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Jerry Blake
11-07-2006, 09:33 PM
We went to Greeson today to build some more bamboo condos and then do a little fishing. We had the lake pretty much to ourselves and I was thinking how much I like this time of year because all the personal water craft and skiers are gone (actually saw one of each last weekend).

But while we were catching some really nice crappie out in the middle of the main lake channel (at least Darryl and Jim were and I was watching) we got buzzed by an airplane. It came in low and right down the channel straight towards us loosing altitude as it approached. It looked for all the world like it was going to slam right into us but the pilot pulled up just before it did and the plane was probably less than 50-feet off the water when it went over us. It wasn't a seaplane either - just a small Cessna or something. I reckon if the pilot had sneezed too hard at the wrong time we would all be dead.

It irritated me a little bit. Never could see any identifying numbers on the plane. There weren’t any numbers under the wings and we couldn’t see the sides. They circled around the area for a while and passed over us later but at a lot more reasonable altitude.

Any Pilots on here know if there are any kind of rules or regulations against this sort of thing? Could be dangerous because I’d swear if I’d had a gun I’d have taken a pot shot at the idiot! Well, maybe not but I sure would have thought about it.

bugman
11-07-2006, 09:41 PM
It is not bad enough that we have to dodge big boats and jet ski's but now plane's give us a break and let us fish in peace...this is our quiet time.

Cane Pole
11-07-2006, 10:12 PM
Hi Jerry,

We have a min altitude here. I think it is 500 ft over water, but can't remember. The cops buzz low though. They ain't got no numbers on their drug hunting crafts. Helicopters constantly buzzing round up here. Most of them have that drug sensing equipment. They are a good neuisance. There are a couple of nuts that fly around in those lightweights up here. A few have crashed and burned.

ribit
11-07-2006, 10:56 PM
Someone posted a while back said some black hawks buzzed them on Tennessee River. Guess that is when you bend over xxxxxxxxxxx. lol

flycaster
11-08-2006, 05:28 AM
Jerry:
It may be that someone saw you with the boo thought that you was working with some "WEED" and reported it to the police.
If they buzzed you and saw that you were fishing and thing looked normal around the lake, and took your numbers they left to do their homework.

John

Jerry Blake
11-08-2006, 06:34 AM
We get some low flying military aircraft every now and then but they don't get anywhere near as low as this guy was. I thought about the possibility of it being law enforcement but I don't think that was the case. They appeared to be out site seeing, joy riding and getting a few giggles. If they were trying to see what we were doing and get numbers off the side of my boat they would have gone beside us and not right over us.

He was coming right at as on a collision course and if he would have pulled up another second or two later I would have been over the side of the boat and swimming for the bottom, it was that close.

anchorpuller
11-08-2006, 07:31 AM
We get some low flying military aircraft every now and then but they don't get anywhere near as low as this guy was. I thought about the possibility of it being law enforcement but I don't think that was the case. They appeared to be out site seeing, joy riding and getting a few giggles. If they were trying to see what we were doing and get numbers off the side of my boat they would have gone beside us and not right over us.

He was coming right at as on a collision course and if he would have pulled up another second or two later I would have been over the side of the boat and swimming for the bottom, it was that close.


Some people will do about ANYTHING to get a chance to fish with ya Jerry! :D

DRPEPPER
11-08-2006, 08:44 AM
I had my family on the toon boat going up river around Maumel last summer. A small plane did the same thing to us. I swear he had to of gone under the 430 bridge just like they do in the movies. It seemed like he pulled up just as he approached us.
I love to hear and watch those military planes buzz me though. I would love to fly in one of those things.
DP

ceb
11-08-2006, 09:47 AM
Where was that 1/2 oz. spoon that you always keep ready?:D

gooch
11-08-2006, 11:07 AM
It could have been my wife on a broom. She is still peeved at me for going to crappie camp.

Darryl Morris
11-08-2006, 02:19 PM
It's always fun to watch the military boys run the lake cuz it's fast and loud and not below 400 or 500 foot. I had a retire Air Force General in my boat not too long ago when an F22 Raptor buzzed Bear Creek yank'in and bank'in. Once all the noise settled he just looked at me with a smile on his face and said, "Now, that's the sound of freedom."

This guy in the small two-seater plane was mucho lower than that - low enough we felt the wind off his prop. Just not cool at all but I'm sure he thought it was.

GRIZZ
11-08-2006, 02:45 PM
We went to Greeson today to build some more bamboo condos and then do a little fishing. We had the lake pretty much to ourselves and I was thinking how much I like this time of year because all the personal water craft and skiers are gone (actually saw one of each last weekend).

I so agree with you Jerry. Here in NY they think boating ends on labor day and they roll up the sidewalks next to the lake. Its so nice this time of year. I know that sometimes its just me and the person I'm fishing with on an entire 27 mile lake. Its sweet. I like fishing this time of year better than any other.

BTW I'm still nailing the walleyes. We got about a dozen last night, and I'll keep going out till the lake freezes or I leave for the south somewhere. Anyone need some fillets?

Billbob
11-09-2006, 05:44 PM
canepole is right 500 ft.

Darryl Morris
11-09-2006, 06:01 PM
canepole is right 500 ft.

Well, these folks violated that by 450 ft. easy. I don't remember if Jerry or Jim ducked, but I jumped to grab ahold and pull them down, that's how low they were. After all, Brian (hogfaninla) doesn't call me Walk'n Small for nothing!!! It wasn't the right situation to be in but I'd had fun meeting them at the airport when they landed. Yeehaw!!!

bobberwatcher
11-09-2006, 10:23 PM
I work with a guy that flies quite a bit. I will give him a shout tomorrow. Would have been great if you could have gotten some numbers.

Minnerman
11-09-2006, 11:11 PM
Boys, I fish right behind the Columbus Airforce Base and I begin to worry when they aint flying. I think sumthin is wrong over at the base. I was fishing a couple of weeks ago when I thought I was the only idiot around and about 0800 they started flying and my hole was right in line with their take off from the base. I had to listen to the "Sound of Freedom" for bout 2 hours. I dont think the fish could hear them cause they didn't stop biting my minners.

slabbandit
11-10-2006, 01:58 AM
I like to wave a towel or something at the F-16's when a pair of them come screaming up the lake. Most of the time I get a little private airshow.

I hear that they are changing them out to A-10 Warthogs. I've already heard one go over and a friend said that he saw one the other day.

Had a C-130 drop down on the lake so low that I could see the mountain above him in the background. I swear I was looking right into the windshield. I just reached and grabbed a 2 lb. crappie that I had just caught and waved it back and forth as he came over...I'll bet they were wishing that they were down there fishing instead!!!;)