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Pops and the Bobcat
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Maggie/TX    Posted 08-09-2004 at 16:26:24       [Reply]  [No Email]

The only thing Pops loved to do better than carpentry work was to go fishing. One day he and his buddy took his buddy's new aluminum boat over to Stoesser's reservoir to see if anything was biting.

They had been there for a spell and all of a sudden heard a ruckus headin their way. It was a pack of dogs, yapping thier fool heads off and chasing a bobcat, and here they come chasing him plumb out into the water. The cat was scared to death and paddled on out into deeper water to get away from the dogs.

Now why Pops did this I'll never know, but he cast his fishing line OVER the bobcat. The hook caught in the cat's side and the cat went to really freaking out trying to get away. Since the cat couldn't get loose from the hook he figured real quick it was the fault of the two old guys in the boat and went for them.

Pops said he was really thankful for the aluminum boat right then as the cat couldn't get a purchase to climb in with them due to the slick sides. The only thing Pops could think to do by this time was to try to see to it the cat didn't climb in the boat, so he used the boat paddle to hold the cat underwater until the cat drowned. Then he took it and had it stuffed.

Word got around about Pops' bobcat that he killed without firing a shot. The Lone Star Hall of Fame contacted Pops and got him to loan them the stuffed cat for a while, since it was the only one they had ever heard of killed without any bullets.

Vic in Kenefick    Posted 08-09-2004 at 19:27:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Pops was my grandfather. He and his fishing buddy were in their early 70's when this event took place. Pops took the 35 pound bobcat on a Zebco 202 with 12 lb test line and a Thompsons H&H spinner bait. Pops said the original plan was to give the cat the boat and he and Mr Jamison would swim to the bank but decided before Pops got the cat to the boat that they were to old to swim that far. So they had to go to plan B. The story of this wild fishing trip was put in the local paper and he was front page news "BOB CAT ROSSER GOES FISHIN" was the head line. I was young but I still remember it. Pops was a really cool dude.

Clod    Posted 08-09-2004 at 19:37:51       [Reply]  [No Email]

Peanut    Posted 08-09-2004 at 18:00:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Maggie - Pops is one helluva fisherman/cat'rman.

Clod's right. The claws are sharp and the cat is mean and real scrappy. Hat's off to Pops.

Next time I am fishing and see a cougar in the water I will get my pole out that has 120 lb test with a Muskie lure and snag that rascally booger. I think I will have a ball bat handy to club it rather than waiting to drown it though.

Clod    Posted 08-09-2004 at 17:15:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
If that cat would have climed into the boat there would have been another tale to tell here.Those claws are sharp as razors.That was a fine fishing expedition for sure.

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