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jonboy
10-30-2009, 07:00 AM
Out fishing yesterday, five or six miles off the coast and catching bream and mackerel and the normal general stuff for the table,, and we were persecuted by gannets....incredible spectacular dives into the sea all round the boat, but grabbing the fish on the line as we pulled it in, maybe five or six metres below the surface, and sometimes as we had the fish out of the water but not swung on to the deck yet.... I must have lost twenty fish and some tackle, and also they often got tangled up in the line... so hauled alongside, squawking, flapping, biting, pecking, it was a real problem and a pain in the bum.
the only solution was to haul up and motor off a couple of miles, and start again, but they'd soon cotton on and arrive.... Sometimes they'd come out of nowhere like Stukas, and other times they'd sit on the surface, with their heads underwater watching for you to reel in...
We tried shouting waving thrashing the surface right by them but unless you actually clouted one they wouldn't budge.

Any ideas to solve this... it's never happened before and all things were pretty much the same as on our regular twice weekly trips....
I thought of tying one to the boat.... we used to keep crows off the corn field by shooting them, but if you winged one and staked it to the ground on a length of rope it flapped about in distress, not surprisingly, and the others kept away..... these gannets are big b' stards though...

P.I. Stazzer-Newt
10-30-2009, 07:20 AM
I knew a guy who trained as a lighthouse keeper on the Bass rock - he claims that they're edible.

Clan Gordon
10-30-2009, 12:58 PM
google guga

jonboy
10-30-2009, 01:05 PM
Excellent stuff....can't wait... the young ones were the biggest pain, or perhaps there were more of them....

Any recipes...?? the in-laws are coming for xmas... looks like sea turkey's on the menu.... tee hee.

Tylerdurden
10-30-2009, 01:21 PM
Just a thought, Farmers use propane powered sound cannons to keep birds off the crops

http://www.scarecannon.com/zon_mark_5.htm

Beyond that a inflatable replica of a bird of prey tethered to fly above the boat?

peter radclyffe
10-30-2009, 01:40 PM
in galway or connemara, to catch them they would tow a green plank behind a curragh, with a dead fish nailed to it
i think you can picture the rest

Figment
10-30-2009, 02:03 PM
Sometimes they'd come out of nowhere like Stukas, ..

That is FUNNY stuff!

jonboy
10-30-2009, 02:51 PM
Just a thought, Farmers use propane powered sound cannons to keep birds off the crops

http://www.scarecannon.com/zon_mark_5.htm

Beyond that a inflatable replica of a bird of prey tethered to fly above the boat?

Well the propane cannon 's not an option... if I go down that road it's out with the .410...
and the real bird tethered to the boat is easier than an inflatable bird of prey...and supper too....

jonboy
10-30-2009, 02:56 PM
in galway or connemara, to catch them they would tow a green plank behind a curragh, with a dead fish nailed to it
i think you can picture the rest


I'm trying,..... the green plank doesn't float, or only just, and they don't see it....? BAM! one broken necked gannet...

Though I'd rather dissuade them so I can carry on fishing, than take home twenty gannets... it's going to stretch the freezer situation a bit..

peter radclyffe
10-30-2009, 03:10 PM
yeah they gave up fishing & ate gannets

rufustr
10-30-2009, 04:09 PM
[quote=jonboy;2369203] Sometimes they'd come out of nowhere like Stukas.

May be more like gannets.:o

http://www.warbirdalley.com/images/Fairey-Gannet-AS4.jpg

http://www.vectorsite.net/avalize_5.jpg

Nicholas Carey
10-30-2009, 04:11 PM
I remember when I was about 12 or so...

I was out fishing by myself. Had a open-face spinning rod and was fishing with an itty-bitty Rapala minnow on it. Reeling it back in after a cast...

Bam!

A duck dive-bombed it out of nowhere and nailed it. Hooked itself through the beak. Wound uup reeling it in, wrassling on mad duck down so I could cut the barb off and get the lure out of its beak.

Very traumatic for a 12 year old

purri
10-30-2009, 04:14 PM
^^ Same thing with a kookaburra many moons ago

John of Phoenix
10-30-2009, 04:50 PM
The swept wing supersonic Gannet...
http://www.patteson.com/Northern%20Gannet%20adult.jpg

And the somewhat less sleek "gear, flaps and eyeballs" configuration...
http://www.patteson.com/Northern%20Gannet%202.jpg