Number Two is Number One
Written by Sarah on April 6, 2011
How do you keep unwanted invaders off of your best fishing spot? If they’re other anglers, perhaps you can play the “I was here first” card or recruit a surly and menacing WWE wrestler as a partner. If the competition is wildlife, however, you have to take another route.
Generally, pulling out a firearm and blasting away is frowned upon, and probably not the best way to keep from spooking your fish. Running a trap line is a little labor intensive. And negotiation just doesn’t really seem to work with avian or mammalian critters.
That’s why I was intrigued to read the following headline from the New Zealand Herald: “Lion Dung Shielding Fisheries from Risk of Otter Devastation.” Seems that some enterprising anglers in England, afraid that their favorite carp fishery would be destroyed by otters, enlisted the help of some “very, very pungent” lion crap to deter those otters, which (not surprisingly) disappeared overnight. That’s one problem averted. It might work for you, too, after you solve the following problems:
1) Where do you get the stuff? Do you befriend a zookeeper? Go on safari and bring a load back in your carry-on luggage?
2) Once you have it, how do you get it to the water? Probably easier if you drive a pickup that an SUV.
3) Even if you scare away the new predators, what steps can you take to make sure that the smell doesn’t drive YOU out of your preferred fishing area?
I’m not saying you should give up on this plan, just that it does require a little bit of effort and sacrifice if you’re going to make it work.
This blog was written by Facts of Fishing blogger and friend, Pete Robbins.