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Dont know who the actual players are, but got an email from Randall today about this story. Passed thru friends.. Randall knows I fish down that way and thought I'd find this of interest.. so with his permission I'm posting this incredible story...

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, August 15, 2007 8:10 AM

Subject: Fw: Never give up and keep your head above water.


This was sent to all of us at work by one of our guys in Florida. Thought you'd find this interesting.


Have a great day!

Jenny




Off the Florida coast ...............

This is an interesting catch...goes to show we need to keep an eye out the next time we're out there fishing in the Gulf!
Some pretty good pics and story from some friends. If not for the pictures, no one would ever believe it. Talk about a fish tale!

Last Saturday morning, my buddy Bo Warren and I were trolling for stripers in the Bay. We were 1½ 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.


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 warn 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. If pictures are here in text, they are attached.
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.

We hit the throttle and shuttled him to the closest beach - Kent Point. I beached the boat and we carefully unloaded the deer onto the sand. The whole time we kept thinking he was going to kick the snot out of us. He never did though; he was totally spent. We untied him and jumped back. Too weak to stand, he just sat there quivering. We even picked him up again and put his feet underneath him, but he still couldn't walk. Don't know if he made it or not, but I think his chances were vastly improved. Hopefully he recovered after time. When you're out & about, ya just never know...




 

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We see them around here from time to time crossing the waterway to the islands - especially the uninhabited ones. Makes me think this one must have gotten swept away by a current or something then got disoriented because they are usually good swimmers.
 

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That's awesome!
 

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Good story, Dave. Thanks for being thoughtful to share it. I've seen them many times while Duck Hunting up on the Northern Neck in Va. crossing the creeks (some a half mile wide or so) but I don't think I have ever seen one in that shape or so far out in big water. Poor thing, glad they took the time and effort to save him. I bet he'll think twice before he takes off into the water again. Cheers to them fellas for doing the right thing.
 
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