What's your craziest fishing story?
I think the craziest fishing story I have is the time I got the sheriff called on me. So I have a friend who owns a property back behind a bunch of corn fields, but also owns a small strip of land that drives back to that land. I had full permission to fish and hunt that property and a written contract saying I could be there. At the time I only had a little car so I didn’t want to drive it through the whole unpaved drive to the lake. So I parked it in that small strip he owns close to the road and hiked a mile or so down the lake. No big deal. I happily fished the lake and caught a bunch of crappie and bass. I drove away not thinking twice about it.
I came back a few days later and did the same thing. This time I took a friend with me and we took a canoe out on the lake and fished past when it got dark. Suddenly we see a flashlight exploring around the woods. Which around the area we were usually means there is a poacher. So we stayed quiet and out in the middle of the lake. Finally the light disappeared. We waited a half hour then hiked back to the car. The last thing we wanted was to run into a poacher and get into any sketchy situation.
A week or so later I returned to the property and did my usual routine of parking the car. But before I can start the hike back to the lake this incredibly upset neighbor storms out to me and starts yelling at me for trespassing. I explained to her who owned the land and who had given me permission to be there. She got very angry because she had apparently called the sheriff the last time I was there (so the flashlight was him…not a poacher). And didn’t believe that I had permission to be there. She threatened to call the sheriff on me then and there. I wasn’t afraid of that happening, since I had every right to be there. But I knew the lady was angry enough that nothing productive would come if let it come to that. The lady agreed to not call the sheriff if I left. So I did.
Later that day I got in contact with the land owner and explained everything that had happened. That night he drove over to the neighbor and had to explain that he actually own the property and that she had no right to chase people off his land. She never spoke to me after that point, but always glared at me angrily when I was parking my car. That continued up until my friend sold that property.