for herring right in front of us. We were entranced. He'd show up about every half hour. I had a half pint of whiskey handy (in case of snake bite, of course) and celebrated each arrival with a surreptitous swig.

So around 2pm the eagle swooped in (as usual) and he came out the water with a herring in his talons. The guy fishing next to me shouted.

"HEY! He's got a HERRING!"

A few seconds later this guys' fishing rod, which he had propped up on the rail thusly:

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Started to make funny noises. Before he could react the entire rig tipped up and over the rail and into the drink.

The Eagle dropped the herring. The rod sunk. I had another surreptitious drink. I waited until he'd stopped jumping up and down in place, screaming, then offered him the flask. "Dude, it could have been worse."

He drained the flask and looked at me with wild, rolling eyes. "how?"

"You could have caught it!"

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Great story. If only you had a video!

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If you were using Eagle Claw Hooks you would have landed that bad boy.

mmmmmmmm Bald eagle stew :D

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Great story! Many have caught gulls but thats the first Bald Eagle I've heard of!

lol Zippy "Eagle claw hooks"

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My dad and a friend were trolling shiners at Quabbin Reservoir and an eagle grabbed their bait, took quite a bit of line with the drag screaming before they cut the line. :D Going to try the Hampton Harbor again on Fathers day. :lol: Sunny and 90, could summer really be here????

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