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Fighting Turtles
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Was fishing for a few hours before work this morning and got a nice trout which I put on a chain stringer.

As I continued fishing, 20 minutes later, I see strong tugs on my stringer line.  I thought, "No way that trout has enough energy to swim like that!"

So I hauled up the line and saw a 2 foot snapping turtle holding on fiercly to my fish!

As I dragged him toward the shore, wondering how I'm going to handle this, he let go and swam away!

I kept fishing and put the fish back in the water a little close to the bank.

20 minutes later, I see some movement in the water near my fish...  It's a stupid painted turtle about as big as a hardhat.  He was trying to take a chunk out of my fish!

I walked over  with my pole and gave him a bunch of hard thumps to the head and shell!  He retreated into the water.

Fished another 20 minutes and same small turtle was back.  This time, he saw me coming and left as fast as turtles go in the water.  

I coulda heard him call me an "@-H0le!" as he chucked a couple throwing stars at me!

I got to keep my fish and it was still intact!

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did he yell "cowabunga!" at you?
   
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See if they left behind pizza
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Hmm. According to vdgif, I can catch them with a hook and line... Maybe a new sport to get into.
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Great story.


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Snapping turtles may be taken for personal use with hoop nets not exceeding 6 feet in length with a throat opening not exceeding 36 inches. Taking turtles by hook and line requires a fishing license.

Trot Lines, juglines (noodles) or set poles (limb lines) may be used to take nongame fish and turtles provided they are not baited with live bait (worms are permissible), except on designated stocked trout waters, Department-owned lakes, and within 600 feet of any dam. Live bait other than game fish may be used on trot lines to take catfish in Carroll, Dickenson, Giles, Grayson, Montgomery, Pulaski and Wythe counties, and in the Clinch River in Russell, Scott, and Wise counties. Any person setting or possessing the above equipment shall have it clearly marked by permanent means with his or her name, address, and telephone number, and is required to check all lines and remove all fish and animals caught each day. Remove all trotlines, juglines, or set poles (limb lines) from public waters when not in use. Additional requirements for juglines (also called “noodles”): Defined as a single hook, including one treble hook, and line attached to a float. Jugline/noodle sets on public waters shall be restricted to 20 per angler and must be attended (within sight) by anglers at all times. Also, in addition to being labeled with the angler’s name, address and telephone number jugs/noodles shall also be labeled with a reflective marker that encircles the jugs/noodles to allow for visibility at night.

https://www.dgif.virginia.gov/fishing/re...s/nongame/
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