Brown Water Cowboy - Offshore Fishing


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Last Saturday morning, my buddy Bo Warren and I were trolling for
stripers in the Bay. We were 1 1/2 miles offshore in about 80 feet of
water contemplating why the fish weren’t biting. We looked back to
check our gear and saw something odd in the water. Was it a seal??
Can’t be, we don’t have seals around here. On closer look, it turned
out to be a buck deer that was WAY off course. He was desperate and
barely staying afloat.
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I’ve seen deer swim a river or bayou before. When you see that, the
first thing you notice is that they are powerful swimmers. Their head
and shoulders are out of the water and they make surprisingly good
headway. This critter was just keeping his nose up and looked like he’d
been swimming all night long. In fact, he was so worn out that he swam
toward the boat probably thinking it looked enough like land to him.
When he got closer though, he wasn’t sure what to make of the two dudes
on board, and backed off.

So, since the fish weren’t biting, we thought we’d give this buck a hand.

Turns out Bo grew up around cows and was really handy with a bowline. He lassoed the deer on the first try!

Bo grabbed his neck, I grabbed the flank, and we barreled over
backwards into the boat. Before I knew it, Bo was on top of him and had
him tied up just like a calf.
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