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Crappie Thief #13384257 12/27/19 04:43 PM
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Has anyone ever seen an otter near Pier 121? I had seven crappie in a basket with no holes 20ft deep, came back the next morning all but one were gone. Found two heads on the pier. Any ideas? Nobody would steal them and clean them there, at least I don't think they would. I'm thinking an otter.

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Re: Crappie Thief [Re: CrappieKiller62] #13384264 12/27/19 04:52 PM
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That sound like a otter. They normally eat the heads first but maybe it wash full.

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Probably, have seen one in a lewisville creek on the east side 2 or 3 years ago

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Originally Posted by D1988
That sound like a otter. They normally eat the heads first but maybe it wash full.

You're right all the videos iv'e seen show them eating the head first

Re: Crappie Thief [Re: CrappieKiller62] #13384563 12/28/19 12:06 AM
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I had 7 crappie that otters got out of a fish basket on my boathouse. They ate all they could and punched holes in the heads of 3 other crappie and left them on the boathouse floor.

From then on I just put fish directly on ice and leave them in the garage over night until I'm ready to clean them.


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Re: Crappie Thief [Re: CrappieKiller62] #13386994 12/30/19 01:18 AM
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I have also seen otters in the Trinity north of Hwy 380. Clever little thieves


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Re: Crappie Thief [Re: CrappieKiller62] #13387471 12/30/19 06:32 PM
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I suggest you put a motion camera (trail/hunting camera) out and set to record short videos. would be fun to confirm your suspicion.....


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Is it possible to wire it shut ? I don't deal with otters or know if they can defeat that.


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Re: Crappie Thief [Re: CrappieKiller62] #13387557 12/30/19 08:13 PM
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I saw a racoon pull a basket rope up 12 feet deep, pull all the fish out and throw the basket back in the water. A neighbor had the same thing happen, to this Day I think he was sure I stole his fish. LOL

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Originally Posted by ThaDudeAbides
I suggest you put a motion camera (trail/hunting camera) out and set to record short videos. would be fun to confirm your suspicion.....


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Originally Posted by Jamoke
I saw a racoon pull a basket rope up 12 feet deep, pull all the fish out and throw the basket back in the water. A neighbor had the same thing happen, to this Day I think he was sure I stole his fish. LOL

I had a few Crappie on a stringer(bad idea)while slip fishing.I walk away from this spot to fish another slip . I returned to find my catch had been compromised by a huge racoon underneath the walkway.DON`t underestimate these guys as thieves. They already have a mask on coolio


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Originally Posted by Fishbonz
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I saw a racoon pull a basket rope up 12 feet deep, pull all the fish out and throw the basket back in the water. A neighbor had the same thing happen, to this Day I think he was sure I stole his fish. LOL

I had a few Crappie on a stringer(bad idea)while slip fishing.I walk away from this spot to fish another slip . I returned to find my catch had been compromised by a huge racoon underneath the walkway.DON`t underestimate these guys as thieves. They already have a mask on coolio


Bonz that sounds like those big ol jokers at Joe Pool...they are huge and healthy! Also, they don't mind taking your stringer and eating your catch in YOUR view!


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Originally Posted by Action_Jackson
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Originally Posted by Jamoke
I saw a racoon pull a basket rope up 12 feet deep, pull all the fish out and throw the basket back in the water. A neighbor had the same thing happen, to this Day I think he was sure I stole his fish. LOL

I had a few Crappie on a stringer(bad idea)while slip fishing.I walk away from this spot to fish another slip . I returned to find my catch had been compromised by a huge racoon underneath the walkway.DON`t underestimate these guys as thieves. They already have a mask on coolio


Bonz that sounds like those big ol jokers at Joe Pool...they are huge and healthy! Also, they don't mind taking your stringer and eating your catch in YOUR view!

Yes Sir Yes Sir Capt. shood I had to to play "Tug O War" with this rascal just to get the rest of my fish back that he hadn`t already eaten.

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Originally Posted by Jamoke
I saw a racoon pull a basket rope up 12 feet deep, pull all the fish out and throw the basket back in the water. A neighbor had the same thing happen, to this Day I think he was sure I stole his fish. LOL

I had the same thing happen. One time he left the basket pulled up on top of the styrofoam under the dock.
The second time after t attempted to wire the lid shut he destroyed it but did put it back in the water.

My solution was to tie a piece of 2” pvc sticking 5’ out into the slip and hang the basket off the end. Apparently he couldn’t keep enough traction while hanging on to that pvc to still be able to pull the rope up and get the fish out.

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